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Sunburned Hand of the Man: August 28, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

September 12, 2017

Sunburned Hand of the Man are such a disparate psychedelic force (with over 100 releases to their name) that you can’t ever guarantee what’s going to come out of them. For this set, we got a ten-person band on the stage of Rough Trade NYC to play a four-part improvisation that the band referred to as the “Blizzard of Zoz.” Compared to some of the sets we served up to you last year, the “Blizzard of Zoz” was a bit more of a groove-driven affair, expanding over 42 mind-melting minutes from a low drone into a tight groove, then heading into freakout territory. Don’t worry, these sets were plenty noisy, too. The intensity of the proceedings was maximized by the Mad Alchemy liquid light show going on behind the band, which absorbed us all through the end.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 “open cardiod” microphones and a soundboard feed from Noel Ford, engineer of Dinosaur Jr. and several other bands. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Sunburned Hand of the Man
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK22 (at SBD, DFC, PAS bar)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Noel Ford)>>Sound Devices MixPre 6>24bit polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, adjust levels, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Blizzard of Zoz Pt 1
02 Blizzard of Zoz Pt 2
03 Blizzard of Zoz Pt 3
04 Blizzard of Zoz Pt 4

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Sunburned Hand of the Man: March 26, 2016 Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular, King’s (Raleigh, NC)

May 3, 2016

[photo courtesy of David Schwentker]

This was our second North Carolina journey with Sunburned Hand of the Man, having witnessed the awesome spectacle that was their 2014 Three Lobed Recordings / WXDU day show at Hopscotch. Like the recent show in New York City that we caught at Union Pool, this night at the Three Lobed Recordings Sweet Sixteen Spectacular found the out/noise collective taking more of a song-based approach. Which isn’t to say, in any way, that this was somehow a “traditional” performance; like anything Sunburned and many things Three Lobed, this performance celebrated the experimental and the expeditionary, with those American flags in the backdrop an ironic comment on the freak flags that these artists so willfully fly. Once again, we got to witness a furious version of “The Jaybird,” but other than that and “Double Purity,” this was an entirely different performance than at Union Pool. It meant something for a band of Sunburned’s underground stature to be here alongside such a diverse array of Three Lobed veterans, from Nathan Bowles’ forward-looking Appalachian banjo performance to Steve Gunn’s solo guitar set to Mary Lattimore and Elysse Thebner’s ambient harp and keyboard set. Among all that great music, perhaps nobody more than Sunburned (and OK, Bardo Pond) stood for all the heads in the audience, the unique gathering of the like-minded that this label has brought together. Once again, it was a divine thing.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other performances of the day, with 8 channels of combined soundboard feed from engineer Brad Womack, onstage microphones, and audience microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Sunburned Hand of the Man
Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

4x Soundboard channels (engineer: Brad Womack) + Schoeps MK22 (onstage, ORTF, DFC)>KC5>CMC6>Aeta PSP3 + MBHO 603a/KA200N (FOB, DFC, PAS)>> Zoom F8>8x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro]
02 Pail Thief
03 Double Purity
04 The Jaybird
05 Mistrial
06 Extraordinarily Heavy Heart

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Sunburned Hand of the Man: March 24, 2016 Union Pool

April 17, 2016

Sunburned Hand of the Man

It would barely even register as hyperbole to call Sunburned Hand of the Man one of greatest improvisational/psych acts of our time. They are responsible for 116 separate releases, if Discogs is to be believed; and I suspect that number to be much higher in reality, owing to the scarcity of many of their small-batch, handmade releases. The group doesn’t get out much these days, so any performance is sacred. Embarking on a road trip headed down to Three Lobed’s Sweet Sixteen Spectacular show in Raleigh, the loose collective coalesced this March for a brief series of dates with mainstays John Moloney, Ron Schneiderman, and Rob Thomas, plus newcomers Matt Robidoux (ex-Speedy Ortiz) and Jeremy Pisani. Their Union Pool set is one for the books: a rarity within a rarity, Sunburned plays some rehearsed jams, including recognizable songs “The Jaybird” and “Son of Jaybird” off 2001’s difficult-to-find Jaybird. Guesting on vocal duties for those two tracks is New-York-by-way-of-North-Carolina troubadour Frank Hurricane. We’ll soon also have Sunburned’s Raleigh set posted, but in the meantime you can get lost in this monster sesh.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue, with a board feed from Union Pool FOH, Robert. As usual for this room, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Sunburned Hand of the Man with Frank Hurricane

