Monday, November 04, 2019

More Muffs! The Muffs- Live 2015: Day 6

 After I posted an older Muffs show last week I thought I should follow it up with a more recent concert as a tribute for the untimely death of Kim Shattuck from the Muffs. The night I made my last post, I listened a show from 2015 from Davis, Ca that I downloaded on Dime a few weeks earlier, it brought a smile to my face and I knew this had to be shared further. This concert is a couple years after Kim's short-lived stint with the Pixies in 2013 and only a couple weeks after participating in the Pandoras reunion (July 2, 2015) in Oakland. I chose this particular show mainly because the sound quality is really good (an audience/soundboard matrix mix), but also the performance is fabulous. Kim's trademark wailing screams are incredible and if you have the time, you can witness this for yourself (almost like being there) with a great multi-camera video of the complete show up on YouTube. You'll be glad you did!

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The Muffs
Oddfellows Hall
Davis, CA
July 17, 2015

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01 (intro and Happy Birthday for Kim)
02 Big Mouth
03 Saying Goodbye
04 Take A Take A Me
05 Ethyl My Love
06 (talk)
07 Weird Boy Next Door
08 My Crazy Afternoon
09 Honeymoon
10 Another Day
11 (talk)
12 Every Single Thing
13 Where Did I Go Wrong?
14 On And On
15 Oh Nina
16 (talk)
17 I Get It
18 Sad Tomorrow
19 Lucky Guy
20 Agony
21 (crowd)

22 Kids In America (Kim Wilde cover)
23 I Need You

THE MUFFS- 2015-07-17 Davis, CA. mtx. FLAC. rar

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Back From Europe! R.I.P Kim Shattuck: Day 5

It's been a couple of weeks since I returned from my European vacation, we spent a week in Prague in the Czech Republic and almost a week in Barcelona, Spain. The main idea of the trip was originally revolved around the NHL Global series game between the Blackhawks and Flyers in Prague on October 4th. We extended our vacation to Barcelona for another week of sightseeing and more tropical-type weather before I returned to my snow covered city in Canada where the two previous days before our return was declared a state of emergency because of heavy snowfall, fallen trees and citywide power outrages. Needless to say, I wasn't thrilled to return.

Prague was beautiful and quite historically fascinating, while Barcelona was crowded, dirtier, exciting and just as fascinating. We did the usual rounds of tourist attractions, but I was anxious to visit some record stores. It was easy to navigate, as many of the stores fortunately seemed to be clustered in a small area downtown, off the La Rambla branched off onto small backlane-like streets. Before leaving on my trip I read an article at the Vinyl, The definitive guide to Barcelona's best record stores, which gave me a preview of some stores I should check out. I managed to visit Daily Records, Wah Wah Records, Discos Revolver and Revolver Records. I should note if you visit stores in Spain to check their hours ahead of time because some stores close during some of the afternoon (e.g. 1:00-4:00 or 1:30-4:30?) and I missed a couple stores because they were closed. At the Discos Revolver store I bought 3 lp's and a 7" er. Ironically, two of the records (Bum- Shake Town! and Stand GT- They're Magically Delicious) are Canadian bands, but Spanish label vinyl releases. This store is so cool, they wrote a nice post about me on their Instagram page.

At Wah Wah records I bought this nifty orange record carrying bag to transport my vinyl on the airplane. I picked up record from the Dishrags, an almost forgotten punk band from Vancouver (Canada!), circa late 70's. It's a loud, fast and smokin' record that was well worth the huge Euro price. I also bought a reissue of France Gall's, Baby Pop a fine ye-ye French pop singer from the 60's.

When I was in Prague during the first week of vacation I was shocked by the news that Kim Shattuck of the Muffs had passed away. She died at her home on October 2, due to complications from ALS. Personally, I've been a fan of the band since their first album, The Muffs released in 1993 and frequently listen to their live recordings and most of their records. One of my fav albums is Hamburger, released in 2000, that compiles demos, outtakes, covers, singles and compilation appearances up until that time. Of interest, is their earliest material recorded on 4-track and their first releases. Two weeks following Shattuck's death, the Muffs released their final album, No Holiday that compiled songs written from 1991 to 2017. I've always felt Shattuck's writing was underrated and that the Muffs deserved more commercial success, but then again I may have not liked them as much if they made it huge. I was always attracted to Shattuck's oversized, sometimes snarky attitude, but sweet personality. I found her funny, hilarious even at times and I always admired and respected the talent she had and she could rock with the best of them.

I have several live Muffs shows I could share, but one of my favourites is still a show I shared in 2011 from a CBC-FM radio broadcast from 1995 in Toronto. This is sort of a re-seed, but back then I posted the lossy mp3 version on the blog, but this time I'm posted the lossless FLAC version in case it matters to anyone. If you haven't heard this concert yet with fresh ears, it's a good one! Excellent sound quality and as usual an amazing Muffs concert. A fitting tribute to Kim Shattuck and the mighty mighty Muffs!

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 Lee's Palace
Toronto, Ont.

Aug. 30, 1995

FM Broadcast

01. intro
02. Agony
03. Lucky Guy
04. Saying Goodbye
05. Ethyl My Love
06. Sad Tomorrow
07. Laying On A Bed Of Roses
08. What You've Done
09. Beat Your Heart Out
10. Red Eyed Troll
11. End It All
12. I Don't Like You
13. Right In The Eye
14. Big Mouth
15. I Need You
16. Oh Nina
17. encore break
18. Just A Game
19. From Your Girl
20. New Love
21. outro

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

More Trouble Boys! The Replacements- Pleased To Meet Me Sessions: Day 4

Yesterday was the release date for the re-imagined remixed version of the Replacement's sixth album, Don't Tell A Soul, Dead Man's Pop. I re-ordered this deluxe 4 CD/ 1 LP box set back when I first heard this was about to be available and I'm anxiously awaiting it's arrival in my mailbox. Actually, I received an email two days ago from Rhino informing me of a delay in shipping (maybe it's because I'm in Canada?) and as a consolation, they offered a digital download of the complete set so I can at least have a listen before it physically arrives. I'm on a long plane ride this Sunday, so I'll have an opportunity to have a focused listen while flying to Europe. The timing is perfect because I finally got around to reading  Bob Mehr's brilliant bio-book about the Replacements, Trouble Boys this past  summer, so I've had the Replacements on my mind (and on my playlist) for a while. Trouble Boys is the essential book about the Mats with so much detail, not only about their music, but also the story behind the scenes. Sometimes tragic, sometimes disturbing, quite informative, but always interesting. I found the book fascinating and very hard to put down, I highly recommend the book for anyone that has any interest in the band.

Dead Man's Pop includes a LP/disc 1 with a remix of Don't Tell A Soul mixed by the original producer, Matt Wallace (Chris Lord-Alge originally mixed it), disc 2 is of early versions and unreleased tracks from an earlier session and disc 3 & 4 a live album, the Complete Inconcerated Live. I have the 1989 EP, Inconcerated Live, so this is the complete concert from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in June 2, 1989. The real bonus is the live show which is professionally recorded and originally it was considered for official release, but if you read Bob Mehr's book you'll understand why. When Don't Tell A Soul was released I found it somewhat disappointing. Apparently, others including the band felt the same way, it's glossy sounding mix distracted from otherwise decent material though it did provide the label with a couple radio friendly near-hits. I realize labels are always trying to find the hits and air play is what exposes bands to wider audiences, but it can also turnoff longtime fans of the band, especially if you have to compromise their sound. Of what I've heard so far from the "new" versions, this is slightly closer to what I expected at the time and closer to sounding like the Replacements. The story behind the recording of Don't Tell A Soul is much more interesting than the original album mix. (read Trouble Boys for the story!).

