Casiotone For The Painfully Alone: July 18, 2010 Monster Island – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Samples

August 8, 2010
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[photo by Ryan Muir – this photo first appeared at brooklynvegan]

For thirteen years, Owen Ashworth has written a plethora of poignant songs about twenty-something angst. As Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, often playing solo accompanied by a table of two keyboards and multiple effects, Owen was one of the first performers to create entire soundscapes from modest electronic equipment. His songs speak to that post-college disillusionment through brief realistic first person slice of life vignettes that are both sad and moving. Perhaps since he has now moved beyond the age range of his protagonists, Owen has announced that this year will be the last for this particular musical project. In mid-July, Casiotone was the headline band for an excellent night of music at Monster Island. Owen’s set was a tight fifty-two minute run through a nice selection of the recent Casiotone catalog, including five songs each from the last three albums, but only one song from The First Two Albums. He will return to Monster Island on October 15 for the final NYC show for Casiotone For The Painfully Alone.

I recorded this set with a nice feed from the soundboard mixed with the Neumann microphones mounted on a pole ten feet from the stage. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Streets of Philadelphia” (Springsteen cover):

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Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
2010-07-18
Monster Island Basement
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 16bit 44.1kHz 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
2010-08-07

Setlist:
[Total Time 52:58]
01 [introduction]
02 Optimist Vs. The Silent Alarm
03 Man O’ War
04 I Love Creedence
05 White Corolla
06 White on White
07 Lesley Gore on the T.A.M.I. Show
08 Old Panda Days
09 Traveling Salesman’s Young Wife Home Alone On Christmas In Montpelier, VT
10 [banter]
11 Scattered Pearls
12 New Year’s Kiss
13 [banter]
14 Cold White Christmas
15 Bobby Malone Moves Home
16 Young Shields
17 Streets of Philadelphia (Springsteen)
18 [banter]
19 White Jetta

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Spoon: August 4, 2010 Madison Square Garden – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

August 6, 2010
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[Photo by Kelly Reeves.  Used by mechanical license.  See Kelly’s other photos here]

You know Merge Records must be having a good year when one of its marquee acts, the always-enjoyable Spoon, is only the opening act for another Merge artist (the indomitable Arcade Fire) – and both of them are playing Madison Square Garden.   At the first of two very special MSG shows here in New York, Spoon’s labelmates demonstrated their generosity by giving Spoon an almost hourlong set to showcase their timeless brand of rock.  Focusing on their last three records, Spoon proved again that they are one of the most consistent bands in the business, giving a tightly focused set of 15 songs that would qualify for most bands as a headliner’s performance.  While the band’s relatively stripped-down aesthetic makes playing the arena environment a little tough, Spoon gave fans who didn’t know them a worthwhile introduction, and those of us who do a solid performance to tide us over until their next New York appearance at the top of the bill.

I recorded this set with the DPA microphones in a mobile configuration.   Other than some annoying talkers in the first few songs and the obvious limitations of the arena setting (and my seats) sound-wise, the recording is representative of the sound of the night.  Enjoy!

Please note that as Arcade Fire does not have an open taping policy, Arcade Fire’s set will not be posted on the site.  Unfortunately, we were also unable to arrive in time to catch the first opener, the multitalented and superb musician Owen Pallett, but you can download our recent recording of him from Webster Hall this April here.

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

Spoon
2010-08-04
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording

Equipment: DPA 4021>Denecke PS2>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Slightly LOC, floor, about 5 rows behind the SBD
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, EQ, downsample to 16bit, tracking, amplify and balance channels)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks [Total Time 55:47]
01 Me and the Bean
02 Nobody Gets Me Like You
03 The Underdog
04 Stay Don’t Go
05 Trouble Comes Running
06 The Ghost of You Lingers
07 Written in Reverse
08 Don’t You Evah
09 I Turn My Camera On
10 Don’t Make Me A Target
11 I Summon You
12 Jonathan Fisk
13 You Got Yr Cherry Bomb
14 Got Nuffin
15 Black Like Me

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The Black Keys: July 28, 2010 Terminal 5 – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Samples

August 5, 2010
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[photos by Johnny]

I don’t know how these guys do it.  In little more than a 24-hour period, The Black Keys played three full gigs here in New York City.  One of them, the second of two dates at Central Park’s SummerStage, was right before this performance.  I got tired just watching them.  On top of that, they always aim to please and are consistently one of the best live acts that you will see.  Every time I’ve been to a Black Keys concert, I’ve invariably met (or brought) someone who’s never been to one of their shows and every time, when the lights come up, I see that “whoa!” look on their faces.  It thrills me to no end.

Aside from incorporating a heavy dose of songs from the recent ‘Brothers‘ album, the setlist didn’t vary wildly from their last stint at Terminal 5.  Not to say there weren’t any other changes: since May, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have been bringing Leon Michaels, on keyboards, and Nick Movshon, on bass, out to play “Same Old Thing” and the ‘Brothers‘ material.  Effectively, turning the stalwart duo into a four-piece for the first time in a live setting.  The purists might cry heresy, but it adds a great dimension to their sound.  And judging from the crowd’s reaction, I’m not the only one who thinks so.  I make no secret of my admiration for this band and they’ve certainly earned it.

