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Ghastly City Sleep, Royal Forest, and Royal Chains: May 3, 2010 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

June 6, 2010
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[Ghastly City Sleep. All photos courtesy of Jonny Leather]

Our good friend Jonny Leather has been going above and beyond to give the already-teeming Brooklyn scene access to exciting new music through his semi-regular concert series.  We were fortunate enough to capture this excellent bill, featuring Brooklyn’s Ghastly City Sleep, garage rock duo Royal Chains and Austin’s Royal Forest (along with Brick + Mortar, whose set we unfortunately missed) at Glasslands, which is a perfect place to absorb yourself in some new music.  Each act was striking in it own way, but perhaps none so much as Ghastly City Sleep, whose music takes a sharp turn from current trends with dark, sometimes lengthy songs that are not afraid to challenge listeners’ expectations.  Jonny Leather compares them to Radiohead, and I can see the resemblance in the rhythmic variations,  sharp, angular vocals, and the aforementioned dark overall tone. For a young band, these guys have a fully developed sound that is poised for bigger things. Check out their debut album at Robotic Empire Records and see for yourself.


[Royal Forest]

Royal Forest could be called “The Band Formerly Known As Loxsly”, but they probably made the right choice with the wholesale name change to avoid any association with the somewhat weak act by a very similar former name.  Apparently in their former incarnation the band earned a lot of comparisons to Grandaddy, which I still hear echoes of, along with occasional hints of my favorites Polvo.  Currently the band is promoting a self-titled EP, with a full-length on the way.


[Royal Chains]

Being a garage-rock duo, Royal Chains needed to do everything right to impress me – and they did.  Too often, I find these setups aren’t musical enough (or are just too wasted), or seem to treat the whole thing as a joke.  Royal Chains came out and played their asses off.  With two EPs under their belt, these guys have shown they are serious about songwriting, and they seem determined not to fall into the lame “we’re two drunk guys playing half-assed songs” trap at all.  Instead, band members Adam and Dan bring real musicianship and feeling.  And, in a perfect ending, they managed to show they don’t take themselves too seriously by playing a cover of Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down.”

Please support Jonny Leather and the shows he promotes.  One good way to learn more is to be his friend on Facebook. Thanks to Jonny for inviting us to this excellent show.  It took us a month to get it posted, but I think it will be worth the wait!

I recorded this set from the balcony with the DPA microphones in an “XY” pattern.  The recordings are generally excellent, with a small caveat – during Royal Forest’s set, the mics were clamped to the balcony rail, which was vibrating due to a fan clamped to it nearby.  Therefore, during quiet parts of the music, you can hear these vibrations.  The band thought it sounded good despite this flaw, so I think it is still very worth your time.  For listeners’ convenience, and to provide maximum exposure to all three bands, the music of all three bands is included in one ZIP file of MP3s.  The MP3s are properly tagged for easy importing into iTunes, including artwork!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete shows in FLAC [GHASTLY CITY SLEEP] / [ROYAL FOREST] / [ROYAL CHAINS]

Ghastly City Sleep
2010-05-03
Glasslands
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 balcony rail, XY
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, EQ, tracking, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 I Never Left My Head
02 Farewell My Friend
03 [banter]
04 Foreboding Shapes
05 1994 (it’s a weird world)
06 Subtle Disaster

Royal Forest
(same source info)
Tracks
1. Civilwarland
2. Battalions
3. Spines Came Unglued
4. Anagrams
5. The Manual That You Wrote
6. Save the Ghost
7. Courtesy in Decline
8. Borrowed Tune (Neil Young)

Royal Chains
(same source info)
Tracks (please help with the setlist)
01
02 Feedback
03 Lucy Takes the Dare
04 [banter]
05
06
07
08
09 Won’t Back Down [Tom Petty]

Please support all of these excellent bands by visiting their websites and buying their music and merchandise (or in some cases, downloading it for free), as follows:
Websites/MySpace:
Ghastly City Sleep
Royal Forest

Royal Chains

Records/Merchandise:
Ghastly City Sleep
Royal Forest Bandcamp Site (Free Download)

The Royal Chains (EPs are $5)

