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Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls: September 30, 2012 Webster Hall – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

October 18, 2012
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[Photos courtesy of Nicole C. Kibert.  See more of her excellent work HERE]

For a few years now, I’ve had several people telling me that I must go see a Frank Turner concert.  After listening to a few of his studio releases, I put him on my short-list of performers to catch.  With lyrics that spoke to the common man and woman about dealing with everyday problems and extolling life’s simple pleasures, accompanying generally upbeat, ear-catching song structure, I easily saw the appeal of his music.  What I wasn’t prepared for was the complete and utter adulation of the folks at the show.  Shortly after arriving, I met one girl who had seen him a dozen times and several others who claimed to have nearly as many Turner performances or more under their belts.  Hitting the stage for the second, and sold-out, night of a pair at Webster Hall, Frank and his excellent band, The Sleeping Souls (with guitarist Ben Lloyd, bassist Tarrant Anderson, keyboardist Matt Nasir and drummer Nigel Powell), had the majority of the crowd singing every word to the songs right from the start and, basically, at their beck and call.  Clap your hands?  No problem.  Play air harmonica?  We’re on it.  Dance around like lunatics?  Just watch us.  Thankfully, the artists and attendees encouraged the uninitiated and welcomed us with open arms.  Delivering songs from most of his albums, the bulk of 2011’s ‘England Keep My Bones‘ and even a few new tracks, there seemed to be something for everyone.  Suffice to say, I had a blast.  The only downside to the evening is that this was the last show of the band’s tour before they go into the studio to record their next album.  While I greatly anticipate the disc that Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will be releasing next year, I have to admit that I am just as excited looking forward to the next time I can see them play again.

With Webster Hall’s top-notch FOH, Creegan, on the controls and joined by the band’s equally superb engineer, Casey, at the helm, the sound was just about perfect for this night.  We were able to get a board feed to accompany our microphones and the resultant recording is excellent.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did, and even sing, clap and dance to it if you want to.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls for making this recording possible, and to Creegan and the staff at Webster Hall for their courtesy and cooperation.

Stream “Peggy Sang the Blues”:

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Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]
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Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Webster Hall
New York, NY, USA
(openers: Larry and His Flask / Jenny Owen Youngs)

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Frank Turner’s sound engineer: Casey
Webster Hall house engineer: Creegan
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 1:29:27]
01. Eulogy
02. The Road
03. Peggy Sang the Blues
04. Long Live the Queen
05. Glory Hallelujah
06. Reasons Not to Be an Idiot
07. One Fine Day
08. Wessex Boy
09. Substitute
10. Wherefore Art Thou Gene Simmons?
11. [banter]
12. Dan’s Song
13. I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
14. I Am Disappeared
15. One Foot Before the Other
16. [banter]
17. Four Simple Words
18. Try This at Home
19. I Still Believe
20. [encore break / banter]
21. St. Christopher Is Coming Home
22. If Ever I Stray
23. Photosynthesis

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, visit their website, visit their Facebook and MySpace pages, and purchase their official releases and merchandise [HERE], at Amazon and at iTunes.  And go see their shows.  Yes, most definitely do that.

Patterson Hood and the Downtown Rumblers: September 17, 2012 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Songs

September 27, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

Back in July acidjack and I had the opportunity to catch Patterson Hood and the Downtown Rumblers at the Bell House on what was the first leg of a tour to support the new album, ‘Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance‘.  To put it succinctly, they floored us and it was unanimously decided that we were looking forward to their return to the NYC area.  I won’t even begin to match the superlative review that acidjack wrote for that show as he hit the nail squarely on the head with it and perfectly articulated Patterson’s strengths as a great songwriter and how good the experience was.  I will tell you that this same top-notch group of musicians definitely sounded a shade tighter and a little more comfortable with more gigs under their collective belt.  And with the addition of multi-instrumentalists Claire and Page Campbell from opening band Hope For Agoldensummer joining the fellas on stage, they fleshed out new layers and depth from these cuts.  As a storyteller, Hood’s tales and songs sounded just as detailed and intimate as they had two months previous.  With most of the new disc represented this night, he also pulled out some of his older material as well as dusting off a handful of Drive-By Truckers favorites.  And once again, by the time the band parted from the stage, this appreciative audience felt like we had spent the evening with a good buddy.

