Per usual, Julie tied it all together with a song.
Then, Grub Street Executive Director Eve Bridburg stopped by to talk about this weekend's 'The Muse in the Marketplace.'
Don't forget to tune in Wednesday, May 1st for another edition of Henry in the Grub, where Henry welcomes Granary Tavern!
Concerns that the internet has reached "peak cat" -- a concept, similar to "peak oil," that posits the threat that we may someday run out of cats to populate our blog posts -- continue to be proven unfounded. For instance: the designer Alfra Martini continues to find felines to populate a collection of album covers re-created with cats in them.
The only thing better than the Radio BDC playlist? The Radio BDC playlist's top albums as rendered with cats. Pics or STFU, you say? Well then:
2. PABLO KITTEN
3. THE WHITE STRAYS, ALLEYPHANT
4. JESUS AND MEOWY CHAIN, PSYCHO CATTY
5. BEASTIE KITTENS
6. 9 LIVES THROUGH THIS
7. KIT CAVE & THE BAD SIAMEEDS
9. IS THIS KIT?
11. THE FURRY UNDERGROUND
12. SONIC KITTENS
14. CAT FLAG
Source: The Kitten Covers [Tumblr]
On Monday, the hipsternet had an orgasm over the announcement of a Neutral Milk Hotel reunion. Today, the rest of the world goes: "meh." Because there are only two kinds of people in the world . . .
Well, actually, there's a few more kinds of people than that.
1. There are the people who are just confused about what could be so neutral about milk hotels.
ok quick question just WHAT is a neutral milk hotel (please don't hurt me)— gluckwunsch (@hallbears) April 29, 2013
I don't know who/what/where Neutral Milk Hotel is.....Sounds comforting though.— Victoria Hubbard (@hubahubahubbard) April 29, 2013
Who the hell is Neutral Milk Hotel and why should I care? #hipsterstuff— Nick Adriance (@wheredatweetsat) April 29, 2013
Biggest music news of the day is Neutral Milk Hotel's reunion show. I'm like, who. I feel really really bad and uneducated.— sighmon (@stingeyes) April 29, 2013
I don't think I'm cool enough to know/understand what a Neutral Milk Hotel is. Is it like Habbo?— Joshua Pauley (@PutUp0rShutUp) April 29, 2013
i don't know what neutral milk hotel is #topical— ARP (@Yelix) April 29, 2013
I have no idea who Neutral Milk Hotel is.— David Menestres (@AbstractTruth) April 29, 2013
2. Then there are people who know who what a Neutral Milk Hotel is, but just . . . don't . . . care . . .
@kevindepew I have never heard them before i figure as long as there are still Bad Company recordings who cares about other bands— sarah miller (@sarahlovescali) April 29, 2013
No, I don't care if Neutral Milk Hotel is reuniting....pretty OK with that.— Garry Juhans (@GJuhans) April 29, 2013
3. There are people like my friend, former Phoenix music editor and Vanyaland boss Michael Marotta, who are pretty sure they are the only people in the world who don't care about Neutral Milk Hotel:
I think I'm the only person who doesn't really care that Neutral Milk Hotel is performing again.— Meg (@xxMegOxx) April 29, 2013
4. And there are people who are mad at the Neutral Milk Hotel reunion because it is not a reunion by their favorite band:
who cares about neutral milk hotel wake me up when my chemical romance gets back together— Jon Shippling (@teenageadult) April 29, 2013
I don’t get Neutral Milk Hotel, but that’s okay. Glad youse got that. I got my Boards of Canada announcement. :D— Mark Shields, FYI (@sheeldz) April 29, 2013
I see Neutral Milk Hotel are playing again, meh don't get the fuss really. Was always more into Olivia Tremor Control meself #controversial— Kane Martin (@KaneMartin2) April 29, 2013
OMG WHO CARES ABOUT NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL!!!!!!! TLC IS PLAYING A SHOW IN PA THIS SUMMER!!!!!!! AHHHH!!!!!!!— misty moonheart (@soleunab) April 29, 2013
Neutral Milk Hotel reunion is whatever. where is the ABBA reunion? thats what i want to know. I want an ABBA reunion. I WANT ABBA. ABBA OK?— me (@thebluehoodie) April 29, 2013
One thing you can't fault people for asking -- I mean, does anybody have an answer for this?
NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL last played Boston on July 24, 1998. The group played its final show, in its hometown of Athens, about six months later. Now you can start the countdown: today the band's web site announced that there are five reunion shows planned this year, featuring the lineup that accompanied Jeff Mangum during the tours for the group's two best releases, On Avery Island and In the Aeroplane . . . Over the Sea.
The past couple years have seen Mangum touring solo, playing stripped down -- but utterly fantastic -- versions of the NMH catalogue. And seriously, those shows -- including two in Boston in September 2011 -- have been great.
But in their heyday, NMH were a chaotic and raucous punk-rock circus band. And the idea that they could be coming back is pretty much the best thing ever.
OCTOBER 22, 2013
w/ Elf Power
40 Watt Club
Tickets go on sale Friday May 3rd at 10am EDT, Online Only
OCTOBER 23, 2013
w/ Half Japanese
40 Watt Club
Tickets go on sale Friday May 3rd at 10am EDT, Online Only
OCTOBER 25, 2013
w/ Half Japanese, and Daniel Johnston
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
NOVEMBER 28, 2013
Hostess Club Festival
DECEMBER 1, 2013
Hostess Club Festival
Hey, it's Adam 12. And yes, I'm old enough to have watched Schoolhouse Rock as a young boy. And I can remember being in college when they brought it back and Bob Dorough visited WFNX to play songs like "I'm Just a Bill" live on the air. And now that I have kids of my own, you know I'm pulling up classics like these on YouTube and passing down my love for the franchise.
So was I excited when I heard the Boston Children's Theatre was staging Schoolhouse Rock? You betcha believe it! We checked it out, sang along to the likes of "Conjunction Junction" and "Interplanet Janet" and were thoroughly entertained.
See it for yourself! Bring the kids along! The Boston Children's Theatre is presenting Schoolhouse Rock this Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th. Click here to get your tickets!
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Boston Red Sox--projected by many to finish fourth in the AL East--have the best record in Major League Baseball at 18-7. If they beat the Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday night, that'll make 19 wins in the month of April and new club record.
The old adage rings true: pitching wins games. Adam 12, Chad Finn, and Steve Silva talked pitching, pitching and pitching today on RadioBDC, from the starters to the pen, plus a bit on Big Papi. Have a listen:
Tune in next Monday at 2, when the Sox will likely be 18-13 and we'll be talking about the second Wild Card spot again.
Beyonce performs during her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013, on Friday, April 26, 2013, at the LG Arena in Birmingham, UK. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP)
Hey, remember audio watermarks? No? OK, rewind: once upon a time, there were these things called record labels who sort of owned the music industry? And WHOLE MONTHS before an album was released to the public, these entities would secretly mail a CD version of the album to the press. But these labels had the wildly misguided notion that they could PREVENT THE PRESS FROM LEAKING THE ALBUM, so they recorded goofy voices saying weird phrases over the music every 20 seconds.
We'd completely forgotten about audio watermarks until East Village Radio evidently decided they absolutely needed to get all of the credit -- ALL OF THE CREDIT! -- for leaking a new Beyonc-ified version of Amy Winehouse's "Fade To Black" on their airwaves. The person doing the leaking happened to be Mark Ronson, who produced the original. So now when we listen to the new version, we have to endure what is probably the most annoying watermark since 2006's legendary "Atlantic Records, TI Clearance."
ANDRE 3000 & BEYONCE: BACK TO BLACK
Anyway: there is now on planet earth a version of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" that starts off with Outkast's Andre 3000 singing and gets better when Beyonce starts singing. History will likely record that you listened up to the part where Beyonce started singing, and then shortly thereafter we all lost interest and went back to looking at photos of Beyonce's latest tour, because . . . well, because this:
. . . and this:
. . . and this:
It's an annual tradition that, according to Tom Brokaw, has been "ruined" by the likes of Lindsay Lohan. But the band plays on at the so-nicknamed "Nerd Prom" down in Washington, each year getting more outrageous as the President gets less funny and Hollywood types take over our nation's capitol.
This year, the guests were all a-Twitter at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and there were some surprising (read: silly and mean) tweets from your favorite sideline characters.
Sarah Palin, the country's favorite do-nothing big-mouth, criticized everyone for wasting time on honoring the fourth estate, while "real" Americans are working.
The most heartbreaking example of the worst part of the correspondents dinner is this tweet from Christiane. Even the most seasoned war journalists lose their heads around the glitzy celebs.
But apparently not all journalists are so easily swayed. Professional explainer Ben White was clearly unhappy about the media's blatant hob-nobbing with the stars.
For the love of God can we STOP with the #whcd pics? OK, you were somewhere near Clooney. Here is your Medal of Freedom. Now shut it.— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) April 30, 2012
In which members of Congress are so dumb, a Sports Illustrated model tricks them.
I joked that I was a congresswoman (from Washington) and a real congressman believed me. This is epic. #WHCD— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 28, 2012
But the best BEST tweets were all the ones calling out the Boston Globe for excellent coverage of the bombings. (Aw, shucks...)
Everyone knows that The Empire Strikes Back is the greatest Star Wars movie of all time. Sure, it will be nice if JJ Abrams can top it. But until he does, director Irvin Kershner's masterpiece stands as the pinnacle. Kershner, who died in 2010, would've turned 90 today. In his honor, here's a glimpse at the lighter side behind-the-scenes of the darkest episode of the original trilogy -- looks like this one might've been the most fun to film, too.
