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Ryley Walker: January 13, 2015 Baby’s All Right

February 5, 2015
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[photo from October 2014 Rough Trade show by acidjack]

Ryley Walker will be a breakout star this year, and the reason won’t just be his forthcoming album, Primrose Green. Walker has been touring hard, working out the new material, and consistently wowing audiences. BrooklynVegan brought him to New York for a Red Bull Sound Select event at Baby’s All Right, and we couldn’t have been happier, having seen Walker last in a similar two-man configuration back in October at Rough Trade.

Once Primrose Green hits shelves, those versions of Walker’s songs might well seem polite by comparison. The title track’s single, available on Soundcloud and on other streaming services, is a fine version, but pales when up against Walker’s fierce version on this night, a ten-minute ramble through his mind featuring an elongated intro and a virtuosic guitar playing that mimicked some of the dissociative elements of the alcoholic beverage for which the song is titled. But if I had to pick from among Walker’s post-All Kinds of You material, I think it’s “Summer Dress” that will go down as his signature song, as it begins with its loping guitar line under a vocal turn in which Walker yelps, deploys falsetto, flirts with chaos. Watching Walker, you get the sense that he’s not even trying to play these songs to please you, but he does anyway. There’s a sense of abandon to his work that can’t help but grab you; he’s feral up there, without anchor. He makes many of the greats to whom he’s compared — Bert Jansch, for one — sound like choirboys. As to other distinctions, this set boasted a new song, “Funny Thing She Said”, as well as a cover of Van Morrison’s “Fair Play” from Veedon Fleece, the latter a worthwhile reimagining that again places Walker right up there with the rarefied company that came before him.

This set was recorded by Baby’s engineer Rubes, whose dedication to craft is obvious in his flawless mix of his board feed with the house mics. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Walker will be back at Baby’s All Right on March 15 with another of our favorites, Kevin Morby. Get tickets here.

Download the complete show via the Live Music Archive: [FLAC] | [MP3]

Ryley Walker
2015-01-13
Baby’s All Right (sponsored by BrooklynVegan)
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by Rubes
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Rubes) + Audio Technica 4051>digital multitrack>SD card>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down individual tracks, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.5 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downwsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Note that two tags of the FLAC and MP3 files need updating]
01 Funny Thing She Said
02 [banter1]
03 Summer Dress
04 [banter2]
05 Primrose Green
06 On the Banks of the Old Kishwaukee
07 Fair Play [Van Morrison]
08 [banter3]
09 Sweet Satisfaction

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Heartless Bastards: March 17, 2012 SXSW at Hotel Vegan Austin TX – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

April 9, 2012
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[photo courtesy of Amanda Hatfield]

We are all big fans of Heartless Bastards over here at nyctaper, as well we’re quite fond of Partisan Records. When the two got together earlier this year and released HB’s strongest record to date, Arrow, acidjack and John got to celebrate with the band at their sold out Webster Hall show in February. That triumphant 90+ minute show was a watershed moment of sorts, but it was not too long before we were able to catch them again. This time it was the packed bill of Hotel Vegan’s final day. Playing after Lucero and before Diamond Rugs (coming soon), Heartless Bastards delivered a powerful forty-minute set that began with a stunning version of epic song of the year candidate “Down In The Canyon”, and never let up. The new songs were primarily featured, but we’re streaming an HB classic “Nothing Seems the Same” which ended the show on a high note.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Lucero set with the Sennheiser cards mixed with a board feed, and the sound quality is excellent despite the many distractions the setting contained. Enjoy!

Stream “Nothing Seems the Same”:

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Heartless Bastards
2012-03-17
Hotel Vegan – SXSW
Austin, TX USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-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 and Produced
by nyctaper 2012-04-06

Setlist:
[Total Time 37:50]
01 Down In The Canyon
02 Late In The Night
03 Parted Ways
04 Got To Have Rock And Roll
05 Simple Feeling
06 Hold Your Head High
07 Nothing Seems the Same

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Heartless Bastards, visit their website, and purchase Arrow from Partisan Records [HERE]

Fanfarlo: March 15, 2012 SXSW at Hotel Vegan Austin TX – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

March 21, 2012
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[photo courtesy of Amanda Hatfield]

NYCTaper went on the road to Austin last week for the annual SXSW Festival. As I tweeted at one point near the end of my trip, SXSW is kind of like CMJ on steroids. There are a ton of corporate-backed “scene” shows downtown that really don’t appeal to me. However, on the East side there was a series of unofficial showcases that featured just about every band you could see downtown, only under much better circumstances — a relaxed atmosphere not overrun by commercialization. That’s where we spent the Fest.

