Monday, December 21, 2009

Meredith Music Festival

While I was too smashed to be able to record anything at this festival, the nice fella who runs the Turn it Up blog up in Brisbane managed to grab quite a few sets, the highlights of which being Thee Oh Sees, Jarvis Cocker, Sia and Eddy Current Suppression Ring.

Click through here to get them.

And while there's nothing there yet, the nice people over at Fan Made Recordings may put one or two up in the near future. They may not, it's up to them.

It was an amazing weekend of music so grab what you can.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Animal Collective

So I went down to Melbourne for a few days to go to Meredith Music Festival and then have a few days in Melbourne. This is all I recorded in that time, Meredith is pretty much my "Day Off".

Animal Collective were really good at Meredith, but as a friend said they had a really slow start and by the time it began being awesome it was over, the side show however was all awesome, the best set I've seen them play on this tour, love the setlist and the performance itself is spot on.

Summertime Clothes
Leaf House
Lion in a Coma
My Girls
What Would I Want? Sky
Guys Eyes
Lablakey Dress
Brother Sport
Daily Routine
Who Could Win a Rabbit

Animal Collective - Forum Theatre, Melbourne, 14/12/2009 - 145.7mb - 1 hour 36 minutes

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Thee Oh Sees at the Annandale Hotel

With Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Royal Headache and Straight Arrows.

I'm sure you guys have noticed the immense amount of trouble I've been having lately and how much of a hassle this blog has become, but only Thee Oh Sees survived this night, no band before or after. Which is lucky though because Thee Oh Sees totally ruined everyone else's shit. They were amazing.

Thee Oh Sees - Annandale Hotel, Sydney, 03/12/2009 - 56.6mb - 40 minutes

Took me ages to fix everything so I wasn't able to grab them again on Saturday, but they were just as good despite playing at like... 9:30 or whatever. Will give it a shot at Meredith this weekend.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Scott Matthew

Fact: You didn't go to this and you are an idiot because of it. Scott Matthew was really quite amazing. Really happy with the set list, playing most of what was easily my favourite album of 2008, and probably the past quite a few years. I cannot fault this really, his voice is beautiful and he really pulls it off live. Ends with a new song and a Radiohead cover. Being in a Church, the acoustics weren't great, and being a quiet show countered with moments of very high notes it was kinda hard to pull off but I'm very pleased with the end result.

Little Bird
Market Me to Children
Upside Down
White Horse
Friends and Foes
For Dick
In the End
So This is Christmas
New Song
No Surprises

Scott Matthew - Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, 28/11/2009 - 96.2mb - 1 hour 11 minutes

Gold Shoulder Friday #3

Launch of the Mountain Fold Music Journal.

Free beer and free music journal. Sweet. Lakes was up first and fucking loud, I haven't seen Lakes in about 3 years (One of the very first of these kind of shows I went to) and I don't remember it being that good. He was great, hoping to catch him again real soon and actually get it to tape this time.

Royal Headache do what they do. Two songs I hadn't heard before in here.

Royal Headache - GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, 27/11/2009 - 39mb - 26 minutes

After being a bit iffy on them last time, the UV Race totally won me over this night. They were so so great. Awesome fun, wish I could have made it the next night. Also the vocals were distorting like that on the night, could be intentional.

The UV Race - GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, 27/11/2009 - 51.3mb - 36 minutes

Ghosts of Television LP Launch

Supported by Hochman & Hopkins, Knitted Abyss and Whores.

For the launch of Forsaken Empire, which if I say so myself is easily the best album I've heard this year. Sure you could download it like every blog is telling you to, but you go figure that out yourself. The easier option is buy it.

I don't know what I did but I lost everything up until Ghosts of TV, I think I figured it out so it won't happen again but you know, bummer. Also lost the first song of Ghosts of TV, but here it is, it's awesome. Yeah the vocals are pretty loud but it makes Buzzrd pretty awesome even though you can barely hear anything but vocals. Also there's a Biggie cover in there.

Ghosts of Television - GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, 26/11/2009 - 45mb - 31 minutes

Monday, November 23, 2009

Lightning Bolt

Supported by Primitive Calculators, Grey Daturas and Naked on the Vague.

I generally have pretty bad luck taping Naked on the Vague, but this however is probably one of the best recordings I've ever done, helped in large part by NoTV being fuck-awesome. They sound absolutely huge.

These Days
Treading Water
Sacred Youth
Wrong Room
Abstract Figures
Black Lettuce

Naked on the Vague - Manning Bar, Sydney, 21/11/2009 - 45.1mb - 30 minutes

Last ever Sydney show by Grey Daturas. They were awesome, hearing it out of a huge PA was great as well.

Grey Daturas - Manning Bar, Sydney, 21/11/2009 - 44.4mb - 32 minutes

First Primitive Calculators show in Sydney in 30 years. Man what a night. But yeah, these guys were so into it, it was awesome, was great to finally see them. If you're downloading this you know what to expect. Wish I taped the sound check though.

Primitive Calculators - Manning Bar, Sydney, 21/11/2009 - 34.1mb - 23 minutes

Lightning Bolt. Jesus Christ. So I tried recording these guys from the second row so it clips every now and then but overall, I am very happy with how the sound turned out for this. I had a fucking great time at this show, and yes it was loud, not that I realised until it was over and everyone that spoke to me sounded like they had distortion on their voice. Because of the set up basically the left channel is all bass and the right channel is all drums. Also about 20 mins into it all my gear gets unplugged and stays unplugged for about 20 mins, so basically I'm putting up what survived of the recording. Can't wait for tonight.

Also I think I included the soundcheck at the start. I don't know I just assumed it was a song I didn't know. A pretty bad one at that.

Lightning Bolt - Manning Bar, Sydney, 21/11/2009 - 51.1mb - 38 minutes

Gold Shoulder Friday #2

Featuring The Stabs, Witch Hats and Ghosts of Television.

More music for the launch of the new Mountain Fold Music Journal.

My first listenable recording of Ghosts of Television. They are basically one of the best bands in Sydney and this set was really awesome, sound is a bit iffy at times but you know, who cares?

Setlist (Stolen from here.)
New Flesh
Empty Thrones

Ghosts of Television - GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, 20/11/2009 - 40.4mb - 28 minutes

I don't think I "get" Witch Hats. Was weird that they had the longest set of all but yeah, I dunno I was kinda bored, the drummer is amazing though.

Witch Hats - GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, 20/11/2009 - 62.4mb - 44 minutes

I'm pretty sure I walked in during the Stabs first song, not too sure. But yeah, this was no where near long enough but seriously, Stabs, way to make everyone in Sydney look like a bunch of amateurs. Killer set.

The Stabs - GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, 20/11/2009 - 48.4 - 34 minutes

Basically it was so hot in La Campana that all my gear started to fall apart, yes it's all held together by tape, but still, I don't know how shits gonna go in the future if this is happening.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gold Shoulder Friday #1

Featuring Naked on the Vague, Free Choice Duo and Bed Wettin' Bad Boys.

Only taped Naked on the Vague at this show. They were awesome, really dig the two new songs. You all know what they sound like and what to expect, can't really hear the vocals for the first half.

Naked on the Vague - GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, 13/11/2009 - 50mb - 34 minutes

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

La Quiete at Jura Books

Supported by Bare Arms, Intentions and Stalker.

All photos by Tenzenmen. Full set here.

Man, Intentions, just fucken download it. It's not the best sound but they're just so damn excellent.
I think I've written enough about Bare Arms. You know how I feel. Probably the longest set I've seen them play, once again, sound at the best but it's still Bare Arms.

La Quiete. Come back soon, again.

La Quiete - Jura Books, Sydney, 05/11/2009 - 43.5mb - 31 minutes

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween with La Quiete

Supported by Crux, Holy Samolly, When Chimps Attack and Independent Thought Alarm.

All photos by Tenzenmen. View full set here.
Independent Thought Alarm are great. So so great. Pretty sure this was their first show, they did a cover of P-Power by Nation of Ulysses so they're cool by me.

When Chimps Attack were next, had I known this was gonna be their last show ever I would have made so much more effort yesterday, hadn't seen these guys in years but they were awesome. Pretty sure you can hear little kids running around the entire set.

I have seen Holy Samolly 3 times in the past 3 days and they're pretty great. Sam from Quebecs new band.

Holy Samolly - Hellen Rose-Shauersberger Laboratorium, Sydney, 31/10/2009 - 26mb - 21 minutes

I'm pretty sure this is Crux's final run of shows which is a real shame because they've always been so great, so enjoy.

