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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, April 14, 2008

Mp3s: Stratford Projects live in Somerville

A few weeks back, the on stage debut of Stratford Projects happened at Somerville's Abbey Lounge, and if I was in the audience instead of behind the drum kit, I'd have doubled the crowd. Ok, so that's a slight exaggeration... but that's what we get for a first-ever show near midnight on a Tuesday. It really wasn't about who was there (or, rather, who wasn't) to see us, though, but more about getting our feet wet as an under-rehearsed five-piece. Despite the count-on-one-hand crowd, a good time was had, and we pulled it off. Enough to maybe schedule a second show, despite our collectively busy personal lives.

I wasn't going to share my recording of this one, but a request-via-comment and a couple emails were enough to overcome the aversion of self-indulgence, or at least the potential fear of embarrassment (like I said, first show ever). So here it is: The songs of Michael Barrett (and a couple covers) as performed by Mike on guitar/vocals, Anna Jaysane-Darr on keys, Neil Cleary on guitar/backing vocals, Adam Boc on bass/backing vocals, and yours truly on drums.

The setlist includes songs pulled from Mike's Planting Seeds solo album, "Couches and Carpet" ("Beach Song", "Chill Out"), a couple from his first band Guppyboy ("New Orleans", "Overflow"), ones he wrote with his Essex Green pals in The Sixth Great Lake ("Everything Is White", "27 Forever", "Cannon Beach"), and a song from Essex Green guitarist Jeff Baron's never-released solo record ("The Ravenswood").

Some Stratford Projects-related links...
  • The Stratford Projects site, home of all things Mike Barrett, the "Couches and Carpet" album info page, the Sixth Great Lake site, an archive of Guppyboy, the Eef site (the band Mike and I used to play in together), Neil Cleary's site, and the home of Jumprope, Adam Boc's old band (which was also on the Planting Seeds label).

  • Additional Audio: Download some unreleased Michael Barrett solo Mp3s, a whole bunch of Sixth Great Lake songs, a few Essex Green Mp3s, and some vintage live Essex Green (on WFMU in 2000) as well.

  • Photos: My few Flickr-hosted shots from the show (with an assist from a friend of Mike's who took a couple) are here.

  • As always, stream any and all 'Nac-hosted Mp3s at 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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