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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, July 20, 2011

[Live MP3s] THE CHURCH in MA 2011 - Album Set Three (Starfish)

And lastly, here's part three of three: The Church performing their U.S. breakthrough record, "Starfish", in its entirety earlier this year. Like so many of my fellow 'Mericans, this was my first Church album - hearing (and seeing the video for) the record's second track, "Under the Milky Way", led me on a journey through the Aussie quartet's back catalog, where they secured my forever-fandom. When "Starfish" arrived stateside in 1988, the band already had a 7-year (and 5-album) history, so tracking down LP imports and finding songs like "The Unguarded Moment", "Almost With You", "Tantalized", and "Columbus" was a true treasure hunt. But "Starfish" was the gateway record, and therefore remains closest to my heart.

Some personal highlights from this particular part of that night in Foxboro...
  • As pro as the band generally is, it's nice to see some looseness creep in - like when guitarist Marty Wilson-Piper accidentally tried to skip over the song "Lost" and head straight from "Blood Money" into his top notch opening riff for "North, South, East, and West". "That was the New Zealand release that was in that order..." quipped drummer Tim Powles. Frontman Steve Kilbey added that Marty "just wants to get off stage and back to those glamorous models he's chained to... actually, it's like a sneak preview of what's coming up on The Church Show!" They launched into "Lost" with "this appropriately titled next track is called...". Cue more laughter.

  • Also highly amusing - Ace Boston-area rock photographer and writer Tim Bugbee's attempted break for the bathroom just before "Reptile" was about to begin. Revealing the dangers of being up front at a seated show, Kilbey called him out with a good-natured "Where are you going? The restroom? What do you need a rest for, you're sitting down." I don't think Tim ended up escaping after all, so I hope he, um, held out. Good thing there were only 3 more songs left to go.

  • Speaking of Mr. Bugbee, check out his photos and review of the show over at Prefix. His 1st-person account of the failed bathroom break is noticeably missing from the write-up, though.

  • Before album-closer "Hotel Womb", when Steve noted they were at the end of the night, an almost-argument took place between him and the crowd: "No!" Steve: "Yes!" Crowd: "No!" Steve" "Yes!". And so on. Says something about Church fans, and the band's performance, that after a few hours and three full albums, many still wanted more. Other bands should be lucky to have such greedy followers.

  • The band's merch table (above) is truly a wonder to behold. I challenge any other band to measure up to this amount of music - albums, EPs, side projects, boxsets, live discs, you name it. It's a daunting task, but do yourself a favor and dive in - pick up some Church merch and help them keep doin' what they're doin'.
  • Here's the "Starfish" set. You can find the other two parts of this show right here (a run-through "Untitled #23") and over here (performing "Priest=Aura).

    The Church

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

    The album "Starfish" in its entirety (part three of three)

    [Download all 10 tracks in one 100 MB .zip file]

    01. Intro
    02. Destination
    03. Under the Milky Way
    04. Blood Money
    05. Lost
    06. North, South, East, and West
    07. Spark
    08. Antenna
    09. Reptile
    10. A New Season
    11. Hotel Womb

    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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