Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun - 2010-12-16 - Northampton, MA

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun
"Bill Kirchen's Honky Tonk Holiday Party"
Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA

Audience recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

Getting in the Holiday spirit now, here's the irrepressible Bill Kirchen once again, with his Too Much Fun Trio doing one of his "Honky Tonk Holiday Party" shows from a few years back. It of course features the fantastic guitar mastery of Kirchen in a fun mix of not-so-traditional holiday songs (such as Truckin' Trees for Chrtistmas, Reindeer Boogie, Silent Surfin' Night, and Daddy's Drinkin' Up Our Christmas) and his own new and old classics (such as Rocks Into Sand, Too Much Fun, Semi-Truck, and Hot Rod Lincoln) done as only he can. A really fun holiday show featuring one of the greats.

01. Bump Wood
02. Rocks Into Sand
03. Truckin' Trees For Christmas
04. I'll Be Home For Christmas
05. Santa Looked Alot Like Daddy
06. talk/intro
07. Ain't Got Time For The Blues
08. Word To The Wise
09. Valley Of The Moon
10. Working On A Building *
11. Silent Surfin' Night
12. Reindeer Boogie
13. intro Betsy & Rose
14. Blue & Lonesome ^
15. Run Run Rudolph
16. talk/intro
17. Daddy's Drinking Up Our Christmas
18. Hot Rod Lincoln
19. talk/intro
20. Mele Kalikimaka *
21. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
22. Semi-Truck
23. I Couldn't Pass The Bar *
24. Man In The Bottom Of The Well
25. Sleepwalk
26. The Times They Are A-Changin'
27. encore call
28. E: Too Much Fun

Bill Kirchen - guitar, vocals
Maurice "Mac" Cridlin - bass, ukulele
Jack O'Dell - drums, ukulele, vocals *
^ w/ Betsy-Dawn Williams & Rose Sinclair (of Girl Howdy) - vocals

Note: Girl Howdy opened

Bill Kirchen_2010-12-16_NorthamptonMA_Holiday show.rar

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Counting Crows - 2014-11-23 - Alcatraz, Milano, Italy

Counting Crows
Alcatraz, Milano, Italy

Update: Download not available.
Go to counting crows official website.

Ok, sorry for the lack of posts for the past month, but I have just been really busy on a big project for work and have had absolutely no time for the blog lately. But, I will be finishing things up this week, and hopefully will have a couple of holiday-themed posts coming soon. In the meantime, here is a recent full-length Counting Crows show I just acquired. I haven't even gotten the chance to listen to the whole show yet, just heard enough to verify that it is an audience recording with what seems like very good sound quality. So, enjoy this. By the way, I have been really loving the new Counting Crows album, Somewhere Under Wonderland,  even more now than when I first mentioned it last month. It may be their best album ever (certainly one of their very best). It is definitely the best album of 2014, as far as I'm concerned. I just can't get enough of it. It is probably their most bouyantly rockin' album, with killer tracks like 'Dislocation', 'Elvis Went to Hollywood',and 'Earthquake Driver', yet also has a couple of their very best acoustic tracks, and Adam's most gut-wrenchingly, emotionally powerful heartbreaker of all with 'Possibility Days', a magnificent track, and that doesn't even mention the 8+ min mini-opus 'Palisades Park', which Adam has claimed is the best song he's ever written. I can't understand why there has not been more talk and buzz around this album as one of the year's very best, as it is great. But then, what do I know, I'm just a music fan. Anyway, check out this Crows show, and if you like it, then go buy their album, you won't regret it. An official soundboard recording of this and many other Counting Crows shows is available at

01 intro
02 Round Here
03 Scarecrow
04 If I Could Give All My Love -or- Richard Manuel Is Dead
05 Cover Up the Sun
06 Mr. Jones
07 Colorblind
08 Mercy
09 Omaha
10 Possibility Days
11 1492
12 Miami
13 Like Teenage Gravity (Kasey Anderson cover)

