Friday, August 16

Continental Drifters - WFUV-FM 2001

Idiot’s Delight live session
WFUV-FM (Bronx, N.Y.)
July 5, 2001

FM recording (sound quality: VG++)

heart & soul


SIGNIFICANT THANKS to the taper and to TheBynumite for sharing

ROB SEZ: This isn't one of those live sessions in which the talking bits and the music bits are easily separated. To enjoy this one, it helps to settle in for the chat, because Vin Scelsa was one of the pioneers of free-form FM radio. The man has the gift of gab (as illustrated here as he tells the Drifters about his cousin Judy from Jersey City). Got mystery bonus material? Yes, and you won't have to look too hard to find it.

01 Vin Scelsa intro
Offbeat, yes. But usually not downbeat...
02 chat 1 + song intro
03 Highway of the Saints*
     (initial false start)
04 chat 2 + song intro
05 Cousin
06 chat 3
07 chat 4
08 Live On Love
09 chat 5 + song intro
10 Tear My Stillhouse Down+
11 chat 6 + song intro
12 Too Little, Too Late
13 chat 7 + song intro
14 That Much a Fool
15 chat 8 + song intro
16 Crescent City^
17 chat 9

*Pat McLaughlin cover
+Gillian Welch cover
^Lucinda Williams cover 



Russ Broussard
Susan Cowsill 
Peter Holsapple
Robert Maché
Vicki Peterson
Mark Walton

Read the history of Continental Drifters.
Learn more about their music @ AllMusic

Friday, August 9

Murray Attaway - Delirium (unreleased studio album) + bonus

unreleased solo album by former Guad Diary frontman
studio recording (sound quality Ex-; might be from a multi-gen. source, but it still has impressive sound quality)
Murray in the 1990s
photo by mixtapehero
Murray in the 2000s
photo by Shelia McIntosh via Flickr

WHAT'S THIS? This was to be Murray's second solo album, but for reasons unknown to me, it remains unreleased. To my ears, it sounds similar to his first solo album In Thrall (which I love), so I'm guessing the decision not to release it was unrelated to its artistic merits, which are considerable. The great Don Dixon produced.
REPERCUSSION: At the dB's now-defunct message board, Peter Holsapple referred to a recording session "that Murray did later on with Bill Bonk on bass and guitar, Will [Rigby] on drums, me on assorted instruments and Don Dixon producing and I believe playing bass. I couldn't tell you whether those recordings ever got released, but Murray, ever the sly dog, was sending around tapes of the songs calling the collection 'How I Spent My Thirties'." ROB SEZ: I have no reason to think this is not that very recording.


BIG THANKS to lilpanda for sharing this one with the fans

1. Prince Charming
2. Curve of the Earth
3. If the Walls Could Talk 
4. The Sun at Dusk
5. You Are There
6. Heroes In the Water
7. Long Hard Ride
8. Delirium
9. I Had an Answer
10. In a Dream
11. Free at Last

In their heyday, on the waterfront

Guad Diary interview with live tracks
"SoundCheck" Local TV arts program
Athens, GA
May 16, 1998

audio rip from video source (sound quality Ex-)

1. Part A
2. Part B

This has 3-4 great live songs from a show in Athens, GA interspersed with segments of a rather random and disorganized interview. Apologies for the lack of tracking and setlist; I just felt a little lazy this week...
MP3@320 (snag this also if you want the bonus stuff)

Go to AllMusic to learn more about the music of Murray  Attaway HERE and Guad Diary HERE

Friday, August 2

Nick Drake Tribute 1997 (FM recording)

