Saturday, October 31, 2009

This Machine is Dying

Brooklyn's Kittens Ablaze will be rolling through The 400 Bar on Tuesday November 3rd. Someone is excited for the opportunity to record them. Whoever put this show together knew what they were doing because the local support includes Where Astronauts Go To Hide, Dragons Power Up! and Colder in Moscow. On unrelated notes, Where Astronauts Go To Hide have a new video coming out and DPU! will be playing songs from their new album. 8PM doors and 5 bones to get in. $5!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Martyrs & Maglites...

There's a girl on the Southside who claimed I always liked playing the victim. The truth is I hope I didn't catch the Death walking up to East Lake to hop the 21 over to The Turf Club. 60 pounds of gear on my shoulder and a tripod wrapped in plastic has to be at least minus 12 scene points. I'm never going to make it out of this hole and I kind of like it that way. The music was completely worth it by the way. Sleep tight, Longfellow. The big one is coming.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

WHY? - "21st Century Pop Song" Live in Minneapolis

We're laying the obsession to rest for now but here's a special bonus for the folks at home...

WHY? - "21st Century Pop Song" Live in Minneapolis

WHY? - Select Tracks From the Desert Tapes

WHY?
Modified Arts
Phoenix, AZ
Friday October 23rd 2009

WHY? - "The Vowels Pt. Two" Live in Phoenix
WHY? - "Good Friday" Live in Phoenix

WHY?
Club Congress
Tucson, AZ
Saturday October 24th 2009

WHY? - "This Blackest Purse" Live in Tucson

WHY? - "A Sky For Shoeing Horses Under" Live in Tucson

Thanks to WHY?, Snake and the venues for allowing these recordings to go down. Thanks to blood for being blood. I'm grateful for the opportunity to return to The Modified before the stage is taken out. Shared memories never die, they just fade. Phoenix isn't what it was 15 years ago but what really is? It was my first time at Hotel Congress and if you're in Tucson it's the place to crash. Serengeti (Chicago) and AU (Portland) supported both shows.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sims & Paper Tiger Thursday 10/22

Sims & Paper Tiger will be at The Turf Club Thursday 10/22.

9pm || 21+ || $6

Pelican @ The Triple Rock '09

320kbps mp3s are included in Culture Bully's all-encompassing piece on Sunday's show.
FLAC files are available via The Traders' Den.

Pelican
The Triple Rock
Minneapolis, MN
Sunday October 18th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish (cm, º), right drink rail, 25' back, ~10' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fades)
TRT: 57:08

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Embedding the Moss
02. Dead Between the Walls
03. The Creeper
04. Ephemeral
05. GW
06. An Inch Above Sand
07. Strung Up From the Sky
08. Glimmer
09. Sirius

Laurent Schroeder-Lebec - guitar
Trevor de Brauw - guitar
Bryan Herweg - bass
Larry Herweg - drums

www.myspace.com/pelican

Another amazing band from Chicago that always delivers live. Thanks to Pelican and to The Triple Rock for allowing this recording to go down. Pelican's new LP "What We All Come to Need" was released through Southern Lord Records on October 27th 2009. Sweet Cobra and Minsk supported.

I wanted to get the Sweet Cobra set edited before I left town but I have to get some recordings to Eyedea and finish packing so we'll see what happens tonight...

The action doesn't stop just because I'm leaving town.

10-22 - Alpha Consumer, Tarlton & Ghostband @ Uptown Bar
10-22 - Kill to Kill, Gospel Gossip & Red Pens @ Hexagon Ba
10-23 - A Whisper in the Noise @ Triple Rock
10-23 - Lucero @ The Varsity
10-23 - The Pines @ The Cedar
10-24 - P.O.S. @ First Avenue
10-25 - Saul Williams + No Bird Sing @ the Varsity
10-25 - Langhorne Slim @ the 400 Bar
10-26 - Chinese Stars + Vampire Hands @ The Turf
10-26 - E&A + P.O.S. + NBS + Kristoff Krane @ Mankato
10-26 - The Black Angels @ First Avenue

Monday, October 19, 2009

Beagles are like big Dachshunds

I don't know how many people actually read this thing but for those playing along... no audio editing was done this passed weekend because I was beagle sitting in the burbs. It was a good weekend and a nice change of scenery but I belong 55406.

