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Live at Schuba's Tavern

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This live recording documents a December 2000 show in Chicago during which the Handsome Family entertain, performing a good mix of material, drawing songs from all of their albums to date. The sound is decent and fans will definitely enjoy the teasing banter -- nine of the 25 tracks -- between Brett and Rennie Sparks and the random personal details that get revealed (the magic balls story is hilarious). Of the 14 songs, half are from Through the Trees, including the chokingly sad "So Much Wine," "Down in the Ground," the only song in the band's repertoire in which Rennie sings lead (albeit in an affected, old-lady-on-the-porch, nasally tone), the darkly incisive "Weightless Again," and another fan favorite, "The Woman Downstairs," which closes the show. Throughout the set are also heard a few songs each from In the Air and Milk and Scissors ("Winnebago Skeletons" falls apart, but "Amelia Earhart Vs. the Dancing Bear" and "Drunk By Noon" go well), two from Odessa ("Arlene" and "Moving Furniture Around"), and one that would end up on Twilight ("I Know You Are There," which Brett effectively delivers with a crooner's tremolo). While not the place for newcomers to start, Live at Schuba's Tavern is a good listen. ~ Joslyn Layne
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Amelia Earhart Vs. the Dancing Bear The Handsome Family 3:21
  3. 2 The Good Toothpicks The Handsome Family 0:18
  4. 3 So Much Wine The Handsome Family 3:57
  5. 4 The Czar Bar The Handsome Family 1:2
  6. 5 Tin Foil The Handsome Family 2:41
  7. 6 A Beautiful Thing The Handsome Family 3:45
  8. 7 Vienna Sausage Hotline The Handsome Family 0:54
  9. 8 The Giant of Illinois The Handsome Family 3:12
  10. 9 My Sister's Tiny Hands The Handsome Family 3:18
  11. 10 Names for All His Shirts The Handsome Family 0:36
  12. 11 Cathedrals The Handsome Family 3:51
  13. 12 Weightless Again The Handsome Family 3:44
  14. 13 Bony Bread The Handsome Family 0:24
  15. 14 Winnebago Skeletons The Handsome Family 3:45
  16. 15 Drunk By Noon The Handsome Family 2:49
  17. 16 Magic Balls (Introduction) The Handsome Family 0:58
  18. 17 The Sad Milkman The Handsome Family 3:18
  19. 18 Magic Balls (Conclusion) The Handsome Family 2:7
  20. 19 I Know You Are There The Handsome Family 3:21
  21. 20 Down in the Ground The Handsome Family 3:10
  22. 21 Arlene The Handsome Family 3:46
  23. 22 Moving Furniture Around The Handsome Family 3:50
  24. 23 Freebird The Handsome Family 0:16
  25. 24 My Ghost The Handsome Family 2:44
  26. 25 The Woman Downstairs The Handsome Family 4:25

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