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Widespread Panic: June 7, 2013 Mountain Jam IX (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 12, 2013
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[Photos courtesy of Dino Perrucci Photography]

A really great ensemble live performance unfolds like a conversation. When performers have been together as long, and achieved as much of a cult following, as Widespread Panic, fans aren’t going to be content with just great musicianship or catchy riffs. They want a set that builds a narrative through the interaction of the players, that crests and ebbs and morphs in stages. Something that takes you on a trip.

This was a wet, wet Friday night at Mountain Jam, the deluge so intense you wondered at points if you’d ever be dry again. Water flowed over everything and the mountain got turned into straight mud. But through that rain, Widespread gave a set filled with uplift, darkness, rapid-fire riffs and carefully woven jams. It was three hours of music that was thoughtfully constructed and flawlessly delivered, the perfect soundtrack to a communal night with nature and each other.

As is often the case, the highlight of the night’s set was set two, which went heavier on the psychedelic material. Kicking off with “Little Kin” things just kept stretching out as the band played a stunning “Pigeons” followed by “Disco” into “You Should Be Glad”, the perfect rejoinder to anyone who dared bitch about the rain. Saxophonist Bill Evans (whose own set was posted here yesterday) joined up for a 16-minute “Low Spark of the High Heeled Boys”, and Gov’t Mule keyboardist Danny Louis joined Evans and the band for a sick medley of “Surprise Valley”.

If you were at this show, you were soaked and probably cold. But you were also on a mountainside, with Panic to guide your night, with good feeling all around you. And that is the essence of Mountain Jam, or any of these music festivals, really — to let the music take you on a journey with your fellow fans, one that you’re better for having been on. This one was unforgettable, and in my opinion the best performance of the festival.

I recorded this set with AKG C 414 large-diaphragm microphones in the cardiod setting (and a very good umbrella!) from the taper’s section. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Widespread Panic
2013-06-07
Mountain Jam IX
Hunter, NY

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

AKG C 414 B-XLS (cardiod)>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, imaging, exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 2:53:19]

SET 1
01 Give
02 Ribs & Whiskey
03 Happy
04 Blue Indian
05 Good People>
06 Me and the Devil Blues
07 One Arm Steve >
08 Jack
09 Proving Ground >
10 Junior —

SET 2
11 [tuning]
12 Little Kin>
13 Pigeons
14 Disco>
15 You Should Be Glad —
16 Low Spark of High Heeled Boys*
17 Surprise Valley> **
18 Drums>
19 Papa Legba >
20 Surprise Valley
21 Protein Drink>
22 Sewing Machine
23 [encore break]

ENCORE
24 Expiration Day
25 Travelin’ Light

* w/ Bill Evans (sax) and Danny Louis (keys)
** w/ Bill Evans (sax)
— Disc break if you are making CDs

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Dinosaur Jr.: December 1, 2012 Terminal 5 – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 7, 2012
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[Photos courtesy of Dana (distortion) Yavin.  See more of her excellent work HERE.]

Here at NYCTaper, we have a special place in our hearts for Dinosaur Jr. Not only do they make outstanding music and have chops second to none but they have long supported the taping community, making several appearances on this website including one of the first recordings posted here. We were particularly ecstatic when the original lineup of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph reunited in 2005 and have since released three superb albums. In the interim, we have done our best to capture as many of their concerts as we can but none of us grasped the full extent of what we were in for when they announced this celebratory show marking the 25th anniversary of the seminal and influential ‘You’re Living All Over Me‘ album. In addition to playing the disc in its entirety, allusions were made to many other tracks and “special friends” making an appearance. We wound up being clobbered with a setlist and guest lineup worthy of an alt/indie-rock uber fan’s wet dream: Lee Ranaldo and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Frank Black from the Pixies, Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Dale Crover from the Melvins, Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, Kyle Spence from Harvey Milk, Kurt Vile, Al Cisneros from Sleep, Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Suzanne Thorpe of Mercury Rev, Don Fleming, Dante Ferrando, John Petkovic and Fred Armisen. On a night with more highlights and jaw-dropping performances than one can count, there was a wonderful interplay between all the artists and a realization by the crowd that this concert was to be savored. Thank you J, Lou and Murph for the awesome holiday gift you honored us with. It was an extraordinary way to begin drawing this year to a close.

