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Slothrust: March 14, 2014 Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase, Palm Door (Austin, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 15, 2014
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[Photo by acidjack]

Given how hard all artists toil at SXSW, it’s probably impossible to anoint one the “hardest working” band at the festival. But Brooklyn’s Slothrust have to be in the conversation, having toured their way down to SXSW, played a slew of shows, and toured all the way back to New York afterward. That they did it all with a kickass attitude, and without any lapse in their musicianship, tells you about the character of this band. We’ve been rooting for them since their record release show back in February, and the band we saw on stage at the Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy Showcase down in Austin validated all the good things we said about them then. Frontwoman Leah Wellbaum and her bandmates tore through an absolute firecracker of a set that showed off songs from their latest, Of Course You Do, as well as a searing cover of Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral Fire” (streaming below). They weren’t afraid to stretch things out despite the festival-style time limits, and the long songs they delivered — especially “Magnets Pt. 1 and 2″ and the set closer, “Beowulf” were burners well worth the run time.

Slothrust will be celebrating Record Store Day this Saturday with a show at Shea Stadium. Don’t miss it.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones in the optimum position in the venue and a soundboard feed. As with our other recordings from this venue, the sound quality is limited slightly by the boomy nature of the room, but overall excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “7:30 AM”

Stream “Electric Funeral Fire” [Black Sabbath]

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Slothrust
2014-03-14
Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase
Palm Door
Austin, TX USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (FOB/DFC)>KC5>PFA>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust image, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Cubicle
03 Juice
04 7:30 AM
05 Misnomer
06 Magnets Pt. 1 & 2
07 Crockpot
08 Electric Funeral Fire [Black Sabbath]
09 Beowulf

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Slothrust, visit their websitelike them on Facebook, and buy Of Course You Do from Ba Da Bing Records.

Doug Gillard: April 8, 2014 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 9, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

Doug Gillard has had one of those rare long, consistently excellent careers that most musicians would die for. Though the native Ohioan may be best known for his affiliation with the state’s godfathers of indie, Guided by Voices, Doug has a longstanding body of solo work to his credit, as well as stints with many other bands, including his current status as lead guitarist of Nada Surf. On this Tuesday night at Glasslands, Gillard was celebrating the release of the latest of those efforts, Parade On, a record that gives Gillard a chance to show off his guitar skills on his own songs, which, not surprisingly, are filled with excellent hooks.

Having previewed some of this material earlier in the month at Cake Shop, Gillard and his band were in fine form as they showed off new songs from Parade On alongside older Gillard songs like “Me & the Wind” and “Drip-Nose Boy”. For a special treat, Gillard closed the set with one of Doug’s earlier songs “I Am A Tree”, first performed by his band Gem, and later, Guided by Voices. Doug will be back in town opening for Guided by Voices at Bowery Ballroom in May. Hope you got your tickets, as that show is already sold out. Luckily, Doug conducted a raffle for a few at the show, so if you were here, you still might get lucky!

I recorded this set with our installed microphones in the venue and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Overseas”

Stream “I Am A Tree” [Gem]

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Doug Gillard
2014-04-08
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks [Total Time 55:39]
01 Parade On
02 Symbols, Signs
03 Breaking In Two
04 Ready For Death
05 [banter]
06 Angel X
07 [banter2]
08 Oh My Little Girl
09 [banter3]
10 Upper Hand
11 Overseas
12 Drip Nose Boy
13 Me & The Wind
14 [banter4-giveaway]
15 No Perspective
16 [banter5]
17 I Am A Tree [Gem]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Doug Gillard, visit his website, and buy Parade On from his bandcamp page.