1. KEEP THAT THING IN YOUR MOUTH, FARMBOY
2. IS THAT YOUR LIGHTSABER OR ARE YOU HAPPY TO SEE ME?
3. ROBOT LOVE, PART 1.
4. CHEWBACCA MAKING OUT WITH A PRINCESS.
5. THIS IS GETTING OUT OF HAND.
6. ROBOT LOVE, PART 2
7. DARTH, WE'VE GOT TO STOP MEETING LIKE THIS.
Let's hear it for the age of the SEO concept song.
First things first: This is not a video of Tay-Tay eating out with ex (ex?) boyfriend John Mayer.
Instead, it is a new video for Boston retropop superfiend JOHN POWHIDA's song "John Mayer Dines with Taylor Swift," in which he mercilessly deconstructs the interpersonal dynamics of that particular celebrity encounter with a rapier wit worthy of the Onion.
If Google searchbots happen to think otherwise, then one can assume Powhida won't mind -- even if a legion of Top 40 fans end up being very, very confused.
Powhida, a cult sensation who won the 2011 Rock N Roll Rumble at an age when most performers are hanging up the gloves, is a master of the classic-rock suckerpunch. This particular song owes absolutely nothing, save the premise, to the musical styles of Mr. Mayer or Ms. Swift -- but we sure are detecting a David Bowie vibe here. Feel free to disagree in the comments.
Here it is:
Below is the full playlist from this week's and last week's show.
You can listen to Grrl Power every Wednesday and Sunday nights at 9pm.
- Lemuria// Brilliant Dancer
- Haerts// Wings
- Manchester Orchestra & Grouplove// Make It To Me
- Best Coast// Fear Of My Identity
- The XX// Together
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Despair
- Poliça// Tiff
- Great Thunder// Fade Into You (Mazzy Star Cover)
- Shout Out Louds// Illusions
- Daughter// Amsterdam
- Mr. Little Jeans// The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover)
- Freezepop// Peptalk
- Letters To Cleo// Here & Now
- Laura Stevenson// Eleonora
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Mosquito
- Stars// Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It
- Thee Oh Sees// Toe Cutter-Thumb Buster
- Little Green Cars// Harper Lee
- Deap Vally// Lies
- The xx// Sunset
- The xx// Do You Mind (Aliyah Cover)
- Savages// Flying to Berlin
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Despair
- New Order// Regret
- Grimes// Oblivion
- Tegan and Sara// I'm Not Your Hero
- Guards// I Know It's You
- Wild Belle// Keep You
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Slave
Adam 12 was pleased as punch to have #44 Dennis Seidenberg on his show Friday afternoon. Of course they talked about the playoffs, but they also talked about Celebrities for Charity's Boston Marathon Relief Raffle.
Four tickets to every first round playoff home game hosted by the Bruins, meeting Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic, Dennis Seidenberg and Ray Bourque...the list of grand prizes goes on and on. Click here help support the victims and family members that were affected by the senseless tragedy that occurred during the Boston Marathon.
After a moving memorial service for fallen MIT Police Officer Sean Collier earlier this week, a move to posthumously appoint him as a Somerville Police Officer, which was his dream.
Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello joined Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer this morning to discuss the decision.
All class, always. Thank you, Mayor Joe, for being a friend of RadioBDC.
What does this year's draft class look like? How have the Pats fared in past drafts? What will they be looking to do this year? Boston Globe columnist and Boston Sports Live host Chris Gasper joined Adam 12 to break down this year's NFL Draft.
For more background, read Chris Gasper's column from today's Boston Globe. And as the Draft continues throughout the weekend, click here for all of the latest developments.
Oh, and thanks to Margaret Cote in our stats department for this cool Visual.ly infographic!
Our friends from Boston Children's Hospital stopped in again this morning to talk about a "HAIRraising" event this weekend. Salons up and down the Back Bay and beyond have reopened with a mission to fundraise support for patients and families of Boston Children's Hospital.
This Sunday, April 28, the HAIRrasing cut-a-thon will see twenty of Newbury Street's best salons offering $40 do's to benefit the hospital's Emergency and Trauma Fund.
In its third year, HAIRraising, (founded by legendary stylist John Freida and his business partner, Gail Federici), has already raised over $300,000 for Children's Hospital, and this year, over 70 participating salons throughout New England are expected to raise another $100,000.
Listen to the interview with Henry and Julie, and watch a video of this morning's style session. Then, don't forget to stop by a participating salon and freshen up your look for Spring and help out a great cause.
Being tagged the "New Dylan" has been a rite of passage for folk singers since . . . oh, about 1965. The artists who've been honored with it -- from Donovan and Springsteen to Ryan Adams and Conor Oberst -- will tell you it's both a blessing and a curse. But all told, being mentioned in the same breath with Robert Zimmerman is a good omen.
The latest to be annointed? Our good buddy, 19-year-old phenom JAKE BUGG, who's been in heavy rotation on RadioBDC and stopped by to play a few songs for us at Coachella.
"If you like Bob Dylan, Try Jake Bugg," proclaims the New York Times today.
And that echoes a four-star lead review in Rolling Stone that not only illustrated Bugg in Dylan's iconic motorcycle jacket pose but went on to describe Bugg's debut as a collection of "songs that seem steeped in The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, The "Chirping" Crickets and A Date With the Everly Brothers.
In case you need more convincing, check out this video of Bugg performing his left-of-the-dial hit "Lightning Bolt" at Radio BDC's Coachella House last month:
Adam 12 and the Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont sat down for their weekly B's chat on RadioBDC, fresh off an inconsistent and disappointing 5-2 loss to the lowly Philadelphia Flyers. The covered the loss, expectations for the final three regular season games, and looked ahead at playoff match-ups.
Tune in next week as we preview the first round of the playoffs. Adam 12's hoping it'll be B's/Leafs. ORIGINAL SIX, BABY!
Boston's legendary hardcore scene has pooled its resources and gone all-in for a May 6 concert that will benefit the One Fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims. The multigenerational show, dubbed "THIS IS BOSTON," features sets by Converge, Slapshot, Dropdead, Wrecking Crew, Doomriders, and more.
"For me the punk and hardcore world has always been a caring world despite the volume of things," said Converge frontman Jake Bannon on Wednesday. "It's time to show the city that."
Hardcore and civic pride have gone hand-in-hand since at least 1982's infamous compilation album This Is Boston . . . Not L.A. introduced the world to the likes of Gang Green and the F.U.'s.
Now that same sense of unity and do-it-yourself pride is surfacing to help the city in its time of need.
Converge: "All We Love We Leave Behind"
"The idea for the show came about the day after the attack," said Mike Eleftheratos of Lykaion Productions, who co-hosts the monthly metal DJ night "Agonizing the Dead" at O'Briens in Allston. He initially envisioned the benefit as a small show at the club, which seats less than 100. But after he mentioned the gig to local punk-scene legend Keith Bennett (of the bands Wrecking Crew and PanzerBastard), the idea quickly snowballed. Bennett "started to reach out to his massive network friends and the bands just started piling in," Eleftheratos said. "Within hours the show had gone from an event that would bring out 70 people to something that would draw more than 700."
That meant securing a much bigger venue on very short notice -- often an impossibility given that major music venues are usually booked months in advance. For that, he turned to Ammonia Booking's Robin Goodhue, who secured Quincy's South Shore Music Hall to house "the best show in history," as Goodhue hails it.
Converge's Bannon, who has been following the Marathon bombing developments from the headquarters of his Salem-based indie label Deathwish, said the show has a purpose beyond fundraising. "Not only will it raise money and awareness, but it is a showing of solidarity and compassion from the hardcore community to those affected," he said. "Many don't realize that many affected were not insured," and that "if they were insured many insurance companies only offer limited coverage in cases of 'terrorist attacks. Anything we can do to help those struggle a little less, we will."
"This Is Boston" featuring Converge, Slapshot, Dropdead, Wrecking Crew, Doomriders, New Lows, the Revilers, For the Worse, Insult, and Sexcrement // May 6, 5 pm // South Shore Music Hall, 58 Ross Way, Quincy // 21+, $20 // To benefit OneFundBoston.org
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club grew out of a Bay Area high school friendship between Robert Levon Been and Peter Hayes. Hayes had just left the seminal California band The Brian Jonestown Massacre; fans of that band (like our own Adam 12) note some sonic similarities between BJM & early BRMC.
Been and Hayes have formed the nucleus of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club since forming in 1998, and we can't wait to have them perform Live in the Lab on Friday, May 3 at 2:30. (Want to see it live? Enter here!)
Check them out recently on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:
Their new album 'Spectre At The Feast' is masterful and features a cover of The Call's 1989 hit "Let The Day Begin."
Fun fact: Robert Levon Been's dad? That would be The Call's frontman Michael Been. Pretty cool tribute to your dad, Robert.
If you're thinking about attending tonight's panel discussion at Emerson's Cutler Majesic Theater -- it's entitled "Boston After the Bombings: A Public Conversation of Hope & Healing," and will be helmed by Tom Ashbrook, host of WBUR's syndicated news magazine On Point -- you won't have to pay a dime. It's free with online registration. But WBUR organizers do have one request, which we're sure you'll understand:
**Please refrain from bringing large bags and backpacks to the theater.
You don't say?
Ashbrook's guests will include Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, who has written a grip of great columns this week -- among them, the piece on fallen MIT cop Sean Collier's family that Joe Biden quoted from in this afternoon's emotional memorial service. He'll be joined by Boston Foundation's Paul Grogan and On Point analyst Jack Beatty.
