Avey Tare: December 2, 2011 Knitting Factory – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 4, 2011

[photo courtesy of Melissa Neira]

Avey Tare (aka Dave Portner) has been a prime writer and performer for Animal Collective for more than a decade, and has participated in many other projects during that time. However, it wasn’t until late last year that the first proper Avey Tare solo album was released. Down There (Paw Tracks) is a very personal album, which related both in theme and sound a dark period in Avey’s life. At its release, he declared that these songs would not be performed live. But one year later, it was a bit of a surprise that an Avey Tare solo tour was announced. At Knitting Factory on Friday night, Avey performed an outstanding fifty-minute set. The show included four songs from Down There, and in the AnCo tradition, five new songs were featured. The set was played as a single suite, with each song naturally progressing into the next. Of the new songs “In Photographs” and “Slow Words” sound nearly complete and are very strong compositions. Its currently unclear whether these songs are contemplated for a new Avey Tare album or will be ultimately become Animal Collective songs. Of the Down There material, “Lucky 1” and “Laughing Hieroglyphic” were highlights, and we’re streaming the latter. At the conclusion of the set, Avey answered the encore chants by informing the crowd that although he had no more songs to play, he would return to NYC in the near future. Avey Tare’s current tour continues throughout this week and next with dates in the Midwest and three shows on the West coast.

I recorded this set with the DPA 4021s raised to eight feet on a pole in front of the soundboard booth and mixed with an excellent feed from the soundboard. Since the crowd was quite respectful during the music, the mix is about 70/30 in favor of the room mics and the quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Laughing Hieroglyphic”:

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Avey Tare
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2011-12-03

[Total Time 49:50]
01 Song For Jerome
02 Lucky 1
03 [new song “Sometimes”]
04 In Photographs
05 Oliver Twist
06 Slow Words
07 3 Umbrellas
08 Laughing Hieroglyphic
09 Death Raga
10 [applause]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Avey Tare, visit his Facebook page, and purchase Down There from Paw Tracks [HERE].

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7 Responses to Avey Tare: December 2, 2011 Knitting Factory – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

  1. paige
    December 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    i’ve been hoping to hear a recording of this from you ever since the NY shows were announced! thank you so much for consistently taking the time and effort to make quality recordings – it means a lot.

  2. Jasper B
    December 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I love you. I love you. I love you.

    That’s all.

  3. dms
    December 5, 2011 at 11:28 am


    Thanks so much. I’m also grabbing that Deer Tick ~ missed that show but caught them in August. What a great show and great crowd. Here’s a video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYX_T5oakYI

    The crowd singing along is awesome.

  4. December 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm


    Thank you for being able to provide us with such a quality recording of this show.

    I love what you do.

  5. December 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Was out of town for this so I couldn’t attend. Thanks for posting!

  6. Pedro
    December 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for this!! I allready purchased “Down there” so don t expect me to buy another copy (yet), hope to see Avey in Europe soon!! Thanks a million for this

  7. Michael Z
    December 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    There’s a recording of his recent Oakland gig here:

    MP3s (ZIP): http://zoka.com/audio/newparish2011-12-11

    FLACs (ZIP): http://db.tt/mfGNkjZ8

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