Headless Horseman: December 16, 2010 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 22, 2010
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[Photos by acidjack with iPhone4 and Hipstamatic]

I will forgive you for thinking, on first listen, that some of the crackles and pops in this recording of Headless Horseman‘s latest performance at Glasslands are technical faults. The band’s sound relies on the studio combo of heavy compression and clipping to create their fuzzy, beat-driven bedroom folk (think a glitchier Menomena or a more electronic Microphones). The band’s blown-out sound challenged the Glasslands sound system (and maybe some ears) at times, but their pop sensibility shone through. The duo of Fareed Sajan (of Bottle Up and Go) and Conner O’Neill make their live sounds through an interesting array of drums and other homespun percussion that lies between them, allowing them both to pound out their beats simultaneously if they wish (they also have a laptop, of course). Most of these songs come from the band’s current bandcamp EP, 5songs, which should be on your hard drive if it isn’t. The band also played a new number that we have not heard before. This was the last show that I attended this year, and there couldn’t have been a better way to end a spectacular year, with a cutting-edge band that we are sure to see more of in 2011. Thanks to our friends at forthebeat for putting together this excellent bill!

I recorded this set from the balcony with the DPA microphones and a soundboard feed. A couple of the pops during “Demonsong” may actually not be intentional, but the sound overall is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “SH8KR”:

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Headless Horseman
2010-12-16
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

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

01 Wavlngth
02 banter
03 Demonsong
04 SH8KR
05 [new]
06 banter
07 Growing

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The National at Maxwell’s Revisited – Flac and MP3 Downloads (Two Sources) + Streaming Songs

December 21, 2010
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[photo by mysticchildz]

We believe we over-extended ourselves on the recording of The National at Maxwell’s that appeared on the site last week [here]. Acidjack and I both recorded four tracks at the show, and we combined the eight tracks for that recording. The sound has been equally described as “amazing” and as “compressed”, but ultimately to me it sounds “too busy”. So we’ve decided to simplify the recording, split our sources and offer two separate recordings of the set.

There is a complete review of this show at the original post [here].

What appears below for download are these two recordings, nyctaper: Neumann microphones mixed with a soundboard feed, and acidjack: DPA and Schoeps microphones, four channel audience mix.

Stream “Apartment Story” (nyctaper source):

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These Recordings are now both available to Download in FLAC and MP3 and to Stream at Archive.org
nyctaper version [HERE]
acidjack version [HERE]

The National
2010-12-08
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel 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 boundar ies) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2010-12-21

Setlist:
[Total Time 57:03]
01 [introduction]
02 Start a War
03 Slow Show
04 Bloodbuzz Ohio
05 [banter1]
06 Conversation 16
07 [banter2]
08 Apartment Story
09 [banter3]
10 Abel
11 Green Gloves
12 Fake Empire
13 Mr. November
14 Afraid of Everyone
15 [banter4]
16 Terrible Love

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The National
2010-12-08
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Equipment: DPA 4021+Schoeps CMC6/mk41>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, at soundboard, mics at 7.5′, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks and claps, light EQ, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [introduction]
02 Start a War
03 Slow Show
04 Bloodbuzz Ohio
05 [banter]
06 Conversation 16
07 [banter]
08 Apartment Story
09 [banter]
10 Abel
11 Green Gloves
12 Fake Empire
13 Mr. November
14 Afraid of Everyone
15 [banter]
16 Terrible Love

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Suzanne Vega: November 14, 2010 Housing Works – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 20, 2010
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[photos by Ryan Muir courtesy of Stereogum]

