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[The ‘Nac Presents] TONIGHT in Cambridge: STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS – the New England premiere of the David Bazan doc at the Brattle!

Posted on October 30, 2019 at 9:10 am | No Comments

As a longtime fan of all things David Bazan-related, including his main outfit Pedro the Lion, his hi-caliber band collaborations like Lo Tom & the Undertow Orchestra, his electro-organic duo Headphones, and his extensive solo output, my ears perked up when I heard whispers of a DB-centric documentary in the works a few years ago. Things got more way official when director Brandon Vedder announced the title: Strange Negotations, taken from the name of his remarkable 2011 solo LP. Nearly 1,600 fans (this one included) ended up crushing a fundraising goal in 2017, with regular updates leading up to a well-received premiere at SXSW earlier this year.

I waited semi-patiently for the roll-out, figuring a Boston-area screening would happen at some point until… it didn’t. More festival appearances and premieres passed with nothing in the Northeast, and that’s when I, uh, sort of took it upon myself to help it happen. Sure, I could have waited until the eventual digital release, but where’s the fun in that? The better option: A big screen & a bunch of other Bazan fans, maybe some popcorn & beer. So emails were sent, connections were made, and a date was decided on. Well, that date has arrived, and it’s tonight, October 30th, 2019 at 7pm sharp in Cambridge’s esteemed Brattle Theatre. How great is that?

A bonus: You see that poster up there? Well, I splurged a little and hired my fave local designer, Nicole at Daykamp Creative, to come up with a screening-specific design to commemorate the occasion. As usual, she nailed it. I’ll have a very limited number of them for sale at this evening’s screening, kindly signed by David and shipped back just in time. I don’t expect to make back the all cash I spent on ’em, but I’ll be happy enough hanging a print on my wall.

If you stick around after the screening, I’ll be moderating a little Q&A with the director Vedder, who will (fingers crossed) be Skyping in remotely from California. Why the “fingers crossed”? Well, it has to do with a certain massive wildfire and a lack of electricity. Dialing in for a chat should probably be the last thing he’s worrying about at the moment. But he’s gonna try.

Have a look at the goosebump-inducing trailer below, and grab your advance tickets right here. So very excited to experience this film with an appreciative crowd. See you tonight in the seats.

Strange Negotations – The David Bazan Documentary

[‘Nac Tracks New Music Playlists] September 2019

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 2:38 pm | No Comments

Before we get too far into October, I should probably share links to the new music playlists I gathered during the month of September. So here they are.

Many good songs to be found within, using either YouTube, Spotify, or Soundcloud.

In-progress playlists for October can be found here, here, or here, depending on your streaming preference. Dig in.

‘Nac Tracks | September 2019 | Spotify

‘Nac Tracks | September 2019 | Soundcloud

‘Nac Tracks | September 2019 | YouTube

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  • Boston-Area Action

    Monday, November 11th
    Samiam
    Moving Targets
    The F.U.’s
    Rockin’ Bob’s Punk Band
    Far Above The Ground
    @ ONCE Somerville


    Tuesday, November 12th
    Ra Ra Riot
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, November 12th
    Chastity Belt
    Strange Ranger
    DJ Carbo
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Thursday, November 14th
    Tool
    Killing Joke
    @ TD Garden


    Thursday, November 14th
    Circa Waves
    Parks
    @ Great Scott


    Thursday, November 14th
    Robert Forster (Go-Betweens)
    @ City Winery Boston


    Friday, November 15th
    Hiss Golden Messenger
    Molly Tuttle
    @ the Sinclair


    Friday, November 15th
    White Denim
    @ the Paradise


    Saturday, November 16th
    Caspian with the
    Losander Chamber Orchestra
    @ the Cabot in Beverly


    Sunday, November 17th
    (Sandy) Alex G
    Tomberlin
    Indigo de Souza
    @ the Royale


    Monday, November 18th
    Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
    @ Atwood’s Tavern


    Tuesday, November 19th
    FKA twigs
    @ the House of Blues


    Tuesday, November 19th
    Mikal Cronin
    @ Great Scott


    Tuesday, November 19th
    Angel Olsen
    Vagabon
    @ the Royale


    Wednesday, November 20th
    Beach Bunny
    Another Michael
    @ Great Scott


    Thursday, November 21st
    Robert Gordon
    Chris Spedding
    Diablogato
    @ ONCE Ballroom


    Friday, November 22nd
    Matt & Kim
    @ House of Blues


    Friday & Saturday
    November 22nd & 23rd
    Letters to Cleo
    Speedy Ortiz
    @ the Paradise


    Sunday, November 24th
    Robyn Hitchcock
    @ City Winery


    Sunday, December 1st
    Knower
    Ryan Power
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Tuesday, December 3rd
    The Joy Formidable
    Twen
    Bryde
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Wednesday, December 4th
    Lucy Dacus
    Haley Heynderickx (solo)
    @ the Royale