Cloud Becomes Your Hand: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase (Austin, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 9, 2014
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[Photos by acidjack]

The visual you’re seeing above is the members of Cloud Becomes Your Hand, gathered on the floor to perform a ritualistic outro dance as their instruments, still on stage, tick down the final minutes of their bonanza of a South By Southwest set. Of all the bands who played the Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing showcase this year, it was CBYH that I perhaps looked forward to the most. Their latest record, Rocks or Cakes, released in February, is a delightful dose of avant-prog weirdness that finds itself throwing traditional song structures out the window, or fucking with pop sounds so hard you don’t know what to make of them. The band’s electronic sounds are made not by a MacBook Pro, but by live instruments, some that I have to assume were custom-designed for the band’s purposes. Where CBYH succeeds and other bands fail, in part, is that their songs are actually good in addition to being “weird”; amid the layers of sounds are also melodies for you to latch onto, as on the standout track “Sand of Sea”, streaming below. This set found the band giving us most of Rocks or Cakes, and the songs were all the more impressive to see live. We expect to see great things from this Brooklyn-based band; don’t miss them when they’re back on the road.

I recorded this set in the same manner as my other recordings this night, with Schoeps MK4V microphones in the optimum position hanging over the crowd and a soundboard feed. The sound quality of this particular set is the best of the night, and is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Sand of Sea”

Download the complete show: [MP3]  | [FLAC]

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Cloud Becomes Your Hand
2014-03-14
Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase
Palm Door
Austin, TX USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (FOB/DFC)>KC5>PFA>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust image, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Theme From Baby Age
02 Bees Going Post
03 Hermit Song
04 Sand of Sea
05 Rat Jumps
06 Bay Shamps
07 Felt Beetle
08 [outro dance]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Cloud Becomes Your Hand, visit their websitevisit their bandcamp page, and buy Rocks or Cakes from Northern Spy Records

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase (Austin, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 6, 2014
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[Photo by acidjack]

It may be true that not quite all the fans who packed Austin’s Palm Door for the first act of the Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase knew of the night of incredible experimental and underground music to come. But even if The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT), whose unwieldy name hides its punchline well, were a bit better-known, they came humble, and they came hungry, despite a long day of shows already behind them. The band’s main draw is of course the presence of Sean Ono Lennon, who in this setup proves a capable bandleader next to his longtime girlfriend and bassist, the model Charlotte Kemp Muhl.

I watched GOASTT from soundcheck to completion, and what stuck with me most was how good their new music is. There’s a more Beatlesque rock streak to GOASTT tunes like “Too Deep”, “Xanadu” and “Animals” than there was to some of Lennon’s past work on earlier projects, and that felt right. The man’s a natural at writing and performing in that style, and the GOASTT neither over-relied on it — becoming a Beatles cover band — or shied from the family legacy. Ono Lennon and Kemp Muhl bantered gamely between songs, kidding about her Slash-like outfit (with bonus points for the vintage Slaughter shirt), giving the show a relaxed feel that carried forward for the rest of the night.

Along with the almost all-new originals from their forthcoming album Midnight Sun, the GOASTT added two covers, including Syd Barrett’s “Long Gone” and another from Golden Earring. As a five-piece (joined by Jared Samuel on keys, Tim Kuhl on drums and Robbie Mangano on guitar) the GOASTT is vastly more muscular than they sounded on their 2010 Acoustic Sessions release, and that is partly a reflection of their recent opening stints for the Flaming Lips and Tame Impala. Midnight Sun is on its way on April 29 via Chimera Music (note, this link seems to not be working, but you can also pre-order from Insound or Amazon). Many of these songs will be on it. Don’t miss.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Palm Door staff, combined with Schoeps MK4V microphones hanging from the optimal position on the floor. The sound quality is quite good, limited only by the rather boomy room. Enjoy!

