Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

The Karl Rove
04/20/2006
Jim Shelley/Aaron Farrington

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The Karl Rove live at The Atomic Burrito, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 20, 2006. Aaron Farrington - bass/backing vocals; Billy Hunt - drums; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals; Johnny St. Ours - guitar/vocals.

Very rough. We were dense. And loud. And it was all about the feeling more than the music. We were fierce and unified. I will put up the entire show over the next couple days in honor of the 4/20 show.

The Karl Rove
04/20/2006
Jim Shelley/Aaron Farrington

Story

The Karl Rove live at The Atomic Burrito, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 20, 2006. Aaron Farrington - bass/backing vocals; Billy Hunt - drums; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals; Johnny St. Ours - guitar/vocals.

Very rough. We were dense. And loud. And it was all about the feeling more than the music. We were fierce and unified. I will put up the entire show over the next couple days in honor of the 4/20 show.

 

The Karl Rove
04/20/2006
Johnny St. Ours

Story

 

The Karl Rove live at The Atomic Burrito, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 20, 2006. Aaron Farrington - bass/backing vocals; Billy Hunt - drums; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals; Johnny St. Ours - guitar/vocals.

Very rough. We were dense. And loud. And it was all about the feeling more than the music. We were fierce and unified. I will put up the entire show over the next couple days in honor of the 4/20 show.

 

The Karl Rove
04/20/2006
Jim Shelley

Story

The Karl Rove live at The Atomic Burrito, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 20, 2006. Aaron Farrington - bass/backing vocals; Billy Hunt - drums; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals; Johnny St. Ours - guitar/vocals.

Very rough. We were dense. And loud. And it was all about the feeling more than the music. We were fierce and unified. I will put up the entire show over the next couple days in honor of the 4/20 show.

 

The Karl Rove
04/20/2006
Johnny St. Ours
The Karl Rove
04/20/2006
Jim Shelley/Aaron Farrington

Story

The Karl Rove live at The Atomic Burrito, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 20, 2006. Aaron Farrington - bass/backing vocals; Billy Hunt - drums; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals; Johnny St. Ours - guitar/vocals.

Very rough. We were dense. And loud. And it was all about the feeling more than the music. We were fierce and unified. I will put up the entire show over the next couple days in honor of the 4/20 show.

 

The Karl Rove
04/20/2006
Jim Shelley

Story

 

The Karl Rove live at The Atomic Burrito, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 20, 2006. Aaron Farrington - bass/backing vocals; Billy Hunt - drums; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals; Johnny St. Ours - guitar/vocals.

Very rough. We were dense. And loud. And it was all about the feeling more than the music. We were fierce and unified. I will put up the entire show over the next couple days in honor of the 4/20 show.

 

The Karl Rove
04/20/2006
Johnny St. Ours

Story

 

The Karl Rove live at The Atomic Burrito, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 20, 2006. Aaron Farrington - bass/backing vocals; Billy Hunt - drums; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals; Johnny St. Ours - guitar/vocals.

Very rough. We were dense. And loud. And it was all about the feeling more than the music. We were fierce and unified. I will put up the entire show over the next couple days in honor of the 4/20 show.

 

The Karl Rove
04/20/2006
Jim Shelley

Story

The Karl Rove live at The Atomic Burrito, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 20, 2006. Aaron Farrington - bass/backing vocals; Billy Hunt - drums; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals; Johnny St. Ours - guitar/vocals.

Very rough. We were dense. And loud. And it was all about the feeling more than the music. We were fierce and unified. I will put up the entire show over the next couple days in honor of the 4/20 show.

 

The Karl Rove
04/20/2006
Johnny St. Ours

Story

The Karl Rove live at The Atomic Burrito, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 20, 2006. Aaron Farrington - bass/backing vocals; Billy Hunt - drums; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals; Johnny St. Ours - guitar/vocals.

Very rough. We were dense. And loud. And it was all about the feeling more than the music. We were fierce and unified. I will put up the entire show over the next couple days in honor of the 4/20 show.

