Friday, February 27

Let's Active - Asbury Park, NJ 1986

Visions
Asbury Park, NJ
May 2, 1986
 
I could find no reference to "Visions" as a music venue in Asbury Park, N.J.
But I REALLY like this graphic design by Gregory Attonito

audience recording (sound quality VG; decent-sounding recording, with a PA mix that takes until the end of track 3 to settle in; infrequent crowd chattiness near the taper + occasional phase shifts). 

Mitch at the mic, Einstein a Go-Go, Florida
groovy photo by Allison Durham
SAMPLE: "Fell" (Asbury Park '86)


01 Waters Part
02 Ornamental
03 In Between
04 Talking to Myself
05 Still Dark Out
06 Writing the Book of Last Pages
07 In Little Ways
08 Fell
09 Leader of Men
10 Whispered News
11 Prey
12 Won't Go Wrong
13 Every Word Means No
14 Last Chance Town
15 Hush (Deep Purple cover)
16 Reflecting Pool
17 He's a Whore (Cheap Trick cover)

TT: 1:05:49

SPECIAL THANKS to JW and RIDICULOUS THANKS to dB’s Fan for the share.

MP3@320 

Let’s  Active:
Mitch Easter – guitars & vocals
Angie Carlson – keyboards, backing vocals
Eric Marshall – drums
Dennis Ambrose - bass


Friday, February 20

Repercussion - The Album REVISITED

The dB’s  
Live & Other Versions
soundboard & FM sources   

sound quality: VG+ to Ex-

NEW, IMPROVED FILE SET AS OF 2/23/15
I thought the eq and volume adjustments needed one more pass
 
I used the album's rare first-issue cover art, 
based on Peter's drawings and original design idea
(also used the original running order, restored in later editions)
SAMPLE: "Living a Lie" (live NYC, 1982)
 
REALLY RARE: album label for the Aussie release

01 Living a Lie
02 We Were Happy There
03 Happenstance (demo)
04 From a Window to a Screen
     (acoustic)
05 Amplifier
06 Ask for Jill
07 I Feel Good (Today)
08 Storm Warning
09 Ups and Downs
10 In Spain
11 Nothing Is Wrong
12 Neverland
13 pH Factor
                        
14 (mystery track)
   
ROB SEZ: A SPECIAL POST TO CELEBRATE PASSING THE 200,000 HITS MARK. I had a ton of fun with this, totally geeking out as a deeBs fan boy. Like the other "Classic Albums Revisited" projects, I used only the best-quality sources (soundboard and FM in this case) and chose inspired performances from all the shows in my collection. This is my all-time favorite album, the one that inspired this blog...      
 
Live versions, unless otherwise noted

SOURCES
01, 05, 12 = NYC 1982-04-XX (sbd - venue, day unknown)
02, 06, 08, 13 = The Ritz, NYC 02/XX/82 (FM - master tape source)
03 Chris Stamey demo, c. 1981
04 Holsapple-Stamey studio recording, 2009
07 Reunion Show, Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC 1988-05-15 (sbd)
09–11 = Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC 1981-10-24 (sbd)
14 = mystery track; info contained in the file tags 
  
both versions include full artwork
new links as of 2/23/15
    
MP3@320    
WAV lossless files    

The dB’s: (the men who made the magic)
Will Rigby – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Gene Holder – bass
Peter Holsapple – vocals, guitar
Chris Stamey – vocals, guitar


Read Rob Ross' recent re-appraisal 
of Repercussion in Pop Dose

200,000 HITS - Congrats to ... Us!

 
200,000 hits!
Not bad, huh?
      
Passed that high-water mark about two weeks ago.

For a small-niche, "boutique" blog,
I must say I'm kind of impressed.
That may sound conceited.
But I'm talking about the idea of the blog
garnering this much traffic.
Two mighty, but relatively obscure, N.C. bands & their
musical "repercussions," gaining this kind of interest?

