Its not a stretch to say that Oakley Hall are a different band live than on their albums. The acoustic becomes electric, the shuffle becomes a romp, the picking becomes searing guitar solos. There are few bands who can pull off such a switch, but at the Knitting Factory on Friday, it became obvious why this band has built such a solid live reputation after opening stints for Bright Eyes and Gillian Welch. Additionally, their latest release 2007’s I’ll Follow You appeared on quite a number of best-of-year lists, and further enhanced this band’s solid reputation.
We received advance permission to record this set from Oakley Hall, through their site and Jesse the bass player. We set up in the balcony, perhaps a bit further back than we would have liked. The recording is a bit boomy and lacks the clarity of our previous Knitting Factory recording from a similar location (Meat Puppets in August on nyctaper [here]), so we applied some minor EQ in post-production to accentuate the highs. Enjoy!
Oneida was also recorded and will be offered in the coming days.
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
New York NY USA
Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Balcony Far Left
Neumann KM-150 (AK-50 Hypercardiods) > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > Digital Coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48 kHz wav > Soundforge (set fades, level adjustment, slight EQ, downsample) > CD Wave > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Thanks Oakley Hall (via Jesse) for permission to record!
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[total time 54:00]
01 Eyes, Lock and Steel
03 No Dreams
04 If You Can See Them, They Can See You
05 All the Way Down
07 Volume Rambler
08 Rue the Blues
09 If I Was in El Dorado
10 Confidence Man
11 Having Fun Again
Oakley Hall has another NYC show coming up soon. They are scheduled to perform on March 15, 2008 at Glasslands Gallery.