Joy Division, Effenaar Eindhoven, 18th January 1980
This is apparantly a soundboard source, and I'd go along with it, though it is a tad untidy, as audience recordings from the time are likely to be half this good if you're lucky! Sadly this bootleg (from a siver CD source) is missing a couple of tracks; Disorder should slot in at number eight, and Warsaw ended the set. I'm sure with some searching the full set could be found, as there are alot of different releases containing it, but for now here's what I have for you.
01 Love Will Tear Us Apart 02 Digital 03 New Dawn Fades 04 Colony 05 These Days 06 Living In The Ice Age 07 Dead Souls 08 Day Of The Lord 09 Auto Suggestion 10 Shadow Play 11 She's Lost Control 12 Transmission 13 Interzone 14 Atmosphere
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Sonic Youth, live at the Paradisio Amsterdam, 11th May 1986
Another post today, another show from the Youth archives, and it's certainly a classic gig. This one's taken from the period in which they first changed labels, moving to SST only two months prior to this gig, and soon to record the marvellous album Evol.
1 Intro I 2 Shadow of a Doubt 3 Starpower 4 Death to our Friends 5 Death Valley 69 6 Secret Girls 7 Tom Violence 8 White Kross 9 Intro II 10 Expressway to yr Skull 11 Intro III 12 World Looks Red 13 Marilyn Moore 14 Tuning 15 Shaking Hell
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A WFMU broadcast of Jeff for you today, and as such it's a bit staticy, but thankfully not so much as it disturbs your listening pleasure once a song is in full flow. Good setlist too, the usual stuff, plus a little Corpus Christi, Lost Highway and a joke cover for good measure.
01 Mojo Pin 02 So Real 03 Grace 04 Lilac Wine 05 Dream Brother 06 Eternal Life 07 Lost Highway 08 Last Goodbye 09 Land Of Giants 10 Corpus Christi Carol 11 Lover, You Should've Come Over 12 Kanga-Roo 13 Hallelujah
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Juliana Hatfield, live at Bush Hall London, 9th March 2006
Here's a nice show for you, from the lovely Juliana Hatfield. She formed Blake Babies as a teen and released a few albums with them before going solo when they split. Since then she's had many solo albums, and a little success to go with them, and has worked with alot of different artists, Evan Danado (The Lemoneheads, she played bass on their biggest album), Belly, Aimee Mann, and recorded two albums with the Some Girls trio (with Heidi Gluck and Freda Love Smith) in the process too. With her love of both punk and pop music, which she combines excellently, she really should earn more plaudits than she gets.
01 Daniel 02 Necessito 03 Waiting For Heaven 04 Forever 05 My Sister 06 Bad Day 07 Robot City 08 Oh 09 Cry In The dark 10 Somebody Is WaitingFor Me 11 Girl In A Box
01 Sunshine 02 Live On Tomorrow (Take 1) 03 Live On Tomorrow (Take 2) 04 Because We Love You 05 Choose Drugs 06 Ten Foot Pole 07 Hole In The Sky 08 I Got No Idols 09 Nirvana 10 Raisans 11 Slow Motion
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Sonic Youth, live at Teatro Tenda Strisce, Rome, 26th November 1992
This show is taken from the period when alternative rock music was really taking the world by storm, and to those who knew what the 'genre' was all about, rather than just following the journalists lead, knew that Sonic Youth, who at this point had been around for around ten years already (the debut Confusion Is Sex was released 1983), were the real deal.
1992 saw the release of Dirty, the acclaimed follow-up to the equally acclaimed Goo (1990), and as such the tracks from both albums feature heavily in what is a really fantastic soundboard sourced set. I've got a bit of a stash of SBD Youth, and for some reason it's taken me this long to upload anything from them. Rest assured a few more will be posted in the coming weeks.
