Thursday, August 5, 2010

McCrank's Juke - July Mix (2010)

McCrank's Juke - July Mix (2010)

Yeah, fuck man this blog has run it's course. Which is too bad, because I had like 9 posts in the barrel, ready to blast out for July and August. From Nine Inch Nails to Big Audio Dynamite, Echo & The Bunnymen - all the old class shit. I guess I grew bored of the take and the less than flattering posts - people bitching and asking for re-ups (you know the regular no-thanks and all take routine). I also applied to write for Pitchfork, but evidently they have better writers and more people dying to write about bands that may be a single flash-in-the-pan. I assume they passed, so I am passing on this blog. Besides I am up for writing about travel, titties, entertainment, humor, style and some other shit that just doesn't belong on McCrank's Juke. So for now, take this as the last post + sign-off - the July music mix from McCrank. Perhaps I will post another note to let yoou know where the new blog will be livin'. Enjoy the muzak - and try to contribute and share - people are bustin' hump to entertain, ya'll.

McCrank's Juke - July Mix (2010)
01. I'll Know We'll Never - Rose Elinor Dougall
02. Outer Limits - SLEEP ∞ OVER
03. Young Silence - Echo Lake
04. Out of the Blue - Julian Casablancas
05. Change In The Neon Light - Veil Veil Vanish
06. Die In Bed - Frank (Just Frank)
07. Wasted Time - Blessure Grave
08. Memo - Frankie Rose & The Outs
09. Snowflakes - White Apple Tree
10. Are Fixed Gear Tricksters.. - High Castle
10. Not Afraid - Eminem

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Echo & The Bunnymen - Live at Eric's (1979)

Echo & The Bunnymen - Live at Eric's (1979)

Echo & The Bunnymen are getting a lot of space on this blog, but sometime soon it's going to tip and you'llbe seeing some other bands, including some of my most favorite. That is unless you want to share your Bunnymen setlist and story? Always looking for live shows and solo posts from Ian Mcculloch - send away, you scurvey dogs. The latest show, which is quite a rare set, is Echo & The Bunnymen's first. Performed at the legendary Eric's on 15-09-79, this show featured Will and Ian joined on-stage by a drum machine. not sure is Les was on bass or not, but the shows was a disasterous and wonderful experience, with many in the audience flabberghasted as to the sounds coming from this small band. Will claims to have not known how to play his guitar and i am sure some of the lyrics are questionable at this first stage. They had enough of a setlist to garner some attention and to get a future deal. Straight to the facts on this one- so listen up and see if you can hear all the mistakes and the fuzz getting down.

Echo & The Bunnymen - Live at Eric's (1979)
01.Going Up
02.Read It In Books
03.Stars Are Stars
04.Pride
05.I Bagsy Yours
06.Villiers Terrace
07.Pictures On My Wall
08.Happy Death Men

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Ian Mcculloch - Live Prohibition, Cotton Club (2004)

Ian Mcculloch - Live Prohibition, Cotton Club (2004)

Possibly the greatest Ian Mcculloch solo show ever performed. (Yes, put in your vote) Bridging the master works from 1989's Candleland to the 2003 effort Slideling, this show encompasses more raw acoustic and solo Ian Mcculloch than any other post to date. A career spanning set list also features amazing covers from Lou Reed, David Bowie, Echo & The Bunnymen, and Leonard Cohen. From "Pale Blue Eyes" by The Velvet Underground to early career defining songs like "The Pictures On My Wall/Read It In Books". This show is truly amazing, recorded on June 9th, 2004 at the Prohibition (Cotton Club) in Liverpool England. Ian McCulloch dedicated "Heroes" to Will Sergeant. "… candlelit tables, Dubonnet on ice, listening to Mac sing Songs for Swinging Lovers …." - Bunnymen.com. I true shame that this show was never released live on CD, via iTunes or even as swag on Ian's myspace. The man's talent is on rare display and the songs are the highest quality of a setlist to date. NOW the bad news...The audio quality on this bootleg is shite! Completely and resoundingly crappy audio - jacked-off from some guy's shirtpocket recorder, no doubt. Plenty of crackling hissing, assholes chattering in the background, and obsolute audio nightmare. I tried to get the lads at Villiersterrace.com to pop over another cleaner version, but I guess it's Summer and they had better things to do like, post about Ian's most recent solo outting, which seems to have rescued itself in Glasgow. Busy chaps it seems! I am also seeing Ian's camp get strapped in for a future effort perhaps some more PR for his biography, a future solo album, or this small european tour/jaunt. Either way it'stime to get out and enjoy these "Playgrounds and City Parks"...Not for the faint of heart - for raging mad fans only, so they can hear his songs and genius, not for those looking to hear something of quality. Buzzzzzzzz......

Ian Mcculloch - Live Prohibition, Cotton Club (2004)
01. Playgrounds and City Parks
02. Arthur
03. Start Again
04. The Pictures On My Wall/Read It In Books
05. Suzanne
06. The Disease
07. Rust
08. Sweet Jane
09. When It All Blows Over
10. Pale Blue Eyes
11. History Chimes
12. Heroes
13. What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?
14, Lover, Lover, Lover
15. Sliding
16. Seasons
17. Candleland
18. Baby Hold On
19. Walk on the Wild Side
20. Fools Like Us
21. The Killing Moon
22. Nothing Lasts Forever

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Ian Mcculloch - Live BBC Studios, London (1989)

Ian Mcculloch - Live BBC Studios, London (1989)

This is some amazing audio from the magnificent and velvety-voice of famed Echo & The Bunnymen singer - Ian Mcculloch. Fuck this dude sounds amazing here, a shade of his former self after the Bunnymen break-up, but prior to his current spiral and slide (see ciggies and alcohol). Recorded on 09-28-1989 at the famed BBC Studios in London, UK, these songs capture the essence of the debut solo album, Candleland. All of the misery and heartbreak, coupled with the synth-y sounds of 1989. In fact, these songs almost sound like demos, the takes are different, the delays and fuzz popped and faster, the voice golden. Again, probably my best Ian Mcculloch find this year! You MUST download these if you call yourself a fan and if you haven't already stashed these babies on your "protect-at-all-costs" section of your MP3 stash. Notice the longer bridge in "Faith & Healing" and the dope ass real drums! If I was Bunnymen management, I would couple this live show as demos, add it to a remaster of Candleland, add "Rocketship" and the other B-sides, mix in the extended takes for "Horse's Head" that I have (see Candleland demos) and put thisout as a megga solo shot. Something to think about for sure, since the last re-release never made it over to these shores. Download and set me correct if I am not right. Big thanks to the big blog This Twilight Garden for the link and summer gifts!

