Six Organs of Admittance: September 6, 2012 Hopscotch Festival, Berkeley Cafe (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 19, 2012

[Photos by acidjack]

The guitarist Ben Chasny, who performs with various combinations of players as Six Organs of Admittance, was a late add to this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival lineup, and a welcome one. Chasny, a veteran of the psych rock behemoth Comets On Fire, plays with a variety of approaches on the guitar; though he has been branded “new folk” in some quarters, that label hardly encompasses the wide range shown on Chasny’s Six Organs output. His latest, Ascent, finds Chasny reunited with his Comets on Fire compatriots, with the heavier sound to go with the personnel. This set at Raleigh’s Berkeley Cafe barely touched on the new material, represented only by the propulsive “A Thousand Birds”, which gave way to a lovely rendition of the mellow “Light of the Light” from 2011’s Asleep On the Floodplain. The set’s highlight came at the end, when improviser-in-residence Chris Corsano joined Chasny for an extended take on “Above A Desert I’ve Never Seen” from Asleep on the Floodplain. (Thanks to the commenter below for that information).

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed from the accommodating Berkeley house staff – particularly so since the venue had been flooded a few hours earlier!  The results are excellent. Enjoy!

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Six Organs of Admittance
Hopscotch Festival
Berkeley Cafe
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, light DR compression, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Journey Through Sankuan Pass>Shelter From the Ash
02 Bless Your Blood>Wolves’ Pup
03 Elk River
04 A Thousand Birds
05 Light of the Light
06 [tuning]
07 Khidr and the Fountain
08 Lisboa
09 [banter/Corsano intro]
10 Above A Desert I’ve Never Seen [with Chris Corsano]

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6 Responses to Six Organs of Admittance: September 6, 2012 Hopscotch Festival, Berkeley Cafe (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

  1. September 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    right on! thank you again.

  2. eric
    September 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    The “improvisation” is actually a long take on “Above A Desert I’ve Never Seen” from Asleep on the Floodplain.

  3. September 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you, acidjack, for this well-balanced recording + other contributions.

    The only time I’ve had the opportunity to see Chasny/Corsano/et al live was in 2006. Still one of the best live music experiences of my life for the cosmos-creating power they manifested on that diminutive Vancouver stage that night…

  4. acidjack
    September 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks – I called on a couple of experts and none of us could get that one. Much appreciated.

  5. eric
    September 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    No prob. Thanks for the recording!

  6. jbull49
    September 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    For this and all the other lovely concerts I’ve been able to hear thanks to you, and the new music I’ve been led to buy as a result (Mmoss! Lee Renaldo!), thank you.

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