Friday, January 17

Alex Chilton - One Weekend in 1986 (rare!)

Alex Chilton Trio 
New York, N.Y.
April 4, 1986
audience recording (sound quality: VG+; McKenzie source)

SAMPLE: "Tee Ni Nee Ni Nu" (live 1986)

01 stage entrance, mix adjustment
02 Sick and Tired
03 No Sex
04 Bangkok
05 In the Street
06 Honkin' Down 
     the Highway 
07 Ubangi Stomp
08 Tee Ni Nee Ni Nu
09 B-A-B-Y
10 Rock Hard
11 Gavotte
12 Nobody's Fool
13 Let Me Get Close to You
14 Underclass
15 Lost My Job
16 tuning, band intros
17 Shake It
18 audience, return to stage
19 When My Baby's Beside Me
20 No More the Moon Shines on Lorena

ROB SEZ: Here's another set of rare Alex Chilton recordings for your listening pleasure, courtesy of Tom at The McKenzie Tapes (an amazing treasure trove of live recordings from the mid-1980s and early 1990s, in & around NYC.). Imagine you were in the NYC area 34 years ago and went to hear Alex Chilton one night, and after crossing the river, heard him again the next night. To my knowledge, this is the first online sharing of these shows in lossless quality.

Hoboken, N.J. 
April 5, 1986
audience recording (sound quality: VG; McKenzie source)

01 stage entrance, tuning
02 Margie (Eddie Cantor)
03 I’m Gonna Make You Mine (Lou Christie)  
04 Boogie Shoes (KC & The Sunshine Band)
05 B-A-B-Y (Carla Thomas)
06 Thank You John (Willie Tee)
07 Sick and Tired (Chris Kenner)
08 September Gurls
09 Shake It
10 Tina the Go-Go Queen (Sir Mack Rice)
11 Stuff
12 Honkin’ Down the Highway (Beach Boys)
13 Save Your Love for Me (Buddy Johnson)
14 Youngblood (The Coasters)
15 Battle of Earl K Long (Ernie Barton)
16 The Letter (Box Tops)
17 Fields of Clover (Box Tops)
18 Nobody’s Fool (Dan Penn)
19 Past, Present, and Future (Shangri-Las)
20 No Sex
21 Te Ni Nee Ni Nu (Slim Harpo)

22 Lonely Weekends (Charlie Rich)
23 Solar System (Beach Boys)
24 The World We Knew 1st attempt 
(Frank Sinatra) 
25 The World We Knew 2nd attempt
26 Underclass
27 return to stage, tuning, banter
28 Bangkok

Please leave a comment to thank Tom & company at McKenzie Tapes

Friday, January 10

Big Star Third - Live in London 2012 with Ray Davies

Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre
London, UK
May 28, 2012
audience recording (VG++; very clear house sound, transferred from master tape)
Ray Davies takes the mic while Chris plays & directs, London, May 2012
photo by nick hider via Flickr
REPERCUSSION: Chris Stamey played bass and collaborated in other ways with Alex Chilton in the late 1970s. From 2010 to 2018, Chris organized and led live performances of Big Star’s Third. Mitch Easter was one of the players in the core ensemble. [Go to the page at this blog to discover the many connections between Alex, Chris and The dB's].
MASSIVE THANKS to Pike1957 for recording, mastering and sharing this historic show
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): 
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 on basketball!]
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
38 - Back of a Car (Jon Auer)
Part I
That's Mitch Easter, second from left
photo by The Guardian
The Guardian published an 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
Big Black Car (link to Vimeo)

Friday, January 3

Alex Chilton - Maxwell's 1987 (rare!)

Alex Chilton Trio 
Hoboken, N.J.
Nov. 20, 1987

audience recording (sound quality: VG++; McKenzie master tape source; great-sounding club show with minimal crowd noise)
SAMPLE: "September Gurls" (live at Maxwell's 1987)

01 intro
02 Disco Lady
03 Take It Off
04 In the Street
05 Thing for You
06 Come By Here
07 Volaré
08 Dalai Lama
09 Make a Little Love
10 The Christmas Song
11 Little GTO
12 Goldfinger 
(fades in due 
      to tape flip) 
13 B-A-B-Y
14 No Sex
15 Rockin’ Daddy
16 Sick and Tired
17 September Gurls
18 banter, tuning, song requests
19 Girl from Ipanema
20 Duke of Earl

