Drunken Logic is one of my favorite bands, local or otherwise, so I jumped at the chance to see them play at The Red Room @ Cafe 939 on Saturday, April 12th. Their debut CD, Something New to Burn, has been on pretty constant rotation throughout a very hard, very cold winter, so I was really excited to hear they would be filming a music video for their song “Rhythm of the Rain” at the end of the show. Due to any number of reasons, I ended up arriving right at the end of the second set, just as Rocket and the Ghost were finishing up. So I didn’t get to hear much from either them or the first act, Midnight Snack. But the few minutes I heard of Rocket and the Ghost were intriguing and I’ve heard all sorts of good things about Midnight Snack, so I’ll definitely be checking out their music in the near future. Continue reading
Drunken Logic’s music is aimed at ordinary people trying to move forward from where they are now, with highly personal lyrics, several mentions of the Occupy movement, and a number of politically charged tracks. Though the styles vary as the album moves from song to song, the whole thing is tied together by its distinct piano lines. With percussive chords and rapid upper-register runs, the songs that feature these lines are strongly reminiscent of Ben Folds, which was what drew me in from the first song. Later, heavier punk influence takes over for several songs, but the music stays approachable and melodic throughout. Continue reading
I started working on this entry two nights ago, when Boston and some of the surrounding communities were on lockdown. Two days later, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombing is in custody and we can move onto the next chapter in whatever the hell story is happening here. Friday night I abandoned writing to follow what was happening in Watertown, then took Saturday post-work for a hugely needed night out in Cambridge. (I know it’s been said a few times already, but please go out and spend some money at local businesses. They lost so much money this week. So with us going out, they get money and we get beer. Everybody wins.)
Anyway, though this is up later than I had planned it to be, I feel like it’s still worth posting. We’ve still got a ways to go with healing and moving on. It’s a collection of ten songs from various local musicians. I know for me, music is one major way of coping with stress. And I imagine many people reading this feel the same way. So I wanted to put together some music for us to listen to in the coming weeks. It’s a mix, some cheerful and upbeat to sing along to and give you hope. And then some that is more somber, because sometimes we need to just sit and reflect. Hopefully this music can help at least some people feel better, because it definitely helped me.
Also, while we’re on the topic: Allston Pudding’s Marathon Relief Mixtape. 130 songs from local and non-local groups for a donation of a dollar or more. If you haven’t downloaded it, download it now (click the link or go to Allston Pudding in the sidebar), you’ll be making a difference and getting some fantastic music.