Robyn Hitchcock (with Yo La Tengo): February 28, 2017 Rough Trade Brooklyn

March 5, 2017

[photo by nyctaper]

It was twenty years ago this month that I recorded Robyn Hitchcock at the old Knitting Factory on Leonard Street from the first row of the balcony when that venue still had seats upstairs. That recording has for years been one of my favorite Robyn recordings in large part because the banter is both hilarious and sublime in his very unique stream-of-consciousness manner. I saw Robyn Hitchcock many times in that era, mostly as a solo performer sometimes accompanied by the great Deni Bonet. It wasn’t until a decade later that I saw Robyn with a full band — that 2007 tour featured the Venue 3 (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin) — in the very same Leonard Street spot. The two shows were entirely different musical experiences and proved the versatility of this prolific performer.

It took another decade, and a completely different full band for me to experience Robyn again. This time it was in a two-set affair with the first session featuring a complete performance of his first solo album Black Snake Diamond Röle and a second act consisting of rare tracks, covers and a few familiar standards extending all the way back to the 1970s Soft Boys period. At Rough Trade on Tuesday night, the Brit ex-pat was less interested in monologues and more focused on the songs — many of which had not been performed in years and perhaps decades. The result was a stunning display of musical dexterity and proof positive that Hitchcock is perhaps the most overlooked living genius of the last half-century of modern music. The second set highlights included Robyn’s tribute to his Soft Boys bandmate Kimberly Rew in the performance of “Goin Down to Liverpool” and the a spot-on version of mega-influence Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd’s first album stand-out “Lucifer Sam”.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted centered inside the soundboard booth. This straight audience recording accentuates the superb room mix of one the best FOH pros in the business, Mark Luecke, and the credit for the superb sound goes directly to him. This is truly one of the best audience recordings we’ve ever featured on this site. Enjoy!

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Robyn Hitchcock
with Yo La Tengo
Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded inside Soundboard Booth

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

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[Total Time 1:45:55]
Set 1 (Black Diamond Snake Role)
01 The Man Who Invented Himself
02 Brenda’s Iron Sledge
03 Do Policemen Sing
04 The Lizard
05 Meat
06 [band introductions]
07 Acid Bird
08 I Watch the Cars
09 Out of the Picture
10 City of Shame
11 Love
Set 2
12 [introduction]
13 Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole
14 All I Wanna Do Is Fall in Love
15 It’s a Mystic Trip
16 A Skull, a Suitcase, and a Long Red Bottle of Wine
17 I Got a Message for You
18 Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus
19 Going Down to Liverpool [The Waves]
20 Run Run Run [Velvets]
21 Kingdom of Love
22 He’s a Reptile
23 [encore break]
24 Rock ‘n’ Roll Toilet
25 Lucifer Sam [Pink Floyd]
26 Airscape

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15 Responses to Robyn Hitchcock (with Yo La Tengo): February 28, 2017 Rough Trade Brooklyn

  1. tony aiken
    March 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  2. Mark Ferguson
    March 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I was there, and I saw the taping happen :) I was right behind the soundboard until the mezz opened upstairs and I was admiring the mic stand, and I saw someone fiddling with an electronic device in a backpack next to the stand and assumed that was a recording apparatus. I then wondered what one might have to do to obtain a copy…and now I know!

    Super fun show. Lucifer Sam was a real treat, being a huge Syd fan myself. I was honestly a teeny bit disappointed that we didn’t get more Syd at the Bowery the next night. I guess Dylan’s Obviously Five Believers will just have to do, not to mention his blowing my mind by dropping Let There Be More Darkness – I really never expected that live (as much I as have hoped over the years) :) Robyn practically read my mind with A Skull, a Suitcase, and a Long Red Bottle of Wine – I was thinking that I’d love to hear them play that when that’s what they played!

    So: THANK YOU! Much appreciated.

  3. Wicka Mahn
    March 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    A million thanks for this recording from sunny Scotland UK. Robyn Hitchcock is a national treasure and a true leg-end. NYC Taper we salute you, keep shining n smiling n posting!

    Take care!

  4. March 5, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Oh my goodness. You came through!!! Thank you to the ends of the earth.

  5. Fegmaniac
    March 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    MASSIVE thanks for this from all of us around the globe who couldn’t make it. Hoping too you or someone as good as you can make the Furs gig too!

  6. Bruce Nelson
    March 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you very much, Cheers!

  7. Tom Ferrie
    March 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I was at the show too. The sound in this venue is great. I also have seen RH many times and was also at those Knitting Factory Shows in the late nineties. Do you have recordings of those shows? I’d love to hear them again!

  8. urkotic
    March 7, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    O thank you thank you!

  9. March 7, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    The links to my other two Robyn recordings, including the 90s one, are in the review itself above. Look for the blue lettering for links.

  10. March 16, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I was there, and I am soooo happy to have a recording. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  11. Pop Kulcher
    March 25, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    This is so great! Terrific sound, great show… Been a huge RH fan since discovering Fegmania back in the 80s, he continues to be a vibrant artist today, and having him backed up by my favorite band on the planet is a nice plus.

  12. Daniel
    March 28, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Would love to grab this show, if you don’t mind re-upping (if the Hightail problem doesn’t resolve). Thanks!

  13. March 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I’m going to put both of these Robyn shows on tonight.

  14. March 28, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    This one is now on the Archive (link changed) and it will be fully derived and ready to download in a few minutes. It looks like the links for the other are fixed now by Hightail.

  15. Daniel
    March 29, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Many thanks!

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