Friday, October 11

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey - Philadelphia 1991 (sbd)

Chestnut Cabaret 
Philadelphia, PA
June 18, 1991

soundboard recording (quality: Ex; clone of DAT master; stunning sound quality)
SAMPLE: "I Know You Will" (Philadelphia 1991)

00 intro, stage entrance
photos from the Mavericks CD booklet
01 Lord of the Manor
02 Geometry / Here Without You
03 Haven't Got the Right 
     (to Treat Me Wrong) 
04 Storm Warning
05 I Know You Will
06 Lovers' Rock
07 She Was the One
08 The Company of Light
09 Taken
10 A Part of Me
11 Angels
12 I Want to Break Your Heart
13 The Child In You (jump cut @ 0:04)
14 encore break 1
15 Do You Believe In Magic?
16 From the Word Go
17 encore break 2
18 Today Could Be the Day
ROB SEZ: No, dear fans: I haven't been holding out on you. This one just turned up, so I'm sharing with you now: a stunning digital soundboard recording of a great performance. It's Peter and Chris touring behind Mavericks, with an ace band including musicians who played on the studio recordings. What's not to like? Nothing. Huge thanks to the taper and to julsay for sharing.
Peter Holsapple: vocals & acoustic guitar
Chris Stamey: vocals & acoustic guitar
Dave Schramm: electric guitar & lap steel
Alan Bezozi: drums
Ilene Markell: bass

Friday, October 4

Pernice Brothers - Leicester, UK 2003

Summer Sundae
De Montfort Hall
Leicester, UK
Aug. 10, 2003
soundboard recording (via web stream: quality VG+)
PERNICE BROTHERS (and sister?) — Live in 2001
photo by Rico Ramirez
01 Water Ban
02 Working Girls
03 The Ballad of Bjorn Borg
04 Crestfallen
05 Waiting for the Universe
06 Monkey Suit
07 Sometimes I Remember
08 Talk of the Town
      (Pretenders cover) 
09 7:30
10 BBC outro

presumptive lineup
• Joe Pernice (safe bet!)
• Tom Monahan
• Peyton Pinkerton

JOE PERNICE - wailing away
ROB SEZ: With uncanny synchronicity, this recording showed up a few months ago, just in time to remind me that Joe P. was releasing a new Pernice Brothers album soon — and now it's here. Pernice gets help on Spread the Feeling from Neko Case, Ric Menck, and Pete Yorn, among othersHUGE THANKS to auto_pilot for sharing and to the BBC for rebroadcasting this in July. (The FLAC version is a lossless capture of a high-quality lossy source.) It's the complete broadcast, but probably not the full show as heard by the lucky SOBs who were there.
Pernice Brothers' fab new album Spread the Feeling — out now

Learn more about Pernice Brothers' music at WikipediaAllMusic and the band's web site.

Sunday, September 29

New Chris Stamey & Peter H projects

A new album of newly-composed, old-school songs
Don't expect a typical Chris Stamey solo album.
Vinyl-only live EP by the Peter Holsapple Combo.
Limited-edition release; grab it before it's gone.

ROB SEZ: For some weeks now, I've been embarrassed not to be quicker off the mark to spotlight Chris Stamey (and company)'s album, New Songs for the 20th Century, which came out in the summer via Omnivore Recordings. Recently, however, Peter H came to the rescue, with his combo's new live EP — Amplifier: Live at Q Division — giving me cause to spotlight both releases. At this point, the latter is a vinyl-only run, limited to 250 copies. Grab one before they're gone. 
Will, Peter & Glenn = Peter Holsapple Combo
Hear, hear!
In my caption for Chris' album above, I added: "Don't expect a typical Chris Stamey solo album." The album title gives you a tongue-in-cheek clue: these are songs for the last century, not this one. Don't expect a dB's redux, or the type of solo material we've come to expect from Chris over the years. Think "popular music" a few generations ago — especially the intersection of jazz & pop — and you'll be close. Chris enlisted a slew of talented musicians, including numerous lead vocalists, to record the double-disc set. The goal was to create Chris' own contributions to the Great American Songbook — and I think he's pulled it off. AllMusic's Mark Deming agrees, giving the collection a 4-star review.
Here's a video gallery to give you a taste for both releases. 
THANK YOU Marcus Slade & Larry Tucker!
Please leave a comment to let the rest of us know what you think of the music

