Soft Black: October 21, 2010 NYCTaper CMJ Day Party – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

October 25, 2010

[photo courtesy of Chris LaPutt and brooklynvegan]

I first saw Soft Black at Blake Luley’s Gaza Benefit Show this summer, and I was instantly blown away by frontman Vincent Cacchione’s well-crafted songs that married garage riffs to folk-tinged vocals.  I decided to invite the band to play our NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party that same night.  A large crowd turned up for Soft Black despite a set time in the middle of the day.  For a minute there, we were worried that they wouldn’t even have a chance to play; the band’s drummer and bassist were missing and Cake Shop was adamant about keeping sets on-time (as another showcase was scheduled that night).  Rather than waste time, Cacchione gave the audience a treat, delivering a solo rendition of one of the band’s best songs, “Ashtray Christ”, followed by a new number, “And I Walked Along” that is set to appear on the band’s forthcoming record.  Cacchione began the song solo, with the band members (still minus the bassist) joining midstream for maximum impact.   By the time the rocking “I Am An Animal” was played, the full band was onstage.  Although the set ended too soon (albeit with a great version of “The Girl Who Ate Her Own Heart”), Soft Black’s set was undeniably a success.

I recorded this set in the same manner as The Courtesy Tier recording, with the DPA microphones mounted to the ceiling just in front of the stage and a soundboard feed.  As with that recording, the sound quality is outstanding.  Enjoy!

Stream “And I Walked Along”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Soft Black
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: DPA 4021+Stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp directly above stage, ORTF
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Ashtray Christ
02 And I Walked Along
03 banter
04 I Am An Animal
05 The Girl Who Ate Her Own Heart

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