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Cian Nugent: March 9, 2016 Union Pool

March 14, 2016
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With his brand new album Night Fiction, the Irish guitarist Cian Nugent has followed in the footsteps of some of his other guitar proteges. That is, without abandoning the intricate guitar sound that brought us in to begin with, he’s also stepped to the mic as vocalist in a full band. This was Nugent’s first U.S. tour in that capacity, and the Union Pool crowd knew it, stuffing the place to the gills on a warm Wednesday night. With a crack band that includes Ryan Jewell (also of Ryley Walker’s regular outfit, among others) and Conor Lumsden, Nugent delved straight into the new material with a stirring “First Run,” one of the bluesier rock numbers in his new repertoire. As another review put it, Nugent didn’t exactly need to “find his voice,” but his new turn as a singer nonetheless felt assured. Things took a contemplative turn mid-set with the unhurried “Things Don’t Change That Fast,” one of the album’s centerpiece tracks, followed by the like-minded “Shadows.”

But if you thought Nugent was going down on a somber note, I hope you didn’t miss the show’s piece de resistance, with a surprise visit from Steve Gunn on the fifteen-minute album boogie monster “Year of the Snake.” Conjuring the magic of the stunning Desert Heat show we captured a few years ago, Gunn and Nugent traded riffs like the longtime collaborators they are, with both clearly feeling the energy of the room and the night. It was an absolute barnstormer of a song, with the two players so far in the zone you almost hoped it wouldn’t end. Cian will be back in town on April 9 at Alphaville — be sure to see him there.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from Union Pool engineer Robert. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Stream the show (minus banter):

Cian Nugent
2016-03-09
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK5 (A-B, DFC, at SBD) + Soundboard (engineer: Robert)>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, adjust balance of SBD, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 First Run
03 [banter1]
04 Lost Your Way
05 [banter2]
06 Things Don’t Change That Fast
07 Shadows
08 [banter3]
09 Year of the Snake *

* with Steve Gunn on guitar

If you enjoyed this recording, check out Cian Nugent on Facebook, and buy Night Fiction from Woodsist.

 

Cian Nugent: February 19, 2014 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

February 25, 2014
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[Photo by acidjack]

I first saw Cian Nugent live last September at Hopscotch Music Festival, where we had the pleasure of seeing multiple sides of him both as a solo artist and with his “supergroup” Desert Heat. To date, the Irish guitarist hasn’t played regularly in the U.S., so there was no way I was going to miss him supporting fantastic new album at Union Pool. Here, the faithful were rewarded with Nugent working through solo versions of several standout tracks from his latest, Born With The Caul, as well as material from the seven inch release “Hire Purchase”, the only electric number of the night. The Wednesday night crowd rewarded Cian’s focus and concentration with an ample amount of their own, turning this sometimes-raucous room into a reverent space. With any luck, the reception from this tour will bring Nugent back to New York more frequently. This great artist’s catalog has much more ground to cover, as Pitchfork so presciently observed in a Marc Masters/Grayson Currin “Out Door” post recently.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by Union Pool’s head engineer Ian MacCarthy, together with Schoeps MK41 microphones to provide mild room ambiance. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Double Horse”

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Cian Nugent
2014-02-19
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Ian MacCarthy) + Schoeps MK41 (A-B, PAS)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (effects, align, mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, dither, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 The Ceremony
03 [banter – long story]
04 Grass Above My Head
05 [banter2]
06 Hire Purchase
07 [banter3]
08 Double Horse

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Cian Nugent, like him on Facebook, and purchase Born With the Caul directly from No Quarter Records.

