Thursday, April 19

Repercussion will return next week

Hello all.

There's just too much happening in the rest of my life to squeeze in blogging.

I'll return next week with more tasty music.

Come back soon!


Friday, April 13

Waterboys - Cloud of Sound (rarities + live)

'Cloud of Sound'
limited-edition release
rare, previously unreleased & live

soundboard recordings (quality: VG++ to Ex-)

ROB SEZ: No time for a more extensive share today, but I know there are Waterboys / Mike Scott fans out there who'll enjoy this. This was a strictly limited-edition release from 2012, available only at live shows and online — long gone by now. I've included Mike Scott's track-by-track notes in the folder. (Here's hoping the fan-friendly Mr. Scott won't mind my sharing it here for free.)

Tuesday, April 10

Nicole Atkins - Radio Sessions 2017 + 2018

WFUV Live Session
Electric Lady Studios 
New York, N.Y.
Sept. 6, 2017

webstream (sound quality: Ex-; extraordinary sound for a webstream source)

SAMPLE: "Brokedown Luck" (live NYC 2017)

01 A Little Crazy
02 Darkness Falls So Quiet
03 Brokedown Luck
04 Colors
05 A Night of Serious Drinking 
06 Goodnight Rhonda Lee
07 Listen Up
08 thanks + intro last song
09 A Dream Without Pain
10 N.A. interview with 
      WFUV DJ Carmel Holt

WFMU Live Session
Jersey City, N.J.
January 2018 

(broadcast Feb. 2, 2018)

webstream (sound 
quality: VG+) 

01 Darkness Falls So Quiet
02 Goodnight Rhonda Lee
03 A Little Crazy
04 A Night of Serious Drinking
05 A Dream Without Pain
06 N.A. interview with 
      Sheila B of WFMU

ROB SEZ: Last Friday's post didn't do justice to this extraordinary artist. Pardon me for the caps lock, but YOU JUST HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE SAMPLE RIGHT NOW ... if not sooner. Go ahead; I'll wait. [...this is me, waiting...] OK, see what I mean? NICOLE ATKINS DESERVES TO BE A STAR. Her latest album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee is already a classic in my book (AllMusic's rating = 4 & 1/2 stars). I'm challenging all open-minded music fans to go stream it right now. I promise you'll thank me. So what's her sound? Take some Chris Isaac, Roy Orbison, Peggy

Fab photos of Nicole Atkins courtesy of WFUV, NYC
Lee, Nancy Sinatra, Patsy Cline and throw it in a blender. Add judicious quantities of the Muscle Shoals R & B sound, classic country and some rock, pour it over ice, and you have a musical cocktail that tastes amazing and will knock you out in the best possible way. Haven't heard a rant from me like this in a while, have you?!? There's a reason for that: no one's knocked my socks off like Nicole Atkins in a very long time. MEGA THANKS to WFUV & WFMU for sharing the good stuff. Enjoy photos and video from the WFUV live session here.
MP3@320 (interviews = 224kbps)
Learn more about Nicole Atkins' music at her 

Friday, April 6

Nicole Atkins - Freehold, N.J. 2011 + NYC 2014

Concerts In the Studio 
Freehold, NJ
April 2, 2011
audience recording (sound quality: VG+; recorded with mics at the back of the room — away from excessive crowd noise; a lovely recording)

SAMPLE: "Maybe Tonight" (live NYC 2014)

01 intro
02 Heavy Boots
03 Call Me the Witch
04 My Baby Don't Lie 
05 Maybe Tonight
06 banter 1
07 Hotel Plaster
08 Monterrey Honey
09 Cry Cry Cry
10 The Way It Is
11 Awaiting the Flood
12 War Torn
13 banter 2
14 Neptune City
15 banter 3
16 The Tower

Madison Sq. Park
NICOLE ATKINS: can't resist an artist who loves The Who
New York, NY
June 18, 2014

soundboard-audience matrix
(sound quality: Ex-)

01  Who Killed the Moonlight?
02  What Do You Know
03  Cool People
04  Gasoline Bride
05  The Way It Is
06  Maybe Tonight
07  Girl You Look Amazing 
08  We Wait Too Long
09  Vultures
10  Red Ropes
11  The Worst Hangover
12  Party's Over
13  Cool Enough
14  banter
15  Its Only Chemistry
16  thanks, etc.
17  The Tower

