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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Neutral Milk Hotel - Demos, Bootlegs, and Rarities

This is my favorite band of all time. Here are all the bootlegs, early cassette demos, and rare tracks that I have. I won't post tracklists for anything; instead, check The Kingdom of Carrot Flowers, and specifically, the discography and bootography for tracklists and information for the demos, and setlists and recording quality info for the bootlegs. I know there are a lot of bootlegs, so if you're trying to figure out what to get, I'd suggest the King's Arms show from 2001 (most recent Mangum performance, amazing sound quality), the Bottom of the Hill show from 1998 (decent sound quality, great set list, quite a few non-album tracks), the XFM session (good sound quality, interesting interview with Mangum), at the show at Chris Bilheimer's birthday party (only post-Aeroplane song in circulation, and it's one of Mangum's best songs).

The B-Sides download has tracks off four out of print compilations, and includes the untitled track from Ptolemaic Terrascope #21, a great-sounding version of Bucket from Periscope: Another Yoyo Compilation (sounds like a cleaned up version of Bucket (Organ Version)), Up and Over We Go from The Amazing Phantom Third Channel (a cleaned-up version of the one on Invent Yourself a Shortcake, probably), and Invent Yourself a Shortcake, which has nothing to do with the demo tape of the same name, and is from Champagne Dance Party.

1991 - Invent Yourself a Shortcake
1992 - Beauty
1993 - Hype City Soundtrack
1998 - Holland, 1945/Engine 7"
???? - The Unknown Demo
???? - The Other Unknown Demo
???? - Shannon's Monroe House Demos
???? - Misc. B-Sides

Live Bootlegs:
Live at Aquarius Records, San Francisco, CA 7/4/96
Live at Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC 3/4/98
Live at Chris Bilheimer's Birthday Party, Athens, GA 12/5/98
Live at King's Arms, Auckland, New Zealand 2/4/01
Live at Seven South, Denver, CO 8/9/97
Live at Sudsy Malone's, Cincinnati, OH 7/23/96
Live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA 12/31/98
Live at the 400 Bar, Minneapolis, MN 4/24/98
Live at the Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA 4/12/98
Live at the Broad River Outpost, Danielsville, GA 9/14/97
Live at the Bug Jar, Rochester, NY 7/30/1998
Live at the Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA 4/14/98
Live at The Garage, London, England 8/18/98
Live at the Knitting Factory, New York, NY 7/17/96
Live at the Mermaid Lounge, New Orleans, LA 4/3/98
Live at the Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, GA 11/22/97
Live at the Side Door, St. Louis, MO 5/5/97
Live at the Terrastock II Festival, San Francisco, CA 4/15/98
Live at Tokyo Rose, Charlottesville, VA 4/23/97
Live at UK Radio Show, May 1998
Live at University MDH, Manchester, England 10/10/1998
XFM Radio Session, London, England, 8/18/98

Many, many thanks to The Kingdom of Carrot Flowers,, this fansite, Optical Atlas, Merge Records, Orange Twin Records, this NMH message board, Kim Cooper, the apparently defunct Everything Is Fire, SoulSeek, OiNK's Pink Palace, and Demonoid, for all the information, news, bootlegs, and demos I've gotten, and of course, Neutral Milk Hotel.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Super Comedy Sunday: Part 3: In 3-D!

Yup. 15 more comedy albums. I think I've only got 2, maybe 3 of these left, unless I start posting multiple albums by a single comedian in each one. Even then, I'm running out of good comedy albums. This post won't have fancy album covers or track lists like my posts usually do, as I'm currently reading the seventh Harry Potter book. So, here you are! Once again, everything but Brian Regan, Jim Gaffigan, and Mike Birbiglia is vulgar/offensive.

Bill Hicks - Flying Saucer Tour Vol. 1: Pittsburgh, PA 6/20/91

Bobcat Goldthwait - I Don't Mean to Insult You, But You Look Like Bobcat Goldthwait

Brian Regan - Standing Up (audio rip)

Dave Attell - Skanks for the Memories

Doug Stanhope - Sicko

Harland Williams - Crowd Control Vol. 2

Henry Rollins - Talk is Cheap, Vol. 3
Disc 1
Disc 2

Jim Gaffigan - Beyond the Pale

Lewis Black - Rules of Enragement

Louis CK - Live on HBO: Shameless (audio rip)

Mike Birbiglia - Dog Years

Mitch Fatel - Miniskirts and Muffins

Mitch Hedberg - Mitch All Together

Norm MacDonalod - Ridiculous

Todd Barry - Falling Off the Bone

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The complete Manchester Orchestra

I started listening to this band when I found out they were touring with mewithoutYou on their last US tour. I listened to "I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child" for the first time about a week and a half before I saw them live, and ended up listening to it 15 or 20 times. Needless to say, they've become one of my recent favorites. Their first two releases are pretty different from "Virgin", as it's mainly their vocalist and primary songwriter on his own. There's a heavier electronic influence, which gives the music more of a Postal Service or Prizefighter Inferno type sound. "Virgin" features a full, five-piece band, and combines the sounds of bands as diverse as The Weakerthans, Sufjan Stevens, Placebo, and Explosions in the Sky into something beautiful and anthemic. The Manchester Orchestra creates music that, even though it's occasionally dark, makes me happy to be alive. I've listened to "Virgin" more times than I can remember now, and every time I hear the fading notes at the end of "Colly Strings", I feel happier than I did when I started the album. Any music that has that effect deserves to be heard.

Also, these guys are going to be on a co-headlining tour with Colour Revolt from July 27 through August 16. I highly recommend you see them, as they are fantastic live, and they need all the support they can get. Check their myspace for dates, as their website isn't up to date as of right now (though check it, as there's a really good bio on them). If you do see them, their frontman Andy wants you to bring him your favorite albums, according to this, so do it.

Nobody Sings Anymore
1. Golden Ticket
2. Window
3. The Procession
4. I'd Rather Have
5. She Found a Love
6. Anything Left To Tell Me?
7. The Other Side
8. Please Don't Go
9. Girl With Broken Wings
10. Slow To Learn
11. La-di-da

You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs a Good Editor
1. The Procession
2. Alice and Interiors
3. Slow to Learn
4. I'd Rather Have
5. Play It Again, Sam! You Don't Have Any Feathers

I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
1. Wolves at Night
2. Now that you're Home
3. The Neighborhood is Bleeding
4. I can feel your Pain
5. Where Have You Been?
6. I can Barely Breathe
7. Sleeper 1972
8. Golden Ticket
9. Alice and Interiors
10. Don't Let Them See You Cry
11. Colly Strings

Tree Sound Sessions
1. Make a Quite Impressive Noise
2. Sacred Heart
3. Sleeper 1972
4. When We Were Trees