New Bums + Howling Hex + Forces At Work = Lion’s Lair, Denver, Colorado, April 6, 2014
So soon! This gig would already be the show of the year for me, even if Forces At Work (my band) hadn’t somehow made it onto the bill. We’re on first, obviously. Totally psyched to see the New Bums and the Hex all in one night. So much talent under one roof! Will there be an all-star jam at the end? Who knows! Suffice to say, if you’re anywhere in Colorado, you should be making plans to come to Lion’s Lair for this unbelievable night on Colfax Ave. There may even be a super limited edition Doom & Gloom From The Tomb mix available. Oh my God. 
This fantastic poster, by the way, was created by Forces At Work’s drummer, Chris Gregori.  

New Bums + Howling Hex + Forces At Work = Lion’s Lair, Denver, Colorado, April 6, 2014

So soon! This gig would already be the show of the year for me, even if Forces At Work (my band) hadn’t somehow made it onto the bill. We’re on first, obviously. Totally psyched to see the New Bums and the Hex all in one night. So much talent under one roof! Will there be an all-star jam at the end? Who knows! Suffice to say, if you’re anywhere in Colorado, you should be making plans to come to Lion’s Lair for this unbelievable night on Colfax Ave. There may even be a super limited edition Doom & Gloom From The Tomb mix available. Oh my God. 

This fantastic poster, by the way, was created by Forces At Work’s drummer, Chris Gregori.  

"Dragonfly" - Bardo Pond, live in the Ole Woodshop

Check it — I wrote up a bit about some various Bardo Pond goings ons over on Aquarium Drunkard. The original “Dragonfly” shows up on Refulgo, a very essential Three Lobed double LP comp of deep jams dredged from the Pond. This live in the studio rendition from a few years back is radical. I’m kind of just getting around to really exploring the Bardo catalog, but it seems that there are many great discoveries waiting to be made. Dive in! 

Can’t Get A Fraction
Hey! The second installment of Invisible Hits is up on Pitchfork RIGHT NOW. Holy cow. It’s focusing on a set of recordings near and dear to my heart: Television’s legendary Eno demos. And psst, you can check those out (along with many other Richard Hell-era Television delights) on the Season In Hell comp. And here’s even more! Two nights of Television at CBGB in January of 1975, just after they recorded those Eno demos. Some of this is on Season In Hell, but it’s fun to hear the full sets. Totally raw, totally great. Hell summed up the early days of the band perfectly in his recent memoir, I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp: 
"It’s true that the band sounded ragged. But this was something that had also been said of the early gigs (and often the later ones) of the New York Dolls and the Velvet Underground. It was something I positively liked in a band. It’s true of the Stones’ Exile on Main Street sessions too, or on some of their early singles, like ‘Who’s Driving Your Plane?’ or ‘19th Nervous Breakdown.’ Another band whose sound I’d always loved was Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, especially on a track like ‘Going to a Go-Go,’ which sounds like it was recorded in an alley, the band banging on cardboard boxes and garbage cans. I love a racket. I love it when it seems like a group is slipping in and out of phase, when something lags and then slides into a pocket, like hitting the number on a roulette wheel, a clatter, like the sound of the Johnny Burnette trio, like galloping horses’ hooves. It’s like a baby learning how to walk, or a little bird just barely avoiding a crash to the dirt, or two kids losing their virginity. It’s awkward but it’s riveting, and uplifting and funny.”
Part One
Part Two 

Can’t Get A Fraction

Hey! The second installment of Invisible Hits is up on Pitchfork RIGHT NOW. Holy cow. It’s focusing on a set of recordings near and dear to my heart: Television’s legendary Eno demos. And psst, you can check those out (along with many other Richard Hell-era Television delights) on the Season In Hell comp. And here’s even more! Two nights of Television at CBGB in January of 1975, just after they recorded those Eno demos. Some of this is on Season In Hell, but it’s fun to hear the full sets. Totally raw, totally great. Hell summed up the early days of the band perfectly in his recent memoir, I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp

"It’s true that the band sounded ragged. But this was something that had also been said of the early gigs (and often the later ones) of the New York Dolls and the Velvet Underground. It was something I positively liked in a band. It’s true of the Stones’ Exile on Main Street sessions too, or on some of their early singles, like ‘Who’s Driving Your Plane?’ or ‘19th Nervous Breakdown.’ Another band whose sound I’d always loved was Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, especially on a track like ‘Going to a Go-Go,’ which sounds like it was recorded in an alley, the band banging on cardboard boxes and garbage cans. I love a racket. I love it when it seems like a group is slipping in and out of phase, when something lags and then slides into a pocket, like hitting the number on a roulette wheel, a clatter, like the sound of the Johnny Burnette trio, like galloping horses’ hooves. It’s like a baby learning how to walk, or a little bird just barely avoiding a crash to the dirt, or two kids losing their virginity. It’s awkward but it’s riveting, and uplifting and funny.”

Part One

Part Two 

REAL COOL TIME: Live Feelies Covers, 1977-2009
Another re-up by request. This one had been modified and added to over the years, but I’ve kind of lost track of what exactly was included. This is just the pure Feelies original edition, going through 2009. The band has added some covers to their repertoire in recent years, but I might try to compile those into a different set altogether. Or not! Anyway, here’s the original write-up: 
If you’ve downloaded any of the Feelies shows I’ve posted in the past, you know that The Feelies are a magnificent cover band. Whether tackling songs by Patti Smith, Wire, R.E.M., The Stooges or, of course, The Velvet Underground, they manage to put their own stamp on anything they play. A Feelies cover song isn’t radically re-arranged, mind you — it’s just given that elemental Feelies feel. Some of these songs made it to the studio, while some of them ended up being live-only experiences. Over the years, I’ve gathered up what I think is a complete set of these tunes, and I’m sharing that with you now. Here’s the tracklisting:
1. Egyptian Reggae (Modern Lovers)2. Everybody’s Got Something to Hide (Except for Me & My Monkey) (Beatles)3. Barstool Blues (Neil Young) 4. She Said She Said (Beatles) 5. Dancing Barefoot (Patti Smith) 6. Outdoor Miner (Wire) 7. White Light/White Heat (Velvet Underground) 8. King’s Lead Hat (Eno) 9. Little Red Book (Bacharach/David/Love) 10. Take It As It Comes (Doors) 11. Sedan Delivery (Neil Young) 12. Carnival of Sorts (R.E.M.) 13. Funtime (Iggy Pop) 14. Paint It Black (Rolling Stones) 15. See No Evil (Television) 16. Velvet Medley (Velvet Underground) 17. Seven Days (Dylan)18. Rocks Off (Rolling Stones)19. I Wanna Be Your Dog (Stooges) 20. Fun To Be Happy (Love Tractor) 21. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Velvet Underground) 22. Looking At You (MC5) 23. Third Uncle (Eno) 24. Head Held High (Velvet Underground) 25. Mannequin (Wire) 26. I Want To Sleep In Your Arms (Modern Lovers)27. Sunday Morning (Velvet Underground) 28. I’m A Believer (Neil Diamond/Monkees) 29. Roadrunner (Modern Lovers) 30. Real Cool Time (Stooges) 31. Sweet Jane w/ Lou Reed (Velvet Underground)
Acknowledgments: Gotta say thanks to ILM-ers Marco and Erik for hooking me up with a few songs I didn’t have, as well as Janice for coming through at the last minute with “King’s Lead Hat.” Also thanks to the tapers who documented all of this — only one I know specifically is www.nyctaper.com, who has been lovingly recording the reunited Feelies in the last few years. More thanks to Massimo, who runs the excellent Feelies website, where I was able to research this stuff, thanks to the bootleg database there. And thanks to The Feelies for being so awesome! Go out and get those reissues and the new album, people!
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REAL COOL TIME: Live Feelies Covers, 1977-2009

Another re-up by request. This one had been modified and added to over the years, but I’ve kind of lost track of what exactly was included. This is just the pure Feelies original edition, going through 2009. The band has added some covers to their repertoire in recent years, but I might try to compile those into a different set altogether. Or not! Anyway, here’s the original write-up: 

