Best Of 2011 – Glen’s Favorite Shows

It looks like another year in concerts has concluded for me. I made it out to 19 shows (22 in 2010) at quite a few different venues around Boston/MA (including more basement/non-traditional club shows than ever) and three non-Massachusetts shows (all Black Lips).

1. Black Lips, Night Beats @ Bowery Ballroom – July
Black Lips, Vivian Girls @ Paradise Rock Club – April
3. Black Lips, Davila 666, X-Ray Eyeballs @ Webster Hall – October
4. Nobunny @ Church – June
5. Mark Sultan @ Magic Room Gallery – December

Favorite Bands That I Saw For The First Time In 2011: Atlantic Thrills, White Wires, Peach Kelli Pop, Sara Lee, Night Beats, and Davila 666.

Check out the Concert Calendar!

Some truly kick ass, KLYAM beloved artists are coming to town this September!

September 2- Hunx and Hix Punx, K-Holes @ T.T. the Bears Place

September 19- Vivian Girls, Girlfriends @ Great Scott

September 24- Girls & Nobunny!!!! @ Paramount Theater- Emerson College


Black Lips H&E

Insert Ian where Jack Hines (correct?) is standing.

Hopes: I hope this is the best concert I have ever experienced, and considering this band this probably should be an expectation, but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself. I hope the guys play all or most of my favorites including lesser known cuts like “Fad” and “Robitussin,”- early stuff. I also want to hear a decent amount, but not too much of their new material.

Expectations: I expect this to be one of the greatest shows I have attended up until this point in my life, perhaps not thee “best” as the past two years’ Lips shows are undefeated. Though, the Lips do tend to top themselves each time personally for me. Of course, they aren’t fucking jukeboxes and they play whatever they feel like, but I expect them to play the vintage, Let It Bloom tunes as usual, the best from Good Bad and 200 Mill (a few each, give or take) and new songs like “Go Out and Get It,” and “Modern Art.” I also anticipate that the Vivian Girls will be a stellar addition to my “Kick Ass Artists I’ve Seen Live” list.

CD Review: Share The Joy [2011]

Vivian Girls
Release: 4/2011
Label: Polyvinyl

1. “The Other Girls” – B-
2. “Heard You Say” – B
3. “Dance (If You Wanna) – B-
4. “Lake House” – B-
5. “Trying to Pretend” – B
6. “Sixteen Ways” – B
7. “Take It As It Comes” – B+
8. “Vanishing of Time” – B
9. “Death” – B
10. “Light In Your Eyes” – B

Comments: I’ll begin by saying I much prefer other Vivian Girls releases to this one. Most, if not all, of the songs on here lack in excitement or spark. Both Kickball Katy (La Sera) and Cassie Ramone (The Babies) released non-VG records this year, but I won’t be quick to say this one sounds rushed. At its heart, its typical Vivian Girls fare with a few more twists and turns. Songs like “Take It As It Comes” and “Death” start with talking intros — an old school maneuver. The former is real good (I note the lead guitar and background vocals as aspects I enjoy) while the other is good, but isn’t really distinguishable. The production on Share the Joy is the Vivian Girls best to date, but some of the stand alone vocals, song clutter, and repetitiveness of sound take away from what this could have been. I’m more of a Babies guy, anyway.

Grade: B- (83)

IMPORTANT: Black Lips @ Paradise APRIL 14

After selling out the Middle East Downstairs as headliners for two years in a row, honorary KYLAMers and of course (shocker!) my favorite band Black Lips will be moving up in the world of Boston venues, playing at the Paradise Rock Club on Thursday April 14. Vivian Girls will be opening. The Lips will be hitting the road a little later than usual this year and will be touring independently of a record release — their new album has been pushed back to Summer 2011 after initially being slated for April 5.

