Friday, 13 May 2022

Bootlegs of the Year 2015-2022

7th & Final Edition including 2021+ out now

 


This document was first compiled in 2015 after receiving numerous emails, enquiring as to where bootlegs #1-100 posted on site, could be found. (many of the links were lost in 2016, see Downloads box on top right-hand side panel). 
 
This is the latest, the seventh and final edition of 'Bootlegs of the Year'. It incorporates a further fifty boots downloaded during the last fifteen months, up to the end of March 2022.
 
This seventh edition now includes 325 bootlegs, the best I have downloaded since 2015. The 174-page book will point you in the right direction, in finding the sites I have used and most importantly the web addresses where they can be located. 
Although it concentrates on the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the last seven+ years, the same websites and addresses noted in the book are where the majority of the bootlegs in the 100 Greatest listing, originated from. The posts #1 to #100 were mostly made from downloads prior to 2015. 
 
To sum up, it includes the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the preceding years, 2015 to 2022. Having discarded numerous titles, these are the best from that time frame.

I have not provided a sound quality rating as virtually all are of sufficient high quality to rate around 5 out of 5, some are worthy of 5+ like the best official releases.

As you can imagine, it took some time and effort to pull this all together. What to include and just as importantly what to leave out, has taken considerable thought and listening hours, enjoyable nonetheless. So if you are a fan of any of the artists featured, then I can confidently state that you will definitely enjoy the bootlegs that have been chosen.
 
If you would like a copy of this document, it's only £5 GBP via the donate button (see the top right-hand bar - above blog archive). You do not need a paypal account.
 
Included in the main body of the text of the document are details of the 325 bootlegs downloaded, and where to find them by the following artists:                 
 
7+ years - 173 different artists

RYAN ADAMS
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
ARCADE FIRE (3)

ASWAD
THE AVALANCHES
THE BAND
BEASTIE BOYS

BEATLES (2)
BECK (2)
BELLE & SEBASTIAN
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE (3)
BJORK
BLACK KEYS
BLONDIE
THE BLUE NILE
BLUR
JOE BONAMASSA (4)
DAVID BOWIE (6)
BROADCAST (3)
BUCKINGHAM NICKS
BYRDS
CALEXICO (4)

CALEXICO / IRON & WINE
CAN
JOHNNY CASH
CAT POWER (3)
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (5)
THE CHURCH
THE CLASH (2)

COCTEAU TWINS (2)
LEONARD COHEN (2)
LLOYD COLE / THE COMMOTIONS (2)

RY COODER
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS (3)
CRAMPS (2)
CRANBERRIES
CREAM (2)
THE CURE (2)
DEAD CAN DANCE (2)
DELTA 5
DEPECHE MODE
DEREK & THE DOMINOS

DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
DJ DANGERMOUSE

BOB DYLAN (4)
EAGLES
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (3)
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (2)
ELECTRAFIXION
EURYTHMICS
THE FALL
ALI FARKA TOURE & RY COODER
FEEDER
FELT
THE FLAMING LIPS
FLEET FOXES
FLEETWOOD MAC (5)
RORY GALLAGHER (4)
GANG OF FOUR (2)
GENESIS (2)
BETH GIBBONS & RUSTIN MAN
RHIANNON GIDDENS
DAVID GILMOUR (2)
GRATEFUL DEAD (2)
GUNS 'N' ROSES
PJ HARVEY (2)
INXS

JANE'S ADDICTION
JIMI HENDRIX (3)
THE JAM
JAPAN (2)
THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN (2)
RICKIE LEE JONES
JONI MITCHELL (2)

THE KILLS
KRAFTWERK (5)
LAMBCHOP (2)
LED ZEPPELIN (8)
THE LEMONHEADS
LENNY KRAVITZ
LINTON KWESI JOHNSON (2)

LONE JUSTICE
MANIC STREET PREACHERS
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS (4)
LAURA MARLING
MASSIVE ATTACK
CURTIS MAYFIELD (2)
MAZZY STAR (2)
JOHN MELLENCAMP
MISTY IN ROOTS (3)
JONI MITCHELL
MOGWAI 
THE NATIONAL (3)
NEW BOHEMIANS (WITH EDIE BRICKELL)
NEW ORDER (12)
STEVIE NICKS
NINE INCH NAILS
NIRVANA (3)
GARY NUMAN
OASIS
THE OFFSPRING
ORBITAL
OUTCASTS
PEARL JAM (4)
PAVEMENT
PENTANGLE
LEE PERRY & V/A
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS (5)
PIL (2)
PINK FLOYD (2)
PIXIES (2)
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
ROBERT PLANT (4)
POGUES
IGGY POP
THE POLICE (2)
PRIMAL SCREAM (2)
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (2)
RADIOHEAD (7)
BONNIE RAITT
LOU REED
REM (3)
DAVID RODIGAN'S REGGAE SHOW: PRINCE BUSTER

ROLLING STONES (2)
RUSH
SADE
SANTANA
SCIENTIST
SEBADOH
THE SHINS (2)
SIMPLE MINDS
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES
THE SLITS
SMASHING PUMPKINS
ELLIOTT SMITH
PATTI SMITH (2)
SONIC YOUTH (3)
SPARKLEHORSE
SPARKS
SPECIALS
SPIRITUALIZED (2)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
STEELY DAN
STING (2)
THE STRANGLERS
 
THE STROKES (2)
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS
SUICIDE
DAVID SYLVIAN & ROBERT FRIPP
TALKING HEADS

