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Built to Spill: October 5, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Samples

October 15, 2010
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[photo by Johnny]

In spite of their extensive touring and the considerable number of gigs they’ve played in the NYC area in recent times, it had been a few years since my last Built to Spill concert and the anticipation for this one was awfully high.  Suffice to say, I wasn’t disappointed; the show that the band put on, along with the songs they chose to play, made it worth the wait.  Beginning with the vibrantly melodic “Traces”, the group pulled tracks from most of their albums, threw in a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” and ended with a one-two punch of the often-requested (at least on this night) crowd pleaser “Car” and “Virginia Reel Around the Fountain” from Doug Martsch’s side project, the Halo Benders.  All in all, a wonderful show to reacquaint me with the band after my hiatus.

We taped this show from the dead-center spot on the balcony, right above the soundboard.  Aside from the house mix being a touch bass-heavy in our location, the resultant recording is indicative of the very good to excellent audio that’s typical of this venue and sounds great.  Hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “Reasons”:

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Built to Spill
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY, USA
(opening bands: Love As Laughter / ReVoLtReVoLt)

Source: AUD > AKG C 414 B-XLS’s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, adjust levels, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > Trader’s Little Helper (check/fix SBE’s, conversion) > FLAC Level 8
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SELIST:
[Total time: 1:38:54]
01. Traces
02. Reasons
03. Hindsight
04. [tuning]
05. Kicked It in the Sun
06. [banter]
07. Distopian Dream Girl
08. Strange
09. [banter]
10. Life’s a Dream
11. Time Trap
12. Ripple  [Grateful Dead]
13. Joyride
14. [tuning]
15. Else
16. [banter]
17. Carry the Zero
18. [encore break / banter]
19. Stop the Show
20. [tuning]
21. Car
22. Virginia Reel Around the Fountain  [Halo Benders]

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The Black Keys: July 28, 2010 Terminal 5 – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Samples

August 5, 2010
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[photos by Johnny]

I don’t know how these guys do it.  In little more than a 24-hour period, The Black Keys played three full gigs here in New York City.  One of them, the second of two dates at Central Park’s SummerStage, was right before this performance.  I got tired just watching them.  On top of that, they always aim to please and are consistently one of the best live acts that you will see.  Every time I’ve been to a Black Keys concert, I’ve invariably met (or brought) someone who’s never been to one of their shows and every time, when the lights come up, I see that “whoa!” look on their faces.  It thrills me to no end.

Aside from incorporating a heavy dose of songs from the recent ‘Brothers‘ album, the setlist didn’t vary wildly from their last stint at Terminal 5.  Not to say there weren’t any other changes: since May, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have been bringing Leon Michaels, on keyboards, and Nick Movshon, on bass, out to play “Same Old Thing” and the ‘Brothers‘ material.  Effectively, turning the stalwart duo into a four-piece for the first time in a live setting.  The purists might cry heresy, but it adds a great dimension to their sound.  And judging from the crowd’s reaction, I’m not the only one who thinks so.  I make no secret of my admiration for this band and they’ve certainly earned it.

Thanks to the help of our new pals, Ryan and Frank, we were able to secure the dead-center spot on the balcony directly behind the soundboard.  The recording is excellent and, apart from getting louder as the night progressed, about as good as it gets in this venue.  Hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “Busted”:

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Stream “Howlin’ For You”:

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The Black Keys
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Terminal 5
New York, NY, USA
(opening bands: Lee Fields & The Expressions / The Whigs)

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Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 1:31:25]
01. Thickfreakness
02. Girl Is On My Mind
03. 10 A.M. Automatic
04. The Breaks
05. Stack Shot Billy
06. Busted [*]
07. Everywhere I Go [#]
08. Strange Times
09. Same Old Thing
10. Everlasting Light
11. Next Girl
12. Chop and Change
13. Howlin’ For You
14. Tighten Up
15. She’s Long Gone
16. Ten Cent Pistol
17. Your Touch
18. I’ll Be Your Man
19. I Got Mine
20. [encore break]
21. Too Afraid To Love You
22. Sinister Kid
23. Till I Get My Way

* R.L. Burnside song
# Junior Kimbrough song

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Peter Wolf Crier: July 15, 2010 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

August 2, 2010
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[photo by Johnny]

It’s always a great thing when you show up early enough at a concert to catch the opening acts you’re not familiar with and they wind up impressing you.  Peter Wolf Crier is such a band.  I hadn’t heard of the Peter Pisano and Brian Moen indie/alt-rock duo before but I’ll be keeping track of them.  They remind me a bit of a Greg Markel-era Prime Movers or if Radiohead had started out as a two-piece and Thom Yorke wasn’t so maudlin, they might sound like this.  It doesn’t hurt that Pisano’s voice is a little like Jeff Buckley’s with a shot of testosterone.  Closing with their brilliant take on a Nick Drake song ended the set wonderfully and the folks in attendance that night were treated to another pleasant surprise when Peter joined the Heartless Bastards during their encore.  I’m looking forward to the next time these guys are in town.

