March 25, 2010

Hesta Prynn - Can We Go Wrong (RAC Mix)

So our girl from Northern State has gone electro pop. I love the Queens' queens rap stuff and randy live jump kicks, but I dig bouncy techno more. So if you're into stuff like La Roux and dug Northern State's more harmonic rhymesaying from "Can I Keep This Pen?," then our girl's new digs is for you.
- Scott Frost

Massive Attack: Come Down(load) Slow

Massive Attack hit North America May 7 in support of their new disc "Heligoland" - stopping at New York's Terminal 5 on May 11-12

Massive Attack have just released a new short film for the song "Saturday Come Slow," directed by Broomberg and Chanarin. "Saturday Come Slow" featuring Damon Albarn is the latest track from Massive Attack's new album Heligoland. This short film by renowned photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin featuringm Ruhal Ahmed, is a meditation on the former detainee’s experience in Guantanemo Bay. For a period of two and a half years he was repeatedly questioned by military staff at the Cuban base, where his interrogators would often play loud music to him repeatedly at high volume, as a form of torture. The film also explores the use of sound on the human body, for both pleasure and pain. It’s a poignant, powerful, timely and emotive piece of work. It was filmed in the Anechoic Chamber at Cambridge University’s Department of Engineering, a room designed to create total silence. On visiting an Anechoic Chamber, experimental music composer and writer John Cage entered expecting to hear silence, but wrote later, "I heard two sounds, one high and one low. When I described them to the engineer in charge, he informed me that the high one was my nervous system in operation, the low one my blood in circulation." True silence is impossible. This is the fifth in a series of seven films commissioned by Massive Attack to accompany their latest album ‘Heligoland’. They commissioned some of the most talented independent film directors around to choose a song from the album and produce a short film on their chosen subject to accompany it. Massive Attack deployed an independently based Twitter initiative to exclusively broadcast the films, creating a dynamic and engaging experience where users log in to the ‘Tweatre’ with their Twitter accounts, navigate the content, and can directly ‘tweet’ about each film from within the platform. The aesthetic visualization of the site tributes the direction of the artwork and movement of the music and films. This sentiment driven activity falls in line with the nature and intention of the films, directors and music itself – to spark emotion, passion and thought within viewer’s minds, and provoke a response, one which they can express through a tweet to a global audience.

Alkaline Trio: A New Addiction

Back in Philadelphia for the first time in a LONG time, Alkaline Trio hit the Trocadero Theater with a dose of their special brand of goodness supporting their latest release "ThisAddiction" (Epitaph) on Thursday, 3/11/10. Philadelphia has always been a "Trio" town, and you could tell by the anticipation on the faces of the people in line that this record and show had been a long time coming. It's been 2 years, in fact, since we've heard new music from the Trio, and many of the longtime fans (myself included) herald this album as the band's return to its early sound: less production, more angst
and anger. It's a more raw sound than we've heard from this band in a while. With this in mind, and bands on the bill including Omaha's Cursive and Orange County's The Dear and Departed, it was no surprise that the show was completely sold out. This was one of those shows that you tell yourself you absolutely cannot miss.
The Trio took the stage around 10pm, with their trademark moody red lighting and heart skull banner in the background, and the place went wild. Opening with "This Addiction," the title track from the latest record, the band whipped through a setlist that surprisingly included very little new material, focusing largely on 2003's Good Mourning (which I didn't mind...).
Setlist included: This Addiction Armageddon Emma Mr. Chainsaw Dine, Dine My Darling Lead Poisoning Goodbye Forever Fuck You Aurora We’ve Had Enough Mercy Me Dead On The Floor Time to Waste This Could Be Love Continental One Hundred Stories Crawl In Vein Sadie ‘97
Throughout the set, the band remarked about how Philadelphia always gives them so much love, and how happy they were to be able to return to play the Troc again. They added that perks of Philadelphia included cheesesteaks, and of course, Wawa. A superfangirl who'd been perched on the railing for the entire night had been overzealously singing along and gesturing with her arms with every single lyric caught the attention of lead singer/guitarist Matt Skiba, so much so that he pointed her out in between songs. Though she was yelling unintelligibly at him, he smiled and said, "Yeah, I like you... you're alright," and leaned as far over the edge of the stage as he could to give her a guitar pic. Someone's night was made perfect just then.
The encore included a three song set that saw the members of the band switch instruments - this time putting singer Matt Skiba on drums, drummer Derek Grant on bass, and bassist Dan Andriano on guitar and lead vocals. Beginning with This Addiction's "Fine," the band went on to play a cover of the Misfits' "Attitude" before switching back to their normal instruments. And finally, just like every single Trio show that this photographer's ever seen, the band closed with "Radio," off of 2000's Maybe I'll Catch Fire. All in all it was a terrific show, and a total crowd pleaser.
The band is currently on tour with upcoming stops in Florida, Texas, Arizona, California and then they're off to the UK. This Addiction is out now and belongs in the collection of any and all Trio fans. If you haven't heard it yet, go ahead and snap it up. You'll be glad you did.

