Friday, February 5, 2016

Ry Cooder and David Lindley - 1995-07-06 - Vienna, Austria

Ry Cooder and David Lindley
with Joachim Cooder and Roseanne Lindley
The Family Tour

State Opera House, Vienna Austria
Soundboard recording, excellent quality (remastered by Bruno)
Mp3 @ 224 kbps

By request, here's one I pulled from my archives and didn't really quite know what I had. But after pulling this out, I found it to be a gem of a show. Here's Cooder and Lindley (and a couple of their kids, too, which is why it was called The Family Tour) doing what they do best in a great show and an excellent, clear recording (Unfortunately, I only have this in a lower bitrate mp3), that sounds wonderful. So, thanks to Ryan for getting me to dig this one out and listen to it, and so here it is for all to enjoy. Cooder and Lindley shine and play in ways (virtuosity, interesting and unique styles and arrangements) quite unlike anyone else.  
Disc One (69:25)
 1. Intro
 2. The Promised Land
 3. Jesus On The Mainline
 4. Mercury Blues
 5. Afanderfendrou (Madagascar trad.)
 6. Shebegsshemor
 7. Paris Texas >
 8. Vigilante Man
 9. All Shook Up
10. The Girls From Texas
11. How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
12. Leave Home

Disc Two (69:57)
 1. The Highway Is My Home
 2. Chauffeur Blues
 3. Ain't No Way, Baby
 4. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home
 5. Little Sister
 6. Play It All Night Long
 7. If Walls Could Talk
 8. Hold That Snake Till I Make It
 9. Talk To The Lawyer
10. Good Night Irene
11. The Very Things That Make You Rich (Makes Me Poor)
12. Do You Want My Job?

Disc1: Ry Cooder-David Lindley_1995-07-06_Vienna.disc1.rar

Disc 2: Ry Cooder-David Lindley_1995-07-06_Vienna.disc2.rar

Friday, January 29, 2016

Eagles - 2015-07-13 - Charlottesville, VA

July 13, 2015
History Of The Eagles Tour
John Paul Jones Arena, University of Virginia,
Charlottesville, VA

Audience recording, good quality (Lostbrook 2.0 Volume 103)
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions
Artwork included (Covers: ethiessen1)

It's been a mournful first month of 2016 for rock music fans, with the deaths of several notable veteran rock artists, including Lemmy (Motorhead), Dale Griffin (Mott The Hoople), and most recently, Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane/ Starship) and Maurice White (Earth, Wind, & Fire). But the most sudden, shocking, and devastating of all was the totally unexpected and near back-to back deaths of legendary rock icons David Bowie and Glenn Frey. Bowie was a true original, a pioneering and innovative artist, constantly re-inventing himself and challenging both himself and audiences with new directions, styles, and sounds over the years. Personally, I was not always a fan of the musical directions he chose (mainly a fan of his '70's output), but I always had the utmost respect for him as an artist. Many others have put up glowing tributes to Bowie (and have re-upped many fine concerts and recordings), and can do a much better job of it than me, so I won't attempt it here, but he will be missed in the world of rock.

Glenn Frey is another icon, a major player and very talented musician in the rock world, but in a different way than Bowie. Frey was obviously a much more mainstream musician, but as the driving force behind the Eagles, the most popular and successful band of the last 45 years, he also created something totally unique. In the early '70's, they took country-rock, a genre and style struggling to find an audience, and with superior songwriting, rich harmonies, and an easy-going charm and style, brought their music into the mainstream with numerous rock and pop masterpieces. For many of us, the Eagles provided major components for the soundtrack of our lives in the '70's and '80's. They have two of the best-selling albums of all-time (Greatest Hits 1971-1975 and Hotel California), but for me, their masterpiece is still Desperado (which actually was their poorest-selling album), which I think is one of the very best rock albums ever made (definitely top-10). Although they have certainly received a good bit of backlash for their phenomenal success, their songs remain much-loved classics. And although they have released very little new material (just 2 new albums over the last 20 years), they have remained major concert draws year after year. They recently concluded their highly successful epic 2-year History of the Eagles Tour, which saw a return to the 3-hour shows of yesteryear, and followed a chronological history of the band's music, even including the return of former bandmate, original guitarist Bernie Leadon, and a very fine show it was. Thus, it was a nice way to go out, even though fans at the time did not know it would be the last chance to see Glenn and the Eagles performing together, it nonetheless provided a fine ending for the band. So, here is a show from the final leg of the HOTE Tour, among the very last shows for Glenn and the band. Although it is sad that Glenn is now gone, his music lives on for us all to enjoy.