TEARDROP EXPLODES (2)
TELEVISION (4)
THIN LIZZY
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS (2)
TINARIWEN      
TRIFFIDS
UNDERWORLD (2)
VARIOUS ARTISTS (3)
LAURA VEIRS
TOM VERLAINE (4)
THE VERVE (2)
WAH! HEAT
TOM WAITS 
THE WATERBOYS (2)
JACK WHITE
THE WHO
LUCINDA WILLIAMS (2)
X

THE YARDBIRDS
YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS (2)
NEIL YOUNG (11) 
 


The PDF document comprises:
  • 174 pages A4
  • Word count 105,162
  • 325 bootleg images
Full details have been included for each bootleg such as:
  • Venue
  • Date of performance
  • Type of recording - soundboard, FM, from the audience, etc.
  • Lineage
  • Running time
  • Website address
  • Complete track listings
  • Track timings
  • Informative comments about each bootleg
  • Index

      If you would like a copy of this document, it's only £5 GBP via the donate button, you do not require a paypal account.

      An audio sampler is available on a preceding post: Bootleg Promo. The selected tracks are from bootlegs that never made the cut for the final document, but they will give you an idea of the sound quality I look for.

      page samples above
       
       

      Thursday, 12 May 2022

      ANOTHER COUNTRY with Ricky Ross - The Best Music of 2021 pt. 2 (Flac)

      Continuing our look at some of the best DJ's and radio programmes that the UK has offered past & present.

      Like the Bob Harris Country show, this programme has been running for over ten years on UK radio. This complete show was the final programme of 2021. It has an in-depth look at some of the best artists and songs from the 'Americana' genre released in 2021. Call it Alt Country, US Roots music or whatever name suits you best.

      The programme runs for over two hours but includes two five minute+ chunks given over to the news and weather. This cuts the running time down to around approximately one hundred and nine minutes. This is the second part of the show (see here for part one).


      BBC Radio Scotland FM Stereo - Another Country with Ricky Ross
      Broadcast: Tuesday 9 November, 2021 / 8-10pm

      The Best Music of 2021 part two

      Ricky Ross showcases his favourite music of the year as played on Another Country - a guide to the best Americana and country releases of 2021. 

      01. Hailey Whitters - The Ride (ft. Jordan Davis) | Living The Dream
      02. Son Volt - Livin' In The USA | Electro Melodier
      03. Joy Oladokun - Judas | In defense of my own happiness
      04. Hayes Carll - You Get It All
      05. Caylee Hammack & Chris Stapleton - Small Town Hypocrite
      06. Billy Strings - Know It All
      07. Sturgill Simpson - Go In Peace
      08. Lily Rose - Overnight Sensation
      09. Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde - Never Wanted To Be That Girl | 29: Written In Stone.
      10. Buffalo Nichols - Lost & Lonesome | Buffalo Nichols
      11. Roseanne Reid - Tentsmuir Sky | Horticulture EP
      12. Watchhouse - Belly Of The Beast | Watchhouse
      13. Jackson Browne - A Human Touch | Downhill From Everywhere

      01. Hailey Whitters
      - The Ride (ft. Jordan Davis) | Living The Dream
      From the album Living the Dream (Deluxe Edition) and was released in 2021. The video for the track was premiered on YouTube on Friday the 15th of January, 2021. This deluxe edition of her critically-acclaimed 2020 album THE DREAM features five new songs, and will be released on February 26 via Pigasus/Big Loud/Songs & Daughters. The deluxe album finds Whitters moving from fantasizing about “the dream” to actually living it, calling upon her close friends and collaborators Brent Cobb, Jordan Davis, Hillary Lindsey, Little Big Town, Lori McKenna and Trisha Yearwood to contribute vocals to the fresh tracks.


      02. Son Volt - Livin' In The USA | Electro Melodier
      Reviews mention that "Electro Melodier sounds more like the work of a commentator than an activist, but Jay Farrar has something to say and he says it with intelligence and eloquence. As his hero Woody Guthrie proved ages ago, that's no small thing. The album was released on July 30.


      03. Joy Oladokun - Judas | In defense of my own happiness
      This new deluxe version, was released on July 9 via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records. The special extended edition includes all 14 tracks from her major label debut, in defense of my own happiness, as well as the ten additional songs from her self-released 2020 record, in defense of my own happiness (the beginnings), plus one new track, “Judas” broadcast here.

       

      04. Hayes Carll - You Get It All
      The title track from the new album released on October 30. Discussing his 8th album, Hayes Carll says, "“I like to tug at heartstrings, find commonality with others, reflect on my own life, and sometimes I do it in a lighthearted way. A lot of musical styles found their way onto this record, but my first and most formative influences came from country music. This is a country singer-songwriter record. It’s just unapologetically me.”


