Oh Land: January 26, 2011 Hiro Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

January 27, 2011
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[Photos by Ryan Muir and courtesy of Metromix]

Last night’s industry showcase performance by Oh Land at Hiro Ballroom gave full evidence of the amount of dues that the former ballerina and current model/emerging pop star has paid over the past year – and the extent to which they have paid off. It struck me how many gigs like this she has probably played – to mixed rooms of her most fervent supporters and some who are just there to be seen – yet she remains graceful, kind and seemingly unfazed by the starmaking process. Work back from this very-well-attended celebration of a show through the latter part of last year, and you’ll find every type of appearance imaginable – a small club gig at Mercury Lounge, opening gigs for Mates of State, seemingly endless and tireless CMJ appearances, playing Brooklyn Bowl for our friends’ Brunch After Dark, and earlier, their backyard for Backyard Brunch Sessions, the Northside Festival, SXSW…. By the time that her second Brooklyn Bowl show rolled around, Oh Land’s performances had already become much more refined than her first Brooklyn Bowl appearance at the Northside Festival – true pop star performances, not merely a pretty girl, a keyboard and her “contraption” (a combination drum machine/keyboard/projector, I believe it is). This Hiro show presaged the logical next phase of her career as her first full length for Epic Records is released in March – when her music’s fan base has fully transitioned from the blog world to clubland and the mainstream beyond. Her repertoire has diversified a bit in that direction; a new club-ready song I had not heard before was in the mix, as well as the anthems “We Turn It Up” and another one I had not heard before, which I will call “Human.” But what separates Oh Land from typical pop music (even highly lauded, but ultimately terrible Scandinavian pop music), is her playful spirit, her quirkiness, and her unforced songwriting; any artist who calls her live show “Mary Poppins on acid” has probably put any Katy Perry comparisons on hold. Oh Land’s very busy 2011 already has another big moment – the opening slot for the comeback performance of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark at Terminal 5 later this year. We wish her an exciting and wonderful year.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps microphones on a 13-foot stand next to the soundboard. Unfortunately, the soundboard feed that was provided only contained the drum machine’s feed and was mostly useless, so this is an almost-all audience recording that does contain some noise from the bar crowd. Therefore, it is not quite up to our usual standards, but remains an accurate capture of the evening. For a truly outstanding Oh Land recording, I recommend that you download the shorter but better-sounding Brunch After Dark/Brooklyn Bowl recording as well/instead. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Epic Records for inviting nyctaper to this performance. Don’t miss Oh Land’s as-yet-untitled LP when it is released on March 15.

Stream “We Turn It Up”

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Oh Land
2011-01-26
Hiro Ballroom
New York, NY

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Schoeps CMC6/mk41+Soundboard>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: At soundboard, ROC, mics pointed at stacks at 13ft
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (EQ, mixdown)>Audition (multiband compression)>Audacity (compress clapping, tracking, set fades, downsample to 44.1khz/16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Perfection
02 [new]
03 [banter]
04 Break the Chain
05 Wolf and I
06 Sun of a Gun
07 Lean on Me
08 banter
09 Helicopter
10 Human
11 White Nights
12 [encore break]
13 We Turn It Up
14 Rainbow

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Shilpa Ray: January 21, 2011 Brooklyn Bowl – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 23, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Carly Sioux]

In a venue that sometime can feel like an advertisement for attention deficit disorder, on Friday night Shilpa Ray used her tremendous stage energy to cut through the Brooklyn Bowl distractions to deliver an outstanding set. With Jack White and a sixteen person entourage bowling in one corner, sports fans watching the Knicks on the large screen tv in another corner, and the floor of the venue filled with the persistent din of chatter, the venue did not offer an easy task for the live performers. But it was the night of her CD release party, and Shilpa was not to be denied. As she opened the set with “Beating St. Louis”, her powerful voice cut through the din and demanded attention. The show was propelled by seven straight songs before Shilpa came up for a breath after “Stick It To The Woman”, by which time she had the rapt attention of at least the front half of the crowd. The set consisted of the entire new album — Teenage & Torture was released Tuesday on Knitting Factory Records, with some older material sprinkled in. The encore segment began with a musically perfect cover of Pink Floyd’s The Wall anthem “In The Flesh” (streaming below) and continued with a cover of Red Kross. The show’s closing song was an extended version of “Genie’s Drugs” that ended the night on another high note.

