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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

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Mp3s: New Pornographers in Boston

The New Pornographers came to town last week for a strange little show at the Paradise, a night whose primary purpose was to extol the virtues of Jack Daniels to a bunch of random contest winners. Whatever the reason, I'm just glad I got a chance to see 'em after having missed their shows with Belle & Sebastian a couple months back. The New Porno's last two albums both wound up in my year-end top ten, but this show took me to a slightly higher level of fan-love.

The songs from 'Twin Cinema' sounded great, but it was the improved energy of the older stuff that really struck me. In a live setting, I dug the stuff from 'Mass Romantic' and 'Electric Version' even more. Just a great set start to finish, excepting a very rough mix during the first song (and despite a lack of 'All For Swinging You Around', my favorite NP song for a long while). Anyone who worried about a lack of Neko Case (out promoting her own solo album) on recent tours had absolutely nothing to fear... Kathryn Calder (A.C. Newman's neice, and she also appears on 'Twin Cinema') is an excellent replacement on vocals and keyboard.

Here's their set, and as I mentioned, don't let the dodgy, keyboard-heavy mix of the first song scare you off, the soundguy fixes it soon enough. If you look at the setlist photo below, they skipped 'Stacked Crooked', and the encore was made up of requests...

The inherent cheeziness of the promotional event was not lost on Mr. Newman, who dedicated 'The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism' to Jack Daniels ("both the cause and the solution to man's problems"), and set up his guitars while donning full promo-gear, decked out in a cheap black J.D. hat and t-shirt combo. Apparently couldn't bring himself to wear it during the set, maybe realizing there was a chance many in the possibly unfamiliar crowd would think he was as serious as all the JD girls working the room.

A comment to the JD marketing team: If you're holding an event to promote a particular brand of alcohol, it might be a good idea to actually provide those in attendance with said beverage. Don't know if it's a legal thing, but discounted shots, samples, or even coupons would make more some kind of sense. I'm not sure the free hors d'ouevres (all meat, 'boo' said Amie) and the iTunes coupons made me wanna drink more Jack. I suppose they figure that putting a ton of banners and a great band in front of us might secure our purchasing allegiance. Or maybe it's not about the people there, but all about the advertising and tie-ins (with both WBCN and the Weekly Dig) leading up to the event. I mean, hell, how many times have I mentioned Jack Daniels in this post already? Feeling thirsty yet?

Footnotes: If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just lemme know (email link on left). Recorded with a Sony Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps mp3s. And keep in mind, sets are made available for a few weeks, and are not reposted once removed.


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