Tuesday, February 28

Crowded House - M T V Spring Break 1987

M T V Spring Break
Daytona Beach, FL 
March 28, 1987

TV audio (sound quality VG+; ripped from hifi stereo source; some distortion here & there)

01 intro by M T V veejay (fades in)
02 This Is Massive
03 When You Come
04 Mean to Me
05 World Where You Live
06 That's What I Call Love
07 One Step Ahead
08 Recurring Dream
09 Something So Strong
10 Hole In the River
11 Don't Dream It's Over
12 Now We're Getting Somewhere 
13 Throw Your Arms Around Me
14 Better Be Home Soon

TT: 59:06 mins.

Crowded House:
Neil Finn - vocals, guitar
Paul Hester - drums, vocals (R.I.P.)
Nick Seymour - bass, vocals
with Eddie Rayner - keyboards

ROB SEZ: Man, were Crowded House good! I've been a fan since almost the beginning, but I forgot just how musically sharp they were until I dusted off this vintage recording. Here's what I want to know: how on earth could this have taken place 30 years ago?!? I can still remember watching this show when it was first broadcast and thinking "Yeah, they've got it." Decades later, Neil Finn & Co. recorded some strong music in the band's post-Paul-Hester incarnation. Even though Crowded House is on hiatus after last year's big shows in Sydney, we've still got the new double-disc reissues of the albums to enjoy. Look for a hidden bonus set somewhere around here, available now, and expect more rare CH goodies in a few days...


Learn more about Crowded House's music
at the band's official site, FB page 
and the amazing Frenz fan site

Friday, February 24

Winterpills - Keene, N.H. 2013 acoustic show

Summer Knight Chapel
Keene, New Hampshire  
Dec. 7, 2013

audience recording (sound quality VG++; 
a well-recorded, intimate-sounding show)

00 intro
01 Leaning Slightly 
Winterpills:  never the cheap seats with this band...
02 Lay Your Heartbreak
03 Take Away the Words 
04 Handkerchiefs
05 Wander White
06 Broken Arm
07 October
08 June Eyes
09 Rogue Highway
10 What Are You Doing 
     New Year's Eve? 
11 Freeze Your Light
12 Dying Star
13 Want the Want
14 A Benediction
15 Feather Blue
16 Laughing
17 Amazing Sky

Winterpills' Philip Price & wife Flora Reed do it all
ROB SEZ: There are lots of Winterpills duo recordings out there with Philip and Flora, but this is the only full-length acoustic trio show I know about. BIG HONKIN' THANKS to El Ranchero Deluxe for taping & sharing this one with the fans. I'm betting everyone who listens will enjoy the warm, intimate sound the taper was able to capture. Note: if the lovely chats between songs aren't your thing, you can easily delete every file with a "b" after the track number, and you'll still have all the music. Thanks as always to Mick & Don for the hot tip about this talented band...

Philip B. Price - guitar, lead vocals
Flora Reed - guitar, lead vocals
Dennis Crommett - guitar, backing vocals


Read more about Winterpills' music 
at the band's web site and AllMusic

Tuesday, February 21

Beth Orton - Live Sessions 1997 - 2002

'Brilliant Bits'
Live Radio and TV Sessions 
Various Venues & Dates
1997 - 2002

soundboard and FM recordings (quality VG+ to Ex-)

Part of the enclosed artwork; see comments for track listing.

ROB SEZ: No time this week to do more than post the cover art, but trust me on this: if you like Beth Orton and don't have this fan-made compilation, you'll be glad you went click, click, double click after you download this two-volume set & give it a listen. Total of 29 tracks; see comments for full track listing. All thanks & praise to the fans at the Beth Orton Trailer Park digest for compiling these and to my friend Don for sharing.

ASH Tuesday post #58 

Friday, February 17

Feelies - New York, NY 1980 + 1983

Irving Plaza
New York, N.Y.
December 20, 1980

soundboard recording (quality VG+; filler tracks from unknown show are VG-quality soundboard)

SAMPLE: Fa Ce-La (live NYC 1980)

01 Phantom Captain Phantom Chief 
      (fades in) 
02 Skating On Thinning Ice 
03 Angels with Trumpets
04 When Company Comes 
05 The Boy With the 
     Perpetual Nervousness  
06 Fa Ce-La
07 Loveless love 
08 Forces at Work 
09 The Obedient Atom 
10 Moscow Nights
11 Crazy Rhythms 
12 Raised Eyebrows
13 Everybody's Got Something to Hide...  