01 Shoot 02 100% 03 Kool Thing 04 Swimsuit Issue 05 Sugar Kane 06 Eric's Trip 07 Theresa's Sound-World 08 Dirty Boots 09 Brother James 10 Tom Violence 11 Drunken Butterfly 12 Schizophrenia 13 JC 14 Youth Against Fascism 15 Expressway
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Big Star, What's Goin Ahn, Studio Outtakes '72-'73
Big Star is the band of the wonderful songwriter Alex Chilton, though it was formed by previous singer/songwriter Chris Bell who left during the recording of the 2nd album, Alex took the lead and has reformed the group recently. They're considered one of the first practitioners of what is now called Indie music, having such bands as Teenage Fanclub and R.E.M. professing them as a major influence over their music. They released three albums in the 1970s, the last being '78's Third/Sister Lovers, and were said to have taken a cue from the British Invasion acts of the '60's (Beatles/Who/Kinks), but personally I can't really see the Beatles influence.
These outtakes were taken from the sessions for the albums #1 Record and Radio City, and the shelved songs are better than alot of peoples actual output in my opinion.
1. Feel 2. Ballad Of El Goodo 3. In The Street 4. Thirteen 5. Don't Lie To Me 6. When My Baby's Beside Me 7. My Life Is Right 8. Give Me Another Chance 9. There Was A Life 10. I Got Kinda Lost 11. Motel Blues 12. Gone With the Light 13. O My Soul 14. Mod Lang 15. You Get What You Deserve 16. Instrumental 17. Way Out West 18. Daisy Glaze 19. She's A Mover 20. Morpha Too (Tracks 21+22 omitted as they were live tracks from a different period. Ask if you want them) 23. Ballad Of El Goodo
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Chris Cornell, live at Kesslehaus, Berlin 20th May 2007
Chris is surely in the top 10 rock singers alive today, even if when I saw him a few years back now I was a little dissapointed by his performance, but then he can't be expected to wail night after night as well as he did when he was in his early twenties.
I think he should really get himself a top band together now and stick with the solo career. I loved Soundgarden, and I loved RATM at their peak, but Audioslave was a bit of an anti climax overall. The first album was excellent, very refreshing to hear such a tight band with a great singer at the helm, but the latter releases failed to insoire quite as much, and as such I think the split was just about timed right. Fingers crossed that Chris can now find himself a really hot band that will contribute to the songwriting process and he can keep adding to his impressive back catalogue.
Disc 1: 01. Spoonman 02. Outshined 03. Show Me How To Live 04. You Know My Name 05. Arms Around Your Love 06. Hunger Strike 07. What You Are 08. Rusty Cage 09. Be Yourself 10. Seasons
Disc 2: 01. I Am The Highway 02. Scar On The Sky 03. Can’t Change Me 04. Wide Awake 05. Doesn't Remind Me 06. Billie Jean 07. Zero Chance 08. My Wave 09. Jesus Christ Pose 10. Black Hole Sun 11. Say Hello To Heaven
Dave Grohl, Solo Demo recording, Laundry Room Studio, Arlington 1990
In 1990, Daves band Scream split after losing their bass player, after a chat with Buzz Osbourne of The Melvins he was told that Nirvana were seeking a new drummer...the rest as they say, is history.
When this demo waas recorded during that period, I couldn't really say, but what I can say is this...it's pretty damn ace. Both Hells Garden and Friend Of A Friend are rather Nirvanaesque in structure and Daves vocals (two-chord changes, loud/quite dynamic), no bad thing. Just Another Story is a nice slice of punk, akin to something The Circle Jerks might've released, which Dave does in a rather fetching spoken word style.
Download both individual and archived files, as I'll be just containing the rest in them from now on. People don't have duplicates, saves my upload time etc.
01 Pokey Little Puppy (Instrumental) 02 Patrol 03 Friend Of A Friend 04 Throwing Needles 05 Just Another Story 06 Hell's Garden 07 Bruce (Instrumental) 08 Milk
Led Zeppelin, Brutal Artistry, Physical Graffiti outtakes 1974
Along with Sabbath and AC/DC, Zep are the very, very best of classic rock bands (Stones and Beatles are exempt from that 'genre' surely?), and as such, pretty obviously, are amongst my alltime favourite bands. The double album Physical Graffiti, the album that gave Puffy his Come With Me single from the Godzilla soundtrack, is amongst the very best of Led Zeppelins output in my opinion, only the criminally underrated III competes with it for top spot on a regular basis.
