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Vinyl Giveaway: Celebrate Mission of Burma Day! (free show, free wax!)

Posted on October 4, 2009 at 2:04 am | No Comments

Happy Mission of Burma Day, everyone! And I’m not just sayin’ that – it’s freakin’ official. In case you hadn’t heard, the Boston City Council (thanks to a resolution drafted by Councillor John Tobin, a man with apparent good taste) has declared today, being Sunday, October 4th, 2009, “Mission Of Burma Day”. How about that? The text of the resolution:

WHEREAS: The City of Boston is the birthplace of some of the world’s best musical acts over the last few decades; including the legendary and influential post-punk group group Mission of Burma; and

WHEREAS: Mission of Burma have been covered and acknowledged over the years by the likes of R.E.M., Nirvana, U2, Moby, Sonic Youth, The Pixies and numerous other bands since their start in 1979; and

WHEREAS: Since their reunion in 2002, Mission of Burma have continued to make inspiring music while remaining lyal to the city in which they got their start; and

WHEREAS: Mission of Burma will be releasing a new album, “The Sound The Speed The Light” on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009, THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED: That the Boston City Council proclaim Sunday, October 4th, 2009 as Mission of Burma day in order to recognize and celebrate the institutions that have consistently provided their city with art and entertainment.

How to celebrate? Well, at the very least, spend some time listening to a little MoB, but if you’re in the Boston area, there’s no better way to mark the day than a free, all-ages, outdoor show with the men of Burma themselves.

This afternoon, on MIT’s Cambridge campus, the trio will take the stage (with fourth member Bob Weston hopefully at the board doing sound and tape loops) after opening performances by Eula (who earned the right to play though a ‘Battle For Burma’ contest) and Big Bear. The music should kick off around 2:30pm, the location is right here (take the T or your bike – parking won’t be easy around there), and the doppler radar looks pretty clear. Newbury Comics will also be helping you celebrate by selling copies of the new album, “The Sound The Speed The Light”, two days before it’s official release date this Tuesday, so bring some extra cash as well.

Or save your cash and try your luck: In honor of the day, I’m giving away not one, but two copies of the new album on vinyl, each with a copy of the band’s brand new, non-album “Innermost”/”Here It Comes” 7″. Yup, two winners, two slabs of wax each. For a chance at them, you know the drill: Send an email to giveaways [at] bradleysalmanac [dot] com, title it “MoB!”, and make sure it hits my inbox by 9am on Thursday the 8th (also make sure you’re in the continental U.S.). As usual, I’ll just pick a random name from all entrants, get in touch with them Thursday to get a mailing address, and have the label send them along.

Have yourself a good Mission of Burma Day, everyone. And Bostonians, I’ll see you this afternoon…


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