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WTBU fundraiser at Great Scott on 4/18

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The bands with the most buzz in the blog bin will rock Great Scott's socks off this Sunday to help raise funds for WTBU, the “beat of Boston University”. Look for the two Worcester wunderkinder (and Burning Mill Records labelmates) Golden Girls and Dom to serve up fuzzed-out, acid-washed houseparty pop. Count on Quilt, who recently got nominated for “Best Garage/Psych” band by the Boston Phoenix, to bring some folk flavors. Ecstatic Peace’s the Lord Jeff can play it loud or soft and rock either way, while Jamaica Plain’s Turtle Ambulance will Ja-Maic’ you crazy with his island rhythm-influenced, sample-saturated instrumentals. It’s a great bill (and there may even be some surprise additions, so stay tuned) for a great cause. Great Scott - 1222 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston MA 02134 - 18+ - 5 bux - 8pm

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Golden Girls 

Quilt  

Dom

The Lord Jeff

Turtle Ambulance

--Mike Gutierrez

   

Maus Haus

CD Name: 
Winter/Zig Zag and Sea Sides
Music Link: 
http://www.myspace.com/maushausmusic
Album Cover URL: 
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<p>It seems uncanny that <a href="http://www.myspace.com/maushausmusic">Maus Haus</a> (a large group of musicians) can maintain staying power without crumbling under the weight of their own eclecticism; most other groups with similarly eccentric sound have very few members. Yet Maus Haus seems to have found a way to push onward and upward defiantly, following last years strikingly unique Lark Marvels, born out of living room musings, with an equally impressive collection of tracks built around the 7-inch EP Winter/Zig Zag. For all of Lark Marvels' cavalier creation, and any aloofness that may have permeated those recordings as a result, Maus Haus&rsquo; latest recordings reveal a band further coalescing and maturing their sound.</p> <p>With something of an eerie feel, &ldquo;Winter&rdquo; on Side A of the 7 inch, descends on you like a heavy blizzard in a swirl of bass-y synthesizer sounds and mono-syllabic vocal harmonies -- certainly a staple of music with a heavy psyche influence. With the air of a dispassionate homily, &ldquo;Winter&rdquo; creates the feeling of a cold deserted street complete with a disembodied voice advising us to &ldquo;look at the mess we&rsquo;ve made.&quot; A part of me wants to think this is the band telling us to pay close attention to the mess of sounds we&rsquo;re about to be thrown into. If I had to guess I'd say these boys have been listening to a lot of Syd Barrett, as the lyrical style of &ldquo;Winter&rdquo; (and many of these new tracks as well) implore the somewhat syncopated rhythmic singing style that owes a lot to Syd&rsquo;s influence.</p> <p>Kicking off like a fall down a deep hole, Side B&rsquo;s &ldquo;Zig Zag&rdquo; thunders along like a demented fun-house ride. Contrasting &ldquo;Winter&rsquo;s&rdquo; trundle, &ldquo;Zig Zag&rdquo; is driven by an upbeat tempo, a powerfully forceful bass line, and a cavernous layer of vocals. Certainly the more complex of the two (if its feel is not apparent in its title) &ldquo;Zig Zag&rdquo; changes rapidly, jerking the listener along it&rsquo;s intricate journey.</p> <p>Though these two songs make a brief and very dense 7-inch, it seems Maus Haus was not entirely done, releasing these two songs along with an additional three as the digital EP Sea-Sides. Sounding like it could very well have been left off Lark Marvels &ldquo;Skyward Housing,&rdquo; the first of the remaining digital tracks is a well-earned bit of levity from the darker tone of the 7-inch. True to its title, &ldquo;Skyward Housing&rdquo; builds a rising crescendo of synthesizer sounds in an electronic whirlwind. With a driving siren like melody, &quot;Skyward Housing&quot; builds up the movement towards the more ambient plateau that closes out the EP.</p> <p>Creating a subdued mood with a more cavernous electronic soundscape, the final tracks &quot;Sunshine&quot; and &quot;Sneaky Feelings&quot; come well-versed in the lessons of Brian Eno circa Another Green World. The tones of these tracks carry less of a punch then the preceding ones, relying instead on a fuller more ethereal construction with multiple layers of synthesizer sounds. There is a nice calmness at work in these two that function as a soothing d&eacute;nouement from the more intense moments earlier in the EP.</p> <p>A fantastic follow up, Maus Haus&rsquo; latest recordings carry themselves with the gravitas of a band really getting comfortable in their own groove. Thematically there is something much darker at work in these new recordings, but the chills instigated by the eeriness of the sounds are exciting to experience nonetheless. Let&rsquo;s hope for a full-length in the near future.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-Ada Lann</p> <p>The 7-inch Winter/Zig Zag can be purchased <a href="http://rocinanterecords.blogspot.com/">here</a> from <a href="http://rocinanterecords.blogspot.com/">Rocinante Records</a>. Download cards for Sea-Sides are available free with the purchase of a 7-inch.</p>
   

New Single From Burbank International - "2034 (When Machines Start Eating People)"

If you remember, way back many moons ago, there was this little folk outfit, Burbank International, that put out this beautiful album City of Burbank that, as well as being worth much attention from your ears, was made The Deli SF's Album of the Month in November of 08. Well it had seemed, without so much as a peep from them for so long, that San Francisco had succumbed to a tragic loss with the dissolving of H.A. Eugene's folk project; however, with new evidence to contrary, it seems that in fact Burbank International had just gone into to an extended period of dormancy. This week they just announced a new single "2034 (When Machines Start Eating People)," now for sale on iTunes, as well a video to accompany it. If you haven't heard them before you should definitely check out City of Burbank, but for now enjoy the video for this somewhat tragic and immensely beautiful song.  A nice and tender way start to your weekend.

 

 

-Ada Lann

   

Record Store Day

Yes, tomorrow is Record Store Day, and instead of recreating what others have done I thought I would point you to three great run downs of multiple events, and point out my favorite event. You find solid lists at Via Chicago, Loud Loop Press, and Gapers Block Transmission.

My favorite event tomorrow will be The Loneliest Monk performing at Cyklopx in Forest Park. They perform at 1pm.

   

Heavy Catamaran

Here is a new video directed by Martin Rodahl for Yea Big & Kid Static’s classic song “Heavy Catamaran” from their 2006 ep The Heavy 7”.