Thanks to Dinosaur Jr.’s management and the team at Terminal 5, we were given the opportunity to set up and record from the dead-center spot towards the back of the floor. With such an ideal location, acidjack and I ran three distinctly different microphone configurations in an effort to ensure the best possible recording we could make: Milab VM-44 Links (DIN) and AKG C 414 B-XLS’s in both Blumlein and M/S configurations. The results are uniformly excellent so we are offering all three sources for download. We certainly hope you like what you hear as much as we did. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Dinosaur Jr., Brian Schwartz and Daniel Mapp for making this recording possible, and to Mike and the staff at Terminal 5 for their courtesy and cooperation.

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Source 1: Milab VM-44 Link (DIN)
Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]
Direct download of the complete show in FLAC [HERE]

Source 2: AKG C 414 B-XLS (Blumlein)
Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]
Direct download of the complete show in FLAC [HERE]

Source 3: AKG C 414 B-XLS (M/S)
Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]
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Dinosaur Jr.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Terminal 5
New York, NY, USA
(opener: Kurt Vile and the Violators)

Source 1: AUD > Milab VM-44 Links (cardioid DIN) > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Source 2: AUD > AKG C 414 B-XLS’s (Blumlein) > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage for Sources 1&2: R-44 > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > TLH (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )

Source 3: AUD > AKG C 414 B-XLS (FOB, DFC, M/S) > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Edirol R-44 [OCM] > 24bit/48kHz WAV > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (decode M/S, adjust levels) > Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample) > FLAC ( level 8 )

Recorded and produced by: acidjack and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 2:17:43]
01. [intro]
02. Thumb [Suzanne Thorpe (flute)]
03. Little Fury Things [Lee Ranaldo (additional vocals)]
04. Kracked
05. Sludgefeast
06. The Lung
07. [banter]
08. Raisans
09. Tarpit
10. In a Jar
11. Lose
12. [banter]
13. Poledo
14. [banter]
15. Almost Fare [Frank Black (vocals/additional guitar)]
16. [banter]
17. Tame [Pixies] [Frank Black (vocals/additional guitar), Kyle Spence (drums)]
18. [banter]
19. Alone [Kurt Vile (additional guitar), Al Cisneros (bass), Kyle Spence (drums)]
20. [banter]
21. Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know
22. Watch the Corners
23. [banter]
24. The Wagon [Kevin Drew (vocals), Johnny Marr (additional guitar)]
25. The Boy with the Thorn in His Side [The Smiths] [Johnny Marr (additional guitar), Dale Crover (drums)]
26. Training Ground [Deep Wound] [Dale Crover (drums)]
27. tuning > jam
28. Gargoyle [Al Cisneros (bass)]
29. Crucified [Iron Cross] [Don Fleming (vocals), Dante Ferrando (drums), Graham Clise (additional guitar)]
30. Don’t [Kim Gordon (vocals), Don Fleming (additional guitar)]
31. [encore break]
32. T.V. Eye [The Stooges] [John Petkovic (vocals), Tommy Stinson (bass), Fred Armisen (drums)]
33. Start Choppin’ [Kevin Drew (additional vocals)]
34. Freak Scene

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Kurt Vile: December 1, 2012 Terminal 5 – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 6, 2012
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[Photos courtesy of Dean Keim. See his Flickr stream [HERE]]

It is hard not to be overshadowed a bit when you have the task faced by Kurt Vile and the Violators, who opened the epic Dinosaur Jr. 25th Anniversary Show last weekend at Terminal 5. But, even facing an expectant crowd yearning for J. Mascis’ guitar shredding (and that of a slew of special guests, including Kurt himself), Vile was not to be outdone so easily.  Since we last caught one of his sets opening for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s last year, Kurt has continued to rack up accolades for his Matador-released Smoke Ring For My Halo and continued to improve and develop his live sound. That was on full display here, as the band’s psychedelic guitar pyrotechnics on songs like “Jesus Fever” from Halo dominated the room. The Violators on this night included a second guitarist from another Philly band and site favorite, Purling Hiss frontman Mike Polizze, who added his own unique style to this seven-song set. Getting to check out a set from Kurt Vile before an epic two-hour plus Dinosaur Jr. show was just the first of this night’s many awesome moments.

Johnny Fried Chicken Boy and I recorded this set from the floor in front of the soundboard, in a designated taping section graciously arranged for us by Dinosaur Jr. The microphones used were AKG 414s in the “mid/side” configuration, which allows the user to vary the amount of room reflections, and gave some nice clarity to the sound of this often-boomy room. Enjoy!

