Adam Green Coming To ONCE Somerville; Convo w/ Chris

ADAM GREEN is playing ONCE BALLROOM in Somerville on Tuesday, September 6. I had a conversation with my pal and KLYAM co-conspirator Chris about this occasion:

GGG:  Rather than do a bland introduction, how would you proposition someone on the fence of going to this show, maybe because they haven’t heard of Adam?

ChrisAdam Green has been my #1 person to see live for the last few years. I’d show them Adam Green.
GGG: Would you show them a “Bunnyranch” live vid, what kinda stuff you showing them first?
ChrisDepends who the person is, if I know of their tastes already. If someone is more interested in older music or country/folk/ early rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly stuff, I’d show Minor Love, perhaps even Gemstones. For most, I’d show Garfield/Friends of Mine. “Apples, I’m Home, ” “No Legs,” Friends of Mine
GGGTrue. And maybe his latest Aladdin for those really seeking something weird? But that’s the thing about Adam. It’s all pretty weird?
Chris: Wouldn’t be my go to, even though that’s what he’s touring behind…It’s not mainstream, but it’s not outsider either. It follows a lot of conventions. The lyrics are off color and they stand out to you more than others, at least to me. They paint a picture. Abstract, but you can take something away from it, make it your own. I personally don’t spend much time looking for meaning or an artist’s intent in lyrics or any works of art/entertainment. I’d rather pick it apart myself. I like what I can take away from it.
GGGYes definitely, and here’s a great case of someone fully in charge of his facilities. He sets the ground rules for his musicianship, and there’s no limit on that
Chris: He doesn’t do anything too fancy, but most of his material is memorable. Immediate.
GGGWhat was your introduction to him? I’m trying to think. I think I heard of Moldy Peaches before his solo stuff due to Juno then I heard Minor Love and I remember thinking this is pretty rock ‘n roll. I’m not sure I realized at the time he was a bit of a trickster in the abstract realm
ChrisMoldy Peaches. I knew of them before Juno, but didn’t really get into them. Even after seeing Juno, I didn’t listen to them. It was a couple of years later. So, I decided to check out his solo stuff and I was blown away. As much I love Moldy Peaches, his solo work is superior.
GGGYeah, if you think about it too. His music career is really kinda odd just like him.He’s huge (relatively) in Europe or basically any place not USA, has some famous pals, but essentially seems to be pretty DIY. Not that there is any correlation, but the non-linear narrative makes him great subject matter for say, a crazy little conversation like this one
ChrisTrue, yeah idk exactly why he is more popular over there. I think Americans are afraid to be weird. Unless, it’s heavily marketed in some TV, fashion, or whatever. But, I don’t think that was always the case. At least in terms of embracing odder art. Sure, vintage shit has a charm to it. But, I think there’s more to it than that. There’s no Andy Kaufmans or Tiny Tims out there anymore. The mainstream is a cesspool of normalcy, it’s really boring.But, those guys and perhaps quirkier, odder figures, I think, had a better chance in previous decades and I think people ran with it, didn’t have to question everything. Like Nobunny, mainstream music fans, always ask wtf why is he dressed like a bunny? Why is he half (or totally naked)? I think “underground” or even “indie” fans don’t even question it as much, you just think, hmm, this is cool (or not), but you don’t give as much of a fuck he’s a bunny, you just accept it. And I think that’s the same for Adam Green fans with his idiosyncrasies. I’m a quirky person and I like quirky people and quirky art. You say why, I say why not? That’s the attitude.

GGGYeah otherwise you’re cutting yourself off to a lot of interesting stuff
Chris: I think so, then again people can like whatever they like and gain a great deal from that, everyone is different.
GGG: That’s for sure

New England Underground Music Fest 14′ @ Cuisine En Locale (9/4-6)

NEU
Hot damn! We’ve been stuffed with several local, underground music fests this year already: BUFU Fest, Starlab Fest, Fuzzstival, and now we shall make room for the New England Underground Music Festival from September 4-6 at Cuisine En Locale in Somerville. Often the attention is centered around Boston, but this fest is a strong reassurance that innovative and exquisite music is being made far and wide across this region. Eat it up for three days. Band after band after band after band until your eyes and ears bleed and you turn into a band.

