Long Live The Midway! (A New Live Album)

Ok, we’ve played at the Midway literally zillions of times, and now quite suddenly (at least in my semi-functioning brain) it’s the Midway’s 30th anniversary, and of course I didn’t do anything in advance, because I wanted to make sure the fucking thing was actually going to happen, and now it is, and I’m kind of buzzed… ahhhh…

The Midway is very clearly the last really great, classic dump in the Boston area, and by dump, of course, I mean splendid palace of golden-ness that just doesn’t happen to strike everyone on earth as being as blindingly, shinily, abundantly soul enriching as say, for instance, Shangri-la or the Taj Mahal, but fuck them, they don’t know shit, the Midway is cool. Jay, Smiley, Dave, Robert, Nick, Lenny -all gods, pretty much.

And we played there many times, and had a blast. Sooo many stories, and if I was better organized, I’d be telling you them now, as this is absolutely a perfect time for such an activity. But, no, can’t right now.

Instead, here’s 21 songs we recorded there, live; some never before released, some from the series of CDs we released in the year 2000, the RadioBalls -some, but not all, thank god, still available here… just scroll down… and down, and down, and down…. most sloppy as all hell, some particularly ill-advised (our version of “The Rites of Spring” for instance.) The Midway was our playground… we played hard, and had a ball. Now it’s your problem.

Long live the Midway!

The new tracks were probably recorded by either Fred Boak or Paul Cirincione; the old ones mostly by myself, I think, in Horrend-O-phonic (i.e. an ancient Sony portable cassette deck.) In addition to the older RadioBall tracks, you might want to check out “RadioBall # 8- The Dog Ate My Album”, perhaps the jewel of the many Midway / RadioBall releases, in part because it was NOT recorded in Horrend-O-phonic!

The Third Thing (home demo)

“The Third Thing“- Chandler demo, recorded at Fields Aplenty, Truro, MA, probably in May, 2017.

Most recent entry in our long running series of instrumentals with the word “thing” in the title, and definitely a ripoff of the general vibe of “The Third Man Theme”, which I’ve always loved; not sure yet what we’re going […]

July 4 hat trick three-way video spectacular!!

“Mid-morning in Moscow” – the Chandler Travis Philharmonic at Herring Cove, Provincetown, MA, Sept. 4, 2016, shot by Belinda. We’ve posted many different versions of this one, because we always have a great time playing it; with our first Herring Cove show of the season coming up this Wednesday, and this being another damn fine […]

A Brand-New Variety of Travis/Greenberger Collaboration!

 

“When It Started It Seemed Like a Joke but Then It Just Got Long and Boring” by David Greenberger, 21 June 2017 (ink and colored pencil on paper, image area 7.25 inches square.)

In a marked departure, this week’s Song of the Weak is a drawing by one of my favorite artists and […]

Catbirds at the Barley Neck

The Catbirds at the Barley Neck, May 12, 2017: “The Twirl”, “Do the Seesaw”, “Come On Home”, and “Institution Child”- recorded by Fred Boak.

Sometimes we sound best when we’re recorded worst on a really slow night. Not that this was such an occasion necessarily, I’m just observing that in passing.

Song of the Weak!!! […]

The Strongman of North American – unreleased mix

 

“The Strongman of North America” (Masterpiece Theater version) – the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, recorded mostly by Ducky Carlisle and Joe Stewart at Dimension in J.P. (some overdubs recorded by C.T. at home), mixed by Ducky at Ice Station Zebra.

An alternate mix of one of my favorites from our latest, “Waving Kissyhead, Vol. 2 […]

I Saw a Picture of You

painting by Paulette Humanbeing

 

“I Saw a Picture of You“- the Chandler Travis Three-O at the Dreamaway Lodge in Becket, MA., April 14, 2014, recorded by The Valet, aka Fred Boak.

Another in the endless series of discarded songs. I actually like this one pretty well, but it’s always harder to find spots […]

Softly in the Night – Live Video

“Softly in the Night” – the Chandler Travis Philharmonic at Herring Cove, Sept. 4, 2016, shot (and originally broadcast live!)by Belinda.

I think this is the third song we’ve put up from this particular show, and we’ve put up other vids from previous Herring Cove shows -they’re just always a blast, and that whole sunset […]

Red Skies

“Red Skies” -the Chandler Travis Three-O, recorded at a soundcheck at Passim on Oct. 12, 2012, by Fred Boak.

I’d forgotten all about this one when it popped up the other day for no reason; one of the many songs that get worked up and discarded because they get overshadowed by more promising stuff… no […]

Live at The Cutting Room (A Special “Song of the Weak!!!” Album)

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic at the Cutting Room, Nov. 20, 2013 – recorded by Fred Boak (room mike and pre-mix) and Gerard Hoffman (live board mix.) CTP: Rikki Bates, drums; Fred Boak, bg vox; Dan Brantigan, trumpet; Dinty Child, mandocello, accordion, bg vox; John Clark, string bass, bg vox; Quinn Cox, trombone; Berke McKelvey, clarinets, […]