Crux - Hellen Rose-Shauersberger Laboratorium, Sydney, 31/10/2009 - 48mb - 33 minutes

So yeah, La Quiete came back, who would have thought. No words, just so awesome. So so awesome. Cannot wait for the show at Jura Books, you're all gonna be there right? It's freaking La Quiete man you have to.

La Quiete - Hellen Rose-Shauersberger Laboratorium, Sydney, 31/10/2009 - 42mb - 30 minutes

To the North 12" Launch

Supported by Bare Arms, Vera, Holy Samolly and When Chimps Attack.

Had I known When Chimps Attack were on first I would have shown up earlier and taped them.

Had I known Holy Samolly were playing at all I would have been in the room and taped them (last song was great though).

Had I known Vera were a powerviolence band I would have stayed outside.

I knew Bare Arms were awesome so I taped them.

Bare Arms - Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, 30/10/2009 - 24mb - 20 minutes

Absolute ripper by To the North, probably the longest I've seen them play and through a proper PA for once, the sound is great and the performance was even better.

To the North - Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, 30/10/2009 - 48mb - 32 minutes

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Limited Express (Has Gone?) and Ni-Hao at Jura Books

Supported by To the North, Hira Hira, Pockets and Holy Samolly.

9 bands in 3 hours. Somehow they did it. Show was moved from Dirty Shirlows (Which is hopefully only temporarily closed) and combined with Juracoustics. The result turned out pretty well.

Had I know Holy Samolly were playing I would have taped them, but I guess it's lucky I didn't because they only got through 3 songs and the technical problems were 10/10.

Last time I saw Pockets I don't think I "got" it because they were pretty good tonight.

Hira Hira played probably the best show I've seen them play, this was really, really great.

Hira Hira - Jura Books, Sydney, 29/10/2009 - 19mb - 14 minutes

To the North played a pretty great set with the vocals way too low as usual, the last song was friggin awesome though.

To the North - Jura Books, Sydney, 29/10/2009 - 28mb - 20 minutes

I decided to go down stairs to check out one of the acoustic sets that was going on down there and damn I wished I had heard of this girl earlier because she moved away to Newcastle the next day and she was really really good. I believe she was called A Dire Dawn. Need to do some research.

Went back upstairs for Ni-Hao and it was pretty awesome to see people in the room that's normally not seen at these shows getting really into it, Ni-Hao were a ridiculous amount of fun.

Ni-Hao - Jura Books, Sydney, 29/10/2009 - 24mb - 16 minutes

Limited Express (has gone?) you all know well about, they were sick. So sick.

Limited Express (Has Gone?) - Jura Books, Sydney, 29/10/2009 - 35mb - 25 minutes

Rowland S. Howard album launch

Supported by DZ.

Can't stand DZ, so I went into the room next door and watched Megastick Fanfare.

Rowland S. Howard was pretty great, I only have Pop Crimes so I was pretty lost on anything that's not that but this show was great encouragement to go back and check it all out. Man... $27 is a lot.

Pop Crimes
Dead Radio
Shut Me Down
She Cried
Wayward Man (False Start)
Wayward Man
Avé Maria
Life's What You Make It
The Golden Age of Bloodshed
Sleep Alone
Exit Everything

Rowland S. Howard - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 22/10/2009 - 105mb - 1 hour 15 minutes

Monday, October 19, 2009

Useless Children at the Sando

With Pee Wee, Do Not Resuscitate and None Remain.

Do Not Resuscitate were awesome how ever I fucked up the recording. My fault. Did get a free demo tape off them though, keen to listen.

Next up were Pee Wee who was great as they always are and made the show a whole heap of fun, threw a whole crapload of free cash in to the crowd. Surprisingly enough the first chance I had to tape them.

Pee Wee - Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, 17/10/2009 - 30.5mb - 21 minutes

Useless Children was pretty much as expected, a really great set. Someone find me a way to buy the LP + Shirt deal on line, thanks.

Useless Children - Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, 17/10/2009 - 49.9mb - 36 minutes

Jens Lekman backyard show

with Sly Hats.

This was actually a lot of fun, it was just Jens Lekman with a guitar, a tambourine, a laptop and sometimes Geoff on backing vocals. Did a lot of new songs and they were all really good. I accidentally (Some how) hit the pause button for the first song, which I am going to call Argument With Yourself, and I'm pretty cut because that song was genius. Sound came out pretty well for a backyard/low volume show.

Jens Lekman - Five Dock, Sydney, 17/10/2009 - 84.26mb - 1 hour 2 minutes

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Ducktails at Serial Space

Supported by Knitted Abyss and Pimmon.

I recorded this show using an Edriol R-09HR only rather than my usual set up, so the sound is no where near as good and the levels are a bit off but they turned out listenable.

First time finally catching Knitted Abyss. Was pretty darn sweet. No you know... melody or anything like that.

Knitted Abyss - Serial Space, Sydney, 06/10/2009 - 32.84mb - 20 minutes

Now Ducktails was sweet as, it's a shame he had to cut a song off the end but you know, was great for the short time it lasted. Just him playing solo. Also, what a chin.

Ducktails - Serial Space, Sydney, 06/10/2009 - 40.6mb - 29 minutes

Saturday, September 26, 2009

My Disco at Oxford Art Factory

Supported by Royal Headache, Holy Balm and Absolute Boys.

Who are the Absolute Boys? I only found out who they "might" be the night before and this was enough to make me excited, 1 part Eucalpyt, 2 parts Ohana, and the result was fucking awesome. Got about half way through the intro to the first song before realising this was going to be a great band. Pretty sure this was their first show.

Absolute Boys - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 24/09/2009 - 30.54mb - 21 minutes

Holy Balm were up next, first time I've had a chance to record these peeps, they are awesome but it was a bit messy. Still enjoyed.

Holy Balm - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 24/09/2009 - 32.31mb - 23 minutes

Yes I know I only saw Royal Headache 7 days ago but I was pretty excited to see them play in front of such a big crowd, and they nailed it.

Red Rocket
Don't Want To
Two Kinds of Love
Never Again
Psychotic Episode

Royal Headache - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 24/09/2009 - 31.6mb - 22 minutes

I haven't seen My Disco since November last year but dayum, tonight was better than I've ever seen them. Each and every time they started a new song juuust before it started to drag out and kept it pretty tight, was probably also the quietest I've seen them play. I'm doing the set list off memory so let me know what's wrong.

New Song
New Song
You Came to Me Like a Cancer Lain Dormant Until It Blossomed Like a Rose
New Song

My Disco - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 24/09/2009 - 57.7mb - 40 minutes

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Love of Diagrams Album Launch.

Supported by Dead Farmers and Royal Headache.

Pretty standard Royal Headache fare, they were fahking awesome.

Royal Headache - Annandale Hotel, Sydney, 17/09/2009 - 28 minutes - 32.1mb

Pretty standard Dead Farmers fare, they were fahking awesome.

Dead Farmers - Annandale Hotel, Sydney, 17/09/2009 - 29 minutes - 32.6mb

I know I had a bit of a bitch and moan about Love of Diagrams being boring last show, but they were genuinely great this time, new songs as well as jamming out on the end of others worked really well. Show ends pretty suddenly and I had to leave during the encore to get my train.

Love of Diagrams - Annandale Hotel, Sydney, 17/09/2009 - 41 minutes - 58.7mb

Tenniscoats and The Pancakes at Serial Space

Supported by Kyu.

This was the second time seeing Kyu and to be honest, I can't really fault them that much, but they just bore me and seem kinda pointless. Also terrible lyrics. But I can see its appeal and a lot of other people seem to really enjoy them. Did not record.

I'm not usually a twee-as-fuck loving fuck but The Pancakes blew me away, she was just amazing. People compared it to amateur karaoke but I thought she wrote some awesome vocal melodies and made the show genuinely fun for the audience. One problem was that this show was very quiet, so the recording pretty much peaks like crazy at the end of every song when people cheer, so you may want to cover your ears.

The Panckes - Serial Space, Sydney, 11/09/2009 - 33 minutes - 45.75mb

Tenniscoats were awesome, awesome awesome awesome, but it doesn't convert at all into a recording and was just way to quiet to salvage. Hate to say it, but you had to be there.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Flip Out 2009

Featuring Eddy Current Suppression Ring, James Arthur's Manhunt, Goodnight Loving, Naked on the Vague, Super Wild Horses, Pink Reason, Royal Headache, Ooga Boogas, The UV Race, Slug Guts, Deaf Wish, The Stabs and Zond.

