Mars Volta, live and acoustic, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Fransisco, 31st December 2007
The first set of two (the second was electric) from the fabulous Mars Volta, featuring a new song, which is titled just that, and debut acoustic versions of the rest of the songs, as they'd never played that way before.
01. Intro 02. Televators 03. Cedric talks about a toy guitar given to Omar by an audience member 04. The Widow 05. Cedric talks 06. Miranda, That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore 07. Cedric talks 08. Asilos Magdalena 09. Cedric talks 10. Vermicide 11. Cedric Talks 12. New Song
MC5 and Primal Scream, live at the Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall London, 24th June 2008
What do you need to know to make you download these two great bands together? Nothing? Ok then, enjoy!
Lineup: Vocals - William Duvall, Bobby Gillespie Guitar - Wayne Kramer, Adam Pearson, Andrew Innes, Barrie Cadogan, Jason Pierce* Bass - Michael Davies, Gary 'Mani' Mounfield Drums - Dennis Thompson, Darrin Mooney Keyboards - Martin Duffy Violin - Mel Draisey* Saxophone - ?* Poetry - John Sinclair*
*Track 5 only
01 I Can Only Give You Everything 02 Movin' On Up 03 Skull X 04 Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa) 05 Black To Comm
My Bloody Valentine, live at the Apollo Manchester, 29th June 2008
Something good to look forward to...
It has been 17 years since the release of Loveless, My Bloody Valentine's legendary album, which cost £250,000 to record, bringing Creation Records close to bankruptcy. "It was," Shields said this weekend, "a very, very damaged time for everybody."
My Bloody Valentine then signed to Island Records and Shields spent years in isolation, working in the studio until in 1997 Island finally cut him off, upset at the lack of progress. "That was it," Shields explained. "It was like the plug was pulled, 'No money for you anymore.'"
Revenue from the recent gigs have allowed the band to buy some £200,000 in equipment, and though the revitalised group has not yet been performing new songs, Shields seems enthusiastic for the future. He's not worried, either, that his outlook has improved from the "loveless" days of the early 90s.
"I definitely don't think you need to suffer to be creative," he insisted. "I've written some of my best songs when I've been happy."
01. I Only Said 02. When You Sleep 03. (When You Wake) You're Still In A Dream 04. You Never Should 05. Cigarette In Your Bed 06. Come In Alone 07. Only Shallow 08. Thorn 09. Nothing Much To Lose 10. To Here Knows When 11. Blown A Wish 12. Slow 13. Soon 14. Feed Me With Your Kiss 15. Sueisfine 16. You Made Me Realise
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The Breeders, live at La Route Du Rock, St. Pere France, 14th August 2008
The Deal twins re-emerged this year also, to much less fanfare than The Pixies of course, yet they had a much bigger hit with Cannonball than anything Kims day job ever produced. Initialy The Breeders was concieved to be a band with Tanya Donelly, the lovely singer of 'grunge' acts Belly and Throwing Muses, sadly that never came to be and Kim Deal used the name anyway, she must have rather liked it. Shame about the Tanya thing though, but then she probably had better albums than Kims band ever did...anyway, this was an FM broadcast from September 2nd on FM France Inter. Enjoy!
01. Intro 02. Bang on 03. No aloha 04. Pacer 05. Walk it off 06. Cannonball 07. Drivin' On 9 08. Here no more 09. Shocker in Gloomtown 10. Fortunately gone 11. Outro
Jeff Buckley, live at Sudbahnhof France, 24th February 1995
On the 24th February 1995, Jeff and the band performed for a French TV show, and the bootleg of this is fairly widely available, but sadly it cuts out due to the program running time during Grace. This however, is the full show, as the tapes were left running after the show left air, and boy am I glad it's available, as the version of Lilac Wine here is one of my absolute favourites, and to have it, and the entire show, in such quality is sweet.
