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MP3: Download Sharon Jones/Dap-Kings Live Shows + Leonard Cohen Shows

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As Jones herself said, “The show must go on.”

By Uncle Blurt

By any standard it’s been a brutal week or so in the music world, losing first Leonard Cohen, then Leon Russell, Mose Allison, archivist/rocker Billy Miller of Norton Records and A-Bones fame, punk pioneer and journalist Don Waller, and now Sharon Jones of the mighty Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. As we music fans typically do, we work our way through our grief by revisiting the music. So here we go…

Over at the ever-diligent site Big O, they’ve posted a number of terrific Cohen concerts for free download, complete with artwork, including this FM broadcast from ’76, which joins several others previously posted:

MP3: Leonard Cohen – Casino Barriere de Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland; June 25, 1976

92nd Street YM-YWHA (The Young Men’s-Young Women’s Hebrew Association) Hotel, New York City, New York; February 14, 1966

Paris Theatre, London, UK; Spring 1968

Birmingham Odeon, Birmingham, UK; December 8, 1979

Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; May 30, 1988

Meanwhile, this morning they also posted a hot audience Sharon Jones show from 2010, which joins a couple of others previously posted:

MP3: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI; May 22, 2010

Theatre de Verdure, Nice, France; July 10, 2014

Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY; December 3, 2015

Check ’em out and share ’em – the tracklistings for Cohen ’76 and Jones ’10 are below.

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Cohen 1976:

Disc 1
Set 1

      Track 101
. Bird on the Wire (1) 4:46 (11.5MB)
      Track 102
. So Long, Marianne 6:58 (16.7MB)
      Track 103
. Who by Fire 4:11 (10.1MB)
      Track 104
. Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye 4:38 (11.1MB)
      Track 105
. Store Room 5:09 (12.4MB)
      Track 106
. One of Us Cannot Be Wrong 4:45 (11.4MB)
      Track 107
. Lady Midnight 4:01 (9.6MB)
      Track 108
. There Is a War 5:26 (13.1MB)
      Track 109
. I Tried to Leave You 5:40 (13.6MB)
      Track 110
. Diamonds in the Mine 4:06 (9.9MB)

Set 2

      Track 111
. Chelsea Hotel #2 5:37 (13.5MB)
      Track 112
. The Stranger Song 5:57 (14.3MB)
      Track 113
. You Know Who I Am 3:05 (7.4MB)
Disc 2
      Track 201
. The Partisan 4:09 (10.0MB)
      Track 202
. Story of Isaac 4:45 (11.4MB)
      Track 203
. Famous Blue Raincoat 5:21 (12.8MB)
      Track 204
. Lover, Lover, Lover 6:17 (15.1MB)
      Track 205
. Sisters of Mercy 6:20 (15.2MB)
      Track 206
. Is This What You Wanted 5:28 (13.1MB)
      Track 207
. Suzanne 4:43 (11.3MB)
      Track 208
. The Butcher 5:03 (12.1MB)
      Track 209
. Bird on the Wire (2) 5:16 (12.6MB)
      Track 210
. Tonight Will Be Fine 4:08 (9.9MB)
      Track 211
. Joan of Arc 5:56 (14.2MB)
      Track 212
. Do I Have to Dance All Night 5:13 (12.5MB)

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Jones 2010:

      Track 101
. The Reason 4:37 (7.8MB)
      Track 102
. He Upset Your Dreams 2:20 (3.9MB)
      Track 103
. Wouldn’t You Rather Have Me 2:23 (4.0MB)
      Track 104
. Medley Intro 1:58 (3.3MB)
      Track 105
. If You Call 3:56 (6.6MB)
      Track 106
. Highway Of Lost Lovers/When The Saints Go Marching In 3:56 (6.6MB)
      Track 107
. Give It Back 3:43 (6.2MB)
      Track 108
. When I Come Home 9:54 (16.6MB)
      Track 109
. The Game Gets Old 4:02 (6.8MB)
      Track 110
. Tell Me 8:33 (14.4MB)
      Track 111
. She Ain’t A Child No More 4:07 (6.9MB)
      Track 112
. Window Shopping 5:31 (9.3MB)
Disc 2
      Track 201
. Better Things 3:51 (6.5MB)
      Track 202
. I’ll Still Be True 4:21 (7.3MB)
      Track 203
. Money 3:32 (5.9MB)
      Track 204
. Mama Don’t Like My Man 3:56 (6.6MB)
      Track 205
. I Learned The Hard Way 3:50 (6.5MB)
      Track 206
. Not Gonna Cry 2:55 (4.9MB)
      Track 207
. Got To Be The Way It Is 9:08 (15.4MB)
      Track 208
. This Land Is My Land 5:53 (9.9MB)
      Track 209
. Outro/That’s What I Love About You 3:45 (6.3MB)
      Track 210
. Encore Break 3:09 (5.3MB)
      Track 211
. I’ll Be There 2:39 (4.5MB)
      Track 212
. 100 Days 100 Nights 7:33 (12.7MB)

