Tuesday, June 19

Mark Mikel - 35th Anniv. Concert 2013 (sbd)

35th Anniversary Concert 
Maumee Indoor Theatre
Maumee, OH
Nov. 23, 2013

soundboard recording (quality: VG++; audio rip from concert video; there's a bit of distortion here and there, but it's only occasional)

01 Thou Doth Warm Me (Like the Sun)
02 I Could Never Be a Bird
03 Black Sombrero
04 Undecided
05 Plastic Surgical Holiday — Paper Aeroplanes 
06 Mark speaks + song intro
07 Backwards Evolution
08 Dive Bombing Space Pigeons
09 Merely Stacking Chairs
10 Feeding Seagulls
11 Girl On a Laser Beam
12 Epapo Funk
13 Don't Listen to Your Head
14 Dream Away
15 Peasant Girls
16 It Seems You Are So Happening (instrum.)
17 Buzz for Aldrin
18 Good to Be Alive
19 In the End (You're Moving On)
20 Scream (Electric Dreams)
21 Idiot Smile
22 Sam the Computer
23 Out In the Midnight Rain
24 Day Tripper
25 Eleanor Rigby
26 Tomorrow Never Knows
27 Just Another Lifetime Please (pre-recorded)

Featured musicians for the evening: Jeff Kollman, Bill Hubauer, Zak Freed, Ian McCormack, Brad Babcock and The Monclovian 1st Irrational String Quartet

ROB SEZ: Here's a far-ranging musical event to commemorate 35 years in music for Mark Mikel, leader of The Pillbugs & producer for many other groups / projects. The set mixes early and later Mark Mikel solo material along with Pillbugs songs. Mikel recruited many friends for the show, which means there are some transcendent moments (eg, songs that feature the string quartet) and some that border on self-indulgence (eg, extended guitar solos, etc.). If you're a Pillbugs fan, you will find much to like. If you're a Mark Mikel fan, you might already have the DVD that's the source for this audio rip (the DVD is pretty much impossible to find anywhere this many years later). ALL PRAISES to Mark for sharing the full concert online, and to Mick for finding a setlist for me (thank you, my musical friend: you always come through).
Enjoy Mark Mikel's music at Bandcamp

Friday, June 15

Pillbugs (Mark Mikel) - Live & Rare 2002-2012

Live & Rare 2002-2012
various locations, dates, recording info 

soundboard & audience recordings
(quality range: VG to Ex-)

SAMPLE: "Comburda" (live NYC 2002)

01 The World's Most Harmless Villain (live)
02 Comburda (live)
03 Peasant Girls (live)
04 All In Good Time (live)
05 Charlie Blue Car (live)
06 Pretend You're 
     Not Home (live) 
07 And the Days Go By (live)
08 And the Days Go By (demo)
09 Alluring Martha (demo)
10 Closer (studio demo)
11 One Slummy Day
12 When She's Gone
13 Sweet Girl
14 The Future of 
     Computers (live)
15 Out In the Midnight Rain (live)
16 Son of Shirley (live)
17 The Kick-Around Boy (live)

01-06 = Arlene's Grocery, New York, N.Y. Dec. 2002 
(Int'l Pop Overthrow Fest)
07 = Mark Mikel & Sono Novo Chamber Ensemble, 
Trinity Episcopal Church, 2011-05-21
08 = Mark Mikel demo (undated - 
special thanks to adamic for sharing)
09 = song & demo by Mark Kelley, with 
Mark Mikel and Dan Chalmers
10 = with false starts, live in the studio 2004 
11-13 = Mark Mikel recordings, undated (special 
thanks to adamic for sharing)
14 & 15 = Live on 'The Man Cave' 
with Jeff Lamb 2012-04-08
16 & 17 = Arlene's Grocery, New York, N.Y. Aug. 2004

ROB SEZ: This is a collection of latter-day Pillbugs & Mark Mikel live & rare tracks I put together recently. The first 6 are from the band's performance at the 2002 International Pop Overthrow in NYC, and were recorded with multi-track recording gear: they sound amazing. If you like your rock & pop with a psychedelic edge, check out The Pillbugs and Mark's solo releasesPARTICULAR THANKS to Mark & The Pillbugs for generously sharing so many ROIOs over the years.

Wednesday, June 6

New Peter H album in July!

Game Day
due July 27 from Omnivore Recordings

pre-order now to get a bonus 7" single
(bonus single is the 2017 release Don't Mention the War / Cinderella Style)
If you don't already own Peter's 1997 solo album Out of My Way, buy it here.
Preview video from Omnivore with several song snippets

Here's what Peter says about the album at his blog:

I played almost every note on the record. I recorded and mixed it in my basement studio. I'm so far inside this record I'm breathing dryer lint. So any semblance of objectivity about it and its chances at being loved by the general populace is nil.
The best thing is I did the record all by myself (that may also be the worst thing I did), and it's absolutely the record I wanted to make. People will undoubtedly hear it and scratch their heads and say it sounds weird and eccentric, at least I hope so.

(read the rest of Peter's comments — including plans to play live 
with Will Rigby on drums)

First solo album in 21 years from 
the veteran musician and songwriter.

Omnivore Recordings says:

You would think being an integral member of one of the most beloved power pop bands, the dB’s, would be enough for a guy and his resumé. But no, Peter Holsapple just had to tour with R.E.M. and Hootie & The Blowfish, join Continental Drifters, and collaborate with John Hiatt, Indigo Girls, The Troggs, The Cowsills, Juliana Hatfield Three, Better Than Ezra, and so many others. Not one to rest on laurels, Peter has continually been in motion since his first recordings in 1972 with Rittenhouse Square.

Perhaps that’s why he’s releasing his first solo album in 21 years—he’s been a busy, busy man. And, as Peter himself says, “And it’s really ‘solo,’ too! I played and sang 99 44/100ths of the notes on this record. I wanted to be responsible for all of it, so I dove deep inside myself and the songs and came up with Game Day.”

Game Day contains 13 new tracks, a bonus track, and two “super bonus tracks”—Holsapple’s critically acclaimed single “Don’t Mention the War” b/w ”Cinderella Style,” originally released in 2017. “After putting the single out on my own last year, I made the decision to put out an album. Some tunes are brand new, some have been in rotation for a bit, but all are worthy. My ‘middle-aged Pet Sounds fantasy’ is real, with the issues of middle age put to memorable melodies. The old guy at work in ‘Tuff Day,’ watching my parents’ place get cleared out in ‘Inventory,’ a decades-late thank-you note to a college girlfriend in ‘Commonplace’—they’re all a part of the present-day me.”

Game Day is prime Holsapple, whose recording career spans nearly five decades. It contains all the hooks, clever lyrics, and deft instrumentation one would expect. As he paraphrases Jeff Beck in the packaging, “Today, with all of the hard competition in the music business, it’s almost impossible to come up with anything totally original. So I haven’t, but I had a lot of fun making Game Day, and I hope it comes through when you hear it.”


You need this, right? OK, go order it.

Friday, June 1

Don Dixon, M. Crenshaw, etc. - Boulder, CO 1992 (sbd)

'In Their Own Words' 
The Fox Theater
Boulder, CO
May 28, 1992

soundboard recording (quality: VG; sounds like a 2nd- or 3rd-generation tape source)
The greatness of Don Dixon extends all the
way down to his Chuck Taylors...

