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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, October 17, 2005

Mp3s: Seam in Montreal 1993

Every once in awhile I'll load up one of Seam's albums and remember just how much I miss hearing new music from singer/guitarist Sooyoung Park. It's been 7 years since their fourth and last album, and a couple years since they were on a stage (their 'final' show was supposedly in 2000, then they reunited for a small HHH tour and a memorial show in 2003). As far as I know, Sooyoung's only output since has been playing guitar and keyboards with the band ee since 2001, although they, too, have been dormant for awhile.

There's been no Seam news for ages, the official fansite is getting dusty, and the label-hosted pages haven't been updated in years. I keep holding out hope that Sooyoung is still writing his own stuff, seven years spent collecting songs for release, maybe working on a new band to help him play out. In this 1999 interview, he talks about juggling priorities, and I really hope that his own music hasn't gotten lost in the shuffle.

Going through my old live tapes, I found this one of the first time I ever saw Seam, just after the release of their second (and my favorite) album, 'The Problem With Me'. A Friday night in November '93, over the border from Burlington, Vermont up to Montreal, and too many beers at a place called the Woodstock Bar. They were opening for the Mekons (who I sadly had no familiarity with at the time, and we had to drive home anyway), and it was, until that point, one of the best shows I'd ever seen. All of us who made the trip were huge Seam fans, and guilty of being perhaps a tad over-enthusiastic during the set (no, I don't think you can hear my voice on these recordings, but friends will recognize at least two of the drunkards you can hear)...


live at the Woodstock Bar
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Friday, November 5th, 1993

"Nous sommes le group Seam..."

(files removed on 12/1/2005)

1. Rafael
2. Something's Burning
3. Stage 2000
4. Dust & Turpentine
5. Decatur
6. Kernel
7. Sweet Pea
8. Bunch
9. Sky City
10. Road to Madrid
11. Granny 9X

This set was recorded from the audience on an old cassette recorder, and while I've done my best to clean up the audio, it's obviously not going to measure up to other stuff I've been offering up lately. Still, for memories alone, I'm glad I finally got it converted.

Next week: Stellar live sets from Chris Brokaw and The Dirty Three, who played at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts last night. I'm still floating from the show, and can't wait to share it up, but I've got a lot of audio-editing to do first...


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