Tuesday, July 19

On Vacation — Come Back Next Week

Enjoying a vacation with my family this week.
Will be back with weekly posts, starting next week.
See you then.

Friday, July 15

Big Star Third - Live in Memphis & Seattle 2014

Overton Park
Memphis, TN
May 23, 2014
Big Star Third Live: at the Bumbershoot Fest, Seattle, WA in 2014
photos by Suzi Pratt via Flickr

soundboard recording (sound quality VG++; via webstream)
N.C. talent: Skylar Gudasz & Brett Harris
(That's Mitch Easter in the background)
01 Kizza Me
02 O, Dana
03 Big Black Car
04 Blue Moon
05 You and Your Sister   
06 Stroke It, Noel
07 Lesa Aldridge intro
08 Femme Fatale
09 You Can't Have Me
10 Downs
11 Jody speaks
12 For You
13 Jesus Christ
14 September Gurls

Chris Stamey: master of the musical feast
Bumbershoot Festival
Seattle, WA
Aug. 31, 2014

soundboard recording
(sound quality Ex-; via webstream)

01 For You
02 Take Care
03 Nightime
04 Give Me Another Chance 
05 Thirteen
06 Jody speaks
07 Blue Moon
08 I Am the Cosmos
09 In the Street 

Jody Stephens: Big Star's one & only drummer

NEW FLASH: This article from Billboard magazine says a recent BS3rd live show 
was recorded & filmed for planned release in 2017. 

Recent Big Star Third live shows have featured performances of Big Star's first studio album in its entirety. Learn more about the music of Big Star Third at Wikipedia, the project's official site & FB page.

Tuesday, July 5

Housemartins - Hold Tight '86 + Demos

'Hold Tight' TV Special
City Lites
Farnworth, UK
(some time in late 1986)

TV audio rip (sound quality: VG+) 

01 Intro
02 The Mighty Ship
03 Think for a Minute
04 Anxious
05 Get Up Off Our Knees
06 Caravan of Love
07 Happy Hour
08 Rap Around the Clock

MEGA THANKS to Don at the late, great ASH blog, who wrote this in his original post:

'Hold Tight' was a Kids Game show, filmed by Granada TV, at Alton Towers. It ran for a couple of years until 1984 and always featured a musical guest, would you believe Iggy Pop appeared once. Then, out of nothing, came this special in 1986. Twenty-three minutes of classic LIVE Housemartins. Wonderful!

exact dates + recording locations unknown

home recordings (sound quality range: VG- to VG+)

The Housemartins at WOMAD July 1986 
photos by Martin Whitehead
Several sets of demos here, from 1984 and 1985. Most are guitar and vocals only, but a few have some additional instrumentation. Like many demo sets, the sound quality varies due to the recording quality and source tapes.  A number of the tracks sound like they can use speed correction, but I didn’t have time for that this week...

01 Taxi to Singapore
02 It’s History
03 Time Spent Thinking
04 I Cry Myself to Sleep
05 Taxi To Singapore
06 When Will I Be Released
07 The Day I Called It a Day
08 It’s History
09 Swansea
10 Taxi to Singapore (#2)
11 Taxi to Singapore (#3)
12 I’ll Be There
13 When Will I Be Released (#2)
14 It’s History (#2)
15 Skatsburg
16 Time Spent Thinking (#2)
17 I Cry Myself to Sleep (#2)
18 The Day I Called It a Day (#2)
19 I’ll Be There (#2)
20 It’s History (#3)
21 Drop Down Dead
22 Stand at Ease
23 Change the World

24 The World’s On Fire


ASH Tuesday post #45

Friday, July 1

Little Diesel - Winston-Salem, N.C. 2016

Stand Against HB2 / EqualityNC benefit concert
Millennium Center
Winston-Salem, N.C.
June 26, 2016

audience recording (sound quality GD++ to VG-)

Little Diesel: the way they were in 1973
Will Rigby on drums, Peter H. on guitar (back to camera)
01 Rebel Rebel
02 The American Ruse (MC5 cover) 
03 Wishing Well (Free cover)
04 Anytime at All
05 Flamingo*
06 Kissy Boys*

*Tracks 5 & 6 are Little Diesel originals, the last one being a “single” from the band’s only album

TT: 21 mins.

This is the band’s full set; LD shared the bill with many other artists.

