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ArpLine: November 17, 2010 Glasslands and October 21, 2010 Cake Shop – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 29, 2010
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[iPhone4 photo by acidjack]

I can’t stop talking about ArpLine. Since I first saw the band back in January, they have played seemingly everywhere in town, and each time, they have made converts like me. As musicians, they are insanely consistent, able to blow the doors off of even the most difficult rooms with their layered, Krautrock-influenced songs. This was in full evidence at both the NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party at Cake Shop, and the band’s recent performance at Glasslands. Both shows featured their biggest crowd pleasers like “Parts Unknown” and “Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper”, but they also played a new number that I do not know the name of. But I think the most exciting moment for me at these shows came when the band busted out a live version of their new cover of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love,” turning the cheesy date night slow jam into a menacing industrial number. You can download the song from the band’s website, along with a number of excellent remixes by them of other bands, here. Also on the recorded front, ArpLine’s record, Travel Book, will finally see physical release soon, and it doesn’t have a weak number on it.

ArpLine plays Glasslands again on December 4, when they open for another of our CMJ Day Party acts, Diamond Rings. Get there early and don’t miss their set!

These recordings are far and away the finest recordings of ArpLine that we have featured on the site – both recorded with the DPA microphones from optimal positions in the venue with a soundboard feed to reinforce the vocals and keys. Some of our favorite songs from both shows are featured as samples below. Enjoy!

Stream “No Ordinary Love” from Glasslands:

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Stream “Make It Rain” from Cake Shop:

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Stream “Weekend In the Colonies” from Glasslands:

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Direct download of Glasslands MP3s [HERE]

Direct download of Cake Shop MP3s [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC: [Glasslands] / [Cake Shop]

ArpLine
2010-11-17
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Equipment: DPA 4021+soundboard>Edirol R-44 (oade concert mod) (24/48)
Position: Balcony, ROC
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, mixdown, light EQ, downsample to 16bit/44.1)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [new song]
02 Make It Rain
03 Parts Unknown
04 No Ordinary Love [Sade]
05 Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper
06 Rope
07 Weekend In the Colonies

ArpLine
2010-10-21
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

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

Equipment: DPA 4021+soundboard>Edirol R-44 (oade concert mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Mount on ceiling directly in front of band, ORTF
Mastering: 2x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, mixdown, light EQ, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [new song]
02 Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper
03 Make It Rain
04 Parts Unknown
05 [outro]

If you download these recordings from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT ArpLine, visit their website, go to their shows, and purchase Travel Book when it is released.

Bear In Heaven: November 19, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

November 21, 2010
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[Photos by Keith Haskel]

There is now no denying it – Bear In Heaven have arrived. Since we first saw the band back in October of 2009, the band has seen their exposure surge and their live set finally get the treatment it deserves. Thanks to the always-helpful combination of Pitchfork accolades and a lot of touring, the rest of the world has come to love this Brooklyn band as much as we do. This set at Music Hall of Williamsburg closed out Bear In Heaven’s latest tour, and this homecoming was massive in every way. Music Hall was packed and there was a line down the street to get in. The sound was dialed in (finally – neither the sold-out Mercury Lounge or Glasslands shows we saw could boast the best house mixes we’ve heard), with Philpot’s vocals penetrating through and the bass rich, deep and tight. The band used a simple but mesmerizing light show that punctuated the hypnotic and often dark nature of their songs. And finally, and most importantly, the band clearly knew it was on tonight – knew that things were different now, and knew they ought to give this eager audience the Bear In Heaven show they would always remember. And indeed, for a solid hour, the band held us captive to their druggy sonic dreamscape, playing all of the highlights of their groundbreaking Beast Rest Forth Mouth as well as (I think) two new numbers. After their usual encore of “Casual Goodbye,” there was nothing more to say – Bear In Heaven may be of Brooklyn, but they are far beyond a mere “Brooklyn band” now. At one point, Philpot noted, “One year ago we were playing at [cozy Brooklyn venue] Zebulon.” For better or worse, Jon, those days are over.