MP3: Download the Who’s 5-Volume “1969 Soundboard Tapes” Box

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The tapes Pete Townshend didn’t want you to hear….

By Uncle Blurt

Everyone knows that the Who’s Live at Leeds is one of the greatest ever live albums, but what some might not know is that originally, the band had soundman Bob Pridden recording the shows on its 1969 American tour in anticipation of culling a live album from the tapes. Pete Townshend, though, decided he didn’t like the results and had the tapes destroyed—or so he thought. A number of them did survive, and even though the official Leeds album was released, documenting a show the band did after getting back home to England, some of the mooted material wound up on such bootlegs as Accept No Substitute, Pure Rock Theatre, Live at Leeds Rejects, etc. (Pure Rock Theatre in particular was a terrific sounding boot, released in ’96 by the astute archivists at the Hiwatt label.)

So anway, the nicely-nicknamed “Prof. Stoned” has apparently been compiling and remastering as many of those surviving tapes as possible in order to create what he is called The Fall 1969 oundboard Tapes, a 5-volume collection (plus a 6th disc, a “highlights” anthology). It’s now available for free download over at the Big O zine, along with downloadable art and liner notes. Below is the tracklisting for the highlights release, along with the links to each of the five volumes. If you’re a fan of the ‘oo, this note’s for you, bubba.

VOLUME 1

VOLUME 2

VOLUME 3

VOLUME 4

VOLUME 5

      Track 01
. Jerry Pompili Introduction 0:36 (1.4MB)
      Track 02
. Heaven and Hell 4:14 (10.1MB)
      Track 03
. Can’t Explain 2:38 (6.3MB)
      Track 04
. Fortune Teller 2:45 (6.6MB)
      Track 05
. Tattoo 3:18 (7.9MB)
      Track 06
. Young Man Blues 5:25 (13.0MB)
      Track 07
. Overture 5:24 (13.0MB)
      Track 08
. It’s a Boy 0:41 (1.7MB)
      Track 09
. 1921 2:30 (6.0MB)
      Track 10
. Amazing Journey 3:21 (8.0MB)
      Track 11
. Sparks 4:35 (11.0MB)
      Track 12
. Eyesight to the Blind 1:56 (4.6MB)
      Track 13
. Tommy’s Holiday Camp 1:00 (2.4MB)
      Track 14
. We’re Not Gonna Take it 8:16 (19.8MB)
      Track 15
. Summertime Blues 3:25 (8.2MB)
      Track 16
. Shakin’ All Over 5:48 (13.9MB)
      Track 17
. My Generation 10:51 (26.0MB)

Tr. 03, 15-16: unknown place/date * – Taken from: Vol. 1 “State University of N.Y.”
Tr. 10: State University of New York, Stony brook, NY – October 18, 1969 – Taken from: Vol. 1 “State University of N.Y.”
Tr. 05: Capitol Theater, Ottawa – October 15, 1969 (1st Set) – Taken from: Vol. 2 “Capitol Theater”
Tr. 13-14: unknown place/date – Taken from: Vol. 2 “Capitol Theater”
Tr. 01, 07-12: Fillmore East, New York, NY – October 22, 1969 – Taken from: Vol. 3 “Fillmore East”
Tr. 17: Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA – October 19, 1969 – Taken from: Vol. 4 “Electric Factory”
Tr. 04: unknown place/date – Taken from: Vol. 4 “Electric Factory”
Tr. 02, 06: unknown place/date – Taken from: Vol. 5 “Acetates”

* has been labeled as “McDonough Gymnasium, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. – November 2, 1969″
(NB: Tr 10 is composite of two different recordings which appears only on this compilation.)

MP3: Download Dylan, Young, McCartney & Stones Desert Trip Sets

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Everything from the first weekend with the exception of The Who and Roger Walters, both of which will soon be available.