01  Cheap Chatter (cuts in)
03  Walkin' Around *
04  If She Knew What She Wants + 
05  Your Man of Steel ^
06  [untitled, unfinished song]
08  Someday Someway *
09  Much Too Much +
11  Darlene ^
12  Borrowed Time
14  Your First Love *

01  If We Never Meet Again +
02  Hometown ^
03  Renaissance Eyes (fades in)
05  (You're My) Favorite Waste of Time *
06  All Through the Night +
07  Rain Just Falls ^
08  Dark End of the Street 
10  Julie *
11  Love Hurts +
12  Didn't He Know? ^

Don Dixon (no symbol)  *Marshall Crenshaw
+Jules Shear   ^David Halley
(James McMurtry also performed, but his performances & comments are not included here. This explains the funky numbering: McMurtry's stuff would've appeared where numbers have been skipped.)

ROB SEZ: I usually don't go in for a lot of chit-chat between songs, but I'll make an exception for talent like Marshall Crenshaw, Don Dixon & Jules Shear. Each singer takes the lead on 5 of his own songs or a choice cover, and much of the talk about songs & song-writing is a pleasure to hear. MEGA THANKS to lilpanda for another of his extraordinary shares. (Don Dixon & Marti Jones fans take note: be sure to poke around a bit for the bonus share.)


Tuesday, May 29

The dB's + Mitch Easter @ W-S Music Extravaganza

The dB's, Mitch Easter, Don Dixon perform 
at Winston-Salem Music Blowout
'Yesterday's Tomorrow'
The Ramkat
Winston-Salem, N.C.
May 12, 2018

Pictures worth at least a thousand words:
(l-r) Mitch Easter, Bob Northcott, Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey — Rittenhouse Square
Holsapple, Stamey & Dixon performing May 12 in Winston-Salem

IMAGINE: The dB's, Let's Active, Don Dixon, Sneakers, Little Diesel, Sacred Irony, Rittenhouse Square and lesser-known (!) N.C. bands performing in one place on one big night of nostalgia-inducing music. It happened on May 12 at The Ramkat in Winston-Salem.

Our friend Larry T. was there, and reported it was "amazing". He shot some videos, which he kindly shared (see below). At some point, I hope to be able to share additional music from the night, once the requisite permissions are in hand.

For now, please enjoy these two video souvenirs, courtesy of Larry T.

Little Diesel - Kissy Boys (May 2018)

Let's Active - Every Word Means No (May 2018)

Friday, May 25

Chris Stamey - New Book + 2017 Podcast

Chris Stamey wrote a book!
A Spy In the House of Loud
It's available now, and it's excellent.

The subtitle is key: New York Songs & Stories. A combination memoir and reflection on the downtown NYC indie music scene in the late 1970s, early 1980s and beyond.
There's a lot to like for fans of The dB's and/or Chris' solo career.

Order the book directly from University of Texas Press HERE or from Amazon HERE.

Chris might be coming your way soon for a book store reading, chat & musical performance.
I'm reading the book right now; I'll plan to post a review here later.
For now, here's the Winston-Salem Journal's feature story about the book, a Yes! Weekly review/featureand Rob Ross' review in Popdose.

Occasional Shivers Podcast 2017

How did I miss this? Perhaps because I was crazy busy when it premiered and later, when it was released in 10 brief podcasts. Chris Stamey's "Occasional Shivers" is a work of musical fiction. It's described as "a narrative song cycle set in Manhattan in the early 1960s" and centers around a circle of jazz theater performers. Renowned jazz musician Branford Marsalis is the host.
It was broadcast by more than 100 public radio stations around the country.

Have a listen HERE.

Learn more HERE and HERE.

Friday, May 18

Cosmic Rough Riders - Live 2001 + 2004

Reading Festival, UK
Photos of Cosmic Rough Riders in Stoke, 2003 by Marg B
Aug. 24, 2001

FM recording (sound quality: VG+) 

01 Melanie
02 Pain Inside
03 Charm
04 Country Home (Neil Young cover)
05 Gun Isn't Loaded
06 Revolution (In the Summertime)
07 Sometime
08 Loser
This appearance features band founder Daniel Wylie on lead vocals and guitar

SAMPLE: "Revolution (In the Summertime)" live in 2001

'Morning Becomes Eclectic'
KCRW live session
Village Recorders
Santa Monica, CA 
Aug. 3, 2004