Speaking of Trouble Boys, there is also a big section about the Pleased To Meet Me Sessions. This album was recorded after the dismissal of guitarist, Bob Stinson and recorded as a trio. The band sought out the services of legendary producer, Jim Dickinson to produce the record and it went on to become one of the band's strongest albums, at least their last great record (Let It Be, Tim, PTMM). The sessions were heated, but it produced some great moments and an opportunity for Tommy and Chris to record some solo songs. The recordings from the sessions are interesting because you can hear the growth of songs from demo, to rough mixes, so they still sound a bit raw without heavy-handed production yet. The sessions also produced a lot of non-album tracks that have eventually appeared later on All For Nothing/Nothing At All and the CD reissue version of PTMM. The gem of these sessions are the only two still unreleased songs recorded by Tommy Stinson, who plays most of the instruments on, If There's Trouble on the Way and I Tried To Make This Your Home. Quoted from Mehr's book, Though rough and unpolished, Stinson's musicality and sheer exuberance shone through. "Without question the best things we cut...were Tommy's two solo songs and they're the only things that have never come out", said Dickinson. Stinson disagrees, "As I listen back, I can't sing; they're not great songs".

I received the Pleased To Meet Me Sessions in a trade many years ago and there might be versions floating around, but I haven't come across any. The sound is good, which means it ranges from rough demo sounding to closer to release quality, since some tracks on disc 2 are from singles. It is what it is, so if you want the polished perfect sounding versions that's what you'll hear on the official release. I'll be off for a couple of weeks jetting to Europe to enjoy some touristy fun, NHL hockey action (Prague), sightseeing, record store shopping and lazying on the beach (Barcelona). Go Hawks go!!

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Pleased To Meet Me Sessions

August 1986
01. Valentine
02. Birthday Gal
03. Bundle Up
04. Red Red Wine
05. Put An Ad In The Paper
06. Time Is Killing Us

Fall 1986
07. Never Mind
08. Birthday Gal
09. Alex Chilton
10. Red Red Wine
11. Election Day
12. Kick It In
13. Valentine
14. Run For The Country
15. Beer For Breakfast/
    Til We're Nude
16. Going Out Of My Head/
    Learn How To Fail
17. If There's Trouble On The Way
18. I Tried To Make This Your Home

Album Rough Mix
01. The Ledge
02. IOU
03. Nightclub Jitters
04. Can't Hardly Wait
05. Learn How To Fail
06. Valentine
07. Skyway
08. I Don't Know
09. Jungle Rock
10. Red Red Wine
11. Shooting Dirty Pool
12. Cool Water/Misc. Guitar Fill 1
13. Misc. Guitar Fills 2
14. Misc. Guitar Fills 3
15. Misc. Guitar Fills 4

"The Ledge" German B-Side Single
16. Route 66
17. Election Day
18. Tossin' And Turnin'
19. Jungle Rock

"Can't Hardly Wait" Promo Single
20. Can't Hardly Wait (remix)
21. Cool Water

Misc. Demos
22. All He Wants To Do Is Fish
23. I Don't Know

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Monday, September 23, 2019

R.I.P. Ric Ocasek- Day 3: The Cars Live In 1978

I'm sure you've heard or read about this already, but Ric Ocasek, frontman for the band, The Cars passed away on September 15th of "natural causes" while recuperating from surgery. The official cause of his death was hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, in other words heart disease caused by high blood pressure. Days before Ocasek death we had already lost classic rocker, Eddie Money and indie-eccentric, Daniel Johnston so it was a tough week for music fans. Money's music is still played often on the classic rock stations I listen to at work and I even saw him live during an outdoor concert at Assiniboia Downs 40 years ago (with Max Webster and Burton Cummings). I've only listened to a limited amount of Johnston's work, but the Cars have always been on my radar for reliable go-to music, especially on road trips. I remember buying the first Cars album after listening to a friend's copy. It was instantly catchy and infectious and being the unsophisticated music fan at the time, it was unlike anything I had heard before. I grew up listening to a lot of AM radio in the mid-seventies, along with Elton John, the Beatles, Stones and later FM radio crap like Boston, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, VH etc. So to hear cool keyboards and that "new wave" sound it opened my ears to the sounds of Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Squeeze and Nick Lowe-related bands. When I think of albums that changed my life (both musically and socially), that first Cars album was an important record that widened my musical tastes and tolerances.

As a tribute to Ric Ocasek and the Cars, I'm presenting a FM broadcast of a Cars show from 1978, featuring their debut album. According to the notes about the show, this is probably one of the more widely circulated live recordings of the Cars, but this version is sourced from the master tape so the sound is much improved, in fact the sound is flawless. Also according to the notes, this is a rare show where they perform a cover and Elliot Easton sings lead. The Cars released some great albums (and some not-so great), but if you're like me and want to hear the complete first album and more live, this is not to be missed.

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The Agora
Cleveland, OH
July 18, 1978
FM Broadcast

01. Good Times Roll
02. Bye Bye Love
03. Nightspots
04. I'm In Touch With Your World
05. My Best Friend's Girl
06. Moving In Stereo
07. All Mixed Up
08. Take What You Want
09. Don't Cha Stop
10. You're All I've Got Tonight
11. Just What I Needed
12. Hotel Queenie
13. Something Else (Looky Here)

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Remember The Albert? Day 2: Husker Du Live In Winnipeg 1984

Yes, you must remember the Albert? The iconic scuzzy punk rock club on Albert Street inside the Royal Albert Arms Hotel in the historic Exchange area of downtown Winnipeg is back! This club played host to many a crazy show throughout the 80's to well into the 2000's, but with much uncertainty about ownership and many unsuccessful attempts to re-open it finally relaunched as a music venue this past June.

I've written before about some the great bands I've seen pass through the Albert. I've recorded and posted a few, but I also saw bands such as Green Day before my taping days and if I was more in the loop at the time I could have seen Twin Cities bands, Soul Asylum and Husker Du in the mid 80's. The closest I came to seeing the Du at the Albert was Grant Hart's post Husker Du band, Nova Mob who played to a handful of dedicated fans there. My most vivid memory of the show is before the band started playing Hart was peering on the TV screens at the bar watching a music video of Bob Mould's band, Sugar and probably mumbled something sarcastic. Which was a perfect analogy of the two opposite directions each man's career went after the break up of Husker Du. Hart playing small venues in front of dozens of people versus Mould with videos on MTV touring theatre's and concert halls with Sugar or solo around the world.

