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C.D. On Songs: Dig Safe – "The Tower And The Hanged Man"

As a rule, I like anything that resembles my name. So how could I say no when the lads from Dig Safe sent me a new track and said, “Yo, we are playing – dig this!” OK, the boys in marketing weren’t able to convince them to use the “Dig This!” tagline so they didn’t exacty say that, but what they told me is that they are playing Monday, September 5 (AKA Labor Day) at Charlie’s Kitchen with the Modern Voice and Electric Shepherd. Since you won’t be Laboring (or Labouring, hopefully), you should hop over to Harvard Square before the Harvard Barnies take over. I warned you. Stay Safe. DIG Safe.

Dig Safe – “The Tower And The Hanged Man”
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The heaviness in Dig Safe’s “The Tower And The Hanged Man” is so supremely heavy, it weighs the song down almost audibly. The thing about this track is that it doesn’t go down alone (that’s what she said) – it grabs a hold of you and brings you down with it in some dark, distorted embrace. And, don’t lie, you absolutely love it.

“The Tower And The Hanged Man” skates the line between mania and depression, like some fancy prescription drugs that you should ask your doctor if they are right for you.This song hits the gear-shift and drives things hard, but they drive them hard directly into – and through – the ground. Dig-Safe goes past the street and the pipes and the sewers and gets deep inside the planet’s crust; cutting through the mantle like butter and throwing around molten rock like it’s a juggling dynamo. The madness in “The Tower…” has inertia – nothing is going to stop this song. If an obstacle presents itself, then the song will simply plow through and let the destruction color the song. That’s what kind of affair this is.

Dig Safe isn’t working with wimpy tools in this song – like the great late Wade Belak, these guys are tossing hammers. The tempo to this song is reminiscent of the heavy-duty, grinding drill that the dentist takes out when things are about to get very serious. The song’s weight and heavy torque are palpable essences of the arrangement; sometimes the song even grinds its way down, like someone flipped the motor into low gear and everything slooooows down. Dig Safe proves their worth with an excavating sound and a powerful sense of inertia. Just don’t let them read your Tarot cards, because, well, it sounds slightly forbidding.

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Want to submit your band’s song to C.D. On Songs?
To be reviewed in a C.D. On Songs column, please:
*Be a Boston-based band/artist.
*Email a single mp3/m4a/etc. (or a download link to one) to cdonsongs (at) gmail (dot) com, with the subject line “C.D. on Songs” (DO NOT send us a bunch of songs and make us pick, we will ignore you). We require a file – not a streaming link.
*Include album cover art if you have any. If you don’t, a band photo or logo is acceptable.
*Tell us when you want to see it! Give us the date of your show and we’ll make sure it runs as close as possible to that day. No kidding.

We will assume that we have your permission to make the song downloadable on Boston Band Crush (readers will want to hear it, after all). If that’s not ok with you, say so and provide us with a link to the song on an embeddable player like ReverbNation – something we can include in the post (and not just link to).

Roundup Crush: Shows this weekend

We’re going to be doing some work on the site this weekend, so that means we won’t be posting this afternoon while we get things sorted. Unfortunately it also means that we aren’t able to squeeze in all the crushes we’d like to today, so here we present a rundown of the things we’d like you to know about; and fear not, we’ll be back on Tuesday with some shiny new improvements.

Friday 9/2
Oranjuly at Great Scott

9pm / 21+ / $5

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MMOSS with Hunx and His Punx / K-Holes / DJ Chris Ewen at TT’s

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8:30pm / 18+ / $12 (advance tickets)

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Saturday 9/3

Pretty and Nice / Husband and Wife / Metavari / Night Fruit at the Middle East Upstairs

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8pm / 18+ / $10

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Sunday 9/4

Support Local Music Fest at the Midway

Featuring Satch, OC45, Dressed for the Occasion, The Inhalers, Fragments, The FUs, 88 Rangers, Jonee Earthquake, Charlie Keating, Preston Wayne 4, The Spytones, The Stretchers, The Pity Whores, Stars Above, Force Fed Lies, Flatout Jones, Patriot Act

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12pm / $7

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Information Crush: Amy’s Shows List

