OLDER STUFF I’M GONNA REVISIT IN 2016 – ”A”

Adam Green – In 2016, how does one recommend to somebody where to begin? Didn’t have this problem in 2010. I think I first heard a full Adam Green album with his 2010 Minor Love LP. No, I didn’t “get it” at that time, six years ago. I reviewed it like it was Let It Bloom or something. But Minor Love can’t be thought of as a boozy garage album. There’s a lot more fuzz to go around on Minor than his cleaner sounding previous records, but this one is just as witty as it is raw. One could spend an entire article or small history on how Adam beats everyone at the fun game of random.

Almighty Defenders – Why 2009 was seven years ago. It’s officially a long time ago. Think about it. If you were even the hippest 12 year old listening to The Almighty Defenders, you are 19 years old now. There’s no way around it. Their album and their existence is forever special and will not be forgotten. It is laughable that there was any kind of seriousness associated with Almighty Defenders. I mean that in the best way. Black Lips & The King Khan & BBQ Show getting together, on a whim, given some bizarre circumstances. They did it.

Angry Angles – I was going to assume everybody knows this band, but I bet reality is not as convincing. This is Jay Reatard and Alix Brown’s band. They broke up, so did the band, and then Jay made Blood Visions. But from what I understand, a lot of those songs were already being performed by Angry Angles. Whatever – I am familiar with the three 7″s – Apparent-TransparentCrowds, and Things Are Moving. Of course they were from Memphis. I would say contemporary bands from there must think fondly of the Angles.

Animal Collective – Say what you will about these guys, but they meant a lot to me from about 2007 to 2009. Their weirdness and noisiness more often than not IS rock ‘n roll to me, at least in its primitiveness and expanding creativity. I can hear the Beach Boys and Pavement influence as much as any of the avant-garde. I would like to revisit all of it. It will be okay to be weird. Yeah, I’ll check out the new one. Why not?

Atlas Sound – There is only one Bradford Cox. I admire him for his insane stretches of bedroom recordings. He has released some official albums and as well as many self-released Databank Volumes. By himself, Bradford touts absolute freedom, but in a very nostalgic and chill way. He is a sucker for the old fashioned ’50s/’60s pop format maybe more than the sound collage, but he liberally incorporates whatever he wants, however, he wants it. And that is something I admire and really learn a lot from with each thoughtful listen.

Ausmuteants – As far as synth ‘n roll is concerned, at least for the past couple years, these guys are the top. Comfortably. The Aussie DEVO I never grew up with, but with more of the Goner spunk. There’s a live video on YouTube where they played for well over 30 minutes on a bill with The Gories and Thee Oh Sees. And I had the funnest time watching them. Tells ya how excited I am about AUSMUTEANTS. Hope for another US tour this year!

 

 

Review: Arctic Monkeys, Deerhunter, The Orwells @ Agganis Arena (2/6/14)

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Photo of Deerhunter from Last FM
Bands: Arctic Monkeys, Deerhunter, The Orwells
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Venue: Agganis Arena (Boston, MA)
This here is a very peculiar bill. We have three very different bands from three very different eras of my life. Arctic Monkeys – I first came across in high school, 2006 to be exact, when they flooded the radio with their big rock song “I Bet That You Look Good On the Dance Floor.” At the time, I listened to very little contemporary music, so this gave me hope for the future. Deerhunter –  a band I first heard in 2009, well after they had become fixtures in the world of indie rock hype blah blah blah. The fact that I hadn’t even heard of them at the time goes to show you how I didn’t really pay attention to modern music for the longest time. Throughout college, Deerhunter became a big part of my musical ingestion and they have stuck to me ever since. The Orwells – With these dudes it’s a bit different. I first heard them in late 2010/early 2011 and I’m not going to act all OG here, cause really that sort of shit is useless. But, I will say it has been a pleasant experience watching a favorite band, barely known even in their own state (Illinois), rise through the ranks to become a somewhat recognizable figure in the current music ‘scene.’

When I think of these three bands I think of how much music has changed for me over the years and at the same time how much it has stayed the same. For the past ten years and especially in the last five years I have  made it a point to see as many shows as I possibly can and as time has gone by,  the venues and the bands playing these venues have slowly gotten smaller. So, seeing a show at the Agganis Arena is a little out of the ordinary for me, since 90% of the shows I attend now are in tiny bars, art galleries, or basements. AN ARENA?! WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS MONSTROSITY BEFORE ME?!!! It does feel like I am attending some sort of sporting event and not a rock ‘n’ roll show. The vibes are all thrown off. I feel like I’m in a quasi prison with the security guards standing  tall as some fucked KGB! It just throws me all over the place.  Yet, to totally negate all of that, I’m sitting on my ass crunching on chicken fingers and fries, wetting my whistle, and best of all catching a few bands that have touched me in more ways than one throughout my life AND I’m not in the nosebleeds, I can see the entire show pretty well. So, I’ll quit my bitching.

The Orwells – I’m proud of these dudes for making it as far as they have and I wish them all  the best in the rest of their careers. You start off one day playing in your garage and then not too long afterwards, you’re suddenly playing on a big ass arena stage, opening up for Arctic Monkeys and Deerhunter (“the best band in America” according to Baby Chuck, right on bro). Crazy.