I came upon this gem on Dime a while back, a live audience recording of Husker Du from early 1984 before the band broke it big (by alt-punk standards of the time) before the release of their classic double album, Zen Arcade. This album was the game changer for the band, though it was not commercially successful, it was the record that took Husker Du from hardcore punk to a more wide range melodic alt-rock punk sound. That album along with the following two records, New Day Rising and Flip Your Wig, I consider the perfect hat trick of LP's. This show previews many songs from Zen as well as songs from their previous discs Metal Circus and Everything Falls Apart. Highlights include some non-album songs, Eight Miles High, Drug Party, Statues and In a Free Land. I didn't record the show, but whoever did, did a decent job despite probably being tossed around by flying bodies in the jam packed Albert. A recording definitely worth a listen at least for historical purposes. This was a soon to be legendary band getting it's feet wet in Winnipeg, Canada in the middle of winter in 1984...doesn't get much better than that!

Wow! an actual review in the newspaper. Thanks you Winnipeg Free Press!

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Royal Albert Arms
Winnipeg, MB
January 21, 1984

01. Something I Learned Today
02. It's Not Funny Any More
03. From The Gut
04. Wheels
05. Everything Falls Apart
06. Sunshine Superman
07. What's Going On?
08. Diane
09. Masochism World
10. Bricklayer
11. Tired Of Doing Things
12. Data Control
13. Recurring Dreams
14. Chartered Trips
15. Broken Home, Broken Heart
16. Eight Miles High
17. Drug Party
18. In A Free Land
19. Target
20. Helter Skelter
 21. Statues

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Whoa, It's Been Thirteen Years Of Trouble!! Day One: Kathleen Edwards

Yes, it's true. Teenage Dogs In Trouble is still going strong after celebrating 13 years of being online earlier this month. Despite the lack of posts so far in 2019, I'm hoping to make up for it with more frequent posts for the rest of the calendar year. Similar to last year's #12daysoftrouble challenge, I'm going to attempt to make 13 posts in the next 13 days! To be realistic (who am I kidding!), this will not happen, but I do hope to complete this within the next month, so I will write, day 1, day 2, day 3...for each of the thirteen posts mainly to personally keep track and as incentive I'm going to make it.

Every year in early July, I agonize whether or not to attend the annual Winnipeg Folk Festival. Nowadays, even though I love music and watching musicians perform it usually takes a lot of convincing or some interesting acts to get me to make the trek. This year I have some regrets because Kathleen Edwards performed on the last night of the festival and according to people I have talked to it was a fine performance. She has been in the studio recording, so I think a new album will be coming soon and I haven't seen Kathleen live for several years so I hope to have the opportunity soon with luck in an indoor venue within driving distance. If you're familiar with this blog, you know I'm a huge supporter of Kathleen's music and I can never have enough live recordings of hers.

A very good source of Kathleen Edwards live shows was a music blog I followed called, Unfortunately, the blog is no longer online, but Jason who operated the blog had tons of excellent concerts he recorded including 11 Edwards shows for download. This site was one of my favourite live concert blogs, not only because he shared lots of local (Toronto) shows, but because he wrote a very detailed description of his recording experience including the equipment he used, where he recorded from and his interaction with people that attended and performed. To top it off he is Canadian and it's refreshing to read something written by someone so passionate about the music. I don't know the circumstances of why the blog is no longer around, so if anyone knows Jason or familiar with the blog I would love to find out why. Through the magic of the Internet Wayback Machine (, you can read the archived screenshots of webpages. The download links do not work, but fortunately I downloaded all the KE shows before the site went down, and I don't think they are presently being shared anywhere else.

The show I'm sharing is from the haterhigh site and it's an intimate, unique show that sounds amazing. To best describe the concert here's an excerpt from the taper stolen ripped off from

In the first night of a once-weekly residency series of shows at the Drake Hotel (Underground), Kathleen Edwards debuted some brand new songs for the loving Toronto crowd, paced through some old favourites and finished off with a welcome cover. The sound was absolutely phenomenal, allowing the band’s performance to shine brightly through. The intimate Drake Underground encourages a strange, respectful silence amongst the rapt crowd, reserving their loud enthusiasm for between-song applause and the curtain call.

And the crowd had a reason to be enthusiastic on this night. Kathleen brought a new band and a batch of new songs, but her same old inimitable self. Good news! All of the above were great!

I was initially disappointed not to see Kathleen sharing the stage with local legend Colin Cripps, but Gord Tough filled his large, clown-like shoes admirably. The rhythm section was also superbly on point, and was perhaps one of the tightest sets I’ve seen performed in some time. The new songs sounded as fleshed-out as nearly decade-old favourites, and show a powerful strength and confidence that hint at phenomenal follow-up record to 2008’s acclaimed Asking For Flowers LP.

Additionally, it's interesting to note that some of the early performances of songs that would eventually appear on her next album, Voyageur sound quite different than on the studio album. In particular, Chameleon/Comedian (Chameleon) is missing the "Punchline" chorus and Change The Sheets (Change) is much more rock and upbeat. In some ways I prefer the rawer early versions to the slicker sounding album versions. These residency shows are an opportunity for the band to work out the new songs live and an extra special treat for fans to hear the transformation of the songs taking shape. The band does sound surprisingly tight and the atmosphere has a relaxed and intimate vibe to it that makes this a very special recording. Thanks so much Jason!

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Kathleen Edwards
April 20th, 2010
The Drake Underground
Toronto, CAN

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01. I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory
02. Empty Threat
03. In State
04. Asking For Flowers
05. [banter]
06. Chameleon
07. Run
08. Mercury
09. 6 O'Clock News
10. The Cheapest Key
11. Mint
12. Change
13. [banter]
14. Hockey Skates
15. Back To Me
16. [encore]
17. [banter]
18. Soft Place To Land(?)
19. Houses On The Hill [Whiskeytown]

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The first of three residency shows Kathleen performed at the Drake Hotel.

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Disciplines- Live In Sweden 2009

Ken Stringfellow has been a member of so many bands and projects it's hard to keep track of all his musical contributions be it as a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and producer. According to Wikipedia, Stringfellow's discography includes more than 200 albums, as he continues to stay busy with the Posies and the various side-projects he's been a part of. His original claim to "fame" would be as co-founder of the Posies with Jon Auer. He and Auer were also members of the re-formed Big Star in the 90's and 2000's with Alex Chilton and drummer, Jody Stephens, until Chilton's death in 2010. Stringfellow probably played in front of his largest audiences as a touring/recording member of R.E.M. in the late 90's to the mid-2000's. I'm guessing his association with R.E.M. began when he was member of the Minus 5 with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey (who was joined R.E.M.). I've previously posted a great album by the Orange Humble Band, Assorted Creams which featured Stringfellow as their lead singer. I think it's still downloadable, so if you haven't heard it, I highly recommend a listen, it's a power-pop classic.

In 2007, Stringfellow formed the Disciplines with members of the Norwegian band, Briskeby and he was the lead singer. Their music is a raw, melodic, powerful garage rock that sounds fantastic live. I fluked into purchasing their first album, Smoking Kills while record shopping in Philadelphia in 2009 and I was instantly blown away. They released a second album, Virgins of Menace (which I have not seen or heard) as they were active from 2007-2011 with the two albums and tours of Europe and North America.

I hadn't thought of the Disciplines for while until I read this message recently on the Posies website:

“Hello from Ken!
Recently my band THE DiSCiPLiNES has found themselves in a trademark dispute with another artist… we need to register our name as a trademark (read: hire a team of lawyer$) to resolve this situation and we have launched a GoFundMe to help raise $$ for our legal fund. Could really use your help — this is not only about The D’s music, which could virtually disappear if we don’t successfully navigate the dispute, but also my own ability to make music as an independent musician is highly impacted by these legal costs–right at a time when I’m devoting my energies to working exclusively on the Posies new album for 2020. Any and all help appreciated!

