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Mary Halvorson: July 14, 2014 The Wick – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 15, 2014
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[photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

Mary Halvorson is a multi-talented, multifaceted musician who represents the best of the New York scene, which is to say that she seems to be everywhere all at once. A survey of her recent shows includes everything from more sedate jazz gigs at Cornelia Street Cafe, appearances with Tim Berne at the avant-jazz club Roulette, a show in the band People at Death By Audio, and of course, her current performances as opening act for Buzz Osborne aka King Buzzo of the Melvins, currently promoting his new solo album (that recording soon). As the New Yorker put it more succinctly, “she’s in tons of bands”.

While we have tried to feature many of the best-known current virtuoso guitarists on this site, this is a first appearance for Halvorson, a slight embarrassment to us given both her talent and how prolific she is. As this set at Bushwick’s The Wick demonstrated, she is a singular improviser who in a single set can cut across generations and genres. For this set, Halvorson chose to go the all-covers route, including songs by Ornette Coleman, Oliver Nelson, the bassist Chris Lightcap, and a host of other U.S. and international leading lights of jazz and guitar music. To their credit, Buzzo’s metal-minded audience understood what was going on, giving Halvorson her due. She deserves all that and more.

I recorded this set with a simplistic onstage rig of two small Countryman omnidirectional microphones split two and a half feet apart. While there is some ambient noise evident at points, the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Platform” [Chris Lightcap]

Download the complete set: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Mary Halvorson
2014-07-14
The Wick
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Countryman B3 (onstage, split 2.5ft)>CA-UBB>Sony PCM-M10>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels, compression)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Sadness [Ornette Coleman]
02 Cheshire Hotel [Noël Akchoté]
03 Ida Lupino [Carla Bley]
04 Blood [Annette Peacock]
05 Cascades [Oliver Nelson]
06 [banter]
07 Someday My Prince Will Come [Frank Churchill]
08 Solitude [Duke Ellington]
09 Platform [Chris Lightcap]
10 Reflections [Thelonious Monk]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Mary Halvorson, visit her website, and buy records from her substantial discography, which isn’t available all in one place but can generally be purchased at Discogs.

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BOYTOY: February 24, 2014 Shea Stadium – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 17, 2014
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[Photos courtesy of Walter Wlodarczyk]

The Brooklyn band BOYTOY only has some scattered bandcamp tracks to their name, but don’t expect their anonymity to last. Leading off a four-band bill anywhere isn’t easy, but BOYTOY grabbed our attention immediately at Shea Stadium on this Friday night, with a wide-ranging brand of rock n’ roll delivered with a poise that belies their limited output. Their style ranged from the bratty pop-punk of “Bad Brain” to the more dense, shoegazey stylings we saw at the end of the set with “Blazed”, which recalled early Lush. Vocalist Saara Untracht-Oakner shows consistency even as the song styles change, and bandmates Glenn Van Dyke (guitar) and Matthew Gregory aka Matty Beans (drums) are right there with her, churning out one song after another that demands repeat listens. We enjoyed it so much that we are offering the entire set for stream, as well as the traditional FLAC and MP3 downloads, below. An EP is expected in late spring; keep an eye out on the band’s bandcamp page for more info.

As with the sets posted from Big Ups and Slothrust, this set was recorded in full digital multitrack provided by the Shea Stadium team, combined with a pair of my Naiant audience mics. We’d encourage you to check out Shea’s site for their own version of this show (coming soon) as well those of hundreds of other bands.

Stream the entire set:

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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BOYTOY
2014-02-21
Shea Stadium
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com courtesy of liveatsheastadiumbk.com
Recorded by R.J. Gordon and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard multitrack + Naiant X-X>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>>Adobe Audition CS5.5 (mixdown and effects)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, compression, limiting)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, additional EQ, dither, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Road Dog
02 Bad Brain
03 Helluva Party
04 TV Dreams
05 Shallow Town
06 Visits
07 Postal
08 Runner
09 Blazed

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT BOYTOY, like them on Facebook, and buy their music at their bandcamp page.