Manhattan Melody (That's My New York), feat. Django Haskins
composed & produced by Chris Stamey

There's Not a Cloud In the Sky, feat. Ariel Pocock
composed & produced by Chris Stamey

LIVE PERFORMANCES by the Peter Holsapple Combo in 2019
(Peter Holsapple, Will Rigby & Glenn R. Jones)

Friday, September 27

Shack - Liverpool, UK 2006

Liverpool Academy
Liverpool, UK
May 12, 2006
web stream capture via Livegigsonline 
sound quality: VG to VG+ (audio equivalent of a nice audience recording; vocals are somewhat distant at times)

SAMPLE: Shack - "I Know You Well" (live in Liverpool 2006)

01 crowd, intro
Shack live in Bristol, UK 2003 (photos by X Hits the Spot)
02 Black and White 
03 Pull Together
04 Miles Apart
05 Cup of Tea
06 Streets of Kenny 
07 X Hits the Spot
08 On the Terrace
09 I Know You Well
10 Tie Me Down
11 Butterfly
12 Miles Away
13 Meant to Be
14 crowd, welcoming Shack
     back to the stage
15 [unidentified]
16 Comedy
17 Neighbours
18 Queen Matilda

ROB SEZ: I had wanted to close out this month's run of Shack & Michael Head posts with something a bit more spectacular, but I think this will suffice. It's a hometown gig that's got plenty of energy and features a horn section on several songs. I only wish the recording by the (now-defunct) Livegigsonline was sharper, with vocals more to the fore. That said, this is one of the very few full-length Shack shows I know of, and Shack / Michael Head fans will probably eat it up. BIG-TIME THANKS to Shacknet, my source for this share. (If anyone can identify the title of song #15 — or has a different full-length Shack recording to share, please leave a comment.)

MP3@320 (lossy source; no FLAC this time)

Friday, September 20

Michael Head & The Strands - The Olde World (rare promo CD)

The Olde World
promo-only CD
recorded c. 1993-1995
* VERY RARE ALBUM; exclusive to this blog *
studio recordings (sound quality: Ex)
OLDE WORLD is a companion to this CD
ROB SEZ:  This is not the authorized, officially-released Magical World of the Strands, but it is the nearly mythical companion collection from the same 1993-1995 recording sessions. It contains outtakes as well as alternate mixes of the commercially-released tracks. Originally, the plan was to release Olde World along with with a remastered & expanded version of Magical World. The latter appeared in 2015. Promo copies of Olde World were pressed and sent out to reviewers as planned (find reviews of both collections HERE). But then came an unnamed sticking point between Michael Head and Megaphone, his Paris-based record label. Today, Olde World remains a very rare, promo-only item. Recently, I paid dearly for a copy I bought online, which gives me the chance to share it with you here. Fans of Nick Drake and similar artists will want to check out the official album, but fans of the Head brothers' 21st century musical projects will also love this collection. The download folder includes extras such as reviews and a track-by-track rundown from Piccadilly Records in Manchester. Please enjoy.
Learn more about the music of Michael (Mick) Head 
at AllMusic and this FB page

Friday, September 13

Michael Head & Shack - Demos, Rare & Live

Michael Head & Shack
demos, rare & live mega post

FM & web stream captures (sound quality range: VG- to VG+)
SAMPLE: "Byrds Turn to Stone" (BBC Radio Session 2003)

  • Shack - Radio Clyde Session 1990 - 4 songs
  • Shack - BBC Radio 1 Session May 1999 - 4 songs
  • Shack - BBC Radio 6 Session Sept. 2003 - 3 songs
  • Shack - BBC Radio 2 Session Sept. 2003 - 3 songs
  • Pale Fountains - BBC Radio Merseyside Session Jan. 2008 - 2 songs
  • MH & Red Elastic Band - BBC Radio Merseyside Session Sept. 2008 - 2 songs
  • MH & Red Elastic Band - BBC Radio Merseyside Session Feb. 2012 - 2 songs

    MP3@VAR (varying bit rates, 128 - 320 kbps)

