Thursday, August 13, 2015

L7 - "Watch That Smell" - Rockpalast - Essen (D) - 15-11-96 / Hellfest - Clisson (F) - 20-06-15

L7 - Rockpalast - Essen (D) - 15-11-96
1 - Bad Things
2 - Must Have More
3 - Drama
4 - Bitter Wine
5 - Shitlist
6 - Pretend We're Dead
7 - Fast And Frightening
Hellfest - Clisson (F) - 20-06-15
8 - Deathwish
9 - Andres 
10 - Everglade
11 - Monster
12 - Fuel My Fire
13 - One More Thing
14 - Slide
15 - Shove
16 - Shitlist
17 - Pretend We're Dead
18 - Fast and Frightening
19 - Questioning My Sanity - "Nulle Part Ailleurs" - French TV - May 1995
20 - Lorenza, Giada, Alessandra - Rock A Paris Festival - Parc Des Princes - 15-06-97
21 - Interview - "Metal Express" - 19-12-93 

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-sho
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 78 mns
Size : 3,62 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included
Nice story. A grungy fairy tale ? Everything started simply though : a mere request on social networks to get some old stuff about the band to make a documentary. It finally ended up in an undreamed reunion and world tour ! A truly deserved and long-awaited recognition that unexpectedly struck the girls after a 14-year hiatus. I was there, front of the stage, long before the show started on that twentieth of June. What a blast to see the girls back together ! Couldn't believe it ! The first videos posted on the net were promising but still rough (but hasn't it ever been done it on purpose ?!). One thing was obvious : they were not coming back for money. The pleasure to play, together again, was plain to see. The band's break up in 2001 had never been desired and being back together in 2015 really cast a bright rekindling light on the girls' faces.
Unfortunately, that day, at Hellfest, L7 certainly went through one of the poorest sound conditions of the festival, even if they were lucky enough to escape the power-cuts that spoiled some other sets (Airborne's among others, but the O'Keeffe brothers know their stuff to entertain their audience anyway !). I was seething ! One of my favourite, "Fuel My Fire" was so muffled that I didn't recognise it first ! Listening to it now, it doesn't sound" that bad", though, but could have been much louder and better anyway ! But, being able to see them at last swept away all my kind-of moans. They played head-on as ever, warts and all, and to quote Jennifer's words just before "Slide", "a bass never goes out of tune, and when it does, it even sounds better anyway !"
To this recent L7's concert, I added a gold nugget from the day. Their Rockpalast gig in Essen, Germany, in 1996. Janis just joined the band after Jennifer's departure. Their fifth album, "The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum" had just been released and this is the opportunity here to listen to some songs not so commonly played now, "Drama" particularly with its pre nutty cheer "C'mooooooooooon" coming from Donita's gritty crackpot voice I've always loved. The girls are in great shape and even it it is now a bit "old", the quality is first gen. and is really enjoyable to watch.
I used part of the teaser of the forthcoming documentary (I really can't wait to buy !) to make the first page of the menu as I really like it and everything that makes L7 is in there !  I also topped up the dvd with some extras from the band's few appearances on French TV. Especially the one during the International Film Festival, in Cannes, in may 1995. I remember being in front of my TV that evening, watching "Nulle Part Ailleurs", a quite successful entertaining talk-show at the time. L7 was the musical act of the day and ... the set went wild. I got stunned. Playing back to the sea, they delivered a totally wild version of " Questioning My Sanity", Jennifer going completely nuts, spinning round all the way. I kept the host's comments (Gildas !) for its "nice" English accent and his quite funny appraisal after the song.
That comes along with a rendition of " Lorenza, Giada, Alessandra" in Paris, in june 1997 and a short interview of the band about the "would-be" riot-grrrl movement, from the late "Metal Express" 1993 programme.   

Enjoy !

Cheers !


