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Deer Tick: June 9, 2018 The Junction Long Beach NY – Brull Foundation Benefit

June 17, 2018

[photos by Kurt Christensen]

The Tommy Brull Foundation and Deer Tick have grown together over the years since the band’s appearance at the Foundation’s first fundraising concert under the “Shine A Light” moniker in 2011. The Brull Foundation has more than a decade long record of providing funding and leadership for a variety of inspired causes, all motivated by the work of the late Tommy Brull, who dedicated so many of his days to working with the disabled at Camp Anchor in Lido Beach. Last weekend’s event was organized to fund a special needs playground in Rockville Centre and the concert having sold out well in advance, the Foundation again achieved its goal. So that by the date of the show, it was time to celebrate.

Deer Tick themselves also have a decade’s worth of work under their belts. And with time, the band itself has changed in personnel and approach, including the recent departure of keyboardist Robert Crowell. While the quartet still enjoys a good time, Deer Tick’s most recent double album release (Deer Tick Vol 1 and Vol 2) represents the most contemplative material of its catalog with issues such as sobriety, marriage, and fatherhood elevating the focus of the band’s lyrics. And not surprisingly given the surnames of all four members of the band, Deer Tick seems to have rediscovered its Irish roots, which on this night included a Pogues cover and a traditional Irish reel in the closing segment of Ian O’Neill’s “Hope Is Big”. We were also fortunate to hear John McCauley jamming on “Dirty Old Town” on the mandolin backstage before the show. The show however was all inclusive, and the setlist was a fine retrospective of the band’s entire career including four numbers from as far back as 2007’s War Elephant and moving forward to a good half dozen tracks from Vol 1 and Vol 2. In between there were interactions with the exuberant crowd, interplay between the band members, acknowledgements of the Brulls, and a lengthy and well-performed classic Deer Tick show. All things considered, this night may have been the ultimate performance of Deer Tick’s four Brull shows, and the good news is that its almost certainly not the last pairing of these two excellent groups of people.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up at the stage lip and mixed with a soundboard feed. The sound quality combines the liveliness of the sound at the stage fortified by instrumentation and vocals in the board feed. The final result is a superb recording. Enjoy!

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Deer Tick
The Junction
Long Beach NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:35:10]
01 Don’t Hurt
02 Dream in the Ditch
03 [banter – fire alarms]
04 Clownin’ Around
05 The Bump
06 Easy
07 S.M.F.
08 Cocktail
09 Card House
10 Hope Is Big
11 Twenty Miles
12 Baltimore Blues No. 1
13 Art Isn’t Real
14 Dancing In The Dark [Springsteen]
15 The Rock
16 Wants Needs
17 White City [Pogues]
18 Look How Clean I Am
19 These Old Shoes [Chris Paddock]
20 Mange
21 [encore break]
22 Jumpstarting
23 Sleepwalk [Santo and Johnny]
24 Ashamed
25 You Are So Beautiful [Billy Preston]

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Deer Tick: October 30, 2015 Tommy Brull Benefit – Rockville Centre NY

November 9, 2015

[photos by Kurt Christensen]

One of the more inspiring aspects of the Tommy Brull Foundation is that the organization is very much about celebrating a life by helping others. I have been fortunate to get the know the guys over the last five years of attending these shows, and although the sadness of the loss of Tommy still exists sixteen years since his death, the best tribute that his family and friends can do for him is to continue to celebrate his love of music and his sense of community. For this most recent night of music, the Foundation brought back for the third time a band that seems to fit this vision perfectly. Deer Tick played the first ever “Shine A Light” music event in 2011, and returned a couple of years later. The connection seems real — Deer Tick are also genuinely righteous guys who also undoubtedly love to have a good time. So the fact that this year’s event fell on Halloween Eve kicked up the “good time” element of the event a bit more. Deer Tick came dressed as Blue Man Group and played a raucous set that also included two thematically appropriate covers — Warren Zevon’s “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” and Steve Miller’s “Abracadabra”. The balance of the setlist included a virtual career retrospective and even a brand new song, but it was the positive atmosphere, the band’s recognition of the importance of the event and the spirit of community that made this night so compelling. As a celebration of Tommy’s life, it couldn’t really have been any better.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted at the front of the stage and mixed it with a soundboard feed. There are points where the vocals in the PA drop out, so you’ll hear a lower vocal volume that comes from the on-stage monitors, but when everything’s on board, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Please donate to the Brull Foundation if you download this recording. The Foundation provides funding and spearheads worthy projects for disabled children on Long Island, particularly Camp Anchor where Tommy worked.

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Deer Tick
Tommy Brull Benefit
Cannons Blackthorn
Rockville Centre NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:42:51]
01 The Rock
02 The Dream’s in the Ditch
03 Baltimore Blues No 1
04 Houston TX
05 Twenty Miles
06 Thyme
07 Pot of Gold
08 Standing at the Threshold
09 Cocktail
10 Dirty Dishes
11 The Bump
12 Easy
13 Main Street
14 [tech problem jams]
15 Look How Clean I Am
16 Miss K
17 Trash
18 I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead [Warren Zevon]
19 [pee break]
20 Clownin Around
21 These Old Shoes
22 Let’s All Go to the Bar
23 [encore break]
24 Ashamed
25 Abracadabra [Steve Miller]
26 Mange

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