Galactic: June 3, 2010 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

June 5, 2010
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[Galactic at Roseland in November 2007.  Photos courtesy of Andrew J Fischler]

Galactic made a recent appearance in the HBO series Treme, producer David Simon’s love letter to the culture and resilience of the band’s native neighborhood and their home city of New Orleans.  The episode goes out of its way to point out that although Galactic is a funk band with white members, they are 100% legit.  Spend a night with them, like their kickoff of a three-day run this weekend at Brooklyn Bowl, and you won’t need a TV show to make the case that great music, of any genre, is neither black nor white.  Just ask guest vocalist Corey Glover, who is best known for his work in late-80s/early-90s phenomenon Living Colour, a band that reminded those who had forgotten that rock music is not “white” any more than funk, R&B and soul are “black.”  Along with Glover, the band was joined at various points by NOLA legend Cyril Neville, Corey Henry of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the night’s DJ, Questlove.  Among many high points during the roughly two hour set, the band ripped through some classic rock covers, including Hendrix’s “Fire” and the night’s encore, a bombastic, funked-up version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” and showed off some new material from their NOLA-all-star collaboration, Ya-Ka-May.  The final show of this run is tonight, so get your tickets while you can.

I recorded this set from along the right side wall, about halfway between the stage and the soundboard, with the mics up high to avoid crowd chatter, with my new Schoeps supercardiod microphones.  The result is an excellent capture despite the somewhat challenging placement in the venue.

I would appreciate help with the setlist – although I don’t want to make this a habit, I am still trying to process a long backlog of shows, and getting setlist assistance is a huge help.  The fileset is otherwise properly tagged (both the FLACs and MP3s).  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Galactic
2010-06-03
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC6/mk41>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: FOB, ROC, ~11ft up
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify channels, downsample)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks
01 [venue intro banter]
02
03 [banter]
04
05
06
07
08
09 [banter]
10
11
12 Fire [Jimi Hendrix]
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21 [encore break]
22 Whole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin]

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Galactic, visit their website, and purchase Ya-Ka-May and their other releases [HERE].

The Depreciation Guild: May 25, 2010 Knitting Factory – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

June 2, 2010
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[The Depreciation Guild at the After the Jump Fest, 2009.  Photo courtesy of Bryan Bruchman]

The Depreciation Guild kicked off Wednesday night at the Knitting Factory – in a week with the NYC Popfest recently completed, and a number of strong shows happening in a holiday week – to celebrate the release of their new record, Spirit Youth. Frontman Kurt Feldman and guitarist Christoph Hoccheim may now be better known for their roles in Slumberland darlings The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (as drummer and touring guitarist), but The Depreciation Guild are much more than a side project, with a more shoegaze-driven sound that has been further refined on Spirit Youth (as compared with their acclaimed first album, In Her Gentle Jaws).  The live show and the new record show what I view as a positive departure from the almost antiseptic gloss of Jaws; though it may sound messier at times, the music, I think has much more heart.

I recorded this set from our standard position at the soundboard cage with the DPA microphones.  Other than a few spots of chatter from disrespectful audience members, the capture is spot on.  Unfortunately, a battery failure mid-set also caused the recorder to lose part of two songs.  With those minor caveats, enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

The Depreciation Guild
2010-05-25
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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

Equipment: DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to right side of SBD cage, 8′ up, DIN
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, slight EQ, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks (thanks to The Depreciation Guild’s management for the setlist help!)
01. My Chariot
02. Crucify You
03. Blue Lily
04. November
05. Trace
06. A Key Turns
07. Spirit Youth [fades out]
08. Through the Snow [fades in]
09. White Moth
10. (banter)
11. Dream About Me

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Depreciation Guild, visit their website, and purchase their excellent new album, Spirit Youth, from your favorite retailer.

