Friday, March 24

Died Pretty - Live in Italy & NYC 1986

Q-BO Club
Bologna, Italy
Dec. 22, 1986

audience recording (sound quality VG to VG+; transferred from a multi-generation tape source, but the sound is full & well-balanced
 
01 stage entrance, tuning
02 Landsakes (Life to Go)
03 Round and Round
04 Stoneage Cinderella
05 Blue Sky Day
06 Wig-Out
07 World Without
08 Towers of Strength
09 Everybody Moves
10 Just Skin
11 Winterland
12 Heroin (Velvet Underground cover)
13 Mirror Blues
14 Final Twist

SAMPLE: "Stoneage Cinderella" (live CBGB, NYC 1986)


CBGB
New York, NY
November 1, 1986

audience recording (sound quality VG++; master tape source; the sound is impressive for an audience recording in a club; no intrusive crowd noise; this is the entire set played that night)

01 Mercedes Benz (tease) 
02 Out of the Unknown
03 Stoneage Cinderella
04 Everybody Moves
05 Towers of Strength
06 Desperate Hours
07 Mirror Blues
08 Final Solution (Pere Ubu cover)

ROB SEZ: Died Pretty are from Sydney, Australia by way of Brisbane. Kinda hard to describe their sound, but it’s an impressive mix of Iggy & the Stooges, Velvet Underground / Lou Reed, New York Dolls, Pere Ubu and ... I’m not sure what else. You get the feeling they want to be the best possible fusion of alt. rock, indie, progressive, “art music” and psychedelica. The amazing thing is, they actually pull it off most of the time. Massive thanks to the tapers & sharers: whoever taped the Bologna show plus SEETHEFUZZ7 and Stacheleber for sharing it; to THE KING OF ROCK for recording the CBGB show and to Realomind for sharing. (My apologies for the lossy share, but then again I don't think anyone's going to mistake this for your lossless versions!) Died Pretty have posted some freebies and low-cost rarities on their Bandcamp pages. Grab ‘em while you can!


DIED PRETTY -  still playing live shows today, like this one in 2016
MP3@320

Learn more about Died Pretty's music at
the band's site (rather minimal), Wikipedia and AllMusic  

Friday, March 17

Cotton Mather - Live On the Radio

Live Sessions
1999 and 2002

GLR - BBC, London, UK
Jan. 3, 1999
+
Los Conciertos de Radio 3, Spain
March 28, 2002

FM recordings (sound quality VG to VG++; UK recordings are probably FM captures; 2002 set could be from a web stream

01 She's Only Cool
02 Camp Hill Operator
03 Password
04 Lost My Motto
05 Homefront Cameo
06 Spin My Wheels
07 Church of Wilson
Robert Harrison is Cotton Mather's main dude (seen here in 2012)
08 band interview
     (with 3 live songs)*
09 The Last of
     the Mohicans
10 40 Watt Solution
11 She's Only Cool
12 Panama Slides
13 Camp Hill Rail Operator
14 Monterrey Honey
15 AMPs of Sugarland
16 My Before and After
17 Pine Box Builder
18 Robert Harrison
     interview

NOTES:
01-07 = GLR - BBC 1999 set
09-18 = Los Conciertos de Radio 3 (2002)
*08 = band interview with BBC's Gary Crowley after the release of The Big Picture, c. 2002. The three live songs are Baby Freeze Queen, 40 Watt Solution & Panama Slides. There’s a signal drift problem that crops up about halfway through, but you can ignore it if you try.
For those who pay attention to such things, the two UK live tracks from the Kontiki-era singles are not included herein. Haper compiled those and other Cotton Mather goodies over at Popfair (HERE & HERE).

SAMPLE: "40 Watt Solution" (live 2002)


ROB SEZ: Regular readers of this blog know we love to celebrate lesser-known groups worth hearing, especially those with a Beatlesque bent. Cotton Mather is right in line, sporting inventive melodies, sharp lyrics & frontman Robert Harrison's uncanny Lennon-esque vocal style. Cotton Mather went by the boards in 2003 so Harrison could regroup and re-think his musical direction. He emerged in 2007 with the Future Clouds & Radar collaborative. But Cotton Mather reunited occasionally for live shows and, just last year, released Death of the Cool, an album of all-new studio material. The band even played a couple of times this week at SxSW. Check the sample & enjoy. THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO NICK, who kindly supplied the rare stuff you're about to enjoy. If you can find it, there's also a bonus mystery share somewhere around here...
         
