December 22, 2014

Damien Rice in a synagogue in San Francisco (October 7, 2014)

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It’s the time of year when I have some time to swim around in music because the college where I work is closed in between terms. Brace yourselves for a bunch of good stuff in the next two weeks while I am off work — in addition to plans for a “Holiday Bundle” of up to four new Chapel Sessions (!!!), I have some incredible live recordings that a magical show-recording elf who goes simply by the initial “B” sends to my mailbox with little notes of care from the San Francisco Bay Area.

In this week’s mail I received a stunning recording of Damien Rice playing in the Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco – a magnificent Classical Romanesque synagogue built in 1904 and covered in gorgeous frescoes. The setlist to this show is fucking incredible. Damien Rice has the ability to transport me back to a very specific time in my life, a very raw time (“Accidental Babies” has got to be one of the most brutally bittersweet songs I know) and this show just was just song after song after song of that exquisiteness.

From the first song, “Eskimo,” when he starts howling, I was overcome with chills all up and down my spine. This is a very powerful show; even though these songs are old, they are undiluted. I did the thing that I do when a song really flattens me, and that is: I let it. I lay right in the center of the wooden floor in my kitchen where the stereo is and let the song do its work. Sometimes I sing along.

Holy shit, this show.



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crowd choir on Volcano

DAMIEN RICE
LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO: Congregation Sherith Israel
October 7, 2014
Taped by B

Eskimo
Delicate
Elephant
Woman Like A Man
9 Crimes
The Greatest Bastard
The Professor & La Fille Danse
Grey Room
Rootless Tree
I Remember
Volcano –> When Doves Cry (Prince)

Encore:
The Blower’s Daughter
Cheers Darlin’
Accidental Babies
Cannonball

ZIP: DAMIEN RICE IN SAN FRANCISCO

The enclosed postcard: Thanks, B.
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I am seeing Damien on April 17 in Boulder. If this is at all what I have to look forward to…


[show photos borrowed from Irene Hsu, Stanford]

4 Comments »

  • this is awesome – thanks Heather for putting this up for us.

    Sadly I’m not a huge fan of the new album (yet) but hoping it will grow on me over time.

    Danny — December 22, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

  • […] findet sich etwa auf Heather Brownes formidablen Blog “I Am Fuel, You Are Friends” ein Mitschnitt des Damien Rice-Gastspiels in der Congregation Sherith Israel Kirche in San Francisco, Kalifornien […]

    Noch schöner als auf Konserve – Damien Rice live | ANEWFRIEND — January 10, 2015 @ 8:07 am

  • Thank you SO much for this. Found it while searching for bootlegs of DR, absolutely brilliant…

    GTM — March 7, 2015 @ 9:58 am

  • Great recording. I really enjoyed listening to this.

    simon — July 23, 2015 @ 5:39 am

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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