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Chad VanGaalen: December 6, 2017 Rough Trade BK

December 13, 2017

[screenshot from this video]

Chad VanGaalen is a modern day Rennaisance man. He’s a Juno nominee, Polaris prize nominee, music producer, artist, composer (for Adult Swim TV Series Dream Corp LLC) — the Calgary native is an all around talented guy. One wonders where the man gets time to write, record and release his own albums, but this year he did just that. Light Information (Sub Pop / Flemish Eye) is VanGaalen’s first record in three years, and of course he played all of the instruments and recorded it in his own studio.

Chad VanGaalen just completed an extensive tour in support of Light Information and the near-end of the tour reached NYC last week. We were fortunate to finally get to see this superb artist at Rough Trade after several near misses over the last decade or so. And it was well worth the wait. This performance by Chad and his four piece band was a rip-roaring post-punk trek through much of the new album and some VanGaalen classics. The show also featured some hilarious and downright weird banter, but it all fit with the proceedings. Chad is a unique artist with a very specific sound and vision and the opportunity to see him at the top of his game touring on an A+ album was truly a treat. I hope he comes back to NYC soon.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue, which our Schoeps cards mounted centered at the soundboard booth and mixed with an outstanding feed provided by house FOH Dustin. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Chad VanGaalen
Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Dustin Myers] + 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

[Total Time 1:15:03]
01 Mind Hijacker’s Curse
02 Locked in the Phase
03 [banter – arcade]
04 Host Body
05 Mystery Elementals
06 Old Heads
07 Golden Oceans
08 Faces Lit
09 You Fool
10 [banter – Dogs]
11 Pine and Clover
12 [band introductions]
13 Clinically Dead
14 Release This High
15 Heavy Stones
16 Static Shape
17 Peace on the Rise
18 [encore break]
19 City of Electric Light
20 Weird Love
21 Rabid Bits of Time
22 [outro]

SUPPORT Chad VanGaalen: Bandcamp | Flemish Eye Records Page | Buy Light Information from Flemish Eye or Sub Pop

Suuns: February 11, 2017 Saint Vitus (Early Show)

February 14, 2017

It’s not easy to be a live band like Suuns. When you make spare, often trancelike music that relies on repetition, fueled by loops and electronics as well as live players, you need to be more than competent on your instruments; you need to be technically almost flawless. Their music can indeed put you in a trance, but the communion is broken if anything — almost anything — is out of time or introduced at the wrong moment. The amazing thing about Suuns is that nothing ever is — if “precision” was their band name instead, it wouldn’t be wrong. Their latest album Hold/Still continues their streak of infallible, tight production, made all the more impressive this time by the fact that they reputedly recorded most of it live. Hearing the songs live, it’s somewhat easier to believe. Suuns songs often tend toward modern paranoia and anxiety, but in execution of them, the band members’ melding of the human and technological is at ease.

On this winter night, the band played two full sold-out sets at Saint Vitus, an intimate, appropriate clime for the band’s dark, almost claustrophobic sound. Drawing on elements of krautrock and electronic music, Suuns’ sound is as distinct as it is penetrating. If escapist fare like “La La Land” and whatever pabulum won most Grammys last night is hailed as the right cultural output for our times precisely due to its unreality, Suuns owes equal claim to the title precisely because it sounds like just this moment. When vocalist Ben Shemie intones the single lyric from “Resistance,” over a fractured guitar line and its vaguely militaristic backbeat, you almost forget that this song was actually written in 2015. It meant something different to me when I first saw it, nearly two years ago to the date.

To that end, another exciting song to see come to fruition was “Infinity,” a number the band has worked on in various forms for several years, but finally laid down for Hold/Still. After a solid dose of newer material for the bulk of the set, Suuns took us back to their first record, Zeroes QC, for a bit, with “Arena” making an appearance, and the set closing with one of their best early songs, “Pie IX.” If Hold/Still is any guide, this band’s next few years are going to be equally fertile ones.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.0.5>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:01:12]
01 Images du Futur
02 Music Won’t Save You
03 Powers of Ten
04 Instrument
05 Translate
06 2020
07 Resistance
08 Infinity
09 Paralyzer
10 Arena
11 Edie’s Dream
12 Pie IX

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Suuns, visit their Facebook page, and buy their albums on their bandcamp site or from Secretly Canadian.

Sloan: October 17, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

October 27, 2016

[photo by Jim Sharky]

Twenty years ago the end game in the script for success in the music industry was still a big record deal. But like most “sure things”, the big deal was often a big trap. For Sloan that meant signing with Geffen Records for their 1992 album Smeared, but by the time of the release of their second album their relationship with Geffen went sour. After 1994’s Twice Removed, Sloan left the label and rumors of their break-up began to circulate.