These Headley Grange recordings are rather bloody good, although missing a Night Flight and/or Bron-Y-Aur alt/demo/instrumental sadly, and go to show how much work the guys put into their releases. Most notably on the second disc, where Jimmy Pages instrumental demo of Swan Song is so long due to his experimentation, that it's the only track on the disc! In The Light makes a couple of different appearances too, as both In The Morning and Take Me Home.
Disc 1 1. The Wanton Song 2. The Wanton Song 3. Take Me Home 4. In The Morning 5. Trampled Underfoot 6. In the Morning 7. Sick Again 8. The Rover 9. Untitled Instrumental 10. In My Time Of Dying
Disc 2 1. Swan Song
Disc 3 1. Ten Years Gone 2. The Wanton Song 3. Trampled Underfoot 4. Kashmir 5. Custard Pie 6. In The Light 7. Swan Song 8. Swan Song
The last Genesis album with Peter Gabriel was a 4-sided, that's 2CD to the laymen, concept album based around a character called Rael who goes to New York in search of his lost brother. It's said that the albums character has split-personality, and as such is searching for themselves, and as Gabriel took the name from his own, dressed up as characters onstage, and soon left the band, we can assume that it's semi-autobiographical in a sense.
I've never really been into Prog, but the album is immense, and of course is another Buckley link...
01. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway mix # 1 02. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway mix # 2 03. Fly On A Windshield rehearsal take 04. Fly On A Windshield demo mix 05. Cuckoo Cocoon demo mix #1 06. Cuckoo Cocoon demo mix #2 07. Cuckoo Cocoon demo mix #3 08. Cuckoo Cocoon demo mix #4 09. In The Cage demo mix 10. In The Cage rehearsal instrumental take 11. The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging demo mix #1 12. The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging demo mix #2 13. The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging demo mix #3 14. Back in NYC demo mix #1 15. Back in NYC demo mix #2 16. Back in NYC demo mix #3 17. Back in NYC demo mix #4 18. Counting Out Time incomplete demo with different bass 19. The carpet Crawlers demo mix #1 20. The carpet Crawlers demo mix #2
01. Lilywhite Lilith demo mix 02. The Waiting Room sound effects only demo 03. The Waiting Room demo mix #1 04. The Waiting Room demo mix #2 05. Anyway demo mix 06. Anyway final demo mix 07. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthesist demo mix w/Phil on vocals 08. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthesist rehearsal instrumental take # 1 09. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthesist rehearsal instrumental take # 2 10. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthesist rehearsal instrumental take # 3 11. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthesist rehearsal instrumental take # 4 12. The Lamia demo mix #1 13. The Lamia demo mix #2 14. The Colony Of slipperman rehearsal instrumental take # 1 15. The Colony Of slipperman rehearsal instrumental take # 2 16. The Colony Of slipperman rehearsal instrumental take # 3 17. The Colony Of slipperman rehearsal instrumental take (ending) 18. The Light Dies Down On Broadway different vocal rehearsal take 19. Riding The Scree demo mix 20. In The Rapids incomplete demo mix # 1 21. In The Rapids incomplete demo mix # 2 22. In The Rapids demo mix # 1 23. In The Rapids demo mix # 2 24. In The Rapids rehearsal take # 1 25. In The Rapids rehearsal take # 2 26. In The Rapids rehearsal take # 3
The Rolling Stones, Live at Palais Des Sports Lyon, June 9th 1976
This is a really great sounding boot, soundboard sourced, and has some of my alltime favourite Stones tunes, Get Off Of...You Gotta Move, Happy, can you tell that I love Exile On Main Street yet? Though Mick is a bit off, I'm pretty sure this is very, very commmon, the band is tight, just like the setlist. The Stones at their peak...
Honky Tonk Women If You Can’t Rock Me-Get Off Of My Cloud Hand Of Fate Hey Negrita Ain’t Too Proud To Beg Fool To Cry Hot Stuff Star Star Angie You Gotta Move You Can’t Always Get What You Want Band introduction Happy Tumbling Dice Nothing From Nothing Outa Space Midnight Rambler It’s Only Rock’n Roll Brown Sugar Jumping Jack Flash
Radiohead, live at Lollapalooza Festival, Grant Park Chicago, August 1st 2008
Another soundboard Lolla show for you today, this time from the incomparable Radiohead, taken from an FM broadcast that went out on XM2GO. Apparantly Airbag was also played, after 15 Step, but the radio station omitted it from the aired show.
