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Wilco: September 7, 2014 Lockn Fest (2nd Night) – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 21, 2014
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[photo courtesy of Dan Worcester and KooLadium.com]

Wilco’s second night at the Lockn Festival is notable for what was missing — any songs played on the previous night. In the world of jambands, playing consecutive shows with different setlists is common. But Wilco is a songwriting band, not a jamband, and to play a completely different show on consecutive nights is rare and difficult. And for the second night of Lockn, we were again treated to a career-length selection of material celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary. Of particular note is the Doug Sahm tune “Give Back the Key to My Heart” originally covered by Uncle Tupelo but which has been popping up in Wilco sets in recent years. We’re streaming it below. All three of the Wilco shows at the Capital Theatre in Portchester in the end of October are now sold out.

This set was recorded by NYCTaper contributor Kubacheck in the same manner in the previous night and the sound quality is equally excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Give Back The Key To My Heart” (Doug Sahm cover):

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.

Wilco
2014-09-07
Lockn Festival
Arrington VA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded at Taper’s Section

MBHO 603a – KA-500 > Naiant Tinybox > Roland R-05 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by Kubacheck
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:20:50]
01 Ashes of American Flags
02 Hummingbird
03 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
04 Art of Almost
05 I Might
06 Via Chicago
07 Whole Love
08 [banter - Willie Nelson]
09 Box Full of Letters
10 I’m Always in Love
11 Side With the Seeds
12 Give Back the Key to My Heart
13 Hesitating Beauty
14 The Late Greats
15 Heavy Metal Drummer
16 [banter - sunshower]
17 Airline to Heaven
18 Hoodoo Voodoo
19 Outtasite (Outta Mind)

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wilco, visit their website, and purchase their official releases at their website [HERE].

Jane Lee Hooker: September 8, 2014 Knitting Factory – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 15, 2014
By

JLH Knit
[photo from JLH Facebook page]

I’ve been interested in seeing Jane Lee Hooker for quite some time. The concept of the band — that is an all-female blues band made up of punk rock veterans — seemed interesting and potentially a whole lot of fun. When I finally saw JLH at Knitting Factory last week, any fears that the band might be a gimmick were very soon allayed. The dual lead guitars of Hightop and T-Bone were instantly recognizable as the driving force behind this band and that shouldn’t come as a surprise as both guitarists have deep pedigree as co-members of Helldorado and Hightop as a member of Nashville Pussy. Veteran punk rockers bassist Hail Mary and drummer Cool Whip are the backbone of the band and out front is the vibrant vocalist Dana Danger. As a unit Jane Lee Hooker is super-tight, reflecting not only their experience but musical familiarity among the members. But the real attraction is the raw energy that the quintet exhibits on stage. The setlist is a series of classic blues covers conveyed in an authentic style faithful the originals but reflected through the looking glass of New York punk. JLH is such a revelation that none other than legendary bassist Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu, Mekons, They Might Be Giants) approached me and raved about the band, asking when the recording would be available. JLH recently returned from a local tour and will appear again in NYC next week at Mercury Lounge on September 24.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted high next to the soundboard and mixed with a superb feed provided by house engineers Keith Milgaten and Ben Fitterman. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Free Me” (Otis Redding cover):

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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.

Jane Lee Hooker
2014-09-08
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineers Keith Milgaten and Ben Fitterman] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 41:13]
01 Mannish Boy
02 Wade In The Water
03 You is One Black Rat
04 Champagne and Reefer
05 Shake For Me
06 Free Me
07 Mean Town Blues
08 Didn’t It Rain

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Jane Lee Hooker and visit their website.

Wilco: September 6, 2014 Lockn Fest (1st Night) – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 13, 2014
By

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[screen capture from this video]

Wilco is currently celebrating their 20th year as a band, and we’ve been there virtually from the beginning — my first Wilco show was at Mercury Lounge in 1996. And throughout these past two decades, the band has consistently delivered quality albums, epic live shows and an infinite number of memories. I think its fair to say that many of my own personal peak experiences have come with Wilco as a soundtrack — whether it be a classic 1997 show at Irving Plaza, a rewarding trip to Coney Island, a great roadtrip upstate, or another great roadtrip upstate, or what is perhaps this site’s highlight last Summer’s cover extravaganza. So this year I even considered dropping everything and driving down to Virginia for a day. Unfortunately that was not possible, but that’s what friends are for. And this site has been blessed with some great friends, including Kubacheck who volunteered to “cover” Lockn Festival for the site. So we’ll have both Wilco sets from this Festival, as will we have the recently announced Portchester shows. For this night, the takeaway was Jeff Tweedy’s tongue-in-cheek revelation that he hates rainbows. Although the set was a truncated ninety-minute festival-sized Wilco show, there were also several musical highlights. As this is the 20th year celebration, some early numbers have been featured in the setlist and we are streaming from their first album “Shouldn’t Be Ashamed”. See you at the Cap in October!

