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Charlie Hunter Trio
Cueball Bobbin

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Jason Mraz and Tristan Prettyman - All I Want For Christmas Is Us (MP3)

Category:Other -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - Las Vegas, NV - 12/10/09
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - Las Vegas, NV - 12/11/09
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - Las Vegas, NV - 12/12/09

Category:Other -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

I'm not quite sure how I haven't posted this before, but if you ask me this is a Christmas album tailor made for this podcast.

A Very Special Christmas - Live From Washington D.C.           More from Amazon...
Purchase on Itunes        

Category:Album Picks -- posted at: 10:11pm EDT

To start the show I’ve got some very exciting news to share with you on the Live Music Podcast front. Last week I was informed from my host site that the iPhone app they have been developing for me was accepted. The new app makes listening to this podcast on your iPhone or iPod Touch easier than ever before. On top of that, starting on this episode I will be releasing bonus content that you can only get by using the app. I do apologize to the non iPhone owners out there, which includes myself, but I will make sure to include links on the site where you can find bonus content.

Due to the timing of this episode release you may not hear it before Christmas but if you do and are looking for a last minute gift for the iPhone owner in your life please consider giving the app. Its only $1.99 and Itunes makes it super easy to send it to anyone with an email address apparently this is not the case I had assumed that it worked the same as gifting music, silly silly me. And finally I am giving the away the app to the first 10 people that put a comment on this episode so good luck!

The music for this show continues a tradition on this podcast by featuring a concert from Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam. This year I am playing select tracks from the Christmas Jam Band’s performance on December 12th. This was quite a show even by the very high standards that this event brings. It features a little bit of everything from Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones to Collective Soul and Bob Dylan. So please enjoy the 2009 Christmas Jam Band.

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Warren Haynes Presents: The 21st Annual X-Mas Jam Band - Asheville, NC - 12/12/09 

Song Listing
1) Wild Horses
2) The World I Know
3) Shine
4) I Ain't Waitin' on Tomorrow
5) Last Child
6) Spoonful
7) Animal
8) Isis

Warren Haynes Presents: The 21st Annual X-Mas Pre-Jam Band - Asheville, NC - 12/11/09 

Bonus Song Listing (Live Music Podcast App only)
1) I Ain't Waitin' On Tomorrow
2) Jumpin' Jack Flash
3) Taxman
4) Ohio

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Home   The Deep End, Vol. 1
  Live...With A Little Help From Our Friends
  More from Amazon...
Purchase on Itunes   Purchase on Itunes   Purchase on Itunes   More from Itunes...

Bonus: Stocking Stuffers
Ani DiFranco - Xmas Jam - 12/11/09
Ani DiFranco - Xmas Jam - 12/12/09
Bloodkin - Xmas Jam - 12/12/09
Cornmeal - Xmas Jam - 12/11/09
Counting Crows - Xmas Jam - 12/11/09
Counting Crows - Xmas Jam - 12/12/09
George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' P - Xmas Jam - 12/11/09
George Porter Jr. and the Funk Band - Xmas Jam - 12/12/09
Govt Mule - Xmas Jam - 12/12/09
Hall, Porter,Deitch and Krasno with William Bell - Xmas Jam - 12/12/09
Jennie Arnau Band - Xmas Jam - 12/12/09
moe - Xmas Jam - 12/12/09

...and some related podcasts
Podcast #16: Warren Haynes Presents: The 19th Annual X-Mas Jam - Asheville, NC - 12/15/07
Podcast #40: Ben Harper & the Relentless 7 - Asheville, NC - 12/13/08

...and a first hand account (+ pictures) of the Pre-Jam from the Live Music Blog
21st Annual Warren Haynes Xmas Jam: The Pre-Jam @ the Live Music Blog

Happy Holidays!
Direct download: livemusicpodcast_057.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT

Category:Just For Fun -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

Category:Album Picks -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

The artists on this season of PBS' Austin City Limits are really blowing me away.  Here are links to just a few of the amazing live performances they have featured on the ACL stage.

Dave Matthews
Ben Harper and Relentless 7
Pearl Jam
Kings of Leon (not from this season but still awesome)

Other episodes can be found here.

Category:Other -- posted at: 9:42pm EDT

Listen to some live Mule courtesy of XPN Live Fridays

Gov't Mule - XPN Live Fridays

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Live At Roseland Ballroom 1995   The Deep End, Vol. 1
  Live...With A Little Help From Our Friends
  More from Amazon...
Purchase on Itunes   Purchase on Itunes   Purchase on Itunes   More from Itunes...

