Monday, 26 May 2014

Jason Isbell - Northcote Social Club, 17 April 2014

This is a pretty good recording of Jason Isbell's second night at the Northcote Social Club. I wasn't necessarilly expecting him to mix things up too much, but he played a few things that didn't make it into the setlist on the first night.

This recording is pretty good, if a little low at times, particularly when he's talking. I've tried to boost it as much as I could, but there comes a point where it adds so much static it sounds worse than leaving it. I should emphasise that this doesn't mean its a bad recording, and some people won't even notice it.

Flying Over Water
Tour of Duty
Go it Alone
Dress Blues
Heart on a String
Decoration Day
Different Days
Songs That She Sang in the Shower
Cover Me Up
Relatively Easy
Live Oak
Alabama Pines
Travelling Alone
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Super 8!0RVW1TAS!RAyQQmac5px2oWviZR0ang

Friday, 16 May 2014

Melody Pool - The Spotted Mallard, 30 March 2014

If you're looking for an incredibly talented local musician to look out for before they become big, you should probably check out this recording. Melody Pool sounds a lot like Joni Mitchell at times, but I think her songs, particularly the new ones, have a touch of grit that Mitchell's don't (for me at least, that's a good thing). The only reason I didn't give this a Highly Recommended is that I've got another show to put up that has much better sound quality, although this one is longer and includes some great covers, so it's really just a matter of which you prefer.

She doesn't have any shows coming up in Melbourne, but it's worthwhile keeping an eye on her website ( because she plays here pretty regularly.

Open Book
On the Morrow
All of the Love
Royal Queen (Mary)
Dancing in the Dark
Whipping Post
Pretty Little End
Somebody You've Never Met Before
Lion on the Loose

Spellbound Ties
Carey's Song
Old Enough
Big Yellow Taxi
Mariachi Wind
How Much?


Thursday, 8 May 2014

Queens of the Stone Age - Rod Laver Arena, 15 March 2014

The final show from the double double-header. QOTSA played past curfew, so this is pretty long. But there's a fair bit of noise during some songs, and overall I didn't find QOTSA to be as gripping as NIN.!Qcc0gKCQ!Bo56zCuQ7HgzqgSuY4TKbg

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Nine Inch Nails - Rod Laver Arena, 15 March 2014

Like I said earlier, the opening band for these double headers seemed to suffer from a bit of crowd apathy. On top of that, my seats were right at the back (although, unlike night one, they'd pulled the curtain across to the very back of the arena) which always results in being around talkers.

So overall, there are a lot of things that lead to this being a worse show/recording than night one. Having said that, it isn't awful, and the band mixes the setlist up a bit.!pV0SXSYJ!U_VqhW9-Irh3vAtjWboeZA

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Neil Finn - Hamer Hall, 12 March 2014

I've used the recent holidays to process quite a few recordings, which should mean I can ensure a steady flow of things to check out. This is Neil Finn's first Melbourne show promoting his new album (first under his name since 2001!). I didn't really enjoy most of the Dizzy Heights material, although like all of his solo albums, they seem to be growers. The older material was fun, and as always Neil was very engaging. The women next to me were fairly enthusiastic, which you can hear in the recording. Overall, it sounds pretty decent, but not outstanding. If you weren't there but want to check out his recent work I'm in the process of pulling together some of his promotional work for this album, so you might want to wait for that.!pV0SXSYJ!U_VqhW9-Irh3vAtjWboeZA