NEUMF Schedules:
September 5th
6:00 MA: Black Beach
6:20 MA: Brown Lasers
6:40 MA: Samuel Boat Quintet
7:00 MA: Gracie Jackson
7:20 NH: Soft Eyes
8:00 CT: Worn Leather
8:20 MA: Lair
8:40 MA: World Domination
9:00 ME: Video Nasties
9:20 RI: Mincemeat or Tenspeed
9:50 MA: Los Condenados
10:20 RI: Jerome
10:50 VT: The Lentils
11:20 MA/ME: NE Pats
11:50 RI/MA: Minibeast
SEPTEMBER 6th
3:00 MA: W00DY
3:20 MA: Jesus Vio
3:40 MA: Bong Wish
4:00 MA: Gay Shapes
4:20 VT: Grape Room
4:40 NH/ME: Rick Rude
5:00 MA: Curse Purse
5:20 CT: Phemale
5:40 MA: Grizzler
6:00 RI: Suicide Magnets
6:20 MA: Neutral Fixation
6:40 MA: Funeral Cone
7:00 CT: Florida = Death
7:20 MA: Moron
7:40 CT: Jon Eriksen
8:00 RI: Belarisk
8:20 ME: High Spirits
8:40 MA: Rob Noyes
9:00 VT: Glitter Pen
9:30 ME: I’D M Theftable
10:00 RI: Unicorn Hard-On
10:30 MA: Gary War
11:00 RI: Timeghost
11:30 MA: Sunburned Hand of the Man
12:00 RI: Black Pus

The whole shabang blasts off on Thursday, September 4th at the Cantab Lounge basement/Club Bohemia in Cambridge:

9-920 OJE11Y
940-10 W0AT
1020-1040 LOS GREYS
11-1130 DVA (fr. Czech Republic)
1130-1150 JOEY PIZZA SLICE
1150-1210 NICK NEUBERG
1210-1230 LORD NATHANIEL
1230-1250… HOMEWORLD
+ DJs spinning tunes between sets

FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/259315730930154/

STARLAB FEST! (7/19/14)

Starlabfest
SICK! KLYAM Records dudes Nice Guys are playing and slaying among several other local noise makers. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again pick up the Nice Guys/Miami Doritos Splifft 7″ before they sell out and you’re crying yourself to sleep every night wondering what could have been. DON’T LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU. http://klyam.bigcartel.com/product/nice-guys-miami-doritos-splifft-7

Concert Review: Sic Alps, Fat Creeps, Bent Shapes, The Migs @ Radio (10/25/12)


Bands: Sic Alps, Fat Creeps, Bent Shapes, The Migs
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Venue: Radio (Somerville, MA)

This is a Bodies of Water (B.O.W.) Show- http://bowaac.blogspot.com/
Way to go Dan and Sam, you fine, heavenly gentlemen.


Act I
: The Migs– Performance wise, this is easily the best Migs show I have seen and Glen concurs. Five Migs shows deep, you know what to expect, but it never gets old. Migs Keven, Lukas, Craig (and special guest Travis Hagan on drums!) have a real solid presence on (and more appropriately off) stage. It’s nice to watch Keven, Lukas, and Craig playfully fight for control of the stage, practically knocking one another off- they appear to be having more fun than everyone else, which is awesome. Like, I said a real presence every rock ‘n’ roll fan should see; if these guys expand their cross country voyages they could take America by storm! I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy, maybe I’m not.  What I do know is that this band has that classic, soul/blues psych/garage yeah, yeah, yeah (even I get sick of using these words to describe music, seriously if you counted up the amount of times we have said the words “rock ‘n’ roll,” “punk,” “garage,” in this year alone you could fill up a fucking dictionary, but let it be known here, exclusively, for the record that I mean it from the bottom of my heart and I/we don’t use those words lightly) – they got that whole damn sound, we’ve all come to know and love, down pat. They got it. But, what is more significant about The Migs is that they take that lovely, orgasmic sound and turn it up to eleven. Like every great band, The Migs possess an infectious personality- these are dudes you could shotgun a beer or six with and/or take home to mom and dad. I know my dad would love The Migs. Hell, “You and Me,” one of the band’s finest offerings and a personal highlight tonight, is such a sweet ballad that it could make my dad’s limp dick plop right up and pace around the room. YEESH. On that horrifying note, I think the sound system definitely amplifies the group’s rocking performance, fleshing out the tunes even more. All in all, another show for the books. Not as fun as my preferred Migs setting: a dirty, beer reeking basement, but equally impressive.

P.S. Keven remember to wear a shirt (not a sweat shirt) when you play on stage, it gets hot up there. And if it’s chilly, wear a sweater. I don’t want you to catch a cold son. I want my Migs happy and healthy.

The Migs may or may not have played the following songs, well they certainly played some of them, but I’m not sure on a few.

“Cosmonauts 1/2”
“We’re The Migs” written as ” “We Dah Migs” and “We’re The Pigs”
“666’s Request”
“You & Me”
“Rock N Roll Stole”
“When She Says My Name”
“Fuzzy Sun”
“Follow Me Home” also written as “Follow Me Dome”
“Gravestone”
“Take 3”
New Song?!#$