Ian Mcculloch - Live BBC Studios, London (1989)
01. Damnation
02. Faith & Healing
03. Flickering Wall
04. Candleland

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Morning Benders - Bedroom Covers EP (2010)

The Morning Benders - Bedroom Covers EP (2010)

I love me some of The Morning Benders. The Bedroom Covers project is something the boys did about two or three years ago, before the internet and Pitchfork and touring made them big music stars. Their second album "Big Echo" is a must have and oh, by the way, the band is from Berkeley, California the same place as another of my favorite bands - The Counting Crows. Now the bands don't sound alike and they don't even probably have the same fan base, but hey Adam, if you are listening - dump Augustana and shack up a tour with thed boys from The Morning Benders. They may give you back a little cred, you lost playing on the Shrek soundtrack. The Benders are an indie band that strums down garage drowse, on songs like "Promises" and "Excuses" - two of my favorites. They've toured with all the big bands of indie rock, but they deserve their own credit and heavy support. Go buy their records, lads. This older bootleg features covers by The Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Velvet Underground, Cardigans, and their previously posted Roy Orbison cover. Recorded in 2008, this probably was an early and more raw sounding band, as they vut their chops and worked their way up to the darlings they are now. If you are down with The Morning Benders, and you like some strange takes on bands like Fleetwood Mac and The Smiths then go north young man, and download this killer bootleg.

The Morning Benders - Bedroom Covers EP (2010)
01. Caroline No (Remix)
02. Crying (Roy Orbison)
03. Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
04. Fools Rush In
05. He's A Rebel (Crystals)
06. I Won't Share You (The Smiths)
07. Lovefool (Cardigans)
08. Marie (Randy Newman)
09. Mother and Child Reunion (Paul Simon)
10. Pull up The Roots (Talking Heads)
11. Temptation Inside Your Heart (Velvet Underground)
12. Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love (Ronettes)

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Beat - Live Greesbeck, Holland (1980)


The Beat - Live Greesbeck, Holland (1980)

Much has been said about The English Beat, touring Northern California in 2010 - but I guess the main thing to be said is that it only contains one original member from the original band - Dave Wakeling. Sure, Dave has managed to hold his voice together and string along a couple of groovy band members to help us re-live the 80's ska stylee, but it just isn't the same. Saxa, Everett Morton, Rankin' Roger, Steele and Cox - those are the names that harken back to the soulful and reggae inspired sounds of the original - The Beat. Nothing lasts forever after all, so we'll have to make due with seeing Dave and company at the latest Music in The Park, near July timeframe. I hear tell of new album and material coming out from the band, but my guess is that it's the hired hands makin trouble as The English Beat, not with the original members (who haven't been together, minus Cox and Steele, since 2004). You can, thanks to McCrank's Juke, live in the past and via the magic of the net capture The Beat, live in 1980, at the beginning of their climb to stardom. This live show finds the young lads, playing vara Lyn 3, Greesbeck Holland 1980. Now why is this show massive and special and what makes it a rariety? Simple, unreleased songs and live versions, like - "Pussy Price (Why?)" and a classic "Noise In This World". "My name is ranking full stop..." Some very good audio from a band in it's earliest form - prior to the "Behind The Music" like downfall. I still think there's an audience there to see a true Beat UK reunion, as well as to buy rare and unreleased tracks (many of which have been posted here in the past). Dave Wakeling says there's nothing in the vaults, but I am sure he's unable to give up his current cash cow, to reunite with friends he's scorned over the years. Until it all falls into place (go the the B.A.D. reunion when it happens, settle for that, will you?) you'll have to simply two-tone skank to this 1980's gem.

The Beat - Live Greesbeck, Holland (1980)
01. Pussy Price (Why)
02. Two Swords
03. Tears Of A Clown
04. Big Shot
05. Rough Rider
06. Best Friend
07. Can't Get Used to Losing You
08. Hand's Off She's Mine
09. Twist & Crawl
10. Noise In This World
11. Whine & Grine
12. Ranking Full Stop
13. Mirror In the Bathroom

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Big Audio Dynamite - First London Gig (1985)

Another gift from NUZZ PROWLING WOLF, a true anarchist and punk legend blog, whose ravings and mash-up art - I trust you'll visit. If you are a Net whore, it's a must see. We here at McCrank's Juke are ever thankful. This time Nuzz delivers a a true gritty rare live set from Mick Jone's very own Big Audio Dynamite. Mick Jones took inspiration from the 1985 New York Hip-Hop scene, and along with fellow cultural, musical, and artistical explorers Don Letts, Leo Williams, Greg Roberts and Dan Donovan set up Big Audio Dynamite, who became a groundbreaking musical force; mixing Hip Hop beats, Rap’d lyrics and samples from films with Rock’n’Roll guitars. Nuzz has delivered unto us, the debut gig in London @ The Kentish Town Forum on 28th Nov 1985. It features a cover (Prince's 1999) as well as hard to find tracks, never released like "She Beast", "Keep Off The Grass", and "Ex-Party". A big thanks to Nuzz and a true grit take for us fans. Thanks!

Big Audio Dynamite - First London Gig (1985)
01. Keep Off the Grass
02. Sudden Impact
03. B.A.D.
04. Medicine Show
05. Stone Thames
06. Ex-Party
07. E=MC2
08. Bottom Line
09. 1999
10. She Beast
11. Sony
12. B.A.D. (Reprise)

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The Counting Crows - By The Time We Got To Woodstock (1999)

The Counting Crows - By The Time We Got To Woodstock (1999)

Sometimes you never know where gifts are going to come from, if they're going to fall out of the sky or what. A big thanks to Ja who gave us this FLAC (yes there's a first time for everything here on the Juke) version of The Counting Crows' "By The Time We Got To Woodstock" bootleg. This is a limited edition offical release. It includes a compilation of songs played live in July 1999. This was a limited edition printing of just 1,000 copies. It was sold over the internet through the bands websiteand sold out in about 45 minutes. The band endorses the trading of this album. Originally released on Potato Dog Records cat No INT5P-6748, and was limited to 1,000 copies sold exclusively online. Is it worth owning? For rarity yes, but for content, it's nothing special. Thirteen songs which give a fair introduction to the live sound of the Counting Crows of that period in 1999. Yes, it's the timeframe for the smashing first and second albums. So quality music, almost every song a hit single. Verdict: A treasure to own for us fans. And if you think I am phoning this post in, you are probably right - but sometmes it's best to be outside in the sunshine. Headed out to see Dam Funk ("Come Outside") and Nite Jewel on July 1st at the Mezzanine in San Francisco. Some solid new musik chill vibes. Wish me luck!

The Counting Crows - By The Time We Got To Woodstock (1999)
01. Mr. Jones
02. Angels of the Silences
03. Recovering the Satellites
04. Have You Seen Me Lately?
05. Daylight Fading
06. Mercury
07. Omaha
08. Round Here
09. Rain King
10. A Murder of One
11. Goodnight Elisabeth
12. A Long December
13. Anna Begins

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Cure - Black Sessions (2004)

The Cure - Black Sessions (2004)

It seems to be that The Cure keep popping up on McCrank's Juke. First with the Disintegration live from Dallas stuff and then with the Wild Mood Swings Demos. Probably the most Cure boots and rarities this site has ever seen. Now add to the mix the 2004 Black Sessions recorded on 10/15/2004 in Paris, France. Yes, maybe the period isn't one of the best for the band, and perhaps Robert Smith is a little on the pudgy side, but the show is tops. It includes some more of the obscure, fan favorite tunes including Charlotte Sometimes, and The End of the World from the famously bland "The Cure" album. Running a total of 19 songs, the setlist and performance is vintage Cure, with swirling melodies and some deep, dreary ennui rock. I would love to hear the vintage b-sides and bonus DVD songs from the 2004 album, my guess is that they're better than the over-produced and live-in-studio original album cuts. Was Ross Robinson a mistake on this album, or was it just me? Take a listen and see if you are into the newer Cure sound. I know starting with the last album, I am back in the fold. 4:13 Dream is one of my all time favorites from 2008. Perhaps this leaked bootleg makes it half-way there?

