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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

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Mp3s: Interpol in Boston

It took me five years to get around to seeing Interpol, but it wasn't for any lack of loving a healthy number of their songs. "PDA" and "Obstacle 1" (off their 2002 debut, "Turn On The Bright Lights") have found their way onto many a mix disc of mine, and while I wasn't as enamored with the follow-up (2004's "Antics"), I still figured I'd catch them on stage eventually. I just never made it a priority, and thinking about it, it may have been a combination of the conventional so-called wisdom that their stage presence lacked a certain spice, and my ever-increasing aversion to affectation, especially when it comes to a band's wardrobe (yes, this is coming from a guy who long ago flirted with his own goth phase, and actually donned a black trenchcoat).

The day that tickets went on sale for their performance last week at Boston University's Agganis Arena, that particular morning I was ears-deep in their latest record, "Our Love To Admire", and by the time "Who Do You Think" rolled around, I made with the mouse clickin' to see what kind of seats were available. The new album is a marked improvement on "Antics" (although each would have made absolutely perfect EPs with some trimming), and knowing the band now had three discs worth of material to pull their live set from, a good spot on the arena's floor was enough to get me in attendance.

When I arrived, after a paranoid pat-down from arena security (they made me ditch my man-bag, but seemingly had no interest in cameras or recording gear. I'm guessing they were primarily safeguarding against smuggled alcohol or weapons. And free Mentos samples.), Liars were already on stage, and making one hell of a racket. They're all about the cacophonous rock, but in the echo chamber of a not-yet-half-full arena space, it wasn't quite working. I'd imagine in a club, up close, and with a soundman who focused as much on their mix as the headliners, these guys would kill. Still, frontman Angus Andrews courted the crowd with a Paul Pierce Celtics jersey, and the fact that they gave it their all despite the environs was enough to get them solid applause from us early arrivals.

Liars' sound mix had me prepared for the worst when the lights came down and Interpol took the stage -- without serious tweaks, it was going to be a muddy, imbalanced mess -- but my fears were fortunately unfounded. Whoever was behind the board worked wonders with the massive room, and from the 18th row it sounded as good as it could have in there. The band ran through all the expected singles and faves, with three old ones to close things out. Here's the entire set...

For those keeping score, that's a very even split between all three albums: six pulled from "Turn On The Bright Lights", five off of "Antics", and six from the latest. I was a little disappointed not to hear "Who Do You Think", but they made up for it slightly by delivering "Pace Is The Trick", another standout from the new stuff. Other high points were both "PDA" and "Obstacle 1", a fantastic "Rest My Chemistry", and main-set closer "Not Even Jail". "Evil" sounded a little loose, and, at least in the arena setting, a couple other songs (particularly "Mammoth" and "The Heinrich Maneuver") were victims of their own on-disc studio production -- the recorded versions are so full and punchy that their live performances paled a bit in comparison. Makes me sorry I waited so long to see 'em, and likely missed out on the chance to ever see them in a smaller, more powerful setting.

Some Interpol links...
  • Their official site, Wikipedia entry, MySpace page, and Capitol Records page.

  • Additional Audio: Capitol is pretty stingy with the official Mp3s (i.e. there are none from the new album), so head to MySpace for streamage. You can also stream a remix of "The Heinrich Maneuver" at P4K. Links to lots of live audio can be found in a thread in their forum.

  • Video: Their latest video is for "No I In Threesome", which follows a performance clip for "Mammoth" and the slo-mo vid for "The Heinrich Maneuver". Watch the band perform four songs for a Spinner session. There's a clip for "Stella Was A Diver..." out there, and also a bunch of other videos from their first two discs over at their old Matador Records page. An Interpol YouTube search will turn up tons of footage, of course.

  • Photos: From the Boston show, over at P4K.

  • Tour dates: Interpol continues their North American tour in support of "Our Love To Admire" over the next couple months, after which they head back over the Atlantic through December.

  • As ever, easily listen to all 'Nac-hosted tracks on the Hype Machine.

  • the ol' footnote... 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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