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NYCTaper and Bandcamp – A New Era

November 21, 2016
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And so begins a new era at NYCTaper. Our Bandcamp Page!

We’ve watched Bandcamp grow from a small site to literally the number one place where we buy our music these days. As we have consistently maintained at NYCTaper, our site exists for the betterment of the artists who we feature. The site has always maintained that our readers’ support of the artists should follow naturally from exposure to the live music available for free from this site. While we are certain that our site has helped artists and we know of many occasions where readers have been introduced to new artists and have gone on to purchase official product, attended shows, and in some cases become rabid fans — there’s never been a metric where we could measure the direct positive effect of NYCTaper on a band’s career. That begins now.

Firstly, let me say unequivocally that NYCTaper is a non-commercial and non-profit site. Any revenues generated by our Bandcamp page will go directly to the artists (minus Bandcamp and paypal fees). Secondly, all of our downloads offered through Bandcamp will come on a Pay-As-You-Want basis — i.e. we still offer “free” downloads (in multiple formats) and streaming but we would hope that our readers would not abuse that privilege. Support the artists!

Finally, the Bandcamp platform is a superb web application and its mobile capabilities will make us more accessible and friendly to our readers.

The Bandcamp download will only be included in a post where the artist specifically agrees to this arrangement. We assume that not every artist who agrees to be on NYCTaper will also agree to this type of “official” release. Much of this site will remain exactly the same.

In terms of our archives, we will offer any artist who has previously been on this site the opportunity for us to move their live recording to our Bandcamp page as a Pay-As-You-Want download.

Tomorrow will appear the first recording of this era. We can’t wait!

Long Ryders: November 10, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

November 17, 2016
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[photo by PSquared Photography]

Any discussion about the beginnings of the “alt-country” or “no depression” movement needs to include the story of the Long Ryders. The band is linked with LA’s early 80s “Paisley Underground”, except that the Long Ryders added Americana to their sixties-influenced pop. The Long Ryders released an EP and three terrific albums before they broke up in 1987, just a few years before the emergence of bands like Uncle Tupelo, Jayhawks and Old 97s would be grouped in a “new” genre that owed much to the path laid out by the Ryders. I owned all of the Ryders releases on vinyl and they often made appearances on my many mixed tapes over the years, cementing the band’s influence in my own music journey.

Each of the four members of the Long Ryders found significant success in the 1990s. Sid Griffin moved to London, founded the great Coal Porters and became a music writer. Stephen McCarthy moved to Virgina and worked with Steve Wynn in Gutterball and in recent years spent time in the Jayhawks. Tom Stevens returned to Indiana and launched a successful solo career, played with Wynn in Danny & Dusty and earned a degree in Computer Science. Greg Sowders stayed in LA and became a music publishing executive as a senior VP of A&R at Warner Chappell. The band did have a couple of brief reunions last decade but for the most part have moved on from the Long Ryders.

This year finally saw the release of the ultimate Long Ryders box set Final Wild Songs (Cherry Red Records), which includes all 3 albums, the EP, a bunch of bonus tracks, and a full live set from 1985. This extraordinary collection of material made the current music press sit up and take notice. The Box Set received five stars from AllMusic, 8/10 from Popmatters, and four stars from UnCut. The band played some reunion dates in Europe in the Spring, and this Fall saw the Long Ryders visit NYC for the first time in 29 years.

We’ve acknowledged that these reunion shows can be a mixed bag. Generally speaking, the relative life situation of the members often dictates the quality of the return to the music. That is to say that if we’re dealing with folks who don’t need to revisit past glories, the performances tend to be more tight and focused. Given that all four Long Ryders have had significant success in their lives after the band’s demise, this group was among the category of folks who reunited for all of the right reasons — love of music, dedication to fans, and an opportunity to reach younger fans to cement their rightful place in music history.

