Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WED 2/25: Eugene, George, Bodega Girls

Bodega Girls, at Middlesex Lounge
So it was a low-rent Mardi Gras at CTB HQ. I already had a bottle of rum at home, so I grabbed a couple cans of passionfruit/pineapple juice (75 cents each) and a lime ($0.50) at Shaw's. Then I kept drinking until I was absolutely sure I couldn't find my hotel...


WED 2/25

Eugene Mirman, "The Will To Whatevs": Reading
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)

This could be a rowdy book event, since Eugene has a lot of friends in town. (What comedian has come out of Lexington that's funnier than Mirman?) I've seen him a few times, and I think he's hilarious. Eugene has an original cadence to his humor that might be like having a weird, nerdy friend who is actually intent on entertaining you.

To promote his pseudo-self-help book, he'll probably start with a powerpoint presentation (which is a component of his stand-up). You might see the video excerpt (below) from the book. If you don't like it, don't go; if you do, you should enjoy again on second viewing. A live reading will be followed by a Q&A, then maybe everyone will go to the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse for drinks.

(One of my Bostonist buddies interviewed Eugene recently.)

WED 2/25

George Harrison Birthday Tribute
w/ Mercy James, Common Thrill, The New Warden, Ken Selcer & the Knuckles
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

Like I mentioned last night, the man sometimes known as "Nelson Wilbury" would have been 66 today. The standard procedure for these tribute shows is for each performer to do some songs associated with the dude of the hour (and maybe some of their original songs). There's about 200 "George Harrison" songs to choose from, and there's plenty of gems among them.

All of the performers sound pretty good to me, and there will probably a few 'surprise' guests. (For you Pills fans, I don't believe Corin Ashley could stay away from this show.)

WED 2/25

Bodega Girls
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)

This must be a put-on at some level, but it sounds really good. When much-loved and much-buzzed Read Yellow called it quits, it's hard to believe they really wanted to play sleazy disco-rock jams instead. On the other hand who needs to think when you're dancing?

Half of Read Yellow make up half of the group along with (usually) rocker/folker Jake Brennan and Mac from Big Digits -- who regularly have tongue planted in their beat-making cheeks. The Boston-centric lyrics are funny but not jokey; listen to "She's Into Black Guys", and tell me a suburban-girl-who-goes-to-The-Western-Front-to-meet-guys isn't great song material.

They're going to DJ and perform every last Wednesday of the month.

1 comment:

Boston Knucklehead said...

Probably one of the best shops I have ever been in.