I recorded this set with the hypercard Neumanns on a 14 foot stand from in front of the soundboard and mixed with a well-balanced feed from the board. The mix is 2/3 board, since the audience recording is marred by the high volume of the persistent din of the crowd. Overall, the final result is an excellent recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Venus Shaver”:

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Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers
2011-01-21
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2011-01-23

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:15:01]
01 Beating St. Louis
02 Heaven In Stereo
03 Venus Shaver
04 Erotolepsy
05 Pop Song For Euthanasia
06 Requiem In A Key I Don’t Know
07 Dames A Dime A Dozen
08 Stick It To The Woman
09 [banter]
10 Liquidation Sale
11 [banter2]
12 [new solo song]
13 Hookers
14 [banter3]
15 The Chelsea Clinic Physical
16 [encore break]
17 In The Flesh [Pink Floyd]
18 Neurotica [Red Kross]
19 [banter4]
20 Genie’s Drugs
21 [outro]

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Matt Douglas: January 9, 2011 Pete’s Candy Store – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 20, 2011
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[iPhone 4 photo by acidjack]

I have known the Raleigh, NC-based singer and songwriter Matt Douglas, best known for his work with The Proclivities and his new band with the singer-songwriter Caitlin Cary, The Small Ponds, since we were high school kids, so it is fair to say that I am not impartial when it comes to his music. A multi-talented musician who excels on multiple instruments including sax and guitar, Douglas has spent most of his life as a teacher and student of music. Matt’s songs draw on a range of musical influences, including Hungarian folk music, which you may not pick up right away in what on their surface are classic American songs with rock, folk and country influences. I was thrilled to have a chance to catch up with Matt on this short solo tour of small venues, where he played material he wrote for both of his current bands, as well as a cover of Etta James’ “My Heart Cried.” These stripped-down gigs have a way of accentuating excellent songwriting (or exposing bad songwriting) rapidly; the lyrical and stylistic diversity of these songs told me that Douglas has earned his place on this journey will both skill and dedication. Two new songs early in the set, the country-inflected “Two of a Kind” and “Plexiglass Coffin” are expected to be released on a Matt Douglas solo record sometime this year. Wherever he is, and whomever he is playing with or for, expect Douglas to continue to expand his musical universe.

Matt has two NY-area shows coming up in February – first on February 12 at Terminal 5, where he plays horns with Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, and then on February 16 at one of our favorite venues, Rock Shop, which is a Small Ponds gig.

I recorded this set with the tiny DPA 4061 omnidirectional mics clipped to either sides of a chair directly in front of the stage. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Ray of Sunshine”:

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Matt Douglas
2011-01-09
Pete’s Candy Store
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced for nyctaper.com by acidjack

Equipment: DPA 4061 (Coresound “HEB”)>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Center, 1ft from stage
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (tracking, smooth peaks, light compression, set fades)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time

1. Intro
2. Ray of Sunshine
3. banter
4. Two of a Kind
5. banter
6. Plexiglass Coffin
7. banter
8. Charlatan
9. banter
10. My Heart Cried
11. Handguns & Dancing Shoes
12. banter
13. Pauline
14. banter
15. Gypsy Cards

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Austra: December 4, 2010 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

January 20, 2011
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[Photo by acidjack with iPhone4 with Hipstamatic]

Toronto’s Austra came to town with one of that music scene’s current favorite sons, Diamond Rings, who referred to them later that night as “my favorite band.” This set at Glasslands gave many of us our first taste of a band that is likely to get big in a hurry, as they just signed to the UK’s famed Domino Records just a few days ago (with a new record on the way this spring), and have embarked on an extensive European tour. The brainchild of well-known Toronto-based vocalist Katie Stelmanis (Autra is actually her middle name), Austra play dreamy leftfield pop at home in the current moment; those searching for references might think about a band like The Knife; I also hear a less poppy, less histrionic bit of a band like Florence and the Machine as well (listen to “Lose It” for the reference). The centerpiece of the band’s sound is unquestionably Stelmanis’ powerful vocals, which soar above the driving electro beats. Expect to see Austra again stateside for SXSW, and look out for a video from them next month!