Thank you,


As of this writing, the campaign is over halfway to it's goal of $5,000. So if you want to contribute to help support the Disciplines legal fund, head over to GoFundMe and pledge what you can. Even if you haven't heard the Disciplines music before or aren't yet a fan, please support Ken for all the great music he has shared as a solo performer, with his bands and other music projects he's been a part of. To help entice you, I'm posting an incredible sounding live show from the Disciplines from their mini tour of Sweden in 2009. A small venue with Stringfellow rocking out hard, you can almost feel the sweat flying...yeah, it was probably amazing!

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Raw Bar, 

Eskilstuna, Sweden
11 September 2009

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01 Yours for the taking
02 Falling knives
03 Complicated times
04 Best mistake
05 Wrong lane
06 Get it right
07 Some kind of sickness
08 Gonna get worse
09 For you I walked over the line
10 [pointless shit]
11 I got tired
12 One *)
13 Fate's a strong bitch
14 There's a law
15 Hurricane
16 Cause or FX

Bonus track:
17 Virgins of menace
Lilla Hotellbaren @ Scandic Malmen, Stockholm, Sweden, 12 September 2009

*) Ken playing guitar

The Disciplines are:
Ken Stringfellow, vocals
Bjørn Bergene, guitar
Bård Helgeland, bass
Ralla Vilnes, drums

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Yo La Tengo- Request-A-Thon 2019

Once again, Yo La Tengo performed on WFMU-FM (out of Jersey City in the good ol' USA) for an afternoon of accepting fundraising pledges in exchange for a song. This annual, Request-a-Thon has had the honour of having Yo La Tengo live-on-air taking your requests for something like 24 straight years, if that's true it's simply amazing! As a music fan outside of the listening zone of New Jersey (though, I'm sure online is a possibility) I await for someone to post the show so I can hear YLT always interesting covers and I'm more than eager to share it here. I've posted the last three years broadcasts along with a couple others from the early 2000's and to make it easier to access the previous posts, I've started to add tag labels (at the bottom of the post). For example, at the bottom of this post, if you click Yo La Tengo or WFMU, the search will bring up the other posts with the same label, easy eh?

In case you're not completely familiar with the format of the all request live-on-air show, here's an excerpt from Yo La Tengo's page:
  Anybody who pledges at least $100 gets to make a song request, and we will do our best to play it.  And if you’ve heard this show before you are well aware that all too frequently our best, to quote Eric Burdon, just ain’t good enough.  This is the 24th year in a row that we’ve done this, and you’d think we’d have it down by now.  

A word or two about these requests.  We will not be consulting computers, phones or anything else to help us play these songs, relying strictly on our “wits” and a lifetime of listening to records.  We do not pretend to know every song ever written, and by the end of the afternoon, you’ll be wondering if we in fact know even one.  If you are of a mind to give us a couple of choices, or “any song by _____,” you’ve got a better chance of hearing us try to take your request.  Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen.            

As the show goes by, the requests tend to pile up faster than we can keep track of them, so pledging in advance will increase the odds that we play your song. We swear on a stack of Hit Paraders that the four of us will know nothing of the requests until after the show begins.

Special thanks to Yo La Tengo and WFMU-FM for making this recording available. WFMU-FM is a listener supported, independent community radio station. It is the longest-running freeform radio station in the U.S.

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Yo La Tengo
Live on Todd-o-phonic Todd's
Request-a-Thon with Gaylord Fields and Evan Funk Davies
WFMU-FM's Monty Hall
Jersey City, NJ USA
7 sets from 3-6pm

Broadcast live over 91.1 WFMU-FM, Jersey City, NJ USA.

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Set 1:
01 - Rumble (Originally by Link Wray) (2:03)
02 - For Pete's Sake (Originally by The Monkees) (2:03)
03 - Daydream Believer (Originally by The Monkees) (2:47)
04 - Puff The Magic Dragon (Originally by Peter, Paul and Mary) (2:00)
05 - Be My Baby (Originally by The Ronettes) (2:53)

Set 2:
06 - Rock n Roll High School (Originally by Ramones) (1:45)
07 - I'm A Man (Originally by Spencer Davis Group) (2:28)
08 - Mother-In-Law (Originally by Ernie K Doe) (1:54)
09 - Autumn Sweater (Originally by Yo La Tengo) (4:54)
10 - Agitated (Originally by the electric eels) (1:48)

Set 3:
11 - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Originally by Cyndi Lauper) (2:01)
12 - Panic In Detroit (Originally by David Bowie) (2:06)
13 - Ya Ya (Originally by Lee Dorsey) (2:35)
14 - He's Frank (Originally by the Monochrome Set) (3:21)
15 - Betty Lou's Got A New Tattoo (Originally by the Creep) (1:59)

Set 4:
16 -  TV Party (Originally by Black Flag) (2:05)
17 -  Cast A Shadow (Originally by Beat Happening) (2:16)
18 -  Lay Lady Lay (Originally by Bob Dylan) (2:33)
19 -  Synthetic World (Originally by Swamp Dogg) (2:47)
20 -  Rock And Roll (Originally by the Velvet Underground) (3:16)

Set 5:
21 - Get Dancin' (Originally by Disco-Tex and Sex-o-lettes) (1:38)
22 - Cowgirl In The Sand (Originally by Neil Young) (2:40)
23 - Ever Fallen In Love (Originally by Buzzcocks) (2:20)
24 - Can You Get To That? (Originally by Funkadelic) (1:46)
25 - You Really Got Me (Originally by The Kinks) (2:21)

Set 6:
26 - Theme from M*A*S*H (OST) (1:19)
27 - Chewy Chewy (Originally by Ohio Express) (2:40)
28 - Unsatisfied (Originally by the Replacements) (2:38)
29 - She's Not There (Originally by the Zombies) (2:16)
30 - Babysitter (Originally by Ramones) (3:15)

Set 7:
31 - Ain't Got No Home (Originally by Clarence "Frogman" Henry) (2:16)
32 - Mickey (Originally by Toni Basil) (2:36)
33 - Anything Could Happen (Originally by The Clean) (2:15)
34 - Poison Ivy (Originally by the Coasters) (2:03)
35 - She Cracked (Originally by the Modern Lovers) (3:09)
36 - Re-Make/Re-Model (Originally by Roxy Music) > Medley of Requests (5:56)

With references to:
Auntie Grizelda - Monkees
The Beautifule Ones - Prince
Bumpy Ride - Mohombi
I Am A Scientist - Guided By Voices
Kids - MGMT
The Beautiful Ones - Prince
What Do I Get - Buzzcocks
Follow Me Around - Radiohead
Always Everytime
Do You Love Me - Kiss
See The Sky About To Rain - The Byrds
New Girl In School - Freedy Johnston
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
Insane Clown Posse/X-Ray Burns

Total Running Time: 1hr 30min 59sec

Georgia Hubley - drums, vocals
Ira Kaplan - guitar, vocals
James McNew - bass
Bruce Bennett - guitar, vocals

YO LA TENGO- 2019-03-09 WFMU-FM Jersey City, NJ FLAC .rar

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Guess Who- Playhouse Theatre, Winnipeg, MB, April 1975