(sound quality: Ex-) 

01 Justify the Rain
02 Sunrise
03 She's Never Around
04 Life In Wartime
05 For a Smile
06 The Need to Fly
07 Because You
08 Interview with Nic Harcourt

Musicians (KCRW session 2004)
Stephen Fleming - lead vocals & guitar  
James Clifford - bass & backing vocals
Mark Brown - drums, mandolin, & vocals
Paul Docherty - guitar & backing vocals

ROB SEZ: Cosmic Rough Riders — wow! Daniel Wylie and collaborator Stephen Fleming took the basic sounds of 1970s West Coast pop & rock (think Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, Neil Young) and added terrific melodies and a Glasgow point of view. What they created in the late 1990s was worthy of much broader acclaim & fame than they actually found. In 2002, musical differences prompted Wylie to leave the band to pursue a solo career. The group kept on with Fleming becoming lead vocalist and chief songwriter. Eventually, amends were made. By 2015, the group released an album credited to "Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders." There's precious little live material by CRR in circulation, so please enjoy these and the mystery bonus share. Kudos to Klasw for sharing the Reading 2001 live set & to KCRW for the 2004 session.
Scenery for Dreamers is the latest studio offering by Cosmic Rough Riders
You can find it at iTunes, Amazon & 7 Digital
Learn more about Cosmic Rough Rider's music at 

Tuesday, May 15

Felt - Bristol, UK 1986 + Spanish TV 1985

Tropic Club
Bristol, UK
April 24, 1986

audience recording (sound quality: VG; although the sound is quite good, there’s too much intrusive audience chatter near the taper for my liking — but it’s one of the few full-set Felt recordings around)
01 Spanish House
The mysterious Lawrence, bathed in purple majesty...
02 The Day the Rain Came Down
03 Roman Litter
04 Fortune
05 Penelope Tree
06 Ballad of the Band
07 Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow 
08 Primitive Painters
09 Outdoor Miner
10 Caspian Sea
11 Penelope Tree (reprise)
Live On Spanish TV
venue + city unknown
1985 (exact date unknown)
TV audio recording (sound quality: VG-; the vocals & instrumental sounds are clear enough, but rather tinny — perhaps the taper put his/her device in front of the TV to make the recording?)
12 Roman Litter
13 Ballad of the Band
14 The Stagnant Pool
15 Cathedral
16 Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow 
17 Whirlpool Vision of Shame
*18 Mexican Bandits
*bonus track = Camden, UK 1987-04-23 (aud - unknown venue)

ROB SEZ: Here's one final post to wrap up the Felt series. HUGE THANKS to whatdoidonow, TMATMATMA and tsukko3 for sharing. One of the other posts sported some hidden bonus material. Did you find the buried treasure? Please enjoy.


Friday, May 11

Felt - Oporto, Portugal 1988 (aud)

Teatro Rivoli
Oporto, Portugal
April 1, 1988

Dream Remaster by Colin 

audience recording (sound quality: VG-; there's distortion, but fairly decent instrumental separation + an extremely enthusiastic crowd)

SAMPLE: "Stained Glass Windows In the Sky" (live 1988)

Felt's Lawrence (rt.) & guitarist Maurice Deebank
The were the band in the early years

01 The Old Man Down the Road
      (J. Fogerty cover)
02 Walking Under a Spell
      (Weather Prophets cover)
03 Grey Streets
04 I Will Die With My Head In Flames
05 Stained-Glass Windows In the Sky
06 She Lives by the Castle
07 Ape Hangers
08 Tuesday's Secret
09 How Spook Got Her Man
10 Don't Die On My Doorstep
11 Primitive Painters
12 Outdoor Miner (Wire cover)
13 Bitter End
14 The Final Resting of the Ark
15 Sapphire Mansions
16 The Old Man Down the Road [reprise]
17 Primitive Painters [reprise]

