Godspeed You! Black Emperor: September 30, 2015 Music Hall of Williamburg – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 4, 2015

[photos by PSquared Photography – full set at brooklynvegan]

A month ago we posted Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s performance at the Hopscotch Festival. It was a strange night for acidjack — as the outdoor venue and the pouring rain created a surreal experience for GYBE show. As a nice bookend of the Canadian band’s month-long tour of the US East coast, we caught one of the NYC appearances at the intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (they also played Terminal 5 and Warsaw last week).

The MHOW show was more a “traditional” GYBE show as the band’s projectionist was able to provide a stunning backdrop to the thematic post-rock being orchestrated from the stage. Additionally, the venue was the perfect size for an attentive crowd — there was virtually no chatter and the audience was fully engaged in the show. The result was virtually the perfect concert experience. If so inclined, it was literally possible to get lost in the music, as GYBE played straight through without a break and the show flowed flawlessly. This show lasted well over two hours, but if you were engaged in the music the time was immaterial. The GYBE setlist was fairly consistent with the shows of this tour with a “Hope Drone” opener and a complete run through the band’s new album Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress included. This particular show also added “Gathering Storm” early in the set and late in the show featured one of the two new songs that have appeared on this tour. The show closed with twenty-minutes of “The Sad Mafioso” that faded into a long drone where each of the band members exited the stage before guitarist Efrim Menuck returned to the stage to turn off all of the amps and end the night. It was a subtle closing of a very intense evening but seemed completely apt.

Godspeed’s US tour is complete, but the band will spend the next six weeks touring throughout Europe, dates here.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps set up on the floor inside of a nook at the front of the soundboard booth. The sound in the venue was superb and this recording captures it equally well. Enjoy!

Thanks to Tim for his tremendous help throughout the week in making this recording happen in the fashion that it did!

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

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Recorded FOB

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 2:09:19]
01 Hope Drone
02 Gathering Storm
03 Peasantry or Light Inside of Light
04 Lambs Breath
05 Asunder Sweet
06 Piss Crowns Are Trebled
07 Moya
08 [New Song]
09 The Sad Mafioso

If you download or stream this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Godspeed You! Black Emperor, visit their website, and purchase their new album Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress from Constellation Records [HERE].


Birds of Avalon: September 12, 2015 Hopscotch Music Festival – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 2, 2015


Birds of Avalon are the best kind of local heroes — a band of serious players whose main reason for not being more prolific is simply that they’re too busy doing other things. That makes each of their appearances a special treat, and the crowd spilling down the street from the overstuffed Pour House attested to what a draw they were. Cheetie Kumar, Paul Siler, David Mueller, Missy Thangs and the dual-drummer attack of Jason Alyward and Scott Nurkin kicked off this Hopscotch Music Festival set with a vengeance, tearing into the longform, unreleased jammer “Emblems” before settling into the brand-new “Goin’ Under” from their newly-released seven-inch of the same name. With their last full-length LP having dropped in 2010, the band brought out lots of new material to sate those who waited, including most of the Disappearance EP, which like the “Goin’ Under” seven-inch is available from Third Uncle Records. The band plays loud, fast guitar rock n’ roll with distinct psychedelic overtones, and that and the vocal harmonies echo classic bands like Shocking Blue. Siler and Kumar (a husband and wife team who also own local club King’s and the restaurant Garland) were in the well-loved local band Cherry Valence, and the influence of that work is felt here as well. This set was made extra-special by the appearance of improviser-in-residence and one of NYC’s most outstanding experimental drummers, Greg Fox, on “Wasted Hours.” I’ll dedicate this recording to the many Triangle denizens who tried to squeeze into the Pour House too late and missed this one — hope this recording can be a decent substitute!

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V microphones at the soundboard cage, together with a soundboard feed from Pour House’s veteran sound engineer, Jack. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

 Thanks to Missy Thangs for the setlist and approving the recording.

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Birds of Avalon
Hopscotch Music Festival
Pour House
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41V (LOC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Jack)>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, imagage)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 40:15]
01 Emblems [new]
02 Goin’ Under
03 Guffaws
04 Disappearance
05 Come Loose
06 Eyesore
07 Over Your Shoulder
08 [Greg Fox comes onstage]
09 Wasted Hours

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Birds of Avalon, visit their website, like them on Facebook, and buy the Disappearance EP and “Goin’ Under” 7″ from Third Uncle.

