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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, March 06, 2002

Ah, the weariness of a long, long Wednesday. Has time actually stopped dead? Lemme check my watch...

Went to see George Pelecanos read from his new mystery 'Hell To Pay' yesterday at the Borders in downtown Boston. An excellent author, and I'm excited to actually find the time to read this new one, along with his previous book 'Right as Rain', which awaits me on my nightstand. A couple years ago I saw him read, randomly, at a little bookstore on Connecticut Ave. in Washington, D.C. Had never heard of him until I walked into that place, and I inhaled five of his books within a matter of weeks. Here his is, along with fellow mystery writer S.J. Rozan, at Borders yesterday...

I learned yesterday that my most beloved 'graphic story' (ok, comic book), Preacher, is getting closer and closer to becoming a feature film. I don't know how I feel about this. I've read the script (by the original author, Garth Ennis), but so much of the meat, the character development, the beauty, is cut right out of it. There's only so much of a 66 issue series that you can fit in there, though. For a new article on what Preacher is all about, go here. That series brought me more joy than I can possibly lay down in words.

The Michael Essany Show starring Michael Essany
This past weekend, on CBS' "Sunday Morning" program, this aspiring 19 year-old late-night talk show host was profiled, and he was a riot. He's been filming his very own talk show, Wayne's-World-style, right in his parents living room... and he's somehow convinced guests like Kevin Bacon, Weird Al, and Mario Cuomo to stop by his place in Indiana and be interviewed. The kid has energy, ambition, and braces. Amie and I emailed him to see if he had a website, and if he was on in Boston, and he dropped us this very kind note in return...

Dear Amie and Brad,

Thank you for taking the time to watch and write. Your kind words are greatly appreciated.

My show isn't in your area yet, but I'm confident that it will be one day. And when it is, I promise to work hard to earn your viewership.

My show website is still in development, but a cool site about my show - designed by my best friend, Mike - can be found at :

Thank you so much for writing, Amie and Brad. I wish you all the best of happiness and success!

Warmest Regards,
Michael Essany

The personal touch is key. Very cool of him.

Something I never knew about, and probably should've...
The Internet Archive:
This site actually catalogs websites. You can go there, type in a URL, and check out old versions of pretty much anything. Hell, even my site is up there... and boy did it look like complete ass this time last year. Yikes.

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