MV & EE: May 13, 2010 Abrons Arts Center – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

May 17, 2010

[Photos courtesy of John Ruscher with nyctaper favorites Eardrum NYC]

MV & EE is the brainchild of Matt Valentine and Erika Elder, whose recording career as has seen collaborations with dozens of other serious players.  Unsurprisingly, the band’s sound focuses heavily on Valentine and Elder’s string work, with Valentine on various guitars and Elder on pedal steel and electric mandolin.  That sound has been described as a combination of American folk and Indian ragas, or as the the Wikipedia entry puts it, “Indian raga style composition with Appalachian folk and post-psychedelic electrical experimentalism. They use Western and Eastern acoustic instruments amplified and augmented with effects such as reverb, delay, and flange. Their compositions occasionally feature vocals, which are off-kilter and rambling, while seeming drugged.”  If you happened to fall into that last category yourself last Thursday night (that is, drugged), you were well served by this set, which like the Woods set that followed, was played against the soaring, psychedelic backdrop of the Joshua Light Show.  The set was a journey that almost demanded displacement from the here and now; letting it absorb you, rather than simply paying attention, was the only way to fully get it (and maybe why The New York Times apparently didn’t).  The band played a number of new songs, as well as a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street.”

I recorded this set from the center of the balcony with the DPA microphones, as with the Woods recording, and the sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for
Available for exclusive free download at

Equipment: DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod)
Position: Balcony, DFC, ORTF
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify channels, EQ (trim 100-400Hz, boost 10-20kHz))>FLAC Level 8

1. Intro
2. Sideswipe
3. Easy Livin’
4. [unknown]
5. Positively 4th Street [Bob Dylan]
6. [unknown]
7. [unknown instrumental]
8. Get Right Church
9. [goodbye banter]

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