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Explosions In The Sky @ 2640 Space, Baltimore, MD – September 2, 2010 [UPDATE 1: Recording Info]

Explosions In The Sky recently announced a small handful of US dates, presumably a warmup for their upcoming album / ensuing tour. They played to a sold out crowd of about 600 people in a hollowed out church in the historic district of downtown Baltimore, and I was lucky enough to get a ticket last minute. What more can I say. Download links below.

Download FLAC here. [etree]
Download FLAC here. [dimeadozen]
Download mp3 here.

Explosions in the Sky
September 02, 2010
2640 Space
Baltimore, MD
Source:   Core Sound Binaurals > Battery Box > Nomad Jukebox 3
Transfer: NJB3 > USB > PC > Sony Soundforge 7.0a
Edit:     Sony Soundforge 7.0a (Splitting) > FLAC 1.2.1 > Tag & Rename
01) First Breath After Coma
02) The Birth and Death of The Day
03) Memorial
04) New Song [Title Unknown]
05) Catastrophe and the Cure
06) Your Hand In Mine
07) Help Us Stay Alive
08) The Only Moment We were Alone
This show may not be sold under any cirumstances.
Recorded by:
breathmint   (
Becktabs Hub (dchub://
- breathmint

The Mountain Goats – March 14, 2010 – The Social, Orlando, FL [UPDATED SETLIST]

Sorry it took me so long to get this one up, but I wanted to make sure to get this master perfect, and work was pretty crazy the last month. John played this solo set as a makeup for a show cancelled the year prior, which was due to illness. He made up a point of letting us know how much he hates doing that, and assured us it was absolutely necessary. Lucky for us, he made it up by putting on an amazing show for us – a 90 minute set with no pre-determined setlist and many requests. And yes, oh yes, there was No Children played (thanks to “teratomamok” of tmg forums for providing the Capo, without which, said song would not have been possible)! Full setlist and recording gear info following the download links below.

Full Set:

Download mp3 here.

Download FLAC here.

The Mountain Goats
March 14, 2010
The Social
Orlando, FL
Source: Core Sound Binaurals > Battery Box > Nomad Jukebox 3
Transfer: NJB3 > USB > PC > Sony Soundforge 7.0a
Edit: Sony Soundforge 7.0a (Splitting) > FLAC 1.2.1 > Tag & Rename
00) Christmas In Key West (John Recites From Cynthia Thomason Harlequin Romance Novel)
01) First Few Desperate Hours
02) The Monkey Song
03) So Desperate
04) Going To Bolivia
05) Broom People
06) Dilaudid
07) Southwood Plantation Road
08) Linda Blair Was Born Innocent
09) Peacocks
10) Dance Music
11) Hebrews 11:40
12) Song For Dennis Brown
13) Cubs In Five
14) Cheshire County
15) Woke Up New
16) From TG&Y, Baboon (sorry this isn’t split)
17) Matthew 25:21
18) This Year
19) Houseguest (A capella) (Nothing Painted Blue Cover)
20) No Children
21) The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton
This show may not be sold under any cirumstances.
Recorded by:

This show may not be sold under any cirumstances.

Recorded by:

- breathmint

Bear In Heaven @ Will’s Pub Orlando March 13 2010 [UPDATED]

Sorry for the delay on this one. Without further ado, the original post and your download links. Please enjoy!

Unlike my friend quitepeculiar, I am not big on giving “live reviews,” but I must say Bear In Heaven‘s performance last night at Will’s Pub was shockingly good. If you know me, then you probably know that Beast Rest Forth Mouth was one of my top records of 2009. Despite my usualy giving the benefit of the doubt for first time seeing bands perform, I typically don’t expect much and am not disappointed when that’s what I get. I love being wrong about this! The sound was brilliant and clear, and the band gave an energetic performance of nine of the ten tracks from the above mentioned sophomore record. They also had fun and managed to keep us entertained with some good humor even during some technical difficulty with a guitar, and all this when apparently one of the members had come down with food poisoning.

Luckily for you, I make up for my lack of a proper review with something (I claim is) even better! A recording of the whole show.

Note: The vocals are a bit muffled during first song, keep listening though. After this minor setback the sound quality is fantastic (sample included below).

Entire set [mp3]

Entire set [FLAC] [via etree torrent]

Sample mp3: Bear In Heaven – Lovesick Teenagers (March 13 2010)

Info / Setlist:

Bear In Heaven
March 13, 2010
Will’s Pub
Orlando, FL
Source: Core Sound Binaurals > Battery Box > Nomad Jukebox 3
Transfer: NJB3 > USB > PC > Sony Soundforge 7.0a
Edit: Sony Soundforge 7.0a (Master/Splitting) > FLAC 1.2.1 > Tag & Rename
01) Beast in Peace
02) Ultimate Satisfaction
03) Wholehearted Mess
04) Fake Out
05) Dust Cloud
06) Lovesick Teenagers
07) Drug a Wheel
08) You Do You
09) Casual Goodbye

- breathmint

Frightened Rabbit at Camden’s Koko (aka Will the Bar Staff Please Stop Giving These People Next To Me Alcohol?)

