Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Metaphoriacally Speaking

Workin' On Fire (Boise, ID)
Today we had the pleasure of sitting down with Boise band Workin' On Fire to discuss their new studio album "Metaphoria," which has recently been released digitally (iTunes, CD Baby, SoundCloud) and will be available on hardcopy at The Record Exchange January 31, 2012.  A lot of the buzz about this rock trio comes from the fact that they are just seniors in high school (Boise High and Timberline), but after meeting with frontman Austin Williamson and bassist Peter Maguire, it is clear that they possess the maturity as well as the talent to be heard and respected by anyone.  It was great hearing that these guys have a strong respect for the music of the past, drawing much of their inspiration from artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jim Morrison, and Slash from G n' R to name a few.  A little bit of Axle Rose can be heard in Williamson's vocals as well as a bit of the sound of the artists mentioned earlier, but the band has developed a style of their own on Metophoria, which is the band's third release.  Another admirable quality of WOF is their appreciation for the full "album," which is refreshing in a day when buying only one or two mp3s from an artist has become commonplace.  Metaphoria even has a secret song at the end to go along with a nice balance of electric and acoustic sounds.  Workin' On Fire is a talented young band that deserves your attention and support.  You can listen to the album, "Metaphoria," right here on The C.O.T via Sound Cloud.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merch is DONE!!!

After several months of promises, we have finally finished the official line of C.O.T. apparel/merch/swag or whatever you want to call it.  Everything will be available tomorrow for 25% off at The Payette Brewing Co. during THE BIG SHEBANG!  The event will run from noon to midnightish.  Live music will be going on throughout the day as well as food from Archie's Place.  Bands include The Radio Flyers, Jac Sound, Mostecelo, and Storie Grubb and The Holy Wars.  No cover charge/21 and up.  These limited edition t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and prints will be available while supplies lasts and make great Christmas gifts.  It should be one hell of a party so we hope to see you there!

Friday, December 16, 2011

New Single From Night Genes

Night Genes
Cyber Me by Night Genes

Cyber Me is the first single released off of the upcoming album "Like The Blood," Night Genes' second full-length album due out January 31st.  Night Genes is the brainchild of Eric Ingersoll, a Boise-native who has been playing music for a long, long time.  Many may recognized him as the former bass player for alt-blues band Smooth Old-Fashioned High (R.I.P.).  Night Genes' infancy was spent in the Boise scene, playing a several shows with some assistance on keys, maracas, and the tambourine from The C.O.T.'s own Streeter Johnson, and Russ Lodge on drums.  Soon Ingersoll decided he needed a change of scenery and moved to San Francisco where he teamed up with another Boisean, David McFadden-Elliott (The Shitty Osmonds), as well as adding some assistance from Amy Foote.  While the depth of Ingersoll's voice might be lead one to question if he went through puberty an extra time or two, it quickly grows on you as you listen.  The man is a true writer (that's actually what he does for a living) and you can easily see it in the stories he tells.  "Cyber Me," is a song about Ingersoll's ambivalent relationship with the internet as well as loneliness.  If you are new to Night Genes then below you can check some tracks from their first release "Two Phantoms And A Holy Ghost," available on iTunes.
Night Genes by Night Genes

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Finn Riggins Jam w/ video by Jason Sievers

This is just down right awesome.  Press play, listen, then commence shimmying!
“Benchwarmers” by Finn Riggins (10+1 pt. 3, fall 2011) from Jason Sievers on Vimeo.


In preparation for The Big Shebang coming up December 23, we thought now would be a good time to introduce Boise band, Mostecelo, who will be playing a set during the event.  Mostecelo is the "darkly comic, sometimes serious, cross cultural music project of J. Rebeca Suarez."  Her album, "The Last Possible Tense," is excellent and can be heard below via her Bandcamp site where it is available for purchase for $11.  It is great to see a new female artist in the Boise scene, because to be honest, it is a bit of a sausage fest.  As mentioned before, Mostecelo will be performing next Friday evening (12/23) at The Big Shebang at Payette Brewing Co.  

Monday, December 5, 2011

"The" Josh Gross

With the recent release of his new short fiction book, "Secrets & Lies," writer/comedian/musician Josh Gross continues to make his mark on the Boise arts scene.  Along with reporting for Boise Weekly, the Portland transplant seems to dabble in a little bit of everything, so we felt the need to share. Secrets & Lies is available in Boise at Hyde Park Books, Rediscovered Books, and Bricolage.  

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Big Shebang!!! 12/23

The Big Shebang is a a great big party at the Payette Brewing Co. We are celebrating the launch of our new line of apparel, inspired by The City of Trees. Limited edition t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and prints will be available all day at the brewery (while supplies lasts). All of these items will be 25% off the day of the event.
In addition there will be:
-Live local music all day (Bands TBA)
-That sweet sweet craft beer created right there at Payette Brew Co.
-Archie's Place (Soups & Joes) will be parked out front all day
-Free Taco coupons just for showing up (while they last)

This is all going down Christmas Eve, Eve (12/23) which is your last chance to get your party on before the holiday and also pick up some great one of a kind gifts for your friends, fam, and yourself.