Animal Hospital

Photos from all 3 nights

Here are some great pics from all three nights of Crash Safely!  Did you take some photos at the shows?  Please feel free to share with us!!!

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Photos by SKMDC of Petty Morals


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Night 3 Round up!

The final night of Crash Safely is Friday! Are you ready for an awesome night of music and prizes for a great cause?



White Dynomite

The Field Effect


Animal Hospital


All hosted by Jake Jampel and D-Tension!


Up for grabs ONLY at this show:

Jillian’s after work party for 20!
Grafton Street/Temple Bar/Russell House Tavern gift certificate!
OtterBox gift certificate!
Somerville Grooves gift certificate!
In Your Ear! gift certificate!
Artwork by Melissa Winter Weiss!
Tickets to the The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston!




Also:  The Alex and Ani bracelet set will be auctioned off tonight!

Alex + Ani set

The winner of the Gibson Les Paul auction will be able to take the guitar home tonight before Township’s set!!!


The other auctions will continue through Saturday afternoon, so make sure you place your bids on:

Studio time, including full day sessions at the Bridge Sound & StageQ DivisionNew Alliance, Zippah, or with Matt Girardmusic video production, time with Dave Minehan, and mastering at Peerless, New Alliance East or Galaxy Park.

Date Night:  A combination prize featuring Odyssey Cruises Boston and Sheraton Boston Hotel

What’s included in that prize?
A dinner cruise for two on the Odyssey (worth about $230!) and a hotel room for two at the Sheraton Boston (worth about $300!). You don’t have to use them on the same night. Also, you can give these as gifts if you happen to know someone who would really, really love these!!!


A trip to Cancun for 5 days/4 nights!!

Grab your tickets and plot your winning streak at the raffle/auction table!

Don’t forget!!!

All of the proceed for the ticket sales, raffle, silent auction and The I Want You’s single, “Blame It On Tomorrow” go to the National MS Society.


Meet the Bands: Animal Hospital

Long a hidden treasure in Boston recording circles as a freelance recording engineer and a trusted electronics fix-it man, Kevin Micka has approached Animal Hospital over the last 9 years in the nooks and crannies of his schedule.


During performances, Micka buries himself in a pile of electronics-shelves of effects, mixing consoles, amps and delay units-while patiently constructing a layered nest of loops consisting of live drum beats, guitar chords, scrapes, chucks, chimes, and melodies resulting in anything from more conventional songs to meticulously crafted ambient movements on to full on improvisation. Since the winter of 2011, a large ensemble version of his music has been realized with performances consisting of up to 30 musicians at times.

To date, Animal Hospital has released 3 studio albums on Mister Records, Mutable Sound and Barge Recordings.

Kevin has consistently toured the world (recently Japan, Australia and South America) winning followers from all corners of the music world, including spots with acts as diverse as The Jesus Lizard, Beirut, No Age, MAIN, Thrones, Dosh, Os Mutantes and Codeine.


He’ll be sharing the stage at the Middle East on 10/17 with  The Field Effect, Township, White Dynomite, TRiPLE THiCK  and host D-Tension at Crash Safely this year, and if you haven’t had a chance to see Animal Hospital live yet, prepare to be mesmerized!

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.

Ronnie Lane

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.

*I know that's not how it's spelled.  It's cute.

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.