It's been a long time (Probably something overseas) since I've been so excited for a gig. There are literally no "Not awesome" bands on this line up.

Zond started out the day, they were already playing when we walked in so I didn't think it was worth taping them (And I left the Dirty Shirlows show early due to almost falling over from sickness) so that's a bummer because they were fucking awesome, had been looking forward to them and they delivered.

The last time I saw Royal Headache was in some dudes backyard, and it was awkward. Before then it had been warehouses and record stores, so it was interesting to hear them out of an actual half-decent PA system. They were awesome. But you all know that right? Pitchfork olol.

Slug Guts next on the main stage with the amazing PA. Fuck that shit was loud. Pretty regular Slug Guts fare, recording cuts in half way during the first song because I was too busy picking up free Tenzenmen swag.

Someone somewhere at sometime once told me that the Ooga Boogas were never going to play Sydney. Which is silly because this was rather enjoyable. The slow build ups in two of the songs were waaaaay too long but apart from that, awesome and solid. Dude has awesome teeth.

Because of all the awesomeness, I decided that the best time to eat was during Naked on the Vague, apparently this was a mistake but you know, any other weekend guys.

James Arthur's Manhunt were the first of the internationals of the day to play, was p. good. Not much to say.

I was overseas when Deaf Wish last visited Sydney, so this was my first time seeing them. Shit was brutal. Probably my favourite set of the day.

The Stabs were the band I was looking forward to most, and they delivered, the Deaf Wish/Stabs double was awesome, drummer attempting to tell his story of falling down the stairs at Manning Bar was probably the highlight of the weekend.

I don't dig Goodnight Loving, was time for food instead again.

I was actually really looking forward to the UV Race, but found it hard to concentrate at all on the set and the entire thing went over my head due to whatever the hell was going on on stage. Would have been bearable if for the most part it was sincere and not just an attention grab which is what it degenerated to after 2 or so songs. Listening back on it though it's pretty good. Look forward to seeing them again.

Pink Reason started good, then played that song with the recorded, then played Free Bird. Yes. Free Bird. Do not like. I also turned all my gear off when they started packing up before deciding to play another cover. You guys miss out I guess.

Super Wild Horses? A little too Dash and Will for my tastes.

Eddy Current Suppression Ring, finally. What a long day. Tired as fuck but they were so good. My face melted. But yeah, they've crossed over, pretty sure the group next to me were doing the shuffle. Or crip walking. New songs are awesome. Brendan is just such a good front man.

So that was a fucking loud, awesome and long day. Thanks to Stained Circles, Arrght!, the organisers, all the regulars and blah blah blah. Flip Out 2010 plz.

If anyone has some contacts for the bands who played, send them my way. I think they'd would at least be somewhat interested in listening to these.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Charge Group Farewell Show

Supported by Wifey and Seaworthy.

Charge Group were way way way better than last time. New songs are a bit out of place but yeah, it turned out well so enjoy.

Charge Group - Hopetoun Hotel, Sydney, 14/08/2009 - 92.72mb - 1 hour 2 minutes

I saw about a million other great bands this weekend but my mood generally dictates whether or not I record, and I was in a foul mood. But I did see someone else recording so if you're reading this, contact me because I wanna grab Ghosts of Television (which I'm pretty sure you play in) and Blank Realm off you.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Supported by Catcall.

Its been a while since I've seen Catcall but I guess her new stuff is pretty alright. She does have two people who stand around on stage doing nothing for 30 minutes which is weird. Couldn't keep my eyes off the My Disco drummer though.

Phoenix provided me with infinite amounts of happiness for 1 hour and 20 minutes. They were amazing. Seriously. Recorded if from the second row and includes the "singing" (screaming) of the girl next to me the entire show, and it sounds kinda like shit, but that didn't take away from how amazing they were. And I really do think Rome is one of my favourite songs of the year, so happy they played it this time.

Phoenix - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 05/08/2009 - 114.9mb - 1 hour 20 minutes

Long Distance Call
Consolation Prizes
Napoleon Says
Funky Squaredance
Sometimes in the Fall
Love Like a Sunset
Run Run Run
Too Young
Everything is Everything
If I Ever Feel Better

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mum Smokes - Easy and House Music Launch

Supported by Dick Diver and Songs

Dick Diver were once again great, much better sound this time. My new favourite band pretty much.

Dick Diver - Spectrum, Sydney, 01/08/2009 - 48.2mb - 33 minutes

Songs played the usual Songs set, started off with a new one. This one is in mono because I spent the entire time talking shit into the left channel but it still turned out pretty well for a mono mix.

Songs - Spectrum, Sydney, 01/08/2009 - 30.4mb - 37 minutes

As for Mum Smokes, I left very disappointed. I had so much expectation for them but I guess it was just an off night. On the side, I made an awesomely amateur mistake and forgot to put the hold button on my iRiver on when I put it back in my pocket so I bumped the stop button at 4 minutes into the set. Awesome.

Electric Jellyfish - Dirty Shirlows

Supported by the Nevada Strange, Dead Farmers and Naked on the Vague.

Walked here after the Repressed Records show, what a good night of music.

The Nevada Strange gave the usual show. Nothing special to report.

Dead Farmers were awesome. AWESOME. Forget that Hopetoun show, this is what Dead Farmers sound like.

Dead Farmers - Dirty Shirlows, Sydney, 31/07/2009 - 31mb - 22 minutes

Didn't fuck up Naked on the Vague this time, was really good, still like them as much as the last time I saw them. 4 piece is awesome.

Naked on the Vague - Dirty Shirlows, Sydney, 31/07/2009 - 46.2mb - 32 minutes

Electric Jellyfish? Nah, not my thing, left half way through the third song so I could get my last train home.

Dick Diver Repressed Records In-Store

Supported by Carborator.

Carborators first show, featuring the drummer from Songs, Dave from Dead Farmers, dude with the skinny legs from Bed Wettin' Bad Boys and some dude that I'm pretty sure beat me at basketball once. They had two awful songs and three amazing ones. I wish I had taped them. But alas.

First time actually seeing Dick Diver (Only their second Sydney show after Thursday night) and I'm an insta-fan. Totally blew me away. Sound is a bit iffy but it's an instore, what did you expect?

Dick Diver - Repressed Records, Sydney, 31/07/2009 - 38.5mb - 29 minutes

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Flaming Lips Australian Tour

Supported by Midnight Juggernauts

Everyone was dreading the Midnight Juggernauts, but to be honest they weren't that bad. Though you could definitely tell the new songs from the old songs by quality.

As for the Flaming Lips. It was beautiful. Best Flaming Lips show I've seen, waaaay to many moments to specficy. Awesome entrance, awesome vibe, awesome set list, great sing-a-longs, and I really cannot specify more. The visuals were beautiful and the recording came out amazing. Oh, and a marriage proposal happened on stage. For those of you who know my story from when I saw them in Phoeinx, I so could have fit into that Caterpillar suit. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song is one of the best live songs I've heard. Could of done with more Soft Bulletin but there's really nothing to complain about.

The Flaming Lips - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, 28/07/2009 - 142.2mb - 1 hour 40 minutes

Race for the Prize
Silver Trembling Hands
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
Fight Test
Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Internal Existential Fear, Progressive
Convinced of the Hex
Vein of Stars
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt 1
Pompeii am Götterdämmerung
The W.A.N.D.
She Don't Use Jelly
Marriage Proposal
Do You Realise??

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fabulous Diamonds

Supported by Moonmilk, Holy Balm and Naked on the Vague.

I missed Moonmilk, saw Holy Balm and they were amazing. Don't really know what else to say.

My first time seeing the 4-piece Naked on the Vague, and I really dig it. I think it's fucking great. Unfortunately I screwed the recording (Actually, it's unfair to say I did it when those mother fuckers at Church Audio forgot to put shielding, amongst many other things, on my cables so my mobile caused interference every 20 seconds.) Lucky I will have a million other chances to catch them. This Friday for example.

Fabulous Diamonds weren't the best I've seen them, though still damn good, apart from all the inebetween song bullshit. Sound quality is alright.

Fabulous Diamonds - Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, 25/07/2009 - 62.1mb - 42 minutes

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Laurels 7-inch Launch

Supported by Warhorse, Dead Farmers and Whores.

This was the first time I had recorded a show at the Hopetoun Hotel and I had never been looking forward to it. The speaker stacks are asymmetrical, pointed at different angles and have various obstacles. For a first time there these came out pretty good, they needed a bit of work and the sound is a bit harsh due to a mistake I made but here they are.

