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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, July 11, 2007

Mp3s: The Clientele at the MFA Boston

London-based quartet the Clientele finished up their recent month-long North American tour with a show at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, and it was absolutely gorgeous. It had been far too long since I'd seen them, at JP's Milky Way bowling alley in 1999, when they were a trio and playing their very first batch of U.S. shows.

While those reverb-washed early singles (collected on 2000's essential "Suburban Light") really grabbed me, I admittedly, and inexplicably, lost track of the band in the years since. The recent arrival of their "God Save The Clientele" album (as always, on Merge) remedied that, and loving the setting of the MFA's Remis Auditorium, I was compelled to finally see them again.

While the set leaned heavily on the new album, a few old favorites were greeted with applause, and the TV-themed encore brought us covers of tracks by both Television ("The Fire", off their sophomore 1978 "Adventure" album) and the Television Personalities ("A Picture Of Dorian Gray", from their 1981 debut, "And Don't The Kids Just Love It"). FYI, that Television cover will be available in studio form on a 7" release for the track "Bookshop Casanova", which will also include another unreleased track. Look for that in September, when the UK edition of "God Save The Clientele" gets released.

The addition of keyboardist/violinist Mel Draisey last year has certainly helped the Clientele flesh out their live sound, giving them a way to at least partially incorporate the gorgeous string arrangements provided by their studio collaborator, French songwriter Louis Philippe. And on this final night of the band's road trip, we got a special treat that even further rounded out some of the songs: Louis Philippe himself joined the band on stage for a few numbers in the middle of the set. Not sure if this was a regular occurrence on this particular trip, or if he made a special trip to Boston, but it made an already magical night even more so.

Here's the night, in Mp3 form. Don't miss the Clientele when they return to the U.S. this fall for a tour with Peter Bjorn and John (Boston: September 7th at Avalon), and be sure to pick up some of their work from Merge.

Some Clientele links...
  • Their official site, Wikipedia entry, MySpace page , and the band's Merge Records page.

  • Audio: Mp3s - I recently dug out and converted a cassette containing a 4-song session the band recorded for MIT radio station WMBR in 1999, so here it is: "Five Day Morning", "Fear Of Falling", "Joseph Cornell", and "Driving South".

  • More Audio: Mp3 - "Bookshop Casanova", from "God Save The Clientele". Listen to a 2005 appearance the band did for KEXP. Stream a couple songs from each of their discs by visiting the band's discography page and clicking the album covers. Over at Epitonic, you can download Mp3s of the tracks "Emptily through Holloway", "Reflections After Jane", "Joseph Cornell", and "Five Day Morning".

  • Video: Try a Clientele YouTube search, and word from their official site is that we'll see the first video from the new album soon. Check out video from when the band played a few songs at 89.3 The Current recently, as well as an appearance for Yahoo Music.

  • Another of my photos from the show can be found here.

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

  • the fine print... 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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