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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, July 21, 2004

On The New Year & New Stuff

A couple weeks ago I dragged my severely jetlagged self out to catch The New Year's return to Boston. I actually made sure I'd be back for it when my flights got scheduled... there was no way I was going to miss the Brothers Kadane & Co.

I'm a Bedhead fan from way back, and in my book these two guys can write no wrong... they've never released a record I haven't loved. The latest New Year record is no exception, and I was very psyched to see the new songs live...

The New Year's setlist, from Friday, July 9th, at TT the Bears...
The End's Not Near
Half a Day
Chinese Handcuffs
Plan B
Age of Conceit
Simple Life
One Plus One Minus One Equals One
Strangers to Kindness
Block That Doesn't Exist
Carne Levare
Bedside Table
Yes, that's right. They closed with Bedhead's very first single, Bedside freakin' Table. Matt Kadane introduced it, saying something like "We just worked this song out, so it's not our fault if it falls apart. This one goes out to that fuck in Modest Mouse." (pardon his french). Awwww, snap!

Got some pretty intense chills during their set, but none moreso than when those first few notes of Bedside Table hit me. They totally held it together, too. What an absolute gift. If you get a chance to see 'em, request it. Trust me.

Despite the fact that I'm not really in a financial position to blow seventy bucks at the record store, I just did that very thing. Curse you, lack of self-control!

As predicted, I picked up the new Low box set (killer design, btw) along with the first season of Sealab 2021 on DVD. Didn't end there, though... on my way out I noticed that someone at Newbury Comics had put the new Album Leaf disc on the 'employee picks' board. I totally missed it's release when I was away, so back to the counter I went. Can't wait to put it on.

Oh, and another naughty Newbury employee put the not-even-out-yet Interpol disc 'Antics' as their pick. You file-thieving tease! Ah, I kid because I did the same damn thing. But I'll still be buying it, because it's f'in brilliant. So there.

Since I haven't seen a complete online list of the episodes that the Sealab Season One DVD set contains, I'll post 'em here...
1. I, Robot
2. Happycake
3. Radio Free Sealab
4. Chickmate
5. Lost in Time
6. Predator
7. Little Orphan Angry
8. Waking Quinn
9. All That Jazz (the hilarious 'stuck-under-the-soda-machine' one)
10. Murphy Murph and the Feng Shui Bunch
11. In the Closet
12. Stimutacs
13. Swimming in Oblivion
bonus features include...
The Pitch Pilot
I, Robot: Alternate Endings
Radio Free Sealab: Uncensored
Little Orphan Angry: Deleted Scenes
I am so watching this tonight.

I just took a look at the latest tracklisting for the Twilight Singers upcoming covers disc, titled 'She Loves You', and I'm totally bummed. They've removed the song I was most excited about, a cover of Kate Bush's 'Cloudbusting'. I saw 'em play it live and it blew me away, then found a live version that didn't quite do it justice, but was still awfully good. It's been recorded for sure, but has been yanked from the cd. I'll still be buying the sucker, but damn if I'm not disappointed. According to Lee, the hard-workin' webmaster over at Summer's Kiss, it was most likely a creative decision and not a legal one, so perhaps someday it'll be unearthed. Do it, Mr. Dulli, do it.

So, it's a much better day here in Boston... still kinda hot, but felt a lot less humid on my walk down Newbury Street when I went to grab my loot. The Sox are back in town tonight, Pedro's on the mound, and tomorrow's my last day in the office for awhile. Summertime rolls.

Oh, I'm trying something new with my links on the right... since I seem to have so little surfing time lately, I've separated my blog links depending on how often they get updated. Basically, the slackers got weeded out into the 'semi' section. It's ok, you can use the guilt as a motivator. Feel free. I'm one to talk, though.

Hey, speaking of my blog links, what the hell happened to Miss Elaine's site? I do so miss her british babblings.

I'll leave you with what is probably the cutest photo of all time, and guaranteed temporary relief for anyone's bad day. Seriously, if your heart doesn't flat-out melt at the sight of this, then you're missing a heart.

My friend Jen's mom's co-worker's friend (or something like that, whew) found a baby fawn in their backyard, and their ridgeback dog, Hogan, instantly adopted it. He's taken to it like a doggy daddy, like a deer's best friend. They sleep side by side. I mean, just look at this...

See, I toldja. They've named her Bella. Apparantly Hogan has become her guardian, at least until they get her to a friend who raises abandoned baby deer so they can be released into the wild. Take that, cynics everywhere!

Hey, I've still got a few more GMail invites left, so drop me an email or a comment. Get 'em while they're lukewarm.

Wait, did I actually just post on two days in a row? So freaky. Just don't get used to it.

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