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2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: BOSTON DOES IT BEST

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SPEEDY ORTIZ: GOOD-NATURED NORTHHAMPTON NEIGHBORS

Top 5 reprehensible quotations from Toronto mayor Rob Ford: 

-On the AIDs pandemic: “If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS probably, that’s bottom line… those are the facts.”

-On Asian Canadians: “Those Oriental people work like dogs. They work their hearts out. They are workers non-stop. They sleep beside their machines. That’s why they’re successful in life.”

-On policy advisor Olivia Gondek’s allegations that Ford solicited her for oral sex: “It says I wanted to eat her pussy and I have never said that in my life to her. I would never do that. I’m happily married and I’ve got more than enough to eat at home.”

-On procuring Oxycontin: “I’ll try, buddy, I’ll try. I don’t know this shit, but I’ll fucking try to find it. Why don’t you go on the street and score it? Fuck, you know, I don’t know any drug dealers at all.”

-On smoking that crack: “I made mistakes, I drank too much, I smoked some crack some time. What can I say? I made a mistake, I’m human.”

SPEEDY ORTIZ. W/ LOS CAMPENSINOS!. TUE 1.21.14. PARADISE ROCK CLUB. 967 COMM AVE, BOSTON. 8PM/18+/$20 ADV. THEDISE.COM.

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AL POLK: STREIGHT ANGULAR GUITARIST 

Best 30 things of 2013

1. Miley Cyrus slapped the ass of a midget, a pink bear & a large African American woman at the VMAs.
2. Kanye West: feud with Jimmy Kimmel, he invented leather jogging pants, Kris Jenner interview, “Bound 2” w/ Kim Kardashian spoof by Seth Rogen and James Franco
3. When that Miguel kicked two girls in the face at 2013 Billboard’s Music Awards .
4. Jay Z Pool Memes
5. Rob Ford
6. 92.9 turned into an Oldies station
7. Boston Music Awards (The BMAs)
8. Speedy Ortiz and Guerilla Toss in Pitchfork, Bad Rabbits on Arsenio Hall, and Gentlemen Hall writing “Sail into the Sun.”
9. Streight Angular’s new EP An Open Letter to Miley Cyrus!
10. R. Kelly dry humping Lady Gaga on SNL
11. Sky Ferreira and DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith
12. PALE TONE – “DREAMS” FT. RAMONA
13. Justin Timberlake’s Timberweek on Jimmy Fallon
14. M.I.A. – “Sexodus”
15. Scarlett Johansson falling down meme
16.When Justin Beiber got caught peeing in a bucket.
17. Selena Gomez swore at KISS FM Jingle Ball.
18. James Franco’s roast on comedy central.
19. Workaholics
20. Bill Murray
21. Kathie Lee & Hoda, every morning.
22. Jaden Smith mirrors meme
23. Lordes “Royals” & Katy Perry “Roar” on repeat on the radio.
24. Jennifer Lawrence in “Catching Fire”
25. Kings of Leon “Temple”
26. Vine
27. Watching Adventure Time on acid in Ogunquit, ME
28. Korn and NIN comeback
29. Cheap Seats
30. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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THERESA POLK: STREIGHT ANGULAR DRUMMER

I spent a lot of 2013 watching entire series of shows that somehow I missed or discovered late, so here it is.

My Top 10 TV Series Watched in 2013: 

10. What Not to Wear (love the transformations)
9. Ally McBeal (surreal and charming)
8. Saxondale (great English/music humor)
7. House of Cards (fascinating manipulation)
6. Orange is the New Black (so many interesting personalities)
5. Scandal (started disconnected but now full of interwoven stories)
4. Downton Abby (period drama)
3. Sons of Anarchy (Jax always has a lot on his plate)
2. Game of Thrones (blows my mind every time)
1. Twin Peaks (I couldn’t walk around in the dark for a while)

STREIGHT ANGULAR. W/ MATH THE BAND. FRI 12.20.13. MIDDLE EAST UPSTAIRS. 472 MASS AVE., CAMBRIDGE. 8PM/18+/$10. MIDEASTCLUB.COM.