The Cure - Black Sessions (2004)
01. Plainsong
02. High
03. A Night Like This
04. The End of the World (aborted - Wrong Tuning)
05. The End of the World
06. Charlotte Sometimes
07. Lovesong
08. Taking Off
09. Primary
10. Jupiter Crash
11. Us or Them
12. Closedown
13. Before Three
14. From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
15. A Strange Day
16. Alt.End
17. Disintegration
18. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
19. The Kiss

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ian Mcculloch - Live Bluecoat Chambers (1989)

Ian Mcculloch - Live Bluecoat Chambers (1989)

I came, I saw, I asked - but it seems that this is the only true recording of Ian Mcculloch at this venue that is in circulation. The famed Bluecoat Chambers in Liverpool, recorded 21.10.89 at the height of the Candleland tour. Ian Mcculloch's first album was a depature in style, sound, tone and a more depressing fare from the previous Echo & The Bunnymen albums. Songs about the recent loss of his dad and the break-up of the greatest band he'd ever known caused the first album to be dark, but with a synth sounding New Order-ish vibe in "Faith & Healing" and others. Ian with a drum machine, how novel! Anyways this rare show captures Ian at his most rarest form - sounding great, performing at a high-level, and in charge of his sound. Songs like "Rocketship" and "Toad" are performed live (not just on a japanese import 9-tracks) and a cover of Joy Division's "Ceremony" is also added for some spice. The somber "Start Again" is a winner, performed live and raw - as is the inclusion of "Damnation" (a future Mysterio track) and "Pots Of Gold" another cool Candleland B-Side. Enjoy this rare treat you wankers and thanks for the clear-copy and audio for this show. I would have traded to get something alittle more discrenable. Enjoy another freebie of classic Bunnymen/Ian Mcculloch lore. Buy their records, they rule!

Ian Mcculloch - Live Bluecoat Chambers (1989)
01. The Flickering Wall
02. The White Hotel
03. Toad
04. Horses Head
05. Rescue
06. Faith & Healing
07. I Know You Well
08. Pots Of Gold
09. Proud To Fall
10. The Killing Moon
11. Fear Of The Known
12. Rocket Ship
13. In Bloom
14. The Cape
15. Candleland
16. Damnation
17. Start Again
18. Ceremony

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Florence and the Machine (2010 WXPN Session)

Florence and the Machine (2010 WXPN Session)

What's not to like about the band Florence and the Machine? They have a new album coming out shortly and they have managed to capture our attention with lush, cinematic singles and electronic-synth built songs like "Dog Days Are Over" and "You've Got The Love". Florence along with her self-composed Machine have been busy performing, touring, writting, and planning her sophmore follow-up including penning and performing a song for the latest The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, soundtrack- "Heavy in Your Arms". Not bad for a girl who opened her first performance in a loo and has managed to be pretty much hyped and produced by various moguls and labels to some extent. Her most powerful performances, for me, have been the solo demos and acoustic songs, posted here on McCrank's Juke in 2008. The girl can strum out "Kiss With A Fist" with some guts and some charm. This Florence and the Machine in-studio demo is from April 2010 at the famed WXPN Sessions. It's an acoustic performance with 4 tracks and chat from seattle's WXPN. Florence chats with Josh T. Landow and playing songs from her debut album, Lungs, live in the studio. Can't wait for that second "medical and chemical" sounding sophmore release - an album to watch for later 2010 - early 2011.

Florence and the Machine (2010 WXPN Session)
01. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
02. Dog Days Are Over
03. Kiss With A Fist
04. Cosmic Love

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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Smiths - The Early Demos

The Smiths - The Early Demos

Sometime the weird blob that has become the Net, manages to burb up some sweet-tasting goodness from god-knows-where. In this case it's stained McCrank's Juke and run all down his collar. The massive belch of sonic goodness in question is this rare gem from The Smiths. London's greatest living band, who produced some memorable hits, a couple of solo mega-stars and a whole host of gingly sing-along songs for the early-emo age. Featuring Morrissey on vocals and Johnny Marr on guitar (is there anyone better?) the band added Rourke and Joyce to round out the bunch. They then created some early demos which would go on to format their early direction and style/sound. This rare treat, swiped from the halls of Morrissey at http://www.morrissey-solo.com/ feature early workings of sweet Smith's singles like: Shoplifters Of The World, Rubber Ring, and Paint A Vulgar Picture. The buzz is that the below clips, especially Vulgar Picture are very rare, raw and re-worked. I wouldn't know, because I am not a person who is totally in with The Smiths, but I can buy into the buzz. Perhaps, you "everything-Smiths" people, like my friend Jenny can tell me exactly how prized and rare these really are. My guess is the album will be enough for you, if you're everyman like me.

The Smiths - The Early Demos
01. The Click Track
02. Frankly, Mr. Shankly
03. Rubber Ring
04. Shoplifters Of The World Unite
05. Paint A Vulgar Picture
06. Suffer Little Children (Demo)
07. I Want A Boy For My Birthday (Live Clip)
08. What Do You See In Him?

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Counting Crows - Live Disney Concert Hall (2005)

Back by popular request, the "most amazing show I have ever seen" - The Counting Crows performing live at the famed Frank Gehry designed Disney Concert Hall with the entire Hollywood Bowl orchestra. This rare show from October 26, 2005 features The Counting Crows in Hollywood glory complete with orchestra performing their 90's hits! From "Round Here" to "Children In Bloom" the set is amazing and the sound quality is four star. The set was supposed to have been officially released by the band and it's label, but nothing ever appeared as a CD or iTunes release. Now that the Crows are label-free, perhaps more strategic material and live tracks will be made free and for the fans. The highlight for this amazing show and bootleg are the fantastic and cinematic cuts like "Goodnight Elisabeth" and "Rain King" my personal favorites. I know you enjoyed the last album and can't wait for future Counting Crow releases, so maybe this can just hold you over a little while? Make sure to catch Adam Duritz and the Crows on tour in North America with Augustana in 2010.