 

The Plague Dogs
03/21/2008
Jagger/Richards

Story

From my time in George Nipe III's band The Plague Dogs. I mainly played bass in that group and shared vocals with G III. Garfield Banks - drums; Jim Shelley - vocal/bass; George Nipe III - guitar; Mike Hicks - guitar. From a party we played in a basement just a few houses down the street from 102 Maryland Avenue which in the early 2000s was the headquarters for Book of Kills and Casey and Jane Firkin's living quarters.

No a very good recording but as far as I know this is the only live recording that exists from that band during my tenure in it.

Book of Kills
05/09/2009
Jim Shelley/Aaron Farrington

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Previously unreleased performance of "River of Blood" from a show at Charlottesville's now defunct (and sorely missed) Outback Lodge. From May 9, 2009. David Tekippe - guitar, George Nipe III - bass/vocal; Mike Hicks - drums, Jim Shelley - guitar/vocal. That show was very weird. My voice had the strangest echo effect on it off and on the whole show and the volume of our vocals through the P.A. and the monitors fluctuated constantly. There are two different recordings of the show, which is equally weird because it wasn't one of our better gigs by a long shot. Each recording has its strengths and weaknesses and one is missing a couple songs but whatever...you don't really care about minutiae like that, do you?

Book of Kills
10/18/2002
Barry, Greenwich & Spector

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Fun live practice version of "Then I Kissed Her". Of course, the original version was "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals. I did an electronica version of the song on 2002's ALL ABOUT YOU and then the band decided to try it out in a rock version. It became one of our more popular songs in 2002 and 2003. Casey Firkin - drums, Jane Firkin - vocal/guitar, Bill Bird - vocal/bass, Randy Simpson - vocal/guitar, Jim Shelley - vocal/guitar. From February 2002.

Fear + Whiskey
02/22/2018
Jim Shelley

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From the final Fear + Whiskey show (at least with Zack Simpson on drums) in 2013 at the Little Grill. Amy Bugg - bass, George Nipe III - lead vocal/guitar, Zack Simpson - drums, Jim Shelley - backing vocal/lead guitar.

Fear + Whiskey
Jim Shelley

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Interesting medley of old-school Book of Kills songs with a nifty drum solo from Zack Simpson thrown in for good measure. This recording comes from Fear + Whiskey's set at the Blow Up the Moon festival in 2012 near Luray, Virginia. George Nipe III's first live performance with the band. I think these songs were available for a short while in 2012 but not since. Worth downloading if you're a fan of the band. Zack Simpson - drums, George Nipe III - guitar, Amy Bugg - bass/vocal, Jim Shelley - lead guitar/vocal.

Book of Kills
03/14/2009
Jim Shelley

Story

Good live version of a classic BOK track from March 14, 2009 at the now defunct Sonny's Place near Luray, Virginia. Featuring George Nipe III on bass and backing vocal, Mike Hicks on drums, David Tekippe on rhythm guitar and Jim Shelley on lead vocal and lead guitar.

Though this track has been available before, this newly remastered version beats any version previously released with clearer, punchier sound.

Book of Kills
08/15/2013
Jim Shelley

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Dusty Bugg (drums), George Nipe III (vocal/guitar), Brian Temples (bass/backing vocal), and Jim Shelley (vocal/lead guitar), with Amy Bugg on backup vocals in a rare BOK performance harking back to the '94-'95 era). This was the first time this make-shift band made it through the song in its entirety while practicing for a short performance set for two days later at Bugg's Barn in McGaheysville, Virginia. A bit shaky but ultimately yet further proof what a dynamic group that core line-up could be.

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Fear + Whiskey
04/16/2012
Jim Shelley/Amy Bugg

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This was always one of my very favorite songs to play while I was in Fear + Whiskey, though I'm not sure anyone else liked it as much as I did. Listen to the version on the Fear + Whiskey Anthology (which is available on Spotify and Apple Music) however and you'll see that when we get cranking that song really rocks. Amy's bass and Zack Simpson's drums lock in perfectly and just propel the hell out of the thing from start to finish. Not sure when this was recorded but I only hear one guitar (mine) on it and since it's Zack on drums it most likely comes from some time between March-June 2012.

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Book of Kills
08/19/2017
George Nipe III

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From the Book of Kills performance at the Little Grill, August 19, 2017. Garfield Banks - drums; George Nipe III - bass/vocals; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals.

