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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

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Mp3s: Sharing Some Seasonal Songs

In the spirit of, well, whatever the heck it is you choose to believe in, I've pulled some random holiday songs together for your varying degrees of enjoyment. I tried to pick tracks that I haven't seen elsewhere so far this season...

(be forewarned: extreme candy-cane flavored sugar-coated sweetness lies ahead. if your heart is three sizes too small, you might wanna just surf along.)

(note: files removed on 2/4/2006)

First, a couple of festive numbers from my pal Colin Clary, who I had the pleasure of seeing at PA's Lounge this past Friday. I'd planned on recording and sharing the snow-themed set he played with one of his fellow Magogs (usually a full backing band, this time simply Steve), but forgot my freakin' microphone. Smoooooth. Fortunately, Colin's cool with my sharing up a song from his solo disc on Asaurus, 'Sweater Weather Or Not, These Are The Songs I Got', and the crew at Total Gaylord records gave the ok to share up the lead-off track from their 'Cwistmas Twee' compilation. The first song is for our Jewish friends, the second goes out to all the kitties...

Colin Clary - '8 Kisses' - from 'Sweater Weather Or Not...'
Colin Clary - 'Meow Meow' - from 'Cwistmas Twee'

Next, a new holiday song from The Sea Navy, the Seattle-based project of former Bostonian (and former Ivory Coast frontman) Jay Cox...

The Sea Navy - 'The Truth About Christmas'
(links to the Sea Navy site, where you can grab the song)

Here's something pretty special: A song from Jeremy Quist, an Almanac reader who recorded it for friends and family, and sent it to me as a little thank-you for doing the 'Nac. I definitely feel like I came out ahead in that exchange. Here he is, with his fiancee Suzanne Stradley on backing vocals...

Quasi will have a new album out on Touch & Go in March, but the label figured 'why wait?' to share a preview track, especially when it's called 'Merry X-mas'. Here's an mp3 of it...

Quasi - 'Merry X-Mas' - from 'When The Going Gets Dark'

Finally, a few rare ones that I always like to bring back at Christmastime for those who've never heard 'em. A couple of them are pretty crackly, as they come from well-worn wax...

If you make it all the way through the minor mess that is the 'Deck the Halls' rendition, congratulations, you've got far more holiday spirit than most.

And if you've been curious to hear that super-good (and, apparantly, last) new Pedro The Lion Christmas 7", keep an eye on this thread at the Undertow messageboard. When and if the limited edition single sells out over at Suicide Squeeze, Undertow will be sharing up mp3s for those who missed out. But don't wait for it, order up the sucker yourself if you've got a turntable... it's well worth it. You can also find the lyrics that David Bazan added to the traditional tunes in that same thread.

Updated to add... Matt Pond PA has posted a new demo over at their MySpace page called 'NJ Holiday'. It's a little "non-denominational winter holiday festive time gift to you and yours", so go give it a listen.

Hope your holidays are filled with close family, good friends, and if you're a drinker, some alcohol-fueled festivities. Me, I'll be back up in Vermont for a few days, so look for me wandering Church Street in a nostalgic stupor...


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