Friday, July 18

Marshall Crenshaw - Mountain Stage 1991 & 2009

Mountain Stage
Charleston, WV
1991 & 2009
bonus: Mitch Easter solo set!
Marshall Crenshaw: he's been making great music for decades

FM and pre-FM recordings

sound quality: Ex- (two great-sounding recordings)

BIG THANKS to TN for sharing the 1991 set and to a special friend of the blog for passing it along to me

REPERCUSSION: Mitch Easter produced a track on Crenshaw's third album, Downtown, and played guitar on the Don Dixon-produced follow-up, Mary Jean & 9 Others. As you can hear in the first of these shows, Mitch also played some live dates with MC.
MC plays the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass fest, 2009
photo by Debra Amerson via Flickr
SAMPLE: "Don't Disappear Now (1992)"

Mountain Stage, Sept. 29, 1991 (aired week of 1992-10-04)
01 intro
02 Monday Morning Rock
03 Don't Disappear Now
04 Fantastic Planet of Love
05 Calling Out for Love at Crying Time
Enjoy a rare, early solo set by Mitch

06 Chalk Outline (Mitch Easter)
07 Turn Me, Too (Mitch Easter)
08 I Wonder (Mitch Easter)

09 Cynical Girl
10 Valerie (Richard Thompson cover)
11 You Should Have Been There
12 You're My Favorite Waste of Time 

Mountain Stage, Nov. 1, 2009
      (aired week of 2010-09-10)
13 Live and Learn
14 Someday Someway
15 band intros
16 Someone Told Me
17 Eventually
18 Passing Through
19 Never Coming Down

TT: 1:07:04


Musicians, 2009 appearance:
Marshall Crenshaw - vocals, guitar
Graham Maby - bass
Tony Leone - drums
David Mansfield - various instruments

Mitch Easter - guitar, vocals (1991 appearance only)

can be found at  BB Chronicles and So Many Roads.

MC's latest release is Red Wine, one in a series of 10-inch EPs.  
Buy it directly from the artist (includes digital download)
Learn more about the music of Marshall Crenshaw at his official site and/or AllMusic

Friday, July 11

Teenage Fanclub - Ultimate TFc Acoustic Album

The Ultimate TFc Acoustic Album
various acoustic tracks, live sessions, alt. versions

Teenage Fanclub, onstage in 2010 (this & below, CBatka/NYTimes)
preFM, soundboards & FM captures

sound quality range: VG to Ex- (the only anomalies are a very few brief, static-induced pops on 2 tracks)

ROB SEZ: One of my favorite Teenage Fanclub releases is the all-acoustic Have Lost It EP. I realized recently that I have a treasure trove of TFc tracks, and could assemble the best acoustic (or, in some cases, semi-acoustic) tracks in one place. Although a handful of these appeared on compilations given away with some publication or other, none has seen an official/commercial release.

SAMPLE: "Sparky's Dream (White Session)"

01 Mellow Doubt (White Session) 
Teenage Fanclub: Alex Chilton was a big fan
02 Starsign (White Session)
03 I'll Make It Clear
    (White Session)
04 Sparky's Dream
    (White Session)
05 Have You Ever Seen 
     the Rain? (White Session)
06 Verisimilitude (Radio 1)
07 Going Places (Radio 1)
08 I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better
    (Radio 1)
09 Cul De Sac (SBN Session)
10 The Sun Shines from You
    (SBN Session)
11 The World'll Be OK
    (alt. version, Scotland On Sunday)
12 I Need Direction (alt. version, Scotland On Sunday)
13 Green Grow the Rushes O' (Dutch Radio)
14 The Shadows (Radio 1)
15 Norman 3 (VPRO Session)
TFc still release records and tour, on occasion
16 Your Love Is the Place 
     Where I Come From (Vox)
17 Baby Lee (Radio 2)
18 Sweet Days Waiting (Radio 2)
TT: 1:06:53


