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My god that was a long nap.

This should go up, because it kicks ass. Animal Collective live from Washington D.C., dude. Recorded by NPR with that totally tripped out host who just blows his load during each show (seriously, listen to how excited he gets), ripped by the good folks over at Collected Animals who continue to be the best fans in the world.

I saw them a few weeks back, and this is very similar to the set list they played. Except we got Chores, suckers.

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image blatantly stolen from Brooklyn Vegan

There still seems to be a little bit of confusion as to the name of several of the songs, and there should be. Most are new. My suggestion: don’t worry about it, dude.

These are hosted by FileDen because EZ Archive screwed us, so hopefully it all works out for downloads. Also, we’ll try and make regular updates now that we’re all awake. I can’t promise we’ll be sober though, you know how it is.

Animal Collective from the 9:30 Club
September 28, 2007

Intro
Dancer with the Flowers in Her Hair
Peacebone
Little Girl (I Don’t Need) / House?
Walk Around with You / Bearhug?
Who Could Win a Rabbit
(chatter with crowd)
Grace?
Pan Flute Jam
Derek
Fireworks–>Essplode
Daily Routine
Brother Sport
No More Runnin
Unsolved Mysteries
Leaf House
(more chatter)
#1
We Tigers

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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

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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

ChairmanMeow  

(also titled: Holy Shit, EZArchive works again!) 

We cats have been on a little break ever since our filehost, EZArchive, decided that having a Web site that worked wasn’t that important. Well, it works now. Hoozah!

How often do three of your favorite bands’ favorite songs all have the same name? The correct answer is once. If you said anything else, go back to stupid camp because you are stupid. And stop by fat camp next door, because seriously, you’ve let yourself go a little.

So here we have the second Cat Fight! Three songs enter, one song leave. The theme? They’re all named “Shine a Light.” The downloads are all live-ish, and the actual individual performance was not taken into account. This is about the song at its core…it’s heart…it’s entrails…it’s tasty, tasty entrails. So please, when listening take that into account.

The Contestants

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Wolf Parade are from Canada, and they love to entertain. This is one of Dan’s tunes, meaning it rocks a bit more and has less yodeling than Spencer’s songs. This is a CBC Radio 3 Session version of the song, so it sounds pretty studio-ish. I know what you are thinking… they have radio in Canada? Yes, they do.

Best part of the song: It may sound contradictory to what I wrote before, but Spencer yelping in the background while Dan grinds out lyrics sounds particularly badass.

Worst part of the song: The end… I just don’t get it.

Best lyric: The second time he says, “I keep my head uptight, I make my plans at night, and I don’t sleep I don’t sleep I don’t sleep til it’s light.” Cuz that’s how I roll too.

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Okay, this contest really isn’t fair. I mean, who is going to beat Spiritualized? The answer is no one. If you answered anything other than no one then you are stupid and should go back to stupid camp. This version is from 1997, at the Garage in Highbury, London. 1997 was pretty much a peak for the band, when they had three amazing albums to choose material from–Ladies and Gentleman, Pure Phase, and my favorite, Lazer Guided Melodies. I swear to fucking god that this song will be played at my funeral.

Best part of the song: The entry into chaos. You’d understand if you were a heroin addict. What’s that? You are? Sweet.

Worst part of the song: n/a

Best lyric: “When I’m tired and all alone, Lord, shine a light on me.” Well, that’s about all he says actually.

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The finest rock ‘n roll band in America (North, that is) turns out another insanely good rock ‘n roll tune. I don’t know what this song is about, all I know is while listening to it I want to scratch up the curtains, piss on the rug, and slit the dog’s throat. Any song that makes me want to do that and makes me feel like I have a right to do that is A-OK in my book. They’re so fucking blue-collar that your fingernails get dirty just listening to the song. I’d say they belong in Pittsburgh if I didn’t hate Pittsburgh so much. You and me both, Sienna Miller.

Best part of the song: The intro. It’s a great hook that leads into a mellow beginning. Kind of like someone punching someone else in the face and then cooing, “Now I told you not to do that. Okay?”

Worst part of the song: The abrupt ending. Bry Webb just tears it up and then takes off. It’s not awful, but it’s not the best part of the song. In fact, I don’t even know why I included “Worst part of the song” in this post anyway. What a jerk I am.

Best lyric: “Don’t talk to me about simple things. There is no such thing. All a man can build is his vision, and I love my man for trying.” Blue-fucking-collar.

The Winner

They’re all winners! Just kidding, this isn’t the Special Olympics and I’m not taking that gutless route. The clear winner here is Spiritualized, in fact it was never a contest. I tricked you. All of you. Except for you, you knew what I was doing.

Second place is a tie! Just kidding, I’m not taking that gutless route. The Constantines wrap up second place, because if I don’t, I know the Buffalo Pipefitters Union #243 will kick myass. Blue-fucking-collar.

Flopping in third place, or as I like to call it, last place, is Wolf Parade. Now don’t get me wrong, I love their Shine a Light. I really do. But as in life, someone has to finish first, and someone has to finish last. Except in basketball tryouts. I wasn’t last on the depth chart, I was first to leave. Now give me another glass of delusion, please.

