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recommended boston area events

tuesday, december 4th

kelly hogan

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 6th

conor oberst

@ converse hall, tremont st.

thursday, december 6th

jason isbell &

the 400 unit

@ the sinclair

friday, december 7th

the weisstronauts 14th

annual holiday jubilee

with guests tsunami of sound

preacher jack, & the derangers

@ the midway cafe, jp

friday, december 7th


moving mountains


@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

patrick watson

@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

the faint perform

"danse macabre"


icky blossoms

@ the paradise

sunday, december 9th

band of horses

@ house of blues

sunday, december 9th



@ the paradise

wednesday, december 12th

concrete blonde

jim bianco

@ the sinclair

thursday, december 13th

annual boston christmas cavalcade

benefit for the homeless

featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 13th

nada surf

eternal summers

@ the paradise

thursday, december 13th

mates of state

in the valley below

@ brighton music hall

friday, december 14th

forgetters (blake from

jawbreaker's band)

& more tba

@ democracy center, harvard square

sunday, december 30th

sufjan stevens

sheila saputo

@ the royale

monday, december 31st

my morning jacket

@ agganis arena

monday, december 31st

deer tick

two gallants

@ the sinclair

monday, january 7th


@ the paradise

tuesday, january 8th


@ great scott

saturday, january 19th

mission of burma

@ the sinclair

sunday, january 20th

camper van beethoven


@ the middle east down

sunday, january 20th


@ the orpheum

sunday, january 20th

ra ra riot

@ the paradise

sunday, january 27th


@ great scott

tuesday, january 29th

kathleen edwards

sera cahoone

@ brighton music hall

wednesday, february 13th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

saturday, march 2nd

unknown mortal orchestra

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 12th

tame impala

@ house of blues

thursday, march 14th

jukebox the ghost

matt pond pa

lighthouse and the whaler

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 26th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

wednesday & thursday

april 3rd & 4th

they might be giants

@ the paradise

visit tourfilter for more shows

Tuesday, January 01, 2002

Faves of 2001

So.... welcome to 2002. or '2k2' as the hipsters are calling it.

This year is starting off fairly well... a long day, a good workout, and a lot acomplished. I feel like I really have things in order for the first time in a long time. Good to get through the holidays in one piece. Now it's back to work, new routines, and also-rans practice. Bring on the e.p...

Ok... the time has come for...

Brad's Best of 2001

These lists are tough, but I've come up with 10 movies, tv shows, cds, and comics... plus some personal events that mark the year for me. It's pretty pointless to put them in numerical order, so I'll just list them randomly. Let's start with...

Top 10 Movies of 2001...
Lord of the Rings
Royal Tennenbaums
Happy Accidents
Ghost World
Mulholland Drive
The Dish
The Others
Waking Life
honorable mention... Novocaine & Moulin Rouge

Top 10 CDs of 2001...
The Album Leaf - 'One Day I'll Be On Time'
The New Year - 'Newness Ends'
Unwound - 'Leaves Turn Inside You'
Jimmy Eat World - 'Bleed American'
Sparklehorse - 'It's a Wonderful Life'
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - 'The Tyranny of Distance'
American Analog Set - 'Know By Heart'
Rival Schools - 'United by Fate'
Ida - 'the Braille Night'
Death Cab for Cutie - 'Photo Album'
honorable mention ... Juno - 'A Future Lived in Past Tense'
Curve - 'Gift', and the Kingsbury Manx - 'Let You Down'

Top 10 TV shows of 2001...
Amazing Race
the Sopranos
Band of Brothers
Samurai Jack
Adult Swim
Invader Zim
Enterprise (every other episode)
honorable mention... Boston Public (end of last season, but no longer)
the Practice (end of last season, but not lately), Malcolm in the Middle,
and X-Files (this season, after the premiere)

Top 10 Comics of 2001...
Warren Ellis' work - (Planetary, Transmet, and Ministry of Space)
Brian Michael Bendis' work (Powers and Ultimate Spider-Man)
Hitman - a well done wrap up by Garth Ennis
Queen and Country
Alan Moore's Top 10
Daredevil : Yellow (pleasantly surprised)
Couscous Express
Authority (before it lost it's way)
the Lone Wolf & Cub reprints

Top 10 Boston-area Live Shows of 2001...
American Analog Set
Ted Leo
Trembling Blue Stars
Kristin Hersh
the New Year
Pilot to Gunner
May Day at Fort Apache
Red House Painters
honorable mention... Pedro the Lion, the Music
at Eric and Ellie's BBQ, Mary Timony, and Wheat.

and lastly...
My Top 15 Personal Moments of 2001...
Finally releasing the 'My Life or Some Dream' CD Compilation.
Getting Neil, Mike, Nick, and Zarra together in Boston.
Whitewater rafting on the Kennebeck river in Maine.
Getting laid off, which led to a great new job with IDX.
Recording at Fort Apache with the Also-Rans, and playing our first ever shows.
Martha's Vineyard with Amie, Mom, Dad, Kate, and Jim.
Discovering the super-cool folks on the WEF and WFE.
Nights at Charlie's with the aforementioned forum friends.
Hanging with old friends at Jim Lamberti's wedding.
Seeing Dennis Lehane read from Mystic River in Concord.
Feeding the squirrels in Boston Common.
Seeing Steve Martin speak at the Novocaine premiere.
Finally realizing that Boston has become my home.

and outranking all others...

...marrying Amie on a rainy day in May, and having a rock
and roll wedding party with our friends on a June afternoon.

One of the best years of my life so far. Here's hoping 2002 measures up...


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