01 Intro 02 15 Step 03 There There 04 All I Need 05 Nude 06 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi 07 The Gloaming 08 The National Anthem 09 Faust Arp 10 No Surprises 11 Jigsaw Falling Into Place 12 Reckoner 13 Lucky 14 The Bends 15 Everything In Its Right Place 16 Fake Plastic Trees 17 Bodysnatchers 18 Encore Break 19 Videotape 20 Paranoid Android 21 Dollars And Cents 22 House Of Cards 23 Optimistic 24 Encore Break 2 25 2+2=5 26 Idioteque 27 Crowd Noise
Jeff Buckley, live at Selinas, Sydney, March 1st 1996
On the last date of the Australian leg of the tour, Jeff and band played a couple of songs never before, and never again, on stage, the Mick Grondahl sung Edna Frau, and the song Jeff penned with his then lover Elizabeth Fraser. It's weird that before they met they were both huge fans of each other, and the fact that the Cocteau Twins (Frasers band) covered one of the Tim Buckleys songs, Song To The Siren, and very much in the way Jeff did with Cohens Hallelujah, made it their own.
1. Mood Swing Whiskey 2. Dream Brother 3. Mojo Pin 4. Last Goodbye 5. Lilac Wine 6. Grace 7. So Real 8. Eternal Life 9. What Will You Say 10. Kick Out The Jams 11. Edna Frau
Disc 2 12. Woke Up In A Strange Place 13. Lover, You Should've Come Over 14. All Flowers In Time 15. Dink's Song 16. Hallelujah 17. Vancouver 18. Kanga-roo
Rage Against The Machine, Lollapalooza Festival, Grant Park Chicago, 2nd August 2008
I don't think many people would read a write-up on RATM even if it was my most eloquent and witty one yet, so I shan't bother. I will say this though...Zack stopped the show several times as the crowd were going a bit mental and folk were getting rather crushed near the front of the stage, causing the security to come on and confer with the band at one point. It was reported someplaces as "RATM incite rioting" or something, but it's utter shit.
01 Testify 02 Bulls On Parade 03 People Of The Sun (cut short) 04 Zack's Plea 05 Bombtrack 06 Know Your Enemy 07 Zack & Security Plea 08 Bullet In The Head 09 Born Of A Broken Man 10 Guerilla Radio 11 Ashes In The Fall 12 Calm Like A Bomb 13 Sleep Now In The Fire 14 Wake Up 15 Crowd 16 Freedom 17 Killing In The Name
Elliott Smith, Terrace Club Princeton University, 12th April 1997
Elliott wrote alot about his demons and what they drove him to, primarily depression, drugs and drink. It is these that were thought to have led him to commit suicide in 2003, though the evidence of his apparent suicide were inconclusive, and many fans thought perhaps it wasn't suicide due to him dying of two stab wounds to the chest. If it was, then he was pretty damned determined to do it that's for sure!
This performance is taken from his tour in support of his third release Either/Or, though the songs he played were taken from across his albums to this point. The show includes two covers; one he'd recorded during the either/or sessions, yet didn't release (though it did see the light of day on a couple of soundtracks), Big Stars song Thirteen, and Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks.
01. Division Day 02. Alameda 03. Angeles 04. Alphabet Town 05. Between the Bars 06. Bled White 07. St. Ides Heaven 08. Thirteen 09. Say Yes 10. Needle In the Hay 11. Big Decision 12. Southern Belle 13. 2:45am 14. Waterloo Sunset 15. Clementine
This bootleg features the Jagger, Richards, Taylor, Watts, Wyman line-up, and is taken from several soundboard sources, and dates, recorded across the UK. Too busy to write something interesting, and you know who the Stones are...
1. Cocksucker Blues 2. Brown Sugar 3. Brown Sugar 4. Star Star 5. Dancing With Mr. D 6. Angie
Jason Molina solo, live at Southgate House, Newport KY, 18th Jan 2004
Jason's the leader of the Magnolia Electric Co., an alt/country band hailing from Ohio. This solo show is taken from the period between (or there abouts, the official name change date is hazy) his Ohia project, himself and a revolving band, and the official formation of MECo.
