No Age: July 25, 2010 Brooklyn Bowl – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

August 1, 2010
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[photo courtesy of Natalia Moena]

No Age is on the verge of rising to the level of the punk royalty. After a productive five-year history where the Sub Pop duo have collaborated with everyone from Bob Mould to Dan Deacon, have produced two outstanding albums and a plethora of singles and EPs, and remained true to their DIY aesthetic, No Age is poised to release what may be their “Zen Arcade” — Everything In Between (due in September), an album of musical and emotional growth which expands their dark and aggressive sound to something beyond punk. Last Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl, five of the new album songs were on display mixed within the classic No Age material, and in some cases surpassed the older songs. The track streamed below (the song titles for the album are available but not apparent from listening) was one of the strongest numbers in the entire set. No Age has added a third member for the touring band (keyboard and effects) but still retain that manic energy that have propelled them thus far. We can’t wait for September.

This set was recorded in the same manner as the Cap’n Jazz set from the same show. This recording accurately reflects the sound in the venue that afternoon. Enjoy!

An nyctaper recording of No Age at Above The Auto Parts Store in October is still available here.

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No Age
2010-07-25
Brooklyn Bowl
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
2010-07-30

Setlist:
[Total Time 46:45]
01 [introduction]
02 [new song]
03 Teen Creeps
04 You’re A Target
05 [banter]
06 [new song]
07 [new song]
08 Losing Feeling
09 [new song]
10 Sleeper Hold
11 [new song]
12 Eraser
13 Boy Void
14 Miner

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Built To Spill: July 28, 2010 Irving Plaza – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

August 1, 2010
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[screen cap from this video]

Although known for their epic sets, including the several we recorded last yearBuilt to Spill’s set at Irving Plaza(thankfully renamed back from its brief, lame, “Fillmore East’ incarnation) was relatively short (clocking in around 80 minutes) and tighter than we expected.  That said, the band tore it up for every second that they were onstage, and frontman Doug Martsch’s vocals were dialed-in from moment one.   Playing very little of their recent There is No Enemy (though the leadoff of “Oh Yeah” was perfect), the band decided to play through the catalog, including an excellent version of their early classic, “Car” with the crowd fully behind it.  The band also played a highlight from their Live album, the Halo Benders cover “Virginia Reel Around the Fountain.”  The fact that a band’s 80-minute show is considered “short” is a testament to how much they normally give their fans.  In the end, not every show – even one with a serious player like Martsch – needs to serve up non-stop jams to be a winner.

We recorded this set from the center of the floor with the Schoeps and Neumann hypercardiod microphones parallel to each other on an 8-foot mic stand.  With some EQ tweaks to reduce some of the room characteristics, the sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

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Built to Spill
2010-07-28
Irving Plaza
New York, NY USA

Premiere download available exclusively at nyctaper.com

Recorded by acidjack and nyctaper
Produced by acidjack 2010-07-30

Equipment: Neumann KM150+Schoeps CMC641>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: FOB, DFC, mics at 8′, both pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (EQ, mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance channels, smooth peaks, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC (level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:18:40]
01 Oh Yeah
02 Three Years Ago
03 Distopian Dream Girl
04 Kicked It In the Sun
05 Wherever You Go
06 Hindsight
07 The Plan
08 [tuning]
09 Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
10 [tuning]
11 Virginia Reel Around the Fountain
12 Carry the Zero
13 [encore break]
14 Time Trap
15 Car
16 Conventional Wisdom

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The National: July 29, 2010 Terminal 5 – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

July 30, 2010
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[photo courtesy of Steve/hightea]