'Bryter Later: Songs of Nick Drake'
St. Ann’s Church
Brooklyn Heights, NY
November 8, 1997
FM capture (sound quality: Ex-)
1. intro
2. I Was Made to Love Magic - Syd Straw
3. One of These Things First 
     - Sloan Wainwright
4. Joey - Terre Roche
5. Things Behind The Sun  
     - Richard Davies
6. Which Will - Duncan Sheik
7. From the Morning 
     - Dana & Karen Kletter 
8. Cello Song - Richard Barone
9. Pink Moon - Syd Straw
10. River Man - Katell Keineg
11. Poor Boy - Terre Roche
12. crowd
13. Horn - Peter Holsapple
14. Been Smoking Too Long 
      - Peter Blegvad
15. Way to Blue - Susan Cowsill
16. Time Has Told Me - Katell Keineg
17. Clothes of Sand - Peter Blegvad
18. Black Eyed Dog - Mimi Goese
19. Time of No Reply 
      - Sloan Wainwright
20. Northern Sky - Richard Barone 
21. Fly - Richard Davies
22. Hazey Jane I - Duncan Sheik
23. Fruit Tree - Rebecca Moore
TT: 1:33 mins.
ROB SEZ: No less than the New York Times called this event "a daring, iconoclastic move" — and in the end, an event to "treasure". (Read more of the NYT review below.) One glance at the list of lead vocalists, and you'll recognize how exceptional this was. BIG THANKS to WFUV-FM in New York for broadcasting the concert, thanks also to the original taper and uploader, and whoever posted this in cyberspace for me to find and share here. [Errata: the cover is inaccurate re: the venue. The concert took place at St. Ann's Church, not the warehouse.]
REPERCUSSION: For a few years in the late 1990s, Peter Holsapple had the enviable job of organizing tributes to some of the great, lesser-known artists of popular music. This one, performed in honor and memory of Nick Drake, is a real beauty. Peter assembled quite an impressive roster of artists — which is a tribute to Drake, of course, but also an implicit recognition of Peter’s influence, particularly among musicians in the greater NYC area. My only regret is that Peter's voice can only be heard at the end in brief thank-you remarks, but at least we get to hear him play on the instrumental "Horn" and as a backing musician on other songs.
“House Band” Musicians
Peter Holsapple  - guitar, piano, bass (musical director)
Chris Cunningham - guitar
Michelle Kinney - cello
David Mansfield - violin, mandolin
Deni Bonet - violin

St. Ann's Church: a unique space for a concert

The following is part of the New York Times review of the show. (Note the reference to Peter as “Mr. Holsapple”!) You can read the whole thing here.

Spare, Poetic Songs of a Gentle Dreamer
Copyright: The New York Times
Published: November 11, 1997
The word fetish is often misused in describing objects of passion, but it fits Nick Drake's body of work. Fans of the English songwriter, who died in 1974 at the age of 26, treasure the 31 songs he recorded as if they were amulets to be meditated upon privately and shared with the sympathetic few. To love Nick Drake's meditative folk-pop is to join an esoteric society. Organizing an evening in which more than a dozen singers interpret him is a daring, iconoclastic move.
Peter Holsapple clearly knew this when he arranged “Bryter Layter: The Songs of Nick Drake,” presented on Saturday night at the Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn. (“Bryter Layter” was Drake's second album.) His musical direction showed great delicacy, while his selection of singers insured that the evening would not grow reverentially leaden.
Peter Blegvad, Terre Roche, Syd Straw, Richard Barone, Richard Davies, Mimi Goese, Susan Cowsill and Mr. Holsapple himself all know what it is like to be working artists beloved by the few while fame only teases, a situation that contributed to Drake's fatal depression. For them, his music is not frozen iconography but a code unlocking key elements of the song forms they embrace. The evening's younger artists -- Duncan Sheik, Katell Keineg, Sloan Wainwright, Dana and Karen Kletter and Rebecca Moore -- similarly used Mr. Drake's songs to explore the inner workings of pop. 
Nick in London; photo by Jef Aerosol

Friday, July 26

Daniel Wylie - Live 2008 & 2009 (FM)

Matisse Room
Valencia, Spain 
July 6, 2008
FM recording (sound quality: VG++)
SAMPLE: "The Pain Inside" (live 2008)

artwork by Angelo — he posted this show first at his PPC blog
01 I Love America
02 Unwind
03 I Can Fly
04 You Go There
05 Revolution
     (In the Summertime)
06 That Was the Day
07 The Cello Player
08 Consoling the Girl
09 The Pain Inside
10 The Loser
11 The Grapevine
12 Can You Feel the Love?
13 Snow Pony
14 Photograph

