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Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven: January 20, 2019 Sony Hall

January 28, 2019
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Last weekend I braved the frigid NYC temperatures—and that wind! and that fearsome moon!—for January’s traditional Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven tour. This was my first time seeing either band, unlikely to be my last. I wasn’t super familiar with Camper Van beforehand, but songs like “Too High for the Love-In” and their cover of Status Quo’s “Picture of Matchstick Men” are pretty irresistible.

Cracker played second, which was perfect because the crowd got good and loose during the set break. Anyone who was teenager in 1993/1994 has Cracker’s “Low” seared into their brains, and I really don’t want to out myself as a poser but seeing them play it live was the highlight for me. Don’t @ me. Lots of other great songs in this set, particular highlights for me being “How Can I Live Without You,” “Almond Grove,” and “Teen Angst.” Hopefully the tradition continues and I’ll see you there in January 2020.

I recorded this set with the MBHO cardoids run high, from a little right of the soundboard where the venue staff set me up in a nice booth. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive: Cracker / Camper Van Beethoven

Cracker:

Camper Van Beethoven:

Cracker
2019-01-20
Sony Hall
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A (ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, compression, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [1:18:32]
01. Been Around the World
02. Mr. Wrong
03. Seven Days
04. How Can I Live Without You
05. Get Off This
06. The Good Life
07. Sweet Thistle Pie
08. California Country Boy
09. King of Bakersfield
10. Low
11. Almond Grove
12. One Fine Day
13. Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)
14. I See the Light
15. El Comandante
16. Beautiful

Camper Van Beethoven
2019-01-20
Sony Hall
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A (ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, compression, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [58:07]
01. Northern California Girls
02. Pictures of Matchstick Men
03. Tania
04. Eye of Fatima
05. All Her Favorite Fruit
06. Good Guys & Bad Guys
07. Take the Skinheads Bowling
08. Sad Lovers Waltz
09. Summer Days
10. S.P. 37957 Medley
11. Too High For the Love-In

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Camper Van Beethoven: January 19, 2013 Stage 48 – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 23, 2013
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CVB Keim
[photos by Dean Keim]

Yesterday, Camper Van Beethoven released their eighth album La Costa Perdida, and first since 2004. The album is a strong continuation of the band’s latter-era mature material. That is to say a melodic mix of CVB songwriting abilities and eclectic influences delivered with technical proficiency. The band’s traditional mini winter tour took them to NYC for the fifth consecutive January, but first at the new midtown venue Stage 48, a club similar in layout and vibe to the location of the three previous CVB NYC shows, Highline Ballroom, but with more “uptown” feel. While at last year’s show we got a sneak peek at 3 of the new songs, on Saturday night the band played five of the album’s ten tracks, including the single-quality number “Northern California Girls” that we are streaming below. While technically “opening” the show, these co-headline sets with Cracker (recording coming soon) are virtually full length, so the band played seventy minutes of material including quite a number of classics. Camper will continue to tour on the album with shows in the Southeast in January and the West coast in February.

This was our first trip to Stage 48. We were quite impressed with the sound quality of the room and the superb quality of this recording reflects the excellent system at Stage 48 and the talents of the venue’s FOH Will. I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards from the soundboard booth, which is located above the floor but below the balcony and mixed it with a fine board feed. Enjoy!

Stream “Northern California Girls”:

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

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CVB2 Keim

Camper Van Beethoven
2013-01-19
Stage 48
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Inside of Soundboard Booth

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2013-01-22

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:09:34]
01 [introduction]
02 Waka
03 Pictures of Matchstick Men
04 Seven Languages
05 Summer Days
06 All Her Favorite Fruit
07 Northern California Girls
08 One Of These Days
09 Too High For the Love In
10 Sad Lovers Waltz
11 Take The Skinheads Bowling
12 You Got To Roll
13 Tania
14 Peaches in the Summertime
15 New Roman Times
16 L’Aguardiente
17 Eye of Fatima Part 1
18 Eye of Fatima Part 2

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Camper Van Beethoven, visit their website, and purchase La Costa Perdida directly from the Store at their website [HERE].

Camper Van Beethoven: January 14, 2012 Highline Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 17, 2012
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[screen cap from this youtube video]

Camper Van Beethoven has an extensive catalog dating back almost thirty years to their early 80s formation, which permits the band to play divergent setlists on any given night. But CVB has not released a new album since 2004’s brilliant New Roman Times. So it was a bit of a surprise to hear that Camper has three new fully formed songs that have been played on each night of the current tour, including Saturday night at Highline Ballroom. Of the three, the most impressive was “Too High For The Love-In”, a very Camper-like irreverent and catchy song that we’re streaming below. The balance of the set consisted of a variety of classics culled democratically from each of their albums. The set ended in high form with an energetic take on “Pictures of Matchstick Men” that we are also streaming below. The current tour ended last night in Boston, but Camper Van Beethoven returns to the East coast for another “Camp-Out” Fest, this time at the 40 Watt Club in Athens GA from March 1 through March 3.

I recorded this set with the Neumann microphones set up at the front right corner of the soundboard and mixed with an outstanding stereo board feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

The Cracker set was also recorded and will be posted in the coming days.

Stream “Too High For The Love-In”:

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Stream “Pictures of Matchstick Men”:

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This recording is now available for direct 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.

Camper Van Beethoven
2012-01-14
Highline Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by nyctaper and Johnny FCB
Produced by nyctaper
2012-01-15

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:06:03]
01 All Her Favorite Fruit
02 Sweethearts
03 Tania
04 Summer Days
05 O Death
06 Eye of Fatima Part 1
07 Eye of Fatima Part 2
08 You’ve Got to Roll
09 Sad Lovers Waltz
10 Tina
11 Ambiguity Song
12 Take the Skinheads Bowling
13 Balalaika Gap
14 The Poppies of Balmorhea
15 Too High For The Love-In
16 [banter – rock operas]
17 Seven Languages
18 Pictures of Matchstick Men

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Camper Van Beethoven, visit their website, and purchase their official releases directly from the store at their website [HERE].

