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Gov’t Mule: June 6, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 1, 2015
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Pretty much everything to like about Mountain Jam flows from Warren Haynes and his band Gov’t Mule. As one of the original founders of the festival, Haynes and his fellow participants in Radio Woodstock built something that grew organically around the kind of music they wanted to make and to listen to. That means 60s and 70s-inspired music with improvisational leanings that usually returns to its classic rock core — a pretty apt description of Gov’t Mule. Since the festival was purchased by an app company, some of that magic has been lost in favor of the expected deluge of commercialization and lineup considerations that tend more toward packing in the day-trippers versus creating a cohesive vibe. So, as irritating as it might have been to realize that Mule would be followed by a derivative band with no business being there, it felt good to enjoy what they were doing, and be grateful that they were still giving it their all. In fact, this was Mule’s second outing at the festival, after their epic “Dark Side of the Mule” set from the night before, to go with their latest album. So, if this set was “only” two hours, Mule can more than be forgiven. Perhaps in a covering mood after the night of Floyd just before, Mule closed this one out with a slew of covers, including “Working Class Hero,” “She Said She Said,” “Tomorrow Never Comes,” and a version of the band’s own “Mule” that featured an extended jam into Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” No matter how things may change, you can’t say that Mule doesn’t respect the past.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4 microphones and a Sonosax high-end analog preamp. The sound quality is quite good. Enjoy!

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Gov’t Mule
2015-06-06
Mountain Jam, East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4>CMC6>Sonosax SX-M2>Roland R-26>16bit/44.1kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression)>Audacity 2.0.5 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Railroad Boy
02 Done Got Wise
03 Mr. High and Mighty
04 About To Rage >
05 Blind Man In The Dark
06 [banter]
07 Endless Parade>The Thrill Is Gone>Endless Parade
08 Million Miles From Yesterday*#
09 Jeep On 35 >
10 Foresaken Savior >
11 Working Class Hero [John Lennon]
12 Dreams
13 She Said She Said [The Beatles]>
14 Tomorrow Never Knows [The Beatles]
15 Mule>Superstition [Stevie Wonder]>Mule

* With Nachan Taylor On Vocals
# With Elaine Kazwell On Vocals

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Gov’t Mule, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Mule Store [HERE].

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Ryley Walker: June 26, 2015 Le Poisson Rouge – FLAC/ALAC/MP3/Streaming

June 30, 2015
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[photos by P Squared Photography]

Ryley Walker has been a can’t-miss for me on every single tour that has taken him through New York this year, the latest being this date at Le Poisson Rouge with Jessica Pratt. What is so remarkable about the five performances we have covered since September of last year is that every single one has been different, including the cast of performers. While Ryley’s a redoubtable solo artist, where he truly shines is in his ensemble, consisting of Chicago-based jazz artists who’ve played with Ryley on and off for years. On this night, he not only had the full compliment of  his “regular” players, with Ryan Jewell on drums, Ben Boye on keys, Brian Sulpizio on electric guitar, and Anton Hatwich on bass, but also a horn section consisting of Levon Henry on sax and Jamie Branch on trumpet. The results were simply magical; over 41 minutes, Ryley and the players turned these three songs into long-form jazz meditations. If Ryley’s albums fall firmly enough into the “folk” camp, his live show is a completely different beast, something that lives as close musically to the Grateful Dead and free jazz as to Van Morrison or Bob Dylan.

