Hiss Golden Messenger: November 19, 2015 Baby’s All Right

November 25, 2015


Continuing with the “running out of things to say” theme, I think even the band is starting to wonder if I do much of anything besides attend Hiss Golden Messenger concerts. If you read about the band’s doings in Durham, NC earlier last week, you’d know they debuted Heart Like A Levee, an entire new album, before two successive nights of attendees at Duke University. That album should be appearing on Merge Records in due time.

Well, this show at Baby’s All Right wasn’t that, but that’s not to take anything away from this sweaty, raucous show before a sell-out crowd. M.C. Taylor was joined on this jaunt by most of his regular band — the Cook brothers on keys and guitars, Matt McCaughan on drums — with Josh Kaufman taking up additional guitar duties. This show sounded like one by people who’ve fallen into a comfortable groove, and despite the extremely unpleasant temperature (how you make a club over 100 degrees indoors in the middle of November is a mystery to me) the band sweated through some strong versions of their tour favorites, plus less-heard numbers like “Mahogany Dread,” off of Lateness of DancersPoor Moon‘s “Super Blue (Two Days Clean)” and a newly-rocking version of “Brother, Do You Know the Road?” Perhaps out of a sense of self-preservation (the band were so hot their guitars were covered in sweat), we only got one encore, but it was a keeper — Waylon Jennings’ “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean.”

So, forgive the brevity of this writeup, but if you’re already on the train, you can read any of my reviews of recent shows to get a pretty good idea where things are headed. If you’re new to the band, well, this is a fine, fine way to take the plunge.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones at the stage lip, together with Harrison Fore’s soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Hiss Golden Messenger
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Harrison Fore) + Schoeps MK5c (onstage, ORTF)>KCY>Z-PFA>Roland R-26 (2x24bit/48kHz WAV)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust stereo mix of onstage mics, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( Level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:19:17]
01 Saturday’s Song
02 Lucia
03 Call Him Daylight
04 Super Blue (Two Days Clean)
05 Mahogany Dread
06 I’ve Got A Name for the Newborn Child
07 Day O Day (A Love So Free)
08 Brother, Do You Know the Road?
09 I’m A Raven (Shake Children)
10 Blue Country Mystic
11 Southern Grammar
12 [encore break]
13 Lonesome, On’ry and Mean [Waylon Jennings]

MC Taylor
Phil Cook – Keyboards, Guitar
Brad Cook – Bass
Josh Kaufman – Guitar
Matt McCaughan – Drums

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7 Responses to Hiss Golden Messenger: November 19, 2015 Baby’s All Right

  1. November 25, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Thank you for this. The sound quality is excellent.

  2. jmh
    November 25, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for sharing! These guys have been killing it out there this year.
    Super nit-picky but, surely it was Brad on Bass with Phil on keys & guitar?
    (see also: the photos)

  3. bryontreece
    November 25, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you so much for this! Our newborn arrived one week prior to this show, so there was no way I could make it, so it is wonderful to be able to have this wonderful recording to enjoy. You rock!! (as usual)

  4. acidjack
    November 25, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Yeah you may be right. Phil was mostly on keys and was nearer to where I was standing… I had Brad down as bass last time, but that may be wrong…it was so hot I honestly couldn’t pay much attention to that!

  5. November 26, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Many thanks for this! Nb: Lonesome On’ry & Mean is a Steve Young song. Ole Waylon covered it, too.

  6. November 30, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    listenin now…..so so good. THANK YOU!!!!

  7. Kingharvest
    December 3, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks so much for this. What a great set. And the sound is fantastic. Great warmth.

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