Thursday, February 28, 2013

Against Me! @ Big Day Out (2013-01-26)

So this set was pretty great for being so early in the day. Good energy and great singalongs throughout. I was a little hesitant going in with the whole Tom/Laura switch but about 30 seconds in I'd forgotten about it when I remembered how much this band rules. A few more older tracks would have been great but whatever. With a set this fun I can't complain more than that. I wish I'd done the sideshow as well :(

This was recorded towards the left of stage almost in line with the speaker stacks. There is a bit of wind noise throughout which is unavoidable but other than that a very enjoyable recording. Also, for those with a keen eye I used the 2011 tour poster to make a cover for this recording because it's great and makes a good cover and the one this year wasn't so good.

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1.  Americans Abroad
2.  White People For Peace
3.  White Crosses
4.  True Trans Soul Rebel
5.  Don't Lose Touch
6.  New Wave
7.  Walking Is Still Honest
8.  Drinking With The Jocks
9.  I Was A Teenage Anarchist
10. Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ
11. Thrash Unreal
12. Black Me Out
13. Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
14. Sink, Florida, Sink

Length: 43:36

Sound Quality: B-

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

65daysofstatic @ The Corner Hotel (2013-01-04)

This tour was long overdue. I've been wanting to see 65 since One Time For All Time came out back in 2005 and for one reason or another they never made it down here. And it sucks in a way because they aren't as popular now as they were a few years ago and that meant the crowd was quite thin for this show. That aside.. the wait was most certainly worth it because the guys put one a pretty damn fine show.

This was recorded in my usual spot by the left speaker stack and the sound quality is pretty spot on.

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1.  Drove Through Ghosts To Get Here
2.  Piano Fights
3.  Await Rescue
4.  Install A Beak In The Heart That Clucks Time In Arabic
5.  Crash Tactics
6.  Dance Dance Dance
7.  Weak4
8.  Debutante
9.  Fix The Sky A Little
10. Type A
11. Mountainhead
12. PX3
13. Retreat! Retreat!
14. Radio Protector
15. Tiger Girl

Length: 1:27:10

Sound Quality: A-

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The Smith Street Band @ The Reverence Hotel (2013-02-24)

These guys are probably the best band going around at the moment and I'm sure I wrote something similar when I uploaded the Big Day Out show so I'll keep this one short. These guys rule. Big singalongs for every song and they played Get High, See Mice which I hadn't seen yet. Overall a great show. Just wish it was longer!

I was unfamiliar with the venue so I stealth recorded this one on the right side. It came out ok but I wish it was better.

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1.  Postcodes (For People Who Will Not Arrest Me)
2.  Sunshine & Technology
3.  I Ain't Safe
4.  Get High, See Mice
5.  I Want Friends
6.  When I Was A Boy I Thought I Was A Fish
7.  Young Drunk
8.  Sigourney Weaver

Length: 44:27

Sound Quality: B-

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Enmore Theatre (2012-02-14)

Fuck yes!!! Godspeed in Australia. Finally!
Despite having already seen them at Coachella last year I was ridiculously excited for this show. Seeing them headline at such a great venue would mean this was goign to be something else and it was. The sound was fantastic and due to the nature of the venue I could see the whole band and all the visuals the whole set and it was just perfect.
Setlist wise this is pretty much what I wanted. Mladic rules from the new album and getting Moya and Monheim was unexpected. The new song Behemoth is exactly that. It's massive! Clocking in at over 40 minutes it is the highlight of the set and I really look forward to seeing what they do with it album wise later on.

This was recorded from midway up the slope slightly right of centre. There is a little chatter between myself and the guy I went with during the first half of the show but it doesn't take away from the set at all. Really happy with this recording.

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1.  Hope Drone
2.  Mladic
3.  Moya
4.  Murray Ostril: '...They Don't Sleep Anymore On The Beach...'
5.  Monheim
6.  Chart #3
7.  World Police and Friendly Fire
8.  Behemoth

Length: 1:58:11

Sound Quality: A

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Jeff Mangum @ Coachella Festival (2012-04-21)

So this set was one of the surprise highlights of the weekend. I'm kind of half and half on Neutral Milk Hotel but seeing Jeff do it solo was just fantastic. And despite the sound being really low (very little PA was used) the crowd was generally really good around where we were. The Daniel Johnston cover was just wonderful and all round I wish I could see him do this set in a club environment. Just so freaking good.

