[photo courtesy of Amanda M. Hatfield]
“The Dirty Projectors are the band you’d get if some Ivy League music majors decided to convert their acappella group into a rock band. Or perhaps, they are, almost, the band we *did* get. If you don’t own Bitte Orca, their excellent album from this year, go out and buy it now, before you don’t own the album that will top all of this year’s “best of” lists.
Experiencing this band live, it is even more striking just how *musical* this band is. Quite frankly, I lack the music theory vocabulary to explain what it is they’re doing up there, but the complexity in their compositions – from the vocal harmonies to the song structures – is evident to even the untutored ear. This night, closing out an almost weeklong run in their home town, saw the Projectors in fine form, playing a nearly 90 minute set (including an acoustic set) that closed out with special guest star David Byrne, as well as an appearance by The Roots. Not since Kid A has a band moved rock music this far forward this quickly, and, like Kid A, challenged the most basic notions about what “rock” music is – and could be.
I recorded this set in the center with my new DPA 4021s. Thanks to the combination of the band’s extremely talented sound engineers, the respectful crowd, and the top-flight equipment, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!”
NYCTaper would like to acknowledge and thank David Longstreth and Domino Records for their kind permission to post this recording.
Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)
[edit: some formats are having problems extracting track 08 of the mp3s due to the syntax of the multi-song title. An alternative Track 08 is here]
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
The Dirty Projectors
New York, NY
An ACIDJACK master recording
Equipment: DPA 4021>Marantz PMD660 (16/44.1)
Position: FOB, center, halfway back
Mastering: WAV>Audacity (tracking, amplify channel, set fades)>FLAC ( level 8 )
01 Imagine It
02 Ascending Melody
03 Cannibal Resource
05 Wittenberg III
07 Fucked For Life
08 Gimme Gimme Gimme>Rise Above>Thirsty and Miserable
09 Two Doves
11 Spray Paint the Walls
12 The Bride
13 Stillness is the Move
14 No Intention (with the Roots)
15 Remade Horizon
16 Useful Chamber
17 encore break
18 Temecula Sunrise
20 Knotty Pine (with David Byrne)
If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Dirty Projectors, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase Bitte Orca directly from the Domino Records website [HERE].