Desert Heat: September 6, 2013 Three Lobed Recordings/WXDU Day Show, King’s (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 26, 2013

[Photo courtesy of Tim Bugbee at Tinnitus Photography]

You know it’s something very, very special when Steve Gunn and John Truscinski (who plays with Gunn in Gunn-Truscinski Duo and their new trio arrangement) team up with Irish guitar phenom Cian Nugent and Jason Meagher (of, among others, No Neck Blues Band and D. Charles Speer & the Helix) for the North American debut of their collaboration Desert Heat. Hopscotch Music Festival is always a special time, but what drew me back for a second year, and will again for a third, was the Three Lobed Recordings/WXDU day show, held again this year at King’s Barcade. Among several rare collaborations and one-time appearances, Desert Heat was one of the most hotly anticipated, and by the time these players took the stage, the medium-sized venue had a line out front. Give it one listen and you’ll hear why; Gunn and Nugent are among the most creative and exciting guitarists and songwriters of this era, and both were on fire for this special performance that showed off the A side from the new Cat Mask at Huggie Temple 12-inch, the band’s sole release, before delving into some unknown territory with a new long form jam currently titled “Desert Whythe”. To top it all off, the band tore through Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin'” with their own special wall-of-guitars twists, with Gunn handling the vocal duties. On a day filled with outstanding performances (many of which will be shared here over time or released by Three Lobed), this was undeniably one of the highest of the highlights.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed that I customized for both this recording and the simulcast on Duke University’s radio station WXDU, plus Schoeps MK4V microphones right at the stage lip. The sound quality is outstanding; easily one of a handful of the best recordings I have ever shared on this site. Enjoy!

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[Photo courtesy of Mark Johnson via the Three Lobed Facebook Page]

Desert Heat
Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show
Raleigh, NC USA

Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (custom stereo mix)>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjustments)>Izotope Ozone 5 (tube effect, EQ)>Audacity 2.03 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro]
02 Cat Mask at Huggie Temple
03 [tuning]
04 Desert Whythe
05 Oh! Sweet Nuthin!


Steve Gunn – Guitar, Vocals
Cian Nugent – Guitar
Jason Meagher – Bass
John Truscinski – Drums

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT THESE ARTISTS by visiting their websites and purchasing the new very limited edition Cat Mask At Huggie Temple 12″ directly [HERE]. For U.S. orders, you can also try contacting your local record store or e-mailing Bull City Records in Durham, NC. You can also buy Gunn-Truscinski and Steve Gunn records from Three Lobed and Gunn’s latest from Paradise of Bachelors. Support WXDU by donating and listening to their station!

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2 Responses to Desert Heat: September 6, 2013 Three Lobed Recordings/WXDU Day Show, King’s (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

  1. oldjollymon
    September 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Rock on, brother! Thanks as always for capturing the good times…

  2. Paul
    September 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Great set.

    Also, the US distro for MIE Music is Tedium House, and you can buy the 12″ here

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