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Well, technically 48 minutes and 5 seconds, but who’s counting?

This is Spiritualized live at the Portsmouth Pyramid from sometime in 2001 as part of the Let it Come Down tour. It’s one big chunk of music–just one 44MB MP3.

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Set list is a bit different from other shows I’ve heard as Jason starts off with an “abbreviated” 14-minute version of Cop Shoot Cop, a typical show closer. From there it’s possibly the best live version of Let it Flow, a rare performance of Out of Sight (I don’t think it was played much outside of this tour, for shame), No God Only Religion, Take Me to the Other Side (Yes!), and Come Together. The recording ends there, so I’m not sure what else was in the show.

If you have shows that you’re willing to part with, send me an e-mail…I’d love to get as many as I can. Will trade the blood of your enemies, first-born children for quality bootlegs.

Spiritualized @ The Pyramid
Portsmouth, England    October 7, 2001

1. Cop Shoot Cop 
2. Let it Flow (@ 15:45)
3. Out of Sight (@ 23:10)
4. No God Only Religion (@ 29:34)
5. Take Me to the Other Side (@ 34:17)
6. Come Together (@ 41:48)

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Animal Collective is fucking awesome live.

Yes, it’s true bro-dudes and chick-dudes, Animal Collective are some serious ass-kickin’ mind-meltin’ fools onstage. The shows are very popular among fans because, well, it’s a lot of noise that they can’t get anywhere else. I suppose it’s a bit of a mind fuck for people hoping to get a full helping of “Feels” when they see them, but that’s okay because they should be so out of their gourd at an AC show that it shouldn’t matter.

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Peace Bone. Reverend Green. Safer. Street Flash.

These songs are really some of their best work and in my mind, work so well live that they should probably never even be committed to vinyl, plastic, cassette, papyrus, or whatever the fuck else can make sound.

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Now that I’ve collected a few shows, Sung Tongs and Feels don’t really get the spins they used to–the live stuff is that much better. Plus, after listening to the shows that much more, I can sing along next time I see them.

Why do I post these shows? I post them for you. But this one’s actually for Lindy. (By the way the picture above right is from Coachella 2006.)

Animal Collective @ Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, Georgia    March 19, 2006

1. Flesh Canoe
2. Fireworks/Allman Vibe
3. Peace Bone
4. The Purple Bottle
5. Safer
6. Reverend Green
7. Cuckoo
8. Chores
9. Grass
10. Street Flash
11. Banshee Beat
12. We Tigers

Special thanks to the folks at Collected Animals for the show. AC fans are the best. Also – just noticed this post looks eerily similar to a post on Kwaya Na Kisser, one of the best music blogs out there. I assure you, the stars or planets or comets were aligned and on fire or something, because it was a total fucking coincidence.  

If there are any mistakes in there, just leave a comment–WordPress is acting buggy.

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Crazy-ass Norwegian psychedelic space-rockers Serena-Maneesh played at Bottom of the Hill on Thursday. Which means my crazy psychedelic space-rockin’ ass was, like, so there. They were originally supposed to play two days, alternating a headling slot with locals Film School. However, inexplicably the two shows were cancelled and Film School bailed. Start your conspiracy theories now, but please, take a tab first. It makes conspiracies that much more lifelike.

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Lame-ass picture of the BotH sign.

Serena was out and about before the show, because honestly, who knew what Serena Maneesh looked like? Well, maybe the one blonde who was like 6’8″ gave it away. The band looks exactly like one would expect them to–that is to say they look like Scandinavian drone/noise rockers. Slightly dated, but obviously uber-cool for Norway. Part Captain Jack Sparrow, part Liberace. 

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Captain Fantastic and the sunglass posse.

The band got on to a thinned-out crowd, which I didn’t understand, and immediately they sounded a bit…off? I’ve seen several “wall of sound” type bands, and they always sound great. Serena should have been the same, but something was amiss. Hearing the whisperish vocals was a no-go–which was a total bummer, because they’re really important to their tunes.

I’m generally a terrible judge of sound quality for many reasons (well, mostly because I’m blasted out of my mind and end up hearing with my eyes–“ooh! Purple sounds great!”), but I’m pretty sure even I was right on this one. The band played a really short set (less than an hour?) and afterwards the two ladies in the band left the stage and retreated to their tour bus in a huff, before having a discussion with the sound man (did I see tears?). Rock-and-fucking-roll.

When the band was playing, however, it was absolutely insanity. Homeboy pretty much molested his guitar on stage, the blonde was pogo-ing with her bass, and the venue was absolutely draped in feedback. Wish I could hear them with good sound though.

I’m not going to pretend like I remember what songs they played, so I’ll just mention the following: Selina’s Melodie Fountain, Chorale Lick, Candlelighted (which sounded awesome, sound problems be damned), and Beehiver II. They did not, to my knowledge, play Drain Cosmetics. However, I have never been known to be knowledgable, so I’m sure they did.

Awful pics:

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EZ Archive is being a whore right now, so I don’t have any MP3s for ya. But you can listen to them on their Web site.