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Grrl Power Playlist - 05/30/13

Posted by Steph Mangan May 31, 2013 02:54 PM
Last night's Grrl Power started off with an amazing new track from Scottish band CHVRCHES, who will be in town at the Paradise Rock Club on June 16th. Last night's show also featured new tracks from Pity Sex, Lemuria, and local band Bent Shapes.
You can listen to Grrl Power every Wednesday and Sunday night at 9pm.

  • CHVRCHES// Gun
  • TacocaT// Party Trap
  • Of Monsters and Men// Lakehouse
  • MS MR// Hurricane
  • Savages// She Will
  • Pixies// Alec Eiffel
  • Bent Shapes// Behead Yrself Part 2
  • Braids// In Kind
  • The XX// Together
  • Pity Sex// Wind Up
  • Katie and Allison Crutchfield// Oblivion (Grimes Cover)
  • Creep featuring Holly Miranda// Animals (Alpines Remix)
  • Daughter// Youth
  • Lemuria// Helloing

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Grrl Power Playlist - 05/18/13 and 05/22/13

Posted by Steph Mangan May 31, 2013 02:38 PM
The full playlist from 05/18/13
  • The Breeders// Invisible Man
  • Lorde// Royals
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Mosquito
  • Screaming Females & Garbage// Because of the Night
  • Screaming Females// I Don't Mind It
  • Low// Just Make it Stop
  • Field Mouse// Asteroid
  • MS MR// Head Is Not My Name
  • Lemuria// Oahu, Hawaii
  • The Tuts// Tut Tut Tut
  • Bleached// Dead Boy
  • Wavves (feat. Best Coast)// Nodding Off
  • Savages// She Will
  • Youngblood Hawke// Stars
  • BOY// Drive Darling

The full playlist from 05/22/13
  • Lemuria// Helloing
  • Shout Out Louds// 14th of July
  • Magic Man// Nova Scotia
  • Pity Sex// Wind Up
  • TEEN// Carolina
  • Lady Lamb the Beekeeper// Bird Baloons
  • Daughter// Drift
  • Katie and Allison Crutchfield// Oblivion (Grimes Cover)
  • Oh Land// White Nights
  • The Ambulars// We're Golden
  • Marina And The Diamonds// Hollywood
  • Speedy Ortiz// The Hermit Crab
  • Memory House// The Kids Were Wrong
  • Potty Mouth// Girls XL

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Adam 12 chats with NOMAH, KID!

Posted by Adam 12 May 30, 2013 01:34 PM

This Tuesday, June 4th, RadioBDC and Miller64 invite you to Mija Cantina at Faneuil Hall for "Go Out. Go Play. Go64." Adam 12 will be spinning tunes, we'll play pop-a-shot. Oh, and NOMAR GARCIAPARRA WILL BE THERE!!! Here's Adam 12 chatting with the legendary Red Sox shortstop.

See you on 6/4!


Thirsty Thursdays

Posted by Adam 12 May 30, 2013 12:58 PM

We love when old friends come calling. And that's exactly what happened this morning, as our pals from Tito's Handmade Vodka dropped in to mix some heat-beating summer beverages for Henry and Julie, and to talk about Thirsty Thursdays. Listen:

I mean, really. Don't you just want to reach into your computer, grab the glass & take a long, cool sip?


It wasn't just all about vodka this morning, though. Our new friends from Drync came by to tell us all about their free app, which you can use to discover wine and have it delivered to your doorstep!



AIDS Walk Boston

Posted by Adam 12 May 30, 2013 12:45 PM

This Sunday June 2nd marks the annual Aids Walk Boston and 5K Run, raising awareness of the impact HIV/AIDS and helping to work toward the goal of stopping the spread of the disease. AIDS Action CEO Rebecca Haag stopped by to talk about the event, as well as fighting HIV.

Good luck to all of the walkers and runners this Sunday!


Today in Boston music: new tunes from Bent Shapes and Krill, Allston DIY update, and the genre journalism most resembles

Posted by Carly Carioli May 29, 2013 03:35 PM

Boston's BENT SHAPES leaked the first single off their debut album, Feels Weird, for San Francisco's Father Daughter records. Liz Pelly (ex-Boston Phoenix music scribe, current publisher of The Media) gives the lowdown to Stereogum. Listen here:

Even the Boston Globe's editorial board thinks that the city of Boston should stop hassling the kids and let the annual ALLSTON DIY FEST happen this year in Ringer Park. Now Dan Shea and them Boston Hassle kids -- who were also denied a permit to put on a musical performance in the park -- have put together a petition. Well, it can't hurt: go sign it.

In related news, WBUR's Cognoscenti doesn't care what anybody says: Mayor Menino is doing an awesome, AWESOME job with the arts. Sorry: with the ahhhhhhhhhts.

Over at Allston Pudding, Jamaica Plain's KRILL premiered "Purity of Heart," the second single from their upcoming album Lucky Leaves. The album drops June 24 via Bandcamp, and there's a release party scheduled for June 29 at Great Scott:

A wise man once sang that love is like jazz. But that was pretty much a throwaway. You know what's really like jazz? Journalism! So says Nieman-Berkman fellow Laura Amico, who'll be telling people at Harvard how reporters should be more like Charlie Parker:

Improvisation theories, drawn mostly from jazz, have increasingly been applied to entrepreneurship, new product development, and other fields, but rarely, if ever, to journalism. Yet journalism is an industry built on improvisation, from the actions of reporters out in the field, to the deadline work of editors and page designers. More than that, it is an industry that needs a new framework in order to survive. Journalists must, I believe, be more agile, more open, more listening, and more willing to work as teams, take chances and improvise, if they are to succeed.

She'll be expounding on these ideas on June 11. You can watch it on the internets.


Can't stop raving about how great BOSTON CALLING was? Neither can anyone. Here comes more awesome photos: a batch from Stage Light Photography, great stuff from official shutterbug Mike Diskin on the Facebook page. And the piece de resistance: 617 Instagram images culled by former Boston Phoenix music editor Michael Marotta (above).

Oh, and you should listen to this: Sippy Cup Everything's Mike Caulo curated this week's 8tracks mixtape to accompany issue #4 of The Media, featuring "a few songs by local artists that have moved out of town or disbanded and some local performances by touring musicians" -- the latter including Billie Holiday, Talking Heads, and Sonic Youth:

Adam 12 on The Steve Katsos Show

Posted by Adam 12 May 29, 2013 02:55 PM

Steve Katsos himself calls The Steve Katsos Show "an outlet for creative people to share their art, comedy, and music with the world." In its fourth season, the volunteer-staffed show live-streams every Tuesday night, featuring local musical artists, comedians, and A-list guests (Red Sox voice Dave O'Brien and Governor Deval Patrick have appeared recently). Why they invited a D-lister like me on the show I'll never understand (actually, it was the doing of my old neighborhood pal Mick Greenwood from The Interrobang). Anyway, here I am:

In all seriousness, I'm beyond impressed with what Steve and his team are doing on The Steve Katsos Show. They turn that little studio in Arlington into a beehive on Tuesday nights. And the "follow your dreams" message they preach is something they're clearly putting into practice. Show them some love and tune in on Tuesday nights at 8 and be sure to pick up a ticket to the Fourth Anniversary Spectacular.

Oh, and that mug I'm sporting? I got to keep it.

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RadioBDC Sports: Bruins-Penguins preview

Posted by Adam 12 May 29, 2013 01:46 PM

Like clockwork isn't just the name of the new Queens of the Stone Age album. It's an apt description of the Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont, who--come hell or high water--joins Adam 12 to talk Bruins hockey every Wednesday at 2p.

The two were joined by RadioBDC PD and fellow puckhead Paul Drisoll to preview the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Listen:

Tune in next Wednesday at 2 when we'll have the tally of all of Sid the Kid's dives and whines. And Matt Cooke's dirty hits.


RadioBDC at Boston Calling

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 28, 2013 02:38 PM

Despite the rain, the first Boston Calling was a wild success. Organizers said City Hall Plaza was at 90 percent occupancy, and there was a joyful atmosphere that permeated the space on both days of the city's first-ever ticketed rock fest.

RadioBDC and covered the weekend, soaked through and dancing along with the rest of the audience, to bands like Portugal. The Man, Cults, Bad Rabbits, and many more.

DJs Jason Layne and Julie Kramer broadcasted live from the festival, and we had photographers and bloggers out and about as well.

Here's the best of RadioBDC's Boston Calling coverage, and we'll be back over Labor Day weekend to give you the inside scoop from the second Boston Calling (yes, folks, there will be more! Rejoice and buy tickets early!)

Matt and Kim:

Are they married? When do you need to pack rain boots? How much gymnastics training does a person need to jump off drum sets? Find out the answers to these questions and more by listening to Julie's interview with indie rock duo Matt and Kim.


Young the Giant:
DJ Jason Layne talked to Jacob and Francois from the SoCal-based band about where they came from and where they're going.


