Friday, February 22

Cat's Cradle - Chapel Hill, NC 1981 UPGRADE

The dB's
Cat's Cradle
Chapel Hill, NC
Oct. 24, 1981

SOUNDBOARD UPGRADE (NOTE: 24 tracks sbd.; 6 tracks at end are from the audience recording). Original post with photos & more info is HERE

IF YOU MISSED THIS CLASSIC SHOW the first time around, you'll want to snatch it now. Even if you already snagged it and liked it, you'll definitely want this upgrade. ENJOY! 

ABUNDANT THANKS to the taper, glenn s for the original share, and to dB’s Fan for sharing his soundboard recording.
  
photo by CarolinaTim via Flickr
SAMPLE: "Ups & Downs (Cat's Cradle 1981)"

DISC 1
01 (I Thought) You Wanted to Know
02 Bad Reputation
03 Dynamite        
04 Soul Kiss
05 Big Brown Eyes
06 I Feel Good (Today)
07 pH Factor
08 Ups and Downs
09 Storm Warning
10 The Fight
11 Excitement
12 Black and White
13 Big Time
14 Judy

DISC 2
01 Tomorrow Never Knows
02 The Summer Sun
03 I Walked With a Zombie (Roky Erikson cover)
04 Ask for Jill
05 Nothing Is Wrong
06 In Spain
07 We Were Happy There
08 Happenstance
09 Neverland
     **soundboard recording ends here; continues with audience recording**
10 Sweet Home Alabama (tease, Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
11 If and When
12 Time Has Come Today (Chamber Bros. cover)
13 On the Brink (Sneakers song)
14 Valleydale jingle
15 96 Tears (end cut - ? & The Mysterians cover)
 
16 Death Garage (sbd. track from Oct. 23; was not played Oct. 24)
  
photo by Chapel Hill magazine
QUESTION: anyone have photos to share of the old Cat's Cradle location in Chapel Hill? All I can find are ones from the Carrboro site on Main Street...

MP3@320

Alt. Link (Disc 1)
Alt. Link (Disc 2)
 
The dB’s:
Gene Holder – bass guitar
Peter Holsapple – guitar, vocals, keyboard
Will Rigby – drums, backing vocals
Chris Stamey – guitar, vocals
 

Friday, February 15

Tee Hedz - Central Park, NYC 1980

Tawking Hedz
Wollman Rink
Central Park
New York, NY
Aug. 27, 1980
 
Tee Hedz live: the gang’s all pictured here, except Adrian Belew

soundboard recording (sound quality Ex-; slight hum audible between songs; original recording by Frank Galagher; transfer by HDV)

THIS ONE’S LOSSLESS

REPERCUSSION: This blog is devoted mainly to two groups active primarily in the 1980s — groups at times lumped in with the so-called “New Wave”. So, at some point, I wanted to post something by this group. Otherwise, there’s no connection between our heroes from Winston-Salem, NC and the Tee Hedz from NYC.

SAMPLE: "Take Me to the River (Central Park 1980)"

01 Warning Sign (beginning cut, fades in)*
02 Stay Hungry
03 Cities
04 band intros 
05 I Zimbra
06 Once In A Lifetime
07 Houses In Motion
08 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
09 Crosseyed and Painless (fades in)** 
10 Take Me to the River
11 The Great Curve
 
     *first song in the set, Psycho Killer, is not included here
     **Life During Wartime from this show was officially released, so is omitted here (would have been the track before “Take Me to the River”)
 
ROB SEZ: I’ve tried to make it hard for the Internet music police to find this post. I’ve misspelled the name of the band and its original members. When Hans De V began sharing his amazing Tee Hedz tape collection a while back, the powers-that-be were all over his posts, and they disappeared quickly. I don’t want to jeopardize my humble little blog by calling attention to posts like this.

LOSSLESS WAV FILES
tape insert by Hans De V
NEW LINKS ON THE WAY


BONUS: audience recording of the same show — includes band intro & the songs missing from above soundboard version.

