New Tunes Tuesday - Paramore

Today, Paramore released their new record, Brand New Eyes. So it's only fitting that, as today is New Tunes Tuesday, we share some new Paramore music.

The track below is "The Only Exception" and it's a bit different than what you might be used to from this pop-rock band out of Tennessee. It is mostly acoustic with some ringing instrumental melodies. Hayley Williams sings about how she didn't believe in love. That is, until recently--until meeting that right person. It's that person who is the only exception.

Check it out and share it with your friends, if you like it.

Michael Jackson

New Tunes Tuesday - AFI

AFI let out a new song from their upcoming album Crash Love called "Fainting Spells." I played it for the first time on our last broadcast of the Fleshy Fresh last Thursday. Listen to it below and let me know what you think. Sounds like good ol' fashioned AFI to me.

Show Re-Cap

The Fleshy Flashback: "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" by Bowling for Soup

Love Is For Losers: "No Regrets" by Divit

Countdown to Blink 182: "Easy Target"

Dear Jack

The incredibly true story of Andrew McMahon:

With Every Day

With Every Day

I had a dream when I was only 9
I'd be a pitcher for the Braves
And they'd pull me from the bullpen
Every time they need a save
But that all changed
When I discovered I
I couldn't throw a strike to save my life
And now the only save i make is in my wallet every night.

i had a dream when i was 17
i'd be a rockstar and i'd know
what the women taste like
in every city that i'd go
But that all changed
When I woke up one day
And found I lost my voice
Now I write shitty poetry
'cause it's my only choice.

I had a dream when I turned 21
I'd finally see the end
Of everything I'm supposed to want
And a big and comfortable bed
But it's a lie.
I only made it up and left it in my head
So I could feel A little better
With every day I wasn't dead.

Philosophical Ignorance

Tomorrow marks the introduction of a new segment: "Moment of Brilliance." In this segment we will discuss some of the hot issues in modern philosophy. If you have something you want to talk about give us a call on the air: 617-353-6400. Need ideas? Check out Pierre's Cafe.

Since the Fleshy Fresh Moment of Brilliance has yet to come, let's watch a live video of Paramore playing "Ignorance."

New Tunes Tuesday - Dave Smallen (Again)

I really think this guy deserves all the attention he can get.

Someone Should Assassinate Kanye West

Unsigned Artist of the Week

Last Thursday, we had a great show. We reminisced with "Carousel" as our Countdown to Blink 182 and got angry along with Bayside and their song, "Guardrail," reminding us that Love is For Losers. We also played some new music from AFI and Paramore.

We ended the show with our Unsigned Artist of the Week. However, this week's artist just got signed a few months ago. So, we'll call them our "as-of-now-undiscovered-but-soon-to-be-huge artist of the week." I say that because they're scheduled to go on tour with Paramore this fall and so far nearly the entire tour is sold out (including at the Boston House of Blues--fuck!).

From Fenton, Michigan, these four kids are down to earth, middle-american dudes. Watch one of their youtube videos where they just screw around, and you'll fall in love with their personalities before you even listen to their music.

Fans of The Gaslight Anthem and Bruce Springsteen's rougher edge ought to love The Swellers for their blue-collar, hard-working punk rock.

Get started with their myspace,, and listen to "Welcome Back Riders." Then, take a trip back to their beginning days with their song "Bottles": watch the music video here.

New Tunes Tuesday/Unsigned Artist of the Week

This is Chad. Chad is Emperor X and Emperor X is awesome. Emperor X is our Unsigned Artist of the Week from our show last Thursday. Let's learn a little bit about Emperor X.

The first time I saw Chad Matheny play was this past summer at a house show near Boston College. We stood in a dingy basement light by one half-functioning strobe light and drank PBR sold (no doubt illegally) for $1. The room was littered with garbage, odd markings on the cement floor and large, stone walls, and a few questionable pieces of furniture--like a half-destroyed mattress and a rocking chair deco-ed with bottle caps. No matter the atmosphere, nor his surroundings, Chad knew how to get people excited.

He gave no introduction until the end of his set. He and Jeremy from Pretty & Nice just started singing--or kind of yelling, for that matter. It immediately grabbed your attention. Anyone who had a tall PBR can to their lips immediately stopped chugging, mesmerized by the passion and the intensity booming from the center of the room. Emperor X strummed on his weary acoustic guitar faster and harder than I've seen, and filled the neighborhood with his heavy voice, despite his relatively small body.

If he is to be compared to anyone, it must be said that he is the Ben Folds of acoustic guitar. He's got some heavy hardware on his eyes, and he doesn't fit into the mold of the picturesque singer/song-writer or rockstar. He's got some quirks, but they are quickly overlooked by his stellar performance ability and songwriting. Needless to say, I came away a fan.

Here's a video of Emperor X playing "Raytracer," one of my favorites, at some park somewhere in America. Elliott Smith fans--watch out for the Either/Or reference.

Also, go check out his website,, where you can download some songs off the several albums and EPs he's put out over the past few years.

Show Re-cap

The Fleshy Flashback: "Memory" by Sugarcult (
Love is for Losers: "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad" by Brand New (
Countdown to Blink: "Rock Show" by Blink 182 (
Unsigned Artist of the Week: Emperor X and his songs, "Citizens of Wichita," "Raytracer," and Go-captain and Pin Lighter." More on Emperor X to come, stay tuned! (

New Tunes Tuesday - Giant Drag

I haven't heard from this band in a very, very long time. So, it is with great joy that I re-introduce Giant Drag, the musical collaboration between vocalist/guitarist Annie Hardy and drummer/synth player, Micah Calabrese.

This is not pop music! It's probably best that you know that going into it. Scroll down and check out the video, which perfectly mirrors the song by Giant Drag and the genre that they fall into. What I'm talking about is hard to describe, but I think the words melancholy disasterpiece might do it some justice. It's rough, it's got an edge, but it's also haunting and addicting. You can hear real desperation in Hardy's voice, and I think the video does an excellent job putting that feeling--when everything seems to be slowly, beautifully falling apart--into moving pictures.

Giant Drag released a full record a few years ago called Hearts and Unicorns, and I absolutely recommend it. You can watch the music video for the single off of Hearts, "This Isn't It," right here.

As for now, check out the new music video. The song is called "Stuff to Live For" and it will be out on the Swan Song EP in October.

Stuff to Live For from G.J. Echternkamp on Vimeo.