There are second acts in music. On Friday night, the Antlers celebrated the re-release of their brilliant Hospice (on Frenchkiss Records) with a show at the Mercury Lounge. As the band’s fans and our faithful readers recall, the Antlers performed Hospice start to finish with a chorus and guests at Union Hall in March when the album was self-released. We captured that amazing event, but sadly missed this week’s second act as we’re still on vacation. Fortunately, acidjack was there to record the show. The band made another run through Hospice and were joined by Sharon Van Etten. In terms of the performance, after six months of nearly constant touring, The Antlers are tighter than ever, and it was a bit of a surprise to hear an excellent re-working (or “re-re-working” really) of “Two”. With a new video for “Two”, extensive tour plans, some more Pitchfork love, and all the momentum in the world, the days are numbered that NYC will be able to see The Antlers in venues this small (catch them at Maxwell’s on October 3). Sometimes its true that nice things happen to nice people.
Acidjack recorded from upfront and captured an outstanding recording, marred only slightly and intermittently by some crowd chatter. Enjoy!
This recording is now available to download in FLAC or MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].
New York, NY USA
An ACIDJACK master recording
Equipment: AKG ck91 cardiod capsules (Busman active mod)>custom battery box>R-09HR (24/48)
Placement: Clamp to right side of soundboard, ~11′ up, DIN
Mastering: raw WAV>Audacity (tracking, set fades, amplify each channel to -0.1dB, downsample to 44.1/16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )
11 Thirteen* (with false start)
13 Wake (continued)
14 [encore break]
*with Sharon Van Etten
If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Antlers, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase Hospice directly from Frenchkiss Records [HERE].