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Posts Tagged ‘Uncle Tupelo’
It’s time for the site to get back to what it does best, which is post killer bootlegs, and this Coffee Creek is one I’ve been meaning to post for a long time.
If you are not familiar with Coffee Creek, they were the side project of Uncle Tupelo & Brian Henneman of The Bottle Rockets (of course this was before he formed that band). The band went by the name Coffee Creek so they could play their favorite dive Cicero’s again, as Uncle Tupelo had become such a draw they had outgrown the venue. The band played all covers, and mostly classic country. Vocal duties were primarily handled by Henneman and Farrar, with Tweedy singing the CCR song “Wrote A Song For Everyone”. The band only played 4 shows over the course of 3 years and the project dissolved when Uncle Tupelo itself dissolved in 1993. As we all know, Tweedy formed Wilco, Farrar & Heidorn formed Son volt, and Henneman formed The Bottle Rockets. According to Uncle Tupelo fan site factorybelt.net, the band was thinking of recording an album prior to the split, but the only official recording is a cover of Hank Snow’s “Movin’ On” for the compilation 20 More Smash Hit Explosion something or other.
If anyone has a copy of that, I would love to hear it!MP3 @ 320 Download Coffee Creek – Cicero’s 6/11/92 here
The second Bottle Rockets demo of the trilogy I will be posting. Kind of a followup to the Uncle Tupelo demo trilogy. This one is Brian Henneman backed by Jay and Jeff from Uncle Tupelo. Really cool banjo version of “Wave That Flag” on here with what I’m assuming to be Jay Farrar on the banjo.
“To us,” Tweedy said, “hard-core punk is also folk music. We draw a close parallel between the two. We’ll play both in the same set if we get a chance. We don’t have any biases as far as music is concerned.”
“We have just as much fun playing acoustic guitars with a whole bunch of people singing along, as we do playing a noisy instrumental.”
Here’s a slice of music history right here. Uncle Tupelo’s last demo tape, assumably the one that got them signed to Rockville (formerly Giant). If anyone has the elusive Colorblind & Rhymeless…..please email me!
So this is very similar to the first UT album, a lot of early versions of those tracks on here. Only a little less polished, a little rougher around the edges. I really like the version of Whiskey Bottle and Screen Door on this thing. I tried and tried to find a picture or something of the original artwork (if there was any) but came up empty handed. I got the pictures used in the artwork from the excellent factorybelt.net. If you want to waste some time peep into the articles section and check out some of the early articles on Uncle Tupelo in there. Also got to love the beer rating article (I liked it so much I put it on the back artwork!).
Thanks to DownSouth who provided me with a scan of the original artwork for this guy, there it is right there. Also want to point out that this demo was the one that got UT labeled Best Unsigned Band in America by CMJ.
Man I love this show, thought I would throw it up here to make up for all the missed days (well I wouldn’t say I was missing them Bob ). This is a very early Uncle Tupelo show….mostly covers…..but killer covers. What they are doing here is paying their dues…..”if I only had a dollar…….. for every time I had to play while people sat there drunk” kind of stuff. Sound on this is almost official release quality…infact with just a little mastering this would make an excellent addition to the UT catalog (wink, wink…nudge, nudge).
MP3 @ 192 (80MB)
(Don’t miss this one folks!!!)