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AJJ: November 7, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

November 12, 2017
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[photos by Ash Craiig]

This year is the tenth anniversary of AJJ’s (then known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) second release, their breakout album People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World. In celebration, the band’s founders Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty are touring as a duo and opening the shows by playing the album straight through. The second half of the show is a selection of material from this post-People period of their career. The tour reached Bowery Ballroom last week for an inspired and intimate show that permitted AJJ’s rabid fans an up close and personal experience of this duo show.

Sean and Ben were up for the challenge, as the acoustic guitar and stand-up bass/cello filled the room while Sean’s fervent vocals delivered the personal material with the commitment that made the album such an important step in the evolution of the anti-folk movement ten years ago. The sold out Bowery crowd sang along with every word and you can hear them clearly on the recording — not as hindrance but as a true part of the performance. AJJ also talked and joked with the crowd about a variety of experiences and random thoughts, so that it almost felt, as Ben quipped, like a session of “AJJ Storytellers”. There were a few positive wrinkles in the setlist for this show including a fan request honored for the Todd Snider cover “Just Like Old Times” that contained a very special introduction for us. AJJ also called a few audibles, the most notable being what appears to be the first tour appearance of “Small Red Boy”, the emotional center of the band’s most recent album The Bible 2. We are not sure when AJJ will return to NYC — likely on the cycle of a new album tour — but we’ll of course be there. The current tour continues throughout November and into December, all dates here. The band will also return East for what I believe is a full band show at the Front Bottoms Champagne Jam in Asbury Park NJ in December.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted in our standard place at the front of the balcony and mixed with a perfect feed from house FOH Danielle. The mix captures both the clear sound of the feed and the audience participation of the room mics for a superbly balanced recording. We’re really happy with this one. Enjoy!

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AJJ
2017-11-07
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Danielle] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:19:36]
01 [introduction]
02 Rejoice
03 Brave as a Noun
04 Survival Song
05 Bad Bad Things
06 No More Tears
07 Bells and Whistles
08 Randy’s House
09 [banter – Apple Kore]
10 A Song Dedicated to the Memory of Stormy the Rabbit
11 People II The Reckoning
12 [banter – Creepy]
13 Personal Space Invader
14 People
15 American Body Rentals
16 Jesus Saves
17 American Tune
18 Fuckboi
19 Fucc The Devil
20 [banter – shoutout]
21 Just Like Old Times [Todd Snider]
22 All The Dead Kids
23 Unicron
24 Coffin Dance
25 [banter – yelling]
26 Growing Up
27 Sense and Sensibility
28 Small Red Boy
29 Linda Ronstadt
30 Little Prince
31 [banter – philharmonic]
32 Big Bird
33 [encore break]
34 American Body Rentals (again)

SUPPORT AJJ: Website | Facebook | Purchase The Bible 2 from SideOneDummy Records [HERE].

Diane Cluck: February 17, 2015 Trans Pecos – Flac/MP3/Streaming

March 4, 2015
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Diane Cluck Pecos 2
[photo courtesy of Terri Wise]

Ever since we captured Diane Cluck‘s inspired performance at Joe’s Pub in early 2013, I’ve been trying to work with Diane on a show. This NYCTaper Presents event at Trans Pecos was the culmination of that desire and frankly it could not have gone any better. On a cold Tuesday night in Ridgewood Queens, Diane, Jeffrey Lewis and their curated opener Kid In The Attic filled up Pecos and each performer delivered an outstanding set. This was the final night of Diane and Jeff’s East Coast tour and the night had a celebratory feel. Diane’s setlist featured a nice career-spanning selection of material with an emphasis on her newest and perhaps most consistently excellent release Boneset. After the main set when Diane asked for requests and a sharp fan asked for “The Turnaround Road”, the off-the-cuff version became my own personal highlight of the set. We are streaming it below. Afterwards, Diane was joined by Jeff for three songs before closing the show with perhaps her most well known song “Sara”. We thought that the show was over at that point but the still-packed crowd gave the performer an enthusiastic ovation and Diane returned for an encore. Diane Cluck will not be performing in the US until the Fall, but she will be on an extensive European tour in April and throughout May, dates here.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards on a stand at the front of the stage and mixed with a board feed. I didn’t raise my live levels enough during this set so that when the levels were boosted in post there are some artifacts of the process — mainly some hiss at quieter moments. Otherwise, the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Stream “The Turnaround Road”:

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Diane Cluck
2015-02-17
Trans Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Angus] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:03:31]
01 Heat from Every Corner
02 Love You This Much
03 Maybe a Bird
04 Heartloose
05 [banter – Kid in the Attic]
06 Mystery Over Mind
07 Far Too Witchy
08 Trophies
09 Grandma Say
10 Not Afraid To Be Kind
11 Why Feel Alone
12 [banter – drive]
13 The Turnaround Road
14 [Jeffrey Lewis intro]
15 Travel Light
16 The River
17 [banter – thanks]
18 Perigee Moon
19 Sara
20 [encore break]
21 Macy’s Day Bird

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Diane Cluck, visit her website, and purchase Boneset from her Store [HERE].