      (Ringo Starr cover)
15 The One I Love

      (R.E.M. cover)
16 Define Love

The 13th Note
Glasgow, Scotland
July 14, 2009
audience recording (sound quality: VG-)
01 Revolution In the Summertime 
02 Melanie
03 That Was the Day
04 Unwind
05 The Pain Inside
06 Consoling the Girl
07 Still a Mother's Son (demo)*
    *bonus track - undated demo shared by D. Wylie
ROB SEZ: I featured Daniel's splendid band Cosmic Rough Riders last year at the blog. (If you don't know about CRR, rush over HERE to check them out. If you like a lot of the bands at Repercussion, you'll thank me.) Daniel's solo work is in line with what makes CRR worth a long listen: sunny melodies, intelligent lyrics and a 1970s California sound (think Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, The Byrds) re-fashioned by way of Glasgow. MEGA THANKS to Angelo of Powerpop Criminals, where the 2008 show was first shared, and to geomck for sharing the 2009 live set.
Daniel Wylie: Best of the Solo Years (vinyl-only release) HERE

Friday, July 19

Elliott Smith - Seattle, WA 2000 (sbd)

Boombox Stage
Bumbershoot Festival 
Seattle, WA
September 2, 2000
soundboard recording (audio from professionally-recorded VHS tape; sound quality: VG+; there's occasional distortion at the upper end of Smith's vocals, possibly due to an issue with his mic)

SAMPLE: "Coming Up Roses" (live Seattle, WA 2000)

Elliott Smith in rural N.J. as shot by photographer Chris Buck
01 Needle In the Hay
02 Bled White
03 Stupidity Tries
04 Coming Up Roses
05 Waltz #2 (XO)
06 Everything Means 
     Nothing to Me 
07 Clementine
08 Son of Sam
09 L.A.
10 Amity
11 Ballad of Big Nothing
12 Cupid's Trick
13 St. Ides Heaven
14 Junk Bond Trader
15 Division Day
16 Christian Brothers
17 Angeles
18 Fond Farewell
19 Alameda
20 Say Yes

ROB SEZ: Elliott Smith is yet another artist I've wanted to feature here for a while. Whereas most fans seems to appreciate Smith for his breathy, emotionally fragile folk-pop, I prefer to hear him backed by an electric band, playing at full tilt as we have here. In this recording, we get to hear Elliott play to a "hometown" crowd at the Bumbershoot Fest in Seattle (Smith lived in Portland for many years). The album Figure 8 had been released just a few months prior to the festival, and we get to hear half a dozen songs from it. Although this show has circulated for a good while as a DVD, I'm not aware of its availability as an audio-only document with a lossless lineage. When I acquired this very good-quality video via the JEMS team, I thought it would make a great audio bootleg — so I created one for myself. Now, you get to enjoy it too. Archive.Org has LOTS more lossless Elliott Smith recordings, including some FM & soundboard shares HERE.



Friday, July 12

Superchunk - Australia & Sweden 1994 + 1996 (FM)

Live at The Wireless 
JJJ Studios
Sydney, Australia
Oct. 3, 1994
FM recording (sound quality: Ex-; master tape source)
01 Driveway to Driveway*
02 Skip Steps 1 & 3
03 Hyper Enough**
04 Untied
     *some dropouts, first 10 seconds only
    **one of the first known live performances
Gothenburg, Sweden 
Feb. 15, 1996
FM recording (sound quality: VG; not a great audio mix, but a great performance via the master tape source)
01 Eastern Terminal
02 Iron On
03 Water Wings
04 Precision Auto
05 Driveway to Driveway
06 Hyper Enough
07 Throwing Things
08 Silverleaf and Snowy Tears
09 Seed Toss
10 Question Is How Fast (cuts out; tape flip) 
11 Question Is How Fast (cont'd)
12 Animated Airplanes Over Germany 
13 Interview, Pt. 1
14 Interview, Pt. 2
ROB SEZ: Making up for lost time with two Superchunk posts in 8 days. This one dials it back to the band's earlier years, when they were a younger, hungrier & very loud indie band. I prefer their later & more recent recordings (a bit more nuance & a bit less noise) — but every listener seems to have a different opinion. Special thanks to Trekkyt & Popmarter for recording, mastering & sharing the 1996 performance. Not sure who recorded & shared the 1994 live set, but I hereby thank him/her/them also. If you have more than a passing interest in this band, try both parts of the 1996 interview — a brief, fun listen.
Fascinating Reading link:  Laura Ballance rates all of Superchunk's albums.
(1996 set = 24-96 hi-res recording)
Learn more about Superchunk's music 
at the band's official site and/or AllMusic  

