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The Monday Set: Peter Murphy – Los Angeles – 3/14/11

Peter Murphy Live

Peter Murphy
Mayan Theater
Los Angeles, CA
3/14/11

Earlier this year I caught Peter Murphy at the Mayan here in Los Angeles. It was the first time I had ever been to that venue. It was also the first time I had ever caught Peter Murphy solo. As a long time fan of Bauhaus et al., it was never in the cards for me to see Peter Murphy solo before. Despite the self deprecating jokes throughout the set, he still puts on a great show. I would have to say I actually enjoyed it more than any of the Bauhaus reunion shows I’ve attended. As a special treat for those in attendance, he honored a special request for a newly married couple and played a song you don’t hear any many (any?) other solo sets on this tour, Bauhaus’ All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. I’ve included that as the sample below.

Setlist
1. Intro
2. Low Room
3. Velocity Bird
4. Peace To Each
5. Raw Power (Iggy & The Stooges)
6. Disappearing
7. Silent Hedges (Bauhaus)
8. Burning From the Inside (Bauhaus song)
9. I’ll Fall With Your Knife
10. Subway
11. Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)
12. Marlene Dietrich’s Favourite Poem
13. The Prince & Old Lady Shade
14. Stigmata Martyr (Bauhaus)
15. Uneven & Brittle

Encore:
16. A Strange Kind Of Love/Bela Lugosi’s Dead
17. She’s In Parties (Bauhaus)
18. Cuts You Up
19. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (Bauhaus)

Encore 2:
Missing: Too Much 21st Century

Download: Peter Murphy – Los Angeles – 3/14/11 – 549 MB

Sample: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (Live)

Cold Cave – Love Comes Love/TLOE/Catacombs (Live)

Cold Cave - Live

In my younger metal days, I remember hearing about a hardcore band called American Nightmare who had a singer with one hand. Under normal circumstances, it would suck to be that guy, but if you’re the vocalist in a hardcore band, it could be used as a pretty unique gimmick to separate yourself from the pack in a crowded marketplace. Personally I would’ve gone with a hook attachment for maximum effect during live performances, but that’s just me, and I’m weird. Anyways, American Nightmare never really took off and they broke up sometime in the mid-00s. The singer, Wesley Eisold took that time to re-invent himself as a sort of goth indie hipster type and created the experimental synth pop band Cold Cave. They just released their second album Cherish the Light Years, and I this was the first date of what I believe was their maiden headlining tour.

The set was short and sweet, only 10 songs in 45 minutes. I’ve never seen a headliner do this, but considering that the show was only about $12 to get in, I wasn’t complaining too much. There were a lot of noticeable omissions from the set, especially “The Great Pan is Dead” which was the lead single from the new album. Considering that this is a new band, I expect there will be plenty of other opportunities to hear the songs they skipped.

To be honest, the show wasn’t very “live” at all other than the drums. It appeared that Wesley Eisold and his co-keyboard/sequencer operator were hitting “play” on a sequencer and tweaking the samples with filters. To drive this point home, the keyboard player at one point ran away from his setup in mid song to dance, and the song was not affected in any way. Conspicuously missing from this tour was the female member of the group. I’ve read a lot of interweb chatter that she is indie rock royalty and is in some super cool band I’ve never heard of, so I can only assume she was busy with that. The female vocals were sampled instead, which was kind of weak, but the show was still fantastic and Cold Cave sounded better than a lot of “live” bands I’ve seen.

As a recording note, I want to mention that this show was noisy. A lot of feedback and sounds that make you want to cover your ears. Not helping the situation was the fact that the singer would shake the mic over the monitors in front of the stage mid-song, creating a very shrill feedback loop that would make me regret forgetting my earplugs.

Included here is “Love Comes Close”, “The Laurels of Erotomania” and “Catacombs”.

Setlist: 07/12/11 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

1. Icons of Summer

2. Youth and Lust

3. Confetti

4. Love Comes Close

5. Theme from Tomorrow’s World

6. Villians of the Moon

7. I’ve Seen the Future and It’s No Place for Me

8. Burning Sage

Encore

9. The Laurels of Erotomania

10. Catacombs

 

Download: Cold Cave – Love Comes Love (Live)


 

Download: Cold Cave – The Laurels Of Erotomania/Catacombs (Live)

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The Monday Set: TV On The Radio – Brooklyn – 4/12/11

TV on the Radio was on tour this past spring in support of their soon to be released album “Nine Types of Light”. April 12, the albums’ release date was left conspicuously open on the band’s itinerary. About a week before, the band announced this special club show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in their hometown of Brooklyn. With the aide of my trusty mouse-clicking finger, my web browsers’ Refresh button, and my advanced captcha entering skills, I was able to snag tickets before they sold out in one minute.

