Tuesday, July 18

Paul Collins' Beat - San Rafael 1987 (FM)

New George's
San Rafael, CA
KRQR-FM broadcast
Dec. 9, 1987

FM recording (sound quality VG++)

ROB SEZ: Not entirely sure of my source for this, but I'm guessing it's from someone at the old ASH blog (R.I.P.) This is an excellent performance from Paul Collins' Beat, in excellent sound quality. Even if you're not a big fan of power pop, this one's worth a listen. There's a good reason he's called the King of Power Pop... 

ASH Tuesday post #69

Friday, July 14

Even - Live at The Wireless & Elsewhere

'Live at The Wireless' (& Elsewhere)
Triple J Radio, Sydney, Australia 
various dates & locales

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

Even's main dude, Ash Naylor, making waves again...
01 Shining Star (live at The Wireless)
02 Stop and Go Man (live at The Wireless)
03 Life Gets In the Way (live at The Wireless) 
04 Black Umbrella (live at The Wireless)
05 Underwater Dream (live)
06 No Surprises (live)
07 Little Red Taxi (live)
08 Getting By (live)
09 Waiting for You (live)
10 Rock 'n' Roll Save My Life (live)
11 Sandymen Blues (live)

Track Notes
01-04 = undated sessions, "Live at The Wireless", 
             Triple J Radio, Sydney
05 = Live at ABC, Sydney - Oct. 1998
06-08 = Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne - March 1999
09 = audience rec., Woodfest, Yorkshire, UK 
        June 2013
10 = Ash Naylor fronting Rockwiz house band 
        Sept. 12, 1998
11 = Corner Hotel, Melbourne - Aug. 1998

SAMPLE: "Black Umbrella" (live at The Wireless)

Live in Melbourne
2009 & 2010

audience recordings (sound quality GD+ to VG-; club shows recorded on average-quality equipment. Sound-wise, there's nothing awful & nothing really great, either.)

LOOK! It's those shy guys from Even, hiding on the couch...
01 Back to Life
02 Black Umbrella
03 Shining Star
04 Rags
05 The Fool Who Made You Sad
06 Sister Rock
07 Stupid Dream
08 End to End
09 I Walk On
10 In Another Time
11 Watching My Door
12 Coming Back to Earth
13 Candle
14 Rock and Roll Save My Life
15 Kommercial Radio
16 Life Gets In the Way
17 We Are the Purple Nazz
18 mystery bonus track

NOTE: Most of the above are taken from Even’s "Sweet Sixteen" show, The Hifi Bar, Melbourne, May 21, 2010 as well as "Christmas Even" shows, December 2009 & December 2010. This one's for fans who want to hear a full-length live show; the better-sounding Triple J Radio set above is intended for the curious and new fans. Special thanks to Triple J Radio, zombos, peterdaicosisgod, baudmania & Even Addict for recording & sharing.
EVEN (L-R): Wally Kempton, bassist; Matt Cotter, drummer; Ash Naylor, guitarist + lead vocalist
ROB SEZ: I love — I mean LOVE — this criminally under-appreciated Australian band. If you like classic-sounding rock with pop melodies & strong lyrics (think mid-to-late 1960s era Kinks, Beatles & The Who), you owe it to yourself to check out Even. The Ash Naylor fronted, Melbourne-based trio have been around since 1994. They're still plugging along today, without the popular recognition they richly deserve. If you like what you hear, check out all their albums, but especially 1998's Come Again — which is at least four fifths of a masterpiece. It's a shame the fans have to look so hard for decent-sounding live sets by this band. Can you hear us, Rubber Records and El Reno? If you release a good-sounding live recording by this band, people like us will buy it.

MP3@320 (Live in Melbourne set = 256 kbps)
Learn more about Even's music at

Tuesday, July 11

Even - Video Singles Gallery

So you don't know the Australian band Even?
Well, if I may be so bold, it's high time you did.

Do you like mid-to late-1960s era Kinks, Who & Beatles?
Like yer rock with a hummable melody & good lyrics?
Want to hear it played like the band really mean it?

OK, then: what are you waiting for??


Even - Video Singles Gallery
Suggestion: start with 3rd video, "Mayfair Laundry Bus" & go from there

Stop and Go Man (1996)

Weather King (1997)

Mayfair Laundry Bus (1997)

No Surprises (1998)

Black Umbrella (1998)

Underwater Dream (1999)

Shining Star (2001)

Electric Light (2001)

I Am the Light (2008)

Back to Life (2009)

No Surprises (live on Recovery - 1998)
you'll want to raise the volume to enjoy this one...