We recorded this set from the same spot on the balcony as Heartless Bastards and it came out very good.  Hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “Untitled 101”:

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Peter Wolf Crier
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, USA
(opened for: Heartless Bastards / The Builders and the Butchers)

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Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 29:54]
01. Crutch & Cane
02. Hard As Nails
03. Down Down Down
04. [banter]
05. Untitled 101
06. You’re So High
07. [banter]
08. Lion
09. Place to Be  [Nick Drake]

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Heartless Bastards: July 15, 2010 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Samples

July 23, 2010
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[photo by Johnny]

I first saw Heartless Bastards about a year and a half ago when they opened for The Black Keys and was pretty blown away.  Since then, I’ve been waiting (somewhat impatiently, I’ll admit) for them to return to NYC with their indie-garage rock-blues amalgam and headline their own show.  My wish was granted when Erika, Dave, Mark and Jesse played not just one, but two back-to-back concerts at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom.  Suffice to say, I wasn’t disappointed: acidjack and I caught the first night at MHoW and by the time the house lights came up, I couldn’t wait to go to the second night.  The setlist included songs culled from their three albums, a short acoustic interlude, violinist Zy Orange Lyn joining the band for a handful of songs and Peter Pisano of Peter Wolf Crier sitting in for the encore’s “Could Be So Happy” (the Peter Wolf Crier and The Builders and the Butchers sets will be coming soon).  While the setlists were essentially the same both nights, there was the surprise addition of “Searching For the Ghost” during the encore at Bowery.  Adding to the milieu, someone in the crowd inflated a few condoms that bounced around the venue (which Jesse makes reference to) for a good part of the show and can be heard occasionally popping throughout the recording.  On a personal note, I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Wennerstrom after one of the gigs and she is an absolute and gracious sweetheart.  Yeah, I’m smitten.

We were in our regular spot on the balcony next to the soundboard and, aside from the occasional rumble of being under an a/c vent and a group that preferred to chat loudly rather than enjoy the music, we came out with an excellent recording.  Hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “Out at Sea”:

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Heartless Bastards
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, USA
(opening bands: The Builders and the Butchers / Peter Wolf Crier)

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Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 1:41:21]
01. Done Got Old
02. Out at Sea
03. Onions
04. Witchypoo
05. Blue Day
06. [banter]
07. Into the Open
08. I Swallowed a Dragonfly [*]
09. So Quiet [*]
10. Had to Go [*]
11. All This Time [*]
12. The Mountain
13. Sway
14. Hold Your Head High
15. Swamp Song
16. Nothing Seems the Same
17. Early in the Morning
18. [encore break / banter]
19. Could Be So Happy [#]
20. Searching for the Ghost [*]
21. Gray
22. Runnin

* Zy Orange Lyn on violin
# Peter Pisano (of Peter Wolf Crier) on additional vocals

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Diamondsnake: June 17, 2010 Highline Ballroom – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

June 30, 2010
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[Photos by Johnny]

I first heard about Diamondsnake literally the day before this gig and had my interest piqued due to the inclusion in the lineup of Tomato, the drummer/lead singer from Sound of Urchin, and Moby, well-known for his electronic music.  Rounding out the band is Phil Costello, of Satanicide and Valley Lodge fame, and Dave Hill, also from Valley Lodge.  Even after perusing their website, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect: despite what you’ll hear alluded to during the concert, this was their debut and the first time they had performed in front of a live audience as a group.  With tongue planted firmly in cheek, they will invariably draw comparisons to Spinal Tap and Tenacious D.  The difference being that the members of Diamondsnake can play really well.  And by play really well, I mean play their asses off.  Phil, on lead vocals, was at times channeling Bon Scott and Bruce Dickinson and hitting notes that could shatter glass; he also strapped on a guitar or bass for a few songs.  Tomato spent the show trying to beat his drum kit into a smoldering pile of debris and nearly succeeded.  Dave, alternating between bass and guitar, played the stealth role, amazing the fans with his bass lines and 6-string chops when you least expected it.  And Moby… shredding on the lead guitar: who knew?  Topping it off are very well constructed songs; they just sound great.  Wearing their influences on their collective sleeve, I heard bits of ’70’s hard rock and metal (AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin), ’80’s hair metal/glam (Motley Crue, Poison, Cinderella) and hints of the Bad Brains/Melvins punk-metal crunch.  Add their salacious and sexy dancing girls, the Snake Charmers, into the mix and you had a good, old fashioned rock spectacle.  Not being familiar with their material didn’t matter as the crowd had no problem getting into it.  If you want biting social commentary and topics ripped from the headlines in your music, well, you’re mostly out of luck here.  But if you want to rock out and have fun, then you’re in the right place.  I strongly recommend you check out “D-Snake” if you’re in the mood for a great, loud time.

Our location in the venue was at a corner of the balcony which gave us a commanding view of the house and a direct line of sight to the P.A.  Other than the enthusiastic hollering of some attendees – which testifies to the vibe of the show – the quality and clarity of this recording is very good.  A big thank you to the staff at Highline Ballroom and especially to Diamondsnake for giving us the greenlight to record this awesome concert.  Hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “Rock and Raw”:

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Diamondsnake
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Highline Ballroom
New York, NY, USA

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Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time 1:12:20]
01. [intro]
02. We Wanna Love You
03. Switch Hitter
04. Rock and Raw
05. Lady of the Mornin’
06. Woman, Yeah
07. [banter]
08. What the World Needs Now is Rock
09. Wrong Woman to Love
10. [banter / band photo]
11. Lost
12. Yeah
13. [encore break]
14. D-Snake Riot
15. [banter]
16. Storm the Fucking Kastle
17. I Want Roll

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