I recorded this set from the center of the balcony with the Schoeps microphones aimed down at the stacks.  I am extremely pleased with the sound, which has virtually no crowd noise and has excellent clarity and detail.  Enjoy!

Stream “Lovesick Teenager”:

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Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE]

Bear In Heaven
2010-11-19
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC641>Naiant littlebox>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Balcony, center, mics pointed at stacks
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, light EQ)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks [Total Time 59:17]
01 Wholehearted Mess
02 Ultimate Satisfaction
03 Dust Cloud
04 Lovesick Teenager
05 Beast In Peace
06 Deafening Love
07 Drug A Wheel
08 You Do You
09 [banter]
10 [unknown]
11 Fake Out
12 [unknown]
13 [encore break]
14 Casual Goodbye

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Bear in Heaven, visit their website, and purchase their official releases directly from the Hometapes Records’ site [HERE].

Pavement: September 24, 2010 Central Park Summerstage – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

September 27, 2010
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[iPhone photo by acidjack]

Oh, Pavement, how we will miss you.  This final show of the band’s five-night NYC (four nights in Central Park) run had a very different vibe than the previous shows, with the band giving off a bit more of a subdued vibe.  The setlist emphasized the more melodic, slower songs from the catalog, and Malkmus in particular seemed intent on jamming and reinterpreting songs (leading to a hilarious “Pavement and the Jicks!!” comment by Bob).  At times the more laid back approach worked – such as on the epic “And Then (The Hexx)” and the extended “Heaven Is A Truck” that was a last minute substitution for “Fight This Generation” in the setlist.  At others, it seemed the band was a tad off their game, with a few false starts here and there.  The set closed out with “Range Life” featuring the recording engineer Bryce Goggin, who mixed both Wowee Zowee and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and played keyboards in the recorded version of “Range Life,” performing live with the band – undoubtedly a dream come true for anyone who spends most of their time behind the console!

Where do we go from here?  Fans can hope that the band decides to make new music or at least tour together again, but that seems less than likely at this point.  What we will have left will be our memories of these beautiful nights – which Bob himself acknowledged the band would never forget – and the music itself.  Having Pavement back was also a reminder of how dearly they were missed.  To quote the simple “Summer Babe” refrain, made all the more poignant now: “Don’t go.”

I recorded this set with the same mobile rig as the Williamsburg Waterfront show and Wednesday’s show.  There was almost no wind, and the crowd around me was enthusiastic but respectful.  As a result, the recording is excellent.   As someone who never got to see their favorite band perform (due in part to an untimely death in the band), I greatly appreciate Pavement giving fans who had not seen them before a second chance.  One of the main reasons that I record concerts is because I know how much I treasure the old recordings that people made of my favorite band, since they are the closest thing I have to the real live experience.  I hope that some people will feel the same way about these recordings.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]
Direct download of FLAC files [HERE]

Pavement
2010-09-24
Central Park Summerstage
New York, NY USA

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

Equipment: Audix 1280c>Church Audio Active Cables>SPSB-10>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Mobile rig, near left stack
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, compress wind noise, compress/hard limit clapping, EQ, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Heckler Spray
02 In the Mouth of A Desert
03 Frontwards
04 Spit On A Stranger
05 banter
06 Shady Lane
07 Date With Ikea
08 Grounded
09 Cut Yr Hair
10 Perfume-V
11 Conduit for Sale!
12 Father to a Sister of Thought
13 Stereo
14 Starlings of the Slipstream
15 Gold Soundz
16 banter
17 And Then (The Hexx)
18 We Dance
19 Silence Kit
20 Unfair
21 No Life Singed Her
22 banter
23 Stop Breathin
24 banter
25 Elevate Me Later
26 banter/jamming
27 Here
28 encore break 1
29 Rattled by the Rush
30 Heaven Is A Truck
31 Summer Babe
32 encore break 2
33 Kennel District
34 banter
35 Debris Slide
36 banter
37 Range Life

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will continue to support Pavement, visit their official website, go to shows on this tour, and purchase the records and merch you don’t already own from the band’s official store or Matador Records.

Pavement: September 22, 2010 Central Park Summerstage – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

September 25, 2010
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[photo courtesy of Music Snobbery]

Night three of Pavement’s New York run was a wet one.  After the clear skies and perfect temperatures of Sunday’s Williamsburg Waterfront show, and the previous night at Central Park Summerstage, Wednesday night was a hot, wet mess.  Shortly into the show, the skies opened up and we all got soaked, but even with a delay for lightning, Pavement managed to play their entire planned set, and a killer one at that, closing out the proceedings with a thunderous “Conduit for Sale!” in which Bob Nastanovich pulled out absolutely all the stops on the vocals.  Drenched but happy, the still-strong crowd returned the favor, singing along to the chorus and giving Pavement another triumphant notch in their belt.

This show was tough to record, given that it was pouring rain, but despite the shirt on my head covering my mobile rig, the recording came out quite nicely.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Pavement
2010-09-22
Central Park Summerstage
New York, NY USA

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

Equipment: Audix 1280c>Church Audio Active Cables>SPSB-10>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Mobile rig, near right stack
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, compress wind noise, compress/hard limit clapping, EQ, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 intro/banter
02 Heckler Spray>
03 In the Mouth of a Desert
04 Perfume V
05 Trigger Cut
06 Unfair
07 Range Life
08 Starlings of the Slipstream
09 Spizzle Truck
10 Shady Lane
11 Fight This Generation
12 Summer Babe
13 Cut Yr Hair
14 Kennel District
15 Gold Soundz
16 Zurich Is Stained
17 Stereo
18 set break for lightning
19 The Hexx
20 Two States
21 Spit On A Stranger
22 Grounded
23 Silent Kid
24 Father To A Sister of Thought
25 banter
26 Stop Breathin
27 encore break
28 Date With Ikea
29 banter
30 Lions (Linden)
31 Here
32 Conduit For Sale!

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will continue to support Pavement, visit their official website, go to shows on this tour, and purchase the records and merch you don’t already own from the band’s official store or Matador Records.

Pavement: September 21, 2010 Central Park Summerstage – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

September 23, 2010
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[iPhone photo by threelobed]

Pavement put the tickets for the Central Park Summerstage shows in Manhattan on sale about a year ago.  The resulting advanced planning (or lack of skill at planning/holding onto tickets) of indie fans was even the subject of a recent New Yorker piece.  The good news about doing things this way was that (a) Pavement sold the shows out and (b) cheap tickets were available for fans day-of.

Those who weren’t daunted by the advanced planning were rewarded by what I believe to have been the best of the three Pavement shows I had (to this point) seen this year.  The band was in a jokey mood, the weather was perfect (about the opposite of Wednesday’s experience), and the set was loose, jammy and ten minutes longer than the already very long Williamsburg Waterfront show.  This show saw the band bust out several tunes not played at the Williamsburg show, including “In the Mouth of a Desert”, “Debris Slide,” “Shoot the Singer”, “Heaven Is A Truck” and the rarest inclusion (which was not on the official setlist), “Perfect Depth.”  Expectations could not have been higher for a show that went on sale a year ago, but Pavement still gave us more than we could ever have hoped.

This set was recorded with DPA 4021 mics mounted 12 feet in the air at the soundboard next to the JetBlue VIP area, unlike the mobile rig that I “stack taped” with on Sunday.  The sound is therefore more stereo balanced, but reflects that the recording was made at a much greater distance from the source.  There are also a couple of short spots of wind noise.

Wednesday’s show was also recorded using the mobile rig upfront and, miraculously (given the rain), sounds excellent.  We expect to post that recording, along with recordings of Thursday and Friday’s shows, to the site later this week or early next week.

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

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Direct download of FLAC files [HERE].

Pavement
2010-09-21
Summerstage
New York, NY USA

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

Equipment: DPA 4021>Naiant littlebox>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: At soundboard booth, ORTF, 12? up
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, hard limit/compress clapping, EQ, amplify and balance, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC (level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:53:39]
01 Shady Lane
02 Frontwards
03 Heckler Spray>Elevate Me Later
04 Starlings of the Slipstream
05 Stereo
06 Kennel District
07 Grounded
08 Rattled by the Rush
09 We Dance
10 In the Mouth of a Desert
11 Perfume V
12 Unfair
13 Fin
14 Gold Soundz
15 banter
16 Debris Slide
17 Range Life
18 Trigger Cut
19 banter
20 Cut Yr Hair
21 Perfect Depth
22 Fight This Generation
23 Box Elder
24 encore break
25 Date With Ikea
26 Shoot the Singer
27 Conduit For Sale
28 Silence Kid
29 Heaven Is A Truck
30 Stop Breathin

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will continue to support Pavement, visit their official website, go to their shows, and purchase the records and merch you don’t already own from the band’s official store or Matador Records.

Pavement: September 19, 2010 Williamsburg Waterfront – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

September 20, 2010
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[Photo courtesy of fakebook. See his Flickr stream here]

Pavement returned to New York City after a hiatus of more than 10 years. For those of us who grew up worshipping the band in the 90s, this was a jaw-dropping, tears-streaming moment. There once was a world where, far from all things, but a hell of a lot more things were right, and one of those things was Pavement, avatars of a time when being a “slacker” was a choice rather than an economic reality. Insouciant, wry and at times impenetrable, they were not all things to all people – but they were all things to a certain kind of person, the right kind of person some (particularly a certain vintage of indie snob) might say. Beyond all doubt time has been kind; since I last saw them take the stage in Raleigh, NC in 1999, sloppy as hell and evidently sick of it all, these guys have grown as musicians immensely, as evidenced by the more intricate solos and the swagger with which they dispatched a nearly two hour (!!) set before a crowd that, as I saw it, included a fair number of people who were in elementary school when Terror Twilight closed out their recorded history. Listen to the 7+ minute “Fight This Generation” and see if you agree. Fittingly, the show took place outdoors, facing Manhattan from the teeming Williamsburg Waterfront. Were Pavement a young band today, there is little doubt what side of the East River they would spend their time on.

These songs have worn well – with nearly every song a classic, it is hard to pinpoint highlights. Suffice it to say, for those of us who will be catching the next four shows at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park from Tuesday through Friday, this is going to be a memorable week.

I recorded this set with a mobile rig in the audience very close to the sound source. Although there is occasional wind noise that I have mostly processed out, and the expected excitement of the crowd, the sound is overall extremely clear. Enjoy!

Stream “Fight this Generation”:

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Stream “Spit on a Stranger”:

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Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Pavement
2010-09-19
Williamsburg Waterfront
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Equipment: Audix 1280c>Church Audio Active Cables>SPSB-10>PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Mobile, near right stack
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, hard limit/compress clapping, EQ, amplify and balance, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC (level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:43:59]
01 intro banter
02 Cut Yr Hair
03 Date With Ikea
04 Rattled by the Rush
05 banter
06 Elevate Me Later
07 Grounded
08 Frontwards
09 Shady Lane
10 Unfair
11 Perfume V
12 Fight this Generation
13 Silence Kid
14 Box Elder
15 banter
16 Stop Breathin
17 Two States
18 Father to a Sister of Thought
19 banter
20 Heckler Spray>In the Mouth of a Desert
21 banter
22 We Dance
23 Summer Babe
24 Fin
25 Stereo
26 encore break
27 Spit on a Stranger
28 Trigger Cut
29 banter
30 Starlings of the Slipstream
31 Gold Soundz
32 Kennel District
33 Range Life

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will continue to support Pavement, visit their official website, go to shows on this tour, and purchase the records and merch you don’t already own from the band’s official store or Matador Records.

