Doug Keith: March 19, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

March 26, 2014
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

My first introduction to Doug Keith was as the talented multi-instrumentalist who has backed Sharon Van Etten in her rise from local favorite to international star. With the release of his new album Pony, Doug has stepped out from the shadows into the limelight without missing a beat. As he has been a loyal bandmate, as frontman Doug has reaped the benefit of good karma to gather some of the best musicians around to help with the album and the tour. Dinosaur Jr.’s guitar maven J. Mascis guests on the album’s “Pure Gold in the 70s” (live version streaming below), and the tour group is a band of all-stars featuring Zeke Hutchins from SVE Band on drums, and brothers Phil and Brad Cook from Megafaun (and a bunch of other projects) on guitars, keyboards and bass. At Bowery Ballroom last Wednesday, Doug’s set opening for The War On Drugs was a very satisfying forty-minute set that featured six of the nine tracks from Pony and one neat cover. With Sharon due to tour the world beginning in June, its likely that the solo Doug Keith will be on the shelf for a while. But we’ll have this special set to keep us until his return.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the War On Drugs set and except for a little bit of crowd chatter, the sound quality is equally superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Pure Gold in the 70s”:

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Doug Keith
2014-03-19
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 35:04]
01 Harvest Home
02 You Can’t Stand to be Alone
03 [banter - Zeke]
04 The Apostles
05 Pure Gold in the 70s
06 [banter - Brad]
07 Black Metal Black
08 Wasn’t Born to Follow [Carole King/Byrds]
09 [banter - records]
10 I Will Burn For You

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Doug Keith, visit his website, and purchase Pony from his Bandcamp Page [HERE].

Outer Minds: March 13, 2014 DC Against the World SXSW Party, New Movement Theater (Austin, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 26, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

I wasn’t familiar with the Chicago psych-rockers Outer Minds before they hit the unofficial DC Against The World SXSW day show put on at the New Movement Theater improv club, but as with several bands at this outstanding showcase, I’m glad I am now. Outer Minds bring a distinctly classic flavor to their sound, abetted mainly by the dark organ melodies of Mary McKane. Vocalist/percussionist Gina Lira joins with McKane to provide a strong female counterpoint vocal harmony-wise to Zach Medearis, who brings serious Nuggets-era guitar stomp to go with his vocal attack. While the band excels at creating a general atmosphere, that doesn’t mean they can’t write a powerful pop song, too. “Shadows of the Moon”, streaming below, could’ve been as winning a number on the FM dial of old as it is now. We expect more great things from this band in the future!

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other recordings from this show, with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a stereo soundboard feed. The quality is limited only by that of the rented PA. Enjoy!

Stream “Shadows of the Moon”

Download the complete show: [MP3| [FLAC]

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Outer Minds
2014-03-13
DC Against the World SXSW Day Party
New Movement Theater
Austin, TX USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (FOB/DFC/PAS)>KC5>PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Mike)>>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, edit SBD)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging, compression)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Until You’re Dead
02 She Calls My Name
03 Plight of the Sun
04 Stone
05 Seeds of the Earth
06 Shadows of the Moon
07 We Are the Sun

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Outer Minds, like them on Facebook, and buy their records on their bandcamp page. Support the sponsors of this event - CHIRP (the Chicago Independent Radio Project), Fredericksburg All AgesRogness Brewing Company and Bitch Beer

The War on Drugs: March 20, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 24, 2014
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[Photos from the 3/19 show courtesy of P Squared Photography]

My thoughts on The War on Drugs don’t differ much from those expressed in nyctaper’s review of the previous night, but I do think some things bear repeating. Nine times out of ten — more like 95 times out of 100 — worthy bands who toil in the trenches don’t make it. One thing doesn’t go right or another. Maybe there’s a lack of commitment on someone’s part. Or a lack of confidence. Or, in most cases, a lack of pure dumb luck.

We’ve posted a lot of recordings of this band over the past few years not because we thought one day they’d be able to way-sell-out three nights in a row here in New York, which they just did, but because we believed they were worthy. As a fan, your biggest hope always ought to be that the band you’re rooting for makes it. For Adam Granduciel, who toiled for over a year creating his magnum opus Lost In the Dream, it didn’t yet seem to have sunk in that his band had. He showed a bit of nervousness before kicking off the opening number, “In Reverse”, but after that, this show unfolded like the victory party it was meant to be. Compared to night one at the Bowery Ballroom, the band was looser and more poised, playing one song after another as easily as “Suffering” transitioned straight into “An Ocean In Between the Waves”. Just as heavily-produced album tracks like “Under the Pressure” shone as rendered live, so too did re-arranged versions of the band’s classics like a slowed-down “Brothers”. With the bevy of personnel at his command, including a saxophonist, the band’s more complex numbers took on a Destroyer-like caste at times (we’ve recorded WoD opening for them). Granduciel makes that work, too, being the kind of musician who can add complexity without letting it turn to overindulgence.

