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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, January 16, 2007

Mp3s: Death Cab for Cutie in Boston

I've been a Death Cab For Cutie fan for far too long to do something as silly as hold their increased popularity and major label success against 'em. Sure, in my college radio days I'd left certain bands behind under similar circumstances, but the difference was usually that their studio output lost something in the transition. It was more rewarding to find new, exciting artists that deserved airplay than to try and find something worthwhile on lesser albums by bigger bands. But with DCFC, it's different, and I'm along for the ride as long as they keep writing and releasing good songs on solid discs like 2005's "Plans". Sure, there are a couple tracks on there that don't do it for me, but that's been the case with each album since their debut, and they're offset by a song like "What Sarah Said", which is one of the most moving ones they've ever recorded.

But my appreciation for the band was put to the test in November when they played the gorgeous Boston Opera House on guitarist Chris Walla's birthday. It had been a few years since I'd seen DCFC, shunning the larger venues and higher tickets prices as I'm prone to do, but the lure of an opening set by Ted Leo & his Pharmacists was enough to get me buying good seats the day they went on sale. I'd been pretty much blown away when I saw Sigur Ros at the Opera House a year before, but they (and their fans) are entirely different beasts.

When Death Cab's set started with "405", and the more enthusiastic fans stood up despite the mellowness of that opener, Ben Gibbard didn't wait long before encouraging the rest of the crowd to get up out of their seats for the "rock show at the opera house". And while most of the audience was clearly excited throughout the show (predictably cheering louder for the newer songs), and the band was obviously into their playing and grateful for the crowd, there was just something missing for me. Even though I liked the set, the song selection, and the band's energy, I felt this odd disconnection from the proceedings, like I was watching a television broadcast of a show instead of an actual show. Maybe it couldn't be helped, considering the small spaces I'd seen them play in previously. Maybe it's just age, what with the overall lowering of their fans' average age, and given that some of the uber-appreciative kids near me (loudly singing, clapping along to entire songs) could possibly have been my illegitimate high school spawn. Could be that my days of seeing DCFC live are better left behind me. But their albums? If they keep making 'em, I'll keep buying 'em.

Here's my recording of that set, from November 2nd, 2006 at the Boston Opera House. And for the curious, DCFC is fortunately one of those bands who are completely cool with live recordings. They understand.

Some DCFC links...
  • Their official site, MySpace, and Wikipedia entry.

  • Mp3s: "Soul Meets Body" (from "Plans"), "Title and Registration" (from Transatlanticism), "Wait" (from "You Can Play These Songs With Chords"), "A Movie Script Ending" (from "The Photo Album"), "Song For Kelly Huckaby" (from the "Forbidden Love" EP), "For What Reason" (from "We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes"), and "Champagne From A Paper Cup" (from "Something About Airplanes").

  • More Cowbell reviewed the D.C. stop of the same tour.

  • Pitchfork shares news of Ben Gibbard's budding acting career, and updates us on what the other band members are up to now that DCFC is taking a break for most of the newly-hatched 2007.

  • 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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