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forgetters at Great Scott, Allston, MA – 10/4/09

Forgetters at great scott When I interviewed Blake Schwarzenbach a couple weeks ago about his new band, forgetters (small f, no the), Schwarzenbach had mentioned that when Thorns of Life started last year, they weren't interested in trading on anyone's past to get a head start. That's apparently still the case as forgetters took the stage at Great Scott on Sunday night for around 125 or so people, the last of 3 bands on a $6 bill. I imagine if they felt differently about playing up the past, the show could have been at a bigger venue, promoted differently, and more widely attended. At the very least, the ticket price at Great Scott could have been doubled. Still, 125 fans for a band's 5th show is a strong showing, and I expect it will be a harder ticket it the next time they're in town.

On stage, everyone looked to be having a good time, and Blake is back to eyes shut, neck strained screaming. I never saw Jawbreaker, but I didn't see this the 2 times I saw Jets. The band seemed more polished than I'd expect for a 5th show, though there was a flub or two ('Fuck You, Dad' stopped after a few beats, reintroduced as 'I'm Sorry, Dad, and started again). Although I don't think I've heard any of the songs, a lot of them sounded familiar. There was the syncopated drumming of Kevin Mahon that punctuated a lot of the early Against Me! catalog. Aside from the drums, the songs sound like a mix between pre-Dear You Jawbreaker punk with bits of Jets to Brazil pop sprinkled in, which, you know, is nice. I don't know how to explain it, but the songs sounded like they wanted to be recorded, which bodes well for the 7" recording in October. Most importantly, the songs are good enough to stand on their own. They're good enough to allow forgetters to build a following of it's own, without trading on anyone's past. I could probably get away with saying that everyone at Great Scott on Sunday was there because of Jawbreaker, but if forgetters lasts for 5 years (or more) as Schwarzenbach expressed hope that they would in our interview, that won't always be the case. I'm looking forward to seeing them again after hearing their record.

The Last Pale Light In The West – Ben Nichols (2008)

Based on the book Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, The Last Pale Light In The West is a solo effort by Ben Nichols of Lucero. It's weird, an EP based on a book, but every song, even the my least favorite, is great. 4 stars, instead of 5, because all of the songs sort of sound the same, which ends up being fine, actually, but might rub some of you the wrong way.

Lucero, The Paradise – Boston, MA 4/16/09 Review

After only seeing Lucero in divier venues (The Middle East, The Living Room, and a dingy boat riding around the Boston Harbor), I was interested to see what they did in a classier venue, like the Paradise. While the sold-out crowd was into it from the get go - singing along and finger pointing - the band started out a little stiff. Whether it was playing some new songs or the newer arrangements to older standards or the apparent complete sobriety, something wasn't clicking on stage for the first couple songs. The situation turned around quickly, though, and after the audience carried the band out of gate, they were treated to the Lucero performance they were expecting. [I don't know if there's ever been a more vanilla opening paragraph, blech. Writing about things dispassionately sucks!]

The band was joined on stage by a slide guitarist and keyboardist (and at one point towards the end, some random bald guy from the audience singing a Replacements cover) adding extra heft to the songs and all told, Lucero played for two and a half hours, which is NUTS. It got sloppy towards the end of the night, which is hard to avoid when 2 of the members are drinking straight from bottles of Jameson, but this was still the most polished performance I've seen - Ben only forgetting the words to one song and mixing around the verse order of another - and really, what did you expect?

24 Redemption Live Blog

I can't remember the last time '24' was on. It's been a year and a half, or so. When it was on before, I blogged it. I'm a little out of practice, and I don't know if I'll remember all the characters and whether they're good or bad. That's a lot of qualifying, isn't it? Let's just get on with it.

Here's some other '24' related posts you might be into.
Season 7 Episode 1 and 2 Live Blog
Season 7 Episode 3 and 4 Live Blog
Season 7 Episode 5 Live Blog
Season 7 Episode 6 Live Blog
24 Season 7 Episode 7 2 PM - 3 PM Live Blog
24 Season 7 Episode 8 3 PM - 4 PM Live Blog
Redemption Live Blog
24 Tag from UnlikelyWords featuring season 5 and 6 Live Blog.


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Apples In Stereo, New Magnetic Wonder

OK, this album has too many tracks: I still haven't even heard all of them through shuffling my "recently added" playlist. Still, I've found some great songs on here so far, especially "Energy," "Same Old Drag," and "Sunndal Song." If you like smiley, bouncy pop, you really can't find a better exemplar of it than Apples in Stereo.

Of Montreal, The Sunlandic Twins

I'm supposed to like Of Montreal, right? They've got some songs I really enjoy, like "Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse" from Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? and "Disconnect the Dots" from Satanic Panic in the Attic, and they certainly deserve some kind of award for their quirky song names. And yet, I just can't seem to get into a groove with them—perhaps they're just a little too weird for my conventional tastes.