Saturday, November 19, 2011
Hey, remember these? Yeah, I used to run down random things I was digging, but it's been some time since I've done so. Pardon me while I share various and sundry Boston-centric musical items....
I've seen Boston's Animal Hospital (aka Mr. Kevin Micka) a few times, always in his regular solo drumming/looping/triggering form, and never better than when he opened for the Jesus Lizard at the Paradise two years ago this month. Well, I'm thinking that set is about to get trumped. He's pulled together something very special called the Animal Hospital Ensemble, and it sounds pretty much amazing. I'll let him explain...
"After six years of crafting vast, unforgettable works of aural experimentation by himself and an arsenal of looping hardware, Animal Hospital's Kevin Micka is announcing the first ever live performances of his music by an ensemble of seasoned local guitarists, string players, and drummers.Seriously. Micka's musical co-conspirators include members of local faves Shepherdess, The Broken River Prophet, Roh Delikat, Hallelujah the Hills, and Neptune... and that's just naming a few. Check out the full stacked list of guests here. Two lone shows and an audience-enveloping setup that promises to be unlike anything ever. How can you miss such a thing? Easy answer is you can't.
Your only chances to see this spectacle will be on Saturday, December 3rd at Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket (starts at 8pm with openers Big Digits), and the next night, Sunday, December 4th at MassArt's Pozen Center in Boston (starts at 6pm with openers Beautiful Weekend). Both shows are all ages. Check out the super-slick poster.
A couple weeks back a note from relatively new Boston combo Strange Mangers hit my inbox, letting me know that they've just released their self-titled debut EP via Bandcamp. I've listened to the songs a whole lot over the past week, and am totally digging on them. I'll spare you my descriptive attempts and share the lead off track...
Head over to Bandcamp and pay-what-you-want for the 6-song EP, and keep an eye on their Facebook page for their next area live show, which should be sometime in January.
TONIGHT! Earthquake Party! Release Party!
Yes, I should have given more notice, but hopefully you're already aware that Earthquake Party! officially releases their new 3-song "EP! vs Pizza" EP tonight at Great Scott. You can already listen to the five-minute blast over on Bandcamp or Soundcloud, but if you want one of the special cassettes (yup, it's on tape), you'll have to get yourself over to Allston proper this evening. Joining EP! on the bill are Pretty & Nice, Miniboone, & the Clippers. Here's the tape's first cut, which you can download for free over at Bandcamp...
Hallelujah the Hills (who played the Milky Way last night) have just finished mixing their fan-funded 3rd LP, which is due out in 2012 - but to tide us over until then, they've offered up two brand new non-album songs in the form of a digital single: Side A is "Amateurs" and the B side is "The Girls Are Here". Have a listen over at Bandcamp, or stream "Amateurs" here...
I've got plenty more I could write about, but in the interest of timeliness (I know, go ahead and laugh), I'll fire this one off...
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on november 14th, 2008
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