After a health scare sidelined him for much of last year, it was especially moving to see the guitar wizard Tom Carter back in action on Memorial Day weekend at Mercury Lounge. The Charalambides guitarist took us on an emotional journey through rare material that began with the “Nancy’s Song” (a renamed version of “Colors For N” from the Whispers to Infinity CD-R), followed by “August Is All” from the Northern Spy Records Clandestine Cassette series, and closing with “Numinous”, a very limited and out-of-print 2010 cassette-only release from Prairie Fire Tapes. While some live recordings can’t capture the magic of being in the room, I like to think this is exactly the kind that rewards repeat listening. The delicate but majestic tones of “Numinous” felt like the right choice for an artist whose comeback should continue going strong.
I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by the Mercury Lounge team, plus Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!
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Recorded and produced by acidjack
Schoeps MK41>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, adjust levels, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( 8 )
01 Nancy’s Song
02 August Is All
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