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Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling [Music][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] bass/drum duo based on The Prisoner
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library [Music][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie ensemble
Darling Pet Munkee [Music][Blog][Facebook][Youtube] garage/surf songs about items sold in comics
Space Balloons [Music][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Children's space-traveler music
The Motion Sick [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie rock with emphasis on song

Neutral Uke Hotel
[Facebook][Blog][Twitter][Youtube] Uke based Neutral Milk Hotel sing-a-long


Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Motion Sick: Silly Sundays: Zombies Like Turtles

I guess this went around months ago. I don't know how I missed it. It could very well be the best thing on the Internet.



The investigative reporting followup...



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The Motion Sick: Musings on Dylan

The Best American Poetry blog has recently recruited my father to write a column called Dylan Watch, which explores Bob Dylan in the context of his lyrical compositions.

http://thebestamericanpoetry.typepad.com/the_best_american_poetry/dylan_watch/

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Motion Sick: DDR Sales Numbers

Dance Dance Revolution X has sold over 100,000 copies so far (10 weeks).
http://vgchartz.com/games/game.php?id=24764

Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3 has sold over 50,000 copies so far (5 weeks)
http://vgchartz.com/games/game.php?id=24763

I expect that both games should have big sales numbers for the holidays, particularly Universe 3. Maybe we'll even be going video-game gold soon.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

DNFMOMD: A soul a day....


This morning on my walk to work, I was approached by a photographer who is in the middle of a project to photograph a stranger every day for a year. Of course, in my defensive-bitchy-hadn't had my coffee yet-way I tried to ignore him at first. But, after saying he saw my ridiculous glasses from his car, I softened up and let him take some shots. I looked a bit like Mary Poppins today, ready to fly away with my umbrella. Check out his photos, the portraits are quite good: Joshua Langlais Flickr.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

DNFMOMD: November 08 Iron Cupcake Challenge: Cranberry


So a few months ago I joined the Iron Cupcake Challenge.  Basically each month you are issued a directive with an unusual (for cupcakes) ingredient to make a cupcake with. Previous months have included bacon, wasabi, and basil.  I skipped last month, which was cheese.  This month the ingredient is pretty straightforward and festive: cranberry.  My recipe is fairly simple, and is tart but sweet.

Vegan Cranberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing

Makes 12 cupcakes
Ingredients:
1 cup cranberries
1/4 cup water
2 tsp sugar

1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup sugar

Icing:
2 tbsp earth balance soy margarine
1 tbsp tofutti sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
2 splashes of soy milk

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, line a cupcake tin with 12 wrappers.

In a small saucepan simmer the cranberries, water and 2 tsp sugar and mash
cranberries with a potato masher or fork until cranberries become sauce-like:


Combine soy milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside to curdle.

Mix all of the dry ingredients, except for the sugar. In a seperate bowl
mix together soy milk/vinegar mixture, oil, 2/3 cup sugar, vanilla. Then
stir into the dry ingredient mixture. The batter will be a very hanndsome shade of pink:


pour about 1/4 cup of mixture into each cupcake wrapper. Bake 18 minutes. Now, I interject a story from my friend Joe, who when was told of this challenge said, "I made chicken with cranberries once, and the chicken turned blue, so let that be a lesson to you" It apprently was not a lesson to me, because I was surprised and slightly disappointed when I pulled the cupcakes out of the oven and they were blue, so if you don't want blue cranberry cupcakes, I guess use some food coloring:


For the icing: with hand mixer combine the earth balance, tofutti and
vanilla, add the sugar one cup at a time, and a splash of soymilk when
icing is too crumbly. Mix at least 5 minutes on high.

I'll come up with a prize if anyone can figure out what is written on the pages. Put your guess in the comments section.

