Friday, October 24, 2014
Two weeks prior to the New York City Marathon of 2002, David Bowie ran a little NYC marathon of his own. On the heels of his new release "Heathen" Bowie played one intimate show in each of the five boroughs. Beginning in Brooklyn and finishing in Manhattan, the mini-tour hit St. Ann's Warehouse, Snug Harbor in Staten Island, Jimmy's Bronx Cafe, Queens College and the Beacon Theatre. I made it to three of the five, skipping Staten Island and Queens.
The shows were insanely good, ridiculously small, and heavily stacked. Jimmy's Bronx Cafe was surreal. A latin dance club that was 75% full...I guess fans were afraid to venture to the Bronx...this venue afforded me the luxury of standing approximately 50 feet back from the stage on a platform which also had runway to its left. Think of it as L-shaped. Here is The Dame, a stone's throw in front of me, and just by walking a bit to my left and then forward on the back of the L, I was pretty much on the stage. No one cared.
By the finale at the Beacon Theatre, the set list had been shortened by 3-5 songs and the vibe felt more like a concert than "an evening with." But it was opening night at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse on 10/12/02 that took the cake. 24 songs in a little over two hours, including the live U.S. debut of "The Bewlay Brothers," a personal fave off of "Hunky Dory," this night was special.
Here it is, a stellar audience recording, maybe a tad light on the bottom, but it's all there, with Earl Slick and Gerry Leonard's guitars, Mike Garson on keys, Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and the monster that is Sterling Campbell on drums. (I might be forgetting someone or two.)
Turn it up!
Ashes To Ashes
5:15 The Angels Have Gone
I've Been Waiting For You
I'm Afraid Of Americans
Life On Mars
Look Back In Anger
Heathen (The Rays)
The Bewlay Brothers
Everyone Says Hi
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:46 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2014
"Night Surfer" was released a few weeks ago. It is yet another fantastic release from Chuck Prophet.
I will keep the hyperbole to a minimum, but I must say this. Prophet's solo output has been one of the most consistent in rock and roll. I know many will go as far back as 1990's "Brother Aldo," but for me, the year 2000 and its accompanying release "The Hurting Business," began a 15 year stretch of one breathtaking...yes, BREATHTAKING...release after another.
"Night Surfer" continues this tradition.
Chuck Prophet can sure spin a yarn. He can write a hook. He can play guitar.
2012's "Temple Beautiful" was all about San Francisco and it was a fave of that year. "Night Surfer" feels very autobiographical. I was moved. It thrilled me both musically and lyrically. I cannot recommend Chuck Prophet enough.
Ok, I'm finished.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:05 AM
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
hpunch writes: Following a similar theme, I'd be intrigued to see a post about personally beloved albums that don't seem to grab anyone else.
He is referring to last week's post about the one record that you just cannot listen to by a favorite artist with a beloved catalogue. So running with his suggestion...
The first band that came to mind is Southern Culture On The Skids. This band out of North Carolina is a fave of mine, with records that cover heartbreaking country, revved up rock and roll, greasey garage funk, surf music and even their own brand of white trash soul.
Live, they tear the house down. But their records are just as strong. I mentioned SCOTS because they've been featured a number of times on these pages, including rave reviews of their last two, maybe three records, as well as a number of Songs Of The Day and Weekend Mixes and I can't recall there ever being any comments at all. Not even snarky ones. Complete silence.
Now this doesn't necessarily mean there are any ill-feelings towards this band, but as one friend once said to me, "There is nothing worse than indifference." Is it possible that this band I love so much has zero affect, one way or the other, with thousands of readers?
The record pictured above is all covers, with SCOTS putting their stamp on songs made famous by CCR, The Who, T.Rex, The Kinks, The Byrds and more. It's a hall of fame record. Brilliant, clever and rock solid. If you prefer something all original....
..."Liquored Up & Lacquered Down" is the way to go.
Maybe the white trash persona and the legendary live shows where they threw fried chicken into the audience gave the band a reputation that turned off serious listeners. But the antics have nothing to do with the music they make.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:06 AM
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Little Martha- Allman Brothers Band
Workingman's Blues #2- Bob Dylan
No Face, No Name, No Number (Live)- Pete Townshend
Caribou- The Pixies
Marie- Randy Newman
Everything Will Never Be Okay- Fiction Plane
Black Eyed Susan- Paul Westerberg
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:41 AM
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Last month, "Anonymous" suggested a second edition of Mono 45s for a Weekend Mix, so here we go.
The original post is here, if you missed it.
For this round, we have eight original mono singles, six tracks from mono LPs (though the Zombies track is questionable since it has been said that the original mono masters of "Odessey & Oracle" have been lost and it seems unlikely that the mono CD version was mastered off of vinyl), one promo mono album mix and one fold-down, explained below and included because of its scarcity.
Led Zeppelin II...unlike most mono promos, this isn't simply a left channel blended with the right channel mono but has actually been specifically remastered using the CSG process, exclusively for AM radio stations. This was done because the lead vocals & instruments would often sound too loud when heard played back in mono. When the left and right channels were simply added together, the lead vocals or instruments, being equal in level on both channels, would add up to be 3 decibels louder than the mix in Stereo, so the CSG [Compatible Stereo Generator] process was used to neutralise this effect & create a more natural sounding mono from an original stereo master.
Jumping Jack Flash- Rolling Stones
Lucifer Sam- Pink Floyd
The Letter- The Box Tops
Rain- The Beatles
The Trip- Donovan
Love Is A Beautiful Thing- The Rascals
She- The Monkees
The Mighty Quinn- Manfred Mann
Wichita Lineman- Glen Campbell
Brief Candles- The Zombies
Substitute- The Who
A Hazy Shade Of Winter- Simon & Garfunkel
21st Century Schizoid Man- King Crimson
White Room- Cream
Whole Lotta Love- Led Zeppelin
To Sir With Love- Lulu
Have a great, one-channel weekend!
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:26 AM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I listened to "Liars" last night.
This is Todd Rundgren's 2004 release and it is an album that I have loved from the very beginning and continue to love. I think it is an essential Todd record and one that I have no problem placing in the top five of his career.
Critics loved this record as well and critics don't love anything from Todd Rundgren that isn't "Something/Anything?." A bit of Googling brings up many of these reviews, including one from Rolling Stone magazine where one writer places it at #5 for the year 2004.
"Liars" is a stellar release from a man who has had a very uneven, though respected career. I believe "Liars" is a late-career masterwork from Todd Rundgren.
But this isn't really about "Liars."
An old and dear friend, one who is partly responsible for making me the Rundgren fan that I am, and a man who can rival my fanboy behavior when it comes to this artist, does not like "Liars" at all.
This makes me nuts.
So my fun little mid-week query is--
Is there one beloved record by an established artist that you love with a catalogue that you love that you absolutely detest?
(I think I understand my question. Hope you do.)
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:53 AM