Friday, January 20, 2023

Soul Asylum- Rock for Karl Benefit 2004!!

 
 
We've come to the final set from the Rock For Karl Benefit concert from 2004, that helped support Soul Asylum's co-founding member, bass player, Karl Mueller. Money raised went towards medical bills for Mueller's cancer treatment that he ultimately succumbed to on June 17, 2005, only 8 months after this concert. I'm not sure if Soul Asylum closed out the evening, but I thought it would be appropriate to post this set last, since it turned out to be Mueller's final live show with the band. A touching moment for all in attendance, including the bands that offered their talents to this evening, when Karl took the mic (track 14) to offer his thank you's to everyone that came to the show. This is the only time these bands have shared the stage together. I've seen Soul Asylum only a couple of times, the last time in Grand Forks in 2002, but it's not the same band without Mueller and Dan Murphy (who left the band in 2012) and I'm not sure if I'll see them again, making this show that much more special. The band continues on with Dave Pirner as the only remaining original member.

A Rock For Karl v. 2.0: Kill Kancer fundraising concert was held in tribute of Mueller on the seventh anniversary of his death in 2012. His widow, Mary Beth organized the event with performances from Golden Smog, Curtiss A's Dark Click and the Magnolias.
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SOUL ASYLUM
Quest Club
Minneapolis, MN
October 21, 2004
Rock For Karl Benefit

Audience recording

01. Intro
02. Oxygen
03. Be On My Side
04. Standing Water
05. Black Gold
06. Lately
07. Success Is Not So Sweet
08. Closer To The Stars
09. <introductions>
10. Debris
11. Cruel Intentions
12. <thank yous>
13. Somebody To Shove
14. <Karl talks>
 
 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Golden Smog- Rock For Karl Benefit, Minneapolis- October 21, 2004

 
I don't believe this is backstage at the Quest Club.

 A set from Golden Smog featured an appearance by Paul Westerberg on the set opener, the Stones, Dead Flowers, as well as Dream Syndicate/Baseball Project's, Steve Wynn on the Eddie and the Hot Rods hit, Do Anything You Wanna Do. The band mixed covers and a handful of Smog songs to their set that featured a lineup of Soul Asylum's, Dan Murphy, Kraig Johnson, Marc Perlman, Ed Ackerson, Jim Boquist and Linda Pitman on drums. Noticeably absent (correct me if I'm wrong), was Gary Louris, I wasn't there, but the absence of "Gary songs" made me suspicious. Overall, a solid set with many shout-outs to Karl and the guest appearances were cool.
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GOLDEN SMOG
Quest Club
Minneapolis, MN
October 21, 2004
Rock for Karl Benefit


audience recording

01. Dead Flowers
02. Sunny Afternoon
03. If I Only Had A Car
04. The Losing End
05. To Call My Own
06. Making Waves
07. Signed D.C.
08. Ill Fated
09. Do Anything You Wanna Do
10. Knockin 'Em Down In The City

track 1: w/Paul Westerberg
track 9: w/Steve Wynn
 

Sunday, January 01, 2023

Paul Westerberg- Rock For Karl Benefit, Minneapolis, 2004

 
 
Happy 2023! Yes, it's a new year and hopefully everyone is okay and ready for a new start, at least we can pretend. I'm sorry for the lack of posts for 2022, but as usual, I promise there will be more this year and I'll stay engaged and try to keep things interesting.

I'm going to keep it short and sweet, much like the Paul Westerberg set I'm posting. This is part 3 of the Rock For Karl Benefit concert from 2004, I'm not sure of the actual order of the bands/musicians that played that night, so I'm randomly guessing. The solo Westerberg set is brief and he'll appear again in the next post with another band (spoiler alert: Golden Smog). I haven't heard a lot from Paul in recent years and hoping he might release some new music or play some live dates this year. Fingers crossed!
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PAUL WESTERBERG
Quest Club
Minneapolis, MN
October 21, 2004
Rock For Karl Benefit


Audience recording

01. First Glimmer
02. What A Day (For A Night)
03. Lookin' Up In Heaven
04. Achin' to Be
05. Kentucky Rain
06. Swingin' Party
07. I Will Dare
 
 

Friday, December 23, 2022

Bob Mould- Rock for Karl Benefit: Quest Club, Minneapolis 2004


 
Here's another set from the Rock for Karl benefit in 2004, with former Husker Du co-founder, Bob Mould, who performed a solo set. He played songs from his solo records as well as songs from his band's, Sugar and the aforementioned, Husker Du. One of the highlights of the show and definitely the most talked about surprise of the night was the appearance of Grant Hart (of Husker Du) during the final two songs of Mould's set. As far as I know, this was the first on-stage appearance for the two together since Husker Du's last show, December 11, 1987 and sadly it was the last. There was speculated "bad blood" since the split, so this reunion was most unexpected and exciting for Husker fans. It was a moment I would have liked to be there for since I'm a big fan (and still am) of the Minneapolis band, but at least someone captured this live audio recording. The recording sounds good, with the usual audience chatter, but it doesn't distract too much from the concert. It's also a treat to hear Mould in a small venue, as well as his playing in his hometown where he still has a huge fan base. A must-hear for Husker Du fans!
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BOB MOULD
Quest Club
Minneapolis, MN
October 21, 2004
Rock For Karl Benefit


solo electric set
audience recording

01. Intro <tuning>
02. Your Favorite Thing
03. Egoverride
04. If I Can't Change Your Mind
05. <thanks>
06. Circles
07. Paralyzed
08. Chartered Trips
09. Celebrated Summer
10. Celebrated Summer (cont'd)
11. <tuning>
12. Never Talking To You Again
13. Hardly Getting Over It

tracks 12 & 13 with Grant Hart- guitar, vocals
 
 

