Saturday, May 12, 2018

Live Tape Project #2: Princess Pang - Poughkeepsie, NY - December 5, 1989 Full Concert Audio

The Live Tape Project #2 - Princess Pang at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY on December 5, 1989 

Info: Princess Pang were opening for Mr. Big.  Eric Martin of Mr. Big introduces the band.

Setlist:
  • Stage announcements including Eric Martin introduction
  • Scream & Shout
  • Too Much, Too Soon
  • Any Way You Want It
  • South St. Kids
  • Find My Heart A Home
  • No Reason To Cry
  • Baby Blue
  • Trouble In Paradise
  • I'm Not Playin'
  • Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw (Rose Tattoo cover)
  • Sympathy
Sound Quality: I believe I recorded this with a mono Realistic recorder with built in microphone.  Pretty loud and clear. 

Length: 45 minutes 





What is the Live Tape Project? 

Well back in the day for a few years I audio taped a lot of the shows I went to.  I have all my master tapes (probably about 80 to 100 shows) and have always wanted to transfer and upload them.  They are all the different bands I saw at the time, not just the band in this post.

Finally getting around to doing it.  I recently purchased a TEAC LP-R550USB stereo which includes among other things a cassette player and CD Recorder.  I'm recording the cassettes direct to CD, then importing them as .wav files and then uploading to YouTube.  I'll then post the link to the shows here and in the Facebook group as I upload each one.

Quality wise, most were recorded on a mono Realistic recorder with built in microphone which in some cases (and based on the recording conditions) captured a great recording you'll listen to over and over and in other cases it might be barely listenable and something you'll only listen to if you were there and need to remember if they played a particular song that night.  Later on I upgraded to a stereo recorder and some of those sound great.  It's a mixed bag and you never know what the next installment will bring.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

JUNKYARD - May 6, 2018 Hanover, MD - Sleazy Slimey Sunday - Review with Photos and Video

After two days at the M3 Rock Festival, I just did not have a full day of rock left in me.  I slept until check out at our hotel by the Merriweather Post Pavillion and headed over to Live! Lofts in Hanover which was the official hotel of Brad Lee Entertainment's Sleazy Slimey Sunday #3 (SSS3) which would end the 10th Anniversary weekend of M3 the right way.


It was too early to check in, so we headed over to the Live! Casino/Mall complex for lunch at DuClaw Brewing with my cousin and his family because yeah, I needed more beer.


Headed back to the hotel at about 2:30pm and I see the Drunkyard Brigade (a righteous gang of hooligans, possible miscreants and all around most fun folks you could ever hope to have as fans and/or drinking buddies) hanging with the guys in Junkyard (David Roach on vocals, Patrick Muzingo on drums, Todd Muscat on bass and the twin guitar attack of Tim Mosher and Jimmy James.)  Hung out and chatted a bit and got to meet quite a few folks in person that I have only known online.  So far a pretty cool start to the day!


It was still a bit early, but after a little wait we were able to check in, so we went upstairs, cracked open some more beer and took a look at the schedule for SSS3.


When the show was announced, Junkyard was billed as headliner and that's all it took to get me to want to stay another day in Maryland.  Others in our New York crew were most looking forward to Babylon A.D. who were also on the bill.  Then L.A. Guns were added to play after Junkyard (and we all dig them) so it would be a solid evening of great music.  A couple of our gang were already at the festival as they had bought Ultimate VIP tickets which included a set by Steve Whiteman of Kix.  


I think there were 10 bands in total, but not knowing the club layout and knowing standing until probably 1:30am or so for another day might be tough, we decided to chill for a bit, finish our beers and go back to the casino (which is about a mile away) to gamble as part of the pre-game festivities.


At the casino, I hit for $200 after being there about 5 minutes and left with it.  We spent about an hour there and then hit up Jersey Mike's to grab some sandwiches to have at the hotel for dinner before heading over (Their Chipotle Chicken Cheesesteak sandwich is AMAZING).  Finished our subs and more beers and now it's about 7:50 so we got the hotel shuttle to take us to the club.


The venue is called Cancun Cantina and it is cool as all hell!  You walk in to a long room with the stage at the far end.  On the right you can go through doors which brings you to another circular bar and large room where they were doing the meet and greets earlier.  Going back to the main room, the left side is all open to an outside beach area set up.  There's bars everywhere, it's an awesome set up and just a great festive feel.  


