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Nicole Nelson Appearing on Season 3 of The Voice

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Nicole Nelson is one of our favorite vocalists here at Maimed & Tamed and an artist we have featured many times as part of the soul/blues/roots duo, Dwight & Nicole.  So it brings us great pleasure to inform our readership that she will be appearing on the third season of The Voice, which premiers with the Blind Audition round this evening at 8 pm on NBC and will continue tomorrow and Wednesday nights at the same time.

Nicole will be appearing on the show at some point this week so make sure to tune in.  The M&T crew will be glued to our TVs, rooting on that angelic voice to swing around all of the coaches chairs (Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton).  And although beggars should never be choosers, we know Caroline will be pulling for a pick from Cee-Lo Green, who by-the-way she previously reported is NOT a midget.

Sing your heart out Nicole as you always do.  We cannot wait to hear what song you decide to bless us with.

M83 x Men At Work Mashup

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Neil showed me this yesterday and I’m scratching my head wondering why this is the first I have heard of it. I love it way more than I should and you will too. That’s all for now, I’m off to eat a Vegemite sandwich.

Houndmouth Release Debut S/T EP

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For those faithful M&T readers out there you’ll remember when we featured The Lumineers and their self-titled EP last summer. It was a DIY effort, with no frills, no production, just music and lots of emotion. Although it wasn’t the most crisp or refined sound, we all heard something on tracks like “Scotland” and “Submarines” that immediately hit some synapse in our brains that told us– these guys are going to be big. When The Lumineers came through Boston about two months after we featured their EP, they played The Toad. For those of you who are not familiar with The Toad it is a 60 person capacity listening room that never has a cover. Now I’m sure that most of you are familiar with the fact that less than a year later, The Lumineers played to a sold out crowd of 2,500 at House of Blues Boston…not going to say we told you so, but we told you so.

Enter Houndmouth. A friend from Texas tipped us off to this folk-rock quartet after catching them at SXSW this year and told us we had to check them out. Needless to say we were captivated from the start, and we couldn’t help but think of The Lumineers when we found ourselves singing along to the catchy hooks we found in Houndmouth tunes like “Penitentiary” and “Houston Train.” When we found out Houndmouth would be performing at this year’s Forecastle Festival, it was the icing on the cake. Their performance didn’t draw the largest crowd, but the people who were there knew they were seeing something special (check out the video we caught of “Penitentiary”).

Houndmouth released their debut self-titled EP this month and will be coming through Boston in a few weeks to open for Dry The River at Brighton Music Hall. We’ll tell you now that you won’t want to miss this show, because the next time they come through town you might find yourself battling with everyone and their sister to get tickets to catch them at the House of Blues before it sells out.

Dwight & Nicole: 3rd Annual Summertime Soul @ The Regattabar

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It’s that time of year again! Tomorrow night Dwight & Nicole will take the Regattabar stage at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Sq. for their 3rd Annual Summertime Soul show.  Continuing the tradition of the first two installments, the dynamic duo (so cliché I know) will be performing D&N staples mixed in with brand new tunes off their forthcoming album and of course, honoring the theme of the night, some summertime classics.

If you are not yet familiar with Dwight & Nicole…then what the hell is wrong with you?!!…No, just kidding…sort of…or if you just want to jam out to their music for the next 24 hours in preparation of what expects to be a sweltering night of fiery soul and blues inspired music, then I have provided some listening and viewing material for you below – a link to their debut album, !Signs, and a video link for a little taste of their live action.

The past two years have sold out so grabbing tickets ahead of time is probably a good idea.  You can grab them online at www.regattabarjazz.com or www.dwightandnicole.com or call 617-661-5000. Show times are 7:30 & 10pm. The Regattabar is located in the Charles Hotel at One Bennett Street, Cambridge.

Dwight & Nicole – !Signs

What To See This Week in Boston

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There’s never a dull moment in the Boston music scene and this week is hardly any different. Below we’ve compiled a list of suggested shows for each night this week, with apologies to Monday. So if you don’t already have your evenings planned this week, we’ve got you covered.

