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Complete Jawbreaker Page: Live and Rare Tape Reviews


03 Feb. 1989: The Studio - Santa Monica, CA; Demo #1
04 Aug. 1989: Radio Tokyo - Venice, California; Demo #2
04 Nov. 1989: Downtown Beirut - New York, NY
29 Mar. 1990: WNYU Radio - New York, NY
28 Jun. 1990: WFMU Radio - East Orange, NJ
02 Jul. 1990: DC Space - Washington, DC
05 Aug. 1990: Spanky's Cafe - Riverside, CA
08 Aug. 1990: KCSB Radio - Santa Barbara, CA
11 Aug. 1990: 924 Gilman Street - Berkeley, CA
13 Aug. 1990: River Theatre - Guerneville, CA [Sonoma county]
18 Aug. 1990: Party Hall - Seattle, WA
28 Aug. 1990: Reckless Records - Chicago, IL
16 Nov. 1991: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
07 Dec. 1991: Guild Coffeehouse - Sacramento, CA
15 Feb. 1992: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
21 Mar. 1992: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
19 Jun. 1992: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
22 Aug. 1992: Speedboat House - St. Paul, MN
23 Aug. 1992: McGregor's - Elmhurst, IL
24 Aug. 1992: unknown venue - Kalamazoo, MI
25 Sep. 1992: unknown venue - Belfast, Northern Ireland
06 Nov. 1992: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
20 Mar. 1993: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
03 Apr. 1993: Jabberjaw - Los Angeles, CA
02 May 1993: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
23 May 1993: Isabel's Grand Finale - Chicago, IL
06 Jun. 1993: The King's Head Inn - Norfolk, VA
15 Jun. 1993: Vino's - Little Rock, Arkansas
03 Jul. 1993: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
09 Aug. 1993: Raji's - Los Angeles, CA
26 Oct. 1993: Mecca Auditorium - Milwaukee, WI
17 Jan. 1994: Pitzer College - Claremont, CA
04 Mar. 1994: 924 Gilman Street - Berkeley, CA
10 Mar. 1994: Mad Hatter's - Fort Worth, TX
24 Mar. 1994: Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
09 Apr. 1994: Firehouse Teen Center - Redmond, WA
22 Sep. 1994: Foothill - Long Beach, CA
23 Oct. 1994: Tower of London - Leeds, England
26 Oct. 1994: Giro's - Belfast, Northern Ireland
01 Oct. 1995: Club DV8 - Seattle, WA
14 Nov. 1995: Galaxy Club - Dallas, TX
15 Dec. 1995: Berkeley Community Theater - Berkeley, CA
11 Apr. 1996: Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
14 Apr. 1996: The Covered Dish - Gainesville, FL
18 May 1996: Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, WA


03 Feb. 1989: The Studio - Santa Monica, CA; Demo #1
25 minutes / studio recording

1) Equalized
2) Down
3) Rich
4) Split
5) World of Shit
6) Caroline
7) Better Half
Down is played more slowly than on the LP version and features a great vocal performance. The song also contains lyrics that were later scrapped and replaced ("Can't you hear the sound of another man down? / Another body underground). World of Shit is inevitably the highlight of the demo, since this recording of it is the only known version in any form, studio or live. It features Chris on lead vocals with Blake backing him.
I have three versions of the complete demo; they all offer good sound, and the best of them is a first-generation dub copied onto CD-R. However, there are also modified versions of the demo in circulation, of which I also have two; both of those are notably lesser in sound quality. The songs Equalized and World of Shit are excised from these versions, and on one tape, the sequencing of the remaining songs differs. These dubs are sourced from latter-day copies of the demo made by the band.

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03 and 04 Aug. 1989: Radio Tokyo - Venice, California; Demo #2
20 minutes / studio recording

1) Driven
2) Imaginary War
3) Gutless
4) Want
5) Fantastic Planet
6) Better Off
7) With or Without U2
Better Off is an interesting number; musically, it's considerably mellower than anything else on the demo, but the lyrics are considerably anguished. Chris takes on lead vocals, but Blake's backups are so prominent that the two essentially sing together for much of the song (Blake also sings different words from Chris at points). Chris's bass features prominently in the song. The song is cut from almost all circulating copies of the tape; it is likely that the band stopped including it on the demo at an early stage, similar to what they did with World of Shit on Demo #1.

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04 Nov. 1989: Downtown Beirut - New York, NY
50 minutes / audience video

1) Welcome To Our Band
2) Gutless
3) Down
4) Busy
5) Driven
6) Want
7) Lawn
8) Eye-5
9) Imaginary War
10) Shield Your Eyes
11) Sleep
12) With Or Without U2
The members look noticeably younger - Blake's face is a bit chubbier and Adam's hair is long. The band plays some songs that they stopped playing the next year - including Busy, Imaginary War, Sleep, and With or Without U2. Sleep features Chris on vocals! He also sings with Blake in parts of With or Without U2. Shield Your Eyes is structured differently than Bivouac LP version - it has an instrumental intro, plus part of the first verse is repeated at the end of the song as in the 7" Shredder version. Down has the old lyrics as on Demo #1.
The picture of this video is really clear ... however, the cameraman has a lot of fun and goes crazy with zooming in, moving around, and even turning the picture upside down. It would be annoying if it weren't fucking hilarious. The sound is another issue. The instruments are clear, but the vocals are almost nonexistant; this is probably the fault of the club, and not the video. It's unfortunate, because most of the songs end up sounding like instrumentals. If you aren't familiar with the vocal parts of the songs, you probably won't hear anything, but if you know the melody lines, you will hear them faintly. They seem to get quieter and quieter as the show goes on. This is a shame because it's really hard to hear Chris singing Sleep.