      05. Caylee Hammack & Chris Stapleton - Small Town Hypocrite
      Caylee Hammack has turned her song “Small Town Hypocrite” into a new collaboration with Chris Stapleton. The original version first appeared on Hammack’s 2020 album If It Wasn’t for You. It's an autobiographical story about betrayal and crushed dreams, “Small Town Hypocrite” was a standout from a solid album on the strength of Hammack’s emotive voice and sharp songwriting. “Took all my plans and I put ‘em in a box/Phantom pains for the wings I lost,” she sings, chiding the ex who broke her heart. Stapleton adds some lower harmony to Hammack’s melody, their two voices intertwining to deepen the feeling of loss and regret.
      Hammack said in a release, “My one whim for this song was to hear Chris Stapleton accompany me on it. Two years after I spoke this wish out loud in the studio, Chris agreed to sing the part I had written in hopes of hearing his voice on it. Life is a beautiful full circle sometimes. I am so grateful to Chris for singing on this song.” Released April 19


      06. Billy Strings - Know It All
      Billy Strings is able to pick the living hell out of an acoustic guitar. The six-string machine and his band released this bluegrass boot stomping single "Know It All," from his critically acclaimed 2021 album Renewal, which was released on September 24


      07. Sturgill Simpson - Go In Peace
      This single was taken from the album The Ballad of Dood & Juanita, released on August 20. Pitchfork described the album as, "A bluegrass concept album recorded with the stunning group he has dubbed the Hillbilly Avengers, is an even more audacious salvo in Simpson’s back-to-the-roots campaign. By turns romantic, playful, sympathetic, and solemn, it's compelling update on American frontier mythmaking, delivered by a band good enough to push lovingly against genre conventions.

      Dood and Juanita is unequal parts love story, history lesson, and action-adventure tale, a cross as classic as the sounds around it.
      It works so well because Simpson sounds comfortable within this form and just beyond it. He reaches bluegrass’ nasal apogee during “Go in Peace,” his voice expressing the same anxiety as Scott Vestal’s restless banjo. For Simpson, this music is a return to terra firma, to land he knows innately. Bluegrass has long benefited from a lineage of weirdo rebels. Simpson fits right in, even if he might one day slip right out."


       08. Lily Rose - Overnight Sensation
      "Overnight Sensation” tell Lily's story, as she’s famously known for the Tiktok virality of her debut single “Villain”, which catapulted her career by landing her a record deal and airplay on Country radio; however, the song was actually written in 2019. While it seems like Rose manifested her success, it’s no surprise that her authentic songwriting and smooth vocals are resonating with fans.  
      “After all of the booze and tears and patience, I’m an overnight sensation, thirteen years in the making”

      The stripped back production is paired perfectly with Rose’s soothing vocals to deliver a captivating story. Her willingness to be vulnerable in her songwriting sets her apart from others. This song shares a fresh and relatable perspective about hard-work, careers, self-doubt, nostalgia and wanting to make your parents proud. Released May 4.

      09. Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde - Never Wanted To Be That Girl | 29: Written In Stone.
      This hit country song was released as the second single from Carly Pearce's third studio album, 29: Written In Stone. It's about a cheating man and has united country fans who’ve been there, Carly and Ashley dug deep to collaborate on ‘Never Wanted To Be That Girl’ — not to further a trope, but to humanize it.  McBryde sings from the perspective of a woman who meets a man who isn’t wearing a ring when he asks her to go for a drink. Six months pass, and then it switches to Pearce, singing the part of the suspicious wife who waits for him at home and checks his phone for signs of cheating. The chorus reflects their individual yet very similar horror: “I never wanted to be that girl, I never wanted to hate myself, I thought this kind of lonely only happens to somebody else. / Bein’ the other one when there’s another one, God, this feels like hell.” Released September 17.

      10. Buffalo Nichols - Lost & Lonesome | Buffalo Nichols
      Since his earliest infatuations with guitar, Buffalo Nichols has asked himself the same question: How can I bring the blues of the past into the future? After cutting his teeth between a Baptist church and bars in Milwaukee, it was a globetrotting trip through West Africa and Europe during a creative down period that began to reveal the answer. This single from his self titled debut album was released on October 15.


      11. Roseanne Reid - Tentsmuir Sky | Horticulture EP
      The four-track Horticulture EP was released on April 30. DJ Ricky Ross talks about Fife’s Tentsmuir Forest, which inspired this gorgeous song. The track, in Rosanne'’s own words. “"Tries to capture the magic of a place which has offered me both escape from and reconnection with the world. The Redshank and Roe Deer referenced in the opening lines highlight just a fraction of the amazing variety of wildlife that inhabit the forest, at the edge of which the sea meets the sky”."

      12. Watchhouse - Belly Of The Beast | Watchhouse
      Watchhouse is Andrew Marlin & Emily Frantz (formerly Mandolin Orange) from Chapel Hill in North Carolina. The pandemic lockdown and a change of musical direction brought on their decision to change the name of the band after a decade. This track previously recorded and released by Mandolin Orange in 2019 was redone for inclusion on their new album and released on August 13.

      13. Jackson Browne - A Human Touch | Downhill From Everywhere
      It's nearly five decades on since the release of Jackson's debut album. This track from 'Downhill From Everywhere' his 15th studio album, was released on July 23. Allmusic ended their review with these closing words. "An album full of strong performances, few missteps, and the weary charisma that has been one of the singer's hallmarks. That timeless feeling that signified even Browne's earliest releases is still present, if ever-so-slightly more shopworn by time's passing."


       LINK

       

      Tuesday, 19 April 2022

      FONTAINES D.C. - Studio 104 , Maison de la Radio, Paris. 2020 (Flac)

      FONTAINES D.C. are a band that I remember reading about sometime ago, "ones to watch" and the "new best thing" declared the reviewers. I'd heard a few tracks and agreed that their was certainly some promise but for me the lead singer's voice grated a bit especially on some songs that had repetitive lyrics. It was the single 'Jackie Down The Line' taken from the forthcoming third album (now released) that finally opened my ears to the merits of the band.

