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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

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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, October 06, 2008

Mp3s: Kadane Bros. (The New Year) in Cambridge, MA

At last, this coming Saturday brings The New Year to town in support of their self-titled third album, released just a few weeks back on Touch & Go. It should come as no shock (to either myself or any regular 'Nac visitor) that the disc is the front-runner for my fave of the year, given that TNY (and Bedhead before it) sit solidly in my top five, and have for the better parts of two decades now. Yes, I'm that predictable, but only because Matt & Bubba Kadanes' ability to construct a collection of moving songs is so damn dependable.

Hard to believe it's been 10 years since the brothers Kadane closed the books on Bedhead, I so clearly remember reading (and being crushed by) the news. Seven years of brilliance, fully-formed right out of the gate, soundtracking so many of my age-20-something ups and downs. In that final mailing list missive, Matt & Bubba wrote a couple things that made the break-up easier to take: " some form we'll continue." and "... don't be alarmed if at some unspecified point in the future you all hear from us again." Sure enough, the mourning period was a short one: Word of The New Year's formation came just one year later, and a debut disc arrived in early 2001.

As has almost always been the case, necessitated by distance and day jobs, the Kadane brothers collaborate through the mail (first snail, then e-), sending demos back and forth to flesh out guitar and vocal contributions before bringing rest of the band in to add their respective layers. In those relatively rare instances when all the members can come together (due to living all over the U.S., and in drummer Chris Brokaw's case, playing guitar in probably a half-dozen different projects), practice and studio-time gets booked, and if we're lucky, an album and tour is the result. And this year is one of those lucky ones.

So not only do we get a set from The New Year this weekend, but we were privy to something of a preview over the summer, when Matt and Bubba did a few dates opening for the mighty Bottomless Pit, ostensibly to shake off some live rust and give some new songs a test drive in stripped-down form. Their July 12th visit to the Middle East upstairs (the same Cambridge stage they'll hit this Saturday) not only offered us a rare listen to how the new stuff sounds in pre-band form, but gave us bare versions of a couple Bedhead songs, including personal fave "Crushing". Still gets me every single time. A Boston bonus: Chris Brokaw was on hand to not only grace us with an warm-up set, but to add his guitar to opener "The End's Not Near".

With Bubba Kadane's kind permission, here's the siblings' entire summertime set for your downloading pleasure. Pick up your tickets for Saturday's show (which includes openers Tre Orsi and Dirty on Purpose) here or at the Middle East box office, order up a copy of their new album direct from Touch & Go, and see below for even more audio and informational goodness...

Matt & Bubba Kadane

The Kadane Bros.

Live at the Middle East Upstairs
in Cambridge, MA
on Saturday, July 12th, 2008

01. The End's Not Near (TNY)
02. Seven Days & Seven Nights (TNY - new)
03. Crushing (Bedhead)
04. Wages of Sleep (TNY - new)
05. Reconstruction (TNY)
06. Newness Ends (TNY)
07. Simple Life (TNY)
08. Alter Ego (TNY)
09. The Company I Can Get (TNY - new)
10. Gasoline (TNY)
11. 18 (TNY)
12. Beheaded (Bedhead)

with guitar guest and New Year bandmate Chris Brokaw

Some New Year-related links...
  • Their official site, MySpace page, Wikipedia entry, and Touch & Go label page. For a valuable history lesson, visit Bedhead's archived website at Brainwashed, Wiki, and T&G page as well.

  • Additional Audio: Here's a free 'n legal download of the second track from the new album...
    Mp3: The New Year - "The Company I Can Get"
    While on the west coast last week, the band visited KEXP in Seattle and played four songs, which you can stream for another few days in the station's archives (select Saturday, Sept. 27th at 1:05pm PST). In case you miss it, here are two of the four, "MMV" off the new disc, and a personal fave from 2004's "The End Is Near", "Chinese Handcuffs"...
    Mp3: The New Year - "MMV" (live on KEXP)
    Mp3: The New Year - "Chinese Handcuffs" (live on KEXP)
    When the band last played Boston a couple years back, we were treated to a pre-studio version of "MMV", and here it is...
    Mp3: The New Year - "MMV" (live in Cambridge, 8/11/06)
    For more TNY audio, visit their own media page, Touch & Go, or MySpace.

  • Video: There's not a lot, but what there is you'll find with a YouTube search. The official stuff, including the three pre-released teaser trailers for the new album, were posted by T&G.

  • Photos: My Flickr-hosted shots are here. Have a look at full Flickr search for "The New Year", which includes some shots from the band's KEXP visit.

  • Else-blogged: Jay Clicky Clicky wrote up the Kadanes/BP show, Stereogum recently talked to the brothers about their day jobs, and Captains Dead speaks the truth.

  • If the non-Kadane guitarist on stage during this New Year tour looks familiar, that's because it's Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson (taking the place, coincidentally, of his former Funland bandmate Peter Schmidt). Now that's what I call a guest star. FYI, Centro-Matic and South San Gabriel will be hitting the East Coast in November together, so we won't have to wait long to hear Will's own songs.

  • If you caught the band at the start of their tour in Texas last month and the drummer didn't look familiar, that's because it wasn't Mr. Brokaw. He was otherwise occupied playing guitar in Thurston Moore's band as they recreated the "Psychic Hearts" album at ATP NY, but joined them for the fourth stop in New Mexico. No one was more surprised to see him in the Catskills than me, and during that Saturday morning baseball game I couldn't resist saying "Hey, aren't you supposed to be in Texas right now?".

  • Tourdates: Here's a list of the remaining 2008 New Year tour stops. Do not miss...
    10/9 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
    10/10 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
    10/11 - The Middle East - Boston, MA
    10/12 - The Livingroom - Providence, RI
    10/13 - Club Metronome - Burlington, VT
    10/14 - Le Divan Orange - Montreal, QC
    10/15 - Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON
    10/16 - The Pike Room - Pontiac, MI
    10/17 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
    10/18 - Maintenance Shop - Ames, IA
    10/19 - High Dive - Champaign, IL
    10/20 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
    10/21 - DC9 - Washington, DC

    11/7 - DB's - Utrecht, Holland
    11/8 - L'escalier - Liege, Belgium
    11/9 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, UK
    11/10 - The Kazimier - Liverpool, UK
    11/11 - Nice N Sleazys - Glasgow, UK
    11/12 - The Luminaire - London, UK
    11/13 - Mains d'Oeuvre - Paris, France
    11/14 - EVE Arena - Grenoble, France CANCELLED
    11/15 - Tanned Tin Festival - Castello, Spain
    11/16 - Grrrnd Zero - Lyon, France
    11/17 - Bad Bonn - Duedingen, Switzerland
    11/18 - Lokomotiv - Bologna, Italy
    11/19 - Chelsea - Vienna, Austria
    11/20 - Orangehouse - Munich, Germany
    11/21 - Magnet - Berlin, Germany
    11/22 - Prinzenbar - Hamburg, Germany
    11/23 - Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
    11/24 - Pret A Ecouter Festival - Heidelberg, Germany
  • And just because I wrote 'em down, here are the lyrics to "MMV"...
    There are things some people classify as pleasures
    That, just before I die, I'll have no regrets having missed:
    Camping, and orgies, and places on the body I've never kissed.

    But however you define,
    whatever you have in mind
    We both have a need for things we don't need
    Like belief, and relief, and pleasure, and grief

    Now I'm sitting here waiting to leave, New Year's Eve
    Nothing good came from MMV
    But death and destruction, and my new resolution:
    To drink more, and laugh more, and sleep more, and dream more
  • Stream these songs and others I've shared 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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