The Motion Sick: Leftists Have No Sense of Humor

I enjoyed Tim Wise's essay examining leftist extremism and elitism and its reaction to Obama's election and his supporters. I think some points are glossed over a bit, but as person with what are widely viewed as off-center views, I have found myself put off most by the people who share my views and ideals, rather than those who oppose them (though admittedly, I pay no mind to certain types). I think this essay captures some of those feelings I've experienced well (though as I said, it is not a complete commentary on the topic). So, I share it for those who may be in a similar position. I do also think that we would all benefit from the mandatory inclusion of joy and hope in our lives, even while our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate suffer. I don't think taking on a life of asceticism actually helps others. In fact, it just furthers the cycle of misery.

http://www.redroom.com/blog/tim-wise/some-cyanide-go-with-that-whine-obamas-victory-and-rage-barbiturate-left

The humorlessness of the far left--to which I remain connected ideologically if not organizationally--has always struck me as one of its greatest weaknesses. People like to laugh, they like to smile, they like to be joyful, and an awful lot of hardened leftists seem almost utterly incapable of doing any of these things. It's as if they have all taken a pledge that there should be no laughter until the revolution, or some such shit. No positivity, no hope, no happiness so long as people are still poor and exploited and being murdered by cops, and victimized by United States militarism, or performing as wage slaves for global capital, or eating meat, or driving cars. And they wonder why the left is so weak?

Now, in the wake of Barack Obama's victory these barbiturate leftists are back in full effect, lecturing the rest of us about how naive we are for having any confidence whatsoever in him, or for voting at all, since "the Democrats and Republicans are all the same," and he supports FISA and the war with Afghanistan, and all kinds of other messed up policies just like many on the right. Those of us who find any significance in the election of a man of color in a nation founded on white supremacy are fools who "drank the kool-aid," unlike they, whose clear-headed radical consciousness leads them to recognize the superior morality of Ralph Nader, or the pure "scientific wisdom of chairman Bob Avakian," or the intellectual profundity of their favorite graffiti bomb: "If voting changed anything it would be illegal." Yeah, and if body piercings and anarchy tats changed anything, they would be too, and then what would some folks do to be "different?" (Note: there is nothing wrong with either type of adornment, but getting either or both doesn't make you a revolutionary, any more than voting, that's all I'm saying).



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The Motion Sick: Blog of the Day: Boston Band Crush is here!!!





http://bandcrush.blogspot.com/


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The Motion Sick: Silly Sundays: Jared The Butcher of Songs

Hottest Internet meme of 1997 (or somewhere around there). I just found the old programs and did a video capture:





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Friday, November 21, 2008

Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Trophy Crush: Boston Music Awards

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org). Voting is now open for the Boston Music Awards:

http://contest.flyfi.com/bostonmusicawards08/vote/

I am the first to admit that I've never been very interested in the BMAs because I don't think the nominees reflect anything about music happening in Boston. It's more of a checklist of names of people who happen to have been from, or once lived in Boston, making waves out in the world. Many of the acts don't even play in Boston ever. A good example is the band Mighty Mighty Bosstones as a nominee for best live band. I could be wrong, but I don't think they've performed in Boston in 2008 yet. They usually just have the 5 day hometown throwdown at the end of the year. I'm sure they're wonderful live, but when I hear Boston Music Awards, I like to think it should be more closely tied to what's happening in town. That said, the list is certainly full of the usual ultra-dull and conservative choices, but there are a few real locals involved in Boston music who have made the list, including: Girls, Guns, and Glory, Mean Creek, and Drug Rug.

So head on over. I'd suggest you vote for people who actually live and play in Boston as opposed to those who once did, but it's your call.

The ceremony takes place on Dec. 7 at The Roxy.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Boston Band Crush Archived Article: LOL Crush: Campaign for Real Time

This article originally appeared on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org).


A night of rocking dance rock music at Great Scott, Allston
11/22/08
Giantess
Ketman (I love their drummer)
The Campaign for Real Time
9pm 21+ $9

DNFMOMD: Who knew that I love Foriegner?

Not me, that's for sure.  Mike and I have been hearing this song everywhere recently, and it's starting to grow on me.  The video is a lame 80s montage of people you don't care about walking around and looking serious. Anyway the song has a huge, disgusting chorus with a choir, of course.