Sister Rock (2008 - video by drummer Matt Cotter
from photos by J. Ginn)

Even more Even coming in a few days.

Learn more about Even's splendid music at
Wikipedia, Twitter or the band's FB page

Friday, July 7

Orange Peels - WFMU live 2002 + 2013

WFMU live session
Orange Peels — merry popsters from sunny climes
Jersey City, N.J.
June 26, 2002

webstream (sound quality: VG++) 

01 Mystery Lawn  
02 Mazatlan (Shining Bright)  
03 Back in San Francisco  
04 Circling the Sun  
05 You're So Clever  
06 So Right  
07 I Don’t Wanna Shine  
08 So Far  
09 She Grins and 
     Waves Goodbye 
10 Joe Belock interviews 
     the Orange Peels

SAMPLE: "Something Strange Happens" (live 2013)

The Orange Peels:
Allen Clapp - lead vocals, guitar, keyboard
John Moremen - drums, vocals
Jill Pries - bass
Larry Winther - lead guitar

Orange Peels - moving the studio in 2014 
WFMU live session
Jersey City, N.J.
June 4, 2013

webstream (sound quality: VG++)  

01 The Words Don't Work
02 Your New Heroes 
03 Bicentennial Bridge
04 All at Once
05 Grey Holiday
06 Aether Tide
07 Watch Her Fly
08 Theme from Sun Moon
09 Yonder
10 Something Strange Happens  
11 Joe Belock interviews 
     the Orange Peels

The Orange Peels:
Allen Clapp - lead vocals, guitar, keyboard
Jill Pries - bass
John Moremen - lead guitar, vocals
Gabriel Coan - drums

ROB SEZ: The Orange Peels play "sophisticated West Coast indie pop," says AllMusic. Me? I just know what I like when I hear it — and Orange Peels fill the bill. I found out the group visited Jersey City's WFMU twice in 11 years, which sounded like the makings of a perfect blog post. EXTRA BIG THANKS to WFMU and DJ Joe Belock for recording and sharing these live sets.

Learn more about the Orange Peels' music 

Tuesday, July 4

Aimee Mann - Largo, L.A. 1996

'A Blonde & Two Grays'
Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 24, 1996

audience recording (sound quality: VG+; nice audience capture with minimal crowd noise)

ROB SEZ: I saw Aimee in college in the 1980s, fronting 'Til Tuesday at a live show on my campus. I remember saying, "Woah! Who is this woman, and why haven't I heard of her until now?" I enjoyed the 'Til Tuesday albums, but her first solo album Whatever felt like a quantum leap forward. I've been a fan from the beginning. MASSIVE THANKS to the usual suspects: Mick for compiling this live show & creating the artwork, and to Don for sharing.

ASH Tuesday post #68

Friday, June 30

Connells - Lexington, VA 1992 (sbd)

The Connellsin the early days
Washington & Lee University  
Lexington, VA 
May 8, 1992

soundboard recording (quality: VG++; 
transfer from third-generation copy)

SAMPLE: "Doin' You" (live 1992)

01 Stone Cold Yesterday
The Connells: a nice bunch of guys making catchy pop rock
02 Sal
03 Slackjawed
04 Upside Down
05 Speak to Me
06 Set the Stage 
07 Doin' You
08 banter
09 Get a Gun
10 Carry My Picture
11 Over There
12 1934
13 Eyes On the Ground
14 Choose a Side (partial)
15 Hey Wow
16 Take a Bow
17 Inside My Head
18 Motel
19 Fun & Games
20 Something to Say  
21 (encore break)
22 Hey You
23 Photograph^
24 Try

^Ringo Starr cover

TT: 80:13 mins.

The Connells:
Mike Connell - guitar, vocals
David Connell - bass
Doug MacMillan - vocals, tambourine
George Huntley - guitar, vocals
Peele Wimberley - drums
Steve Potak - keyboards

ROB SEZ: Around here, we just like the Connells and their music. The band got going in Raleigh, N.C. and never left. Repercussion regulars Mitch Easter & Don Dixon were both involved in the group's earliest albums. THANK YOU KINDLY to the taper, and to Lee & caw for sharing.


