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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

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Mp3s: The Church - live in NYC 1988

Back in 1988, while going to school at the University of Vermont, and DJing at its radio station, WRUV, I was also interning at local rock station WIZN.

A couple times a week I'd drive the 45 minutes down route 7, from Burlington to their original studios in tiny Vergennes, Vermont. I'd hang out, work on the music library, help cut promos, file away playlists, basically whatever the full timers needed a hand with. I learned a hell of a lot, much of it thanks to a guy named Tom Van Zandt (file under: where is he now?), and even thought I might end up in broadcasting or the record industry after college. Anyone who had similar ambitions, and graduated in 1991, knows what that craptacular economic time did to crush any such aspirations. Finish college, go straight to work at the mall, do not pass Go, do not collect reasonable salary. Rough days.

But I didn't just learn a lot there; I also ended up with a ton of records and discs that 'IZN was sent, but would never play. Their classic rock format kept them from using most of the stuff I loved, and my collection was the only logical place to dump the promo vinyl and alt-rock cds. So I hardly volunteered for free... I got paid with the things that mattered most to me at the time. Some of the stuff ended up on my weekly shows at 'RUV, and sadly, most of it wound up melting into huge chunks of waxy black slag, but that's a whole other story. Thanks to a random box left at my parent's place, some of it survived, and I'll be sharing some of these old promos over the next few months.

So here's the first one: Every week for years, WIZN was sent a syndicated live recording on vinyl, courtesy of programs like the "In Concert" series and the "King Biscuit Flower Hour", which they'd broadcast once and usually toss. Occasionally, one of 'em would be by a band I was really into, and that's the case with these Mp3s of the Week: A 1988 live set by the Church, transferred over the weekend from the original vinyl to my computer. Enjoy...
The Church
live at the Ritz, NYC
June 9th, 1988

(mp3s removed from server on 3/15/05)

1. When You Were Mine
2. Blood Money
3. North, South, East, West
4. Hotel Womb
5. Under the Milky Way
6. Reptile
7. Tantalized
8. It Doesn't Change


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neil halstead
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