Tag: Boston Bands

Mint Pillow Debut EP – Terms & Conditions

Mint Pillow - Terms & Conditions (Artwork - D. Hixon)

Mint Pillow – Terms & Conditions (Artwork – D. Hixon)

I released my debut “solo” EP last week called “Terms & Conditions” – I placed solo in quotes because I had heavy collaboration from talented artists I happen to call friends.

I’ve been listening to so much music due to DJ-ing and have been digging pretty deep in the record bins, so I wanted to put some of that to use in my own music. The album has a skeleton that’s based on samples I pulled from favorite tracks – and then looped and freaked with those samples further. Adding live instruments, drums, and synths and then passed on to my collaborators for them to rap, sing, or play their own instruments over.

The result is “Terms & Conditions” an eclectically weird EP that balances between electronic, hiphop, breaks, and left-field indie.

Contributing Artists:

Recommended If You Like: Dr. Dundiff, Glad2Mecha, James Pants, Boards

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Mint Pillow Schedule Late October / Early November 2017

Mint Pillow Dates Late October / Early November

Mint Pillow Dates Late October / Early November (Collage – D.Hixon)

Pasted_Image_10_24_17__8_37_AMMint Pillow will be busy over the coming weeks. First DJ’ing the annual NOCtoberfest party at G2 Tech Group this Thursday (10/26) in Boston’s innovation district – one of his favorite parties of the year. This year will be a Dead Rock Star Ball and the costume party will be accompanied by a very special VJ set as Pillow mixes some of his favorite videos of musical heroes who’ve gone onto the next journey. Registration required for attendance, and you can peep the available costume list here.

State Park Halloween Social

State Park Halloween Social

Come Sunday (10/29) it’s State Park’s Halloween Social – which is a free rock show with CreaturosBeware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!, and Mint Pillow spinning indie/garage/psych jamz before, in-between, and after, an all vinyl affair. Party kicks off at 8pm.

Next Saturday (11/4) is a private event for Pillow in Burlington, MA – and on 11/11 he’ll be out at Cold Harbor Brewing Co.  in Westborough, MA from 4pm – 9pm for a kickin’ party for the release of their first ever can.

See ya’ll around!

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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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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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Visions Premiere: The Ghost of Electricity “The Ritual”

The Ghost of Electricity's Bonez EP drops 2/16.

The Ghost of Electricity’s Bones EP drops 2/3/16 via Spark & Fizz.

The music of The Ghost of Electricity – a recording project featuring Ray McNamara; is unabashedly adventurous & unique. His upcoming EP, Bones, will be released on 2/3/16  by Spark & Fizz Records – and it’s a sonic sculpture whose psychedelic shape morphs with repetitive listens, forming a topography that makes for constant (and rewarding) change. There’s a meditative quality to the EP that is restrained in presentation but complex in composition – Zen Chaos. “The Ritual” is the opening track off Bones and shimmers you into the jangled depths this  EP contains.

Recommended If You Like: Bibio, Dirty Projectors, Buffalo Daughter

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Recommended Song: brmfthsstm* – honest

Brmfthsstm

brmfthsstm* — pronouced ‘Broom Of The System’.

It may be easy for brmfthsstm* to be alone, but it’s even easier to ease back and let the rays of “honest” layer you in a golden tan – leaving you deeper in tone & tenor than when you first laid out to bathe. It’s gentle, thoughtful, and light as a two inch New England dusting – while also warm as the orange window you watch flakes flutter and fall from – that duality is what makes “honest” better than great, and brmfthsstm* someone to pay attention to.

Recommended If You Like: Sore Eros, Sex Dream, Tomorrows Tulips

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Recommended Song: Jackson Frolic – Too Light

Jackson Frolic in Middle School.

Jackson Frolic in Middle School.

Close your eyes. Place headphones over ears – let Johhny Marr-like guitar blend with vocals Alec Ounsworth would say yeah to as you drift from emo to epic in an ambitious five minute and seventeen seconds. I like this song, a lot. Jackson Frolic are from Boston, and this Thursday they’ll call O’Brien’s Pub in Allston home. That’d be a good night to close your eyes in person, headphones not required.

Recommended If You Like: Modest Mouse, Clap Your Hands, Frightened Rabbit

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