Friday, September 4

Orchids - Peel Sessions + More

Peel Sessions & More

FM & web streams

sound quality: VG++ (no audio anomalies; enjoy)

ROB SEZ: Couldn't abide having the Orchids represented here with the so-so-sounding share from Tuesday and nothing else. So here's one more that shows off their talents with better sound: 
Peel Sessions + extra goodies. Love John Peel's intro & outro for track 5!!

SPECIAL THANKS to members of the Peel Group for their amazing archival work, to pyrolysebred, and to the Orchids for sharing the remixes and rarities

01 Dirty Clothing (Peel 1990)
02 Frank De Salvo (Peel 1990)
03 And When I Wake Up (Peel 1990)
04 Caveman (Peel 1990)
05 Patience Is Mine (Peel 1994)
06 Waiting Seems Vain (Peel 1994)
07 Bemused, Confused & Bedraggled
     (Hamburg 1991) 
08 Peaches (Hamburg 1991)
09 Back to Your House (Shelter Mix)
10 She's My Girl (remix)
11 And When I Wake Up (Toadhall)
12 The OK Song (B-side version)

01-04 = John Peel session, rec. 1990-04-08 Maida Vale 3, London; first b-cast 1990-05-08
05-06 = John Peel session, rec. 1994-02-24 Maida Vale 4, London; first b-cast 1994-04-09
07-08 = from the sanctioned Sarah Records various artists boot, EEC Punk Rock Mountain 
             (Orchids tracks recorded in Hamburg, Germany on 1991-06-01)
09-10 = unreleased remixes (posted in 2011)
11-12 = outtakes & rarities
The Orchids: still going strong today

The Orchids:
Chris Quinn
James Moody
John Scally
Matthew Drummond
Ronnie Borland

9/4/15 afternoon, EST

Tuesday, September 1

The Orchids – Live 2014 + bonus

'My Secret World' / Sarah Records Artists Show
Arnolfini Gallery
Bristol, UK
May 3, 2014

audience recording (in mono - sound quality VG-)  

My only misgiving about this one is that the taper apparently was trying to save memory or battery power, 'cuz every track is faded in & out, and a few seconds are missing at the start & end of several tracks; otherwise, it's a fun listen.

ROB SEZ: Bringing you another little-known UK indie pop outfit with significant merit. Not technically an ASH post because the old ASH blog is not the source of these tracks. However, it was Don & Co. that turned me onto The Orchids, so it's a fitting ASH Tuesday share. The Orchids' recorded output is high quality stuff. Enjoy!
The Orchids in the 1990s. SHOULDA BEEN HUGE...

01 A Place Called Home
02 Lovechild
03 Between Sleeping 
     and Waking 
04 What Will We Do Next?
05 Women Priests & Addicts
06 Peaches
07 Blue Light
08 Apologies
09 Something for the Longing
10 Caveman
11 (Xmas Party '91 - 1)
12 (Xmas Party '91 - 2)
13 Tiny Words
14 The Coolest Thing
15 Peaches
16 Apologies
17 It's Only Obvious

TT: 55 minutes

Notes for tracks 11-17:
(bonus tracks; all aud. recordings)
11-13 = Sarah Records Xmas Party, The Thekla, 
             Bristol, UK Dec. 1991 (song titles 
             for 11 & 12 unknown)
14 -15 = The Bowery, London, UK 2011-05-11
16 = Bush Hall, Shepherd's Bush, 
        London, UK 2010 -11-12
17 = Madrid Popfest, Spain, 2011-03-11

SPECIAL THANKS to Country Mile for posting the 2014 set. Thanks also to Season Records, String Bean Jen, and others for the additional tracks.

This is ASH Tuesday Post #10.

The Orchids:
Chris Quinn
James Moody
John Scally
Matthew Drummond
Ronnie Borland

Read more about The Orchids at Wikipedia. Comprehensive band bio can be found HERE.

Friday, August 28

Alex Chilton - Acme Under, NYC 1998

Acme Underground
New York, NY
May 1, 1998

audience recording (sound quality VG+; transfer from DAT master; just the right amount of crowd noise so you get the ambiance)
Children by the millions scream for him. Shouldn't you?
ROB SEZ: Alex is ON here, enjoying himself, and sounding jazzed to be playing in his old stomping grounds. If you own just one LX solo boot, this is the one to have. ENJOY!
MEGA THANKS to NYLifer for taping and sharing, and to Craig62 for re-sharing.