Last week at Bowery Ballroom, the Long Ryders were clearly focused and fully in sync. The set began in earnest with the roots rock of Sid Griffin complimented by McCarthy’s sweet tenor country rock. Sowders and Stevens provided a precise rhythm section with Stevens stepping forward as the protagonist in two expert numbers. The setlist comprised exactly the songs you’d want the Ryders to play (“Lights of Downtown”, “State Of My Union”, “Looking for Lewis and Clark”), included some great covers that were part of their recorded output (“I Want You Bad”, “Masters of War”) and indeed one cover that I believe the band never laid down in a studio — Buffalo Springfield’s “On The Way Home”, which proved a perfect outlet for McCarthy. Sure the crowd was older — to the point where at least a dozen of them pulled out chairs onto the Bowery floor — but this music sounded as fresh and new as it did in the mid-1980s, in large part because the Long Ryders were a direct influence on bands still making music today.

The Long Ryders have completed their tour but just recently announced that they will appear at the Stagecoach Festival in California in April, along with dates in Santa Ana and Hollywood, info here.

I recorded this set in our standard location at Bowery with the Schoeps cards mixed with an excellent balanced feed from the band’s talented FOH Adrian. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Long Ryders
2016-11-10
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Adrian] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:29:31]
01 Tell It to the Judge on Sunday
02 Lights of Downtown
03 A Stitch in Time
04 Gunslinger Man
05 You Don’t Know What’s Right, You Don’t Know What’s Wrong
06 Years Long Ago
07 Run Dusty Run
08 Ivory Tower
09 [banter – Joshua Camp intro]
10 The Light Gets In The Way
11 Masters of War [Dylan]
12 Two Kinds of Love
13 [banter – dedication]
14 I Want You Bad [NRBQ]
15 I Had a Dream
16 [banter – chick on a horse]
17 And She Rides
18 Final Wild Son
19 Man of Misery
20 You Just Can’t Ride the Boxcars Anymore
21 (Sweet) Mental Revenge [Mel Tillis]
22 State of My Union
23 [encore break]
24 On the Way Home [Buffalo Springfield]
25 Looking for Lewis and Clark

SUPPORT Long Ryders: Website | Twitter | Merch! | Purchase Final Wild Songs from Cherry Red Records [HERE].

AJJ: November 6, 2016 Warsaw BK

November 13, 2016
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[photos by Erica Lauren]

“You’re an irreplaceable human soul with your own understanding of what it means to suffer” sings Sean Bonnette in AJJ’s “People II 2: Still Peoplin'”. The band formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad has spent its decade-long career writing songs about the myriad of issues involving depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorders. This year AJJ released its sixth full-length album The Bible 2 and the record offers a breakthrough of sorts — not in a traditional music industry sense — but rather a true explication of a path beyond a life dictated by the limitations of mental illness. The linked tracks “No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread” and “Small Red Boy” plot a path to wellness through self-determination. While the message may not work for everyone, the concept that we are in control of our own destinies — even if only a little bit — is inspiring and hopeful. AJJ has often used dark humor to offset the troubles of the characters in their songs, but the protagonist in songs like “People II: The Reckoning” lives in a spiral of “manic depression” that “comes and goes”. The Bible 2 offers a character who swears off doubt, resentment, fear, and fixations, and ultimately controls the inner devil “Red Boy” through power, truth and nurture.

AJJ are currently on tour in support of the new album and arrived in Brooklyn last Sunday for a show at Warsaw. This is the band’s third performance at this venue, after the date last year that we recorded at Knitting Factory. From the outset, the energy was palpable — this is a band with a tremendous relationship with its fans. There was two times during the night when AJJ had to ask the crowd to move back to prevent crushing the people up front. The set was culled from a strong representation of the band’s best material and included most of The Bible 2. In the end, it was clear that this is a band at the top if its game and offering a message that is both welcome and necessary for all of its fans.

I recorded this set by using the hypercardioid Neumanns from the front of the soundboard in this large venue. The excellent board feed was provided by the band’s superb touring FOH Stripes and the mix resulted in a recording of which we are extremely pleased. Enjoy!

