Dirty Projectors: September 11, 2010 Terminal 5 – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

September 20, 2010
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[photo by Johnny]

It’s a tribute to the quality of an artist and its sound engineer, when a band with music and harmonies as intricate as the Dirty Projectors can sound as excellent as they do on this recording.  At Terminal 5 last Saturday, September 11, the Projectors tour in support of the expanded edition of ‘Bitte Orca (due September 27) arrived in NYC.  Even on a night when indie fans had other choices for music, the band’s increasing popularity resulted in a sell-out of this large venue.  The highlights of the set included a superb “Temecula Sunrise” (streaming below), and the beautiful performance of “Two Doves” featuring Angel Deradoorian.

Johnny recorded this set with a four-microphone rig from up in the first balcony at the soundboard.  The AKG’s capture the vocals well, while the DPA’s are excellent for the rich bass presence.  This recording is perhaps the best we’ve ever captured in this venue.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Dirty Projectors and Domino Records for making this recording possible, and Terminal 5 head of security Mike for his courtesy and cooperation.

Stream “Temecula Sunrise”:

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Dirty Projectors
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Terminal 5
New York, NY, USA

Source: AUD > AKG C 414 B-XLS’s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > Adobe Audition (mixdown) > Soundforge (levels adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave (tracking) > FLAC Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > FLAC
Recorded by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Produced by: nyctaper and Johnny

SETLIST:
[Total time: 1:28:44]
01. Fucked for Life
02. No Intention
03. I Will Truck
04. Knotty Pine
05. No Embrace
06. Beautiful Mother
07. The Bride
08. Police Story [Black Flag]
09. Two Doves
10. Temecula Sunrise
11. As I Went Out One Morning [Bob Dylan]
12. Imagine It
13. Remade Horizon
14. Stillness Is the Move
15. Useful Chamber
16. [encore break]
17. Cannibal Resource
18. Fluorescent Half Dome
19. Rise Above [Black Flag]

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Lymbyc Systym: September 18, 2010 Studio BPM – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 19, 2010
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[iPhone photo by acidjack. Conditions were very dark and flash was not an option.  Photo is not great; recording is]

Brothers Jared and Michael Bell of Lymbyc Systym have had the advantage of making music together since they were preteens, sure, but still, the synergy and skill they brought to this DIY show at Studio BPM was startling.  Their sound, a blend of electronic music, jazz and experimental rock, evinces such diverse acts as Tortoise and Explosions in the Sky.  What is remarkable about the brothers Bell, though, is that they sound like a five-man band using only two players: Mike on the drums and Jared on the various keys.   Originally from Tempe, AZ, since their founding in 2001, the band has traveled the country with a wide array of like-minded acts such as The Album Leaf and Broken Social Scene, and recently completed a monthslong tour of Asia.  This set included two of the band’s contributions to their recent Field Studies split EP with This Will Destroy You, “Narita” and “Notations”.  Studio BPM made an ideal setting for this music, with an intimate atmosphere, high quality sound system, and rapt crowd.

I recorded this set with a stereo soundboard feed blended with the DPA mics on a stand on the floor.  The sound quality is outstanding.  Enjoy!

Stream and download this show in MP3 and FLAC on the Live Music Archive [HERE]

Lymbyc Systym
2010-09-18
Studio BPM
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Stereo soundboard feed + DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: Slightly ROC, FOB, mics at 7.5ft
Mastering 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, EQ audience recording, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, smooth peaks, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC (level 8 )

Tracks [Time 33:29]
01 Birds
02 Truth Skull
03 Fall Bicycle
04 Love Your Abuser
05 Selamat Pagi
06 Bedroom Anthem
07 Notations
08 Narita

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Tommy Keene: September 15, 2010 Rock Shop – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

September 17, 2010
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[photo by nyctaper]

Like most music fans of another generation, back in the day I made hundreds of mixed tape cassettes for friends, girlfriends, and personal listening. For about a four year period (’86-’90), literally every single one of those cassettes included the Tommy Keene song “In Our Lives”. While not Keene’s most well-known song, this gem of pure power-pop brilliance combined the perfect balance of sweet melody, chiming guitars and hooks to spare. Like a musical sugar addiction, I couldn’t get enough of this song or the album on which it appeared, 1986’s Songs From The Film. I still have the well-worn vinyl. It was Keene’s major label debut, and while the Geffen record may have been more produced and polished than the break-out Places That Are Gone EP, it nevertheless was a full long-player of Keene’s irresistible guitar-driven pop songcraft. Tommy Keene is currently on tour playing the complete Film album, and on Wednesday that tour reached The Rock Shop. The set warmed up with two more recent numbers and then jumped right into the album. What was obvious from the chill-inspiring open riff of “Places” was that Tommy has aged extremely well. As the band ripped through each track — there isn’t a clunker on the entire record — it was also clear that the songs had aged well too. This album would be as relevant and inspired if it were released today.

