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Waxahatchee: July 15, 2017 Warsaw BK

July 25, 2017

[photos by Joe Saturday – courtesy of We All Want Someone blog]

Last September, Katie and Allison Crutchfield’s first major band PS Eliot reunited for a brief tour and the results were quite impressive. The show we captured at Market Hotel was one of the best nights of last year. Ten months later, Katie’s main band Waxahatchee has released its latest album and it appears that last year’s return to the earlier emo/punk of her career influenced the sound of the new album. Out In the Storm (Merge Records) was produced by the great John Agnello whose credits include Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, and it comes as no surprise that this is the most guitar-centric Waxahatchee album. That being said, its also undoubtedly the best sounding album in the band’s catalog and the song-writing fits perfectly with the production. The record chronicles the inner conflict of a person going through a difficult break-up and the anger and aggression and the power production matches perfectly.

Waxahatchee is currently on tour and the Brooklyn show was advertised as an album release show. Katie and Allison are originally from Alabama and currently live in Philadelphia, but each have great affection for Brooklyn. And as became obvious at this sold out Warsaw show, the borough loves them too. This was the largest show in the band’s history and they certainly rose to the occasion. With a crack band behind them, the sisters played a powerful set of material from the the last three albums mixed pretty evenly, but it was the newer tracks that brought the energy. If music is the universal emotional healing elixir, then whatever damage was suffered by the protagonist of Out In The Storm should have been thoroughly exorcised by the close of this outstanding show.

Waxahatchee is on an extensive world tour that last through November. Their many dates on posted on their Facebook page [here].

I recorded this set with the Neumann hypercardioids mixed with and board feed, and the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:07:55]
01 Recite Remorse
02 Silver
03 Poison
04 Misery Over Dispute
05 The Dirt
06 Sparks Fly
07 Eight Ball
08 Brother Bryan
09 Lively
10 Never Been Wrong
11 Hear You
12 Air
13 Waiting
14 Coast to Coast
15 Brass Beam
16 A Little More
17 [band introductions]
18 No Question
19 Peace And Quiet
20 [encore break]
21 La Loose
22 Fade
23 Under a Rock

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Waxahatchee: April 9, 2015 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 16, 2015

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[photos by Jill Harrison]

We last saw Waxahatchee, aka Katie Crutchfield, in the least ideal of circumstances, after Hurricane Sandy had prevented her band from joining her for the Don Giovanni showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Nonetheless, she played a memorable, vulnerable impromptu solo set that captivated us and had a lot of fans. Now, in 2015, she was back at MHOW with a full band that included her twin sister, Allison (of Swearin‘) and Ashley Arnwine of Bleeding Rainbow and Pinkish, who brought the musical skill to bring her songs to life. An Alabama native, Crutchfield took off with her second album, Cerulean Salt, but it should be her recent Merge Records release, Ivy Tripp, that takes her to the next level, giving her both the biggest sound, and the biggest exposure for it, yet. This show was way sold out, and I suspect that’ll be a trend.

This show kicked off with one of Ivy Tripp‘s best songs, “Breathless”, followed by a more rocking track from that album, “Under A Rock”. From there, the band jumped primarily between the last two albums, including a fiery “Waiting” and the leadoff single to Ivy Tripp, “Air”. Crutchfield’s strength lies in both the phrasing and style of her voice as well as her vocal content; she’s not afraid for her audience to actually hear what she has to say. Her songs can cut you to the quick; they’re personal, rich, and forceful.

In addition to more muscular full-band numbers, Waxahatchee didn’t shy from returning to her solo roots, performing an encore that included two of the standout tracks from her first record, “Grass Stain” and “Noccalula”, along with new track “Summer of Love”. She may have come a long way from her lo-fi solo roots, but what makes Crutchfield great hasn’t changed.

hi and lo recorded this set with Neumann KM140 cardiod microphones and a soundboard feed (please provide the engineer’s name if you’ve got it). The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Stream the complete set:

Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by hi and lo

Soundboard (???) + Neumann AK40 > LC3 > PFA > Sonosax SX-M2 >> Sound Devices 744T @ 24 Bit / 48 kHz >> Izotope Ozone 5 (effects) >> Audacity 2.0.3 ( final edits and tracking ) >> FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 55:07]
01 Breathless
02 Under A Rock>
03 Misery Over Dispute
04 Lips and Limbs
05 Waiting
06 Less Than
07 The Dirt
08 Lively
09 Poison
10 Brother Bryan
11 Blue
12 Air>
13 Air
14 Coast To Coast
15 La Loose
16 Peace and Quiet
17 Bonfire
18 [encore break]
19 Grass Stain
20 Summer of Love
21 Noccalula

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Waxahatchee, visit her website, and buy Ivy Tripp here.  

