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Cap’n Jazz: September 23, 2017 Brooklyn Steel

September 26, 2017
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[photo by Norman Brannon via Instagram]

Cap’n Jazz have reunited once again in 2017, having last done so in 2010 (both of which shows we covered ). If you’re not aware of the band, they’re more or less the godfathers of the so-called “emo” genre, spawning not only a wave of spinoff bands, but many imitators. With only one record to their name, the easiest point of entry is the Analphabetapolothogy compilation, first released in 1998. This show at Brooklyn Steel, billed as the band’s last U.S. reunion show (for now) was a freewheeling, crazy-making night of almost compulsive stage diving, silly stage banter, and rapid-fire delivery of the band’s favorites (plus that A-ha cover there near the end). If you had said to me prior to this night that Cap’n Jazz are more popular than ever, I’m not sure I’d have believed you, but the full floor at this massive venue (compared to sub-1000 capacity Brooklyn Bowl and sub-500 capacity Maxwell’s seven years ago) more than made the point. This was a show that put enthusiasm and energy first; if the band’s all-out delivery and Tim Kinsella’s shirtless stage diving didn’t necessarily mean he hit every lyric or the band hit every note, it couldn’t have mattered less. If later iterations of this style were criticized for being overly self-serious, they didn’t learn that from the brothers Kinsella and the current Cap’n Jazz crew (Victor Villarreal, Sam Zurick and Nate Kinsella), who put together a stage show that was really a show, the kind of experience fans want on a Saturday night. As Kinsella fumbled through a semi-serious cover of A-ha’s “Take On Me,” followed by the relentless closer “Ohh, How I Love You,” it felt like the right kind of sendoff before this pathbreaking band heads to Europe. This may have been the “last U.S. show” of this reunion, but no doubt we haven’t seen the last of these musicians, in one format or another.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones at the soundboard, adding a pair of Audio Technica 853 shotgun microphones to add in a bit more direct sound. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Cap’n Jazz
2017-09-23
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA + Audio Technica 853 shotguns>Sound Devices MixPre6 (24/48 WAV)>Adobe Audition CC (mix down, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Oh Messy Life
03 In the Clear
04 Basil’s Kite
05 [banter1]
06 Puddle Splashers
07 Planet SHHH
08 The Sands Have Turned Purple
09 Yes, I Am Talking To You
10 Little League
11 [banter2]
12 Tokyo
13 We Are Scientists
14 [banter3]
15 Olerud
16 Forget Who We Are
17 Que Suerte!
18 [banter4]
19 Take On Me [A-ha]
20 [banter5]
21 Ohh How I Love You

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Joan of Arc: October 7, 2016 Knitting Factory

October 31, 2016
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The last time we recorded Joan of Arc, I noted that they could be a bit of an acquired taste; that they are a band that rewards listeners who want to be challenged, not who show up for something typical. At this Knitting Factory performance, their first in New York in quite some time, they doubled down on that statement, as they played a set of songs that was alternately fascinating and head-scratching, but consistently expectation-defying. The current band includes Tim Kinsella on guitar and vocals, regulars Bobby Burg and Theo Katsaounis on bass and drums, Jeremy Boyle and the artist Melina Ausikaitis, who performed both an a cappella number mid-set and joined Kinsella on vocals at points in addition to playing some custom instruments.

This set was meant to showcase the band’s forthcoming album, He’s Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands, which you can pre-order here, and which is of a piece with the band’s general perspective. The record contains a heavier emphasis on electronic instruments than one might expect from a member of the legendary Cap’n Jazz and the much-vaunted (or maligned, depending on your perspective) “emo” scene, which was a term that never really meant much of anything, but means even less when considered in light of this band. Songs like “This Must Be the Placenta” (the album’s first single) and “Stranged That Egg Yolk” are sure to stretch boundaries for some fans, and if their reception tonight was to be believed, Joan of Arc’s fans are ready for them. Things got weirder after we hit the halfway point, with Ausikaitis’ pseudo-Appalachian a cappella number followed by “The Hands” from the band’s first album, which then led into a lengthy aside by Kinsella about seeing the Misfits in a hockey arena, followed by two mostly-instrumental songs that I found to be the most compelling in the set (if these have names, please help me out), which made up a combined twenty minutes of the just-over-an-hour total.

In total, then, this show felt reminiscent of that show back in 2011: depending on one’s perspective, some things may have “worked” better than others, but you have to applaud the whole of it for its willingness to take risks, to let things go to uncomfortable places. Based on the preview tracks floating around on the Internet, the new album should be a more than worthy entry into the band’s canon, and represent some of the best of those experiments. Nearly twenty years after their first album was released, Joan of Arc know who they want to reach and how they want to reach them, and that has continued to make their story one worth following.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones next to the soundboard with a feed from house engineer Rob. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream the complete set:

Joan of Arc
2016-10-07
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Rob) + Schoeps MK4V>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, align, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:07:10]
01 Explain Yourselves #2>instrumental
02 Stemingway and Heinbeck
03 Flowers
04 This Must Be The Placenta
05 Stranged That Egg Yolk
06 Staying Alive and Lovelessness
07 Shown and Told
08 “Red Headed Girl”
09 The Hands
10 [banter]
11 [new]>
12 [new2]

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