01 God of Ocean Tides
02 Goodnight L.A.
03 Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell cover)
04 Blues Run the Game (Jackson C. Frank cover)
05 Earthquake Driver
06 A Long December
07 Hanginaround
08 intro Encores
09 Palisades Park
10 Rain King
11 Holiday In Spain
12 California Dreamin' (from speakers)

Unfortunately, Download is not available (Copyright infringement notification). Official Soundboard recordings for all recent Counting Crows shows are available through the band's live show website

I was under the impression that Counting Crows had an open taping policy, and that sharing of audience recordings was allowed, but apparently that has changed. Perhaps since they now offer official recordings of their shows through their website, they do not allow any recordings of shows that they have available for sale. I'm not sure. I tried to make sure that this was an audience recording and not the 'official' recording before posting, but it doesn't seem to matter, as they apparently do not allow this recording to be shared, so it has been removed. I apologize for any inconvenience caused to the band or to the readers of this blog. I leave this post up for informational purposes. I fully support this excellent band and encourage you to buy their new album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, and any of their live recordings available for purchase.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Counting Crows - 2014-05-15 - NonCOMM vention, Philadelphia, PA

Counting Crows
May 15, 2014
14th Annual NonCOMM vention, World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA

Recorded from live webstream broadcast, very good quality
mp3 @ 128 kbps

OK, so now moving from bands and artists that I saw live last summer to the band I most WANTED to see live in 2014, but didn't get the chance - Counting Crows. This was a tour that I particularly wanted to see, as they were previewing new songs from their upcoming album, but it just didn't work out for me. When they came to the east coast, I was away on the west coast, and when they came to the west coast, I was back on the east coast. Oh well, but it would've been great to see them. But the big news for Counting Crows fans is, of course, that their new album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, which is their first new studio album of original music in over 6 years, was finally released in September 2014. It's not like they haven't been busy, with touring yearly, and releasing live albums in 2011 and 2013, and a unique covers album Underwater Sunshine (which is very good) in 2012, but it has been quite awhile since we heard any new original songs from the band (last original studio album was the good, but somewhat uneven concept album, Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings (2008). And the even better news is that the new album is absolutely excellent, certainly one of their best, and probably their best album since This Desert Life (1999), which is my personal favorite. It is just a great album, not a weak track on it. Overall, it's a diverse album, a great sound and feel, with several great rockers and pop gems, but also some more subdued, emotional, and reflective tracks, as well as a country-rock gem (that takes its cue from the country-rock focus of their last covers album). Some of Adam's best songwriting and vocals, and superb band playing and arrangements. The only complaint might be that it is a bit short, with only 9 songs and 41 min. long (whereas most Crows albums have 13-15 songs and are around an hour long), but that is minor considering that every song that is here is a gem (no filler or dull spots at all). I highly recommend the album. For me, certainly the best album of 2014 (although admittedly, I don't listen to a whole lot of new albums each year anymore), well worth checking out.  Anyway, so what I have here is a performance from early in the summer, at the NonComm vention, a yearly convention for non-commercial, alternative radio stations, which was particularly notable because it was here that they first debuted several of the new songs from the new album. It is a short set, but 5 of the 7 songs played were brand new songs never heard before, and thus is a good intro to hear some of the new songs before getting the album. And as good as these new songs are here (especially 'Elvis...', 'God of Ocean Tides', and the epic 'Palisades Park'), they did not even include 2 of my favorite songs from the album, 'Dislocation', a driving rocker with an irresistible hook, and 'Possibility Days', the evocative album closer. Although the mix of this recording is not great (vocals are way upfront and the band seems way in the background), and since it comes from streaming audio source has a low bitrate, it is still fine to hear and get the idea about the new songs. So, check out Counting Crows, and by all means, go out and buy their new album, Somewhere Under Wonderland.

