Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Short burst

So we are chugging along.  Its mid November, we had a little snow, but nothing like the folks in New York.

The year is coming to an end and the headphones are abuzz going back to the records that came out this year.  The plan is to do the favorites of the year per the norm.

Hockey has been life though.  Coaching takes a lot of time, but I love it.  Maybe a full time gig with pay some day?

Thanks for poking around.  We shall see if this gets me inspired to post more.

Have a great Thanksgiving to all the US readers!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Caspian - Larcom Theater, Beverly MA October 18, 2014 10th Anniversary Show, set list

Larcom Theater, Beverly MA
Saturday, October 18, 2014

A cool Saturday evening in an old classic theater in the bands hometown, Caspian celebrated 10 years. A lot has changed for the band over these ten years. The band has remained largely intact since its inception and their dedication to their art was evident in this two hour show.

Spread over two sets, the first which was just about 55 minutes, started with Cigarette. A slow building track it was the way to start up the evening. The band then launched in to Quovis/Further Up/Further In (three songs in a row that fans have come to call “Trio”). Energy was very high and other than an occasional hand wave from guitarist Phil Jamieson the band stayed on task.

The audience hung on each note. The seated venue, the band would note, is the first show they had ever done with reserved seating. Still the front of the stage area found fans on the floor leaning up against and off to the sides as well there was ample standing room. My view from the front row of the balcony was stunning and the sound really filled the room. It was top notch.

At the end of the first set, Jamieson was able to greet the audience and thank us for coming. He was thrilled how it was going and the band was going to take a 10 minute break.

Set two began with the quiet of “Concrescence”. Members sitting down and quietly strumming guitars. A solid pick for a set opener as the usual set closer “Sycamore” followed. The build was stunning and fans are always used to this being the end, but it was so early in the set we knew we had more. “Gone in Bloom and Bough” was next and the 12+ minute track just perfect. The slow build, but with monstrous riffs and flashing lights pulled you right in. The set continued on and ended with a rowdy version of “Fire Made Flesh”. With that the band headed towards backstage.

The encore took a bit to get rolling as the band brought out a string section and some things needed to be moved around the stage. At this time Jamieson took to the mic to thank the theater, the fans etc. Everything you'd expect, but the genuine feel and appreciation was wonderful. The band played “Hymn for the Greatest Generation”. Dedicated to former bassist Chris Friedrich who passed away suddenly a year ago. The band noted they don't play the song often, as it is difficult to pull off live, but it was stunningly beautiful.

The band did one more song, a new song. Part of me wanted something we were all used to, but the great part is the band was there to celebrate 10 years, but also show they were not done. That as a prefect way to end it all.

Fans headed to the street and you'd be hard pressed to not hear “wow's” or notes of assurance to others how great the show was.

The full set list.
Further Up
Further In
Ghosts of the Garden City
set break
Gone In Bloom and Bough
Halls of the Summer
Fire Made Flesh
E: Hymn for the Greatest Generation*
Unknown New Song
* w/strings

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The new U2 Album...

So today in the US the newest U2 record "Songs of Innocence" is released on "physical media" vs the direct to iTunes download a month or so ago.

Being a long time fan I accepted the download just fine and listened a few times but wasn't blown away.  Could have been time, circumstance etc..who knows.


Since 1984 I've bought every single new U2 release the day it came out.  That rolls back to Unforgettable Fire (I recall the ride to the mall with my older brother) to Joshua Tree (walking from school to the local shop, getting it on tape vs my typical vinyl purchase at the time (always put the record on a maxell XLII 90.)
It was always an "event" for me.

This time, I am not sure.

I type this while still at work, and I can pass a record shop on the way home.....

The ride home will tell.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hello have you been?

Don't worry, I am here..(I know..yay!)

I'll have something for you to kill time to shortly.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Colony House - Fall tour!


The Nashville rock trio Colony House released their debut album When I Was Younger on July 22, 2014 via Descendent Records (The Lone Bellow) to raving reviews. The album charted #3 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart, #7 on the iTunes Alternative Rock Charts, and their single “Silhouettes” continues to be the #1 played track on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation with 50 spins per week. When I Was Younger now available on iTunes.

“Silhouettes” is also the most downloaded song by SiriusXM AltNation listeners from the SXM site and is spinning on Alternative radio stations across the nation.

On the heels of the debut release and single success, the band announces the second leg of their U.S. tour that will hit over 20 cities throughout the fall. 