Normally when you can hear a crowd screaming at the stage between songs it’s mindless heckling; if you listen closely to this recording, what’s being hurled at Granduciel are compliments on the album. This was that kind of show, right through Granduciel acknowledging the fakeness of encores, asking for the lights to go up some so he could read the lyrics to John Lennon’s “Mind Games” (streaming below) a bit more clearly. The War on Drugs may be critical darlings now, but this is isn’t overnight success. This is it being done the old fashioned way. The kind that lasts.

I recorded this set from my usual spot in the venue with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones and a stereo soundboard feed provided by house engineer Kenny. The sound quality is outstanding, marred only slightly by light static during two songs. Enjoy!

Stream “Mind Games” [John Lennon]

Stream “Under the Pressure”

This recording is now hosted on the Live Music Archive.  Download the complete show via these links: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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The War On Drugs
2014-03-20
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK5 (DINa, balcony, LOC)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, adjust levels, mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:39:24]
01 In Reverse
02 Baby Missiles
03 [banter]
04 Under the Pressure
05 Suffering>
06 An Ocean In Between the Waves
07 Eyes to the Wind
08 Red Eyes
09 Come To the City
10 Brothers [Slow Version]
11 Burning
12 [banter2]
13 Lost In the Dream
14 [banter3]
15 Mind Games [John Lennon]
16 Coming Through
17 [banter4]
18 Arms Like Boulders

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT The War on Drugs, visit their website, and buy Lost In the Dream from Secretly Canadian.

The War On Drugs: March 19, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

March 23, 2014
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

The War On Drugs new album Lost In The Dream is a record that can only be adequately described in grand sweeping terms. This release is not simply in the “best of 2014″ discussion, it will be considered one the best of this decade. There have been some lofty review ratings posted for Lost this week, and much effusive praise, but as we have chronicled the growth of this band and Adam Graduciel over the last five years, the album is a natural progression for a group whose two prior records were each superb. But Lost In the Dream changes the equation and ups the ante for The War On Drugs. The ten songs on this album are each microcosms of the work as a whole — the struggles and doubts of a man in his mid-30s grappling with passage of youth and the inevitable approach of middle age — each set to haunting and evocative melodies that echo in the ear even after moving on to the next track. The stories of Adam’s obsessions with the minutiae of the production of this albums have all been told. The man truly suffers for his art. But ultimately the musicianship finds itself equal to the songcraft. Lost is the first War On Drugs album where the songs are given a chance to breath and step outside themselves to reach remarkable crescendos. The lazy term would be that the songs “jam”, but these aren’t improvisations instead rather meticulously crafted passages. For instance, “Eyes To The Wind” hits its peak with a screaming guitar solo that segues to sax and then piano and back to guitar seamlessly and almost without the listener recognizing the lead change.

For the band’s current tour, Adam has assembled the core band but has added two ringers, multi-instrumentalists John Natchez and Anthony LeMarca. We attended the Bowery Ballroom shows on Wednesday and Thursday and if the album truly deserves the superlatives so in fact does the live show. On Wednesday, The War On Drugs worked through the entire Lost In The Dream (minus one instrumental track) and selected classic material in a 100-minute set that was stunning in its ability to not only capture the magic of Lost but expand upon its instrumental passages. We have never seen Adam more confident and in charge and on stage the band’s mood appeared both celebratory and all-business. There was even a champagne bottle poured into cups on stage on Wednesday. But if there is any sadness in this band’s triumph, its that this is almost certainly the last time The War On Drugs will play a room the size of Bowery Ballroom. Given how quickly and thoroughly the three NYC shows sold out, the band could have played five local shows without an empty seat. As the tour continues West and then ultimately moves to Europe, we expect that The War On Drugs will return to NYC in the Fall.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue – Sennheiser cards mounted in the balcony and mixed with an excellent board feed, this time mixed by the band’s FOH C. Laszlo Koltay to perfection. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Eyes To The Wind”:

Stream “Suffering”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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The War On Drugs
2014-03-19
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer C. Laszlo Koltay] + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:39:47]
01 In Reverse
02 Baby Missiles
03 Under The Pressure
04 Suffering
05 [banter - Sore Eros]
06 Eyes To The Wind
07 [banter - dad]
08 An Ocean in Between the Waves
09 Disappearing
10 Red Eyes
11 [band introductions]
12 Brothers
13 Burning
14 Lost In The Dream
15 Comin Through
16 I Was There
17 Come To The City
18 Black Water Falls

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The War On Drugs, visit their website, and purchase Lost In The Dream from Secretly Canadian Records [HERE]. Seriously, if you don’t already own this album, do yourself a favor and buy it.