Other dates here:
02-24 Miami, FL – Grand Central *
02-25-28 Miami, FL – Bruise Cruise *!
04-06 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04-07 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
04-08 Washington, DC – Black Cat
04-09 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
04-12 New York, NY – Webster Hall
04-13 Pawtucket, RI – The Met
04-14 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
04-15 Montreal, Quebec – Le National
04-16 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre
04-17 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
04-19 Columbus, OH – Outland Live
04-20 Newport, KY – Southgate House
04-21 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
04-22 Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium
04-23 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
04-25 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
04-26 Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
04-27 Dallas, TX – The Loft
04-28 Austin, TX – Emo’s
04-29 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
04-30 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon

Bruise Cruise!!! Ft. Black Lips, Strange Boys

Cruises are the latest fad in Rock and Roll, it seems. And why not? They are great! Well, how about this:

Bruise Cruise Festival is an exclusive music festival on the high seas. It brings together today’s most prominent and influential rock bands on a three-day tropical vacation from Miami to the Bahamas.

The cruise offers true music fans a chance to witness their favorite bands in a unique, intimate rock festival atmosphere while being whisked away on an exotic vacation.  A special escape from the winter doldrums. This dream getaway will reward guests with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience a string of exclusive concerts against the backdrop of a completely inclusive, relaxing getaway.

The first Bruise Cruise will feature a who’s-who of the North American rock scene: The Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Strange Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Turbo Fruits and – last but not least – one of New York’s most prominent soul DJs, Mr. Jonathan Toubin.   The cruise will include a kick-off party in Miami, multiple concerts at sea and Nassau in the Bahamas, open-bar cocktail parties and a soul dance-off with cash prizes.

Amenities featured on board include: gambling, resort-style pools, water parks, spas, fine dining and more. The price of one ticket will cover all entertainment, lodging, meals and some drinks.  In order to create a highly coveted experience, only 400 guests will be able to attend the first Bruise Cruise.

Concert Review: Vivian Girls, Male Bonding, You Can Be A Wesley @ Great Scott (3/8/10)

Bands: Vivian Girls, Male Bonding, You Can Be A Wesley
Venue: Great Scott (Allston, MA)
Date: Monday, March 8, 2010

Act OneYou Can Be A Wesley – I really liked this band. They rocked out and genuinely seemed passionate about playing music. That said, the vocals weren’t that loud and the drums really took precedent. Also, the band had a guy take care of playing videos on the screen behind the drummer. That was a bit unnecessary in my opinion and almost pigeon holes the band as just your average opening act. They weren’t just your average opening act, though. They’re better than that and judging from the audience’s response, it seems like they’ve built quite a local following. The jams weren’t exactly assaults on the ear, but they were straight up rockers. Awkward band name.

Act TwoMale Bonding – First, props to the guitarist/singer for having stickers of No Age and Happy Birthday on his little effects pedal bag. Second, I should have liked this band more than I did. They definitely had a No Age + bass thing going on. The extremely thick reverb on the vocals ruined it for me. I couldn’t make out a word (literally) that was sung, so they might as well just have put the mics aside. The drummer was getting quite a workout beating the shit out of his drum kit. The guitars were very similar in each song. Straight up punk riffs with some deviation. No one song really struck me as particularly awesome, though. It was basically a case of “oooh, this again. I get it.” Awkward band name.

Act ThreeVivian Girls – I should have done my homework. I heard most of Vivian Girls’ catalog last summer, but I never really got around to consistently listening to the Girls. It’s a shame, though, that I didn’t make much of an effort to at least re-listen to Everything Goes Wrong, an album that I awarded a really high grade to back in September. The two songs that I recognized were “When I’m Gone” and “Before I Start to Cry.” The latter was really amazing and the former just as awesome. The twelve or so other songs played during the group’s half hour set were affectionate and catchy. They showcased two new songs, which were great. I feel really bad that I couldn’t recognize the other tracks! Seriously, you don’t know how bad I feel. I feel like a casual fan! I guess, at the end of the day, that is what I am.

Grade: B/B-