LE BUTCHERETTES / GARBAGE / BRODY DALE - "3" - Webster Hall - New-York - 14-05-15 / Glastonbury Festival - 26-06-05 / Pukkelpop Festival - 16-08-14

Webster Hall - New-York - 14-05-15
1 - Burn the Scab
2 - Demon Stuck in Your Eye
3 - The Devil Lived
4 - Boulders Love Over Layers of Rock
5 - I'm Getting Sick of You
6 - Take a Step Back
7 - Bang !
8 - The Leibniz Language
9 - Your Weakness Gives Me Life
10 - Henry Don't Got Love (cut)

Glastonbury Festival - Pilton (UK) - Pyramid Stage - 26-06-05
1 - Interview
2 - Bad Boyfriend
3 - Not My Idea
4 - Stupid Girl
5 - Why Do You Love Me
6 - I Think I'm Paranoid .
7 - Push It
8 - Only Happy When It Rains
9 - Right Between The Eyes

Pukkelpop Festival - Hasselt, Kiewit (B) - 16-08-14
1 - Rat Race
2 - Sick Of It All (The Distillers)
3 - Dismantle Me (The Distillers)
4 - Don't Mess With Me
5 - Meet The Foetus/Oh the Joy
6 - Die On A Rope (The Distillers)
7 - Coral Fang (The Distillers)
8 - Parties for Prostitutes
9 - Dressed In Dreams
10 - Underworld

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 115 mns
Size : 4,04 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

Hi folks ! A package offer this time ! Pick one, get three !! 
Well, this blog has already paid a dear tribute to each of these three rock godesses. However, since I stumbled upon the cover of "Nylon" march issue, a combined project has been hanging on my mind. I finally found the time to get down to it. I knew I might struggle against technical bugs. I didn't get disappointed.

1 - First, Teri Gender Bender and her lads. I've already spoken highly of the band here.
Unfortunately, in the meantime, no full pro-shot live show of  Le Butcherettes has surfaced, which they would truly deserve though. I had to turn to fans' footage. So, first, many thanks to "Invisigoth" who had the patience and the strong arm to film the whole set. I hesitated with few others that may look clearer maybe but more static or less high-energy. This one is not. For example, just have a look at how Teri goes crazy when she fires "I'm Getting Sick of You" up !! Visually and for having read a few interviews too, playing live really looks like some kind of exorcism ! Sadly, because of lack of space, I had to half cut the last song, "Henry Don't Got Love" but the show is still enjoyable to watch with Teri making some moves and faces I couldn't imagine before !

2 - I've always loved this show of Garbage at Glastonbury 2005. Shirley is gorgeous as ever, especially in her black-and-white zebra outfit of the time and more, she's in a very good mood, talking to the audience, getting down stage to shake the first rows, climbing back on it with an inflatable doll she 's making love with, etc ... Great show !! This is why, I wanted to preserve it as such as much as possible !
Well ... it wouldn't have been for Shirley and by respect for "sfb2" who worked hard to keep his Garbage tracker afloat for so many years and who's just thrown in the towel (leave him a kind word here  :,I think I would have given up. A true video nightmare !!!!  I almost went "paranoïd" !
So, I initially wanted to keep the raw quality I had from a dvd I grabbed at the time but "I think I'm paranoid" was missing and "Push It" was only partial, 1:30 m or so. I managed to get them from another hd source and decided to cut the original vob. files (hard job !), without re-encoding.
After searching and finding the right tool (Mpg2Cut2), I was pretty happy about the result.But once in the authoring soft, it gave some unexpected sound micro-cuts, making the thing a bit off-synch. I spent a whole day only on this part to fix the glitch, going crazy ! After countless editings with Mpg2Cut2, I resigned myself to turn to a mp4 re-encoding but it gave some residual lines in the fast moves on the picture.
Frustrated and tired, I reluctantly turned to an avi re-encoding, pushing up the bitrate.The result was not so bad actually but when it came to author the whole thing the soft gave me a 2652 hrs time for just a song of 3 mns !!! What the ****  !!!!
After trying many other options in the dead of night, I realised that the authoring tool didn't put these micro cuts at the same place according to the different raw versions I tested and more, they could even disappear when you came back playing them !!???
Pffff ... At that point, I concluded that I couldn't do anything more and that it was just a playing problem of the soft on these parts (which play well on other players by the way !!).
The last version I made was unexpectedly quite free of these glitches (why ??) and I decided to keep away from any other try. But who knows, once played ... ? Anyway, if any Garbage fan wants this particular gig alone, I kept it plain (not authored) somewhere and can put it separately on a server. Well ... to cut it short, can't wait to see Shirley and her boys back in november for Queer's twentieth anniversary !!

3 - Aah Brody ! So glad I could see her in Paris a year ago. Even if things have of course settled down since the Distillers days, she still rocks and screams her guts out, on and backstage, as she mentioned it here, starting "Die On A Rope", when she says she's just got drunk with St Vincent before the set ! All in all, a very nice show of Mrs Homme, I've never seen on any other tracker and with half of the songs pulled out from the Distillers's back catalogue.

