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Beatbots A/V Club : Archive » Double Dagger: Hampden Fest; Baltimore, MD September 15, 2007
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I had my reservations about making this recording public because there are several flaws (distortion) and Double Dagger had their reservations because they didn’t feel they played too well. In the end, DD decided to let the fans decide for themselves. In the words of the band,
“maybe you could add a note to the text file that says something like, “Double Dagger says: first 3/5 set is pretty terrible. last 2/5 is pretty good!” I agree, from No Allies to the end, this set smokes (but it drags after the first track…you can skip track 3 and be spared).

I thought this was, by far, the best lineup of local bands assembled for a day of music this year. And I’m sure many remarked that “this is the best lineup for Hampden Fest ever.”
Normally it would have been tough to decide which stage to plant myself at for the day, but the Atomic Stage was a no-brainer: Baby Aspirin (love em!), Jason Dove and The Magic Whip (I’ve seen Jason solo, but the full band is excellent!), The Secret Crush Society (my second time to see them, they were really good), Double Dagger (first heard them at Whartscape and they were one of the best acts of the festival), The Ubangis (my second time to see them), and my retarded boys The Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad.

The other stages had some excellent bands, many of which I’m bummed I didn’t get to check out…even more bummed thinking that the sound at those stages was probably better than this one, but what can you do? To be honest, while the Flute Squad set is available here, I really doubt any of the other recordings will see the light of day.

Rather than talk about how excellent this recording sounds (for the most part) or how excellent the band rips through “Luxury Condos for the Poor” (recently voted City Paper’s Best of Baltimore “Best Song“), I’d like to take this time and space to bitch and moan for a moment. A long story short: this guy, who’s not in any of the bands, is shaking a yellow tambourine during Baby Aspirin, Jason Dove, Red Crish Society. A few minutes before Double Dagger was coming on, I asked a friend of his if he could stop. Normally while taping, I let the audience do whatever they do…I’m there to record the music and not interfere with other fans….though I had one show at The Depot where I paid a guy five bucks if he and his chatty friends went away.

Anyway, you can hear on the first track the tambourine in the background…this is after I asked that he not shake the tambourine. This guy was such an asshole that he walked over to the sidewalk near me, and continued shaking, and looking over at me. He continued that for a few minutes, but, thankfully, stopped and left as the first Double Dagger song hit the air. I think that sucks. Forget that I was taping, it was just rude behavior to shake the tambourine. And then to continue doing it, on purpose, is just shitty.

Thanks Shitty Tambourine Man, this set’s for you….

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