Curdo's Music & Stuff (73)

Summer mixtapes

With the Old Port Fest behind us now, it’s official; summer time is here! Course it might drop to 42 degrees tomorrow, but it’s summer, folks! To me the best moments of summer are when you catch yourself at the start of a good time. A split second pre-acknowledgement or foreshadowing of the good times ahead. It’s a super quick jolt you get when you know you’re about to go somewhere or hang out with some friends to…

Ken Bell of Portland House of Music & Events: Loyalty means everything

If there’s one thing we’ve had our fair share of in this city, it’s music venues closing. Always a punch in the gut at first, but most times we thankfully see another club open at some point to soothe the tummy. It is, however, much tougher when a venue closes like the Big Easy that was run by someone deeply respected by musicians and greatly appreciated by customers. Those people, people like Ken Bell (co-owner…

PLAGUE, a decade of dark dance and freedom

This week, one of Portland’s longest running weekly music/dance events celebrates its 10th anniversary. PLAGUE is a “dark.alterantive.dance” night that happens on Fridays in the basement at Asylum. A gathering for people who appreciate goth, industrial, darknew wave and post punk music. You may have walked by Asylum and seen JackSparrow, Siouxsie Sioux or Robert Smith lookalikes and thought, “what the hell's going on here?” What’s going on is a party that anyone is welcomed…

Alias spins his true tale about 'Croatia Synths'

I’m honored to still call Brendon Whitney a good friend after 23 years. I got to know Brendon during my college radio days at Saint Joseph’s College. I hosted a few radio shows back then. One show called, “Time to Get Stupid” focused on hip hop, which in 1991-95, THAT was the time for hip hop folks. Whitney, then from Hollis would hang out with me at the show almost weekly. I gave him free…

Tall orders: It’s time for everyone to see live music again ... with a rule

With the weather turning in our favor, maybe, concerts and music events are popping up all over. Indoor, outdoor, big room, small room; people are about to come out of their Maine hibernations bigtime for some musical gatherings and that’s a great thing. Life! Whether you’re out listening to the mumblings of Bob Dylan at Thompson’s Point this summer, or sharing your hairspray at Whitesnake on the Maine State Pier or packed in like sardines…

From Twisted Roots to Elsmere: Powers a double threat with music, culinary success

It’s always great to see local friends succeed. Seeing someone put out a great album and then watching them perform; you’re proud of them. Happy as a friend and believer.  Sometimes these folks are super duper creative and they succeed big in a second area. Think of all the local music friends who are doing great things in the culinary world; Christian Hayes of Sidecar Radio has a hugely successful catering business with his wife;…

Let there be no more rock from AC/DC

Dear Angus, I want to start by saying I’m a fan of your band. You guys are one of the most important rock bands of all time and I have all of your records. To be honest, I question anyone into rock n’ roll who doesn’t own one of your records. The logo! It’s one of the most recognizable logos in the world. You’re the maestro of more classic riffs than almost anyone in music…

Reconnecting with Cheap Trick, Santana

Cheap Trick — Bang, Zoom, Crazy, HelloI know it’s no big deal, but I can’t stand this album title. It’s such a silly title. Almost lazy too, isn’t it? I mean, it’s screaming to be referred to as “Bang, Zoom...” in short from now on and, thats probably what I’ll do. “Bang, Zoom...” Yeah, that works. I guess I feel a little bit better now. Other than that bit of housecleaning. ... Cheap Trick are…

My name is Mark, and I like to touch my music

And just like that, Record Store Day is here again! The holiday for true music fans and collectors falls upon us once again to help many take stock in what we have. What we have is remarkable luck that these music holy places are all around us thanks to Bull Moose. Owner Brett Wickard’s gift to folks in Maine and New Hampshire still puts a smile on my face at least once or twice a…

Fugazi for President 2016!

I don’t know about you, but I saw my fair share of April Fool's crap last week. Thing is you can easily write off a good amount of it upon sight. We’re all sharp enough to know that Michael Keaton won’t be returning to star in the next Batman and that four sons of The Beatles aren’t starting a new band, right?  Right?  The one that got me though and stung like a s.o.b. was…
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