Friday, December 28

New Year's Eve 1986 - Raleigh, NC

The dB's
The Brewery
Raleigh, NC
Dec. 31, 1986 into the wee hours of Jan. 1, 1987

audience recording (sound quality VG+; a well-balanced, solid-sounding recording).

BIG THANKS to TG for recording the show and SUPER DUPER THANKS to dB’s Fan for the share!

Highlights: A fired-up dB’s play a rowdy New Year’s Eve show — a perfect way to ring in any New Year. (Dig those nutty noisemakers!) During the show, Peter announces (for the first time in public?) that I.R.S. Records has signed The dB’s and that a new album will be recorded and released in 1987.
 
Gene models the kind of hat all well-dressed  
New Year’s Eve revelers should wear
(ie, a sideways Like This jacket!)

SAMPLE: "Love Is for Lovers (Raleigh 1986)"

01 Any Old Thing
02 She Got Soul
03 Auld Lang Syne -- Never Say When
04 Rains Around Here
05 Lonely Is as Lonely Does
06 Not Cool
07 Never Before and Never Again
08 A Better Place
09 Today Could Be the Day
10 White Train
11 I Lie (very end cut, faded)
12 New Gun In Town
13 Change With the Changing Times
14 Amplifier
15 Love Is for Lovers
16 Witchi-Tai-To (Jim Pepper cover; Will sings lead)*
17 A Spy In the House of Love
18 Why Don't We Do It In the Road?
    
*16 is a traditional Native American peyote chant set to music (leave it to Will to find something that cool & include it in a dB’s show...)

TT: 78:25
 
These photos were taken at a show in Boston at The Rat in the mid-1980s. But it probably looked a lot like this on New Year's Eve in 1986 at The Brewery in Raleigh.
  
  













The dB's:
Peter Holsapple: guitar, vocals
Gene Holder: lead guitar
Will Rigby: drums, backing vocals
Jeff Beninato: bass, backing vocals
  

Friday, December 21

Best of 2012 - Live

The dB's
The Best of 2012 Live
various venues & dates

FM & web stream (sound quality Ex-; all these recordings sound great).

BIG THANKS to the stations & other media outlets that broadcast these (plus TheBynumite for the video of “Write Back”)!

My holiday gift to you, dear blog followers, is a collection of the best-sounding and best-performed live songs played and sung by The dB’s in 2012. I wanted to post something to commemorate this amazing year for the guys, releasing an album of new songs as well as playing dozens of live shows. I think you’re gonna really like this one... (Please leave a comment to let me know what you think)  
The dB’s play Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, June 2012
photo by hulaedwyn via Flickr
ABOUT THIS COLLECTION: Even though there wasn’t enough material for a concert-length set, I decided to sequence this as if it were a live performance — with the end of one song flowing as smoothly as possible into the next. The collection begins and ends with recordings from my favorite dB’s show of 2012, the band’s triumphant “World Café Live” appearance for WXPN in Philadelphia on the Friday of Labor Day Weekend. (I slightly prefer the audience recording I posted HERE; it’s 2 songs longer and you get a better feel for the atmospherics than with the web stream). The sound quality on these and all the others in the collection is pretty much pristine. 

Oh yeah, as a special this-time-only bonus, I’m posting this in lossless as well as MP3.

As always … ENJOY!  

SAMPLE: "Far Away & Log Ago (Best of 2012 Live)"

01 That Time Is Gone
02 Before We Were Born
03 Happenstance 
04 I Didn't Meant to Say That
05 Send Me Something Real
06 Far Away & Long Ago
07 World to Cry
08 The Adventures of Albatross and Doggerel
09 Write Back (first time ever live!)
10 Love Is for Lovers
11 (I Thought) You Wanted to Know
12 Living a Lie
13 The Wonder of Love

TT: 51:23

SOURCES
01 WXPN-FM, “World Café Live,” Philadelphia, PA 2012-08-31 
02 (same as #1) 
03 Threadgill's, Austin, TX (SXSW “Music Fog” show) 2012-03-17
04 Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV 2012-06-24
05 WXPN-FM, “World Café Live,” Philadelphia, PA 2012-08-31 
06 Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV 2012-06-24 
07 KDHX-FM, St. Louis, MO 2012-11-17 
08 SXSW, Austin, TX (Paste Magazine tent) 2012-03-15 
09 Motorco, Durham, NC (album release party) 2012-06-09 
10 SXSW, Austin, TX (Paste Magazine tent) 2012-03-15 
11 KDHX-FM, St. Louis, MO 2012-11-17 
12 WXPN-FM, “World Café Live,” Philadelphia, 2012-08-31 
13 (same as #12)
Two songs in this collection come from the band’s performance on “Mountain Stage” in Charleston, WV this past June.
photo by Amos Perrine via No Depression
Alt. Link (MF)

Lossless WAV files
NEW LINKS FORTHCOMING

P.S. - If anyone uploads these files & lists them on a torrent tracker, please credit "Rob-In-Brevard" with creating the compilation and please provide a link to this blog.  

