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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

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mp3s: My Bloody Valentine @ ATP NY

Well, here it is, the first full set I'm sharing from my seems-like-a-dream trip to the inaugural All Tomorrow's Parties NY in the Catkills last month, and I'm starting at the end with My Bloody Valentine's grand festival finale. I've been debating not posting this one -- how could my tiny clip-on stereo mic possibly funnel what MBV delivers? These Mp3s can't reproduce the full-body experience of being inside the Stardust Ballroom at the kitschy Kutsher's Country Club for that aural assault. If you know MBV, you know this was their first stateside appearance in 16 years, and it was the only way to cap off 3 days and 35 opening bands. Hell, there was no logistical way they could have headlined any other day -- I'm sure there was a risk that the speakers on that special-ordered sound system (and some attendees ears) wouldn't survive it. Better to get every other band out of the way just in case.

I've written before about my favorite-ever live shows here on the 'Nac, but for new visitors, I count MBV's 1992 appearance at Axis in Boston (with openers Buffalo Tom and Mercury Rev) in my all-time top five. I went in expecting greatness, and came out transformed. The 16-minute intentional-catastrophe during "You Made Me Realise" (long-since dubbed 'the holocaust') was easily the most intense in-concert experience I'd had in my life to that point, made moreso by the fact that it was entirely unexpected. With the internet still in its infancy, I'd not read much about that tour on Usenet groups, and it was only another rabid fan in the front row beside me who said "You will not believe what they do at the end." as we waited for them to take the stage. He'd seen them the night before and was still reeling (and he's also the reason I know exactly how long our jet-engine breakdown was, since he was prepared to time it). When the wave started, rose up, and washed over us, I was simply lost -- eyes closed, entranced, with no concept of time or place. As their revelatory set ended and the lights came up, more than half the crowd had disappeared. With no way to prepare themselves (and no free earplugs like ATP), most at Axis were literally pushed outside, some of my friends (MBV loyalists all) included.

That quick drive down memory lane is to explain why I was slightly, only very slightly, let down by MBV's ATP NY set -- it couldn't possibly have lived up to that first time. I knew they were doing the "YMMR" breakdown again, so it could only feel a bit gimmicky in its repetition. That's not to say I wasn't into it, but this time my mind and eyes wandered a bit (my ears? impossible). I turned around to see hundreds of fingers in hundreds of ears; I watched as many bailed out, either too worn out or too pained to take any more; I noticed the massive hanging speaker system swaying from soundwaves; Out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw a small piece of the ceiling fall; I watched as my camera slowly vibrated off its resting place on the railing in front of me. In 1992, I was too engulfed to notice anything of the sort. In distraction and expectation lies the difference. Had I not had previous experience to lessen it, it may have been my favorite performance of the fest, but it wasn't. That, I'll share later.

Here's MBV's ATP set, which will be posted here for a very short time. Like I said, I'm hesitant to share it at all, but once I started seeing other live recordings (linked below) from MBV's reunion tour show up online, along with all the ubiquitous (and sonically sub-par) YouTube clips, I figured this was worth adding to the archives, so I spent some serious time EQ-tweaking my source files to make them sound better. I also encoded them at 256kbps rather than my usual 192kbps. Enjoy...

Some MBV online resources...
  • Their official site, Wikipedia entry, Come In Alone fansite, and their MySpace page.

  • Additional Audio: As I mentioned above, there are a few recordings from the reunited MBV available online, including the entire 6/13/08 ICA London warm-up show courtesy of the Wired blog. The rest are all stateside, including the 9/23/08 NYC show at the Traders Den (login required), the 9/27 Chicago show at The Decibel Tolls, and the 9/30 San Francisco show at Waves and Wires. The Decibel Tolls also shared up a couple of 1992 MBV shows (Paris and Vancouver).

  • Video: Tons via an MBV YouTube search.

  • Photos: My Flickr-hosted shots are here. Fellow Bostonian and ATP festival attendee Doug Orleans just shared up all his photo and video from the weekend here, with his MBV shots at the end of this set. Much more to be found through a full My Bloody Valentine Flickr search.

  • Easily Stream any and all 'Nac-hosted Mp3s at ye olde 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 (256kbps for this one) Mp3s. Files are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.

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