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Smashing Pumpkins: April 5, 2016 Beacon Theatre – FLAC/MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

April 13, 2016
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[photos by Jill Harrison, full set available here]

Last week, the Smashing Pumpkins came to New York for a three-night run at Beacon Theatre in support of their current “In Plainsong” tour. This tour, billed as an “acoustic-electro evening,” featured a substantial setlist of solo acoustic performances from Billy Corgan, who dug deep into his back catalogue of songs for inspiration. He was joined onstage by the rest of the current touring line-up – original Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Katie Cole, and Sierra Swan on keys/vocals – for a deep dive into songs from the Siamese Dream era.

Outstanding moments from the night included guest vocals from Liz Phair on “Thirty-Three,” hard-rocker “The Spaniards,” and a tribute to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that the audience absolutely loved. But what may excite the hardcore Smashing Pumpkins fanbase is seeing the re-appearance of Corgan-penned songs from his past work with bands like Zwan and Hole. This tour indeed revisits and in some cases, seems to reclaim the essence of these songs, laying aside past feuds in honor of the music.

We recorded this show from the third row, dead center using a pair of head-mounted Schoeps MK4v cardioid microphones. Although there were no surprise appearances from original guitarist James Iha as there were in Los Angeles, this show is sure to delight – it sounds incredible. Enjoy!

Download the complete show at the Live Music Archive.

Stream the complete show:

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The Smashing Pumpkins
Beacon Theatre
New York, NY
2016-04-05

Recordist: hi and lo
Source: Schoeps MK4V (DINa) > Naiant Z-PFA > Sound Devices 744T @ 24 bit / 48 kHz
Edit: WaveLab V6 (mixdown/eq/gain/fades/dither/resampling)
Encoding: FLAC v1.2.1 (Level 8) with TLH v2.6.0 (Build 168)

Tracklist:

01. Cardinal Rule
02. Stumbleine
03. Tonight, Tonight
04. The World’s Fair
05. Space Oddity [Bowie]
06. Thirty-three
07. Jesus, I [Lyte] / Mary Star of the Sea
08. “The Siamese Suite” (Banter)
09. Mayonaise
10. Soma
11. Rocket
12. Spaceboy
13. Today
14. Whir
15. Disarm
16. Sorrows (in blue)
17. Eye
18. Saturnine
19. Identify
20. 1979
21. Stand Inside Your Love
22. Pinwheels
23. Lily (My One and Only)
24. “Introduce the Band” (Banter)
25. Malibu [Hole]
26. The Spaniards
27. (Encore Call)
28. Angie [Rolling Stones]

Running Time: 2:11:32

Please support Smashing Pumpkins by seeing them on their current tour, In Plainsong and by visiting their official website.

The Hum Residency: April 06, 2015 Manhattan Inn – Flac/MP3/Streaming

April 13, 2015
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[photos courtesy of David Andrako]

The Hum Residency is a collection of over 30 artists collaborating at Greenpoint’s Manhattan Inn every Monday night in April. In the evening, Manhattan Inn is a bar and restaurant featuring a baby grand piano and rotating pianist in a lovely candle lit room in the back. After 10pm, the space is transformed into a concert venue, tables on the floor quickly whisked away while dinner patrons sitting in custom-made wooden booths, dessert plates and the check in front of them, prepare to enjoy a special evening of music in what will be a standing-room only crowd.

Each Monday night features three sets of collaborating artists and for the first act of this night, Brooklyn’s Teletextile and Belle Mare huddled around the house piano. Teletextile is no stranger to intimate sets as we previously featured them for an indoor Backyard Brunch session in 2011 and both bands delivered an equally good performance.

For the second act, Renata Zeiguer of Cantina and Cassandra Jenkins shared the floor creating a seven piece ensemble complete with drum kit. The floor was impassable, cables and guitar peddles covering every last inch of available space on the floor, and the artists were literally surrounding my microphones.

The final act was the powerful duet of Shilpa Ray amd Deva Mahal. Shilpa is releasing a new album called Last Year’s Savage on May 19, 2015 (Northern Spy Records), and she’ll be playing a record release show at Rough Trade on May 23rd.

I recorded this unique set using a pair of Schoeps MK4 Cardioid microphones on-stage in the a classic ORTF setup which was re-positioned for each artist. The audience recording was mixed with a soundboard feed provided by Manhattan Inn’s Engineer John. The audience was incredibly respectful during this intimate set and the results are outstanding. We hope you enjoy!

