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

Newport Folk Fest 2017: Highlights


Newport Folk and its now-veteran booker Jay Sweet has proven itself to fans year after year. This year, the festival asked us to trust. Read More

August + September 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month


After a month long hiatus we are back with 75 fresh ones from Covey, Mondo Cozmo, Mr Jukes, Ted Leo, Dwight & Nicole, Grizzly Read More

Cat Scratch Fever

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Everyone loves Ted Nugent and his crazy antics, not to mention his impeccable shredding abilities. In this post I would like to focus on the latter of those two characteristics as we witness below that even a 20 year old Nuge could melt faces like no other. His time with the Amboy Dukes was certainly a springboard for his solo career and a sign of great things to come. Enjoy the video as Nuge directs you on a “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” with his pounding and screeching guitar licks.

Concert Review: Minus the Bear and Tim Kasher at the Wilbur Theatre

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Venturing into the freezing cold Boston night, down familiar Tremont St. with various other excited concert goers, I wondered which Minus the Bear we’d be running into tonight. Would it be the version that took songs into extended jams and brought nonstop high energy guitar riffs? Or would I be seeing the tamer, laid back version which stuck strictly to the album version catalog? Turns out, we got a healthy mix of both.

My buds and I, all big MTB fans, arrived late and were surprised to see opener Tim Kasher had yet to go on. I was happy with that because I’m a pretty big Cursive fan and like his solo stuff I have listened to so far. He didn’t disappoint, coming out with a multi-instrumentalist keyboardist, electric violinist and drummer. Small crew, but was exactly what Tim needed to convey his songs in a live setting. Most of the songs on Kasher’s new album tend to strike intensely personal points, mostly stringing back to his bitter divorce with an ex-wife. During “There Must Be Something I’ve Lost”, Kasher sang a capella to the crowd, “I wanna have sex with all my old girlfriends again/ I swear its not the familiarity I miss”. Despite the direct personal window to Kasher’s soul through his lyrics, he still knows how to rock the fuck out, and it made me desperately hope for a Cursive reunion in the near future. He gave the fans a little taste with a cover of “The Recluse”, but it left for something more to be heard.

The familiar faces of MTB took the stage and dove right into opener “Secret Country” off their latest release OMNI. Last time I saw them in May at the Sasquatch music festival, they seemed to be showing their collective indie age, but not tonight. The energy was definitely palpable, and they brought the noise full force on familiar tunes like  “Burying Luck”, “The Game Needed Me”, and “Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse”. They distributed the set fairly equally from the new album all the way to Highly Refined Pirates, which provided a non stop flow of sing-alongs and collective head banging. Guitarist Dave Knudson seemed to always be busy, whether he was finger picking the shit out of encore winner “Pachuca Sunrise” or getting down on all fours to produce funky guitar samples on his mixer during “Into the Mirror”. Needless to say, I left pleasantly surprised except for the absence of “Monkey!!!Knife!!!Fight!!!”, but hey you can’t always get what you want. Not a video from last night’s performance, but very similar.

Doucebox Jukebox Pick of the Week

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Yup, I came up with that title myself.

This weeks pick is Holly Miranda’s cover of Tool’s “Ænema.”  The Maimed and Tamed crew had the pleasure of seeing Holly Miranda open for MMJ on perhaps the greatest show I’ve ever seen (Z).  Anyways Miranda was a pleasant surprise and this cover is just something that everyone needs to hear.

I may be in love

New Music Mondays: Midnight Juggernauts

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As we transition back in to New Music Mondays, I have another not so new song for you guys, but at least it came out in the last 6 months so throw me a bone here. The song is “Fade to Red” and the band is Midnight Juggernauts. This song is off of their latest album The Crystal Axis, which some critics have hailed as Midnight Juggernauts’ attempt at Dark Side of the Moon. Although this album is no where near the same level as Dark Side, it is still pretty good in its own right and brings together some dark and mesmerizing sounds that are actually quite reminiscent of the classic Pink Floyd disc.

