Most of the tracks on this page are rare band selections in mp3 format. The cuts below were either never released or can only be found on an obscure compilation that is long out of print.

Okay . . . so you think we haven't been paying attention to this page, huh? Well there is a nice surprise down there in the entries. That's right - we posted the complete January 12th, 2008 Bowery Ballroom show. Recorded right off the board. You can listen a song at a time or sit back and enjoy the whole show like you were there.

The rest of the page has been posted for awhile now. We don't plan on taking the old stuff down, but we will add to this page from time to time.

For those of you who want to get their feet wet before plunging into this more obscure stuff,
we strategically posted some mp3's created from the original records. You can find these back at the sounds page each of the band's studio albums as well as Seven Horses from the live CD.

Keep your eyes on this page. We may occasionally change the tracks below,
- if only because we can.

  live at the bowery ballroom

We know . . . we know. The band has been on a bit of a hiatus. But back on January 12th, 2008, the Schramms broke down and played a show at New York's famed Bowery Ballroom. An opening set for the illustrious Danny and Dusty review. Fortunately, Jan Bohan was there with her digital recorder and hooked it right up to the board. She liked the way the Schramms set came out and gave the okay to post it on (where it currently resides in FLAC format). But why, we ask, why not post it here for the fans?

The links below will give you access to each song in the set or the whole show put together as one long 43 minute mp3. Your choice. By the way - you may notice seven new songs in the list. We'll say no more.

honestly now
wild innocence
good youth
new england
simple arithmetic
faith is a dusty word
the day when
still standing still

the full show
  fade fade

You might have seen this knocking around. We had it posted on mp3 sites for awhile. This is an outtake from the 100 Questions sessions that originally showed up on the Blue Rose web site. It was there for a few months until the CD was finally release in the states. That's when we made it more widely available.

If you missed them before, here they are for your pleasure. You have two varieties to choose from: fade fade (clean mix) and fade fade (trash mix). Enjoy.

can you please crawl out your window

The Bob Dylan Classic. The backing track was recorded in 1992 during the Rock Paper Scissors Dynamite sessions. That's the way it remained until 1999, when a gentleman from Sweden came knocking and wanted a choice cut for his compilation CD (called "Fireworks Vol.2" on SoundAsleep Records for you collectors out there). The song was completed shortly there-after and submitted just as it is here.

Click on the link to find: can you please crawl out your window (Bob Dylan)

  forever young

While we are on the subject of Bob Dylan, the Schramms had to conjure up a cover to play for their appearance on Vin Scelsa's Idiot's Delight show. (For those of you who do not live in the New York area, this was a weekly free form radio show that blessed the very commercial air waves every Sunday night from 8pm to whenever.)

The band made an hour and a half long appearance that March 23rd night in 1997. They played a total of six songs in the makeshift studio, most of which were from Dizzy Spell. (Besides the track set before you here, they also played a very early version of Simple Arithmetic which latter appeared on 100 questions. We hope you know how that one goes by now.)

May you stay: forever young (Bob Dylan)

in hell's despite

You may recognize this song as the Peter Blegvad gem the band covered on the Dizzy Spell record. This is a version that was played before that album was recorded.

In 1994, Dave's first solo acoustic album "Folk und die Folgen" was released on the Return to Sender label. The solo release was considered the quiet cousin of the much louder "Little Apocalypse" released around the same time. The band toured Europe in support of the loud record in 1994. Noticeably lacking was a show for the quiet record.

The band returned to Europe in the summer of 1995 to play a couple of weeks of festivals. Towards the end of the tour was the center piece of the whole excursion: The Rudolstadt Dance and Folk Festival. The Schramms were booked for two days. The first appearance was . . . finally . . . a special "Folk und die Folgen" show at the Landestheater featuring Dave Schramm backed up by, none other than, the very quiet and very subtle Schramms.

This cut was recorded at that show: in hell's despite (Peter Blegvad)


sweet old world

Dave Schramm had just released his second solo album named "Hammer and Nails" in early 1999. This time, there was a tour arranged around the record. To make the tour even sweeter, Jeb Loy Nichols was to come along and share the stage.

It was a magnificent arrangement: Dave would play a set and Jeb would join him for a song or two. Then, Jeb would play a set and Dave would walk up and help on a couple. The encore(s) would be the two of them together - bantering and singing. It was a very loose and easy arrangement that promised to be musically exiting and a whole lot of fun.

But alas - Poor Jeb came down with a cold early on and his voice was not to be found for a portion of the tour. He toughed it out performed admirably, but the inconsistency frustrated him to no end.

Towards the end of the tour, his voice started coming back but it was still a little rough in parts. The track here was taken from the one of the later shows; recorded on March 8th, 1999 at a cool little club in Köln named MTC.

One of the most beautiful songs ever written. Ever: sweet old world (Lucinda Williams).


pet sounds

In 1991, OKra Records out of Columbus, Ohio had just signed a production and distribution deal with Normal Records of Bonn, Germany. The first thing Normal wanted to release was a compilation that introduced the bands to the German market. They wanted one album cut and one unreleased track. The Schramms submitted Out of the Earth from Walk to Delphi as their album track. That was the easy part.

Months previous to that time, the band did a live broadcast on Nick Hill's WFMU radio show. Sometime during the course of the evening, the band engaged Eric Peterson (then of the dB's fame) to join them on guitar and render a version of everybody's favorite instrumental.

It was then that the band recorded what was to become the unreleased gem of the compilation:
pet sounds (Brian Wilson)


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29 feb 08