Tuesday, October 17

Devin Hill - 19 Preludes (demos 2000)

19 Preludes
demos collection
recorded in 2000

soundboard recording (quality VG+)

ROB SEZ: I was warned against posting this, for fear of possible repercussions. But you know what? Life's just too short, and a fan or two or three might really enjoy hearing these. Not to mention the fact I can always yank it, if need be. MEGA THANKS to the usual suspects (with apologies to them for any heartburn this might cause)...

ASH Tuesday post #75

Friday, October 13

Pugwash - Dublin, Ireland 2015

Dublin, Ireland 
Oct. 16, 2015

audience recording (sound quality: VG+)

SAMPLE: "There You Are" (live 2015)

01 intro
02 Kicking & Screaming
03 Kings & Queens
04 Keep Moving On
05 Hung Myself Out to Dry 
06 Finer Things In Life
07 Apples
08 Be My Friend
09 Kids In America
10 There You Are
11 You Could Always Cry
12 chat
13 Here
14 Answers On a Postcard
15 Anyone Who Asks
16 It's Nice to Be Nice
17 encore break
18 Take Me Away

Taped & transferred by Kagee, who says: "The first proper Pugwash gig in 3 years and it was a good night. The set was surprisingly light on tunes from their new album, Play This Intimately..., only 3 songs from it were played. The sound in Whelan's can be pretty dire, so I taped this in front of the left stack and it turned out pretty good." Actually, Kagee is being too modest: the recording sounds excellent, with very little crowd noise to distract from a strong performance by Thos. Walsh & Co.

Jason & Thomas: D'ya think they had fun, or what?
ROB SEZ:  I just couldn't wait another 5 or 6 weeks for the forthcoming Pugwash album to appear, so here's your preview post. I'm really looking forward to hearing all of Silverlake, a collaboration between frontman Thomas Walsh and the fabulously talented Jason Falkner. Check out the first single & ordering info below.



Pre-order the new album, due next month,
directly from the label or from Amazon UK

HERE'S THE NEW SINGLE: "The Perfect Summer"

Tuesday, October 10

Grapes of Wrath - Field Trip Demos + Live 2001

'Field Trip' era demos
late 1990s

soundboard recording (quality: Ex-)

13 studio band demos: some song titles known, but many others unknown
Railway Club
Vancouver, Canada
2001 (exact date unknown) 
CBC 'Just Concerts'

FM recording (sound quality VG++)

01 Intro
02 You May Be Right
03 Do You Want To Tell Me
04 Hitchhiker
05 Black Eye
06 Peace of Mind
07 All The Things I Wasn't
08 I Am Here
09 Unsatisfied

ROB SEZ: I know there are GofW fans who frequent the blog, so here are two shares I have, thanks to Don at the old ASH Blog. Thanks also to Binky at the fab Teenage Dogs In Trouble blog, who originally shared the 2001 Canadian Broadcasting Corp. broadcast. Psssst: be sure you aren't missing any other recordings hiding nearby...

ASH Tuesday post #74

This new GofW archival release is just out - excellent!
Purchase the CD, vinyl LP or digital download via Bandcamp 

Friday, October 6

Tenement + Amos Pitsch - Live 2016 + Odds & Sods

Oulu, Finland
July 8, 2016

soundboard recording (quality: VG+)

SAMPLE: "Dull Joy" (Finland 2016)

01 Crop Circle Nation
02 Dull Joy
03 Near You
04 Rock Eating People
05 The Pleasure We Get
     (In Scratching an Itch)
06 Blammo
07 Cage That Keeps You In
08 Lost Love Star Lust
09 Dreaming Out Loud
10 Garden of Secrecy
11 Earwig
12 Feral Cat Tribe
13 (Messy Endings) In 

     Middle America
14 Spit In the Wind
15 Encore

Recorded & mixed by Lauri Manner; kindly shared by Crutch of Memory

Tenement & Amos Pitsch
Odds & Sods
covers, demos, live tracks
soundboard recordings (quality range: VG+ to Ex-)

SAMPLE: "Black Coffee In Bed" (Squeeze cover by Amos Pitsch)