Whores were great. Didn't get to tape them though. Was a slightly different set up from when I last saw them (Which was a long time ago.)

Dead Farmers played a pretty decent set. Not the best I've seen from them.

Dead Farmers - Hopetoun Hotel, Sydney, 18/07/2009 - 30.4mb - 22 minutes

Next up were Warhorse, who were as fucking awesome as all ways. Hoping I get many more chances to tape these guys, it was good to have the bands blessing for once. There are 4 skips in this recording due to a corrupt file, it took me quite a while to recover the whole thing but over all it's pretty much unnoticable considering at first it was looking like it was going to only be 10 minutes worth of this recording that would survive. There's nothing I enjoy more than a band with a self-titled song.

Warhorse - Hopetoun Hotel, Sydney, 18/07/2009 - 52.17mb - 36 minutes

I'm under the impression I had the Laurels permission to tape them as well. Sweet as. I thought they were absolutely amazing but a few of my friends thought it was either too long or just a bore. I loved every long, long second of it. It was pretty freaking loud as well.

The Laurels - Hopetoun Hotel, Sydney, 18/07/2009 - 92.37mb - 1 hour 3 minutes

Monday, July 13, 2009

La Dispute/To the North Australia Tour - Dirty Shirlows

Supported by Intentions, Dining in Tuscany and Bare Arms.

This is the first "Non-Commercial" venue show I've recorded purely due to confidence issues. I hope to do a whole lot more because that was actually the original intention of me starting all this. I still felt like a fuckwit though.

I had hoped (or any word other than intended) to record Intentions, but they came on first and also see previous statement. I'll have many more chances though.

Bare Arms played after Dining in Tuscany and played a killer set, the vocals are a bit low but all things considered (acoustics wise) I'm pleased with how this one came out.

Bare Arms - Dirty Shirlows, Sydney, 12/07/2009 - 31.7mb - 22 minutes

To the North are just awesome. You all know this. No technical problems until the last song and you can actually here Max this time. The vocals go from being barely audible, to crystal clear, to peaked and back again all throughout the recording.

To the North - Dirty Shirlows, Sydney, 12/07/2009 - 38.1mb - 27 minutes

And finally, La Dispute, I'm hoping this isn't the last time I see them because they have played some of the best shows I've seen to some of the most passionate crowds I've been in.

La Dispute - Dirty Shirlows, Sydney, 12/07/2009 - 39mb - 27 minutes

Once again, thanks to To the North, thanks to Dirty Shirlows. If anyone has a contact for La Dispute please let me know, I want to get these recordings to them. Also thanks to those of you on the day who were ridiculously nice to me for no reason.

Also I'm trying to get to the Wollongong show. I can get there easy but getting back is a problem. If anyone has any ideas/a ride/a place to crash contact me. (Contact is mozzac at gmail dot com)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

La Dispute/To the North Australian Tour - Spectrum

Supported by Schrodingers Cats and Hira Hira.

I've never really liked Schrodingers Cat and this performance really did nothing to change my mind about them. So I didn't tape them.

Next up was Hira Hira playing their usual set of freaking awesomeness. Nothing out of the usual here except that Spectrum was pretty much full at this point.

Hira Hira - Spectrum, Sydney, 11/07/2009 - 35.9mb - 24 minutes

To the North are probably my favourite Australian band at the moment (Only because Ohana doesn't exist anymore.) and I've seen them every chance I have to. They started out pretty poorly due to a lot of technical difficulties, restarting the same song 4-5 times. But once they got into it they were as awesome as ever. They also had a horn player for one song but you couldn't hear him over the guitars and drums and yelling. It's a shame we only got 5 songs out of them.

To the North - Spectrum, Sydney, 11/07/2009 - 44.1mb - 30 minutes

God damn La Dispute, totally blew me away. Never seen a band so stoked to be in Australia. I never knew they had such a crossover fan-base but it didn't matter because everyone in the room knew every lyric.

La Dispute - Spectrum, Sydney, 11/07/2009 - 47.4mb - 32 minutes

Extra extra thanks to To the North for brining La Dispute to Australia, one of the best shows I've seen in Australia this year. Leaving now to see them at Dirty Shirlows.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Love of Diagrams 7" Launch

Supported by Songs and Pageants.

Same bands, in the same venue, playing the same sets, for 15 dollars. No questions as to why this was half empty.

Pageants came on first and were alright. Each song sounded like they were trying to be a different band but beyond that they were pretty good. I'm no "A Bands First Show in Sydney" analyst.

It's been a while since I have last seen Songs (for obvious reasons) and I forgot just how good live they are, and they've sure switched it up a lot since I last saw them. Also this recording happens to be leagues better than I've ever been able to do on them before. It does them justice to say the least.

Songs - Spectrum, Sydney, 10/11/2009 - 59.7mb - 41 minutes

Love of Diagrams came on next and played a positively boring set, only playing one song different from last time, but still an improvement. I didn't appreciate their last set until I sat down at home and listened to it again, but then it turned out that they're just really boring to watch, because this isn't so bad to listen to (Sound quality is way better than last time and they did play better overall.) My friend said that they're really great on record but live they're just boring. I have to agree. Especially when you have Songs supporting.

Love of Diagrams - Spectrum, Sydney, 10/11/2009 - 63.07mb - 43 minutes

I do have to say these are a testament to how far I've come with my recording, compare these to the exact same bands recorded in the exact same venue 8 months ago and the difference is huge.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Story So Far

So my tumblr and original home has become a complete mess. This blogspot is now here to serve as a place where I can post recordings and only recordings. Just to keep some separation and much easier archiving. So here are the 97 recordings I have made and uploaded so far in beautiful alphabetical order. I have just returned from a trip overseas so I should back to being focused on taping bands in the Sydney area.

