When we approached New Design High at 350 Grand Street at dusk on Friday night, the line for the Rooftop Concert Series season premiere spread across Grand, up Delancey and over and around onto Broome. After the six-flight walk-up, the large crowd was treated to a short but powerful set of music by Brooklyn’s Dirty on Purpose. As the sun set and with a spectacular view of downtown Manhattan available from all angles, the melodic guitar-oriented music opened the season with such appropriate songs including “Girls & Sunshine” and “Summer Dress”.
There were several impediments to optimal recording for this event, but none significantly detract from the enjoyment of this excellent capture. There was a generator on the rooftop (either power or air conditioning) which hums along in between songs and some barely audible wind bursts. The mobile sound system was quite basic, and was somewhat saturated in the first song. We were fortunate to set up 15 feet from the stage and as a result the impediments are fairly minor. Overall, as a result this is probably a better listen than our Mercury recording of Dirty on Purpose. Enjoy!
Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
Dirty on Purpose
Rooftop Films Concert Series
New Design High Rooftop
New York, NY USA
Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Upfront
15 Feet from PA Stacks
Neumann KM-150’s > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > digital coax > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge 8.0 (level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.75 > Flac Frontend (level 7) > flac
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[Total time 27:16]
02 These Days Were for Us
03 Girls & Sunshine
04 The Thing about Getaways
05 Summer Dress
07 Canned Fumes
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