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29 Mar. 1990: WNYU Radio - New York, NY
35 minutes / live radio broadcast

1) Gutless
2) Want
3) Fine Day
4) Seethruskin
5) Driven
6) Equalized
7) Shield Your Eyes
Fine Day is performed sans palm-muting in the verse. In some songs, such as Driven, Blake emulates the samples just like on the album ("...gotta be loving one another"). He refers to Equalized as a "rare b-side."

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28 Jun. 1990: WFMU Radio - East Orange, NJ
35 minutes / live radio broadcast

1) Welcome To Our Band
2) Softcore
3) Seethruskin
4) Tour Song
5) Eye-5
6) You're Right
7) Big
8) Lawn
9) Pack It Up (Pretenders)
For the first couple of songs, Blake's voice is really hoarse and pretty awful-sounding, but it seems to come back as the set moves on. Pack It Up is an attempt at a straight cover, rather than the rewrite that appeared on the LP. After one of the songs, Blake makes a hilarious allusion to a song on Minor Threat's Salad Days 7" ("Is that good enough? I think so").

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02 Jul. 1990: DC Space - Washington, DC
55 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Welcome to Our Band
2) Equalized
3) Softcore
4) Down
5) Seethruskin
6) Big
7) Want
8) Fine Day
9) Tour Song
10) Eye-5
11) Driven
12) Shield Your Eyes
13) Lawn
14) Gutless
15) You're Right
Blake makes a joke about the poppiness of Want, asserting that the label made the band put it first on the LP because it was sure to be a radio hit. Blake also pitches the Neurosis and Filth show happening down the street.

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05 Aug. 1990: Spanky's Cafe - Riverside,. CA
50 minutes / audience recording

1) Welcome To Our Band
2) Gutless
3) Shield Your Eyes
4) Down
5) Want
6) Fine Day
7) Wound
8) Softcore
9) You're Right
10) Seethruskin
11) Eye-5
12) Drone
According to Blake, this was the 31st show of the tour and the second show with Samiam. The band plays to what sounds like an extremely small crowd. Blake introduces Welcome to Our Band as the band's "soundcheck song." In the middle of it, Blake has guitar troubles and brings the number to a halt; after fixing the problem, he instructs Chris and Adam to continue the song from where they left off, "the 'deh, deh' before the cycle part." Blake prefaces Want by telling the crowd that he hasn't seen his girlfriend in six weeks. Later in the set, Chris breaks a string, and Blake and Adam adlib a verse from Neil Young's song Powderfinger. One of the highlights of the show is a rare performance of Wound, which Blake calls "an H.C. number"; they play the song even faster than on the album. Eye-5 segues into Drone, another scarce live number.

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08 Aug. 1990: KCSB Radio - Santa Barbara, CA
45 minutes / live radio broadcast

1) Welcome To Our Band
2) Gutless
3) You're Right
4) Want
5) Softcore
6) Seethruskin
7) Big
8) Fine Day
9) Lawn
10) Freebird
11) Tour Song
12) Eye-5
13) Shield Your Eyes
14) Down
Very raw performance. This was the 34th show of the tour. The beginning of Seethruskin sounds like a nuclear bomb. Eye-5 contains screamed vocals at the end. The last song, Down, is cut short by a broken string.
An incomplete version of this show circulated in the past as 10 Oct. 1989: KSPC Radio - Claremont, CA. The complete version surfaced in MP3 form, encoded from a CD that was taken directly from the digital reel-to-reel; while the sound quality is a slight improvement, it contains some glitches in the form of beginnings of songs being cut off. Additionally, there is a buzzing sound in the background for the entire set.

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11 Aug. 1990: 924 Gilman Street - Berkeley, CA
70 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Welcome to Our Band
2) Gutless
3) Down
4) You're Right
5) Softcore
6) Lawn
7) Big
8) Freebird
9) Want
10) Seethruskin
11) Driven
12) Fine Day
13) Equalized
14) Shield Your Eyes
15) Eye-5
Phenomenal performance that bristles with energy. The band seems aware of it, too; Blake notes that he's following advice from his horoscope, which had urged him to "let go of your inhibitions." Adam plays like he's on crack, and Blake's throat sounds like a belt sander for the entire show. Incidentally, this was the source of the Live at Gilman bootleg 7", which contains the best version of You're Right that I've heard (the other songs pulled from this show are Want, Down, and Fine Day). Blake makes constant reference to some big guy in the crowd wearing a Motorhead t-shirt (actually the head of Gilman security who stands at 6'11" according to the taper). Paul Curran (from Crimpshrine and Maximum Rock'n'Roll) provides back-up vocals in parts of Equalized. Blake introduces Big as "a ballad." He dedicates Shield Your Eyes to the band Fuel and a couple of friends (Fuel and Samiam were also on the bill). During the song, Blake breaks a string and manages to halt the song quite smoothly; while he changes his string, Adam and Chris perform a short jam.
Two versions of the show have circulated. The first one is a cassette dub that runs a bit fast; Equalized cuts off in the middle of the song, but the rest of the show is intact. Some tape hiss is present and the recording sounds somewhat generated, although the quality is still very good. The second version is a CD-R recorded straight from a copy of the DAT; the quality is pristine, save the low volume at the beginning of the show that eventually gets fixed. However, each song fades in and out, and as a result, much of the down-time and banter in between songs is cut, including Freebird and the jam by Chris and Adam performed in the middle of Shield Your Eyes after Blake breaks a string. This makes for a significantly shorter show.

