Dream Syndicate

brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 30,101
edited September 2019 in Other Music
This is one of those lesser known bands that definitely deserves wider recognition and, thus, this thread. 

I didn't know much about Dream Syndicate in the 80's as I was still wavering between my 60's musical tastes by following bands like Jethro Tull, while at the same time discovering some newer sounds like early U2, The Alarm, Violent Femmes, Psychedelic Furs and also pursuing jazz interest, especially the best of the still surviving avante garde leaders like Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor.  Yet, somewhere vaguely in my memory I have this feeling that I saw Dream Syndicate in that decade open for a bigger name band.  The lack of clarity and sureness of that memory could be attributed to a bad night for me (read, "to much smoking and drinking"), or an off night for this band I wasn't familiar with, or both.  Or maybe there is just a part of my psyche that wished to hell I had seen them.  This notion was propagated some time in the early 90's when I came across they're fine album Medicine Show (the live album shown here highlights some the best cuts of that LP), and that desire is now firmly sealed by this recent acquisition, a live album that  is so damn powerful that there is little hope for my worsening tinnitus.  But sometimes bodily sacrifices must be made for those musical experiences that hold on to you as tightly as Steve Wynn's gripe on his fictitious (we hope) stone dead lover. 
The liner notes mentions drummer Dennis Duck a few years ago telling producer Pat Thomas that "this concert was easily among the best that this line-up ever did".  I can believe it.  Wynn sings like a man possessed by demons, angels and the muse all rolled into one.  Guitarist Paul B, Culter cuts some other-worldly guitar lines that Thomas describes as "cutlertronic" (down-right amazing!), and Drummer Duck and bassist Mark Walton keep the burners running hot, hot, hot!  This is amazing rock and roll.  All these years later, the doors are blown open yet again.  Added kudos to Run Out Groove for producing yet another stellar sounding piece of vinyl- you just don't get this good a sound every day. 

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
-Aldous Huxley
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 30,101
    Any fans?  Here's some samples, live and studio:



    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    "We urgently need a unified national strategy, one informed by the best science."  -Michael Osterholm
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 30,101
    OK, one more try.  If this doesn't gain some fans here, you're all lost causes and pathetic.  LOL, you know I'm kidding!  But check it out anyways if you have the time.


    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    "We urgently need a unified national strategy, one informed by the best science."  -Michael Osterholm
    M.I.T.S.











  • goldrushgoldrush everybody knows this is nowherePosts: 4,928
    brianlux said:
    Any fans?  Here's some samples, live and studio:



    I really like both of these, thanks for posting them Brian. I don’t think I’d heard of them before, I’ll need to dig into some more of their stuff
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    (Jeff Tweedy, Sydney 2007)

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  • JOEJOEJOEJOEJOEJOE Posts: 9,295
    Dream Syndicate is a great band.....I've never seen them live, but have owned a few of their albums.  They were a big part of the L.A. Paisley underground scene back in the early/mid 80s.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 30,101
    goldrush said:
    brianlux said:
    Any fans?  Here's some samples, live and studio:



    I really like both of these, thanks for posting them Brian. I don’t think I’d heard of them before, I’ll need to dig into some more of their stuff
    Glad you like them, goldrush!
    JOEJOEJOE said:
    Dream Syndicate is a great band.....I've never seen them live, but have owned a few of their albums.  They were a big part of the L.A. Paisley underground scene back in the early/mid 80s.
    Yes, Paisley Underground it is!  I love some of that stuff- particularly Dream Syndicate and Rain Parade (who's record Explosions in the Glass Palace is one of my favorites of everything.   Here's a great cut from that one:



    Strange as this may sound, I think I may have seen them in the early to mid 80's but can't be sure.  I saved a lot of my ticket stubs from over the years but don't have one with them on it but it seems to me I might have seen them.  It was either one of those shows where I was having too much fun to remember or perhaps they were an opening band I wasn't familiar with at the time not having a particularly memorable show.  In any case, I would love to have seen them at Raji's where the live LP was recorded!



    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    "We urgently need a unified national strategy, one informed by the best science."  -Michael Osterholm
    M.I.T.S.











  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 30,101
    This one just arrived today and ohhhh yes,  wow!  Dream Syndicate, How Did I Find Myself Here.  Great stuff!


    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    "We urgently need a unified national strategy, one informed by the best science."  -Michael Osterholm
    M.I.T.S.











  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 30,101
    Oh man, if this doesn't blow my mind I don't know...

    ...'nough said... check this out!



    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    "We urgently need a unified national strategy, one informed by the best science."  -Michael Osterholm
    M.I.T.S.











  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 30,101
    Yeah, I know, I get carried away, but really, this whole performance is crazy good!


    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    "We urgently need a unified national strategy, one informed by the best science."  -Michael Osterholm
    M.I.T.S.











  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 30,101
    Beautiful chaos!


    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    "We urgently need a unified national strategy, one informed by the best science."  -Michael Osterholm
    M.I.T.S.











  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 30,101
    Paul B. Cutlers guitar breaks and solo are pure science fiction here.  And it just gets better to the end.  Oh yeah!


    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    "We urgently need a unified national strategy, one informed by the best science."  -Michael Osterholm
    M.I.T.S.











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