Included in this week’s show, was new music from You Me & Us, Pity Sex, Haerts, and more.
The full playlist can be found below.
To view last week’s playlist, click here
- Liz Phair// Girls! Girls! Girls!
- Camera Obscura// Do It Again
- Pity Sex// Honey Pot
- Aye Nako// Molasses
- New Myths// False Gold
- Haerts// Wings
- Purity Ring// Fineshrine
- Company of Thieves// Death of Communication
- Beast Make Bomb// Rough It Out
- Winter// Daydreaming
- You Me & Us// Warm & Dry
- The Organ// Brother
- Yo La Tengo// Cornelia and Jane
- Betty Who// You’re In Love
- Bleached// Think of You
Boston police have been searching Aaron Hernandez's North Attleboro home looking for evidence that may link the former Patriots player to two South End murders, reported Mike Bello this morning.
Former Boston Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was in town and said he believes the police have a very strong case against Hernandez.
Yesterday, in another dramatic moment of his ongoing trial, Whitey Bulger dropped the "F-Bomb." It was his first emotional outburst since the trial began earlier this month.
Listen to more from Mike Bello for details on these two developing stories
Remember a few weeks ago, when Kim deal announced she was leaving the Pixies? It prompted this tweet from our own Adam 12:
Kim Deal quitting the Pixies doesn't count unless she did it via fax.— Adam 12 (@adamxii) June 14, 2013
Oh, and The Replacements are rehearsing to prepare for their first live performance in 22 years. So there's that, too.
Summer of 2013? Summer of '89? Same difference.
LOOOOOOCH! Boston Bruins Left Winger Milan Lucic talked to Adam 12 today. The two discussed the Bruins' Stanley Cup loss, the departures of Jaromir Jagr and Andrew Ference, and Zdeno Chara's trip to Canobie Lake Park.
Be sure to check out Milan's Rock & Jock Celebrity Softball on Thursday, August 22 at LeLacheur Park in Lowell. Click here for tickets and details!
OK, show of hands: how many of you are turning the 4th of July holiday into a four-day weekend?
Wow. That's a lot of hands.
We're hoping to do the same. Brett from 90+ Cellars stopped by to talk about summer wine and playing "Corkhole."
Cheers! And Happy 4th!
Morning man and tennis enthusiast Henry Santoro welcomed tennis expert and CEO of NetResults Tennis, David MacBurnie, to the program to talk about Nadal & Federer's early exits and the rest of the general craziness that has been Wimbledon so far.
Keep working on your backhand, Henry.
The first Thirsty Thursday of the Summer of 2013. And a cocktail that's perfect for the season. Ted Gallagher from Steel & Rye in Milton mixed up a "Fairway to Heaven" with Tito's Handmade Vodka. Listen:
Got a boat? Tim said if you can take him out on the Charles to watch the fireworks on the 4th, he'll bring the Tito's!
Eugene Mirman has been making funny for a very long time (remember the Weekly Week?) His latest undertaking? The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. It's happening in Boston and Cambridge this weekend. Eugene told Henry & Julie all about it.
Less than 48 hours after their staggering Game 6 loss in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Boston Bruins are already shaping next year's roster: both Andrew Ference and Jaromir Jagr will not be returning to the team next season. In today's Globe, Kevin Paul Dupont muses over dealing Seguin or Marchand. Listen to his chat with Adam 12:
And now look at a photograph of Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara on a carnival ride at what we believe to be Canobie Lake Park.
If you grew up on the North Shore, you know the sign. Rt. 1, headed north. It's as much of a landmark as the Mini-Golf dinosaur on the southbound side. Anita and Bob stopped by to talk about Karl's new location in Peabody.
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken into custody this morning, reports Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello.
Hernandez was booked at the North Attleboro police station, but the charges are not yet clear. He is being investigated in connection with the murder of an acquaintance, Odin Llyod, who was shot to death.
So far there have been no other arrests in connection with this case, and Hernandez will be arraigned later today. Meanwhile, the Patriots have officially released Hernandez, according to Boston.com
Listen to Bello explain the case, and discuss continuing developments here.
A hip Boston zip code. Every amenity you could hope for close by, not to mention swank bars and hot restaurants. And to top it all off? 350 square feet of living space to call your own.
Yeah, you read it right: 350.
Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer welcomed back Joanna Weiss of Boston.comment to talk about micro-apartments.
It's like McMansions, except the exact opposite! So, what's your take? Click here and weigh in.
RadioBDC is proud to present the world's first-ever social media-generated music chart and daily countdown show: The Social Countdown.
What kind of magic is this, you ask?
Well, we use a technology developed by our friends at PointsLocal and Redefined called TrendTracks – it takes data from a plethora of sources (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Last.fm, and upvoting right here on Boston.com), then mixes it with a special sauce, and ta-dah! A music chart based completely on what people are talking about and listening to, with up-to-second accuracy.
Until now, radio charts were made days and weeks in advance, and they were assembled by executives at radio stations and record companies who told you what you should be listening to. At RadioBDC, we're giving the power to the people, and we play what you want to listen to, based on the aforementioned formula.
Every weekday at 5 p.m., Adam 12 will count down the top 10 tracks on the Social Countdown, which were decided by you and shifting all day. At 4:59, we shut down voting, and reopen it at 6 p.m., ready to compile the chart for the next day.
So, if you want to support a certain band or song, talk about it, tweet about it, and upvote it, because after all, this is the countdown you control.
The formerly-of-Boston electro-pop rock quartet Black Light Dinner Party will be stopping by the Boston Globe media lab this Wednesday to play us some tunes Live in the Lab.
As usual, we'll be live streaming the show here on Boston.com, in case you can't make it down to our studio on Morrissey Blvd.
We hosted a +1 Series event with BLDP back in May at the Brighton Music Hall, so check out the photos from that show, and take a peek at some of their music below.
Don't forget to RSVP if you want to come see the band live!
