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Meet the Bands: My Own Worst Enemy

It’s hard to top the write up that Magnet recently did on My Own Worst  Enemy, that’s for certain.  Like pretty much all of the bands playing Crash Safely this year, they’ve had a lot going on, including a 7″ single that came out over the winter and Porchfest more recently.  We adore MOWE, and you should too!

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You can get a preview of what they’re up to by seeing them at Store 54 on 8/9.  Maybe you can put in a request for this gem from last year’s Crash Safely:

 

 

 

Grab your tickets to see them on  10/10 at Crash Safely!

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Up for Grabs: Gibson Les Paul Future Tribute

Looking for a new guitar, but haven’t found “the one” yet?  Why not attempt to win a Gibson Les Paul Future Tribute in Wine Red at Crash Safely?

 

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You know you want this.

The Future Tribute is a 2013 model that has the following attributes:

  • Mahogany body with solid carved maple top
  • Mahogany neck with new Asymmetrical profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Zebra-coil ’57 Classic humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge
  • Steinberger™ gearless tuners

It’s not as heavy as other Les Pauls and has a really nice tone.

It comes with a gig bag, truss rod wrench, an owner’s manual and a lifetime warranty.

 

Learn more about the Future Tribute model and check out a quick rundown of it here (a quick note: the model we have doesn’t have the Min-ETune):

 

 

This will be up for bidding at each of the shows, as well as online and will be taken home by the lucky winner on 10/17!

 

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Meet the Hosts: Cotton Candy

Chances are, you still remember the words to all of those ads that ran in between your favorite Saturday morning cartoons.

For instance, if I started to say anything about Meow Mix, you may just start doing this:

 

 

It’s stuck in your head  now, isn’t it?  Fortunately, Cotton Candy understand.  This is their third year participating in Crash Safely, and this year, they will be hosting the second night of shows on 10/10.

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They’ll not only host, but play some of your favorite jingles, including, yes, that Meow Mix song.  They’ve even made their own video for  their version:

 

See if they’ll take requests!  Grab your tickets and get ready for a fun night!

photo by Micah Gummel

Meet the Bands: Watts

 

Watts have been super busy this year!  In case you’ve missed it, they’ve played with Cheap Trick and The Standells, in addition to a run with Sidewalk Driver and The Silks (who just played with fellow Crash Safely participants Township).

photo by Micah Gummel
photo by Micah Gummel

Amazingly, Watts found the time between all of these amazing shows to record, and there’s a new single on the way on the 29th!  Check it out here:
http://kingyumrecords.bandcamp.com/album/flash-of-white-light-exclusive-white-vinyl

Crash Safely will be your chance to get up close and personal with the band ( and score one of their cool new shirts)!

Grab your tickets here, and we’ll ask Rocky to save you  a spot at the bar!

 

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Meet the Studios: Peerless Mastering

So, you’ve recorded your sure fire hit single, congrats!  There’s only one problem…

 

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It was recorded on this bad boy.

In fact, you’ve got a ton of music you’ve recorded and you’d really like to release it to your adoring public soon.  You’re listening to these tunes, wondering how on earth it’ll ever come together to be that magnum opus you just know is sitting on those recordings.

Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering will save you!

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Peerless has been around since 1995, and has been working with the likes of Spoon, Roky Erickson, Lightning Bolt and tons more. You probably own many recordings mastered at Peerless!

Now you can join their fabulous client list through the silent auction!  You’ll be able to bid on time with Jeff to master your single at Peerless!

 

 

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Meet the Bands: TRiPLE THiCK

As always, we have a bunch of great acts playing Crash Safely.  We wanted to highlight everyone on the bills this year and share some little known facts about them all.

TRiPLE THiCK just celebrated their 15th birthday a few weeks ago (which makes us wonder how they’ve managed to sneak into the clubs they’ve been playing this whole time).

 

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Better card these guys.

This year will be TRiPLE THiCK’s third appearance at Crash Safely, but they actually hold a record for something else with us.  They’ve managed to score the most amount of studio time in our silent auctions (including video production)!

In fact, here’s a tune they recorded during their run at Zippah – “She’s A Keeper”:

 

Want to win your fair share of studio time?  It may just be time for you to ask these guys how they do it!

 

Catch them on Night #3 of Crash Safely- 10/17. Tickets are already available! It’s our only 18+ night as well, so get on that quick!

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Kittehs! (I mean, posters!)

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Have you seen the latest posters from Nicole Anguish at Daykamp Creative? Check ‘em all out above!

