If you need proof of why you need to see Gary Numan or if you need proof why you MUST buy a Blue Microphone Mikey Digital, do nothing else but check out thee two rexordings. The first is opener Kittie covering Depeche Mode, and the second is Gary Numan's ear-bleedingly loud performance captured in full on my iPhone 5 with the wonderful Blue Microphone Mikey Digital. I also used a cool app, Recorder Plus to capture it. Recorder Pro used to be my go to app, but it doesn't recognize the lightning port. Whereas most recordings would sound muddy, the on board condenser mic of the Mikey makes this very listenable.
This was a mixed bag with blistering performances from My Morning Jacket and Wilco, surprising test appearances from Jackson Browne and Nancy Sinatra, and a hit-and-miss performance from mostly inaudible headliner Bob Dylan. So, essentially, you get the good with the Bob
My Morning Jackson Browne:
Wilco (my fault it starts late):
Wilco with Nancy Sinatra (isolated):
Us and about 250 of our closest...uh...fellow concertgoers were treated to a VERY intimate performances with one of the greatest songwriters, singers, performers, and all out showman of his generation...Chris Issak.
I captured the show, and you can truly experience the most REALISTIC live, recorded concert experience. From the back row, attempting to hear Mr. Issak above the din of the newport beach importerati. Basically, directly behind us was the bar, with all the rich and privileged drinking and hooking up, talking loudly, doing EVERYTHING but listening to the music. Plus, being characteristically rude.
The music, however, more than made up for it...if you can hear it:
This is the Flaming Lips show at the Orange County fair. Anyone who has been to a Flaming Lips show knows that any show is the most exuberant experience you will have. This show was no exception. The tour has been a bit toned down, but in Lips terms, that just means there were no balloons or beach balls. Everything else was in presence, including an abundance of good vibes.
For you, I have captured the concert in all its glory. Somewhere in the middle of the show, they did a cover of Devo's "Gates of Steel" which I've isolated for those who are impatient. For all the rest, if you are listening to this in the office, for the full Lips experience, have one of your office mates continually flip the lights on and off while your other office mates throw whatever is in the shredder receptacle into the air... And heck… If you have a cool boss, light the trash and let the smoke fill the room.
One of the most surprising announcements for last year's Coachella was the reunion of Paisley Underground leaders, The Three O' Clock. Though they are little known, they have a storied past, not the least of being managed by a pre-Nirvana John Silva. Somewhere I have an interview I did with them, but in the meanwhile, here is the pre-Coachella reunion.
Three O' Clock were a favorite of mine from high school, opening my eyes and exposing my mind to world of new, unheard music. Their music sounds as good today as it did yesterday, as it did the yesteryear's music it was inspired by.
The Damned are playing House of Blues this evening, so to honor that I give you (even though he won't be playing with them) Rat Scabies. This is the show that Jonesy had an audience with him. Even though I have hundreds of shows captured, this is the only one I can find right now featuring a member of The Damned. Supposedly, Captain Sensible was a guest in 2004, but I do not think I had been capturing them at that time. For the time being, enjoy this:
when you're done with that, check out this broadcast of Henry Rollins digging deep into the Black Album:
Henry Rollins on The Black Album
May 18, 2013, Jackson Browne, Gary Wright, an Venice played a show to benefit Santa Monica High School district's arts program. The students participated playing with the artists and doing "heavy lifting".
Enjoy the performances below:
Jackson Browne (with Santa Monica High School Orchestra)
Venice (came in late on this when I realized they were playing Prince's "Kiss", then segued into "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"...preceded by a couple standard 70's rock songs)
Venice, Jackson, and the students:
This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the greatest songsmiths of all time discuss his life and songwriting process. We were lucky enough to get tickets to see him along with a very small, intimate crowd.
It is here for for you to enjoy:
This was a guest interview spot I did with Heather Hare, host of KUCI show Treading the Undercurrent. It was done November 2, 2007. It kind of makes the hair stand on the back of my neck listening to it, but it does have some good information. I guess I would've loved to go through and sensor myself, but you're getting the full thing, warts and all. Well I had various notes in front of me, it was all pretty much off the top my head.
Alright ruhtf reader...I've been making promises, but now I have reason to follow through. I have a stockpile of old stuff that I've been meaning to put up… Now I found a drive that contains an abundance of material needing to be shared. It is the equivalent of finding an old box from your childhood that you long thought was missing.
First, let me clear up the old stuff that I have been having to put up.
David Byrne and St. Vincent played Orange County Performing Arts Center. It was a totally unexpected phenomenal performance and I have it all captured here for you to hear.
They were touring behind their brilliant new album, but for those who don't like change skip to the end for the familiar Talking Heads material.
Wow… It appears it is been a long time since I have posted anything here. I have been collecting some things so I will put them out in spurts. First up is the triumphant return of Adam Ant. This was a highly anticipated show and was a clear sellout. Surprisingly, he did not go for the for the "sure thing" hit songs and played a lot of early, more "punk" songs. You could tell the audience was hardcore because they were not disappointed. I was a bit worried that there would be some kind of erratic behavior as has been reported on in the past, but there was none of that. He did not have much interaction with the audience if anything at all, however. He had a job to do, and he did it well.… Reestablishing himself as a potent musical force.
Apparently the tour last year went well because he's coming back for a second round this year. Get a taste of what you can expect below: