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Ryley Walker: October 24, 2014 Aquarium Drunkard CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 21, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

It seems only appropriate to post a recording of Ryley Walker on the heels of one by the great Hiss Golden Messenger. These two artists represent among the very finest of their time, separated by a generation but potentially on very similar career trajectories. The two are also likely to have a lot of overlap in fans, because those drawn to authenticity, a canny understanding of their musical past, and honest songwriting are likely to find good company with these two. My first experience with Ryley Walker — playing with a full band at the Hopscotch Music Festival — also mirrored my first live experience with HGM two years before. Here, at the Aquarium Drunkard CMJ showcase at Rough Trade, Ryley proved himself alone (with a supporting bassist for part of the set). More to the point, Ryley proved himself an unmitigated master of his art, far beyond his years in poise and style.

Most CMJ sets tend to be truncated versions of artists’ “best stuff”, run through in perfunctory fashion to get the most bang for the buck in terms of setlist. Walker saw things differently, leading off with a twelve-minute, spine-tingling “Summer Dress” that equaled about a third of the set. That time wasn’t wasted, either, as Walker soared on improvised vocal runs that took the song beyond the singer-songwriter realm into something spiritual, his voice becoming its own instrument rather than the mere vessel of lyrics. As with the bulk of the set in North Carolina back in September, this focused entirely on new material in lieu of Walker’s outstanding album of earlier this year All Kinds of You. That alone should say something about how prolific this artist is at this point. The ability of the young Chicagoan to distill such pain and emotion into his work is a humbling surprise, the kind of thing you’d never guess from the rest of his happy-go-lucky stage persona. This is a man possessed of rare gifts, and we cannot wait to see them brought to a wider world.

I recorded this set primarily with a soundboard feed by Rough Trade engineer Cam, with a small amount of Schoeps audience microphones added for ambiance. Other than a few glitches with a DI during one song, the sound is excellent. Enjoy, and spread the word!

Thanks to Ryley Walker and Aquarium Drunkard for permitting the recording.

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Ryley Walker
2014-10-25
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Cam) + Schoeps MK41 (DFC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (exciter effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Summer Dress
02 The West Wind
03 [banter1]
04 Primrose Green
05 [banter2]
06 Sweet Satisfaction

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Ryley Walker, like him on Facebook, and buy his records here.

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Speedy Ortiz: November 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 19, 2014
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[photo courtesy of Marc Villoria for BrooklynVegan]

Review by Eric PH:

Every review of Speedy Ortiz you read is going to acknowledge their debt to beloved nineties indie rock bands. I’ll resist enumerating them all here if only to focus attention on the band’s irresistible songs and serious chops. Begun as the bedroom project of singer-songwriter-guitarist Sadie Dupuis, she recruited Mike Falcone on drums, Darl Ferm on bass, and Devin McKnight on guitar for 2012’s “Taylor Swift” single. Two EP’s and one Pitchfork Best New Music LP later, Speedy Ortiz have a well-stocked arsenal of rockers to draw from. The band manages to keep it loose while cohering as a whole that sounds like they’ve been playing together for much longer than the math would indicate. Dupuis’ vocals somehow hover above and intersect with the music, alternating between complementing and contrasting it. These songs are infectious. Her confessional lyrics evoke a nostalgia for shared experience, even if it’s an experience you’d rather forget. At least, that’s how I feel when I hear “Indoor Soccer.”

We were lucky enough to catch Speedy Ortiz at Mercury Lounge on their dual-headlining tour with Ex Hex. To illustrate how successful this band has been in such a short period of time, Ex Hex frontwoman Mary Timony happens to be the former frontwoman of one of those beloved nineties indie rock bands to which Speedy Ortiz are often compared. Speedy Ortiz can hold their own among giants. Their Mercury Lounge set features an array of selections from across their catalog; from the Major Arcana LP, Sports and Real Hair EPs, and even some deep cuts like “Doomsday” from a Less Artists More Condos 7” and “Bigger Party” from the 2014 Adult Swim Singles Series. Catching this band in a small venue is a major coup as they’re clearly going to be packing larger rooms very soon.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue, with a soundboard feed from Speedy Ortiz soundman, Dan. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

Speedy Ortiz
November 2, 2014
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Audio Technica 3031 + Soundboard (engineer: Dave Lefcourt) > Roland R-26 > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Audacity 2.0.5 (set fades, mixdown, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

01. Taylor Swift
02. Tiger Tank
03. Plough
04. MKVI
05. Casper (1995)
06. Graduates
07. Ginger
08. Doomsday
09. Curling
10. Bigger Party
11. American Horror
12. Everything’s Bigger
13. Ka-Prow!
14. Indoor Soccer

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Speedy Ortiz, visit their bandcamp page, and buy Major Arcana from Carpark Records.

Palehound: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set

November 17, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

Generally, when I see a review of a band posted on this website that I wasn’t aware of, I take notice. So it went with the recording of Palehound at the now-in-the-history-books Death By Audio earlier this year. Then there was the memorable opening line, which pointed out that the band’s Hell Bent EP was written by a college freshman and half the band can’t legally buy beer. And thus, a shoo-in for an invite to our annual unofficial CMJ Day Party at Cake Shop was born.

As we noted then, the band continues to work on new material, and this show already served up several strong new numbers that weren’t in that set back in May. The band came out swinging with “Drooler”, followed by several new numbers from the band’s forthcoming album. Frontwoman Ellen Kempner and her full band continue to gel well, and if the new songs are any indication, this much-buzzed-about band should continue to enjoy the fan love for their newest work. While the band only had six songs to work with, they made the most of them, closing out with one of our favorites, “Pet Carrot”. Oddly enough, Kempner originally thought of the song as a reject, but crowds disagreed. We’re glad they did!

I recorded this set in the same manner as our other recordings from this day, with Schoeps MK4V microphones up front and a soundboard feed from house engineer Clint. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Stream the complete show:

Palehound
2014-10-23
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (stage lip)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Clint)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Drooler
02 Selfish Molly
03 Cushioned Caging
04 Cinnamon
05 I Get Clean
06 Pet Carrot

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Palehound, like them on facebook, and buy their records from their bandcamp page.

Cass McCombs: November 1 and October 31, 2014 – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 16, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

On night two of the Cass McCombs / Meat Puppets stand at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade, the order was switched, with McCombs the “headliner” playing the longer set. Since his breakout moment a few years ago, McCombs has shifted direction a bit, turning his sound toward the jammier side of things with an expanded band. We pointed this out last year when McCombs first brought his material from Big Wheel and Others to the stage at Bowery Ballroom. This time, Cass had a new band in tow but a similar attitude, letting songs proceed at a languid pace that gave the band time to grow into the tunes. In that sense, the two shows offer a bit of a contrast, as the Halloween show finds the band self-editing a bit to make the time requirements, while the November 1st show gives you a full-on jamfest, including a very extended version of “County Line” from 2011’s breakout Wit’s End as an encore. Once again it was arguably the Halloween show that once again took the cake, as the reduced set time both focused Cass’ energies and also yielded a unique cover of Metallica’s “The Unforgiven”. Whatever your Cass preferences, this twofer tour with the Meat Puppets is a can’t miss. The bands are finishing up this year on the West Coast, with the tour dates here.

Each of these sets were recorded in the same manner as Eric PH’s and my respective sets from Halloween. The November 1st set was recorded with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed from Kyle of Rough Trade, while the Halloween show is Audio Technica 3031 microphones and Kyle’s feed. Both are excellent. Enjoy!

Download acidjack’s 11/1 show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Download Eric’s 10/31 show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream “The Unforgiven” [Metallica] from 10/31:

Stream the full 11/1 show:

Cass McCombs
2014-11-01
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Kyle) + Schoeps MK41 (at SBD, DINa)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, compression, fades, align)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [total time: 1:35:42]
01 Big Wheel
02 Morning Star
03 A
04 Home On the Range
05 Angel Blood
06 Brighter!
07 Buried Alive
08 Lionkiller
09 [banter]
10 Multiple Suns
11 Everything Has to Be Just So
12 The Same Thing
13 Not the Way
14 [encore break]
15 County Line
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Cass McCombs
October 31, 2014
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Audio Technica 3031 + Soundboard > Roland R-26 > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Audacity 2.0.5 (set fades, mixdown, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

01. That’s That
02. Equinox
03. Big Wheel
04. Sooner Cheat Death Than Fool Love
05. Aeon of Aquarius Blues
06. Brighter!
07. Robin Egg Blue
08. Dreams Come True Girl
09. [Instrumental]
10. Love Thine Enemy
11. Name Written in Water
12. City of Brotherly Love
13. The Unforgiven [Metallica]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Cass McCombs, visit his website, and purchase Big Wheel And Others from the Domino Records website [HERE].

Amanda X: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Cake Shop – Flac/MP3/Streaming

November 12, 2014
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[photo by Maryanne Ventrice – courtesy of QRO Magazine]

Amanda X released one of my favorite albums of 2014, Amnesia. Its an album of straightforward gazey-dreamy guitar rock with influences as wide as 80’s Bostonians Salem 66, 90’s Northwesterners Sleater-Kinney, and the aughts Brooklynites Vivian Girls. The band has received quite a bit of positive press in their hometown Philadelphia, but it was a local booking by Edan at Death By Audio that put them on my radar. When they accepted our very early CMJ invite, we were delighted to see that word got out quickly and Amanda X ended up playing a bunch of shows that week. For our show, we placed them right smack in the middle of the nine bands, late enough in the day to draw a pretty decent crowd. And draw they did. Amanda X’s set was short but sweet and the fans in the room were quick to see what the excitement is all about. Back home now, the band earlier this week played a nice high-profile gig opening for Parkay Quarts at Philly MOCA.

Acidjack recorded this show in the exact same manner as the previous sets from this show (Schoeps Onstage + SBD) and the sound quality is equally superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Parsnip”:

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, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Amanda X
2014-10-23
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Schoeps MK4V (stage lip) > KC5 > CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Clint) > Edirol R-44 [OCM] > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 21:20]
01 Paranoia
02 [banter – talk]
03 Nothing Wild
04 Things Fall Apart
05 Parsnip
06 [banter – guitar]
07 Juniper
08 Guatemala

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Amanda X, visit their Facebook page, and purchase Amnesia from their Bandcamp page [HERE].

Hiss Golden Messenger: July 31, 2013 Motorco (Durham, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set

November 11, 2014
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[Screen capture from video by Dan Schram]

When I was told I had to track down this show because it was, as a friend told me, “completely bonkers”, I didn’t quite know what to expect. After all, Hiss Golden Messenger is a band rarely seen in the same configuration twice, as I noted in my recent review of the Rough Trade show that featured the most consistent band that MC Taylor has toured with in years. But this friend doesn’t make  statement like that lightly, so I figured I would search this thing out.

I shouldn’t have been surprised that Dan Schram, likely the most prolific taper in the Triangle right now, had pulled this off. He offered me the raw tracks, which he said, quality-wise, weren’t very good. I volunteered, amateur though I am, to work what magic I had available on them. In my humble opinion, what you’ll hear below is pretty damn great.

The result is what you hear below. Whether “bonkers” or not is a matter of how you use that word, but it’s certainly unique, even by HGM standards. First of all, it wasn’t supposed to occur at Durham’s Motorco at all. Part of a summer series in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, this HGM show ended up at the indoor venue after the weather failed to cooperate and thunderstorms shut the original plan down. Then there’s how this show begins, surely the first and only time that the words of Martin Luther King will be intoned over the opening song, the Haw discard “Brother, Do You Know the Road?”. (As my respect for Taylor could not be clearer, I don’t mind saying that cutting that track is not something I quite understand). The song also led off the first full-band HGM performance I ever saw, and if anything, this version was even more powerful vocally.

