Blake Babies announce two US shows for October 2016

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Blake Babies announce two US shows for October 2016

Photo: David Young

 

I think we can call it a bona fide reunion now.

After the release of the 1980s Earwig demos and the semi-private shows last month for PledgeMusic subscribers, Blake Babies today announced a couple more shows in John’s “hometowns”:

October 15, 2016 - The Basement East, Nashville, TN
October 16, 2016 - Saturn, Birmingham, AL

Support at both shows is Phoebe Bridgers.

Tickets are on sale Friday, August 5, 2016 at 10am CDT.

Magnificent.

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Evanston, IL, July 23, 2016 - Photos

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Evanston, IL, July 23, 2016 - Photos

Regular visitors here will be familiar with David Young's excellent live photos. He has kindly provided us with another exceptional set from the Blake Babies show at Evanston, IL yesterday.

David has sent a different photo set to the band too so look out for them should they be posted across the official accounts. 

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Evanston, IL, July 23, 2016 - Set List, Video Links

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Evanston, IL, July 23, 2016 - Set List, Video Links

This is the setlist from Saturday's Blake Babies show at Space, Evanston, IL:

  1. Lament
  2. Wipe It Up
  3. From Here To Burma
  4. Rain
  5. Your Way Or The Highway
  6. Julius Fast Body
  7. Train
  8. Grateful
  9. Severed Lips
  10. Baby Gets High
  11. Out There
  12. Cesspool
  13. Star
  14. I'm Not Your Mother
  15. Take Me
  16. Sanctify
  17. On
  18. Look Away
  19. Downtime
  20. Nirvana

Thanks for spiketop for sharing the info and for the video of Rain above, taken from a YouTube playlist with 6 other clips.

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Somerville, MA, July 9, 2016 - Set Lists

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Somerville, MA, July 9, 2016 - Set Lists

With thanks to spiketop, here's the set list from the 2 Blake Babies shows on July 9, 2016:

July 9, 2016 - Q Division Studios (Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - First Show)

  1. Lament
  2. Her
  3. Steamy Gregg
  4. Your Way Or The Highway
  5. Rain
  6. Grateful
  7. From Here To Burma
  8. Severed Lips
  9. Baby Gets High
  10. Out There
  11. Cesspool
  12. Star
  13. Downtime
  14. Sanctify
  15. Take Me
  16. On
  17. Girl In A Box
  18. Nirvana

July 9, 2016 - Q Division Studios (Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - Second Show)

  1. Lament
  2. Julius Fast Body
  3. Your Way Or The Highway
  4. Rain
  5. Her
  6. Grateful
  7. From Here To Burma
  8. Wall Of Death (Richard Thompson)
  9. Baby Gets High
  10. Out There
  11. Cesspool
  12. Nothing Ever Happens
  13. Downtime
  14. A Million Years
  15. Star
  16. Sanctify
  17. Take Me
  18. On
  19. Girl In A Box
  20. Nirvana

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Interview: Indie Stars Juliana Hatfield & Blake Babies Discuss Their Evanston Reunion | chicagoist

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Interview: Indie Stars Juliana Hatfield & Blake Babies Discuss Their Evanston Reunion | chicagoist

From a Blake Babies interview at chicagoist on the subject of future plans:

STROHM: Nothing specific, but we’re generally feeling good about the way things are going. I can only speak for myself, but I would love to find a way to do more with Freda and Juliana.

LOVE: Not yet, but I hope we play a few more shows. We are also discussing the possibility of reissuing our back catalogue.

HATFIELD: As far as the Blake Babies go, we are not really looking past this Chicago thing. We have no solid plans for anything else but the Boston shows were fun and I hope that at some point we can maybe try and do some more.

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Radio Interview (Blake Babies) - WGN Radio

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Radio Interview (Blake Babies) - WGN Radio

WGN Radio of Chicago has an interview with all three Blake Babies:

Now, this is a treat! The highly acclaimed and much beloved indie-rock band the Blake Babies (John Strohm, Freda Love Smith and Juliana Hatfield) join Justin [Kaufmann] to talk about their careers, how they came together, when they decided to try a career in music, seeing the bands around them become successful, what they learned from being in a band, trying to create something unique, what they remember about making those early records, releasing the demos of their record, “Earwig” what it means to be a part of this iconic band and the role that music plays in their lives now.

You can listen to the 40 minute interview at WGN's site.

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How Boston’s Fort Apache Studios Captured the Sound of an Era | Consequence of Sound

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How Boston’s Fort Apache Studios Captured the Sound of an Era | Consequence of Sound

Ryan Bray, for Consequence of Sound:

Boston in the mid-to-late ’80s was a fertile, if underrated, hotbed of musical talent. The city boasted scores of bands that were poised for big things just a few years around the bend, among them the Pixies, The Lemonheads, Buffalo Tom, Juliana Hatfield, Morphine, Belly, and Throwing Muses. The talent was flowing over the proverbial brim, but it needed a hub, an outlet through which the various sounds coursing through the city’s veins could be heard.

Fort Apache Studios filled that void. When Sean Slade, Jim Fitting, Paul Kolderie, and Joe Harvard officially opened Fort Apache in the spring of 1986, it was a no-frills operation run out of an industrial space in Roxbury — hardly the stuff of legends. But what started as an effort to document the local scene quickly grew into an enterprise that would produce some of the biggest guitar rock records and acts of the ’90s. The Fort Apache story is one steeped in the DIY ethos that defined the American rock underground and helped pave the way for grunge and alternative to explode into the mainstream. More than the story of a studio, this is the story of a largely unsung underground movement that helped define a musical era.

 

It's a lengthy 'oral history' style article, well worth your time with quotes from Fort Apache staff and musicians such as Lou Barlow, Kim Deal and Bill Janovitz.

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More Video - Blake Babies, Somerville, July 9, 2016

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More Video - Blake Babies, Somerville, July 9, 2016

Thanks to spiketop for getting in touch with the above Sanctify clip from the weekend's Blake Babies shows.

Also, the Girl In A Box clip is taken from Thalia M's thalianation Instagram account, where there are more clips of Lament, Severed Lips and Nirvana, also embedded in an account of the shows at Vanyaland.

The most important news to emerge from the shows is John P Strohm confirming that both sets at Q Division Studios were recorded. YERRRSSSSS!

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