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Boston Finally Gets it’s Own Festival – Boston Calling (Lineup, Dates)

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It’s been a long time coming, but Boston finally gets its own 2-day multi-stage music festival on May 25th & 26th at City Hall Plaza. Curated by Aaron Dessner of The National and booked by Bowery Boston. With The National, The Shins, Portugal. The Man, The Walkmen, Ra Ra Riot, Andrew Bird, Dirty Projectors, Of Monsters and Men, Bad Rabbits, Fun, Matt & Kim, Cults, St. Lucia, and more to be announced.  The Tickets are on sales this Friday. Most excited here for Portugal the Man, who destroyed Paradise last year, and DDR was there.  Check out a video from that show below.

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Yoga Helps with Writer’s Block…Just Turn Your Brain to the OFF Position

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On day 8 of my personal challenge to listen to as many author interviews as I can (I am gearing up for a writing class that starts in a few weeks and I wanted to rev up the mental engine), I can across a cool tidbit from the Barnes & Noble interview with author Nathan Englander. Apparently, he has “become obsessed with yoga.”

Englander says, “If your head is spinning fast, it’s a really interesting challenge to try and do something physical….to try not to think for an hour.”

I couldn’t agree more. Now that I have more time to slow down (I drive to work instead of taking the loud MBTA bus) and I don’t feel as rushed during the week (I now work 9-5 and even though I was afraid about the switch at first, I’m lovin’ it), I find that I have more time to be creative.  I have started writing again.

I guess I thought that if I crammed my life with all of these “things” and I kept a really jam-packed “To do” list, I felt like I was doing something, that I was accomplishing something, by always having something going on.  But it wasn’t until I realized that I was doing things just to do things that I wasn’t doing anything for myself. I was just running around getting things done for other people.  And the yoga saying that if you don’t serve yourself, you can’t serve others, it finally made sense to me.

There was an interesting interview with guest Jonah Lehrer on “The Colbert Report” a little while back. And he talked about how and why we are able to be creative. You know that stuff about turning off your cell phone? Even just for one hour or one day? It works. Turn your mind off. And you’ll see that a river (maybe a flood) of ideas and inspirations now have room to flow into your heart and mind. Maybe that’s why so many of us love Svasana pose. You get to lay there and just “be.” When is the last time you did that? Even just 5 minutes. Take the time to do that for yourself. Lock yourself in the bathroom for a little bit. Close your eyes at the stop light (well, maybe for 5 seconds). Whatever it is that you need to do to slow down, do it. You’ll be surprised how calming-and inspiring-it can be. Now you’ll have to excuse me as I have an appointment with the shower. Now I just have to have the will power to leave my cell phone in the other room. Just kidding! Although a little bit of The Shins from my iTunes to start the day sounds good right about now.

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The Shins Played Wang Theatre Boston 5.4.12 (Pictures, Setlist, and Video)

 

The Shins came back to Boston on Friday night for a sold out show at the Wang Center.  DDR was lucky enough to get into the show last September at Paradise before their excellent new album Port of Morrow had come out.  Now that we know the songs, James Mercer and co have gotten a lot tighter as a band over the last 6 months… too tight, some would suggest, so that the songs have become a bit sterile live.  I agree with that for sure, but the songs are still there.  James Mercer could be one of the best American songwriters in the last 10 years, and the Port of Morrow songs are no different.  “Bait and Switch” and “The Rifle’s Spiral” are great examples and they are great live tracks as well.  Even better were the deep old tracks.  The Shins make a point of playing pretty much everything in their catalog at live shows, and that is a good thing.  Opener “Caring is Creepy” and rocker “So Says I” are great classic tracks that had everyone signing along.  While the September Paradise show was better, this was still a great representation of all of the great Shins songs and the talent that is James Mercer.