The Counting Crows - Live Disney Concert Hall (2005)
01. Round Here
02. Recovering The Satellites
03. Amy Hit The Atmosphere
04. Mr. Jones
05. August And Everything After
06. Children In Bloom
07. Ghost Train
08. New Frontier
09. Black & Blue
10. Goodnight Elisabeth
11. St. Robinson and his Cadillac Dreams
12. Rain King
13. Buildings In Chelsea

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Cure - Disintegration Live Dallas (1989)

The Cure - Disintegration Live Dallas (1989)

I guess we should get on the Disintegration Deluxe train, as everyone is frothing over this rare re-mastering of The Cure's master album from 1989. They've released posters, promo song samplers, alternative rarities (disk two of three), and even now a live show commemorating the amazing album. This live bootleg, posted by Robert Smith himself, was recorded live in Dallas on 9/15/89. It highlights the album by playing the album in it's entirety, from "Plainsong" to "Untitled" including instrumental and improv takes on some of the title singles. This hyped up bootleg follows an impressiverelease of 1989 Cure material - all of which I am eating up. In fact, it's eating up the time I set aside fo the solo Ian Mcculloch posts and the rare Counting Crows tracks, people are begging for. I have the remaster from Amazon and I have been daydreaming listening to all those old sings, which seem fresh in my mind. Great album and we're lucky to have this all dropped on us to enjoy. The live Dallas show features some superb songs and the quality is at an all time high. A big thanks to Robert Smith for the postand for the cutting edge blog - Chain Of Flowers for all the Cure love they've been spreading. Many thanks!

The Cure - Disintegration Live Dallas (1989)
01. Closedown
02. Disintegration
03. Fascination Street
04. Homesick
05. Last Dance
06. Lovesong
07. Lullaby
08. Pictures Of You
09. Plainsong
10. Prayers For Rain
11. The Same Deep Water As You
12. Untitled

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Monday, June 14, 2010

The Cure - Wild Mood Swings (Demos)

Here at McCrank's Juke, we like to zig, while others zag. If Pitchfork and the like are drooling over the recently remastered deluxe edition of The Cure's finest album "Disintegration" well then we're delivering the ultimate hipster bootleg of one of the Cure's least respected albums "Wild Mood Swings". Yes, it was the 10th studio album, made at a time (1996) when The Cure was on the brink of being disbanded and Robert Smith was on a bit of a slump. Created as a sequel to the famed "Wish" album, the poppy juxtaposition mocks the excessive lifestyle of the 90s club scene, even though it was far fleeting and vapid. Like they had styled the album after a fad and nothing more. Strange Attraction and Mint Car, The 13th would all be attempted singles that should have pulled some life off of the album, but alas the songs didn't mix - The Cure didn't have the mental willpower to get behind the album and it ended up being a dismal effort with few singles played live or on tour. Heven be, then the demos are here to correct this sad mistake! Rare tracks in stripped demo form (okay it sounds just like the album on some takes). Take a listen to see what had been planned verses what ended up being sold. Glad to know that they had to go through this pop shit in order to get to the ultra-payload of 200's Bloodflowers and the most recent and overlooked 4:13 Dream album (which you should own!). Take that you deluxe Disintegration album!

The Cure - Wild Mood Swings (Demos)
01. Want (Demo)
02. Club America (Demo)
03. This Is A Lie (Demo)
04. The 13th (Demo)
05. Strange Attraction (Demo)
06. Mint Car (Demo)
07. Jupiter Crash (Demo)
08. Round & Round & Round (Demo)
09. Gone! (Demo)
10. Numb (Demo)
11. Return (Demo)
12. Trap (Demo)
13. Treasure (Demo)
14. Bare (Demo)

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Joe Strummer & The Latino Rockabilly War - Live Liverpool (1988)

You can't say much more about legends. Joe Strummer (RIP) was one of the most legendary and larger-than life figure in the music business. His band The Mescaleros was a mix of ethnic and cultural rockers and was later a huge help in bringing Joe back from the chasm. This early incarnation of Joe, post Clash, features him working with The Latino Rockabiliy War - a lively band with throw-back and latin sounds. This show with Joe Strummer & The Latino Rockabilly War is a huge rare and winding setlist, recorded at the Liverpool Royal Court on 15th July 1988. This was about the time Joe mixed it back up with Mick Jones for some tracks on Big Audio Dynamite's "No. 10, Upping St." the covers of which you can find below performed by Joe and his band. Alsothrow in a roundabout of Clash covers, and a Oye Como Va! from Santana to help flavor the jams. This bootleg is a rare find and a must listen download for June 2010. A throwback to when rock was rock and pop was a thing of 60's past. The set includes songs spanning Strummer's career to that point, including works from The 101ers and The Clash, as well as a cover of The Pogues' famous "If I Should Fall From Grace With God."

Joe Strummer & The Latino Rockabilly War - Live Liverpool (1988)
01. Oye Como Va!
02. Shouting Street
03. Somebody Got Murdered
04. Tropic of No Return
05. Nothin Bout Nothin
06. Police and Thieves
07. Unknown Immortal
08. This is England
09. V Thirteen
10. Sightsee MC
11. 15th Brigade
12. If I Should Fall from Grace with God
13. I Fought the Law (tape Flip)
14. Love of the Common People
15. Ride Your Donkey
16. Ubangi Stomp
17. Brand New Cadilac
18. Love Kills
19. Trash City
20. Armagideon Time
21. Police on My Back
22. Straight to Hell
23. Keys to Your Heart
24. London Calling

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tegan And Sara - Live Saints EP (2010)

Tegan And Sara - Live Saints EP (2010)

This short sweet indie pop EP from Tegan and Sara is 16MB of live material called "Live Saints" a tiny EP to remind us what the duo are doing and how they're progressing. I know I was a big fans when I heard their second and third albums (If It Was You, So Jealous) and kind of lost their sound once they got mixed up with Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie fame. The side step into electronica hasn't helped much either. I guess I preferred the garage and live performance stuff - less produced and more indie. The girl group dyamic and the voices, sold me not to mention their covers of Springsteen and Prince, earlier on. Now they've matured like a fine Stevie Nicks and the teen pop they sold us on just isn't cutting it now that they've hyped up the production and hit their mid-twenties. The EP of live tracks below are the best singles from their latest release "Sainthood" performed live. Since it's another Walla, album - I must admit I don't own it - but the earlier two albums are quite enough for me at this point, seeing this progression. Either way, the legit fans of Tegan and Sara will eat this up and love the honest and performance of each track. Like mother's milk.

Tegan And Sara - Live Saints EP (2010)
01 - Alligator
02 - Hell
03 - The Cure
04 - On Directing

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

McCrank's Juke - June Mix (2010)

McCrank's Juke - June Mix (2010)


June's mixtape is a best sizzler, with some moaning emo, indie up-and-comers, a cover, and a new band fronted by Trent Reznor.Here at McCrank's Juke, we like to spend hours coming the web, listening to tunes while we waste away, and find the best of the best to represent the latest popping bands and cool summer sounds for all 6 of my following fans. Yes, I avoid traffic - as the music is where it's at, not the recognition. Underground is underground. I will leave the high-jinx to sites like Stereogum, and Gorilla vs. Bear - who do it all better anyways (corporate sponsorship?). Sure they may have multiple bloggers ante-ing up on their posts and yes maybe a flow of affiliate cash, but here at McCrank's Juke we have 80's alternative, hard-to-find, and the best steaming pile of old vinyl you can ask for. From new indie sensation and current Oasis-stealer, Fye Dangerfield to a frest theme with songs by The Cure, The Forest & The Trees, and Dark Dark Dark. The set is one parts KSCU 103.3 and equal parts 80's vintage. Live shows are piling up and the indie wonders keep materializing. Let me know if you have sites for live indie shows and bands, I could use a 2010 pick-me-up. Also, enjoy the latest here from Ra Ra Riot, and the latest Foals, Twin Tigers singles. Enough to make June sizzle and July look like a winner from this distance! Peace!

