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The Mark Sandman Memorial Concert

September 25, 2009

MSMC poster

This Sunday is the Mark Sandman Memorial Concert, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the passing of the legendary Morphine frontman. The event takes place at Pacific Park in Cambridge from 1 to 7 pm. Performers include Orchestra Morphine, Elastic Waste Band, Faces on Film and more. There’ll be opportunities to play Harmonix‘s new Beatles Rock Band, as well as an on-site raffle, charity auction, and more. The concert is part of the larger Mark Sandman Music Project, which honors Sandman’s life by supporting music opportunities for youth.

Download MP3s from the Mark Sandman Music Project site for a PWYC donation.

UPDATE: Looks like rain. The concert has been relocated to the Middle East Downstairs, from 11:30 am to 5;30 pm.

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Listen local, old school-style: Morphine

September 16, 2008

Lots of bands are described as having a unique sound. At the risk of offending high school English teachers, who remind us that ‘unique’ is definitively singular, I submit that some bands are more unique-sounding than others. Case in point, Morphine. Founded in Cambridge, MA, by Mark Sandman and Dana Colley, Morphine really didn’t sound like any other mid-90s indie bands (or anyone since, for that matter). Sandman’s description of the band as ‘low rock’ is a play on words in at least two ways – the first is for the downtempo, crooning style of the songs. But what really made Morphine sound different from anything else on the radio was the musical line-up, which consisted of Mark Sandman’s baritone vocals, his two-stringed bass guitar played with a slide, Colley’s baritone sax, and drums – a distinctively low-pitched sound. They broke out with their sophomore album, Cure for Pain, and achieved modest college-radio success in North America, together with more mainstream success in Europe. Shockingly, however, Mark Sandman suffered a fatal heart attack on stage in Rome at a 1999 show, and the band disbanded shortly thereafter—a short but notable chapter in Boston and indie-rock history.

MP3: Morphine – Super Sex