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Futurebirds: November 12, 2015 Bowery Ballroom

December 10, 2015


It’s been a satisfying few years for the Futurebirds, as we’ve watched them grow from Union Pool headliner to solid opening band to second stage at Mountain Jam to 2013 at the Bowery Ballroom. This show at the latter venue found the band doubling down on their strengths, as they jammed out their signature brand of country-inflected, booze-friendly Americana in front of an audience who knew and appreciated what they were in for. As their popularity has grown, the Futurebirds haven’t made the mistake that some bands do of overcomplicating things; if you listen to 2015’s Hotel Parties, you’ll find a good bit of stylistic and subject matter similarity with Hampton’s Lullaby, the six-year-old album that started it all. Perhaps that’s part of why, in an age where most bands are lucky to get an approving corporate blog mention or two, the Futurebirds have an entire fansite dedicated to them, and going to their shows has even become a verb (“birding”).

What has grown since the first time we saw the band in 2011 is their level of confidence, earned through that same relentless touring that’s responsible for the loyal fan base. This show found them the most comfortable and in control as we’ve seen them yet, as they ripped through new songs “twentyseven” and early number (an inspired, extended run through “Ski Chalet” alike. Futurebirds are a band that’s able to both bring the party and keep things musically in their lane, and based on this evening, we expect their success to continue.

Eric PH recorded this set with AKG 460/ck61 cardiod mics and a soundboard feed from Bowery legend Kenny. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH
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Soundboard (engineer: Kenny) + AKG C480B/CK61 (FOB, PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades, track) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:25:21]
01 Paranoia Letters
02 twentyseven
03 Battle for Rome
04 Rodeo
05 Death Awaits
06 For You
07 Johnny Utah>
08 Happy Animals
09 Man With No Knees
10 Xmas Drags
11 Powderfinger [Neil Young]
12 Serial Bowls
13 Hotel Parties
14 [encore break]
15 Ski Chalet (w/ “Shake It Loose” jam)
16 Six Days On the Road [Dave Dudley]

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Futurebirds: June 7, 2013 Mountain Jam IX (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set

July 2, 2013

[Photos by acidjack]

The Futurebirds have built a following in the grand tradition of rock bands of yore — touring like hell and putting on a solid show at each stop, whether they’re the headliner or the undercard. Thus, we’ve gone from seeing them at Union Pool (capacity: 100) as headliner in 2011 to opener for Heartless Bastards at Irving Plaza in 2012 to headlining Bowery Ballroom in 2013. Color me less than surprised that the Mountain Jam organizers — eager to broaden that festival’s base beyond the purely “jam band” scene but wanting to stock the fest with acts whose live show could pass muster — added Futurebirds to the bill. While being on the smaller Healey Brothers indoor stage may not have seemed like a blessing at first, this Friday of the festival had non-stop torrential rain from afternoon until late night, meaning this set gave fans an opportunity to not only see a great act, but to get dry for a bit. Those smart enough to do so got sixty solid minutes of Futurebirds, in a set that hit many of their live show highlights like “M J D”, “Battle For Rome” and “Virginia Slims” and left fans wanting more. Dressed in rain ponchos they didn’t bother to take off, the band’s energy and enthusiasm made a strong argument for an invite to the bigger stage next year.

I recorded this set with MBHO microphones at the soundboard. This room had a sub-optimal design for live sound, especially at the relatively long distance from the stage where I was setup. Further, there is some crowd chatter that can be heard from time to time. While this recording is not up to the standard of the site’s other three Futurebirds recordings, it is a worthwhile listen. Enjoy!

This NYCTaper recording is being hosted on the Live Music Archive.  You can stream the entire show by clicking the song titles below or download it via the links provided.

