The Men: March 7, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – Streaming Full Set

April 25, 2013
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[Photos courtesy of David Andrako]

The Men are one of those bands that have earned their critical darling status, not only by being a great live act, but by never standing still. Their 2012 effort on Sacred Bones Records, Open Your Heart, deservedly earned “Best New Music” status, softening some of the hard edges of the previous year’s dirge-y (if solid) effort Leave Home.  With 2013’s New Moon, the band didn’t abandon their original sound, but they certainly took it in a rootsier direction, willing to indulge their Neil Young and Americana influences to a greater degree than ever before.

This show at Bowery Ballroom not only found the Brooklyn band delivering on the promise of New Moon live, but it also represented a further expansion of The Men’s horizons. Showing up armed with a horn section, they played a 17-song set that featured three new songs, plus some incredible versions of material from their three current releases. The beginning of the set was a three-song summary of the band’s output to date: A lengthy guitar intro turned into “(  )” from Leave Home was followed by a searing Without A Face from Open Your Heart, and then the rootsier “The Seeds” from New Moon. The new material suggested that the band won’t stop expanding their horizons; those horns, which particularly complemented the new numbers, might have looked out of place at a 285 Kent show, but totally worked with the evolution of their sound. As if to drive home the point that they have no intention of staying within genre confines, the band played an extra-long nearly 90 minutes, each of them worth it. The Men are going to keep taking chances, and I’m looking forward to seeing where they head next.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from the Bowery house engineer, Kenny. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Sacred Bones Records and The Men for permitting this recording. At the band’s request, this is being offered streaming-only and will not be available for download.

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The Men
2013-03-07
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK41 (DINa)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, tape exciter, imaging)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, parallel compression, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 ( )
03 Electric
04 Without A Face
05 The Seeds
06 I Saw Her Face
07 Open Your Heart
08 [new song 1]
09 Candy
10 Turn It Around
11 [new song 2]
12 [new song 3]
13 The Brass
14 Night Landing
15 [encore break]
16 Bird Song
17 Freaky

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT The Men, visit their website, and buy New Moon and their other records from Sacred Bones Records.

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3 Responses to The Men: March 7, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – Streaming Full Set

  1. Mike
    April 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Thank you so much for recording this!

  2. Ryan
    May 7, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Great recording by an awesome band!

    While it’s often nice to have a downloadable copy of a set that I can put anywhere, it’s also nice in other ways to have a stream so that I don’t have to download a show that I’ll only listen to once. Would it be possible to put up streams of all the shows on your site so we have the option?

  3. May 7, 2013 at 9:06 am

    We don’t have the bandwidth to stream every show. Six years of nyctaper, and I’m still paying out of pocket for the host, domain and monthly server fees. And acidjack paid for the upgrade in security. Fortunately, about half of this year’s server fees have been offset by reader contributions!
    If you want to stream some of our shows, the ones that have been migrated to archive.org offer full streams.

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