Flying microphones from our usual spot in the balcony, we were also granted a board feed from Bowery Ballroom’s house engineer par excellence, Kenny, and he had the sound beautifully dialed in.  The result is a great recording of this concert.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Patterson Hood and the Downtown Rumblers for making this recording possible, and to Kieran, Kenny and the staff at Bowery Ballroom for their courtesy and cooperation.

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Patterson Hood and the Downtown Rumblers
Monday, September 17, 2012
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, USA

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Bowery Ballroom house engineer: Kenny
Recorded by: acidjack and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 1:54:39]
01. 12:01
02. [banter]
03. Leaving Time
04. Little Bonnie
05. Pride of the Yankees
06. Daddy Needs a Drink
07. [banter]
08. Better Than The Truth
09. [banter]
10. Disappear
11. September Gurls  [Big Star]
12. After The Damage
13. Uncle Disney
14. (untold pretties)
15. [banter]
16. Pay No Attention to Alice  [Tom T. Hall]
17. Betty Ford
18. Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
19. Come Back Little Star
20. Fifteen Days (Leaving Time Again)
21. [encore break / banter]
22. The Righteous Path
23. Better Off Without
24. Pollyanna
25. [banter]
26. A World of Hurt
27. Back of a Bible
28. Bulldozers and Dirt

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Patterson Hood and his related projects, visit his website, visit his Facebook and MySpace pages, and purchase his official releases and merchandise, including the new album ‘Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance‘, [HERE], at Amazon and at iTunes.

Los Lobos: July 11, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming Songs

August 30, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack and Johnny]

Any performer worth their salt would love to be in a band like Los Lobos.  While their rendition of “La Bamba” may have put them on the map (and the version by which all others are measured, in my humble opinion; sorry, Ritchie Valens), their stellar output through a nearly 40 year career has kept them there.  These guys have a level of musicianship that most players can only dream of and would kill for.  Los Lobos are capable of playing nearly anything and many respected artists have cited them as their favorite group to jam with.  That’s why it was no surprise that during Tom Waits‘ recent, and exceedingly rare, late-night television appearances guitarist/vocalist David Hidalgo was part of his band.  An American institution very proud of their Mexican/SoCal roots, they began this show by playing acoustic Tejano that, over several songs, subtly transformed and transitioned into electric rock.  It was pretty spectacular to behold and they made it appear so effortless.  When they pulled Jolie Holland on stage for a gorgeous duet and opener Livingston Leo for a few cuts, it sounded and felt like they had all been playing together for years.  Over the course of the night, they played some brilliant covers and tracks off many of their discs including a healthy dose from ‘Kiko‘, not only one of their best albums but arguably some of the finest music ever recorded.  I am repeatedly amazed every time I get the opportunity to catch these guys and if you have a bucket list of bands you must see, Los Lobos should be at or near the top.

acidjack and I recorded this concert with sets of Schoeps MK22’s and Milab VM-44 Links.  The microphones complimented each other beautifully and we were able to make an excellent capture.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Dan Gale for the setlist help, and to Peter Costello and the staff at Brooklyn Bowl for their hospitality.