Big Ups: February 21, 2014 Shea Stadium – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 2, 2014
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[Photos courtesy of Walter Wlodarczyk]

Big Ups sent the crowd into a frenzy from start to finish. Crowd surfers, held aloft on a sea of hands, pumped their fists. Frontman Joe Galarraga sprawled on the floor, tearing at his shirt, howling into the mic. Isn’t New York talked about, in lesser cities, as a place where crowds have been there, done that, don’t give a damn? Well, maybe not enough bands are asking us to pay attention. Big Ups, for their part, aren’t asking.

This show was punk rock at its elemental best, played in the right kind of setting, to the right kind of crowd. Shea Stadium feels like a safe space for shirt-ripping, lung-tearing pandemonium, and that’s what we got, the intimate space flung into chaos as Galarraga and his bandmates powered through songs from their killer new release Eighteen Hours of Static. Begun a few years ago when the band members were seniors in college, the Big Ups of today plays like the veteran outfit they are. What’s on offer isn’t just three-chord punk played loud; Brendan Finn, Amar Lal, Carlos Salguero Jr. and Galarraga deliver plenty of volume, but it’s the force with which they deliver it that sets them apart. They hit like a punch to the gut. 

This set was recorded in full digital multitrack provided by the Shea Stadium team, combined with a pair of my audience mics. We’d encourage you to check out their site for their own version of this show (coming soon) as well as a previous Big Ups show and those of hundreds of other bands.

Big Ups will be playing this Monday, March 3 at Baby’s All Right, followed by the traditional tour down to Texas for South By Southwest. Check out the dates here.

Stream “Goes Black”

Stream “Wool”

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Big Ups
2014-02-21
Shea Stadium
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com courtesy of liveatsheastadium.com
Recorded by R.J. Gordon and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard multitrack + Naiant X-X>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>>Adobe Audition CS5.5 (mixdown and effects)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, compression, limiting)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, additional EQ, dither, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Shut Your Mouth
02 Goes Black
03 Not Today
04 [banter]
05 TMI
06 Wool
07 Fresh Meat
08 Rash
09 Negative

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Big Ups, visit their website, like them on Facebook and buy Eighteen Hours of Static there.

Friend Roulette: April 5, 2013 Bushwick Starr – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 29, 2013
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[Photos by Jill Harrison at For the Love of Brooklyn]

We joined the band Friend Roulette last month at the Bushwick Starr to celebrate the release of Paul Damian Hogan the Third’s new record, but Friend Roulette had some celebrating to do of their own. This month they dropped their latest creation, the full length LP I’m Sorry You Hit Your Head, an album rich with whimsical orchestral pop creations. Singers/songwriters Matthew Meade and Julia Tepper show a variety of influences in their work, including classical music as well as film scores, and their willingness to venture afield from standard verse/chorus/verse/bridge/chorus structure is commendable. Throw in dual percussionists along with strings, keys and sax and you have a lot of layers for your brain to process — a challenge for the listener, but also a journey worth making. Pulling these songs off live was a challenge of its own in a stripped-down space, but the band showed no hesitation on this night, covering material from their first EP right through the new record. Streaming below is “Golden” from the new album, but we’d recommend hitting up their bandcamp page, where you can stream (and buy) the whole thing.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones in an “ORTF” pattern, which provides optimal stereo imaging and reflects the acoustics of the space accurately. Enjoy!

Stream “Golden”

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Friend Roulette
2013-04-05
The Bushwick Starr
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5 (cardiod, ORTF, DFC, FOB)>KCY>Z-PFA>Roland R-26>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, parallel compression, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 The Sailing Song
02 Warm Cycle
a) Up In the Air
b) Warm Year
03 Garden’s Tidings
04 Grow Younger
05 Golden

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Friend Roulette by visiting their bandcamp page and purchasing I’m Sorry You Hit Your Head and their other records.

