Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Fountains Of Wayne- Hoboken, NJ 2009/Adam Schlesinger Tribute

It's been over a year (and month) since Adam Schlesinger from Fountains Of Wayne died of complications from COVID-19. The remaining members of the band and Sharon Van Etten, filling in for Adam on bass, reunited for the Jersey 4 Jersey livestream benefit in late April 2020 as a tribute to Adam. They performed (in isolation), Hackensack.
A tribute concert, Adam Schlesinger: Music Celebration is set for tomorrow, Wednesday, May 5th at 8pm (Eastern) and will air online via Rolling Live Studios featuring an all-star lineup. Performers confirmed for the show include, Jody Porter, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Courtney Love, Mickey Dolenez (from the Monkees), Ben Kweller, Ben Lee, some Tinted Windows (James Iha, Taylor Hanson) and many many more amazing guests. This will be an incredible night celebrating the music of Adam Schlesinger. Expect to hear songs from the catalog of Fountains of Wayne, Tinted Windows, soundtrack tunes from That Thing You Do and Crazy Ex-girlfriend, maybe some Ivy and more! Wow, should be great! Tickets are an affordable $25 available from Rolling Live Studios. Net proceeds go to The Bowery Electric (shuttered venue) and MusiCares (for struggling musicians).

Last spring, there was an outpouring flood of live Fountains of Wayne shows on Dime following Adam's death and I was fortunate enough to download shared shows I didn't have already. There are so many great concerts to choose from, but some of my favourites were from the band's full band acoustic tour in 2009. This stripped down live presentation sounds quite full and the songs didn't lose any power performed acoustically, in fact it showcased the quality of their songwriting and their strong musicianship. These shows are fun to listen to with the band more relaxed and casual with more interaction with their audience. A good example of one of these shows is the concert I'm posting, a great sounding show from Maxwells in Hoboken, NJ. highlights include an interesting rendition of Stacy's Mom and the classic rock medley during Radiation Vibe, which are always tons of fun!
(thanks to Scott Bernstein for recording, mastering and tracking the show, the original poster and the reseeder!)

Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording!
Do NOT convert to lossy formats, except for personal use
Please share!!
Fountains Of Wayne
Hoboken, NJ
June 29, 2009

DPA 4021(cardioid, in hat)->Battery Box->Sound Devices 722 (@24/96)

FLAC File processing in SoundForge Audio Studio 9.0c (LOUD clap removal, Peak Level Normalize to 0db then resample to 44.1 with interpolation accuracy 4, anti-alias filter then 24->16 bit highpass triangular dither with high pass contour noise shaping); Tracked in CDWav.

1. intro music/tuning
2. Please Don't Rock Me Tonight
3. Little Red Light
4. Someone To Love
5. The Summer Place
6. Fire Island
7. Cold Comfort Flowers
8. Hey Julie
9. A Road Song
10.Red Dragon Tattoo
11.Barbara H (w/"Under Pressure" bass intro)
13.Fire In The Canyon +
14.Half A Woman
15.Bright Future In Sales
16.Radiation Vibe (w/Beat It, Yes song [Roundabout?], Jet Airliner)
17.encore break
18.Cemetary Guns
19.Stacy's Mom
20.Joe Rey

+ = w/Mike Viola (vocals and guitar) & Kelly Jones (vocals)

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Juliana Hatfield- Live At Q Division Studios, April 2021: In Exile Deo Album


For the fifth live-stream in her album series, Juliana Hatfield chose the record, In Exile Deo to perform in it's entirety, solo electric. In Exile Deo was released in 2004, the long awaited follow-up to a pair of radically different albums, Beautiful Creature (melodic, low key, beautiful) and Juliana's Pony: Total System Failure (noisy, messy and angsty) that were released simultaneously in 2000. I re-listened to In Exile Deo a couple days before the live stream and was reminded what a truly great album this is. Every track is good, no throwaways and I didn't realize how many interesting songs there are on the record. I would rank this as one of her best, definitely top 3, but how many people own or have heard this album? If you have it, listen again, if you don't, stream it (or YouTube it) or pick it up in the bargain bin at your local record store! This live set is a very nice stripped down companion piece to the album.
"I can't play this serious song with hair like this, actually...my ammo, take something bad and make it worse"

For this live recording, I opted not to record the show live because I've experienced so much trouble with laggy, glitchy internet, so I watched and recorded the audio the next day. The sound quality as usual is perfect and Juliana's performance was definitely her most confident of the live stream shows. Only a minimal amount of issues and technical difficulties with her loop pedal, but otherwise she seemed relaxed and comfortable playing these songs. It's a pretty straightforward set, she plays the album, chats a bit, then it's done. No extra bonus songs this time, but no worries the next live stream will be in (less than) two weeks on May 8th at 4pm Eastern for the release of her new album, Blood. The Blood record release party (official release date May 14th), will feature not the whole album, but she will play a selection of tracks from the record, as well as songs from her "vast decades-spanning repertoire that all somehow touch on the idea of blood". The show is free and open to all, but if you can, donations are always welcome. Really looking forward to this one!

Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording!
Do NOT convert to lossy formats, except for personal use
Please share!