Stream “Too Deep”

Stream “Long Gone” [Syd Barrett]

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The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT)
2014-03-14
Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase
Palm Door
Austin, TX USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (FOB/DFC)>KC5>PFA>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust image, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Too Deep
03 Xanadu
04 Animals
05 [unknown1]
06 [unknown2 - Golden Earring cover]
07 [banter1]
08 [unknown3]
09 [unknown4]
10 [banter2]
11 Long Gone [Syd Barrett]

Personnel:
Sean Ono Lennon – guitar/vocals
Charlotte Kemp Muhl – bass/vocals
Jared Samuel – keyboards
Tim Kuhl – drums
Robbie Mangano – guitar

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT The GOASTT, visit their website, and pre-order Midnight Sun from InsoundAmazonChimera Music or iTunes.

Axxa / Abraxas: March 21, 2014 Baby’s All Right – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 2, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

The Brooklyn band Axxa / Abraxas, like many of their Captured Tracks forebears, began in a bedroom. In this case, the bedroom of Atlanta native Ben Asbury, who drew influences near his hometown as well as his current home to create his self-titled debut. That record, produced by Jarvis Taveniere of Woods, owes Taveniere’s main project an obvious debt, from the jangly guitars to a Jeremy Earl-style high falsetto vocal on some songs. What’s missed there, but more evident live, is the free-flowing style of the Elephant 6 collective from nearby Athens, Georgia, whose members are as legendary for their live shows as for their far-out styles. Bringing out these tunes live at Baby’s All Right must’ve been no easy task for Asbury and his bandmates, as the record’s slick production style doesn’t necessarily tell all of the band’s story. What you find out in the live setting is that the core of this music is Asbury’s skill at the axe; at age 23, he’s dropping some serious solos. Axxa / Abraxas feels more like a Brooklyn band at the start of their career than the polished crew you hear on the LP, and in many ways, that’s a good thing. One of this band’s greatest assets is youthful exuberance, and you could feel that in the room in a way you can’t on an album. You get the sense that, with more time with this material under their belt, it’ll only get better. Asbury’s best days are yet to come, and it’s going to be a great ride.

I recorded this set with the digital multitrack system at Baby’s All Right, set up by engineer David Lefcourt, together with an onstage pair of Naiant X-X omnidirectional microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Painted Blue”

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Axxa /Abraxas
2014-03-21
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by David Lefcourt and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Digital multitrack soundboard (Engineer: David Lefcourt) + Naiant X-X (omni, onstage)>Pro Tools>Numerous 24bit/48kHz WAVs>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (various dynamics, compression, alignment, mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, stereo imaging, dynamics)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Ryan Michalak (Is Coming to Town) (fades in)
02 Going Forth
03 I Almost Fell
04 Beyond the Wind
05 Same Signs
06 So Far Away
07 Ride Into the Night
08 Painted Blue
09 On the Run
10 All That’s Passed
11 Anything Could Happen [The Clean]

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Axxa / Abraxas, like them on Facebook, and buy their self-titled LP from Captured Tracks.

Outer Minds: March 13, 2014 DC Against the World SXSW Party, New Movement Theater (Austin, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 26, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

I wasn’t familiar with the Chicago psych-rockers Outer Minds before they hit the unofficial DC Against The World SXSW day show put on at the New Movement Theater improv club, but as with several bands at this outstanding showcase, I’m glad I am now. Outer Minds bring a distinctly classic flavor to their sound, abetted mainly by the dark organ melodies of Mary McKane. Vocalist/percussionist Gina Lira joins with McKane to provide a strong female counterpoint vocal harmony-wise to Zach Medearis, who brings serious Nuggets-era guitar stomp to go with his vocal attack. While the band excels at creating a general atmosphere, that doesn’t mean they can’t write a powerful pop song, too. “Shadows of the Moon”, streaming below, could’ve been as winning a number on the FM dial of old as it is now. We expect more great things from this band in the future!

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other recordings from this show, with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a stereo soundboard feed. The quality is limited only by that of the rented PA. Enjoy!

