Boston Emissions links:
Thinking back through the year, there are tons of songs, records, shows, happenings and people who provide favorites from 2012.
Here are some of those.
Boston Emissions playlist – December 30, 2012
Kingsley Flood – Pick Your Battles from Battles, 2013
— Coming Attractions! New KF due in Feb. Next hometown show is St, Feb 9 at Brighton Music Hall. Their star will continue to rise.
Camden – Talking (On the Telephone) from Getting Around, 2012
—Love this pop/punk triumph.
The Organ Beats – Goldenheart from Goldenheart, Nov 2012
—Great record from a great band. I especially love the title track.
Christie Prince – Roam from Vanilla Girl, July 2012
–A favorite discovery from Summer of 2012
Mellow Bravo – Leave When You Please from Mellow Bravo, 2012
—Lots of favorites here. I love the record, I love the songs. I love to see them live. Truly some of the best people. Favorites all around.
Vivian Darkbloom – I’m Not What You Need from Know Your Exit, Feb 2012
—I heart VD. This was on the list as soon as it came out in early 2012. Not sure what the band is up to now but this is a stellar one-off if that’s all we get.
Ted Billings – American Bedroom from American Bedroom, Dec 2012
—Ted, formerly known for his great work in Age Rings, brings us this solo gem. Despite getting scolded by him publicly for making fun of Kanye West’s 12/12/12 performance, I think this record is tops. Ted is genius, Kanye not so much.
Mean Creek – Do You Know? from Youth Companion, Oct 2012
—Talk about a band getting it done. MC deserves every accolade they’ve gotten. I want everything and more for them. This song stands out for me, super props to Erik’s solid bass line.
The Suicide Dolls – Drive from Prayers in Parking Lots, June 2012
—Boston Emissions is about supporting New England rock as well as Boston proper. The Dolls, from Connecticut, have been playing in the city more than some Boston bands. Great job on this one.
Ruby Rose Fox – The Dread from Ruby Rose Fox, July 2012
—I look forward to the year ahead for Ruby. She has a supremely unique and refreshing style. I probably played this song 500 times alone in my car.
Mount Peru – Lay Low Geronimo from Your Kingdom’s Come Undone, March 2012
—Loved this song from the moment I heard it. Cannot go wrong with hand claps in my book. I dig their rock-meets-alt-country-add-a-trumpet-singer-sounds-like -Van-Morrison sound.
Waylon Speed – Silver and Gold from Valance, 2012
—I’d heard a lot about WS and finally saw them at Tweed River Music Festival this past Summer. They have this shit down tight. Underground Outlaw Dirt Rock you say? The Devil Came Down From Burlington (VT).
OldJack – Radio from White Label Series, March 2012
—This year is rife with favorites. We have managed to build a family in the music community. One of my favorite ambassadors is Dan Nicklin. He carries the good word about what I do with the show, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble and made sure to take me with him to the BMAs this year when he found out I wasn’t included or invited. It’s good to have friends.
Garvy J. – Will To Live from Will To Live, Feb 2013!
—Josh/Garvy J. is another one of the relationships built from our time at this year’s Rumble. We did many shows of note this year. I look very forward to the release of this new Garvy J. – and the Secret Pockets of Hope and Resistance – EP. He is a tremendous talent and people need to hear him.
The Field Effect – Ogunquit, ME from Cartography, Dec 2012 (previously released on bandcamp, Aug 2012)
—Big year for TFE and they are just getting started. Here’s to the best new band of 2012, cheers to a bigger 2013.
The Appreciation Post – The Stroke from the Appreciation Post Covers, 2012 (bandcamp)
—I enjoy this maybe more than a person should. And it’s certainly the closest I will get to playing Billy Squier on Boston Emissions. Tasty jam, kids.
Sherman Burns – Bog Machine from Night Fires, 2011
—One of my favorite Rumble moments: watching the crowd reaction to Sherman Burns’ set. They were ridiculous and went on to wild card into the semi-finals.
—-Tues, Dec 31 at Radio upstairs and downstairs, NYE with Whitey, Tenafly Vipers, Daniel Costa from the Under // Sidewalk Driver, Eldridge Rodriguez
Cult 45 – Point Your Finger from On High,2013
—First major release of the New Year! Fri, Jan 4 at Radio, Union Square, Somerville with Chelsea on Fire (reunion!), White Dynamite, Slim Lizzy
—-Now featuring Jeff Fultz of Mellow Bravo too. Beautiful art design by bass player, Bob Maloney! (Song is not available on their bandcamp but enjoy)
Emma Ate The Lion – Patterns & Fingerprints from Nothing Important Happened Today, July 2011
—A favorite find of 2012. They have nothing new until early 2013, I’ve asked, but I wanted to share them as part of things to look forward to in the new year.
Mals Totem – Strangest Motion from Strangest Motion, release due Jan 5, 2013.
–This came in just this week.
—No public link to post at this time but please like them – https://www.facebook.com/MalsTotem
The Color and Sound – Graves from The Color and Sound, Nov 2012
—Brand new find. I love to share. Here’s to 2013 and new discoveries.
Art Decade – Weapon from Western Sunrise, May 2012
—The more I hear them, the more I like them.
Parlour Bells - Airwaves from Thank God for the Night, 2012 (also a Summer 2012 single)
—What started as one of the 24 Rumble bands of 2012 became so much more. This is a band that stepped up and way out and solidified their place as one of the year’s best. Yes, relationships were established and we went on to work on many other projects together including this “We Want The Airwaves’ event when 101.7 WFNX went to sleep forever (I used to work there and teamed with some former colleagues to put the send off show together).
Dear Leader – Youngstown from Dear Leader, Sept 2012
—This seemed like it was one of those, “Oh, yeah, so here’s a song” DL bandcamp releases this fall. Ridiculously good. Best line, “the whole state of Florida gives me the creeps.” Here we go, 2013.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! See you back here next week. In the meantime, support these bands. Go see some shows. Make something happen.
Plus, news on the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble!
Thank you to John and Richard for showing up.