Thursday, December 29, 2016

BoDeans - 1989-12-31 - Park West, Chicago, IL (WXRT Broadcast)

Park West, Chicago, IL

FM Radio Broadcast recording (WXRT), very good quality
Mp3 @ 192 kbps

To salute the tradition of New Year's Eve rock concerts, here's another in our series of quality New Year's Eve shows. Here's the BoDeans in a classic NYE show from 1989, captured right at the band's peak years (after Home-1989, and shortly before the release of Black and White-1990). This excellent, but all too short set (surely edited down for radio broadcast) from Chicago was broadcast by WXRT-FM. As a bonus, a couple of vintage seasonal tracks (1987 Christmas single tracks) from the boys are also included, with originals, the lovely 'Christmas Time', and the uniquely strange and incessant jazz/punk/hip-hoppish rocker 'Jingle Bell Rock' (definitely NOT a remake of the familiar Bobby Helms classic of the same name). Happy New Year! to all, and let's hope 2017 is a much better year all around than 2016 was.

01. Intro
02. Brand New
03. She's a Runaway
04. Dreams
05. Sylvia
06. Angels
07. talk
08. Good Things
09. Don't Be Lonely
10. Countdown
11. Still the Night
12. Outro
Seasonal Bonus tracks (320 kbps):
B01. Jingle Bell Rock
B02. Christmas Time


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Aimee Mann & Ted Leo & Friends - 2015-12-09 - Christmas Show - Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show
Featuring Liz Phair, Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick
2015-12-09 (Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015)
Wilbur Theater - Boston, MA

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

Here's the return of Aimee and Ted's Christmas show, this time the 2015 edition (last year's show). Aimee and Ted joined together a few years ago to form The Both. Last year, I posted their 2014 Christmas Show, which marked the return of Aimee's Annual Christmas shows after missing several years. Aimee did not tour with a Christmas show for the current year (2016), so this is the most recent Christmas show available. These popular shows are a musical-variety show that mixes much music (holiday and otherwise) with some banter, skits, and comedy bits, and features several other artists in addition to Aimee and Ted. This year's guests included Liz Phair, Jonathan Coulton (who also was in the 2014 shows), and John Roderick. The theme in this year's show (or running gag, if you will) is a recurring bit about North pole politics and the ongoing Santa Elections. Song highlights include a new song from Aimee and Ted ('You're a Gift'), holiday favorites, artist standards, and some unique twists and variations on familiar songs. Overall, a very entertaining show. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best.

01. Intro
02. It's Christmas Time (Status Quo cover)
03. Banter 1 with Aimee and Ted
04. You're a Gift (new Aimee and Ted song)
05. Santa Election Banter 1
06. Supernova (with Liz Phair)
07. Winter Wonderland (with Liz Phair)
08. Recap for Latecomers
09. Christmas is Interesting (Jonathan Coulton)
10. Intro to 2600
11. 2600 (Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick)
12. Intro to Re: Your Brains
13. Re: Your Brains (Jonathan Coulton)
14. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
15. Intro to Same Song
16. Same Song (John Roderick)
17. Ho Ho Ho Ho (Liz Phair)
18. Santa Election Banter 2
19. I'll Be Home for Christmas
20. Banter 3
21. Lyin' Eyes (snippet)
22. The Week Between (Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick)
23. Calling on Mary (a capella)
24. Intro to. . .
25. The Christmas Donkey
26. Why Can't I Weave? (Liz Phair)
27. Save Me
28. Bottle of Buckie
29. No Sir
30. Set up for the original lyrics to Voices Carry
31. (He's Your Dad Now) This is Gary
32. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (featuring John Roderick)
33. Santa Election Banter 3
34. Jesus Claus, Santa Christ
35. Christmastime is Here

FLAC - Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Christmas Show_2015-12-09_Boston_FLAC.rar
mp3 - Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Christmas Show_2015-12-09_Boston_mp3.part1.rar
Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Christmas Show_2015-12-09_Boston_mp3.part2.rar

Sunday, December 11, 2016

BB Chronicles Christmas Collections - 2016

New BB Chronicles Christmas Sampler Collections 2016!

