NYCTaper Tuesday Night Recommendation: Not-CMJ Party by Impose Magazine

October 21, 2008
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Impose | e4e1 present:
2-stage T.G.I.T fest
P&L celebrate the release of their new record on jagjaguwar

12am: double dagger [baltimore]
11:30pm: the coathangers [atlanta]
11pm: parts & labor [record release!!]
10:30pm: flying [tour kickoff!!]
10pm: rahim
9:30pm: boo and boo too [lawrence, KS]
9pm: dinowalrus
8:30pm: fiasco
8pm: pwrfl power
7:30pm: pictureplane [denver, CO]
7pm: BDRMPPL [denver, CO]
6:30pm: scary mansion
6pm: air waves

$5
TUESDAY october 21 – death by audio
49 s 2nd st btw kent & wythe
doors at 5, show at 6
L to Bedford
-or-
JMZ to Marcy
-or-
G to Broadway

Sharon Van Etten – NYCTaper Interview and CMJ Preview

October 19, 2008
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Sharon van Etten / Secret Garden from hoovesontheturf on Vimeo.

We were first introduced to the music of Sharon Van Etten interestingly enough through an email from The Antlers that announced some recording details of their soon-to-be-released CD. Sharon provides vocals for a couple of tracks. While we had heard of her, we had not yet heard her sing and decided to do some research. A quick google search and a few minutes later we were watching astounded at the raw talent exhibited in an Arin Crumley video of Sharon Van Etten performing “Damn Right” at Galapagos.

I asked several people to watch the Galapagos video and tell me that I was not overreacting, and the verdict was unanimous — this was a uniquely talented woman with a gifted voice with subtle and poignant songwriting. I reached out to Sharon with a request to record one of her shows. We ended up capturing three of them, in June at Pianos and at Zebulon, and an amazing show in August at Cake Shop.

So when it came time to book the NYCTaper CMJ Showcase, Sharon Van Etten was an easy and obvious choice. On Thursday October 23 at Cake Shop, Sharon will perform upstairs at 5:30pm, essentially headlining the “acoustic” stage at the show.

In person, Sharon is quite friendly and unassuming. That personality comes through quite clearly in this interview, as she answers my wordy and obtuse questions with class and patience. Expect the same on stage on Thursday.

NYCTaper:
Please tell us about the new album. Is there a specific release date, will there be new songs on the album, and if you could describe the arrangements — is it Sharon-and-guitar or will we hear other instruments, bass, drums, strings?

Sharon Van Etten:
The album is set for release in April off of Language of Stone. The love child of Drag City. Run by Greg Weeks of Espers. He recorded and played on my record. There will be minimal accompaniment such as guitar, bass, percussion, and synthesizers (all played by Greg Weeks) and vocal, guitar and added harmonies by me.

NYCT:
There seems to have grown up this folk scene around the Zebulon regulars of which you are a core person. Can you talk about the venue, the other artists and the “scene” (if there is one!)?

SVE:
Zebulon is the most accepting, open venue in Williamsburg. They have a broad range of bands that play there. From Folk to Jazz to Indie to Funk to Experimental noise. You name it. I have played with Scary Mansion, Forest Fire, Ivana XL, Drew Victor, She Keeps Bees, Beastheart, Matt Bauer, Twi the Humble Feather, Meg Baird, Xylophone People, W-S Burn, The Shivers, — When I play they let me curate the whole night, so it usually revolves around folk, indie, country…. but every other night is different there. That’s why I love it. And I’ve never been disappointed. It couldn’t be run by more loving people. I always feel welcome, which is why I will always come back.

NYCT:
Frankly, the song “Consolation Prize” gives me chills every time I hear it. I think it sort of encapsulates the character of your music — poignancy and brutal honesty accompanied by a simple melody and ultimately presented in this sweet voice. This kind of juxtaposition of manner separates a basic singer-songwriter from an authentic folk singer. I know I’m over-analyzing,
but I guess the question is whether this is a natural approach or do you consciously approach songwriting with an idea of contrasting sweetness and bitterness?

SVE:
It’s not my initial intention. My songs come mostly from my journals, where I create a dialogue with a memory of mine and come to terms with my past through song. (sounds cliche, doesn’t it?) But I come across writings that were at one time bitter, and now that I am passed those times and want to sing about them, I am at peace with those times… so I guess that the sweetness comes from closure, and the bitterness is from truth – but I hope the outcome is bittersweet and human.