About half the tracks here are basically him working out the songs in a live setting, they were to become the basis of Nashville Moon and What Comes After The Blues, both recorded in 2005. Also, as far as my shallow research can tell me, the song With Blue Eyes Without Me is unreleased.
01 Farewell Transmission 02 Hold On Magnolia 03 The Dark Don't Hide It 04 With Blue Eyes Without Me (unreleased?) 05 Leave The City 06 Division Street Girl 07 I Can Not Have Seen The Light 08 Nashville Moon 09 Hard To Love A Man 10 Don't This Look Like The Dark
Foo Fighters with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, live at Wembley Stadium, June 7th 2008
Extra tracks from the Wembley dates posted previously (now updated with fresh links here), this time with the Zep pairing. Dave plays drums while Taylor sings on Rock'N'Roll, and they revert to their regular roles for Ramble on.
British Sea Power made their name in an odd manner for a UK band really, as it's not very often we get groups doing the whole residency thing...having a weekly slot at a venue, yet this is what they did. Brighton was the town of choice, being the entertainment (and gay, though I'm sure this had no bearing) capitol of southern England. Well, outside of London anyway.
It payed off, and with each release their popularity has grown. Not suprisingly really, as they're one of the most accomplished bands about in the UK today, and aren't in the bracket of those who got signed post-Doherty. A phenomenon I hate as a music fan...a band's good and sells records, anything vaguely simliar gets signed to try and cash in on a trend. BSPs music thankfully did its own talking, nothing to do with style in anyway, the way all music should be.
01 Intro 02 Lights Out For Darkness 03 Atom 04 Remember Me 05 Canvey Island 06 Down On The Ground 07 How Will I Ever Find My Way 08 Blackout 09 Waving Flags 10 The Great Skua 11 Fear Of Drowning 12 Please Stand Up 13 Favours In The Beetroot Fields 14 Spirit Of St. Louis 15 A Trip Out 16 No Lucifer 17 True Adventures 18 Carrion 19 A Rock
The Polyphonic Spree, The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, 17th July 2007
Due to the fact that I had a bitch of a time uploading the files, this is all I shall say, except...thank fudge for that!
1 American Dream > 2 Running Away 3 Hanging Around The Day/Get Up And Go 4 It's The Sun > 5 Light To Follow 6 Younger Yesterday 7 The Fragile Army 8 La La/Middle Of The Day > 9 Watch Us Explode (Justify) 10 We Crawl 11 The Championshiphttp://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=8579169057411599488 12 Together We're Heavy 13 Lithium 14 Soldier Girl 15 Hold Me Now 16 Light & Day/Ride Captain Ride > 17 Everything Starts At The Seam/When The Fool Becomes A King 18 Outro
Another Buckley connection for you (Joan in the previous post was his ex), for both the snippet late on in the set, and the fact that Glen was a friend of Jeffs.
The Frames have been around since 1990, yet they didn't get very much love outside Ireland until singer Glen Hassard played the guitarist Outspan "Fender Bender" Foster in the movie The Commitments in 2003. In 2007 he got back into movies, starring in ex-bass player John Carneys Once, playing a role he did at 13 in Dublin (in real life) as a busker, and consequently won an award (Oscar?) for original song as he wrote the soundtrack, which he performed with his co-star, some woman with an eastern European name I don't recall.
Anyway, great band, great show. Enjoy!
01: Intro 02: Keepsake 03: Dream Awake 04: Finally 05: Lay Me Down 06: What Happens When the Heart Just Stops 07: God Bless Mom 08: People All Get Ready 09: Seven Day Mile 10: Happy (Sam Kassirer on piano) 11: Too Many Sad Words Make A Sad Sad Song 12: Pavement Tune 13: Fake
01: Your Face / Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd cover) 02: Revelate 03: Underglass 04: Friends and Foe 05: Leave (Glen solo) 06: Come and Find Me (with Josh Ritter) 07: Star Star (Medley Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka, Run by Snow Patrol, and Most Beautiful Widow In Town by Sparklehorse) 08: Fitzcarraldo 09: The Man in Me (Dylan Cover with Josh Ritter, Sam Kassirer and Zack Hickman) 10: Last Goodbye (Jeff Buckley tease) 11: Red Chord
Joan As Police Woman, live session for BBC Radio 6, 2006
Another rather kookie lady today, and a rather fine one at that. Joan has been in and around the NY scene for many years now, and aswell as the session work for the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Elton John, and Anthony (& the Johnsons) Heggarty (I'm pretty sure she's not a faghag), she's been in a few less than successful bands, Black Beetle (with former Jeff Buckley band members) and The Dambuilders.