OK, I have some new Christmas sampler compilations this year. I really did not think I was going to be able to put anything together this year (just because of busyness and time, etc.), but once I started looking for songs to include it came together pretty quickly, and there were lots I wanted to include. So much so that I actually created 2 compilations this year. At first, it seemed that I most of what I was listening to were pretty melancholy, downbeat songs, but then I wanted to put in some more cheery, bright ones, so I ended up dividing them into two different collections, one being bluesy, sad, or melancholy Christmas songs, and the other being more bright and cheerful (lots of power pop, etc.). So, here are the two new compilations I came up with for this year. hope you enjoy them both.
Merry Christmas to All!

BB's Blue Christmas - 2016
(A collection of not-so-happy seasonal songs)
A BB Chronicles Christmas Compilation
Various Artists

Mp3 @ 192-320 kbps

OK, so sometimes the holidays and the winter Christmas season are not so cheery for whatever reasons. And there are plenty of seasonal songs that reflect some of these blues, anxieties, frustrations, and overall sadness. But that's not to say that the songs themselves are bleak. On the contrary, many are quite beautiful melodies, and enjoyable to hear, but they just depict a bit darker side of the holidays. So, this collection embraces those aspects, with some quite lovely and beautiful tracks, blues and ballads, to some interestingly strange ditties and oddities, culminating in a sign of hope and peace. Once again, the collection features lesser known tracks and gems, as well as more original than traditional songs.

01. Christmas Time Is Here - Shawn Colvin (1998 - Holiday Songs and Lullabies) 
02. Please Come Home For Christmas - Aaron Neville (1993 - Aaron Neville's Soulful Christmas)
03. River - Linda Ronstadt (2000 - A Merry Little Christmas) 
04. In The Bleak Midwinter - Jerry Douglas (2009 - Jerry Christmas)
05. Winter Song - Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson (2008 -  TwitterXmasSingle
06. Whatever Happened to Christmas? (2007 - One More Drifter in the Snow)
07. Blue Christmas - Bright Eyes (2002 - A Christmas Album) 
08. Christmas Time In The City - Mary Chapin Carpenter (2008 - Come Darkness, Come Light: 12 Songs of Christmas)
09. Christmas Eve Can Kill You - The Everly Brothers (1971 - Stories We Could Tell)
10. That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! - Sufjan Stevens (2003 - Songs for Christmas)
11. Christmas Spirit - Julia Lee And Her Boyfriends (1947 - Hipster's Holiday)
12. Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) - Miles Davis ft. Bob Dorough (1962 - Jingle Bell Jazz)
13. Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis - Tom Waits (1978 - Blue Valentines)
14. Christmas in Prison - John Prine (1973 - Sweet Revenge)
15. Colorado Christmas - Steve Goodman (1987 - Unfinished Business)
16. Christmas in Cape Town - Randy Newman (1983 - Trouble in Paradise)
17. All Alone On Christmas - Darlene Love (1992 - Home Alone 2 Soundtrack)
18. Always Winter Never Christmas - XTC ( 1992 - XTC Music and Friends)
19. Don't Believe in Christmas - Pearl Jam (2002 - Ten Club 2002 Single)
20. Even Santa Gets the Blues - Chuck Leavell (1998 - What's in That Bag?)
21. All I Want for Christmas - Timbuk3 (1987 - Single)
22. Peace on Earth - Mike Oldfield  (1999 - The Millennium Bell)

BB's Blue Christmas - 2016.rar

BB's Bright Christmas - 2016
(A collection of cheery seasonal songs)
A BB Chronicles Christmas Compilation
Various Artists
Mp3 @ 192-320 kbps

OK, so now after bringing you down a bit with the Blue Christmas Collection, here's some much brighter and cheerier selections to lift you up through the holidays. This collection again features many lesser-known holiday gems from BB Chronicles-favored artists (and a preponderance of power pop in this particular compilation) in many different styles and sounds, and featuring more original or non-traditional songs than you usually hear in these samplers, but all designed to liven up your holidays with some great upbeat holiday music.  Enjoy! and Happy Holidays!