Lymbyc Systym: September 18, 2010 Studio BPM – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 19, 2010
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[iPhone photo by acidjack. Conditions were very dark and flash was not an option.  Photo is not great; recording is]

Brothers Jared and Michael Bell of Lymbyc Systym have had the advantage of making music together since they were preteens, sure, but still, the synergy and skill they brought to this DIY show at Studio BPM was startling.  Their sound, a blend of electronic music, jazz and experimental rock, evinces such diverse acts as Tortoise and Explosions in the Sky.  What is remarkable about the brothers Bell, though, is that they sound like a five-man band using only two players: Mike on the drums and Jared on the various keys.   Originally from Tempe, AZ, since their founding in 2001, the band has traveled the country with a wide array of like-minded acts such as The Album Leaf and Broken Social Scene, and recently completed a monthslong tour of Asia.  This set included two of the band’s contributions to their recent Field Studies split EP with This Will Destroy You, “Narita” and “Notations”.  Studio BPM made an ideal setting for this music, with an intimate atmosphere, high quality sound system, and rapt crowd.

I recorded this set with a stereo soundboard feed blended with the DPA mics on a stand on the floor.  The sound quality is outstanding.  Enjoy!

Stream and download this show in MP3 and FLAC on the Live Music Archive [HERE]

Lymbyc Systym
2010-09-18
Studio BPM
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Stereo soundboard feed + DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: Slightly ROC, FOB, mics at 7.5ft
Mastering 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, EQ audience recording, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, smooth peaks, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC (level 8 )

Tracks [Time 33:29]
01 Birds
02 Truth Skull
03 Fall Bicycle
04 Love Your Abuser
05 Selamat Pagi
06 Bedroom Anthem
07 Notations
08 Narita

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Lymbyc Systym, visittheir website, and purchase their official releases from them here.

Maps & Atlases: August 12, 2010 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3 Downloads

September 16, 2010
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[Photos courtesy of The Owl Mag]

With this stellar set at Mercury Lounge, Chicago’s Maps & Atlases announced their arrival as strong contenders on the indie scene.  Touring behind their third release (but first official full length), the quantum-leap-forward Perch Patchwork, the band gave fans far more than originally promised, closing out with an acoustic set on the floor of the venue.  Albeit in a very different way, these Chicagoans, like their neighbors in Tortoise, don’t sound like anybody else.  For lack of a better term, I like to call their sound freak folk meets math rock.  While the concept of “freak folk-meets-math rock” may be hard to grasp, the band’s technical rhythmic sense (including dual percussion at times), combined with singer/guitarist Dave Davison’s vocals and a vaguely folk-based guitar approach make them hard to describe otherwise.  This crowd at Mercury, like many I have seen at the venue recently, were rowdy and going wild for the headliners after a strong night of music.  One group was screaming for “Solid Ground” from the get go, and the version heard here does not disappoint.   That song, like many from their new record, demonstrates the band’s emerging pop sensibility, and the promise of greater things to come.  These guys could go in many directions from here; I can see them wearing the indie crown just as easily as ingratiating themselves to the Bonnaroo scene.  As they are not easily categorized, different fans will understand them in different ways.  Ultimately that acoustic set on the floor tells the story best – these guys want to play music even after most of the crowd has gone home, even after the contractually agreed set time.  They can’t help themselves.  Listen to Perch Patchwork and tell me if you can resist.

I recorded this set with a top quality board feed combined with the Schoeps microphones.  The sound quality of the main set is among the finest of my recordings with this rig and is a testament to the hard work of the Mercury production team.  The acoustic set – which I had to record a bit on the fly – is a bit rougher given that there was no board feed, and the mics picked up some handling noise, but it is still quite good.  Enjoy!

Maps & Atlases are touring Iowa and Europe in September and October.  See the dates on their MySpace page.

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE] | Direct Download of the FLAC Files [HERE].

