Friday, February 28

Teenage Fanclub & The Posies - Amsterdam 1993 & bonus

The Paradiso
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Oct. 30, 1993

(plus bonus live trax)

live recordings from the Dutch radio station VPRO’s vaults (“Night Train” show broadcast Feb. 8, 2003)


FM cable broadcast recording (sound quality Ex-)


The Posies: never left the garage (but it's a really nice garage...)
SUPER THANKS to Magnix for recording, digitizing & sharing

ROB SEZ: How cool is it that this live set by two Big Star fanboy bands starts & ends with the classic “September Gurls”? How cool is it that they toured together in 1993? Posies leaders Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow have appeared here already as members of the latter-day Big Star lineup, but this is the first post to feature their own band (more to come later…) 

 
SAMPLE: The Posies "Dream All Day (1993)"


TEENAGE FANCLUB
01 September Gurls (acoustic)
02 Everything Flows (acoustic)
03 Star Sign
04 Take the Skinheads Bowling (Camper Van Beethoven cover)
05 Norman 3
06 God Knows It's True
07 Older Guys
08 Escher
09 Pet Rock
10 The Concept

THE POSIES
11 Dream All Day
12 Love Letter Boxes
13 I Am the Cosmos
     (Chris Bell cover)
14 When Mute Tongues Can Speak
15 Fall Apart With Me (acoustic)

TEENAGE FANCLUB & THE POSIES
16 September Gurls (Big Star cover; end cut)

TT: 54:18 mins.

Track Notes
1 & 2 = session for VPRO "Villa 65", December 18, 1991
3 = live session for VPRO "Villa 65", March 11, 1992
4 – 14, 16 = Paradiso, Amsterdam, Oct. 30, 1993
15 = Crossing Border Festival, Amsterdam, November 3, 2000


(TFC’s Norman Blake did not perform at the 1993 Paradiso show due to illness.)
ALL of the above taken from the 85th Dutch VPRO "Night Train" 747 AM radio broadcast, February 8, 2003. Taped and transferred by Magnix.

MP3@320
 

WANT TO HEAR MORE POSIES LIVE SHOWS?
Get thee to the fab Wilfully Obscure blog.
 
    

Friday, February 21

CBGB dB's - Jan. 1982

The dB’s
CBGB
New York, NY
Jan. 16, 1982

audience recording (sound quality range: VG to VG+; the usual crowd noise is evident since it’s a club show, but it’s more fun than distracting)

I've had this artwork for years, but only just noticed what
the clever (and unknown) creator did with the letters on the awning...

YESIREE THANKS to the original taper, dclubok for the original share & edarthur for the re-up.

ROB SEZ: The namesake band for this blog has been unfairly overlooked lately, so here's a post to get them back in the spotlight. Although a recording of this show has circulated for years, give the sample a listen and see if it doesn't sound like an upgrade. I totally re-tracked it and did some subtle eq work to bring out the best of this first-generation tape. As always, enjoy!

SAMPLE: "We Were Happy There (CBGB 1982)" 


Early set:
Artwork included in DL, per usual
1.  Black and White
2.  Living a Lie
3.  Ups and Downs
4.  I Feel Good (Today)
5.  Amplifier
6.  Soul Kiss
7.  pH Factor
8.  Ask for Jill
9.  We Were Happy There
10. Bad Reputation
11. Happenstance
12. Neverland
13. banter / Black Sabbath tease
14. If and When
15. Tighten Up
16. Molly Says

TT: 50 mins. 46 secs. (Set 1)

Although CBGB is no more, the famous awning
is now on display at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame
Late set:
1.  (I Thought) You Wanted to Know
2.  The Fight
3.  Big Brown Eyes
4.  Purple Hose
5.  She Might Call
6.  Judy
7.  Storm Warning
8.  Hey Baby
       (Alex Chilton cover)*
9.  The Summer Sun
10. Living a Lie
11. In Spain
12. Excitement

encores:
13. Everlasting Love
14. Get Down Tonight (WR vocal)
15. Let’s Live for Today

*see explanatory note about this song at THIS blog post

TT: 54 mins. 21 secs. (Set 2)