01. Elvis went to Hollywood (new)
02. Scarecrow (new)
03. Omaha
04. God of Ocean Tides (new)
05. Earthquake Driver (new)
06. Long December
07. Palisades Park (new)

Counting Crows_ 2014-05-15_NonCOMMvention_PA.rar

For some more live Counting Crows from the 2014 tour, I have also included info and a link to get a free download of a live compilation (mp3, 256 kbps) that is being offered directly by the Counting Crows through their live show website, This has been available all summer, and is still available. It is a compilation of individual tracks from several different shows from early on in their 2014 tour, exclusively available through their website for free, and was billed as their 4th of July Spectacular. Of course, the site also contains numerous soundboard recordings of shows from this and previous Counting Crows tours, available for purchase (as mp3, FLAC, or CD).

Counting Crows
4th of July Spectacular - 2014

(Live compilation - available as free download from official website)
Soundboard recording, excellent quality
mp3 @ 256 kbps

01. Omaha - 6/25/14 Raleigh, NC
02. Cover Up The Sun - 6/17/14 Nashville, TN
03. Miami - 6/20/14 Robinsonville, MS
04. Speedway - 6/25/14 Raleigh, NC
05. Good Time - 6/24/14 Charlotte, NC
06. Ballad Of El Goodo - 6/24/14 Charlotte, NC
07. Mr. Jones - 6/25/14 Raleigh, NC
08. Start Again - 6/17/14 Nashville, TN
09. Le Ballet D'or - 6/25/14 Raleigh, NC
10. Hard Candy - 6/14/14 St. Augustine, FL

Available as free download exclusively through the Counting Crows official live recording website:,11075/Counting-Crows-mp3-flac-download-4th-of-July-Spectacular.html

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bill Kirchen - 2014-03-21 - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

Bill Kirchen - 2014-08-24 at American Folk Festival, Bangor, ME
Bill Kirchen
Freight & Salvage,  Berkeley, CA

Audience recording, good quality
mp3 @ 160 kbps

Here's more (two full sets!) from the legendary guitarist Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, 'King of Dieselbilly', 'Titan of the Telecaster'), this one a recent show from earlier this year. And this show is special because ot not only features Bill with a a full band (rather than the trio format he often tours with), which includes long-time collaborator (and former pub-rocker with Eggs Over Easy), keybordist Austin de Lone, but also serves as a partial reunion with a couple of his old Lost Planet Airmen bandmates, bassist Buffalo Bruce Barlow, and pedal steel guitarist Bobby Black. In addition, long-time collaborator, singer-songwriter Kevin 'Blackie' Farrell (who wrote several of the old Commander Cody songs) also joins them on a hand-full of songs. Bill has certainly kept busy in recent years. His 2010 album, Word to the Wise, features duets with several of his friends and musicians he admires, including Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Dan Hicks, Maria Muldaur, and Commander Cody. His most recent album, Seeds and Stems (2013), is a live-in-the-studio recording featuring new versions of many of his favorite and most requested songs, sort of a best of - live, without the annoyances of a live concert recording, and both are excellent. Although well into his sixties now, Bill still tours regularly and does >200 shows a year, dazzling and delighting audiences with his unique style and performances. Bill's shows are just a joy to watch and listen to, as it is obvious that he genuinely just loves to perform, sing and play his guitar, and he is brilliant at it, and he has just as much or more fun than anyone there. Although he is not as well-known as he should be, he is definitely a national treasure. In this show, we get a fuller band sound, closer to the old Commander Cody days, with the added keyboards and pedal steel. The first set features more of the old CC songs, whereas the second set features more of his solo career songs, but both are wonderful. He also gives up the lead vocals to his bandmates for a few songs, letting Austin and Bruce sing some, as well as guest Blackie Farrell. Although this is an audience recording, and the only available version I could find is a low bitrate (from Sugarmegs), it is nonetheless a great show (good audience recording) and worth checking out. So, here's more from the great Bill Kirchen.