NYCT:
I’ve heard you say several times “I’m not a pro”, which I interpret to mean that you want to retain your authenticity. With the new album coming, a long tour under your belt, constant local gigging, and now a CMJ show, the shows are going to get more crowded and the venues bigger. Do you still believe that you can’t both be authentic and “big” at the same time?

SVE:
Ha. Funny… When I say “I’m not a pro… It’s because I’m always nervous. And I always mess up. And if there comes a time when my shows get crowded and the venues get bigger, I assure you that if anything, I will be more nervous, and more clumsy, and less pro than ever before.

NYCT:
What are you listening to these days, like in regular rotation in the I-pod, that kind of thing?

SVE:
Fleetwood Mac, Diane Cluck, Meg Baird, Festival, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Sandy Denny, Neil Young, Jana Hunter, Phosphorescent, Forest Fire

NYCT:
Last question, and this one is about “taping”. I appreciate you have permitted me to record several shows and present them “warts and all”. Interestingly, my first experience with your music was the excellent video made by Arin Crumley of one of your Galapagos shows. So I pretty much never would have heard your music if it wasn’t for “taping”. I know that Joly from punkcast has recorded you too. I guess I’ve sort of answered my own question, but can you describe your approach and your thinking behind permitting all these live recordings?

SVE:
Through all my home recordings and studio recordings, I always feel that a live show is best. Even with it’s flaws because you cannot replicate that. That is one moment. To be there, to see the expression on the artist’s face, the energy of the room that the artist feeds from, there is no better substitute than taping it. (other than being there, of course.) For people that haven’t seen me live, at least they can hear me live. Hopefully it creates more of a personal connection to the listener and maybe want to see me live one day.

Love Is All October 10 and October 15, 2008 Roseland and Monster Island – Flac and MP3 Downloads (Two Shows!)

October 19, 2008
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[photo courtesy of Nate -- More Excellent Photos from this Show here]

We had such a good time when we saw Love Is All twice in June [recording] and [review], that we decided to repeat the experience in almost identical fashion — an intimate show at a tiny venue combined with a larger affair. When Love Is All opened for Of Montreal at Roseland on Friday last, the crowd was only about half full, but from our balcony view we could see about 20 rows of people pogo-jumping to their infectious proto-punk-pop. The setlist was similar to the June show, but as Love Is All is releasing a new album A Hundred Things Keep Me up at Night in November, a couple of new songs were performed.

Five days later, Love Is All played a secret ToddP show at the tiny Monster Island (pictured above). Similar to their Cake Shop show in June, this was an incredible show as the sweaty band and fans packed together with a celebratory energy and intimacy. We were fortunate to have arrived early to set up and had a nice chat with Marcus (drummer) who was so supportive of our work and our previous recording of the band. NYCTaper even got a Love Is All t-shirt for free! Thanks to Marcus, Love Is All, and ToddP for access and permission.

These two recordings are as different as the experiences. The Roseland recording is a full soundstage capture with rich bass and full instrument presence. It was captured from the same location as the Of Montreal recording, and is marred briefly only by a few bursts of static from the stage microphones early in “Wishing Well” and at a few points afterwards. For the Monster Island recording, we set up in the middle of the crowded room about 20 feet from the main speakers. The result is an intimate up-close feel with perhaps a bit less presence than the Roseland show. We are extremely pleased with both recordings and feel that each accurately represents the unique shows that this excellent band performed. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (ROSELAND HERE) (MONSTER ISLAND HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC (ROSELAND HERE) (MONSTER ISLAND HERE).

Love Is All
2008-10-10
Roseland Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Balcony Rail
Dead Center

Neumann KM-150′s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 16bit 44.1kHz wav files > Soundforge (set fades, slight level adjustments, slight EQ) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2008-10-18

Setlist:
[Total Time 36:23]
01 [introduction]
02 Wishing Well
03 Give it Back
04 Talk Talk Talk Talk
05 Ageing Had Never Been His Friend
06 Last Choice
07 Seasick
08 Turn The Radio Off
09 Scary Business
10 Busy Doing Nothing
11 I Ran (Flock of Seagulls)
12 Make Out Fall Out Make Up

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Love Is All
2008-10-15
Monster Island
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Center of the Room
20 Feet From Stage

Neumann KM-150′s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 16bit 44.1kHz wav files > Soundforge (set fades, slight level adjustments, slight EQ) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2008-10-18

Setlist:
[Total Time 32:17]
01 Wishing Well
02 Give it Back
03 Talk Talk Talk Talk
04 Ageing Had Never Been His Friend
05 Last Choice
06 Seasick
07 New Beginnings
08 Busy Doing Nothing
09 I Ran (Flock of Seagulls)
10 Make Out Fall Out Make Up

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Love Is All, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and pre-order their album A Hundred Things Keep Me up at Night [HERE].

