Rachel Zaffira, a multi-instrumentalist and half of the duo Cat’s Eyes, has recorded a stunning acoustic version of My Bloody Valentine’s “To Here Knows When”. Replacing MBV’s complex layers of warped, droning electronic guitars, Zaffira uses a spine-tingling ensemble of piano, cello, French horn and other acoustic instruments. The song is apparently part of a solo project currently underway. Can’t wait!
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Miskatonic returns with their long awaited second full length and follow-up to their brilliant EP (the 2009 release Favorite Records EP). Like it’s predecessor, Life of the Party combines energetic, intense indie rock with flashes of synth pop and sci-fi sonic chocobliss. This album takes their unique sound to a completely new level, making the transition from group to band, with infectious melodies, intricate lush arrangements and stunning production values. Oh, and the songs are great, too! Miskatonic has completely defined themselves with a sound and sensibility that’s uniquely their own. For those who enjoyed their last EP, fret not, for it is included with the nine new songs! Life of the Party is nothing less than a pop masterpiece. I can’t stop listening to this. It is so good it makes my epididymis twitch! (Joel Simches)
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You can read this and other Boston band reviews on the The Noise’s website.
This is the first Smiths song I ever heard — and I’ve been listening ever since. This live performance is from a 1983 concert in Manchester.
Shortly after graduating from college in the late ’80s, I moved to Minneapolis where a number of my fellow Oberlin alums had migrated. Three of them (Josh Feit, Jeff Tolbert and Laura Harada) had formed a strange pop band that traded drums for violin and cello. Another (Barry Madore) shared an interest in music and cameras, so we teamed up with the local cable station to make a documentary about the Diary of Anne Frank String Quartet. I finally got around to digitizing it and breaking it into two parts so that Youtube can handle it. The video features interviews with all the members and live performances of their wonderful, haunting music. (And, yes, some of the early moments in the film are intentionally silent.)