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Govt Mule: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam

July 5, 2016
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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!

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Govt Mule
2016-06-03
Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

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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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Jason Isbell: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam

June 12, 2016
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[photos by Jill from For The Love of Brooklyn]

You would have been safe to assume that his 2007 departure from Drive By Truckers would have been fatal to Jason Isbell’s career, but in the near-decade since the split Isbell’s solo work has eclipsed that of the Truckers. Indeed earlier this year Jason Isbell secured his first two Grammy Awards for his brilliant 2015 album Something More Than Free and its stand out track “24 Frames”. Isbell has also split stylistically from his Truckers material, as his solo records have steered towards traditional country and roots — a more natural fit for the artist.

At Mountain Jam this year, despite his high profile Isbell was given an early evening slot during the daylight. Although he would later appear as a superb guest during the Wilco set, Isbell’s daytime set was anything but uninspired. In fact, this was one of the best sets I’ve seen in many years at Mountain Jam. The band was tight, the music top notch and the performer wasn’t holding anything back. Isbell worked through a very representative set, including all of his hits, a few rare numbers, and he even stepped back in time to do a couple of this Truckers numbers.

Jason Isbell will be touring literally all summer in US and European Festivals, outdoor gigs and some club dates. He plays Bonarroo today. All dates HERE.

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

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Jason Isbell
2016-06-03
Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

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Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:15:42]
01 Stockholm
02 Go It Alone
03 Something More Than Free
04 Twenty Four Frames
05 The Life You Chose
06 Traveling Alone
07 Decoration Day
08 Alabama Pines
09 Codeine
10 Cover Me Up
11 If It Takes a Lifetime
12 Flying Over Water
13 Never Gonna Change
14 [band introductions]
15 Children of Children

Support Jason Isbell: Website | Facebook | Purchase Something More Than Free and other Merch

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Wilco: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam – Hunter NY

June 5, 2016
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[photos by Jill from For The Love of Brooklyn]

This weekend I came across a photo of Jeff Tweedy with Bob Dylan at Bonnaroo in 2004. In the photo, Dylan is wearing a cowboy hat and looking very much like the bemused elder statesman and Tweedy is wearing a baseball cap, an exposed laminate pass and a look of a satisfied fan. To be fair, at that point in his career Jeff Tweedy had already founded one of the most influential alt-country bands (Uncle Tupelo) and carried Wilco through a series of superbly received albums and tours for nearly ten years.

Fast forward to this weekend at Mountain Jam and twelve years later its now Tweedy wearing the cowboy hat and taking the role of elder statesman. The large video screens give the crowd an ability to see closeups even if we’re fifty feet from the stage, and throughout the set it was a hoot to see the bemused look on Tweedy’s face as the Jam crowd roared for every familiar song. But like Dylan before them, Wilco’s set wasn’t just a band churning out the hits — this is an active group with new material and although Star Wars wasn’t played straight through as with the Portchester shows a few months back, the newer songs were well represented in the show, and fit well sprinkled among the familiar songs. The highlight of the set was another veteran/protege appearance, as current alt-country star Jason Isbell joined Wilco for a tremendously well played “California Stars” with dueling guitar solos between Nels Cline and Isbell. And at that high point of the set, Tweedy didn’t look bemused but truly pleased with the superb collaboration.

I recorded this set with the large diaphragm Neumann cards set up in the taper’s “section” on the hill. The sound quality absords some of the crowd chatter and some of the outdoor elements, but overall its an excellent capture. Enjoy!

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Wilco
2016-06-03
Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

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Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:37:13]
01 [EKG intro]
02 More
03 Random Name Generator
04 The Joke Explained
05 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
06 Art of Almost
07 Pickled Ginger
08 Hummingbird
09 Handshake Drugs
10 Where Do I Begin
11 Cold Slope
12 King of You
13 Via Chicago
14 Spiders
15 Jesus Etc
16 Box Full of Letters
17 Heavy Metal Drummer
18 I’m the Man Who Loves You
19 Dawned on Me
20 Impossible Germany
21 The Late Greats
22 California Stars
23 Red Eyed and Blue
24 I Got You
25 Outta Site Outta Mind

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wilco, visit their website, and purchase their Star Wars and their other releases from their website [HERE].