By Uncle Blurt

Call it Oldchella if you prefer, but last weekend’s Desert Trip definitely got the troops motivated out of their walkers and wheelchairs – even body surfing, in fact, as the Rolling Stones, the Who, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul MCartney, Roger Waters, and the Rolling Stones all kicked out the jams. It starts up again tonight through Sunday, so for those of you unable to attend this weekend or the previous one, the good folks at Big O zine have kindly provided free MP3 downloads of several of the Oct. 7-9 performances. Included is downloadable artwork as well. Below, take a look at the setlists, and follow the links to the download pages.

Rolling Stones – Live at Coachella Fairgrounds, Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA; October 7, 2016.

      Track 101
. Start Me Up 7:54 (19.0MB)
      Track 102
. banter 0:14 (572k)
      Track 103
. Out of Control 6:29 (15.6MB)
      Track 104
. banter 0:32 (1.3MB)
      Track 105
. Ride Em On Down 2:53 (6.9MB)
      Track 106
. banter 0:15 (611k)
      Track 107
. Mixed Emotions 4:58 (11.9MB)
      Track 108
. Wild Horses 4:54 (11.8MB)
      Track 109
. It’s Only Rock and Roll 4:59 (11.9MB)
      Track 110
. banter 0:25 (989k)
      Track 111
. Come Together 4:18 (10.3MB)
      Track 112
. Tumbling Dice 3:57 (9.5MB)
      Track 113
. Honky Tonk Women 4:36 (11.0MB)
      Track 114
. banter 3:51 (9.3MB)
      Track 115
. Slippin Away 6:01 (14.4MB)
      Track 116
. Little T&A 4:11 (10.0MB)
      Track 201
. Midnight Rambler 11:59 (28.8MB)
      Track 202
. banter 0:48 (1.9MB)
      Track 203
. Miss You 8:07 (19.5MB)
      Track 204
. Gimme Shelter 7:20 (17.6MB)
      Track 205
. Sympathy for the Devil 7:20 (17.6MB)
      Track 206
. Brown Sugar 5:53 (14.1MB)
      Track 207
. Jumping Jack Flash 5:30 (13.2MB)
      Track 208
. You Can’t Always Get What You Want * 8:10 (19.6MB)
      Track 209
. banter 0:30 (1.2MB)
      Track 210
. Satisfaction 7:27 (17.9MB)

Paul McCartney – Live at Coachella Fairgrounds, Indio, CA; October 8, 2016. (w/Neil Young)