Of Monsters and Men:
Right as the sun came out, one of the sunshiniest bands of the whole festival, Iceland's Of Monsters and Men, visited the press area to answer some questions and pose for pictures.



RadioBDC Sports: Talking Tito and Pap

Posted by Adam 12 May 28, 2013 01:33 PM

This past week saw the return of Terry Francona to Fenway Park, now as manager of the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe were followed by the Phils, which gave us the opportunity to revisit letting Jonathan Papelbon walk away.

So yes, old friends and how we see them now--including a bit on Josh Beckett--as well as notes on Ellsbury, Aceves, Lackey, and the Yankees. Chad Finn, Steve Silva, Adam 12. Listen.

We'll be back on Monday of next week. Here's hoping the Sox put the Yanks in a killer, Tito-esque headlock this weekend.


Gawker hit the $200,000 goal for its Crackstarter campaign. Now what?

Posted by Carly Carioli May 27, 2013 09:46 PM

Image via Gawker's IndieGoGo page

Around 4 pm on Memorial Day, Gawker's "Crackstarter" campaign on Indiegogo reached its $200,000 goal -- thus triggering a signal decision in the history of checkbook journalism: whether the site will go through with its promise to pay a Canadian drug dealer for video of what it says is a public official breaking the law.

For those of you living under a boulder, Toronto mayor Rob Ford has become the internet's latest reality show. Last week, Gawker and the Toronto Sun reported the existence of a cellphone video that, Gawker alleges, shows Ford smoking crack with several men -- one of whom, it emerged this weekend, was later shot dead. The video's owners reportedly have ties to the Toronto drug trade and, through an intermediary, demanded $200k for the cellphone video; the Star viewed the video but refused to pay the asking price. Gawker launched an online campaign to crowd-fund the purchase price. In the interim, the Globe and Mail published an insane story you have to read which alleges that the mayor's brother, Doug Ford, now a Toronto city councilor, is a former drug dealer, and their sister used to run with druggie white supremacists.

Rob Ford has denied he smokes crack and called BS on the video. Thereby essentially ensuring that Gawker would hit its fundraising goal, even as Gawker began backtracking and warning that it might not be able to buy the video even if donors gave them the money.

So when the money finally came in on Monday, there was a distinct lack of celebrating on the Gawker twitterz. The mood among the top editors was more like: Um, what now?

Here's Gawker editor John Cook, a few minutes after the goal was reached:

Former editor A.J. Daulerio chimed in:

And managing editor Tom Scocca said, simply:

One could interpret those exclamations as expressions of surprise and perhaps amazement that this crazy idea had, in fact, produced nearly a quarter of a million dollars. As for the plan going forward?

Would it be easier for Gawker if they couldn't locate the video? (The site has said it will donate the money to a Canadian drug-related charity if the video can't be found.) Maybe: the stunt value of raising the money has in many ways been its own reward, and Toronto's mainstream media appear to have taken up the heavy-lifting of reporting on Ford and his clan. While Gawker's Cook has defended the decision to pay drug dealers for the video, there's been plenty of outrage at the decision as well.

Before Gawker hit its goal, MIT Center for Civic Media director Ethan Zuckerman predicted that Rob Ford would resign before the video was purchased. But he also unpacked some of what coiuld be at stake if the site were to actually follow through on its promise to buy the video:

Not only has Gawker’s editorial board made the decision that it’s ethically permissible to pay for the Rob Ford video – so have 2,896 donors, who’ve given their own money to see the mayor inhale. It’s a reasonable guess that few are Rob Ford supporters. This crowdfunding campaign lets Ford opponents vote with their pocketbooks to increase the chances Ford will be forced to resign.

I predict Ford will resign before Gawker purchases and runs the video. But the implications of the campaign are still worth considering. When asked about the ethics of paying drug dealers for the video, Gawker can point to thousands of supporters who didn’t have ethical qualms about paying for the footage. And much as civic crowdfunding raises questions about whether only rich neighborhoods will fund new parks and civic infrastructure, crowdfunding to pay for videos is a trend that seems likely to favor high-visibility politicians with wealthy opponents over lower-attention scandals. Had the city of Bell, California needed to crowdfund evidence to indict city manager Robert Rizzo, it’s unlikely the poor, majority-Spanish speaking community would have ousted corrupt leaders.

Point being, the Gawker staff has a pretty big call to make on Tuesday morning. How big? Office Space-reference big:

6 Questions with Portugal. The Man

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 25, 2013 10:20 AM

I sat down with John Gourley, lead singer and guitarist of Portugal. The Man, after their Live in the Lab performance in the Boston Globe Media Lab. While the rest of the band took over the studio, Gourley answered some questions.

The Wasilla, Alaska natives are now based out of Portland, but they're in town this week to play Boston's first ticketed rock festival, Boston Calling. Check them out on City Hall Plaza, and watch the video of their performance, below.

What is the story of your first-ever concert?

My first concert was Pantera. I grew up in Alaska and was painfully, painfully shy. I mean, it was getting thrown into a mosh pit of angry, huge, Alaskans. That’s what it was – it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. I was 14 at the time. It was the craziest experience of my life; it completely changed my view of music. I didn’t know metal existed. I went to the show because… there was a show. In Alaska. And I was finally old enough to go by myself. It opened up the world of metal to me. And that was all we listened to after, just heavy, heavy music.

Who is your favorite emerging artist?

I love Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who are from New Zealand, living in Portland. (Another transplant.) They’re just amazing.

What is the oddest thing in your bag right now?

In my bag? A second bag. I have a bag within a bag. There’s nothing in it. I just have a bag in my bag. That’s the first thing that comes to mind. Also broken hard drives.

Describe the worst picture ever taken of you.

There are so many. I’m gonna give you the best-worst just because my girlfriend always goes back and looks at these photos, just to laugh about it. Right after we recorded “Satanic Satanist,” and "American Ghetto" here in Boston, we decided we’d grow our hair out. This is was like the Beatles thing. I wanted to see these pictures later in life. I want to see that stupid, stupid picture. So I grew my hair out and continued cutting my bangs. It was something I had always done, and we have photos that are just so over-the-top. I’m wearing a Portland Trailblazers tanktop, sunglasses, and this bushy hair, and it’s pretty funny.

What is the weirdest question you’ve ever gotten about being from Alaska?

We get asked ‘Who else famous is from Wasilla, Alaska?’ quite a bit. And I always say, Portugal. The Man! They’re from there. But when all that stuff happened [with Sarah Palin]... nobody’s supposed to know that shit. Nobody is supposed to know that John McCain had picked her, but the night before it was announced, Zach [Carothers, Portugal. The Man’s bassist] and I are getting text messages because Wasilla is such a small place. Stuff like that spreads so quickly. And the text messages said “Sarah Palin…” and Zach and I are like, “There’s no way.”

I mean, we always get, “Can you see Russia from your house?” We get that all the time. But I’ll tell you the weirdest question: Growing up, coming down to visit New York, we had some of my grandparents’ friends, some old people, asking if we had TV, and if we really lived in igloos. Like, they were serious questions. And you’re sitting in front of them wearing somewhat normal clothes… I mean, I’m wearing pants and a shirt. Where do you think I got this? The igloo down the street?


What is the stereotype about Portland that is most true?

If you watch “Portlandia,” you get all of them. They’re all so spot-on. That’s why it’s funny. Those people exist in every city, you see them, you know it. Portland just has a ton of them. They all live there. I mean, we have Wieden+Kennedy and Nike, and pretty much everywhere you’d work in Portland requires not being at work. There are kegs in the office… It’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen. “Do I want a beer? No… We’re sitting down to talk about business. What do you mean, ‘have a beer?’” I’m pretty sure all the stereotypes are true. I think there are really great movements happening in Portland. It’s nice being in a place that supports itself and stands on its own.

Summer cocktail preview

Posted by Adam 12 May 24, 2013 12:32 PM

Here we are, on summer's doorstep: the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. And while the weather forecast is...well, Henry Santoro pretty much summed it up:

We're not letting the rain get us down! We're talking summer cocktails with our friend Steve Gordon, Region Manager for MA and RI at Pernod Ricard USA. Listen:


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Number of times Bob Dylan has mentioned Boston in song: one

Posted by Carly Carioli May 24, 2013 12:10 PM


Today Bob Dylan turns 72. Slate's birthday present to Robert Zimmerman? An interactive map showing every place in the world that Bob Dylan mentioned in song. For instance, there are more than 20 songs that mention New York, a dozen or so in California, three in New Orleans.

And what of Cambridge, where the young Dylan was a frequent performer?

According to Slate's map: nothing. Nada.

As for that Cambridge suburb across the river Charles? Dylan mentioned Boston just once. And that wasn't until 1997's Time Out Of Mind, in the 16-minute epic "Highlands." What does he have to say of this place, so central to his beginnings?

