Joan of Arc: August 10, 2011 Mercury Lounge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

August 27, 2011

[Photo by acidjack]

Whether you find Joan of Arc frustrating or incredible is likely to come down to your overall view of what rock music is about: If you hold the attitude of “I am here, you must entertain me with classics and catchy tunes”, you are likely to be in the former camp.  You’re also probably that person that customizes every dinner order beyond recognition. A sauce-on-the-sider, if you will. People like you would do well to avoid bands like Joan of Arc, who tend to reward the other type of listener, who enjoys being challenged, who enjoys taking in the breadth of an artist’s vision, and who would rather see something new than something familiar.

Which is not to say that this set by Tim Kinsella’s main project of the past 15 years was not thoroughly entertaining. Kinsella, who made his name in Cap’n Jazz before that band split up (other than their brief reunion last summer that we recorded HERE and HERE), can put on a fierce live show, and keep some wacky stage banter in the mix as well. Eschewing emo-or-whatever-you-call-it tradition, Joan of Arc’s set is heavy on variety – a short burst of almost-pure pop here, a lengthy instrumental there. This set had both, as well as encore songs from another Kinsella side project, Owls. The band’s virtuosity couldn’t be denied – they rocked, time signature or structure-of-the-moment be damned. Songs thrive on dense, angular riffs and plaintive vocals. The resulting recording is a thing of beauty as well – as clear an indication if there ever was one that a small club, excellent sound engineer (Kevin, as usual) and band that knows what they’re doing is an unbeatable combination.

Kevin’s soundboard feed blended perfectly with the Schoeps supercardiod microphones, and the resulting recording is clear, crisp and excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Every Day I Saw Was the Same Face [Owls]”:

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Stream “I Saw the Messed Blinds of My Generation”:

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Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

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Joan of Arc
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: Soundboard + Schoeps Mk41>CMC6 >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: ROC, at soundboard, mics at 7.5′
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mix down, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Night Life Style
02 Howdy Pardoner
03 Still Life
04 Let’s Wrestle
05 Who’s Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?
06 On A Bedsheet In the Breeze on the Roof
07 [instrumental]
08 I Saw The Messed Blinds of My Generation
09 Love Life
10 [banter]
11 Like Minded
12 [long banter]
13 Every Day I Saw Was the Same Face [Owls]
14 [banter]
15 Anyone Can Have A Good Time [Owls]
16 My Summerlong High Wipeout

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