Friday, October 21, 2016

Lee Ving's Army - First Ave February 27 1995

First off this recording sounds horrible! I tweaked it as much as I could and this is the best I could get it. The songs suck but the banter between is good enough, and classic Lee Ving.
This is from First Avenue in Minneapolis before Ving officially bought the rights to use the name FEAR so he was touring as Lee Ving's Army.  I had met him a few years earlier when FEAR played in the 7th Street Entry, and from that time on whenever his name would come up I would say "Oh, you mean my close personal friend Lee Ving".  Lo and behold, when Lee Ving's Army swung through town on the night of this recording, the back of their t-shirt said "I'm a close personal friend of Lee Ving".  I'm not saying I was the inspiration behind the message, but it seems way too accurate to just be coincidence.

1. Gimme Some Action
2. Pitchfork in My Brain
3. Bad Day
4. Their Mouth Don't Stop
5. Honor and Obey
6. Back Into Battle
7. Null Detector
8. Camarillo
9. USA
10. What's the Matter with Skinheads?
11. Hey
12. Fuck You Let's Rodeo
13. We Destroy the Family
14. Welcome to the Dust Ward
15. Have a Beer with FEAR
16. More Beer
17. Fresh Flesh
18. Waiting for the Meat
19. Beef Bologna
20. Foreign Police (cuts/tape flip)
21. New York's Alright if You Like Saxophones
22.I Don't Care About You
23. I Love Livin' in the City
24. Let's Have a War

Have a beer with FEAR here

Monday, October 17, 2016

Robyn Hitchcock Solo Acoustic Show

Robyn Hitchcock played a solo acoustic show at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis on July 24 1990. This is one of the first shows I tried recording and considering what I had to work with (Sony Soundabout and a KMart microphone) it didn't turn out too bad (after a lot of EQ).

I remember that everyone was sat down at tables, and the table behind us was filled with drunk frat boys who almost ruined the show. Thankfully the performance was good enough to overpower the frat boys' shenanigans and a good time was had.  Listening back I remember how difficult it was for him to keep his guitar in tune. Considering it was  the middle of summer in Minneapolis I assume the humidity level was through the roof and playing havoc with his guitar.

1. I'm in Love with a Beutiful Girl
2. Madonna of the Wasps
3. Clean Steve
4. Queen Elvis
5. The Devil's Coachman
6. Sleeping Nights of Jesus
7. Swirling
8. Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole
9.I Used to Say I Love You
10. My Wife and My Dead Wife
11.Flesh #1
12. More Than This
13. Raymond Chandler Evening
14. Trying to Tune My Guitar
15. A Message to You
16. The Bones in the Ground
17. Watch the Cars
18. Went to See the Gypsy
19. Old Pervert

Listen to Robyn tune his guitar here

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Lunachicks - Uptown Bar Minneapolis Sept. 15 1993

I first got turned on to The Lunachicks when I saw them sandwiched between Pegboy and  The Dictators  at First Avenue. I had no idea who they were, I thought they were gonna be just another screamy neo Riot Grrrl band. But I wanted to see Pegboy so I figured I'd endure this Lunachick band and not think anything of it. I was pleasantly surprised, shocked even, when they came out and tore the roof off of the club. They kicked so much ass, in fact, that I left 5 songs into The Dictators set because the Lunachicks made them seem like the old men The Dictators were, and who were just playing a tour so Handsome Dick could make the balloon payment on his loft.

Flash forward a handful of months later and I see that The Lunachicks are playing at The Uptown Bar (RIP).  I got all antsy in the pantsy and was well looking forward to having my need for great rock and roll satiated.

As usual I remember nothing about the gig itself, but at least I have the recording to remember it by.

Enjoy, feel free to spread it around, just give me credit.

1. Get Off The Road
2. P.S. Hell
3. Plugg
4. Mom
5. Makin' It With Other Species
6. 11
7. Shit Finger Dick
8. 2 Bad 4 U
9. C.I.L.L.
10. Jan Brady
11. Light As A Feather
12. Apathetic
13. Down The Hatch (???)
14. Superstrong
15. More Than A Feeling
16. Feel Like Making Love
17. Cookie Monster

Binge and Purge your ear holes here.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts First Avenue Minneapols July 26 1994

I remember nothing about this show. Joan was touring in support of the Pure and Simple album.
Recorded on a Sony Soundabout with a Radio Shack lavaliere mic pinned to the lapel of my leather jacket. The studs and spikes camouflaged the mic nicely.

Flac files here

1. Spinster
2. Cherry Bomb
3. Light of Day
4. Go Home
5. Eye to Eye
6. Backlash
7. Love is Pain
8. Torture
9. Do Ya Wanna Touch Me
10. Rubber & Glue
11. Consumed (cuts)
12. Little Liar
13. Now I Wanna Be Your Dog
14. I Love Rock 'n' Roll
15. Crimson & Clover
16. I Hate Myself For Loving You
17. Here to Stay
18. Bad Reputation

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nashville Pussy Minneapolis 1997

 Early Nashville Pussy  was such a breath of fresh air when I first heard them. To my ear it was like AC/DC met Antiseen in the parking lot behind a David Allan Coe show.
I met the band and hung out with them at a party after a previous show and they were awesome, down-to-earth folks. (If Blaine or Ruyter read this it's me, Dead Boys Guy, in Minneapolis)

I bought all the singles and played the Hell out of them at top volume.  When they signed to local label Amphetamine Noise I was totally stoked.

When the album "Let Them Eat Pussy" finally came out after a plethora of delays I was a little disappointed. There were only a few new songs on it as they had recycled most of their 7" songs on this.  Regardless, the whole thing rocked and I played my copy at even louder volumes than the singles.

By the time the second album, High as Hell, came out I could already hear the transmutation into a bona fied Southern Rock band, more Molly Hatchet than Black Flag.

I still have the singles and the AmRep pressing of the LP and they are all cherished parts of my record collection and they will stay there forever.

As for this show, I don't really remember much of it. The photos on the left were taken by me at this show.  If I remember correctly this was the first time in Minneapolis with Jeremy on drums, and that's about it.

Enjoy the pix and the recording. As usual don't steal the photos and don't make money off of anything I post here, but feel free to share with those in the know.
Oh yeah, if anyone can ID the last 2 songs please let me know.
1. Snake Eyes
2. Five Minutes to Live
3. Go Motherfucker Go
4. Somebody Shoot Me
5. I'm a Man
6. All Fucked Up
7. Eat My Dust
8. Kicked in the Teeth
9. Texas Border
10. Guitar Solo
11. ???
12. ???

Get your southern fried fix here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kicking the boots in

I've slowly been going through an old box of live cassette recordings I made of various bands in the early 90's.  I'll start posting them as I get them uploaded.

To start off here's Kraftwerk from October 2015 at the Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis.  The quality isn't the best but after the first few songs it gets better.

This was my 4th time seeing Kraftwerk and it was the second-best (Chicago 1998 was the first and therefore best time I saw the band).

Recorded on a Zoom H2 set pointing up on the empty seat next to me.

1. Intro
2. Numbers
3. It's More Fun to Compute
4. Computer Love
5. Pocket Calculator
6. Metropolis
7. Man Machine
8. Space Lab
9. The Model
10. Neon Lights
11. Autobahn
12. Airwaves
13. Radio Activity
14. Electric Cafe
15. Tour de France
16. Trans Europe Express
17. The Robots
18. Aerodynamic
19. Planet of Visions
20. Music Non-Stop

The Machine Men Invade Minneapolis