Colony House Chart Facts:
#1 most played and downloaded single on SiriusXM Alt Nation
#3 Billboard Heatseekers Charts
#7 on iTunes Alternative Rock Charts
#32 Billboard Independent Charts
#154 Billboard Top 200

Fall Tour Dates:
Sept 2 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Sept 3 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Sept 4 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Sept 5 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Sept 6 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sept 7 - Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper
Sept 9 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Sept 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Neck Of The Woods
Sept 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Satellite
Sept 13 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing
Sept 14 - Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
Sept 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
Sept 17 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Sept 20 - Tulsa, OK @Vanguard
Sept 23 - Fayetteville, AR @ George’s
Sept 24 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
Sept 25 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
Sept 26 - Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival
Sept 27 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Oct 1 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
Oct 3 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi
Oct 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Rock
Oct 8 - Houston, TC @ Fitzgerald’s
Oct 9 - Bryan, TX @ Grand Stafford
Oct 11 - Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
Oct 12 - Austin, TX @ ACL
Oct 14 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Oct 16 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
Oct 18 - Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse
Oct 21 - Washington, D.C. @ U-Hall
Oct 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
Oct 24 - New York, NY @ CMJ
Oct 26 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Oct 28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Oct 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Oct 30 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement

Grand Point North Festival - More news, After Parties!!

We posted a few weeks back the exciting news and line up for hte Great  (refresher is right here)

The After Parties have been annoucned!

Marco Benevento Band, featuring the Grand Point North All Stars!

Higher Ground & Grace Potter and The Nocturnals announced the official after parties for both nights of Grand Point North. On Saturday, Sept. 13th, FLY GOLDEN EAGLE will perform at Nectar's in downtown Burlington. Tickets are $15 advance and $10 day of show. Then, to close out the festival on Sunday, Sept. 14th, THE MARCO BENEVENTO BAND featuring THE GRAND POINT NORTH ALLSTARS will perform at the Higher Ground Ballroom. The band will feature Dave Driewitz, Andy Borger, Grace Potter & members of The Nocturnals, and more! Tickets are $17 advance and $20 day of show.

 The 4th annual Grand Point North Music Festival takes place on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at Burlington, Vermont’s Waterfront Park. In addition to Grace Potter & the Nocturnals playing both nights, the main stage line-up for the 2014 festival will include Lake Street Dive, Trampled By Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Dr. John, The War On Drugs, Lucius, Rayland Baxter, and Debo Band. Also featured on this year’s bill are some of Burlington's finest local talent, including Caroline Rose, Swale, Villanelles, Anders Parker, Lowell Thompson, Gold Town, The High Breaks and Dwight and Nicole.

 Individual day tickets for the Grand Point North Festival are available for $49 each. Two-day General Admission Passes $79.

Higher Ground & Grand Point North Present

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
at Nectar's
Time: Doors at 11pm, Show 11:30pm.
Ages: 21+
Tickets: $15 advance | $10 day of show
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18th at 11am.
Charge by phone: 888.512.SHOW
In person: Higher Ground Box Office / 1214 Williston Rd / Burlington, VT

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Higher Ground & Grand Point North Present
ft. Dave Driewitz, Andy Borger, Grace Potter & members of GPN and more!
Sunday, September 14th, 2014
at Higher Ground Ballroom
Time: Doors at 9:30pm, Show 10:30pm.
Ages: All Ages
Tickets: $17 advance | $20 day of show
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18th at 11am.
Charge by phone: 888.512.SHOW
In person: Higher Ground Box Office / 1214 Williston Rd / Burlington, VT

Catchy song alert! - "Paris" from the band "Scenic Route to Alaska"

Canadian indie-folk rock band, Scenic Route to Alaska, made up of childhood friends, Trevor Mann, Murray Wood and Shea Connor.

After growing up together, Scenic Route to Alaska is able to display masterful sounds together, while continuously impressing their audiences. Check out their track "Paris" off of their second album, Warrington, and prepare to be overtaken by their advanced and complicated drum patterns, letting its deceiving simplicity keep the song replaying in your head long after

Dig in, I can't stop playing it!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Queens of the Stone Age - Providence Performing Arts Center July 14, 2014

Queens of the Stone Age
Providence Performing Arts Center
Providence, Rhode Island
Monday July 14, 2014

Support – Brady Dalle

Readers of this blog know that I am fan of the band. Been a fan for many years and last night marked the 13th time seeing the band live. Some things were the same, but much has changed, for the better over the years. The band is a bit more focused on the visuals (far more lights in the show than I ever recall seeing) and a tight...very tight set list.

Opening with “You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire” was a very solid, rowdy opener and that sped right in to “No One Knows”.

For the full 90 minute set found the band really not straying. I don't even think lead singer, founder and guitarist Josh Homme even changed his guitar. Josh was spot on vocally and he would toss his swagger off his hips and “just the right” amount of stage banter really kept it moving.

The band, which always seemed to have a revolving door of musicians seems to have settled least for now. Troy Van Leeuwen was stage right, changing his guitars often and offering many vocal harmonies. Bassist Mikey “shoes” Shuman was to Hommes left and is steady and animated as ever. Jon Theodore really can work the drums, and was even given a short solo late in the show. Dean Fertita played just about everything, focusing mostly on keyboards, but he'd strap the guitar on many a time during the night.

