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So...Counting Crows opened for Cracker back in 93 when I met my wife. 6-9 months later...Cracker was opening for the Counting Crows (94) when they came back through town.
Neither of those shows were the one's I went to. Setlist.com has them playing in '92 at 1st Ave and those song listings look rather familiar, so that had to be the one I was at.

Kinda think they were opening for somebody, but I could be mixing that up with Camper Van. Mould or Sugar maybe, either/both?
 

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Lemonheads, It's a Shame About Ray turns 30. I picked up the reissue over the weekend, but have not listened to it yet. Cool packaging.

Circling, back I think the remastered album sounds great.

Mrs Robinson is relegated to the Bonus track CD, not surprising given how Dando has disdained the track for several decades now. Not a whole lot essential on the Bonus CD, other than a fantastic duo acoustic version of My Drug Buddy with Juliana and a fun ABBA cover of Knowing Me, Knowing You. The demos are interesting.
 

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Neither of those shows were the one's I went to. Setlist.com has them playing in '92 at 1st Ave and those song listings look rather familiar, so that had to be the one I was at.

Kinda think they were opening for somebody, but I could be mixing that up with Camper Van. Mould or Sugar maybe, either/both?
Ironically, I never heard of Counting Crows and didn't particularly like Cracker. Free ticket.
 

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Ironically, I never heard of Counting Crows and didn't particularly like Cracker. Free ticket.
Well, good call on going to the show.

Speaking of free tickets 2 things I miss about 1st Ave:

- Staff handing out a couple of comp tickets when leaving the venue. Every once in a while could really strike gold, first Jayhawks show was a comp. I also probably wouldn't have checked out Jonathan Richman either.

- Playing videos before/in between sets.
 

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Well, good call on going to the show.

Speaking of free tickets 2 things I miss about 1st Ave:

- Staff handing out a couple of comp tickets when leaving the venue. Every once in a while could really strike gold, first Jayhawks show was a comp. I also probably wouldn't have checked out Jonathan Richman either.

- Playing videos before/in between sets.
For sure. I remember grabbing multiple Teenage Fanclub tickets out of the garbage after people threw them out.
 


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Get your tickets before they sell out. July 2nd at the Turf Club.


 

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Here's the first song that made me aware of Buffalo Tom. Whether it was meant to be endearing or mocking they were nicknamed Dinosaur Jr Jr, as they were closely linked to J Mascis, who served as producer for their first couple albums. Performing together, the title track of their 2nd LP, Birdbrain.

 
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Can't help it, but I'm a total sucker for buying buying deluxe anniversary reissues for bands/albums I revere. The 25th for R.E.M. New Adventures in Hi-Fi is quite a package. Well worth it for fanatics.

An interesting song to ponder on this Easter Sunday, here's New Test Leper


Postscript, I've always thought this was hands down their best album on the 90s. Revisiting it with this edition, my belief is reenforced.
 
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One of my favorite maybe-almost-famous bands from the mid-to-late 90s is Tuscadero. Girl-led power pop punk group from Washington, D.C. I still listen to their stuff regularly; it never gets old.

Their debut LP was "The Pink Album" (1994). Raucous, profane, sexy, and very tuneful.





They followed that up with "Step Into My Wiggle Room" in 1995.

 



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...and their last record was "My Way or the Highway" (1998). It was less edgy and more poppy, but still great songs and very listenable.




Am I the only one who remembers Tuscadero? Anybody ever see them live? I never had the pleasure.
 

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As far as classic Cure songs go, this one checks all the boxes.

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Song of the Day. Liz Phair, Cinco de Mayo

 

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More Lemonheads drama. Beef with Jawbreaker.

Very odd, because I was seeing Dando's tweets in real time wondering WFT, but had no background that they had some dates cancelled in which they were supposed to open for Jawbreaker. This was a short run before the Euro dates they are playing now.

As Juliana Hatfield commented, quite a bummer the "CandyBand" tour imploded.

 



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Evan Dando seems to be back being...well...Evan Dando.
 

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Evan Dando seems to be back being...well...Evan Dando.
Actuallly, more like "same as it ever was", unfortunately.

To his credit, I suppose, he didn't run and hide by scrubbing his Twitter. The stuff is still out there. As for Evan himself, I did read he had a relapse and another rehab stint last summer following his the death of his father.

I guess this is encouraging, and sobering.

 
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Lou was long gone when this was originally recorded. Back in the fold he makes this Dinosaur Jr song even better. Start Choppin'

 


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Whilst catching up on James Corden episodes on my DVR today, I came across the Smashing Pumpkins promoting their upcoming tour and album. I'm intrigued.

Also, I knew James Iha had reunited with Corgan/Chamberlin for some shows a while back, but had no idea he's been fully in the band since 2018.

Here's the current lineup for the classic song they played on Corden.

Today


Still great ear candy.
 

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Tweedy joined by Wilco and special guest David Byrne for California Stars

 




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