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AJJ
2016-11-06
Warsaw
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Stripes] + Neumann KM-150s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:32:27]
01 [introduction]
02 The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving
03 Gift of the Magi Two
04 Distance
05 Cody’s Theme
06 [banter – false start]
07 Fucc The Devil
08 Love in the Time of Human Papillomavirus
09 A Song Dedicated to the Memory of Stormy the Rabbit
10 Bad Bad Things
11 Coffin Dance
12 Do Re And Me
13 American Garbage
14 [banter – Erica]
15 Little Prince
16 People II – Still Peoplin
17 Rejoice
18 El Paso Border Patrol
19 My Brain Is A Human Body
20 No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread
21 Personal Space Invader
22 Love Will Fuck Us Apart
23 Back Pack
24 Terrifyer
25 [banter – Samsung]
26 Heartilation
27 Kokopelli Face Tattoo
28 Black Dog
29 Goodbye, Oh Goodbye
30 Small Red Boy
31 When I’m A Dead Boy
32 Big Bird
33 [encore break]
34 Brave as a Noun

SUPPORT AJJ: Website | Facebook | Purchase The Bible 2 from SideOneDummy Records [HERE].

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Wrekmeister Harmonies: November 4, 2016 Trans-Pecos

November 10, 2016
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[photo by Kathleen Fox]

There might not be a better time for us to post this show in light of Tuesday night’s horrific events. The new Wrekmeister Harmonies album Light Falls is a meditation on the struggle against all odds to overcome evil. Inspired by Primo Levi’s writings about his time at Auschwitz, Levi’s anti-fascist resistance fighter model of fortitude and resolve is perhaps an extremely apt guide for us all at present. For the album, Wrekmeister’s J.R. Robinson and Esther Shaw added some gravitas to the proceedings by inviting three members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor to perform on the record. The result is a profoundly moving musical piece that explores the emotional ebbs and flows while on the ledge of life and death surrounded by pure evil — 1944 becomes 2016.

Wrekmeister Harmonies came East last week for a special show at Trans-Pecos, hosted by AdHoc, before leaving for a lengthy tour of Europe in November and December. The live band did include along with J.R. and Esther, the drummer Tim Herzog from Godspeed, Dana Schechter (Insect Ark) on lap steel, and Martin Farmer on bass. The set was one full uninterrupted suite consisting of the entire Light Falls album with three non-album tracks interspersed within the suite. However the focus was not on individual pieces but the performance as a whole — a profound use of light and dark, peace and anger, and subtlety and cacophony to draw out emotions very rarely felt while viewing a musical performance. Wrekmeister Harmonies is a unit not to be missed, and while they are in Europe we recommend playing Light Falls and this performance loudly and often.

I recorded this set with the usual setup in this venue, Schoeps at stage lip mixed with a board feed. Chris did a superb job mixing the band and the room sound was outstanding. The result is we feel a superb recording that accurately captures this moving music. Enjoy!

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Wrekmeister Harmonies
2016-11-04
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Chris Cherry] + Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 44:17]
01 A 300 Year Old Slit Throat
02 Light Falls I – The Mantra
03 Light Falls II – The Light Burns Us All
04 Light Falls III – Light Sick
05 Posting A Death Notice
06 The Gathering
07 Preparing To Be Lazarus In A Cooling Bed
08 Where Have You Been My Lovely Son – Some Were Saved Some Drowned – Lovely Son Reprise

Esther Shaw – violin, keyboards, vocals
Timothy Herzog – drums
Dana Schechter – lap steel
Martin Farmer – bass
J.R. Robinson – guitar, vocals

SUPPORT Wrekmeister Harmonies:  Facebook | Bandcamp | Purchase Light Falls from Thrill Jockey Records [HERE].