01. Intro 02. Chocolate/Mojo Pin 03. So Real 04. Last Goodbye 05. What Will You Say 06. Lilac Wine 07. Grace 08. Eternal Life 09. I Know It's Over 10. Hallelujah
Jane's Addiction, live at the Theatre Of Living Arts, Philadelphia, 20th February 1989
A nice soundboard set from the ever-so-slightly mental (in a good way, naturally) Perry, Dave, Eric and Stephen. Apparantly, and Wikipedia says it so it must be true, their name came from a roomate of Perry Farrells, Jane Bainter, who was an addict. That's one way to show some love I s'pose... The bulk of the set comes from the bands studio debut Nothing Shocking, only tracks 2 and 3 are from their self-titled live debut album.
01. Up The Beach 02. Whores 03. 1% 04. Idiots Rule 05. Had A Dad 06. Ted, Just Admit It 07. Standing In The Shower, Thinking 08. Thank You Boys 09. Pigz in Zen 10. Summertime Rolls 11. Ocean Size 12. Mountain Song 13. Jane Says
Jeff Buckley, live at the London Astoria, January 18th 1995
Another rarity for you today, something I've only recently got in its full form, though I have seen some tracks floating around. Another source perhaps?
I was talking to another big Jeff fan about the emergence of the KROQ show the other week and she gave me the link to this, telling me that she knows the taper and would have a word in his shell-like about the master cassette. Sadly, when these MP3s were ripped from the original copy, which was heavily damaged, the master was killed. Shame the owners tech savvy friend didn't have the forethought (foresight?) to rip it straight to lossless in the first place. I know that's what any serious bootlegger would've done...C'est La Vie as the Belgians and Swiss might say.
01. Dream Brother 02. So Real 03. Grace 04. Last Goodbye 05. Eternal Life (aborted) 06. Eternal Life (restarted) 07. Killing Time (The Creatures) 08. What Will You Say 09. Mojo Pin 10. Lover, You Should've Come Over 11. Hallelujah 12. Iron Man (Black Sabbath) 13. Vancouver/Kangaroo
Regina Spektor, live at the Cabaret Voltaire Edinburgh, 1st February 2006
I've got a little bit of a fetish for the solo singer-songwriter, preferably a little fun and quirky, and Miss Spektor is just one of those, and she's pretty to boot. As many artists here seem to be, Regina hails from NYC...well, at least that's where her musical career has been based anyway, she actually has a Russian-Jewish background.
Her first self-released album was called 11:11, the same title as a song by fellow NYC-based pianist, and-just-about-everything-I-listed-Regina-as-being-except-a-man, Rufus Wainwright. Suprisingly though, Miss Spektor hasn't really recorded with the many well known artists of the New York scene, other than The Strokes (a couple of their B-sides), their guitarist Nick Valenci appearing on Better from her Shortlist Music Prize nominated Begin To Hope album of 2006.
01. Eight Miles High 02. Ezra Pound 03. Talk 04. Carbon Monoxide 05. Baby Jesus 06. The Flowers 07. Small Town Ruin 08. Melody 09. Prisoners 10. Ode to Divorce 11. Aprés Moi Le Deluge 12. Bobbin' For Apples 13. That Time 14. Twenty Year's of Snow 15. Better 16. Us 17. Field Below 18. Poor Little Rich Girl 19. Talk 20. Dance Anthem of the 80s 21. Samson 22. UGH...merica
Sigur Ros, live at the Montreal Jazz Festival, 13th July 2001
Jón Þór, Kjartan, Georg and Orri Páll, not quite as catchy as John, Paul, George and Ringo, and to be fair, their music isn't either. What would also be fair though, would be to say that these young men are as inventive as the Scousers were at their peak (we all agree the early work of The Beatles was mostly weak, right?).
Sadly, due to wank movies starring even wankier mental midget millionaire actors, they're probably the swanky middle-England middle-class dinner party soundtrack, a noughties version of Enya. A hideous thought I know, but true none-the-less. Thankfully, although they do have that etheral atmospheric quality to their music, it lacks the utter barminess and shittness of Enya.