14 The Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness*
15 Fa Ce-La*
16 The Obedient Atom*

*Final 3 tracks are from a different live show (date & venue unknown)

Peppermint Lounge
New York, N.Y.
this one includes custom artwork...
Oct. 29, 1983

soundboard recording (sound quality VG++; upgraded sound compared to other versions in circulation)

01 Original Love
02 Fa Ce-La
03 When Company Comes 
04 The Obedient Atom
05 Loveless Love
06 Forces at Work
07 Moscow Nights
08 Raised Eyebrows
09 Crazy Rhythms
10 Everybody's Got Something to Hide...

ROB SEZ: Only thing better than one vintage Feelies show from the early 1980s is two. Both were in NYC, both have excellent sound, and both are stomping performances. Massive thanks to the tapers and to Dartman and joebob2 for sharing. Here at Repercussion Towers, we are waiting rather anxiously for the arrival of the new Feelies platter In Between in another week or so. You could say we're in a state of perpetual nervousness until we finally hear it... 


Learn more about the Feelies' music at 
the band's official site or Trouser Press

Tuesday, February 14

Feelies - Munich, Germany 1986 (sbd)

Munich, Germany
Dec. 4, 1986

soundboard recording (quality VG+; audio rip from video)  

01 On the Roof (fades in)
02 The High Road
03 She Said (Beatles cover)
04 Original Love
05 The Good Earth
06 Mannequin (Wire cover)
07 Slipping (Into Something)
08 Two Rooms
09 The Last Round Up
10 Too Far Gone
11 Moscow Nights
12 Crazy Rhythms
13 I'm a Believer (Monkees cover)
14 Sedan Delivery
15 Egyptian Reggae 
      (Jonathan Richman cover)
16 See No Evil
The Feelies in their near-breakthrough moment,
in Jonathan Demme's 1986 film Something Wild

FAIR WARNING: Tracks are not all listed correctly, and whoever originally separated them did a LOUSY job (am sure it was not my friend Don...)

The Feelies:
Bill Million - guitar, vocals
Glenn Mercer - guitar, vocals 
Brenda Sauter - bass
Dave Weckerman - drums
Stan Demeski - percussion

ROB SEZ: As we eagerly anticipate the release of the new Feelies studio album In Between, we will observe "Feelies Week" at the blog. Tune in Friday for a related (and rather fabulous) post. All praises to Don at the old ASH blog for sharing this one...

ASH Tuesday post #57

Friday, February 10

Long Players - Perform R.E.M.'s 'Out of Time' live 2016

with Mike Mills
performing R.E.M.'s
     Out of Time
City Winery
Nashville, TN
Oct. 7, 2016

audience recording (sound quality VG+; solid recording with minimally intrusive crowd noise)

(lead vocalists listed song by song)

00 intro
01 Radio Song (Tommy Womack 
      with Dez Dickerson)
02 Losing My Religion (Joe Blanton)
03 Low (Jace Everett)
Dez DIckerson (left) and 
Tommy Womack (right) were on hand
04 Near Wild Heaven (Mike Mills 
      with Mike Vargo & Carmella Ramsey)
05 Endgame (Bill Lloyd)
06 Shiny Happy People (Tommy Womack 
      with Mike Mills & Carmella Ramsey)
07 Belong (Dez Dickerson)
08 Half a World Away (Webb Wilder)
09 Texarkana (Robin T. Zander & Mike Mills) 
Good ol' Webb Wilder also sang a few...
10 Country Feedback (Warren Pash)
11 Me in Honey (Scott Laurent 
      with Carmella Ramsey)

12 Radio Free Europe (Joe Blanton)
13 Finest Worksong (Jace Everett)
14 Fall on Me (Scott Laurent with Mike Mills)
15 Everybody Hurts (Warren Pash)
16 Superman (Robin T. Zander 
      with Mike Mills)
17 So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry) 
      (Mike Vargo) 
18 Stand (Dez Dickerson)
19 The One I Love (Webb Wilder 
       with Mike Mills)
20 Driver 8 (Tommy Womack with Mike Mills)
21 (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville (Mike Mills with everyone)

