Miracle Johan – Green 17

“Antoine Walker! Antoine Walker! Antoine Walker! Welcome hoooooome”
Sings Miracle Johan over a gutsy self-produced medley of sound effects, and one passionately laid down drum track. And such was the start to a four year, one-of-a-kind creative streak that began in 2005 when Antoine Walker was traded back to the Celtics after stints in Dallas and Atlanta. So just as Danny Ainge, the boss of the team, had vowed to rebuild the C’s and get a 17th banner hanging in the rafters of the Garden, so did Miracle Johan eventually make a vow: to record a song for every player on the roster of our beloved basketball team until they got that Championship. Weird, yeah, but we’re talking Miracle Johan.

He was easing himself back into 4-track recording after having played bass in the western Mass. band Bears. In his words, he recorded a “weird instrumental using crash cymbals as hi hats and was going to put vocals down when I realized I had no idea what I was going to sing about. Antoine’s first game back after the initial trade was happening that night, so I just sang about that (assuming I’d someday return to do something more serious over it).” So what did he do? He showed some friends his creation and mustered up the courage to post the song to Celticsblog.com in a very 2005 “Hey-look-what-i-found-on-the-internet” way.

His friends made him a Myspace and a second song “I Swear to God I’m Funky” was in the works. This one was about seven foot, gum-chewing center Mark Blount. Miracle Johan raps from the perspective of Blount. Brilliant. What I love about these songs: they are raw, imperfect recreations of moments in time. I was a teenager writing about the Boston Celtics on my Boston-sports themed website when I first encountered Miracle Johan. He would join my staff and write some amazing articles, but at the same time he was leading a charge of what some may call Outsider Music; Miracle was amassing from scratch a four volume musical of his thoughts on the Boston Celtics in real time. And, these were real heady tunes, something collectively closer to underground punk rock/hip hop than anything seeking approval via formula or precedent.

One example of the spaciest of space jams: Dan Dickau, the not oft-remembered reserve guard, sings on Volume 2: “sitting in the hospital bed. Used to play basketball, now I’m learning how to play the guitar. It’s a good, good thing that I don’t don’t need my ACL to jam out on the guitar.” Miracle Johan’s Dickau is either a brilliant Jandek or a talentless hack, but more likely messed up on meds as he sings of “A Zillion Ponies.” Miracle’s songs displayed, in his own words, “musical evolution,” and the variety over the years certainly displays this.

So there’s “Scabs,” the redhead current Boston Celtics analyst/broadcaster Brian Scalabrine who needs very little introduction. White Mamba is a legend among basketball fans around the world. Not the most gifted player (career average 3 points per game and only 61 total starts over 10 years), his personality and hustle is/was A+. Miracle Johan paid fun tributes to him with the tough-guy jam “Hard Rock Life” (featuring a more than on-point guitar solo and overall virtuoso playing) and the french horn elementary throwback “Awesome O’Clock”. Scal, if you haven’t heard these, check these out now! Right now!

The one constant each year was a song for future Hall of Famer and hometown hero Paul Pierce. First was the “Return of the Truth,” which has Pierce rapping: “This city’s more than irish pubs and bars, you want proof? I’ll show you about a dozen scars, I’m the truth.” Pierce sounds optimistic about raising another banner to the roof, but patience is a virtue they say. The next year freaking Paul Pierce informs us in “No Media Love” that he knows he’s one of the best players in the league. Any other chatter about him is irrelevant. Well, until he got injured during the 2006-2007 season. Pierce was hampered with foot and elbow injuries and the Celtics ended up losing eighteen straight games, a franchise record. Something had to be done. Over a spacey synth sequence, Pierce wonders, after the awful season has ended, in “Nowhere to Go But Up”:

“Am I really the captain of a team with the second worst record in the entire NBA? The most celebrated franchise in the entire history of the NBA. And now it has nationally been criticized and accused of tanking to get a high lottery pick? Are you serious? This is the Boston Celtics.”

We all know what happens next. Danny Ainge ‘wisened up” and made some deals to “be at an elite level”. Banner 18 level. Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett. The Big 3 they were called. An unstoppable force with a 66-16 record. “A Whole New Pierce” speaks of the new team dynamic that got everybody excited. Things were much easier with proven all-stars playing next to and bringing the best out in Pierce. At the end of it, there’s a snippet of Naismith Hall of Famer Bob Cousy, who did some commentary alongside beloved announcer-duo Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn. With the Celtics off to a 7-0 start to the season, Cooz asks “Why does it seem like a lot more fun so far this year? Why are we smiling a lot more?” We all know the ending: they won it all. And ten years later (earlier this year), Pierce’s #34 got raised to the rafters at the Garden.