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Despite an initial series of setbacks and existential crises – on levels personal, national, and global – I survived 2013! Highlights for Ruby Ridge included playing with Julia Holter and the Legendary Pink Dots, briefly running our own venue, and finally having the cash to make some gear upgrades. The Boston scene was blessed with Boston Hassle’s Scanners night, two Goblin shows, the growing success of André Obin, and the Sinclair’s opened doors. And, in a world where “EDM” is ever more synonymous with a dubious multi-billion dollar industry, outstanding records from Laurel Halo, Paula Temple, Jessy Lanza, the aforementioned Ms. Holter, The Knife, Oneohtrix Point Never, Steve Moore, and our Twitter penpal Xander Harris (among many others) helped reify the thoughtful beauty of outré electronic music.

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CHEERS:

-HORROR SYNTH! Steve Moore, Xander Harris, Umberto, Gatekeeper, Goblin’s triumphant US tour, Broadcast’s Berberian Sound Studio OST… fantastic.
-PRESENT SHOCK by DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF. Timely and essential media analysis.
-SCANNERS. From Container to Unicorn Hard-On, 2013′s best weirdo electronics parties often happened under the banner of Scanners.
-THE DUNCAN TRUSSELL FAMILY HOUR. I don’t know Duncan but after hearing him chronicle the insane year he just had he feels like a friend. Great podcast.
-GEORGE BUSH’S OIL PAINTINGS. Admit it. They’re oddly captivating.

JEERS:

-SENSATIONAL COVERAGE OF “MOLLY” OVERDOSES. What is this, 1993?
-THE TPP. A secret trade agreement with no government oversight that makes sweeping SOPA-esque changes to IP law? What can go wrong?!

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ANDRÉ OBIN: SYNTH SORCERER 

2 0 1 3 A O  (Spotify playlist)

Boards of Canada, “Reach For The Dead”
Factory Floor, “Two Different Ways”
Daniel Avery, “All I Need”
Soft Metals, “In the Air”
The Knife, “Raging Lung”
Tricky, “Does It”
Kate Boy, “In Your Eyes”
John Foxx and Jori Hulkkonen, “Evangeline (David Lynch Remix)
Arovane, “Tabl-F”
The Haxan Cloak, “The Mirror Reflection (Part 2)”
Autechre, “bladelores”
Jensen Sportag, “Rain Code (Fennesz Remix)”

WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY 2013. W/ RUBY RIDGE + ANDRÉ OBIN + BATHAUS + MORE. SUN 12.22.13. RADIO. 379-381 SOMERVILLE AVE., SOMERVILLE. 6PM/21+/$10. RADIOBARUNION.COM.

separator-HALF321614DAN: ONE OF TWENTY WHAT CHEER? BRIGADIERS  

For logistical and interpersonal reasons, it’s always a challenge finding consensus among 20 people; it can take weeks sometimes just for us to say “yes” to a show.

So, the following list is one band member’s impression of our favorites of 2013:

Favorite “Big” Album (That’s Actually From 2012): Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city. If you stepped into our tour van this summer, this is what you would have heard. Kendrick delivers honest, confessional lyrics that are still playful over inventive beats that balance vintage Dr. Dre production with contemporary sounds.

Favorite Album: Raya Brass Band – This Train is Now. This is what we might sound like if we had one-fifth as many members and five times the musical skill. Raya plays Balkan brass music stripped down to the smallest possible lineup, delivered by intimidatingly good improvisers who are tasteful enough never to show off, focusing on what matters: the beat. http://rayabrassband.com/

Favorite Side-Projects (Shameless Self-Promotion Department): Downtown Boys and Malportado Kids. Downtown Boys is a sax-driven, English/Spanish bilingual punk band, three of whose members are also in What Cheer. Singer Victoria Ruiz (What Cheer’s official Number One Fan) shouts unabashed political rants over sounds that somehow combine the best of 80s hardcore and the E Street Band. http://www.downtownboys.net

Victoria also fronts two-piece electro-cumbia-punk outfit Malportado Kids, which we hope heralds a new era of fun, politically conscious dance music. http://www.malportadokids.bandcamp.com

Favorite “Big” Documentary (That’s Actually from 2012): A Band Called Death. Death’s music is some of the most creative garage punk that’s ever been recorded. The story of how the world managed to ignore that music for over 30 years and what happened when it discovered is a tear-jerking meditation on music, artistic commitment, and family that gives hope to all creative people.

