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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, September 26, 2005

Mp3s: Kay Hanley & Buffalo Tom at Brookline 300

It was a slightly surreal Sunday morning, as I hopped on my bike and pedaled a couple miles to Coolidge Corner, having read that Kay Hanley would be playing on an outdoor stage at noon. Although the former Letters To Cleo singer had left Boston behind for life in L.A. (and I don't mean Lower Allston), she was back to help Brookline celebrate it's 300th anniversary, along with still-local boys Buffalo Tom, who were scheduled later that day at 5pm.

It was a day well spent, as I love unusual venues and the atypical crowds that show up at free events (although watching the Sox get crushed on the telly in between the two sets wasn't so fun). The audience was filled with families, dancing kids, and friends of the musicians, there was beer on tap, and the smell of local food vendors in the air.

I wasn't sure how the recording would turn out, as it was the first time I'd taped something outdoors with my new setup. I was in the middle of a relaxed, chatty crowd who often wandered in front of the mic, so while there's an occasional bit of audio weirdness, the sound mix was pretty good considering.

So here's both sets, starting with Kay Hanley and her excellent backing band. They did a bunch of stuff off her solo releases, 'Cherry Marmalade' and 'The Babydoll EP', along with a bunch of Letters to Cleo songs...

Kay Hanley & her band
live at Brookline 300
Brookline, MA
Sunday, September 18th, 2005

1. Happy To Be Here
2. Mean Streak
3. Big Star
4. Satellite
5. Veda Very Shining
6. Sparklegirl
7. In Clouds
8. Fall
9. Awake
10. Te Amo

A few hours later, the three gents who are Buffalo Tom took the stage to much applause. Hard to believe they've been around for almost 20 years, and contrary to the occasional rumor, have never actually broken up. They're still chugging along, and actually working on a new album for release on Kimchee Records.

It had been so long since I'd seen them, maybe somewhere on Lansdowne Street in the early 90s, although I've seen plenty of solo sets and guest appearances from both guitarist/singer Bill Janovitz and bassist/singer Chris Colbourn in the years since. Was real nice to see the three of them on stage together again. They ran through a bunch of old faves, and threw in a new song and a Stones cover for good measure...

Buffalo Tom
live at Brookline 300
Brookline, MA
Sunday, September 18th, 2005

1. Velvet Roof
2. Summer
3. Under My Thumb (Stones cover)
4. Birdbrain
5. Kitchen Door
6. The Wiggles (sort of)
7. Sparklers
8. Treehouse
9. Clobbered
10. Sodajerk
11. Good Girl (new)
12. Late At Night
13. Tangerine

According to the Kimchee Records site, Buffalo Tom is finishing up their next album this month, it'll be out next year (although not on Kimchee), and Mission of Burma's Clint Conley makes a guest appearance on it. Nice.

Other BT related news: Chris Colbourn has teamed up with Fuzzy's Hilken Mancini to record a disc of their own, and Kimchee will be putting it out. Won't have to wait long, as the release date is November 15th. They've got a notable guest star of their own in Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis, who plays on the record.

Bill Janovitz's other band, Crown Victoria, will also be a part of a Brookline 300th Anniversary event when they play a heated tent in Lars Anderson Park. They'll be followed by fireworks, and in a perfect world that'd happen exactly when they hit the last note of the very last song. Their 2004 disc is called 'Fireworks on TV', after all.

If the 'Under My Thumb' cover isn't enough evidence of Bill J's love for early Stones, you should check out his contribution to the 33 1/3 series of album-exploring books. He wrote an in-depth look at their seminal 'Exile on Main Street'.

Before I sign off, I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention Dan Speca's amazing Buffalo Tom fansite, The Kitchen Door. A must-visit for any BT fan.

As always, if the artists or anyone involved in the making of their music has an issue with my making these tracks available, just say the word. I am but a humble listener.

Oh, and for those waiting patiently for the AminA set, who opened that Sigur Ros Opera House show a couple weeks back, I'll have it up next Monday, promise.


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