McCrank's Juke - June Mix (2010)
01. Faster Than The Setting Sun - Fyfe Dangerfield
02. Just Like Heaven - The Watson Twins / The Cure
03. To The Forest (I Need Some Peace) - The Forest & The Trees
04. Everybody Wants To Be In Love - Sweet Tooth
05. Can You Tell - Ra Ra Riot
06. Spanish Sahara - Foals
07. Something Tells Her - Dream Diary
08. Other Girls - Eux Autres
09. The Believers - How To Destroy Angels
10. Bright, Bright, Bright - Dark Dark Dark
11. Everyday - Twin Tigers
12. A Side In A Bed - Love Is All

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Echo & The Bunnymen - Live Inside Festival (1984)

Echo & The Bunnymen are one of my favorite bands and I am always on the look out for some dope live shows, demos, b-sides and the rare stuff from this Liverpool band. This show is case in point. Recorded at their height in 1984 at the Liege: Hall Des Foires on 12-08-1984 (the dated Inside Festival) this audience recording captures Echo & The Bunnymen with chilling accuracy. Including live versions of "My Kingdom", "Angels & Devils" and a over of Sister Ray (The Velvet Underground) with the members of New Order. This crystal clear quality and the cover tune alone are well worth the download. I think Ian Mcculloch matched up with Bernard Sumner on the last track is a true rarity and this collection has a pretty clear version for a bootleg. Now I am looking for some even more rare Ian Mcculloch solo shows to post in the coming month or so. I know I have been lagging, but your comments and posts help me to be inspired to post and to continue this experiment in music. Connecting the old and new - indie and alternative. If you have shows to share and post, let me know - as I am "Google-Cuffed" at this point looking for rare songs and unreleasable snippets of Bunnymen history. Never Stop...

Echo & The Bunnymen - Live Inside Festival (1984)
01 - Intro (Gregorian Chant)
02 - Nocturnal Me
03 - Over The Wall
04 - With A Hip
05 - Villiers Terrace
06 - My Kingdom
07 - Angels & Devils
08 - Heads Will Roll
09 - Ocean Rain
10 - The Killing Moon
11 - All That Jazz
12 - Never Stop
13 - The Cutter
14 - Thorn Of Crowns
15 - Crocodiles
16 - Sister Ray (with New Order)

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Beck, Liars, Os Mutantes, DJ Annie Clark - Never Tear Us Apart (2010)

A fantastic cover of INXS from Beck's Music Club

Record Club: INXS "Never Tear Us Apart" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Echo & The Bunnymen - Live Fillmore NYC (2010)

This rare Echo & The Bunnymen treasure was recorded on the most recent tour, May 1, 2010 at the world famous "The Fillmore" in the heart of New York City. As you may have heard the band is on a bit of a resurgance, thanks to some indie cred, the cycle of time, constant touring, and a bit of luck. I mean Slipknot bassist Paul Gray (RIP) may not be feeling this show, but I know I am. With soaring hits like Rescue, Never Stop, Zimbo, Rust and others in the mix - the tour had all the makings of a solid Bunnymen tour. But I guess that is just it - another hits package and donkey roadshow. This has probably been my 7th time seeing them live - so it's a bit of a strain these days to take in another live version of "Seven Seas". I am glad I stomached it and I am blessed to even see Echo & The Bunnymen perform (Ian's not getting any younger is he?), so I guess it's judgement time for yourself. The show has 20 tracks and the highlights are for sure the inclusion of "Do It Clean" and the encore performance of "Lips Like Sugar" and noteably the absence of any of the whimsy tracks from "The Fountain", save the one bright single. If my Make-A-Wish dropped, i guess I would want the Bunnymen to do some really obscure shit like playing "Heaven up Here" back to back with "Crocodiles" - oh wait they're doing that in December in the UK only. Fuck! Second wish would be to truly deliver a fans only tour with obscure hits and some dark takes on previous hits. Maybe someday I will post the ultimate song list for fans, but for now I guess you only get the latest tour from 2010, live and direct. Big ups to whatatemper.blogspot - a guy who loves the Echo & The Bunnymen and Van Halen! Amazing!

Echo & The Bunnymen - Live Fillmore NYC (2010)

01. Going Up
02. Show Of Strength
03. Rescue
04. Villiers Terrace
05. Stormy Weather
06. Seven Seas
07. Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
08. Dancing Horses
09. Rust
10. Think I need It Too
11. Zimbo
12. The Disease
13. All That Jazz
14. Never Stop
15. Back of Love
16. Killing Moon
17. The Cutter
18. Nothing Lasts Forever
19. Do It Clean
20. Lips Like Sugar

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Big Audio Dynamite - Live Bradford, UK (1988)

I am celebrating the recent re-issue of Big Audio Dynamite's legacy edition of "This is Big Audio Dynamite" one of my favorite albums from 1985, post Clash. Mick Jones had the balls to mix the up and coming rap scene with the beats and radio noise from NYC to fuse a new cinematic soundscape that included Londoners on guitars and dreads on bass and at the production controls. The band was a mis-mash of culture and sounds which would have made the next Clash album a true legacy. Too bad Mick Jones ended up sacked and Joe Strummer (RIP) was left holding the bag with the replacements in Clash II. Either way, I am glad to see someone is bringing Big Audio Dynamite back from the dead. And I do mean dead too - they were pretty absent from the net, save the dilligence of esmark. This show recorded in Bradford, UK during 1988 (7/22/88 to be exact) is a bit post-"This is.." and more along the lines of the third albums (Tighten Up Vol. 88 ). A nice short live set to bring back your memories, like fine white lightening or Strawberry Fields. A sharp jag to the tongue to help faze back the memories and prick up your ears. It's all B.A.D.

Big Audio Dynamite - Live Bradford, UK (1988)
01. C'mon Every Beatbox
02. The Battle Of All Saints Road
03. V Thirteen
04. Other 99
05. E=MC2

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McCrank's Juke - May Mix (2010)

McCrank's Juke - May Mix (2010)

It's really hard to nail down what ends up in these mix tapes from McCrank's Juke. The month will start off and you will get super hits, like the release from Crystal Castles, but then mid to late month the hits keep dropping and the list manages to stagger into a drunken phase with lots to choose from and new songs, videos, covers coming from Pitchfork, SPIN, and other outlets. It's mind-boggling and a bit of a pain to capture. The list for May features covers from Girl In A Coma and Crocodiles, respectively. There is also some 80's thrown in to help cook up the mixture, including INXS a Bowie cover, and Feeding Fingers - a band known for carrying on the legacy of goth rock left for dead by Bauhaus. The set is a bit on the moody side but picks up with Team Ghost and Small Black, two aspiring bands with a lot of fusion and soundz to pull at your ear buds. I am truly leaving this at top ten and could probably drop another ten songs from the likes of Hole, Dead Weather, and a new band from Santa Monica called Chief. They evidently didn't make the cut - but stand to be heard anyways. I have a few turds brewing in the upcoming posts - including another Bunnymen post, a Tegan and Sara limited EP, and a few other odds and ends. Frankly, it's been a stone throw to even get posts up in a decent timeframe. Google has sacked the shit out of this industry, making it even harder to find great rarities (which the record company consider unsellable scraps) unique live sets, and B-side studio demos. We'll see what the eye in the sky has left us to sort and post...