Tuesday 8/21Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three @ Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport, MA): Ok this one is a bit of a drive outside of the city, but it is totally worth it. Not only do you get to travel up to the beautiful North Shore, but you also get to catch a top notch act at a gorgeous venue. The two-time Newport Folk Festival veterans couldn’t have picked a better time to play a venue with a ridiculous harborview backdrop as the weather forecast is predicting a clear evening with the sunset time matching up with the set time. Tickets

Wednesday 8/22- Caddywhompus, Arvid Noe, Fat History Month and Saralee @ TT the Bear’s: This one is brought to you by the fine folks at the Boston Phoenix who named headliner Caddywhompus the best new band from Louisiana in their 50 states 50 bands project. The bill also features local rockers Fat History Month who caught the attention of the Phoenix after a write-in campaign to push for their Fucking Despair record in the Best Boston Album/EP category of the 2012 Best Music Poll. Tickets available at the door

8/23- Darlingside @ Lizard Lounge: It’s no secret that we’re in love with Darlingside and their new record Pilot Machines. After being teased for 6 months with 7″ releases as part of their subscription album concept for Pilot Machines, we finally got to hear the full LP last month and it was most certainly worth the wait. For a preview of what’s to come on Thursday (they’ll be playing Lizard on Friday too) you can check out “The Woods” on our monthly Spotify playlist for August and also watch their new video for “Terrible Things” below. If you only go to one show this week, this has to be the one. You will not be disappointed. Tickets

8/24- The Big Lonesome, Redletter (reunion), Mt. Peru, Seaplanes @ TT the Bear’s: This bill is stacked with local bands including a reunion set from the original lineup of Redletter, who has since evolved into The Break Mission. As we all know there are no guarantees when it comes to reunion shows except for two things- 1. There will be plenty of anecdotes from the band’s heyday 2. Everyone will be hammered. Now that sounds like a win-win to me. Tickets

 

8/25- Shovels & Rope @ Johnny D’s: This duo from South Carolina has been quickly gaining notoriety within the country and Americana communities after the release of their debut album O’ Be Joyful last month. Their raucous brand of folk rock is sure to get the crowd moving at Johnny D’s and will create the perfect backdrop for chasing your whiskey buzz on a Saturday night. Tickets

8/26- Mighty Tiny, Friendly People, and Sugarwolf @ Middle East Upstairs: If you’re an avid M&T reader you know that Friendly People is one of our favorite bands in Boston right now and we couldn’t think of a better way to cap off our week of shows than with the fine boys of FP at Middle East Upstairs. This show will be the finale of Friendly People’s nearly two week tour of the East Coast with Mighty Tiny and is sure to be a fun-filled evening. We’re looking forward to hearing some new tunes from Friendly People and imbibing more than our share with friends, and we would love to have you join us. Tickets

Newport Folk Festival Recap: Interview with Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes

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 “Newport is kind of legendary, isn’t it?” says Brittany Howard, of the Alabama Shakes. When we sat down to chat with the lead singer of this powerhouse blues-rock band on Saturday afternoon, Howard got straight to the point. As is the case with most artists at the Festival, Howard felt to be a little part of history by playing at Newport. We have to agree, as her performance with the rest of the Shakes will go down as one of our favorites of this past year. Howard and co. charged through a set full of powerhouse vocals and dynamic blues riffs that captivated the lawn at the Fort Stage.  Unfortunately, not every tour experience hasn’t been so idyllic for Howard. Brittany regaled us with a story from a recent set she played in Seattle, saying, “I was on stage and the sun was right in my eyes. It melted the mascara right into my eyeballs. It felt like there was ants and fire in my eyeballs, and I had to finish the entire set blind.” Well, shit. Regardless of the whole ants/fire/mascara fiasco, we feel pretty confident that she killed it in Seattle.

The Alabama Shakes have gained popularity just about as fast as a mash-up of cringe-worthy Ryan Lochte interviews. In under a year, the band went from relative obscurity to playing major festivals like Newport, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. On her wildfire rise to success, Howard says,“None of us expected what’s happened. It was never my dream to be famous or make millions; I just never thought it was possible. I was just happy to tour around the South and quit my job. It’s turned into something completely different. And there go all my expectations. I don’t know what’s going to happen next.” To keep their winning streak going, the band is constantly writing and prepping for their next record, though right now they’re focusing on touring. Their aggressive touring schedule has certainly paid off, seeing that about every review of their show has been consistently glowing. So how do the Shakes put on a hype-worthy performance, night after night? Brittany breaks it down, plain and simple: “You gotta mean it. That’s all I’m tryin’ to do.” And damn do they.

