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It was two years ago when Holly Miranda spent her last night in NYC before moving to Los Angeles performing for an intimate crowd at the wonderful Vivo in Vino. That show was one of our favorites of the year and such an incredible memorable night — great music, great company, superb wine and a rooftop afterparty to remember. That year of 2010 was a banner one for Holly. Her album The Magician’s Private Library was one of the best of the year and her tour was a triumphant celebration of the album. The Bowery show in particular was another highlight of 2010. But in the last two years, Holly has lived a fairly quiet domestic life while working on her new album through a Pledge Music campaign that has shown the dedication of her fans — the pledge has reached over 200% of the original target. The relaxed pace of the production of the new album has also given the artist an opportunity to share demos, covers, and some obscure nuggets on her Soundcloud page, which has become a must-visit page. On Wednesday, Holly Miranda made a very rare visit to NYC to play a fairly under-publicized show at the intimate Zebulon. I had already committed to recording a show at 285 Kent that night, but left in between sets and brought over my small mobile rig to capture Holly’s set. Fortunately, the timing all worked out perfectly. Holly took the stage with Tim Mislock, a new drummer and saxophonist. With an opener of “Waves”, the two years melted away and it was as if Holly hadn’t left. The following number, her moving Etta James cover was an added gift. The balance of the too-short set consisted of new songs and a couple of covers. The Morphine song “Mary Won’t You Call My Name?” was a raver that got the boisterous crowd to move in unison, and we’re streaming it below. Holly has no current plans to play NYC, but rest assured when she ultimately returns, we’ll be there.
I recorded this set with the DPA 4061 small omnis with the mics attached to a mount in the ceiling of the venue about fifteen feet from the stage. The venue was packed and the crowd was rather chatty, so that this isn’t exactly the best thing we’ve had on the site lately. But its certainly listenable and full of energy. Enjoy!
Stream “Mary Won’t You Call My Name?” [Morphine cover]:
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Brooklyn, NY USA
Digital Master Recording
Upfront Center – Recorded 15 Feet from Stage
DPA 4061s (Dynamic Audio Custom Mod) > Dynamic Audio Custom Battery Box > Edirol R-05 > 16bit 44.1kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)
Recorded and Produced
[Total Time 40:36]
02 I’d Rather Go Blind [Etta James]
03 Desert Call
04 Nobody Sees Me Like You Do [Yoko Ono]
05 Mark My Words
07 Mary Won’t You Call My Name [Morphine]
08 [banter - band intro]
09 Until Now