The Dinosaur Jr. set was recorded and will be posted on the site shortly.

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Kurt Vile and the Violators
2012-12-01
Terminal 5
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

AKG C 414 B-XLS (FOB, DFC, M/S)>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (decode M/S, adjust levels)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Hunchback
02 Monkey
03 Jesus Fever
04 On Tour
05 Ghost Town
06 Freeway
07 [banter]
08 Smoke Ring for My Halo

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Kurt Vile, visit his website, and purchase Smoke Ring For My Halo from Matador Records [HERE].

Modern Inventors: October 7, 2012 Backyard Brunch Sessions – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 1, 2012
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[Photos courtesy of Dominick Mastrangelo]

The Philadelphia duo Modern Inventors led off this final Backyard Brunch Session of the season with a set of classic, tightly-arranged rock. The band for this event was a combination of old and new: Modern Inventors guitarist Matt Kass was previously in the well-known Philadelphia band The Brakes, and he was joined for this show by two of his former bandmates, Zach Djanikian (Ukelele bass) and Spence Cohen (drums/percussion). Seeing the band for the first time, I wouldn’t have guessed that they didn’t always play in this configuration – these four players clearly found their groove quickly. Modern Inventors vocalist/guitarist Josh Benus, who met Kass when Kass produced an album for him in 2007, comes across as vocally effortless and beyond his years. The band is preparing an album, Trains and Aeroplanes, for December release, and spending their time until then playing the material live at shows on the East Coast, with a tour planned following the record’s release that may well include Djanikian and Cohen in the touring unit. We are streaming the band’s debut single, “Hello” below, which was, unsurprisingly, one of the strongest of the seven songs from this set.

I recorded this set with AKG 414 large diaphragm microphones in the Blumlein configuration, which provides a rich “360 degree” soundstage, with additional reinforcement on Benus’ lead vocals. This is one of my favorite of all of my Backyard Brunch recordings.  Enjoy!

Modern Inventors have an upcoming tour date this month in NYC, when they play the Studio at Webster Hall on Friday the 23rd.  Grab your tickets here.

Stream “Hello”

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Modern Inventors
2012-10-07
Backyard Brunch Sessions
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

AKG C 414 B-XLS (Blumlein) + Audio Technica 3031 (lead vocal)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (set fades, edits)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, imaging, edits to vocal tracks)>Audacity 3.0 (tracking, amplify, light DR compression, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Penny For Your Thoughts
02 Puncture All the Wheels
03 [banter/tuning]
04 Goodbye Northbrook Drive
05 [banter/tuning]
06 Anna
07 [banter/tuning]
08 Hello
09 [banter]
10 Old Habits
11 [banter]
12 This Sign

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Thieving Irons: October 7, 2012 Backyard Brunch Sessions – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 23, 2012
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[Photos by Dominick Mastrangelo]

Thieving Irons, the current project of Brooklyn musician Nate Martinez, is a fairly gentle, vibey sort of band even in its electric format, so I was excited to see how their sound would change in a true “acoustic” setting. The band’s second album, Behold, This Dreamer! is a lovely piece of rainy-afternoon music, with gauzy production and at-times confessional lyrics that also incorporate historical and literary references. This most recent installment of the Backyard Brunch Sessions – held due to weather in a Prospect Heights apartment – gave Martinez the chance to distill his vision further, stripping his band to a duo of himself on vocals and guitar and longtime collaborator Dan Brantigan on a rare instrument called the EVI (a sort of synth trumpet, and a large component of that “vibey” sound). As a crowd gathered around with organizer David Chaitt’s spicy granola (made spicy by local Mike’s Hot Honey), Martinez and Brantigan played us eight songs that represented the range of Martinez’s current vision, all of them but two from Behold.

Two of the album’s biggest rockers, “Sleepwalking Into the Ocean” and “So Long” were among my favorite reinterpretations, not least because they differed the most from the album tracks. Even without the anthemic guitars and keyboards, “Sleepwalking” retained its resolute hopefulness and uplift; the poetry of “So Long” – possibly the album’s most memorable song – shone through, as Brantigan’s EVI provided a spare dreamscape in the background. Another of the show’s highlights, dedicated to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was a cover of the Kinks classic “Strangers”, a song that ought to resonate in a modern, more self-absorbed time. The band closed with “Gentle Hands”, a pastiche of images that, at its conclusion, suggests a longing for home.

