Beachwood Sparks
2017-06-09 :: Sonoma, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA ::
Gundlach Bundschu winery :: Huichica Music Festival :: M-AUD

~*~ Mk2 version, remastered fixing a few issues, WITH EQ ~*~

01. --tuning up--
02. Once We Were Trees
03. --talk & tuning--
04. Sparks Fly Again
05. --talk & tuning--
06. Tarnished Gold
07. --talk & tuning--
08. Silver Morning After
09. --talk & tuning--
10. Old Manatee
11. --talk & tuning--
12. Mollusk ->
13. The Sun Surrounds Me
14. --talk & tuning--
15. Leave That Light On
16. --talk & tuning--
17. Sister Rose
18. Time
19. --talk & tuning--
20. Midsummer Daydream
21. --talk & tuning & band intros--
22. You Take The Gold
23. --talk & tuning--
24. Desert Skies
25. --talk & tuning--
26. By Your Side
27. --talk & tuning--

Encore :::
28. Ghost Dance 1492

Total Time ::: 1:01:32

::: Very fine stereo AUD. Check samples for "no go" or "go, go!" decidin'.
::: Warts: NOT MANY. Some AUD noise, yelling & clapping, mostly between songs. Couple of mike motion disturbances.
::: CONTRAST CLAUSE: This is the more listenable Mk2 WITH EQ version. The original mix Mk1 NO EQ version may be found elsewhere.
::: Set started @ 8:35PM. This is the full show. There was no soundcheck.
::: Huichica Music Festival June 9 & 10, 2017: Lineup (not sure they all played!): Beachwood Sparks/Allah Las/Dean Wareham (performing Galaxie 500)/Avey Tare (of Animal Collective)/Robyn Hitchcock/Heron Oblivion/Fred and Toody (of Dead Moon)/The Tyde/GospelbeacH/Cave Singers/Mattson 2 (playing A Love Supreme)/Joe Pug/Tim Cohen/Tara Jane O´┐Żneil/Once and Future Band/Boogarins/Cool Ghouls/Mr. Elevator/Pesos/Britta Phillips/Greg Loiacono/William Tyler/Billy Changer/M. Ross Perkins/Omar Valesc/Mapache/Alina Hardin/Big Search/Outer Embassy/Two Sheds
::: More festival info @
::: Poster @
::: This taper did not record any other acts.
::: Uploaded in memory of band co-founder Josh Schwartz, who died in September 2017.

Recording Information ::: Sony Linear PCM Recorder PCM-M10, internal mics, attached to small stand held at head level pointed toward the stage -> (LPCM 44.10kHz/16bit) WAV files.

Further taping notes: "I was standing slightly to stage left of center, about 30 feet from the stage. Mic Sensitivity was set to "Lo" throughout. Had to move around a little during the show due to flow of individuals dancing & moving around."

Remastering 2017-06-xx & 2018-08-xx ::: (LPCM 44.10kHz/16bit) WAV files -> computer -> Audacity [fades, some minor glitch & slap repair, volume adjustments, NO equalisation or noise reduction] -> CD Wave (track splits) -> flacs (Trader's Little Helper) -> yr ears. First uploaded 2018-08-xx.

Line-up (not all confirmed) ::: Christopher Gunst- electric guitar, lead vocals // Ben Knight - electric guitar, vocals? // Farmer Dave Scher(? sounds like another name) - keyboards, steel guitar // Brent Rademaker - electric bass, vocals // Aaron Sperske(?) - drums // Guests: a couple of friends on background vocals (on #02? only).

Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline.

DimeTravel 442 ::: Thanks to the original taper & trader, Zongo! ::: Corrections welcome ::: Taper comments: "Observations: The festival was small, about 400 people, on a beautiful hill overlooking a valley in Sonoma, with grape orchards and hills, sunny day. The audience had a significant range in age, but the majority appeared to be late 20's & early 30's, with many children also running around; many people dressed in very hip clothes, a lot of grooviness present. The actual music was inside a large barn that had one end entirely open to the outside. The sound inside the barn was truly awful, with heavily overloaded bass, one guitar almost inaudible, vocals buried and mixed pretty poorly. The recording actually sounds better than it did live. The band was also dressed in groovy attire, with a small liquid light show behind them, and appeared to be enjoying themselves quite a bit. On at least one song (the second one?) a couple of what appeared to be friends of the band came up & sang background vocals. There was a very free and easygoing vibe that extended from the audience connecting through to the band." Nice set with a pretty good cross-section of material from their albums. If I have it right, songs originally appeared on "Desert Skies" x3, "The Tarnished Gold" x4, "Once We Were Trees" x5, "Beachwood Sparks" (1st) x2, "Make the Robot Cowboys Cry" (EP) x1. I really enjoyed this once some EQ was applied to bring it more in line with sound on the the first album (just a tad too muddy before that), so go for that version if you aren't sure where to start. So far, we've seen surprisingly few live recordings of these guys surface, more's the pity as they're a damn fine band! Listen, enjoy, show appreciation, share, give, spread peace. Yrs truly, Knees

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