    ROB SEZ: I've admired Michael ("Mick") Head's music, usually partnering with his brother John, since their days in the fabulous alt-pop/rock group Shack. I'm especially fond of Head's Nick-Drake-esque Michael Head & The Strands project (see the demos set below). A couple of years ago, I collected all the Head-related rarities I could find, including some from the site. But the latter now appear to be gone or inaccessible. So here they are for those who might enjoy them: in-session live tracks plus interviews. BIG THANKS to Gary Foreman & all at Shacknet for sharing.
    Michael Head & The Strands
    Michael Head - lost in the music, 2016
    Demos & Alternate Takes
    c. 1993-1995
    soundboard recordings (quality: VG to VG+)
    01 Glynys & Jaqui 
    02 The Prize
    03 And Luna
    04 Fontilan
    05 X Hits the Spot
    06 Poor Jill
    07 Wanda
    08 Hockens Hey
    09 It's Harvest Time
    10 Poor Jill 2
    11 Queen Matilda
    12 The Prize (der der)
    13 Glynys & Jaqui
    14 Green Velvet Jacket (B-side) 
    15 Queen Matilda (Alt. Take 3) 
    16 Queen Matilda (Alt. Take 4) 
    17 Queen Matilda (Demo) 
    18 Something Like You (Live 1998)
    19 (mystery bonus track)

    MP3@192 (best available bit rate)
    Learn more about the music of Michael (Mick) Head 

    Friday, September 6

    Wondermints - Live 1995 + 2000 (Rehearsal Room & Borderline)

    WONDERMINTS - Nick W. (center)
    Live at the Rehearsal Room 
    1995 (exact date unknown)
    soundboard recording (quality: VG++)
    ROB SEZ: Fans of classy pop lost another hero recently with the sudden, unexpected death of Wondermints co-founder Nick Walusko, who became an important part of Beach Boy Brian Wilson's musical world in the 21st century. Here's a wonderful essay in tribute to Nick from someone who really "got" him. I've posted several other Wondermints collections here in the past, but here are two more. Like most of the others, these came originally from Angelo at Powerpop Criminals. All thanks to him!

    The Borderline
    London, UK
    Nov. 11, 2000
    audience recording (sound quality: VG+; a club show with great sound)
    MP3@320 (no lossless source available for these)
    Learn more about the Wondermints' 
    music at AllMusic or this FB page

    Friday, August 30

    Autumn Defense - North Adams, MA 2010 + 2019

    A.D. with strings
    Solid Sound Fest
    North Adams, MA 
    June 30, 2019
    audience recording (sound quality: VG+)

    John Stirratt (left) & Pat Sansone are A.D.
    01 [crowd + pre-recorded music] 
    02 Estate Remains
    03 Winterlight
    04 Every Day
    05 Spend Your Life
    06 Feel You Now
    07 Criminal
    08 The Answer
    09 The Swallows of London Town
    10 You and Your Sister 
          (Chris Bell / Big Star cover)
    11 The World (Will Soon Turn Our Way)
    *12 Feel You Now (fades in)
    *13 tuning
    *14 The World (Will Soon Turn Our Way)
    *15 tuning
    *16 Feel You Now (partial)
       * = pre-show soundcheck
    The Autumn Defense in 2011. Fab photos by Tristan Loper via Flickr

    Solid Sound Fest
    North Adams, MA
    Aug. 15, 2010
    audience recording (sound quality: VG++) 
    01 The Sun In California
    02 Bluebirds Fall
    03 Written In the Snow
    04 Every Day
    05 Back of My Mind
    06 Tell Me What You Want
    07 Spend Your Life
    08 band intros
    09 Feel You Now
    10 Huntington Fair
    11 The Answer
    12 Tuesday Morning
    13 We Would Never Die
    14 You Can't Have Me (Alex Chilton / Big Star cover)

    ROB SEZ: As I write, there's a lovely nip in the air here in our Western N.C. mountains, which reminds me that fall is coming soon. Naturally, this means I thought of a band named Autumn Defense for this week's blog post. Although the band is not new to the blog, Autumn Defense may be unknown to some blog readers. A.D. is a side project of Wilco members Pat Sansone and John Stirratt. Musically & stylistically, their music brings to mind the classier, gentler elements of 1970s-era pop and rock. Sample the sample & see what you think. Massive thanks to J. Noel for recording & sharing the 2019 show, and to B. Murphy, C. Coyle & Owl & Bear for recording, transferring & sharing the 2010 set.


     Learn more about Autumn Defense' music 
    at the band's web site and AllMusic

    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