Tuesday, November 28

Bad finger - Without You (Demos, Outtakes & Rarities)

Demos, Outtakes & Rarities
recording info: various
soundboard recordings (quality: VG- to VG+)

ROB SEZ: Hands down, this is the best Bad finger rarities compilation I know. High-quality demos, rough mixes, alt. mixes & outtakes — with faux "Japanese edition" artwork thrown in for good measure. 49 tracks, none officially released, sure to please the group's many fans. (Apparently, all but the final 13 "bonus tracks" on Disc 2 were released on an earlier boot compilation titled For Pete's Sake.) Strictly speaking, this is not from ASH. But it was inspired by Don and the other musos at ASH who loved this band. Enjoy.
FLAC (not my file or upload, so I don't know how long this FLAC link will stay alive...)
ASH Tuesday post #81

Friday, November 24

Even - Brisbane, AUS Jan. 2017 (preFM) + bonus

The Foundry
Brisbane, AUS
Jan. 14, 2017

‘Live Delay’ digital broadcast (first aired Sept. 10, 2017) 

preFM (sound quality: VG++; webstream recording)

SAMPLE: "Weather King" (live 2017)

EVEN: the face of rock 'n' roll, 2017.  Fab photos by Carbie Warbie
00 Live Delay intro
01 Karmic Flop
02 No One Understands Me 
03 Stop and Go Man
04 End to End
05 Don't Wait
06 Eternal Teen
07 Weather King
08 Way
09 Dear Morris
10 She Told Me So
11 Little Red Taxi
12 Peaches and Cream
13 Little Piece
14 Shining Star

NOTES: 01 - 12 = The Less Is More album, played live; 13 & 14 = encores
All the DJ intrusions have been removed, but I decided to keep most of the intro section. It includes a pretty good summary of the band’s history. HUGE thanks to Live Delay and Branko Cosic.

EVEN: playing together for 23 years.
Way past time for their music to be heard
ROB SEZ: WOW! I cannot believe my good luck finding this live set by Even in excellent sound quality. If you’ve been paying much attention to the blog this year, you know I’m a HUGE fan of this band. I'm posting this in the hope others will discover the musical treasure created by Ash Naylor & Co. If there’s only one new band you have time to check out, make it Australia’s amazing Even. A pretty good place to start: this video gallery of the band's singles (begin with 'Mayfair Laundry Bus', then move on from there). The bonus set is part of their opening slot for Midnight Oil in Wodonga earlier this month. It's a not bad audience recording that will please those who're already fans. It includes a previously unreleased new song, slated for the band's next studio album.
Victoria, AUS
Nov. 3, 2017
   supporting Midnight Oil
    audience recording
(sound quality: VG- to VG) 

01 Little Piece
02 Black Umbrella
03 Stop and Go Man
04 Victoria (new song)
05 Don't Wait
05 Life Gets In the Way
06 We Are the Purple Nazz

NOTE: this is lacking at least 1 song the band played on this occasion, and I’m guessing there were others not captured in this recording. Many thanks to preserver7777 for sharing.

(the brief Wodonga set, included with both downloads, is only available in high-quality MP3)

Learn more about Even's music at

Tuesday, November 21

Wondermints - All-Covers Show, LA 1998

Los Angeles, CA
March 1998
audience recording (sound quality: VG)

NOTEThere are guest vocals on some songs by Lisa Jenio and Lisa Mychols. Joel Vee on percussion. The correct title for tracks 11 & 12  is "Cris Craft".

ROB SEZ: Gotta love those Wondermints. Members of the combo got so good at making masterly pop music that Brian Wilson tapped them to collaborate with him in live performances and studio work. HUGE THANKS to Joel Vee for recording the show (that's him on shaker & tambourine -- see his comment below). We're also indebted to Mick for today's post, for assembling it & creating the artwork. Thanks also to Don for posting years ago at ASH.

ASH Tuesday post #80

Friday, November 17

Hang Ups - New York, NY 1999 + bonus

Mercury Lounge 
New York, NY
Feb. 3, 1999

audience recording (sound quality: VG- to VG)

01 She’s Got Everything (Kinks cover) 
02 Second Story
03 Caroline
04 Top of Morning
05 So We Go
06 Long Goodbye
07 Comin’ Through
08 Sleepy
09 Party
10 Hourglass
11 Black Licorice
12 The Queen
Taped and transferred by KamenLiter; tracked & shared by smores. BIG THANKS to them.
Hang Ups at The Current (photos by Nate Ryan)

The Current live session 
Minneapolis, MN
June 2013

webstream (sound quality: VG++)

01 Greyhound Bus
02 Comin' Through
03 Something Fragile
04 interview
05 He's After Me*
*Uptown Bar, Minneapolis, MN 1994-07-29 (aud) 

ROB SEZ: Ya never know when a lost gem might show up. This 1999 live set by the Minneapolis alt-pop group the Hang Ups surfaced recently, so I had to share it. HUGE THANKS to the taper & sharer (see above). You might find some more goodies hiding around here if you look...