Q Division Studios
Somerville, MA
Live Stream- solo electric
April 24, 2021
In Exile Deo album

01. Get In Line
02. Jamie's In Town
03. Tourist
04. Some Rainy Sunday
05. Tomorrow Never Comes
06. Forever
07. Dirty Dog
08. Because We Love You
09. Singing In The Shower
10. It Should Have Been You
11. Sunshine
12. Don't Let Me Down
13. My Enemy
14. <talk>

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Hindu Love Gods- The First Show Athens 1984

The original 1984 Hindu Love Gods line-up, Mills, Berry, Cook and Buck.
The early success of R.E.M. opened the door to a lot of interesting and very creative music in the 80's. When I first heard the album, Reckoning, it blew my mind! This was music that appealed to my tastes, an alternative sound that wasn't new wave, punk or electronic dance music and it was different than the music that dominated the airways of commercial radio. As a guy that grew up on the sounds of AM radio and classic rock (funny it was already called that in the late 70's), this was fresh and exciting and definitely a musical turning point for me. I listened to bands from this era that would be termed as alternative rock and one of the few places to hear this music was on college music stations or MTV. Because we had no college with a radio station in our city, I bought a lot of records during the 80's, some were hard to find and many were considered "imports" at the local record shops. Listening to music from these bands it opened my ears to the possibilities and it branched off from there. Which led me to side projects, spin-off bands, super groups and collaborations, which led me to bands like, Hindu Love Gods.

The Hindu Love Gods were best known as a collaboration (and R.E.M. side project/supergroup) with Warren Zevon and 3/4 of the members of R.E.M. (Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry). They released a full length album, Hindu Love Gods in 1990 along with a couple of 7" singles. The album was a result of an impromptu late night session while the four were in the midst of recording Zevon's album, Sentimental Hygiene in 1986. The members of R.E.M. were Zevon's backing band and the material from those recording sessions were electric blues covers. It wasn't intended to be released, but it was in 1990, along with the single, Raspberry Beret, a Prince cover. Their first single, Narrator was recorded in 1984 (released in 86) with Buck, Mills, Berry, Zevon and Bryan Cook, who was a member of a couple local bands. 
The band performed under the name Hindu Love Gods four times (?). The first, the lineup with Cook (without Zevon), the second, two weeks later, with Zevon (without Cook) and the third, a gig in June 1984 with Cook (no Warren). One more show under the HLG name was a benefit show in 1986 for the family of D. Boon of the Minutemen with the line-up of Michael Stipe, Buck, Mills, Berry and Cook. The concert I'm posting is the first ever Hindu Love Gods show (pre-Zevon) with Bryan Cook on vocals (not my live recording). The set is mainly covers, except for Narrator, so it's very cool to hear instrumentals, an Alex Chilton song and NY Dolls and Replacements covers. The sound quality of the live recording is good, a decent soundboard recording. Nowadays, Buck continues to be the most active and occasionally plays alongside Mike Mills in the Baseball Project and the Minus 5. I've seen live videos with Berry guesting with both bands, while Stipe is supposedly working on a record after the 2020 release of a couple of songs. Glad to hear they're all still playing music!

Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording!
Do NOT convert to lossy format, except for personal use
Please share!
40 Watt Club
Athens, Georgia, USA 
February 15, 1984

M?-SBD (48kHz/24bit files)
playback 2021-02-xx: low generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette on Nakamichi 680ZX cassette deck, Dolby B on, azimuth adjusted for individual tape, heads cleaned & demagnetized -> Sony Linear PCM Recorder PCM-M10 (48kHz/24bit wav file) -> computer -> Audacity [normalisation to remove DC offset, channel/phase alignment, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch, bump, clap, pop, click, dropout & dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, +1.0% averaged pitch (speed) fix with single pass after frequency analysis, NO equalisation (except some notches between songs to lower equipment hum), NO noise reduction] -> CD Wave (track splits) -> 48kHz/24bit flacs (Trader's Little Helper) -> yr ears. Freed 2021-02-xx.

01. Bangkok
02. With A Girl Like You
03. Through With You
04. Walk, Don't Run
05. Personality Crisis
06. Narrator
07. Pipeline
08. Needles And Pins
09. California Sun
10. Government Center
11. Hippy Hippy Shake
12. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
13. Permanent Vacation
14. Jump
15. Color Me Impressed

 Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Bill Berry & Bryan Cook (pre-Warren Zevon)
Total Time ::: 31:37

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Juliana Hatfield- Live At Q Division Studios, March 2021: How To Walk Away Album


 For the fourth concert in her live album series, Juliana Hatfield chose to perform the album, How To Walk Away in it's entirety. It was her eighth solo album that was released in 2008 and is an interesting choice taken from her mid-solo career when she moved away from releasing records on major record labels, but chose to release it on her own independent label, Ye Old Records. This is her second solo studio album on Ye Old and the record is lusher and more full sounding than I originally remember it. It was a solid follow-up to her fantastic, Made In China album 3 years earlier. I didn't realize it until she mentioned it during the stream, that the album was recorded at (the late) Adam Schlesinger's studio, Stratosphere Sound. Makes sense, since Jody Porter (from Fountains of Wayne) plays guitar on the album.
  • Juliana begins The Fact Remains (track 1), stops during the song, but eventually finishes it. She is unhappy with the performance and redoes the song.
  • She plays both acoustic and electric guitar during the show. I've noted what tracks she plays electric on (e).
  • During the "encore" section, she performs two songs from her upcoming album, Blood. Some tasty, upbeat songs, Torture and Mouthful of Blood, sounds like a concept album perhaps?
  • Other highlights include a cover of Led Zeppelin's, Rock and Roll (from her covers album, Juliana Hatfield), On Your Mind from an album with Frank Smith, Sittin' In A Tree and a Some Girls song, The Prettiest Girl.

