Party Bois @ The Middle East Downstairs 2.7.2015

    Party Bois @ The Middle East Downstairs 2.7.2015

    Hey there, Party Bois! Nice to finally get some face time. I’ve been digging your tunes. Let’s have some fun.

    Awaaz Do @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 1.30.2015

    Awaaz Do @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 1.30.2015

    Awaaz Do mixed culture, humor and several musical styles. The result was pure joy.

    The Organ Beats @ The Sinclair 1.17.2015

    The Organ Beats @ The Sinclair 1.17.2015

    Conjuring up some magical blend of power and melody, The Organ Beats lit up the Sinclair stage with a vibrant sound.

    The Juliana Hatfield Three @ Paradise Rock Club 1.10.2015

    The Juliana Hatfield Three @ Paradise Rock Club 1.10.2015

    And now, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you some photos of The Juliana Hatfield Three performing together for the first time in some twenty-odd years…

    Jesse Dee @ The Sinclair 12.29.2014

    Jesse Dee @ The Sinclair 12.29.2014

    Jesse Dee got The Sinclair crowd going with a little bit of soul. OK, a lot bit of soul.

    Township – Life Goes On (Until It Don’t) EP (2014)

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    Township
    Life Goes On (Until It Don’t) EP
    2014

    OK, folks, time to put on our optimist hats. Sure there may be multiple feet of snow on the ground and piles of the dirty white stuff that reach high up into the sky, but winter can’t go on forever. Summer will be here in no time, complete with a brand new crop of summer songs. Looking back, it’s safe to say that the summer of 2014 was the Summer of Dudes Summer of Township. These guys put out four top notch EPs that season. I’ve written about a couple of them, but failed to mention my favorite. The Life Goes On (Until It Don’t) EP is the most seminal, horn throwing, unabashedly rocking set of tunes the band has bundled for mass consumption. The title track is hooky, vital and impossible not to sing along with. “Diamonds In The Floorboards” might be the band’s best live tune.* The recorded version is just as killer. The vocals are impassioned while the riff goes for the jugular. EP opener “Chevy Nova 1979″ sounds exactly like a song with that title should sound. So, roll down the windows. Crank the stereo. Township just provided the getaway soundtrack for your next big heist.

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    * Although the monolithic “Garden Of Our Love” gives it a run for its money.

    Animal Talk – Kid (2014)

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    Animal Talk
    Kid
    2014

    Animal Talk makes living, breathing dance music. A year ago, they released Kid, an EP with a pulse as human as it is electronic. Why am I writing about it now? Because, today, the triumphant buzz and thump of songs like “Tie Me Up” and “Mama Was A Teenage Rocker” are keeping me sane. In fact, if I can play “Color Wheel” on repeat for the rest of the day I might just live to post again tomorrow. Guitars and effects blend into a kaleidoscope of sound. These songs get in my head and suddenly the world seems better than it probably is. That’s something.

    Where to get it:

    Scott Janovitz – Fall In EP (2015)

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    Scott Janovitz
    Fall In EP
    2015

    Picking up where The Russians left off,* Scott Janovitz returns with an EP of layered power pop that may just melt the 100 inches of snow that fell on my heart this winter. The warm inviting sounds of “Fall In” belie the song’s less sunny undercurrents. Scott singing “Hear it in my voice now it’s ringing true/Hear it in my voice/Listen to my voice” in the damn-near-perfect second verse provides one of those subtle little songwriting twists that make my giddy. The Fall In EP is loaded with those moments. Like the unusual two-line-plus-twinkling-melody verses of “The Worst.” Or the chorus postscript tacked on at the 2:50 mark of “The Big Reveal.” The end result is magnificent. It’s good to be warm again.

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    * That’s a very good place to pick up from.

    Magen Tracy – “Fiercely” (2014)

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    Magen Tracy
    “Fiercely”
    2014

    OK, so she’s put out another single since this one, but I just can’t let this fantastic song slip away without saying something. On “Fiercely,” Magen Tracy brings the Muscle Shoals sound to Boston. The Rhodes! The slide guitar! The backing vocals! It’s intense. The song is a slow, steady burn. Magen’s confidently restrained vocals go for honesty over emotional manipulation. There’s no melodrama here. This is real. This is good.