FLAC (I'm sharing the 1999 NYC set in lossless as well as lossy. The 2013 set, however, is only available in lossy, and it's included in both downloads)

REPERCUSSION: Mitch Easter and Don Dixon produced the band's 1999 album Second Story (AllMusic Album Pick, 4-star rating).

Learn more about the Hang Ups' music at Trouser Press and Wikipedia. You can purchase a lossless download of the band's self-titled 2003 album at Bandcamp.


Tuesday, November 14

Jon Auer - Birthday Party (private show) 2002

Cath's Birthday Party
June 1, 2002
(location unknown)
soundboard recording (quality: VG++)

ROB SEZ: A limited-edition release that's now impossible to find. A very fun solo show with lots of covers. Hopefully, Jon won't mind my sharing it here as a giveaway. Thanks, as usual, to Don.

ASH Tuesday post #79

Friday, November 10

Lilys - Sacramento, CA 2017

Starlite Lounge
Sacramento, CA 
Feb. 3, 2017
audience recording (sound quality: VG+)

01 High Writer at Home
02 Overlit Canyon (The Obscured 

     Wingtip Memoir)
03 The Hermit Crab
04 Tone Bender
05 Radiotricity
06 Your Guest and Host
07 Threw a Day
08 Elsa
09 The Any Several Sundays
10 Ginger
11 The Perception Room
12 Touch the Water / Run Run Run (V.U. cover) 
13 Hymn
14 Claire Hates Me (false start)
15 Coby
16 Will My Lord Be Gardening
17 Dandy

Do bands have to pay extra for the psychedelic/swirly light show?
ROB SEZ: I'm told Lilys tried to be an American shoegazer / dream pop band in an early incarnation. This live set suggests they've returned to shoe-gazing for their predominant style. Feel free to call it what you like. But if you're into moody, guitar-heavy, densely melodic songs with curious lyrics, Lilys might be your new groove. Check the sample, get the download, and enjoy. Big thanks & kudos to Jim M. for recording & sharing. There's more here; you just have to poke around to find it...


Learn more about Lilys' music at AllMusic, Wikipedia and the band's FB page. What — you've never heard Lilys' Eccsame the Photon Band?!?
You can fix that HERE.

Tuesday, November 7

Augie March - Live 2003 + 2006 (FM)

Live at the Wireless 2003 
Triple R Live 2006 (FM)

01 Blackbird
02 Brundisium
03 I, Me, Mine
04 Tulip
05 There's No Such Place
06 Train
07 This Train Will Be Taking No Passengers 
08 The Cold Acre
09 What Passes for a Single These Days
10 One Crowded Hour
11 Clearly Not
12 Mother Greer
13 ...Which Is Logical
14 The Baron of Sentiment
15 One More to the Rs
16 Just Passing Through
Tracks 1 - 6 - Live at the Wireless 2003 (exact date unknown)
Tracks 7 - 16 - Live on Triple R March 23, 2006

ROB SEZ: MEGA HUGE thanks to Don for sharing this one at the late, great ASH blog.

ASH Tuesday post #78

Friday, November 3

Peter Holsapple - Solo Shows 2017 + 1985

529 in E. Atlanta Village 
Atlanta, GA
August 4, 2017

audience recording (sound quality: VG+)

01 intro, tuning
02 That Time Is Gone
03 Big Brown Eyes
04 It's Game Day
05 Don't Mention the War
06 Angels
07 She Won't Drive In the Rain Anymore 
08 Today Could Be the Day

Peter Holsapple - guitar, vocals

SAMPLE: "Angels" (live 2017)

The Metro
Chicago, IL
Sept. 27, 1985
audience recording (sound quality: VG+) 

01 Sexual Healing
02 An End to the Blues
03 Storm Warning
04 Darby Hall
05 We Were Happy There
06 She Was the One
07 Pushing It Back
08 Diamond
09 Sharon
10 Lonely Is as Lonely Does
11 You Don't Miss Your Water 
12 Close to the Hand
13 Elvis, What Happened?
Peter Holsapple - guitar, vocals
Ilene Markell - bass

ROB SEZ: It's been quite a while since I've had something to post from Peter, so it's a delight to share one recent solo show and another from nearly 32 years (!) ago. On a personal note, I'm thrilled that Peter played one of my all-time favorite songs in his 2017 set: "She Won't Drive In the Rain Anymore" from the dB's Falling Off the Sky album. The dB's chose not to play it in concert, so it's great to hear Peter perform it for a live audience. Special thanks to Solar Wind for taping & sharing the 2017 set, and to whomever did the same for the 1985 show. I'm guessing the latter came to me via dB's Fan, though I cannot recall for sure. 

Connect with Peter on FaceBook or Reverb Nation
Although there aren't any recent posts, Peter's blog is here.