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Stream “Short Side of Nothing”:

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Los Lobos
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY, USA
(opener: Livingston Leo)

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Recorded by: acidjack and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 1:53:22]
01. [intro]
02. Canto a Veracruz
03. El Cascabel  [Lorenzo Barcelata]
04. La Pistola y El Corazón  [*]
05. [banter]
06. Los Ojos de Pancha  [Juan Romero]
07. Saint Behind the Glass
08. Teresa
09. [banter / tuning]
10. Chuco’s Cumbia
11. Will the Wolf Survive?
12. Angels with Dirty Faces
13. Wicked Rain
14. Short Side of Nothing
15. That Train Don’t Stop Here
16. One Way Out  [Elmore James / Sonny Boy Williamson]
17. Kiko and the Lavender Moon
18. [banter / tuning]
19. Let’s Say Goodnight
20. Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio  [Santiago Jiménez]
21. How Much Can I Do?
22. Not Fade Away  [Buddy Holly] [#]
23. Bertha  [The Grateful Dead] [#]
24. [encore break]
25. Don’t Worry Baby  [#]
26. Mas y Mas  [#]

* with Jolie Holland
# with Livingston Leo

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Los Lobos, visit their website, visit their Facebook and MySpace pages, and purchase their official releases and merchandise [HERE], at Amazon and at iTunes.

Wilco: July 28, 2012 Brewery Ommegang – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming Songs

July 31, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack and Johnny]

After catching Wilco’s excellent show at Terminal 5 earlier in the week, to say that we were excited about trekking up to the lovely Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown to see them again would be a gross understatement.  It’s becoming a bit of a tradition for the entire NYCtaper crew to make it to at least one outdoor Wilco concert a year and we decided to expand our range outside of the city after the superb Central Park gigs last September (HERE and HERE).  The tradition also appears to bring rain with it, but judging by the fabulous time both the band and attendees were having you wouldn’t have guessed a single drop fell that night.  No doubt the exceptional Belgian-style beers the brewery serves as well as their hospitality and the gorgeous upstate surroundings bolstered our good spirits.  It became evident early on that Jeff Tweedy and company were as impressed with the fans as we were with them, citing a checklist of criteria that makes for a great crowd at one point.  Along with regular favorites “Heavy Metal Drummer” and “Impossible Germany” (which is always an opportunity for the impressive Nels Cline to shine on guitar), the troupe shrugged off the wet weather with an infrequent showing of “Either Way”, and brought the rare “Laminated Cat” and “What’s the World Got in Store” back into rotation.  Topping the evening with two encores, including a triple-shot of songs from ‘Being There‘, it’s nights like these that keep us eager for the next show and make recording them so enjoyable.

The rain aside, between the four of us we ran no less than six pairs of microphones and were able to set up very close to center right in front of the soundboard.  Having so many choices at hand, we ultimately decided to use acidjack‘s Schoeps and Johnny’s Milabs for our mix.  With Wilco’s FOH engineer extraordinaire Stan Doty at the helm, the sound was exemplary and, in light of the weather conditions, our recording is really quite excellent.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “I Might”:

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Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]
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Wilco
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Brewery Ommegang
Cooperstown, NY, USA
(opener: Lee Ranaldo)

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Recorded by: acidjack, hi and lo, nyctaper and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 2:07:51]
01. Dawned on Me
02. War on War
03. I Might
04. Sunken Treasure
05. Either Way
06. Hummingbird
07. Impossible Germany
08. Born Alone
09. Laminated Cat
10. [banter 1]
11. What’s the World Got in Store
12. Handshake Drugs
13. Whole Love
14. [banter 2]
15. Kamera
16. Box Full of Letters
17. I’m Always in Love
18. [banter 3]
19. Heavy Metal Drummer
20. I’m the Man Who Loves You
21. A Shot in the Arm
22. [1st encore break]
23. Poor Places
24. Art of Almost
25. Standing O
26. [2nd encore break / banter]
27. Airline to Heaven
28. [banter 4]
29. Hate It Here
30. Can’t Stand It
31. Red-Eyed and Blue
32. I Got You (At the End of the Century)
33. Outtasite (Outta Mind)

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Kelli Scarr: June 5, 2012 Joe’s Pub – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming Song

July 5, 2012
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[Photos by Johnny]

