Friday, March 27

The dB's - New Orleans, LA 1986

Jimmy’s
New Orleans, LA
Feb. 9, 1986

audience recording (sound quality range: VG to VG+; a Mardi Gras show with an energetic band and crowd enjoying each other; there’s a little bit of digi noise in a coupla spots and one or two other minor anomalies)

I think Peter enjoyed Mardi Gras (probably same year as this show)

N’AWLINS THANKS to the taper and to TheBynumite for sharing.

NOTE: this is the full show — just a little shorter than usual since the deeBs were sharing the bill with The Fleshtones.

SAMPLE: "Working for Somebody Else" (1986)


Jimmy's & its namesake (it's now The Willow)
01 intro
02 Any Old Thing
03 Love Is for Lovers
04 Living a Lie
05 Sharon
06 Working for Somebody Else
07 Lonely Is as Lonely Does
08 New Gun In Town
09 Never Say When
10 She Got Soul
11 instrumental
12 Not Cool
13 White Train
14 Amplifier (middle cut)
15 Suspicious Minds
16 Neverland
17 A Spy In the House of Love 
More Mardi Gras madness: Jeff B. (rt.) & Jim Ford (manager)


MP3@320


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



 



Friday, March 20

Ben Watt - Edinburgh, Scotland 2014

Voodoo Rooms
Edinburgh, Scotland
October 27, 2014

audience recording (sound quality: VG to VG+; intimate-sounding recording in a small listening room)


Ben Watt, former guitarist with Everything But the Girl,
now fronts his own trio (photo by T Hagen via Flickr)

01   Hendra
Bernard Butler (left), former Suede guitarist, is part of the Ben Watt Trio
(above, at WFUV-FM in 2014; below, the trio in Seattle in 2015)
01b band intros
02   Young Man's 
       Game
02b chat 1
03   Some Things 
       Don't Matter
04   The Gun
05   Nathaniel
05b chat 2
06   Bricks and Wood
07   North Marine 
       Drive
08   Wardrobe of 
       Old Clothes
09   The Road
09b chat 3
10   Golden Ratio
10b chat 4
11   The Levels
12   Forget
12b chat 5
13   The Heart Is a Mirror
14   I Heard Caruso Sing
14b chat 6
15   Spring
15b chat 7
16   25th December

NOTE: If you prefer a chat-less listening experience, simply delete all tracks marked “b”. Resulting set will sound seamless… 

ALL PRAISE to sappororamen for recording and sharing

photo by Alfred Hermida via Flickr

ROB SEZ: Ben Watt was half the duo Everything But the Girl (a stellar British act blending folk, jazz, pop and, later, electronica). Although Ben was the guitar guy and Tracey Thorn the voice of EBTG, it turns out Ben has a great singing voice and can write a heckuva good tune. His solo work is a welcome discovery.


Ben Watt Trio:
Ben Watt – guitar, vocals
Bernard Butler – guitar
Martin Ditcham - drums

Ben's new solo album is Hendra — absolutely worth a long listen
Learn more about the music of Ben Watt 
at Wikipedia and/or his own site


Friday, March 13

Jellyfish - 1991 double shot

2 separate shows; 2 separate downloads
Music Hall
Frankfurt, Germany
pro-shot televised concert
April 30, 1991

soundboard (sound quality VG+; most likely a VHS audio rip, but the sound is exceptionally good for that kind of source)

I think someone's been collecting stuff...

JELLYFISH: all about the bubbles & the flowers
SAMPLE: "Baby's Coming Back" (1991)

01 Hold Your Head Up
02 Hello Hello
03 Calling Sarah
04 The King Is Half Undressed
05 I Wanna Stay Home
06 Mr. Late
07 Bye Bye Bye
08 She Still Loves Him
09 Will You Marry Me
10 Now She Knows She's Wrong
11 Baby's Coming Back
12 Jet
13 No Matter What
14 All I Want Is Everything
15 The Man I Used to Be
16 Let ‘Em In — That Is Why
17 Go Your Own Way

ROB SEZ: 1991 must have been a good year to be Jellyfish. They’d recently signed a record deal, and their debut album Bellybutton was getting rave reviews. Before commercial challenges and intra-band problems set in, the future looked bright for Jellyfish. As for musical chops, the band's original lineup was probably the peak — including the blazingly talented Jason Falkner on guitar & backing vocals. You can hear the musical results in these two shows.

A promo Jellyfish COLORING BOOK? Um, yup.

JELLYFISH: 
Roger Manning – keyboard, vocals
Andy Sturmer – lead vocals, drums
Jason Falkner – guitar, vocals
Chris Manning - bass 


Hard Rock Café
San Francisco, CA
KFOG-FM broadcast
1991 (month/date unknown)

FM capture (sound quality VG; probably a multi-generation copy of original source tape, but overall sound is quite decent)

In the end, perhaps space was the final frontier for Jellyfish...
Jay Strange created this groovy graphic
SAMPLE: "I Wanna Stay Home" (1991)
   
Jellyfish were REALLY big in Japan.
01 Hello Hello
02 Calling Sarah
03 The King Is Half Undressed
04 I Wanna Stay Home
05 Mr. Late
06 Bye Bye Bye
07 She Still Loves Him
08 Will You Marry Me
09 Now She Knows She's Wrong
10 Baby's Coming Back (end cut, faded)
11 No Matter What*
12 All I Want Is Everything
13 The Man I Used to Be
14 That Is Why
15 Go Your Own Way
16 brief pre-show interview – KFOG      

*Following the original running order, Track 11 should be "Jet," but is omitted here due to official release on the Not Lame Fanclub box set.
   

Jellyfish's two influential albums were just reissued
Find out more (&/or commit purchase) at Omnivore
Another Jellyfish ROIO at this blog can be found HERE.
    

Thursday, March 12

New Chris Stamey audio; album arrives in June

Chris Stamey album "Euphoria" in June
Release date is June 2nd. Listen to "Invisible,"
a track from the album, right now:
Read what Chris told Bill Pearis at Brooklyn Vegan about the connections between the new album, Mitch Easter and Let's Active co-founder Faye Hunter (R.I.P.).
 
Pre-order the LP or CD from Yep Roc here.
Thanks to eagle-eye Fantom for the tip...
  

Friday, March 6

B-52's - Edenhall, Amsterdam, 1980

Edenhall
Amsterdam
The Netherlands
November 11, 1980

The B-52's were on their first headlining tour in 1980 when this was recorded

audience recording (sound quality range: VG to VG+; quite a solid recording; sounds like Hans used raised mics because the crowd noise is more subdued than with most audies)
 
MUCHOS GRACIAS to Hans de Vente for recording and sharing

SAMPLE: "Private Idaho" (Edenhall 1980)


01 Lava
The B-52's deserve the title "ultimate party band"
02 Give Me Back 
     My Man
03 6060-842
04 Devil In My Car
05 Fifty-Two Girls
06 Quiche Lorraine
07 Dirty Back Road
08 Private Idaho
09 Strobe Light
10 Runnin’ Around
11 Rock Lobster
12 Dance This 
     Mess Around
13 Planet Claire
14 Party Out of Bounds

TT: 54:47 mins.

MP3@320

Quite groovy graphic by Fritz Bol

The B-52’s:
Kate Pierson
Fred Schneider
Keith Strickland
Cindy Wilson
Ricky Wilson (R.I.P.)

 Learn more about the music of The B-52's at Wikipedia or the band's official site



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