MP3@320 

The dB’s:
Chris Stamey – guitar & vocals
Peter Holsapple – guitar, organ & vocals
Gene Holder – bass
Will Rigby – drums

Roscoe's Gang - Philadelphia 1995 + Yayhoos bonus show

2 separate shows; 2 separate downloads 
Roscoe's Gang
Khyber Pass Pub
Philadelphia, PA
August 5, 1995

audience recording (sound quality VG; transfer from master tape)

by request
ROB SEZ: Eric “Roscoe” Ambel is a friend of The dB’s, and a multi-talented singer, songwriter, band leader & producer. He’s best known as a leader of The Del Lords (recently re-formed) and early member of The Bottle Rockets. He also led the lesser-known Roscoe’s Gang and was a member of the would-be Americana supergroup The Yayhoos. Our own Will Rigby plays drums for the Roscoe’s Gang set. Enjoy!

YOU BETCHA THANKS to The King of Rock for taping and realomind for sharing

Sample: "Song for the Walls (Philly 1995)"


01. Power Lounger Theme
02. Song For the Walls
03. Miles From the Machine
04. Girl That I Ain't Got
05. Way Outside
06. Three Feet Under
07. Judas Kiss
08. Rain Won’t Stop
09. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
10. Total Destruction to Your Mind


Roscoe’s Gang:
Eric "Roscoe" Ambel - vocals, guitar
Andy York - bass, vocals
Will Rigby – drums

Another Roscoe’s Gang live set is HERE. 
Learn more about Eric Ambel’s music HERE (Eric’s Bandcamp page is HERE)

The Yayhoos
Roskilde Festival, Denmark
June 27, 1996
FM broadcast

FM capture (sound quality VG++)

It's not 'Yahoos'; they're YAYhoos. There's a difference, ya know...
EXTRA BIG THANKS to the taper, original sharer and to lolita for the re-up

SAMPLE: "Julie & Lucky (Roskilde 1996)"


01.  Li’l Bit
02.  Dixie Beauxderant
03.  Song For the Walls
04.  Cumberland River
05.  I Love You Period
06.  Julie and Lucky
07.  Beer Drinkin' Woman
08.  Younger Face
09.  Judas Kiss
10.  Woke Up Jake
11.  Beer Run
12.  Battleship Chains
13.  Keep Your Hands to Yourself
14.  Way Outside
15.  Hush


The Yayhoos:
Dan Baird - guitar, vocals
Eric "Roscoe" Ambel - guitar, vocals
Terry Anderson - drums, guitar & vocals
Keith Christopher - bass, vocals

Learn more about The Yayhoos HERE
 

Friday, February 14

Marti Jones & Don Dixon - San Francisco 1991

Slim’s
San Francisco, CA
Feb. 26, 1991

soundboard recording (quality Ex--; low-generation tape source; there is, at times, some vocal distortion, and the percussion is occasionally louder than the vocals; otherwise a delightful recording)

Marti Jones & Don Dixon:
A cute couple, yes; but also great music makers 
photo by fizzgigVA via Flickr
ALL PRAISE to the taper and especially to lilpanda for sharing

REPERCUSSION: Connections between The dB's, Mitch Easter and Don Dixon? Where to start?? Don was one of the N.C. musicians / producers who paved the way for younger guys like Chris, Peter & Mitch. Don & Mitch co-produced R.E.M.'s first two albums. When Don produced Marti Jones' first albums, he recruited Mitch to play guitar and persuaded Marti to record The dB's / Peter Holsapple classic "Lonely Is as Lonely Does." Dixon and Jones married, and are together today, still making music and playing live from time to time.

SAMPLE: "Tourist Town (San Francisco, CA 1991)"


01 Talk to Me*
02 Heart In a Box*
03 We're Doing Alright
04 banter 1
05 Silent Screen*
06 banter 2
07 The Man Who Would Be King
08 banter 3
09 Different Danger^
10 Borrowed Time*
11 Love Gets Strange (Don Dixon / John Hiatt)
12 banter 4
13 Crusher
14 Follow You All Over the World
15 Any Kind of Lie*^
16 I Can Hear the River*
17 Tourist Town*^
18 Sweet Surrender*
19 You Can't Take Love for Granted (Graham Parker cover)
20 Back of the Line*^
21 Praying Mantis* / When a Man Loves a Woman

*written by Don Dixon
^written by Marti Jones

You can delete the "banter" tracks (4, 6, 8 & 12) and still have a seamless show. Names of other song composers can be found in the comment tag for each song file.

