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Mikal Cronin: May 5, 2015 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 13, 2015

[photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

Mikal Cronin is a master of power pop, combining the Big Star sound with punk’s rawer side. His latest for Merge RecordsMCIII, finds the Ty Segall affiliate more in the “pop” camp than ever, with spit-shined production and chorus after chorus that you can’t forget. This show at Bowery Ballroom celebrated the release of MCIII, but found Cronin skipping around his catalog, everything from the MCII favorite “See It My Way” to “Apathy”, “Green and Blue” and others from his debut.

Since we last saw him at Hopscotch in 2013, Cronin has grown even more comfortable at center stage, commanding the sold-out house throughout the night. The new album is an evolution for Cronin, taking him further from the fertile San Francisco garage-rock camp from which he came and further into music’s most accessible realms, and it seems to be working for him. Perhaps the strongest performance came mid-set, when “Feel Like” caught everyone’s ear. It’s a straightforward song both musically and lyrically, and it’s also impossible not to hum for days after. This music practically screams to be heard at summer festivals, in car stereos, at lake- and beach-houses. And, I suspect it will be.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod micrphones and a soundboard feed from Bowery’s very own Kenny. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Mikal Cronin
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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Schoeps MK41V (LOC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny)>>Edirol R-44 [oCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:01:56]
01 Turn Around
02 Made My Mind Up
03 Apathy
04 Am I Wrong
05 Say
06 Feel Like
07 Weight
08 Get Along
09 Control
10 Shout It Out
11 See It My Way>
12 ii) Gold
13 Circle
14 [encore break]
15 Change

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Mikal Cronin, like him on Facebook, and buy MCIII directly from Merge Records.

Mikal Cronin: September 6, 2013 Pour House, Raleigh, NC (Hopscotch Music Festival) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 11, 2013

[Photos by acidjack]

For the second year in a row, I joined my friends in Raleigh, North Carolina for the Hopscotch Music Festival, which finds top North Carolina-based talent (and the talent from many of North Carolina’s most famous labels) rubbing shoulders with giants of the national and international music scene.

Mikal Cronin happens to be from San Francisco rather than NC, but he’s also one of the hottest acts this year on Durham, NC’s Merge Records for good reason. With his new MCIIMikal established himself as a master of well-crafted power pop with his best work to date. He’s had exposure to some of the best in the field — including touring as part of Ty Segall’s band over the past year — but Cronin is very much his own man. As one would have to be with two well-regarded albums and a slew of seven inches and other output to their credit.

This show at Raleigh’s Pour House Music Hall proved to be the perfect way for Hopscotch revelers to end their second night. What sets Cronin apart almost immediately is the musicianship of he and his band, as they careened through thirteen tracks split between MCII and his Trouble In Mind debut, Mikal Cronin. Cronin isn’t the type to mug for attention — he set himself off to stage right, decidedly out of the spotlight — but anyone in the room that night couldn’t help but pay attention (even if you can hear people partying in the background of the recording). Of the standout tracks of the night, I was partial to “See It My Way”, streaming below, a perfect burst of a song that echoes predecessors like Sloan, Redd Kross and the band that made what Cronin identified at one point as his favorite album, Nirvana.

I recorded this set with my new Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones and a soundboard feed by the longtime Pour  House engineer, Jac. As most instruments were running through on-stage amps, this recording favors the audience mics and picks up a bit more crowd, but overall, the recording is excellent. Enjoy!

Look for more many more Hopscotch Music Festival recordings to appear on this site in the coming weeks, as well as on future official releases on Three Lobed Recordings.

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Mikal Cronin
Hopscotch Music Festival
Pour House
Raleigh, NC USA

Schoeps MK4V>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jac)>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjustments)>Izotope Ozone 5 (tube effect, EQ)>Audacity 2.03 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Is It Alright
02 Situation
03 Apathy
04 Am I Wrong
05 [banter1]
06 You Gotta Have Someone
07 Get Along
08 Weight
09 See It My Way
10 Shout It Out
11 Again And Again
12 Change
13 Green and Blue
14 Gone

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Mikal Cronin, like him on Facebook, and buy MCII directly from Merge Records.

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