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How To Destroy Angels | Welcome Oblivion
Whereas the monsters and ghosts of NIN songs can scream in your face and rip you to bits with their fangs, Welcome Oblivion tracks like techno-folk haunter "Ice Age" and the doom-pop jaunt "How Long?" make uncredited cameo appearances in your nightmares until you go insane and eat your own hands.
| March 13, 2013
Johnny Marr | The Messenger
Going solo is rarely a good decision. For every exception to the rule of who flourishes after unburdening themselves of the half-talents that have been holding them back — Justin Timberlake, for one — there are dozens of embarrassing Dee Dee Ramone rap albums that exist because Joey and Johnny Ramone weren't around to kibosh a terrible idea.
| February 25, 2013
What's F'n Next? Buke and Gase
Hudson, New York
Almost every person I've told about Buke and Gase assumes that they'll hate this band, which isn't their fault.
| January 29, 2013
Bleeding Rainbow | Yeah Right
Kanine Records (2013)
The only defect of the sort-of-but-not-really debut from Bleeding Rainbow (no longer called Reading Rainbow, possibly due to litigious ire festering under LeVar Burton's genial television persona) is that the Philly foursome merely hop off the launching point forged by Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and a handful of others from the oft-exalted grunge era.
| January 23, 2013
10 things I wish I knew before I started playing in bands in Boston
We hear you just moved to "the Bean", and you're thinking about starting a real life rock-'n-roll band! Here's a bunch of bullshit you should know about.
| January 25, 2013
Blurring electronic-pop reality with Providence's Math the Band
Cellars by starlight
Around the age of 10 or 11, Kevin Steinhauser started having recurring dreams about supermarket shelves stocked with vintage keyboards.
| January 14, 2013
The Faint: Futurists look to the past
Although we are grateful for our lovely modern gizmos, the consequent deluge of culture and information has made it tricky to pinpoint precisely what makes a record "classic."
| December 03, 2012
Dark Dark Dark | Who Needs Who
Supply and Demand
Back in 2010, the loosely Minneapolis-based quirk-folk jamboree Dark Dark Dark wrote songs that felt like they were about being outside (even if they weren't).
| September 25, 2012
Amanda Palmer lets go of all restrictions
Just when hemming and hawing about the future of money in music had grown dreadfully redundant, leave it to Amanda Palmer to resurrect the dead horse and prompt the American square community to ask, "What the fuck is Kickstarter, who the fuck is this frequently naked lady with painted-on eyebrows, and why did the Internet send her a million dollars to record an album?"
| September 05, 2012
Interview: The RiffTrax crew revisit another 'classic'
MST3K took its curtain call in 1999 after 10 years on cable, but the show's end ultimately liberated host Mike Nelson and the revolving cast of cinematic satirists.
| August 07, 2012
As the World Turnbuckles Dept.
When professional wrestling gets brought up in the mainstream media, it's almost always because something awful happened.
| August 01, 2012
Riding the wind with New England's gliding guru
Jeffrey Bernard has been jumping off mountains and soaring wingtip-to-wingtip with eagles, hawks, and falcons for longer than many of you have been alive.
| July 25, 2012
The musical mysticism of Little War Twins
Now that the phrase “folk” has been shopworn to shit by rock writers and publicists — slapped onto the barely related styles of so many myriad almost-rustics that saying a band plays “folk” is about as useful as saying they play “punk”— let’s just stop talking about “folk.”
| July 24, 2012
Kinky Grappling Dept.
Although we missed Monday Night Raw this week, the annual Drag Queen Jell-O Wrestling card at Machine doubly compensated for the dearth of pretend violence in our lives.
| July 11, 2012
Lynn, Lynn, City of Adult Swim
In an apartment-complex lobby with an ambiance I can only describe as medicinal, I counted 10 cartoon connoisseurs from far and wide fixated on a stripteaser.
| July 03, 2012
Future of the Left | The Plot Against Common Sense
Xtra Mile Recordings
Future of the Left frontman Andrew Falkous's anti-music piracy tirade on Myspace three years ago was far more convincing and a galaxy less stuffy and condescending than David Lowery's recent response to an NPR intern's essay about how she hardly ever buys CDs.
| July 03, 2012
Out: Saying goodbye to the rowdy ladies of Tijuana Sweetheart
Belles of the balls
Perhaps Metallica were onto something when they sang one of the stupidest lyrics ever, "My lifestyle determines my death-style."
| June 05, 2012
Scott Lucas & The Married Men | Blood Half Moon
The End Records (2012)
The good ol' days of 1996 — the year Local H's "Bound for the Floor" played once every half hour on modern-rock radio — was a long-ass time ago.
| May 29, 2012
Out: An electronic séance with Hooray for Earth and Zambri at Great Scott
We in Boston enjoy reminding others that Hooray for Earth originally formed here, so we can still call them a Boston band.
| May 23, 2012
Grass Widow | Internal Logic
There is stuff not to like about Internal Logic: a pair of instrumental interludes probably don't need to be there, and the drums aren't as gleefully chaotic as they were on 2010's Past Time.
| May 22, 2012
The Current Issue
Table of Contents
Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
BLOG POSTS BY BARRY THOMPSON
[live review + video] Garbage's beautiful daze of future past @ the Paradise
Meet the Mayor: Somerville Theatre
Meet the Mayor: Toppers
Meet the Mayor: Public Storage – Self Storage
Meet the Mayor: Buckaroo's Mercantile
Meet the Mayor: Brattle Theatre
Meet the Mayor: Café D'Ville
[rumble recap: semis night 2] Garvy J. Squeak Past Rock Rivals
Meet the Mayor: Regina Pizzeria
[phlipcam video] Musing on Margot and the Nuclear So and So's @ the Middle East
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