"I'm in Boston town, in some restaurant I got no idea what I want"

You can tell Boston left a big impression on the greatest songwriter of his generation. Which restaurant? He can't remember. With whom? Won't say. When? You got me. What's he gonna eat? No idea. Here, check it out:

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Meanwhile, on Twitter, my former colleague David Bernstein is polling Boston's mayoral candidates for their favorite Bob Dylan song. Here's what he's got so far:

Live in the Lab: Sea Wolf

Posted by Adam 12 May 24, 2013 11:20 AM

Save the date: Friday, June 7th. That's when Alex Brown Church and his band Sea Wolf will perform at Brighton Music Hall. Before their set that night, they'll perform Live in the Lab. And it'll likely look and sound something like this.

Check out our Get Stuff page for a chance to sit in on Sea Wolf, Live in the Lab.


OKC Strong

Posted by Adam 12 May 22, 2013 03:35 PM

This came in via our Facebook page last night. Thank you, Keith, for sharing. And thanks to all for reading. Share the info, click the links, and send some love to those in need in Oklahoma.

Hi Henry,

There are a couple of us New England ex-pats (Maine, NH, Mass.) living in OKC. None of us were injured or lost property in the severe weather & tornados of the last few days, but a couple of us have coworkers that lost their homes. I feel as numb as I did after the Boston Marathon bombing.

(The photo is of a friend wearing her "Boston Strong" t-shirt while collecting donations for the storm victims).

In our 3 years out here, we’ve had 2 EF-5s in the metro (the first of which was aiming down our road before veering north).

Anyway, thanks for being Boston’s most trusted newsman (I’m not being facetious here, despite my reputation).

Keith Lardie

Here are some donating options:

Oklahoma Regional Food Bank
(or you can text FOOD to 32333 to give $10)
Central Oklahoma Humane Society (They're helping take care of all the displaced and lost pets and also helping families feed their pets they've been reunited with.)
Recovers helps towns organize disaster recovery with mobile and web-based technology.
There’s also this Facebook site with a whole collection of relief efforts and information.


RadioBDC Sports: Bruins dominating Rangers

Posted by Adam 12 May 22, 2013 02:33 PM

Jekyll and Hyde no more, the Bruins have played a fiery and consistent brand of hockey through the first three games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and they're now a game away from sweeping their series with the New York Rangers.

Listen to Kevin Paul Dupont and Adam 12 discuss the series so far and the possibility of a sweep.

Tune in next Wednesday at 2 for a recap of the inevitable Tortorella temper tantrum.


Henry in the Grub: All Seasons Table

Posted by Adam 12 May 22, 2013 10:45 AM

Wonderful to have our friends from All Seasons Table in Malden back for Henry in the Grub this morning. Although, when you listen to the segment, you'll notice it was actually Adam 12 in the Grub.

Yes, Henry played host this morning. But it was Adam 12 who dined on the amazing Pan-Asian cuisine of All Season's Table. Below is a sampling of what he sampled. Be sure to pay them a visit.

Spicy Seafood Salad. Like nothing you've ever tasted. So, so very good.

Pineapple Shrimp with Walnuts. Adam 12: "I don't eat shrimp, but I'd eat this shrimp every day."

Thin Crusted Sushi Pizza, topped with tuna, salmon, crabmeat and avocado sauce and HOLY SMOKES IT'S SUSHI ON A PIZZA MORE PLEASE!

This Grilled Filet Mignon with vegetables was as juicy and tender as any filet you'd get in a top-of-the-line steakhouse.

So much sushi. The Snow Crab and Shrimp Tempura Maki and Torched Atlantic Salmon and Crabmeat Maki were especially good.

A huge thanks to Douglas and the entire All Seasons Table crew!

Robot octopus tells scientists that actual octopi are doing it wrong

Posted by Carly Carioli May 21, 2013 02:06 PM

First of all, let's not bury the lede, here: Holy cow, we've got a video of a robot octopus. Science, we love you.

We will also try not to think too hard about why scientists are spending a bunch of time perfecting a robot octopus. I'm sure, theoretically, someone could concoct a legit reason to build a robot octopus -- a reason, say, that has nothing to do with unleashing an army of robot octopi to kill us all. But we all understand the implication of having robot octopi laying around: if there's a robot octopus on the shelf in the first act, someone's going to get robot-octopus-strangled before the end of the third.

In any case, the scientists building the robot octopus have, necessarily, begun to investigate all of the ways to use eight robot arms to propel a thing through the water. It turns out that the way real octopi do it -- flailing all eight arms simultaneously, in a stroke known as "sculling" -- isn't necessarily the best way: "According to recent experiments, some of the artificial gaits produce much smoother movements, which may make more sense for octopus-inspired robots," reports the journal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Right. So if you're wondering why actual octopi armies haven't already taken over the planet: maybe it's because they're too lazy to figure out how to use all eight arms efficiently? Let's just hope that the report, "Octopus-inspired Eight-arm Robotic Swimming by Sculling Movements," doesn't make it into octopus hands anytime soon.

As for that robot octopus army that'll be coming for your children: don't think too hard about it. And whatever you do, don't watch this other video -- of a robot octopus crawling across a swimming pool -- right before you go to bed:

RadioBDC Sports: Red Sox, first quarter

Posted by Adam 12 May 20, 2013 02:44 PM

Huh? There are no "quarters" in baseball, Adam 12. It's clear now why you weren't offered a job at 98.5 The Sports Hub when WBCN went the way of the dodo.

Kidding, of course. With one quarter of the 2013 MLB season over and done with, Adam 12, Steve Silva, and Chad Finn look back, play a little "3 up, 3 down," and preview the series--and season--to come.

So into Chicago they go, then home to host the Tribe. Tune in next Monday at 2 for a recap. And a celebration of all things Drew.


American Craft Beer Fest

Posted by Adam 12 May 20, 2013 01:08 PM

Adam 12 puts it like this: the American Craft Beer Fest is like Christmas for beer lovers. It's the largest celebration of American craft beer on the east coast, with over 640 craft beers from more than 140 American brewers to sample.

And sample we will.

And sample we did! Jason Alström stopped by to chat with Adam 12 and pour out a few brews. Listen:

Join us at the Seaport World Trade Center for Session A on Friday, May 31st. Adam 12 will be broadcasting live that afternoon leading up to doors opening at 6. Click here for tickets and event details.

Make sure you're following Beer Advocate on Twitter, too. See you at the ACBF!

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Mike Bello on MIT hit and run

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 20, 2013 12:16 PM

There has been another cycling casualty on the streets of Boston. Yesterday afternoon, an MIT visiting scientist was struck and killed in a hit and run while riding her bike at the intersection of Charlesgate West and Beacon Street.

The victim was identified as Japanese 36-year-old Kanako Miura, and was pronounced dead at the scene. MIT released a statement that said Miura had been working at the computer science and artificial intelligence laboratories.

Boston Globe deputy editor Mike Bello spoke with Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer this morning about this sad news, adding that although a driver had been identified, there have been no charges filed. The driver is cooperating with investigators, according to Bello.

Listen to the whole segment here.

Live in the Lab: Portugal. The Man

Posted by Adam 12 May 20, 2013 11:33 AM

Remember, kids: it's not "PORTUGALTHEMAN!" It's "Portugal *pause* The Man."

Now that you know how to say their name correctly, why not see them perform live? They're bringing their talents from the great northwest to the Globe Media Lab on Friday, May 24th before a weekend performance at the Boston Calling music festival.

Hit our Get Stuff page for a chance to see the set live, or just stream it here on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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Boy perform live on RadioBDC

Posted by Adam 12 May 17, 2013 04:40 PM

The German duo Boy treated us to a wonderful Friday afternoon performance live in the RadioBDC studio. We'll have video here shortly.

In the meantime, here's audio of the performance you just watched.


Five reasons why I need to go see Kvelertak on Monday

Posted by Carly Carioli May 17, 2013 10:04 AM

Reason One: I'm an idiot.
More specifically, when Kvelertak were right here in Boston playing the best show ever -- at Royale last November, with Converge, while Converge's Kurt Ballou was recording Kvelertak's new masterpiece out at his legendary God City Studio -- I decided to show up an hour late. Missed Kvelertak completely. This is a band who live about ten thousand miles away and put out my favorite rock record of 2010. And I missed it. Man, I can't wait for May 20.

Kvelertak live in Boston, 2012

Reason Two: The mere possibility that frontman Erlend Hjelvik will wear an eagle on his head
Y'know, like he does in this video. Also, holy crap this video. Generally I'm against bands who write songs that are also the name of the band (with one notable exception). But when your band name translates to "chokehold," you get a pass.

