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Bill Frisell & James McNew play Dead

The fact that this collaboration happened is insane. The fact that they played two Dead tunes for ~an hour is insaner. The fact that a recording of such high quality popped up less than 24 hours later is even insaner. The fact that it was a measly $5 is insaneist.

…but it happened and this exists, so prepare your faces for deep space!

James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring
Offhand Gestures: An Evening of Spontaneous Creation
Town Hall, Seattle WA

Recorded by Steve Kennedy-Williams
BSC1-SubCardioid > Denecke PS-1 > Sony M10
Reaper > TLH > FLAC (> 320kbps mp3 by me)

1. Dark Star > Comes A Time

Bill Frisell - Guitar
James McNew - Guitar and Vocal
Jim Woodring - Live Drawing

Permission to share given by Bill.
Live Drawing photo by Miles Abrams

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SHELLAC - 7.7.2014 Lincoln Hall

imageI had the esteemed pleasure of seeing Shellac (of North America) twice last week…and lucky for me the 2nd show ended up on DIME! The quality isn’t the greatest, but is plenty listenable…and the set crushes.

Lincoln Hall 
Chicago, IL

01 Canada 
02 My Black Ass 
03 You Came in Me 
04 Copper 
05 Title Unknown 
06 A Minute 
07 Squirrel Song 
08 Q & A 
09 All the Surveyors 
10 Steady As She Goes 
11 Title Unknown 
12 Dude Incredible 
13 Bob Speaks 
14 Killers 
15 Dog and Pony Show 
16 Steve Speaks 
17 The End of Radio 
18 Watch Song 
19 Title Unknown

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John Zorn’s Emergency! (Zorn/Ribot/Medeski/Wollesen)

I finally got to see the man/myth/sonic explorer John Zorn last weekend…with the crushing rhythm section of Bill Laswell and Dave Lombardo no less…and needless to say, it was an absolute mindfuck. 

Said mindfuck finally got me to fully head down that Zorn hallway with it’s million doors/projects, and this one is particularly interesting to me of the apparent one-offs/short-lived bands. Zorn/Ribot/Wollesen are all in top form here, and I found Medeski’s playing particularly exciting with how much space he has to move within this bass-less group.

Dig this DSBD (possibly FM?) recording for four gnarly improvs. 

John Zorn’s Emergency!
8.29.1999 @ Willisau Jazz Festival
Willisau, Switzerland

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John Zorn - Sax
John Medeski - Organ
Marc Ribot - Guitar
Kenny Wollesen - Drums

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Yo La Tengo - Sept13 DeKalb, IL


In honor of seeing the amazingness known as Yo La Tengo this evening, here is the last (and possibly favorite) YLT show I caught last year. Otto’s is a classic tiny midwest shithole, and the band seemed particularly comfortable this evening. The setlist was the most varied of any I saw from them last year (6 i think?), and the execution is rather flawless. The big ole noisejam coming out of the Neil-esq solo from Ira in “Little Honda” is huge, and the return to the tune is even huger. 

If you live in the greater Chicagoland area, it’s highly recommended you get your ass over to Concord Music Hall tonite. Phil Cohran opens at 9…you’ve probably never heard of him and neither had I…but he was a founding member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, and that’s all I need to know. 

Yo La Tengo
Otto’s, Dekalb, IL
September 20, 2013

Acoustic Set - 45:15
01. Ohm
02. satellite
03. Is That Enough?
04. Season of the Shark
05. I’m On My Way
06. The Point of It
07. Cornelia and Jane
08. I’ll Be Around
09. You Tore Me Down (Flamin’ Groovies)

Electric Set - 1:28:40
01. Stupid Things
02. False Alarm
03. Paddle Forward
04. The Crying of Lot G
05. Sometimes I Don’t Get You
06. Before We Run
07. Decora
08. Sugarcube
09. Ohm
10. Little Honda (The Hondells)

11. Encore Break
12. Moby Octopad
13. At The River’s Edge (The New Colony Six)
14. Yellow Sarong (The Scene Is Now)
15. Dreaming (Sun Ra)

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DUMP - 4.13.2014 @ The Hideout

imageChicago was treated to a rare Dump set last nite as part of Eleventh Dream Day’s residency at The Hideout…and man was it fucking great! If anyone can help with the setlist, please let me know. I’m pretty sure it was all Dump tunes, with the exception of a gorgeous take on the Dead’s “Comes a Time”.

Thanks to Dominic for the setlist help!

This World
The Hole
Dear Betty Baby (Mayo Thompson)
Daily Affirmation
Comes A Time (Hunter/Garcia)
Sometimes I Feel Like Going To Sleep

This was recorded quite unscientifically - using apple’s voice notes and standing in the 2nd row - but IMO is still quite listenable and worth a spin. If you’re looking for some better-soundquality James, try this NYCTaper recording.

