June Spotify Playlist of the Month

What goes better together than avocados and indie music? Maybe PBRs and a fixed gear bike? Well, we're not here to argue, but we Read More

Making Newport Dangerous Again: Predictions for NFF’s Speak Out Set

On May 4th, Newport Folk quietly announced “Speak Out,” a set scheduled for Sunday evening, just before the headliner. Not much has been officially Read More

July Spotify Playlist of the Month

Coming back at you in July with another big-time playlist. This month features 65 fresh jams from the likes of Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Read More

November Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Maimed & Tamed Spotify Playlist of the Month November 2014

It’s been a lazy month here at M&T HQ in terms of post volume, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been toiling away in the toy shop to bring you a kickass playlist this month. So without further ado we bring you our November Spotify Playlist of the Month, featuring 5 bonus tracks! You heard it right folks, we’ve got 20 fresh jams plus another 5 tasty tracks for your aural pleasure. This month features new cuts from Boston locals like Animal Flag, Ruby Rose Fox, Soft Pyramids, and Matthew Connor, alongside Shakey Graves, The Barr Brothers, Weezer, and one monster of a jam by Yellerkin. Once again the incredible artwork is provided by none other than @sandmanmusic. Check out the full 25-track playlist below and make sure to subscribe for fresh jams every month!

Low Key Release Debut EP Ship Without An Anchor

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Whoever said don’t judge a book by its cover certainly is not alway right. Case in point, Low Key’s debut release Ship Without An Anchor. I mean, how awesome is that album artwork? Luckily for the band, and for us, they’ve got the musical chops to go with the album cover. The local quintet blends styles ranging from funk to folk and rock to dance-pop all in the span of 6 songs. It’s quite the feat for a debut release, but it shouldn’t come as any surprise since the band’s members have been hard at work on these songs since early 2012. The EP’s first single, “Natalie”, showcases the band’s pop/funk side along with some tasty harmonies, but it’s the title track and EP closer that caught our attention. It’s a swirling epic that captures the seafaring vibe from the album’s artwork, and also makes for the perfect closer for the band’s first release.

You can grab yourself a copy of the full EP for a measly, and very much worthwhile, $5 via the bandcamp link below.

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October Spotify Playlist of the Month

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In an M&T first we bring you back-to-back monthly playlists of 40 songs. We’re not quite sure what’s been in the water the past few months, but we just couldn’t restrain ourselves to our normal 20 tracks yet again with so much wonderful ear candy hitting the interwebz recently. Of those incredible jams are new songs by legends like Ryan Adams and James, Boston based artists such as Midnight Snack, Tall Heights, The Color and Sound, and Everybody the Terrible, all mixed in with M&T faves like The Rural Alberta Advantage, Generationals, and The Preatures. Once again the beautiful artwork is provided by none other than @sandmanmusic, our resident photographer/badass. Check out the full 40-track playlist below and make sure to subscribe for fresh jams every month!

M&T Featured In Moodsnap

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Are you a fan of music and photography? Do you wish there was a way to translate your emotional reactions to images into playlists that totally captured that specific vibe? If you find yourself asking these questions often then Moodsnap is the app that you need in your life. Moodsnap is basically image-driven radio that takes individual photos and associates them with a playlist that is meant to evoke similar emotions to that particular photo. When we were approached by Moodsnap to choose an image and curate a playlist to be added to the app we jumped at the chance.

The process was certainly harder than we had first imagined, but it proved to be quite rewarding in the end. The image we chose (the one situated at the top of this post) immediately caught our eye and forced a flow of song ideas into our minds straight away. The photo, taken by Twenty20.com user @carleez, got us thinking of songs that were airy and epic, yet still very much hopeful. With the photo’s main subject always looking forward, presumably to a long and fulfilling future, we thought it appropriate to choose songs that were vast and sweeping, but still very much uplifting.

The best part about Moodsnap is that all of the playlists are collaborative. We kicked things off with the first 25 songs, but once you find our image in the app you can add and remove songs that you want to hear for that image as well. You can find our playlist and many, many others on Moodsnap all for free by downloading the app via the link below. Plug in, pick an image, and enjoy!

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September Spotify Playlist of the Month

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We are going to hold on to summer as long as we can here at the M&T HQ and we highly suggest that you turn on our September playlist and do the same. Once again we are trying to cram as many new jams as possible into the end of summer so we’ve got an extra special playlist for your this month with double the tunes. End of summer saw the release of two more Album of the Year candidates in Rubblebucket and Will Dailey who are featured on this month’s playlist alongside other M&T favorites like The Griswolds and Nemes, as well as new faces such as Alvvays, #1 Dads, and STL GLD. Check out the full 40-track playlist below and make sure to subscribe for fresh jams every month!

Dwight & Nicole Release First Official Music Video for “Smile”

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Our favorite duo hit the interwebz yesterday with the premier of the official music video for their island-soul inspired “Smile,” the second single of their 2014 release, Shine On.

Shot, directed and edited by Andy Wesby, the video follows two scientists as they build a robot boy and attempt to teach it (it? him?) to “smile.” Their repeated efforts prove unsuccessful, and while one of the scientists (we’ll call him, Dwight) grows dispirited, the other (we’ll call her, Nicole) schemes a new, ingenious idea. But will it work? Can you you really teach a robot how to smile? I guess you’ll just have to watch and find out.

Robot boy may or may not learn to smile, but you’ll sure be grinning from ear to ear for 3 minutes and 35 seconds. We promise you that!

