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Winter Meltdown Playlist

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Its that time of year again when winter has set up shop, officially opened for business, and is on a 24/7 schedule of nipple hardening ice winds and 12-inch by night mega blizzards. This is not me complaining about winter, (enough people do that) it has its pros and cons just like all the other seasons. But the short days and lack of Vitamin D to the soul can take a toll on everyone. And that’s why I’ve thrown together this little playlist of both old and new tunes that are sure to warm your heart and give you the peace of mind to accept winter and embrace (or cope with) it for a few more months.

The Clash- “Lost in the Supermarket”

Underrated London Calling tune that will get you moving and not try to inject you with sunshine.

Bon Iver- “Beach Baby”

From Justin Vernon’s follow up EP Blood Bank, the Wisconsin winter boy does his best to evoke a little warm weather imagery.

Department of Eagles- “In Ear Park”

Daniel Rossen’s (Grizzly Bear) side project produced this tingling/swooping guitar melody that’s about as delightful as a snowflake on the tongue.

Jeff Buckley- “Grace”

J. Buck suggests waiting “in the fire”, but I think “by the fire” will do just fine too.

Destroyer- “Chinatown”

I don’t know what it is, but something about Dan Bejar’s voice coupled with that saxophone is just downright soothing.

Twin Shadow- “Castles in the Snow (Com Truise Remix)”

Internet remixer Com Truise gives Twin Shadow’s mellow track a heavy dose of super synth.

The Temper Trap- “Sweet Disposition”

I know it may be on the cheesy side but anything that can help me visualize Zooey Deschannel in a wind blown summer dress gently banging on the tambourine is great in my book.

Tennis- “Take Me Somewhere”

And for a reservoir of artificial sunshine, check out Tennis whose sophomore album Cape Dory is due out later this month.

New Music Mondays: Fitz and the Tantrums

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Funky, yes. But your parents’ dusty old Temptations record, this is not (with no disrespect to the Tempts, of course). Fitz and the Tantrums are a brand-new soul group with some serious old-school flavor. The band was born in late 2008, soon after Fitz, a longtime L.A. musician, serendipitously inherited a church organ. This organ was the catalyst of Fitz and the Tantrums, the six-piece, instrumentally-stacked American soul ensemble. As the band began to form, Fitz asked a daring question in music today: “Can we make a huge sound without any guitars?” The answer is a resounding yes. The results of F.A.T.T.’s risky gut decision paid off immensely, as their saxophone-rich sound secures them as an original, forward-thinking faction of soul music.

The band is unabashedly inspired by Motown, however the sound of their August LP, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, are never boring or contrived. Their lead single, “Moneygrabber,” expertly utilizes the voices of Fitz and his lead female vocalist, Noelle Scaggs. Overflowing with energy and wit, “Moneygrabber” targets the same golddigging, good-for-nothing ladies that Cee-Lo so famously berates in “F— You.” Aside from Pickin’ Up the Pieces’ emotionally-charged tracks like “Moneygrabber,” the best thing about Fitz and the Tantrums may actually be their live performances. And lucky for us Bostonians, F.A.T.T.’s winter tour is bringing them right into town on January 20th. The show will be held at the brand new Brighton Music Hall in Allston, for the mere price of 10 dollars. However, the hype of Fitz’s dynamic live performances is causing tickets to go quickly, so score yours soon.


Flaming Lips = Possibly the Weirdest Band in America

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Here is why:

I hope you watched the whole thing because Coyne gets really into it at the end and I may or may not have nightmares as a result of it.

Guilty Pleasures

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There is always pressure for bloggers to be the hippest cats out there, with impeccable tastes and usually some pretentious opinions. All of us here at M&T do our best to be on the cutting edge (while trying not to be pretentious of course), but sometimes I like to sneak some bands into my iTunes rotation that my indie blogger counterparts may scoff at. Everyone has a few guilty pleasures so I thought I would share a couple of mine with you.