Gov't Mule is currently touring so check tour dates here

Category:Feature Streams -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

I wonder if he was inspired by the chicken that fights Peter on Family Guy

Man in a Chicken suit plays "What is Love" on Pianica from Ring Mod on Vimeo.

Category:Just For Fun -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT

If you follow music blogs like I do you may have read a story last month about the tragic accidental death of !!! (Chk Chk Chk) drummer Jerry Fuchs. My sympathies especially go to those closest to him but also to any fans of the band. Unfortunately for me I hadn’t gotten a chance to see him perform but from the sounds of this recording he was very talented and will be sorely missed. If you would like to leave a message for Jerry’s friends and family visit

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) - Big Cyprus, FL - 3/7/08 

Song Listing
1) Yadnus
2) Myth Takes
3) Pardon My Freedom
4) Must Be The Moon
5) ?
6) A New Name
7) ?
8) ?
9) Heart of Hearts

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Louden Up Now   Myth Takes
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      More from Itunes...

Check out tour dates for !!! (Chk Chk Chk) here.

Direct download: livemusicpodcast_056.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

A friend recently introduced me to a great IPhone App for the website Daytrotter, which hosts exclusive versions and unreleased tracks for an impressive list of artists.  The interface on the site isn't quite as handy as the IPhone App but that is more than made up for by giving you the option to download all content in MP3.  The number of sessions is a little overwhelming (currently 772!) so here's a few to get you started. 

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Backyard Tire Fire
Blitzen Trapper
Brendan Benson
Cage the Elephant
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Mason Jennings

Category:Other -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

Old school Mike Doughty fans will appreciated this stripped down live set from XPN Live Fridays.  Andrew "Scrap" Livingston provides the perfect bass/cello compliment to Doughty's acoustic melodies.

Mike Doughty - XPN Live Fridays - 10/31/09
Category:Feature Streams -- posted at: 5:23pm EDT

I don’t have much of an intro this time so we’ll get right to the goods. The concert I am featuring is yet another from the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, this time featuring the Beastie Boys. While I’m definitely more of a rock fan than hip hop I still enjoy a good Beastie tune every now and then. They also have a slightly more rock sound than usual playing live so hopefully if you despise hip hop you will at least give this a chance. Mix Master Mike even samples a couple of Zeppelin tunes for ya.

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Beastie Boys - Manchester, TN - 6/12/09 

Song Listing
1) The Biz Vs The Nuge
2) Time For Living
3) Super Disco Breakin
4) Sure Shot
5) No Sleep 'til Brooklyn
6) Shake Your Rump
7) Sabrosa
8) Body Movin'
9) Pass The Mic
10) Root Down
11) Too Many Rappers
12) Something's Got To Give
13) So Watcha Want
14) Intergalactic
15) Three MC's and One DJ
16) Sabotage

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Licensed to Ill   Paul's Boutique (20th Anniversary Edition)
  Hello Nasty

Check out tour dates for the Beastie Boys here.

Bonus! Check out this amazing hip hop medley which includes the Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right".

Direct download: livemusicpodcast_055.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT

The first album from super group Them Crooked Vultures (Dave Grohl, JPJ, and Josh Homme) drops next week but you can preview the album on youtube below. Rockin stuff.
Category:Other -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

Category:Other -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

So you may be asking your why is there a blog post featuring Philip Glass studio tracks on a site that is supposed to be about live music?  Two reasons.  First, when I find something free and good on the internets I like to share it with as many people as I can.  Secondly you may be slightly surprised to find out that one of his compositions has been featured on a Live Music Podcast episode.  If you listen to Pearl Jam's intro for Episode 53 you will hear his song Metamorphisis (unfortunately it is not on the sampler).

The Orange Mountain Music Philip Glass Sampler Vol.I

Category:Other -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

I watched the blue-ray for this concert at a friend's house last night and was blown away by maybe the best encore imaginable. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones joined the Foo Fighters for insane covers of Rock and Roll and Ramble On. I can't even imagine what it would have been like to see that about getting your money's worth.

Foo Fighters Live at Wembley Stadium           More from Amazon...
DVD Version        

Category:Other -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

I’m sure by now most people have found one or two albums from the year that have found their way on repeat more than the rest. Even though the year is far from over its pretty safe to say that I have declared my winners. The first album that really stood out for me was The Dead Weather’s debut ‘Horehound’. Although I was first disappointed to hear that the Raconteurs wouldn’t be touring again. Jack White’s new project did not disappoint and easily swooped in to fill the void. This album is rock solid all the way through and, yes, I am working on finding a concert to podcast.