This set was recorded in the same manner as my previous trips to Rock Shop and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “In Our Lives”:

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Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Tommy Keene
2010-09-15
The Rock Shop
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
2010-09-16

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:24:38]
01 Late Bright
02 A Secret Life of Stories
03 Places That Are Gone
04 In Our Lives
05 Listen To Me
06 Paper Words and Lies
07 Gold Town
08 Kill Your Sons (Lou Reed)
09 Call On Me
10 As Life Goes By
11 [band introductions]
12 My Mother Looked Like Marilyn Monroe
13 Underworld
14 Astronomy
15 The Story Ends
16 Black & White New York
17 Turning On Blue
18 Long Time Missing
19 [encore break]
20 Back To Zero Now
21 Love is a Dangerous Thing*
*with one verse of “Its Not True” (The Who)

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Maps & Atlases: August 12, 2010 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3 Downloads

September 16, 2010
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[Photos courtesy of The Owl Mag]

With this stellar set at Mercury Lounge, Chicago’s Maps & Atlases announced their arrival as strong contenders on the indie scene.  Touring behind their third release (but first official full length), the quantum-leap-forward Perch Patchwork, the band gave fans far more than originally promised, closing out with an acoustic set on the floor of the venue.  Albeit in a very different way, these Chicagoans, like their neighbors in Tortoise, don’t sound like anybody else.  For lack of a better term, I like to call their sound freak folk meets math rock.  While the concept of “freak folk-meets-math rock” may be hard to grasp, the band’s technical rhythmic sense (including dual percussion at times), combined with singer/guitarist Dave Davison’s vocals and a vaguely folk-based guitar approach make them hard to describe otherwise.  This crowd at Mercury, like many I have seen at the venue recently, were rowdy and going wild for the headliners after a strong night of music.  One group was screaming for “Solid Ground” from the get go, and the version heard here does not disappoint.   That song, like many from their new record, demonstrates the band’s emerging pop sensibility, and the promise of greater things to come.  These guys could go in many directions from here; I can see them wearing the indie crown just as easily as ingratiating themselves to the Bonnaroo scene.  As they are not easily categorized, different fans will understand them in different ways.  Ultimately that acoustic set on the floor tells the story best – these guys want to play music even after most of the crowd has gone home, even after the contractually agreed set time.  They can’t help themselves.  Listen to Perch Patchwork and tell me if you can resist.

I recorded this set with a top quality board feed combined with the Schoeps microphones.  The sound quality of the main set is among the finest of my recordings with this rig and is a testament to the hard work of the Mercury production team.  The acoustic set – which I had to record a bit on the fly – is a bit rougher given that there was no board feed, and the mics picked up some handling noise, but it is still quite good.  Enjoy!

Maps & Atlases are touring Iowa and Europe in September and October.  See the dates on their MySpace page.

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE] | Direct Download of the FLAC Files [HERE].

Maps & Atlases
2010-08-12
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC641+stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Right side of soundboard, mics at 7.5ft, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, EQ (1dB cut of sub-100Hz frequencies, slight brilliance bump at 10-12kHz), tracking, amplify and balance channels, hard limit clapping on acoustic set, delete some clapping on acoustic set)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks
01 Living Decorations
02 Israeli Caves
03 Ted Zancha
04 Will
05 The Charm
06 [tuning]
07 Witch
08 [banter]
09 If This Is
10 Carrying the Wet Wood
11 Everyplace Is A House
12 Solid Ground
13 Daily News
14 Glamorous Glowing [Cast Spells]
15 The Sounds They Make

Acoustic Set:
16 You Me and the Mountain
17 Banished Be Cavalier
18 Pigeon
19 [tuning]
20 The Ongoing Horrible

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Wooden Shjips: September 6, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

September 15, 2010
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[iPhone photo by acidjack]

Fresh off a killer set at ATP New York 2010, Wooden Shjips seemed like about the only ATP-goers who weren’t burned out by that intense weekend of music.  Headlining an excellent Sunday night bill to celebrate the third year anniversary of Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Shjip’s set of pulsing psychedelic rock reminded us both of our recent experience of guitarist Erik “Ripley” Johnson’s side project Moon Duo (albeit with a denser, even bigger sound) as well as the Shjips’ Halloween set that we covered last year.  This band specializes in a narcotic, intense West Coast-influenced sound, and they held most of this crowd in rapture for their one-hour set (even in spite of the $3 beers on offer).  Congratulations to the Music Hall for three years of epic music in Williamsburg!

I recorded this set from our usual spot in the venue with the Schoeps hypercardiod microphones.  The sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

Stream “Motorbike”:

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Wooden Shjips
2010-09-06
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC641>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to left side of soundboard booth, 7.5ft, DIN
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (tracking, set fades, light EQ, downsample to 16bit, amplify and balance channels)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:03:12]
01 [unknown]
02 Motorbike
03 For So Long
04 Fallin
05 Aquarian Time
06 [unknown]
07 Death’s Not Your Friend
08 [unknown]
09 [encore break]
10 Vampire Blues [Neil Young]

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Spoon: September 13, 2010 Cake Shop – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

September 13, 2010
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[iPhone photo courtesy of Pat from Pop Tarts blog]

Spoon seems to seriously like their NYC fans. In the Spring, they sold out Radio City Music Hall, and in August they opened for Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden. The “intimate” fans-only show planned for tonight is at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, but in an almost surreal treat, Spoon announced last night that they would play a free show at Cake Shop this afternoon. The set was a live video recording for the song “Nobody Gets Me But You” from 2010’s Transference, but the band continued on and played a forty-minute set of material from five different albums. Although the line outside the venue was long, and it was tight inside Cake Shop, it never got uncomfortable. Spoon made sure of that.

We recorded this set with the DPA microphones mounted six feet from the left side of the PA. Spoon brought along some large subs and as a result, this venue has never sounded better. The recording reflects that high quality. Enjoy!

Stream “Car Radio”:

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

Spoon
2010-09-13
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded Upfront
6 Feet from Right PA

DPA 4021s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2010-09-13

Setlist:
[Total Time 40:32]
01 [intro / ‘Nobody Gets Me’ false start]
02 Nobody Gets Me But You
03 The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine
04 Someone Something
05 [‘Who Makes’ false start]
06 Who Makes Your Money
07 Don’t You Evah
08 The Mystery Zone
09 Don’t Make Me A Target
10 [banter / ‘Nobody Gets Me’ false start]
11 Nobody Gets Me But You
12 [banter]
13 Car Radio

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