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13 Aug. 1990: River Theatre - Guerneville, CA [Sonoma county]
40 minutes / audience recording

1) Welcome To Our Band
2) Seethruskin
3) Down
4) Rich
5) Gutless
6) Eye-5
7) Freebird
8) Fine Day
9) You're Right
10) Softcore
11) Want
12) Lawn
13) Tour Song
14) Big
15) Shield Your Eyes
Blake starts by saying that his voice is hoarse (although it sounds fine). The band plays Rich in the only live rendition of the song that I've been able to find. The last half of Softcore and Shield Your Eyes are cut.
My tape of this show runs about 12% too fast. Consequently, Blake sounds like a chipmunk when he talks. This show has circulated as: "1990 - Sonoma, CA." According to the fellow who booked the show, it took place on August 13, 1990 at the River Theatre in Guerneville, and the opening bands were A Group Called Mike Dillard and Nuisance.

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18 Aug. 1990: Party Hall - Seattle, WA
55 minutes / audience video

1) Welcome To Our Band
2) Gutless
3) Down
4) Seethruskin
5) Softcore
6) Lawn
7) You're Right
8) Fine Day
9) Want
10) Driven
11) Equalized
12) Eye-5
13) Shield Your Eyes
My favorite show from this tour. The venue is extremely small and intimate - looks sort of like a YMCA club. The club is filled to the brim with tons of punks who really get into the band. These guys dance and jump around all over the place. Many of them already know the band's songs and lyrics. Furthermore, there is no stage; the band is right in the middle of the crowd. Down is particularly awesome. The break in between "Can't you hear the sound of..." is interminably long and some people even think the song is over. But the fans up front are smiling and waiting for the band to blast back into the song with "machines all breaking down." Great moment. Fine Day begins with an amusing false start. Later during Equalized, Blake's mic falls over briefly before someone catches it for him. At one point late in the show, a man steps up to the mic and delivers a mini-rant about respect and responsibility in reference to vandalism of private property, among other things. Before Eye-5, Blake somehow gets the whole crowd to kneel down with him, and he plays part of the song in this manner.
The video camera is shaky at times, and the sound is average; audible, but not entirely clear with low vocals and overdriven instruments. Regardless, the tape manages to capture the frenetic mood of the show.

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28 Aug. 1990: Reckless Records - Chicago, IL
40 minutes / (semi) pro videotape

1) Welcome To Our Band
2) Gutless
3) Down
4) Softcore
5) Want
6) Lawn
7) Seethruskin
8) Fine Day
9) Tour Song
10) Shield Your Eyes
11) Equalized
Blake wears flannel and sweats buckets by the end of the set. Down is funny - in this rendition, the entire store thinks that the song is finished in the short break after "Can't you hear the sound of...." The band repeatedly teases the crowd about playing, or rather, refusing to play the song Busy.
The tape appears to have somewhat of a semi-professional job done on it as a Jawbreaker logo and the date of the show appear in the beginning of the tape while the band sets up.

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16 Nov. 1991: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
50 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Big
2) Tour Song
3) Donatello
4) Shield Your Eyes
5) Sleep
6) Chesterfield King
7) Face Down
8) Parabola
9) Ache
10) Want
11) Pack It Up (Pretenders)
12) Bivouac
Big, Tour Song, Sleep, and Pack It Up all sound nearly identical to the recorded versions, which is actually quite rare to hear; the band had been playing the songs in earlier, unfinished versions in 1989 and 1990. Pack It Up contains the only deviation from the album; in the chorus, Blake changes the "Don't play..." list of Jawbreaker songs and includes alternate selections from Unfun such as Softcore and Fine Day. The real surprise from this show is an early version of Ache, which the band recorded for their next LP a year and a half later. The song contains some different lyrics ("It's pretty old / Ever feel your skin grow cold?" and "You're a big part of it / Can I live without it?), and the vocal melody in some parts requires Blake to shout in a higher register; presumably, the melody was modified after his throat surgery.
The volume starts off a bit low but gets a boost in the middle of the first song. The banter in between songs appears to have been cut out, as the beginning of each song fades in.

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07 Dec. 1991: Guild Coffeehouse - Sacramento, CA
60 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Intro / Shield Your Eyes
2) Down
3) Like a Secret
4) Donatello
5) Big
6) Softcore
7) Chasing the Wild Goose (Bad Religion)
8) Chesterfield King
9) Tour Song
10) Parabola
11) Face Down
12) Want
13) Bivouac
Blake begins the show by singing a portion of a strange little ditty with his guitar; I haven't been able to identify the song yet, but I assume it's a cover. Down is especially strange, as Blake leaves out some words and even changes the entire vocal melody; the third verse of the song is slowed down and palm-muted. Like a Secret is introduced as "Silver," and after the song ends, Blake notes that Jawbreaker is a "much prettier band now." The vocals in the outro of Tour Song ("Every little thing must go wrong") are a riot as Blake's voice starts to give out. By the time Want is played, his vocals are totally shot.
The original tape has strange mix; vocals only come out the right channel and still end up dominating the instruments. A remixed version is also available, with vocals in both channels.

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15 Feb. 1992: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
50 minutes / soundboard recording

1) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
2) First Step
3) Lawn
4) West Bay Invitational
5) Donatello
6) Like a Secret
7) Want
8) Friends Back East
9) P.S. New York is Burning
10) Tour Song
11) Chesterfield King
12) Bivouac
Features an early version of The Boat Dreams From the Hill, which actually isn't all that different from the LP version; however, Blake does sing some unintelligible words over the outro, which lacks vocals in the studio version. West Bay Invitational is considerably longer than the studio version - it has an extra verse with lyrics that were later scrapped (including more lines about alcohol and a mention of Adam), plus the outro is extended, both of which push the song past the five minute mark. Of my recordings, this is the first version of the modified Want that the band played numerous times in 1992. It differs from the Unfun version in the chorus; the lyrics are changed to "What I want is what I want / I think I want you," and there's a new instrumental melody driven by a palm-muted guitar riff. The outro in Tour Song ends much quicker than on the LP version, but even so, Blake's voice gives out.
The vocals are a bit low in the beginning of the show, but they are later adjusted accordingly. The banter in between songs appears to have been cut out, as the beginning of each song fades in; Chesterfield King is incomplete and fades in to the middle of the song.