 

Our Dream Setlist From My Morning Jacket

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After catching My Morning Jacket at Forecastle, Newport, and Red Rocks this summer we were able to see an incredible array of songs from the MMJ catalogue. Whether it was “The Dark” and “The Bear” at Forecastle, Ben Sollee and Conor Oberst joining in on “Smokin From Shootin” at Newport, or “X-Mas Curtain” and “Where to Begin” at Red Rocks, I’d say we were spoiled at the very least. You would think we’d be satisfied with three incredible shows, but we’re going to get a bit greedy. Below we have compiled our dream My Morning Jacket setlist which is filled with deep cuts, covers, B-sides, and of course all of the classics in there too. We know some of these songs may never be played live, but it doesn’t mean we won’t beg for this setlist the next time they come to Boston.

If we can’t hear this set performed live we can at least listen to this Spotify playlist with all the songs below and hold out hope that one day our wildest dreams may come true.

1. At Dawn

2. Just One Thing

3. Friends Again

4. Weeks Go By Like Days

5. Gideon

6. Picture of You

7. Cobra

8. A Quick One, While He’s Away (The Who cover)

9. Lay Low

10. Olde September Blues (Ga-ed Out version)

11. Butch Cassidy

12. Highly Suspicious

13. War Begun

14. The Bear

15. Phone Went West

16. The Dark

17. Master Plan

18. It’s About Twilight Now

19. Tyrone (Erykah Badu cover)

20. Slow Slow Tune

21. Steam Engine

22. Dondante

23. Mahgeetah

 

Encore 1

24. Smokin From Shootin

25. Touch Me I’m Going To Scream, Pt. 2

26. Run Thru

27. Careless Whisper (George Michael cover)

28. Wordless Chorus

 

Encore 2

29. O Is The One That Is Real

30. Strangulation

31. Rocket Man (Elton John cover)

32. I Will Sing You Songs

33. One Big Holiday

Newport Folk Festival 2012- Friday and Saturday Recap

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With another Newport Folk Festival in the books it is sad to think about how quickly it went by, but after sifting through photos, videos, and interviews it has become quite apparent that this year’s edition of NFF is going to be one that people will be talking about for quite some time. What makes Newport so wonderful is what Dawes lead singer Taylor Goldsmith pointed out during the band’s main stage set on Saturday, “It feels more like a family reunion than a festival of music.” The weekend was filled with collaboration and it felt like you couldn’t go a set without another festival artist being invited to join on stage (most of the time that artist was Ben Sollee). With other festivals you daydream about collaborations, but at Newport they become a reality and that’s what makes this festival so special. Here’s our rundown of Friday and Saturday’s festivities, and make sure to check back later this week for our Sunday recap as well as photos and videos from the weekend.

Wilco @ Fort Stage (Friday 7/27)– Let’s break this set down by the numbers- 23 songs, 4 Woody Guthrie songs, 2 encores, 2 appearances by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, and one mean shirtless cowbell performance by hot ’70s roadie on “Hoodoo Voodoo.” I’d say that qualifies as a phenomenal way to kick off the festival weekend.

Apache Relay @ Harbor Stage– We couldn’t have asked for a better way to start off our Saturday than with this group of Nashvillians. Their set featured collaborations with Ben Sollee, some new tunes (including the video below), and plenty of energy to make everyone forget that it was only 11:30 in the morning.

Jonny Corndawg @ Quad Stage– Taylor Goldsmith on guitar, a ridiculous drummer with dreadlocks, a fiddle player that could set the stage on fire, and Corndawg’s ridiculous antics to boot. I think it’s safe to say we were 2 for 2 in the “What more could we have asked for?” category on the day.