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Download the complete show – Teletextile and Belle Mare: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Download the complete show – Renata Zeiguer (Cantina) and Cassandra Jenkins: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Download the complete show – Shilpa Ray and Deva Mahal: [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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The Hum Residency
Manhattan Inn
Brooklyn, NY
2015-04-06

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and Produced by hi and lo

Source: Soundboard (Engineer: John) + Schoeps MK4 (ORTF) > KC5 > PFA > Naiant PFA > Sound Devices 744T @ 24 bit / 48 kHz

Teletextile and Belle Mare:

1. Gold Green
2. All the Time
3. Rehearsed Lines
4. The Boat of the Fragile Mind
5. Distant Places
6. Girl

Cassandra Jenkins and Cantina:

01. Basement Bug
02. Cartoon
03. Wayside
04. Follow Me Down
05. Disco Death Dance
06. Hotel Lullaby
07. Tennessee Waltz
08. Shame

Shilpa Ray and Deva Mahal:

1. Empire City (Deva Mahal)
2. I’d Rather Go Blind
3. Genie’s Drugs
4. Dedicated to the One I Love
5. Too Late
6. Shilpa Ray’s Got A Heart Full of Dirt

If you enjoyed this recording, please support The Hum Residency by visiting their Facebook page and attending any of their FREE Monday night shows at Manhattan Inn in April!.

Heaven: February 2, 2015 Rough Trade – Flac/MP3/Streaming

February 6, 2015
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[photos courtesy of Jill Harrison and For the Love of Brooklyn]

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we last saw Heaven at Mercury Lounge; the dreamy reverb of 2013’s Telepathic Love LP frequently finds its way on to my turntable as a welcome old friend. On Monday night, the band took to the Rough Trade stage for a snowstorm-rescheduled set, opening for fellow NYC-band Dreamers and Oklahoma-based headliner Broncho.

Between Mikey Jones’ touring gig with Swervedriver and semi-regular shows in the New York area, Heaven has been hard at work in the studio over the last year writing and recording a new album of material they expect to release in the first half of this year. Though the show on Monday included a handful of highlights from Telepathic Love (“Mountains Move,” “Colors in the Whites of Your Eyes”), the band also played several new, as-yet-unknown songs from the forthcoming album. For the sample track we’ve chosen their closing jam, Darken Fields, a slow burner and one we can’t wait to hear on wax.

I recorded Heaven using a pairs of Schoeps MK41 hypercardioids mixed with an excellent soundboard feed graciously provided house engineer, Nic. We hope you enjoy!

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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Heaven
Rough Trade
Brooklyn, New York
2015-02-02

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and Produced by hi and lo

Source: Soundboard (Engineer: Nic) + Schoeps MK41/CMC6 > Sonosax SX-M2 >> Sound Devices 744T @ 24 bit / 48 kHz

01. Telepathic Love
02. In Your Ruin
03. Mountains Move
04. (Unknown #1)
05. (Unknown #2)
06. Colors in the Whites of Your Eyes
07. Darken Fields

Running Time: 37:39

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Heaven by visiting their Bandcamp page and purchasing a copy of Telepathic Love on CD or 12″ Vinyl from their online store [HERE].

Stars: November 10, 2014 Music Hall of Williamsburg – Flac/MP3/Streaming

November 14, 2014
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November 10, 2014[photos courtesy of Jill Harrison and For the Love of Brooklyn]

This past Monday night, the Stars began their tour in support of new album No One Is Lost and made their third stop in Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. After a fantastic opening set from fellow Canadian band Hey Rosetta!, the Stars took the stage to the sweet, lonely lilt of Judy Garland and promptly kicked off the party with the first single from their new album, “From The Night.” The sold-out crowd apparently read an album review or three and figured a dance party might happen, so when the retro disco beat kicked in and singers Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan hit the chorus, it felt like the weekend was back in full force.

Much of the press about the new album has focused on how the band is making more dance tunes — and yes, Millan did collaborate on a recent track with EDM DJ Porter Robinson. But the real story seems to be that the cute, ironic fatalism that was present in the younger band’s work has evolved; the cabaret has shuttered because the stakes are too high. In fact, during the recording of No One Is Lost, the band’s long-time tour manager, Eoin O’Leary, was diagnosed with cancer. So if the Stars are guilty as charged of making a big fat dance album, so be it; O’Leary is now in recovery, and there is cause to celebrate.