Tonight I want to start editing the Pelican, Sweet Cobra and Minsk sets from last night. Pelican has priority of course. More importantly though, I'm swinging back downtown tonight to acquire the Loring Freestyle tapes. This is an important mission and soon you'll understand why.

Anyways, a couple of things will get posted before I return to the desert. Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Disembodied @ The Triple Rock (mp3)

320kbps mp3s are available on emptystapes.com

Disembodied
The Triple Rock Social Club
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday April 25th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish (cm, º), right drink rail, 25' back, ~10' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 9 (fades)
TRT: 49:22

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. ...intro
02. Anvil Chandelier
03. Forget Me
04. Seven Stitches
05. Gone
06. Devils Green
07. ...thank you
08. Heroin Fingers
09. Feel
10. Barbiturate
11. Nicotine
12. Deity
13. Eulogy
14. Dislocation
15. Cascade
16. Bloodshed Rain

www.myspace.com/thegreatdisembodied


FLAC files were originally posted here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Murder by Death @ The Cabooze

FLAC files are available on The Traders' Den

(Check back in 24 hours for mp3 files)

Murder by Death
The Cabooze
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday October 3rd 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: right side of "the pole" AB DFCish, 20' back, ~9' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fades)
TRT: 41:20

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Sometimes The Line Walks You
02. '52 Ford
03. Ball & Chain
04. Rum Brave
05. A Masters In Reverse Psychology
06. Fuego!
07. Steal Away
08. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) *
09. Brother
10. That Crown Don't Make You A Prince
11. Until Morale Improves, The Beatings Will Continue
12. Comin' Home

* Cher

Adam Turla - Vocals, Guitars
Sarah Balliet - Cello, Keys
Matt Armstrong - Bass
Dagan Thogerson - Percussion


www.murderbydeath.com


Murder by Death was the reason I went to this show. The Gaslight Anthem is the reason I bought an advance ticket. It did sell out. It wouldn't be a Murder by Death night if we didn't close down the Triple Rock no matter where the show takes place. Murder by Death, Frank Turner and The Loved Ones supported The Gaslight Anthem. All four sets were very enjoyable. Thanks to the bands and to The Cabooze for being cool with taping.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Frank Turner @ The Cabooze

FLAC files are available on The Traders' Den
320kbps mp3 files are available on emptystapes.com

Frank Turner
The Cabooze
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday October 3rd 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: right side of "the pole" AB DFCish, 20' back, ~9' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fades)
TRT: 29:33

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
02. Try This At Home
03. Long Live The Queen
04. The Road
05. Dan's Song *
06. The Fastest Way Back Home #
07. Photosynthesis
08. The Ballad Of Me And My Friends

w/ Chris on harmonica
w/ Nick's proposal to his special lady friend

www.frank-turner.com

This was Frank's first show in Minneapolis and holy christ am I glad I was there to get it on record. I had first heard of him when Million Dead toured Europe with Jonah Matranga of FAR in 2004(?). Frank and Jonah toured together again in 2006 eventually releasing a split. I had been wanting to see this guy for a few years now but I honestly had no idea what he would bring to the table live. A truly captivating and sincere performance is what those paying attention in the Cabooze got. If I had the dough I'd follow Frank around with my little black bag and my little silver mic stand. Lomax style. I'm usually not wrong in these matters so I encourage people lend an ear. His new album "Poetry of the Deed" is out now on Xtra Mile/Epitaph Records. Frank, The Loved Ones and Murder by Death supported The Gaslight Anthem. Thanks to the bands and to The Cabooze for being cool with recording.