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21 Mar. 1992: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
65 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Equalized
2) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
3) Now
4) West Bay Invitational
5) Parabola
6) Donatello
7) Big
8) Pretty Persuasion (R.E.M.)
9) Chesterfield King
10) P.S. New York is Burning
11) Bivouac
The band starts playing what sounds like a slow instrumental jam after Blake tells the crowd that the band has a surprise for them; this eventually segues into Equalized, after which Blake declares that they played it because people had been "badgering" them about it for so long. The highlight of the show is a song called Now; it was played only a handful of times in 1992. Blake introduces it as being about "bondage," or about "being lonely and being tied up." Musically, it's fast and driven by a catchy bass line; the chorus sounds similar to that of Tour Song. Blake introduces West Bay Invitational as "our sleaziest song." Parabola is pegged by Blake as "the meanest song we know." Before launching into Big, Blake calls it a "conspiracy theory song" and dedicates it to his friend Aaron (Cometbus?). A rare live version of Pretty Persuasion yields the quote of the evening: Blake - "Wanna hear an R.E.M. song?" Scores of fans in unison - "NO!". While Blake changes a broken string after the song, Chris and Adam perform a few jams for the crowd. P.S. New York is Burning is dedicated to Ben Sizemore of Econochrist.
There are some strange volume fluctuations in the beginning and end of the show. The entire set, banter and all, is captured here without any cuts; however, there are annoying split second pauses between tracks.

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19 Jun. 1992: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
75 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Chesterfield King
2) Caroline
3) West Bay Invitational
4) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
5) Face Down
6) Like a Secret
7) Indictment
8) Fine Day
9) Chasing the Wild Goose (Bad Religion)
10) Want
11) In Sadding Around
12) You Can't Afford Me
13) Donatello
14) Shield Your Eyes
15) Bivouac
West Bay Invitational has alternate lyrics as in earlier versions performed some months prior to this show, but the song has already been clipped to a slightly shorter length by this point. Indictment is introduced as a new song and differs from the studio version in that Blake palm-mutes the riff throughout most of the song; there are also some different lyrics and a poppy guitar line in the middle that was later taken out. Fine Day is played especially slowly, and Blake even comments on the fact after the song's conclusion. The highlight of the show is an early version of You Can't Afford Me, a song that was known to tape traders as the "angry song" for years. It's in the vein of Parabola, Face Down, and Fantastic Planet - aggressive and discordant, although it has a quiet, melodic break towards the end. Blake calls the song "the new Driven." At the end of Bivouac, Blake says that the show was the band's last ever.
The volume starts off a bit low but gets a boost early on. Chesterfield King fades in during the first half of the song, as the song is partially cut.

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22 Aug. 1992: Speedboat House - St. Paul, MN
75 minutes / audience recording

1) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
2) Chesterfield King
3) West Bay Invitational
4) Softcore
5) Kiss the Bottle
6) Face Down
7) Indictment
8) Want
9) Parabola
10) Chasing the Wild Goose (Bad Religion)
11) P.S. New York is Burning
12) Bivouac
13) Caroline
14) You Can't Afford Me
Blake's voice is obviously in bad condition, and it's clearly audible in the way he croaks through most of the set; even his speaking voice is tattered. Blake is less talkative than usual; he makes a comment about the show being the band's last ever, causing members of the crowd to exclaim, "What?!" Chris pipes in from time to time and is amusing in his response to requests for Busy: "Jesus! Nothing we ever play anymore! Ask for something, like...cool." At the end of the show, the tapers ask Blake for his opinion of the show, and Blake replies, "I thought it sucked. I thought it really blew hard." Before playing You Can't Afford Me, Blake notes that the lyrics to the song are improvised at every performance.
My CD-R of this show runs about 6% too slow.

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23 Aug. 1992: McGregor's - Elmhurst, IL
65 minutes / audience video

1) Chesterfield King
2) The Boat Dreams From The Hill
3) Donatello
4) Fine Day
5) Friends Back East
6) Want
7) Face Down
8) Kiss The Bottle
9) Caroline
10) Parabola
11) Like A Secret
12) Equalized
13) Shield Your Eyes
14) You Can't Afford Me
15) Chasing the Wild Goose (Bad Religion)
Blake's voice is positively trashed from the start, and gets progressively worse as the set continues - with interesting results. The band opens with a handful of relatively new songs (read: post-Unfun), and when they finally play some old material in the form of Fine Day, the crowd goes nuts. Want is another crowd-pleaser... and watch for the surprised look on peoples' faces when they hear the different lyrics in the chorus; they rectify the situation themselves by belting out the original chorus at the end of the song, singing in unison and creating backing vocals that sound as powerful as Blake's own voice. Another great moment occurs in the beginning of Kiss the Bottle when Chris makes a faulty entrance, and Blake and Chris communicate with body language to get back on track. Before Parabola, Blake makes a note that the song was written as a reaction against accusations of their being a "popcore" band. Equalized is incredible. Blake gets someone from the crowd to step up to the mic, after which the band begins with a mellow, pretty interpolation of the main riff (as in the 21 Mar. 1992 performance). The crowd member starts singing the song, with Blake not even attempting to do any vocals; he is soon joined three other crowd members, who perform the entire song together sans Blake. Blake does attempt the next song, Shield Your Eyes, but his voice starts to give out towards the end - thus resulting in the Equalized crew taking over the rest of the vocals in the song. Next is a fine version of You Can't Afford Me, which Blake introduces as the "our angry song." This song is filmed with a strange slow-motion/low frame rate effect, which is cheesy but fitting somehow. After Chasing the Wild Goose, Blake notes, "I'm gonna die" in reference to his voice. The last song of the show, Tour Song, is not present on my tape.
My copy of the show is sourced from the "Punk Rock Videos" dub, which comes with the 22 Sep. 1994 show tacked onto the tape.