Kubacheck recorded this show from the official taper’s section with his high-end MBHO cards. I did some post-production which included boosting the levels and adding some tasty EQ to provide some punch. Overall, its an outstanding recording that is consistent with the many quality Wilco recordings we’ve had on NYCTaper. Enjoy!

Stream “Shouldn’t Be Ashamed”:

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.

Wilco
2014-09-06
Lockn Festival
Arrington VA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded at Taper’s Section

MBHO 603a – KA-500 > Naiant Tinybox > Roland R-05 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge
(level adjustments, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac
(320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by Kubacheck
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:29:42]
01 War on War
02 Misunderstood
03 Impossible Germany
04 Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
05 [banter - chicken weed]
06 Forget the Flowers
07 I’m the Man Who Loves You
08 [banter - rainbows suck]
09 Red-Eyed and Blue
10 I Got You
11 Jesus Etc
12 Handshake Drugs
13 Born Alone
14 Laminated Cat
15 Passenger Side
16 California Stars
17 Walken
18 Kingpin
19 Dawned on Me
20 A Shot in the Arm

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wilco, visit their website, and purchase their official releases at their website [HERE].

Tonstartssbandht: July 30, 2014 Palisades – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 12, 2014
By

Tonstartss Palisades
[photo by nyctaper]

I made a concerted effort not long after listening to their new album Overseas, to memorize the difficult spelling of the band name Tonstartssbandht. I figured it was an investment to save time in the future. This site and this band are destined to be frequent partners moving forward — Tonstartssbandht seems to be a natural kindred spirit to this site. They play music in the most natural way, inspired by both their predecessors and their unique manner of creation — their live shows contain moments of improvisation and unlikely segues perhaps only possible when the band is a duo of brothers. The knee-jerk contemporary comparison is to Nashville brothers JEFF the Brotherhood, but really that band is a very different creature. While JEFF is a party duo fueled by 70s hard rock and Tennessee whiskey, TSB is an experience more akin to sharing some good herb on a muggy summer night. And speaking of Summer, in the heat of July we were fortunate to capture the band at the relatively new space on Broadway in Bushwick called Palisades. The venue was cool and inviting and has a very authentic Brooklyn DIY vibe. Its no surprise that premiere promoter Ad Hoc is booking a lot of events at the venue and this night was also one of their shows. In terms of performance, TSB were exactly as we’d hoped and maybe even a bit more. The set was like the Overseas record, a mix of songs and styles in a nearly continuous flowing set. The band only took a couple of breaks to talk to the crowd and the banter tracks are both natural and somewhat humorous, but then it was back to business. We are happy that the band was generous with their time and helped us complete the setlist for the recording. In reality, each track is really several numbers in a “medley” and we are streaming the “Susie Medley” as a prime example of what Tonstartssbandht does best.

But you need not take my word for it. Tonstartssbandht is back in NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on Monday night, September 15. See you there!

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted on a stand at the soundboard about 20 feet from the stage and mixed with a board feed provided by venue FOH Ariel Bitran. The sound quality is very authentic to the sound in the venue and fully captures the experience from that night. Enjoy!

Stream “Susie Medley”:

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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.

Tonstartssbandht
2014-07-30
Palisades
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer Ariel Bitran] + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:09:29]
01 Alright Medley
02 Susie Medley
03 [banter - buy me both]
04 Nineteen Fifty-Three Blue Boogie Children
05 [banter - DMT]
06 Olde Feelings – Skyline
07 [banter - Fix You]
08 Rodas 1916 – Speculatin
09 Hymn Our Garden – The Pusher
10 Somersette Medley
11 Filmgebied

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Tonstartssbandht, visit their Facebook page, and purchase Overseas and their other official releases from their Bandcamp Page [HERE] or the Arbutus Records website [HERE].

