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Thanksgiving [Boston Music Miscellany] Buffalo Tom, Cuffs, One Happy Island, Mission of Burma, Travels, Wheat

Posted on November 24, 2011 at 8:40 am | No Comments

Thanksgiving. Great holiday or The Greatest Holiday? No gift-giving or gift-taking required, just a day to surround yourself with family, eat to your belly’s content, and enjoy some calm before the impending onslaught of rampant consumerism. This long holiday weekend always helps me put things in perspective, gives me a break from sweating all that small stuff, and lets me appreciate all that I have. Which includes two fully functioning ears, lots of Boston-made music to put in them, and a place to write about it…

If you’re reading this, and you’re anywhere near Boston over this coming weekend, I’m assuming you’ll be at one (or all) of the three Buffalo Tom 25th Anniversary shows going down at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston. Three nights – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – and a load of super-talented BT friends sharing the stage. I mean, take a gander at this list: J Mascis, Ted Leo, and Eugene Mirman (on Friday); Mean Creek, Bob Weston, and Hilken Mancini (on Saturday); Tanya Donelly and Thalia Zedek (on Sunday).

I’ll be there on Sunday for sure, and would make every night were it not for our annual Thanksgiving drive down to New York. That’s some unfortunate timing, but don’t feel too sad for me – I’ll be bowing down to The Cure at the Beacon Theatre on Friday night. Playing their first three albums, back to back, and with help from Lol and Roger. Yeah, I’m giddy (my library explains why). And despite the incongruity, I’ll probably keep smiling all the way through “Faith”.

The Friday and Saturday night Buffalo Tom shows are sold out, but last I checked there were still tickets for Sunday, so get on that before you’re stuck outside.

So, speaking of Buffalo Tom, guitarist/vocalist Bill Janovitz will be playing a short set to kickoff the ReadBoston Hometown Authors Reception at the Hotel Commonwealth on Monday, December 5th at 6pm. The shindig features 20 Boston area writers, including personal faves Jef Czekaj, Chuck Hogan, and Dennis Lehane. It’ll set you back $35, but that includes beer, wine, and light food, and besides, all proceeds benefit ReadBoston. Buy tickets right here.

While we await the release of their second 7-inch, Cuffs will appease us with another live appearance, this time at TT the Bears on Thursday, December 1st, opening for Advance Base. Haven’t heard of Advance Base yet? No worries, it’s just the name that Casiotone For The Painfully Alone‘s Owen Ashworth has chosen for his current musical output. In other words, go.

Our Cat (Nov 3, 2011) by Advance Base

Boston indie-pop trio One Happy Island have a new EP out, but you can’t have it… yet. The so-far-UK-only availability of the 4-song “Unsummer” CD (and songbook!) will be remedied shortly with a release party at Toad in Cambridge, MA on Friday night, December 16th. And in the spirit of full disclosure: Burlington, Vermont’s Let’s Whisper will be traveling down to open the show. (Hey, I’d be mentioning it even if I wasn’t playing drums with LW. Pinky swear.)

Looking a bit further ahead into 2012 (does that not sound futuristic?), Mission of Burma will, at long last, play a couple of Boston shows on Friday & Saturday, January 20th & 21st, at Brighton Music Hall. The last time they played their hometown? January 2010. Two years between gigs is way too long. Tickets are still available, but I’d imagine once the holidays are over that’ll change quickly.

If you were paying attention when I posted the most recent New Music Night playlist, you may have noticed new short-playing releases by a couple of local faves: Travels and Wheat

Travels‘ new 2-song 7-inch record is actually a gateway to a 5-song digital EP. Order up the vinyl, and you’ll get a download code for those two tracks (new song “Stencils” and a cover of Daniel Johnston’s “The Sun Shines Down On Me“) along with three other new ones (“Lucky“, “Veil of Stars“, and “The Runner“). Grab it on Bandcamp, where you’ll get the downloads instantly, with the wax due to ship in early December. Here’s the D.J. cover…

Wheat are doing something pretty special with their new songs as well – a series of three limited-edition two-song singles, the first of which is already out. Here, I’ll use their words to explain…

“Each single will feature 2 new tracks, exclusive artwork hand-screened by the band, full liner notes and free downloads. Subsequent months will have a new single, each with two additional tracks. This project will culminate in a yet-untitled, limited edition CD along with other exclusive downloads. The single can be purchased now through the band’s website.

