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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

Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Well, here we are. Over a week later. I am Blog-tardy. What can I say? Same old excuses... busy at work, don't want to touch the computer at home. I need to get into a rhythm... some kind of daily Blog ritual.

Beware. This morning, I am going to Rant for a bit.

If you check out Matt's Blog, you'll find a little recounting of the rock and roll weekend that the band just had. Rather than rehash the details, I will say this... I have reached new levels of smoke-induced anger. I have never liked smoking, but I've tried hard to not let it impact my judgement of people. I have friends who smoke, lots of 'em... and while I don't understand the appeal of sucking down death, of actively striving for inevitable pain and suffering... it's something I can deal with. Hell, playing in a band, and in rock clubs... I don't have much of a choice.

But I feel that changing. My patience for this foolish habit is wearing thin. Why should my friends be made sick just because we want to play music for people? Why should Amie be forced to make a choice between staying home when I go out (and breathing fresh air), or having to tolerate the clouds of nastiness at Charlie's? I'm so tired of waking up with the smell of it in my hair and my clothes. But there's really nothing I can do, is there?

ok, rant over.

So... Amie and I got a treadmill yesterday. It's amazing. Costco had this crazy online deal for $250 off an already good price... but they oversold them. So what did they do? Free upgrade! A $2000 treadmill for $700. Very sweet.

Let me get this off my chest: I have become a 'Boston Sports Fan'. What this means, I do not know. I am not obsessive about stats or schedules, but I must admit that since I moved here 4 years ago... I have been slowly pulled in. Yes, there are the mood swings, the letdowns, the high-hopes to the low expectations and back again. It's a dilemma, because the 'typical' sports fan is not someone I'd want to hang around. And part of me sees the hype and hoopla as silly... y'know, the 'it's just a game' mentality.

But when I'm watching a great game on TV, be it baseball, basketball, or football... I get pretty wrapped up in it. It captivates me. It's just a damn good time, and a great escape.

Case in point... the freakin' Superbowl! I mean, that was a game. This whole town is in still in shock over the fact that we won it. I'm right there with them. Went to the parade yesterday, along with 1.2 million other folks, and felt a sense of community, of pure mob-joy, that I've never experienced before. I've never seen so many Bostonites smiling. Total, unbridled, unfiltered happiness. And all because of a sports team? Yup. And there's nothing wrong with that.

This article sums it up pretty perfectly. It's a long one, but it's worth it.

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