Friday, September 28

Sneakers - Reunion Shows, NYC & NC 2007-'08

Sneakers were one of the early bands that Chris, 
Will & Mitch Easter were in

audience recordings (sound quality VG-) 

Highlight: The B&G Pies ad, of course!

BIG THANKS to the tapers, apologies to CS, and LOTS OF THANKS to dB’s Fan for the share!

SAMPLE: "On the Brink (Cat's Cradle 2008)"

Cat's Cradle
Carrboro, NC
May 2, 2008*
01 intro
02 On the Brink
03 Decline and Fall
04 Condition Red
05 Driving
06 Nonsequitur (of Silence) [WR]
07 Story of a Girl
08 Ruby [RK]
09 B & G Pies ad
10 Quelle Folie
11 Walk Upon the Water (Move cover)
12 No Wonder
13 (Love's Like a) Cuban Missile Crisis
14 S'Il Vous Plait
15 What I Dig

The Bowery Ballroom
Jan. 13, 2007**
16 S'Il Vous Plait
17 Ruby [RK]
18 Decline and Fall
19 (Love's Like a) Cuban Missile Crisis
20 Nonsequitur (of Silence) [WR]
21 Quelle Folie
22 On the Brink
23 Condition Red

Chris and Mitch take turns singing lead for most of these. Will and Robert Keely each sing lead on 1 song: Will on “Nonsequitur” and Robert on “Ruby.”

*Opener for The Pressure Boys at a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation benefit 2008-05-02 (the 2nd Sneakers reunion show).

**Opener for dB’s reunion show (the 1st Sneakers reunion show), 2007-01-13. A reporter at the NYC show wrote, “For Sneakers’ last two songs, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley joined in to contribute tambourine and cowbell.”

MP3@320 (2007 show is MP3@192, best avail. bit rate)
Alt. Link

AH, the good ol’ days — when Chris had his own label...
Mitch Easter - guitars, electric sitar, vocals
Chris Stamey - guitar, vocals
Will Rigby - drums, vocals
Robert Keely - bass, vocals
Chris Stevenson - drums, percussion
Wes Lachot – keyboards

NOTE: above is 2008 Carrboro show lineup, which was slightly different for 2007 show in NYC…
One more from the NYC reunion show - photo by Edutourist via Flickr

FOR FURTHER READING: brief history of Sneakers from Trouser Press is HERE; a longer feature story from IndyWeek is reproduced HERE; a review of the Bowery Ballroom 2007 show in NYC (with The dB's & Let's Active) from the No Depression archive is HERE; nearly shameless plug: Mick Dillingham's guest post about the many connections between Mitch Easter and The dB's is one of this blog's special pages, found HERE.


  1. Hi

    Thanks for the Sneakers Songs. They are great!


    Robert Pally


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