On Monday, while there was certainly plenty of dancing, there was also a huge variety. Slow burners, disco tracks, and the good old-fashioned pop songs the Stars are known for — they made sure the setlist had something in it for everyone. The lineup was a mix of brand new songs and deep cuts dating all the way back to their debut album, Nightsongs. One of, if not the very highest points of the night was a reworked version of “Going, Going, Gone,” which Emily Haines of Metric sang with the band back in 2001. While the original version is earnest, spare and stripped down, the new version they performed Monday night featured melancholy synths, a minimalist backbeat, and heartbreakingly beautiful vocals. The new version felt more like a downtempo afterhours clubby version of the Stars — in the best of ways.

Other highlights included 2012’s “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It,” a sing-along for crowd favorite “Elevator Love Letter,” and a raucous new song called “Trap Door” that would make Ric Ocasek proud. The band closed out the main set with the new album’s title track, and all the arms in the venue went up in unison at the refrain: “Put your hands up because everybody dies!”

I recorded Stars using a pairs of Schoeps hypercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed graciously provided by the band and house engineers. They did an outstanding job and the sound quality is excellent. We hope you enjoy!

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Stars
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY
2014-11-10

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and Produced by hi and lo

Source: Soundboard (Engineer: Marty) + Schoeps MK41 > KCY > Naiant PFA > Sound Devices 744T @ 24 bit / 48 kHz

01. Intro
02. From the Night
03. Ageless Beauty
04. We Don’t Want Your Body
05. Turn it Up
06. Backlines
07. You Keep Coming Up
08. The Ghost of Genova Heights
09. This is the Last Time
10. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
11. Look Away
12. Dead Hearts
13. Going, Going, Gone
14. Trap Door
15. One More Night
16. Elevator Love Letter
17. Take Me to the Riot
18. Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
19. Are You OK?
20. No One Is Lost
21. (Encore Call)
22. No Better Place
23. What Is to Be Done

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Stars, visit their website, and purchase any of their CDs or Vinyls from their online store [HERE].

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust: April 24, 2014 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 9, 2014
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[photos by hiandlo]

We like to think we have a special relationship to Lee Ranaldo’s solo career here at NYCTaper. We recorded the first few of his local solo shows back in 2011, and have been there for many more NYC-area gigs moving forward. We have captured live versions of pretty much all of his two excellent solo albums, some really neat covers, and an occasional look back at his Sonic Youth material. But through it all, the quality has been consistent — Lee is a pro with a fertile musical imagination, a penchant for picking superb collaborators, and unique guitar skills. At this Union Pool show a few weeks back, we were fortunate to catch all of this and more. Lee worked through most of the latest album Last Night on Earth (Matador Records) of which we streaming show-stopper “Ambulancer”, and from his eclectic bag of covers, Lee played a faithful cover of proto post-punk legends Wire, this one from their debut album Pink Flag. “Mannequin” is streaming below.

This set was recorded in our usual manner in this venue, this time with the AKG’s attached to the balcony rail and mixed with an excellent board feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Ambulancer”

Stream “Mannequin” (Wire cover):

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Lee Ranaldo
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY, US
2014-04-24

Recordist : hi and lo
Source : Soundboard + AKG CK61 (DIN) > Naiant Active > Naiant PFA > E.A.A. PSP-2 >> Sound Devices 744T @ 24 bit / 48 kHz
Edit : WaveLab V6 (mixdown/eq/gain/fades/dither/resampling)
Encoding : FLAC v1.2.1 Level 8 with TLH v2.6.0

Tracklist:

01. Key/Hole
02. Lecce, Leaving
03. Everybody’s Been Burned [David Crosby]
04. Last Night on Earth
05. Angles
06. Home Chds
07. The Rising Tide
08. Late Descent #2
09. Stranded
10. Ambulancer
11. Xtina as I Knew Her
12. (Encore Call)
13. Mannequin [Wire]
14. Blackt Out

Running Time: 1:30:48

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Lee Ranaldo, visit his website, and purchase their album Last Night on Earth [HERE].

