Friday, November 29

Rain Parade - Madison, WI 1984 & London 1985

Madison, WI
Nov. 8, 1984

NOTE: 2 separate shows, 2 separate downloads
If you like these and ask nicely, I might post some more later…

audience recording (sound quality VG; a club show, so of course you can hear audience chatter, but not ruinously so)

Rain  Parade: contemplating what they've done to your mind...

SPECIAL THANKS to gomonkeygo at The New Disease, where I first snagged these...
01 You Are My Friend
02 One and a Half Hours Ago
03 Prisoners
04 On the Way Down 
05 Kaleidoscope 
06 Blue
07 Don't Feel Bad
08 Sad Eyes Kill
09 No Easy Way Down 
10 This Can't Be Today
11 Broken Horse
12 Crashing Dream 
13 Ain't That Nothin’ (Television cover)

Riverside Studios
London, UK
May 19, 1985

soundboard recording (quality Ex--; quite nice sound)

01 You Are My Friend
02 This Can't Be Today
03 Blue
04 Prisoners
05 Broken Horse
06 Kaleidoscope
07 Saturday's Asylum
08 Don't Feel Bad
09 What She's Done to Your Mind
10 No Easy Way Down
11 Night Shade
12 When You Dance (Neil Young cover)

Rain  Parade:
Will Glenn - keyboards
Mark Marcum – drums
Matt Piucci - guitar, vocals
Steven Roback - bass, vocals
John Thoman – guitar, vocals

Learn more about the music of Rain  Parade at Wikipedia or AllMusic … and read this great, extensive interview with Matt Piucci and other leaders of the “Paisley Underground”

Friday, November 22

Joe Jackson Band - Live at The Beeb 1980

Live at The Beeb
Feb. and Oct. 1980

first set:     unknown venue & city, Feb. 1980
second set: Hammersmith Palais, London, Oct. 27, 1980

BBC broadcasts (sound quality Ex--) The first set kinda spoils you for the second. Tracks 1-8 have the better sound, but both performances are great.

The Joe  Jackson Band formed in the late 1970s, recorded 3 albums, toured a lot, and broke up. In 2002, they reunited and recorded a new album, released in 2003. Not bad!

ROB SEZ: If you poke around the blog a bit, you'll see I have a fondness for alt-pop from the UK (classic & classy stuff only, of course!). So here's another one I like a lot, at least Joe's early days.

SAMPLE: "The Harder They Come (Beeb 1980)"

01 Look Sharp
02 Friday
03 Geraldine and John
04 Kinda Kute
05 The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff cover)
06 Pretty Boys
Joe Jackson: reading it in the Sunday Papers...
07 Don't Wanna Be Like That
08 I'm the Man
09 Intro
10 I'm the Man
11 Biology
12 Beat Crazy
13 Look Sharp
14 Crime Don't Pay
15 Pretty Boys
16 On Your Radio
17 Friday
18 Is She Really Going Out With Him?
19 Don't Wanna Be Like That
20 Got the Time

#1-8 = Feb. 1980 (locale unknown)
#9-20 = Hammersmith Palais, London, Oct. 27, 1980
TT: 1 hour, 21 mins.

Joe  Jackson Band:
Joe  Jackson – vocals, keyboard
Graham Maby – bass, vocals
Gary Sanford – guitar, vocals
Dave Houghton – drums, vocals

Want more shows like this? Have a look here, here, here and here.

Learn more about the music of Joe  Jackson at his official site or this great fan site

Friday, November 15

Let's Active - Washington, D.C. 1985 (FM)

9:30 Club
Washington, DC
Feb. 9, 1985

FM capture via web stream (sound quality VG+)

MANIFOLD THANKS to fantom for pointing me to jat13's post of this show on the Internet and to jat13 for sharing.

The 9:30 Club exterior (old F Street locale) in Washington, DC
photo by Charles Crockett
Interior, The 9:30 Club today. photo by LaVan Anderson

01 Back of a Car (Big Star cover)
02 Room with a View
03 Ornamental
04 Leader of Men
05 Prey
06 Crows on a Phone Line
07 Ring True
08 Edge of the World
09 Co-Star
10 Easy Does
11 Secret Agent Man (Johnny Rivers cover)
12 Flags for Everything
13 Every Word Means No
14 Shakin' Street (MC5 cover)
15 Waters Part
16 Blue Line
17 I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen (Slade cover)

TT: 1 hour, 1 min., 54 secs.

Alt. Link 

Letch Actively:
Mick Ersatz – guitars, vocals
Faye Hunter – bass, vocals
Jay Peck – drums
Tim Lee – keyboards, guitar

Friday, November 8

100,000 hits! Congrats to the blog and its readers

100,000 hits and counting

You could say 100,000 is just a number. Yet it's a number that means something to me. It means there's enough interest in what the blog is about to keep the readership alive, even after The dB's public profile has dropped this many months after the new album and tour.