On The Beat: March 25-31

Chicky pop-rock band Sick of Sarah play with Killola at The Record Collector in Bordentown on Wednesday.
The alt-rockers hangover will be uncorked – actually unplugged – at a free acoustic performance tonight at the Hot Topic at the Quaker Bridge Mall (Route 1 at Quakerbridge Road, Lawrence). Show starts at 7. All-ages.

Known for his guitar work in the Moody Blues and as Sir. Paul and Linda McCartney’s right-hand man in Wings, the starred in tabloid pages of the British press more enough since he was married to and had two children with ’70s model Jo Jo Laine. In 2006 and at 53 years old, Jo Jo – who’d been known for her escapades with Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Rod Stewart, too - died from a fatal fall in her “House on Pooh Corner” homestead where A.A. Milne was said to have written Winnie the Pooh. As for Denny – headlining The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tonight - he played with Wings through 1980, then went solo and reportedly went bankrupt when he sold his co-publishing rights to his Beatle friend. A regular at Beatles conventions, Laine tours extensively these days, playing a lot of those songs he co-write with Paul during that nearly decade-long stint with Wings. Show starts at 7:30. The Cryers open. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. All-ages.
The Hub City mod-pop power-players’ simplistic mesh of Monkees melodies and college indie-rock bite a la The Lemonheads/Pixies return home to the Court Tavern (124 Church St., New Brunswick) tonight. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.
Once described as “bombastic camp-metal,” these German “rock und rollers” are know for their wild stage show, which apparently includes guitarist Piss Promise shredding in a diaper. Sounds kind of like Electric Frankenstein doing the waltz with The Cramps and The Supersuckers at a creepy costume ball. The Essen weirdoes headline McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. DEMO and Satellite Hearts play, too. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
The fuzz-rock revelers – think Elbow or Decemberists – headline Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. Apex, Sam and the Sea, Tango Machine and When East Meets West play, too. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.
The Westbury skate-punks shred a fast, in-your-face and wildly incoherent type of hardcore that made CBGBs the Mecca for abrasive music in the ’80s. With a dash of thrash intermixed with boot-stomping punk, it’s easy to hear the “Best Wishes”-era Cro-Mags influences in their music. They play The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. Ska-rap-jammers Heroes Anonymous headline. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
DJ DCypher & DJ Kortez
A “live mash-up performance” of pounding, pounding techno music with live art is on the slate for tomorrow night’s Art Spin showcase in the basement of Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon (300 S. Broad St., Trenton). Sets starts at 10. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

The folk singer - who’s considered an integral part of the New England singer-songwriter scene - makes his Burlco return tomorrow night at the Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown). Born in Willingboro, Gilbert’s blend of jazz, Americana, urban poetry and racial-minded lyrical tone sets him apart from your typical singer-songwriter. According to Internet reports, he tends to express his views on being one of the rare Black men in the folk scene during those sometimes awkward pauses in-between songs. Show starts at 7:30. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. All-ages.

