Monday, October 25, 2010

Recording: The Vaselines - Live at the Paradise - 10-5-10

This year was the first time the Vaselines ever played Boston. Yes, 2010. Does that seem weird? It does, but it makes perfect sense considering the band never even played in the US before July 2008.

After an 18 year absence, the Vaselines got back together in early 2008. Their former last performance as the Vaselines was opening for Nirvana in 1990, which was already a reunion show given that the band broke up initially in 1989.

Like the Meat Puppets, the Vaselines are probably mentioned most often in sentences that also feature the name "Kurt Cobain." He claimed the Vaselines as his favorite band on several occasions, and even went so far to name his daughter after member Frances McKee. The three Vaselines songs Nirvana covered, "Son of a Gun," "Molly's Lips," and "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" remain the band's most popular songs, and are among their greatest achievements. For me in particular "Son of a Gun" is the perfect pop song, and easily one of my favorite songs of all-time. With this side note in mind, there were some odd Nirvana worship at moments (chants of NIRVANA! after Jesus Wants Me..) yet this night was all about the Vaselines, as it should have been.

Though obviously no longer a couple, Eugene and Frances still have wonderful on stage chemistry, with ample audience banter. I can't think of a show I've been to where the audience laughed more than this one. The band sounded fantastic live, like no time at all had passed from the initial recordings. Mixed in with their classic material were songs from their new album Sex with an X, which fit in perfectly and never brought the energy down. There's some truly excellent songs on the new album, and they were really brought to life live. If the Vaselines come to your area, seriously do not miss them. They are a treasure.

Below is the link to the recording. As always the quality is good, but far from what you'd get on a site like NYCtaper. My gear just isn't that good. Nearly every song has some audience banter after it, so look forward to that. I especially like the post-"Monsterpussy" talk. Also noteworthy is a concert goer vs. concert goer altercation directly following "Dum-Dum." You will hear the sentence "DO NOT GO ON THE FUCKING STAGE THAT'S RUDE!" Yikes.

The Vaselines - Live at the Paradise - 10-5-10

Oliver Twisted
I Hate the 80's
The Day I Was A Horse
Sex with an X
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
The Devil's Inside Me
Molly's Lips
Let's Get Ugly
Son of a Gun
No Hope
Rory Rides Me Raw
Mouth to Mouth
Dying for it
You Think You're A Man

Friday, October 22, 2010


Wow! I'm at Boston College. It is very different from Clark University. However, it is like Clark University in that it has a radio station. Yet BC also has an FM station, one that is actually on the air.

Am I on FM? No. But if all goes well, next semester I will be!

I currently have AM show every Tuesday from 12-1pm. This entire sentence will lead you to the stream website. It has no name, but it is basically "Indie Selections for Your Erections Radio." It's a bit of a mouthful, but hey, I already have the blog and all.

As no one listens to online streaming radio as it airs, I will be making podcasts. Each week I will post them here, starting with the podcast for 10-19-10. Oh, what's this?!

ISYES Podcast - 10/19/10

Guided by Voices - Over the Neptune/ Mesh Gear Fox
Galaxie 500 - Tugboat
Gary Numan - Metal
Daniel Johnston - Life in Vain
The Go! Team - Huddle Formation
Devendra Banhart - A Sight to Behond
Deerhoof - The Merry Barracks
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Upside Down
Joanna Newsom - The Book of Right-On
Joy Division - Colony
Kraftwerk - Robots
The Normal - Warm Leatherette

How fun! Also I will soon be posting more amaturish show recordings, as I have been to lots of shows recently. The Vaselines...Deerhoof...The Walkmen...Belle & Sebastian...Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500... it's been a great Fall so far. I recorded all of those! Look for the Vaselines very soon. Living in Boston is pure genius when it comes to shows. I'm used to driving a good 50-90 minutes from either Worcester or Providence, and then having to pay another $10 or $15 in parking. Now it's a $2 T ride there and then a $2 T ride back. Now I just need to understand how people get to The Middle East without a car...