If you’ve downloaded any of the Feelies shows I’ve posted in the past, you know that The Feelies are a magnificent cover band. Whether tackling songs by Patti Smith, Wire, R.E.M., The Stooges or, of course, The Velvet Underground, they manage to put their own stamp on anything they play. A Feelies cover song isn’t radically re-arranged, mind you — it’s just given that elemental Feelies feel. Some of these songs made it to the studio, while some of them ended up being live-only experiences. Over the years, I’ve gathered up what I think is a complete set of these tunes, and I’m sharing that with you now. Here’s the tracklisting:

1. Egyptian Reggae (Modern Lovers)
2. Everybody’s Got Something to Hide (Except for Me & My Monkey) (Beatles)
3. Barstool Blues (Neil Young)
4. She Said She Said (Beatles)
5. Dancing Barefoot (Patti Smith)
6. Outdoor Miner (Wire)
7. White Light/White Heat (Velvet Underground)
8. King’s Lead Hat (Eno)
9. Little Red Book (Bacharach/David/Love)
10. Take It As It Comes (Doors)
11. Sedan Delivery (Neil Young)
12. Carnival of Sorts (R.E.M.)
13. Funtime (Iggy Pop)
14. Paint It Black (Rolling Stones)
15. See No Evil (Television)
16. Velvet Medley (Velvet Underground)
17. Seven Days (Dylan)
18. Rocks Off (Rolling Stones)
19. I Wanna Be Your Dog (Stooges)
20. Fun To Be Happy (Love Tractor)
21. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Velvet Underground)
22. Looking At You (MC5)
23. Third Uncle (Eno)
24. Head Held High (Velvet Underground)
25. Mannequin (Wire) 
26. I Want To Sleep In Your Arms (Modern Lovers)
27. Sunday Morning (Velvet Underground)
28. I’m A Believer (Neil Diamond/Monkees)
29. Roadrunner (Modern Lovers)
30. Real Cool Time (Stooges)
31. Sweet Jane w/ Lou Reed (Velvet Underground)

Acknowledgments: Gotta say thanks to ILM-ers Marco and Erik for hooking me up with a few songs I didn’t have, as well as Janice for coming through at the last minute with “King’s Lead Hat.” Also thanks to the tapers who documented all of this — only one I know specifically is www.nyctaper.com, who has been lovingly recording the reunited Feelies in the last few years. More thanks to Massimo, who runs the excellent Feelies website, where I was able to research this stuff, thanks to the bootleg database there. And thanks to The Feelies for being so awesome! Go out and get those reissues and the new album, people!

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Beale Street Green / Breakdown
A re-up by request — two very nice Big Star / Alex Chilton rarities collections. RIP Mr. Chilton! Here’s what I wrote the first time around: 
Even though the recent Big Star box set, Keep An Eye On The Sky, was jam-packed with rarities and unreleased tracks, I don’t think there’s any crossover with these two essential Big Star/Alex Chilton bootlegs. The strangest exclusion from the box set is the breathtaking instrumental track, “Another Time, Another Place, And You,” that kicks off the Beale Street Green disc. I guess there is some question as to whether this is actually Big Star, and not just Chris Bell solo? Whatever, it’s a gorgeous piece of music, all fluttering acoustic guitars and mellotron. There are also some alternate mixes, a cool rehearsal session (with the band tearing through #1 Record/Radio City numbers), some 70s Chilton demos/outtakes and other fun stuff (including a to-die-for version of “Surfer Girl”). You need it! I’ve also included the Beale Street Breakdown bootleg, which is highlighted by the (in)famous Sister Lovers-era Chilton/Jody Stephens live radio performance. One of the more wasted/out of it things you’ll ever hear. But it’s great. The disc is filled out by some very good Chilton live recordings from the late 70s in New York. I especially like his deadpan recitation of the Shangri-Las’ “Past, Present, and Future.” Shall we dance?
Green
Breakdown
Oh and hey you can still get the Big Star Cambridge 1974 show over at Aquarium Drunkard. 