The second album I picked up just recently and first came into my radar on the Austin City Limits free sampler that I blogged about in my Big Ass Austin City Limits post. This short exposure to Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears was quickly followed up by reading about their performance from the festival, in of all places, a blog on ESPN. If you are into music, basketball or just like reading witty musings check out Paul Shirley’s blog on ESPN’s The Life, where I read his first hand account of the festival. I used to watch Paul play forward for the Iowa State Cyclones, but I think even non alums can appreciate his entertaining articles. I do feel slightly bad for the people trying to watch the festival from behind him.

The music for this episode comes from a concert that Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears played in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 15th earlier this year. If you like the music of James Brown its almost a sure bet that you will dig these guys. The sound quality of this recording is a tad gritty compared to some of the other shows I’ve posted but seems to fit the type of gritty soul music that this band plays.

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Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - Charlotte, NC - 6/15/09 

Song Listing
1) Boogie
2) Sugarfoot
3) Big Booty Woman
4) I'm Broke
5) Black Snake
6) Hound Dog Taylor Jam
7) Gunpowder
8) Bobby Booshay
9) Booty City
10) Bitch, I Love You
11) About Jimmy Tapes
12) Please Pt. Two

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Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!   Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears EP
  Black Joe Lewis EP
    Purchase on Itunes        

Check out tour dates for Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears here.

Direct download: livemusicpodcast_054.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

Apparently my memory is already starting to fail me.  If the music from Episode 53 sounded a little familiar it's because I had already featured the exact same concert on Episode 30.  A few of the songs were different but the majority were in both episodes.  On the bright side this may be the best audience recording of any band I have ever heard, so if I'm going to post a concert twice I'm glad it was this one. 

To make up for the lack of new content here are several Pearl Jam recordings I was also considering for this episode. 

Pearl Jam - Chicago, IL - 8/23/09
Pearl Jam - Chicago, IL - 8/24/09
Pearl Jam - Seattle, WA - 9/21/09
Pearl Jam - Seattle, WA- 9/22/09

Sorry for the mix up and be ready for a brand new concert next week!
Category:Other -- posted at: 8:55pm EDT

The Austin City Limits Music Festival starts today and luckily for all of us non-attenders Hulu will be streaming it live.  I'm especially looking forward to Sunday night with Relentless 7 and The Dead Weather. 

Watch the Webcast

Here are a few other related links as well...enjoy

Austin City Limits' New Season Schedule
Download the Free ACL Sampler on Itunes

Category:Other -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

I first want to thank everyone who has become a Facebook Fan of the Live Music Podcast. Becoming a fan is a small way that you can show your support of the site and also find out who else is listening. If you are not a fan yet and would like to become one check out the Facebook gadget on the right side of the homepage, its pretty hard to miss. Another new way that everyone can show your support is by filling out a quick survey. This survey will be used by my hosting site to determine potential advertisers and literally takes less than 1 minute to complete. I need a minimum of 250 responses to be counted so thanks in advance for your help on this.

The musical talent for this show is truly one of the great ones. I say that about a lot of bands but for this one there are almost 20 years of consistently great music and millions of sold concert tickets and albums to back me up. They also have a new album out so it was pretty hard not to pick Pearl Jam for this episodes featured band. These natives of Seattle were in especially pure form the day of June 14th 2008 in Manchester, TN. This was of course the 7th installment of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and this taping really capture all of the excellence that a Pearl Jam concert can be. Even the sound quality of this recording is superb and the crowd noise to a minimum. I’m not even sure how this was possible since clearly from the amount of crowd singing on songs like Better Man they were picked up on the mics perfectly. Eddie Vedder was even impressed with the singing ability of the crowd to stop for a moment and acknowledge them. I thought he might even pull out the “pretty good singing there” quote.

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Pearl Jam - Manchester, TN - 6/14/08 

Song Listing
1) Hard To Imagine
2) All Night
3) Why Go
4) Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
5) 1/2 Full
6) Animal
7) Daughter
8) W.M.A.
9) Better Man
10) Black
11) Alive

Backspacer Notice:
Currently you can only purchase Backspacer at Target and download it from Itunes which in my opinion is total crap. I hate to dig on a band after I have just listened to a free live recording but this type of exclusive deal bullshit is making things even harder on independently owned record stores that are already dying out at a tremendous rate in this economy. This is a very strange move for one of the most notorious anit-corporation bands around who even took on the all powerful Ticketmaster back in the day. The good news is that the rest of the stores will carry the new release on October 13th so if you haven’t already bought it I recommend holding off and finding it at your favorite music store. I’m hoping that if enough people backlash against exclusive releases then artists will figure out that they are a bad idea and if I might say even un-American.