Set 1/Disc 1:
01 Intro (0:44)
02 Saturday Night (7:05)
03 Train Leaves Here This Morning (6:14)
04 Peaceful Easy Feeling (5:25)
05 Witchy Woman (7:02)
06 Doolin-Dalton (3:39)
07 Tequila Sunrise (3:14)
08 Doolin'-Dalton/Desperado (Reprise) (5:41)
09 Already Gone (4:37)
10 The Best Of My Love (6:43)
11 Lyin' Eyes (6:48)
12 One Of These Nights (5:48)
13 Take It To The Limit (4:17)

Set 2/Disc 2:
14 Wasted Time (Reprise) (1:34)
15 Pretty Maids All In A Row (4:44)
16 I Can't Tell You Why (5:16)
17 New Kid In Town (7:43)
18 Love Will Keep Us Alive (4:53)
19 Heartache Tonight (4:48)
20 Those Shoes (5:25)
21 In The City > Band Intros (13:04)
22 Life's Been Good (8:36)

Disc 3:
23 The Long Run (6:35)
24 Funk #49 (4:29)
25 Life In The Fast Lane (7:47)
Encore 1:
26 Hotel California (8:59)
Encore 2:
27 Take It Easy (4:16)
28 Rocky Mountain Way (6:22)
29 Desperado (4:55)

Don Henley - vocals, drums, percussion, guitars
Glenn Frey - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Timothy B. Schmidt - bass, vocals
Joe Walsh - guitars, vocals
Bernie Leadon (Set 1 & Encore 2) - guitars, banjo, vocals

Richard Davis - keyboards, percussion, vocals
Will Hollis - keyboards, percussion, vocals
Scott Crago - drums, percussion
Michael Thompson - keyboards, percussion, vocals
Steuart Smith - guitars, vocals

FLAC - Eagles_2015-07-13_CharlottesvilleVA_FLAC.part1.rar

mp3 - Eagles_2015-07-13_CharlottesvilleVA_mp3.part1.rar

Friday, January 15, 2016

Dawes - 2012-08-23 - Grandstand, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN

Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, St. Paul, MN

Audience Recording, good quality
mp3 @ 224 kbps

Here's more from Dawes, this show from a bit earlier in their career, at the MN State Fair in 2012, featuring songs from their 1st two albums, North Hills-2009 and Nothing is Wrong-2011, plus an advanced preview of a new song and what would be their next single (from their next album, Stories Don't End-2013), 'From a Window Seat'. 
01. My Girl To Me
02. The Way You Laugh
03. How Far We've Come
04. So Well
05. Fire Away
06. When My Time Comes
07. A Little Bit of Everything
08. Coming Back to a Man
09. Love is All I Am
10. From a Window Seat
11. Peace in the Valley
12. That Western Skyline
13. If I Wanted Someone
14. Million Dollar Bill
15. Time Spent in Los Angeles
16. It's Gonna Be Alright

Dawes_2012-08-23_MN State Fair.rar

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Dawes - 2015-06-12 - Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, TN

Audio from live webstream recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 305 kbps

Here's a 2015 show from the folk-rock, roots-rock band, Dawes. Dawes consists of primary songwriter-vocalist-guitarist, Taylor Goldsmith, his brother Griffin Goldsmith (drums, vocals), Duane Betts (guitar), and Wylie Gelber (bass), and come from the Laurel Canyon area near Los Angeles, California. They feature a pleasant 'vintage' rock sound and style, intelligent songwriting, and are just plain good. You can hear elements in their music similar to such classic bands as CSN, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Jackson Browne, but they have their own style, too. Their debut album, North Hills, came out in 2009, with subsequent albums, Nothing is Wrong (2011), Stories Don't End (2013), and their latest, All Your Favorite Bands (2015).  This is their show from Bonnaroo last year featuring several songs from their newest album as well as some favorites from earlier albums.  Check 'em out.

01. Things Happen
02. Don't Send Me Away
03. Time Spent in Los Angeles
04. Somewhere Along the Way
05. If I Wanted Someone
06. Most People
07. Right On Time
08. When My Time Comes
09. Can't Think About it Now
10. All Your Favorite Bands

Dawes_2015-06-12_Bonaaroo Festival.rar

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (& Friends) - 2014-12-09 - The Return of The Aimee Mann Christmas Show - Boston, MA

Aimee Mann & Ted Leo
(& featuring guests Jonathan Coulton, Susanna Hoffs, and Bill Janovitz)
"The Return of the Aimee Mann Christmas Show"
The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA

Audience recording, good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

After hosting a series of what became annual Musical-Variety Christmas Shows (with guest stars, music, comedy, sketches, videos, etc.) that ran from 2006 to 2011, Aimee Mann took a few years off from the holiday affairs, but then in 2014 came back with Ted Leo, her recent partner in the musical collaboration The Both, to host another round of the popular Christmas Shows, which was dubbed, naturally, 'The Return of the Aimee Mann Christmas Show'. In this recent incarnation of the show (which always have some kind of theme), Aimee and Ted  play Rock n' Roll detectives, that is, they are musician crime solvers, they travel around the world, rockin' and rollin' and solvin' murders, but for this show, Aimee doesn't want to have to solve any murders, just have a fun, festive holiday show. But, of course, then they hear that the Backstage Santa has just been murdered. Aimee just wants to carry on with the show, but Ted thinks they need to solve the murder, setting the stage for some onstage mayhem. The songs, of course, are the main thing, though, and they play numerous Holiday standards, as well as a few of their own catalog songs, and are joined by guests Jonathan Coulton, Susanna Hoffs, and Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom), for a few songs each. And if you are not interested in the in-between song banter and antics, these are tracked separately so can be edited out, if desired (Some of those antics lose a lot without the visuals as we don't know what is happening onstage causing the audience laughter, etc.). But, overall, an entertaining show. This is from the Boston performance of the show. Also, Aimee and Ted have continued on in 2015 with a new version of the Christmas Show, which has just wrapped up its series of performances (unfortunately, I have not yet found any recorded versions of the 2015 show, which is said to have featured Liz Phair as a guest artist). Enjoy, and Happy Holidays to all.

01. Murder She Sang intro Video
02. Aimee's Intro
03. It's Christmas Time (Status Quo cover) (Aimme and Ted)
04. Murder announcement > Sleigh Ride snippet
05. Nothing Left to Do (Let's Make this Christmas Blue) (Aimee and Ted)
06. Winter Wonderland (Aimee and Ted)
07. Hazy Shade of Winter (Susanna lead vocal)
08. Jonathan's Intro
09. Jingle Bell Rock (Jonathan)
10. Christmas is Interesting (Jonathan)
11. Zombie Instructions . . .
12. Re: Your Brains (Jonathan)
13. What Are You Doing New Years Eve? (Aimee, Ted, Jonathan)
14. Eternal Flame (Susanna)
15. Aimee and Ted banter . . .
16. I'll Be Home for Christmas (Aimee)
17. Intro to . . .
18. The Ballad of the Christmas Donkey (Ted)
19. Mineral  (Bill Janovitz)
20. Reason Why  (Bill and Ted)
21. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming  (Aimee, Ted, Susanna, Paul)
22. Intro to . . .
23. Nes Gadol Hayah Sham (Walk Like an Egyptian) (Susanna, Ted and Aimee)
24. You're a Mean One, Mr, Grinch (Aimee and Ted, Jonathan as The Narrator)
25. No Sir (Aimee and Ted (The Both))
26. Volunteers of America (Aimee and Ted (The Both))
27. Ted's banter about Jimmy John's
28. Bottled in Cork (Ted)
29. Save Me (Aimee)
30. Murder banter
31. There's a Murder Backstage (Baby It's Cold Outside) (Aimee and Ted)
32. Aimee and Ted interrogate suspects
33. Wonderful Christmastime interrogation (Aimee and Ted and all guests are interrogated)
34. Christmastime is Here (all)
35. Murder, She Sang outro

Aimee Mann - vocals, guitar, bass
Ted Leo - vocals, guitar
Jamie Edwards - keyboards, vocals
Paul Bryan - bass, guitar, vocals
Matt Mayhall - drums, percussion

With special guests:
Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) - vocals, guitar
Jonathan Coulton - vocals, guitar
Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom) - vocals, guitar

Aimee Mann & Ted Leo_Return of Aimee's Christmas Show-2014-12-09-Boston.mp3.part1.rar
Aimee Mann & Ted Leo_Return of Aimee's Christmas Show-2014-12-09-Boston.mp3.part2.rar

Aimee Mann & Ted Leo_Return of Aimee's Christmas Show-2014-12-09-Boston.FLAC.rar

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Smithereens - 2007 - World Cafe Live (2 radio shows), Philadelphia, PA

The Smithereens
2007-03-16 and 2007-12-21
World Cafe Live (2 radio shows)
Philadelphia, PA

FM Broadcast (webcast) Recordings (WXPN-NPR), very good quality
mp3 @320 kbps

Here's more from The Smithereens, from several years later (2007), two separate shows done at World Cafe in Philadelphia for WXPN and NPR radio, one in Spring (March 16), featuring songs from their Beatles cover album, Meet the Smithereens, and one in December (12-21), featuring songs from their Christmas album, Christmas with the Smithereens, as well as some older favorites at each show. I also threw in a couple bonus tracks from another 2007 show I had (07-22, Camden, NJ) to round out the show (and ends with the Who's 'Behind Blue Eyes', which foreshadows what their next cover project would be, The Smithereens Play Tommy, in 2009.  Some great stuff here, and even some holiday songs for the Christmas season.

