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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, July 02, 2007

Mp3s: seBADoh in Boston

Well, here's the set I edited down and planned to share last Monday, just before I started my new role as a "dad". Best excuse for a late post ever (and major thanks to everyone for the congratulatory comments).

Sebadoh's reunion tour seemed to exist slightly in the media shadow of Lou Barlow's other reunited band, squeezed as it was between Dinosaur Jr. tours, and without the benefit of a new album or any other future plans, really. But for me personally, it meant a little more, thanks to a deeper and long-lasting connection to their records. I jumped in with the release of "Sebadoh III" (re-issued last year on Domino) in 1991, consider Bakesale to be a classic, and still count opening for them (as part of Eef in '94) as one of the best experiences I've ever had playing in a band. That show was the first time I ever got to see them, so I missed the early Eric Gaffney years, and as much as I would have liked to see former drummer Bob Fay again, I was pretty psyched to have a chance to see Sebadoh's original incarnation. Even though I'd caught Barlow and Jason Loewenstein as a Seba-duo in recent years, it's as a trio that their songs really shine.

If some Beatles fans are compelled to pick the side of a particular songwriter (I'm a Lennon-ite), I do the same with Sebadoh, and I find myself falling squarely in the Loewenstein camp. As much as I dig so many of Barlow's songs and Gaffney's sonic weirdness, it's Jake's stuff that has always really clicked with me, songs like "S. Soup", "Sixteen", and especially "Drama Mine". Regular 'Nac readers know that I often call his criminally-underheard solo album, 2002's "At Sixes and Sevens", one of the best of that year (seriously, go buy it). So when the band played the Paradise a few months back, it's no surprise that I wanted him in front of the mic as much as possible, and for the first half of the set I was pretty worried... very little Jake to be found. It evened a bit eventually, with "Junk Bonds", "Drag Down", "Mind Reader" and "Flood" coming in quick succession before the first encore, and "Got It" coming later on. Still, not enough. Gaffney, for his part, was easily the most talkative of the three, throwing out random Boston-area references, and at one point calling up some guy he thought looked like the Decemberists' Colin Meloy, to, well, pretend that he was Colin Meloy.

Overall, great set, nice and long, and not super-tight... but if it was, it wouldn't have been Sebadoh. Nice to see a few post-Eric songs make it into the setlist (just as Dino Jr. has been doing with a few after-Lou songs). Won't surprise you to hear my only complaint is: Needed more Loewenstein. Sure hope he's working on another solo record.

Here's the Sebadoh set as Mp3s. You can find more of my photos here.

Some Sebadoh links...
  • Their official site, Wikipedia entry, MySpace page (with a reunion tour diary), and the band's Domino Records page. There are also individual sites for Lou Barlow, Eric Gaffney, and Jason Loewenstein (which is thankfully back up after a long downtime).

  • Mp3s: Sebadoh is fortunately one of those wise bands that freely shares up live recordings, so check out a bunch of other sets here. Grab a bunch of Jake Loewenstein demo Mp3s) as well, as well as some random Gaffney tracks. You can also find a bunch of Sebadoh and Lou Barlow live material over at the Dinosaur Jr. share site, Just check under the "Lou's Corner" section on the Audio/Video page.

  • Video: Try a Sebadoh YouTube search, and check out a live clip of the guys performing "Drop Down" at their site.

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

  • And go buy yourself some Sebadoh.

  • 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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