Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sara Lov 12/08/09 - The Hotel Cafe, Hollywood, CA.

(Photo by Jeff Koga)

Apologies for the lack of posting recently - this has been a busy time of the year for us, and thus little free time = lack of going to shows and entries about them. However, a couple of weeks ago we were able to sneak out and see Sara Lov's last show of the year at The Hotel Cafe. We have posted about Sara Lov before, which was a short acoustic set from awhile back earlier this year.

This particular show was a full band one - and as noted by Ms. Lov during the show, with live musicians versus the phonograph with a recorded backing band on vinyl she used while on tour with Sea Wolf recently. Setlist consisted mostly of material from her solo debut full-length Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming, along with a cover of Air Supply's "All Out Of Love" (which she promised the audience would be a "dairy-free version")that was first posted on her myspace page. All in all, a nice little performance from Sara Lov.

1.) Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming FLAC MP3
2.) Just Beneath The Chords FLAC MP3
3.) Tell Me How FLAC MP3
4.) A Thousand Bees FLAC MP3
5.) All Out Of Love (Air Supply cover) FLAC MP3
6.) Frankie FLAC MP3
7.) Touched FLAC MP3
8.) New York FLAC MP3
9.) Fountain FLAC MP3
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Chapin Sisters 3/07/09 - Synchronicity, Los Angeles, CA.

(Photo by Katherine Levin, courtesy of thechapinsisters.com)

Earlier this year, The Chapin Sisters performed at Synchronicity Gallery, sharing the bill with the previously-posted Artichoke Heart Souffle. In a way, I sort of forgot about this show, probably because sometimes I can get lazy when it comes to setlist identification of artists I don't know much about. Listening back, it was a nice little acoustic performance, performed partially unamplified. (which means it may be on the quiet side sound-wise)

1.) Sweet Light FLAC MP3
2.) Let Me Go FLAC MP3
3.) Happy Birthday* (to Fuzzy) FLAC MP3
4.) Wash Away FLAC MP3
5.) Kill Me Now FLAC MP3
6.) I Can Feel FLAC MP3
7.) Shady River FLAC MP3
8.) Digging A Hole FLAC MP3
9.) Palm Tree FLAC MP3
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Imogen Heap 11/09/09 - The Music Box @ The Fonda, Hollywood, CA.

(Update 12/03/09: Recording has been temporarily removed due to a "DMCA {Digital Millennium Copyright Act} complaint. Until/if it's resolved, the show is only available by special request only)

Last week, Imogen Heap played the first stop of her first U.S. tour (supporting the release of her new cd "Ellipse") at the The Music Box @ The Fonda in Hollywood. Originally, this show was supposed to be the second stop - the first was to be the night before in Santa Barbara; however, Ms. Heap was feeling under the weather and the show was postponed/canceled. We of course are no strangers to Imogen Heap - an older performance of hers was posted here last July.

Anyway, oddly enough I almost ended up not attending this show. The morning of the performance, Ms. Heap tweeted that "my voice is like gravel but I'm giving tonight's LA show a shot for those wondering to make the journey or not. So unfair! Sorry LA :(" Needless to say, I wasn't feeling very enthusiastic about going upon reading this news - I already wasn't in the mood to go due to work and other things. However, I didn't really wish to eat the price of the ticket, so I went down to the theatre, with the intention of perhaps trying to sell the ticket to someone who might be in need of one. As it turned, the only people looking to buy were the usual scalpers (who, as time goes on become more and more recognizable - seriously, you're not fooling anyone guys)

So, with no ticket buyers in sight, I ended up staying and attending the show. Which turned out to be a good thing, as Ms. Heap sounded much better than I thought she would, and ended up playing for almost two hours. Naturally, the setlist included most of songs from "Ellipse" (with the exception of "Earth" and "The Fire") and favorites from "Speak For Yourself" such as "Headlock", "Just For Now," and "Hide and Seek."

Like most Imogen Heap shows, sound levels are extreme. This recording tends toward the average sound - I ended up stuck in an less-than-desirable sounding area of the room, so this could have sounded better, but oh well. Crowd got loud between songs (this was the first and seemingly quickest show on the tour to sell out, so there were a lot of fans in the house)