The brand-new song “Sullen Mind,” lyrically, is a hangover tune, a drunk’s lament, and Ryley summons the narrator’s loneliness and pain with relatively few lyrics, delivered at times with a slur that leaps to a howl. The ensemble follows with urgency, their collective sound growing insistent and dark, almost an analog for the troubled mind of the story. Seated just a few feet from Ryley, it was chill-inducing to watch and hear the song unfold, as the players barely needed a nod from their leader to storm forward from the last chorus into a climactic outro. The brass didn’t show up until the new track “Funny Thing She Said,” but that song made an immediate impact on a song that made a perfect bookend to “Sullen Mind,” both of them chill-inducing laments. And lest the lone album track played — “Primrose Green” — get short shrift, it, too, soared on the one-two punch of Brian Sulpizio and Walker on guitars, a poppy-field tripper of a track that makes you want to find some of the substance name-dropped in the title. As Ryley and his band headed off to Solid Sound Festival, more touring upstate and elsewhere, and finally back home to Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival, they are firing on all cylinders, a live unit at or near the peak of their powers. At this point, in festival-land, they’re still playing early — don’t miss them.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Le Poisson Rouge team, combined with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones clamped to the soundboard booth and a split pair of DPA 4061 omnidirectional microphones on the stage. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Ryley Walker
2015-06-26
Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>> Roland R-26 + DPA 4061 (onstage, split 2ft)>CA-UBB>Sony PCM-M10>>3x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (limiter, EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 41:43]
01 Sullen Mind
02 Primrose Green
03 [banter]
04 Funny Thing She Said

Band:
Ryley Walker – Vocals, guitar
Ryan Jewell – Drums
Ben Boye – Keys
Brian Sulpizio – Electric guitar
Anton Hatwich – Bass
Levon Henry – Sax
Jamie Branch – Trumpet

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Ryley Walker, like him on Facebook, and buy Primrose Green from Dead Oceans.

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Lake Street Dive: June 7, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 25, 2015
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[Photo by Joshua Timmermans from the Mountain Jam website]

Much has changed since we saw Lake Street Dive open for the Infamous Stringdusters three years ago. Mainly, they’re a much, much more popular band. You won’t see this band, whose 2014 album Bad Self Portraits has proven to be their breakout, opening for acts at 500-capacity venues anymore, or playing “I Want You Back” to street corner passersby, as they did way back in the beginning. As is refreshingly the case from time to time, the band’s success seems to be rooted in talent — even at that show in 2012, the unit’s professionalism was clear. Though at the time I compared them to Alabama Shakes, Lake Street Dive’s south-meets-Motown style leans to the shinier, more theatrical side of things, mostly free of grit. “Theatrical” is the word that comes to mind most often with this band, who perform with both a Broadway-like precision and take advantage of Rachael Price’s similarly trained-sounding voice. Unsurprising detail: the band met at the New England Conservatory. This is what happens when a bunch of serious players and students of jazz decide to take on pop music: It’s a bit like an NFL quarterback deciding to go throw some passes with his old high school team.

That made it almost funny to hear Lake Street Dive playing to a muddy Mountain Jam field in the Catskills, delivering effortless vocal harmonies such as on “Look At What Mistake.” If the traditional “jam band” festivals revel to a degree in unpredictability, well, that’s one of many reasons this “Jam” isn’t really a jam-band festival anymore. This was Lake Street Dive’s last show of the tour, as they told us, but you’d have been hard pressed to hear a hint of weariness anywhere from the band. Price did, of course, point out that they try to “eat their vegetables” and treat themselves right on tour, and that I’d believe. She followed that statement, ironically, with the song “I Deserve To Do Something Wrong,” with its distinct Jackson 5 vibe. That was a new song written by the band’s bass player, Bridget Kearney, and it was followed by another new one, “I Don’t Care About You,” from drummer Michael Calabrese. Another plus for this band — they’re as collaborative and consistent in songwriting duties as they are in musical ones.

It wouldn’t be a Mountain Jam set without some choice covers, and Lake Street Dive chose wisely, serving up a version of Annie Lennox’s “Walking On Broken Glass” that Price knocked out of the park, as well as jamming into Van Halen’s “Jump” out of the Bad Self Portraits favorite “Bobby Tanqueray,” which itself is one of the band’s harder-rocking numbers. The band closed the set with “You Go Down Smooth,” and those words are as true of the band itself as of the lover described in the song. This is a positive, grateful group of pros who know where they came from. It’s not hard to guess where they’re headed.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a high-end EAA PSP-2 analog preamp. Given the outdoor setting  and distance from the PA, the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Lake Street Dive
2015-06-07
Mountain Jam, East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by hi and lo and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (PAS)>custom cables>PFA>EAA PSP-2>Roland R-26>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, limit peaks)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Bad Self Portraits
02 Stop Your Crying
03 Clear a Space
04 Look At What Mistake
05 I Deserve To Do Something Wrong
06 I Don’t Care About You
07 Use Me Up
08 Spectacular Failure
09 Elijah
10 What I’m Doing Here
11 Wedding Band
12 Walking on Broken Glass [Annie Lennox]
13 Bobby Tanqueray / Jump [Van Halen]
14 Close To Me
15 Seventeen
16 Hello? Goodbye!
17 Rabid Animal
18 You Go Down Smooth

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Lake Street Dive, visit their website, and buy Bad Self Portraits here.

