Heartless Bastards: October 27, 2012 Irving Plaza – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 31, 2012

[Photos by acidjack]

On what was sure to be one of the year’s biggest “amateur nights” nightlife-wise, Heartless Bastards showed up at Irving Plaza and did what they do best – play the hell out of material new and old – without costumes, gimmicks or bullshit. As I mentioned back in February when they sold out Webster Hall (that recording here), Heartless Bastards have hit the big time, playing to the broader audiences that their classic blues-driven rock deserves. Even with a thousand costumed pub crawls and theme parties competing for one’s entertainment dollar on this night, the Bastards packed the place and gave us 90 minutes of unadorned rock n’ roll joy.  As in February, the addition of touring guitarist Mark Nathan added considerable meat to the band’s sound, giving them a guitar attack that is equal to the bigger spaces they’ve been playing. This set of 16 songs was slightly shorter than that in February, but no less powerful; songs from the band’s latest, Arrow are sounding better at each go round, as that record’s longer numbers like “Down In the Canyon” give the band opportunities for exploration. The crowd (mostly not costumed!), in turn, gave the band the level of enthusiasm they deserved. It doesn’t matter what night of the week or day of the year it might be; you can always count on the Heartless Bastards.

I recorded this set with my new MBHO KA200N cardiod microphones from the center of the floor.  The sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

Stream “Down In the Canyon”

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Heartless Bastards
Irving Plaza
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

MBHO KA200N (FOB, DFC, PAS)>MBP 603a>Aerco MP-2>Sony PCM-M10>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, light DR compression on peaks, amplify, balance, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:29:40]
01 The Mountain
02 Out At Sea
03 Witchy Poo
04 Simple Feeling
05 Got To Have Rock N’ Roll
06 Only For You
07 Skin and Bone
08 The Arrow Killed the Beast
09 Down In the Canyon
10 Late In the Night
11 [banter]
12 Hold Your Head High
13 Parted Ways
14 Nothing Seems the Same
15 All This Time
16 [encore break]
17 Be So Happy
18 Gray

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