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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, May 12, 2009

Live Mp3s: John Vanderslice in Somerville, MA

One week from today, John Vanderslice officially releases his new full-length, "Romanian Names", through the Dead Oceans label, and will soon after head out on lengthy North American tour to support it. Even without this new album and upcoming live schedule, this spring has been a good time to be a JV fan - his recent "Gone Primitive" tour with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle was truly special, and not only did the collaboration result in some great shows, but the limited edition JV/JD split vinyl "Moon Colony Bloodbath" EP.

It's been relatively tough for fans to track down a copy of that EP, due not only to its limited nature (just 1000, with 200 of those on green vinyl), but the fact that it was delayed and not to be found at the Johns' merch table until the very end of the tour. Post-tour, copies made their way into a couple record stores and quickly disappeared, and 150 were briefly made available as the very last item offered through 3 Beads of Sweat mailorder, which has now officially shut down (RIP). I was fortunate enough to get one from 3BoS, but if you didn't, you're now in luck: They've just become available through the US arm of the Beggars Group. So go here immediately, because they'll be gone soon enough. I can tell you this: The packaging is gorgeous, and the songs and sound quality are tops. Totally worth taking for multiple spins.

For more immediate JV gratification, NPR is now streaming "Romanian Names" in its entirety, and if you pre-order the album from Dead Oceans, you'll get sent download codes so you can start listening ahead of your mailman's arrival (although you're likely too late to be one of the first 100 pre-orders, and missed out on getting a chunk of the studio tape from the RM sessions).

Here's my full recording of Mr. Vanderslice's set from the "Gone Primitive" tour's March visit to Somerville, Mass -- the companion piece to my recent sharing of Mr. Darnielle's stellar performance. To be heard are acoustic versions of a couple "Romanian Names" songs, along with one of the numbers he wrote for the "MCB" EP ("Lucifer Rising"), along with some old JV faves (as a Tascam owner, I'm always glad to hear "Me and My 424"). Enjoy, and look below for two Mp3s from the album as well...

Some various Vanderslice linkage...
  • His official site, MySpace page, Wikipedia entry, Twitter page, Dead Oceans label page, and Barsuk label page. Pre-order "Romanian Names" here.

  • Additional Audio: In addition to the NPR's full album stream, two promo Mp3s from "Romanian Names" have been made available...

  • Video: John has made a few official videos, including clips for "Time To Go", "Trance Manual", "Exodus Damage", and "Plymouth Rock". For a wealth of fan-made live clips, run a Vanderslice YouTube search.

  • Photos: My Flickr-hosted shots are here. Check out the full Vanderslice Flickr search.

  • Upcoming tour dates: As I mentioned, John has a lengthy tour booked in the wake of the "Romanian Names" release...
    Sun May 17 - Merced, CA @ The Partisan
    Tue May 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
    Thu May 21 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    Fri May 22 - Seattle, WA @ Easy Street Records
    Sun May 24 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
    Wed May 27 - Provo, UT, @ Velour
    Thu May 28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
    Fri May 29 - Denver CO, @ Hi Dive
    Sat May 30 - Omaha NE,@ Slowdown Jr.
    Mon Jun 01 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
    Wed Jun 03 - Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
    Thu Jun 04 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
    Fri Jun 05 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
    Sat Jun 06 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
    Sat Jun 06 - Chicago, IL @ Metronome Celebration
    Mon Jun 08 - Newport, KY @ The Southgate House
    Tue Jun 09 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum
    Thu Jun 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
    Fri Jun 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    Sat Jun 13 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    Sun Jun 14 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
    Tue Jun 16 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
    Wed Jun 17 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
    Thu Jun 18 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
    Fri Jun 19 - St. Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven
    Sun Jun 21 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
    Tue Jun 23 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
    Thu Jun 25 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
    Fri Jun 26 - Austin, TX @ The Parish
    Sun Jun 28 - Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
    Mon Jun 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
    Tue Jun 30 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
    Sat Jul 11 - Ottawa, ON @ Cisco Systems Bluesfest
    Sun Jul 12 - Ottawa, ON @ Cisco Systems Bluesfest
    Sat Aug 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
    Sat Oct 03 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
  • Easily stream any and all 'Nac-hosted Mp3s at Le Machine de Hype.

  • 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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