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24 Aug. 1992: unknown venue - Kalamazoo, MI
30 minutes / audience video

1) Like a Secret
2) Chesterfield King
3) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
4) Face Down
5) Indictment
6) Parabola
7) Want
Blake's voice is extremely hoarse, and even remarks that it's worse than he thought it was; regardless, he puts all of his energy into his vocals and guitar work. A funny moment occurs when someone in the crowd requests Busy and Chris starts shrieking in response.
The picture isn't clear because the club is so dark, and Adam and Blake are obscured in the shadows for about 90% of the show. Chris, however, gets a little more light. Towards the end of the set, the taper relocates to Chris's side of the stage. This recording probably has some songs cut from it.

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25 Sep. 1992: unknown venue - Belfast, Northern Ireland
45 minutes / audience recording

1) Donatello
2) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
3) Indictment
4) Want
5) Ashtray Monument
6) Chesterfield King
7) Friends Back East
8) Face Down
9) In Sadding Around
10) Chasing the Wild Goose (Bad Religion)
11) Tour Song
Before the band plays Ashtray Monument, Blake introduces the song as New Punk Song.
The audio quality is horrible. It's sourced from a video.

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06 Nov. 1992: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
75 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Ashtray Monument
2) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
3) Boxcar
4) Caroline
5) Donatello
6) Face Down
7) Softcore
8) Chesterfield King
9) Eye-5
10) Chasing the Wild Goose (Bad Religion)
11) Kiss the Bottle
12) Parabola
13) Shield Your Eyes
14) Want
15) In Sadding Around
16) Indictment
17) Fine Day
18) Friends Back East
19) Tour Song
20) Bivouac
The band isn't in great form - especially Blake, whose voice is continually off-key, not to mention his ham-handed guitar work which degenerates into sloppy noise far too often. The Boat Dreams From the Hill is especially marred by guitar trouble. Boxcar is an early version, and actually the same one that appears on the Old Glory bootleg 7" (labeled as "unplugged" on that release, the song is played palm-muted sans heavy distortion).
The volume fluctuates a few times during the show. Most of the dialogue is cut and fades are present in between song. Oddly, dialogue that occurred right before the last song is tacked onto the recording after the last song is performed.

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20 Mar. 1993: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
50 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Shield Your Eyes
2) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
3) Boxcar
4) West Bay Invitational
5) Fine Day
6) Parabola
7) Do You Still Hate Me?
8) Face Down
9) Outpatient
10) You Can't Afford Me
Blake talks for a few minutes and tells a joke among other things before playing the first song. The Boat Dreams From the Hill has a melodic guitar line (serving as the intro and played throughout the song) that differs from both 1992 versions and the August 1993 studio version. Blake doesn't cut the distortion in the end of Boxcar as in the 24 Hour Revenge Therapy version. West Bay Invitational features a different guitar part over the ending which makes extensive use of harmonics; as with Boat, it's different from both earlier 1992 versions and the later studio version. Parabola is very intense, especially in Blake's vocals; there's a hilarious vocal effect towards the end of the song which is so over-the-top that Blake comments on it, but the funniest part is when some crowd member near the taper imitates it. There's a lot of great talk throughout the show by both Blake and the crowd; for example, Blake tells an amusing story about getting pulled over by a cop, and later, someone in the crowd muses, "How come Blake has a bowl haircut?" Still, the quote of the evening has got to be the following: Blake - "Okay, I'll make my quasi-political statement of the evening." Girl in the crowd near the taper - "Oh God..."

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03 Apr. 1993: Jabberjaw - Los Angeles, CA
45 minutes / audience recording

1) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
2) West Bay Invitational
3) Do You Still Hate Me?
4) Face Down
5) Indictment
6) Boxcar
7) Want
8) Chesterfield King
9) Bivouac
Blake talks a bit about the inspiration for West Bay Invitational and tries to remember the date of the party described in the lyrics, but ends up placing it in four different years because he doesn't actually remember when it took place.
Poor quality tape dub.

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02 May 1993: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
50 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Do You Still Hate Me?
2) Chesterfield King
3) Boxcar
4) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
5) Shield Your Eyes
6) Outpatient
7) Want
8) Jinx Removing
9) Kiss the Bottle
10) Parabola
11) Caroline
Blake and Chris are both talkative in between songs. There's a funny episode towards the end when someone steps up to the mic and asks to crowd to look for his Vantastic pager; the band encourages the crowd to aid in the search. Blake misses part of the second verse in Parabola, then explains in the pause that he got dizzy and almost passed out.

