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Concert Preview

Our Show Is Finally Here!

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See you all tonight at O’Brien’s! The first 20 people will receive free merch from the bands including t-shirts, CDs, stickers and more so get there early!

 

New Music Mondays: Moss Points North

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Last week I had the pleasure of catching a behind-the-scenes look at Moss Points North, who will be rocking the stage at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston this Friday April 27th for a showcase presented by yours truly. The show starts at 8pm and you can find out more info about how kick-ass it is going to be here and while you’re at it, buy your tickets here.

But back to the real reason why we started talking about our showcase in the first place– Moss Points North. The Boston based quintet was kind enough to invite me into their home and capture some footage of their rehearsal, where they were not only working on a setlist for our show this Friday, but also working out some tunes from their forthcoming record. The LP doesn’t have a name yet or even a tracklist, but the band already has four tracks solidified and aim to whittle down the dozen or so remaining song ideas in to a 10-12 song full-length.

We were able to capture two of these new tracks below and you can take a listen for yourself to “Carnivore” and “Black Orchid.” The band worked through a cover of David Byrne’s “Strange Overtones” which you can expect to hear alongside the fans’ choice of My Morning Jacket’s “Mahgeetah” to be performed at the Maimed & Tamed show on Friday at O’Brien’s. If you like what you hear below and you want to check out some more new tunes as well as old Moss Points North favorites, don’t forget to grab your tickets for the show on Friday before they sell out!

 

Tan Vampires Nominated for IMA, Set to Play O’Brien’s, Plan To Take Over the World

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Ok that last part may be a stretch, but playing our show at O’Brien’s and being nominated for an Independent Music Award certainly is a start. If you follow our blog you will know that Tan Vampires put out one of our favorite albums of 2011 and that they are headlining a show presented by yours truly at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston on April 27th. You can find more info about that show here and make sure to grab your tickets if you haven’t already.

In addition to joining Moss Points North and Jake Hill at our show on April 27th, Tan Vampires also received some recent recognition from the Independent Music Awards. Their song “Digital Rot” has been nominated for Best Indie/Alt. Rock Song and if I had myself a vote on the judging panel along with Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Del McCoury, and a slew of others, you can be sure as shit that my ballot would have Tan Vampires written all over it. Other artists nominated for IMAs this year include Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, Yuksek, Filligar, and The Postelles.

You can expect to hear “Digital Rot” along with plenty of tunes from For Physical Fitness (and maybe even some new tracks!) on April 27th at O’Brien’s. Don’t forget to buy your tickets while they’re hot and take a listen to the IMA nominated track “Digital Rot” below and stream the full album here.

 

Vote On Cover Song for Moss Points North’s Set @ M&T Presents Showcase

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As many of you know, Maimed & Tamed is putting on a show at O’Brien’s in Allston on Friday April 27th (tickets can be bought here). The lineup features Tan Vampires, Moss Points North and Jake Hill & Deep Creek, three bands that we are very excited to share with you. With the show a little more than a month away, our friends from Moss Points North are having a very special contest to decide one song from their setlist, a cover tune chosen by YOU!

We’ve listed the choices below and all you have to do to vote is visit the Maimed & Tamed Facebook Page, click the “Like” button if you’re not already a fan and then select the song that you want to hear from the poll on our wall. One random fan who votes will also receive a FREE download of “Setting Sun” by Moss Points North off of their debut EP The Ghost at The Feast.

My Morning Jacket- “Mahgeetah”

The Band- “I Shall Be Released”

The Beatles- “Dear Prudence”

Radiohead- “Airbag”

 

Forecastle 2012 Preview: Day 1

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We’re really excited here at Maimed & Tamed for this year’s Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. This 3-day extravaganza is Bonnaroo without the dirty hippies and dust covered campground. The first day of music Friday, July 13 is chock-full of great artists both new and old.

Beach House

Set to release their next album Bloom on May 15, this duo is sure to rock the stage with their signature lo-fi love songs.

The Head and the Heart

Our little babies are all grown up, cementing themselves as festival darlings, the Head and the Heart have slowly been previewing new songs for the past few months and here’s one, “Gone.”

Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500

Judging by the picture on the Forecastle lineup page, Dean will be joined by wife Britta Phillips to recreate the music from the short-lived yet highly influential career of Galaxie 500. The group, who got their start at Harvard University, were seminal to the chillwave, shoegaze, dream-pop, whatever the hell you want to call it, genre of the late ’80s and early ’90s.

Atlas Sound

Bradford Cox will be hitting the stage this year without his band Deerhunter in support of his third album as Atlas Sound. Parallax is easily the most accessible group of songs that Cox has ever released and we’re all excited to see what antics he brings to the stage. Hopefully not this though…

5 Bands to Watch at SXSW 2012

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American Royalty– This LA based 3 piece has released two EPs with the most recent, Matchstick EP, coming just last month. They describe themselves as a “psychedelic blues-rock trio” with a style that is “an unlikely yet glowingly functional blend of dark garage rock and poignant electronica.” Now if that doesn’t give you a hipster hard-on, you better go out and pick up some viagra before you head to Austin.

