[photo by Oliver Lopena]
What a difference a year can make in the music world. Eleven months ago, I went with The Antlers to a loft party in Fort Greene, where they basically played through someone’s home stereo. I was the only person there to see the Antlers. A couple of weeks later, they played before a crowd of six people in the Tap Room at the old Knitting Factory. At that point, Hospice was finished, the band had little success shopping it to the various record companies and the decision was made to self-release the album. Even the March CD release show, one of my favorite nights of the entire year, was an intimate crowd of family, friends and supporters at Union Hall.
Six months later, on the opening Tuesday night of CMJ at the brooklynvegan showcase, the band played to a sold out Music Hall — the type of big event I predicted for this band a year and a half ago. The packed crowd was there to see the Antlers — many departed after their set — and the band did not disappoint. In a validation for all of us who have followed and championed this band since the early days, the trio delivered a phenomenal performance of intensity and magnitude and wowed the many in attendance.
The Antlers left the U.S. today for an extensive west coast and European tour. Hospice will be released in Europe in November. On December 15, they return to NYC to headline Bowery Ballroom, with Sharon Van Etten as the opener.
We recorded this set with the four-microphone rig from a position in front of the soundboard. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!
This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA
Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Soundboard Booth
Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced
[Total Time 48:13]
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].