 Set 1
 01. Intro
 02. Looking at the World Through a Windshield
 03. Tell Me the Reason
 04. Rocks into Sand
 05. Heart of Gold
 06. Losing Hand (Austin de Lone vocal)
 07.  talk (old days - intro)
 08. Wine, Wine, Wine
 09. Down to Seeds and Stems Again Blues
 10. Semi-Truck
 11. Mama Hated Diesels*
 12. I'm Coming Home*
 13. Hot Rod Lincoln

 Set 2
 14. Intro
 15. Get a Little Goner
 16. Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods
 17. Time Will Tell the Story
 18. C'mon Everybody (Bruce Barlow vocal)
 19. Let's Rock (Austin de Lone vocal)
 20. All Tore Up
 21. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
 22. My Window Faces the South
 23. talk (Blackie Farrell)
 24. Rockabilly Funeral*
 25. talk - 'Chicken' Intro
 26. Talkin' About Chicken
 27. Band Intros
 28. The Times They Are A-Changin'
 29. Crowd noise - Encore Intro
 30. Truckstop at the End of the World*
 31. Riot in Cell Block #9*

 Bill Kirchen - guitar, vocals
 Austin de Lone - keyboards, vocals
 Buffalo Bruce Barlow - bass, vocals
 Paul Revelli - drums
 Bobby Black - Pedal Steel Guitar
 *Kevin 'Blackie' Farrell - guitar, vocals

Bill Kirchen_2014-03-21_Berkeley CA.rar

Note: Picture included is not from the Berkeley show, but is a picture I took from his show at the American Folk Festival, Bangor, Maine, 8-24-14, which I attended. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bill Kirchen - 2008-08-29 - Rhythm & Roots Festival, Charlestown, RI

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun
August 29, 2008
Rhythm & Roots Festival, Ninigret Park
Charlestown, R.I. 

In House-FM recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

When the original Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen broke up around 1976, ace guitarist Bill Kirchen already had another band going, called the Moonlighters, which started as a sort of 'swing orchestra', but over the next several years were stripped down to become more of a pub rock-new wave band (and also included former pub-rock pioneer, keyboardist Austin de Lone, from Eggs Over Easy). They released 2 albums and lasted through the early eighties. After which Bill moved to the Wash. D.C. area and formed his trio-based band, Too Much Fun (named after his classic CC-era song). In addition to Too Much Fun, through the eighties and nineties, Bill played, recorded, collaborated, and sometimes even toured with such artists as Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Doug Sahm, Emmylou Harris, and others, as well as occasional Commander Cody reunions and incarnations, establishing himself as a great guitarist, the originator of his classic style and sound, and all-around great guy. In 1994, Bill released his first solo album, Tombstone Every Mile, followed by Have Love, Will Travel (1996) and Raise a Ruckus (1999). He has continued playing and releasing both old and new new music through the years, with a total of 10 solo albums. His music has been called Roots, Americana, etc., it is a unique mix of rockabilly, country, blues, rock, swing, boogie-woogie, and truck driving songs, which he has dubbed 'Dieselbilly' (commemorated in his 2005 album, King of Dieselbilly). He is known for his mastery of his favorite instrument, the Fender Telecaster guitar (although he originally started out as a trombone player), and has been named the "Titan of the Telecaster" by Guitar Player Magazine for his unique contributions and abilities. Bill has even recorded a musical tribute to the Telecaster, the title cut of his 2006 album, Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods, in which he describes the axe as 'born at the junction of form and function, the hammer of the honky tonk gods'.  I first saw Bill live about a dozen years ago, with his Too Much Fun trio, and I was just blown away by him, his style, his performance, and his easy-going charm. I saw him again this summer, and was awestruck and delighted all over again. He continues to play a mix of the old Commander Cody songs and his own catalog of songs from his many albums, of which he has many that have also become classics. However, his signature song at his shows remains his epic live version of  'Hot Rod Lincoln', an extended gem that contains an encyclopedic rundown of classic and iconic guitar riffs from all the great country, blues, and rock artists, from Johnny Cash to BB King to The Beatles, Stones, Clapton, and Hendrix, to the Sex Pistols, in one non-stop torrent of great guitar-playing fun (check out his extended 'Hot Rod Lincon' on YouTube, cause you gotta SEE him playing it too). Just a joy to hear and see, and such a nice guy, too. So, here today, I have a show from his Too Much Fun trio configuration from several years back, a nice recording that features a good mix of his solo songs (such as 'Get a Little Goner', 'Rocks in the Sand', 'Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods', etc.), covers, and Commander Cody oldies, including his inimitable epic 'Hot Rod Lincoln'. So check it out. As Nick Lowe himself said about Bill Kirchen, "A devastating culmination of the elegant and the funky, a really sensational musician with enormous depth." 