 I thought this post would be appropriate because of two things in the news recently. The old Playhouse Theatre (aka: Pantages Playhouse Theatre) where this show was recorded was recently sold to new owners that will continue to operate the theatre. The theatre was up for sale last year and closed it's doors at the end of 2018 with the hope someone might be interested in keeping it running. The new owners paid just over half a million dollars (CDN) for the heritage property. The other bit of interesting news involves former Guess Who frontman, Burton Cummings coming across a little wacky in his new hometown of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Apparently, Cummings wasn't too impressed with his neighbors, a dance fitness studio, that was playing it's music too loud. Cummings and other residents have complained and it has led to the studio facing 6 noise bylaw charges against the owner of the business. Cummings' complaint led to city council to re-evaluate business licenses for areas with homes and businesses. This seems fair and I have no doubt that residences should have protection from noise and loud music, I would hate to live close to a bar or outdoor music venue, but the owner has tried to reach out to Burt to discuss a solution, but so far he has declined. Remember it is just an indoor dance studio (that opens it's windows...maybe a suggestion is to close them?) and Burt, well he has a concert theatre venue in downtown Winnipeg named after him because he was a famous rock star in his former life, so you'd think he might be more tolerant or... not.

This live recording is a radio broadcast of the Guess Who live at the Playhouse Theatre in 1975. This was about 6 months before the band split up in October with frontman, Burton Cummings in the band. The band would later form in different incarnations without Cummings, with original  bass player, Jim Kale registering and taking control of the band name and to this day, the Guess Who continues to tour and record albums with drummer, Garry Peterson the lone original member. The 1975 band personnel and sound was a far cry from the hit-making "classic" lineup from the late 60's. Peterson and Cummings were in the band, but Randy Bachman (who had left in 1970) was long gone with a succession of guitar players replacing him and in 1974, Domenic Troiano joined the band.

I grabbed this recording from Dime, thanks to Krw co for posting and sharing. I have seen this live recording CD for sale at McNally Robinson (semi-officially released?) and for sale at my local record store as an unofficial bootleg (probably downloaded from the same source), so get it here while you can. The sound quality is excellent and the performance is fine. If you're even a moderate fan of mid-period Guess Who this is a must hear and for fans that want to hear that Bachman/Cummings sound of the 60's, this still holds it's ground, though there is a lot of filler. Regardless, this is an important document from one of the greatest bands from Winnipeg at one of finest concert venues still being used today.

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Winnipeg Playhouse Theater
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
April 15TH 1975

Soundboard/FM Broadcast From
The Joe Maloney Collection
Presented By Krw_co

Lineage Unknown Generation Soundboard/FM Broadcast
to CDR Clone to EAC Secure Mode to TLH FLAC Level 8

   Disc 1
1 Down and Out Woman
2 Dirty
3 Hand Me Down World
4 Albert Flasher
5 Diggin` Yourself
6 Star Baby
7 Those Show Biz Shoes
8 Straighten Out
9 Seems Like I Can't Live With You
10 Clap For The Wolfman

   Disc 2
1 Medley (The Way We Were/Laughing/These Eyes/Undun/Hang On To Your Life/American Woman)
2 Roseanne
3 When the Band was Singing
4 Long Gone
5 No Time
6 Dancing Fool
7 Instrumental Interlude
8 Orly / DJ Talking

Burton Cummings  vocals keyboards
Garry Peterson   Drum backing vocals
Domenic Troiano  Guitars backing vocals
Bill Wallace     Bass backing vocals

GUESS WHO- 1975-04-15 Disc 1 FLAC. rar 
GUESS WHO- 1975-04-15 Disc 2 FLAC. rar 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Neil Young & Crazy Horse- Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg Feb. 4, 2019

Since there was a policy of no photography during the show, this is the best I have.
Back in December, when pre-sale tickets for a pair of Neil Young & Crazy Horse shows in early February went on sale I had no idea he was even coming to town. My brother asked if I was a member of the Neil Young Archives because being a member meant first dibs for tickets. I wasn't, so he joined and snagged tickets in the sixth row for the first show on February 3rd at the Burton Cummings Theatre. I used his password for the second show at the Centennial Concert Hall the following night. Before I bought the tickets I agonized whether I should "invest", I hadn't seen Young live before and he was on my imaginary list of bands I should see before I (or they) die, but tickets weren't cheap and the cheapskate that I am hasn't paid that much for concert tickets ever. What pushed my decision towards going was the fact his band Crazy Horse would be performing as well as Neil solo and I figured this might be one of the last opportunities to see the electric Neil. My theory is he can play the solo musician-thing for longer than the full-on band. I opted for the third most expensive price level which meant I was back to row 22 on the floor, but dead centre. This could be good!

I must admit I'm not a big fan of opening acts. I get the reason why they have them, it extends the actual performance time for your evening so you're not there for only an hour and a half to see the actual reason why you're there as opposed to two and a half hours with the opening act and the intermission before the headliner. No offensive to the opener (William Prince was fine), but I'm paying the big bucks to see Neil Young. In this case, a quick run to the bathroom during intermission turned into an overly long lineup and without warning (that I know of), the concert resumed as I was walking down the row to my seat. Without announcement, the lights go out, pitch black dark as Neil wanders onto the stage and launches into the first song. I scramble for my recording equipment, setup and hit record, trying the best I can to set the volume levels. Because it's so dark I use my small flashlight to see which shines "like headlights" according to the people beside me as I struggle to level on the fly. The woman beside me tells me, "could you please stop that" and I don't look at the levels again, this isn't a good thing!

Neil played seven songs for his solo mini set, meandering between guitar, piano and banjo which was mellow and cool, not overwhelmingly exciting, but probably satisfied the older folk festival going fans the most. Things got cooking more once Crazy Horse joined Young for the electric band set. Rockin' In The Free World was the perfect set opener, I think Neil is at his best when he plays with Crazy Horse. Songs like, The Losing End, Roll Another Number and Winterlong are great underrated songs from his extensive catalog and Cortez The Killer is truly a Neil Young & Crazy Horse classic! For me, the guitar interplay on that song was worth the price of admission and seeing Neil shred with the great Nils Lofgren was a thrill. The main set closed with Fuckin' Up, which of course led to a two song encore with another classic, Like A Hurricane and ended the evening with Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black), which also closed the show the prior evening. Overall, a solid show, but wish there was a longer set from Neil with Crazy Horse, but I'm glad I was there.

The sound on the live recording is really good, not much nearby crowd noise or talking, so the sound is clear thanks also to the supreme acoustics of the concert hall, which is made specifically for concerts. There are though some imperfections on this recording I should mention before you listen:
  • The recording joins the first song (Out On The Weekend) a verse or so into the song. I missed the start before I got to my seat. There was no introduction before the song so you don't miss much. 
  • After the first song when I was adjusting the sound levels, the sound is stabilized and the rest of the solo set is fine. Thanks again to the lady beside me for talking in my ear, I didn't take any photos because I was worried she would freak out with the light from my phone if I dared.
  • During the beginning of Rockin' In The Free World the volume shoots up (Warning, you might want to turn it down a bit) for a moment, as I blindly turn the levels down almost too low for the rest of the song. By Danger Bird, the sound levels are up more evenly and stays that way to the end.
I originally was going to post this show to Dime (you have to be a member), but since I took my sweet time preparing the files and writing this, someone beat me to it. There is another recording from this show posted, I haven't listened to it, but it probably didn't have the issues I mentioned above. Also, on Dime there is a recording of the first night at the Burt. If you are not a member and you are interested, I might re-post the show here with the permission of the taper (please let me know). Since I don't want to post another version on Dime, this recording is exclusive to TDIT and is available for all to enjoy.

