ArpLine: May 15, 2010 Piano’s (NYCTaper 3rd Anniversary Concert) – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

May 19, 2010

[Excellent photos taken for nyctaper by David Andrako]

Since it posted its inaugural recording back in 2007, has tried to expose its readers to the latest music from well-known artists as well as promote newer bands that are worthy of attention.  The NYCTaper 3rd Anniversary Concert, held this year at the intimate Pianos in Manhattan, was particularly dedicated to honoring that second (and arguably more important) mission.  At a venue already legendary for exposing soon-to-be stars, four of our favorite bands took the stage and gave performances that matched or exceeded their strongest efforts to date.  Our headliner, ArpLine, has been playing nonstop in 2010, and their tightly-composed sets have continued to win over fans.  Combining technological prowess with stellar hooks and a focused delivery, ArpLine performances sound and feel big. This set, despite clocking in at a venue-mandated 36 minutes (the DJ party started at 1), did not disappoint, as the band kicked things off with their Village Voice-approved single, “Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper,” and wrapped up the night with my favorite of their songs, the rhythmic, head-bobbing “Parts Unknown.”  As this was my first full year as a contributor to the site, and one of the first bands that I weighed in for us to feature, I would like to extend my sincere personal thanks to ArpLine and their management not only for playing our show, but for their music.  And, of course, to the founder of nyctaper for making this all possible.  Most of all, I would like to thank our readers for their encouragement as well as criticism.

The sets of the other three acts, Dinosaur Feathers, Uninhabitable Mansions, and Natureboy, will be posted soon.   We recorded each of these sets with the Neumann hypercardiod microphones and a stereo soundboard feed provided by our hosts at Pianos.  The sound quality is excellent.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE].  Listen to “Parts Unknown” [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

New York, NY  USA

Equipment: Soundboard + Neumann KM150>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/48)
Position: Mics at ~7′, pointed at stacks from right corner of room
Mastering: 2×24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, downsample, amplify channels)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Setlist [Time 36:44]
01 Speed (Rush Ah)
02 Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper
03 Make It Rain
04 Sound and Versions
05 Amplify
06 Weekend in the Colonies
07 Rope
08 Parts Unknown

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT ArpLine, visit their website, and purchase their excellent debut album Travel Book, when it is released this fall (the band’s Bandcamp site is no more as the album will be officially released then).

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