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Mp3s: The Breeders live in Boston

Posted on June 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm | No Comments

The reinvigorated Breeders are winding up a nearly two-month North American tour that started on the Coachella stage in April and will finish at the Loft in Atlanta this Friday. The five piece — which puts Fear bassist Mando Lopez, drummer Jose Medeles, and the multi-instrumental (and Craigslist-recruited?) Cheryl Lindsey alongside Deal twins — stopped by a sold out Paradise here in Boston last Thursday, and rocked through a set that included songs not just from all four Breeders albums (1990’s “Pod”, 1993’s “The Last Splash”, 2002’s “Title TK”, and the new “Mountain Battles”) and the “Safari” EP, but also a few from the Amps’ “Pacer” record and a couple of those well-worn covers (including their Beatles and GBV renditions). Fans called out requests for “Drivin’ on 9” and “Oh“, which were declined due to the absence of violinist Carrie Bradley, who they mentioned may join them for their sold-out NYC show tonight.

Kim Deal cracks me up, and her near-constant smile and easy going, no-bullshit stage presence makes any Breeders show a for-sure fun one. While you never know what’s going to come out of her mouth between songs (calling her mom ‘nuts’, teasing her twin sis, or drawing attention to ex-hubby John Murphy in the VIP seats), it’s usually going to be more than a “how you all doing tonight?”. And thanks to bassist Mando (who is apparently from East LA), we even got a couple appreciated Celtics/Lakers Game 1 score updates.

Walking out of the Paradise to watch the last couple minutes of that Celtics victory in the ‘Dise Lounge with a good friend made an ace evening even better… an evening that was nearly ruined by a ticket snafu.

Crisis averted, admission gained, ‘Nac post written, recording shared…

The Breeders

Live at the Paradise
in Boston, MA
on Thursday, June 5th, 2008

01. Tipp City
02. Huffer
03. Bang On
04. Shocker In Gloomtown (GBV)
05. Divine Hammer
06. Night of Joy
07. No Aloha
08. Pacer
09. We’re Gonna Rise
10. It’s The Love (Tasties)
11. Mercury
12. New Year
13. Cannonball
14. I Just Wanna Get Along
15. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Beatles)
16. Iris
17. Safari
18. German Studies
19. Empty Glasses

encore 1
20. Overglazed
21. Fortunately Gone
22. Here No More
23. Saints

encore 2
24. banter
25. Full On Idle

Some Breeders links…

  • Their official site, MySpace page, Wikipedia entry, and 4AD label page.
  • Additional Audio: Stereogum has the Mp3 for “Bang On“. You can stream five other “Mountain Battles” songs at MySpace. And did you ever download the fantastic “Pod” demos? Well, if you’re a registered Dime user, you can.
  • Video: Watch the band perform “Walk It Off (and not “Bang On“, as the page says) and answer questions at the ACL studio during SxSW, check out video of the “Mountain Battles” album release party (which was pretty much just the band hangin’ out while listening to the album). And, of course, a Breeders YouTube search will also reward you with many more moving pictures.
  • Photos: My shots from the Paradise are here, and the band has their own pics at their own site. Many photos to be found with a full Breeders Flickr tag search.
  • Upcoming tourdates:

    Tonight, Tuesday, June 10th in NYC @ Webster Hall
    Wednesday, June 11th in Washington, DC @ the 9:30 Club
    Thursday, June 12th in Asheville, NC @ the Orange Peel
    Friday, June 13th in Atlanta, GA @ the Loft

    July brings them to Spain, England, Japan, and Australia, and August finds them still in Oz, then back up to Ireland and Scotland. Full date listing here. Frequent flyer miles galore.

  • Listen to any and all ‘Nac-hosted Mp3s at the Hype Machine.
  • the fine print… If anyone has an issue with these Mp3s being made available, just let me know (my contact info in the ‘nac faq). Live sets recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps Mp3s. Files are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.


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