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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, February 14, 2008

House of Love: Love in Parts

So it's Valentine's Day, and Hallmark and FTD thank you for your patronage. I spent way too many cynical 14ths of February alone or unhappy in my formative years to completely buy into this whole business; I do my best to let those I care about know how I feel all year 'round. But I will admit that the sentimental side of me is compelled to mark the occasion in my much happier adulthood, with a card and a Magnetic Fields show for a certain someone, and with a few songs for you, dear reader...

Obviously "love", both the four-letter word and the concept, played a big thematic part in the (now continuing) existence of the House of Love. In addition to their band name, they had many songs with it in the title ("Love In A Car", "I Don't Know Why I Love You", "Love You Too Much", etc.), and used it as a fallback moniker for a series of songs, some with vocals and some instrumental, recorded throughout the first chunk of their career. Of those that had lyrics, one set was cribbed from elsewhere (see below), and one of the instrumental numbers, "Love IV", became a personal HoL favorite after it appeared on the 1990 "Beatles and the Stones" EP.

After that series-ending song, "The Last Edition Of Love", on the 2004 release of their Fontana Years collection, I thought it'd be fun to throw together a little "Love" EP, and I'll use this Valentine's Day as an excuse to share it. Enjoy...

The House of Love
the unofficial "Love" EP

Love II
Love III
Love IV
Love V
Love 10
Last Edition of Love

bonus track...
Love III (Peel Session)

Some footnotes...

"Love" was recorded very early on, when the band was a five piece outfit, and was a b-side to their debut "Shine On" single. "Love II" pulls its lyrics from Blind Willie McTell's "Dyin' Crapshooter's Blues" (originally written circa 1940). HoL fans may recognize that "Love IV" is based on the main progression from their own "Ray".

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neil halstead
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