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Waxahatchee: September 6, 2013 Kennedy Theatre, Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 15, 2013

[Photos by Kevin Norris for Triangle Music Blog]

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the first time we saw Katie Crutchfield as Waxahatchee, she had to perform an impromptu solo set. Even then, we were impressed by the clarity of her songwriting and the conviction with which she sings. Not long after, her latest record for Don GiovanniCerulean Salt became a critics’ favorite.

This Waxahatchee show, at the Hopscotch Music Festival, gave a more complete picture of what Crutchfield can do. Kicking off with a  song from her other project Great Thunder, Crutchfield led us through a quick mini-tour of the Waxahatchee canon, including renditions of some of the songs from Cerulean Salt and its predecessor American Weekend that more clearly evoked Crutchfield’s punk roots. “Noccalula”, streaming below, was completely transformed from the ultra-lo-fi analog recording from American Weekend; likewise, Cerulean Salt numbers like “Lively” were a good bit less subdued at high volume. But it’s still the set closer, “You’re Damaged”, that clinches everything great about Waxahatchee. Touching without being cloying and catchy as hell, it’s the strongest testament yet to Crutchfield’s songwriting, and one we were thrilled to see, finally, with a full band.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a Sound Devices preamp to give extra clarity, with assistance from my man Dan Schram. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Noccalula”

Stream “You’re Damaged”

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

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Hopscotch Music Festival
Kennedy Theatre
Raleigh, NC USA

Schoeps MK41 (DINa)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>Sony PCM-D50>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (trim)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.03 (tracking, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [Great Thunder song]
02 Coast To Coast
03 Waiting
04 Lips and Limbs
05 Tangled Envisioning
06 Grass Stain
07 Lively
08 Brother Bryan
09 Noccalula
10 Peace and Quiet
11 American Weekend
12 You’re Damaged

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Waxahatchee, like them on Facebook, and purchase Cerulean Salt from Don Giovanni Records [HERE]

Waxahatchee: February 8, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 6, 2013

[Photos by acidjack]

Waxahatchee, the one-woman project of Katie Crutchfield, hit the scene in low-key fashion in 2012 with a record of lo-fi bedroom gems entitled American Weekend that quietly made it onto several critics’ best-of lists.  The record’s raw production couldn’t mask the obvious talent Crutchfield has for writing accessible, confessional songs punctuated by her unique voice and phrasing.  “Catfish”, on both that record and streaming above, is one of many examples of that, an earworm that also has something to say. American Weekend represented a transitional period for Crutchfield, who had just left she and her sister Allison’s band P.S. EliotShe recorded the record in her parents’ bedroom in Birmingham, Alabama (her hometown).

Its newly-released follow-up, Cerulean Salt, was still recorded at home — this time in Crutchfield’s Philadelphia basement — but it is a well-produced, good-sounding record that flatters Crutchfield’s voice and her talents much more effectively than American Weekend could have hoped to.  Deservedly, Stereogum just named it their Album of the Week.

This set at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the Don Giovanni Records showcase was originally supposed to feature a band, but the night’s blizzard made that impossible. Instead, we got a nine-song solo set that proved that Crutchfield’s songs can stand on their own, even live in a fairly large room. The set previewed four songs from Cerulean Salt – “Hollow Bedroom”, “Blue Pt. II”, “Swan Dive” and “You’re Damaged”, and as such, in cooperation Don Giovanni, we are releasing this set to coincide with the release of Cerulean Salt, which hit stores this Tuesday.  It is an excellent record, and one that we think will introduce Waxahatchee to a much broader audience.

I recorded this set with an excellent soundboard feed from the house engineer, Jim plus MBHO KA200N cardiod microphones.  Due to a particularly noisy audience and a quiet set, this recording is mostly the soundboard feed.  Some DI noise and hiss were present, which were mostly eliminated with software editing.  The final product I think will be a favorite. Enjoy!

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Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded by acidjack and nyctaper
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Jim) + MBHO KA200N>MBP603>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (noise reduction on SBD, align, amplify, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (tape effect on SBD)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, parallel compression, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Please note: Some track titles will need to fixed in the actual file set, as the set was tagged and tracked before the new record came out.]
01 Hollow Bedroom
02 Catfish
03 Grass Stain
04 Blue Pt. 2
05 Michel
06 Swan Dive
07 Noccalula
08 I Think I Love You
09 You’re Damaged

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Waxahatchee, like them on Facebook, and purchase Cerulean Salt from Don Giovanni Records [HERE]

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