Adam McIntyre from The Pinx gave us a call to talk about the band then and now, the new album Freedom, his happy place, Alabama, and rock ‘n roll. All good stuff! Three songs from the new album, too.
Laura and Ben from dream-pop purveyors Luminous Crush stopped by for an in-studio to play some acoustic-duo songs (AcoustiCrush!), spin a couple studio tracks from the upcoming full-length Luminous Crush debut CD Lumina, and have some fun. The CD release blowout show is going to be September 17 at the Wardsboro Town Hall (don’t be fooled, that’s way cooler than it might sound) in Wardsboro VT. More info at their website, www.luminouscrush.com
(Oh, there’s bonus tracks at the end of this in-studio too.)
We caught up with Griffin Sherry of The Ghost Of Paul Revere as he took a little break from working on their new album. They’re coming to town! “We encourage a lot of dancing, a lot of stomping, a lot of singing along… expect a good long show with a lot of energy, ’cause that’s what we like to do.” The soulful and intimate all-acoustic Rockingham Meetinghouse is on track to sell out before the Sunday, September 25 (2016) show, so if you wanna go it’ll be a smart idea to nab tickets now – see www.flyingunderradar.com or www.tinyurl.com/ghost925 … More info about the band (plus tracks) at www.ghostofpaulrevere.com
Had a good time wingin’ it with Sam Creigh, careening from protest folk to cumbia to ping-pong to Mary Poppins. Got some live performances out of him, he hand-picked some CD tracks, we did a lot of yakking. Had him in for the whole show and somehow never managed to give out the guy’s website! www.samcreigh.com
The Ladles are out on tour and it was our good fortune that they stopped by the WOOL-FM studio to play and chat. There’s a rare confluence of strong writing, really interesting arrangements, and all-around goodness happening with these three. And they’re on the rise: their debut EP is fresh out, they’re on the Sound Of Boston short list of bands to watch in 2016, and they won the Grassroots Festival band contest just the other day. Tour dates and more info online at www.theladles.com
Sabrina, Robyn, and Kimberly came in for a lively discussion about the upcoming Springfield Steampunk Festival, September 23 – 25 (aka “The Last Weekend in Vermont”). It’s gonna be big, big fun. More info at www.springfieldvtsteampunkfest.com
Lara Herscovitch was on her way back from playing at Vermont’s big annual Solarfest, and her route happened to go by WOOL-FM… so we switched on the tractor beam and pulled her in for what turned out to be a really inspiring conversation.
Had a blast in the WOOL-FM studio with Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson of Hungrytown. Lotsa laughs, great conversation, and they performed nine songs spanning their career. Definitely one of the most fun Monsters & Hamsters in-studio sessions so far. In the fullness of things was it thus spake: “It’s not every studio that has giant ears they can just pull out of their ass.” (It might be noted that they actually are serious and talented musicians.)
We gotta get some screens on those 57s for the interviews though.
Oh, they’ll be playing the big Weston Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 18 in Weston, Vermont. More info about that shindig and the rest of their schedule on their website, www.hungrytown.net
At the end of the 8:00 hour of Monsters & Hamsters on WOOL-FM this Wednesday evening, stay tuned after the “Please Kill Me: Voices From the Archives” punk roots special for a short conversation with Pete Bernhard from The Devil Makes Three. He’s got a concert coming up with MorganEve Swain (I think she’s bringing her new band, The Huntress & Holder of Hands) along with the band O’Death at Next Stage in Putney. June 13. It’s gonna be a great show. Cheap tickets, only $12.
If you can’t wait, and/or if you want more, here’s the full 26 minutes Pete and I did, including a couple live in-studio performances plus tracks from Huntress and O’Death:
I am, how you say, fried. So this week, a special treat for all of us!
Twenty years ago, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain recorded interviews with people involved with the punk scene for a book called “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored History of Punk.” Now these interviews with the likes of Iggy Pop, Jim Carroll, Debbie Harry, and the Ramones have been restored and compiled in a two-hour documentary, Please Kill Me: Voices From the Archives — with original interviews, narration from the writers (as well as Michael des Barres) and the music that gave punk its powerful soundtrack.
Wednesday night from 7 to 9 on WOOL-FM, 91.5 hereabouts or streaming from www.wool.fm in the flatlands.