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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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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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[screen cap from this video]

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

Premiere download available exclusively at nyctaper.com

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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The National: July 29, 2010 Terminal 5 – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

July 30, 2010
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[photo courtesy of Steve/hightea]

I’ll admit to some trepidation about The National‘s three-year break between albums. After 2005’s excellent Alligator, the band’s brilliant Boxer (2007) is perhaps the best album of the entire last decade. The National toured steadily throughout 2008, and played two of the best shows we saw that year, at BAM in February and Summerstage in August. A relatively quiet 2009 and news of the new album led to a significant amount of anticipation — could the band meet the expectations and reach the bar they had raised so high after Boxer. The day that High Violet was streamed on the New York Times website (!), I felt an almost palpable sense of relief as I listened to the album straight through. The National had produced another stunning achievement — an album with songcraft equal or better than the band’s best material but with more confidence and maturity. High Violet is the album that cements The National as one of those few bands that will provide consistent quality music for as long as they choose to make it. At Terminal 5 last night, the band’s live show complimented the triumph of the new album with a performance of sustained excellence. The newer material blended well with the classics and in some instances shown brighter — “Lemonworld” reached a crowd-pleasing crescendo, “Bloodbuzz Ohio” was a show-stopper, and “Terrible Love” was a powerful show-closer.

We recorded this set with the Neumanns and the Schoeps in a four-mic configuration from a 12 foot stand in front of the soundboard cage. The sound in the cavernous venue was not quite up to our expectations, and while the recording has a lot of character, it lacks the clarity we expect. With those caveats, enjoy!

This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 and to Stream at Archive.org [HERE].

The National
2010-07-29
Terminal 5
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Soundboard Booth

Neumann KM-150s + Schoeps MK-41s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper and acidjack
2010-07-30

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:23:21]
01 [introduction]
02 Start A War
03 Anyone’s Ghost
04 Bloodbuzz Ohio
05 Mistaken For Strangers
06 Brainy
07 Squalor Victoria
08 [banter]
09 Afraid Of Everyone
10 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
11 [banter]
12 Lemonworld
13 Conversation 16
14 Apartment Story
15 Abel
16 [banter]
17 England
18 Fake Empire
19 [encore break]
20 Runaway
21 Mr. November
22 [band introductions]
23 Terrible Love

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Medications: July 23, 2010 Littlefield – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

July 28, 2010
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[Photos courtesy of Jonny Leather]

Our friend Jonny Leather has been putting on well-rounded and uniformly excellent showcase shows for awhile now, and we were pleased to have the chance to cover another of them last Friday night at Littlefield. As Jonny’s shows often do, this show spotlighted some bands from outside New York; in this case, the headliners Medications and Deleted Scenes are our Amtrak neighbors from Washington, D.C. Medications may not be a household name up here (yet), but they have an impeccable Dischord pedigree. The band is the brainchild of Devin Ocampo and Chad Molter, who also founded the influential math rock outfit Faraquet. Prior to that, Devin did time in one of my all-time favorite D.C. bands, the short-lived but phenomenal Smart Went Crazy. Medications are a more accessible band than either of its predecessors, retaining the intricate, instantly recognizable guitar work that Faraquet was known for, but with more melodic vocals and traditionally structured songs that reflect the members’ love of not only 70s punk and their contemporaries in the Dischord scene, but also their love of 60s pop. Despite the fact that all hell was breaking loose outside weather-wise, the weather couldn’t keep fans away from this show, which found the band playing through almost all of their recently released CompletelyRemoved, which is one of the strongest new records I have heard this year. Ocampo and Molter (as well as Mark Cisneros, who joined the band for this record) gave the crowd ample evidence of their chops at this show, playing the hell out of their instruments even after the PA feed was shut down due to the venue’s noise restrictions!

I recorded this set with a combination of a stereo soundboard feed provided by the Littlefield staff and the Schoeps microphones. The sound quality is excellent, though I do note that there were some fluctuations in the volume of the soundboard feed as the sound team had to reduce the volume due to the aforementioned noise restrictions. These adjustments should be mostly inaudible to the listener. All tracks are tagged for easy importing into iTunes or your favorite MP3 system. Enjoy!

This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC or MP3 and to Stream at Archive.org [HERE].

Medications
2010-07-23
Littlefield
Brooklyn, 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: ROC, at left side of sound booth, mics at 7.5?, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, compression of peaks, set fades, volume adjustments, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks [Total Time 42:21]
01 Seasons
02 Home Is Where We Are
03 Long Day
04 [banter/tuning]
05 We Could Be Others
06 Tame on the Prowl
07 [tuning/banter]
08 Postcards
09 Brasil ‘07
10 Rising to Sleep
11 [tuning/banter]
12 For WMF

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