Monday, May 31, 2010
The highlight? One of the best songs of the 2000s, piercing through the hazy, Quebec smoke-filled spring Boston air #SmokeMonsieur. I think "The Rat" clocked in as my 4th best Song of the Decade, behind only "Since U Been Gone," "Maps" and BM Linx's "Understanding Orange." Great hearing it unexpectedly over burgers and boozing.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Mad love, Carl.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Click the release to enlarge, and gig posters are below.
The students are gone. Classes are out, senior mortarboards have been tossed skyward and the underage, underdeveloped underclassmen have gone back to the anonymous Midwestern towns (or Long Island) from which they came.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM
Free Soft Serve Ice Cream at Bleacher Bar
Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m., 82A Lansdowne St.; all ages, FREE
Nothing beats free ice cream, and even though temps are supposed to dip back to May-like normalcy over the weekend, the lure of free soft serve on Saturday from the fine folks at Bleacher Bar almost makes up for having to watch the Red Sox [team stats] play the Kansas City Royals later that night. These promotions certainly don’t happen when the Yankees come to town - maybe because we don’t want to share our treats with their fans - so let’s appreciate the gesture and all get one massive brain freeze. Swing by the Bleacher Bar window and grab yourself the most unexpected cone at Fenway since David awkwardly pitched for the hometown team back in 2001.
Info: bleacherbarboston.com, 617-262-2424
ALLSTON SKATE CITY
Orchard Skate Shop grand opening weekend
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 156 Harvard Ave., Allston, all-ages, FREE; and Sunday night at 9, Rescue Nite dance party at the Model Cafe (7 North Beacon St.), 21-plus, FREE
Allston has no shortage of skateboarders, from kids doing tricks on the rails of the Jackson Mann Community Center to skillfully dodging angry cars at the corner of Harvard and Commonwealth. But now they can take the decks indoors, as Orchard Skate Shop moves its hot spot from Mission Hill to the center of Allston Village on Harvard Avenue. Saturday’s grand opening features an art show by Orchard Skate Team member Jahmal Williams above the shop in its Extension Gallery and an open call to test the room’s new skate ramp (kids younger than 18 must have a parent sign a waiver). And because it is Memorial Day weekend and everyone loves a party, the Morrissey-loving kids at Rescue Nite bring the Orchard celebration to the Model on Sunday night, offering up a splendidly drunken mix of post-punk, indie and Pabst Blue Ribbon all for Allston’s newest neighbors.
Strawberry picking at Belkin Family Lookout Farm
Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 89 Pleasant St., South Natick; all ages, $8 general admission
The year was 1651 in New England. Massachusetts General Court ordered a 5 shilling fine for observing Christmas and, according to Wikipedia, new laws were passed forbidding poor people from adopting excessive styles of dress. And Belkin farm was established. This weekend one of the oldest working farms in the country kicks off another strawberry season with special picking for Memorial Day revelers looking to escape the city. If the heat gets too oppressive during the berry-picking sessions, there’s always the scenic train ride through the 180-acre farm’s orchards. There’s also a farm-themed children’s play area, face painting, live entertainment, a hay pyramid, burlap mazes and a moon bounce.
Info: lookoutfarm.com, call the u-pick hot line at 508-653-0653
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
There must be others: Popscene in San Fran started as one (the only night running longer than the Pill), Tiswas in NYC was epic for years and I think there is one in Chicago. This music still radiates with a certain, albeit minor, segment of the stateside population, enough so that this scene still litters the American indie club landscape like no other subculture.
Someone interview me about Britpop in the USA. Come on Spin. Come on Rolling Stone. COME ON NME.
Get on this shit. We're still mad for it, obviously. Here's LA's look:
So naturally, I have a debt to repay, and I think I just might do that tonight at the Middle East in Cambridge, where these groove-hooked rock n roll dudes blow shit up along with Jukebox the Ghost and Miniature Tigers. Cool bill.
Most Awesome Friends of Uniform,
The warm weather has arrived in full force, and so have our new summer fashions. For the past five years Original Penguin has been our strongest ally in keeping your wardrobe hip-and they're doing it once again.
Don't forget, this Thursday, May 27th, from 6-9pm, chill out with Penguin and receive 20% off all Spring / Summer goods. The party wouldn't be complete without some cold beers from Victory Brewing Company and cool tunes from DJ Ken of the Pill.