We seem to be in the right place at the right time when it comes to Kelli ScarrThe last time she appeared on the NYCtaper website, Kelli had just released her debut album ‘Piece‘.  Nearly two years later and we were fortunate to catch the release show at Joe’s Pub for her sophomore disc, ‘Dangling Teeth‘.  Backing her amazing voice, she had a good number of her group from the Backyard Brunch Session on hand including pianist/vocalist Jo Schornikow, pedal steel player extraordinaire Jonathan Lam, bassist Andrew Southern, flugelhorn player Dan Brantigan, guitarist Scott Metzger, drummer Taylor Floreth, violinist Claudia Chopek and cellist Eleanor Norton.  The set consisted of all the tracks from the wonderful new record and Kelli led her incredible band through the different flavors on it, from rock-tinged country to sultry-voiced chanteuse.  Combining that with the very appreciative crowd and it made for a pretty exceptional evening.  Kelli Scarr is now on tour through the beginning of August.  If she’s playing near you, make a concerted effort to catch her show.  You won’t be disappointed.

On this night, acidjack and I were able to set up nearly dead-center in the terrific sounding Joe’s Pub and we couldn’t have asked for a better location.  This recording is the maiden voyage of my Milab VM-44 Link microphones and the results are excellent.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Kelli Scarr and Joe Rogers at Silence Breaks for making this recording possible, and to the staff at Joe’s Pub for their courtesy and cooperation.

For Kevvie.

Stream “You Could Be So Great”:

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Kelli Scarr
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Joe’s Pub
New York, NY, USA

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Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

TRACKLIST:
[Total time: 51:06]
01. Dangling Teeth
02. You Could Be So Great
03. Our Joy
04. Thank You
05. Phoenicia
06. Airon
07. Trouble
08. It Ain’t Me
09. 400 Days
10. I’ll Always Wait

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Kelli Scarr and her bandmates, go see her shows, visit her website, Facebook and MySpace pages, and purchase official releases and merchandise [HERE].

Mike Watt & Friends: May 2, 2012 Le Poisson Rouge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

May 24, 2012
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[Photos courtesy of Robert Kidd.  See more of his excellent work HERE.]

To paraphrase the late Jerry Garcia, not everybody knows who Mike Watt is, but those who do really appreciate Mike Watt.  Having long been established as an elder statesman of punk, post-punk and alternative rock starting with the seminal Minutemen and the inspired fIREHOSE, his versatility has allowed him to play with many musicians of different stripes and genres.  He’s a bass player’s bass player; the go-to guy who you know will hold down the low-end duties superbly and is not afraid of working hard.  If it doesn’t already, his business card should read, “Have bass, will travel.”  That’s why when people in the know hear that Watt is coming to town, they run and don’t walk to get to the gig.

Initially announced as the NYC launch of his new book, ‘Mike Watt: On and Off Bass‘, and calling the event “Mike Watt & Friends”, word had it that he was also planning to dust off the Hellride East moniker (one of his many projects) and play Stooges tunes with J Mascis and Murph from Dinosaur Jr.  After an interview session with noted music writer Byron Coley, the music kicked off and it was indeed The Stooges from their first two excellent albums.  In his element, clearly enjoying himself and fingers hammering the strings, Watt and Mascis were the only two constant musicians during the set.  At any given time the drummers were rotating between Murph, John Maloney and Sonic Youth‘s Steve Shelley.  SY’s Thurston Moore took a turn or two on vocals as did Don Fleming, John Petkovic (also playing clarinet), Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Byron Coley and Noel Ford, the former soundman from the Continental (and current one for Dinosaur Jr.) or so I was told.  It was a whirlwind trying to keep up with the cavalcade of performers who kept jumping on stage.  With the pervasive sense of “what’s next?” in the air and the close proximity of all these great artists, the small Le Poisson Rouge felt more like a party at a friend’s house with a killer band than a concert.  That atmosphere prevailed even more so when the music ended and everyone milled around chatting and drinking while the guest of honor signed copies of his book and greeted all comers with a handshake.  A truly unique evening and, personally, I can’t wait for Mike to pop up here in our city again.  Wondering in just what permutation that will be should prove almost as much fun.