Deer Tick @ Quad Stage– After Corndawg finished his set the fun continued on the Quad Stage with hometown heroes Deer Tick, who in some ways were the headliner to this festival. Although they technically weren’t the top billed act, it was their after parties at the Newport Blues Cafe that closed out each night (more on those later) and the general feeling around the Fort was that this was Deer Tick’s weekend to shine. This isn’t your grandpappy’s Deer Tick anymore though, as we saw a few weeks back at Forecastle and again this weekend at Newport, John McCauley has relinquished some of his frontman duties to the other very capable members of the band. It’s no knock against McCauley, but I think that my two new favorite songs to hear live are “Now It’s Your Turn” and “Clownin Around” with guitarist Ian O’Neil performing lead vocal duties on the former and drummer Dennis Ryan on the latter.

Alabama Shakes @ Fort Stage– As we found out back in March at SXSW, these guys can bring it and this weekend was no different. After they had finished their set, and for the remainder of the day, the Fort was abuzz with festival goers who were blown away by the vocal abilities and stage presence of frontwoman Brittany Howard. Everywhere you went it was “Man that girl had some pipes” or “How is she not hoarse by the end of each show?” or “Brittany will you marry me?” err maybe that last one was just what I was thinking for the rest of the weekend.

Dawes @ Fort Stage– It’s safe to say that Dawes has graduated to the big time. In 2010 we saw Dawes play the Sonic Stage at Bonnaroo and the Quad Stage at Newport. This year it was The Other Tent at Bonnaroo and Fort Stage at Newport and I couldn’t think of a band that deserves it more. With a work ethic and touring schedule that would make my head spin, these boys from California didn’t disappoint when given the chance to make their main stage debut. Their set list featured a healthy mix of North Hills, Nothing Is Wrong, and even some newer material that should be expected on the band’s next LP. The only thing missing from the set was Lenny Goldsmith running in from the crowd and onto the stage to join his sons in 3-part family harmony, but I guess we can’t have everything.

Iron & Wine @ Quad Stage– After performing at the festival back in 2009, Sam Beam was back in action at the Fort and this time he brought along a full band. The highlight of the set was one of the weekend’s many Levon Helm tributes as Beam and the band performed a cover of The Band’s “Long Black Veil.”

My Morning Jacket @ Fort Stage– This set can be summed up by the astonishing collaborations that My Morning Jacket pulled off– Ben Sollee and Laura Veirs on “Wonderful”, Will Johnson on “Bermuda Highway”, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Clint Maedgan of Preservation Hall Jazz Band on “It Makes No Difference”, and Ben Sollee and Conor Oberst on “Smokin From Shootin”. Keep in mind this set was shortened by rain…can you even imagine what they had in store for the finale?

Jonny Corndawg/Sharon Van Etten/Middle Brother/Deer Tick @ Newport Blues Cafe– This night was destined to be a Middle Brother reunion and although it was never confirmed before the show, I think there would have been quite a few upset fans in the crowd if Matt Vasquez (who was not on the Newport lineup) was brought in and there were no Middle Brother tunes. Sharon Van Etten was a great sport and powered through some heckling from a few drunk bros who were acting like such clowns that I was embarrassed to even be in the same room as them. All clownin’ around aside, the boys of Middle Brother certainly stole the night at the Blues Cafe. The trio of Vasquez, Goldsmith, and McCauley were joined on stage by Dawes drummer Griffin Goldsmith as well as the honorary fourth Middle Brother Mr. Jonny Corndawg. The short yet oh so sweet set featured “Blue Eyes”, “Theatre”, “Middle Brother”, and “Million Dollar Bill”. This may be the last time that Middle Brother performs together for a long while (or ever for that matter), but I think it is safe to say that the impact of each individual member on the Newport Folk Festival will be something that is long lasting. Hilary Hughes from DigBoston may have put it best when she called the Deer Tick/Delta Spirit/Dawes/Jonny Corndawg contingent “The spirit animal of the Newport Folk Festival.”

5 Boston Bands You Should Know

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Need your fix of local music this summer? You’ve come to the right place, as we have highlighted some of our favorite Boston acts who are poised for big things in 2012. Below are 5 bands that we love and think you will too if you don’t already. Check out the list and let us know what you think!