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    Worshipper – “Black Corridor” b/w “High Above the Clouds” (2015)

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    Worshipper
    “Black Corridor” b/w “High Above the Clouds”
    2015

    This… I mean… Come on! How can a band’s first pair of singles be this good? Oh, Worshipper is John Brookhouse, Dave Jarvis, Bob Maloney and Alejandro Necochea? Well, there you go. “Black Corridor” and “High Above the Clouds” are a pair of towering tributes laid upon the alter of the metal gods. The riffs smoke. The rhythm section destroys. The tunes are timeless. The performances are inspired. This is everything I want from metal in 2015, which is pretty much all I’ve wanted from any metal ever. Go figure.

    Where to get it:

    Sidewalk Driver – My Face (2015)

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    Sidewalk Driver
    My Face
    2015

    Oh, boy. I hate this. Wait, that came out wrong. I love My Face. That didn’t come out right, either. This isn’t going well. What I meant to say is that I love the new Sidewalk Driver record, but I hate that I can’t think of any good way to tell you that. And I need to tell you that. Ugh. Let’s get this over with.

    So, how shall we proceed? Let’s start at the top. Sidewalk Driver’s magnum opus begins with the bang-bang combo of “Kidnapped” and “My Face.” These are two of my favorite songs, sans qualifiers, and no finer album opening salvo shall you find. “Call My Name” never fails to put a smile on my face.* “Five Steps” is a mind-blowingly awesome, dirty birdie rocker with a hair metal heart.** If a band like Tora Tora or Baton Rouge had had a song like this back in the day, they’d have been household names. Sidewalk Driver works some Fat Albert funk into “Because I Want You.” “So Close” is expertly crafted pop. The live favorite “Karaoke Guy (Monday Night)” always brings the house down; the recorded version does the same. “We’re Going Down” and “Rock Star” tack on a couple more big rock tunes before “Ya Know” gently brings things to a perfect end. Are you convinced of My Face’s brilliance yet? I hope so.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go back to listening to music instead of butchering the English language in an attempt to write about it. Write about the music that is, not the English language. Please make this end.

    Where to get it:

    Full Disclosure: Nicole Anguish of Daykamp Creative did the artwork for this here record. You may have already guessed that since it’s awesome. The artwork and the record.

    * That “my face” reference was unintentional and I hate myself for it.

    ** Anyone who knows me would recognize this as a compliment. It should not be taken otherwise.

    Videos! Videos! 700 Videos!

    Oh, hi! Nice to see you. It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on Daykamp Music TV. If I ever want to show my face around town again, I better use my imagination and come up with some way to tell you more about the state of our video channel. Sooo, here goes.

    Look, we all get a little bit low from time to time. Sometimes we’re so low down we don’t even wanna to go to school or work. The fear is that it will send us to our graves. There’s hope! Music is our medicine! With more than 700 videos from 300 artists, Daykamp Music TV will have you ridin’ out this sweater weather until we’re all living in harmony.

    OK. That’s all I’ve got for this morning. Enjoy a music video or two! Here’s today’s Video of the Day. It’s a classic from The Juliana Hatfield Three. They play The Sinclair Friday night!

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    Goddamn Draculas – The Drax (2015)

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    Goddamn Draculas
    The Drax
    2015

    Now that we’ve got all of our pics posted from the Goddamn Draculas release show, we thought it’d be fitting to say a few words about this frighteningly good album. The Drax is one bloody anthem after another. Honestly, “Say Goodbye” is one of the biggest album-closer-worthy tracks to come out of Boston in recent years. It’s the second song on the record. They hook you early and don’t let go. Killer harmonies drive a stake through the dense riffs, delivering witty and honest lyrical nuggets that deliver hard truths with tongues firmly planted in cheeks. The Drax cut their hubris with humor, creating a band persona that is as endearing as it is egotistical. They’re monsters of rock. They’re Goddamn Draculas. Raise your fist and smile.

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    Aquanutz @ The Middle East Downstairs 2.7.2015

    I’m probably the last person to post photos of Aquanutz from The Drax release show. So be it. Here are a few more shots of Boston’s finest hairspray and leather revelers headed out to where the down boys go.

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    Goddamn Draculas @ The Middle East Downstairs 2.7.2015

    The Drax were larger than life while releasing their new album at The Middle East. They took the stage in the big room and made it feel small. This was their moment and they made the most of it. Surrender to the Goddamn Draculas.

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