Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Alice Cooper Group - Electric Ballroom 1972

Well the end of the year is upon us. So, why not rock out to some good old Alice Cooper Group. I've had quite a few people asking for some old school Cooper. Here is a soundboard, from possibly one of the last shows from the Killer's Tour. The exact date is not none. The sound quality is not to bad. A little tape hiss, and some distortion here and there. A couple songs have a few seconds missing. Overall, it is still very enjoyable, and definitely worth having. Happy New Years.

Set list:


***ACG Electric Ballroom 1972***

Neil Young - Worchester, MA 12/13/2008

I've been listening to this concert for a couple of weeks now. And it tickles my ears happy.
Frank Z does it again with an amazing audience recording. I can't thank him enough. Fortunately, I've been able to hear almost all the concert on this leg of Neil's tour. And for some reason this one just grabs me. The sound is really great, but there are others that sound just as good, if not better. Maybe it's because it's in Massachusetts. God damn if I'm not a true blue Masshole. Either way the set list rocks, the show sounds great, and Massholes know how to drink their liquor. So, get yourself a twelve pack and enjoy this rocking show.

Set List:

Love And Only Love
Hey Hey, My My
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Spirit Road
Cortez The Killer
Cinnamon Girl
Oh, Lonesome Me
Mother Earth
The Needle And The Damage Done
Light A Candle
Cough Up The Bucks
Fuel Line
Hit The Road
Heart Of Gold
Old Man
Get Back To The Country
When Worlds Collide
Get Behind The Wheel
Just Singing A Song
Cowgirl In The Sand
Rockin' In The Free World
A Day In The Life

***Neil Young 12/13/2008***

Friday, December 26, 2008

Neil Young - BBC 1971

Well, I hope everybody is having a Happy Holiday. With the release of "Sugar Mountain," which is part of Neil's Archive series. I thought this would be a good time to share this BBC recording. It has a similar feel, to that of The Canterbury House show. The recording shows it's age with a little bit of tape hiss. But I don't find it to be bothersome. So, if you would like a nice quite moment with Neil, here is your chance. And if you haven't yet picked up part three of Neil's Archive serious get on it. The sound quaility is absolutely amazing. Neil is quite funny with his stone y chatter between each song. They also give you a sneak peak into the Archive Box set, that is to be released at some point in 2009.

Set List:

1 Out on the weekend
2 Old man
3 Journey through the past
4 Heart of gold
5 Don't let it bring you down
6 A man needs a maid
7 Love in mind
8 See the girl dance

***Neil Young BBC 1971***

Merry Christmas

Here's something you can do with all those beers you drank to get through this joyous holiday.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sigur Rós - Icelandic Opera House 6.12.1999

This is an amazing sounding concert, taken straight from the soundboard. I've been meaning to put this up for awhile. Of all the concerts I have by this band, this is the one I always come back too. It just brings tears to my eyes when I hear it. Sigur Rós is truly one of the best. Psychedelic all the way.

Happy 31st Birthday E.A.H. This is for you.

Set List:

01 Von
02 Syndir Guðs
03 Flugufrelsarinn
04 Olsen Olsen
05 Ágætis Byrjun
06 Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása
07 Svefn-G-Englar
08 Ný Batterí
09 Nýja Lagið
10 Hafssól

***Sigur Rós - Icelandic Opera House 6.12.1999***

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ray Davies - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA. 12-2-08

What an amazing show. I had a great time, and hopefully everybody that I encouraged to go did as well. Ray did not disappoint with this powerful acoustic set. His request for audience participation brought a nice lite heart ed atmosphere to the night. And my drunk ass was in full swing. Just thinking about the night brings a smile to my face.

And the best part is now we can relive it over and over thanks to Thomas. He was nice enough to share this great sounding recording. Man, I can't thank him enough. He did a great job. The sound is pretty true to the night. And you get to hear all the banter between songs, which is great. Mainly, because I was having trouble focusing on that. The only minor thing with this recording is he missed the first three songs. Which is not that big deal. I'm just glad to be able to listen to this again with a bit clearer head. Not too clear mind you.

Set List.

