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…
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!
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!
COUSINS at O’Brien’s
Many thanks to everyone who turned out for our NIGHT OF THE PLURAL NOUNS show last night. Video of Creaturos and Girlfriends is forthcoming, but I thought I’d quickly re-blog this excellent capture of Cousins succinctly explaining why they were a bit late before str8 killin’ it on “DIE”. Video by Spenser Gralla of Creaturos/Primordial Sounds (thanks dude!)
Blog of the Month? Old Punk Flyers
There’s nothing quite like cut-and-paste art with a heavy scrawl or questionably-laid-out text xeroxed to shit and stapled to a telephone pole.
In the web 2.0 era, it’s easy to forget how comparatively limited the number of “promotional” channels were just ten years ago. I mean, I remember stuffing 50 manila envelopes with flyers destined for clubs across the US as late as 2004 (my band finally got a MySpace a few months later, after much ideological hand-wringing). These days I’m still copping the cut-and-paste style from early DIY flyers, but hours spent at the local copy shop have largely been replaced by an outmoded home scanner and a pirated version of Photoshop. I’m still covered in ink and glue, surrounded by a pile of pen tips, Sharpies, and paper scraps in the end, but I’m re-tweeting and re-blogging the result instead of packing a bag with staples, tape, spray adhesive, or a jug of wheatpaste to head out into the night like some of my forebears.
Old Punk Flyers could be seen as an archival labor of love, or a tribute to the “good old days” described above. It’s a trip to scroll through these painstakingly crafted handbills and posters, recognizing band and venue names, or head-scratching over the ones whose notoriety never extended beyond their city or state’s borders long enough to be recorded in the most widely-distributed of the zines, glossies, or books that have cataloged the development of punk in the last few decades.
In any case, it’s a good way to waste the time you saved by lazing on yr couch and clicking the mouse a few times instead of riskin’ a friskin’ running around town pasting up yr shit. Some favorites are posted below, but make sure to follow the blog itself and scope the backlog while you’re at it.
3.3.12 Cake Time presents:
NIGHT OF THE PLURAL NOUNS w/
GIRLFRIENDS (post-jangle reinhardt)
COUSINS (minimalist garage fr Halifax)
CREATUROS (sike punk supagroup)
at O’Brain’s Pub in Allston, MA
8pm / $8 / 21+
Another killer DIY video:
The German Measles’ “What Goes On,” from last spring’s A German Joke is No Laughing Matter on What’s Yr Rupture?
As I’ve always understood it, GM sprang from the ashes of the beloved caUSE co-MOTION, and it’s songs like this that act as a reminder of that genesis. Some analog signal snow and a hasty four-count kickoff a video featuring precariously stacked TVs flashing zoom-happy shots of the band playing along. Meanwhile, a cat slinks around the sets, wandering in and out of a busted German Measles bass drum under the gaze of cartoon memorabilia, a lit sparkler glinting off part of a disco ball nearby. The visuals correspond nearly perfectly to the stop-start, colorfully scattered nature of the Measles’ signature shambolic punk pop, which is prominently on display here.