Disc 1 (first set)
01 audience chatter
02 Maybelline
03 (false start)
04 I Don't Know Why I Love You, But I Do
05 (chat)
06 Alligator Man
07 B-A-B-Y
08 Margie
09 Got a Lot of Living to Do
10 Il Rebelle
11 Little GTO
12 Purple Haze
13 (false start)
14 When My Baby's Beside Me
15 I Will Turn Your Money Green
16 (chat)
17 (false start)
18 Witchcraft
19 What's Your Sign Girl
20 Take It Off
21 Thank You John
22 Bangkok

Disc 2 (second set)
01 Lipstick Traces
02 Don't Believe That You 
     Love Me No More (Hush Your Mouth)
03 Don't Stop
04 Hide and Seek
05 Sick and Tired
06 I've Never Found 
     a Girl
07 (chat)
08 In the Street
09 (chat)
10 Thing For You
11 (chat)
12 Soul Deep
13 My Baby Just 
     Cares For Me
14 The Oogum 
     Boogum Song
15 (audience)
16 There Will Never 
     Be Another You 
17 Single Again
18 Lies 
19 (chat)
20 Devil Girl
21 New Girl In School
22 (chat)
23 You've Got a Booger 
     Bear Under There
24 I Wish You Would
25 (band intro)
26 Goodnight My Love
27 (crowd)
28 The Hucklebuck
29 (crowd)

Alex Chilton - vocals, guitar
Ron Easley - bass
Richard Dworkin - drums

Plenty more where this came from; use the Artists/Groups links at right.

Tuesday, August 25

Grapes of Wrath - Toronto 2012

Mod Club
Toronto, Canada
October 30, 2012

sounds like an FM capture or webstream to me; VG+ sound quality

ROB SEZ: Here are Canada's the Grapes of Wrath, with special guests. I didn't know anything about GOW until ASH turned me onto them. Say you've never heard of 'em, either? Live a little and hit that download button.

As is usually the case with my Tuesday shares, I'm indebted to Mick and Don at the old ASH blog for making this one available. This is ASH Tuesday post #9.

Read more about the music of Grapes of Wrath at AllMusic, Wikipedia and/or the band's official site 


Friday, August 21

Let's Active - Atlanta, GA 1989

The Cotton Club
Atlanta, GA
Dec. 28, 1989

audience recording (sound quality VG--; gets an extra ‘minus’ in the sound quality grading because it comes across like a multi-generation copy of a mediocre-sounding master tape with more than usual audience chatter — HOWEVER, I recommend listening to the sample because the performance & several rarely-heard tunes make this one worth a try)

Let's Active was touring behind their
final studio album in 1989
SAMPLE: "I Can't Reach You" (live 1989)

01 Spanish Castle Magic (Jimi Hendrix cover)
02 Night Train
03 Fell
04 Get Free*
05 Horizon
06 All Roads Lead to Hell
07 Prey
08 Mr. Fool
09 Reflecting Pool
10 Every Word Means No
11 Rain (Beatles cover)
12 I Feel Funny
13 Too Bad
14 Every Dog Has His Day
15 I Gotcha' (Joe Tex cover)
16 I Can't Reach You (Who cover)
17 Ten Layers Down
18 In Little Ways

*later recorded for first Shalini album, We Want Jelly Donuts
A thoughtful Mitch Easter, circa 1988



Mitch Easter - guitars & vocals
Angie Carlson - keyboards, vocals, 

                        additional guitars
Jon Heames - bass
Eric Marshall - drums

Tuesday, August 18

Raspberries - 1973 + 2005

Palace Theatre
New York, NY
Nov. 7, 1973

Taped for a "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" TV broadcast, but only 5 of the 9 songs were aired. Here's the whole thing for your listening pleasure. 

Credibility out the window: if this blog had any remaining cred, it'll be 
shot after this. Oh well. I say the Raspberries were an undeniably fun listen. 

