Friday, December 25

Tommy Keene - Live 1993, 2012 & 2017 (sbd + aud)

The Best Recordings I Haven't Yet Shared  
audience & soundboard sources
Ambler Cabaret
Ambler, PA
March 20, 1993
audience recording (sound quality: VG+) 
01 Alive
02 Astronomy
03 Nothing Can Change You
04 Down Down Down
05 We Started Over Again
06 Hanging On to Yesterday
07 Back to Zero
08 Karl Marx
09 Compromise
10 When Our Vows Break
11 My Mother Looked Like Marilyn Monroe
12 Love Is a Dangerous Thing
13 Places That Are Gone
ROB SEZ: Today, I am still missing Tommy Keene's presence on the planet and still pondering the "what ifs": What if he hadn't died suddenly in his sleep in 2017 at the tender age of 59? What if he'd been able to share his kind, humane self with us for a while longer? What if he'd lived to create some more beautiful songs, albums, and live shows? What if someone from his circle of family & friends could round up the demos, outtakes, and live recordings that almost surely exist? (Omnivore: are you on it?). Enough of my laments on what should be a joyful day for the world. Here's my gift to you, fellow smart pop fans: the best TK live recordings I haven't already shared here. The first two feature Tommy and band, while the last one is TK solo. MEGA THANKS to realomind and whoever taped & shared the 2012 recording. If you have not yet found this NYC Taper soundboard-audience matrix recording from 2010, go grab it now. P.S. - I might post a collection of lossy TK rarities & live sessions here some time next year, so stop by every so often.

Tommy Keene: back when the world was his oyster

Sam Bond's Garage
Eugene, OR
Jan. 27, 2012
soundboard recording (sound quality: VG++)
01 Long Time Missing
02 Deep Six Saturday
03 Behind the Parade
04 Astronomy
05 Nothing Can Change You 
06 His Mother's Son
07 Turning On Blue
08 Back to Zero
09 Compromise
10 Nowhere Drag
11 Places That Are Gone
12 Kill Your Sons
13 His Mother's Son (brief, partial - soundcheck) 

Kung Fu Necktie
Philadelphia, PA
I guess he's wearing the actual Kung Fu Necktie!
April 21, 2017
audience recording (sound quality: VG) 
01 Going Out Again
02 You Can't Wait for Time
03 Go Back Home
04 Back to Zero
05 Nighttime [Big Star cover]
06 Back Again
07 Astronomy
08 Laugh In the Dark
09 Nothing Can Change You
10 Raymond Chandler Evening
     [Robyn Hitchcock cover]
11 High Wire Days
12 Black and White New York
13 Deep Six Saturday
14 Long Time Missing
15 Compromise
16 Nowhere Drag
17 Places That Are Gone
18 Mother's Little Helper [Rolling Stones cover, with Ivan Julian]



  1. Thank you. What a lovely Christmas gift!

  2. What a great guy and a fantastic talent! Luck to shake his hand a number of times while he was doing shows in Cleveland. Thank you - and have a happy, healthy holiday season and a great (how can it be worse) new year! Mike

  3. Cheers, popthinker and binman. Thanks very much for your comments. Envious that you got to hear him play live (and meet him). Makes me think of that Peter Case song, "I Shook His Hand"!

  4. Rob-in-Brevard - Thanks again for sharing these shows from Tommy. Likewise, there isn't a week that goes by where I don't think about Tommy. I am also curious about what he would have done music-wise if he was still with us.


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