Akron/Family: March 5, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

March 8, 2011

[photos by nyctaper]

Akron/Family shows tend to be celebratory affairs, so the end-of-tour sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night was quite likely the ultimate A/F affair. As the band is touring throughout the year behind the superb new album S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, the setlists have been geared primarily towards the new material, but on this night the band took their time and opened smoothly into a sweet version of the older “We All Will”, before launching to an extended “River”. Of the Shinju songs, “So It Goes” was quite electric on this night and we’ve chosen to stream it below. Several drum-oriented jams broke out during the evening, not the least of which closed out the incendiary “Raising the Sparks”, a song which had so impressed at Knitting Factory last month for entirely different reasons. In a true acknowledgment of the collective energy of the crowd, A/F closed the show with a full participatory version of “Love And Space” that extended for a full eight minutes. Akron/Family will start another tour in a few weeks, when they will play the West coast and the Soutwest.

I recorded this set with the four microphone rig from our standard balcony location in this venue and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream Entire Show:

This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded Balcony Railing

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 by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:39:53]
01 We All Will
02 River
03 Island
05 So It Goes
06 Another Sky / Drums
07 Raising The Sparks
08 Everyone Is Guilty
09 Say What You Want To
10 Silly Bear
11 [encore break]
12 Fuji II (Single Pane)
13 Light Emerges
14 [banter]
15 Love And Space

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Akron/Family, visit their website, and purchase Shinju TNT from the Dead Oceans Records website [HERE].

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9 Responses to Akron/Family: March 5, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

  1. Nate
    March 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Sounds amazing! Thanks for doing what you do!

  2. poop
    March 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Incredible show. Were you able to get the Brit screaming at the beginning of the show that this was his first time seeing the band?!

  3. March 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Thank you!!
    I have a nice little collection now from this tour…

    Was waiting for this… THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!!
    Setlist similiar to The Blockley, thats a great thing…

    If you ever get the chance, check out how they do BLESSING FORCE now, and I have also heard a RIVER with Seth going Jerry style for the intro… nice little runs up and down the neck..

    Don’t ever miss this band if they come around…

  4. Kristen
    March 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for all of your work! Love this.

  5. Ben
    March 9, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I was at this show and had an awesome time, thanks for the recording!

  6. March 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Great Review! I love A/F- it was my 4th time seeing them! Review + More Pics over at my blog:


  7. March 10, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Sorry dude- I didn’t realize the setlist was your official property. “At least” ? My review is also nothing like yours, give me some credit, geesh! On a mellower note, your site is great though, I come here all the time.

  8. March 10, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Updated + a linkback. woo!

  9. March 10, 2011 at 12:49 am

    If you cut and paste something from someone’s site to to yours, its common courtesy to give credit from where it came. Dontcha think?

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