ROB SEZ: Here's a lovely thing: veteran Nashville musicians, getting together to perform classic albums in their entirety, with a variety of vocalists, and donating proceeds to worthy causes. In this case, the classic album was R.E.M.'s Out of Time, and that band's bassist Mike Mills was on hand to sing on several of the selections. Apparently, the Long Players have been doing this since 2004 (!!). Big, sloppy thanks to mbodayle for sharing this one. A complete list of participating musicians is in the file folder.
Check out this one! 
(from a different Long Players show)
Learn more about the music of the Long Players 
at the band's web site and FB page

Wednesday, February 8

Peter Holsapple - Hear his NEW SINGLE now; buy it today


Peter's new single is
Don't Mention the War / Cinderella Style

Here's the new video for the A side

Read this story from Indyweek 
& another from Innocent Words about the single,
and this interview with Peter by Indyweek

The whole family's lending a hand...

Order the vinyl 45 single here now.
(includes download card for lossless files;
if you don't own Peter's excellent solo album Out of My Way
you can buy that also)

Bonus: hear an early version of the A side 
that Peter recorded for Radio Free Song Club

Apparently, this is a really big deal
This & above family photo from Peter's blog — which you really should read!
Way to go, Peter! Thank you for the new music.

Tuesday, February 7

Hoodoo Gurus - Live 1984 - 1994

  • Munich, Germany - July 1987 (TV) 
  • Bonn, Germany - Nov. 1994 (FM) 
  • Sydney, Australia - July 1984 (FM)

ROB SEZ: I'm keeping this post minimal because it's a busy week for me with my paid job. All thanks & praises to my buddies at the old ASH blog as well as Blog Kihn at the now-defunct PVAc to 44.1 kHz blog for the Sydney 1984 set. ENJOY!

ASH Tuesday post #56

Friday, February 3

Orchids - Athens, Greece 2016 + London 1991

Tiki Bar
Athens, Greece 
Oct. 30, 2016

audience recording (sound quality VG; taper was at a distance from the rabble, minimizing crowd noise; audio rip from video)

SAMPLE: "Something for the Longing" (live 2016)

01 She's My Girl
02 Obsession #1
03 It's Only Obvious
04 Something's Going On
05 Apologies
06 Curious Heart
07 Tiny Words
08 Another Saturday Night
09 What Will We Do Next
10 Hey! Sometimes
11 A Kind of Eden
12 Peaches
13 Something for the Longing
14 Coloured Stone
15 Bemused, Confused & Bedraggled 
16 pre-encore applause, tuning
17 The Sadness of Sex (Part 1)

Camden Underground
London, UK
May 26, 1991

The Orchids: when we wuz fab
(OK, I guess they're still pretty fab...)
soundboard recording (quality VG+; sounds like a second-generation source tape)

01 Caveman
02 Something for the Longing
03 Peaches
04 Tiny Words
05 You Know I'm Fine
06 The Sadness of Sex (Part 1)
07 Frank DeSalvo
08 Sigh
09 Bemused, Confused 
     & Bedraggled 
10 pre-encore applause
11 Dirty Clothing
12 Me and the Black 
     and White Dream*

*Track 12 = Rough Trade Shop, London, UK 1991-05-18 (audience rec.; quality VG-)

ROB SEZ: You know a band is well loved when, 20+ years after their prime, someone buys their plane tickets to play at a modest size bar in Greece! Can't you just hear the guys pondering whether they should go? "Hmmm: should we spend a weekend in late October in Athens, or stay here in Scotland? Give us a minute..." Cheers to Bill Pos for recording and sharing the 2016 show, and special thanks to my friend & fellow Orchids fan EdA for supplying the 1991 set. If you glance at the Orchids' FB & Twitter posts from 2016, the guys appear to be recording material for a new album — but they don't seem to be in a big hurry. There are more Orchids goodies around here; just use the Labels tags at the bottom of the post or Artists/Groups index at the right-hand side of the blog to find 'em.