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Heaven: February 7, 2014 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

February 11, 2014
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heaven[photos courtesy of Jill Harrison and For the Love of Brooklyn]

Last summer, Goodnight Records released the debut album from NYC-based band Heaven, Telepathic Love. Labelmates Friend Roulette are no stranger to NYCTaper, so naturally the LP was an easy buy. It was love at first listen and then again at Mercury Lounge last Friday night as we got to see them live and in action for the first time as they opened up for +/- {plus/minus}.

Heaven is billed as a collaboration between Matt Sumrow (The Comas, Dean and Britta), Mikey Jones (The Big Sleep, Swervedriver), and Ryan Lee Dunlap (Fan-Tan). While the studio sound of Telepathic Love sits squarely in the psychedelic / noise pop realm, Heaven’s live treatment of the songs emphasizes shimmery guitars, warm synth riffs, and new wave sensibilities — all enhanced by hot pink and blue fluorescent stage lights that scored major brownie points with the excited hometown crowd.

The band played a number of songs from the LP, including personal favorites “Falling Apple” and “Mountains Move.” They also dug into their repertoire of covers to jam out on The Kinks’ “See My Friends” and New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle.” And as they mentioned during the set, the band has recently been in the studio recording a new album — so they treated show-goers to a new, never-played-live-before track.

We recorded Heaven with a superb board feed provided by house engineer David and a pair of Schoeps MK41 microphones in our usual spot. Enjoy!

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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Heaven
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY, US
2014-02-07

Recordist : hi and lo
Source : Soundboard + Schoeps MK41 (DINA) > KCY > Naint PFA >> Tascam DR-680 @ 24 bit / 48 kHz

Tracklist:

01. Intro
02. Falling Apple
03. Telepathic Love
04. Mountains Move
05. See My Friends [Kinks]
06. In Your Ruin
07. Darken Fields
08. Bizarre Love Triangle [New Order]
09. Colors in the Whites of Your Eyes

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Heaven! Like them on Facebook, visit their bandcamp, and purchase any of their CDs or Vinyls from their online store [HERE].

Futurebirds: May 31, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 3, 2013
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Futurebirds 1[photos courtesy of Jill Harrison and For the Love of Brooklyn]

On Friday night, we caught the Futurebirds at Bowery Ballroom for a great show. The six-piece band hails from Athens, GA and it’s not the first time we here at NYCTaper have had the good fortune to enjoy a taste of their good old-fashioned rock and roll. Last year they came to Irving Plaza to play in full costume for a show during Halloween weekend, and the year prior we saw them perform at Union Pool.

Over seven months of touring, Futurebirds were hard at work writing their sophomore record, Baba Yaga, testing out new material on the road for live audiences. The new LP was released in mid-April on Fat Possum Records and Friday’s show featured a healthy portion of new songs from the album. The band’s energy was downright refreshing after a long week at work, especially with an ice cold pale ale in hand. The crowd was way into the southern rock songs, many of which stretched on into psychedelic jams that reinforced how comfortable these guys are playing this material in a live setting.

Highlights of the set include new song “Virginia Slims” and oldie-but-goodie “Battle For Rome,” both of which you can stream below.

I recorded Futurebirds with a soundboard feed provided by house engineer Kenny and a pair of Schoeps MK4 microphones mounted from our usual spot in the Balcony. Per the Bowery’s usual excellence, the house mix was very well balanced and resulted in a great recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Virginia Slims”

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Stream “Battle for Rome”

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

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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Futurebirds
Bowery Ballroom
Brooklyn, NY
2013-05-31

Recordist : hi and lo
Source 1 : Schoeps MK4 > KC5 > CMC-6 > EAA PSP-2 > Sonic AD2K + Soundboard >> Tascam DR-680 @ 24 bit / 48 kHz
Edit : WaveLab V6 (mixdown/eq/gain/fades/dither/resampling)
Encoding : FLAC v1.2.1 Level 8 with TLH v2.6.0

Tracklist:

01. Strangers
02. Serial Bowls
03. Tanlines
04. Sam Jones
05. Battle for Rome
06. Virginia Slims
07. (Banter)
08. Heavy Weights
09. (Banter)
10. Megachills
11. (Banter)
12. Johnny Utah
13. M J B
14. Death Awaits
15. (Banter)
16. Ski Chalet
17. Wild Heart
18. Yur Not Ded
19. (Encore Call)
20. St. Summercamp
21. Americle

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Futurebirds, visit their website, and purchase any of their CDs or Vinyls from their online store [HERE].