White Lung: September 3, 2014 Glasslands and September 6, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 11, 2014
By

White Lung ChadKam
[photo courtesy of Chad Kamenshine - complete set at The Artistree]

The band White Lungs have been floating around for a few years, garnering positive review more than well-deserved. Their third LP Deep Fantasy (Domino Records) manages to improve on 2012’s Sorry, a considerable feat considering how strong this act was the last time around. Frontwoman Mish Way usually wins plaudits as the band’s special sauce, taking some of the best things we all used to like about Courtney Love (strong voice, personality, pop sensibility, distinctive look) and putting them out there in a more-focused package. But one ought not to lose sight of Kenneth William, without whose guitar playing this excellent band couldn’t be quite where it is, which is clearly a peak. As more than the sum of some quality parts, White Lung straddles that line between accessible punk and non in the best of ways, and the feeling is even better felt live. You don’t have to be a fan of this music, even, to be impressed by the tenacity and poise with which they do it.

Both of the site’s editors caught the band in the same week — first nyctaper in New York at beloved Glasslands, then acidjack as his final performance of the Hopscotch Music Festival in North Carolina, where the band proved that they were a righteous choice for the traditionally-strong spot of final night headliner in one of the festival’s many venues.

The Glasslands set was recorded with our installed Naiant cardioid rig mixed with a superb soundboard feed provided by house FOH Josh. The Hopscotch set was recorded with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from the Hopscotch veteran engineer Wayne of Roanoke, VA, a man whose understanding of this high-ceilinged space deserves plaudits. Both sound excellent. Pick your poison, or do the right thing and download both. Enjoy!

Stream “Down it Goes” from Glasslands:

Stream “Face Down” from Hopscotch:

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

Download the complete Glasslands 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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[photo by acidjack]

White Lung
2014-09-03
Glasslands Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Josh Thiel] + Naiant X-R Cardioid > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist
[Total Time 38:49]
01 Drown With the Monster
02 Face Down
03 [banter - hi Amy]
04 Syncophant
05 Bad Way
06 Bag
07 Wrong Star
08 Thick Lip
09 Two of You
10 Blow It South
11 Snake Jaw
12 Just For You
13 I Believe You
14 Down It Goes
15 Take The Mirror
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White Lung
2014-09-06
Hopscotch Music Festival
Kennedy Theater
Raleigh, NC USA

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

Schoeps MK41 (at SBD, DINa)>KCY>Z-PFA+Soundboard (engineer: Wayne)>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, fades, adjust levels, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 34:35]
01 Drown With The Monster
02 Face Down
03 Syncophant
04 Bad Way
05 Bag
06 Wrong Star
07 [banter - bright]
08 Thick Lip >
09 Two Of You
10 Blow It South
11 Snake Jaw
12 Just For You
13 I Believe You
14 Down It Goes
15 Take The Mirror

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT White Lung, visit their website, and purchase the Deep Fantasy from the Domino Records website [HERE].

Death of Samantha: May 29, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 1, 2014
By

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[photo by Dave Cromwell - complete set at his blog]

As NYCTaper readers are aware, we are big fans of the guitar wizard Doug Gillard. So when it was announced that Doug’s first major band, Cleveland’s Death of Samantha would not only reunite but come to play a show at Baby’s All Right, we were obviously going to be there. Death of Samantha was one of the major midwest “gunk punk” bands of the late 80s who released three albums and an EP on pioneering label Homestead Records, but by 1990 they’d run their course and the members moved on two other projects — including stints by both John Petkovic and Doug Gillard in Guided By Voices. But last year DOS decided to have some fun with a brief reunion and the rehearsals went so well that they recorded the last one and put it out as a “compilation” type album — new live-in-studio recordings of the old songs called If Memory Serves Us Well. At Baby’s, memory did indeed serve all of us well as both fans and the band had a rip-roarding time blasting through the classics and even taking some time to stretch the songs out a bit. Gillard’s guitar work was superb as per usual, and he propelled the quartet throughout the evening. But Petkovic is ever the entertainer and his song performance, between-song banter and give-and-take with the crowd was both inspired and hilarious. As a result, the set was a ninety-minute enjoyable blast back in time and perhaps given the success of this brief reunion, not the last time we’ll see Death of Samantha together on stage.