Last weekend was a washout so hopefully this one will be better. Can’t believe that it’s Labor Day Weekend already, where did the summer go anyway? On Thursday night Grand Eolution, The Young Tremors, Garage Sale Picassos and Dave Wells are at the Cantab and Latebirds are at Johnny D’s. Friday night has Hunx + His Punx, The K-Holes and MMOSS at TT’s; Gunpowder Gelatine(a all female Queen Tribute band) is at the Midway and The Pill is happening at Great Scott with guest Oranjuly. On Saturday The Throttles are at the Plough and Stars and The Brooklyns, Miller’s English, Crooked Street and Harvey Mapcase are at the Cantab. Sunday has Jeff the Brotherhood, Skimask and Luau at Great Scott. On Monday, Night of the Living Deadhead presents Magic People and Zbornak at ZuZu and there’s no cover. Tuesday at the Brighton Music Hall Aloe Blacc performs, and on Wednesday The English Beat are at Johnny D’s and the Swedish band Peter, Bjorn and John are at the House of Blues.

Thursday, 9/1:
Club Passim Summer Stage with Jake Hill at Palmer Street (by Club Passim and Harvard Coop) 1-2p, Free!
Crookers and Hot Pink Delorean at the ME Downstairs
Grand Eolution, The Young Tremors, Garage Sale Picassos and Dave Wells at the Cantab
Latebirds at Johnny D’s
ANR at Brighton Music Hall

Friday, 9/2:
The Pill with Oranjuly at Great Scott
Mass Brewers Fest with Three Day Threshold at the World Trade Center
Rock on Cruise with Backseat Lover (Pearl Jam Tribute Band)
Hunx + His Punx, and The K-Holes and MMOSS at TT’s
Gunpowder Gelatine (Queen Tribute Band) at the Midway
Richard Thompson at Boarding House Park, Lowell

Saturday, 9/3:
The Throttles at the Plough
The Brooklyns, Miller’s English, Crooked Street and Harvey Mapcase at the Cantab
Manifest, Mighty Tiny, Dave Crespo’s After Party and The Frog at the ME Downstairs
Matisyahu at Boarding House Park, Lowell

Sunday, 9/4:
Jeff the Brotherhood, Skimask and Luau at Great Scott
Sea Monsters at Precinct

Monday, 9/5:
Night of the Living Deadhead with Magic People and Zbornak at ZuZu, Free!

Tuesday, 9/6:
Aloe Blacc at the Brighton Music Hall
TV on the Radio at the Pavilion

Wednesday, 9/7:
The English Beat at Johnny D’s
Peter, Bjorn and John at the House of Blues

Check out Amy’s Shows List page for the complete list of upcoming shows.

If you have any additions to the list, please send them to me at amy@bostonbandcrush.org before Wednesday to have them included in the weekend’s posting.

Festival Crush: Campfire this weekend at Club Passim

Labor Day weekend guarantees the same two things every year: moving day and Campfire at Club Passim. And BBQs. So three things. There are probably others too. Anyway, moving day sucks and Campfire is awesome. From Friday at 6pm through Monday evening, the historic non-profit venue will host over 50 artists from Boston and beyond. One of our favorite things about Campfire is that singer/songwriters, folk acts, old blues guys, Americana bands, young blues guys and others are all in one place for the weekend, so the potential for improvisation and one off collaboration is sky high. Single day and full weekend passes are available, so scroll through the lineup below and figure out which works best for you.

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All ages / $10 day pass / $30 weekend pass (advance tickets)

Friday: Viatsa, Ria Mae, Beth Colgrove, Lora-Faye Whelan, Kara Kulpa, Nini Fabi, Lloyd Thayer, Jeremy Lyons, Carrie Ferguson, Eric Scott Guthrie, Jesse Terry, Noam Weinstein, Dave Dersham, Anita Suhanin

Saturday: Blues Ensemble, Susan Cattaneo, Tom Smith, Randall Krom, Addie Brownlee, Laura Grill Band, Jason Saltiel, Emily Ronna, Eric Leva, Anna Rose Beck, Tricky Britches, Plume Giant, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Rachael Sage, Julia Price, Sarah Borello, The Electric Heaters, Dave Godowsky, Kimon Kirk, Bhi Bhiman, Brian Webb, Gideon Brown, Liz Longley, Rhianna LaRocque, Nathan Reich, Jayme Salviati

