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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

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Mp3s: Albert Hammond Jr. in Boston

I hope it's not too much of a back-handed compliment to say that Albert Hammond Jr. surprised the hell out of me. I've been a pretty passive Strokes fan, having listened to their albums but never liking quite enough songs to add them to my collection, and never having gone out of my way to see them live. And while I wasn't overly anxious to hear what their guitarist would sound like on his own, I was at least curious to check out his first solo album, "Yours To Keep", when it came out in the UK last year. I didn't get a taste until I came across the first singles ("101 and "Everyone Gets A Star") on satellite radio, and was struck enough by them to look forward to his opening set for Bloc Party when they came through town in late March.

And I really, really liked it. It's fairly unavoidable to make comparisons to his other band, but I found the songs more instantly catchy, more dynamic, and was struck by how solid a singer Hammond Jr. is, especially considering his guitar-only role in the Strokes. He's also put together one seriously talented backing band, who added an energy to the material that already sounds pretty rockin' on the disc (which I picked up after it's domestic release in March). Bonus points for the Frank Black and Guided By Voices covers, as well as sharing a new song called "In My Room".

Here are the Mp3s of the set, during which you might here a commotion as some fool tries to storm the stage... and gets his ass handed to him by the 'event staff' before he even comes close. Ejection accomplished. Considering the ticket price for a Bloc Party show nowadays, I can't imagine that was money well-spent...

Albert Hammond Jr.

Live at the Orpheum
in Boston, Massachusetts
on Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

01. Everyone Gets A Star
02. In Transit
03. Old Black Dawning (Frank Black cover)
04. Bright Young Thing
05. In My Room (new)
06. 101
07. Holiday
08. Scared
09. Postal Blowfish (GBV cover)
10. Hard to Live (In the City)

Some added A.H.Jr. linkage...
  • His MySpace page, Wikipedia entry, and his Scratchie Records label page.

  • Mp3s: "101" (live on Conan O'Brien); "In Transit" (from "Yours To Keep").

  • Stream: Four songs on MySpace.

  • Video: There are two different clips for "101", with one that's mostly studio footage from the recording of the album, and another directed by Patrick Daughters that follows AHJ's sad, suited ghost. As usual, many more live clips can be found with a YouTube search.

  • Event site Hey Let's Go has re-christened itself as, and they're putting on some free concerts to mark the new branding. One of them is with Albert and his band, and takes place tomorrow, Thursday, May 10th, at the Hiro Ballroom in NYC. To RSVP for the free show, head here. You may have to sign up for the site first to view that page.

  • Albert Hammond Jr. will return to the road for a month-long headlining tour that starts May 20th in San Francisco, and winds up in NYC on June 18th. Boston's own The Dead Trees will offer their support for the entire tour, but unfortunately the closest they're coming to our area is a Northampton show on June 13th. There are some open dates near the end of the trip, so perhaps a Boston stop will show up at some point.

  • Guilty pleasure alert: Can't resist sharing my favorite Strokes song, which exists thanks to the mash-up skills of The Freelance Hellraiser. It's the collision of the Strokes' "Hard To Explain" with Christina Aguilera's "Genie In A Bottle". Mp3: Freelance Hellraiser - "A Stroke of Genie-Us".

  • Listen to all 'Nac-hosted tracks on the Hype Machine.

  • the post-script... If anyone has an issue with these Mp3s being made available, just say let me know (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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