BIG-TIME THANKS to all who read and support the blog. More great music and other interesting stuff will appear here every Friday.

Please keep up your end of the bargain: stop by, read a post or two, download & enjoy some music, click a few links, POST A BRIEF COMMENT (hint). And I'll do my level best on mine.

Oh, yeah. One more thing:
 the blog's been ad-free ever since I started it, 
and that's not gonna change.

Check out these new features

Two new features at the blog:
music samples


list of all artists

Wanna check the sound quality before you download? Now you can do that.

Wanna find all the posts related to a particular artist? Got that, too (see the list on the far right side of the blog, just underneath Rob's Pages).


Friday, November 1

Tele vision - New York City, December 1977

New York, NY
December 28, 1976

audience recording (sound quality VG-; can’t really say the sound is great, but it certainly qualifies as "good." And this has the best sound quality of the shows I’ve heard from 1975-77. Note: this is a recently-shared, speed-corrected edition of this recording, so you might want to give it a try even if you have a previous version)

SINCERE APPRECIATION to SR, daniel, jokingman and stranger009 

TV men: Billy Ficca, Richard Lloyd, Tom Verlaine and Fred Smith photo by Roberta Bayley

REPERCUSSION: It’s probably not a stretch to say Chris Stamey’s life was changed when he went to New York City in 1977 to begin attending NYU and saw Tele vision and others in “the burgeoning CBGB’s rock scene.” Later that year, he connected with Tele vision guitarist Richard Lloyd and, with him, recorded the single “(I Thought) You Wanted to Know.” On the flip side was “If and When,” the first release ever credited to “Chris Stamey and The dB’s.” The following show gives you an idea of what Chris heard all those years ago…

SAMPLE: "Fire Engine (CBGB Dec. 1976)"

The young Chris Stamey, c. 1978
(photo by Stephanie Chernikowski) 
01 See No Evil
02 Poor Circulation
03 Prove It
04 Little Johnny Jewel
05 I Don't Care
06 Friction
07 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
08 Satisfaction
09 Fire Engine
10 Venus
11 Elevation
12 O Mi Amore
13 Adventure
14 Kingdom Come
15 Careful*
16 Friction*
17 Marquee Moon* 

   *last 3 from CBGB, Dec. 29, 1976 show (Handmade Records boot “Last Time”)

Alt. Link 

Tele vision:
Tom Verlaine - guitar, vocals
Richard Lloyd - guitar
Fred Smith - bass
Billy Ficca - drums

Learn more about the music of Tele vision at AllMusic and/or THIS fab fan site

Parson Red Heads - Live Sessions 2008-2013

Live Sessions Collected
(various locations on the West coast)

REPERCUSSION:  Chris Stamey co-produced, mixed and played various instruments on The Parson Red Heads’ 2011 breakthrough album Yearling. Mitch Easter engineered and played guitar (and 12-string bass) on a couple of the tracks (see Blurt magazine’s story about the album and its recent re-release as a deluxe edition). The band also participated with Chris, Mitch and others in a Big Star Third live performance at last year’s SXSW festival in Austin, TX.

01 To the Sky (OPB, 2013)
02 Lost Again (OPB, 2013)
03 Beginning (Portland, 2011)
04 Burning Up the Sky (Daytrotter, 2012)
05 Got It All (Luxury Wafers, 2008)
06 Time Is Running Out (Luxury Wafers, 2008)
07 Peace In the Valley (OPB, 2009)
08 Punctual As Usual (OPB, 2009)
09 Long Way Back (Live Wire, 2012)
10 Surfer Girl (OPB, 2013, acapella + talking)
11 Small Change (OPB, 2013)
12 Times (OPB, 2013)
13 From Hank to Hendrix (OPB, 2009)
14 Mossback (MBE, 2008)
15 Got It All (MBE, 2008)
16 When You Love Somebody (Groupee, 2009)
17 Time Is Running Out (Groupee, 2009)

TT: 78 mins. 09 secs.

1, 2, 10-12 = Oregon Public Broadcasting live session 2013-09-25
3 = benefit show, Alberta Rose Theater, Portland, OR 2011-04-04
4 = Daytrotter session, 2012-01-24
5 & 6 = Luxury Wafers session, Chessvolt Studio, 2008
7, 8 & 13 = Oregon Public Broadcasting live session 2009-11-12
9 = Live Wire Radio, Portland, OR (Show #177) 2012
14 & 15 = Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW-FM, Santa Monica, CA 2008-01-11
16 & 17 = Groupee session, Feb. 2009

(new link - 2017)

The Parson Red Heads:
Sam Fowles – guitar, vocals
Evan Way – guitar, vocals
Brette Marie Way – drums, vocals
Charlie Hester – bass, vocals

The Parson Red Heads' brand new album is Orb Weaver
Meanwhile, all their independent releases are available in lossless digital downloads at the band's Bandcamp site
Learn more about the music of The Parson Red Heads at the band's web site, FB page or AllMusic