Don't be left out in the heat, RSVP to email@example.com today.
Here's the itinerary, and don't sleep on the home date, as Spirit Kid -- featuring one-time True Love Emeen Z -- is also on the bill:
June 3: Mercury Lounge, NYC
June 10: Middle East Downstairs, Boston MA
June 11: North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA
June 12: The Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
June 13: The Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
June 15: The Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
June 17: Sundown in the City Festival, Knoxville TN
June 18: Rock 'n Roll Hotel, Washington DC
June 19: The Bell House, Brooklyn NY
June 23: The Roxy, Los Angeles CA
COME AND GET IT (Official Music Video)
Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves | MySpace Music Videos
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Oh hey, Topher Grace is in this.
At the time, the owners promised the eventual return of the former, and now that looks to be true: the space will start hosting live music the second Friday of the month and occasionally on Thursdays, shaking up a weekly schedule dominated by DJ-led dance parties.
Here are some of the newest confirmations, skillfully jacked from the venue's Facebook page and a thread on Lemmingtrail (follow the links back for performer linkage):
Friday, June 11 - Audrey Ryan & Shepherdess
Thursday, July 29 - Sleepy Very Sleepy + TBA
Friday, July 30 - Hangman's Alphabet & Aloha Sarcophagus + TBA
Thursday, Sept. 30 - Lovewhip + TBA
Every 2nd Wednesday of each month Erin Harpe Delta Blues performs for free with special guests each month.
The full EP gets the proper release party treatment on Saturday, May 29 -- Edit: shit, that's this weekend! -- at Great Scott with The Russians, Hot Protestants and Aaron Perrino. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased in advanced here.
We got some Sweden, we got a whole lotta United Kingdom, and we even have Vermont repped hard up in this bitch. Dew drop in on an otherwise bleak-ish Tuesday night...
Ladies and germs, fire away at that pesky 'Pede. (Hat tip to Zack)
Monday, May 24, 2010
Also on the June 9 release party bill are Philadelphia's Asteroid #4, Montreal's the High Dials and a special opening set from "Jupiter Transmission."
Got a bit of advance notice on this, but we scored the physical copies of the EP last week and now the flyers are finished. We're really proud of this record, and think it will help put Boston rock back on the map. More to come on this, for certain...
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Oh right, because it's the fucking logo for Blur the Britpop band! Look at this shit:
I'll probably roll up with some swimmies in support of the Honors, who again killed it as the Smiths over the weekend.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Ooh, a Tweet re-post: @vMichaelv Do the Allston Shuffle: Morrissey party @GreatScottROCK http://tinyurl.com/22o5ohu & Videodrome @CommonGroundBar http://tinyurl.com/299monf
Friday, May 21, 2010
A synth-pop rocket sent from the future
As well as a tribute to Ian Curtis (d. 05.18.80) and the Joy Division legacy
We've been waiting for a guide to come and take us by the hand. Three days after the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ untimely suicide in 1980, the pill pays tribute to the iconic (or “ionic,” if you’re the mayor) Joy Division front man this Friday night in Allston Dance City.
Space–aged Philadelphian synth-pop duo Conservative Man joins us in their pill live debut, providing not only the soundtrack to time traveler John Titor’s battle-tested iPod as he fires back to 2036, but also a live tilt to the band’s bubbling pill dance floor anthem “The Heist.”
Said the Boston Phoenix before a Conservative Man gig in January: "Expect a night awash in lush synths, a set shoved along by swarthy post-punk bass, and one infectiously wrought melody with a bit of Britpop sheen after the next."
As part of our extended tribute to Curtis, last week Conservative Man mastermind Ian McCarthy released online an exclusive three-track Joy Division cover EP, which is available here for free download. As Friday night explodes, visual and video installations are provided by Videodrome, the “Closer” biopic and “Joy Division” documentary flash on the big screen and the pill unleashes a Curtis-inspired companion playlist, honoring the Joy Division legacy from early stages as Warsaw to the height of New Order.
All that remains falls in line, from Joy Division’s unknown pleasures that draw closer to the band’s sprawling influence through ‘80s modern rock and the post-millennium post-punk resurgence. This is the way, step inside.