The dB's:
Peter Holsapple: guitar, vocals
Chris Stamey: guitar, vocals 
*Gene Holder: bass
**Will Rigby: drums, backing vocals 
Brett Harris - keyboards & additional guitar
  
*Mitch Easter filled in for Gene for the SXSW performances 
**Chris Stephenson filled in for Will for the Mountain Stage performance
  
The dB's play The Hideout in Chicago, Nov. 2012
photo by Max Herman / Time Out Chicago
   

Friday, December 14

VA - Celebrate Xmas! comp

The dB’s (& other cool people)
Celebrate Xmas!
assorted live and studio recordings (none commercially released)
 
variable audio quality
 
Peter plays Father Christmas and Jeff ... he's, um ...
what exactly were you doing, Jeff?!?
SAMPLE: "Feliz Navidad (live, Xmas comp)"

01 Christmas Time (Chris Stamey & friends)
02 It's Christmas Time (Yo La Tengo)
03 White Christmas (Patti Smith)
04 Happy Christmas / War is Over (John Hiatt with Los Lobos)
05 Christmas Time Is Here (Shawn Colvin)
06 I Saw Three Ships (Don Dixon)
07 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Marti Jones)
08 Home for the Holidays (The dB's)
09 O Holy Night (The dB's)
10 New Year's Revolution (Graham Parker)
11 Santa Claus Is Back In Town (The Pursuit of Happiness)
12 Silent Night (Tom Waits)
13 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Sam Phillips)
14 O Holy Night (Syd Straw & Rickie Lee Jones)
15 Two Thousand Miles (Syd Straw)
16 Feliz Navidad (The dB's)

Rob sez: Many of these come from the Naughty Dog “Upon This Night” Christmas comp — big thanks to you, Naughty Dog! 

TRACK INFO: 
1.  Idiot's Delight radio session Dec. 5, 1993
2.  unknown 
3.  studio recording c. 1978 
4.  Los Lobos Xmas special, FM broadcast Nov. 24, 1992 
5.  FM broadcast 1998 
6 & 7. Birchmere, FM broadcast Dec. 1995 
8 & 9. KCRW-FM "Snap" session Dec. 1987 
10. Idiot's Delight radio session Dec. 18, 1994 
11. The World, NYC Dec. 10, 1988 
12. Austin City Limits c. 1979 
13. FM broadcast Dec. 1991 
14. Los Lobos Xmas special, FM broadcast Nov. 24, 1992 
15. Pretenders cover, Holiday Hayride, The Fez, NYC Dec. 1993 
16. WXRT-FM, Chicago, IL Dec. 5, 1984
 
  
Want a great & fun collection of holiday music? Look no further!!
20 tracks available at iTunes or Amazon 21 tracks if you buy the CD Read the review by Terry Flamm (Broken Hearted Toy blog) 

Big Star Third live 2012, London

Various Artists
Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre
London, UK
May 28, 2012

audience recording (VG++; very clear house sound, transferred from master tape)

MASSIVE THANKS to Pike1957 for recording, mastering and sharing this historic show!
 
Ray Davies takes the mic while Chris plays & directs, London, May 2012
photo by nick hider via Flickr
REPERCUSSION: Chris played bass and collaborated in other ways with Alex Chilton in the late 1970s. [See the page at this blog describing the many connections between Chris, Alex and The dB's]. Since 2010, Chris has been organizing and leading live orchestral performances of Big Star’s Third. Mitch Easter is one of the players in the core ensemble.

Pike1957 says: "This recording captures a fully-orchestrated performance of Big Star's legendary third album (aka Sister Lovers) and other gems from the band’s timeless catalogue, featuring Charles Cleaver, Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Jody Stephens (Big Star), Chris Stamey (The dB’s), and Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star). Special guests: Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star), Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), John Bramwell (I Am Kloot), Sharon Van Etten, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Robyn Hitchcock, Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Sondre Lerche, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), and others."