Paul Damian Hogan the Third: April 5, 2013 The Bushwick Starr – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 1, 2013
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[Photos by Jill Harrison at For the Love of Brooklyn]

Paul Damian Hogan The Third (if you wonder why the full name, Google “Paul Hogan” — he’s Crocodile Dundee, in case you’re wondering) is one of those artists that doesn’t slow down. Visit his website and you’ll find links to no less than eight albums, film scores, compositions, production (Friend Roulette’s EP, strings on Passion Pit’s Manners), and a few TV commercials — oh, and he’s also in the bands Frances and Ta Da, in his spare time. I was lucky enough to be invited to this special event at The Bushwick Starr, a comfortable DIY theater and event space on Starr Street near the Jefferson L, which Paul had rented out for the night to debut his latest record, The House, which appropriately enough is the successor to The Hut from 2009. Surrounded by friends and joined by a number of special guests, Hogan played The House for us straight through, with several songs transitioning seamlessly into the others. Hearing him live, it’s no surprise that he spends significant time as an arranger and producer — or that he has a Ph.D. in music — as his compositions and arrangements are dense, varied and surprising, never going quite where you expect. This debut of the new record in this unique and intimate space was the perfect way to introduce us to Hogan’s latest effort.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones in the center of the room with a wide pattern to capture the way it sounded live. Other than some PA hiss and occasional distortion, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Fooled”

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Paul Damian Hogan the Third
2013-04-05
The Bushwick Starr
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5 (cardiod, ORTF, DFC, FOB)>KCY>Z-PFA>Roland R-26>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, parallel compression, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro] (Matt Meade of Friend Roulette)
02 California Sands
03 Golden Cactus
04 Constellation
05 The Heat Stroke Song
06 The Really Really Long Road
07 Evil Wheel
08 Fooled
09 Cosmic Walkabout
10 The Fort

Players:
Paul Damian Hogan the Third (keys, vocals)
Matt Meade (guitar)
Kyle Olson (drums)

Guest appearances by:
John Stanesco (sax, bass clarinet)
Julia Tepper (violin, vox)
Stephanie Skaff (vox)

Live slide show by Brighid Greene and Stephanie Gould

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Paul Damian Hogan, visit his website, and purchase The House directly from him [HERE], including the limited vinyl edition.

XVSK: July 23, 2011 Backyard Brunch Sessions – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

August 5, 2011
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[Photos by Dominick Mastrangello]

XVSK is the dynamic duo of Trevor Exter and John Morgan Kimock, and they turn the whole au courant notion of the noisy garage rock duo completely on its head. Lots of bands use the stripped-down format to excuse sloppy, thin songs; Exter and Kimock manage to pump out fully realized blues-rock tunes that could shame a band twice their size. They achieve it in part by being very good at what they do, and their pedigree has probably contributed to their current skill level. Kimock is the son of the legendary guitarist Steve Kimock, and the family’s musical gift has passed to John in the form of some vicious drum skills. Exter is a celebrated vocalist and cellist who has played with many great artists and released his own solo records, and the use of his plugged-in cello is a big part of what gives the duo a bigger sound. This Backyard Brunch Sessions performance could just as easily have been a studio session given how dialed-in the duo was. Although they haven’t been playing together long, the two musicians clearly have a compatible vision and style. According to the bio on his website, Exter had some rough travels on the way to the musical moment he is now in, and perhaps what makes his blues-inflected vocals so convincing, perhaps no more so than on the kickoff track to the afternoon, “Hits”, which has been stuck in my head since the show.