Jeffrey Lewis: February 8, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – Flac/MP3/Streaming

February 11, 2013
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jeffrey lewis 2013-02-08
[photo by acidjack]

It is a pure coincidence that our next post after Diane Cluck is her sometime collaborator and fellow anti-folk alum Jeffrey Lewis. We spoke at length with Jeffrey after his entertaining performance at the first night of the Don Giovanni Records showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. Speaking to Jeffrey is almost as entertaining as seeing him live, but we also learned that he was in fact at the Diane Cluck show on Tuesday. It is not a coincidence however that the two artists have chosen the same uncompromising career choices, Diane as a direct-to-fan artist and Jeffrey as a multi-talentend jack of all trades — songwriter, cartoonist, humorist and writer. The performance on Friday offered a forty-minute glimpse of these talents and was a thoroughly enjoyable set on many levels, offbeat (“Cult Boyfriend” streaming below), thoughtful (“Life”), educational (“Pocahontas”), and completely hilarious (“The Pigeon”, a yiddish LES spoof of Poe’s The Raven). We have had the luck to see Jeffrey several times, but inexplicably he’s never been on the site. We are happy to finally have him here, and hope there are more to come.

I recorded this set with acidjack from a prime location in this venue. I mixed the Sennheiser cards with a fine soundboard feed and the results are superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Cult Boyfriend”:

This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 and to Stream 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.

Jeffrey Lewis
2013-02-08
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser 8040 Cardioids > 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 by nyctaper and acidjack
Produced by nyctaper 2013-02-10

Setlist:
[Total Time 36:41]
01 When You’re By Yourself
02 [banter – thanks for coming]
03 Cult Boyfriend
04 Big A Little A [Crass]
05 [banter – low budget films]
06 Pocahontas
07 Life
08 Reaching
09 [banter – Raven]
10 The Pigeon
11 Time Trades
12 Into A Corner
13 The Dirty Bird

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Jeffrey Lewis, visit his website, and purchase his official merch at his website [HERE] and at Don Giovanni Records [HERE].

Diane Cluck: February 5, 2013 Joe’s Pub – Flac/MP3/Streaming

February 10, 2013
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Diane Cluck live
[still from this video]

I think its fair to say that Diane Cluck has had an admirable but unconventional career. As part of the early 2000’s NYC anti-folk movement, she’s been an abundant songwriting and performing talent for well over a decade. But while some of her early contemporaries have moved to major labels, Diane has eschewed conventional success to pursue a more rewarding personal journey. But it seems that despite her uncompromising career choices, her time has come. Last Spring, Diane introduced her “Song of the Week”, where in a kickstarter-style subscription service her fans can receive one song at regular intervals until all 24 songs of her project are revealed. Each release is accompanied by lyrics and personal discussions with Diane. This is essentially artist-to-fan interaction at its purest form and represents an ideal format for this particular artist. At present, there have been eight releases which have included seven songs and set of poems. At Joe’s Pub on Tuesday night, Diane Cluck performed all seven of those songs in a compellingly beautiful seventy minute set. While the venue was not packed on this mid-week late show, there was nevertheless a healthy crowd of adoring fans, all of whom were quiet and rapt with attention to the performer throughout the music but who were also vociferous in their praise in between songs. Diane performed with a trio who included her recent collaborators cellist Isabel Castellvi and percussionist Anders Griffen, and the group worked through a setlist of highlights from Diane’s catalog with grace and precision. Diane Cluck does not perform frequently in NYC, but rest assured we’ll be there again when she returns.

There are some outstanding photos from this show at Gretchen Robinette’s tumblr [here].

I recorded this set with the DPA 4061 omnis attached to the large pole on the right side of the venue and mixed with a mono feed from the soundboard. Joe’s Pub has some hurdles to capture a clean recording, including the sounds of an active restaurant and the rumble of the 6 train below the venue. I mixed the sources about 60/40 in favor of the board over the mics, but some of the ambient sounds can still be heard, which are necessary in order to maintain the feel of the room. Overall, the sound of this recording is still quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Content to Reform”:

Download the Complete show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Diane Cluck
2013-02-05
Joe’s Pub
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4061s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, downsample set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2013-02-08

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:08:34]
01 Hai
02 Maybe A Bird
03 Content to Reform
04 [band introduction]
05 Grandma Say
06 [banter Song of the Week]
07 Heartloose
08 Far Too Witchy
09 Draw Me Out
10 Love-Letter Launches
11 Trophies
12 [banter – grandmas]
13 Roma
14 Soft Little Reach-Out
15 A Phoenix and Doves
16 Red August
17 Ainoneenany
18 Not Afraid to Be Kind
19 Why Feel Alone
20 Sara
21 [encore break]
22 Bird of Kindness
23 Easy To Be Around

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Diane Cluck, visit her website, and subscribe to her Song Of The Week [HERE].

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