The complete realization of two years of hard work, Hospice is an early candidate for the best of 2009. The Antlers have realized the potential that some of us saw years ago, and have produced a profound linear album of illness, loss and acceptance. On Thursday night at Union Hall, a packed crowd witnessed one of the early candidates for concert of the year. Accompanied by a fine trombonist and a choir of their musician friends, The Antlers delivered an intense live rendition of Hospice as a suite. The songs took on a less claustrophobic air than the studio release, and in turn each track was more aggressive and immediate. In particular “Sylvia” was quite emotional, as Peter Silberman literally screamed the title name as if in anguish. “Two” has been performed multiple times with its new live arrangement, but this version was by far the best we have seen. As the album concludes with a quiet “Epilogue”, Peter stepped forward with a moving solo rendition. The crowd refused to let The Antlers leave the stage after the album was complete, and the band came back and performed an unplanned encore.
We recorded this set by attaching the DPA microphones to the wooden ceiling beam about 15 feet from the stage. The placement pointed directly towards the stacks and the band on stage. The mics were also high enough to avoid any crowd noise, although there was not much — this was the most respectful packed house we have seen in quite some time. We are extremely happy with results. Enjoy!
This Recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].
Brooklyn, NY USA
“Hospice” CD Release Show
Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Upfront
15 Feet Center – Microphones on Ceiling Beam
DPA 4021s > Edirol UA-5 (Oade Digimod) > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge 8.0 (level adjustments, downsample 16/44) > CD Wave > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[total time 1:11:02]
13 [encore break]
14 Cold War
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