Track Info
1-5 = White Sessions, Inter Studios, Paris, FR on Bernard Lenoir show (aka Black Sessions) 1995-04-11 (track 5 is CCR cover)
6-8 = BBC Radio 1 session with Mark Radcliffe 1995-06-21
9, 10 = SBN Session (location & date unknown)
11, 12 = rec. 1991, from Scotland On Sunday EP CD (newspaper give-away, 2005)
13 = (R. Burns song); Dutch radio acoustic session 1993 with Norman + Raymond
14 = (The Creepers cover); Live on Radio 1 tape (given away with Vox mag.), 1996
15 = Villa 65 show, VPRO Radio, Hilversum, Netherlands, Sept. 1993
16 = Haute Couture compilation CD (given away with Vox mag.), 1997
17, 18 = BBC Radio 2 live, Radcliffe and Maconie Session 2010-05-26

Catch Teenage Fanclub LIVE in July
one of only two scheduled North American appearances this year:
Merge 25 Outdoor Party
Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Sat., July 26

Two other TFc posts at the blog:
A 1993 live collection with LX Chilton here,
and a split post with The Posies here.

Learn more about the music of Teenage Fanclub at TFc's own site as well as AllMusic 

Friday, July 4

Thea Gilmore - Sings Sandy Denny (& others)

TG Sings Sandy Denny (& others)
Various sources, mostly live

mostly audience recordings (sound quality range VG- to VG+; the vocals are clear but somewhat distant on the first 4 tracks)

TG sings SD in Liverpool May 2012. Photo by Mudkiss, via Flickr
Thea  Gilmore’s Don’t Stop Singing (2011) is an album of new tunes with words by Sandy Denny — lyrics that had never been set to music during Sandy’s lifetime. The first 10 tracks in this collection are live and alternate versions (plus one older Sandy song). The others are either Thea’s own compositions or covers. In a word, GREAT STUFF!

Repercussion: Peter Holsapple is a big fan of Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention, the best-known band with which Sandy sang. Peter and many of his fellow Continental Drifters were the house band for a multi-artist tribute to the music of Sandy Denny (organized by Peter) in 1998, and they recorded an entire album of Sandy Denny / Fairport Convention / Richard Thompson covers called Listen, Listen.

MANY THANKS to all who recorded & shared these tracks

SAMPLE: "Don't Stop Singing" (acoustic 2011)

Thanks to UncleBoko for these photos
from the London SD Tribute Show, May 2012
01 Glistening Bay (live)
02 London (live)
03 Long Time Gone (live)
04 Don't Stop Singing (live)
05 Pain In My Heart (live)
06 Like an Old Fashioned 
     Waltz (live)
07 Georgia (live)
08 Don't Stop Singing 
     (live, acoustic)
09 London (demo)
10 London (live)
11 Thea G interview 
      (re unreleased SD lyrics)

12 Contessa (live session)
13 Red, White and Black
     (live session)
14 To the Bone (acoustic)
15 Old Soul (live session)
16 My Friend, Goodbye (live)

17 I Want to Tell You
     (Beatles cover)
18 Girl from the North 
     Country (Dylan cover)

TT: 1:07:16

1-3 = “The Lady” live tribute to Sandy Denny, The Barbican, London, UK 2012-05-23 (aud)
4 = “The Lady” live tribute to SD, The Anvil, Basingstoke, Hants, UK 2012-05-24 (aud)
5 = Jazz Café, London, UK 2013-03-12 (aud)
6-7 = Cecil Sharp House, London, UK 2012-02-04 (aud)
8 = Andrew Marr television programme, UK 2011-11-20 (TV audio)
9 = undated studio demo subtitled “Work In Progress 2” (sbd)
10 = Great British Folk Festival, 2012 (aud)
11 = BBC Breakfast television programme, 2012-04-21 (TV audio)

12–13 = BBC Radio 2 live session, 2006 (FM)
14 = acoustic version recorded at home by TG (sbd)
15 = from Public Television program “Sun Studios Sessions” 2009 (TV audio)
16 = Union Chapel, London, UK 2012 (aud)

17 = from Mojo magazine’s various-artist compilation Revolver Reloaded, given away with copies of Mojo
18 = BBC Radio 2 special “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” (various artists), May 2013 (spoken intro by BBC DJ Mark Radcliffe)

  Thea's recent album of songs set to Sandy's lyrics is impressive
(see this feature story about it in the UK's Telegraph)

