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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

Monday, September 13, 2004

Nothing is Enough and Everything's Too Much

No foreplay today, just jumping right on in. Mostly music-type things this time around...

A brand new Audio Learning Center track has just been posted to their site, and whoa, is it a good one. Titled "New Calvary", the song almost made it onto their latest record (the criminally underheard Cope Park), but wasn't quite finished in time. Now that it's done, it's ours for free. (or you can pick up the latest Vagrant Records compilation, it's on there, too... although misspelled as 'Cavalry'. Silly spellchecker.)

Oh my oh my oh my. Just found out that Rilo Kiley's October 5th Boston show was moved from the Middle East over to the much bigger Somerville Theater (seats!). Wanna know why? Well, it wasn't because the show was in danger of selling out (although it probably is)... it was to accommodate the 10 PIECE ORCHESTRA that they're touring with. Siiiigh... I'm such a sucker for strings. The ending of "Does He Love You?" is going to sound like heaven.

So not only did I pick up those Rilo Kiley tickets yesterday, but I grabbed some to Ted Leo's December 9th gig as well. I chose that one over his show on the 8th since his brother Chris' band, Vague Angels, will be making their Boston debut, opening up that second night. Plus, Matt Pond PA. Hell of a triple bill.

Oh, and we got Pixies tickets. Pricey weekend. Buh-bye, bank account.

I've been on an Arcwelder kick recently, which I tend to do once a year or so... going back through all their albums, wondering if they've got any new music in the works. It's been too waaaay too long since the release of 1999's Everest. So, an a whim, I dropped them an email through their website. This morning's response...
"Hey Brad -

Believe it or not, we have been kinda working on a few new tunes. Not enough to be a record or anything, but a few that seem OK. It may be that they will be an internet release only kind of thing, who knows.

The band is really kinda on the back burner these days, but we aren't 100% ready to give it up yet either, so who knows. We just don't have a lot of time to put in to getting things in shape for recording.

Anyway - Thanks for your continued interest in the band, I'm glad you like the music.

Rob, (Scott, Bill) arcwelder"
So there's hope for new stuff on the horizon. Great news. I'm probably pushing it to hope for a tour someday (hell, it's been 8 years), but ya never know. One of the best live bands I've ever seen, no lyin'.

The tracklisting to Rhino's upcoming box set, Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the '80s Underground is fairly respectable. Target-designed for people like, uh, me I suppose. Well, maybe to people like me who don't already own most of the songs, that is, and who don't care about the rest. Talk about a bit of schizo-sequencing... Camper into Suicidal Tendencies into the Cocteaus? Party programmers beware. Still, might make a good gift come Christmas.

Suddenly, it's 12 years ago all over again. Not only is New Radiant Storm King back with a few shows to followup the release of their excellent Leftover Blues singles/rarities collection (they hit the Allston Plan on October 1st), but Thursday, October 7th will see the out-of-nowhere return of the one and only Green Magnet School to the stage, along with Kudgel the day after, and all for a good cause. The details...


The fertile, late 80's-early 90's Boston noiserock scene is born again hard when several bands from that era reunite to honor good friend and fan, Tim Bartley, who died recently, leaving a wife and young daughter.

*Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tim Bartley Family Fund* The show will be 18+, 21 to drink, and will be $10 at the door.

Many of the bands featured over the 2 nights, including Kudgel and Red Bliss, have been disbanded for over a decade. Former Sub Pop recording artists Green Magnet School will be playing 2 sets, the first featuring all original members, the second with the '92-'94 "Illuminatus" lineup.

Noise-art terrorists Red Bliss, famously banned from every club they ever played, have members traveling hundreds of miles to do the benefit, as are others as well. Of course, these are all "one-off" performances, so this is going to be an amazing, rare chance to see and hear what the Boston "noise scene" was like in the late 80's-early 90's.

Earplugs are recommended for the faint of heart, and lobotomies are promised for those who take this raw sonic shrapnel without protection.

Officially, these are the lineups over 2 nights...

Bartley's Choice Memorial Benefit
Middle East Upstairs
18+ $10.00

*proceeds to benefit the Tim Bartley Family Fund*

Thursday October 7th:

Green Magnet School (2 sets)- headlining.
Slughog (featuring members of Barbaro, Liquor Tricks)
Luca Brasi (Members of Blacktail)
Donna Parker - opener

Friday October 8th:

Kudgel - headlining
Red Bliss
The Beatings
St. Bastard (From NYC, featuring Dave Gwiazdowski of Badass)- opener

There will be a limited edition double 7" Kudgel/Luca Brasi single for sale, as well as material from all featured bands, including their current endeavors."

Couple of sure-to-be-good records getting released tomorrow: Silkworm's "It'll Be Cool", and Thalia Zedek's "Trust Not Those In Whom Without Some Touch of Madness". The lead track off of the Silkworm disc is available here, and Thalia's got a sample mp3, Evil Hand, available here, too.

Set the TiVo: Ambulance Ltd. will be playing on Last Call with Carson Daly this Thursday night (well, technically Friday morning), September 16th.

Anyone else catch that Six Feet Under season finale last night? Now that was some good teevee right there. I tell ya, I've had a difficult time riding the elevator here at work today. Yikes.

Duty calls, more later on...

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