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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, March 13, 2006

Mp3s: The Wedding Present in Cambridge, MA

This past Tuesday, David Gedge and his Wedding Present came back to the Boston area for the second time since the release of their latest album, Take Fountain, and they used the return to dig even deeper into the Weddoes/Cinerama catalog. Less recent songs, and more old faves they didn't play back in April '05. They touched on all six of their proper albums, and dropped in the occasional single-only track and Cinerama song. It was a real treat for a fan of Gedge's entire songwriting career, and especially for one like me, who fell in love with 'em during the Bizarro/Seamonsters-era. Having seen them live a half dozen times (including as Cinerama), this one ranks nearly at the top.

Here's Here was a recording of the set, which doesn't sound quite as good as some of the shows I normally share, but is still well worth a download. Blame the acoustics at the good ol' Middle East Down...

For those keeping score, 'Go Out And Get 'Em Boy' was their first single, and can be found on the Tommy singles collection. There were two songs from George Best, their debut, and three each from Bizarro and Seamonsters. Three songs can be found on the Hit Parade 1 singles collection (including 'Falling', the Twin Peaks theme), and 'Loveslave' is on Hit Parade 2. One song each from Watusi (the excellent 'Click Click', which I've always wanted to see live) and the Mini EP. One song from Saturnalia, and three from Take Fountain. As for Cinerama songs, we got 'Apres Ski' off of Disco Volante, along with 'It's Not You, It's Me', which was Cinerama's latest (last?) official single. Like I said, they touched on an awful lot of releases.

The setlist hasn't varied much (if at all) during this tour, and familiars will know that they don't take requests or do encores. Not sure I'll ever get used to walking into a club and seeing one of my musical heros standing by himself behind the merch table, answering questions and taking cash. Sure does attract the fans, though, and you gotta wonder how much his presence there boosts sales. Me? I picked up the Cinerama tour DVD and a set of Weddoes postcards, the only two things on display I didn't yet have.

Kyle over at Information Leafblower saw them a couple days before me down in D.C., and he's got some more words and pictures for ya. And just a few days after me, Frank Chromewaves caught them up in Toronto, so behold his words and pictures as well. Frank saved me the trouble of describing the Weddoes lineup changes, but I will add that I thought the two new guys were ace, even going so far as to say the drummer was the best I've seen backup Gedge in years.

For some video action (of marginal quality, but still), someone shared up the band performing 'Falling' at Neumos in Seattle last month, and another fan has a clip of them doing 'Ringway to Seatac' in Chapel Hill last week (follow link to the forum, where you'll find a link to the video).

On an entirely unrelated note, you may have noticed that I've been conspicuously absent from the 'Nac for a few weeks... I won't bore you with the many reasons why, but I'll sum it up with 'life changes' and leave it there, at least until my next giganto-post. Hopefully I'll get to that in the next day or two, but regardless, Boston-area readers should stop by here tomorrow when I'll start a contest to give away a couple of tickets to see a certain nostalgic new-wave-pop band on their farewell tour...


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