Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ema and the Ghosts 8/21/09 - Pehrspace, Los Angeles, CA.

Last month, Ema and the Ghosts played as part-up the line-up for "Hella Hipster Hoedown #4" at Pehrspace. I had wanted to attend one of these ever since they started up, but hadn't gotten to do so until now. Although I only stayed for Ema's set (had to get up early the next morning) it was definitely an interesting time. The stage area was surrounded with bales of hay, and mason jars lit with tea lights.

The last time Ema and the Ghosts was featured on the blog was back in March at Where Gallery. This set was a little different, most notably there was a cover of Roky Erickson's "Clear Night For Love"

I have to note that the first couple of songs are missing - the first one because she started playing, and I was caught off guard because I hadn't started recording yet. The second one isn't included because it isn't complete and there was some static issues (because I was moving the mics around)

1.) Alligator* MP3
2.) Behemoth MP3
3.) Clear Night For Love (Roky Erickson cover)^ MP3
4.) "Untitled" MP3
5.) Ice Cream* MP3
6.) Whirly Kid MP3

*with Jesse Knight
^with audience members on vocals

FLAC (lossless) files available upon request (by e-mail)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bat For Lashes 8/31/09 - The Music Box @ The Fonda, Hollywood, CA.

This week, Bat For Lashes (a.k.a Natasha Kahn and company) made their final stop on their current U.S. tour at The Music Box (formally known as the Henry Fonda Theater) When we previously posted about Bat For Lashes earlier this summer, Natasha and a band member performed an acoustic in-store set squeezed in during her previous U.S. jaunt. However, this night's show (continuing a trend of sold-out-ahead of time performances, not unlike June's El Rey show) was a full-band spectacle on the opposite end of the spectrum.

The setlist was a mix of material from both Fur and Gold and the newer Two Suns. Show was somewhat shorter than I would have preferred (kind of like The Raveonettes show from January), and may have benefited from throwing in a cover or (a favorite) "Seal's Jubilee," but one can't really complain. Also, others have said that her live performances don't sound any different from the studio-recorded versions, but I didn't find this to be the case - they sounded far bolder and less restrained on stage.

On another note, I had a bit of a difficult time taping this show (part of it was being a bit unprepared on my part, and another is the venue), so I was worried how this recording would end up sounding. Fortunately, this show came out better than I expected - although, since the Fonda can be a boomy-sounding venue, some of that may be apparent to the listener. Levels were extreme as well (performances ranged from acoustic to loud electronica-flavored levels) so adjust accordingly.

1.) Glass FLAC MP3
2.) Sleep Alone FLAC MP3
3.) Horse and I FLAC MP3
4.) Travelling Woman FLAC MP3
5.) Siren Song FLAC MP3
6.) The Wizard FLAC MP3
7.) Trophy FLAC MP3
8.) Tahiti FLAC MP3
9.) What's A Girl To Do? FLAC MP3
10.) Two Planets FLAC MP3
11.) E: Prescilla FLAC MP3
12.) E: Good Love FLAC MP3
13.) E: Moon and Moon FLAC MP3
14.) E: Pearl's Dream FLAC MP3
15.) E: Daniel FLAC MP3
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