Maps & Atlases
2010-08-12
Mercury Lounge
New York, 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: Right side of soundboard, mics at 7.5ft, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, EQ (1dB cut of sub-100Hz frequencies, slight brilliance bump at 10-12kHz), tracking, amplify and balance channels, hard limit clapping on acoustic set, delete some clapping on acoustic set)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks
01 Living Decorations
02 Israeli Caves
03 Ted Zancha
04 Will
05 The Charm
06 [tuning]
07 Witch
08 [banter]
09 If This Is
10 Carrying the Wet Wood
11 Everyplace Is A House
12 Solid Ground
13 Daily News
14 Glamorous Glowing [Cast Spells]
15 The Sounds They Make

Acoustic Set:
16 You Me and the Mountain
17 Banished Be Cavalier
18 Pigeon
19 [tuning]
20 The Ongoing Horrible

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Maps & Atlases, visit their MySpace page, and purchase Perch Patchwork from their official store here.

These United States: August 28, 2010 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 6, 2010
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[These United States at Mercury Lounge last year.  Photo by Anna Tucker]

The romance of a hard-working band is undeniable.  These are bands that never flag, no matter how many stages in how many cities they’ve sweated on, who above all else evince a percolating creative urge.  That is precisely how to describe These United States.  These boys from Lexington, KY and Washington, D.C. have become regulars in NYC and just about everywhere else in America over the past two years, bringing their Southern-inspired rock far beyond its natural borders.  Along with nearly non-stop touring, they have been releasing albums like crazy, with two in 2008, one in 2009, and their latest, What Lasts this July.  While they have undoubtedly lost a good deal of sleep in the process, what they haven’t lost is their generosity to their fans and their ability to give them a rowdy, spirited show.  This late show at the Mercury Lounge was the second-to-last of their latest tour, but you wouldn’t have known it, with amiable frontman Jesse Elliott chatting up the equally chatty crowd.  I am told that New York is one of the band’s favorite places to play, and if you consider the reception of at least vaguely kindred spirits (i.e., Southern rockers) like Kings of Leon and the Drive-By Truckers, it isn’t difficult to see why — New Yorkers can’t get enough of the sound of the South.

I recorded this set with an excellent board feed provided by the Mercury staff, and the Schoeps hypercardiod microphones.  The overall sound quality is outstanding, but the one caveat is so noteworthy I have to comment on it – a few songs, especially in the beginning, are marred by rude people talking.  Consider that the amount of conversation you hear at points in this recording is recorded from highly directional mics that are eight feet in the air, mixed almost 50/50 with a source that has no crowd noise at all.  Then consider how loud this would be to human ears in the crowd – or worse, on stage.  A rock concert isn’t church – everyone gets that.  But if you want to have a conversation, ignoring the band entirely, please show respect for both the other fans who paid to actually see music – and more importantly, the artists – and take your conversation to the bar or outside.  Whether they actually tell you or not, it bums both the other fans and the band out to have their concert experience marred by someone talking loudly over the music.  With that out of the way, enjoy!

Stream and download this set in FLAC, MP3 and other formats at the Live Music Archive [HERE]

Stream “The Great Rivers”:

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These United States
2010-08-28
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC641+stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to right side of sound booth, mics at 7.5?, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, EQ, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance channels)>FLAC (level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:11:03]
01 Nobody Can Tell
02 [banter]
03 Dug Him In the Dirt
04 One You Believe
05 The Great Rivers
06 Susie at the Seashore
07 The Business
08 [banter]
09 Honor Amongst Thieves
10 [banter]
11 Study the Moon
12 [banter]
13 First Sight
14 Six Fast Bullets (Five Complaints)
15 [banter]
16 Life & Death She & I
17 The Important Thing
18 I Want You To Keep Everything
19 [banter]
20 What Lasts
21 [encore break]
22 Get Yourself Home

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

August 1, 2010
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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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Stream “Car”:

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

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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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