Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Juliana Hatfield To Release Live Album

Sweet Oblivion fave Juliana Hatfield announced on her website that she will release a live album, The White Broken Line, on November 21. Details are limited as of now, but I suspect the disc will feature lots of tunes from her latest studio release, Made In China. To celebrate Jules' pending record, here's a smoking set from 2000 when she was out supporting her dual releases, Beautiful Creature and Total System Failure.
Juliana Hatfield

Live It Up
Cool Rock Boy
Don't Rush Me
Sneaking Around
I Think I Might Be In Love
Somebody Is Waiting For Me
Using You
Easy Way Out
Choose Drugs
My Protegee
No Feelings (Sex Pistols)
My Sister
When You Loved Me
Cry In The Dark
Bad Day
Slow Motion
Goddess On A Hiway (Mercury Rev)


Monday, October 30, 2006

Pearl Jam 07-11-1995 Soldier Field

At the time this was the longest show Pearl Jam had ever played, and it was part of their tour in support of 1994's Vitalogy. It aired on the radio and is now here for your listening pleasure. Sadly, "Animal" seems to be missing from my copy of the show. If anyone out there has it please feel free to send it to me.
Pearl Jam
Soldier Field
Chicago, IL

Last Exit
Spin The Black Circle
Tremor Christ
I Got ID
Even Flow
Glorified G
Not For You
Elderly Woman...
Everyday People
Let My Love Open The Door
Yellow Ledbetter


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Malfunkshun Reforms

From Billboard.com:
Although it never recorded a full-length album or toured outside Washington state, Seattle band Malfunkshun is often cited as an important band amid the grunge family tree. Now, 16 years after the death of singer Andy Wood, Malfunkshun is reactivating.

An anomaly amid bands playing back-to-basics rock'n'roll, Malfunkshun featured the white makeup-faced Wood alongside his guitarist brother Kevin, who shredded like Yngwie Malmsteen, creating a punk/speed metal hybrid. To craft new Malfunkshun music, Kevin and fellow surviving member Regan Hagar have pacted with singer Shawn Smith (Satchel, Brad) and bassist Cory Kane.

"I have a stack of Andy's lyrics that I've been hanging onto for the past 15 years or so, since he died -- I never gave them up," Wood tells Billboard.com. "And they're all from the early '80s, when Andy was about 14 through 16. I always wanted to make songs out of them."

After Wood and Hagar initially decided to work together on the project, Wood reached out to Smith. "I called Shawn the day before the session, and he said, 'I'll do it.' He told me he had a dream about Andy right before I had emailed him to come in," he says. "The whole thing is like a gift from Andy - and Shawn did such good interpretations of these lyrics."

An album's worth of tunes was recorded, mixing new versions of vintage Malfunkshun songs such as "Love Child" and "My Love" with freshly penned cuts like "Another You," "Friendship Ring" and "He's a Mover." Also featured is a rearrangement of "Man of Golden Words" by Mother Love Bone, which Andy Wood formed post-Malfunkshun with future Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament.

Although the recording is completed, the group is in search of a label to put out the album, which also goes by title of "Friendship Ring." Once the album is released, the quartet plans to launch a supporting tour. "We definitely want to tour and support it as much as possible. Me, Shawn, Regan and Cory are going to go out as a four-piece," Wood says.

Wood also assures that the group's original over-the-top approach remains intact on the new recordings, and that his brother would have approved. "Malfunkshun was always into the fast, shredding guitars," he says. "It's true-to-form as far as Malfunkshun goes -- it's a continuation of that same vibe. I miss Andy being there, but I feel that his presence is there. I know his approval was there."

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Cornell Overload

I received a bunch of positive feedback regarding my previous Chris Cornell posts so I thought I'd put up this last gem before retiring my Cornell obsession for a while. Fans will likely drool as I did when I saw the setlist from this acoustic performance promoting Audioslave's latest. The covers and Temple of the Dog tunes are amazing. Unless otherwise noted, the songs are Audioslave's.
Chris Cornell
Solo Acoustic
Sweden 2006

Doesn't Remind Me
Like A Stone
Wide Awake
Fell On Black Days (Soundgarden)
Be Yourself
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
Original Fire
Redemption Song (Bob Marley)
(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? (Elvis Costello)
All Night Thing (Temple of the Dog)
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)
Call Me A Dog (Temple of the Dog)
Thank You (Led Zeppelin)


Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Most Rocking "Rocking..."?

Pearl Jam performs many covers during their lengthy live sets, and Neil Young's "Rocking In The Free World" has been a staple since they formed back in the early 90s. Clearly, the song means a lot to the band and they love playing it - they've done so 188 different times thus far. I thought I'd take a look at some performances of "Rocking In The Free World" over the span of Pearl Jam's career to see if there was one that stood out from all the rest.

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03-16-1992 New York, NY
MTV Unplugged (acoustic)

06-18-1992 Zurich, Switzerland

1993 Video Music Awards
With Special Guest Neil Young

03-17-1995 Melbourne, Australia
With Special Guest Dave Grohl on drums

08-29-1998 Camden, NJ

06-22-2000 Milan, Italy

07-05-2003 Camden, NJ

05-27-2006 Camden, NJ
Buy Pearl Jam's new self-titled album here.


Monday, October 02, 2006

Twilight Singers: XFM Session 09-05-2006

I just scored tickets to see the Twilight Singers perform at the TLA in November, and I thought I'd post this XFM set in celebration. If you haven't yet checked out their 2006 release, Powder Burns, then get thee to your local record store (or open up that iTunes store...) pronto. Or click here.

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Twilight Singers
XFM Session

They Ride
Candy Cane Crawl
For more good tunes from Twilight Singers, check out this previous post.

Oh, alright. Here's a little preview of their upcoming EP, A Stitch In Time. That's right, kids, it's a Massive Attack cover featuring Mark Lanegan on vocals. You knew I'd sneak him into another post, now, didn't you?
Live With Me (studio)


Sunday, October 01, 2006

Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes: 07-08-2000 Camden, NJ

Back in 2000, Jimmy Page recruited Sweet Oblivion faves The Black Crowes to join him on tour. They played Led Zeppelin tunes along with a few Crowes songs and a smattering of covers. I was fortunate enough to catch one of those shows when the group played in nearby Camden, NJ.

It was amazing to hear the Led Zeppelin songs live with three guitarists and a keyboardist. When Zep took the stage back in the day, Page was the lone guitarist playing an interesting mishmash of the layered parts he'd recorded in the studio. To hear all of the recorded layers played with the energy of a live performance was a real treat. Some said Page's playing on this tour was the best of his career. That's up to folks who've listened to many more hours of live Zep than me to decide. I'm content to enjoy this snapshot of a magical moment in rock history when Page managed to find a band talented and ambitious enough to bring the spirit of Led Zeppelin back to life for a summer.

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Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes
Camden, NJ

(Celebration Day was played, missing here)
The Wanton Song
Misty Mountain Hop
Hots On For Nowhere
No Speak No Slave
Sick Again
What Is And What Should Never Be
Oh Well
Ten Years Gone
In My Time Of Dying
Your Time Is Gonna Come
The Lemon Song
In The Light
Shapes Of Things
Nobody's Fault But Mine


Bring It On Home
She Talks To Angels
Out On The Tiles
Whole Lotta Love
Page and the Crowes released an official recording from the shows they played at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles. You can buy that 2CD set here.

Get your official live Led Zeppelin CDs here and here. Buy their phenomenal 2DVD official live set here.

Buy The Black Crowes' outstanding new 2CD set of "unreleased" material, The Lost Crowes, here.

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