Feel the future of Conservative Man’s unrelenting synthed out rocket-pop at www.conservativemanmusic.com. Before and after the band, DJ Ken & Michael V spin the best in Britpop, Modern Indie & Beyond. Fire up the large hadron collider and look sharp, time agent. These sensations make us feel the pleasures of a normal man. xo the pill
Thursday, May 20, 2010
NO SUNBLOCK NEEDED
Radio 92.9 EarthFest
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell off Storrow Drive; all-ages, FREE
It’s fitting that Saturday’s Radio 92.9 EarthFest megaconcert at the Hatch Shell also falls on World Goth Day - the forecast calls for cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70s. The festivities draw more than 100,000 annually to the banks of the Charles River and pump out a whole lot of environmental awareness. Even the bands are recycled, as this year’s concert features ’90s alt-rock worship: Catch Collective Soul, Marcy Playground and the Gin Blossoms, who have undergone a sort of hipster renaissance. Seriously, you can’t find anyone to bash the Gin Blossoms these days (“Hey Jealousy” held up remarkably well). Wade in EarthFest’s sea of “green” product vendors and local nonprofit environmental organizations. There’s also the interactive Kids Planet, for those who weren’t even born before Marcy Playground experienced a blip of relevancy.
REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE
Free Hugs Day in Boston
Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., launching at the Park Street MBTA station and spreading toward Downtown Crossing and Park Street; all-ages, FREE
The Free Hug Campaign is a social movement started in Australia in 2004 meant to endorse random acts of kindness. Now these free-huggers are bringing their unsolicited grabby-back to Boston in a daylong event that has almost 550 Facebook RSVPs. Cheap Thrills is skeptical, however, and we’re promoting this not as an endorsement of giving or receiving free hugs, but as a people-watching opportunity to see what happens when the hug parade randomly approaches a group of Bostonians in the heart of Downtown Crossing.
Info: freehugscampaign.org, search “free hugs Boston” on Facebook events
JP Vinyl Yard Sale & Record Swap
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 630 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain; all-ages, FREE
Hopefully the momentum caused by Record Store Day a few weeks ago carries over into this weekend, when Jamaica Plain hosts another vinyl yard sale and record swap. Dust off the Technics and spin the black circle at the get-together that boasts thousands of records for sale or trade from multiple sellers around the region. Maybe Cheap Thrills will finally find that ultra-rare white-label Suede “Be My God” 12-inch off RML Records we’ve been looking for since 1990. But if not, there’s certain to be tons of other rock, punk, psych, pop and “file under other” gems to fill the day with crate-digging goodness. And really nothing beats wasting a few hours outdoors on a spring Sunday going through a fat stack of $1 bins. And just in case Mother Nature still listens to CDs, the rain date is June 6.
Info: email@example.com, search “JP Record Swap” on Facebook events
Tomorrow night we strip down for you–acoustic style–at one of our beloved intimate venues: the Plough & Stars. we do love these shows and have heard whispers that some of you feel the same way. REHR!
But for those of you who have yet to experience us like this, the four of us rearrange how we play so that the focus is more about the songs than the 'show'. Jessica plays the acoustic, mike changes up the pedals, Mary gets crazy with the tambo, and Jeff throws in the bongos, xylophone, and his washboard stomach. (One of us likes to show off more than the rest of us. EH HEM.)
We mix up the setlist with a variety of tunage and tend to throw in a soulful cover. unfortunately, this will be our last show like this for months.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Screw "Lost." Don't be that guy. Go to this.
In a world of over-saturated idolation, Ian Curtis never wavered in his shaping me as a person. Our lives overlapped by 17 months, yet none of that actually matters. This is the way, step inside.
Great NME spread last year on Unknown Pleasures, the record which never fails to captivate my.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Hell of a show. Details below after the video jump.
The Heavy's US Tour With Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Kicks Off Today
The Heavy are back in the USA for tour dates spanning May, June and July for their longest North American tour to date. They will be supporting Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, headlining some of their own shows - a second show in both Denver and NY have been added due to high demand, and performing at Festivals such as Sasquatch, Jazz Fests in Victoria/Vancouver and more.
