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Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons

Caught these cats watchin my boy ‘Nando last night. I dig this song “Foxgloves.”

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The Shins – No Way Out (Live)

Saw this the other day on Letterman. I’ve always liked The Shins. At least give it a half listen, once the chorus hits, I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Global Showcase: The Joy Formidable

Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable recording in Maine.

 

From Wales.

Back in March 2012 my friend and I were standing and drinking PBR tall boys in the Front Lounge at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA, when out from a staff only door came two mammoth body guards, escorting a tiny blonde woman dressed in black, with a guitar, to the main stage. It was The Joy Formidable‘s singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan. Tiny, yet she packs a big punch. Quite the badass. I’m pretty sure she smashed two guitars to pieces off a gong throughout the show.

They absolutely rocked the Paradise Rock Club. One of the best live shows I’ve ever been to. Maybe the intimate setting of the @ParadiseRockClb helped,  but they impressed the shit outta me. Every song was good, and they absolutely rock out and extend songs whenever they damn well please. Ritzy and bassist/singer Rhydian Dafydd obviously have a unique chemistry, and it shows in their performances and song-writing. They give off a very real, passionate, and down to earth vibe. I was most impressed by drummer Matt Thomas ‘ skill and stamina. Dude’s a beast. Incredible.

No release date yet for their new album “Wolf’s Law” but 2011’s “The Big Roar” is awesome from beginning to end, so get excited. They closed with Whirring when I saw them. Must watch. Also, Buoy is my favorite.

 

 

 

 

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Local Showcase: Porque I Said So

Quincy, MA

Post-Punk / Alternative Rock

Porque at the Milky Way

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Delosh has enough A.D.D. and song-writing ability to write 5 of the world’s greatest Alternative / Post-Punk songs in a month, that no one will ever hear. Songs pump out of him so fast, that only the real A+ material usually makes the cut for a set list or EP. Which is almost as much a curse as it is a gift, since I’ve never heard a Porque song I didn’t like. Either way, you should listen to all of Porque I Said So‘s available internet catalogue and see what you think.

Porque I Said So has a unique element to their sound that I can’t really put my finger on. Maybe it has to do with band members Mike Delosh, Paul Adams, Greg Tragellis, and Dave Nesti developing an undying chemistry after playing music together in several different bands for over a decade. I hate to pigeon-hole bands and say who they sound like, but if you take their own original, somewhat cosmic post-punk sound, and blend it with some Archers of Loaf, Jimmy Eat World, Failure, and Hum, you get Porque I Said So. They have a new LP due out eventually (give em half a year maybe?). So we’ll keep you posted. Check em out. Porque’s Youtube Channel

 

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Recommend viewing under proper influences. . .

Homage

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Ted Billings is the front man of a now disbanded Boston area rock band Slater, who were fucking awesome. If you haven’t heard of Slater, get on it. I hate to overhype them and say they sound like The Beatles meet Nirvana, but you know what I mean, the genre blend, loud messy distortion meets a happier pop sense yet with intricate, empathetic melodies and harmonies. Some dude (I’m not a journalist) Pat Healy described their sound well as “distortion with major scale enthusiasm.”

All My Favorite Rockstars Are Dead is an amazing 6-track Slater album. I stole that title for my blog because it fits so well with my current mood towards music right now. Why do all the good ones die so young? It may just be coincidence, but it’s quite true all my favorite rockstars are indeed dead. Lennon, Harrison, Cobain, Layne, Jimi, Bradley. Such a cynic I know. But anyways, AMFRD is a good album and their follow up self-titled album is easily in my favorite top 20 of all time (of all time!), maybe top 10. Locate a copy.

After Slater was done, Ted switched his style up and evolved his sound, adding more synths and acoustic guitars, incorporating a wider range of genres with the intelligent/melancholy/strange sound of the gradually succeeding indie-rock band Age Rings. Definite traces of Slater linger in Age Rings (in a good way) but its definitely a different vibe all together. Less loud, raw energy, more lyrical/melodic focus. Both bands are great so check em out.

Key Slater Tracks: Keep Up, On a Kite, Are You Feeling Lucky?

Key Age Rings Tracks: Everything Will Fall Apart, Rock and Roll is Dead, Black Honey


Age Rings

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