Saturday, August 30, 2008

More Local Bands Added to Live Music Archive.

Abzorbr, Black Blondie and Nomia have all been added to the Live Music Archive at

Dragons Power Up, Ill Chemistry and Mouthful of Bees are all pending.

Any recommendations of bands to ask?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Twin Cities Bands on the Live Music Archive

The Live Music Archive is a FREE archive of live recordings for bands from around the world. The Archive covers several "genres" of music. I've had a hand in getting a few bands interested in participating in the project but the first local band was A Whisper in the Noise back in 2006. Themes, Charlie Parr and Trampled By Turtles all have recordings available on the Archive as well.

Most recently Roma di Luna, Kill the Vultures and City on the Make have all joined the Archive. I submitted Abzorbr and Black Blondie earlier today.

Some of the recordings currently available for download are City on the Make's May 15th set from the Varsity Theater. Both sets from Roma di Luna's August 9th appearance at Hosmer Library are available as well. My friend Dean has uploaded his capture of Roma di Luna's June 14th CD Release at the Cedar here.

Bands that are pending include: Dragons Power Up, Nomia, Ill Chemistry, Humanboy, Mouthful of Bees and Empires.

Bands I still wantto ask include: Gospel Gossip, Fat Kid Wednesdays, Ela, Crescent Moon is in Big Trouble, Eyedea & Abilities, Face Candy, Brother Ali, Happy Apple, A Night in the Box, Enemy Entropist, Iced Ink, Pretty Boy Thorson & the Fallen Angels, Sarah Johnson, Story of the Sea, The Millionth Word, Portrait of a Drowned Man (Duluth) and others TBD...

Back when I was still content with just torrenting recordings some people were kind enough to upload a couple of recordings I did for non-Twin Cities bands. Hank III's set from First Avenue June 27th 2006 can be downloaded here. Cracker's set from First Avenue on August 30th 2006 can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Black Blondie @ The Triple Rock

Here's a link to the torrent.

Black Blondie
The Triple Rock Social Club
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday August 15th

Taper: empty (neveragain1980 AT yahoo DOT com)
Location: XYish (cm, º), right drink rail, 25' back, ~12' ^
Source: MBHO 603a + KA200N > Mil Spec Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Conversion: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 9 (fades)
TRT: 44:42 (not including 12)

Please Do Not sell this recording. Share & trade it freely.

01. ...intro
02. World Won't Rest
03. untitled
04. Bipolar Bear
05. For the Taste
06. Candy Cigarettes
07. Gum Drop
08. ...happy birthday
09. Dressed to Kill a Mockingbird
10. Knife Fights and Xmas Lights
11. Marla Singer

Samahra - vocalist
Liz Draper - upright & electric bass
Tasha Baron - Fender Rhodes, synths & boxes
Kahlil Brewington - drums

Another Minneapolis favorite no doubt. Critically acclaimed up this way. Aby Wolf and Roma di Luna opened.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Roma di Luna @ Hosmer Library

Here's a link to the torrent.

Roma di Luna (duo)
Hosmer Library
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday August 9th

Taper: empty (neveragain1980 AT yahoo DOT com)
Location: Near NOS ( cm, º) 2' back, ~4.5' ^
Source: MBHO 603a + KA200N > Mil Spec Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Conversion: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: Sound Forge 9 (normalized + fades) CD Wave (tracking)

Please Do Not sell this recording. Share & trade it freely.

Disc I - 48:08

01. ...intro
02. Bury Me Beneath The Weeping Willow Tree #
03. The Cuckoo %
04. Ice Cold Body *
05. Red Walls *
06. Goodnight, Irene ^
07. House of the Rising Sun {
08. I Can't Afford to be Broke *
09. Before I Die *
10. Orphan Girl }
11. This Train is Bound for Glory =

:: set break ::

Disc II - 47:48

01. Inside the Bells *
02. The Gospel Ship +
03. Fortune Teller
04. The Devil Walks *
05. I'm Gone *
xx. Dink's Song (Lomax, Sandburg - not played)
06. These Tears Ain't Mine *
07. Wildfire *
08. Let Me Die in My Footsteps ~
09. Summertime -
xx. Aeroplane (Neutral Milk Hotel - not played)
10. Bury Me Beneath the Killing Fields *

* originals
# traditional: Carter Family
% traditional: Ritchie, Baez, Dylan
^ traditional: Lead Belly
{ traditional: Ashley and Foster, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Dylan, the Animals
} Gillian Welch
= traditional: Woody Guthrie
+ traditional: Carter Family
~ Bob Dylan
- traditional: George Gershwin

Channy Moon Casselle - violin & vocals
Alexei Moon Casselle - acoustic guitar, harmonica & vocals |

This is the type of event that I'm glad I'm around to tape. Some dude was sitting in the Minneapolis Town Hall back in 1948 recording Lead Belly right? I wish I could've met that guy cause it's a great recording for '48. Back to present day...timeless music with a well balanced mixture of traditional folks songs and original compositions. Having seen the full band at the last handful of shows this was a rare duo performance (which is how Roma di Luna began) with Channy & Alexei playing to a crowd of 20-30 people in the basement of Hosmer Library. Hosmer is a community library located in lovely South Minneapolis, check it out. Being that it was a very intimate setting I didn't want to bust in with the standard large mic stand. Instead, I brought a mini-stand that I bought for on stage taping of instrumental performances. The mics were centered about 2' in front of them and about 4' off the ground. I'm extremely happy with the recording but it was understandably quiet to start with. I resisted the urge to crank the gain pots on the UA-5 because I knew the noise floor would be evident at some point. I wanted to bring up the levels without using compression so with the peak being at -7.4dB I first added 7dB gain. It still wasn't as full as I wanted it to be so I went back to the raw recording for another attempt. This time using Bury Me, the "loudest" song played. I Normalized just under 0dB to avoid clipping or using compression. At this point I was happy with the levels but it still remains a fairly quiet recording so on playback you'll want to turn it up a bit more than you might for say an amplified "rock" show. Included are scans of the flyer & set list.