The Space Merchants: June 8, 2015 Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 25, 2015
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Brooklyn’s The Space Merchants gathered us together a couple Mondays ago at Rough Trade to celebrate the release of their stellar self-titled debut album on the tiny imprint Aqualamb Records. The band’s sound boasts a cohesive but diverse set of rock influences, from the Velvet Underground to Black Sabbath to Bobbie Gentry (per a recent profile), and you feel the weight of those influences equally in a number of songs (take, for example, the stellar “One Cut Like the Moon”). Onstage, the Merchants are a cohesive unit both when they’re playing and not — I laughed at guitarist/singer Michael Guggino and keyboardist/singer Ani Monteleone bantering about who, exactly, the band’s rather novel release format (a 100-page book of custom images, with a download code at the back) was intended for. Guggino comes to the Merchants from beloved Brooklyn “stoner punk boogie metal” band Mount Olympus, which didn’t take itself very seriously (songs like “Get Yer Ass to Mars”), but musically was no joke, and we recently caught drummer Carter Logan playing with his other band, Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissim’s SQÜRL, at this very venue. Keyboardist/vocalist Monteleone and bassist Aileen Brophy have popped up in a variety of local bands and music-related ventures as well, making it a bit less surprising that The Space Merchants would be so dialed-in at a relatively early point in their cycle (not that they haven’t already opened for Acid Mothers Temple, among others).

Though they lead off the night, the Merchants played a tight set to a full floor, launching straight away into the stoner-metal crunch of “Kiss The Sky,” which gave Guggino a chance at some guitar pyrotechnics that would’ve made Mount Olympus proud. After the almost comically upbeat “Beatniks” the band took us back to earth with the sludgy “1000 Years of Boredom.” Then we got a non-album track, “Transcendental Superconscious State,” which with any luck will end up on official release somewhere. For my money, the deep groove of “One Cut Like the Moon” makes it my favorite of the band’s songs, but it’s hard to argue with “Evil Itch,” the song that they chose to close with, and the album’s lead single. Monteleone’s lead vocal, the mid-song tempo downshift, and the surge that follows sound exactly like Magnet described it — “the emerging days of California’s acid-rock scene and the final days of Woodstock.” With many positive mentions coming in for the record, and with a live show like this, The Space Merchants should be a don’t-miss on your Brooklyn concert schedule.

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The Space Merchants
2015-06-08
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Nic Cameron)>>Roland R-26>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, fades, limit peaks)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 34:07]
01 Kiss the Sky
02 Beatniks
03 1000 Years of Boredom
04 Transcendental Superconscious State
05 One Cut Like the Moon
06 Mainline the Sun
07 Evil Itch

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT The Space Merchants, visit their facebook page, and buy their album from Aqualamb Records.

Trigger Hippy: June 5, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 19, 2015
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If God was one of us here at Mountain Jam, he probably would’ve staved off the torrential rain that started falling just after this set by supergroup Trigger Hippy, which features Joan Osborne, Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, session guitarist Tom Bukovac, singer/songwriter and Black Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene and bassist Nick Govrik. The band’s sound is about what you’d expect from this combination of players — Crowes-style bluesy rock that replaces the tenor twang of Chris Robinson with Osborne, packed around some dense riffage. Along with some of the band’s originals, they played some of the day’s more interesting covers (that is to say, not just extremely popular 70s rock hits). In this case, we got Aretha Franklin and Albert Collins tunes, both of which suggest the influences that led to this band. With each artist having a complimentary background and style, this supergroup may not quite be more than the sum of its parts, but the sum of these parts was more than enough to make Trigger Hippy a worthwhile addition to this year’s Mountain Jam lineup.