      Track 101
. Hard Days Night 2:37 (6.3MB)
      Track 102
. Jet 4:09 (10.0MB)
      Track 103
. banter 0:32 (1.2MB)
      Track 104
. Can’t Buy Me Love 2:12 (5.3MB)
      Track 105
. banter 0:40 (1.6MB)
      Track 106
. Letting Go 3:58 (9.5MB)
      Track 107
. banter 0:21 (860k)
      Track 108
. Day Tripper 3:19 (8.0MB)
      Track 109
. banter 0:27 (1.1MB)
      Track 110
. Let It Roll 4:36 (11.0MB)
      Track 111
. Foxy Lady 2:01 (4.8MB)
      Track 112
. banter 1:44 (4.1MB)
      Track 113
. I Gotta a Feeling 5:19 (12.8MB)
      Track 114
. banter 0:52 (2.1MB)
      Track 115
. My Valentine 3:21 (8.1MB)
      Track 116
. Nineteen Hundred Eighty Five 4:04 (9.8MB)
      Track 117
. Maybe I’m Amazed 4:43 (11.3MB)
      Track 118
. banter 1:03 (2.5MB)
      Track 119
. We Can Work It Out 2:24 (5.8MB)
      Track 120
. banter 0:47 (1.9MB)
      Track 121
. In Spite of the Danger 3:37 (8.7MB)
      Track 122
. I’ve Just Seen a Face 2:34 (6.2MB)
      Track 123
. banter 0:45 (1.8MB)
      Track 124
. Love Me Do 2:28 (5.9MB)
      Track 125
. banter 1:32 (3.7MB)
      Track 201
. And I Love Her 2:48 (6.7MB)
      Track 202
. banter 0:44 (1.8MB)
      Track 203
. Blackbird 2:35 (6.2MB)
      Track 204
. banter 1:46 (4.2MB)
      Track 205
. Here Today 2:27 (5.9MB)
      Track 206
. banter 1:06 (2.6MB)
      Track 207
. Queenie Eye 3:48 (9.1MB)
      Track 208
. Lady Madona 2:39 (6.4MB)
      Track 209
. banter 0:38 (1.5MB)
      Track 210
. Four Five Seconds 2:31 (6.1MB)
      Track 211
. Eleanor Rigby 2:54 (7.0MB)
      Track 212
. banter 0:28 (1.1MB)
      Track 213
. For the Benefit of Mr Kite 2:45 (6.6MB)
      Track 214
. banter 1:16 (3.0MB)
      Track 215
. A Day in the Life 6:07 (14.7MB)
      Track 216
. banter 0:36 (1.4MB)
      Track 217
. Why Don’t We Do It In the Road 3:13 (7.7MB)
      Track 218
. banter 0:38 (1.5MB)
      Track 219
. Something (false start) 1:11 (2.8MB)
      Track 220
. Something 3:56 (9.5MB)
      Track 221
. banter 0:30 (1.2MB)
      Track 222
. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da 3:32 (8.5MB)
      Track 223
. Band on the Run 5:24 (13.0MB)
      Track 224
. Back in the USSR 3:07 (7.5MB)
      Track 225
. banter 1:49 (4.4MB)
      Track 301
. Let It Be 3:58 (9.5MB)
      Track 302
. Live and Let Die 3:32 (8.5MB)
      Track 303
. crowd 0:42 (1.7MB)
      Track 304
. Hey Jude 7:38 (18.3MB)
      Track 305
. crowd 1:30 (3.6MB)
      Track 306
. I Want to Be Your Man 2:07 (5.1MB)
      Track 307
. banter 0:25 (1.0MB)
      Track 308
. Helter Skelter 4:02 (9.7MB)
      Track 309
. banter 1:18 (3.1MB)
      Track 310
. Golden Slumber 6:23 (15.3MB)

Bob Dylan & His BandLive at the Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA; October 7, 2016.

      Track 101
. intro 1:30 (3.6MB)
      Track 102
. Rainy Day Women 12 & 35 4:56 (11.8MB)
      Track 103
. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright 4:45 (11.4MB)
      Track 104
. Highway 61 Revisited 4:33 (10.9MB)
      Track 105
. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 4:37 (11.1MB)
      Track 106
. High Water (For Charley Patton) 4:29 (10.8MB)
      Track 107
. Simple Twist Of Fate 5:25 (13.0MB)
      Track 108
. Early Roman Kings 6:12 (14.9MB)
      Track 109
. Love Sick 5:36 (13.5MB)
      Track 201
. Tangled Up In Blue 6:01 (14.4MB)
      Track 202
. Lonesome Day Blues 6:19 (15.1MB)
      Track 203
. Make You Feel My Love 4:15 (10.2MB)
      Track 204
. Pay In Blood 4:26 (10.6MB)
      Track 205
. Desolation Row 8:01 (19.3MB)
      Track 206
. Soon After Midnight 4:14 (10.2MB)
      Track 207
. Ballad Of A Thin Man 7:59 (19.1MB)
      Track 208
. Masters Of War 6:25 (15.4MB)

Neil Young & Promise of the RealLive at Coachella Fairgrounds, Indio, CA; October 8, 2016.

      Track 101
. After the Goldrush 4:13 (10.1MB)
      Track 102
. Heart of Gold 3:37 (8.7MB)
      Track 103
. Comes a Time 8:16 (19.9MB)
      Track 104
. On The Weekend 4:58 (11.9MB)
      Track 105
. Human Highway 4:26 (10.7MB)
      Track 106
. Neighborhood 3:33 (8.5MB)
      Track 107
. Show Me 4:24 (10.6MB)
      Track 108
. banter 0:51 (2.1MB)
      Track 109
. Harvest Moon 5:18 (12.7MB)
      Track 110
. banter 0:59 (2.3MB)
      Track 111
. Words 8:02 (19.3MB)
      Track 112
. Walk On 3:39 (8.8MB)
      Track 201
. banter 1:18 (3.1MB)
      Track 202
. Texas Rangers 2:46 (6.6MB)
      Track 203
. Powderfinger 7:38 (18.3MB)
      Track 204
. Down By the River 21:46 (52.2MB)
      Track 205
. Seed Justice 3:39 (8.8MB)
      Track 206
. Peace Trail 5:37 (13.5MB)
      Track 207
. banter 2:04 (5.0MB)
      Track 208
. Welfare Mothers 3:33 (8.5MB)
      Track 209
. Rockin In The Free World 8:32 (20.5MB)

MP3: Download Dwight Yoakam’s 9/21/16 Americanafest Show

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Promoting new album and celebrating the venerable A-fest tradition!

