Friday, March 27

S m i t h s - Troy Tate + Pablo Cuckoo best versions

Troy Tate Sessions
summer 1983
East London, UK
'Soundsville Paul' source
Analog Loyalist remaster

soundboard recordings (sound quality Ex-) 

01 What Difference Does It Make? #1
02 Accept Yourself #1
03 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
04 You've Got Everything Now
05 These Things Take Time

06 What Difference Does It Make? #2
07 Hand In Glove
08 Handsome Devil
09 Accept Yourself #2
10 Wonderful Woman
11 I Don't Owe You Anything
12 Jeane
13 Suffer Little Children
14 Miserable Lie

15 Reel Around the Fountain

ROB SEZ: I "blame" this post on the new-old single from this group that I bought on Record Store Day in 2017. Something about the music of the band always brings me back, in spite of my ambivalence. After reading Johnny Marr's bio, I realized the appeal for me is 90% JM's personality/talent/guitar playing, 5% the loony, over-the-top singer, and 5% inexplicable mystery. These two ROIO sets are nothing new to collectors. But in case someone out there hasn't heard them (especially in these superior versions), the post will not be in vain. Check out Drew's amazing mastering job on the Troy Tate recordings — the beautiful bass tones will blow you away.

MEGA THANKS to Steve, Drew, CrazyCol and everyone else 
who brought this music to the masses.

Pablo Cuckoo Tape
The duo that conquered indie music in the 1980s
May 1983
Manchester, UK

ambient mic recording
     (sound quality VG-)

01 You've Got 
     Everything Now 
02 Accept Yourself 
03 What Difference 
     Does It Make?  
04 Reel Around the Fountain 
05 These Things Take Time 
06 I Don't Owe You Anything 
07 Hand In Glove 
08 Handsome Devil 
09 Miserable Lie
One other S m i t h s - related post is HERE
Learn more about this band's music at Wikipedia and the fabulous fan site Passions Just Like Mine

Dropbox links change to instant downloads

Good news for those who do and do not normally use Dropbox:

I just learned how to code Dropbox links for a "forced download" whenever someone clicks a link.

This means a direct download when you click it, instead of hassling with an interim step of trying to figure out where the download button is on the Dropbox page. 

I'll be working backwards from the most recent links to the oldest to modify them to instant DL links, but it should be completed by May 1st.

After May 1, 2020, please leave a comment if you find a link that's either deleted, broken or doesn't give you an instant download.

As always, please enjoy.

Friday, March 20

Friday, March 13

Sarah Harmer - Live, Now & Then

McMichael Canadian Art Gallery 
Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada
February 2020 (exact date unknown)
CBC Radio broadcast
FM recording (sound quality: Ex-)  

01 -radio host intro-
02 St. Peter's Bay
03 -radio host talk, talk-
04 New Low
05 -radio host talk, talk- 
06 Just Get Here
07 -talk, band intro, talk-
08 Take Me Out
09 Squeaking Voices
10 -talk, radio host talk, talk-
11 What I Was to You
12 The Lookout
13 -radio host talk, talk-
14 Cowbirds
15 -talk-
Sarah Harmer's new album: Are You Gone
16 Little Frogs
17 -talk-
18 See Her Wave 
19 -talk-
20 Lodestar
21 -radio host outro-

ROB SEZ: If you like smart, talented singer-songwriters, you can't do better than Canadian Sarah Harmer. She's been making great music for 25 years and deserves a wider hearing. After a multi-year break, Sarah returned to the public eye this year with a new studio album, Are You Gone. This Feb. 2020 broadcast will be gobbled up by fans, and would be a great intro for the curious & open-minded. (You can watch the full performance, minus radio announcer blah-blah, HERE.) To sweeten the deal, I've added a vintage FM recording from 1995: Sarah fronting the band Weeping Tile. Both recordings are courtesy of stevemtl, who's quite the SH fan. All thanks & praise go to him — I'm just passing them along for your listening pleasure.
Weeping Tile with Sarah Harmer
Opera House
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
Sept. 22, 1995
CBC Radio broadcast
FM recording (sound quality: VG++)
01 -radio host intro, talk-
02 Joint Account
03 Poked
04 Cold Snap
05 -talk-
06 UFO Rosie
07 Good Fortune
08 -talk-
09 Westray
10 -talk-
11 (unknown) 
12 The Room with the Sir John A. View 
13 -talk-
14 Handkerchiefs and Napkins
15 Pushover
16 -talk-
17 The Grin
18 -talk-
19 Sinners
20 -radio host outro-

