Team B: June 26, 2010 Backyard Brunch – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

July 1, 2010
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[photo by acidjack]

As a band led by the multi-instrumentalist and multi-talented Kelly Pratt, Team B is more than just the sum of its members’ many other groups (Beirut, Arcade Fire, Antibalas, etc). The collective group is a means by which performers who are supporting players in their “big” bands can stretch out and take a step to the front of the stage. Last Saturday at the Backyard Brunch concert series, their brief set highlighted Pratt’s vocals along with his trumpet work which has been a mainstay of Beirut sets. The interplay between horns, accordian and dual ukeleles showcased the many talents of Team B while the song selections, which include lyrics adapted from the poems of Theodore Roethke, also showed a literary side.

We recorded this set with eight high-end microphones placed strategically around the band. While the mix is not perfect, it does accurately describe the sound in the backyard that day. Enjoy!

Stream “Mystery Man”:

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Team B
2010-06-19
Private Backyard Brunch
Brooklyn, NY USA

Eight-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Onstage

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s + Schoeps MK-41s + DPA 4021’s > 2 Edirol R-44s (Oade Concert Mod) > 4 x 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
2010-07-01

Setlist:
[Total Time 25:55]
01 [introduction]
02 Mystery Man
03 [tuning/banter]
04
05 [tuning/banter]
06
07 My Papa’s Waltz
08 [tuning/banter]
09
10 [outro]

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Diamondsnake: June 17, 2010 Highline Ballroom – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

June 30, 2010
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[Photos by Johnny]

I first heard about Diamondsnake literally the day before this gig and had my interest piqued due to the inclusion in the lineup of Tomato, the drummer/lead singer from Sound of Urchin, and Moby, well-known for his electronic music.  Rounding out the band is Phil Costello, of Satanicide and Valley Lodge fame, and Dave Hill, also from Valley Lodge.  Even after perusing their website, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect: despite what you’ll hear alluded to during the concert, this was their debut and the first time they had performed in front of a live audience as a group.  With tongue planted firmly in cheek, they will invariably draw comparisons to Spinal Tap and Tenacious D.  The difference being that the members of Diamondsnake can play really well.  And by play really well, I mean play their asses off.  Phil, on lead vocals, was at times channeling Bon Scott and Bruce Dickinson and hitting notes that could shatter glass; he also strapped on a guitar or bass for a few songs.  Tomato spent the show trying to beat his drum kit into a smoldering pile of debris and nearly succeeded.  Dave, alternating between bass and guitar, played the stealth role, amazing the fans with his bass lines and 6-string chops when you least expected it.  And Moby… shredding on the lead guitar: who knew?  Topping it off are very well constructed songs; they just sound great.  Wearing their influences on their collective sleeve, I heard bits of ’70’s hard rock and metal (AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin), ’80’s hair metal/glam (Motley Crue, Poison, Cinderella) and hints of the Bad Brains/Melvins punk-metal crunch.  Add their salacious and sexy dancing girls, the Snake Charmers, into the mix and you had a good, old fashioned rock spectacle.  Not being familiar with their material didn’t matter as the crowd had no problem getting into it.  If you want biting social commentary and topics ripped from the headlines in your music, well, you’re mostly out of luck here.  But if you want to rock out and have fun, then you’re in the right place.  I strongly recommend you check out “D-Snake” if you’re in the mood for a great, loud time.

Our location in the venue was at a corner of the balcony which gave us a commanding view of the house and a direct line of sight to the P.A.  Other than the enthusiastic hollering of some attendees – which testifies to the vibe of the show – the quality and clarity of this recording is very good.  A big thank you to the staff at Highline Ballroom and especially to Diamondsnake for giving us the greenlight to record this awesome concert.  Hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “Rock and Raw”:

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Diamondsnake
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Highline Ballroom
New York, NY, USA

Source: AUD > DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (adjust levels, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > Trader’s Little Helper (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time 1:12:20]
01. [intro]
02. We Wanna Love You
03. Switch Hitter
04. Rock and Raw
05. Lady of the Mornin’
06. Woman, Yeah
07. [banter]
08. What the World Needs Now is Rock
09. Wrong Woman to Love
10. [banter / band photo]
11. Lost
12. Yeah
13. [encore break]
14. D-Snake Riot
15. [banter]
16. Storm the Fucking Kastle
17. I Want Roll

