Tuesday, June 28

Honeydogs - 'The Current' live sessions 2011-2016

‘The Current’ live sessions 2011-2016
Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, MN

The Honeydogs: definitely NOT your average pop band. Hear ye

webstream recordings (sound quality VG++ to Ex-)

01 Always a Long Time
02 Broke It, Buy It
03 Aubben
04 What Comes After

05 Devices
06 Vermillion Billows
     (Shouldn't Take It So Hard) 
07 Sandstorm
08 interview

09 I'm Looking Through You
10 Dig a Pony
11 Dear Prudence

01-04 = “The Current” live session Feb. 29, 2012
05-08 = “The Current” live session May 16, 2016
09-11 = “The Current” live session Dec. 2, 2011
(all of the above recorded at MPR Studios, St. Paul, MN)

Sound Bites Concert
McNally Smith College 
St. Paul, MN
Feb. 16, 2012

soundboard recording
     (quality Ex-) 

01 Particles or Waves
02 Aubben
03 Always a Long Time
04 Test Tube Kid
05 Rumor Has It
06 Broke It, Buy It
07 What Comes After
08 Stonewall
09 I Miss You
10 Levers, Pulleys and Pumps
11 Fighting Weight

ROB SEZ: Want to fall in love with the music of a band you've (probably) never heard of? Then I strongly urge you to check out The Honeydogs. Adam Levy & Co. make catchy-but-smart pop, with lyrics you can respect in the morning. One of my ultimate tests of a great band is whether they can pull off Beatles covers and not embarrass themselves — which is exactly what Honeydogs pull off (times 3) in one of the live sessions from "The Current". (By the way, Haper compiled some of these goodies and others a few years ago at his Popfair blog; collect 'em all). Here's a little YouTube test drive for your enjoyment:
ASH Tuesday post #44.

Learn more about the music of The Honeydogs at Wikipedia, AllMusic and the band's official site

Tuesday, June 21

20/20 – Early Demos + Live @ Madame Wong’s ’78

home demos
various dates & locations

home recordings (sound quality range GD+ to VG+; sound quality varies due to variations across six sets of recordings)

01 Giving It All Away (demo)
02 Brainwashed (demo)
03 Going Up With My Girl (demo)
04 Backyard Guys (demo)
05 I Am a Picture (demo)
06 Leaving Your World Behind 
07 I Fall Out (demo)
08 Let's Go (demo)
09 Out of This Time (demo)
10 World of Fools (demo)
11 I Need Somebody (demo)
12 Drive (demo)
13 Screaming (demo)
14 She's an Obsession (demo)
15 Don't Stop Me Now (demo)
16 That Girl Was Yesterday (demo) 
17 This Time (demo)
18 Hold My Head (demo)
19 TV Girls (demo)
20 Yellow Pills (demo)
21 Cheri (demo)
22 Remember the Lightning (demo)
23 Remember the Lightning (demo 2)
24 Jet Lag (demo)
25 Jet Lag (demo 2)
26 Action Now (demo)
27 Tonight We Fly (demo) 
28 Tell Me Why (demo)
29 Let's Go (demo 2)
30 Backyard Guys (demo 2)
31 Out of This Time (demo 2)
32 TV Girls (demo 2)

Madame Wong’s
Los Angeles, CA

audience recording (sound quality VG-; not exactly “great”, but certainly not bad for 1978; some distortion in the vocals, but overall this is very listenable)

01 I Need Somebody
02 Backyard Guys
03 Remember the Lightning 
04 This Time
05 Out of the Time
06 Going Up With My Girl
07 Brainwashed
08 Giving It All
20/20 - the original trio
09 Saturday's Child*
10 Slow Down*
11 Anytime at All*

Steve Allen - guitar, vocals
Ron Flynt - bass, vocals
Mike Gallo - drums

*Phil Seymour joins the band for encore songs 

This is 20/20's complete set. The exact date might be Nov. 5, 1978, a show at which 20/20 shared the bill with The Last. The original sharer said: “Band as three-piece before being signed to Portrait Records. This is when the band was an unfiltered, terrific unit.”

MEGA THANKS to h1w1p & PowerPopTart for sharing.

ASH Tuesday post #43.

Wednesday, June 8

Tricky Problem with Music Samples

In case anyone out there is wondering:
Google is degrading the ability of all Google sites (including Blogger) to interact with any and all Flash-related code. Unfortunately, this includes the gadget I've been using to add samples to a lot of the posts on the blog.
For now, my Chrome browser seems to go back & forth: one day the sample player appears & plays music; then after a day or two, it disappears.
I checked Safari, and the gadget seems to work fine there. Firefox? I couldn't even get the thing to work at all on my Mac. Not sure about any other browsers.
This is not the first time I've had probs with Blogger and getting a music player to work. I'll see what I can do to fix it, but it's very tedious to re-load and re-boot all the samples for every post. If it comes to that, I might just have to quit fooling with samples altogether.
We'll see... 

Tuesday, June 7

Psychedlic Furs - Roslyn, NY 1981 & 1982

My Father's Place
Roslyn, N.Y.
WLIR-FM broadcast 
July 4, 1981

FM capture (sound quality VG+; 
probably 2nd-generation tape source)

01 Into You Like a Train
02 Soap Commercial
03 She Is Mine
04 Mr. Jones
05 So Run Down
06 Dumb Waiters*
07 Pretty in Pink
08 It Goes On
09 Sister Europe
10 Imitation of Christ
11 All of This and Nothing
12 India
13 Pulse
14 We Love You

*In track 06, there's a brief tape glitch at 0:33

TT: 55 mins.

Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs: all photos (except first) are from 
a live show in Leicester, UK in 1982 — by thomasoldfield via Flickr
Psychedelic Furs:
Richard Butler - vocals  
Tim Butler - bass 
Duncan Kilburn - sax 
Vince Ely - drums
Roger Morris - guitars
John Ashton - guitars

This recording is is LDB Vintage Series #044; MEGA THANKS to the taper & metro cubo for sharing!

My Father's Place
Roslyn, N.Y.
WLIR-FM broadcast 
October 24, 1982

FM capture (sound quality VG++; master tape source from re-broadcast)

01 President Gas
02 Merry-Go-Round
03 Angels (Only You & I)
04 No Easy Street
05 Run and Run
06 Love My Way
07 Danger
08 Goodbye
09 Pretty In Pink
10 Sister Europe
11 Sleep Comes Down*
12 Into You Like a Train
13 Forever Now 
14 India

*In track 11, there's a quick fade in & out at 1:19 due to the tape flip

TT: 66 mins.

Psychedelic Furs:
Richard Butler - vocals
John Ashton - guitar
Gary Windo - sax
Tim Butler - bass
Vince Ely - drums

This was the Psychedelic Furs’ first tour after Duncan Kilburn & Roger Morris left the band. The group was touring behind their third album, Forever Now.

The Stonecutter Collection, Vol. 110; SINCERE THANKS to the taper & sharer. 

Learn more about the music of Psychedelic Furs at the band's official site, FB page and Wikipedia. The band will tour the U.S. in July & August 2016...