    ROB SEZ: I am pleased beyond words to offer a rare & rockin' Alex Chilton Trio show in great sound quality, thanks to Tom at The McKenzie Tapes. If you check out the site, you’ll discover that The McKenzie Tapes is an amazing treasure trove of live recordings from the mid-1980s and early 1990s, mostly in & around NYC. To my knowledge, this is the first online sharing of this show in lossless quality. I did very little to modify the recording as received, except to track it, apply a couple of fade-ins and fade-outs, and edit out a few minutes’ worth of onstage tuning and dead air. Enjoy, and please leave a comment to let Tom & David McKenzie know how much you appreciate their work!

    The (truly) final  studio collaboration between Alex and Big Star founder Chris Bell. Five tracks, all previously unreleased.
    Issued late 2019 by Omnivore Recordings on vinyl & digital download 

    Friday, December 27

    The dB's - New Year's Eve 1986, Raleigh, NC

    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).
    Gene models the kind of hat all well-dressed  
    New Year’s Eve revelers should wear
    (a sideways Like This LP jacket!)
    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 (end cut, fades out)
    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

    ROB SEZ: A fired-up dB’s play a rowdy New Year’s Eve show — a perfect way to ring in any New Year. 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. BIG THANKS to TG for recording the show and RIDICULOUS THANKS to dB’s Fan for the share.

    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 20

    Los Lobos & friends - Holiday House Party 1992 (FM)

    Capitol Recording Studios 
    Hollywood, CA 
    Oct. 1992 (broadcast Dec. 25, 1992) 
    DJ-banter-removed version
    SAMPLE: "The Christmas Song" (live 1992)

    DISC 1
    * DJ introduction omitted * 
    02 Peace
    03 Arizona Skies>
    04 Borinquen Patria Mia
    05 Canto Veracruz
    06 Mario from the Bario (Lalo Guerrero)
    07 Pancho Claus (Lalo Guerrero)
    08 Beat Angel (Rickie Lee Jones, Leo Kottke 
          & John Leftwich)
    09 Running Up the Stairs (Rickie Lee Jones, Leo Kottke 
          & John Leftwich)
    10 The Christmas Song
    11 One Time, One Night
    12 Buffalo River Home (John Hiatt)
    13 Drive South (John Hiatt)
    14 Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
          (John Hiatt & Los Lobos)

    DISC 2
    01 Colas
    02 El Zapateado
    03 La Iguana>
    04 La Guacamaya
    05 Instrumental Medley:
          (Leo Kottke) 
         Available Space>
         June Bug>
         Vaseline Machine Gun>
         Jack Fig
    06 I'll Be Home for Christmas
          (Dave Alvin & Rick Solem)
    07 Dry River (Dave Alvin & Syd Straw)
    08 Golden Dream (Syd Straw 
          & Dave Alvin)
    09 O Holy Night (Syd Straw 
          & Rickie Lee Jones)
    10 The Christmas Twist
          (Syd Straw & Los Lobos)
    11 La Pistola y El Corazon
    Find more Los Lobos cheer HERE
    12 Kiko & the Lavender Moon
    13 What's Goin' On?
    ROB SEZ: How about a musical house party for your holiday festivities? Or even if you don't HAVE any festivities to host or attend, this would be a fine substitute. For years, I've been looking for a good excuse to post some Los Lobos music, and now I've got one. Please enjoy — and have an excellent holiday!

    Friday, December 13

    The dB's - Peppermint Lounge, NYC 1981

    The dB's
    Peppermint Lounge 
    New York, N.Y.
    Oct. 11, 1981
    audience recording (sound quality VG)
    Note: This show marked the US release of Repercussion 
    Video capture from a different dB's show at Peppermint Lounge, NYC
    01  I Thought (You Wanted to Know)
    02  Bad Reputation
    03  Dynamite
    04  Soul Kiss
    05  Judy
    06  I Feel Good (Today)
    07  pH Balance
    08  Tomorrow Never Knows
    09  Ups and Downs
    10  The Fight
    11  Excitement
    12  We Were Happy There
    13  Happenstance
    14  Black and White
    15  Whipping Post > Neverland
    16  Part 3, final jam session
    ROB SEZ: To the original share, I've added track 16, which came from a separate recording. Since the jam includes Peter H — and is from the same night, venue & show — I've included it for the sake of history. HUGE THANKS to the taper and uploader.
    The dB’s:
    Chris Stamey – guitar & vocals
    Peter Holsapple – guitar, keyboard & vocals
    Gene Holder – bass
    Will Rigby – drums
    Peppermint Lounge, NYC — way back when
    Uploader’s note: The Individuals opened. The Raybeats followed The dB's and played a very short 3-song set. The grand finale was, believe it or not, a jam session, with Peter joined onstage by various members of the Bush Tetras, Au Pairs, and Malaria. Included is Part 3 of the jam (first two parts are lost).

