Surfer Blood: April 29, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

October 26, 2011

[Photo courtesy of Shaun Regan at eardrumnyc]

Since we first caught them at the Market Hotel back when they were a mostly-unknown Florida band, Surfer Blood have become a bit of an indie staple. And for good reason: Their sound is infectious, upbeat and delivered with a great attitude. After touring the hell out of their breakout debut Astro Coast, the band began writing the new material that eventually became their new EP release, Tarot Classics. Several of those songs were on display at this show, a sellout of the Bowery Ballroom, which the band co-headlined with …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (that recording here). The band were in good spirits, no doubt in awe themselves of how far they had come since a moderately-attended CMJ show less than two years before. Tarot Classics, while only a snapshot, shows that in terms of pop relevance, Surfer Blood have plenty more in the tank. That was evidenced by two followup shows at the Northside Festival, including an opening slot for Guided by Voices.

At the request of Kanine Records, we did not release any Surfer Blood recordings containing Tarot Classics material until the EP was released. We also have two outstanding matrix recordings of the band’s Northside Festival sets that we will offer in the coming days. Thanks to Kanine for their continued support of excellent music and our efforts here at NYCTaper.

Stream “Voyager Reprise”:
[audio: Reprise.mp3]

Stream “Harmonix”:
[audio: Harmonix.mp3]

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

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Surfer Blood
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: DPA 4021>Oade M248>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Slightly ROC, clamp to balcony rail, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, amplify and balance, smooth peaks, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Floating Vibes
02 Twin Peaks
03 [new song-?]
04 Harmonix w/ jam
05 [banter]
06 Take It Easy
07 Miranda [new]
08 Voyager Reprise [new]
09 Fast Jabroni
10 Swim
11 Anchorage
12 [encore break]
13 Neighbour Riffs
14 Island
15 Catholic Pagans

If you enjoyed this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Surfer Blood, visit their MySpace page, and purchase Tarot Classics on Kanine Records (here).

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3 Responses to Surfer Blood: April 29, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

  1. john
    October 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks for the recording, but these guys don’t seem to be going anywhere.

  2. October 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    They just put out their second release yesterday. Their first album saw them go from playing tiny clubs in front of a few dozen people to playing Bowery Ballroom, opening for Guided By Voices, and touring similar sized clubs around the country.

    They seem to be following the standard arc for a band that actually does seem to be going somewhere.

  3. October 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks! Saw them live twice last year, really good. Although the singer should learn a less silly dance act :)

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