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Brookline Community TV (BATV) reaches crust of D.I.Y. world

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson  April 30, 2012 07:25 AM

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For those that just think that Community TV stations are for shows like Bird's Eye Nature with someone named Ron, or High School Hoops Weekly, you're right.

(Here's a show about Brookline's fine Washington Square, for those who need a refresher)

But probably little known to the surrounding community--off the air within the studio space of Brookline's BATV community TV station--the wackiest and crustiest of D.I.Y. music shows are being held.

This Thursday (5/3), BATV will host New York's electro agit-instigators Black Dice on their way through town promoting their new record, Mr. Impossible. It's an all ages show with J.P's Guerilla Toss, Western Mass' Fat Worm of Error, and Boston's Death Shepherd.

I personally imagine a carpeted place filledup with oldsters and teens alike, tripping over ear-muff style headphones and clipboards left by the day crew. Though it's probably nothing like that.

Promoter extraordinaire, Dan Shea (he of Bodies of Water promotions, and rock band Needy Visions), tells me that Bodies of Water started booking shows two years ago at the station in conjunction with their Golden Sounds Music Series, the station's live music program.

"It just so happens that maximum rocker, and Tunnel of Love member Andy MacBain works at the station," says Shea. "And we've done quite a few shows for some well known bands at this point. Lower Dens, Future Islands, Arrington De Dionyso, Juiceboxxx, Aids Wolf, skimask, Needy Visions, Ponies In The Surf and many more."

Between Fat Worm of Error and Black Dice, the night promises to be one heck of a spectacle of weird and uneasy sounds. Perfect first date music for the pathological.

Info: Black Dice @ BATV w/ Fat Worm of Error, Guerilla Toss, and Death Shepherd 7pm All Ages, $10, 46 Tappan St, top floor, Brookline, Ma

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Jonathan Donaldson is a Boston-based musician, writer, and second-generation music junkie. An Ohio native who moved to Boston in 1998, Jonathan's musical loves include R&B, psych, punk, bubblegum, country, electronic, More »

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