Friday, July 28

Blue Aeroplanes - Birmingham, UK 2017

Hare & Hounds
Kings Heath
Birmingham, UK 
Jan. 19, 2017

audience recording (sound quality: VG++; simply an excellent recording)

The Blue Aeroplanes: still killing it in their live shows, according to lucky U.K. fans...

SAMPLE: "Yr Own World" (live 2017)

01 stage entrance
02 Dead Tree! Dead Tree!
03 Yr Own World
04 Retro Moon
05 Looking for X's On a Map
06 Sweet Like Chocolate
07 What It Is
08 Missy Lane
09 Oak-Apple Day
10 Walking Under Ladders for a Living
11 Elvis Festival
12 Nothing Will Ever Happen In the Future  
13 Skin
14 Jacket Hangs
15 ...And Stones
16 Here Is the Heart of All Wild Things
17 pre-encore break
18 Fun
19 I Wanna Be Your Lover (Dylan cover)
20 Poetland
21 encore break
22 Breakin' in My Heart
TT: 93:10 mins.
BA's most recent studio release

ROB SEZ: Bristol's Blue Aeroplanes are a good example of a great band that's been making music for so long, they're easily overlooked. "Are they still around?" ask would-be fans. "Are they any good this many years later?" My answers: Yes, and YES, absolutely! Jangly rock + strong songs + poetic sensibility = compelling music. Gerard Langley & co. released a new studio album, Welcome, Stranger! in 2016 — featured prominently in this show. Check the sample and you'll hear a band in excellent form. MEGA THANKS to auto_pilot for recording & sharing this show and the one from 2013 shared here a few days ago. Don't miss the not-very-hidden bonus share, a full-length FM recording from 1990.


WAV lossless files

Learn more about the Blue Aeroplane's music at the band's official site, FB page and Wikipedia.

Tuesday, July 25

Blue Aeroplanes - Birmingham, UK 2013

Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath  
Birmingham, UK
Dec. 5, 2013

audience recording (sound quality: VG+; very good-sounding club show, with just the right amount of crowd noise to put you in the room)

SAMPLE: "Jacket Hangs" (live 2013)

01 Action Painting
02 Broken & Mended
03 Detective Song
04 Veils of Colour
05 Looking for X's
06 Tolerance
07 Top of the Pops
08 Fun
09 ...And Stones
10 ...And Stones (again, briefly) 
11 You (Are Loved)
12 Walking Under Ladders
13 Lover & Confidante
14 Jacket Hangs
15 Bury Your Love Like Treasure
16 encore break
17 Yr Own World
18 6-5
19 Breaking In My Heart

TT: 81:44 mins.

The Blue Aeroplanes:
Gerard Langley - vocals
John Langley - drums
Mike Youe - guitar, vocals
Bec Jevons - guitar, vocals
Gerard Starkie - guitar, vocals
Chris Sharp - bass, lead vocals on Fun
Wojtek Dmochowski - dancing


ROB SEZ: The Blue Aeroplanes are a perfect fit for this blog: massively talented, but overlooked by too many. If Gerard Langley's beat poet sensibility and talk-singing style is off-putting to some music fans, I say it's their loss. SPECIAL THANKS to auto_pilot for recording & sharing. I'll have an even longer BA post Friday, so come back soon. Psssst: check the comments section for a cool bonus AND TO LEAVE A COMMENT! ("subtle" hint)...

Friday, July 21

Paul Collins' Beat - Live in Spain (etc.) 2006

Live in Spain & Elsewhere
Radio 3, Spain
Oct. 13, 2006
(+ other venues, various dates 1979-2015) 
soundboard, FM & audience recordings
     (sound quality: VG to Ex-)
SAMPLE: "Helen" (live in 2006)

01 More Than Yesterday (live in Spain)
02 Rock 'n' Roll Shoes (live in Spain)
03 All Over Town (live in Spain)
04 Will You Be a Woman (live in Spain) 
05 Afton Place (live in Spain)
06 Helen (live in Spain)
07 I'm On Fire (live in Spain)
08 Flying High (live in Spain)
09 What's a Girl Like You Doing
      (live at iPop)
10 Dance Dance (live in Spain)
11 Baby, I'm In Love with You
      (live in Italy)
12 Workin' Too Hard (live in Italy)
13 Kids Are the Same (live in France)
14 Rock 'n' Roll Girl (live in San Diego)
15 Falling In Love With Her (live in NYC)
16 You Won't Be Happy (live in Norway)
17 Walking Out On Love (live in Norway)
18 Rock 'n' Roll Girl - U.S.A. -
     Walking Out On Love (live in Stockholm)
19 Look But Don't Touch (live in 
      San Francisco)

01-08 = Radio 3 (Spanish TV) 2006-10-13
             (BIG THANKS to kigonjiro & angelo)
09 = iPop - TVE2, Spanish TV 2006
             (thanks to kigonjiro)
10 = Live in 1985 on Spanish TV
11-12 = T.U.P. Studio, Brescia, Italy 2013
13 = Espace Leo Ferre, Brest, FR 2015-04-22
14 = Til-Two Club, San Diego, CA 2014-06-13
15 = Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY 2013-07-06
        (thanks to madrobotfan)
16-17 = House of Rock, Moss, Norway 2013
        (#16 with Vibeke Saugestad)
18 = South Side, Stockholm, Sweden 2013
19 = Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA 1979-09-12 (teaser from Burger Records' tape "Live 1979")

ROB SEZ: There's nothing like working up one of these posts to appreciate the life of a professional musician. Starting out as The Beat in the late 1970s, Paul Collins and his collaborators have been at it for nearly 40 years. In the past decade or so, Paul and the Paul Collins' Beat have released many albums' worth of new and archival material. As today's post illustrates, he's also toured extensively in the U.S. and elsewhere. This collection features a beautifully-played, great-sounding live set from 2006 for Radio 3 in Spain. The other 11 tracks are a miscellany of the best-sounding live material I could find. VERY SPECIAL THANKS to kigonjiro, angelo, Paul Collins, and everyone else who shared these live tracks.
Learn more about the music of Paul Collins at 
his official site, FB page or Wikipedia
(The Beat | Paul Collins)

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, especially 1998's Come Again — which is at least nine tenths 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