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July 4, 2013

The dog ate my replicator

My Dearest Friend: Funny story. I’m sitting here on the 4th of July, celebrating like most Americans do – at the dining room table with my friend Tom hand-stamping and replicating CDs containing 20-year-old studio outtakes by obscure western Massachusetts bands – when we hear an ungodly groan coming from the vicinity of the dining [...]

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June 24, 2013

Message from Joe: new Scud Mountain Boys record

First, let me get this out of the way. The Scud Mountain Boys have reformed after 15 years. If you’re interested in reading about how our reformation took place, there will be more about that in a later missive. And we have a new album coming out on July 9, 2013 on Ashmont Records. The [...]

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The New Album

Goodbye, Killer by Pernice Brothers is Joe Pernice’s first band album since 2006’s Live a Little. In several weeks-long bursts of work over the course of a couple of years, in between writing a novel, recording a soundtrack for said novel, touring on both, and doing real-life things, Joe, his brother Bob, and long-time collaborators James Walbourne (Pretenders, Son Volt, Peter Bruntnell) and Ric Menck (Matthew Sweet, Velvet Crush) holed up in an attic in Boston and recorded these 10 Pernice originals.

Goodbye, Killer should appease Pernice fans from all walks of life. It includes the full on rock ‘n rollers “Jacqueline Susann” and “Bechamel,” signature pop songs “The Great Depression” and “F***ing and Flowers,” the Scuds-esque “Newport News” and “The End of Faith,” and two AM radio would-be classics “The Loving Kind” and “Goodbye, Killer.” Pernice refers to the undeniably show tune-y number “We Love the Stage,” as his “homage to vaudeville, indie rock and learning to love betting against yourself.” (Whatever. Pernice’s manager just hopes it’s the first song in the musical he and Walbourne are going to write, because she’d love to lose a lot of money producing musicals too.)

Goodbye, Killer is a versatile album that’s trademark Pernice.