Saturday, December 03, 2022

Gear Daddies- Rock For Karl Benefit 2004


 
In May 2004, Karl Mueller, bass player with Minneapolis band, Soul Asylum was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. A benefit concert, Rock for Karl was held to help with the medical bills and it brought out an all-star line-up of Minnesota area bands and musicians that was held at the Quest Club in Minneapolis on October 21, 2004. Bands/musicians included the Gear Daddies, Golden Smog, Paul Westerberg, Bob Mould and of course, Soul Asylum. As a big fan of all of these bands/musicians, this would have been a dream concert for me to attend, but unfortunately I didn't make it to the Twin Cities, but the next best thing, someone recorded the show! I've been sitting on these performances from all these bands since it was posted on Dime in 2004 and I have yet to post any of the shows, until now. I was reminded I had these live recordings when I was searching through my boxes of live discs for something unrelated, but I pulled them out for a future post. This month, Golden Smog (an acoustic version) is opening for the Jayhawks in the Twin Cities, so it's an ideal time to post. Though Paul Westerberg has paused (or retired?) from performing, the other groups are still active in some capacity, so go out and support the Gear Daddies, Bob Mould, Soul Asylum and Golden Smog, if you have the chance! Sadly, Karl passed away June 17, 2005.

First up is the Gear Daddies set from the benefit concert. Though the Daddies hailed from Austin, MN, they've been an integral part of the Twin Cities music scene for almost 40 years and continue to reunite for live shows. They haven't released a new album since the 90's, but front guy, Martin Zellar has been consistently releasing new material with his band, The Hardways. The Gear Daddies perform an excellent set of some of their best known songs and it's a bonus to hear the band live. The sound quality is good, with limited crowd chatter. I'll post the other band's sets soon, stay tuned!
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GEAR DADDIES
Quest Club
Minneapolis, MN
October 21, 2004
Rock For Karl Benefit


Audience recording

01. Intro
02. Cut Me Off
03. Blues Mary
04. Stupid Boy
05. Heavy Metal Boys
06. Drank So Much
07. She's Happy
08. Don't Look At Me
09. Strength
10. Color Of Her Eyes
11. Time Heals
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Zumpano Does Burt Bacharach 1999 (re-upload)

 
The other day, I was listening to my album of the day, (1001 albums you must hear before you die generator) Dusty Springfield's debut album, A Girl Called Dusty. It's a fine collection of songs, many familiar, early 60's Brit-Pop and some interesting Motown influenced tracks, but what caught my attention were the songs written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. This is Dusty's first collaboration with the songwriters and three songs appear on this record. Two of the songs, Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa and Anyone Who Had A Heart, I recognized from the CBC session with Zumpano, broadcast back in 1999, when the band performed a set of Bacharach covers. Dusty's versions were pretty good, but I'm leaning towards Zumpano's interpretations, which I thought were all brilliant. If you're not familiar with Zumpano, they hail from Vancouver and released a pair of excellent albums in the mid-90's. Frontman/lead singer is Carl Newman, who formed the New Pornographers about a year after this broadcast. I originally posted this show in 2007 in mp3 format, and since no one probably saw it and since I'm in a nostalgic mood, I'm re-posting the set in lossless FLAC format for your listening pleasure. I originally taped this off the radio during CBC-FM radio's, RadioSonic program that broadcasted live concerts and live studio performances on Saturday night. It's a very cool live session and I've rarely seen this anywhere, so treat yourself to an unique all-Bacharach set...and chill!
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CBC Studios
"Radio Sonic"
Vancouver, BC 
January 26, 1999

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1. Intro
2. Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa
3. interview
4. Anyone Who Had A Heart
5. What The World Needs Now Is Love
6. Interview
7. Always Something There To Remind Me
8. My Little Red Book
9. Outro

ALL Burt Bacharach covers!

Carl Newman- vocals, guitar, Hammond B-3
Michael Ledwidge- piano
David Carswell- guitar
Stefan Niemann- bass
Jason Zumpano- drums


Saturday, October 15, 2022

Liz Phair- Whitechocolatespaceegg Sessions

 

 I used to consider myself not much of a reader, sure, I read the newspaper everyday and read articles in magazines and on the computer, but when I really think about it a lot of my day is spent reading (in some form). We read more than we give ourselves credit for, you need to have at least basic skills of literacy to survive day to day life and our mind is busy processing information all the time. To sit back and open a book to read for pleasure has become a enjoyable leisure activity to allow ourselves to imagine other peoples lives or fictional accounts of experiences we wish we can participate in...or not. I prefer non-fiction, but I have been trying to balance my palate as I seem to alternate between biographies of athletes and musicians, graphic novels (and comics), pop culture (music, art, film etc.) and classic novels. Biographies (and auto biographies) fascinate me to explore the story behind the music and the game and this usually leads to more respect for the subject. 
 
 
 
I checked Liz Phair's memoir, Horror Stories out the library back in July and finally finished it last week. I read the first couple chapters, and at first found it a difficult to read as memoirs are different from straight-up auto biographies. I renewed the book four times and finally connected with the narrative and cruised through the rest of the book and found it an enjoyable read. This wasn't an ordinary story that bios cover, but she shares stories and experiences of uncomfortable, awkward and dis-empowering moments in her life that most authors avoid when they write about themselves. The writing is honest and unpretentious and a very intimate and unique self-portrait of her life.
 
(quote from Horror Stories) Horror stories is my effort to slow everything down and take a look at how we really become who we are. It's more than just my personal story. It's about the small indignities we all suffer daily, the silent insult to our system, the callous gestures that we make toward one another. Horror isn't necessarily the big, ghoulish waiting to pounce on you in the dark. Horror can be found in brief interactions that are as cumulatively powerful as the splashy heart-stoppers because that's where we live most of lives.

