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Govt Mule: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam

July 5, 2016
By

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[photos by Jill from For The Love of Brooklyn]

Now in its 12th year, Mountain Jam has established itself as a destination event for a wide variety of artists from a large array of styles. And yet over those dozen years, festival co-founder Warren Haynes has performed with Govt Mule for every single year — generally in the featured spot on Friday or Saturday night. This year, the Mule played the headline set on Friday after an abbreviated set by Wilco (here).

Since its his weekend, Haynes’ Govt Mule was unlimited in their time to play and performed a nearly three hour set that went late into the night. On display were the standard special aspects of the Mule Mountain Jam sets, including special guests, extended jam segments, and a plethora of covers. For this particular show, the highlight was most certainly when the Mule was joined by Marcus King and the horn section from his band for a blistering version of the Tower of Power classic “What Is Hip” that spanned a full seventeen minutes of superb multi-genre jamming.

Warren Haynes is currently on tour playing solo shows in Europe before returning to the US for several nights with the Garcia Symphonic Celebration before Govt Mule returns to touring in the Fall. All dates here.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Wilco set and the quality is equally outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Govt Mule
2016-06-03
Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Neumann TLM 102s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 2:42:12]
01 Sweet Leaf [Black Sabbath]
02 Yer Blues [Beatles]
03 Thorazine Shuffle
04 Funny Little Tragedy
05 Rebel Rebel [Bowie]
06 Larger Than Life
07 Kind of Bird
08 Captured
09 Stage Fright [The Band]
10 Hunger Strike [Temple of the Dog]
11 Dear Mr Fantasy [Traffic]
12 Hunger Strike Reprise
13 Painted Silver Light
14 Frozen Fear
15 Dyer Maker [Zeppelin]
16 Mule
17 What Is Hip [Tower of Power]
18 Hope She’ll Be Happier [Bill Withers]
19 Game Face
20 Mountain Jam
21 Game Face Reprise
22 I’m a Ram [Al Green]
23 [encore break]
24 Soulshine

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead: June 5, 2015 Mountain Jam – Flac/MP3/Streaming

June 6, 2015
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[photo by Erin]

At this point, it is apparent that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has achieved its mission of providing a fresh approach to the task of covering Grateful Dead songs. And at a Festival that has thrived on ability to provide a reliable recreation of the classic rock genre, JRAD were an easy stand-in for the greatest improvisational rock band of its era. The Grateful Dead made a one stab at the massive task of performing the band’s ultimate rock opus “Terrapin Station” in its entirety, but the performance failed to capture the majesty of the suite that owns the entire second site of the Terrapin Station album. “Terrapin” is perhaps the Grateful Dead’s crowning achievement in musical composition, but the complexity of the last half of the suite was not a task that the band had the fortitude to undertake at a live show and so it was only the first two sections that were performed consistently since its 1977 debut.

JRAD opened their set at Mountain Jam in the pouring rain with a jam that seamlessly merged with “Lady With A Fan”, the opening section of the Terrapin suite. When the band concluded the first section of the main theme and proceeded to the “Terrapin Transit” portion, it was a moment to smile. JRAD consistently takes this music to places where the original band never trod, and this was just another example — and the fun had just begun. Lead by the stunning keyboard work of Marco Benevento, JRAD took each section of the suite and transformed them into complete songs of their own. It was a breathtaking thirty-two minutes and this is a recording I’ve already sampled thoroughly four times and undoubtedly will experience many more times. The balance of this set consisted of meaty and committed versions of three more songs but the take away from this short JRAD experience was undoubtedly the complete Terrapin suite.

I recorded this set with the Neumann large diaphragm cardioids in a very advantageous location up the hill in front of the soundboard area. Considering the elements at the time of this performance, overall this is an outstanding recording. Enjoy!

Our soundboard/audience matrix recording of JRAD at the Capitol Theatre is still available here.

Download or Stream the Complete Concert at Archive.org [HERE].