Stars: March 09, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 2, 2013
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stars second night-1[photos courtesy of Jill Harrison and For the Love of Brooklyn]

The Music Hall of Williamsburg recently hosted the two-night sold-out “Evenings of Sex and Death” tour featuring Canadian indie group Stars. A cheeky theme, yet one the band has continually explored throughout their long-running career. While the first night’s performance focused on the carnal, the second show paid tribute to their darker material.

Though the theme of the night was DEATH, the band was rested and in great spirits after such a warm reception the previous night. Highlights of this show included “Dead Hearts,” which was preceded by a onstage seance to summon the ghosts of Williamsburg, and the over-the-top melodramatics of “Do You Want to Die Together?” – a raucous duet about suicide from their latest album. Ever paying it forward for their longtime fans, Stars also played many of the hits from their classic LP “Set Yourself on Fire”, including the title track and “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”, featured below.

I recorded the Stars with an excellent soundboard feed again provided by the band’s engineer and good friend, Marty, and for the second I decided to use a pair of MBHO cardioid microphones which are among my favorite indoor microphones. Their slightly brighter tone and ability to cut through the natural reverb of the room produces an incredibly clean sound which I think is even better than the previous night.

Our thanks goes to the Stars and their management for allowing us to record both nights from their recent run and we hope you enjoy!

Stream “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”

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Stream “Fixed”

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Direct download of the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Stars
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY
2013-03-09

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and Produced by hi and lo

Recordist : hi and lo
Source: MBHO KA200/603 (PAS) > PSP-2 + Soundboard >> Tascam DR-680 @ 24 bit / 48 kHz

01. Intro
02. The Theory of Relativity
03. Elevator Love Letter
04. A Song is a Weapon
05. Death to Death
06. Ageless Beauty
07. The North
08. Backlines
09. The Light
10. Do You Want To Die Together?
11. Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
12. Set Yourself on Fire
13. Going, Going, Gone
14. Lights Changing Colour
15. Dead Hearts
16. Tru
17. Fixed
18. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
19. Take Me to the Riot
20. Walls
21. (Encore Call)
22. My Favourite Book
23. What the Snowman Learned About Love
24. Reunion
25. Barricade

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Stars, visit their website, and purchase any of their CDs or Vinyls from their online store [HERE].

Stars: March 08, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 29, 2013
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stars-1[photos courtesy of Jill and For the Love of Brooklyn]

The Canadian indie pop group Stars recorded their first album in NYC in 1999 and although they’ve since moved away, they always manage to make each return feel like a homecoming party. Band frontman and founder Torquil Campbell recently gave an interview in which he elaborates on his love-hate relationship with this city:

To this day, my wife still says that, even though I was born in England and I grew up in Canada, I act like a New Yorker. That was where my personality came into full fruition, where I found 11 million assholes just like me. [Laughs] I feel very at home there. On the other hand, I hate New York. Like everybody does. New York is a reflection of you. It’s whatever you imagine yourself to be.

The whole interview is highly entertaining, just like their recent sold-out two-night stop at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The crowd had a blast as Stars dusted off a few fan favorites and mixed them up with a selection of new tracks from “The North”, their newest album released last September. Streaming below are two of my favorite songs from the night, but other surprises in the setlist included 2001’s “Krush” and a new unreleased song called “Wishful.”

I recorded this night’s performance using a pair of Schoeps MK41 microphones and an excellent soundboard feed graciously provided to us by the band and expertly mixed by their long-time engineer, Marty. The mix is an even balance of the two sources and the results are nothing short of outstanding!

We also recorded Stars the following night at Music Hall of Williamsburg and will be posting that performance very soon.

Stream “Midnight Coward”

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Stream “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It”

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Direct download of 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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Stars
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY
2013-03-08

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and Produced by hi and lo

Recordist : hi and lo
Source 1 : Schoeps MK41 (DINa) > PSP-2 > AD2k + Soundboard >> Tascam DR-680 @ 24 bit / 48 kHz

01. Intro
02. The Theory of Relativity
03. Fixed
04. A Song is a Weapon
05. The North
06. We Don’t Want Your Body
07. Backlines
08. Personal
09. Do You Want To Die Together?
10. Wishful
11. Soft Revolution
12. (Banter)
13. Krush
14. The Loose Ends Will Make Knots
15. Life Effect
16. Midnight Coward
17. What I’m Trying to Say
18. One More Night (Your Ex-Lover Remains Dead)
19. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
20. Take Me to the Riot
21. Walls
22. (Encore Call)
23. My Favourite Book
24. Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
25. The 400

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Stars, visit their website, and purchase any of their CDs or Vinyls from their online store [HERE].

