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Captain Squeegee - Crescent Ballroom - Thursday, December 5

Talking about Captain Squeegee's new album, To The Bardos, frontman Danny Torgersen is excited about the songwriting and the performances, and he's excited about the crowdfunding campaign that made it possible -- he's excited about most things, to be honest. But that's not what he's most excited about. "I think Bob Hoag saved the record," he tells me. Hoag, who recorded and produced the album at Flying Blanket Recording in Mesa, was the impetus for all the crowdfunding in the first place.

"There's seven of us playing like 10 instruments . . . and there's always been this problem where by the time we're done recording you can't hear anything." The way he says it it sounds like the problem is mystifying him even now, with copies of the record sitting shrinkwrapped in his backpack.

That's the big deal about To The Bardos, really: If you haven't seen them live, this is the first chance you'll get to know what Captain Squeegee sounds like. The unwieldy klatsch of horn-players and guitarists is separated in the mix now, and Torgersen is willing to send most of the credit Hoag's way -- the added clarity, the professional equipment, even the ability to tell them what not to play. "He said 'no' to me more than I've ever heard the word in the studio, and he was the first person I believed when he said it . . . He was like an uncle I could trust with my children for the summer."

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Dan Moore