DNFMOMD: Gah! So very mad at the music industry suddenly:



So I read a few weeks ago that they were reissuing PJ Harvey records on vinyl. Any PJ Harvey fan knows that "Rid of Me" sounds like complete crap on CD. It was mastered so badly, with very, very loud highs and very low, lows, so much so that you turn it way up to hear a whisper, and then get blasted 3 seconds later with a scream. The LP does not have these issues. Also, I was excited to get  "To Bring You My Love" as long as I was gonna be buying things.  So, I added them to my cart on Amazon, but did not actually click on pre-order.  Today, I go back in to actually order the items and I'm greeted with "Rid Of Me (180 Gram Vinyl) PJ Harvey  This item has been discontinued by the manufacturer." Gah! Those teases!


The Motion Sick: Commerce Plug - The Museum School InsideOut Sale


Nicole Kita, making tangible gestures (keith), 2008. Linoleum print and chine colle on paper.

While it is up for debate that The Motion Sick is high art, will be exhibiting our latest CD "the truth will catch you, just wait..." (and the artwork of Tanit Sakakini) at the Museum School's annual holiday sale, InsideOut. The show features work (over 4000 pieces!) by students, faculty, alumni, staff (that's me), as well as affiliated artists, and is the largest public art sale in New England. Half of all proceeds go towards student scholarships and aid, so in addition to having the opportunity to view and buy some excellent contemporary art, your purchases will be helping poor art students go to school!

The show opens on November 19th at 12pm with a reception from 5-8 and continues through November 23rd.

More information, hours, and a complete list of artists can be found here: http://www.smfa.edu/News_Exhibitions/InsideOut/Index.asp

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The Motion Sick: Reverbnation Featured Artist!!!

We're a featured artist on Reverbnation this week! This means you may see us plastered all over Facebook plugins and stuff like that. Rock!

I know I've said it before, but I am really digging using Reverbnation. It has a lot of great features and integrates really well with other sites via widgets. You can actually listen to all of our music on there and we're using them for our mailing list now. They even split ad revenue with artists (50/50)!









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Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Music Video Crush: Bang Camaro

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org).

Bang Camaro is on tour: http://bangcamaro.com/wp02/?page_id=33

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Motion Sick: We're shooting up the Reverbnation Alternative Rock Charts - right between Green Day and K0RN

Rank among Alternative artists: 86 out of 13561





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Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Festival Crush: The IPO!

This article originally appeared on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org).

The IPO, or the International Pop Overthrow if you have a thing for wordy-ness is coming to Church this week. Church is an awesome place to see shows, and if you haven't been there yet, you are doing something wrong. About the IPO (from their website): "The purpose of International Pop Overthrow is two-fold: one aim is to give every worthy band who'd like to play their music in a festival atmosphere the chance to do so, and the other is to bring pop music the attention it so richly deserves." So there you have it, go give some pop goodness some attention!

Thursday 11/20:
8:00 Satch Kerans
8:30 Andy Pratt 
9:00 Ian Axel
9:30 Jerry Fuentes 
10:00 The Kickbacks 
10:30 The Mystery Tramps 
11:00 The Sneaks

Friday 11/21:
8:30 Henning Ohlenbusch (of School For The Dead)
9:00 Salvatore Baglio
9:30 The Motion Sick 
10:00 John Powhida International Airport 
10:30 Fireking
11:00 The Doom Buggies
11:30 1.4.5.

Saturday 11/22:
8:30 Bird Mancini 
9:00 Peter Baldrachi 
9:30 Frank Ciampi
10:00 The Shills
10:30 Oranjuly 
11:00 Popfilter 
11:30 Topheavy

Sunday 11/23
2:00 Food Will Win The War 
2:30 Allison Francis
3:00 Caitlin Frame
3:30 Frank Critelli
4:00 The Naomi Star 
4:30 Mars
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8:00 Carleen Barous
8:30 Steve Caraway
9:00 Emeen Zarookian
9:30 Apple Betty
10:00 Gene Dante and The Future Starlets
10:30 Shadwell
11:00 Lemonpeeler


Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Show Crush: The Lights Out and many great friends!!

