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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, May 08, 2006

Mp3s: Pinback in Boston

The five-piece touring version of Pinback hit Boston on Saturday night, cranking through 21 songs in about 90 minutes to a sold-out Paradise Lounge. I've been into 'em since 2001's Blue Screen Life, but bad timing and big-crowd aversion have kept me from seeing them live until now. Real glad I made the effort and braved the packed Saturday night show.

The band was pretty tight, you could tell they'd been on the road for a few weeks. They even pulled out 'Sender' for the first time on this tour, claiming they were going to 'fuck up real hard right now'. Which they didn't. Actually, the only time they bailed on a song wasn't even their fault; it was thanks to a stereotypically drunken frat-ish type who stormed the stage during 'Penelope' and started slurring non-sensically into Rob Crow's microphone. Rob's response was ace, though: "I'm sorry dude, Slapshot broke up, like, years ago." The stagediving pinhead got thrown out, although it sure took the Paradise bouncers long enough to do it.

The recording came out pretty well, thanks mostly to the excellent house mix. Whoever Pinback has on the road doing their sound has got their balance down. It's been awhile since I've heard the 'dise sound that good...


Live at The Paradise
Boston, MA
Saturday, May 6th, 2006

01. Bloods On Fire
02. The Yellow Ones
03. Syracuse
04. Non Photo-Blue
05. Microtonic Wave
06. Concrete Seconds
07. Boo
08. Soaked
09. Penelope
10. Talby / X.I.Y.
11. Offline P.K.
12. Tripoli
13. Shag
14. Loro
15. Fortress
16. a.f.k.

17. banter
18. Prog
19. Sender
20. Manchuria
21. June

Opening 'band' Pleaseeasaur (one guy with lots of costumes, and another manning two overhead projectors) could easily have been annoying, but ended up winning me over with their over-the-top goofiness. Total artistic commitment to songs about Star Wars, pizza, and limo companies that would have fit right in on a James Kochalka Superstar double-bill. If you know James, you know what I'm talkin' about. According to Pleaseeasaur's site, they've just signed a multi-cd/dvd deal with Comedy Central, so you'll no doubt be hearing much more from them.

The Pinback tour continues tonight in Portland, Maine, then heads south and west, finishing up at the end of May in San Francisco. If you're at all into them, make sure you visit the excellent PinbackFreak site. Also check out this Rob Crow-centric fansite, or some new music from his Pinback partner Zach, who just released an EP under his solo moniker, Systems Officer.

He adds knowingly: If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just say the word (email link on left). Recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps mp3s. fyi, these live mp3s are made available for just a few weeks, and are not reposted once removed.


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