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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

Monday, May 07, 2007

Monday Miscellany

And so another week of office work begins, while the spring sun shines brightly outside my window. Subjects below include Buffalo Tom, Built to Spill, Tara Jane ONeil, Chris Brokaw, The New Year, Bottomless Pit, Team Dresch, Colin Clary, Chikata Violenta, Age Rings, Normandy, Mary Timony, Elliott Smith, Peter Parker, and my return to the DJ booth...

Buffalo Tom has scheduled a Boston show on Saturday, July 14th to mark the release of their long-awaited next album, "Three Easy Pieces", which arrives earlier that week. It's gonna be at the Paradise, and with one hell of an opening act on board: The Moving Targets. I had to miss their reunion show awhile back, so getting to see MT and BT on the same stage will be a total treat.

Listen to a couple preview tracks off Buffalo Tom's "Three Easy Pieces" at their MySpage page, or grab an Mp3 of the title track at Stereogum. Listen to some Moving Targets at their MySpace page as well. Get tickets to the July 14th show here, or much cheaper at the Paradise box office (and take note: Livenation says doors at 4pm, show at 5pm. I'm all for early shows, but that seems... odd). Other cities on Buffalo Tom's brief meet-our-new-album tour include Toronto, NYC, San Francisco, and Hollywood. Details here.

Pre-sale tickets for Built to Spill's upcoming tour went on sale a couple weeks back, and the Boston allotment disappeared quickly. The rest went on sale a couple days ago for the Thursday, July 5th show at Avalon, so head to Ticket#$%#$$ for yours (and don't be fooled by the "Currently Not On Sale" text... they lie). As much as I dig Doug Martsch & Co., my days of spending over $25 per ticket may well be over.

Great new video featurette on the Touch & Go Records site last week, this one spotlighting Tara Jane ONeil's appearance at the 25th Anniversary fest last fall. Along with interview bits, they've got TJO playing a song with Boston's own Chris Brokaw guesting on guitar. You can catch Chris playing with Geoff Farina at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge next Wednesday, May 9th.

And as I was typing this post, this week's brand new T&G 25th video magically appeared on their site, and for one of my hands-down faves: The New Year (for those keeping score, that's back-to-back Brokaw vids). Check out their clip, which has Bubba & Matt Kadane chatting while their band performs "Half A Day", and then an uninterrupted live version of "Gasoline". And heads up for any West Coasters: The New Year is headed your way for some shows next month.

Bottomless Pit, the post-Silkworm project of Tim Midgett and Andy Cohen with bassist Brian Orchard (27) and drummer Chris Manfrin (Seam), will soon release their first official recordings (a limited tour CD-R EP came out last year). The majestically-titled "Hammer Of The Gods" will be arriving in a no-less-majestic format: A double twelve-inch. Two slabs of wax, with two songs on each side, spinning at 45 rpm. For the mathematically challenged, that's 8 songs in all, and for the turntable-challenged, every double-12" will include a compact disc with all 8 tracks. Hot damn, I say. Not sure on an exact release date or track listing (or label, for that matter), but this says that pre-orders will be taken "as soon as the master is approved". Approve away, gentlemen. I've got an itchy finger on my mouse, and a paypal account ready to go.

Possible tracks that will appear on Bottomless Pit's "Hammer Of The Gods"? Well, there were the four songs from the out-of-print tour EP ("The Cardinal Movements", "Dead Man's Blues", "Dogtag", & "Human Out of Me", which can all be heard here), three other new tracks they've shared recently ("Leave the Light On", "Repossession", "Winterwind", all now on MySpace), and a couple other songs that have been in their live sets ("State I'm In" and "Lily White"). Well, whatever it contains, I'm prolly gonna love it.