The reports of their death having been greatly exaggerated, Sloan recorded One Chord To Another in 1996 on a shoestring budget and with modest recording techniques. And not only were they not dead, One Chord ended up being Sloan’s best selling record and a Juno Prize winner. Twenty years later it was time to celebrate this pivotal point in the band’s long and illustrious career and in 2016 One Chord To Another got the box set treatment and a tour.

At Bowery Ballroom last week, the One Chord tour rolled into town and Sloan played a two-set show with the album played straight through as the first set, and an intentionally democratic selection of songs as the second set. The band specifically referenced trying to cover at least one song from every album for this show — and that they did. The two hours of music and full album play made this show an event, but what made the night even more special occurred with two fans in between sets. In 2011, a couple had their first date at the Sloan show at Bowery Ballroom and play our recording every year on their anniversary. Five years later, Bowery and Sloan was perfect time and place for Ben Lindbergh to propose — and she said yes!

I recorded this set in a slightly different manner from our usual way — the placement of Sloan’s touring soundboard moved our mounted room microphones a little to the left and our feed from the remote board came with some issues. It took me a while to sort everything out in editing this set, including trying to minimize the sonic issues that came with the amplifier that exploded at the end of the first set. But all in all, I feel like this is now a superb recording. Enjoy!

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Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + 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

[Total Time 1:47:10]
Set One (One Chord To Another)
01 The Good in Everyone
02 Nothing Left to Make Me Want to Stay
03 Autobiography
04 Junior Panthers
05 G Turns to D
06 A Side Wins
07 Everything You’ve Done Wrong
08 Anyone Who’s Anyone
09 The Lines You Amend
10 Take the Bench
11 Can’t Face Up
12 400 Hundred Metres
Set Two
13 [Ben Lindbergh Proposal]
14 Deeper Than Beauty
15 Underwhelmed
16 C’mon C’mon
17 Money City Maniacs
18 So Far So Good
19 Unkind
20 Who Taught You to Live Like That
21 Sinking Ships
22 People of the Sky
23 Midnight Mass
24 I’m Not a Kid Anymore
25 I Can Feel It
26 Snowsuit Sound
27 The Rest of My Life
28 Losing California
29 [encore break]
30 The Marquee and the Moon
31 If It Feels Good Do It

SUPPORT Sloan: Website | Facebook | Buy One Chord To Another Box Set HERE

Nap Eyes: March 9, 2016 Union Pool

March 22, 2016


Nap Eyes, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, occupy a bit of a time warp. Listen to Thought Rock Fish Scale, their fantastic new record on Paradise of Bachelors, without knowing what you’re hearing and you might believe you were hearing mid-70s Californians raised on Lou Reed, combining laid-back rhythms with a conversational, wry delivery. Frontman Nigel Chapman has the effect of sounding like someone you’ve heard a thousand times, but haven’t quite heard before. Beneath the winsome surface, Nap Eyes have a lot going on, including Chapman’s lyrics, which swing from the confessional to the bizarre. Not that it matters much in the live setting, where we caught the band’s sold-out show at Union Pool last week. The band showed off tunes from both Thought Rock and their recently-reissued debut, Whine of the Mystic, as well as one brand-new song that shows the same level of promise as the two recent offerings. Combined with the guys’ good-natured banter (even a parent was in attendance), the show gave you the sense that the positive press surrounding this band is well-earned, a sign of their low-key appeal and their ability to casually surprise.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones from our usual spot in the balcony, combined with a soundboard feed from Union Pool engineer Robert. There are two flaws: the level of the vocals fluctuates a bit halfway through, and the house music isn’t totally faded out for about half of the first song. With those two caveats, the sound quality overall is excellent. Enjoy!

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Nap Eyes
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Schoeps MK5 (A-B, DFC, at SBD) + Soundboard (engineer: Robert)>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, adjust balance of SBD, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Mixer
02 Roll It
03 Dark Creedence
04 [new song 1]
05 Stargazer
06 Tribal Thoughts
07 Click Clack
08 No Fear of Hellfire

Support Nap Eyes: visit their bandcamp page, and buy their records from Paradise of Bachelors.

Jennifer Castle: August 1, 2012 Union Pool – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming

September 6, 2012

[photos by acidjack]

You may not have heard of Canadian singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle, who has a new album, Castlemusic, out on Flemish Eye Records in Canada and re-released by our own No Quarter, as well as two other titles out under the band name “Castlemusic”. But even if you haven’t heard of her, chances are, if you’re a fan of Canadian indie music, you’ve heard her. That is because Castle has collaborated with several high profile Canadian bands and artists, including Fucked Up, Constantines, and Doug Paisley. On her own, Castle writes intricate, compelling songs, with a lovely voice that easily stands on its own. This show at Union Pool, opening for Family Band, gave Castle a chance to perform some of her new material solo, and she made the most of it. Several of the Castlemusic songs, like “Powers” were standouts, along with a few that were (I think) new.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Family Band recording, with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed.  This recording, which consists of only vocals and guitar, therefore favors the board feed, and the sound is excellent, although there are a couple instances of the vocal mic overpeaking during the first song. Enjoy!