Will Dailey Releases National Throat & Gives Away Signed Vinyl

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Will Dailey National Throat Album ArtIn January of 2013, Will Dailey published a mission statement that proclaimed his artistic freedom after breaking up with his record label and concluded with the following declaration:

The goal of this song collection is to celebrate this journey and the rewards of enduring artistic struggles. With you, I’m fully confident that the mission will be a success. What we leave behind will be an honest and invigorating album. You are the ears and hearts where my songs find a home.

Mission accomplished. This week, one of Boston’s finest delivered that ‘honest and invigorating’ album that he so passionately foreshadowed 20 months before with the release of National Throat. A three time Boston Music Award winner for Best Male Singer-Songwriter, Will has set the bar high for himself and others as one of our city’s best songwriters and he soars right over that bar with his most rounded work to date.

National Throat’s sonic landscape is full of rich instrumental textures that draw from pop, rock, folk and blues, setting the perfect backdrop for skillfully crafted lyrics about love, fatherhood and navigating life as an independent musician. The album addresses Dailey’s split from his label both metaphorically and head-on, leaving little to the imagination. Not many artists can lay it all on the line like Dailey does, but with National Throat he has made an honest record that is sure to resonate with his peers and fans alike.

National Throat quickly found a home in our ears and hearts, and it’s not leaving anytime soon.

Check out Will’s first-ever official music video for the lead track on National Throat, “Sunken Ship,” and enter to win a free signed copy of his 180 Gram Blue/Gold Vinyl. See details below.


We’re helping Will give away a signed copy of his 180 Gram Blue/Gold Vinyl pressing of National Throat. Head on over to our Facebook page now to enter. All you have to do is  tell us about your favorite Will Dailey moment – be it a song, lyric, live moment, video, etc – by commenting on the pinned post at the top our feed. Will will be reading what you wrote and choosing his favorite comment. There were only 250 of these babies printed, so let’s hear it!

Nemes Release New Video for “Butterfly”

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Local rock group Nemes have returned with a new single and accompanying video from their upcoming album I Carry Your Heart. “Butterfly” is the first track released from the record due out October 28th and if it’s any indication as to what we can expect for the full-length then we may all have Nemes songs stuck in our heads for the rest of 2014. The video for the catchy-as-hell “Butterfly” is a fun take on the lyric video and incorporates ASL (American Sign Language) performed by each band member. Not too bad for working with a $7 budget. Pre-order the self-produced and Rick Kwan (My Morning Jacket, Zambri) mixed I Carry Your Heart and you’ll get a free download of “Butterfly” to hold you over until October 28th. And don’t forget to catch Nemes performing this Thursday at the Boston Calling Block Party in Dewey Square.

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American Field Returns To Boston September 13-14, 2014

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Next month, local men’s apparel company, Ball and Buck, will once again bring its American Field event to Boston. If you weren’t able to make it last year or aren’t familiar,  you’re in for a treat. American Field is a 2-day event, being held this year September 13-14 at the Innovation and Design building in the Seaport. The whole theme of the event is to bring together loads of vendors and sponsors who put an emphasis on American made products.

What better way to accent all of this patriotism than with some good ole American music? This year Maimed & Tamed had the distinct pleasure of booking the entertainment for the event, and as you can see below, the lineup is chock full of M&T favorites. There are alumni from our monthly playlists like Hillary Reynolds Band and As The Sparrow as well as other local folk scenesters such as Damn Tall Buildings, The Novel Ideas (whose brand new video we premiered yesterday), and more. You can view the daily lineup below and explore more info about the 2-day event on this year’s American Field website. While you browse be sure to download the free audio sampler featuring a handful of this year’s performers.

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Saturday September 13, 2014


1:30pm – Hillary Reynolds Band

2:30pmAs The Sparrow

3:30pmThe Dire Honeys

4:30pmChadley Kolb

Sunday September 14, 2014

12:30pmBox of Birds

1:30pmThomas John Cadrin

2:30pmThe Grownup Noise

3:30pmThe Novel Ideas

4:30pmDamn Tall Buildings

Exclusive Video Premiere: The Novel Ideas – “Lost On The Road”

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We’re big fans of local folk group The Novel Ideas, so needless to say we were beyond thrilled when asked to premiere their new music video for the single “Lost On The Road.” The video, directed by band member Danny Hoshino, provides the perfect backdrop for the road-weary and nostalgic song. Cutting between live performance footage, and candid moments on the road, the video gives us a deeper look into what it’s like to be a young band on the road. Something tells us though that The Novel Ideas won’t be crammed into a beat up van for long. We think you’ll agree after checking out “Lost On The Road” below. Scroll down for tour dates and make sure to catch the band at Great Scott next week.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

August 17th: Lancaster, PA at Tellus360

August 20th: Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY with Frances Cone

August 22nd: Great Scott, Boston, MA with Frances Cone

August 23rd: The Basement, Northampton, MA with Frances Cone

August 26th: The Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH, with You, Me, & Apollo

August 29th: Oswego Beats & Eats, Oswego, IL

August 30th: Uncommon Ground Rooftop Sessions Presented by Lagunitas, Chicago, IL

September 2nd: Scoot Inn, Austin, TX

September 3rd: Opening Bell Coffee, Dallas, TX

September 4th: Lola’s Saloon, Fort Worth, TX

September 5th: Rhino Coffee, Shreveport, LA

September 6th: Cafe Prytania, New Orleans, LA

September 7th: Moonlight on the Mountain, Birmingham, AL

September 8th: Americana Sessions at the Rooftop of the Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA

September 9th: The Basement, Nashville, TN with Jacob Thomas Jr.

September 11th: House show, Pittsburgh, PA

September 12th: Pittsburgh Winery, Pittsburgh, PA

September 13th: Hill Country, Washington, DC

September 14th: American Field, Boston, MA

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