Friday, February 16

Wondermints - The Early Years (demos galore)

Blue, Purple & Green tapes 
4-track recordings
Darian's bedroom
Los Angeles, CA

soundboard recordings (quality: VG+ to VG++; tape cases say "Produced, Arranged and Recorded in homegrown quadrotrack splendor by Los Wondermintos")

SAMPLE: "Silly Place" (4-track recording, 1992)

The Wondermints in their early years: all praises to Angelo at Power Pop Criminals
Angelo compiled these & created the artwork.
Some of these songs ended up on the debut album, but only after being re-mixed & mastered.
'Mintsmania' collection
More demos, live tracks, rarities

Learn more about the Wondermints' 
music at AllMusic or this FB page

Tuesday, February 13

Octopus - Live 1996 + B-Sides

Golders Green Hippodrome
North London, UK
BBC Radio 1 Live Broadcast
June 17, 1996
FM capture (sound quality: VG+)

ROB SEZ: Over the years, many bands have called themselves Octopus. This Octopus is the Scottish group that recorded one album, the excellent From A to B, released in 1996. These guys were lumped in with the whole Britpop thing — presumably because they played rock, were active in the late 1990s, and are from that part of the world. If you know the album and think it's pretty good, you should hear them play live. Mick compiled the tracks and created the artwork for the live show, and Don is the guy to thank for the B-Sides & Rarities comp below. I'm the culprit who created the cover art for the latter.

B-Sides & Rarities
various recording info
sourced from singles & an EP

CD singles & vinyl rips (sound quality: VG to VG++)
14 non-album tracks from Octopus singles & one EP. 
None is in print or otherwise available through official channels
This is ASH Tuesday post #86
Learn more about Octopus' music 

Friday, February 9

Semisonic - Live (19 Years Apart)

Irving Plaza
New York, NY
Oct. 17, 1998 

audience recording (sound quality: VG to VG+; overall, an impressive recording, with vocals slightly distant at times, but audience noise is not an issue)
SAMPLE: "DND" (live 2017)

Semisonic: 2017 reunion show
(this & purplish photo below: Vito Ingerto / Twin Cities Media)
01 F.N.T.
02 Singing In My Sleep 
03 Never You Mind
04 Secret Smile
05 Down In Flames
06 If I Run
07 In Another Life
08 DND
09 Erotic City (Prince cover)
10 Delicious
11 Closing Time
12 encore break
13 This Will Be My Year
14 I Got You (Split Enz cover)
15 California
16 taper ID

Taped and transferred by KamenLiter; tracked by smores; normalization, eq’ing & minor compression added by Rob-in-Brevard. MEGA THANKS to smores for sharing.

Turf Club
Saint Paul, MN
Dec. 13, 2017

audience recording (sound quality: VG++; quite excellent audience recording; no complaints)

01 intro/stage banter
02 Closing Time
03 Singing In My Sleep 
04 Made To Last
05 Never You Mind
06 stage banter
07 Secret Smile
08 tuning/stage banter
09 DND
10 Completely Pleased
11 This Will Be My Year
12 All Worked Out
13 California
14 tuning/stage banter
15 She Spreads Her Wings
16 tuning/stage banter
17 Gone to the Movies
18 I Got You (Split Enz cover)
19 tuning/stage banter
20 All It Would Take*
21 Basement Tapes*
22 tuning/stage banter
23 Long Way From Home+
24 Chemistry
25 crowd noise
26 Take Me With U

*new songs
+outtake from Feeling Strangely Fine sessions

ROB SEZ: For a brief time in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Semisonic was "that band" — the group that had a huge hit with "Closing Time", with other catchy songs on the soundtracks of a few high-profile movies, and multiple live appearances on late night TV. Semisonic's popularity encompassed rock fans, Top 40 radio, and even alternative music aficionados. Later, frontman Dan Wilson parlayed his band's popularity into well-deserved success as a songwriter for hire. Even if you don't know Wilson, you've heard his songs (in most cases, co-writes): Adele's "Someone Like You", the Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice", John Legend's "You and I", Taylor Swift's "Treacherous", etc., etc. Last year, Wilson recorded and released Re-Covered, an album of his songs made famous by others, but sung this time by the man himself. MEGA THANKS to norma023 for taping and sharing the 2017 reunion show.
FLAC  |  MP3@320

Learn more about Semisonic's music at 
Dan Wilson's official site, Dan's FB page & AllMusic

Tuesday, February 6

Dumptruck - Boston, MA 1985 (aud)

