[photo courtesy of Dan M. Parker]
“I had not seen the Jesus Lizard since Lollapalooza 1995 – the last year I choose to think of as being remotely true to what that festival was about. As hard as it is to believe that was 14 years ago, it is even harder to understand how frontman David Yow & Co. have managed to bring back this band – essentially dormant since 1999 – with this much ferocity. Yow may be 14 years older and a bit worse for wear, but the man caterwauls with an intensity that most 20 year old pretty boys will never match. The Irving crowd – a good portion of whom, at this 16+ show, were not even born when this band began in 1987 – remained in a frenzy throughout the set, turning the Irving floor into a thrashing sea of bodies, flying beers and more than a few sets of broken eyeglasses. While Yow stage-dove, mic in hand, the band delivered their tightly wound hardcore like the experts they are. Covering a range of the band’s catalog and with two encores, the 23-song set gave audience members a lot to scream about.
At one point near the end of the show, with blood smeared on his face, Yow said he couldn’t believe that as a bunch of “65 year olds,” the Jesus Lizard were still “the best band in the world.” After a few minutes, he admitted that maybe the Melvins were better. It all depends on one’s taste in music of course, but it’s safe to say that after Monday’s performance, the Melvins have got a lot to live up to.”
The show was recorded from the floor close enough for a capture of exceptional clarity but far enough back to avoid the craziness. Enjoy!
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Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
The Jesus Lizard
Fillmore East at Irving Plaza
New York, NY
An ACIDJACK master recording
Equipment: Audix 1280c capsules>Church Audio Active Cables>SPSB-10>R-09HR
Position: Slightly LOC, floor, about 35-40′ back, stealth
Mastering: WAV>Audacity (set fades, downsample, tracking, amplify each channel)>FLAC ( level 8 )
05 (None Other Than) Killer McHann
07 Mouth Breather
08 Destroy Before Reading
10 My Own Urine
11 Dancing Naked Ladies
12 Monkey Trick
14 Blue Shot
16 7 vs. 8
17 [encore break]
19 Bloody Mary
22 Wheelchair Epidemic
23 [second encore break]
25 If You Had Lips
26 Fly On The Wall
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