01 Help Me Somebody (NRBQ)
02 Black Coffee In Bed (Squeeze)
03 Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones) 
04 Melting Waxx (demo)
05 Hour Glass Bones (demo)
06 Dying Leaves (demo)
07 Feral Cat Tribe (live)
08 Pleasure We Get In 
     Scratching an Itch (live)
09 Rain In Mind (non-album track)
10 Weakest Ones (demo)
11 Shift Toward Tenderness (demo)

(most info & comments by Amos Pitsch):
Eyes Wide Open: Amos Pitsch & Co. are the amazing Tenement
01 = Amos Pitsch with the Wilde Stranger on drums, tam, and backup vocals. Written by Al Anderson.
02 = Written by Squeeze, performed by Amos Pitsch for birthday boy Perry Shall.
03 (no info provided)
04 = Amos Pitsch demo, circa 2012. Tim Schweiger on drums. 
05 = Unreleased Tenement demo, written by Amos Pitsch.
06 = Unreleased song intended for use on the unfinished 2nd Technicolor Teeth LP. Written by Amos Pitsch.
07 = Live in the Tap Milwaukee Studio Nov. 2, 2015 for the Milwaukee Journal.
08 = Live on CJSW radio, "Disturb the Universe" show, June 2015.
09 = Featured on Not Normal's Welcome to 2013 LP compilation. Non-album track.
10 = Tenement demo, 2013 - originally released on Skeletal Lightning's Charity Cassette Compilation, Vol. One. 
Written by Amos Pitsch.
11 = Written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Amos Pitsch on eight-track machine at Crutch of Memory in Appleton, WI.

ROB SEZ: Find out why indie music fans in Wisconsin & environs have been raving about Tenement, the band fronted by Amos Pitsch, for a decade. Think Hüsker Dü or Minutemen: pop-hearted music with punk (at times even hardcore) guitar fervor, fronted by a guy with ragged-but-right vocals. The Odds & Sods comp shows off Pitsch's pop & country leanings. BIG THANKS to Amos & a few other generous souls for sharing these tracks. Snag a FREE 5-song live set by Tenement HERE at Bandcamp. Speaking of Bandcamp, don't you want to hear & buy the complete Predatory Headlights Demos in lossless-quality? If so, you'll need to go HERE.


Learn more about Tenement's music at AllMusic, Wikipedia & the band's FB page. Bandcamp site is here.

Tuesday, October 3

Game Theory - Live Rarities 1983-1988

Live Rarities
songs rarely played live

FM + soundboard recordings (sound quality range: VG to VG++; might be 1 or 2 audience recordings in here...

ROB SEZ: It's been too long since I featured anything by the talented and much-lamented Scott Miller. He fronted a couple of other groups in his lifetime, but my fave was Game Theory. Super Mega Thanks to Mick for compiling these and creating the artwork, and to Don at the old ASH blog for sharing. If you're not aware of Omnivore's amazing reissue series (packed with bonus tracks), head over here lickety-split.

Supercalifragile - the final album, out now
Scott Miller had started work on a new Game Theory album at the time of his death.
Posies co-leader Ken Stringfellow took the recordings and created a superb final Game Theory album.
Buy it HERE at Bandcamp. THANK YOU Ken and Kristine Miller. 
BELOW: couldn't resist a photo of Mitch E. with the band, around the time Lolita Nation was recorded.

Friday, September 29

Steel-y Dan - Ultimate S.D. Live Comp (5 discs)

This collection is drawn from live shows recorded between 1993 and 2006.
All are soundboard or FM recordings. None has been officially released.
The comp lives up to its name; excellent!

sound quality range: VG++ to Ex- (unable to post a sample, but quality is superb!)

