Pere Ubu: Pennsylvania

In retrospect, this is where it starts to go bad. It’s not a terrible album, but it’s frustrating and most of the songs are forgettable. I’ve only heard one song off here played live (admittedly, I’ve only seen them twice), and that song is “Wheelhouse.” The good news is that “Wheelhouse” ranks up there with their best songs. The production and sound is a bit weird, but it’s an undeniably great song. There’s not another song in the same league. The next album would be more enjoyable, but here is where Pere Ubu stopped being fun.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

Listening now, I don’t hate it like I kind of did at first. Well I didn’t hate it, but I found it frustrating and kind of tedious. But now I can appreciate the droning and weird sections more. There is something about the fact that only some of the sections are actually meant for playing live. But that was true of the first album, and I still like it a lot.

Lou Reed: Park West Chicago 1978

This is the 1978 pick. I burned it for dad. He should love it. If he doesn’t, he has no soul. Great sound. Sounds as clear as a soundboard, but might be an audience recording. You can hear cheering. Not a lot of long shows from this tour, but this one sounds great and has most of my favorites.