FTHC

Big Quarters @ The Triple Rock

Big Quarters
"Zip Disks Break '09" Release Party
The Triple Rock
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday October 10th 2009

Big Quarters - "Painkillers"
Big Quarters - "Newborn"

Several unreleased tracks were played so I wanted to hold off on posting the entire set. Be sure you contact BQ to score your copy of "Zip Disks Break '09" You can also subscribe to BQ Direct here to get 5 exclusive cuts a month.



bigquarters.com
myspace.com/bigquarters
youtube.com/bigquarters
twitter.com/bigquarters

Monday, October 12, 2009

Thursday @ The Varsity

FLAC files are available on The Traders' Den.

Thursday
The Varsity Theater
Minneapolis, MN
Monday September 28th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish FOB 4' ROC, 25' back, ~9' ^
Source 1: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Source 2: SBD > iRiver h120 (Line-In @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > mixdown > FLAC > WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Matrix: WAV > Sony Vegas 7 (mixing and edits) > WAV > FLAC
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fades)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. For the Workforce, Drowning
02.
03. Division St.
04. The Other Side of the Crash
05. Paris in Flames
06. Understanding in a Car Crash
07. Friends in the Armed Forces
08. Autobiography of a Nation
09.
- Beyond the Visible Spectrum - *
10. Signals Over the Air
11.
12. ...encore
13. Jet Black New Year

Geoff Rickly
Tom Keeley
Lucas Previn
Tucker Rule
Steve Pedulla
Andrew Everding

www.thursday.net

I would sincerely like to thank Thursday for allowing me to put this out there. I honestly didn't think it was going to happen. John Harris is legit. Treat these guys well out there. Thursday's new record "Common Existence " is out on Epitaph Records. I apologize if the above line-up is incorrect. La Dispute and The Fall of Troy supported. Thanks to The Varsity for being the Dinkytown venue of choice. May the Varsity and Mesa Pizza live long and prosper. The AUD/SBD mixdown was done by none other than Z. Boes himself. * omitted per band request.

City on the Make @ The Entry

320kbps mp3s are available on emptystapes.com

(if you're hardcore email me for FLACs)

City on the Make
7th Street Entry
Minneapolis, MN
Thursday October 8th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: AB left drink rail ~20ft, ~8' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fades)
TRT: 61:03

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Massive Project Engineering
02. No Thumbs
03. You've Got the Juice Now
04. New Shoes
05. Pick Me Ups
06. Very Old Bones *
07. Chicks on Bikes
08. Money is My Friend
09. Crack in the 80's
10. The King *
11. Good Old Fashioned Fire
12. Combat Zones
13. Ships Across the Ocean
14. ...encore
15. improv jam w/ lyrics

* unreleased

Mike Massey - Vocals
Stephen Rowe - Bass
Peter Blomgren - Guitar
Colin Stumbras - Drums

www.cityonthemake.net | www.myspace.com/cityonthemake

More fun than a Thursday night probably should be. The Entry can be a tricky place to get a tape that's not heavy on crowd ambience but everyone was throwing down and having a good time. That's what matters. Playing it back it's actually a good Entry recording. First show with Pete. Go see this guy's chops. If not at the next City on the Make show then perhaps Military Special. If anyone can make this transition happen it's Mr. Blomgren. He's also popular with the ladies of Minneapolis. Maybe you still need to pick up a copy of the new LP "Keep This on Fire" or one of the older releases? Aaron & the Sea and History Books supported. What up to my main man Mischa Kegan.

Fall '09 starts out with a backlog...

Closed out last week with 5 shows in 8 days. The consequence was having a stay inside and chill day yesterday missing Strike Anywhere + Polar Bear Club @ The Triple Rock, Murder City Devils @ First Avenue and Where Astronauts Go to Hide @ The 501 Club.