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Book of Kills
08/19/2017
George Nipe III

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From the Book of Kills performance at the Little Grill, August 19, 2017. Garfield Banks - drums; George Nipe III - bass/vocals; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals.

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Book of Kills
08/19/2017
Jim Shelley/George Nipe III/Mike Hicks/Garfield Banks

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From the Book of Kills performance at the Little Grill, August 19, 2017. Garfield Banks - drums; George Nipe III - bass/vocals; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals.

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Book of Kills
08/19/2017
Jim Shelley

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From the Book of Kills performance at the Little Grill, August 19, 2017. Garfield Banks - drums; George Nipe III - bass/vocals; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals.

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Book of Kills
08/19/2017
Jim Shelley (Coda - Jim Shelley/George Nipe III/Garfield Banks)

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From the Book of Kills performance at the Little Grill, August 19, 2017. Garfield Banks - drums; George Nipe III - bass/vocals; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocals.

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Book of Kills
06/29/2017
Jim Shelley

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From June 29, 2017. A truly manic version of "Killing Time Again". Garfield Banks on drums; George Nipe III on bass/vocals; me on guitar/vocals.

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Fear + Whiskey
11/22/2016
Jim Shelley

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I'll say it again: Fear + Whiskey was an under-appreciated band. At least the Zack Simpson, Amy Bugg, Jim Shelley (+ George Nipe III towards the end of the group's run) line-up was. Here's a relatively rare live version of "Carry Me" from March 1, 2012, the debut of the Simpson/Bugg/Shelley version. I'm still amazed that we pulled off a two-hour live radio show after having practiced together less than a month into the band's existence. Let me reiterate: "Carry Me" is not an easy song for a trio to pull off, but we did. Somehow we did. Enjoy.

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Jim Shelley, Amy Bugg, Dusty Bugg & George Nipe III
08/16/2013
Traditional with Additional Lyrics by Jim Shelley

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Here's a previously unreleased live Fear + Whiskey performance of "Hold the Wind" (which originally showed up on 1991's FOR THE GOOD OF THE CAUSE) by Amy Bugg (bass/vocal), Jim Shelley (lead guitar/back vocal), Dustin Bugg (drums), and George Nipe III (guitar). This was probably only the second or third time Dusty had played drums on this song. We only practiced twice together, this the day before this make-shift line-up played its one and only "show". Rough but interesting considering the long history Amy, George, Dusty and I have together musically. For once, the vocals are right up front, but the guitars aren't, unfortunately.

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Book Of Kills
06/23/2009
Jim Shelley

Story

This morning, I was browsing through my "various songs" folder on the crappy old PC that (inexplicably) I have hundreds of songs stored on and found this track. From the summer of 2009. From what I hear on the track, it's me on lead vocal and lead guitar, George Nipe III on bass and backing vocal, Mike Hicks on drums, and David Tekippe on rhythm guitar and possibly backing vocal. It was pretty rare for me to ever get through the solo that I wrote for this song (I almost never improvised on it) without flubbing it, but somehow I make it through the whole thing, so this is a rare track, indeed. I don't know if I've ever posted it before or not. I think probably not.

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The Karl Rove
08/21/2006
Johnny St. Ours

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One of the Karl Rove's best live songs. This is from the CD-R MONKEY CLAUS PLUS. Johnny St. Ours - Vocal/rhythm guitar; Aaron Farrington - bass; Billy Hunt - drums; Jim Shelley - lead guitar. Recorded (probably) some time in the summer of 2006. I know I've got the information for this somewhere but I'm too lazy to look for it right now.

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Jim Shelley
10/08/2009
Jim Shelley/Johnny St. Ours/Aaron Farrington

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From the 2009 Book Of Kills album. Originally a Karl Rove favorite, though that band never got a chance to completely work our a suitable arrangement before it disbanded. (There's been some [rather unlikely] speculation that The Karl Rove could reunite for a show or two in 2016 if the conditions are right.) Mike Hicks on drums; George Nipe III on bass and vocals; Jim Shelley on guitars and vocals.

