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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

Thursday, August 31, 2006

I Keep Coming Back

I have an immense backlog of things to pass along, from new stuff to "in case you missed it" links, so I'll skip the pre-post small talk...

I've been sitting on this news for a couple months, and it hasn't been easy. Now that's it's public, I can finally say... the Afghan Whigs are going back into the studio. When their upcoming (and now delayed until '07) Rhino 'best of' retrospective, 'Unbreakable', was announced, I hoped-against-hope that they'd get together and record a few new songs for it, as the Replacements did the same for their Rhino collection. Like the 'Mats, the Whigs will be using a different drummer for their tracks, and my fingers are crossed that it'll be ascot-master Bobby Macintyre of Dulli's touring Twilight Singers. That guy's amazing. Proof: Stream some Twilight Singers live sets.

I've got a special little spot in my musical heart for the Housemartins, a band I completely obsessed over back in the day (although my fixation didn't follow singer Paul Heaton to his post-Housemartins band, the Beautiful South). Anyway, Hull's fourth best band is also resurfacing, although not to the studio... they're just returning to the new release shelves with a compilation of all their old BBC recordings, including songs from a 1987 Nottingham concert. The full tracklisting...
The Housemartins
�Live at the BBC�

1. Drop Down Dead (John Peel 21/07/85)
2. Flag Day (John Peel 21/07/85)
3. Stand At Ease (John Peel 21/07/85)
4. Reverends Revenge (Janice Long 6/11/85)
5. Shelter (Saturday Live 04/01/86)
6. People Get Ready (Saturday Live 04/01/86)
7. Over There (John Peel 06/04/86)
8. Caravan Of Love (John Peel 06/04/86)
9. Happy Hour (John Peel 03/06/86)
10. Heaven Help Us All (John Peel 03/06/86)
11. Pickin' The Blues (Peel Show Theme Tune) (John Peel 03/06/86)
12. Mercy (Janice Long 11/12/86)
13. So Glad (Janice Long 11/12/86)
14. He Brought Me Out (Janice Long 11/12/86)
15. Sunday Isn't Sunday (John Peel 03/11/87)
16. Build (John Peel 03/11/87)
17. We're Not Deep (Glastonbury 29/11/86)
18. Me And The Farmer (Glastonbury 29/11/86)
19. The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death (Nottingham Concert 30/09/87)
20. The Light Is Always Green (Nottingham Concert 30/09/87)
21. The World's On Fire (Nottingham Concert 30/09/87)
22. We're Not Going Back (Nottingham Concert 30/09/87)
23. Johannesburg (Nottingham Concert 30/09/87)
24. Five Get Over Excited (Nottingham Concert 30/09/87)
According to the press release, it'll be out on September 18th in the UK. Not sure about a U.S. release, but it's still worth import prices. Thanks for the heads up, for the records.

From UK radio sessions to US radio sessions: NPR has had a fairly impressive summer of in-studio artists and live broadcasts, so many that I haven't had time to listen to 'em all. To link just a few: Sleater-Kinney, Camera Obscura, the Long Winters, Mates of State, the Stills, and the Essex Green. Whoever's in charge of audio scheduling over there, give 'em a raise. Especially if they also picked Midlake's 'Roscoe' as a recent 'song of the day'.

Speaking of Sleater-Kinney, it's worth checking out Superchunk/Portastatic/Merge main-man Mac McCaughan's brief goodbye to them over on his blog. Grab mp3s from S-K's very last show at RySpace while you're at it.

Another artist featured on NPR over the summer was the where-you-been World Party. I've been a Karl Wallinger admirer since the first time I saw him sitting at a piano in the Waterboy's 'The Whole of the Moon' video in 1986, and was saddened to read about the aneurysm he had back in 2001. That was in the wake of being fairly screwed over by his backing band and record label (who, behind his back, recorded and released one of his songs with Robbie Williams), and even worse, his longtime manager passing away. It took him awhile to recover from the physical and mental hardship, but he reemerged earlier this year to put out the long-finished album 'Dumbing Up' in the U.S. (which was out years ago in the UK), released on his own Seaview Records imprint, as well as remastered versions of the World Party back catalogue. While 'Dumbing Up' didn't do much for me, now that Wallinger's back in the game (the band played Bonnaroo this summer), I'd imagine he'll be spending lots more time in his home studio.
Stream:What Does it Mean Now?� (wma hi / wma med)
QT Video:What Does it Mean Now?
Read: 2006 BBC Interview
Stream: May 2006 live set on NPR

Another swell Essex Green studio session, this one on KEXP. Songs played: 'This Isn't Farm Life', 'Penny & Jack', 'Rue de Lis', 'Cardinal Points', 'Sin City', and 'Don't Know Why (You Stay)'.

My favorite part?...
Chris: 'It's too early in the day for rock and roll'.
Jeff: 'But is it too early for "60s retro-pop"?'.

Check out a bunch of nice photos (and autographs... rockstars!) from that previously mentioned Essex Green NPR broadcast (which was live at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, over at Hugh Shows. Hugh's also got some great shots of Cat Power & the Memphis Rhythm Band in Pittsburgh from back in July.

Here, lemme rapid-fire some new music links at you...

I'm planning on writing more about this, but for now: Go check out the excellent Band in Boston podcast. We've needed something like that around here for a long time, and I'm very glad that it not only exists, but is being done so well. Cheers to that.

I'm not even halfway through the things I want to write about, but I think it's time to let this one fly. I'll end with free stuff...

I've got an extra copy of ex-Pedro the Lion and current-Headphones/solo guy David Bazan's super-fine 10-track EP, 'Fewer Moving Parts' for giveaway, so drop me an email (link at lower left) with a subject line of 'Gimme Bazan!' before the end of the day Monday. Include your mailing address (U.S. or Canada only), and I'll randomly pick a winner on Tuesday morning. Easy enough.

Not familiar with Mr. Bazan? Shame on you. Get yourself over to BrooklynVegan and read a recent interview with the man himself.

Oh, and if you discovered the Almanac thanks to that recent Boston Globe online feature on area audioblogs, I welcome you. If you're here because of the print version of said article, well then, I'm sorry you had to see that way-too-close-up photo of me on a Saturday morning. Hey, at least it didn't go digital.

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