Meanwhile, across the river, Boston Police Department Chief Ed Davis is among the officials gathering at the John F. Kennedy Jr Forum at Harvard's Institute of Politics for "Boston Marathon Tragedy and Aftermath," a panel discussion moderated by Harvard Kennedy School dean David Ellwood. Among the other panelists: Mass Emergency Managament Agency director Kurt Schwartz, the Globe's national security columnist Juliette Kayyem, Harvard Divinity School dean David Hempton, and WBZ anchor David Wade. It kicks off at 6 pm, and it'll be streaming live at JFK Jr. Forum site.
So, so full.
Chef Paul from the Boston Burger Company brought us an early lunch today. So many burgers. Mac Attack. The Hot Mess. Oh, we were in heaven. Listen.
Thanks, Chef Paul!
Another busy morning in the RadioBDC studio. A somber day as well, as fallen MIT police officer Sean Collier was honored in a memorial service. The Metro Desk's Mike Bello stopped by with the details.
Boston.com Business Editor Dan Kline was also in studio, talking about the arrival of Aereo.
Look, we're rational folks here at RadioBDC. We know you love Tegan & Sara and The Killers and Passion Pit and all the bands we play as much as we love playing them for you. But we also know that sometimes you need a break. We do, too. And when we feel the need to indulge one of the other many facets of our musical personalities, the Boston Symphony Orchestra provides a welcome alternative to..."alternative."
The BSO just announced their 2013-2014 season, which will include Britten's War Requiem (in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth), the five Beethoven Piano Concertos performed by Yefim Bronfman, and--new for the BSO--the presentation of the West Side Story film with the orchestra accompanying the film's vocals.
Intrigued? Indulge the classical, cultured side of your musical personality. Click here for details.
Why? Because it's 45 minutes of Paul Stanley stage banter. Adam 12's favorite part is at the 7:00 mark when Paul intros 'War Machine' and shouts out Albuquerque.
Thanks to Christopher Armes for uploading. In KISS-related music news, Frank Turner's new album 'Tape Deck Heart' is out. And there's a song on it called "Wherefore Art Though Gene Simmons?"
A busy Tuesday morning with Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer. First, a visit from Mike Bello, who had an update on the Boston Marathon bombing.
Then, your weekly Global Business Hub report.
We were happy to welcome Nancy Porcaro from Citizens for Adequate Housing, too! What an incredible organization, helping so many families.
Tune in tomorrow morning for the return of Henry in the Grub!
Boston.com's latest offering from the Editorial page, Boston.Comment, is our new favorite thing on the site today.
A new blog edited by Globe columnist Joanna Weiss, Boston.Comment will feature opinion from community leaders and experts on one issue every day. The launch this morning sparked a debate about whether Friday's city-wide lockdown was necessary or overkill, and has already generated hundreds of comments on the post and social media.
Weiss stepped over to the RadioBDC studio this morning to tell Henry and Julie about her new project, and talk about Friday's "shelter in place" recommendation from city and state officials.
Full disclosure: It's possible that I'm biased about the awesomeness of this blog, as the producer on the project. But I still think it's really cool.
With our recent trip to Indio, California for the Coachella 2013 music and arts festival, we invested in a couple new toys for the journey. One of which was a GoPro Hero cam. Check out the cam in action attached to our dashboard as we make the drive from Los Angeles to the California desert. Travel 130 miles into the mountains in about four minutes.
Go to our Coachella page for complete coverage as more content is released in the coming days.
Amanda Palmer is one of the Boston music scene's biggest brands: she began her career as an 8-foot-bride in Harvard Square, won the WBCN Rock N Roll Rumble with her duo the Dresden Dolls, teamed up with her Lexington High School drama teacher to stage a production of Cabaret at the A.R.T., and raised over a million dollars on Kickstarter for her latest solo album. Her 2013 Ted Talk has been watched 2 million times.
She's also, not coincidentally, a compulsive over-sharer: her incessant tweets and intimate blog posts helped draw a passionate, creative community of theater geeks, music fans, social-media addicts, goth kids, and art nerds into her orbit.
That community has sustained her artistic career -- literally, in the case of her now-legendary Kickstarter campaign -- but there are times when the warm embrace of that community has functioned more like a cocoon. Her circle of well-wishers can seal her off from the outside world and render her tone-deaf to criticism -- as when she asked supporting musicians around the country to accompany her band for free (or for free beer), prompting a flood of hate-mail and blogosphere hand-wringing.
In Palmer's twitter feed, almost nothing is valued as highly as spontaneous creativity -- she often rebroadcasts her fans' art, and her own muse can be wildly impulsive. Many good things have come from that impulsiveness: from unannounced late-night web-video hangouts to IRL pop-up shows on far-flung street corners and concert stages.
On Sunday -- while Boston was still reeling from the week-long trauma of the Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that left four dead and more than 200 injured and maimed -- Palmer posted 35 lines of verse with a title referencing the most volatile name in America: the one belonging to the still-living bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
We can argue about the poem's artistic merit. Palmer often makes a point of championing DIY art for art's sake, embracing the nursery-school idea that self-expression is never bad. This is a poem that includes the lines, "you don’t know how precious your iphone battery time was until you’re hiding in the bottom of the boat," and "you don’t know why you let that guy go without shooting him dead and stuffing him in some bushes between cambridge and watertown." The best thing you can say about lines like these is that they are insipid, wooden, and tactless.
But what really enraged the internet -- as best expressed in a pair of blog posts published the following day by Salon and Gawker -- was that the poem seemed less an attempt to wrestle with the aftermath of a tragedy than an attempt to insert the Amanda Palmer brand into the middle of the discussion. Whether or not that was the intention, it's exactly what happened. The poem provoked an outpouring of support, followed quickly by a backlash of recrimination, all playing out on Palmer's home turf of Twitter.
After Palmer tweeted that the poem was being misinterpreted, Gawker lowered the boom, painting a picture of an artist who was "elbowing her way in to the conversation, insisting on her right to speak for a teenager she never met and to whose thoughts and feelings she has no access, demanding that we recognize her bravery for doing so, and then later telling us all that it's our fault we misunderstood."
Opined Salon: "It’s not wrong to be inspired by something horrible, or to tell a fictionalized tale from an unpopular perspective. It is, however, not automatically a great work of art or a daring feat of bravery, either. And in the space of just a few hours, Palmer deftly managed to redirect the conversation from the bombing suspect and her own poem itself to – and there’s a recurring theme developing here — Miss Amanda Palmer, and her defensive sense of self-righteousness."
In light of those critiques, it's strange to read the new blog post that Palmer published Tuesday.
Perhaps getting off on the wrong foot, she begins her blog post responding to the controversy by linking off to her latest single. Someone might have told her this would not help her case.
The rest of the blog finds Palmer backing away from the seriousness of the poem ("a poem that took me – no exaggeration – about 9 minutes to write"), her choice of title ("i could have called it 'the past 48 hours'. or 'everything in my brain right now'), and even her decision to write it at all: "if my phone had rang at 11:34 and i had spent between 11:34 and 11:43 talking to a friend instead of writing this poem…i never would have written anything.")
She then spends many words regaling us with the details of her personal life in the 48 hours leading up to her writing of the poem -- a narrative that gives much more physical and emotional space to her personal inconveniences than to anything remotely related to the events in Boston which she was so savvy to co-opt by dramatically SEO-ing the title of her poem. In the process of this explanation, she makes an almost line-by-line case that the poem wasn't about the alleged bomber, but in fact about herself and her smaller troubles.
Which, minus the vitriol, is essentially equivalent to Gawker's critique of her effort: "'A Poem for Dzhokhar' is not, really, "for" Dzhokhar Tsarnaev," the site wrote. "It's for Palmer, a deluded and opportunistic narcissist who sells rhetorical snake oil to people too full of unearned self-regard to join an actual cult."
I can't support Gawker's thumbnail diss of Palmer's audience. But as someone who has often defended Palmer from her often-overzealous critics, it's painful to see her so profoundly missing the boat here. Her poem and her follow-up post read like the work of someone who has lost the ability to distinguish between making a mess and making a difference.
In her zeal to make some sense of this particular artistic failure, her blog post then tries to rationalize the public's outpouring of disgust as a symptom of something wrong with the culture: she takes the even more brazen stance of implying that the audience hates her because the audience has no empathy:
so….people are afraid to say, in public, that they feel empathy?
this scared me so much.
think about what it means for us, and what it means for our culture and our world if people are too afraid to speak up about how they feel, if people are too afraid to share their reflections, if people take one step backwards and think…”better not rock the boat”.
I'm not sure what planet Palmer has been living on this past week, the one without empathy, but the name of that planet is not Boston.
At one point, describing the outrage she's engendered, she writes: "and i thought: this is amazing. when was the last time a thousand people argued about a stupid poem?"
Well: now Palmer and her critics can agree on two things. The poem isn't about the bomber. And it's a stupid poem.
It was an emotional day at Fenway Park on Saturday as the Red Sox took the field for the first time after Monday's bombings on Boylston St. Big Papi's F-bomb, Chad Finn's big quote, Daniel Nava's 3-run-blast...we talked about that and more this week:
Steve Silva will be back next Monday at 2, joining Chad and Adam 12 to talk Sox per usual. In the meantime, look for Steve all over your TV. Dude's tight with Matt Lauer now.
Julie Kramer loves gardening. And Julie Kramer loves drinking. So you know Julie Kramer loves 'The Drunken Botanist,' the new book by best-selling author Amy Stewart. Listen to Julie and Henry chat with Amy:
i have a crush on FBI special agent deslauriers. he's ALL business, no bulls**t...no whining,no head games— Juliana Hatfield (@julianahatfield) April 18, 2013
And totally into Boston FBI chief Richard DesLauriers (below), as her tweet (above) makes clear.