This night at Le Poisson Rouge presented a unique recording opportunity for us.  Rather than having to set up towards the back of the room so as not to be in the way, we were able to park our rig right at the stage lip and nearly dead center.  Recording in this manner makes the separation of the instruments and where they were on stage very distinct.  A monitor was just off to our right so while the vocals aren’t entirely centered, the overall effect is really cool and the next closest thing to being right up front at the show.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Mike Watt and all the performers for making this recording possible, and to Frankie, Bernie and the staff at Le Poisson Rouge for their courtesy and cooperation.

Stream “T.V. Eye”:

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Mike Watt & Friends
(billed as Hellride East)
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY, USA

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Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

TRACKLIST:
[Total time: 1:20:43]
00. Mike Watt interviewed by Byron Coley
01. Real Cool Time  [Don Fleming (vocals), Murph (drums)]
02. T.V. Eye  [John Petkovic (vocals), John Maloney (drums)]
03. Loose  [Thurston Moore (vocals), John Maloney (drums)]
04. Dirt  [Sharon Van Etten (vocals), Steve Shelley (drums)]
05. Not Right  [John Maloney (drums)]
06. Down on the Street  [Thurston Moore (vocals), Murph (drums)]
07. No Fun  [Kurt Vile (vocals), Murph (drums)]
08. 1970  [Noel (vocals), Steve Shelley (drums)]
09. Little Doll  [Steve Shelley (drums)]
10. encore break / banter
11. Fun House  [Thurston Moore (vocals), John Petkovic (clarinet), Murph (drums)]
12. L.A. Blues  [Byron Coley (vocals), John Petkovic (clarinet), Murph & John Maloney (drums)]

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Mike Watt, the performers and their projects, go see their shows, visit their websites (Mike’s is HERE), and purchase some of their official releases and merchandise [HERE] and [HERE].

Alabama Shakes: April 11, 2012 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

April 17, 2012
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[Photo courtesy of Eric Groom.  See more of his excellent work HERE.]

Alabama Shakes recent rise in popularity can be described as nothing short of meteoric.  Less than a year ago, they were virtually unknown outside of a handful of bars in the southeastern United States.  Getting a push via the internet, word of mouth and their Alabama brethren, Drive-By Truckers, the group began to blow up, playing gigs with DBT and flooring attendees at their NYC debut this past October as part of the CMJ Music Marathon.  After a follow up at the intimate Mercury Lounge in December, Alabama Shakes blitzed our city again with sold out, back-to-back shows at the Studio at Webster Hall, Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg to coincide with the release of their first full-length album, ‘Boys & Girls‘.

The band took the stage of Bowery Ballroom to an exuberant crowd that was practically humming with anticipation.  And frontwoman Brittany Howard, bassist Zac Cockrell, guitarist Heath Fogg, drummer Steve Johnson, and keyboardist Ben Tanner brought their A-game.  With their blistering mix of soul, R&B and good old fashioned, kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll, the house was treated to a nearly non-stop set that left us smiling and wishing there were more songs for them to play.  On their current trajectory, I suspect that Alabama Shakes won’t be playing small venues for too much longer.  Definitely check them out when you can.