Sunday: Celtic Ensemble, Kyle Carey, Amanda Cavanaugh & Katie McNally, Dry River Caravan, Ethan Roberts and Cold Chocolate, Reeling Kites, Oen Kennedy, Bridget Matros, Libby Kirkpatrick, Tara Greenblatt, Sarah Walk, Courtney Hartman, Ana Malozzi, Ariel Rubin, Anna Dagmar, Logan Venderlic, Robby Hecht, Jenee Halstead, James Keyes, Phil Henry, Pamela Means, Dietrich Strause, Joel Ninesling, Joe Kowan

Monday: Americana Ensemble, Beggar’s Ride, KAIVAMA, The YaYas, Lovanova, The Boxvar Lillies, Jean Rohe, Carmel Mikol, Katerina Polemi, Mare Wakefield, The Dust Poets, Meghan Yates, Alastair Moock, Rob Laurens, Lori McKenna, Jake Armerding, Mariel Vandersteel, Dan Baker and the Breakdown, Rose Polenzani, Dinty Child, Sean Staples, Rose Cousins, Laura Cortese, David Champagne, Jess Tardy, Kristin Andreassen, Amy Correia

Full schedule with set times available here.

C.D. On Songs: Greg Loftus – “My Best Regret”

I think it was Wonka that once wrote “Parting is such sweet sorrow.” I am sure that he had Greg Loftus in mind. Loftus will have leftus (get it?) in a few weeks. Don’t worry, he’s just moving to Texas. But he’s not leaving without saying “Good day” to the Boston music community. He’s playing a farewell show tomorrow night at the Lizard Lounge, so you should show up and bid farewell to a talented dude. Unless you are also planning on moving to Texas. That might be creepy (for Loftus) if you decide to do that after reading this review and hearing this song, but it would be pretty cool for me. Sorry, Loftus.

Greg Loftus – “My Best Regret”
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 The hurricane seems to have flipped some sort of switch in regards to our weather situation. It’s nice out; like you can wear a jacket if you want the extra pockets. It’s gotten to the point where you can see the autumn coming around the corner. Almost as if on cue, Greg Loftus and his new “My Best Regret” have walked around that same corner, ushering us into an atmosphere of cool, easy breezes and rich, woodsy light. The essence of wood comes not from some fine cologne in Brian Fantana’s cabinet, but via the rich tones of basically everything in the mix.

There are a multitude of stringed instruments strumming, plucking and sounding in the background. It’s almost as if someone said “Let’s make this mix sound like a forest.” The forest is quite well-tuned as well; easing out soothingly bright melodies.Don’t worry, they’re not blindingly bright, just enough so as to provide some nice cabin-style warmth. And I mean a log cabin, not an airplane cabin.

 “My Best Regret” plays out like a small gathering of friends, joined together in song outside yet not out in the wild. Maybe on the corner of the wild, like in the far reaches of the backyard. The peaceful, easy feeling isn’t out of place either, this is a song that sounds firmly seated in New England, lyrically, thematically and musically. While it might not come from a place where the buildings reach as high as they do around the city, it’s still not too far away from contemporary life. “My Best Regret” fulfills the “bringing you somewhere instead of sending you somewhere” criteria for good songs, and does so in style.
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Show Crush: You Can Be A Wesley / Bodega Sluts at the Middlesex tonight

Best party ever is tonight at the Middlesex Lounge you guys.* Every month the Bodega Girls take the place over, King EvRock DJs a mix of pure adrenaline and awesome while Carmen blows everybody’s collective mind. It’s sort of like Jackie Treehorn meets Studio 54 meets the house party in Weird Science, which is to say it’s awesome. They’ve always got candy, Doritos, laser lights, a photo booth and the best looking people in the world all getting sweaty.

This month they say goodbye to summer by adding a couple live performances into the mix. Energetic, pulsing heartthrobs You Can Be A Wesley will be on hand, making everybody feel special in their sexy bits with their fuzzed out lo-fi. There’ll also be an appearance by the Bodega Sluts, the punk offshoot that features members of the Bodega Girls and Viva Viva; and DJ Paul Foley will be spinning records when EvRock is otherwise engaged (“engaged” in this case means scoring with your girlfriend)(sorry dude).

In other Bodega news, they got together with Stereo Telescope earlier in the month to release Spank Bank, a four track EP featuring the bands remixing each other. If you haven’t gotten your hot little internet hands on it yet, grab it here.

*until the next one

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9pm / 21+ / FREE