Rave Review: “Life of the Party” by Miskatonic

Miskatonic Life of the Party

Thanks to Joel Simches of Boston’s, The Noise, for this glowing review of my band, Miskatonic’s, most recent album, Life of the Party.

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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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The “stunning production” is courtesy of Rafi Sofer at Q Division studio in Somerville, MA. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon and other music websites.

You can read this and other Boston band reviews on the The Noise’s website.

Here’s the video for Goodnight Baby, the first song on Life of the Party. Photos by the always awesome Hans Wendland.

Diary of Anne Frank String Quartet Documentary

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.)

Part 1

Part 2