01. Intro 02. Nýja Lagið 03. Fyrsta 04. Samkeyti 05. Svefn-G-Englar 06. Ný Batterí 07. Vaka 08. Mìlàno 09. Olsen Olsen 10. Dauðalagið 11. Hafssól 12. Popplagið
Richard Hawley was shafted when the Arctic Monkeys debut album beat Coles Corner to win the Mercury Music Prize, as they themselves said, not least because the award was meant to promote lesser known artists, but as most of us now it's now just an industry backslapping exercise. Anyway, it was still a great album, and did well enough under the labels own pushing without the extra it sold due to the award, Here's the demos from the young men, featuring many an unreleased track to boot (all in better quality than the fansite too!)
01 Cigarette Smoke 02 Choo Choo 03 Knock A Door Run 04 On The Run From The MI5 05 Dancin' Shoes 06 Riot Van 07 Wavin' Bye To The Train Or Bus 08 Fake Tales Of San Fransisco 09 Scummy (aka Sun Goes Down) 10 Still Take You Home 11 Bigger Boys And Stolen Sweethearts 12 I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
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Pulp, live at the Bristol Sound City, Radio 1 broadcast, 21st April 1995
One of my favourite frontmen of all time is Jarvis, he can perfom with the best of them, writes top tunes, and is a really good guy going by all the interviews I've seen of him. This is a great setlist, with a couple of B-Sides aswell as the great singles to end the show, one, the as-yet-unreleased monster that was Common People.
01. Razzmatazz 02. Monday Morning 03. Pencil Skirt 04. Mile End 05. Do You Remember The First Time 06. Underwear 07. Acrylic Afternoons 08. Babies 09. Common People
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, live at Tk, Brussels, 18th May 2008 ...And You Will Know Us released their first music in 1995, on a compilation cassette, before finally releasing something themselves in 1998. By 2002 they were getting tidy recognition, and it's been a steady rise since. They're currently recording I believe, as they've not released anything since 2006 (Jan 09 is the possible date of release). They've played at least one new track recently, not heard of anymore myself but I don't follow them that closely, and it's included in the set here.
01. Crowd Noise 02. Ode To Isis 03. Gargoyle Waiting 04. Relative Ways 05. Stand In Silence 06. Bells Of Creation (unrecorded and unreleased) 07. Caterwaul 08. Will You Smile Again For Me? 09. Another Morning Stoner 10. Clair De Lune 11. Totally Natural 12. Encore Break 13. Mistakes And Regrets 14. Richter Scale Madness
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Ryan Adams, Stocklhom session, Sweden 17th-21st October 2001
Man have I been having some shit trying to upload the past couple of days...
Another set of demos from Ryan Adams extensive catalogue of unreleased material, recorded at Nord Studio AB on the above date, and at the above location. More of a stripped back affair than the previously posted Destroyer session, and personally I think it's better for it. Could just be better songs mind you, see for yourself...
01. You Will Always Be The Same 02. For Beth 03. Dear Anne 04. Poor Jimmy 05. Madeline I 06. Madeline II 07. Prison Letter 08. Come Monday 09. Not In Love 10. Friendly Fire 11. Baby, I'm A Fool For You
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Tim Buckley, live at The Alley, Escondido California, 1st October 1970
Last show for the Jeff links (delayed due to my upload issues), I know...no Chris or Joan, I have them here but couldn't find them when needed! This is rather a sweet bootleg performed with the same guys he recorded Starsailor with.
01 Borderline 02 Jungle Fire 03 Just Got Back 04 Drifting 05 Haloween Night (improv) 06 Interlude (improv) 07 Set 1 clip 08 Choral Piece (improv) 09 Lorca 10 Monterey 11 Poem/Chaos 12 Whole & Healing Festival
Adem, live at the Britannia Folk Festival, Barbican Hall London, 4th February 2006
I'm sure this name will ring bells with most Jeff fans, though some may not place it immediately. Adem was one of the guys who played on the Dream Brother Jeff/Tim tribute album, doing a rather lovely version of Mojo Pin. I would've posted the set from King Creosote (Grace) too, but I'm unsure of all the song titles, if anyone can help drop me a line.
