2017-09-27 Seattle, WA

Notes from the Taper

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The Magpie Salute
The Showbox
Seattle, WA
September 27, 2017

** 16 BIT **

Source: Sonic Studios DSM-6P w/3-way lo-cut filter (@ 80hz, middle setting) > Tascam DR-2d @ 16 bit/44.1 kHz
Mastering: .WAV > Sound Forge Pro 11.0 (Build 299) [iZotope Mastering Suite (declick); minor edits, normalize, & fades] > CDWav tracking) > Trader's Little Helper (level 5) > FLAC > TagScanner 6.0.18 (tagging)
Location: Mics mounted on the "blue head", on the elevated area by the kitchen doors, 10 feet behind the soundboard, 20 yards from the stage (see photo)
Recorded by: Steve "ballsdeep" Hagar
Mastered by: Dennis Orr

Setlist:
01 Intro Music
02 Ballad In Urgency
03 Wiser Time
04 Halfway To Everywhere
05 Omission
06 Shalimar Dreams (1)
07 Astral (2)
08 Feel
09 Muddy Water Blues
10 Bring On Bring On
11 Oh Josephine (2)
12 Evil Eye
13 All We Need To Do Is Love (1)
14 How Long
15 By The Light Of The Sunset Moon (2)
16 I Know I'm Losing You
17 Cursed Diamond
18 Chat
19 Paint An 8
20 Sting Me (slow)
21 Chat & Band Intros
- Encore -
22 Sometimes Salvation
23 My Morning song

(1) Marc - lead vocals
(2) Rich - lead vocals

Rich Robinson - guitars & vocals
Marc Ford - guitars & vocals
John Hogg - lead vocals & percussion
Sven Pipien - bass & backing vocals
Joe Magistro - drums & percussion
Chris Konte - keyboards
Nico Bereciartua - guitars
Charity White - backing vocals
Adrien Reju - backing vocals
Katrine Ottosen - backing vocals, harp, & percussion

Show Notes:
This was probably the show I was looking forward to the least, not due to the excellent onstage product (at all), but due to the venue itself. The Showbox sounds great, and the staff treated me first-rate last night. But the walk-thru metal detectors? Wholly unnecessary. and their policy on video is not real friendly, but once again Drew and the band went to bat for me (and YOU folks as well), to what I believe are excellent results.

While the production manager said only 200 tickets were sold, I'd put the final tally of people there at least at 300, if not somewhat more, as every seat was taken (150?), and there looked to be 200-250 on the floor. Which, for an "unknown" band on a Wednesday night wasn't too shabby.

And the crowd was *really* into it (which Rich mentioned a bit).

Back to the music itself, with this being my final one for a couple weeks, I was hoping for some good stuff.

Opening with Ballad > Wiser was like a cannabis salve that took one back to 1995 lickity-split.

A few days ago, I'd handed Rich a list of songs requested by the die-hard Crowes fans I'm in contact with, and lo-and-behold, 2 shows later, (Slow) Sting Me made a fucking appearance!!! They soundchecked it in California (Santa Cruz, I believe) but I don't believe this lineup had played it live yet, though I could be mistaken. Either way, that is one that can be crossed off the list.

"Evil Eye" had a crazy, spacey jam at the end that took me right back to 1996, with eyes closed OR open.

The 1-2 punch of By The Light Of The Sunset Moon > I Know I'm Losing You was a real treat, having heard neither before. and the latter was some gritty white-boy borderline funk that made me realize just how amazing and special what we are getting to witness right now actually is.

The 3 song SHAMC finale with the MMS closer was a tour-de-force that just kept building and building, and it's right up there with any version the Crowes laid out after '95 (the HATM tour they were on another level).

And "Paint An 8"...and "Muddy Water Blues"...and "Bring On Bring On"...can these guys (and gals) do no wrong?

Speaking of wrong, it is WRONG to not thank others for their kindness...while I'm out here just fucking off and pushing buttons, Dennis is the REAL saint of this operation, with his stellar turnaround time so YOU can hear what this is all about.

Give him a shout, let him know that you appreciate him allocating his time to pleasure your cochlear nerves...

Just throw me a kick to the front-butt and whatever profanity suits your fancy. as your dirt is my food.

Off to see Dave Mason (Traffic) manana, then the almighty Sturgill Simpson (with a $120 FRONT ROW Dress Circle ticket) on Friday...so you know what that means...#filmyfilmy

---ballsdeep OUT!!! (like a herd of turtles)

P.S. And lastly, great to see sisterluck24 and artood2 from the ol' .org and A2 days. A couple of the old-schoolers are always great to commiserate with...and they both left with shit-eating grins as well.



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