Friday, April 29

The The - Four Live Sets 2000

Four Live Sets
2000 World Tour

FM captures + 1 webstream (sound quality VG+ to Ex-) 

ROB SEZ: Massive talent Matt Johnson released the last The The studio album NakedSelf, then promptly embarked on a lengthy world tour in 2000. This is a snapshot of that tour in four sets. Please enjoy.

BIG THANKS to ziggyswoon for sharing, and to nateup2late for sharing, for pointing me to the MBE web stream, and suggesting how to fix the original Melkweg share.

Der Melkweg
Amsterdam, Holland
Jan. 25, 2000

FM capture

01 Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)   
02 Dogs of Lust   
03 Voidy Numbness   
04 December Sunlight  
05 The Beat(en) Generation   
06 Global Eyes   
07 Soul Catcher  
08 This Is the Day   
09 Shrunken Man   
10 Swine Fever   
11 Weather Belle    
12 Infected   
13 Salt Water 
14 Boiling Point   
15 Uncertain Smile
16 Phantom Walls (end cut)

Matt Johnson (solo acoustic)
‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ with Nic Harcourt, KCRW-FM
Santa Monica, CA
May 17, 2000

web stream (double-track mono)

01 Armageddon Days Are 
     Here (Again) 
02 Soul Catcher 
03 This Is the Day 
04 Weary Blues from Waiting 
05 The Beat(en) Generation 
06 Weatherbelle 
07 Love Is Stronger Than Death
     (interview segments have 
       been edited out)

Vic Theater
Chicago, IL
Sept. 23, 2000

FM capture

01 Dogs of Lust
02 Helpline Operator 
03 Soul Catcher
04 Heartland
05 This Is the Day
06 Global Eyes
07 Icing Up
08 Swine Fever
09 Love Is Stronger Than Death
10 Armageddon Days Are 
     Here (Again)
11 Infected
12 Phantom Walls

Rockpalast Christmas Special
Palladium, Cologne, Germany 
Dec. 16, 2000
FINALLY, a smile! Matt Johnson is The The

FM capture

01 Boiling Point
02 Voidy Numbness
03 Dogs of Lust
04 Helpline Operator
05 Global Eyes
06 Soul Catcher
07 This Is the Day
08 December Sunlight
09 Swine Fever
10 Phantom Walls  
11 Love Is Stronger 
     Than Death
12 Bluer Than Midnight   
13 Armageddon Days Are 
     Here (Again)


The The:
Matt Johnson - vocals, guitar
Eric Schermerhorn - guitar, backing vocals
Spencer Campbell - bass, backing vocals
Earl Harvin - drums, harmonium

Learn more about the music of The The & Matt Johnson at the band's official site and Wikipedia

Tuesday, April 19

Cuff the Duke - Best of the Live Sessions

Best of the Live Sessions
various dates, locations, venues

FM & webstream (sound quality VG+ to Ex-)

01 Count On Me
02 Side By Side
03 So Many Times Before
04 Standing On the Edge
05 Something for Free
06 Stay
07 Time Is Right
08 Live My Life
09 Standing On the Edge 
10 Hobo Night Stalker
11 By Winter's End
12 Darkest Hour
13 The Life I Knew
14 Five Days In May (Blue Rodeo cover)

1-6 = Paper Bag Sessions July 2011, Aug. 2012
7 = The Verge, XM Radio 2012
8 = Pinball Session Sept. 2014
9 = CBC Live Session, Oct. 2011
10 = Lee's Palace, Toronto 2005
11 = Massey Hall, Toronto 2008-02-28
 12-13 = Casablanca Sessions, 2013
             (Wayne Petti solo)
14 = CBC Live Session, Nov. 2012

ROB SEZ: Yet another band I would never have laid ears on without my ASH compadres (Mick & Don in this instance). Cuff the Duke is an alt-roots band from the lovely Canadian province of Ontario. Check the sample for a taste.

FISTFUL O’ THANKS to all the sharers,
especially bradleyferguson for tracks 10 & 11
Cuff the Duke:
Wayne Petti - vocals, guitar
Francois Turrenne - guitar, vocals
Paul Lowman - bass, keyboard, vocals
AJ Johnson - drums
ASH Tuesday post #41.