Recorded & Produced by NYCTaper (where you'll find additional Nicole Atkins shows in great quality)

ROB SEZ: No time this week for anything lengthy about Nicole Atkins. Suffice it to say she wouldn't be appearing here if I didn't think she was worth considerably more attention than she seems to have garnered over the years. An amazing voice, great songwriting chops, and a charismatic performer. Repercussion "camp followers" might recognize her name from a few collaborations with Cotton Mather, which is how I found out about her. BIG THANKS to Jerry C., who recorded & shared the 2011 show and to NYCTaper, who did their usual amazing job with the 2014 show. You'll find other live recordings by Nicole at NYCTaper.

Nicole's latest LP is Goodnight Rhonda Leego get it!


Tuesday, April 3

Psychedlic Furs - Madrid, SP 1984

Estudios Roma 
Madrid, Spain
June 26, 1984

soundboard recording (quality: VG++; audio rip from DVD)

Recorded at Estudios Roma, Madrid on June 26, 1984.
Broadcast by La Edad de Oro (TVE2), Jan. 1, 1985.
(#2 in the Stolen Files DVD Series)

01 stage entrance
02 Love My Way
03 Pretty In Pink
04 Here Come Cowboys 
05 My Time
06 President Gas
07 Sleep Comes Down
08 The Ghost in You
09 Heaven
10 Only You and I
11 Sister Europe
12 Alice's House
13 Heartbeat
14 Forever Now
15 Imitation of Christ
16 Into You Like a Train
17 India
18 stage exit

ROB SEZ: Like the Furs? Then you'll want this one. A very well-performed show that's been on my hard drive for a while, just waiting for time for me to listen. In a word, this one is needful. MASSIVE THANKS to kingonjiro for sharing. Go visit the amazing site ASAP.

Friday, March 30

Sundays - Brockport, NY 1990 + Leicester, UK 1992

Hartwell Hall Ballroom
S.U.N.Y. Brockport (university) 
Brockport, N.Y.
September 23, 1990

audience recording (sound quality: VG+)

SAMPLE: "Hideous Towns" (live in Brockport, NY 1990)

The Sundays: mesmerizing the crowd in NYC
01 Can't Be Sure
02 I Won
03 I Kicked a Boy
04 A Certain Someone
05 Joy
06 What Do You Think? 
07 On Earth
08 Skin and Bones
09 Something Wrong +
10 My Finest Hour
11 Hideous Towns
12 Turkish
13 Here's Where 
     the Story Ends

SHARER'S NOTE ON TRACK 09: According to some info I found at,
"Something Wrong" was performed live from 1989 to 1992, but never released as a studio recording. The song has also been referred to in the past as "Now", "All I Ever Wanted", and "I Wish". In a recently discovered recording from a 1990 performance in Amsterdam, Harriet clearly introduces the song as "Something Wrong" (as she does here).
Leicester Polytechnic Arena
City of Leicester Polytechnic 
Leicester, UK
Dec. 3, 1992

audience recording (sound quality: VG; there's some crowd noise & vocals are a bit distant; but this one's still fine)

01 I Won
02 Can't Be Sure
03 On Earth
04 Medicine
05 My Finest Hour
06 What Do You Think?
07 More
08 Joy
09 God Made Me
10 A Certain Someone
11 Here's Where the Story Ends
12. Goodbye
13 I Kicked A Boy
14 Love
15 Turkish
16 Hideous Towns

Harriet Wheeler: the voice & face of The Sundays
ROB SEZ: Ahh — The Sundays. They were an exquisite breath of musical fresh air in the late 1980s and most of the 1990s. They had a unique-but-accessible sound with a strong pair of leaders in vocalist Harriet Wheeler and her romantic/musical partner, guitarist David Gavurin. After three albums and a clutch of popular singles, they grew weary of the pop music grind and bid farewell in order to raise a family — without dissolving the band. Fans like me harbored fleeting hopes of a return. It became more than a passing fancy a few years ago when the pair revealed they continue to write & record music in their home studio. But we'll have to keep dreaming unless (and until ?) Wheeler & Gavurin actually grace us with new music or live performances. MEGA THANKS to the tapers & sharers, especially Mike, Zeb & Tom for the 1990 recording and nashspacerocket (via darkcircleroom and TJB) for the 1992 recording. OF COURSE there's a mystery bonus share...