The Rat
Boston, MA
Dec. 14, 1985 

audience recording (sound quality: VG; source is a 1st-gen. tape from bassist Spike Priggen's JVC recorder; the vocals are clear and there’s good instrumental separation)

01 stage entrance, tuning
02 Alone
03 Back Where I Belong
04 Change
05 Seven Steps (Up)
06 Secrets
07 You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
08 Nine People
09 Epics
10 Autumn Light
11 pre-encore applause --> How Come?   
12 Walk Into Mirrors

ROB SEZ: Dumptruck was formed by Seth Tiven and Kirk Swan in Boston, MA in 1983. Around the time R.E.M. was starting to get noticed by a wider audience, Tiven and Swan were combining jangle pop, the twin guitar sound pioneered by Television, and a judicious touch of twang. By the time of Positively Dumptruck, their second long-player, the band was creating something unique and compelling. for the country was the group's third — and some say best — LP before a legal dispute with its label blew up and general fatigue set in, bringing Dumptruck's first musical phase to a close. Tiven relocated to Austin, TX and revived Dumptruck in the 1990s, releasing three albums up until the recent release of Wrecked, the latest studio project (see below). This 1985 live set commemorates bassist Spike Priggen's first gig with Dumptruck. Thank you, Spike, for sharing your audio souvenir & most of these photos.
Seth Tiven - guitar, vocals | Kirk Swan - guitar, vocals
Spike Priggen - bass, vocals (at left)Shawn "King" Devlin - drums
New Dumptruck Studio Album!
Seth Tiven says this is the album he's been trying to finish for 10 years.
A recent PledgeMusic campaign finally did the trick. It's worth the wait.
Stream the entire album at Soundcloud. Buy it at Collector's Choice or Amazon.
Learn more about Dumptruck's music 
at the band's FB page or AllMusic


Friday, February 2

Field Music - Glasgow, SCT 2018

The Quay Sessions
BBC Pacific Quay studios
Glasgow, Scotland
Jan. 10, 2018 (first broadcast was the following day) 

web stream (sound quality VG++)

SAMPLE: "Let's Write a Book" (live 2018)

Field Music = David & Peter Brewis & collaborators

01 Roddy Hart intro
02 Time In Joy
03 Them That Do Nothing 
04 Count It Up
05 interview
06 Disappointed
07 Let's Write a Book
08 The Noisy Days Are Over
09 Share a Pillow
10 No King No Princess
11 Stay Awake
12 Roddy Hart outro

TT: 45:53 mins
HUGE THANKS to auto_pilot for sharing

KEXP Radio
Live Session
Seattle, WA
Visual representation of what Field Music sound like...
March 28, 2015

preFM recording (sound quality: VG++)

01 The Noisy Days Are Over
02 I'm Glad
03 Disappointed
04 Don't You Want to Know 

The new album: Open Here
     What's Wrong?

ROB SEZ: Are Field Music the next XTC? Or a combination of XTC, Wire & some other band you've never heard of? The answer probably depends on which Field Music album you're enjoying and your own taste in music. One writer describes their sound as a "colorful and hyper-musical blend of tricky Beach Boys melodies filtered through a post-rock-meets-prog-rock-meets-soft-rock aesthetic" — which probably fit their sound several albums ago. However you describe it, it's all a tad too "out there" for me. But Field Music have been releasing music since 2005 and there's no question they're hugely talented & quite entertaining. Your new cup of tea, perhaps? The new album, Open Here (4-star review from Mojo), is out today.

FLAC (2018 set in flac; 2015 lossy set is included) 

Learn more about Field Music at the band's own site, FB page and AllMusic

Tuesday, January 30

Feelies - Celebrating 40 Years! June 2016

Great Hall at the Woodland
Maplewood, N.J.
June 10 & 11, 2016

audio rip from audience-shot video 
sound quality: VG- to VG

This collection includes the following sets for both June 10 & June 11:

Set I - acoustic
Set II - electric
Encores with special guests

Night 1 = 37 tracks
Night 2 = 39 tracks

Huge thanks to the taper and to Rob G for sharing his audio rips with me.

