Antlers: December 15, 2009 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 16, 2009

[photos taken for nyctaper by Kate Ehle – many more here]

As the climax of what Peter Silberman called the “best year of [his] life” from the stage last night, The Antlers performed consensus album of the year Hospice songs to a sold out Bowery Ballroom — a room packed to walls yet eerily quiet during the music. We have meticulously chronicled the band’s evolution over these last few years, and last night was certainly the intensely satisfying culmination of many aspirations and expectations. In today’s New York Times, Jon Parales described the concert:

In an enthralling concert at the Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday night, playing the songs from “Hospice” to a rapt audience, the Antlers (from Brooklyn) made clear that the music was not just a vehicle for the story. It was its own molten element, moving at its own pace. Songs emerged from, and sometimes dissolved back into, stretches of abstract sound: Mr. Silberman’s guitar feedback darkening like storm clouds, Darby Cicci’s hissing or whooshing keyboard sounds, Michael Lerner’s atmospheric cymbals, the band’s loops and layers of static and effects that only gradually led into chords and rhythms. Eventually they were topped by the words.

At nearly ninety minutes, The Antlers performed what Peter later described to me as the longest set they have ever played. The band also debuted an as yet untitled new song. Additionally, there was a special appearance by Sharon Van Etten on both “Thirteen”, which she sings on the album, but also on the set-closing epic “Wake”. The intensity of the performance of the album’s climax moment was awe-inspiring as Peter, Sharon and Darby sang the final words “don’t ever let anyone tell you you deserve that” in perfect harmony and unison. It was a moment that we will not soon forget.

This set was recorded by both nyctaper and acidjack. We set up in the center of the balcony and rose the microphone pole up over 10 feet with four microphones. This excellent recording captures the excellent sound quality in the venue and the depth of the performance. Enjoy!

Uninhabitable Mansions and Sharon Van Etten were also recorded and will be posted soon.

FLAC and MP3 Downloads of this show are now available at [HERE]

Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded Behind 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 by nyctaper and acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:24:29]
01 Thirteen*
02 Kettering
03 Sylvia
04 Bear
05 Atrophy
06 [Untitled new song]
07 Two
08 Shiva
09 [banter]
10 Wake*
11 [encore break]
12 Cold War
13 Epilogue
*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].

12 Responses to Antlers: December 15, 2009 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads

  1. m
    December 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm


  2. December 17, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Looking forward to revisiting this show, thx for taping. Definitely seemed like they were overwhelmed with such a perfect hometown ending to their tour and to their year. At the end of Thirteen, no one spoke and the silence was broken only by the shutters of camera lenses. Then they broke into Kettering and that haunting opening lyric, “I wish that I had known
    In that first minute we met
    The unpayable debt
    I would owe you…”
    Wow, incredible show.

  3. December 17, 2009 at 10:03 am

    This sounds like an amazing show. I love that new song!

  4. k
    December 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    show was so out of control. thank you for recording it — is amazing to listen to this again.

  5. December 17, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Great as always. Thank you.

  6. heyhey
    December 18, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    where is the link to see the video of the show??

  7. December 18, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    NYCTaper is audio only. Flac and MP3 are audio formats.

  8. Cooper
    December 19, 2009 at 1:01 am

    thanks so much for this. excellent sound and a great show. awesome!

  9. April 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Track 6 “Untitled New Song” has been reworked and is now called “Putting The Dog To Sleep”. Its the last track on Burst Apart.

  10. ontheplains
    April 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I would love to get either the mp3 or FLAC set for this. That dastardly cheating site is dead now. Anywhere I can perhaps procure this? (and yes, I’ve googled and searched on torrent sites to no avail.)


  11. edaw
    August 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Any chance that the mp3’s to this show will be posted again?

  12. acidjack
    August 12, 2011 at 5:43 am

    You can email us for the link.

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