Thursday, October 30

Chris Stamey Group Show - Sat., Nov. 1, 2014

The Chris Stamey Group 
in concert
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
9:00 p.m.
The Garage
Winston-Salem, N.C.

An alert blog friend reports "Chris is offering a sneak preview of his new electric band--featuring FJ Ventre (bass), Tony Stiglitz (drums), and Doug Davis (keys, guitar)" 
50% of proceeds will benefit Movember
(a non-profit promoting men's health)

Friday, October 24

Let's Active - Hoboken, NJ Feb. 1985

Hoboken, NJ
Feb. 4, 1985
Let’s Active: last hurrah for the 'wee three'.
Inner sleeve from Cypress, the final recording made by the original lineup.
FAB PHOTO by Laura Levine

audience recording (sound quality VG+, with a nice mix and minimal audience noise)

Highlights: An anarchic take on Big Star's "Kizza Me" and the all-around good vibes emanating from Mr. Don Dixon, who co-produced Cypress and fills in here for an ailing Faye Hunter.

SAMPLE: "Edge of the World (1985)"

01 Waters Part
02 Shakin' Street (MC5 cover)
03 Ornamental
04 Crows On a Phone Line
05 Every Word Means No
06 In Between
07 Flags for Everything
08 Leader of Men
09 Prey
10 Edge of the World
11 Kizza Me (Big Star cover)
12 instrumental
13 Blue Line (instrum.)
14 Tush (ZZ Top cover)
15 I Won't Let It ‘appen Agen  
      (Slade cover)


THANKS to HJ for taping and EXUBERANT THANKS to dB’s Fan (who else?) for the share.
Let's Active:
Mitch Easter - guitar, vocals
Don Dixon - bass*
Jay Peck – drums
Tim Lee - keyboards, guitar

*Don Dixon was subbing for Faye Hunter, who was sick at the time of this performance.

Friday, October 17

Peter Blegvad - Live 1984 & 1988

Live Collection
1984 & 1988

audience recordings & webstreams (sound quality range VG- to VG+)

I have no idea what this is. But it's got Peter's image, so I'm using it...

ROB SEZ: I will keep posting Peter Blegvad’s music until I run out of rarities and/or more people recognize his genius. So there! 

MANY THANKS to Hans de V and WFMU for sharing PB’s music.

Vinyl Feest, Amsterdam, 1984-04-21
01 Theme from the Orthodontist (instrum.)
02 Weird Monkeys
03 Powers In the Air
04 Naked Shakespeare
05 Karen
06 Lonely Too
07 The Drum
08 Blue Eyed William
09 Why Are You So Quiet?
10 How Beautiful You Are
11 Special Delivery

Live Session, WFMU-FM, East Orange, N.J.
1988 &/or 1989
12 Wife of Usher's Well (trad.)
13 How Beautiful You Are
14 Model of Kindness
15 Strong Simple Silences
16 improvised song
17 Crumb de la Crumb

18 The Driver's Seat (live 1996)
19 Shirt and Comb (alt. version)

TT: 1:09:04

1-11 = Live show, Vinyl Feest (or perhaps Vinyl Party), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1984-04-21 (aud). Recording by Hans de Vente.
12-17 = Live session(s), WFMU, East Orange, N.J., some time in 1988 and/or 1989; webstream.
18 = Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow, Scotland, 1996. Thanks to ninelox.
19 = Alternate, non-album, version. Appeared on rare compilation Passed Normal, Vol. 4 in 1991. Thanks to devotionalhooligan.

Repercussion: I get the feeling Peter has been friends with Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple for some time, but I don't know how they met, etc. Chris produced Peter B's wonderful King Strut & Other Stories album, on which Peter H did his multi-instrumentalist thing on several of its tracks (well worth seeking out, even though it’s out of print). Chris was a co-conspirator with Peter B in the Golden Palominos. Today, he and Peter H are active members of Radio Free Song Club (which you really should know about...) And one of the very coolest things I’ve ever posted is THIS live concert featuring Peter B’s music, with guest turns by Peter H and Syd Straw.   

Learn more about the music o
Peter Blegvad at AllMusic
& John Relph's beautifully-detailed discography

Friday, October 10

Grant (G.W.) McLennan - Radio Sessions + bonus

Radio Sessions + Live Last Monday
Pre-FM recordings & FM captures

Grant (G.W.) McLennan, R.I.P.: 1958-2006

sound quality range: VG- to Ex- (you’ll hear a few audio anomalies like minor static, but nothing too distracting)

ROB SEZ: Grant was my favorite half of the duo that founded and led Aussie collective The Go-Betweens. As a solo artist, he recorded four albums (the early ones as G.W. McLennan) and co-led Jack Frost, a side project with Steve Kilbey of The Church. Some hipsters know his 1995 album Horsebreaker Star, which received mountains of positive reviews. In this collection, the first 10 tracks are from a high-energy band show from 1995. The rest are from solo acoustic shows and sessions, 1991 through 1996.
The man and his instrument: Grant McLennan, circa 2001
photo by kellonwheels90 via Flickr 
MASSIVE THANKS to these two blogs, where this material first appeared:

photo by John Eley via Flickr
01 Sign of the Unicorn
02 Worlds Got Wild
03 Lighting Fires
04 I'll Call You Wild
05 Easy Come Easy Go
06 Bye Bye Pride
07 Dropping You
08 Charlatan
09 Was There Anything I Could Do?
10 Coming Up for Air
11 Move to the Perfect Beat
12 Stones for You
13 Dark Side of Town
14 Haven't I Been a Fool?
15 From My Lips
16 Bathe In the Waters
17 Lighting Fires
18 Dark Side of Town
19 Move to the Perfect Beat
20 One Plus One
21 Clouds
22 She's So Strange
photo by Didi via Flickr
23 Providence
24 Haven't I Been a Fool?
25 Just Get That Straight

TT: 1:19:01

Track info:
1-10 = Roskilde Fest, Denmark, 1995-07-01 (FM) First posted at That Striped Sunlight Sound blog
11-15 = Two Meter Sessie, Amsterdam, 1993-06-08 (FM)
16-18 = Hilversum VPRO Session, Netherlands, 1993-01-26 (FM)
19-20 = backstage solo, Roskilde Fest, Denmark, June 1996 (FM)
21-25 = Debut (cassette-only release on White Records in Australia) rec. The Club, Melbourne, Australia, 1991-05-27 (sbd) First posted at the fab Doom and Gloom from the Tomb blog

Learn more about Grant McLennan’s music at AllMusic and/or this Go-Betweens web site