Blonde Redhead Archive

Blonde Redhead: Bipolar (Live Video)

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Blonde Redhead – Bipolar
Redlight Cafe
Atlanta, GA
2/23/97

Last night I dreamt that I was interviewing Blonde Redhead. I was asking them a bunch of obscure questions like “How did a New York band end up putting out your first record on a Minneapolis record label?” and “It’s surprising that such a relatively new band ended up touring touring Europe in the mid-90s. That was unheard of at the time. Tell me how that happened?” I think my restless night was based on guilt from not having purchased their new album “Penny Sparkle” which came out over two months ago. My project for the weekend is to track it down on vinyl so I can go back to enjoying guilt free nights of sleep.

This video was recorded on their tour supporting “Fake Can Be Just As Good.”

Download: Blonde Redhead: Bipolar (Live Video)

The Monday Set: Blonde Redhead – Montreal – 10/23/04


Blonde Redhead
Club Soda
Montreal, Canada
10/23/04

Here’s a nice recording from Canada during Blonde Redhead’s “Misery Is a Butterfly” tour back in 2004. I saw them a couple of times on this tour and I was still amazed how their songs from early records still give me goosebumps when they play them live.

Setlist:
1. Falling Man
2. Futurism vs. Passeism Pt. II
3. Pink Love
4. In Particular
5. Melody of Certain Three
6. Misery is a Butterfly
7. Doll is Mine
8. Elephant Women
9. Messenger
10. Equus
11. Water
12. Anticipation
13. In Expression of the Innexpressible
14. Melody
15. Magic Mountain

Sample: [audio: http://www.thesoundofindie.com/archive/2009/20091026/BRH-InParticular.mp3|titles=In Particular (Live)|artists=Blonde Redhead]

Download: Blonde Redhead – Montreal – 10/23/04 – 506 MB

Blonde Redhead – The Dress (Live)

I had already booked my flight to be away from NYC for New Years before an avalanche of great NYC New Years shows were announced. Probably just as well, since I would have to make an incredibly difficult choice between many a good option. A Place to Bury Strangers, Patti Smith, Akron/Family, Blonde Redhead, The Damned, Yo La Tengo, and The Feelies along with the much lamentable final show at the New York Knitting Factory were just a few of the choices that night. In my absence I deputized two trusty operatives to take on recording duties of whatever gig they happen to, and they wisely picked Blonde Redhead at Terminal 5. From reports the show was fantastic but operatives were a bit let down that Blonde Redhead vacated the stage at the New Years countdown and deferred the countdown and Auld Lang Syne duties to opener, Elvis Perkins. What can you do?

Image originally from Brooklyn Vegan.

[audio: http://www.thesoundofindie.com/archive/2009/20090220/BRH-TheDress.mp3|titles=The Dress (Live)|artists=Blonde Redhead]

Download: Blonde Redhead – The Dress (Live)

Blonde Redhead – Symphony of Treble (Live Video)

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Blonde Redhead – Symphony of Treble
Mercury Theater
Knoxville, TN
4/4/97

I realized that I haven’t posted a Blonde Redhead clip in over a year and a half. This video was shot over ten years ago on the same tour that I saw them for the first time. I will still go see them whenever I have the opportunity, but their performances are certainly not the same. The sense of urgency and excitement have been taken over by them having to constantly play to a backing track with pre-recorded vocals. But what I think is amazing is that I still will get goosebumps when Blonde Redhead plays one of their older songs with just the three of them playing and no recording behind them.

Download: Blonde Redhead – Symphony of Treble (Live Video)

Blonde Redhead – Heroine (Live)

At the beginning of the year, I mentioned that I was hoping to have a few guests contributing to the site. I’ve asked a few people and finally one has come through. Here is the first post from my NY operative, Avalanche.

“Here is a track recorded live at the NYC SoHo Apple Store on the release day of Blonde Redhead’s new Album, “23”. Surprisingly, the turnout was massive with a line around the whole block 30 minutes before set time. They played a 40 minute set of tracks from the new album. A bassist has been added to the three piece which will likely continue for their tour.”
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2007/20070417/BRH-Heroine.mp3|titles=Heroine (Live)|artists=Blonde Redhead]
Download: Blonde Redhead – Heroine (Live)

Blonde Redhead – 23

Beggars Banquet released what I’m assuming will be the first single off of the new Blonde Redhead record. The first thing I thought when I heard it is that it sounded like Blonde Redhead meets My Bloody Valentine. A quick search shows that Alan Moulder, the producer of both Glider and Tremolo, also worked on “23.” The record is going to be released on April 10th on 4AD but advanced copies have already found their way on eBay and file sharing networks.

Update: The mp3 file was corrupt, so I put up a different track from the CD.
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2007/20070219/BRH-23.mp3|titles=23 (Live)|artists=Blonde Redhead]
Download: Blonde Redhead – 23

Blonde Redhead – Luv Machine (Live Video)

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Blonde Redhead – Luv Machine
Sanctuary Theater
Washington D.C.
November 15, 1997

Blonde Redhead just announced a long tour and a new record, both in April. This was a show from 1997 when they opened for ElVez in DC. This is interesting because they played in front of a film, a film whose name escapes me now.

Download: Blonde Redhead – Luv Machine (Live Video)

Blonde Redhead – Oh James (Live Video)

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Blonde Redhead – Oh James
Enfant Terrible
Ragusa, Italy
March 15, 1996

I was talking with a couple of friends yesterday about Enon, and I mentioned that they were ex-Brainiac and ex-Blonde Redhead. They didn’t realize that Blonde Redhead was once a four-piece. I never saw them with that line-up but I did get this show in a trade. It’s pretty dark, but it’s the only footage that I’ve ever come across of them as a four-piece.

Download: Blonde Redhead – Oh James (Live Video)

Blonde Redhead – Kazuality (Live Video)

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Blonde Redhead – Kazuality
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY
6/11/98

I’ve seen Blonde Redhead quite a few times so I can’t remember if I was at this show or not. I’ve seen them twice at the Bowery Ballroom and I’m pretty sure this was one of them. But what I do know is that whoever shot this video did a great job.

Download: Blonde Redhead – Kazuality (Live Video)

Blonde Redhead – Big Song

I found the Big Song seven inch along with their second and third seven inches at some thrift/consignment shop in Minneapolis for $2 each. Someone had traded in a fantastic music collection and I was the very lucky beneficiary. This is one of the songs off of their very hard to find first 7″.
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/20051110/BH-BigSong.mp3|titles=Big Song |artists=Blonde Rehead]

Download: Blonde Redhead – Big Song