Entrance Band - 2010-03-28 - Founders Park USC

These guys opened for Thee Oh Sees in the last of our series of four SoCal recordings on offer...and have been growing on me steadily.  It's a bit jam band meets the Cure, but the psych-tinged guitar stylings of Guy Blakslee, unlike what those [expletive deleted] at Pitchfork would have you believe, is better than just a "middling" guitarist.

Entrance Band
Founders' Park, USC
Los Angeles, CA

taper:  bcingyou (Sony ECM-990F > M-Audio Microtrack II)

setlist:  Silence On A Crowded Train / Still Be There / MLK / Lookout! / 'Prayer' / Grim Reaper Blues


Eddy Current Suppression Ring + Thee Oh Sees - 2010-07-01 Eagle Tavern SF

The one that started it all for me...

Eddy Current Suppression Ring
Eagle Tavern SF

taper: thehappyone, using Sonic Studios DSM-6/Ls > Edirol R-09HR

Setlist:  soundcheck / Memory Lane / Cool Ice Cream / Anxiety / Sunday's Coming / Tuning Out / Wrapped Up / Isn't It Nice / You Let Me Be Honest With You / Pitch A Tent / Which Way To Go / I Admit My Faults // Rush To Relax / Get Up Morning

Total 59:07

Eddy Current Suppression Ring (FLAC)

Also available here to watch, on YouTube:

The Eddies had the tough task of having to follow up on one of the most punishing, exhilarating, out-and-out jaw-dropping amazing sets from San Francisco's own Thee Oh Sees, whom I was witnessing for the first time.  My friend tomzero couldn't decide whether they were indie or punk (I figure the band were fine with whatever category made you comfortable to put them in) but I did greatly enjoy seeing Brendan Suppression at work...hand in glove, and during 'Which Way To Go', up in the air crowdsurfing (preserved on video if you follow the link for the song) and by the time I got to see them again a couple of days later, their set was equally as compelling as TOS all-out sonic assault, which the video I shot only partially conveys, since it was all I could do to hang on to my iPhone, though tomzero got to hold it for 'Block Of Ice' while I flailed around like a madman along with a few dozen like-minded souls. 

bcingyou says:  "I'd have taken it hard up the ass with a hot poker to have been there.  These cocksuckers know how have fun by showering a wad of splewie all over everyone.  Best goddamned band since the invention of alternating current"

Thee Oh Sees
Eagle Tavern SF
tapers: thehappyone+tomzero dual-audience blend

Total 37:31

Thee Oh Sees (FLAC) matrix dual-aud 

Thee Oh Sees (FLAC) thehappyone only
(currently offline, please REQUEST if you want to hear this version again)

I've previously blogged about the opening sets for Sonny and the Sunsets and Kelley Stoltz...follow the links to explore both of these deserving and worthy artists.


Thee Oh Sees - 2010-12-17 - The Strange LA

Third in a series of half a dozen Thee Oh Sees shows in 2010 to be featured here, fast forward to the present...where they appeared playing with OFF!  Keith Morris and cohorts playing balls-to-the-wall punk rawk, and the aptly titled White Shit and No Bunny.

bcingyou:  "Venue [The Sex] got moved coz cops were gonna shut down at first sight....so we had to drive up to Hollywood to find new empty venue arranged on the fly....Keith Morris let TOS headline after OFF....another floor show rather than on stage like other bands...I got a face full of JPD's elbow...wild wild wild..."

ceiling balls expressway to yr skull
Keith Morris is a very smart man.  And a very cool one.  This show was even more ragged and anarchic than usual.  Which is a very good thing indeed.

Thee Oh Sees
The Strange 
Los Angeles CA 


intro tuning...w/Ghostbusters theme! / Crashed Grass / Enemy Destruct / Meat Step Lively / I Was Denied / Tidal Wave / Dead Energy / A Heavy Doktor [new song!] / Warm Slim (Summertime Jam)

Wild Wild Wild (ZIP archive of FLAC set of entire show)

Some images:

source: GRWIV
source: bcingyou


No Bunny
White Shit


Dead Souls - 2010-12-10 - The Knockout SF


Prior to Peter Hook's set at the Mezzanine (which for various reasons I won't cover here in this blog), I caught Joy Division tribute band 'Dead Souls' at the Knockout, a bar on Mission at the end of Valencia, performing "Closer" in its entirety in an acoustic set...well, except for the bassist, he was plugged in, and was wearing a very cool Unknown Pleasures shirt with Arabic script.

Kudos to Dave "Ian Curtis" Tibbs for permission to record, the Skibitzke brothers, Sonja Treho, Ray Welter from Carta, and string section(!) as well as a percussionist and sitar player for putting on an entertaining free show.

Ray from Carta guests
Dead Souls
The Knockout
San Francisco CA

taper:  thehappyone
equip:  Sony PCM-M10 with built-in mics

(linked songs feature video I shot with my iPhone 4 with audio blended in from my recording)

Paul and that UP shirt!
Setlist: (soundcheck, intro) / Atrocity Exhibition / Isolation / Passover / Colony / A Means To An End / (end of side one, band intros) / Heart and Soul / Twenty Four Hours / The Eternal / Decades / (end of side two, intro to rest of set) / Transmission / Love Will Tear Us Apart / From Safety To Where (interlude) / Atmosphere

Download in FLAC format