C O O L

BIG, SENTIMENTAL THANKS
TO EVERYONE WHO EVER CONTRIBUTED, 
STOPPED BY, 
LEFT A COMMENT, 
ADDED US TO THEIR BLOG ROLL,
AND/OR TOLD A FRIEND, 
"Check out this blog..."

I don't plan to stop anytime soon, 
so hang on for more posts with rare, fabulous music... 
...like the one just published.
 

Sunday, February 15

dB's - New Video!

"Write Back"
video by Emily Hubley
I think Emily's been studying Picasso lately...

Enjoy this animated video for the song Will Rigby
composed & sang, from Falling Off the Sky.

Emily also did the "Big Brown Eyes" video.

Read more about the "Write Back" video 
and get a link to the BBE video at Blurt Online.

Friday, February 13

Susan Cowsill & Friends - NOLA 2014

Carrollton Station
New Orleans, LA
April 27, 2014

audience recording (quality: VG+; clear, crisp recording with very little crowd noise — because there wasn’t much of a crowd!)

LOVE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS: davies51 took photos from the show & made cover art

PARTICULAR THANKS to jefft for recording and sharing

REPERCUSSION: Peter Holsapple was in the Continental Drifters with Susan (they also were married for a time and have a child in common). Oh yeah: and they made some exquisite music together. If you aren't familiar with them, do check out the Continental Drifters.

SAMPLE: "The Rain Song" (2014)


FIRST SET
01 Don't Worry Baby
02 The Rain Song
03 Don't Pass Me By
04 I Never Knew There Would 
     Be You
05 Sunshine On My Shoulders
06 Banter 1
07 They Don't Know
08 Banter 2
09 Mamas Don't Let 
     Your Babies...
10 Banter 3
11 You've Really Got a Hold On Me
12 True Love
13 Banter 4
14 Take Me Home, Country Roads
15 Someday
16 Drunken Angel
17 'Round the Bend
18 Banter 5
19 Enough to Get 
     to Shore
20 After Hours
21 Do or Die
22 Snow
23 Crescent City  
       (aborted)
24 Mississippi


SECOND SET
01 I Think of You
02 Angel From Montgomery
03 Me and Bobby McGee
04 Banter 6
05 You've Got to Be Crazy to Live In This Town
06 Mohammed's Radio
07 Banter 7
08 Turn My Lights Back Home
09 Happy Together      
10 (intro to Track 11)
11 Ballad of Sis (Didn't I 
     Love You)
12 The Rain, the Park, 
     and Other Things

TT: 2:28:01

MP3@320
MUSICIANS
Susan Cowsill - Vocals, Guitar
Russ Broussard - Drums
John Fohl - Guitar, Vocals
Alexandra Scott - Vocals, Guitar (1st Set)
Alex McMurray - Guitar, Vocals (2nd Set)
Doug Pritchett - Guitar, Vocals (2nd Set, t03)

There's an awesome set of bonus tracks for this post, somewhere around here...

Susan's latest solo album is Lighthouse
(I own it, and it's excellent)
Buy the disc or download it HERE, directly from the artist
More live shows by Susan Cowsill are at Bandcamp 
 
Learn more about the music of Susan Cowsill at her official web site, her pages at Cowsill.com 
and/or Wikipedia   

 

Friday, February 6

X T C - Black Sea Demos (etc.) 1980

1980 Polygram Studios
London, England
 
studio recordings (sound quality: VG to VG+; faint hiss is audible at times, but does not ruin one's listening enjoyment)
 
Cracks me up
I think this cover art (courtesy of Trystereo) is hilarious

ROB SEZ: Thanks to Hans de Vente, we have here a gem of a rarity: band demos (and perhaps also rough mixes) from sessions for the fourth album. Oddly, there are also three solo demos from Mr. Partridge (#8-10). These were on the tape that AP sent to Hans (see below), so they've been preserved in their original running order. However, you might want to move them as you arrange the tracks for your listening pleasure. Believe it or not, these have never seen an official release (even on the seemingly endless Fuzzy Warbles collections).

