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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 23, 2007

Mp3s: David Bazan in Somerville, MA

It's safe to say that, to varying degrees, I'm a fan of everything David Bazan has ever done: All those ace Pedro the Lion albums (I was on board from the moment I heard "It's Hard To Find A Friend"), last year's "Fewer Moving Parts" solo EP (which got re-released yesterday courtesy of the wonderful Barsuk, his new label), even the guitar-free diversion that was the Headphones' 2005 debut. The guy (and his collaborators) rarely lets me down, either recorded or in person, and his opening performance for DCFC's Ben Gibbard here in Boston a couple weeks back was no exception.

Like Gibbard, Bazan's set pulled from all over his personal back catalog, including PtL, Headphones, and solo songs, along with a couple covers: A Dylan tune and his mesmerizing version of Radiohead's "Let Down", which he referred to as "the best song ever written" from the Somerville Theatre stage. And hearing him play it, it's kinda hard to dispute that.

If forced to file one complaint, I s'pose it'd be the absence of new material in his set, but given the abbreviated time slot of an opener, can't fault him for that. Looks like we may have to wait until the fall for new stuff, when he'll head out again for a tour of his own before he ventures back into the studio to record his first Barsuk full-length, due sometime in 2008. Maybe he'll use that autumn opportunity to road-test the studio-bound songs? Here's hoping. Oh, and word is that David has decided go back to using a band name, while still letting people know that he's involved by releasing that next album as "David Bazan's Black Cloud". Which has an amusingly appropriate ring to it.

Here is David's Somerville set...

Some Bazan-centric links...
  • His own website, Wikipedia entry, MySpace page, his new Barsuk Records page, Jade Tree page, the Undertow Music Store page, and a couple fansites: PtL dot com & PtL dot org.

  • Mp3s: "Cold Beer & Cigarettes" from "Fewer Moving Pieces"; "The Longest Winter" & "When They Really Get to Know You They Will Run" from "It's Hard To Find A Friend"; You can find links to more Mp3s thanks to and, as well as the PtL Purevolume page. A wealth of listening ahead there.

  • Courtesy of NPR, listen to David's performance from the 9:30 Club in DC a few days after the Somerville stop. You can either stream it or download the set as a single Mp3 file. Here's what David played that night:

    David Bazan at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on May 10th, 2007: Backwoods Nation, Cold Beer & Cigarettes, The Man In Me, Transcontinental, Shit Talker, When They Really Get To Know You They Will Run, Foregone Conclusions, Let Down, Selling Advertising, Of Minor Prophets and their Prostitute Wives, Of Up and Coming Monarchs, Bands With Managers.

  • Video: Bazan and PtL live clips are all over YouTube, but there's been a noticeable lack of 'official' video output from him over the years.

  • The tastefully-named Mp3 blog (and fellow Blog Fresh Radio contributor) It's Hard To Find A Friend recently shared a few David PtL/Bazan & Ben Gibbard rarities, and just yesterday offered up a bunch of covers that David has performed.

  • As always, you can 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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