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Episode 6 -Led Zeppelin Live In Seattle 1975 – Deus Ex Machina by Mark Donahue

We take a look at a recent bootleg release of a soundboard recording from the legendary Led Zeppelin show, in Seattle, on 3/21/75, which came out over the summer. This is an excellent recording of a stellar show. I go over a little of the background of the release, and listen to a few tracks. Fun fun fun.

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DTP506 – Charlotte de Witte – Datatransmission by Data Transmission

For all the emphasis on good times and euphoria in clubland there’s always been a dark side to electronic music, a side that 23 year old DJ/producer and one of Belgium’s most exciting new talents Charlotte de Witte has readily embraced.


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Chillin’ Con Carne

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Closer (After Dark Remix) – Mastered Version

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Closer (Sinner’s Day Remix)

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The Ovoid Office (Auckland Fever Mix)

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Haunted Tension

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My Bloody Shoegazers

Today I had another listen to Loveless, the second or according to Rolling Stone even fourth album of My Bloody Valentine.


I had forgotten about it for years, and now I know why. Bought it because it charted as an important shoegaze album, a masterpiece even, an album not to be missed in your collection. La vie en Rose and Pink, ultimate soundtrack to the Higher Grounds. I listened to the album in full, and still don’t see the reason to call this a masterpiece. Not even a piece: files now under “dismissed”. Forever. Hmm, think I have a listen to Forever Changes then.

For those who want to sacrifice their ears and time to this album, try the backward version, which is very good indeed! And the lyrics do come through for once.

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Gov’t Mule @ The Depot (Belgium)

We don’t need to fly to Salt Lake City since Leuven, Belgium has its own “Depot”.

This temple of music was refurbished recently and is host to many talented musicians, famous and upcoming bands alike.

And the Mule does not need an introduction!

Hence, this little introduction: Gov’t Mule was formed in 1994, when Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody were playing in The Allman Brothers Band and talking about their shared passion for old school power trios. Haynes called up drummer Matt Abts, and the band recorded three increasingly ambitious studio albums and performed countless shows before Woody passed in 2000. In 2001, Louis, a longtime collaborator, became a full-time member of Gov’t Mule, and the group has been a four-piece ever since. Bassist Carlsson has been with the group since 2008, solidifying the lineup.

Rock torchbearers, Gov’t Mule, were celebrating their 20th anniversary last year with an extensive tour and a series of dynamic live archival releases that highlight the group’s versatility and fearless live performances, to create a unique experience each and every time. Their steadily expanding fan base knows that the Mule always has something special waiting for them.

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, they released some exquisite live archival material:

Stoned Side of the Mule: Volume 1,which captures the Mule on Halloween 2009, ripping through seven impassioned Rolling Stone covers.

The second archival, Dark Side of the Mule,features 90 minutes of Pink Floyd covers recorded during the band’s Halloween 2008 show at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA.

Dub Side of the Mule shines a light on the band’s New Year’s Eve 2006 Beacon Theatre show, including a 45-minute set of reggae songs with special guest, reggae legend Toots Hibbert.

And also this year we were finally able to get our hands and ears on a very special release – the long-awaited SCO-MULE.In September of 1999, John Scofield teamed up with Gov’t Mule for two legendary shows. Fans can now experience the SCO-MULE magic first-hand in album form. The 3-hour all-instrumental album is a jazz romp laced with rock riffs.

With the Mule, always expect the unexpected. And so was this evening’s duo-set, dedicated to Ben E. King who has passed away the day before this amazing concert on May 1st 2015. A true tribute! Strolling through their own songbook with snippets of the inevitable greats (Beatles, Hendrix, even some Smoke on the water). Heavy, mesmerising and sometimes brutal, Warren even killed his amp during Cortez the Killer. Warning: the Mule is addictive!

Set 1:

1. Thorazine Shuffle

2. Million Miles from Yesterday

3. Monkey Hill

4. Bad Little Doggie

5. About to Rage

6. Brand New Angel

7. Captured

8. She Said She Said (Beatles cover) > Tomorrow Never Knows jam with Stand By Me and Third Stone From the Sun excerpts)

Set 2:

9. Cortez the Killer (Neil Young cover) (with Hottentot , Fallen Down & No Quarter excerpts)

10. Mule (with Les Brers in A Minor excerpt)

11. Little Toy Brain

12. Thelonius Beck >

13. Drums

14. Whisper in Your Soul

15. Drivin’ Rain

16. Soulshine (Allman Brothers Band cover) >

17. Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison cover) > Soulshine reprise

18. Encore: Blind Man in the Dark

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Vanilla Fudge, anybody?

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Spring is in the air. Concert season starts again. And thus a bunch of CD releases is seeing the light. First on the list is the brand new material from “The” Vanilla Fudge, “Spirit of ’67”, not to be confused with the sixth studio album by the same name by American pop rock group Paul Revere & the Raiders. It is the Fudge’s first “new” album in eight years, though only containing covers from those old goodies.
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