Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Akron/Family Live Download


After Akron/family's kick ass show at the Knitting factory earlier this year I began frantically trying to find a live recordings of AK AK. I eventually found this one. And although it is incomplete it definitely has some great moments of hard rocking.
Akron/Family will be headline 2 shows at Tonic this Saturday to celebrate the release of their new album "Meek Warrior". They will be joined by the The Hamid Drake/William Parker due. Humid Drake plays on Akron/Family new album and we can only hope that he sits in with the band. The last time Akron/Family played at Tonic they absolutely destroyed the place. Get tickets here.

eke Utrecht, NIL

small shape
blessing force
raising the sparks (incomplete; missing the last 4 minutes)

My Favorite Jerry show

Not too much to say about this recording. Just the man and his guitar. Jerry's vocals sound amazing and the song selection is great. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do.

Jerry Garcia
Capitol Theater
Passaic, NJ
04-10-1982 (Early show)

Deep Elem Blues
Freight Train>
Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie
Dire Wolf
Little Sadie
Stagger Lee
I've Been All Around This World
To Lay Me Down
Run for the Roses
Reuben & Cherise

Monday, September 18, 2006

The Whitestripes on the Simpsons and Live Download

I have wanted to post a The Whitestripes show on here for a while but could never find a good reason to. So i figured Jack and Meg appreance on The Simpsons last night was as good as any. If you missed last night's episode here is the clip of the Simpsons parodying the Whitestripes video for "Hardest Button to Button".

And now for the recording. I can confidently say that this is one the best sounding Whitsteripes recording available. This was one of the four show the band performed in April of 2003 in support of the release of "Elephant". The concert which occoured on a cold Easter Sunday and was a serious smoker. Jack and Meg's performance is nothing short of magnificent. Every song is performed flawlessly and with an incredible amounts of energy. And with that enjoy the show!

The Whitestripes
Orpheum Theater
Boston, Ma
April 20, 2003

Black Math
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
Let's Shake Hands
I think I Smell a Rat
Hardest Button to Button
Look Me Over Closely
Apple Blossom
You're Pretty Good Looking for a Girl
In the Cold, Cold Night
Death letter
Red Bird
Fell in Love with a Girl
Don't Blame Me
Hotel Yorba
Lord Send Me an Angel
Ball and Biscut
Astro>Jack the Ripper
Seven Nation Army
Boll Weevil

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Man Man @ the Spiegel Tent

Last night marked the eighth time I have seen Man Man this year. "Six Demon Bag" the band's sophomore record is one of my favorite records of 2006. So I went into last nights show expecting to be blown away again the by greatness that is Man Man .
The Spiegel Tents circus tent meets Moulin Rouge setting was the perfect location for Man Man's sold out performance. By 11:45 a 200 person line snaked its' way around the tent which is locate underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Once the doors opened the room filled up immediately with people trying get as close to the stage as possible. I luckily secured a great spot directly in front. The energy level in the room continued to rise as the show drew closer and closer. And my anticipation for the show continued to grow. It was amazing to see how far Man Man had come in the past year. I continue to think back to the amazing show they performed at the Cake Shop earlier this year and there sweaty bar filled show at SXSW. But there wasn't too much time to reminisce because the band took the stage.
I instantly became consumed by the craziness of the show. Dancing and singing along to ever song. The set has radically changed from early this year when they would play the same set ever night. They have continued to add new material all of which sounds amazing. However just as the band was really starting to rock things began to get a little weird. I started to notice that crowd was becoming extremely obnoxious and overly insecure. It seemed as though 75% of the crowd all thought they were the biggest Man Man fan in the world. I have always have had a problem with people that compete for some sort of top level of fandom and I never thought I would see such behavior at a Man Man show. People's behavior at this show was almost comical. There was pushing for the sake acting out. There was crowd surfing by a girl that looked as if she was in high school. There was a big burly sweaty hoss picking fights and acting crazy in an attempt to prove that if given the chance he would kill to have Man Man's love child. All this was just too much for me and I kind of let my mind wander away from the music.
Yes the music last night was fucking great and the performance was off the charts but all of that couldn't make up for the behavior of the crowd. Now a day later I wonder what is next for these very charismatic performers. Will their next show be filled with drunken douche bags all trying to prove they are biggest fan? I certainly hope not but then again you never know. I do know that what ever happens I will continue to watch this band grow and slowly take over the world but from now on I will stay in back of the room.