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[Live MP3s] The Joy Formidable in Allston 2011

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:59 am | No Comments

Under normal circumstances, one goal of this Joy Formidable post would be: “If you haven’t heard this band, well, here you go… you should totally see them when they play the Paradise tomorrow.” But, well, that ship has sailed. The show sold out awhile ago, so if you don’t have tickets by now – barring Craigslist or out-front-begging – you’re outta luck. Over the past year, the band has kind of blown up, especially here in Boston, due in no small part to their incendiary area live sets, generous WFNX airplay, and an opening slot for the Foo Fighters at the Garden late last year.

They’ve been relentlessly touring “The Big Roar”, their 2011 debut full-length, which feels like it’s been out far longer than a year. Not sure what kind of a writing-while-touring band they are, but let’s hope they’ve got some new songs in the pipeline. I’m ready.

Until then, we’ll keep getting blistering live versions of the songs from that debut, and the EP preceding it. Here’s their set from Allston’s Brighton Music Hall, exactly one year ago tonight.

And hey, if you didn’t get tickets to tomorrow night’s show at the ‘Dise, well, here’s some sound advice: Catch the ridiculously stacked bill across the river at TT the Bears instead. I’m talkin’ Young Adults, Soccer Mom, Autochrome (celebrating the release of their new album), and Night Fruit. Four of Boston’s best, all in one place. As much as I dig the Joy Formidable, there’s no way in hell I’d miss that lineup.

The Joy FormidableLive at Brighton Music Hall
in Allston, MA
on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011[Download all 13 tracks in one 117 MB .zip file]

01. The Everchanging Spectrum Of A Lie
02. The Magnifying Glass
03. Austere
04. The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade
05. Cradle
06. banter
07. A Heavy Abacus
08. banter
09. Buoy
10. 9669
11. Whirring

12. Greyhounds In The Slip
13. I Don’t Want To See You Like This

Post post-script…

  • That sample at the beginning of “Greyhounds In The Slip“? “Warlocks are enemies of God!“. Jesus Camp vs Harry Potter.


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