MP3@VBR (196-212 kbps) 

Friday, January 26

Rich Robinson Band - Live 2014 + 2016

Sellersville Theater 
Sellersville, PA
July 28, 2016

audience recording (sound quality: VG++special thanks to edtyre)

SAMPLE: "Veil" (live 2016)

Set 1:
01 Shipwreck
02 The Upstairs Land
03 Down the Road
04 Everything's Alright
05 In Comes the Night
06 Astral
07 Time to Leave
08 Veil
09 Yesterday I Saw You
Set 2:
10 Which Way Your Wind Blows 
11 Ides of Nowhere
12 For to Give
13 Nonfiction
14 Bring On, Bring On
15 Life
16 Trial and Faith
17 Sway
18 War Drums

Rich Robinson Band:
Rich Robinson - guitar, vocals
Matt Slocum - keyboards
Joe Magistro - drums, vocals
Sven Pipien - bass, vocals
Nico BereciartĂșa - guitar, vocals

Visulite Theatre
Charlotte, N.C. 
Aug. 7, 2014
audience recording (sound quality: VG+)
01 intro
02 This Unfortunate Show
03 I Remember
04 I Know You
05 Falling Again
06 Bye Bye Baby
07 When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob Dylan) 
08 The Sad Bag of Shakey Jake (Humble Pie)
09 One Road Hill
10 Lost and Found >
11 My Morning Song Jam >
12 Lost and Found
13 The Giving Key
14 Do You Hear Me?
15 In Comes the Night
16 Down the Road
17 Inside
18 Trial and Faith
19 encore break / band intro
20 Presence of the Lord (Blind Faith)
21 Got to Get Better In a Little While (Derek & The Dominos)
Note: 2014 recording is A Doodee Music Master Recording. It's a 24/48 fileset, so if you want to burn to CD, you will need to convert to 16/44 first.

ROB SEZ: I'm not a fan of the whole Allman Brothers / Lynyrd Skynyrd / Widespread  Panic genre of jammy Southern rock. I can understand the musical appeal, so I don't knock it. It's just not what I choose to listen to. When legions of music fans latched onto Chris & Rich Robinson's Black Crowes as saviors of the genre, I shrugged. Recently, I was reading about Rich Robinson's new band, The Magpie Salute. A writer claimed that even though Chris Robinson is better known, Rich is the Robinson brother worth listening to. So I gave a listen to Rich's more recent solo recordings. Lo and behold, I liked what I heard — a lot. So I sought out some of the better bootlegs from his 2014 & 2016 tours & decided to share two of 'em here. EXTRA THANKS to the tapers & sharers at bt.etree — a lovely bunch of music fans. The sharer of the 2014 Charlotte show said it well: "For some reason, the seemingly forgotten man is Rich Robinson. And, ironically, he's produced outstanding music that, among all the offshoots, stays most true to the Black Crowes' ethos. Rich Robinson has quietly released two of the best albums in recent memory with 2012's Through a Crooked Sun and The Ceaseless Sight from 2014. Heartfelt, honest, emotionally raw and musically engaging, these two records have flown under the radar for most folks. If you don't own them you need to. Immediately." One more thing: the most recent solo album is Flux, probably his best yet.



Learn more about Rich Robinson's music 
(incl. Magpie Salute) at his web site & FB page


Tuesday, January 23

Maria McKee - Dublin 2017

Temple Bar Trad Fest 
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Dublin, Ireland
Jan. 27, 2017

solo performance on guitar & piano
with guests Denis Roche & Jude
audience recording (sound quality: VG+; there's the expected reverb from the cathedral's natural acoustics; that said, it sounds excellent)
SAMPLE: "You Are the Light" (live 2017)

Maria plays TradFest in Dublin, 2017
above photo by retiredmartin, below by V. Lennon 
00 intro
01 Shelter from the Storm
02 Am I the Only One?
03 talk
04 A Good Heart
05 talk
06 You Are the Light
07 talk
08 If Love Is a Red Dress Hang Me In Rags 
09 talk
10 High Dive
11 Wheels
12 Breathe
13 talk
14 Has He Got a Friend for Me?
15 talk
16 Show Me Heaven
17 talk
18 In Your Constellation
19 Absolutely Barking Stars
20 encore applause
21 talk
22 Life Is Sweet

ROB SEZ: There aren't many recent MM solo shows available, so I thought I'd share this one with you. In his review, Paul McGee called McKee's performance a "tour de force ... with a disarming charm that [kept] everybody completely present in the moment." For a 50-something vocalist, McKee's tone and vocal technique are stunning. Trusting the taper did his level best with the available acoustics, I found the results too trebly. So I eq’d the tracks in Audacity to improve what sounded to me like an overly shrill top end. I think it’s easier on the ears now ... at least my ears! Enjoy.
BIG WHOPPIN’ THANKS to jonnyfox for sharing



Friday, January 19

Lone Justice - Band On the Verge (demos + live)

The Record Plant
New York, NY
Aug. 4-5, 1987
demo recording sessions 

soundboard recordings (quality: VG+ to VG++)

SAMPLE: "Friends for A While" (demo 1987)

Lone Justice: happier in the early days...