2013's critically acclaimed record “...Like Clockwork” was well represented and the tunes all play out well in a live setting. “If I Had A Tail” mid set was a stand out and the swirling bass on “Turnin' the Screw” was a perfect bookend to the track.

The main set ended with “Go With The Flow” and Josh thanked us all for coming. The band left with waves and smiles and the audience didn't need to wait long for more.

The three song encore opened with “The Vampyre of Time and Memory” a piano lead track with Homme just off center stage playing under spotlights. A wildly fun “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” was extended with some ad libs from Homme and the extended drum solo from Theodore all lead to the great closer “A Song for The Dead”. Walls of guitar, thunderous drums and just a spastic light show ended the set on a high note.

The full set:
You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, but I Feel Like A Millionaire
No One Knows
My God Is The Sun
Smooth Sailing
I'm Designer
Monsters in the Parasol
I Sat By The Ocean
...Like Clockwork
If I Had A Tail
Turnin' The Screw
Fair weather Friends
Little Sister
Make It Wit Chu
Sick, Sick, Sick
3's & 7's
The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret
Go With the Flow
The Vampyre of Time and Memory
Feel Good Hit of The Summer
A Song For The Dead

All in all I was pleased. The set seemed a tad short with the bands extensive catalog, but I didn't really leave feeling they left anything out. Of course one could argue they didn't play …... but what good would that do, you'd be taking from a fine fine set.

I'd have posted a picture or two, but I can't ever seem to grab a worthy picture off my I'll spare you.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Baseball Project...shhh its a supergroup and they are playing small clubs.

The Baseball Project will embark on a summer tour in July including dates up and down the East Coast and beyond. The tour follows the release of the band’s third album, 3rd, released on Yep Roc Records on March 25. The record features 17 swings at the national pastime with subjects including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and some of the true characters of the game such as once-beloved fallen star of the Mets and Phillies Lenny Dykstra, and acid-tripping pitcher Dock Ellis.

Inspired by the New York Yankees' Bernie Williams and his outstanding career (but somewhat overshadowed by the stacked pinstripe history of Mantle and DiMaggio that only ranks him as the third best center fielder in team history), watch their live in-studio performance of "Monument Park" Here .

The Baseball Project was formed in 2007 by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M.) and Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3). The endeavor began as a way for a couple of fans with a shared musical vision to pay tribute to our national pastime. Since then, The Baseball Project has blossomed into a full-fledged, much-loved band in its own right. Zuzu’s Petals/Steve Wynn drummer Linda Pitmon and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills fill out the official roster of The Baseball Project, an all-star squad whose following and creativity has grown steadily with each release and tour.

Tour Dates:

July 10 - Birmingham, AL @ Sirote Theatre
July 11 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
July 12 - Durham, NC @ All-Star Fan Fest at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
July 17 - Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
July 18 - Rehoboth Beach, DE @ Dogfish Head Brewery
July 19 - Ringwood, NJ @ Live at Drew's
July 20 - New Windsor, NY @ Storm King Art Center (w/ Happiness)
July 22 - New London, CT @ Hygenic Art Park
July 23 - Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki
July 24 - Rochester, NY @ Party In The Park (w/ Lucero)
July 25 - Reading, PA @ Weekend Kick-off Party at The Abe
July 26 - Harrisburg, PA @ Midtown Arts Center (w/ The Split Squad)
July 27 - Port Chester, NY @ Garcia's
July 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live (w/ The Split Squad)
July 29 - Portsmouth, NH @ The Press Room
July 30 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott (w/ The Split Squad)
August 1 - Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang (w/ Conor Oberst and Dawes)
August 2 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
August 3 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
August 5 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
August 6 - St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
August 7 - Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
August 10 - Madison, WI @ House Party
August 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Cultural Center
August 13 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
August 15 - Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater (w/ The Minus 5)

This should be something!  I'll see you there!!!

Free Summer Concerts at Georges Island - dates and info

Nothing like some free music on an island no less...mark this information DOWN
Berklee College of Music, Boston Harbor Island Alliance, and the Boston Harbor National Park havejoined forces again to bring up-and-coming Berklee students and alumni to historic Fort Warren on Georges Island for free live performances of pop, R&B, bluegrass, roots, folk, Latin, and more. The concerts take place Saturdays July 12 and 26, and August 9, 23, and 30. Each concert features three artists performing back-to-back, so all that's needed to enjoy an afternoon of music on the island is a ferry ticket.