We’re obviously big fans of cats.  If you head to the Crash Safely Instagram, you’ll see I’m not joking about that.  It’s possibly comprised of  75-80% cat photos.  Soon, you’ll be seeing these kittehs* all over  town.  Come up with creative names for them!  There may or may not be a prize in it for you for best cat name.

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What do you mean “may?”

Speaking of prizes, Gibson started my morning off with a bit of a surprise.  I just happened to be home this morning when FedEx came around.  I wasn’t expecting anything, so I must have looked like I won the lottery when the delivery driver handed me this:

Well, the box that had this in it.
Well, the box that had this in it.

He was excited.  You’d think it was his guitar, he was so happy!  “That’s a great one,” he said, “beautiful color.  Enjoy!  Happy 4th!”

I did request a donation from Gibson, but I wasn’t expecting to hear back from them for a while.  I’ll take a surprise Les Paul delivery as confirmation that they want to help out! You’ll be able to bid on this beauty as the silent auctions are announced, and we’re planning on having this be something that will be picked up at one of the shows, so if you’re the lucky winner, you can start playing it immediately.  You could also take it with you to your studio time winnings as well, which we also keep adding to the list of winnable things.

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New raffle and silent auction items!

I wasn’t lying when I said we have new items for the silent auctions and raffles coming in every day.

As of this afternoon, we’ve just added more prizes to the mix:

- 2 games of bowling with shoe rentals for 6 people at King’s

- An after work Pool party for up to 20 people, including appetizers st Jillian’s

-Dinner Cruise for two on the Odyssey, combined with a one night stay for two at the Sheraton Boston 

-Gift Certificate to Grafton Street/Temple Bar/Russell House Tavern

- 5 days/ 4 nights in Cancun for two adults (and two children)

- A membership to ArtsEmerson and two complementary tickets to shows

-A brand new Platinum Keurig brewer and a case of coffee

- Bangles from Alex+Ani

 

And these aren’t even including the studio time offers, which are also coming in quickly!  I will do individual write ups on all of those, so that people can get to know the studios and the prize offerings better before everything goes live.

There are even more that I’m waiting to hear back from, but this is a more varied list of prizes than previously available at Crash Safely!  Every night of shows will feature a different variety of prizes.  As the dates get closer, keep an eye out for Facebook event invitations, as  those will list the items up for grabs on each night.

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Crash Safely 2014 Lineup

If you head to the main page, you’ll see photos of (almost) everyone involved in Crash Safely this year. What you don’t see, however, are the dates and lineups.  Where would you find that info? Maybe even some ticket links, because you want to be sure to be there?

 

Wait for it...
Wait for it…

 

Right here.

 

Crash Safely Night 1: 9/27 

Midway Cafe, 21+, $10.00

(aka the day after my birthday, so you should really go)

       Hosted by Jake Jampel

 

Crash Safely Night 2: 10/10 

Midway Cafe, 21+, $10.00

      Hosted by Cotton Candy

 

 

Crash Safely Night 3: 10/17 

(aka the Mike Oliver special)

Middle East Upstairs, 18+, $12.00

    Hosted by D-Tension

 

We’ve spaced out the shows more this year, and two of them actually happen after the bikeMS ride in NYC. Why’s that? I realized that we don’t have to get our donations all in on the day of the ride, and October worked out nicely for these shows.  Awesome posters are on the way from Daykamp Creative as well.

Also new for this year: vacation-type prizes in silent auction!  I figure by October, we’ll all be yearning for 90 degree weather, so a 5-day stint in Cancun for two might be a sought after prize.  There’s a hot date you can win as a mini-staycation, with a dinner cruise for two on the Odyssey and a hotel to stay in afterwards.  Lots of studio time as always, and lots more fun things coming in every day.

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Friday night at the Plough and Stars

Friday night is the 15th birthday of Crash Safely participants and near-annual winners of awesome things in our silent auctions, Triple Thick. I’ve mentioned this earlier, but as the weather has finally warmed up, I think it bears repeating: the Crash Safely crew will be on hand to recreate the Treat Her Right’s “I Think She Likes Me” video.   In as much as that can be done, considering…
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The Treat Her Right video captures Central Square and the Plough in particular in a really interesting space in time. It will be an interesting compare/contrast with footage from the 2014 version of the Plough.

Yes, it will be in black and white.

No, the sound won’t be ambient.   But the images most certainly will be.

Join us to be part of the video, and come see The Monsieurs and You People as well.

The music starts at 10:30, but the video shoot will begin before the sun goes down.
See you there!

 

Speaking of shows, we’ll be announcing the lineups, dates and venues for this year’s Crash Safely before the weekend’s over.  In fact, tickets are actually already available, and if you’re sneaky, you just may have figured out where those links are hidden on the main site.