bradley's almanac - a boston-based music blog
navigate the 'nac
almanac mp3 archives almanac shared mp3 archive
live show photo archive boston-area live shots on flickr
'my life or some dream'
original mp3 compilation

free mp3 compilation on club fub
bands i've been in bands i've played drums in
the 'nac faq & contact info
contact info and more
the 'nac on the 'net
the almanac rss feed
subscribe to my rss feed
follow me on twitter the almanac twitter account
become a fan on facebook the 'nac on facebook
the almanac tumblr page bradley's tumblanac
hype machine 'nac page the almanac hype machine page
the almanac soundcloud page the almanac shuffler page
the 'nac songkick gig page the almanac songkick gig page
almanac events on sponty the almanac sponty events page
the almanac page the almanac page
listen to 'nac mp3s on shuffler the almanac shuffler page

the almanac archives

search the 'nac

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

Friday, November 12, 2004

[Live MP3s] Silkworm at Great Scott, Allston 2004

(update 12/28/2010: Re-upped the set, doubled the encoding size. You're welcome.)

Memo to myself: You are definitely not too old to check out late-running rock shows on weeknights. You are, however, too old to stay up for an additional three hours, editing audio files and playing Halo 2. Three hours of sleep doesn't come close to cutting it.

So I'm paying for it this morning, but oh it was so worth it. Not the Halo 2 part, although that was pretty fun. I'm talking about seeing Silkworm and the Karl Hendricks Trio at Great Scott in Allston last night. Or was it this morning? It's kind of a blur. I blame the bands (and the Dunkies coffee) for getting me so wired up I couldn't get to sleep afterwards.

I owe Mr. Karl Hendricks an apology... I quite simply lost track of his still-excellent band from Pittsburgh. In 1996 I worked at a little indie record store up in Burlington, Vermont, and Merge had sent us a promo copy of KHT's For a While, It Was Funny. I played that sucker to death, knew it by heart, but for some random reason didn't keep up with their subsequent output. I'll have to fix that, because last night showed that Mr. Hendrick's songwriting is still up to snuff. I woulda bought their latest if I hadn't spent my last ten bucks on beer. Hopefully it won't be another 8 years before they're back in Boston.

As drummer Michael Dalquist changed into his rock-shorts, and Tim Midgett and Andy Cohen waited for him on stage, I wondered if Silkworm would treat us to an oldie or two. That question was quickly answered as Michael sat down and started tap-tap-tapping the intro to "Swings", off 1996's Firewater (probably my favorite SKWM record. maybe.) What a freakin' treat. And not only did we expectedly get stuff from the new record, It'll Be Cool, but we even heard a couple new ones. Right on.

They ended up playing a 14-song set that seemed all too short. Y'know, I've never had a less than great time at a Silkworm show, and while this set wasn't as mind-bending as the last couple times I've seen 'em, it was inspiring as always. Felt a little bad that they didn't have a larger crowd, but they were up against the Blues Explosion down the street and Pedro the Lion across the river. The show also got very little promotion, as it was at the relatively unknown (at least for rock shows) Great Scott's in Allston. Much thanks to The Plan for giving these guys a place to play.

Here, have some live mp3s from last night. I stayed up late so you didn't have to...
Live at The Plan / Great Scott
Allston, MA, Nov. 11th, 2004

01. Swings
02. Eff
03. Penalty Box
04. Raging Bull
05. Slave Wages
06. Lily White & Cherry Red
07. Insomnia
08. The Third
09. The Old You
10. The Operative
11. Is She A Sign?
12. (I Hope You) Don't Survive
13. Don't Look Back
I guessed at the titles of the new ones. I also got a few songs from the Karl Hendricks Trio set, so I'll be posting those sometime soon. They're good, but not good enough to keep me up another hour this morning.

Tonight: A sold-out Arcade Fire show at TT the Bears. Keep an eye out for mp3s from that one over the weekend. I hope.

I've never been more in need of a power nap than I am right now.

featured mp3 download
neil halstead
live in cambridge, ma
on november 14th, 2008
previously: joy formidable - boston 2011

recent posts on the 'nac...

on the nightstand

boston-area music bloggers

boston music media

I Buy Music

This page is powered by Blogger Pro.