The Orwells do their best to wake up the crowd of stiffs in front of them, but not much seems to work. It’s okay, they are all waiting in anticipation for Arctic Monkeys and that’s fair, that’s who they paid to see. Though, I am positive that Chicago’s finest charmed at least a few of the kids. They got me haha. Out of all the bands, I think Orwells are the best and in particular, frontman Mario steals the show. He has a “don’t give a fuck” attitude to him. He’s not really doing anything tremendously rebellious or radical, but see that’s the thing. He doesn’t care. He has charisma, a great voice, and he falls down often. That’s my favorite part. It’s a performance, it’s entertainment, this is rock ‘n’ roll after all. Needless to say, he’s got personality that makes him stick out from the rest of the lot.

As far as the tunes go, I’ve covered them before and I’m sure I’ll cover them all again as I see the band in a sweet SIGNIFICANTLY smaller spot tonight (March 4th) at Great Scott!

Deerhunter – Few bands have fucked with me the way Deerhunter has plowed through my subconsciousness. But, this isn’t their night. This isn’t their crowd. As much as I love the drone, that fucking thud that is Deerhunter live, it isn’t the best I’ve seen from the crew. Like I said though, this isn’t their crowd and Deerhunter knows this. So, I don’t blame them for playing a shorter set. They play 6-8 songs consisting of cuts from their last two albums, Monomania (2013) and Halcyon Digest (2010) as well as Rainwater Cassette Exchange a song off the underrated EP of the same name, the very one that got me hooked on these Atlantans in the first place.

Arctic Monkeys – I’ve never seen so many screaming teenage girls at a concert before. Arctic Monkeys, you take the cake.  You see where my mind goes….  anyway they see/hear something I don’t (as do their male counterparts). It’s odd, with this performance, I realize how much my opinion of this band has changed. I still dig them and this isn’t a bad performance, but I just can’t get into it with the exceptions of a few songs (“I Bet That You Look Good On the Dance Floor,” “Cornerstone,” “Fluorescent Adolescent”). I am realizing that my days with the big rock spectacle are for the most part over. It’s not so much the band that has changed (though they do appear to have gotten a little bit more commercial), it’s me. I’m just not into the big rock star thing. It’s like there’s this huge divide between the ENORMOUS PERFORMERS  on stage and there’s the puny, little crowd members that go berserk when lights flash on them or when they get to hold their cell phones up to act as lighters for the soft tunes. Ahh, I still like you Arctic Monkeys, but it’s not the same. It’s not you, it’s me.

The Orwells On Tour (March – April)/Great Scott (3/4)!!!

Orwells Tour
We’ve been spoiled! Boston fans of Chicago’s The Orwells that is. These fellas have been in us, Boston that is, three times in 2013, and now at least two more times in 2014! On Thursday, February 6th, the dudes are opening for Arctic Monkeys and Deerhunter at Agganis Arena. In the following month, they are heading out on a month long tour all across these here United States sir; making a stop at Allston’s Great Scott on Tuesday, March 4th!. Check for your city at the tour dates below.

The Orwells Tour Dates:
March 4 Allston, MA Great Scott
March 6 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
March 7 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
March 8 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
March 10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade – Hell Stage
March 11 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
March 19 Phoenix, AZ Rampage Fest
March 20 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
March 21 San Diego, CA Che Café
March 22 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
March 23 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
March 25 Seattle, WA Neumos
March 26 Portland, OR Star Theater
April 1 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
April 2 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock

Check out this epic performance on Letterman!

Orwells Touring w/ Arctic Monkeys/ Boston (2/6/13)

Damn, we were psyched to hear that Deerhunter was opening for Arctic Monkeys at Boston’s Agganis Arena on February 6, 2014. Now, The Orwells are going on a whole tour with the Monkeys that includes our Boston show! I hate big ass venues, especially arenas, but fuck it, this is one helluva bill.

The Orwells Tour Dates:
1/30 Miami, FL – The Fillmore*

1/31 Orlando, Fl – Hard Rock Live*

2/1 Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live*

2/3 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore*

2/4 Richmond, VA – The National*

2/6 Boston, MA – Agganis Arena*

2/7 Portland, ME – State Theatre*

2/8 New York, NY — Rough Trade In-Store

2/10 Covington, KY – Madison Theater*

2/11 Columbus, OH – LC Indoor Pavilion*

2/13-17 Weezer Cruise

2/20 Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds

2/21 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club

2/22 Glasgow, UK – Broadcast

2/25 Brighton, UK – The Haunt

2/27 Manchester, UK- Night & Day

3/1 Bristol, UK – Thekla

* w/ Arctic Monkeys

http://theorwells.com/

Show Alert: Arctic Monkeys/Deerhunter @ Agganis Arena

Arctic Monkeys @ HOB In 2009. We went. HOB sux.
Arctic Monkeys @ HOB In 2009. We went. HOB sux.


Thursday, February 6th, 2014
, will your ass be planted in the balcony section of an arena looking downward at Bradford Cox? Cox’s Deerhunter – who’ve done the whole Massachusetts arena thing – will be opening for Arctic Monkeys at a venue with the same name sake as Chris’ favorite drivers’ ed – Agganis Arena.

Bradford Cox Teaches The Kids


Watch this comical and informative video (from September 16, 2010)  of the one and only Bradford Cox  speaking in front of some music students in Athens, GA. Bradford playfully shares  his experiences in the music industry; coming from playing to two random friends in Atlanta to playing in front of thousands of fans in Barcelona.

Watch Part II here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCq1byM6xjI (NOTE: it’s significantly longer).