The band itself was an unusual assemblage of local and less-local musicians, too, including longtime collaborators Scott Hirsch and Terry Lonergan, to Black Twig Pickers and Pelt’s Nathan Bowles, to one of his new band’s now-permanent members, Matt Douglas on saxophone. In my ways, this show felt like a pivot point in the band’s live style, turning them in the direction ultimately followed on Lateness of Dancers and its subsequent tour. Together the group lent new depth to less-played Haw tracks like “Cheerwine Easter” and “Sweet As John Hurt”, with “Cheerwine” unfolding into a psychedelic jam (perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence that Taylor talked a lot about hippies during this set). If a better version of that song has been played by this band, I would love to hear it. You could say the same thing about the “Jesus Shot Me In the Head” that follows a similar route later in the set, where Douglas, guitarist Chris Boerner and keyboardist James Wallace really let fly.

Maybe some of Taylor’s particular passion flowed from the presence of his son Elijah in the audience, who was the subject of “I’ve Got A Name for the Newborn Child”. If that could be felt in the extra little runs here and there, in the easygoing vibe on the stage, then it’s a double blessing that he came along. Just be to be sure nothing about this show would be average, Taylor also invited the boy on stage for the show’s final “bonkers” moment, a two-cover encore of JJ Cale’s “Hey Baby” (in honor of his then-recent passing), followed by Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”. For an artist who has had many fine outings of late, this set may well represent this band’s finest turn yet. Even if it’s not brand-new, we felt like it was important to share, and hope you agree.

As noted, I didn’t record this set, and Dan isn’t entirely sure what mic he was using either. More or less what’s happening here is a mono board feed and a single microphone turned into what you hear below. In my opinion, the sound quality is outstanding. Thanks to Dan for sharing the opportunity to put this out there.

Hiss Golden Messenger’s second-to-last West Coast show is tonight at the Independent in San Francisco, followed by a show on the 13th at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever in LA. After that, they’re off to England and Europe for the rest of this year, resuming touring out there in February. Check the dates here.

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Stream the complete show:


[“Sufferer” from video by Dan Schram. Note that the audio download is different than this audio]

Hiss Golden Messenger
2013-07-31
Motorco
Durham, NC USA

Recorded by Dan Schram
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard (mono) + unknown mic (mono)>digital recorder>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, create stereo separation, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, stereo effects, compression)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, limiter, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Brother, Do You Know The Road?
03 [banter1]
04 Red Rose Nantahala
05 [banter2]
06 O Little Light
07 [banter3]
08 I Got A Name For the Newborn Child
09 Cheerwine Easter
10 Call Him Daylight
11 [banter4]
12 Blue Country Mystic
13 The Serpent is Kind (Compared To Man)
14 [banter5]
15 Sweet as John Hurt
16 Jesus Shot Me in the Head
17 [banter6]
18 Super Blue (Two Days Clean)
19 [banter7]
20 Sufferer (Love My Conqueror)
21 [encore break]
22 Hey Baby [J.J. Cale]
23 Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? [Waylon Jennings]

Band
MC Taylor – Vocals, guitar
Nathan Bowles – Banjo
Matt Douglas – Saxophone
Scott Hirsch – Bass
Terry Lonergan – Drums
Chris Boerner – Guitar
James Wallace – Keyboards

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Hiss Golden Messenger, visit his website, and buy Lateness of Dancers from Merge Records and his other records from his shop. And see the band on tour.

Mainland: October 23, 2014 – NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Cake Shop – Flac/MP3/Streaming

November 8, 2014
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[photo courtesy of Will Oliver]

Mainland seems poised for fairly certain success. They write instantly likeable pop songs and have all of the other ingredients that make bands of their ilk popular — looks, personality and obvious musical chops. We invited Mainland to play a top of the bill spot on our CMJ Day Party in large part because it seemed so obvious when we first heard their music that this band will be in the fastlane to big things in the very near future. At this point, their outstanding debut EP Shiner is the entirety of their recorded output, but a full length album is not far behind. And apparently we’re not alone, as Mainland has garnered some great press surrounding CMJ and elsewhere, including a high profile piece in Interview. The band’s appearance at our show was exactly what we had hoped for — a very well attended high-energy set which included Shiner tracks (the title track streaming below) and several new numbers we anticipate will appear on their forthcoming long player. Mainland will next perform in NYC next weekend, November 15 and 16 at the Gramercy Theatre, opening for The Matches.