Photo: Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
Not exactly what you'd expect from the hipster lady responsible for this and this. But who can blame her? The guy was involved with breaking what is arguably the biggest criminal case in Boston history. During a week when there wasn't a heck of a lot to do besides nervously obsess over things on television and the internet, she certainly wasn't the only one to take note of the lantern-jawed lawman.
Hellooooooo Rick DesLauriers..... You're federal hot.— Corporette Attorney (@CorporetteLaw) April 20, 2013
So maybe DesLauriers is to the Boston Marathon bombing case as Dale Cooper was to Twin Peaks?
In case you were buried under a rock, DesLauriers was at the center of the investigation all last week. He stood up at press conferences and said all kinds of badassy stuff, like this:
FBI's DesLauriers 'We will go to ends of the earth to find those responsible for this despicable crime.''— Boston.com News (@BostonDotCom) April 16, 2013
And he isn't one to mince words. He was among the first to drop the T-bomb:
FBI Boston SAC Richard DesLauriers describes Boston Marathon bombing case as "potential terrorism investigation.''— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 16, 2013
Even Boston Police Chief Ed Davis kind of has a thing for him: “He is quiet, but he has a forceful mantra about him,” Davis told the Globe's Milton Valencia in a profile of DesLauriers published yesterday. Added US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, "he’s very straight-laced, by the book, a real G-Man when you think of the FBI.”
The Boston FBI boss has a resume to match his mantra. In addition to leading the effort to capture the Marathon Bombing suspects, DesLauriers also led the Boston office's efforts to nab Whitey Bulger and bust a Russian spy ring in Cambridge. Read more about him in the Globe's profile here.
File under: Everybody Loves Me But You
Zooey Deschanel Is Not the Boston Marathon Bomber, And 26 Other Developments You May Have Missed This Weekend
1. ZOOEY DESCHANEL HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS . . .
But you wouldn't know that from reading the Closed Captioning on this Fox TV affiliate:
2. . . . AND DESPITE WHAT CONSPIRACY THEORISTS THINK, NEITHER DID "NAKED GUY":
Wrongly accused naked guy: an inspiration to us all to get back to the gym. Never know... cd happen to any one of us. twitter.com/MickPaddyMack/…— Michael Patrick MacD (@MickPaddyMack) April 19, 2013
Remember "naked guy" from the Watertown manhunt? The dude who was stripped naked, briefly detained by police, and quickly released while they were searching for Suspect #2? He's now being presented as "evidence" by wingnuts insisting he was actually deceased suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. [Warning: graphic photo/video at this link.]
3. INTERNET-FAMOUS BOSTON MUSICIAN AMANDA PALMER WROTE "A POEM FOR DZHOKHAR" ABOUT CAPTURED SUSPECT DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV.
It includes the line, "you don’t know how precious your iphone battery time was until you’re hiding in the bottom of the boat." Reaction was decidedly mixed.
.@amandapalmer Amanda, he killed an 8 yr old. He would have killed 100s of kids if given the chance. How on earth is that worthy of empathy?— ginalou (@ginalou) April 21, 2013
now that everybody's panties are in a twist, i'd like to say: the poem is actually about more than you think it is. read it again.— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) April 21, 2013
4. GAWKER'S NEWS EDITOR REALLY, REALLY DIDN'T CARE FOR IT.
here it is the worst poem anyone ever wrote amandapalmer.net/blog/20130421— max read (@max_read) April 22, 2013
I can't believe police spent the day arresting Reese Witherspoon while Amanda Palmer was committing a literal war crime on her blog— max read (@max_read) April 22, 2013
FBI Agents Interviewed Amanda Palmer Years Before She Wrote the Worst Poem Ever, Determined She Was Not a Threat— max read (@max_read) April 22, 2013
5. MAYBE SHE CAN SEND IT TO THESE FOLKS.
6. THERE WILL BE A MOMENT OF SILENCE TODAY AT 2:50 PM FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE MARATHON ATTACK.
7. . . . AND A MEMORIAL ON WEDNESDAY TO HONOR THE MIT POLICE OFFICER KILLED DURING THE MANHUNT FOR THE SUSPECTS.
MIT Police will hold a public memorial service for slain Officer Sean Collier at noon Wednesday at the university’s athletic complex.— Boston.com News (@BostonDotCom) April 21, 2013
8. YOU CAN NOW VISIT A NEW #BOSTONSTONG MURAL IN MISSION HILL . . .
9. . . . AND READ PATTON OSWALT ON A NEWBURY STREET TRASHCAN.
10. DORCHESTER'S ST ANN PARISH REMEMBERED 8-YEAR-OLD VICTIM MARTIN RICHARD DURING A SUNDAY MASS:
Boston Globe photo by Aram Boghosian
“We weep for the last week,’’ Reverend Sean M. Connor told parishioners as the Mass began. During the homily, he cradled a young child in his arms, as he urged parishioners to learn love from the events of last week. “If we are not changed for the better ... then we’ve learned little or nothing.”
11. AND AT FIRST PARISH CHURCH IN HARVARD SQUARE, RALPH WALDO EMERSON PROVIDED INSPIRATION FOR A CONGREGATION STILL TRYING TO HEAL . . .
"What do we do with our pain? What do we do with our grief? What do we do with our anger?
First, we must feel them."
12. SYRIA POSTED A MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY WITH BOSTON. AND BOSTON RETURNED THE FAVOR . . .
Boston responds to Syria... Show the love! twitter.com/RomanRassoul/s…— Roman(@RomanRassoul) April 21, 2013
13. THROUGH THE POWER OF REDDIT, THANKFUL CITIZENS CONTINUED TO COMMIT RANDOM ACTS OF PIZZA:
14. AND THESE PEOPLE WERE GIVING OUT FREE HUGS ON BOYLSTON STREET . . .
Free Hug Brigade on Boylston Street twitter.com/BostonTweet/st…— BostonTweet (@BostonTweet) April 21, 2013
15. AND OVER 100 BOSTON BANDS HAVE DONATED SONGS TO BENEFIT THE ONE FOUNDATION. YOU CAN HAVE ALL OF THEM FOR THE PRICE OF . . . ONE DOLLAR.
You can thank the awesome Boston music blog Allston Pudding:
16. THE MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL ON BOYLSTON STREET WAS MOVED TO THE SIDEWALK, AND IS HEADED SOON FOR COPLEY SQUARE:
17. IN RELATED NEWS, BOYLSTON STREET IS EXPECTED TO RE-OPEN WITHIN DAYS . . .
According to the Globe:
“It’s time to move this city forward,” said Mayor Thomas Menino, who stood from a wheelchair to make the announcement of the plan at the afternoon press conference. “We’ve been working hard to develop a plan to open Boylston Street, now the most famous street in the world.”
18. BOSTON CHECHENS -- THE LARGEST ENCLAVE OF CHECHENS IN THE US -- REPORTEDLY "DID NOT LIKE THIS [TSARNAEV] FAMILY VERY MUCH"
“The other Chechens did not like this particular family very much.” buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/chec…— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) April 21, 2013
BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray reported:
Fatima Tlisova, a Voice of America journalist from Russia who has covered Chechnya and Chechens extensively and lived in Watertown, Mass. for a number of years, said that she knew of a smattering of Chechens in California and Florida, as well as "five or six families in Boston." . . .
. . . Tlisova said that the other Boston Chechens she knew didn't particularly care for the Tsarnaev family.
"When I was in Boston I'd heard of the Tsarnaevs," Tlisova said. "I left Boston in 2010. Before that the other Chechens said that this family didn't care about religion, the father was drunk man, all this stuff."
"So the other Chechens did not like this particular family very much, I don't know why," she said.
19. A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR MASSACHUSETTS' OPEN SENATE SEAT WANTS TO REVOKE DZOKHAR TSARNAEV'S U.S. CITIZENSHIP.
Michael Sullivan, a former U.S. Attorney, was interviewed by MassLive.com:
“After making false statements under oath and committing these acts of terror against our nation and its citizens, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has renounced any alleged loyalty to our country and has forfeited the gift of U.S. citizenship our great nation has bestowed upon him,” Sullivan said in a statement. “It should be revoked as quickly as the law allows."
20. BUT THAT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT A NEW YORK STATE SENATOR TWEETED ABOUT DOING TO HIM . . .
So, scum bag #2 in custody. Who wouldn't use torture on this punk to save more lives?— Greg Ball (@ball4ny) April 20, 2013
Despite a public outcry, he's not backing down from that position:
"On most days, New York State is terrorist target #1, and playing paddy cake with mass murdering killers is not effective in my opinion . . . . One of the questions to be asked is this: is “torture” ever justified in the war against terror, if it can save lives? I am not shy in joining those who say yes, and I believe we must give those tasked with protecting us every constitutional and effective tool to do so."
21. DURING FRIDAY'S MANHUNT, AT LEAST A QUARTER OF A MILLION OF US LISTENED TO THE CHASE ON AN INTERNET POLICE SCANNER. SO ARE POLICE SCANNERS + TWITTER THE NEW CABLE NEWS?
According to AllThingsD:
"The scanner in question was set up in an anonymous home in Framingham, Mass. The owner had inexplicably placed his radio in the bathroom at the base of the toilet, trained a live Webcam on it, and streamed it to Ustream."
22. IF YOU WERE LISTENING TO THE SCANNER, THIS WILL NOT BE NEWS: WATERTOWN POLICE OFFICERS ARE TOTALLY BADASS.
While waiting for backup, a single Watertown police officer engaged in a shootout with the suspects early Friday morning -- and employed a tactic straight out of a Die Hard movie, according to Watertown police chief Edward Deveau.