    Wednesday, December 4th
    Thurston Moore Group
    @ ONCE Somerville


    Thursday, December 5th
    Twin Peaks
    with Ohmme (afternoon show)
    and Lala Lala (night show)
    @ the Sinclair


    Thursday, December 5th
    Horse Jumper of Love
    @ Great Scott


    Saturday, December 7th
    J. Robbins (Jawbox/Burning Airlines)
    full band show
    @ Great Scott


    Sunday, December 8th
    The Fixx
    Royston Langdon
    @ Big Night Live


    Sunday, December 8th
    Cher
    with Nile Rogers & Chic
    @ the Garden


    Monday, December 9th
    Stove
    @ ONCE Ballroom


    Tuesday, December 10th
    Pile
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, December 10th
    Turnover
    Men I Trust
    Renata Zeiguer
    @ the Royale


    Wednesday, December 11th
    Pixies
    Kristin Hersh Trio
    @ Big Night Live
    (new venue near TD Garden)


    Wednesday, December 11th
    Turnover
    Men I Trust
    Renata Zeiguer
    @ the Sinclair


    Wednesday, December 11th
    Battles
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Friday, December 13th
    Mount Eerie
    & Julie Doiron
    @ the Somerville Armory


    Friday, December 13th
    Ween
    @ the House of Blues


    Friday, December 13th
    Kevin Devine
    & the Goddamn Band
    An Horse
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Saturday, December 14th
    The Cult
    “A Sonic Temple” Tour
    with Spirit Animal
    @ the House of Blues


    Wednesday & Saturday
    December 18th & 21st
    Piebald
    Nomad Stones
    @ Great Scott


    Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
    December 19th, 20th, & 21st
    Lucero
    @ the Sinclair


    Saturday, December 21st
    Piebald
    @ Great Scott


    Saturday, December 21st
    Daughters
    Health
    Show Me The Body
    @ the Paradise


    Friday, December 27th
    Ryley Walker
    Chris Forsyth
    Garcia Peoples
    @ Great Scott


    Saturday, December 28th
    The Push Stars
    @ the Paradise


    Monday & Tuesday,
    December 30th & 31st
    Deer Tick: TickTock 2020
    with Robert Ellis/Texas Piano Man
    @ the Sinclair


    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
    The Felice Brothers
    @ the Sinclair


    Monday, January 6th
    Motion City Soundtrack
    @ the House of Blue Boston


    Saturday, January 11th
    Book of Love
    DJ Chris Ewen
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Thursday, January 16th
    Camper Van Beethoven
    @ the Middle East Downstairs


    Sunday, January 19th
    The Motels
    @ the Paradise


    Sunday, February 1st
    Nada Surf
    Aaron Lee Tasjan
    @ the Sinclair


    Sunday, February 1st
    Cold War Kids
    Overcoats
    @ the House of Blues


    Thursday, February 13th
    Tim and Eric
    2020 Mandatory Attendance World Tour
    @ the Orpheum


    Monday, February 17th
    Bat For Lashes
    @ Royale


    Wednesday, February 19th
    Sloan play “Navy Blues”
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Saturday & Sunday
    February 22nd & 23rd
    Hot Water Music
    @ the Sinclair


    Friday, March 6th
    Destroyer
    Nap Eyes
    @ the Sinclair


    Saturday, March 7th
    Squirrel Flower
    @ Great Scott


    Friday, March 13th
    Wire
    @ the Sinclair


    Saturday, March 14th
    Lower Dens
    :3ION
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Monday, March 16th
    Best Coast
    Mannequin Pussy
    @ the Royale


    Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
    March 20th, 21st, & 22nd
    Dashboard Confessional
    & The Get Up Kids
    @ the Paradise


    Tuesday, March 24nd
    Caribou
    @ the House of Blues


    Wednesday, March 25th
    Keane
    @ the Orpheum


    Sunday, March 29th
    Beach Bunny
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Sunday, March 29th
    John Moreland
    @ the Sinclair


    Thursday, April 2nd
    Sofi Tukker
    “RIP Shame World” Tour
    @ the House of Blues


    Saturday, April 11th
    Peter Bjorn and John
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Tuesday, April 14th
    Patrick Watson
    @ the Sinclair


    Friday, April 24th
    Dead Can Dance
    Agnes Obel
    @ the Wang


    Tuesday, April 28th
    Andy Shauf
    @ the Paradise


    Thursday, May 14th
    Bikini Kill
    @ the Wang


    Friday, May 15th
    Sturgill Simpson
    Tyler Childers
    @ TD Garden


    Wednesday, July 29th
    Journey
    Pretenders
    @ the Xfinity Center