 The live recording, as usual, sounds perfect! I had a problem recording live because halfway through my internet started to lag and freeze constantly, so I had to stop recording. Fortunately, the video is up for two weeks after the live performance, so I had to record from that. I don't know if it affects the quality of the sound or if it's still considered lossless, but to my ears, it sounds the same. Looking forward to the next album live stream!
I have a signed poster (still hung on my wall!) and CD for this album.

Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording!
Do NOT convert to lossy formats except for personal use
Please share! 

The video performance is still up on YouTube (only for another week, April 3)!
Q Division Studios
 Somerville, MA
Live Stream
March 20, 2021
How To Walk Away album (solo acoustic/electric)

01. The Fact Remains
02. The Fact Remains (re-do)
03. Shining On
04. This Lonely Love (e)
05. My Baby (e)
06. Just Lust (e)
07. Now I'm Gone (e)
08. Remember November
09. So Alone
10. Such A Beautiful Girl
11. Law Of Nature
12. Torture
13. Mouthful Of Blood
14. Away Again (June 6)?
15. Rock and Roll
16. The Prettiest Girl
17. On Your Mind
18. <talk>
Tracks 1-11: How To Walk Away Album
Juliana plays acoustic guitar except: (e)= electric guitar

Monday, March 15, 2021

Kathleen Edwards- UK interview 2003

Back at the beginning of the year (January 1, to be exact), someone on the Kathleen Edwards Fans page on Facebook posted a link to an eBay auction selling an interview cassette of Kathleen Edwards recorded in 2003. The poster suggested there must be a die-hard fan that would want this unique item and hinted maybe Kathleen herself would want it. Long story short, I bought the item and with shipping it cost the equivalent of about $20 cdn, so it wasn't a huge gamble. Just over a month later the cassette arrived (it shipped from the UK) and it took me another couple weeks to have a listen. I directly transferred the recording to my digital recorder as I listened and despite the typical cassette hum it sounded good. One problem was that almost all the sound was to one channel, which I fixed after the transfer to produce a listenable mono recording (see below). 
The interview is fascinating, it is a raw interview with just the interviewer and Kathleen and is clearly intended for a written publication, as opposed to a radio interview. The sounds from the street (cars, sirens etc.) are audible, (probably the window was open) and it's a candid interview discussing her new album, Failer and other interesting subjects. This interview cassette was from the collection of a journalist for "The Face" and "Arena" magazines UK based style, culture and music magazines. Later, he was a correspondent for the "Sunday Times". Unfortunately, I do not know the name of the journalist or where this interview ended up appearing, if at all. If anyone has a clue or any further information, please let me know. Shortly after listening to this tape about a month ago, I attempted to reach out to Kathleen (through Instagram) regarding this recording. I was hoping she might provide more insight, more details surrounding the circumstances and the exact date of the interview. (I'm still waiting for a response) I'm guessing the date is sometime around May 7th (?) since she was touring the UK around this time and playing London on the 7th and in the interview she mentions playing on the Late Night With David Letterman TV show earlier in the year (January 17), so we know it's the right year. 
On the cassette tape, the audio was all to one channel (L). I used Audacity to convert the poor "stereo" to mono so the sound was equal on both channels and amplified the volume to compensate. A much more pleasant listening experience! I don't usually post audio interviews, but Kathleen Edwards is a favourite of mine and I find this piece of nostalgia offers added insight into her early career and it is worth sharing with her fans and the readers of the blog.

Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording!
Do NOT convert to lossy formats, except for personal use.
Please share!
UK Interview
May 2003 (?)

Cassette tape> Aiwa tape deck> Tascam DR-07> wav>
Audacity> Wave track splitter> FLAC> rar

01. Lucinda Williams comparisons
02. Springsteen
03. Dedicated to Grandma
04. Tea
05. Writing Songs
06. Serving Tables
07. Cowboy Junkies/Blue Rodeo
08. Big Break
09. Band
10. TV Appearances
11. Relationships
12. Radio Play
13. Drinking
14. Publishing Company
15. Traveling Childhood
16. Violin
17. Violin 2 (after tape flip)
18. Listening To Music
19. Irish
20. Canadian Artists

The recording is divided up into subject segments for easy access. This is an interview, there is no music.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS- 2003 Interview UK FLAC. rar

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Wilco- The "Last" Concert Revisited- 2020

As you're probably aware, this week marks the one year anniversary when the world changed. You can interpret this whatever way you want (I don't want to get political), but there is no doubt things changed. Today marks the one year anniversary of WHO's official declaration of COVID-19 pandemic. It also marks the day the NBA put a hold on their regular season and the NHL's Jets played their last game (in Edmonton). This evening a year ago I was attended what would be the last music concert I've attended live. Wilco was playing at the Centennial Concert Hall and this would be the band's last show, the next day the rest of their tour was postponed, then later cancelled. Even at the concert, things felt different, a little uneasy with the news swirling about the pandemic throughout the days leading up to the show, we were lucky the show went on. There was casual joking references to "social distancing" during the show and never could imagine it was so serious. In today's Winnipeg Free Press (*) some of the writers share their stories of the last show they attended before the lock-down, Many were at this same show I was at. They also shared some of their most memorable concerts they had attended (good idea for another post!), so the reminiscing of the lack of live music continues and really highlights how important live music is in people's lives. 
(*) You may need to be signed in to the Winnipeg Free Press website to read these articles. I took photos of the newspaper articles and posted them on the TDIT Facebook page. Interesting read.
I posted a write up and the live recording of the show, (Wilco- Live In Winnipeg March 11, 2020) so I'll spare you a repeat of the details of the evening, but as an encore I am re-posting the link so you can relive the show and fantasize of when we can do this again, at least in this scale of a full-blown concert experience. We can only hope!

Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording!
Do NOT convert to lossy formats, except for personal use.
Please share!
Centennial Concert Hall
Winnipeg, MB
March 11, 2020
AUD Master

Row 7 middle
Sony ECM-DS70P mic> Tascam DR-07> SD card > 16 bit Wav>
Direct Wave MP3 splitter> FLAC> rar file

01. Bright Leaves
02. Before Us
03. Company In My Back
04. Can't Stand It
05. One and a Half Stars
06. Handshake Drugs
07. War On War
08. Hummingbird
09. Via Chicago
10. How to Fight Loneliness
11. Laminated Cat (aka Not For The Season)
12. Random Name Generator
13. Reservations
14. Impossible Germany
15. Love Is Everywhere (Beware)
16. Box Full of Letters
17. Passenger Side
18. Everyone Hides
19. Theologians
20. I'm the Man Who Loves You
21. Hold Me Anyway
22. The Late Greats

23. California Stars
24. Red Eyed and Blue
25. I Got You (At the End of the Century)
26. Outtasite (Outta Mind)


Saturday, March 06, 2021

Juliana Hatfield- Live At Q Division Studios, February 2021: Only Everything Album


In the her third online concert, Juliana Hatfield changed it up slightly by plugging in and playing solo electric for her performance of the album, Only Everything. Since the album was known for it's louder electric sound, it seemed appropriate that Juliana wanted to replicate the sound complete with searing guitar solos with the help of a loop pedal. For the most part it worked, after she coordinated the loop function and had to re-start an early song (Universal Heart-Beat), otherwise it was great to hear her rocking out for most of the set. The performance of the full album set was followed by some bonus tracks of a Police cover (in French), a teaser of Dinosaur Jr's, Raisans, Yardsailing from the Universal Heart-Beat ep single and Everybody Loves Me But You from her first solo album, Hey Babe.
Juliana with a copy of her soon to be released album, Blood. Release date, May 14, 2021
The recording from this live stream as usual sounds great. There is a benefit playing in a recording studio with professional sound staff instead of a home setup like so many live stream concerts, because the sound quality is flawless. I assume Juliana will continue this concert setup at least in the near future and if she's comfortable with it, why not? The plan sounds like more album shows and during the "talk" segment after the music she solicited more album suggestions. I threw in a couple suggestions, a Blake Babies set and an all-covers (not limited to the Police of ONJ). It doesn't really matter what album she plays next, I'm happy either way and just fortunate this has become a regular event. Looking forward to the next concert, I'll keep you posted when.
Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording!
Do NOT convert to lossy formats, except for personal use
Please share!
Q Division Studios
Somerville, MA
Live Stream
February 21, 2021
Only Everything album (solo electric)

01. What A Life
02. Fleur De Lys
03. Universal Heart-Beat
04. Dumb Fun
05. Live On Tomorrow
06. Dying Proof
07. Bottles And Flowers
08. Outsider
09. Ok Ok
10. Congratulations
11. Hang Down From Heaven
12. My Darling
13. Simplicity Is Beautiful
14. You Blues

15. Hungry For You (Police cover)
16. Raisans (portion- Dinosaur Jr. cover)
17. Yardsailing (UHB b-side)
18. Everybody Loves Me But You
19. talk

Only Everything album: tracks 1-14

Saturday, February 27, 2021

New York Dolls- Montreal 1974: R.I.P. Sylvain Sylvain

There are few bands that have been as influential and important in the early punk scene in the early 70's. The first New York Dolls album debuted in 1973 to mixed reviews, in a Creem Magazine poll, they were elected the best and worst new band. Their look and musical style were all over the place, some called them proto-punk, they were basically a hard rock band with heavy metal, punk, glam and girl group influences mixed together for an original sound. Their glam look with spandex and platform boots set them apart, at the time, but their sound (to me) was like a sleazier (if that's possible), Rolling Stones. David Johansen definitely had a "Jagger"-thing happening and Johnny Thunders as the Keith Richards, with a sound not dissimilar to the Stones. Unfortunately, some good things don't last as the band only released two original albums during their original 1971-76 run, but the music from the members of the band continued with solo projects. Thunders left to form The Heartbreakers with drummer, Jerry Nolan, Johansen formed the David Johansen group and released many solo albums including reinventing himself with his Buster Poindexter alter-ego and Sylvain Sylvain had a solo career, and performing with others including the reunited New York Dolls in the 2000's.

On January 13th of this year, sadly Sylvain Sylvain passed away after a battle with cancer, he was 69. With his death, David Johansen remains the only living member of the original New York Dolls and though another New York Dolls incarnation may not be in the near future, the Dolls music is still prominently significant today.

