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In boston, music on 01/13/2012 at 16:24

-The Allston quarter’s second EP is a titanic, unexpected step forward.

If you haven’t heard Friendo, you’re not alone. After the release of their second effort, The Devil’s Avocado, that’s likely to change.

Friendo came onto the Allston scene a year ago with Not Coming Home, a five song effort that emulated southern garage rock in all its glory, songs about traveling, drinking whiskey and trying to sleep with girls before they pass out (“Shit, she’s asleep man,”).

With The Devil’s Avocado, released January 6th at a packed Allston house show, Friendo introduces a host of new sounds to their arsenal, and beyond that, a willingness to take risks. Read the rest of this entry »

“THURSDAY” by Jimmy Welsh

In boston, music on 01/13/2012 at 16:05

Jimmy Welsh released his first solo effort since 2008 last week, Thursday, the first we’ve heard from him since November 2010’s “Nothing To Do With Love,” released under the Small Talk banner. Fans had already been treated to a live performance of the title-track (a recording of which can also be found on the album) and “To Fall In Love Like That.”

While Thursday preserves the mainstream appeal Welsh utilized in building his fan base, it would be hard to direct a listener to the most “Small Talk-sounding” track on the record, and that’s a great dilemma to have. Welsh has always been at his best when in possession of an acoustic guitar and an attentive audience, and anyone who has heard him cover JTE’s “Slippin and Slidin” or “Million Dollar Bill” by Middle Brother knows the pop-rock format does not do Welsh justice as a performer. Read the rest of this entry »

Sustainability: Why It’s More Important Than the Hipsters Who Major In It

In future, population, sustainability on 01/13/2012 at 15:48

-Since the dawn of mankind, our net-gain of human bodies has annually increased. So how long does that last?

Recently I finished Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. Good book.

A particular passage had me pause and think for a minute: first I thought it was an exaggeration on Franzen’s part, or a mistake of the character, Walter, who claimed that by 2063 (50ish years from now) the global population would be 12 billion. Wait a second, I thought to myself. That can’t be. Because that would be disastrous. Right? Read the rest of this entry »