Robyn Hitchcock (with Yo La Tengo): March 1, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

March 6, 2017

[photos by Ellen]

The night after Robyn Hitchcock’s very memorable Rough Trade show, the performer and backing band performed in Manhattan for what proved to be an entirely different experience from the the previous show. Aside from the fact that the venue is twice the capacity than in Brooklyn, a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom tends to have a discernible buzz and an energetic crowd. And for this particular special event, many long-time fans and some industry folk were in attendance and let their voices be heard.

As a full album two-set show, it was in the second set where this night diverged from the previous show. After a set of Black Snake Diamond Role in which Robyn bantered more and dealt with some vocal microphone issues, the band returned for a second set that mixed it up quite a bit from the Rough Trade show. At Bowery we got a mini quiet set with “I Often Dream of Trains” as the highlight, a chugging version of Dylan’s “Obviously Five Believers” and a pretty rare Love cover in the encore set. These two nights of prime Robyn Hitchcock and band playing at the peak of their skills were best-of-year quality shows and I expect we will be revisiting them often.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted next to the soundboard booth in the front of the balcony. The sound in the venue was again outstanding and other then some crowd rowdiness, this is another superb recording. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Robyn Hitchcock
with Yo La Tengo
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded at 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)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:46:52]
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 [banter – chocolate]
06 Meat
07 [banter – precision]
08 Acid Bird
09 [banter – New York Rocker]
10 I Watch the Cars
11 [banter – grey dove]
12 Out of the Picture
13 City of Shame
14 Love
Set 2
15 Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole
16 It’s a Mystic Trip
17 Give Me a Spanner Ralph
18 [banter – British Rail]
19 I Often Dream of Trains
20 Winter Love
21 Let There Be More Darkness
22 Obviously Five Believers [Dylan]
23 Going Down to Liverpool [The Waves]
24 Kingdom of Love
25 [banter – thanks]
26 He’s a Reptile
27 [encore break]
28 Rock ‘n’ Roll Toilet
29 Stephanie Knows Who [Love]
30 Airscape

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7 Responses to Robyn Hitchcock (with Yo La Tengo): March 1, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

  1. urkotic
    March 8, 2017 at 10:43 am

    NYC Taper, you are a golden God. Thank you.

  2. Joe
    March 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    While I was pretty twisted that work conflicted with attending either of these shows. I took solace knowing that this was on the NYCtaper schedule. Once again I find myself grateful to your tireless efforts. Thank you. Last & only time I had pleasure of seeing Robyn was in ’86, fronting the Egyptians, at the Ritz. I’ll never forget that show.

  3. Phil
    March 26, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I can’t get either of the “Download the Complete Show” links to work. Is it still available?

  4. March 26, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Yes, looks like Hightail/YouSendIt is having a hiccup at the moment, quite a few links aren’t working. I will check again in the morning and see if its fixed by then. If not, I’ll re-upload elsewhere.

  5. Robert
    April 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    When I open the zip file the tracks are out of sequence, I’ve tried several times with the same results. Any explanation?

  6. April 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Yes. Whatever software you’re using is reading only by song title. The titles and track numbers are embedded in the file info, so the data is there for the files to be sequenced correctly. Its an adjustment in the program you’re using the read the files.

  7. Robert
    April 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    That’s odd, because I downloaded the Hitchcock concert from 2/28/17 the other day and it was in sequence. The Lambchop concert from 3/30/17 also was out of sequence. This is the first time I’ve had this problem with NYCTaper.

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