It seemed like the schedule was probably about 30 to 40 minutes behind by this time, which for a show that started at 1:30 in the afternoon, I thought was really good.  So we got to see a good portion of Kickin' Valentina's set and we all dug it.  There was a short break with some stage announcements and then Ted Poley of Danger Danger played and Ted is always just a fun time.  Another short break and Babylon A.D. hit the stage and the crowd loved them.


Throughout all of this I got to meet a few more people from the Junkyard fan group (chatting about everything from Andrew "Dice" Clay to Dungeons and Dragons) and enjoyed some tasty beverages (which, by the way, were NOT concert prices.  Bottles of beer were $3.50! Cancun Cantina, where have you been all my life?)


At 11:30 on the dot, it was finally time.  The promoter, Brad Lee, came up to introduce the band and they opened with an explosive "Life Sentence" off their 1989 self titled debut album. See the video below.

In his intro, Lee mentioned how last year the band was only given a 25 minute slot at M3, but tonight we would see what they could do with a full hour.


It turned out that for those 60 minutes we would be treated to a master class in true rock n roll kick-assery! 



"Back on the Streets" from their 1991 follow-up "Sixes, Sevens and Nines" continued the in your face onslaught before slowing the tempo down just a tad for "Cut From the Same Cloth" off last year's fantastic "High Water" album.



The 14 song set would be pretty evenly split between the three records and the next up was another great new one titled "Hellbound" followed by classic crowd favorite "Misery Loves Company" which had the whole audience singing along.



A killer version of "Faded" was followed by a return to the first album for "Simple Man" which in the old days would have had the lighters up in the air, but it just doesn't look right with vape pens.



The national anthem of drinkers, "Blooze," ramped things back up before slowing it down for their amazing cover of Tex and the Horseheads' "Clean The Dirt."  This is a song they play on a pretty regular basis and one of my favorites, but not one I had heard live until tonight.  It was worth the wait.  See the video below.


After another crowd favorite sing-a-long in the way of "All The Time In The World," we found ourselves at a classic moment in every Junkyard set with the epic "Hands Off." If you've ever been wronged in love, not much beats the cathartic release of screaming "Baby, you gave him head!  God Damn!!" with David Roach and the rest of the crowd. 



A balls to the wall "W.F.L.W.F" annihilated before ending the set with the classic first single "Hollywood".

Nothing lifts the spirits like a band doing it right and leaving it all on the stage.



L.A. Guns finished the night shortly after with a great set as well.  

Each year my friends and I always look forward to M3 and it's always a blast, even in year like this one where it was mainly the same bands that always play because it's like going to a family reunion where you get to see lots of friends/family, make some new ones (and avoid a couple of scary drunk uncles).  It was great that Sleazy Slimey Sunday brought the weekend to that next level we hoped for and we'll be looking forward to next year's SSS announcement as much as M3's.



As for Junkyard, upon my return to the hotel, I got to get this picture with them in the wee hours of the morning.  A great band that always has time for their fans. (one last note:  When I first walked up to the hotel in the afternoon, Patrick asked where I got my shirt.  Here's the link https://the-damned.backstreetmerch.com/  Some of the other guys in the band also said they dug it including Todd and I didn't realize until now looking closely at this picture that Todd also has a Damned shirt on.  Them boys got some good taste in music.)



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Friday, December 1, 2017

Live Tape Project #1: Little Caesar - Middletown, NY - June 17, 1990 Full Concert Audio


The Live Tape Project #1 - Little Caesar at the Orange County Speedway in Middletown, NY on June 17, 1990

Little Caesar were opening Kiss on the "Hot In The Shade" Tour with Slaughter playing between the two bands.

Setlist:
  • Down-N-Dirty
  • Hard Times
  • Drive It Home
  • Chain of Fools
  • God's Creation
  • Rock-N-Roll State of Mind
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks
Sound Quality: It's a bit muffled for the first 45 seconds and then it improves drastically as I was probably pulling the recorder out of my pocket and I think it sounds really good for what it is through the rest of the set. I believe I recorded this with a mono Realistic recorder with built in microphone.

Length: 30 minutes 



What is the Live Tape Project? 

Well back in the day for a few years I audio taped a lot of the shows I went to.  I have all my master tapes (probably about 80 to 100 shows) and have always wanted to transfer and upload them.  (added note - they are all the different bands I saw at the time, not just the band in this post)

Well I'm doing it.  I recently purchased a TEAC LP-R550USB stereo with includes among other things a cassette player and CD Recorder.  I'm recording the cassettes direct to CD, then importing them as .wav files and then uploading to YouTube.  I'll then post the link to the shows here and in the Facebook group.

