Lawrence: December 5, 2015 Mercury Lounge

January 28, 2016
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[photo from Lawrence Facebook page]

Lawrence the band is co-led by a brother and sister duo, Clyde Lawrence and Gracie Lawrence. In a true display of the idea that talent is genetic, both Lawrence siblings have been accomplished performers for the majority of their short lives. Clyde Lawrence is on record as the youngest member ever of the Songwriters Guild (SGA), having written a song for a major motion picture at the ripe age of six. Clyde continued to write songs for movies throughout his teens and indeed wrote the complete score for the 2014 film The Rewrite, starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei. Gracie Lawrence has been in several movies and indeed appeared on Broadway in Brighton Beach Memoirs. She has pages on the Playbill Vault, Wikipedia and IMDb and she is only eighteen years old.

At Mercury Lounge in December, the band previewed much of their upcoming debut album. The record was produced by Eric Krasno of Soulive and is expected to be released in February. Lawrence is going on tour throughout February (dates here), which culminates in the record release show at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room on February 18.

I recorded this set in our usual manner at Mercury — Schoeps on a stand at the board and mixed with an excellent feed provided by house FOH Alex. The crowd was a bit boisterous on this late weekend night but overall it just adds some authenticity to the recording, which otherwise sounds quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Lawrence
2015-12-05
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Alex] + 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 1:09:01]
01 High Road
02 Wake Up
03 Alibi
04 [banter – Justin Ryan intro]
05 So Damn Fast
06 Me and You
07 Where It Started From
08 Superficial
09 [untitled new song – Missing You]
10 Get Busy [Sean Paul]
11 Cold
12 Play Around
13 [new song – Shine]
14 Say My Name [Destiny’s Child]
15 [band introductions]
16 Do You Want To Do Nothing With Me
17 [encore break]
18 Wash Away
19 Hot In Herre [Nelly]

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Creepoid: January 14, 2016 Trans-Pecos

January 27, 2016
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Soaked in reverb and haze, Creepoid satisfy that itch for nineties-influenced shoegaze like not many bands can. But this is no genre exercise—Creepoid is for real. The strength of last year’s Cemetery Highrise Slum was more than enough to draw us out to Ridgewood for a weeknight show, and our efforts were rewarded with this killer set. For a young band, Creepoid have already built a significant body of work. Most of these songs here are off of Cemetery Highrise Slum, including “Eating Dirt,” “Tell the Man,” “American Smile,” and “Shaking.” “Old Tree” hails from 2014’s self-titled record, while “Truth” is off the same year’s Wet. “Dream Out” and “Enabler” harken way back to 2011’s Horse Heaven. That latter song gets stretched into a breathless, staggering finale.

If you missed out on their Trans-Pecos gig, Creepoid will be touring the U.S. in March. Head over to their website for a full listing of dates. They’ll return to New York on March 25th at Rough Trade NYC.

I recorded this set with the mics set up at the stage lip, combined with a board feed from Trans-Pecos FOH, Ned. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

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Creepoid
2016-01-14
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Ned) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [45:29]
01. Eating Dirt
02. Staircase
03. Truth
04. Tell the Man
05. American Smile
06. Baptism
07. Shaking
08. Old Tree
09. Dream Out
10. Enabler

Support Creepoid: Buy Cemetery Highrise Slum via Bandcamp | Facebook | Website

Soldiers of Fortune: January 7, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

January 26, 2016
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Soldiers of Fortune have marketed themselves at various points as an “anti-band” — one that never writes music, practices, or records. Of course, given the cast of players (Brad Truax (Interpol, others)), Kid Millions (Man Forever, Oneida), Barry London (Oneida), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, many others), Jesper Eklow (Endless Boogie, others), Mike Bones, and Papa Crazee (Oneida)), that’s hardly a disqualification from being a “band.” These are folks whose improvisational turns regularly outshine their recorded output. This show at Bowery Ballroom comes on the heels of the release in November 2015 of their record Early Risers, a more song-based affair, but of course that didn’t stop the crew from delving in one long, multi-movement sustained jam (which, I confess, may or may not include actual songs from the record). Though Cass McCombs was the night’s headliner, you might not have known it from looking at the packed floor of the venue, where it seemed an entire crew of heads were there just for this set, ultimately being replaced by yet-more people for Cass’s set. As with our excellent recent spate of Oneida shows, this was an experimental music fan’s dream, a can’t-miss experience from an outfit that you don’t see around here too often.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones in our usual spot together with a soundboard feed from Bowery legend Kenny. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Soldiers of Fortune
2016-01-07
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny)>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Part I
02 Part II
03 Part III

If you enjoyed this recording, please check out Soldiers of Fortune on bandcamp and buy their latest album, Early Risers, there.