01 Chat 02 Everything You Need 03 Cut 04 Love And Other Planets 05 These Lights Are Meaningful 06 There Will Always Be
The Smiths, live at Caird Hall Dundee, 26th Septmeber 1985
I couldn't post Jeff related stuff without a dose of The Smiths, as he once said "The eighties was bullshit....except maybe The Smiths". It's been a good while since I've listened to them myself, but they are still a huge favourite of mine, and it's good to see Johnny having some success again, sadly with a fairly shitty band, he should've stayed with Modest Mouse!
01 Intro 02 Shakespeare's Sister 03 I Want The One I Can't Have 04 What She Said 05 What's The World 06 The Boy With The Thorn In His Side 07 Nowhere Fast 08 That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore 09 Stretch Out And Wait 10 Frankly, Mr Shankly 11 Bigmouth Strikes Again 12 Still Ill 13 (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame/Rusholme Ruffians 14 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now 15 Meat Is Murder 16 This Charming Man 17 Hand In Glove 18 William It Was Really Nothing 19 Miserable Lie
Next in the Jeff Buckley musical family tree is Big Star (Kanga-Roo) frontman Alex Chilton, with a rather lovely solo (almost anyway, someone plays tambs and sings b-vox) radio performance. If you don't already know, are not aware of the band, or are just too dense to realise, the alt-folk band Death Cab For Cutie are named after the Big Star song featured in this set. Also in the set is one of my alltime favourite sexy songs in Kizza Me. Excellentness! An Additional also, Take Me Home...1 internets to whoever can tell me which Jeff song it lyrically reminds me of.
01 Femme Fatale (The Velvet Underground) 02 Oh Dana 03 Take Me Home And Make Me Like It 04 Jesus Christ 05 Death Cab For Cutie 06 Kizza Me 07 I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton)
The Grifters, live in Santa Rosa LA, 20th April 1995
The Grifters were an awesome (I've been using that word alot the past couple of days) alt-rock band coming out of Memphis TN, the town Jeff lived out his last days writing and playing small gigs in preparation for what would become Sketches. Jeff and them played on the same bill a few times, and he was good friends with the guys. They were on Subpop for a good while and released many albums, the most lauded being Crappin' You Negative, from which most of this set is derived.
1. Just Passing Out 2. Corolla Hoist 3. His Jesus Song 4. Wreck 5. Bummer 6. Holmes 7. X-Ray Hip 8. Bronze Cast 9. Return To Cinder 10. Get Outta That Spaceship & Fight Like a Man 11. Banjo 12. Maps Of The Sun 13. Black Fuel Incinerator 14. Postal Blowfish (Guided By Voices) 15. She Blows Blasts of Static 16. Thumbnail Sketch 17. I'm Drunk 18. Look What You've Done To Me Now
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Nina Simone, live at the Drury Lane Theatre, London 1977
Oh how do I love you Nina Simone! There's been very, very few that can sing heartbreak, love, anger, joy and many other emotions quite as convincingly as this woman, only Janis Joplin came close to my ears.
01 Balm In Gilead 02 Balm In Gilead (Reprise) 03 Rich Girl 04 Little Girl Blue 05 The Other Woman 06 Turning Point 07 Pirate Jenny 08 Pirate Jenny (Reprise) 09 Everything Must Change 10 That's All I Want From You 11 Ain't Got No - I Got Life
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Tim Buckley, live at Starwood LA 1975, aka Blue Obsession
As I posted the 'new' Jeff yesterday, I thought I'd spend this week uploading related artists, starting with his estranged father Tim. This concert is taken from a fan release, dunno if they put the money together to put out the vinyl version I've seen floating about mind, I'd imagine not somehow, and that that release is sourced from this one. So if you've bought the vinyl...unlucky, you might as well have gotten the CD.