Everything that was going to be posted from Killdozer and Poor Weather Club is now up. Thursday will probably follow La Dispute on that show. Frank Turner and Murder by Death will lead that show. Everything has been posted from MONO + Maserati. I'll post the entire WHY? set if I can get permission. The Dark Dark Dark set will be posted and possibly AU. All three sets from the recent City on the Make show are on the "to be posted" list. Select tracks from the Big Quarters show Saturday will be posted as well.

09-26 - Killdozer + The Urinals + Mannequin men + The Blink Shake
09-27 - Poor Weather Club
09-28 - Thursday + The Fall of Troy + La Dispute
10-03 - The Gaslight Anthem + Murder by Death + The Loved Ones + Frank Turner
10-05 - MONO + Maserati @ Triple Rock
10-07 - WHY? + Dark Dark Dark @ Triple Rock
10-08 - City on the Make + Aaron & the Sea + History Books @ The Entry
10-10 - Big Quarters @ The Triple Rock

Killdozer & The Blind Shake @ The Turf Club

Killdozer
The Turf Club
St. Paul, MN
Saturday September 26th 2009

These Recordings are for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. King of Sex
02. New Pants and Shirt
03. Richard
04. Cinnamon Girl

Michael Gerald (vocalist, bassist, founder)
Dan Hobson (original founding drummer)
Bill Hobson (original founding guitarist)

www.myspace.com/killdozerpage

Here are a few tracks from the Killdozer set. Thanks to the band for granting permission to post them.

320kbps mp3s of the Blind Shake's set are available on emptystapes.com

The Blind Shake
The Turf Club
St. Paul, MN
Saturday September 26th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: AB, 5' LOC, 6' back, ~8' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fade out)

01. Wise Mr. Owl
02. Soft Zodiac
03. Hurracan *
04. The Creeper *
05. Wexford Scramble
06. Weepy Man
07. Jolly Joes
08. Been Young

* unreleased

Dave - drums
Jim - guitar, vocals
Mike - baritone guitar, vocals

www.theblindshake.com

The Blind Shake (Minneapolis), Mannequin Men (Chicago) and The Urinals (Los Angeles) supported Killdozer (Los Angeles) for a string of 3 reunion shows. I'm certainly glad I made it to the Turf Club. Please support the bands by picking up the official releases.

The entire Urinals set can be downloaded here.

Friday, October 09, 2009

MONO @ The Triple Rock '09

Culture Bully and Empty's Tapes wanted to do our part in helping to document this stellar show. You can check out their extremely well detailed piece on the evening over at CultureBully.com. With national recognition I'm sure many people are already aware of the comprehensive job Culture Bully does in documenting the local and national music scenes but if for some reason it's news to you then it's time to hit the bookmark button.

The band's new taping policy is such that they would prefer to hear all recordings to decide if they would like them posted in their entirety or not. Having recorded them 5 times since 2005 and being that they are one of my favorite bands I'm certainly here to respect their wishes. Please do enjoy "Ashes in the Snow" and "Halo" from Monday night's set.

A complete audience recording of the Maserati set can be found here.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

WHY? - "The Hallows" @ The Triple Rock

I'm calling this the show of the year. When all is said and done I'll probably have seen at least 80. Hey some people knit and others go to shows. Yeah it's true, I've been waiting since July but I'm trying to leave bias behind. I do have two confessions to make. 1) This was my first time seeing WHY? live. 2) I was afraid the hype was going to leave me disappointed. I was wrong. I spent over $30 at the merch table, mostly on stuff I already owned. My only request? Please play "The Fall of Mr. Fifths" when you get to the Desert.

I don't have permission to post the full set so we'll have to start with something everyone knows...

WHY? - "The Hallows" Live in Minneapolis

If you dig that all kinds of records are available here.

