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Brody, Circa 2022

Well into the run of Seinfeld (8th season) there was an episode that is probably more memorable for the Elaine’s rather exotic dance moves but which includes a subplot of Jerry becoming a movie bootlegger, making a video, at Kramer’s and his friend’s Brody’s insistence (Brody happens to have a gun), of Death Blow. Brody sells the tapes on the streets. Jerry has quite a knack for the genre, as Brody tells him: “I’ve never seen such beautiful work. You’re a genius. The zoom-ins, the framing. I was enchanted.”

(This digression can be skipped. Consider: The director of Death Blow created a finished product, having worked with a director of cinematography. All of the zoom-ins, framing, pans, long shots, over the shoulder, etc. A finished product. Yet Jerry takes that work and applies his own craft to it. This isn’t a case of sampling, as it is the entire work that is still being presented, albeit in modified form. It isn’t an annotation because nothing, except for selection, is being added. It isn’t analogous to Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album because there isn’t actual reimagining of Death Blow, but simply a change of point of view. So what is the Seinfeldian version of Death Blow? As Brody is something of a savvy street hustler (remember the gun), he clearly knows what the market is interested in, so the Seinfeld cut of Death Blow evidently has something that the original lacks.)

Long before there was digital file sharing of music there were physical bootlegs. While there were an array of vinyl products, making records requires a pressing plant, and while back in the 1960s and ‘70s there were more of them around, it was still something of a feat, although owners of pressing plants knew that the capital equipment they had wasn’t making them money unless they were pressing vinyl, so there were opportunities for the audio Brodys. The development of cassettes facilitated the creation and distribution of bootlegs in the same way that the ungainly video camera that Jerry wielded did for bootleg videos.

But now, with the exception of those who are collectors, the physical media bootlegging has waned and given the vast catalogs of streaming services, so, too, has the digital.


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Velvet Underground – I’m Not A Young Man Anymore

Big news for Velvets fans. Dead Flowers has generously liberated a freshly discovered bootleg of a 1967 Velvet Underground show at the Gymnasium in NYC.

It’s lifted from a message board post by a character calling himself “Furious Wank” who claims, “It’s the ONLY available live stuff from 1967 and has only become available in literally the last two days. Recorded just after the release of The Velvet Underground And Nico and featuring the debut performance of Sister Ray (19 mins long) and the *previously unheard* song I’m Not A Young Man Any More.”

I’ve listened to it (somewhat skeptically) and it definitely sounds like the real deal to my ears. Gotta love Lou Reed whining about no longer being a young man at ripe old age of 25. Dipshit whippersnapper.

David Lee Roth Solo

Chunklet is hosting a fantastic historical document. They’ve got David Lee Roth’s unadorned vocal track from Van Halen’s “Runnin’ with the Devil” from their 1978 debut.

You’ve got to hear it. Dave is the best. Indie kids these days could learn a thing or two from Dave about how to deliver a vocal. And when you need to crank up the awesomeness one more notch, you can always bust out the clown whistle.

[Embedded youtube video, 2/1/2021.]

“New” Beatles Star Club Recordings

Paul and George at the Star-ClubAll big Beatles fans are familiar with the “Star Club Recordings.” They were recorded on a home tape recorder by a fan in the crowd at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, on December 31, 1962. Originally released on vinyl in 1977, it sounds awful, but it’s the only recorded evidence we have of the Beatles kicking ass as a balls-out garage band.

And now, Billboard is reporting that Fuego Entertainment plans to release never-before-heard Beatles live recordings made in 1962 at the Star Club. Fuego says its collection includes previously unheard tracks, such as covers of Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” and Maurice Williams’ “Do You Believe.”

Hardcore Beatles maniacs are skeptical. After streaming the one full track and 3 clips available (for $4.95!), the consensus is:

• “I Saw Her Standing There” is the booted-but-not-released version.

• “Hippy Hippy Shake” is the released version.

• “Lovesick Blues” is the booted version (not the Beatles).

• “A Taste Of Honey,” however, is new.

Could be interesting. But it’s probably not what Fuego is claiming it is.

MP3: Not the Beatles – “Lovesick Blues” (37 second sample, courtesy of Fuego)

Velvet Underground Acetate MP3s

4-25-66Remember that Velvet Underground acetate on ebay? Apparently, that one wasn’t “one of a kind.” Or else someone ripped the vinyl before losing it. Or something… Because there’s a Japanese bootleg of the material floating around.

The bootleg’s source was apparently in rougher shape and contains more surface noise than the one that was being auctioned off last week. But there are probably a lot of people out there who just want to hear the alternate versions, no matter how shaky the quality.

Well, Merry Christmas, motherfuckers! After the jump, you can download the four songs from the acetate that were completely different takes from the officially released album, The Velvet Underground & Nico.

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Velvet Underground Rarity under the Gavel

4-25-66A one-of-a-kind Velvet Underground acetate is being auctioned off on ebay. These are the legendary “lost Scepter Studios recordings” that include the original, unreleased versions of “European Son,” “Heroin,” “Venus In Furs,” and “I’m Waiting For The Man.” The other five tracks are the same takes that were released on Velvet Underground & Nico, but with different mixes.

There had been talk of Universal buying this and releasing it, but apparently that fell through… Current bid is $18,600.00 and bidding ends on December 8. If you’ve got some extra cash, buy this and upload the mp3s so we can all hear the first Velvets album as Andy Warhol originally intended it.

Via Percolator.