This weekend Cuisine en Locale will be hosting “Your Friends Fest – an event put on by Dug Mccormack of Psychic Dog. The event is a celebration of local art, crafts, and music that’s being created in and around Boston. There’ll be a ton of great vendor’s – a lot of art – and some killer music (Spo, DCDR, Psychic Dog, currents, & Great News).
Chicago transplant via Indiana, Sam Vicari, writes simple and elegant guitar drive pop. “Heart Explosion” is the perfect track for the Freakin’ Weekend, providing a nice soundtrack for a drive to the beach or lazy Sunday. Heart Explosion, which is due out later this summer, was entirely funded by Vicari via the tutoring of 5th & 6th graders while also working as a barista – a true passion project, which will hopefully lead to bigger and better things for the talented singer-songwriter.
Recommended If You Like: Mathew Sweet, Buddy Holly, Guitar Driven Pop
“Vampire Voltage No. 6” is the B-Side of “Chemtrails”, which was on Beck’s stellar 2008 LP Modern Guilt. It’s one of my favorite Beck tracks because of it’s Jekyll/Hyde approach. Starting off with a gentle whisper, while ending in an urgent shout – matching my mixed mood, on this Freakin’ Weekend.
Recommended If You Like: Brian Eno meets Syd Barrett meets Jay Reatard
Many thanks to my friend Kevin for turning me on to this song yesterday, as it’s an excellent accompaniment to the Freakin’ Weekend.
his tires start spinning, rock and roll starts winning
we rise to the top, we’re the cream of the crop
Cinco de Mayo is most important to me. Ten years ago my Wife and I became a couple, which spurred on a spoiled decade – making me forever grateful for crossing paths with Jeannine.
“Sweet Avenue” by Jets to Brazil was prominent on the first Mix CD I gave her, and quickly became Our Song – thus in the innocent year of 2003 – I gained an auditory tattoo, which is forever imprinted on mind and heart.
Now that my friends, is Emo.
I recently ordered the picture disc of Thurston Moore’s Trees Outside the Academy on Discogs and revisiting the album on the heels of just seeing Chelsea Light Moving has been an excellent marriage. Trees has aged very well over the past six years, and “Never Day” may be the highlight of the album. The below fan video is a great accompaniment to the Spring and the Freakin’ Weekend. Get after it my friends.
There’s still plenty of fire left to this Freakin’ Weekend, especially when an absolutley killer show looms on the horizon (Chelsea Light Moving @ Sinclair). I couldn’t think of a better way to pre-game than with the Fort Worth Texas based Mind Spiders, a band that plays their music with a punk ethos and pop sensibility that’d make Joey Ramone grin that goofy smile.
Recommended If You Like: Joey Ramone smiling, Richard Hell, The Method Actors
Last weekend at the New England Record Show I was digging through a vendor’s Funk/Soul section and immediately pulled Parliament’s seminal record Mothership Connection. As I continued to flip through the records I had numerous vinyl heads ask if I was purchasing it. When replying “Yes” they sighed with respectful regret and let me know how good of a record it was, and my reply each time was “I know.”
It can’t be understated how influential George Clinton and P-Funk are, and as I continue to connect the dots with their complex and rewarding discography certain things become clear. For example, early 90’s West Coast Rap would sound a hell of a lot different without P-Funk. You can easily see a young Dr. Dre in the early 70’s grooving with over-sized headphones to a copy of his Mom’s Mothership Connection. The title track is the DNA of his seminal album, The Chronic, which helped propel the Rap Game to the next level and expose a whole new generation and class to President Clinton and his band of fearless freaks. So on this Easter Freakin’ Weekend celebrate the forever contemporary sound of one of the greatest bands to ever get weird and reclaim those pyramids.
Recommended If You Like: Funk, Soul, Star Child, Maggots, George Clinton