Neverever: May 23, 2010 NYC Popfest 2010 at Littlefield – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

May 27, 2010
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[Photos from the March 27, 2010 Slumberland Anniversary Party in San Francisco, CA courtesy of Opurt2007]

Los Angeles-based (by way of Glasgow) Neverever defy the stereotype of the dowdy indiepop band – or at least, lead vocalist Jihae Meek does, donning a gold bodysuit that stood out more than a little among the sea of cardigans (and one Spongebob Squarepants skirt) in the audience at the final day/night of NYC Popfest 2010.  The band’s flouncy, fun sound melds mid-20th century pop with a hint of post-punk.  Their songs cover the usual topics – puppy love, break-ups and romantic obsessions – rendered in Meek’s dramatic vocal style.  Playing to an enthusiastic mid-day crowd, the band (and let’s face it, the gold bodysuit) kept the attention squarely front and center.  The band released their new album, Angelic Swells, yesterday, and like almost all Slumberland Records releases, we can attest that it is a treat.

I recorded this set in the same manner as The Secret History recording, with the DPA mics and a top-quality soundboard feed.  This recording emphasizes the soundboard feed a bit more to bring out the strength of the vocals.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE].

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Neverever
2010-05-23
NYC Popfest 2010
Littlefield
Brooklyn, NY

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

Equipment: Stereo soundboard feed + DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: ROC, to left side of SBD cage, mics at 8? pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify channels)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Here Is Always Somewhere Else
02 Blue Genes
03 [unknown -please help]
04 Teardrop Tattoo
05 Young Runaways
06 Cowboys and Indians
07 Young and Dumb
08 Coconut Shampoo

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Neverever, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their newly-released Angelic Swells from Slumberland Records [HERE].

The Secret History: May 23, 2010 NYC Popfest 2010 at Littlefield – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

May 25, 2010
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[Photos of The Secret History’s performance last year at NYC Popfest 2009 courtesy of F Yang at chromewaves.net]

Despite some hefty competition from the season finale of a certain fan-beloved TV show, real indiepop fans knew that the only place to be this past Sunday was sharing the cozy and welcoming Littlefield with luminaries of the genre from across the U.S. and Sweden at an all-day event. The Secret History, the penultimate act of the night and the only NYC-based band on the bill, were probably the strongest of the fourth and final night of the NYC Popfest 2010.

I recorded this set with the DPA mics and a top-quality soundboard feed. This recording emphasizes the soundboard feed a bit more to bring out the strength of the vocals. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE].

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

The Secret History
2010-05-23
NYC Popfest 2010
Littlefield
Brooklyn, NY

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

Equipment: Stereo soundboard feed + DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: ROC, to left side of SBD cage, mics at 8′ pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify channels)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks
01 intro
02 Johnny Anorak
03 banter
04 Our Lady of Stalingrad
05 Its Not the End of the World, Jonah
06 God Save The Runaways
07 banter
08 Love Theme
09 Johnny Nightmare
10 Our Lady of Pompeii
11 Count Backwards
12 Sister Rose

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Secret History, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from their site [HERE].

Phantogram: May 19, 2010 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

May 22, 2010
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[Photo courtesy of lowerwestside]

It was refreshing, for once, to see an exciting, emerging American band that wasn’t from Brooklyn.  The electronic rock duo Phantogram hail from the rural college town of Saratoga Springs, NY – so far from Brooklyn it might as well be in Virginia.  But geography aside, Phantogram’s sound is very of the moment, a smooth, approachable style they call “street beat, psych pop.”  The closest reference, by far, would be the also-booming UK band The xx, who have been reviving some of the better elements of the mid-90s sound once known as “trip-hop” without letting the style devolve into a bunch of faceless Starbucks jams.  Phantogram’s style occupies a solid middle ground between the somber and the bombastic, with songs that are instantly memorable.

For Phantogram, this show represented a crucial milestone familiar to every New York band: their first sellout of the Bowery Ballroom.  Playing live can be a challenge for a band whose sound relies so heavily on pre-programmed loops and sampled beats, as the “press play” aspect can make the show feel less immediate and exciting, but Phantogram solved that problem with Josh Carter’s live guitars and Sarah Barthel’s spot-on lead vocals.  The generosity and gratitude of the band was evident, as they repeatedly thanked the audience for their support.  Selling out Bowery, clearly, will not be the end of this duo’s journey.  I just hope they don’t feel too much pressure to move to Brooklyn.

I recorded this set from the balcony with the hypercardiod microphones at eye level with the sound staff, and the omnidirectional microphones taped to the soundboard cage, providing a clear and balanced blend of sound.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE].

