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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, November 14, 2007

Mp3s: David Bazan in Cambridge, MA

The fifth stop on David Bazan's 3-week tour with All Smiles, which officially wrapped up last night, brought him to TT the Bears in Cambridge, MA as the third game of the Sox-dominated World Series unfolded on TV at the other side of the bar. He shared the bill not only with All Smiles (aka Jim Fairchild of Grandaddy), but with his friend, former bandmate, and returned Boston-area resident TW Walsh (but more on him and the live debut of his Soft Drugs in my next post), as well as opener and birthday-boy Drew O'Doherty.

It's been well over a year since the initial release of DB's last EP, "Fewer Moving Parts", so he's got a whole bunch of new songs ready to share (which should appear on his first Barsuk full-length, titled "David Bazan's Black Cloud", out sometime next year). And share he did, with no less than seven new ones and a knockout cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (which will also likely make its way onto the next disc). The first of the new ones he played was co-written with Starflyer 59's Jason Martin, and as of this performance didn't have an official title. We also got a couple of the EP tracks, a Headphones number, some older Pedro the Lion songs, and David's usually-interesting in-set question & answer sessions.

As you may know, David's a Radiohead fan (Mp3: "Let Down" (live)), and here's what he had to say during one of the Q&A's about the release of "In Rainbows"...
Audience: "What do you think of the new Radiohead?"

DB: "Oh, I like the new Radiohead record pretty well. I like some of their other songs better than the songs on this record, but it's a pretty compelling record, I think. I don't love the drummer. He seems like a great dude, and I thought he had worked all this stuff out on the last record, but apparently not."

Aud: "How much did you pay for it?"

DB: "I paid 80 dollars." (he bought the discbox)

Aud: "That's too much!" (crowd laughs)

DB: "It depends on the value that you place on music. Having heard the White Album the way that I have, and knowing how much it means to me, if someone told me that the only way I could listen to that record ever again is to save up and pay $1000 for it... do you think I would? Fuck yeah, I would. I'd sell amplifiers, and guitars... it's an important thing for me to be able to listen to that record...

...thankfully I can just download it for free."
He also talks about Pitchfork's reaction to his song "Selling Advertising" ("They were very mad. They were frustrated, they had a lot of issues with the song, not the least of which is that Ryan Schreiber is not Jewish. I was like 'no fucking doy.'... not as smart as I thought they were."). He speaks of leaving Jade Tree for Barsuk, a bit about politics, mentions that he's not releasing a Christmas 7" this year, says there will be a second Headphones record in a couple years, and addresses when "Black Cloud" will come out ("May, I think, maybe June... or July... or August").

Whenever it does arrive, it can't come soon enough, as this new stuff ranks up with some of his best work under the PTL banner. Plans are that the album will be a fully fleshed-out affair, with David playing all the instruments, and that he'll put together a touring band to deliver the songs to audiences once it's out. For now, the songs only exist in demo form, and further recording may even start between now and when Bazan hits the road again for a two-week West Coast-ish tour with J. Tillman on December 2nd. Full dates after these Mp3s of his full Cambridge set...

Some David Bazan linkage...
  • His official site, MySpace page, Wikipedia entry, Barsuk label page, the Undertow Store page (go buy stuff), and fansites PtL dot com & PtL dot org.

  • Additional Audio: Caleb shared another recent live set over at his Hard To Find A Friend" music blog (you can now buy the new "Peace On Earth" benefit compilation he curated, by the way). Four Bazan songs to stream on MySpace, and a few from the EP at Barsuk; an Mp3 of "Cold Beer & Cigarettes" from "Fewer Moving Pieces"; older PtL songs "The Longest Winter" & "When They Really Get to Know You They Will Run" thanks to Jade Tree; More Mp3s thanks to and, as well as the PtL Purevolume page.

  • Video: Nothing official, really, but there's always the trusty David Bazan YouTube search. And allow me to direct you to this clip of another brand spankin' new song recorded just a couple days ago in Nashville. It's killer.

  • Photos: My Flickr-hosted shots are here. Check out the full David Bazan Flickr tag search.

  • Upcoming tourdates (with J. Tillman):
    Sunday, 12/02 in Spokane, WA @ Empyrean
    Monday, 12/03 in Boise, ID @ Neurolux
    Tuesday, 12/04 in Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
    Wednesday, 12/05 in Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
    Thursday, 12/06 in Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
    Friday, 12/07 in Tuscon, AZ @ Solar Culture
    Saturday, 12/08 in San Diego, CA @ Casbah
    Monday, 12/10 in Pomona, CA @ Glass House
    Tuesday, 12/11 in Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
    Wednesday, 12/12 in San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
    Thursday, 12/13 in Eugene, OR @ Indigo District
    Friday, 12/14 in Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    Saturday, 12/15 in Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
  • Listen to any and all 'Nac-hosted Mp3s at le Hype Machine 2.0.

  • 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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