Letters to Cleo

Last night was the first time in eight years that I had the chance to see the mighty Letters to Cleo. I wish I could tell you how many times I’ve seen them now, but I lost count somewhere along the line. I saw them on the Common at a Hemp Fest right around the time their second record came out. I saw them at Merrimack College. I saw them at Avalon at least once. I think I might have seen them at the Hatch Shell once. Did I ever see them at TT the Bears or the Middle East? I don’t think so. It’s The Paradise that throws my memory off though. There were so many that I lost track. At least five before last night, but maybe as many as eight? I can’t remember. Suffice to say, I’ve seen Letters to Cleo a whole shit load of times, and each time has been fantastic. They are just a great live band. I’m hoping that this reunion thing will become a regular happening. A little new music, a few shows in some big cities, and a stop or two at The Paradise… where they belong.

The full photo album is here, but they all suck. Just warning you.

Live Music

We missed a Lizard Fish show last night. It was at a bar that is practically down the street from us, but it was a kid night on the first full day since they came home from camp. I would have liked to have gone, but I would have liked to be home with the kids even more, so we stayed home.

Now that Rush has finished their tour, I don’t have any band to obsess about over their gigs.

Kay Hanley tweeted that Letters to Cleo was going to do something to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first record. If that somehow fails to include Boston shows then there will be full scale riots in the streets.

Pearl Jam is playing two shows in Worcester in October. I just checked Ticketmaster (irony) and there are seats available for both. They are very high on my list of bands I have to see at least once before I die. Perhaps second on the list behind only Jeff Beck. Maybe that’s something to look in to.


So when I posted that little thing about Dunks and Letters to Cleo and Boston today it was one of those things that was funnier in my head than on the screen.  That didn’t stop universehub.com from linking to it and giving me by far my busiest day page view wise since switching to WordPress.com.  Thanks!

I put a link in the comments to the pictures I took on the night the Letters to Cleo live record was recorded.  Here are a couple that received some love on Flickr, just because Cleo still rules the planet, even after being gone so long.

2008-12-08 - Letters to Cleo @ the Paradise - Casio 113

2008-12-08 - Letters to Cleo @ the Paradise - Casio 076

2008-12-08 - Letters to Cleo @ the Paradise - Casio 099


I just had an epiphany.

I was sitting in the drive through at Dunkin Donuts and it was snowing…

I was also listening to Letters to Cleo…

It occurred to me that I would never have a more “Boston” moment than I had right then. In those few minutes I was more “Boston” than I ever had been, or ever would be again. The only way it could have been more of a Boston moment would have been if the Green Monster were in view.


It honestly was wicked cool.