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Vetiver: September 13, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

September 21, 2011
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[Photos courtesy of JC McIlwaine.  Check out his photography page here.  More of his Fruit Bats concert photos, and a review of the show, are available at Bowery Ballroom’s “House List” site here]

It’s hard to have a truly great time at a concert without a headliner that kills it.  But an almost-equal treat is catching an opener that you haven’t seen on tour before, whose music you don’t really know, and who equals or even surpasses the headliner.  Such was the case with this nearly co-headlining (in terms of length) set by the San Francisco band Vetiver, who opened the Bowery Ballroom for the Fruit Bats (that recording here). In fairness, the bands aren’t entirely separate entities; Fruit Bats frontman Eric Johnson has also played in Vetiver, and joined them during this show for “I Must Be In A Good Place Now.”  But despite the range of collaborators (which also include Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newson, Hope Sandoval and Johnson), Vetiver is first and foremost the brainchild of songwriter Andy Cabic, who has been performing with this band since 2004. Utilizing elements of the breezy, 60s-inspired sound big these days among the likes of Kurt Vile and the War on Drugs (and tagged, like anything even vaguely so, with the prefix “psych-“), and more traditional Americana and roots music (“Wishing Well” could just about be the Grateful Dead), Cabic’s songs are well-crafted and timeless in the best of ways. “Can’t You Tell”, from the band’s latest, The Errant Charm, is beautifully paced, riding a bouncy organ riff and head-bobbing backbeat.  I was also instantly charmed by “It’s Beyond Me”, another track from the new record, a slow-burner that manages to have a deliciously anthemic feel despite never cranking the volume to 11.  You can imagine Vetiver fitting in well in a lot of different settings – with various permutations of the indie set, with the folk crowd, with the Wilco fans – but this combo with the Fruit Bats was a particularly strong one, making for a perfect night of music.  The Fruit Bats closed it out strong, but it wouldn’t have been possible without Vetiver.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed and the DPA microphones, and the resulting pull is even better than the Fruit Bats recording. Enjoy!

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Vetiver
2011-09-13
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (EQ, effects, mixdown, smooth peaks, amplify and balance, downsample to 44.1kHz)>Audacity (tracking)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Wonder Why
02 Streets of Your Town [Go-Betweens]
03 Strictly Rule
04 Hard to Break
05 Right Away
06 Everyday
07 It’s Beyond Me
08 You May Be Blue
09 I Must Be In A Good Place Now*
10 [banter]
11 Rolling Sea
12 Wishing Well
13 Can’t You Tell
14 More of This

* w/ Eric Johnson from Fruit Bats

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Fruit Bats: September 13, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

September 20, 2011
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[Photos courtesy of JC McIlwaine. Check out his photography page here. More of his Fruit Bats concert photos, and a review of the show, are available at Bowery Ballroom’s “House List” site here]

What a pleasure it is to see a band that knows what it wants, does it well, and draws a wide audience while doing it.  The Fruit Bats, another of several Chicago bands to be on the site of late, manage the difficult feat of making upbeat, canny music that is familiar but wholly their own.  “That was like a little bit of Bowie, a little bit of David Byrne and I think like a little bit of Dave Matthews… and a whole lot me” band founder, frontman and leading light Eric Johnson says as the finish the song “Dolly” early in this Bowery Ballroom set.  And while he’s being a bit self-effacing (as Johnson often is), the kernel of truth there is apparent in the band’s live show.  Johnson’s sweet voice and Midwestern affability, combined with his natural ear for the pop hook, make the Fruit Bats a very approachable band, one that reminds you of the good things you like about your favorites, and maybe music in general.

The band was back at Bowery touring behind their new release, Tripper, which follows 2009’s The Ruminant Band.   TRB was considered a high watermark for the band, with some outstanding songs that were represented on this night like “Feather Bed” (which recalls a young Elton John as much as anything I’ve seen in awhile), “Joy To the World” (performed this night as a solo number), and “Flamingo.”  But based on their live renditions, it is to early to sell the new record short, either – witness “Tangle and Ray” or “Heart Like An Orange” for example, which hold their own with anything in the band’s catalog.  Although the Fruit Bats are essentially a Johnson solo project in terms of the recorded output, his touring outfit plays together like a veteran band, with the casual competence that comes from years of working together.  Johnson’s good-natured crowd banter, and the introduction (for many of us) of the new songs made for an excellent night.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by the Fruit Bats’ sound engineer, together with DPA microphones.   The results are, as usual with Bowery, excellent.  Enjoy!

The Vetiver set was also recorded and will be posted soon.

Stream “Heart Like An Orange”

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This recording is now available for download in FLAC or MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

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Fruit Bats
2011-09-13
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (EQ, effects, mixdown, smooth peaks, amplify and balance, downsample to 44.1kHz)>Audacity (tracking)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 The Blessed Breeze
03 Tony the Tripper
04 Heart Like An Orange
05 [banter]
06 Dolly
07 [banter]
08 Lives of Crime
09 Feather Bed
10 Tangle and Ray
11 Being On Our Own
12 Singing Joy to the World
13 Flamingo
14 Legs of Bees
15 Primitive Man
16 Tegucigalpa
17 When You Love Somebody
18 [encore break]
19 You’re Too Weird
20 The Ruminant Band

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