Friday, March 23

Sundays - Black Session 1992 + Atlanta, GA 1997

Black Session no. 17 
Radio Inter
Paris, France
Dec. 15, 1992

FM recording (sound quality: VG+) 

01 I Won
02 Can't Be Sure
03 What Do You Think? 
04 Joy
05 On Earth
06 Medicine
07 My Finest Hour
08 Here's Where the Story Ends
09 More
10 Hideous Towns

Note: an additional song, A Certain Someone, ended the set. A recording of it doesn’t seem to circulate widely, and thus is missing from this post.

Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA
Dec. 5, 1997 

Dream Remaster (mega thanks to Colin!)

Custom covers by Tim Barron
audience recording (sound quality: VG to VG+)

01 intro [theme from "Hawaii Five-O"] 
02 banter 1
03 Can't Be Sure
04 What Do You Think?
05 Cry
06 I Kicked A Boy
07 Medicine
08 banter 2
09 Another Flavour
10 banter 3
11 When I'm Thinking About You
12 Homeward
13 banter 4
14 Monochrome
15 banter 5
16 My Finest Hour
17 Goodbye
18 encore break 1
19 She
20 Here's Where the Story Ends 
21 encore break 2
22 Joy
23 crowd / banter 6
24 Summertime
25 encore break 3
26 Turkish
27 Hideous Towns

ROB SEZ: Coupla new things here: a Sundays post and a collaboration with Colin from the fab Dream Remaster blog. For some years, Colin has been posting excellent ROIOS by artists we love — and I recommend you check out his blog if you haven't already (he's got many more Sundays goodies). I obtained a CD-R copy of the Atlanta show, but it was well beyond my meager talents to improve. Knowing Colin's superior skills & appreciation for The Sundays, I pitched the idea to him and he ran with it. Thanks to him, this relatively rare recording is now quite an enjoyable listen. Thank you, kind sir.

FLAC (Atlanta gig in lossless; Black Session in MP3)


Tuesday, March 20

Close Lobsters - Rarities & Live BLOWOUT

Rarities 1984-1990
CLOSE LOBSTERS: then (above) & live in 2012 (below)

soundboard recordings
(sound quality: VG to VG+)

01 From This Day On (demo c. 1984)
02 Don't Worry (early version 1985)
03 I Grow So Young
     (aka Van Morrisons Trousers) 
04 Deep House
05 Head Above Water
     (live CBGB, NYC 1989)
06 Chicago (live in USA 1989 or '90)
07 Settle Down
     (live King Tuts, Glasgow 1990)
08 Nitwit (live King Tuts, 
     Glasgow 1990)
09 Steel Love (non-LP single 1989)
10 Float On (non-LP compilation 
     track 1990)

SPECIAL THANKS to Close Lobsters for sharing these rare tracks. 

Rarities 2009-2018
(instrumental experiments & remixes)

soundboard recordings (sound quality: VG++)

01 Cosmic War (Melancholy Soul Mix)
02 Cosmic War (Anti-Orestes Mix)
03 Cosmic War (Radical & Absolute)
04 Chaosmos
05 Melancholy Soul
06 Disegno 23
07 Disegno 24
08 La Speranza 8
09 Wander Elektro 2018 

NOTE: All but a few of these are beat-heavy instrumentals & remixes, presumably by Close Lobsters front man Andrew Burnett. Many are variations on the same melodic theme.

Port Talbot, Wales
May 21, 1987

soundboard recording (sound quality: VG+)

01 Going to Heaven to See If It Rains
02 Sewer Pipe Dream
03 Pimps
04 Pathetique
05 Just Too Bloody Stupid
06 Promise Me Back
07 I Kiss the Flower In Bloom 
08 Never Seen Before
09 I Take Bribes
10 Prophecy
11 Firestation Towers
12 Mother of God
MEGA THANKS to the taper and to lucky for the unexpected share!

