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Zachary Cale: September 27, 2013 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 8, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

Zachary Cale is a classic songwriter in every sense of the word, who balances his aptitude with his six-string with keenly-observed lyrics and an obvious respect for his audience. This show at Union Pool represented the release show for Cale’s fourth proper LP, Blue Rider. The album is commendable both for its brevity and consistency; across its eight songs, there is not a weak one among them. Of its standout tracks, Cale played them all at this show, particularly “Hold Fast”, whose whimsical guitars and breezy vocal will find favor with Kurt Vile fans, among others. Cale is one of those artists who doesn’t seem to really need the studio; this live performance felt completely of a piece with the album in sound and structure, with the songs gaining energy from the Friday night crowd. Along with playing the bulk of Blue Rider, Cale gave us a special treat with a gorgeous cover of Robert Johnson’s “Love In Vain”.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones from our usual spot in the venue, plus a limited soundboard feed consisting primarily of vocals and keyboards. At points, the keyboards are a touch loud in the mix, and there is a level of crowd noise not surprising for a Friday night crowd. Nonetheless, the overall sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Cale is on tour for October and November in a mix of headlining appearances and shows with Crystal Stilts. His next New York appearance will be with Crystal Stilts at Bowery Ballroom on Halloween. Tickets for that show are available here.

Stream “Hold Fast”

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Zachary Cale
2013-09-27
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (DFC, at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (mono, vocals/guitar/keys feed)>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (edits to SBD, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, thick/warm compressor)>Audacity 2.03 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample/dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Unfeeling
02 Hold Fast
03 Blood Rushes On
04 Wayward Son
05 Sandcastles
06 [banter]
07 Love In Vain [Robert Johnson]
08 [banter2]
09 Dear Shadow
10 Noise of Welcome

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Zachary Cale by visiting his website and buying his records from his online store or from his bandcamp page.

Tom Carter: September 6, 2013 Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show, King’s (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 3, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

About two or three minutes into “Beauty Draws the Seed”, one of three compositions Tom Carter played at this year’s Three Lobed Recordings / WXDU Day Show during Hopscotch Music Festival, it was clear that this would be a session that would be unforgettable. I have seen Tom play several times, but this afternoon show was special — a day that every artist invited showed up with their absolute best.

Carter’s layered, carefully rendered guitar compositions start to resemble living organisms, expanding and contracting. They exist beyond words, beyond simple emotions. This was a set of profound beauty, Carter’s first solo set in North Carolina. He made it one for the ages.

These songs will be available in 2014 on releases from Three Lobed Recordings as well as an Italian label so new it doesn’t have a name yet. We are not only thankful for what Carter has accomplished to date, but what lies in front of him.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed customized for this recording and Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Beauty Draws the Seed”


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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Tom Carter
2013-09-06
Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (custom stereo mix)>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 [intro]
02 Beauty Draws the Seed
03 August Is All
04 Numinous

If you enjoyed these recordings, PLEASE SUPPORT Tom Carter by buying his music from Wholly Other, keeping an eye out for the forthcoming Three Lobed release in 2014, visiting the “Buy Music” links at the Tom Carter page and visiting the Tom Carter page maintained by Kranky.

Promised Land Sound: September 7, 2013 Paradise of Bachelors / WXYC Day Show, Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 2, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

The young Nashville band Promised Land Sound represents a bold new move by the fledgling North Carolina label Paradise of Bachelors. It’s their first attempt to officially break a new act. And, if the quality of PLS’ live performance at the PoB/WXYC Hopscotch Music Festival Day Show is any way to gauge it, I’d say they have a good shot at succeeding. The Bachelors signed the band on a bit of a whim, having caught them as an opening act for established underground artists Wooden Wand and MV & EE at William Tyler‘s venue The Stone Fox. The band fits well into PoB’s musical vision, with a catalog that expresses a continuous line from the rock of decades ago to today’s artists. Which is to say that while PLS is new, their country-inflected barroom choogling could have lit a fire under people’s ass back when the band members’ parents were still on the prowl.

