Sunday, February 12, 2017

Gin Blossoms - 2003-01-24 - Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA

Gin Blossoms
Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA

Soundboard Recording, Excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Continuing with the Gin Blossoms: Despite a very successful 2nd album (Congratulations I'm Sorry-1996) and subsequent tour, the band broke up in 1997 to go their separate ways. However, after a few one-off reunion appearances in 2001, the band decided to get back together for good in 2002, and started touring again. And basically, the band has been together ever since, including releasing new albums in 2005 (Major Lodge Victory) and 2010 (No Chocolate Cake), and a live album in 2009. And other than a somewhat frequent turnover of drummers (Spinal Tap Curse?), the core of the band (Robin Wilson, Scotty Johnson, Jesse Valenzuela, Bill Leen) has stayed the same since 1992. Here's a great-sounding show from their 2003 reunion tour.

01)  Follow You Down 4:59
02)  Mrs. Rita  4:17
03)  Hands Are Tied  3:20
04)  Competition Smile  4:45
05)  Seeing Stars  3:44
06)  Cajun Song  5:22
07)  Idiot Summer  4:58
08)  Day Job  4:34
09)  As Long As It Matters  5:19
10)  Just South of Nowhere 3:50
11)  Lost Horizons  3:58
12)  Pieces of the Night 5:14
13)  Found Out About You  4:04
14)  Hold Me Down   5:30
15)  Until I Fall Away  4:42
16)  Til I Hear It From You  4:25
17)  Allison Road  3:49
18)  Hey Jealousy  7:00
19)  Rocket Man  5:21
Bonus tracks (2002-06-13 - Ribfest, Cincinnati, OH
20) Keli Richards
21) Dinosaur
22) I Need to Know (Petty)
23. Mid-Western Folk Song

Scott Johnson - Guitars
Scott Kusmirek - Drums
Bill Leen - Bass
Jesse Valenzuela - Guitars/Vocals
Robin Wilson - Vocals

 mp3 - Gin Blossoms_2003-01-24_AgouraHillsCA_mp3.part1.rar
Gin Blossoms_2003-01-24_AgouraHillsCA_mp3.part2.rar

FLAC - Gin Blossoms_2003-01-24_AgouraHillsCA_FLAC.rar

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Gin Blossoms - 1996-03-18 - Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Gin Blossoms
March 18th, 1996.
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Pre-FM soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Continuing with the Gin Blossoms, they followed up their multi-platinum debut album (New Miserable Experience-1992) with a non-album single ('Til I Hear It From You'), from the Empire Records film soundtrack in 1995, and their 2nd major album, Congratulations... I'm Sorry in 1996, as well as a major tour in 1996. The title of the album made reference to how they were often greeted in the aftermath of their breakthrough album (Congratulations - for their recent success, I'm Sorry-for the loss of their friend and former guitarist-songwriter, Doug Hopkins, who tragically killed himself near the end of 1994). Their subsequent songs proved, however, that Hopkins wasn't the only talented songwriter in the group, and Congratulations continued in a similar style as their first album, spawned additional hits (notably 'Found Out About You'), and was also a major success (Platinum status). This show comes from their extensive 1996 tour supporting the album, which puts the new album front and center, featuring virtually all of their new songs (entire Congratulations album and 'Til I Hear It From You'), half a dozen older songs, and a cover or two (such as Tom Petty's 'I Need to Know'). As this is a Pre-FM recording for radio broadcast it features excellent sound quality. A few tracks from an acoustic session in New York are thrown in as bonus tracks to round out the set. A great show from Gin Blossoms. 

Disc One: (45:50)
01. Highwire 2:39
02. Day Job 4:03
03. Til I Hear It From You 4:15
04. My Car 4:25
05. Virginia 4:00
06. Whitewash 3:51
07. Not Only Numb 3:02
08. Found Out About You 4:05
09. I Can't Figure You Out 3:06
10. Memphis Time 3:25
11. Perfectly Still 4:13
12. Hold Me Down 4:46

Disc Two: (38:59)
01. Mrs. Rita 4:21
02. As Long As It Matters 4:32
03. Hands Are Tied 3:04
04. Hey Jealousy 4:01
05. Follow You Down 4:27
06. Flaming Moe's (from The Simpsons) 0:47
07. Competition Smile 3:38
08. I Need to Know (Tom Petty cover) 2:43
09. Allison Road 3:21
Bonus tracks: From 1996-02-09, New York City, Acoustic Session
10. Til I Hear It From You 3:50
11. As Long As It Matters 4:18
12. Competition Smile 3:28

FLAC - Gin Blossoms_1996-03-18_DuquesneU_Pittsburgh_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Gin Blossoms_1996-03-18_DuquesneU_Pittsburgh_mp3.rar

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Gin Blossoms - 1993-04-22 - The Metro - Chicago, IL (FM)

Gin Blossoms
The Metro, Chicago, IL

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

Here's the Gin Blossoms with some classic 90's power pop/rock. Hard to believe I haven't posted any 'Blossoms before this, as they are pivotal  to and fit right in with much of the other power pop type bands I listen to and have posted previously. They have a great unique sound and style that takes you back to those days in the early nineties. So here is the start of multiple Gin Blossoms posts. Gin Blossoms formed in Tempe, AZ in the late '80's, played locally around AZ for a few years, gaining popularity, until they attracted the attention of a major label, and signed with A&M in 1990. After some initial difficulty in recording their first major label album, resulting in release of an EP instead (Up and Crumbling-1991), they finally released their now classic first album New Miserable Experience in 1992, but not without additional problems. Lead guitarist and principal songwriter Doug Hopkins' struggles with alcoholism and self-destructive behavior was increasingly out of control, and the band was forced to fire him shortly after the album was finished. Now the band fully recognized that the strength of Doug's songs (He wrote 'Hey Jealousy' and 'Found Out About You', the bands first and biggest hits) is what got them their contract, but they couldn't continue with him, so he was out (unable to manage his drinking and depression, Hopkins killed himself in December 1993). Although not a hit right away, the album slowly gained momentum (on the strength of 'Hey Jealousy', follow-up singles, and successful touring) until it eventually became a huge hit by 1994, selling over 4 million albums. This show comes from early in their 1993 tour (actually before 'Hey Jealousy' was even released as a single), and shows their energetic style, sound, and performance abilities well. This comes from a WXRT FM broadcast, so boasts excellent sound quality. I've included a bonus track ('Idiot Summer') from a different date. Although this song was played at the Chicago show, it was not included in the radio broadcast (it also later was featured in the film Wayne's World 2), but here it is anyway. A condensed version of this show is featured on a widely distributed bootleg entitled In Bloom (containing part of this show with part of the Solano Beach CA show), but here is the complete radio broadcast of the Chicago show. 

01. Hold Me Down 4:06>
02. What 4:23
03. Hands are Tied 3:15
04. Cajun Song 3:01
05. 29 3:54
06. Until I Fall Away 3:20
07. Everywhere 4:09
08. Just South of Nowhere 3:20
09. Soul Deep 3:06
10. Cheatin' 3:52
11. Mrs. Rita 4:20
12. Allison Road 3:31
13. Hey Jealousy 4:12
14. My Biggest Date 3:18
15. Weeds 5:57
Bonus track:
16. Idiot Summer (1993, Solano Beach, CA) (mp3 only)

FLAC - Gin Blossoms_1993-04-22_Chicago_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Gin Blossoms_1993-04-22_Chicago_mp3.rar

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