Tuesday, March 14

The Selmanaires @ Aurora Coffee, Jan. 7, 2006

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Photo by Alex Adan

After the Silver Jews shows brought a flurry of visitors to C&T from around the world, I thought it was time to deliver some goods to (and by) the local folks. On that note, I humbly submit for your listening pleasure a rare acoustic performance by The Selmanaires. This set was part of the acoustic performance series sponsored by Criminal Records and Aurora Coffee here in the Peachtree City. Only a few people around town are actually aware that I taped this, but many of them have been asking me to release it for some time. I've been putting it off until shortly before their next Atlanta show. Now The Selmanaires are due back in town to play at The EARL on March 21, so I figured it is as good a time as any.

This was a mostly acoustic show, with the guys switching instruments and singing sans microphones in the back of a coffeehouse. For those of us accustomed to seeing them play rock clubs, it was great to see the band show its stuff in a different setting. C&T readers unfamiliar with the band should be aware that this is not what The Selmanaires usually sound like. This is definitely a toned-down take on a number of their usually rockin' songs, and you even get to hear them experiment with an improvised drum machine/keyboard during "Selmanaire Rock." The crowd included a number of local musicians who wanted to see what the band would do, and you can hear from the tape that everyone was having a darn good time. It's also evident on the recording that the show was in a coffee shop -- banging doors, espresso machines, and the like can be heard. In fact, I'd neglected to bring a mic stand to the show so my mics were taped to the top of a coffee bean dispenser against the wall about 10' from the band. Locals, I hope you dig this. Everyone else, give these guys a listen. Hope to see a bunch of at The EARL next week for the show with The Joggers. FWIW, they're also at SXSW this week so check 'em out if you're in Austin.

The Selmanaires
January 7, 2006
Aurora Coffee, Atlanta, GA (Virginia Highlands location)

~* (mostly) acoustic show *~

01. intro/tuning
02. Build My Palace
03. Images
04. Day Tripper^
05. Cerulean Sky
06. Tennessee Farm
07. High Tide
08. "It Starts All Over With a Different Number"?
09. Take It Slow With Me
10. Selmanaire Rock*
11. banter/thanks
12. Mid-afternoon Motionless

^The Beatles cover
*with Jason on drum machine thingy

Download the full show here packaged in a .zip file
(via Rapidshare).

You can download "Day Tripper" and "High Tide" above to check out the quality. If anyone knows the track names I'm missing, speak up.

Alex Adan's photos from this show can be seen via Photobucket.

Tourdates (including SXSW) and additional info on their MySpace page.

For more on the Selmanaires or to download some studio tracks, see this old school C&T post from early February. You know, back when this blog was in diapers. Last month.


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Anonymous Nick said...

Thanks for this. The show was so much fun. Recording sounds great.

10:13 AM

Blogger largehearted boy said...

Thanks for the show, acoustic shows ROCK (metaphorically, of course).

11:38 AM

Blogger Au$10 said...

The drum machine absolutely killed me that night.

1:35 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is MEBF's BFF C&T? I think this is the first time I've been by since I've been back. Catching up is hard to do. Your blog is looking marvy as usual. Thanks BTW for mentioning the contest. No doubt it was one of your lucky readers that won!

11:28 AM

Blogger Rich said...

I don't know how MEBF is C&T's BFF, but I do know that's a lot of consecutive acronyms.

12:44 PM

Blogger Fat Asian Baby said...


2:58 PM

Blogger Rich said...

And the FAB is virtually speechless. This is a first.

5:02 PM

Blogger Fat Asian Baby said...

so many letters. it made my head hurt.
and want a beer.

as an aside, after i was talking to you while we were waiting to close our tabs and then i ran off to the bathroom cause those fuckers were taking too long, i apparently forgot all about what i'd been doing just prior to going to the bathroom. it wasn't until days later that it dawned on me that i'd never retrieved my credit card.

5:44 PM

Blogger Rich said...

FAB, that stinks. I assume it's since gone the way of the dodo?

C&T. Headache-inducing since 2006.

9:45 PM

Anonymous Alex said...

Thanks so much for that recording. I thought it was going to be a night that would slowly dissipate with my memory, but now I can hear Tennessee Farm anytime.

My photo looks really good on a real webpage. We should team up for more shows in the future.

9:07 AM


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