Acidjack recorded this show in the exact same manner as the previous sets from this show (Schoeps Onstage + SBD) and the sound quality is equally superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Shiner”:

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, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Mainland
2014-10-23
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Schoeps MK4V (stage lip) > KC5 > CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Clint) > Edirol R-44 [OCM] > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 23:50]
01 Lost Again
02 Shiner
03 [banter – marathon]
04 Las Vegas
05 Fingerprints
06 Weddings
07 Leave The Lights On

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Mainland, visit their website, and purchase their debut EP Shiner from their website [HERE].

August Wells: October 12, 2014 Rough Trade NYC – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 8, 2014
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August Wells is a new band filled with an accomplished cast of incredible performers. Led by Ken Griffin, best known for having recorded several well-liked records in the mid-90s with the Irish outfit Rollerskate Skinny, whose album Horsedrawn Wishes remains an essential of the Irish music scene. The band’s cast also includes pianist John Rauchenberger, who has played with a wide range of bands including The Favourite Sons, Maggie Estep, and J.C Morrison; horn player Louis Schwadron, who leads the band Sky White Tiger and has played with Radiohead, David Bowie, Elton John, and Grizzly Bear, among others; and violinist/composer Leyna Marika Papach, who has been responsible for numerous scores for film, theater and dance. Griffin’s sound has matured beyond Rollerskate Skinny, showing a melancholy that seem to come more easily with the years. “It’s all as beautiful as ever / I hope somehow it gets to stay that way” Griffin sings on “Beautiful as Ever”. There’s a wistfulness in this and many of Griffin’s other lines, but also hope. Somehow, things might stay that way.

Griffin and co. took the stage just before Steve Gunn on this night at Rough Trade, and were greeted with an audience ripe for this kind of music. We look forward to seeing this new band more around the city, as they’ve already played dates at Union Pool, Baby’s All Right, and Le Poisson Rouge, among others. The band’s next appearance comes this Sunday at the Scratcher Sessions at the legendary East Village bar at 7:30 p.m. The band also has upcoming shows planned with The Frames and on the Irish TV show Other Voices.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Steve Gunn recording, with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from engineer Nick. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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

Stream the full set:

August Wells
2014-10-12
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Nick) + Schoeps MK41 (DFC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Rest of My Life
02 Mister Sun
03 Beautiful As Ever
04 [banter1]
05 Dancing
06 Paper Gardens
07 Here in the Wild
08 Come On In Out of the Night

August Wells

Band:
Kenneth Griffin – Vocals,guitar
John Rauchenberger – Keyboard
Louis Schwadron – French horn
Leyna Marika Papach – Violin

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT August Wells, visit their website, and buy their CD there.

The Prettiots: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Set

November 7, 2014
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[photos by Dean Keim]

The Prettiots are that practiced sound of not giving a fuck. The New York trio, comprised of Kay Kasperhauser, Lulu Prat and Rachel Trachtenburg play songs that touch on many of the woes of a woman in late teenhood to her early twenties — boys, high school, self-loathing, etc. and they do so with an endearing, off-the-cuff stance that makes you almost not notice another important fact about them. The secret sauce of the Prettiots is not only that ukulele that Kasperhauser busts out, but that they can actually play. Trachtenburg has a long history as a musician dating back to childhood and the band Supercute!, of which Prat was also a member. If the songs feel, as Lucky put it, like “an epic sleepover”, they’re also executed with a kind of professionalism that bands whose promo flyers include pictures of butts and orthodontic retainers don’t always have. The Prettiots are especially well-traveled in the press for a band with not yet an album to their name, having made several swings through the blogosphere and actual print. This day show at Cake Shop was packed from start to finish — ABC News was even in the house filming the band for Taxi TV — and after the raunchy opener, a cover of Miguel’s “Pussy is Mine”, it wasn’t hard to tell why. These girls are indeed “adorable”, and their songs like “Stabler” and “Kinski” have a habit of sticking around long after the show is over.