Sound quality VG

HQ MP3 (VBR avg. 280 kbps)

David Burne - vocals, guitar
Gerry Harrison - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Tina Weymuth - bass, keyboards
Cris Franz - drums
Adrian Belew - guitar, vocals, percussion
Bernie Worrell - keyboards, vocals, percussion
Busta 'Cherry' Jones - bass 
Steve Scales - percussion, vocals
Nona Hendryx - vocals, percussion
Dollette McDonald - vocals, percussion
 
(core band members’ names are misspelled intentionally...)
  

Friday, February 8

Continental Drifters - Bremen 1996

Bremen, Germany
Jan. 24, 1996
DSR satellite radio

radio broadcast (sound quality Ex-)

BIG THANKS to the recorder and sharer (wish I could be more specific than that)

BY REQUEST
 
photo by Jutta Brandt Knust
REPERCUSSION: Peter joined the Continental Drifters in the early 1990s after The dB's were kaput, and he stayed with the group until it disbanded circa 2003. While they were active, the Drifters recorded several of Peter's songs, so if you enjoy his singing and songwriting, those discs are definitely worth seeking out. Their music is excellent! (Here’s another Drifters show I posted a while back.) 

SAMPLE: "Soul Deep (Bremen 1996)"

01 A Song for You (Gram Parsons cover)
02 Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway
03 Mezzanine
04 Desperate Love
05 Invisible Boyfriend
06 Mixed Messages
07 [zoo song]
08 The Rain Song
09 Darlin’ Darlin’
10 Some of Shelly’s Blues
11 New York
12 Soul Deep (Box Tops cover)
13 Get Over It
14 Who We Are, Where We Live
15 Highway of the Saints  
        (Pat McLaughlin cover)
16 Tighter and Tighter
17 Dedicated to the One I Love  
         (Mamas & The Papas cover)
18 Anything (bonus, live 1998)

MP3@320 
Alt. Link

Continental Drifters:
Peter Holsapple - keyboards,accordion, mandolin, 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar, vocals
Susan Cowsill - acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, shaker, vocals
Robert Maché - mandolin, acoustic & electric guitar, vocals
Vicki Peterson - acoustic & electric guitar, vocals
Carlo Nuccio – drums, vocals
Mark Walton - electric bass
Russ Broussard - drums, vocals (on #18, bonus track)

Go listen to & buy music by Continental Drifters!   Here they are at AllMusic 
  

Tuesday, February 5

Chris' "Lovesick Blues" solo album - OUT NOW!

CHRIS STAMEY SOLO ALBUM OUT TODAY!
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR: GO BUY IT!!
iTunes (bonus tracks version)  CD (Yep Roc)  LP (Yep Roc)
CD (Amazon)   LP (Amazon)
 
ALBUM RELEASE DAY, new video, another live date.  
As I listen to the iTunes download of Lovesick Blues (!), here's some scoop on what's next as Chris and his label sell the music world on his great new album: 

NEW VIDEO FOR THE SONG 'LOVESICK BLUES'

SHORTER, EDITED VERSION

FULL VERSION

Meanwhile, another live performance date has been added (in addition to the ones I've already listed on the News Page): Philadelphia, PA (World Cafe Live Upstairs), 3025 Walnut Street, Sunday, Feb. 17. More details are HERE


More news about Lovesick Blues can be found on the News Page. 

Friday, February 1

Like This REVISITED

The dB’s
Demos & Live
1982-1985
 
Darn right: artwork included in download!

