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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, November 21, 2005

Mp3s: live American Analog Set

For me, an American Analog Set show is like taking some kind of serious drug... it's a yearly fix that I just physically kinda crave. Every time I've seen 'em, at some point during the set, I can recall the exact moment where I first lose myself... when I get caught up in a repetitive instrumental moment, and I realize that my eyes have been closed for some unknown amount of time. I end up feeling like I'm the only person in the room, letting the layered build wash over me. It's tough to describe, but coming out of it feels a bit like you just woke up with your high school head on your desk, surrounded by the rest of your class staring, as you wonder for a second where the hell you are.

During last Wednesday's show at TTs in Cambridge, that moment came earlier than ever, during their very first song. Even though 'Fuck This... I'm Leaving' is the final track on what may be their last record, they used it to ease us into their set, and it was perfect. What followed was one of the best AmAnSet shows I've seen, with a setlist that wasn't the standard new-album-heavy, but instead pulled from throughout their 10-year discography. The earliest was 'Don't Wake Me', which closes their 1997 second album, and other appreciated surprises included both 'Weather Report' and 'New Drifters II' from their third disc. A lot of people see these first three albums as the band's 'first phase', and since it was during that period that I fell in love with the band, I hold those songs dearest. That said, I think their latest album, 'Set Free', is easily the best of the so-called second phase, and wouldn't have minded a bunch more from it... well, maybe not at the expense of the older stuff. Knowing it was likely the last time I'd see these five guys together on stage, I'd have stayed far into the morning for more.

As it was, I felt more than lucky that we got an encore, something I'd never seen or heard of them doing before, but that they're kindly acquiescing to this final time around. To have their last Boston show end on a song I bashfully requested... well, I'll just say that it meant a hell of a lot. I wrote about that earlier here.

And here's the whole magical set...

And as I share this up, I'll humbly ask a small favor: They're selling a tour-only vinyl EP, which I fully planned on getting at the show... and had I known they were only rationing 10 per night, I'd have gone straight to the merch table. But recording the set and taking photos while holding a 12 inch platter wasn't gonna work... so I waited. And lost out. So if anyone bought two, or ends up going to one of the remaining shows on the tour, could you maybe hook me up? Naturally I'll pay for it and any shipping costs, and I'll throw in a cd burn of this set for good measure. Plus, there's the undying gratitude. Priceless. For a guy that owns nearly everything they've released, missing out on that is fairly painful.

For some excellent photos from the show, and even a video clip of 'Cool Kids Keep', head over to Sid's Too Much Rock site. And if you beg him, he might even put up one of the two other videos he recorded. Also, don't forget to check the recordings section of the AmAnSet site every week, as they've been sharing all the demos from the new album. Oh, and for some very cool AAS posters, head over here. I just ordered one of the 'hearts' print for my wall, and there are lots of other very spiffy designs for other fine bands available, too.

Towards the end of the set above, you'll hear Andrew Kenny thank the Boston crowd for their support, not just for that night, but for treating them so well over the years. And to that I say: No, sir... thank you.


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