Yonatan Gat: January 15, 2016 Mercury Lounge (Stream Only)

January 24, 2016
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The excellent writer Aaron Stein captured the true essence of this Yonatan Gat show when he described how first-timers and Gat veterans had the same reaction when the band began to play — to instinctively move closer to the center of the floor where the band began to play. Gat shows have a definite tribal quality. At Mercury Lounge last week, the trio indeed played in the center of the floor for their entire set. I’ve seen hundreds of shows at this venue dating back more than twenty years, and I’ve never seen an entire set played on the floor — encores on occasion, but never a complete show. Gat’s band was illuminated only by a couple of lamps but given the rapt attention paid to the band by the circular crowd, it was hard not to stare into the barely illuminated center where the musicians played an intense fusion of psych, punk and jazz.  The set recalled several named themes from recent Gat releases, but for the most part this was an expertly improvised set.  Its an experience not to be missed and we expect Gat will be back on NYCTaper again quite soon.

I recorded this set in our usual location in this venue. The location was advantageous for this set because the band was only about 15 feet from my microphones. Additionally, the excellent Merc FOH Alex sent me two different feeds so that I was essentially able to mix three different captures of the band. The result is truly breathtaking — a superbly authentic capture of this unique concert experience. Enjoy!

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Yonatan Gat
2016-01-15
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Alex] + 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 41:58]
01 Physical Copy
02 Casino Cafe
03 Jam 1
04 Jam 2
05 Jam 3
06 [encore break]
07 East To West

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Yonatan Gat, visit his Facebook page, his bandcamp page, and purchase his official releases from the Joyful Noise Recordings website [HERE].

Infinity Girl: January 16, 2016 Muchmore’s

January 22, 2016
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Infinity Girl don’t seem afraid of the “shoegaze” tag, and while it’s a bit of a lazy one, it’s an accurate description of this Brooklyn band’s tuneful, feedback-drenched sound. What drew me to the band — and this free show they headlined at Muchmore’s, a trendy coffee shop/restaurant/bar/venue at the northern end of Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg — was the quality of the songs behind the noise. While the band has been kicking around for a few years now, their second full-length album, Harm, released in August of 2015, is a leap forward. With its thoughtful guitar work and pleasantly retro production that might make Kevin Shields proud, it’s a strong listen throughout its 15 songs. On the venue’s low stage in front of an animated, moshing crowd, they proved more than equal to their work in the live setting. After this first show of 2016, we’re looking forward to seeing this tight unit some more times this year.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones near the front of the stage to capture both the guitar amps and the (limited) sound from the PA. While the vocals are somewhat buried in the recording — owing mostly to the limits of the Muchmore’s sound system versus the band’s amps and drums — this is remains a fine recording and a taste of more to come. Enjoy!

Infinity Girl has another show on Jan 30 at Palisades, followed by a scheduled date at Rough Trade in March with our friends Dead Stars.

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Check out Infinity Girl’s latest album, Harm:

Infinity Girl
2016-01-16
Muchmore’s
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (in front of stage)>KC5>CMC6>Roland R-26>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (multiband compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Void
02 Hesse
03 Dirty Sun
04 Hold
05 Please Forget
06 Blood and Dirt
07 By Now

If you enjoyed this recording, please like Infinity Girl on facebook and buy their music on bandcamp

Oneida: January 9, 2016 Palisades

January 20, 2016
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[photos by Rocketman]

Way back in 2013, in a prehistoric Williamsburg where you could still catch a show on Kent Ave., we called Oneida shows “a standing appointment.” To drive that point home, and proof that we’ve lived up to our end of the bargain, we’ve since then posted a whopping seven Oneida shows in the past two years. 2015 brought not only an increase in activity from the band but also a return to more song-based sets, compared to the lengthy jamming typical of Oneida sets in 2012 and 2013. Some old favorites have even entered the rotation, including “People of the North” from 2001’s Anthem of the Moon, “Caesar’s Column” from 2003’s Secret Wars, and most surprising, “Happy New Year” from, well, Happy New Year. Of all the many, many Oneida shows I’ve seen, this was the first time I’ve seen them do “Happy New Year,” making this recording something special indeed. The set rounds out those classics with some newer tunes: two from Oneida’s next album, “Reputation” and “Cock Fight,” plus two from their recent Positions EP, covers of This Heat’s “S.P.Q.R.” and Chrome’s “All Data Lost.”

If you’re just dying to see Oneida break out some classics new and old, you’re in luck. They’ll tour six cities in March, and we’ll see you at Shea Stadium March 11.

I recorded this set with the AKG’s set up at the stage lip, combined with board feed from Palisades FOH Leeor. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

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Oneida

Oneida
2016-01-09
Palisades
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Leeor) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [01:09:24]
01. [Intro]
02. I Will Haunt You
03. Economy Travel
04. Caesar’s Column
05. People of the North
06. Happy New Year
07. Reputation
08. S.P.Q.R. [This Heat]
09. Cock Fight
10. [Untitled]
11. All Data Lost [Chrome]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Oneida. Visit their website, like them on Facebook, and buy the Positions EP from Rocket Recordings.

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