CD: The Boston Celtics’ “The End of Mont Pleasant”

December 2nd, 2009, 3:26 pm by Greg

BostonCeltics(B3nson Recording Company, 2009)

The Boston Celtics‘ full-length debut collection of entrancing lo-fi experimental pop comes from the duo of Ryan Stewart and Richard Nolan, Jr. of Beware! The Other Head of Science.

The opening “Mont Pleasant” – melancholy and moody – sounds like some forgotten Christmas carol-meets-the “Star Wars” theme, at least until the song slides right off the track, rhythmically speaking, on the coda.

On tracks like “Send It Out (That Way)” and “God Hands,” it sometimes sounds as if the vocals were recorded not only a room away from everything else, but in an altogether different zip code. Interestingly enough, that only seems to add another layer of depth and mystery to the intoxicating, drifting music.

Even when they venture off into the Land of Auto-Tune on “Alma Mater,” the duo manages to deftly balance left-of-center sonics with catchy pop. Nobody’s ever going to mistake this for T-Pain.

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Be Here Now: B3nson Records Triple CD Release Party @ Valentine’s, 12/4/09

November 30th, 2009, 3:06 pm by Greg

Not one…
Not two…
But three new CD releases will be celebrated at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 8pm on Friday (December 4).

And they’re all rolling out of that magical musical factory known as the B3nson Recording Company, Nippertown’s most charming and hardest working local independent record label and music collective.

B3nson is pleased to welcome brand new homegrown debut from the solo acoustic act Littlefoot (aka, Seth Tillinghast), who brings lush vocals to a sparse musical setting on “If You Give a Grouch a Guitar.”

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics (Ryan Stewart and Richard Nolan Jr. of fellow B3nson band Beware! The Other Head of Science) serve up a haunting batch of a dozen thoroughly original tunes on their full-length debut, “The End of Mont Pleasant.”

In addition, Friday’s celebration and performance will also serve as the launching pad for the fourth full-length CD by original B3nsonites, the Hoborchestra. The brainchild of Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned‘s multi-instrumentalist Tim Koch, “I Only Eat You to Make Me Stronger” finds him collaborating with a who’s-who of B3nsonites, including Aaron Smith (Scientific Maps), Matthew Loiacono (courtesy of Collar City Records), Alex Muro (Sgt. Dunbar), Richard Nolan (the Boston Celtics), Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans (We are Jeneric).

At Friday’s celebration, all three new B3nson records will be available for sale individually ($5) and in a package deal for all three ($12).

The Boston Celtics’ Design-Our-Logo Contest

September 15th, 2009, 12:19 pm by Greg

The Boston Celtics are a two piece experimental outfit from Schenectady, New York. We are very hairy, large and loud. Please enjoy our music.” So proclaims the dynamic duo of Ryan Stewart and Richard Nolan Jr., who are the Boston Celtics.

In conjunction with the upcoming release of their debut album, “The End of Mont Pleasant,” the B3nson Recording Company twosome is looking for a logo, and they need your help. Actually, according to the lyrics of their song, “The Story of the Boston Celtics,” they kinda already know what they want their logo to look like:

“an upside down tree that looks like a painting of a pro palming a basketball”

But they’re holding a contest and asking you to design the finished logo for them based on that description. Here are the complete contest rules.

All contest entries will receive a free digital download of the “Mont Pleasant” EP, featuring five non-LP tracks. Prizes include digital downloads of both the EP and full-length CD, CDs and McDonald’s gift certificates.

Email contest entries to by Thursday, October 1 deadline.

Void where prohibited.

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