K. Flay’s Triumphant Homecoming, Exploring Subterranean’s Brothel Backstory

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During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we explore the music of rapper, singer-songwriter and Chicago-native Katherine Flaherty (aka K.Flay). We first discovered K. Flay’s cunning blend of hip hop, pop, rock and humorous rhymes back in March at SXSW. We caught up with Flaherty before her show at Subterranean to talk about her Black Friday guilt, the emotional connection with her fans, what she’s learned since SXSW and the silly things she says while onstage.

During the show we also share how we discovered the curious backstory of Subterranean, the venue where K.Flay played. It’s a show packed with tons of great stuff like live post-show fan interviews and news about free live downloads and more as you’ll see in the show notes and links below.

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Show Notes:

Music from the podcast

News and links

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What do you think about K.Flay’s mad rhymes and crazy songwriting skills? Got a question about Subt’s shady history? Want to know more about something we talked about during the show?

We invite you to share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, so they can be included in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Fugazi Unleashes Live Archives, MacKaye Shares Concert Memories

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Awhile back Frank from Windy City Rock asked me what bands I would like to go back and experience live if I had the chance.  And one of those bands I’d like to add to the list is the mighty Fugazi.

That said, I was excited to hear the news earlier this week that the band unveiled their new live archives series. Here’s what the band posted on their website introducing and explaining the gradual release of the archived shows:

Between 1987 and 2003, Fugazi played over 1000 concerts in all 50 states and all over the world. Over 800 of these shows were recorded by the band’s sound engineers. The goal of this project is to make each of these recordings available to download for a small fee. We will start with 130 shows and release more monthly until we’re done.

No Chicago Shows (yet)

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As you can see by the screen shot above, there aren’t any Chicago shows available in the archives yet. But I hope they are released soon because I’d love to continue our exploration of Chicago punk rock experiences.

And those shows are the ones that I’ve heard many stories about from my close friends as they tell me how their lives were forever changed during shows at those Chicago venues over the years.

Now, we’d like to share a snippet from a Pitchfork interview with front man Ian MacKaye about the release and a concert memory, and then a classic 45 minute stage banter mp3 that a fan made and released back in 2009.

Pitchfork: This is an archive and a history of Fugazi, obviously, but on a larger scale, you’re getting the sounds of these different venues and different qualities of recording over the years, too.

IM: Yeah, you can hear a real shift. You listen to the late 80s recordings, you’ll hear us engaging with the audience, dealing with the issues surrounding punk shows at the time. Back then, people thought you had to be a skinhead and beat the crap out of everybody when you went to a punk show. Come the early 90s, when you had this so-called grunge stuff and when videos became so dominant, you had this totally huge shift in the culture of shows. There was a yahoo factor where everyone had to crowd surf at all times. There were shows we played where there were 50 people crowd surfing at one time! It was insane, and it had nothing to do with the music. It didn’t make a difference if the song was fast or loud or quiet or slow. It was behavior that was almost recreating things people saw in videos.

One of my friends was a stage hand at a Bob Dylan show in the mid-90s and I remember him telling me that somebody crowd surfed during the gig. And this friend of mine was an old punk rock guy– he was totally humiliated by it. But some of Bob’s people were there and they said, “Oh, Bob will be so excited! This is the kind of energy we want at his shows.” That’s where the old school was at.

 The Essence of Fugazi Live

Wrapping up this post and continuing our exploration of concert fan chronicles, here’s a link to a legendary 45-minute stage banter mp3 via the Fugazi fans over at Chunklet that captures the essence of how Fugazi would use the in-between song chatter to drive the show, engage with their fans, or call out unruly fans when necessary.

What’s amazing about this recording montage is that pulls together several shows, so you get to hear how the band celebrates the close connection with their fans, which often manifested in them stopping the show to protect their fans who didn’t want to mosh and directly call out fans who opposed their decision to stop to make sure everyone was okay and not getting hurt.

And because of that intimate dynamic, the fact that they never charged above single-digits for concert tickets, and their consistently high-energy and inspiring live show, Fugazi ranks as one of the best bands to see live (ever).

What’s in Your Waiting Room?

Have you seen Fugazi live? Are you excited to dive into their live archive to re-experience or discover a new live moment?

What shows are you looking forward to downloading? Let us know what you think in the comments below and we’ll share your story during a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Google Music Offers Free Download: Pearl Jam Live in Toronto 9/11/11

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Our Pearl Jam live exploration continues with this great news for those of you looking to tryout the new Google Music service for Android mobile users. For a limited time you can download Pearl Jam’s live show from their 9.11.11 Toronto show when you sign up for the service.

