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New, More Bloggish Blog Starting Up

September 18, 2009

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I’m moving the up-to-date blogginess of this site over to my new site, Pure Denizen. Please visit it often. This domain is going to be turned into more of an archive of published clips, as was sort of the original intent.

The Return of Autolux (Boston Phoenix, 9.2.09)

September 10, 2009

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The reason people have stayed tuned in is pretty simple: Future Perfect was forehead-smackingly good and hasn't gotten any worse with time. Born from the remains of '90s alt-rock groups (Edwards played bass in Failure and drummer Carla Azar played in Ednaswap; bassist/vocalist Eugene Goreshter completes the line-up), the band latched onto washy shoegazer guitar tropes, muggy drumming, and heavy clouds of mood and hung them up on a toothpick framework that gets better every time you listen. It wasn't current — Azar's lopsided beats looked ahead to an approach Portishead would bite two years later, and some of the guitars went back to Cobain and Corgan and even Brainiac. But that's what ruled about it. Since the release of Future Perfect in 2004 and the following year of touring, they've run into some rough patches. DMZ, which was run by T Bone Burnett (he produced Future Perfect), dissolved in 2006, leaving them orphaned inside the Columbia mega-label bureaucracy. They landed in the Epic division, but Edwards says relations fizzled there after the band failed to produce a new record on demand. "After we did that first record, I almost had an anxiety attack anytime I thought about having to record again. There's no way I could envision it, because everything is contingent on this series of accidents."

One Night Band (Boston Phoenix, 8.26.09)

September 10, 2009

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"All we're expecting is fun and chaos," says Crush founder Ashley Willard, a print and Web designer by day. "To me, it's like music summer camp." I catch the organizers — along with Willard, Crush is run by Michael Epstein and Sophia Cacciola — as they're on their way to a promo spot at WZLX in Brighton. Here's their explanation of the rules. This Saturday at 10 am, the 40 participants and the organizers will meet up and dole out band assignments in a drawing. The participants will then lock themselves into practice spaces and basements in a kind of Breakfast Club–detention vision quest to hurry through introductions, backstories, and creative differences in time to pop out a set of three new songs and one cover before the 7 pm load-in. No tryouts, no demo tapes, no flyers at the record shop looking for chops and pro gear. Easy.

Harmonix — This Is Your Dream Job (Boston Phoenix 8.24.09)

September 10, 2009

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"Harmonix PR coordinator John Drake is spending a week in NYC on what seems like a never-ending press campaign for the new Beatles game. He's just finished a three-hour session on the QVC channel when I get him on the phone. A two-year veteran of the company, Drake has seen the employee base increase by 300 percent since he started, and he's maintained his spot in indie-pop band the Main Drag. "The weird thing is going back and forth between band and work stuff," he says of the way his work duties tend to outshine the real-life rock ones. "I play Rock Band in auditoriums with thousands and thousands of people. I'm on TV for it. When I get back to Boston, I'll play a show with the Main Drag at the Middle East in front of like 30 people. Both are totally valid parts of the rock experience, I think. The former is just newer than the latter."

Howie Stelzer, Noise Curator du jour (Boston Phoenix, 8.11.09)

September 10, 2009

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"I think noise is very similar to punk rock now," says Stelzer. "It's a lot of people doing a lot of little things — making records and tapes and touring when they can. It's back to that sort of grassroots, anti-academic, intuitive way of doing things. But nowadays, with the access to information, some kid making insane noise in his garage could likely have read the same stuff that guys in the schools have read. They might be reading John Cage.