Sharon Van Etten: February 26, 2012 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

February 28, 2012

[photo courtesy of Chris at Fucking Nostalgic]

Tramp is the next stage in the continued ascent of the career of Sharon Van Etten. If 2010’s Epic was the introduction of this immensely talented artist to a wide audience, her new release and first for Jagjaguwar Records is the here-to-stay moment. The album is a mix her strengths — intelligent and heartfelt lyrics and a wide range of vocal approaches. There is a nod to her solo folk past (“Joke or a Lie”), and some straight forward indie-pop (“Serpents”), but the vast majority of the record are superb songs mixed to perfection. The presence of producer Aaron Dessner (from The National) compliments and draws out Sharon’s strengths while enriching the melodies. In particular, “Give Out” (streaming below), which debuted live as a solo acoustic number several years ago, is now a fully formed song with layered vocals and a sparse but effective instrumental accompaniment. At Bowery Ballroom on Sunday, Sharon Van Etten played the final show of three consecutive sold out shows. Her triumphant return to NYC after an extensive tour was met with crowds filled with family and friends, and gave the locals a chance to see the Tramp live band operating on all cylinders. The work of multi-instrumentalists Heather Woods Broderick and Doug Keith is supplemented by the tasteful percussion of Zeke Hutchins, and on this night Aaron Dessner joined for half the set on guitar. The band breathes life into the songs while staying faithful to the recorded versions. The camaraderie among the players was also obvious on this night, as the banter was often hilarious. Sharon worked through a set heavy on Tramp material (10 of the 12 songs), but which also contained much of Epic and one neat cover (streaming below). Sharon Van Etten continues on tour, with a week in Europe followed by a West coast swing, and a trip through the South.

I recorded this set with a new set of Sennheiser microphones supplemented with a soundboard feed. The Sennheiser MKH-8040 is a sleek new cardioid microphones with clarity, warmth and a crisp bottom end that I had not previously experienced prior to this night. At the best sounding room in town, these microphones absolutely shined, and as a result the mix is about 75% room and 25% board, in order to maximize the beauty of the live sound. This is one of the best recordings we’ve ever featured on this site. Enjoy!

Stream “Give Out”:

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Stream “Loving Her Was Easier” [Kris Kristofferson]:

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This recording is now available for download in FLAC or MP3 from [HERE].

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Sharon Van Etten
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser 8040 Cardioids > 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 2012-02-26

[Total Time 1:32:12]
01 Warsaw
02 Peace Signs
03 Save Yourself
04 Kevin’s
05 Magic Chords
06 Don’t Do It
07 [banter – Shearwater message]
08 Give Out
09 [Aaron Dessner intro]
10 In Line
11 Leonard
12 Serpents
13 [band introductions]
14 I’m Wrong
15 Joke Or A Lie
16 [encore break]
17 All I Can
18 Loving Her Was Easier [Kris Kristofferson]
19 [banter – thanks]
20 Love More

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8 Responses to Sharon Van Etten: February 26, 2012 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

  1. Andy
    February 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    sounds great, thanks for taping!

  2. blureu
    February 29, 2012 at 12:31 am


  3. Tim
    February 29, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Awesome sound – thank you. Saw her in Williamsburg – great show.

    Thanks again,

  4. February 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Huge thanks for this.

    I’ll be seeing her for the second time this weekend in Amsterdam. I’m looking forward to it very much.

  5. c
    March 5, 2012 at 12:17 am

    i’m really excited to hear this. thank you so much :)

  6. cameron karslake
    March 8, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Awesome job as usual capturing this show. The fidelity and separation is incredible, very powerful recording! Thank you very, very much.

  7. c
    March 17, 2012 at 3:39 am

    i have to say, having seen sharon just a few days prior, it was one of the few shows that wasn’t just great, but actually exceeded my expectations. perhaps i wasn’t entirely sure what those expectations were, until they were surpassed. i knew i was experiencing The Real Deal, so to speak.

    it was really nice to hear “in line” here. you can tell they were just starting to play it live. this was one of my mental requests, my secondary one… the song i wanted to hear most was “ask.” of course, she played neither… and it didn’t matter.

  8. Blue Koyote
    April 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Delighted to get this. Thanks for all the work done to get this out.

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