Dirty on Purpose compose more than just “shoe-gaze” or “indie” music. The straightforward beats combined with intelligent lyrics and frequent off-beat hooks remind the listener of early Yo La Tengo, or the melodic songs of Sonic Youth. Last Friday at Mercury Lounge they performed a short but impressive set that featured several new songs from their digital-only free release Dead Volcanoes.
Unfortunately, the Friday night crowd was maddeningly inattentive, and there was persistent chatter throughout the set — in large part in celebration of the birthdays of a band member (bassist DJ Boudreau) and a band friend. Singer/Guitarist Joseph Jurewicz actually makes mention during the banter on Track 07 below (“over this way people”, “shhh”). This chatter interferes with the quality of this recording, and led in part to the delay in releasing this show on nyctaper. We considered whether this outstanding band deserved to be exposed to our listeners with a recording that is nearly ruined by a rude crowd. However, when we listened again to the recording it became apparent that the louder moments of music do rise above the chatter, and its only the quieter songs and song-segments that suffer. With that caveat in mind, please enjoy this superb band and their excellent set.
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
Dirty on Purpose
New York, NY USA
Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Board
Neumann KM-150’s > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > digital coax > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge 8.0 (level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.75 > Flac Frontend (level 7) > flac
Many thanks to Joe for permission to record.
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[Total time 54:37]
02 These Days Were for Us
04 Light Pollution
05 Hard to Tell You
08 Always Looking
09 Marfa Lights
10 The Thing about Getaways
11 Ways to Drown
12 Canned Fumes
13 [banter – happy birthdays]
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