Web hype is such a mixed blessing. In the intervening months since ToddP booked last night’s show at the Market Hotel, Wavves has “hit it’ big on the web, with features on all the major blogs, including Gorilla vs. Bear, Pitchfork and even Spin. Indeed, Pitchfork.tv was there to record Wavves last night.
The result of the rapid hype was the disconcerting swelling of a capacity see-and-be-seen crowd for just that one twenty-minute set by Wavves — many of whom chatted loudly during the quiet first song, and filtered out immediately after the duo stopped playing. Wavves (and Nathan) are indeed quite good, as last night’s set was a fine live garage-rock style presentation of Nathan’s excellent bedroom-lo-fi recordings. But really we would prefer to see them perform when not being bumped into by industry-types rushing to the front lines. Fortunately, Nathan seems like a good-natured and level-headed kid who should survive the inevitable backlash and the days when he is no longer the “next big thing”. We wish him luck.
We recorded this set from a prime location approximately 30 feet in a direct line to the PA speakers. The system has been upgraded slightly since our last visit to the Market, and as a result we are quite pleased with the quality of this capture. Enjoy!
Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
Brooklyn NY USA
Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded 30 feet from Right PA
Neumann KM-150 (AK-50 Hypercardiods) > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > Digital Coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (set fades, level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[total time 20:28]
01 Weed Demon
02 California Goth
03 Rainbow Everywhere
04 So Bored
06 Sun Opens My Eyes
07 [equipment problem]
If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wavves, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their available releases through links at the Wavves MySpace page. The new CD will be released by Fat Possum Records in March.