Camper Van Beethoven: January 14, 2011 Highline Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

February 13, 2011
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[photo by Lynn Kestenbaum of the excellent lynnguppy blog]

This recording is the first submitted by our newest nyctaper staff recorder, “mrsaureus”, who we hope will become a regular contributor!

by mrsaureus
“Like an old testament prophet, or a Morman elder, or (all right, what do I know about it?) like that guy on Big Love, our favorite openly practicing musical polygamist David Lowery brought both of his bands to NYC for back to back performances at the Highline Ballroom on January 14. I’ve been reading the Keith Richards book, which has me all in a lather for rock and roll tell-all, so I couldn’t help but wonder what the dynamic on the bus is. One big happy family? Hmm. Maybe, but the mind is inevitably drawn to the sordid. Is it Cracker in the front, wearing their greater commercial success like a warm parka, loud and cheerful game of 20 questions, Camper Van Beethoven in the back, sullen and pissy, answering in monosyllables? Or is it CVB the first and truest love, despite Cracker’s headline position on the bill, serenely confident of favor, irritatingly aloof in the face of drunken, bitter Cracker histrionics? I guess we’ll have to wait for the Immergluck book to find out. In the meantime, I marvel at what an absolute delight this pair of shows proved to be. I liked so many things about them I hardly know where to begin. I should say that I was a fan back in the nineties but I’d completely lost touch with this music: all I knew is that I used to like it. As often as not, things you used to love come back to embarrass you (just give me a second to queue up this episode of Lost in Space on Hulu . . . OK, I’m back now), and so I was gratified and relieved to find that in this case my taste was vindicated by strong performances of a jaw droppingly rich musical smorgasbord. It’s a brilliant format, playing consecutively as CVB and Cracker, and it gives the concert goer some real insights into the different approaches taken by these two successful projects. I found myself about to use the word “evolution” back there, but that isn’t it: CVB didn’t evolve into Cracker anymore than the Beatles evolved into Wings. Two bands. Some similarities. Some differences. Both draw on a rich California compost heap of musical influences (the Dead, Bakersfield, Cali ska) and have a sound founded on solid musicianship and terrific guitar work. I was struck by how really well both Greg Lisher and Johnny Hickman played. CVB is fermented longer and a little bit tangier and is in some ways more interesting musically, where Cracker is more buffed up alpha pop, steroids sure, but hits the home runs fair enough. Both bands sounded absolutely fresh: no taint of the nostalgia act here despite playing sets consisting almost wholly of albums recorded 20 years ago.

So, yeah, this show was constructed around the “play the whole album” gimmick, which is becoming increasingly common, and about which I have a certain shallow ambivalence. Upside, you know you’ll hear songs you like. Downside, it panders to a lack of faith in the fanbase. It’s the same impulse that’s turning Broadway into a recycling center for popular middlebrow movies. It seeks to assure the public that even if they are disappointed, at least they won’t be surprised. A concert can be a revelation. A live show allows a band to play their songs reworked in interesting ways, to add intros and codas and fool with the mix of instruments and the tempo, to play covers and obscure tracks. They can petulantly refuse to play their big hit, or play it so flaccidly it’s like a big contemptuous finger to the audience (this I don’t like), or going the other way they can play their big hit twice: once early and once again at the end. I’ve seen all that and every time it makes me glad I didn’t just stay home and listen to the album. Or they can just play the album, which in general teaches me less. Gosh, I’m whining and I don’t like it, and it strikes me that in this case at least, I’m being a bit of a bad sport. Having to listen to Key Lime Pie and Kerosene Hat, both in my top ten list of all time favorites, is really nothing to complain about.

Final interesting tidbit. All the CVB musicians come back onstage to stage to join Cracker for an incendiary, orgasmic “Interstellar Overdrive”, except that Cracker bass player heads backstage. Then it hit me: I’ve never seen a band with two bass players. I actually had never thought about it before, but there it is. Every single other instrument is often doubled or tripled. CVB used four guitars on some songs and southern rock bands have two or three of everything except . . . bass guitar. So it’s my assumption that there must be a reason that two bass guitars simply undoes a rhythm section. There would be no reason in the world not to have everybody in the (OK, the evidence points to it) big happy CVB/Cracker family onstage at the end, no reason to send poor Sal off to a lonely backstage exile with nothing but scads of coked up matchstick model groupies to keep him company (whoa, I think that’s the Keef book talking), except that having two bass players is musical suicide. I’d like to hear peoples thoughts about this.”

Recorded and minimally produced by mrsaureus, standing center floor five feet back from the stage, Core-Sound High End Binaurals to Sony PCM-M10 (48 kHZ, 24 bit), WavePad Sound Editor to chop and FLAC only. Some crowd noise but sounds nice.

The Cracker recording will posted shortly in a separate post, with reference to the same review.

Stream “All Her Favorite Fruit / Interlude”:

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

Camper Van Beethoven
Highline Ballroom, NYC
January 14, 2011

CVB set:
01-Key Lime Pie Opening Theme
02-Jack Ruby
03-Sweethearts
04-When I Win the Lottery
05-Laundromat
06-Borderline
07-The Light from a Cake
08-June
09-All Her Favorite Fruit – Interlude
10-Flowers
11-The Humid Press of Days
12-Pictures of Matchstick Men
13-Come on Darkness
14-Eye of Fatima 1 & 2
15-Take the Skinheads Bowling

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