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  Backspacer   Live on Two Legs
    Ten (Deluxe Edition)

Check out tour dates for Pearl Jam here.

Direct download: livemusicpodcast_053.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:21pm EDT' said.

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Berkeley, CA - 5/30/70

Song Listing
1) Fire
2) Johnny B. Goode
3) Hear My Train Comin'
4) Foxy Lady
5) Machine Gun
6) Freedom
7) Red House
8) Message Of Love
9) Easy Rider
10) Star Spangled Banner
11) Purple Haze
12) Voodoo Child

Band Of Gypsys   Jimi Hendrix : Live at Woodstock
  Live at the Fillmore East

Jimi's cover of Johnny B. Goode was pretty rippin' but nobody tops Michael J. Fox

Category:Feature Streams -- posted at: 9:20pm EDT

Just got an email from Jack Johnson's newsletter announcing a free MP3 from his new release.  The album/film "En Concert" features songs from multiple stops on Jack's 2008 world tour and comes out October 27th. 

Download It

Category:Other -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

To start off this show I want to make a quick announcement that the LMP has finally joined the social network bandwagon. The website now features Facebook and Twitter gadgets down the right side of the page. Please consider becoming a Facebook fan or following LMP tweets on Twitter. I especially encourage joining the fan page because it is a great place to meet other listeners, comment on past episodes, and make recommendations for new ones.

Now moving on to the music for this episode and the featured artist Alejandro Escovedo. If Bruce Springsteen and Los Lobos had a child it would probably sound very similar to Escovedo. He brings a lot of passion to his shows and you will find that out on this recording from June 10th, 2009 at the Pageant in St Louis. If the first track sounds familiar it might be because I featured a cover of it by Backyard Tire Fire on Episode 48. Now I present to you, Alejandro Escovedo!

Alejandro Escovedo - St Louis, MO - 06/10/09 

Song Listing
1) Always a Friend
2) Everybody Loves Me
3) I Was Drunk
4) People (We’re Only Gonna Live So Long)
5) Chelsea Hotel ‘78
6) Castanets
7) All the Young Dudes
8) Beast of Burden

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Real Animal   A Man Under the Influence
  Thirteen Years

Check out tour dates for Alejandro Escovedo here.

Direct download: livemusicpodcast_052.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:42pm EDT

The Live Music Podcast has finally taken the social networking plunge.  Please check out the new Facebook fan page and follow livemusiccast on Twitter.  Unfortunately livemusicpodcast was too long for a Twitter account ...very lame.
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

This is a slightly random post...but sometimes those are the best kind.

Category:Other -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

If you are a fan of the blues you will definitely enjoy this live set from Joe Bonamassa on World Cafe Live.

Joe Bonamassa - World Cafe Live in Philadelphia - 8/14/09

Song Listing
1) Bridge to Better Days
2) So Many Roads
3) Further on up the Road
4) Great Flood
5) Had to Cry Today
6) Sloe Gin
7) Woke Up Dreaming
8) Just Got Paid

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Live from Nowhere in Particular   The Ballad of John Henry
  Blues Deluxe

Check out tour dates for Joe Bonamassa here.

Category:Feature Streams -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

If you are lucky enough to be in San Fransisco this weekend for the Outside Lands festival this post will be of little concern to you. However if you are like me the webcast is the closest I am going to get. Thanks to Justin at The Live Music Blog for the schedule below.

Outside Lands 2009 Webcast Schedule

Friday, 8/28
2:30pm – Built to Spill
3:30pm – Zap Mana
4:05pm – Midnight
5:05pm – West Indian Girl
5:50pm – Q-Tip
6:50pm – Silversun Pickups
7:40pm – Thievery Corporation

Saturday, 8/29
2:05pm – Raphael Saadiq
3:05pm – Zion I
3:55pm – TBA
4:55pm – Streetsweepers Social Club
5:40pm – TBA
6:40pm – Jason Mraz
7:30pm – Dave Matthews Band

Sunday, 8/30
2:00pm – Cage the Elephant
2:35pm – Robert Randolph & the Family Band
3:35pm – Atmosphere
4:20pm – TBA
5:20pm – Autolux
5:35pm – Bettye Lavette
6:35pm – Ween
7:35pm – Incubus

Category:Other -- posted at: 3:12pm EDT

Category:Other -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

The artist for this show is another great musician that I’ve been trying to feature for some time. If this is your first exposure to Donavon Frankenreiter he is a singer/song writer who’s bio reads a lot like Jack Johnson…both professional surfers turned musicians. Not surprisingly the two are long time friends and Donavon’s debut album was even released on Jack’s Brushfire Records. While this first album had more of a laid back acoustic feel similar to Jack, his albums since have stood apart and even mixed in some 70s inspired funk. The concert I will be playing was recorded at the Greenfield Lake Ampitheater in Wilmington, North Carolina. Here he is, the man, the myth, the mustache…