I went to go see Frightened Rabbit at Koko in Camden Town, and I was quite excited. However, this excitement was a bit dampened as the night wore on, and I shall explain in this little tale I shall tell.

First, may I say how puzzling it was to be forced to check my camera at the coat check and pay £2 to do so when I later saw loads of people running around and clicking away with their little pocket cams?

This was my first visit to Koko, and the interior of the space is lovely. Originally opened as the Camden Theatre and subject to a number of name changes since, the space has featured such famous names as Charlie Chaplin, The Sex Pistols and Madonna. It was a lovely space, but I was told by two separate people to get there early and to get a good spot in order to ensure I could see the stage. After paying over £4 for a lager (that I subsequently nursed through the two opening bands), I had a look around and plotted. After going to one part of the club only to find that the intended perch was roped off, I retreated back near the main bar area and planted myself against the railing with a good view of the stage, although a bit far, so I couldn’t see the finer details of things, which is just as well.

The first opening band was from Iceland, and I can’t remember their name, which again may be just as well. They began to play, and they were quite enthusiastic but… something seemed a bit amiss to me. It wasn’t their bassoon player, which is an instrument one doesn’t see very often at shows. After the fourth or fifth song, I realised: These guys remind me of Dave Matthews Band. Seriously, it was that type of earnest-but-really-bland music that seemed really out of place.

Upon this realisation, I started amusing myself in counting how many plaid shirts/dresses I could find in the audience. Because of where I was, I had a good view of everyone in the pit before the stage, as well as in the layer of Koko that was the entrance level. The highest number I got was 14.

The next opening band, Airship, was a bit better, thankfully. They were all right, despite looking a bit too hip. The music was actually pretty good, but the boys at the instruments all looked slightly a bit too pretty, like they all were variations of the typical skinny indie boy one could find in a number of metropolitan areas. Still, that being said, their set was pretty good.

During their set, the couple next to me were beginning to progress into hooliganism, with periodic heckles and drunken hoots. After the Airship set, especially during the long setting-up process for Frightened Rabbit’s sound check, the two were beginning to be a bit unruly. And god, that woman’s laugh was easily in the Top 20 Most Annoying Laughs in London. She sounded like she had some high-pitched evil anime laugh going on. “Oh-ho-ho-ho!”

Right, so Frightened Rabbit came on, amid cheers and hoots and shouts and whistles. If you want set lists, I’m not the person for you, because I wasn’t taking notes, and I was periodically distracted by wishing physical harm upon the couple next to me. Actually, it turned out I wasn’t the only one, because after about three songs I think an irate man gave the both of them a bit of a talking-to, and the next thing I knew, they left the spot next to me for some other place far away.

I will tell you that Frightened Rabbit seem to be a band to see in a more intimate setting. Before moving to London, I had found out that they were playing at The Social in Orlando, an area probably a third the size of Koko, and that just seems right. They produce a type of intimate, heart-yanking music that is just difficult to expand into a large performance. At one point in the evening, Scott Hutchison, the lead singer of Frightened Rabbit, attempted to sing to the audience without the aid of a microphone or amp for his guitar, and despite the shushings from the audience, he was sadly inaudible, and he eventually said, “Aw, fuck it,” and went back to the mic.

Someone else on commented that the show was disappointing, but I don’t think I was disappointed with Frightened Rabbit’s performance. I just think a number of factors aggravated what was otherwise a good show. Some of them were very personal for me, such as having to surrender my camera, dealing with the couple that was next to me for a good while and the fact I’m a cheap bastard who will complain about £4 lager. But there were other things, like the sound quality wasn’t very clear for any of the bands playing that night. And did anyone else see those women to the side of the stage? Were they Frightened Rabbit groupies? Frightened Rabbit has groupies? Frightened Rabbit has somewhat skeezy groupies?


All in all, though it wasn’t an ideal show, it was still a good show. Although they didn’t play one or two of my favourite songs of theirs, I still gasped in excitement a few times upon hearing the opening notes to other songs, such as “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” off their new album,The Winter Of Mixed Drinks, or “The Twist” off The Midnight Organ Fight. So, in the end, I was fairly satisfied at the end of the night as I stood in the queue to pick up my verboten camera and my coat and picked up a copy of The Winter of Mixed Drinks.

It was cold as I waited for the 29 at Mornington Crescent Station to whisk me off through the earlier part of a late night. Once Unknown Pleasures finished on my iPod, I set it to play Sing The Greys to get an extra Frightened Rabbit fix for the evening.

Frightened Rabbit

- quitepeculiar