01 Only A Memory.mp3
02 House We Used To Live In.mp3
03 Band Intros.mp3
04 Behind The Wall Of Sleep.mp3
05 Yesterday Girl.mp3
06 Interview.mp3
07 Don't Bother Me.mp3
08 I Wanna Be Your Man.mp3
09 Hold Me Tight.mp3
10 I Wanna Hold Your Hand.mp3
11 Waking Up On Christmas Morning.mp3
12 Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me).mp3
13 Run Rudolph Run.mp3
14 Only A Memory.mp3
15 Interview.mp3
16 Top Of The Pops.mp3
17 Time And Time Again.mp3
18 Behind The Wall Of Sleep.mp3
19 Blood And Roses.mp3
Bonus tracks (2007-07-22 - Camden NJ)
20 A Girl Like You (with oldies medley)
21 Behind Blue Eyes

Tracks 01-10, World Cafe Live 2007-03-16
Tracks 10-19, World Cafe Live, 2007-12-22
Tracks 20-21, Camden, NJ, 2007-07-22

The Smithereens_2007_World Cafe radio shows.rar

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Smithereens - Westwood One In Concert Radio Compilation (1989, 1990, & 1994 shows)

The Smithereens
Westwood One In Concert Radio Compilation
1989, 1990, and 1994 broadcasts (from shows #89-10, 90-06, 94-40)

Pre-FM and FM Broadcast recordings (#89-10 & 90-06, PFM; 94-40, Broadcast)
Available in both Lossless (FLAC - except tracks 17-19) and mp3 (320 kbps, all tracks) versions

Keeping with the theme of great underappreciated power pop bands, we move from the UK back to the US, and to New Jersey, for The Smithereens. The Smithereens first started around 1980, with Pat DiNizio (lead vocals, guitar, & primary songwriter), Jim Babjak (guitar, vocals), Mike Mesaro (bass, vocals), and Dennis Diken (drums), as a local band, releasing a couple of independent EPs through the mid-80's, but then burst on the national scene in 1986 with their first full-length LP, Especially For You, featuring the powerful singles 'Blood and Roses' and 'Behind the Wall of Sleep'. They followed this powerhouse debut with a couple more great albums, Green Thoughts (1988) and 11 (1989). Over the next several years the band was up and down, experimenting with some different styles and approaches, and then doing a series of theme cover albums (Meet The Smithereens-2007, B-Sides the Beatles-2008, The Smithereens Play Tommy-2009, and Christmas with The Smithereens-2007), but they have always been entertaining and a great band to see live. Their most recent studio album was 2011 (2011), and they continue to tour and perform regularly, and are certainly worth checking out if you get the chance.
This compilation comes from 3 separate Westwood One radio shows over the years 1989-1994. The first show (1989) has the best sound (PFM from radio discs) so the entire show from here is included. The second show, only the songs that were unique (not repeated) from the earlier show were included. The final show (1994) I only have in mp3 format, and is from a broadcast recording rather than Pre-FM, but still has good sound, and includes songs from their most recent album at that time, A Date with the Smithereens. All together, this compilation makes a really good full CD-length show covering a range of great material.

01.  Drown In My Own Tears
02.  Green Thoughts
03.  Groovy Tuesday
04.  Something New
05.  Cigarette
06.  Behind The Wall Of Sleep
07.  Only A Memory
08.  Blood and Roses
09.  House We Used To Live In
10.  Room With A View
11.  Marie Elena
12.  Cut Flowers
13.  Blue Period
14.  William Wilson
15. A Girl Like You
16.  Blues Before And After
17.  War For My Mind
18. Everything I Have is Blue
19. Miles From Nowhere

Tracks 1-09, show#89-10, Coach House, San Capistrano, CA, broadcast, 5/1/89
Tracks 10-16, show#90-06, Coach House, Ventura, CA, broadcast 3/19/90
Tracks 17-19, show#94-40, San Diego State University, broadcast 9/26/94 (mp3-only)

mp3 - The Smithereens_WW1 radio compilation_1989-1994_mp3.rar

FLAC (only tracks 1-16) - The Smithereens_WW1 radio compilation_1989-90_FLAC.rar

Thanks to draftervoi for the hi-quality digital FLAC versions of the 1st 2 shows.