The Rationales @ Cuisine en Locale 9.4.2015

Here are four things The Rationales had me thinking about after their recent set at Cuisine en Locale:

  • Just because everyone always says it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t say it more: The Rationales have some fantastic songs.
  • Dave Mirabella commenting that bandmate Chad Raleigh dressed as Han Solo AND Chewbacca was the best of the many Star Wars references in the ballroom that evening.
  • The Rationales covered a Wilco song for the first time!* Picking my favorite, “I’m Always In Love,” was a wise decision.
  • Speaking of decisions, sometimes bad ones are good ones. Just look at the “Drunk!” crowd-participation backing vocals encouraged on “Drunk All The Time.” Terrible decision. Wonderful outcome.

* Shocking!

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!


Brace yourself, Boston. There’s gonna be rock ‘n’ roll all over you Friday night.

There’s a show I’d like to go to just about every night somewhere in this town. Some nights it can be tough to choose just one. Friday night is going to be impossible. Fourteen lovable Daykamp Music alumni will be taking the stage at five different area venues on October 17th. My brain is melting. What to do? Let’s see if we can figure this out together.

The last time White Dynomite and The Field Effect played together was one heck of a show.
The last time White Dynomite and The Field Effect played together was one heck of a show.

Let’s start at The Middle East Upstairs for a very good cause. Township, White Dynomite, The Field Effect and Triple Thick will be there for Crash Safely along with Animal Hospital. That’s alotta rock, with the money raised going to support The National MS Society. (FB Event)

Cask Mouse are doing it for the animals.
Cask Mouse are doing it for the animals.

Maybe you want to do good with your show-going dollars, but that show isn’t your thing? You could always head next door to TT’s for the latest installment of the Boston Does Boston benefit for the Animal Rescue League Of Boston. Cask Mouse, The Rationales, The Daily Pravda, Muy Cansado and The Fatal Flaw will be joined by Dave Crespo’s After Party at that one. (FB Event)

Doom Lover look harmless, but they'll kill you and immortalize you in song.
Doom Lover look harmless, but they’ll kill you and immortalize you in song.

If you’re caught up in the Boston Music Awards buzz and want to check out New Artist Of The Year nominee The Color And The Sound, then Church is the place for you. Bonus time! Doom Lover are on that bill, too. Daykamp Music loves them, but we secretly worry they’re plotting our demise. At least they’ll write a creepy-cool song about it. (FB Event)

Answerman eats PAs. I mean Answerman *at* PA's.
Answerman eats PAs. I mean Answerman *at* PA’s.

How about Answerman and Barricades at PA’s with Go Blank and Emergency Exit? Couldn’t fault you for that one, either. (FB Event)

Just another ordinary Gondoliers show.
Just another ordinary Gondoliers show.

If you can’t find something to like in one of those shows, there’s nothing I can do for you. Oh wait! Yes there is! You can go see Gondoliers at Cuisine en Locale with Shepherdess and Planet Of Adventure. This show is being filmed. I can’t even image what Gondoliers have up their sleeves. I can’t wait to see. (FB Event)

Crash Safely poster by Nicole Anguish of Daykamp Creative.
Crash Safely poster by Nicole Anguish of Daykamp Creative.

You should maybe probably check out these music videos if you feel like it.

Sometime life gets busy and you miss out on important stuff — important stuff like cool new videos! If this has recently happened to you, here are a few music videos that you should maybe probably if you feel like it check out.

The Bynars - "Time Vs. Money"
The Bynars – “Time Vs. Money”
The Rationales - "This Morning"
The Rationales – “This Morning”
Aloud - "Back Here With Me Again"
Aloud – “Back Here With Me Again”

If you liked these, there are plenty of other great local vids on Daykamp Music TV!

The Rationales – Dream Of Fire (2014)

the rationales dream of fire
The Rationales
Dream Of Fire

Have I ever mentioned how much I like The Rationales? I think I have. Their latest, Dream Of Fire, is pretty fantastic. The EP opens with live favorites “Drunk All The Time” and “Radio,” a single they released back in 2012. It’s a formidable and familiar one-two punch of hooks and vitality. “This Morning” shakes up its Buffalo Tom-like vibe with fiery, spaced-out guitar solos. “Last Words” buries the dagger with the line “She won’t remember the last thing you said if you’re there.” Man. These songs are reeeeeaaaally good. The whole thing wraps up with “Let It Go.” Here’s a band so gifted in the ways of verse/bridge/chorus blowing it all up with magnificent results.

Like I said, I like The Rationales.

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