Reason Three: It's been 15 years since Turbonegro's Apocalypse Dudes.
How did that happen? How was that 15 years ago? How has there not been a goofball deathpunk album of such fun and ferocity since then? As far as I can tell Kvelertak are basically writing Turbonegro songs with some black metal thrown in -- which is pretty much the metal equivalent of that time some guy took a chocolate-chip cookie and said, "You know what would make this better? M&Ms." He was right. They were right. This is awesome. Oh, here's the inspiration for "Kvelertak" (the song), only 15 years ago and sung in bad English.

Reason Four: I can't move to Scandinavia. We can't move to Norway. We actually probably wouldn't want to move to Norway. Or Sweden, either. But jeez, they just don't make these bands anywhere else. Now I'm just going to sit around all weekend listening to the Hellacopters and Gluecifer records. You see what they've done to me?

Reason Five: Since Meir was recorded in Salem, it's basically a Boston rock record, right?
I hereby nominate this album for a Boston Music Award. No, really, I can prove it: here's 20 minutes of Kvelertak hanging around Massachusetts -- with subtitles! They go shopping at Shaw's! And you'll learn how to say "woof" in Norwegian.

Kvelertak + Black Tusk + Cancer Bats + Gozu >> Great Scott, Allston >> 18+, $12

Tim Brennan of Dropkick Murphys

Posted by Adam 12 May 16, 2013 03:15 PM

Week's ago, Adam 12 invited Tim Brennan up to the studio for a chat...then forgot to follow up. Luckily, Tim reached out to his old friend 12 a few days ago, so here they are, chatting about the recent Dropkick Murphys concert benefiting The One Fund Boston, the new Rose Tattoo ep release which benefits the same, and everything else under the sun. Listen:

Listen to Adam 12 weekdays at 2 on RadioBDC.


Mike Bello on Tsarnaev's note in the boat

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 16, 2013 11:44 AM

CBS reported this morning that investigators found a note in the boat that bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was hiding in before he was found by police in Watertown.

Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello reported on RadioBDC's morning show that the note claimed the Boston Marathon bombings were retribution for US military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tsarnaev also allegedly called victims of the April 15 attacks "collateral damage," comparing them to innocent Muslims who have been collateral damage of US wars, saying, "when you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims."

The younger Tsarnaev called his brother a martyr in the note, which was written on a cabin wall of the boat, according to the CBS report. He also said that he did not mourn his brother and expected to see him in heaven.

Bello discussed this bizarre turn in the case, and how this evidence might be used against Dzokhar Tsarnaev during his upcoming trial.

Listen to the rest of this morning's segment here.

Share a Laugh with Wendy Liebman

Posted by Adam 12 May 16, 2013 11:30 AM

Sure, she was born on Long Island and now lives in L.A., but we'll always think of Wendy Liebman as a Boston comedienne. The Wellesley grad first took the stage here in Boston, and she's back tonight at the Somerville Theatre for 'Share a Laugh with Wendy Liebman and Friends,' a benefit for Community Works. Here her talk about it with Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer.

Click here to see Wendy tonight


Ticket alert: Boston concerts by Backstreet Boys, Baroness, Black Crowes, and former members of Black Flag

Posted by Carly Carioli May 16, 2013 08:29 AM

[ONE FUND BEFNEFIT] YEASAYER + BODEGA GIRLS + DUCKTAILS + CAMDEN: May 22 at the Sinclair; on sale Thursday May 16, noon

May 24 at the Sinclair; on sale Thursday May 16 at noon

August 11 at Royale; on sale Friday May 17, 10 am

Aug 12 at Bank of America Pavilion; on sale Friday May 17, 10am

BLACK CROWES, TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND: Aug 6 at Bank of America Pavilion; on sale Fri May 17, 10am

Aug 23 at House of Blues; on sale Fri May 17, 10am

GIRLS ROCK CAMP BOSTON SHOWCASE: Jul 27 and Aug 17 at Brighton Music Hall;
on sale Fri May 17, noon.

September 10 at the Sinclair; on sale Friday May 17, noon

FIDLAR + THE ORWELLS: October 23 at the Sinclair; on sale Friday May 17, noon

FLAG (featuring former members of Black Flag): Sep 20 at Paradise Rock Club; on sale Fri May 17, noon

Sep 26 at Paradise Rock Club; on sale Fri May 17, noon

Mike Bello on Quabbin Reservoir

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 15, 2013 03:59 PM

After allegedly trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir late last night, seven college-aged individuals of varied nationalities have been detained by police.

Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello reported this morning that among the people detained are a Pakistani national and a Saudi Arabian claiming to be chemical engineers attending schools in the area.

The FBI is investigating the incident, and officials insist that the water in the reservoir, which serves greater Boston, was not contaminated by any substance.

Listen to this morning's segment for more on this developing story.

RadioBDC Sports: Bruins aftershock

Posted by Adam 12 May 15, 2013 02:43 PM

Close to 48 hours later, and it still doesn't seem quite real. The Bruins stunned the Toronto Maple Leafs, Leafs fans, BRUINS fans, and most of the world with their down-by-three-goals-in-the-third comeback and OT win on Monday night. Kevin Paul Dupont shared his firsthand account and joined Adam 12 and Paul Driscoll in making NHL semifinal predictions.

KPD, A12, and PD (sometimes) talk hockey every Wednesday at 2. Make a note of it. And watch this again.

Henry in the Grub: Stoddard's

Posted by Adam 12 May 15, 2013 01:42 PM

It's no secret: we love Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale. And we love Jamie Walsh, who spends most of his time behind the bar and promoting events, and very little of his time sleeping.

Sleep when you're dead. The weather is getting warmer, summer is coming, and there's drinking to be done. So for this week's edition of Henry in the Grub, Jamie dropped a bit of his all-encompassing craft beer knowledge.

Jamie, to Henry & Julie on Twitter:

We love ya, Jamie! Cheers!


6 Questions with Youngblood Hawke

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 15, 2013 11:48 AM

After their awesome Live in the Lab set on Tuesday, Youngblood Hawke stuck around the RadioBDC studio to eat sandwiches with us and answer some questions.

What was your first concert?

Sam Martin (lead vocals/guitar): Public Enemy. I was way too young.

Nik Hughes (drums): Mine was Crosby, Stills and Young. No Nash. It was the late ‘80s, I pretty young.

Alice Katz (vocals): My first concert was Beach Boys in Vegas, in the ‘80s. I was really young, a tiny little one, and it was so much fun.

Who is your favorite emerging artist?

Tasso Smith (guitar): We did some shows with The Mowgli's – really, really good guys, cool songs, and they’re coming up on the radio. It’s really fun to see them grow on the charts.

Alice: One of my favorites to watch right now is Oh Land, who has that song “White Nights,” and she’s so talented and she’s working on her new album right now. I can’t wait to see what she puts out.

Simon Katz (guitar/keyboards): I definitely think Alt-J is one of my favorite new emerging artists. Their record is so cool and so well done and so unique, and you can’t really get sick of it.

What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Boston?

Sam: Chowder

Taso: Oyster bar

Sam: Baaawsten.

Screen Shot 2013-05-15 at 3.37.35 PM.pngIf your tour van caught fire and you could save one thing, what would it be?

Alice: Our dog, Pablo. He’s a… we don’t know. He’s a mystery mix of the best kinds of dogs put into one.

(That's Pablo, right, with a Christmas bow. From Alice's Instagram.)

Describe the worst picture ever taken of you.

Tasso: For some reason, when I’m concentrating, I do a Michael Jordan-esque move with my mouth and I start doing some weird things. And I got a photo recently taken with an Elvis lip and and I’m wearing some stupid sunglasses… It’s not flattering. I hope it’s not on Facebook.

Who would you rather: Donald Trump or Rosie O’Donnell?

Unanimous: Rosie O’Donnell.

Adam 12 rides the Downeaster

Posted by Adam 12 May 13, 2013 03:12 PM

Hello, I'm Adam 12, and I love trains. I didn't always love trains. Or, to be more accurate, I didn't realize I loved trains...until my son was born. He, like many other young lads of his day, loves trains. And his love is enthusiastic and infectious. So we often find ourselves riding the T on a lazy Sunday afternoon, goofing on the Boston Anagram T Map, and goggling the rusted-out hopper cars on the siding at Sullivan Square. We've not reached railfanning status, but we do enjoy riding the train together. It's provided us with some great bonding opportunities and wonderful memories.

Last weekend, the Amtrak Downeaster was running a special $5 fare from Haverhill, MA to Brunswick, ME as part of National Train Day. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to take the kid for a ride. And I took lots of pictures.

Haverhill Station. Big ups to Twitter for the old-timey filter.

The Downeaster arrives!

Exeter, Durham, Dover...speeding through New Hampshire.

Great views of Old Orchard Beach as you pass through along the line.

Destination: Brunswick Station, for the National Train Day celebration!

I can't speak highly enough about traveling by rail, and the Downeaster especially. Amtrak runs clean, punctual service and their staff and volunteer Train Hosts are friendly and accommodating--especially to young travelers like my son.