Ironic title for the band's 2016 studio album — this album is very cool!
Buy it in all formats (except cassette) HERE
1999 set = MP3@320 kbps (band interview @192)
2002 set = MP3@VBR (med. bit rate)
   
Learn more about Cotton Mather's music at 
the band's web page, FB page & Wikipedia
     

Tuesday, March 14

Lilac Time - Brighton Beach & Glasgow 1990

Brighton Beach
East Sussex, UK
June 10, 1990


FM recording (sound quality VG+; sounds like it's from a 2nd- or 3rd-generation tape source

01 Black Velvet
02
talk
03 The Girl Who Waves at Trains
04
talk
05 You've Got to Love
06
talk
07 I Went to the Dance
08 The Ship Sails On
09
talk
10 Reunion Ball
11
talk

12 American Eyes
13 Julie Written On the Fence

14
talk
15 If the Stars Shine Tonight

SAMPLE: "The Girl Who Waves at Trains" (live Brighton Beach 1990) 


King Tut's
Glasgow, Scotland 
Oct. 3, 1990

audience recording (sound quality VG- to VG; no warts to speak of; just not a pristine recording

01 Fields
02 All For Love
03 Paperboat
04 The Girl Who Waves 
     at Trains
05 American Eyes
06 I Went to the Dance
07 The Road to Happiness
08 Black Velvet
09 The Weed Generation (chat)
10 Return to Yesterday
11 You've Got to Love
12 And the Ship Sails On
13 If the Stars Shine Tonight
14 Icing on the Cake
15 Lost Girl In the Midnight Sun
16 She Still Loves You
17 Kiss Me -- Raspberry Beret

ROB SEZ: If you don't know the band's music, think of the Lilac Time as what might've happened to Nick Drake's music if he'd survived his melancholia, recruited a couple of bandmates, and found some contentment. This is rustic, folk-based, England-centric, classy pop music. The Lilac Time is still making music as a trio (above photo), and currently working on a new studio album. A strange-but-true fact about main dude Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy: he was a founding member of Duran Duran. MASSIVE THANKS to John (R.I.P.) for recording & to Don for sharing. This Lilac Time two-fer is courtesy of the old ASH blog (may it rest in musical peace!).
        
ASH Tuesday post #59
MP3@320
 
Learn more about the music of Lilac Time at 
the band's official site, FB page & AllMusic
   

Friday, March 10

Blood Oranges - Demo Collection c. 1988-1994

Studio Demo Collection
c. 1988 to 1994

various locales & personnel (details in info file) 

soundboard recordings (quality range VG to VG++; 
Vol. 1 is transferred from a master tape source; Vol. 2 source is 2nd-generation)



SAMPLE: "Fire Escape" (demo)


Volume 1
artwork by Rob-in-Brevard (included in DL, of course!)
First recording session, home demos
01 White Freight Line
02 Shout
03 Little Maggie
04 Shady Grove
  
Fort Apache, Boston, MA 
05 Sally
06 Dig a Hole
07 Shady Grove #2
08 Shout #2
09 Face Up
10 Racehorse
11 Miss It All
12 Fire Escape
13 Incinerator
  
Mark's home studio 
14 Heart of Mud
15 Baby Down
16 Time Takes Away
17 Western Man
18 House Boat
19 This Old Town

Volume 2
Lone Green Valley outtake
01 White Freight Line #2
  
1992 demos
02 How Could You?
03 Hinges
04 Handles
05 Face Up #2
06 Miss It All #2
07 Titanic
08 Here’s to You
09 This Old Town #2
10 Lonesome Too
  
Crying Tree pre-production
11 Shine
12 [untitled Cheri tune]
  
UNRELEASED Christmas single 
13 Spellbound
  
Winter '94 demos
14 Spellbound #2
15 Sweet Lies
16 Everybody Knew (aka Sweetheart)
17 Throwback Bitch
18 Local One
19 Bed of Clowns


ROB SEZ: In the mood for some some excellent alt-country / Americana? If so, check out the late, great Blood Oranges. In its various incarnations, the band sported some talented musicians, including Jimmy Ryan and Cheri Knight. I'd heard these demos existed, but had no access until Realomind (the man of the hour!) helped me out. Humongous thanks to him. Please honor Realomind’s request: do not sell these recordings or convert to lossy, except for personal use.

Blood Oranges: (members at one time or another) 
Jimmy Ryan - vocals, mandolin
Mark Spencer - guitar, vocals
Andy Churchill - guitar
Cheri Knight - bass, vocals
Ron Ward - drums
Bob Kendall - bass, vocals
Keith Levreault - drums

NOTE: Others who played with Blood Oranges over the years included Matt Elmes and Lys Wood. BONUS! Andy C. got in touch and sent some tape demo covers from 1988 & '89, which you can find HERE. Thank you kindly, Andy.

WAV lossless files

Learn more about the music of Blood Oranges at Trouser Press & AllMusic
     

Tuesday, March 7

We 💙 NYC Taper

Love Note to NYC Taper
💜

Dear NYC Taper,

How the heck do you do it?

How do you and your team get to so many NYC-area concerts by amazing musical artists, record the shows with the permission of the bands/artists, capture great soundboard-matrix or ambient recordings, give them away at your site — only to turn around and do it again a week later? You are indeed New York's live music archivist.

