Friday, July 19

Elliott Smith - Seattle, WA 2000 (sbd)

Boombox Stage
Bumbershoot Festival 
Seattle, WA
September 2, 2000
soundboard recording (audio from professionally-recorded VHS tape; sound quality: VG+; there's occasional distortion at the upper end of Smith's vocals, possibly due to an issue with his mic)

SAMPLE: "Coming Up Roses" (live Seattle, WA 2000)

Elliott Smith in rural N.J. as shot by photographer Chris Buck
01 Needle In the Hay
02 Bled White
03 Stupidity Tries
04 Coming Up Roses
05 Waltz #2 (XO)
06 Everything Means 
     Nothing to Me 
07 Clementine
08 Son of Sam
09 L.A.
10 Amity
11 Ballad of Big Nothing
12 Cupid's Trick
13 St. Ides Heaven
14 Junk Bond Trader
15 Division Day
16 Christian Brothers
17 Angeles
18 Fond Farewell
19 Alameda
20 Say Yes

ROB SEZ: Elliott Smith is yet another artist I've wanted to feature here for a while. Whereas most fans seems to appreciate Smith for his breathy, emotionally fragile folk-pop, I prefer to hear him backed by an electric band, playing at full tilt as we have here. In this recording, we get to hear Elliott play to a "hometown" crowd at the Bumbershoot Fest in Seattle (Smith lived in Portland for many years). The album Figure 8 had been released just a few months prior to the festival, and we get to hear half a dozen songs from it. Although this show has circulated for a good while as a DVD, I'm not aware of its availability as an audio-only document with a lossless lineage. When I acquired this very good-quality video via the JEMS team, I thought it would make a great audio bootleg — so I created one for myself. Now, you get to enjoy it too. Archive.Org has LOTS more lossless Elliott Smith recordings, including some FM & soundboard shares HERE.



Friday, July 12

Superchunk - Australia & Sweden 1994 + 1996 (FM)

Live at The Wireless 
JJJ Studios
Sydney, Australia
Oct. 3, 1994
FM recording (sound quality: Ex-; master tape source)
01 Driveway to Driveway*
02 Skip Steps 1 & 3
03 Hyper Enough**
04 Untied
     *some dropouts, first 10 seconds only
    **one of the first known live performances
Gothenburg, Sweden 
Feb. 15, 1996
FM recording (sound quality: VG; not a great audio mix, but a great performance via the master tape source)
01 Eastern Terminal
02 Iron On
03 Water Wings
04 Precision Auto
05 Driveway to Driveway
06 Hyper Enough
07 Throwing Things
08 Silverleaf and Snowy Tears
09 Seed Toss
10 Question Is How Fast (cuts out; tape flip) 
11 Question Is How Fast (cont'd)
12 Animated Airplanes Over Germany 
13 Interview, Pt. 1
14 Interview, Pt. 2
ROB SEZ: Making up for lost time with two Superchunk posts in 8 days. This one dials it back to the band's earlier years, when they were a younger, hungrier & very loud indie band. I prefer their later & more recent recordings (a bit more nuance & a bit less noise) — but every listener seems to have a different opinion. Special thanks to Trekkyt & Popmarter for recording, mastering & sharing the 1996 performance. Not sure who recorded & shared the 1994 live set, but I hereby thank him/her/them also. If you have more than a passing interest in this band, try both parts of the 1996 interview — a brief, fun listen.
Fascinating Reading link:  Laura Ballance rates all of Superchunk's albums.
(1996 set = 24-96 hi-res recording)
Learn more about Superchunk's music 
at the band's official site and/or AllMusic  

Friday, July 5

Superchunk - Stockholm, Sweden 2013

Debaser Hornstull Strand 
Stockholm, Sweden
Dec. 6, 2013

audience recording (sound quality: VG++; a high-quality capture)
SAMPLE: "FOH" (live in Stockholm 2013)

SUPERCHUNK in SWEDEN: gotta love the tapers who take & share photos like these 

01 intro
02 Driveway to Driveway
03 Learn to Surf
04 FOH (Front of the House) 
05 Jackie
06 Question Is How Fast
07 Detroit Has a Skyline
08 Skip Steps 1,2,3
09 Void
10 Out of Sun
11 Hawk
12 New Bruiser
13 Iron On
14 Low F
15 Digging for Something
16 Hyper Enough
17 Encore Break
18 100.000 Fireflies
19 Slack M.F.
20 Throwing Things

ROB SEZ: Last week, Deacon Blue; this week: North Carolina indie home team Superchunk. Say what you want about this blog, but one thing you can't dispute: we got range. I've been threatening to feature Superchunk for quite a while, but only recently got hold of this superior audio document. So here ya go, with HUGE THANKS to taper & photographer Trekytt.
Out now: AF (Acoustic Foolish), feat. Peter H
REPERCUSSION: Until recently, I didn't think Superchunk had any direct connection to our usual heroes at the Repercussion blog. Then I found out Peter Holsapple is one of the "extra" musicians on the band's latest, AF (Acoustic Foolish). How cool is that?
(hi-res 24-bit share)

