The German duo Boy treated us to a wonderful Friday afternoon performance live in the RadioBDC studio. We'll have video here shortly.
In the meantime, here's audio of the performance you just watched.
Reason One: I'm an idiot.
More specifically, when Kvelertak were right here in Boston playing the best show ever -- at Royale last November, with Converge, while Converge's Kurt Ballou was recording Kvelertak's new masterpiece out at his legendary God City Studio -- I decided to show up an hour late. Missed Kvelertak completely. This is a band who live about ten thousand miles away and put out my favorite rock record of 2010. And I missed it. Man, I can't wait for May 20.
Kvelertak live in Boston, 2012
Reason Two: The mere possibility that frontman Erlend Hjelvik will wear an eagle on his head
Y'know, like he does in this video. Also, holy crap this video. Generally I'm against bands who write songs that are also the name of the band (with one notable exception). But when your band name translates to "chokehold," you get a pass.
Reason Three: It's been 15 years since Turbonegro's Apocalypse Dudes.
How did that happen? How was that 15 years ago? How has there not been a goofball deathpunk album of such fun and ferocity since then? As far as I can tell Kvelertak are basically writing Turbonegro songs with some black metal thrown in -- which is pretty much the metal equivalent of that time some guy took a chocolate-chip cookie and said, "You know what would make this better? M&Ms." He was right. They were right. This is awesome. Oh, here's the inspiration for "Kvelertak" (the song), only 15 years ago and sung in bad English.
Reason Four: I can't move to Scandinavia. We can't move to Norway. We actually probably wouldn't want to move to Norway. Or Sweden, either. But jeez, they just don't make these bands anywhere else. Now I'm just going to sit around all weekend listening to the Hellacopters and Gluecifer records. You see what they've done to me?
Reason Five: Since Meir was recorded in Salem, it's basically a Boston rock record, right?
I hereby nominate this album for a Boston Music Award. No, really, I can prove it: here's 20 minutes of Kvelertak hanging around Massachusetts -- with subtitles! They go shopping at Shaw's! And you'll learn how to say "woof" in Norwegian.
Week's ago, Adam 12 invited Tim Brennan up to the studio for a chat...then forgot to follow up. Luckily, Tim reached out to his old friend 12 a few days ago, so here they are, chatting about the recent Dropkick Murphys concert benefiting The One Fund Boston, the new Rose Tattoo ep release which benefits the same, and everything else under the sun. Listen:
Listen to Adam 12 weekdays at 2 on RadioBDC.
CBS reported this morning that investigators found a note in the boat that bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was hiding in before he was found by police in Watertown.
Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello reported on RadioBDC's morning show that the note claimed the Boston Marathon bombings were retribution for US military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tsarnaev also allegedly called victims of the April 15 attacks "collateral damage," comparing them to innocent Muslims who have been collateral damage of US wars, saying, "when you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims."
The younger Tsarnaev called his brother a martyr in the note, which was written on a cabin wall of the boat, according to the CBS report. He also said that he did not mourn his brother and expected to see him in heaven.
Bello discussed this bizarre turn in the case, and how this evidence might be used against Dzokhar Tsarnaev during his upcoming trial.
Listen to the rest of this morning's segment here.
Sure, she was born on Long Island and now lives in L.A., but we'll always think of Wendy Liebman as a Boston comedienne. The Wellesley grad first took the stage here in Boston, and she's back tonight at the Somerville Theatre for 'Share a Laugh with Wendy Liebman and Friends,' a benefit for Community Works. Here her talk about it with Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer.
Ticket alert: Boston concerts by Backstreet Boys, Baroness, Black Crowes, and former members of Black Flag
[ONE FUND BEFNEFIT] YEASAYER + BODEGA GIRLS + DUCKTAILS + CAMDEN: May 22 at the Sinclair; on sale Thursday May 16, noon
[ONE FUND BENEFIT] CURREN$Y + THE PERCEPTIONISTS + STATIC SELEKTAH WITH SEAN PRICE & TERMANOLOGY + MOE POPE & RAIN + GREY SKY APPEAL: May 24 at the Sinclair; on sale Thursday May 16 at noon
BARONESS + ROYAL THUNDER: August 11 at Royale; on sale Friday May 17, 10 am
BACKSTREET BOYS: Aug 12 at Bank of America Pavilion; on sale Friday May 17, 10am
BLACK CROWES, TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND: Aug 6 at Bank of America Pavilion; on sale Fri May 17, 10am
THE CULT: Aug 23 at House of Blues; on sale Fri May 17, 10am
GIRLS ROCK CAMP BOSTON SHOWCASE: Jul 27 and Aug 17 at Brighton Music Hall;
on sale Fri May 17, noon.
