I enjoyed my day off yesterday – immensely. Originally, I was supposed to be traveling to San Antonio today on business but that was ex-nayed last week turning today’s intended “Travel Day into “Long Day” instead. Oh, and I started Week 2 of my 28 Day Challenge (click HERE) too. Yay me. And let me tell you, if I live through this weeks daily 20 minute core workouts I’ll be fucking lucky.
The album (actually an EP) contains 9 live tracks recorded in 2013 at a concert in Chicago and released as a Record Stare Day exclusive in 2014. Well, 8 tracks from the concert and one previously unreleased instrumental track titled ‘Sestri Levante‘.
By his own testimony mastermind Kevin Parker has just picked these songs because they sound so different live than on record. And while it’s not at all uncommon for that to simply mean elongated jam sessions with gut-busting solos over cyclical rhythms, but here, the roughly eight-minute romps through ‘Half Full Glass of Wine‘ (an amazing running tune!) ‘Be Above It’, and closer ‘Apocalypse Dreams‘ are really the only noticeably elasticized cuts. ‘Wine’ and ‘Desire Be Desire Go‘ are perhaps their best suited songs for such a treatment, as they’re essentially funk-fueled jam sessions to begin with, guided by groovy licks and commanding rhythms (read that as: great for running). But the latter is elongated by only a single minute. Still, these elaborate grooves are certainly a record-defying experience that really adds visceral connectivity to a live performance.
The run went okay minus the cold wind coming up Nigh Rd.) and I didn’t have to stop this time around, while managing an average pace of 5:36min/km which is a shade bit better than my previous outings so I’ll take that as a good sign that my running shit may be starting to come together again.
Knock on wood anyway…