Wednesday, October 25, 2006
In the "nice problem to have" department: I've accumulated quite a little backlog of ace live material to share, so I'm breaking my own one-set-per-week rule and offering up last Tuesday's acoustic performance from Tanya Donelly.
This short-but-so-sweet lunchtime set marked the release day for her latest solo record, "This Hungry Life", last Tuesday, and her mesmerizing voice was truly in top form. It's not at all surprising to read in the liner notes that this new album (which was recorded live in front of a crowd of fans up in Bellows Fall, Vermont) has minimal overdubs... what you hear is what you get when you're sitting right in front of her.
For the album sessions, Tanya invited along a bunch of great players, all with Boston ties: Bill Janovitz (of Buffalo Tom & Crown Victoria) on backing vocals, Joan Wasser (of the Dambuilders & Joan as Policewoman) on violin and backing vocals, Rich Gilbert (of many bands) on pedal steel and acoustic guitar, and Arthur Johnson (of Come) on drums. The two remaining contributors also joined her at this in-store at the Government Center location of Newbury Comics: Her hubby Dean Fisher on guitar, and Joe McMahon (of Senor Happy) on stand-up bass.
So here's the trio's set, and while us Tanya loyalists in the crowd were nice and quiet, the store's cash register adds the slight ambience of commerce...
Live at Newbury Comics, Gov't Center, Boston, MA
on Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
1. World On Fire
2. Kundalini Slide
4. New England
5. This Hungry Life
Five of those songs can be found on the new disc, and the closer, "Acrobat", comes from her 1997 solo debut, "Lovesongs for Underdogs".
While live appearances by the former member of the Throwing Muses, the Breeders, and leader of Belly have become a relative rarity as she balances musicianhood with mommyhood (her second daughter arrived this past March), she recently shared that she plans on doing more shows next Spring. Here's hoping. While I enjoyed her previous solo album, 2004's "Whiskey Tango Ghosts", I'm already way more into the material on "This Hungry Life", songs like "Kundalini Slide", which I recently shared up here...
the fine print... If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just say the word (contact info in the 'nac faq). Recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps mp3s. Mp3s are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.
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