Please correct any errors in the setlist if you know them.

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Jennifer Castle
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 >> R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Down by the Water
02 You Don’t Have to Be
03 Sailing Away
04 Powers
05 Neverride
06 Bring Me My Friends
07 Tonight
08 Paper Woman

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Jennifer Castle, like her on facebook, and purchase her records from No Quarter or Flemish Eye.

Plants and Animals: April 18, 2012 Mercury Lounge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

April 26, 2012

[Photos courtesy of Patrick Proctor at Hippies Are Dead]

The Montreal band Plants and Animals has been at this for awhile now – they released their first EP in 2004 – and experience has clearly served them well, developing them into a band with considerable chops and obvious stage presence.  This show at Mercury Lounge came on the heels of the release of their third record, The End of That, a document of the three-piece’s continuing commitment to big, 70s-inspired rock. Big is a broad but appropriate word for the sound of a band whose songs routinely stretch beyond five or even six minutes – Plants and Animals take their time building their satisfying rhythmic structures on songs like “Mercy” and “Crisis”. While many bands use the excuse of being the fourth or fifth band of the night to wrap things up early-style, Plants and Animals anchored a long Thursday night of music at Mercury Lounge to deliver an 80-minute set that covered their three big releases and some deeper cuts from their with/avec EP like “Lola Who” and the set closer, a nine-minute version of “Faerie Dance”. The crowd was most pumped for the band’s latest single, “Lightshow”, and deservedly so – it’s an instantly memorable song with a loud/soft dynamic and a mind-glue riff.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed courtesy of the Mercury Lounge staff. Unfortunately, this being the Mercury “late show” and it being a popular drinking night here in NY (well, aren’t they all…), the crowd was very noisy, forcing me to mix in more of the soundboard feed than I otherwise would have preferred.  Although it is still a good capture, listeners on headphones may be distracted at times by the crowd chatter. With that  caveat, enjoy!

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Plants and Animals
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (PAS, 7.5ft)>CMC6 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (align, mixdown, tracking, amplify and balance, set fades)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:21:17]
01 Bye Bye Bye
02 Crisis!
03 Good Friend
04 Control Me
05 Gameshows
06 No Idea
07 Lola Who?
08 The Mama Papa
09 Mercy
10 Why & Why
11 [banter]
12 Undone Melody
13 Lightshow
14 [encore break]
15 The End of That
16 Faerie Dance

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Plants and Animals, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from their online store [HERE]

Sloan: June 29, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 5, 2011

[Photo by acidjack]

I first heard Sloan (probably like a lot of people) on one of those old DGC records CD compilations that the label would put out with one Nirvana song and one Sonic Youth song as a way to get fans to check out their lesser-known acts. Probably the most memorable band on the comp not named Nirvana or Sonic Youth was Sloan, whose debut single “Underwhelmed” from their album Smeared was alternarock perfection. All of the elements of today’s band are there – the sturdy riffs, the sweet vocal harmonies that ooze unadulterated fun, all of it catchy as hell. It makes me feel old as hell to think that this Halifax, Nova Scotia band is now celebrating their twentieth year together with this tour and the release of their latest record, The Double Cross (XX, get it?).

They’ve got a lot to show for those twenty years, too – a discography full of solid records (including the new one), numerous awards and nominations, and perhaps most tellingly, the camaraderie of sharing their entire musical career with this exact same lineup. It’s difficult to make any endeavor last as long as this one has; for a rock band, it’s almost unheard of.

Taking stock of the scene at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night, the fact that this band has held together became a bit less of a mystery. The band have what I like to think (positively) of as a very Canadian quality – they come off onstage as agreeable, pleasant people to be around, almost completely devoid of ‘attitude’ or posturing. So agreeable, in fact, that they play their instruments democratically, giving different members a turn at different instruments, sharing songwriting as well as vocal duties. They’re the kind of band that give you the proud sensation of watching your best friend’s band make it big – you feel good for them, and you feel their goodwill for you. It goes almost without saying that the band went above and beyond with their show, delivering a set that blended new songs from The Double Cross with classics from both decades, including what was a highlight for me (having never seen it live), “Gimme That,” the straight-ahead pop anthem from 2003’s Action Pact. This Wednesday night crowd was as laid back and cool as the band itself, paying attention, partying, and singing along, letting the artists in the room take center stage.