This was recorded nearish to the left PA. We got there late and had to leave a little early so the first and last songs cut off. Sorry guys. If anyone has any footage or an audio commentary of the missing bits let me know and I'll patch them onto this so I can share the complete set.

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1.  Two-Headed Boy Pt. Two
2.  Holland, 1945
3.  Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone
4.  True Love Will Find You In The End (Daniel Johnston Cover)
5.  The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One
6.  The King of Carrot Flowers Pts. Two & Three
7.  In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
8.  Oh Comely
9.  Ghost
10. Naomi
11. Two-Headed Boy

Length: 45:58

Sound Quality: B-

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Patrick Wolf @ The Forum II (2012-09-11)

The second time I've seen Patrick Wolf and vastly different to the first. Where the first was a full experience this was a stripped back semi-acoustic affair. Honestly I can't pick the better one.

Starting off with Overture I was pretty much sold on this. It's the best song from that album and from there on the show was pretty great. A few faults by Patrick here and there but his sheepish embarrassment made up for it.

This recording is far from my best but it's due to the nature of the show. It's hard to get a good sound at low volumes and the audience applause peaks the recording. Also, what's with everyone yelling out at Patrick? Really takes away from the mood guys.
Note: This is not my picture but one I found on the internet. If you want it removed let me know and I will do so.

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1.  Overture
2.  Teignmouth
3.  Bitten
4.  Tristan
5.  Paris
6.  Hard Times
7.  Oblivion
8.  Bluebells
9.  Together
10. Wind In The Wires
11. Armistice
12. House
13. The Magic Position
14. Wolf Song
15. Trust
16. The City

Length: 1:22:40

Sound Quality: C-

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hot Snakes @ Meredith Music Festival (2012-12-08)

I was a little excited for this one. Hot Snakes had been high on my rotation leading up to the festival and with the addition of both drummers there was sure to be a good selection of songs from each of the album. In the end the set was split into sections where 5-6 tracks from an album were played quickly in succession. I loved it. I just wished they had longer to play.

This set was recorded on the barrier towards the left speaker stack. The sound is very nice and I am quite happy with it. If anyone knows the name of the X cover that would be great.
Note: this isn't my photo. I didn't take any and stole this from the web somewhere. If you don't want me to use it let me know and I'll take it down.

Hot Snakes @ Meredith Music Festival (2012-12-08)

1.  I Hate The Kids
2.  Gar Forgets His Insulin
3.  XOX
4.  Who Died
5.  LAX
6.  Suicide Invoice
7.  Past Lives
8.  If Credit's What Matters I'll Take Credit
9.  Automatic Midnight
10. No Hands
11. This Mystic Decade
12. Braintrust
13. Hi-Lites
14. Retrofit
15. Think About Carbs
16. **Unknown Song** (X cover)
17. Plenty For All

Length: 46:16

Sound Quality: B+

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Turbonegro @ Meredith Music Festival (2012-12-08)

Oh god! Did the Amphitheatre ever see a set us fun as this one before? I think not. As soon as All My Friends Are Dead started I was sold. This was going to be something special. Makeup, custumes and stupid stage antics aside this was good but with those elements added in it just got better. I was skeptical about Tony doing vocals on all of Hank's songs but the dude nailed it. He sounded nothing like him and put his own spin on it and it worked so stupidly well. I want these guys to play this festival every year. I could never tire of it. It was just that fun.

This set was recorded on the barrier towards the left speaker stack. Somewhere in the middle (track 8-10) I leave to go to the toilet but with the magic of technology I do a decent enough job of keeping the volume a constant level. Sorry... I had to pee. Other than that the sound is quite nice for a festival set. But then again. It's always good at Meredith.
Note: this isn't my photo. I didn't take any and stole this from the web somewhere. If you don't want me to use it let me know and I'll take it down.