PINBACK + DEATHFIX: September 10 at the Sinclair; on sale Friday May 17, noon
FIDLAR + THE ORWELLS: October 23 at the Sinclair; on sale Friday May 17, noon
FLAG (featuring former members of Black Flag): Sep 20 at Paradise Rock Club; on sale Fri May 17, noon
SUPERCHUNK: Sep 26 at Paradise Rock Club; on sale Fri May 17, noon
After allegedly trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir late last night, seven college-aged individuals of varied nationalities have been detained by police.
Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello reported this morning that among the people detained are a Pakistani national and a Saudi Arabian claiming to be chemical engineers attending schools in the area.
The FBI is investigating the incident, and officials insist that the water in the reservoir, which serves greater Boston, was not contaminated by any substance.
Listen to this morning's segment for more on this developing story.
Close to 48 hours later, and it still doesn't seem quite real. The Bruins stunned the Toronto Maple Leafs, Leafs fans, BRUINS fans, and most of the world with their down-by-three-goals-in-the-third comeback and OT win on Monday night. Kevin Paul Dupont shared his firsthand account and joined Adam 12 and Paul Driscoll in making NHL semifinal predictions.
KPD, A12, and PD (sometimes) talk hockey every Wednesday at 2. Make a note of it. And watch this again.
Sleep when you're dead. The weather is getting warmer, summer is coming, and there's drinking to be done. So for this week's edition of Henry in the Grub, Jamie dropped a bit of his all-encompassing craft beer knowledge.
Jamie, to Henry & Julie on Twitter:
We love ya, Jamie! Cheers!
After their awesome Live in the Lab set on Tuesday, Youngblood Hawke stuck around the RadioBDC studio to eat sandwiches with us and answer some questions.
What was your first concert?
Sam Martin (lead vocals/guitar): Public Enemy. I was way too young.
Nik Hughes (drums): Mine was Crosby, Stills and Young. No Nash. It was the late ‘80s, I pretty young.
Alice Katz (vocals): My first concert was Beach Boys in Vegas, in the ‘80s. I was really young, a tiny little one, and it was so much fun.
Who is your favorite emerging artist?
Tasso Smith (guitar): We did some shows with The Mowgli's – really, really good guys, cool songs, and they’re coming up on the radio. It’s really fun to see them grow on the charts.
Alice: One of my favorites to watch right now is Oh Land, who has that song “White Nights,” and she’s so talented and she’s working on her new album right now. I can’t wait to see what she puts out.
Simon Katz (guitar/keyboards): I definitely think Alt-J is one of my favorite new emerging artists. Their record is so cool and so well done and so unique, and you can’t really get sick of it.
What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Boston?
Taso: Oyster bar
If your tour van caught fire and you could save one thing, what would it be?
Alice: Our dog, Pablo. He’s a… we don’t know. He’s a mystery mix of the best kinds of dogs put into one.
(That's Pablo, right, with a Christmas bow. From Alice's Instagram.)
Describe the worst picture ever taken of you.
Tasso: For some reason, when I’m concentrating, I do a Michael Jordan-esque move with my mouth and I start doing some weird things. And I got a photo recently taken with an Elvis lip and and I’m wearing some stupid sunglasses… It’s not flattering. I hope it’s not on Facebook.
Who would you rather: Donald Trump or Rosie O’Donnell?
Unanimous: Rosie O’Donnell.
Hello, I'm Adam 12, and I love trains. I didn't always love trains. Or, to be more accurate, I didn't realize I loved trains...until my son was born. He, like many other young lads of his day, loves trains. And his love is enthusiastic and infectious. So we often find ourselves riding the T on a lazy Sunday afternoon, goofing on the Boston Anagram T Map, and goggling the rusted-out hopper cars on the siding at Sullivan Square. We've not reached railfanning status, but we do enjoy riding the train together. It's provided us with some great bonding opportunities and wonderful memories.
Last weekend, the Amtrak Downeaster was running a special $5 fare from Haverhill, MA to Brunswick, ME as part of National Train Day. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to take the kid for a ride. And I took lots of pictures.
I can't speak highly enough about traveling by rail, and the Downeaster especially. Amtrak runs clean, punctual service and their staff and volunteer Train Hosts are friendly and accommodating--especially to young travelers like my son.
Summer's coming...take a trip on the Downeaster! You'll probably see me and my son on the train!