Donavon Frankenreiter - Wilmington, NC - 08/09/09 

Song Listing
1) Girl Like You
2) Bend in the Road
3) Sing a Song
4) Free
5) Call Me Papa
6) What'cha Know About
7) Life, Love, and Laughter
8) Your Heart
9) Swing On Down
10) Move By Yourself
11) That's Too Bad

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Donavon Frankenreiter   Move by Yourself
  Pass It Around
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Check out tour dates for Donavon Frankenreiter here.

Direct download: livemusicpodcast_051.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:28pm EDT

Starting today you can watch several acts from Lollapolooza streaming live. Check the site below for a list of performers and broadcast schedule, I'm especially excited for Ben Harper and Relentless7 this Saturday at 9:30pm.

Lollapalooza 2009

Category:Feature Streams -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

With this show I am celebrating the 50th episode with a band that I have been dying to feature for quite some time. I have not seen many recordings of Kings of Leon on the net, but the quality of this recording made it a shoo-in for this milestone podcast. I’m guessing most listeners of this podcast have heard of Kings of Leon by now as their mainstream exposure has sharply increased within the last year. It is only on their current tour that they have been headlining larger venues in the US, while they have been playing in front of huge audiences in the UK for the past several years. A strange fact when you consider their hometown of Nashville, TN. It was probably inevitable that their days of smaller venues wouldn’t last, so feel very lucky if you got to see them. I think you will agree that they were destined for the big stage after hearing this recording of their June 27th, 2009 concert in the 17,000 capacity O2 World arena in Berlin.

If you enjoyed this podcast click the following link to download the full concert.
Kings of Leon - Berlin, Germany - 6/27/09 

The source for this show is only available in FLAC format so if would like to convert it to MP3 for your Ipod or other portable media player I recommend downloading a free program I developed called the Ultimate Live Music Audio Converter. This is the easiest way to convert FLAC or SHN files to MP3 and also has handy features like automatic tagging and updating of your Itunes library with converted files.

Song Listing
1) Notion
2) Be Somebody
3) Molly's Chambers
4) Fans
5) Closer
6) Crawl
7) Charmer
8) Sex On Fire
9) On Call
10) Use Somebody
11) Knocked Up
12) Manhattan
13)Black Thumbnail

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Only by the Night   Because of the Times
  Youth & Young Manhood
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  Purchase on Itunes
  More from Itunes...

Check out tour dates for Kings of Leon here.

Direct download: livemusicpodcast_050.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

Jack Whites new project The Dead Weather kicked of their album release with a stop at the 9:30 club in Washington, D.C. featured on (you guessed it) NPR's Live in Concert series.  The new album Horehound is rockin' and hopefully I'll be able to feature a podcast episode of them sometime in the near future.

The Dead Weather - Washington, D.C. - 07/14/09 

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Horehound           More from Amazon...
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Bonus video!
Category:Feature Streams -- posted at: 4:27pm EDT

UPDATE: The file conversion section of this tutorial has been modified from its original version.  The old method of converting shn/flac files has been replaced with a new application that I developed called the Ultimate Live Music Audio Converter (Ulmac for short).

If you are trying to find out the easiest way to download full shows of the music that you have heard on the podcast or just want to know how to download live music in general you've come to the right place.  Listed below are step by step instructions for downloading and playing live music recordings.

Finding live music
There are many websites that host live concerts but here are some of my favorites:

You can also browse the links section in the pane to the right for more.

Note: I have only tested the applications listed below on a Windows XP system and cannot guarantee that compatible versions exist for other operating systems.

Downloading it
Some websites will allow you to download the files directly such as with  Others use torrent files to allow you to download the files from a peer-to-peer network (,, etc).  To download these files you will need to have a bit torrent client.  I personally use uTorrent, which is a free open source program which can be downloaded here.  There are many others to choose from, but another popular client is Azereus.  I have found that the easiest way to manage my downloads is to create a folder to store downloads that are in process and another to store completed downloads.  In uTorrent this can be set up from the Options->Preferences menu under the Downloads section.

Listening to it
Depending on the file type of the music that you have downloaded you may already be able to listen to it with existing software on your computer.  Typically, however, you will find live music downloads in SHN or FLAC format and additional software installations may be required.   These file types are typically used, since they preserve the same quality as the original recording.  I prefer to use Winamp to listen to these file formats because it is very easy to add plugins to it which enable this ability.  If you don't already have Winamp you can download it here.  Once you have Winamp installed you can download the plugin for FLAC files here and for SHN files here.