Abe Vigoda - The Echo, Los Angeles, 08/05/2009 - 46.5mb - 30 minutes
Alice in Chains - Soundwave, Sydney, 22/02/2009 - 76.5mb - 1 hour 3 minutes
Andrew Bird - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 14/06/2009 - 140.5mb - 1 hour 29 minutes
Animal Collective - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 120.3mb - 1 hour 12 minutes
Animal Collective - House of Blues, Las Vegas, 30/05/2009 - 138.2mb - 1 hour 36 minutes
Animal Collective - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 23/05/2009 - 28.2mb - 18 minutes
Antony and the Johnsons - Coachella, Indio, 19/04/2009 - 48.7mb - 33 minutes
Arctic Monkeys - Big Day Out, Sydney, 23/01/2009 - 77mb - 1 hour 1 minute
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Coachella, Indio, 18/04/2009 - 28.3mb - 36 minutes (Mono)
Band of Horses - Coachella, Indio, 18/04/2009 - 71.7mb - 48 minutes
Beach House - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 25/05/2009 - 55.1mb - 38 minutes
Black Kids - Big Day Out, Sydney, 23/01/2009 - 48.4mb - 39 minutes
Bon Iver - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 13/06/2009 - 97.8mb - 1 hour 4 minutes
Bon Iver - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 23/05/2009 - 74.5mb - 49 minutes
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Coachella, Indio, 19/04/2009 - 74.6mb - 50 minutes
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 13/06/2009 - 273.8mb - 2 hours 54 minutes
Buraka Som Sistema - Coachella, Indio, 29/11/2009 - 50.4mb - 35 minutes
Clockcleaner - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 29/11/2008 - 45.6mb - 39 minutes
The Cure - Coachella, Indio, 19/04/2009 - 252.5mb - 2 hours 50 minutes
The Dandy Warhols - Stonefest, Canberra, 01/11/2009 - 23.6mb - 22 minutes
David Byrne - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 162.2mb - 1 hour 40 minutes
Dead Meadow - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 15/01/2009 - 61.2mb - 51 minutes
Deerhoof - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 25/05/2009 - 46.6mb - 32 minutes
Deerhunter - Annandale Hotel, Sydney, 20/06/2009 - 136mb - 1 hour 38 minutes
Die! Die! Die! - Spectrum, Sydney, 28/11/2008 - 53.3mb - 45 minutes
Dirty Projectors - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 83.7mb - 52 minutes
The Drones - Big Day Out, Sydney, 23/01/2009 - 58.5mb - 47 minutes
The Drones - Stonefest, Canberra, 01/11/2008 - 61.9mb - 52 minutes
The Drones - Metro Theatre, Sydney, 24/10/2008 - 108mb - 1 hour 25 minutes
Explosions in the Sky - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 25/05/2009 - 93.2mb - 1 hour
The Flaming Lips - McDowell Mountain, Phoenix, 25/04/2009 - 79mb - 1 hour 34 minutes (Mono)
Fleet Foxes - Metro Theatre, Sydney, 03/01/2009 - 84.7mb - 1 hour 13 minutes
Fleet Foxes - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 25/05/2009 - 78.1mb - 53 minutes
Fuck Buttons - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 15/01/2009 - 62.3mb - 53 minutes
Fucked Up - Coachella, Indio, 19/04/2009 - 68.4mb - 44 minutes
High Places - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 27/02/2009 - 48.2mb - 33 minutes
The Horrors - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, 17/05/2009 - 52.8mb - 37 minutes
Jane's Addiction - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 24/05/2009 - 123.8mb - 1 hour 24 minutes
Jay Reatard - Gaelic Club, Sydney, 29/01/2009 - 42.7mb - 37 minutes
Jim Ward - Annandale Hotel, Sydney, 09/12/2008 - 56.2mb - 52 minutes
King Khan and the Shrine - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 23/05/2009 - 65.2mb - 42 minutes
Kings of Leon - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 23/05/2009 - 72mb - 1 hour 48 minutes
Laughing Clowns - All Tomorrow's Parties, Sydney, 17/01/2009 - 77.1mb - 46 minutes
Liars - Coachella, Indio, 18/04/2009 - 63.3mb - 42 minutes
Los Campesinos! - Coachella, Indio, 19/04/2009 - 70.2mb - 47 minutes
Love of Diagrams - Spectrum, Sydney, 21/11/2008 - 48.3mb - 42 minutes
M. Gira - All Tomorrow's Parties, Sydney, 17/01/2009 - 78.6mb - 48 minutes
M83 - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 24/05/2009 - 82.6mb - 55 minutes
MURS - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 11/06/2009 - 83.1mb - 51 minutes
Matisyahu - McDowell Mountain, Phoenix, 25/05/2009 - 87.6mb - 1 hour 2 minutes
Melvins - Annandale Hotel, Sydney, 22/01/2009 - 77.7mb - 1 hour 5 minutes
Midnight Oil - National Convention Centre, Canberra, 12/03/2009 - 135mb - 1 hour 54 minutes
Minus the Bear - Soundwave, Sydney, 22/02/2009 - 42.1mb - 35 minutes
Mogwai - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 04/03/2009 - 126mb - 1 hour 48 minutes
Morrissey - Coachella, Indio, 17/04/2009 - 87.7mb - 56 minutes
The Murder City Devils - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 24/05/2009 - 72.5mb - 45 minutes
My Bloody Valentine - Coachella, Indio, 19/04/2009 - 103.3mb - 1 hour 11 minutes
My Disco - Gaelic Club, Sydney, 29/11/2008 - 46.5mb - 40 minutes
Neil Young - Big Day Out, Sydney, 23/01/2009 - 108mb - 1 hour 30 minutes
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - All Tomorrow's Parties - 100mb - 1 hour 24 minutes
The Night Marchers - Coachella, Indio, 19/04/2009 - 54.4mb - 37 minutes
Nine Inch Nails - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 13/06/2009 - 213.3mb - 2 hour 14 minutes
Nine Inch Nails - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, 24/02/2009 - 132mb - 1 hour 50 minutes
Nine Inch Nails - Soundwave, Sydney, 22/02/2009 - 116mb - 1 hour 37 minutes
No Age - Gaelic Club, Sydney, 29/01/2009 - 49.7mb - 42 minutes
of Montreal - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 13/06/2009 - 111.6mb - 1 hour 11 minutes
of Montreal - Manning Bar, Sydney, 03/03/2009 - 94.9mb - 1 hour 19 minutes
of Montreal - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 24/05/2009 - 88.7mb - 58 minutes
Ohana - Spectrum, Sydney, 28/11/2008 - 32.5mb - 27 minutes
Ohana - Oxford Art Factory, 06/11/2008 - 31.7mb - 27 minutes
Paul McCartney - Coachella, Indio, 17/04/2009 - 223.6mb - 2 hours 30 minutes
Phoenix - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 73.8mb - 47 minutes
Pivot - Gaelic Club, Sydney, 29/11/2008 - 72.5mb - 1 hour
Portugal. The Man - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 11/06/2009 - 94.7mb - 1 hour 1 minute
Portugal. The Man - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 42.4mb - 27 minutes
Public Enemy - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 159.2mb - 1 hour 42 minutes
Public Enemy - Days Like This!, Sydney, 04/01/2009 - 93mb - 1 hour 20 minutes
Public Enemy - Metro Theatre, Sydney, 27/12/2008 - 129mb - 1 hour 48 minutes
Qua & Mountains in the Sky - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 06/11/2008 - 138mb - 2 hours 4 minutes
Regurgitator - Stonefest, Canberra, 31/10/2008 - 73.2mb - 1 hour 12 minutes
Rival Schools - Soundwave, Sydney, 22/02/2009 - 39.4mb - 34 minutes
The Saints - All Tomorrow's Parties, 17/01/2009 - 69.3mb - 57 minutes
Saves the Day - Soundwave, Sydney, 22/02/2009 - 46.5mb - 40 minutes
School of Seven Bells - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 25/05/2009 - 59.9mb - 39 minutes
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Days Like This!, Sydney, 04/01/2009 - 84.5mb - 1 hour 10 minutes
Songs - Spectrum, Sydney, 21/11/2009 - 63.5mb - 50 minutes
Spiritualized - All Tomorrow's Parties, Sydney, 17/01/2009 - 76.7mb - 50 minutes
Spiritualized - Metro Theatre, Sydney, 16/01/2009 - 145mb - 2 hours 2 minutes
St. Vincent - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 24/05/2009 - 66.7mb - 45 minutes
TV on the Radio - Big Day Out, 23/01/2009 - 63.2mb - 52 minutes
TV on the Radio - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 122mb - 1 hour 15 minutes
TV on the Radio - Coachella, Indio, 17/04/2009 - 66.9mb - 45 minutes
TV on the Radio - Metro Theatre, Sydney, 24/01/2009 - 106mb - 1 hour 30 minutes
The Vaselines - El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, 10/05/2009 - 102.5mb - 1 hour 10 minutes
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Coachella, Indio, 19/04/2009 - 85mb - 58 minutes

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Set was awesome, no idea how it was last time but it turned into this awesome request fest and they played an absolutely unexpected set list. Bummer I could barely keep myself from collapsing the entire time.

Also got to chill with some cool dudes and meet a reminder!

I collapsed through the door after the show at 2am last night and slept immediately. I only just woke up. I believe this is jet lag.

Never Stops
Backspace Century
Like New
Hazel St.
Nothing Ever Happened
Game of Diamonds
Lake Somerset
N. Animals
Spring Hall Convert
Disappearing Ink
Saved By Old Times
Cover Me (Slowly)
Twilight At Carbon Lake

Deerhunter - Annandale Hotel, Sydney, 20/06/2009 - 136.8mb - 1 hour 38 minutes

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bonnaroo Day Four

This is the final set I was able to record as my batteries ran out half way through Band of Horses, can’t believe I made it this far. Andrew Bird wasn’t too shabby, not the amazing bonerific show that everyone who saw him at Sydney Festival made it out to be though.

G Swirl
Opposite Day
Fitz and Dizzyspells
Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left
Fiery Crash
Oh No
Tables and Chairs
Fake Palindromes
Skin, is My
Don’t Be Scared

Andrew Bird - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 14/06/2009 - 137.3mb - 1 hour 29 minutes

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Bonnaroo Day Three

Finally getting to see Bon Iver makes up for missing him in January. Seeing him twice even more so. This set is excellent, the sound is spot on and has a guest appearnce by Elvis Perkins in Dreamland for a few songs, including a cover of a Yo La Tengo song. The sound is a lot better than the Sasquatch recording however the atmosphere didn’t even come close.

Creature Fear
Skinny Love
Lump Sum
Blood Bank
Beach Baby
Brackett, WI
Feel Like Going Home
For Emma
Regarding Stacks

Bon Iver - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 13/06/2009 - 95.5mb - 1 hour 4 minutes

THE BEST OF MONTREAL SHOW I HAVE SEEN. The only bummer? Atrocious sound and it really comes through on the recording, it’s completely burried in bass. But man, they were on fire at this show, just spazzing out on stage the entire time and having a blast. Also, they finally played the Past is a Grotesque Animal. Made my day. Not to be a dick but you really had to be there.