FLAC lossless files

Learn more about The Connells' music
at the band's official site and at Wikipedia

Tuesday, June 27

Connells - Los Angeles 1996 (sbd)

House of Blues
Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 13, 1996

soundboard recording (quality: Ex-)

The Connells still play several shows a year, including 2017.
01 Maybe
02 Fifth Fret
03 Hang On
04 Over There
05 Doin' You
06 New Boy
07 Pretty Rough
08 Sal
09 Smoke
10 Try
11 Get a Gun
12 Any
13 Let It Go
14 Something to Say
15 '74-'75
16 Choose a Side
17 Slackjawed
18 Motel
19 Fun & Games
20 Commercial
21 Scotty's Lament
22 Stone Cold Yesterday

ROB SEZ: From the mid-1980s to early 1990s, many alternative music fans in the Southeast believed Raleigh, N.C.'s the Connells might break through to wider recognition & success. When MTV started broadcasting the band's videos, when "Stone Cold Yesterday" became a U.S. alternative radio hit, and "'74-'75" became a Top 20 hit in England, I got my hopes up. Alas, it was not to be. Fun personal fact: my daughter's landlord is a member of the band. SINCERE THANKS to Don from the old ASH blog for sharing. Stay tuned for another, to be posted soon...

ASH Tuesday post #67

Friday, June 23

Five Eight - Live Across 25 Years (1992-2017)

Live Across 25 Years

various venues

FM, preFM & soundboard recordings
(sound quality range: VG+ to Ex-)
SAMPLE: "Weirdo (live 2015)"

01 Practical Guidance
02 Self-Fulfilling Fall
03 Really Hope*
04 Not Zeppelin
05 Pull Up
06 Ungrateful Boy
07 Looking Up
08 Stars
09 This Strong Emotion*
10 Who Is Maurice?*
11 Finished With My Woman* 
12 Destroy This World
13 Weirdo
14 On the Highway*
15 You Never Look In My Eyes
16 Weirdo
17 Song for Jim Gordon
18 Little Black Cloud
19 Palace Estates
20 Behead Myself
21 You Never Look In My Eyes
22 Depressed All the Time
23 Kids

*song titles are guesses for these tracks

01-14 = WREK radio live session
             Atlanta, GA 1992-04-07 (FM)
15-19 = WMNF radio live session
             Tampa, FL 2015-05-09 (FM) 
20 = Hole in the Wall, Austin, TX 
        2015-03-18 (RXCR at SXSW)
21= 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA 
       2016-02-13 (sbd)
22-23 = Hole in the Wall, Austin, TX
             March 2017 (RXCR at SXSW)

ROB SEZ: I'm a new fan of Five Eight, even though the Athens, GA collective has been around more than a quarter century. I'd say the band, fronted by Mike Mantione, is a hybrid of alt. rock, hardcore, and emo. If you like GBV and/or Superchunk, I recommend you check out Five Eight. Their music is not my usual cup of tea. But after several listens, I see why a National Public Radio blogger put Five Eight first on his list of "Top Five Bands That Should Be Way Bigger Than They Are". Stream the new single "Kids" (below) from the band's forthcoming album Songs for St. Jude.

Sample the fab new song "Kids"
from Five Eight's forthcoming studio album:
 Download "Kids" & a Five Eight song sampler
for free from NoiseTrade

Learn more about Five Eight's music
at the
band's official site and AllMusic

Tuesday, June 20

Roxy Music - Avalon Tapes (demos & roughs)

Demos & Rough Mixes
c. 1981-1982
unknown recording studio

soundboard recording (quality VG+)

ROB SEZ: A quickie post to tide you over 'til Friday. This is for Roxy Music fans who dig Avalon, the band's final studio album. Herein are Avalon demos and rough mixes. Worth a mention: Bryan F. obviously had not worked out the lyrics at the time of these recordings, because he contributes musical mumbling ("vocalizing") along with the basic tracks & roughs. As with so many of the Tuesday posts, this one's from Don at the old ASH blog. Don has a well-received new project called I Don't Hear a Single, featuring reviews and lots of samples of new music. The musically adventurous will be glad they checked it out...

