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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

Thursday, September 16, 2004

The Not-So-Full Flower of the Evening

Stuck at work on a Thursday evening, wishing I was elsewhere, killing a bit of time with a quick post ...

Mp3 of the Week
As you may have noticed, a new performance of an R.E.M. oldie is this week's mp3, from the recent internet-broadcast of their ongoing tour rehearsals. So strange to know that the man who drummed for Ministry & Pigface is behind the kit on this version of "Maps & Legends" (originally on 1985's "Fables of the Reconstruction").

As I sit here at work, I'm missing the Kirsten Malone memorial show over at TT the Bears. If you haven't yet read my post about her, or followed the list of links about her tragic passing, take some time to do so.

On Monday evening, September 20th, Allston city counciler Jerry McDermott will be presenting a request for a memorial to her near the site of her bike accident, at the corner of Franklin and Lincoln Streets in my Allston neighborhood. Supposedly there will also be a discussion of bike safety and improving that intersection at the meeting, so if you live in the area, you should attend. 5:30pm at the Honan-Allston Branch Library.

Another sad loss is being remembered this weekend, so on the chance that anyone reading this lives in the Charlotte, NC area, I wanted to mention the memorial gathering for Dede Davis, who died last April. An email from her friend Art Jipson refelected just how much she is missed by those who knew her, and just how devoted a music fan she was, especially when it came to the Connells. She was front and center at over 120 Connells shows, if you can believe that. "Every show we play from now on is for Dede," said Doug MacMillan, the Connells lead singer.

The Connells will be playing at her memorial, along with a solo set from guitarist George Hutley, and another of Dede's favorites, Green Street. It's on Saturday night, Sept. 18th, at the Visulite Theatre. Details can be found here.

So last night this severely-lapsed Catholic attended my first-ever dinner celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, at the very same place I did my first Passover last spring. Not much to offer up in the way of observations, really... there was good food, some super-fast incomprehensible prayers, some quick candle lighting. But mostly just good food.

One pre-dinner snack gave me a private laugh, though... a platter with some kind of spread on it, molded into the shape of a fish. "What is that?!", I asked. "It's the Salmon Mousse!" was the reply. My very first encounter with actual salmon mousse! Yes, I tried it, and lived to tell the tale.

Monty Python fans will know why this amused me. Everyone else, well, go rent The Meaning of Life.

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