The up-and-down and all around events year-in and year-out gave Miracle plenty of material, but there was usually a little scrambling as Miracle found himself in the quagmire of devoting free time to the endeavor, not to mention recording VHS copies of every game (to use for sampling the commentary of Mike and Tommy). Miracle’s lyrics could almost be analyzed as separate from the music, as listeners are presented with engaging captions of the season and all of these player personalities. Different and more exciting than reading a blog or watching a post-game show on TV. A solid supplement or stand-alone endeavor!

So you’re wondering: how popular was Miracle Johan at the height of his game? Other than real life friends and in Celtics message board enclaves, Miracle got around a bit. One day he noticed a gigantic spike in his daily PureVolume listenership: 3,000+ listens. What’s the story with that, he wondered. It turns out his page had been linked to on a Bill Simmons’ ESPN daily links posting. Not bad. A couple other noteworthy media mentions turned up: his friends in The Mobius Band name dropped him in a Pitchfork interview and more locally, the Boston Phoenix hunted Miracle Johan down, invited him to a game, took his picture, and next thing you know: a feature story was published. (The Boston Phoenix shut down in 2013 and with it came down the article, which had also been posted online.)

As for the actual Celtics – were they bumping Miracle Johan in the locker room? Rumor has it, yes. Maybe. Perhaps Justin Reed (rest in peace) passed along the legend of Miracle Johan after they had a chance meeting in the bowling alley adjacent to MJ’s high school reunion. The Celtics second round draft choice Reed just so happened to be at Kings Bowling Alley. Miracle mustered up a bit of old fashion bravery, approached the big dude with the goatee and eventually slipped the baller a link to his PureVolume. Wild!

The legacy of Miracle Johan is that damn, some guy actually did this. And he did it so good. He inspired me in my own home-recording adventure, reminding us, much like Kevin Garnett did after the Celtics won: ANYTHING IS POSSSSSSSSSIBLEEEEEEEE. Heck, he might have also inspired a Paul Pierce commercial on ESPN. A passion and a sense of humour wins you championships. Scalabrine knew that. Miracle Johan did, too.

To commemorate the Boston Celtics championship run in 2008, to celebrate all of the music that Miracle Johan created since he began the project in 2005, and to optimistically anticipate Banner 18, KLYAM Records is proudly releasing eighteen, four tape box sets of Miracle Johan’s music. Each individual volume/year will be available as well! All of Miracle Johan’s Green 17 and other recordings dating back to the late ‘90s (special shout out to the Hawaii Demos) are streaming on Bandcamp!

FAT CREEPS are BACK! Playing Lilypad This Friday (9/2); Released Two New Songs

@ Great Scott – 11/4/2012 – Photo By Papagiorgio


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are back!!!!!!! A brief history lesson for those who don’t know and some reminiscing for those that do: sometime in the year 2011, Gracie and Mariam from the North Shore of Massachusetts formed a band called Fat Creeps. Their first show was at Bangkok Paradise restaurant in Salem, Mass. FC earliest stuff is primitive, raw, no wave. Just some friends having fun was the vibe – whether wearing a helmet at the Elks Lodge in Cambridge or covering Louie Louie at the OAH Hall in Peabody (these were pre-KLYAM attending shows, by the way). And we picked up on that from the very first time we saw them at O’Briens. Which was April 13, 2012. I believe it was the band’s first show with Jim on drums. As Chris wrote:

” Kids need to hear Fat Creeps! Their energy and attitude is always present. I recognize some of the songs, which I want to point out as another trait that separates Fat Creeps from most bands I see: their songs are easily recognizable. I only had to hear some of the songs once for me to remember them tonight, a rare quality indeed.”

Thus began being super fans. If anyone recalls, four years ago, we went on a bender of their shows, seeing them every chance we could. Writing about each one on this very site. And others were taking notice as well; I remember reading an article about them on The Metro as I took my train ride to work. They self-released their debut EP that summer. This album blew us away and inspired us to start our own record label, KLYAM Records, to release it on 10″ vinyl. Around that time Feeding Tube put out a 12″ featuring “Dad Weed” and “Daydreaming.” In 2014, their first full length LP Must Be Nice came through via Sophomore Lounge.

Come to their first show since Fuzzstival 2014 — FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 10 PM, at LILYPAD in Cambridge!!!!!!!