This set was recorded by House FOH Devin, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed near the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Savior City”:

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Death of Samantha
2014-05-29
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Devin Foley) > Devin mix Wav files + Room mic wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:25:28]
01 Coca Cola and Licorice
02 Bed of Fire
03 [banter - kale]
04 Now It’s Your Turn (To Be a Martyr)
05 Conviction
06 Couldn’t Forget ‘Bout That
07 Savior City
08 [banter - Pyramid show]
09 Good Friday
10 Rosenberg Summer
11 Sexual Dreaming
12 Turquoise Hand
13 Blood and Shaving Cream
14 [banter - New York]
15 Simple as That
16 [banter - freedom sampler]
17 Harlequin Tragedy
18 Blood Creek
19 [encore break]
20 Amphetamine

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Death of Samantha, visit their website, and purchase the If Memory Serves Us Well compilation directly from their website [HERE].

Commonwealth Choir: July 26, 2014 XPonential Fest – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 7, 2014
By

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[photos courtesy of WXPN]

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It must be a difficult task to be the opening band of a festival at the bright hour of twelve-thirty p.m. There’s the simple fact that many of the crowd may not have yet reached the venue and also the struggle to get the early-arrivers rocking when its barely afternoon. But the XPonential Festival chose well on Saturday when the Commonwealth Choir opened the show at the River Stage. The band is originally from Doylestown PA but have moved 30 miles down the road into the City of Philadelphia, the skyline of which was outlined behind the stage. Commonwealth Choir are five young men with unbridled energy and that served them well for this early set. As you can tell from the recording, the band was eager to start and made quite an impression in their too-brief thirty minute set. But by the third song, the pit filled quickly and people were moving to the music. Commonwealth Choir released an EP Shirtless in the Fall, and WXPN featured the song “Rest” in their regular rotation. We’re streaming that track below. Its pretty easy to predict that Commonwealth Choir is going places — their infectious power-pop and charismatic stage presence bodes well for future success.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Hurray For The Riff Raff set and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Rest”:

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

Commonwealth Choir
2014-07-26
XPonential Festival
Camden, NJ

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4U’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 29:18]
01 Palace
02 Let’s Make It Right
03 Pacers
04 Epic
05 Peak
06 [banter]
07 Rest
08 Shirtless

If you Download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Commonwealth Choir, like their Facebook page, and purchase Shirtless from their Bandcamp page [HERE].

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Hurray For The Riff Raff: July 26, 2014 XPonential Fest – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 5, 2014
By

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[photos courtesy of WXPN]

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The best way for an artist to maintain perspective in the lofty heights of current success is to remember from whence they came. Hurray For The Riff Raff have had a tremendously successful and well-deserved couple of years. Its a growth in stature that we’ve been both fortunate to experience first hand and for which we’ve unabashedly rooted. At last week’s XPonential Fest, Hurray For The Riff Raff performed for the largest crowd before which we’ve ever seen them play. At the point when their set began, despite the wind and pouring rain, the amphitheatre of the River Stage at Camden Waterfront was packed and the pit was full with several thousand people. And while the band’s set did rely heavily on their superb new album Small Town Heroes, it was the selection of what Alynda described as one of the first songs she ever wrote, and one she played during her days busking in New Orleans, that showed a perspective and humility about her current success. We’re streaming “Here It Comes”, which featured Alynda on banjo but with the full band treatment fits in quite nicely with the band’s current material. Hurray For The Riff Raff will continue their active touring throughout the Fall, including stops at multiple festivals. And speaking of playing before thousands, their next show in NYC will be at Terminal 5.

I recorded this set with the new Schoeps CCM4U cardioids from directly in front of the soundboard and mixed it with the feed that was also broadcast live on WXPN. The use of the open air mics during this rainy set does contain some minor wind noise, but overall the sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Here is Comes”:

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

Hurray For The Riff Raff
2014-07-26
XPonential Festival
Camden, NJ

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4U’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 37:19]
01 Blue Ridge Mountain
02 Instrumental
03 Look Out Mama
04 Slow Walk
05 I Know It’s Wrong
06 The Body Electric
07 Lake OF Fire
08 Here It Comes
09 [thanks]
10 End Of The Line
11 Little Black Star

If you Download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Hurray For The Riff Raff, visit their website, and purchase Small Town Heroes from the ATO Records website [HERE].

