[photo courtesy of Jonny Leather]
On a day when the world took an historic step forward, Animal Collective made a little history of their own. Tuesday was the release day for Merriweather Post Pavilion, the band’s eighth studio album that had gathered stellar reviews and “best of 2009” raves even before its release — along with the announcement of a world tour.Â The celebration of the new album took place last night appropriately at a Ballroom, and there was clearly a festive atmosphere. Although the band took things slowly at first, the set gradually built the energy for such Merriweather highlights at “Summertime Clothes”, a slightly reworked “Daily Routine” and the set closing “Brother Sport”. It was however, the performance of Strawberry Jam’s “Fireworks” where AC really shined, as Avey began the song with a brief version of the obscure “Lablakely Dress” before stretching out “Fireworks” to nearly 13 minutes — including an inspired middle “jam” section. The remainder of the set — which included “My Girls” and two encores — was merely icing on the celebratory cake.
We recorded this set from the “sweet spot” on the floor with our mobile rig. Although the large ceilings created some muddiness in the sound, we feel that the hyper-directional microphones did some excellent work. Enjoy!
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Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom
New York, NY USA
Digital Master Recording
Recorded from FOB
Dead Center 40 Feet from PA
DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > 16bit 44.1 wav > Soundforge (set fades, level boost, slight eq) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced by
[Total Time 1:36:15]
01 In The Flowers [FLAC] [MP3]
02 Leaf House [FLAC] [MP3]
03 Blue Sky [FLAC] [MP3]
04 Guys Eyes [FLAC] [MP3]
05 Summertime Clothes [FLAC] [MP3]
06 Daily Routine [FLAC] [MP3]
07 Lion in a Coma [FLAC] [MP3]
08 Lablakely Dress [FLAC] [MP3]
09 Fireworks [FLAC] [MP3]
10 My Girls [FLAC] [MP3]
11 Brother Sport [FLAC] [MP3]
12 [encore break] [FLAC] [MP3]
13 Banshee Beat [FLAC] [MP3]
14 Slippi [FLAC] [MP3]
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