Friday, January 13, 2017

Go to our Patreon Page - and Totally Open to Review Suggestions

Gettin' ready to shoot some musicians. With a camera. Yeah, awk. (c) Pamela Almeida
Welcome to the new year! It's 2017! Everything is ending!

We haven't monetized this tiny little blog with ads and other obnoxiousness, buuuut... we thought this was a cool idea to hear what ch'all have to say.

We've got a Patreon page. What is that? It's a place where you can donate $1 / month, and I get to listen to your suggestions for whoall I should be reviewing, interviewing, whathaveyou.

It's pretty neat. Here's the RAVINGS PATREON PAGE.

So yeah. $1. Put up a comment - a quick hello, a suggestion for a band you want me to cover, or a goodbye (which would be kinda weird, but hey, it's your dollar).

Check it out! Thanks everyone, am excited to go shoot Kyle Morton. With a camera.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Kyle Morton (aka the Typhoon) Passes into Boston

Kyle Morton circa the solemn 1930s (B&W). Photo (c) Jeremy Paul Hernandez.
Rough Trade NYC, New York, NY. Fri. 1-20-17, Doors 8p, Show 9p. $15.
Cafe 393, Boston, MA. Sat. 01-21-17, Doors 7:30p, Show 8p. SOLD OUT.

In case you were unaware, we are obsessed with Typhoon. You might want to read our review of their debut full-length White Lighter from 2013 - one of two 5 / 5's on this little blog (the other belonging to Deer Tick).

It's a brilliant album, we can safely say.

So when we saw Kyle Morton's solo tour, the same Mr. Morton who is primary songwriter and singer for Typhoon, you knew we were going to get excited. Everyone we've met - from the Oh Hellos to Cereus Bright to god knows who else we're forgetting - have fond memories of the 11+ piece Typhoon. And to have whittled down the group to a small handful of solo performances... we'll, let's say we're probably expecting quite a bit.

Here are the further tour dates. And here's Morton's 2016 solo album, available for streaming and purchase. We're expecting to hear much off this latest album, but quite hopefully, his brief discography with Typhoon will likely be making an appearance (and yes, they've announced a sophomore full-length to be forthcoming).

Anyway... yes, this show is sold out in Boston. But in case you're near NYC, we suggest checking out one of the most exciting new songwriters we've ever listened to. Probably the most surprising, intricate, and outright unexpected songwriting we've come across. So, yes, worth the admission, we'd be happy to stake. Check out the few other tour dates as well.

And be back after the Boston show so we can shower you with photos and Morton with praise (most likely),

Friday, December 23, 2016

A Christmas Present...

Illus. by Alessandra Briggs,

Our second collection of shorts and poems is going to be released on Amazon all through 2017. If you purchased a digital copy of Vol. 1, well congrats, because you're getting an update (or rather, several updates) that will be Vol. 2. Gratis. We're starting with a flash fiction and a poem, for now. A thank you for your support.

We've spoiled the titles of the new stories, and a ToC for you. Here's the Amazon link right here. We'll be putting the new stories up one-by-one, just because we thought it'd be fun. And we're brewing in our head a possibility to add a Vol. 3, but that's far, far away right now.

We'll announce when paperbacks are available (Vol. 1 paperbacks are not on Amazon) and where to buy them, likely toward the end of 2017. They'll be hanging around in indie bookstores in the New England area, and we're happy to ship them out directly if you message us here (currently Vol. 1 is available through here - $12 + shipping). Book signings, meet and greets, etc. etc. to come some months from now.


P.S. - Allie's cover is an illustration of "The Prisoner." We think you'll like.

Monday, November 28, 2016

This Wednesday - Newport Folk Fest Tics on Sale

It's true. This Wednesday. You might catch folkers next year like this guy:

Four guesses: C,S,N or Y?

...who happened to be incredible at this past summer's Newport Folk Fest.

So you know we're partial to this particular Fest. We might have something of a history with this one. And you can, too, but only if you're able to grab a ticket. (And be warned, they've been selling out within a day... except for Friday. So...)

Again, reminder: This Wed, Nov. 30th. 10 am Eastern Time. Click this kind of link to get to the Folk Fest site. And again, last July weekend in 2017: 28th-30th (Fri-Sun).

It's gonna be good, and more importantly, sold out. On your marks, get set...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Matthew Logan Vasquez "Returns" for Solo

Matthew Logan Vasquez - Solicitor Returns
No label
-out now
4 / 5

Let's cut to the chase for y'all: it's a good album. Now Austin-based rocker/writer Matthew Logan Vasquez, from Delta Spirit / Middle Brother fame has his solo album. And it's good. It took us a few listens to get into his slower pace on here, but it's grimy, it's deliberate swagger, it's confident and assertive. Some time back, Vasquez mentioned that he envisioned his Delta Spirit not as "Americana," but as a rock outfit. We think this is the album he envisioned when he said that (not their decent, but lyrically flawed 2012 Delta Spirit).

Is it still Americana? Is it just straight rock? Is it more country, even? We don't care at this point. Solicitor Returns may not have the crazy, jump-off-a-roof (in a somersault) vocals of Delta Spirit's 2006 EP, I Think I Found It (which is one of our favorite EPs - ever); but it lays in a Johnny-Cash-like groove, stripped down, emotive vocals, almost eschewing songwriting in favor of pure musicianship. And then we get gems like "Bound to Her," a synth-heavy, somber dirge that crushes you under the weight of its sober beauty. It's the kind of song that we'd never thought we'd dig into - trudging, simple chorus, nothing terribly fancy going on. But... yeah, it's gorgeous. "Black East River" is enjoyable as well, mostly because it throws back to those soulful vocals in his starting days, even though it seems like his crazy dynamics are all but gone from his songwriting. In any case, it is confident like we said, it's mature, it's music that doesn't seek to impress or dazzle. It's music that looks to crush you, and it does.

It's not the album we wanted. It's not the album we expected, either. But it's something honest, truthful, and just good. Pick it up; recommended.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

We're watching the election, and...

This story (a year old) is what we'd like to repost to you all:


Hold on. Be political. Don't give up. It's not too much, it's too important.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Phantogram: One Ephemeral New England Date

Phantogram's Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter. Photo (c) by Timothy Saccenti.
Boston House of Blues, Boston, MA. Fri. 10-21-16, Doors. 7pm, Show 8pm. $25-$45.

Electro-pop duo Phantogram has strikingly few dates in the New England area. In fact, they have just one, which is a shame, considering a good portion of their dates are selling out. We're going to make the trek to Boston for this one, because, well, they're releasing their aptly named album Three and we feel like electro-dancing our ass off. Possibly to a single like this one. This would be our first time catching Barthel and Carter, and we're certainly excited to feel the vibe of this kind of show. If it's anything like the bust-a-move-cause-you-gotta-groove Three, this one might happen to be a wholly tolerable (slam-your-drink-and-bring-your-dance) party. That's our forecast on this one; most likely we'll see y'all there.