Tuesday, May 22, 2012

We gettin' a-loose, we couldnt be harder. Our beats are gettin' BIGGER and BADDER and LONGER

Dr. Dog

These days, it seems that in order to appear on the legitometer, you should have at least one experimental album recorded on a 1980s 8-track recorder, preferably in someone's basement. Luckily, Dr. Dog has this distinction under its belt. And although they've been around since 2006, Dr. Dog's recognition has kicked up serious momentum recently, from appearing on Conan and Jimmy Fallon, to touring the US for their new album "Be The Void" in 2012. Those who attended the show at the Paradise in Boston came back with opinions that were nothing short of sensational. The caliber of their timbre and breadth of their talent is also more than you can shake a stick at. If you haven't heard them yet, be sure to check them out.

 How Long Must I Wait


 Heart It Races


 And here's my favorite tune of the newest Gramatik album. Why this song has only 39 views is anybody's guess...

 Break Loose


Friday, May 18, 2012

Well the kids don't eat and the dog can't sleep, there's no escape from the music in the whole damn street!

Album Cover: Frank Zappa- Hot Rats

The Lumineers

 Originally from New Jersey, Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz decided to pack their car full of musical instruments and move to Denver. Once established, they snagged cellist Neyla Pekarek through a craigslist posting, and thus became The Lumineers. After discovering them today, I've sifted through a decent amount of their youtube discography and found myself clicking the repeat button all afternoon. It's no surprise they won "Best Surrounding Area Band" in the 2009 Hoboken Music Awards. The only thing missing, as I listen to their music, is an outdoor barbeque, clapping hands, stomping feet, and a massive group of people dancing and singing along. I think that Eric Eyl of the Denver Post put it well when he described them as "Disarmingly simple, sincere music that’s as raggedy and ramshackle as it is heartfelt and human."

Ho Hey (Thanks Phyllis!)

 Flowers in your hair

And some Zappa...

If you ever see Frank Zappa: Hot Rats at a record store, BUY IT (and send it to me). I've been keeping my eye out for it forever and still have not found it. This album is amazing, and this is my favorite song off it. (Thanks Andy K)

Monday, May 14, 2012

If you get confused, listen to the music play.

Dub Apocalypse
We used to reminisce about the "best reggae night ever," put on by Thievery Corporation on Wednesdays at 18th Street Lounge in Washington, DC. And while the Boston music scene has been nothing short of remarkable, the reggae scene has struggled. Or so I thought. To my admitted ignorance and unanticipated glee, there was reggae distilling like a 30 year-old scotch in the basement of Storyville every Wednesday night, right under our noses. This past Wednesday, we sucked up our haggard aspirations of getting to work on time in the morning, and decided to check out Dub Apocalypse at Storyville. What we found blew 18th Street Lounge out of the water.

"We'll stay for an hour and then peace out." Whoa be tide our naivete! We came for a musical breakfast and then stayed all day. To think of leaving left us laughing, we tried more than once. But there was no leaving once listening, this was the best music in months. Rappers with laudable limericks, defining eccentric. The lineup was funkadelic, fire on the mountain, authentic. Oh and the guitars? insane. The kind where you walk in a dull boy and leave a Maggot Brain. And a saxophone, like methadone, made us grin with delight. This Wednesday gem so unprecedented only a poem would suffice.

Dub Apocalypse at 10pm on Wednesdays, FREE at Storyville. Be there. Or be a boring old square.

And here are some other fun ones I've come across that I've encountered recently and enjoyed. 

The Head and the Heart- Lost in My Mind. Thanks Raf

Chromeo- Night By Night (NEUS Remix) Thanks Lauren

Fun. Tthe PParty Thanks Raf.

 Super old school ... Tennessee Ernie Ford. Sixteen tons.