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org). The Lights Out, one of my favoritest Boston bands put together a juggernaut of a bill for their residency this Wednesday at Church. Free, 21+, and absolutely killer!




THE LIGHTS OUT IN RESIDENCY: NIGHT #3 - THE RED LIGHT SPECIAL

The Motion Sick: The Orpheum...we're not playing it (not just yet anyway)

Our lack of effort or interest in participating in online voting has led to our inevitable elimination from the Pick the Band competition. I am declaring officially today that from now on, we just plain don't participate in online voting.

You heard it here first!

As you start making your protest signs to wave outside the Vampire Weekend/Black Kids show, I invite you once more to enjoy Patrick's message about why you should vote for us...




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Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Motion Sick: The Motion Sick Needs Your Votes, Attempts A Pop Overthrow, and Starts A Dance Dance Revolution

Our new mailing list on Reverbnation allows you to listen to, and share, all of our songs over at: http://www.reverbnation.com/themotionsick

There is still time to vote to help The Motion Sick win the Pick the Band competition to play at The Orpheum opening for Vampire Weekend and Black Kids.
Register: http://picktheband.com/index.php?cn=frontend/registration&co=fan
Vote: http://picktheband.com/index.php?cn=frontend/contest&co=watch_and_rate&vid=BHfp2e4NJQA%20
(You can vote for us once a day!)

This Friday, 11/21, The Motion Sick is taking part in the International Pop Overthrow. We'll be playing with a great set of local acts in a festival-style form:
THE INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW FESTIVAL 2008 (http://www.internationalpopoverthrow.com/)
8:30 - Henning Ohlenbusch (of School For The Dead)
9:00 - Salvatore Baglio
9:30 - The Motion Sick
10:00 - John Powhida International Airport
10:30 - Fireking
11:00 - The Doom Buggies
11:30 - 1.4.5.
21+ / $10

In case you still haven't checked it out, we've now got a bunch of video of a variety of people around the world playing "30 Lives" on Dance Dance Revolution on both the Playstation 2 and The XBox 360.http://themotionsickreviews.blogspot.com/search/label/dance%20dance%20revolution

-The Motion Sick
http://www.reverbnation.com/themotionsick

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The Motion Sick: Silly Sundays: Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution

This isn't really all that great, but you all know how I love monkeys...



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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Motion Sick: "The Bass Player"

This old Kids in the Hall video was recently forwarded to me and I've completely forgotten how brilliant that show was and why I should've watched it more when I had cable. Plus, as the bass player of The Motion Sick, it is the best self-depreciating depiction of bass players, ever.



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The Motion Sick: "30 Lives" on Dance Dance Revolution - Different People Playing...

Here is a random sample of folks who have posted youtube videos of themselves playing our song "30 Lives" on some form of Dance Dance Revolution. The videos just mostly show the screen, but the first guy sings along a bit and as such, wins the award for my favorite of the videos out there thus far.



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The Motion Sick: Doro Pesch (part 3)

Please help Doro keep metal alive!!!!



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Friday, November 14, 2008

The Motion Sick: Exit Clov and Cloud Cult at The Middle East

These bands rocked it for me last night:


Cloud Cult really owned the night with their gang vocals, onstage painting, and unsettlingly positive-vibed songs. Here's some video of their performance:



Exit Clov was super fun with their beautiful double female twin vocals and absolutely intense and impressive drumming! Definitely feels like art-school lyrics, but in a good way and you really just can't go wrong with twin-sister leads. Here are a few videos:



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Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Show Wrapup Crush: Exit Clov and Cloud Cult

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org). I missed Mason Proper, who are supposed to be rad as well, but alas, my young legs have trouble standing for 4 hours straight anyway!

