It would be really easy for us to highlight the bigger venues and well known but hip indie bands coming to town. But that’s simply not how we achieve aural euphoria here at Emmanuel College Radio.
Instead, we highlight the stuff that gets sometimes ignored because of the larger happenings in the Boston cultural scene. With this in mind, we present FiKus:
This Jersey boy phenom isn’t only cool, they’re coming to town tomorrow, Monday, at the Wonder Bar. (Sorry, it’s a 21+ event.)
The name FiKus must surely come from the common houseplant, the ficus, a tree whose history in the US goes beyond just being a tool of the interior designer. In fact, in 2000, the mighty ficus was a popular candidate for Congress:
So, let’s celebrate the FiKus/ficus for its many wonders.
Earlier today, we tweeted excitedly about a new release by the LA-based musician Julian Moon: https://soundcloud.com/julianmoon
Interested in finding out more about this Julian Moon, we stumbled upon what appears to be a second, equally talented singer also named Julian Moon. What are the odds? (Okay, statisticians, get calculating!)
EC Radio followers, which Moon is your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know.
Onto something else: What’s up tomorrow on EC Radio, you ask? Why not tune into The Awkward Hour, featuring Allyson Preble and Sarah Como. Every Friday at 4 pm. https://www.facebook.com/TheAwkwardHour
Before we go, if you’re still searching for some meaningful sonnets for your sweetie, look no further than Pablo Neruda, presented Tumblr style: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/sonnet%20xvi
What happens when quirky music meets Ikea-like backdrops? Perhaps only the best-ever music video for Valentine’s Day:
The lyrics of this song have it all! The promise of joy inherent to a budding relationship! The pain of breakup! The knowing that you don’t know what’s going to happen next.
Anyway, listeners, Valentine’s Day is just a construct, so there’s no need to feel bad if you’re not happily coupled this time of year.
Before we sound too much like a bad column from Women’s Day Magazine, here’s another great track that waxes romantic:
If you’re looking for something to do today to celebrate, consider tuning in to our Wednesday lineup! Worth your ears today: Corinne Stinton at 1 pm. She’s a new DJ. Let’s show her lots of love!
Ah, poor Balloon Boy, aka Falcon Heene, who in 2009 became the subject of the nation’s fascination when his parents faked his disappearance on a ghostly, UFO-y weird silver balloon. Lucky for Falcon, he never left the ground. Unlucky for Falcon, he probably has spent many minutes, days, years wondering about this odd event in his life.
You’re probably asking yourself why we at EC Radio would take the time to remind you of this tragically interesting comment on the notion of celebrity and spectacle in America.
Here’s the tortured connection: Lowman, the Somerville band featuring front man Greg Loughman, is performing tomorrow (Wednesday) at Toad at 10 pm. (http://www.facebook.com/events/590925524256647/) What’s Lowman’s greatest single? “Balloon Boy.” See where we were going with this?
Also, we love vids with found footage.
Sail on, ECRadio listeners!
Hey, everyone! By now you know our new spring season of fresh-blossomed radio fun has started! Hope you’re giving us a listen, not just because we’re awesome, but because we serve it up for your enjoyment, seven days a week.
If you haven’t taken a look at Tuesday’s lineup, you should. Brittany Williams will be at the mic and ready to show off her musical tastes at 3 pm. Then, at 6, our very own IBS award finalist, Colby Rich, will be amazing you with music and more. You don’t want to miss listening to Colby while he’s still a local underground sensation. In twenty years, when he’s winning a Grammy, you can say “you knew him when…”
Also, sometimes we get tapped on the shoulder by new bands and record labels. We always feel like they deserve a shout out, if only because they’re trying to swim upstream in a sea full of big record label releases. Here’s one such band:
Join us tomorrow, dear listeners, when we’ll be blogging, tweeting, and broadcasting!
We know lots of our listeners might not agree with our description of Mice Parade as maudlin, but hey, it’s snowy. It’s cold. And getting to class tomorrow isn’t going to be easy. And Mice Parade isn’t exactly upbeat. So, maudlin seems like a fairly fine descriptive term.
But here’s something more exciting! If you love Mice Parade, you’re going to blow your top when you hear they’re playing tomorrow night at TT’s. Go see them and tell us what you thought of their performance.
To all our local listeners, we hope you’re dug out of the snow and safe and warm.
To all our other devoted listeners, rest assured, Snowpocalypse has not beaten us! Sure, the drifts can sometimes be as high as waist level around here, but we’re still open for business!
In fact, our new season of programming begins TOMORROW! MONDAY! Give us a listen, if only because you feel sorry for us in our bear-like hibernation den/basement studio!