You Won’t– This local duo (pictured above) wasn’t on our radar until our friends from across the pond, Alcoholic Faith Mission visited us to play a short set on the porch at Caroline’s Somerville apartment. The guys and gal of AFM couldn’t say enough about their Old Flame labelmates, who they were also sharing a bill with that night at TT The Bear’s. Leave it to us to take advice on local music from a bunch of Danish people, but hey sometimes it’s difficult to spot something great even if it is right underneath your nose. You Won’t is Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri, and their debut LP Skeptic Goodbye has quickly become a favorite of the M&T crew since receiving the recommendation from AFM. The album is a beautiful blend of folk and pop, with catchy hooks and an impressive array of instrumentation for only two members. You can hear “Who Knew” on the M&T Monthly Playlist for June and we also suggest giving a listen to “Three Car Garage” which you can stream below. Both tracks will most certainly entice you to stream, and subsequently purchase, Skeptic Goodbye from the group’s bandcamp page.

Fat Creeps– This lo-fi surf-rock trio is made up of Mariam Saleh on bass, Gracie Jackson on guitar, and Jim Leonard on drums. Since being nominated in the New Act category of The Boston Phoenix’s Best Music Poll, the group has been hard at work on a new EP and music video, both due out this summer. Leonard describes the video as “Beach/pool party themed and features girls in pizza costumes and people ingesting toxic waste.” Coming from anyone else I would be a bit confused and maybe even concerned, but the video concept makes complete sense for Fat Creeps. Take a listen to “Leave Her Alone” below and catch Fat Creeps at Precinct on July 7th with Thick Shakes and Royal Wedding.

Friendly People– The story of Friendly People starts off the same as that of many Boston bands– kids meet at Berklee, start a band, record a few tracks, play some local shows. For many bands out of Berklee that is where the buck stops, graduation comes and members go off their separate ways to pursue various projects. Here’s to hoping that Friendly People will not meet a similar fate, because from what I have seen/heard this group has the potential to make some noise beyond the local music scene. Frontman Pat McCusker (also guitarist of Moss Points North) has a personality and stage presence that is engaging and infectious to say the least. Watching his mannerisms and demeanor both on and off the stage, I can’t help but be reminded of Jim James. Regular readers of M&T would understand that praise like this is not doled out lightly as Mr. Yames is regarded as a higher being around these parts. When we caught Friendly People play Brighton Music Hall as part of Air Traffic Controller’s CD release show a few weeks back, we couldn’t help but be drawn in by McCusker’s energy and the deft musicianship of each of the other band members. The group is currently working on new music and to say that we are excited for fresh tracks from Friendly People would be an understatement. While you anxiously await new tunes from Friendly People, check out the epic “A Lot of Work To Do” and download three tracks for FREE here.

The Grownup Noise– These pop-rockers have been making music in the local scene for almost 6 years and if you have yet to listen to The Grownup Noise then you’ve been missing out on a lot of fun. Their latest effort, 2011’s This Time With Feeling, is a 12-track journey guided by floating harmonies, swaying strings, invigorating horns, and heartfelt lyrics. Consequence of Sound’s review of This Time With Feeling says that, “Boston should be proud,” and we most certainly are. Luckily for those Grownup Noise newbies out there, the band will be taking to the road next week including a show on July 14th at Lizard Lounge in Cambridge with Minneapolis legends The Honeydogs. Get your tickets for that show here and take a listen (or ten) to “The Artist Type” as preparation for a wonderful night of live music.

Sand Reckoner– Rounding out our list may be one of the most intriguing new bands on the Boston scene. Sand Reckoner’s self-titled debut is a fusion of blues and psychedelia that hearkens back to some of my favorite groups from the 1960s such as Procol Harum and Cream. My introduction to Sand Reckoner was the song “Morning Star” (listen below), and upon hearing the opening riff I felt like I had been launched into a time machine and sent back to 1969. I closed my eyes and could see myself swaying back and forth in a slow-motion sync with the guitar and when the guttural chants kicked in, it was game over. I was hooked and immediately felt the need to toss on a bandana, sunglasses, a tie-dye tee and grow a mustache. Sand Reckoner’s debut is full of similarly transcendent songs and you can hear the magic yourself by naming your own price for a download of their new LP. Sand Reckoner will be playing at The Middle East Downstairs with A Place To Bury Strangers on July 29th, get your tickets for that show here.