Exit Clov was super fun with their beautiful double female twin vocals and absolutely intense and impressive drumming! Definitely feels like art-school lyrics, but in a good way and you really just can't go wrong with twin-sister leads. Here are a few videos:



Cloud Cult really owned the night with their gang vocals, onstage painting, and unsettlingly positive-vibed songs. Here's some video of their performance:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Motion Sick: Richard Lloyd at CHURCH 11-8-08


For the finale of my 3-day tribute to Television, I was able to see Richard Lloyd at CHURCH where he is currently on the road supporting his current record The Radiant Monkey under the moniker of: RICHARD LLOYD & THE SUFI-MONKEY. Armed with his vintage 60's Strat, the band is made up of Richard, Billy Ficca (also from Television) and bassist Keith Harshtel. The set was a mixture of songs from Richard's previous output, the current record, selections from his upcoming Jimi Hendrix cover record and surprisingly, two television tunes (Friction and Elevation).

Richard is well known to be an interesting person, here are some quotes from an recent interview with T. Ballard Lesemann from the Charlston City Paper, giving some thoughts on Television's place in music history:

"Television wore torn T-shirts and stuff," says Lloyd of the band's early days in Manhattan's Bowery neighborhood. "To me, we were like runaways who joined the circus. Finding a place like CBGB's and building it up was like hosting a four-year New Year's Eve party. We were more or less the house band.

We wanted to be like the Beatles playing in Hamburg."

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"Television was completely different," remembers Lloyd. "The guitars were like a jigsaw puzzle."

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"Punk rock nowadays is a Ponzi scheme," scoffs Lloyd. "Half the country under the age of 24 are in bands — and they all think they've got a chance. They all have MySpace, my-face, my-ass websites. You really gotta love poverty to be a musician, because your chances of making it are slim. The chances of making it into the pantheon of historical developments in music ... you have a better chance of hitting the state lotto."
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I'm looking forward to Richard's upcoming release of Hendrix covers since his approach is very organic and refreshingly, he's not trying to sound exactly like Hendrix (which I feel most musicians who cover Hendrix do). Instead, it appeared (through the performances) the he's trying to capture the spirit of Hendrix, which, made me revisit Are You Experienced and Axis Bold as Love (which I haven't listened to in a long time).

Richard on the web: http://www.richardlloyd.com/

He also has some great lessons on his website here.

More Images from the show:



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The Motion Sick: Doro Pesch (again!)

I can only assume that a Myspace friend request from Doro Pesch arrived in response to my post declaring my love for all things Pesch a while back: http://themotionsickreviews.blogspot.com/2008/09/metal-mondays-warlock.html

At this time, I can only assume (in order to fulfill my fantasies) that Doro herself runs her myspace page and made the request after realizing what fine and wonderful pop rock tunes The Motion Sick likes to play. As such, I officially provide an open invitation for Doro to collaborate with The Motion Sick to create what would likely be forever after known as the greatest music of all time.





Here she is doing "Unholy Love"



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The Motion Sick: Flyer for our International Pop Overthrow Show



Flyer designed by the very talented Anne Cook - http://www.myspace.com/annecooksart

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Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Video Crush: Robby Roadsteamer "Allston City"

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org). Local novelty star Robby Roadsteamer hits us once again with his tribute to Allston Rock City in a rewritten version of Springsteen's "Atlantic City."

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Motion Sick: IT IS FINALLY HERE!



Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, that's what! At last, after 13 years, 14 studios, (most likely) millions of dollars, and certainly countless personnel changes, the world will see the "bands" (what I had assumed to be mythical) 6th record.

Here's a Rolling Stone review of the record, and despite the anticipation, it received 4 stars.

Also, if you've been hankering for a free Dr. Pepper, Axl and Dr. Pepper are keeping their promise!

The song is available for preview on Spin.com here: http://www.spin.com/blog/first-listen-new-guns-n-roses-single-reviewed

I'm curious to hear people's thoughts on the single... comments section?