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Book of Kills
3/11/2009
Jim Shelley

Story

Good live performances of "Blue Man", originally found on 1992's THE HAUNTED LIFE. Featuring Mike Hicks on drums; David Tekippe on guitar; George Nipe III on bass and lead vocal; and Jim Shelley on lead guitar and backing vocal. From a March 3, 2009, show at the now defunct Blue Nile in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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Fear + Whiskey
07/20/2015
Jim Shelley/Amy Bugg

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Previously unreleased live practice version of the Fear + Whiskey song, "The Pleasures of Saying Goodbye". Zack Simpson playing killer drums (this is a hard song to keep a steady beat going for 3 1/2 minutes!), Amy Bugg playing bass and singing lead, and Jim Shelley playing guitar and singing back up vocal. I'm not sure when this is from, but I'm guessing late 2012 or early 2013.

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Fear + Whiskey
03/01/2013
Ron & Scott Asheton, Dave Alexander, Iggy Pop

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The classic Stooges song. From Fear + Whiskey's "last" show. We (Fear + Whiskey) did it sort of as a goof but nonetheless a fun way to start a show (which one of the owners of the Grill told me later that night was one of the best shows he'd ever seen at the Grill.) It's pretty ragged, but what the hell...we practiced it a couple times before the gig. Amy Bugg - bass/vocal; George Nipe III - guitar/vocal; Zack Simpson - drums; Jim Shelley - lead guitar/vocal.

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Book of Kills
06/18/1996
Jim Shelley

Story

Originally released on the 1996 album, WRITING ON THE WALL, VOLUME 3, "Abandoned" is a live cut from a BOK show from October of 1994. Dusty Bugg on drums/vocal; George Finch on guitar; Brian Temples on bass/vocal; Jim Shelley - guitar/lead vocal.

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Book of Kills
10/10/2000
The Ramones

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Recorded October 2000.  Another cover that we performed live a few times, although this cut is from a practice I recorded on a boombox.  Everybody loves Ramones songs and they’re easy to learn so we tossed this one into the set during Lisa Van Fossen’s tenure on bass.  I miss playing music with her.  She was an insanely talented woman. Also featuring Casey Firkin - drums/vocal; Jane Firkin - guitar/vocal; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocal.

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Book Of Kills
3/28/2001
Jane Firkin

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Previously unreleased live take of Jane Firkin's "Cave In" from a March 28, 2001 practice. Sounds like several folks were in attendance, which was actually a very common affair back then. People just seemed to like being around the band and just about everyone who hung out regularly or semi-regularly was invariably there at every live gig as well. Fun times. A pretty laid-back rendition. Jane Firkin on guitar and vocal, Jim Shelley on lead guitar and backing vocal, Bill Bird on bass, Casey Firkin on drums.

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Book Of Kills
3/14/2009
Jim Shelley/Aaron Farrington

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One of my favorite BOK shows ever was, oddly enough, at a little restaurant on top of a mountain just west of Luray, Virginia back in 2009. I was still recovering from a really bad case of the flu that had morphed into pneumonia and the whole show I was halfway to La La Land. As I've noted often, that band had a tiny little contingent of fans who seemed to follow us everywhere we played and a nice gathering of folks who'd been BOK-heads since 2000 also showed up and of course there were appreciative Sleepfeeder fans as well. It just turned out to be an ideal gathering and we played pretty well and with a lot of fire that evening. This is the encore. Newly remastered. Mike Hicks - drums, George Nipe III - bass/vocal, David Tekippe - guitar, Jim Shelley - vocal/lead guitar.

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Book Of Kills
03/14/2009
Jim Shelley/Dave Buracker/Brian Buracker

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Good live version of the song originally written and performed by the 1997 version of BOK. This one was performed by George Nipe III - bass/vocal; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocal; Mike Hicks - drums; David Tekippe - guitar. As I've noted elsewhere on this page, I was recovering from pneumonia when we played this show but somehow I felt really dialed in, as did the rest of the band. My voice left something to be desired, though.  I guess it always does.

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Fear + Whiskey
03/01/2012
Jim Shelley

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"I Fell Inside" originally showed up on 1996's SPLENDID TRIGGER. This version is from the first live performance by the Fear + Whiskey line-up of Amy Bugg (bass/vocals), Jim Shelley (guitar/vocals), and Zack Simpson (drums). Of course, we decided to make our live debut on radio and after Zack had only been playing with us for a couple months. But Fortunately, Zack is a really imaginative, very capable drummer.