01 Buzzin' Fly 02 Nighthawkin' 03 Dolphins 04 Get On Top 05 Devil Eyes 06 Finale
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Jeff Buckley, live on KROQ radio 20th November 1994 or 2nd May 1995
This has just popped up on a blog by Larry Singer, who taped this back in the day and has just started streaming it on his site. I, slightly naughtily had to rip it and share as split MP3 files rather than leave people with the stream only option. It was performed the day before the Tower Records instore appearance, and has two acoustic band performances, and some lovely interviews. Jeff is on good form joking about on the sample just before kicking in to So Real. Enjoy (and sorry Larry!)
01 Interview 02 Last Goodbye 03 Interview 04 Interview 05 So Real 06 Interview
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Ryan Adams, the Destroyer Sessions, Pilot Recording Studios 2000
One of the more prolific artists about these days, and like most of the others he's primarily a solo artist, can you imagine a fully fledged band recording many albums worth every year? Ryans work can be rather hit and miss, thankfully more hit than miss though, and this particular unreleased album (featuring the lovely Gillian Welch) is at the top end for sure.
01 Born Yesterday 02 Dreaming's Free 03 Poison & Pain 04 No Disguise 05 Rainy Days 06 Statuettes With Wounds 07 String And The Wire 08 Hey Mrs Lovely 09 Nighttime Gals 10 In My Time Of Need 11 Bartering Lines 12 Memories Of You (False Start) 13 Memories Of You 14 Time (The Revelator)
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These demos are reportedly from the period between his stint as frontman for Velvet Underground and the beginning of his solo career. The songs later appear on many different releases, I Can't Stand It, Walk It Talk It and Lisa Says on his self titled solo debut, I'm So Free and Goodnight Ladies on Transformer, Oh Jim on Berlin, Kill Your Sons on Sally Can't Dance, and surprisingly enough, none of them on the next chronological release, Metal Machine Music. A quick Buckley link for you? Ok then, if you insist...Jeff often played Velvet Undergrounds song All Tomorrows Parties solo.
04 Going Down 05 Ride Into The Sun 06 I'm Sticking With You 07 Lisa Says 08 Kill Our Sons (aka Kill Your Sons) 09 Lonely Saturday Night (aka Goodnight Ladies) 10 So In Love 11 She's My Best Friend 12 Looking Through The Eyes Of Love (aka Oh Jim)
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Elbow, Neues Schoff Stuttgart, REM support slot, 19th August 2008
Elbow are simply one of the best live bands I've seen, how so few guys get such a big sound is rather astonishing. Considering these guys are from Manchester, a city with a history of bands with a certain sound, or at least bands who don't stray too far from that sound, it's very refreshing that they exist at all, and goes to show that not all Mancs are stuck with major, minor and seventh chords only, they even know alternate tunings for fuck sake!
Oh yes, they're also up for this years Mercury Music Prize with The Seldom Seen Kid album, joint second favourites with Radiohead according to William Hill bookmakers (Burial with Untrue is 4/6 favourite at the time of posting), and rightly deserved a nomination it is too.
Eddie Vedder, various live sessions, and 1998 demos
What can I say about Eddie...I don't know really as it's been a long day, I've started drinking, and my brain isn't exactly up to the task. I once had a couple of lads over for what we might aswell call an audition many moons ago, it went ok and they were good lads, but it wasn't meant to be...anyway, I had to go into town afterwards so they gave me a lift in and on the stereo was Pearl Jams Jeremy. So, I sat in the back giving it the whole "Ooh woah oh oh..." bit at the end, and they in turn give it the "Whoa, damn dude, do that again!" Whatever did happen to my voice...ah yes, too much smoking that's right.