Luna: September 29, 2016 Alexandria VA

November 2, 2016
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[photo by Joakim Bengtsson]

Early in October, we posted the Luna show from the first night of Rough Trade, which was part of a brief four-night tour from a month ago. All four nights of the tour were recorded, and this is the first show of the run at The Birchmere in Alexandria Virginia. I didn’t attend, but fortunately both Kubacheck and his friends from Sweden (Joakim and Ulrika) were there. It was Kuba with the recording and Joakim with an amazing tour diary that was just posted this week at the excellent fan site A Head Full Of Wishes.

Here is some of Joakim’s story of this show:

“They play Fire In Cairo. We’ve never seen them play it before, just heard the recordings, it’s nice to hear it for real. The Cure is band me and Ulrika has strong feelings for. Without Pictures of You and Lovesong we probably wouldn’t have been together. It was about 16 years ago, in a Stockholm suburb apartment, they where playing Disintegration at a party, and we danced, slowly, the night came to an end. She lent me Bewitched and Penthouse, it was nice. I met someone else, but a couple of years later we danced again. The same songs. Music has that affect on you.

“Please get off the stage”, a speaker voice is saying after the show. We get the set list anyway. We step back out to the bar area and we meet Mike’s friends, Kathleen and Paul. Kathleen had made a t-shirt, with a print saying “I only dance to New Order”. It’s pure genius. I wish we could have spent much more time together.

Everyone was overwhelmed by the show. Talking about how good it was. And the band looked very, very happy when they were outside in the lobby talking to all the fans. I saw Dean standing in the crowd of people and he looked at me, did a sign with his hands, keeping that satisfied smile on his face. He’s not always that comfortable after the shows, but this time he looked really relaxed. We talked with Sean for a while and Mike and Kathleen and Paul.

Sadly we had to leave, the place was closing. We called a taxi and went outside and waited in the parking lot. Someone yelled Ulrika’s name and it was Lee, he was driving his own car, we waved back and shouted “hello, see you tomorrow”. He is nice to us, they all are.”

There’s a lot more about this show and its all great, read the full diary entry [HERE].

Kuba recorded this set with his trusty MBHO rig and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Luna
2016-09-29
The Birchmere
Alexandria VA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board

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 1:23:43]
01 Chinatown
02 California
03 Pup Tent
04 Lovedust
05 Malibu Love Nest
06 Sideshow by the Seashore
07 Rhythm King
08 Bewitched
09 [banter – Sean Eden Quotes]
10 Tracy I Love You
11 Tiger Lily
12 Friendly Advice
13 Lost in Space
14 23 Minutes in Brussels
15 [encore break]
16 Fire In Cairo [The Cure]
17 Indian Summer
18 [off the stage]

SUPPORT Luna:  Website | Bandcamp | Long Players Box Set from Captured Tracks [HERE].

JEFF The Brotherhood: September 27, 2016 Market Hotel

October 30, 2016
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[photos by Dean Keim]

In 2016, JEFF The Brotherhood is the perfect band to play Market Hotel. Both the band and the venue are survivors of the early years of NYC DIY and after JEFF spent some time in major label land and Market reconstructed after a 2010 closure, both are back this year better than ever. JEFF’s new album Zone harkens back to their earlier work — 70s-influenced party/stoner rock with songs that are about carefree days of youth.

This Market Hotel show took place last month on a Tuesday night — the first of three consecutive mid-week nights on the venue’s schedule in the final week before the ramp up to a full liquor license and a full calendar. JEFF’s draw in Brooklyn was strong enough to fill the place on a school night and the band was thankful in acknowledging the crowd size and its participation level. The band played a heavy dose of Zone material, but also relied on a nice mix of older songs including an epic nine-minute version of “Whatever I Want” to close the night. With the frenetic crowd, the M Train passing by the panorama windows, and the Orrall brother ripping through this classic number, all seemed perfect for a moment in Bushwick. We’re hoping their are many more nights like this with JEFF gigs at Market.

