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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

Sunday, July 03, 2011

[Live MP3s] THE CHURCH in MA 2011 - Album Set Two (Priest=Aura)

As promised a few weeks back, here's the second set of The Church's "three albums live" show back in February in Foxboro, MA. After running through their most recent record, the Australian quartet took a break and came back out to treat us to 1992's excellent, and highly under-appreciated, "Priest=Aura" full-length. Released four years after their 1988 U.S. breakthrough "Starfish" (which comes in the third set, and I'll share up next), "P=A" didn't make anywhere near the commercial impact, but it's long been a fan favorite, and many consider it a career highpoint.

The 14-track album certainly made it the longest segment of the evening, which was notable for its complete lack of bass guitar - Steve Kilbey put down his primary instrument and stuck with a six-string for the entirety of the set. Even more notable was when he went entirely guitar-free and prowled the stage for an absolutely captivating performance of LP-climax "The Disillusionist". The crowd went fairly wild (well, for an older-skewing seated bunch), and you can hear it in this recording.

Here you go. Download the first set if you missed it, and check back soon for the third & final part of the show (when the band closes with the entirety of 1988's "Starfish"), which will hopefully come with less of a wait than this one did...

The Church

Live at Showcase Live
in Foxboro, MA
on Friday, February 18th, 2011

The album "Priest = Aura" in its entirety (part two of three)

[Download all 10 tracks in one 124 MB .zip file]

01. Aura
02. Ripple
03. Paradox
04. Lustre
05. Swan Lake
06. Feel
07. Mistress
08. Kings
09. Dome
10. Witch Hunt
11. The Disillusionist
12. Old Flame
13. Chaos
14. Film

To continue your Church-specific surfing...
  • Check out the rest of my photos from the show on Flickr.

  • Lead singer/bassist Steve Kilbey's acceptance speech at the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a rambling doozy, and totally worth watching.

  • Here's a recent interview with guitarist Peter Koppes on the eve of the 3-album tour.

  • Apparently there's a Church documentary project in the works, and here's footage of the band and some fans from their 2009 West Coast tour.

  • During that 2009 tour, the band played The Triple Door in Seattle, and KEXP shared up some excellent videos from the show.

  • If you're a Church fan, take some time and step inside the mind of Steve Kilbey and his thought-provoking personal blog. He lets it all out there, and sometimes I'm not even sure what it is. But I like it.
  • Remember, you can easily stream any and all 'Nac-hosted Mp3s at the Hype Machine. Be sure to check out their new iPhone app, which allows you to stream blog-specific content on your fancy little handheld. From my minidisc recorder, to my computer, to my blog, to the Hype Machine servers, up to a satellite, and down to your freakin' iPhone. How's that for a delivery system? We're living in the future, man.

    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 256kbps Mp3s. Files are made available for a limited time, and are usually not reposted once removed.

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    previously: joy formidable - boston 2011

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