Friday, November 17, 2017

By request, I'm presenting the best X show I've ever heard - a soundboard recording from Detroit club Cat's Cradle, recorded July 1982. The band is totally on fire. I know at least one big X fan who considers this to be their peak. Highly recommended... (note: that picture is of John Doe, Exene, Rand McNally and Black Randy, copyright Ruby Ray. also, these are FLAC files cuz that's how we roll).

X Part 1

X Part 2

X Part 3

Sunday, February 07, 2016

A diversion into the world of the Jody Grind,  an indescribably great Atlanta band who incorporated a wide range of out-of-vouge pop styles for their debut album and synthesized them into a true American original blend on their 2nd, then were struck by tragedy as half the band died in a car crash.  Kelly Hogan has gone on to do work with various Bloodshot label artists and has released some solo records.  An old friend of mine did a great retrospective series of Facebook posts on them, so here's a gift right back atcha, Tony.

October 3, 1990
Tramps, New York City

Part 1
Part 2

October 4, 1990
Tramps, New York City

Part 1
Part 2

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

This blog is almost ten years old!!!

I can't believe it.  This seems like an appropriate time to resurrect some old school "sharity blog" technology, hell this is like the 2010's equivalent of making a 1980's tape trade...

My wife and I recently had the privilege of catching Neil Young on a particularly great night of his West Coast tour (with superb backing band The Promise Of The Real including two of Willie Nelson's kids).  Here's a fantastic audience recording of the 3-hour gig (not made by me, this is much better than I would have managed).  Yes these are FLAC files, all credit goes to the original uploader in the text file.  Please do not convert to MP3.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I was digging around in my hard drive and found this Popol Vuh bootleg from 1973!

Also includes a detailed pdf discography

This is a soundboard recording of a live performance in 1973, probably late summer or early fall, in the church in Baumberg in Germany (which accounts for the beautiful natural reverb).

My guess is that this is just Daniel Fichelscher on guitar and Florian Fricke on keyboards and vocal (and may be the first recording of Fichelscher as a member of Popol Vuh - he would become co-partner with Fricke for all subsequent Popol Vuh albums.   Vocalist Djong Yun did not sing here, because she was away in America at the time.  Fricke's dissatisfaction with his vocals - heard here and on the studio album from 1973, "Seligpreisung" - would prompt him to later add another vocalist, Renate Knaup, whom he met through Fichelscher (both Fichelscher and Knaup had been members of Amon Duul II).

Song list (all are extended versions of the following pieces from their 1973 album "Seligpreisung"):

1)Weinen und Lachen
2)Hungern und Dursten
3)Hungern und Dursten (2nd take)
4)Willig Arm
5)Leid Klagen
6) Interview (German)
33 minutes of music followed by a 12 minute interview, which sounds like it was recorded in a park - because they sometimes have to pause to let a truck go by.

(link deleted, too large for Mediafire)

Thursday, February 06, 2014


Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 and Sun City Girls
live at the Reptile House, Grand Rapids MI, 1992-10-30

the only known recording of this tour, both sets





peace out, it's been a little over two years - maybe I'll post something sooner next time!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wingtip Sloat & Empty Box - early tapes

I've had this rip sitting in my projects folder for a few years now. I was afraid to really get into it because I knew it would be a discography/tracking nightmare, and I was right. But this history must be heard!

Fans of early 90's lo-fi may have fond memories of the Wingtip Sloat crew, who were one of the first (if not the first) bands on the VHF label. Shredding in a manner quite similar to the Pavement and GBV records of the time, but with a bit more instrumental meandering, screamy walls of static, and other experimental moves.

Empty Box were the pre-Sloat incarnation, and we also have here their only release that I know of aside from a Bananafish comp track. Not on Discogs. "A Blow To The Head 1986-89" is the cassette title, but the tracks don't match up - I've made my best estimate and left off the last two titles ("Mouthcramp" and "Cranes", for the curious). Much more sedate & normal than the Sloat boys, with added tape warble.

The tracking on the debut Wingtip Sloat release "User Friendly Bowl Wrapper" is even worse, as was noted on the dubbed copy I received back in '91 - there are a LOT more songs than titles. Using their cover of The Clean as a benchmark, I have titled the last eight tracks according to the Discogs entry, your guess is as good as mine for the earlier ones.

I think it would be really cool if VHF could release these and the other two Sloat tapes someday. Any casual fan of that brash, hissy early 90's aesthetic should give 'em a listen.

A Blow To The Head

User Friendly Bowl Wrapper (part 1)
User Friendly Bowl Wrapper (part 2)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Staple Singers - MRC-059

A little thank you to places like Rootblog for putting up so many of these lovely Mississippi Records cassette mixes. Some seriously rockin' gospel heaven for ya. This one is unusual in that it focuses on a single artist.