Friday, March 29

R. E. M. - NYC 1982 - rare show!

Peppermint Lounge
New York, NY
November 25, 1982
audience recording (sound quality VG to VG+; all-around excellent transfer from a probable first-generation tape source in 2-channel mono; almost no distracting audience chatter, but there are three brief cuts here & there for tape flip, etc.)

George, Rich, and kingrue. This is Stonecutter Collection, Vol. 55. (See George's comment below; thanks also to EdA for encouraging me to post it.)

REPERCUSSION: Peter Holsapple (solo, acoustic) was an opening act on this leg of R.E.M.'s 1982 tour. He guests here on two encores. Explore the other connections between The dB's, Mitch Easter and R.E.M. here. (And — I swear — I think I hear another member of The dB's in the audience, yelling "How 'bout them Dogs?!?" at one point during the show...)

Couldn't post this one without making some cover art
01 stage entrance, tuning
02 Gardening at Night
03 9-9
04 Moral Kiosk
05 Pilgrimage
06 Shaking Through
07 Seven Chinese Bros 
08 Wolves, Lower
09 Romance
10 Sitting Still
11 Catapult
12 1,000,000
13 West of the Fields
14 Radio Free Europe 
15 White Tornado 
In the early 1980s, there was no finer band.
16 Last Date
     (Floyd Cramer cover)
17 We Walk
18 Judy*
19 Neverland*
20 Carnival of Sorts
     (Box Cars) 

TT = 66:22 mins.

*Peter Holsapple, guest vocals
   on #18 & 19


Friday, March 22

Let's Active - Chicago & Detroit 1984

Cabaret Metro
Chicago, IL
Nov. 23, 1984
WXRT-FM broadcast
FM capture (sound quality: VG; source sounds like a multi-generation tape; this is a very listenable show, but does not boast pristine quality)
Love, LOVE this one of Faye and Mitch — at MTV Studios in NYC
ROB SEZ: I thought of calling this post "Two Shows In 96 Hours." By whatever name, it's a rare opportunity to hear our heroes in back-to-back concerts. The setlists are different enough to keep it interesting for the listener, and both shows feature strong performances by the band.

01 In Between
One of the late greats: Faye Hunter
02 Back of a Car
03 Ring True
04 Co-star
05 Crows On a Phone Line
06 Prey
07 Easy Does
08 Flags for Everything
09 Room With a View
10 Lowdown
11 Every Word Means No
12 Grey Scale
13 Blue Line
14 Waters Part
DJ intro (I always delete these, but it’s included here for the completists…)

St. Andrew's Hall
Detroit, MI
Nov. 20, 1984
audience recording (sound quality VG; some audience chatter between songs, but not overly intrusive during the music — it’s from JEMS, which means it’s the best possible source with the best available sound)

SINCERE THANKS to JEMS for taping and Mike Z for the transfer

01 Prey (cuts in)
Only slightly spooky: original lineup, 1983 tour
02 Easy Does
03 Flags For Everything
04 Room With A View
05 Lowdown
06 Every Word 
     Means No
07 Grey Scale
08 Blue Line
09 Whispered News
10 Waters Part
11 I Won't Let It ‘appen
     Agen (Slade cover)
12 Edge of the World
     (cuts out)

WAV lossless files


Mitch Easter - guitar, vocals
Faye Hunter - bass, vocals
Jay Peck - drums
Tim Lee - keyboards

Friday, March 15

Lloyd Cole - Madrid, Spain 1990 (FM) + bonus

Madrid, Spain
March 21, 1990
plus bonus radio session
FM capture (sound quality VG+; a radio broadcast from Spain, there were issues with chatty DJs talking too much. This explains the multiple fade-ins and fade-outs and, unfortunately, the less-than-complete songs. After a lot of editing work, only a few brief DJ voiceovers remain.)
Portrait of the artist as a 1990s hipster: Lloyd Cole.
In the 21st century, he continues to make music worth hearing.