I recorded this set from an optimal spot next to the soundboard cage with MBHO microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Trigger Hippy
2015-06-05
Mountain Jam
East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks [Total Time ]
01 [intro]
02 Turpentine
03 Dry County
04 Snatchin’ It Back [Albert Collins]
05 Heartache On the Line
06 When the Battle is Over [Aretha Franklin]
07 Ain’t Persuaded Yet
08 Rise Up Singing
09 Tennessee Mud

If you enjoyed this set, PLEASE SUPPORT Trigger Hippy, visit their website, and buy their debut album in their online store.

Heartless Bastards: June 15, 2015 Webster Hall – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 18, 2015
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[photo by Pierfrancesco Baccaro from Instagram]

After more than a decade of music, the Heartless Bastards continue to keep things fresh. Erika Wennerstrom, the group’s frontwoman, heart, and soul, continues to refine what has proven to be one of the great rock voices of the early 21st century, defining a sound that is contemporary and classic. Those of us who heard the show’s opening intro now know where it comes from — Erika’s grandmother, who had quite the pipes of her own.

At this juncture, the Bastards are past the point of being either a hot new thing or a flash in the pan. Rolling into their fifth proper album — their second for Partisan Records — the band sounds like the experienced travelers they are, with a honed sound and a stable of fans who follow it. This show at Webster Hall served as the night-before release show for Restless Ones, and became the first exposure to several of the new songs for most of us. This was the band’s longest show we’ve seen yet, and one that let them try on a number of different sonic textures from song to song. The new songs veer a bit further afield from the bluesy barroom sound of the band’s earlier efforts, as on “Gates of Dawn.” That song’s placement at the front of this set, between the very straightforward “Simple Feeling” and “Gotta Have Rock N’ Roll,” underscored the point. As is often the case, the band let things stretch out for its epic, Sabbath-inspired “Down In the Canyon,” which followed the new album’s “Into the Light,” one of several decidedly downbeat songs on the new record. If the printed setlist was to be believed, our encore had “All This Time” planned, but was dropped in favor of “Only For You,” which was followed by one of the new record’s most stylistically adventurous songs yet, the noise-dirge “Tristessa.” Even without one of our all-time favorite Bastards songs, this was easily one of the strongest sets we’ve seen yet from this band.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones mounted inside the soundboard cage combined with a stereo feed from the band’s touring FOH, Reggie. While most of one encore song (“Only For You”) was lost due to technical problems, the sound of the remainder is outstanding. Enjoy!

Thanks to Partisan Records and Paul from Webster Hall for making this happen on short notice!

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Heartless Bastards
2015-06-15
Webster Hall
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41V (DFC, PAS)>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Reggie)>Roland R-26>2x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.5 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:33:39]
01 Simple Feeling
02 Gates of Dawn
03 Gotta Have Rock N Roll
04 Black Cloud
05 Journey
06 Hi-Line
07 Skin and Bone
08 Pocket Full of Thirst
09 The Fool
10 The Mountain
11 Into the Light
12 Down In the Canyon
13 Late In the Night
14 Gray
15 Wind Up Bird
16 Only For You
17 Parted Ways
18 [encore break]
19 Only For You [mostly cut]
20 Tristessa

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT the Heartless Bastards, visit their website, and buy Restless Ones from Partisan Records.

Dopapod: June 6, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 9, 2015
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[Photo by Josh Timmermans from the band’s facebook page]

For a festival called a “Jam,” this year’s Mountain Jam was pretty light on “jam” bands. Luckily, they picked one of the very finest up and comers in the genre to play a Saturday afternoon as well as a late night set. Dopapod aren’t a household name in the wider world (Rolling Stone picked them as a “best kept secret” for the upcoming Bonnaroo), but to those in the scene, they are one of the most promising improvisational bands to come along in a generation. While many of their contemporaries ply the “electronica with real instruments” tack, Dopapod feel harder to pin down and more old school, drawing inspiration from rock, jazz, prog, metal and — yes — electronic music to create something that’ll keep even non-twisted listeners happy. The foursome have a rock-solid musicality, able to flow seamlessly between improv and pre-written material in their songs (witness one of their constant epics, “Trapper Keeper,” streaming below). For my money, the band’s real anchor is keyboardist Eli Winderman, whose bank of keys is what gives the band such a wide palette to play with. This day’s set felt less “electronic” and more “funk” than some of their shows, and that worked well here. Even in the woefully short 56 minutes (their normal sets run to the two to two and a half hour range), those of us who didn’t know the band well heard a lot of reasons to pay closer attention.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4 microphones from a nice location near the soundboard. We got hit this afternoon by occasional spots of wind, but the overall quality is excellent. Enjoy!