Nonpareil of Favor
Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider
Id Engager
Rapture Rapes the Muses
The Party’s Crashing Us
Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
October is Eternal
A Sentence of Sorts in Konsvinger
Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
Girl Named Hello
For Our Elegant Caste
Touched Something’s Hollow
An Eluardian Instance
She’s A Rejecter
The Past is a Grotesque Animal

of Montreal - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 13/06/2009 - 109mb - 1 hour 11 minutes

It was alright I guess. Probably the worst Mars Volta show I’ve seen, but by no means a bad show. A few tech problems, such as Cedrics mic cutting out whenever he goes to belt it out, also Omar forgetting how to play Goliath. Sound turned out pretty well though. Also playing during the day (7:15 - 8:45pm in America is still day time) did them no favours.

Cedric also needs to not talk on stage. Ever.

Roulette Dares (The Haunt of)
Viscera Eyes
Drunkship of Lanterns
Wax Simulacra
Cygnus…. Vismund Cygnus

The Mars Volta - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 13/06/2009 - 131.4mb - 1 hour 23 minutes

What about me and my blue collar?

What you are looking at here is the only known recording of Bruce Springsteen at the E Street Band at Bonnaroo. Bonnaroo has an open taping policy, however Bruce asked that his set not be taped, and being Bruce the festival honoured this, I did not know this until after the set when I arrived at Nine Inch Nails and all the tapers seemed to be ecstatic that I was able to record all of Bruce Springsteen.

This set is AMAZING. I have never been in a crowd so huge in my life (85,000) and the atmosphere was perfect, just one big 3 hour sing-a-long. I was pretty far back but right on the barrier that went from the stage to the soundboard, turns out Bruce would walk down this path 4 or 5 times, and I sure as shit got to high five him. Also seeing Bruce walk through the crowd collecting signs off people for song requests was quite a moment.

The sounds a bit jumpy, the crowd is loud, whenever Bruce walks down the aisle I get bum rushed so the sound is affected, but over all I am very pleased with how this turned out. Absolutely killer set list as well. Bruce Springsteen is a mother fucking performing and an amazing entertainer. 80% of the set was drummed by Max Weinberg, the rest by his son Jay.

No Surrender
My Lucky Day
Outlaw Pete
Out in the Street
Working on a Dream
Johnny 99
Raise Your Hand
Request Time
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Growin’ Up
Thunder Road
Waiting on a Sunny Day
Promised Land
The River
Kingdom of Days
Radio Nowhere
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born to Run
Hard Times
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Land of Hope and Dreams
American Land
Glory Days
Dancing in the Dark

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 13/06/2009 - 267.4mb - 2 hours 54 minutes

Nine Inch Nails’ last ever US show. If you believe they really are over.

Was an amazing show, setlist differs wildly from their Australian show and they play some awesome rarities. Can’t believe they did I’m Afraid of Ameircans. Playing from 1am until 3:30am was a perfect slot for them, they absolutely owned it and the crowd was incredibly packed.

Terrible Lie
March of the Pigs
Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)
The Becoming
I’m Afraid of Americans
Gave Up
La Mer
The Fragile
Banged and Blown Through
Gone, Still
The Way Out is Through
Mr. Self Destruct
The Hand that Feeds
Head Like a Hole
Wish (featuring Dillinger Escape Plan)
The Good Soldier
Dead Souls
The Day the World Went Away

Nine Inch Nails - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 13/06/2009 - 208.3mb - 2 hours 13 minutes

Friday, June 12, 2009

Bonnaroo Day Two

Portugal. The Man’s first ever acoustic set. I enjoyed this a lot more than the previous night. They were on a much much smaller stage and the atmosphere was just right, the first bit of sunshine we had gotten the festival when they came on. It of course being an acoustic set, the crowd is extremely loud compared to the music so this recording is peaksville when there is cheering. There’s a few new songs in this one as well.

Portugal. The Man - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 41.4mb - 27 minutes

From the David Byrne Curated Staged.

I had never really listened to Dirty Projectors much before this set, but I have to say I’m quite the fan now. Was an el grande set. The crowd was pretty small but when they introduced David Byrne to perform Knotty Pine with them everyone went mental and it suddenly turned into the biggest crowd crush of the festival, was a great moment.

Two Doves
Cannibal Resource
Remade Horizon
Ascending Melody
Fucked for Life
Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie
Thirsty and Miserable
Rise Above
Stillness is the Move
Useful Chamber
Temecula Sunrise
Knotty Pine (featuring David Byrne)

Dirty Projectors - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 81.7mb - 52 minutes

A pretty damn good set. The sound is kinda messed up but I’m still pleased with it. The crowd was fucking atrocious, but ten times as huge, the stage was announced as being “At Capacity” for the Which Stage which means 30,000+ people. Crazy. Also it’s good to see that Animal Collective rotate set lists like a mother fucker. No where near as good as the Las Vegas show (Which I reccomend highly if you’re into Animal Collective, they also play 3 new songs in that set) but still a damn fine festival set.

Lion in a Coma
My Girls
Summertime Clothes
Guys Eyes
Comfy in Nautica
Daily Routine
Brother Sports

Animal Collective - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 117.5mb - 1 hour 12 minutes

And with this, TV on the Radio become my most taped band. I put this show up there with the Metro one, was fucking great, takes a while for the sound to get right though. Also the first time I’ve seen them play Halfway Home and with good reason too. The song very suddenly changes tuning half way through and requires Dave Sitek and Kyp Malone to throw off their instruments and start playing new ones within a beat.

Love Dog
The Wrong Way
Blues From Down Here
Halfway Home
Golden Age
Wolf Like Me
Staring at the Sun
Red Dress
Shout Me Out
Dancing Choose
Family Tree
Young Liars

TV on the Radio - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 119.2mb - 1 hour 14 minutes

You heard me rave about David Byrnes show at the Opera House earlier this year, well this was just as good. Amazing set list, amazing performance, amazing stage show, and thankfully, it sounded great on tape. Do enjoy.

Strange Overtones
I Zimbra
One Fine Day
Help Me Somebody
House in Motion
My Big Nurse
My Big Hands
Life Is Long
Cross-Eyed and Painless
Born Under Punches
Once in a Lifetime
Life During Wartime
Feel My Stuff
Take Me to the River
The Great Curve
Burning Down the House
Everything that Happens Will Happen Today

David Byrne - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 158.4mb - 1 hour 40 minutes

Officially the most unsatisfying set ever. Only 45 minutes (Shortest set of any band at the festival that wasn’t on the Sonic Stage), all of it pure awesome but it felt like it was over in a flash. Considering how much they had to work with they spread the set list out pretty well. Also this crowd is very talkative, but the show was a fucking party while the rest of the festival was off pretending to be interested in Phish and their 6 hour sets.

Long Distance Call
Consolation Prizes
Napoleon Says
Run Run Run
Love Like a Sunset
Too Young

Phoenix - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 72mb - 47 minutes

Pretty standard Public Enemy fare. Recording is a bit jumpy during the first song and then sweet from there on out. Performing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back from start to finish.

Public Enemy - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 12/06/2009 - 155mb - 1 hour 41 minutes

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bonnaroo Day One

First band of the first day of this amazing festival. Started at 7pm and I was only able to record MURS and Portugal. The Man before the monsoon/thunderstorm started which didn’t give up until 10am the next morning, so I didn’t get to record much on the first day but this set left me quite impressed, being a festival it sounds a bit flat (Most of the Bonnaroo recordings do) but still, here it is.

Better Than the Best
Can It Be
Yesterday and Today
I Know
Walk Like a Man
Silly Girl
Me and this Jawn
Break Up
Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)
Road is My Religion
Rok U
Murray’s Revenge
Boyz N the Hood
LA Show
To Protect and Entertain Everything

MURS - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 11/06/2009 - 81.2mb - 51 minutes

First of two sets by Portugal. The Man. I was ultra pumped to see them, I had listened to them religiously in Year 10 and the only way I got to see them was by travelling to buttfuck Tennessee. To be honest, they kinda dissappointed. The sound in the tent was bad, it had just began to monsoon so everyone was piled into the tent and honestly, when these guys released their first album, they were criticised as being a crappy Mars Volta knock-off, it seems like everyones forgotten this except the band who are trying their hardest to be a crappy Mars Volta knock-off. Jamming on the song that got me into you in the first place to prove you have soul without playing a note from the original song was heart breaking. Still, I left satisfied at least.