Taking Back Sunday– Definitely my favorite band in my early high school days and I love to revisit their old stuff every once and a while. I stopped keeping up with them after 2006’s Louder Now, but I may have to listen to their new disc (expected for early 2011) since their lineup now features all of the same members from the Tell All Your Friends days.

Armor for Sleep– I was never into these guys as much as TBS, but I can say that they put on a great show. I saw them on a tour with Saves the Day (another guilty pleasure) and the night was filled with a lot of energy and some skanking to boot. Apparently they broke up in 2009, but who knows, maybe being featured on Maimed and Tamed is just what they needed to inspire a reunion.

The Used– Most people know them best for their 2002 hit “The Taste of Ink” which definitely prompted me to check out the rest of their debut album. Here is another cut off of that album which I still love to jam out to from time to time.

Bonnaroo 2011 Wishlist

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We know that there is always speculation and rumors about who will be playing at different festivals and like us you are probably checking message boards and COS’ Festival Outlook everyday for some updates. This year is the 10th anniversary of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and we are counting on a larger than life lineup. Here are a few artists that we would like to see down on the farm this year and keep in mind that this list has absolutely no basis whatsoever and we are just a few kids who think it is alright to dream big.

My Morning Jacket– One would think that they are a lock to recreate their majestic late night performance in 2008 that has since become a part of Bonnaroo lore.

Radiohead– With a new album coming out and a previous Roo performance under their belt we say why not?

Wilco– They have their own festival going now, but who says the boys from Chicago can’t double dip?

Spoon– You all know that Spoon is a favorite of M&T and they are certainly at the top of our must-see bands list, so here’s to hoping we can catch them come June.

Fleet Foxes– At the rate they are working it seems like the follow up to their 2008 release will never come out. Robin Pecknold promised it for 2010, but nothing ever came. How about you make up for your broken promise with a killer Bonnaroo set? Deal.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor– They are in the midst of a comeback tour as we speak, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for what could be one of the most epic/interesting late night sets of all-time.

Warpaint– Couldn’t get tickets to the show at Great Scott before they were sold out so we thought a Bonnaroo appearance would be a nice consolation prize.

Neil Young– There were rumors up until the last minute in 2010 that he was a lock to headline, but that all fell through. Maybe this is the year for Mr. Young’s triumphant Bonnaroo return.

Robyn Hits the US

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Facebook. Baseball. The Ipad. Bruce Springsteen. The superpower that is Amurica is considered a forerunner in world culture. But sometimes, we screw up. And aside from the likes of William Hung and Teen Mom, one of America’s most flagrant oversights has got to be Robyn. After releasing singles from her last albums (Robyn and Body Talk) that are topping charts in Europe, Robyn is barely making waves in mainstream America. Though she hasn’t hit it big here yet, you may recognize the name from the 1997 pop confection, “Show Me Love.” But after one decade (and one split from her smothering record label), Robyn is now kicking ass and taking names as one the most inventive, daring, and downright fun musical acts today. Robyn’s specialty is writing electro-pop songs that are as dance-party-starting as they are tear-jerking. Crying at a rave is not an ideal situation for most, but if anyone can make it happen, it’s Robyn. Take her current single, “Dancing on My Own.” This track’s undeniable beat can and will make your great-grandmother break it down, all while it outlines the universal tale of unrequited love. “Yeah I know it’s stupid/But I gotta see it for myself,” Robyn sings, as she watches her man fall for someone else from the shadows of a crowded party. Heavy stuff for a club-banger, right? Yep. And Robyn wouldn’t have it any other way.

I completely understand if “pop” isn’t your thing. But, listen, Robyn is one of us. When she muses about “initiating slut mode” in the hilarious “Fembot,” girls around the world will clink their glasses. And when she tells you that “we’re better off outside, looking back in” on “In My Eyes,” you can rest assured that Robyn is singing from experience. Today, Robyn is an outsider in the music industry. But if and when she blows up, her songs and their lyrics will continue to challenge listeners. At the very least, all I’m asking is that the next time that someone puts on “If You Seek Amy” by Britney Spears at a party, make an executive decision and throw on some Robyn. Amurica will thank you later.