      As I've got older and with the amount of music I've heard over the years 'the next big thing' hype beloved by the media, can get very tedious. It puts needless pressure on the bands in question and can lead to disappointment on the listener's part, who feel that the music hasn't lived up to the hype.

      I downloaded this show and the short World Cafe performance and interview to get a better picture of the band and their live performance, this can often be more revealing than the finished studio product.
      After hearing this show I went back to the first two albums and listened through in advance of the release of 'Skinty Fia'.

      The third album has become a current favourite and will I'm sure reach a high placing in the end of year album polls. In this instance the hype seems justified much like the acclaim that the Libertines and Arctic Monkeys encountered
      in earlier years.

      Their Irish roots come through strongly in the lyrics and of course Grian Chatten's umistakeable vocals. Musically you can hear echoes of past post-punk greats such as Joy Division, the Cure, Sonic Youth & the Wedding Present for example, more apparent on the first two albums.

      What I like about their music is the synthesis of these influences and heritage to produce something new, that really sounds new, which is a rarity in indie guitar music today. Give this some repeated listening and see what you think. I've moved the intro and interview on the short World Cafe broadcast to the end, so that you can enjoy the three live performances without interruption. 

      The Paris radio show has excellent sound with surprisingly few interruptions by the presenting DJ, unusual for a Studio 105 broadcast. The set list is split evenly between the first two albums 'Dogrel' (2019) and 'A Hero's Death' (2020) respectively.  

      Studio 104, Maison de la Radio, Paris, France
      October 7, 2020

      FM (France Inter)

      Setlist
      01. I Don't Belong        
      02. Televised Mind
      03. Chequeless Reckless    
      04. Sha Sha Sha
      05. A Hero's Death
      06. Hurricane Laughter
      07. Big
      08. You Said
      09. Oh Such A Spring
      10. A Lucid Dream
      11. Too Real
      12. Boys in the Better Land (cut)

      Time: 48m 58s
      Lineage: Yamaha RN 602 - Tuner > Tascam DR7 > wav > Adobe Audition > flac

      (original upload by smog31)


       LINK

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      World Cafe
      January 29, 2021
      (broadcast date)

      13- A Hero's Death
      14- I Don't Belong
      15- Sunny
      16- Interview
      Time: 23:45

      Lineage: FM > Avermedia Tuner > Adobe Audition > CD Wave Editor > TLH > FLAC (level 8)

      LINK 

      Monday, 18 April 2022

      ARCADE FIRE - Bootleg Mix Vol. 2 (Flac)

      Arcade Fire will release their sixth studio album on 6 May 2022. Early reviews suggest that it's their best since 'The Suburbs' with one reviewer appearing indifferent about their last album and describing the double album 'Reflektor' as patchy. Often they can be but if cut down to a single album, it's likely that some great songs would also be omitted.

      It seems then an opportune moment to post 'Bootleg Mix Volume 2' which includes tracks from the latter period of their career.

      Volume 1 can be found HERE

      Further information on the complete shows used to compile this live mix, can be found in the latest 'Bootlegs of the Year' document HERE

      ARCADE FIRE : Bootleg Mix Vol. 2 (2005-2018)

      01. Haiti (5:34)             
      02. Black Mirror (4:33)         
      03. Antichrist Television Blues (5:10)     
      04. Crown of Love (5:03)       
      05. Five Years (3:34)       
      06. City with No Children (3:38)              
      07. Rococo (4:34)                    
      08. My Body is a Cage 4:43                
      09. We Used To Wait 4:53                
      10. The Suburbs cont. > Ready To Start (4:54)        
      11. Electric Blue (4:15)                      
      12. Put Your Money On Me (6:21)           
      13. Afterlife (5:57)                  
      14. Reflektor (6:55)                        
      15. Signs Of Life (4:34)      
      16. We Exist (5:48)           

      t1-3: BBC Radio Radcliffe & Maconie, MV, London. b/cast: June 28, 2007
      Lineage:  FM Tuner > Wav > Soundforge > flac tlh)

      t4-5: First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. September 29, 2005  KCMP 89.3 FM b/cast 4 Dec, 2005
      Lineage: FM > PC > CDWave > wav > flac

      t6-9: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL US.  Sunday 24 April, 2011
      Lineage: FM (Onkyo TX8511)>SoundBlaster (Live! 24 bit External)>wav(CD Wave Editor)>flac

      t10: 2017-06-29 Rock Werchter (Belgium)  Studio Brussel FM Broadcasts (June 29 & 30)
      Lineage: Marantz M-CR610 & external antenna homemade > Roland Edirol R09HR v.1.04 (16bit/44kHz)

      t11-13: 2018 04 28, Paris, FR, Arena Hôtel, Bercy France Inter, ‘Les Concerts d'Inter’ broadcast FM
      Lineage: FM > Zoom H1 > USB computer > Magix Studio > TLH Flac 8

      t14-16: Isle of Wight Festival, England June 10, 2017 “SBD” lossy stream?
      No lineage but my guess is that, it was recorded from the SKY Ultra HD broadcast of the show, see below.

      Sky covers Isle of Wight festival in 4K
      May 17, 2017 By Nik Roseveare

      Sky Arts will broadcast a major music festival live and in Ultra HD for first time next month. The channel will be the exclusive home to the 2017 Isle of Wight festival, with coverage from headline acts including Rod Stewart, Run DMC and Arcade Fire.
      Once live coverage of the festival begins on June 9th, Sky Arts viewers will be able to enjoy four hours of live Ultra HD entertainment every night.
      ---------------------------

      Ultra HD: What about sound?
      There’s no maximum or minimum sound quality set in the Ultra HD standard, but you can get everything from stereo audio up to 7.1 lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks, depending on the source footage. In other words, you can get amazing sound, but the source of the footage defines the quality and type of soundtrack.