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Healey Brothers Stage
Mountain Jam IX
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

MBHO KA200N>MBP603>Roland R-26>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.03 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time
01 [intro]
02 Tanlines
03 Sam Jones
04 Serial Bowls
05 Battle For Rome
06 Virginia Slims
07 Johnny Utah
08 [banter]
09 M J B
10 [banter2]
11 Wild Heart [Stevie Nicks]
12 Yur Not Ded

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Futurebirds: October 27, 2012 Irving Plaza – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 9, 2012

[Photos by acidjack]

Futurebirds continue to broaden their audience and appeal, as the Athens, GA band refines their live sound and, of course, books opening slots with well-loved acts like the Heartless Bastards. When I caught them last year at Union Pool, the venue and the atmosphere gave the proceedings a more boozy, party-band vibe. That isn’t necessarily untrue of this Irving Plaza set – it was Halloween weekend, the band was the only one of the night’s acts to roll in with Halloween costumes, and the crowd was drinking plenty – but the bigger stage and sound system gave the band a more commanding presence. Here, their music had a bit more of an epic scope, so much so that they reminded me of a pedal steel-playing, more countrified version of fellow Southerners My Morning Jacket. The band, whose last record is a live album that documents the strength of their live sound, is using these Heartless Bastards shows to work out new material, and three of those as-yet-unnamed tunes were on offer on this night. Together with regular tour classics like their cover of Stevie Nicks’ “Wild Heart” and “Johnny Utah”, this show reaffirmed my view that we’ll be seeing more of Futurebirds in the years to come.

I recorded this set with MBHO KA200N cardiod microphones from the center of the floor. Despite the challenges of the boomy room, with some TLC the recording is quite good. Enjoy!

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Irving Plaza
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

MBHO KA200N (FOB, DFC, PAS)>MBP 603a>Aerco MP-2>Sony PCM-M10>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [new song 1]
02 Battle For Rome
03 [new song 2]
04 M J B
05 [banter]
06 Johnny Utah
07 [banter]
08 [new song 3]
09 [banter]
10 Wild Heart [Stevie Nicks]
11 Ski Chalet

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Futurebirds: February 26, 2011 Union Pool – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

March 1, 2011

All Southern rock is drinking music to some extent, and that was certainly the case this past Saturday night at Union Pool in Brooklyn as Athens, GA’s Futurebirds played to a packed, rowdy house. The band came on the scene in 2009 with a self-titled debut EP that showed significant promise, following that up in 2010 with their full-length debut, Hampton’s Lullaby and a visit to SXSW. Keeping company with bands like Drive-By Truckers (as well as Brooklyn favorites Motel Motel), Futurebirds play music that incorporates classic country elements but reaches a broader audience, partly on the strength of their songwriting, but also by signaling that they are more than simple nostaglists. Futurebirds songs serve up heavy doses of pedal steel and banjo (see “Johny Utah” for example) but they also reference the broader songwriting of artists like Neil Young and even the psychedelic scene for which their hometown of Athens is rightly famous. This show came on the heels of what was no doubt a wild Friday night at Mercury Lounge, and the band seemed ready for another big weekend night, giving us a high-energy hour of singalong-worthy songs from the album and the EP, as well as an exuberant cover of Stevie Nick’s “Wild Heart.” The last two songs of the main set were the longer, slower-building “Ski Chalet” which flowed right into the all-out rocker “Yur Not Ded.” In relative rarity for a Union Pool show, the band seemed to actually respond to the howls for an encore (one didn’t seem planned) with the rocker “Americle.”

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Union Pool engineer coupled with the Schoeps microphones on the balcony. Because the acoustics of the room can be challenging, the recording leans more heavily on the soundboard feed, which was nicely balanced. All files are tagged for easy importing into iTunes. Enjoy!

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Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced for by acidjack

Equipment: Soundboard+Schoeps CMC6/Mk41>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, on balcony, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, downsample, set fades, tracking, light compression, smooth peaks, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:04:02]
01 Battle For Rome
02 banter
03 Johnny Utah
04 banter
05 APO
06 banter
07 Dirty D
08 Sam Jones
09 banter
10 Wild Heart [Stevie Nicks]
11 banter
12 The Dog
13 Red Top Girl
14 Ski Chalet
15 Yur Not Ded
16 encore break
17 Americle

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