So we have for you today, a tape bought off Eds neighbour, some soundboard from the world famous Carnegie Hall (sweet cover!), an impromptu couple of songs before a Sleater Kinney show (one with vocalist Janet Weiss), a mixing desk feed plus soundcheck featuring students from the Paul Green School Of Rock Music, and finally another soundboard recording, this time with Mike McCready along for the ride and a special couple of guests for one track, which I'll let you find out for yourself...I will say the vocalist and bassist of a very big group though. :-P
Summer 98 Demo 01. One Step Up 02. Crossroads 03. Believe You Me 04. Reggae Woman
Carnegie Hall, 24th Feb 1994 01. Let My Love Open the Door 02. Squeeze Box 03. Naked Eye 04. My Generation
Crystal Ballroom Portland, 12 August 2006 01. Intro Chatter 02. Here's To The State of Mississippi 03. Tonight You Belong To Me
Neuemos Seattle, 25th May 2005 Set: 1. Intro 2. I Wanna Be Sedated 3. Corduroy Soundcheck: 4. Corduroy (instrumental) 5. Corduroy 6. I Wanna Be Sedated 7. I Wanna Be Sedated
Downing Stadium NY, 8th June 1997 (could be 6th Aug, stupid dates!) 01 Corduroy 02 Yellow Ledbetter 03 Rockin' in the Free World 04 Long Road
Antony And The Johnsons, live at Mercati Generali Italy, 8th May 2005
Another product of the NY scene today, and as such, has many links (three at least...) with Jeff Buckley. Be My Husband, the Nina Simone song is/was played by both, Joan Wasser plays in the studio for Antony (as well as Antony contributing vocals for her), and his drummer is Parker Kindred, ex of Jeffs band. Anyway, if Lou Reed loves him, so should you!
01 intro & my lady story 02 cripple and the starfish 03 everything is new 04 dust will crack & the lake 05 today I am a boy 06 man is the baby 07 all is loneliness 08 the guest (Leonard Cohen) 09 dust and water 10 you are my sister 11 be my husband (Nina Simone) 12 river of sorrow 13 soft black stars 14 i'm a bird now 15 hope there's something & candy says (Velvet Underground)
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Cat Power, live at the Black Cat Washington, 18th September 1996
To those who've come to Cat (Charlyn "Chan" Marshall)Powers music in recent years and aren't completely obsessed by her lovely music, me included, it may come as a surprise to know she's been around quite so long. Then again, those who know what an SOB the industry can be, me included, it comes as less of one. As per usual, John Peel was there fairly early, although after Cat had given up on making it on the New York scene, yet she didn't get much joy over here till another person with a constant finger on the pulse Patti Smith, who more than likely saw Cat in her early '90's days in New York anyway, when she included her in the Meltdown Fest line-up of 2005.
I saw her on the now pretty shitty, though it still has it's moments I suppose, Later with Jules Holland, not too long back, where herself and (Leslie) Feist both sang songs of black origin, literally for Feist, stylisticaly for Cat, and both blew away UK soul singer Beverley Knight in my humble opinion, and I do love a good strong black womans voice. Anyway....here you go folks!
01. Bathysphere 02. In This Hole 03. No Sense 04. King Rides By 05. Good Clean Fun 06. What Would the Community Think? 07. American Flag 08. Fate of the Human Carbine
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Jeff Buckley, live at the Meltdown Festival, 1st July 1995
A few years ago now, I came by the lossless version of this show, after having such a shitty version of it on MP3 for so, so long, as all Buckley fans did too. I took it to DAD (bootleggers know where I mean) after a while to share with the kind Jeffies there, and was a little shocked at the reaction. Alot of people seemed to think that it was fake, that it simply didn't exist, and that it must've been MP3 sourced. After the most precursory of listens (and much technical analysis), it was decided that this source was genuine and ten times better sounding. It has been shared on every decent and every shitty tracker since! So, a big thank you to me I think...;-) I still love the curator Elvis Costellos crowd chat to this day.
01. Intro 02. Corpus Christi Carol 03. Dido's Lament 04. The Other Woman 05. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side 06. Grace
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