Many thanks of course to Roma di Luna for allowing the local scene to tape them in many different settings but thanks also go to Hosmer Library for hosting such events for the community to enjoy. There are only 3 more performances left in the series this season but I have my eye on the 8/23 Spaghetti Western String Co. date. I think that could be a really great recording.

"The Hosmer Music Series is a world music performance series hosted at both the Hosmer Community Library,(347 E. 36th St.) and the Minneapolis Central Library, (Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis). This performance series is sponsored by The Friends of Minneapolis Public Library, the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, and KFAI Fresh Air Radio 90.3 FM. Concerts are free and open to the public. CD sales available. Call Hosmer Community Library at (612) 630-6950 for more information." -

It was good hangin' with my friends Dean & Karen. These sexy MBHOs are Dean's after all.

On the Roma di Luna front there are only three more shows on the books for this year so be sure to check them out if you're in the area. They will be taking a well deserved break to welcome their first born into the world, baby Casselle is due on election day. Barack Moon Casselle has a nice ring to it if you ask me.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

City on the Make @ Miramar Theater

Here's a link to the torrent.

City on the Make
Miramar Theater
Milwaukee, WI
Saturday August 2nd

Taped & Transfered By: Steve B.
Tracked & Seeded By: empty
Location: Sub-Card, NOS, FOB-DFC, @ 6.5'
Source: Busman mod ck1b's > Hydra Silver xlr's > Lunatec V3 > Edirol r-44 @ 24 bit 44.1 kHz
Transfer: r-44 usb2 > Wavelab (gain/dither) > CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 9 (fades)
TRT: 34:18 (excluding track 10)

01. Ramona Say Yes *
02. A Million Bucks
03. No Thumbs
04. Crashing Down
05. Pick Me Ups
06. New Shoes
07. ...tunage
08. Chicks on Bikes
09. Good Old Fashioned Fire

10. Ramona Say Yes #

* Chuck Berry cover
# Taken from the 2nd source, please see notes.

Mike Massey - vocals
Mischa Kegan - guitar
Stephen Rowe - bass
Colin Stumbras - drums |


City on the Make's first two shows outside of the Twin Cities included a trek up to Duluth and then over to Milwaukee. Much respect to Steve for being there to catch the 1s & 0s in Milwaukee.

"ck1b source: gain on V3 reduced shortly into 1st song, 2 mild clicks can be heard, one click for each channel, volume envelope was used in wavelab to even out the level some." - Steve

The clicks mentioned are VERY minor and very quick. I included track 10 for a couple of hasn't been played much in 08 and it gives you a taste of the other source. I think the Beyer source sounds great as well and almost included both in the same torrent but decided not to. If there is demand for a torrent of the full Beyer source just let me know...I'd be happy to hook it up. I do plan on uploading each source to the Archive (on their own) at some point in time but it might not be for a while.

Source: Beyer MC930's > Regulator Silver attenuator xlr's > Busman T_mod mr-1000 @ DFF 1bit 2.8mhz
Transfer: mr1k usb2 > Audiogate (gain-16/44.1) > CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 9 (fades)
setup: DIN, FOB-DFC, @ 6.5'

Monday, August 04, 2008

Kill the Vultures @ First Avenue

Here's a link to the torrent.

Kill the Vultures
First Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
Friday August 1st

Taper: empty (neveragain1980 AT yahoo DOT com)
Location: XYish ( cm, º) FOB, DFC, 30' back, ~11' ^
Source: MBHO 603a + KA200N > Mil Spec Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Conversion: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 9 (fades)
TRT: 35:54

Please Do Not sell this recording. Share & trade it freely.
Please Do Not circulate mp3s or other lossy formats.

01. ...intro
02. Dirty Hands
03. Moonshine
04. The Spider's Eyes
05. Strangers in the Doorways
06. Frontline *
07. Beasts of Burden
08. ...banter
09. Searchlights & Suspects #
10. The Vultures
11. 7-8-9

* found on the Sims album "Lights Out Paris" released in 2005
# unreleased spoken word

Crescent Moon - vocals
DJ Anatomy - beats/production

Kill the Vultures have a number of fine releases out there and all are highly recommended. They've also been working on a new album so keep an eye out for that. Word was they were going to play one new song at this show but it must have been scrapped from the set list.

Oddjobs was a hip hop group formed around 1998 by Minneapolis MCs Advizer (Adam Waytz) and Crescent Moon (Alexei Casselle) and St. Paul producers/DJs Anatomy (Stephen Lewis) and Deetalx (Devon Callahan). Another MC, Nomi (Mario Demira) joined in 2001. Oddjobs split in 2005 but reformed as Kill the Vultures, minus DJ Deetalx. Advizer and Nomi are also not currently playing with Kill the Vultures. Nomi is making music as Power Struggle out in the Bay Area and Adam is in Chicago going to school.

Playing the Doomtree crew record CD release show with I Self Devine. This is probably the best sounding KTV recording I've made out of at least a dozen.