I don't have many NY Dolls live recordings, so when I saw this one posted on Dime in tribute to Sylvain Sylvain, I jumped at the chance. It's an excellent sounding recording taken from a radio broadcast in Montreal and the post includes a newspaper review about the concert (included in the download folder), a photo and the ad for the show. This recording is too good not to share and it's proof the New York Dolls were a great live band. Too bad (according to the article) the turnout was so small, if they knew then what they know now, it should have been packed! Thank you to the person that recorded this concert off the radio, thanks to the original poster on Dime and to Borzage who re-seeded the post after Sylvain's death. A must-hear for any New York Dolls fans!

Do NOT sell or profit from this recording!
Please do NOT convert to lossy formats, except for personal use.
Please share!

Palais du Commerce 
Montréal, QC
September 27, 1974
FM Broadcast

01 Lookin for a kiss
02 Mystery Girls
03 Something else
04 Pills
05 A Great Big Kiss
06 Subway Train
07 It's too late
08 Trash
09 Bad Girl
10 Chatterbox
11 Puss n Boots
12 Stranded In The Jungle(cut)

Broadcast by CKVL 96.9 FM radio on 28-Sep-74
(With Peter Jordan on bass, instead of Arthur and Buddy Bowser on saxophone)

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Jayhawks- All "Covers" Show- Minneapolis 2021

In this weird topsy turvy world we're living in, I haven't been to a live concert in almost a year. I've had other dry spells in recent years, but I've had the choice to attend or not. Now, at least here in Canada, gathering of people is still a non-starter and my guess is that it will still be a while before I can see a band or any type of live performer in the foreseeable future. Musicians have had to be creative to continue to make a living playing music and finding a venue for their performances have moved for the most part online. The last concert I personally recorded was the Wilco show last March a day or so before they cancelled the rest of their tour. It's funny because in the days and weeks leading up to the concert, I was considering cutting back on recording and taking the time to actually listen and enjoy shows without the worry of capturing a good recording. I haven't taken this approach in decades now because I was always worried I would "miss" some great moment I would regret missing. Now that there are no concerts to attend, I do miss the adrenaline of the live show and the reward of a great sounding souvenir. Enter the concept of live streaming concerts where bands can perform remotely from their home, recording studio or a stage in a cafe or club without a live crowd present, performing to an online audience. The quality of these performances have greatly varied, but they are rapidly improving and it's been worth checking out. Some are free, some you can donate what you want, while others you need to purchase tickets to view these live events. I have watched some shows from each category and while the performances have been generally good, the sterile atmosphere without an audience takes away that interaction, connection and excitement a live concert generates. This is similar to watching live sports (hockey comes to mind) without the crowds, it definitely loses something even with the fake crowd noise and flashing lights, it has become a made-for-TV event.

There are many pros to the online live streaming concerts to consider. You don't even have to leave your house (or apartment), you can eat and drink what you want during the show, you can wear what you want without considering the weather outside (hot or cold) and the comfort of sitting on your couch or desk chair is surely an upgrade from sitting or standing some distance from the stage. You don't have to feel crowded and squished while attending and as a taper, the worry of talkers, slammers or general ass-holes at the show sometimes makes attending a show an unpleasant experience. I stress a lot taping shows, on the lookout for bouncers and security, adjusting sound levels and pressing the right buttons in the dark and timing bathroom breaks (the balance of drinking vs not drinking during a concert). Location of the the seats or on the floor are also an important factors for getting a decent recording and since I'm height restricted (short), I often can barely see the stage, so it's much easier in the comfort of
home. While watching these live streams I've decided to put my recorder to good use and I'm inputting the audio directly into the recorder. Though the sound quality has been great, it hasn't been without flaws and glitches on my end with internet lag issues and me clicking the wrong buttons. The previously posted Juliana Hatfield streams sound fantastic, not without some issues that don't take away too much from the recording. The Jayhawks and front-man, Gary Louris have been streaming live shows throughout the pandemic and the latest group show was in January with an all-covers concert. The band performed many covers I've never heard them play and clearly many songs in the set they were still learning (sheet music), as well as a couple that have been known to be in a Jayhawks set (Driving Wheel, Revolution Blues). A very interesting, loose fun show (some false starts) with everyone in the band taking lead vocals, a refreshing take on these covers and I'm sure many of these songs will appear in future Jayhawks shows.

  • As mentioned earlier, there are glitches in this recording most obviously during the first track (Different Drum) where there are a couple of gaps of silence. Apparently, I clicked the screen when I was increasing the volume and it either paused or muted the audio for 10-15 seconds (twice!). I would have rerecorded the song if video was still up, but because of licensing issues it is no longer available. If anyone has a clean copy of the song, please DM me.
  • A pleasant reoccurring appearance from sometimes Hawk/Smogger, Kraig Johnson on several songs and lead vocals on Revolution Blues, a Neil Young cover he sings with Golden Smog.
  • Jim from the Facebook The Jayhawks Fan Page posted the setlist with the original artist and in bold, who sang lead vocals.  (The setlist posted at the bottom of the page will be in the text file in the download.)
    1. “Different drum” – Mike Nesmith 1964, also covered by Linda Ronstadt/Stone Poneys [GARY]
    2. “The End of the World” – Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee song, first made popular by Herman Hermits, also covered by: Skeeter Davis, Brenda Lee, Carpenters [KAREN]
    3. “Couldn’t I Just Tell You” – Todd Rundgren 1972 [GARY]
    4. “She Sold Blackpool Rock,” Honeybus (1960s pop group) [TIM]
    5. “This Will be our year” - Zombies [GARY]
    6. “King of Hearts” – Lucinda Williams (from Happy Woman Blues) [KAREN]
    7. “Someone Who Cares” - The Only Ones [MARC]
    8. “What the Hell I Got” - Michel Pagliaro [TIM]
    9. “You Tore Me Down” - Flamin’ Groovies [GARY]
    10. “To Sir with love” – LuLu 1967 [KAREN]
    11. “I Don’t Want” - Sir Douglas Quintet [GARY]
    12. "Driving Wheel" a song written by British-born Canadian folk singer David Wiffen, popularized by Roger McGuinn, Tom Rush, The Cowboy Junkies, David Bromberg (appears on the Jayhawks “Live at the Women’s Club 1 CD) [TIM]
    13. “A Salty Dog” - Procol Harum 1969 [GARY]
    14. "We Have All The Time In The World" – Louis Armstrong [KAREN]
    15. “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)” - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (glam rock, later covered by Duran Duran and Suzi Quatro) 1974 [GARY]
    16. “Satellite of Love” - Lou Reed, (from “Transformer,” produced by David Bowie, Mick Ronson, later covered and made a hit by U2) 1972 [MARC]
    17. “Got To Get Out of Here” - Badfinger (from “Wish You Were Here”) 1974 [TIM]
    18. “Here Comes Your Man” - The Pixies [GARY]
    19. “Revolution Blues” - Neil Young [KRAIG]
  • Since the video is no longer available, I don't know about the logistics of posting the audio of the show. This whole live stream concert etiquette is still somewhat new, so if there is any objection to posting this show, either the band or management label people, please let me know. 


Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording! 
Do NOT convert to lossy formats, except for personal use.
Please share!

Slamhammer Production Facility
Minneapolis, MN.
January 10, 2021
Live Stream
All covers show!

01. Different Drum (G)
02. End Of The World (K)
03. Couldn't I Just Tell You (G)
04. She Sold Blackpool Rock (T)
05. This Will Be Our Year (G)
06. King Of Hearts (K)
07. Someone Who Cares (M)
08. What The Hell I Got (T)
09. You Tore Me Down (G)
10. To Sir With Love (K)
11. I Don't Want (G)
12. Driving Wheel (T)
13. A Salty Dog (G)
14. We Have All The Time In The World (K)
15. Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) (G)
16. Satellite Of Love (M)
17. Got to Get Out Of Here (T)
18. Here Comes Your Man (G)
19. Revolution Blues (KJ)

Gary Louris- guitar, vocals (G- lead vocal)
Marc Perlman- bass, guitar, vocals (M- lead vocal)
Karen Grotberg- piano, vocals (K- lead vocal)
Tim O'Reagon- drums, guitar, vocals (T- lead vocal)
Kraig Johnson- guitar, bass, vocals (KJ- lead vocal)

Friday, January 29, 2021

Juliana Hatfield- Live At Q Division Studios, January 2021: Bed Album

Juliana Hatfield continued her series of solo acoustic concerts live streamed online with a performance last Saturday of her album, Bed. The album was originally released in 1998, after the fiasco of God's Foot, a still unreleased album Juliana recorded in 1996 and intended for release in 1997. Bed was a stripped down record that didn't incorporate digital effects and according to Juliana, "It sounds as raw as I felt. It has no pretty sheen. The mistakes and unattractive parts were left in, not erased. Just like my career. Just like life." I bought Bed on CD years ago and after re-listening to it last week, it really is one of her better albums and probably her most under-appreciated album. It is a solidly raw rocking record, so I wondering how it would translate to an all acoustic performance. It turned out just fine, Juliana's performance was far more confident than her previous "album" show (Become What You Are) and her guitar work was excellent, pounding out power chords and energetically transformed these songs to a different level, plus she only played the album once (see last show). I love the album and the acoustic version is a very fine compliment to the songs. I highly recommend you listen to both back-to back to compare. Juliana rounded out the set with some bonus tracks, including Waves (from a compilation. Volume 13:The Lucky Issue), As If Your Life Depended On It (from the Please Do Not Disturb EP) and Staying In (from Weird).

  • Juliana said she would like to perform an album a month. Next month, she plans to play the Only Everything album in it's entirety, from 1995. I am especially interested in this show because this was the album that introduced me to her music. The only time I have had the pleasure of seeing her live was when she came to town touring this album (1995). This just might be her most "successful" record and possibly her best-seller (?) and I still love this album, arguably my favourite Juliana album.
  • Her next album is called, Blood followed by another all-covers record. She continued to receive suggestions of who she should cover next during the Q and A session at the end of the set, like she did last time. American Laundromat Records is taking presale orders, as well as for signed copies, test pressings, special vinyl colours and VIP bundles for the new album. Release date is May 14th.
  • Listen to the first single off Blood, Mouthful Of Blood. Song sounds great! Hopefully she'll perform it next live stream?
  • The sound quality of the stream is excellent, the vocals and guitar are balanced perfectly. I recorded this "live on the fly" with a direct output to a digital recorder. Not sure if the re-broadcast audio would be as lossless as the original livestream. Unfortunately, there are a couple issues probably due to laggy internet as there a few audio glitches in the sound. Particularly, tracks 1 and 5, but it doesn't affect the enjoyment of the music too much. I will upgrade my internet speed before next month! 
  • As of this writing, the video of the performance is still posted on YouTube. Watch it while you can! You can still donate here.
  • Juliana showed off the needlepoint guitar case her mother made for her. Very sweet and amazing detail. Nice!!

Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording!
Do NOT convert to lossy formats (except for personal use)
Please share! 

Q Division Studios
Somerville, MA
Live Stream
January 23, 2021
Bed album (acoustic)

01. Down On Me
02. I Want To Want You
03. Swan Song
04. Sneaking Around
05. Backseat
06. Live It Up
07. You Are The Camera
08. Running Out
09. Bad Day
10. Let's Blow it All

11. Waves
12. As If Your Life Depended On It
13. Staying In
14. talk (Q & A)
15. more talk

Tracks 1-10: BED album in it's entirety
Tracks 1-14: will fit on one CD (I split the Q & A talking so you can exclude track 15 so it will fit perfectly on a 80 minute disc, if you are burning)


Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Young Fresh Fellows- Live Acoustic In Seattle 1984

I think a good way to end the year would be live recording from the Young Fresh Fellows. Despite the uncertainty in our world this past year, it was a very productive year with several Scott McCaughey/Fellows-related releases. New releases from the:
As well, Scott appeared on a new ep from the Junior League (Summer of Lies) and maybe there were others. A new Young Fresh Fellows record was a much needed breath of fresh air this year. The album's release date was pushed back a couple times to coincide with Record Store Day and it was finally released during the third RSD on October 24th. I ended up buying from a seller on Discogs (no regrets!), so I didn't get a vinyl copy of the album for a few weeks later (on bright toxic green colour vinyl!). It's an excellent record, definitely one of my favourites of the year and might be their best album since, Because We Hate You or even, Electric Bird Digest! Unfortunately, live shows were a no go this year, so hoping to see YFF/Scott play some live shows in the near future. I see the No Ones have already booked some live dates from the spring of 2022, I'm optimistic there will be more live shows way before then. Fingers crossed! 
For the final post of 2020, I've unearthed a live recording from the Young Fresh Fellows from 1984. This is a rare acoustic performance from the early days after the release of their debut album, The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest and includes a couple songs from their next record, Topsy Turvy and an interesting cover of Elvis Costello's, Green Shirt. I don't know much about the lineage of the recording or know how much longer the set was (it cuts during track 13). I received this in a trade many years ago, but it sounds pretty good, I'm always interested in hearing Chuck-era live shows which I don't have a lot of. Season's greetings and happy new year, hopefully 2021 will be a tad bit better. Continue to listen to good music in the new year!
Essential Listen of the week: In a couple days it will be new year's eve, traditionally an evening of celebrating with family, friends and complete strangers, but this year will be significantly different. Some of my favourite live concert recordings are from new year's eve shows with the countdown and sometimes bands kick it up a notch with a unique show (Local H for example is know for their "themed" shows). Some years back I posted a Young Fresh Fellows NYE show from 1987, that is special to me, not only because it was the first YFF live show I received in a trade, but because it is very cool. I only wish this was a complete set, but regardless there isn't a better way to bring in the new year!
Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording! 
Do NOT convert to lossy formats. (except for personal use)
Please share!
Seattle, WA
September 25, 1984 
AUD recording

01. Big House
02. Dodge City
03. The New John Agar
04. Down By the Pharmacy
05. This Little Mystery
06. Back Room Of The Bar
07. Teenage Dogs In Trouble
08. Sharing Patrol
09. All Messed Up
10. Green Shirt
11. Very Fine Man
12. Rock 'n' Roll Pest Control
13. Young Fresh Fellows Theme (cuts off) 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Juliana Hatfield- Live At Q Division Studios, Dec. 2020

With the continuation of restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic, live online concert streams have become pretty popular through a lot of 2020. The loss of income from live performances have caused many artists to seek alternative ways to earn a living and to reach out to fans. The live stream concerts help connect the artist with fans and while some shows are pay per view, others are free or rely on donations and selling merch/recordings. 
Juliana with the "setlist" for the show
Juliana Hatfield performed her first live stream concert on Saturday, December 19th from Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA. She played a solo acoustic performance of her classic second album (or her first with the Juliana Hatfield Three band) from 1993, Become What You Are (played in it's entirety) not once, but twice! After a shaky start (according to her), she repeated the first track on the album, Supermodel and when she completed the album with two bonus tracks (Christmas Cactus, her latest 7" single and Make It Home from the My So-Called Life soundtrack), she switched guitars and played the whole record all over again. Since I wasn't going anywhere, I stuck around and enjoyed part two, the "Martin guitar version" of Become What You Are
It was a joy and pleasure to see and hear Juliana perform live, just her voice and guitar. Hearing these songs acoustically without the JH3, takes the songs to a different level especially so many years later from their original release and lays bare the quality of songwriting and song structure and that Juliana is a really good guitar player. Once she became more comfortable and during the second run, she warmed to the idea of doing this again, possibly another album in it's entirety. At the end of the two sets, Juliana answered questions from fans who were able to live comment throughout the stream. We found out she's going to release her next album in 2021 called, Blood and she is planning on recording another "covers" album and she took suggestions about which artist to cover. She said she has some ideas, but suggestions ranged from the Carpenters to Nirvana and everything in between. She seemed interested in the possibility of covering someone like, Madonna, R.E.M. or Dinosaur Jr. (she's cover Dinosaur twice before!), but then again I didn't see Olivia Newton John or the Police on the radar before those records.
Juliana played her Martin acoustic guitar for the second set.
The sound quality is excellent and if you want to hear the audio only, I recorded the show live directly from the feed (line-out) into my recorder. I've split the tracks and though I considered splitting the two sets, the total download file isn't too large. (For burning purposes, I would suggest splitting the two sets (after track 16) and if you don't want to hear the Q & A from fans online, track 29 is quite long and could be omitted)

