Acid Mothers Temple: April 7, 2010 Knitting Factory Brooklyn – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 9, 2010

[Photo by acidjack]

This was my first time seeing Acid Mothers Temple in their fifteen-year history, so perhaps the other fans more familiar with the band knew a bit more what to expect than I did – an intoxicating sonic journey that blew minds and eardrums.  The already-legendary Japanese psych-rock band, led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto, has operated on-and-off for the last fifteen years as a collective, and only in more recent times as a tightly-knit, core band.  And their sound, believe you me, is heavy, a wall of music that crescendoes and, then, seemingly, crescendoes still further.  Most songs segue seamlessly from one another; the show is relentless and tight.  No wonder members of the crowd had been following the band across the U.S. – they are that kind of band, the type to inspire fanatics.  Count me in.

I recorded this set from the optimal spot in the venue with the DPA microphones.  The crowd was focused on the music and the recording is excellent.  I should note – as I said up top – that I am not familiar with the band’s music, and therefore I could use commenters’ help on the setlist.  There may also be some imperfect tracking, which is a combination of my inexperience with their music and the relatively seamless nature of the set.  As it is best experienced as a complete piece of music, I do not think that will detract from the listening experience.  Enjoy!

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

Acid Mothers Temple
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: DPA 4021>Naiant littlebox>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to right side of SBD cage, mics at 9?, ~NOS
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, slight EQ, amplify each channel, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks (thanks to the commenter for the setlist)
01 Opening jam
02 Improvisation > In O to Infinity
03 More Improvisation
04 Pink Lady Lemonade
05 The End Jam
06 Pink Lady Lemonade
07 Cometary Orbital Drive
08 encore break
09 Dark Stars in the Dazzling Sky

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow: March 29, 2010 The Bell House – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 7, 2010

[Photo courtesy of Jonny Leather.  More excellent shots here.]

Heavy rains and the first night of Passover may have deterred some of the Monday night crowd at the Bell House, but those who came out witnessed the critically-acclaimed Philadelphia based dreampop sextet A Sunny Day in Glasgow deliver a stellar set of songs in support of their latest EP, Nitetime Rainbows. While their records, and especially Nitetime Rainbows, have a bit more of an electronic sheen to them, ASDIG’s live show is a more organic experience, free from some of the editing room trickery.  Experiencing them as a bit more of a “rock” band (albeit, a still-very-shoegazy one) is a different but completely enjoyable experience from how they are on record.   This includes more of a focus on the vocal harmonies of singers Annie Fredrickson and Jen Goma, which were especially beautiful on the impromptu performance of “Another Diamond Day” by Vashti Bunyan.

I recorded this set with a combination of the DPA 4021 microphones and a stereo soundboard feed, which for this particular show consisted of mostly vocals.  Therefore, what you are hearing is predominantly the mics, with the vocals boosted a bit from the board feed.  The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE).

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

A Sunny Day in Glasgow
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: DPA 4021 + stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position:  Clamp to right side of SBD cage, about 8? from floor, mics pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, adjust levels, tracking, amplify each channel)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks (thanks to the commenter below for the setlist fixes)
01 Nitetime Rainbows
02 Shy
03 The White Witch
04 Failure
05 Just Another Diamond Day [Vashti Bunyan]
06 So Bloody, So Tight
07 Passionate Introverts (Dinosaurs)
08 Sign Exhibitionist
09 Ashes Grammar/Ashes Maths
10 banter
11 Things Only I Can See

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Roger Waters to tour The Wall in 2010

April 7, 2010

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters will tour in the Fall of 2010 and Spring of 2011 and perform the complete double-album The Wall at each of the approximately 50 shows. The complete details and tour dates will be announced on Monday April 12 at 2 pm EST at (there’s just a placemarker there now). While rumors of this tour have floated on the web for quite some time, some potential details have emerged. The US leg of the tour will likely begin in September and run through December. There are some southern dates (Tampa, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale) listed on a Dutch fan site for mid-November. The last public performance of The Wall was a 1990 star-studded extravaganza in Germany that celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall. While this tour may include some special guests, Waters’ traditional touring band — minus Andy Fairweather-Low (prior commitments) — will perform the majority of the show. Rehearsals are said to begin in August.

Waters last performed in NYC at Madison Square Garden in September of 2006 and May of 2007 during the tour where his band performed the complete Dark Side of the Moon.

Lil Daggers Coming to NYC for 3 Shows — Glasslands on Sunday with Shark? and Sundelles

April 7, 2010

Lil Daggers are a quintet from Miami Florida that has a classic garage-rock sound that reminds me a lot of the Lyres — that is to say a reverbed-drenched organ-heavy sound that would be as comfortable in 1965 or 1985 as in 2010. We are also predicting that they will soon be the “next big thing” coming from the surprisingly rich musical landscape of the Sunshine State (Surfer Blood, The Drums, Holiday Shores).

Lil Daggers are here in NYC to play three shows this weekend, including the one we’ll be attending at Glasslands on Sunday, April 11. The Glasslands show also features nyctaper faves Shark? and Sundelles. On Friday and Saturday, they will perform at Don Pedros with two different bills. The Saturday show also has the excellent Wild Yaks on the bill.

