August 31, 2009
What follows is the story of the power technology can have on one little boy’s life.
Imagine, if you will, a young, courageous boy, riding the T, reading a free daily (The Boston Phoenix ) while riding the T. While reading the music listings for the week to come, he sees– can it be? Yes! — that Mother Mother will be playing at TT the Bear’s Place the following night.
“But wait!” Thinks the gallant young lad, “I wasn’t able to get into the last two concerts I attempted to attend, as I failed to procure tickets ahead of time!” Our hero had, of course, not brought his computer with him, and so began thinking what he could do to insure that a tragic three-peat did not occer.
And then he remembered he had his iPod Touch in his bag.
In one great leap, the lad catapulted himself to a place of assuredly free wi-fi internets: The Boston Public Library.
And then– well, let’s just say that the fair lad will be seeing Mother Mother at TT the Bear’s Place tomorrow night.
That iPod was my iPod. That boy was me.
Technology– is there anything it can’t do?
(And by “Technology” I of course mean “Apple”)
June 7, 2009
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Now, to be quite honest, I have liked Made in Bangladesh (MiB) for quite a while. It is worth noting that two of the members of this band are people I have known since I was about 6, and thus I have seen them play live more times then probably any other group of people on earth — these guys are rocks of the Albuquerque scene. That being said, as far as political ska-core/experimental punk goes, there aren’t a lot of bands I enjoy more.
The reason why I’m taking this particular moment to shill these guys is that a week or so ago, they released (finally) there first LP– and it just so happens to be pretty damn fabulous. It’s always a gamble to listen to the recording of a band you’re so familiar with live, and sometimes fairly disappointing, but “Earth is an Airplane” definitely delivers.
MiB doesn’t slip into the easy traps of bands of it’s type, resigning themselves to endless brassy break downs interspersed with power chords and screeching (though, of course, there is enough of that to go around). No, they are willing to do things just a little bit differently, like when they throw a little waltz into “VGB”, or the funky, synthy grooves of “Rocksteady Tango” and “Rise Up”.
So yes, not my usually indie rock/folk/electro-pop stuff, but good just the same. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back into the punk rock phase of your life (don’t be ashamed, don’t even try to be).
Check out their website for more of the ol’ info.
May 12, 2009
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1. Take Me Out (Modern-Makes-My-Ass-Want-to-Move-Classic).
2. Auf Achse (I love Scots that speak Deutsch).
3. You know what? Just all of their self titled.
5. Everything about Alex Kapranos.
6.The last two minutes of Lucid Dreams (Uhm, trip-hop break down?).
8. The all around “Fuck You” to everyone who thinks they know what kind of band Franz is that constitutes all of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.
9. The fact that all of these descriptions constitute their genre on wikipedia: Dance-punk, Indie Rock, Post-punk Revival, Art Rock and New Wave.
10. They’re just so darn Scottish.
April 12, 2009
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So, I am instituting a new tradition here at 21dB: Ten Things. Every week, I will compile a list (in no particular order) of ten things. Those ten things will all revolve around a common theme, that will change based on… well, whatever I feel like. This week: ten electronic songs on my “Recently Added” playlist.
1. Pop Song – Starfucker
2. You Hear Colors – CFCF
3. So Bored (Wavves Cover) – Anamanaguchi
4. Let’s Get Ravey (Skream’s Remix) – Odawas
5. Please Don’t Touch (The Golden Filter Dub Mix) – Polly Scattergood
6. Dude You Feel Electrical – Shout Out Out Out Out
7. 6669 (I Don’t Know if You Know) – Neon Indian
8. Weak 4 Me – Nite Jewel
9. Blissout – Lemonade
10. Mr. No (Phaseone Remix) – Banjo or Freakout