Jens Lekman - live download & photos

A good way to get people to your music blog is by putting cool buzz words like photos, download, bootleg, exclusive, MP3, Rapidshare and free in the first paragraph. Adding the name of a hip-to-the-groove musician such as Jens Lekman helps too as does the venue name, a venue such as Sacred Trinity Church in Salford, Manchester, the date isn't going to do any harm either: 27th November 2007.

I've started going to gigs in Manchester cause London is a dirty shithole, I'm not sure that it's such a good idea cause both times I've been I've been robbed. The first time some bastard swiped my dirty socks out of my shoes as I slept in the hostel and this time some German dude pre-stole my flimsy pillow before I got back from the gig. I told reception, hoping for a new pillow from a cupboard, but they insisted on coming up to the room with a torch to find out exactly who the thief was! I'm lucky my throat wasn't slashed as I slept, luckily the spineless Germans just pretended to be asleep as he shone his torch right in their faces and then packed up and left without a word in the morning.

The gig was obviously radical, there's not much you can complain about when one of your favourite singers is playing in a tiny church with no stage and you are literally two feet away from them; however, I'm an awkward bastard and I do have something to complain about. There was this dude sat off to my left that kept looking at me all the way through, he pissed me right off, he had one of those rubbish faces that you just wanna bash, you know the kind, it's pretentious, hamster-like and on top sits shit hair like that of Arnold Rimmer. Forget putting your arms around me, I could've put my hands around his neck and flung him right through the stained glass window. You know who you are and if you are reading this get the hell of my blog and don't come back, prick. I hate these stuck up music snob wannabes, the place was crawling with weenie, indie kids in their grandad's piss-stained jumpers and crap shoes. Music ain't about corduroys you crazee kids, and it ain't about vinyl either, its about songs, songs, songs, songs, songs, songs, songs, songs, songs, songs. One day soon the useless NHS will actually hook me up with the psychotheraphy they've been promising me for 3 years and then I may be able to forgive you idiots. Maybe. Not.

It was all dark in the place, with it being a house of God and all that, Holy Communion obviously isn't bringing in enough beans to cough up for some lights so I had to shoot on 32-bloody-hundred. The photos below suck ass, if you wanna see better pixtures of other stuff then click on the link for the whole set and go see my other flickr sets.






To see all the photos from the gig go hither: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tfrancis/sets/72157603327343764/

As I am such a generous bootlegger may I present to you a recording of the full gig in the much better than vinyl format known as MP3. Here is the setlist:

You in my Arms
Sipping on the Sweet Nectar
A Postcard To Nina
It Was a Strange Time in My Life
You Are the Light (By Which I Travel Into This and That)
I Saw Her at the Anti War Demonstration
Kanske Är Jag Kär I Dig
A Sweet Summers Night On Hammer Hill
The Cold Swedish Winter
I Am Leaving You Because I Don't Love You
The Opposite of Hallelujah
Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo
Black Cab
Pocketful Of Money
A Little Lost
Tram #7 To Heaven

Use any of the download links below to get your grubby little mitts on this super duper bootleg:

http://sharebee.com/66110f03 (all of the sources below)

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Mark E. Smith - video interview

Interviews with Mark E. Smith from The Fall are nearly always really terrible, especially video ones but this weird geeky dude from the U S of A has actually managed to do a really great interview with MES. It's in 4 parts all of which are embedded below to save your lazy asses from going to vbs.tv and searching for them.

Here are some great MES moments from the interview:
- on the Manchester bombing "I wrote a song about that...a year before it happened"
- on why he doesn't like football anymore "it's a bit like a Red Hot Chilli Peppers show"
- on the interview "I can't believe this fucking rubbish"
- on Bob Dylan "The Emperor of Grease"
- on Hitler "balls"
- on Talking Heads "they're the enemy"
- on Jack Black "what a fucking twat he is"
- on his nieces and nephews "when I walk in the room they hide behind the couch"
- on Pop Idol "I'm sorry"
- on Courtney Love "no wonder Kurt shot himself"
- on the interviewer "you should clean your teeth"
- on English musicians "they just want to play golf"


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Stephin Merritt - A Man of a Million Faces

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Stephin Merritt is one of the great loves of my life, he has produced consistently incredible music for over 15 years. As well has his own name he has recorded under the monikers The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes and The Gothic Archies, all of which are awesome (leave FBH till last though! :-s). People throw the word 'genius' around willy-nillily, I'm not one of those idiots, I reserve the term for dudes that kick some serious ass, if you like to listen to the saddest, catchiest, most perfectly formed pop songs on earth then Stephin is gonna open a can of whoop-ass on yo ass. Seriously, this guy is a genius, his music is a work of genius; when I met my girlfriend I made her a compilation of his music and labelled the cd "Stephin Merritt: Gay Genius", she listened to it and told me that she cried her eyes out all the way through and refuses to listen to him and always insists that I turn him off, thats the kind of genius we are dealing with!

He recently recorded a song called 'A Man of a Million Faces' in two days for NPR, from their site: "The challenge: Write and record a song — in two days. (We provide the studio and the inspiration.)". Go to NPR's website now to watch a 10 minute video of Stephin writing and recording the song from start to end, yessssssss.

To make sure your ears don't feel left out here's an MP3 for y'all too, back in my deepest, darkest, most disgusting pit of depression I cried more tears to this song that you have had hot dinners, get a box of tissues now y'hear?

MP3: The Magnetic Fields - Busby Berkeley Dreams

Buy Stephin Merritt albums on Amazon, the Boxing Duck! gets a percentage of whatever you spend so get your hands in your pockets!


Julian Cope Krautrock Top 50 - downloads

I quote: "In 1995, Julian Cope self-published a hugely influential book about the German “Krautrock” scene of the late 60’s / early 70’s. Issued in a couple of limited print runs, and now long out of print, the book told the story of the “kosmische” music created by a relatively small number of German hippies, heads, freaks and visionaries.

Featured in the book as an appendix, is a review list of Cope’s personal top 50 Krautrock albums. Now thanks to xxxxxxx over at SFRP, here's all 50 albums. Most of the following contain artwork and all have been ripped at 192 or higher. Grab 'em while stocks last..."
Follow this link: TOP 50 to download each and every one of the albums featured in his list! You can find more info on the records here.

Buy Julian Cope albums on Amazon, the Boxing Duck! gets a percentage of whatever you spend so get your hands in your pockets!

Jens Lekman + Liars = lift music

There's something special about hearing great bands stripping their music down, especially when it is Liars and they are playing Be Quiet M. Heart Attack in a lift. They should make their album like this, I'd sell my hat for a Liars album where they just bash walls and play electric guitars without plugging them in! Pop over to blogotheque.net to watch the video...

...also singing in a lift for your pleasure is Jens Lekman with his uke, complete with a couple of ladies on strings, Jens would be great even if he was just scraping a plastic spoon against a polystyrene cup, he's the man! Get over to 3voor12.vpro.nl to watch him play A Higher Power and an awesome version of Do You Remember the Riots?

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