      LINK 

       

      Monday, 11 April 2022

      ANOTHER COUNTRY with Ricky Ross - The Best Music of 2021 (Flac)

      Continuing our look at some of the best DJ's and radio programmes that the UK has offered past & present.

      Like the Bob Harris Country show, this programme has been running for over ten years on UK radio. This complete show was the final programme of 2021. It has an in-depth look at some of the best artists and songs from the 'Americana' genre released in 2021. Call it Alt Country, US Roots music or whatever name suits you best. 

      The programme runs for over two hours but includes two five minute+ chunks given over to the news and weather. This cuts the running time down to around approximately one hundred and nine minutes.

      Part one is included in this post with the second following next month.

      BBC Radio Scotland FM Stereo - Another Country with Ricky Ross
      Broadcast: Tuesday 9 November, 2021 / 8-10pm

      The Best Music of 2021 part one

      Ricky Ross showcases his favourite music of the year as played on Another Country - a guide to the best Americana and country releases of 2021.

      01. Eric Church - Heart On Fire 
      02. Lainey Wilson - Things A Man Oughta Know
      03. Allison Russell - Nightflyer | Outside Child
      04. The Wallflowers - Roots and Wings | Exit Wounds
      05. Natalie Hemby - Radio Silence | Pins And Needles.
      06. Tre Burt - Sweet Misery
      07. Todd Snider - Handsome John
      08. Saint Sister - Oh My God, Oh Canada
      09. Teddy Thompson & Jenni Muldaur - Just Someone I Used To Know | Teddy & Jenni do Porter & Dolly: A Tribute To the Duets...
      10. Saint Sister - Oh My God, Oh Canada Pillar of Salt
      11. Amythyst Kiah - Fancy Drones (Fracture Me)
      12. Charlie Worsham - Fist Through This Town

      01. Eric Church - Heart On Fire | Single        
      Released as the second single from Church's studio album Heart. In a press release Church said: "Heart On Fire" was the first song we recorded when we got to North Carolina, I already had pretty much, I wrote this song by myself, but I already had this song on the rails and we were heading down the path of what this was going to be. I thought we needed to kind of break the ice and get started on something, [...] This was the song that was kind of the icebreaker for the whole project, and I credit this song a lot for getting us to where we ended up getting to with the project." Website popculture.com described "Heart On Fire" as "an up-tempo, Southern rock-infused track looking back on a young love".  released July 12, 2021

       

      02. Lainey Wilson - Things A Man Oughta Know | Single
      “Things A Man Oughta Know” reflects Lainey's honesty and self-conviction. “I can hang a picture same as I can take it down/ And how to keep it hidden when a heart gets broke/ Yeah I know a few things a man oughta know,” she croons on the track. Written with Jonathan Singleton and Jason Nix, “It’s really a song about having good character and a song about treating people the way that you want to be treated -- something that we all should know,” she explains. “It’s about standing up for what’s right. I would like for people to hear that through my music too.” It was released as a single in August 2020 and later included on the studio album Sayin' What I'm Thinkin' released February 19, 2021

       

      03. Allison Russell - Nightflyer | Outside Child
      Outside Child, says Russell “is about resilience, survival, transcendence, the redemptive power of art, community, connection, and chosen family.” Singing about this on “Nightflyer,” Russell ponders the healing power of motherhood, using the track’s wide-open expanse to convey the strength she didn’t know she had. Here, the line “I am the mother of the evening star / I am the love that conquers all” is “the most defiantly triumphant, hopeful line I've ever written...that's about the birth of my daughter and how that transformed me.” Though they had a fraught relationship, Russell remembers how she’d crawl underneath the piano and listen to her own mother play. “I would hum along with her,” Russell recalls. “She said I was humming before I could talk. I was able to feel some kind of comfort or love or connection in a way that she couldn't verbally or physically express - but I could feel in her music that there was love in her.”  released May 21, 2021

       

      04. The Wallflowers - Roots And Wings | Exit And Wounds
      It’s been nine long years since we’ve heard from the group with whom Jakob Dylan first made his mark, the Wallflowers are silent no more. And Dylan always knew they’d return. “The Wallflowers is much of my life’s work,” he says simply. That life’s work continues with Exit Wounds, the brand-new Wallflowers studio offering. The collection marks the first new Wallflowers material since Glad All Over. Exit Wounds, which, true to its title, is an ode to people – individual and collective – that have, to put it mildly, been through some stuff. “I think everybody – no matter what side of the aisle you’re on – wherever we’re going to next, we're all taking a lot of exit wounds with us,” Dylan says. “Nobody is the same as they were four years ago. That, to me, is what Exit Wounds signifies. And it's not meant to be negative at all. It just means that wherever you’re headed, even if it’s to a better place, you leave people and things behind, and you think about those people and those things and you carry them with you. Those are your exit wounds. And right now, we’re all swimming in them.”  released July 9, 2021