Sunburned Hand of the Man
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + AKG C480B/CK63 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [01:03:23]
01. Between Faces
02. [tuning]
03. The Jaybird (feat. Frank Hurricane)
04. [banter]
05. Double Purity
06. Bosom
07. Clardy
08. [encore break]
09. Son of Jaybird (feat. Frank Hurricane)

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Sunburned Hand of the Man: September 5, 2014 Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show, King’s, Raleigh, NC (FLAC/MP3/Streaming)

September 23, 2014

[Photos by acidjack]

Review by David Schwentker.

If you’re not a denizen of noise/experimental circles you might not be aware of the legendary Sunburned Hand of the Man, the Massachusetts band who since 1994 have produced several fine albums and over 100 releases (mainly self-released CD-Rs and cassettes) in what it might be fair to call “random” fashion. The band has included any number of players over the years, but is anchored by John Moloney, who joined us at last year’s Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show during Hopscotch Music Festival for a collaboration with Thurston Moore (which is slated as an official release … keep your eyes peeled). This was the collective’s 20th anniversary as an entity, and it seemed like the right move for King’s, and a show sponsored by two organizations that respect experimental music, to be their showcase.

Eleven years after being featured on the cover of “The Wire” and touted as being leaders of the “New Weird America” genre, the band had been somewhat dormant in recent years, as releases slowed and band members focused on other projects.  In June, the band departed on their first U.S. tour in several years, a brief jaunt down the east coast as a 7  piece band, including newer, younger band members alongside seasoned vets.  On that trip, plans were solidified to take part in this years’ Three Lobed day show during Hopscotch.  Sunburned’s membership is always in flux; on tour, it has often been whoever was available to get in the van when the time came to hit the road.  For the brief September tour built around this Day Show performance, they were a tight, 5 piece unit and included Chad Cooper, who co-founded the band with John Moloney, but had not toured with the band in the United States since 1999.  Longtime guitarist, Paul Labrecque was along for the ride as well, giving us a look at a version of the band not seen in the U.S. in quite some time.  Talking to the band before their set, there was a palpable excitement from the players about the music they had been making each night of their tour, and what was to come during this afternoon set.

Like the band’s recorded work, this single piece, entitled “Blues For Richard”, was deeply outre, a melange of organic, found and electronic sounds that brooded and whistled. At its beginning, the piece felt unsettling, like a late-afternoon hike into an unfamiliar wood. Band members began the set on the floor, turning knobs that would anchor the piece’s future movements. What there were of lyrics came just over twelve minutes in, in the form of chants and spoken/read lyrics, supplied by Greta Svalberg.  As the guitars turned up and the drums kicked in, the atmospheric sounds turned to a slow burn, psychedelic groove, pushed and pulled by Moloney’s expressive drumming and Adam Langellotti’s elastic bass.  Labrecque’s guitar work becomes more and more frantic, while Cooper’s homemade electronics continue to ramp up the intensity.  The band threatens to collapse upon itself a couple of times, coming out on the other side heavier and insurgent each time, before finishing in a blazing, explosive three minute stomp that melted a few faces.  In short, this half hour set is an excellent summation of everything that makes this band great, unpredictable, and worthy of exploring their vast catalog of recorded music.

I recorded this set in the same manner as all of the recordings from this showcase, with Schoeps MK4V microphones onstage and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is phenomenal on this one, maybe the best of the entire day show (which is saying a lot). Enjoy!

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Sunburned Hand of the Man
Three Lobed Recordings / WXDU Day Show
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (on stage pair)>KC5>CMC6>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, fade, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Blues for Richard

Chad Cooper – electronics / percussion
Paul Labrecque – guitar / electronics
Adam Langellotti – bass / electronics
John Moloney – drums
Greta Svalberg – vocals

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