1. Intro
2. Get a Little Goner
3. Rocks In The Sand
4. One More Day
5. There’s A Man At the Bottom Of The Well
6. talk (Newport Folk fest-guitar heroes)
7. Catch You On The Flip Flop
8. The Times They Are A Changin’
9. Band Intros
10. I Might Have Been a Lawyer (But I Couldn't Pass the Bar) - (Jack O'Dell vocal)
11. The Hammer Of The Honky Tonk Gods
12. Truck Stop at the End of the World
13. Seeds And Stems
14. Semi-Truck
15. Hot Rod Lincoln
Bonus Track
16. Encore - Too Much Fun (2010-12-16 - Northampton, MA) )

Bill Kirchen – Guitar, Vocals
Claude Arthur – Bass
Jack O’Dell – Drums

Bill Kirchen_2008-08-29_Charlestown RI.rar

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - 1975-02-18-Record Plant, Sausalito, CA

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
Record Plant, Sausalito, California

FM Broadcast Recording (WLIR-FM), very good quality
Mp3 @ 224 kbps

Here's one more show from the original Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. This very good quality radio broadcast recording, from a couple years later, in 1975, once again features mostly different songs from the previously posted shows. This show features some of their newer (at that time) songs, and some of their very best, including 'Don't Let Go' and 'Too Much Fun', a couple of all-time classics. Although this was near the end of the original run of the band, they were a really sharp, polished, and ultra-hot band by this time, putting on some of their best performances. Commander Cody tried to continue and/or reassemble the band in various incarnations and multiple reunions over the years, with various degrees of success, but this would mark the final days of the original, true CC and HLPA. But then, guitarist Bill Kirchen would also go on to his own level of success and acclaim as the 'Titan of the Telecaster' in the coming years. More on Bill coming up. For now, enjoy this final gem from the incomparable Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. 
01. Lost in the Ozone Again
02. Don't Let Go
03. Give Tennessee Credit For Music
04. Willin'
05. Four or Five Times
06. Southbound
07. House Of Blue Lights
08. Kentucky Hills of Tennessee
09. Cajun Baby
10. Keep On Lovin' Her
11. Hawaii Blues
12. California Okie
13. That's What I Like About The South
14. Gypsy Fiddle
15. Big River
16. Too Much Fun
17. The Boogie Man Boogie

Commander Cody_1975-02-18_Sausalito.rar

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - 1973-08-11 - Denver, CO

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
Ebbets Field, Denver, CO 

FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

Here's more from the one and only Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, from around the same time period as the previous post (August 1973), but this show features a completely different setlist from the previous one (only 2 repeated songs), showing more of the unique honky tonk style of the band. And this is a very good quality FM recording. Unfortunately, I have only been able to find it in lower bitrate versions (got this from Sugarmegs), but it is a fine show that sounds very good, and adds many of their signature songs to those already featured, thus making an excellent companion set to the Rotterdam show. 

1. Instrumental Intro
2. Good Rockin' Tonight
3. What's the Matter Now?
4. Truck Driving Man
5. Four or Five Times
6. Down and Out
7. Mama Hated Diesels
8. Little Sally Walker
9. Ain't Nothin' Shakin'
10. Daddy's Drinkin' Up Our Christmas
11. Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar
12. Hot Rod Lincoln Intro>
13. Hot Rod Lincoln
14. Rave On
15. Rock That Boogie
16. Jailhouse Rock
17. Mean Woman Blues
18. Lost In the Ozone Again

Bruce Barlow - Bass, Vocals
Bobby Black - Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Commander Cody - Piano, Vocals
Lance Dickerson - Drums, Vocals
Billy C Farlow - Harmonica, Vocals
Bill Kirchen - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Andy Stein - Violin, Saxophone
John Tichy - Guitar

Commander Cody_1973-08-11_Denver.rar