There isn’t really “a” Boston rock scene – there are maybe a few dozen that, for the most part, remain largely oblivious to each other’s existence. And that’s okay. My guess is most cities are sort of like that. More
Earlier this week, we spoke with record collector Omar Roca about his meditative celebration of dedicated listening, Ears on the Couch. Roca's philosophy on how people should experience music, specifically vinyl records, was so impassioned and magnetic that we decided to pick his brain for some suggestions for Record Store Day shopping in the city.More
Back in January, I wrote a piece about Matt Farley who has released over 14,000 songs on iTunes and Spotify, earning a substantial percentage of his living from the intentional, unintentional, and sort-of-intentional downloads and streams of his hilariously specific songs. In that piece I argued that Farley's songs straddled a fine line between funny pieces of pop-culture and audio-spam designed to turn a profit. More
It's almost unfair how spoiled we are this weekend. Touring band after touring band, all rolling through on the same weekend of a national pot-smoking holiday? Seriously, this was like the greatest coincidence ever. Anyway, there are more than enough shows to check out this weekend, the challenge will be choosing wisely. More
Local quartet Mean Creek has gladly accepted the role of Boston's chief rock ambassador in recent years, whether that has meant taking its set down to Austin each March for SXSW, hitting the road with bands like Counting Crows, or helping to provide acts like So So Glos and Hard Nips a gateway into Boston. With last week's release of the band's latest album, "Local Losers," Mean Creek continues to be the ideal band to fill that position. More
The warm crackle of the needle hitting the groove. The unmistakable calm before the music comes bursting through the static. It is a sound that signals an experience – one that Omar Roca has been missioning to revive.
For the past two years, Roca has invited groups of friends into his quaint Jamaica Plain duplex for an event he calls Ears on the Couch – a communal evening of stereo benediction.
Two young men ask a single question: What is silence?
Then: the sound of the needle on a record. The voice of Christopher Ricks, music historian. He catalogues, quoting novelist and anarchist philosopher Paul Goodman, the different kinds of silence. In the next hour, listeners will explore a man’s search for a silence that doesn’t exist even in the quietest place on earth, the spiritual silence experienced by a Trappist monk, the importance of the silences between the music, and ore. More
When Jason Trefts started booking shows for the Middle East in Cambridge a few years back, it didn't seem to line up. Being a former musician himself, it's not exactly a common reaction to want to try your hand on the other side of the deal. But for Trefts, who himself toured and booked shows internationally when he performed, carving out a space for local and national bands to play without getting duped by sheisty booking agents and publicity firms, seemed like second nature. More
With Record Store Day on the horizon for this weekend, it's easy to get caught up in more limited edition stuff that will be hitting the racks. Don't get too far ahead of yourself though, there's plenty to get excited for before that one day of the year where vinyl gets swept off the shelves. More