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Animal Collective: November 2, 2016 Terminal 5

November 6, 2016

Animal Collective
[photos courtesy of Will and We All Want Someone blog]

If you read this site frequently enough to discern a variety of personas behind the reviews and recordings, you may have noted that I usually don’t go out for the big shows. A dislike of crowds combined with a simple preference for many smaller acts in intimate venues informs most of my concert-going. I skipped Animal Collective’s two-night stand at Irving Plaza this past February for these very reasons; however, upon hearing NYCTaper’s recording of night two I was filled instantly with pangs of regret for having missed some clearly excellent Animal Collective shows. So when the band announced their November tour stop at Terminal 5, I cast aside my usual reservations about the venue and bought a ticket—and my faith was rewarded thoroughly. Terminal 5 is a cavernous room and as NYCTaper notes the last time we saw Animal Collective there, it has the capacity to swallow up the sound. But not on this night: the sound in the venue was dialed in perfectly and the quality of this recording is a reflection of that. I couldn’t be happier with how this recording turned out and I’m sure you’ll agree.

On to the music: now two albums past their breakout, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective have made it quite clear that they won’t be content to remake versions of their most popular record over and over again. Instead they’ll push forward as they’ve been doing since the early aughts, always something new. Every tour for Animal Collective is different, but the trend for the last few years since Centipede HZ is towards their jammy side with lengthy transitions between songs (here including a nod to the Dead’s “The Other One” and also a short burst of Panda Bear’s “Drone”). Animal Collective has become of those bands you need to revisit each tour to hear the new arrangements of songs you’ve heard live before plus out-of-the-blue setlist additions you never would have imagined (like “Bees” on the last tour or “Kids on Holiday” here). This nearly two-hour show captures nearly all of the band’s current setlist and is a pretty much perfect document of the current tour. Speaking of which: the tour is still going on and you’d be a fool to miss out. Do it.

I recorded this set with the AKGs clamped at the lip of the balcony, directly over the sound engineer’s head. The quality of this recording is simply stunning. Enjoy!

Download the complete show in a variety of formats at the Live Music Archive.


Animal Collective

Animal Collective
Terminal 5
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for
Photos by Will Oliver

AKG C480B/CK63 (DFC, at SBD, PAS) > Roland R-26 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:52:26]
01. Recycling
02. Lying in the Grass
03. Golden Gal
04. Summing the Wretch
05. Loch Raven
06. On Delay
07. Jimmy Mack [Martha Reeves and The Vandellas]
08. Water Curses
09. FloriDada
10. The Burglars
11. Kids on Holiday
12. [encore break]
13. Hocus Pocus
14. Guys Eyes
15. Summertime Clothes

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Animal Collective: February 24, 2016 Irving Plaza

February 28, 2016

Animal Collective3
[photos courtesy of Will and We All Want Someone blog]

In the early years of the last decade when the speed of the web aligned with the availability of high quality audio files, I went on a binge downloading all of the available Animal Collective live recordings from their page at the Live Music Archive and from various torrent sites. In 2007 I was finally able to see the band live. For the shows I recorded at Webster Hall shows that year, I had expected the band to play the live songs for which I was quite familiar, but those two historic Webster shows were heavy on new songs — my introduction to the material that would eventually become the band’s brilliant breakthrough album Merriweather Post Pavilion. I’m not so sure I was prepared for what would come next. When Animal Collective released MPP to overwhelmingly positive reviews, I recorded the first two shows in New York and the attention we received literally crashed the site. I learned a lot about the potential for this site to reach a large audience but also the mixed bag nature of viral material, and NYCTaper was forever inextricably intertwined with the music of Animal Collective. To this day, the recording for Animal Collective at Manhattan Center has been downloaded over 50,000 times and remains the most circulated of all of our recordings.

In the intervening years, we’ve had intermittent opportunities to capture the band live including some memorable solo shows. There was the secret Glasslands show with Avey Tare and Deakin that introduced us to that amazing venue (RIP) and to the material that would eventually become Oddsac. Our recording of Panda Bear at Governor’s Island in 2010 was so successful that the artist actually released a limited version of the recording as a free bonus download with the album Tomboy. There was a pair of Deakin shows in 2010, a terrific solo show by Avey Tare at Knitting Factory in 2011, and then a full band show at Terminal 5 in 2012. But we’ve never quite captured the magic of the MPP shows and the rabid interest those 2009 recordings generated.