01. Christmas All Over Again - Tom Petty (1992)
02. Christmas Time - The BoDeans (1987)
03. Thanks For Christmas - Pugwash (2002)
04. Little Road To Bethlehem - Shawn Colvin (1998 - Holiday Songs and Lullabies)
05. Merry Christmas All - The Grip Weeds (2011) 
06. (There's No War On Christmas) When Christmas Is In Your Heart - The Mockers (2012)
07. In Dulci Jubilo - Mike Oldfield (1975)
08. Waking Up On Christmas Morning - The Smithereens (2007)
09. Merry Christmas Will Do - Material Issue (1991)
10. Louisiana Christmas Day -  Aaron Neville (1993 - Aaron Neville's Soulful Christmas)
11. Christmas is MyTime of Year - The Monkees (1976)
12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Linda Ronstadt (2000 - Merry Little Christmas)
13. Silent Night - Stanley Jordan  (1986 - Standards)
14. Hey Santa - Chuck Leavell (1998 - What's in That Bag?)
15. Rockabilly Christmas Ball - Dwight Twilley (2005 - Have a Twilley Christmas)
16. Children Go Where I Send Thee - Nick Lowe (2013 - Quality Street)
17. Hot Christmas - Squirrel Nut Zippers (1998)
18. Everybody Loves Christmas - Eddie Money & Ronnie Spector (1997)
19. Love Came Down At Christmas - Shawn Colvin  (1998 - Holiday Songs and Lullabies)
20. Mary Did You Know - Jerry Douglas  (2009 - Jerry Christmas)
21. Christmas Stars - Dwight Twilley (2005 - Have a Twilley Christmas)
22. Snoopy's Christmas - The Royal Guardsmen  (1967)
23. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day - Nick Lowe (2013 - Quality Street)

BB's Bright Christmas - 2016.rar

Be sure to check out my Christmas collections from previous years (even number years) and other Christmas-themed posts here

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Midnight Ramble Band and Guests - 2016-08-06 - Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Celebration - Damrosch Park, Lincon Center, New York

The Midnight Ramble Band and Guests
August 6, 2016
The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Celebration
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Audience recording, Good quality.
Mp3 @ 224 kbps

With the 40th anniversary of The Band's historic final concert, The Last Waltz, coming up this week (Thanksgiving Day), many tributes to and celebrations of one of the greatest concerts in rock history will be held all around the US. Most of these tribute shows feature primarily local artists and celebrities, but some are all-star affairs. A couple of tribute show were already held earlier his year in New Orleans, featuring Warren Haynes, Don Was, and Michael McDonald, among others. This same group also plans to take this Last Waltz 40th show on tour in early 2017. A series of shows in New Zealand feature surviving Band member Garth Hudson, along with John Simon, and a host of NZ locals. Another all-star tribute show, and one also with direct ties to the actual 'Band' was held earlier this summer at Lincoln Center, New York, where Larry Campbell and the Midnight Ramble Band, which was Levon Helm's Band for many years prior to his death, hosted a gala tribute event. This show featured a couple of performers that were at the original Last Waltz, in Dr. John and Howard Johnson, as well as guests Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Patti Griffith, Buddy Miller, and newcomers Anderson East and Teddy Thompson (Richard Thompson's son). It was a scaled-down version of the epic-length original show, featuring most of the best songs, done in as authentic as possible versions (such as using Allen Toussaint's original horn arrangements, etc.). Overall, a wonderful show, and here it is for you. But of course, it is still no comparison to the original. Unfortunately, I only have this in the 224 kbps version posted here (obtained from BigO Worldwide). I'm sure there are higher quality versions floating around, but for now this is the best I have. Happy Thanksgiving to all!. Of course, the original full-length The Last Waltz is also available as posted previously (here), to relive the actual concert event.

Disc 1:
Track 101. Intro 2:13 (3.7MB)
Track 102. This Wheel’s On Fire 5:32 (9.3MB)
Track 103. The Shape I’m In 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 104. Life Is A Carnival 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 105. Up On Cripple Creek (with Buddy Miller) 5:29 (9.2MB)
Track 106. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (with Buddy Miller) 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 107. Ophelia (with Teddy Thompson) 4:39 (7.8MB)
Track 108. Helpless (with Patti Griffith) 5:04 (8.5MB)
Track 109. Evangeline (with Patti Griffith) 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 110. Caravan (with Anderson East) 6:44 (11.3MB)
Track 111. Rag Mama Rag (with Howard Johnson) 8:35 (14.4MB)
58 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. It Makes No Difference (with Lucinda Williams) 7:56 (13.3MB)
Track 202. Further On Up The Road (with Bob Weir) 7:52 (13.2MB)
Track 203. Such A Night (with Dr John; song cuts out at 2:02 due to tape flip) 3:04 (5.2MB)
Track 204. Down South In New Orleans (with Buddy Miller) 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 205. Long Black Veil 5:27 (9.2MB)
Track 206. Genetic Method 2:27 (4.1MB)
Track 207. Chest Fever 7:24 (12.4MB)
Track 208. Forever Young (everyone except Dr John) 9:13 (15.5MB)
Track 209. The Weight (all) 5:35 (9.4MB)
54 mins

