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Condo Fucks: May 22, 2015 Cake Shop – Flac/MP3/Streaming

May 26, 2015

[photos by PSquared Photography]

The Lower East Side venue Cake Shop has lived in many ways a parallel existence to we here at NYCTaper. We’ve recorded and posted shows from Cake Shop somewhere in the range of one hundred occasions. We’ve hosted our annual CMJ day parties at Cake Shop for seven consecutive years. This year the venue is celebrating its 10th year (we just had our 8th anniversary), and the next few months will see some very special events. On Friday night it was an event that was literally a perfect match for NYCTaper. The show featured Yo La Tengo — a band very familiar to our readers — in their alter-ego guise as garage-rock band Condo Fucks. We’ve also captured the most recent Condo Fucks shows in the area, including the band’s last-ever show in venue at Maxwell’s in 2013, which I believe is the last time Condo Fucks actually played a show.

I’ll admit that it was somewhat surreal to see the three members of Yo La Tengo enter tiny basement stage at Cake Shop. We’ve seen hundreds of bands on this stage, but perhaps never one of the kind of legendary status that YLT possesses. The set began as all of the Condo Fucks shows we’ve seen have begun, with the instrumental Booker T track “Outrage” before the band personalized the Harmonics song “On the Warpath”. The remaining set-proper was a high-energy run through the band’s usual garage covers — Rascals, Flamin Groovies, The Exciters and the like. At the mid-set mark, the Condo Fucks were joined by long-time friend Gaylord Fields (“The Great Gaylord”) on vocals for a four-pack of songs that we’ve never seen the band perform before. The clear highlight was the extended version of the Swamp Dogg cult classic “Total Destruction To Your Mind” which we’re streaming below. A Condo Fucks show is a rare event and it was a very classy move that Yo La Tengo celebrated Cake Shop’s 10th Anniversary by treating the venue to this special show.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted in a thread above the stage and mixed with a board feed. The on-stage mics captured the instruments with great clarity and the board feed was used to fortify the vocals. The result of the mix is a very well-balanced recording with superb sound. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “Dog Meat” (Flamin Groovies cover):

Stream “Total Destruction To Your Mind” (Swamp Dogg cover – featuring the Great Gaylord on vocals):

Condo Fucks
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > 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 57:31]
01 Outrage [Booker T and The MGs]
02 Condo Fucks on the Warpath [Harmonics]
03 So Easy Baby [The Zantees]
04 I Want You To Be My Boy [The Exciters]
05 Accident [Electric Eels]
06 Right Side of My Mind [Angry Samoans]
07 Tiger In Your Tank [Muddy Waters]
08 Get Down [Half Life]
09 Look Back In Anger [Television Personalities]
10 Dog Meat [Flamin Groovies]
11 Come On Up [Young Rascals]
12 Re-Make Re-Model [Roxy Music]
13 [Great Gaylord intro]
14 TV Eye [The Stooges]
15 Falling in Love Again
16 It Hurts To Be In Love [Toombs/Dixon]
17 Total Destruction To Your Mind [Swamp Dogg]
18 [encore break]
19 Whatcha Gonna Do [Small Faces]

Thanks to Jesse for setlist!


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Condo Fucks: November 4, 2011 Mercury Lounge – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

November 7, 2011

[photo courtesy of Chris La Putt and Brooklynvegan]

Condo Fucks exist as an alternative reality where Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew can perform as an authentic 60’s garage band playing a selection of eclectic covers without the need to actually be Yo La Tengo at any point during the evening. On Friday night at Mercury Lounge, the alter-ego of one of the favorite bands of this site delivered a blistering thirty-five minute set that left the packed crowd shaking their heads in awe. As we have witnessed so many times at Yo La Tengo shows, the band is comprised of three of the most knowledgeable music fans around — they are literally encyclopedias of 20th Century popular music. So it was no surprise that the Mercury setlist contained only two songs from the sole Condo Fucks release, 2009’s Fuckbook. Instead, the band played eleven other covers, ranging from 50’s R&B, to 60’s iconoclasts The Fugs, to obscure early 70’s proto-punk (electric eels, Richard Hell), to 80’s alternative (Television Personalities), all performed in a high-speed, feedback-drenched, vocally-distorted garage sound. When the set ended far too soon with the Flamin’ Groovies “Dog Meat” (streaming below), a song originally actually recorded on a two-track cassette deck in an actual garage, we took solace in the fact that for their Hanukkah shows in a few weeks, Yo La Tengo will undoubtedly dig out some of these songs to spice up the eight shows’ setlists. See you then.

I recorded this set with the Neumann microphones mounted at the soundboard booth and combined with a perfectly mixed board feed. Per the band’s instructions, the vocals were mixed at maximum levels to capture that authentic overdriven 60’s garage sound, and the venue’s team captured that sound perfectly. Enjoy!

Stream “Dog Meat [Flamin’ Groovies]”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

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Condo Fucks
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH (level 7) > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

(many thanks to James McNew and Jeffrey Lazar for the setlist help)

[Total Time 36:50]
01 Outrage [Booker T & The MGs]
02 Accident [electric eels]
03 Come See Me [Pretty Things]
04 I Want You to Be My Girl [Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers]
05 I’m Your Man [Richard Hell]
06 Frenzy [Fugs]
07 With A Girl Like You [The Troggs]
08 You Better Mind [Doris Troy]
09 Get Down [Half Life]
10 Look Back in Anger [Television Personalities]
11 Tiger in Your Tank [Muddy Waters]
12 Come On Up [Young Rascals]
13 Dog Meat [Flamin Groovies]

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