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Centennial Concert Hall
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
February 4, 2019
AUD Master

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Direct Wave MP3 splitter> FLAC> rar file

Neil Solo
01. Out On The Weekend (in progress)
02. Distant Camera
03. War Of Man
04. Old King
05. Green Is Blue
06. Don't Let It Bring You Down
07. Journey Through The Past

with Crazy Horse
08. Rockin' In The Free World
09. Danger Bird
10. Wonderin'
11. The Losing End
12. Roll Another Number (For The Road)
13. Winterlong
14. Cortez The Killer
15. Fuckin' Up

16. Like A Hurricane
17. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)

Crazy Horse
Neil Young- vocals, guitar
Nils Lofgren- guitar
Billy Talbot- bass
Ralph Molina- drums

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE- 2019-02-04 Winnipeg, MB FLAC Master. rar

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Buzzcocks- Live At The Palladium, NYC 1979

Happy New Year, or should I say belated since it's already a month and a half into 2019. Busy times, so sorry for the loss of a month, it's been f#*king freezing here for the past month, but my only excuse is I'm lazy and I've been watching too much hockey! I have much to post so stay tuned.

One news item I haven't addressed from last year was the untimely death of Pete Shelley, lead singer of the Buzzcocks, back in December 6th. Though the Buzzcocks only released three full length albums during their original heyday in the late 70's, their impact and influence is undeniable. Their punk energy and instantly catchy punk power pop songs were infectious and fun and a good place to start (for the unconverted) is their brilliant collection of "singles" on the Singles Going Steady compilation album. This was my first introduction to the Buzzcocks and I wore out a dubbed cassette copy of the album (that I still play today) because it's that good! Buy it, download it, stream it, whatever you got and listen to!!

On Dime, after Shelley's death, there was a flood of live concert recordings from the Buzzcocks. I managed to download a few and one of the better shows, performance, setlist and sound quality-wise was a show at the Palladium in New York City from 1979. This was at the height of their powers and it's an excellent showcase to a North American audience. This is a good set and it sounds really great, high recommended!
R.I.P Pete Shelley (1955-2018).

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The Palladium
New York City, NY
December 1, 1979
FM Broadcast

01    I Don't Mind   
02    Autonomy   
03    Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't')   
04    Mad, Mad Judy   
05    Sixteen    
06    Moving Away From Pulsebeat   
07    Noise Annoys   
08    Love You More
09    What Do I Get ? / Harmony In My Head   
10    Everybody's Happy Nowadays   
11    You Say You Don't Love Me   
12    I Don't Know What To Do With My Life   
13    I Believe   
14    Fast Cars   
15    Breakdown   
16    Boredom   

BUZZCOCKS- 1979-12-01 The Palladium, NYC, NY FLAC. rar

Monday, December 31, 2018

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers- Live At The Village Gate 1977

As Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, the band only released one studio album. That album, L.A.M.F. was originally released in 1977 and remains today as a true punk rock classic. I have the original vinyl LP I bought at a record store in Vancouver in the mid-80's and I was disappointed with the sound quality and mix of the record as it sounded dull and lifeless. Apparently, I wasn't alone with this option as the record has been re-released several times to improve the sound through re-mixes,  lost mixes and alternative versions from the original album. L.A.M.F. Revisited, L.A.M.F.: The Lost '77 Mixes (released 1994) and L.A.M.F. Definitive Edition (2012) which featured the original album, the lost mixes, demos and alternative tracks. Thunders went on to record a handful of solo studio albums, but the legacy and true appeal of the Heartbreakers was in their live performances. For a band with only one official studio album, they released several live albums capturing the Heartbreakers, especially in the late 70's at their peak. Johnny Thunders shows in the 80's were at best uneven and sometimes unpredictable. With the right mix of intoxication and preferably shows with Waldo (Walter Lure) on guitar, his live shows could also be brilliant with some classic Thunders stage banter and loose, but inspired playing. (Unfortunately, when I finally saw Thunders live it was towards the end of his life/career and the concert was a mess, he was strung out and the musicians around him weren't very good, including a pickup drummer from the crowd, sad) Anyways, many very good sounding live recordings from the Heartbreakers prime era in the mid-late 70's have been available on LP, cassette and CD in both bootleg and semi-official releases and whenever something new (unreleased) gets unearthed from someones collection it's always worth a listen.

I was in Minneapolis last June scouting out record stores and stumbled upon, Live At The Village Gate 1977 on CD. It was brand new in a slick package with a beautiful b & w gatefold CD cover, that I hadn't seen before. (I heard that the vinyl version is hot pink!) And because I'm always looking for unreleased Heartbreakers shows I bought it. The sound quality is only okay, it's a step up from a audience live recording, but it has a bit of an digital sounding enhancement to it. Once you get past that, the show itself is very good, with a solid performance and great songs. I would suggest seeking out Live at Max's, D.T.K. (Live at the Speakeasy) or even Live at the Lyceum Ballroom first before buying Live at the Village Gate. It's a nice addition to the Heartbreakers live album collection and I shouldn't complain because anything unreleased (or unheard) that is new to me, is always a welcome listen at any time.
Happy New Year!!

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Live At The Village Gate
August 18 & 20, 1977
(released in 2015)

01. Chinese Rocks
02. Pirate Love
03. Get Off The Phone
04. All By Myself
05. Let Go
06. Can't Keep My Eyes On You
07. Chatterbox
08. One Track Mind
09. Take A Chance On Me
10. Born Too Loose
11. Boppin The Blues
12. Do You Love Me
13. I Wanna Be Loved


Friday, December 28, 2018

Rivers Cuomo- The Troubadour, May 30, 2018

It's been a pretty good last couple of weeks for Rivers Cuomo and Weezer. A skit from Saturday Night Live on December 15th that was dedicated to his band, Weezer went crazy viral with a pair of fans/neighbors at a dinner party having an intense debate about the band. If you are a Weezer fan or any music fan for that matter you can easily relate. Who hasn't had arguments or debates with friends or co-workers about bands and questioned whether their music is still relevant with today's music. We often question if a band's recent work doesn't hold up against earlier albums (or music they are best known for) and we often moan and groan when a band plays new songs at a show ("we want to hear the early stuff"). An interesting debate indeed. Anyways, this little skit on SNL put Weezer momentarily back in the spotlight with even Rivers commenting on Twitter.

The other news about Weezer in case you haven't heard (or aren't a hockey fan), is that Weezer will headline the entertainment at the NHL Winter Classic game featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. The game is set to be played outdoors at Notre Dame Stadium at the University of Notre Dame on New Year's Day (January 1, 2019). The band will perform during the intermission between the first and second periods. Hopefully more than a song or two will be aired live on TV, if not maybe a more complete 10-15 minute clip will surface on YouTube.