By Uncle Blurt

Seems like all our rowdy friends hotfooted it over to Nashville last week for the annual Americanafest, leaving us to tend the Tarheel homefires all by our lonesome. What happened over there? Well, at least we got updates via Twitter and Facebook from some of those rowdy friends, or we would have no earthly idea, as the national music media, us included, appears to have been largely out of the loop. (Rumor has it that Jason Isbell was celebrated at the Americana Music Association awards ceremony, and that T Bone Burnett gave an impassioned keynote speech, so that’s a good sign.)

Luckily, though, a slew of great performances have surfaced online so us normal citizens can check out the tunes, which of course is the stuff that counts; YouTube was blowing up this weekend in particular. And the ever-diligent archivists at the Big O zine kindly posted MP3s of Dwight Yoakam’s live webcast.

MP3: Dwight Yoakam – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee; September 21, 2016

It’s a pretty smokin’ set, with Mr. Y doing choice tracks from his bluegrass epic Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars, including his cover of “Purple Rain.” The setlist is below.

      Track 01
. What I Don’t Know 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track
      02
. Free To Go 5:26 (9.1MB)
Track
      03
. Sad, Sad Music 3:43 (6.2MB)
Track
      04
. I Wouldn’t Put It Past Me 5:51 (9.8MB)
Track
      05
. These Arms 5:32 (9.3MB)
Track
      06
. Listen 5:31 (9.3MB)
Track
      07
. Two Doors Down 4:21 (7.3MB)
Track
      08
. Guitars, Cadillacs 4:00 (6.7MB)
Track
      09
. Home for Sale 6:10 (10.4MB)
Track
      10
. Please, Please Baby 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track
      11
. Gone (That’ll Be Me) 9:07 (15.3MB)
Track
      12
. Purple Rain 6:07 (10.3MB)

MP3: Download Wilco’s 8/20/16 Minneapolis Show

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The Wilco Empire strikes back, yo.

By Uncle Blurt

Yes I did have a very nice vacation, thanks for asking. My only regret is that I was not in town to catch Wilco’s August 20 show in Minneapolis; I’ve attended at least 40 Wilco shows over the years and was hoping to crack that big four-oh. Next tour though. Meanwhile, as the show was broadcast over the radio, it’s now available as a free MP3 download over at Big O.

MP3: WilcoHall’s Island, Minneapolis, MN; August 20, 2016

It’s a smokin’ show at that, full of fan faves along with a good chunk of latest album Star Wars (I have to remember to go out and grab a copy of that as I’ve only heard bits and pieces on Spotify thus far). And the recording is outstanding, so check it out, along with the tracklisting below. Meanwhile, go HERE to read a review of and see photos from the group’s Kansas City show, written by longtime contributor Danny Phillips.

      Track 101
. More * 3:02 (5.1MB)
      Track 102
. Random Name Generator * 4:19 (7.3MB)
      Track 103
. The Joke Explained * 2:40 (4.5MB)
      Track 104
. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart 6:01 (10.1MB)
      Track 105
. Art of Almost 7:27 (12.5MB)
      Track 106
. Pickled Ginger * 2:39 (4.4MB)
      Track 107
. Hummingbird 3:53 (6.5MB)
      Track 108
. Handshake Drugs 6:25 (10.8MB)
      Track 109.
Cold Slope/King Of You * 5:59 (10.1MB)
      Track 110
. Via Chicago 5:41 (9.6MB)
      Track 111
. Spiders 12:17 (20.6MB)
      Track 112
. If I Ever Was A Child 3:20 (5.6MB)
      Track 113
. Jesus Etc 4:30 (7.6MB)
69 mins

