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The Joy Formidable: May 10, 2010 Mercury Lounge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

May 15, 2010
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[Photos courtesy of Anthony Cuellar at TLC Blog]

Someone forgot to tell The Joy Formidable (that’s for-MID-able for those of us in the U.S.) that they aren’t playing in stadiums just yet.  We have raved about them repeatedly on NYCTaper, and if you read this site, the facts are well-known to you.  By which, I mean that the band delivers a set that is beautifully cacophonous, filling every inch of whatever space they are in, making their music larger than they are.  They bring a pop sensibility to a dense, wall-of-sound style that sounds like My Bloody Valentine had a baby with Annie Lennox (or something like that).  As bands these days go, TJF give off that ‘pre-rockstar’ vibe a bit more than most; the sense that while not many are seeing them now, many more will, soon enough.  This Welsh band (now by way of London) arrived in the U.S. back in January as an unknown quantity.  In the space of four months, they have played the hell out of NYC and elsewhere, with the crowds becoming larger and larger as they’ve continued.  This Mercury Lounge show was an unplanned coda to their latest U.S. jaunt, and a resplendent one.  Industry honchos and increasingly fervent fans packed Mercury despite the early set time (9pm), and the band delivered what we have now come to expect, a short, tight, dramatic set that covered most of the landscape of their newly released EP, A Balloon Called Moaning as well as some additional songs, including the new (to me, at least) “Anemone”.  This show ended, and enough had been said: They have proven what they came here to prove.

But if you read this site, you don’t need convincing.  This is a document of the last time anyone will see this band in a venue as small as Mercury Lounge for quite awhile (or so I predict).  As with our other recordings, I recorded this set with a combination of the soundboard feed and mics.  A word of listener advice – if you are playing this back on a more modest system (say, a car stereo or inexpensive earbuds), you will likely want to turn the bass down a bit for maximum enjoyment.  Our rig captured the wall of sound perfectly, but the house mix was not timid in any way.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

The Joy Formidable
2010-05-10
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Soundboard+DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod)
Position: Clamp to right of soundboard cage, about 9.5? up
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV files>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, EQ, tracking, amplify channels, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks: [Total Time: 44:00:00]
01 The Greatest Light Is the Greatest Shade
02 Cradle
03 The Last Drop
04 Austere
05 Ostrich
06 Greyhounds In The Slips
07 banter
08 Anemone
09 intro/banter
10 Whirring

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She Keeps Bees: May 10, 2010 Mercury Lounge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

May 11, 2010
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[She Keeps Bees at the Green Man Festival, August 2009.  Photo courtesy of Rachel Lipsitz at littletrousers.com]

She Keeps Bees vocalist Jessica Larrabee can claim an impressive line of predecessors and contemporaries, the most obvious of the former being Janis Joplin, and the closest of the latter being Heartless Bastards‘ Erika Wennerstrom.  That Larrabee elicits such comparisons is not an accusation of plagiarism, but a testament to the power of her delivery.  Together with drummer Andy LaPlant, She Keeps Bees play unpretentious, raw blues rock without apology or extra bullshit.  The band’s spare production – evident on their records, particularly the excellent Nests, as well as in their stripped-down live show – provides the perfect vehicle for that voice, cracking with heartbreak in one song, exhorting a lover in another, wailing in exultation the next.  This band isn’t out to win awards for changing the game, but they are playing it at a hell of a high level.

Although they hail from Brooklyn, I first discovered She Keeps Bees through a British taper friend who had caught them opening for another band in the UK.  Perhaps it was fitting then, that my live introduction to them came as they opened for nyctaper favorites The Joy Formidable (whose set will be posted soon) at the Mercury LoungeCatch their free show this Wednesday, May 12, with the excellent band Papa at Brooklyn Bowl and see for yourself.

I recorded this set from the usual spot in the venue with the DPA microphones combined with a stereo soundboard feed.  The combination produced a recording of exceptional clarity and high quality.  Hear it for yourself on the posted sample, “Ribbon.”  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE).  Listen to “Ribbon” (HERE).

