Wednesday, April 27, 2005
The excellent Shumai-Icicles-Smittens-Specific Heats show at PA's Lounge a couple weeks back put me in a very twee mood, so I thought I'd dig up, convert, and share some early live stuff from one of my favorite Slumberland/K records duos, The Softies.
Rose Melberg and Jen Sbragia didn't even have a full length out yet when they hit the road in the summer of 1994, making a stop at the 242 Main teen center in my hometown of Burlington, Vermont. This show was just a few days after the release of their 'Love Seat' 7-inch, and all of these songs come from their early singles, except for 'Half As Much', which would later appear on a Slumberland 10'' EP. Before they played it, Rose remarked that it was "a new song, learned today at a laundromat". Pretty cool to know that one of my favorite Softies songs was written right in Burlington.
So here's the whole set. Keep in mind that this audio comes from the single microphone of an old camcorder, copied to a now-ten year old VHS tape, then transferred into my pc last week. I've done my best to clean it up, but go easy with your free-audio standards, if ya could.
The SoftiesNext week I'll probably offer up some live songs from the Softies' summer tour-mates, Crayon, who also shared that great night's lineup with Huffy and Never Only Once.
Actually, the Crayon set might have to wait a bit, depending on how well my planned recording of tomorrow's Wedding Present show turns out. (Gah! I'm seeing the Wedding Present tomorrow! Still hasn't sunk in.)
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