This post comes in advance of two release parties--Shepherdess Saturday at the Cantab in Cambridge (see details below) and Corin Ashley Sunday at Johnny D's in Somerville. Inbound Sounds: It seems like one of the things that you are both after is the perfect pop song, but in different ways.
Hilken, your “Blackout” goes after pop gold with blunt objects that scrape with jittery cuts in order to get to the heart of the matter (reminds me of Ohio rock like GBV, Breeders, Wussy).
The cover of "Rock & Roll Friend" is obvious example of painful sentimentality of course (such a GREAT cover, really, hats off from one of the biggest Go-Betweens' fans in Boston here), but I get a sense that "Without a Warning" (with its question "where were you") fits into the same space.
The Hill-Man Morning Show consists of Greg Hill (Hill-man), former Boston Bruin Lyndon Byers (LB), Danielle Murr and Mike Hsu.
The legendary morning show has been on the air more than 25 years.
of Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man--where unrelated Boston musicians are asked to review each other's records.
I am your friendly moderator (I like to think of myself as more of a Jack Kirby than a Stan Lee in terms of famous team-ups).
Hilken, do you think that the winding roads of Corin’s songs help make the hooks stand out more in his poppier tunes? Hilken Mancini: I think every part of his songs are catchy. I don't think I could ever write that many catchy parts in one song. "Blackout" is probably the catchiest song I ever wrote.
Too bad I wrote it after I had a record deal and ever had a chance of getting played on the radio. I think that "Malady" is pretty straight ahead pop song.
And then over here we have the new record from alternate-dimension pop idol Corin Ashley, who is still quite giving birth to a promising solo career after rocking the '90s and part of the '00s with Boston power-pop legends, the Pills.
Ashley's was brought to life over the past couple years in recording sessions near and far--from Q Division to London's Abbey Road (yes, crosswalks and Apple Scruffs).
Acknowledging that we are all ambivalent people, what sort of emotions/reactions to you guys get to each other's work?