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

October 2017 Spotify Playlist of the Month

After a slightly bizarre Indian summer the weather has started to cool off and the leaves have finally started to turn in the Northeast. Read More

Review–The Return of the King(s): KOL release Come Around Sundown

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When it comes to the Kings Of Leon, everyone falls into one of four categories. 1.) You’re a diehard fan, and always have been. 2.) You knew “The Bucket” and “Molly’s Chambers”, but the exposure of Only By the Night turned you on to deeper cuts. 3.)You used to like them but now you think they’re a bunch of sellouts. 4.) You hate them.

Now, I find it a little strange concerning the recent surge in the population of category 3 fans. Granted everyone, including the entire Followill family, was quick to change the dial when the all too familiar opening licks of “Use Somebody” came up on the local station. Nothing can kill the initial uniqueness of a song like hearing a song three times a day, every day. But in all honesty, there were too many “fans” who directly associated the mainstream death of  “Use Somebody” with KOLs alleged agenda to become the next big thing. When it comes down to it, I would like for all these category 3 fans to show me a band who, when posed with the question “Do you guys want to make a record that will absolutley blow you up?” would say no thanks. Because no matter how indie your band’s indentity is, exposure is everything. KOL was on the brink  and Only By the Night was the logical step forward, and I can’t fault them for that especially when all things considered, its a solid record. And one more thing on this rant while I’m at it. The whole bird poop incident that went down in St. Louis when the band caught flak for stopping a show short on account of multiple bird doodoos to the face and mouth. The consensus of the internet seems to say KOL are a bunch of pussies and don’t know how to rock, because of course any other true group of rockers would have stuck it out “for the fans”. Give me a break. It is a venues resposibility to make sure the setting for the show is safe and sanitary and if they knew the pigeon situation from the get-go, KOL should have never even been allowed on stage to begin with. Again, show me a band that will gladly stay up on the stage and rock the shit out of it while eating and showering in bird poop. Unless you’re into Cannibal Corpse or GWAR, then of course you’re a freak anyways and should probably go watch some poop eating videos on the internet. I’ve been to a few KOL shows and believe me, they can bring the heat. 

Now, onto the music which is what its all about, baby. Come Around Sundown was released last month to fairly mixed reviews as best. They didn’t pull a MGMT and start playing songs in 13/15 time signatures and they didn’t relapse back to Because of the Times steady stream of stadium rock jams or Aha Shake Heartbreak‘s good ol’ boy southern garage rock. They went in a direction not many people expected them to go: the mainstream route. There are no “Charmer”s showcasing Caleb’s raspy/scary yelp and there are no “Knocked Up”s to rock out/sing along to on a long car ride. Its just chill, brah. “The End” is curiously similar to  OBTN’s opener “Closer” and almost makes one wonder if Caleb is being serious when he asks if “this could be the end.” I don’t want it to be, but “Radioactive” is on its way to becoming the next “Use Somebody” with its gospel-praise chorus chant and radio friendly guitar riffs. Then, the almost haunting opening hits for “The Face” seem to take the record down a different path, with Caleb’s vocals stringing you along. “If you give up New York, I’ll give you Tennessee”. Oh, what a southern gentleman. “Mary” harkens back to a previous time, both in KOLs past and the past of music in general. My attention span with the record grows a little thin after “The Immortals” aka “McFearless”s chill brother, with “Pony Up” and “No Money” providing some boring guitar riffs and plucky basslines. Overall, a disappointment for me in a spot where it was really make or break for KOL to choose a direction, but something tells me they won’t forget their roots.