As I've often said, I'm not a lead guitarist. But the weird thing is, is that I have lead guitar lines in my head for just about every rock song I play and feel as though I'm the one who has to play lead in order for those lines to exist the way they "should" on the recorded version. The funny thing about that is that I never really play a solo the same way twice. (And it bears noting that for this song Amy and Zack didn't really know how long I was going to play before heading back into the vocal sections.) Anyway, all things considered, this isn't a bad live version at all. The fact that I made it through the song's lengthy solos without a meltdown is a minor miracle.

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Fear + Whiskey
11/13/2010
Jim Shelley

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As of this upload, this song was performed just about to the day (give or take three days) five years ago. This is a relatively early incarnation of Fear + Whiskey with Jeff Lown on drums and Amy Bugg on bass. Recorded at Bugg's Place on November 13, 2010. Since the early 2000s, I'd more or less stopped singing this song in favor of George Nipe III. However, since George wasn't in this band (at least at the time), I started singing it again. Always one of the more requested songs I have ever written, this is the third version posted on the Audio page, but it seems there are always a few Book of Kills listeners who like to have copies of the song they don't already possess. There's a little bit of overload on the vocals that came from the sound system, but it's not bad. Newly remastered.

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Book of Kills
3/03/2009
Jim Shelley/George Nipe III/Mike Hicks/Garfield Banks

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Really good version of "Glass Turns to Sand" featuring Mike Hicks (drums), George Nipe III (bass/vocals), David Tekippe (guitar), and Jim Shelley (guitar/vocal). From a practice session on March 3, 2009 as we got ready for a show a week later.

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Book Of Kills
11/06/2009
Ted Egan

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The old Vaselines song made famous by Nirvana, of course. From a performance at Harrisonburg, Virginia's Little Grill, November 6, 2009. George Nipe III on bass and vocals, Mike Hicks on drums, David Tekippe on guitar, and Jim Shelley on guitar and vocals. I remember at least one member of the audience joined us onstage for an impromptu singalong. Great fun!

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Book Of Kills
3/5/2009
Jim Shelley

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I'm sure this has been released in some format, either on CD or via download on this website, but it's a good version of the BOK classic from 2009. Originally released in 2007 on an album that I now think is one of the best things I ever did, DIFFERENT, I think the 2008-2009 era BOK consisting of George Nipe III, Mike Hicks, and me (with David Tekippe's excellent guitar work on and off as well) made the song even better. This is from an early March practice in 2009 when the band was really hitting its stride. Remastered January 1, 2016.

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Book of Proles
07/29/2015
Jim Shelley

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Requests for more Karl Rove? Okay. I can do that. I realize that that era is woefully misrepresented on the audio page. Here's a pre-Karl Rove track from a practice back when Johnny St. Ours, Aaron Farrington, me and Casey Firkin(!) were jamming together as Book of Proles. We actually played a show or two with that line-up before Casey went back to drumming full time for Walnut Grove. We, of course, added Billy Hunt to our own line-up and became The Karl Rove. Or is that simply "Karl Rove"? Is it "The Rolling Stones"? Or is it just "Rolling Stones"? "The Beatles"? Or just "Beatles"? What an existential quandary such questions present.

Anyhow...I'll gradually upload some more Karl Rove material. I've put up two new songs today. That's enough.

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Book of Kills
11/18/2004
Jim Shelley

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Another superb performance by the 2004-era Book of Kills featuring Mike Chiarello on lead guitar/vocals, Brian Temples on bass/vocals, Dustin Bugg on drums/vocals, and me on guitar/vocals. I originally wrote this medley in 1994 for the early Brian/Dustin/George Finch/me version of the band. 1994-95 was one of my more creative periods and I wrote quite a bit of the songs that many people, for better or worse, still associate with BOK twenty-some years later.