I was thinking of end of year concert lists and I really didn't see enough shows to make any real list, but I listened to a number of really great concerts during 2018. One of my favourites was from May that was recorded by JB and posted by Waxdoll on Dimeadozen of a solo acoustic show from Weezer's, Rivers Cuomo. The recording sounds excellent with the crowd singing along for most of the show and they do a great job, you know you've made it when your fans know your lyrics so thoroughly. Obviously, he plays lots of Weezer songs with some interesting covers to round out the show. I love this show, I've listened to this more than any other concert this year. This is a intimate performance with just Cuomo's voice (and the crowd's) and guitar, so there's nothing better than listening to this with headphones eyes closed late at night! Highly recommended, even if you're not a Weezer super-fan.

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Taped and mastered by JB.
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Rivers Cuomo
The Troubadour
West Hollywood, CA
May 30, 2018

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Disc 1 (54:00)

01. I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Mike Posner cover)
02. El Scorcho
03. Buddy Holly
04. Wonderwall (Oasis cover)
05. Island in the Sun
06. Pink Triangle
07. Basket Case (Green Day cover)
08. The Good Life
09. Tired of Sex
10. 1979 (The Smashing Pumpkins cover)
11. Say It Ain't So
12. Across the Sea
13. Why Bother?
14. No Other One

Disc 2 (51:56)

01. Champagne Supernova (Oasis cover)
02. Can't Stop Partying
03. I Don't Want to Let You Go (Live debut)
04. Medicine for Melancholy
05. I Think We're Alone Now (Tommy James & the Shondells cover)
06. This is Such a Pity
07. Undone - The Sweater Song
08. Happy Together/Longview/Happy Together (The Turtles/Green Day covers)
09. Cardigan Disaster
10. Falling for You
11. Today (The Smashing Pumpkins cover)
12. Pig
13. Susanne

14. Endless Bummer (with Brian Bell) (Live debut)
15. You Gave Your Love to Me Softly (with Brian Bell)

RIVERS CUOMO- Los Angeles, CA May 30, 2018 FLAC. rar

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Chixdiggit- Live In Winnipeg August 26, 1996

Photo by Peter Ellenby
There are some concerts when you reflect back and think, "I'm glad I actually went to see this band". This was the case over 22 years ago when I saw the band, Chixdiggit who were touring in support of their debut album, Chixdiggit. I bought their CD on a whim, I think after I heard their song, (I Feel Like) Gerry Cheevers on late night CBC radio and instantly became a fan. At the time I was listening to a lot of like-minded pop-punk bands from Lookout Records and Mint, so their short, sweet melodic songs with their immature adolescent sense of humour was really appealing. And hey, when you write a song about Bruins goalie, Gerry Cheevers that combines my two favourite things, hockey and rock music, they must be worth checking out. And they definitely were! They are just regular guys, not long hard rocker wannabees or punks with attitude, but down to earth guys you'd have no problem sharing a beer with. Their live show is driven by front man, KJ Jansen with his Tony Esposito split-crouch stance (with the microphone really low) is the smart-ass of the band and his banter keeps the flow going as most of their songs are really short (their CD is only 27 minutes long). A fun band to see live and I liked them so much I saw them two more times in the 90's, but haven't seen them since. They celebrated their 25th year with a tour a couple years ago that came to town, but I wasn't able to attend. They are joining the Smugglers for their 30th anniversary show later this month, November 24th at Amigos in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. If you make the drive, hopefully not through a blizzard, it will be a worthwhile roadtrip to see two great Canadian bands.

I was lucky enough to make a live recording of the Chixdiggit show on my Walkman recorder. I've had the master cassette on my shelf for years and I thought it was about time to transfer it to my hard drive before the tape deteriorates too much. I have to admit it is one of my favourite early shows I recorded and despite the not perfect sound quality, the show is a very enjoyable listen. It's a good capture from the middle of the floor at the Pyramid with the usual crowd noise, but it really has that "been there" quality I love. As I write this I'm listening to the other live Chixdiggit tapes from 1998 and 1999, (I can't remember the last time I had a listen) and the sound quality is much better. If there's a request to hear them I'll transfer the tapes and upload them.

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Pyramid Cabaret
Winnipeg, MB
August 26, 1996
AUD Master

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01. Toilet's Seat Coming Down
02. 323
03. Where's Your Mom?
04. Hemp Hemp Hooray
05. Henry Rollins Is No Fun
06. (I Feel Like) Gerry Cheevers
07. Van Horne
08. I Drove The Coquihalla
09. Great Legs
10. Haven't Got Time For
11. You May Be Right
12. Nobody (w/Levi Stubbs' Tears teaser)
13. I Should Have Played Football In High School
14. Stacked Like That
15. Song For "R"
16. I Wanna Hump You

17. Chupacabras
18. Pathetic
19. Lonely Nights (w/ Live Forever teaser)
20. Mila, Caroline And Me

CHIXDIGGIT- 1996-08-26 Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg, MB FLAC Master. rar

Monday, November 05, 2018

Charlie Chesterman- Demos

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the passing of Scruffy the Cat frontman, Charlie Chesterman. His music lives on with recent releases of the Scruffy the Cat compilation, Time Never Forgets and the rarities, unreleased tracks album, The Good Goodbye. Worth checking out are the many albums Charlie recorded after Scruffy, several solo albums as well as records with Chaz and the Motorbikes. His solo recording output far exceeds the Scruffy the Cat releases, so there is much good music to discover. Just before his passing, the compilation, Solid Gold Electric Chestnut Dispenser (a collection of hard to find rarities) was available for download in October of 2013 with proceeds going directly to the Friends of Charlie Chesterman fund. The year before, Chorus Vs. Solos: A Tribute to Charlie Chesterman was sold to help him and his family while he was battling cancer. Needless to say, this man was well loved by his fans, friends and family. Check out the charliechesterman bandcamp page for all his post Scruffy releases to purchase or listen.

What I have is music by Charlie Chesterman not available on any of the compilations or was ever released (as far as I know). It's a disc of demos that I received many years ago from a friend that knew Charlie. (Hint: His band's debut album was produced by Charlie Chesterman!) The songs are demos recorded in a studio, mainly just Charlie and his guitar (with some harmonica), raw demo versions of some songs that appeared later and some I don't think were ever recorded. Off the top of my head, there's early versions of Where'd You Go (from Dynamite Music Machine), If I Had A Heart (from Studabakersfield), Last Summer Night (from Skunk On The Loose). I don't have much information, nor do I have a date when these were recorded, but I suspect it would have been sometime between the end of Scruffy the Cat and his first solo record, so probably early 1990's. If anyone has information about the recording dates and the tracks, please let us know. I'm sure these recordings will be of much interest for Chesterman/STC fans and I hope that sharing these demos is cool. I thought now was an appropriate time to finally share these rare demos.

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Demos (90's?)

01. Pretty Baby Please Don't Go
02. Cry Cry Cry
03. Tell Me What You Think About Love
04. If I Had A Heart
05. You So And So
06. True Love
07. Where'd You Go?
08. ?
09. Lost Summer Night
10. Tornado
11. Folk Tales


Monday, October 29, 2018

Lemonheads- Tramps, NYC, October 28, 1996

For a live recording from over (almost exactly, one day late) 22 years ago, this one holds up quite well. First, the recording is outstanding mainly because it's a professionally mixed board recording that according to the notes may have been intended for a future  live release in some form. Secondly, the performance by Evan Dando and band is solid despite the fact Evan was known to be inconsistent around this period, he put together a really tight band that included John Strohm of the Blake Babies and Murph from Dinosaur Jr. The playing is energetic and overall it's a fun, kinda cool set that even covers Dinosaur Jr's, Freak Scene. Though, many critics and fans weren't big fans of Car Button Cloth, this album has grown on me through the years. The trio of Lemonheads albums from the 90's (It's a Shame About Ray, Come On Feel The Lemonheads, Car Button Cloth) are actually great records, that have stood the test of time. Sure, there was some filler, but Dando knew how to write a good, catchy pop-rock song.

