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Smashing Pumpkins: April 5, 2016 Beacon Theatre – FLAC/MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

April 13, 2016

[photos by Jill Harrison, full set available here]

Last week, the Smashing Pumpkins came to New York for a three-night run at Beacon Theatre in support of their current “In Plainsong” tour. This tour, billed as an “acoustic-electro evening,” featured a substantial setlist of solo acoustic performances from Billy Corgan, who dug deep into his back catalogue of songs for inspiration. He was joined onstage by the rest of the current touring line-up – original Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Katie Cole, and Sierra Swan on keys/vocals – for a deep dive into songs from the Siamese Dream era.

Outstanding moments from the night included guest vocals from Liz Phair on “Thirty-Three,” hard-rocker “The Spaniards,” and a tribute to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that the audience absolutely loved. But what may excite the hardcore Smashing Pumpkins fanbase is seeing the re-appearance of Corgan-penned songs from his past work with bands like Zwan and Hole. This tour indeed revisits and in some cases, seems to reclaim the essence of these songs, laying aside past feuds in honor of the music.

We recorded this show from the third row, dead center using a pair of head-mounted Schoeps MK4v cardioid microphones. Although there were no surprise appearances from original guitarist James Iha as there were in Los Angeles, this show is sure to delight – it sounds incredible. Enjoy!

Download the complete show at the Live Music Archive.

Stream the complete show:


The Smashing Pumpkins
Beacon Theatre
New York, NY

Recordist: hi and lo
Source: Schoeps MK4V (DINa) > Naiant Z-PFA > Sound Devices 744T @ 24 bit / 48 kHz
Edit: WaveLab V6 (mixdown/eq/gain/fades/dither/resampling)
Encoding: FLAC v1.2.1 (Level 8) with TLH v2.6.0 (Build 168)


01. Cardinal Rule
02. Stumbleine
03. Tonight, Tonight
04. The World’s Fair
05. Space Oddity [Bowie]
06. Thirty-three
07. Jesus, I [Lyte] / Mary Star of the Sea
08. “The Siamese Suite” (Banter)
09. Mayonaise
10. Soma
11. Rocket
12. Spaceboy
13. Today
14. Whir
15. Disarm
16. Sorrows (in blue)
17. Eye
18. Saturnine
19. Identify
20. 1979
21. Stand Inside Your Love
22. Pinwheels
23. Lily (My One and Only)
24. “Introduce the Band” (Banter)
25. Malibu [Hole]
26. The Spaniards
27. (Encore Call)
28. Angie [Rolling Stones]

Running Time: 2:11:32

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The National: December 12, 2011 Beacon Theatre – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 15, 2011

[Photos courtesy of Pete Matthews for Feast of Music]

The National are closing out a massive two years of recording and near-constant touring in style here in New York, with a run of sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre that have featured many of our favorite bands (The War on Drugs, on this night) as openers. Not many years ago, I could not have conceived of a band that makes moody, melodramatic indie rock of their particular variety selling out large NYC venues like the Beacon and Terminal 5; look what else is playing in those spots these days, and it ain’t much like The National.

Indeed, with their style of music – which feels intimate and personal by definition – it has to be a challenge to play a somewhat impersonal big venue, even one as gorgeous as the Beacon. Singer Matt Berninger made a number of self-deprecating references to that during the show – mocking his awkward stage banter, and the band’s lack of “sexy” songs – but all joking aside, he and his bandmates proved every bit that they belonged on that stage. The band also debuted two new songs, “Rylan” (streaming below) and “I Need My Girl”, which we hope will appear on their next record (whenever that is).

But the show’s true story was the encore. While encores many can feel perfunctory, The National turned theirs into a true highlight, upping the intensity and even sending Berninger crowdsurfing through the first several rows at the Beacon during “Terrible Love”. The band closed out the show with an unamplified “Venderlyle Crybaby Geeks” with the members of War on Drugs – a unique way to end night one of what should be one of the most compelling runs for them yet.

I recorded this set with DPA 4021 microphones in a mobile configuration. Recording in a boomy theater without a mic stand is a bit tricky, and there is some analog hiss in quiet parts due to having to boost the levels significantly, but overall I am pleased with this. Enjoy!

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The National
Beacon Theater
New York, NY USA

Recorded by acidjack

DPA 4021 (FOB, DFC)>Denecke PS/2>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, EQ, amplify and balance, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Runaway
02 Anyone’s Ghost
03 Mistaken For Strangers
04 Secret Meeting
05 Bloodbuzz Ohio
06 Slow Show
07 Squalor Victoria
08 Afraid of Everyone
09 Conversation 16
10 Rylan
11 [banter]
12 Son
13 Available
14 Cardinal Song
15 Sorrow
16 [banter]
17 Lucky You
18 England
19 Fake Empire
20 [encore break]
21 I Need My Girl
22 Mr. November
23 Terrible Love
24 [banter]
25 Venderlyle Crybaby Geeks [unamplified]

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The Decemberists: January 26, 2011 Beacon Theatre – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 27, 2011

[photo courtesy of Mike of 50ShowsAt50 blog]

On the final night of their 3-show run at Beacon Theatre, The Decemberists new album The King Is Dead reached number one on the Billboard album chart. Colin Meloy made one brief bemused reference to this fact at Wednesday night’s show, but this fairly major accomplishment seemed to not have fazed the band. Its a rare album that actually deserves a number one position, but King is truly a remarkable piece of work. While the title would imply a Smiths influence — and there is a definite “Bigmouth Strikes Again” feel to some of the songs — its the REM sound that prevails. In particular “Down By The Water” (streaming below) is very reminiscent of the 12-string minor-chord guitar prominent in such REM classics “The One I Love” and “Driver 8”. At the Beacon, five of the new songs were performed and they shined. Indeed, the beautiful “June Hymn” closed the show. In between, this night also featured the surprise guest appearance of Shara Worden, who reprised her soaring Hazards of Love vocals on “The Wanting Comes In Waves” (also streaming below). The Decemberists tour continues throughout the US in January and February before they head to Europe in March.

I recorded this set with my best mobile rig from a prime seat in 7th row of the center section where the sound quality was truly outstanding. This recording reflects that superb quality. Enjoy!

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC at [HERE].

The Decemberists
Beacon Theatre
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Center Section
Row C (7th Row)

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > 16bit 44.1 wav > Soundforge (set fades, level boost, slight eq) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by

[Total Time 1:31:55]
01 [introduction]
02 July, July!
03 [banter]
04 Down By The Water
05 [banter2]
06 Rox In The Box
07 [banter3]
08 Calamity Song
09 Won’t Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
10 [banter4]
11 The Engine Driver
12 [banter5]
13 The Soldiering Life
14 [banter6]
15 All Arise!
16 This Is Why We Fight
17 [banter7]
18 The Wanting Comes In Waves (with Shara Worden)
19 Dracula’s Daughter
20 Valencia
21 [Chimbley introduction]
22 Chimbley Sweep
23 [encore break]
24 A Cautionary Song (with “Battle of Trafalgar”)
25 Sons And Daughters
26 [second encore break]
27 June Hymn

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