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23 May 1993: Isabel's Grand Finale - Chicago, IL
50 minutes / audience video

1) Do You Still Hate Me?
2) Chesterfield King
3) The Boat Dreams From The Hill
4) Boxcar
5) Fine Day
6) Want
7) Outpatient
8) Jinx Removing
9) Kiss The Bottle
10) Caroline
This show took place while the band was in town recording 24 Hour Revenge Therapy with Steve Albini; in fact, according to Blake, they were slated to finish recording the album on the very next day. The video begins with a shot of the band setting up and listening to the venue's background music for a good five minutes. The place is extremely small and cramped, and to make matters worse, there's an eight-year-old girl up front. Consequently, a V.M.L. security guy stands onstage for most of the show. Blake's explanations of the songs are amusing. Chesterfield King is "an irresponsible song that romanticizes a bad habit," while Boxcar is three things: a love song, a song about shitty things people do to each other in the punk scene, and an homage to trains. The last two songs make up the encore; Blake seems somewhat reluctant to continue playing, but tells the crowd that he'll oblige them if someone hooks him up with valium, since he's been having trouble sleeping. After Caroline, Blake tells the crowd that that was the last time the song would be played on the tour (not true!). Towards the end of the show, Blake tells the crowd to go to the Born Against and Los Crudos show on the 29th.
The video quality is good. However, the filmer doesn't have the best angle. He stays on Chris's side of the stage for most of the show, which would be a good thing except for the fact that he rarely looks at Chris for more than a few seconds at a time. The security guard ends up blocking the filmer's view of Blake for most of the show, so the viewer is treated to extended shots of the guard's backside. Adam, however, can be seen quite clearly for most of show. Sound-wise, the video is very bass-heavy on account of the filmer being close to Chris's amp. Thus, some of the bass parts that are obscured on the studio recordings are clearly audible in this show.

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06 Jun. 1993: The King's Head Inn - Norfolk, VA
35 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Do You Still Hate Me?
2) Ashtray Monument
3) Chesterfield King
4) Jinx Removing
5) Caroline
6) Face Down
7) Outpatient
8) Shield Your Eyes
9) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
10) Want
Before Chesterfield King, Blake alludes to his quitting smoking (see 04 Mar. 1994 for laughs). In introducing Jinx Removing, Blake refers to the song as being about voodoo, "like those candles you get in the Mission District that cast spells on lovers." The last interesting comment made by Blake comes before Outpatient when he notes that two band members had already gone to the hospital on the current tour.
This show is circulating heavily in mp3 format.

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15 Jun. 1993: Vino's - Little Rock, Arkansas
60 minutes / audience video

1) Jinx Removing
2) Donatello
3) Kiss The Bottle
4) Chesterfield King
5) Fine Day
6) Boxcar
7) Want
8) Do You Still Hate Me?
9) The Boat Dreams From The Hill
10) Caroline
11) In Sadding Around
12) Face Down
13) Shield Your Eyes
14) Ashtray Monument

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03 Jul. 1993: 924 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA
50 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Shield Your Eyes
2) Do You Still Hate Me?
3) Chesterfield King
4) Jinx Removing
5) Fine Day
6) Boxcar
7) Kiss the Bottle
8) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
9) Want
10) Indictment
11) Caroline
12) Ache
The band is in excellent form. Although the setlist is fairly standard, the songs are powerful and tight; Blake's voice sounds wonderfully coarse and his intonation is above average. The guitar tends to go out of tune mid-song a few times, but otherwise, these performances rival the studio versions. Before Indictment, Blake spouts off about the virtues of remaining on an independent label opposed to a major label.

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09 Aug. 1993: Raji's - Los Angeles, CA
35 minutes / audience video

1) Indictment
2) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
3) Chesterfield King
4) Boxcar
5) Outpatient
6) Shield Your Eyes
7) Do You Still Hate Me?
8) Face Down
9) Want
10) Donatello
The band talks about their upcoming album a lot. There's a funny moment when someone plays a wrong note right in the beginning of Outpatient, and Blake smiles at Chris. At one point, Blake mentions that a lot of people from his old high school are present at the show. Chris periodically steps over to the mic and makes funny comments while Blake drinks water and adjusts his amp.
Ashtray Monument was the last song played, but my tape ends in the middle of Donatello.

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26 Oct. 1993: Mecca Auditorium - Milwaukee, WI
35 minutes / audience recording

1) Donatello
2) Ashtray Monument
3) Shield Your Eyes
4) Chesterfield King
5) Outpatient
6) Boxcar
7) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
8) Bivouac
Jawbreaker opened for Nirvana at this show. The crowd seems to enjoy the band. Before Boxcar, Blake says that the song is about Oakland, where "punks sit around and talk shit about each other." I used to have a recording of the Nirvana set, and Kurt Cobain thanks Jawbreaker for opening along with Mudhoney. The recordings probably come from the same taper.
There is some unseemly static throughout the set. The beginning of Donatello is also cut slightly.

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17 Jan. 1994: Pitzer College - Claremont, CA
60 minutes / audience recording

1) Shield Your Eyes
2) Housesitter
3) Ashtray Monument
4) Chesterfield King
5) Boxcar
6) Sea Foam Green
7) Fine Day
8) Kiss the Bottle
9) Want
10) In Sadding Around
11) Parabola
12) Condition Oakland
13) Jinx Removing
Blake notes that Sea Foam Green is about a 10,000 mile road trip he took in a '63 Plymouth Valiant, describes Kiss the Bottle as being about people who "beat the shit out of each other as they fall in love" and adds that "the only purified water these days is tears," and introduces In Sadding Around by remembering how he used to call people up at 3AM and play them the song. The band plays rather sloppily - especially Blake, who flubs several riffs and makes noise with his guitar. Something happens to Blake's guitar right after the drums enter in Boxcar (broken string?).
The Boat Dreams From the Hill and Friendly Fire were played after Fine Day, and both are missing from my dub.

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04 Mar. 1994: 924 Gilman Street - Berkeley, CA
55 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Housesitter
2) Indictment
3) West Bay Invitational
4) Boxcar
5) I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
6) Outpatient
7) Chesterfield King
8) Ache
9) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
10) Schneider
11) Sea Foam Green
12) P.S. New York Is Burning
An early I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both, which has a different middle section than on the Dear You LP in terms of instrumentation and lyrics. At some point during the show, Blake says he quit smoking three days ago. For Ache, Blake asks that the lights be dimmed in order to create a mood. One subtle lyrical change that occurs in in West Bay Invitational, when Blake sings, "you were from Oakland by way of the southwest." The most interesting thing about this show is the unreleased third-to-last song, of which I have no other recordings. Blake says it was named after his housemate and is about the plague of the twenty-something generation - it's very short, maybe two minutes or so. Interestingly enough, Bill Schneider was the bassist in Monsula. Hmm...another scrapped song lost in the annals of Jawbreaker history.