UPDATE

Michael Marotta from the Boston Herald has some information about the free Dr. Pepper we're all waiting for....

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Video Crush: Exit Clov - "MK Ultra" - at The Middle East this Thursday

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org). Just in case our Cloud Cult plug ( http://bandcrush.blogspot.com/2008/11/show-crush-cloud-cult-at-middle-east.html ) wasn't enough to get you over to The Middle East on Thursday, here is an awesome video by one of the other bands playing that night, Exit Clov:



Thu 11/13 Cloud Cult, Exit Clov (fr. DC), Mason Proper (fr. MI, Dovecote Records) – 18+ $12

Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Local Video Crush: Casey Desmond - "Tilt Me Back"

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org). Casey Desmond - "Tilt Me Back"

Monday, November 10, 2008

Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Show Crush: The Sea & Cake, Death Vessel, Helms at The Middle East Downstairs – Wed 11/12

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org). Super jazzy blip poppers The Sea and Cake are driving on through Boston in support of their 8th album Car Alarm.

Check out the title track: Car Alarm and the lead video, "Weekend"


Then head on over to The Middle East Downstairs:
Wed 11/12
The Sea & Cake, Death Vessel, Helms – 18+ $15

Boston Band Crush Archived Article: LOL Crush: Drug Rug

This article originally appeared on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org).
Tonight Drug Rug have a big show at the middle east up with:
Holly Golightly & The Broke-Offs
18+ $12, Doors at 8:00

The Motion Sick: Post Election Roundup

This video by the folks at 236.com offers a pretty hilarious take on Post-Obama America

Get the latest news satire and funny videos at 236.com.


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The Motion Sick: Cloud Cult

Cloud Cult (http://www.cloudcult.com/) is a crazy indie rock band from Minneapolis. They tour in a biodisel van, maintain strict environmental practices, and paint live on stage. Their latest album Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes) is pretty amazingly awesome. This Thursday, I plan to watch them rock The Middle East Downstairs:

Thu 11/13
Cloud Cult, Exit Clov (fr. DC), Mason Proper (fr. MI, Dovecote Records) – 18+ $12

Here is the music video for their lead single from the latest record: "Everybody Here is a Cloud"




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Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Music Video Crush: Aloud

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org).

Catch Aloud Live:
11-18-2008 20:00 at Cafe 939; Aloud presents the "I Just Want To Witness..." projection show.
939 Boylston St., Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $12 ($7 w/ Berklee ID)
Aloud presents the "I Just Want To Witness..." projection show directed by Boston film maker Johnathan Carr. This show is all ages. web: www.cafe939.com. Also playing: Media Made. Purchase Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/010041479C0D636F?brand=tm&camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_urlwarp

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Motion Sick: Read SPIN Magazine!

I can't say we're lucky enough to be in it this month, but I've been reading SPIN every month since they started posting a free digital version (http://digital.spin.com/spin/) and I have to say there is some really great stuff in it this month. I've been generally impressed with the types of bands they've been covering dating back to when we appeared a few times in SPIN Magazine and other SPIN-related things:[1][2][3][4][5][6]

The magazine is really different from the SPIN that I read as a wee boy in the '90s.

Anyway, this month includes some really great articles including:
- a heated interview with Lou Reed
- a great article about copycat song recordings selling on iTunes
- a great piece by Michael Azerrad about music critic death threats (sort of)

You might remember Michael from when we played with his band Golden Bloom (AKA Shawn Fogel) a few months back at The Middle East. Don't forget to check out their great music video at: http://themotionsickreviews.blogspot.com/2008/10/golden-bloom.html

Read SPIN: http://digital.spin.com/spin/

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Boston Band Crush Archived Article: National Band Crushed: Fall Out Boy Flubs

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org).

SPIN is reporting a less-than-stellar performance by the FOBs at their secret warm-up show at Great Scott in Allston.

http://www.spin.com/articles/fall-out-boy-key-tour-opener

But why did Fall Out Boy choose to play requests at a tiny club in Boston? Vocalist Patrick Stump indicated they wanted to keep things real. After flubbing the lyrics to "The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes," he quipped that while a lot of successful bands use teleprompters, "we try to remember shit."

