News and Reviews in the Hassle
You may have noticed the reviews component of Cake Time dropping off in recent weeks, but I promise it’s for a good reason: I (Ben) am going to be contributing a lot more to Boston’s best source for info on underground sounds, The Boston Hassle!
As I’m sure you know, my brother Sam founded the Hassle, an enterprise which brings our fair city the freshest streams, videos, release info, show listings, etc both online and in paper form with the monthly freak scene paper, the Counter Cultural Compass. I’m really pumped to be supporting Sam, Dan, Kristen, and the rest of the team as they continue to build what has already become a major cornerstone in the current Boston music community.
So, Cake Time won’t be focused on reviews, with any write-ups on the blog aimed primarily at non-region-or-time-specific releases: weird one-off singles, 12” remix tracks, and the like, found while crate-digging or ordered during online shopping sprees through Discogs and Gemm.
A month or so ago I was remembering how much fun the pre-Ladyfest Boston Le Tigre documentary screening at Washington Street Art Center was, and thinking about how much I wanted to watch Shield Around the K, Suburbia, The Power of Salad and Milkshakes, the Devo and Jesus & Mary Chain video…
Outta town for a few weeks!
If I got yr mail order this week, it’ll be sent before I leave. If I don’t have yr order, it’ll be filled the last week of August. Going here in search of record stores, gelato, da pope-a, infoshops, pizza, volcanic lakes, and other awesome shit:
Est! Est!! Est!!!
Coming this fall: Bent Shapes shows with No Comply, Colleen Green/Plateaus, and Sic Alps, fun/dumb Pale Yellow freebie tunes, more reviews (here and in The Boston Hassle), and further info on the long-awaited 2nd installment of the zine. Up the jangle punxx
Record Haul 7/28/12: The Fall, bis., Free Kitten picturedisc, Egg Hunt, two Simple Machines 7” splits feat. My Dad Is Dead and (The) Eggs (Taken with Instagram)
TOMORROW @ WWTA: Bent Shapes/Slow Animal/Earthquake Party/Fat Creeps ALL AGES $5
We first heard Slow Animal last year, at a Cake Shop showcase for the excellent Dance Magic Dance DJ crew from the UK. They were loud, and rode a dank wave of reverb while maintaining a hiiigh level of energy. I bought their 7” single, and when they told me they were coming to Boston, I knew what must be done.
Cake Time have teamed up with good friend SippyCupEverything to bring you a night of fuzzy pop bliss. TOMORROW:
1. Relatively new up-and-comers Fat Creeps kick things off, flexing serious hooks like those found in their latest tune, “Leave Her Alone”.
2. Our buds, the fiery and unabashedly noisy rippers of Earthquake Party, will then proceed to destroy.
3. Aforementioned Jersey devils Slow Animal will bring their soaked and dosed hustle/grind pop show to the king of DIY spaces for Boston’s enjoyment.
4. Bent Shapes will present you with 6-9 Love Songs, a concept set loosely based on bath salts and #YOLO. Fuck right off!
Furious nerdz, don’t miss it!
7pm start time (space has got a curfew, kids). $5, all-ages, punk-stylee.
Girlfriends’ Cull Shorts now available for mail order!
Bet you thought Cake Time zine issue #1 was CAKE-01, huh? Nah, that’d be way too easy. See, Cake Time zine issue #1 was actually CAKE-00, and CAKE-01 belongs to none other than now-pre-Bent-Shapes group Girlfriends. Got it?
Girlfriends’ final release is a compact disc compiling the band’s output from 2009-2011, with nearly all the songs from the early cassette, vinyl 7”s, and digital single, plus a new recording of “Slugger”.
Cull Shorts can be ordered through the Girlfriends Bandcamp page for $5, which covers the CD and an immediate digital download of the album. If you want to be a real completist, you can then download the original version of “Slugger” and “Good To Be True” for free (these are the only two recordings not on Cull Shorts). Killer.
Mail order options for the new Bent Shapes flexi coming soon!
Cake Time #2 out 5/30/12: Bent Shapes’ “Boys to Men” b/w “Brat Poison”
Cake Time #2 is out next week! A limited edition, translucent red 7” flexi record featuring two songs by Bent Shapes, it’ll be available starting 5/30/12 at the band’s first show, where they’ll play alongside Shepherdess and San Francisco’s Grass Widow. These things are pretty hard to photograph, but you can check out an example below:
Ben is guest DJing at the Indo tonight w/ Cool Kids Club
DJing at the Indo in Union Sq tonight w/ Cool Kids Club 10-1. I’m spinning venerated crash pop and future punk-damaged classics from Woody & the Splinters, Golinski Bros, Pussycat Trash, Silicon Teens, bis, The Dickies, Girls at Our Best!, Elton Motello, Flyind Lizards, Helen Love, Sexy Kids, Soup Dragons, The Embarrassment, German Measles, The Yummy Fur, and MORE!
Andy and Ben’s band Girlfriends nominated for Best Act in Boston
Ben is also nominated for Best Male Vocalist. The poll features a lot of Cake Time friends and contributers, including Creaturos, The Needy Visions, and Cuffs, among others. Check it out, if you have some time.
We found out yesterday that our band has been nominated for Best Act in the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll, and that Ben was nominated for Best Male Vocalist. If you feel like voting, click the links in the preceding sentence and you can do so as often and as regularly as you’d like.
A lot of our friends are nominated as well: Quilt, Creaturos, Cuffs, Reports, The Needy Visions, Now Denial, Mean Creek, Get Laid, Amanda Dellevigne, and more—click around, go nuts!
Target is fucking ripping us off!
What a bunch of assholes.