Friday, August 18

Lolas - Kyoto, JP 2016

Kyoto, Japan
March 5, 2016 

audience recording (sound quality: VG to VG+; 
at times, the vocals are a bit distant & buried)

SAMPLE: "Silver Dollar Sunday" (live 2016)

Out front: Tim Boykin, Lolas' frontman, focused
01 stage entrance, intro
02 The Best Part
03 unknown
04 Feelin' So Good (Skooby Doo)
05 Something You Oughta Know
06 I Got Time
07 The Only People In the World
08 Brad Quinn intro
09 Waiting for No One
10 Don't You Wanna
11 Yer Gonna Need My Lovin' Someday 
12 Impossible
13 Lamp of Love
14 Little Deedra
15 The Summer Sun (Chris Stamey cover)
16 Skating Rink
17 Superman
18 Silver Dollar Sunday
19 Kick Out the Jams
20 Twist and Shout
20b audience
21 song intro, band banter
22 September Gurls

NOTEI could not identify 03. If you can supply a title for it, please leave a comment.

ROB SEZ: For those who don't know the music of Lolas, it belongs at the wonderful intersection of heavy guitars and hummable pop. Think of Lolas as the musical love child of the Ramones and the Monkees. This probably explains why, even though they're from Birmingham, Alabama, Lolas have toured Japan at least twice, including last year. Lolas have the discerningly good taste to cover Chris Stamey's power pop chestnut "The Summer Sun" (joining the ranks of Alex Chilton, Yo La Tengo and others). TREMENDOUS THANKS to HAWKMASARU1 for recording and sharing.

Learn more about the Lolas' music 
at AllMusic and the band's FB page 

Tuesday, August 15

Robyn Hitchcock - Radio Sessions (50 tracks)

Radio Sessions
3 CDs (50 songs' worth)
various dates, locations, recording info

Disc 1
01 Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl
02 Love Is What
03 Flavour of Night
04 I Often Dream of Trains
05 Agony of Pleasure
06 Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus
07 Man With a Woman's Shadow
08 I Something You
09 Further Scenes From a Family Life
10 Cool Bug Rumble
11 Devil's Radio
12 Queen Elvis
13 Jewels for Sophia
14 NASA Clapping
15 You've Got a Sweet Mouth On You
16 Thumb Song
17 No, I Don't Remember Guildford

Disc 2
18 The Yip Song
19 Uncorrected Personality Traits
20 De Chirico Street
21 Heliotrope
22 1974
23 Let's Go Thundering
24 Gene Hackman
25 Cheese Alarm
26 Arms of Love
27 Surgery
28 I Often Dream of Trains
29 Autumn Is Your Last Chance
30 Freeze
31 I Feel Beautiful
32 Cheese Alarm
33 A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations

Disc 3
34 Full Moon In My Soul
35 Creeped Out - Penguin of Love
36 Oceanside
37 Birds In Perspex
38 Chinese Bones
39 Ride
40 Uncorrected Personality Traits

41 Tonight
42 Mexican God
43 It's A Man's Life
44 Ivy
45 Arms of Love
46 Wreck of the Arthur Lee
47 Egyptian Cream
48 Sinister
49 Yes I Do

50 De Cherico Street

ROB SEZ: I received these without any dates, locales or recording info. But if you're a Robyn Hitchcock fan, what do you have to lose — except a bit of disc space? MEGA THANKS to Don from the old ASH blog for sharing. This comes with a shout-out to Don, since he's been under the weather lately. I do hope you're on the mend, kind sir.

ASH Tuesday post #70

Friday, August 11

Bongos - New York, NY 1996 (sbd)

Mercury Lounge
New York, NY
May 16, 1996 

soundboard recording (quality Ex-)

SAMPLE: "Video Eyes" (live in 1996)

01 intro
02 In the Congo
03 The Bullrushes
04 I've Got a Secret
05 Complications
06 Hunting
07 Video Eyes
08 Tiger Nights
09 Speaking Sands - Clay Midgets
10 Splinters
11 Sweet Blue Cage
12 Glow In the Dark
13 Zebra Club
14 Nuts and Bolts

15 Totem Pole
16 Mambo Sun
17 Three Wise Men
18 Number with Wings
custom artwork by Angelo, included in download
19 River to River*
20 Barbarella*
21 Sunshine Superman (Donovan cover) 
22 Space Jungle

*with George Usher

ROB SEZ: The Bongos performed this one-off reunion show in 1996 as a benefit for Hoboken musician George Usher. SPECIAL THANKS to Angelo at Power Pop Criminals for sharing this years ago. Look for a bonus vintage Bongos show, hiding somewhere around here... 
Learn more about the Bongos' music at 

Tuesday, August 8

Bongos - New Haven, CT 1983

Toad's Place
New Haven, CT
Oct. 10, 1983

Alex Butterfield Archive recording ABA-146 

audience recording (sound quality: VG++; transfer from first-generation tape; excellent-sounding club show without any issues worth mentioning)

SAMPLE: "Glow In the Dark" (live 1983)

complete artwork included in download

ROB SEZ: SINCERE APPRECIATION to Paul Butterfield for this recording and to everyone who shared it with the fans. This is a brief Tuesday post; come back on Friday for more Bongos. Enjoy!


