Mixtape – Pazz and Jop (II)

Second volume exploring non-skronky/non-scuzzy sounds out of Boston / Mass – folk, blues, alternative, pop and more.  Listen to volume 1 (featuring Transient Cities, Love Love, Andrew Geano, Valentin Prince and more) here. Something Sneaky – Camera Man (file under: sneaky cool rock’n’roll) Psychic Dog – Toyota (file under: rock, punk and weird) Post Modern Authors – Wash […]

Mixtape – Cosmic Vortex

There is no shortage of festivals promoting psychedelic/experimental music on the East Coast – Terrastock, Deep Heaven Now and Boston Fuzzstival, to name just a few. And where there’s smoke there’s fire – or, in our case, various merchants of Kosmische Musik and its endless branches (whether one chooses to use post or space or any other word […]

Hassle Fest Mixtapes Plus – Stream Eclectic Sessions Vol. 1

Words from The Colonel – I was originally inspired to work on Eclectic Sessions after hearing the infamous Brian Eno compilation record, No New York.  I, like many others, am continuously floored by the alarmingly apocalyptic sounds and aesthetics explored by those groups, and also how incredibly descriptive the compilation is of that short-lived era […]

Preview of Boston Not LA 4 (II)

Another volume of Boston Not LA is upon us and here’s another snippet of what’s up ahead…   The Lowbred Watts – Adult Things TLW is Ryan Stapler whose gritty mix of homemade/lo-fi blues and folk makes you want to smoke a cigarette even if you’re not a smoker (according to The Wild Honey Pie). Stapler’s […]

Reviews + Stream – Prefab Messiahs – Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive

The universe inhabited by Worcester’s own Prefab Messiahs resembles one of R. Crumb’s psychedelic posters—there’s plenty of room for cartoon characters and bright colors, and it also feels as if there’s a slight whiff of madness to it all. The Messiahs come out strong here with “Children of Nuggets” vibes, some 30 years in the waiting! […]