Rating: 6.3/10

New Music Mondays: Kite Club

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Kite Club, which is actually just the musical moniker for Aussie artists Nicholas Futcher, has been all over the blogosphere recently and I believe that it would be a shame if we didn’t post about him on Maimed and Tamed. He very well could be the next Passion Pit or dare I say Animal Collective for all of you die hard freaks out there. Listen to the tracks below and download them for free here:

MMJ/CMJ Madness Pt. 2

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Normally we wouldn’t post twice on the same topic but this weekend provided around a years worth of noteworthy music, so how could we not blog the hell out of it? While most of our other blog brothers were busy delving nose first into the week long “I’m more hipster than you” fest that is CMJ music week, my cohorts and I were treated to multiple evenings of ear candy with My Morning Jacket. Many music enthusiasts attending CMJ week in the big city were eager to expose the next big thing or celebrate some of their favorite up-and-coming underground artists in intimate club settings.  Although I am a big fan of Back to the Future and am happy to celebrate in the 25th anniversary, I’d rather go against the Marty McFly lifestyle and kick it in the present. And right now, My Morning Jacket is the premier live act on this planet, and I say this without any hint of doubt. I know this because of many reasons, but I won’t get into them here so just trust me on this one. Eric blogged about Thursday’s run thru of It Still Moves, a great kick off to our weekend although fans lucky enough to attend Monday’s and Tuesday’s shows were rewarded for their diehardness (i.e. covers of “Rocketman” and “White Rabbit” and performances of tunes like “Strangulation” which had been locked in the closet for 5 plus years).

Friday night’s Z show provided enough chills and thirlls to supply me with goosebumps for a year. “Wordless Chours” and “It Beats 4 U” got things kicked off with a bang and gave insurance to any doubting fans that they would be in for a wild ride. Our general admission neighbors thought ahead and brought a Costco bulk load of glow sticks they decided to unleash during “Gideon” when Jim James opens it up with one of his signiature howls. “Into the Woods” provided an answer to the question “Hey, I wonder what that one would sound like live?”, and “Lay Low” gave the crowd a smashing, screaming, and just super supply of guitar solo act-shee-on. And after intermediate “Knot Come Loose” was a 20 plus minute rendition of “Dondante”. What can I say about “Dondante” other than I told a friend afterwards that I “had just experienced every human emotion”. The janitorial staff at Terminal 5 must still be cleaning up my brains from the floor and ceiling, because I’m pretty sure I was floating up there at some point. The song takes you for a ride in every way possible, growing from a whisper to an all out scream and eventually fading out with a sensual sax solo from Carl Broemel. And not to mention the 8 song encore that featured a Shel Silverstein cover, an always solid rendition of The Who’s “A Quick One”, and closer “Careless Whisper”. Yeah, thats a Wham! cover, and to prove how MMJ can turn just about anything into a jam, here ya go:

MMJ+CMJ Weekend in NYC

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Neil and I hit the streets of NYC this past weekend to take part in the CMJ Music Marathon as well as catch the last 3 shows of My Morning Jacket’s 5 night run at Terminal 5, which highlighted tracks from their 3 most recent discs. On Thursday we witnessed the splendor and glory of My Morning Jacket’s third album, It Still Moves. They kicked off the set with Mahgeetah and then meandered their way through Golden, One Big Holiday, Run Thru, and Steam Engine, all the way to the grand finale featuring a romping version of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long.” The real highlight of the night for me though was their rendition of “It Makes No Difference” by The Band during their encore. Now I know that we all wish we were at the ramble at Levon’s place two weeks ago to see MMJ play “It Makes No Difference” as well as “The Weight” with Levon and his band, but this was a pretty good consolation prize (check out the video below). After recording the song for Endless Highway: The Music of the Band, drummer Patrick Hallahan said, “It’s not only one of the saddest love songs ever written, but more importantly highlights the beauty of Rick Danko.” Amen to that.

On Friday we were also able to catch a free show featuring Devotchka and Dan Mangan, among others, at a party hosted by Pirate! (  before heading back to Terminal 5 to get our minds blown once again by MMJ.

The Pixies go spanish then get generous

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So unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past month, you’ve probably heard about the group of 33 Chilean miners who became trapped in a collapsed mine for two and a half months and were finally all rescued earlier this week, and relatively unharmed to boot. In honor of the joyous occasion, Pixies frontman Black Francis decided to dedicate one of their songs to each one of the miners. Plus an extra two for good luck (read: encore), a total of 35 songs for all you math wizards out there, equaling a pretty healthy setlist from a band that’s not exactly a bunch of fresh young whippersnappers. They cranked out a little something for everyone playing hits like “Where is My Mind?” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven” and fan favorites such as “U-Mass” and “Holiday Song”. So overall, a good week for Chile.

