Friday, January 19

Lone Justice - Band On the Verge (demos + live)

The Record Plant
New York, NY
Aug. 4-5, 1987
demo recording sessions 

soundboard recordings (quality: VG+ to VG++)

SAMPLE: "Friends for A While" (demo 1987)

Lone Justice: happier in the early days...

01 Panic Beach
02 Much Too Good at Goodbye 
03 Little Diva & Sugar Jones
04 Nobody's Child
05 Friends for a While
06 Friends for a While
07 Little Diva & Sugar Jones
08 Panic Beach
09 Much Too Good at Goodbye
10 Nobody's Child
Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA Dec. 1983
11 Working Late
xx Drugstore Cowboy*
13 Don't Toss Us Away
xx The Train*
15 I See It
Maria McKee - live bonus tracks
16 I'm Gonna Soothe You
17 I Can't Make It Alone
18 Shelter
19 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye 
* tracks marked "xx" were officially released on 
    This World Is Not My Home & have been removed
16-18 Tower Records, San Francisco, CA 1993-10-05
19 World Café, WXPN Philadelphia, PA 1993-09-03

EXTRA THANKS to for the great remastering job and to lolita 
& others for sharing

Paradise Rock Club
Boston, MA
Dec. 17, 1986

FM recording (sound quality VG++;
     WBCN radio broadcast)

01 You Are the Light
02 Working Late
03 Wait 'til We Get Home
04 Sweet, Sweet Baby
     (I'm Falling)
05 This World Is Not 
Lone Justice, Mach II (1986 to 1987)
     My Home 
06 Ways to Be Wicked
07 Wheels
08 Shelter 
09 Belfry
10 I Found Love
11 A Little Bit of Heaven 
12 Inspiration
13 Soap, Soup & Salvation
14 announcer - encore break
15 Sweet Jane
16 radio outro

Maria McKee - vocals, guitar 
Shane Fontayne - guitar
Greg Sutton - bass, vocals | Rudy Richman - drums | Bruce Brody - keyboards

Transferred from master tape source; a this and that production 
SINCERE THANKS to glasnostrd19 for sharing
Lone Justice, early days at L.A.'s Palomino Club
ROB SEZ: Late 1986 marked the beginning of the end for Lone Justice. Dubbed the "Next Big Thing" by the music press, the group began life as a cowpunk band in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. When the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Iovine heard Maria McKee's voice, they recognized a rare, red-hot talent, and Iovine became the band's manager. No less than Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & Little Steven all contributed to the self-titled debut album, released in 1985 by Geffen Records. Despite catchy, well-performed songs like Petty's "Ways to Be Wicked" and Little Steven's "Sweet, Sweet Baby (I'm Falling)", sales were below expectations. After the fact, Lone Justice was judged too country for rock radio and too rock for country stations. (Too bad "alt. country" & Americana weren't in vogue yet.)
After tours supporting U2 and Tom Petty, all band members except McKee went their separate ways. A new band was assembled for 1986's Shelter, the second album — a patchy, overly slick affair (Iovine & Geffen wanted to turn the group into an MOR, arena rock juggernaut). Although Shelter featured strong original songs by McKee, sales remained disappointing. After a live tour, the group spent part of 1987 demoing new material. Soon after, the 23 year-old McKee was persuaded she might find greater success as a solo act ... and Lone Justice was no more. Think of this collection as the audio diary of a promising band on the verge of falling apart.

Learn more about Lone Justice' music 

Tuesday, January 16

Maria McKee - Hamburg 1989 + Washington 1998 (FM)

Club Logo
Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 11, 1989

FM recording (sound quality: VG+)

01 To Miss Someone
02 Shelter
03 Hickory Wind
04 Hold Me
05 Wheels
06 Drinkin' In My Sunday Dress 
07 Don't Toss Us Away
08 Breathe
09 Panic Beach
10 This Property Is Condemned

9:30 Club
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 11, 1998
FM broadcast (sound quality: VG+)

01 intro
02 Life Is Sweet
03 The Promised Land
04 Panic Beach
05 Love Doesn't Love
06 I'm Not Listening
07 Wheels
08 From Our TV Teens to the Tomb
09 This Perfect Dress
10 Be My Joy
11 Something Similar
12 Am I the Only One?
13 Absolutely Barking Stars
14 Worry Birds
15 Shelter
16 Breathe

Extra thanks to Don for sharing

ASH Tuesday post #85

Friday, January 12

Maria McKee - Live in Sweden 1993 (pre-FM) + bonus

Goteborg, Sweden 
Nov. 6, 1993

preFM recording (sound quality Ex-)

SAMPLE: "My Girlhood Among the Outlaws" (live 1993)

ROB SEZ: Bottom line: this is one of the best-sounding, best-performed Maria McKee boots in existence (yup, I have listened to most of 'em). There's another version of this show — a shorter FM capture, but this one has incredible sound quality. Extra big thanks to BK, araslim & Edwin for sharing this with the fans. The shorter live set from Germany is also pretty spiffy. Expect more from the Little Diva here in the coming days. [Psssst ... the mystery bonus share is not to be missed. Just poke around; you'll find it.]
Maria McKee - guitar, vocals | Bruce Brody - keyboards
Marvin Etzioni - violin, mandolin | Don Heffington - drums
Susan Otten - perc. + backing vocals | Tammy Rogers - guitar, fiddle
Ben Fisher - bass
Dusseldorf, Germany
July 17, 1993

FM recording (sound quality VG++) 

01 I Can’t Make It Alone
02 My Lonely Sad Eyes
03 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
04 Breathe
05 Nobody’s Child
06 The Way Young Lovers Do
07 I’m Gonna Soothe You
08 Why Wasn’t I More Grateful
09 New Pony
10 Sister Anne - You Gotta Sin 
     to Get Saved