I once saw her perform with, and as support for, Rufus Wainwright, and althought there were alot of songs about dead rockers she was very impressive. As it was a Friday 13th, she said that she'd been thinking of ways to freak people out during the show and uttered "We're all going to die alone", at which point I threw my arms into the air and proclaimed "Woo!". Although she never saw me she did exactly the same and laughed. It gave me a warm feeling in my belly, not the same place I usually get a warm feeling when thinking of Joan mind.
01.Interview 02.Eternal Flame 03.Interview 04.Christobel 05.Interview 06.We Don't Own It 07.Interview
PJ Harvey, live at the Southside Festival, Neuhausen, June 27th 2004
I'm not quite sure what to say about Polly Jean Harvey, as she's rather an enigma, rather dark and shit, but with a very acidic humourous edge. She's been around since the very early '90's, and was adored by Thom Yorke in both their early days. With ten full length releases to her name, a collaboration album and having worked with Nick Cave, QOTSA, Mark Lanegan, Marianne Faithful and even Bristolian trip-hop leading light Tricky, there's many a style and topic been covered by this prodigious talent.
Uh Huh Her The Letter Big Exit Dress Shame My Beautiful Leah Rid of Me Cat On The Wall A Perfect Day Elise Taut Who The Fuck? Good Fortune Victory The Whores Hustle & The Hustlers Whore
Stone Roses, De Montfort University, Leicester, 7th December 1995
Adored for their debut self titled album while the Second Coming, delayed by their fight to be released from the contract with Silvertone, should really get more love than it does. Yes, it's Johns album in a sense, and yes he does play alot of lead guitar throughout, but sadly some who loved the poppier feel of the debut thought that it was rather overblown. That was the direction the Stone Roses were always going to take. Their very first songs had little soloing in them, and as they progressed into the band who took over, well at least the UK, they came out with songs like I Am The Resurrection and Fools Gold, both monumental songs, yet no one said they were excessive. Such is the fickle world of fame...Anyway, here's an excellent soundboard gig from the latter period, without Reni on drums, with Robbie Maddix and session keyboard player Nigel Ipinson.
I Wanna Be Adored She Bangs The Drums Waterfall Ten Storey Love Song Daybreak ->Breaking Into Heaven Your Star Will Shine Tightrope Tears Good Times Made Of Stone Driving South I Am The Resurrection
Jeff Buckley, live solo at the Black Cat Washington, 22nd Feb 1994
I've always loved this Buckley performance, and for ages wondered who it was that sang on the last track, one of Jeffs many Van Morrison Astral Weeks covers, the oft played Sweet Thing. I asked at the JBB (Jeff Buckley Board), and was answered by the outspoken, no nonsense, Clarefromscotland, who told me that it was a young student/musician/journo Jamie Blake.
Unbeknownst to me, Clare, who runs a Cornell page and has done her fair bit of journalism too, had actually asked Jamie herself for her story about meeting Jeff and how she came to sing with him. Here follows the email she wrote back.
