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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, April 10, 2006

Mp3s: Silver Jews in Cambridge, MA

As DC Berman said from the stage when he and his Silver Jews came to town a few weeks back: "It's not a once in a lifetime thing...". Before this first ever Joos tour, most of us figured it'd be a "not in our lifetime" thing, but Berman, his wife Cassie, and some musical friends made it happen. Only took him 15 years or so, and he even promised they'd return to these parts again.

Until then, or until another Silver Jews album arrives, here's something to hold onto... the entire set from their show at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA. It was the 8th night of the tour, and according to someone there who'd also seen the two previous NY shows, it was a night that they really came together as a 'band'. I've got nothing to compare it to, but it all worked for me.

The only real drawback? People, of course. While most of the sold-out crowd was there to see and hear the something special, there seemed to be a disproportionate number who were there to be seen and heard, who'd read that it was 'the place to be', and spent the set both jibbering and jabbering. You'll hear what I mean when you listen to the mp3s... there's a constant buzz of conversation throughout.

Fortunately the mix helps mightily. The usual difficulty of mixing in the confines of the low-ceilinged Middle East downstairs was overcome by their touring soundman, who just happened to be Pavement drummer Steve West. I thought I recognized him when checking to see if it was cool to record the show (and of course, it was), and sure enough, he was along for the trip. Definitely explains why the drum sounds, which can be the first things to get lost in a sometimes-muddy MidEast mix, come through pretty damn clear. This equal-parts Joos & Pavement fan got a little kick out of seeing West behind the board when his ex-bandmate (and now tour manager) Bob Nostanovich came on stage to drum on a couple songs. I've loved "Trains Across The Sea" for what seems like forever, and having him play his original part was a real treat.

Here's the show, more links below...

Although the setlist indicated they'd close with "Inside the Golden Days of Missing You", they decided against it...

  • For an excellent recollection of the night, head over to False 45th.

  • The Phoenix has a nice SJ article and review of the show as well.

  • For an entirely wrong-headed write-up, read this Boston Globe one.

  • Some pictures from the evening can be found over at donut muse, and well as planetswest.

  • Not only to the Joos have a very detailed fansite, The Corduroy Suit, but they've also got a myspace page that's maintained by a friend o' the band. Good stuff.

  • Want some more live Silver Jews? Into the whole torrent thing? You can grab the entire March 21st set from the Starlight Ballroom in Philadelphia over at dimeadozen.

    Again with the fine print: If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just say the word (email link on left). Songs recorded with a Sony Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then to 192kbps mp3s. And keep in mind, sets are made available for a few weeks, and cannot be reposted once removed.


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    neil halstead
    live in cambridge, ma
    on november 14th, 2008
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