The best of these unofficial shows was the four-day afternoon showcases presented by brooklynvegan at the venue Hotel Vegas, rechristened “Hotel Vegan” for the week. Each afternoon eight or nine band played on an outside stage while inside there was additional bands on two other stages. We camped out on Thursday at noon at the outside stage and that’s where we stayed for the next three days. Each day’s afternoon showcases were recorded, and I’ll be featuring a large amount of those recordings over the next few weeks.

One of the highlights of Thursday’s show was the set by the British-based band Fanfarlo. They are currently in the US on tour to support their new album Rooms Filled With Light and based upon reviews, I expected the Fanfarlo to have a more pronounced electronic feel to their beautiful indie-folk. I had not seen the band since 2009 (here) and while its clear that their sound has changed, I find it more of an evolution than a departure. The focus remains on Simon Balthazar’s vocals and songwriting accompanied by a variety of instrumentations from the talented band. At this Hotel Vegan show, it was the horn playing that cut through the heat, chatter and outdoor sounds to propel the band forward. The set consisted of all but one song from Rooms, and we are streaming “Deconstruction”, a powerful song that builds in intensity to a stunning conclusion.

I recorded all of the Hotel Vegan outdoor sets with the assistance of my new Sennheiser MKH-8040 Cardioid microphones and they certainly proved up to the task. These recordings presented many challenges, the most pronounced of which was the persistent thumping of bass and drums from an adjacent competing stage (unaffiliated with brooklynvegan). Our “neighbors” seemed to feel the need to compensate for the poor attendance at their show by cranking their sound system. Some of this noise can be heard in between songs in many of the Hotel Vegan recordings. There was also the expected constant chatter and movement of the Festival crowd. I was also assisted with an excellent soundboard feed by the superb FOH technicians Toby and Taylor employed at the Festival by Miller Pro Audio. With all of these challenges (and caveats), I still feel that the sound quality of these recordings is excellent under the circumstances. Enjoy!

Stream “Deconstruction”:

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This recording is now available for download in FLAC or 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.

Fanfarlo
2012-03-15
Hotel Vegan – SXSW
Austin, TX USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-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 and Produced
by nyctaper 2012-03-21

Setlist:
[Total Time 32:15]
01 Feathers
02 Tightrope
03 Lenslife
04 Tunguska
05 Deconstruction
06 [banter]
07 Harold T Wilkins
08 Shiny Things

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Fanfarlo, visit their website, and purchase Rooms Filled With Light directly from the Fanfarlo webstore [HERE].

The Hold Steady: September 17, 2011 Beekman Beer Garden – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

September 18, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Amanda Hatfield]

It was a nice bit of symmetry that Saturday night’s show at Beekman Beer Garden came exactly four years to the day since we first saw The Hold Steady. That 2007 show at the 7 World Trade Center plaza was also an outdoor downtown free event. From the very outset and through our many live experiences with the band, we have always been struck by Craig Finn’s unbridled performance style — he is unrivaled in the stage expression of love for the band’s songs. Its an infectious approach, as Finn’s energy ignites the crowd. A Hold Steady show experienced from the front of the crowd is a joyous and celebratory communal event. On Saturday in the Beekman tent, we were fortunate that our recording location was far enough towards the stage to literally put us in the middle of the frenzied crowd and maximized the experience. The show itself was undoubtedly the best Hold Steady show we’ve been fortunate to catch. The band was tight and cracking and the 90-minute-plus set contained some neat rarities among a full setlist of the essentials. The closing epic “How a Resurrection Really Feels” featured the band taking it slow and savoring the positive energy of a peak performance. It was about as poignant as The Hold Steady can get, and we have chosen to stream that superb performance below.

I recorded this set with the four microphone rig in an optimal location, inside of the front left of the soundboard cage about thirty feet from the main PA. The sound quality in the venue was remarkable, and we were also free from any outdoor elements. The result is an excellent recording. Enjoy!

Our sincere thanks to brooklynvegan and the Hold Steady crew for their many courtesies on this night.

Stream “How a Resurrection Really Feels”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [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.

The Hold Steady
2011-09-17
Beekman Beer Garden
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Inside Soundboard Cage
Thirty Feet from Stage

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
2011-09-18

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:34:26]
01 Ask Her For Adderall
02 Massive Nights
03 Constructive Summer
04 Hot Soft Light
05 Hurricane J
06 Girls Like Status
07 Sequestered in Memphis
08 The Swish
09 The Sweet Part of The City
10 You Can Make Him Like You
11 Rock Problems
12 Magazines
13 Chips Ahoy
14 Stuck Between Stations
15 Stevie Nix
16 Lord I’m Discouraged
17 The Weekenders
18 Your Little Hoodrat Friend
19 Southtown Girls
20 Slapped Actress
21 [encore break]
22 Ride On [AC-DC]
23 Stay Positive
24 How a Resurrection Really Feels

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