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[Live MP3s] THE CHURCH in MA 2011 – Album Set Two (Priest=Aura)

Posted on July 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm | 1 Comment

As promised a few weeks back, here’s the second set of The Church‘s “three albums live” show back in February in Foxboro, MA. After running through their most recent record, the Australian quartet took a break and came back out to treat us to 1992’s excellent, and highly under-appreciated, “Priest=Aura” full-length. Released four years after their 1988 U.S. breakthrough “Starfish” (which comes in the third set, and I’ll share up next), “P=A” didn’t make anywhere near the commercial impact, but it’s long been a fan favorite, and many consider it a career highpoint.

The 14-track album certainly made it the longest segment of the evening, which was notable for its complete lack of bass guitar – Steve Kilbey put down his primary instrument and stuck with a six-string for the entirety of the set. Even more notable was when he went entirely guitar-free and prowled the stage for an absolutely captivating performance of LP-climax “The Disillusionist“. The crowd went fairly wild (well, for an older-skewing seated bunch), and you can hear it in this recording.

Here you go. Download the first set if you missed it, and check back soon for the third & final part of the show (when the band closes with the entirety of 1988’s “Starfish”), which will hopefully come with less of a wait than this one did…

The Church

Live at Showcase Live
in Foxboro, MA
on Friday, February 18th, 2011

The album “Priest = Aura” in its entirety (part two of three)

[Download all 10 tracks in one 124 MB .zip file]

01. Aura
02. Ripple
03. Paradox
04. Lustre
05. Swan Lake
06. Feel
07. Mistress
08. Kings
09. Dome
10. Witch Hunt
11. The Disillusionist
12. Old Flame
13. Chaos
14. Film

To continue your Church-specific surfing…

  • Check out the rest of my photos from the show on Flickr.
  • Lead singer/bassist Steve Kilbey’s acceptance speech at the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a rambling doozy, and totally worth watching.
  • Here’s a recent interview with guitarist Peter Koppes on the eve of the 3-album tour.
  • Apparently there’s a Church documentary project in the works, and here’s footage of the band and some fans from their 2009 West Coast tour.
  • During that 2009 tour, the band played The Triple Door in Seattle, and KEXP shared up some excellent videos from the show.
  • If you’re a Church fan, take some time and step inside the mind of Steve Kilbey and his thought-provoking personal blog. He lets it all out there, and sometimes I’m not even sure what it is. But I like it.
  • Remember, you can easily stream any and all ‘Nac-hosted Mp3s at the Hype Machine. Be sure to check out their new iPhone app, which allows you to stream blog-specific content on your fancy little handheld. From my minidisc recorder, to my computer, to my blog, to the Hype Machine servers, up to a satellite, and down to your freakin’ iPhone. How’s that for a delivery system? We’re living in the future, man.

    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 256kbps Mp3s. Files are made available for a limited time, and are usually not reposted once removed.


    One Response to “[Live MP3s] THE CHURCH in MA 2011 – Album Set Two (Priest=Aura)”

    1. belfrank
      May 30th, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

      Steve played a six string bass which he used on the record – Six strings yes – but definitely a bass. Cheers, Frank 😉

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