The officer put his car in gear and jumped out of it, hoping they would think he was still in it as he fired from behind a tree, Deveau said.
23. JUNK FOOD MAY HAVE SAVED THE CARJACKING VICTIM'S LIFE . . .
From the L.A. Times account of what happened to the driver of the car that was hijacked by the bombing suspects:
Cambridge Police told The Times that the Mercedes driver escaped when the brothers went inside a Shell gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge to buy snacks.
24. AND HIS CELLPHONE HELPED LEAD POLICE TO THE SUSPECTS.
According to the Boston Globe:
The two brothers let the driver out unharmed, but the driver’s cellphone was still in his car, said Deveau. Police “pinged” the phone to determine where it was, he said, which alerted police that the suspects were in Watertown.
25. MIRACLES HAPPENED.
Despite losing his entire blood supply -- that's right, all of his own blood -- MBTA Police Officer Richard Donahue, who was hit by a bullet that severed his femoral artery during the Watertown shootout, was resucitated after 45 minutes and "should be able to recover and to walk again," according to the LA Times.
26. THIS WEEKEND'S OTHER HEROES: COMFORT PUPS.
Comfort dogs arrive in Bostontwitter.com/krupali/status…— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 17, 2013
27. OH, BTW: THE "MAKE WAY" DUCKLINGS ARE #BOSTONSTRONG:
The ducks should make us all smile. And we're due some smiles. twitter.com/GlobeCaleb/sta…— Caleb Solomon (@GlobeCaleb) April 20, 2013
Oh, well, that's simple: lots. Why? Well, remember last Thursday night? You know, when we were all watching our police force battle block-to-block in our neighborhoods with homicidal, cop-killing terrorists armed with explosives? Arkansas state senator Nate Bell thought that would be a good time to send this tweet:
I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine? #2A— Nate Bell (@NateBell4AR) April 19, 2013
Yup. He went there. (You can't find the remark anymore on Twitter, but you can read his apology ... and comments ... on Facebook)
So now Boston is going there, too.
From our social-media experts . . .
.@natebell4ar You are a horrible human without a heart or soul. I hope your constituants are ashamed of your hateful words.— C.C. Chapman (@cc_chapman) April 19, 2013
. . . to our politicians . . .
.@natebell4ar You are a moron.— Matt O'Malley (@MattOMalley) April 19, 2013
. . . even the guy from MIT's Civic Media Lab found himself in a not-so-civil mood . . .
. . . our cat-mystery novelists think he's not a nice person . . .
@natebell4ar Screw you, Nate Bell. I'm a proud Boston liberal and I am glad that the professionals who my taxes support are on the case.— Clea Simon (@Clea_Simon) April 19, 2013
. . . I repeat, OUR CAT MYSTERY NOVELISTS!!!
. . . Boston-based politics blogger Charlie Pierce put it succinctly . . .
. . . and a community organizer from a neighborhood that was hit the hardest . . .
. . . and I really don't think you wanted to get on this person's wrong side . . .
Hey, @natebell4ar, I was a sgt in the USArmy, Hawkeye, and Boston liberal. Go to hell, you ignorant douche.— ElizabethPowell (@sargep) April 19, 2013
. . . and some people thought Nate might be compensating . . .
@natebell4ar And if you think having an AR-15 makes you a man.You aren't one and never will be one.— Chip Crawford (@slobis) April 19, 2013
. . . oh and by the way . . .
@natebell4ar First things first: Bostonians don't cower. This isn't Arkansas.— SQLRockstar (@SQLRockstar) April 19, 2013
. . . you should have remembered what the internet said about us . . .
@natebell4ar Over here we don't need guns to grow a pair of balls.— David Haffner (@DavidHaffner) April 19, 2013
. @natebell4ar I invite you to Boston. So you can witness true toughness, compassion and humanity. Toughest city on earth. No guns required.— Ed Bogle (@MarlboroDad) April 19, 2013
That was just the beginning. It wasn't just Boston . . .
This guy's never cowered from a buffet MT @natebell4ar: wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering wishing they had an AR-15?— Brandon Stosuy (@brandonstosuy) April 19, 2013
. . . or California . . .
. . . or wherever . . .
You're an absolute clown RT @natebell4ar Wonder how many Boston libs spent night cowering in homes wishing they had AR-15 w/hi-capacity mag?— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) April 19, 2013
. . . or Chris Bosch (not that Chris Bosh) . . .
Dear @natebell4ar how can you say things like that? As an Arkansan and an American I'm appalled. Please think before you tweet.— Chris Bosch (@chrisleebosch) April 19, 2013
. . . but we'll let a former Bostonian have the last word, since he put it so poetically . . .
The legendary Boston axeman joined Julie Kramer in studio today to perform and to talk about his band--the Jon Butcher Axis--releasing their first album in 30 years!
Adam 12 and Kevin Paul Dupont engaged in their weekly Bruins hockey chat, but with a more somber tone than usual. Understandable, given the events of Marathon Monday. (note: the reference to breaking news on bombing suspects being in custody was later proven to be false; there were no suspects in custody at the time of this recording)
Of course, when the Bruins took the Garden ice against the Sabres on Wednesday night, the entire building joined Rene Rancourt in his rendition of the National Anthem and created a moment that won't soon be forgotten.
Read Kevin Paul Dupont's latest column here, and don't forget to tune in next Wednesday at 2p.
This morning, Boston.com Get Moving blogger Elizabeth Comeau joined Henry Santoro to share her Marathon Monday story. She was stationed near the finish line medical tent, which was quickly transformed into an emergency room after the two explosions:
Boston.com Sports Producer Steve Silva was shooting video of runners crossing the finish line when the explosions happened. You've certainly seen his footage; it's been on major news outlets all over the world. Now hear his story, as told to Henry Santoro:
Adam 12 was working at Forum with the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, steps from the finish line. He was on Boylston Street, yards away from the second explosion. His account:
Thank you for listening. We stand with Boston.
Photo via Esquire, by Boston photographer Derek Kouyoumjian.
Even as Boston was struggling to come to grips with the magnitude of yesterday's attacks, national publications began trying to translate to their audiences not just the immediate horror of the marathon attacks, but the symbolic trauma to all of Boston: to explain what this meant to the psyche of our city. Here's a selection of great writers -- all of them with Boston roots -- as they attempted to summon the gravity of the Patriots Day bombings. (If you've got pieces I've missed, hit me with links on Twitter @carlycarioli)
Grantland: "The Marathon: The race and the aftermath and a dark day in Boston," by former Boston Globe and Boston Phoenix staff writer Charles Pierce:
"It was what was left behind that wrung the heart as you walked through Copley Square in Boston while the sun fell at the end of a very bad day. Tables full of unopened bottled water. Piles of those strange silver thermal blankets that have become as much a part of the annual event as spaghetti suppers and lost Scandinavians trying to find their way to Fenways Park. Bags of street clothes, waiting in great lines along Berkeley Street for owners who were god knows where. The Common. The Public Garden. Locked down in a restaurant into which they might have wandered to use the facilities. One solitary fireman, slumped on the bumper of a truck, eyes to the sky, without the energy to reach down and pick up a bottle of water at his feet, and then the shadows lengthening down Boylston Street again, and sirens and sirens, and then silence, and sirens some more. This is the tableau that's left when you take out the joy."
The New Yorker: "Two If By Sorrow: Boston and Its Losses," by Jill Lepore:
"I heard about the bombs while walking to a drug store to buy pens. I was crossing Massachusetts Avenue when the news burst onto my phone—frantic texts about explosions. Head down, heart sinking, I nearly ran into a towering figure in black: a reënactor, Paul Revere on a speckled horse. He was riding to Lexington, a ride forlorn."
Sports on Earth: "Heartbreak Hill," by former Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated writer Leigh Montville:
"In one of the clips, I can see three guys pushing a paralyzed kid in an over-sized stroller, much the same way Ricky Hoyt's dad pushes him. I remember them. I cheered for them. Now, boom, they are startled, frightened, hurrying away from the finish line."
New Republic: "There Is No Finish Line: What the Runners Did When the Bombs Went Off," by former Boston Phoenix staff editor S.I. Rosenbaum:
"The runners milled around, stymied. Their cell phones, by that point, were useless. Many were from out of town, or even from overseas, clueless as to where they were or how to get to where they were staying. Others, frantic, tried to reach family who had been waiting for them at the finish line. Frat brothers came out of a nearby house and started passing out bottles of water just as the police announced that there would be buses arriving up the road at Temple Ohabei-Shalom to pick up runners and take them to 'a staging area.' "
Esquire: "Boston Bombing: Toward the Good," by former Weeky Dig editor Joe Keohane
"[Boston] can be a markedly unfriendly town—I’m not the first to point out that Marathon Monday is the happiest day of the year in what can be an otherwise fractious and standoffish burgh—but anyone who has a deeper understanding of the place knows that while Boston is hard to crack, once you’re in, you’re in. The people are ferociously loyal and have inexhaustible reserves of heart. All of which we saw yesterday, as marathon attendees raced into danger to help the fallen. It was truly inspiring."
Wall Street Journal, "A Joyful Day in Boston Ends in Shock," by former Boston Phoenix staff writer Jason Gay:
"It would be awful anywhere, in any setting. But there is something utterly wicked about it happening at such a public location, near the marathon finish line on the storied concrete of Boylston Street. Just steps from what is traditionally the scene of so much personal triumph—people pushing themselves to limits they never thought they had—there is only madness and horror."