Church Mouth/One
Lay Me Back Down
And I
New Orleans
Bellies are Full
People Say
My Mind/How the Leopard Got its Spots
Horse Warming Party
1989/Our Way
AKA M80 the Wolf

Portugal. The Man - Bonnaroo, Manchester, 11/06/2009 - 92.5mb - 1 hour

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Animal Collective

An amazing show in the weirdest venue I’ve ever been to with the strictest security I’ve seen. This was inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and feature the highest stage I’ve ever seen and a whole bunch of crazy shit (advertisements) on the wall. Support was excellent (Grouper) but no one was paying attention. Also props to Animal Collective for crazy rotation of set lists, the only songs that stayed the same between shows were the MMP ones and Fireworks.

Also the stage set up Animal Collective use at the moment is pretty cool. They all have their tables of knobs and fiddlers draped in white cloth with lights put underneath them to light them all up, and then suspend a huge ball in the middle of the stage and shoot projections on to it. Also there’s a massive huge version of the Merriweather Post Pavilion album cover/wallpaper backdrop. They could really benefit from having a live drummer again. Oh and by playing the Purple Bottle 7 times.

Also happens to have the best sound of any of my Animal Collective recordings.

Also Frightened
My Girls
Lion in a Coma
What Would I Want Sky
Guys Eyes
Daily Routine
Brother Sport
Comfy in Nautica
Summertime Clothes

Animal Collective - House of Blues, Las Vegas, 30/05/2009 - 135mb - 1 hour 36 minutes

Monday, May 25, 2009

Sasquatch! Festival Day Three

So the next morning starts with every packing all their shit up and then getting the hell to main stage with Deerhoof into Grizzly Bear and it’s the perfect combination. Deerhoof were beyond excellent and need to tour soon.

Had to get up pretty early to catch these guys after Memorial Day madness but it was worth it. They were bloody amazing, a good replacement for Japandroids considering they weren’t even on the schedule. They were also blessed by the main stages awesome sound.

If anyone could write up a set list it would be appreciated, I’ve yet to listen to Offend Maggie.

Deerhoof - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 25/05/2009 - 45.5mb - 32 minutes

Next up is Black Moth Super Rainbow who get points for being the ugliest band ever, but the music is so so good. They are followed closely by Bishop Allen and all the Kings of Leon fans come back out and everyone is bored. School of Seven Bells blow everyone away with general awesomness on the smallest stage there is and get a crowd double that of most other bands on the bigger stage.

Pow! Recording Number 100.

Pretty solid set. Nothing else much to say really. Gave me no particularly strong memories.

Wired for Light
Half Asleep
Face to Face on High Places
My Cabal

School of Seven Bells - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 25/05/2009 - 58.5mb - 39 minutes

Gogol Bordello somehow manage to get the entire crowd (I really do mean the entire crowd) to mosh in 40 degree weather, I was up on the hill and it was the most amazing sight to behold. Turns out Fleet Foxes music perfectly matches the Gorge and they shit all over their performance at Coachella.

Fleet Foxes mountain music absolutely perfectly suits the Gorge. They fucked up the drums yet again though. But at least the recording survived this time. Also between these guys and Band of Horses, musicians with beards give the best banter.

Sun Giant
Sun it Rises
Drops in the River
English House
White Winter Hymnal
Ragged House
Your Protector
New Song
New Song
He Doesn’t Know Why
Blue Ridge Mountain

Fleet Foxes - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 25/05/2009 - 76.4mb - 53 minutes

Beach House play on the same stage as School of Seven Bells and indulge us with their 10,000 technical problems, kinda pissed me off after what happened when they played Sydney and I had to spend the show sitting on a train without power, but I still thoroughly enjoyed.

I’ve had some pretty bad luck with Beach House, when they toured Australia in August last year, I got stuck on a broken down train on the way to the show. Finally 10 months later I get to see them and they are just having the craziest technical problems the entire show. But still they were absolutely amazing. I was pretty cut when I got home to find that the recording was corrupted, but I was able to recover all but the last one and a half songs (You Came to Me and Heart of Chambers).

I really want to see them properly one day, at their own show and without everything breaking.

Apple Orchard (False Start)
Apple Orchard
Used to Be
New Song
Master of None
You Came to Me (Fade out)

Beach House - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 25/05/2009 - 53.8mb - 39 minutes

I walk over to Girl Talk and the crowd is ridiculous, at least 40,000 people and it’s kind of not interesting at all. I go to see Erykah Badu and all it is her band playing the same 4 bars over and over and over until they realise this is annoying everyone and play Lil Wayne for the next HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES UNTIL SHE FINALLY ARRIVES. I piss off to Explosions in the Sky for the most perfect end to the festival imaginable. The set list is perfect and the crowd is awesome and what was probably the best weekend of my life is over and I smell like shit, I’m 18 shades darker than what I started out like and I have a visible layer of dirt over my entire body.

Catastrophe and the Cure
Yasmin the Light
The Birth and Death of the Day
Your Hand in Mine
Greet Death (I think)
Welcome, Ghosts
The Only Moment We Were Alone

Explosions in the Sky - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 25/05/2009 - 91.1mb - 60 minutes

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sasquatch! Festival Day Two

Somehow I manage to sleep right through until 10am. Wake up, eat my awesome breakfast of 3 apples, 4 museli bars and a burrito, we build shade city and generally sit around cooking in the heat and being drunk. We go see the Walkmen who were about 10 times younger than I expected but awesome followed by Calexico who I must not get or something. St. Vincent is next, it’s hot, she’s hot, everyone’s happy.

Pretty sweet way to start the day. Regretted not recording her solo show at the Spiegeltent earlier in the year. Set gets hilariously messed up during Marry Me.


Your Lips are Red
The Strangers
Now, Now
Actor out of Work
Marry Me
Black Rainbow
Just the Same, But Brand New

St. Vincent - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 24/05/2009 - 66.2mb - 44 minutes

Aziz Ansari, now I haven’t seen that much stand up but he is STUPIDLY hilarious. I never wanted him to leave. Sat next to Dave Sitek while I watched him.

Had to run from there to see the Murder City Devils play the best show I have ever seen hands down. Spencer Moody is off his tits drunk, stumbling around and basically hurting everyone who gets in the way of his microphone stand, he spends 5 mins in between each song screaming his tits off about how he hates jocks, loves faggots, girls shouldn’t let men disrespect them and how we don’t know shit about Iggy and the Stooges, and then when they play a song it’s tight as. He continually makes out with the guitarist, jumps into the pit and makes out with whatever guy he can, chases the photographers in the pit around with his cock out and then runs back stage, takes this guys shirt off and starts sucking on his nipple. Turns out this guy is the dude from M83 when the camera finally gets a shot of him.

Cuts in during the first songs.

I Want a Lot Now (So Come On)
Dancing Shoes
Somebody Else's Baby
Idle Hands
Bear Away
Dear Hearts
Midnight Service at the Mutter Museum
Get Off the Floor
It's In My Heart
Murder City Riot
Rum to Whiskey
I Drink the Wine
18 Wheels
Broken Glass

The Murder City Devils - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 24/05/2009 - 65.2mb - 45 minutes

Zach Galifianakis is in the Comedy Tent and not doing too well because someone is heckling him pretty bad and he’s not dealing with it very good. He does a song with Annie Clark though. I seee the Dodos, pretty much exactly the same as the last two times I saw them. I eat dinner, watch 3 songs of TV on the Radio and then go to watch M83. I don’t know what people where on about when they played the Metro because they were SO GOOD. Did not see it coming at all.

Amazing, starts off slow but turns into a pure party. Crowd was reaallly into it as well. Sound is a bit flat, this stage had terrible sound the entire weekend. Just imagine M83 on album, and then make it 10 times as epic.

Graveyard Girl
Teen Angst
We Own the Sky
Kim and Jessie
Skin of the Night
Don’t Save Us from the Flames
Run Into Flowers
A Guitar and a Heart

M83 - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 24/05/2009 - 80.7mb - 55 minutes

I run to the main stage, watch 5 songs of Nine Inch Nails and they do a Gary Numan cover. I fucking shit you not. A Gary Numan cover, I am so far away from the stage that by the time the sound travels to me the visual is like 3 seconds out of sync. It’s awesome. I go back and get a good spot for of Montreal. Dear Australia, you got jipped. Well over 40 extras, better suits, better choreography, and Kevin Barnes’ voice was like, 10x what it was in Australia, he’s doing all these crazy screams and everything is working out perfectly. They did a Prince cover but I didnt’ pay attention because someone standing two people over from me had a seizure so that was a bit more important.