       
      05. Natalie Hemby - Radio Silence | Pins And Needles
      Revered as one of the music industry’s most notable songwriters creating hit after hit behind the scenes. Now, poised for a breakout, with the release of her exceptional sophomore album. Title track “Pins and Needles was the first song I ever wrote with Brothers Osborne,” says Hemby. "I have always loved this song, and I have always loved them. They almost put it on their record. Years after, I asked them if I could have it. They said yes, so I decided to record it and make it the title track. It’s one of my favorites."
      Known for the versatile sonics and storytelling that earned her eight #1 singles, Hemby explores a full range of her musical gifts, spanning influences from Tom Petty to Sheryl Crow and the early 90’s rock and roots she was raised on — with incomparable individuality. “Pins and Needles is the record I never got the chance to make and I always wanted to,” adds Hemby. “It’s the late 90’s sound, which is the sound of my young adult life.”
      Like Bonnie Raitt a generation before, Hemby is reaching the pinnacle of her artistry in her 40s.  released October 8, 2021

       

      06. Tre Burt - Sweet Misery | You, Yeah, You
      Tré Burt is a singer-songwriter based in Sacramento, California and the newest signing to Oh Boy Records. “Caught It From The Rye” Tré Burt’s debut album, was re-released on the label January 31, 2020. It showcased Burt's literary songwriting and lo-fi, rootsy aesthetic, which he honed busking on the streets of San Francisco and traveling the world in search of inspiration. Like his label mate and songwriting hero John Prine, Burt has a poet's eye for detail, a surgeon's sense of narrative precision and a folk singer's natural knack for a timeless melody.
      His second album 'You, Yeah, You' is a narrated collection of songs featuring a cast of invented characters; heroes, villains, those destitute of salvation, and those seeking it. The album represents a summoning of the will to fight the unknown rather than surrender to fear and fatigue.  released August 27, 2021

       

      07. Todd Snider - Handsome John | First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder
      “After my last album Agnostic Hymns, I felt like I was out of ideas and I just didn’t know where to go next,” Snider says. “I tried to study music by other people, and come to this record hoping that I’d have something new to say. I wanted to do what I was calling ‘funk in back and busking up front, with White Album-y shit scattered about.’ I had done a lot of listening to Parliament and James Brown and lots of reggae music, too. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I’ve been trying to think of this sound all my life. This is the closest I’ve come to thinking, ‘Man, I don’t know that I’ve heard anything like this before.’”
      Although Snider is broadly speaking an americana artist, the record is described as “more funk than folk, more Sly Stone than singer-songwriter, its fatback-style grooves, full of ghost notes and disparate syncopated elements, slither and slide around Snider’s acoustic guitar with caduceus-like precision.”
      Amidst the groovier, more playful songs are two sombre centerpieces about mortality –  ‘Sail On, My Friend’ and ‘Handsome John’ – the latter a gorgeous tribute to John Prine.  Nobody was as important to Snider as a friend and mentor.
      Snider says: “I started singing that song about him almost right after he died. Nobody had ever been kinder to me, more vulnerable with me. He’d take the time to sit down and generously explain something that he believed was not serving you. I was young when I met John, so I’m embarrassed to tell you that the lecture that I got from him was a painful one, but it saved my life. It changed my songs completely. I remember I was withdrawing on a plane, and he said, ‘You’re doing this wrong.’ And I had seventeen songs, and he was the only who’d heard them, and he said, ‘You’ve got two songs here.’ And I said, ‘What about the others? And he said, ‘Yeah, let’s talk about those.’ Those conversations changed everything about the way I approached my life. People don’t want to tell everybody what the therapist said, so I’ll leave it there. But very compassionately, he said, ‘Here’s why you’re not happy.’ Of all the people I know who wrote songs and sang, he was the happiest and the one who’d most dialled the troubadour life in and made peace with it. I loved him.”  released April 23, 2021

       

      08. Saint Sister - Oh My God, Oh Canada | Where I Should End.
      “Oh My God Oh Canada is about the intricacies within your most cherished and complicated relationships. It’s about not knowing where the line is, finding yourself on the wrong side of it and spending months trying to find your way back to the right place. It’s about saying too much and at the same time, nothing at all, giving too much of yourself in one moment but not showing up when you’re needed most I wrote it about wanting to be a better friend, but knowing I never would be.” Hailing from the north of Ireland, Morgana MacIntyre (Belfast) and Gemma Doherty (Derry) met in Dublin in 2014. Both had graduated from the same college that summer and stayed in the city to pursue music.  released June 25, 2021


      09. Teddy Thompson & Jenni Muldaur - Teddy & Jenni do Porter & Dolly: A Tribute to the Duets of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton | 4-track digital EP
      The first of three EP's honouring the great music duet partnerships. Released by producer & multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield. He says that "The Thompson/Muldaur classic country duets project, grew out of his pandemic-fueled creativity. “I had to--and wanted to--make my own work when the biz was shut down,” says Mansfield. “And I went down the rabbit hole listening to the NPR podcast Dolly Parton's America.”
      Teddy Thompson was the first guest on the streaming Fallout Shelter concert series I did during the pandemic. It all just seemed perfect. In fact, the Porter & Dolly tracking session was an episode of the concert series. It went so well that expanding it seemed like a great idea.”
      “I’ve been a big Porter-Dolly fan for years, and this [project] is a combination of knowing that Jenni has always had an affinity for Dolly’s music, and Teddy has a real soft spot for hard country-western. He made a straight country-western album of his own [Up Front and Down Low] and I toured with him on that.”
      “It’s something of a ‘preservation mission’ for all concerned,” concludes Mansfield. “I strongly feel this is stuff that is fast receding into the distant past--and it shouldn’t be.”  released on May 21, 2021