Quality wise, most were recorded on a mono Realistic recorder with built in microphone which in some cases (and based on the recording conditions) captured a great recording you'll listen to over and over and in other cases it might be barely listenable and something you'll only listen to if you were there and need to remember if they played a particular song that night.  Later on I upgraded to a stereo recorder and some of those sound great.  It's a mixed bag and you never know what the next installment will bring.

My plan is to upload one or two a week and get them all uploaded by the end of 2018.  Should be a fun ride and I hope you enjoy some of the shows that get posted.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Cheetah Chrome's Dead Boys at Bowery Electric NYC September 17, 2017


Cheetah Chrome's Dead Boys (featuring Johnny Blitz) celebrated the 40th Anniversary of "Young, Loud and Snotty" by performing it in its entirety on September 17, 2017 at Bowery Electric in NYC.


The show was sold out and packed.  Vocalist Jake Hout ventured out into, unto and above the crowd throughout the show.  Jason Kottwitz and Ricky Rat round out the band who just killed it (bad pun not intended) through the whole set.


If you missed out back in September, not to worry as they are coming back to the Bowery Electric at the end of January 2018.  The first of those shows is already sold out and evidently the second show is close, so check out the video below of the set opening video I filmed of "Sonic Reducer" and it should be all the convincing you need to go pick up one of those remaining tickets.


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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Teenage Jesus and The Jerks - June 13, 2008 NYC Complete Late Show Video

I went through my files seeing what shows I have photos or videos of that I haven't posted yet and found a lot which I'm going to start uploading on a regular basis starting with this one.

Teenage Jesus and the Jerks did two "one night only" shows at the Knitting Factory in NYC on June 13, 2008 - an early show and a late show billed for 11:00pm.

The shows were to commemorate the book release of "NO WAVE: Post Punk, Underground, New York, 1976-1980" which was co-edited by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

The version of Teenage Jesus that performed on this night was made up of Moore, Lydia Lunch and Jim Sclavunos.

Both shows sold out immediately and I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the late show.  The main space was packed when I walked in so I grabbed a spot against the back wall.  When the band hit the stage a few minutes after midnight, I filmed the whole set on my phone.

This being 2008, obviously it's not HD (or hell maybe some phones shot in HD in 2008, but mine did not.)  The video resolution is 240x320 and I zoomed in as much as possible.  When I fully settle and zoom in at about the 3 minute mark  (prior to that the screen is sometime black or not zoomed), it's basically a full stage shot featuring a pretty pixelated view of the band.  The sound is actually pretty good.

I see there's other partial videos of the two shows from this night, so while this isn't great, it is complete and entertaining.

Lydia baits the crowd throughout and seems to have an actual issue with whoever was in the audience right in front of her through much of the set.

The setlist for the show (with approximate start times in the video):
Red Alert
Less of Me (1:17)
The Closet (2:52. Video settles in about 3:00)
Crown of Thorns (5:30)
Crown of Thorns (6:30 "We're doing it again because we hate you that much" - Lydia)
Burning Rubber (7:40)
Eliminate By Night (9:32.  Thurston breaks a string about 30 seconds in.  Song restarts from beginning about 11:20)
Freud In Flop (12:06)
I Woke Up Dreaming (13:20)
Race Mixing (16:43)
Baby Doll (18:10)
Orphans (20:40)



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Friday, September 22, 2017

Paul McCartney 9/19/17 Brooklyn NY - Review, Videos and Jimmy Fallon's Birthday

I definitely was looking forward to seeing Paul McCartney at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on September 19, 2017.  I'm not a Beatles freak, but I own about half of their catalog and know most of the rest of it from listening to classic rock radio growing up.  I figured I would also know a few big Wings hits, but evidently forgot just how many big hits they had.  I'd never seen McCartney before and I knew it would be a good time.

But it was much more than that.

 

We came up out of the subway to a huge mass of a crowd slowly working their way through the security gates in front of the Barclays Center.  We eventually made it inside the building and then finally through the metal detectors just before the 8 pm start time listed on our tickets.  Not to worry as the show wouldn't start for about another 40 minutes, so we had plenty of time for those of us that wanted to get some merch and then work our way up to the next to last row in the arena, but right next to the stage.



With his catalog, it would be hard not to open with a hit and things started off with "Hard Day's Night" to begin the 3 hour set.  Next up was Wings "Junior's Farm," which by the title I didn't think I knew, but recognized when they got to the chorus.




and the hits kept coming with "Can't Buy Me Love", then "Jet" and back to the Beatles for "All My Loving."

