Brighton Music Hall: Kishi Bashi & The Barr Brothers

Tuesday, May 15, 2012: It was a homecoming for The Barr Brothers and the room showed it, locals and friends loitered near the stage and at the green-room door. Kishi Bashi on the other hand is relatively new to town yet still had a throng of young girls (and at least one talkative man) swooning […]

Kishi Bashi: Live in Washington DC

If you haven’t seen enough of Kishi Bashi on the blog lately (exhibits A & B), I am alerting everyone to the fact that NPR has a couple live shows on its website, streaming both mp3 and HD video. Or, look no further than the PaisleyBlog to provide you a link to the Washington DC show and check […]

Live in the Early 1970s

Let’s just pretend. It’s the early 1970s and you have $5 in your pocket. Who would you rather see? The Doors, The Who, The Grateful Dead, or George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr, & more – all at one show! Yeah, thats what I said too: Everybody! Utilizing the miracle of modern […]

Ritchie Valens: Rockin’ All Night / The Ritchie Valens Story

One week from today should have been Ritchie Valens 71st birthday. Instead, this past February we silently noted the 53rd anniversary of his death by airplane crash along side the “Big Bopper” and Buddy Holly. He was 17 years old. Valens was 16 before he decided to join a band. The band was called The […]

The 2 Bears: Be Strong

Beyond this blog’s rampant bear obsession and Be Strong‘s introductory track, The Birds & The Bees’ quiet music-box Teddybear Picnic conclusion, there are many reasons to stop everything and listen to this album. The 2 Bears (I feel like I’ve posted them before but for some reason haven’t) consist of London pals Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard […]

George Harrison: Early Takes, Volume 1

Of all the Beatles, George Harrison is easily the most sympathetic. Unlike Paul & John, George was quiet and introspective, his music was visceral and sincere. Harrison’s only son, Dhani, confessed last year in an interview with Rolling Stone that for a long time growing up he had no idea that his father was one […]

The Ultimate Bearhug

While browsing the internets, I thought I’d catch up on the musings of an old buddy, Guitaradcliff. To my great relief, he’s still deep in the music scene, writing, playing, producing, and most helpful, listening. While I pondered the ramifications of posting Birdman’s Tin Soldier (2000) on his page, I poked about his recommendations and found this Southern California Group, […]

James Rustad: Discography

A little over a month ago Stabarific and I threw a party. I think it was an early birthday celebration at which we sampled three or four different whiskeys and about 20,000 beers… or something like that. Our midnight ghost hunt not withstanding, the greatest surprise of the evening came during a mesmerizing impromptu performance by […]

Kishi Bashi: 151a

While awaiting King Charles‘ release (due in a week), I set out to discover additional music that fell into a similar vein. Coincidentally, I happen to receive a notice that The Barr Brothers would be traveling through Boston, MA and playing a show at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston. The brothers are playing that […]

British Sea Power: EP 3

These guys are geniuses. It’s true, a number of artists have done this already and, of course, by ‘this’ I’m speaking of well packaged sequential EP releases. Bishop Allen’s “every month for a year” collection. Sufjan Steven’s “every state in the country” vaporware set. Adele’s “it’s my birthday” editions. The Polyphonic Spree’s “section 01-infinity” naming sequence (my personal […]