I recorded this set from the same location as the Diamond Rings recording, and other than some isolated crackling from the house system, the sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Lose It”:

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Austra
2010-12-04
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4021+Soundboard>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: Balcony, ROC, mics roughly DIN
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Darken Her Horse
02 Lose It
03 The Villain
04 The Choke
05 Beat and the Pulse
06 Spellwork

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O’Death: January 15, 2011 Bell House – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

January 19, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Marcus Lauer]

O’Death is back. In March, they will embark on a month-long cross-country tour. After two years of dormancy during which drummer David Rogers-Berry fought cancer, the band is ready to return. O’Death has recorded an entire new album, which will be released in the coming months. For a warmup, O’Death appeared Saturday night at Bell House. The band also discovered that their fan base is still very much intact and as ready as they are for the return. About half of the packed venue joined on the floor for an impromptu dance/mosh pit, as the band worked through an hour long set of their best material. The set also featured three of the new songs played for the first time live. O’Death will return to Brooklyn for a gig on April 15 at a venue to be determined.

We recorded this set with the Neumanns from the elevated area next to the soundboard. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Allie Mae Reynolds”:

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O’Death
2011-01-15
Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Raised Platform at Front of Board

Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2011-01-17

Setlist:
[Total Time 59:22]
01 Home
02 Only Daughter
03 Adelita
04 Black Dress [new song]
05 On An Aching Sea
06 Underwater Nightmare
07 [banter]
08 Bugs [new song]
09 Fire On Peshtigo
10 [banter2]
11 Mountain Shifts
12 Legs To Sin
13 Alamar [new song]
14 Lowtide
15 [banter3]
16 Down To Rest
17 [encore break]
18 Spider Home
19 Allie Mae Reynolds

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The Depreciation Guild: January 15, 2011 Rock Shop (FINAL SHOW!) – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 18, 2011
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[The Depreciation Guild at the Black Cat in Washington, DC in 2009. Photos by Mehan Jayasuriya – see his Flickr stream here.]

The Depreciation Guild are no more. Perhaps owing to the success of their other projects (such as lead singer Kurt Feldman’s other band, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, for whom he is the drummer) the members have decided to part ways. Though the band’s earliest material was basically chiptunes, leaning heavily on a modified 8-bit NES console for most of its beats, by the time their final record, Spirit Youth was released, TDG had developed a more guitar-heavy sound to go with Feldman’s blissed-out vocals, which usually lead to them getting the “shoegaze” tag. The band’s approach to its last show was surprisingly low-key – the fact that it was their last show wasn’t mentioned at all from the stage as they played a strong set covering both of their records, including what could perhaps be remembered as their signature number, “Trace.” Before they played the final number – “Butterfly Kisses” from In Her Gentle Jaws, there was no reminiscing, no big sendoff for the fans. “This is our last song,” was all that Feldman had to say before the band’s final four minutes together. Perhaps no more needed to be said – we will miss this excellent band whose potential was only beginning to be fully realized. We wish the band members success in their future (and current) endeavors.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue, at the right corner of the soundboard with the DPA microphones and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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The Depreciation Guild
2011-01-08
Rock Shop
Brooklyn, NY

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4021+Soundboard>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: Center, mics pointed at stacks at 8.5ft
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks, very light EQ, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 56:40]
01 Sky Ghosts
02 My Chariot
03 Crucify You
04 Blue Lily
05 November
06 Trace
07 Heavy Eyes
08 Dream About Me
09 [encore break]
10 White Moth
11 Butterfly Kisses

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