Some Mondays at 2, Chad Finn and Steve Silva join Adam 12 in studio to talk all things Sox. Other Mondays at 2, Chad Finn joins Adam 12 in studio to talk all things Sox, and Steve Silva e-mails his takes from a bar at the Philly airport. Or maybe a restaurant. Point being, Sox are discussed and dissected. And with their 4-8 start to May, there's plenty to discuss and dissect.
Here's hoping they'll string some wins together between now and next week's segment. In the meantime, Shane and Clay say "hang loose."
Boy, funny enough, is a female-duo made up of singer Valeska Steiner from Switzerland and bassist Sonja Glass from Germany. The two have been writing and performing since 2007, and their long-awaited, award winning debut 'Mutual Friends' was released stateside this past February.
Oh, and the pair have racked up over 8 MILLION YouTube views for their uber-catchy "Little Numbers."
Hear them perform live in-studio with Adam 12 this Friday, May 17th at 3p. We hope they bring their toy piano.
The Great Gatsby is director Baz Lurhmann's latest sparkling spectacular, but it's far from his first. Known for his opulent visions of splendor and unique takes on bygone Golden Ages, Lurhmann's films have soundtracks that are just as exquisite as his sets and costumes.
He uses a lot of original music, but also reappropriates well-known songs to better fit the mood of his films.
These are the nine best Lurhmann covers.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
"When Doves Cry," Prince, covered by Quindon Tarver
"Young Hearts Run Free," Candi Staton, covered by Kym Mazelle
Moulin Rouge, 2001
"Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend (Hindi Sad Diamonds)," Marilyn Monroe, covered by Nicole Kidman
"Roxanne," The Police, covered by Jacek Koman
"The Show Must Go On," Queen, covered by the cast
"The Elephant Love Medley" (including: "All You Need Is Love," The Beatles, "I Was Made For Lovin' You," KISS, "One More Night," Phil Collins, "Pride (In The Name Of Love)," U2, "Don't Leave Me This Way," Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, "Silly Love Songs," Paul McCartney & Wings, "Up Where We Belong," Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, "Heroes," David Bowie, "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston, and "Your Song," Elton John), covered by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman
The Great Gatsby, 2013
"Happy Together," The Turtles, covered by Filter
"Back to Black," Amy Winehouse, covered by Beyonce and Andre 3000
Where the Wind Blows (uses a sample of a 1920's song, "Oh, You Have No Idea"), covered by Coco O. of Quadron
Extra credit, because it's not a cover, but it's awesome:
Jay-Z, $100 Bill
Our friends from Planet Fitness are raising money for breast cancer research. Listen to this and you'll find out how:
Until midnight Wednesday, the initial enrollment fee is $10. Every penny of every dollar of that initial enrollment fee? Planet fitness is sending it along to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
"$10 never meant so much." Click here to find out more and to join!
To see last week's, click here.
- The White Stripes// Blue Orchid
- Memoryhouse// The Kids Were Wrong
- Poliça// Tiff
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club// Let The Day Begin
- MSMR// Hurricane (CHVRCHES Remix)
- Best Coast// Fear Of My Identity
- Veronica Falls// Broken Toy
- Lorde// Royals
- Big Deal// In Your Car
- Laura Stevenson// Eleonora
- Magic Man// Texas
- Daughter// Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover)
- Kate Nash// Fri-end?
- Cat Power// Manhattan
- Savages// City's Full
- Thee Oh Sees// Night Crawler
Earlier this week, the Richard family issued an update on their difficult recovery from the Marathon bombings. Still reeling from the death of 8-year-old Martin, the family was at the side of 7-year-old Jane for her 11th surgery this past Wednesday. It will continue to be a long, hard road for the Richard family, to be sure.
But you can help.
The Richard Family Fund has been created to provide an avenue of assistance to the family in the days and months to come. Our friends Street Dogs, in staying true to their Dorchester roots, are standing behind the Richard family. They're offering up a re-mastered version of their song "In Defense Of Dorchester" to the fund; a re-mastered studio version, a great LIVE version (& video) from their upcoming (live) record, and an "In Defense Of Dorchester" T-shirt too. All proceeds will go to the Richard Family Fund.
They sincerely hope you will consider contributing. We do, too.
After far too long of a hiatus, we returned to the Globe Media Lab for a masterful performance by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. If you missed their performance, click here for the replay. It's worth watching.
Make sure you don't miss our next Live in the Lab performer, Youngblood Hawke, all the way from L.A. We'll stream their performance on Tuesday, May 14th. Of course, it's always more fun to experience Live in the Lab live in the flesh, right? So hit our Get Stuff page for a shot at a seat.