The video of the show is still available online and you can watch it below or on YouTube

Essential listen of the week: During the Q & A portion when Juliana asked what album she should play next, a popular request was her unreleased album demos from circa 1996, God's Foot. Got me thinking about those recordings again and are worth another listen. I previously posted about it in 2009.
God's Foot (download mp3)
God's Foot (stream YouTube)

Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording!
Do NOT convert to lossy formats.
Please share!

Q Division Studios
Somerville, MA
Live Stream
December 19, 2020
Become What You Are album (acoustic)

01. Supermodel
02. Supermodel (take 2)
03. My Sister
04. This Is the Sound
05. For The Birds
06. Mabel
07. A Dame With A Rod
08. Addicted
09. Feelin' Massachusetts
10. Spin The Bottle
11. President Garfield
12. Little Pieces
13. I Got No Idols
14. Christmas Cactus
15. Make It Home
16. <Talk>

17. Supermodel
18. My Sister
19. This Is The Sound
20. For the Birds
21. Mabel
22. A Dame With A Rod
23. Addicted
24. Feelin' Massachusetts
25. Spin The Bottle
26. President Garfield
27. Little Pieces
28. I Got No Idols
29. <talk (viewers Q & A)>


Sunday, November 15, 2020

Hanson Brothers- Live At the Underground 2002

While watching NHL playoffs this past September, I was simultaneously reading the book, Lonely End Of The Rink by Grant Lawrence (his second book, I've read his most recent book, Dirty Windshields). It's a very interesting read because the subject matter of the book mirrored many of my interests and shared many of my passions. I grew up watching and playing hockey, I was a goalie, I played lots of ball hockey in my youth, I continued to play hockey as an adult, I was a singer in a band (my songwriting is heavily influenced by hockey in a self-described "hockey-rock" band) and I'm a writer (haha hardly, not really). Well, some of those things are similar, but in a different order. Grant had a love/hate relationship with hockey, when he was young, he often associated hockey with getting bullied by the jocks (hockey guys) at school, but it didn't stop him from organizing ball hockey games with friends. He grew up with a NHL team in his own backyard that was either really crappy, or oh so close to winning the cup, twice! He eventually played organized ice hockey as an adult (spoiler alert), as a goalie. His band, the Smugglers did a very cool hockey song, Our Stanley Cup that was included on the Johnny Hanson Presents...Puck Rock Volume One compilation. I highly recommend Grant's book, though it was hard to read at times (he was bullied hard!), it was inspiring and I will definitely seek out his first book (I'm reading them in reverse order) because I like his personal easy to read writing style.
Speaking of hockey rock, more specifically puck/punk-rock, Johnny Hanson's band, The Hanson Brothers (NO relation to the group, Hanson) has given us three marvelous full length studio albums all hockey themed. They have been entertaining audiences with their hard hitting, Ramones influenced punk rock since the members of Victoria, BC's, No Means No performed under the Hanson Brothers name in 1984. You can call it an alter ego, side project or spin off band, their music is much appreciated, world wide. 

I'm posting a live concert from the Hanson Brothers recorded in Germany in 2002. Special thanks to Mitch who sent me this show recorded at the club he worked at, with a high quality soundboard recording of this amazing show. I haven't seen the Hanson Bros live, but I imagine this is the next best thing to being there. Drop the puck and drop the gloves! Game on!
Essential Listen of the Week:  Johnny Hanson Presents...Puck Rock Vol. 1- A 21 track compilation of hockey songs from various artists (mainly Canadian) including, Hanson Bros, The Smugglers, S.N.F.U., D.O.A., Huevos Rancheros, The Sweaters and more! If you happen to find a used copy somewhere (which I did), buy it not only for the liner notes (lyrics and bios of the bands), but for the cool band "hockey team"-style logos on the back cover.

Please do NOT sell or profit from this recording!
Do NOT convert to lossy formats!
Please share!

The Underground
Cologne, Germany
May 13, 2002
01 - Intro - Total Goombah! 
02 - Hockey - My Girlfriend's A Robot 
03 - My Game 
04 - A Night Without You 
05 - Third Man In 
06 - Stick Boy 
07 - Tranquil
08 - I've Been There
09 - Hockey Night in Cologne - Sabrina
10 - Comatose
11 - 100 + 10 % 
12 - Rink Rat
13 - Unsung Heroes
14 - Joey Had To Go
15 - Rockaway Beach
16 - Duke It Out - Road Pizza - Jack Off
17 - You Can't Hide The Heino
18 - Bad
19 - They Made Her Mine
20 - We're Brewin'
21 - No Emotion
22 - Let's Go Out Tonight
23 - Danielle (She Don't Care About Hockey)
24 - Blitzkrieg Hops
25 - Sudden Death 
Locations of visitors to this page