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]

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Pontiak: November 20, 2010 Bell House – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 13, 2010
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[Photo by Johnny]

Before the mighty Bardo Pond headlined the recent incarnation of the Memory Burn Psych Festival, heavy-rocking southerners Pontiak made sure nobody in the vicinity of the Bell House missed their louder-than-hell set. The Virginian siblings (the band is comprised of the brothers Van, Lain and Jennings Carney) opened up with one of their more accessible new numbers, the 70s-inspired “Young,” and from there, surged through several more songs from their 2010 release This Is Living, as well as classics from the rest of their catalog, including an epic closer of “Sun On Sun” segueing into “Shell Skull.” Pontiak’s music can find a variety of musical company; loose and improvisational enough to satisfy the psych rock set, but churning, riff-driven and structurally cohesive such that it won’t be lost on your average metal or rock fan, either. This set eschewed some of the quieter, more acoustic songs demonstrated on Living and some of the band’s earlier records in favor of the crowd-pleasers for, well, the kind of people who attend an event called the “Memory Burn Psych Festival”, and to great effect. Compared to on record, Van Carney’s vocals were buried most of the night under layers of guitars and drums like a distant spectre, but all the better to accentuate the vortex of guitars, bass and drums. Indeed, I was particularly gratified to see the band properly mixed by the Bell House staff on a killer system that gave full voice to their style. This was probably the most head-banging set of the evening, and for those who hadn’t crossed paths with Pontiak before, a revelation.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps microphones and a stereo soundboard feed, in the same manner as the Bardo Pond recording, and the results are equally outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Young”:

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Pontiak
2010-11-20
Bell House
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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: DFC, pole clamped to soundboard about 9ft from floor, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, mixdown, track, amplify and balance, downsample to 16/44.1)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
1. Young
2. This is Living
3. World Wide Prince
4. Lemon Lady
5. Maker
6. Sun on Sun>Shell Skull

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Yo La Tengo: December 6, 2010 Maxwell’s – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 12, 2010
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[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah shows are an embarrassment of riches, as everyone knows. There are the extended set times; the cozy atmosphere of Hoboken’s inimitable Maxwell’s; the kinship among a group of the band’s most hardcore fans; the special guests; the comedians. But amidst all of that, what still drives the fanaticism around these show is, ultimately, a band that can shapeshift like few others. Especially at these shows, when you go to see Yo La Tengo, you never know what you’re going to get. On Wednesday the 1st, we saw the lighter side of the band, joking and playing Elvis covers; on Sunday the 5th, we saw the noisy, aggressive rock band that followed a set by Mission of Burma. On this night, we got the musically erudite record geeks, the band whose influences are far-ranging and frequently obscure, offering up a host of amazing covers. We got Bob Dylan’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Shut Up” by obscure 60s garage-rock band The Monks, The Beach Boys’ “Little Honda” (which they have, over time, effectively made their own), “This Ain’t the Summer of Love” by Blue Oyster Cult, a (this time) successful version of Paul Simon’s “Red Rubber Ball”, one of my personal favorite YLT covers, “You Can Have It All” and many more. And for guests, we were equally rewarded: Wilco’s Mikael Jorgenson joined for several numbers on keyboards, Antietam guitarist Tara Key on several others, and, for the encore, the legendary Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby, doing some of their own songs and more covers. The set closed with a stage full of the night’s musicians (plus comedian Eugene Mirman on theremin) covering The Fugs‘ nihilistic “Nothing.” It made for an ironic ending to a night that was all about affirmation and recognition: affirmation of the sheer joy and variety of music, and recognition of the rich diversity of artists that brought Yo La Tengo to this point.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps microphones and a stereo soundboard feed by the Maxwell’s staff. As with the 12/5 show, unfortunately we were not able to mix in an additional source from nyctaper’s Neumann mics, which is too bad. Nonetheless, the results are outstanding, as all of these shows have been. Enjoy!