McCrank's Juke - May Mix (2010)
01. As The World Falls Down (David Bowie) - Girl In A Coma
02. Leave House - Caribou
03. Violent Dreams - Crystal Castles
04. Not Enough Time - INXS
05. Outlaw Blues (Bob Dylan) - Crocodiles
06. Sweet Dreams (Beyonce) - The Big Pink
07. Heaven On Fire - The Radio Dept.
08. A Glorious Time - Team Ghost
09. Kings of Animals - Small Black
10. She Hides Disease - Feeding Fingers

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Jane's Addiction - Ain't No Right (2010)

Jane's Addiction on Cinco de Mayo gig at the Hollywood club Bardot — debuted new bassist Duff McKagan.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Natalie Merchant - Live Portland, Maine (1996)

Natalie Merchant - Live Portland, Maine (1996)

I suppose you could say this bootleg captures Natalie Merchant back when she was good, somewhat famous, and in-line with the rest of the industry. Recorded live at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME on 2/25/1996 - the bootleg pulls from the solo artist's debut solo album, 1995's "Tigerlilly" and her second album the less than memorable "Ophelia." After 10,000 Maniacs Natalie Merchant was spun gold, able to rock, jab, blues, and out folk anyone. In 1995 she was massive, but then again so was The Lilith Fair. I suppose I dug this bootleg out, because Natalile Merchant is on the comeback trail. Hailing a new album - "Leave Your Sleep" a collection of children's songs and ancient folk tales, the American songwriter is loose and imaginative. Also, I see she's appearing at the Mountain Winery playing a show of I suppose classic hits. She could have been so much larger with a back catalog like a mile long. I guess her road lead to other paths, so we're left recollecting her best works in this live bootleg performance. Looking back not forward on this one. Again, another post for my lady, who loves Merchant and the Maniacs...

Natalie Merchant - Live Portland, Maine (1996)
01 – Ophelia
02 – San Andreas Fault
03 – Last Goodbye
04 – Carnival
05 – Surrender
06 – Space Oddity
07 – Life Is Sweet
08 – Stockton Gala Days
09 – Wonder
10 – When They Ring The Golden Bells
11 – Kind & Generous
12 – These Are Days

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Echo & the Bunnymen Live @ Coachella (2010)

Echo & the Bunnymen Live @ Coachella (2010)

I guess Echo & the Bunnymen are getting a lot of coverage in the news for their covers, which they've been playing in between "Lips Like Sugar", "Do It Clean", and "Nothing Lasts Forever". I suppose that's news, but they've been doing it since 1984. Who can forget Del Shannon lyrics sandwiched into "Over The Wall"? It's what in my mind, in 1984, made the Bunnymen unique - interjecting lyrics, poems and scuttlebut into their songs a la The Doors. Ian Mcculloch's lyrics and sorrowful delivery, soaring and falling - like a lost spirit is what makes those snippets legendary. How he chooses them or why, is a mystery only he knows. (Score 10 pts if you have the legendary Scandanavia boots with all the covers perfomed live by the original Bunnymen).

This classic audio from the recent Coachella 2010 show also includes a smattering of covers (The Doors’Roadhouse Blues", snippets of Lou Reed’sWalk on the Wild Side” and “Coney Island Baby” along with Wilson Pickett’sIn the Midnight Hour”). It is a wild set from the legendary band including lots of freaks from Coachella delving into the cuts, like "The Cutter" and "Bedbugs & Ballyhoo". The audio appears courtesy of of music lovers over at Web In Front, a music blog that is too hip for our times. Additionally, rip is burned and cleared via aluche99. Much love and respect to both for giving us our Christmas presents in April this year! Additionally, what a hits set, "Do It Clean" to kick it off and no "Ocean Rain" - I would say a set for purists.

Echo & the Bunnymen Live @ Coachella (2010)
01. Do It Clean
02. Rescue
03. Villier’s Terrace
04. Roadhouse Blues (The Doors)
05. Bring On The Dancing Horses
06. Bedbugs & Ballyhoo
07. Nothing Lasts Forever
08. Walk On the Wild Side/ Coney Island Baby (Lou Reed)
09. Back of Love
10. Lips Like Sugar
11. The Killing Moon
12. The Cutter

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Horrors - Live The Corner Hotel (2010)

The most recent The Horrors album made me a believer. The Horrors have their origin in the early 2000s where they became interested in obscure vinyl and DJing. During trips to London and on the Southend circuit, Rhys "Spider" Webb met Faris Badwan (Faris Rotter) and Tom Cowan (Tomethy Furse) through their shared interests in '60s garage rock, and in 2005 the three formed a band with Joshua Hayward and Joseph Spurgeon (Coffin Joe). This band, a motely group conspired to look like The Addams Family, rooted the live presence of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and coupled the sounds of 60's garage rock and late 90's industrial-lite to form their unique horror-inspired sound. From hot singles like "Sheena Is a Parasite" to the lush, Bunnymen-inspired sounds of Primary Colours the band rips the roof off the house in this live set from 2010. The Corner Hotel performance showcases New Ice Age and Count In Fives as two highlights from the live set. Additionally, while I jam to Primary Colours while writting this, I have added a second deluxe show (albeit without song list) for the rare Live at the Casbah (2009) performance. Two huge The Horrors mega shows for the price of one!

The Horrors - Live The Corner Hotel (2010)
01. Intro
02. Mirror's Image
03. Three Decades
04. Primary Colours
05. I Can't Control Myself
06. New Ice Age
07. Scarlet Fields
08. I Only Think of You
09. Whole New Way
10. Who Can Say
11. Sea Within A Sea
12. Ghost Rider (Suicide Cover)
13. Count In Fives
14. Sheena Is A Parasite
15. Gloves

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D'Angelo - Live Stockholm, Sweden (2000)

D'Angelo - Live Stockholm, Sweden (2000)

I know D'Angelo has some problems right now, probably moore than most considering the pressure and talent combination he carries. His latest album James River has been promised but will probably never the see the light of day. It reads like a whose-who of talent including collaborations from Cee-Lo, Prince, @questlove, and others. It begs to wonder if the pressure inflated him up into what he is now, or if he really wasn't talented, but a prop by the music industry (Milli Vanilli, Lauren Hill) that included mixes, producers, fake backup singers, and conspiracies. I would hate to think that given how cool and smooth the Cruisn' album was and the final Voodoo album shaped up. Either way this man's career seems to be as smoggy and curvey as a smoke monster, with a lot of legal ups-and-downs and a whole lot of mystery to his specific contributions and talent. Another artist eaten up by the pressures to perform. The bootleg below shows this man, at the height of his career, perfoming live at the Cirkus in Stockholm, Sweden on 7/8/2000. Prepared for one of those fine quality radio broadcasts, this bootleg delivers velvet smooth R&B and funk courtesy of D'angelo in a rare funk. The jazzmatazz improve helps make the show more of a respectable jazz sojourn more than a rocksteady flashmob.