No coasting for Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer this Friday, as they welcomed a pair of guests to the RadioBDC studio.
First up, it was chef David Becker of Sweet Basil in Needham, celebrating "National Gazpacho Month"--which is an actual thing. He brought by delicious gazpacho, as well as some ravioli that made Julie Kramer lose herself a little bit. Listen:
Chef Becker is also involved in Boston Bites Back, so make sure you click through and show some support.
Henry and Julie will be back on Monday morning. In the meantime, Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas, near and far.
This summer, Live Nation will be sending one lucky Super Fan to six (seriously, SIX) concerts of their choice, along with six of their friends. In order to win, hopeful New Englanders can share the story of their first-ever concert on the entry page.
Sadly, not all regional music-lovers are eligible. The RadioBDC staff can't win the prizes. But we were so excited about the contest, we wanted to share our earliest concert memories anyway.
My first concert was in April, 1999. It was 'N SYNC's second tour, and my sister and I danced (and shrieked) the entire time, probably covered in glitter. We were so giddy, we likely deprived our brain cells of the oxygen tweenage girls need to focus on things other than JT's bleach-blond curls and epic dance moves. (Extra props to my Dad who sat through the whole thing.)
Here's what the rest of the staff remembers from their first live music shows, which are way cooler than mine.
In my hometown, Philadelphia, The Jacksons' Victory Tour arrived in September 1984 for two shows at JFK Stadium — a massive, decrepit concrete bunker that could seat 100,000, and would play host the following year to half of Live Aid. The Victory Tour was, for a time, the hottest ticket anywhere: at $30 a pop, seats were outrageously expensive. And despite the presence of the other Jacksons, it was essentially Michael's only national tour behind Thriller. You had to enter a lottery, and you also had to agree to buy four. Going to see the thing seemed such an extravagance, it never crossed my mind that anyone I knew would actually go.
But the night before the second show, my Dad came home and said that on a lark he'd walked up to the ticket counter at Wanamaker's (the ancient department store on Market Street), and had bought tickets without standing in line. Our seats were somewhere in the upper deck, and for most of the concert I couldn't see anything — but I remember hearing a particular roar of the audience and knowing that somewhere, off in the distance, decades before YouTube and DVRs, Philadelphians were beholding a Michael Jackson moonwalk, in the flesh, for the first time — and my dad hoisting me onto his shoulders for a glimpse of the stage, very far away.
Officially, it’s Billy Joel, Madison Square Garden, floor seats, June 1982. I fell asleep half way through the fifth song. My life.
But the first concert I really remember was at Camp Baco, July 1986. Ron Dagan, Jewish folk singer extraordinaire, entertained 250 Jewish campers cramped into a basketball court dancing and schvitzing all over each other while belting out "Hava Nagila," "Shalom Aleichem" and, of course, Grateful Dead hits like "Friend of the Devil."
Each year Ron would come back and regale us with his glorious schtick. Some of the greatest nights of my life. Hands down.
My first concert was Pearl Jam at the Boston Garden on April 10, 1994. This was just days after Kurt Cobain killed himself, so it was an emotional set from the band. The mood was solemn, the stage was adorned with candles, and Eddie Vedder delivered a sort of eulogy. Not that I understood any of it, between Ed Ved's mumbling and the old Garden acoustics.
They opened with "Release," then tore through a ton of songs from Ten and Vs. Toward the end of the set, during "Blood," Eddie Vedder used his mic stand to smash a hole in the stage, which he then proceeded to climb down through. I remember watching him do this from where I was sitting in the balcony and thinking how small he looked.
My one takeaway, being a jaded, too-cool-for-the-room 17-year-old, was that Pearl Jam was "OK," but it was their opening act—Mudhoney— that I was really impressed with. I bought their t-shirt. What a punk! I'd just witnessed one of the most legendary moments in Boston concert history, and all I can think is, "the opener was better."
Typical teenage contrarian.
My first concert was Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Boston Garden, July 16, 1971. I was 15. No embarrassing moments.
My first "real" concert was David Bowie in 1976. David Bowie was the king in my house. My older sister dressed like him, had a band that did Bowie cover tunes, and her bedroom walls we adorned with his posters. I was a young elementary school student when we heard Bowie was coming to the Boston Garden and we begged my mom to get tickets and take us.
The ticket price $4.50. Seriously, $4.50 for David Bowie: The Thin White Duke tour. My mom took us in by train and we got to our seats and waited for the show to begin. The guy behind us was smoking dope out of a power hitter and blowing it in our faces. My mom, surprised and disgusted, kept looking at me and rolling her eyes.