Stream “Shadows of the Moon”

Download the complete show: [MP3| [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Outer Minds
2014-03-13
DC Against the World SXSW Day Party
New Movement Theater
Austin, TX USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (FOB/DFC/PAS)>KC5>PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Mike)>>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, edit SBD)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging, compression)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Until You’re Dead
02 She Calls My Name
03 Plight of the Sun
04 Stone
05 Seeds of the Earth
06 Shadows of the Moon
07 We Are the Sun

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Outer Minds, like them on Facebook, and buy their records on their bandcamp page. Support the sponsors of this event - CHIRP (the Chicago Independent Radio Project), Fredericksburg All AgesRogness Brewing Company and Bitch Beer

The War on Drugs: March 20, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 24, 2014
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[Photos from the 3/19 show courtesy of P Squared Photography]

My thoughts on The War on Drugs don’t differ much from those expressed in nyctaper’s review of the previous night, but I do think some things bear repeating. Nine times out of ten — more like 95 times out of 100 — worthy bands who toil in the trenches don’t make it. One thing doesn’t go right or another. Maybe there’s a lack of commitment on someone’s part. Or a lack of confidence. Or, in most cases, a lack of pure dumb luck.

We’ve posted a lot of recordings of this band over the past few years not because we thought one day they’d be able to way-sell-out three nights in a row here in New York, which they just did, but because we believed they were worthy. As a fan, your biggest hope always ought to be that the band you’re rooting for makes it. For Adam Granduciel, who toiled for over a year creating his magnum opus Lost In the Dream, it didn’t yet seem to have sunk in that his band had. He showed a bit of nervousness before kicking off the opening number, “In Reverse”, but after that, this show unfolded like the victory party it was meant to be. Compared to night one at the Bowery Ballroom, the band was looser and more poised, playing one song after another as easily as “Suffering” transitioned straight into “An Ocean In Between the Waves”. Just as heavily-produced album tracks like “Under the Pressure” shone as rendered live, so too did re-arranged versions of the band’s classics like a slowed-down “Brothers”. With the bevy of personnel at his command, including a saxophonist, the band’s more complex numbers took on a Destroyer-like caste at times (we’ve recorded WoD opening for them). Granduciel makes that work, too, being the kind of musician who can add complexity without letting it turn to overindulgence.

Normally when you can hear a crowd screaming at the stage between songs it’s mindless heckling; if you listen closely to this recording, what’s being hurled at Granduciel are compliments on the album. This was that kind of show, right through Granduciel acknowledging the fakeness of encores, asking for the lights to go up some so he could read the lyrics to John Lennon’s “Mind Games” (streaming below) a bit more clearly. The War on Drugs may be critical darlings now, but this is isn’t overnight success. This is it being done the old fashioned way. The kind that lasts.

I recorded this set from my usual spot in the venue with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones and a stereo soundboard feed provided by house engineer Kenny. The sound quality is outstanding, marred only slightly by light static during two songs. Enjoy!

Stream “Mind Games” [John Lennon]

Stream “Under the Pressure”

This recording is now hosted on the Live Music Archive.  Download the complete show via these links: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

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The War On Drugs
2014-03-20
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5 (DINa, balcony, LOC)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, adjust levels, mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:39:24]
01 In Reverse
02 Baby Missiles
03 [banter]
04 Under the Pressure
05 Suffering>
06 An Ocean In Between the Waves
07 Eyes to the Wind
08 Red Eyes
09 Come To the City
10 Brothers [Slow Version]
11 Burning
12 [banter2]
13 Lost In the Dream
14 [banter3]
15 Mind Games [John Lennon]
16 Coming Through
17 [banter4]
18 Arms Like Boulders

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT The War on Drugs, visit their website, and buy Lost In the Dream from Secretly Canadian.

