A few days before the concert at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, the Baseball Project dropped in at WFMU on the Three Chord Monte program for a live in-studio performance and interview. A trio version of the band (Steve, Scott and Linda) played a nice "warm-up" acoustic set before their appearance at Maxwell's later that day. I'm always up for any live Baseball Project shows, any chance anyone recorded the Maxwell's show?
I downloaded this set from Free Music Archive.org in case you want to listen to the individual tracks before downloading (as well as any other WFMU programs).
An unlikely venue, but the Baseball Project has played a lot of non-music events such as...baseball games, obviously. The Baseball Project performed at the Met in celebration of the exhibition Breaking the Color Barrier in Major League Baseball and the Museum's renowned permanent baseball card collection. This special set was captured on video and the complete show was posted on YouTube and for your convenience and mine (I didn't feel like bookmarking it), here on TDIT.
As you might have guessed I'm a big fan of all the members of the Baseball Project, together in this project and their other bands (Minus 5/YFF, R.E.M., Dream Syndicate, Zuzu's Petals). Joining Scott, Steve, Linda and Peter is R.E.M. bassist, Mike Mills who contributes organ, piano and bass. In the past, Mills has subbed for Buck when he's been absent. I saw the band in St. Paul a number of years ago and I still fondly reminisce about that show, definitely a highlight in my concert-going career and meeting the band after the show is one of my biggest thrills ever.
This video is outstanding and pro-shot, so sit back and enjoy!
All Future and No Past
Fair Weather Fans (with new Mike Mills verse replacing the Peter Buck verse)
Gratitude for Curt Flood
Jefferson Burdick (new song about the man who donated his baseball card collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Satchel Paige Said
Here Lies Carl Mays
Ted Freaking Williams (expurgated version)
Panda and The Freak
I haven't posted any New Pornographers in a while, so here's a sweet in-studio live performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic at KCRW in Santa Monica from a couple of years ago. They play some songs from their then current (and still most recent) record, Together. It's always a bonus when Neko Case can perform with the band, she adds so much more, and she did for all of this tour. The interview is an embarrassment with host, Jason Bentley obsessively lusting over Neko most of the time, but otherwise the set of music is great and well worth a listen for fans.
Sorry Vancouver about your Canucks...ha, maybe next year!
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS KCRW Radio FM Broadcast Santa Monica, California.Source: FM Broadcast
Live In Studio Session @ Time Of Broadcast
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03.Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk
11.Up In The Dark
12.Silver Jenny Dollar
Carl Newman - Vocals/Guitar
Neko Case - Vocals
Dan bejar - Vocals/Guitar
John Collins - Bass
Todd Fancey - Guitar/Vocals
Kurt Dahle - Drums/Vocals
Ben Kalb - Cello/Saxophone
Blaine Thurier - Keyboard/Vocals/Melodica
Hey, today is Record Store Day! Actually the 5th annual, it celebrates "the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally". According to the Record Store Day website, "This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores
come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl
and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively
for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various
countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.
Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet &
greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April".
Not everyone downloads music exclusively, for me there is nothing like the physical record store where you can browse and meet other like-minded people to discover unexpected gems and hard to find overlooked music. I regularly visit the record stores in my area, though they continue to become more scarce and whenever I'm out of town, I always check out the local shops. Here in Winnipeg, I have fond memories of stores from the past such as: Kellys, Opus 69, Record Baron, Peppers Records, Music City, Sam the Record Man, Records On Wheels, Pyramid, Musicplex and many more I've probably forgotten. Presently, our city has stores such as: Into the Music, Music Traders, Planet Of Sound, Sound Exchange and War On Music (which just burnt down a couple of days ago).
Support the indie record store and buy some records!
Today's post will take a break from the in-studio performances of radio broadcasts to the in-store concert in a record store. A memorable show I received in a trade years ago is a in-store show from former Replacement, Paul Westerberg at the Amoeba Record Store in Hollywood. This show dates back to 2002 when Westerberg did a mini-tour in the spring of 2002 of record stores before a extended tour in concert halls and clubs during the summer of that year. He was promoting his Stereo/Mono album and I had the pleasure of seeing him in at the Guthrie Theatre Minneapolis in June 02. This show is noteworthy for a confrontation between an annoying heckling fan that drove Paul to wade into the crowd and confront the pest. Some witnesses claim Westerberg grabbed him by the throat and lightly slapped him, but that might be unconfirmed. You can hear the heckler in the recording, so you be the judge. Needless to say, there wasn't an encore...a very cool show!