Maria hasn't released any albums of her own music in quite a while. But she's featured prominently in the soundtracks to husband Jim Akin's independent films. So if you want to hear recent "Maria McKee" music, check out the soundtracks for After the Triumph of Your Birth and The Ocean of Helena Lee. Most tracks are instrumentals, but a few longer MM songs with vocals are sprinkled in...
Learn more about Maria McKee's music 

Tuesday, January 9

Marshmallow (Alan Gregg) - London 2005

The Borderline 
London, UK
April 12, 2005

audience recording (sound quality: VG+)

01 Chopping Wood and Carrying Water
02 Anytime Soon
03 Come Sunday
04 Snow
05 Do the Decent Thing
06 Empty Beach
07 Hang Up On You
08 Little Genius
09 Let Me Love You
     (Like There's No Tomorrow) 
10 Just North of Nowhere
11 Scooter Girl
12 Casting Couch
13 Later On
14 Open Mic Night

ROB SEZ: I'm a huge fan of New Zealand legends The Muttonbirds. When I learned that bassist Alan Gregg formed his own band, I had to hear it. After Muttonbirds dissolved and the other members returned to New Zealand, Gregg stayed behind in London and wrote the music that appeared on Marshmallow's eponymous debut long-player. If you like Muttonbirds, Crowded House, etc., Marshmallow is definitely worth your while. Mega thanks to Don for sharing this rarity. 
ASH Tuesday post #84

Friday, January 5

Lloyd Cole & band - Glasgow, SCT 2014

Lloyd Cole & The Leopards 
Celtic Connections 2014
Glasgow, Scotland
Jan. 29, 2014

audience recording (sound quality: VG+)

SAMPLE: "Women's Studies" (live 2014)

01 intro
LC wows the Glasgow crowd in 2014; below, with backing band.
(above photo by JayJay Robertson, below by Iain Reid)
02 Rattlesnakes
03 Weeping Wine
04 Sweetheart
05 Opposites Day 
06 That's Alright
07 Perfect Blue
08 Another Lover
09 Blue Like Mars
10 Period Piece
11 Brand New Friend
12 Women's Studies
13 Perfect Skin
14 Myrtle and Rose
15 My Alibi
16 Tried to Rock
17 What's Wrong With 
     This Picture? 
18 Lost Weekend
19 Missing
20 No Blue Skies
21 Jennifer She Said
22 band introductions
23 Like Lovers Do
24 Forest Fire

ROB SEZ: "Underrated" doesn't begin to capture the popular perception of Lloyd Cole's music in the 2000s and 2010s. More like "not rated at all." I won't blather on about how unjust this is, given the incredible quality of Cole's music after dissolving the Commotions in the 1980s. If they're none the wiser, lovers of great rock & pop really are missing out. Standards, Cole's most recent studio recording, is nothing short of brilliant. If you haven't explored his music in a decade or two, I recommend placing Lloyd Cole on your list of musicians to reconsider in 2018. Here's a nicely-recorded "hometown" show in Glasgow, backed by The Leopards. BIG-TIME THANKS to the taper and sharer, and to jonder for setting me straight. Please enjoy.


Learn more about the music of Lloyd Cole 
at the artist's official site and/or AllMusic

Tuesday, January 2

Jason Falkner - London + Chicago 1999

The Garage
London, UK
March 1, 1999

audience recording (sound quality: VG) 

01 Honey
02 Eloquence
03 Author Unknown
04 My Lucky Day
05 See You Again
06 She Goes to Bed
07 The Plan
08 Revelation
09 I Already Know
10 All God's Creatures
11 Good Night Sweet Night
12 Miracle Medicine
13 I Live
14 Both Sides Now
15 Holiday

ROB SEZ: What better way to start a New Year than with a double shot of Jason Falkner? He's a favorite here, as he was at the old ASH blog, from whence these came. Undying thanks to Don and Mick for sharing.

The Double Door
Chicago, IL
April 14, 1999
audience recording (sound quality VG to VG+)

Sincere thanks to MICK for sharing this one & creating the cover art
ASH Tuesday post #83

Friday, December 29

The Maggies - Anniversary Show 1994

Grass Routes
Keene, N.H.
Feb. 12, 1994 

audience recording (sound quality: GD+ to VG-; the mix is a bit muddy and the vocals, at times, are overly buried — but it's still an enjoyable listen for fans)
SAMPLE: "Heaven Alone" (live 1994)

01 Blow
02 Do Nothing
03 Beautiful Joe
04 The Girl Who Lives 
     On Heaven Hill 
05 Evidence
06 Nightmare I Love
07 Solid Yellow Zero
08 Weatherland
09 Show & Tell
10 'Bunny Sings the Hits'
11 Cottonmouth
12 Heaven Alone
13 Ten Long Years
14 Cool Relationship
15 Dog
ROB SEZ: Philip B. Price (above photo, at left) is a highly talented musician from New England who fronted or played in various bands over the years before settling on Winterpills — a favorite at my house. This show (shared by drummer Rich Dart) marked the 1-year anniversary of the power pop / Brit Invasion-inspired Maggies. Fittingly, there's a celebratory spirit in the performance. All of Philip Price's many solo recordings were released earlier this month. Check out this archival project via Bandcamp or PledgeMusic. Read a great interview with Philip Price by Mick at his Art Into Dust site.

Learn more about The Maggies' music at Philip B. Price's web site; read an excellent interview with Philip by Mick. Buy Maggies music (and snag some freebies) at Bandcamp.