As someone who merely dabbles part-time in the whole music-web-fandom nexus, it's clear to me you're the real deal. Please allow a brief moment of immodest gushing:

I'm amazed.

I'm in awe.

I'm your fan.

If anyone's reading this and not familiar with NYC Taper, they really should check out this listing of the hundreds of recordings available at your site — in lossless as well as lossy formats. Looks like there's about 100 of 'em in 2016 alone. My awe grows when I realize the recordings now reach back at least a decade.

Just a few months ago, I learned from you the Long Ryders (a band I love) had reunited to play some live shows. You created and shared a 21-song soundboard-audience matrix recording of the band's gig at the Bowery Ballroom. Of course I snagged it, and loved it. While at your site, I noted you also have live recordings by Wilco, Teenage Fanclub, Sloan, Yo La Tengo and so many others — and those were the ones that caught my eye on your 2016 list. In the past two days, you posted two Robyn Hitchcock solo shows. So much good music; so little time.
The Long Ryders' reunion show, Bowery Ballroom, NYC, Nov. 2016
photo from NYC Taper, shot by PSquared

May I just say, NYC Taper: what you're doing is stunning. It's a lovely, labor-intensive, exquisite thing. Musically speaking, your project is a reflection of your extraordinary city. New York and what you're doing there: both make me glad to be alive in this cruel, crazy, beautiful world.

Please carry on, NYCTaper — as long as you find satisfaction & fulfillment. As a fan, I hope that's for a good, long while. May you and your team prosper, and discover that all you're giving to music and music fans returns to you a hundredfold.

With awe & admiration,


Rob-in-Brevard

Friday, March 3

Crowded House - Winterthur 1991 (sbd) + bonus

'Stage Time'
Albani Musicclub
Winterthur, Switzerland
Oct. 28, 1991
    
soundboard recording (quality Ex-; ripped from my original silver boot CDs)





SAMPLE: "It's Only Natural" (live 1991)


01 Tall Trees
Crowded House: then there were 4 when Tim joined
02 Something So Strong
03 Weather With You
04 Into Temptation
05 There Goes God
06 World Where You Live 
07 It's Only Natural
08 All I Ask
09 Don't Dream It's Over
10 Mean to Me
11 When You Come
12 Chocolate Cake
13 Fall at Your Feet*
14 Sister Madly (with classical solo)
15 How'm I Gonna Sleep?
16 I See Red (brief)
17 The Weeping Song (brief)
18 Better Be Home Soon
19 Throw Your Arms Around Me
20 Four Seasons In One Day

*The song "The Same Language As Me" follows "Fall at Your Feet" in the original running order. However, that performance is omitted from this share because it was officially released on the recent Together Alone album reissue.

TT: 1 hr. 33 mins.

The House got a little too Crowded when Tim joined
ROB SEZ: Recorded during the brief period in the band's history when Neil's brother Tim joined Crowded House for the Woodface album and tour. Although histories of the group say it was an awkward period for band dynamics, I think it made for some pretty great music, as evidenced in this recording, with superb sound quality. Add a couple of rare songs, and you have an ROIO to treasure.

Crowded House:
Neil Finn - vocals, guitar
Tim Finn - vocals, guitar
Paul Hester (R.I.P.) - drums, 
                   backing vocals 
Nick Seymour - bass, backing vocals
Mark Hart - keyboards, backing vocals
(Mark H. became an official member of the band after the recording of the Woodface album)


The Mullanes
Homestead Hotel
Brisbane, Australia 
May 26, 1985

audience recording (sound quality VG-; vocals somewhat distant & there's plenty of crowd noise — but this is musical history, people!!)

01 Recurring Dream 
02 Can't Carry On 
03 Oblivion 
04 One Step Ahead 
05 Seen You Before 
06 Breaking My Back 
07 Return (The Reels cover) 
08 That's What I Call Love 
09 Left Hand 
10 Hello Sandy Allen (Split Enz cover) 
11 Galfriend 
12 Not Fade Away 
13 improv 
15 Walking On the Spot 
16 Now We're Getting Somewhere 
17 This is Massive
18 The Creek Song*

*Track 18 = bonus track, rarely-played song, live at The Tivoli, Sydney, NSW, AUS 1985-05-29 (aud)

ROB SEZ: After Split Enz and before Crowded House, there was the short-lived Mullanes (Mullane is Neil Finn's middle name). After dismissing guitarist Craig Hooper and refining the band's sound, Crowded House was born in late 1985. In this rare recording, you hear the origins of Neil Finn's most popular musical vehicle. Mega thanks to the taper, Atlasstar and simplewisdom for sharing, and the amazing Janemusic for providing so much rare Enz/Crowdies/Finns music over the years.


Learn more about the music of Crowded House at 
Neil Finn's official site, the Crowded House FB page 
& the amazing Frenz fan site