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Craig Finn: February 29, 2012 Mercury Lounge (Early Show) – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

March 2, 2012
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[photo courtesy of Geoffrey at According to G]

Craig Finn’s first solo album Clear Heart Full Eyes is a significant departure from his eight years in The Hold Steady. Its a relaxed country album produced in Texas that has a demo feel. Finn’s storyteller style fits well in this genre, and as a result the new record has been well received. For the tour in support, Finn has put together a band of ringers that he has labeled “Some Guns”, after his song of the same title (streaming below). While the band includes a lead guitar and a lap-steel guitar, the live performance has a greater rock feel than the album. At Mercury Lounge on Wednesday night, Craig Finn played two shows and we caught the early one. Late in the tour and back home, the band was both tight and celebratory. As is his live tradition, Finn spoke candidly to the crowd and his between song stories and banter were compelling and entertaining. Also familiarly, the reworked full band rock versions of the Clear Heart songs have a Hold Steady feel to them, although the three-song solo acoustic mini-set was a new experience. Craig Finn has promised a new Hold Steady album later this year, but given the number and quality of the unreleased songs featured in this set, we would venture to say that he has enough strong material for a second solo album. Craig will be touring throughout March. While tour ends in Europe, there is another NYC date coming soon, at Music Hall of Williamsburg next week.

I recorded this set with the new Sennheiser MKH-8040s from the front of the soundboard in the center of the room. The three quiet songs suffer from some ambient noise (door, cups), but overall the sound is crisp and meaty. Enjoy!

Stream “Some Guns”:

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Craig Finn
2012-02-29
Early Show
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

Digital Master
Front of Board Audience Recording

Sennheiser MKH-8040 Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2012-03-01

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:13:17]
01 [introduction]
02 Apollo Baby
03 Keep On Running
04 Balcony
05 Jackson
06 No Future
07 When No One’s Watching
08 [banter – band theme songs]
09 Some Guns
10 Western Pier
11 New Friend Jesus
12 Sarah, I’m Surrounded
13 Jeremiah’s Blues
14 Dennis and Billy
15 Going To A Show
16 Honolulu Blues
17 Not Much Left

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The Hold Steady: September 17, 2011 Beekman Beer Garden – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

September 18, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Amanda Hatfield]

It was a nice bit of symmetry that Saturday night’s show at Beekman Beer Garden came exactly four years to the day since we first saw The Hold Steady. That 2007 show at the 7 World Trade Center plaza was also an outdoor downtown free event. From the very outset and through our many live experiences with the band, we have always been struck by Craig Finn’s unbridled performance style — he is unrivaled in the stage expression of love for the band’s songs. Its an infectious approach, as Finn’s energy ignites the crowd. A Hold Steady show experienced from the front of the crowd is a joyous and celebratory communal event. On Saturday in the Beekman tent, we were fortunate that our recording location was far enough towards the stage to literally put us in the middle of the frenzied crowd and maximized the experience. The show itself was undoubtedly the best Hold Steady show we’ve been fortunate to catch. The band was tight and cracking and the 90-minute-plus set contained some neat rarities among a full setlist of the essentials. The closing epic “How a Resurrection Really Feels” featured the band taking it slow and savoring the positive energy of a peak performance. It was about as poignant as The Hold Steady can get, and we have chosen to stream that superb performance below.

I recorded this set with the four microphone rig in an optimal location, inside of the front left of the soundboard cage about thirty feet from the main PA. The sound quality in the venue was remarkable, and we were also free from any outdoor elements. The result is an excellent recording. Enjoy!

Our sincere thanks to brooklynvegan and the Hold Steady crew for their many courtesies on this night.

Stream “How a Resurrection Really Feels”:

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The Hold Steady
2011-09-17
Beekman Beer Garden
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Inside Soundboard Cage
Thirty Feet from Stage

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2011-09-18

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:34:26]
01 Ask Her For Adderall
02 Massive Nights
03 Constructive Summer
04 Hot Soft Light
05 Hurricane J
06 Girls Like Status
07 Sequestered in Memphis
08 The Swish
09 The Sweet Part of The City
10 You Can Make Him Like You
11 Rock Problems
12 Magazines
13 Chips Ahoy
14 Stuck Between Stations
15 Stevie Nix
16 Lord I’m Discouraged
17 The Weekenders
18 Your Little Hoodrat Friend
19 Southtown Girls
20 Slapped Actress
21 [encore break]
22 Ride On [AC-DC]
23 Stay Positive
24 How a Resurrection Really Feels

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