We’ve been cruising around Google Music to see what other live tracks are in their catalog and there’s some good stuff waiting for you at the standard price of around .99-1.29 per track or about 9.99 per album. A list of live concerts I found is here and here.  And general list of free songs to get your started is here.

Do you plan on signing up for Google Music to get access to your favorite live tracks on your Android phone? Let us know and we’ll share your story on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

 

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Listen To This: 30 Days of Dead Live Downloads

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Live music culture would not be where it is today without the influential community culture of the Grateful Dead fans. And we’ve had a ton of fun exploring Deadhead concert experiences and the impact they’ve had on concert history.

That said, we’d like to share this sweet live collection 30 Days of Dead via Dead.net. The daily giveaways ran through November and are no longer available, but the downloads are still there for your listening pleasure.

While you’re grooving to the Dead tunes, we also invite you to checkout these Grateful Dead concert explorations and swap your own live music stories in the comments below, and we’ll share your stories on a future episode of Live Fix Radio!

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Top Live Concert Tracks and Albums of 2011 Part Two

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Is live music better experienced live or on record? Is the live album dead? Those are just two of the big philosophical questions that we’ve been wondering about more and more lately.

So, hey, what better than to explore those questions by sharing some of our favorite (and not so favorite) live album releases of 2011?

During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’ll share the stories behind and tell you what we loved the most about new, legendary and crowd-rocking live tracks by Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Sigur Ros, Tegan and Sara. And we’ll explain how we saw the light after listening to the new Rush and Peter Frampton live albums.

And in case you missed it, you can also listen to Part One Live Album Mega-mix here.

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Show Notes:

Music from the podcast (except Nirvana, all links via iTunes)

 List of albums mentioned but not played

 Links Mentioned:

And Your Top 2011 Live Track Picks Are…?

Which albums are on your list this year? Got a question about a topic or track we talked about during the show? We invite you to share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below. Go ahead be honest. We can take it. Good, bad or ugly, we’d love to hear you story and share it in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Explore This: Nirvana Live at Man Ray 1990

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Our Nirvana concert exploration rocks on with a little sonic time capsule treat courtesy of the The Boston Phoenix.

This recently unearthed Nirvana track is pretty sweet to listen to, and to be honest, it’s much better than the live tracks there were included on the Nevermind 20th anniversary release earlier this year.

Duane Bruce’s intro of the show is awesome and we’d like to know what you think of the recording too.

Here’s what the Boston Phoenix had to say about the recording:

Thanks to former WFNX DJ DUANE BRUCE, this one’s now up on the interwebs: the fabled performance given by the pre-Grohl version of NIRVANA at once-and-future goth club MAN RAY in Cental Square, Cambridge, on April 18, 1990. Depending on who you ask, there were somewhere between 60 and 75 people in attendance. Bruce, who can be heard introducing the band, recalls “Krist was his usual silly self . . . Kurt handed me a t-shirt as we headed for the stage. I read the back of it as I introduced them.”

As Pitchfork explains:

The set list mostly included tracks from Bleach, but also offered two Nevermind tracks, “Breed” (23:03) and “In Bloom” (26:30), which are introduced at the 22:47 mark: “This is from our next record, it’s gonna be out in September or something like that. It’s gonna be a rock n roll record! It’s gonna have all your rock favorites, and… it’s gonna be a blast!”

The recording also includes four tracks that ended up on Incesticide (“Dive”, “Stain”, “Been a Son”, and the Vaselines cover “Molly’s Lips”), and one early Cobain song, “Spank Thru”.

01 Live Set by Duane Bruce

 

If You Were At This Show

or witnessed Nirvana live somewhere else, drop a comment below so we can share your story on Live Fix Radio.

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Sigur Ros Releases Live Album/DVD Inni with Special Surprise for Fans

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When I heard that Sigur Ros was releasing a new live album Inni with a creative twist, I immediately thought back to Kate Hefferman’s concert story about how Sigur Ros filled MoMA with resounding waves of melodic guitars and ripples of sweet rhythms.

And I remember hearing the excitement in Kate’s voice and seeing the wonder fill up in her eyes as she explained what it felt like to experience the collective beauty of being surrounded by works of art in a non-traditional concert venue and immersed in Sigur Ros’ symphonic splendor.

And I’m sure Kate isn’t the only fan who’s looking forward to this special release that includes individual clipped pieces of clothing worn during their London’s Alexandra Palace shows in 2008.