Low Fat Getting High: February 21, 2014 Shea Stadium – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 21, 2014
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[Photos courtesy of Walter Wlodarczyk]

The website for Brooklyn band Low Fat Getting High describes their sound as “post-noise-grunge-core-shredding”. After this show at Shea Stadium — where they packed twelve songs into a set less than a half-hour long — I’d say that’s about right. There’s a definite 90s influence going on — at points, they feel in like what Local H might have sounded like with more balls — but LFGH dispenses with much of that decade’s sad-sack navel-gazing in favor of jams that deliver the party like a gut punch. This set roiled from the first notes of their single, “Better Better Worse” through what practically qualifies as a “jam” number for this band, the four-and-a-half minute “My Hate”. But where some bands in this territory are content with turning it up and getting stoopid, LFGH has some real craft behind their work. Snag their EP, Bad Yoga, or better yet, head over to Muchmore’s on March 29, and see for yourself.

Like our other set’s from this night, this  was recorded in full digital multitrack combined with a pair of my audience mics. The Shea team was gracious enough to let us use their digital multitrack files, which made for a recording of outstanding, almost album quality. We’d encourage you to check out their site for their own version of this show (coming soon) and those of hundreds of other bands.

Stream “Better Better Worse”

Download the complete show: [MP3| [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Low Fat Getting High
2014-02-21
Shea Stadium
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com courtesy of liveatsheastadiumbk.com
Recorded by R.J. Gordon and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard multitrack + Naiant X-X>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>>Adobe Audition CS5.5 (mixdown and effects)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, compression, limiting)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, additional EQ, dither, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Instrumental #1
02 Better Better Worse
03 Childhood Friends
04 The Claw
05 Bath Salts
06 Don’t Blame Me
07 Hate Them All
08 Instrumental #2
09 Emasculator
10 Police Cop
11 Don’t Believe You Anymore
12 [banter]
13 My Hate

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Low Fat Getting High, visit their website, and buy their records on bandcamp.

Cross Record: March 15, 2014 Post-SXSW Private Show (Dripping Springs, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 20, 2014
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[Photos by acidjack]

There was no shortage of hate for SXSW this year, and there are some good and less-good reasons why. Let’s just say that when a member of one band attending this mostly-musicians-only post-SXSW get-together at a remote ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas described this show as a “cleansing experience”, nobody argued. The worst aspects of the festival are opposed not only to what music is about, but what musicians are about. Musicians, for the most part, are a gentle, generous sort of people. The whole point of their endeavor is to give.

Cross Record were the hosts of this particular event, and their humble attitude is reflected in the way you hear vocalist/guitarist Emily Cross talk about how much time she has left, when it’s her band’s event. Luckily her husband Dan Duszynski, her main co-conspirator, was there (along with Peter Frederiksen on guitar) to remind her there was no time limit. The band played in a living room looking out on the Texas hill country, an area I was previously aware of only through a themed barbecue restaurant (you can take the New Yorker out of New York, but….). Then again, the Cross Record gang aren’t exactly rural sorts themselves. Cross and Duszynski moved to the Austin area from Chicago, where they built up a loyal following for their brand of “drone-folk”. Whatever you want to call it, their songs unfold slowly, carried on the slow boat of Cross’ voice and dual guitars, with minimal percussion. Among bands of recent vintage, the closest comparison I can think of is Philadelphia’s excellent Family Band; among better-known acts, I’d offer up another wife-husband unit, Low. To my mind, both of those are high compliments.

Cross Record are recent signees to Ba Da Bing Records, who are releasing the remaining physical copies of their latest album Be Good and, with any luck, giving them the push they need to break to a wider audience. Be Good is a special record, with Cross’ deeply personal songs embedded in hypnotic atmospherics that don’t overwhelm her voice, one of those you can’t believe is coming out of a woman that small or young. This show was stripped back further still, with the band offering up three of their own songs, including two from their previous album, Magnetic Current, along with two lovely covers — Merle Haggard’s “I Can’t Hold Myself In Line” and Townes Van Zandt’s “Don’t You Take It Too Bad”. After almost a full week of intensity in Austin, standing in crowds half-paying attention to too many bands who had lost the plot, it was cleansing indeed to see Cross there, guitar on her shoulders, singing her heart out, backed by a kick drum and a couple more guitars. It was a righteous thing. It did right by South By Southwest.