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Phantogram
2010-05-19
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY  USA

Equipment: Beyerdynamic MC950+DPA 4061>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: MC950s LOC at SBD cage, pointed at stacks, 4061s in boundary mounts, 2? split
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, EQ, set fades, tracking, amplify)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks [51:48]
01 As Far As I Can See
02 Let Me Go
03 Mouthful of Diamonds
04 Running From the Cops
05 You Are the Ocean
06 Make A Fist
07 Turn It Off
08 When I’m Small
09 [encore break]
10 All Dried Up
11 Futuristic Casket

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Phantogram, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their excellent album Eyelid Movies from Barsuk Records [HERE].

ArpLine: May 15, 2010 Piano’s (NYCTaper 3rd Anniversary Concert) – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

May 19, 2010
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[Excellent photos taken for nyctaper by David Andrako]

Since it posted its inaugural recording back in 2007, nyctaper.com has tried to expose its readers to the latest music from well-known artists as well as promote newer bands that are worthy of attention.  The NYCTaper 3rd Anniversary Concert, held this year at the intimate Pianos in Manhattan, was particularly dedicated to honoring that second (and arguably more important) mission.  At a venue already legendary for exposing soon-to-be stars, four of our favorite bands took the stage and gave performances that matched or exceeded their strongest efforts to date.  Our headliner, ArpLine, has been playing nonstop in 2010, and their tightly-composed sets have continued to win over fans.  Combining technological prowess with stellar hooks and a focused delivery, ArpLine performances sound and feel big. This set, despite clocking in at a venue-mandated 36 minutes (the DJ party started at 1), did not disappoint, as the band kicked things off with their Village Voice-approved single, “Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper,” and wrapped up the night with my favorite of their songs, the rhythmic, head-bobbing “Parts Unknown.”  As this was my first full year as a contributor to the site, and one of the first bands that I weighed in for us to feature, I would like to extend my sincere personal thanks to ArpLine and their management not only for playing our show, but for their music.  And, of course, to the founder of nyctaper for making this all possible.  Most of all, I would like to thank our readers for their encouragement as well as criticism.

The sets of the other three acts, Dinosaur Feathers, Uninhabitable Mansions, and Natureboy, will be posted soon.   We recorded each of these sets with the Neumann hypercardiod microphones and a stereo soundboard feed provided by our hosts at Pianos.  The sound quality is excellent.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE].  Listen to “Parts Unknown” [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

ArpLine
2010-05-15
Pianos
New York, NY  USA

Equipment: Soundboard + Neumann KM150>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/48)
Position: Mics at ~7′, pointed at stacks from right corner of room
Mastering: 2×24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, downsample, amplify channels)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Setlist [Time 36:44]
01 Speed (Rush Ah)
02 Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper
03 Make It Rain
04 Sound and Versions
05 Amplify
06 Weekend in the Colonies
07 Rope
08 Parts Unknown

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT ArpLine, visit their website, and purchase their excellent debut album Travel Book, when it is released this fall (the band’s Bandcamp site is no more as the album will be officially released then).

MV & EE: May 13, 2010 Abrons Arts Center – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

May 17, 2010
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[Photos courtesy of John Ruscher with nyctaper favorites Eardrum NYC]

MV & EE is the brainchild of Matt Valentine and Erika Elder, whose recording career as has seen collaborations with dozens of other serious players.  Unsurprisingly, the band’s sound focuses heavily on Valentine and Elder’s string work, with Valentine on various guitars and Elder on pedal steel and electric mandolin.  That sound has been described as a combination of American folk and Indian ragas, or as the the Wikipedia entry puts it, “Indian raga style composition with Appalachian folk and post-psychedelic electrical experimentalism. They use Western and Eastern acoustic instruments amplified and augmented with effects such as reverb, delay, and flange. Their compositions occasionally feature vocals, which are off-kilter and rambling, while seeming drugged.”  If you happened to fall into that last category yourself last Thursday night (that is, drugged), you were well served by this set, which like the Woods set that followed, was played against the soaring, psychedelic backdrop of the Joshua Light Show.  The set was a journey that almost demanded displacement from the here and now; letting it absorb you, rather than simply paying attention, was the only way to fully get it (and maybe why The New York Times apparently didn’t).  The band played a number of new songs, as well as a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street.”