ROB SEZ: Here's another collaboration with Colin from the Dream Remaster blog. Colin did his best with iffy-sounding files, which came courtesy of ziggyswoon & DarkCircleRoom. When you hear the somewhat distorted sound, just know it was worse before Colin worked his magic — thank you, kind sir! Check out Colin's blog to hear more of his remastering work. There are precious few Felt bootlegs out there, so I wanted to share this one in the best-possible sound quality. For this gig in Portugal, Felt prepared its usual brief setlist, but was surprised when the promoter insisted they continue playing after just 30 minutes on stage. This explains the repetition of songs at the end of the show.



Learn more about Felt's music at Trouser PressWikipedia
AllMusic & this fab fan site

Tuesday, May 8

Beachwood Sparks - Live 2000 + 2001

'Morning Becomes Eclectic' 
Santa Monica, CA
April 28, 2000
House of Blues
Los Angeles, CA
April 30, 2000

soundboard recording + FM capture
(sound quality: VG++)

Cafe du Nord
San Francisco, CA
Nov. 16, 2001

audience recording (sound quality: VG+)

ROB SEZ: No time for a comment today, except to say I really don't know what to make of this extremely quiet nouveau-folk & country-rock revival band. I trust there will be fans among Repercussion blog followers, but I have no idea how many. HUGE THANKS to Mick for compiling these and creating the artwork, and to Don for sharing them way back when at the old ASH blog.

ASH Tuesday post #90

Friday, May 4

Felt - Final Gig 1989 + BBC Sessions

Birmingham, England 
Dec. 19, 1989

audience recording (sound quality: VG to VG+)

SAMPLE: "Roman Litter" (Birmingham — final gig 1989)

01 Declaration
02 Bottoming Out
      (Lou Reed cover)
03 All the People I Like Are
     Those That Are Dead
04 Budgie Jacket
05 New Day Dawning
06 Riding on the Equator
07 Roman Litter
08 Red Indians
09 Fortune
10 The Final Resting
     of the Ark
11 Primitive Painters
12 She Lives by the Castle
13 Penelope Tree
14 Ballad of the Band

Live at the BBC
Janice Long & Andy Kershaw sessions 
1984 & 1986
FM captures (sound quality: VG+)
01 Dismantled King Is Off the Throne
02 Roman Litter
03 Vasco da Gama
04 Crystal Ball
05 Ballad of the Band
06 The Day the Rain Came Down
07 Caspian See
08 I Didn't Mean to Hurt You
      (end cut, fades out)
09 When the Dawn 
     Starts Creeping In
10 Sapphire Mansions
11 Rain of Crystal Spires
12 All the People I Like Are Those That Are Dead
13 Why Did You Have to Cry (London 1985)
01-04 = Janice Long Session 1984-09-30
05-08 = Janice Long Session 1986-02-12
09-12 = Andy Kershaw Session 1986-09-11 
13 = (bonus track) Boston Arms, London, UK 
       1984-04-12 (audience recording)

ROB SEZ: FELT! Where have you been hiding all these years? How did I miss you when I was enjoying similar British bands like Lloyd Cole & The Commotions in the 1980s? Band founder / lead singer / chief songwriter "Lawrence" channels Tom Verlaine & Lou Reed (and at times a male Patti Smith) in the vocal department and, to some extent, in his guitar stylings. The sound of early-period Felt is dominated by Maurice Deebank — a very talented Johnny Marr-esque guitarist, who quit the band in 1985. Later-era Felt leans more heavily on the keyboard prowess of Martin Duffy (later of Primal Scream). The curious are encouraged to find one of the readily-available compilations like Absolute Classic Masterpieces or Stains On a Decade. Unfortunately, the full-length albums are hard to find at reasonable prices except as digital downloads.

(all sources were lossy; no FLAC share this time)
Learn more about Felt's music at Trouser Press, WikipediaAllMusic & this fabulous fan site