October 26, 2006

Kings of Leon: Bonus Live Tracks

The more I listen to Kings of Leon, the more I come to think that they may be one of the best things to happen to family musical groups since The Partridge Family, or maybe Jack & Meg White. Consisting of three brothers and a cousin (all in their early 20s), this Tennessee rock band is making a name for themselves through a few quality releases and, most recently, a tour with Bob Dylan. They’ve got a loose Southern-garage rock feel to their music with a classy and restless edge.

Kings of Leon has worked with whiz-bang British producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Ben Kweller, Counting Crows, Ray LaMontagne) for all three of their releases: 2002′s Holy Roller Novocaine EP, 2003′s Youth & Young Manhood (which sounds like the title of a bad After-School Special), and the most recent Aha Shake Heartbreak (2005), which was recorded at Johns’ Three Crows Studio in Los Angeles, using The Beatles’ old Abbey Road mixing desk. Wahoo.

The Australian version of Aha Shake Heartbreak came with a bonus DVD of 5 live songs recorded in Belgium. Here are the audio rips of these energetic tracks. They play like they mean it:

Taper Jean Girl” (live) – Kings of Leon
(YSI alternate link)

The Bucket” (live) – Kings of Leon
(YSI alternate link)

Soft” (live) – Kings of Leon
(YSI alternate link)

Molly’s Chambers” (live) – Kings of Leon
(YSI alternate link)

Four Kicks” (live) – Kings of Leon
(YSI alternate link)

And here’s a bonus just because I can:

Slow Night, So Long” – Kings of Leon with Eddie Vedder
Live in Seattle, 4/25/05

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  • i LOVE kings of leon. thank you soooo much for posting this!!

    Anonymous — October 27, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

  • Great post on the Kings. I’ve loved this band since day one, its great to see that they are getting respect from other artists. Opening for Dylan, U2, and Pearl Jam isn’t such a bad thing. haha. Its some pretty good company to keep.

    i took some video of 3 new songs they’ve been playng live, let me know if you want them.


    no code — October 27, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

  • Just saw them for first time opening for Dylan in San Diego and they sounded good. Thanks for posting these will have to check them out.

    Dexter — October 27, 2006 @ 8:54 pm

  • KOL are truly great live, loved taper jean girl

    Wayne — October 28, 2006 @ 12:51 am

  • KOL are a great band. I’ve been a fan since their debut EP, and I was glad to get to see them open for U2 a year and a half ago. They’re still a little rough around the edges live, but I really dig them. I wish they were opening for Bob Dylan on the east coast.

    Unfortunately the links are expired. If you get a chance to repost them, that would be great, but it’s no big deal if you don’t. I see you’re starting to use Savefile, which is better than YSI because the downloads last longer.

    Maggie — October 30, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

  • Ooh, can you repost the one they did with Eddie, or do you have any from the recent run through Australia? Pretty pretty please?


    Oxypoet — December 7, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

  • i second what bill said..please please repost slow night so long with eddie.. :)

    Anonymous — April 21, 2007 @ 7:02 am

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