But don't let the headline fool you. We led with Sox, then closed with a look at the Bruins chances in tonight's Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals. Steve Silva shared some creative ideas on how the Sox can grab some Boston sports headlines, and Chad Finn threw in his two cents on the Sox, as well as the Bruins' shot at overcoming the Blackhawks.
Sox talk every Monday at 2, Bruins chat every Wednesday at 2. Keep on Orring.
Since the crew at Connelly Partners alerted RadioBDC a few days ago on the concept of #Orring (Bobby Orr + planking = #Orring), the concept has picked up quite a bit of social momentum. It's easy to do ... grab a stick, rock the famous pose on any object ... and voila. You are #Orring. Use the hashtag and we'll help pull them all together here.
Boston.com has set up a Live blog that is aggregating the hashtag throughout various social networks. And of course, you can submit your photo here. We've received some good ones already, like this baby bulldog version of Orring.
RadioBDC's Henry Santoro takes his #Orring to Vine.
People are like ... don't you need a hockey stick or something? No ... Mark from Haverhill just needs a piece of wood.
Harpoon Brewery with some standard #Orring to help pass time during a Friday afternoon.
The originators should be proud of the momentum thus far.
Eric Wilbur also stopped in to talk more Bruins, in addition to the latest on Aaron Hernandez and Doc Rivers.
Quite a busy week in Boston sports on RadioBDC. The highlight, though? Bob Sweeney came by and let Julie Kramer wear his Stanley Cup Champion ring.
A few weeks back, Adam 12 was a guest on The Steve Katsos Show. You can see a clip of his appearance here. Today, 12 played the interviewer and fired questions at the TV host, discussing the leaps-and-bounds growth of his four-year-old show and the upcoming Fourth Anniversary Spectacular this Sunday, June 23rd at the Regent Theatre in Arlington.
The pair were also joined by Mick Greenwood of The Interrobang, who will perform on Sunday, and who is also featured in the following:
Click here to pick up tickets to the Spectacular, with proceeds benefiting the Jimmy Fund and The One Fund Boston!
Click here to view last week's playlist.
- Savages// Strife
- Alpine// Villages
- The Jungle Giants// I Am What You Want Me To Be
- Lemuria// Chihuly
- Neko Case// Man
- Polica// Tiff
- Aye Nako// Molasses
- Daughter// Youth
- Potty Mouth// The Spins
- Big Deal// Teradactol
- CHVRCHES// Gun
- Pity Sex// Keep
- Postal Service featuring Jenny Lewis// Tattered Line of String
- Deaf Club// It, She
- Big Eyes// Pretend to Care
- Pacific Air// Roses
Mr. Sweeney, who you remember from his days on the Garden ice, stopped by the RadioBDC studios this morning to tell Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer about a raffle for The Bruins Foundation: a winner and a guest will travel to Chicago to watch the Bruins play the Blackhawks for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final this Saturday, June 22 at 8pm at the United Center.
Click here to purchase your tickets! The drawing takes place today at 3p!
This Friday, Boston acts Charlie Farren, The Liz Borden Band, Adventure Set, James Straight and the Wide Stance, Melanie Lynx, Death By Fame, and DJ Ike play the Hard Rock Cafe to benefit The One Fund Boston.
Adventure Set frontman Ken Scales stopped by to talk about the event.
Ahh, Roggie's. So many late nights, so many good memories. And get this: the Brighton legend is celebrating their 20th birthday! So naturally, we had to feature them for Henry in the Grub. Have a look and a listen.
As always, Julie Kramer had a song to share that fit the letter perfectly.
Yes, it's the song of the summer. And yes, like Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" a few years ago, it'll likely be covered by a few dozen acts by summer's end. Here are the two best we've found so far.
First up, it's our old friends San Cisco, live on Triple J radio in Australia.
Next, some friends of Henry Santoro who call themselves Miracles of Modern Science.
So, which cover is better?
Henry Santoro met Patti Small at a local farmers market. Maybe you've seen her around, as she's become quite a fixture. You see, she sharpens knives. Hence the title of this blog post. Give a listen to her chat with Henry.
Stay sharp, Patti!
In his second day on the witness stand for the trial of mob boss Whitey Bulger, hit man John Martorano described a number of graphic murders he was involved in, on orders from Bulger.
Martorano linked Bulger to six murders yesterday, and this morning, Martorano claimed Bulger was directly responsible for at least one murder.
Bulger's Winter Hill gang was involved in a number of money laundering schemes and Martorano's testimony is crucial for the jury to understand the inner workings of the gang, as well as have information on the many murders Bulger is allegedly linked to.
Listen to Mike Bello's analysis of Martorano's testimony yesterday and this morning:
Ho hum. Another day, another outrageously gorgeous, crystal clear double rainbow in downtown Boston. The last time this happened, Boston was caught unawares. This time: everybody whipped out the cameras. And we mean everybody. So many everybodies that we caught more than a few people pleading for -- come on, now -- less rainbows, at least on twitter. Who hates on rainbows? Who does that? Well, after checking out all 80+ amazing social-media posts below . . . maybe you? Only in Boston, Boston.
John Lackey played the role of stopper, but the Sox still dropped three out of four to the Orioles. Jon Lester was handed his second straight loss in the series finale. What is it about the Orioles as of late that confounds the Sox so? Steve Silva and Adam 12 discuss.
Thankfully, no more Orioles until the July 26th. But we'll talk more Sox next Monday at 2.
So here we are, on the doorstep of the Summer of 2013, and Daft Punk have graciously decided to soundtrack it for us with their new album 'Random Access Memories.' You've likely listened to it once or twice already, and likely liked what you've heard. (Paul Driscoll is particularly fond of "Doin' It Right.")
Now, indulge your inner gamer/teenager and dive into this 5-minute, 8-bit mashup of the entire album.
Get Lucky. And get the Mega Buster, Mega Man!
We learned last week that Mumford & Sons bass player Ted Dwayne had a blood clot on his brain. He underwent surgery and is recovering, which has forced the band to cancel some performances.