JEFF The Brotherhood just returned from a tour of Europe and will have selected shows in the South through November and December, dates HERE.

I recorded this set with the mounted AT mics mixed with John’s excellent feed. The room sounded really excellent and the crowd level of excitement led me to favor the room mics in this mix. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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JEFF The Brotherhood
2016-09-27
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [John Rau] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 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 1:06:53]
01 Roachin
02 Melting Place
03 [banter – great venue]
04 Stay Up Late
05 Bad
06 Hey Friend
07 Zone
08 The Diamond Way
09 [banter – Market Hotel]
10 Idiot
11 Punishment
12 [banter – Zone]
13 Toasted
14 You
15 Portugal
16 Whatever I Want

SUPPORT JEFF The Brotherhood: Website | Facebook | Buy Zone from Infinity Cat Recordings HERE

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Sloan: October 17, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

October 27, 2016
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[photo by Jim Sharky]

Twenty years ago the end game in the script for success in the music industry was still a big record deal. But like most “sure things”, the big deal was often a big trap. For Sloan that meant signing with Geffen Records for their 1992 album Smeared, but by the time of the release of their second album their relationship with Geffen went sour. After 1994’s Twice Removed, Sloan left the label and rumors of their break-up began to circulate.

The reports of their death having been greatly exaggerated, Sloan recorded One Chord To Another in 1996 on a shoestring budget and with modest recording techniques. And not only were they not dead, One Chord ended up being Sloan’s best selling record and a Juno Prize winner. Twenty years later it was time to celebrate this pivotal point in the band’s long and illustrious career and in 2016 One Chord To Another got the box set treatment and a tour.

At Bowery Ballroom last week, the One Chord tour rolled into town and Sloan played a two-set show with the album played straight through as the first set, and an intentionally democratic selection of songs as the second set. The band specifically referenced trying to cover at least one song from every album for this show — and that they did. The two hours of music and full album play made this show an event, but what made the night even more special occurred with two fans in between sets. In 2011, a couple had their first date at the Sloan show at Bowery Ballroom and play our recording every year on their anniversary. Five years later, Bowery and Sloan was perfect time and place for Ben Lindbergh to propose — and she said yes!

I recorded this set in a slightly different manner from our usual way — the placement of Sloan’s touring soundboard moved our mounted room microphones a little to the left and our feed from the remote board came with some issues. It took me a while to sort everything out in editing this set, including trying to minimize the sonic issues that came with the amplifier that exploded at the end of the first set. But all in all, I feel like this is now a superb recording. Enjoy!

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Sloan
2016-10-17
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:47:10]
Set One (One Chord To Another)
01 The Good in Everyone
02 Nothing Left to Make Me Want to Stay
03 Autobiography
04 Junior Panthers
05 G Turns to D
06 A Side Wins
07 Everything You’ve Done Wrong
08 Anyone Who’s Anyone
09 The Lines You Amend
10 Take the Bench
11 Can’t Face Up
12 400 Hundred Metres
Set Two
13 [Ben Lindbergh Proposal]
14 Deeper Than Beauty
15 Underwhelmed
16 C’mon C’mon
17 Money City Maniacs
18 So Far So Good
19 Unkind
20 Who Taught You to Live Like That
21 Sinking Ships
22 People of the Sky
23 Midnight Mass
24 I’m Not a Kid Anymore
25 I Can Feel It
26 Snowsuit Sound
27 The Rest of My Life
28 Losing California
29 [encore break]
30 The Marquee and the Moon
31 If It Feels Good Do It

SUPPORT Sloan: Website | Facebook | Buy One Chord To Another Box Set HERE

PUP: October 22, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

October 24, 2016
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[photos by Amanda Fotes – follow her on Instagram]

PUP‘s latest album The Dream is Over (SideOneDummy) is on my short list of best albums of the year. The record captures the manic energy of this Toronto quartet with a collection of songs that exhibit the band’s ability to craft punk rock anthems of angst with a bit of excess and plenty of humor. Dream also brings out the deeper side of PUP with tracks such as “The Coast” and “Pine Point” that delve into that special brand of Canadian loneliness. The album has earned PUP a nomination for a Polaris prize, and universal praise worldwide.

