Calvin Johnson made a rare but very welcome NYC appearance on Sunday afternoon at the intimate Bowery Poetry Club. At a venue of this nature, Calvin’s sublime personality and dry humor were on intimate display and his songwriting gifts were evident. At the merch table before and after the show he greeted and charmed all comers, and offered a full array of his eclectic catalog. The one-hour performance contained highlights from his solo records, several new numbers, and one Beat Happening song.
The attempt to capture a recording of this event proved extremely difficult. We set up about 30 feet from the stage which was a mistake — we needed to be much closer. Calvin performed with one microphone in the middle of the stage, and his frequent movements created fluctuations in volume. Additionally, the quiet of the music was often interrupted by loud sounds from the bar, the audience, and a loud rotating fan. Fortunately, the fan was shut off at Calvin’s request twelve minutes into the show.
As a result, the raw audience recording of this concert was nearly unlistenable. We were extremely fortunate to have met with punkcast.com after the show, and arranged to combine punkcast’s mono soundboard feed with our audience recording. After many hours with the files in Soundforge, we mixed the audience and soundboard sources and edited many of the flaws of the recording. Ultimately, what is offered here is far from perfect, but is a significant improvement from the initial recording. We offer many thanks to punkcast for his generosity, and of course many thanks to Calvin and Chad from dubnarcotic.org for permission to record.
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
Bowery Poetry Club
New York, NY USA
Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix
Soundboard > mono feed > MD + Front of Board Audience Master (30 Feet from Stage)
DPA 4021s (6 ft Stand) > Apogee Mini-Me > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav files
Soundforge (resample, level adjustments, sync + mix audio sources) > 16bit 44.1kHz wav file > CDWave > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Soundboard Recorded by punkcast
Audience Recorded by nyctaper
Produced by nyctaper
[total time 1:02:05]
01 When You Are Mine
04 Rabbit Blood
05 Hurrying on to Something
06 Sitting Alone At The Movies
07 I’m Down
08 Your Eyes
09 Can I Ask You Something
10 Drive Me Good and Crazy
12 Apple to the Core
13 Ride With Me
15 Wrap Me in Cotton
If you email nyctaper to download this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT this outstanding artist and visit Calvin’s website, visit the amazing K Records site, and purchase Calvin Johnson’s official releases (here).