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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

Monday, November 13, 2006

Mp3s: The Long Winters in Allston, MA

Thanks to this show, I can now pinpoint the exact date I became an unabashed fan of The Long Winters, as opposed to the casual admirer I'd been since their second record, 2003's "When I Pretend To Fall". While my appreciation for the songs of John Roderick & his Seattle mates was upped much further when their third album, "Putting the Days to Bed", arrived from Barsuk this past July, it wasn't until six weeks back that I really and truly got 'em. As the last note of their set faded on that last day of September, I made a beeline to their merch table to fill in any gaps, nearly amped enough (but not quite flush enough) to blow some cash on all the vinyl versions, which they noted were all now available there for the first time. So tempting for a wax-junkie, but I instead opted for their debut disc, 2002's "The Worst You Can Do Is Harm". Glad I did, as a couple of my faves from the set below reside there. It's always refreshing when a band's live show is evenly balanced between the old and the new.

Also refreshing? A frontman who is as genuinely engaging as he is talented. I'd heard tell of Mr. Roderick's coherently goofy on-stage wit, and he definitely brought it with him to Harper's Ferry that night. The banter entertained nearly as much as the songs themselves, and none of it forced, all of it delivered genially and sincerely. The guy's as comfortable as can be up there, even as he's good-naturedly insulting an audience member's misguided fashion sense. If I ever get sick of the the band's songs (and even with the amount I've listened to all three discs since the show, there's no danger of that), the Long Winters' live show ensured I'll be seeing them again when and if they return to our coast...

Here's their set...

Some Long Winters linkage...
  • Their own site, MySpace page, Wikipedia entry, and Barsuk Records page.

  • Baby, You Got a Stew Goin'! was at the Bowery Ballroom show in NYC (the night before Boston),and offers up some words and pictures.

  • And from that Bowery show, here's a video clip of the improvised "Blues Jam", which mutated to a jokey jazz jam the next night. I fear what other flavors of jam they opened up at subsequent shows.

  • Official video action: Fire Island, AK (also on YouTube), and the unedited version of older vid "Blue Diamonds" (quicktime).

  • Mp3: The Long Winters - "Pushover". A few mp3s from their previous discs are available here at Barsuk, and here at their own site.

  • Just a couple weeks ago the band played a few songs on NPR's World Cafe. Stream live versions of "Teaspoon", "Honest", and "Fire Island, AK" from this page.

  • Check out this excellent John Roderick interview that PopMatters shared last month.

  • The band spends the rest of this month in Europe before a homecoming gig in Seattle on November 30th.

  • again with 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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