Month: February 2016

Mint Pillow Live from State Park – All Vinyl Set

Mint Pillow belly up at the decks & bar. (Photo - K. Chandler)

Mint Pillow belly up at the decks & bar. (Photo – K. Chandler)

Last Thursday I spun records at State Park in Cambridge – and the night saw me spinning an eclectic mix of deep soul, funk, hip hop, and indie. This all vinyl set is over four hours long with 70+ tracks and is now available via mixcloud. Let it guide you into your week.

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Recommended Album: Gladiola – This Year’s Storm

Gladiola

Gladiola

Getting old can be a drag. Body parts ache that didn’t exist a decade ago, time is commandeered with adult chores, and creativity becomes blunted. The routine of the race can lead many to either vice or complacency – and this is especially true when it comes to art, be it painting, music, or what have you. I’m on the downslope of my 30’s, which feels ancient for someone writing a music blog – let alone the podcast’s & DJ mixes I do in addition to my “real job”. I often feel crazy striving forward and pouring so much of myself into a painting, song, or mix – as I’ve grown older the significance of art has crept off my peers radar, and been passed down to a younger generation with seeming indifference with others my age.

That’s likely why so much music circles around young ideals – and it’s these realizations that make Gladiola’s new album, This Year’s Storm, hit hard for me. The music will make any fan of 80’s college jangle in approval – but it’s the lyrics that strike me like a hammer.

are you still writing? are you haunted by the amp in the basement?

Bill Madden-Fuoco makes each song a story – and the stories, each of them, center around very adult themes. The album kicks off with “We’re Never Going Back” (below) which was mixed by Mitch Easter [R.E.M., Wilco, Pavement] and the rest of the album was mixed by Dave Minehan, who recently toured with The Replacements. Those two names tell you everything you need to know about the music, as not only have the themes of the songs grown up, but so has the music and overall production – making This Year’s Storm an early favorite for 2016.

Recommended If You Like: The Replacements, Son Volt, The Longwalls

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Recommended Mix-Tape: Grandmaster Flash Drive – 25 To Life Series: Volume 4 (Best Of/Past & Present)

Grandmaster Flash Drive 25 To Life Series: Volume 4 (Best Of/Past & Present)

Grandmaster Flash Drive
25 To Life Series: Volume 4 (Best Of/Past & Present)

The snow outside Boston falls heavy & wet – but the sound inside Volume 4 of the 25 To Life Series series by Grandmaster Flash Drive & The Furious Files falls heavy & hot. Grandmaster Flash Drive is the brain child of acclaimed street poet Monte Smith – and with assistance from Zac Trainor the fierce mix-tapes they meld together slay with an aggressive underground hip-hop tilt that’s turning heads in both the States and Overseas. When a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate – in this case, Killah Priest, is dropping your intro you know something’s in the wind, and this breeze is more than warm – it’s hot.

Recommended If You Like: Mixtapes, Organic Hip Hop, Action Bronson

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New Video: Dead Trains – County Road Bound/Mean Town Blues

Dead Trains

Dead Trains

Galavant with Dead Trains & cohorts in their newest video as they get off the chain gain and into your basement hearts. There’s tons of SouthWest swagger from this Boston trio – with concrete grit and dirty jean vibez permeating off of their new single, “County Road Bound/Mean Town Blues” – it’s the perfect accompaniment to listen to while working on a serious hangover.

Recommended If You Like: Meat Puppets, Jon Spencer, Cow Punk

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Recommended Album: Magic Magic – Tv Life

Magic Magic

Magic Magic

Magic Magic play a lazed out “am I still sleeping – or awake?” version of indie glaze pop that leaves the ears floaty and heart hopeful. The unsigned Boston sextet released Tv Life in mid-January and it’s 11 tracks of fantastic – a perfect accompaniment to an unseasonably warm February as it’s psychedelic surrealness leaves you blended between the physical and the shadowland.

Recommended If You Like: Animal Collective, Atlas Sound, Four Tet

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