Stream the Complete Show:

Joe Russo Almost Dead
2015-06-05
Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Neumann TLM 102s > Grace Designs Lunatec V3 > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:12:59]
01 Terrapin Station
02 The Wheel
03 Greatest Story Ever Told
04 Cumberland Blues

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you’ll please support these artists, visit the JRAD website, visit the JRAD Facebook page, and visit their individual websites and purchase their official merchandise. Benevento-Russo Duo [HERE], Marco Benevento [HERE], Tom Hamilton [HERE], Scott Metzger [HERE], and Dave Dreiwitz [HERE].

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: June 5, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 5, 2015
By

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[photo by Jill Harrison]

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals rescued a soggy second day of Mountain Jam with a set of big-tent, unselfconscious seventies rock. Straight off the plane from a gig with The Rolling Stones, Potter hit the stage determined to lift the spirits of this crowd. We needed it — we’d had rain dumped on us for several hours. Comfortable with her sexuality and determined to ride the line between empowerment and objectification, Potter shook her ass, shod her boots, and eventually part of her top to get this crowd awake. But really, she could’ve succeeded anyway. Potter has the kind of huge, unapologetically rock voice that isn’t likely to be a hit with ironists but can command a stadium full of people. Her latest record, The Lion, the Beast, the Beat has continued to make waves live, as we saw at the Capitol Theatre back in 2013. Its title track was the show’s second-to-last closer, and it was a highlight, as was her cover of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” that featured the festival’s self-appointed resident shredder, Warren Haynes, on guitar.

Even more importantly, Potter has been airing new material. Along with new single “Alive Tonight,” Potter played a brand-new song for the first time, called “Empty Heart.” No matter how wet we once were, Potter managed to convince everyone to surround her, summoning the sense of community that had been missing as people ran for cover. It didn’t matter if “Paris (Ohh La La)” was ridiculously over the top as it closed the set — including its multi-member drum solo — by the time it came around, Grace Potter had earned it.

I recorded this set from a nice position toward the front of the soundboard cage with MBHO cardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

This recording is hosted on the Live Music Archive.

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
2015-06-05
Mountain Jam
East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted by nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

MBHO KA200N>MBP603>Roland R-26>16bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, amplify)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:27:06]
01 Never Go Back
02 Ah Mary
03 Hot Summer Night
04 Runaway
05 Alive Tonight
06 Empty Heart [new song debut]
07 Yes We Can [Pointer Sisters]
08 Low Road
09 God’s Gonna Cut You Down [Johnny Cash]
10 Delirious [?]
11 Turntable
12 Medicine
13 Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]*
14 Nothing But the Water (I)
15 The Lion, the Beast, the Beat
16 Paris (Ohh La La)

* w/ Warren Haynes

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, visit their website, and buy their  records, including The Lion The Beast the Beat from their online store [HERE]

Gary Clark Jr.: June 8, 2013 Mountain Jam IX – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 22, 2013
By

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[photo courtesy of Dino Perrucci Photography]

It must get tiresome for black guitarists to be tagged as the “next Hendrix” with predictable regularity. Gary Clark Jr. is just the latest to receive this impossible and ridiculous comparison, including from the New York Times of all places. At best, the Hendrix comparison trotted out for every black rock guitarist is simply lazy, and at worst its subtlely racist. I suspect that a performer with the intelligence and grace exhibited by Gary Clark Jr. must sigh at the silliness of the tag, but also find it somewhat humorous at this point. We caught his excellent set on Saturday of Mountain Jam last month and the tongue in cheek acknowledgment of the comparison was a terrific run through Hendrix’s “Third Stone from the Sun” both as the intro and outro of Clark’s own “If You Love Me Like You Say”. In the seventy-five minute set, Gary Clark Jr. exhibited both the guitar chops and strong vocals that have earned him an enormous amount of authentic praise lately, too. He was selected to play at Eric Clapton’s 2013 Crossroads Festival, he performed with the Rolling Stones this Summer, and he even played at the White House for a Command Performace. When he next returns to the NYC area, it will be for a headline gig at the cavernous Terminal 5.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Govt Mule set from later in the day, and the sound is equally good. Enjoy!

