Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Ramones - The Palladium - NYC - 1.7.1978 (SBD)

It's hard to imagine that someone actually had to write the lines "hey-ho, lets' go". It feels like such a simple and basic chant that it must have predated time itself. But someone had to be the first to come up with it. 

The Ramones formed in in Queens, New York in 1974. They all came together sharing a mutual love of The Stooges who's raw bloody rage gave The Ramones infinite inspiration. They quickly found a home in Manhattan clubs like CBGB's and Max's Kansas City playing alongside the god fathers of punk like the New York Dolls and Iggy Pop. 

The Ramones can be credited with being the first true and pure punk band because they invented and perfected the basic punk formula. They boiled the music down to it's most basic elements. They played quick two minute songs, which was about half the length of the average Dolls tune. Every song was built around a fast sloppy 3 or 4 chord riff with a simple, driving, repetitive hook, a basic verse-chorsu-verse structure, and fast simple lyrics that walked a fine line between psychotic and retarded. 

The Ramones also pioneered the punk attitude of complete indifference to their audience. Before them Iggy had experimented with attacking his audience, but Joey just ignored them completely. He did not dance, move, or even look up while he was playing. He just stood in front of the mic with his long, greasy, black hair in front of his face. There was no stage banter. The only way you could tell when one song stopped and the next started was by a short pause for Dee-Dee to yell, "1-2-3-4!". 

In the second half of the 1970's The Ramones produced four albums using their signature formula: Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, and Road to Ruin. These four records pushed rock and roll to new levels of intensity and cemented the sound and aesthetics of  punk rock. They worked their way through the Ramones formula in every possible permutation and by the end of Road to Ruin they had carried it to it's natural conclusion. 

Today I'm a sharing the Ramones live at the historic Palladium in New York City recorded live January 7, 1978. This was recording right in the middle of the Ramones hey day. They had already achieved world wide success, but they were still young and fresh. They were not yet tired, aging rock stars. This show has some special energy because they are performing back in their hometown of New York City. One of the only pauses in the whole set is right before Blitzkrieg Bop. A very energized Joey says, "Well, it's great to be back here in New York City, and it's good to see all of you again."   

This show was recorded from the soundboard for an for F.M. radio broadcast on The King Biscuit Flower Hour. The audio quality is excellent. If it weren't for the cheering crowd after each song it would be difficult to distinguish between some of theses tracks and the recordings used on their early records. 

The Ramones
Location: The Palladium - New York, NY
Recorded: 01.07.1978
Source: FM Broadcast
Duration: 56 min
Size: 125mbs 
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?gb2w56hqdy63rwc

01. Rockaway Beach
02. Teenage Lobotomy
03. Blitzkrieg Bop
04. I Wanna Be Well
05. Glad To See You Go
06. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
07. You're Gonna Kill That Girl
08. I Don't Care
09. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
10. Havana Affair
11. Commando
12. Here Today, Gone Tommorrow
13. Surfin' Bird
14. Cretin Hop
15. Listen To My Heart
16. California Sun
17. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
18. Pinhead
19. Do You Want To Dance
20. Chainsaw
21. Today Your Love, Tommorrow The World
22. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
23. Suzy Is A Headbanger
24. Let's Dance
25. Oh, Oh, I Love You So
26. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
27. We're A Happy Family


Monday, August 22, 2011

13 Floor Elevators - WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX - 1966

The 13th Floor Elevators are the original psychedelic rock band from Austin Texas. They formed in 1965. In January of 1966 they released their first single "You're Gonna Miss Me." The 45 was an immediate success and gained the band instant notoriety. However The Elevators rapid ascension to fame brought along some unwanted attention.

The local Texas authorities saw Rocky Erickson as a figure head for the emerging drug culture, and they wanted to make an example of him. The police did not know of any specific crimes that the Elevators had committed but they put a surveillance team on the band because they were sure that Rocky Erickson and The 13th Floor Elevators must be up to no good.

At the time The Elevators electric jug player, Tommy Hall, happened to be trafficking large amounts of marijuana from Mexico into Texas on a regular basis.

On January 27th, 1966 Roky Erikson, Stacy Sutherland, Tommy Hall, Clementine Hall, and John Ike Walton of the 13th Floor Elevators were arrested on felony charges for possession of Marijuana. The police seized the Elevators van and as a cruel and ironic punishment the authorities used their van as an undercover surveillance vehicle.