The concept of the album’s production was to bottle up the energy of a live PUP show and put that on a record. This is a band that is in the midst of playing 100 total shows in 2016 where the PUP magic takes place virtually on a nightly basis. But since the last time I saw PUP live was almost three years ago at a modestly attended show at Cameo Gallery before either of their records were released, I wasn’t quite keyed into the true contemporary live PUP experience. That is, until this past Saturday night at Bowery Ballroom.

From the very outset of the show’s opening number “If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will”, this very sold-out crowd at Bowery was one massive syncopated group of heads and arms and legs. From our usual vantage point at the front of the balcony, we get a clear bird’s eye view of the floor, and this PUP crowd never stopped dancing, surfing and singing along to every song. We haven’t seen a crowd this animated in a long time or a band as motivated to drive that energy. PUP’s set drew upon both of their albums pretty equally, with nine of the sixteen songs performed coming from Dream and the other seven songs from their self-titled debut album. The crazy energy culminated in lead singer Stefan Babcock literally crowd-surfing the entire floor to the back bar where, while elevated, he downed a shot of whiskey and returned surfing the entire crowd back onto the stage. It was an accomplishment only made possible by the sheer will of the fans and their utter faith in this band.

PUP’s current US and Canadian tour dates continue into mid-December, before the band goes to England in early 2017, all dates [here].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards in our usual location and mixed with Kenny’s excellent feed. There are some drum level adjustments in the first two tracks, but afterwards the sound is completely dialed-in and is quite an excellent capture of the amazing energy at this show. Enjoy!

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PUP
2016-10-15
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Kenny] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 59:53]
01 If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You I Will
02 DVP
03 Dark Days
04 Lionheart
05 My Life Is Over and I Couldn’t Be Happier
06 Doubts
07 Back Against the Wall
08 Guilt Trip
09 Can’t Win
10 Familiar Patterns
11 [banter – ex-punks]
12 Mabu
13 Sleep in the Heat
14 The Coast
15 [banter – tour]
16 Reservoir
17 [banter – Stefan stage dive]
18 Old Wounds
19 [encore break]
20 Factories

SUPPORT PUP: Website | Bandcamp | Buy The Dream is Over from SideOneDummy Records

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Teenage Fanclub: October 15, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

October 16, 2016
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

The legend goes that in 1991, SPIN Magazine selected Teenage Fanclub’s album Bandwagonesque as its record of the year ahead of such luminaries as REM’s Out of Time, Nirvana’s Nevermind and My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless. Over the years, that choice has been ridiculed in certain circles, but twenty-five years later the selection is rather prescient. My Bloody Valentine didn’t make another album after Loveless until twenty-two years later, REM never made another album that approached the quality of Out of Time, and of course Nirvana was over less than three years later. As careers go, Teenage Fanclub has been the most consistent of the four bands and produced the largest quality catalog in the years since SPIN took heat for them.

This year Teenage Fanclub released their eleventh album and first since 2010. Here (Merge Records) is a record of significant maturity and focus — the band is producing songs as strong as ever and the group harmonies are as sweet as ever. The band has now embarked on a US tour in support of the album and NYC enjoyed two shows this weekend, including Brooklyn last night and the Bowery Ballroom show we caught on Saturday night. Teenage Fanclub live was as compelling and impressive as the new album. This is a band that is both fully committed and comfortable and the show was just one peak after another. The setlist drew fairly democratically from the band’s full catalog and with just five songs from Here, was not overly weighted to push new material. And twenty-five years on, the only two tracks from Bandwagonesque played were given center stage, with a perfect version of the classic “The Concept” closing the main set.