Here's what we're saying: why cancel performances when you can have this kid sub in for Ted while he recuperates?
Now you'll never hear "The Cave" the same way again. You're welcome.
Within seconds of the Spurs' DANNY GREEN sinking his 23rd three-pointer of the NBA Finals last night, during the Spurs 114-104 win over the Heat in Game 5, Twitter was demanding a highlight -- not the clip of Green sinking the trey, but a brief reaction shot of RAY ALLEN, on the bench, looking absolutely shattered as the basket fell. (Did some Boston fans take a certain amount of glee in his reaction, even though Allen set that record in as a Celtic, in 2008, against the Lakers? Yes, yes we did.)
Ray Allen watching that Green three go in needs to become a .gif. Get to work, Internet— John Wishall (@sirwishall) June 17, 2013
SOMEONE MAKE A GIF/MEME OF RAY ALLEN LOOKIN SALTY ON THE BENCH PLEASE— Alex Stockwell (@alexrstockwell) June 17, 2013
Ray Allen salty face.gif— josh (@jortle) June 17, 2013
It took less than five minutes for the internet to get its wish. By my count, the first to get a .gif online was Twitter's @cjzero . . .
. . . but that was quickly followed by Buzzfeed and Bleacher Report, each of whom had the clip online within a few ticks of the clock:
Source: Bleacher Report
The second full week of Whitey Bulger's trial kicks off today, and Mike Bello stopped into RadioBDC this morning to give some analysis of what's happened so far, and what's going to happen next.
Hitman John Martorano faces off with the defendant today, tying Bulger to numerous murders Martorano claims he carried out at the alleged mobster's orders. "It'll be an amazing day," said Bello.
Martorano can tie Bulger to the 19 killings of the Winter Hill gang, and the defense will assert that Martorano is a criminal and cannot be trusted to give honest testimony.
The two have been friends since the 1960s, and Martorano's son is named James, after Bulger. It was a deep insult to Martorano to find out Bulger had become an FBI informant, explained Bello, and he would have never testified if that wasn't the case.
Martorano is the first of three witnesses that tie Whitey Bulger to the crimes of the Winter Hill gang.
Listen to more from Mike Bello:
RadioBDC is on a mission to capture every Boston Bruins goal en route to THE STANLEY CUP from this vantage point at The Harp across from the Gahden. Here is Game 1. Let us know what you think and how you want to see it ... besides the given of Boston scoring more than Chicago over the course of the next few weeks. But there is nothing like celebrating a Stanley Cup goal, whenever it goes in the net.
In a related note, we're keeping our Boston Bruins Goal FanCam up and running at The Harp for the entire Stanley Cup Finals. Here's the footage from Game 1:
GO, GO BLACK AND GOLD!
We're fascinated by the discussion that's taking part over on Boston Comment about rich folks cutting in line at theme parks. So much so that we had Joanna Weiss on this morning so Henry and Julie could weigh in:
So what's your take on Universal not being so "universal" anymore? Click here, read the piece on Boston Comment, and weigh in!
The full playlist is below.
If you missed Wednesday's show, you can hear it again on Sunday at 9pm
Click here for the playlist from last week's show.
- The Julie Ruin// Oh Come On
- Ex Cops// Ken
- Neko Case// Man
- Kisses// Huddle
- Haim// Don't Save Me
- Grouplove// Ways To Go
- The Courtneys// Nu Sundae
- Pacific Air// Roses
- Crystal Fighters// We Are One
- CSS// Honey
- Speedy Ortiz// No Below
- Big Deal// In Your Car
- Disclosure// Help Me Lose My Friend
- Lemuria// Chihuly
- The Lovely Bad Things// Fried Eyes
- Pity Sex- Wind Up
RadioBDC and Coors Light is sending one lucky person to Chicago for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Sasha, originally from Milton and pictured with Adam 12, will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip for two with tickets to the Windy City this weekend. That's flight, hotel, spending loot, cap fare ... and TICKETS!!!! See what other RadioBDC fans were on hand to root on the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. And let's go Bruins and head back home with the series all tied up. Sasha is one of three winners en route to Chicago courtesy of RadioBDC and Coors Light. Always keep an eye out on our Get Stuff page to see more great giveaways and contests.
There are few things more fun or delicious than a visit from Roxy's Grilled Cheese. And that's exactly what happened this morning. Our old buddy James brought the truck by, and he and Henry hit the griddle. The results were both tasty and entertaining. Look and listen:
Here's our chat with James:
And James made a Vine, too!
Check out the pics:
Thank you, James!
This week, Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer welcomed two authors to the RadioBDC studios. Because we still believe in books and the reading of books. And it's summertime. So read some books.
First was our old pal Bernie Corbett who, when he's not calling BU Men's Hockey or hosting on Sirius XM Radio, is writing up a storm. Hi latest project? 50 Licks: Myths and Stories from Half a Century of the Rolling Stones, which he worked on with author Pete Fornatale.
Author Daniel James Brown also stopped by to talk about his latest book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Read something this summer! We'll keep the suggestions coming.
Who brought the rainbow with them to Boston? Was it Obama? Was it the Stones? Or was it -- and this is the prevailing opinion on the Twitterz -- a sign from the hockey gods that they will look favorably on your Boston Bruins for Game One of the Stanley Cup? (Minority opinion: it's a slacker, a few days late for Pride Week.) Whoever brought it, Boston was intent on capturing the rainbow -- make that a DOUBLE RAINBOW -- that blazed across the Hub on Wednesday evening. Here's the
28 40 best shots from Twitter, Vine, and Instagram. (Did we miss one? Tweet your faves to me @carlycarioli and we'll add 'em . . . errr, after the hockey game, 'k?)
(Update, June 13: Thanks for sending in your pics, and keep them coming. Now with even more double rainbow!)