This set covered both material from their just-released debut LP, Promised Land Sound (which features Tyler as a guest performer), as well as some earlier material from their Stoned Eagle EP from 2012. The boys’ live performance emphasized the grittiness of their sound, and in many ways flattered the hands-off approach taken to the record’s production, which has a good bit of similarity to the live sound. Rocking out in the lovely Stephenson Amphitheatre in the late summer sun, I could see how the comparisons made between such luminaries as CCR, Jim Ford and Gene Clark in the press materials were more than fair. Promised Land Sound should have a lot to look forward to in the years ahead.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other PoB Day Show recordings, with Schoeps MK4V cardiods at the stage lip and a soundboard feed. While the performance, and the quality of the capture of the instruments on stage is excellent, the PA suffered from some distortion that is evident on the recording, primarily in the vocals. With the understanding that this is a limitation of the equipment and not the band, this should be a worthwhile introduction to this up-and-coming young act. Enjoy!

Stream “Fadin’ Fast”

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Promised Land Sound
2013-09-07
Paradise of Bachelors Day Party
Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre
Raleigh, NC USA

Schoeps MK4V>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard>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 )

Tracks
01 [POB Intro]
02 [instrumental]
03 The Storm
04 Yes You Can
05 Weed and Wine
06 Fadin’ Fast
07 Fuck Cancer
08 If Only
09 All the Time

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Promised Land Sound, like them on Facebook and buy Promised Land Sound from Paradise of Bachelors. Support the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s WXYC by paying them a visit as well.

Gross Ghost: September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival Main Stage (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 26, 2013
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[Photo courtesy of Abby Nardo]

If you’ve been following our Hopscotch Music Festival posts, you could be forgiven for thinking the festival is geared heavily toward rather arty, possibly over-serious bands (since I happen to like them). Well, Gross Ghost are a more approachable kind of fun, bringing punk-inflected rock n’ roll to all comers. The band’s core duo are scene veterans Mike Dillon and Tre Acklen, who spawned the band name in the best way possible — that is, after partying hard late into the night a number of times. What a surprise, then, that Gross Ghost’s sound leans toward looser, rougher-hewn, garagey good-time music rather than the cerebral (also great) stuff hosted at some of the festival’s other stages.

The band had the honor of kicking off the main stage, the festival’s largest, and drew curious onlookers streaming into the City Plaza in the heart of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. One of the festival’s main missions is to highlight North Carolina acts (a fairly large percentage of the festival’s lineup), and Gross Ghost fall into that category. The Carrboro, NC band has been working on Public Housing, the follow-up to 2012’s Brer Rabbit, which should be hitting the streets at the end of October. Expect Public Housing to be their most musically focused and pop-driven yet, if the slew of new songs played here were any indication. From the show opener, which was the album’s kickoff track, Seeds” through the final number, the brand-new “Howlin'”, the Ghost showed off a knack for lyric-driven pop anthems that were the right way to start off the first weekend night of Hopscotch.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a mono soundboard feed. Given the relatively long distance from the stage and the outdoor setting in particular, the sound quality is quite good. Enjoy!

Stream “Howlin'”

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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[Photo courtesy of Ash Crowe]

Gross Ghost
2013-09-06
Hopscotch Music Festival Main Stage
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK4V (at SBD, DFC)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (mono)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, set fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.03 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Seeds
03 Other Side
04 You Will
05 [tuning]
06 They Say
07 Leslie
08 You Tell Me
09 Trying
10 Memory Screen
11 [banter]
11 Howlin

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Gross Ghost, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and buy their music from their bandcamp page.

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[Photo courtesy of Abby Nardo]

Desert Heat: September 6, 2013 Three Lobed Recordings/WXDU Day Show, King’s (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 26, 2013
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[Photo courtesy of Tim Bugbee at Tinnitus Photography]