Converting FLAC/SHN files into other formats
Converting FLAC/SHN files into other formats can be accomplished most effectively by installing the Ultimate Live Music Audio Converter here.  This is a cross platform application I developed that supports conversion of shn, flac, and wav files to mp3 or ogg. Other advanced features include automatic tagging using a set list file, automatic scanning of download folders for new files, and import of converted files into an Itunes library.

Note: The taping community encourages conversion to MP3 for personal use, but if you are going to be trading files only use the original SHN or FLAC versions to preserve the quality.

Burning a CD
To burn a CD with your live music downloads use the converted WAV files and your favorite CD burning application.  If you need to download a CD burning application you can install CDBurnerXP Pro here.  Before burning your CD make sure that any option to add gaps between each track is turned off, this can be very annoying when listening to a concert.

Category:Help -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

In the blog posts leading up to this episode I hinted that the music for this show would feature a concert from this year’s Bonnaroo. With many downloads to choose from I ended up deciding on a very impressive recording of Wilco’s set from the third night. This was Wilco’s third time playing at the music festival Mecca in Tennessee and left no doubt why they keep getting invited back.

Song Listing
1) Wilco (the song)
2) I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
3) Company in My Back
4) Handshake Drugs
5) California Stars
6) Misunderstood
7) Spiders (Kidsmoke)
8) The Late Greats
9) Hate It Here
10) I’m the Man Who Loves You
11) Hoodoo Voodoo

If you enjoyed this podcast click the following link to download the full concert.
Wilco - Bonnaroo - 6/13/09 

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Wilco (The Album)   Kicking Television: Live in Chicago
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  Purchase on Itunes
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Check out tour dates for Wilco here.

Direct download: livemusicpodcast_049.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT

Once again the good man at Largehearted Boy has compiled his annual Bonnaroo Downloads list.  In case you couldn't make it to Manchester this year head over there and start downloading to your heart's content.

Category:New Downloads -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

Bonnaroo 2009 was a few weeks ago and although I am a little late to the game I wanted to honor the greatest music festival in the world with a few Bonnaroo posts, followed by a podcast from one of this year's acts.

The first post I have is an amazing high quality video stream of The Raconteurs performance in 2008. I am really amazed that the website has kept this streaming video alive for over a year and hopefully it will not go away any time soon.

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This show features a band that I’ve been listening to quite a bit lately called Backyard Tire Fire. This hardworking Midwestern rock and roll band plays honest music for the everyman, as you might expect with a name like Backyard Tire Fire. I was able to see these guys open for Grace Potter last November and despite the annoyance of the fire alarm going off several times, they put on an awesome performance. Fortunately the concert I have for you does not have any alarms. With so many great recordings on it was tough picking out just one, but special thanks go out to the band’s manager for kindly directing me to this one.

Song Listing
1) Road Song #39
2) Thick Skin
3) One Wrong Turn
4) Good To Be
5) The White On My Walls
6) A Better Day
7) Jimmmy and Bob and Jack
8) I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled, and Crazy
9) Downtime
10) A Thousand Gigs Ago
11) How In the Hell Did You Get Back Here?
12) Runnin' Down a Dream

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Backyard Tire Fire - Dekalb, IL - 3/26/09 

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  Bar Room Semantics
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If you enjoyed the last podcast you might also like this recording featuring a live performance of In Utero by the Dualistics, as well as several other Nirvana tracks by various artists.

Dualistics and friends - Denver, CO - 4/03/09

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In case you missed this on fuse last Monday, Hulu is streaming the full Dave Matthews Band concert from the Beacon Theater. Despite Dave's noticeably strained vocal chords during a couple of the songs the band puts on an amazing show mixing in classic hits and new tracks from their latest release: Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.

Dave Matthews Band: Live from the Beacon Theater

Dave Matthews Band
Big Whiskey and The GrooGrux King
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NPR and WXPN in Philadelphia continue to bring the goods. Their latest edition of XPN Live Friday features the Derek Trucks Band ripping up their set with one of the best jam sessions around.

The Derek Trucks Band - World Cafe Live - 05/29/09

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Last month I received an email from a listener asking if I would do a show to mark the 15 anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. Although the actual anniversary has since passed by, I thought it was a great idea and especially wanted to do this because of Nirvana’s influence on me during my earlier years.

