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Field Mouse: October 26, 2013 Backyard Brunch Sessions – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 6, 2013

[Photo by Jordan Frazes]

Those familiar with the Brooklyn dream pop band Field Mouse and their intense, guitar-driven wall of sound might wonder how exactly they could play an un-amplified acoustic session in somebody’s backyard. Fortunately for those of us attending this Backyard Brunch Session, the only thing consistent about this installment in the series was the food.

A fully-amped combo of lead guitarist Andrew Futral and vocalist/guitarist Rachel Browne arrived at an apartment on Grand Street in Williamsburg with a guest drummer in tow and their full complement of amps. Other than the absence of bassist Saysha Heinzman, this was going to be an almost full-strength Field Mouse show. And thanks to a scheduling conflict, that wall of sound was going to be ricocheting off the walls of a medium-sized living room. Thankfully our hosts have cool neighbors, because this was not a quiet Saturday afternoon.

Since I first caught the band at Northside Festival last year, their confidence and songwriting have only gotten stronger. After releasing a series of singles, the group is laying down tracks for an album that we expect to see hit the streets next year. Several of the songs played at this session should make their first appearances on it, including the outstanding new track “Asteroid” which is streaming below. While this less-than-full complement of players doesn’t quite give you the full Field Mouse experience, it gives as close of an idea as is possible in a small room in a residential area. Besides their ability to write addictive, hook-laden songs, their trademark sense of humor was on display as well. This is one recording where I don’t advise skipping the “banter” tracks.

I recorded this set with a mid-side combination of Schoeps microphones in the center of the room, with my MBHO cardiods serving as both the vocal mic and miking the vocal PA. I have attempted to give a realistic representation of how the band sounded in the room, while trying to capture the power the band has in a larger setting. I hope you enjoy it!

Field Mouse is playing Cameo Gallery on November 23 and Piano’s on December 18. Check out their live shows.

Stream “Asteroid”

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

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[Photo by acidjack. That’s not actually the right running order]

Field Mouse
Backyard Brunch Sessions
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5 (cardiod)+Schoeps MK8 (M-S) + MBHO KA200N>MBP603>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Voxengo MSED (decode M-S)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (various effects and mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.03 (fades, tracking, compression, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro]
02 You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom
03 [banter]
04 Tomorrow Is Yesterday
05 [banter2]
06 Asteroid
07 Plate Tectonics
08 [banter3]
09 Everyone But You
10 [banter4]
11 Water In the Valley

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Field Mouse, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the links on their bandcamp page or on iTunes.

Soulive: March 12, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl (Bowlive IV, Night 4) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 13, 2013

[Photos by Jill Harrison at For the Love of Brooklyn]

The look of pure joy on the face of Booker T. Jones on this night said everything that needs to be said about why a person becomes a musician.  As he sat at the organ, settling into the upbeat groove of “Hip Hug-Her” from the Booker T & the M.G.’s album of the same name, Jones beamed. And the Brooklyn Bowl crowd — most if not all of us much younger than his 68 years — smiled back.  Jones’ music has, in a sense, already outlived him, winning the hearts of generations who never saw his original band play, who only know the original Stax Records from the Internet and (if they’re lucky), the used LP bin.  That smile on Booker T’s face, as he played that organ in the exact way that only he can, was the smile of a man who knows he is immortal.

With their Bowlive series, now in its fourth year, Soulive have easily established themselves as the premier soul-jazz act in America right now, commanding large crowds over these seven nights in Brooklyn as well as top-shelf special guests. On this Tuesday night it was the inestimable Booker T, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, and band semi-regulars the Shady Horns; appearances at some of the other shows included Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Lee Fields, Luther & Cody Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars), Nigel Hall, and more.  This set, just shy of two hours, was a bit shorter than some of the multi-set extravaganzas of the previous nights, but it made for a tight, nicely-sequenced run of tunes that never flagged and offered up one big number after another.  In addition to Booker T classics like “Hang ‘Em High” and “Born Under A Bad Sign”, the band dug into newer pop fare like Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” (also covered by Booker T on his 2011 solo effort The Road From Memphisand Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything”.  This show didn’t have the string of Beatles covers that the Bowlive we saw last year did, but tonight we did get “Something In the Way She Moves”.

Of course, no show featuring Booker T could be complete without his first classic, “Green Onions”, which closed out the main set.  Not content to leave things there, Soulive came back out one last time for a fitting finale of “Tuesday Night Squad”, which segued into a classic blues number (which I could use your help identifying).  With three nights to go, Soulive showed no sign of slowing down.  Bowlive may well be their own bid for immortality.

I recorded this set with a Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphone and a Schoeps MK8 figure-8 microphone in mid-side configuration onstage to capture the ideal width and upfront sound of the stage, plus a pair of Oktava MK-012 mics pointed at the left stack to give the recording a little flavor of the balance of the PA mix.  The results are outstanding, arguably better than last year’s Soulive recording.  Enjoy!

This NYCTaper recording is being hosted on the Live Music Archive.  You can stream the entire show by clicking the song titles below.

Download: MP3s are [HERE], 16-bit FLACs are [HERE] and 24-bit FLACs are [HERE]

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Bowlive IV, Night 4
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted at
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Thanks to Eric McRoberts for the loaner of the Oktava mics

Schoeps MK5c+MK8 (M-S, onstage, slightly ROC)>KC5>PFA>Aerco MP-2 + Oktava MK-012 (left stack, A-B)>>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ Oktava source)>Voxengo MSED (decode M-S)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, smooth peaks, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ and tube exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:53:01]
01 [intro]
02 Outrage
03 Dig
04 [banter1-intro Shady Horns]
05 Hat Trick *
06 [banter2-intro Binky Griptite]
07 For Granted * &
08 [banter3]
09 Flurries *
10 [banter4-intro Booker T]
11 Hip Hug Her * %
12 Hang ‘Em High * %
13 Born Under A Bad Sign * % #
14 [banter5]
15 Crazy [Gnarls Barkley] * %
16 Time Is Tight * % #
17 Something In the Way She Moves [Beatles] * %
18 Everything Is Everything [Lauryn Hill] * %
19 [banter6]
20 Green Onions * % #
21 [encore break]
22 Tuesday Night Squad
23 [unknown blues standard] # * %

* w/ the Shady Horns (Eric Bloom, Ryan Zoidis, James Casey)
& w/ Binky Griptite, Freddie, Mike Buckley
# w/ David Hidalgo
% w/ Booker T Jones

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT these fine artists by visit Soulive’s website and Booker T’s website and buying their records. Soulive’s albums can be found at Royal Family Records [HERE] and Booker T’s latest music (plus greatest hits) is available [HERE]

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