The mighty John Cale has re-emerged — he’s touring Europe as we speak and has a new LP coming out early next year (You can check out the Weyes Blood-assisted “Story of Blood” now). In the meantime, let’s go back to the mid-1970s when John was just getting going as a touring act. He’d obviously played live plenty before, but following the release of 1975’s Slow Dazzle, he really leaned into being a traveling musician.
Category: Live Upload Series
Move Right In: The Velvet Underground At The Boston Tea Party, 1968-1969
Dig into a homemade comp of choice Velvet Underground performances at the Boston Tea Party, the club that served as the band’s home away from home in the late 1960s. These so-called “Professor Tapes” have circulated for years, but the master reels were made available a while back, and – though they’re still far from an audiophile experience – they’re much more listenable now. And the music here more than makes up for the 50+ year old tape hiss.
Jon Hassell w/ David Rosenboom: Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada, October 9, 1976
RIP to Jon Hassell, “Fourth World” composer, who passed away a few days ago. Hassell’s music always sounds so fresh and imaginative, as he explores the endless dreamscape of our collective consciousness.
Jon is gone, but the Fourth World lives on.
R.E.M. :: Viceroy Park, Charlotte, NC, November 7, 1981
We’re rapidly approaching the 40th anniversary of R.E.M.’s debut single, the epochal “Radio Free Europe,” released on July 8, 1981. The band has a few things in the works to celebrate, but in the meantime, let’s dip into the band’s live archive.
Steely Dan :: Radio, Sessions & Live
Drive west on Sunset to the sea . . . Those familiar with the psychic topography of Los Angeles are keenly aware of the undercurrent Donald Fagen’s vocal inflects as […]
James Booker :: Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1978
Ancient AD. We originally featured the following 1978 live recording (captured at the Montreux Jazz Festival) back in October of 2005. We’ve collected a number of live documents from this New Orleans piano master — Live at Montreux is by far the most spirited. Pearls on black velvet, the set is essential listening for Booker acolytes and New Orleans piano disciples alike. Ten tracks, all very raw arrangements with Booker backed by a loose, electric pick-up band that full-on swings.
The Meters :: Live At The Bottom Line / Live At Showboat Lounge (Fat City) 1977
From the same dusty Case Logic binder that recently brought you Bob Marley & The Wailers @ The Record Plant, here are two shows of curve-flattening funk from 1977.
Arthur Russell :: Roulette, Brooklyn, New York, March 2, 1985
As last year’s astonishing Iowa Dream showed, the posthumous Arthur Russell well is far from dry. The man lived and breathed music for his short time on the planet, and we’re extremely fortunate to be able to explore his beautiful/beguiling imagination. Compared to his studio work, there are relatively few documents of Russell as a live performer — which is why this 35-year-old tape is so precious.
Wynton Kelly + Wes Montgomery :: The Half Note, NYC 1965
The first half of this smokin’ mid-60s radio broadcast features the Wynton Kelly Trio breezing through some bop standards. Not particularly adventurous or boundary-breaking stuff, but that’s no diss – these guys could swing like no one else…
JJ Cale: Pacific High Recorders, San Francisco, California, December 12, 1971
Breeze along to one of the earliest live recordings of JJ Cale out there. This Pacific High Recorders gig (broadcast on the Bay Area’s KSAN-FM) features JJ and band playing a deliciously laid back set a few months prior to the release of the singer-songwriter-guitarist’s classic debut LP, Naturally.
The Velvet Underground :: The Boston Tea Party – January 10, 1969
Most of what you read concerning the Velvet Underground will inevitably note how woefully under-appreciated the group were during its brief lifespan. But the VU were superstars — and not […]
Sandy Denny (Richard & Linda Thompson): Live In London, 1972
If there were justice in this world, there would be at least three albums full of Linda Thompson / Sandy Denny duets (under the Crazy Ladies moniker, perhaps?). But no! […]
Happy Thanksgiving :: Doug Sahm And Friends — Austin, TX 1972
Tradition runs rampant around Thanksgiving: generations of old recipes, football, Alice’s Restaurant , The Last Waltz, and, of course, a parade of balloons shutting down NYC. What else do you need? If […]
The Incredible String Band :: Radio Unnameable – NYC, 1968
Imagine dialing around on the radio and stumbling across this utterly fried live session from The Incredible String Band late one night in 1968. Transmitted via Bob Fass’ legendary Radio Unnameable show, this is […]
Jason Molina :: North Star Blues Session – Belgium, 2003
Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia / Magnolia Electric Co) died March 16th, 2013. It’s impossible to overstate the depth and virtue of his songs or the way he poetically expressed the […]