The Mother Hips, Live Session #63

by Woody on January 12, 2010

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I reviewed The Mother Hips’ latest release Pacific Dust and declared them the most underrated band of the last 20 years. I have been a fan of these guys since 95′s Part-Timer Goes Full, so when I heard Oz booked the session, I rearranged (i.e. blew off) a meeting in the real world and was primed to meet them in studio.

Tweedy, James or Malkmus could have walked through Shirk’s door and I wouldn’t have been any more excited. As the usual small talk commenced, I started rattling off all of the Hips shows I’ve seen over the years before realizing that I sounded a bit like a stalker. I somehow composed myself as Tim Bluhm, Greg Loiacono and the boys geared things up. What transpired over the next forty minutes was just jaw dropping.

We’ve had our share of great bands come through Shirk’s studio in Chicago, but this was one of my favorites of all time blasting through a mini-private concert. And when people ask me why I let my music obsession consume so much of my time…well, here you have it.

The Mother Hips band intro

Exclusive: The Mother Hips – Esmerelda

Exclusive: The Mother Hips – White Falcon Fuzz (video)

Exclusive: The Mother Hips – Third Floor Story (video)

Exclusive: The Mother Hips – One Way Out

Exclusive: The Mother Hips – Lion And The Bull

Exclusive: The Mother Hips – Pacific Dust (video)

Download The Mother Hips Live Session as a zip.

Video: The Mother Hips – White Falcon Fuzz (performed live in Chicago at Shirk Music + Sound)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Kyle January 12, 2010 at 9:22 am

really awesome. love the mother hips. sounds great.

Bob B January 12, 2010 at 10:23 am

I hear ya! I always preface every comment or review of the Hips with “the best band you’ve never heard of.” It is an absolute shame that they are not more well-known. An incredible band with incredible songs and energy. I have been a fan since 1994 and have only seen them twice live b/c they so rarely play east.

martine January 12, 2010 at 11:18 am

So good !!!
Thank’s

Jason Baldwin January 12, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Super job of recording California’s greatest band!

Corby Anderson January 12, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Pacific Dust, the song (and now the video) is one of the most electrifyingly tense songs that I have ever heard. The Hips came out of the studio this year with a legendary record that at times astounds the senses. Listen to Cheer Up Champ when you are low, and report back to me. I guarantee that you will be revived. Partake in the Dust and come away juiced to fight, or fuck, or tackle the world. Third Floor Story will literally engage your hipbones involuntarily.

The sound quality on these sessions are top notch. Many kudos and congratulations, not to mention thankya’s.
Corby Anderson

Mike B. January 31, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Excellent – thanks for posting these! Especially cool to have such good video of the Hips. One of my favorite things about the Net is footage of in-studio performance, with good sound and the ability to see what everyone’s doing. Glad also to see that sharp listeners in the rest of the country are appreciating our local heroes. NorCal represent!

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