Radio Sessions 1986-1989
FM & soundboard recordings
(sound quality: VG to VG+)
01 Nothing Really Matters
02 Going to Heaven to See If It Rains 
03 Pathetic Trivia
04 Never Seen Before
05 Loopholes
06 From This Day On
07 What Is There to Smile About?
08 Mirror Breaks (The Mob cover)
09 Lovely Little Swan
10 Knee Trembler
11 Nature Thing
12 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
      (Soft Cell cover)
  • 01-04 = Janice Long BBC Radio 1 show. Rec. 29 June 1986. Broadcast 15 July 1986.
  • 05-08 = John Peel Session, BBC London. Rec. 15 Dec. 1987. Broadcast 4 Jan. 1988.
  • 09-12 = Radio Clyde Session 1989.

ROB SEZ: When I shared two CL live shows last Friday, I had very little left in the barrel to share later. Then, ASH-connected music hero lucky showed up with this radio session and the Wales live gig. ALL THANKS & PRAISE to lucky! Mystery bonus shares are hiding in plain sight...

FLAC + MP3@320 (Wales live set in flac; all else lossy)

ASH Tuesday post #89


Friday, March 16

Close Lobsters - Live 1987 + 1989

Clarendon Ballroom
Hammersmith, London, UK 
Feb. 28, 1987

opening set, supporting The Wedding Present

audience recording (sound quality: VG; transfer from master tape)
SAMPLE: "Going to Heaven to See If It Rains" (live 1987)

01 Sewer Pipe
02 Pimps
03 Pathetic Trivia
04 I Take Bribes
05 Wide Waterways
06 Never Seen Before
07 In Spite of These Times
08 Going to Heaven to 
     See If It Rains 
09 A Prophecy
10 Get What They Deserve

TT: 34:21 mins.

ROB SEZ: Close Lobsters were / are an indie band from Paisley, Scotland that caught an early break by landing a track on NME's well-received C86 compilation. The usual problems conspired to prevent wider acclaim, but Close Lobsters released a fine clutch of singles and two long-players in the late 1980s — all of them included in the 2015 Firestation Towers compilation. AllMusic refers to the band's sound as "neo-psychedelic jangle pop", which works for me. The group reunited in 2012 and thereafter released two EPs and mounted sporadic live gigs. SPECIAL THANKS to chrispoor for sharing the 1987 live set and extra thanks to the Stonecutter Archives & elegymart for the 1989 show. Sound quality is poorer than I prefer, but there's precious little rare stuff by this band to share. Look for more here soon...

Cabaret Metro
Chicago, Illinois
Nov. 3, 1989

audience recording
(sound quality: VG-)

01  audience
02  Nature Thing 
03  Arthur
04  I Kiss the Flower In Bloom 
05  Lovely Little Swan 
06  Gunpowderkeg
07  Never Seen Before
08  Pathetique  
09  Got Apprehension
10  Hey Hey, My My
      (Into the Black) 
11  Just Too Bloody Stupid  
12  Loopholes
13  Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
14  Knee Trembler  
15  Foxheads
16  In Spite of These Times

TT: 56:11 mins.

Close Lobsters:
Andrew Burnett - vocals
Graeme Wilmington - guitar, backing vocals
Tom Donnelly - guitar
Bob Burnett - bass 
Stewart McFayden - drums, backing vocals



Learn more about Close Lobsters' music at 
the band's FB page, Trouser Press & AllMusic

Tuesday, February 27

Nick Lowe - Around and About (Live 1990-2011)

Six broadcasts — three discs
FM captures (sound quality VG+ to VG++) 

Disc 1 - KCRW Santa Monica, CA 18 Feb. 1990 + Live From Daryl's House 15 June 2008


Disc 2 - Acoustic Magic + Frognerbadet Oslo, Norway 10 June 2011

Disc 3 - KEXP Seattle, WA 14 Oct. 2011 + KUT FM Austin, TX 1 Dec. 2011

51 tracks in all
MASSIVE THANKS to Don for sharing!
ASH Tuesday post #88