Wednesday, September 30, 2009

WED 9/30: Tips to Beatles, Sandman, Others

The Bynars, tonight at Great Scott (flyer by Vanessa Irzyk)
I've been slacking on the calendar, but I put these events on there earlier, and I'll hopefully have tomorrow's cheapness up soon (and following days thereafter).

If you want to hear some new tunes, I'll have a post/link to a song sampler later in the afternoon or evening. There are some good bands like Dr. Dog and Spinto Band, but I want to give it another listen.

Did you know Nick Hornby was reading from his new novel at the Coolidge Corner Theatre tonight? It's sold out, but there will be a standby-line, or you can go to book-signing afterward across the street at Brookline Booksmith.


WED 9/30

Tom Appleman & Friends play "Abbey Road"
at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston (Back Bay)
$10 / $5 seniors & ages 12 to 18 / $2 12 and under

Berklee faculty Tom Appleman (bass) and Joe Musella (guitar) will be joined by friends like Corin Ashley (ex-Pills, etc who loves The Beatles so much that he recorded at Abbey Road studios) and Brian King to play "Abbey Road" all the way through.

It's been done before, but The Beatles never did it. As a reminder, the second half features 8 songs that were edited to sound like a suite. Take a look at the songs:

1. "Come Together"
2. "Something"
3. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
4. "Oh! Darling"
5. "Octopus's Garden"
6. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
7. "Here Comes the Sun"
8. "Because"
9. "You Never Give Me Your Money"
10. "Sun King"
11. "Mean Mr. Mustard"
12. "Polythene Pam"
13. "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"
14. "Golden Slumbers"
15. "Carry That Weight"
16. "The End"
17. "Her Majesty"
The running time is a little over 47 minutes, but I doubt most "Rock Band" punks could do it without taking a snack break.

They may take liberties here and there, but I bet the performance will be generally faithful. I hope they play a few more tunes afterwards.

WED 9/30

Members of Morphine/Elastic Waste Band (11:30pm), Dennis Brennan (10:30pm), Sarah RabDAU & Self-Employed Assassins (9:30pm), Elle Gallo (8:30pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

If you didn't go to the Mark Sandman Memorial Concert on Sunday, Boston Band Crush has extensive coverage and video.

Bandmates from various Sandman groups performed, but it's Morphine that is best remembered. In the last six months I've noticed that sax-man Dana Colley and drummer Jerome Deupree have been gigging with New Orleans blues-guitar ex-pat Jeremy Lyons. It appears they've settled on the name "Elastic Waste Band".

Do you want me to tell you it's awesome? It is. As expected it's a different thing with its own vibe, but there's a familiar "low-rock" sound that Colley makes -- especially when with Deupree or Billy Conway. It looks like Lyons also sometimes plays "slide bass"...

I've waxed so much about Morphine that I'll have to be brief in saying that Dennis Brennan is a rock and roll treasure that should be idolized with the greats of all time. Sarah RabDAU is delightfully piano-licious that her Self-Employed Assassins is only a drummer. The Elle Gallo Band is a bluesy North Shore outfit with the soulful vocals of a former Miss Massachusetts (1993).

All proceeds will benefit Mark Sandman Music Project to support youth-oriented music programs.

GimmeSound seems to be sponsoring the night; I like their cleaner interface, so I suggest bands should think about at least having a presence on their site. Like ReverbNation -- or anything but MySpace -- it's easier for someone to find out about you and listen to your music.

WED 9/30

The Bynars, Yoni Gordon & The Goods, The Young Leaves
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 18+

Would you like to hear some jangly powerpop with loads of vintage synth dancing through the tunes? Our most recent local purveyors would be The Bynars. They have a new CD out called "Party All Nite", and this could be a party soundtrack to get folks in the mood for a good time. It would also work equally well when the sun is almost coming up some people are still going.

On the same musical line of passionate singers and songwriters, you'd find Yoni Gordon. It's likely to be fiery performance since his backing band will be played by one of my faves, The Diamond Mines.

It's easy to hear the influences in The Young Leaves; they mention Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr, Archers of Loaf, Superchunk, etc; and they seem to wholly inhabit individual songs.

Presented by WTBU and Quarter Productions (who made The Bynars' music video).

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