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

She Keeps Bees
2010-05-10
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Soundboard+DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to right side of SBD cage, 8ft total height)
Mastering: 2×24bit WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, downsample, tracking)>FLAC Level 8

01 Pile Up
02 Release
03 banter
04 Gimme
05 “I Don’t Believe You”
06 Wear Red
07 Get Gone
08 [unknown]
09 Ribbon
10 Cold Eye

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Twin Sister: April 28, 2010 Mercury Lounge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 30, 2010
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[Photos courtesy of Charles from TheMusic.FM]

Twin Sister’s sound has a European feel to me – the first reference that came to mind was Stereolab – and that was borne out by their live set, which combined synth-driven pop like the set closer “All Around and Away We Go” with more shoegazy pieces like “Milk and Honey”.   Opening for the Morning Benders, Twin Sister packed the room despite their “opening band” status.  Lead vocalist Andrea Estella also adds to their Euro aesthetic, with her breathy, hypnotic delivery that sharpens and smooths at unexpected intervals.   The band’s excellent new EP, Color Your Life, garnered raves on Pitchfork, and we expect enthusiasm for them to only increase as they go out on a summer tour this July with Bear In Heaven (though sadly, there are no NYC dates).

I recorded this set upfront with the DPA 4021 microphones in a mobile setup.  This method captured the sound from the stage and the room perfectly.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE).  Listen to “Lady Daydream” (HERE).

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Twin Sister
2010-04-28
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment:  DPA 4021>Denecke PS/2>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position:  Mobile rig, FOB, DFC
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, smooth peaks)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks
01 I Want A House [fades in]
02 Eastern Green
03 Lady Daydream
04 Milk & Honey
05 Saturday Sunday
06 banter
07 Daniel
08 All Around and Away We Go

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Quasi: April 22, 2010 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 24, 2010
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[Quasi performing in St. Paul, MN, April 15, 2010.  Photos courtesy of Adam Bubolz.  See his Flickr stream here.]

Drummer Janet Weiss’ kit was about the only piece of equipment that Quasi brought to the Bowery Ballroom show that didn’t malfunction.  First to go was Joanna Bolme’s bass amp, which she replaced with a loaner from NYC openers Blair.  She continued to have problems with her bass, the bass amp, and the mix all night.  Guitarist/”Rocksichordist”/vocalist Sam Coomes’ guitar pedals, and the aforementioned Rocksichord (looks like a piano, sounds like a piano crossed with a guitar) didn’t fully cooperate either.  Luckily, the members of Quasi are accustomed to being flexible, and (in Coomes and Weiss’ case), they have played together for over 15 years, so they made what other bands would easily have made a stage-walkoff, hissy-fit disaster of an evening into a classic rock n’ roll show.  Despite their evident frustration with their gear, Coomes thrashed about the stage like a kid 20 years his junior, at points standing atop Weiss’ kick drum, and crashing/throwing himself into the aforementioned Rocksichord (hilariously labeled “Fragile Musical Instrument” on its back) several times.  I did consider, for a moment, that some of that abuse might not have been helpful to the gear malfunction issues.  Weiss, now retired from Sleater-Kinney, but still on the roster (along with Bolme) for Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, took the gig like the seasoned professional she is, joking with members of a fired-up crowd as well as playing her ass off through a 17-song set that covered new material from the Pitchfork-approved American Gong as well as older classics like “You Fucked Yourself” and a magnificent rendition of “Sea Shanty”.  The American Gong material oozed stylistic diversity, with the band equally at home with the countrified twang of “Rockabilly Party”, the ballad “Laissez les bons temps rouler” (”Let the Good Times Roll”) and the straight-up rocker that opened the show,  “Repulsion”.  Perhaps my favorite of the new songs was the 8+ minute “Bye Bye Blackbird” that closed out the main set, which (free of gear issues) showed off Quasi at their best, playing off of each other perfectly.

“You’re not like other cities.  You’re very different, you’re very unique, and we appreciate it.  You had some very unique heckling, and we liked it,” Weiss said, smiling, underscoring what a strange night it had been.  Sometimes you learn more about a band when they’re really in the weeds.  The members of Quasi showed why their fans love them (and why so many other bands hire them) – they gave us a great rock show, circumstances be damned.

I recorded this set from the left side of the soundboard cage, with the DPA 4021 mics positioned at eye level with the sound engineers in the cage.  The result is a recording of excellent clarity, balance and definition.  Enjoy!

This Recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 and to Stream at Archive.org [HERE].

