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

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 Attaway'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, which is only available in lossy format)

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

Friday, August 2

VA - 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 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