State police cruisers blared their sirens this morning, as Whitey Bulger arrived in federal court at 7:30 am. Members of victims' families arrived soon after, and lined up outside the courthouse.
J.W. Carney, Bulger's lawyer, said he will defend his client to the fullest, and paint a picture of what the underworld was like in the '70s and '80s, reported Mike Bello this morning.
Shelley Murphy and Milton Valencia are liveblogging the trial for Boston.com, and opening statements got underway at 9 a.m.
Listen to Bello's morning analysis and his conversation with Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer, including which members of the Bulger family are present for the trial, who is sitting in which designated section, and what kind of social media will be allowed.
Lead singer and long-time indie rocker Alex Brown Church of Sea Wolf brought his band through the Globe Media Lab while on tour in Boston.
They're a pretty chilled out group from Los Angeles, and over sandwiches, we talked briefly about a handful of weird things.
Check out the video of their Live in the Lab performance here.
What is the story of your first-ever concert?
I don’t remember… I have no idea. My mom starting at a very young age, so I have no idea what my first concert was. The one I remember is LL Cool J and Houdini and Roxanne Chante when I was10 years old, at the Oakland Coliseum. LL Cool J came out and, like, had sex with a couch.
Who is your favorite emerging artist?
Hmmm. Emerging artists… There are contemporary bands I like, but nobody that hasn’t been around for a while. I don’t know. I’ve kind of been not-that-excited about new music or new bands, to tell you the truth. But, The National is probably my favorite contemporary band.
What is the oddest thing in your bag right now?
There are probably 400 things in my bag right now, I reach in there, and I have no idea what I’m going to pull out. Fingernail clippers, maybe? But that’s not that strange if you play guitar.
Describe the worst picture ever taken of you.
It’s probably something from college or high school, you know those awkward years…
What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Boston?
Baked beans. I don’t know, sorry Boston! Maybe clam chowder. Actually, both of those are two words. Red Sox. Fenway! Fenway is a park I’ve always wanted to go to. I’ve never been but I would love to go.
What’s one thing your mother doesn’t know about you?
I definitely would never say, because I don’t want my mom to know. But really, we’re pretty close, and she knows a lot about me, I think. I don’t think there’s anything I wouldn’t tell my mom that I would want to tell anyone else.
The epic journey of a small band of small men continues! Finally, the trailer for the next installment of the movie trilogy, based on one book and dragged through the foreseeable future, has been released.
The official YouTube account of Czech Warner Bros. has the trailer, which explains the subtitles, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug also features some of the following:
- Hobbits and dwarves riding down waterfalls in large barrels.
- Orlando Bloom as Legolas with eyebrows more intense than aerial views of Rivendell.
- The line, "It's a trap!" (Seriously.)
See for yourself.
It'll be in theaters in December. Hold on to your wizard hats.
One week ago, there were 800 possible jurors in the pool of people being considered for Whitey Bulger's trial – now there are 70, said Mike Bello this morning. Each person is examined at length by the defense, the prosecution, and the judge, in an attempt to find the right people to sit on the jury.
It turned out that 13 of the 70 had some sort of criminal record, said Bello. One woman claimed she couldn't serve because of her swollen ankels, while another insisted she needed to babysit her dog. Another man was excused by the defense after Bulger intimated the man's large family and autistic child should be his priority.
Bello reports that the jury pool could be finalized by the end of the day, and opening statements are still slated for tomorrow.
Listen to the rest of today's Bello on Bulger segment for more details on this story, including more about hit man John Martorano, who will testify for the prosecution, and more Whitey Bulger fashion updates:
Every Monday at 2p, Adam 12 talks Sox with Chad Finn and Steve Silva from Boston.com. This Monday, the trio recapped Sox-Angels and looked ahead to John Lackey's start in Tampa...right after discussing the finer points of Nomah. Listen:
We'll be back at it next Monday at 2p. In the meantime, here's a gallery of Adam 12 and his new best buddy, Nomar Garciaparra.
Thursday, June 27 come party with RadioBDC at Jose McIntyre's Summer Block Party! We are celebrating the 21st anniversary of Jose McIntyre's with a live performance from Air Traffic Controller and appearances by the RadioBDC DJ's sponsored by Michelob Ultra.
Tickets can be purchased at the event on June 27 for $10.00.
Proceeds of the event will go to the MDA, in partnership with Boston Fire.
Christian McNeil, Dwight & Nicole, Paddy Saul, Jesse Dee, Will Dailey...the list goes on and on. Listen to Jimmy Ryan break it down (and strum his uke!)
Hope to see you Tuesday night! Click here for tickets!
What are your plans for Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals? Nothing special, you say? Well, we have something that might be of interest to you.
RadioBDC and Coors Light will send one lucky person and a guest to the Windy City (airfare, hotel, tickets to Game 2, some cash and transportation fare are all included) and all you have to do is hang with us at The Harp, show us the RadioBDC app on your phone, treat yourself to some Silver Bullets and watch the game. Winner will be selected at the end of the game. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!
So join RadioBDC as the Original 6 Showdown kicks off, and the Bruins try and take home the Stanley Cup for the second time time in three years. The Boston streets need some more of this:
LET'S GO BRUINS ... CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP!!!!
LET'S GO BRUINS ... CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP!!!!
LET'S GO BRUINS ... CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP!!!!
Whitey Bulger's defense team attempted to get the alleged mobster's trial delayed this morning, claiming they wanted to investigate a suggestion that the state police protected confessed hit man John Martorano, reported Mike Bello.
The nine-page motion filed today accused the US attorney's office of "hiding exculpatory information" and attacked the state police for ignoring warning signs about Martorano. The prosecution called the claims "totally unfounded," according to Bello.
Martarano is expected to testify that he carried out numerous murders at Bulger's behest.
Jury selection continued today, and Judge Diane Casper is still aiming to begin proceedings on Wednesday. But if the trial does get delayed, says Bello, we'll likely know today.
