Animal Collective: January 20, 2009 Grand Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Direct Downloads (NEW LINKS!)

January 21, 2009

[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.  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!

Listen to this recording in streaming audio or download below:

These are direct downloads in FLAC and MP3 from another server (right click and “save file as” or “save target as”), or use a download manager.

Firefox users can Down Them All! at once (here).

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Animal Collective
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]

Information: [TXT FILE]
Verification: [MD5 FILE]

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Animal Collective, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases directly from Domino Records site [HERE].

20 Responses to Animal Collective: January 20, 2009 Grand Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Direct Downloads (NEW LINKS!)

  1. mcg
    January 21, 2009 at 6:34 am

    helluva show. thx for helping relive it the morning after.

  2. Shawn
    January 21, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Thanks so much! Sound was awesome last night and I’m sure you got a great pull here.

  3. dg
    January 21, 2009 at 10:58 am

    thanks. i missed this one last night. couldn’t find a ticket outside, and saw some people buy fakes. such a scam. can’t wait to hear how banshee beat sounded.

  4. January 21, 2009 at 11:54 am

    as always, thanks!

  5. Konrad
    January 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    THANKS for taping! great show, can’t wait to see em again

  6. January 22, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Apologies for all the down time. This seriously has been by far the most popular download in the history of the site. I have twice today increased the capacity of the private server and we’re still not able to handle the volume.
    Thanks for everyone’s patience. I have literally not received a single email that showed any impatience whatsoever.
    And your good karma shall be rewarded — tonight’s show was actually a tighter and better performance than the Grand Ballroom show, the sound quality in the venue was incredible, really absolutely superb sound. The best news of all is that I recorded with my best rig in the perfect location and the recording is perhaps the best ever captured for nyctaper. It won’t be up tonight, but if the volume drops off, I hope to have it up sometime tomorrow afternoon or evening — server permitting.

  7. Nadav Gazit
    January 22, 2009 at 5:32 am

    I shall wait – no worries. :P

  8. roberto gioffrè
    January 22, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Animal Collective are one of the most exciting bands around. thanks for sharing this video. Ciao from Italy

  9. rhannett
    January 22, 2009 at 11:42 am

    thanks for posting this. show sold out so quick and couldn’t score a ticket.
    full support for this band for many years now and always push their stuff as much as possible through deejaying, sharing video & official web-links and recommending and playing their music at the shop i work at.
    best, RHannett

  10. Harrison Kroos
    January 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm


  11. Harrison Kroos
    January 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm


  12. January 22, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    These files are being moved to the Internet Archive at I expect that the transition will be completed this evening. If your download is interrupted, please check the updates in this topic.

  13. Josh
    January 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    You’re the best!

  14. bva
    January 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Attended the Bowery show last night – was hoping the recording equipment was yours. thanks for the time and effort as it is very much appreciated.

  15. January 23, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Thanks Nyctaper! Show sounds excellent. I’ll get to see Animal Collective live for the first time this spring – excited.

  16. EOTW
    January 23, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Thanks for moving them to Great place! I DL’d the first 5 tracks at the address you provided and couldn’t get the rest until just now and will spin this tomorrow morning on my run. Thanks for this.

  17. Kenny
    January 23, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Thank you for this. I was there and the low end was so loud i am very impressed w/ the quality on this. Thank you again

  18. Adam Thrasher
    February 5, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I made the journey from WTF to Fan in “record” time (pun intended) due to these 2 (20 & 21 Jan) AC recording by NYC Taper. Great job!

    Peace, Adam

  19. Arturo Rodríguez
    February 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm


  20. March 8, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Amazing! Thanks a lot!

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