Posted in music on November 30, 2013

Quilt at Mexican Summer Five (more by PSquared)

Boston's Quilt make folky psychedelia recalling the Summer of Love sounds of the Haight-Ashbury scene. They released their self-titled debut LP on Mexican Summer back in 2011, and its followup, Held In Splendor (which we've already heard a few songs from), comes out January 28 via the same label. The band's been known for some cool, jammy live shows too, and you'll be able to see those shows on their previously announced 2014 tour which hits NYC on February 28 at Rough Trade (tickets).

Meanwhile, Quilt singer/guitarist Shane Butler has given us a list of his top 10 things of 2013. None of them are albums, but one is in reference to some cartoons he and other bands drew at Woodsist Fest in Big Sur, one of which is pictured below. Check out the whole list below...


Quilt - Top 10 of 2013

In no particular order - here are some things I remember well from the year

1.) Watching Weyes Blood's set at the Mexican Summer 5 Year Festival -- I have been watching Natalie perform for a few years now and this performance really dug the new depths; smoked sunlight, white garments, and the eternal choir from a day lit tape echo.

2.) Drawing cartoons with the rest of Quilt, Tim Cohen, Alex Bleeker, and Michael Hurley in Big Sur after the last night of the Woodsist Fest - favorite Ronald award goes to Hurley, down in the right corner. (drawing below)

3.) Watching Mike Bruno & The Black Magic Family Band play at the West Kensington Ministry in Philadelphia -- Bruno has been a favorite of my since I saw him play a few years ago in a basement in South Philly. This time it was in the basement of a beautiful church & he had a 7 piece band accompanying him laying down washes of medicinal ear shine from a ricochet assortment of electronic and acoustic gadgets. It was truly something else.

4.) Hearing mixes from DJ Sasha Grishin for the first time in the basement of Oldich Dress & Drink in Moscow.

5.) Revisiting the song 'Sometimes' by My Bloody Valentine. Maybe it was all the reborn MBV hype, or maybe it was just hearing it in a new way again. Anyway there were some beautiful nights lying down, and not lying down, listening to that song this year.

6.) Seeing new art by Travess Smalley. I am a huge fan of this dudes work/

7.) Driving up from LA to Davis, California with my brother and sister listening to The Moon & Antarctica on repeat.

8.) Finding out there are archives of MS Subbulakshmi's' Bhajans on YouTube.

9.) Spending more time in Western Massachussetts.

10.) There was a night when I met some locals from Big Sur who were talking about going to the baths at Esalen Institute: it was about midnight and I hopped in the car with them. When we got there the place was closed but one of the guys knew how to get to baths through a fence; we snuck around and laid in the mineral baths overlooking the darkened-blue pacific as the security guards shined flashlights on us and didn't notice our naked flesh. Afterwards we left and the leader of the pack proceeded to ask, "Would you like to see the Walruses?"; I said, 'Okay." and he took us to a cliff that overlooked about 100 screaming mammals; their chant was equivalent to a Hildegaard Von Bingen epic. After our ears were nourished he then asked 'Would you like some water?', I said, 'Okay.' and he proceeded to drive us to a rock on the side of the road that had fresh spring water pouring out of it. I drank some water, replenishing what was missing after the baths, and then he drove me back to the campground I was staying at. That was a bizarre evening.




Comments (30)

And... nobody cares...

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2013 11:26 AM

And here we have the first (and a strong contender for stupidist) of many irritating, lazy top ten lists of BV. Happy holidays!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2013 11:44 AM

And these three perfectly nice but kind of dumb kids who play in an entirely mediocre band are the latest human sacrifices to bv's financial need to troll bait for comments to drive hits. Sorry kids, just bend over and take it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2013 11:53 AM

Can you just feed us the Top Ten of 2013 by Grimes already. Cause it really matters.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2013 12:22 PM

^good point, though they are probably saving that for closer to 01/01, it'll be Grimes, Haim, and Sky.

Speaking of Sky, I haven't seen a post about her in days, is this a record??

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2013 12:34 PM

Top 10 of 2013 by Speedy Ortiz is obviously next.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2013 1:05 PM

Top 5 decks of 2013
Deck # 42
Deck # 41
Deck # 40
Deck # 39
Deck # 4

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Posted by Judith Joseph | November 30, 2013 5:19 PM

I'd probably slip in deck #28 at #2, but otherwise fine list

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2013 5:25 PM

Talk about ass hole commentaries. Just walk away from the article if you don't like it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2013 6:24 PM

624 loves cartoon drawing with his bros.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2013 6:39 PM

Everybody, please don't come to Western Mass.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2013 6:57 PM

Who are they, why do I care?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2013 10:19 PM

it's true, Holyoke is the next hipster mecca, or maybe Springfield.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 4:23 AM

Western Mass is for over-educated, dowdy-looking, Volvo-driving, father-supported indie rockers who couldn't hack it in NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 8:46 AM

Western Mass takes the D in the B

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 10:31 AM

I dig this band. Can't wait for the new cd.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 10:53 AM

I like Western Mass. Nice place to visit, and probably a nice place to live. I have no clue who this band is though.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 11:10 AM

I got molested in western mass when I was 9. I think one of these guys is the jerk that did it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 11:22 AM

^it was probably Thirsty Thurston

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 1:17 PM

They be tappin young ass in Western Mass!

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Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 8:14 PM

who are they

Posted by obd2 | December 1, 2013 9:57 PM

west mass, more like fresh ass, amirite?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2013 10:42 PM

if there was a video online of quilt getting punched in the face repeatedly, that would be my number 1 thing this year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2013 8:56 AM

8:46 You're really hacking in NYC, huh? Get a semi just by walking out of the subway? Congrats on not being homeless in NYC! You are totally a success now!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2013 1:55 PM

It sounds like they were influenced and inspired by The Beatles. Maybe they should a new cover version of I am a wahlrus song. 

Posted by Dakota | March 3, 2014 6:06 AM

Quilt is an awesome Boston group. Check out Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger's 2014 release 'Midnight Sun' if you like 'Beatle goodness'. They've got genuine Beatle DNA. Very psychedelic electronics, eclectic instrumentation, old school stereo panning(wear headphones), a fat analog drum sound produced by ancient Ampeg tape machines and an actual Mellotron. Kind of like Beatles meet Pink Floyd. Earworms aplenty.

Posted by Randolph | October 28, 2014 4:21 AM

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