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Shakey Graves: June 6, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 6, 2015
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[Photos by Jill Harrison]

Alejandro Rose-Garcia, lately of Austin, seems poised for bigger stages these days as his Shakey Graves project starts to take off on the wings of its Nashville connections and blues-rock influences. Graves pulled down a sizable crowd for this set at Mountain Jam, and made the very most of it, giving a muscular full-band performance that threatened to overwhelm his latest album, And the War Came, to task. Where that album’s highlights come mostly from his collaborations with Esme Patterson — particularly on “Dearly Departed,” Shakey Graves proved that what he really needed all along was more electric guitar and a drummer who’d really hit the skins. “Family and Genus,” in particular, barely felt like the same song, with some serious soloing and the vocals to go with it. Similarly, Rose-Garcia was a natural with the crowd, sharing a confessional tale and a solid message (always be there for your friends) before launching into the new song “Tomorrow.” There was at least one other new song on offer here, along with several that don’t appear on And the War Came, but what struck me, again and again, was how much more alive this music seems in the live setting, and how much Rose-Garcia benefits from the more “full-band” sound. He would go on to play Bonnaroo a few days after this, and I have no doubt he earned a similarly large following there.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4 microphones and a high-end Sonosax analog preamp. There is some evident wind noise at points, but for an outdoor recording in these conditions, the sound quality is quite good. Enjoy!

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Shakey Graves
2015-06-06
Mountain Jam, West Stage
Hunter, NY USA

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Tracks [Total Time 58:07]
01 If Not For You (alt version)
02 The Perfect Parts>
03 Family and Genus
04 Tomorrow
05 Proper Fence
06 Roll the Bones
07 If Not For You
08 [unknown]
09 Where A Boy Once Stood
10 Dearly Departed
11 Late July

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Shakey Graves, visit his website, and buy And the War Came there.

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Gov’t Mule: June 6, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 1, 2015
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Pretty much everything to like about Mountain Jam flows from Warren Haynes and his band Gov’t Mule. As one of the original founders of the festival, Haynes and his fellow participants in Radio Woodstock built something that grew organically around the kind of music they wanted to make and to listen to. That means 60s and 70s-inspired music with improvisational leanings that usually returns to its classic rock core — a pretty apt description of Gov’t Mule. Since the festival was purchased by an app company, some of that magic has been lost in favor of the expected deluge of commercialization and lineup considerations that tend more toward packing in the day-trippers versus creating a cohesive vibe. So, as irritating as it might have been to realize that Mule would be followed by a derivative band with no business being there, it felt good to enjoy what they were doing, and be grateful that they were still giving it their all. In fact, this was Mule’s second outing at the festival, after their epic “Dark Side of the Mule” set from the night before, to go with their latest album. So, if this set was “only” two hours, Mule can more than be forgiven. Perhaps in a covering mood after the night of Floyd just before, Mule closed this one out with a slew of covers, including “Working Class Hero,” “She Said She Said,” “Tomorrow Never Comes,” and a version of the band’s own “Mule” that featured an extended jam into Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” No matter how things may change, you can’t say that Mule doesn’t respect the past.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4 microphones and a Sonosax high-end analog preamp. The sound quality is quite good. Enjoy!

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Gov’t Mule
2015-06-06
Mountain Jam, East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks
01 Railroad Boy
02 Done Got Wise
03 Mr. High and Mighty
04 About To Rage >
05 Blind Man In The Dark
06 [banter]
07 Endless Parade>The Thrill Is Gone>Endless Parade
08 Million Miles From Yesterday*#
09 Jeep On 35 >
10 Foresaken Savior >
11 Working Class Hero [John Lennon]
12 Dreams
13 She Said She Said [The Beatles]>
14 Tomorrow Never Knows [The Beatles]
15 Mule>Superstition [Stevie Wonder]>Mule

* With Nachan Taylor On Vocals
# With Elaine Kazwell On Vocals

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Gov’t Mule, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Mule Store [HERE].