After sitting through the comedy/hip hop stylings of Das Racist, TV on the Radio started things off with slow jams “Killer Crane” from the new album and classic “Young Liars”. By the third song, they had kicked in full intensity and sounded more like a punk band than the indie darlings that they are. This turned out to be the theme of the night. “Staring at the Sun” for instance, was played with much more zeal than the subdued versions found on two of their albums.

The next night, the band played the cavernous Radio City Music Hall, which is one of my least favorite venues. It’s all seats, the sound sucks, and drinks are overpriced. I’m glad I was fortunate enough to attend this show, as I can’t possibly see this set translating as well in that place. Sadly, a couple weeks after the show, this tour was cut short by the tragic death of longtime bass player Gerard Smith, who lost his battle with lung cancer.

Music Hall of Williamsburg 04/12/11
1. Killer Crane
2. Young Liars
3. The Wrong Way
4. Caffeinated Consciousness
5. Dancing Choose
6. You
7. Blues From Down Here
8. Keep Your Heart
9. Province
10. Will Do
11. Staring at the Sun
12. Repetition
13. Wolf Like Me

Encore:
14. Forgotten
15. Red Dress
16. Satellite

Download: TV On The Radio – Brooklyn – 4/12/11 – 110 MB

Sample: Satellite (Live)

Reverend Horton Heat – Bales Of Cocaine/Loaded Gun/…More (Live)

The non-stop touring machine known as Reverend Horton Heat celebrated their 25th Anniversary, which occurred sometime last year. As many bands are doing nowadays, they decided to mark the occasion with a special tour. The setlist this time started in chronological order, leading up to their most recent album. After a brief intermission, the Reverend came back out and took requests for whatever songs were called out from the audience (though I have reason to believe the choices were from a small pre-determined pool due to the similarity between recent setlists). Once again, the Reverend broke out some tunes I haven’t heard live yet and mixed it up with the classics, closing out the show as usual by playing “Big Red Rocket of Love” broken up with “Folsom Prison Blues” in the middle, just to keep it real (country).

Included in this post are “Bales of Cocaine” and “Loaded Gun” from 1993′s Full Custom Gospel Sounds and “Psychobilly Freakout”, the video for which was on Beavis and Butthead back in the day.

Highline Ballroom 05-08-11
Marijuana
Baby, It’s You
Lonesome Train Whistle
Nurture My Pig
Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’
Five-O-Ford
Now Right Now
Crooked Cigarette
Baby I’m Drunk
Jimbo Song
Party in Your Head

Intermission
There Ain’t No Sagauro in Texas
Drinking and Smoking Cigarettes
Please Don’t Take the Baby to the Liquor Store
Death Metal Guys
Galaxy 500
Calling in Twisted
Indigo Friends
Loco Gringos Like a Party
Big Little Baby
Bales of Cocaine
400 Bucks
Loaded Gun
Psychobilly Freakout

Encore:
It’s Martini Time
Big Red Rocket of Love
Folsom Prison Blues
Big Red Rocket of Love (Reprise)

Download: Reverend Horton Heat – Bales Of Cocaine (Live)

 

Download: Reverend Horton Heat – Loaded Gun (Live)

 

Download: Reverend Horton Heat – Psychobilly Freakout (Live)

The Monday Set: Cut Copy – New York City – 4/1/11

This past April, Cut Copy made their triumphant return to NYC after playing Brooklyn last summer, which was a brief post-Lollapalooza stopover at the Williamsburg Waterfront (See previous TSOI post). This show was the 1st of a 3 night stand at NYC’s Terminal 5, where LCD Soundsystem had just wrapped up a 4-night stand the night before (see previous TSOI post).This time the band was touring in support of their 4th album Zonoscope, which had just been officially released. The set was heavy on new material as well as well as “In Ghost Colors”.  Strangely, the band completely ignored “Bright Like Neon Love” save for a fantastic version of “Saturdays”.  Also conspicuously absent from the set were the Zonoscope tracks “Alisa” and “Blink and You’ll Miss the Revolution”. Not that I mind, as I assume they’re just trying to keep those songs fresh for later tours in support of the album.