* Tracks from Star Wars

      Track 201
. Locator 3:20 (5.6MB)
      Track 202
. Box Full of Letters 3:36 (6.0MB)
      Track 203
. Heavy Metal Drummer 3:10 (5.3MB)
      Track 204
. I’m the Man Who Loves You 3:53 (6.5MB)
      Track 205
. Impossible Germany 8:14 (13.8MB)
      Track 206
. The Late Greats 4:49 (8.1MB)
      Track 207
. Red-Eyed and Blue 1:25 (2.4MB)
      Track 208
. I Got You (At the End of the Century) 4:09 (7.0MB)
      Track 209
. Outtasite (Out of Mind) 5:58 (10.0MB)
      Track 210
. Misunderstood 4:02 (6.8MB)
      Track 211
. It’s Just That Simple 4:35 (7.7MB)
      Track 212
. War on War 3:42 (6.2MB)
      Track 213
. Passenger Side 3:42 (6.2MB)
      Track 214
. I’m Always in Love 4:22 (7.3MB)
      Track 215
. California Stars 4:56 (8.3MB)
      Track 216
. A Shot in the Arm 4:30 (7.6MB)

 

THE LAST WALTZ: Tragically Hip

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It was a night for tears and laughter, and a lot of reflection—upon what it means to be a rock band, how it feels to be staring down death, and why there’s so much pride to be taken in being Canadian. Below, watch and/or listen to the entire final concert from August 20 in Kingston, Ontario.

BY BLURT STAFF

For the final show of their Man Machine Poem tour—and quite possibly their final show, period, as vocalist Gord Downie had announced in May that he had terminal brain cancer—the Tragically Hip chose to connect with an entire nation and not simply the 20,000+ audience in their Kingston, Ontario, hometown. The concert was broadcast live by Canada Broadcasting Corporation to venues across the country, leading to a few million virtual attendees taking in Downie’s presumed final bow, and reveling in the collective glory of what has become perhaps the most beloved Canadian band in history.

Fellow countrymen Nickelback, who have sold gazillions more than the Tragically Hip, only wish they could get a fraction of this kind of respect. Not that the Hip have not sold a few records in their day.

The HDTV webcast has already been circulated extensively around the world via a very devoted Hip fanbase, and now the good folks at Big O zine have posted it for free MP3 download, along with relevant artwork.

MP3: Tragically Hip – Rogers K-Rock Centre, Assiniboine Park, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; August 20, 2016

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BLURT’s own editor, Fred Mills, happened to be vacationing in Canada  when the tour was concluding, and while he was not able to catch any of the farewell concerts, he says that on more than one occasion he encountered fans who expressed their deep devotion to the band. “Even some folks who seemed to be more diehard punk or indie types seemed to feel like this was a momentous moment—a ‘Last Waltz’ of sorts for the band and its fanbase,” noted Mills. “Given Downie’s medical status it was impossible not to be moved, almost to tears, while grasping that, for so many Canadians, this was their U2, their R.E.M., their Midnight Oil that they were saying goodbye to.

“I should add that when I was in the airport preparing for my flight back to the US, I picked up a newsstand copy of national magazine Maclean’s, kind of a cross between Time and USA Today, and it was a double issue with something like 25 pages devoted to the Hip, its history, its fans and admirers, and that final concert in Kingston. Reading that, I began to get a sense of just how important this group was to Canadians, something that I’d not quite figured out until now. In the Hip, fans saw a group of musicians who celebrated their very Canadian-ness, rather than trying to be just another big player on the global music scene.

“It’s hard to say goodbye to a band you love. Imagine how hard it is to say goodbye to that band when you know there’s no chance—ever—of one of those reunions we’ve come to take for granted.”

Maclean’s links:

JOSEPH BOYDEN’S SEVEN LOVE SONGS FOR GORD DOWNIE: Award-winning author Joseph Boyden’s emotional reflection on his relationship with The Hip’s Gord Downie—and ours, too.—Joseph Boyden and Amanda Boyden
HOW WE WILL MISS GORD DOWNIE AND THE TRAGICALLY HIP: What it means to the Hip — and to their fans — to tour and wave goodbye. —Michael Barclay
HERE’S HOW CANADA WATCHED THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A sold-out concert in Kingston, but viewing parties from coast to coast — and beyond. —Aaron Hutchins
ON THE TRAGICALLY HIP’S LAST STOP: ‘THIS IS CARPE DIEM.’ Michael Barclay on the rock’n’roll spectacle of the Man Machine Poem tour. —Michael Barclay
THE AMERICAN FANS WHO WATCHED THE TRAGICALLY HIP’S LAST EXIT: It wasn’t only Canadians who flocked to Kingston, Ont., for the Tragically Hip’s final concert. —Michael Barclay
THE TRAGICALLY HIP’S LAST SONG RINGS OUT ACROSS CANADA: Thousands of fans from Halifax to Vancouver sang the Tragically Hip’s last song, ‘Ahead By A Century.’