I looked around for some quality sounding live shows without much luck but not surprisingly there are a great many bands that cover Nirvana songs. I thought it would be fitting to put together a compilation of those covers recognizing the lasting impact that Kurt Cobain and Nirvana has had on rock music. Some of these are from well-knowns like Gov’t Mule and Disco Biscuits, but also included are several less established bands but equally inspired covers.

Song listing
1) All Apologies - Gov't Mule - 2008-12-31
2) Breed - Local H - 2005-06-01
3) Lithium - Disco Biscuits - 2007-02-16
4) Something In the Way - The Hippo Campus - 2008-12-12
5) Smells Like Teen Spirit - Keller Williams - 2008-11-22
6) School - Sound Team - 2004-11-06
7) Polly - Scarecrow Collection - 2007-04-20
8) Pennyroyal Tea - Brian Dolzani - 2008-05-24
9) In Bloom - Fat Maw Rooney - 2005-10-29
10) On a Plain - Rogue Wave - 2005-12-06

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I want to take a minute from normal broadcasting to welcome back Justin from his short hiatus on Those familiar to it will be glad to know that his jam friendly site is back with concert and festival updates, band news, and everything else related to live music. Just in time for the prime concert season. Also of interest one of the recent postings announced the creation of a new site,, started by LMB contributor Whit Person. As the name suggests this site features high energy live music sets to get your workout moving. It’s a great idea considering most people don’t usually consider live music recordings when they put together a workout mix.

Now back to our regularly scheduled broadcast, already in progress. For this show I am featuring a recent concert by Idaho born singer songwriter Josh Ritter. I owe my friend Susie, who very well might be his biggest fan, for introducing me to his music. The last time I saw her she burned a mix of his songs and I’m hoping on this episode I will have returned the favor. Please enjoy Josh Ritter and his band live at Baltimore’s Ram’s Head, March 26, 2009.

Song Listing
1) Other Side
2) Lillian, Egypt
3) Right Moves
4) The Curse
5) Kathleen
6) Mind's Eye
7) Bad Actress
8) Rumors
9) To The Dogs Or Whoever
10) Snow Is Gone

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Josh Ritter - Baltimore, MD - 03/26/09 

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With St Paddy’s day just around the corner I thought it would be fitting to feature a concert with some Irish heritage. With that in mind you’d be hard pressed to find a concert any more suited than U2 in their hometown of Dublin. Combine that with the release of their new album, “No Line on the Horizon”, and this pick was a no-brainer.

The recording I will be playing was made during the On the Eleventh Hour tour, December 30th, 1989. Besides having impeccable sound quality it also includes special guest B.B. King towards the end of the show and is easily one of the best recordings you will find on

Song Listing
1) Running To Stand Still
2) God Part II
3) Desire
4) All Along The Watchtower
5) All I Want Is You
6) New Year's Day
7) Pride (In The Name Of Love)
8) She's A Mystery To Me
9) Angel Of Harlem
10) When Love Comes To Town
11) With Or Without You

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U2 - Dublin, Ireland - 12/30/89 

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U2's world tour kicks off June 30th, check dates here.

If you'd like to listen to more live U2 check out Podcast #12: U2 - Rosemont, IL - 04/29/87.

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It might be debatable whether this video falls under the live music umbrella...but it's just too awesome not to post.

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The music for this episode comes from the ocean cruise/music festival known as Jam Cruise. Since the maiden voyage in 2004, Jam Cruise has been bringing jam band artists together with their fans for several days out in the Caribbean. I’ve never been able to make it but perhaps they’ll give me a free pass next year for giving them the free publicity. Fortunately they do allow tapers to bring their equipment and the show I have for you comes from something that they call the Jam Room. This is basically like the Bonnaroo Superjam where artists from diverse bands can come together to have an anything goes jam session. The night I have for you includes Ivan Neville on keys, Scott Metzger from Particle on guitar, and Les Claypool on drums among the many other talented musicians. Prepare to enter the Jam Room.

Matt Grondin - guitar, keys, percussion
Ivan Neville - keys
Stanton Moore - drums
Scott Metzger - guitar
Dave Dreiwitz - drums
Jans Ingber - vocals, percussion
Ralph Roddenberry - vocals
Brock Butler - guitar
Les Claypool - drums

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Jam Cruise Jam Room - 01/04/09 

You might also enjoy the other nights from this year's Jam Room
Jam Cruise Jam Room - 01/05/09
Jam Cruise Jam Room - 01/06/09
Jam Cruise Jam Room - 01/07/09
Jam Cruise Jam Room - 01/08/09

Bonus: This is how I imagine Jam Cruise


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The recording for this show comes from one of my all time favorite live performers and the only reason it took this long to get a show posted was the relatively small number of recordings available. Every once in a while I will spot a decent Ben Folds recording on the inter-webs, but this one from a 2008 tour stop in San Francisco was a cut above the rest.

