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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 02, 2007

Mp3s: The Essex Green in Boston

My apologies for the delay in this week's live music post... between the much-improved weather, lots of movies at the just-finished 2007 Independent Film Festival of Boston, and general work business, well, ain't got time to blog. So this could be both late and brief, but no less worthwhile...

Of the many, many times I've seen The Essex Green on stage, I can say with all honesty that their January set opening for Camera Obscura at the Paradise was the finest one yet. The song selection, the individual performances, the sound mix, and the band's overall tightness really came together that night... it was a total thrill to see my friends firing on all pop cylinders up there. Must be all those hours on the road in support of last year's excellent "Cannibal Sea"; it's brought out the best of everything they've always been.

While the 13-song setlist of course leaned heavily on that latest EG album, the remaining 5 tracks were nice surprises: Two from 2003's "The Long Goodbye" ("The Late Great Cassiopia" & "Chartiers"), along with a couple that EG's Sasha Bell wrote and sang on the self-titled 2003 Ladybug Transistor album (as you may know, the Ladybugs share a couple members with the Green), and an impressive cover of The Flying Burrito Brothers' "Older Guys".

Here's the set for you...

Some Essex Green links...
  • Their official site, MySpace page, Wikipedia entry, and their Merge Records page.

  • Available Essex Green Mp3s:

    ""Don't Know Why (You Stay)" & "Rue De Lis"
    (from "Cannibal Sea")

    "The Late Great Cassiopia",
    "Old Dominion", & "Our Lady In Havana"
    (from "The Long Goodbye")

    (from the Merge "Old Enough To Know Better" compilation)

    "Everything Is Green""
    (from "Everything Is Green")

    (from their self-titled 1999 debut EP")

  • Related Band Mp3s: I could spend half a day writing about all of the Essex Green-related projects, but instead I'll just link some Mp3s and allow you to dig deeper through some links below: The Sixth Great Lake - "Everybody Loves To Be Loved" & "Duck Pond", The Finishing School - "Destination Girl", & Guppyboy - "Affection". Download many other Guppyboy Mp3s here.

  • Video: It surprises me to realize that in their eight-year history, there's never been an official Essex Green video (do correct me if I'm wrong). Maybe with the next album? For now, there's quite a few EG live clips on YouTube.

  • Speaking of all those related bands, Vermont blog Latitude 44.2 North wrote up a couple of lengthy posts about the EG/6GL/Guppyboy family tree (part 1 / part 2). Now that L44.2N has merged with fellow VT blog False 45th, maybe we'll see part 3 appear there? Nudge, nudge. Perhaps the eventual appearance of new Sixth Great Lake recordings (word is that some are in the works) will prompt the next chapter.

  • As I mentioned above, another band closely tied with the Essex Green is the Ladybug Transistor, who will be releasing their new album, "Can't Wait Another Day", on Merge in a month. The Ladybugs currently share both Jeff Baron on guitar & Julia Rydholm on bass, and also counted Sasha Bell in common before she recently left the band. The first song from "Can't Wait Another Day" has officially hit the 'net, and here it is...

    The Plan & Fenway Recordings are bringing The Ladybug Transistor to Allston's Great Scott on Saturday, May 26th with labelmates the Rosebuds. Hopefully they'll be bringing some pre-release copies of the album with 'em.

  • If you're a fan or friend of the Ladybugs or the Green, you've by now likely heard the truly sad news that the world lost Ladybug drummer San Fadyl last week. It's hard to even wrap your head around the sudden absence of someone who was so obviously loved by those who knew him, someone who leaves behind his wife and 2-month old baby, who made music such an integral part of his life. He wasn't just a huge fan of music, but someone whose spirit and creativity both with and without a drum kit garnered him many fans of his own.

    Many of those fans and friends are paying tribute to San in the comments of this memorial page that the band set up, former Ladybug Jennifer Baron has been sharing pictures, and Merge's Mac McCaughan shared his thoughts as well.
  • the postscript... If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just say the word (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. Tracks are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.


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