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Akron/Family: April 24, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

April 30, 2013
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[Photos by PSquared Photography]

To paraphrase the Beatles, I thought I knew Akron/Family, what did I know. A band that I had returned to see live ten or so times were “must-see” because their shows have always been immensely enjoyable — celebratory and tribal, the material has alternated between melodic and hypnotic jamming and sweet (and sometimes very quiet) ballads. The current tour for the new album Sub Verses (officially released today April 30) is a very different affair indeed. As I tweeted during the Bowery Ballroom show on Wednesday, this current incarnation of Akron/Family is dense and very heavy. There wasn’t much banter or crowd participation, as we’ve experienced at older A/F shows, but the music was equally moving in a profoundly different way. The band has added electronics wiz M Geddes Gengras for this tour and his contribution of throbbing electronic bass and crunch/noise fits perfectly with the thematic nature of Sub Verses, which has been described by the band as having a “SciFi aesthetic” and “propulsive and driven by it’s physicality”, which are both very much accurate. At Bowery, the band played all but one of the new album’s 10 tracks, and just two songs of older material. We are streaming “Sand Time” below. The current tour swings South this week before finishing in LA on May 8.

I recorded this set from our standard balcony rail location in this venue and mixed with an excellent board feed provided by Akron Family’s FOH Tom Tierney. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Sand Time”:

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

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Akron Family
2013-04-24
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

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

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2013-04-28

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:36:21]
01 [intro]
02 No Room
03 Way Up
04 Until The Morning
05 Sand Talk
06 Light Emerges
07 Sometimes I
08 Holy Bourbon
09 Drums
10 Sand Time
11 Samurai
12 [encore break]
13 When I Was Young
14 Ed Is a Portal

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Akron/Family: January 21, 2012 285 Kent – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

January 24, 2012
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[iphone photo by PP]

Its hard to fully describe the complete manic communal energy at Saturday night’s Akron/Family show at 285 Kent. On the night after the band received the great gift of being able to perform with the Sun Ra Arkestra (in Philly), it seemed as if A/F wanted to reach that kind of high on their own — and to a great extent, they succeeded. The crowd was quite animated from the very outset of the show, a superb opening set from Bad Weather California. By the time Akron/Family took the stage, the venue was packed to the gills and buzzing in anticipation. The set began with a cacophonic jam that led into the quiet “Gravely Mountains of the Moon”. The show wouldn’t be quiet very long, as a great segue of lengthy songs mixed with incendiary jams were all mixed in with periods of direct crowd participation. By the time the band reached the main set closing “Silly Bears”, the set was approaching ninety minutes of mania. The encore intermission wasn’t a break as much as a chance for the crowd to take over, chanting and playing the band’s shared percussion instruments until Akron/Family returned. We are streaming below the show’s finale, an absolutely brilliant take on “Light Emerges” that brought the festivities to appropriate close. Although its quite early in 2012, its obvious that this amazing show will be one of the highlights of the year.

I recorded this set with the DPA Cardioid microphones mounted to a pole ten feet from the stage and mixed the upfront mics with a soundboard feed. The recording is mixed with a larger amount of the audience feed in order to fully capture the concert experience. Enjoy!

Stream Entire Show via Archive.org:

This recording is now available for download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

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.

Akron Family
2012-01-21
285 Kent
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2012-01-22

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:42:39]
01 [intro – auld lang syne]
02 Gravely Mountains of the Moon
03 Say What You Want To
04 River
05 Island
06 A AAA O A WAY
07 So It Goes
08 Another Sky
09 Ed Is A Portal
10 Everyone Is Guilty
11 Silly Bears
12 [encore break]
13 Light Emerges

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Akron/Family: March 5, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

March 8, 2011
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[photos by nyctaper]

Akron/Family shows tend to be celebratory affairs, so the end-of-tour sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night was quite likely the ultimate A/F affair. As the band is touring throughout the year behind the superb new album S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, the setlists have been geared primarily towards the new material, but on this night the band took their time and opened smoothly into a sweet version of the older “We All Will”, before launching to an extended “River”. Of the Shinju songs, “So It Goes” was quite electric on this night and we’ve chosen to stream it below. Several drum-oriented jams broke out during the evening, not the least of which closed out the incendiary “Raising the Sparks”, a song which had so impressed at Knitting Factory last month for entirely different reasons. In a true acknowledgment of the collective energy of the crowd, A/F closed the show with a full participatory version of “Love And Space” that extended for a full eight minutes. Akron/Family will start another tour in a few weeks, when they will play the West coast and the Soutwest.

I recorded this set with the four microphone rig from our standard balcony location in this venue and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream Entire Show:

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

Akron/Family
2011-03-05
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded Balcony Railing

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2011-03-06

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:39:53]
01 We All Will
02 River
03 Island
04 A AAA O WAY
05 So It Goes
06 Another Sky / Drums
07 Raising The Sparks
08 Everyone Is Guilty
09 Say What You Want To
10 Silly Bear
11 [encore break]
12 Fuji II (Single Pane)
13 Light Emerges
14 [banter]
15 Love And Space

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Akron/Family: February 17, 2011 Knitting Factory – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

February 20, 2011
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[photos courtesy of John Ruscher at Eardrum NYC]

Akron/Family live shows are always tribal full participation events. The band encourages others to become involved with the show, but at Thursday night’s show at Knitting Factory it became part of the performance. After an absolutely raging sixty-minute main set, the forty-minute encore/second set began with artist Aki Sasamote decorating the stage and when the band returned, she rapped them in tape and painted on Seth Olinsky’s back. While the art was performed, the band played an alternatively quiet and noisy jam segment while accompanied by a three-piece horn section. The horn players seemed to be following a choreographed dance around the stage while they played. The set then segued nearly into a four song segment that began quietly (“Fuji II”, “We All Will” and “Dylan Pt. 1”) before crashing into the finale with rousing eight-minute version of “Light Emerges”. Two of those songs appear on the band’s outstanding new album S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT (Dead Oceans). The first set of Thursday’s show was dominated by songs from Shinju, including highlights “So It Goes” and “Another Sky” (streaming below). But the peak performance of the first hour was the remarkable A/K staple “Raising The Sparks” which endured for eighteen jam-filled minutes, and presaged the wonderful strangeness to come. The Knitting Factory show was the first date in Akron/Family’s extended tour which returns to NYC for a March 5 date at Bowery Ballroom.

I recorded this set with the four microphone rig from our standard location in the venue, and the sound quality is quite excellent. There are segments when the band is extremely quiet on stage (often off-mic), and during those points the noise in the venue (bar, audience, etc) can be heard. Enjoy!

Stream Complete Show:

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

Akron/Family
2011-02-17
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2011-02-19

Setlist:
(thanks Jesse and Seth for setlist help)
[Total Time 1:40:13]
01 [introduction/Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing]
02 Island
03 A AAA O WAY
04 So It Goes
05 [banter]
06 Another Sky
07 Raising The Sparks
08 Say What You Want To
09 Silly Bear
10 [encore break]
11 {bmbz}
12 Fuji II (Single Pane).
13 We All Will
14 Dylan, Pt. 1
15 [banter2]
16 Light Emerges

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