8:00pm on 3/17 @ ND

Wishes and Thieves– Being called an electronic indie-pop band from New York City certainly doesn’t set this band apart from the rest of the acts at SXSW, but if you take about four minutes to watch/listen to “Forest Fire” below, it will be easy to see that these guys are a cut above the rest. Don’t forget to check them out on our March Spotify playlist too.

2:30pm on 3/15 @ Rusty’s

10pm on 3/15 @ HGTV House

6:30pm on 3/17 @ Cherrywood Cafe

Howlin’ Rain– If you read M&T on the reg you already know that we’re big fans of the San Francisco 5-piece’s newest record The Russian Wilds. Although we have yet to see the band live, we have a hunch that we will be in for plenty of extended jams and face melting solos.

3:30pm on 3/15 @ Maggie Mae’s

1am on 3/15 @ Valhalla

Clock Opera– I got hooked on this group from England when a friend first showed me the ridiculous video for “Belongings” over the summer, it was love at first seizure.

2pm on 3/14 @ Mohawks

12pm on 3/15 @ Maggie Mae’s

3pm on 3/15 @ Latitude 30

1:40pm on 3/16 @ ND

5pm on 3/16 @ Maggie Mae’s

9:45pm on 3/16 @ The Parish

2pm on 3/17 @ Hype Hotel

9pm on 3/17 @ Latitude 30

Solander– A Swedish rock band with a twangy Americana sound? Yes please!

9:30pm on 3/14 @ St. David’s Bethell Hall

2:20pm on 3/15 @ Swan Dive

Parasol- “Firecracker”

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How did we miss this song? “Firework” from local trio Parasol is absolutely perfect for the surprisingly sunny day here in Boston. The track comes from the band’s 2011 EP Crush Season which you can grab for free on their bandcamp page. Parasol will be playing a slew of shows this spring, check out the dates below.

FRIDAY MARCH 23- Smash it Dead Fest 2012

MONDAY MARCH 26- Boston, MA w/ Ghost Mice @ TBA

Mini Tour!

THURSDAY MARCH 29 – CT
FRIDAY MARCH 30 – NJ
SATURDAY MARCH 31 – West Chester
SUNDAY APRIL 1 – DC
MONDAY APRIL 2 – PHILLY
THURS APRIL 5 – NYC
SAT APRIL 7 – NH
GET BETTER FEST!!
SUN APRIL 8 – BURLINGTON, VT @TBA

Maimed & Tamed Presents: Tan Vampires at O’Briens Pub 4/27/2012

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The Maimed & Tamed crew is ridiculously excited to announce our first ever concert showcase at O’Briens Pub in Allston on Friday April 27th! We’ll be bringing you three M&T favorites, all local to New England: Tan Vampires, Moss Points North, and Jake Hill & Deep Creek. We’ll be packing the house, so make sure to get your tickets here and show up early to enjoy some beverages and mingle with some fellow fake hipsters. Doors will be at 8pm and the show is 21+ with a $10 cover. We can guarantee that this will be the best $10 you spend all spring and if you don’t believe us here’s why–

Tan Vampires– After hearing For Physical Fitness, the New Hampshire quintet’s debut album, it was love at first listen. After hearing the band perform at the Nor’easter Festival and chatting with the guys afterwards, we were hooked. We love the record so much that it found its way into our Top 20 Albums of 2011. If you’re still not convinced then take it from NPRNME, The Boston Phoenix, or NPR again if it didn’t quite register the first time. These guys are incredible and we are elated to be able to share their music with you.

Moss Points North– After graduating from Berklee and releasing their debut EP last summer, the band has played many a room in their hometown of Boston and more recently as part of an official CMJ showcase in NYC this fall alongside artists such as Passwords, Friendly People and Said The Whale. The band is currently hard at work on their debut full-length effort due out at the end of 2012, so expect to be some of the first to hear new tracks from their forthcoming release.

Jake Hill & Deep Creek– It seems like every time we turn our back that Jake Hill has released another album. Whether it’s solo, with his band Deep Creek, or joining producer Charley Hustle to create one of our favorite tracks of 2011 under the name Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard. We love his music so much that we have campaigned for Jake to appear at the Newport Folk Festival and after you see him perform in April we know you will jump right on the same bandwagon.

 

Darlingside Talk Subscription Album, Pre-Release Show At Lily Pad

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After meeting at Williams College, the Massachusetts based string-rock quintet Darlingside has been busy at work releasing their first EP, touring, recording awesome videos with Kitchen Sessions (see below) and now they are in the midst of delivering a unique product to their fans. The idea is what the band calls a subscription album, and if you are intrigued (which I know you are, don’t lie) read on to hear what Darlingside violin/mandolin player Auyon Mukharji told us about the ongoing process of creating the album and make sure to catch them this Sunday March, 4th at the Lily Pad in Cambridge. 