You know it’s something very, very special when Steve Gunn and John Truscinski (who plays with Gunn in Gunn-Truscinski Duo and their new trio arrangement) team up with Irish guitar phenom Cian Nugent and Jason Meagher (of, among others, No Neck Blues Band and D. Charles Speer & the Helix) for the North American debut of their collaboration Desert Heat. Hopscotch Music Festival is always a special time, but what drew me back for a second year, and will again for a third, was the Three Lobed Recordings/WXDU day show, held again this year at King’s Barcade. Among several rare collaborations and one-time appearances, Desert Heat was one of the most hotly anticipated, and by the time these players took the stage, the medium-sized venue had a line out front. Give it one listen and you’ll hear why; Gunn and Nugent are among the most creative and exciting guitarists and songwriters of this era, and both were on fire for this special performance that showed off the A side from the new Cat Mask at Huggie Temple 12-inch, the band’s sole release, before delving into some unknown territory with a new long form jam currently titled “Desert Whythe”. To top it all off, the band tore through Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin'” with their own special wall-of-guitars twists, with Gunn handling the vocal duties. On a day filled with outstanding performances (many of which will be shared here over time or released by Three Lobed), this was undeniably one of the highest of the highlights.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed that I customized for both this recording and the simulcast on Duke University’s radio station WXDU, plus Schoeps MK4V microphones right at the stage lip. The sound quality is outstanding; easily one of a handful of the best recordings I have ever shared on this site. Enjoy!

Stream and download MP3s of the full set: 

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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[Photo courtesy of Mark Johnson via the Three Lobed Facebook Page]

Desert Heat
2013-09-06
Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (custom stereo mix)>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 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Cat Mask at Huggie Temple
03 [tuning]
04 Desert Whythe
05 Oh! Sweet Nuthin!

Players: 

Steve Gunn – Guitar, Vocals
Cian Nugent – Guitar
Jason Meagher – Bass
John Truscinski – Drums

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT THESE ARTISTS by visiting their websites and purchasing the new very limited edition Cat Mask At Huggie Temple 12″ directly [HERE]. For U.S. orders, you can also try contacting your local record store or e-mailing Bull City Records in Durham, NC. You can also buy Gunn-Truscinski and Steve Gunn records from Three Lobed and Gunn’s latest from Paradise of Bachelors. Support WXDU by donating and listening to their station!

Spacin’: September 6, 2013 King’s and September 7, 2013 Paradise of Bachelors Day Show (Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 20, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

We first caught up with the Philadelphia-based garage rockers Spacin’ at 285 Kent back in April. As that review noted, this band is part of a proud and growing Philadelphia music tradition that continues to grow stronger as Brooklyn gets taken over by laptops. This is authentic, hard-rocking spaced-out rock for any era, but music that’s badly needed in this one. At this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival, fans in the know got to experience Spacin’ doing two somewhat-different sets in the span of two days.

First the band brought it hard at a rock-dominated bill at Raleigh’s Kings Barcade on Friday night. Then, for those hoping to nurse their hangovers in a positive way, they joined the more eclectic Paradise of Bachelors day show bill, following on the heels of Lonnie Holley. Band founder Jason Killinger had an especially busy Saturday, as he would join his other band, Birds of Maya, to close out the PoB day show. Of the two, it was this raunchier, rawer set that stood out for me — even in a WPA-era amphitheater backdropped by a rose garden, Spacin’ turned out an elemental, hard-hitting rock show that I won’t soon forget. Their first full-length, Deep Thuds, is a must-have for fans of riffed-out rock, as well as aficionados of great album art. Tracks from each show are streaming below, and both shows can be downloaded as well.

I recorded the King’s set with a rig installed there with the assistance of a couple of North Carolina friends, consisting of my Audio Technica 3031 microphones and a mono board feed. The Paradise of Bachelors Day Show rig consisted of Schoeps MK4V microphones in front of the stage, plus a stereo soundboard feed. Both recordings are outstanding. While there is a bit of distortion on vocals on the PoB show due to the heavily-taxed soundboard, it only adds to the experience. Enjoy!

Thanks to Paradise of Bachelors for having us out to the show!

