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By: gunter habets 9 months ago permalink

According to some sources, Ian MacKaye, born and raised in Washington D.C., spent some nine months in 1974 in Palo Alto, after his father had won a fellowship at Stanford University, leading the MacKaye family to pack up for California temporarily.

This recording relates to the only concert Fugazi ever played in Palo Alto and dates back to the 1999 West Coast tour I have been covering recently. Part of the introductory remarks are missing but the recording does capture Ian mentioning “(…) here in Palo Alto when I was 12 or 13 years old, so this is about as close to a homecoming as I am ever gonna have other than Washington D.C.” before the band eases into Break to open the set.

The people at Dischord mark the sound quality of this recording as “excellent”, and while this arguably applies to most of the show, I find that the guitars especially are rather low in the mix for the first couple of songs, while there are some volume drops or piercing reverb to be noted as well (e.g. Facet Squared). Things pretty much balance out after Do You Like Me though, leaving the listener to ride the wave for the remainder of the gig (note that the beginning of Arpeggiator is missing).

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By: gunter habets 9 months ago permalink

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Even though the performance is quite solid and enjoyable, it doesn’t really win me over for some reason. I feel it never really takes off, while I do take pleasure in the toned-down tracks Floating Boy or set closer Version.

Perhaps the lack of banter is illustrative of the rather lukewarm ambience as well, even though Ian tries to engage someone in the audience at one point, only to conclude that “the verdict is that he was trying to get my attention but he really didn’t have much to tell me other than to play Steppin’ Stone, unfortunately we don’t do that song so I’m afraid we won’t be able to appease you.”

Find enclosed some 22 live tracks, culled from the End Hits album in particular (8), with only a modest selection of their other work thrown in for variety: Red Medicine (3), In on the Kill Taker (3), Steady Diet of Nothing (2), Repeater (3), Margin Walker EP (1), 7 Songs EP (1) and Furniture EP (1).

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0894 Fugazi Palo Alto, CA USA 2/21/99

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Show Date:
 1999-02-21
Venue:
 Edge
Door Price:
 6
Attendance:
 1000
Played with:
 The Ex, The Thrones
Recorded by
 Nick Pellicciotto
Mastered by
 Warren Russell-Smith
Original Source:
 DAT
Sound Quality:
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Arpeggiator cuts in and out.

Play Sample Track
1. Break
2. Place Position
3. Facet Squared
4. Do You Like Me
5. And The Same
6. Rend It
7. Recap Modotti
8. Closed Captioned
9. FD
10. Long Division
11. Target
12. Suggestion
13. Floating Boy
14. Merchandise
15. Public Witness Program
16. Five Corporations
17. Encore 1
18. Arpeggiator
19. Stacks
20. Sieve-Fisted Find
21. Repeater
22. Encore 2
23. Number 5
24. Version
25. Outro

Please Note: Available recordings have been mastered to correct for volume shifts, drop outs, etc. but some sonic anomalies will still exist, especially early in the set when the mix is being settled. The band has rated each show for sound quality and set the general price of a download at $5 per show. If you have a different price in mind feel free to utilize the alternative pricing option.