I converted and was in the process of posting The Wedding Present’s 11/22/87 show from Munchen Alabamahalle. It was such a good recording, I figured it had to have been one of their officially released live cassettes which I knew they had started to re-issue on CD. Sure enough, this show has been released as “Live 1987” with far better sound quality than the cassette that I have (second generation at best). There’s no point in me posting an inferior copy, so no Monday Set this week. Sorry! But I would suggest picking up that Live 1987 CD which I plan on doing very soon.
Stockholm's Shout Out Louds have just finished their US tour in support of the new album Optica with a two-night stand at LA's El Rey Theater. It was their first visit to the city in three years. If you haven't heard them before, their music can be described as often bleakly wistful lyrics completely camouflaged by bright, sunny tunes (More...)
The terrible news yesterday was of Jason Molina’s passing. Jason was the force behind the Songs: Ohia moniker (largely for his own solo work) and Magnolia Electric Co (which saw him working with a regular band). I saw Jason perform three times, in 2004 (Charlottesville), 2006 (Baton Rouge), and 2007 (New Orleans). I spoke with him on two of those occasions. (More...)
We saw Danish group The Raveonettes in what was our second show at The El Rey Theater in about a ten-day span. This was another band I had been wanting to see for a very long time -- readers who have seen my "Best of" lists will know that their records consistently make it into consideration, but they never came to my neck of the woods (More...)