I recorded this set with AKG microphones on John’s drums, a direct output from Trevor’s vocal mic, and a Schoeps microphone on Trevor’s cello amps. The results are outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Back In My Arms”:

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

XVSK
2011-07-23
Backyard Brunch Sessions
Brooklyn, NY

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: AKG C414 B-XLS (wide cardiod)>Sound Devices USBpre2 + Schoeps Mk41>CMC6 >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Mastering: 4x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (effects, mixdown)>Audacity (set fades, EQ, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Intro
02 Hits
03 Back In My Arms
04 Mexico
05 Natalie
06 No How

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U Say USA: June 19, 2011 NYCTaper Northside Showcase @ Public Assembly – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

July 4, 2011
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I invited Bushwick’s U Say USA to play our first annual NYCTaper Northside Showcase without having actually seen their live show, but on the strength of some very positive word of mouth. Though the term “Bushwick band” might conjure the thought of an experimental keyboard project, U Say USA use their neighborhood (prominently featured on the cover of their record, The Greatest Recession (I’ve Ever Been To)) as the jumping off point for their songwriting, which deals with populist themes appropriate to the current moment, with a sense of humor to boot. As to their sound, the band combines some of punk’s jagged edges with a strong classic rock vibe. Particularly of note (and uncommon to an indie rock show) is lead guitarist Ian Gilliam’s guitar work – the man can seriously solo. The band have been upping their gig count of late, including a recently-completed residence at Williamsburg’s Trash Bar, and we expect to see more of them in the neighborhood.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other sets from this show. This recording emphasizes the board feed a bit more heavily, but overall is quite good. Also, apologies for the minor tracking error on tracks 2 and 3. Enjoy!

Stream “If U Feel Like Ur Dreamin”:

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U Say USA
2011-06-19
NYCTaper Northside Showcase
Public Assembly
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: AKG C414 B-XLS (cardiod)>Sound Devices USBpre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: Each mic clamped to pole, split 5ft
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Cutting Down Forests
02 Rome>
03 Rome (cont)>Holding Barrels
04 Amy & the Ghost
05 Under the Weather
06 Where’d It All Go?
07 C.E.O.
08 If U Feel Like Ur Dreamin’
09 Diesel

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Givers: June 18, 2011 Backyard Brunch Sessions – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

July 1, 2011
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[photo by acidjack]

Before heading over to McCarren Park a few Saturdays ago to catch Guided By Voices and others on the Northside Festival main stage, I had the privilege of catching the inaugural show of the 2011 Backyard Brunch Sessions, starring Lafayette, LA’s Givers.  With their good attitudes and laid back vibe, I liked this band before hearing a note of their music. Having recently signed to Glassnote Records for the release of their debut album, In Light, the band are enjoying a big push in the press lately, having been nominated as “buzzworthy” by MTV, a “band to watch” by Stereogum, and written about favorably by NPR.  It’s not hard to see why; not only is this five-piece eminently likable, but their music has that “something extra.”  In this case, that something is a touch of Afrobeat that gives their music a bouncy, percussive feel.  Male lead vocalist/guitarist Taylor Gaurisco’s sweet voice is nicely paired with female lead/percussionist Tiffany Lamson’s more smoky, soulful vocal approach.  For this backyard show, the band did not have their full arsenal of instruments, which pushed the emphasis to their songwriting.  I am pleased to report that the songwriting held up to the stripped-down scrutiny, particularly their much-talked-about leadoff single “Up Up Up.”  Though this set was short, it told us all we needed to know about the talent level of this young and exciting band.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with a variety of high end microphones (pictured) miking individual band members.  The results are outstanding, possibly the best Backyard Brunch recording we have offered to date!

Stream “Up Up Up”:

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Givers
2011-06-18
Backyard Brunch Sessions
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded by acidjack and hi and lo for nyctaper.com
Produced by acidjack

Equipment: Schoeps Mk5 (omni)>EAA PSP2 + AKG C414 B-XLS (hypercardiod and omni modes) + DPA 4021 >> Tascam DR-680 (24/48)
Mastering: 6x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (multitrack mixdown, normalize, set fades)>Audacity (tracking, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Saw You First
02 [banter]
03 Up Up Up
04 Meantime

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