Monday, November 24

dB's-related RSD 2014 Black Friday release

dB's & Let's Active related vinyl
released on Record Store Day

Sneakers was the 1970's-era combo led by Chris Stamey, 
a group that also included Will Rigby & Mitch Easter.
On "Black Friday", Omnivore Recordings reissued Sneakers' debut EP on vinyl, with the original six tracks, plus three more (including 1 previously unissued).
Limited edition of 1,500
Enclosed download card gives access to digital files for all tracks. 

Buy the digital download for just $7.99!


Sunday, November 23

OOPS - problem with audio samples

The code I'd been using with no problems to provide audio samples on the blog recently quit working.

UPDATE: I found a fix, but it's gonna take some time for me to change each post. Most recent ones are already fixed, and I'll be working backwards to the oldest ones. 
Should be all done by early in the New Year...

Friday, November 21

Sloan - Best Live Sessions (2007-2014)

various live sessions
pre-FM & soundboard sources via web stream
4 for one: Sloan has been together 20+ years.
sound quality: VG++ to Ex-

ROB SEZ: Scott said I should check out Sloan. So I did. They've been big in Canada, where they're from, for many years. Sloan tried to break through in the "lower 48" some years ago, but no such luck. If you like Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, Posies, etc., then you should give Sloan a try. Thanks for the tip, Scott.

SAMPLE: "Carried Away" (live 2014)

01 Carried Away
Sloan is a Toronto-based rock group
photo by Lisa Mark
02 The Rest of My Life
03 Three Sisters
04 Keep Swinging (Downtown)
05 You've Got a Lot 
    On Your Mind
06 Misty's Beside Herself
07 Cleopatra
08 Worried Now
09 She's Slowin’ Down
10 Beverly Terrace
11 Laying So Low
12 If I Could Change Your Mind
13 Traces
14 Something's Wrong
15 Ill Placed Trust
16 Interview with Terre T (of WFMU)

TT: 1:00:42

Sloan: doing their live thing, Sept. 2013
photo by Dave Smith via Flickr
1-4 = Studio 211, CBC 'First Play Live' Session, Sept. 2014
5-6 = The Current (live session), Minnesota Public Radio, Oct. 10, 2014
7 = "Q" live session, CBC Radio, Sept. 2014
8 = Chart Attack 'Noisemakers' session, Nov. 2012
9-11 = The Current (live session), Minnesota Public Radio, May 31, 2011
12-13 & 16 = WFMU-FM, Cherry Blossom Clinic live session, Oct. 15, 2011
14-15 = World Cafe Live, WXPN-FM, June 13, 2007

NOTE: CBC = Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Learn more about the music of Sloan from the band's web site. Their newest album, released just a few months ago, is Commonwealth. Get a free & legal sampler of Sloan singles at NoiseTrade.


Friday, November 14

Holsapple-Stamey - St. Louis, MO 2009 (sbd)

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey
Euclid Records
St. Louis, MO
Feb. 1, 2009

soundboard recording (quality: EX-)

Shop (& play) Local: Chris & Peter at Euclid Records in 2009

SAMPLE: "Black and White (2009)"

01 Lord of the Manor
02 Early In the Morning (take 1)
03 A Part of Me
04 The Child In You
05 Nothing Is Wrong
06 Something Came Over Me
07 Black and White
08 Broken Record
09 My Friend the Sun
10 Early In the Morning (take 2)
11 Geometry (Euclid Records version) 
12 Let It Be Me (partial, from soundcheck) 

TT: 1:00:11


SINCERE THANKS to glenn s for recording and sharing.

Peter Holsapple - guitar, vocals
Chris Stamey - guitar, vocals 


Collectors' Alert:

You might just want to own a copy of this limited-edition
vinyl single with "Begin Again" on the A side and
"Geometry (Euclid Records version)" on the flip.
The artwork (and the B-side track) are unique to this release.
JUST $8.00!
Info HERE, order HERE. (Ltd. edition of 300)


Friday, November 7

Lake Street Dive - Live Sessions 2011-2014

Live Sessions
2011 - 2014

miscellaneous live appearances
web streams (various sources)

Lake Street Dive: a young band to watch — and listen to, right now.

ROB SEZ: Lake Street Dive caught my wife's ear when she heard the band recently on the radio. "Honey, listen to this song. Ever heard of 'em?" No, I hadn't. But after one brief exposure, I had to hear more. A relatively young, Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston band, they combine soul, pop & rock with a sometimes-jazzy flourish. Lead vocalist Rachael Price has some seriously compelling chops, and the rest of the band is every bit a match for her talent.

snazzy drawing of LSD by Brett Affrunti
01 Clear a Space
02 Got Me Fooled
03 Hello, Goodbye!
04 Bobby Tanqueray
05 Be Cool
06 Seventeen
07 Better Than
08 Just Ask
09 You Go Down Smooth
10 Look at What Mistake
11 Bad Self Portraits
12 Stop Your Crying
13 Miss Disregard
14 Wedding Band
15 Second Hand News
16 Dedicated to the One I Love
17 Afternoon Delight

1-3 = Music Fog session, Americana Fest, Nashville, TN April 2011
4-6 = Oregon Public Broadcasting, Live Session 2013-10-31
7-9 = KEXP-FM, Seattle, WA 2013-11-02
10 = Garden Session, Radio Woodstock (N.Y.) 2014-06-21
11, 12 = Old Settler's Music Fest, Driftwood, TX Spring 2014
13 = SXSW 2012 'Showcasing Artist' teaser
14 = SXSW 2013 'Showcasing Artist' teaser
15-17 = audio from LSD Halloween Videos, 2011, 2012, 2013 (respectively)

Lake Street Dive:
Rachael Price – lead vocals
Mike Olson – guitar, trumpet
Mike Calabrese – drums, vocals
Bridget Kearney – bass, vocals

The band's latest is called Bad Self-Portraits. Learn more about the music of Lake Street Dive at the band's web site and/or AllMusic  Get a free & legal album sampler of the band's music at NoiseTrade.