Quiet Lights: October 26, 2010 Knitting Factory – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

November 2, 2010
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[Photo courtesy of Quiet Lights]

Brooklyn’s Quiet Lights have been together for only a year, but they have used that time wisely, crafting an intense, wall-of-sound style that can fill any room.  Their music is complex and densely layered, at times aircraft-engine loud.  During the loudest passages, vocalist Yseult Tyler’s vocals float just below the surface like a ghost’s; even out front, they are carefully subdued and dreamlike.  This is music that can make you love clouds and storms and vast, open spaces, somehow both dark and light at once.  The band is in the process of recording a debut album with producer/engineer John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky, St. Vincent).  Until that comes to fruition, check out their three-song EP Three Songs and the “Ablaze” 7? on bandcamp. I was thrilled to catch this bill with Esben and the Witch and A Sunny Day In Glasgow (ASDIG’s set to be posted here soon), and I hope to see Quiet Lights in the neighborhood again soon.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps microphones in our usual location in the venue back by the soundboard.  The recording captures the band’s style quite nicely.  Enjoy!

Stream “Twice Today”:

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Quiet Lights
2010-10-26
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC641>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod)
Position: Clamp to right side of soundboard booth, 7.5? up, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, hard limit peaks, light EQ to reduce room reflections, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Throat Cut
02 Break Trouble Wait
03 No More Canyons
04 Twice Today
05 Engine Down
06 Ablaze
07 Simple Mechanics

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Brit & The Cavalry: October 21, 2010 NYCTaper CMJ Day Party – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

November 1, 2010
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[photo courtesy of Amanda Hatfield]

As with a couple of the bands on our Unofficial CMJ Day Party roster this year, we were introduced to Brit & The Cavalry by our friends over at the Backyard Brunch Sessions.  Brit Boras and the Cavalry (a huge band that includes Alex Beckmann (drums), Dan Krysa (bass), Kevin Birk (trombone), Nick Myers (sax), Billy Austik (trumpet) and Liz Hanley (violin)) play big, effusive songs that are blend of folk, rock and pop, anchored (unsurprisingly) by Boras’ classically-strong voice (on article compared her to Tori Amos, a not-unfair comparison).  Boras’ voice is the unmistakable focus of the act, of course, no matter how rich the tapestry of sound around her.  BATC is not a conventional turn-of-the-decade Brooklyn band; I could imagine them fitting being just as relevant in 1965, 1995 as they are today.  This five-song set drew from their new Hiker EP, and also featured a couple of numbers I was not familiar with.  We expect to see a lot more of this relatively unique and intriguing band in the future.

I recorded this set in the same manner as our other CMJ sets, with DPA mics nearly onstage and a soundboard feed for the vocals and brass.  The recording is outstanding.  Enjoy!

Stream “Hiker”:

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Brit & The Cavalry
2010-10-21
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY

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

Equipment: DPA 4021+Stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Mount above and slightly in front of stage, ORTF
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, EQ, amplify and balance)>FLAC Level 8

01 Hiker
02 unknown
03 Melt Into Flames
04 unknown
05 Breathing Underwater

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Oneida: October 29, 2010 Monster Island Basement – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

October 31, 2010
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[photo by nyctaper]

On Friday night, Oneida moved about 50 feet from their rehearsal and recording space and played a late night set at Monster Island Basement. The show had the intimate feel of an open rehearsal and jam session, as the band started the set with four “new jams” — basically untitled works in progress. While the new songs are consistent in sound with recent material, the final untitled number featured a Zep-like riff and definitely veered more towards metal. About halfway through the set, the crowd bounced to “Up With People” as the first familiar song of the show, and continued through the remainder of the set which ended sometime around 2 a.m. The following night, the band moved upstairs for the 6th annual “Brahloween”, but on this Friday show it was the new and intimate that prevailed.

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

Stream “I Will Haunt You”:

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Oneida
2010-10-29
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
2010-10-30

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:27:51]
01 [new jam]
02 [new jam]
03 [new jam]
04 [new jam]
05 Up With People
06 [banter]
07 The River
08 [banter]
09 I Will Haunt You
10 [encore break]
11 The Human Factor

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Diamond Rings: October 21, 2010 NYCTaper CMJ Day Party – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

October 30, 2010
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[Photo by Pooneh Ghana.  See her Flickr stream here]

When we recorded Diamond Rings back at a ToddP show in July, we said we were witnessing a rising star in the making.  After a CMJ this year that saw his performances regularly packed (including this one), this one-man-band (John O’Regan of Toronto, Canada) is well on his way to being a household name.  Regan’s glammed-up, synth-driven songs are instantly catchy – witness the bouncy “On Our Own” or the more melancholy lead-off track of this set, “Wait and See”.   O’Regan’s songs have an obvious ’80s influence – he could easily share a stage with Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure or even the Smiths and not feel out of place.  Although there is also a definite back-to-the-future aspect to his androgynous look, O’Regan’s star quality reminds me of someone quite current – Lady Gaga.  He has risen on the indie circuit, sure, but O’Regan has the broader potential to be a pop artist in the best sense – someone whose music is honest, interesting and accessible, but who isn’t afraid of attention.  No wonder Diamond Rings is a one-person act – O’Regan is incandescent on his own.  We thank Diamond Rings for sharing our unofficial CMJ day party with us this year, and encourage you to check out his new record, Special Affections, before your friends are telling you all about it six months from now.

