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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

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Free For All: the new Saturnine album

It's with real pleasure that I'm able to play a part in helping Saturnine get their latest and last full-length offering out into the world: "Remembrance of Things Past" is the band's sixth and final album, and rather than release it through traditional (i.e. physical) means, they've decided to share it digitally, and free of charge, under a Creative Commons license. The entire eight-song, forty-five minute album is available for download below, as well as on the Internet Audio Archive and any other blogs who want to join in.

Saturnine circa 1997:
Original guitarist Jennifer Baron, Mike Donofrio, Matt Gallaway, & Jim Harwood

Since their formation in NYC in 1994, Saturnine has always had a literary element to their music, expressed in certain song titles, lyrics, and themes, but "Remembrance of Things Past" takes things a step further: It's a concept album, based on French writer Marcel Proust's famed work of the same name (titled in French, "A la Recherche du Temps Perdu", and also translated as "In Search of Lost Time"), with Saturnine singer Matt Gallaway playing Marcel's role of the narrator, and vocalist Frances Gibson of seminal Australian band The Cannanes as his lover, Albertine.

Saturnine circa 2000:
Jim Harwood, Mike Donofrio, John Pisani, & Matt Gallaway

Guitarist/vocalist Gallaway, bassist Mike Donofrio (The New Year), guitarist John Pisani (Cookie Galore), and drummer Jim Harwood recorded the music and Matt's "Marcel" vocals for "RoTP" in May-June 2004 at The Echo Lab in Denton, TX, with Matthew Barnhardt at the studio desk. After continued sonic tweaking, the songs were shipped off to Sydney, Australia, where Gibson added her "Albertine" vocals and sent them on their way back to the band. The mixed and mastered results are what is shared here. While the band is now geographically dispersed, and are viewing this as their final release, they're not ruling out a certain alignment of stars that would allow them to play these songs in front of an audience someday. It was originally conceived as a rock opera, after all, so some kind of eventual staging would bring it full circle...

Here's a list of all five of Saturnine's previous discs and their release years, along with an Mp3s of my favorite song from each...

Saturnine Album Discography...

(1994 Dirt Records, released as "Saturnine 60")

Mp3: "Almost Impossible"

Wreck at Pillar Point
(1995 Dirt Records)

Mp3: "Ground Truth"

Flags for Unknown Territories
(1996 Dirt Records)

Mp3: "Palomar"

Mid the Green Fields
(1998 Victoria Land Records)

Mp3: "The Raven"

American Kestral
(1999 Motorcoat Records)

Mp3: "Old Flowers"

Pleasure of Ruins
(2002 Motorcoat Records)

Mp3: "The History of Cleveland"

A final note for my fellow music bloggers: feel free to link to or share these Mp3s however you please...

featured mp3 download
neil halstead
live in cambridge, ma
on november 14th, 2008
previously: joy formidable - boston 2011

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