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As the CBC noted in its coverage of the concert, “Downie thanked fans for supporting the band during what could be its final tour. ‘On behalf of the boys and the men and women of our crew, thank you for a great tour and a great show,’ Downie said. ‘I really enjoyed the hell out of it. Thank you, thank you people for keeping me pushing.’”

Keep pushing, indeed. Godspeed, Mr. Downie. You have been an inspiration in so many ways.

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The band:
Gord Downie – vocals
Paul Langlois – guitar
Rob Baker – guitar
Gord Sinclair – bass
Johnny Fay- drums

Setlist:

      Track 101
. Fifty-Mission Cap 8:54 (14.9MB)
      Track 102
. Courage 5:01 (8.4MB)
      Track 103
. Wheat Kings 4:28 (7.5MB)
      Track 104
. At the Hundredth Meridian 3:31 (5.9MB)
      Track 105
. In a World Possessed by the Human Mind 3:56 (6.6MB)
      Track 106
. What Blue 3:02 (5.1MB)
      Track 107
. Tired As F— 3:22 (5.7MB)
      Track 108
. Machine 8:40 (14.6MB)
      Track 109
. My Music at Work 3:51 (6.5MB)
      Track 110
. Lake Fever 4:31 (7.6MB)
      Track 111
. Toronto #4 2:59 (5.0MB)
      Track 112
. Putting Down 3:17 (5.5MB)
      Track 113
. Twist My Arm 3:53 (6.5MB)
      Track 114
. Three Pistols 4:57 (8.3MB)
      Track 115
. Fiddler’s Green 4:22 (7.3MB)
      Track 116
. Little Bones 5:22 (9.0MB)
      Track 117
. The Last Of The Unplucked Gems 4:43 (7.9MB)
      Track 118
. Something On 3:25 (5.7MB)
      Track 201
. Poets 4:44 (8.0MB)
      Track 202
. Bobcaygeon 5:32 (9.3MB)
      Track 203
. Fireworks/applause 10:39 (17.9MB)
Encore 1
      Track 204
. New Orleans Is Sinking 4:54 (8.2MB)
      Track 205
. Boots or Hearts 3:41 (6.2MB)
      Track 206
. Blow at High Dough/applause 10:42 (18.0MB)
Encore 2
      Track 207
. Nautical Disaster 4:32 (7.6MB)
      Track 208
. Scared 5:00 (8.4MB)
      Track 209
. Grace, Too/applause 10:33 (17.7MB)
Encore 3
      Track 210
. Locked In The Trunk Of A Car 5:39 (9.5MB)
      Track 211
. Gift Shop 5:40 (9.5MB)
      Track 212
. Ahead By A Century 8:54 (14.9MB)

Bonus: CBC Music presents The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration Post-Show [Interview]

      Track 01
. Interview – Part A 8:48 (14.8MB)
      Track 02
. Interview – Part B 7:10 (12.1MB)
      Track 03
. Interview – Part C 7:11 (12.1MB)
      Track 04
. Interview – Part D 7:44 (13.0MB)

 

Track Premiere: Viv and the Sect “Bleserone”

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Straight outta Nuggetsville: Mexican garage rockers’ debut album drops late next month via Get Hip.

By Blurt Staff

If some culturally tone-deaf clods get their way, come November there will be a big wall built around Mexico, and it’ll be up to us music lovers to start digging tunnels—otherwise we won’t be privy to the fiery likes of Mexico City’s Viv & the Sect. Starting out as a trio in 2012, the now-quartet has their ‘60s psych, garage, folk-rock and R&B down, folks, as this exclusive track from their upcoming album This Will Pass ably demonstrates. Check out “Bleserone”:

Due Sept. 30 by, you guessed it, eminent garage label Get Hip, This Will Pass is perfectly described as having a “raw, edgy, dark sound” with an intensity in the songs hearkening back to the ‘60s punk/garage outfits of the Back From the Grave and Teenage Shutdown compilations. It was produced in Mexico by Hugo Quezada (Robota). The group has also been compared to the like of such ‘60s West Coast icons as Love, the Music Machine and Electric Prunes. With the assistance of Get Hip mainman and Cynics guitarist Gregg Kostelich (the band has also toured with the Cynics), plus mastering from the mighty Jim Diamond, Viv and the Sect have got a full length debut worthy of being talked about alongside those names.