Stream “Catfish Blues”:

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Gary Clark Jr
2013-06-08
Mountain Jam
Hunter Mountain NY

Digital Master Audience Recording

Neumann TLM-102s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2013-07-21

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:16:50]
01 When My Train Pulls In
02 Don’t Owe You A Thing
03 Please Come Home
04 Travis County
05 Third Stone From The Sun
06 If You Love Me Like You Say
07 Third Stone Reprise
08 If Trouble Was Money
09 Things Are Changin
10 Catfish Blues
11 Blak and Blu
12 Bright Lights Big City

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Gary Clark Jr., visit his website, and purchase his official releases from the Store at the Warner site [HERE].

Phil and Friends: June 9, 2013 Mountain Jam IX – Flac/MP3/Streaming

June 27, 2013
By

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[photo courtesy of Dino Perrucci Photography]

In the vocabulary of live Grateful Dead nomenclature, certain songs take on specific identities. Among the song labels are “jam vehicles” (“Dark Star”, “Playing in the Band”, “The Other One”) and then there were songs that were pejoratively described as “throwaways”. Among Jerry Garcia’s vices was a lazy streak. He neither wanted to play extended versions of songs he didn’t particularly like, nor did he enjoy playing complicated songs. One of the positive aspects of Phil Lesh’s live interpretation of the Grateful Dead catalog is that he corrects these two shortcomings. Phil and Friends do not play throwaways — every song played is given a full interpretation, and no song from the GD catalog no matter how difficult, is off limits. At Mountain Jam, the Phil and Friends set opened with a neat jam that segued effortlessly into “Cosmic Charlie”, a complicated and multi-layered song that the Dead retired in 1976 in large part because Garcia just didn’t want to have to play it. And former throwaways “Cold Rain and Snow”, “Midnight Hour”, and “Box of Rain” were given full workouts. Indeed, Cold Rain clocked in at nearly 20 minutes, five times longer than the standard GD version. Even Lesh’s own composition “Unbroken Chain” (streaming below), played only a dozen or so times on the last Dead tour in a perfunctory manner, was extended to nearly twenty minutes. Each segment of the song offered the opportunity for the quintet to explore and with the addition of Warren Haynes to the band for this show only, the guitar work in Unbroken was simply stunning. The audience at a Phil and Friends show also definitely gets their money’s worth — this show clocks in at nearly four full hours of music. For a 73 year old band leader, that’s a pretty amazing feat.

I recorded this set from the right side of the soundboard cage but otherwise in the same manner as the Govt Mule recording and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Unbroken Chain”:

Download the Complete show in MP3 and FLAC at Archive.org [HERE].

Phil and Friends
2013-06-09
Mountain Jam
Hunter Mountain NY

Digital Master Audience Recording

Neumann TLM-102s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2013-06-17

Setlist:
[Total Time 3:50:20]
Set One [1:38:44]
01 Jam
02 Cosmic Charlie
03 Sunshine of Your Love
04 Loose Lucy
05 Cold Rain and Snow
06 She Said She Said
07 Just a Little Light
08 Franklin’s Tower

Set Two [2:11:36]
09 Shakedown Street
10 Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys
11 Crazy Fingers
12 Low Spark (Reprise)
13 Unbroken Chain
14 Dark Star
15 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
16 The Other One
17 Wharf Rat
18 In the Midnight Hour
19 [encore break – donor request]
20 Box of Rain

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Govt Mule: June 8, 2013 Mountain Jam – Flac/MP3/Streaming

June 15, 2013
By

Govt Mule Perrucci
[photo courtesy of Dino Perrucci Photography]