Smashing Pumpkins: December 10, 2012 Barclays Center – FLAC/MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 20, 2012
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[photos courtesy of Jill and For the Love of Brooklyn]

Originally the Smashing Pumpkins were slated to play their first NYC arena show in over 15 years at the newly-opened Barclays Center on Halloween. The last time Billy Corgan and company rocked Madison Square Garden was in 1997 during the heights of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy had other ideas.

The band ended up rescheduling the show at Barclays on December 10th, which coincided with the end of their current North American tour. Corgan announced earlier this year that the band would be playing their new album Oceania in its entirety. The album has received almost universally positive coverage amongst music critics, many of whom have compared it to the classic Pumpkins sound popularized by albums like Siamese Dream and the aforementioned Mellon Collie.

After our last encounter with the band at Terminal 5 last year (which made our Top 25 of 2011 list), we knew we were in for a treat.  Plus, we were looking forward to our first Barclays experience, which ended up being a highly positive one with great concessions, a friendly staff, and a surprisingly good sound system. In addition to a full album run-through, the band played a set of the hits with stand-outs like “X.Y.U.”, “Hummer” and “Cherub Rock.”

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One of the highlights of the show beyond the music was the giant glowing orb on stage. The Pumpkins collaborated with graphic artist Sean Evans earlier this year to develop visuals for the tour, which used digital mapping technology to project video and images on the sphere. In one of the most poignant moments of the show, the orb featured original scenes from Georges Méliès‘s silent film A Trip to the Moonwhich was the original inspiration for the classic “Tonight, Tonight” music video.
Matthew Perpetua, a long-time Pumpkins fan and the founder of Fluxblogreviewed the concert the next day, recalling his own experience of “Tonight, Tonight.” Perpetua summed it up best:
I was most surprised by my response to “Tonight, Tonight.” I often skip that song when I listen to Mellon Collie, but in concert it’s just sort of undeniable, and you realize that its sentiment is the key to understanding what Corgan has been trying to do with his music for all these years. It’s a song that blasts cynicism, and rejects the notion that any creative ambition is too crazy to be considered. I can think of a bunch of times recently when I was talking to someone who was really down on themselves, and I had to fight myself not to tell them “life can change, you’re not stuck in vain” because it’s corny to quote a Smashing Pumpkins song to someone who is genuinely distraught. But man, that line is so true. That whole song is so true.

Indeed, especially in light of Hurricane Sandy and all that led to the rescheduling of this show, this positivity and nostalgia was so refreshing. If the performance at the Barclays Center is a beacon of things to come, we can’t wait. I recorded this set up close with the Dynamic Audio Binaural microphones that I personally designed and built. The sound is in-your-face and excellent. Enjoy!

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The Smashing Pumpkins
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY, US
2012-12-10

Recordist : hi and lo
Source : DAB > DA-120F > Sony PCM-M10 @ 24 bit / 48 kHz
Edit : WaveLab V6 (EQ/Fades/Resampling/Dither)
Final Format : 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
Tracking : CD-Wave v1.98
Encoding : FLAC v1.2.1 Level 8 with TLH v2.6.0 (Build 168)

Tracklist:
01. Intro
02. Quasar
03. Panopticon
04. The Celestials
05. Violet Rays
06. My Love Is Winter
07. One Diamond, One Heart
08. Pinwheels
09. (Banter)
10. Oceania
11. Pale Horse
12. The Chimera
13. Glissandra
14. Inkless
15. Wildflower
16. Space Oddity [Bowie]
17. X.Y.U.
18. Disarm
19. Tonite Reprise
20. Tonight, Tonight
21. Bullet with Butterfly Wings
22. Introduce the Band
23. The Dream Machine
24. Hummer
25. (Encore Call)
26. Ava Adore
27. Cherub Rock
28. Zero

Running Time: 2:21:29

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