I recorded this set with AKG 414 large-diaphragm microphones set to “wide cardiod” in an X/Y pattern (pictured below) in order to reduce the directionality and provide a more stable stereo image. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Thieving Irons
2012-10-07
Backyard Brunch Sessions
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

AKG C 414 B-XLS (wide cardiod, x/y)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (set fades, compression, adjust L/R balance, cleanup)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, imaging)>Audacity 3.0 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Babylon
03 End of September
04 Behold, This Dreamer!
05 Sleepwalking Into the Ocean
06 So Long
07 Swimming With Minnows
08 [banter]
09 Strangers [The Kinks]
10 Gentle Hands

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The Everymen: October 7, 2012 Public Assembly – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 19, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

PopMatters and a few others stole my thunder when they suggested that The Everymen‘s new record, New Jersey Hardcore, might be better understood with the word “Hardcore” first instead of last. PopMatters didn’t intend that as an insult, and neither do I. The simple fact is, this is the sort of band that revels in, rather than shies from, its home state, and the tropes The Everymen borrow from fellow Garden State artists are some of the state’s most lovable. Musically, they are not, despite some punk leanings, “hardcore” in the sense that, say, Minor Threat was. But they’re a lot of fun.

This show at Public Assembly was the band’s release party for the record, which dropped October 9 on Killing Horse Records, and most of this crowd seemed thankful the following Monday was a holiday. Gruff-voiced frontman Mike V is the band’s beating heart, its big, rough-around-the-edges lovable – yes – everyman who you’d probably be cheering for even if you’d never met the guy. But sharing that stage is a bona fide rock band that includes sax, keyboards and its own version of Pavement’s percussionist/mascot Bob Nastanovich, and one that could power through an 18-song set on a Sunday night and gave a lot of different looks in the process. Consider just one sequence of covers during this show, when the band played Bobby Vinton’s “I Love How You Love”, then Reigning Sound’s “As Long”, then Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning” – all pretty faithfully. The Billy Joel and (you guessed it) Springsteen covers came later on. But the band’s ability to mimic other bands shouldn’t take away from their original material, which also covers a lot of ground.  The leadoff track, “Dreams” showed off the band’s punk influences, as did “Coney Island High” which brought co-lead vocalist Catherine Herrick to the forefront. Other songs, like 2011’s “Ballad of Sarin” head in a different direction, with a prominent sax lead and a swing-y bounce. Much like the Garden State’s most famous artist, you get the sense that The Everymen’s main priority is putting on the most fun rock n’ roll show possible, wherever that takes them or however they need to do it. With the Jersey flag flying, the band’s encore was an extended version of “Boss Johnny & the Get Lucky”, a perfect coda to what Mike V called the band’s best show yet. Well, lucky him – it was also his birthday. As one of the audience members who had to work the next day, I took off right after the show, but when I left, there were still plenty of admirers looking to buy him a birthday shot.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Public Assembly house engineer, combined with AKG 414 large-diaphragm microphones.  Though the vocals are a tad low in the mix in the beginning, this is generally an excellent capture. Enjoy!

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The Everymen
2012-10-07
Public Assembly
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

AKG C 414 B-XLS (cardiod, DFC, PAS) + Soundboard > Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ on AUD source)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (additional EQ, exciter)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Dreams
02 [comedy]
03 With the Boys
04 Telephone
05 Ballad of Sarin
06 1000 Miles
07 Zeppole Ben
08 I Love How You Love Me [Bobby Vinton]
09 As Long [Reigning Sound]
10 Beds Are Burning [Midnight Oil]
11 Get On the Train
12 A Girl Named Lou Pt. 2
13 [banter]
14 21 Career de Valencia
15 Fingers Crossed
16 Ain’t Good Enough For You [Bruce Springsteen]
17 Dance Only, Only Dance
18 Coney Island High
19 [banter]
20 You May Be Right [Billy Joel]
21 Boss Johnny & The Get Lucky

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Lee Ranaldo: July 28, 2012 Brewery Ommegang – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

August 5, 2012
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[photo by Andrew Lowden]