This set is hosted on the Live Music Archive. You can find its page here.

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Dopapod
2015-06-06
Mountain Jam XI, East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by acidjack and hi and lo
Produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4 (PAS)>CMC6>Roland R-26>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 56:42]
01 Black and White
02 Sleeping Giant
03 Bluetooth
04 Upside of Down
05 Trapper Keeper
06 Bubble Brain

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Dopapod, like them on facebook, and buy their stuff from their website.

Alabama Shakes: June 7, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 8, 2015
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It made good sense for Alabama Shakes to end this year’s Mountain Jam, as they ended it on the highest of notes.

By the time you had sat through three or even four days of this year’s festival, you might be forgiven for wondering if anything happened musically in this country since 1972. With exceptions, there were far too many “me-too” bands so slavishly devoted to their heroes that they could only impress the crowd by covering well-known songs by bands superior to them. Consider some of the headliners: Friday, a washed-up warhorse from a legendary 70s act was followed by … a band covering Dark Side of the Moon and other Pink Floyd songs. Saturday, a knockoff of a band from the late 90s-2000s played its bloozy bar rock songs best known for their hard-hitting impact on TV commercials and the opening credits for an HBO sitcom. Just before that band came on, the act before them played a bunch of Beatles and John Lennon songs.

Alabama Shakes could have been nothing more than a “me too” band, and would have been a striking one. There’s no question that Brittany Howard’s vocal style owes a debt to Etta James, Janis Joplin and several others, but what Howard and her band have accomplished with their second album, Sound & Color, moves them firmly into a different class. The band has taken the pieces they already had — a love of classic rock and soul, a cohesive unit, and a frontwoman with an earth-shaking voice and the presence to match — and used them to create daring new songs that push the conversation forward. It’s not an accident that one of the best songs played at this show, “Future People,” uses the word future. Over and over again, Alabama Shakes’ latest work keeps proving that they want more — particularly the fellow new album tracks “Sound & Color” and “Don’t Wanna Fight.” Maybe some people were comfortable adding the Shakes to their Spotify playlists of retro sounds and leaving it at that. The Shakes were not. The Shakes — a working-class band from rural Alabama who only made it onto this stage by working like hell — took a risk.

It’s widely known that the Shakes began life as a cover band, covering 70s standards in local bars. Here, in front of tens of thousands splayed across a mountainside, Howard paused late in the set to thank the crowd for giving the band the opportunity to do what they loved doing. Their last album pulled down three (losing) Grammy nominations. If there’s any justice in the world, this album ought to win one. By the way, in a rare bit of commercial justice, Sound & Color debuted at #1 in the United States. Alabama Shakes are a cover band no more.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones into an EAA PSP-2 high-end analog preamp. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

This recording is hosted on the Live Music Archive. Check out its page here.

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Alabama Shakes
2015-06-07
Mountain Jam, East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by hi and lo and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (PAS)>custom cables>EAA PSP-2>Roland R-26>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, limit peaks)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:38:00]
01 Rise To the Sun
02 Future People
03 Hang Loose
04 Always Alright
05 Shoegaze
06 I Ain’t the Same
07 I Found You
08 Guess Who
09 Heartbreaker
10 Miss You
11 The Greatest
12 Gimme All Your Love
13 Be Mine
14 Joe
15 On Your Way
16 Dunes
17 Gemini
18 [encore break]
19 Sound & Color
20 Don’t Wanna Fight
21 Over My Head
22 You Ain’t Alone

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Alabama Shakes, visit their website, and buy their records in their online store.