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Real Estate: June 25, 2010 Music Hall – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Samples

June 29, 2010
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[photo by nyctaper]

The best sign for the continued viability of a band that has moved beyond its initial “buzz” is their ability to write quality material and mature in their live act. Real Estate has accomplished both and proved it as the headliner of the Woodist showcase at the Northside Festival. The band continues to play tighter and more focused sets. On Friday, Real Estate opened with a new-ish song “All Out of Tune”, and played two other new numbers, including perhaps the strongest song of the set — an untitled number (“Nothing to Lose”? — sampled as Track 09 below) that premiered at Monster Island in April and for which we mixed the audio of this video of that performance. The song’s guitar line recalls “Fake Blues” but with a stronger melody and representative Real Estate style lyrics — perhaps a perfect new single for the band.

Real Estate perform again in NYC on July 9 at Le Poisson Rouge, at the outset of their extensive tour with Kurt Vile. They return again to NYC in mid-August to open for Deerhunter at Pier 54.

I recorded this set with the four microphone rig from the left front corner of the soundboard. The house mix was quite excellent and the sound quality of this recording is outstanding. Enjoy!

Sample “Fake Blues”:

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Sample “New Song” (Track 09):

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Real Estate
2010-06-25
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Soundboard Booth

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > 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
2010-06-28

Setlist:
[Total Time 53:51]
01 All Out of Tune
02 Green River [false start]
03 Green River
04 Suburban Beverage
05 Fake Blues
06 Pool Swimmers
07 [banter]
08 Basement
09 [new song]
10 Suburban Dogs
11 [new song]
12 Atlantic City
13 Beach Comber
14 [encore break]
15 Black Lake
16 Younger Than Yesterday

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Keepaway: June 27, 2010 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

June 29, 2010
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[Photo by Janice Chou for FREEwilliamsburg.  Used by permission.]

Brooklyn’s Keepaway are having quite a year.  Having just released their debut EP, Baby Style, they already scored an opening slot for Yeasayer at their recent Governor’s Island show.  That must have made for a logical pairing, as Keepaway serve up tribal, live dance music with beats and keys served up live along with drums and guitar – this is not “press play” dance music.  The closer dance music and rock music get, the tougher they are to tell apart, though it is fair to say that compared to, say, Yeasayer, these guys fall a bit further toward the dance side of things.  Drummer Frank Lyon anchors the trio with an unusual drum setup that abandons the kick drum (since the deep bass is coming from Mike Burakoff’s beats), while Nick Nauman rounds things out on guitar, with all three participating on the vocal end of things.  This show saw the band anchoring FREEwilliamsburg’s awesome Sunday night Northside Festival lineup at Brooklyn Bowl.  The venue’s massive sound system did Keepaway justice, with a bass-heavy, aggressive house mix that shook the entire place.  If you aren’t a fan yet, check out Keepaway and the other offerings from the well-curated Lefse Records, which is home to several excellent like-minded bands.

Thanks to FREEwilliamsburg for putting on this excellent showcase, and thanks to Lefse Records for their support of NYCTaper.  More recordings from this night and other Northside Festival showcases will be appearing on this site throughout the week.

I recorded this set in a somewhat unorthodox manner (for us, anyway), in that the layout of the room dictated placing my two Schoeps hypercardiod mics about 12ft from the right stack on a mic stand extended 11ft above the crowd.  While the sound is different than our normal offerings – which give a better sense of the room – it is an excellent capture.  You can stream the band’s first single, “Yellow Wings” below, and the entire show is properly tagged for importing into iTunes.  Enjoy!

Stream “Yellow Wings”:

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Keepaway
2010-06-27
Brooklyn Bowl
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: ~12ft from right stack, mics A/B, pointed at stack, 12ft up
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, EQ, tracking, amplify channels)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks [Total Time 36:47]
01 5 Rings
02 Royal Jelly
03 Family of the son
04 Head
05 Sideways Smile
06 Yellow Wings
07 100

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Keepaway, visit their MySpace page, and purchase Baby Style (available on vinyl direct from Lefse Records, or on iTunes and other retailers for download).