01 Panic Beach
02 Much Too Good at Goodbye 
03 Little Diva & Sugar Jones
04 Nobody's Child
05 Friends for a While
06 Friends for a While
07 Little Diva & Sugar Jones
08 Panic Beach
09 Much Too Good at Goodbye
10 Nobody's Child
Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA Dec. 1983
11 Working Late
xx Drugstore Cowboy*
13 Don't Toss Us Away
xx The Train*
15 I See It
Maria McKee - live bonus tracks
16 I'm Gonna Soothe You
17 I Can't Make It Alone
18 Shelter
19 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye 
* tracks marked "xx" were officially released on 
    This World Is Not My Home & have been removed
16-18 Tower Records, San Francisco, CA 1993-10-05
19 World CafĂ©, WXPN Philadelphia, PA 1993-09-03

EXTRA THANKS to for the great remastering job and to lolita 
& others for sharing

Paradise Rock Club
Boston, MA
Dec. 17, 1986

FM recording (sound quality VG++;
     WBCN radio broadcast)

01 You Are the Light
02 Working Late
03 Wait 'til We Get Home
04 Sweet, Sweet Baby
     (I'm Falling)
05 This World Is Not 
Lone Justice, Mach II (1986 to 1987)
     My Home 
06 Ways to Be Wicked
07 Wheels
08 Shelter 
09 Belfry
10 I Found Love
11 A Little Bit of Heaven 
12 Inspiration
13 Soap, Soup & Salvation
14 announcer - encore break
15 Sweet Jane
16 radio outro

Maria McKee - vocals, guitar 
Shane Fontayne - guitar
Greg Sutton - bass, vocals
Rudy Richman - drums | Bruce Brody - keyboards

Transferred from master tape source; a this and that production 
SINCERE THANKS to glasnostrd19 for sharing
Lone Justice, early days at L.A.'s Palomino Club
ROB SEZ: Late 1986 marked the beginning of the end for Lone Justice. Dubbed the "Next Big Thing" by the music press, the group began life as a cowpunk band in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. When the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Iovine heard Maria McKee's voice, they recognized a rare, red-hot talent, and Iovine became the band's manager. No less than Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & Little Steven all contributed to the self-titled debut album, released in 1985 by Geffen Records. Despite catchy, well-performed songs like Petty's "Ways to Be Wicked" and Little Steven's "Sweet, Sweet Baby (I'm Falling)", sales were below expectations. After the fact, Lone Justice was judged too country for rock radio and too rock for country stations. (Too bad "alt. country" & Americana weren't in vogue yet.)
After tours supporting U2 and Tom Petty, all band members except McKee went their separate ways. A new band was assembled for 1986's Shelter, the second album — a patchy, overly slick affair (Iovine & Geffen wanted to turn the group into an MOR, arena rock juggernaut). Although Shelter featured strong original songs by McKee, sales remained disappointing. After a live tour, the group spent part of 1987 demoing new material. Soon after, the 23 year-old McKee was persuaded she might find greater success as a solo act ... and Lone Justice was no more.
Think of this collection as the audio diary of a promising band on the verge of falling apart.

Learn more about Lone Justice' music 

Tuesday, January 16

Maria McKee - Hamburg 1989 + Washington 1998 (FM)

Club Logo
Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 11, 1989

FM recording (sound quality: VG+)

01 To Miss Someone
02 Shelter
03 Hickory Wind
04 Hold Me
05 Wheels
06 Drinkin' In My Sunday Dress 
07 Don't Toss Us Away
08 Breathe
09 Panic Beach
10 This Property Is Condemned

9:30 Club
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 11, 1998
FM broadcast (sound quality: VG+)

01 intro
02 Life Is Sweet
03 The Promised Land
04 Panic Beach
05 Love Doesn't Love
06 I'm Not Listening
07 Wheels
08 From Our TV Teens to the Tomb
09 This Perfect Dress
10 Be My Joy
11 Something Similar
12 Am I the Only One?
13 Absolutely Barking Stars
14 Worry Birds
15 Shelter
16 Breathe

Extra thanks to Don for sharing

ASH Tuesday post #85