But Fall Out Boy's overall performance was shaky at best. During "Carpal Tunnel Of Love," Stump struggled to remember tales of "taking sour sips from life's lush lips" and "throwing stones in a glass room," as bass notes and power chords battled in a swamp of dissonance. Wentz, Stump, and guitarist Joe Trohman were playing in different keys, and they had to abort the song after 30 seconds.

The Motion Sick: New Music Strategies E-Book

Pretty great free e-book on New Music Strategies for all you music makers:
http://newmusicstrategies.com/ebook/

Definitely has some great points.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Crushing Reminder: Tonight - The Cult of Point Break Society does "Marquee Moon"

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org). Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing for The Cult of Point Break Society's performance of Television's "Marquee Moon" (and assorted related tunes). It was pretty friggin' awesome! I liked a lot of the performances much better than I like the record. I have to go back and listen with my newly acquired ears for the material. They are doing the show again tonight and if last night was any indication, they are going to knock it out of the park again.

Here's some video of last night's performance:


It all happens at Church - 69 Kilmarnock Street Boston, MA 02215
21+ / $10
Proceeds go to charity: http://www.coalitionofwilling.org/

The show also included Varsity Drag, featuring Ben Deily, who was in the Lemonheads during their early (and awesome years - though I do like the later stuff too). It was great to hear another branch of pop from those days.

Here's one video of them:


(The Motion Sick also played, but I only could tell you about what it sounded like through the monitors and what the audience was doing during that show.)

The Motion Sick: The Cult of Point Break Society

Last night, we had the pleasure of opening for The Cult of Point Break Society's performance of Television's "Marquee Moon" (and assorted related tunes). It was pretty friggin' awesome! I liked a lot of the performances much better than I like the record. I have to go back and listen with my newly acquired ears for the material. They are doing the show again tonight and if last night was any indication, they are going to knock it out of the park again.

Here's some video of last night's performance:


It all happens at Church - 69 Kilmarnock Street Boston, MA 02215
21+ / $10
Proceeds go to charity: http://www.coalitionofwilling.org/

We also had the pleasure of playing with Varsity Drag, featuring Ben Deily, who was in the Lemonheads during their early (and awesome years - though I do like the later stuff too). It was great to hear another branch of pop from those days.

Here's one video of them:


Anyway, it was a very awesome night. Check the COPBS's show out tonight for more awesomeness and new openers!


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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Motion Sick: Reminder: Charity Show Tomorrow!!!!



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The Motion Sick: Shame on you Arizona, Arkansas, California, and Florida.

This is just my opinion and it has nothing to do with the band, but I am pretty disgusted. Massachusetts did well on its ballot initiatives in the way of progress, but what is wrong with some of you other states?

Shame on you Arizona, Arkansas, California, and Florida. Maybe next time around you can ban women from leaving the kitchen, blacks from voting, and non-Christians from holding office you bigoted pieces of garbage. Discrimination is not acceptable. I don't care what you think, it's just absolutely not. Fifty years from now, your children will suffer the shame of your actions. Just as the very concept of slavery and segregation are deplorable now, it will almost be unbelievable that at one time, the people of your states had the absurdly backwards idea that the rights of people should be limited because of sexual orientation. It will be laughable that anyone was ever primitive enough to think that. Absolutely ridiculous. Go start your own country that isn't based on the idea that "...all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

I guess that's just some old, wrinkled piece of paper anyway...

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Motion Sick: It's A "Close" Race!!!

http://meganmcardle.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/11/strange_days.php

I've been saying this to people all day, but Megan McArdle (who has a great blog) puts it best:

"This is a strange election in another way--it's not really close, but people are watching it as if it is. In 1996, my office had to use a point spread, and post a hefty premium, to get people interested in betting on the Clinton-Dole matchup. We've all known for a while that Obama was going to win, wistful dreams notwithstanding. But everyone's watching as if this were the seventh game of a tied world series."

