Wednesday, May 24, 2006
The eight Margot & the Nuclear So and So's members wedged themselves onto the small stage of Allston's Great Scott as part of another fine 'Fenway Recordings Session'. And no, that doesn't mean that the 'session' was being officially 'recorded'; they are so-titled because the excellent Fenway Recordings record label puts the occasional lineup together, usually with at least a great band or two. Monday night's show was maybe the best one-two-punch yet, with a couple bands I've been wanting to see for awhile.
And while it wasn't officially recorded, I'd done a little messageboard reading and discovered that the bands were each comfortable with tapers and traders, so I was able to document the evening and offer it up to you guilt-free. First up is the nine-song set from Indianapolis' Margot & the Nuclear So and So's...
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's
Live at Great Scott
Monday, May 22nd, 2006
01. As Tall As Cliffs
02. Talking In Code
03. Skeleton Key
04. On A Freezing Chicago Street
05. Broad Ripple Is Burning
06. Paper Kitten Nightmare
07. Vampires In Blue Dresses
08. Quiet As A Mouse
09. Barfight Revolution, Power Violence
All but two of those songs can be found on their debut album, "The Dust of Retreat", which originally came out last year, and was re-released a few months ago on Artemis Records. They're well on their way towards a follow-up disc, and you can preview a tentative tracklisting over at their MySpace page. According to that, you should be able to find those two new live songs ('As Tall As Cliffs' & 'Broad Ripple Is Burning') on that eventual release.
Listen to the set on Hype Machine, and for more live M&tNSaS's (most awkward initialization ever), WOXY has a four song radio session. For a few studio recordings, their MySpace page has some songs from the album. To dig a little deeper, head to the Margot messageboard.
I'll follow up this up with Film School's performance, hopefully in the next few days if I can find the time...
the fine print: If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just say the word (email link on left). Recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps mp3s. Mp3s are made available for just a few weeks, and are not reposted once removed.
Oh, and... Remember my complaint about Sonic Youth skipping Boston during their upcoming tour? Well, I shall complain no more. Turns out they're coming to town on Sunday night, September 3rd, and with the Flaming Lips, no less! That double-bill puts them in the oh-so-charmingly-named Bank of America Pavilion on the waterfront, a venue far larger than if they were on their own, but hey, I'm game. Size aside, it is a beautiful setting for a show. No word on when tickets will go on sale, but with my luck I'll get shut out anyway, Radiohead-style. Oh, Ticketmaster, you broken system you.
Sonic Youth's 'Rather Ripped' arrives on June 13th, and you can stream the entire thing here.
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