[photo courtesy of “Chauncy Buttertooth”]

Of Montreal: September 18, 2015 Music Hall of Williamsburg – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 1, 2015

Of Montreal
[photos courtesy of Will at We All Want Someone To Shout For blog]

In between 2007 and 2010, we recorded Of Montreal seven times, but in some ways it feels like a lifetime ago since the last time I saw them perform live. It was in January of 2010 at Highline Ballroom when the band delivered another outlandish gig which memorably featured Susan Sarandon applying corporal punishment to a man dressed as a pig, and also saw Kevin Barnes “nailed” to a cross. Those types of stage antics were common for the band at that time — the show at Roseland with a live horse for instance — but it seems that for Barnes the act had reached a saturation point, and frankly for me it had too. Between 2011 and 2013 the band itself seemed to be disintegrating, as is excruciatingly chronicled in the doc-bio The Past Is a Grotesque Animal. Ultimately, in 2013 Barnes and his longtime band departed ways (either fired or quit depending upon who you ask), and Of Montreal became Barnes and a completely different set of musicians.

It was not long after Barnes split up with the long-time band that his marriage was also dissolved. The resultant upheaval led to the dark new album Aureate Gloom released earlier this year on Polyvinyl. While the tour in support of the record isn’t exactly a toned-down affair, gone are the days of horses and pope outfits and full-sized wooden crosses. The guest characters still appear in costumes, but the 2015 Of Montreal stage show is more dependent upon the back lighting and at Music Hall of Williamsburg last week, if the star of the show was Barnes, his co-star was the band’s computer-generated lighting director, a woman whose name I unfortunately did not catch. The vast arrays of shapes and colors gave a nice flow to the set and created a three-dimensional effect to the music and the pantomime of the guest characters in a way that the massive stages antics of years past had not. The setlist of this show drew virtually all of its numbers from three of the band’s 13 albums — the new Aureate Gloom, 2008’s Skeletal Lamping, and a full seven tracks from 2007’s Hissing Fauna. We are streaming a Hissing Fauna track below that ended the main set. The band’s tour continues through mid-November across the US, dates here.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at the Soundboard. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Of Montreal
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Recorded Inside SBD Cage

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:45:09]
01 Lanc’s Theme
02 Bassem Sabry
03 Triumph of Disintegration
04 Suffer for Fashion
05 Empyrean Abattoir
06 [banter – Taylor]
07 Gratuitous Abysses
08 Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider
09 Id Engager
10 Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
11 Like Ashoka’s Inferno of Memory
12 Obsidian Currents
13 And I’ve Seen a Bloody Shadow
14 Plastis Wafer
15 [Rave]
16 The Party’s Crashing Us
17 Gronlandic Edit
18 A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger
19 [encore break]
20 For Our Elegant Caste
21 She’s a Rejecter
22 Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
23 The Past Is A Grotesque Animal

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Of Montreal, visit their website, and purchase their new release Aureate Gloom from the Polyvinyl website [HERE].

Pill: September 3, 2015 Aviv – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 30, 2015

[photos courtesy of Anyane Photography]

Pill were high on my list of experimental Brooklyn bands to see, and it was a treat to catch them on an outstanding bill at Aviv that also included PC Worship and Dope Body (those recordings here and here). Andrew Savage of PC Worship released the band’s debut EP on his Dull Tools label, and that’s as good a vote of confidence as Pill needs to get listeners’ attention. That five-song cycle only hints at what’s possible for this young post-punk band, who also proved at this show that they can draw and keep a crowd. Several of these songs are on the EP, but others aren’t, so go and check out both.

This is one of those bands that doesn’t play nice; their songs aren’t the kind of thing you hum at work or jog to on the treadmill. No, Pill’s vision is best experienced live, with front woman Veronica Torres writhing on the floor as the Ben Jaffe’s saxophone screams along with John Campolo’s guitars. Pitchfork’s review hailed the complex narratives on offer in Torres’ lyrics, and admittedly that’s the harder thing to pick up in the live setting, but what it’s replaced by is the visceral experience of what she put into them. As the show ended with Torres at the center of the floor, bringing the new song “Psychic Nipple”

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones from the center of the balcony and a soundboard feed from house engineer John. The sound quality is like it was in the room, raw and in your face. Enjoy!