Interview with Deleted Scenes

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Next week, Maimed & Tamed along with Rogue, have the wonderful pleasure of bringing four great bands to the Middle East Upstairs. On July 12th we will be rocking out with Tan Vampires, Deleted Scenes, Ava Luna, and Soft Pyramids (TICKETS HERE). We know what you’re thinking– All of those killer bands on one bill, how did you do it? Magic. That’s how people, magic. You know what else is magical? The music of DC’s Deleted Scenes who we are extremely excited to have involved in next week’s festivities. We had a chance to catch up with Deleted Scenes’ frontman Dan Scheuerman and chatted about the band’s new record Young People’s Church of the Air, memories from playing in Boston, and playing hide and seek with microphones.

Maimed & TamedWhat were some of the differences in the recording process for Birdseed Shirt vs Young People’s Church of the Air? Did you make a conscious effort to do some things different or some things the same?

Dan ScheuermanBirdseed Shirt was our first album, and we spent about a year recording it. We recorded most of it in the group houses all over the midatlantic. We went to one friend in VA to record his mom’s piano. Another friend in MD had a whole mess of old organs that we wanted to use. Our producer’s house in PA had this super resonant wood room where we did a lot of vocals. And a lot of stuff was done in a house where Matt and I lived in Washington, DC. For Young People’s Church of the Air, we didn’t want the recording process to be as long or the mixing process to be as messy, so we chose a studio that was really well equipped–a converted Garden Center in Hockessin, DE, run by Nick Krill of the Spinto Band. We brought in the same producer who made Birdseed Shirt, L. Skell, because we love his ideas and sense of texture. We did a lot of experimenting with mic placement–putting the mic in a metal box and singing into the box to capture a ghostly tone on “Ordination Day;” hiding mics in various resonant areas of the studio to capture ambient echoes in “The Demon & the Hurricane;” placing the mic in a plastic cup taped to the acoustic guitar to get a sort of analogue piezo effect. It was a lot of the same kind of obsessive, winding process as Birdseed Shirt, except in a more efficient space.

M&T: A lot of your music has many different elements layered together, does that become difficult to reproduce live? Is there any song in particular that has been a challenge to re-create in a live setting?

DSLive we focus on the energy, and some little parts are missing, but it’s not conspicuous. We bring things to a much higher energy level live, so there’s not really the need to be precious about recreating the album.

M&T: Every band seems to have a story about an odd venue or performance space that they have played in the past, what’s the weirdest place that Deleted Scenes has performed?

DSA couple years ago at SXSW we decided to build battery powered amps and play some street shows. We kept getting shut down by the cops, so we ended up playing in an alley next to a dumpster. It was pretty symbolic of what it feels like to be a band at SXSW.

M&T: Not that they may be on the weird or odd level, but do you have any memories of playing in Boston that stand out?

DSOne of our first Boston shows was hilariously bad. Our van had died on the New Jersey Turnpike, and so we ended up renting a cargo van to get the rest of the way. We were in the hole a thousand bucks, but we were determined to get to the show, and we did. When we got to Cafe Asia, we ended up opening for this band called SPIN the band, who were sponsored to the gills by Yagermeister. They were affecting this huge rock persona in this tiny disinterested bar. And the singer had this epic keyboard stand. It looked like it was from the set of Alien. Since then, our shows in Boston have been a lot better. Opening for The Life and Times was a highlight.

M&T: Your cover of Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want is one of my favorite versions of the song. There has been a wide variety of artists who have tackled the song from Amanda Palmer to the PS 22 Chorus and it wasn’t until recently that I heard yours, but it immediately stuck with me. What do you think it is that makes The Smiths music speak to such a wide range of artists and how did you choose Please, Please, Please as a track to cover?

DSThe Smiths are so universal because they’re so painfully specific. Morrissey is hilarious and sad, and he hates himself more than he pities himself, which is important. Aside from it being one of my favorite Smiths songs, we probably chose “Please Please Please” because the chords are easy. I can’t play guitar like Johnny Marr, but I can play C and G.

M&T: What’s next for Deleted Scenes after your July tour? Anything our readers should keep their eyes/ears open for after your Boston show?

DSThis is our last tour for a little while. We’ve been furiously writing, and plan to record a new album in the fall. Look for its release on Park the Van Records in the early part of 2013.