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The Soft Moon: February 13, 2016 Market Hotel

February 15, 2016

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Sometimes adversity breaks bands; other times it breeds strength. The Soft Moon have had more than their share of travails on this tour, the most notable being that they got robbed during their West Coast leg, leaving them with no gear or merch for the rest of the tour. Fans stepped up via their GoFundMe page, and they were back on their way bowed but not broken.

Here in New York, things haven’t been quite that dramatic, but this show still goes down as “challenged.” Venue growing pains meant some gremlins in the Market Hotel’s new sound system cropped up at the worst time, leaving the venue scrambling to get the show on track and the band without a soundcheck. By the time the band came on, there had been a few hiccups in other sets, but the show went on mostly without a hitch. Then, the sound system died at the end of The Soft Moon’s first song, “Black.”

Visibly frustrated, the band faced a choice — call it a night, or plow ahead. With almost nothing technology-wise on their side, they chose the latter, giving the crowd who’d braved sub-zero temperatures a memorable, hard-charging set that channeled frontman/creator Luis Vasquez’s rage into the conduit of their songs, dark, synth-driven postpunk dirges whose disaffection no doubt matched Vasquez’s actual mood. The band’s latest album, Sleeper, is arguably its best, and we got a fine sampling of those tracks, including “Black,” “Wasting,” and “Wrong.” The new record’s added depth was evident on the electropop pleaser from that record, “Far,” in particular.

Among the several performances of theirs we‘ve covered, The Soft Moon have never failed to draw a large crowd, and to draw them in once there, and this show continued the theme. Vasquez is a natural to watch, contorting his body as he belts lyrics that are often buried under effects. Fans crowded around him under the red stage lights, right in the impact zone for the sound system’s deep bass to catch them up in the whirlwind onstage. Once the sound was on track, so were The Soft Moon, and Vasquez was unrelenting for the rest of the set — perhaps afraid to pause too long. The crowd stayed with them, right through the pummeling encore of “Die Life,” “Want” and a new(?) track. The Soft Moon didn’t get to have a perfect night, but they can count this as another good one for those of us on the other side of the stage. For a second shot at seeing the band, come to Baby’s All Right on Feb 18.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed of Dana Wachs’ house mix, coupled with Audio Technica microphones mounted in our usual spot in the venue. Other than the general sound system issues, which we’ve removed, the sound quality is quite good. Enjoy!

The Soft Moon have upcoming shows in Philadelphia on Feb 16, New Haven Feb 17, at Baby’s All Right in NYC Feb 18. See all their tour dates here.

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The Soft Moon
Market Hotel
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Soundboard (engineer: Dana Wachs) + Audio Technica 4051 (FOB, PAS)>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:04:00]
01 Black
02 Dead Love
03 Machines
04 Parallels
05 Alive
06 Far
07 Circles
08 Zeros
09 Try
10 Wrong
11 Into the Depths
12 Tiny Spiders
13 Insides
14 Being
[encore break removed]
15 Die Life
16 Want
17 [unknown1]

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Disappears – February 28, 2015 Rough Trade – FLAC/ALAC/MP3/Streaming

March 9, 2015

[photo by enobo]

We’ve been on the Disappears train for a while now, but the band has taken things up another notch with their latest song cycle, Irreal. Backing away from the progression of the last few records, including the excellent Era from 2013, Irreal retreats into the darkness, trading some of the band’s more propulsive melodies for deeper textures and adding to the sense of gloom that’s always been a part of the band’s sound. If that doesn’t sound like the ideal soundtrack for a Saturday night to you, though, you’re wrong.

Disappears and Canadian fellow travelers Suuns sold out this double bill at Rough Trade, and anticipation had peaked by the time Disappears took the stage with the clanging, slow burn of “Interpretation”, the leadoff track from Irreal. It made for a daring but great choice, sucking the crowd in before picking the pace of with Era’s “Elite Typical”. From there, the setlist jumped across the band’s catalog, with the Irreal songs strengthening the older material by providing a change of pace and tone, giving us a chance to appreciate the layers of sound the band built up around Noah Leger’s laser-sharp percussion. But just as soon as a song like “I/O” lulls you into a trance, “Ultra” comes back and smacks you sideways. That dynamic continued for the hour, and gave the show a dimension that will serve them well on the rest of this tour. The band’s current engagements are on the West Coast, with Hookworms, which is another double bill not to be missed.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones, an Aerco custom preamp, and a dialed-in soundboard feed from the Rough Trade engineer Kam Biehl. The sound quality is outstanding, probably our best recording yet from this venue. Enjoy!

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Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Schoeps MK4V (inside SBD cage, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard [Engineer: Kam] >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, limiter, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Interpretation
02 Elite Typical
03 JOA
04 I/O
05 Ultra
06 Another Thought
07 Minor Patterns
08 Replicate
09 Irreal
10 Halcyon Days

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Disappears: April 25, 2013 Knitting Factory – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 7, 2013

[Photos by acidjack]

Chicago’s Disappears distinguish themselves by being both consistent and prolific. Since their 2010 full-length debut, Lux, they’ve cranked out one consistent release after another, from 2011’s Guider EP to 2012’s Pre-Language plus a live album. This year has already seen two more releases, the 12″ EP Kone and single-sided and limited 12″ EP A New House In A New Town. Each of these releases has offered incremental refinements to their dark post-punk sound. This show at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn was my first time seeing  Kone done live, and the title song and its b-side “Kontakt” offer some clues as to where the band’s sound is heading. Both those songs represent longer-form compositions than the tightly-paced stuff from Pre Language, but the new style works for the band, broadening their palette a bit. But fear not, this set still featured several of the band’s floor-fillers, including the one-two punch of “Replicate” and “Pre Language early in the set. There were also a handful of songs I could not identify that I believe were either new or from the A New House In A New Town EP, but any more information would be appreciated. The band also played three new songs — “Girl”, “Power” and “Elite Typical” — from their forthcoming new LP, expected late this summer. Thanks to Disappears for clearing that up, and here’s to that new record!

I recorded this set with MBHO KA200N cardiod microphones and an excellent soundboard feed of the house mix by the Knit engineer Rob and Disappears’ traveling FOH. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

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MBHO KA200N>MBP603>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard (engineer: Rob)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [unknown1] Girl
02 Replicate
03 Pre Language
04 [unknown2] Power
05 [unknown3] Elite Typical
06 Minor Patterns
07 Kone
08 Love Drug
09 Joa
10 Kontakt

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