Another visit to the Wings catalog with "Let Me Roll With It" (another "Oh...that's what that song I've heard a million times on the radio is called" moment for me) which led into an instrumental jam of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady".  This was a bit of a tribute as Jimi had died 47 years ago the day prior.  McCartney told a funny story involving Jimi, Sgt. Pepper and Eric Clapton before then playing a great version of the Beatles "I've Got a Feeling."

Here's video I shot of Foxy Lady into I've Got a Feeling:

One of Paul's few solo songs of the night followed with "My Valentine" from his 2012 album "Kisses on the Bottom" before Wings' "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" into "Maybe I'm Amazed" from his first solo album.

At this point Paul acknowledged the signs the crowd brought to his show with messages and requests for him.  There was a 40th anniversary, someone else was just released from the hospital and came right to the show while another had escaped the hurricane damage of the South to make to Brooklyn for Sir Paul.   I'm not sure if this was a request from a sign or what is always played in this slot (although I do see Paul changes up a few songs each night), but we got a great version of "We Can Work It Out" and here's the video:


Next Paul went back to his pre-Beatles band The Quarrymen for "In Spite Of All The Danger" and then another Beatles classic with "You Won't See Me" (video below):



More Beatlemania with "Love Me Do", "And I Love Her" and then "Blackbird."



Paul then came out front, on a raised stage, alone with acoustic guitar for a poignant "Here Today" from 1983's "Tug of War." (video below):



Two more solo songs were next with "Queenie Eye" which is off of his 2013 album "New", the title track of which he played next, then back to the Beatles for "Lady Madonna."



"FourFiveSeconds", his collaboration with Kanye West and Rihanna was next and quite catchy and then "Eleanor Rigby" before telling a little story about how the Rolling Stones were looking for a song to record when they just got signed and Paul and John gave them "I Wanna Be Your Man"  (video below):


Next up was a song Paul said was from an album from 50 years ago, joking "before my time" before playing "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!", the first song to be played off Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band this night.   "Something" followed and then Paul revisited Sgt. Pepper saying this was one they didn't always play but liked to when in the New York City area and "A Day in The Life" was performed and morphed into "Give Peace A Chance" as a loving tribute to John Lennon.  (video below):


We now were entering the home stretch of the main set of the show with "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da" into Wings "Band on the Run" back to the Beatles for "Back in the USSR" and "Let It Be."



Overall the stage show, for an arena, is relatively stripped down.  It has great lights and video, but where's the fire and explosions one often sees?  Well Paul saved it all for "Live and Let Die" at which point he went over the top and rocked out while filling the air with massive fireballs and explosions.  This led into a set ending "Hey Jude" with massive singalong.  (Video below):


The band left the stage for a short encore break before returning with "Yesterday" and one more visit to that album of fifty years ago with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" into an electrifying "Helter Skelter"

At this point Paul asked if there was anyone in the crowd celebrating a birthday and he noticed one specific fan up front - Jimmy Fallon!

As you'll see in the video I shot, Jimmy was there celebrating with Saturday Night Live mastermind Lorne Michaels as well as celebrity chef Mario Batali (who also happened to be celebrating a birthday).  Paul plays "Birthday" and then leads the crowd in a singalong of "Happy Birthday" to Jimmy who couldn't look happier.  (video below):



After that Paul told the crowd, "there does come a time when we gotta go home...yeah...and well it coincides with the time you have to go home."  He then thanked the crew and his band and played "Golden Slumbers" / "Carry That Weight" / "The End."  



I looked at the time and it was a few minutes after 11:30.  Paul had played just under three hours and the time flew by.  We raced (well shuffled with the thousands of other attendees) out of the arena onto a packed local subway that made about 15 stops before getting to Grand Central station with just a few minutes to spare to catch the 12:43am train home.  When I finally laid my head down on my pillow at 3:30am knowing I would have to get up soon for work, there was no question this show was absolutely worth it.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Paul McCartney sings "Birthday" & "Happy Birthday" to Jimmy Fallon LIVE in Brooklyn 9/19/17

Last night, September 19, 2017,  Paul McCartney played an amazing sold out show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

During the encore, before playing the Beatles' "Birthday" he asked if anyone in the house was celebrating a birthday and noticed one specific fan up front - Jimmy Fallon!

As you'll see in the video I shot, Jimmy is there celebrating with Saturday Night Live mastermind Lorne Michaels as well as celebrity chef Mario Batali (who also happened to be celebrating a birthday).  Paul plays "Birthday" and then leads the crowd in a singalong of "Happy Birthday" to Jimmy who couldn't look happier.



A very cool moment indeed.  I'll post a full review of the show as well as more videos later

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