Terminal 5 04/01/11
1. Visions
2. Nobody Lost, Nobody Found
3. Where I’m Going
4. So Haunted
5. Corner of the Sky
6. Lights and Music
7. Take Me Over
8. Pharaohs and Pyramids
9. Saturdays
10. Hearts on Fire
11. Sun God

Encore 1:
12. Need You Now
13. Out There on the Ice

Encore 2:
14. Feel the Love

Download: Cut Copy – New York City – 4/1/11 – 110 MB

Sample: Feel The Love (Live)

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The Monday Set: Bear In Heaven – Katowice – 8/8/10

Bear In Heaven
Off Festival
Katowice, Poland
8/8/10

I was a day behind in getting this “Monday Set” posted, but hopefully it was worth the wait. Here’s a fantastic live Bear In Heaven recording that I traded for last year. It was the first date of their fall/winter tour which spanned nearly four months. They’ve played a handful of dates here and there since that tour, but none near Los Angeles. Here’s hoping the lack of tour dates is due to a forthcoming album.

Setlist
1. Beast In Peace
2. Ultimate Satisfaction
3. Wholehearted Mess
4. Fake Out
5. Dust Cloud
6. Lovesick Teenagers
7. Deafening Love
8. Drug A Wheel
9. You Do You
10. Casual Goodbye
11. Lovesick (Lindstrom & Christabelle Cover)

Download: Bear In Heaven – Katowice – 8/8/10 – 297 MB

Sample: You Do You (Live)

The Monday Set: Bauhaus – Wiesbaden – 11/28/81

Bauhaus
Wartburg Club
Weisbaden, Germany
11/28/81

For 30 plus (yeah 30!) years, Peter Murphy has been one of the most captivating front-men in show business. I recently took my wife to her first Peter Murphy concert and even though she knew next to nothing about his solo work short of “Marlene Dietrich’s Favorite Poem” she walked away even more captivated by the performance than I did, a fan of over 20 years.

Peter Murphy’s new record “Ninth” comes out today in the UK and tomorrow in the US. The full record can be streamed right now from the fantastic Slicing Up Eyeballs and I can say, it’s a pretty fantastic record.

Now a little bit about this recording. Recorded in Germany in 1981, Bauhaus were wrapping up their “Mask” European tour. It’s an audience recording from the early ’80s, so there’s a ton of tape hiss, but you can still hear the brilliant live show the band must have put on for what was a small crowd judging by the amount of applause.

Setlist
1. Intro/The Passion Of Lovers
2. In The Flat Field
3. Silent Hedges
4. In Fear Of Fear
5. Of Lillies And Remains
6. Dancing
7. Rosegarden Funeral Of Sores
8. Terror Couple Kill Colonel (Cut)
9. Hair Of The Dog
10. Mask
11. The Man With X-Ray Eyes (Slow Version)
12. Kick In The Eye
13. Hollow Hills
14. Stigmata Matyr
15. Dark Entries

Download: Bauhaus – Weisbaden – 11/28/81 – 214 MB

Sample: The Man With X-Ray Eyes (Slow Version) (Live)

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The Wednesday Set: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 3)

LCD Soundsystem
Terminal 5
New York City, NY
3/28/11

So this was the opening night of the much-hyped “farewell” concert series for LCD Soundsystem. After the villainous triple threat of corporate America, scalpers, and free market capitalism hijacked the ticket sale for the Madison Square Garden show, snatching up all the tickets and exorbitantly marking them up for resale on legal pirate scalper outpost StubHub, James Murphy booked 4 shows at Terminal 5 to amend for the miscalculation. Even this did little to tame the public’s appetite to see LCD Soundsystem one last time, as the T5 shows sold out immediately, but this time with scalper-proof distribution requiring ticket pick-up at 6:30 the day of the show.

I’ve never been big on LCD Soundsystem. I’ve had “Sound of Silver” on my iPod for years, but rarely listened to it. Despite being considered one of the best albums of 2007 (at least that’s what Wikipedia told me), the album just never clicked for me. But after witnessing them live, I have to say that I finally get it. The show was nothing short of a spectacle. There had to be close to 20 people performing both on and off stage including a chorus. I counted at least 13 keyboards in addition to a battery of percussion and the usual guitar/bass/drums setup. The 3 sets ran for about an hour each and consisted of some obvious choices and some deep cuts for the hardcore fans in the house, ending well after midnight. I was pretty exhausted at the end and not looking forward to work early the next morning.

But still, a 3 hour show is pretty fucking cool. I’d like to see more bands with extensive catalogues would do these kinds of special shows. I gotta give it up to Mr. Murphy for giving his musical project the proper sendoff that any true fan would want. At least until 2017, when the reunion shows are announced.