Summer's coming...take a trip on the Downeaster! You'll probably see me and my son on the train!

RadioBDC Sports: Slumping Sox

Posted by Adam 12 May 13, 2013 02:43 PM

Some Mondays at 2, Chad Finn and Steve Silva join Adam 12 in studio to talk all things Sox. Other Mondays at 2, Chad Finn joins Adam 12 in studio to talk all things Sox, and Steve Silva e-mails his takes from a bar at the Philly airport. Or maybe a restaurant. Point being, Sox are discussed and dissected. And with their 4-8 start to May, there's plenty to discuss and dissect.

Here's hoping they'll string some wins together between now and next week's segment. In the meantime, Shane and Clay say "hang loose."


BOY performs in studio on Friday, May 17

Posted by Adam 12 May 13, 2013 02:20 PM

Boy, funny enough, is a female-duo made up of singer Valeska Steiner from Switzerland and bassist Sonja Glass from Germany. The two have been writing and performing since 2007, and their long-awaited, award winning debut 'Mutual Friends' was released stateside this past February.

Oh, and the pair have racked up over 8 MILLION YouTube views for their uber-catchy "Little Numbers."

Hear them perform live in-studio with Adam 12 this Friday, May 17th at 3p. We hope they bring their toy piano.


9 Best Baz Luhrmann Soundtrack Cover Songs

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 13, 2013 02:00 PM

The Great Gatsby is director Baz Lurhmann's latest sparkling spectacular, but it's far from his first. Known for his opulent visions of splendor and unique takes on bygone Golden Ages, Lurhmann's films have soundtracks that are just as exquisite as his sets and costumes.

He uses a lot of original music, but also reappropriates well-known songs to better fit the mood of his films.

These are the nine best Lurhmann covers.


Romeo + Juliet (1996)

"When Doves Cry," Prince, covered by Quindon Tarver

"Young Hearts Run Free," Candi Staton, covered by Kym Mazelle

Moulin Rouge, 2001

"Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend (Hindi Sad Diamonds)," Marilyn Monroe, covered by Nicole Kidman

"Roxanne," The Police, covered by Jacek Koman

"The Show Must Go On," Queen, covered by the cast

"The Elephant Love Medley" (including: "All You Need Is Love," The Beatles, "I Was Made For Lovin' You," KISS, "One More Night," Phil Collins, "Pride (In The Name Of Love)," U2, "Don't Leave Me This Way," Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, "Silly Love Songs," Paul McCartney & Wings, "Up Where We Belong," Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, "Heroes," David Bowie, "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston, and "Your Song," Elton John), covered by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman

The Great Gatsby, 2013

"Happy Together," The Turtles, covered by Filter

"Back to Black," Amy Winehouse, covered by Beyonce and Andre 3000

Where the Wind Blows (uses a sample of a 1920's song, "Oh, You Have No Idea"), covered by Coco O. of Quadron

Extra credit, because it's not a cover, but it's awesome:

Jay-Z, $100 Bill

Planet Fitness

Posted by Adam 12 May 13, 2013 12:45 PM

Our friends from Planet Fitness are raising money for breast cancer research. Listen to this and you'll find out how:

Until midnight Wednesday, the initial enrollment fee is $10. Every penny of every dollar of that initial enrollment fee? Planet fitness is sending it along to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

"$10 never meant so much." Click here to find out more and to join!


Grrl Power Playlist - 05/09/13

Posted by Steph Mangan May 10, 2013 02:58 PM
The full playlist from last night's Grrl Power is below.
To see last week's, click here.

  • The White Stripes// Blue Orchid
  • Memoryhouse// The Kids Were Wrong
  • Poliça// Tiff
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club// Let The Day Begin
  • MSMR// Hurricane (CHVRCHES Remix)
  • Best Coast// Fear Of My Identity
  • Veronica Falls// Broken Toy
  • Lorde// Royals
  • Big Deal// In Your Car
  • Laura Stevenson// Eleonora
  • Magic Man// Texas
  • Daughter// Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover)
  • Kate Nash// Fri-end?
  • Cat Power// Manhattan
  • Savages// City's Full
  • Thee Oh Sees// Night Crawler

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"In Defense of Dorchester" benefitting the Richard Family Fund

Posted by Adam 12 May 10, 2013 02:00 PM

Earlier this week, the Richard family issued an update on their difficult recovery from the Marathon bombings. Still reeling from the death of 8-year-old Martin, the family was at the side of 7-year-old Jane for her 11th surgery this past Wednesday. It will continue to be a long, hard road for the Richard family, to be sure.

But you can help.

The Richard Family Fund has been created to provide an avenue of assistance to the family in the days and months to come. Our friends Street Dogs, in staying true to their Dorchester roots, are standing behind the Richard family. They're offering up a re-mastered version of their song "In Defense Of Dorchester" to the fund; a re-mastered studio version, a great LIVE version (& video) from their upcoming (live) record, and an "In Defense Of Dorchester" T-shirt too. All proceeds will go to the Richard Family Fund.

They sincerely hope you will consider contributing. We do, too.

Click here to donate.


Live in the Lab: Youngblood Hawke

Posted by Adam 12 May 10, 2013 01:39 PM

After far too long of a hiatus, we returned to the Globe Media Lab for a masterful performance by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. If you missed their performance, click here for the replay. It's worth watching.

Make sure you don't miss our next Live in the Lab performer, Youngblood Hawke, all the way from L.A. We'll stream their performance on Tuesday, May 14th. Of course, it's always more fun to experience Live in the Lab live in the flesh, right? So hit our Get Stuff page for a shot at a seat.


Becker and Bee's Knees

Posted by Adam 12 May 10, 2013 11:23 AM

No coasting for Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer this Friday, as they welcomed a pair of guests to the RadioBDC studio.

First up, it was chef David Becker of Sweet Basil in Needham, celebrating "National Gazpacho Month"--which is an actual thing. He brought by delicious gazpacho, as well as some ravioli that made Julie Kramer lose herself a little bit. Listen:

Chef Becker is also involved in Boston Bites Back, so make sure you click through and show some support.

They had so much fun the last time they came to visit, our friends at Bee's Knees Supply Company decided to stop by and see us again. Did we talk about last-minute Mother's Day gifts? You betcha.

Henry and Julie will be back on Monday morning. In the meantime, Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas, near and far.


What was your first concert? RadioBDC staff share their memories

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 9, 2013 02:45 PM

This summer, Live Nation will be sending one lucky Super Fan to six (seriously, SIX) concerts of their choice, along with six of their friends. In order to win, hopeful New Englanders can share the story of their first-ever concert on the entry page.

Sadly, not all regional music-lovers are eligible. The RadioBDC staff can't win the prizes. But we were so excited about the contest, we wanted to share our earliest concert memories anyway.

My first concert was in April, 1999. It was 'N SYNC's second tour, and my sister and I danced (and shrieked) the entire time, probably covered in glitter. We were so giddy, we likely deprived our brain cells of the oxygen tweenage girls need to focus on things other than JT's bleach-blond curls and epic dance moves. (Extra props to my Dad who sat through the whole thing.)

Here's what the rest of the staff remembers from their first live music shows, which are way cooler than mine.

Carly Carioli:

carlyheadshot.jpgIn my hometown, Philadelphia, The Jacksons' Victory Tour arrived in September 1984 for two shows at JFK Stadium — a massive, decrepit concrete bunker that could seat 100,000, and would play host the following year to half of Live Aid. The Victory Tour was, for a time, the hottest ticket anywhere: at $30 a pop, seats were outrageously expensive. And despite the presence of the other Jacksons, it was essentially Michael's only national tour behind Thriller. You had to enter a lottery, and you also had to agree to buy four. Going to see the thing seemed such an extravagance, it never crossed my mind that anyone I knew would actually go.

But the night before the second show, my Dad came home and said that on a lark he'd walked up to the ticket counter at Wanamaker's (the ancient department store on Market Street), and had bought tickets without standing in line. Our seats were somewhere in the upper deck, and for most of the concert I couldn't see anything — but I remember hearing a particular roar of the audience and knowing that somewhere, off in the distance, decades before YouTube and DVRs, Philadelphians were beholding a Michael Jackson moonwalk, in the flesh, for the first time — and my dad hoisting me onto his shoulders for a glimpse of the stage, very far away.

Mark Lewis:

marklewisheadshot.jpgOfficially, it’s Billy Joel, Madison Square Garden, floor seats, June 1982. I fell asleep half way through the fifth song. My life.

But the first concert I really remember was at Camp Baco, July 1986. Ron Dagan, Jewish folk singer extraordinaire, entertained 250 Jewish campers cramped into a basketball court dancing and schvitzing all over each other while belting out "Hava Nagila," "Shalom Aleichem" and, of course, Grateful Dead hits like "Friend of the Devil."

Each year Ron would come back and regale us with his glorious schtick. Some of the greatest nights of my life. Hands down.