But the Pixes didn’t stop at just one gift, they kept the generosity going with a little something for the rest of us non-Chiles. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of their mainstay album “Doolittle”, they released a free–thats right, free–four song EP featuring live versions of “Gouge Away”, “Monkey Gone to Heaven”, “Crackity Jones”, and B-side “Dancing the Manta Ray”, all recorded from a show in Mexico City. You can download the EP here, all you have to do is enter in your e-mail address.

Free Dr. Dog Track

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Last week Dr. Dog released a free track called “Nobody Knows Who You Are,” which you can listen to below and download on their website ( Along with this new track Dr. Dog also released dates for their east coast tour in the winter and I highly recommend checking out one of the shows at a venue near you, I will definitely be at the Boston show. They will also be releasing this new track along with three others on iTunes in the coming weeks so keep your eye out for that.

January 28 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
January 29 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
January 31 – Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN
February 1 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
February 3 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC
February 4 – Variety – Atlanta, GA
February 5 – Cannery – Nashville, TN
February 7 – WorkPlay – Birmingham, AL
February 8 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
February 9 – Jefferson Theatre – Charlottesville, VA
February 11 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
February 15 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
February 16 – TBA – Rochester, NY
February 17 – Mr. Small’s – Pittsburgh, PA
February 18 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
February 19 – Paradise – Boston, MA

Barebum Bandit Strikes Again

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I was fortunate enough to head down to the Newport Folk Festival this summer for two days filled with great music, great times and great people. Obviously one of the highlights was getting to see Jim James play two sets, one solo and one with pals Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore and Dan Dorff, whose 2010 album Dear Companion was produced by James. My intense infatuation with James led to me jokingly telling my friends that I wanted to reveal myself to James thus leading to my alter ego for the weekend of the Barebum Bandit. This video is from the last song (Gideon) of James’ set on Saturday of the festival and if you listen to just the first few seconds you can hear the bandit letting his presence be known. You can also hear him leave his mark on Newport history in the NPR stream of James’ set here at 55:15:

Look out for the Barebum Bandit at a concert near you, he is sure to be out in full force this weekend at the final three shows of My Morning Jacket’s 5 night stint at Terminal 5 in NYC

Welcome to the blogosphere, bitch

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Its happened. I’ve gone against anything and everything I once believed and dove straight into the deep end of the blogosphere.  Its kind of scary being out here in the deep dark recesses of the internet, lurking like a cave monster from The Descent. But me and my bro hope to be a shining beacon of light and hope in this uninhabited corner of cyberspace, pulling up any tunes, tales, and tidbits that we find blogworthy. As a matter of fact, you can take it to the bank that you will never find a post on this site of ours that ain’t blogworthy. Consider that a personal guarantee–besides who are you to decide whats blogworthy anyways, I’m the blogger here so back off.

So whats a blogger supposed to blog about on his first blog post ever? Well, seeing as how me and some bros are embarking on what is bound to be a rambunctious 4-day journey into “the city” to see three shows on consecutive nights at terminal 5, I could probably toss a little of that flavor your way. Oh yeah, and all three shows are featuring a little band called My Morning Jacket, who if you don’t know about, you’re probably a Maroon5 fan. And they’re playing each one of their albums in its entirety on the different nights. We’re hitting up the nights featuring It Still Moves, Z, and Evil Urges (and beyond!), which are all bound to be incredible performances. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Opening for MMJ on Evil Urges night is Everest, whose second release  On Approach dropped in May earlier this year. They’re definitely a group on the up and up, and the opening track from that album,  “Let Go” is one of the catchiest tunes I’ve heard in quite some time. It seems to be close to the perfect recipe of a driving rock drum beat and choppy/jammy guitar riffs. Love it. Plus their drummer is also the singer and you really can’t beat that.

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