S.B. Nation, "Letter from Boston," by former WEEI scribe Paul Flannery:
"The bombs went off a little before 3 p.m. That's when the people you know were finishing. The students and the moms and dads and the people who decided to do something special one time in their life. The ones who raised money for their causes and trained through the snowy morning jogs just to prove something to themselves or the people they love. Maybe you've even done it yourself, or you make a vow to be out there next year. This is our day to be human again after staying inside through the brutally long winter."
After a senseless and terrifying tragedy, the Internet does one thing well: it shares information. But beyond the news and stories of carnage, death and heroism, the Internet never fails in showcasing humanity's creative, lighter side.
Hanging around social media throughout the night, unable to sleep after the events of yesterday's marathon bombings, I collected some viral images I thought would shed some light on Boston in the darkest of times.
Here are some Internet memes, for your viewing pleasure:
This one is circulating on Facebook. Reportedly cast on the Brooklyn Academy of Music, by the NYC Light Brigade.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Mr. Rogers has been a source of strength for many. I've seen this reposted from friends across the world on Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook.
This is the "profile pic" many are using on Facebook and Twitter today:
South End Textiles posted this reimagining of the iconic Citgo sign on Facebook last night, after the bombing.
Spotted – from our friends in ChiTown:
A friend posted this and said, "Terriers, not terrorism."
A Boston spin on a now-classic meme:
This Red Sox-style ribbon has been spotted being used as many a Facebook cover photo:
And, my personal favorite:
It took us a couple days to get the Drone working in California, but thanks to Dan from the Globe Lab we were able to reset the settings and link my iPad up to the Parrot drone for flight. I was very anxious for the first flight, and overall it was a bit nerve racking.
Coming out later this week, we have two contestants competing in the first ever Rock Star Drone Wars. Lead guitarist Anand Wilder of Yeasayer is set to battle Palma Voilet drummer Will Doyle. It should be a heated contest, that could be decided by your vote. So stay tuned.
In the meantime ... check out the official first flight from Camp Coachella.
Adam 12 and the Street Team are just steps away from the Boston Marathon finish line on this beautiful Patriot's Day, at FORUM, where the Run to FORUM Marathon Viewing Party and Fundraiser kicked off this morning.
The party's in full swing, complete with a photo booth, live coverage of the race on the TVs, and the wonderful Joe Andruzzi Foundation staff and friends, who are raising money for brain cancer research and providing for the needs of cancer patients and their families.
As we wait for the runners to cross the finish line, RadioBDC is spinning tunes and giving out swag, and Michelob Ultra is providing the beers, so if you can handle the jovial crowd outside, come join us!
Our view of the finish line:
The following dispatch is from PRIEST, who is running the show shirtlessly at the RadioBDC House just outside lovely Indio, California.
Morning found us in a not so refreshed manner due to the fact that a few of us plowed through the door at 3 o’clock in the morning after getting on our Coachella, at what is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest music festivals. What a night! After a few days in the desert it was time to get some early morning laundry done…well, at least that was the plan until we realized we couldn’t open the laundry room door. Turns out there was a body in there. One of our own (not to be named) decided the room was far better suited as a bedroom and had completely setup shop in there. Oh well, too busy for laundry anyway. Breakfast was skipped by all in anticipation of a very busy day ahead.
Party prep, equipment checks, and a “One, two, three, go BDC” put the dial into the red zone. First to kick it off was the band Stars, who tore through a superb, short set that left the crowd most pleased and salivating for more. As the cars piled up in front of the adjacent properties up and down the street, Yeasayer was kind enough to grace us with their presence for a most humorous interview, followed by photos, autographs, and oh yes, some drone piloting. In fact, the rock star drone wars got off to a most precarious, near disastrous start as a few high-impact crashes darn near spelled the end for the little wondrous contraption.
The scene at the house, Palma Violets, Yeasayer
As the sun climbed higher into the desert sky and the temperature hit 94 degrees, we propped open the gates a bit wider to welcome the many stars of Coachella 2013 into our oasis. Japandroids, Palma Violets, JEFF The Brotherhood, all dropped in to tell us all about life on tour and what it really takes to make a solid album in the twenty-first century. Then in through the sliders, past the party people, walked Jake Bugg, guitar in hand! Yes! All were in the presence of greatness as he tore through a blistering version of "Lightning Bolt." The stunned crowd looked on as he then gave off a smile and started into Seen It All. What a treat! We couldn’t stop watching the replay, so we left it on repeat for two hours. Thanks again Jake!
Next up, Coachella headliners, Phoenix came in for a most jovial interview. They hung out and paid mind to all the appreciative superfans here at the Sapporo House. Our transportation coordinators then unlatched the pool gate and escorted Romy from the xx into our headquarters for an interview. She was a bit shy, but was very sweet and endearing overall. At this point it was early in the evening and the production crew knew they had their work cut out for them with all the editing and mixing to get all this exclusive footage out to the masses; there was no end to this work day. Alas the remaining beggars and hangers-on at our party scurried off after the clean-up (us) threw a few filthy looks their way to get the hint. Beat it, party’s over for now.
Phoenix, Romy XX, JEFF the Brotherhood:
Eventually nightfall made its creep and many of us ventured off to night-two of Coachella. Those that remained at the headquarters began concocting strange beverages as if they were mad chemists. Most of the blended drinks ended up on the floor instead of in thirsty bellies. Attempt number two was far more successful and since this is a PG travel diary, we must end it here, for the R-rated version simply cannot be shared as we are all working professionals…and stuff like that just doesn’t happen. Sunday is coming, along with many more bands, stay tuned.
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Guards photo by @kramerjulie via Instagram
The RadioBDC House vibed into psychout mode as soon as NYC's GUARDS stepped into the house on Saturday. If the longhair looks familiar, it's probably because you saw him a couple years ago playing guitar in his little sister's band, Cults. People with a memory longer than 24 months might also remember Richie Follin from his West Coast garage-fuzz band the Willowz, who used to blow minds and speakers while running in the company of Michel Gondry and Sympathy for the Record Industry. Back on the attack, Guards brought it down a notch when they stopped by the House to run through half-scale versions of "Silver Lining" and "Coming True." Check it out:
Guards, "Silver Lining (Live at RadioBDC House at Coachella 2013)"
Guards, "Coming True (Live at Radio BDC House at Coachella 2013)"
Photo by @RadioBDC via Instagram
Instragram photo by Paul Driscoll
Our new best friend: 19-year-old Brit-folk phenom JAKE BUGG, who stopped by the RadioBDC House to perform an exclusive solo set before taking the stage for a Coachella 2013 Saturday set that had the LA Times dragging out Liam Gallagher references. Driscoll and Kramer bugged out over a set that included "Seen It All" and "Lightning Bolt" (aka the song from that Gatorade commercial). Stay tuned after those two tracks for an interview, and more from the Instagram files.
Jake Bugg, "Seen It All (Live at RadioBDC Coachella 2013)":
Jake Bugg, "Lightning Bolt (Live at RadioBDC Coachella 2013)"
Paul Driscoll and Julie Kramer interview Jake Bugg at Radio BDC Coachella 2013:
Photos: Jake Bugg hangs at the RadioBDC Coachella 2013 house:
Photo: @alainariccardi via Instagram
Photo: @kramerjulie via Instagram
Photo: @benielle85 via Instagram
Good morning, Boston!
Yes, it's about 5 a.m. out in the California desert - which turns out to be optimal internet surfing time in the broadband wasteland of Indio, California. But in no way am I complaining. I am hanging out with an amazing crew, in a gorgeous house, and we're just hours away from throwing a party that includes a dozen-or-so bands doing interviews and playing live with the backdrop of a sweet pool, palm trees and a fire pit. So yes, the Internet has not played well thus far. But much like a desert varmint ... we adapt. Here I am borrowing some wifi from a friendly Apple Store. Looks like Operation Sidewalk Upload will be the name of the game through the remainder of Coachella.
Yesterday we had our first band come through, a California crew that goes by the name of Guards. Great people with a really catchy tune which you will find below. It was a crucial day in the realm of learning to prepare for today. You see, we have this jacked up backpack (literally) that houses five or six powerful wireless cards from a slew of carriers. The pack picks the best network, then rolls from there. This allows us to stream live without an ethernet path. So yesterday was a nice two-hour window of trying to stuff a square peg through a round hole. We stumbled, tripped, succeeded, sucked, but eventually came out fairly unscathed and ready for battle today. Let's get our Internet helmets on and prepare for battle.
We start streaming at 2 p.m. So kick back, crack a cold Sapporo, and hang with the RadioBDC crew throughout the day. You can see today's lineup on our main Coachella page.
Tomorrow night I'll capture a ton of footage from the festival itself. Driscoll tells me it's a lot like Mars inside the gates. That's inviting.
We have another full slate of streaming live on Sunday that will culminate in the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking the main stage to bring the whole festival home.
Cheers. See you later.
Yes, we're super jelly: the RadioBDC crew is broadcasting live from a beer-stocked house in Indio, California for the duration of Coachella 2013. But just because we're all stuck on the East Coast doesn't mean we can't check out the fest's best mainstage acts live. In fact, these three livestream channels below might be the best seats in the house. Check back all weekend for sets tonight (Friday) including the Stone Roses, Japandroids, Beach House, Purity Ring, Nick Cave's Grinderman, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Tegan & Sara. On Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm EST, the lineup is scheduled to include Dropkick Murphys, Bat for Lashes, Portugal. The Man, the Postal Service, the xx, Phoenix, and New Order. And Sunday the festival concludes with Gaslight Anthem, DIIV, Cloud Nothings, the Lumineers, Social Distortion, James Blake, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, the Faint, Franz Ferdinand, Vampire Weekend, and Dinosaur Jr.
