Boston was an enjoyable place to go, plenty of wandering and eating and drinking and record shopping, etc ,visits to Back Bay, Harvard Square, and the historical spots. Props to Newbury Comics on Newbury Street for having several btv releases in stock. I do wonder why the T trolleys say they only accept coins and no dollar bills? This is the great mystery.
Denison Witmer was nominated for the Philadelphia City Paper Music Awards in the Best Folk Performer/Group category. Denison and I will be at the Trocadero Theatre on Thursday for the awards ceremony.
Denison and the Six Parts Seven have added almost all of the tracks for Philadelphia Songs. There are some small additions and vocals to be added which will happen in the first week of may. Incidentally, Edan Cohen, who has recorded many of the extra parts and will man the healm during mixing is one of the City Paper Music Awards nominees for Best Producer, as is Brian McTear who recorded The Trouble with Sweeney’s Dear Life full-length.
Denison is playing two shows in Virginia, one tonight and one tomorrow. Hope you catch him.

I’m in a fantasy baseball league organized by Mike from basement-life representing Burnt Toast Vinyl (inherently good) against other indie rock labels/bands (all inherently evil). I was in first place before yesterday’s games, until the Mendoza Line out statted me to move into first. Who can blame them, their prowess is most certainly due to their obscurely baseball related band name? And their latest record being so hot, of course?
By the way, basement life records is releasing an ep from The Trouble with Sweeney on 23 April. We’ll have these available on-line. There’s a cover of one of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs, “Only Living Boy in NY” as well as the new crowd favorite “Karen” and an avante-garde instrumental with spoken French lyrics. C’est bon, n’est-ce pas?
Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a highly recommended thriller/slasher flick. Very intense, owing much to the Goblin soundtrack (in case you were wondering about that).
Off to Boston later this afternoon. The Six Parts Seven are arriving sometime today from Ohio to rock hard, or try hard at rocking soft, on Denison’s record. For sure “Philadelpiha Songs” will feature added lap steel, possibly some of Brad’s lyrics about a unicorn, one never knows. Send them my love if you see them wandering the streets of Philadelphia.
Tour dates for Pedro the Lion/Damien Jurado/T.W. Walsh are up. 6 May everyone will be in Philadelphia playing at the TLA. 5 May the show is in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom. As far as connecions to the label, Johnathon from Unwed Sailor is playing with both Pedro and Damien and Damien’s Four Songs is the first in the one-sided LP series that will eventually feature a T.W. Walsh one-sided LP. There is no valid excuse for missing a show on this tour.

Last night, I was in NYC to see Early Day Miners and Songs:Ohia play the Knitting Factory. Early Day Miners opened, playing songs from their forthcoming record, Let Us Garlands Bring, and their first full-length, Placer Found. Definitely a great set. Early Day Miners will be releasing a one-sided LP as part of the btv series sometime during this year. Jason Molina played solo as the Songs:Ohia set, which was very enjoyable, better than the full-band set I had seen last summer.
Denison is in the recording studio today adding in some additional piano parts for Philadelphia Songs. Incidentally, this will be the first Burnt Toast Vinyl full-length to appear on vinyl, which makes us all very excited.
The master for the Reels of White Softly Flow live LP is being sent off tomorrow and cover art design is underway. The master for a White Trash Inc. (Orchestra) 7″ for Norway’s Milk & Honey records has been sent off, as well.
I’ll be adding Soul-Junk’s 1957 LP to the on-line store by the weekend. 1957 is a more hip hop oriented release from this difficult to categorize, often lo-fi indie rock, sometimes hip hop band. The vinyl sounds smooth and sweet and is packaged in recovered LP jackets with strange collage artwork overlaid.
I’m working on an article for Sound Collector, one of my favorite music magazines, about Goblin, an Italian instrumental band who composed soundtracks for Dario Argento horror flicks in the ’70s. Ethan of Reels of White and I have been getting more involved in this sort of prog rock/experimental band. For fun, go check out the goblin fansite. Tonight, as part of the research, we will be watching the Suspiria DVD, arguably the pinnacle of Goblin musical expertise.
Have I ever mentioned how much I like the Destroyer album Streethawk : A Seduction?
I’ll be going to Boston tomorrow for the weekend as a little farewell trip to my good friend Scott who will be getting married at the end of the month. Maybe you’ll see us wreaking havoc throughout the city.