Stream “I Wanna Be Your Lover”:

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Stream “You Can Have It All”:

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Yo La Tengo
2010-12-06
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC6/mk41+SBD>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, clamp to soundboard booth, mics at about 7.5ft, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample to 16/44.1)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:45:12]
01 My Heart’s Reflection
02 Barnaby, Hardly Working [with Tara Key on guitar]
03 Styles of the Times [with TK]
04 Stockholm Syndrome [with TK]
05 Tears Are In Your Eyes [with Mikael Jorgenson of Wilco on keyboards]
06 She May Call You Up Tonight [The Left Banke] [with MJ]
07 banter
08 Shut Up [The Monks] [with MJ]
09 Avalon or Someone Very Similar [with MJ]
10 [banter]
11 If It’s True [with MJ]
12 You Can Have It All [George McCrea] [with MJ]
13 I Wanna Be Your Lover [Bob Dylan] [with MJ]
14 Upside Down [with MJ]
15 This Ain’t the Summer of Love [Blue Oyster Cult] [with MJ]
16 Little Honda [Beach Boys] with MJ and audience members]
17 More Stars Than There Are In Heaven (boogie version) [with MJ]
18 encore break
19 Red Rubber Ball [Paul Simon]
20 [banter]
21 Do You Remember That? [Amy Rigby] [with Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric]
22 I Get Out of Breath [The Turtles] [with AR and WE]
23 [banter]
24 Whole Wide World [with AR and WE]
25 [banter]
26 Nothing [The Fugs] [with TK, MJ, AR, Gil Divine, Mofungo]

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Yo La Tengo: December 5, 2010 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 11, 2010
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[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

I’ll admit to being partial to the noisy and aggressive side of Yo La Tengo’s music. Perhaps due to the presence of Mission of Burma on the bill, or that MOB’s tech wiz Bob Weston participated in the YLT set, but this Sunday night of Hanukkah was the noisiest overall of the eight shows — and also my personal favorite. Early in the set, “Periodically Double or Triple” led directly into “The Room Got Heavy”, for the first energetic noisy segue of the night, but it was the show’s finale that set this night apart. Ira shed some blood (see photo) while switching guitars before the Richard Hell song, but as soon as the punk legend was covered the band ratcheted it up a notch. A ferocious “Drug Test” led into the punk version of “Double Dare” before giving way to the massive “Sugarcube” that finished with a cacophony of feedback, loops and guitar fuzz. “Mushroom Cloud of Hiss” rose out of the chaos and ended the set with more Weston-inspired sheets of sonic bliss. When the crowd caught its breath, the band returned with Mission of Burma and treated us to a mini-set of covers that closed with all six members of the two bands on stage together for an extended version of Dred Foole’s “So Tough” — a 1982 song that featured the three MOB members as “The Din”.

We recorded this set with the DPA 4021’s set up in the standard front right corner spot of the soundboard booth and mixed with an excellent board feed. Acidjack also ran a Schoeps pair, but the synchronization of the six-channel source will take more post-production time. We will work in another version of this recording in the future, but for now this four-track version is still quite superb. Enjoy!

The Mission of Burma set was also recorded and will be featured in the coming days.

Stream “Periodically Double or Triple”:

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Yo La Tengo
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
2010-12-10

[Thanks to Jesse for setlist help]
Setlist:
[Total Time 1:44:39]
01 Green Arrow
02 Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop
03 Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
04 The Crying of Lot G
05 Periodically Double or Triple
06 The Room Got Heavy
07 [banter]
08 The Empty Pool [Yung Wu]
09 Pablo and Andrea
10 Paul Is Dead
11 Nowhere Is Near
12 [banter]
13 I’m Your Man [Richard Hell]
14 Drug Test
15 Double Dare
16 Sugarcube
17 Mushroom Cloud of Hiss
18 [encore break / loops]
19 Astral Plane [Modern Lovers]
20 [banter]
21 Cover [Volcano Sons]
22 [banter]
23 Ben Wa Baby [Phil Milstein]
24 Frenzy [The Fugs]
25 So Tough [Dredd Foole]