This is the first of a several "outtakes" from the #12daysoftrouble series in August that I had originally intended to post. I had so many ideas of shows I wanted to post, but due to time restrictions and continuity reasons I held back some posts. I hope to get back on track with regular postings, as my work life is back to my boring, "regular" job. I'm feeling physically and mentally stronger (movie set dressing is definitely hard work!) which is a good thing, but I might revisit the film biz in the new year. Anyways, more to come soon and listen to this Lemonheads show because it's a very fine fine recording.

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New York, NY
October 28, 1996

Mixed Soundboard
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JEMS 2017 Transfer: in-house reference cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A azimuth-adjusted playback > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity 2.0 16/44.1 capture to .wav > iZotope RX6 > TLH > FLAC

1. It’s All True
2. If I Could Talk I’d Tell You
3. It’s A Shame About Ray
4. Tenderfoot (Smudge)
5. Hospital
6. My Drug Buddy
7. Break Me
8. The Outdoor Type (Smudge)
9. Losing Your Mind
10. Something’s Missing
11. Confetti > Supernaut (Black Sabbath) snippet
12. Secular Rockulidge
13. Rudderless
14. Hannah & Gabi
15. Outdoor Miner (Wire)
16. Being Around
17. Style
18. -band intros-
19. Freak Scene (Dinosaur Jr.)
20. It’s About Time
21. Into Your Arms (Love Positions)
22. -Evan announces upcoming shows-

notes: tracks 14-16 are Evan solo
band: Evan Dando/John Strohm/Bill Gibson/Patrick "Murph" Murphy

Notes from original poster: It would appear this sprightly Lemonheads performance was professionally recorded for potential use as a source of live tracks or a mini live album to be sent out to radio and aired later as a live Lemonheads broadcast. This recording of the full set was transferred from an in-house reference cassette likely used to approve the mix/sound quality and to select which tracks to use later.

LEMONHEADS- 1996-10-28 Tramps FLAC. rar

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

They Might Be Giants- Live In Winnipeg October 21, 2018

Despite the fact, They Might Be Giants (TMBG) have been releasing albums since 1986 and have been playing live shows earlier than that, they have never played in Winnipeg, Canada. I had the opportunity to see TMBG in September of 1992 in Vancouver and looking back I'm amazed that was over 26 years ago! A lot has changed since that time, the band has released 16 albums, a bunch of compilations and a ton of music for young and older alike. A lot of anticipation and expectations led up to this present show, as I rank that TMBG Vancouver show (Young Fresh Fellows opened) in my top 10, maybe even top 5 concert experiences (really wish I taped the show!). At the time they were touring their Apollo 18 record, which remains one of my favourite TMBG's albums alongside Lincoln, and I was in awe of the energy and showmanship they displayed throughout the show. It didn't hurt that the concert was held at the legendary Commodore Ballroom, with the springy wooden floor, I was literally bouncing up and down with a very enthusiastic Vancouver crowd. It was also notable it is one of the few concerts I've attended (besides Folk Fests) with my brother and sister because we were in town for a family wedding. The Young Fresh Fellows were also amazing and I even had a chance to talk to the Fellows after their set, so this truly was a very memorable evening.

For the current tour through Canada and the United States, the show was billed as, "An Evening With They Might Be Giants", that featured no opening band (or as John Flansburgh put it, "we're opening for ourselves") with two full sets with an intermission. With so many songs to choose from, their setlist reached out to all parts of the career including songs from their most recent album, I Like Fun. They played many of their "hits", Birdhouse In Your Soul, Racist Friend, The Guitar, Istanbul, Dr. Worm, and Twisting that features the great line, "She doesn't have to have her Young Fresh Fellows tape back now". Highlights for me include a pair of songs from their debut album, Number Three and Don't Let's Start, the great Cub cover, New York City and the set closer, End Of The Tour. They opened up the second set with a four song acoustic set, Quiet Storm. This stripped down trio (then later quartet) of the John Flansburgh on acoustic guitar, John Linnell on contra alto clarinet, Marty Beller on snare and Curt Ramm on trumpet, featured new arrangements of songs. The full band returned for the rest of the set and double encore. One thing that is obvious is the superb musicianship of all the members of the band. They had plenty of opportunity to highlight their talents through featured solo spots and expanded solos during the band introductions beginning the first encore. Yes, I really do love bass and drum solos! Overall, a very enjoyable show, with no disappointments (maybe more songs from Apollo 18?) and hope it doesn't take this long for a return visit.

Attending the concert almost didn't happen for me. I missed out  when the the tickets originally went on sale and put it off long enough to have the concert sell out.  The original venue was the West End Cultural Centre which I thought was a bit small for TMBG so I was resigned to price watch on Stubhub and check Kijiji daily for tickets. By chance, the venue was changed to the larger capacity Garrick and more tickets became available. Then, I've been working on a movie set for a film being shot in town for the past month. The reason for the lack of updates on the blog is because I've been working 12+ hour days, 5-6 days a week and I've been too physically (and mentally) exhausted to write. Anyways, I thought I might miss the show, because filming was scheduled until Sunday, but I was able to finish my work a day early. Phew!

I recorded the show on the floor about halfway back (directly behind is theatre seating). The Garrick is kind of cool because it was originally a movie theatre so the floor still has an angle to it so sight lines are good for height deprived people. The sound turned out good with little chatter and the sound balance and mix was fine. I noticed at the show John F's vocals were a little low in the mix, so the recording reflects that. The venue doesn't have the best acoustics, but the sound is even better in the live recording. Definitely a must-hear for any TMBG fans and a rare treat as we don't get a lot of high quality bands coming to town enough (apologies Mellencamp and McCartney fans).

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The Garrick
Winnipeg, MB
October 21, 2018
AUD Master

"An Evening With They Might Be Giants"

Set 1
01. Damn Good Times
02. I Left My Body
03. Racist Friend
04. Particle Man
05. The Famous Polka
06. Dr. Worm
07. Let's Get This Over With
08. Music Jail
09. Birdhouse In Your Soul
10. The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
11. Mrs. Bluebeard
12. All Time What
13. When Will You Die?
14. Spy

Set 2
"Quiet Storm" acoustic set
15. Older
16. I Like Fun
17. Applause Applause Applause
18. How Can I Sing Like A Girl?

Full band
19. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
20. The Mesopotamians
21. Twisting
22. Number Three
23. Don't Let's Start
24. Why Does The Sun Shine?
25. Whistling In The Dark
26. Let Me Tell You About My Operation
27. The Communists Have The Music

28. "Band introductions"
29. Hey Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal

Encore 2
30. New York City
31. The End Of The Tour

TMBG- 2018-10-21 The Garrick, Winnipeg, MB FLAC Master. rar
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