At some point back in the mid-90s, I had a friend, a few years older than me, who worked at the radio station at Fairfield University in Connecticut. I would visit him at school from time to time, ostensibly so that our band (yeah, I know) could rehearse. But my favorite part of each visit was when I would show up in his dorm room, throw my shit on the floor and see what new CDs he’d stolen from the station. Among my favorite discoveries was Karate, a Boston band fronted by Geoff Farina. They were jazzy and moody, but seriously poppy, and their records sounded better than almost anything else to come from the era, full of Farina’s brilliantly recorded, immaculately clean guitar tones. I was blown away immediately, specifically by the song ‘Bad Tattoo’, and I’ve still never heard a band sound anything like them. They broke up in 2005, after releasing five records that never quite got the attention they deserved. Farina has popped up again recently, playing shows with a new band called the Glorytellers, who are at Union Hall on 3/26. Check ‘em out, and make a friend at your local college radio station. Or, you know… just download everything and prove that my nostalgia is meaningless and outdated.
Also of Note:
3/30 The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom
Even I am sorta over new Lemonheads stuff at this point, but they’re playing It’s A Shame About Ray all the way through tonight, and I’m definitely not over that at all.
4/4 Blue Album Group at Glasslands
As long as we’re keeping with the 90s theme… They’re a Weezer cover band. Interesting.