Listen to the rest Bello's assessments in today's segment about the Bulger trial:
(Mirman Kickstarter Video. Pottymouth alert: High. If you're at work, insert earbuds.)
Lexington's EUGENE MIRMAN went to the same high school as Amanda Palmer. But that doesn't mean he's as good as her at Kickstarter. Palmer, famously, raised over a million dollars from fans to help fund an album and a tour. Mirman is trying to raise a modest $5000 to help offset the costs of throwing an awesome, surreal three-day comedy festival in Boston. As we hit send on this post he's less than halfway to his goal with less than a week remaining. Previously staged in such hipster-comedy-friendly towns as Seattle and Brooklyn, the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival "is the world’s first sincere-and-ironic comedy festival and celebrates a close-knit comedy community, while making fun of the trappings of comedy festivals." It's scheduled for June 28-30 at the Wilbur Theater in Boston and the Sinclair in Cambridge.
Mirman has lots of hilarious friends, many of whom take a fraction of their normal fees in order to keep the ticket prices down. Still, without Kickstarter funds there'll be less in the kitty for the bizarro-land absurdities that have graced previous festivals. According to the festival's Kickstarter description:
"With each festival we've done in the past we've always had lots of ideas for free, silly things we want to do and many work out. In years past we have had a petting zoo outside a venue, given out small appliances, had an awkward party bus, mimes, cotton candy machine, a pig roast, etc. So, without promising that we can definitely hire two men — one dressed as William Dawes and one dressed as Paul Revere — to make-out outside of one of the venues, we can certainly do our best, or at least provide free cotton candy and caviar to those who attend."
Are there limits to the practical efficiency of sincere and ironic Kickstarter premiums? The lack of funds drifting in suggests, y'know, maybe, but what's your point? If your point is that Eugene Mirman's Kickstarter is funny but not profitable, then you have just described the alternative comedy movement perfectly.
With that said, here are our five favorite unfunded premiums in Mirman's Kickstarter campaign. We'd dare you to pay for one, but what do we look like, his publicist?
1. Nobody wants Eugene Mirman to call them a racist.
However, eight people have donated $22 each to be referred to in the program as "A Classist, Privileged D**khead"
2. Nobody wants to go roller-skating with Eugene Mirman.
3. Nobody wants Eugene Mirman to braid their hair.
4. Nobody wants to ask someone out on a date by having Eugene Mirman call them.
5. Nobody wants to go to a comedy festival dressed in a trashbag. Even if the trashbag gets you into everything before everyone else.
6. Nobody wants Eugene Mirman to be their mail man.
After the Bruins bested the Penguins for the fourth straight game to skate through to the Stanley Cup Finals, Boston fans wasted no time in reaching for the nearest broom -- and then reaching for their smartphones to Vine that shizz. We're super impressed by how many of you just happened to have stuffed penguins in the house for just such an occasion. How sweep it is, amirite?
BONUS: From the Bar Where Owen Lives, Some YouTube Sweepage:
The full playlist is below.
Catch Grrl Power every Wednesday and Sunday night at 9pm.
To see the playlist from last week, click here.
- Bratmobile// Queenie
- Minks// Painted Indian
- Big Deal// In Your Car
- CSS// Honey
- Speedy Ortiz// Hermit Crab
- Braids// In Time
- Savages// Shut Up
- CHVRCHES// Gun
- Bent Shapes// Behead Yrself Part 2
- Big Deal// Teradactol
- Camera Obscura// Troublemaker
- that dog.// Annie
- In The Valley Below// Last Soul
- Pity Sex// Wind Up
- Peach Kelli Pop// Dreamphone
Yes, it's National Donut Day. And yes, Dunkin' Donuts stopped by with a couple of boxes, including their new lemonade and key lime donuts, as well as this:
That's the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich. Here's the breakdown:
Julie Kramer called it "the perfect hangover food." We'll let you know if she's right on Monday morning.
Lawyers for Whitey Bulger claim they are seeking information about alleged crimes that could have been committed by hitman John Martorano, who is slated to testify against Bulger, reported Mike Bello this morning.
Martorano admitted to killing 20 people, and spent 12 years in prison for his crimes. He is expected to testify against Bulger in his upcoming racketeering trial.
Bulger's attorneys filed a motion late Thursday night after they say they receieved information that Martarano "continued his involvement in criminal activity after his release in 2007," said Bello. The papers also claim that Martorano has been shielded by the State Police, essentially getting a free pass for criminal conduct.
Listen to the rest of Mike Bello's assessment on this news during his daily segment this morning on RadioBDC.
This morning, Chef Bill Brodsky of City Landing stopped by to tell Henry and Julie what will actually be happening at the Aquarium this Sunday. Listen:
Sustainable fish...mmmmm...hope to see you on Sunday! Happy World Oceans Day!
Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello reported this morning that Judge Diane Casper has asked for nearly 100 additional prospective jurors, bringing the count to 770 people who could be considered to serve on the jury for Whitey Bulger's trial.
From that pool, the court will narrow the number to 40, and from there, assign 18 people to serve, said Bello.
Bulger has been present throughout the jury selection process, now entering its fourth day. Observers have said that he carried himself with confidence and is seemingly very involved in his defense.
Defense attorneys for Bulger have come under fire, however, for attempting to ban Globe reporters Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen from the trial. The prosecution maintains that this is simply an attempt by Bulger to remove people he "despises" from his trial.
Listen to Mike Bello's assessment of the pre-trial situation.
And yes, there is a second time around. Boston Calling Music Festival returns on Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th. Your Saturday headliner? Vampire Weekend. Local Natives are on the bill, too. Passion Pit headline Sunday.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 7th. Click here to see ticket options and to pick up a pair.
We'll see you on City Hall Plaza!
UPDATED 6:16 PM with a response from Kees Moeliker, which has been appended to the bottom of this post
Today, in case you didn't know, is Dead Duck Day. Exactly why it is Dead Duck Day requires some explanation. But the purpose of this post is essentially to ask: what ever happened to the dead duck that inspired it?