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The Motion Sick: CNN Coverage of the Election: McCain Campaign Headquarters Live!!!



Okay, I am a 5-year-old, but I really can't help noticing what is going on at "McCain Campaign Headquarters Live!!!" Um, I don't know what to say even.


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The Motion Sick: Don't Listen to Mike... and VOTE!



The opinions presented in this blog do not necessarily represent Blogger, The Motion Sick, or Metal Mondays


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Monday, November 3, 2008

Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Crushed: RIP Abbey Lounge

This article originally appears on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org). The Herald is reporting that The Abbey is closing at the end of the month...

http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/music/general/view.bg?articleid=1129798&srvc=rss

The Motion Sick: The Motion Sick reveals secret trick to voting more than once!!!!

Friends,

Vote tomorrow!

Otherwise, you'll be letting all of us voters in The Motion Sick make all of the nation's decisions. While it's true that we should be making the nation's rock, we're not so sure about the decisions...

After you vote, vote again, but this time, vote for us to make the rock: we're in the finals of the Pick the Band competition to open for Vampire Weekend and Black Kids at The Orpheum and voting has now opened!

Just like in the real elections, first, you need to register...
http://picktheband.com/index.php?cn=frontend/registration&co=fan

...then, you need to vote:
http://picktheband.com/index.php?cn=frontend/contest&co=watch_and_rate&vid=BHfp2e4NJQA

If you have any trouble with those links, just go to http://www.themotionsick.com and follow the links at the top of the page.

Unlike the national elections, you can vote for us as many times as you would like as long as you do it only once per day.

Dimpled chads aside, in case you missed our funtimes outdoor show at Patriot Place at Gillette Stadium this past weekend in front of giant banners and signs, the pictures are in: http://themotionsick.com/themotionsick/livephotos-08-11-01.html

Vote, vote, vote, and vote again,

The Motion Sick

Also, DON'T VOTE!!!!
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Boston Band Crush Archived Article: Competing For Your Crushes: WFNX Pick the Band Competition

This article originally appeared on Boston Band Crush (http://bostonbandcrush.org). Voting started today on WFNX's Pick the Band competition. It is a competition to choose a local band to open up for Black Kids and Vampire Weekend at the Orpheum Theater on December 7th as part of WFNX's Miracle On Tremont Street. Voting is a process because you have to register first, so go here to do that. Then go here to vote. I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but two of our favorites, The Motion Sick and The Luxury are in the competition, so I recommend you give them a shake.

Here is a video from Patrick explaining why he wants his band to be chosen:

The Motion Sick: Voting is now open on Pick the Band

First, you need to register:
http://picktheband.com/index.php?cn=frontend/registration&co=fan

Then, you need to vote:
http://picktheband.com/index.php?cn=frontend/contest&co=watch_and_rate&vid=BHfp2e4NJQA

If we win, we get to open for Vampire Weekend and Black Kids at The Orpheum, which would be pretty awesome.


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Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Motion Sick: Amanda Palmer: "Oasis"

A while back, Amanda Palmer (1/2 of the Dresden Dolls with a new solo record produced by Ben Folds), was one of the judges in the SPIN Hot Pursuit contest that we chose to drop out of because of the contract.

She very kindly said of our video for "30 Lives":
"Super-derivative but fun, and what's not derivative these days. charming, hook-heavy, manages to lay down social commentary over their hand-claps (always good), we like harmonies. lyrics inspired by kurt vonnegut and twin peaks. indie poppy, bitey and i likey."

So, now we review her video for Oasis. Okay, not so much review as just post it. It's a fun, catchy song with a complete disregard for political correctness. What makes the video for me are the facial expressions of Amanda and backstabbing pal Melissa Mahoney:




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The Motion Sick: MTVMusic!!!

http://www.mtvmusic.com/ now contains an amazing collection of music videos...damn!


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