(First three missing)
After the Fall
I'm Not Like Everybody Else
The Tourist
Dedicated Follower of Fashion
The Getaway (Lonesome Train)
Sunny Afternoon
Working Man's Cafe
Hymn for a New Age
Morphine Song
Well Respected Man
Low Budget
See My Friends
20th Century Man
Tired of Waiting for You
All Day and All of the Night
Set Me Free
You Really Got Me (w/Locksley)
Lola (w/Locksley)
Victoria (w/Locksley)

***Ray Davies Variety Playhouse 12.2.08***

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Elmer Valentine
Art Streiber
Elmer Valentine on the Sunset Strip in 2000 across from two other establishments he helped start: the Rainbow Bar & Grill and Roxy Theatre.

Elmer Valentine, co-founder of Whisky a Go Go, dies at 85

By Dennis McLellan
December 7, 2008
Elmer Valentine, co-founder of the Whisky a Go Go, the legendary live rock showcase on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood that gave birth to the go-go dancer phenomenon of the 1960s, has died. He was 85.

Valentine, who also co-founded the Roxy Theatre in the early '70s, died Wednesday at his home in Studio City after suffering from various ailments the last four years, said music mogul Lou Adler, his longtime friend and business partner.

A former Chicago cop who arrived in Los Angeles in 1960, Valentine was co-owner of P.J.'s, a successful West Hollywood restaurant-nightclub, when he sold his interest and took a trip to Europe in 1963.

While in Paris, he visited a discotheque and was so impressed by the large, enthusiastic crowd of young dancers that he decided to borrow the disco's name and start his own club back home in Los Angeles.

After lining up three partners, Valentine launched the Whisky a Go Go in January 1964. The club was an immediate hit, with headliner Johnny Rivers attracting celebrity-studded sold-out audiences.

"For much of the '60s and early '70s, Elmer Valentine's Whisky was the most important rock club in town," former Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn wrote in 1977. "It was an incubation spot for local bands and a showcase for highly touted visiting groups."

The Byrds, the Doors, the Kinks, the Who, Them, Love and Buffalo Springfield were among the bands to play there.

"The Whisky was mecca," Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist for the Doors, told The Times in 2003. "It was the place in Los Angeles. It was probably the place in the entire country."

Adler, who first met Valentine in 1964 and produced Rivers' live Whisky a Go Go album, said the Whisky "was a template for what rock clubs would be, not only in Los Angeles but across the United States and around the world."

"Up until that point, rock acts did not have that kind of venue. It drew a lot of celebrities, and the celebrities drew people to come watch the celebrities." Along with drawing such stars as Steve McQueen, Jayne Mansfield and Cary Grant, the Whisky drew national media attention, including from Life magazine and Jack Paar, who did a segment for his weekly comedy-variety program at the club.

Part of the attraction was the mini-skirted go-go girls, a contribution to pop culture that happened by accident.

As recounted in a 2000 Vanity Fair article on Valentine, he arranged to have a female DJ play records between Rivers' sets so patrons could continue dancing. But because there wasn't enough room on the floor for a DJ booth, he had a glass-walled booth mounted high above the floor.

To publicize the girl-DJ gimmick, a public contest was held for the job. But when the young winner called Valentine on the night of the opening to tearfully say her mother forbade her from doing it, Valentine recruited the club's cigarette girl, Patty Brockhurst.

"She had on a slit skirt, and we put her up there," Valentine told Vanity Fair. "So she's up there playing the records. She's a young girl, so while playing 'em, all of a sudden she starts dancing to 'em. It was a dream. It worked."

Valentine quickly hired two more girl dancers, one of whom, Joanie Labine, according to the Vanity Fair article, "designed the official go-go-girl costume of fringed dress and white boots."

The Whisky a Go Go "spurred the entire go-go period," said Adler. "The advertising agencies picked up on the phrase and everything became 'go-go.' "

The way Valentine ran the Whisky -- and his relationships with the acts -- was nothing like the stereotypical hard-nosed nightclub owners in the movies, Adler said. "Being in that club was like heaven for him," said Adler. "He loved rock music, and he loved the musicians. He had a special relationship with all of them."

Valentine was born in Chicago on June 16, 1923. After serving as an Army Air Forces mechanic stationed in England during World War II, he joined the Chicago police force.

"I left Chicago [in 1960] because my wife dumped me, and I was flipped out," he told Vanity Fair. But, as the magazine noted, he was also having a bit of trouble on the job: He was on the take from the Mob.

"It was a way of life," Valentine said.

Although he was indicted for extortion, the magazine reported, he was never convicted. And once Valentine arrived in Los Angeles, he had a backup career plan: "I used to moonlight running nightclubs for the outfit. For gangsters."