 

 

 

Caring is Creepy
Australia
Simple Song
Bait and Switch
Pam Berry
Phantom Limb
The Rifle’s Spiral
Saint Simon
No Way Down
So Says I
Sphagnum Esplanade
Kissing the Lipless
Mine’s Not a High horse
It’s Only life
New Slang
Sleeping Lessons

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September (James Mercer Solo)
40 Mark Strasse
Port of Morrow
One by One All Day

Bait and Switch:

Pam Berry/Phantom Limb:

So Says I:

Kissing the Lipless:

September (James Mercer Solo):

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Check Out From Last Night: The Shins on Jimmy Kimmel

 

Pretty much the entire music world is in California this week as everyone descends on the Coachella Music Festival this weekend and next.  The Shins are no exception.  They stopped by Jimmy Kimmel last night to play two tracks off their excellent new album Port of Morrow.  Check out “Simple Song” and “The Rifle’s Spiral” below.  Also, check out The Shins guide to surviving Coachella below as well.  Surprisingly funny, and not surprisingly, very true.

Check out The Shins out on tour in 2012 along with a stop at the Wang Center on May 4th, in which DDR with be up in the Muppet’s box again!

 

The Rifle’s Spiral:

Simple Song:

The Shins Guide to Surviving Coachella:

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Concerts Extraviganza!

 

DDR has been MIA these past few weeks, and with good reason:  We got married.  But, now that we are home our Spring/Summer concert schedule can commence.  And boy, it is going to be good this year.  Check out the list of shows we will be attending below (and reviewing post show) and also a video from last year’s Elbow show, which proves why live music kicks fucking ass:

March 27th – Kasabian – House of Blues Boston

April 21st – Death Cab For Cutie – Wang Theatre Boston

April 26th – Kathleen Edwards – Royale Boston

May 4th – The Shins – Wang Theatre Boston

May 9th – M83 – House of Blues Boston

May 29th – Radiohead – Comcast Center Mansfield

June 14th – tUnE yArDs – Pearl Street Northampton

 

 

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The Shins To Release New Album “Port of Morrow” in March

The Shins announced today that they will release their long awaited follow up to 2007’s Wincing the Night Away this coming March. Port of Morrow is due in stores sometime in March.

Track List as follows:
The Rifle’s Spiral
Simple Song
It’s Only Life
No Way Down
September
Bait and Switch
Fall of ’82
For A Fool
40 Mark Strasse
Port of Morrow

Check out the opening track “The Rifle’s Spiral” from earlier this year in Oakland and “Kissing the Lipless” from the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on September 24th filmed by yours truly:

The Rifle’s Spiral:

Kissing the Lipless:

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The Shins Played Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA 9.24.11 (Pictures, Setlist, Videos)

The Shins ARE James Mercer.  This was evident last night at a very sold out Paradise Rock Club.  Mercer replaced the entire band that we saw last at the Orpheum in 2007.  No matter, with the Shins, it’s the songs that make the difference and Mercer and company played an energetic set from all 3 LP’s and some new songs from the upcoming 2012 as-yet-titled LP.  Starting with a one-two punch of “Caring is Creepy” and “Australia”, Mercer got everyone engaged early and never let up.  The new songs, not yet titled, are very solid and in the mold of past Shins classics.

This was a crowd of true fans, as the loudest singing were on the oldest songs like “Know Your Onion!” ans “So Says I”.  Great to see a band and a crowd that are on the same page:  It’s all about the songs.

An interesting encore to say the least as well.  Mercer started with David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” and the fell right into and amazing cover of Pink Floyd’s “Breathe”, which they will play on Jimmy Fallon on Monday night.  You heard it hear first.

 

Set List:

Caring is Creepy
Australia
Mine Is Not A High Horse
Pam Berry
Phantom Limb
New song (terrible child?)
Saint Simon
Girl on a Wing
Girl Sailor
Know Your Onion!
New Song
Kissing The Lipless
So Says I
Sea Legs
New Song (dust?)
New Slang
Girl Inform Me
One by One All Day

Encore:
Ashes To Ashes (David Bowie Cover)
Breathe (Pink Floyd Cover)
Sleeping Lessons

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