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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, July 18, 2005

[Live MP3s] Dinosaur Jr. in Boston 2005

Friday night's Dinosaur Jr. show at Boston's Avalon was so worth blowing a more-than-normal amount of cash. I'm usually not a $25/ticket kinda guy, much less over $30 with unavoidable ticketbastard 'convenience' charges, but from the moment the reunion tour was announced I knew I'd be going. The couple times I saw them in the old days, once with Lou and once post-Lou, were just amazing, and I had to see if they still had it.

And boy did they. Still loud as ever, still a minimal amount of on-stage banter, Murph's sticks flying, Lou wildly strumming his bass, and J. pedal-hoppin' like he's killing ants. It was all Lou-era old stuff, all from the first three records (recently remastered and reissued on Merge). I hung back by the soundboard for a good recording, and the positioning pretty much paid off...

Dinosaur Jr.

live at Avalon
Boston, MA
Friday, July 15th, 2005

[Download all 16 tracks in one 90MB .zip file]

01. Gargoyle
02. In A Jar
03. The Lung
04. The Post
05. Little Fury Things
06. Raisans
07. Budge
08. Kracked
09. Tarpit
10. Repulsion
11. Mountain Man
12. Bulbs Of Passion
13. Forget The Swan
14. Sludgefeast
15. Just Like Heaven (cure cover)
16. Freak Scene
I was holding out for 'Severed Lips', woulda swapped out the Cure cover for it, but complaints sound weak considering I was just glad to see them again at all. Glad I had some tissue to shove in my ears, it was borderline painful before I put it in. Knowing it was Dinosaur, you'd think I'd have remembered the plugs.

Some up-close shots reside here (including the one posted above), courtesy of Freakscene forum member colorsoundkid, and lots of killer shots can be found here, thanks to Bruce from the Loobiecore forum. For complete setlists from all the recent shows (and many, many other older dates), check out this page here, but beware the geocities pop-ups.

Regrettably, the schedule-strain of the last week, and lack of sleep on Friday night, kept me from checking out (Lou's fellow Sebadoher) Jason Loewenstein's show on Saturday... it's killing me that I missed it, and I'd hoped to offer that up for listenin' here along with the Dinosaur songs. A little one-degree of separation kinda thing. (and as long as I'm mentioning Sebadoh, check here for the most recent news, straight from Lou himself, on the in-progress remastering & reissue of the brilliant 'Sebadoh III' record.)

If only J-Loew had opened up for Dinosaur as he is on some other dates... hell, if only anyone else had opened up besides the dreadful Magik Markers, whose entire mission seemed to be to annoy us with noise. Job well done, I say. Yeah, yeah, I get it... an art-rock experiment, an aural performance piece, mmm-hmm, whatever. It's been done better, and too many other times, before. Hearing an actual song-attempt buried in there woulda been a nice surprise, but that'd require the effort of learning to play their instruments. I notice that they actually have a 'songs' page on their website, and one is called 'Song With Yelling'. Comedy gold, I tell ya. Y'know, in the end it was kind of amusing... I had more fun listening to the heckles than the 'music' itself. I suppose it was better than an unremarkable opener and total crowd indifference, right?

Anyway, enjoy the Dinosaur mp3s, they'll be up for a few weeks.


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