Bob Northcott – vocals
Will's original lyrics for "Kissy Boys"
Will Rigby – drums
Tom Eshelman – guitar
Peter Holsapple – guitar
Phil Thomas – bass

MEGA THANKS for sharing to k. .v (who used a Tascam DR-08 --- Studio One for mastering) 

 A significant slab of musical history for dB’s fans. This is a reunion performance (after 40+ years!) by one of the first bands Peter Holsapple and Will Rigby formed as teenagers in Winston-Salem. Chris Stamey “produced” the band’s one and only “album” — No Lie — in his bedroom. Fittingly, the band sounds about the same in 2016 as it did in the mid 1970s….

Little Diesel: as full-grown men in 2016
You own this, don't you?!? Go grab it HERE

Tuesday, June 28

Honeydogs - 'The Current' live sessions 2011-2016

‘The Current’ live sessions 2011-2016
Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, MN

The Honeydogs: definitely NOT your average pop band. Hear ye

webstream recordings (sound quality VG++ to Ex-)

01 Always a Long Time
02 Broke It, Buy It
03 Aubben
04 What Comes After

05 Devices
06 Vermillion Billows
     (Shouldn't Take It So Hard) 
07 Sandstorm
08 interview

09 I'm Looking Through You
10 Dig a Pony
11 Dear Prudence

01-04 = “The Current” live session Feb. 29, 2012
05-08 = “The Current” live session May 16, 2016
09-11 = “The Current” live session Dec. 2, 2011
(all of the above recorded at MPR Studios, St. Paul, MN)

Sound Bites Concert
McNally Smith College 
St. Paul, MN
Feb. 16, 2012

soundboard recording
     (quality Ex-) 

01 Particles or Waves
02 Aubben
03 Always a Long Time
04 Test Tube Kid
05 Rumor Has It
06 Broke It, Buy It
07 What Comes After
08 Stonewall
09 I Miss You
10 Levers, Pulleys and Pumps
11 Fighting Weight

ROB SEZ: Want to fall in love with the music of a band you've (probably) never heard of? Then I strongly urge you to check out The Honeydogs. Adam Levy & Co. make catchy-but-smart pop, with lyrics you can respect in the morning. One of my ultimate tests of a great band is whether they can pull off Beatles covers and not embarrass themselves — which is exactly what Honeydogs pull off (times 3) in one of the live sessions from "The Current". (By the way, Haper compiled some of these goodies and others a few years ago at his Popfair blog; collect 'em all). Here's a little YouTube test drive for your enjoyment:
ASH Tuesday post #44.

Learn more about the music of The Honeydogs at Wikipedia, AllMusic and the band's official site

Tuesday, June 21

20/20 – Early Demos + Live @ Madame Wong’s ’78

home demos
various dates & locations

home recordings (sound quality range GD+ to VG+; sound quality varies due to variations across six sets of recordings)

01 Giving It All Away (demo)
02 Brainwashed (demo)
03 Going Up With My Girl (demo)
04 Backyard Guys (demo)
05 I Am a Picture (demo)
06 Leaving Your World Behind 
07 I Fall Out (demo)
08 Let's Go (demo)
09 Out of This Time (demo)
10 World of Fools (demo)
11 I Need Somebody (demo)
12 Drive (demo)
13 Screaming (demo)
14 She's an Obsession (demo)
15 Don't Stop Me Now (demo)
16 That Girl Was Yesterday (demo) 
17 This Time (demo)
18 Hold My Head (demo)
19 TV Girls (demo)
20 Yellow Pills (demo)
21 Cheri (demo)
22 Remember the Lightning (demo)
23 Remember the Lightning (demo 2)
24 Jet Lag (demo)
25 Jet Lag (demo 2)
26 Action Now (demo)
27 Tonight We Fly (demo) 
28 Tell Me Why (demo)
29 Let's Go (demo 2)
30 Backyard Guys (demo 2)
31 Out of This Time (demo 2)
32 TV Girls (demo 2)

Madame Wong’s
Los Angeles, CA

audience recording (sound quality VG-; not exactly “great”, but certainly not bad for 1978; some distortion in the vocals, but overall this is very listenable)

01 I Need Somebody
02 Backyard Guys
03 Remember the Lightning 
04 This Time
05 Out of the Time
06 Going Up With My Girl
07 Brainwashed
08 Giving It All
20/20 - the original trio
09 Saturday's Child*
10 Slow Down*
11 Anytime at All*

Steve Allen - guitar, vocals
Ron Flynt - bass, vocals
Mike Gallo - drums

*Phil Seymour joins the band for encore songs 

This is 20/20's complete set. The exact date might be Nov. 5, 1978, a show at which 20/20 shared the bill with The Last. The original sharer said: “Band as three-piece before being signed to Portrait Records. This is when the band was an unfiltered, terrific unit.”

MEGA THANKS to h1w1p & PowerPopTart for sharing.

ASH Tuesday post #43.