Adam 12:

adam12headshot.jpgMy first concert was Pearl Jam at the Boston Garden on April 10, 1994. This was just days after Kurt Cobain killed himself, so it was an emotional set from the band. The mood was solemn, the stage was adorned with candles, and Eddie Vedder delivered a sort of eulogy. Not that I understood any of it, between Ed Ved's mumbling and the old Garden acoustics.

They opened with "Release," then tore through a ton of songs from Ten and Vs. Toward the end of the set, during "Blood," Eddie Vedder used his mic stand to smash a hole in the stage, which he then proceeded to climb down through. I remember watching him do this from where I was sitting in the balcony and thinking how small he looked.

My one takeaway, being a jaded, too-cool-for-the-room 17-year-old, was that Pearl Jam was "OK," but it was their opening act—Mudhoney— that I was really impressed with. I bought their t-shirt. What a punk! I'd just witnessed one of the most legendary moments in Boston concert history, and all I can think is, "the opener was better."

Typical teenage contrarian.

Henry Santoro:

henryheadshot.jpgMy first concert was Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Boston Garden, July 16, 1971. I was 15. No embarrassing moments.

Julie Kramer:

julieheadshot.jpgMy first "real" concert was David Bowie in 1976. David Bowie was the king in my house. My older sister dressed like him, had a band that did Bowie cover tunes, and her bedroom walls we adorned with his posters. I was a young elementary school student when we heard Bowie was coming to the Boston Garden and we begged my mom to get tickets and take us.

The ticket price $4.50. Seriously, $4.50 for David Bowie: The Thin White Duke tour. My mom took us in by train and we got to our seats and waited for the show to begin. The guy behind us was smoking dope out of a power hitter and blowing it in our faces. My mom, surprised and disgusted, kept looking at me and rolling her eyes.

At one point and the highlight of the show was when my mom said to me, "How are they going to remember the show smoking all that pot?"

Alaina Riccardi:

alainaheadshot.jpegLike a true teeny bopper, my first show was a Kiss 108 Concert. I'm not sure of the year, but I was young. I had really good seats, and it was before the band Train was popular. But they were sitting right in front of me after playing very early in the concert. The band was WICKED nice, and they were my first rock star crush – and currently my all-time favorite band.

Chris Rattey:

ratteyheadshot.jpgMy first concert was in the fall of 1986 at the now-defunct Kingston Fairgrounds in Kingston, New Hampshire. The occasional big act would roll through this southern N.H. town, and on this rainy Saturday, Ozzy Ozbourne held a show in front of a rather small crowd. My eighth grade class at Sanborn Regional Middle School held a fundraiser selling snacks for our trip to Washington, D.C., so a bunch of us were there.

Three bands opened up for Ozzy: one called Raven, along with a very, VERY young rock group named Queensryche. But my most vivid memory was the opening act, a Boston-based punk act called Gang Green. For whatever reason, the crowd of maybe 1,000 people hated Gang Green. They were absolutely pummeled with a barrage of boos, hisses and F-you's. This was the only time in my life that I saw a band literally booed off stage. Gang Green cut the act short, the lead singer flipped us the bird, yelled "Kingston sucks," and dropped his drawers and gave us a full moon. As an eighth grader, it was thrilling ... and raised the bar very high for concerts. Turns out that doesn't happen at every show. It actually has never happened since.

Mike Bello with updates on Tsarnaev's burial

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 9, 2013 12:06 PM

The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been "entombed," reported Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello this morning during an interview with RadioBDC's Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer.

The alleged Boston Marathon bomber's body is buried in an undisclosed, out-of-state location, and was moved in secret from the Worcester funeral home last night. The funeral home had been besieged by protesters since last Friday.

"As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased," said Worcester police in a statement.

The location was approved by Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, who originally wanted his nephew buried in Cambridge, says Bello. Tsarnaev's widow reportedly wanted nothing to do with the situation.

The investigation into the bombing continues both here and abroad.

Listen to the entire segment for more details on the situation.

Boston Bites Back

Posted by Adam 12 May 9, 2013 11:51 AM


Boston Bites Back is "A chef-inspired event to raise over $1 million for The One Fund. Brought to you by Ming Tsai, Ken Oringer, the Boston Red Sox, Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino, and ARAMARK. One night only. Food from up to 100 chefs. May 15, 2013 from 6pm-10pm. At Fenway Park."

Ming Tsai and Ken Oringer paid a visit to Henry Santoro to share who's taking part and what's on the menu.

Click here for tickets to Boston Bites Back!


Women's Lunch Place

Posted by Adam 12 May 9, 2013 11:37 AM

Mother's Day is days away. You know this. And yet you've done nothing. NOTHING.

Do something. Something that makes a difference. Give to The Women's Lunch Place. They provide a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. Katie Edwards stopped by to talk about their Mother's Day Card drive.

Click here to make a donation to the Women's Lunch Place and send a Mother's Day card to someone special in your life. Here's this year's card; it's beautiful!


RadioBDC Sports: Bruins/Leafs Game 4 preview

Posted by Adam 12 May 8, 2013 03:43 PM

As they do every Wednesday, Adam 12 and Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe give you "a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants."

OK, not really.

What they do Wednesdays at 2 is talk Bruins hockey. And there was plenty to talk about: recapping Game 3 and previewing Game 4 of the Toronto series, having a hearty chuckle at the misfortunes of the Habs and Pens, and of course piling on the recently-swept Vancouver Canucks. Hear it all here:

And tune in next Wednesday, when we'll hopefully have left Toronto--and this guy--behind.


Henry in the Grub: Cafe de Boston

Posted by Adam 12 May 8, 2013 03:26 PM

What a spread. Really, though. What. a. spread.


This week's Henry in the Grub deliciousness came courtesy of Joesph Cote, who stopped by with some amazing Mediterranean-inspired dishes from Cafe de Boston. Listen:

Thanks for stopping by, Joseph! Now, pass the pita and hummus...


Stephin Merritt's other band will now tour without Stephin Merritt

Posted by Carly Carioli May 8, 2013 12:10 PM


It's been over ten years since the last tour by FUTURE BIBLE HEROES, the electronic-pop side project of Magnetic Fields leader Stephin Merritt and legendary Boston DJ/producer Chris Ewen. But when the group convenes this summer to tour in support of a new album, Partygoing, and a Merge re-release of the band's complete back catalogue, Merritt will not be with them. The touring lineup will include frequent Merritt muse and longtime Mag Fields/FBH collaborator Claudia Gonson, latter-day Mag Fields collaborator Shirley Simms, Ewen, and Anthony Kaczynski, who'll be familiar to Boston electro-pop fans from the New Romantic band he fronted with Ewen in the '80s, Figures on a Beach. The tour will hit The Sinclair in Cambridge on July 21.

Future Bible Heroes allowed Merritt to exorcise two obsessions that inform Magnetic Fields but rarely powered it: disco and horror movies, a feat perhaps never executed better than 1997's "She Devils of the Deep":

In a recent Merge-directed interview, Merritt descibes Partygoing as an homage to the b-52's "Party Mix," in that it's "a party album that only just happens to be largely about drunk suicide, aging, death, loss, and despair. But there are different kinds of parties that people go to." There is a long, Merritt-like pause. "I've always hated parties," he adds.

With Merritt out of the touring group, that'll put more of a spotlight on Gonson, who can draw on a bunch of show-stealing, canonical Bible Heroes tracks like this one:

Partygoing and the back catalogue reissues will drop June 6. If you've got more questions about it, we recommend catching up with Chris Ewen at his regular Saturday-night party, Heroes, at T.T. the Bear's Place.

Here's the full schedule for Future Bible Heroes' summer tour, according to Merge Records:

June 12 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House Chickfactor Summer Festival
July 8 Los Angeles, CA The Echoplex
July 9 San Francisco, CA The Independent
July 11 Portland, OR Doug Fir
July 12 Seattle, WA The Tractor Tavern
July 16 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
July 17 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
July 21 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
July 22 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
July 23 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
July 25 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
July 26 Washington, DC The Black Cat

Listen to new Queens of the Stone Age song "I Appear Missing" from upcoming disc Like Clockwork

Posted by Carly Carioli May 8, 2013 08:18 AM


Can Josh Homme put Queens of the Stone Age back together again?

We still get chills remembering the show Homme put on at the Paradise back in 2002, when QOTSA briefly swelled to include Dave Grohl and Mark Lanegan. And the news that Grohl is back behind the drums for the forthcoming Queens disc . . . Like Clockwork has understandably punched the hype meter into overdrive.

And here's why: "I Appear Missing," the latest track to surface from that disc. Leaked to the web on Monday, it's already surpassed 700,000 spins:

That follows the bombastic lead single "My God Is the Sun," released last month, which finds Queens in heaven -- tearing through riffs evocative of Jesus Lizard, Metallica, and Rocket from the Crypt, all within the span of three and a half minutes. ICYMI:

. . . Like Clockwork drops June 4.