The stories are interesting, no real order, both chronologically or of importance. Each chapter is a glimpse of a certain episode in her life such as, navigating through a blizzard in NYC, going into labor, blackout in NYC, a crush on a guy that worked at Trader Joe's (who later killed himself) and her #metoo moment. The #metoo chapter is especially interesting because the accused was to produced her next album at the time. They were working on what would have become a double album and then the New York Times published an article about his inappropriate interactions with young female artists, sexual harassment and communicating with an underage girl online. Phair doesn't name him, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out who it is (click to NY Times link). Obviously, the project was scrapped and the album wasn't released. 


  Since this isn't a book review blog, I'm posting tracks from her Whitechocolatespaceegg sessions. Apparently, there were a lot of tracks recorded and these demos were uncovered by sheer luck with the discovery by a former roommate of some original studio tapes left behind by Jason Chasko, who produced some of the songs on WCSE. (read the notes for a full breakdown of all the tracks in the file). This turned out to be 7 cassettes that the poster purchased and converted the tracks to two CD's. The tracks are fascinating, some are rough mixes, early versions, alternative mixes and unreleased. If you're a fan of demo and session tracks, like I am, this is the holy grail of Liz Phair unreleased tracks. I had earlier posted the original version of WCSE that was rejected by the record label that had to be re-recorded and mixed, so this is a nice companion piece. Extra bonus, these tracks are all lossless!
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Disc One
1996 Studio Recordings (taken from tape 7)

  1. Oh My God
  2. Headache
  3. Desperado Theme
  4. Ride
  5. Hurricane Cindy
  6. Rocket Boy
  7. Perfect World
  8. Fantasize
  9. Russian Girl
10. Stuck On An Island
11. Tell Me You Like Me
12. Girls' Room
13. I'm Like That
14. Waiting For The Bird (White Bird Of Texas)
15. Freak Of Nature

Sidenote 1: I only used the Studio Recordings
portion of this tape.  If you are interested
in the Demos portion...

1997 Studio Recordings
16. White Chocolate Space Egg (tape 1)
17. Big Tall Man (tape 1)
18. Tell Me You Like Me (tape 2)
19. What Makes You Happy (tape 2)
20. Bars Of The Bed (tape 3)
21. Blood Keeper (tape 4)
22. What Makes You Happy (tape 5)
23. Big Tall Man (tape 5)

1998 whitechocolatespaceegg Rough Mixes
24. Johnny Feelgood
25. What Makes You Happy


Disc Two
1997 whitechocolatespaceegg Running Order (tape 6)
1. White Chocolate Space Egg
2. Fantasize
3. Headache
4. Big Tall Man
5. Baby Got Going
6. Only Son
7. Bars Of The Bed
8. Oh My God
9. Ride
10. Waiting For The Bird
11. Perfect World
12. Desperado Theme
13. Tell Me You Like Me
14. What Makes You Happy
15. Freak Of Nature
16. Girls' Room
17. Russian Girl

Bonus Tracks
18. Blood Keeper (tape 4 - same as disc 1 track 21)
19. Greased Lightning (from Japanese Polyester Bride CD EP)
20. Hurricane Cindy (from Japanese whitechocolatespaceegg CD)
(Tracks 19 & 20 are not included because they were "officially" released and were removed...sorry)


Grapes Of Wrath- "Just Concerts" CBC Broadcast 2000 (NEW Link!)

 
I had a request a few weeks ago to re-up the link for the Grapes Of Wrath show I posted in 2013. The link wasn't working, but it now works! So I thought I would re-post to remind you to listen to this great sounding recording from this excellent Canadian band!
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GRAPES OF WRATH
Railway Club
Vancouver, BC
March 4, 2000
CBC "Just Concerts" Broadcast

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FM Master

01. Intro
02. You May Be Right
03. Do You Want To Tell Me
04. Hitchhiker
05. Black Eye
06. Peace Of Mind
07. All The Things I Wasn't
08. I Am here
09. Unsatisfied (Replacements)

(Thanks to LeonD for updating the proper date of the show!)

GRAPES OF WRATH- 2001 Railway Club, Vancouver, BC FLAC. rar

Friday, September 30, 2022

Minus 5 Or Young Fresh Fellows? Live In Olympia 2022

 
 
When I started this blog over sixteen years ago, my goal was to share music that I loved, either by writing about new releases or posting samples of music that I found interesting. Through the years, I've concentrated more on live concert recordings, either something I taped or shows I traded for or downloaded online. This was partly because of the copyright infringement take-down notices and threats of closing the blog down if I didn't comply to their requests. I've had some push-back for some live shows I've posted, but never any complaints from bands or musicians, so I suspect record labels and corporate bullshit is responsible for the "action". When it came time to choose a name for this blog, I wanted it to reflect the type of music I listened to, but not in a super-obvious and predictable way. I chose, Teenage Dogs In Trouble, a song from the Young Fresh Fellow's debut album, that had the coolest (and weirdest) title and it's a great song! So far, I haven't had any complaints from the band (I think, at least Scott knows it exists?) and though this isn't a tribute site or fan page for the Fellows, I do have a love for the band. I've posted some of their live shows in the past and more recently, I've tried to post 'em during the annual TDIT anniversary month (yeah, I know it's not August anymore!).