D'Angelo - Live Stockholm, Sweden (2000)
01 - Devil's Pie
02 - Improv
03 - Send It On
04 - Feel Like Makin' Love
05 - Chicken Grease
06 - Me And Those Dreamin' Eyes Of Mine
07 - Shit, Damn, Motherfucker
08 - Improv
09 - Left & Right
10 - Improv
11 - Improv
12 - Brown Sugar
13 - Lady
14 - Improv
15 - Improv
16 - Untitled (How Does It Feel)

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Friday, April 23, 2010

McCrank's Juke - April Mix (2010)

McCrank's Juke - April Mix (2010)

It's been a busy April with a lot of fuckin' work and a whole crapload of music dumping out prior to the summer blista. New/Old bands like The National, Passions, LCD Soundsystem, and Shivaree are on my shuffle and on my radar for April. I would add that these fine tracks also, some appear on the playlist at KSCU, so it proves again they still have some taste left. This McCrank's Juke playlist is rife with new bands and hits for the April get down that has been happening. From rain and earthshakes to baseball, Coachella, the passing of jazzmatazz legend Guru, and the Echo & The Bunnymen tour. The new sounds from Passions, Sleigh Bells, The Films, Fang Island and the big hitters make music to my ears. Apart from that I am looking forward to a healthy and robust music May - with appearances locally of The Heavy and A Place To Bury Strangers. Critical albums should be popping up fresh, ready to delight the pre-summer and post-summer crowds. Until then as as things settle down a bit (and Google loosens the dog collar), here is the playlist, mix-tape and mashup of songs directly from McCrank's Jukebox. PS. I am looking for live audio from EATB Coachella and the live Fillmore show in SF. Holla if you wann 'em.

McCrank's Juke - April Mix (2010)
01. All I Want - LCD Soundsystem
02. Endless - Passions
03. Massage Situation - Flying Lotus
04. Crown On The Ground - Sleigh Bells
05. Lullabye For Roads and Miles - Frankie Rose & The Outs
06. Strange Hands - The Films
07. Very Busy People - The Limousines
08. Life Coach - Fang Island
09. Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National
10. I Will Go Quietly - Shivaree

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Counting Crows - Live @ Orange Peel, NC (2009) II

The second part of the famous Counting Crows show recorded at the Orange Peel in North Carolina on 12/12/2009. This audience recording from The Warren Hayes Christmas Jam (Asheville Civic Center) provides a few classic nuggets, not found anywhere else. My friend Jim is probably salivating, attempting to get his hands on the master bootleg. Featuring Adam Duritz in rare form and covers like, The Beatles "The End" coupled with hits off the Counting Crows last album, performed live! I know the show was rare and the size of the files huge, but this is one show not to miss. Part one was posted a day or so ago and this is the final part of the 2 day performance. Not else much to say, but a whole lot to listen to...(PS quit bitchin about the old picture of the band from the early 90's. It is what it is).

Counting Crows - Live @ Orange Peel, NC (2009) II
01 - Round Here
02 - Golden Slumbers
03 - Carry That Weight
04 - The End
05 - Miami
06 - Goodnight L.A.
07 - 1492
08 - Washington Square
09 - A Long December
10 - Rain King (with Warren Haynes)
11 - With A Little Help From My Friends (with Warren Haynes)
12 - Rain King (with Warren Haynes)
13 - This Land is Your Land (with Warren Haynes)

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Counting Crows - Live @ Orange Peel, NC (2009)

One of the most forgotten albums of last year was The Counting Crows' Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings which was most excellent and probably should have been at the top of the best of lists for last year. The songs are original, the sound is what we've come to love, and the songs are deep and reflective. I guess you could say it rivaled the early success of the group. (My friend Jim may beg to differ). All I can say is that this bootleg from 2009, captures the band in an intense show, giving it all they've got at The Orange Peel in lovely Asheville, North Carolina on 12/11/2009. The show was billed as the Pre-Chirstmas Jam and included some quick jams with Warren Hayes (of Gov't Mule fame). This bootleg is thankfully from a radio broadcast, so the sound is clear and the unplugged folk alt rock is at it's core. This two day residency features some rare songs and covers including "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Girl From The North Country". It also captures the band at another zenith, prior to their tour with Augustana and their fade out to 2010. Now departed from Geffen, we'll see what the future holds for The Counting Crows. I know I heard about sessions at Abbey Road and possibly some Glider solo acts, but I am holding out hope. Big thanks to Mystic Chords of Memory, one of the only truly great music blogs left, independent! Thank you! Part II to be posted real soon!

Counting Crows - Live @ Orange Peel, NC (2009)
01 - Girl From The North Country
02 - Hanging Tree
03 - If I Could Give All My Love -Or- Richard Manuel Is Dead
04 - Friend Of The Devil
05 - You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (with Warren Haynes)
06 - Sullivan Street (with Warren Haynes)
07 - Meet On The Ledge
08 - Rain King / Thunder Road / With A Little Help From My Friends

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Echo & the Bunnymen - Live Ferrand, France (1983)

Echo & the Bunnymen - Live Ferrand, France (1983)

This rarest of rare Echo & the Bunnymen bootleg was recorded in Clermont, Ferrand, France on March 3rd 1983. Probably at the height of of the bands early career. The track listing has been pulled from good old Steve Doughtys webpage, and it features the rare songs like "Gods Will be Gods" and "My White Devil" - some of the tracks off the fabulous and mostly my favorite "Porcupine" album. Describes as: "The Porcupine album is the epitome of rock band as heroic archetype – young men on some ill-defined but glorious mission, one easily as timeless as the stars and the sea." I can't think of a better and more dark and oppressive album that isn't from a band like Joy Division, than this Echo & The Bunnymen classic. The setlist is pretty solid and the sound captures this moment in time, not as clear as one would prefer -- but the concert is here in it's entirety. Lastly, a bonus interview session is included with Pete de Freitas and Ian Mcculloch. Now, I know tht the Bunnymen plan to play both the historic "Crocodiles" album together with "Heaven up Here" in a mega concert being done solely in the UK in December 2010, but I ask you...When will there be a complete concert featuring Porcupine or perhaps the 1987 classic (and USA favorite) Echo & The Bunnymen / Grey album?