Favorite Documentary: Montreal Undergroud. This report on the history and current state of the DIY music scene in Montreal, by the artists themselves, resonates in a big way for musicians in Boston and Providence, who have lost a number of key venues in the past few years. Plus, there’s great performance footage from key Montreal bands. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Montreal-Underground/177502732344721

WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE. W/ HARRY AND THE POTTERS + MORE. SUN 12.22.13. MIDDLE EAST DOWNSTAIRS. 480 MASS AVE, CAMBRIDGE. 5PM/all ages/$18 ADV., $20. MIDEASTCLUB.COM.

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ALFREDO RICO-DIMAS: SOCIAL STUDIES FOUNDER

It’s hard to pick a favorite moment. My personal highlight? Something that happened the night we brought Omar S to town. I read somewhere that he really likes the production of Chicago’s Farley Jackmaster Funk. I always carry a copy of “Love Will Turn Around” in my DJ bag, which I managed to squeeze on right before he took over. The night was memorable in its own, but the highlight for me was hearing Omar still whistling that song to himself at the end of the night while packing up his gear with a smile. Being an opening DJ never felt so good.

SOCIAL STUDIES: IN THE MIX RELEASE PARTY. W/ ALFREDO + BRENDEN WESLEY. FRI 12.27.13. GOOD LIFE. 28 KINGSTON ST., BOSTON. 10PM/21+/$5. GOODLIFEBAR.COM.

separator-HALF321614THE TIMBERFAKES: BOSTON’S PREMIER (AND ONLY) JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE COVER BAND 

Top ten JT moments of 2013:

10. Headlining DirecTV’s pre-Super Bowl Bash
Justin Timberlake headlined his first show since 2007 on Feb. 2, when he took the stage for DirecTV’s pre-Super Bowl bash.

9. Secret Myspace Concert at SXSW 2013
In mid-March, Justin Timberlake hit the stage at SXSW in Austin for a secret Myspace concert.

8. GRAMMY Awards Performance with Jay Z
Setting the tone for the ‘Legends of the Summer’ tour JT teamed up with Jay Z for their hit ‘Suit & Tie’ at the 2013 GRAMMYS.

7. SNL Appearance: Host and Musical Guest
JT pulled double duty on March 9th as both the host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live, put him in the elite ‘Five Timers’ club.

6. BRIT Awards Performance of New Single ‘Mirrors’
Hands down the BEST live performance by JT on any of the awards shows he appeared on this year.

5. Justin Timberweek on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Justin Timberlake kicked off his weeklong stint on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Mar. 11 and wrapped up the week performing the fourth installment of “History of Rap”.

4. JT Takes Over The AMAs & Does ‘Taylor Swift Surprised Face’
Justin Timberlake took over the American Music Awards on Nov. 24, winning three coveted awards and performing “Drink You Away”.

3. Hashtag skit appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
#TheRealCookieMonster #Amazing

2. JT & JAYZ at Fenway Park for the ‘Legends of the Summer’ Tour
Call it hometown bias but does it get much better than this?

1. MTV Music Video Awards / *NSYNC Reunion
Justin Timberlake dominated the MTV VMAs, performing for a solid 20 minutes and reuniting with his *NSYNC bandmates for a nostalgic medley.

For an expanded list, visit timberfakes.com.

THE TIMBERFAKES. W/ HARD KNOCK LIVE. TUE 12.31.13. MIDDLE EAST DOWNSTAIRS. 480 MASS AVE, CAMBRIDGE. 8PM/18+/$25. MIDEASTCLUB.COM.


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