Fiery Furnaces: June 26, 2010 Mercury Lounge – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Samples

June 28, 2010
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[photo by nyctaper]

The Fiery Furnaces played three nights in the NYC area this weekend, but we only managed to catch the final show. From the scuttlebutt after their set, it seems like we picked the right night. From the very outset, the quartet was just electrifying. This tour’s setlist wrinkle is the twenty-eight song segue. The Furnaces opened with a little instrumental interlude which they would revisit several times during the set, and then immediately pounced on “Tropical Iceland”. For the next sixty-five minutes, the band never let up as they flowed complete and partial versions of cherry-picked multiple reworked numbers from their vast catalog one into the next. Highlights included the extra-melodic newest take on “Quay Cur” (stream below) and several songs from the under-appreciated masterpiece Bitter Tea. This show also featured a complete rarity — Eleanor’s mishandling of lyrics (“Straight Street”) — the shocking nature of the faux pas is a testament of her uncanny ability to master the voluminous and difficult word-strings that are Furnaces lyrics. The Furnaces also performed two new numbers which fit seamlessly into the massive segue — a good sign of things to come for the band.

This recording was captured with the Neumann microphones on a stand at the soundboard booth mixed with a soundboard feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Black Hearted Boy”:

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Stream “Quay Cur”:

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Fiery Furnaces
2010-06-26
Mercury Lounge
New York, 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
2009-06-27

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:14:59]
01 Tropical Iceland
02 Single Again
03 The Wayward Granddaughter
04 Benton Harbor Blues
05 Worry Worry
06 Wolf Notes
07 The Philadelphia Grand Jury
08 Black Hearted Boy
09 My Egyptian Grammar
10 Teach Me Sweetheart
11 Slavin’ Away
12 Even in the Rain
13 Take Me Round Again
14 Quay Cur
15 Clear Signal from Cairo
16 Keep Me in the Dark
17 Clothes Make The Man [new song]
18 I’m In No Mood To Comb My Hair
19 Restorative Beer
20 South Is Only A Home
21 Charmaine Champagne
22 Doctor in the Dungeon [new song]
23 I’m Going Away
24 My Little Thatched Hut
25 My Dog Was Lost But Now He’s Found
26 Straight Street
27 Bitter Tea
28 Chris Michaels
29 [band introductions / encore break]
30 Two Fat Feet
31 Asthma Attack
32 Japanese Slippers

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ZaZa: June 26, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Full Show

June 28, 2010
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[Photo courtesy of Jessica Amaya and Brooklynvegan]

ZaZa are a Brooklyn-based trio that boasts an unusual modus operandi – they never play the same exact set twice.  While the band, consisting of Jennifer Fraser (formerly of The Warlocks), Danny Taylor and Dru Prentiss currently has only their excellent Cameo EP to its name (with a full length on the way this year), they stretch their material by transitioning songs with unrehearsed free playing.  With a shoegaze-electronica sound that has landed them opening slots for like-minded bands such as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, ZaZa’s EP grabbed early attention, and this performance at the 2010 Northside Festival’s BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall was the type to guarantee more attention when the full record drops.  Although stuck with the unenviable task of taking the early slot, those who made it early were rewarded with a strong performance that debuted excellent new material (new to me/not on their EP in any case), including my personal favorite of the set, “Distance Creator”.

We recorded this set from our usual spot at Music Hall with the four-microphone rig.  The sound quality is outstanding.  Enjoy, and look for more Northside sets to be on this site in the coming days.  The entire ZaZa show is available for streaming on this site and the FLACs and MP3s are properly tagged for iTunes.

Thanks to BrooklynVegan for this outstanding showcase and their continued support of NYCTaper, and to the Northside Festival and The L Magazine for organizing it.  Finally, thanks to Danny from ZaZa for his help with the setlist, and a great performance!

Stream the entire show:

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ZaZa
2010-06-26
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC641+DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to left side of sound booth, mics at 7.5?, DPAs ORTF, hypers pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, EQ, light compression, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks
01 Sooner or Later
02 Are What You Aren’t
03 Arms Length
04 Distance Creator
05 Burn and Build
06 Faith in the Faithless

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT ZaZa, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their EP Cameo from Kanine Records here.

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