It seems blog hype doesn't always lead to a rise and fall. If the cards are played right, the only direction you can go is up. Gardens & Villa are talented enough to follow that route.
Covering Motown staples can be a tricky thing: there's so much foundation, so much charm, and so little room for improvement. Pond acknowledged that and sat down to play their own loose, fun version.
"He was gone before his time ... People didn’t really get to experience his full potential like we did … He was right on the cusp of doing some even bigger stuff musically [that] could have been commercially successful.”
DOWNTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
How a burlesque ballet became a venerated Boston tradition
I interviewed Kool Gee the day after he rocked Wally’s. At his request, we met at the place where the TDS Mob story begins—the stoop of the old Tower Records on the corner of Newbury Street and Mass Ave. From there, he took me back to 1989, when TDS ran the calendar with a year of rap perfection.