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 - 2010-03-26 - Social Science Trailer No.103 - UC Irvine CA

Third in a series of four March 2010 Southern California shows from the San Francisco-based quartet, taped by the indomitable bcingyou.

I was NOT denied...
La la la la la...
La la la la la...

Who but these guys would play in a portable CLASSROOM???

Four score people got the show of their lives.  If this group isn't one of the best live bands on this planet and you don't groove when they play, you must be DEAD, DEAD, DEAD, DEAD...
from bcingyou:

"Wow...fucking Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The 3rd night seeing Thee Oh Sees was a thrill ride....playing in a portable classroom on UC Irvine campus...I didn't think anyone would be able to find this place but the crazies came out of the woodwork and filled this classroom with a capacity of 80 max (campus security made sure no more got in)...easily the most energy intense show I've EVER attended....the only show where I got hit so hard from behind that my tomahawk mic went flying out of my hands and I was stunned wondering: "why are my hands empty and where's my mic"....landed next to Brigid's feet under her keyboard...4 a.m. and I'm still wired...."

26 March 2010
Social Science Trailer #103, UC Irvine Campus, Irvine, CA

Audience Master Recording by bcingyou.
Recorded directly beside keyboardist, Brigid Dawson. Band and audience at floor level.

M-Audio MicrotrackII + Sony ECM990-F > WAV(44.1 sample rate/16bit) > CD Wave Editor track split > FLAC level 8

01. Enemy Destruct
02. Contraption (mic hits ground at 20 sec. mark)
03. I Was Denied
04. Meat Step Lively
05. Dead Energy
06. Block Of Ice
07. AA Warm Breeze
08. Ghost In The Trees
09. Crack In Your Eye
10. Tidal Wave
11. Warm Slime (Summertime Jam)

Total time - 45:05

Audio recording (FLAC format)

bcingyou documented the openers as well, here's the Cosmonauts' set:

26 March 2010
Social Science Trailer #103, UC Irvine Campus, Irvine, CA

00.  (song cut?)  
01.  Like A French Assassin
02.  Dorothy
03.  Electric Chemicals
04.  T.V. Californnia
05.  Neon Kids
06.  Our Man Flint

Cosmonauts (FLAC)

And Sandwitches...most of the songs they played are on their album 'How To Make Ambient Sadcake' but there's a couple that are pretty new which I can't identify.

26 March 2010
Social Science Trailer #103, UC Irvine Campus, Irvine, CA

01.  (new song)  "I Walk Up To You". [YouTube of Sep 2010 Eagle Tavern performance]
02.  Back To The Sea
03.  Relax At The Beach
04.  (new song)  "Hold Me"  [YouTube of Mar 2010 SXSW performance]
05.  Wicked Inger
06.  The Revisionist
07.  Kiss Your Feet
08.  Fire

Sandwitches (FLAC)

And at some point a recording of 25m of video of TOS may very well surface...


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


Thee Oh Sees - 2010-03-25 - Casual Encounters LA

Second installment of Thee Oh See's "March Madness" shows in SoCal.

Dispatch from the front, courtesy of our correspondent bcingyou:

"Last Thursday's show is finished and I included all photos I took. This recording is AMAZING! I'm really proud of this and I fixed the problem that was causing some connector pops in the earlier Oh Sees recording.  To my ears this sounds perfect raw with no post tampering required. This night they did Ghost In The Trees and an even more amazing version of new song
Summertime Jam (Warm Slime).

Attached a pic I found on Flicker from thurs show and one I took of John's beautiful green guitar [both on display here]."

25 March 2010
Casual Encounters Warehouse, 1257 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA

Audience Master Recording by bcingyou.
Recorded directly in front of singer/guitarist John Dwyer. Band and audience at floor level.  Equipment:  M-Audio MicrotrackII + Sony ECM990-F > WAV(44.1 sample rate/16bit)>  CD Wave Editor track split > FLAC level 8

John and his Burns
01. intro
02. Enemy Destruct
03. Block Of Ice
04. I Was Denied
05. Meat Step Lively
06. Tidal Wave
07. Contraption
08. AA Warm Breeze
09. Ghost In The Trees
10. Crack In Your Eye
11. Dead Energy
12. Warm Slime (Summertime Jam)
13. Mega Feast
14. Opposition(*)
15. (after show chatter)

Total Time – 59:23

Listen to bcingyou's recording (FLAC format)

(*) The identification of the last song is still tentative, as this song as far as I know remains unreleased, and this is the only live recording I have of it.

Unfortunately, I haven't yet turned up any video of this show, but there are plenty of good photos in the FLAC set above as well as the following:

2010 Thee Oh Sees Songlist

bcingyou also provided me a recording of opening act Sandwitches:

tracklist needs a bit of work, ?'s are likely new songs:

intro / ? / Tarantula Arms / The Revisionist / Wicked Inger / Fire / ? / ? / ? 


Thee Oh Sees - 2010-03-11 - Nomad Gallery LA

When somebody who's been going to shows for thirty some-odd years says he's just been to the best one he's ever seen, you take notice.  And when he comes back for more, not just once or twice, but *three* more times in the same month, the band in question has to be something special.  And they are.

This is the first of a series of four bcingyou recordings of Thee Oh Sees from March of 2010.  Enjoy!

Thee Oh Sees

11 March 2010 
Nomad Gallery, 1993 Blake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 
Audience Master Recording by bcingyou 

Recorded directly in front of singer/guitarist John Dwyer, band and audience at floor level. 
M-Audio MicrotrackII + Sony ECM990-F>WAV(44.1 sample rate/16bit)>CD Wave Editor track split 

01. intro 
02. Enemy Destruct 
03. Contraption
04. I Was Denied  (HD video: sallenp)
05. Block of Ice 
06. Meat Step Lively 
07. Crack In Your Eye 
08. Mega Feast 
09. AA Warm Breeze 
10. Tidal Wave 
11. Dead Energy 
12. Warm Slime (Summertime Jam), at the 9:12 point the recording drops to mono due to mic connector 'pops' in one channel.  Video footage here.

Total Time – 50:25

Listen! (FLAC format)