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April 22, 2010 - Thursday
Source: SBD + AUD Matrix
Averlux SMK-H8K cardiod + SBD XLR patch > Edirol UA-5 > Korg MR-1 DFF [1 Bit / 2.8 mhz]
Rate Conversion: AudioGate to [24/96]
Mastering in WaveLab 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 4.0 dithered to [16/44.1]
Recorded by Bill Koucky and Casey Coniff
Ben Knox Miller – Lead Vocals, Guitar, French Horn, Drums, Pump Organ
Jeff Prystowski – Bass, Drums, Pump Organ
Jocie Adams – Cymbals/Crotales, Clarinets, Bass, Electric Guitar, Pump Organ, Drums
Mat Davidson – Keyboards, Saw, Guitars, Clarinet, Pump Organ
** 16 Bit **
Disc 1 53:58
2. To The Ghosts Who Write History Books
3. Ticket Taker
4. Apothecary Love
5. Sally Where’d You Get Your Liquor From
6. Charlie Darwin
7. Ghost Woman Blues
8. Ain't No More Cane
9. Don’t Let Nobody Turn You ‘Round
10. This God Damn House
Disc 2 54:07
1. Cage The Songbird
3. Home I’ll Never Be >
4. Cigarettes and Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women
5. I'll Take Out Your Ashes
7. Maybe So >
8. Never Saw The Rainbow
9. Dreams Can Chase You Down
11. To Ohio
12. The Horizon Is A Beltway
Lauded Rhode Island folk-rock band the Low Anthem performs Thursday at Bethany Church in Montpelier.
By TOM HUNTINGTON Arts Correspondent - Published: April 16, 2010
Montpelier's acoustically sound Bethany Church may well be the perfect place for a performance by The Low Anthem,
a Providence, R.I.-based band that "makes understated, evocative songs that beg your complete attention,"
according to the Montreal Gazette.
One of the more intriguingly nuanced and critically acclaimed groups on the American folk-rock scene,
the quartet settles into the intimate venue on Thursday — one of the only shows on its extensive North
American tour that does not include any opening acts.
A fairly frequent visitor to the capital city in recent years, The Low Anthem has in the past year seen
its stock rise considerably – due in large part to its stunning sophomore album, "Oh My God,
Charlie Darwin." Originally released in 2008 and then re-released last year by Nonesuch Records,
the album has been a serious sleeper, gradually garnering widespread acclaim while appearing on a
plethora of "best albums of 2009" lists.
Called "an intimate feat of harmonies, twang and Americana storytelling" by the Hartford Courant,
"Charlie Darwin" was voted "album of the year" by the Boston Music Awards. Paste magazine gave it
the No. 4 spot on its "best 25 albums of 2009" list, citing its "gorgeous chamber folk."
"The Low Anthem is at its best composing songs fit for a hipster orchestra, with Ben Knox Miller's
delicate vocals backed by an assortment of quirky instrumentation," said Paste. "After two tracks
of quiet intimacy, the band erupts into a pair of foot-stompers, grounding an album that otherwise
might get blown away by the slightest breeze. But whether soft or loud, these 12 songs are exquisite."
Formed in 2006 as a duo featuring multi-instrumentalists Miller and Jeff Prystowsky – who met
while working the graveyard shift at Brown University radio station WBRU – The Low Anthem began
collaborating with classically trained clarinetist and composer (and NASA technician) Jocie Adams
in 2007. The trio recently added a fourth multi-instrumentalist member, Mat Davidson, who plays
everything from accordion and guitar to banjo and mandolin while also adding vocal harmonies.
The foursome recently recorded – in an abandoned pasta sauce factory in Central Falls, R.I. –
some 30 new songs, the results of which are currently being mixed by renowned producer Mike Mogis.
Mogis, a member of acclaimed super group Monsters of Folk, produced the now-classic 2005 Bright
Eyes album, "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning."
The new album is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall, according to a representative
at Nonesuch Records.
The "little rawness and directness" of "Wide Awake" was an inspiration for the forthcoming
Low Anthem album, said Miller in a recent Paste article. "There are certain moments on the
record that really feel like vulnerable moments to me, which is something I'm not used to
putting in songwriting," he said of the new recordings. "There's a strange directness that crept out somehow."
The cavernous former factory provided a stark contrast to the small basement studio on
Block Island that was used to record "Charlie Darwin."
The "natural reverb" of the enormous space created "a sparser mood," said Miller.
"What we created in the pasta sauce factory has a really natural sound to it and a
really live sound. It's not sterilized at all. It's not cleaned up, not trimmed or
cut or over-edited."
Added Prystowsky in the Colorado Springs Independent, "Whether we played loud or
soft, that sound is always there, and you'll be able to hear it. After two years
of playing on the road, and playing both rock-and-roll and folk songs, I think we've started to bridge that gap."
