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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

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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

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Mp3s: Tanya Donelly in Boston

In the "nice problem to have" department: I've accumulated quite a little backlog of ace live material to share, so I'm breaking my own one-set-per-week rule and offering up last Tuesday's acoustic performance from Tanya Donelly.

This short-but-so-sweet lunchtime set marked the release day for her latest solo record, "This Hungry Life", last Tuesday, and her mesmerizing voice was truly in top form. It's not at all surprising to read in the liner notes that this new album (which was recorded live in front of a crowd of fans up in Bellows Fall, Vermont) has minimal overdubs... what you hear is what you get when you're sitting right in front of her.

For the album sessions, Tanya invited along a bunch of great players, all with Boston ties: Bill Janovitz (of Buffalo Tom & Crown Victoria) on backing vocals, Joan Wasser (of the Dambuilders & Joan as Policewoman) on violin and backing vocals, Rich Gilbert (of many bands) on pedal steel and acoustic guitar, and Arthur Johnson (of Come) on drums. The two remaining contributors also joined her at this in-store at the Government Center location of Newbury Comics: Her hubby Dean Fisher on guitar, and Joe McMahon (of Senor Happy) on stand-up bass.

So here's the trio's set, and while us Tanya loyalists in the crowd were nice and quiet, the store's cash register adds the slight ambience of commerce...

Tanya Donelly

Live at Newbury Comics, Gov't Center, Boston, MA
on Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

1. World On Fire
2. Kundalini Slide
3. Littlewing
4. New England
5. This Hungry Life
6. Acrobat

Five of those songs can be found on the new disc, and the closer, "Acrobat", comes from her 1997 solo debut, "Lovesongs for Underdogs".

While live appearances by the former member of the Throwing Muses, the Breeders, and leader of Belly have become a relative rarity as she balances musicianhood with mommyhood (her second daughter arrived this past March), she recently shared that she plans on doing more shows next Spring. Here's hoping. While I enjoyed her previous solo album, 2004's "Whiskey Tango Ghosts", I'm already way more into the material on "This Hungry Life", songs like "Kundalini Slide", which I recently shared up here...
Mp3: Tanya Donelly - "Kundalini Slide"
Some TD-related links...
  • Visit her MySpace page to stream "New England", the lead-off track off the new record, and for a little Tanya history lesson, hit up Wikipedia.

  • Abby was also at the in-store, and took some photos along with a video clip of the trio doing "Kundalini Slide".

  • The Phoenix's On The Download pulled together a little Tanya YouTube video collection, and directs us to Fluxblog, where you can also download "New England".

  • You can grab "This Hungry Life" from Eleven Thirty Records, but if you order it straight from Tanya from a link on the Slumberland main page, she'll even sign it for ya.

  • the fine print... If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just say the word (contact info in the 'nac faq). Recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps mp3s. Mp3s are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.


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