I have to admit, I'm usually not a big fan of the live recordings that I stumble across on the blogosphere from time to time, mainly because the sound quality is reliably horrendous. However, when a band that I like decides to release an official live album, I find it hard to resist checking it out. Sure, even officially sanctioned live albums are a mixed bag at best, but with a band like Les Savy Fav, who are known for their unpredictable and sweat-soaked stage show, a live record should be a worthy addition to their discography.
Indeed, this particular show, recorded on New Year's Eve 2007 at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC is sizzling with energy, and if the playing sounds a little bit sloppy and chaotic at times, the album is all the better for it. Tim Harrington and Co. even threw in a stream of fun covers at the end that included everyone from Nirvana to CCR to The Misfits (!), and this half-drunk version of The Pixies' "Debaser". After The Balls Drop is available now exclusively as a digital download on iTunes and Amazon, and offers audio proof that LSF definitively rocks the party anytime, anywhere.
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