It's good to see that Scott and some of the other Fellows have been playing live shows and this past summer they played a number of gigs, including a spot opening for NRBQ. Though they are billed as the Minus 5 (aka:Thee Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows 3, the Minus Tad), they are essentially three quarters of the Young Fresh Fellows with Tad sitting out and Kurt filling in on drums. John Ramberg, who is a consistent member of the Minus 5, takes lead guitar and the band sounds great! For the show I'm posting, they play a mixed set of M5/Fellows songs and they open up with the song, Teenage Dogs In Trouble (as a tribute to this blog, no doubt!). Special thanks to HWeinberg who recorded and posted this show originally on Dime and gave me permission to share this show. Thanks!! 
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Capitol Theater 
Olympia WA
August 4, 2022

00-intro
01-Teenage Dogs In Trouble
02-You Don't Mean It
03-Becky Doll
04-I Like The Way She Walks
05-There Is No Music
06-They Don't Know
07-A Humble Guy
08-Never Had It Bad
09-Bleed Out
10-Aw Shit Man
 
Scott McCaughey - guitar/vox
John Ramberg - guitar
Jim Sangster - bass
Kurt Bloch - drums

 

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Kathleen Edwards- Haddon Heights, NJ, August 24, 2022


 
For many performers, the pandemic proved to be difficult to stage live concerts with many artists turning to technology, such as live streaming to perform for their fans...and to make a living. A lot of musicians took the time to write new music and record albums giving us plenty of new music to enjoy this past year. This year, saw a return to more "proper" concerts, live in clubs, concert halls and outdoor music festivals bringing fans back and in some cases, more than ever. Personally, besides an afternoon at an outdoor show in August (Harvest Sun Festival in Kelwood, MB), I haven't been to any concerts at an indoor venue. It's not that I'm avoiding going to shows, it's just that I'm being more selective of what I see and if I want to bothered to record a show or not. We'll see, hopefully something that interests me comes to town soon.
 
One such artist who recorded a new album during the pandemic was Ottawa's, Kathleen Edwards. She released her latest album, Total Freedom in August of 2020 during the lock-down (in some places). The title of the album was unfortunately named, as many people's "freedoms" were compromised at the time, which, of course leads to a whole different conversation. (she jokes in the recording that she has lots of shirts still available) The record release launch was held at her cafe, Quitters Coffee (she no longer owns it) and her performance with her band was live-streamed. She slowly returned to live shows in 2021, mainly outdoor festival-type venues and this year (2022) she has returning to touring and has spent most of the summer and this month playing shows mainly in the States and Ontario. Here's hoping she can make her way across western Canada in the near future!
 
 
Fortunately, some live recordings of Kathleen's shows have surfaced and it's good to hear her live again. Thanks to everyone that takes the time to record and post live recordings! I've posted an amazing sounding show recorded at a show in New Jersey that was recorded/posted on Dime by edtyre. He also posted an excellent, professional looking video of the same performance (the photos are screenshots from the video). The newer songs sound great, as she has a relatively different band than in the past and the guy on steel-pedal is outstanding. Well worth the listen (or watch) and I look forward to hearing more recordings from this tour.
Enjoy!
 

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Norcross-McLaughlin Memorial Dell
Haddon Heights, NJ, USA
August 24, 2022

Intro
Simple Math
Options Open
Change the Sheets
Hockey Skates
Who Rescued Who
Glenfern
One More Song The Radio Won't Like
Empty Threat
Mercury
Money Talks
A Soft Place to Land
Hard On Everyone
Six O'Clock News
 
Encore:
Asking for Flowers


Thursday, August 18, 2022

Brinsley Schwarz- Live Archive Vol. 3

 
 
Speaking of Nick Lowe, I came upon a great sounding Brinsley Schwarz live recording from the (unofficial) Live Archives series from Vogon in the UK. The two previous Live Archive volumes were from Tilburg, Netherlands and Sheffield from 1974, while Volume 3 is from Groningen in 1975. I haven't heard the first two volumes, so I can't comment about the sound quality, but Volume 3 sounds amazing! If the date of this recording is correct (March 1975), the band would dis-band later in the month, so this is amongst their last shows together. The performance is top notch and features an early working of, Cruel to Be Kind which would become a monster hit for Nick in 1979 from his Labour Of Lust album. I'll keep a look out for the first two volumes! A must-hear for Brinsley Schwarz and Nick Lowe fans!
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BRINSLEY SCHWARZ
Live Archive Vol. 3 (2020)
The Vera Club
Groningen, Holland
March, 1975


1. You've Been Cheating    2:46
2. Small Town Big City    4:31
3. Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)    4:01
4. Down In Mexico    3:41
5. You Ain't Living Until You're Loving    3:10
6. We Can Mess Around    2:43
7. Happy Doing What We're Doing    4:11
8. Surrender To The Rhythm    3:39
9. Country Girl    2:49
10. Hooked On Love    2:24
11. Trying To Live My Life Without You    3:01
12. Cruel To Be Kind    3:15
13. Private Number    3:33
14. I've Cried My Last Tear    2:19
15. Walking The Dog    2:27
16. I Can't Help Myself    2:39
 
 

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Costello Sings Lowe/Nick Sings Elvis- San Francisco, October 1, 2010: 16 Years Of Trouble!


 
I have Elvis on my mind! No, not that ancient rocker who had a recent bio-pic about his life in theaters, the Elvis who's married to Canada's, Diana Krall! I saw (via social media), a friend of mine, Hugh, saw Elvis Costello at Massey Hall in Toronto last night. On my daily dose of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die Generator , my featured album today is Elvis Costello's 1994 album, Brutal Youth, with Nick Lowe playing bass on the record. By coincidence, Nick Lowe was the support act (opener) for Costello last night. To add to the coincidences, yesterday (before I realized Costello was performing last night) I listened to a live recording from 2010 that featured Elvis and Nick sharing a co-billing show performing each other's songs. It was a benefit in San Francisco that was recorded, but never officially released and it was available from Dime about a month ago. It's an outstanding show with both Elvis and Nick trading off songs and singing together on a handful of songs. It's a joy to hear them each perform unique versions of the songs that might be arranged different and sound almost like a different song, but they add their own style to each song. A truly unique concert and at the time it was a one-off concept for that night (for both the early & late shows). The sound quality is excellent and the setlist is amazing! Get this while you can!