Set 3
1. Us v Them
2. You Wanted a Hit
3. Tribulations
4. Movement
5. Yeah (Crass Version)

Encore 1
6. Someone Great
7. Losing My Edge
8. Home

Encore 2
9. New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

Download: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 3) – 98 MB

Sample: Losing My Edge (Live)

The Tuesday Set: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 2)

LCD Soundsystem
Terminal 5
New York City, NY
3/28/11

So this was the opening night of the much-hyped “farewell” concert series for LCD Soundsystem. After the villainous triple threat of corporate America, scalpers, and free market capitalism hijacked the ticket sale for the Madison Square Garden show, snatching up all the tickets and exorbitantly marking them up for resale on legal pirate scalper outpost StubHub, James Murphy booked 4 shows at Terminal 5 to amend for the miscalculation. Even this did little to tame the public’s appetite to see LCD Soundsystem one last time, as the T5 shows sold out immediately, but this time with scalper-proof distribution requiring ticket pick-up at 6:30 the day of the show.

I’ve never been big on LCD Soundsystem. I’ve had “Sound of Silver” on my iPod for years, but rarely listened to it. Despite being considered one of the best albums of 2007 (at least that’s what Wikipedia told me), the album just never clicked for me. But after witnessing them live, I have to say that I finally get it. The show was nothing short of a spectacle. There had to be close to 20 people performing both on and off stage including a chorus. I counted at least 13 keyboards in addition to a battery of percussion and the usual guitar/bass/drums setup. The 3 sets ran for about an hour each and consisted of some obvious choices and some deep cuts for the hardcore fans in the house, ending well after midnight. I was pretty exhausted at the end and not looking forward to work early the next morning.

But still, a 3 hour show is pretty fucking cool. I’d like to see more bands with extensive catalogues would do these kinds of special shows. I gotta give it up to Mr. Murphy for giving his musical project the proper sendoff that any true fan would want. At least until 2017, when the reunion shows are announced.

Set 2
1. 45:33 Part One
2. 45:33 Part Two
3. Sound of Silver
4. 45:33 Part Four
5. 45:33 Part Five
6. 45:33 Part Six
7. Freak Out
8. Starry Eyes

Download: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 2) – 57 MB

Sample: Freak Out (Live)

The Monday Set: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11

LCD Soundsystem
Terminal 5
New York City, NY
3/28/11

So this was the opening night of the much-hyped “farewell” concert series for LCD Soundsystem. After the villainous triple threat of corporate America, scalpers, and free market capitalism hijacked the ticket sale for the Madison Square Garden show, snatching up all the tickets and exorbitantly marking them up for resale on legal pirate scalper outpost StubHub, James Murphy booked 4 shows at Terminal 5 to amend for the miscalculation. Even this did little to tame the public’s appetite to see LCD Soundsystem one last time, as the T5 shows sold out immediately, but this time with scalper-proof distribution requiring ticket pick-up at 6:30 the day of the show.

I’ve never been big on LCD Soundsystem. I’ve had “Sound of Silver” on my iPod for years, but rarely listened to it. Despite being considered one of the best albums of 2007 (at least that’s what Wikipedia told me), the album just never clicked for me. But after witnessing them live, I have to say that I finally get it. The show was nothing short of a spectacle. There had to be close to 20 people performing both on and off stage including a chorus. I counted at least 13 keyboards in addition to a battery of percussion and the usual guitar/bass/drums setup.  The 3 sets ran for about an hour each and consisted of some obvious choices and some deep cuts for the hardcore fans in the house, ending well after midnight. I was pretty exhausted at the end and not looking forward to work early the next morning.

But still, a 3 hour show is pretty fucking cool. I’d like to see more bands with extensive catalogues do these kinds of special shows. I gotta give it up to Mr. Murphy for giving his musical project the proper sendoff that any true fan would want. At least until 2017, when the reunion shows are announced.

Set 1
1. Intro
2. Dance Yrself Clean
3. Drunk Girls
4. I Can Change
5. Time to Get Away
6. Get Innocuous
7. Thrills
8. Daft Punk is Playing at My House
9. Yr City’s a Sucker
10. All My Friends

Download: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 1) – 82 MB

Sample: Daft Punk Is Playing At My House (Live)

Set 2
1. 45:33 Part One
2. 45:33 Part Two
3. Sound of Silver
4. 45:33 Part Four
5. 45:33 Part Five
6. 45:33 Part Six
7. Freak Out
8. Starry Eyes

Download: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 2) – 57 MB

Sample: Freak Out (Live)

Set 3
1. Us v Them
2. You Wanted a Hit
3. Tribulations
4. Movement
5. Yeah (Crass Version)

Encore 1
6. Someone Great
7. Losing My Edge
8. Home

Encore 2
9. New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

Download: LCD Soundsystem – New York – 3/28/11 (Set 3) – 98 MB

Sample: Losing My Edge (Live)