Did someone say wax? The rec’s limited to 500 copies, with 150 on opaque yellow vinyl, 150 on opaque violet, and 200 on black, jack.

Online: facebook.com/vivandthesect

Track Premiere: The Maggie’s Marshmallows “No Friend of Mine”

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Another Nuggets-worthy gem: Prague garage rockers to debut via Get Hip full length in late September.

By Blurt Staff

 Cue it up and it’ll be instantly familiar: “No Friend Of Mine,” that sneers-and-fuzztone-laced ‘60s garage classic from Texas’ The Sparkles, subsequently covered by pretty much every garage band worth its salt—including Pittsburgh’s Cynics, whose guitarist also helms the Get Hip label, which is the astute music biz establishment that recently signed Prague-based band The Maggie’s Marshmallows, who just happen to have covered “No Friend Of Mine” on their self-titled Get Hip debut album, due out Sept. 30. We here at BLURT are chuffed to premiere it for you, our discriminating (and garage-loving) readers, so check it out:

The album was recorded in France, of all places, and boasts production by the mighty Jim Diamond, so you know that’s an additional trademark of quality. The young, female-fronted Czech combo is clearly influenced by all things ‘60s, from garage-punk and psych to surf to (as they advise us) Mexican soap opera soundtracks. As our own contributor Jonathan Levitt astutely notes, “The album hits that sweet spot of hearing familiar sounds in creative new ways. If there is one band that I’ve heard of late that might go a few rounds with the Cynics, I’d say this Czech trio stands a fighting chance.”

Amen to that. Incidentally, if you’re smart you’ll grab the wax, jack – 150-gram opaque cream vinyl at that.

On the web: facebook.com/themaggiesmarshmallows

MP3: Download Alejandro Escovedo’s 7/29/16 Concert

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Show is pure Al, including a Mott the Hoople cover…

By Uncle Blurt

Since it’s no secret we here at BLURT are massive Alejandro Escovedo fans, let’s just cut to the chase: a couple of weeks ago he and his latest combo (he calls it The Alejandro Escovedo Experience, fittingly enough) played a small venue in Texas and now the diligent archivists over at Big O zine have posted it in MP3 format so all of us can enjoy it.

MP3: Alejandro EscovedoDosey Doe Music Café, Conroe, Texas; July 29, 2016.

Lineup:
Alejandro Escovedo – vocals, guitar
Brian Standefer- cello
Sean Giddings – keyboards
Scott Laningham – drums
Daniel Durham – bass

The setlist, below, speaks for itself. His between-song patter is pretty great as well. Don’t miss his version of “All the Young Dudes,” either. Big O also has downloadable artwork should you want to cache ‘n’ carry the tunes.

      Track 101
. Talk 4:27 (7.5MB)
      Track 102
. Five Hearts Breaking 9:15 (15.5MB)
      Track 103
. Bottom Of The World 5:44 (9.6MB)
      Track 104
. Talk 1:29 (2.5MB)
      Track 105
. Sally Was A Cop 7:49 (13.1MB)
      Track 106
. Talk 3:33 (6.0MB)
      Track 107
. San Antonio Rain 4:39 (7.8MB)
      Track 108
. Talk 1:24 (2.4MB)
      Track 109
. Sister Lost Soul 5:26 (9.1MB)
      Track 110
. Talk 3:09 (5.3MB)
      Track 111
. Rosalie 6:12 (10.4MB)
      Track 112
. Chelsea Hotel ‘78 13:01 (21.9MB)

      Track 201
. Talk 3:04 (5.2MB)
      Track 202
. Down In The Bowery 9:21 (15.7MB)
      Track 203
. Talk 2:55 (4.9MB)
      Track 204
. Arizona 4:41 (7.9MB)
      Track 205
. Talk 1:29 (2.5MB)
      Track 206
. Always A Friend 6:30 (10.9MB)
      Track 207
. Crowd/Talk 2:45 (4.6MB)
      Track 208
. All The Young Dudes (David Bowie) 4:38 (7.8MB)
      Track 209
. Talk/Tuning 1:54 (3.2MB)
      Track 210
. Sabor A Mi 6:09 (10.3MB)
      Track 211
. Castanets 5:19 (8.9MB)