Stream “Gary In the Universe” from the Paradise of Bachelors show

Stream “Ego-Go” from King’s

Download the Paradise of Bachelors show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Download the King’s show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Spacin’
2013-09-07
Paradise of Bachelors Day Show
Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre
Raleigh, NC USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard>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 )

Tracks
01 [intro – Chris Smith]
02 Sunshine No Shoes
03 Gary In the Universe
04 Total Freedom
05 Ego-Go
06 Human Condition
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Spacin’
2013-09-06
Hopscotch Music Festival
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Audio Technica 3031 (FOB, DFC, ceiling mount)+Soundboard (mono)>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (tape effect, stereo imaging, EQ)>Audacity 2.03 (fades, amplify, parallel compression)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 American Ruse
02 Empty Mind
03 [banter]
04 Ego-Go
05 Sunshine No Shoes

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Spacin’, check them out on Facebook, and buy their album Deep Thuds from Midheaven Mailorder.

Lonnie Holley: September 7, 2013 Paradise of Bachelors Day Show, Stephenson Amphitheatre (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 17, 2013
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The tiny new North Carolina imprint Paradise of Bachelors may only have a catalog ten LPs deep, but among their offerings have been many of my favorites of the past couple years. For the first time, PoB decided to throw their own day show during the Hopscotch Music Festival to show off collaborations among artists they work with as well as friends of the label. Unlike the festival’s other events, which took place in downtown Raleigh, this show was held among the green expanse of a lovely outdoor amphitheater that is part of the Raleigh Little Theater complex. The result was a bright day with some of the festival’s best music.

Lonnie Holley began the show almost in the style of an invocation, setting a mystical, reverent tone for the day. Best known as an artist and sculptor, Holley’s forays into music have attracted the attention of a variety of well-known players in the indie music world, from Bill Callahan and Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox to his co-collaborators elsewhere at Hopscotch such as Mac McCaughan, Brad Cook, and Steve Gunn. What exactly to call Holley’s music eludes me, to be honest, so take it away, Aquarium Drunkard (in a review of this year’s LP, Just Before Music):

Holley restrains himself from too much conventional musicality—melody and that sort of thing. There is scarcely a proper chord change in his music, much less a full progression. He sings with an intense, emotional voice and unleashes lyrics without consistent meter or rhyme over gossamer keyboard lines that hang in the ether. His music is a blues nebula, splotched with riffy word jazz that shares in some rappers’ collagist aesthetics as well as the runaway passion of a gospel preacher enlivened by the Spirit.

Holley’s album title says something about what he’s trying to tap into with his sound. His music isn’t “primitive”, but it is primal, intended to speak to the universality of the human experience. On this day, Holley came out alone onstage, with the buzzing of cicadas his quiet backdrop. These four songs each told a story, but perhaps the most passionate was “One Garden But Many Gardens”, Holley’s tribute to what he called “Mother Universe” and her “gumbo-ish manner”.  To fully get the metaphor, I recommend checking out the banter track, but out here, among nature, Holley’s words resonated powerfully. There couldn’t have been a better way for this day to begin./

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed and Schoeps MK4V microphones directly in front of the stage. This recording emphasizes the soundboard feed to capture the full range of the vocals. While it reveals both some wind noise and the limits of the simple PA setup, it is nonetheless a solid recording. Enjoy!

Stream “One Garden But Many Gardens”

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

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Lonnie Holley
2013-09-07
Paradise of Bachelors Day Show
Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre
Raleigh, NC USA

Schoeps MK4V>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard>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 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Opening Flower After Dew Drop
03 Water Coming Down
04 Grandma Wanted Me To Be Like the Bee
05 [banter]
06 One Garden But Many Gardens

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Lonnie Holley, visit his facebook page, and buy Just Before Music from Dust Digital or iTunes.

Marnie Stern: September 5, 2013 Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC (Hopscotch Music Festival) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 12, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

Normally when somebody plays finger-tapping guitar high up the neck the way that Marnie Stern does, the way that’s defined her sound, their style comes with a surfeit of leather and outdated machismo. Marnie Stern records for Pacific Northwest stalwarts Kill Rock Stars, and she’s reclaimed that technique for modern fans who’re as far away from the spandex-and-leather set as you can get. But for the boys down front in ironic headbands, leading between-song chants, there was nothing to worry about. Marnie’s got a sense of humor to go with the chops and the cred. This year’s The Chronicles of Marnia represented the apex-to-date of her career, and Marnie seems poised to take full advantage.