I’ll admit to some trepidation about The National‘s three-year break between albums. After 2005’s excellent Alligator, the band’s brilliant Boxer (2007) is perhaps the best album of the entire last decade. The National toured steadily throughout 2008, and played two of the best shows we saw that year, at BAM in February and Summerstage in August. A relatively quiet 2009 and news of the new album led to a significant amount of anticipation — could the band meet the expectations and reach the bar they had raised so high after Boxer. The day that High Violet was streamed on the New York Times website (!), I felt an almost palpable sense of relief as I listened to the album straight through. The National had produced another stunning achievement — an album with songcraft equal or better than the band’s best material but with more confidence and maturity. High Violet is the album that cements The National as one of those few bands that will provide consistent quality music for as long as they choose to make it. At Terminal 5 last night, the band’s live show complimented the triumph of the new album with a performance of sustained excellence. The newer material blended well with the classics and in some instances shown brighter — “Lemonworld” reached a crowd-pleasing crescendo, “Bloodbuzz Ohio” was a show-stopper, and “Terrible Love” was a powerful show-closer.

We recorded this set with the Neumanns and the Schoeps in a four-mic configuration from a 12 foot stand in front of the soundboard cage. The sound in the cavernous venue was not quite up to our expectations, and while the recording has a lot of character, it lacks the clarity we expect. With those caveats, enjoy!

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

The National
2010-07-29
Terminal 5
New York, NY USA

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

Neumann KM-150s + Schoeps MK-41s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper and acidjack
2010-07-30

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:23:21]
01 [introduction]
02 Start A War
03 Anyone’s Ghost
04 Bloodbuzz Ohio
05 Mistaken For Strangers
06 Brainy
07 Squalor Victoria
08 [banter]
09 Afraid Of Everyone
10 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
11 [banter]
12 Lemonworld
13 Conversation 16
14 Apartment Story
15 Abel
16 [banter]
17 England
18 Fake Empire
19 [encore break]
20 Runaway
21 Mr. November
22 [band introductions]
23 Terrible Love

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Cap’n Jazz: July 25, 2010 Brooklyn Bowl – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

July 29, 2010
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[screencap by Ian Perlman]

A day that would end with an excellent set at Maxwell’s did not start out so well for Cap’n Jazz and their fans. We arrived for the JellyNYC Pool Party at Williamsburg Waterfront while the dark clouds were closing in, and a few short minutes later the skies opened up. The move of the rained-out show to Brooklyn Bowl has been well documented and discussed elsewhere, but suffice to say that despite the anecdotal instances of misfortune, the move of this show to the spacious and close-by Bowl saved the day. By the time we arrived at the venue, the house sound crew had nearly completed setting up for the bands. After an incendiary set from No Age (also recorded, coming soon), Cap’n Jazz ripped through fifty minutes of their original material in front of an absolutely insane crowd — the front half of the Bowl’s floor was a total anarchy of bodies and objects. Perhaps due to the nature of the crowd or the craziness of the day, this set is not as tight as the Maxwell’s show, but shares the same energy and enthusiasm from the bands — an excellent bookend to an unforgettable day.

This set was recorded with the Neumann’s mounted at the soundboard area and mixed with a feed from the board. Fortunately, the bowling lanes were empty during this set and the volume of the music drowned out any ambient noise from the venue. The result is another superb capture. Enjoy!

Much thanks to JellyNYC and Tell All Your Friends PR for their many courtesies throughout this hectic day.

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Cap’n Jazz
2010-07-25
Brooklyn Bowl
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
2010-07-29

Setlist:
[Total Time 52:18]
01 Basil’s Kite
02 [banter]
03 In The Clear
04 Planet Shhh
05 We Are Scientists!
06 Puddle Splashers
07 [banter]
08 Olerud
09 Forget Who We Are
10 [banter]
11 The Sands Have Turned Purple
12 Little League
13 Oh Messy Life
14 Tokyo
15 Ooh Do I Love You
16 [banter]
17 Take On Me
18 [banter]
19 Que Suerte!