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Lake Street Dive: June 7, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 25, 2015
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[Photo by Joshua Timmermans from the Mountain Jam website]

Much has changed since we saw Lake Street Dive open for the Infamous Stringdusters three years ago. Mainly, they’re a much, much more popular band. You won’t see this band, whose 2014 album Bad Self Portraits has proven to be their breakout, opening for acts at 500-capacity venues anymore, or playing “I Want You Back” to street corner passersby, as they did way back in the beginning. As is refreshingly the case from time to time, the band’s success seems to be rooted in talent — even at that show in 2012, the unit’s professionalism was clear. Though at the time I compared them to Alabama Shakes, Lake Street Dive’s south-meets-Motown style leans to the shinier, more theatrical side of things, mostly free of grit. “Theatrical” is the word that comes to mind most often with this band, who perform with both a Broadway-like precision and take advantage of Rachael Price’s similarly trained-sounding voice. Unsurprising detail: the band met at the New England Conservatory. This is what happens when a bunch of serious players and students of jazz decide to take on pop music: It’s a bit like an NFL quarterback deciding to go throw some passes with his old high school team.

That made it almost funny to hear Lake Street Dive playing to a muddy Mountain Jam field in the Catskills, delivering effortless vocal harmonies such as on “Look At What Mistake.” If the traditional “jam band” festivals revel to a degree in unpredictability, well, that’s one of many reasons this “Jam” isn’t really a jam-band festival anymore. This was Lake Street Dive’s last show of the tour, as they told us, but you’d have been hard pressed to hear a hint of weariness anywhere from the band. Price did, of course, point out that they try to “eat their vegetables” and treat themselves right on tour, and that I’d believe. She followed that statement, ironically, with the song “I Deserve To Do Something Wrong,” with its distinct Jackson 5 vibe. That was a new song written by the band’s bass player, Bridget Kearney, and it was followed by another new one, “I Don’t Care About You,” from drummer Michael Calabrese. Another plus for this band — they’re as collaborative and consistent in songwriting duties as they are in musical ones.

It wouldn’t be a Mountain Jam set without some choice covers, and Lake Street Dive chose wisely, serving up a version of Annie Lennox’s “Walking On Broken Glass” that Price knocked out of the park, as well as jamming into Van Halen’s “Jump” out of the Bad Self Portraits favorite “Bobby Tanqueray,” which itself is one of the band’s harder-rocking numbers. The band closed the set with “You Go Down Smooth,” and those words are as true of the band itself as of the lover described in the song. This is a positive, grateful group of pros who know where they came from. It’s not hard to guess where they’re headed.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a high-end EAA PSP-2 analog preamp. Given the outdoor setting  and distance from the PA, the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Lake Street Dive
2015-06-07
Mountain Jam, East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded by hi and lo and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

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Tracks
01 Bad Self Portraits
02 Stop Your Crying
03 Clear a Space
04 Look At What Mistake
05 I Deserve To Do Something Wrong
06 I Don’t Care About You
07 Use Me Up
08 Spectacular Failure
09 Elijah
10 What I’m Doing Here
11 Wedding Band
12 Walking on Broken Glass [Annie Lennox]
13 Bobby Tanqueray / Jump [Van Halen]
14 Close To Me
15 Seventeen
16 Hello? Goodbye!
17 Rabid Animal
18 You Go Down Smooth

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Lake Street Dive, visit their website, and buy Bad Self Portraits here.