There is a clear reason why Ben Folds’ live reputation has achieved such a legendary status. First and foremost the man is a natural performer and really knows how to work a crowd. Another reason in my mind is what he describes during this recording as his set list strategy. Basically this means playing his new songs at the beginning of the set and then finishing with classic fan favorites. To me this formula is a perfect 1-2 punch that I believe all artists should use for optimal crowd enjoyment. I tried to follow Ben’s lead for the song selection so I hope you’ll agree with my assessment.

Song listing
1) Way To Normal (Fake Song)
2) Brainwascht
3) Annie Waits
4) Dr. Yang (Fake Song)
5) Dr. Yang
6) The Frown Song
7) Landed
8) Zak and Sara
9) Army
10) Rockin' the Suburbs
11) Kate
12) Philosophy
13) Frown Song (Feeble Anthem)

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Ben Folds - San Francisco, CA - 11/13/08 

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Bonus #1

Bonus #2
Way To Normal (Fake Version)


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I read in the latest edition of Rolling Stone that the Allman Brothers will be going back on tour March 9th, kicking off the tour with a 10 show stand at the Beacon Theater.  This tour will commemorate their 40th anniversary so in honor of that milestone here is a stream from their legendary set at the Fillmore East.

The Allman Brothers Band - Fillmore East (New York, NY)

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I was inspired to do an inauguration theme for this show mostly due to the monumentally historic event that occurred earlier this week. However, I was also inspired in small part by another inauguration podcast I had just listened to from This American Life. As usual that episode was superbly done and a great one to get you started if you have never heard the show before. After listening to a few of them there is a very good chance you will get hooked on it like I have been for the last 6 months.

For my inauguration show I’ve got some great politically themed live music in store for you. For those familiar with the Live Music Blog you might recognize the music from their podcast episode 62, which I helped put together. After a long and excellent run the Live Music Blog is currently on an indefinite hiatus so I wanted to repost the music from that show and this week seemed like a good opportunity for that. So please sit back and enjoy my 2009 Inauguration Compilation.

Song listing
1) People, People - Derek Trucks Band - 2008-07-11
2) No More - Pearl Jam - 2008-06-14
3) Get Up Stand Up @ - Michael Franti and Spearhead - 2006-07-21
4) A Change is Gonna Come # - Gavin DeGraw - 2004-04-18
5) Come Together $ - John Butler Trio - 2007-11-16
6) Gimme Shelter % - moe. - 2008-03-06
7) What’s Going On ^ - Railroad Earth - 2006-09-03
8) Revolution $ - String Cheese Incident - 2004-10-31
9) War @ - Dispatch - 2001-04-03
10) Keep On Rockin’ In the Free World + - Outformation - 2007-12-01

@ Bob Marley cover
# Sam Cooke cover
$ Beatles cover
% Rolling Stones cover
^ Marvin Gaye cover
+ Neil Young cover

For more live political compilation fun check out Episode #35 - Keep On Votin' in the Free World (Part 2)


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This is the first show since the holidays so I hope you found some time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family during the break. I stayed pretty busy myself with a pair of family get-togethers over Christmas and recently returned from a trip to Dubai, which explains the delay in getting this episode out.

Dubai was a pretty amazing place with incredible buildings around every corner, delicious cuisine, and even indoor snow skiing. What really amazed me was despite how far away it was just how similar city life was to the States and relatively easy it was to acclimate. Well other than the cost of everything that is. Not to say that it was all the same, one big difference that I found was the absolute power that their government has over businesses there. During my stay all live music was prohibited in public on multiple occasions by order of the Shaikh. So from a live music perspective it might not be the ideal place to go, but if you are planning on seeing a concert there my advice would be to have a backup plan.

Moving on to the music portion for the episode. For this show I am featuring Blitzen Trapper from their November 22, 2008 performance in Birmingham, Alabama. A co-worker told me about this band a while back and I found this recording shortly after. They have a slightly Dylanesque sound in my opinon but, as Levar Burton might say, you don't have to take my word for it. Give them a listen and decide for yourself, I hope you enjoy.

Song listing
1) Sleepytime In The Western World
2) Furr
3) God & Suicide
4) Saturday Night
5) Black River Killer
6) Lady on the Water
7) Not Your Lover
8) Texaco
9) Badger's Black Brigade
10) Echo/Always On/EZ Con
11) Summer Town
12) Wild Mountain Nation

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Blitzen Trapper - Birmingham, AL - 11/22/08 

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