In March of '66 The Elvators relocated to Dallas. They were in a new city, paranoid, reclusive and, alienated. They were still shaken up from their bust. Because of their legal problems they coudln't smoke much grass and they were having trouble finding Acid which they liked to drop before every live performance. They began heavily abusing pharmecuitacals such a Amphetamine and Quaaludes to compensate for the illegal drugs they could no longer use. They were seen chugging Listerine before shows and a few members even missed a gig because they were too fucked up on glue to perform. It was during this turbulent period of the their career that The 13th Floor Elevators made their first live television appearance.

This bootleg was recorded on the Sump'n Else television show. Which was a live teen dance show on Dallas' WFAA Channel 11. They made two appearances: The first in March of '66 shortly after moving to Dallas and the second two months later in May.

The recording quality is excellent especially for a bootleg from the mid sixties. The performances are extremely high energy and very psychotic. They also do some interesting tripped out covers of "You Really Got Me", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Have Mercy" and "Gloria". This bootleg sounds more weird, raw, and freaked out than their debut album The Psychedelic Sounds of The 13th Floor Elevators which had yet to been released when these shows were recorded.

But what makes these recordings really great is the enthusiastic television host who introduces the band and also tries to interview a very spaced out Tommy Hall about the electric jug. He sounds like a typical 1960's television personality. His chipper, wholesome, all american attitude stands in stark contrast to The Elevators who were standing at the forefront of a national cultural and psychedelic revolution which was set to explode in less than a year.

The 13th Floor Elevators
Sump'n Else - WFAA-TV, Dallas, Texas

Recorded: 3.25.1966 & 5.9.1966
Source: Television Broadcast
Duration: 37min
Size: 46.4mb

Set List:
Sump'n Else TV Show, WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX, 3/25/66
1. You're Gonna Miss Me
2. Fire Engine
3. You Really Got Me
4. Roll Over Beethoven

Sump'n Else TV Show, WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX, 5/9/66
1. Mercy, Mercy
2. Tried To Hide
3. Gloria
4. Fire Engine
5. You're Gonna Miss Me
6. Roller Coaster

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Black Angels - Seattle, WA - 6.11.2008

The Black Angels are a rock and roll band from Austin, Texas. They formed in 2004 taking their name from "The Black Angel Death Song" by the Velvet Underground.

The term "Psychdelic Rock" is extremely vague by nature and it does not actually mean anything. It does not refer to a specefic musical style or technique.It is a general term that can refer to any band that would sound better if you were high on Acid. That said The Black Angels are the definitive Neo-Psychedelic Rock Band of my generation. They have been the backing band for Rocky Erickson. They sound more droney than the Velvet Underground, more minimal than spaceman 3, and more strung out than The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

This show is a recording of the Black Angel's first set at Neumo's in Seattle on June 11, 2008. The best way to listen to this recording is alone in a dark room with your eyes closed. It sounds like three hits of acid, two balloons, and a fat line of Ketamine. These songs are deeply meditative but dark and sinister at the same time. Each song evokes vivid images of distant and haunting landscape full unspeakable beauty and strange, dark shadows.

This is an excellent show. All the songs came from their debut album Passover and their follow up Directions to See a Ghost. This was recorded in June of 2008 less than one month after Directions to See a Ghost had been released.

It is an audience capture. Normally I only post shows from the soundboard, but in this case the dissident echoey sound of an audience recording compliments the sound of The Black Angels in a very good way.

The Black Angel's
Location: Live at Neumo's - Seattle, WA
Recorded: 6.11.2008
Source: Audience
Duration: 80min
Size: 112.7mb

Set List:

01. [Intro]
02. Manipulation
03. You On The Run
04. Sniper At The Gates Of Heaven
05. Mission District
06. Black Grease
07. Deer-Ree-Shee
08. Science Killer
09. Young Men Dead
10. Empire
11. Surf City Revisited
12. Never Ever
13. [Intermission]
14. Better Off Alone
15. You In Color

For more Black Angels shows visit The Black Angels Collection at archive.org: http://www.archive.org/details/TheBlackAngels