After saying “goodbye, for now” at the Lizard Lounge back in July 2011, it’s nice to see The Luxury rebooted. Last week at TT The Bear’s Place was the first time I had the chance to see the band since they came back to life with a new lineup. Goddamn delightful? Yes.
Here’s a video I shot of “This House“, one of The Luxury’s new songs.
The Luxury: Web + Facebook + Twitter
Last Fall I shot video for all three nights of the New England Americana Festival in Harvard Square. Some day I might even finish editing the video. Until then, there’s this little gem featuring Brian and Shawn from Tallahassee joining Honey Pie from Babes In Boinkland for some burlesque dancing while Sam Reid & The Riot Act perform “Breathe Deep.” You might want to click on the gear icon to watch it in 1080p HD.
When Cassavettes disbanded a couple years ago I was not amused! But all was not lost when Glenn Yoder embarked upon his solo career that then transformed into his new band Glenn Yoder & The Western States with Jeff Katz (guitar, vocals), Chris Anzalone (drums), Cilla Bonnie (bass, vocals) and the latest addition of Brooks Milgate (keyboards).
Their performance throughout the 34th Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble was superb. Here’s the video I shot of “Row”, the first song that kicked off night one of the semi-finals. This was my first experiment trying out RØDE’s new iXY iPhone mic.
See Glenn Yoder & The Western States Tuesdays in May at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge.
Several years ago when I was running my old music blog (Exploit Boston!), I received an EP from a band in Pittsburgh called Good Night, States. I must have listened to the enclosed album Short Films on Self-Control at least ten times that day. Goddamn, what a great collection of songs. Fast forward a few years later and I lured the band to perform at the first Soozapalooza party I hosted in 2010. And then somehow lured them back again to play the third Soozapalooza in 2012. Later that Summer they returned to Boston to play at a party hosted by Digital Bear Entertainment. Here’s one of the videos I shot that night from their latest album Country/Static.
Good Night States – “Everybody Is Sound”
When Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola used Kickstarter to fundraise for their film, TEN, it took me all of five seconds to decide the song I wanted them to lip-sync for my contribution reward. The best and most ridiculous choice was something nostalgic from my childhood growing up in Nebraska: Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Love a Rainy Night.” But then I thought maybe I should choose something else and made the change. Fast forward a few months later to the weekend the cast planned to record my selection, I decided that no, they really should do the Eddie Rabbitt song. Sophia graciously agreed but that also meant she had very little time to learn the lyrics. Nonetheless, it’s amazing. Thanks, TEN!
Here’s some of the cast of TEN lip-synching “I Love A Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt, featuring Sophia Cacciola:
I’ve been collecting Boston music videos on YouTube for a while. Here’s one from the Boston indie rock archives of 2005: Bon Savants‘ “Why This Could Never Work Between Us.”