Wussy: October 10, 2014 Knitting Factory – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 12, 2014
By

Wussy @ Knitting Factory
[photo courtesy of Johannes Andersen - Soundcloud photo by nyctaper]

Wussy’s first NYC show in six months was perhaps their most important East coast show thus far — a headlining gig on the Friday night of the CBGB Festival at Knitting Factory. Back in the Spring, a high profile gig like this would have been not likely for Wussy, but since the release of their latest album Attica and the universal praise it received, there has been a groundswell of support for the band and a higher national profile. To be fair, Wussy has had a modest but fervent and faithful fanbase for the entirety of their existence. Back when they played Cake Shop back in 2010, we noted that fans had come from as far as Canada to see the show. Those fans are still supporting the band — at the Knit there were travelers from Seattle and from Peru — but there are just more of them. And that’s a good thing. This is a band with a unique male/female dichotomy and truly superb supporting instrumentalists with solid songwriting, an authentic take of mid-Americana rock and a healthy dose of humor. If any band deserves a greater audience, its Wussy. At the Knit on Friday, we saw a band operating on all cylinders. In particular, Lisa Walker continues to impress with her growth as a performer. As a request, the band performed a rarely heard Lisa song “Motorcycle”, which on the album (2012’s Funeral Dress) is a sweet but sad ode, while Lisa’s vocal performance on Friday gave depth to the song with a world-weariness and longing in her voice. A truly remarkable performance that encapsulates what is special about this band. My other favorite part of this show was during the encore segment when the band jammed on a theme from their own “Yellow Cotton Dress” before breaking into a tremendous cover of the Joy Division/New Order classic “Ceremony”. That performance earned the band a second encore call and its streaming below. Wussy returns to NYC in January and we’ll certainly be there then too.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps positioned on a high stand at the soundboard booth and mixed with an excellent feed from the band’s local FOH David. The sound quality is quite outstanding. Enjoy!

After this show, I was invited to a private house concert by Wussy on Saturday night. That recording will require some extra mixing, but should be posted on the site by the end of the week.

Stream “Ceremony” (New Order cover):

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Wussy
2014-10-10
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer David Fine] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:21:32]
01 Teenage Wasteland
02 Pulverized
03 Bug
04 Death By Misadventure
05 Pizza King
06 Mountain of Tires
07 Rigor Mortis
08 Gene I Dream
09 To The Lightning
10 Rainbows and Butterflies
11 Airborne
12 Motorcycle
13 Beautiful
14 [encore break]
15 Maglite
16 Ceremony [New Order]
17 [second encore break]
18 Don’t Leave Just Now

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wussy, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Music link at their site [HERE] or from the Shake It Records website [HERE].

Mr Twin Sister: October 4, 2014 Babys All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 8, 2014
By

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[photo by John Harrison - courtesy of Neat Beet]

The simple fact that Mr Twin Sister still exists as a band is in itself quite remarkable. The vast majority of groups that go through the buzz cycle do not come out the back end intact. In 2010 when the band was simply “Twin Sister”, we were among the earliest media outlets to sing the band’s praises — and rightfully so. “All Around and Away We Go” was their first major breakthrough song and it was a clever earworm and interesting dance-rock mix, akin to influences as wide at Tom Tom Club and Sade. But there was always something more than just a pop band to Twin Sister — something a little offbeat and perhaps dark — and when they signed to Domino Records, the relationship only produced one record before an amicable parting. This would be where most bands call it quits. But Twin Sister consists of a bunch of friends from Suffolk County of all places, and they perserved through this period (which also included a nasty tour bus crash) and have come out stronger. With a new-ish band name and an outstanding new self-titled self-released album, Mr Twin Sister 2014 is a band poised to take the path for which they were originally intended. The coming out party took place this past week at Baby’s All Right where the band played two very sold out shows — indicating that the fanbase has remained and that the album is generating excitement. We caught the second of the two nights on Saturday and from the outset of their set, it was clear that Mr Twin Sister is truly back. Lead singer Andrea Estella is in good voice and exhibited confidence and a little playfulness, but the multifaceted (two keys, guitars, sax, effects) band also impressed. And there were guests, in particular a string section played on the final two tracks of the main set, and we are streaming below the strong version of “Blush” with strings. If the strength of the album and of these Baby’s sets are an indication of things to come for Mr Twin Sister, vindication will soon be theirs. And it will be hard earned and well deserved. There are no local dates currently scheduled for Mr. Twin Sister, but they begin a brief tour next week opening for Julian Casablancas in Philadelphia, Washington DC and dates further south.

This set was expertly mixed by the band’s touring FOH Jonathan Low and recorded by house FOH Jeff Swart from the venue’s multitrack system. I have matrixed the house mix with the two room mics and the result is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Blush”:

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Mr Twin Sister
2014-10-04
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Jeff Swart) > Jeff mix Wavs + Room mic wavs > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:11:24]
01 Part of Two
02 Bad Street
03 Rude Boy
04 Set Me Free
05 The Blue
06 Fantasy
07 Sensitive
08 Poor Relations
09 Out of the Dark
10 Crime Scene
11 [banter - strings intro]
12 Blush
13 [banter - thanks]
14 In The House of Yes
15 [encore break]
16 All Around and Away We Go
17 [outro]

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Mr Twin Sister, visit their website, and purchase Mr Twin Sister from Bandcamp [HERE].