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The Plague Dogs
05/13/2007
Jim Shelley/Aaron Farrington

Story

Previously unreleased early mix (not really very different from the final track) of "Little Metal Toys". I'd come from The Karl Rove, which had imploded in mid to late 2006 and George Nipe III asked if I'd be interested in playing bass and occasional guitar in his band, The Plague Dogs. I thought it would be fun to play bass in a band and not be the number one face of the group, so I said I would. This version reminds me of mid-career Husker Du with the treble-y distorted guitars, the lightning fast pace of the song, and the cardboard-y sound of the snare. Very very sloppy but fun. This is where the song, certainly one of Book of Kills' most popular, came into its own after being birthed by The Karl Rove. Mike Hicks on guitar, George Nipe III on bass, me on guitar, and Garfield Banks on drums.

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Book of Kills
04/16/2009
Dr. Bob's Nightmare

Story

Rare live rendition of "She's the One" a song originally performed by Philadelphia's Dr. Bob's Nightmare back in the early '90s. I recorded a version of it for the December 1999 Ain't Records Special Listener's Club CD. This live practice rendition features Mike Hicks on drums and George Nipe on bass and backing vocal. From early 2009, I think.

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Book Of Kills
06/06/2009
Jim Shelley

Story

BOK's performance at the Rainbow Festival in Luray, Virginia, back in June 2009, was one of the more memorable gigs I ever was a part of, though to this day I maintain that it was one of the worst individual performances I ever gave. But something was in the air that night. Guess you had to be there. Drums - Mike Hicks. Bass/Vocals - George Nipe III. Guitar/Vocals - me.

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Book of Kills
02/05/2009
Jim Shelley

Story

This song debuted on the 2007 BOK album DIFFERENT. From a live performance, February 5, 2009, at the Blue Nile, Harrisonburg, VA. Surprisingly, I could find almost no usable recordings of this song. Not very good sound but a fierce version. Mike Hicks - drums; David Tekippe - rhythm guitar/vocal; George Nipe III - bass/vocal; Jim Shelley - lead guitar/vocal.

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Jim Shelley
11/01/1998
Jim Shelley

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I suppose I could go wandering through all the boxes I have containing old Book of Kills memorabilia and eventually I might find some clue as to when I released the cassette (or CD) this little album originally showed up on, but I'm just not in the mood today. I do remember that many years ago I sponsored some sort of special contest (back in the late '90s, I'm almost certain...most likely late 1998) on bookofkills.com where one lucky listener could win a special limited edition (of ONE!) e.p. called I KNOW WHAT LOVE IS with five tracks that had up to that time been previously unreleased. Zack Simpson (who later drummed for Fear + Whiskey!) won the CD. I don't even know what the titles of the three "experimental" piano pieces were that I included on the disc, this being the first one of the three.

Quite an anomaly in the long history of Book of Kills music. Enjoy.

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Book of Kills
06/09/2009
Jim Shelley/Dave Buracker/Brian Buracker

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Bang bang band performance of "Placebo", "Marzipan Day", and "So Tired". Unusual in that we practiced early that day for a show later in the evening as the headliners at The Rainbow Hill Festival in Luray, Virginia. This was during a time when second guitarist David Tekippe had taken some time off for a vacation (I think) and we were reduced to a trio. Trying to reproduce all the guitar parts of these three songs on one guitar is no mean feat, especially when you're me, but we all give it a spirited try before loading everything up and heading for the gig that night. Sloppy but fun and maybe a unique uninterrupted performance of those three songs. Mike Hicks on drums, George Nipe III on backing vocal and bass, and me on the rest.

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Book of Kills
07/21/2003
Spinal Tap

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Live practice performance from 2003. This version of BOK was nearing its final days. Casey Firkin - drums/vocal; Jane Firkin - guitar/vocal; Bill Bird - bass/lead vocal; Jim Shelley - guitar/vocal. Randy Simpson (also in the band at this time) was not present at this performance.

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Book of Kills
10/23/2004
Jim Shelley

Story

From the sole live performance in front of an audience by the line-up of Dusty Bugg, Brian Temples, Mike Chiarello, and me. At (where else?) the Little Grill in Harrisonburg, Virginia. We would play one last show on the radio about a month later. I rather unceremoniously (and regrettably) broke up the band using the Frank Black email method and was soon practicing with Johnny St. Ours, Aaron Farrington and Casey Firkin in what would become (with Billy Hunt replacing Casey on drums) The Karl Rove. This version, while still extremely lo-fi, has been remastered and is superior to all previous releases of this show.