Friday, July 5

Superchunk - Stockholm, Sweden 2013

Debaser Hornstull Strand 
Stockholm, Sweden
Dec. 6, 2013

audience recording (sound quality: VG++; a high-quality capture)
SAMPLE: "FOH" (live in Stockholm 2013)

SUPERCHUNK in SWEDEN: gotta love the tapers who take & share photos like these 

01 intro
02 Driveway to Driveway
03 Learn to Surf
04 FOH (Front of the House) 
05 Jackie
06 Question Is How Fast
07 Detroit Has a Skyline
08 Skip Steps 1,2,3
09 Void
10 Out of Sun
11 Hawk
12 New Bruiser
13 Iron On
14 Low F
15 Digging for Something
16 Hyper Enough
17 Encore Break
18 100.000 Fireflies
19 Slack M.F.
20 Throwing Things

ROB SEZ: Last week, Deacon Blue; this week: North Carolina indie home team Superchunk. Say what you want about this blog, but one thing you can't dispute: we got range. I've been threatening to feature Superchunk for quite a while, but only recently got hold of this superior audio document. So here ya go, with HUGE THANKS to taper & photographer Trekytt.
Out now: AF (Acoustic Foolish), feat. Peter H
REPERCUSSION: Until recently, I didn't think Superchunk had any direct connection to our usual heroes at the Repercussion blog. Then I found out Peter Holsapple is one of the "extra" musicians on the band's latest, AF (Acoustic Foolish). How cool is that?
(hi-res 24-bit share)

Friday, June 28

Deacon Blue - London Dec. 1991 (sbd)

Hammersmith Odeon 
London, UK
Dec. 23, 1991
soundboard recording (quality: Ex-; from band's own archives; remastered for official, non-commercial, release)
SAMPLE: "Ragman" (Live in London 1991 - soundboard)

01 A Brighter Star
Larry Mullen, Jr. & his girlfriend
(actually, Deacon Blue in the late 1980s)
02 Peace & Jobs & Freedom
Twist and Shout
04 Fellow Hoodlums
05 Real Gone Kid
06 The Day That Jackie Jumped the Jail
07 Long Window to Love
08 Love's Great Fears
09 James Joyce Soles
10 Cover from the Sky
11 She / When Will You Make My Telephone Ring?
12 Your Swaying Arms
13 Ragman
14 Loaded
15 Raintown
16 The Wildness
17 One Day I'll Go Walking
18 Gentle Teardrops
19 Queen of the New Year
20 It's a Marshmallow World (Darlene Love cover)
21 I Don't Wanna Go Home (Little Steven cover)
22 Fergus Sings the Blues

ROB SEZ: OK, here's one last share for the Deacon Blue fans out there. This is what the band said when they released it a short while ago: "A rare and complete, never-heard-before recording of Deacon Blue's performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on the 23rd December 1991. Recorded as part of the 'Live Hoodlums' tour, we proudly present the band’s own official recording of the final concert from their 3-night residency. The audio was restored and remastered in 2017 specially for this release." (If you can't get enough, be sure to look for this week's rather impressive mystery bonus share.)

(lossy source; no FLAC this time)
Learn more about Deacon Blue's music at AllMusic 
and the band's official site