I recorded this set as with the other recordings of the day, with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip and a soundboard feed from the house engineer Clint. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

The Prettiots hit Piano’s on November 18. Get tickets here.

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the full set: 

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, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

The Prettiots
2014-10-23
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (stage lip)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Clint)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Pussy Is Mine [Miguel]
02 18 Wheeler
03 Stabler
04 Anyway
05 Kinski
06 Dreamboy
07 Skulls [The Misfits]
08 High School
09 I Probably Won’t Kill Myself Today
10 Lil’ Andy

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT The Prettiots, visit their website, and listen to their music on Soundcloud.

Meat Puppets: October 31 and November 1, 2014 Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Sets

November 6, 2014
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[photos by acidjack and Eric PH]

Rooting for the Meat Puppets by now is a given; the band has seen it all, and somehow come out the other side better and not worse for wear. In the course of seeing the band during the life of this site, they have gotten better and tighter each time, from their phoenix-rising moment at the Knit in 2007 to a post-personnel change show at Bowery in 2009 to a stellar outing at Mercury Lounge in 2013. This year the band played back-to-back sets at one of Williamsburg’s two ascendant new venues, Rough Trade. The band shared co-headlining duties with Cass McCombs, with the acts swapping headliner slots between Halloween and the day after.

New team member Eric PH caught the longer Puppets set on Halloween night, and to be honest, he was the luckier of us, as the Puppets better-deserved that slot, showing command of their instruments and the audience on both nights. On an already-weird holiday, you need people like the off-kilter Arizonans to fully do you right, and the Pups obliged with a career-spanning set filled with fun covers of everyone from Willie Nelson and Ray Charles to the Everly Brothers. The band also delivered their most popular “hit” for an encore, the always-endearing “Backwater” from Too High To Die. As the “opening” band on the second night, I caught the Pups at an equal moment of inspiration, with a set that was slimmed down by about 20 minutes from the previous one. Still, they had plenty of time to play the three near-obligatory songs popularized by Nirvana on MTV Unplugged (that’d be “Plateau”, “Oh Me” and “Lake of Fire”) and a searing extended version of that Everly Brothers cover, “Cathy’s Clown”. “Plateau” was also a high point, led in by a cover of George Jones’ “Season of My Heart”. Chalk it up to being older and wiser (and maybe more sober), or simply rekindling their groove, but the Meat Puppets have never been better.

Eric PH recorded his set with Audio Technica microphones set up in our usual spot in the venue, combined with a soundboard feed from well-known local engineer Kyle. Mine was recorded with the Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones and Kyle’s feed once again. Both recordings are outstanding, and available to stream and download below. Enjoy!

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Meat Puppets
2014-10-31
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Audio Technica 3031 + Soundboard > Roland R-26 > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Audacity 2.0.5 (set fades, mixdown, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

01. Seal Whales
02. Comin’ Down
03. The Monkey and the Snake
04. Plateau
05. Touchdown King
06. Seven Spanish Angels [Willie Nelson & Ray Charles]
07. Oh, Me
08. Before the Next Teardrop Falls [Freddy Fender]
09. Hey Baby (Que Paso) [Texas Tornados]
10. Up on the Sun
11. Sam
12. Confusion Fog
13. Lost
14. Waiting
15. I’m a Mindless Idiot
16. Open Wide
17. Cathy’s Clown [The Everly Brothers]
18. Lake of Fire
19. Sloop John B [The Beach Boys]
20. Aurora Borealis
21. Backwater
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Meat Puppets
2014-11-01
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (DFC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Kyle)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (exciter effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:11:59]
01 [intro instrumental]
02 Lost
03 Seal Whales
04 Touchdown King
05 Sometimes Blue
06 Comin’ Down
07 Up On the Sun
08 Seasons of My Heart [George Jones]>
09 Plateau
10 Sam
11 Oh, Me
12 Open Wide
13 [tuning]
14 Lake of Fire
15 [tuning2]
16 Cathy’s Clown [Everly Brothers]

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