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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, January 30, 2009

My Future Faves: Upcoming 2009 Releases

New-music-wise, 2009 has been off to a semi-slow start for me, with just a few eagerly-anticipated albums released within this first month, including Andrew Bird's "Noble Beast", Loney Dear's "Dear John", and just a few days ago, SPC ECO's download-only debut "3-D" (that's Dean Garcia of Curve's new band with his daughter Rose on vocals). I'm also semi-obsessed with The Hush Now's new one which, while technically available for a couple months, gets its official release party in a couple weeks (and can be downloaded for free). While those four albums have been plenty enough to occupy my ears, things really pick up with February's arrival.

Like last year, I took some time to pull together a list of discs officially scheduled for release in the year ahead (and some rumored to be) that I'm most excited to hear. This practice makes my year-end list more interesting by contrast, just to see which bands let me down, and which ones weren't even on my radar. Speaking of that, if there's anything not listed that you think I'd dig, leave a comment (and yes, this is implied permission for promo-people to go nuts). Keep in mind, though, if there's something blatantly conspicuous in its absence, there probably be a good reason.

I also threw in some other random events and releases at the bottom that have me very much looking forward to the remainder of the year ahead...

fyi, I'll be updating this list randomly with schedule changes and new releases as I find out about them.
  • Heartless Bastards - "The Mountain"
          (Feb. 3rd on Fat Possum)
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - self-titled debut
          (Feb. 3rd on Slumberland)
  • Travels - "The Hot Summer"
          (Feb. 14th / release party on Feb. 14th @ PA's)
  • "Dark Was The Night" - A Red Hot benefit compilation
          (Feb. 17th on 4AD / listening party on Feb. 16th at River Gods)
  • Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3: "Goodnight Oslo"
          (Feb. 17th on Yep Roc)
  • Asobi Seksu - "Hush"
          (Feb. 17th on Polyvinyl)
  • Beirut - "March of the Zapotec"
          (Feb. 17th on Ba Da Bing)
  • M. Ward - "Hold Time"
          (Feb. 17th on Merge)
  • Circle Of Buzzards - debut EP
          (Jason Loewenstein & Bob D'Amico, demos here)

  • Erik Blood - "The Way We Live"
          (March 3rd, self-released)
  • Bishop Allen - "Grrr..."
          (March 10th on Dead Oceans)
  • Bell Orchestre - "As Seen Through Windows"
          (March 10th on Arts & Crafts)
  • Julie Doiron - "I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day"
          (March 10th on Jagjaguwar)
  • Bonnie Prince Billy - "Beware"
          (March 17th on Drag City)
  • Superdrag - "Industry Giants"
          (March 17th on Superdrag Sound Laboratories / Thirty Tigers)
  • Decemberists - "The Hazards of Love"
          (March 24th on Capitol)
  • Adam Franklin - "Spent Bullets"
          (March 31st on Second Motion Records)
  • Kristin Hersh - "Speedbath"
          (self-released, demos downloadable now)
  • The Sea Navy - self-released sophomore album

  • Bill Callahan (Smog) - "Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle"
          (April 14th on Drag City)
  • Boy In Static - "Candy Cigarette"
  • Camera Obscura - "My Maudline Career"
    (April 21st on 4AD)
          (April 14th on Fake Four Inc/Circle Into Square)
  • Bob Mould - "Life and Times"
          (April 7th on Anti)
  • Grand Archives - TBA
          (on Sub Pop)
  • Silversun Pickups - "Swoon"
          (April 14th on Dangerbird)
  • Trashcan Sinatras - "In The Music"

    Sometime in Spring?
  • Dylan In The Movies - debut full-length
          (self-released / pre-order info here)
  • 50 Foot Wave - "Power + Light" EP (on vinyl - stream it here)
  • The Long Winters - TBA
          (on Barsuk)
  • You Can Be A Wesley - debut full-length
  • The Wooden Birds (Andrew Kenny of AmAnSet / David Wingo of Ola Podrida) - "Magnolia"
          (on Barsuk, tracklist here)

    Elsewhen in '09?
  • The Album Leaf (Fall '09)
  • Autolux
  • David Bazan's Black Cloud
  • Bon Savants - sophomore album
  • Built to Spill - "There Is No Enemy" (Fall)
  • Caspian (September)
  • Chatelaine (Toni Halliday of Curve)
  • The Cure (that supposed 'darker' companion album to ""4:13 Dream)
  • Clogs - Possibly in May
  • Hallelujah the Hills - "Colonial Drones" (on Misra)
  • Idaho
  • A Will Johnson/Jason Molina collaboration album (October on AK/Misra)
  • Kings of Convenience - "Quiet is the New Loud"
  • Magnolia Electric Co. - "A Map of the Falling Stars"
  • The One AM Radio - TBA (Fall / Demo here)
  • Joe Pernice - "It Feels So Good When I Stop" (covers album, soundtrack to his book)
  • Joe Pernice - "Murphy Bed" (all original, sometime in '09)
  • Pow Wow (Mary Timony, Jonah Takagi, & Winston Yu)
  • Sea Wolf
  • Six Finger Satellite
  • Snowden
  • Sonic Youth - "The Eternal" (June on Matador)
  • Radio Dept. - "Clinging to a Scheme" (on Labrador, of course)
  • Wheat - "White Ink, Black Ink" (demo here)

    Maybe? New material in progress?...
  • Bottomless Pit (update here)
  • The Broken River Prophet (hitting the studio soon)
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • Midlake - "Courage of Others" (tentative title)
  • The In Out
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain
  • MBV (I'll list this every year until it happens)
  • The National
  • Rival Schools (look here)
  • Summer at Shatter Creek - sophomore album
  • Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
  • Tristeza

  • Other random happenings I'm looking forward to in '09
  • The Merge Records 20th Anniversary Fest in July...
  • ... and my Merge Score! subscription, all year long
  • Swirlies live at the Middle East in March
  • Throwing Muses with 50 Foot Wave at the MidEast in March, too
  • Kristin Hersh's auto-biography
  • The live return of The Jesus Lizard (fingers crossed for a Boston show)
  • The return of Versus ("we'll be back in 2009")
  • The Wedding Present "Bizarro" album 20th anniversary tour (so sayeth Gedge)
  • Michael Showalter & Michael Ian Black's new sketch show on Comedy Central
  • The fall debut of "Stargate: Universe"
  • More bands I like getting added to the ATP New York 2009 lineup
  • The loooong-awaited next George RR Martin novel, "A Dance With Dragons"
  • And lastly, hopefully, the very last issue of Ellis & Cassaday's "Planetary"
  • Yes, those last three are very wishful thoughts, but I remain optimistic...

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