Leonard Cohen - Philharmonie, Köln - 1988

I usually have some kind of sexy story to accompany my downloads but I don't think I have any exciting Leonard Cohen stories, Lenny isn't the sexiest man around after all. This is a really cool bootleg from 1988 at the Philharmonie, Köln. I think it's a soundboard, the quality is top notch and you get a real sense of the venue too from the acoustics. A lot of the songs feature an extra bit of 80's pazazz in the form of synths and a bit of cheese, but don't worry it great!

It includes two full sets and four out of the six songs played during the soundcheck, from what I can tell this is the most complete recording from this gig, there is a bit more info here: http://www.leonardcohenlive.com/concerts/setlists/1980s/1988-04-10.htm

Ooh! I remembered a sexy story! I have got a Songs of Love and Hate book containing all the sheet music, if anyone wants me to scan and upload the pages hit me in the comments, make sure you are logged in and not anon. cause I won't be able to contact you otherwise! (UPDATE, I'VE UPLOADED IT: CLICK HERE)

Now for the recording, here's the setlist:

1. Bird On The Wire

2. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye 

3. Who By Fire 

4. Ain't No Cure For Love 

5. Dance Me To The End Of Love 

6. The Law 

7. Heart With No Companion 

8. I'm Your Man

9. Coming Back To You

10. First We Take Manhattan

11. Avalanche - solo

12. Chelsea Hotel #2 - solo

13. The Stranger Song - solo 

14. Tower Of Song 

15. I Can't Forget 

16. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong 

17. Everybody Knows 

18. Hallelujah

19. Suzanne

20. Sisters Of Mercy 

21. There Is A War
22. Introductions

23. Take This Waltz

24. Passin' Through 

25. I Tried To Leave You

26. The Law 

27. The Law 

28. Bird On The Wire 

29. First We Take Manhattan
30. Avalanche 

p.s I can't possibly afford to go see Lenny in London so if you are barking mad and wanna gimme money to go please email me!

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The Birthday Party - A Social Gathering... Bootleg

The actual name of this bootleg of a radio broadcast in 1982 is "A Social Gathering for the Celebration of the Anniversary of Someone's Birth", it's a stupid long name and it is credited to The Birthday Party AND Lydia Lunch even though all she does is yap a bit on Funhouse. Anyone that has read anything about The Birthday Party knows that they were a live band and their albums really don't live up to seeing them play, I was still listening to my mother singing from inside her belly when they first came to the UK so I, like many of you, have to rely on bootlegs and the great officially realised CD. There is also the incredible "Pleasure Heads Must Burn" video which I won't say much about cause I'm gonna try and find it online and post it some other time.

I first got into Nick Cave when I was 18, I remember the first time I tried playing "From Her To Eternity" I had to turn it off cause it was just noisy noise, it didn't take long for me to get a grip on myself and love it like it should be loved (A Box For Black Paul!!!). I got a shit load more Nick Cave albums before I got The Birthday Party stuff. I had "Junkyard" as my alarm clock CD for about a year, fuck knows what Hasan and Wendy upstairs thought every morning! I used to hear them getting jiggy up there, he was all "ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh" and she was all like "ooh, ohh, ohh" so I reckon they got off lightly, he could barely speak a word of English, I remember hearing her trying to explain Spiderman to him once and he had no idea what she was on about, two 40 year olds, married with no obvious form of communication, making Spiderman noises outside my door, welcome to Swansea...

Anyway, this bootleg was released in 1987 and is from a German radio broadcast in 1982, the gig was in Bremen. The sound quality is good and the content kicks ass, the setlist is pretty short but sweet as a nut:

Dead Joe
The Friend Catcher
A Dead Song
Six-Inch Gold Blade
Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)
Pleasureheads Must Burn
Funhouse (with Lydia Lunch).

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I would suggest that when you click on any of the download links you shout "BLAST OFF! BLAST OFF!!!" at the top of your lungs, it will enhance your enjoyment of the recording tenfold.

There's a load of cool info on The Birthday Party here: http://www.fromthearchives.com/ if you are bored in work.

Ch-ch-check this out too:

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Pixies - Live recording - Fine Line Music Cafe

When I was in the last couple of years of school I had a few favourite tapes: Biggie Smalls; The Pharcyde; Smiff 'n' Wesson... I was the blackest white man in my school, probably why everyone called me bent and hated me and why I hated them, but there was one other tape, it had Doolittle on one side and Surfer Rosa on the other, it was my favourite tape. I listened to this tape almost every day for I don't know how long, I couldn't get enough of it and I didn't know why, one second it was quiet, then it was loud, then he was screaming like a girl; I had no idea what he was on about but there was just something that kept pulling me back. I didn't have track names, I didn't know their names, I'd never seen their CD's in the shops, it was like a super tape sent from a far off place (in reality Simon Dark gave it to me, and later recorded over Surfer Rosa with a pop punk compilation containing The Queers that he said was much better, it certainly wasn't better but it was ok at the time).

This was around 1996, long after the Pixies had broken up, when I was 17 I discovered the HMV super sale and bought every Pixies album in one go and became a pathetic fanboy, over the next few years I bought all the singles, 3 copies of Death to the Pixies in different versions on CD, bootleg vinyl, a rare white label and searched eBay for years before I found a VHS bootleg recording of one of their gigs. I got into Frank Black solo too, and went to see him, he played some Pixies songs and I was chuffed but it wasn't enough. Then the rumours started, could it really be true? Were they really getting back together? It couldn't be! Could it??? When I got my ticket for Brixton I literally danced around my pad singing "I'm gonna see the Pixies! I'm gonna see the Pixies! I'm gonna see the Pixies!" a la the scene in Wayne's World where they get their cheques when they sell out.

There was a long wait between buying tickets and the actual gig so I started looking for new bootlegs and found this fine specimen, its their first gig on the comeback tour at Fine Line Music Cafe and it kicks ass, the crowd are absolutely rabid, its worth listening to just to here everyone cheer when Charles sings "Rock me Joe", it sent shivers down my spine. Damn, this is a long boring story...

I don't know where I got this recording, it was years ago, if you recorded it and are pissed off that I have posted it then chillax, you should be proud not angry cause the sound quality is awesome, here's the setlist:

Bone Machine
Wave of Mutilation
Levitate Me
Broken Face
Monkey Gone to Heaven
The Holiday Song
Nimrod's Son
La La Love You
Ed is Dead
Here Comes Your Man
No. 13 Baby
Gouge Away
Isla De Encanta
The Holiday Song
In Heaven > Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)
Where is My Mind?
Into the White

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If you haven't seen the Pixies documentary called loudQUIETloud yet then either go to pitchfork.tv THIS WEEK where it is playing for free or buy it or download it or whatever floats your boat cause it's a really good watch, I give it 10/10

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