1 Tonight 
NO WORDS can do justice to this photo.
2 Making It Easy 
3 Roll Over Beethoven 
4 Last Dance 
5 I Wanna Be With You 
6 I Can Remember 
7 Be My Baby 
8 Drivin' Around 
9 Go All the Way

Taste of Summer
Waukesha, WI
June 26, 2005

audience recording
BIG THANKS to jot for taping and to Wolfsbane for sharing
The Raspberries reunited for shows in 2005 & after
1 intro
2 I Wanna Be With You
3 Last Dance
4 Let's Pretend
5 It's Cold Outside
6 Party's Over
7 Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)
8 I'm a Rocker
9 Should I Wait?
10 Tonight
11 Makin' It Easy
12 Play On
13 Ecstasy
14 band intros
15 I Don't Know What I Want
16 Go All the Way

This set did not come from ASH, but it coulda ... so I'm still calling this
ASH Tuesday post #8.
Jim Bonfanti - drums
Wally Bryson - vocals, lead guitar (+
keyboard for '73 performance)
Eric Carmen - vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard
Dave Smalley - vocals, bass

Friday, August 14

Sneetches - San Francisco 1991 (FM)

Great American Music Hall
San Fracisco, CA
Sept. 1991

FM recording (sound quality VG++)
The Sneetches were active from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s.
As some of our friends might say, 'THEY SHOULD'VE BEEN MASSIVE'.
ROB SEZ: Don’t know the music of the Sneetches? Well, if I may be so finger-waggy-pushy, YOU ABSOLUTELY SHOULD! They’re amazing, shoulda been huge, and what the heck was the world thinkin’ not to make these guys stars?!? The tunes, talent, musical energy, and “holy crap, where have these guys been all my life?” reaction — it’s all there. I was gonna make this an ASH Tuesday post, but decided it really deserves a higher profile. HIT THE SAMPLE TO HEAR WHAT I'M GOING ON ABOUT... (Here endeth Rob’s raving.)

ALL THANKS & PRAISE to MICK, who first created this lovely share and accompanying artwork, and Don at the old ASH blog for sharing it way back when. (Thanks also to M-----l for the corrected setlist.)

SAMPLE: "Love Comes My Way" (live S.F. 1991)

01 Love Comes My Way
02 Saving It For Me
03 They Keep Me Running
04 Julianna Why
05 Feast Your Eyes
06 Come Along With Me
07 Unusual Sounds
08 Looking For Something
09 Try to Make It All Work
10 Wish You Would
11 Voice in My Head
12 This Time
13 It's Looking Like Me
14 Heloise
15 Caroline Goodbye  

      (Colin Blunstone cover)
16 I Need Someone
17 The Shame Just 

     Drained (Easybeats cover)
18 Pretty Girl

      (Easybeats cover)

19 Love Comes My Way
20 Heloise
21 Voice In My Head

Tracks 19-21 = Live at CBGB, NYC in 1990 (exact date unknown). Sound quality = VG-

Matt Carges
Mike Levy
Alec Palao
Daniel Swan
Learn more about the music of
The Sneetches at Trouser Press or Wikipedia


Tuesday, August 11

Peter Case & Friends - KCRW 1987

‘Snap’ - KCRW-FM
Santa Monica, CA
March 20, 1987 

FM broadcast
HARDCORE TROUBADOUR? Peter Case undoubtedly deserves the title
Here's a great Peter Case KCRW live session. His first wife, Victoria Williams is with him, as are Steven Soles and Fast Freddie.

About 9 months prior to this session, Peter released his first solo album. If you only know him as the front man for the Plimsouls, I encourage you to sample his solo stuff. A blazing talent…

01 I Shook His Hand
02 A Pair of Brown Eyes
03 Working for Your Enemy
04 The Power of Love
05 My Trusted Friend
06 A Walk In the Woods
07 Echo Wars
08 Fixin' to Die Rag
09 More Than I Want to Know 
10 Three Days Straight
11 History of Jazz
12 Icewater
13 Small Town Spree
14 Horse and Crow
15 Man of Steel
16 Satellite Beach
17 Put Down the Gun
18 Matchbox Blues

As ever, big sloppy thanks to Don from the late, great ASH blog for sharing so much great music in its day. Luckily, Don has a new blog called Anything Should Happen Again, a forum to explore and promote great music. Go check it out.

This is ASH Tuesday post #7