Berklee’s Summer Concerts at Georges Island are accessible by ferry from Boston’s Long Wharf North, next to Christopher Columbus Park (MBTA Blue Line to Aquarium Station, Green or Orange Lines to Haymarket Station). Ferry tickets can be purchased at the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, across from the Long Wharf Marriott. Ferries also depart from Hingham Shipyard Pier. For more information,  click here.

Saturday, July 12

1:00 pm – Meredith Snyder is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a smooth vocal blend of folk and jazz. She explores a spectrum of styles, influenced by artists such as Joni Mitchell, St. Vincent, and Fiona Apple. Snyder recently released her first EP titled Beginning.

2:00 pm – With roots in Celtic and bluegrass, Cat and the Moon blend traditional and modern, acoustic and electric, to create an exciting and original new sound. Armed with technical prowess, this five-piece band from Boston has been performing publicly since 2013.

3:00 pm – Nikolas Metaxas writes with the lyrical setting of Nick Drake and performs with the power of Freddie Mercury. “He’s a singer-songwriter with amazing energy, terrific stage presence and catchy songs,” said Expresso Sounds.

Saturday, July 26

1:00 pm – Miriam Elhajli's sound recalls Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie with a touch of Delta blues. Last summer she traveled to London, where she played at renowned venues including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Leigh on Sea Folk Festival, and the Troubadour Club.

2:00 pm – Tim Reynolds Band, combining pop, soul, and R&B, finds its unique sound by using both voice and violin as the lead instrument. It has performed at venues including the Rome City Auditorium in Rome, Georgia; the New England Conservatory; and Berklee.

3:00 pm – Zoya's fourth EP is titled Letters to Toska. Zoya's confessional songs convey her experiences throughout the world, beginning in her native India, to her childhood home in Southern California, and stretching to her most recent travels across South America.

Saturday, August 9

1:00 pm – Damn Tall Buildings is an acoustic bluegrass and blues band from Boston with lyrical storytelling, foot-stomping grooves, and up-tempo hobo anthems. With members from all around the U.S., Damn Tall Buildings is four people uniting their influences into a single sound.

2:00 pm – El Feeling is a folk band composed of Colombians Camilo Gomez, Felipe Gonzalez, Carlos Pinzon, Ivan Valbuena, and Juan Alvarez; and Mexican Diego Torres. The group met at Berklee and developed a sound based on the rhythms of the different regions of Colombia.

3:00 pm – Chorobop is a new ensemble with repertoire based on the traditional Brazilian choro genre, with a twist of bebop. They perform with traditional and contemporary instrumentation that includes mandolin, 7-string guitar, pandeiro, electric guitar, bass, and percussion.

Saturday, August 23

1:00 pm – Bailey Taylor honed her sound – a pure voice combined with banjo-style fingerpicked guitar – writing and performing in the Twin Cites before coming to Berklee. Her passion is music’s role in cross-cultural communication and much of her songwriting focuses on social change.

2:00 pm – The Georgia English Band tell stories of youth, discovery, and vulnerability. English used pop, soul, folk, and jazz to explore everyday themes on her 2012 all-original album In the Fog. She also received Berklee’s Songwriting Achievement Award and a SESAC Award.

3:00 pm – Wambura Mitaru’s music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop as well as sounds from her African background. A young, passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi, she attended the Kenya Conservatoire of Music before enrolling at Berklee on a full scholarship.

Saturday, August 30

2:00 pm – Ludovica Burtone, an Italian violinist, composer, and arranger, came to Berklee in 2012 to follow her passion for jazz. Burtone and her string quartet present a variety of compositions, from classical to jazz standards, tangos, and original compositions. Please note: Burtone is the only performer at this concert.

Summer Concerts at Georges Island is part of Berklee Summer in the City presented by Natixis Global Asset Management ( which brings free musical performances by Berklee faculty, students, and alumni to neighborhoods in the Boston area and beyond. For more information and a full schedule, click here..

Get out an enjoy the high seas, and some great music.

Stargroves add local show.

A few weeks back we posted a blurb on Stargroves covering Sigur Ros.  If you missed it dive back in
here and be wow'd.

Good news for Boston area fans.  The band will be at TT' The Bears on August 6th.  Tickets are on sale now!

Stargroves is an eclectic mix of NYC based musicians, founded by lead singer and songwriter Teddy Watson. Influenced by bands such as Freelance Whales, Stars, and Sigur Rós, the members of Stargroves play a variety of intriguing instruments, accounting for the originality of their sound.Their self-titled debut album is now available for pre-order via iTunes.

In addition to singing lead vocals, Teddy also plays guitar and banjo. He is accompanied by four core band members: Bryan Percival (bass, backing vocals), Charlie Rauh (electric guitar, backing vocals), Brad Whitely (keyboard, synth), and Max Maples (drums).

Stargroves self-titled album is available for pre-order on iTunes now. The full legnth album will be available on July 22nd.

For tons more:
Official Site

See you at the show!