Thanks to the help of our new pals, Ryan and Frank, we were able to secure the dead-center spot on the balcony directly behind the soundboard.  The recording is excellent and, apart from getting louder as the night progressed, about as good as it gets in this venue.  Hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “Busted”:

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Stream “Howlin’ For You”:

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The Black Keys
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Terminal 5
New York, NY, USA
(opening bands: Lee Fields & The Expressions / The Whigs)

Source: AUD > AKG C 414 B-XLS’s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, 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: 1:31:25]
01. Thickfreakness
02. Girl Is On My Mind
03. 10 A.M. Automatic
04. The Breaks
05. Stack Shot Billy
06. Busted [*]
07. Everywhere I Go [#]
08. Strange Times
09. Same Old Thing
10. Everlasting Light
11. Next Girl
12. Chop and Change
13. Howlin’ For You
14. Tighten Up
15. She’s Long Gone
16. Ten Cent Pistol
17. Your Touch
18. I’ll Be Your Man
19. I Got Mine
20. [encore break]
21. Too Afraid To Love You
22. Sinister Kid
23. Till I Get My Way

* R.L. Burnside song
# Junior Kimbrough song

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Tune-Yards: August 2, 2010 The Rock Shop – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

August 4, 2010
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[photos for nyctaper by David Andrako]

Although she has played several times recently in NYC, we had not previously cross paths with Merrill Garbus and Tune-Yards. I had heard tremendous accolades for her set opening for Dirty Projectors at Bowery, so it was with great anticipation that we witnessed her Monday night set for the grand opening of The Rock Shop. The reports that Tune-Yards elevates their music to another whole level for the live show have not been exaggerated. From the very first moments of this set, Merrill was in complete control. As she opened with the abundantly sampled voice tracks of the anthemic “Hatari”, the packed house swayed with every beat and responded to every call. While several songs were performed solo, for most of the set Merrill was accompanied by the outstanding bass of Nate Brenner, and for several special numbers she was also joined by a three-piece horn section. But the focus never left Merrill, as her stage persona is thoroughly compelling. Tune-Yards will soon record their follow-up to the well regarded debut record Bird-Brains, and several of those songs were on display on Monday night. Of the newer numbers, the call and response “Do You Want to Live?” retains Merrill’s uncannily natural adaptations of African rhythms, while the encore “Powa” (streaming below) is a more offbeat pop number with multi-influenced rhythmic changes.

This set was recorded under the same conditions as the Sharon Van Etten recording and the sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Powa”:

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Tune-Yards
2010-08-02
The Rock Shop
Brooklyn, 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
2010-08-04

Setlist:
[Total Time 59:39]
01 Hatari
02 You Yes
03 [banter]
04 Fiya
05 Gangsta
06 Real Live Flesh
07 News
08 Do You Want to Live?
09 Jumping Jack
10 [banter]
11 Biz
12 [encore break]
13 Powa

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Sharon Van Etten: August 2, 2010 The Rock Shop – Flac and MP3 Download + Streaming Sample

August 3, 2010
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[photos for nyctaper by David Andrako]

The faithful readers of this site are well aware of our great affection for the music of Sharon Van Etten. We’ve recorded her live on many occasions and her shows have been featured on nyctaper eight times. All of those recordings feature the angelic voiced folksinger performing solo with her guitar. Last night at the brand new Rock Shop (more on this excellent venue later), Sharon Van Etten entered the next stage of her career as she played all new songs for the first time with a full band. The new album is entitled Epic and will be released in October, but is available in limited quantities at Sharon’s merch table at shows. Her lyrics remain achingly personal, if a tad more abstract, but its the voice that is still the centerpiece of Sharon’s music. Fortunately, her rhythm section played at a tasteful volume so that Sharon did not need to sing over the band. The band also features the excellent Cat Martino (who we last saw at Truck America Festival) who provided background vocals and effects that worked perfectly within the new band framework. Of the new songs, our favorites are “Save Yourself” (streaming below) and “One Day”. Sharon also featured a new musical wrinkle, as she performed “Love More” on organ for the first time in a live setting.

Sharon Van Etten plays again on Saturday August 7, at the Bushwick Star in Brooklyn, before departing on an East Coast tour with Marissa Nadler. Sharon will also begin recording a new album in October.

We recorded this set with the DPA microphone mounted in a stand in front of the soundboard twenty feet from the stage and mixed with a feed from the soundboard. The sound is excellent and is perhaps the best quality of any Sharon recording we have featured on this site. Enjoy!

Tune-Yards was also recorded and will be posted very soon.

Stream “Save Yourself”:

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Sharon Van Etten
2010-08-02
The Rock Shop
Brooklyn, 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
2010-08-03

Setlist:
[Total Time 36:39]
01 A Crime
02 [band introductions]
03 Peace Signs
04 Save Yourself
05 [banter]
06 Don’t Do It
07 Love More
08 One Day
09 [new song]

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Peter Wolf Crier: July 15, 2010 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC / MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

August 2, 2010
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[photo by Johnny]

It’s always a great thing when you show up early enough at a concert to catch the opening acts you’re not familiar with and they wind up impressing you.  Peter Wolf Crier is such a band.  I hadn’t heard of the Peter Pisano and Brian Moen indie/alt-rock duo before but I’ll be keeping track of them.  They remind me a bit of a Greg Markel-era Prime Movers or if Radiohead had started out as a two-piece and Thom Yorke wasn’t so maudlin, they might sound like this.  It doesn’t hurt that Pisano’s voice is a little like Jeff Buckley’s with a shot of testosterone.  Closing with their brilliant take on a Nick Drake song ended the set wonderfully and the folks in attendance that night were treated to another pleasant surprise when Peter joined the Heartless Bastards during their encore.  I’m looking forward to the next time these guys are in town.

We recorded this set from the same spot on the balcony as Heartless Bastards and it came out very good.  Hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “Untitled 101”:

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Peter Wolf Crier
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, USA
(opened for: Heartless Bastards / The Builders and the Butchers)

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Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 29:54]
01. Crutch & Cane
02. Hard As Nails
03. Down Down Down
04. [banter]
05. Untitled 101
06. You’re So High
07. [banter]
08. Lion
09. Place to Be  [Nick Drake]

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