Willie Alexander and The Boom Boom Band: December 27, 2008 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads

January 5, 2009

[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

When we posted the nyctaper recording of Yo La Tengo’s performance from this seventh night of the Hanukkah shows, we spoke about their encyclopedic knowledge of popular music. In the selection of Willie Alexander and The Boom Boom Band to open this night, it was as if YLT covered an entire volume of that history. In a forty year career, Willie has in Zelig-like fashion crossed paths with almost all elements of popular culture — from the Velvet Underground to the Rathskeller in Boston to French New Wave to even Stephen King. A summary of his career biography reads like a novel.

It was with that level of experience that The Boom Boom Band took the stage Saturday last, and in true rock-n-roll fashion delivered a non-stop blistering forty-five minute set of pub/punk/power/poetic pop. As if undeterred by the passing of time, the band whose debut album appeared in 1978 performed energetic renditions of a career’s worth of material, and finished the set with an appropriately manic “Dirty Eddie”.

We recorded this set from the same location as the YLT recording and the sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Front Corner of Sound Desk
Dead Center, approximately 30 feet from the PA

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR Cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, slight level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by

[Total Time 43:35]
01 High Tide Heroes
02 [Charles Olson]
03 Fred Buck’s Footsteps
04 Hey Kid
05 Hit Her Wid de Axe
06 Looking Like a Bimbo
07 Aaww
08 Hair
09 Radio Heart
10 Dirty Eddie

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Willie Alexander, visit his website, and purchase his official releases directly from the store at his website [HERE].

4 Responses to Willie Alexander and The Boom Boom Band: December 27, 2008 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads

  1. John from Garden City
    January 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    You never cease to amaze me. I’ll download this one when I get home. My donation is on the way.

  2. John again
    January 6, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    NYCTaper, thank you.

    When I lived in Massachusetts I used to see WA perform regularly. But it’s rare that he comes south; a real loss for me and for New York.

    Since I had to be out of town and miss this show I truly appreciate the opportunity to hear your files. Thanks again!

  3. severin grossman
    September 26, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    this is Sev Bassplayer for the Boom Boom Band.I was unaware of
    the existence of this recording and would love to hear it but need
    the password;i have downloaded it.
    Willie and I are somewhat techno-
    phobic.Is it possible to send it to me.

    thank you,

  4. September 26, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Hey Sev, email me your address and I’ll mail out a couple of copies on Monday.
    email [email protected]

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