Disappears: April 19, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

April 27, 2012

[Photos by acidjack]

As one of the anchors of the current Chicago scene, Disappears are a hard band to outshine. They headlined this night’s Glasslands show featuring Lotus Plaza (that recording [HERE]) and the Brooklyn guitarist Noveller (that recording coming soon) the same way that they carried a previous show I attended with the startling Brooklyn band The Psychic Paramount: by being relentless, sharp and ready with an album’s worth of killer new songs. At that earlier show, the band’s new record Pre Language was unreleased. With the album now having been out for a little while, the already-tight band is completely dialed in on the new songs, which represent their best and most approachable material to date. Disappears deliver a dark, overdriven style of rock, with a Sonic Youth-reminiscent guitar squall backing the Mark E. Smith-reminiscent vocals of frontman Brian Case, processed through a megaphone-style effect. They’re the right band to propel the end of a night – and not just because it gave everyone confirmation that Steve Shelley has landed on his feet post-Sonic Youth.

Predictably, this set was heavy on Pre Language material, including “Replicate”, which we first experienced at the Union Hall show last year, and new favorites like the title track and “Hibernation Sickness”. The sound benefited heavily from the band’s touring engineer, who worked with them on the album and tuned the upgraded Glasslands sound system to perfection.

We recorded this set in the same manner as the Lotus Plaza recording, with Schoeps MK5 cardioid microphones and a soundboard feed.  The sound is even better than that recording due to the aforementioned engineer’s flawless mix. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Hibernation Sickness”

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Stream “Pre Language”

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Schoeps MK5c (DFC, STC22g, 8ft)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity 2.0 (align, mixdown, EQ, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Marigold
02 Replicate
03 Pre Language
04 Magics
05 Minor Patterns
06 Hibernation Sickness
07 Fear of Darkness
08 Era
09 Lux
10 Joa
11 Love Drug
12 Radiation
13 Brother Jolene

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Disappears, visit their website, and purchase their records, including Pre Language, from Kranky [HERE]

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5 Responses to Disappears: April 19, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

  1. Julián
    April 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm


  2. Fawaz
    April 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

    thanks for this! I saw this line up (Disappears and Lotus Plaza) in Chicago. 2 damn fine bands

    However, the volume of the Disappears songs is way low. any chance you can fix and re-up?

  3. acidjack
    April 30, 2012 at 11:55 am

    All of my recordings are normalized to peak at -0.1dB (the maximum possible). They may seem to have lower “volume” to you than a studio recording because most of today’s studio recordings are optimized for listening on garbage equipment with limited dynamic range, and are heavily compressed to make them seem “louder”. We never do that to our live recordings because we wish to preserve the full dynamic range (and because heavy compression is just bad mastering technique).

    iTunes has a setting that allows you to raise the default playback volume for a given track or series of tracks. I recommend you do that, or turn up the volume knob.

  4. Fawaz
    April 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks for the tip acidjack. And thanks again for posting this (and all the other stuff you’ve posted – loving the deerhunter pier 54 show)

  5. jonder
    May 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I have been listening to this show quite a bit. The last four songs (especially the cover of “Radiation”) reach a wonderful peak of energy and excitement. THANK YOU for sharing this concert.

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