SAMPLE: "No Language..." (demo)


01 Living Through Another Cuba  
     [instrum.]
02 Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)
03 Rocket From a Bottle
04 Towers of London
05 Smokeless Zone [instrum.]
06 Ban the Bomb [instrum.]
07 No Language In Our Lungs
08 Pearl [APartridge solo]
09 Holding the Baby  
     [APartridge solo]
10 Monkeys In Human Skin Suites
     [APartridge solo]
11 Burning With 
     Optimism’s Flames
12 Paper and Iron 
     (Notes and Coins) 
13 Travels In Nihilon
14 Don't Lose Your Temper
15 Respectable Street
16 Generals and Majors
 
TT: 63 mins. 
 
REPERCUSSION: Several of our heroes have named X T C as an influence, and no less than Chris Stamey wrote a very catchy song not long ago called "You 'n' Me 'n' X T C" — recorded with musical advice from a certain Mr. Partridge. (Wanna hear it? Go here).

SKYLARKING AGAIN?  X T C in their 1980s heyday
MP3@320

X T C:
Andy  Partridge - guitar, vocals
Dave Gregory - guitar, vocals
Colin Moulding - bass, vocals
Terry Chambers – drums

Learn more about the music of X T C at Wikipedia, Andy P's official site, &/or this impressive fan site


Friday, January 30

The Stems - 'Last' Show in Australia (2009)

Step Inn
Brisbane, Australia
Oct. 11, 2009
 
(billed as the band's last-ever show in Australia)
 
Dom Mariani and The Stems play a 'farewell' show in Perth, Australia
photo by lunderall via Flickr
audience recording (sound quality VG+; this one earns a high rating for an audie: the house sound coming from the club’s PA, the recording quality, and the just-right rowdiness from the crowd — it's ALL good. Taper used binaural in-ear mics, so he suggests listening with earbuds or headphones for best effect…)

DEEP DEBT O’ GRATITUDE to ex_king_john (Turnitupto10 blog) for recording and sharing this show.

ROB SEZ: Didn't know anything about The Stems (or Dom Mariani or his many Aussie-based bands) until blog friends at Ash pointed me to their music. The Stems were a garage-pop band in the mid-1980s based in Perth, Australia. They didn't last long, but produced some wildly impressive music (think Flamin' Groovies meets Hoodoo Gurus, and you're in the ballpark). They reunited in 2007, but declared there would be no more Stems after a tour of Australia & Europe in 2009 & 2010. (Now, I hear they're still doing live shows — never say "never", Dom!)  REPERCUSSION: After The Stems were no more, Dom Mariani collaborated many times with Mitch Easter, who produced recordings by The Someloves, The Orange Humble Band and DM3.

Dom & The Stems, live in Spain
photos by Ricardo via Flickr
SAMPLE: "Mr. Misery" (Brisbane 2009)  

01 intro + Get to Know Me
02 Mr. Misery
03 Hellbound Train
04 band intros + Man With the 
     Golden Heart
05 Leave You Way Behind
06 The Otherside
07 Move Me
08 You Can't Turn the Clock Back
09 Undying Love
10 Make You Mine
11 For Always
12 She Sees Everything
13 Rosebud
14 Surround Me
15 Sad Girl
16 She Waved Goodbye
17 She Waved Goodbye (outro)
18 Love Is Gone
19 Sorry (Easybeats cover)
20 She's a Monster
21 At First Sight
22 outro

TT: 1 hour, 34 mins.

MP3@320

The Stems:
Dom Mariani - guitar, vocals
Julian Matthews - bass
Dave Shaw - drums
Richard Lane - keyboard, vocals
 
Learn more about the music of 
The Stems at Wikipedia