And don't forget to tune into the pre-game festivities each day with the Radio BDC crew, who will be live-streaming exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and one-of-a-kind acoustic sessions.
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We touched down at LAX Wednesday morning after a long flight, replete with shenanigans, and plenty of nonsense, including Priest completely destroying an overhead bin (total accident). Apologies to both the flight and maintenance crews, of course.
We got the shiny wheels rolling out on Interstate 10 and floored it full-tilt to Indio! We arrived at the luxurious digs and immediately transformed it into the magnificent RadioBDC/Sapporo House. After a long, hot day in the desert, we all eventually found our way to dreamland after some sloppy, half-cooked pizza and a few ice-cold Sapporo’s.
At 5:30 a.m. the next day, we all got busy setting up the broadcast and video production equipment in anticipation of all the amazing bands rolling by throughout the weekend. With the California sun beating down hard, and sunscreen and sweat dripping out of every pore, we finally got everything up and running. Then into the emerald pool for a cool down.
As sunset came upon us, we fired up the grill and tossed a whole mess of gnarly steaks on there. Somebody’s brilliant idea lead us to the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino where after some horrible luck at a few Blackjack tables and few watered-down beverages we left beaten and broke, however the team's spirits remained cheerful enough to keep a few of us up straight through to dawn's approach.
We awoke to find a member of the video crew wily-eyed and saucy, manning a vicious pan of steak and eggs. Who knows where this day is heading…Stay tuned to find out!
New York-based rock band Guards will be stopping by our place in sunny Indio, California today where they'll play a live acoustic set and chat with the RadioBDC team, which you can stream live on our Coachella page at 6:30 Eastern time.
Guards' debut LP was released in February, and the indie rock trio have enjoyed positive feedback from critics and fans. They'll be playing in the Coachella Gobi tent at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, and we're excited to see them there, and here in our backyard.
Check out their new music video before you log onto the stream.
Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello described to Henry Santoro this morning the details of a string of alleged robberies by a man pushing a baby in a stroller on Newbury Street.
According to reports, the alleged thief had been breaking into cars and stealing pricey electronics. The suspect, apparently from Revere, could be linked to thousands of break-ins around the city.
Listen to Bello's take on the situation.
The always funny, always buff, always well-coiffed Gary Gulman stopped by to chat with his old friend Henry Santoro. Have a listen; his Trader Joe's story is hysterical.
The crew is up early to fly from Boston to L.A. and then prepares for the onslaught of talent slated for live performances and interviews.
Here it is: the first single from Jimmy Eat World's next album has leaked to the internets. Give "I Will Steal You Back" a spin -- and if you dig it, you can grab the song as a 7-inch single for Record Store Day on April 20, with a B-side cover of Radiohead's "Stop Whispering"
The new Jimmy Eat World album, Damage (RCA), drops on June 11. The track listing, according to NME:
- Book Of Love
- I Will Steal You Back
- Please Say No
- How’d You Have Me
- No, Never
- You Were Good
Mayor Menino's 2014 Budget Has a Hollywood-style Trailer Featuring a Car Chase and a Ben Affleck Cameo
Someone in Deval Patrick's office might want to take notes.
Yesterday afternoon, City Hall broke news in a manner that would make Buzzfeed proud: releasing details of Mayor Tom Menino's fiscal-year 2014 budget in the form of a viral video that the administration posted direct to Vimeo.
Staged as a Hollywood-style trailer for the budget, the in-joke-laden video borrows a war-room scene from Zero Dark Thirty and a Ben Affleck clip from Argo -- as well as a cameo from the Mayor himself. It also samples a line Menino spoke at his farewell announcement: "I have nine months left. We're gonna have some REAL fun." Looks like he means it.
The video opens with a fake MPAA warning that references the city's bond rating -- "Aaa" for "Extremely Sound Financial Management" -- as a booming voice begins with the universal cliche of a blockbuster voiceover: "IN A YEAR that promises to be full of change . . ."
As a man with a briefcase and dark sunglasses races to deliver the budget on time, references to Menino's pet projects flash by as timestamps in an action thriller: the East Boston Library's iPad-lending program, outdoor fitness zones in city parks, a smartphone app for finding parking spaces, and a Hubway helmet-vending project.
And, as voiceover-guy reminds us, this budget's "from the producer of the FY '95, FY '96, FY '97, FY '98, FY '99 . . ."
WATCH: Coming Attraction: City of Boston FY 14 Budget
Join RadioBDC and the Joe Andruzzi Foundation this Marathon Monday for the 'Run to Forum' Marathon Watch Party and Fundraiser. As the name implies, the event will be held at Forum on Boylston St. in Boston, just steps from the finish line.
Joe himself returned to RadioBDC earlier today with one of his runners in tow. Marty Wells shared the story of his 2-year-old son's battle with cancer. Please listen:
Please click here to join us at Forum on Marathon Monday! Clearly, it's for a worthy cause. Not to mention the fact that Adam 12 will be broadcasting live, we'll have the perfect Marathon Monday soundtrack, and a bunch of fantastic raffle items, including:
- A $200 gift card to Forum
- A RadioBDC All Access Pass (first one ever)! This pass will get a pair of people into any RadioBDC event & into The Boston Globe for any of our exclusive Live in the Lab performances.
- A RadioBDC swag bag (t-shirts, ear bugs, CDs and more)
- A pair of tickets to The Boston Calling Music Festival at the City Hall Plaza May 25 & 26, featuring fun., The Shins, Marina and the Diamonds, Matt & Kim, The National, Of Monsters and Men, Young the Giant and more
See you at Forum on Monday!
Patrice Bergeron took to the ice for the first time today after suffering his fourth concussion last week. Sources are reporting that Carl Soderberg, the 6'3", 205lb winger from Sweden has reached a deal with the Bruins. And there are only 10 more games left in this lockout-shortened season. Kevin Paul Dupont and Adam 12 covered it all today.
Tune in next Wednesday at 2 for a tour of KPD's new vacation home in Newark.
Finally, the weather has shifted in our favor, and hopefully that will prompt all those hibernating music fans to reemerge from their dens and see some live shows.
This week, Boston plays host to a handful established bands, but it's the locals that are dominating the scene, as the Rock N Roll Rumble continues with preliminaries at T.T. the Bear's Place. Keep a lookout for the semi-finals of the annual rock-off next week.
Wednesday, April 10:
Cold War Kids are at The Paradise. Their new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, was released earlier this month and features "Miracle Mile," which you heard on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Also on tonight's bill is Houses. ($20 / 18+ / Doors at 7 p.m.)
Old Abram Brown's new EP "Summer Home" comes out on the 16th, but they're hosting a party at Great Scott with Abadabad and Kid Mountain. Boston.com's Scott McLennan called the new release "serious headphone music" in his recent review. ($8 / 18+ / Doors at 9 p.m.)
Thursday, April 11:
The Presidents of the United States of America are at The Paradise performing their 1995 self-titled album, with Eternal Summers and You Scream I Scream. ($20 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
The Rock N Roll Rumble preliminaries continue. Earlier this week New Highway Hymnal, Glenn Yoder and the Western States, and a bunch of other great local bands played in the competition, and it continues this week. On Thursday, see Twin Berlin, Lifestyle, Whitcomb and Mount Peu, at T.T.'s. ($8 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Friday, April 12:
Rodriguez, subject of the acclaimed Sundance film "Searching for Sugarman" will be at the Somerville Theatre. Tickets are sold out, but you could get lucky searching online.
Lez Zeppelin are at the Middle East Downstairs. The all-girl New York-based Led Zep cover band will rock with special guests Mellow Bravo. ($20 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Saturday, April 13:
Because who doesn't secretly love Sublime more than is socially acceptable any more, it's my duty to tell you that Badfish is playing at the Sinclair, with Secret Machines and Avon Junkies. ($22.50 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Check back next week for our weekly live music round-up.
Photo: @g2dance via Instagram
No, seriously: this actually happened. And we've got the Vines to prove it. WHAT?!
Perched behind a massive DJ booth, the man behind such immortal hits as Ying Yang Twins's "Salt Shaker" unveiled a new song, "Work," that is specifically aimed at the Zumba market. How does Zumba-fied Lil Jon differ from in-the-club Lil Jon? Well, unlike past Lil Jon hits, this one is aimed at making the ladies "work it out," "move your bodies to the bass," "arch your back," and . . . OK, it's pretty much exactly the same. YEAH?!
Billed as a "fitness party," it was the kickoff of the "Zumba Nightclub Series," a brief tour that sees Lil Jon hitching his wagon to the international Zumba craze, a reportedly $500 million fitness juggernaut that's already partnered with the likes of Pitbull. OK!!!
Feel free to write your own punchline: we'll get you started with one from former Stuff Magazine editor Scott Kearnan, who tipped us off to this story in the first place.
@eugenia_will I mean, I'm pretty sure it's smoking gun evidence that the Zumba prostitution ring has widened. Cause, PIMP.— Scott Kearnan (@TheWriteStuffSK) April 10, 2013
We're huge fans of the excellent pan-Asian cuisine Douglas Tran and his staff create at All Seasons Table in Malden, so it only made sense to have them stop by for Henry in the Grub. Listen to Henry and Jackie Bouley from All Seasons Table talk food, food, and more food.
And check this out: Adam 12 will spin a set at All Seasons Table on Thursday, April 11th from 9-11p. So come out, eat, drink, and enjoy!