Pretty big decision between this and Nine Inch Nails. But I think I made the right one because this blew me away. Only played 2 songs they hadn’t played at the Manning Bar but Kevin was so spot on for the entire show. of Montreal has only ever trashed their gear at the end of a set twice and I’ve been there both times, cliche but damn it’s exciting. Only started this time because Kevin thought Brian had smashed his when all he had done was dropped it. Also includes a Prince cover.

Nonpareil of Favor
Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider
Sink the Seine
Cato as a Pun
Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
Teenage Unicorn Fisting
For Our Elegant Caste
Touched Something’s Hollow
An Eluardian Instance
Id Engager
The Party’s Crashing Us
Computer Blue
October is Eternal
A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger
She’s a Rejector

of Montreal - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 24/05/2009 - 86.6mb - 58 minutes

Jane’s Addiction
play and give the exactly as expected rock and roll show. Perry Ferrell still jumps around like a mad man. All of TV on the Radio are standing near by and ALL getting way into it and being over excited about seeing Jane’s Addiction, was awesome. Also Jane Says live is perfect.

I expected a rock and roll show, a fucking weird Perry and a shirtless Dave and that’s exactly what I got. Eric Avery knew this was all about him and was lapping it up. Sound is excellent as you’d expect from a headliner, the show suddenly takes 10 steps up when they bust out Jane Says. If you’ve got the 90 or so dollars, see them at the Hordern.

Also some one tell Perry Farrell that George/Quincy isn’t Seattle. This is tagged as "Sasquarch" so you may want to fix that.

Three Days
Ain’t No Right
Pigs in Zen
Then She Did…
Mountain Song
Had a Dad
Been Caught Stealing
Ted, Just Admit it…
Ocean Size
Summertime Rolls
Jane Says

Jane's Addiction - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 24/05/2009 - 120.9mb - 1 hour 24 minutes

We get back to the Campsite and by the time we get there its memorial day, so it’s this huge party, lots of fireworks, lots of awesome. Also everyone had this habit of someone, anywhere in the campsite would start cheering and it would slowly grow until the entire campsite was cheering, repeat every 30 minutes.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sasquatch! Festival Day One


My bus was supposed to leave Vancouver at 5am, as I do not have an alarm clock I had to stay up all night and then walk 2 hours to get this bus, with my rucksack, bag, tent and a sign to try and hitch hike with when I get into Quincy, as it is a 6 hour walk away from Sasquatch and there is no public transport. So I get on the bus and it turns out that these busses don’t sell out, they only add more when one gets full. So three bus loads of people, 80% going to Sasquatch get on and head to Everett 4 hours away. We arrive in Everett where we meet up with all the people going to Quincy coming from Seattle, this now means we have seven bus loads of people. The next 4 hours of the bus ride and astonishingly beautiful. I knew Washington was full of mountains and shit, but I thought they would be off in the distance, we were weaving in between them constantly beside white rapid river and all this fancy shit it was AWESOME. We also went through “Germantown” which was supposed to be like “Ye Olde Europe” except with Subway and KFC written in script on their signs. So everyone on the bus finally starts talking to one another and we all realise that none of us have the slightest plan and are as clueless as to how to get to the festival as the next person. We pull into Quincy and the bus driver is like “So you guys all going to Sasquatch?” and the bus goes mental “Well I’ll tell you what, after this, I have no more passengers, so lets go see if I can go talk to the charter manager and see if we can’t take you all down to the festival” everyone goes mental again. “Oh by the way, I am the Charter Manager.” so we go to a grocery store, I buy like 30 apples, 20 bottles of water, a case of beer and 4 boxes of museli bars and we’re on our way. We get the sickest camping position about 40 tents without cars taking up one lot, this is all done by 3:30pm, we then get drunk, play frisbee, listens to music and be dickheads before everyone realises they’ve been up for ever and goes to sleep after being exhausted from 37 degree weather.


So it turns out it’s true. At 8am we’re all up and bored and burning in the sun. We go to the general store where it turns out you can buy cases of beer for reasonable prices and burritos and then cook them in the kitchen. We go into the festival site and go watch Owl City, worst decision ever. They are terrible. Adorable even. So we decide to go check out the main stage. We get to the top of the hill and everyone who has walked in has stopped there for some reason, turns out everyone is gawking at the most amazing scenery ever. Words cannot describe the Gorge. It’s stupidly beautiful. I suggest to everyone that we roll down the hill, so about 6 of us get in a line and roll down the hill. It’s awesome. Turns out security chased us screaming the entire way down and we get a stern lecture. Gaslight Anthem play on the main stage and they are nothing special. It is now something like 40 degrees and not a single cloud. I walk around, buy some 9USD food. Urgh. Then go to see Passion Pit and the crowd is huge. HUGE. And it’s full of “KinGs of nEOn” fans. Turns out Kings of Leon fans are a world wide plague. So when everyone finally pisses off I move in for King Khan and the Shrines and it is amazing. Lots of nudity, cheerleaders, jumping around, confetti and just general awesomness. One of the best shows I have ever seen.

Probably one of the highlights of Sasquatch! Festival. They had everything, horns, a dancer, costumes, flying dicks, a crazy crowd, 40 degree heat and a guest appearance from Mark Sultan. I get crowd surfed over (somehow in a crowd that had basically 0 density) and have one of my mics ripped off (in a way that convinces me its broken forever) but it’s fine but the sound conks out for about 2 or so minutes while I fix it.

King Khan and the Shrines - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 23/05/2009 - 63.7mb - 42 minutes

I go see Todd Barry in the Comedy Tent because that happens to be the ONLY piece of shade in the entire festival, turns out he’s funny. Next I watch the first 20 minutes of Animal Collective, they seriously have the worst projections ever but they were pretty good.

Dunno what happened but I only got 18 minutes of this set, the end of the set was probably the best I have ever seen them play the the Gorge setting was perfect for them. But here is what I got of them anyway.

Summertime Clothes
My Girls
Essplode (Intro)

Animal Collective - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 23/05/2009 - 27.7mb - 18 minutes

I leave to see Tim and Eric but everyone raves on about how good the end of Animal Collective was, I guess I’ll find out on Saturday. Tim and Eric bombed. BOMBED BOMBED BOMBED. It was so fucking terrible. The first two sketches were hilarious, but then there’s costume changes and the DJ starts doing the worst stand up ever, then after 10mins they finally come back and the next skit goes nowhere, piss off again for another 10 mins, then they kick a plug and all the backing tracks stop and they are forced to improv. Turns out they can’t. I leave and watch Sun Kil Moon who is perfect. Back to the main stage to watch the Decemberists and they were pretty good, but too bad everyone was distracted by this couple who thought they were having secret cliff side sex but instead were being watched by 80,000 people and the band. Mos Def is next who is just fun as all hell and then Bon Iver. I don’t know if he played with a band when he did Sydney Fest but the two drummer set up is just great and his voice is never ever even close to being off.

I recorded this one way off centre as the crowd for him was huge, he played a perfect slot (Just as the sun had gone down he came on stage) and the atmosphere was amazing. Crowd participation is a lot better here than what was at Bonnaroo as well. He also happened to be 45 minutes late but that was Mos Def’s (who was awesome) fault. I would love to say that this was the best set of the weekend but it’s got some mighty tough competition, Sasquatch had way too many “moments”.

But yeah, taking part in Wolves (twice) is an amazing experience.

Brackett, WI
Lump Sum
Skinny Love
Blood Bank
For Emma
Creature Fear

Bon Iver - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 23/05/2009 - 72.8mb - 49 minutes

Now there are no bands playing except for the main stage so I go watch Kings of Leon who actually didn’t suck. And by didn’t suck I mean were really good. Bummed they didn’t play King of the Rodeo though. So we walk the 30mins back to camp and everyone dies from exhaustion.

kINgs of NeoN. Recording cuts in during the first song and features a minute of me pushing through the crowd to get a spot and then features probably the best sound I got all weekend. Unforunately this one came with a lot of errors and cuts out during the last song as well, it’s also in a very low bitrate and I have no access to the .wav files so what’s here is all there will ever be.

They didn’t suck. I’ll give em that. But come on. King of the Rodeo guys. You know it’s your best song.

Crawl (Fades in)
My Party
Be Somebody
Taper Jean Girl
Molly’s Chambers
Four Kicks
Sex on Fire
The Bucket
On Call
Cold Desert
Use Somebody
Knocked Up
Black Thumbnail (Fades out)

Kings of Leon - Sasquatch!, Quincy, 23/05/2009 - 72mb - 1 hour 20 minutes (?)