Its now more than decade since my first obsession with Animal Collective and fortunately 2016 finds us both in very good places. The band’s new album is called Painting With and its quite an excellent piece of work and undoubtedly their strongest material since Merriweather Post Pavilion. The tour in support of the album is being played in smaller venues than anything since the small MPP shows and the feel of this tour is similar. There’s an excitement surrounding the band, the album and the shows that harkens back to 2009 and its a great feeling to have back. At Irving Plaza on Wednesday night, Animal Collective played a virtually flawless ninety-minute show that featured most of the new album, one bizarro cover, and several deep cuts from some of the earliest releases. Indeed, the final song of the night “Alvin Row” goes all the way back to the band’s first album, Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished. The venue was absolutely packed — I was pushed up against the soundboard cage for the entire night — but the crowd was entirely involved in the show. There is literally no yapping at all recognizable on this recording. And the band played off the energy coming from the crowd as this performance was top notch from start to finish. Indeed, the band only took two song breaks as they segued most of the songs from the main set, and the three encore songs flow as one.

The current Animal Collective tour continues throughout the Spring, moving West and then spending much of April in Europe before the band returns to the US in May. There is a show on May 14 in Sayreville NJ that we are going to try to record, but our attendance is not yet confirmed.

I recorded this set with my old Neumann KM-150 hypercardioids (the same mics as Bowery in 2009) from a prime position directly in front of the soundboard on the floor. The sound in the venue was phenomenal and this recording is quite superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show in FLAC or MP3 format at [HERE]

Stream the Complete Show:

Animal Collective
Irving Plaza
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Front of Board Audience

Neumann KM-150s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:31:07]
01 Natural Selection
02 Gnip Gnop
03 Hocus Pocus
04 The Burglars
05 Jimmy Mack [Vandellas]
06 Daily Routine
07 Golden Gal
08 Summing the Wretch
09 On Delay
10 Loch Raven
11 FloriDada
12 [encore break]
13 Bees
14 Lying in the Grass
15 Alvin Row

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Animal Collective: December 4, 2012 Terminal 5 – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 26, 2012

[photo courtesy of Two Sails]

Ever the new music innovators, for their tour in 2012 Animal Collective has gone retro. Over the last decade the band has slowly evolved into a purely electronic live act. And when founder Deakin took a “leave”, the band was a trio for the last several years. But Deakin is back and so is a more traditional band layout on stage. At Terminal 5 earlier this month, Panda Bear spent the entire show playing a full drum set, Deakin was primarily on guitar and Avey Tare played keyboards. Surely, there were electronics — Geologist mostly, but each of the other three had their gizmos laid out in front of them. This year the band is touring on the strength of the new album Centipede Hz (Domino), a release that flew under the buzz radar but which is as solid as anything the band has ever produced. At Terminal 5 Animal Collective played two consecutive nights, a make-up of sorts for the Williamsburg Waterfront show postponed in August. AC seemed quite comfortable in the “new” config on the first night of the Terminal 5 shows, and played nearly two hours. The setlist began with almost all of Centipede before the classics to closed the show. Animal Collective will tour Australia after the New Year, and likely return to NYC for Spring or Summer shows.

I recorded this show with the 4-mic configuration from inside of the soundboard booth on the floor. The large venue swallowed up some of the sound on this night, so that while the recording is rich in bottom end, its also a bit “boomy”. With that caveat, enjoy!

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Animal Collective
Terminal 5
New York, NY USA

Digital Master
Front of Board Four-Track Audience Recording

Sennheiser MKH-8040 Cardioids + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:47:45]
01 Rosie Oh
02 Todays Supernatural
03 Wide Eyed
04 Applesauce
05 Honeycomb
06 Lion In A Coma
07 Moonjock
08 Pulleys
09 New Town Burnout
10 Monkey Riches
11 Brother Sport
12 Peacebone
13 [encore break]
14 Cobwebs
15 My Girls
16 Amanita

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