The Heavy Upcoming North American Tour Dates:
May 17 || Southgate House || Newport, KY*
May 18 || Majestic Theatre || Detroit, MI*
May 20 || University of Wisconsin, Memorial Union (Free Show) || Madison, WI
May 21 || Vic Theatre || Chicago, IL*
May 22 || Pabst Theater || Milwaukee, WI*
May 23 || The Vogue || Indianapolis, IN*
May 25 || The Sound Academy || Toronto, ON*
May 26 || Le National || Montreal, QC*
May 27 || House of Blues || Boston, MA*
May 28 || Larimer Lounge || Denver, CO
May 29 || Larimer Lounge || Denver, CO
May 31 || Sasquatch Music Festival || George, WA
June 14 || The Bowery Ballroom || New York, NY
June 16 || The Bowery Ballroom|| New York, NY
June 18 || Republik || Calgary, AB
June 20 || Commodore Ballroom || Vancouver, BC*
June 21 || Showbox Sodo || Seattle, WA*
June 22 || Crystal Ballroom || Portland, OR*
June 24 || KSJO Presents - The Blank Club || San Jose, CA
June 25 || Warfield Theatre || San Francisco, CA*
June 26 || The Wiltern || Los Angeles, CA*
June 28 || Jazz Fest Int'l - Element Club || Victoria, BC
June 29 || Vancouver Int'l Jazz Fest - The Commodore Ballroom || Vancouver, BC
July 1 || Fine Line Music Café || Minneapolis, MN
July 2 || Summerfest || Milwaukee, WI
July 3 || Taste of Chicago || Chicago, IL
July 4 || 80/35 Festival || Des Moines, IA
July 7 || The Basement || Columbus, OH
July 10 || Quebec City Summer Festival - Theatre Imperial || Quebec City, QC
*supporting Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
All other shows are headlining shows or Festival dates.
Been in casual talks to bring Brooklyn experimental-pop shoegaze trio the Depreciation Guild up to the pill this summer, and after listening to "Dream About Me" on repeat all morning, I might have to amp up negotiations. Holey moley this is my new summer jam. Like a modern day Chapterhouse with updated electronics. Video directed by Jack Ferry.
Big Screen Classics: REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
Mon, May 17 @ 7:00 pm $9.75
"You're tearing me apart!"
The summit of juvenile delinquent stories, Rebel Without a Cause cemented James Dean as a star; though his untimely death four weeks before the film's premiere prevented him from seeing the final product.
Dean stars as Jim Stark, the new kid in town and already he's in with a bad crowd. His love interest Judy (Natalie Wood) and "close friend" Plato (Sal Mineo) are hiding out from the cops and trying to stay one step ahead of the local goons. Romance, fast cars, real switchblade fights, and Dennis Hopper...could you ask for anything more?
dir. Nicholas Ray, w/ James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, 1h51m
Friday, May 14, 2010
Found it posted on the spin.com site, fwiw.
a jangly romp through sunshine pop
It’s time to stare back at the sun and shout. With dirty winter now a faded memory washed out by the changing season’s rains, the pill brightens the scope and flashes loud along Allston sidewalks this week with the sun-soaked jangle-pop sounds of Spirit Kid.
What began as a basement project by man-about-town Emeen Z – who previously adored Boston stages with the likes of Eli “Paperboy” Reed, the Sterns and Age Rings – has grown into a full-fledged neo-psychedelic pop-fueled ensemble. With Emeen Z’s band now rounded out with current and former members of Mean Creek, Daily Pravda and Main Drag, Spirit Kid has evolved into a musical movement that borrows the retro-fitted melodic strut of yesterday with today’s rock awareness.
Catchy as Ellsbury tracks like “Flytrap” and “The World Doesn’t Stop” have already hit the pill dance floor, and the jam “You Lit Up For Me” was heard last year on the promo video for Showtime’s hit series “Weeds.”
Said Michael Brodeur in the Boston Phoenix not too long ago: "An addictively wispy voice, a knack for Kinksy melodicism, and a seemingly endless supply of hooks give Cantabrigian singer/songwriter Emeen Zarookian a certain irresistibility. Like, if Elliott Smith and Rod Argent started a band, we’d be equally powerless. That’s impossible, but this is really happening."
It most certainly is, this week at Great Scott, live at the pill. Let’s dance it up and look sharp.
Catch a preview of the pure pop goodness of Spirit Kid over at myspace.com/emeenz. Before and after the band, DJ Ken & Michael V spin the best in Britpop, Modern Indie & Beyond.