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Fear + Whiskey
11/09/2016
Jim Shelley/Amy Bugg

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Live Fear + Whiskey version of "Bona Fide". From the August 2011 Blow Up the Moon festival. Amy Bugg - bass/vocal; Jim Shelley - backing vocal/guitar; Jeff Lown - drums.

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BOK
01/13/2017
Jim Shelley/George Nipe III/Mike Hicks

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From our January 12, 2017 practice at George's place in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Keep in mind that this is our fourth practice. Also keep in mind that neither Garfield nor I have really played in three years. It's taking a while to get the chops back, although Garfield has gotten back much faster than I have. Too, I don't think George has played much at all in the past three years, though I might be wrong about that. Simply put, we're all working on getting up to speed. So it's sloppy (isn't it always sloppy?) but still pretty okay anyway. These snippets from early practices will not remain on the audio page for long. Download them quickly after they appear if you want to keep them!

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BOK
01/13/2017
Mick Jagger/Keith Richards

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From our January 12, 2017 practice at George's place in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Keep in mind that this is our fourth practice. Also keep in mind that neither Garfield nor I have really played in three years. It's taking a while to get the chops back, although Garfield has gotten back much faster than I have. Too, I don't think George has played much at all in the past three years, though I might be wrong about that. Simply put, we're all working on getting up to speed. So it's sloppy (isn't it always sloppy?) but still pretty okay anyway. These snippets from early practices will not remain on the audio page for long. Download them quickly after they appear if you want to keep them!

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Book of Kills
02/07/2017
Jim Shelley/Aaron Farrington

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Keeping the "insatiable" appetite for new live stuff from the practice room sated. We're working on "This World is Gonna Let You Down", "Idiot Planet" and more. Soon I'll put up some of that stuff. This is from this past Tuesday. Needless to say, sloppy but spirited. It has been seven or more years since I played most of these songs. It's good to be jamming them again.

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Book of Kills
05/07/2009
Kurt Cobain

Story

From a fun show a the Little Grill in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mike Hicks on drums; George Nipe III on lead vocal and bass; Jim Shelley on guitar and backing vocal; David Tekippe on lead guitar.

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Book of Kills
10/23/2004
Jim Shelley

Story

From this line-up's only performance in front of an audience. Mike Chiarello on lead guitar; Dustin Bugg on drums; Brian Temples on bass; Jim Shelley on guitar and vocal. At the Little Grill, Harrisonburg, Virginia. There were two different recordings of this concert. I'm not sure which one is which. Both were rather challenged sonically. (Is "sonically" a word?)

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Fear + Whiskey
05/04/2010
Jim Shelley/Amy Bugg

Story

The sound of three profoundly amateur amateurs attempting a song most likely far beyond their technical abilities. "Few and Far" was one of the first songs, and certainly the most difficult one, Amy and I wrote together during our tenure in Fear + Whiskey. Amy Bugg - bass/lead vocal; Jeff Lown - drums; Jim Shelley - guitar/backing vocal.

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Book of Kills
05/31/2017
Jim Shelley

Story

Spirited version of the old BOK standby "Lost" from a practice session, May 31, 2017. There wasn't a live version of "Lost" on the audio page so what the hell...this one's got some fire. George Nipe III - bass/backing vocal; Garfield Banks - drums; Jim Shelley - guitar/lead vocal.

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Book of Kills
10/10/2009
Jim Shelley/George Nipe III/Mike Hicks/David Tekippe

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"The Nothing" was only performed live three times, including this version from a show at now defunct Blue Nile in Harrisonburg, Virginia way back in 2009. I can't say that it was a composition I was all that wild about, but I certainly didn't have to grit my teeth to play it. I remember once Mike Hicks telling me he just felt like this wasn't really a BOK song. I will say that "The Nothing" was fairly complex, at least compared to most of the stuff I've ever had a part in writing. Written by all four of us in the band at the time...George Nipe III (bass/vocal); Jim Shelley (guitar/vocal); Mike Hicks (drums); David Tekippe (lead guitar).

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