"I was a college student at the time at American University in D.C. I was also the music editor of a paper there called the University Reporter that went to 60,000 school kids in the area. I had an especially good relationship with a local rep from Sony. They were really pushing me to do an article on Jeff. They sent me "live at sine," and at first I didnt get it, but agreed to meet him at a dinner before the Black Cat show at Dantes. As it turned out one of my college professors at school was his opening act, a solo artist named Mark Helm. He was mentoring my songwriting. The two of them met at soundcheck that night, and Mark must have told Jeff about me. The dinner at Dantes was for local press, all women. The label was working his beauty factor. He really was beautiful. I was sitting at the opposite end of the table from Jeff. The table was long with about 15 women around it. I hadn't said a word, everyone was rifling questions at him. I was drifting into space when he calls out, "who here is the musician?" I said nothing, thinking of course he doesn't mean me. He then said again, holding a glass of red wine, "who here is a musician," I think I raised my hand, and managed a squeaky "me." With that he made the women next to him move out of the way and called me to sit next to him. Everyone was still there, but for the rest of the night we only spoke with each other. He had an amazing ability to make you feel special, like the only one in the room. At some point I realized my friend was going on the stage soon, so I got up to leave, and Jeff said he wanted to come too. We left everyone behind, and walked to the venue together. It was probably only a two block walk, and I remember every word of the conversation. He was telling me about how he got signed, talking about his skull and bones necklace, about great music in general, continuing our conversation from the restaurant. He asked me if I would come on stage later and sing with him. I had a very limited musical education at the time, and we couldn't find a song we knew in common. Sooooo, he said you're going to sing "sweet thing" with me, and just wing it. Repeat after me or something. So I sat to watch Mark perform, Jeff thought he was brilliant, I remember him paying close attention to the lyrics, and commenting on them. Mark is an amazing lyricist, they actually ran into each other later, overseas, and Jeff was wonderful to him. Jeff went on, and I "got" it. From then on listening to Live at Sine wasn't enough for me, I wanted the album. Smile We all hung out for a while, playing pinball, drinking red wine, gab gab gab. When he was on, he was "on," very funny, and animated. We kept in loose touch. I moved to NY, transferred schools, soon after. I wanted to get my music thing going. I called him, and even though he was getting ready to go out on the road again, he was super sweet about telling me what to do and where to go in NY. I flew to D.C. to see him play the black cat again when everyone else went to woodstock to play in the mud. We had a repeat night at Dantes, he was bummed he had lost his skull and bones necklace, he kept singing Joni Mitchell into my ear, "you and I are always flirting, flirting," he went on and on about how he looked like luke perry and how it annoyed him, and he heard people saying it, and that he was growing his hair out and his stubble to combat it, and at the end of the night gave me an innocent kiss on the lips before he put me in a cab. A kiss on the lips that made my knees weak. It was definitely innocent for him, just friendly, but I thought I would pass out.
I was so blown away by his talent I went to see him play whenever I could. In all I only saw him play five times though. For the third show I found myself backstage at Fez with Jeff, Craig Weidren (of shudder to think), and chris cornell. one of them said something and Jeff said, "id rather masturbate with a seahorse." thats the line that stuck out because it was easy to remember, but he was happier than I had ever seen him that night, and his quick wit in rare form. its fun to see someone in such a great head space, its contagious. The next and last time I spoke with him he was tired from the road, he used to tell me that his voice was only getting stronger on the road, and that night he was saying that he was having some vocal problems, and some major back problems, he had a masseuse at the venue, and was completely exhausted. I saw him again but I was with music biz people that dragged me mid show to another venue. I know that he had many great performances after that but i was in the studio for my own stuff, and never got to speak with him again. i was heartbroken when I got the news. He really was so warm, such a good person, a deep soul, and of course brilliantly talented. I cant help but tear up when I really stop to remember, and feel lucky for the chance to have met him. Not to be dramatic but now that i think about it, ive met a lot of artists since then, none of them can match his spirit. thats the story." -- Jamie Blake
Last Goodbye Mojo Pin Grace Eternal Life Chat - Tuning Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin Hallelujah Lover, You should've Come Over Sweet Thing
Bruce Springsteen, War And Roses, The Definitive Born To Run Outtakes
I had a real phobia about listening to Springsteen for so long, you draw a picture of what you think someone's all about, and listening to an 'All American Boy' simply grated me something rotten. Thankfully I let my guard down a bit, caved, and found he's not really so bad after all, actually he's rather excellent.
I've got a few of is albums on vinyl now, original pressings, and Born To Run is one of those. Though rather typical in its themes to much other Springsteen music (many of my favourite musicians do exactly the same anyway), chicks and cars, we all know that such things are euphamisms right? Not seen him live, and my old dear turned down a free show recently as she had to work...madness. I do have that gig on here though. Anyway...the files.