Larry Campbell and The Midnight Ramble Band, with Featured Guests:
Theresa Williams, Buddy Miller, Teddy Thompson, Patti Griffith, Anderson East, Howard Johnson, Lucinda Williams, Bob Weir, and Dr. John

 Midnight Ramble Band and Guests_2016-08-06_Last Waltz 40th Ann.Celebration.rar

Monday, November 14, 2016

Timbuk3 - 1989-11-04 - Paradise Theater, Boston, MA

November 4, 1989
Paradise Theater, Boston, MA

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

Here's a rare treat that I only recently discovered (thanks to mediaaddict for posting this on G101 forum). This is the only full-length concert recording of the wonderful Timbuk3 that I know of, so it is great to be able to post it here. This comes from 1989, on tour in support of their 3rd great album, Edge of Allegiance, which contains even more pointed political and social commentary than their previous albums, all while maintaining that dark and edgy cynical humor. Just great stuff from a totally unique band. By this time the duo of Pat and Barbara MacDonald had added a drummer for their live shows, and would shortly add a bass as well to become a full-fledged band. But this show comes at a good time in the band's history, featuring a variety of songs from their first 3 albums (which were their best), as well as a few non-album tracks, and a revamped version (slower, darker, funkier) of their one hit single ('The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades'). All in all, a wonderful show from a very talented (and much-missed) band.
   01. walkon and tuning 1:10
   02. B-side of Life 3:36
   03. National Holiday 4:00
   04. Waves of Grain 3:49
   05. Rev. Jack & His Roamin' Cadillac Church 4:24
   06. Count to Ten 4:52
   07. Facts About Cats 3:54
   08. Dance Fever 2:53
   09. Standard White Jesus 4:36
   10. Looking for Work 3:58
   11. Dirty Dirty Rice 3:45 (end applause spliced, tape flip)
   12. Third Rail > 3:28
   13. You are My Government 3:52
   14. a story 2:31      
   15. Easy 4:29        
   16. Life is Hard 4:48   
   17. The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades 3:03               
   18. Grand Old Party (and encore break) 5:21
   19. Eden Alley 3:26   
   20. Assholes on Parade 3:52
   21. WW III Blues > 2:37
   22. Not Fade Away 5:37  (end applause spliced)
   23. Hairstyles and Attitudes 4:56 (end applause spliced)

Pat MacDonald: acoustic and electric bass, MIDI guitar, harmonica vocals and drum programming
Barbara MacDonald: electric guitar, mandolin, violin, vocals and rhythm programming
Wally Ingram: drums

mp3 - Timbuk3 - 1989-11-04 - Boston_mp3.rar

FLAC - Timbuk3 - 1989-11-04 - Boston_FLAC.rar

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Mudcrutch - 2016-06-20 - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

Fillmore Theater, San Francisco, CA
Audience recording, very good quality
Mp3 @320 kbps

Here's some more Tom Petty and Mudcrutch. This time, rather than their original older stuff, here is the current status of Mudcrutch on their recent 2016 US tour in support of their 2nd full album, Mudcrutch 2. Tom apparently had fun reuniting with his original band for an album in 2008, so he did it again in 2016 for another album, and this time with a full-scale, full-fledged tour. I've told the Mudcrutch story previously, so no need to go over that again, but this probably also could be considered as part of the collaborative tour series of late, as rather than being the full-time frontman, as with Petty and the Heartbreakers, with Mudcrutch Tom takes a step back and let's the rest of the band have their spotlight, with each member singing lead on at least one song on the new album, and Petty handling bass and letting others do most of the guitar work. And it all seems to work, as Mudcrutch has a different sound than the Heartbreakers, and they are free to go back and do more country-rock and old-time Rock 'n Roll, and just have a good time. For these live shows they have added Herb Pedersen, bluegrass instrumentalist extraordinaire (not a regular member of the band), to round out the sound. And it's a tribute to Petty that he is content to let Mudcrutch only do Mudcrutch songs (and oldies), and not try to squeeze in a few of Petty's own biggest hits into this band's setlist. This is a wonderfully fun show and very good recording, with a few extra songs from other shows from this tour thrown in to round out the recording.

