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Jesse Gallagher - Creating Musical Reactions "In A Cloud"

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson June 30, 2012 02:36 PM

Music is sometimes like the iced coffee that I am sipping on right now as I hide in my apartment from the heat. The chemical reaction caused by the combination of elements. Hot coffee. Cold ice. Sugar clumping on ice cubes, then melting into a dewy confection.

Earlier this Spring I saw Apollo Sunshine luminary, Jesse Gallagher, play the Lizard Lounge with his new combo Da Burdz. Featuring members of Creaturos and Sunburned Hand of the Man, Da Burdz is a wonderful psychedelic-confection of optimistic noise and melodic child's play--a little bit '67 Beatles and a little bit Can. One particular song that stuck out for its beauty was "In A Cloud," a bubbling, joyous groove with a sun-kissed melody and just a little bit of tom-foolery (in addition to mixing electronic trumpet into their sound, Gallagher is also pretty prodigious with the use of various pedals and home-made electronic gadgets).



Experience Exusamwa's Musical Bass-o-Matic - 6/22 @ JP's Uforge Gallery

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson June 22, 2012 08:34 AM

Angela Sawyer, proprietor of Cambridge's Weirdo records, has literally reviewed thousands upon thousands of records. Many are posted on her own Weirdo Records website.

When I asked her how many times she needed to listen to a record in order to give it a review, her eyes popped when she smiled, "once!" After all, any real record with character shouldn't take too long to reveal at least something about itself, especially if you've listened to say, 20,000 or so records.

So tonight, in celebration of the record release party of one of Sawyer's bands, Exusamwa (tonight at J.P's UForge Gallery), I thought I would give a similar treatment to Exusamwa's Phase IV



Hallelujah the Hills meet Mount Peru - Q&A

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson June 15, 2012 02:19 PM

If you like the idea of roots music that won't make you think of pick-up trucks or hiking, a couple of great bands to check out--despite the terrain implication in their names--are Hallelujah the Hills and Mount Peru. Both bands released new albums this Spring. For Hallelujah the Hills, it is their sprawling and lyrical No One Knows What Happens Next LP; For Mount Peru, look for a lovely EP titled Your Kingdom's Come Undone. While these records sound pretty different stylistically, they both use of personal, descriptive lyrics and lots and lots of horns. I asked Ryan Walsh of Hallelujah the Hills and Thom Valicenti of Mount Peru to discuss each others records....




Playing 4-on-4 with noisy rockers Soccer Mom - 6/7 @ Great Scott

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson June 6, 2012 06:05 PM

The only thing more obnoxious than a band is a team. After all, on a team, you have a coach and a manager. Uniforms. And even though I don't know that much about soccer compared to a lot of my American friends (who even say things like "poor play"--which an American would never say), this goes for soccer teams as well.

But I do like the music of Soccer Mom, which looks like this (credit: Tom Bellotti):


Instead of this-------->

Today I talked to Soccer Mom guitarist William Scales (stalwart soccer afficianado, formerly of ER and the now defunct Spanish Armada, and sporter of the red t-shirt in the photo above) about the tenuous similarities between the Marshall half-stack/half-shoegaze boil of Soccer Mom and an actual soccer team.


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Jonathan Donaldson is a Boston-based musician, writer, and second-generation music junkie. An Ohio native who moved to Boston in 1998, Jonathan's musical loves include R&B, psych, punk, bubblegum, country, electronic, More »

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