Quasi
2010-04-22
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4021>Naiant littlebox>Sony PCM-M10
Position: Clamp to left of SBD cage, extended right toward SBD cage, mics pointed at stacks
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, +2dB boost 10kHz+ range, downsample)>FLAC Level 8

01 Intro
02 Repulsion>
03 Nothing From Nothing
04 tuning/banter
05 Rockabilly Party
06 You Fucked Yourself
07 Sea Shanty
08 Little White Horse
09 tuning/banter/false starts
10 Master & Dog>
11 Death Culture Blues
12 banter
13 Everything and Nothing at All
14 Birds
15 Laissez les bons temps rouler
16 false start/banter
17 intro jam
18 The Rhino
19 Good Time Rock & Roll
20 Bye Bye Blackbird
21 encore break/banter
22 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown jam
23 It’s Raining
24 banter
25 Heaven and Hell

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Caspian: April 15, 2010 Studio at Webster Hall – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 17, 2010
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[Photos by Lauren Colchamiro]

Caspian are America’s answer to Mogwai.   I hate to use that kind of shorthand when talking about an instrumental rock band – it is already too easy to lump disparate bands with a very loosely defined common theme together.  After all, Explosions in the Sky (who we have recorded before) and God is an Astronaut don’t sound that much alike, and neither do Caspian and many other bands.  But having seen this Boston-based band live, I do think mine is an apt comparison, or at least, it describes the band’s set at The Studio at Webster Hall accurately.  Like the well-loved Scotsmen I compared them to, Caspian’s music thrives on the loud-soft dynamic, with the ability to shift from calm to storm in a split second.   In Caspian’s particular case, their live sound this night tended toward the heavier, more blunt-force end of the spectrum, toning down some of the textural richness found on their records.  Part of this is probably because the fans like it that way.

The band seemed gratified by the enthusiastic turnout, pointing out that NYC was the closest date they were doing to their home in Boston, and that we felt almost like a “hometown crowd.”   For their last song, the band was joined for “Sycamore” by members of the opening acts for a massive, multi-drummer blowout on a scale I haven’t seen since my last Boredoms show!  Caspian are touring the U.S. right now in support of their most recent album, Tertia.  They have a few East Coast dates left before their swing takes them through the midwest and west coast, and then Europe.  Don’t miss them – this music is best experienced live.

I recorded this set way up front with the DPA 4061 miniature omnidirectional microphones.  The result is a very “in your face” recording that captures the awesome power of this band perfectly.  Although there is some annoying crowd chatter audible during the opening 2 minutes, and some chatter from the bar that you can hear during quiet passages, it is generally smooth sailing for the most part (it’s not like you could hear anything over the band anyway).  Enjoy!

Album art by Michael Ricci is available here.

This Recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

Caspian
2010-04-15
The Studio at Webster Hall
New York, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4061 (Coresound “HEB”)>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: FOB, DFC, about 10? from stage, HRTF
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, EQ, amplify each channel, downsample)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks (65min runtime) (thank you to the first commenter for the setlist corrections)
1. Intro/annoying girl talking
2. La Cerva
3. Malacoda
4. Interlude
5. Of Foam and Wave
6. banter
7. Concrescence
8. Moksha
9. Quovis / Further Up / Further In
10. encore break
11. Brombie
12. banter
13. Sycamore

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Lil Daggers: April 11, 2010 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 12, 2010
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[Not very good iPhone photo by acidjack]

In the Great Recession (or whatever you wish to call it), only a handful of states could claim to having taken the beating that Florida did. The Sunshine State, once a land of promise and (mostly) fulfilled retirement fantasies, was laid waste to by the crisis, its optimism shattered to its core. But, sometimes, turmoil is a boon to art. Call it coincidence, but it seems that around the time that Florida busted out, the state also started to crank out quality music. As we mentioned in our preview of this show, Lil Daggers are one of the bands that have emerged from the Sunshine State. At Glasslands on Sunday, Lil Daggers brought their garage-rock to NYC for the first time and showed why they have been hailed as the next big thing from Florida.

This show was recorded with a combination of DPA omnis and Beyer cards and the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the MP3 files [HERE].

