Despite being a fan of the band and its members, I had never seen the Blake Babies until this past Friday night at The Paradise. The songs were worth waiting for. The full on denim put the night over the top.
Perhaps you saw my photos from the Boston Stands with the ACLU benefit show at The Paradise and thought to yourself “That’s unusual. Johnny is usually right up front when he takes pictures, but most of these photos are from the back. Was it crazy crowded and he couldn’t get up front? Was he trying out some new perspectives? Was there something else going on that prevented him from standing in one spot for 6 hours?” Well, I have answers to these imaginary questions you may or may not have asked yourself! Yes, it was sold out! Yes, but only because it was so crazy packed I couldn’t get up front! And yes, because I was also busy taking all of these photos!
Some really wonderful people were involved with putting this show together. The night raised $24,800 for the ACLU. The musical lineup was unbelievable. Seriously. Did that really happen? Jokes were told. Songs were sung. My head is still spinning. I’m going to take a nap. Right after I leave these here…
Check out performance photos from all of the acts on this amazing night:
What was the best part of Juliana Hatfield’s set at Boston Stands with the ACLU? Tough to say. Maybe it was hearing the growling new tunes from her upcoming Pussycat album. How about the first live electric performance of Minor Alps’ “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands” with Mathew Caws and The Gravel Pit’s Ed Valauskas and Pete Caldes? That was pretty great, too. I refuse to decide!
Check out performance photos from all of the acts on this wonderful night:
Old songs! New songs! Solo songs! The Juliana Hatfield Three played it all at Cuisine en Locale. The trio culled tunes from their two albums* and Juliana’s solo work for the memorable set. The end result was wonderful. The band sounded great. The crowd was appreciative. I can’t think of a better way to have spent a Sunday night.
* There’s a 22 year span between those two records. I love ’em both.
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. Their set at Hot Stove Cool Music may have only been a few songs, but it sure did sound good. Really good. Their February show at The Sinclair can’t come soon enough for this fan.
Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) just finished up their first tour as Minor Alps. Their final stop, at The Sinclair,* brought Juliana home to Cambridge. The respect that these two artist have for each other is quite evident. Complementary styles are in play. The sum of Minor Alps is distinct, yet familiar. Their voices work beautifully together. They sounded wonderful in the Harvard Square venue. The duo played songs from their debut record, a few Nada Surf songs, some of Juliana’s songs and a handful of covers. I could have listened to them all night.
* The lovely and talented Nicole Anguish of Daykamp Creative made an amazing poster for this show. Here it is. Nice, right?
Guess what. Daykamp Music TV is now playing more than 400 videos from 200 artists. Pretty cool, right?
What else? We’ve got the new ones from Parks, Walter Sickert & The Army Of Broken Toys and Coke Weed. We’ve got old vids from Juliana Hatfield and Cold Water Flat. We’ve even got new and old videos from today’s Video of the Day artist, Dinosaur Jr. Whatever’s cool with me.