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Alabama Shakes: June 7, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 8, 2015
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It made good sense for Alabama Shakes to end this year’s Mountain Jam, as they ended it on the highest of notes.

By the time you had sat through three or even four days of this year’s festival, you might be forgiven for wondering if anything happened musically in this country since 1972. With exceptions, there were far too many “me-too” bands so slavishly devoted to their heroes that they could only impress the crowd by covering well-known songs by bands superior to them. Consider some of the headliners: Friday, a washed-up warhorse from a legendary 70s act was followed by … a band covering Dark Side of the Moon and other Pink Floyd songs. Saturday, a knockoff of a band from the late 90s-2000s played its bloozy bar rock songs best known for their hard-hitting impact on TV commercials and the opening credits for an HBO sitcom. Just before that band came on, the act before them played a bunch of Beatles and John Lennon songs.

Alabama Shakes could have been nothing more than a “me too” band, and would have been a striking one. There’s no question that Brittany Howard’s vocal style owes a debt to Etta James, Janis Joplin and several others, but what Howard and her band have accomplished with their second album, Sound & Color, moves them firmly into a different class. The band has taken the pieces they already had — a love of classic rock and soul, a cohesive unit, and a frontwoman with an earth-shaking voice and the presence to match — and used them to create daring new songs that push the conversation forward. It’s not an accident that one of the best songs played at this show, “Future People,” uses the word future. Over and over again, Alabama Shakes’ latest work keeps proving that they want more — particularly the fellow new album tracks “Sound & Color” and “Don’t Wanna Fight.” Maybe some people were comfortable adding the Shakes to their Spotify playlists of retro sounds and leaving it at that. The Shakes were not. The Shakes — a working-class band from rural Alabama who only made it onto this stage by working like hell — took a risk.

It’s widely known that the Shakes began life as a cover band, covering 70s standards in local bars. Here, in front of tens of thousands splayed across a mountainside, Howard paused late in the set to thank the crowd for giving the band the opportunity to do what they loved doing. Their last album pulled down three (losing) Grammy nominations. If there’s any justice in the world, this album ought to win one. By the way, in a rare bit of commercial justice, Sound & Color debuted at #1 in the United States. Alabama Shakes are a cover band no more.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones into an EAA PSP-2 high-end analog preamp. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Alabama Shakes
2015-06-07
Mountain Jam, East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded by hi and lo and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (PAS)>custom cables>EAA PSP-2>Roland R-26>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, limit peaks)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:38:00]
01 Rise To the Sun
02 Future People
03 Hang Loose
04 Always Alright
05 Shoegaze
06 I Ain’t the Same
07 I Found You
08 Guess Who
09 Heartbreaker
10 Miss You
11 The Greatest
12 Gimme All Your Love
13 Be Mine
14 Joe
15 On Your Way
16 Dunes
17 Gemini
18 [encore break]
19 Sound & Color
20 Don’t Wanna Fight
21 Over My Head
22 You Ain’t Alone

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GOASTT (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger): June 8, 2014 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 12, 2014
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[Promo photo from the band’s Facebook page]

“This is the most people we’ve ever played to. That’s fuckin’ awesome” – Sean Ono Lennon

We had nothing but good things to say about The GOASTT’s performance at SXSW this year, and I’m pleased to report that their Mountain Jam debut was even more well-received. If Sean Ono Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, together with their crack band, didn’t gain some new followers out of the thousands teeming the Hunter Mountain Ski Area on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon, it wasn’t for lack of trying.

The band tore through a set focused primarily on their 2014 release, Midnight Sun, a blast of modern, Beatlesque pop that has taken the band’s sound further in the rock direction than it has ever been. These are perfect songs for this kind of afternoon, with swirling chords and dreamy choruses, all suffused with the sweetness of Ono Lennon’s voice and Kemp Muhl’s harmonies behind them. The set followed the SXSW set fairly closely, kicking off with three of the album’s strongest and hardest-hitting tracks, “Too Deep”, “Xanadu” and “Animals” before hitting a nice mid-set jam of the album’s title track into “Jardin du Luxembourg” from the Le Carotte Bleu EP. By the time The GOASTT closed things out with Syd Barrett’s “Long Gone”, the mountain was full, the sun was high, and hardly anybody wasn’t on their feet. My suspicion is that The GOASTT have many more large audiences in their future.