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Lil Daggers
2010-04-11
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4061 + Beyerdynamic MC950>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: Balcony, center, MC950s clamped and pointed at stacks, 4061s in PZM mounts, 3′ split on balcony front
Mastering: 2x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, adjust levels, tracking, amplify each channel, downsample)

Tracks (please help to fill in the missing tracks)
01
02 Y Tu Sabe
03 Hungry
04 King Korpze
05 banter/tuning
06
07 U.S. Leather

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Acid Mothers Temple: April 7, 2010 Knitting Factory Brooklyn – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 9, 2010
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[Photo by acidjack]

This was my first time seeing Acid Mothers Temple in their fifteen-year history, so perhaps the other fans more familiar with the band knew a bit more what to expect than I did – an intoxicating sonic journey that blew minds and eardrums.  The already-legendary Japanese psych-rock band, led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto, has operated on-and-off for the last fifteen years as a collective, and only in more recent times as a tightly-knit, core band.  And their sound, believe you me, is heavy, a wall of music that crescendoes and, then, seemingly, crescendoes still further.  Most songs segue seamlessly from one another; the show is relentless and tight.  No wonder members of the crowd had been following the band across the U.S. – they are that kind of band, the type to inspire fanatics.  Count me in.

I recorded this set from the optimal spot in the venue with the DPA microphones.  The crowd was focused on the music and the recording is excellent.  I should note – as I said up top – that I am not familiar with the band’s music, and therefore I could use commenters’ help on the setlist.  There may also be some imperfect tracking, which is a combination of my inexperience with their music and the relatively seamless nature of the set.  As it is best experienced as a complete piece of music, I do not think that will detract from the listening experience.  Enjoy!

This Recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

Acid Mothers Temple
2010-04-07
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4021>Naiant littlebox>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to right side of SBD cage, mics at 9?, ~NOS
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, slight EQ, amplify each channel, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks (thanks to the commenter for the setlist)
01 Opening jam
02 Improvisation > In O to Infinity
03 More Improvisation
04 Pink Lady Lemonade
05 The End Jam
06 Pink Lady Lemonade
07 Cometary Orbital Drive
08 encore break
09 Dark Stars in the Dazzling Sky

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow: March 29, 2010 The Bell House – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 7, 2010
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[Photo courtesy of Jonny Leather.  More excellent shots here.]

Heavy rains and the first night of Passover may have deterred some of the Monday night crowd at the Bell House, but those who came out witnessed the critically-acclaimed Philadelphia based dreampop sextet A Sunny Day in Glasgow deliver a stellar set of songs in support of their latest EP, Nitetime Rainbows. While their records, and especially Nitetime Rainbows, have a bit more of an electronic sheen to them, ASDIG’s live show is a more organic experience, free from some of the editing room trickery.  Experiencing them as a bit more of a “rock” band (albeit, a still-very-shoegazy one) is a different but completely enjoyable experience from how they are on record.   This includes more of a focus on the vocal harmonies of singers Annie Fredrickson and Jen Goma, which were especially beautiful on the impromptu performance of “Another Diamond Day” by Vashti Bunyan.

I recorded this set with a combination of the DPA 4021 microphones and a stereo soundboard feed, which for this particular show consisted of mostly vocals.  Therefore, what you are hearing is predominantly the mics, with the vocals boosted a bit from the board feed.  The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE).

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

A Sunny Day in Glasgow
2010-03-29
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4021 + stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position:  Clamp to right side of SBD cage, about 8? from floor, mics pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, adjust levels, tracking, amplify each channel)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks (thanks to the commenter below for the setlist fixes)
01 Nitetime Rainbows
02 Shy
03 The White Witch
04 Failure
05 Just Another Diamond Day [Vashti Bunyan]
06 So Bloody, So Tight
07 Passionate Introverts (Dinosaurs)
08 Sign Exhibitionist
09 Ashes Grammar/Ashes Maths
10 banter
11 Things Only I Can See

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Wilco: April 2, 2010 Wellmont Theatre – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 6, 2010
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[Photos for nyctaper by Kate Ehle — many more here]

The Wellmont Theatre lies in the heart of Montclair, NJ, an upscale suburb of NYC that is so pretty it could even give a hardened Manhattanite a twinge of envy.  Despite not being a terribly rock-n-roll town, Montclair welcomed Wilco and its fans with open arms, and received a sprawling three-hour rock show in return.  In the land of Springsteen, Wilco seemed determined not to be outshined by the length or enthusiasm of the Boss’ mammoth performances, and indeed, they got it right.  The show broke down into three distinct segments – a fiery electric set that kicked off with the one-two punch of “Wilco (The Song)” and “Bull Black Nova”, followed by an acoustic set, and ending with another huge electric set, the highlight of which was the band’s tribute to Alex Chilton when they played Big Star’s “Thank You, Friends,” which we have provided as an individual download below.  The almost entirely crowd-sung “Jesus, Etc.” was also a fine moment of community in which – whether you came from nicest part of Jersey, the farthest corner of Brooklyn, or anywhere else – everyone was reminded why they wanted to spend this Friday night with this band.

