September 9, 2006

Sunset Rubdown, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa, 26 July 2006

Posted in bootleg, mp3 at 5:32 pm by rgsc

At the end of July I headed to the National’s Capital to see Sunset Rubdown with As the Poet’s Affirm, a show co-organized by those damper dapper young fellows at Mocking Music. It was a bit of a trek, but it was totally worth feeling absolutely destroyed the next day when I had to go to work after only a few hours of sleep to see it.

As the Poet’s Affirm where fantastic. They impressed me with their complex orchestrations – their sound has evolved quite a bit since they put out the fantastic album “The Jaws that Bite, The Claws that Catch” (see Cokemachineglow for a track from their forthcoming album “Awake” [scroll down to #14]) – and by the variety of instruments which each member played to create these sounds. Their set was epic, engaging and quite a bit of fun to watch. (Buy AtPA from Zunior).

Sunset Rubdown followed AtPA with a very strong set of their own. There were a few technical difficulties at the start but they were sorted out in short order. Spencer Krug was wonderfully intense, almost manic, while playing but his self-depreciating sense of humour came through between songs. Sunset Rubdown’s complex and demanding lyrics and music translated very well in a live setting. There was a diversity in the sound as Krug switched between keyboards, guitar, and accordion, and his trademark yelped vocals were wonderfully complimented by the backing vocals, keyboards, glockenspiel and I-don’t-know-what-else of Camilla Wynn Ingr. The setlist drew on all three Sunset Rubdown recordings, along with a couple new songs but as they were running late there was no encore which means we were possibly denied a cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” which they have played at other shows. All in all it was a great show, even without the cheesey cover.

Sunset Rubdown, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa, 26 July 2006

1) intro.mp3 (0.3 MB)
2) new song (title?) March Up on your Leopard, Upon the End of your Feral Days.mp3 (4.78 MB) [title courtesy of Mike. Thanks for the info! Update: The song, with its now official title, has been released by Jagjaguwar and will be on the new album “Random Spirit Lover“.)
3) now i take it off (tuning) talk.mp3 (1.53 MB)
4) Snake’s Got A Leg I/III.mp3 (3.39 MB) [update: Karpe’s comment made me go back and take another listen. It actually is a mix of part I and III of the song. See my comment for the breakdown.]
5) we’re gonna do better and awkward silence talk.mp3 (1.2 MB)
6) Stadiums and Shrines I.mp3 (4.19 MB)
7) Winged/Wicked Things.mp3 (4.32 MB)
8 ) I am a ninja and a sexy beast talk.mp3 (1.13 MB)
9) Us Ones in Between.mp3 (4.2 MB)
10) They Took a Vote and Said No.mp3 (4.06 MB)
11) three colours intro talk.mp3 (1.16 MB)
12) Three Colours I and II.mp3 (6.49 MB)
13) what do you wanna do? talk.mp3 (0.4 MB)
14) I’m Sorry I Sang on Your Hands That Have Been in the Grave.mp3 (5.19 MB)
15) thanks and last song talk.mp3 (0.5 MB)
16) Shut Up I Am Dreaming of Places Where Lovers Have Wings.mp3 (5.93 MB)

You can be both a ninja and a sexy beast, just like Spencer, if you buy Sunset Rubdown’s cds.


  1. Karpe said,

    Great bootleg… but man, it’s actually Snake’s Got A Leg III and Stadiums and Shrines II.

  2. Calum said,

    I had no idea that you wrote for this site! I love your blog. Thanks for talking about my show and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you out in the coming months.

    Sept.23rd – Ninja High School w/VitaminsForYou
    Oct.2nd – Menomena w/Acres
    Oct.27th – Halloween Party w/We Are Wolves, Crystal Clyffs, Daiquiri, Relief Maps
    Nov.4th – My Dad Vs Yours w/Kingston Fog, City Of 100 Spires
    Dec.10th – Les Georges Leningrad w/Duchess Says, Jetplanes Of Abraham
    Jan.13th – AIDS Wolf w/As The Poets Affirm, PLACE

    Come to all of them!

  3. letimbre said,

    Thank you so much for this bootleg !
    How could I live without Spencer Krug and all his so wonderful projects (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Frog Eyes)

  4. rgsc said,

    Hey LeTimbre – you are most welcome. When I first heard Wolf Parade I found Krug’s yelping a little jarring but now I really love it, and I think what he is doing with Sunset Rubdown is even better. The jury is still out on Frog Eyes for me. I think I could get behind it with a little more time but I haven’t put enough effort into it yet.

    Calum – it was great to get to talk to you after the show. I’m sorry I couldn’t stick around longer but I had to get back to Kingston. I wasn’t sure if you put it together that I was the rod from this site or not. I appreciate your support and the links you have given me over at MM. Hopefully I can make it to Ottawa for some of those shows.

    Karpe – I knew I was going to get screwed up by the I-II-III’s so I tried to pay really close attention to the lyrics. Based on the lyrics you’ve transcribed here I am sticking with Stadiums and Shrines I – in the second line he does say “nighttime” rather than “night” but otherwise it follows the lyrics from Pt. 1.

    For Snake’s Got a Leg what I didn’t pay close enough attention to is that it actually takes lyrics from both part one and part three. I put the lyrics for all three side-by-side and went through. As you well know there is a lot of commonality between songs but here’s how it breaks down – you ready to listen along?

    [From III]
    Snake’s got a leg
    For all, we wish, we see (?)
    And you have so many legs
    But you’ll run away so we’ll never ever see.

    [From I]
    I got a jacket
    A coat full of contraband
    And I got, I got so many high heels to sell
    And I got so many hands to hand ‘em over with

    [From I/III]
    And we’ll eat like kings, oh…
    So Ooh, ooh, ooh
    Got hit with bows and arrows oh
    Said Ooh, ooh, ooh
    Got hit with bows and arrows oh

    [From I]
    I don’t wanna go
    Into the hills today
    Into the mountains
    To feed the crows up in the hills
    Up, up in the hills
    It’s cold and brutal

    They’re back at my skin with their beaks on my mound
    They’re back at my bones with their beaks on my mound
    They’re back at my ears with their nevereverending caw-ing
    And cawing, and cawing, and caw-caw-cawing

    [From I/III]
    They’ll eat like kings, oh…

    [From III]
    So snake’s in the grass
    Put that snake in the oven cause I’m the other one
    .I say, “How can you live so high in the mountains?”
    “It’s cool in the shade of the woodshed,” babies say;
    “Can I stay awhile?”
    She said, “No. How dare you live up
    So high in the mountains.”
    “I got chased by a hundred snakes in the morning
    Got away from a hundred snakes in the night.
    Sing, how can you live up so…”Oh, oh, oh, oh.

    [From I]
    “Got chased by a hundred snakes this morning
    Got away from a hundred snakes in the night.
    Sing, how can you live up so…”

    Cool? Let me know if anyone still disagrees.

  5. dana said,

    any way to make these mp3’s available again? pllleeeasee!

  6. 72mmzjad said,


  7. fleaonaleash said,

    Anyway I can still get these MP3s? I’m so desperate to hear them. I’m so infatuated with Krug’s work. And I am also a ninja and sexy beast ! woohoo

  8. mike said,

    if you want, the untitled newish song, track 2, is for now called “March”
    that’s what spencer called it in an email when i asked about an officialish name.

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