The embarrassment of riches that was our trip to Cooperstown was further enhanced by the quality of the support band, someone quite familiar to NYCTaper, Lee Ranaldo. Back in December, we recorded a couple of the earliest performances of Lee’s new band (Glasslands and Maxwells), but since he’s literally been touring the world since then, we had not seen Lee since those early shows. At Ommegang, his set began while the sun was still shining, and the forty-five minute set of material from Lee’s excellent new album Between the Times and the Tides seemed to fit the scene perfectly. Of course, the abundant availability of Belgian ales didn’t detract from the enjoyment, but this was still a special set. Lee’s band was joined for a couple of songs by Wilco’s keyboardist Pat Sansone, and for almost the entire set by Nels Cline. This intense version of “Xtina As I Knew Her” was supplemented by Nels’ signature guitar style, and we are streaming it below. Lee Ranaldo will return to NYC from the just-completed Wilco tour for a performance at ATP on Pier 36, on September 21.

Of the six NYCTaper rigs running for this set, we chose to mix my Sennheiser 8040 Cardioids with Acidjack’s AKG C 414’s in the omni setting. The mix gives a nice clear signal while also capturing the full soundstage and that “outdoor feel”. While our distance from the sound source (90 feet) was not optimal, this recording nevertheless provides a true “you were there” experience. Enjoy!

Stream “Xtina As I Knew Her”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Direct download location of the FLAC files (HERE).

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Lee Ranaldo
2012-07-30
Brewery Ommegang
Cooperstown, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Soundboard Tent

Sennheiser MKH-8040 Cardioids + AKG C 414 B-XLS (Omni Setting) > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper and acidjack
2012-02-14

Setlist:
[Total Time 43:46]
01 [introduction]
02 Off The Wall
03 Angles
04 Waiting On A Dream
05 Tomorrow Never Comes
06 [Xtina intro]
07 Xtina As I Knew Her
08 Hammer Blows
09 Stranded
10 Fire Island (Phases)

If you download these recordings from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Lee Ranaldo, visit his page at the Sonic Youth website, and purchase Between The Times and The Tides directly from the Matador Records website [HERE].

The Word: June 2, 2012 Mountain Jam – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

June 30, 2012
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[Photo from the Mountain Jam Facebook Page]

With its all-star lineup of sacred steel/modern jazz/blues musicians, you can’t help but call The Word a supergroup.  Featuring Robert Randolph (pedal steel guitar), John Medeski (keyboards), and all three members of North Mississippi Allstars – Luther Dickinson (electric guitar), Cody Dickinson (drumswashboard), and Chris Chew (bass guitar), The Word don’t generally get to tour together often (although they’ve done some festival dates this summer), but when these players share a stage, it’s an event. This year’s Mountain Jam was one such moment, as the players gave us 75 minutes of classic religiously-themed pedal steel compositions, including many from their sole album, 2001’sThe Word.  The combination of the lovingly rendered compositions served up by these hypertalented musicians against the backdrop of the Catskills could fairly be called a religious experience of its own.

I recorded this set with AKG 414 large diaphragm mics set to wide cardiod mode.  The excellent house mix for this set, coupled with some post-processing, makes this my favorite of my Mountain Jam recordings (you can also download Ben Folds Five, Gov’t Mule and Givers).

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The Word
2012-06-02
Mountain Jam
Hunter, NY USA

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

AKG C 414 B-XLS (wide cardiod, 11ft, A-B)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:18:12]
01 [intro]
02 You Haven’t Done Nothin’ [Stevie Wonder]
03 Without God
04 At The Cross
05 [unknown 1]
06 I Shall Not Be Moved
07 New Word Order
08 [unknown 2]
09 Joyful Sounds>
10 Blood On That Rock
11. Waiting On My Wings>electric washboard jam*
12 I’ll Fly Away

* = w/Cody Dickinson on Electric Washboard and Luther & Robert both on Drums

Robert Randolph – pedal steel guitar
John Medeski – keys
Luther Dickinson – guitar
Cody Dickinson – keys
Pierre Wells – bass

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Givers: June 2, 2012 Mountain Jam – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

June 27, 2012
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[All photos courtesy of Dino Perrucci Photography]