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10 Mar. 1994: Mad Hatter's - Fort Worth, TX
80 minutes / audience video

1) Housesitter
2) Ashtray Monument
3) West Bay Invitional
4) Chesterfield King
5) I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
6) Boxcar
7) Kiss The Bottle
8) Ache
9) Fine Day
10) Indictment
11) Donatello
12) Want
13) P.S. New York Is Burning
14) Parabola
15) Jinx Removing
16) Friendly Fire
Blake dedicates Kiss the Bottle to some girl on the verge of minor surgery. The band seems to be pissed off for most of the show. Blake snaps at the crowd for requesting songs, telling them, "Don't tell us the songs we do, we know them." He also expresses disdain at the fact that a light is pointed directly at him, comparing himself to a bug under a lamp. There is a funny moment when a fight breaks out in the crowd and Blake demonstrates his fine crowd control by saying, "hey, hey...hey" into the mic repeatedly. Blake's mood seems to lighten up by the end of the show, in any case. Interesting note: after the band stops playing, Blake says that despite the rumors, the band "will not sign to a major!" Liar! But it's okay, Blake, because Dear You was pretty good.
The view is from Chris's side of the stage. Accordingly, the sound is a bit bass heavy, since the taper was right next to the bass amp. Chesterfield King is partially cut.

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24 Mar. 1994: Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
40 minutes / audience recording

1) I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
2) Ashtray Monument
3) Indictment
4) Shield Your Eyes
5) Outpatient
6) Boxcar
7) Chesterfield King
8) Sea Foam Green
9) Ache
10) Parabola
The crowd must have been unactive, because Blake sarcastically comments on hearing that dancing is against the law in Hoboken. Before Sea Foam Green, he tells the crowd that tomorrow he would be meeting his sister from Canada for her 13th birthday. Then he says that Sea Foam Green is about a road trip he took to see his sister, and that it's also a love song for his car.
The show was recorded from the audience with a Sony D-3 setup. The last four songs from this performance - Accident Prone, Kiss the Bottle, Want, and Bivouac - are missing from this recording. A complete version is out there.

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09 Apr. 1994: Firehouse Teen Center - Redmond, WA
70 minutes / audience recording

1) Jinx Removing
2) I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
3) West Bay Invitational
4) Indictment
5) Housesitter
6) Boxcar
7) Chesterfield King
8) Ache
9) Shield Your Eyes
10) Parabola
11) Accident Prone
12) Want
13) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
14) Bivouac
Early version of Accident Prone - in fact, Blake feels the need to introduce it with a disclaimer, calling it an "experimental" song. It actually lasts for seven minutes because the chorus is extended; the riff is played once sans vocals, after which the chorus performed as on the LP version; in the recorded version, the band plows straight ahead into the chorus. Blake dedicates the last song, Bivouac, to Kurt Cobain, whose body was discovered one day before this performance.
This show is circulating on the internet in MP3 form; it's encoded at a very high bit rate of 256 kbps.

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22 Sep. 1994: Foothill - Long Beach, CA
30 minutes / audience video

1) Shirt
2) Housesitter
3) You Don't Know... (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts)
4) I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
5) Boxcar
6) Jinx Removing
7) Sister
The tape opens with the earliest known version of Shirt, and it's different than even the versions performed in Europe a month later as it contains a guitar solo in addition to some alternate lyrics. After Housesitter, somebody in the crowd taunts the band by calling them Pennywise and Blake responds by saying, "Comparing us to Pennywise will only get you hurt." Before playing I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both, Blake jokes that the song, originally titled "Inverted Beast," was writtenfor Slayer, who gave it back to them because it was too racy. There's a humorous moment at the end of Boxcar when Blake attempts to cut the distortion, but instead cuts out all sound and ends up strumming the chords inaudibly. Sister is an early version and contains an extra verse and some structural differences.
My copy of the show is sourced from the "Punk Rock Videos" dub, which typically comes with the 23 Aug. 1992 show. The quality of the video leaves something to be desired. The picture itself is rather fuzzy and dark, but the taper also uses a ghastly filter which has the effect of lowering the frame rate. As a result, the performance comes across as almost dream-like. There are cuts in between every single song, and it's fairly obvious that this video does not contain the entire performance. I'm pretty sure that all circulating versions have these flaws.

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23 Oct. 1994: Tower of London - Leeds, England
45 minutes / audience video

1) Housesitter
2) Jinx Removing
3) Ashtray Monument
4) Accident Prone
5) Boxcar
6) Indictment
7) Shield Your Eyes
8) Sister
9) West Bay Invitational
10) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
11) Sea Foam Green
The venue looks to be rather small and intimate, and the fans are very enthusiastic throughout; the 24 Hour Revenge Therapy songs get the best response. Before Accident Prone, Blake conjectures that the audience is going to hate the song.

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26 Oct. 1994: Giro's - Belfast, Northern Ireland
65 minutes / audience recording

1) Housesitter
2) Jinx Removing
3) Shirt
4) Shield Your Eyes
5) Accident Prone
6) Chesterfield King
7) Boxcar
8) Indictment
9) Sea Foam Green
10) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
11) Sister
12) You Don't Know... (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts)
13) Want
14) Outpatient
15) Kiss the Bottle
16) Basilica
The highlight of the show is definitely the closer, Basilica. The instrumental ending is replaced with a section that includes the words "just don't leave me alone." Blake is talkative throughout the show. His description of the beginning of Sea Foam Green is pretty amusing.
This show is being circulated in mp3s that have been encoded at a high bit rate. I have a hunch that these mp3s were made from a dub that I made for somebody in a trade.