On June 5, 1995 -- eighteen years ago today -- Kees Moeliker, an ornithologist at the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, heard a bang against the window and knew immediately what had happened: a duck had flown into the side of the glass-walled museum and died. As he has related countless times over the last decade, including most recently in February in a TED Talk entitled "How a Dead Duck Changed My Life," what happened next would dramatically alter the course of his career.
What happened is that Moeliker observed the duck at the base of the museum's glass windows, dead; and then he observed a second duck, also a male, approach the first duck, mount it, and being to copulate. Moeliker took out his notebook and his camera and, for the next 75 minutes, took notes and pictures. Six years later, at the urging of his colleagues, he finally got around to publishing his observation of this event in an academic paper he titled "The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard Anas platyrhynchos (Aves: Anatidae)."
This much is not in question.
Nor is it in question what happened after that: Moeliker got a call from Marc Abrahams, from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Abrahams is the founder of a fantastic magazine, the Annals of Improbable Research, and creator what might be the world's greatest science awards show, the Ig Nobels, which honor dubious achievments in actual science. The Ig Nobels are so beloved in the field that actual Nobel winners show up every year to hand out the awards, and the ceremony at Harvard, ripe with in-jokes and satiric pageantry, sells out in advance.
When Moeliker accepted the Ig Nobel, he held up a preserved duck which he said was the actual dead duck that had flown into the side of his museum. He has been holding it up pretty much ever since: halfway through his TED Talk he whips the duck out of a plastic bag and holds it up the same way, by the stiff preserved tail, waving it around like a bowling pin and then passing it into the audience. "Please note, it's a museum specimen," he tells them, "but there is no chance you can get the avian flu."
"After winning this prize, my life changed," he says in the talk. And indeed it did. People began to send him gauche and inappropriate duck memorabilia, including a duck-billed speculum. He also became the go-to guy if you wanted to report an incident of strange animal sex: he was sent photographs, for instance, of a real moose approaching and then humping a bronze statue of a bison. Especially, people sent him many further examples of necrophilia in nature.
And what's more, he became one of the first real viral stars of the Ig Nobel Awards. He returned to the ceremony year after year, and at the point in the program where past winners are singled out for recognition, he would hold the duck above his head. He had a knack for drumming up publicity. In 2005, when a common sparrow was shot dead while nearly ruining a record-setting domino topple in the Netherlands, he acquired the corpse and put it in the museum. His nose for publicity served him well: according to the Ig Nobel's wesbite, he became the Rotterdam museum's chief curator and director of communications. He also became the European Bureau Chief of the Annals of Improbable Research.
Somewhere along the way, Moeliker began claiming that the preserved bird who started it all -- the one that had been the victim of the posthumous sexual attack, the one he'd been holding up at the Ig Nobels -- had been accepted into the collection of the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
In a Globe story from 2007, we find Moeliker at an Ig Nobel cocktail party in Brookline, already an ambassador for the awards and honing the stump speech he'd still be riffing on six years later at his TED Talk: "He flies to Boston every year to meet and congratulate the new recipients," the paper reports.
It's also a chance for him to visit the taxidermied duck, which Moeliker donated to the Harvard Museum of Natural History shortly after receiving his Ig Nobel prize. Harvard lets him borrow the bird for the festivities, but he returns it to the museum's archives before returning to Rotterdam. "With the concern about Avian Flu, it's hard to get a bird through airport security," he says.
The story of the duck's arrival at Harvard traveled well. I first heard it last year, when Marc Abrahams asked me to be one of the readers at a free Improbable event at a coffee shop during Cambridge Science Week. (I can't recall who told the story.) But it wasn't until this week, when I came across Moeliker's TED talk, that I thought to check it with Harvard.
When I asked Blue Magruder, the publicist at the Harvard Natural History Museum, if the duck was in the museum's collection, she emailed me: "This museum is the public museum, and all the 21 million-some specimens in the zoology collections are within the research museum, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and we borrow a few thousand of the most fascinating for both changing and permanent public exhibitions."
She then forwarded my query to Linda Ford, the collections manager at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and then forwarded me Ford's response. "For one, the duck that Kees Moeliker is using in his TED talk is not from Harvard," Ford wrote, in part, "and it’s unclear if we really do have the 'original' duck."
I put several follow-up questions to Ford this afternoon -- did Harvard ever have the original duck? Does it now have a fake duck? -- but, perhaps not surprisingly, did not hear back. A person close to Moeliker who knows quite a bit about the duck was unable to confirm its precise whereabouts, and that person would not speak for the record.
Since Harvard has not confirmed that it ever had Moeliker's duck, we are reduced to speculation. The simplest explanation is probably the likeliest: that while the duck may have once been at Harvard -- or at least Moeliker wished people to believe that the duck was at Harvard -- it is no longer there.
An attempt to reach Moeliker late in the day by email
was unsuccessful (see update, below) -- though that is hardly an admission of guilt. After all, it is Dead Duck Day. And on this Dead Duck Day, as on every Dead Duck Day since 1996, Moeliker and a small group of colleagues mark the occasion with a quiet ceremony. According to the Dead Duck Day web site, the ceremony includes an appearance by the original duck:
Since 2008, the 13th Dead Duck Day, the event is open to the public. The Natural History Museum Rotterdam and the European Bureau of Improbable Research invite duck enthusiasts and other people to come to the lawn next to the glass pavilion of the museum— the site where the duck met its fate — and join the short open-air ceremony. At 17.55 h (the exact moment when the mallard hit the glass facade) bird curator Kees Moeliker takes the now-historic stuffed duck specimen (NMR 9997-00232) out of the museum, says a few words to commemorate the dramatic event and explain – if asked – what exactly happened at that moment back in 1995. Usually, Moeliker will communicate recent observations of remarkable animal behavior, and (since 2010) he reads the annual Dead Duck Day message send in by a leading and/or remarkable (duck)scientist. So far Daniel Klem jr, Patricia Brennan and Tim Birkhead have contributed to Dead Duck Day. The official part of the ceremony ends with a discussion about new ways to prevent birds from colliding with glass buildings.
