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Mountain Goats, 3.27.09

March 30, 2009

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The Mountain Goats practically invented the niche of hyper-aware indie rock - the geekier the facade Darnielle can manage, the better. He corrected his own grammar, covered Ace of Base’s “The Sign” and botched the words to a few songs before admitting defeat - to great applause - and moving on to the next. He’s got an apt excuse for forgetting: Darnielle has hundreds of songs. Whenever he paused for more than a few seconds, people started shouting requests like the studio audience on “The Price Is Right.”

House Show in Watertown, MA in the Boston Phoenix, 3.11.09

March 23, 2009

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I run into a house organizer on the stairs near the water heater, and it turns out we’re not really on uncharted house-show territory out here. "We just found out this is the house that Anal Cunt used to live in. They practiced in this basement!" Chances are, it wasn’t this whimsical in those days — a huge plastic sailfish adorns one wall, along with a cartoonish painting of what one attendee notes may be the haunted-ballroom scene from The Shining. A dummy Spider-Man with a Regis Philbin mask seems sort of crucified on some wood behind the stage and covered in Christmas lights.

Whitehaus Blastfest in the Boston Phoenix, 3.18.09

March 23, 2009

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The crew seem to have dragged half the house on stage with them. Toy planes, Barbie dolls, plants, driftwood, an old lamp, and a dozen old bike wheels — all part of an ever-changing sculpture that takes up all three stories at Whitehaus — are scattered and hung up around the stage, giving it a surreal, rustic-drama-club or Goonies-attic feel.

Senor Coconut – “Around the World” (Easy Rec./Nacional Rec.)

March 12, 2009

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It doesn't have the giggle factor, that instant genre friction, that Aleman had, but the album kicks in all kinds of directions anyway. Coconut takes on eleven songs with moods as thick as the rhythms are dense, and it's the tone that makes the difference. Wispy fogs of reverb trail off everything in the cha-cha take on “Sweet Dreams,” which is such a tight song that even Marilyn Manson sounded good doing it. This version is dark, punchy, and infectious. I'd hold onto this album on the strength of this song alone.

Doomstar! feature in the Boston Phoenix, 3.2.09

March 3, 2009

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Link to article at Boston Phoenix HERE. [Photo by Christopher Moriarty]

Animal Hospital feature in Boston Phoenix, 2.25.09

March 3, 2009

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Live, the idea of Micka sitting behind mounds of equipment and instrument cables with a guitar and a drum set might seem like a tech-fair demonstration, but his performances unfold at a natural, emotional clip that’s more primal incantation than one-man-band gimmickry. Which is fine with Micka: “I really like it at shows when it’s too crowded for kids to see me and they just assume it’s a band.”

Nat Baldwin live review in the Boston Phoenix, 2.26.09

March 3, 2009

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Having Nat Baldwin open for the hyperactive Big Digits last Friday ended up being one of those awkwardly DIY kitchen-sink moments that make you wonder why every bill isn’t this weird.