Stereolab w/Richard Swift - 2008-10-21 - The Fillmore SF


The Fillmore
San Francisco CA

taper: lammah
equipment:  Sonic Studios DSM-6Ls > Sonic Studios PA-6 bat box > Edirol R-09HR (24 bit/48khZ) > Adobe Audition (decrackle; normalize) > FLAC24 (6)


00 - intro  [1:21]
01 - Percolator  [3:36]
02 - Neon Beanbag  [5:03]
03 - Eye Of The Volcano  [4:23]
04 - Mountain  [3:19]
05 - Chemical Chords  [5:25]
06 - Two Finger Symphony  [3:18]
07 - Ping Pong  [3:09]
08 - Valley Hi!  [3:45]
09 - Lo Boob Oscillator  [8:19]
10 - The Ecstatic Static  [5:49]
11 - Double Rocker  [5:21]
12 - Silver Sands  [3:40]
13 - John Cage Bubblegum  [2:56]
14 - French Disko  [3:24]
15 - Cybele's Reverie  [5:32]
16 - pre-encore break  [1:45]
17 - Vortical  [3:29]  (introduced as a new song)
18 - The Emergency Kisses  [5:29]
19 - Stomach worm  [12:30]

Total  [91:35]

2008-era notes:

My first outing with my new Edirol recorder, and as you're about to hear, the results were very good, but again, there was some crackle which I had to use Adobe Audition's pop/click removal to eradicate, though you'd be hard-pressed to hear any of it.  I'm wondering if the PA6 I have is malfunctioning  (or if the battery powering it was simply dead), next gig I think I'll try to go without it.

Only glitch here was when I decided to adjust volume at the start of Percolator (17 seconds in), which unfortunately, produces a stutter...I removed the worst of it, but you can here what sounds like the track speeding up for a split second as a result.  Every woven Persian rug has an imperfection; that is mine.

NOTE:  This is a 24 bit / 48khz seed, which will need to be downsampled to convert to CD-A format.

(pCloud link)

REMEMBER - PLEASE don't leverage this recording for material gain, Stereolab is known to be taper-friendly,  so don't betray their faith in us.  And keep the MP3s to your iPods.

2020 note:  2008 me was pretty quaint in what I chose to focus on.  In reality, I didn't know very much about Stereolab and their importance to independent music, even if I had seen them once prior in 1993 at none other than Mod Lang Records in Berkeley CA.  I do have a full recording of it on VHS that I was loaned, but alas it's been misplaced to my utter shame.

The only track that seems to be online from this seminal performance is "John Cage Bubblegum".

There's also some video from the 2008 Fillmore appearance on YouTube, which I've playlisted.  However, it seems that both filmers went to the following night's show (from 22nd October), and not the one I went to as Laetitia's outfit is different than in the pics that I took.  It's pretty fragmentary but I'll work at ID'ing the ones w/o titles...and see if I can sequence them better...

Cybele's Reverie (davidparkerl)


Playlist of all vids.

Opener Richard Swift after the jump... 


Wire - 2008-10-15 - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA [atrocious SQ]


The Fillmore
San Francisco CA

taper - thehappyone
kit - Apple iPhone

Yes, you read that right.  An iPhone.  And the sound quality is absolutely atrocious.

What happened?

Simple.  I got caught.  I was asked to check in my Edirol R-09HR, which I think I had just acquired.  So I did.  Arrived way too late to see the openers...

As I detailed an a later email....

I've been caught once. Trying to tape Wire at the Fillmore back in 2008. The staff just held the recorder for me and gave it back to me. Very nice about it too...think it was the band/touring manglement instructed the venue to put up no-taping signs, other shows I've been to there didn't have these... Ended up being one I "recorded" on my iPhone, with the built-ins. It's horribly distorted, all it's good for is hearing Colin Newman talking between songs and figuring out the setlist.

Anyway, it's here if you are morbidly curious...

...only useful for ID'ing tracks!!  Which are...

Our Time
Mr. Marx's Table
Being Sucked In Again
Mekon Headman
Perspex Icon
Advantage In Height
The Agfers Of Kodack
Silk Skin Paws
All Fours
One Of Us
Boiling Boy
The 15th
106 Beats That
I Don't Understand
He Knows
Pink Flag
Underwater Experiences
(Thanks to Lee McFadden for these)
I never bothered, but here's an Atlanta setlist from the 12th to compare this to if you want to try...i included an MP3 version because I was fiendishly contemplating sharing this on YouTube and the program I use is limited to 100Mb filesizes. Luckily, sanity won the day.

I'll instead feature my friend Mike's recording from 2000, which was shorter and from some accounts I've read, a much better set.