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[Live MP3s] THE CHURCH in MA 2011 – Album Set One (Untitled #23)

Posted on June 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm | 1 Comment

Long-lived Aussie quartet The Church has been running a bit of a victory lap over the past year – marking their 30th anniversary as a band with a 2010 acoustic retrospective tour (no reunion needed!), getting inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in November, and mounting another U.S. visit for their 3-albums-live “Future Past Perfect” tour. Boston is very fortunate to be a regular stop for the band, with the acoustic roadshow hitting the Somerville Armory last Spring and the FPP tour visiting Foxboro(ugh)’s Showcase Live this past February. They really seem to love this area, and the fans at both those shows loved ’em right back.

Their February visit was the second time I’d headed south to the Gillette Stadium entertain-o-plex Showcase Live to catch the band (the first was back in July 2009), and while I obviously prefer small clubs to larger, slicker spaces, I must admit that they do the seated-show thing right there – great sight lines, near-perfect sound, table service, and above-average food give me little to complain about apart from the extra travel time it takes to get down there. The band seems to really dig the place, too, complimenting the venue during both shows and mentioning how glad they were to be back in that particular room.

Word is that the Church are generally cool with live recordings, so I’m sharing up mine from that Massachusetts stop of the “Future Past Perfect” tour in three parts – one for each album they played in full that evening. First comes their run through their most recent full-length, 2009’s “Untitled #23”, and it will be followed in the coming weeks by live renditions of 1992’s “Priest=Aura” and 1988’s “Starfish”, the band’s well-known U.S. breakthrough. Please to enjoy…

The Church

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

[Download all 10 tracks in one 106 MB .zip file]

01. Cobalt Blue
02. Deadman’s Hand
03. Pangaea
04. Happenstance
05. Space Saviour
06. On Angel Street
07. Sunken Sun
08. Anchorage
09. Lunar
10. Operetta

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.
  • 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 phone.

    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 not reposted once removed.

    Comments

    One Response to “[Live MP3s] THE CHURCH in MA 2011 – Album Set One (Untitled #23)”

    1. Randy
      June 14th, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

      Thanks Brad! Great shows and memories here. You forgot to mention that this was the first time that you were able to enjoy the show!

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