The Hillsborough hate-breeders headline Championships Sports Bar and Grill’s (931 Chambers St., Trenton) metal matinee Saturday afternoon. Show starts at noon. Embedded, Life In Ancient Seas, Alustrium and Regalia round out the bill. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

The Aussie arena-rock revivalists hit up The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) for a free show Saturday afternoon while in the area recording a new record. With a classic hard rock sound – glam-induced melodies, psychedelic guitar breakdowns and liquor-induced musical rumbles – it shouldn’t be too shocking to hear the guys are supporting Deep Purple on their April-May Australia tour. For fans of Bad Company and AC/DC. The show – their only concert in the U.S. - starts at 1. All-ages.
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Nearly a year after “Slay(ing) the Beast Within” with a new CD, the Tullytown heavy-metalers make their triumphant return to Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday night. Old school in a Judas Priest-arm-wrestling-James Dio sort of way, you can tell the guys are metal because that’s what their songs are about. For instance, “Insane (Metal’s Part Of My Brain)!” squeals the lyrics “I don’t care what they say, this feeling never goes away, insane is part of my brain, heavy-metal flows through my veins.” For fans of Iron Maiden, ’80s Black Sabbath and Dokken. Show starts at 9. Cover Her Face, Exit and Horrifier play, too. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.
The alt-metal, melody-mending Hamiltonians – think Coheed & Cambria’s harmonic progressions with gruff, crash-core alienation in the lyrical flow – headline McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) Saturday night. Show starts at 9. Monroe’s A Clever Con, who played locally with BJ in December, open here again. They’ve just release their “Order The Robot” EP and were called by Wildy’s World, “... the best new thing on the New Jersey rock scene since Bon Jovi.” Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
Cajun-fried rhythm and blues and New Orleans-based swing is the specialty for this Philly group headlining the Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night. Show starts at 7:30. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

The foursome beat-up-the-beat Middlesex-style with techno-driven, trance-punk hyper-crushes for glow-sticking dance pits. For fans of Panic! At the Disco remixes, Brokencyde beats and Cobra Starship neon-pop. The group rave-up The Court Tavern (124 Church St., New Brunswick) Saturday night. Show starts at 8. The Front Bottoms and Nigel Silverthorn play, too. Tickets cost $10. 21-plus.
No band quite pushes the vulgarity of extreme music to the limits than this Massachusetts spazz-core legends headlining Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) on Sunday. Uttering the band’s booty-vulva namesake alone makes people squeamish. Their music, too, this audio raunch of seething and heavily distorted guitar, monstrous verbal gargles and mile-a-minute drumming attack your ears fast enough to damage your soul within 40 seconds - the length of most of their songs often packaged in a 40-song CD – and to the point where your whole nervous system starts to convulse. Well, it’s not that terrifying, but the music is pretty ugly and filtered with satirical attacks on pop culture and the less fortunate. Madlib-style song titles – with some albums having a majority of the songs ending in “gay” or “sucks” like in the tunes “The Internet Is Gay,” “You Went To See Dishwalla and Everclear (You’re Gay)” and “311 Sucks” - have made the band infamous. And the themes in off-color song naming like “Your Kid Is Deformed,” “You Look Adopted” and “I Sent Concentration Camp Footage to ‘America’s Funniest Home Video’” are never clearly portrayed since the songs are so bombastically noisy, loud and musically disheveled there’s no tuneful clarity to absorb. So why do metal heads love them? For the comedy of course and because Seth Putnam and his crew say all the things we wish we can say out loud without getting punched in the face. For fans of EyeHateGod, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Pig Destroyer. Show starts at 4 p.m. Ash Monday, The Necrophiliac Yacht Club, FreeDoom, Dead Womb, Awjita and Last [Red] Ember play, too. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $14 at the door. All-ages.

With the right entrepreneuril approach, the bubbly pop-rock and boy-badgering lyrics found in this all-female Minnesota band’s self-titled debut full-length would make for the perfect Noxzema commercial. And that’s because the music is clean and full of life. It sucks that’s the only thing edgy about the girls in their multi-colored hairdos and nose piercing, unless you think Disney Channel pop and Ingrid Michaelson lays on the fringe of counter-culture. The new CD, which does show signs of riot grrrl influences from Joan Jett and Sleater-Kinney, often teeters between candy-punk and coffeehouse acoustics with most of the song’s themes centering on dudes who were too stupid to realize these girls were hot and ready to trot. Silly boys, tricks are for you! The girls open for Killola at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Wednesday night. Show starts at 7. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.
- Scott Frost’s On The Beat concert listing appears in The Trentonian every Thursday. If your band is playing around town, email the On the Beat web line at