       
      10. Noah Gundersen & Phoebe Bridgers - Atlantis | A Pillar Of Salt
      This track is from US singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen latest album, ‘A Pillar of Salt’. The sombre track sees Gundersen grappling with regret and sorrow with Bridgers over an understated indie folk arrangement. “It’s overdramatic, yeah, I know / Somebody cast me in a TV show / Where I play an addict, a drunken romantic / Always reaching for another drink,” they sing in its chorus.  released October 8, 2021



      11. Amethyst Kiah - Fancy Drones | Wary + Strange
      With an unforgettable voice that’s both unfettered and exquisitely controlled, the Tennessee-bred singer/songwriter expands on the uncompromising artistry she most recently revealed as part of Our Native Daughters, an all-women-of-color supergroup whose Kiah-penned standout “Black Myself” earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the 2019 Folk Alliance International Awards. Kiah’s songwriting and sound is a raw yet nuanced examination of grief, alienation, and the hard-won triumph of total self-acceptance.  released on June 18, 2021



      12. Charlie Worsham - Fist Through This Town | Single
      In a press release, Charlie Worsham recounts how the song "fell onto the page late one solitary night in a little house I used to rent on Lillian Street ... fueled by whiskey and a season of frustration, watched over by a painting of George Jones hanging on the wall, illuminated by the glow of hand-me-down lamps." "I think we all go through those times when it feels like the world is against us, and that’s especially true for anyone who dares to chase down their dream," Worsham reflects. True, "Fist Through This Town" could apply to anyone facing a hurdle in their career or personal life, but for Worsham, the song, he says, "was the first time I got that honest with myself about my anger." "My hoe is that this song can be rocket fuel for everyone else out there struggling to will a dream into existence," Worsham adds.  released April 17, 2021

      LINK pt. 1
       


      Friday, 18 March 2022

      THE NATIONAL - Live in Chicago, 2011 (Flac)

       


      A live broadcast special by WXRT FM, to promote the National’s then current album ‘High Violet’, released on 10 May, 2010. The 13 song set-list is equally split between the new album and ‘Boxer’ from 2007, including six tracks a piece with one older classic, ‘Mr. November’ from ‘Alligator’ (2005).

      For sound quality, this is the best National show I have come across to date. It’s crystal clear and features the vocals and guitars high up in a brilliant, sparkling stereo mix. There is so much drive and energy to this performance, it’s really life affirming and if you’ve read many of the comments I’ve made throughout the Bootlegs of the Year document, you will know I’m not given to such hyperbole. I’ve listened to many great live shows in 2021 but this is certainly one of the absolute best and a personal favourite, just superb.

      After suffering a family loss and the ensuing trauma over the Christmas Holiday period, it was a show that helped me through a difficult time. It's included in the yet to be published, latest edition of Bootlegs of the Year (2015-21). Which, hopefully should be ready sometime in April. 


      The National
      UIC Pavillion, Chicago, IL.
      24 April, 2011


      Recorded from the WXRT FM re-broadcast on 21 April, 2013

      01. Anyone's Ghost 3:17
      02. Mistaken for Strangers 3:44
      03. Bloodbuzz Ohio 4:45
      04. Slow Show 4:57
      05. Squalor Victoria 4:47
      06. Afraid of Everyone (w/Richard Perry) 4:54
      07. Conversation 16 4:27
      08. Apartment Story 3:50
      09. England 5:17
      10. Fake Empire 3:28
      11. Start a War (w/Wynn Butler) 3:41
      12. Mr. November 4:51
      13. Terrible Love 4:35

      Time: 56:39

      Lineage: HD over fm>Sangean HDT-1>Rotel-05 SE>SoundBlaster (Live! 24 bit External)>wav(CD Wave Editor)>flac

      Note: This is not your normal FM broadcast. The performance, the mix and recording are virtually perfect, it sounds so good and is reminiscent of a high quality pre-FM source. Play loud and enjoy.  

      LINK 


       

       

      Friday, 28 January 2022

      THE LEMONHEADS - Live in London 1996 (Flac)


      This BBC FM broadcast was included in the best bootlegs 2015-20 document. I noted that, "It was a superb show in excellent quality with a tremendous mix." 

      The majority of the broadcast set-list is drawn from the current album ‘Car Button Cloth’ and the two albums prior to its release, It’s A Shame about Ray (1992) and C’mon Feel The Lemonheads (1993), their 5th and 6th albums respectively, which led to the band achieving international acclaim and success. 

      The first seven tracks from Car Button Cloth (1996) are included in this set along with its closer ‘One More Time’. The album wasn’t as successful as the previous two and reviews were more muted. In recent years it has gained a more favourable reception.

      It's surprising that the the band covered three 'Smudge' tracks during this show. Singer Evan Dando had met Tom Morgan, guitarist and vocalist with the Australian band in the early 90s and had become songwriting partners. They had written songs together for the Lemonheads album 'It's A Shame About Ray'.