Echo & the Bunnymen - Live Ferrand, France (1983)
01 - Gregorian Chant
02 - Going Up
03 - With A Hip
04 - Gods Will Be Gods
05 - Show Of Strength
06 - Zimbo
07 - The Cutter
08 - Rescue
09 - My White Devil
10 - Porcupine
11 - Crocodiles
12 - Intro
13 - All That Jazz
14 - Heads Will Roll
15 - Back Of Love
16 - Heaven Up Here
17 - Over The Wall
18 - Do It Clean
19 - Mac & Pete Interview

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

McCrank's Juke - Rare Motown Mix (2010)

Now you probably don't see this very often, especially at McCrank's Juke - a mix tape of old classic Motown songs. I put this together for my friend in Washington DC, who grew up on The Big Chill and the sounds of Berry Gordy Jr. and his classic Motown review. A kid from the 80's he was very muxh into the old wall-of-sound music, from The Temptations to the soulful R&B of Marvin Gaye. I know that I have seen the legends back in the 80's thanks to him - prior to most of them retiring, passing away, and or simply fading into oblivion. Most of the bands with the original members, including The Four Tops, Temptations, Smokey Robinson, etc. I consider this gift to him, my mix tape - pulled from rarities and sub-releases. Some of the lesser-known songs and other straight out jams. I also rounded out the tape with three inclusions that can't be missed - the additionn of Otis Redding (Atlantic/Stax Records) and the recent neo soul & big band from the UK - The Heavy. Lastly, the man who can bring the Motown soul back, and currently re-creating the original sounds, Raphael Saadiq. Yes, the guy from Tony! Toni! Toné!. You'll notice, the last three inductions aren't Motown artists, but they are a jumping off point for further R&B and neo soul exploration. Some "tip of the hat", if you will, to my friend from DC, who thrives on the 60's sounds. You can find most of these songs on iTunes or from a very cool and classy blog called: Soul-Sides.

McCrank's Juke - Rare Motown Mix (2010)
01. Still Water (Love) - Four Tops
02. Baby Don'tcha Worry - Tammi Terrell
03. Sorry Is A Sorry Word - The Temptations
04. He's My Sonny Boy - The Supremes
05. I've Passed This Way Before - The Temptations
o6. That's The Way Love Is - The Isley Brothers
07. Sad Souvenirs - Four Tops
08. It's Love I Need - Marvin Gaye
09. Home Cookin' - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
10. That's How Strong My Love Is - Otis Redding
11. Love Like That - The Heavy
12. Love That Girl - Raphael Saadiq

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Passion Pit - Live Melbourne Big Day Out (2009)

Passion Pit - Live Melbourne Big Day Out (2009)

I am kind of pissed that I didn't take the opportunity to see Passion Pit at The Blank Club in San Jose last year. It would have been while the young band was just getting ready to blow-up and become the monolith that plays festivals like the Coachella 2010 and appears on Late Night with @jimmyfallon. These guys have a truly unique energy and enthusiasm that bubbles forth in their music. The candyland electronic sounds coupled with the music-box like innocence, just makes the pulse pound. A very lively group and a fine concert to take in for sure. That is why I am so pissed. The good news is that Passion Pit is coming back to San Francisco at the Warfield April 15th. I guess I get my second chance. Hopefully, I can take in this bootleg before then, so I am amped out and critically prepared for the major dance off and sing along. As you may know, Passion Pit was originally formed as a solo project in late 2007 by Michael Angelakos in his Emerson dorm room. The songs, which would later become the Chunk of Change EP, were written as a Valentine's Day gift to his then girlfriend. The band has since released a monster album Manners, which seems to be an indie staple and fodder for almost any commerical you can think of. I guess you could say they are the indie media darling of 2008. They're stretching it out into 2010 with this new tour and with the TV work (a la Moby), so perhaps I can quench my Passion Pit thirst with the below bootleg. This live show from the Melbourne Big Day Out Festival in 2009, featured a massive crowd completely full of energy. Theband in response to the free love, brought their best concert of the year. With 2 new songs and a Cranberries cover, this show is a great find for any new indie enthusiast. Bring it down into the pit!

Passion Pit - Live Melbourne Big Day Out (2009)
01. Intro
02. Eyes As Candles
03. Make Light
04. The Reeling
05. Let Your Love Grow Tall
06. Better Things
07. Moth's Wings
08. Sleepyhead
09. Smile Upon Me
10. Dreams (The Cranberries Cover)
11. Little Secrets

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Florence And The Machine - Live Roundhouse (2009)

Florence And The Machine - Live Roundhouse (2009)

I am not sure I even know what Electric Proms is, but I am sure my friends in the UK can enlighten me. I am guessing it's something like the Black Sessions or the Peel sessions, a chance for a new artist to show their wares and to demonstrate how well they rock. This Florence And The Machine bootleg is straight from the Electric Proms, recorded at the famed Roundhouse Studio Theater in jolly old London, England on 10/22/09. It is from a radio broadcast, so the clarity and songs are straight clean. The set includes my favorites "My Boy Builds Coffins" and "Dog Days Are Over" both of which are polished songs from some very cool demos (posted here a while back). I used to love Florence And The Machine, back when they were new and un-nurtured. I guess I am trying to say that they WERE original and less dance-y and more alternative rock. I guess the demos had more of the artist and less or the producer in them. My early favorites for sure. I know the band is coming in April to SF, so there may be a chance to go see them at The Mezzanine, along with all the other fashion/art students and the goth hangovers. Lastly, it is important to weed through these songs and find your favorite. I would dump the Daft Punk inspired songs and look for the ones that remind you of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. You crazy Brits!

Florence And The Machine - Live Roundhouse (2009)
01 - Between Two Lungs
02 - My Boy Builds Coffins
03 - Drumming Song
04 - Hurricane Drunk
05 - Cosmic Love
06 - If I Had A Heart
07 - I'm Not Calling You A Liar
08 - Dog Days Are Over
09 - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
10 - You've Got The Love

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Girls - Black Session #304 (2009)

Girls - Black Session #304 (2009)


Respect to the bands coming out of San Francisco that are really laying on that hip beach vibe - 60's wall-of-sound thing. Bands like Girls, who have managed to hit the indie web hard with their "Lust For Life" single and some solid garage rock almost spiritually inspiredby Brian Wilson. I know they have the Pitchfork audience and maybe made some change off the unrated videos, but these guys have managed to capture and revive a sound that was almost lost to all of our ears. This famous Paris "Black Session" is factually number #304 and recorded in the famed Studio 105 at the Maison De La Radio. Recorded 10/5/09 for radio broadcast, these selection of songs from Girls only album are performed loose and rustic. Including my favorite - "True Love Will Find You In The End" (Daniel Johnston) and "Morning Light" two tracks worthy of this France recording. The original recorder also included the banter and interview clips as part of the overall experience. This helps to give us some context as well as deliver a smattering of Girls related sonic sounds. Excellent sound quality from a band on the rise. We shall see what the latest EP holds, if the road influences their sound or if they mix it up and deliver another jangly indie pop record. Can't wait...

Girls - Black Session #304 (2009)
01 – Intro
02 – Lust For Life
03 – Banter
04 – Laura
05 – Banter
06 – Ghost Mouth
07 – Banter
08 – God Damned
09 – Banter
10 – Headache
11 – Banter
12 – Big Bad Mean Motherfucker
13 – Banter
14 – Solitare
15 – Banter
16 – Substance
17 – Banter
18 – Summertime
19 – Darling
20 – Banter
21 – Hellhole Ratrace
22 – Morning Light
23 – Banter
24 – Lysandre
25 – Banter
26 – Allright
27 – True Love Will Find You In The End

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