So sorry for the recent lack of posts. After coming back from vacation, I feel refreshed and energized and looking forward to more postings. Hey, believe it or not, Teenage Dogs In Trouble just celebrated (Aug. 3rd) it's 16th anniversary and I hope to run this into the ground a bit longer. Seriously, I want to thank everyone that has taken the time to read the blog and feel free to continue to download as much content as possible. I realize a lot of older links haven't been working, so keep sending me your requests to re-post. Some items and files I might not have access to anymore, but I will try to dig and get as I can back up.
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Elvis Costello & Nick Lowe
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
October 1, 2010 (Early Show)


A Benefit for the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project
Costello Sings Lowe / Nick Sings Elvis 

01. intro
02. Here Comes The Weekend - Elvis Costello & Nick Lowe
03. When I Write The Book - Elvis Costello
04. Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head - Nick Lowe
05. Don't Lose Your Grip On Love - Elvis Costello
06. Mystery Dance - Nick Lowe
07. I Trained Her To Love Me - Elvis Costello
08. Poisoned Rose - Nick Lowe
09. I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass - Bob Andrews
10. Oliver's Army - Nick Lowe
11. I'm A Mess - Elvis Costello
12. Nick talks
13. Alison - Nick Lowe
14. Cruel To Be Kind - including Harry Hippie - Elvis Costello
Interlude
15. Accidents Will Happen - saxophone instrumental by Derek Huston
16. Lover Don't Go - Austin de Lone
17. Indoor Fireworks - Nick Lowe
18. What's Shakin' On The Hill - Elvis Costello
19. Gonna Love My Baby - Nick Lowe
20. Monkey To Man - Bill Kirchen - with Elvis lead vocal on one verse
21. Heart Of The City - Elvis Costello & Nick Lowe
Encore
21. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? - Elvis Costello & Nick Lowe
Total 88:37

THE BAND:
Elvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Nick Lowe - vocals, guitar
Austin de Lone - keyboards, vocals
Bill Kirchen - guitar, vocals
Bob Andrews - keyboards, vocals
Derek Huston - saxophone
Ruth Davies - bass
Paul Revelli - drums


Sunday, May 29, 2022

Descendents- Liveage In Winnipeg 1987


Another punk show I missed back in the day was a show from the Descendents, when they came through town in 1987. They were already on my radar and I always enjoyed the band with their high energy melodic punk sound and their debut album, Milo Goes To College still remains as one of my favourite punk albums. I missed them in '87 and I missed them more recently in 2019, so I've had to be content with hearing live recordings of the band. Fortunately, someone taped the show in '87 and this recording has been kicking around for years (and has been sitting on my hard-drive for years, as well) and recently I was reminiscing and gave it another listen. The show in Winnipeg (on July 12th) was the night before the band performed at the First Avenue in Minneapolis where the live album, Liveage! (and some of Hallraker) was recorded. This is a decent sounding audience recording (a YouTube audio recording claims a soundboard, but it's the same recording as this. You be the judge), the band is top form and this show was part of the FinALL tour during the summer of 1987 to support the band's latest album, All and their final tour (at the time) with Milo returning to college for post-graduate studies. The rest of the band would relaunch themselves as ALL, Milo would reunite with the band in 1995 and return to recording and touring under the Descendents name. 
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Descendents
Punk Douglas Club
Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 12, 1987
 
sound quality: good audience recording
lineage: ? > cassette tape (unknown generation) > Tascam CC-222 (WAV) > CD WAV Editor (track split) > FLAC Frontend (FLAC)

1. intro (1:46)
2. Descendents (1:40)
3. I Wanna Be A Bear (0:44)
4. Coolidge (3:08)
5. Silly Girl (2:12)
6. Wienerschnitzel (0:10)
7. Hurtin' Crue (2:36)
8. My Dad Sucks (0:37)
9. Van (3:03)
10. I Don't Want to Grow Up (1:20)
11. Wendy (2:37)
12. Myage (3:00)
13. Clean Sheets (3:24)
14. Suburban Home (1:40)
15. Enjoy/My Tattoo (5:29)
16. Hope (1:59)
17. Pervert (1:42)
18. Sour Grapes (4:42)
19. Kids (0:43)
20. Iceman (fades out) (3:01)
21. segue (0:54)
22. Get the Time (3:08)
23. Global Probing (1:03)
24. I'm Not A Loser (1:31)
25. segue (1:48)
26. Cameage (2:57)
27. Kabuki Girl (1:08)
28. Pep Talk (3:16)
 

Monday, May 16, 2022

The Dickies- Live In Winnipeg 1982


 
I've always wondered why there wasn't more live albums or unofficial live recordings from my hometown of Winnipeg? It's not like this is a international hot-bed of a music scene, but I'm always hoping there is a live recording of the show I attended because it's an unique souvenir and a cool document of an enjoyable (most of the time) concert experience. Since the mid-90's, with the exception of a few shows, I've attempted to record the shows I attended, most successful, others not-so-good, but I'm always glad I did so I could relive the show, especially with the bands I love. Since I've been taping, I haven't seen many other recordings of the same shows I have taped, so my recordings might be the only audio evidence of the show and I've only seen a few other recordings from a handful of tapers from the city. There are some recordings out there from before I taped and there were a lot of great concerts I wished I had a recording of, so I'm always on the lookout for shows I did attend. Anyways, in an ideal world I'd like to have recordings of all the concerts I've seen and shows I wish I saw.

