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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, January 02, 2006

Mp3s: Headphones, Pilot To Gunner, The Burdocks, A Northern Chorus

I'll kick off '06 by sharing up some of the last live songs I recorded during the final couple months of '05. A little clearing of the decks, if you will. Some great stuff to be had in here...

On November 16th, Headphones warmed up for American Analog Set at TT the Bear's in Cambridge. It was the first of a few dates that David Bazan's no-guitar project would join AmAnSet on, and I was glad to get an opener that I dug. While I was surprised to not find either Frank Lenz or TW Walsh behind the drum kit (TW's absence would be explained later), Western States drummer Nick Peterson did a fine job providing Bazan's backbeat. Here are five songs from the set...


live at TT the Bears
Cambridge, MA
November 16th, 2005

"Pick out a good note, and play it a loud as you can..."

Major Cities
Shit Talker
The Five Chord
Pink and Brown
Hot Girls

The studio version of (the amusingly aborted and restarted) 'The Five Chord' is a non-album track that can be found on iTunes. The other four songs come from their self-titled debut disc.

Brooklyn's Pilot to Gunner had a fairly quiet '05, but they snuck in one last show at Allston's Great Scott on November 17th. The set included a couple pretty stellar new songs that I haven't shared up, and they'll likely find their way onto their next full length. Here's hoping anyway...

Pilot to Gunner

live at Great Scott
Allston, MA
November 17th, 2005

Get Saved
All The Lights

The studio recording of 'All The Lights' is an eMusic exclusive, and the other tracks can be found on PtG's latest disc, 'Get Saved'.

I hadn't ever heard of Halifax, Nova Scotia's The Burdocks before we ended up sharing a bill with them and their touring partners, A Northern Chorus, at the Lizard Lounge last month. Being a big ANC fan, I figured they'd likely be bringing along someone well worth hearing. I was most certainly not mistaken...

The Burdocks

live at the Lizard Lounge
Cambridge, MA
December 3rd, 2005

1. Made In The World
2. Pop Cult
3. Ok Ok
4. Room Temperature
5. Let's Cut Each Other Up
6. Icicle Knife
7. Werewolves

If you're aware of the titles of those two unknown songs, let me know in the comments (thanks for the song titles, seth). Studio versions of most of the other tracks can be heard on their latest release, 'What We Do Is Secret'.

I was entirely blown away by Ontario's A Northern Chorus the first time I saw them back in August, and I'll be damned if they didn't do it again. An absolutely beautiful set, layers of guitar, cello, and striking harmonies. Their fantastic new drummer fit in perfectly, and you really can't beat a bass player who uses a broken string to make well-timed cymbal hits. Well played, sir. They were kind enough to play a bunch of songs we didn't hear them do here few months back...

You'll find most of those songs on their third full-length, the excellent 'Bitter Hands Resign'.

I'll be officially closing the book on '05 later on, when I finally get around to sharing up mp3s from the Jewcy party in NYC last month, and when I eventually post my personal best-of-year. Like most of you, I'm entirely listed-out, but I'm not gonna start '06 by breaking a five year tradition...


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