M&T Best Songs of 2017

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M&T Best Albums of 2017

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January 2018 Spotify Playlist of the Month

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M&T Best Tracks of 2010: #16

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#16. Kite Club-“Very Necessary”

The #16 track of the year is the ridiculously catchy (as well as dance-able) “Very Necessary” from Nicholas Futcher aka Kite Club. Futcher is a one man Australian wrecking crew who also had a self-professed obsession with Hanson in his younger years. Needless to say, that obsession rubbed off in Futcher’s music (in a good way) as both tracks off of his Goodtime Tea Show EP are undeniably catchy. You can download the Goodtime Tea Show EP as well as an acoustic version of “La La Melode” here http://kiteclub.bandcamp.com/ on his band camp. As we all know, when Futcher ominously exclaims, “With the setting sun comes another revolution,” he is obviously referring to the arrival of track #15 on our countdown tomorrow…so make sure you check back tomorrow as we keep the countdown rolling.

Ahhh Memories…Weezer at the Orpheum, Dec. 14

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Last night Weezer swung their aptly named Memories tour through Boston, kicking it off with a short set of “greatest hits” followed by an encore set of their Blue album straight through. Let me first say that the Blue album was one of the first physical CDs I ever got my mitts on, ordered it through CDnow (remember that?). Needless to say, that CD got worn out after countless spins on my portable CD player and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve seen Weezer before, granted its never been on a headlining tour, but their live show has left me wanting something more before. Regardless, the M&T staff jumped at the chance to see one of our favorite albums of the ’90s being performed on stage, despite a pretty steep ticket price. And it was definitely worth it because last night I finally understood Weezer.

Weezer has caught an unholy amount of flak for their recent releases, no need to name them all because basically since Pinkerton, fans have been finding things to complain about. All the arguments usually sway back to the greatness of the Blue album and why the band has trouble recreating that “magic”. There was even a recent campaign to try and raise $10 million to try and get Weezer to break up. But America needs Weezer, more than you know. They’re trying to keep rock alive in its true form. Just pure, straight-forward, no frills power-chords rock. The show kicked off with Rivers addressing the crowd for the only time during the night, informing us of an imminent trip down memory lane. Starting with 2010 and speeding (very quickly) down the memory highway, Weezer rattled off a hit (or two) from all of their releases, including “Hash Pipe” from the Green album and “Falling for You” from Pinkerton. Rivers got especially into it, and brought the crowd with him during “Pork and Beans” when he decided to ascend the tower of speakers on the right side of the stage, climb into the side balcony seats, and entertain the crowd face to face. There was even a mini trampoline on stage so Rivers could easily access the platform holding Josh Freese/Patrick Wilson’s drum kit. It was all surprisingly…really fun.

But when Weezer left the stage for a short break (the memories kept coming with a slide show cataloging Weezer’s rise to fame)  and came back on for the real reason everyone was there, there was a sudden lack of energy from the lead singer. But I don’t think anyone noticed. The guys got back to basics, even sporting ’90s era outfits, and dove right into “My Name is Jonas”, never to look back. All the memories were there, from the familiar harmonica intro to “In the Garage” all the way to the epic crescendo during album closer “Only in Dreams”. The entire way through, I could almost feel a sense of agreement among the crowd, forgetting Weezer’s musical wrongdoings and just rocking the fuck out to an indisputably all-time record.

M&T Best Tracks of 2010: #17

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#17. Black Keys-“Tighten Up”

For our #17  best song of 2010 we chose “Tighten Up” by The Black Keys. “Tighten Up” was released as single before their album, Brothers, came out.  The song has become the band’s most successful single and has reached the top of US alternative charts.  “Tighten Up” features powerful drumming from Patrick Carney along with a funky guitar part and the bluesy singing of Dan Auerbach.  I missed out twice last year on seeing The Black Keys, but, I mean that’s what happens when Bonnaroo schedules The Flaming Lips perfoming Dark Side of the Moon at the same time.  Enjoy this video, and check back tomorrow for #16.

M&T 20 Best Tracks of 2010: #18

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#18. Generationals-“Victim of Trap”

For our #18 song of the year we chose “Victim of Trap” by the Generationals. For those fans of M&T’s New Music Mondays out there you are familiar with the New Orleans trio and their Trust EP. The EP which came out in November is the second effort by the Generationals after their debut full-length album Con Law was released in 2009. “Victim of Trap” features a pulsing bass line and swirling effects throughout which creates an upbeat post-pop feel that can be felt on the rest of the EP as well. Definitely regretting not seeing these guys when we had the chance to back in New York City at the Pirate! Promotions party. You win some you lose some I guess. Check back in tomorrow for #17.

M&T 20 Best Tracks of 2010: #19

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#19. Peter Wolf Crier-“Hard As Nails”

For our #19 song of the year we chose “Hard as Nails” by Peter Wolf Crier off of their debut LP Inter-Be. The Minneapolis based duo of singer-guitarist Peter Pisano and drummer-producer Brian Moen have worked with a multitude of different groups before (Wars of 1812, Laarks and Amateur Love to name a few), but this is the first time that they have worked together. What resulted from this collaboration was the creation of their stellar debut album as well as an opening slot on Dawes and Vetiver’s fall tour. I chose a live video of the song “Hard as Nails” for this post because the recording just doesn’t do justice to the raw emotion that the song evokes. It begins with Moen’s rapping of the bass drum which provides a driving force that pushes the song forward. The song then builds into a series of one man harmonies which shows the technical expertise needed in producing the song and then re-creating it live. By the end of the song Pisano’s guitar is noticeably out of tune, he has snapped one of his strings and he can barely contain himself to his seat in trying to fight off the sheer energy of the song’s climax. The song ends fittingly with a barrage of Pisano’s wailing harmonies in culmination of a 4 minute epic build up.

New Music Mondays: Canyons

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Even in the midst of the busiest blogging time of the year, we still got some freshiez coming your way. Treat your ears to some Canyons aka Bryan and Leon. Canyons debut release is expected out sometime in the near future, but until then you can check out their music video for the assumed first single “My Rescue”, and listen to another choice beat “This Girl (Canyons Dub)”.

M&T 20 Best Tracks of 2010: #20

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#20: Liars- “Scissor”

Liars have been around for 10 years now since they first came on the scene in 2000. Since then, they have released 5 full lengths, mostly to critical acclaim with an evolving style  of dance punk and noise rock. “Scissor” is the premier track off their 2010 release Sisterworld and starts off with lead singer Angus Andrew’s lonely low tones and a sorrowful violin. The explosion of sound a minute later is indicative of what Liars can bring to the table, serving up what begins as two distinct entities but eventually comes together for an absolute jam. And if M&T were to do music videos of the year, it’s safe to say this one would be on the list.

PS. Sorry for the ad on the video, Vevo is dumb and pointless, but its worth the wait.

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.

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