MV & EE: September 5, 2014 Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show, Hopscotch Music Festival, King’s, Raleigh, NC (FLAC/MP3/Full Set Streaming)

October 7, 2014
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"photo by PJ Sykes"
[photos by PJ Sykes]

MV & EE are an underground band in the purest sense, the kind of band who self-releases an LP after scads of others have come out on (admittedly obscure) labels and still presses tasty CD-Rs of their best-loved live sets. They exist on exactly that plane you might expect for a Vermont band, doing things their way, happy to earn the love the slow way, through swapped tapes and late-night listening sessions on porches and in basements. Their sound, a sort of far-out experimental folk, is homegrown and not easily replicated. Having seen the band twice this year already, I noticed now more than ever that no two MV & EE sets ever seem quite alike, and Matt Valentine and Erika Elder seem so in tune with one another that no song needs to hew to a single version, either.

This set at the  Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show at King’s during Hopscotch Music Festival was the only one by an outfit that had actually played a night-time festival set (the night before at The Hive), but that didn’t mean MV & EE were willing to dish out the same thing twice. In keeping with the vibe of this show, this set went to the more noisy end of the spectrum, especially on the delicious combo of “Roll On>Mayan Feedback” from this year’s self-released record Alpha Lyrae. Valentine and Elder have been on a bit of a roll lately tour-wise, so they may be off the road for a bit, but check back at their website for all the band’s latest info and releases, including their new seven-inch split with Woods with both bands performing Pink Floyd’s “Green is the Colour”.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones on stage coupled with a soundboard feed from the King’s staff. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Direct download of full set: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the full set:

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MV & EE
2014-09-05
Three Lobed Recordings / WXDU Day Show
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (on stage pair)>KC5>CMC6>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, fade, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro - Cory Rayborn and Matt Valentine]
02 Green Is the Colour [Pink Floyd]>
03 Jam>
04 Freedom and Unity Rap
05 [tuning]
06 Roll On>
07 Mayan Feedback

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT MV & EE, like them on Facebook and buy their latest record, Alpha Lyrae, directly from the band HERE.

 

Landlady: September 6, 2014 Hometapes / Trekky Records Day Show, Pour House, Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 6, 2014
By

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[photos by acidjack]

Brooklyn’s Landlady is a really good live band, and they’re good in a way that flatters their musical skill as well as drawing a crowd. Where most music has to make a choice between being interesting or mass-appealing, they seem able to do both, to hang in a narrow band that includes acts like Vampire Weekend, TV On the Radio, and The Dirty Projectors. That I pulled those references from the prior decade isn’t unintentional; Landlady feels like the pleasing synthesis of a few different strands of late-aughts rock, created and executed by Adam Schatz and his bandmates since 2010. Schatz has called Landlady’s songs his “big songs”, and the veteran brings a certain big-tent gusto to the songs that makes them distinct from other projects in which he has been involved, like Man Man or Father Figures. It’s as if Schatz — a multi-instrumentalist himself, including saxophone — distilled some of his other project’s textural complexity and general weirdness into something still-complex but more ready and willing to be liked.

That was all in evidence on the final day of the Hopscotch Music Festival, as Raleigh’s Pour House packed in for the Hometapes / Trekky Records day show. Landlady were representing the former, an outfit recently moved to Durham, North Carolina, and made their label proud. It’d be easy not to care about a day show crowd on a festival’s last day, just near the end of a month-long tour. The band had played Hopscotch Thursday, traveled to Richmond, VA on Friday, then back to Raleigh on Saturday because, as Schatz put it, “we like you”. The band treated us like a special crowd, too, giving us a brisk but powerful set that awakened even the most jaded and hungover festivalgoers. Landlady’s music has an at-times tribal quality to it, abetted in part by the use of two drummers, and that gives the music a festive air. Songs rarely stand still, shifting textures and ideas more often in the space of a single number than many bands achieve in entire albums. True to Schatz’s reputation as a showman, the band saved probably the two biggest standout tracks — “Maria” and “Above My Ground” for the end, though “The Globe” would come in a close third. That final number “Above My Ground” gave Schatz a chance to give a mini-speech mid-song in which he ruminated on the impermanence of things before exhorting the audience to sing the song’s one-word refrain — “always”. As Schatz said, the song is about having lost something, and you got the sense that Landlady would genuinely miss us. They are, after all, a band that stands out the most when they have a packed crowd to watch.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed from the Pour House engineer Jack. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Landlady
2014-9-06
Hometapes / Trekky Records Day Show
Hopscotch Music Festival
Pour House
Raleigh, NC USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Jack)>>Roland R-26>x24bit/48kHz WAV> Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Under the Yard
02 Girl
03 Washington State is Important
04 [banter]
05 Dying Day
06 The Globe
07 [banter2]
08 Maria>
09 Above My Ground (extended version)

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Landlady, like them on Facebook, and buy Upright Behavior from Hometapes.