Teenage Fanclub plays Boston tonight and the tour continues through six more October US dates before the band returns to Europe in November, all dates here.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue, with the Schoeps mounted at the balcony rail mixed with a fine feed from the band’s touring FOH. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Teenage Fanclub
2016-10-15
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:30:23]
01 Start Again
02 I Need Direction
03 Verisimilitude
04 I Don’t Want Control of You
05 [tuning music]
06 Sometimes I Don’t Need to Believe in Anything
07 Hold On
08 It’s All in My Mind
09 Thin Air
10 About You
11 The Darkest Part of the Night
12 Don’t Look Back
13 Can’t Feel My Soul
14 I Have Nothing More to Say
15 I’m In Love
16 Star Sign
17 [banter – thanks]
18 The Concept
19 [encore break]
20 Did I Say
21 Radio
22 Your Love Is the Place Where I Come From
23 Everything Flows

SUPPORT Teenage Fanclub: Website | Facebook | Purchase Here from Merge Records

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Barbara Manning: July 3, 2016 Union Hall

October 12, 2016
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[photo by neild]

neild reports:

Though I’d been a fan of her music for years before, my first time seeing Barbara Manning live was in 2001, when she put on a blistering performance with her then-band the Go-Luckys at the late, lamented Tonic. She was going to be playing again a couple of nights later at the (even more lamented) Maxwell’s, but I figured I’d skip it and catch her the next time around.

Bad planning: Manning more or less dropped off the touring map after that, disappearing into schoolwork and eventually a career as a high-school science teacher in Southern California. Though she continued to write and record music (available on Bandcamp as the outstanding album Chico Daze), her live appearances became few and far between: a one-off in Philadelphia one year, Boston the next, Oregon the year after. Though she showed up in 2012 at one of the final Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s (performing a cover of “Christmas Is Lonely (When You’re A Jew)”) and in 2014 at a Chickfactor show in Brooklyn, until this summer Manning hadn’t played a headlining set in New York since that Tonic show way back when.

Fortunately, her latest jaunt took her on a two-stop tour of the east: a record store show in Philly, and a couple of nights before that, an appearance at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, with Hamish Kilgour opening. Manning was sans band this time, just her amazing voice and her guitar, but that was all she needed, transfixing the crowd with a set that ran from her earliest songs (“Breathe Lies”) to her most recent (“Tape You to a Star”), as well as with her relentlessly hilarious stage banter, including a story about performing with the krautrock band Faust that ended up leading to the audience mooing at her for much of the show (It’ll make sense once you hear it). By the final audience singalong on her trademark song “Scissors,” everyone within earshot was hoping that Barbara Manning appearances become less of a rarity in coming years.

This show was recorded with AT-853 cardioid mics suspended from the Union Hall ceiling, mixed with a multitrack soundboard recording provided via the kind help of Union Hall’s booking agent Shannon Manning and soundfolk Gary and Alex. And much thanks of course to Barbara Manning as well — you can thank her, and reward yourself, by picking up her music either at her Bandcamp site or wherever finer indie rock is sold.

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “Life/Luck”:

Barbara Manning
2016-07-03
Union Hall
Brooklyn NY

Soundboard + Audience Matrix

AT-853 Cardioid + Soundboard > Sony PCM-M10 > WAV (24/48) + AT853 cardioid mics > SP-SPSB-1 battery box > Sony PCM-M10 > WAV (24/48) > Sound Studio (light dynamic compression and mixing) > FLAC (16/44.1) > Tag > FLAC

Recorded and mastered by neil d

Setlist:
01 Intro
02 Breathe Lies
03 B4 We Go Under
04 Buds Won’t Bud
05 I Insist
06 Coy Tongue
07 Dreaming
08 Haze is Free
09 Sympathy Wreath
10 Life Luck
11 Never Park
12 Bold Letters
13 Better By Bounds
14 Tape You to a Star
15 Deep Sea Diver
16 Someone Wants You Dead
17 Scissors

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