This Lincoln Theatre show, on the kickoff night of the Hopscotch Music Festival, gave Marnie a big-enough stage to let her rip, without compromising the intimacy of her personality or her performance. She may have begun with a hilariously off-color joke about getting older, but Marnie’s sound is as youthful and energetic as it was on her first record, In Advance of the Broken Arm, six years ago.

Marnie wasn’t even the headliner (that went to Kurt Vile), but she brought out a packed house that howled loudly for the favorites and even started a mosh pit. Marnie exudes energy and charisma of a kind that doesn’t require a larger band to do it. After delivering some of Chronicles of Marnia’s strongest numbers, plus older songs, she and the band closed out the show with a long-form rendition of “The Crippled Jazzer”, at more than twice the length of the other songs. Bonus points to bassist Nithin Kalvakota for playing along gamely to the hooker jokes throughout the night!

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones from the ideal location in the venue. While I felt the vocals were a tad high in the house mix at times, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Year of the Glad”

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

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Marnie Stern
2013-09-05
Hopscotch Music Festival
Lincoln Theatre
Raleigh, NC USA

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, fades)>Audacity 2.03 (tracking, amplify, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Please let me know any setlist corrections.

Tracks
01 The Chronicles of Marnia
02 [banter1]
03 Hell Yes
04 You Don’t Turn Down
05 [banter2]
06 Immortals
07 For Ash
08 Transformer
09 Nothing Is Easy
10 Risky Biz
11 Year of the Glad
12 The Crippled Jazzer

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Marnie Stern, visit her website, and buy her records from Kill Rock Stars.

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

September 11, 2013
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[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.

Stream “See It My Way”

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

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Mikal Cronin
2013-09-06
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 )

Tracks
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.

John Vanderslice: May 12, 2011 Mercury Lounge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

May 19, 2011
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[Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Weinberg.  See her outstanding photography here]

John Vanderslice has been another steady favorite of this site (one of his performances from back in October appeared in our Top 25 Concert Moments of 2010) and that status is well-earned through his universally strong performances, outstanding songwriting, and engaging rapport with his crowds.  Those qualities were all on display during this recent show at the Mercury Lounge, an epic 90+ minute performance that showed off some stripped-down versions of songs from his 2011 release, White Wilderness, including the brooding “Overcoat” with its boombox accompaniment, streaming below.  As some fans sat onstage (Vanderslice set up extra chairs so some of the more vertically challenged could see), the veteran, together with percussionist Jason Slota, gave an outstanding set filled with classic hits and other highlights.  Vanderslice kept things loose, chatting at times even during songs, and stopping once or twice to fix mistakes.  No less than six guests jointed him onstage at various points, including opener Damien Jurado during the encore, and Ian Bjornstad during “Underneath the Leaves.”  The show ended, in classic Mercury Lounge fashion, with Vanderslice, Slota and Jurado playing four songs unplugged from the center of the floor.  Jurado proclaimed it “the best show of the tour,” and why should we disagree?

hi and lo recorded this set from our usual location in the venue with the Schoeps microphones.  The sound quality is excellent, with the caveat that the four encore songs at the end, being unplugged and in the middle of the floor, are harder to hear and suffer from more crowd noise than the main set. Enjoy!

Stream “Overcoat”:

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This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC or MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

John Vanderslice
2011-05-12
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY, US

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded and produced by hi and lo for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Schoeps MK4v > Nbox+ > Sony PCM-M10 @ 24 bit / 44.1 kHz
Location: ~20 ft from stage, at right stack
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>WaveLab 5 (eq/fades/dither)>FLAC v1.2.1 (Level 8) with TLH v2.6.0 (Build 168)

Tracks [Run Time 1:38:01]

01. Intro
02. Scorpio Rising
03. Convict Lake
04. The Parade
05. White Plains
06. Overcoat
07. Trance Manual
08. Pale Horses
09. Exodus Damage
10. Kookaburra
11. Do You Remember
12. Up Above the Sea
13. I’ll Never Live Up to You
14. Too Much Time
15. Underneath the Leaves
16. Thule Fog
17. White Dove
18. It’s Time to Go
19. (Encore Call)
20. Nikki Oh Nikki

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