All this serves to tide us over nicely as Wheat finishes up their next full length record, to be titled “Can’t Stop The Addiction”.

So I stayed up later last night than I should have, and the results can be found on Flickr: A slew of photos from recent (and one not so recent) Boston-area events. John Hodgman & Ted Leo at the Coolidge, Kristin Hersh at the MFA, The Wire panel at the Boston Book Fest, The Thoughts at All Asia, The National with Yo La Tengo and Wye Oak at the BoA Pavilion. And if you missed them earlier, Tanya Donelly & Friends at the Brattle. Whew.

Alright, time to pack the car and hit the road for New York. Reflections, here I come. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


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    Saturday, December 16th
    Bent Shapes (farewell show),
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    @ Great Scott

    Monday, December 18th
    Big Brave
    Child Bite
    @ Great Scott

    Thursday, December 21st
    @ Sonia

    Friday, December 22nd
    Love Love & Friends Xmas Show!
    with special guests Rick Berlin,
    Field Day, Bob Kendall,
    Anna Rae/Hemway, & Martha Marin
    @ the Midway Cafe

    Thursday, December 28th
    Cymbals Eat Guitars
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday & Sunday
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    Deer Tick
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, December 31st
    Speedy Ortiz
    Wendy Eisenberg
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday, January 6th
    Fur Purse (LP Release Party!)
    with Whore Paint,
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    @ the Midway Cafe

    Wednesday, January 10th
    Craig Finn & the
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    with John K. Samson
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, January 12th
    Passion Pit
    @ House of Blues

    Saturday, January 13th
    40 musicians form 8 new
    bands & perform that night
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, January 13th
    Lana Del Rey
    Jhene Aiko
    @ TD Garden

    Saturday, January 13th
    Horse Jumper of Love
    Mini Dresses
    Strange Passage
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday, January 13th
    Camper Van Beethoven
    @ the Middle East Downstairs

    Thursday, January 18th
    Family Planning
    Olivia Neutron-John
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Sunday, January 21st
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, January 24th
    Sleigh Bells
    @ the Paradise

    Wednesday, January 24th
    Mega Bog
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, January 26th
    The Posies
    @ City Winery Boston

    Wednesday, January 31st
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    Night Beats
    @ the Royale

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    Steve Earle
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, February 9th
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, February 10th
    Weakened Friends
    @ Great Scott

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    Ian Hunter
    & the Rant Band
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, February 16th
    Steve Earle
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, February 16th
    Robert Plant
    @ the Orpheum

    Saturday, February 17th
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Saturday, February 17th
    Noel Gallagher’s
    High Flying Birds
    @ the Boston Opera House

    Sunday, February 18th
    X Ambassadors
    Now, Now
    @ House of Blues

    Wednesday, February 21st
    Frightened Rabbit
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, March 1st
    French Vanilla
    @ Great Scott

    Tuesday, March 6th
    Jessica Lea Mayfield
    @ Great Scott

    Thursday, March 8th
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, March 8th
    @ the Royale

    Friday, March 9th
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    @ Sanders Theatre, Harvard

    Friday, March 9th
    @ the House of Blues

    Saturday, March 10th
    Nada Surf celebrating the 15th
    anniversary of their "Let Go" LP
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Friday, March 23rd
    Glen Hansard
    @ House of Blues Boston

    Saturday, March 31st
    S. Carey
    @ Great Scott

    Tuesday, April 3rd
    Yo La Tengo
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, April 7th
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, April 10th
    Franz Ferdinand
    @ House of Blues Boston

    Tuesday, April 17th
    Chelsea Wolfe
    @ the Royale

    Friday, April 20th
    Buffalo Tom
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    Sunday, April 22nd
    The Darkness
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    Friday, April 27th
    They Might Be Giants
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    Saturday, April 28th
    Peter Hook & the Light
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    @ the Paradise

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    Camp Cope
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    The Fratellis
    @ the Paradise

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    Japanese Breakfast
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    Wednesday, June 11th
    Jimmy Eat World
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    @ House of Blues

    Tuesday, July 17th
    @ Xfinity Center

    July 21st & 22nd
    Foo Fighters
    @ Fenway Park

    Friday, August 10th
    Pedro the Lion
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