Double Bonus

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Spoon released a demo version of their song “Mystery Zone” off their latest album Transference, its up for grabs on their website today. But in case you’re too lazy to do it yourself, you can just get right here. And since we’re feeling extra good here today, I’ve also included the video for the best commercial on television right now. Stunning visuals, outstanding backing track, makes me yearn for the good ol days.

Mystery Zone

My Morning Wood

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I know that everyone’s My Morning Jacket boner is growing as the rumblings and grumblings are beginning to emerge surrounding MMJ’s sixth LP which is due out in the spring. They have already been rocking some tracks off of the new disc in their live sets and needless to say, all of us here at Maimed and Tamed are extremely excited to hear the final product. Actually that is an understatement, I feel like I should heed the warnings from the Viagra commercials about going to the doctor when you have an erection that lasts for longer than 4 hours, because the anticipation for this album has been giving me a chubby since the summer. Now that you all have a great image of my man parts in your heads, here is some new MMJ to rock out to from their final show at Terminal 5 back in October, this one is called “Circuital.” Enjoy.

Delta Spirit rock the Paradise – 11/26

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On Friday all 3 of us were able to enjoy a post-Thanksgiving treat that may have been even been better than Grandma’s sweet apple pie– a Delta Spirit concert. The boys from San Diego played at the Paradise Rock Club along with opening acts The Fling and Darker My Love as part of their fall tour. Delta Spirit’s loud, in your face, southern style rock captivated the crowd for over an hour and even when a fight broke out in the crowd during “Bushwick Blues,” the band kept their composure and never missed a beat. Here are the highlights of the show from each of us.

Eric- Best part of the night for me was “Ballad of Vitaly” right before their encore. I had no idea what the song was about until Jeff told me the story on the way to the show (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitaly_Kaloyev). The story obviously gives the song a whole new meaning and their earnest delivery made the lyrics even more poignant.

Jeff- My highlights of the night include their shortened version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” leading into Delta’s own “Trashcan.” I loved the intensity that Delta Spirit brought throughout the night and I know I probably sound lame but I’m a sucker for sing alongs as encores; “People, Turn Around” was just what I was looking for to wrap things up.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the opener, Darker My Love. I didn’t look too much into them beforehand but they really brought the heat. Check them out at their myspace page, http://www.myspace.com/darkermylove.

Neil- Even though it was my second time seeing Delta Spirit within a few months, the show was anything but repetitive. Matt Vazquez and the rest of Delta Spirit seem to truly love coming to Boston, and they really seem to fit in comfortably in small venues like the Paradise. The openers put on a good enough show to get everyone juiced for Delta Spirit, so all in all a solid show. Check out the video a concert-goer got of Ballad of Vitaly below.

Not So New Music Monday

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I know that everyone was disappointed with the lack of new music last Monday, so I figured I would come back with something a little more different and spice things up a bit. This Van Mo track is perfect for the transition into the cold winter months and also appears on my favorite Van Morrison album of all time, Hard Nose the Highway. Not only does that album kick ass all the way through, it also has some of the most creative and intricate album artwork I have ever seen. I used to have the album hung up in my room and every time I looked at it I discovered something new in the artwork. Needless to say, this track is hardly new, but if you don’t have Hard Nose the Highway then you are not my friend.

Throwback of the Week: BSS

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As one youtube commenter put it so bluntly: “If this song doesn’t make your day better, you must be dead.” I agree completely.

Francophile

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Gearing up for French class next semester with the original French badass, Jacques Dutronc. This song was introduced to me by my worldly friend Trevor who is a big fan of French culture. The last time that I took French was freshman year, but I think that the musical stylings of Dutronc will be enough to bring me up to speed. The song below, “Et moi, Et moi, Et moi…” was featured in the 2002 Matt Dillon film City of Ghosts which has some great French songs on its soundtrack. So get a little culture and enjoy the music people