Oh-OK: October 22, 2011 Cake Shop – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

October 30, 2011

Oh Ok Cake Shop
[screen shot from this video]

Oh-OK came to NYC last weekend at the behest of Cake Shop’s Andy Bodor, whose inventive booking is one of the charms of Ludlow Street’s primary intimate venue. The band had performed at the Athens Popfest 2011 earlier in the week in an unlikely reunion and their first show since another one-off reunion in 2005. Oh-OK released two mini-albums in their three years of existence before the members moved on to other projects. The lead vocalist Linda Hopper is perhaps best known for her work with Magnapop, and a former Oh-OK guitarist was Matthew Sweet. Bassist and vocalist Lynda Stipe is also known for her work with Flash to Bang Time and of course as being the younger sister of REM’s Michael Stipe. In 2002, Collector’s Choice issued The Complete Recordings, which encompassed the two mini-albums, some assorted tracks, and a 1984 concert from Athens. The liner notes of that release were written by Robert Christgau, whose description of the band is not-unexpectedly dead-on. Earlier this week, the Athens label HHBTM re-issued a digital version, called The Complete Reissue. At Cake Shop last Saturday, Oh-OK was playful and relaxed and worked quickly through a chronological performance of most of their catalog in a terrific thirty-minute set. The band now includes three young ringers, whose guitar and drum work provided an excellent backup for the two frontpersons, Linda and Lynda, who have aged very gracefully. The music has aged well too, as its simple and almost childlike melodies are instantly catchy and earworm-worthy. I’ve been humming “Such N Such” all week, and its streaming below.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the CMJ recordings from two days earlier and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Such N Such”:

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Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

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Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 29:06]
01 Lilting
02 Brother
03 Playtime
04 Such N Such
05 Person
06 Choukoutien
07 Straight
08 Elaines Song
09 Random
10 Guru
11 Whore Boy
12 Courage Courage
13 Lilting

If you enjoyed this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Oh-OK, and purchase the compilation Oh-OK: The Complete Recordings from Collector’s Choice Records [HERE] or download The Complete Reissue (HHBTM Records) [HERE].

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