We have been fans of the feel-good rock of Givers ever since we spent a balmy summer afternoon with them at the Backyard Brunch Sessions last year.  Nearly a full year later, they have seen their star continue to rise, playing large venues in NYC and elsewhere and finding favor with fans of all ages. This year’s Mountain Jam made the wise move of adding them to the roster, as Givers gave the proceedings a younger, more musically diverse flavor while still complementing the other acts on the bill. Unlike the stripped-down BBS show, this performance represented the band’s more typical stage setup, with fully electric guitars and a full drum kit for drummer/vocalist Tiffany Lamson. I was again impressed by the interplay between the smoky-voiced Lamson and the more youthful, sweet tones of Taylor Gaurisco. Unsurprisingly for a festival set, this hit all of the highlights of the band’s debut album In Light, including the hits “In My Eyes,” “Meantime” and the set closer “Up Up Up”. We also enjoyed rocking out to the band’s sequence of Talking Heads covers, when they segued from “Girlfriend Is Better” into “This Must Be the Place” and on into “Sugar On My Tongue”.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Ben Folds Five recording, with AKG 414 microphones set to “wide cardiod” mode. After some editing, the sound is good, albeit with a few spots of PA distortion early in the set. Enjoy!

Stream “In My Eyes”

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Givers
2012-06-02
Mountain Jam
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

AKG C 414 B-XLS (wide cardiod, 11ft, A-B)>Aerco MP-2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, imaging)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Saw You First
02 Meantime
03 Ripe
04 In My Eyes
05 Atlantic
06 Girlfriend Is Better >
07 This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) [Talking Heads]>
08 Sugar On My Tongue [Talking Heads]
09 Ceiling Of Plankton [Talking Heads]
10 Up Up Up

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Ben Folds Five: June 2, 2012 Mountain Jam – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

June 11, 2012
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[Photos courtesy of Dino Perrucci Photography]

As someone who spent their college years in North Carolina at the turn of last century, Ben Folds Five has always been special to me. A native North Carolinian introduced me to Ben Folds’ music, and the themes in the music – romantic frustration, fear of consequences, and straight-up rage at lovers who jilt you – found natural purchase in my young self. I saw the band a bunch of times between 1997 and 2000 in my then-home state, outdoors and on the quad, at the Cat’s Cradle and the Ritz. Folds and his band never disappointed, and his confessional lyrics – delivered with catchy, approachable piano melodies and vocal harmonies – were easy to sing along to (or not, since I was usually taping). It was a fitting soundtrack to a certain time of my life, made more special because the band were local boys done good. I’m sure their songs blared in my car stereo at one point or another on every state on the Eastern seaboard.

While Folds has continued with his solo work, BFF itself had not played a show together since 2008 until they took the stage on the Saturday of this year’s Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY. The memories came flooding back quickly as Folds began to pound out the opening of “Jackson Cannery” and by “Battle of Who Could Care Less” (always my favorite BFF song) I was back in full-on nostalgia mode. The band sounded as good as ever (even if the house mix did them no favors), and they gave fans a mix of their bigger hits like “Brick”, “Battle of Who Could Care Less”, and “Army” with older favorites and deeper cuts “Where’s Summer B.?”, “Uncle Walter” and another of my favorites, “Emaline”. More than a decade after their most significant albums dropped, no band is really doing what BFF is doing (please don’t bring up Billy Joel), and it was a thrill to see them doing their thing again. Even better, Folds indicated that the band will be putting out a new release some time soon. The band will be back in NYC for a Central Park show on September 14 as well.

I recorded this set with AKG 414 large diaphragm mics in “wide cardiod” mode. The first 15 or so seconds are marred by me making some adjustments to my preamp levels. After that, the only significant flaw of this recording is the overblown house mix, in which the distortion-pedal-driven bass guitar was at times too high in the mix. With those caveats, enjoy!

Stream “Battle of Who Could Care Less”

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Ben Folds Five
2012-06-02
Mountain Jam
Hunter, NY USA

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

AKG C 414 B-XLS (wide cardiod, OTS, 12ft, A-B)>Aerco MP-2>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, EQ, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:23:43]
01 Jackson Cannery [fades in]
02 Theme from Dr. Pyser
03 Fair
04 [banter]
05 Selfless, Cold and Composed
06 Uncle Walter
07 [banter]
08 Where’s Summer B?
09 Mess
10 Battle of Who Could Care Less
11 Brick
12 [banter]
13 Emaline
14 Army
15 Kate
16 Alice Childress
17 [banter]
18 Song for the Dumped
19 Narcolepsy
20 [improv]
21 Underground
22 One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces

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