I recorded this set dead front and center behind the band’s sound booth with the 4-mic rig, with the hypers lower down toward the crowd and the DPA mics higher up but still well below the overhang of the balcony.   Although the venue had a boomy sound due in part to an underpowered house PA, the mix, with a little help from computer magic, is now crystal-clear and of excellent quality.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE). Listen to “Thank You Friends” (HERE).

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Wilco
2010-04-02
Wellmont Theatre
Montclair, NJ  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4021 + Beyerdynamic MC950>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: DFC, directly behind the board, DPA’s at 10?, Beyers at 6.5?
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, EQ, set fades, tracking, amplify channels)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
Disc One [1:19:16]
01 Intro
02 Wilco (the song)
03 Bull Black Nova
04 You Are My Face
05 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart>
06 One Wing
07 Via Chicago
08 Company In My Back
09 banter
10 Handshake Drugs
11 Side With the Seeds
12 Pot Kettle Black
13 Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway(again)
14 I’ll Fight
15 Impossible Germany
16 California Stars
17 Poor Places>

Disc Two [1:01:06]
::begin acoustic set::
18 Spiders (Kidsmoke)
19 More Like the Moon
20 banter
21 Forget the Flowers
22 Someday, Some Morning, Sometime
23 Laminated Cat
24 banter
25 War On War
26 Passenger Side
::end acoustic set::
27 banter
28 Airline to Heaven
29 A Shot In the Arm
30 Jesus, Etc.
31 You Never Know
32 Heavy Metal Drummer

Disc Three [1:06:30]
33 Red-Eyed and Blue
34 I Got You (At the End of the Century)
35 Broken Arrow [Buffalo Springfield]
36 Hate It Here
37 Theologians
38 I’m the Man Who Loves You
39 Monday
40 Thank You Friends [Big Star]
41 encore break
42 The Late Greats
43 I’m A Wheel

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Drive-By Truckers: April 1, 2010 Webster Hall – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 3, 2010
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[Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood at the Terminal 5 show in 2008. Photo courtesy of One Louder Photo]

I have always been a little surprised by the mutual respect and admiration shown between the thoroughly Alabama-bred Drive-By Truckers and the fans of the NYC area.   Unfortunately, the years of suspicion and stereotypes between the South – particularly the deep South – and NYC aren’t totally past tense, even in an age when you can actually get a decent biscuit and sawmill gravy within the five boroughs.  But like certain other of the South’s best exports, New Yorkers seem to get the Truckers, partly because their music acknowledges and, in the best Southern tradition, celebrates many of their homeland’s contradictions and frustrations.  On April Fool’s Day the Truckers opted not to offer up any jokes or fake-outs, but drilled through a powerful set that showcased many songs from their brand-new The Big To-Do and a survey of their earlier classics like the heavy-hitters toward the end of the set, “Hell No, I Ain’t Happy,” “Lookout Mountain” and “Let There Be Rock”.  Despite Webster Hall’s “curfew” in order to start the venue’s dance party, the band played for over two hours with few breaks in between songs.  NYC may be a long way from Muscle Shoals, but tonight, everyone fell under the sway of this timeless act’s Southern charm.

I recorded this set with a four-microphone rig clamped to the balcony immediately to the right of the soundboard cage, with the two sets of mics at varied heights to capture both direct and ambient sound.   I am extremely happy with the results, and hope you are, too!  Enjoy!

This Recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

Drive-By Truckers
2010-04-01
Webster Hall
New York, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4021+Beyerdynamic MC950>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: ROC (at right of board cage), DPA’s at 8?, MC950’s at 6?, DPAs DIN, MC950 pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, slight EQ, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks, amplify each channel)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 intro
02 4th Night of My Drinking
03 Birthday Boy
04 Girls Who Smoke
05 Marry Me
06 Sink Hole
07 Drag the Lake
08 I Told You So
09 Get Downtown
10 This Fuckin’ Job
11 Carl Perkins’ Caddy
12 Living Bubba
13 One of These Days
14 Dead, Drunk & Naked
15 Guitar Man
16 Home Field Advantage
17 Wig He Made Her Wear
18 Self Destructive Zones
19 Hell No I Ain’t Happy
20 encore break
21 Flying Wallendas
22 Zip City
23 Let There Be Rock
24 Lookout Mountain
25 People Who Died

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