Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jill Sobule - 2004 - Southampton England

Sorry, but I don't have the exact date for this one.

Jill Sobule - Acoustic Cafes & More

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Jill Sobule - 2004-10-02 - Martyr's - Chicago

This was a strange one. I went with a friend who had a professional microphone & mic stand. We got in a little bit late, had to fuss around for batteries, but got the rig together before the show started. The opening act was a bit of a downer, to be honest. But, Jill's show was great - really something special. I was very pleased with the recording. Then, I heard that someone had filmed the show and was going to release the film. Long story short, he shared four songs, but the rest was never shared. *sigh* If you look closely at the top image - you can see my friend's microphone stand. We had *no* idea that we were in the guy's shot. It's not like he ever came to say anything. I kinda feel bad about it sometimes... But, hey, he never did share his film. So, sometimes, I don't feel badly. I am going to share everything that I have from this show - the guy's 4 films and my audio recording. I'm even going to include the opening act and a review of the show I found much later. Enjoy!
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Jill Sobule - 2003-08-30 - San Juan Capistrano - Coach House

Jill Sobule - 2003-08-27 - Pittsburgh

This is another show in support of Mr. Tilbrook. He's one goofy individual. If you ever get a chance to meet him - don't.
DVD - great quality!!

Jill Sobule - 2003-08-23 - Canal Street Tavern, Dayton

This show was supporting Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze. This was one of the first shows that I ever tried to film. It didn't turn out all that well. Ah, well, technology moves forward... Still, the audio recording came out really, really well.

Jill Sobule - 2002-02-22 - NYC

Jill Sobule - 2002-02-10 - Tin Angel, Philadelphia

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Jill Sobule - 1998-03-12 - Ann Arbor

This is the next time that I saw Jill play live. I'm the guy who yelled for her to play. "Money Shot". It was a song that appeared on her web site for about 2 days before it got pulled... Incredibly, she did try to play it. Probably my favorite is a song which, as far as I know, was never done anywhere else. It's never appeared on a record. It's called Girl Say Go. Fan-tastic stuff... and in amazing quality.

Jill Sobule & Deni Bonet - 1995-04-14 - Ann Arbor, MI

This show was my first introduction to three of my all-time favorite musicians... Jill Sobule, Deni Bonet, and Robyn Hitchcock. It was a wild, strange day full of all sorts of stories. You can get the Robyn Hitchcock portion of this show here.

Before the show started, I was just lounging around in the lobby area when this small blonde woman in a black dress came up and began making small talk. This, I thought, was very strange. After a few minutes, she just as suddenly turned & left. Again, I thought how very strange it was. When the show started, she walked on to the stage and began singing. It was magic!

There were two shows that night - an early show and a late show. The early show just had Jill Sobule as the opening act, but the late show had two opening acts. The second was Deni Bonet. Deni is an amazing violin player. She's still very much around & recording albums. Sadly, though, she doesn't tour outside the NYC area. This is the only live recording that I have of her. Check out her website here.

These sets are brilliant, fun, full of energy, and some of the best music that I have ever heard. I literally went into my local record shop the following Monday and ordered every album by each of these artists. (For Robyn, at least, that was a lot of albums!)

These shows weren't supposed to be shared and have remained locked away in the Secret Society's vaults for these past 15 years. Do me a favor... Download them, listen to them, and just rock the hell out. Here

Jill Sobule - 1995 - Two Dates In April

These are two shows that Jill did opening for Robyn Hitchcock. Wish I had his portions as well, but I do not. Sadly, the dates in the "info" file are not correct. The dates I have placed in the comments are correct.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jill Sobule - Secret DVDs

Lovingly crafted from original promotional VHS tapes and masters from TV broadcasts, these DVDs contain 2 hours of the best of the best of the video material that is out there.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gandalf Murphy - 2008-10-18 - Ann Arbor - Pirate Ball

Concerts like this one really give me hope for mankind. They seemlessly mix the silly and the sublime. One magic moment that just jumps out at me is their cover of Eric Clapton's "Can't Find My Way Home". They invite the audience to join them in a big ship and just sail away from the world for a while. If you enjoyed their Whitehall show (below), this show is even FURTHER out there. You need a copy.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Gandalf Murphy - 2008-10-17 - Whitehall

This is one of the very first shows that I filmed with a decent camera. The venue was perfect, the lighting was perfect, the crowd was perfect, and the performance shook the house. This was my daughter's first exposure to Gandalf Murphy - and she's never hesitated to go to a show since. This is one of the finest films that I have made to date.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Horse Feathers - 2009-04-20 - Acoustic Cafe

This is the appearance of Horse Feathers on Acoustic Cafe. Probably my favorite track is Beth Orton's cover of "Wild World" - originally by the artist originally known as Cat Stevens.

original CDs -> EAC -> CDWave Editor -> flac -> rar -> you

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Gandalf Murphy - 2008-10-18 - Ann Arbor

This show is a remarkable one because the set list is so completely different from typical shows. It features a medley of songs from The Wizard of Oz, a Fairport Convention cover song, and a cover of Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues done to the tune of The Who's Pinball Wizard. And... If that's not enough weirdness for you... check out the half-dozen or so sea-faring numbers. It makes me smile just knowing that there is a band out there whose members would deliberately assemble such a strange collection of things together. I went to this show & have never really been the same ever since. (I filmed the show ... but, this audio recording was made by a local taper and passed along to me in .flac format.)
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Gandalf Murphy - 2006-12-02 - Espresso Royale Cafe

This is the very first Gandalf Murphy concert that I attended... It was recorded by a local taping legend & passed along to me in .flac format. Among the other remarkable songs is a cover of Syd Barrett's song Scarecrow. They follow it with their own Barrett tribute song called "Syd". This also features an extremely rare live version of "End Of The World". (a flute-heavy number) We learn that one of the band members, Tink, is secretly the daughter of Jethro Tull!!
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Friday, June 4, 2010

PF - 1967 - Underground Scene Special

By special arrangement with the nice folks over at Harvested, I am delighted to be able to share this documentary with you nice folks... Previously, this has been traded only on VCD format. This DVD version was taken from a (slightly) superior source. I wish, I wish there were a better copy of this floating around out there... If anyone has one, please get in touch!! In the meantime, until the BBC open their vaults, please enjoy this slice of London Hippie Weirdness!