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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

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Mp3s: The Breeders live in Boston

The reinvigorated Breeders are winding up a nearly two-month North American tour that started on the Coachella stage in April and will finish at the Loft in Atlanta this Friday. The five piece -- which puts Fear bassist Mando Lopez, drummer Jose Medeles, and the multi-instrumental (and Craigslist-recruited?) Cheryl Lindsey alongside Deal twins -- stopped by a sold out Paradise here in Boston last Thursday, and rocked through a set that included songs not just from all four Breeders albums (1990's "Pod", 1993's "The Last Splash", 2002's "Title TK", and the new "Mountain Battles") and the "Safari" EP, but also a few from the Amps' "Pacer" record and a couple of those well-worn covers (including their Beatles and GBV renditions). Fans called out requests for "Drivin' on 9" and "Oh", which were declined due to the absence of violinist Carrie Bradley, who they mentioned may join them for their sold-out NYC show tonight.

Kim Deal cracks me up, and her near-constant smile and easy going, no-bullshit stage presence makes any Breeders show a for-sure fun one. While you never know what's going to come out of her mouth between songs (calling her mom 'nuts', teasing her twin sis, or drawing attention to ex-hubby John Murphy in the VIP seats), it's usually going to be more than a "how you all doing tonight?". And thanks to bassist Mando (who is apparently from East LA), we even got a couple appreciated Celtics/Lakers Game 1 score updates.

Walking out of the Paradise to watch the last couple minutes of that Celtics victory in the 'Dise Lounge with a good friend made an ace evening even better... an evening that was nearly ruined by a ticket snafu.

Crisis averted, admission gained, 'Nac post written, recording shared...

Some Breeders links...
  • Their official site, MySpace page, Wikipedia entry, and 4AD label page.

  • Additional Audio: Stereogum has the Mp3 for "Bang On". You can stream five other "Mountain Battles" songs at MySpace. And did you ever download the fantastic "Pod" demos? Well, if you're a registered Dime user, you can.

  • Video: Watch the band perform "Walk It Off" (and not "Bang On", as the page says) and answer questions at the ACL studio during SxSW, check out video of the "Mountain Battles" album release party (which was pretty much just the band hangin' out while listening to the album). And, of course, a Breeders YouTube search will also reward you with many more moving pictures.

  • Photos: My shots from the Paradise are here, and the band has their own pics at their own site. Many photos to be found with a full Breeders Flickr tag search.

  • Upcoming tourdates:
    Tonight, Tuesday, June 10th in NYC @ Webster Hall
    Wednesday, June 11th in Washington, DC @ the 9:30 Club
    Thursday, June 12th in Asheville, NC @ the Orange Peel
    Friday, June 13th in Atlanta, GA @ the Loft
    July brings them to Spain, England, Japan, and Australia, and August finds them still in Oz, then back up to Ireland and Scotland. Full date listing here. Frequent flyer miles galore.

  • Listen to 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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