Yo, have you heard this sheeet? http://themigs.bandcamp.com/


Act II
: Bent Shapes– If some tourist yahoo asked me to name the best bands around Boston, the three opening acts on this bill (The Migs, Fat Creeps, and Bent Shapes) would definitely appear on that list. In fact, Bent Shapes were probably the first local band I really got into, about a few years back now. It’s not hard to see why this trio sticks out- they are able to blend Weezer/Blink 182 esque pop punk with garage rock. The thinking man’s garage perhaps. Haha, actually that reminds me of something Glen said earlier in the evening, that Bent Shape have this “college” quality to them. I agree with him on this point, and that’s funny because their music to me shares a similarity to another jangely pop, “college” band: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. Both bands unleash simple, catchy songs with strong pop hooks. Personally, what I love about bands like Bent Shapes is that a lot of the music they seem to reference (pop punk) is not particularly to my liking, yet I seriously dig these guys. I kind of like it that way, I almost have a greater appreciation for them. Regardless of tastes, all three members are exceptional. If you’re reading this and haven’t heard of this band, click the link here, Do iT! http://bentshapes.bandcamp.com/

Set List:
“Boys to Men”
“Public”
“Leave It Till You Need It”
“Bites”
“Brat Poison”
“Wut?”
“Behead”
“Big Machines”


Act III
: Fat Creeps– Fat Creeps rock right into “Blitzkrieg Bop,” which I totally don’t expect. The leather jackets should have given it away. A couple of weeks ago, the Creeps delivered a killer set of Ramones covers at a Rosebud Halloween show, here’s a review, if you missed it: https://klyam.com/2012/10/16/concert-review-halloween-show-featuring-fat-creeps-earthquake-party-fedavees-fagettes-rosebud-101312/ and tonight they are reprising their roles again as the seminal punk band aka greatest band of all time.  Admittedly, I am craving some original numbers, but with that being said, the band is still captivating with their Ramones set as they were before. My favorite cover is definitely “I Don’t Want to Walk Around With You,” I especially love Gracie’s vocal parts in this tune. Overall, a fun set per usual.

Set List (not sure of the exact order):
“Blitzkrieg Bop”
“Beat On The Brat”
“Judy Is A Punk”
“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”
“Havana Affair”
“Loudmouth”
“I Don’t Want To Walk Around With You”
“53rd and 3rd”
“Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”

Check out Fat Creep’s music here: http://fatcreeps.bandcamp.com/


Act IV
: Sic Alps– San Francisco’s Sic Alps are garage/psych legends and it is a pleasure to finally get to see them on this wonderful evening. You can tell, these dudes are veterans when they play. Despite the wacked out, chaotic nature of their brand of rock ‘n’ roll, they have an undeniable finesse to their craft that only a seasoned pro could produce. I’m sure this is said all of the time, but it is worthy to note that the Sic Alps have lineage with Mr. Ty Segall or Ty Segall has lineage with Sic Alps. I mention this for two reasons. Firstly, if you regularly visit this site, then you know how much we love Ty Segall, he is one of our top guys. So, seeing his musical kin in a live setting is an extra treat. Secondly, you can see a lot of Ty’s music in the Sic Alps’s performance, leaning more towards the extensive jam quality of his sound and less concerned with pop influence. At times, this is not always my bag, but I can still dig it. Also, I need to be more familiar with their songs, so I can truly appreciate their set in the future. In any case, I recommend you give em’ a listen here: http://www.sicalps.com/

FREAK FLAG Launch @ Radio Next Friday [10/5]

We KLYAM have been highly anticipating Freak Flag for a while now, but it is here! The first issue of the quarterly and a show in the honor of. This month’s issue will feature interviews with Jeff The Brotherhood, The Coathangers, a tour journal via Fat History Month and so much more that you will see once you pick up a copy.

Freak Flag is throwing a launch party next Friday, October 5 at Radio in Somerville. Bands/records spinning. Check out the event: (https://www.facebook.com/events/349413595151346/?ref=ts)

Visit Freak Flag’s website: http://www.freakflagboston.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/freek.flag

ONE WEEK FROM TODAY: Atlantic Thrills, The Roaches, Gangbang Gordon

Reminding all Boston area KLYAMers, come on down!

Sunday April 29th at 8:30 PM at PA’s Lounge in Somerville (directions here)

Kids Like You and Me Present………….Gangbang Gordon’s live debut! Local heroes The Roaches and Rhode Island’s finest garage rockers, Atlantic Thrills, cap off the bill. The Thrills have opened for Thee Oh Sees, The Black Lips, The Vivian Girls, Those Darlins, and many other bands. This is going to go down in history as a legendary show, so you don’t want to miss it!

7″ Review: Burn Too Quick/Undone [2010]

Band: Bedfellows
Release: 2010

1. “Burn Too Quick” – B+
2. “Undone” – B+

Comments: I recently rekindled my interest in a band called New Order. Coincidentally and whether they know it or not, Somerville’s own Bedfellows sound like a modern New Order with strong pop hooks, electronic drums and other effects, etc. These songs are immaculate sounding, which is pretty essential for music of this variety.

Grade: B+ (87)

Bedfellows play at P.A’s Lounge on Saturday Night [December 11] with Busy Arms, The Juvenals, and The Sounds That Machines Make.