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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, January 31, 2005

2004: The Rest Of The Best Of

Following up on my favorite music of 2004, here are a few quick lists of the other random things that occupied my time last year. Figured I'd post this before '04 is more than a month behind us....

Favorites in film...
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Garden State
  • House of Flying Daggers
  • Sideways
  • Infernal Affairs
  • Ong Bak : Thai Warrior
  • The Incredibles
  • Hero
  • The Twilight Samurai
  • The also-appreciated... The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Spider-Man 2, The Bourne Supremacy, Hellboy, Saved!, Fahrenheit 9/11, Robot Stories, Team America: World Police, Criminal, Shaun of the Dead, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Napoleon Dynamite, and Undertow.

    The letdowns... Donnie Darko: Director's Cut (echo = yes, inxs = nononono), Silver City (was no Lone Star), Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow (lotsa flash, zero substance), Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (sooo sleeeepy).

    The flat-out terrible... The Butterfly Effect, Troy, Stepford Wives, Wickah Pahk, Troy, Starsky & Hutch, Open Water, and Troy. (thank the prophets they were all free)

    also saw a couple great plays last year... Pullman's His Dark Materials and Mamet's Oleanna in London

    Favorites in comics...

  • Bendis / Oeming: Powers
  • Whedon / Cassaday / Martin: Astonishing X-Men
  • Wood / Cloonan: Demo
  • Vaughan / Harris: Ex Machina
  • Vaughan / Guerra: Y the Last Man
  • Bendis / Maleev: Daredevil
  • Willingham & Co.: Fables
  • Rucka & Co.: Queen & Country
  • Thompson: Blankets
  • Diggle / Jock: The Losers
  • Bendis / Gaydos / Bagley: Alias / The Pulse
  • Brubaker / Phillips: Sleeper
  • Cooke: The New Frontier
  • Favorite hardcover collection... The first five years of James Kochalka's American Elf
    Favorite daily webcomic... surprise, it's American Elf
    Favorite minicomic... Kochalka / Thompson: "Conversations #1"

    Favorites in print...

  • Chris Ott & Joe Pernice - their 33 1/3 Series contributions
  • Neil Gaiman - American Gods
  • Howard Frank Mosher - Waiting for Teddy Williams
  • The Daily Show - America The Book
  • Robert B. Parker - Stone Cold / Melancholy Baby
  • George Pelecanos - Shoedog
  • Greg Rucka - A Gentleman's Game
  • Looking forward to in '05... Rucka's 2nd Queen & Country novel, George RR Martin's "A Feast For Crows" (Jul. 26), the first Warren Ellis novel.

    Favorite video games...
    (aka "the games I actually had time to play in 2004")

  • Half Life 2 (PC)
  • Doom III (PC)
  • GTA: San Andreas (PS2)
  • FarCry (PC)
  • Halo 2 (XBox)
  • Call of Duty: United Offensive (PC expansion pack)

  • Favorites on TV...

  • The Wire
  • The Amazing Race
  • Da Ali G Show
  • Justice League Unlimited
  • Lost
  • The Daily Show
  • Arrested Development
  • 24
  • Wonderfalls
  • Angel
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force
  • Sealab 2021
  • Alias
  • Significant Others
  • Biggest gift... Farscape returns briefly
    Biggest tease... Enterprise flirts with goodness
    Biggest disappointment... the assimilation & dumbing down of The Screen Savers
    Biggest bummer... the undeserved end of Angel

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

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