RadioBDC Sports: Did Clay cheat? Who will close?

Posted by Adam 12 May 7, 2013 02:43 PM

So many questions for Adam 12, Chad Finn, and Steve Silva to address this week. The trio used Chad's latest piece on Clay Buchholz as a jumping-off point, then segued into a discussions about bullpen woes, getting wrecked by the Rangers, and, of course, Stephen Drew.

Tune in next Monday at 2 for more Sox talk. In the meantime, Steve's on his way to Toronto to track down this joker. Seriously.


Jared Leto and Thirty Seconds to Mars in studio

Posted by Adam 12 May 7, 2013 01:07 PM

Tonight, Thirty Seconds to Mars play a free, sold-out show at the Wilbur Theatre. Jared Leto and the band stopped by to chat with Julie Kramer about their new album, showing love to Boston, and launching their music into space. Listen.

And look.



Mother's Day bailout

Posted by Adam 12 May 7, 2013 11:42 AM

Oh, crap. It's this Sunday, isn't it? It is. Crap. Mother's Day. Crap.


Well, if you act fast, you can get in on Community Servings' Meals4Moms. Your donation helps feed 1,300 critically ill individuals and families throughout Massachusetts. And Mom gets a gift of Fastachi chocolate or nuts.

Or does Mom love flowers? And by "flowers," we don't mean the ones you grab last-minute from the grocery store florist. We mean flowers. Winston Flowers can help.

The clock is ticking. Get on it.


Boston Bruins fans who want to bury Tamerlan in Toronto

Posted by Carly Carioli May 7, 2013 10:04 AM

After a Maple Leafs fan was spotted with a "Toronto Stronger" sign last night, the internet delivered a strong rebuke. And as Massachusetts towns made it clear that the body of a dead alleged terrorist was unwelcome in their dirt, some New Englanders came to a simultaneous conclusion last night. To wit: hey, you Toronto clowns want to fly that sign? Then you can have the body.

By the end of the evening, Twitter's @BosBruinsFan had fired up the Photoshop and responded with this image (redaction: ours):


Mike Bello with an update on the burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 6, 2013 10:58 AM

The question on everyone's lips is, "Where will Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body be buried?" Mike Bello, Boston Globe deputy metro editor discussed many options on RadioBDC this morning.

Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy insists burying Tsarnaev in Cambridge will be a disruption to the city, according to Bello, despite the man's uncle pushing for that location, saying Cambridge was his nephew's "home country."

But the controversy is growing outside the debate in Cambridge, and even the state and federal governments could get involved to decide where the body will go.

In addition, a man is raising money to have Tsarnaev's body shipped to Russia to be buried. However, according to Bello, Russian officials say they don't want it either.

For more details on this and today's press conference outside the funeral home where the body was prepared, listen to the whole segment on RadioBDC.

World Press Freedom Day Announcement: Jim Foley found in Syria

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 3, 2013 02:25 PM

GlobalPost correspondent and native New Englander James Foley has been located in Syria, announced GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni at a World Press Freedom Day event in Boston this morning.

According to a private security firm hired by GlobalPost to find Foley, he is being held in a detention facility in the Damascas area. Foley was kidnapped in Syria in November, 2012, just a stone’s throw from the Turkish border, and has been missing for 162 days. Balboni told reporters today that Foley was captured by “pro-government militia” and then handed over to the Assad regime.

JamesFoley_0712_011.jpgA well-known and accomplished conflict journalist for GlobalPost and AFP, Foley had previously been abducted by Gaddafi’s forces in Libya in 2011 and imprisoned for over 40 days.

Balboni said the facility where Foley is being held may be controlled by Syrian Air Force intelligence, and also may hold a number of other Western press, including “at least one other American.”

Balboni did not name the private security firm hired by Global Post, but said, “We have obtained multiple independent reports from very credible confidential sources who have both indirect and direct access that confirm our assessment.” He added that to the best of his knowledge, Foley had not been physically harmed.

Immediately following today’s announcement, many in the press corps who know Foley, or know of him, breathed a slight sigh of relief on Twitter, reposting the news that he had finally been located with the hashtag #freejamesfoley. (Full disclosure: I was an intern, copy editor, and blogger at GlobalPost and worked with Foley between 2008 and 2013.)

Of course, Foley’s situation is still treacherous. Although GlobalPost has been in touch with many influential figures in continued attempts to secure Foley’s release, the Syrian government refuses to confirm his whereabouts. It could take many more months to make progress on his release, and GlobalPost is being understandably tight-lipped about what other information they have.

Despite many questions from reporters, Balboni would not comment further on specifics, presumably so as to not risk losing track of Foley again.

“These are slow-motion crimes,” said David Rohde today at GlobalPost’s World Press Freedom Day event. Rohde, a New York Times and Reuters journalist who was kidnapped twice, discussed the danger of publicizing news about missing journalists, warning, “you don’t know how publicity is going to play” with kidnappers or hostile governments.

The Committee to Protect Journalists records that there are 232 journalists currently imprisoned around the world. Last year was one of the worst on record for conflict journalists, according to the CPJ. Over 70 reporters were killed in 2012, – 28 in Syria alone – and 17 have already been killed this year.

GlobalPost’s event today, “Silenced Voices: When Journalists Go Missing,” was timed to coincide with World Press Freedom Day. The panel discussion featured four reporters, three of whom, including Rohde, had previously been kidnapped and detained while on assignment.

The names of journalists who were killed covering conflicts last year were posted on the brick walls around the room at the Pilot House, the GlobalPost offices, as a somber reminder that conflict reporters often make the ultimate sacrifice to tell a story others can’t.

World Press Freedom Day was created in 1993 by UNESCO for the purpose of honoring journalists while also creating a day to focus on rights abuses and purposeful murder of reporters.

Former foreign correspondent and veteran reporter for the Boston Globe, David Filipov, who is about to travel to Chechnya, and who has previously reported from Russia and Afghanistan, spoke with Henry Santoro this morning about the importance of this global holiday, and some of his experiences working overseas.

Listen to his stories here:

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Posted by Adam 12 May 3, 2013 11:26 AM

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Dave Littlefield from Salsa's Mexican Restaurant dropped by with a GIANT margarita!


Oh, and lots of good food to eat, too. Here, listen:

Pay them a visit this Cinco de Mayo! Click here for locations.

The Frye Company

Posted by Adam 12 May 3, 2013 10:52 AM

On March 10th, 1863, John A. Frye opened the doors of a small shop on Elm Street in Marlboro, Massachusetts. One-hundred and fifty years later, The Frye Company continues its tradition of uncompromising quality and craftsmanship by opening doors at 284 Newbury Street in Boston. Frye is the oldest continuously operating footwear brand in the country, and one of a handful of companies who crafts their products here in America.

Frye Creative Director Michael Petry joined Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer this morning.

Join Adam 12 at the Grand Opening this Friday, May 3rd from 2-4 p.m.!


Bostonians sharing their memories of MIT class of '87 grad Tony Stark

Posted by S.I. Rosenbaum May 3, 2013 10:45 AM

It's a little-known fact that, long before he was Iron Man, Tony Stark studied -- and partied -- right here in Boston. Even as a skinny 14-year-old freshman at MIT, Stark was a little bit larger than life. Chain-smoking and sporting a tragically '80s haircut, he was often spotted around town -- in fact, by the time he graduated in 1987, it seemed like everyone had a Tony Stark run-in to recount.

Whether he was executing one of his legendary hacks at MIT, stage-diving at a metal show at the Channel, or picking fights across a chess board in Harvard Square, Stark left an indelible mark on the city; we can only imagine that the reverse was true. After all, he still wears his class ring. As the third installment of his biopic opens in theaters this weekend, we asked some Bostonians to share their memories of Stark's time in the Hub. (And if you have your own Tony Stark story from back in the day, please share it with us in the comments.)


Tony was definitely around the scene back then. This older guy Devon was kind of a metal mentor and did a zine called Hatchet Job. One of the issues had an interview with Post Mortem and you can clearly see a young Tony Stark with a dirt stache in the crowd.

Devon also swears that a huge skinhead from New Hampshire was close to pounding Stark at a Wargasm show at the Channel, but I think that's a spicy one as he tended to exaggerate and there weren't many skins at metal shows.

-- Anthony Pappalardo, author of Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music and Live ... Suburbia!


I saw him a few times at the chess boards near Au Bon Pain in Harvard Square. There was this guy down there, a chess master, and you could give him five or ten bucks and he'd play you a game. A couple of times I remember [Tony] breezing in and throwing money on the table, and kind of wiping the floor with the guy.

I remember he always did this thing - in the chess world, it pisses people off if you take your knights and face them outward. Tony was one of those guys. He'd put the pieces down a little off center, too, and that would really annoy people.

