Saturday, July 6, 2024

Bitchin Bajas at the Empty Bottle in Chicago on March 5, 2022

Ryley Walker brought the Bitchin Bajas with him on a little mini-tour of Milwaukee and Chicago during the first week of March 2022. It was really more of a co-headlining show, as Ryley no doubt would agree to, since he referred to the Bajas on stage as "one of the most important Chicago bands of the past 20 years."


Comprised of keyboardists Cooper Crain, Dan Quinlivan, and Rob Frye (who also plays flute and sax) the band has released a surprising number of albums since their beginnings in 2010. The music is at turns psychedelic and meditative, lush and hypnotically repetitive. 

For this show they were joined onstage by Jayve Montgomery on an Akai electronic wind instrument for a cover of Sun Ra's "Opus in Springtime."

Big thanks to the band for allowing taping and especially Cooper who went out of his way to make sure I had the correct setlist.

Buy their newest album here.

Recording information:

Chicago, IL at the Empty Bottle

Cooper Crain: keyboards
Rob Frye: flute, sax, and keyboards
Dan Quinlivan: keyboards
Jayve Montgomery: Akai EWI-4000 (Track 4 only)

01 World B. Free (10:54)
02 Amorpha (8:17)
03 Chili (5:21)
04 Opus In Springtime [Sun Ra] (8:03)
05 Jammu (8:49)
06 Be Going (10:00)

Total time = 51:24

microphones: Beyerdynamic MC930 stereo pair in NOS
additional source: mono soundboard feed
recorder: Sound Devices MixPre 6 at 24/96
software: Audacity, Fission, xAct


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