Enjoy !

Cheers !



TRIGGERFINGER - "First Taste" - Crossroads Festival - Bonn (D) - 28-10-05 + Extras

Crossroads Festival - Harmonie -  Bonn  (Germany) - 28-10-05   -   UPGRADE  !!
1 - Faders Up
2 - On My Knees
3 - Interview (I)
4 - Camaro (snippets «Faith», G. Michael)
5 - Hunt You Down
6 - Drivin'
7 - Interview (II)
8 - Maybe
9 - Commotion (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
«3 On Stage» Session - Pinkpop Festival - 30-05-10 
10 - Soon
11 - Lil’ Teaser (snippets «Glory Box», Portishead / «Daydream», The Wallace Collection)
12 - Is It
Unplugged Session : «How to play a waste container ?» - Pinkpop Festival - Camping B - 30-05-10 
13 - Inner Peace
14 - First Taste
MAS Museum - Anvers - 06-05-11
15 - Meddley / Let It Ride / All This Dancin´ Around / First Taste
16 - Sweet  Dreams - Eurythmics - Bibelot - Dordrecht (NL) - 04-12-09
17 - Only Girl In The World - Rihanna (snippets «This is not a love song», PIL) - GI:EL Radio (NL) - 09-03-11
18 - New : Can't Rely On You - Paloma Faith - GI:EL Radio (NL) - 12-03-14
19 - New : Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan - GI:EL Radio (NL) - 11-06-15
20 - Valerie - Amy Winehouse - with Natalia Druyts - De Laatste Week  (B) - 28-12-11
21 -  New : Territorial Pissings - Nirvana - with Tom Barman (DEUS) - De Laatste Week  (B) - 29-12-11
22 -  New :Hush Your Mouth - Bo Diddley - Joly Joker Club - Antwerpen (B) - 14-08-10

Technical info  :
DVD full Pro-shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 4:3
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 102 mns
Size : 3,58 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included 

To celebrate the "Soon" coming 10th anniversary of the gig and since it has been rebroadcast in better quality lately, here's an updated version of this Triggerfinger's early years dvd.
I've also decided to start it all over again to fix the obviously corrupt parts of the initial post, back in 2013, that some of you let me know about.  
Actually, even if it is often a bit tedious to re-work something you have already done, it was nonetheless a true delight to get into this again. After years seeing them at so many concerts, I have almost forgotten how awesome they were from the beginning. More, here, are some real gems from the days of the first album I have hardly ever heard live since, "Faders Up", "Drivin'", "Maybe", "Commotion".
The interview is also a good way to check how they have faithfully stuck to their "goals" after all these years playing and touring everywhere.
The authoring of this re-issue reminded me too of a funny bit I had probably missed the first time during the "3 On Stage" session. Between "Lil' Teaser" and "Is It", a young girl obviously is asking something which makes the audience and the band laugh altogether. I guess this is something like "Who's this ?' but I don't speak Dutch. Maybe our Dutch friends could help us out on this ...
I've kept the original post below...
Four years ago, I stumbled upon an article about Triggerfinger, lavishly described as a talented Queens Of The Stone Age-sounds-like band. The interview was full of loud promises and they soon turned into my next top list power trio to see on stage. I've repeated the move 4 or 5 times since, even going to see them live at home, in Belgium, and I must admit, I've never been disappointed. What's more is they're just adorable guys, always keen on having a chat with people after the show, even after a scarcely filled one, while they're systematically sold out with a snap in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. Fortunately, their popularity is growing, down here too, which is truly deserved. They've got everything, smart look (often tuxedo dressed), rockin' posture, great voice, years of practice on different projects. As a side note, they've just won 4 Belgian Music Awards again, for Best Alternative, Best Band, Best live and Hit Single of the Year !! So, don't miss them if they come round.     

The show we have here is one the earliest I've got. Their first album came out in 2004 and this one is dated 2005. Ruben has still his dark side whiskers and used to play on a double neck guitar, which I've never seen him do since. I've added a few extra footages, mainly covers which they seem quite like to appreciate ... as much as we do ! Hopefully, some more coming in the following weeks ... In the meantime and if you wonder if it's worth downloading, well ... have a "first taste" at this :   

Hope you'll enjoy the show.

Cheers !