There are an infinite number of established artists who for a variety of reasons avoid their earliest work. Perhaps for the same reason we cringe when we see photos of ourselves as teenagers, musicians see their earliest work as immature and underdeveloped. For instance, Paul Simon is said to be embarrassed by the songwriting of the earliest Simon and Garfunkel works. On the flip side of this equation are the artists who lose the creative force and rely too heavily on their early material — i.e. the nostalgia acts. At Housing Works in November, Stereogum presented a performer who has expertly straddled this artistic enigma. Twenty-five years into her fruitful career, Suzanne Vega continues as a viable creative writer and performer, and fortunately for the longtime fans she also continues to embrace her earliest material. In the packed Bookstore Cafe on a chilly November Sunday night, Suzanne opened her set with “Marlene On The Wall”. Accompanied by the multi-talented Gerry Leonard, Suzanne offered an intimate duet version of the song that catapulted her career. With her voice as the centerpiece, “Marlene” is a number that at once provides a rich melody with lyrics that offer a complex perspective on a difficult relationship. The song also proved nearly three decades ago that Suzanne Vega was a fully formed artist from the outset, capable of introspective and mature lyrics coupled with a warm voice and a strong sense of melody. As she has now established her own record label, this year Suzanne has revisited these songs and re-recorded them for her “Close-Up” series. The Housing Works set featured many of the songs from the two current volumes (“Love Songs” and “People & Places”), including classic songs “Small Blue Thing”, “The Queen And The Soldier” and the closing numbers “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner”. Suzanne’s contemporary material was also well represented as she performed her contribution to the posthumous Sparklehorse/Dangermouse album “The Man Who Played God”, a song from her upcoming musical about the writer Carson McCullers (“The Instant of The Hour After”) and several songs that will appear on the anticipated 2011 releases of Volumes 3 and 4 of the Close-Up releases. As our readers can witness on this recording, all of these songs, old and new, were expertly delivered with the same level of proficiency and commitment. It is rare that an artist can balance her material with such precision.

Suzanne Vega will again perform in NYC on January 8, 2011 when she plays Town Hall with Marc Cohn.

This show was engineered by Suzanne’s soundman Phil Sullivan, who mixed it to perfection. My recording is a blend of his soundboard feed along with the DPA microphones placed at the center of the room about 30 feet back from the stage. As a result, the superb quality of this recording is perhaps unmatched by anything we’ve ever offered on this site. Enjoy!

Many thanks to Suzanne Vega, Michael Hausman, Phil Sullivan, Scott Lapatine, and Rachel Fershleiser for making this event and this recording happen.

Stream “Marlene On The Wall”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Suzanne Vega
2010-11-14
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s > 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
2010-11-16

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:20:00]
01 [introduction]
02 Marlene On the Wall
03 When Heroes Go Down
04 [banter1]
05 Caramel
06 Small Blue Thing
07 [banter2]
08 Bonnie and Clyde [Serge Gainsbourg]
09 [banter3]
10 Gypsy
11 [banter4]
12 Ironbound/Fancy Poultry
13 [banter5]
14 Tombstone
15 Blood Makes Noise
16 [banter6]
17 The Man Who Played God [Sparklehorse]
18 [banter7]
19 The Queen and The Soldier
20 Rock In This Pocket (Song Of David)
21 Some Journey
22 [banter8]
23 Luka
24 Tom’s Diner
25 [encore break]
26 The Instant of the Hour After
27 Rosemary

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Suzanne Vega, visit their website, and purchase her official releases from Fan Shop at her website [HERE].

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

December 19, 2010
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[photos by acidjack with iPhone4 and Hipstamatic]

The man who I anointed the male Lady GaGa (followed by Pitchfork co-opting the comparison in their review of Special Affections) after he played the NYCTaper 2010 CMJ Show was at it again on a Saturday night early this month, and he remains on a roll. Glasslands has had some especially strong rosters lately, in part thanks to the efforts of PopGun Booking, and this was no exception, with ArpLine, Austra and Body Language also on the bill. But the tall, blonde man from Toronto was clearly the main draw. Don’t think that a one-man act cannot put on a rock-n-roll show; John O’Regan (Mr. Diamond Rings himself) gave that the lie big-time as he danced, played guitar, spazzed out, and rocked out all over the stage. If this is what he is capable of with no backup of any kind on the Glasslands stage, he might just be scary at the next level; even at this show, a creepy guy in the front was photographing his shoes and (from where I was sitting, at least) his crotch. But you can’t fault people for getting a little creepy – the sexual energy of O’Regan’s set is undeniable, and unlike really anything crossing most indie rock stages these days. He vamps, he flaunts, he owns the place. And O’Regan is about to gain a much wider audience for his music, too, as he begins at tour as the opening act for Robyn (tour dates here). She’d better be ready, or O’Regan just might blow her off the stage.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Glasslands staff and the DPA microphones. Other than some light distortion on the board feed during one track, the sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Play By Heart”:

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Diamond Rings
2010-12-04
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Equipment: Soundboard+DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: Clamp to balcony, ROC, ORTF
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (apply compression to soundboard track)>Audacity (split soundboard track, copy right channel, mixdown, set fades, tracking, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Play By Heart
02 On Our Own
03 banter
04 Wait and See
05 Something Else
06 banter
07 You & Me
08 It’s Not My Party
09 banter
10 All Yr Songs

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Diamond Rings, visit the website, visit the MySpace page, and purchase Special Affections from the Secret City Records [HERE].