Following the ceremony, the revelers and the stuffed mallard repair to a Chinese restaurant for a duck dinner.
This year, perhaps, they may raise a toast to the English composer Daniel Gillingwater, who is at work on turning the story of the necrophiliac duck into a proper opera, and is applying for funding in the hopes of staging performances around the country, perhaps with Kees along to narrate.
UPDATE. 6:16 PM: In response to my questions about the duck, Kees Moeliker responded, via email, with the following explanation. Mystery solved:
The actual duck, as described in my Ig winning paper (Catalogue number NMR 9997-00232), is in the collection of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. It never left the building, other than some short trips to a tv studio in the Netherlands.
For the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony in 2003 I brought a different mallard duck (with no story behind it, just an ordinary study skin I had specially prepared for this important ceremonial purpose: showing him at the Ig ceremony). This duck, I call him the Ig Duck, is the subject of your query.
After the Ig days were over, back in 2003, I donated the Ig duck to the MCZ bird department. The curator accepted the donation, and I personally labelled it (tying a tag at his feet and writing the origin on the label, like finding date, finding location, cause of death, sex, age, etc. the usual stuff we need to know of museum specimens)
So the duck that I showed at TED is 'duck number 3', the official stand-in of the real victim of homosexual necrophilia, since 2005. I keep and use that duck for all kinds of public appearances
When I returned to the Ig ceremony in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 I borrowed the Ig duck from the MCZ and returned him afterwards. The bird people knew me and an e-mail was enough to arrange the loan.
In 2008 there were some changes at the MCZ. There was a new curator in charge of the birds, and there were new rules that did not allow loans for other purposes than research or exhibition. Showing a museum specimen at a ceremony does not qualify for a loan. People and rules change, and so it was. MCZ is the legal owner of the Ig duck and they decide about it, not me as a donor.
So after 2007 I have not seen the Ig duck. I suppose it is still in the MCZ collection.
The Boston Bruins have held the best offense in the NHL to one goal over the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Pittsburgh Penguins look scattered and frustrated, while the Bruins are "playing their game." Will this continue at the Garden tonight for Game three? Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe breaks it down with Adam 12.
Enjoy the game tonight. Who knows? Maybe this will actually happen.
Wednesday is food day, as we all know. But sometimes you need something to wash all that delicious cuisine down with. Enter this week's edition of Henry in the Grub, where Henry Santoro welcomed not one but TWO delicious beverages into the RadioBDC studio.
Be sure to pick up one of these special bottles of Privateer before they're gone!
Next up, it was the crew from Goose Island Beer Company, all the way from Chicago! Have a look at what we sampled:
Now, have a listen:
Cheers, Goose Island! Feel free to come by again the next time you're in Boston!
On the second day of jury selection in the Whitey Bulger trial, 225 potential jurors came before the court and Bulger himself, who wore blue jeans and sneakers, according to a report from Mike Bello this morning.
One of the court workers said that Bulger either "looks relaxed or looks like a gangster," and Bello described the notorious mobster as seeming very confident.
Judge Diane Casper, who originally planned for opening arguments on Monday, now says that the date will likely be pushed back to later next week because of the daunting number of potential jurors to get through.
The judge will also consider a defense motion today to ban Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy from covering the trial, as they could be called as witnesses for the defense. Globe attorneys are asking for this motion to be struck down.
Bello will be reporting daily with morning updates on RadioBDC. Listen to today's discussion of the Bulger trial.
Brendan McKee was a paper-pusher who wanted more. So he quit his job and entered the health and wellness industry. And the Octagon.
Today, he stopped by to talk about Office to Octagon, where corporate employees train over a 12-14 week period and fight in the Octagon to raise money for charity and more. Listen:
There will be eighteen jurors for Whitey Bulger's trial, reported Mike Bello this morning. Jury selection got underway this morning after Bulger was introduced to the groups of prospective jurors wearing an orange prison jumpsuit.
Judge Denise Casper announced that her goal is to have opening statements begin Monday morning. Until then, prospective jurors will be questioned by the court, and those who are unable to serve will be dismissed over the following days.
Bulger himself does not have a say in who gets chosen, although his attorney does, explained Bello. Lawyers from both sides, as well as the judge, will be looking at the 675 prospective jurors with in-depth detail, until the final pool is decided on for the three-month trial.
Hear more about this developing story from Mike Bello.
I had been waiting 15 years to see a live show at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. I stood on the steps of the empty venue in 1998, soaking in the amazing landscape, imagining how incredible it would be to take in a live show. Finally, a decade-and-a-half later and on my 40th birthday, a big checkmark was etched next to this bucket-list item. And like the extraordinary stones jutting from the earth encompassing this amazing concert site, the fact it was the Alabama Shakes put the journey on a different level. It was one of those moments when music meets life in a cosmic sense. It's emotional. It inspires. And at times, it's unbelievable.
I lived and worked in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for four years, from July of 2007 to the same month of 2011. I met some wonderful people, worked with one of the best sports staffs in the country, discovered what college football is all about and created a family. Roll Tide. I left Boston in 2006 with my wife and returned with two wonderful children and a boatload of southern memories. It was random how I got there, and that's what makes me confident it was the right exit on the proper highway.
In the fall of 2011, I took my first trip back to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide/LSU battle at Bryant-Denny Stadium. I missed my friends and the atmosphere. It was a huge game, which meant an even bigger party. Tens of thousands honed in on this small city in the southwestern part of Alabama. Downtown and The Strip were jamming.
The Friday night before the game, I met a group of friends at a tiny venue called Green Bar (formerly Little Willies) in downtown Tuscaloosa. This new band out of Athens, Alabama was on the slate, and my former colleague, music writer, secret agent and good buddy Cody Banks was very high on this act called Alabama Shakes. Cool name, I thought.