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01 Oct. 1995: Club DV8 - Seattle, WA
70 minutes / audience recording

1) Jinx Removing
2) Lurker II: Dark Son of Night
3) Save Your Generation
4) Boxcar
5) Condition Oakland
6) Fireman
7) Unlisted Track
8) Parabola
9) Million
10) Shield Your Eyes
11) Face Down
12) Accident Prone
13) Just What I Needed (The Cars)
14) Ashtray Monument
15) Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault
16) Indictment
17) Sea Foam Green
The third show of a major tour, according to Blake. Blake's voice sounds great, especially on Shield Your Eyes; the song has a different intro and outro, which consists of Blake playing the E chord in a stop/start rhythm. Unlisted Track is played without distortion, but sounds a little bit different with an electric guitar. Chris notes after playing the Cars cover that they had just learned it recently, so this performance is probably one of the earliest of the song. Quote of the show: Blake - "Fuck me?! You paid to get in here for this abuse, you dipshit!"
This recording was originally captured on DAT from the audience.

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14 Nov. 1995: Galaxy Club - Dallas, TX
60 minutes / soundboard recording

1) Jinx Removing
2) I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
3) Indictment
4) Housesitter
5) Lurker II: Dark Son of Night
6) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
7) Million
8) Ashtray Monument
9) Shield Your Eyes
10) Save Your Generation
11) Want
12) Boxcar
13) Accident Prone
14) Parabola
15) Condition Oakland
The band sounds uninspired and tired. Blake asks the soundman to turn the vocals or instruments up after almost every song, so it's possible that technical problems are what marred the band's drive.

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15 Dec. 1995: Berkeley Community Theater - Berkeley, CA
25 minutes / live radio broadcast

1) Save Your Generation
2) Lurker II: Dark Son of Night
3) Indictment
4) Boxcar
5) Fireman
6) Shirt
This show was part of an alt. rock fest for the Bay Area station Live 105; it's odd hearing the huge amount of people at the show. When Blake talks in between songs, he's limited to one sentence smart-ass comments that almost sound like typical rock star banter. Blake tells the audience to stay tuned for Sonic Youth after the band finishes the set.
My tape dub sounds good, but runs about 6% too slow.

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11 Apr. 1996: Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
70 minutes / audience recording

1) Do You Still Hate Me?
2) Shield Your Eyes
3) Save Your Generation
4) Ashtray Monument
5) Million
6) Condition Oakland
7) For Esme
8) Boxcar
9) Accident Prone
10) Want
11) Jet Black
12) Gemini
13) Chesterfield King
14) Parabola
15) Bivouac
The band plays two new numbers - For Esme (which gets introduced as "Esme Needs Her Story") and Gemini. This version of For Esme contains intact lyrics, unlike the Live 4/30/96 LP version. Bivouac has a rewritten ending which contains calmer, twinkly guitar motifs interspersed between the louder sections; parts of it sound improvised. Generally, Blake's between-song banter sounds more awkward than witty or amusing.
My copy of the show is in MP3 form; the MP3s were sourced from a cassette tape. There seem to be some cuts in between songs, but it seems that only down-time has been excised; there is ample talking from Blake throughout. This version of Gemini was circulating in MP3 form a few years ago, and was also at the time being copied onto homemade "rarities" cassette compilations (this is evident from Blake's introduction to the song, in which he asks if there are any Geminis in the crowd and proceeds to give away a book of some sort).

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14 Apr. 1996: The Covered Dish - Gainesville, FL
70 minutes / audience recording

1) Do You Still Hate Me?
2) Shield Your Eyes
3) Save Your Generation
4) Ashtray Monument
5) Million
6) Boxcar
7) For Esme
8) Unlisted Track
9) Condition Oakland
10) Accident Prone
11) Shirt
12) Parabola
13) Want
14) Gemini
15) Jet Black
16) The Boat Dreams From the Hill
17) Bivouac
The band sounds a bit tired. Some members of the crowd greet Unlisted Track with laughter. My dub contains lots of hiss and speed fluctuations at certain points. Additionally, there are gaps of silence before each track.

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18 May 1996: Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, WA
75 minutes / audience recording

1) Jinx Removing
2) I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
3) Indictment
4) Save Your Generation
5) Housesitter
6) Boxcar
7) Face Down
8) Jet Black
9) Do You Still Hate Me?
10) Shirt
11) Parabola
12) Sluttering (May 4th)
13) Condition Oakland
14) Elephant
15) Bivouac
The second last Jawbreaker show ever, and it's a good one. The energy level is high throughout and the band is in top form; the performance is somewhat similar in execution to the 30 Apr. 1996 show on the live LP. Blake notes that Jinx Removing and I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both are about the same girl, the latter being set three years later. He makes a lot of allusions to corporate music; for instance, he tells the crowd that Spin Magazine hated the song Save Your Generation, and also notes that throwing beer bottles is a very "MTV punk" thing to do. He continues on the faux-punk theme later by describing Boxcar as being about "mall punk," and even namedrops Epitaph as an object of scorn. Jet Black is performed in standard tuning - a full step higher than the album version, which is in D. The highlight is Elephant, the only known performance of the song. It's upbeat with a touch of melancholy, and strung together by an arpeggiated guitar melody.
This show was recorded on DAT from the audience. The version circulating in MP3 form on the internet was made from a cleaned-up, re-EQ'd version.

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