Beale Street Green / Breakdown

A re-up by request — two very nice Big Star / Alex Chilton rarities collections. RIP Mr. Chilton! Here’s what I wrote the first time around: 

Even though the recent Big Star box set, Keep An Eye On The Sky, was jam-packed with rarities and unreleased tracks, I don’t think there’s any crossover with these two essential Big Star/Alex Chilton bootlegs. The strangest exclusion from the box set is the breathtaking instrumental track, “Another Time, Another Place, And You,” that kicks off the Beale Street Green disc. I guess there is some question as to whether this is actually Big Star, and not just Chris Bell solo? Whatever, it’s a gorgeous piece of music, all fluttering acoustic guitars and mellotron. There are also some alternate mixes, a cool rehearsal session (with the band tearing through #1 Record/Radio City numbers), some 70s Chilton demos/outtakes and other fun stuff (including a to-die-for version of “Surfer Girl”). You need it! I’ve also included the Beale Street Breakdown bootleg, which is highlighted by the (in)famous Sister Lovers-era Chilton/Jody Stephens live radio performance. One of the more wasted/out of it things you’ll ever hear. But it’s great. The disc is filled out by some very good Chilton live recordings from the late 70s in New York. I especially like his deadpan recitation of the Shangri-Las’ “Past, Present, and Future.” Shall we dance?

Green

Breakdown

Oh and hey you can still get the Big Star Cambridge 1974 show over at Aquarium Drunkard. 

"City Slang" - Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI, 1977 (?)

RIP, Rock Action! Scott Asheton, Stooges drummer extraordinaire, has passed on. Gotta put his unstoppable, no-frills thump up there with the best of them. Here’s one of his post-Stooges highlights — a rare video of Sonic’s Rendezvous Band tearing through the ultimate Detroit rock song, “City Slang.” 

Cian Nugent - February 19, 2014, Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY
We’re keeping it extra Union Pool-y today. What a nice place. Hopefully you’ve all gone to see Cian Nugent on his recent tour opening for Angel Olsen all across these United States. I’m catching this dream double bill here in Colorado on Monday. See you there? Anyway, get warmed up over the weekend by checking out this very fine NYC Taper recording of Cian’s set a few weeks back in Brooklyn. 

Cian Nugent - February 19, 2014, Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY

We’re keeping it extra Union Pool-y today. What a nice place. Hopefully you’ve all gone to see Cian Nugent on his recent tour opening for Angel Olsen all across these United States. I’m catching this dream double bill here in Colorado on Monday. See you there? Anyway, get warmed up over the weekend by checking out this very fine NYC Taper recording of Cian’s set a few weeks back in Brooklyn. 

"Sister Ray" - Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (with William Tyler and Jared Samuel), Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY, October 27, 2013
Just got back from a week’s worth of traveling, so things have slowed down here, but I”m back with a treat-and-a-half for you. Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band is a Brooklyn supergroup of sorts, featuring Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf and Cub), Josh Werner (Lee Scratch Perry and CocoRosie) and Alex Holden (Big Numbers). On the eve of the mighty Lou Reed’s ascension to the heavens last fall, the group became even more super as William Tyler on guitar (solo, Lambchop, Silver Jews) and Jared Samuel on keys (Invisible Familiars, Cibo Matto) joined the group for a hell-raising cover of “Sister Ray.” It is glorious. 
As the radical poster above (created by Alex Holden) shows, HWBMB is hitting the road for a brief tour this spring — if you’re in any of those cities, you should be attending! The rest of us can enjoy their extremely great EP, which came out last year. 

"Sister Ray" - Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (with William Tyler and Jared Samuel), Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY, October 27, 2013

Just got back from a week’s worth of traveling, so things have slowed down here, but I”m back with a treat-and-a-half for you. Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band is a Brooklyn supergroup of sorts, featuring Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf and Cub), Josh Werner (Lee Scratch Perry and CocoRosie) and Alex Holden (Big Numbers). On the eve of the mighty Lou Reed’s ascension to the heavens last fall, the group became even more super as William Tyler on guitar (solo, Lambchop, Silver Jews) and Jared Samuel on keys (Invisible Familiars, Cibo Matto) joined the group for a hell-raising cover of “Sister Ray.” It is glorious. 

As the radical poster above (created by Alex Holden) shows, HWBMB is hitting the road for a brief tour this spring — if you’re in any of those cities, you should be attending! The rest of us can enjoy their extremely great EP, which came out last year.