Front-woman Brittany Howard and her bandmates took the stage and started the gig with the song "Hold On." It was a musical haymaker. I watched in utter disbelief as she pounded the intimate crowd with thunderous passion and pointed energy. The focus was insane. It was raw and polished at the same time, something that is only born out of the purest of talent. I remember looking at Cody Banks and mouthed a "what?" ... he simply smiled and nodded. I have seen numerous shows in Tuscaloosa during those four years, up-and-coming acts stopping through on the way to Memphis from New Orleans and vice-versa. I had witnessed nothing like this. Not even close. That was the night I fell in love with Brittany Howard and the Alabama Shakes.
Fast-forward to spring of 2012, and I was back to doing my regular thing in Boston. I was partaking in my normal drive home on a usual weekday afternoon listening to the now-defunct WFNX. Out of nowhere came those first deep bassy notes of "Hold On." The Shakes were playing on the airwaves in Boston. I nearly drove off the Pike in sheer excitement, and fumbled with my phone to text Cody Banks and some others back in 'Bama with the news. One of the DJs came on after the song - it was likely Adam 12 so I'm going to stick with that - claiming "Hold On" was going to be the song of the summer. I felt very proud of my small garden of southern roots.
So we know how the story goes from there. A critically acclaimed solo effort in "Boys & Girls," a Grammy nomination, Brittany's performance during the award show's Levon Helm tribute, the SNL stop, countless sold-out shows and a growing passionate fan base spreading across the country. The Shakes had made it.
Let's move on to 2013, our current year, and in February I was sitting around flipping through nonsense on the tube. I had been thinking of what to do for my 40th birthday celebration coming up in June. My wife's birthday is the very next day, so when the big ones come up I like to do something a bit different.
I stumbled across "Mumford & Sons - The Road to Red Rocks" on Showtime. It's a great one-hour doc for fans of M&S. I had just caught Mumfords live at the Garden, so I jammed out a bit on the couch. The crowd was so into it, and so was the band. Then I thought ... hmmm ... who is playing around my birthday at this bucket-list venue? Perhaps somebody in my wheelhouse? So I jumped online and went to the web site.
June 2. My actual birthday. Alabama Shakes.
BUY TICKETS BUY TICKETS BUY TICKETS!!!! I hit the mouse pad fast and furiously. The Mac hung out a bit for good measure, mocking me with the rainbow wheel from Hell. I was pissed, 15 seconds of sheer rage. But I finally purchased two tickets at row 52 while my wife was upstairs prepping the kids for bed. She came downstairs right after transaction, and I let her in on our birthday plans. Her look of confusion was adorable. I love to draw that out from time to time.
There it was in front of me: when music meets life in cosmic fashion. I have a phone full of amazing footage as we climbed through the Rockies all weekend and watched Brittany and the Shakes just dominate the Red Rocks stage. She owned it, every note and every second. Every now and again I would look up from our sixth row seat in awe at the crowd throwing their hands up and just flat boogying. All 10,000 of them at another sold-out Alabama Shakes show. Here's a little clip from the madness.
Wait ... row 6, you say? What happened to row 52? All it took was a text out to my boy Cody Banks the day before, who the Shakes actually referenced in an article about their love and support from the city of Tuscaloosa, and how Cody Banks was basically, "the man." The text exchange went something like this:
Alabama Shakes ... from Little Willies to Red Rocks ... thanks for somehow letting me ride along. Here are a few other random shots from the adventure out west. We stayed in the quaint little town of Golden, home to the Coors brewery. Perfect spot ... only 30 miles from Denver and a mere 9 from Red Rocks. The wife and I were convinced this spot was the inspiration for Radiator Springs of Lightning McQueen fame. According to the Internet, we were wrong. Duh ... Mother Road.
You really have to suck at taking photos if you come away from Colorado without a device full of frame-worthy pics ... especially with Instagram in the game these days.
If my birth certificate did not say Haverhill, Mass., then I'd be convinced I was born behind the bar at Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery in Nederland, Colorado. This small, crazed town in the middle of Peak to Peak Highway is known mostly for Frozen Dead Guy Days. Seriously, go read about it. And visit. And have these smoked wings and a Hop Diggity IPA. Yes ... I bought a t-shirt. And yes ... it was tie-dyed.
And finally, the most random of all, taking in my birthday as the clock struck midnight the evening of June 1st at Golden Bowl with our temporary neighbors. I rented a small house in the middle of a Golden neighborhood, and it turned out the crew next door was from Pittsburgh and rabid Penguins fans. So after the B's delivered a Game 1 right-hook win, and we conversed between each period and postgame on their front lawn (I was never invited in - and understandably so), we all decided to hit up Rock and Bowl for some good times. Good times indeed.
Chad Finn was in-studio with a deadline looming. Steve Silva was holed up in a cheap motel on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. Adam 12 was trying to make the scene sound a lot more dramatic than it actually was. And there was baseball.
Chad Finn wrote last week how the Red Sox and Yankees have exceeded expectations. Well, more so the Red Sox as of late, but it was an interesting weekend in the Bronx with plenty to talk about. Listen:
Nice to see our ol' pal Kev back in the lineup over the weekend. See you next Monday at 2.
The last pre-trial hearing for Whitey Bulger's trial commences today at 2 p.m., said Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello this morning. Today's is the last hearing before jury selection tomorrow, from a pool of 675 people.
Bulger is charged with racketeering and alleged participation in 19 murders. The trial, which begins June 10, is expected to last three months and will be one of the most dramatic trials the city has seen in many years. According to Bello, 80 witnesses will be called to testify for the prosecution, and 78 more for the defense. Many of these are former members of Bulger's notorious Winter Hill Gang who are now serving life sentences.
Bulger, 83, says he wants to be present for the whole trial. He wants to tell his side of the story, says Bello, "it's his show."
Listen to Bello's assessment of the upcoming trial on RadioBDC.
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