Friday, June 28

Deacon Blue - London Dec. 1991 (sbd)

Hammersmith Odeon 
London, UK
Dec. 23, 1991
soundboard recording (quality: Ex-; from band's own archives; remastered for official, non-commercial, release)
SAMPLE: "Ragman" (Live in London 1991 - soundboard)

01 A Brighter Star
Larry Mullen, Jr. & his girlfriend
(actually, Deacon Blue in the late 1980s)
02 Peace & Jobs & Freedom
Twist and Shout
04 Fellow Hoodlums
05 Real Gone Kid
06 The Day That Jackie Jumped the Jail
07 Long Window to Love
08 Love's Great Fears
09 James Joyce Soles
10 Cover from the Sky
11 She / When Will You Make My Telephone Ring?
12 Your Swaying Arms
13 Ragman
14 Loaded
15 Raintown
16 The Wildness
17 One Day I'll Go Walking
18 Gentle Teardrops
19 Queen of the New Year
20 It's a Marshmallow World (Darlene Love cover)
21 I Don't Wanna Go Home (Little Steven cover)
22 Fergus Sings the Blues

ROB SEZ: OK, here's one last share for the Deacon Blue fans out there. This is what the band said when they released it a short while ago: "A rare and complete, never-heard-before recording of Deacon Blue's performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on the 23rd December 1991. Recorded as part of the 'Live Hoodlums' tour, we proudly present the band’s own official recording of the final concert from their 3-night residency. The audio was restored and remastered in 2017 specially for this release." (If you can't get enough, be sure to look for this week's rather impressive mystery bonus share.)

(lossy source; no FLAC this time)
Learn more about Deacon Blue's music at AllMusic 
and the band's official site

Friday, June 21

Deacon Blue - Tokyo, Japan 1993 (sbd)

Club Quatro
Tokyo, Japan
April 30, 1993  
soundboard recording (quality: Ex-) 

SAMPLE: "Your Swaying Arms" (live in Tokyo 1993)

01 Your Town
02 Hang Your Head
03 Cut Lip
04 Your Swaying Arms
05 Real Gone Kid
06 Wages Day
07 The Day That Jackie
     Jumped the Jail
08 Cover from the Sky
09 Love and Regret
10 The Wildness 
     (with Angeliou) 
11 Born In a Storm
12 Ragman
13 Circus Lights
14 Only Tender Love
15 Fall So Freely Down
16 Raintown
17 Bethlehem's Gate
18 pre-encore break
19 Twist and Shout
20 All Over the World
21 Chocolate Girl (with My Girl)
22 Dignity
ROB SEZ: My hunch is Ricky Ross & Co. did some trawling through the archives a few years ago when they were putting together the deluxe reissues of their earlier albums, and found some gems. Here's one: a soundboard recording from the band's live tour after releasing Whatever You Say, Say Nothing — an under-appreciated album if I've ever heard one. By then, the band were being accused of artlessly apeing INXS & U2 — a shallow criticism that overlooked some fantastic songs & amazing live work. Enjoy.

(lossy source, so no FLAC this time)
Learn more about Deacon Blue's music at AllMusic 

Friday, June 14

Ricky Ross - Live in 2000 (sbd) + bonus

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
March 2, 2000
Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
March 3, 2000

soundboard recordings (quality: VG++)
SAMPLE: "London Comes Alive" (Live 2000)

01 Threatening Rain*
02 The Undeveloped Heart
03 Away*
04 Icarus
05 London Comes Alive
06 Blue Horse*
07 Rosie Gordon Lies So Still* 
08 When Sinners Fall*
09 The Further North You Go
10 Ash Wednesday
11 James Joyce Soles*
12 Bethlehem's Gate
13 Cold Easter + What You Are*
14 This Is the Life*
15 A Love Like Yours
16 Good Evening Philadelphia

     *London 2000-03-03, rest are Liverpool 2000-03-02

ROB SEZ: Yes — THAT Ricky Ross: frontman for Deacon Blue, the Scottish band many have loved to hate over the group's many years. But I have to hand it to Ross, who has an undeniable knack for crafting catchy, heart-felt songs that have something to say beyond the usual pop blather. His solo work is less well known, so here's a selection from two shows he performed with a backing band in 2000. The recordings come courtesy of Steve at the impressive Circus Lights fan site, dedicated to documenting all of Ross' musical endeavors. Check the usual place for this week's mystery bonus share.

