December 2006


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As a devoted member of the Church of Jason Pierce, the religious implications of the holiday season don’t really mean much to me. However, I am totally down with gift-giving and holly jolly ho ho ho cheer. (And the occasional Hot Toddy by the fireplace.)

So to you all out there I give you the greatest gift of all–my favorite live Spiritualized show.

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I got this from a friend who trades discs, and I’ve never seen it anywhere else so I assume it’s a bit rare. It’s a rip from a radio broadcast, so the quality is superb (though there are a few DJ chats…but they’re not in English so it almost adds to the experience).

However, the greatest part of this concert is its from 1993, meaning its right between the releases of the greatest album ever created, Lazer Guided Melodies, and Pure Phase. The result? Tons of tracks from those two albums, and several long versions of old favorites. A good departure from the wealth of 1997 and beyond Spiritualized shows out there on the Web.

While I used to think it virtually impossible for any one person to have one single favorite song, the version of “Walking With Jesus” here stands out above just about any other recording I’ve ever heard. Clocking in at a solid 11 minutes, it wails and wails gloriously. Crazy horns, dude. My favorite version of my favorite song by my favorite band. Please, bury me with this track.

Shine A Light runs into Electric Mainline here, but Pierce takes this version of EM into outer space. I’m constantly impressed how these different takes on songs sound so good.

Enjoy.

Stats of the show:
Jason’s attitude – probably doped up, but sounding great
Long Song – Shine A Light/Electric Mainline (15 minutes)
Notable Exclusions – Run, If I Were With Her Now
Spacemen 3 Song: So Hot (Wash Away All of My Tears), Walking With Jesus (though I consider that a Jason song)
Version of Electric Mainline: Early, blissed-out

Spiritualized live February 5, 1992

(edit: EZArchive ain’t so easy… new process frightens, confuses me…looks like they don’t host downloadable files that are high quality.)

Listen:

Spiritualized – Sway
Spiritualized – Angel Sigh
Spiritualized – Take Good Care of It
Spiritualized – Medication
Spiritualized – Walking With Jesus
Spiritualized – Shine A Light/Electric Mainline
Spiritualized – So Hot (Wash Away All of My Tears)
Spiritualized – Smiles

Download (limited):

http://download.yousendit.com/EC59D07662D5E227

UPDATE 4/7/08 – new linkage for you tardy students

http://download.yousendit.com/A0DD5E2E4068CC97

UPDATE 4/25/08 – even newer linkocity for you tards

http://download.yousendit.com/4367AC225FAC2A7A

ChairmanMeow

Oooooohhhhhhhh yeah…

Went to this show the other day… well, a week ago. Sorry for the lack of everything on the site. We’ve been having issues with uploading files to some servers or someth–screw that, it sounds so boring. I was on an international jaunt around the world, sailing the shores off of the southern tips of South Africa and South America. There, that sounds much better.

Anyway, back to the psychedelic rock-and-fucking-roll, last week I caught Pink Mountaintops at (the?) Independent in San Fran. Opening was some decent band that was a little too happy (The Morning Benders from Berkeley) and another band with a dumb name (Darker My Love from Silverlake–reprezent reprezent!).

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Darker My Love have hands.

Let me just say one thing. I refuse to even toy with the notion of listening to the band I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness simply because of their name. What is this?  A vampire film festival? So when I saw Darker My Love I understandably rolled my eyes (in theory, cats can’t actually roll their eyes).

BUT I got over myself and checked out some of their stuff and was pleasantly surprised. Super surprised. Like a level five OMG. They were sounding pretty damn good.

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This is both how they look and sound.

Live was a completely different take… like that previous surprise I had (remember the one from the last paragraph) times eight and a half. They just threw it down loud and threw it down hard. It was like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Dead Meadow had a super baby that could save the world with guitar feedback and nine-minute jams. And their drummer is awesome–he must have gone through about 46 drumsticks.

The Pink Mountaintops followed, and they were good. I think they had smoke. Smoke is good. If you are an upcoming band looking for an extra edge, I totally recommend smoke. You know how people look cool smoking? Well multiply that times eight and a half. Coooooooocl. Okay that’s more like eight and three quarters, but these primitive keyboards don’t allow for partial letters.

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Stephen McBean – the brains.

But back to the Pink Mountaintops, yeah they were pretty good. But they didn’t play “Leslie.”  I wish I had more to say. They were better than I thought they would be. Is that more specific? Lead dude Stephen McBean…you remember him from bands such as Black Mountain and Jerk With a Bomb. But seriously, they were good too.

Darker My Love at MySpace

Darker My Love – Helium Heels
Darker My Love – What’s a Man’s Paris (live)
Darker My Love – Summer is Here (live)
Darker My Love – Claws & Paws (live)
The last three tracks are from their live disc Mondays at Spaceland Vol 1:1. You should buy it. I did.

The Pink Mountaintops at MySpace (including a few free live downloads)

The Pink Mountaintops – Leslie
The Pink Mountaintops -Lord, Lets Us Shine