      THE LEMONHEADS
      Astoria, London
      3 October 1996

       

      BBC Radio 1 FM - Live In Concert) off DAT Master

      Setlist:
      01. DJ intro (0:34)
      02. It's All True (2:33)
      03. If I Could Talk I'd Tell You (2:42)
      04. It's a Shame About Ray (3:12)
      05. Tenderfoot (Smudge cover) (2:14)
      06. Hospital (2:19)
      07. My Drug Buddy (3:17)
      08. Break Me (3:08)
      09. DJ talk (0;27)
      10. The Outdoor Type (Smudge cover) (2:31)
      11. Losing Your Mind (5:39)
      12. One More Time (2:45)
      13. Something's Missing (2:40)
      14. Confetti (2:55)
      15. Rudderless (2:57)
      16. DJ talk (0;32)
      17. Divan (Smudge cover) (1:30)
      18. Hannah & Gabi (2:35)
      19. Big Gay Heart (5:44)
      20. It's About Time (2:13)
      21. DJ talk (0:13)
      22. Into Your Arms (3:02)
                  
      Gloomy Sunday (Kalmár Pál cover) - not included

      Lineage: 1Live Radio > Sony DAT D3 > DAT tape > Tascam DA-20 MKII > Tascam CD-RW900 MK II > CDRW > Audio Logic (editing) > act > you

      Notes:
      The quality is A+.
      Transferred the DAT master yesterday...means brand new transfer. Complete radio broadcast.

      Enjoy, best
      Bobfather
      Posted on Dimeadozen tracker on Sun 18th Oct, 2020

      LINK 

      Monday, 10 January 2022

      CALEXICO - The KCRW Sessions (2008-18)

       


      Ten years ago Calexico were featured on one of the very first posts I made to the blog on 11 January, 2012. Yes, we've been here that long! 

      As I featured the earlier band from the Roskilde Festival.

      That post is available here:

      We now take a look at the latter band and this post gives you a flavour of the background behind each album, via the informative interviews. It includes the last three KCRW sessions that the band have performed. The period 2008-18 takes in four album releases but only the 'Algiers' album didn't have a promotional visit to the KCRW radio studios.

      The four albums were Carried To Dust (2008), Algiers (2012), Edge of the Sun (2015) and The Thread That Keeps Us (2018)

       

      CALEXICO - Live in Session on MBE KCRW FM

      KCRW Radio FM Broadcast
      Santa Monica, California.
      Live in studio session at time of broadcast
      Stereo Capture

      Aired: Tuesday September 30, 2008

      Tucson’s Calexico explore and expand the sound of the Southwest when they return to Morning Becomes Eclectic


      01. intro
      02. Two Silver Trees
      03. Red Blooms
      04. Inspiracion
      05. Nic Interviews the band
      06. The News About William
      07. Slowness
      08. Victor Jara's Hands
      09. Writer's Minor Holiday
      10. outro
       
      The Band:
      Joey Burns - Vocals, Guitar
      John Convertino - Drums, Percussion
      Paul Niehuas - Pedal Steel, Guitar
      Jacob Valenzuela - Keys, Trumpet, Vibes, Vocals
      Martin Wenk - Trumpet, Guitar, Vibes, Harmonica, Vocals
      Volker Zander - Bass
      Jairo Zavala - Guitar, Vocals

      Lineage: FM> Onkyo HT-R520 > Analog Out > Sony RCD W500C  > Audio CDR.WAV > TSSTcorpCDDVDW SH-S202N > EAC > CD WAVE(Tracking-Flac.8)->

      Enjoy,
      Nibbler

      LINK 

       

      CALEXICO - Live In Session On MBE KCRW FM

      KCRW Radio FM Broadcast
      Santa Monica, California.
      Source: FM Broadcast
      Aired: Tuesday January 15, 2013

      Calexico has always had a distinctive Southwestern influence to their music, but their latest album was inspired by a stint in New Orleans. We hear the new songs live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

      01. Intro
      02. Splitter
      03. talk
      04. Dead Moon
      05. talk
      06. Maybe On Monday
      07. Interview
      08. Fortune Teller
      09. talk
      10. Puerto
      11. talk
      12. The Vanishing Mind
      13. outro
      14. Epic (incomplete-outro overlap)

      Notes:
      Last song stepped on by DJ - As per usual

      Lineage: FM > Onkyo HT-R520 > Analog Out (2 - RCA Mono Out) > 2 - 1/4 Inch Mono Phone Jacks In > Zoom H4n > r8Brain 24bit-96KHz - Dithered to 16bit-44KHz > CD WAVE Tracking > TLH Checksums Flac.8)

      The Band:
      John Convertino - Drums,
      Joey Burns - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar,
      Paul Niehaus - Pedal Steel, Electric Guitar,
      Ryan Alfred - Upright, Electric Guitar,
      Sergio Mendoza - Piano, Keys, Vocals,
      Jacob Valenzuela - Trumpet, Vocals, Vibes,
      Martin Wenk - Trumpet, Vocals, Keys, Baritone Guitar, Accordion

      Enjoy,
      Nibbler

      LINK

       

      CALEXICO - Live In Session on MBE KCRW FM


      KCRW Radio FM Broadcast
      Santa Monica, California.
      Source: FM Broadcast
      Aired: June 4, 2018

      Calexico returned to KCRW to promote their ninth studio album 'The Thread That Keeps Us'. The set included seven new album tracks ending with 'Stray' from 'The Black Light' album, recently re-issued as a 2 disc set, marking its 20th year anniversary of release. The final track is one of the best versions of the song I've heard. The band are still performing at the highest level artistically & musically. Be sure to check this one out, better still go see them live when you get the chance.


      01. End Of The World With You
      02. Under The Wheels
      03. Unconditional Waltz
      04. The Town & Miss Lorraine
      05. Interview
      06. Voices In The Field
      07. Flores y Tamales
      08. Music Box
      09. Stray


      Lineage:
      FM Receiver -> CDRW700 -> EAC -> Soundforge -> FLAC

      LINK 

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