This is the second bootleg that I have uploaded now. I can’t up things like these too often because my school restricts bandwith on a weekly basis, and FLAC files can make a significant dent in that (20GB) weekly limit, especially when you download as much as I do. Judging from the statistics, it looks like a decent percentage of the few readers that this blog gets enjoyed the Mars Volta show that I posted last week. There’s a lot of amazing music like TMV out there today, but this time I wanted to focus on a classic band: Can.

Information

folder.jpg
Title: Queueing Down
Artist: Can
Performance Date: May 12, 1973
Genre: Krautrock
Download Link: One Disc
Tracklisting:

  • 01 – Queueing Down [35:55]
  • 02 – One More Night [08:49]
  • 03 – Spoon [16:05]
  • 04 – Stars and Lines [14:41]
  • 05 – Vitamin C [13:41]

Music

Along with a few of their other countrymen, Can is well-known for developing the “Krautrock” aesthetic, a type of progressive, psychedelic rock that was primarily limited to Germany in its early years. During their golden age, Can was made up of four proficient German musicians and Damo Suzuki—a Japanese wandering performer who the band literally recruited off of the street. This quintet recorded Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi, and Future Days together: all three of which were revolutionary albums that are recognized as classic works of genius today. Can’s output declined after Suzuki left the band to become a Jehova’s Witness in 1974, and the group eventually broke up after releasing a few decent albums in the late seventies.

This recording features Can in more glorious times, however, with Suzuki still in his position as the group’s frontman, doing what he is famous for: crooning and murmuring strange lyrics made up on the spot. The opening track is perhaps the best example of Can’s spontaneous creativity, as it is an entirely-improvised 35 minute jam. Even the other songs that are performed, which originally appeared on studio albums, are significantly extended, seamlessly incorporating tight and professional improvisations. The quality of musicianship displayed in this performance (and in any Can live show) is something that must be heard to be truly believed. Fans of Can in the studio will appreciate beefed-up versions of favorites like “Spoon” and “Vitamin C”, while curious first-time listeners will simply be krautrocked to death by these five monster tunes. As far as bootlegs go, this is a personal favorite of mine and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Advertisements

This is the first post of what I hope will be a recurring feature here on this site: bootleg sharing. In my introductory post, I stated that I didn’t want this blog to simply be a music upload dump, but I think it’s fun to upload and discuss bootlegs every now and then. Unlike commercial albums, bootlegs are recorded by fans for fans. The tapers and traders usually do not see a dime from the efforts, which makes bootlegging absolutely justifiable in my book. It’s all about the music. The recordings uploaded here will be lossless, which is the standard in the trading community. The songs are kept in this format to prevent the quality decay that occurs when a file is transcoded. Feel free to encode these files to lossy sources for your own listening, but if you ever trade the material to somebody else, try to ensure that it is lossless. Anyway, here’s the show that I uploaded for this entry:

Information

cover.png
Title: Live in Sydney
Artist: The Mars Volta
Performance Date: March 15, 2007
Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic/Alternative Rock
Download Link: Disc One | | Disc Two
Tracklisting:

  • 1.1 – Rapid Fire Tollbooth [15:13]
  • 1.2 – Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) [15:20]
  • 1.3 – Cygnus….Vismund Cygnus [18:10]
  • 1.4 – Viscera Eyes [09:08]
  • 1.5 – Idle Tooth [06:20]
  • 1.6 – Drunkship of Lanterns [12:48]
  • 2.1 – Vermicide [04:50]
  • 2.2 – Tetragrammaton [17:08]
  • 2.3 – Cicatriz ESP [14:39]
  • 2.4 – Meccamputechture [7:16]
  • 2.5 – Day of the Baphomets [13:40]

Music

Despite the fact that The Mars Volta is consistently praised as a band of technically-adept musicians, a group of true innovators, and the King Crimson of our generation, I have never really gotten into them. I enjoy their first two albums whenever I put them on, but I have not bothered exploring the group any further. Since acquiring this recording however, my position on the Mars Volta has changed, and I am more interested in this fascinating young group than I ever was before.

This disc-spanning live set contains much of the band’s already-classic material, bookended by tight extended jamming. Each and every song is performed accurately with a certain energy that is unparalleled by other acts. If I was a dedicated fan, I’d be able to elaborate upon specific moments during this show that catch my attention, but as of right now, I can only comprehend this recording as one long psychedelic explosion. Perhaps it’s for the best, as my attempts to describe this music from an outsider’s perspective would be hamfisted no matter what. In fact, I really don’t have much else to say about this one. I just liked this show so much that I figured that I would share the wealth. I am looking forward to listening to more Mars Volta in the future, as well as writing more “real” articles for this site. Enjoy!