I recorded this set with MBHO microphones and a high-end EAA PSP-2 preamp on loan from hi and lo. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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The GOASTT (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger)
2014-06-08
Mountain Jam X (West Stage)
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

MBHO KA200N/MBP603>EAA PSP-2>Sony PCM-M10>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels, fades)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Too Deep
02 Xanadu
03 Animals
04 Midnight Sun>
05 Jardin du Luxembourg
06 Golden Earring
07 Devil You Know
08 Moth to A Flame
09 Long Gone [Syd Barrett]

Personnel:
Sean Ono Lennon – guitar/vocals
Charlotte Kemp Muhl – bass/vocals
Jared Samuel – keyboards
Tim Kuhl – drums
Robbie Mangano – guitar

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Liturgy: May 4, 2012 St. Vitus – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

May 15, 2012
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[Photos by Robert Kidd. Check out more of his excellent work [HERE]]

The band Liturgy are no strangers to controversy. And given the band’s latest change in sonic direction, the Brooklyn “transcendental black metal” band can count on more of it.

As with artists like Horseback, Liturgy, and particularly frontman and founder Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, refuse to hew to genre conventions, instead using black metal as the underpinning for their aesthetic while engaging in formal experimentation. Perhaps because of this, Liturgy find themselves the only metal band playing the Pitchfork Festival, the only metal band on Thrill Jockey, and – it can’t be avoided – the only black metal band that has ever appeared on this site. Sharing a stage with Vampire Weekend and sharing a label with bands like Tortoise and Matmos is apparently not much of a cred booster in the black metal scene. But political bullshit aside, just throw the band’s last record, Aesthetica, on your turntable or iThing, and dare to say it isn’t stunning.

Of course, one of the defining characteristics of Aesthetica was the hyperkinetic drumming of Greg Fox (who took the stage with Oneida at our 5th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, and also appeared at the Notekillers’ Jonathan Toubin benefit we covered awhile back). In September of 2011, Fox announced an amicable split from the band so that he could pursue other projects, including his solo effort GDFX and his new band Guardian Alien. One might have expected Liturgy – especially being a metal band and all – to have moved to replace Fox with a new drummer. Hunt-Hendrix didn’t. Indeed, what was once a four-piece now consists of Hunt-Hendrix, guitarist Bernard Gann, and a Macbook Pro. In case you weren’t taking notes, I mentioned that this was a band that defies convention. But what about the music itself?

As I tweeted at the time, “New @LITVRGY is genre-defying, uncomfortable-making next wave shit. You may hate but you will respect.” Listening to this recording of the show, I think that is still accurate. If you’re the type of person that likes things in tidy boxes, you’ll turn this off the second the beyond-humanly-fast drum machine beats kick in at the start of  “Pagan Dawn” from 2009’s Renihilation. What you are hearing is further from convention than the band already was, and what you’re hearing bears more weird similarity to Sleigh Bells (who the band recently toured with) than anything even remotely styled “metal” that you’ve heard before. Some people won’t be able to get past that.

But if you stick around, and set aside your preconceptions, what you hear is a brash move that could pay big dividends. First of all, the ultrafast beats make the music, if possible, even more intense than it already was, and it still rocks. Aesthetica’s “Generation”, in particular, worked well in the new format, with the beats integrating well with the dual guitar assault of Hunt-Hendrix and Gann. The crowd at the metal-friendly Greenpoint venue St. Vitus – one of the overall best venues I have been to in NYC, incidentally – seemed to agree. The band played only four songs, each a fairly long composition, with three Aesthetica tracks joining “Pagan Dawn”. In my view, this set only hinted at the new setup’s potential; once the band creates new material actually designed for this arrangement, I think they are capable of blowing the boundaries wide open. With several big festival slots on the way (besides Pitchfork, the band are also playing the more metal-oriented Orion Festival in June) plenty of fans of a variety of genres will get a chance to hear this daring new sound. I predict that the open-minded will be rewarded.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed by Nick, the house engineer of St. Vitus. Not only is this venue aesthetically spot-on (and with a great bar), but it is also one of the city’s best-sounding. I look forward to coming back.

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Liturgy
2012-05-04
St. Vitus
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41>CMC6>EAA PSP-2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>Audition (align, mixdown)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample to 16/44.1)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Pagan Dawn
02 High Gold
03 Generation
04 Sun of Light

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