Musicians:
Jim Brock - percussion
Don Dixon - guitar, vocals
Marti Jones - vocals, guitar
 
 

Learn more about the music of Don Dixon and Marti Jones at Don's web site, Don & Marti's FB page, or AllMusic (Don, Marti).
  

Don Dixon & Marti Jones cover The dB's!

pro-shot video:
Don Dixon & The Jump Rabbits
"AMPLIFIER"
video
hi-def video filmed at Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC on Oct. 24 2009
shot and edited by Jay Thomas, produced by Elizabeth Malcolm
(best-quality YouTube version is HERE)
 
WHO'S PLAYING on the SONG & in the VIDEO:
Don Dixon - vocals, bass, gum chewing
Jamie Hoover - guitars, backing vocals
Jim Brock - drums (& all manner of other percussion)



Marti Jones covers The dB's "Neverland"
Live in St. Louis, 1986

Pretty sure this features The Woods & Tim Lee backing Marti
A studio recording of this song by Marti is on her solo LP Unsophisticated Time 
 
Don also covered The dB's "Bad Reputation"
(by Peter Holsapple) on his album EEE
have a listen:

(The lovely and talented singer-painter Marti Jones is on backing vocals) 
IT WAS RELEASED AS A PROMO-ONLY SINGLE IN 1989
 








Here's Don telling Will Harris of Popdose why he chose to cover "Bad Reputation":

DD: Well, you know, I’ve always loved Peter’s songs. On EEE, I do a couple of songs by other people. I always tried to record at least one song by a friend of mine on every record. It’s kind of a tradition for me. The covers weren’t always songs by friends, but typically they were. I did a song of Mitch’s, too. And I’d always liked “Bad Reputation.” I felt like it had the right sentiments, as far as I’m concerned, for silly, angsty child-rock, and it was a song that Peter had done with the dB’s on Stands for Decibels. I’d become familiar with it while searching his catalog, looking for things for Marti, because Marti had recorded a couple of songs of his. And, plus, I’ve known Peter since he was in the 8th grade, and I like him. 
(Read the rest of this excellent interview HERE).
  

Friday, February 7

LX Chilton - Chapel Hill, NC 1987 + bonus

Cat's Cradle
Chapel Hill, NC
Nov. 17, 1987

soundboard recording (quality Ex-; from first-generation tape)
 

OLYMPIC MEDALS to TG for recording and to dB’s Fan for sharing so generously

SAMPLE: "Lost My Job (Chapel Hill, NC 1987)"


01 Tee Ni Nee Ni Noo (cuts in)
02 In the Street
03 Rock Hard
04 B-A-B-Y
05 Thing for You
06 Make a Little Love
07 Volaré
08 Thank You, John
09 Disco Lady
10 Lost My Job
11 Bangkok
12 Goldfinger
13 September Gurls
14 Come By Here
15 Little G.T.O.
16 No Sex
17 Take It Off
18 LX reads Dalai Lama news item
19 Dalai Lama

Most of these are covers; you’ll find the names of song composers in the comment tag for each file

Mountain Stage Radio Show
Charleston, WV
Feb. 9, 1992 

FM capture (sound quality VG++; from 2nd-generation tape)

01 Tee Ni Nee Ni Noo
02 Single Again
03 I Will Turn Your Money Green

A NOTE: The song “Guantan Amerika” was played next-to-last, but saw official release on one of the Mountain Stage live compilation CDs, so is not included here.

ANOTHER NOTE:  If you omit the (admittedly pretty funny) track 18 of LX reading the news clipping about the Dalai Lama, all the rest of the tracks will fit onto 1 CD-R.

MP3@320

Alex  Chilton Trio:
Alex  Chilton – vocals, guitar
Doug Garrison – drums
Ron Easley – bass, vocals
   
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