I recorded this set from the center of the balcony with the DPA microphones, as with the Woods recording, and the sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

MV & EE
2010-05-13
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com
Available for exclusive free download at nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod)
Position: Balcony, DFC, ORTF
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify channels, EQ (trim 100-400Hz, boost 10-20kHz))>FLAC Level 8

1. Intro
2. Sideswipe
3. Easy Livin’
4. [unknown]
5. Positively 4th Street [Bob Dylan]
6. [unknown]
7. [unknown instrumental]
8. Get Right Church
9. [goodbye banter]

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Woods: May 13, 2010 Abrons Arts Center – FLAC and MP3 Downloads (with bonus Bell House download)

May 16, 2010
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[Photo courtesy of John Ruscher with nyctaper favorites Eardrum NYC]

Whoa.  The first few times I saw Woods, I enjoyed it – I have a soft spot for their particular brand of folkish, ramshackle psychedelia.  Back then, the band came across onstage much as they did on record, as a very DIY affair.  Which is not to say they were unusually rough around the edges for a late-2000s vintage Brooklyn band, or that they didn’t have the songwriting chops (they had been hailed early on by Pitchfork and others for songs like “Rain On”).  But they were nothing like the polished, free-jamming foursome that I saw this Thursday at Abrons Arts Center.  Backed by the Joshua Light Show, who projected molting swirls and swatches of color behind them, Woods played now-common favorites like “Rain On” and “Blood Dries Darker,” but they also demonstrated their status as the preeminent indie rock jam band.  That term, of course, is pejorative in the circles this band belongs in, but it seems fitting for a set that included an 8-minute “The Hold” and another song that stretched an impressive 16 minutes!   Joshua Light Show concerts are legendary and rare, and in honor of that, Woods came out and slayed it, giving one of the best performances I have seen this year.   With the swirling colors behind them, the band members’ interplay seemed almost magical, mesmerizing the crowd as the colors matched their rhythms.   These light shows are particularly special in that they are performed live with liquids and other mysterious ingredients, so no two shows are alike.  Do yourself a favor, and put any future Joshua Light Show concerts high on your list.  To see what The New York Times had to say, click here.

I recorded this set from dead center on the balcony with the DPA microphones.  The sound is superb.  As an added bonus, I have included a link to an earlier Woods show that I recorded on August 14, 2009 at the Bell House, when they opened for Dungen.  The evolution in even this short amount of time is, I think, revealing.

Download the complete shows on the Live Music Archive: [ABRONS ARTS CENTER] | [BELL HOUSE]

ABRONS ARTS CENTER SHOW:

BELL HOUSE SHOW:

Woods
2010-05-13
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com
Premiere download exclusively at nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod)
Position: Balcony, DFC, ORTF
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify channels, EQ (trim 100-400Hz, boost 10-20kHz))>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Intro
02 Creeps
03 Blood Dries Darker
04 To Clean>Get Back
05 Bend Beyond
06 Rain On
07 Suffering Season
08 Down This Road>The Hold
09 The Hold (continued)
10 I Was Gone
11 [Goodbye banter]

BONUS RECORDING

Woods
2009-08-14
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording

Equipment: AKG ck91 cardiod capsules (Busman active mod)>custom battery box>R-09HR (24bit/48kHz)
Location: Mics mounted DIN on custom kwon bar on pole clamped to left corner of SBD cage, 10ft total height
Processing: WAV>Audacity (smooth peaks, tracking, downsample to 16bit/44.1kHz, amplify each channel to -0.1dB)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks:
1. Intro
2. The Creeps
3. Blood Dries Darker
4. [banter]
5. Rain On
6. [segue/soundcheck]
7. Get Back
8. To Clean
9. The Number
10. Down This Road
11. The Hold
12. The Hold Cont.
13. Twisted Tongue

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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

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Joy Formidable, visit their website, and purchase their debut EP A Balloon Called Moaning from the Black Bell Records website [here] or from the store at the TJF website [here].

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