SETLIST (lead vocalists for each song noted in parens): 
 
SAMPLE: "Kizza Me (London, 2012)"  
   
Part I
01 - [intro]
02 - Nature Boy (John Bramwell)
03 - [announcement]
04 - Kizza Me (Mitch Easter)
05 - O Dana (Ira Kaplan)
06 - For You (Jody Stephens)
07 - Nightime (Alexis Taylor)
08 - Jesus Christ (Mike Mills)
09 - Big Black Car (Jon Auer)
10 - Take Care (Ira Kaplan)
11 - Stroke It Noel (Norman Blake)
12 - Femme Fatale (Sondre Lerche)
13 - Downs (Robyn Hitchcock) [Mike Mills bouncing a basketball as                                                                                       percussion!]
14 - Dream Lover (Sharon Van Etten)
15 - [announcement]
16 - Blue Moon (Jody Stephens)
17 - Holocaust (Django Haskins)
18 - You Can't Have Me (Sharon Van Etten)
19 - Kanga Roo (Brett Harris)
21 - Thank You Friends (Jody, Jon, Ken Stringfellow & others)

Part II
22 - [intro]
23 - I'm In Love With A Girl (Sondre Lerche)
24 - Thirteen (Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris & more)
25 - Give Me Another Chance (Norman Blake)
26 - I Am The Cosmos [Chris Bell cover] (Jon Auer)
27 - There Was A Light (Ken Stringfellow)
28 - You And Your Sister (Brett Harris)
29 - Daisy Glaze (Ken Stringfellow)
30 - The EMI Song (Smile With Me) (Ira Kaplan)
31 - The Ballad Of El Goodo (Sondre Lerche)
32 - September Gurls (Mike Mills)
33 - [Ray Davies intro]
34 - Til The End Of The Day [Kinks cover] (Ray Davies)
35 - [Ray Davies chat]
36 - The Letter (Ray Davies)
37 - [audience]
Encore:
38 - Back Of A Car (Jon Auer)

Part I

Part II
That's Mitch Easter, second from left
photo by The Guardian
The Guardian published a most excellent, in-depth preview of the show, quoting Chris, Mitch and many others involved in the project. Recommended, and it's HERE. Also a great Q&A with Chris about Alex Chilton from Uncut is HERE at the Big Star Third site.    

Enjoy 3 pro-shot videos by Creato Destructo from a  Big Star Third Live performance in 2010 Kanga Roo
  
Holocaust
Big Black Car (link to Vimeo)
    

Friday, December 7

Love Tractor – Iowa City 1989 & 1983 bonus

Polo Club
Iowa City, Iowa
KRUI-FM broadcast
1989-XX-XX        

FM broadcast (sound quality VG+)

Repercussion: Mitch Easter produced the 1989 Love Tractor album Themes from Venus, and members of Love Tractor were some of the pioneers of the Athens, GA indie music scene, along with B-52s, Pylon and (of course) R.E.M.
 
What kind of photos would you expect
 from a group named “Love Tractor”?!?

BIG THANKS to the taper, original uploader and those who posted the videos from which I ripped the audio...

SAMPLE: "Cartoon Kiddies (Iowa 1989)"

01 Nightclub Scene
02 Neon Lights
03 Themes from Venus
04 Venice
05 [?]
06 Beatle Boots
07 brief station ID
08 Sixty Degrees Below
09 Cartoon Kiddies
10 Hey Mess
11 Nova Express
12 Outside With Ma

Atlanta Arts Festival
Atlanta, GA
May 17, 1983
VHS audio rip (sound quality VG-)
13 Buy Me a Million Dollars
14 Paint
15 [?]

Athens, GA
1983-XX-XX
VHS audio rip (sound quality VG-)
16 Sharp Dressed Man*
           *Track 16 with Peter Buck and Mike Mills of R.E.M.

Any help identifying tracks 5 & 15 will be appreciated…
This is Love Tractor's original lineup. The band re-grouped
some years ago and remains active today.

Love Tractor:
Mark Cline
Mike Richmond
Kit Swartz
Armistead Wellford
(Andrew Carter may have played in place of Kit S. for 1989 show)
  
Learn more about Love Tractor and its music at AllMusic, the band's MySpace site, or blog.