As one of the organizers of Mountain Jam, Warren Haynes sure knows how to throw a party. This year was the ninth annual festival on Hunter Mountain and it was also the first time that the nyctaper crew attended the entire event, after a one-day flirtation last year. While Warren performed on various stages with a whole bunch of bands, much of which we recorded, the Saturday night performance of his main band Govt Mule is always the centerpiece of the Jam. This year the band performed two sets over a four hour period. The first set was primarily original Mule material, although one of the set one highlights was the jam in the middle of a twelve-minute “Effigy” that made a quick run through Johnny Cash’s “Folson Prison Blues”. But it was the second set where the band really shined, particularly in some stunning covers. We are streaming the Etta James classic “I’d Rather Go Blind”, which featured a stage-full of guests, including the Soulive horns, Bill Evans on sax, and guest vocals from Alecia Chakour. This song was the number one highlight of the entire festival for me personally during three days of music where there were countless highlights. Govt Mule will be on the Festival circuit for the entire summer starting in Europe before returning to the US in July.

The taping situation at Mountain Jam is certainly friendly. While the stages are at the bottom of the hill directly in front of the ski resort buildings, the tapers are in an advantageous position farther up the hill eye-level with the huge stacks. We utilized the Neumann TLM-102 cardioids for the entire festival because they are warm and full bodied in an outdoor setting. The Mule set was mixed particularly well, and the combination of the location, the mics and the house mix has yielded a simply superb recording — perhaps my best outdoor recording ever. Enjoy!

Stream “I’d Rather Go Blind” (Etta James cover):

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Govt Mule
2013-06-08
Mountain Jam
Hunter Mountain NY

Digital Master Audience Recording

Neumann TLM-102s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2013-06-13

Setlist:
[Total Time 3:15:02]
Set One
01 Broke Down On The Brazos
02 Slackjaw Jezebel
03 Rocking Horse
04 Temporary Saint
05 Painted Silver Light
06 Opium
07 Time To Confess
08 Effigy
09 Hope She’ll Be Happier
10 Funny Little Tragedy
Set Two
11 There’s No Way Out Of Here
12 I’d Rather Go Blind
13 [band introductions]
14 Scared To Live
15 Streamline Woman
16 How Many More Years
17 Drums
18 Captured
19 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
20 No Quarter
21 1983 Reprise
22 [encore break]
23 Get Behind The Mule

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Bill Evans Soulgrass: June 8, 2013 Mountain Jam IX (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Full Set Streaming

June 11, 2013
By

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[Photos by acidjack]

One of the real treats for me of this year’s Mountain Jam — and one that many missed, owing to its placement on the sidestage — was seeing the legendary saxophonist Bill Evans and his band, Bill Evans Soulgrass, tear it up from the very front of the stage. The man has recorded with everyone from Herbie Hancock and Medeski, Martin & Wood to the likes of Willie Nelson and Mick Jagger, and his solo career on its own is entering its third decade. This afternoon show found Evans and the Bill Evans Soulgrass band focusing on material from his 2011 record, Dragonfly. Evans and his band took turns on extended solos during several points in the show, and the crowd up front was right there with them. But it was the not-totally-shocking appearance of the hardest working man at this year’s festival, Warren Haynes, that brought the loudest cheers, and “Tit For Tat” found Haynes and keyboardist Danny Lewis helping to take that song to the next level. This wasn’t a set about raging the mountain, but it was exactly what it was meant to be — a loose, fun afternoon of musical interaction among players who share well-earned respect for each other and their audience.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK21 wide cardiod microphones in an ORTF pattern generously loaned to me by fellow site contributor hi and lo, in a spot almost directly in front of Evans for an “onstage” effect. Other than the occasional “woo woos” of the friendly older gentleman standing next me, who I wasn’t about to ask to be quiet, this recording is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream the entire set:

Download the entire set: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Bill Evans Soulgrass
2013-06-08
Healey Brothers Stage
Mountain Jam
Hunter, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK21 (ORTF)>KCY>Z-PFA>Roland R-26>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, imaging)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 53:13]
01 Time
02 Kings and Queens
03 [banter1]
04 Madman
05 [banter2]
06 Tit for Tat %
07 [unknown1] %
08 Feel

% with Warren Haynes and Danny Lewis

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