ASH Tuesday post #66

Friday, June 16

The Mice - Unreleased and Live Recordings

Bill Fox: frontman for The Mice
music from: unreleased album, 
live show, early single
1984 - 1988
various venues & recording info

soundboard recordings (quality VG- to VG+) 


01 Resurrection Day
02 Music Here
03 Something Pushed 
After an early single, this EP was the band's next release
04 Public Television
05 I Got a Gal In Kalamazoo
06 Phone in My Car
07 Across the Mighty Ocean
08 Don't Be a Stranger to Me
09 Nearly a Mile Away
10 Struck Me Paralyzed
11 Girl in Red (live)
12 Downtown (live)
13 Stay Forever (live)
14 Love Ain't No Feeling (live)
15 The Good's Gone (live)
16 American Pagan Girl (live)
17 Bye Bye Kitty Kat (live)
18 Can't Explain… [Who medley] (live)
19 She Loves You (live)
20 A Hard Day's Night (live)
21 Can You Walk on the Water Baby? 
      (first single A-side)
22 Little Creatures (first single B-side)
23 Santa Claus

SAMPLE: "Across the Mighty Ocean" (from rare Unreleased & Live Recordings)

#1: outtake from the Scooter album - recorded & produced by Chris Burgess June 1986 at Beat Farm, Willoughby OH
#2-10, 23: from sessions for the never-completed Canterbury Bells LP. Recorded by Chris Burgess in 1987 at Beat Farm. Mixed Feb 2002 by Brendan Burke at Uberstudio, Chicago, IL
#11-20: taken from studio portion of a live show 1988-06-04 recorded by Ken Dixon in Cleveland, OH for WRUW-FM
#21, 22: vinyl rip from the band's rare first single, recorded while still in their early teens, released 1984

The Mice: so short-lived & mysterious, this is one
of the group's only surviving band photos
ROB SEZ: What's better than discovering a terrific, little-known band? That would be finding a complete set of the band's rarities, including raw tracks from a never-completed and never-released album. Call it punky pop-rock, if you need a descriptor. This set was sold exclusively (for a red-hot minute) through Scat Records’ website, a CD-R release (SCAT 72). It was quickly deleted at the band's request, and is now otherwise unavailable. Frontman Bill Fox went on to a somewhat better-known solo career, with several albums worth seeking out (see especially Shelter from the Smoke). Read a great, feature-length post about The Mice from Adios Lounge.


HUMONGOUS THANKS to Don from the old ASH blog for sharing
 Learn more about The Mice's music at Trouser Press, Wikipedia & the music of Bill Fox at Wikipedia

Friday, June 9

Jason Falkner - Two Rarities Collections

'An Alternative You Can Still Feel'
alt. version of CYSF? album
late 1990s
various recording venues, etc.

soundboard recordings (quality VG+ to Ex-)

01 The Invitation - full-length version 
02 Author Unknown - album outtake
03 Revelation - GLR live
04 My Lucky Day - B-side version
05 Holiday - single version
06 Eloquence - GLR live
07 I Already Know - demo
08 See You Again - acoustic
09 Honey - GLR live
10 The Plan - GLR live
11 All God's Creatures - demo
12 Goodnight Sweet Night - demo
SAMPLE: "Hello Mr. Future" (from IPO sampler)

'Play Myself Some Music'
demos, B-sides & other rarities
various recording venues & dates
soundboard & FM recordings
   (quality VG+ to Ex-)

01 Play Myself Some Music 
      - R. Stevie Moore cover
02 Start Over - 17A version
03 Do Ya - The Move cover
04 Great Big Yes - B-side version
05 Touch and Go - Cars cover
06 My House is Not a Home 
      - yellow pills version 
07 Both Sides Now - B-side version
08 In Awe of Industry - B-side version
09 Pretty Ballerina - Left Banke cover
10 Hello Mr. Future - IPO sampler
11 Photograph - Def Leppard cover
12 My Lucky Day - B-side version
13 Baby I Love You - J. Barry & E. Greenwich cover
14 Upside Down Frown - demo
15 Holiday - single version
16 Kids Without Curfew
17 They're Coming to See Us
18 Some Things Are Big 
     Some Things Are Small - live on TV 
19 All God's Creatures - demo
20 Goodnight Sweet Night - demo
21 Honey - demo
22 I Already Know - demo

ROB SEZ: There's some overlap in these two rarities collections, which come courtesy of Mick and thanks to Don from the old ASH blog (Mick is the biggest JF fan I know of). But I figured you'd rather have two copies of a few of these rather than not hear 'em at all... Jason Falkner and R. Stevie Moore recently released (?re-released?) a collaboration called Make It Be, which is getting great reviews (check out Rushbo's review for Rockerzine). Many say the project brings out the best in both artists (see more below). Bonus share? Of course...

Jason Falkner & R. Stevie Moore made this album.
Sample "I H8 Ppl" below.