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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 03, 2006

Mp3s: Th' Faith Healers in Somerville, MA

Th' Faith Healers. Roxanne Stephen, Tom Cullinan, Ben Hopkin, and Joe Dilworth. Their story was seemingly short but sweet: The first band singed to London's ace Too Pure record label in 1990, two fantastic albums, some singles and a couple of EPs, one tour of the states, over and out. The first time I heard their debut disc, 'Lido', I had one immediate thought: "Wow, I really need to see them play these songs live." There are certain bands that instantly trigger that, and Th' Faith Healers were one of 'em. But when they disbanded in 1994, I assumed I'd never get a chance...

Flash forward 12 years, and we get a perfect little surprise epilogue. First Ba Da Bing Records does us all the favor of compiling and releasing Th' Faith Healers Peel Sessions late last year. Very cool, but just a sign of what was to come: Six stateside shows in March. When the dates were announced, I couldn't believe that the Boston area would get one of 'em, but we did, and at the fairly cozy PA's Lounge in Somerville.

And what a show it was. Dilworth's steadily intense drumming, sweat pouring off him. Stephen's alternatingly subdued and fierce voice, long hair often hiding her face. Hopkins repetitive, rolling bass lines, and a barefooted Cullinan supplying enough frenetic guitar noise for two. It just sounded so big, barely fitting inside PA's. They played almost everything they'd rehearsed, 14 songs worth. Nearly the entirety of 'Lido', a few from 'Imaginary Friend', and a couple that can only be found on the Peel Sessions disc. To have finally seen Hopkins do his sliding bass bit during the breakdown bridge on 'Don't Jones Me' was a personal treat, or Cullinan's heavily effected intro to 'Reptile Smile', or, well, everything else. It was a wish finally fulfilled.

Much thanks to Ben from Ba Da Bing and Stacie from The Critique of Pure Reason for not only helping to make this night happen, but for being cool with my recording it...

eta - Andrea also has a great write-up of the show over at Warped Reality.

Some extra added action for you...

I always thought the re-recorded version of 'Don't Jones Me' from the out-of-print EP was a bit better than the album version, so here it is...
  • Don't Jones Me (EP version)
  • Strange Fruit released a (long out-of-print) disc of Too Pure Peel Sessions in 1992 that included tracks from PJ Harvey, Stereolab, and three from Th' Faith Healers. For some reason, these three songs weren't included on the Ba Da Bing compliation, so here they are for ya...
  • Coffee Commercial Couples (Peel Session)
  • Bobby Kopper (Peel Session)
  • Jesus Freak (Peel Session)
  • And thanks to WFMU DJ Brian Turner, you can listen to Th' Healer's live broadcast on his show from last week, including the song 'New No. 2', which they didn't play at PA's.

    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 minidisc, converted from .wav to 192kbps mp3s, and are made available for a few weeks.


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