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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 14, 2007

Mp3s: Ben Gibbard in Somerville, MA

Ben Gibbard brought his guitar, piano, and a couple touring friends (openers Johnathan Rice and David Bazan) to town last week for the fourth date of his in-progress solo tour. The guys hit the sold-out, 900-seat Somerville Theatre, and I nearly missed it. The morning those tickets went on sale, I happened to be knocked out with a serious flu virus, and by the time I gathered my wits and remembered what day it was, they were long gone. But thanks to a same-day favor from a friend, I fortunately found myself there on Monday, May 7th for all three acoustic sets.

For now, here's Ben's entire Somerville performance. He's been playing a mix of Death Cab For Cutie, Postal Service, and older solo songs, as well as a rotation of covers (we were treated to Donovan, Neil Young, and Nirvana) and the occasional new one. I'm usually hesitant to share up unreleased new songs, but with the ubiquitousness of shaky YouTube videos, I figured maybe it's better to see some high-ish quality live versions make their way out there. I'll hopefully be sharing up David Bazan's set next week...

For those keeping score, that's 3 covers, 10 Death Cab For Cutie songs, 4 Postal Service songs, a couple new solo numbers, and an older solo cut from the split "Home" EP with American Analog Set's Andrew Kenny.

Some Gibbard-related links...
  • His own (not yet finished) solo website, Wikipedia entry, and the main Death Cab For Cutie site.

  • Mp3s: From Ben's performance a few days later at the 9:30 Club in DC, which was broadcast live on NPR, here are a couple live songs for ya...

    Ben Gibbbard - Farmer Chords (live)
    (another of Ben's songs from that excellent split EP with Andrew Kenny)

    Ben Gibbbard - Couches in Alleys (live)
    (originally a collaboration with Styrofoam).

    To hear that entire NPR broadcast, head to this All Songs Considered page where you can stream it or download one big honkin' Mp3 file. UPDATE 5/19: Word from NPR is that Ben's management only wants his set available for a limited time, so they've now shared it as part of the ASC podcast, which you can grab by subscribing over here (iTunes podcast link / mp3 link). Knowing that's their preference, please note that I'll only be offering up my shared mp3s above for a short time as well.

    Usually NPR posts the setlists for the shows they share, but for some reason they haven't for Ben's. So I'll do it for you...

    Ben Gibbard at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on May 10th, 2007: To Sing For You, Brand New Colony, Title & Registration, Crooked Teeth, We Will Become Silhouettes, Photobooth, Why You'd Want To Live Here, Passenger Seat, Soul Meets Body, Recycled Air, Farmer Chords, Couches in Alleys, A Lack of Color, Sound of Settling, Such Great Heights, Blacking Out the Friction, All Apologies, I Will Follow You Into The Dark.

    And remember, since Ben & the rest of Death Cab have given permission for their material to be shared on the Live Music Archive, you can find a ton of DCFC live shows over there.

  • Video: Dozens of live Gibbard clips can be found with a YouTube search.

  • Stereogum shared three YouTube vids recorded by msquared64 at the Somerville show, with clips for "All Apologies", "Thin Ice", and "Casino Blues", and Pitchfork shared a bunch of photos as well.

  • The Gibbard/Bazan/Rice train rolls on for just six more dates, with stops in Dallas tonight, Austin, L.A., San Fran, and Portland this week, and two homecoming shows in Seattle on Sunday and Monday. Details on each show are here.

  • 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 let me know (my contact info in the 'nac faq). Live sets recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps Mp3s. Files are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.


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