Hot Buttered Rum November 19, 2008 Sullivan Hall – Flac Download

November 23, 2008

[photo courtesy of Rist Photography]

Our first experience with Hot Buttered Rum was as an opening act at the Highline Ballroom in April. Their set was so impressive that we made a mental note to definitely catch them again, preferably as a headliner. At Sullivan Hall on Wednesday night, Hot Buttered Rum performed two complete sets in impressive fashion. The extremely talented quintet plays their version of “newgrass” with precision and confidence. The genre can be shackled by the repetitive nature of round-robin solos and a slavish dedication to form. What separates HBR from their contemporaries is a playful unpredictability and a superb band cohesion. It was during the second set at Sullivan that the band really shined, utilizing the relaxed atmosphere to stretch out and explore.

This is an interesting recording. We decided to move very close to the stage at this venue as previous recordings had suffered from chatter in front of our microphones. We attached the microphone stand onto a pole about 10 feet from the stage, about 5 feet underneath the left PA stack. The right channel was positioned about 15 feet to our right. Since we were so close to the band, there is natural stage sound in the “center” of the recording, while the left channel is almost all PA and the right channel has quite a bit of the upfront crowd. There are several bursts of static in the second set which was the result of a large person backing up into my equipment on multiple occasions and hitting into the digital cable jack. Otherwise, this is certainly an enjoyable listen. Enjoy!

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Hot Buttered Rum
Sullivan Hall
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Upfront
10 Feet from Stage
Left Channel 5 feet from PA, Right Channel over audience
Mic Placement: Healy Method

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge 8.0 (set fades, slight level boost, resample 16/44) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced

Set 1
[total time 44:55]
01 Swing & Sway
02 Guns or Butter
03 Gumboots
04 Lulu
05 Golden Days
06 Bliss Monkeys
07 Howlin’ At The Moon
08 Big River

Set 2:
[total time 1:09:25]
01 Desert Rat
02 Idaho Pines
03 Tear My Stillhouse Down
04 Something New
05 Sexy Bakery Girl
06 Another Soul
07 Summertime Gal > Walls of Time > Summertime Gal
08 Amanda Lynn
09 Angeline The Baker > Cindy
10 [encore break]
11 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Dylan)

Information: txt file
Verification: md5 file

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