Happy record store day!
01. Best Thing That Never Happened 02. Waiting For Somebody 03. Looking Out Forever 04. Got You Down 05. Eyes Like Sparks/Nothing To No One 06. Mr. Rabbit 07. 2 Days Til Tomorrow 08. Let The Bad Times Roll 09. Unsatisfied/Swinging Party 10. Somebody Take The Wheel 11. Jumping Jack Flash 12. High Time
As a live music fan (and tape trader), live in-studio radio broadcast performances by a band are considered a premium for many reasons. Unlike the unpredictability of a concert in front of screaming fans, radio studio shows offer:
a near perfect sound quality, studio quality.
chance of better musicianship and good performances, less drunkenness (not always), less distractions etc.
easy to record the performance, if you have a radio and a recorder, that's all you need. I recorded many great in-studio performances on my combo radio/tape deck (ghetto blaster).
interview- perhaps some insight into the band, can be interesting and informative and sometimes funny. (though not always)
I know that nothing beats the experience of witnessing a band play live, but sometimes the sound quality coming out of the speakers and/or the chatter and screaming of the audience makes playback not as enjoyable. A good quality soundboard recording is also worth seeking, but even that can be grittier and less balanced than a radio broadcast. There are many good sources for live radio performances, such as CBC radio, shows like Q regularly feature a live guest and Concerts on Demand features a large range of genres. In the states, several well known radio programs feature(d) live performances such as Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW in Santa Monica, WFMU in Hoboken, NJ, WFMU in East Orange, NJ and WERS in Boston. Daytrotter sessions from Rock Island, IL hosts many artists each week and their sessions are available for a listen and download on their website, daytrotter.com. At one time it was free, but now you have to pay for a membership, though $2 a month is an awfully good deal.
For the next week or so, I'll post a variety of radio broadcasts by some of my favourite artists. For now, I'll keep the broadcasts the "in-studio" shows as opposed to a radio station broadcast of a live concert in a club or concert hall.
Though I am not from Boston, I have several recordings from the Metrowave program on WERS at Emerson College in Boston. Up until 1989 they used to broadcast bands every Sunday evening giving an opportunity for Boston area bands to perform on the radio. One of my favourite recordings from this station is a session with the Volcano Suns. Earlier this year, I posted their first album, The Bright Orange Years, but unfortunately I was forced to delete the link due to a complaint and threat of further action. The good news is that this VS's show is amazing and I personally like this better than the album. The performance is tight and the sound is bright and near perfect. If you're a fan or are curious about the band this is not to be missed, this might be their finest moment!
VOLCANO SUNS WERS Metrowave 1 Emerson College, Boston, MA April 7, 1985 FM Radio Broadcast
1. Over The Wall 2. Ridge The Cog 3. Four Letters 4. The Mouth That Roared 5. Balancing Act 6. It's Stew Time 7. Promise Me 8. Truth Is Stranger 9. JAK 10. Room With A View 11. Walk Around 12. Silvertone 13. Greasy Spine 14. 1999
As a companion piece to the "official" Live At Max's Kansas City '79 album, here's an equally as good show from Max's. Unlike the official release which was recorded in the autumn of 1978, this one was actually recorded in 1979 (April 28) with the possible intention of releasing. It sounds pretty good and is noteworthy because it features some songs not performed on the official album. I've had many requests for more Heartbreakers, so this is a keeper to add to your Heartbreaker's live collection.
1. Intro 2. Pipeline 3. Chinese Rocks 4. London Boys 5. Too Much Junkie Business 6. Can't Keep My Eyes On You 7. M.I.A. 8. It's Not Enough 9. Flight 10. I Love You 11. Seven Day Weekend 12. Money 13. Copycat 14. Born To Lose 15. One Track Mind 16. Do You Love Me 17. Encore 18. Give Her A Great Big Kiss
JOHNNY THUNDERS- Guitar & vocals WALTER LURE- Guitar & vocals BILLY RATH- Bass guitar JERRY NOLAN- Drums & vocals