So Cow: September 20, 2014 Cake Shop – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 3, 2014
By

So Cow Cake Shop
[photo by nyctaper]

So Cow released their excellent new album The Long Con on September 16, a date that fell square in the middle of a rare US tour. The tour was scheduled to coincide with the excellent Gonerfest thrown by their record label Goner. The tour also included two NYC shows, and we caught the second one at Cake Shop last week. This was the first time we’ve seen So Cow in over four years since a great set at the now long-departed Monster Island Basement in early 2010. At that point, Brian Kelly was playing with a tour band and recording alone, but now So Cow is a proper working band and The Long Con is the first full length album with the trio. The result is that the album sounds more like the live show we encountered in 2010 and again last week, and less like a Kelly bedroom recording. At Cake Shop, the band worked through a nice mix of material old and new, including the first single from the album “Barry Richardson” that we are streaming below. The album has received some excellent reviews, including a fine piece in PopMatters this week. We expect that the positive attention will propel this excellent band and that it won’t be four-plus years before we see them live again. At least I hope it won’t be.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted to the short ceiling in front of the stage and mixed with DPA omnis positioned in front of the stacks. The stage-mount provides a clear capture of the instruments while the stack tape is vocal heavy. The mix is adjusted to accentuate the positives of both sources and the result is a superb recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Barry Richardson”:

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So Cow
2014-09-20
Cake Shop
New York NY

Digital Master Recording

Sennheiser MKH-8040s + DPA 4061s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 41:10]
01 [intro]
02 Sugar Factory
03 Get Down Off that Thing
04 To Be Confirmed
05 League of Impressionable Teens
06 [banter - fly]
07 Operating at a Loss
08 Waltzer
09 Ruane vs The A Bomb
10 High Standards
11 I Hardly Know You
12 [banter - far right]
13 Barry Richardson
14 [banter - thanks]
15 Nutbush City Limits [Ike Tina Turner]
16 Casablanca
17 [banter - Scottish Independence]
18 To Do List

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT So Cow, visit their artist page at the Goner Records site, and purchase The Long Con from the Goner Records website [HERE].

Wormburner: September 26, 2014 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 2, 2014
By

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[Photos courtesy of Patrick J. Eves]

Wormburner have been kicking around the New York scene here for a few years, making their first appearance on this site back in 2010, where they were rightly compared to a cross between the Hold Steady and Camper Van Beethoven, owing in no small part to frontman Hank Henry’s talking-style vocals. For my part, this record release show at Mercury Lounge for the band’s excellent third LP, Pleasant Living in Planned Communities, was my first with the band. In addition to those references, I caught a pretty strong whiff of some of the better post-grunge bands, especially the mostly-forgotten Harvey Danger. No surprise, then, than by the first chorus of the leadoff track “Drinks At the Plaza Hotel”, I was nodding my head.

This is a very easy band to like, a group of obviously nice people who deploy big hooks and choruses, but don’t skimp on the lyrical concepts just because they know they probably could. To wit, you end up with songs about such things as, per the band’s website, “a downed airman in WWII Europe, a 21st Century soldier returning home from battle, and a transient gay hustler whose youthful looks are weathering with age”. The band’s delivery reflects the professionalism of eight years together as a going concern, and even as they played brand-new material for presumably the first time, Wormburner remained dialed in. The new album material comes across as some of the band’s strongest yet, in particular “Plaza Hotel”, “Catherine”, that WWII song “Hopscotch Gunner”, and “Somewhere Else to Be”. Sean Eden of Luna guested on Pleasant Living and was also on hand for the night’s proceedings, joining the band for two songs including Donovan’s “Seasons of the Witch”.  The Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary” was the perfect big-rock way to end the show, setting the tone for the Wormburner shows to come in the next months.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and head Mercury engineer Dave Lefcourt’s soundboard mix. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Catch Wormburner in New York again at the Tijuana Gift Shop showcase during CMJ on Wednesday, October 22 at Bowery Electric, and again at Mercury Lounge on December 18 for their annual Christmas show.

Stream “Hopscotch Gunner”

Stream “Season of the Witch” [Donovan]

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Wormburner
2014-09-26
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Dave Lefcourt)>>Roland R-26>x24bit/48kHz WAV> Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:07:14]
01 Drinks at the Plaza Hotel
02 Today Might be Our Day
03 Catherine
04 Peekskill
05 Little Things
06 Made-for-TV Movie
07 [tuning1]
08 A Standing Invitation
09 [banter2]
10 Somewhere Else To Be
11 Hopscotch Gunner
12 Pike City Proper
13 The Interstate
14 [banter3]
15 Parliaments on Sundays*
16 Season of the Witch* [Donovan]
17 [banter4]
18 She Sells Sanctuary [The Cult]

* Featuring Sean Eden of Luna

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Wormburner, visit their website, and buy their releases directly from Dive Records.

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