Soft Black: January 21, 2011 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

February 27, 2011

[Photo courtesy of Kevin Serra for Kevchino]

Our previous experiences with Soft Black had been more intimate experiences than this show at the massive Brooklyn Bowl – first there was the Gaza Benefit Show this summer, followed by their short but outstanding set at the NYCTaper Unoffiicial CMJ Show in October. As the band gets ready to release their new album The Witching Hour – the product of two full years of songwriting and playing – this set opening for Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers (also recorded) gave frontman Vincent Cacchione and the band a chance to show off their new songs in front of a wider audience. Cacchione’s songs carried perfectly in the larger setting – with vocals that remind me a bit of a punk Dylan with better elocution, Soft Black songs are the kind that stick in your head immediately. Kicking off the set with the haunting “I’m Not Afraid Of You” from The Witching Hour, this ten-song set gave us rocking renditions of older songs like “The Lions” as well as song we had not heard before like “The Man With the Midas Tongue”. The band is putting the finishing touches on The Witching Hour before officially releasing it to the wider world, and the record is sure to prove worth the wait.

We recorded this set in the same manner as the Shilpa Ray recording, balancing the recording heavily toward the soundboard feed to minimize the bowling and other crowd noise. The result is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Heaven Is A Place You Go”:

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Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Soft Black
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > Audacity (tracking, tagging)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Recorded by nyctaper and produced by nyctaper and acidjack

Tracks [Total Time 35:03]
01 Intro
02 I’m Not Afraid of You
03 The Man With the Midas Tongue
04 The Earth is Black
05 The Flesh of the Sky
06 I Am An Animal
07 The Girl Who Ate Her Own Heart
08 banter
09 The Lions
10 [unknown]
11 banter
12 I Was Born Drenched In Mud
13 Heaven Is A Place You Go

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