1. Shady Grove
2. Orphan of the Storm
3. Six Days on the Road
4. Scare Easy
5. Trailer
6. This Is a Good Street
7. Lover of the Bayou
8. Beautiful World
9. Dreams of Flying
10.Save Your Water
11.Hungry No More/I Forgive It All
12.Knockin' on Heaven's Door
13.The Other Side of the Mountain
15.Welcome to Hell
16.Victim of Circumstance
17.The Wrong Thing to Do
18.Bootleg Flyer
20.Crystal River
21.Bo Diddley
Bonus Tracks:
22. You Aint Goin Nowhere (2016-06-10 - Webster Hall - New York)
23. Carol (2016-05-31 - Ryman Theater, Nashville)
24. House of Stone (2016-05-28 - Riviera Theatre - Chicago)
25. Rainy Day Women #12 and 35 (2016-05-28 - Riviera Theatre - Chicago)
26. High School Confidential (2016-05-28 - Riviera Theatre - Chicago)

Mike Campbell - lead guitar
Tom Leadon - rhythm guitar, backing & lead vocals
Randall Marsh - drums
Herb Pedersen- Guitar and Banjo
Tom Petty - lead & backing vocals, bass guitar
Benmont Tench - keyboards, backing & lead vocals

Mudcrutch_2016-06-20_San Francisco_mp3.part1.rar
Mudcrutch_2016-06-20_San Francisco_mp3.part2.rar

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bob Dylan with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - 1986-06-12 - Sacramento, CA

Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
June 12, 1986
Cal Expo Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
True Confessions Tour
Audience recording (from 1st gen. cassette), good sound quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Continuing with the Collaborative Tours theme, and sticking with Dylan, as he has been known to be involved with some very interesting combinations over the years (w/The Band, The Grateful Dead, etc.), here's a great combination tour that that goes back a ways, to 1986, when Dylan teamed up with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, for the True Confessions tour. For this tour, Tom and the Boys served as Bob's back-up band, as well as taking the spotlight with some of their own songs. If that seems like a really good match-up, well it is. Note that this was still a few years before Dylan joined Petty (along with George Harrison,  Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison) as The Traveling Wilburys, so this is all pure Dylan and Petty stuff, and wonderful it is. This show is from early in the tour, in Sacramento, and although there are some better recordings available from this tour, most of those are not complete shows. Here we have the complete show, and a very good (but not great) audience recording. So, check out Bob and Tom, and the Rest of the Heartbreakers in this unique tour and show.

Dylan w/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers backing
1. So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye (Weldon Rogers)
2. Positively 4th Street
3. Clean Cut Kid
4. I'll Remember You
5. Shot Of Love
6. We Had It All (Donny Fritts-Troy Seals)
7. Masters Of War
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
8. Straight Into Darkness
9. I Need to Know
10. The Waiting
11. Refugee
Dylan - Acoustic set
12. To Ramona (solo)
13. It Ain't Me, Babe (solo)
14. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (solo)
15. I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (Cecil A. Null) (w/Petty&Heartbreakers)
16. Lenny Bruce (w/Petty&Heartbreakers)
Dylan & Full Band
17. I'm Moving On (Hank Snow)
18. When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky
19. Lonesome Town (Baker Knight)
20. Ballad Of A Thin Man
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
21. So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star (R. McGuinn/C. Hillman)
22. Spike
23. Breakdown
24. Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)
Dylan w/ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
25. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
26. Seeing The Real You At Last
27. I And I
28. Like A Rolling Stone
29. In The Garden
30. Blowin' In The Wind
31. Happy Birthday (trad.)/Rock With Me Baby (John Lee Hooker)
32. Knockin' On Heaven's Door

mp3 - Dylan-Petty_1986-06-12_Sacramento_mp3.part1.rar

FLAC - Dylan-Petty_1986-06-12_Sacramento_FLAC.part1.rar