Monday, May 4, 2009

VIDEO: Mekons - Bowery Ballroom NYC 3/9/2000 (99 min.)

Another one from my Hi8 video collection of NYC shows (See my Ween video post for more information). This show was two days after their "Journey to the End of the Night" LP came out, and the first half relies heavily on that new material. About half-way through it turns into your typically raucous Mekons gig, featuring a great Kinks cover (Fancy) as well as Mitch the Roadie's punk rock Where Were You and their classic take on Hank Williams' Lost Highway.

This is an uncompressed, full-size (3.39 GB) AVI file. You will need to download all four parts, then double click (or single click and choose an app to open with) on the file marked zip.001. All four zips will automatically be extracted and you will have one AVI file which will play on any media player. You can then easily burn this file onto a DVD then delete the file, which is rather large.

Audio and video are both great. I was up close with a wide-angle lens and a good external mic. Please note that this was originally an analog Hi8 tape, not digital so it's not perfect. It's as good as possible, though, and an absolute must for any Mekons fan.

Part 1 * Part 2 * Part 3 * Part 4

Set List:
01. I'm Not Here (1967)
02. Tina
03. Heaven & Back
04. Last Weeks of the War
05. Gin Palace
06. The Flood
07. Myth
08. Cast No Shadows
09. Ordinary Night
10. Orpheus
11. Poxy Lips
12. Neglect
13. Powers & Horror
14. When Darkness Falls
15. Fancy
16. Where Were You
17. Lost Highway
18. Memphis, Egypt
19. Ballad of Sally
20. Prince of Darkness

20 comments:

Darjeeling said...

Hey Peter -- thanks for posting this. But I cannot get the archive to combine and save properly. Are the files named correctly to stitch themselves back together?
Thx, Darjeeling

Peter said...

Hi Darjeeling,
I am sorry you are having problems. I tested the files before posting and they work fine. Perhaps you could try an other unarchiver. If you are using a Mac I highly recommend BetterZip, which is what I made the archive with. It works fast and it's free for 30 days. Stuffit Expander also works but it took over 12 minutes to open in my test. Not such a big deal, I guess.
I don't know much about Windows, but a cursory Google search revealed something recommended by a tech site called BitZipper. Maybe you could try that.

Other than that, all I can say is that the files should all be named "mekonsNYC.zip.001, mekonsNYC.zip.002", etc.
One thing that I think is important is to double-click ONLY the first archive. Your app should find the others itself. Sometimes if you highlight all four archives it creates confusion.

This is all a bit of an experiment for me and I appreciate your feedback! Please keep me updated and we'll figure this out. I would like to post many more videos but I want it to be EASY for everyone, not a gigantic hassle.

If there's anything else I can do please don't hesitate to ask.
Good luck and best wishes,
Peter

Darjeeling said...

Thanks for the response, Peter.

Regarding the file names, I've tried various naming schemes since the D/L but I think they were originally named *.001.zip and *.zip.002/3/4 (that is, the last 3 files did not have a .zip extension)

I've now renamed everything per the convention you note above and installed BetterZip. But now its asking for a password when I try to open the archive.

Any thoughts?

Cheers, Darjeeling

Peter said...

Well now I am stumped. I never use passwords. In fact I hate passwords.
Very strange...

Darjeeling said...

Aha! success -- I had to re-D/L part 1....

I missed this show but caught them at CBGB in 2002 for their 25th anniversary tour. Some photos here

Darjeeling

Peter said...

Excellent!
That makes me happy.
Did you get the 20th ann. show (audio) off this blog, too? It's great!
I missed that CB's show but saw 'em at Mercury Lounge the next night or before. They were doing old old stuff. Awesome.
(I did see 'em at CB's in '87, though!)

WmPerry said...

Looking forward particular to 'gin palace' never heard it live- doubted they did it even, lacking piano player.
all mekons fansgo forthwith to archive.org for dozens of great and some crap but interesting shows.
i normally see'm every chance i get since '87(camper van beethoven opened at the metro in chicago), but i couldnt make myself see'em without tom this last go-round. Thats just not the mekons.

Peter said...

I agree: No Tom = No Mekons :(
Peter

WmPerry said...

After my above comment, I talked to my best friend, DanK, who did go see the mekons this last go-round, at Schubas in Chicago. He's 50 yrs old 6ft, 300 lbs, grey hair/beard, with a cane, but apparently, the show made him so happy he was bouncing around like a 16 year old whos just discovered amphetamines and beer go really well together.
BUt get this- after the show, Lu Edmonds came down, shook his hand, and thanked him for having such a good time!
That just seems so cool. I'm a little jealous.
I had declined DanKs invite to the show because of the no-tom thing, but i think I oughtta take this as a lesson of some kind.

buenaventura durruti said...

thanks a lot for this. awesome post - if there were more mekons fans in the world, it'd be a better place.

jam said...

HELLO. thanks for posting this, I'm coming to it a bit late... I have parts 1,2,and 3, but I can't download part 4 from megaupload. Is there any other way to get part 4 ?

thanks
James

Peter said...

Sorry James, there does seem to be something screwy with Part 4.
Give it a day or three then try again.
Sometimes these things happen.
Otherwise I'll see if I can re-upload it.
P

jam said...

Thank Peter, I'll check in a day or three, I'll post a comment when it works.
James

jam said...

hello Peter, maybe you can re-up Part 4 ? still not working..

thanks!

Peter said...

James--
Unfortunately I lost all those files in a horrendous hard drive crash.
If you are in the U.S., I would be happy to send you a DVD of the complete show, gratis.
Leave a comment with your name and address (I won't publish it).
--Peter

James said...

hi Peter, watching the video now, video/sound very good! Thanks a lot for going out of your way to get this out to me

back to the concert for me, thanks again!

James

Peter said...

My pleasure.
Glad you like...
P.

Peter said...

My pleasure.
Glad you like...
P.

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