A live recording of a Dickies show caught my attention because it was recorded in Winnipeg at Wellingtons, a club where I've seen many great punk shows. It's a small venue in the scuzzy basement of the St. Charles Hotel in the exchange district in downtown Winnipeg. This was recorded off the soundboard, so the sound quality is excellent and the setlist is a mix of originals and covers that appeared on their earlier albums. The Dickies would have been a fun band to see live with some entertaining banter from Leonard, singer from the band, but when this was recorded I was still too young to go bars (and I wasn't into punk yet), so I'm very happy someone recorded this! There is some discrepancy about the date of the concert. On this UK version (released in 2021), the hype sticker says, "live at the Wellingtons, Winnipeg 1982, an earlier German version from 1992 of the same recording says it was recorded December 15th, 1986. According to setlist.fm, it lists the same show/venue (same songs anyways) on 2 different dates (December 15, 1983 & 1986), but according to (the late great local music blog!) Music Ruined My Life, he has it "on authority" from people that actually got into the bar that this is the 1982 show- the only time in the eighties the Dickies played here. So there you have it...Live in Winnipeg 1982!
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THE DICKIES
Live In Winnipeg 1982 (2021)

01. Nights In White Satin
02. You Drive Me Ape
03. Pretty Please Me
04. The Sound Of Silence
05. Poodle Party
06. Solitary Confinement
07. (I'm Stuck In A Pagoda With) Tricia Toyota
08. If Stuart Could Talk
09. Fan Mail
10. She's A Hunchback
11. Curb Job
12. Manny, Moe & Jack
13. Gigantor
14. Paranoid
15. Eve Of Destruction
16. Banana Splits (The Tra La La Song)
17. Soundcheck: Banana Splits (No Vocals)
18. Soundcheck Without Leonard (Gigantor, Tricia Toyota)

Recorded live in 1982 (or December 15th, 1986 or 1983?) at Wellingtons, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The band are:
Leonard Graves Phillips - Vocals
Stan Lee- Guitar
Scott Sindon- Keyboards/Guitar
Lorenzo Buhne - Bass
Nicky Beat- Drums 


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The Replacements- Live at the Longhorn 1980


 
This past Record Store Day, I only made one purchase, The Replacements, Unsuitable Airplay: The Lost KFAI Concert which I was lucky to pickup at my local bookstore/vinyl record retailer. I know the recording was included with the Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash deluxe CD box set a year or so ago, but I haven't gotten around to buying that yet and it's cool to have this live show on vinyl. The sound is incredible and it's a treat for Mats fans to hear the band's early shows (circa, Sorry Ma...) when they were relatively tight and less drunk. It got me thinking about some other early Replacements shows I had on cassette and through Dime, some suffer from some tape hiss and noise, but most sound pretty good and are worth exploring again.
 

I found one of their earliest known live recordings (on Dime recently) and it's an amazingly good sounding recording, possibly soundboard and supposedly, this show was about 2 months after Paul Westerberg handed future manager Peter Jesperson a four-song demo. The band opened for The Dads at The Longhorn which included three songs that would wind up on the debut album. The rest of the set was covers that really showed off who their influences were (The Kinks, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers) and though it's a short set, they played with confidence and showed they were ready for bigger and better things. This has been available on the Color Me Impressed: The Replacements Live Archive, but the version I have here is uncompressed and the setlist seems to have a few more songs (is that right?). Anyways, this is essential for Mats fans!
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The Replacements
Jay's Longhorn
Minneapolis, MN
July 17, 1980
 
 Lineage: Soundboard Master > unknown gen tape > Tascam 202MKVII > USB > CDWAV > Audacity (levels, fades) > CDWAVE (SPLITS) > FLAC [loughney xfer]

Show notes:
Earliest known Replacements show. Sounds like a soundboard, but with a mic that pics up the crowd on the left channel.

Transfer notes:
Lots of hiss. Tape cut at the end of So Long.

1 intro
2 I Wanna Be Loved [Johnny Thunders]
3 More Cigarettes
4 Hey Little Girl
5 Careless
6 So Long [999]
7 Get off the Phone
8 Get on the Stick
9 I Hate Music
10 All Day and All of the Night [The Kinks]
11 All By Myself [Johnny Thunders] (stops, then repeats...?)
 

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Muffs- Live At Rhino Pop Up Store, Los Angeles 2011

It's been about two and half years since Kim Shattuck of the Muffs passed away after a battle with ALS and I was thinking of her last week while listening to some Muffs. I always thought their first two albums were their best, but in reality all their releases are worth a listen and for the completest, their comp, Hamburger is an excellent overview of the first phase of their career (up until 2000 or so). I miss her patented scream and energetic stage presence, as they were a great live band and I regret never seeing the Muffs live, but at least through YouTube and live recordings you can still experience hearing and watching them perform. 

To continue the theme of record store shows, the Muffs played at a Rhino Pop Up Store in L.A. a bit over ten years ago and it's a good example how good a band can sound at an in-store performance. I just remembered I had this show and had to do some digging to find it and it was one of those burned discs I only wrote minimal information for. At least, I have the date and the venue info, but unfortunately I don't have the setlist of songs. I know some of the songs, but I don't have the energy to complete the list. If anyone can help out and identify the song titles, that would be greatly appreciated! (edit: we now have a setlist!) The sound quality is crisp, clear and sounds amazing. Celebrate Record Store Day with the late, great Muffs!
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MUFFS
Rhino Pop Up Store
Los Angeles, CA
May 30, 2011

01. Paint By Numbers (sound check) 
02. introduction 
03. Happening / On and On 
04. A Little Luxury 
05. Lucky Guy 
06. Something Inside 
07. Honeymoon 
08. Where Did I Go Wrong 
09. Outer Space 
10. Weird Boy Next Door 
11. From Your Girl 
12. Every Single Thing 
13. Sad Tomorrow 
14. Red Eyed Troll 
15. Red Eyed Troll reprise

Thank you, JohnnyHank for the setlist!