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The Wytches: July 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 1, 2014
By

Wytches PSquared
[photo by PSquared Photography - complete set at brooklynvegan]

The Wytches are an interesting amalgam of neo-psychedelia, 70s-style acid rock and 90s alternative. The British trio has released a series of singles and EPs on smaller labels in England but are now poised to break in the US with the release of their debut album Annabel Dream Reader on Partisan Records. In that regard, The Wytches came to the US this month for their first US tour. On Thursday, we caught the band’s first-ever NYC show and it was a burner. In a packed and darkened Mercury Lounge, The Wytches live show relied less on the spacey side of their music and stressed the louder elements — this was not some loopy psychedelic prace but a full-on heavy acid-rock set from the outset with lead singer Kristian Bell growling out vocals to the one-two punch openers of “Digsaw” and “Burn Out the Bruise”. We’re streaming the band’s latest and perhaps most popular single “Wire Frame Mattress” which was also heavier live than on record. The balance of the set touched on most of the material that will appear on the new record, a couple of b-sides and one new song. The Wytches will return to the UK for touring throughout August and early September, but we expect they’ll be back stateside in the Fall.

I recorded this set with my newly purchased Schoeps CCM4Ug compact cardioid microphones. The mics picked up a little bit of chatter in the soundscape but overall I’m really happy with the sweet sound. The mics are mixed with an excellent soundboard feed provided by Merc FOH Dave. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Wire Frame Mattress”:

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

Wytches
2014-07-24
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4Ug’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 45:37]
01 Digsaw
02 Burn Out the Bruise
03 Wire Frame Mattress
04 [banter - NYC]
05 Gravedweller
06 Wide at Midnight
07 Beehive Queen
08 The Holy Tightrope
09 Robe for Juda
10 [banter - headline]
11 Darker
12 Weights and Ties
13 Crying Clown

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Wytches, visit their website, and pre-order Annabel Dream Reader from the Partisan Records site [HERE].

Freeman: July 23, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 28, 2014
By

Freeman Babys
[photo from This Is Ween tumblr]

For better and for worse, rock music and drugs will forever be inextricably intertwined. Bill Maher once joked “I wouldn’t recommend heroin. But it hasn’t hurt my record collection”. But on the dark side, drugs have been responsible for the premature demise of far too many rock musicians and fans. In early 2011, Gene Ween was seriously in danger in becoming the next casualty in the rock world. Gener was losing his fight with alcohol and drug addiction and it all came to a boil one sad and ugly night on stage in Vancouver when his condition was so bad that he was incapable of performing the material and the rest of the band walked off the stage on him. After the tour, Gene Ween went into rehab in Arizona and stopped touring with the band. After his first solo album was released, Gene Ween officially broke up Ween in 2012 and began to perform under his birth name Aaron Freeman. Its four years later and Freeman is still sober and ready to talk about the dark years. The new album Freeman was released last week on Partisan Records and its an honest and frank discussion of the journey to sobriety.

The band is also called Freeman and they played two album-release shows last week at Mercury Lounge and Baby’s All Right. At the Baby’s show, Freeman opened the set with three straight songs from the new album, the third of which is perhaps the most poignant song “Covert Discretion” which essentially tells the story of the Vancouver meltdown. But for the packed house of Ween fans, the old Gener didn’t disappoint as the band whipped out plenty of Ween material, including some deep cuts. We are streaming “Transdermal Celebration” from Ween’s 2003 album Quebec. But ultimately this show was all about the new material, and Freeman closed the set with a run of songs from the album including the confessional “(For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man” which closed the main set and that we are streaming below. Freeman closed the show with two eclectic covers and from the crowd reaction, the fans seemed pleased. But make no mistake, there is some animosity among the Ween uberfans over the fact that “Gener” broke up the band. But as the album Freeman makes clear, without the breakup of Ween, Aaron Freeman would likely have died. Or as he sings on “Covert Discretion”, “be grateful I saved me from myself”.

Freeman will return to shows in the Fall with an extensive tour of the East and Midwest. The next local show is October 4 at Bowery Ballroom.

This set was recorded by House FOH Devin, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed on the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Transdermal Celebration”:

Stream “(For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man”:

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Freeman
2014-07-23
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Devin Foley) > Devin mix Wav + Room mic wav > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:38:26]
01 El Shaddai
02 Gimme One More
03 Covert Discretion
04 All The Way To China
05 Transitions
06 The Grobe
07 The English and Western Stallion
08 Happy Colored Marbles
09 Molly
10 Pollo Asado
11 The Stallion Pt 1
12 Transdermal Celebration
13 Your Party
14 More Than The World
15 [crowd]
16 (For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man
17 [encore break]
18 Black Bush
19 Golden Monkey
20 Jailbreak [Thin Lizzy]
21 [second encore break]
22 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man [Pr1nce]

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