Broken Social Scene releasing a live album isn’t huge news, but doing it at Jack White’s (Third Man Records) Blue Room in Nashville does make it news worthy in my opinion. I’ve been a fan of BSS for years as well as the solo artists that have been part of the ever evolving band – especially Feist and Jason Collett.
What is even more interesting about the recording is it is done via a direct-to-acetate process. Third Man Records produced and released its first three direct-to-acetate recordings in June 2013 Many believe this process is as close to pure audio recording as possible.
“Without overdubs or editing, these three records were mixed in real time on a Rupert Neve 5008 console by Grammy Award winning engineer Vance Powell, and instantly cut to vinyl by master cutter George Ingram using a 1953 Scully Lathe that previously churned out masters for Cincinnati’s legendary King Records (the story goes that James Brown’s It’s A Man’s World was cut on this lathe among many more great sides…) Third Man’s BLUE ROOM is the ONLY LIVE VENUE IN THE WORLD where artists can record their performance direct-to-acetate, and after these first three releases, we have many more of their kind coming down the pipeline.” (Third Man Records) (https://thirdmanrecords.com/news/live-to-acetate-at-third-man-records).
While Third Man states they are the only such facility in the world, I believe Capsule Recording in LA offers a similar recording experience.
Here’s a bit more info on Direct-to-Disc recording.