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Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (PAS)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: John)>>Roland R-26>2×44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Which Is True?
02 Misty-Eyed Porno Reader
03 Hotline
04 Am I Your Man?
05 Personality Flaw
06 Psychic Nipple

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Pill by visiting their bandcamp page and buying their EP there.


American Aquarium: September 12, 2015 Hopscotch Music Festival – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 30, 2015

[photos courtesy of Kenneth Bachor for BrooklynVegan]

In keeping with the local-oriented theme of Hopscotch’s main stage on its final night, Raleigh fixtures American Aquarium — who have played every year of the festival — took to their biggest stage here yet and proved why they belonged there. Well-known to followers of the rootsy Americana they’re most known for (the band is named for the line in Wilco’s “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”), this band has been slogging it out on tour, especially in the South, for nearly a decade. Their volatile frontman BJ Barham’s songs reflect that grizzled spirit — his first number was about the casualties of rock n’ roll, after all. By some measures, American Aquarium shouldn’t have even been here at all — the band has claimed they were ready to hang it up until their previous record, Burn.Flicker.Die took them to the next level and rescued them from obscurity’s precipice.

So, this year, they released Wolves, which is filled with songs that reflect Barham’s ambivalence about his life choices. Just look at some titles from this set: “Southern Sadness,” “Family Problems,” “The Losing Side of Twenty-Five,” and “Man I’m Supposed To Be” (it’s about how he isn’t that). Plenty of other bands traffic in the whiskey-swilling-Southern-white-guy-blues thing, but American Aquarium, not unlike fellow traveler Patterson Hood, actually sound like they mean it. “Man I’m Supposed To Be” may wear its heart on its sleeve, but it also makes a point that many a married man can identify with. The bottle suffuses this band’s work, and you can’t help but nod at how Barham has started to come to terms with his self-set traps. There’s no need to get clinical to figure out how the lifestyle, and the ways that you both generate and come to terms with the emotions you share with your audience, almost demands that you not stop. Hopscotch founder and former organizer Grayson Haver Currin called Wolves a breakthrough record for the band, and he was absolutely right. So here they are, after playing day shows and bigger and bigger night stages, finally on the festival’s biggest platform. Let’s hope they keep it up, and make their next chapter a bright one.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed together with Audio Technica 4051 microphones. The board feed kicks in about two minutes into the first song. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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American Aquarium
Hopscotch Music Festival
City Plaza
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Audio Technica 4051 (FOB, PAS)>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, expansion, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 43:55]
01 Casualties
02 St. Marys
03 Wolves
04 Southern Sadness
05 Hurricane
06 [banter]
07 The Losing Side of 25
08 Spanish Pipedream (Blow Up Your TV) [John Prine]
09 [banter2]
10 Man I’m Supposed To Be
11 Family Problems

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT American Aquarium, visit their website, and buy Wolves there.

Flesh Wounds: September 12, 2015 Orange County Social Club Day Show (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 30, 2015

Flesh Wounds

For the second year running, one of my favorite Hopscotch shows has been the Orange County Social Club day show at Kings. And just like last year’s lineup, local Carrboro punk band Flesh Wounds is one of the show’s main draws. With one self-titled LP, a couple tapes, and a 7″ out on Merge, the band is one of North Carolina’s best kept secrets. But Flesh Wounds’ cover has surely been blown, as they toured both as opening act and backing band on Mac McCaughan’s recent solo tour (which we caught back in May at Baby’s All Right). Any proof you need that this band’s vitality extends beyond their home state is right here on this recording. In a breathless twenty minutes in which they barely pause between songs, the band plays from the recent In the Mouth EP on Snot Releases, “Kennel Cough” from their Merge single, and a few new ones. This is one of the bands that will keep me coming back to North Carolina, but I’m hoping I don’t have to wait an entire year to see them again at Hopscotch.

I recorded this set with the mics clamped to a ledge behind the soundboard, combined with a feed from Kings FOH Justin. The results are outstanding. Enjoy!

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Flesh Wounds
Orange County Social Club Day Show
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Justin) + AKG C480B/CK63 (PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, balance, mixdown, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [20:42]
01. Magazines
02. Oh That’s Rich
03. Kansas City
04. The Weight
05. March of the Czars
06. Where We’ll Be
07. Kennel Cough
08. Joy Division Killed My Boner
09. Cokie Roberts
10. Feel It

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