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