He wasn't a regular player. He would just come waltzing in, and it seemed to me that he just needed to beat somebody. Like how someone else might just need to have a cup of espresso - he just needed to see somebody lose, and then he would be okay again. He'd win the game, and then move on.

-- Scott McCloud, cartoonist, Lexington native and author of Understanding Comics

One time he was at the Channel, up in the mosh pit, and then the bouncers threw him out on his head. It was one of those all-ages shows and ppl were going crazy - or maybe not all-ages, because he had money, so he could get the best fake ID. Anyway, the Channel's bouncers were known for playing rough, so when a bratty kid starts moshing and tries to stage dive, they had him out in the back parking lot. He made such a fuss - said his daddy was going to close the place.

He was probably drunk; he was into the hardcore scene, but wasn't straight edge; he liked to party too much. Of course, after they threw him out, he just came back. No one really knew him, he was just a rich kid. Everyone wanted him around, though, because he'd always bring something fun for the party.

I remember him at after-parties on Thayer Street. He was up later than anyone else. But you could always get a ride home with him, because he always had a car.

-- Clea Simon, feline mystery author, former Boston Globe copyeditor and Boston Herald rock critic

I arrived at MIT at the very tail end of the 1980s and Tony Stark's time there had already become the stuff of legend. I don't know what I heard more about - his reputation as a gifted scholar, ramped up even above MIT's already high average intelligence level, which I heard plenty about from other faculty members, or his reputation as a playboy and rule-breaker, which was certainly part of what I heard about Stark from the students at Senior House where I was housemaster for many years.

Some students are larger than life - they leave a trace across the entire campus, and people talk about them well after they have left the building, so to speak. Stark was one of those people. I've often wondered if the "Iron Man" nickname might be traced back during this period, when he had a reputation of being able to drink even the most hardcore student under the table.

And don't get me started about the hacks that have been ascribed to Stark through the years. I have heard all kinds of claims about what Stark put on the great Dome to the ways he rewired the elevators in the Green Building. They can't all be true, can they?

-- Henry Jenkins, former co-director of MIT's Comparative Media Studies program and author of Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide

Tony Stark could not be reached for comment on this article.

Grrl Power Playlist - 05/01/13

Posted by Steph Mangan May 2, 2013 06:09 PM
Last night's show kicked off Daughter's amazing cover of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky". I also played new tracks from She & Him, Lemuria, and Savages.

To see last week's playlist, click here

  • Daughter// Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover)
  • Blake Babies// Out There
  • Parks// Sweater Weather
  • Kate Nash// O My God!
  • The Box Tiger// Knives
  • Polica//Tiff
  • She & Him// Sunday Girl
  • Savages// City's Full
  • Colleen Green// Time in the World
  • Lemuria// Brilliant Dancer
  • Best Coast// Fears of My Identity
  • Daughter// Youth
  • Summer Hours// Close and Closer
  • Sures// The Sun
  • The Naked and Famous// Eyes

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Presale Ticket Alert: Boston concerts by Bob Dylan, Beck, Black Sabbath on sale this week

Posted by Carly Carioli May 2, 2013 04:25 PM

BECK: August 2 at Bank of America Pavilion. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 4 at 10 am. [Tickets on sale now with presale code at this link.]

The Bob Dylan/Wilco tour will be a complete failure if Jeff Tweedy doesn't get Dylan to play along on a version of "Bob Dylan's 49th Beard." Just throwing that out there. No pressure. In the meantime, you might want to get tickets to everything below before these things sell out, which we suspect will be almost immediately.

BOB DYLAN, WILCO, MY MORNING JACKET: July 20 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 4 at 10 am. [Tickets on sale now with presale code at this link]

BLACK SABBATH: August 12 at the Comcast Center, Mansfield. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 3 at 10 am. [On sale now with presale code at this link]

BLAKE SHELTON: September 7 at the Comcast Center, Mansfield. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 3 at 10 am.

WIZ KHALIFA, A$SAP ROCKY: August 7 at the Comcast Center, Mansfield. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 4 at 10 am.

PET SHOP BOYS: September 21 at the House of Blues, Boston. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 am.

SMALL BLACK. May 29 at the Paradise Rock Club. On sale Friday May 3, noon.
PATTY GRIFFIN. June 7 at House of Blues, Boston. On sale Friday May 3, 10 am.
THE OLMS. June 11 at Brighton Music Hall. On sale Friday May 3, noon.
TWENTY ONE PILOTS. June 22 at Middle East Downstairs. On sale Friday May 3, noon.
SLASH. July 8 at House of Blues, Boston. On sale Friday May 3, 10 am.
POLYPHONIC SPREE. July 8 at Brighton Music Hall. On sale Friday May 3, noon.
WAVVES. August 1 at Paradise Rock Club. On sale Friday May 3, noon.
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA. August 3 at House of Blues, Boston. On sale Friday May 3, 10 am.
JIMMY EAT WORLD. August 5 at House of Blues, Boston. On sale Friday May 3, 10 am.
TED NUGENT. August 7 at House of Blues, Boston. On sale Friday May 3, 10 am.
EL-P & KILLER MIKE. August 13 at Paradise Rock Club. On sale Friday May 3, noon.
PERE UBU. September 14 at Brighton Music Hall. On sale Friday May 3, noon.
AUSTRA. September 24 at Brighton Music Hall. On sale Friday May 3, noon.

Every catchy commercial jingle you remember, conviniently presented in song

Posted by Adam 12 May 2, 2013 02:07 PM

The Super Secret Project makes videos "so you don't have to." And the videos they make are pretty funny.

Their latest? "One For You, New England," where they riff on pretty much every memorable TV and radio spot from the last 30 years.

Roll call: Water Country? Right up front.


"WLVI, is part of living...Living 56!"


Light N Leisure, the Purple Building? Check.


"...part of the NYNEX family."


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Iron Man 3 and summer TV

Posted by Adam 12 May 2, 2013 11:32 AM

Show of hands: who's seeing Iron Man 3 this weekend?

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OK, then you'll want to listen to Dan Kline here, who had some interesting things to share.

Gone are the days where we'd while away the summer at the ballpark or the beach. Nowadays, summertime is TV time, says The Boston Globe's Sarah Rodman.

Movies. TV. Stay indoors. Ignore the sunshine. Or Iron Adam 12 will blast you.


RadioBDC news: Mike Bello on Bulger trial and bombing investigation updates

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 2, 2013 09:58 AM

United States District Court judge Denise Casper has ruled that Whitey Bulger cannot claim immunity during his trial. Despite the notorious mobster's insistence that he received immunity from a federal prosecutor, Casper has said there is no evidence of Bulger ever being immunized, although he was a federal informant for many years.

suspects2.jpgBoston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello explained the details of the ongoing case to Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer this morning.

In addition to discussing the Bulger trial, Bello spoke about yesterday's developments in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. Three men have been taken into custody and charged with covering up evidence. Two Kazakh nationals and one American, all students at UMASS Dartmouth, allegedly disposed of a laptop and a backpack belonging to Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the younger bombing suspect.

Listen to Bello's entire segment on RadioBDC this morning:

(Image taken from Dias Kadyrbayev's webpage)

BDC Sports: Bruins playoff preview

Posted by Adam 12 May 1, 2013 02:55 PM

It's the first round of the NHL playoffs, so Adam 12 and the Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont invited fellow puckhead and RadioBDC PD Paul Driscoll to sit in on their weekly hockey chat. They previewed Bruins/Leafs and made their picks in all eight first-round match-ups. Listen:

The guy who gets the most picks WRONG buys the two winners beers at The Banshee. And that guy will probably be Adam 12.


Henry in the Grub: Granary Tavern

Posted by Adam 12 May 1, 2013 02:32 PM

Say it with us: "Wednesday is Henry in the Grub day." Every week, some of Boston's finest dining establishments stop by to pay a visit to Henry Santoro.

This week, Chef Keenan Langlois brought by some of what he's been whipping up in the kitchen at Granary Tavern on the Greenway in Boston.

The view from the patio is outstanding, as you an imagine. The food looks good, too!


And it tastes delicious. Thank you, Chef Keenan!


And thanks as well to Mayor Joe Curtatone, who stopped by shortly after the folks from Granary Tavern cleared out. Mayor Joe had his friends from The Neighborhood Restaurant in Union Square in tow. Listen:

Kevin Spacey visits Marathon victims, surprises Boston Common photographer

Posted by Carly Carioli May 1, 2013 10:30 AM

House of Cards star KEVIN SPACEY has been in town visiting some of the Marathon victims recovering at Spaulding Rehab (above).

But he made his biggest splash in town with an unannounced appearance on Boston Common. Via the pop-culture blog HyperVocal and Reddit:

A Redditor’s friend claims she tried to take a picture in front of Boston’s G-Dub statue, and that’s when a yogging Kevin Spacey jumped out of nowhere, screamed “PHOTOBOMB” and gave the Internet this glorious picture.

MORE: Tyler Seguin's awesome photobomb

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