The problem with being a fan of a band called “Live” is in finding information and rare material. How effective is a web search going to be using the term “live”? You get like a thousand unrelated results. Kind of like looking for information on Cake and getting baking results, but that is another story. (Someday when I am in a band, we are going to have a very unique name. Mark my words!).
So, back to Live. I was thrilled today to get email from Franz in Dorf, Austria, pointing me in the direction of some excellent Live mp3s, and I’d like to share them with you.
- The River, highly recommended new single from the upcoming release Songs From Black Mountain (April 11, 2006). This is a complete studio version (sourced from an online stream by Epic Records).
If “The River” is any indication, I am looking forward to the new album. Two of my favorite Live albums are The Distance To Here (1999) and Throwing Copper (1994) and “The River” reminds me of their more melodic fare of those days. They kind of lost me a bit with 2001′s V, which was a little too hardcore, falling in with that rap-rock craze, and totally turned me off.
Live is doing a Canadian tour, so all my Canadian readers should consider checking them out. (The only problem with Canadian tour is that they are playing with Nickelback, and I truly cannot condone that. My apologies). I saw them at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley with Counting Crows back in ’99 or 2000, and they were excellent, even though Ed Kowalczyk reminded me a bit of Kid Rock or someone in his badass posturing of that era. Whatever. Hopefully there will be less crotch-gesturing in the current tour because the music was really excellent.
Thanks to The Live Lounge for these tracks, and again danke to Franz for pointing me in the right direction. And here’s one more bonus track:
- Running to Stand Still, Live from Metro City in Perth, Australia on December 7th, 2004 (U2 cover)