Hiss Golden Messenger: June 2, 2015 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 8, 2015
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[photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

Maybe an opening set by Hiss Golden Messenger at Music Hall of Williamsburg doesn’t merit quite the word count I gave April’s homecoming show at Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC. But it was the biggest New York stage on which I’ve seen this band, and that makes it another milestone for M.C. Taylor and his fellow travelers. Fresh off a European tour, the band spent this first of two nights in New York opening for the Tallest Man on Earth, but judging the room capacity at the start of this set, HGM was the night’s draw for many of us. This was almost the exact same band we saw back at Haw River — Taylor, bassist Brad Cook, his brother Phil on keys, and Matt McCaughan on drums — minus William Tyler.

Clearly, this team is road-tested and hitting their stride, seeming to have found an even deeper, jammier groove than when we saw them in North Carolina. This sound gels well with the Lateness of Dancers record, so it makes sense that its songs — “Southern Grammar” and “I’m A Raven (Shake Children)” feel like centerpieces on this run. We were also thrilled to hear the new song “Say It Like You Mean It” for the second time. It’s possibly the most “rock” song the band has done to date, and should be a live staple for the foreseeable future. But even at that, it ended up being a Poor Moon song that stole this particular show, as the journeyman sax player Michael Lewis joined the band for the definitive live version of “Blue Country Mystic,” with Lewis adding a new layer to a song whose current live arrangement already feels transformed from its album version. While you’d always prefer to see a band you love as a headliner, I suspect this and some even higher-profile opening slots are going to earn HGM a lot of new fans, and they seem poised and ready to do it.

HGM will remain on the road June and July, touring with My Morning Jacket, hitting festivals, and returning to the general vicinity of NYC on July 25 for a show at Woodstock’s Bearsville Theater. See all the dates here.

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Hiss Golden Messenger
2015-06-02
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard [engineer: Nic Cameron] + Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Roland R-26>2x16bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, light compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 40:19]
01 Call Him Daylight
02 Saturday’s Song
03 [banter1]
04 Say It Like You Mean It [working title]
05 I’ve Got A Name For the Newborn Child
06 [banter2]
07 Blue Country Mystic*
08 I’m A Raven (Shake Children)
09 [banter3]
10 Southern Grammar

* w/ Michael Lewis on saxophone

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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: June 5, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 5, 2015
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[photo by Jill Harrison]

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals rescued a soggy second day of Mountain Jam with a set of big-tent, unselfconscious seventies rock. Straight off the plane from a gig with The Rolling Stones, Potter hit the stage determined to lift the spirits of this crowd. We needed it — we’d had rain dumped on us for several hours. Comfortable with her sexuality and determined to ride the line between empowerment and objectification, Potter shook her ass, shod her boots, and eventually part of her top to get this crowd awake. But really, she could’ve succeeded anyway. Potter has the kind of huge, unapologetically rock voice that isn’t likely to be a hit with ironists but can command a stadium full of people. Her latest record, The Lion, the Beast, the Beat has continued to make waves live, as we saw at the Capitol Theatre back in 2013. Its title track was the show’s second-to-last closer, and it was a highlight, as was her cover of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” that featured the festival’s self-appointed resident shredder, Warren Haynes, on guitar.

Even more importantly, Potter has been airing new material. Along with new single “Alive Tonight,” Potter played a brand-new song for the first time, called “Empty Heart.” No matter how wet we once were, Potter managed to convince everyone to surround her, summoning the sense of community that had been missing as people ran for cover. It didn’t matter if “Paris (Ohh La La)” was ridiculously over the top as it closed the set — including its multi-member drum solo — by the time it came around, Grace Potter had earned it.

I recorded this set from a nice position toward the front of the soundboard cage with MBHO cardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
2015-06-05
Mountain Jam
East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

MBHO KA200N>MBP603>Roland R-26>16bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, amplify)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:27:06]
01 Never Go Back
02 Ah Mary
03 Hot Summer Night
04 Runaway
05 Alive Tonight
06 Empty Heart [new song debut]
07 Yes We Can [Pointer Sisters]
08 Low Road
09 God’s Gonna Cut You Down [Johnny Cash]
10 Delirious [?]
11 Turntable
12 Medicine
13 Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]*
14 Nothing But the Water (I)
15 The Lion, the Beast, the Beat
16 Paris (Ohh La La)

* w/ Warren Haynes

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