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Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet: Italy 2013


Of all the Rob Mazurek projects i’ve caught over the last few years (there have been a lot), this might be my favorite. Incredibly open/fluid playing from Rob, Angelica Sanchez (NYC jazz pianist), Matt Lux (Iron & Wine, Isotope217, a million other things) and John Herndon (Tortoise, Isotope217, most Rob projects, etc) in between gorgeous heads/melodies. Each tune plays like a mini-suite. 

Between catching 3/4 of their gestation residency (where Sanchez was on Rhodes and it had a distinctly more evil/electricmiles thing goin on), 1/2 of their record release shows, and countless shows from the trio version of this (‘Throne of the House of Good and Evil’, sans Sanchez), I’ve gotten to know this material pretty well…and so finally finding a sbd recording is a great thing. 

Enjoi this set from last year’s Sant’Anna Arresi festival in Italy. 

Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet
8.27.2013 @ Piazza del Nuraghe
Sant’Anna Arresi, Italy

radio introduction
Primative Jupiter [17.06] 
Magic Saturn [14.06] 
bands intros [0.26] 
Spiritual Mars [13.43] 
Spanish Venus [14.56] 
bands intros [0.41] 
Spiral Mercury [12.36] 
Folk Song Neptune [8.31] 
Twister Uranus [10.52] 
radio outro [0.36]

Rob Mazurek, cornet and electronics 
Matthew Lux, bass 
Angelica Sanchez, pianoforte 
John Herndon, drums

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Slint: Chicago 1989

Not the greatest sound quality, but it is Tweez-era Slint slaying and ending with a massive “Cortez The Killer”…what’s not to like?

Club Dreamerz
Chicago, IL

Nosferatu Man
Nan Ding
Breadcrumb Trail
Good Morning Captain
Cortez the Killer

"We’re from Louisville…and we thought you need to hear this."


Deaner & Friends - The Sandy Concerts

Dean Ween & Friends 
The Sandy Concerts

Dickie Betts
It’s Gonna Be a Long Night
1.0 Fuck No
Cracked Actor
Kick Out the Jams
She Fucks Me
Fire on the Mountain
Piss up A Rope
Captain America
High and Mighty
Moonage Daydream

The musicians are: Dean Ween, Guy Heller, Joe Kramer, Dave Dreiwitz, Bill Fowler, Glenn McClelland, Dave Carta, Claude Coleman, Ray Kubian, Chuck Treece, Chris Harford, Eric Slick, Scott Metzger, and Spencer Johnson.


David & the Dorks: 1970 SBDs


David & the Dorks was briefly a thing in late 1970 consisting of David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and (probably) Mickey Hart. While largely consisting of Crosby material (most from his then-recent, immaculate …If I Only Could Remember My Name record), there are a few early Dead nuggets and a rehearsal-take on the Byrds’s “Eight Miles High”. The rehearsal tape is an interesting listen if you want to hear those dude working up this material…particularly Garcia walking everyone (including his bandmates) through “Bertha”…but just jump right to the gig if you’re not into that sorta thing. 

The SBD from December 15, 1970, opening night at the Matrix Theatre in SF, is a hell of a listen. I’ve always loved the aforementioned Crosby record, but somehow didn’t realize until today that these guys played out at all. The yam out of “Triad” is particularly glorious, and you gotta love Crosby singing those “Bertha” harmonies. Also of note - this version of “Deep Elem Blues” is pretty different than the various GD arrangements of this then-young tune. 

I guess there’s discrepancy as to if Billy or Mickey played these shows…fwiw it sounds like Mick on both recordings to these ears. 

David & the Dorks
Wally Heider’s 245 Hyde Studio C
San Francisco, CA

Alabama Bound
Eight Miles High
Cowboy Movie
Wall Song
Bird Song
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David & the Dorks
Matrix Theatre
San Francisco, CA

Drop Down Mama
Cowboy Movie
Wall Song
Deep Elem Blues
Motherless Children
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Happy Birthday Neil!

In honor of Neil’s birthday, here are some unreleased studio cuts from mid-60s Toronto R&B band The Mynah Birds. The group apparently rifled through about a million people, but this particular lineup will forever live in infamy as “that time Neil Young and Rick James were in a Motown-signed band together”. 

The story goes that (after some founding members left to form Stephenwolf), this version of the band - Neil/Bruce Palmer/”Ricky Matthews” (just prior to becoming Rick James)/Rickman Mason/John Taylor) - got signed to Motown and hit the studio, supposedly cutting 16 tunes. One day, US agents dragged Ricky (who apparently had gone AWOL from the navy) away and the band broke up. Neil and Bruce stole the band’s gear, bought a hearse, and (illegally) headed to LA to look for Stills. Shortly thereafter, Buffalo Springfield was born. 

These 7 tracks are all I’ve been able to dig up from this brief/unthinkable Rick James/Neil collaboration.

The Mynah Birds - The Lost Recordings