SAMPLE: "White Train 2 (demo)"

01 Love Is for Lovers (live)* 
02 She Got Soul #1 (demo)^
03 Spitting In the Wind (live)+
04 Lonely Is as Lonely Does (demo)^
05 Not Cool (demo)^
06 Amplifier (live)+
07 A Spy In the House of Love (live)+ [brief dropout at 4:31]
08 Rendezvous (live)+
09 New Gun In Town (live)#
10 On the Battlefront (demo)^
11 White Train #2 (demo)^
 
12 Darby Hall (demo)^
13 Elvis, What Happened? (demo)^
14 Love Is for Lovers (demo)^

SOURCES:
*The Blue Note, Columbia, MO 1984-07-16 aud
^Demo 1982-83 (tracks 02 and 11 have extra numbers in the titles because there was more than one version of the same song in the full demos set)
+Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC 1985-03-26 FM
#Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL 1984-12-05 FM
 

IF YOU ENJOY THIS ONE, be sure to check out my earlier post of The dB's 
debut album, Stands for deciBels REVISITED. It's HERE 

ROB SEZ: Instead of just posting the fairly common Demos 1982-83 set, I decided to use a selection of them plus some live tracks to create a “Like This REVISITED” comp. The dB’s third album is a triumph, especially given several big challenges — not the least of which was Chris leaving the band just as The dB’s were finally getting their first U.S. record deal.

In case you’re not familiar with them, the demos date from that transitional time after the release of Repercussion, just before Chris left the group, and before the Peter-led dB’s signed with Bearsville Records in 1984. The source is probably a multi-generation cassette dub, so the sound quality is a tad muddy at times and there’s a bit of hiss on some tracks. I did my best to clean them up.

The live tracks are standouts from 3 shows during the “Like This” tour: Columbia, MO, July 16, 1984 (The Blue Note); Chapel Hill, NC, March 16, 1985 (Cat’s Cradle); and Chicago, IL, Dec. 5, 1984 (Cabaret Metro). The first is a VG+ quality audience recording and the latter two are FM broadcasts. As usual, I used lossless sources for all the above. BIG THANKS to all the tapers and sharers, especially TheBynumite for his FM capture of the Cat’s Cradle show! NOTE: don't be put off by the less-than-perfect sound quality of Track 1 -- the remaining tracks sound considerably better.
 

The “bonus tracks” for this collection are: the demo of “Darby Hall” (which was a bonus track on the original CD release), the demo of “Elvis, What Happened?” (Peter must've had a serious Elvis fetish before the scales fell from his eyes…), and a couldn’t-resist-it repeat of the album’s first song, in demo form.

For extra enjoyment, read Peter’s essay about writing “Love Is for Lovers” and hear an excerpt from the original demo of “Do You Believe This?” at a New York Times blog here:
http://measureformeasure.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/18/anatomy-of-a-flop/
  
Like This, the original album,
appears to be out of print
THIS IS TOO GOOD AN ALBUM 
TO GO OUT OF PRINT!!
Are you listening, benevolent record label people??
 

The Long Ryders - Philadelphia 1987

Chestnut Cabaret
Philadelphia, PA
May 5, 1987

audience recording (sound quality VG+; transfer from 1st-generation copy of master tape)

BY REQUEST When I asked for comments about future posts, “Long Ryders” was one of the requests — so here ya go!

SINCERE THANKS to the Punk-Rock Cop for taping the show, and to happyfeet66 for sharing.
 
The Long Ryders: "Americana" & "alt-country" before the terms were even invented
photos courtesy sidgriffin.com
SAMPLE: "I Want You Bad (Philly 1987)"

01 Prairie Fire
02 Lights of Downtown
03 Man of Misery
04 A Stitch In Time
05 State of My Union
06 Harriet Tubman's Going to Carry Me Home
07 Capturing the Flag
08 Long Story Short
09 Baby’s In Toyland
10 I Want You Bad (NRBQ cover)
11 Spectacular Fall (fades in)
12 I Had a Dream
13 band intros --> Greenville Trestle High (James & Joan Jett cover)
14 You Just Can’t Ride the Boxcars Anymore
15 Gunslinger Man
16 Looking for Lewis & Clark
17 Hair of the Dog (Green on Red cover)
18 Smash It Up (The Damned cover)
19 10-5-60 (big medley) 
  
 
MP3@320
Alt. Link

The Long Ryders:
Sid Griffin – vocals, steel guitar, harmonica
Stephen McCarthy – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Greg Sowders – drums
Tom Stevens – bass, vocals

Learn more about The Long Ryders’ music at AllMusic and/or Sid Griffin’s site