So when I wish for something, I need to be a little more specific. When Portland, Oregon's Team Dresch started playing shows again after a long absence, I silently pleaded "please come East, please come East", and finally, they're doing just that; but, alas, not to Boston. They're doing five dates on our coast next month, with stops in North Carolina, DC, Philly, NYC, and Brooklyn. My June is too crazy for me to plan a trip to NY, so I'm gonna miss out... but if everyone could do me a favor and pack those shows so they're forced to tour more, I'd appreciate it. Team Dresch mini-tour details here.

When my pal Colin Clary isn't playing in the Smittens or fronting the Magogs, he's releasing solo records, and his next one is out soon on Asaurus Records. It's called "Apocalypse Yow!" (an unsurprising title for those of us close to Colin), and you can download an mp3 of a preview track right here...

A few new things I'm really digging lately...
  • Chikata Violenta - The Broken Social Scene connection got me to listen to 'em, the songs keep me listening to 'em. Download an Mp3 at P4K. Read more and grab another song at TRRTS.

  • Boston's own Age Rings' live WOXY Session during SxSW, thanks to the Futurist.

  • NYC band Normandy's songs on MySpace. You can download the tracks that appear on their "Time I've Wasted" EP there. I like 'em enough that I may just have to get myself a tangible copy of that sucker.

  • Hey, Kill Rock Stars: You are the awesome. Well, you've always been the awesome, but as of last Thursday, you are the even-awesomer. Because you sent me my pre-orders of the new Mary Timony Band disc and Elliott Smith's "New Moon" double-disc five days before the street date. And you made my weekend.

    Read a new interview with Mary Timony at VenusZine. And Aversion has the details on a new Elliott Smith book that'll be coming out this fall. Yes, despite the mild pangs of posthumous exploitation that such a book triggers in me, I'll always be compelled to buy every last thing related to the guy. Unavoidable, really.

    So I (and a bajillion other people) caught Spider-Man 3 over the weekend with the aforementioned Mr. Clary, Amie, and my sis and bro-in-law... and damn if I wasn't a little disappointed. I mean, there were certainly some wow-inducing action sequences, and the story did an ok job of weaving together the three villains, but man, were there some bad directorial choices in there. (Highlight text for spoilers:) Singing & dancing? An uber-cheezy street-strutting shopping trip!? The Twist?!? Those sudden tonal shifts took me right outta the film, something that never happened once during Spider-Man 2 (which on most days I still rate as the best comic book film yet). And while I'm big on suspension of disbelief during superhero flicks, chalking up a couple of moments to pure coincidence (a small meteor landing, undetected, near Peter & MJ; Eddie Brock randomly being at the same church as Peter at the same crucial moment) was just a little too far for me to stretch. Chop 20 minutes off, tighten up the tale, and I may have been blown away instead of just entertained. And thanks to a few actualized comic-fanboy moments (Parker vs. li'l Osbourne, the Venom/Sandman team-up, the churchbell scene), I did. Question, though... why introduce Gwen Stacey if you're not going to have the Gobby kill her off? With both Norm & Harry dead, that moment will never come. And why not have Dr. Connors discover that soundwaves can hurt the outer-space goo, so that the audience isn't left wondering what that bell was doing to it in the church? Ok, ok, enough geeky nitpicking from me. (end spoiler action). With all that box office loot, there will be a Spidey 4, and I'm guessing we'll finally see Doc Connors get all scaly, green, and of forked-tongue. And the other villain (please, keep it at two)? Go, go Electro-power.

    And just so I don't end this post on such a nerd-tastic subject, I'll mention something on the cooler end of the spectrum: I've been invited back to River Gods in Cambridge to DJ again as part of the third official Tourfilter DJ Night on Thursday, May 17th. I had such a blast the first time, was so psyched with my song selection, and I'm determined to top myself. I'll be playing only bands performing in the Boston area within the next month, so if you've got any requests by the artists listed in my left-hand column there, lay them on me and I'll do my darnedest to fit 'em in. I've got the opening slot, so make sure you're there by 9 o'clock on the 17th to catch my whole set.

    Tonight: Gibbard. Bazan. Popcorn. Beer. All in one place. Hell of a swell way to start the week.

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