Turbonegro @ Meredith Music Festival (2012-12-08)

1.  All My Friends Are Dead
2.  Back To Dungaree High
3.  Mister Sister
4.  I Got A Knife
5.  You Give Me Worms
6.  TNA (The Nihilistic Army)
7.  Dude Without A Face
8.  Deathtime
9.  Wasted Again
10. We're Gonna Drop The Atom Bomb
11. Fuck The World
12. Get It On
13. The Age of Pamparius
14. I Got Erection

Length: 1:01:10

Sound Quality: B+

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Smith Street Band @ Melbourne Big Day Out (2013-01-16)

For a band I listen to so much I really don't get around to seeing them enough which is a shame because The Smith Street Band put on one ridiculously fun show. Led by Wil Wagner the local boys gave an even showing of tracks from both their LP's. I would have liked to have seen more that I hadn't previously but considering it's a festival set I knew they'd play a concise set of 'hits'. Maybe I'll catch a headlining show soon.

This was recording from directly in line with the left speaker stack. I chose this spot because I thought it would bring out the guitars more as the drums sounded a little too loud in the mix during the sound check but it didn't do much. Not sure what the sound guy was doing during this one as they were completely drowned out the whole set. Not to mention being ridiculously loud.

The Smith Street Band @ Melbourne Big Day Out (2013-01-26)

1.  Sunshine & Technology
2.  I Ain't Safe
3.  Postcodes (For People Who Will Not Arrest Me)
4.  I Want Friends
5.  I Can't Feel My Face
6.  When I Was A Boy I Thought I Was A Fish
7.  Young Drunk
8.  Sigourney Weaver

Length: 37:40

Sound Quality: B

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The Smith Street Band @ The East Brunswick Club (2012-02-20)

I caught these guys a few months prior supporting Fucked Up and I was immediately a fan. In the 3 months between then and this show I'd heard people consistently rave about them. In that space a friend of mine has seen them 11 times I think. Fair enough too because they're pretty great. In this set they preview a few new songs from the upcoming album.

I recorded this near the right speaker stack and mixed that down with a fantastic sounding soundboard. I could have used just that but included my audience one to give it a more 'roomy' sound.

The Smith Street Band @ The East Brunswick Club (2012-02-20)

1.Sunshine & Technology
2. When I Was A Boy I Thought I Was A Fish
3.I Want Friends
4. Sigourney Weaver
5. I Ain't Safe
6. Postcodes (For People Who Will Not Arrest Me)

Length: 26:13

Sound Quality: A

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Weezer @ The Palais Theatre (2013-01-17)

Supported by Cloud Control and Ball Park Music.

Cloud Control
2nd night in a row and while the same setlist as the first night I enjoyed this a bit more. I think I mentioned in the Myer Music Bowl show that these guys didn't suit such a large venue and it shows here as this performance was by far the better of the two nights.

This was recorded in the 4th row of the balcony. Due to the nature of the venue it's a little 'boomier' than I would like but it's a clear and clean recording other than that.

I didn't have a photo on my phone for some reason and I can't find one on the web so no pic here unfortunately. I also used a generic live picture to create the album work. It's OK I guess.

1.  Meditation Song #2 (Why, Oh Why)
2.  Scar
3.  Gold Canary
4.  Promises
5.  This Is What I Said
6.  Ice Age Heatwave
7.  There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight
8.  Ghost Story

Length: 33:19

Sound Quality: B

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Whoa! Sorry Blue Album but this show was better than yours. Not only because I like Pinkerton more but because the greatest hits had some rarities I was really hoping to see. Put Me Back Together, Keep Fishin' and the B-Sides You Gave Your Love To Me Softly and Susanne pretty much made my night. Also the first ever airing of The Angel and The One was pretty cool. Didn't think they'd pull anything like that while they were down here.

At some point during the first set Rivers hurt his leg and spent the rest of the night limping around. From what I gather he still had it a few nights later in Sydney. I wonder how he did it...

This was recorded from the second floor of The Palais 4 rows from the front in the centre section of seats. I was worried it would be too boomy but it came out really well.You can tell it's a big room though because of the 'echo' of sorts which I think adds to the recording.

Weezer @ The Palais (2013-01-17)

1.  Memories
2.  Put Me Back Together
3.  The Angel and The One
4.  The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations On A Shaker Hymn)
5.  We Are All On Drugs
6.  Keep Fishin'
7.  Don't Let Go
8.  You Gave Your Love To Me Softly
9.  Susanne
10. Buddy Holly
11. Tired of Sex
12. Getchoo
13. No Other One
14. Why Bother?
15. Across The Sea
16. The Good Life
17. El Scorcho
18. Pink Triangle
19. Falling For You
20. Butterfly
21. Island In The Sun

Length: 1:23:24

Sound Quality: B+

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