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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, March 05, 2002

I have returned. One week since a real blog entry and no real excuses... just haven't been in the mood, or have been far too busy with work to care about touching my computer during free time. Work busy-ness is a good thing, though. I'm struggling with my rusty Unix skillz, trying to bring them back after locking them away in my brain for the past couple years. That'll teach me to take a management position again. But I digress. Wait, this whole blog thing is a digression. Nevermind/

This most boring of winters drags on. Not boring in the 'nothing going on' sense, but boring in the weather sense. Middle of the road temperatures, higher than normal, but wholely unremarkable. I know I'd be bitching if it was freezing, but I just want snow, dammit. And I can't believe I'm saying that. I want a blizzard, I want people freaking out, slip-sliding (but not dying in pileups, thank you), staying indoors, shoveling sidewalks... I want the whole ball of snow. Like Buffalo snow. Just once. Ok?

Ok, so I need to work on curbing my internet use at work. That could be part of the reason for less blogging? I try to justify my occasional browsing by the fact that I generally don't take full lunches... usually about 15-20 minutes... and by the fact that we supposedly get 15 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon... which I never take either. So I surf. But sometimes, in between doing the things I'm supposed to do, I think I make with the clicky too much... and I know why. My last job was so, so slow for the final six months that it's what I spent most of the time doing... I got hooked on it. Near web-addiction. There was just so little work as we neared the end (thus explaining the end)... and it was the only way to pass the time and stay sane. But here... there are things to do, things to learn, constantly... and so I've been trying to pull back. The surfing, the multi-tasking, really has to go, and the 15 minute breaks need to be spent doing the band email thing. My admittal of this is made slightly more awkward knowing that my boss might read this (hi Tim). But hey, there it is. Just throwing it out there. If you see less entries, you know why.

And when I say 'you', I can no longer sheepishly pretend that I'm only talking to one or two people (who I'm either married to or in a band with). I've been paying attention to the traffic tracking and web counter on this page (which jumped from 5000 to 6000 in less than a month!), and I know you're out there. In my head, I'm committed to continued updates, and to really fleshing out the content in the links to the left. In reality... who knows.

I'm going to barrel through some links here, as my little break is nearly up...

My Own Sweet mp3s
A little treat from My Own Sweet. The best music you've never heard. Download over 20 songs from this excellent band that Chris from the also-rans used to be in. Catchy, energetic rock with stand-out lyrics. Go get it.

Modern Tales - Professional Webcomics
A site worth supporting... subscribe and get monthly web-comics from some very talented folks. Lea Hernandez, James Kochalka, Scott Kurtz, many more.

Midnight Oil
I was so into this band, a long, long time ago. I fondly remember an incredible live show at the Orpheum... what must have been 12 years back? So they have a new album, and longtime fans are calling it an amazing return to form. I must investigate this...

HomeStarRunner Comics
The flash design on this site is phenomenal. I've been too distracted by it to check out the actual content!

the Late Riser's Club Radio Show
Quite simply one of the best college radio shows out there. Weekdays 10-Noon on WMBR, Cambridge, MA. And you can listen through the web here.

Phone Giants May Shake Regulation of Internet Access
So the House has voted to pull back regulation of the monster phone companies' internet power, therefore shutting out lots of little internet providers, ensuring less competition and higher prices. What the hell? Let's hope the Senate doesn't go along with this. For reasons why, check out this article here...(Study Urges Defeat of Tauzin-Dingell)

The Sports Guy's Grammy Diary
A very-funny-at-times play-by-play of the recent grammy telecast. This guy cracks me up.

Article: The future of music
An interesting take on the rise of mp3s, and where things might go from here.

Lachima Films
My old friend, filmmaker Alex Johnson, has new website for his burgeoning company. It's not quite done, but it's looking real nice.

Seth Green Online
Seth Green adds a little bit of coolness to whatever he's in. Raises things up a notch.

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