Ben Sollee: September 8, 2012 Backyard Brunch Sessions – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 15, 2012

[photo by Dominick Mastrangelo]

The Backyard Brunch Sessions is in its third year of summer events and it continues to draw an incredible roster of performers to a very intimate and unique setting. Last weekend, Ben Sollee played a BBS that was brought indoors because of inclement weather. But the experience remained the same — an opportunity for a small selected group of people to experience an abundant amount of talent from up close. For us, very close. Ben Sollee is one of those performers whose rare combination of stage presence, likeability and sheer talent is magnetic. He is also a natural for the setting of BBS, and on Saturday Ben was fast friends with everyone in the room and effortlessly brought us all into the world of his music. As a duo with percussionist Jordon Ellis, who literally played a customized wooden box as a drum, Ben dipped into some older numbers but mostly focused on material from his new album Half Made Man, which will be released on September 25. Ben opened with “DIY” and ended the first set with “Unfinished”, two of the stronger tracks from the new album. We are streaming “Hurting” from Ben’s 2011 album Inclusions, as it was personally one of my favorite performances from this set and also features some incredible vocalizing at the conclusion of the song. Ben Sollee will be touring (via bicycle!) this month through the South and Midwest, dates [here].

I recorded this set with four microphones placed strategically around the performers. The Neumann hypercards were used primarily for vocals and the Sennheiser cards for instruments. A light amount of reverb was added in post to the vocals and the mixdown is weighted towards the vocals by about 60/40. The quiet room and hushed crowd provided a near perfect recording atmosphere so that this recording is really quite superb. Enjoy!

For more content from this performance, check this week on the sites of our partners for this event, Backyard Brunch Sessions and Consequence of Sound.

Stream “Hurting”:

This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 at [HERE]

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Ben Sollee
Backyard Brunch Sessions
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
On Stage 4-Track

Neumann KM-150s + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (mix down, level adjustments, slight reverb to vocals, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 > (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 44:21]
01 DIY
02 [banter – intro]
03 Some Lovin
04 [banter – bicycle tour]
05 The Globe
06 [banter – Half Made Man]
07 Unfinished
08 Teach Me
09 [banter – Captivity intro]
10 Captivity
11 [banter – questions]
12 Cajun Jam
13 [banter – geeking out]
14 Hurting
15 [banter – bike tour story]
16 Panning For Gold

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5 Responses to Ben Sollee: September 8, 2012 Backyard Brunch Sessions – Flac/MP3/Streaming

  1. james
    September 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Thank You !!

    This guy is amazing and your recordings are always fantastic !!

  2. james
    September 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks again but after clicking the FLAC link get this message:

    “Page Not Found –
    The page you requested could not be found.”

    Grabbed the .mp3 file set instead ! :)

    Have a great weekend !!

  3. September 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Not sure what happened with the flac. Sorry. Its working now.

  4. September 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    just did an interview with Ben. hope you don’t mind promo (feel free to delete if you do. no offense taken)

  5. Michele
    September 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm


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