    Friday, December 6

    Balderdash, Ltd. (Mitch Easter) - Charlotte, N.C. 2019

    The Evening Muse 
    Charlotte, N.C.
    March 1, 2019

    audience recording (sound quality: VG++; another excellent Batchain recording)

    Balderdash, Ltd. is Mitch Easter's new band

    Mitch (right) and Balderdash, Ltd. - last month at Mitch's N.C. Music Hall of Fame induction

    01 You / Me
    02 Rogues*
    03 Ode to a Tin Angel (Hearts & Flowers cover)
    04 Rock & Roll Love Letter (Bay City Rollers cover) 
    05 Hello Susie (The Move cover)
    06 Sudden Crown Drop
    07 Get Free+
    08 Ton of Bricks
    09 Psyched-Out (The Ventures cover)
    10 Waters Part
    *Rogues is a song Mitch demoed in the early 1990s, but never officially released
    +Get Free is a song Mitch wrote that ended up on the Shalini album We Want Jelly Donuts (rel. 2000)
    ROB SEZ: Thanks to Batchain (aka Larry T.), we can celebrate Mitch's recent induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in style. At the induction ceremony last month, Mitch and his band, Balderdash Ltd., played a live set at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, N.C. Like Gravel Truck and other Mitch-led band efforts, Balderdash, Ltd. functions as a vehicle to play music from several eras of Mitch's history: Let's Active, solo material, and the obscure-but-choice covers he relishes.
    Mitch & Balderdash, Ltd. - Atlanta, GA 2018
    (photo by John Boydston; this & other photos from the show included in download)

    Here's a video Batchain shot at the Charlotte show

    Friday, November 29

    CBGB dB's - Jan. 1982

    The dB’s
    New York, NY
    Jan. 16, 1982

    audience recording (sound quality range: VG to VG+; the usual crowd noise is evident since it’s a club show, but it’s more fun than distracting)

    Pretty clever what the artwork creator did with the letters on the awning...

    ROB SEZ: Two different recordings of this show have circulated in the past, but I am persuaded this is the superior-sounding version. I have re-tracked it and done some subtle eq work to bring out the best of this recording from a first-generation tape. Sincere thanks go to the original taper, dclubok for the original share, and edA for the re-up.

    Early set:
    artwork included in DL, of course
    1.  Black and White
    2.  Living a Lie
    3.  Ups and Downs
    4.  I Feel Good (Today)
    5.  Amplifier
    6.  Soul Kiss
    7.  pH Factor
    8.  Ask for Jill
    9.  We Were Happy There
    10. Bad Reputation
    11. Happenstance
    12. Neverland
    13. banter / Black Sabbath tease
    14. If and When
    15. Tighten Up
    16. Molly Says

    TT: 50 mins. 46 secs. (Set 1)

    Late set:
    1.  (I Thought) You Wanted 
    Although CBGB is no more, the famous awning
    is now on display at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame
          to Know
    2.  The Fight
    3.  Big Brown Eyes
    4.  Purple Hose
    5.  She Might Call
    6.  Judy
    7.  Storm Warning
    8.  Hey Baby
           (Alex Chilton cover)*
    9.  The Summer Sun
    10. Living a Lie
    11. In Spain
    12. Excitement

    13. Everlasting Love
    14. Get Down Tonight (Will Rigby vocal)
    15. Let’s Live for Today

    *see explanatory note about this song at THIS blog post

    TT: 54 mins. 21 secs. (Set 2)


    The dB’s:
    Chris Stamey – guitar & vocals
    Peter Holsapple – guitar, organ & vocals
    Gene Holder – bass
    Will Rigby – drums