Black Mountain February 23, 2008 Glasslands – Flac Download

March 2, 2008

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In another fine example of when great things happen to good people, last month Black Mountain‘s new album In The Future debuted at #2 on the British album charts. When these folks are not performing crunchy hard neo-progressive rock, three members of the band work for a non-profit organization that assists the poor and homeless in their hometown of Vancouver. The album was released by the fine folks at Jagjaguwar, a label that has produced some outstanding releases in the last few years.

At Glasslands last Saturday, their set was primarily the new album, and displayed a simple reason for their popularity in the UK. The music is heavily influenced by classic Brit blues-rock and prog — as if the band listened to Meddle, Zep II, Benefit and Paranoid on heavy rotation, but yet retained their own personality. The set really hit its stride in the back to back new numbers “Wucan” and the epic “Tyrants”, after which guitarist Stephen McBean chided a 4-camera video crew for filming instead of dancing. One blog thought the film crew was nyctaper, but as our readers know we do not record video. Nevertheless, the packed and overheated crowd bobbed their heads through the rest of the set, and called the tired band back for a rousing “No Satisfaction” encore.

This recording is from the same rig at the Bon Iver set. We relied too heavily on the soundboard feed, but this was less of a problem for the Black Mountain recording, since the drums did not overpower the other instruments. Additionally, the extremely talented sound technician for Black Mountain, a terrifically nice guy named Remco, adjusted the drum levels about 10 minutes into this set and the result is much more balanced. Again, we should have mixed more audience microphone into the matrix, but are still quite pleased with the results. Enjoy!

This recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at [HERE].

Black Mountain
Glasslands Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard/Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Front of Board Neumann KM-150s > Edirol UA-5 (Oade Digimod) > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by

[total time 1:15:00]
01 Night Walks
02 Stormy High
03 Voices
04 Queens Will Play
05 Wucan
06 Tyrants
07 Druganaut
08 Thirteen Walls
09 Evil Ways
10 No Hits
11 [encore break]
12 No Satisfaction

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Black Mountain, visit their webpage, and purchase In the Future directly from the Jagjaguwar label website.

4 Responses to Black Mountain February 23, 2008 Glasslands – Flac Download

  1. March 2, 2008 at 8:14 am


  2. Kevin
    March 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Great show and recording!! Thanks!!

  3. March 12, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks much for this truly excellent recording. I was impressed by Druganaut and the first CD, but I think BM hit their stride with In The Future. It’s nice to see a good representation of their live set so I can compare it to the studio releases, and this is definitely the best live recording I’ve heard yet.

  4. TT
    March 26, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks for the excellent recording, such a great band, too.

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