This past weekend, shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine miraculously followed through on their long-promised new record. It is, of course, quite good. I haven’t undertaken the sizable task of properly reviewing it yet, but I wrote up a little something for Tastemakers chronicling the dramatic evening of its release. Check that out here.
February 3, 2013 in Photos
Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens brought his Lysandre tour to the Paradise last weekend, and I shot the photos accompanying the Allston Pudding review. Additional shots here. AP put on a show of their own at Great Scott on Wednesday night, featuring locals Bent Shapes, Friendly People, Qualms and Little Spoon. Check out some photos of that show right this way.
The opening weeks of the year are always something of a wasteland for live music and for my own creative energy, hence the radio silence around here for the past two weeks. Luckily though, things will be heating up soon enough with a set of killer shows in the next few months. Read on for some recommendations of the first 2013 shows you shouldn’t miss.
December 30, 2012 in Features
A few weeks back, I counted down my favorite records of this year live on the air during my weekly radio show. Given the relatively limited audience of the tiny college radio station I broadcast from, I would gather that not too many people actually heard it. To cap off 2012, then, I decided to publish the list here with some short write-ups on the best the year had to offer.
December 30, 2012 in Miscellany
As you can likely tell, Everybody Talking at the Same Time is (technically) no more. In conjunction with setting up a new photography portfolio site, I decided to come up with a name that’s a bit catchier and less clunky. Thus, Noise Floor was born. With 2013 rapidly approaching, a facelift for the site seemed in order anyway. Nothing major will be changing. I’m even keeping the old URL so I can cling to my beloved Tom Waits reference a little longer.
Be on the lookout for a properly explained top albums of the year list in the next few days, and stay tuned for plenty more photos, show reviews, think pieces, lists and whatever else I come up with in the new year. Everybody Talking had a solid run in 2012, and I can only hope that 2013 brings even bigger and better things. Thanks for reading/looking/caring.
December 29, 2012 in Photos
Christmas may be over, but Sufjan Stevens spent last Thursday night imbuing a sold-0ut Royale crowd with enough spirit to last well into the new year. After releasing a second box set of Christmas EPs in November, Stevens embarked on a tour he dubbed the “Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long: Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice.” The long-winded absurdity of the title was matched by the gleefully over-the-top two hour spectacle, which included a giant wheel spun by audience members to select which Christmas standards would be performed as giant singalongs. The grand finale saw Stevens donning an enormous, unwieldy costume of balloons to perform “Christmas Unicorn.” Words can’t quite do justice to the joyful insanity of the whole evening, so I’ll let the photos do the talking.
December 20, 2012 in Photos
Kevin Barnes and his traveling cast of musicians, crowd surfing luchadores, clowns, skull- and gas-masked individuals and other absurd delights returned to the Paradise last Wednesday for another round of classic Of Montreal theatricality. An energetic set from psych-pop crew Foxygen opened the show. Click on for photos of all the madness.