Live at Kulak’s Woodshed is the new, brief but breathless, live recording from Cloud (Tyler Taormina). Recorded during the Plays With Fire period, that acclaimed album offered nine songs and 32 minutes of quiet optimism and greying nostalgia, mixing the wide-eyed naïveté of Jonathan Richman with the cold-weather pop of Yo La Tengo and the fractured soundscapes of Galaxie 500.
This three piece recording sees Taormina perform “Happer’s Laugh” and “Comet Happer” alongside powerful stripped down renditions of classic Comfort Songs material, ‘Authorless Novel’ and ‘Mother Sea’. The live album is accompanied by a high quality multi-camera video of the full set in this gorgeously strange performance space in Northern Hollywood. The video will be free to watch on YouTube and Bandcamp.
“Live at Kulak’s Woodshed is almost literally the only document of the band’s live performance. The bizarre and enchanting studio space in Valley Village was equipped with a five camera setup involving jibs, sliders and a small camera crew around the woodshed. We invited a few friends to come to the recording process and had prepared a set featuring tunes from Comfort Songs, Plays with Fire, and the few remaining songs yet to be released. Other acts including Oren Pine and Mines Falls played as well that night creating a cozy, friendly atmosphere. The recordings for Cloud’s set were mixed and mastered by the wonderful Shaun Oppedisano. I’m quite glad that everything fell into place and that this is the live performance that Cloud can be remembered by. Although the band is primarily a studio effort, we’ve had a tremendously good time playing the few chances we got around to doing so. Thanks for listening.” – Tyler Taormina (2019)