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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

Friday, July 25, 2008

Mp3s: Ida live in Somerville

This week Polyvinyl starts shipping pre-orders of a new release from personal faves Ida, an EP titled "My Fair My Dark" that officially arrives in stores on August 5th. The 7-track disc (8 on vinyl!) follows fairly closely on the heels of their gorgeous January-released "Lovers Prayers" full-length, and includes material recorded during those sessions at Levon Helms' farm in upstate NY. Order it up here, and vinyl-lovers should note that the 12" version includes download codes for 256kbps Mp3s of all the songs (including the vinyl's bonus track).

Here's what the Ida site has to say about the EP's contents...
Two new originals, one song live at The Midnight Ramble. Covers of John and Beverley Martyn, Dolly Parton & Anne Briggs songs. Special guests include Levon Helm, Michael Hurley, Tara Jane Oneil and more. Vinyl has bonus track, a cover of His Name Is Alive's "The Darkest Night".
To celebrate this new release, here's a recording of Ida's most-recent visit to the Boston area, a hushed set (as Dan says, "quietest Dreamdate ever") at the Nave Gallery inside Somerville's Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, which includes an audience-assisted live version of one of the new originals ("Don't Wreck It"). The stripped-down band was Dan, Liz, and violinist Jean Cook (whose harmonies are much-appreciated, especially in the absence of newish mom Karla Schickele), and they were joined on a few songs by friend and show opener Michael Hurley. Word is that the full lineup will tour Japan later this year once Karla and drummer Ruth Keating (also taking a mom-break) return to the fold. Here's wishing that us statesiders get the same treatment soon after, and I've also got high hopes for a Boston visit from Liz & Dan's children's music incarnation sometime soon. Our little guy is ready to find out where the songs he loves come from...


Live at the Nave Gallery
in the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
in Somerville, MA
on Sunday, June 1st, 2008

(brought to you lovingly by the Critique of Pure Reason,
which is currently taking a long-deserved rest)

01. intro
02. For Shame Of Doing Wrong
03. See the Stars
04. The Love Below
05. Capo
06. Dreamdate
07. The Willow Tree
08. banter 1
09. The Killers
10. Road to Ruin (John & Beverley Martyn)
11. banter 2
12. Don't Wreck It (new)
13. banter 3
14. Laurel Blues
15. Jubilee
16. Maybelle

Some Ida web link action...
  • Their official site, MySpace page, Wikipedia entry, and Polyvinyl label page.

  • Additional Audio: Ida generously makes live audio available on their own Audio Archive page (update coming 'shortly'). You can stream the entirety of their latest full length, "Lovers Prayers", right here. Polyvinyl has many Ida Mp3s available for sampling, including...
    Mp3: Ida - "Lovers Prayers"
    Mp3: Ida - "Road To Ruin" (J&B Martyn cover)
    Many more Mp3 and streamable links can be found through the Polyvinyl Ida page. Stream their wonderful children's music at the You Are My Flower site. If you're the parent of a young one, those albums couldn't be more highly recommended.

  • Video: Ida has their own Visual Archive, which includes both concept vids and live clips. An Ida YouTube search will turn up recent videos for "The Weight of the Straw" by Megan Holmes and a live performance of of "See The Stars".

  • Photos: Ida keeps their own photos here, and my Flickr-hosted shots are over here. Check out a full Ida Flickr tag search for tons more. Which includes pics of many women named Ida.

  • Upcoming Ida live appearances...
    Saturday, Aug. 16th @ Schuba's in Chicago, IL

    August 25th @ Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA

    September 5th @ Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, CA
    with Michael Hurley, Amy Annelle, & Ralph White

    September 12th @ the Vera Project in Seattle, WA
    with Tara Jane Oneil

    September 15th @ Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR
    with Tara Jane Oneil
  • Easily stream any and all 'Nac-hosted Mp3s over at Le 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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