I recorded this set with my Schoeps MK4V microphones right in front of the band and their simple PA setup. It’s a perfect reflection of what it sounded like to be sitting there. Enjoy!

Stream “Holy Well”

Stream “I Can’t Hold Myself In Line” [Merle Haggard]

Download the complete show: [MP3| [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Cross Record
2014-03-15
Private Ranch
Dripping Springs, TX USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V>KC5>PFA>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, parallel compression, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Slow
02 Holy Well
03 [banter1]
04 I Can’t Hold Myself In Line [Merle Haggard]
05 [banter2]
06 I Want Your Mind In Your Body
07 Don’t You Take It Too Bad [Townes Van Zandt]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Cross Record, like them on Facebookbuy Be Good from Ba Da Bing Records and buy their other records from their bandcamp page.

The Coup: March 13, 2014 SXSW, New Movement Theater (Austin, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 19, 2014
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[Photos by acidjack]

NYCTaper isn’t known for live hip-hop, and I believe this is a first for us. Having now had the experience of seeing The Coup, I hope it’s not a last. The leftist, legendarily excellent Oakland crew blew my mind in this performance at the unofficial DC Against The World SXSW day show put on at the New Movement Theater improv club by CHIRP (the Chicago Independent Radio Project) and Fredericksburg All Ages together with sponsors Rogness Brewing Company and Bitch Beer. As a live act, it’s almost not fair to call The Coup “hip-hop”, as their sound is at least as firmly rooted in funk and vintage soul. Sure, frontman Boots Riley spits out rhymes like a machine, but behind him is a crack band of incredibly talented players whose virtuosity goes well beyond what lifted samples can do. Not to mention Silk-E, the band’s singer, who’d be a force on her own anywhere in the soul/R&B genre.

Boots asked us if it was our first Coup show, and a majority of hands went up. Too bad for us, because they are one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen. It didn’t matter that it was the middle of the day on a Thursday in a poorly-lit comedy club, or that they had another show to crank out just a couple hours later. From the first seconds of “Everythang” The Coup were bouncing, hands and bodies in the air, and so were we. Boots kept whipping the crowd into a frenzy with songs from all over the band’s catalog, including “The Guillotine” and “You Are Not A Riot” from their latest, Sorry To Bother You, as well as nuggets from their earliest work, including the previously-mentioned “Everythang” and “Five Million Ways to Kill A CEO” from their breakout 2001 record, Party Music. If the point of playing SXSW (if there’s any at this point) is to introduce yourself to an unfamiliar audience, to broaden your fan base by proving your worth the old-fashioned way, then this Coup set was a resounding success. Then again, it would’ve been by any measure. This is a group of master showmen, and they’re gonna bring it no matter what the circumstances.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones hung from a pipe up close and dead center in the venue, combined with a soundboard feed from the engineer of the day, Mike. Keep in mind that the New Movement Theater is designed for improv comedy and not music, and realize that this is the sound of a massive band using less than all of their equipment (not enough DIs were available) on a rented PA through a minimal board. While the sound quality is an accurate reflection of the room and the heroic efforts of all involved, there are a few technical glitches (feedback, etc.) here and there. The fault for those lies in the circumstances and limitations of the day, and not any deficiency on the part of the band, the organizers or the production crew. I believe this is a compelling set, and if it gets you off the fence about seeing The Coup, it has done its job. Enjoy!

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The Coup
2014—03-13
DC Against the World SXSW Day Party
New Movement Theater
Austin, TX USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks [Total Time 45:57]
01 Everythang
02 Get Your Hands Up
03 The Magic Clap
04 [banter]
05 Five Million Ways To Kill A CEO
06 The Gods of Science
07 [unknown]
08 [banter2]
09 The Guillotine
10 You Are Not A Riot
11 [banter3]
12 Fat Cats, Bigga Fish

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