As Pitchfork reports:

The special edition includes the live album, the DVD, “an exclusive and unique-to-each-box artefact from the show itself in a numbered, printed envelope”, a one-sided etched vinyl 7″ containing “Lúppulagid”, four photographic prints, a badge, and “a black opaque envelope with 10 pieces of A5 light sensitive paper with instructions and special url for posting your homemade images to the sigur-ros.co.uk website.”

The mysterious video “Klippa” below shows the story behind the making of the clipped clothing pieces. And a list of worldwide screenings is listed here.

Inni will be released in the UK on November 7 and in the U.S. on the 8, and it will also include previously unreleased track “Lúppulagid.” You can pick up a free track from the album here or via the form below when you subscribe to the Sigur Ros newsletter.

What’s Your Sigur Ros story?

Were you at these Inni shows? Are you looking forward to grabbing your piece of clothing from the concert? Do you have a unique concert memento from your favorite show? Let us know and we’ll share your story during a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Adventures and Discoveries at MOBfest 2011

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Say hello to Chicago-based bands Makeshift Prodigy and California Wives live from MOBfest 2011!

During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we explore the details about each band’s favorite artists and most memorable concerts experiences, what role fans play during their live show, the transcendence of live concert art, and what an emerging band can learn from SXSW 2011.

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Show Notes:

Music from the podcast (in order of appearance)

“Alive” – Makeshift Prodigy

“Wakeup and Smile” – Makeshift Prodigy Live at MOBfest 2011

“Tokyo” – California Wives Live at MOBfest 2011

“Blood Red Youth” – California Wives

Music News:

 

Were You There…?

We invite you to share your MOBfest 2011 Chicago concert stories so we can feature them on a future episode of Live Fix Radio. Drop ’em in the comments below!

See more MOBfest 2011 photos by Colleen Catania

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Live Music Mega-mix: Our Favorite Live Albums of 2011 (So Far)

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We’re halfway through 2011 and it’s time to explore our favorite live album releases of the year (so far).  On this episode of Live Fix Radio, we have a megamix of live albums from Bob Marley, Green Day, Mastodon, Regina Spektor, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Matisyahu, Levon Helm, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and more!

And as a special exploration in to live music history, we take a look at the back story of Bob Marley and the Wailers last recorded concert Live Forever: Live at the Stanley Theater.

Have fun diving into this music-packed episode that’ll be great for all your summertime live music roadtrips! And be sure to tell us all about your favorite live albums of 2011, or all-time, in the comments below.

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Show Notes:

Here’s a listing (in order) of the songs played during the podcast along with links to buy them online at iTunes or Barnes & Noble.

You can also listen to the albums via MOG’s 14-day free trial. And you can find out more about MOG’s highly addictive music subscription service in our review.

1. Bob Marley – “Natural Mystic”

2. Greenday – “Holiday” – Awesome as F#ck

3. Levon Helm – “Ophelia”

4. Mastodon – “Oblivion”

5. Greatful Dead – “Jack Straw”

6. Soundgarden – “Outshined”

7. Frank Sinatra – “Monologue”

8. Melvins – “Dog Island”

9. Regina Spector – “The Call”

10. Adam Lambert – “20 Century Boy”

11. Miles Davis – “It’s About That Time”

12. Prodigy – “Firestarter”

13. Warren Haynes – “Soulshine”

14. Pearl Jam – “Alive”

15. Bob Dylan – “Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues”

16. Dave Matthews – “Tripping Billies”

17. Matisyahu – “Motivate”

18. Bob Marley – “Get up Stand Up”

 

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Concert Preview: Jonny Rumble and The Kickback at The Hideout

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As we’ve told you before, there are a lot of exciting independent bands that rock Chicago on a nightly basis. And tonight at The Hideout Johnny Rumble and The Kickback will doing their best to help melt away the memory of yesterday’s massive blizzard that turned the Midwest upside down and shook us up like a big super-sized snow globe.
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Weekend Preview: Lyrics Born, Keys N Krates, Bonnie Raitt & Newport Jazz Festival

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To get your weekend kick-started, here’s a live show preview featuring California-based rapper Lyrics Born and live remixing trio Keys N Krates at Abbey Pub, plus the usual plethora of Friday download gems from Wolfgang’s Vault celebrating Bonnie Raitt, The Newport Jazz Festival, The Grateful Dead and more.

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Free Downloads Friday: Iron and Wine, MGMT, Wolfgang’s Vault, Tomorrow Never Knows

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Yes my friends, you’re almost there. It’s the weekend and I hope you’ve had a great week so far, and I hope you have a most excellent time at shows this weekend too.

To get your weekend kick-started real nice, here’s some tasty free downloads to satisfy your live music fix featuring goodies from Iron and Wine, MGMT, Tomorrow Never Knows and more…

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