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Braids: November 30, 2010 Knitting Factory – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 11, 2010
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[Photo courtesy of Jonny Leather]

Montreal’s Braids do not even have a record out yet – that happens on Kanine Records on January 18 of the new year – but the buzz around them has been building steadily, such that even The New York Times took notice. They make modern, layered dreampop that focuses on heavenly vocal harmonies and slow-burning melodies, and their live show is one that rewards patience. Their carefully crafted songs often begin with a whisper, a suggestion of what’s to come several minutes later. This performance, opening for the Radio Dept. (not taped due to no word back from management), evidenced that perfectly, with the set dominated by three longish numbers: the spine-tingling “Lemonade,” “Native Speaker,” and the closer, “Glass Deers,” that each gave a sense of the band’s unique approach. “Lemonade” could well be the band’s signature number, and will be the leadoff track on the forthcoming Native Speaker. Performing these songs live is no small feat, but Braids made it effortless, keeping the crowd mostly rapt throughout. Call it sacrilege, given the heavily-buzzing headliner, but their performance was by far the most special of the night.

I recorded this set from our usual location with the four microphone rig. The crowd is generally quiet and respectful, and the sonic clarity and presence is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Lemonade”:

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Braids
2010-11-30
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC6/mk41+DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: At soundboard, ROC, Schoeps PAS, DPAs ORTF
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (light EQ, balance, mixdown, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 34:42]
01 Peach Wedding>
02 Lemonade>
03 Candy Spills>
04 Native Speaker
05 banter
06 Glass Deers

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Jeff Tweedy: December 4, 2010 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 8, 2010
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[photo courtesy of Mike at 50showsat50 blog]

Jeff Tweedy solo shows are a rare commodity in NYC. By Jeff’s account at Saturday night’s Bowery Ballroom show, he had not played solo in NYC since 2001, and never at Bowery. Despite that we have seen Wilco many times, the only other Jeff Tweedy solo performance we experienced was at the Mercury Lounge in 1997 (also recorded that night). That show thirteen years ago also happened to be the first time I ever heard “Via Chicago”, which would show up on Summerteeth two years later, and which would be reprised on Saturday night (streaming below). But those fans expecting that number and more of the Wilco catalog would learn quickly that this was not a Wilco concert — some of the louder and more obnoxious in the crowd never got that message. To the delight of the diehards, Tweedy worked through some fairly obscure back catalog, including “The Ruling Class”, “Country Disappeared” and “Chinese Apple” in consecutive slots mid-set. We were particularly happy that he delved briefly into the Uncle Tupelo catalog for “Wait Up”, which also reached back to that 1997 show. The opening set by John Stirratt and Pat Sansone’s band Autumn Defense offered the opportunity for a mini Wilco set, and in fact Tweedy’s bandmates joined for the first two encores.

I recorded this set with the four microphone rig on a high stand from the back rail of the soundboard. This was a challenging recording situation given the quiet music and the crowd noise. The post production consisted of an arduous amount of isolated crowd level reductions, and editing of some of the unfortunate intoxicated rowdiness around me. Overall, the finished product is not superb, but is certainly a pleasurable listening experience. Enjoy!

Many thanks to Steve from the Via Chicago forum for the last minute ticket!

Stream “Via Chicago”:

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Jeff Tweedy
2010-12-04
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded Behind Soundboard Booth

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, much audience volume reduction, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2010-12-06

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:27:39]
01 Spiders (Kidsmoke)
02 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
03 Muzzle of Bees
04 One Wing
05 Via Chicago
06 [banter]
07 Wait Up
08 Be Not So Fearful (Bill Fay)
09 [banter]
10 The Ruling Class
11 Country Disappeared
12 Chinese Apple
13 [banter]
14 When the Roses Bloom Again
15 [banter]
16 Magazine Called Sunset
17 Radio King
18 Hummingbird
19 [banter]
20 Jesus, etc.
21 You Are Not Alone
22 [encore break]
23 California Stars
24 I Got You
25 [second encore break]
26 A Shot in the Arm
27 [banter]
28 I’m the Man Who Loves You

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