Wilco: April 2, 2010 Wellmont Theatre – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 6, 2010

[Photos for nyctaper by Kate Ehle — many more here]

The Wellmont Theatre lies in the heart of Montclair, NJ, an upscale suburb of NYC that is so pretty it could even give a hardened Manhattanite a twinge of envy.  Despite not being a terribly rock-n-roll town, Montclair welcomed Wilco and its fans with open arms, and received a sprawling three-hour rock show in return.  In the land of Springsteen, Wilco seemed determined not to be outshined by the length or enthusiasm of the Boss’ mammoth performances, and indeed, they got it right.  The show broke down into three distinct segments – a fiery electric set that kicked off with the one-two punch of “Wilco (The Song)” and “Bull Black Nova”, followed by an acoustic set, and ending with another huge electric set, the highlight of which was the band’s tribute to Alex Chilton when they played Big Star’s “Thank You, Friends,” which we have provided as an individual download below.  The almost entirely crowd-sung “Jesus, Etc.” was also a fine moment of community in which – whether you came from nicest part of Jersey, the farthest corner of Brooklyn, or anywhere else – everyone was reminded why they wanted to spend this Friday night with this band.

I recorded this set dead front and center behind the band’s sound booth with the 4-mic rig, with the hypers lower down toward the crowd and the DPA mics higher up but still well below the overhang of the balcony.   Although the venue had a boomy sound due in part to an underpowered house PA, the mix, with a little help from computer magic, is now crystal-clear and of excellent quality.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE). Listen to “Thank You Friends” (HERE).

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Wellmont Theatre
Montclair, NJ  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: DPA 4021 + Beyerdynamic MC950>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: DFC, directly behind the board, DPA’s at 10?, Beyers at 6.5?
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, EQ, set fades, tracking, amplify channels)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Disc One [1:19:16]
01 Intro
02 Wilco (the song)
03 Bull Black Nova
04 You Are My Face
05 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart>
06 One Wing
07 Via Chicago
08 Company In My Back
09 banter
10 Handshake Drugs
11 Side With the Seeds
12 Pot Kettle Black
13 Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway(again)
14 I’ll Fight
15 Impossible Germany
16 California Stars
17 Poor Places>

Disc Two [1:01:06]
::begin acoustic set::
18 Spiders (Kidsmoke)
19 More Like the Moon
20 banter
21 Forget the Flowers
22 Someday, Some Morning, Sometime
23 Laminated Cat
24 banter
25 War On War
26 Passenger Side
::end acoustic set::
27 banter
28 Airline to Heaven
29 A Shot In the Arm
30 Jesus, Etc.
31 You Never Know
32 Heavy Metal Drummer

Disc Three [1:06:30]
33 Red-Eyed and Blue
34 I Got You (At the End of the Century)
35 Broken Arrow [Buffalo Springfield]
36 Hate It Here
37 Theologians
38 I’m the Man Who Loves You
39 Monday
40 Thank You Friends [Big Star]
41 encore break
42 The Late Greats
43 I’m A Wheel

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Drive-By Truckers: April 1, 2010 Webster Hall – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

April 3, 2010

[Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood at the Terminal 5 show in 2008. Photo courtesy of One Louder Photo]

I have always been a little surprised by the mutual respect and admiration shown between the thoroughly Alabama-bred Drive-By Truckers and the fans of the NYC area.   Unfortunately, the years of suspicion and stereotypes between the South – particularly the deep South – and NYC aren’t totally past tense, even in an age when you can actually get a decent biscuit and sawmill gravy within the five boroughs.  But like certain other of the South’s best exports, New Yorkers seem to get the Truckers, partly because their music acknowledges and, in the best Southern tradition, celebrates many of their homeland’s contradictions and frustrations.  On April Fool’s Day the Truckers opted not to offer up any jokes or fake-outs, but drilled through a powerful set that showcased many songs from their brand-new The Big To-Do and a survey of their earlier classics like the heavy-hitters toward the end of the set, “Hell No, I Ain’t Happy,” “Lookout Mountain” and “Let There Be Rock”.  Despite Webster Hall’s “curfew” in order to start the venue’s dance party, the band played for over two hours with few breaks in between songs.  NYC may be a long way from Muscle Shoals, but tonight, everyone fell under the sway of this timeless act’s Southern charm.

I recorded this set with a four-microphone rig clamped to the balcony immediately to the right of the soundboard cage, with the two sets of mics at varied heights to capture both direct and ambient sound.   I am extremely happy with the results, and hope you are, too!  Enjoy!

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

Drive-By Truckers
Webster Hall
New York, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: DPA 4021+Beyerdynamic MC950>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: ROC (at right of board cage), DPA’s at 8?, MC950’s at 6?, DPAs DIN, MC950 pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, slight EQ, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks, amplify each channel)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 intro
02 4th Night of My Drinking
03 Birthday Boy
04 Girls Who Smoke
05 Marry Me
06 Sink Hole
07 Drag the Lake
08 I Told You So
09 Get Downtown
10 This Fuckin’ Job
11 Carl Perkins’ Caddy
12 Living Bubba
13 One of These Days
14 Dead, Drunk & Naked
15 Guitar Man
16 Home Field Advantage
17 Wig He Made Her Wear
18 Self Destructive Zones
19 Hell No I Ain’t Happy
20 encore break
21 Flying Wallendas
22 Zip City
23 Let There Be Rock
24 Lookout Mountain
25 People Who Died

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