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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

Friday, February 11, 2005

Fuel for Future Dreaming

A kinda quick Friday afternoon post for ya...

Allow me to direct your attention to newly-discovered (by me, anyway) music blog Torr, where you can grab a couple songs from the next British Sea Power disc, along with a New Order track and a couple from the upcoming release by The Bravery. Scroll around, there's lots more. Great stuff, Torr... consider yourself blogrolled.

I'm also pretty psyched to have discovered Pinchworm, not just an excellent music blog, but one that happens to be located a couple towns away from me. Head on over.

YES. The Album Leaf is returning to Boston. More specifically, TT the Bears in Cambridge on Saturday, April 2nd. If they're even half as good as the last time I saw them there, I'll still walk away satisfied.

Walking Concert and Robyn Hitchcock are also on the TTs schedule for March shows. Time to make a trip over there and pick up a bunch of service-charge-free tickets.

The new Crooked Fingers disc, 'Dignity & Shame', won't be out until the 22nd, but you can pre-order it at the Merge site as of this afternoon, along with the upcoming M. Ward and the new vinyl version of The Arcade Fire's 'Funeral'.

You can check out a preview track from that Crooked Fingers disc by sending your special friend (or, um, yourself) a 'Call To Love' Valentine's e-card. A damn good song, it is. I'm already in on that pre-order action, and the first fifty people to do that at the Merge or CF site get a bonus EP of demos from the Fingers' last album, 'Red Devil Dawn'. Hope I'm one of 'em.

The best straight-up urban action comic I've ever read came out last week: Brian Wood & Rob G's Couriers 3: The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker. Easily the most solid of the three Couriers books, tightly-written, beautifully drawn, and just damn fun to read. Having just finished up the 12-issue DEMO series, this really shows off Brian's range, and damn has Rob G hit an artistic stride. The whole thing just flows and fires. Pick it up.

That new Sealab 2021 Season 2 DVD set is freakin' hilarious. The commentary tracks are so meandering, so casual, and so pointless... it's just perfectly appropriate (read no further if you already plan on getting it. warned ya.)

The 7030 Productions crew basically just hangs out, drinks beer, and rags on these older episodes, and on each other. Even when there's a halfway insightful question asked of one of the writers or animators, the answer boils down to "I don't remember... it was too long ago!". They can't recall the reasons behind anything they did. So they go back to the ridiculing. Aces.

On 'Hail, Squishface!', they aren't even really watching the episode... sounds like they're just playing Call of Duty in HQ mode. "Go for the radio!", "Aw man, I hate this map!", and random burpin' is pretty much all you get. "Is that thing still recording?". Love it. Swearin' abounds, and I can imagine the Cartoon Network brass had a lot of un-fun gettin' all that beeped out. Hell, the even beeped over the word 'retarded' while they were at it.

It gets better, too.... on 'Feast of Alvis' & 'Vacation', assistant designer Neal Holman reads an over-the-top comic book story he wrote in sixth grade called "The Dominators" for the rest of the 7030 crew. I was laughing right along with the rest of 'em. Even Holman couldn't keep it together.

The set is a must-get for any Sealab fan, not just because it includes 'Bizarro' and the classic 'Tinfins', or because of random bikini spotting, but for the touching (but too short) tribute to the late Harry Goz, who voiced Captain Murphy and passed away in 2003. A hell of a guy who was obviously loved by everyone involved. Interviews include Bill Lobley (the voice of Sparks), and Harry's son Michael, who now voices Tornado Shanks.

So if you glance over there on the left, you'll see I finally added an 'about' page, the 'nac faq. Something I've thought about doing for awhile now. Not sure it'll stay, but hey, there it is.

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