Ross' latest solo album: Short Stories Vol. 1

Friday, June 7

R. E. M. + Let's Active - One Night in Charlotte 1982

Let's Active
Viceroy Park
Charlotte, N.C.
Jan. 23, 1982

audience recording (sound quality VG to VG+; from best available, first-generation tape source; club show with a typical amount of chatter near the taper)

MITCHELL BLAKE (right), John Michael, Michael Edward & Peter Lawrence in 1982 

01 Single File  
02 I'm Sorry  
03 Safety In Numbers  
04 Counting Down 
05 Out of Sight, Out of Mind
06 Prying Eyes  
07 Dirty Reasons  
08 We Do the What If  
09 title unknown 
10 Make Up With Me  
11 Law of Averages 

TT: 38:12 mins.

MANY, MANY THANKS to kneesfudd for the analogue-to-digital transfer & generous sharing. Thanks also to the original taper & trader. One of Let's Active's first public shows, and the earliest-known live recording. 

Let's Active:
Mitchell Blake Easter - guitars, vocals
Faye Elizabeth Hunter (RIP) - bass
Sara Teresa Romweber
 (RIP) - drums

R. E. M. 
Viceroy Park
Charlotte, N.C.
Jan. 23, 1982

audience recording (sound quality VG to VG+; sounds like same tape source as the Let’s Active set; see above comments)

01 Ages of You
02 Catapult
03 Shaking Through
04 Laughing
05 Romance
06 Sitting Still
07 Permanent Vacation
08 Pretty Persuasion
09 That Beat
10 Gardening at Night
11 9-9
12 1,000,000
13 Wolves, Lower
14 Radio Free Europe

15 White Tornado 
16 Stumble
17 Ghost Riders In the Sky

TT: 1:1:04

Repaired & remastered by kneesfudd. MUCHAS GRACIAS to him and the original taper & trader, tomcannon.

R. E. M.:
John Michael Stipe - lead vocals
Peter Lawrence Buck - electric guitar
Michael Edward Mills - electric bass, backing vocals
William Thomas Berry - drums, percussion, backing vocals

Friday, May 31

Mutton Birds - Auckland, NZ 2012 (webstream)

King's Arms Tavern 
Auckland, New Zealand
Feb. 2012
(exact date unknown)

webstream capture (sound quality: Ex-)

SAMPLE: "Dominion Road" (Auckland 2012)

01 Envy of Angels
Don & Co. played here in 2012, but the pub closed in 2018
02 Dominion Road
03 Ngaire
04 A Thing Well Made
05 Too Close to the Sun 
06 band intros
07 Queen's English
08 Nature (audience participation)
09 Anchor Me

ROB SEZ: There was ZERO response to the very cool Mutton Birds post I shared recently. What's a dedicated blogger to do? POST MORE of the same ... until there's a comment one way or the other, of course. Here’s a great hometown show from the band's very brief reunion tour in 2012. Radio New Zealand recorded and shared part of the show, for which I am grateful. I'm especially grateful RNZ did such a quality job with the recording & mixing. This sounds amazing for a webstream capture ... if I do say so myself. Please enjoy.

The Mutton Birds:
Don McGlashan – vocals, guitar, euphonium  
Alan Gregg – bass, vocals 
David Long - guitar
Ross Burge - drums 


Friday, May 17

LX Chilton - Chapel Hill, NC 1987 + bonus

Cat's Cradle
Chapel Hill, NC
Nov. 17, 1987
soundboard recording (quality Ex-; from first-generation tape)

OLYMPIC MEDALS to TG for recording and to dB’s Fan for sharing so generously.
To my knowledge, this blog is the only source for this recording.

01 Tee Ni Nee Ni Noo (cuts in)
02 In the Street
03 Rock Hard
04 B-A-B-Y
05 Thing for You
06 Make a Little Love
07 Volaré
08 Thank You, John
09 Disco Lady
10 Lost My Job
11 Bangkok
12 Goldfinger
13 September Gurls
14 Come By Here
15 Little G.T.O.
16 No Sex
17 Take It Off
18 LX reads Dalai Lama news item
19 Dalai Lama

Most of these are covers; you’ll find the names of song composers in the comment tag for each file

Mountain Stage Radio Show
Charleston, WV
Feb. 9, 1992 
FM capture (sound quality VG++; from 2nd-generation tape)

01 Tee Ni Nee Ni Noo
02 Single Again
03 I Will Turn Your Money Green

A NOTE: The song “Guantan Amerika” was played next-to-last, but saw official release on one of the Mountain Stage live compilation CDs, so is not included here.

ANOTHER NOTE:  If you omit the (admittedly pretty funny) track 18 of LX reading the news clipping about the Dalai Lama, all the rest of the tracks will fit onto 1 CD-R.

WAV lossless files


Alex  Chilton Trio:
Alex  Chilton – vocals, guitar
Doug Garrison – drums
Ron Easley – bass, vocals

From Memphis to New Orleans
Songs from Robin Hood Lane


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