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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, February 20, 2006

[Live MP3s] Undertow Orchestra in Boston (Bazan, Chesnutt, Eitzel, Johnson)

When I first read about the talented men who'd be touring together as The Undertow Orchestra, my first thought was 'I sure as hell hope they come to Boston.', while my second was 'How cool would it be if they played at the Museum of Fine Arts?' Well, both hopes were fulfilled, and on Valentine's Day, no less. From the get-go I figured it could be a perfect night, and it was.

'All-Star Lineup' sounds a bit silly, but these guys deserve the description if anyone does: songwriters David Bazan (Pedro the Lion / Headphones), Vic Chesnutt, Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), and Will Johnson (Centro-matic), joined by Centro-matic's Scott Danbom on keys and violin. There wasn't an empty seat in the Remis Auditorium as the band was introduced, and they came out holding a long string of valentine hearts, wishing us all a happy v-day as they manned their instruments. For most of the set, it was Eitzel and Johnson on guitar, Bazan on drums, Chesnutt on bass, and Danbom on the keyboard, but whenever Bazan came out from behind the kit to sing and strum his own songs, Johnson always swapped with him. Being the seventh night of the tour, they had the switches down, and the whole evening went smoothly.

Three songs fronted by Johnson, followed by three from Bazan, Chesnutt, and finally Eitzel. When the rotation was done, they started from the top and we got three more from each, with Chesnutt batting cleanup, unfortunately skipping one of his songs due to time. While they sang lead on six each, it was the backing vocals that made the night that much more special. Hearing Mark Eitzel sing harmonies on Pedro the Lion song, or having Will Johnson backup a Vic Chesnutt tune, or even better, when all five of guys sang together... just magic.

The between-song banter (which I've included below) was pretty amusing as well; the atmosphere was relaxed enough for Bazan to make a fairly unusual request from the crowd on Chesnutt's behalf (which was eventually fulfilled, I believe).

Here, for your genuine listening pleasure, is was the entire set...

The Undertow Orchestra

download as a single 162MB .zip file

Live at the Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, MA
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

1. intro
2. Tent Of Total Mystery *
3. Vultures Await *
4. interlude 1
5. Just To Know What You've Been Dreaming *
6. interlude 2
7. Bands With Managers #
8. interlude 3
9. Priests And Paramedics #
10. Slow Car Crash #
11. interlude 4
12. Stupid Preoccupations ^
13. I'm Through ^
14. interlude 5
15. Iraq ^
16. Sleeping Beauty +
17. St. Michael My Pet Rat +
18. Home +
19. interlude 6
20. Just Some Silence *
21. Closing Down My House *
22. I See Through You *
23. interlude 7
24. Criticism As Inspiration #
25. interlude 8
26. The Devil Is Beating His Wife #
27. I Do #
28. Ladies And Gentlemen +
29. interlude 9
30. Patriot's Heart +
31. interlude 10
32. Johnny Mathis' Feet +
33. The Pool ^
34. interlude 11
35. In My Way, Yes ^

* - Will Johnson
# - David Bazan
^ - Vic Chesnutt
+ - Mark Eitzel

While I've been a Pedro the Lion, American Music Club, and Vic Chesnutt fan for many years, Will Johnson was a revelation for me. I'd completely missed out on Centro-matic's during their 10 year career, so I picked up their 'Triggers and Trash Heaps' EP after the show. Their next full length, Fort Recovery, arrives on March 7th, but you can stream the whole thing right now over at Misra Records.

Coincidentally, rbally made a Centro-matic-centric post on Valentines Day. Aquarium Drunkard treats us to a Vic Chesnutt post just yesterday.

On Monday, April 3rd, Will Johnson and Scott Danbom return to Boston with Centro-matic for a night at Great Scott with the Great Lake Swimmers and Mr. Drew O'Doherty. Mark that show 'not-to-be-missed'.

The Undertow Orchestra tour continues tonight with a stop in Ames, Iowa, after which they head to Kansas, Texas, Tennessee, and they wind up in Georgia on March 1st. Don't miss it, if it's anywhere near you.


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