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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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Burning Hearts – Into The Wilderness

Burning Hearts put out one of my favorite records in 2009 and they are finally back with a brand new EP out on Shelflife Records. The 4 song EP is a little more mellow than their previous record, but the Finnish duo manage to squeeze in one rocker at the end. The track Into The Wilderness picks up with the same catchy sound that I was so fond of on their debut album and is a great taste of what to expect from their upcoming sophomore album.

Download: Burning Hearts – Into The Wilderness

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)

Klaxons: Two Recievers, Magick and 2 More Tracks (Live)

If there was some kind of an official award for the “Most Amusing Album Cover” given out each year, Klaxons’ 2010 entry, “Surfing the Void”, would make a strong contender. The cover isn’t particularly funny, it’s just that it’s, well, amusing. I mean, there’s a cat in an astronaut suit! What does it all mean, man? Picking up where 2007’s “Myths of the Near Future” left off, the album is a continuation of the sonic trajectory started on the debut. Interestingly, the band chose producer Ross “The Godfather of Nu Metal” Robinson for the album, who is responsible for producing some really bad (Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Vanilla Ice) and some pretty good albums (At the Drive-In, Sepultura) during the late 90s – early 00s. 

In this recording, the “woo!”s came back with a vengeance, as there was a dude next to me for a part of the show who was all about it (see beginning and end of “Golden Skans”). Later in the show he moved away from me, but I could still pick up his “woo!” out of all the crowd noise. Very distinctive. If there was a murder and I was forced to pick someone out of a lineup based on the sound of their “woo!”, this guy would be serving 25 to life. Not that I’m a snitch or anything.

Music Hall of Williamsburg 09/22/10
Flashover
As Above, So Below
The Same Space
Gravity’s Rainbow
Venusia
Golden Skans
Twin Flames
Two Recievers
Magick
Valley of the Calm Trees
Echoes
Future Memories
It’s Not Over

Encore
Surfing the Void
Atlantis to Interzone

Download: Two Recievers, Magick (Live)

 

Download: Golden Skans (Live)

 

Download: Valley Of The Calm Trees (Live)

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Exene Cervenka and Kevin Seconds – New Orleans

Two of West Coast punk’s most accomplished performers — Exene Cervenka and Kevin Seconds — were recently on tour together, and we caught them playing solo acoustic sets at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans in March. Kevin opened with some high-energy songs that were all the more impressive for the relatively sparse attendance. The songs were great, and he just projected an incredibly friendly and cool personality, both on stage and in person. He lives in Sacramento now, and I happened to be going there the following week for a conference. When I asked him between the two sets about places to go while I was there, he was full of great advice (keeping up my string of getting good travel tips from rock stars, starting with Jens Lekman and his hometown of Gothenburg).  I had an awesome time in Sacramento; it is definitely not just a boring government town. Thanks, Kevin!

Exene, on the other hand, can really play the grande dame — which is not to say she isn’t awesome, just that she ain’t afraid to bring the attitude when necessary. There was a fair amount of chatter among the audience during her set. That’s bad enough during an electric set (at least when you’re trying to get a halfway-decent recording), but it is a royal pain in the ass when it’s just one person on guitar. Finally, she just quit partway through one song, saying, “Even I can hear what you’re talking about up here!” Right on, Exene. Things got quiet real fast.

So here you have a pair of tracks from each of these legends: “There’s A Hole” and an as-yet-untitled track from Kevin Seconds, and “Already in Love” and “Surface of the Sun” by Exene Cervenka, showcasing her country stylings.

Download: Kevin Seconds: There’s a Hole/Untitled (Live)

 

Download: Exene Cervenka: Already in Love/Surface of the Sun (Live)

The Monday Set: Joy Division – Leeds – 9/8/79

Joy Division
Queen’s Hall
Leeds, UK
9/8/79

TSOI is finally back! And to correspond with Peter Hook’s new release today we’re posting a vintage Joy Division show to hopefully cleanse the palate. This audience recording was originally released as the bootleg “All God’s Angels Beware” which combined this show with the July 27th, 1979 Blackpool gig.

Setlist:
1. I Remember Nothing
2. Wilderness
3. Transmission
4. Colony
5. Disorder
6. Insight
7. Shadowplay
8. She’s Lost Control
9. Atrocity Exhibition
10. Dead Souls

Download: Joy Division – Leeds – 9/8/79 – 259 MB

Sample: Colony (Live)

TSOI On 3 Week Hiatus*

The Sound Of Indie will be on a short 3 week hiatus*. Instead of giving you your fix of the best in live and rare indie music, 25% of the site will be traipsing around Eastern Europe trying to “Find Ourselves”. If any readers are in Vienna, Prague or Salzberg, hit us up in the comments with must see suggestions on concerts or museums. See you mid-May.

* There’s the off chance we may not be able to help ourselves and will have a couple of posts up in the meantime, but we’re covering our asses just in case.

The Monday Set: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – New Orleans – 4/7/11

Peggy Wang! (credit: Carlie)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
One Eyed Jacks
New Orleans, LA
4/7/2011

I had been wanting to catch Brooklyn’s Pains of Being Pure at Heart ever since their debut album came out, but I missed them the one time they came through Louisiana a few years ago. Thanks to One Eyed Jacks’ regular ’80’s show being scheduled for Thursday night, POBPAH (if I can coin an acronym) had to play an early set that made this show not only possible for a road-trip from Baton Rouge, but ideal for one.

I wasn’t disappointed. It was a great show, primarily focusing on tracks from their just-released (and Flood-produced) album Belong. The live tracks have a little more weight behind them than those on the album — compare “Heaven’s Gonna Happen Now” or “Heart in Your Heartbreak.”

The other thing I learned is that singer-keyboardist Peggy Wang is a New Orleanian, a fact noted frequently and vociferously by the crowd (I have to admit I removed most of these references from the recording). Her mom was present, too. So it only seems right to feature Peggy in the photo for this set. Buzzfeed us, Peggy Wang!

Setlist:
1. Belong
2. This Love Is Fucking Right!
3. Teenager in Love
4. The Body
5. Heaven’s Gonna Happen Now
6. Stay Alive
7. Heart in Your Heartbreak
8. My Terrible Friend
9. Come Saturday
10. Young Adult Friction
11. Even in Dreams
12. Everything with You/The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (encore medley)

Download: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – New Orleans – 4/7/11 – 284 MB

Sample: Belong (Live)