Instrumental overture
Do it again
Sign in stranger
Don't take me alive
Rikki don't lose that number 
Hey nineteen
Haitian divorce
Chain lightning
Time out of mind
Everyone's going to the movies
Dirty work

Cubano chant
Bad sneakers
Glamour profession
Caves of Altamira
Black cow
Daddy don't live in that 
     New York City no more
Steely Dan show
Deacon blues
Kid Charlemagne

East St. Louis Toodle-oo 
Book of liars
Green earrings
Cousin Dupree
Third world man
Home at last
Tomorrow's girls
Babylon sisters
R.I.P., Walter B.
The royal scam
Reelin' in the years
Teahouse on the tracks

Do it again*
Don't take me alive* 
My old school*
Hank's place
Cash only island
Janie runaway
Midnight cruiser
Parker's band
Black Friday
Green flower street
Monkey in your soul
Night by night
The Boston rag
True companion
*with Michael McDonald 

CD5 (bonus disc)
What a shame about you
Tesla shadow
My old school
Slang of ages
New frontier
The nightfly
Pretzel logic
Fall of '92
Sad thought: Walter's recent death means the end of the band
Jack of speed
Hard-up case
My Waterloo

Sources for CDs 1-4:
St. Louis, MO 1993-09-01 

+ Irvine, CA 1994-09-17

...and selected songs from:

Saratoga, NY 1993-08-22,

George, WA 1996-08-17,
Manassas, VA 2000-07-22, Detroit, MI 2003-08-11, Charlotte, NC 2006-08-12

[re: CD 5, there was no info to be found anywhere]

ROB SEZ: S.D. was one of those bands I took for granted and just assumed would, somehow, always be around. With the recent death of founding member Walter  Becker, my assumption has bitten the dust. At least we've still got the music... ALL PRAISES to Enric67 for compiling and sharing this one.


FLAC - Part 1 | Part 2

Tuesday, September 26

Tele vision - I Need a New Adventure (studio alts)

alt. versions & instrumentals
Bearsville Studios, N.Y.

soundboard recording (quality: VG+) 

01 Ain't That Nothin'
02 Adventure
03 Glory
04 Days
05 Foxhole
06 Carried Away (aka Vibrato Song) 
07 Ain't That Nothin'
08 Careful (aka I Don't Care)
09 Glory
10 Carried Away
11 Up All Night
12 Grip of Love
13 Last Night (Piano Song)
14 The Dreams Dream
15 Glory
16 The Fire*

*This song appears nowhere else, in any form

All tracks are alternate studio versions. About half are instrumental tracks without vocals. 

Fred Smith - bass
Billy Ficca - drums
Richard Lloyd - guitar, vocals
Tom Verlaine - guitar, vocals

ROB SEZ: There may not have been a dB's without Tele vision. Chris Stamey went to NYC while in high school, caught this band playing live, and concluded, "That's what I want to do." If you'd like an audio peek at the band's studio work in 1978, this one's for you. Please enjoy.



Friday, September 22

Rilo Kiley - Washington, DC 2007 + bonus

930 Club
Washington, D.C. 
Sept. 26, 2007

NPR Music webcast
sound quality: VG++ (occasional, slight distortion)

SAMPLE: "Close Call" (live in 2007)

01 It's a Hit
02 Close Call
03 Portions for Foxes
04 Paint's Peeling
05 greeting - intro
06 Breaking Up
07 Dreamworld
08 Moneymaker
09 Wires and Waves
10 Ripchord
11 With Arms Outstretched 
12 A Man - Me - Then Jim
13 Silver Lining
14 I Never
15 Fifteen
16 Rise Up With Fists
17 chat about 'Snowball'
18 Spectacular Views
19 (jam)
20 return to stage, song intro
21 Give a Little
22 Does He Love You?

Live Session
'Morning Becomes Eclectic' 
KCRW-FM, Santa Monica, CA
Aug. 17, 2004

webstream capture (sound quality: VG++; 
                                              occasional, slight distortion)
01 More Adventurous
02 Portions for Foxes
03 Does He Love You?
04 It Just Is
05 The Absence of God
06 Ripchord
07 Go Ahead
08 A Man - Me - Then Jim

ROB SEZ: There must be some Rilo Kiley fans who visit this blog. I'm moderately enthusiastic, but the band's appeal is evident. Listening to these recordings, it's also clear RK's allure wasn't all about Jenny Lewis...

Learn more about Rilo Kiley's music at AllMusic, Wikipedia & the band's official site