Dark Dark Dark (Minneapolis) supports 09/30-10/10. AU (Portland) supports through 11/11.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Maserati @ The Triple Rock

320kbps mp3s are available on emptystapes.com
FLAC files are available on the Traders' Den

Maserati
The Triple Rock
Minneapolis, MN
Monday October 5th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish (cm, º), right drink rail, 25' back, ~10' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fades)
TRT: 45:11

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. No More Sages
02. 12/16
03. We've Got the System to Fight the System
04. Show Me the Season
05. Inventions
06. "Chug"
07. Monoliths

Coley Dennis - Guitar
Josh McCauley - Guitar
Steve Scarborough - Bass
Chris McNeal - Bass
Jerry Fuchs - Drums

www.myspace.com/maseratirocks

Out of all the recordings to nail I couldn't be happier with the way this one turned out. Maserati is touring the states through October so be sure to check them out if you get the chance. This is serious business. Temporary Residence Limited is such an amazing label you won't want to pass the merch table by either. Please support these fine fellas by picking up one of the official releases. Some of the nicest touring musicians I've met in years. Thanks to the band and to The Triple Rock for allowing another one into the archives. This show was in support of MONO. You know who MONO is, right? Good.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Poor Weather Club @ The Triple Rock

320kbps mp3s can be found on emptystapes.com

Poor Weather Club
The Triple Rock
Minneapolis, MN
Sunday September 27th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish (cm, º), right drink rail, 25' back, ~10' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fade out)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Dove Song
02. Ice Age (UK Subs cover)
03. Fat and the Knife (a Blackthorns song)
04. Cinders (written as the Blackthorns were breaking up)

www.myspace.com/poorweatherclub

Thanks go out to the band for allowing these tracks to be recorded & shared on the internets. Be on the look out in the coming months for a proper full length release from Poor Weather Club. Malpais and an untitled song opened the set. These songs were performed at a benefit show for The Daniele Finley Foundation. More information on that can be found in this post.

Lookbook CD Release @ The Kitty Cat Klub

Heads up all. My friend Brody has posted some pics and video from the Lookbook CD Release over at British Rock Is Always Top. Keep an eye on his site for some of the best local and national music documentation around town.

That's what I call a weekend.

Friday started out with some delicious chicken tacos made in this very apartment. After that and some milling around it was back downtown to Joe's throw down. This was more fun than my little words can describe. I won't bore you with hyperbole. It was kind of fitting that this was the spot for the Minneapolis freestyle session of the year. Legends were on fire and things of that nature. More on that later. Joe has a very nice couch for sleeping on and the Seward Cafe has breakfast that would revive the dead. The only Friday night regret? Missing Monotonix.

Saturday evening was a Cabooze night. Last time I was at the Cabooze? I think it may have been October 2007 for an Abzorbr show but maybe there was something since then. Anyways, no offense, I just don't get there much. Much respect to a couple of local bloggers who had a hand in getting this show moved from Epic. I'm not in any hurry to check out a fancier version of the Quest. The musics were good last night. Frank Turner should have got a hour instead of 30 minutes. This was Frank's first time in Minneapolis and I hope he stops back soon. Please do me a favor and go buy one of Frank's records. I enjoyed The Loved Ones way more than I was expecting to. I honestly hadn't heard much about them but I guess they opened for The Hold Steady at First Avenue. Great, great set from them last night. Murder by Death was my main reason for going and of course they never disappoint. The Gaslight Anthem set was really good. Those Jersey boys got chops and they do what they do extremely well. That biz got way bassy though. Still a good time including a three song encore. Got a heads up text from Brody that Lookbook had sold out the Kitty Cat Klub. They deserve the attention. No matter where they play in town it wouldn't be a Murder by Death night if we didn't end up at closing The Triple Rock. Some relaxed conversation with Adam and Sarah from MBD followed by a "Drink up, it's time to go!" from Pete. Saving my po-boy for Wednesday.

Sunday bloody Sunday...