Seems like just yesterday we were nestled into Symphony Hall, getting into the seasonal spirit with the Holiday Pops. But the season has changed, spring is here, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced the 2013 Spring Pops: Lights, Camera, Action! It's all about the screen this season, with programs like Music of the Mad Men Era, Pixar in Concert--with music & film clips--and Disney's Fantasia: Live in Concert.
Click here for the full lineup and ticket information, and support the arts this spring!
So Pinkberry stopped by today, with both their delicious frozen yogurt and their new fresh Greek yogurt. We could write paragraph after paragraph about how delectable it all was, but you know what they say about pictures and words and such. So look.
And don't forget to visit the newest Pinkberry location on Boylston St. in Chestnut Hill!
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That voice, that all-encompassing knowledge of the vine...it can only be Johnathan Alsop of the Boston Wine School! And it was! Jonathan stopped by for a visit with Henry and Julie this morning, talked wine, and even sampled a bit! Here, have a sip, er, listen:
Follow Jonathan on Twitter; he really does have a gift for making wine fun and interesting for everyone!
Julie Kramer had some guests this afternoon while she was lunching at her desk. British rockers The Virginmarys stopped by for an acoustic set in the RadioBDC studios and to chat with Julie before their show at Great Scott tonight.
Earlier this year, The Virginmarys released their debut album, King of Conflict, and played a couple songs off that album live for RadioBDC listeners.
Watch the video here.
We, like you, like to drink. And we like to drink beer. Turns out our friend Dan Kline likes to drink beer, too. And talk about drinking beer. Which is exactly what he did with Adam 12 earlier this week, previewing some spring brews from the likes of Sam Adams and others. Listen:
Click here for all the details on Notch Brewing Company's Session Beer Day!
RadioBDC is headed 3,000 miles across the country, drone and Julie Kramer in tow, to spend five days in Indio, California at the Coachella festival. We're excited to meet some of these legendary characters, each one a staple at music festivals around the world.
The hippie girl.
Your aura! It's purple! (Photo by Cour10e Fox/Flickr)
The guy who lost his pants.
Maybe they're in the tent? (Photo by Caesar Sebastian/Flickr)
Corporate marketers disguised as hipsters.
Look out! They're not hitting on you - they're just trying to sell you Red Bull. (Photo by emilydickinsonridesabmx)
A celebrity trying to be normal.
Alright, fine, you can take a picture of me for your fashion blog... Sigh. (Photo by HiStyley)
In my day, the drugs were pure, kids! (Photo by Lloyd Doppler/Flickr)
A member of a semi-confusing subculture.
Clown love, homie. MMFCL. (Photo by thatguygil/flickr)
I don't even know. (Photo by thepoweroflard/Flickr)
It's nearly go-time for the RadioBDC journey to Coachella. We all fly out next Wednesday to a relatively sick house in Indio, California. Kramer is setting up a bunch of bands to come by for interviews, performances and to party with Saporro and Avion Tequila. We'll be streaming live, taking photos, blogging, and generally pumping out as much content as possible in a variety of ways. So make sure you follow the journey and become a part of it.
One slightly ridiculous part will be the presence of the Globe Lab's drone. The Globe's Creative Technologist, Chris Marstall, is being kind enough to lend this awesome piece of equipment for the experience. What will we use it for? You mean you've never heard of Rock Star Drone Wars? No ... you haven't. That's because I just made it up.
Unfortunately I have no video of our own drone ... yet ... but here's something similar I found on the You Tube.
You can listen to Grrl Power every Wednesday and Sunday night at 9pm, only on RadioBDC.
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Under The Earth
- You Say Party// Friends
- Veronica Falls// Broken Toy
- In The Valley Below// Last Soul
- MS MR// Hurricane
- Bleached// Dead in Your Head
- CHVRCHES// Now is Not The Time
- Magic Man// Texas
- Savages// She Will
- The Box Tiger// Knives
- The Candy Hearts// Replacement Parts
- Rilo Kiley// Patiently
- Waxahatchee// Peace and Quiet
- Field Mouse// Tomorrow is Yesterday
- Little Green Cars// The John Wayne
Jason Owens of Bee's Knees Supply Company on Farnsworth St. in Boston dropped by to lavish us with a selection of artisan cheeses, hand-crafted chocolates, and some of the tastiest lemonade we've ever imbibed. Listen and let your mouth water.
I mean, really: look at all of these goodies!
Thank you, Jason and company! You're the, um...well, you're the Bee's Knees!
"Miracle on Ice" member, BU Hockey alum, and former NHL player Dave Silk joined Henry Santoro this morning to talk hockey and "A Miracle For Justina."
Justina is a beautiful fourteen year old girl with a complicated health history. All proceeds from the events will go to Justina’s fund “ A Miracle for Justina." Have lunch with Dave Silk and other members of the 1980 USA Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Team.
Click here for details on both "Miracle" events this Saturday!
With less than an hour before the NHL trade deadline, Kevin Paul Dupont from the Boston Globe joined Adam 12 to talk about the Bruins' acquisition of Jaromir Jagr, additional moves he'd like to see made, and the status of Patrice Bergeron. Listen:
After 12 & KPD chatted, we learned that ">Patrice Bergeron has suffered his fourth concussion and will be out indefinitely.
Today was a good day. Some (Steph Mangan, for instance) would argue it was the greatest day in Henry in the Grub history. For today was the day that Anna's Taqueria brought us burritos. Many, many burritos. And they were very, very good.
Anna's does a lot of good, too. Listen to Henry Santoro, Julie Kramer, and Mike Kamino eat heartily and talk about the Celebrity Burrito Roller Series!
Hit Anna's on Harvard Street on Monday, April 8, 6-8pm when Henry will be rolling for the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund!
RadioBDC is serious about our commitment to great music, so every week we scour the Boston music scene to pick out the best of the best.
Here are this week's picks:
Tonight, April 2:
The Scotsmen you saw on Conan last month, Frightened Rabbit, are in town, playing at House of Blues with Wintersleep. They're about to release their new EP, Backyard Skulls. ($22+ / All ages / Doors at 7 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 3:
Local favorites Air Traffic Controller are at T.T. the Bear's Place with Friendly People, The Boston Boys, and Nick Hakim. Check out a video of Air Traffic Controller playing a RadioBDC Live in the Lab show, in case you missed it. ($8 / 18 + / Doors at 8:30 p.m.)
Thursday, April 4:
My homeboys Ozomatli (Go LA!) are at the Middle East Downstairs with Mad Satta. If you haven't heard of Ozo, you're seriously missing out on a really great mix of funk, rap, rock and latin influence. These guys, once just the heroes of Los Angeles, are now Cultural Ambassadors of the US State Department and accompanied the Boston Pops for their 125th anniversary. ($25 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Family of the Year are at Brighton Music Hall with The Mowgli's. Click here to win tickets and don't miss their RadioBDC Live in the Lab at 1:30, streaming live on Boston.com. ($13 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Friday, April 5:
Our friends Pretty and Nice, fresh off a tour and an appearance at SXSW, invite you to a FREE listening party for their new full-length album at Store 54. (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
All-out rock n rollers The View and Stanley Odd are just around the corner at Brighton Music Hall. ($12 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Saturday, April 6:
Occupy movement offshoot Strike Debt and Occupy Boston will host an afternoon of information on fighting student loan debt, free food and music at the Middle East Upstairs. The event is free and features author Dan Clawson, plus music from Rick Berlin & The Nickel and Dime Band, Licious with Kelsey Brown, and DJ Ultratumba. (Doors at 1 p.m.)
Sunday, April 7:
The 34th annual Rock n Roll Rumble begins at T.T. the Bear's Place! Opening night bands are: The Okay Win, Cancer Killing Gemini, The New Highway Hymnal, and Velah. There's also an opening night reception from 8 to 9, hosted by Indie Rock Ranger. ($8 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
It was all peanuts and Cracker Jack (OK, more like peanuts and crack-pots) in the RadioBDC studio this afternoon as Chad Finn and Steve Silva joined Adam 12 for a special Opening Day edition of their weekly Red Sox segment.
Steve cracked shells and monitored the game while Chad fleshed out some of his predictions for the upcoming season. And we spent quite a bit of time talking Jackie Bradley Jr., one of the Red Sox rookie sensations. Here, have a listen.
What we didn't have time to cover was this breaking bit on the Sox plans to ditch "Sweet Caroline." Here, take a look.
And here, have a peanut. From Steve Silva.
You've heard their hit single "Hero" off Family of the Year's 2012 release, Loma Vista. Now you have a chance to see the Los Angeles indie group live in the Boston Globe media lab.
Named one of Amazon's best albums of last year, Loma Vista is the second full-length album for the band, who are making their way to the Northeast, fresh off the stage at SXSW.
To put your name on the list to see Family of the Year at the Boston Globe, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Not only is Adam 12 Boston.com Radio's Production Director, he also hosts afternoons. 12 is a longtime fixture on the Boston scene, and when he's not out and about in the city, he's trekking around New England with his kids.
Julie enters the building every day with a big smile and trough of freshly brewed coffee. Shes Boston.com Radios Music Director and mid-day hostess, and will deliver Lunch At Your Desk every day from noon to 1 PM.
Henrys always on the lookout for news. Hes Boston.com Radios News Director and Morning Presenter. Hes also a music and art collector, and is a world-class cook with over 5,000 cookbooks in his library.
Paul Driscoll is Boston.com Radios Program Director who has the best ears in the business. Paul gets dozens of phone calls and visits a day, from bands and record labels looking to get their music played. Some even leave an apple on is desk.
Steph Mangan hosts Grrl Power and LocalBDC. When she's not at the studio, she is constantly on the look out for up-and-coming local bands and attending shows at Boston's many venues. She is an avid enthusiast of burritos and denim jackets.