Definitely one of the coolest dudes to interview and probably the best performance of all the ones I got to sit in on at wers.

Way to be, wers. Nice.

I met the gentlemen of Harper Blynn when they were touring as themselves and the band part of the reformed Damnwells in 2011. They came through WERS for a session and then took me to their show at TT the Bear’s that night. Great show, nice guys. I guess I’d misplaced the copy of this EP they’d given me, because I just found it earlier today and threw it in the car.

I don’t know what it is, but I think there’s something about early spring the weather warming up that makes me itch to get out of wherever I am and take off for someplace else. There’s also something that makes me write about it every early spring/summer and then not do anything about it.

Fuck it. Come the summer, I’m outta here.

Will Dailey & Jesse Dee - No Expectations (Live @ WERS)

Guys, the place I used to work is still really cool.

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All day, erry day.

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All day, erry day.

These bands are coming in to WERS tomorrow and Thursday, and I couldn’t be happier.

Trampled by Turtles will be live at 2:15 tomorrow afternoon.

Lucero will be live at 3:15 Thursday afternoon.

Parking that thing must be such a pain… Dude just almost took out a tree.
Being on-air at all hours of the day for these last four years means I’ve seen some weird stuff out these windows, but a giant car-sized L.L. Bean boot takes the cake, I think.

Parking that thing must be such a pain… Dude just almost took out a tree.

Being on-air at all hours of the day for these last four years means I’ve seen some weird stuff out these windows, but a giant car-sized L.L. Bean boot takes the cake, I think.

Why yes, that is the L.L. Bean Bootmobile parking across the street from the WERS studios.
When you’re greeted by a giant motorized boot at 7:45 on a Saturday morning, you know it’s going to be a great day.

Why yes, that is the L.L. Bean Bootmobile parking across the street from the WERS studios.

When you’re greeted by a giant motorized boot at 7:45 on a Saturday morning, you know it’s going to be a great day.

I’m about to unload a whole bunch of Honeyhoney on y’all. They came by the WERS studios earlier today and were a real treat: nice folks, good players, and Suzanne’s really pretty.

The trick with this one is the little uptick in her voice about halfway through the chorus. That’s the money. The song is two minutes and fourteen seconds long, the chorus comes around four times, and every time I hear that rising line I smile. You will too. They played it in the studio today, and I can’t wait to listen back to the finished, mixed, & mastered version.

The more I listen to Billy Jack, the more I’m astounded that the band can go from big, swoopy, atmospheric brooding to straight-up country two-step. not only that, they’ll drop some real bombs lyrically as well. Here, not so much, but just wait for the next couple of tracks.

These guys are quite possibly my favorite find from SXSW. Check ‘em out if you haven’t already. They’re coming by WERS this afternoon, and I’m working on things to talk about, but I feel like I don’t have enough of a history with the band to make the conversation as good as I think they deserve.

Is it really bad that there are some bands that come through that I don’t write off per se, but that I don’t give as much attention to detail in the things I want to talk about as others?

I don’t want to make it sound like I don’t value the hard work that every single group or solo act that comes through our doors puts into their sound, because I’ve been on that side of the microphone too, and I know how important it is to everyone that they put on a good show. I just don’t have as much time as I’d like to put in to preparing for every single interview. This is one that I’d like to be stellar though. I really like these guys.

This is an exceptional album from an exceptional artist. I highly recommend you find yourself a copy when it’s officially released on April 24th.
We saw Joe at SXSW. He was playing in a church at one in the morning on the other side of town from where we were. My traveling partners were convinced that we had to go.
He played right in front of the altar, bathed in a blue light. We’d been up for a long time, had a couple of drinks earlier that night (of course, there was no bar in the church), and I was nodding off in our pew. But as Joe performed, and as I slipped in and out of consciousness, I was struck by his songwriting and aw shucks manner. Dude was pumped just to be there, to have people in the pews that late at night.
This guy is the real deal. We’re calling him “the next Springsteen” — at least as far as storytelling goes. Generally speaking he’s a little more mellow than Bruce, but no less intelligent. He’s heartfelt, eloquent, and has something of value to say.
He closed his set in Austin with the last track from this new album, “Deep Dark Wells.” It was a beautiful way to say goodnight. As long as you’re not finished, you can start all over again.

This is an exceptional album from an exceptional artist. I highly recommend you find yourself a copy when it’s officially released on April 24th.

We saw Joe at SXSW. He was playing in a church at one in the morning on the other side of town from where we were. My traveling partners were convinced that we had to go.

He played right in front of the altar, bathed in a blue light. We’d been up for a long time, had a couple of drinks earlier that night (of course, there was no bar in the church), and I was nodding off in our pew. But as Joe performed, and as I slipped in and out of consciousness, I was struck by his songwriting and aw shucks manner. Dude was pumped just to be there, to have people in the pews that late at night.

This guy is the real deal. We’re calling him “the next Springsteen” — at least as far as storytelling goes. Generally speaking he’s a little more mellow than Bruce, but no less intelligent. He’s heartfelt, eloquent, and has something of value to say.

He closed his set in Austin with the last track from this new album, “Deep Dark Wells.” It was a beautiful way to say goodnight. As long as you’re not finished, you can start all over again.

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Song of the Day - 3/22/12

“Counting on Karma” by Will Dailey and The Rivals

Today I’m giving some much-deserved props to Boston’s own Will Dailey and The Rivals, who recently caught my ear with the sunny, hook-laden acoustic gem ”Counting on Karma” off their 2011 self-titled release. Dailey and company have enjoyed a recent wave of critical acclaim and a steady rise in popularity, earning two Boston Music Awards for Best Male Singer-Songwriter and opening for legends like Neil Young and Willie Nelson. Next Tuesday (3/27/12), the band will play a live set on WERS 88.9 FM, Emerson College’s student-run station and one of the best sources of new music you can find. Should be a smashing show, so be sure to tune in.

Thanks for the WERS props! Listen to people who listen to Will Dailey!

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Fanfarlo - “Shiny Things”

Many of the songs on Fanfarlo’s debut album Reservoir hit me immediately like a ton of bricks. A noted exception was the song “Finish Line” that slowly builds to a climax that pays off so incredibly that you can’t help but feel your heart swell. Rooms Filled With Light takes that model and expands it with the album growing the more you listen to it. “Shiny Things” is a perfect microcosm of the album as a whole, building slowly to full instrumentation, complete with brass and whistles.

I’m going to see them at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on March 28. Feel free to give me a holler, and check them out if they’re going to stop in your town.

And they’re really nice guys, even when they’re running late for their sound check. Hear my interview with the band sometime between March 24 and April 1 on wers.

Red Jacket Mine - Listen Up (If the World Is Going to Hell)

Got these guys’ 7” in the mail at work. Pretty blown away.