Thanks to all the readers out there for hanging through my very first post on the blogosphere!   And a special thanks to the boys of Maimed & Tamed for making all my girlhood dreams come true (I’m still waiting for that Barbie Dream House, though).  And don’t forget, Robyn will be playing at House of Blues Boston on February 4th.

Local Natives on Jimmy Fallon

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The Natives took on the Jimmy Fallon set last night with the opening track from their 2010 release Gorilla Manor. As many will agree, “Wide Eyes” is exactly the kind of track that record producers love to see at the front of an album. It immediately grabs the listener’s attention through a staggered introduction of the instruments and holds it there through perfect harmonies and a catchy hook, not to mention the bridge which features one of my favorite lines on the album, “All the men of faith and men of science had their questions/Could it ever be on Earth as it is in heaven?” Although their harmonies weren’t spot-on last night, it is still worth a listen.

New Music Monday

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For the first New Music Monday of 2011, we have new music from an old band, Mogwai. Mogwai is a post-rock band hailing from Scotland and their new record Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will is set for release on Feb. 14. Check out tracks “Rano Pano” and “How to be a Werewolf” right here.

Dada @ The Middle East 1/1/11

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Last night my brother and I took a trip into Cambridge to see one of our favorite bands from our childhood, Dada.  For those of you not familiar with Dada, they’re an alt-rock band from California who released their first album in 1992.  For as long as I can remember, Dada’s debut album Puzzle has been an absolute staple in my family’s road trips. It is one of my favorite albums of all time, I’m not even joking. I’ve been dying to see these guys, however, none of my friends know who they are.  Lucky for me, my bro is home for winter-break and he just won our fantasy football league (sorry Eric) so he actually had money to see them this time.

We decided to take the subway in and just buy tickets at the door so we wouldn’t have to pay that pesky convenience charge.  My bro lucked out, one of the bouncers randomly gave him a free ticket to the show.  Then he proceeded to get giant x’s drawn on his hands because he’s not quite 21 yet.  When we got downstairs, we scanned the crowd to find out that he was just one out of a handful of people with those x’s.  I want to say the average age at this show was around 35, which was suspected.

Dada went on around 10:00pm, and they started out with a bang playing three classics, “Posters”,”I get high”, and “Dim,” which has one my favorite guitar riffs of all time.  Right then and there I was satisfied, they already won me over.  Then they surprised me, they played a flurry of 10+minute jam-out songs, not what I expected at all.  Around 11:45pm someone in the crowd shouted out for them to play “Dorina,”  Co-lead vocalist, Michael Gurley, responded by saying, “if we play ‘Dorina’ now then you know that the set is over.”  By the way he said that, I figured they were going to play 2 or 3 more songs and then end it with “Dorina.”  I was very, very wrong.  They continued to play for another hour or so, mixing in sing-a-longs like “Moon,” with jam-out songs like “Bob the Drummer,” and of course their only real radio hit, “Diz Knee Land.”  They ended the night, as promised, with an epic rendition of fan favorite, “Dorina.”  It was such a great show, Michael Gurley, lead guitar, plays tremendous solos and harmonizes so well with bassist and co-vocalist Joie Calio. They brought great intensity, and you can really tell that they have a loyal fan-base and that they really love their fans.  They even promised to sign shirts with a silver pen after the show.  If we knew that the subway stopped running at 12:30AM and we were going to have to call our mother for a ride home because the show didn’t end until 1:00AM we probably would have stuck around to get a signed shirt.  Also I probably would have asked Gurley for his cowboy hat.

If your new years resolution is to add more songs to your itunes, I suggest Dada, especially Puzzle. Also they’re coming out with a new album soon.

M&T Best 20 Tracks of 2010 Playlist

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I know that I posted this on our Facebook page the other day, but that playlist didn’t have Kite Club and this one is updated. So if you are too lazy to go back through our Best of 2010 archives then here are all of the tracks in one playlist for your streaming pleasure.