Friday, August 4

Pernice Brothers - B-Sides & Other Rarities

Pernice Bros: Sub Pop made us smile for our promo!
Early Singles + B-sides

01 Square World (early single A-side)
02 In Plain Sight (early single B-side)
03 Jimmy Coma (Sub Pop single)
04 Monkey Suit (alt. version, Sub Pop B-side)
05 Love My Way (Psychedelic Furs
     cover, Clear Spot B-side) 
06 My Own Personal Psychic
    (Working Girls B-side)
07 Double Bed
08 Whatshisname
09 She Falls Apart (Working Girls B-side)
10 Up the Down Elevator (7:30 B-side)
11 Our Time Has Passed
      (4-track version, 7:30 B-side)
12 7:30 (demo)

SAMPLE: "Up the Down Escalator (B-side)"

Sandwich EP (2000 - ltd. ed. tour release) 

01 Number Two (early version)
02 Ballad of Bjorn Borg (4-track version)
03 Pipe Bomb (William Gibson instrum. remix)
04 Cronulla Breakdown (4-track version)
05 Light My Way

Gone to the dogs:  Pernice Brothers, chilling in, uh ... Joe's man cave?? 
Live a Little - Bonus Disc (2006)
If you pre-ordered Pernice Brothers' album Live a Little, it came with a limited-edition bonus disc of demos and alt. mixes. I guess it really WAS strictly limited, because this thing is now impossible to find. Fair warning: on the demos, Joe hums and la-la-la’s his vocals.

01 Conscience Clean (alt. mix)
02 Microscopic View (alt. mix)
03 PCH One (alt. mix)
04 Cruelty to Animals (no vocals) 
05 Automation (no vocals)
06 Zero Refills (no vocals)
07 Automation (demo)
08 Somerville (demo)
09 Cruelty to Animals (demo)
10 Zero Refills (demo)
11 Microscopic View (demo)
12 How Can I Compare (demo)
13 B.S. Johnson (demo)
14 PCH One (demo)
15 Conscience Clean (demo)
16 Lightheaded (demo)
17 High As a Kite (demo)

ROB SEZ: How many artists do you know with only 4-star or better ratings from AllMusic? Pernice Brothers (and front man Joe Pernice's solo recordings) are in that rare category. If you don't know the music, I heartily recommend you check them out. MEGA-BIG THANKS to Don, Pernice Brothers and Chris for sharing these tracks.
Note: This set attempts to collect all Pernice Brothers studio rarities not readily available through normal, legal channels. Some are from vinyl-only releases. Although not rare and currently available as a digital download, completists will want to seek out the 5-track Australian Tour EP from 2002. It has alternate versions of 5 songs from the band’s first two albums. All tracks were recorded live-in-the-studio Jan. 2002 in Brooklyn, NY. One more non-album track that’s available digitally, which explains why it’s not included here: “Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown?” — an old Gospel number the band covered for the movie soundtrack for The Slaughter Rules (2003 - on Bloodshot Records). That one’s also available at iTunes & Amazon.

MP3@VBR (low to medium bit rates; best available)
Want more? Check out my 2016 post with two live recordings and 

Learn more about Pernice Brothers' music at Wikipedia, AllMusic and the band's (rather outdated) web site.

Friday, July 28

Blue Aeroplanes - Birmingham, UK 2017

Hare & Hounds
Kings Heath
Birmingham, UK 
Jan. 19, 2017

audience recording (sound quality: VG++; simply an excellent recording)

The Blue Aeroplanes: still killing it in their live shows, according to lucky U.K. fans...

SAMPLE: "Yr Own World" (live 2017)

01 stage entrance
02 Dead Tree! Dead Tree!
03 Yr Own World
04 Retro Moon
05 Looking for X's On a Map
06 Sweet Like Chocolate
07 What It Is
08 Missy Lane
09 Oak-Apple Day
10 Walking Under Ladders for a Living
11 Elvis Festival
12 Nothing Will Ever Happen In the Future  
13 Skin
14 Jacket Hangs
15 ...And Stones
16 Here Is the Heart of All Wild Things
17 pre-encore break
18 Fun
19 I Wanna Be Your Lover (Dylan cover)
20 Poetland
21 encore break
22 Breakin' in My Heart
TT: 93:10 mins.
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ROB SEZ: Bristol's Blue Aeroplanes are a good example of a great band that's been making music for so long, they're easily overlooked. "Are they still around?" ask would-be fans. "Are they any good this many years later?" My answers: Yes, and YES, absolutely! Jangly rock + strong songs + poetic sensibility = compelling music. Gerard Langley & co. recently released a new studio album, Welcome, Stranger! featured prominently in this show. Check the sample and you'll hear a band in excellent form. MEGA THANKS to auto_pilot for recording & sharing this show and the one from 2013 shared here a few days ago. Don't miss the not-very-hidden bonus share, a full-length FM recording from 1990.