The Loom October 8, 2008 Glasslands – Flac and MP3 Downloads and CMJ Preview

October 18, 2008
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The most rewarding aspect of operating this blog is watching the growth and success of the bands that we have profiled. In May, when The Loom impressed the heck out of us at the NYCTaper Anniversary concert, we believed it was only a matter of time before they hit. And like clockwork, this year The Loom have gathered an impressive list of credentials — a Jezebel profile, a performance at the Montreal Pop Festival, their first tour, a RCRD-LBL profile, a Hooves On The Turf profile, a full week of CMJ Shows, and of course the release of their terrific new EP At Last Light. So when The Loom accepted our invitation to appear at our CMJ show (in 5 days!) we were thrilled. The Loom will appear at the NYCTaper CMJ Showcase on Thursday October 23 at Cake Shop at 3:30pm (schedule change).

In the meantime, we had a chance to attend and capture The Loom‘s performance at Glasslands Gallery last week. As we had not seen the band since late May, we were pleasantly surprised by the seamless transition of two new members, the band’s obvious growth in their live sound, and the appearance of two new strong numbers. This capture is the same as the Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson recording, and while heavily mixed with vocals, is nevertheless a clear recording of this excellent band. Enjoy!

The Loom CMJ Schedule:
Oct 22 2008 8:00 CMJ – The Bell House
Oct 23 2008 3:30 CMJ – Cake Shop – NYCTaper Showcase
Oct 24 2008 8:00 CMJ – Original Sessions Art House

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

The Loom
2008-10-08
Glasslands Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard/Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Front of Board Neumann KM-150s > Edirol UA-5 (Oade Digimod) > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2008-10-18

Setlist:
[total time 40:10]
01 All Your Famous Friends
02 New Blood for Old Hearts
03 Of Vegas and Vanity
04 [banter]
05 Patience for Books
06 Wings
07 Montreal
08 Song for the Winter Sun
09 Red Devil
10 Song of Faint Praise

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Loom, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their EP At Last Light from The Loom Store [HERE] or digitally from their MySpace page.

Bridges and Powerlines Are Playing at NYCTaper CMJ Showcase

October 16, 2008
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In 7 days, Bridges and Powerlines will perform at the NYCTaper CMJ Showcase at Cake Shop — Thursday October 23 at 4 p.m. Its no secret that here at NYCTaper we are big fans of Bridges and Powerlines. They played at the NYCTaper Anniversary Concert in May, and we have featured recordings of Bridges and Powerlines here three times — at Pianos in May, Cake Shop in May, and the After the Jump Fest in June.

We are also big fans of the Pop Tarts Suck Toasted blog, one of the best sites for NYC music news and reviews on the web. Today, as a preview to their appearance at the Pop Tarts CMJ Show, PTST interviewed Bridges and Powerlines [here].

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson October 8, 2008 Glasslands – Flac and MP3 Downloads

October 16, 2008
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[photo credit]

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson returned to NYC from a month long-tour across the country in support of his newest self-titled CD last Wednesday. Miles performed an intimate show at Glasslands, and his tight and well-received set included some new numbers from an album tentatively titled “Summer of Fear”, which he will begin recording soon in anticipation of an early 2009 release.

We recorded this set in “matrix” fashion, mixing a soundboard feed with our Neumann microphones mounted on the railing in front of the stage. Although the vocals are a bit too heavy in the mix, the sound quality is clear and this is a fine capture of an excellent concert. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
2008-10-08
Glasslands Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard/Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Front of Board Neumann KM-150s > Edirol UA-5 (Oade Digimod) > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2008-10-15

Setlist:
[total time 49:48]
01 There Will Be Mud
02 Woodfriend
03 Shingles
04 Summer of Fear
05
06
07 Night Moves (Bob Seger)
08 Boneindian

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, visit his MySpace page, and purchase his new Self-Titled CD from the Say Hey Records website [HERE].

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