[photo by Jeff K]
Franz Nicolay’s set at the sixth episode of the Backyard Brunch Sessions was an excellent preview of his latest full length album, Luck & Courage due in October. Franz has been particularly busy since his departure from the Hold Steady earlier this year, touring solo in support of his late 2009 EP St. Sebastian of the Short Stage, publishing and writing short stories, producing, and playing briefly as the touring keyboardist for the punk band Against Me. Perhaps as an escape from all this activity Luck & Courage is a personal album, structured around the relationship of its protagonists Felix and Adelita, whose names translate in Latin and Spanish to the album’s title. In the cozy backyard, Franz introduced each song with a story bringing every member of the intimate crowd inside of the songs. This approach will also be featured when Franz plays the next session of the superb Vivo in Vino series on September 28.
I recorded this set with four microphones — two for vocals and two for the instruments. The accordion songs feature a strong dose of the instrument, while the banjo songs are more vocal heavy. Overall, the sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!
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Backyard Brunch Sessions
Brooklyn, NY USA
Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Onstage
Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021′s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced
[Total Time 46:21]
02 For My Next Trick I’ll Need A Volunteer (Warren Zevon)
04 Dead Sailors
06 Felix & Adelita
08 This Is Not A Pipe
10 Jeff Penalty
12 Job 35:10
13 The Ballad of Hollis Wadsworth Mason, Jr.
15 Rock, Rinse, Repeat
18 Luck & Courage
20 Moon River (Mancini/Mercer)