At the great sounding Bowery Ballroom, Alabama Shakes engineer Shane and house engineer Kenny had the sound perfectly dialed in on this night.  Set up in our usual balcony spot, we had a board feed to combine with our microphones and it has resulted in an excellent recording.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “Hang Loose”:

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Alabama Shakes
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, USA

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Alabama Shakes’ sound engineer: Shane
Bowery Ballroom house engineer: Kenny
Recorded by: acidjack and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 1:06:00]
01. Goin’ to the Party
02. Hang Loose
03. Hold On
04. I Found You
05. Always Alright
06. Boys & Girls
07. Be Mine
08. Hurricane Strut
09. Mama
10. Making Me Itch
11. You Ain’t Alone
12. On Your Way
13. Rise to the Sun
14. Heavy Chevy
15. encore break
16. I Ain’t the Same
17. Heat Lightning

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Cowboy Junkies: March 10, 2012 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

March 22, 2012
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I was in college when the landmark ‘The Trinity Session‘ album by Cowboy Junkies was released.  Garnering attention with their unique cover of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane”, I think it’s safe to say that every guy on my dorm floor developed a crush on frontwoman Margo Timmins.  Rather than rest on the laurels of that critically lauded disc, this stellar band has continually put out terrific music over the past few decades, bucking trends and cultivating a distinct style on their own terms.  Their most recent project, the excellent Nomad Series, continues in that ambitious vein with them having recorded 4 separate albums in 18 months.

This particular night was the last stop on the tour and Cowboy Junkies seemed intent on making it a memorable one [check out guitarist Michael Timmins’ entry from his tour diary HERE].  In the lovely Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center the capacity crowd was treated to two sets of music.  With the first being tracks from the Nomad Series and the second consisting of material spanning the group’s career, there were amazing performances in each capped with an intense rendition of (fellow Canadian) Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”.  Overall, an outstanding evening.

Thanks to the very helpful and accommodating crew and venue staff, we were able to set up in a nearly ideal location in this wonderful sounding room.  We were also blessed with incredibly polite and appreciative attendees.  It was truly a pleasure to sit comfortably in a beautiful theater on a Saturday night and not have the music compete with people who would rather talk loudly than enjoy the songs.  Combine all these factors and our resultant recording is superb.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Cowboy Junkies, Candace Horgan and Jared Herman for making this recording possible, and to Frank, Eric, Greg and the staff at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center for their courtesy and cooperation.

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Cowboy Junkies
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Westhampton Beach, NY, USA

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1st SET:
[Total time: 52:55]
01. Sing In My Meadow
02. [banter 1]
03. Wrong Piano  [Vic Chesnutt]
04. Square Room  [Vic Chesnutt]
05. 3rd Crusade
06. Late Night Radio
07. A Few Bags of Grain
08. Stranger Here
09. [banter 2]
10. Damaged From The Start
11. [banter 3]
12. Angels In The Wilderness

2nd SET:
[Total time: 1:20:46]
13. Sweet Jane  [Lou Reed]
14. 200 More Miles
15. A Common Disaster
16. Working on a Building
17. [banter 4]
18. A Horse In The Country
19. Angel Mine
20. Cold Tea Blues
21. Crescent Moon
22. Hunted
23. [banter 5 / introductions]
24. Lost My Driving Wheel  [David Wiffen]
25. [encore break]
26. Blue Moon Revisited (Song for Elvis)  [Margo Timmins, Michael Timmins, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart]
27. Don’t Let It Bring You Down  [Neil Young]

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Low Roar: January 19, 2012 Pianos – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

January 30, 2012
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[Photos courtesy of Matthew Eisman.  See more of his excellent work HERE.]

I’ve always been a rock music guy.  And if it can rupture eardrums and upset my equilibrium just by listening to it, I’m usually in my happy place.  That’s why I was surprised to find Low Roar’s debut album with its haunting melodies so intriguing.  Having already drawn comparisons to the mellower offerings of Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Sigur Rós in reviews, I also heard flashes of Brian Eno in that first listen.  The band’s backstory is no less interesting.  Formerly of Oakland’s Audrye Sessions, frontman and songwriter Ryan Karazija pulled up stakes in San Francisco and moved to Iceland where he began this project and recorded the tracks.  Much as I really liked it, I was left wondering how well this music would translate to a concert setting.  My concerns were unfounded as the songs, beautiful as they are on record, were stunningly gorgeous when played live.  Joined on stage by Júlíus Björgvinsson, Ryan’s magnificent hymn-like vocals and the duo’s brilliantly understated musicianship fleshed even more nuance out of the studio material and expanded on it.  Suffice to say, I’m looking forward to the next chance I get to see Low Roar.  If their music is to your tastes and you have an opportunity to catch them, I suggest you run, don’t walk, to go see them, too.