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|4 people, 34 instruments make up The Low Anthem
Stephanie De Pasquale The Quad-City Times
On the Web: www.lowanthem.com
The members of The Low Anthem have an addiction. Between the four of them,
they can play 34 instruments, and while they pare down the number they pack
in their van and trailer for tours, they stop at music stores in every city
and always come back with more instruments than they left with.
“We end up mailing instruments home or dropping stuff off in random
cities with friends so that we can buy more,” Low Anthem member
Jeff Prystowsky said. “On our last tour we bought like three kick drums,
massive ones, too, 28-inch, old vintage drums, ones from the ‘30s and ‘40s,
and we just got an autoharp two days ago. That was a nice purchase.”
On their current tour, Prystowsky and the other band members have
filled the trailer to the brim with the additions of an old accordion,
a new mandolin and a baritone guitar. One instrument that has been
with them from the very beginning is a 1917 pump organ that supposedly
was shipped to Europe during World War I so chaplains could play
hymns for the dead still in the field in the midst of battle.
“It’s got quite a history,” Prystowsky said of the organ they bought
from an elderly woman in Vermont. “That’s what the woman told us,
but she might be lying. She said it went to France. We like to tell
the story that it did because what are you going to do? She was like
80 years old and her name was Thelma, and you’ve got to believe Thelma.”
The Low Anthem used 27 instruments when recording “Oh My God,
Charlie Darwin,” the band’s previous record. They’ve upped the
ante on the new, yet-to-be-titled record that is due out in
September because they have added Mat Davidson to band. He plays
seven instruments that the original three members did not already play.
Each member switches instruments for every song when playing live,
a habit that Prystowsky said helps keep them alert and to put on a
better show. The Low Anthem has been performing five songs they
know will end up on the next album during their current tour.
One big difference with the new songs is that the gap between
The Low Anthem’s rock and folk songs has narrowed, giving the
record a better flow. The other difference fans will notice is
the sound that was achieved by recording in an abandoned factory
instead of a small basement room.
“A lot of the songs you hear were artificially reproduced in
post-production,” Prystowsky said of the previous record.
“But for this next record we rented a huge, empty abandoned
factory building, and the sound of the factory building is
the sound of the record, so on every track you’ll hear the
same kinds of reverb because it sounds like that space.”
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LOVE THIS BAND!
|All I can say is ... THANK YOU !!
Great band and a matrix as well ... incredible live !! You are spoiling us with this one. Off to tell my friends. ;)
|thank you very much for this! I've loved your uploads for years but this one actually made me re-sign up so I could properly thank you! I love The Low Anthem. Seen them open for Josh Ritter and the Avett Brothers. It's nice to finally see them headlining. Kudos to them....and thanks again!
|Thanks to obh2o for spreading the word and more particularly to Bill Koucky and Casey Coniff for recording and whynotus for upping this fine recording of a truly exceptional band.
'Appreciate all y'all!
|Thank you for the recording. Can't wait to give it a listen. Saw them in SF last month and it was incredible.
|Top drawer post 'Whynotus' :-)
Many thanks for sharing!!!
|Oh thank you very much...this looks tasty. Great band. Glad thatI`m not the only one, who think so.
|Thank You Thank You! I was front pew for this and it was magical! The pictures and the music tell a story of a fantastic evening. Tough to get a beer during set break at said bar, the place was packed! Great place to see them, hope they return a few times a year....
thanks for all the effort involved with this :-)
|Thanks a lot for these two filesets and for sharing with us. A customer of mine put me on to this band about a year and a half ago and like him, was immediately mesmerized by their haunting melodies and song structure. Too many influences to name. I'm glad I can say "I was listening to them when..." I haven't had any opportunity to see them yet, but I hope I can before they stop coming around to Vermont. This band is going to be huge when the word finally gets out. Until then, I'm satisfied to have them a well kept secret. I was wondering if they were cool with open taping and not only are they good with it, but they are up on archive.org as well which is totally cool. Thanks again for taping and sharing.
|Totally cool about taping and they really appreciated having a copy of the show i taped last year from Langdon Street 4.13.2009, which BTW is up on Archive.org
|Hey thanks again !!
...and yeah as far as being taper friendly this is from their website-
"OUR TAPING POLICY
If you are a "taper," you will find safe harbor at Low Anthem shows, so long as the venue is not cruel and unusual. "
|Not trying to hog the comment section but after listening I just had to comment-
Hands down the best Low Anthem recording and show to date !!
... and one of the best in my entire collection of shows !
THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!
|Been told "this is the one to get"
Thanks for sharing, and seeders thank you too!
|I have never heard them, but they have been recommended a few times. This will be perfect to listen to on the float trip this weekend. Thanks so very much Bill, much appreciated.
|The other Low Anthem show I recorded is here:
|What the hell Bill? almost a week to put this up? Slacker...
Thanks very much for turning me onto these guys last year and keeping the great tunes coming.
|This is a stellar recording and mix. Thank you very much!
|The future of music is alive and well, thank you Low Anthem!
A FANTASTIC recording, thank you!
|Thank you for sharing this recording and to the band for allowing it.
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