The National: December 8, 2010 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 17, 2010
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[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

The National last played NYC at Terminal 5 in July, a concert we covered for the site. Its hard to imagine that we would next see a band of that stature in Maxwell’s, but the Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows bring surprises of all sizes. Although we were clued into this appearance earlier in the week (and the Village Voice spread our tweet), it was still pretty surreal to see the National take the stage in front of a hundred or so people. The band and their mini horn section managed to fit pretty comfortably on the stage, and they worked through a shortened version of the standard set. In a brief conversation I had with Bryce before the show, he remembered that the band had played Maxwell’s several times early in their history, and there were references during the show to those times. Despite how far they’ve come, The National still retain their perspective and the material was as authentic and powerful up close in the intimate venue as it was in the large ones they play now. The National will spend much of the first half of 2011 on tour in Europe, but we expect to see them again in NYC this Summer, although never again at a venue this compact.

We recorded this set with all six of our high-end microphones mixed in eight channels with a slight board mix. We used the Neumann’s for clarity, the DPAs for warmth and the Schoeps for the low end. The results are pretty outstanding. Enjoy!

We are no longer offering this particular recording, as the sound quality did not meet our standards. We now offer two separate versions, taken from the two-four track recordings captured by acidjack and nyctaper. The new versions are [HERE].

The National
2010-12-08
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Eight Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s + Neumann KM-150s + Schoeps Schoeps MK-41s > 2x Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 4x 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 and acidjack
2010-12-16

Setlist:
[Total Time 56:52]
01 [introduction]
02 Start a War
03 Slow Show
04 Bloodbuzz Ohio
05 [banter]
06 Conversation 16
07 [banter]
08 Apartment Story
09 [banter]
10 Abel
11 Green Gloves
12 Fake Empire
13 Mr. November
14 Afraid of Everyone
15 [banter]
16 Terrible Love

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The National, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from The National’s Shop [HERE].

Mission of Burma: December 5, 2010 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 14, 2010
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[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

The other aspect of Hanukkah Night 5 that made it my personal favorite was the gift of Mission of Burma. We have seen them several times since their 2002 reunion (sadly never in the early 80s), but never like this. MOB was truly in the giving spirit on this Sunday night, as they delivered a truly unique set of music. The show opened with one of their oldest and most obscure songs “Nu Disco” — a number written in 1979 which is said to have spurred Roger Miller to add tape loops to the band. MOB then followed with six new songs, including one (“Hi-Fi”) we had heard before (in January at Bowery), and at least two debut performances. The second half of the set consisted of five diverse and eclectic covers, from Cream to Eno to the Wipers. The most striking cover was Clint Conley dead-on channeling Pete Shelley on the Buzzcocks’ “I Don’t Mind” (streaming below), but the band also played the heck out of a seven-minute version of the Wipers “Youth of America”.

Mission of Burma returns to the area in January when they’ll play two local gigs, Maxwell’s on January 28 and Bell House in Brooklyn on January 29.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Yo La Tengo set from this night, and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “I Don’t Mind” (Buzzcocks cover):

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This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

Mission of Burma
2010-12-05
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s > 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 and acidjack
2010-12-13

Setlist:
[Total Time 45:37]
01 Nu Disco
02 Forget What You Know
03 Part the Sea (first time played)
04 Hi-Fi
05 7’s
06 Fell Into Water
07 Just Waves (first time played)
08 [banter]
09 N.S.U. [Cream]
10 Seven Deadly Finns [Brian Eno]
11 I Don’t Mind [Buzzcocks]
12 Youth of America [Wipers]
13 Class War [The Dils]

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Mission of Burma, visit their website, and purchase their official releases directly from the Store at their website [HERE].

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