I recorded this set in the same manner as our other CMJ sets.  This type of music is somewhat easy to record anyway, but even given that, this recording is truly flawless.  I only wish, as with all of our CMJ sets, that it were longer!  Enjoy!

Stream “On Our Own”:

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Diamond Rings
2010-10-21
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY

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

Equipment: DPA 4021+Stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Mount above and slightly in front of stage stage, ORTF
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC Level 8

01 Wait and See
02 On Our Own
03 You Oughta Know
04 [banter]
05 Something Else

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NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule — A Winter Wonderland

October 29, 2010
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Its time to finally shake off the CMJ hangover and get another schedule posted. The Winter season is usually a very fruitful period for the site, and this year is no exception. We’re happy to have Yo La Tengo’s shows at Maxwell’s back again — we’re covering at least five as of now.

[Below is the updated schedule. We expect to attend and record these events. However, circumstances will prevent some of these from being done, and others will be added in the meantime.]

If you want nyctaper to record your band, a band you represent, a show you’re promoting, or even your favorite band in the world, get me on the list and make sure everyone who needs to approve of the recording gives permission. Also, remember I’m doing this all for free — the recordings, the post-production, the reviews, the links, etc. — so treat me fairly.

2010 Schedule:

Oneida:
October 29, 2010 Monster Island Brooklyn

Dustin Wong:
November 2, 2010 Monster Island Brooklyn

Bob Mould:
November 6, 2010 The Rock Shop Brooklyn (permission request pending)

Brunch After Dark with Oh Land, Arms, Canon Logic, Fatty Acid and Courtesy Tier:
November 8, 2010 Brooklyn Bowl

Richard Barone:
November 13, 2010 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Suzanne Vega:
November 14, 2010 Housing Works Bookstore NYC

The Joy Formidable:
November 16, 2010 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Buffalo Tom:
November 18, 2010 Mercury Lounge NYC

Bardo Pond (Memory Burn Psych Festival):
November 20, 2010 Bell House Brooklyn

Lenka:
November 21, 2010 Vivo in Vino NYC (permission request pending)

Jeff Tweedy:
December 4, 2010 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Yo La Tengo:
December 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, 2010 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Wormburner:
December 10, 2010 Mercury Lounge NYC

Nada Surf:
December 14, 2010 The Rock Shop Brooklyn

Einsterzende Neubauten:
December 15, 2010 Bowery Ballroom NYC (permission request pending)

Dean Wareham:
December 17, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn

Marcy Playground:
December 18, 2010 Mercury Lounge NYC

Cracker / Camper Van Beethoven:
January 14, 2011 Highline Ballroom NYC

The Dismemberment Plan:
January 30, 2011 Webster Hall NYC

Godspeed You! Black Emperor:
March 14, 2011 Terminal 5 NYC

Common Prayer: October 21, 2010 NYCTaper CMJ Day Party – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

October 29, 2010
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[Photo courtesy of Andrew Gardner]

NYCTaper favorites Common Prayer were a much-appreciated addition to the NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party.   Frontman Jason Russo has been involved in a number of other outstanding projects, from psych-rockers Hopewell to the legendary Mercury Rev, but Common Prayer have a unique appeal, with excellent songcraft that has a radio-ready pop immediacy (including on the song “Hopewell”, a reference to both the town of Hopewell, NY and Russo’s other band). Russo and partner Alexandra Marvar’s songs have an exuberant, whimsical quality that evidences a bit of the British influence I also heard in Mercury Rev.  In addition to three other songs from their new record There Is A Mountain, the band closed out with a very special rendition of the Talking Heads’ “Love-Building On Fire.”  These songs have stayed stuck in my head for days (no small feat considering the $3 Sixpoint beers flowing throughout our event!).  For more Common Prayer, check out the band’s recent set at Rock Shop, also recorded in excellent quality, as well.  Enjoy!

I recorded this set in the same manner as our other CMJ Day Party sets, with the DPA mics mounted just in front of and above the stage and a stereo soundboard feed.  The sound is once again outstanding (with a couple of small spots of interference from the band’s cell phones).

Stream “Hopewell”:

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Common Prayer
2010-10-21
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cakeshop
New York, NY

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

Equipment: DPA 4021+Stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Mount above and slightly in front of stage, ORTF
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, hard limit peaks, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Marriage Song
02 Hopewell
03 Us Vs. Them
04 Sarah G
05 Love-Building On Fire [Talking Heads]

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