- finish the chicken tacos
- post some Killdozer tracks
- post some Poor Weather Club tracks
- try to post a set or two from the Cabooze
- maybe post an old Bella Lea set for Rhea
- clean the apt.
- charge batteries of all sorts for a busy week

Saturday, October 03, 2009

La Dispute @ The Varsity Theater

FLAC files are available via torrent on The Traders' Den
320kbps mp3s are available on emptystapes.com

La Dispute
The Varsity Theater
Minneapolis, MN
Monday September 28th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish FOB 4' ROC, 25' back, ~9' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > mixdown > FLAC > WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
cavis Matrix: SoundForge 7.0 (sync) > Cool Edit Pro 2.0 (mixdown) > SoundForge 7.0 (levels/editing) > FLAC
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fades)
TRT: 30:53

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Such Small Hands (this is for a friend over on 43rd Ave South)
02. Said the King to the River
03. Last Blues For Bloody Knuckles
04. Damaged Goods
05. Sad Prayers For Guilty Bodies
06. Fairmount
07. New Storms For Older Lovers

Jordan Dreyer - Vocals
Chad Sterenberg - Guitar
Adam Vass - Bass
Kevin Whittemore - Guitar
Brad Vander Lugt - Drums

||Official||
||myspace||
||Facebook||
||last.fm||
||PureVolume||

La Dispute was at the top of the "bands to tape in 2009" list alongside a certain three lettered band ending with a question mark. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity. I've seen a lot of amazing music this year but I can't recall anyone who would be able to surpass the heart and the engergy these guys bring. La Dispute formed in Grand Rapids, Michigan the summer of 2004. They're a young band but something tells me they will be around for a long time to come. You can score both LPs in CD & vinyl through No Sleep Records. Too bad they didn't have that hoodie at the merch table. This show was in support of The Fall of Troy and Thursday. Thanks to the band, John Harris and of course The Varsity for allowing this recording to happen. My friend cavis also deserves respect for the matrix assistance.

It's very likely that the Fall of Troy and Thursday sets are to follow. Please support all of the bands by picking up the official releases.

Friday, October 02, 2009

The Gaslight Anthem & Lookbook

So back in May I entered into a slight obsession with The Gaslight Anthem's "Great Expectations" and their album "The '59 Sound" in general. I'm usually too cool for such sleek poppiness but given the circumstances at the time I indulged this obsession for a good couple of months. Sometime in July I heard they were coming through with Murder by Death and Frank Turner. Wanting to see all 3 acts and fearing it might sell out I went through ticketbastard which I hate to do. I've taped Murder by Death a few times and wasn't worried there. After contacting The Gaslight Anthem's manager I received a very polite No on recording their set but was able to obtain permission to capture the openers.

On a completely different note, Lookbook is releasing their debut LP at the Kitty Cat Klub on Saturday. I'm extremely tempted to break the one cab per night rule and head over to Dinkytown after Murder by Death leave the stage. Regardless of whether I'm there or not I know this will be a great show and I'm sure lots of people will attend.

For now please join me in song...

"And I Saw Tail Lights Last Night In a Dream About My First Wife
Everybody Leaves And I'd Expect As Much From You.
I Saw Tail Lights Last Night In A Dream About My Old Life,
Everybody Leaves So Why, Why Wouldn't You?"

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Ela @ The Turf Club

320kbps mp3s available on emptystapes.com
(email me for FLAC files)

Ela
The Turf Club
St. Paul, MN
Wednesday September 9th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: AB, 5' LOC, 6' back, ~8' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fades)
TRT: 38:29

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Gabriel
02. Shiver Tree
03. Checks Getting Cashed
04. Cuts and Stars
05. History/Photograph
06. Razor Blade
07. Halo Fire
08. Idiot
09. I Don't Know if its Helping

Bill Caperton (vocals, guitar)
Sean McPherson (bass)
Peter Leggett (drums)
Knol Tate (absent tonight)

www.myspace.com/ela

Hopefully people out there appreciate the fact that these guys don't get together much anymore. Great set. To be honest I had forgotten how much I love this band. You should probably pick up a record if you don't have any of them. This was a celebration of Steve's birthday. Communist Daughter, Roma di Luna and Building Better Bombs also played.