Trigger Hippy: June 5, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 19, 2015
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If God was one of us here at Mountain Jam, he probably would’ve staved off the torrential rain that started falling just after this set by supergroup Trigger Hippy, which features Joan Osborne, Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, session guitarist Tom Bukovac, singer/songwriter and Black Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene and bassist Nick Govrik. The band’s sound is about what you’d expect from this combination of players — Crowes-style bluesy rock that replaces the tenor twang of Chris Robinson with Osborne, packed around some dense riffage. Along with some of the band’s originals, they played some of the day’s more interesting covers (that is to say, not just extremely popular 70s rock hits). In this case, we got Aretha Franklin and Albert Collins tunes, both of which suggest the influences that led to this band. With each artist having a complimentary background and style, this supergroup may not quite be more than the sum of its parts, but the sum of these parts was more than enough to make Trigger Hippy a worthwhile addition to this year’s Mountain Jam lineup.

I recorded this set from an optimal spot next to the soundboard cage with MBHO microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Trigger Hippy
2015-06-05
Mountain Jam
East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks [Total Time ]
01 [intro]
02 Turpentine
03 Dry County
04 Snatchin’ It Back [Albert Collins]
05 Heartache On the Line
06 When the Battle is Over [Aretha Franklin]
07 Ain’t Persuaded Yet
08 Rise Up Singing
09 Tennessee Mud

If you enjoyed this set, PLEASE SUPPORT Trigger Hippy, visit their website, and buy their debut album in their online store.

Hurray For The Riff Raff: June 7, 2015 Mountain Jam – Flac’MP3/Streaming

June 15, 2015
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[photo by nyctaper]

We’ve chronicled the rise of Hurray For The Riff Raff quite often over the last few years — so often that their appearance at Mountain Jam isn’t even the first festival appearance we’ve captured. Last year at the XPontential Fest, HFTRR appeared on the biggest stage we had seen them play yet and slayed the huge crowd. The experience at the Jam this year was quite similar, except that the band was placed higher in the bill right before the headliner Alabama Shakes (recording here). Though it was a tough spot, as the crowd seemed to be gravitating to the main stage, HFTRR played a tight hour-long set at the west stage. Opening with a “mountain” song in tribute to the Fest, the band worked through a familiar set of songs with six songs from last year’s career-changing success Small Town Heroes, a couple of older songs, and one brand new one that we first heard at the Bowery back in April.

Hurray For The Riff Raff performed at Bonnaroo this weekend, and will continue to play at several Festivals and other selected dates throughout the Summer.

I recorded this set with Neumann large diaphragm cardiods from our section up on the hill. There was some wind during this set, but the overall quality is quite good. Enjoy!

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Hurray For The Riff Raff
2015-06-07
Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

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Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 50:50]
01 Blue Ridge Mountain
02 Instrumental
03 Look Out Mama
04 Slow Walk
05 I Know It’s Wrong
06 Levon’s Dream
07 The Body Electric
08 Crash on the Highway
09 Lake of Fire
10 End of the Line
11 Ode to John and Yoko
12 What’s Wrong With Me
13 Living in the City
14 Little Black Star

If you Download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Hurray For The Riff Raff, visit their website, and purchase Small Town Heroes from the ATO Records website [HERE].

Dopapod: June 6, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 9, 2015
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[Photo by Josh Timmermans from the band’s facebook page]

For a festival called a “Jam,” this year’s Mountain Jam was pretty light on “jam” bands. Luckily, they picked one of the very finest up and comers in the genre to play a Saturday afternoon as well as a late night set. Dopapod aren’t a household name in the wider world (Rolling Stone picked them as a “best kept secret” for the upcoming Bonnaroo), but to those in the scene, they are one of the most promising improvisational bands to come along in a generation. While many of their contemporaries ply the “electronica with real instruments” tack, Dopapod feel harder to pin down and more old school, drawing inspiration from rock, jazz, prog, metal and — yes — electronic music to create something that’ll keep even non-twisted listeners happy. The foursome have a rock-solid musicality, able to flow seamlessly between improv and pre-written material in their songs (witness one of their constant epics, “Trapper Keeper,” streaming below). For my money, the band’s real anchor is keyboardist Eli Winderman, whose bank of keys is what gives the band such a wide palette to play with. This day’s set felt less “electronic” and more “funk” than some of their shows, and that worked well here. Even in the woefully short 56 minutes (their normal sets run to the two to two and a half hour range), those of us who didn’t know the band well heard a lot of reasons to pay closer attention.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4 microphones from a nice location near the soundboard. We got hit this afternoon by occasional spots of wind, but the overall quality is excellent. Enjoy!