FB EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/1589049528062353/

Oh and to stir up your excitement even more, the group has posted two new songs to their BANDCAMP. “IN LOVE” and “MAN IN THE WINDOW”. Check ’em out!!!

G. Gordon Gritty’s “Still Not a Musician” Coming Out On KLYAM & BUFU/Release Show @ Club Bohemia (5/29)

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Yo what up freaks, KLYAM and BUFU are teaming up to bring you the latest release “Still Not a Musician” from Boston Outsider Rockin honoroller G. Gordon Gritty aka Gangbang Gordon. GBG is in the past, let the past be the past. I miss the name too, but Gritty is just as wiry and wholesome and weird and charming as the gangbang. In fact, it’s exactly the same and entirely different. Huh?

More on that later.Joining in on the slopfest are some of our favorites in recent memory. Waltham, MA’s The Shallow End Divers are opening up the festivities with their brand of balls out, no fucking around 60s garage rock ‘n’ roll – slime that would feel right at home at the Delta House. Fellow Bostonians, Underwater Bear Ballet share a similar fuzz fidelity and shake things in an even weirder direction. Rounding out the bill is Queen’s, NY’s own Tall Juan. You may have seen Juan playing alongside the shorter Juan, Juan Wauters in The Beets and in his solo work. Well, if you dig The Beets/Wauters, then you’ll freak out over Tall Juan’s similarly captivating, Ramonesian folk garage pop. Check out the dude’s latest music video for “I Like to Stay Home” (R. Stevie Moore) below. Directed by Beets vet Matthew Volz.

KLYAM & BUFU Present: G. Gordon Gritty’s “Still Not a Musician” KLYAM Records/BUFU Records Tape Release Show w/ Tall Juan (NY), Underwater Bear Ballet, The Shallow End Divers @ Club Bohemia (Cantab Lounge basement) in Cambridge, MA on Friday, May 29th!

This show is 21+ :( sorry kids. $8, 8:30 PM. COME OUT!
FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1611879172387740/

Listen To The Barbazons “Bad Catholics” (From Upcoming KLYAM Tape!)/Show @ ZuZu (3/30)

For Bad Catholics, there is hope. This new one is coming soon on Avec Plaisir – the debut full-length from Boston’s slick, sloppy, and f-u-n rock ‘n roll quintet now calling themselves The Barbazons (and who we previously knew and loved for years as The Fagettes) coming on April 21 VIA our label KLYAM Records.

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The Barbazons next show is a KLYAM Presents event this upcoming MONDAY MARCH 30 @ ZUZU in Cambridge with MIAMI DORITOS AND GANGBANG GORDON. 10 PM! FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1415996088706073/

Music Video: Electric Street Queens “Brew-Ha-Ha”/Show Tonight!

Check out this timely beauty courtesy of KLYAM Records own ELECTRIC STREET QUEENS. With art and animation by respective Queens Coco Roy and Avi Paul Weinstein, “Brew-Ha-Ha” won’t be leaving your memory sooooon. Naked witches!!

Then go see them tonight at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain!
FB Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/313297295522341/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Listen to Live From Your Dreams: https://electricstreetqueens.bandcamp.com/

Pick up a copy of the tape as a (TRICK! orrrr) treat this Halloween for that special psycho in your life. Available here from KLYAM Records: http://klyam.bigcartel.com/

KLYAM-003: Back Pages “Singles 13”!

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We’re beyond proud to bring you the third release on KLYAM Records from Orlando, FL’s Back Pages – the musical mastermind of seventeen year old KC Allen. Singles 13′ is a collection of KC’s first five albums on Bandcamp.

I first heard Back Pages last fall and it couldn’t have hit me at a better time in my life. Let’s rewind, that is to say not the best time in my life. Working shit jobs, literally, longing for the ladies, missing my friends from college, and worrying what will happen next. This tape was/is my elixir. KC has a fire in his belly I simply don’t hear in most other artists. The emotion is real and raw. He records alone in his room, belting out shrieks in that fiery Jay Reatard spirit. Short, simple pop songs with Ty Segall guitar hooks and the Descendents’ angst. It may sound familiar, you may think you’ve heard this before, you may be wrong.

Back Pages’ Singles 13′ compiles five previous bandcamp only releases all from 2013: JuSst ttaht stuipod, Break It All Off, Darkness Creeps Over, Broken In Again, and Can’t Be Saved. Now, you can have them all (15 songs) all on one neat little cassette, all bundled up together. ORDER HERE: http://klyam.bigcartel.com/product/back-pages-singles-13

Here’s a new video from KC:

Nice Guys/Miami Doritos Splifft 7″ Now Available At…

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Looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift? You’re in luck!

