[photo courtesy of Dese'Rae L. Stage] [more of Dese'Rae's excellent photos here]
If there’s anything predictable about The Fiery Furnaces, its their unpredictability. The touring band continues to morph and the arrangements of the songs continue to evolve. We knew this would be another interesting Furnaces show when the nearly eight-minute opening “Navy Nurse” began with two minutes of Eleanor’s new improv lyrics, followed by a brief Mozart interlude from Annabelle, before proceeding to the song proper.
Annabelle’s multitude of melodic percussion added a nice touch to the band’s sound, perhaps a bit more appropriate than the strong presence of Kyle Hollingsworth’s brief time with the Furnaces. The other band changes were the return of Michael Goodman on percussion and Jason Loewentein‘s absence (he’s literally on summer vacation). Additionally, Matt played guitar on about half the songs — the first time he’s played guitar live in several years.
The renovated East River Park Bandshell had a great atmosphere, with an LES vibe mixed with the river surroundings. The acoustics of the shell were quite good and the amphitheatre seating offered a fine view for all in attendance. We recorded from the front rail next to the soundboard and captured an excellent recording, compromised only by the hum of the generator during quiet moments. Enjoy!
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East River Park Bandshell
New York, NY USA
Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Dead Center
Front of Board — Front Railing at 50 Feet
Neumann KM-150s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR cables > Edirol UA-5 (Oade digimod) > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge 8.0 (set fades, slight level boost, resample 16/44) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[total time 1:25:27]
01 Navy Nurse
02 Up in the North
03 Duplexes of the Dead
04 Automatic Husband
06 Single Again
07 I’m In No Mood to Comb My Hair
09 Japanese Slippers
10 I’m Waiting To Know You
11 Chris Michaels
12 Straight Street
13 Slavin’ Away
14 Philadelphia Grand Jury
15 Tropical Ice-land
16 Pricked in the Heart
17 Blueberry Boat
18 In My Little Thatched Hut
19 [encore break]
20 Benton Harbor Blues
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