WAV lossless files

Learn more about the Blue Aeroplane's music at the band's official site, FB page and Wikipedia.

Tuesday, July 25

Blue Aeroplanes - Birmingham, UK 2013

Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath  
Birmingham, UK
Dec. 5, 2013

audience recording (sound quality: VG+; very good-sounding club show, with just the right amount of crowd noise to put you in the room)

SAMPLE: "Jacket Hangs" (live 2013)

01 Action Painting
02 Broken & Mended
03 Detective Song
04 Veils of Colour
05 Looking for X's
06 Tolerance
07 Top of the Pops
08 Fun
09 ...And Stones
10 ...And Stones (again, briefly) 
11 You (Are Loved)
12 Walking Under Ladders
13 Lover & Confidante
14 Jacket Hangs
15 Bury Your Love Like Treasure
16 encore break
17 Yr Own World
18 6-5
19 Breaking In My Heart

TT: 81:44 mins.

The Blue Aeroplanes:
Gerard Langley - vocals
John Langley - drums
Mike Youe - guitar, vocals
Bec Jevons - guitar, vocals
Gerard Starkie - guitar, vocals
Chris Sharp - bass, lead vocals on Fun
Wojtek Dmochowski - dancing


ROB SEZ: The Blue Aeroplanes are a perfect fit for this blog: massively talented, but overlooked by too many. If Gerard Langley's beat poet sensibility and talk-singing style is off-putting to some music fans, I say it's their loss. SPECIAL THANKS to auto_pilot for recording & sharing. I'll have an even longer BA post Friday, so come back soon. Psssst: check the comments section for a cool bonus AND TO LEAVE A COMMENT! ("subtle" hint)...

Friday, July 21

Paul Collins' Beat - Live in Spain (etc.) 2006

Live in Spain & Elsewhere
Radio 3, Spain
Oct. 13, 2006
(+ other venues, various dates 1979-2015) 
soundboard, FM & audience recordings
     (sound quality: VG to Ex-)
SAMPLE: "Helen" (live in 2006)

01 More Than Yesterday (live in Spain)
02 Rock 'n' Roll Shoes (live in Spain)
03 All Over Town (live in Spain)
04 Will You Be a Woman (live in Spain) 
05 Afton Place (live in Spain)
06 Helen (live in Spain)
07 I'm On Fire (live in Spain)
08 Flying High (live in Spain)
09 What's a Girl Like You Doing
      (live at iPop)
10 Dance Dance (live in Spain)
11 Baby, I'm In Love with You
      (live in Italy)
12 Workin' Too Hard (live in Italy)
13 Kids Are the Same (live in France)
14 Rock 'n' Roll Girl (live in San Diego)
15 Falling In Love With Her (live in NYC)
16 You Won't Be Happy (live in Norway)
17 Walking Out On Love (live in Norway)
18 Rock 'n' Roll Girl - U.S.A. -
     Walking Out On Love (live in Stockholm)
19 Look But Don't Touch (live in 
      San Francisco)

01-08 = Radio 3 (Spanish TV) 2006-10-13
             (BIG THANKS to kigonjiro & angelo)
09 = iPop - TVE2, Spanish TV 2006
             (thanks to kigonjiro)
10 = Live in 1985 on Spanish TV
11-12 = T.U.P. Studio, Brescia, Italy 2013
13 = Espace Leo Ferre, Brest, FR 2015-04-22
14 = Til-Two Club, San Diego, CA 2014-06-13
15 = Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY 2013-07-06
        (thanks to madrobotfan)
16-17 = House of Rock, Moss, Norway 2013
        (#16 with Vibeke Saugestad)
18 = South Side, Stockholm, Sweden 2013
19 = Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA 1979-09-12 (teaser from Burger Records' tape "Live 1979")

ROB SEZ: There's nothing like working up one of these posts to appreciate the life of a professional musician. Starting out as The Beat in the late 1970s, Paul Collins and his collaborators have been at it for nearly 40 years. In the past decade or so, Paul and the Paul Collins' Beat have released many albums' worth of new and archival material. As today's post illustrates, he's also toured extensively in the U.S. and elsewhere. This collection features a beautifully-played, great-sounding live set from 2006 for Radio 3 in Spain. The other 11 tracks are a miscellany of the best-sounding live material I could find. VERY SPECIAL THANKS to kigonjiro, angelo, Paul Collins, and everyone else who shared these live tracks.
Learn more about the music of Paul Collins at 
his official site, FB page or Wikipedia
(The Beat | Paul Collins)