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

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

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 7

Love Tractor – Iowa City 1989 & 1983 bonus

Polo Club
Iowa City, Iowa
KRUI-FM broadcast

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...

01 Nightclub Scene
02 Neon Lights
03 Themes from Venus
04 Venice
05 Festival
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 Tropical

Athens, GA
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.