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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

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Miracle That You Missed...

Let's just skip the pleasantries, shall we?...

As promised, I pulled a bunch of mp3s off the 'Nac on Monday, and boyohboy am I getting overwhelmed with emails from the unlucky. Sorry 'bout that, but space was running out and a house-cleaning was long overdue.

And a note for a few: If you're thinking of asking me to repost 'em, or send them straight to ya, try not demanding it, and while you're at it, skip the l33t $p3@k. "wud u post fil3z plz?! can u uze s3nd1t?" guarantees a direct flight to my trash folder.

Might as well get the token Arcade Fire mention out of the way, right? They appeared last night on Conan O'Brien, and their performance of 'Neighborhood #2 (Laika)' was... well... odd. Here, see for yourself (avi video captured by Aeroplane from the forum. update: here's the easytree torrent, too). Something was certainly lost in the televised translation. I mean, it was them, but their on-stage theatrics seemed fairly out of place when viewed on the tv screen, and not from the middle of an enthralled crowd.

Speaking of which, Amie and I will be at the Roxy tomorrow night for their return to Boston. I can only hope it measures up to what I experienced at TTs last fall. I'm going to try recording it again, so keep an eye here for some mp3s in the next few days.

The Ida show that was bumped by the Blizzard of '05 has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 20th. Tickets are available over at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts site, and thankfully, the lineup is exactly the same, with Thalia Zedek & Jodi Buonanno opening up.

I'm damn glad I'll be able to make it, as the new date missed my D.C. trip by just a few days. Whew. I can't stop listening to their new record... as a matter of fact, it's in my headphones right now. I've got it in constant rotation with the new Low and the way-better-than-expected Lou Barlow disc.

Spent a bunch of time this weekend recording many of the stellar streams from the CBC Radio site. If you haven't been over there yet, gogogo (click the 'table of contents' link once you're there).

102 different live sets, all of pretty great sound quality, with photos and write-ups to go with 'em. You're bound to find something you already love, or discover something totally new. So far I've grabbed about a dozen different sets, and I have so many more to go. (thanks to chris for the heads up)

As a big fan of Ricky Gervais and the Office, I shook my head last year at news of the proposed U.S. remake. Then I heard he'd be directly involved, and my hopes rose a bit. Then I heard Steve Carell would be playing David Brent, and they rose a bit more.

Well, someone shared up the entire pilot, and it's pretty much a carbon copy... it renders the remake as redundant as their staff at Slough. I honestly wish I could erase my memories of the original so that I could watch it with fresh eyes... for anyone who's seen the BBC version, they've made it impossible to watch this new one without comparing it scene by scene.

Credit to Carell, though... he does the best he can given the situation, and the rest of the cast hangs in there. We'll be seeing Carell again in another all-too-familiar role, as Don Adams' Agent Maxwell Smart in a new Get Smart movie. I'd be more frightened if Mel Brooks and Buck Henry weren't writing it. Might not suck.

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