This set is hosted on the Live Music Archive. You can find its page here.

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Dopapod
2015-06-06
Mountain Jam XI, East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded by acidjack and hi and lo
Produced by acidjack

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Tracks [Total Time 56:42]
01 Black and White
02 Sleeping Giant
03 Bluetooth
04 Upside of Down
05 Trapper Keeper
06 Bubble Brain

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Dopapod, like them on facebook, and buy their stuff from their website.

Alabama Shakes: June 7, 2015 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 8, 2015
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It made good sense for Alabama Shakes to end this year’s Mountain Jam, as they ended it on the highest of notes.

By the time you had sat through three or even four days of this year’s festival, you might be forgiven for wondering if anything happened musically in this country since 1972. With exceptions, there were far too many “me-too” bands so slavishly devoted to their heroes that they could only impress the crowd by covering well-known songs by bands superior to them. Consider some of the headliners: Friday, a washed-up warhorse from a legendary 70s act was followed by … a band covering Dark Side of the Moon and other Pink Floyd songs. Saturday, a knockoff of a band from the late 90s-2000s played its bloozy bar rock songs best known for their hard-hitting impact on TV commercials and the opening credits for an HBO sitcom. Just before that band came on, the act before them played a bunch of Beatles and John Lennon songs.

Alabama Shakes could have been nothing more than a “me too” band, and would have been a striking one. There’s no question that Brittany Howard’s vocal style owes a debt to Etta James, Janis Joplin and several others, but what Howard and her band have accomplished with their second album, Sound & Color, moves them firmly into a different class. The band has taken the pieces they already had — a love of classic rock and soul, a cohesive unit, and a frontwoman with an earth-shaking voice and the presence to match — and used them to create daring new songs that push the conversation forward. It’s not an accident that one of the best songs played at this show, “Future People,” uses the word future. Over and over again, Alabama Shakes’ latest work keeps proving that they want more — particularly the fellow new album tracks “Sound & Color” and “Don’t Wanna Fight.” Maybe some people were comfortable adding the Shakes to their Spotify playlists of retro sounds and leaving it at that. The Shakes were not. The Shakes — a working-class band from rural Alabama who only made it onto this stage by working like hell — took a risk.

It’s widely known that the Shakes began life as a cover band, covering 70s standards in local bars. Here, in front of tens of thousands splayed across a mountainside, Howard paused late in the set to thank the crowd for giving the band the opportunity to do what they loved doing. Their last album pulled down three (losing) Grammy nominations. If there’s any justice in the world, this album ought to win one. By the way, in a rare bit of commercial justice, Sound & Color debuted at #1 in the United States. Alabama Shakes are a cover band no more.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones into an EAA PSP-2 high-end analog preamp. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

This recording is hosted on the Live Music Archive. Check out its page here.

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Alabama Shakes
2015-06-07
Mountain Jam, East Stage
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded by hi and lo and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (PAS)>custom cables>EAA PSP-2>Roland R-26>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, limit peaks)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:38:00]
01 Rise To the Sun
02 Future People
03 Hang Loose
04 Always Alright
05 Shoegaze
06 I Ain’t the Same
07 I Found You
08 Guess Who
09 Heartbreaker
10 Miss You
11 The Greatest
12 Gimme All Your Love
13 Be Mine
14 Joe
15 On Your Way
16 Dunes
17 Gemini
18 [encore break]
19 Sound & Color
20 Don’t Wanna Fight
21 Over My Head
22 You Ain’t Alone

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Alabama Shakes, visit their website, and buy their records in their online store.

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