In 1965, Valentine launched the Trip, a small, short-lived rock club on the Strip. In 1972, he, Adler, Mario Maglieri and others started the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Strip; a year later, Valentine, Adler and others founded the Roxy.

Adler, who bought into the Whisky in the late '70s, said Valentine sold his interest in the club in the '90s but retained an ownership in the Rainbow and the Roxy until his death.

Valentine, who was divorced, is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Valentine; and a grandson. Plans for a memorial service are pending.

McLellan is a Times staff writer.

Source: LA Times

Saturday, December 6, 2008

J.J. Cale's Birthday. 12/5/1938

The man is seventy and he's still rocking. Better than most half his age. To celebrate this great musician I have two different sets to share. The first being JJ Cale Left (c)over Jams. This album sounds amazing. It's all different unreleased versions of some very recognizable songs. If you are unfamiliar with his music, he's been covered by many big named artist. The second recording is from December 1971. This is a live recording Pacific High Recorders San Francisco, CA. It is an FM Broadcast that maybe old, but still sounds great. It's one of the earliest live recordings I have. It mostly consists of some good blues rocking instrumentals. Why this guy isn't more well known escapes me. I'm sure after listening to these recordings you'll ask yourself the same question.

Happy Birthday Mr. Cale. Thank you for all the great music.

***JJ Cale Left (c)Over***

Set List
1. Call me the Breeze
2. New love is hard to find
3. Stone river
4. Untitled Instrumental
5. Woke up this morning
6. Thing's ain't simple
7. Blonde heades woman
8. Hangups
9. Feels like rain
10. Artificial Paradise
11. Untitled Instrumental
12. Santa Cruz

***JJ Cale December 1971***

Set List
instrumental x2
right down here
Hands Off her
instrumental x2

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Faces reunite for 2009 comeback tour

According to Ronnie Wood, not only are they rehearsed and ready to go, they may even enlist Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to play bass

Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood of the Faces

Ronnie Wood ... 'Rod wants me to write a load of new stuff for him'. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

It seems they remember the songs after all. Ronnie Wood has confirmed rumours that the Faces will reunite, promising a comeback tour in 2009. They may even bring a Red Hot Chili Pepper along for the ride.

"It's like no time has passed by," Wood told Rolling Stone magazine this week. "We had a few rehearsals last week and we're ready to go."

Though original bassist Ronnie Lane died in 1997, the Faces have had no shortage of interest when it comes to low-note plinkety-plunkers. Conrad Korsch, Rod Stewart's touring bassist, sat in on the rehearsals - but "there's a lot of guest bass players [who] want to do it," Wood said, "including Flea".

Though we're not sure we want to hear a "funky" version of Ooh La La, Wood has even hinted at new studio material. "Rod wants me to write a load of new stuff for him," he said. Wood has a fair bit of free time – there's no word "when [or] where" the Rolling Stones will next get together.

Though the Faces have yet to announce any tour dates, it's just a matter of juggling itineraries, Wood said. "We just have to sort out [dates and locations] and drop all of the management egos. We know we can do it. It's just a matter of getting everyone's availability sometime next year."


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ray Davies - BBC Maida Vale Studios, London 4.1.2006

In celebration of Ray playing tonight at The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. I thought I would share this intimate concert. The concert was part of BBC Radio 2's "Sold On Song." Recorded in front of a small audience, at Maida Vale Studios in London. The concert is in the vain of his Story Tellers format. He gives you some insight about most of the songs. The source is an FM Broadcast, so the sound quality is quite good. It's a nice intimate setup just Ray and Mark on acoustic/electric guitars. Not to mention the set list is great.

I hope everyone who wants to see him on this tour gets their chance. I'm super excited for tonight's show. I managed to get a bunch of music lovers together for this night, which is always a great way to start the party. Hope I see some of you there.

Set List:

1. Intro
2. Dead End Street
3. Chat
4. 20th Century Man
5. Chat
6. Village Green Preservation Society
7. Picture Book
8. Big Sky
9. Walter
10. Sunny Afternoon
11. Chat
12. I Go To Sleep
13. Chat
14. All She Wrote
15. Chat
16. Other Peoples Lives
17. Muswell Hillbilly Boy
18. Chat
19. Oklahoma USA
20. Chat
21. Getaway
22. After The Fall
23. Harry Rag
24. Outro

***Ray Davies 4/1/2006***