Friday, March 6

Alex Chilton, Chris Stamey, Tav Falco - Austin, TX 1979 (aud)

Rome Inn
Austin, TX
March 22 + 23, 1979   

audience recording (sound quality range: VG- to VG; probably from a multi-generation tape source; a decent-sounding recording that I EQ'd to make more listenable)

NIGHT 1: Thursday, March 22 (with Chris Stamey)
01 Little Whores Boogie
Tav Falco & Alex Chilton, Memphis, 1980
(photo by BuZ blur via Flickr)
02 Hanky Panky (The Raindrops) 
03 Come On Now (The Kinks)
04 Dateless Night (Panther Burns)
05 Sheila (Tommy Roe)
06 Throw Your Mask Away
07 Oh, Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)
08 I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down 
     (Ann Peebles)
09 Wild Wild Women (Johnny Carroll)
10 Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) 
     [Dick Holler]
11 Ubangi Stomp (Warren Smith)
12 Rock Therapy (Milton Subotsky)
13 Baby Let's Play House (Arthur Gunter)
14 Girl After Girl (Troy Shondell)
15 Mona (Bo Diddley)
16 Train Kept A-Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw)
17 I'm All Right (Bo Diddley)
18 Red River Rock (Johnny and the Hurricanes)
19 Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Chris Stamey (left) & LX at CBGB in 1977
20 (unknown instrumental)
21 Oh, Pretty Woman (Orbison)
22 Stay (Maurice Williams & 
     The Zodiacs) 
23 California Sun (Joe Jones)
24 Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
25 Cocaine (J.J. Cale)
26 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 
     (Elvis Presley)
27 Oh, Pretty Woman
28 Let's Dance (Chris Montez)
29 Riding Through the Reich 
     (Hedy West)
30 Oh, Pretty Woman

NIGHT 2: Friday, March 23 (without Chris)
Tav and LX: probably plotting more musical mayhem
01 Dateless Nite (Panther Burns)
02 Groovy Kind of Love 
     (The Mindbenders)
03 Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) 
     [Dick Holler]
04 Johnny Too Bad (The Slickers)
05 Hook or Crook
06 California Sun (Joe Jones)
07 I'll Never Find Another You 
     (The Seeker) 
08 You Won't Do That to Me
09 Down South Boogie (Golden Rules)
10 Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)
11 Hanky Panky (The Raindrops)
12 Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
13 Come on Now (The Kinks)
14 On the Road Again
15 Baron of Love, Part II
16 'Til the End of the Day (The Kinks)
16b (tuning, horsing around)
17 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 
     (Rolling Stones)
18 Bertha Lou (Clint Miller)
19 Tramp (Lowell Fulson)
20 Chances Are
21 Rock Hard
22 Bangkok
23 The Rubber Room (Porter Wagoner)  
24 Girl After Girl (Troy Shondell)
25 My Rival
26 Blind Man
Alex Chilton - vocals, guitar
Chris Stamey - bass (1st night only)
Tav Falco - guitar, vocals
Ross Johnson - drums
ROB SEZ:  Apparently, I've been holding out on you Alex & Chris fans. "Apparently" because I only recently discovered I actually HAD this, which is one of the earliest known recordings of Tav Falco and Alex sharing a stage. As received, I thought the original files needed some help, so I added light compression, modest eq, and one pass of noise reduction. Worry not: it's still a raw, loony, and sprawling mess of a performance. Several years ago, I wrote about this fantastically odd musical moment that brought Alex & Chris together for one night in Texas (it's HERE; just scroll down to 1979 to read about it. If you want to find out why Chris played the first night but not the second, just follow the link.) This share is sourced from the "Live Down South" Vols. 1 & 2 bootleg. After initial uncertainty regarding the venue, an anonymous reader chimed in with a link to the gig poster that removes all doubt: The Rome Inn is where these performances went down.  PLEASE ENJOY!