Recording in small clubs always has its challenges and this night at Pianos was no exception: chatty patrons, an adjoining bar with its accompanying noise, and a feedback spike early in the set.  All that aside, venue engineer, Ofer, did a superb job in both his house mix and the soundboard feed he provided for us to blend with our microphones.  The resultant capture is excellent and we hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Low Roar and Bryan Vaughan at Indigenous Promotions for making this recording possible, and to the staff at Pianos for their courtesy and cooperation.

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Low Roar
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Pianos
New York, NY, USA

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Pianos house engineer: Ofer Tiberin
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 38:51]
01. Intro > Friends Make Garbage (Good Friends Take It Out) > Low Roar
02. Just A Habit
03. Give Up
04. Rolling Over
05. Help Me > Dalalæða

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The Lemonheads: October 10, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 23, 2011
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[Photos courtesy of Dana (distortion) Yavin.  See more of her excellent work HERE.]

Even though I’ve been a fan of The Lemonheads output for many years, I hadn’t seen frontman Evan Dando or any incarnations of the band play in a long time.  After becoming alternative rock darlings in the early 90’s, they went on hiatus in the latter part of the decade, reformed in 2005 and have released two albums since then.  Billed that they were going to play ‘It’s a Shame About Ray‘, arguably their most popular disc, in its entirety, I still approached this concert with some trepidation.  Depending on whom you heard it from, initial reports of stops on this tour ranged from “good” to “disastrous” and the masses hadn’t been too kind about the previous night’s performance at Bowery Ballroom.  Evan and company took the stage and, after a minute or two of sorting things out, promptly launched into a note-perfect “Rockin Stroll”, the first track off of ‘Ray‘.  Aside from a few false starts which just added to the fun, and the vocal missteps of “Mrs. Robinson” (which didn’t even appear on original pressings and was sung by a member of the audience), the album’s run-through went pretty well.  In fact, the whole evening was highly enjoyable.  Appearing to fall into a comfortable groove, Evan performed an engaging solo acoustic set, fielded requests from the crowd, pulled opening band The Shining Twins onstage to cover one of their songs, and played some great material spanning most of the band’s career, including deep cut “Stove”.  For an enthusiast like myself, not only was it a very good night but I believe The Lemonheads proved that they can still shine.

Utilizing a mobile rig, we were able to secure an ideal spot on the venue’s main floor.  The result is great clarity, a lovely capture of the interplay between the band and crowd, and an overall very good recording.  Enjoy!

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The Lemonheads
Monday, October 10, 2011
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, USA

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SETLIST:
[Total time: 1:39:19]
01. intro
02. Rockin Stroll
03. Confetti
04. It’s a Shame About Ray
05. Rudderless
06. My Drug Buddy
07. banter
08. The Turnpike Down
09. Bit Part
10. Alison’s Starting to Happen
11. Hannah & Gabi
12. Ceiling Fan in My Spoon
13. banter
14. Kitchen
15. banter
16. Frank Mills  [James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Galt MacDermot]
17. banter
18. Mrs. Robinson  [Paul Simon]
19. Deep Bottom Cove
20. Divan
21. Favorite T
22. All My Life
23. Frying Pan  [Victoria Williams]
24. Rain  [Blake Babies]
25. Tenderfoot
26. Being Around
27. banter
28. The Outdoor Type  [Smudge]
29. It’s About Time
30. banter
31. Greasy Bear  [The Shining Twins]
32. banter
33. Hospital
34. Down About It
35. The Great Big No
36. Style
37. Big Gay Heart
38. No Backbone
39. Stove
40. Into Your Arms  [Robyn St. Clare]

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