Friday, April 22, 2022

Grant Hart, Bob Mould, Dave Pirner- Live At Garage D'or Records 1985

 

Saturday, April 23rd is Record Store Day 2022. In addition, there will be a RSD drop date on June 18th for releases that couldn't make it into to stores in April. I expect things will be close to normal with events, sales and maybe live performance in the the actual store. Personally, there aren't a lot of releases that I need to rush out and buy and in some ways the RSD releases are over-rated. Items are over-priced and they create a false demand with small limited runs and exclusive releases. A few titles interest me, but a majority of the records are re-issues and items previously not available on vinyl. I love the idea of Record Store Day to bring awareness that record stores are still in operation and need you support to stay open, especially after the pandemic. It's also a great excuse to get out of the house (or apartment etc.) to do some record browsing, which is definitely my favourite habit! I might peruse a store or two on Saturday to help support my local stores...you should too! 😉 (Record Store Day Canada)

One of the things that Record Store Days has brought back is live performances. I remember a time when record stores would have more live in-store shows. It may have been a band on tour and the day of the show would play the local record store to promote their latest release and to remind people they have a concert that night. Sometimes the band will cram into a small store with full gear, while other times an acoustic unplugged show is more appropriate. Some larger stores (Tower Records Amoeba), have a mini-concerts with big names as draws while customers continue to browse the stacks. In honor of RSD, I have a cool in-store show from Garage D'or Records in Minneapolis, featuring a trio of local rock heroes from two legendary Twin Cities bands. Grant Hart and Bob Mould from Husker Du and David Pirner from Soul Asylum did a rare acoustic set inside the store. At this time, Husker Du had released, Flip Your Wig a couple months earlier and Soul Asylum's second album, Made To Be Broken would be released the next month. By coincidence, Bob produced Made To Be Broken, so he and Dave have been working together around this time. Interesting setlist with some covers, a couple of Husker Du songs, a Soul Asylum song and Grant Hart performing 2541, a song that would see light years later after Husker Du broke up on his first solo EP in 1988 and re-recorded for his debut album, Intolerance in 1989. Really wish I could have been there!
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GRANT HART, BOB MOULD, DAVE PIRNER
Garage D'Or Records 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
December 21, 1985
 
From The Teddy Ballgames Archive
acoustic in-store performance


1. There You Go (Johnny Cash)
2. Home Of The Blues (Johnny Cash)
3. 2541
4. Flexible Flyer
5. Too Far Down
6. Never Really Been
7. Puff the Magic Dragon
8. Rain (The Beatles)

Show featuring:
Grant Hart (tracks 1-4) guitar, vocals
Bob Mould (5,7,8)  guitar, vocals
Dave Pirner (6,7,8) guitar, vocals

 
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Saturday, April 09, 2022

Golden Smog- Live At The First Avenue, April 3, 2022: Night 2




It was another amazing night of music in Minneapolis, as Golden Smog played the second night of their two-night run at the First Avenue. A set similar to the previous night, the band settled in quickly and seemed to be more relaxed and comfortable with their familiar surroundings. Once again, I was content with viewing the concert via: livestream with perfect sound and a clear view of the performers. I can appreciate the technology because now there is a much larger audience viewing this show from pretty much anywhere with the ability to watch the show on replay which would benefit viewers in other time zones that might not be able to watch it live. It was a wonderful concert and if you were lucky enough to view both nights, you were treated to a number of different songs from the night before. Let's cross our fingers it doesn't take another 15 years for the band with Jeff Tweedy to get together. I'm sure fans would love a new Golden Smog album and how about a tour of other cities so more fans can enjoy them in person.

Highlights:
  • It's always a bonus when bands play some different songs on the second night and with three albums and an EP to their credit, they have no shortage of good material to play live. The first 6/7 songs in the set were the same (in the same order), as they switched in Making Waves in place of Yesterday Cried from Saturday's setlist. Different songs played on Sunday night: All the Same To Me, Easy To Be Hard (from the On Golden Smog EP), Frying Pan Eyes, Strangers (Kinks cover), Scotch On Ice, She Don't Have To See You).
  • The chemistry between Jeff Tweedy and Gary Louris was in evidence again, especially during the acoustic songs they played together. Their guitar interplay was incredible! I knew Gary was an amazing guitar player, but Jeff proved he has some crazy chops as well, his guitar playing is so underrated. The overall musical talent displayed on stage by everyone in the band is a privilege to witness.

  • It was also a bonus to have Jessy Greene perform live with the band. She played on Weird Tales and toured with the band previously. Her connection with the band goes beyond Golden Smog as she was a member of the Jayhawks and has played with Wilco and Soul Asylum. In fact, when I saw Wilco, in Minneapolis in 2001, Jessy made an appearance with the band for Jesus Etc. and her band, VioVoom opened.
  • Before the encore, drummer, Jody Stephens took the mic to say, how incredible it was so spend time with the guys and "It's more thrilling to see you, thank you so much and incredibly thrilling to see these guys too". Listen for yourself towards the end of track 21.
  • Sammy Tweedy once again came out to sing lead on Helpless.  He's a very fine singer and I'd be interested to hear more. He remained on stage for Until You Came Along, singing backup.

  • Jeff and Gary hugging at the end of the first encore set! Touching moment, indeed. 