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NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule – Spring and Summer 2014

March 22, 2014
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The calendar having turned towards a new season, its time for a long overdue update to the schedule. You’ll find a lot of old favorites on the list, some new ones and the festivals as highlights.

[Caveat: 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 us in the door and make sure everyone who needs to approve of the recording gives permission. Also, remember each person on the nyctaper crew does this all for free, the recordings, the post-production, the reviews, the links, etc., so treat us fairly.

Schedule:

Thou:
March 23, 2014 Saint Vitus Brooklyn

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead:
March 29, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Hurray For The Riff Raff:
April 2, 2014 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Real Estate:
April 4, 2014 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dean Wareham:
April 5, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra:
April 7, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

NYCTaper Presents – Whiskey Bitches / Crazy Pills and TBA Bands:
April 8, 2014 Death By Audio Brooklyn

William Tyler:
April 16, 2014 Union Pool Brooklyn

Acid Mothers Temple:
April 23, 2014 Mercury Lounge NYC

EMA:
April 25, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC (permission pending)

Steve Gunn / Kevin Morby:
April 25, 2014 Rough Trade Brooklyn

Megafaun:
May 2, 2014 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Slint:
May 4, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

NYCTaper Presents – Whiskey Bitches / Ghost Punch and TBA Bands:
May 6, 2014 Cameo Gallery Brooklyn

Mogwai:
May 9, 2014 Terminal 5 NYC

La Sera:
May 10, 2014 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

The Shoes / Paul Collins Beat:
May 10, 2014 Bell House Brooklyn (permission pending)

Owen Pallett:
May 13, 2014 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

Chad VanGaalen:
May 15, 2014 Bell House Brooklyn (permission pending)

Woods:
May 16, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Panda Bear:
May 18, 2014 Wordless Music – Warsaw Brooklyn (permission pending)

Built To Spill:
May 20, 2014 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Built To Spill:
May 21, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart:
May 22, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Acid Mothers Temple:
May 28, 2014 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Mountain Jam:
June 5-8, 2014 Hunter Mountain NY

Sharon Van Etten:
June 13 and June 14, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Courtney Barnett:
June 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Merge 25:
July 23-26, 2014 Carrboro NC

Low Fat Getting High: February 21, 2014 Shea Stadium – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 21, 2014
By


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[Photos courtesy of Walter Wlodarczyk]

The website for Brooklyn band Low Fat Getting High describes their sound as “post-noise-grunge-core-shredding”. After this show at Shea Stadium — where they packed twelve songs into a set less than a half-hour long — I’d say that’s about right. There’s a definite 90s influence going on — at points, they feel in like what Local H might have sounded like with more balls — but LFGH dispenses with much of that decade’s sad-sack navel-gazing in favor of jams that deliver the party like a gut punch. This set roiled from the first notes of their single, “Better Better Worse” through what practically qualifies as a “jam” number for this band, the four-and-a-half minute “My Hate”. But where some bands in this territory are content with turning it up and getting stoopid, LFGH has some real craft behind their work. Snag their EP, Bad Yoga, or better yet, head over to Muchmore’s on March 29, and see for yourself.

Like our other set’s from this night, this  was recorded in full digital multitrack combined with a pair of my audience mics. The Shea team was gracious enough to let us use their digital multitrack files, which made for a recording of outstanding, almost album quality. We’d encourage you to check out their site for their own version of this show (coming soon) and those of hundreds of other bands.

Stream “Better Better Worse”

Download the complete show: [MP3| [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Low Fat Getting High
2014-02-21
Shea Stadium
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com courtesy of liveatsheastadiumbk.com
Recorded by R.J. Gordon and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard multitrack + Naiant X-X>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>>Adobe Audition CS5.5 (mixdown and effects)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, compression, limiting)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, additional EQ, dither, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Instrumental #1
02 Better Better Worse
03 Childhood Friends
04 The Claw
05 Bath Salts
06 Don’t Blame Me
07 Hate Them All
08 Instrumental #2
09 Emasculator
10 Police Cop
11 Don’t Believe You Anymore
12 [banter]
13 My Hate

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Low Fat Getting High, visit their website, and buy their records on bandcamp.

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