The set went out with a great four-song package of classics, with “People of the Sky” from 1994’s Twice Removed, “The Lines You Amend” and “G Turns to D” from 1996’s One Chord to Another, and an absolutely killer closer of “Money City Maniacs” from 1998’s Navy Blues. I have to admit, I would’ve loved the nostalgia trip of hearing “Underwhelmed” as interpreted twenty years later, if for no other reason to remind how much I owed that song, and that old DGC compilation, for such a great night.

I recorded this set from my usual location in the venue with the DPA microphones and an analog preamp to give it a warm, natural sound. Combined with the Bowery’s upgraded soundboard, the results are absolutely outstanding and one of my best pure audience recordings in that venue. Enjoy!

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Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: DPA 4021>Oade M248>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Balcony, LOC, mics at height of engineers
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks [Total Time 1:31:52]
01 Follow the Leader>The Answer Was You
02 Unkind
03 The Marquee and the Moon
04 Snowsuit Sound
05 Worried Now
06 Shadow of Love
07 Everything You’ve Done Wrong>
08 Who Taught You To Live Like That?
09 Gimme That
10 [banter]
11 She’s Slowing Down Again
12 Something’s Wrong>
13 Traces
14 Sinking Ships
15 It’s Plain to See
16 Your Daddy Will Do
17 Don’t You Believe A Word
18 I’ve Gotta Know
19 The Other Man
20 Beverley Terrace
21 Losing California
22 [encore break]
23 People of the Sky
24 The Lines You Amend
25 G Turns to D
26 Money City Maniacs

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Destroyer: April 3, 2011 Webster Hall – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

April 6, 2011

[Photo by acidjack]

At the end of a weekend where a certain other “band’s” “farewell” show sucked up a lot of the oxygen, this set by the multi-talented Dan Bejar, aka Destroyer, was the perfect coda. As brilliant and distinct as Bejar’s musical vision is – and his 2011 release, Kaputt, is already on the “album of the year” shortlist, if the Twitter-ing masses can be believed – Bejar’s music is almost radically foreign to what else is going on in American music today. Which is to say, Kaputt isn’t really dance music, nor can it be considered “rock” of most common varieties, and neither is it some fist-pumping, amped-up hybrid of the two. Bejar’s edges are soft, his choruses delivered on a silky train of trumpet and sax trills in a moderate, almost diffident tone. If the common mode for today’s bands is a marriage of post-punk and hard dance music, 2011’s Destroyer could be, well… indie rock and smooth jazz (which I in no way mean as an insult). In front of an audience that I am guessing included a lot of people coming down from the high (emotional or otherwise) of the previous night, I imagined that giving a memorable performance would be a challenge. But Bejar has wisely outfitted himself with an eight-person band that is more than up to the challenge of turning his proggish, cerebral songs into an outstanding live performance – one that had women throwing underwear at the stage and plenty of fans screaming. The fact is, at this point, Bejar’s fans appreciate his lush, intellectual songs, and that is to their credit. This is music that rewards patience and contemplation, not slam-dancing.

As a key part of the “supergroup” The New Pornographers, Bejar is of course a master of the pop song, even in this less-obvious context; “Painter In Your Pocket” and “Song For America” could (and probably did) inspire singalongs. My favorite numbers of the night came at the end: “Suicide Demo for Kara Walker” and its beautiful intro, with a distortion squall leading into a patient flute passage before the song’s main dance beat kicked in, as well as the epic “Bay of Pigs,” which BrooklynVegan rightly identified not only as the source of the loudest singalong, but also the aforementioned underwear-tossing. Bejar seemed as relaxed throughout the set as his record’s sound implies, and why not? He has the right musicians to execute his vision, songs that are refreshingly out of place, and fans that want what he has to offer. I hope he won’t be saying “farewell” to this project any time soon.

Our new contributor hi and lo I recorded this set from the balcony immediately to the left of the soundboard with four Schoeps mics. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Merge Records and Dan Bejar for granting us permission to record.

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Webster Hall
New York, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded by acidjack and hi and lo
Produced by acidjack

Equipment: Schoeps CMC6U/mk41>Sound Devices USBpre2+Schoeps mk4v>NBox>>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: Balcony, immediate left of soundboard, on clamps pointing at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, light EQ (less than -1dB cut at 160, 200, and 250Hz), amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:14:38]
01 Intro
02 Chinatown
03 Blue Eyes
04 It’s Gonna Take An Airplane
05 [banter]
06 Downtown
07 My Favorite Year
08 Kaputt
09 3000 Flowers
10 Painter In Your Pocket
11 Suicide Demo for Kara Walker
12 [banter]
13 Song for America
14 Bay of Pigs

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