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Flaming Lips: July 26, 2010 Central Park Summerstage – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

July 28, 2010
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[photo by acidjack]

Its hard to believe that its been almost four years since The Flaming Lips have performed within the borders of NYC. That September 2006 concert at Hammerstein Ballroom had Deerhoof as the opening band, and featured much of the then-new At War with the Mystics album. While Monday night’s show at Summerstage featured a new band member and new material from 2009’s Embryonic, many of the same stage props and antics remain from years past. But the band’s willingness to dedicate themselves to providing an incredible night of entertainment night in and night out is what continues to make this band’s live show perhaps the most enjoyable of all similar bands touring today. And while Wayne does tend to speechify, its abundantly clear that the man’s heart is in the right place. The band’s setlist is the same as the other shows on this tour, but the wonderful night weather gave an added celebratory air to this show that made it special.

I recorded this set with my best mobile unit from literally within the first fifteen feet of the crowd — great for atmosphere, but not so good for avoiding much crowd participation. I was so close as to literally be underneath Wayne’s bubble during “Fear”. The listener should understand that this recording was captured from a prime experience location at this show. With that caveat, enjoy!

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Flaming Lips
2010-07-26
Rumsey Playfield
Central Park
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Board Center
15 Feet From Stage

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > 16bit 44.1 wav > Soundforge (set fades, level adjustment, slight eq) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper 2010-07-28

Setlist:
[total time 1:40:55]
01 [introduction]
02 Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear
03 Worm Mountain
04 [banter]
05 Silver Trembling Hands
06 She Don’t Use Jelly
07 [banter]
08 The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
09 The Sparrow Looks Up At The Machine
10 [banter]
11 In The Morning of the Magicians
12 [banter – Frog intro]
13 I Can Be A Frog
14 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
15 [banter]
16 See The Leaves
17 Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung
18 [banter]
19 Taps
20 The W.A.N.D.
21 [encore break]
22 Do You Realize??

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Medications: July 23, 2010 Littlefield – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

July 28, 2010
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[Photos courtesy of Jonny Leather]

Our friend Jonny Leather has been putting on well-rounded and uniformly excellent showcase shows for awhile now, and we were pleased to have the chance to cover another of them last Friday night at Littlefield. As Jonny’s shows often do, this show spotlighted some bands from outside New York; in this case, the headliners Medications and Deleted Scenes are our Amtrak neighbors from Washington, D.C. Medications may not be a household name up here (yet), but they have an impeccable Dischord pedigree. The band is the brainchild of Devin Ocampo and Chad Molter, who also founded the influential math rock outfit Faraquet. Prior to that, Devin did time in one of my all-time favorite D.C. bands, the short-lived but phenomenal Smart Went Crazy. Medications are a more accessible band than either of its predecessors, retaining the intricate, instantly recognizable guitar work that Faraquet was known for, but with more melodic vocals and traditionally structured songs that reflect the members’ love of not only 70s punk and their contemporaries in the Dischord scene, but also their love of 60s pop. Despite the fact that all hell was breaking loose outside weather-wise, the weather couldn’t keep fans away from this show, which found the band playing through almost all of their recently released CompletelyRemoved, which is one of the strongest new records I have heard this year. Ocampo and Molter (as well as Mark Cisneros, who joined the band for this record) gave the crowd ample evidence of their chops at this show, playing the hell out of their instruments even after the PA feed was shut down due to the venue’s noise restrictions!

I recorded this set with a combination of a stereo soundboard feed provided by the Littlefield staff and the Schoeps microphones. The sound quality is excellent, though I do note that there were some fluctuations in the volume of the soundboard feed as the sound team had to reduce the volume due to the aforementioned noise restrictions. These adjustments should be mostly inaudible to the listener. All tracks are tagged for easy importing into iTunes or your favorite MP3 system. Enjoy!

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

Medications
2010-07-23
Littlefield
Brooklyn, 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: ROC, at left side of sound booth, mics at 7.5?, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, compression of peaks, set fades, volume adjustments, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks [Total Time 42:21]
01 Seasons
02 Home Is Where We Are
03 Long Day
04 [banter/tuning]
05 We Could Be Others
06 Tame on the Prowl
07 [tuning/banter]
08 Postcards
09 Brasil ‘07
10 Rising to Sleep
11 [tuning/banter]
12 For WMF

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