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I had not heard of Jeff Beam before receiving his gracious invitation to check out his recent Knitting Factory show in Brooklyn, but I am glad that I did. The Maine-based artist has been recording and self-releasing records since 2008, but his recent release, Be Your Own Mirror, is his most fully-realized creation yet. Although his record is a patchwork of found sounds, casio and other keyboards, and various similar flourishes, this live performance with a full band showed off a different side of Beam’s talents. The more stripped-down style brought Beam’s guitar skills to the forefront, which was all to the good as he jammed heavily on the opening number, “Congratulations On Your Latest Achievement”. His love of 60s psychedelia and power pop is evident on many of his songs, but Beam occasionally veers into prog and folk territory as well – one thing Beam doesn’t lack for is ideas. The set closer, “Now”, is one of the strongest tracks on the new record, and evokes the 2000 Belle and Sebastian classic, “Don’t Leave the Light On Baby”.
I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones and a soundboard feed from the Knitting Factory house engineer. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!
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01 Congratulations on Your Latest Achievement
02 Whispering Poison in his Ear
03 Currently, A Currency Urgency!
04 Knock Yrself Out
05 Successful People Who Never Existed
06 Venus Flying Trapeze