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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