Learn more about the music of Thea  Gilmore

Friday, June 27

Velvet Crush - Osaka, Japan 1994 + bonus

Club Quattro 
Osaka, Japan
July 25, 1994

audience recording

sound quality: VG+ (quite good sound from master tape source; very little crowd noise — except when you expect & want it with a club show like this)

Velvet Crush served up tasty musical caffeine from 1990 to 2004

REPERCUSSION: Mitch Easter not only produced VC’s acclaimed Teenage Symphonies to God album, he also joined the band as a supplemental guitarist for a coupla weeks on the subsequent tour (including this show). And the other “name” non-band-member guitarist who toured later with the band? That was Tommy Keene

HIGHLIGHTS: this one's all highlight; a really exceptional performance...

SAMPLE: "Hold Me Up - So You Wanna Be a RnR Star" (live 1994)

Mitch E, on tour with Velvet Crush
01 stage entrance (pre-recorded music)
02 Window to the World
03 My Blank Pages
04 Ash and Earth
05 Time Wraps Around You (false start)
06 Time Wraps Around You
07 Atmosphere
08 Weird Summer
09 White Soul
10 Oh Candy (etc.) medley
11 Drive Me Down
12 Hold Me Up --> So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star
13 Rock and Roll Queen
    (Mott the Hoople cover)
14 Elevator Operator (Gene Clark cover)

15 Window to the World (Japanese TV)
16 Hold Me Up (Conan O'Brien)
17 My Blank Pages (Met Cafe)
18 Atmosphere (Denmark '95)

1-14 = audience recording, per above info
15 = Japanese TV broadcast, Aug. 1992
16 = Conan O'Brien show 1995
17 = Met Cafe, Providence, RI (undated)
18 = Denmark, Jan. 1995 (sbd) 

TT: 1:15:35 

MP3@320 (tracks 15-18 = 256kbps) 

Velvet Crush:
Paul Chastain – vocals, bass
Ric Menck – drums, vocals
Jeffrey Borchardt (Underhill) – guitar
Mitch Easter - guitar (tracks 1-14, 16)
REVEALED: who plays that awesome guitar solo in "Hold Me Up"
Learn more about the music of Velvet Crush at Trouser Press and AllMusic
Wanna hear more VC live shows like this one? has a bunch in lossless... 

Wednesday, June 25

Let's Active Reunion Show (!) Aug. 9, 2014

A Let's Active
is scheduled for
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, N.C.

An eagle-eyed friend of the blog alerted me to the above listing at the Cat's Cradle web site, and Mitch Easter confirmed today that original Let's Active drummer Sara Romweber will be playing with him:

"Occasionally I'm asked about Let's Active playing at some event and my stock answer has always been 'if you can get Sara to do it, sure...' and that's been the end of it, but in this case somebody got in touch with her and asked and she said yes!  So, she and I are doing this charity show in Carrboro." Mitch went on to describe a recent rehearsal with Sara as "really good. She just has a sound that makes that stuff sound right." A bassist has been identified who will play with Mitch and Sara.

Blurt Online has this preview story.
Get more info and buy tickets at
the Cat's Cradle web site

Friday, June 20

Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ Aug. 1986

The dB’s
Hoboken, NJ
August 3, 1986

audience recording (sound quality VG; transfer from first-generation tape source)

RARE LIVE TRACK: "Visible Man" is performed

EXTRA THANKS to the taper and to dB’s Fan for sharing another one
SAMPLE: "Working for Somebody Else (Aug. '86)"

01 She Got Soul
02 Visible Man
03 Not Cool
04 Never Say When
05 New Gun In Town

06 White Train
07 I Lie
08 Working for Somebody Else
09 Lonely Is as Lonely Does
10 Amplifier
11 Change With the Changing Times
12 Rains Around Here
13 Love Is for Lovers
The 1985-86 tour evidently was a real blur...
14 A Spy In the House of Love
15 Moving In Your Sleep
16 Heart of the City
    (Rockpile cover)
17 Big Black Truck
18 Smoke On the Water
    (Deep Purple cover)

The dB’s:
Peter Holsapple – guitar & lead vocals
Will Rigby – drums & vocals
Gene Holder – lead guitar
Jeff Beninato - bass & vocals