[Photos by Jill at For the Love of Brooklyn]
it seemed that the NYCTaper 2012 Northside Festival showcase provided an ideal time for bands to try out different sets and arrangements and be a bit more adventurous with their setlists and performance. White Hills, who I had seen more recently than the other bands who played, gave a set that focused on some of their classic, most exploration-friendly numbers, and duly impressed both first-timers and White Hills vets. We knew we were in for something special when “Song of Everything” from the band’s latest LP, Frying on this Rock, was the second song in the set, flowing straight into “You Dream You See” from that same record. But the track that followed, “Let the Right One In” from the band’s 2010 record, White Hills, was what sealed it for me as my favorite White Hills set yet, with its slow build to its cosmic climax. The closer, “Polvere de Stelle”, also from White Hills, was equally a highlight. The Hills are the type of band that always keeps things interesting, and even in this festival-length format, they were able to give us that and more.
nyctaper and I recorded this set with Sennheiser MKH-8040 mics in our usual spot in the venue, plus Audio Technica 3031 mics at the stage lip and a soundboard feed. The resulting wall of sound is an outstanding representation of the night. Enjoy!
Stream “Let the Right One In”
Stream “The Condition of Nothing”
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NYCTaper Northside Festival Showcase
Brooklyn, NY USA
Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by nyctaper and acidjack
Produced by acidjack
Audio Technica 3031 (stage lip, NOS)>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Sennheiser MKH-8040 (ROC, 8ft, PAS) + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>3x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown, adjust levels, EQ and compression on SBD)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, tube effect)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )
Tracks [Total Time 32:35]
01 Pads of Light
02 Song of Everything
03 You Dream You See
04 Let the Right One In
05 The Condition of Nothing
06 Polvere de Stelle