 

Maimed & Tamed: What inspired the idea to make Pilot Machines a subscription album?

Auyon Mukharji: We decided to make Pilot Machines a subscription album because we were excited to bring our fans along with us on the final few months of the journey toward the full release in July. The album will not be ready until then, but we have been able to deliver a couple tracks at a time to our subscribers as they arrive, hot off the vinyl (and/or digital) presses. Our unique release style also allowed us to explore the 7-inch vinyl format, and we have thoroughly enjoyed pairing up tracks off of the album (7-inch 45s allow for one song on each side), designing the jackets, and working with some incredible letterpress artists on the packaging and foldable download inserts. In short, we are an impatient group of guys with a great fondness for both hand-stamped cardboard and petroleum discs with sound waves etched into them. For more on our release, check out www.pilotmachines.com

M&T: With the seeming decline of traditional record sales how important is it for independent musicians to be entrepreneurs at the same time?

AM: It is hard for me to comment on the declining sales of traditional records, since the heyday was a bit before our time, but the current landscape certainly demands a great deal from independent musicians. Artists need to be entrepreneurs, booking agents, tour managers, social media specialists and so much more. This can be incredibly empowering, as it allows artists a huge amount of control over their careers, but the amount of work behind the scenes can also be overwhelming. Constructing our record release, for example, has been a massive undertaking for us, but it is also proving to be one of the most rewarding experiences of the band’s existence. To share brand-new music with a room full of fans holding your freshly-released record at a release show that has been months in the making is really magic. I can’t wait for Sunday.

M&T: What can we expect from each of the three pre-releases?

AM: Each 7-inch will feature 2 brand-new songs, which subscribers will receive direct to their mailboxes/inboxes at the beginning of each pre-release cycle. The packaging for each pair is thematically linked to the tracks, and we have worked extremely closely with the vinyl presses and letterpress artists to ensure that the final product is a mind-blowing piece of artwork. Also, silver ink was used, so some parts are shiny. There is really something for everyone.

M&T: Where can we find Darlingside between now and the release of Pilot Machines in July?

AM: We are playing a series of special release shows across New England and the mid-Atlantic in support of each 7-inch release. Check out www.darlingside.com/shows for an up-to-date listing, and look out for our maroon van, Chauncey. If you see him, it’s likely Darlingside is playing a show in your town that night.

M&T: If you could play any venue/festival in the world what would it be?

AM: Our cellist, Harris, is a Chicago native. He often regales us with stories of Lollapalooza, and I, as a native of Kansas City, am always thrilled about the prospect of returning to the Midwest. I understand that there is now a Lollapalooza 2012 in Brazil, a country renowned for its bacchanalia. Perhaps a Lollapalooza world tour?

M&T: Pepsi or coke?

AM: We recently discovered Moxie, a minty root beer made in Maine. There’s really no going back.

Dwight & Nicole: Big Old Big One Session x Regatta Bar Show

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In case you missed it, last week our friends over Big Old Big One released the latest installment of their “Off Stage Show” web series, this newest episode featuring M&T favorite, soul/blues/roots duo Dwight & Nicole. BOBO describes their “Off Stage Show” series as “high quality acoustic videos…featuring musicians performing live acoustic music in interesting locations anywhere but the stage…derived from the desire to support hard working musicians.” Who doesn’t love the sound of that?

Shot live in Brookline’s Rear Window Studio with BOBO co-founder and percussionist, Eran Shaysh, and Rear Window’s proprietor Milt Reder on guitar, the session resulted in three videos (see below), including two brand new D&N tunes, “Tomorrow’s Not Today” and “Borderline”, and a cover of Nanci Griffith’s “Gulf Coast Highway” (a personal all-time favorite and stylistically a beautiful choice here). All three videos offer something different and unique, highlighting the versatility of the duo.  The bluesy “Tomorrow’s Not Today” features Ritcher’s narrative song writing approach and unmistakable vocal tone and phrasing, and is tastefully driven by the guitar parts of craftsman, Milt Reder. The country/folk ballad “Gulf Coast Highway” immediately grips you with a vocally captivating opening verse from Ms. Nelson, builds with gorgeous harmonies from the duo, and once again highlights Mr. Reder’s beautiful guitar stylings.  And the Nicole Nelson penned tune, “Borderline”, offers something unexpected for D&N fans – Ritcher on piano and Nelson leading the rhythmic track with a bad-ass bass line.

I for one am very excited about the creative direction of these new songs and look forward to experiencing their evolution as they are fleshed out on stage and ultimately laid to tape (fingers crossed!).  Catch the former stage of this evolution on Saturday, Feb 25th, when Dwight & Nicole debut these songs live at the Regatta Jazz Bar in Harvard Sq. Get your tix here!

“Tomorrow’s Not Today”

 

“Gulf Coast Highway”

 

“Borderline”