I managed to catch a couple of songs by the always-entertaining John Powhida International Airport during the 2014 Boston Music Awards celebration. That was fun.
So, you’re headed to the sold out Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Finals tonight and you’re wondering what to expect. Look, these things are pretty unpredictable. No one ever really knows what’s going to happen. Petty Morals, Await Rescue and Goddamn Draculas have been on point the whole Rumble. There’s no reason to expect anything less tonight. However, if you think you know what tricks the bands have up their sleeves or who’s going home in a tiara, you may be in for a surprise. We’ll find out soon enough when we pack into TT’s to watch in all unfold. Then we’ll catch a set from The Information before they announce the winner and spray the champagne. In the end, we’ll have our memories. Maybe we’ll have some pictures. Here are a few of mine from the last 3 Rumble Finals. See you tonight!
Oh, and let’s not forget the celebrations…
Hi. Daykamp Music TV, here. Just checking in to let you know about all the cool new videos we’ve got on our not-actually-a-television-station music television station. It’s Friday. I’m not saying you don’t actually want to get any work done, but if you were looking to kill some time you could do worse than checking out some of these videos.
Oh, and I just added all of The Cars videos, because they’re awesome…
John Powhida International Airport
“Santa, Santa, What’s in the Bag?” b/w “Let’s Make Nice”
John Powhida’s ability to write a twisted power pop tune is legendary. The man has now set his sights on the holiday season with “Santa, Santa, What’s in the Bag?” It’s classic J-Po with witty lyrics, a snappy backbeat, hand claps and a big pop hook. The festive number is topped off with a riotous guitar solo, glockenspiel, sleigh bells and some holiday sneer to ensure it gets regular play through the end of the year. “Let’s Make Nice” is a send up of the traditional holiday duet with Amy Correia as the reason for J-Po’s blue Christmas. Merry JPx-mas!*
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* I “borrowed” that from the JPx Bandcamp page. It was too good not to use.
John Powhida International Airport closed out opening night at Radio. J-Po brought along an entirely different flight crew since the last time I saw him.* One thing remains constant**; you can’t swing a funny bunny on stage at a JPX show without hitting a talented musician.
Also worth noting: Radio is awesome! Congrats to everyone who helped get the place off the ground (including owners Aimee McGrath and Josh Banville and booking agent Ashley Willard).
** You know, besides Mr. Powhida himself. So I guess two things. Oh, and the songs. Three things. Everything else changed, though. I think. I’m not so sure anymore.
There’s something wrong with John Powhida. Songs about junkie dads and disco decadence should not be this fun. In fact, those things don’t sound fun at all. Here’s the thing; junkie dads and disco decadence are fun. I just didn’t realize this until J Po and gang pressed these tunes on cool blue vinyl.
You’ll still be thinking “that’s just not right” if you listen a little too closely. Luckily, like most good music that is meant to make you move, you’ll probably be too caught up in the party to worry about the clean up. If you do happen to find yourself contemplating the stark contrast between what J Po is saying and how he’s playing it, then you’ll come to the same realization I did.
There’s something right with John Powhida.
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What does a Rumble winning set sound like in the year 2011?
Well, during John Powhida International Airport’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Finals set someone from Boston Band Crush posted the following Facebook update:
“Does anyone else think John Powhida is from another planet?”
I think the BBC folks may be onto something. There’s just too much crazy goodness going on in a John Powhida International Airport set for it to be of human origin. J-Po’s previous outfit, The Rudds, was a pretty kick-ass rock band. Here, the kick-assity remains, but it’s infused with synthesizers, danceable grooves and a healthy dose of insanity. It sounds crazy. It is crazy. But it works. It works beautifully.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, you may be wondering what a Rumble winning set looks like in the year 2011. See below…
So, we’re just over a month into this whole blogging thing. What do you think? I think it’s going pretty OK.
Hey, here’s an idea. Why not head on over to Facebook and ‘Like’ the Daykamp Music page? That’s a fantastic idea, me! I don’t know why you didn’t think of it sooner.
Next week we’ll finish up our Rumble coverage. We’ve got Mellow Bravo Semi-Final pics, as well as Finals photos of OldJack, Spirit Kid, John Powhida International Airport and special guest band The Shods. Join us, won’t you?
By now we all know that John Powhida International Airport took the tiara in the 2011 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble. Congratulations to J-Po and his flight crew on their well earned victory.
Here are some photos from the night that started it all for them. The band rocked, rolled, shook and shimmied their way to a Preliminary Night #3 victory. Good times.
So, here we are on the eve of the 2011 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Finals. Head on down to T.T. The Bear’s Place tomorrow night and check out John Powhida International Airport, Spirit Kid and Old Jack as they vie for the coveted Rumble Tiara.
Anngelle Wood has done a remarkable job with this institution. The Rumble is a crash course in Boston’s awesomeness. The 2011 edition has been a celebration of our fantastically eclectic music scene. I haven’t been able to attend all of the shows, but I’ve enjoyed myself immensely on the nights I’ve made my way down to Central Square.
Over the next several days I’ll be posting up some pictures from this year’s festivities. The Autumn Hollow Band are already on display. Watch for photos of John Powhida International Airport, Spirit Kid, Sidewalk Driver, Mellow Bravo, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling and Cult 45.
Tomorrow night should be a lot of fun.