Cian Nugent: September 7, 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival, Fletcher Opera Theater (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 18, 2013
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[Photo by Ross Grady]

Everyone ought to pause once or more at a festival full of big, bombastic noisy bands to revel in the simple beauty of a solo player who is expert at his instrument. Such was the case for those lucky enough to witness Cian Nugent‘s performance at the Fletcher Opera Theater during Hopscotch Music Festival, where the Irish guitarist wowed a pin-drop quiet crowd eagerly anticipating a rare U.S. show. Like virtually every solo acoustic guitar player, Nugent earns comparisons to masters like John Fahey, but the combination of the influence of his home country and the American heartland gives Nugent’s compositions a different flavor than the work of U.S. contemporaries like Danny Paul Grody or Daniel Bachman. Those craving some electric non-solo Nugent would be wise to check out the Desert Heat (Nugent, Steve Gunn, John Truscinski and Jason Meagher) set we posted here, as well as his outstanding upcoming release on Brooklyn label No Quarter, Born With the Caul, which you can pre-order now.

This set was recorded by North Carolina taper Larry Tucker with Peluso cardiod microphones, and the sound is quite good. Enjoy!

Stream “Grass Above My Head”

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Cian Nugent
2013-09-07
Hopscotch Music Festival
Fletcher Opera Theater
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded by Larry Tucker
Produced by Cory Rayborn

Peluso CEMC6/CK4 (Cardiod)>Fostex FR2-LE>24bit/48kHz WAV>Cool Edit Pro>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Grass Above My Head
03 [banter]
04 Hire Purchase (Part I)
05 [banter]
06 Rathsallagh Rose
07 [banter]
08 Double Horse

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Cian Nugent, like him on Facebook, and pre-order Born With the Caul directly from No Quarter.

Desert Heat: September 6, 2013 Three Lobed Recordings/WXDU Day Show, King’s (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 26, 2013
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[Photo courtesy of Tim Bugbee at Tinnitus Photography]

You know it’s something very, very special when Steve Gunn and John Truscinski (who plays with Gunn in Gunn-Truscinski Duo and their new trio arrangement) team up with Irish guitar phenom Cian Nugent and Jason Meagher (of, among others, No Neck Blues Band and D. Charles Speer & the Helix) for the North American debut of their collaboration Desert Heat. Hopscotch Music Festival is always a special time, but what drew me back for a second year, and will again for a third, was the Three Lobed Recordings/WXDU day show, held again this year at King’s Barcade. Among several rare collaborations and one-time appearances, Desert Heat was one of the most hotly anticipated, and by the time these players took the stage, the medium-sized venue had a line out front. Give it one listen and you’ll hear why; Gunn and Nugent are among the most creative and exciting guitarists and songwriters of this era, and both were on fire for this special performance that showed off the A side from the new Cat Mask at Huggie Temple 12-inch, the band’s sole release, before delving into some unknown territory with a new long form jam currently titled “Desert Whythe”. To top it all off, the band tore through Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin'” with their own special wall-of-guitars twists, with Gunn handling the vocal duties. On a day filled with outstanding performances (many of which will be shared here over time or released by Three Lobed), this was undeniably one of the highest of the highlights.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed that I customized for both this recording and the simulcast on Duke University’s radio station WXDU, plus Schoeps MK4V microphones right at the stage lip. The sound quality is outstanding; easily one of a handful of the best recordings I have ever shared on this site. Enjoy!

Stream and download MP3s of the full set: 

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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[Photo courtesy of Mark Johnson via the Three Lobed Facebook Page]

Desert Heat
2013-09-06
Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (custom stereo mix)>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjustments)>Izotope Ozone 5 (tube effect, EQ)>Audacity 2.03 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Cat Mask at Huggie Temple
03 [tuning]
04 Desert Whythe
05 Oh! Sweet Nuthin!

Players: 

Steve Gunn – Guitar, Vocals
Cian Nugent – Guitar
Jason Meagher – Bass
John Truscinski – Drums

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT THESE ARTISTS by visiting their websites and purchasing the new very limited edition Cat Mask At Huggie Temple 12″ directly [HERE]. For U.S. orders, you can also try contacting your local record store or e-mailing Bull City Records in Durham, NC. You can also buy Gunn-Truscinski and Steve Gunn records from Three Lobed and Gunn’s latest from Paradise of Bachelors. Support WXDU by donating and listening to their station!

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