  • Unfortunately, the second encore was cut from the live-stream, so it's not included in this recording. Apparently, everyone thought the show was over, including Nugs.net. To make up for it, here's a video somebody posted to YouTube of Revolution Blues, from the second encore.
Enjoy!! 


 
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GOLDEN SMOG
First Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
April 3, 2022

SBD> livestream
Night 2

01. Looking Forward To Seeing You
02. Lost Love
03. To Call My Own
04. V
05. Making Waves
06. Glad & Sorry
07. Red-Headed Stepchild
08. All The Same to Me
09. Easy To Be Hard
10. Frying Pan Eyes
11. Listen Joe
12. Long Time Ago
13. Pecan Pie
14. You Make It Easy
15. Ill Fated
16. Strangers
17. Scotch On Ice
18. She Don't Have To See You
19. Won't Be Coming Home
20. I Can't Keep From Talking
21. If I Only Had A Car

Encore
22. Please Tell My Brother
23. Radio King
24. Helpless
25. Until You Came Along

Jeff & Gary (acoustic) tracks- 11, 12, 22, 23
Sammy Tweedy (lead vocals) track- 24, (backing vocals)- track 25


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Thursday, April 07, 2022

Golden Smog- Live At The First Avenue, April 2, 2022: Night 1



When Golden Smog opened their two-night stand at the First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis with Looking Forward To Seeing You, you knew the feeling was mutual for fans that have been waiting a long time to see the band. The band was to perform two years ago for the First Avenue's 50th birthday celebrations, but...you know what happened. The pandemic prevented plenty of live concerts from taking place and the First Avenue was no exception, but the hope was that Golden Smog would eventually comeback to  perform. I remember a few months ago, when this show was announced, I desperately wanted to travel stateside, but common sense told me it wasn't a good idea. The restrictions of travel to the US had loosened, but for how long I wasn't sure. I didn't want to risk buying a ticket with the possibility I couldn't travel to Minnesota (or the concert was cancelled), so I hoped for the best. I didn't have a chance anyways because the demand for tickets was high and it sold out quickly with a show added the next day. As luck would have it, Nugs.net would live stream the concert so I could watch the show in the comfort of my living room. You could purchase tickets for one or both shows, I opted to watch both shows because I didn't want to miss anything. I couldn't decide which night would be better, the first night would be the first reunion of the group in years and that would be cool to see or the second night could have different songs, a longer set or maybe a special guest. Well, it turned out the set structure was similar both nights with a couple different songs switched out, the second night had one more song and there were no special guests besides Jeff Tweedy's son, both nights (more on that later).


Highlights

  • This was Jeff Tweedy's first show with the band in 15 years. You don't realize how many great songs Jeff contributed to the Smog, but his contribution is sorely missed from the set when he doesn't perform with them. He was relaxed and in great spirits both nights and it looked like he thoroughly enjoyed the experience. When he mentioned numerous times he was happy to see them and he missed these guys, I truly think he did, which hopefully translates to more possible appearances with Golden Smog. He's a busy man with numerous projects and arguably has been the most successful outside of the Smog, but he was gracious and really funny.

  • The line-up was "Weird Tales"-era with Jody Stephens on drums, Tweedy and the addition of Jessy Greene on violin and backing vocals. Nice to see Dan Murphy since he's not with Soul Asylum any longer (I can't listen to Soul Asylum since he left) and he sounds good. I always thought Kraig Johnson's best work is in Golden Smog and Jayhawk-ers, Gary Louris and Marc Perlman are the heart and soul of the group.
  • Gary and Jeff did a couple mini acoustic duets together and they sounded wonderful together. Their harmonies and guitar interplay was beautiful and I'm wondering about the possibility of a collaboration together on record or shows. They're interaction throughout the shows was definitely a highlight.


  • They played some familiar live covers (Signed D.C., Glad & Sorry, Love and Mercy, Starman) and during the encore, Jeff Tweedy's son, Sammy Tweedy did lead vocals on the Neil Young classic, Helpless. The youngest Tweedy son did a very commendable job in a special moment that must have made dad proud. Definite WOW moment!
  • They closed the show with "Until You Came Along", which I consider their best song. A warm comfy, feel-good moment that ended as triumphantly as it started. Welcome back!
The recording is audio-only and the sound quality is amazing! I don't know if anyone recorded the show from the crowd, but it would be interesting to compare, as sometimes on the floor it captures the ambiance differently. There are a couple of glitches (towards the end of the first song and especially the last song), that appear on the replay of the video, so it is what it is. A thoroughly enjoyable concert that I still wish I was there to witness live, but this will do just fine!
Enjoy!
 
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The Current has a real review of the show!

 


GOLDEN SMOG
First Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
April 2, 2022

SBD> livestream
Night 1

01. Looking Forward To Seeing You
02. Lost Love
03. To Call My Own
04. V
05. Yesterday Cried
06. Glad & Sorry
07. Red-Headed Stepchild
08. Starman
09. Walk Where He Walked
10. He's A Dick
11. Pecan Pie
12. Ill Fated
13. Long Time Ago
14. Signed D.C.
15. I Can't Keep From Talking
16. Won't Be Coming Home
17. You Make It Easy
18. Love And Mercy
19. If I Only Had A Car
20. Corvette

Encore
21. Radio King
22. Listen Joe
23. Helpless
24. Until You Came Along

Jeff & Gary (acoustic)- tracks 13, 21, 22
Sammy Tweedy (lead vocals)- track 23

GOLDEN SMOG- 2022-04-02 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN FLAC. rar

 
 (note: Having problems with OneDrive, so I've reverted back to Adrive for the download. Please let me know if there any problems downloading, opening and playing...thanks!)

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