01 Big Snake
Too cool for school: Lloyd Cole
photo by Francine Winham
02 No Blue Skies
03 What Do You Know About Love?
04 Downtown
05 Mr. Malcontent
06 Don't Look Back
07 Mainstream
08 Why I Love Country Music
09 Brand New Friend
10 I Hate to See You Baby 
     Doing That Stuff*
11 Sweetheart
12 Little Sister (Elvis cover)
13 A Gift (Lou Reed cover)
14 band intros
15 Jennifer She Said
16 She Belongs to Me (Dylan cover)
17 Four Flights Up
18 Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?
19 Honest I Do (Jimmy Reed)
20 She Belongs to Me
21 A Gift

    *In track 10, there's a jump cut at 0:14

Tracks 19-21 = Radio Clyde live session with Billy Sloan, Glasgow, Scotland in 1990 (LC with Robert Quine).
BIG-TIME THANKS to the tapers and to LC himself for sharing these.

Lloyd Cole – acoustic guitar, vocals
Robert Quine – lead guitar
Matthew Sweet – rhythm guitar, vocals
Blair Cowan - keyboards
Dan McCarroll – drums
David Ball - bass
Lloyd's official web site says Guesswork is coming July 26.
The album features frequent collaborator Fred Maher
and former Commotions cohorts Neil Clark & Blair Cowan.

A UK tour begins in October. 
Learn more about the music of Lloyd Cole at 
his official site and/or AllMusic

Friday, March 8

Let's Active - Reunion Show 2014

Sara Romweber memorial & tribute
'Be Loud Sophie' benefit
Cat’s Cradle
Carrboro, N.C.
August 9, 2014 
30 YEARS LATER: original members Mitch & Sara onstage together.
all these amazing photos were shot by Jonathan Drake for the Be Loud Sophie Foundation

REUNION SHOW (benefit for the Be Loud Sophie Foundation)

Read an obituary for Sara Romweber at Slicing Up Eyeballs 
and this remembrance

soundboard-audience matrix recording (quality Ex-; Batchain did a great job on this one, as usual...)
VERY SINCERE THANKS to Batchain for recording & sharing, and to Mr. Ersatz himself for the thumbs up
Suzi Ziegler (ex-Game Theory) played bass for the show
01 In Between
02 Easy Does
03 Waters Part
04 Fell
05 band intros
06 Every Word Means No
07 Badger
08 Edge of the World
09 Ornamental
10 In Little Ways
11 Leader of Men
12 Blue Line (encore)
ROB SEZWho would've imagined we'd see a Let's Active reunion show in 2014? For a long time, Mitch Easter himself didn't believe it would ever take place. But recently, someone asked — and original L.A. drummer Sara Romweber said yes — and it actually happened, 30 years after the original line-up last played together. Sadly, the late and much-lamented Faye Hunter could only be present in spirit. There were a few musical glitches here and there, and Mitch had a little trouble hitting some of the high notes. But for all that, this show is the best kind of "blast from the past."
GREAT BIG THANKS to Mitch and Sara for saying "Let's do this."
Sara Romweber, the band's first drummer, died this month

Let’s Active:
Sara Romweber (R.I.P.) – drums 
Mitch Easter – guitar, vocals
Suzi Ziegler – bass, b. vocals

Chris Stamey – additional guitar
Missy Thangs – keyboard, backing vocals
Lynn Blakey – backing vocals + lead vocal on “Blue Line”
Dr. David Vandermast – acoustic guitar on “Badger”
artwork from Bigozine included in download

Watch every single song played at the showcourtesy of Larry Tucker and his HD cam-corder    

Learn more about the  Be Loud Sophie Foundation  at their web site

Friday, March 1

Rain Parade - New York & Los Angeles 1983

Anti Club, Los Angeles, CA
Jan. 20, 1983

Maxwell's, Hoboken, N.J.
Dec. 2, 1983

Gerde's Folk City, New York, N.Y. 
Dec. 7, 1983

audience recordings (sound quality range: VG to VG+)

ROB SEZ: Last week's Rain Parade post generated more interest than I've seen here in quite a while, so here's another helping. This time, it's a collection of shows from 1983 — 1 or 2 that some fans may not have heard before. As you'd expect, the sound quality varies depending on the venue & recording equipment. For my ears, the Maxwell's show has the best sound (but you do have to ignore the crowd noise, which is fairly constant, even if not terribly intrusive).

Rain Parade plays Onkel Pös in Hamburg, Germany — mid-1980's 

(not enough time this week to create high-quality MP3s; sorry about that)