KLYAM-002: Nice Guys/Miami Doritos Splifft 7″ is now available at the following Boston area record stores:

Weirdo Records in Cambridge, MA

Armageddon Records in Cambridge, MA

Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain, MA

And you can always order the splifft directly from KLYAM Records: http://klyam.bigcartel.com/product/nice-guys-miami-doritos-splifft-7

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You can also find the last remaining copies of this bad boy at Weirdo Records and Armageddon Records. OR you could order one directly from us: http://klyam.bigcartel.com/product/fat-creeps-10-ep-coke-bottle-clear

Nice Guys/Miami Doritos Splifft 7″ Available Now For Pre-Order

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Hey kids, don’t mean to interrupt your hardcore partying at this hour, I know you already lose an hour of partying tonight anyway, so I’ll keep this short and sweet. Allston, Massachusetts’ finest Nice Guys & Miami Doritos have teamed up for four chart toppin’ hits on this brand spankin’ new 7″ available NOW for pre order from KLYAM Records. Two bands. Four Songs. 1 record. For you. Sludge, Sleaze, and Seven Inches. ORDER NOW http://klyam.bigcartel.com/product/nice-guys-miami-doritos-splifft-7 What are you waiting for?

Catch the Nice Guys and Miami Doritos on tour at the dates below:

MAR 10: CHAPEL HILL, NC: @ NIGHTLIGHT
MAR 12: ARLINGTON, VA: @ CD CELLAR
MAR 13: BALTIMORE, MD: @ HOLY FRIJOLES
MAR 14: PHILLY, PA: @ THE NUTHOUSE
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MAR 17: CAMBRIDGE, MA: @ CHARLIE’s KITCHEN
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MIAMI DORITOS Live On WZBC 90.3 TONIGHT!

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KLYAM Records’ own MIAMI DORITOS – the Miami Doreets, we’ll be in your very stereo or speakers this afternoon at 5 PM on one of the illest radio stations Boston has to offer. Check it out: http://wzbc.org/index.html#listen
Following the show you can catch the band live at Thieves Grotto for their tour kick off show w/ Nice Guys! Fascistbook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/220279291508616/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

If you don’t reside in the Boston area, you may just be in luck, cause both bands are heading out on a two week U.S TOUR starting tonight. Check the dates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/260378950794102

Lastly, I know I know more linkz up yer ass, but you’ll thank me later. The Nice Guys/Miami Doritos Splifft 7″ (KLYAM-002) will be available at all of these shows! The record will also be available  through our online store VERY SOON, we’ll keep you posted. https://miamidoritos.bandcamp.com/album/splifft-7

NICE GUYS/MIAMI DORITOS – SPLIFFT 7″ [KLYAM-002]!

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In 1956, Elvis Presley shook his hips on national TV. Later in 1956, Elvis Presley shook his hips AGAIN, being shot from the waist up. Then for a long time nothing happened… Until now. We bring you the Nice Guys/Miami Doritos Splifft 7″ out on KLYAM Records on March 3rd and at the Nice Guys/Miami Doritos tour kick off show and subsequent shows on February 28th. For far too long, rock ‘n’ roll has been neutered, packaged, sold, resold, twittered, tweeted, repeated, and cheated again and again. I for one have had enough. This Splifft here is a grenade in your sweaty hands. Use it wisely.

Four fresh, gahridgerawk cutz to terrify the neighbors. Shambling, scuzzy noise. BLASTS!

Nice Guys :
1) Jamaican Vacation
2) Medical Envy

Miami Doritos:
1) Price 2 Pay
2) Rush Hour/Piss Take

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NICE GUYS / MIAMI DORITOS TOUR DATES

February 28th – Boston @ THIEVES GROTTO
March 1st – Syracuse, NY @ HOUSE SHOW
March 3rd – Detroit, MI @ BLACK LODGE
March 4th – Chicago, IL @ WALLY’S WORLD
March 5th – St. Louis, MO @ PLUSH
March 6th – Memphis, TN @ LAMPLIGHTER
March 8th – SOMEWHERE IN KENTUCKY~!
March 9th – Asheville, NC
March 10 – Chapel Hill, NC @ NIGHTLIGHT
MAR 12 – Arlington, VA @ CD CELLAR
MAR 13 – Baltimore, MD @ HOLY FRIJOLES
MAR 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ THE NUTHOUSE
MAR 17 – Cambridge, MA @ CHARLIES KITCHEN

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And whaddya know there is a new music video from the Doritos themselves. Check it out below.