Tuesday, April 12

Matthew Sweet - Demos (late 1980s + mid-1990s)

Demos collection
Late 1980s
recording locations & dates unknown

soundboard (quality VG to VG+; sounds like a low-gen. tape source  — perhaps 3rd)

01 You Don't Love Me
02 Destroy the Truth
03 When It Comes To You 
04 Just About Nothing
05 Tinfoil Flower
06 My Love Knows
07 Rock Singer
08 Looking at the Sun
09 Sandman
10 Captured
11 Keep You In the Middle
12 Mourning
13 Part of Me
14 Put Your Head Between 
     Your Knees
15 My Only Voice
16 You Gotta Love Me
17 Her Mother's Name
18 Silent City
19 Living Is Killing Me
20 When You Have to Go
21 To Understand

Apparently recorded around the time of MS's second album, Earth.
Quite sincere thanks to Don at the old ASH blog.

If you marvel at Matthew's finished studio tracks, spend a little time with these works-in-progress. You get to hear the roots of his genius and the songs in their earliest incarnations. 
The second set is a particular treat, containing well-developed, multi-track recordings 
(in fact, they sound like they're basic tracks or rough mixes).
MS is now a year past the deadline for completing his Kickstarter-funded new album project
He explains himself in this interview from July 2015, saying he's working as fast as he can, 
given the high standard he's set for himself and the music. 
(OK, Matthew, but as one of your backers, please don't wait too long to wrap it up!) 
Ric Menck & Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush) played on the first batch of tracks 
recorded for the project.

Demos 1994-'95
recording locations & dates unknown

soundboard (quality VG+ to Ex-; sounds like a first-gen. source — quality is excellent)

01 Sense of Adventure
02 Not When I Needed It
03 Both Ways
04 Never Said Goodbye
05 Bitter Pill
06 You
07 Come to Love
08 I Almost Forgot
09 You Make Me Feel Like a Pro 
10 Sinking Feeling
11 Superbaby
12 Space
13 We're the Same
14 Lost My Mind
15 Everything Changes
16 Breaks My Heart
17 Hate
18 You're Gonna Lose
19 She's a Breeder
20 Feeling My Way

db.etree indicates some of these are from the 100% Fun era

YET MORE THANKS to Don at the old ASH blog for sharing.

ASH Tuesday post #40.

Friday, April 1

Marshall Crenshaw - Early Demos

Early Demos (c. 1979-1981)
various recording dates & locations

home recordings (sound quality VG-; source was a not-great-sounding, multi-gen. tape;  lilpanda cleaned up the tracks & they’re enjoyable now)

01 Never Gonna Happen Again
02 We Belong Together
03 This Is the Love
04 She's Not Mine Anymore [1] 
05 Somebody Like You
06 Now I've Got You
07 She Can't Dance
08 Not for Me
09 Brand New Lover
10 Communication
11 I'll Do Anything
12 Rockin' Around In NYC (alt. demo)
13 Soldier of Love
14 For Her Love
15 Something's Gonna Happen
     (alt. demo)
16 Mary Anne
17 The Usual Thing
18 There She Goes Again
19 Cynical Girl
20 She's Not Mine Anymore [2]

NOTE: none of these appears on the official 9-Volt Years collection (but some are alt. versions of demos that did appear on the same)

BIG THANKS to lilpanda, atlasstar, and angelo. 

'Downtown'-Era Demos
c. 1984
unknown source

home recordings (sound quality VG+; probably first-generation tape source

01 My Desiree
02 Terrifying Love
03 She Hates to Go Home
04 That Girl Belongs to Yesterday 
      (unfinished lyrics)
05 Shake It Till We Break It 
     (unfinished lyrics)
06 Baby Doll (unfinished lyrics)
07 Instrumental 1
08 Instrumental 2
09 Instrumental 3
10 Feliz Navidad
11 All I Ever Wanted (K.MacColl demo)*
12 Santa Baby (unknown female vocalist)

     *Imagine my surprise — as a fan of both M.C. and Kirsty MacColl — to discover
      that track 11 is M.C. playing to a K.M. vocal demo...

Learn more about the music of Marshall Crenshaw at his official site and/or AllMusic