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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

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thursday, december 13th

annual boston christmas cavalcade

benefit for the homeless

featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

@ johnny d's

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nada surf

eternal summers

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mates of state

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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

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mp3s: The Album Leaf in Cambridge, MA

I'm not sure I've ever met an Album Leaf song I didn't like, and I've met so many that I flat-out love. Whenever a new album from Jimmy LaValle arrives, it becomes my personal soundtrack for the season, and it's been no different since "Into The Blue Again" came out in a couple months back. My gateway fix was "The MP" off 2001's "One Day I'll Be On Time", and everything since has had me looking forward to release dates and tour schedules. He can change up keyboards, add supporting players, even throw in the occasional vocal; it all works for me.

And the live shows have never failed to inspire, even this most recent one, during which some in the crowd tried their blabbering best to ruin the mood. The more popular the A.L. becomes, the larger the audiences get, the greater chance for chatterboxes... it's a whiny broken record I'll resist playing again. Just bummed that my best live Album Leaf experiences may be behind me, and it's no fault of LaValle's... comes with the territory and the talent. My ability to mentally block out the blather was challenged, but I prevailed (if only there was such a filter on my recorder).

Here's their set from a few weeks back in Cambridge, MA, which featured maybe the best live A.L. lineup I've seen yet, and drop-in appearances from the guys in the excellent Lymbyc Systym, who opened for them on the just-finished U.S. tour...

The Album Leaf

Live at the Middle East Downstairs
in Cambridge, MA
on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

01. The Light
02. Always For You
03. Shine
04. Writings On The Wall
05. Twentytwofourteen
06. The Outer Banks
07. Red Eye
08. See In You
09. Brennivin
10. On Your Way
11. Into The Sea
12. Wherever I Go
13. Thule
14. Micro Melodies *
15. Malmo

* thanks to 'Nac reader Mark for letting me know that "Micro Melodies"
can be found on the Album Leaf's out-of-print "Red Tour Ep 2005"

A few related links...
  • The Album Leaf's official site, Sub Pop page, MySpace, and YouTube search.

  • A direct link to the 10-minute 'making of' documentary for "Into The Blue Again" (.mov file).

  • While Athen's Now It's Overhead wasn't touring with A.L., I'm very glad they were part of the Boston lineup, along with the Lymbyc Systym. We got lucky, we did. I'll be featuring NIO in a future post.

  • The Lymbyc Systym are releasing their first full-lengther, "Love Your Abuser", on January 23rd. The disc features a guest appearance from Jimmy LaValle, and you can hit up Mush Records for more details and a preview track (Mp3: The Lymbyc Systym - "Truth Skull").

  • and just in case... 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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