At one point and the highlight of the show was when my mom said to me, "How are they going to remember the show smoking all that pot?"
Like a true teeny bopper, my first show was a Kiss 108 Concert. I'm not sure of the year, but I was young. I had really good seats, and it was before the band Train was popular. But they were sitting right in front of me after playing very early in the concert. The band was WICKED nice, and they were my first rock star crush – and currently my all-time favorite band.
My first concert was in the fall of 1986 at the now-defunct Kingston Fairgrounds in Kingston, New Hampshire. The occasional big act would roll through this southern N.H. town, and on this rainy Saturday, Ozzy Ozbourne held a show in front of a rather small crowd. My eighth grade class at Sanborn Regional Middle School held a fundraiser selling snacks for our trip to Washington, D.C., so a bunch of us were there.
Three bands opened up for Ozzy: one called Raven, along with a very, VERY young rock group named Queensryche. But my most vivid memory was the opening act, a Boston-based punk act called Gang Green. For whatever reason, the crowd of maybe 1,000 people hated Gang Green. They were absolutely pummeled with a barrage of boos, hisses and F-you's. This was the only time in my life that I saw a band literally booed off stage. Gang Green cut the act short, the lead singer flipped us the bird, yelled "Kingston sucks," and dropped his drawers and gave us a full moon. As an eighth grader, it was thrilling ... and raised the bar very high for concerts. Turns out that doesn't happen at every show. It actually has never happened since.
The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been "entombed," reported Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello this morning during an interview with RadioBDC's Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer.
The alleged Boston Marathon bomber's body is buried in an undisclosed, out-of-state location, and was moved in secret from the Worcester funeral home last night. The funeral home had been besieged by protesters since last Friday.
"As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased," said Worcester police in a statement.
The location was approved by Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, who originally wanted his nephew buried in Cambridge, says Bello. Tsarnaev's widow reportedly wanted nothing to do with the situation.
The investigation into the bombing continues both here and abroad.
Listen to the entire segment for more details on the situation.
ONE NIGHT. ONE CITY. ONE FUND.
Boston Bites Back is "A chef-inspired event to raise over $1 million for The One Fund. Brought to you by Ming Tsai, Ken Oringer, the Boston Red Sox, Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino, and ARAMARK. One night only. Food from up to 100 chefs. May 15, 2013 from 6pm-10pm. At Fenway Park."
Mother's Day is days away. You know this. And yet you've done nothing. NOTHING.
Do something. Something that makes a difference. Give to The Women's Lunch Place. They provide a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. Katie Edwards stopped by to talk about their Mother's Day Card drive.
Click here to make a donation to the Women's Lunch Place and send a Mother's Day card to someone special in your life. Here's this year's card; it's beautiful!
As they do every Wednesday, Adam 12 and Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe give you "a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants."
OK, not really.
What they do Wednesdays at 2 is talk Bruins hockey. And there was plenty to talk about: recapping Game 3 and previewing Game 4 of the Toronto series, having a hearty chuckle at the misfortunes of the Habs and Pens, and of course piling on the recently-swept Vancouver Canucks. Hear it all here:
And tune in next Wednesday, when we'll hopefully have left Toronto--and this guy--behind.
What a spread. Really, though. What. a. spread.
This week's Henry in the Grub deliciousness came courtesy of Joesph Cote, who stopped by with some amazing Mediterranean-inspired dishes from Cafe de Boston. Listen:
Thanks for stopping by, Joseph! Now, pass the pita and hummus...
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Not only is Adam 12 Boston.com Radio's Production Director, he also hosts afternoons. 12 is a longtime fixture on the Boston scene, and when he's not out and about in the city, he's trekking around New England with his kids.
Julie enters the building every day with a big smile and trough of freshly brewed coffee. Shes Boston.com Radios Music Director and mid-day hostess, and will deliver Lunch At Your Desk every day from noon to 1 PM.
Henrys always on the lookout for news. Hes Boston.com Radios News Director and Morning Presenter. Hes also a music and art collector, and is a world-class cook with over 5,000 cookbooks in his library.
Paul Driscoll is Boston.com Radios Program Director who has the best ears in the business. Paul gets dozens of phone calls and visits a day, from bands and record labels looking to get their music played. Some even leave an apple on is desk.
Steph Mangan hosts Grrl Power and LocalBDC. When she's not at the studio, she is constantly on the look out for up-and-coming local bands and attending shows at Boston's many venues. She is an avid enthusiast of burritos and denim jackets.