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The final 2010 performance I have of Thee Oh Sees.
Enter one of the most exciting bands around, and my first personal exposure to the fabtastic Thee Oh Sees. Prior to this I have not been much of a garage fan (the joke was that the "b" is silent), but I am now...the only thing silent now is any criticism about just going out and having a slamming good time listening to some good old rock n' roll.
I have no idea why I haven't put this up until now, at the time I was so blown away by the subsequent Serra Bowl show that I hadn't given this show the attention it deserved. The first seven songs provided one hell of a wallop...only the relatively slower-tempoed 'Crack In Your Eye' in the set to provide a bit of release for the garage onslaught.
Recorded with dual Edirols R-09HR and Sonic Studio DSM mics.
The video linked below will give you a good idea of the sheer energy one of their shows produces, and the Eagle Tavern is about as good a place to see them as you could come up with. It's the kind of place where you have to go through the stage to get to the bathroom.
Block Of Ice
Ghost In The Trees
Meat Step Lively
I Was Denied
Crack In Your Eye
Dum Dum Girls 2011-02-16 Bottom Of The Hill San Francisco CA Setlist 00 intro (backing track at the start is "Man" by The Bird And The Bee) [0:00] 01 Play With Fire [The Rolling Stones] [3:52] 02 He Gets Me High [7:54] 03 Catholicked [10:51] 04 I Will Be [13:33] 05 Bhang Bhang, I'm A Burnout [16:04] 06 In My Head [19:13] 07 Take Care Of My Baby [23:35] 08 Jail La La [27:50] 09 Wrong Feels Right [30:23] 10 Teardrops On My Pillow [32:57] 11 It Only Takes One Night [35:57] 12 Everybody's Out [38:23] 13 Lavender Haze [42:32] 14 Rest Of Our Lives [46:29] 15 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out [The Smiths] [51:24] Total 55:43 Recorded with (I believe) a Cisco Flip HD stage right in the corner, synced to my friend tomzero's outboard recording (Sonic Studios DSM-6/L mics plugged into an Edirol R-09HR)....I have my own recording but it's currently lost, sitting on a DVD-R that I can't quite locate! I had shared openers Minks years ago (https://www.atmyheels.com/2011/03/minks-wdirty-beaches-2011-02-16-bottom.html) ...the only live performance vid of them it turns out, so very fortunate to have documented it...and I originally was going to wait until their second album came out before making this available...but never got around to it...until I discovered the video footage on a drive array I was sorting through....really really good POV of all band members. It's good that I did as I don't think this would have surfaced otherwise... the moral of the story is the best backup is sharing. Synced up quite nicely, and with some audio sweetening it's as good as can be hoped for with something like this. Enjoy Dee Dee and band during their heyday on their first tour date playing songs from the aptly named "Only In Dreams".... Better late than never! As their bass amp packed it in the bass is DI so it's probably a bit vanilla....but otherwise, this is great. Audio simulcast of this recording, on pCloud
Video of two of the already-released tracks (Catholicked & I Will Be)
My thoughts go out to the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Minks are Shaun Kilfoyle and Amalie Bruun, with a full band with them on tour.
Both "Funeral Song" and "Ophelia" are favorite songs of mine presently. The Captured Tracks label may currently be on fire with all the quality acts they've featured over the past year (Dum Dum Girls, Thee Oh Sees, The Soft Moon, Wild Nothing, not to mention Mike Sniper's own Blank Dogs) but really the credit should go to the bands themselves for their songcraft and hard work. Even the bass amp packing it in during Funeral Song didn't really blight this gorgeous performance.
Note: A post covering the headlining Dum Dum Girls set is available noe, a mere 10+ years after the fact! but I'll first wait until their second album is in shops, as otherwise I'd be introducing quite a bit of pre-release material.
Alex Zhang Hungtai is Dirty Beaches, and yes, I'm going to mention Elvis Presley, Nick Cave, and Suicide as filtered through a retro-futurist 50's guitar sound, as much as that may make some of you already familiar with his work cringe. Here's a Pitchfork interview for some background, but for me, I have to admit the way he combed his hair between songs frightened me greatly, as well as him jumping into the crowd during the middle of the second(!) song...but later on the set, he ended up terminating a song by accidentally stepping on his power supply, which he handled gracefully.
Bottom Of The Hill
San Francisco CA
tapers: TZ0, using Sonic Studios DSM-6 mics > Edirol R-09HR. TH1, using Sony PCM-M10 + built-ins + Flip UltraHD digital camera
Quite a few updates coming your way, including a couple of Thee Oh Sees shows, including their headlining spot here, but first wanted to start in on the one of the opening acts, one that I shamefully missed when he played a free show at Serra Bowl, so was glad to finally get a chance to catch him and his group play.
"Girlfriend" in particular rocked the house, check out the link to watch Ty and band get everybody hopping around like mad.
Any IDs of songs I don't have identified greatly appreciated!
Ty Segall 2011-02-09 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA Coalition on Homeless benefit show
taped by: thehappyone, using Sony PCM-M10 w/built-in mics WAV > Adobe Audition 1.5 (heavy re-EQ'ing, tracksplits, downsample to 16/44.1 > FLAC
Thee Oh Sees 2011-02-09 Benefit For Coalition On Homelessness Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA tapers: TH1: Sony PCM-M10 w/built-in mics TZ0: Sonic Studios DSM-6L/s > Edirol R-09HR Flip Ultra HD
Setlist Crushed Grass Tidal Wave Contraption Meat Step Lively I Was Denied Enemy Destruct A Heavy Doktor Dead Energy Block Of Ice Crack In Your Eye The Dream - Mega-Feast
Here's my recording of the Sandwitches set from their Great American Music Hall show. I enjoyed their set, and will enjoy it even more once any of you who download the files also pledge to check out their upcoming album, as I plan to do once it's out!
2011-02-09 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA Coalition on Homeless benefit show
taped by: thehappyone, using Sony PCM-M10 w/built-in mics. WAV > Adobe Audition 1.5 (heavy re-EQ'ing, tracksplits,downsample to 16/44.1 > FLAC
I only know the names of the second and third tracks (Lightfoot and Relax At The Beach), as I believe all the other songs are off their forthcoming "Mrs Jones Cookies" album, which you'll be able to pre-order here.