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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

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Mp3s: An Unfortunate Gothic Archies Event

It is plainly obvious that Mr. Lemony Snicket simply does not like children. The proof is not only in the terrible trials he puts the Baudelaire children through in his now-finished, 13-part "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books, but in the fact that he left hundreds of them in the lurch last month at the high school in Natick, Massachusetts. Mr. Snicket was scheduled to appear on-stage alongside Mr. Daniel Handler and Mr. Stephin Merritt (aka The Gothic Archies) to not only read selections from his writings, but to make the musical duo a trio by adding much-needed percussion to songs inspired by those same unfortunate events (which appear on the recently released "Tragic Treasury"). But the scribe never arrived.

Fortunately for the 800 or so in the crowd (which appeared to be comprised almost entirely of kids, their parents, and, uh, me), after phoning Mr. Snicket to discover his whereabouts, misters Handler and Merritt carried on without him, apologetically entertaining us with a few of the afforementioned songs and words. A potential disaster was averted thanks to these two supremely talented gents, with no thanks to the absent author.

Here, then, is the aural evidence of that evening, along with a few photos and some links below. Notice the conspicuously empty chair between our hosts...

Some related Handler & Merrit links...
  • The main Lemony Snicket site, his Wikepedia entry, and the official site for The Gothic Archies - "The Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events", where you can stream tracks from the album. Hit up the Gothic Archies MySpace page to stream some songs as well, and use the links on this page to purchase the album from a variety of retailers.

  • The unfortunate event above was sponsored by The Wellesley Booksmith, and the introduction was from their children's book buyer, Allison Morris.

  • For all things Stephin Merritt, the only place you need visit is The House of Tomorrow. Sub-sites can be found there for his Magnetic Fields, The Future Bible Heroes, The 6ths, and of course, The Gothic Archies.

  • I may very well have missed this fine performance were it not for this timely post at the Phoenix's music blog, On The Download. Their books blog, Word Up, wrote up their own review of the evening right here.

  • Talk about worlds colliding: Stephin appeared on Fox's "Good Day Atlanta" as part of the promo tour for "The Tragic Treasury". He chats a bit and performs "Smile, No One Cares How You Feel".

  • Many more performances of songs from "The Tragic Treasury" can be found over on (where else) YouTube.

  • 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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