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The Decemberists: September 24, 2015 Capital Theate Port Chester NY – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 28, 2015

Photo by Greg Cristman |
[photos by Greg Cristman – original set at brooklynvegan]

The last time we checked in with The Decemberists, their album The King Is Dead reached number one on the Billboard album chart. On that January night nearly five years ago, we recorded their sold out show at Beacon Theatre and it seemed like there were no heights that the band would not reach. But in May of 2011 keyboardist Jen Conlee was diagnosed with cancer and at the end of the 2011 tour the band announced a hiatus. Skip ahead four years and with Conlee thankfully in remission, the band returned with several shows in 2014 and ultimately 2015 saw the return of the Decemberists to active recording and touring. The new album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World was released in January and the band has been touring heavily ever since. Indeed, later this month the Decemberists will offer another 2015 release, the EP Florasongs. Our chance to catch the band this time around was a late-announce show at the wonderful Capital Theatre in Port Chester.

I’ll admit to having cheated and checked out the Decemberists tour setlists at the band’s fan forum. Its a bit surprising that the set does not include more than a few Beautiful World songs, and the absence of my favorite track from the album (“The Lake Song”) was a bit of a letdown for me (and then they played it the following night at Radio City!). Overall though, this was an extremely fair representation of the band’s career thus far. Colin Meloy has been starting each show solo, and on this night it was “Crane Wife 3”, before the band joins mid-song. The first half of the show was a nice run through various tracks (including new-ish single “Make You Better” that we are streaming below) before the real fun began with the threesome of “July July!”, “O Valencia!” and “Chimbley Sweep”, the latter of which included the traditional instrument swap, fan interaction and general craziness. For the encore segment, any “missed” songs were forgotten as the Decemberists performed a monumental medley that featured a good chunk (almost 25 minutes worth) of 2009’s The Hazards of Love (a tour we also recorded). This first encore was undoubtedly my own personal highlight of the evening, and we are streaming the mini-set’s (and the album’s) concluding song “The Hazards of Love 4”. A second call for encores yielded a duet of numbers before the night closed with a nearly two hour show.

The Decemberists tour continues with a handful of Midwest dates before the US leg completes with an appearance at the ACL Fest in Austin, all dates here.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted on a twelve-foot stand inside of the front right of the soundboard cage. The centered location and the superb sound in the venue yielded an excellent recording marred only slightly by some drunks in front of the board cage who were so bad that they were later removed by security. With that caveat, enjoy!

This Recording is now available to Download in MP or FLAC and to Stream at [HERE]

Stream “Make You Better”:

Stream “The Hazards of Love 4”:

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The Decemberists
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:51:06]
01 [introduction]
02 The Crane Wife 3
03 Leslie Anne Levine
04 [banter – Motofix]
05 Down by the Water
06 [banter – mining]
07 Rox in the Box
08 Philomena
09 The Wrong Year
10 [banter – aristocracy]
11 On the Bus Mall
12 Why Would I Now
13 Make You Better
14 [banter – Phish shows]
15 Carolina Low
16 July July
17 [banter – new intro]
18 O Valencia
19 [banter – Grateful Dead teases]
20 The Chimbley Sweep
21 Fits and Starts
22 [encore break]
23 Prelude
24 The Hazards of Love 1
25 A Bower Scene
26 Won’t Want for Love
27 The Rake’s Song
28 The Hazards of Love 4
29 [second encore break]
30 Of Angels and Angles
31 [band introductions]
32 Dear Avery

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Decemberists, visit their website, and purchase the new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World and/or Preorder their forthcoming EP Florasongs from the link at the main page of their website or at the Decemberists Shop [HERE].

The Decemberists: January 26, 2011 Beacon Theatre – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 27, 2011

[photo courtesy of Mike of 50ShowsAt50 blog]

On the final night of their 3-show run at Beacon Theatre, The Decemberists new album The King Is Dead reached number one on the Billboard album chart. Colin Meloy made one brief bemused reference to this fact at Wednesday night’s show, but this fairly major accomplishment seemed to not have fazed the band. Its a rare album that actually deserves a number one position, but King is truly a remarkable piece of work. While the title would imply a Smiths influence — and there is a definite “Bigmouth Strikes Again” feel to some of the songs — its the REM sound that prevails. In particular “Down By The Water” (streaming below) is very reminiscent of the 12-string minor-chord guitar prominent in such REM classics “The One I Love” and “Driver 8”. At the Beacon, five of the new songs were performed and they shined. Indeed, the beautiful “June Hymn” closed the show. In between, this night also featured the surprise guest appearance of Shara Worden, who reprised her soaring Hazards of Love vocals on “The Wanting Comes In Waves” (also streaming below). The Decemberists tour continues throughout the US in January and February before they head to Europe in March.

I recorded this set with my best mobile rig from a prime seat in 7th row of the center section where the sound quality was truly outstanding. This recording reflects that superb quality. Enjoy!

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC at [HERE].

The Decemberists
Beacon Theatre
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Center Section
Row C (7th Row)

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > 16bit 44.1 wav > Soundforge (set fades, level boost, slight eq) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by

[Total Time 1:31:55]
01 [introduction]
02 July, July!
03 [banter]
04 Down By The Water
05 [banter2]
06 Rox In The Box
07 [banter3]
08 Calamity Song
09 Won’t Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
10 [banter4]
11 The Engine Driver
12 [banter5]
13 The Soldiering Life
14 [banter6]
15 All Arise!
16 This Is Why We Fight
17 [banter7]
18 The Wanting Comes In Waves (with Shara Worden)
19 Dracula’s Daughter
20 Valencia
21 [Chimbley introduction]
22 Chimbley Sweep
23 [encore break]
24 A Cautionary Song (with “Battle of Trafalgar”)
25 Sons And Daughters
26 [second encore break]
27 June Hymn

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Decemberists: September 19, 2009 Terminal 5 – Flac and MP3 Downloads

October 7, 2009

[photo courtesy of Diana Wong — more excellent shots here]

The Decemberists “lottery” show at Terminal 5 was nearly three weeks ago. Since its taken us quite a while to turn around this recording (more below), rather than review the show we suggest our readers read the following excellent coverage of this unique show from various sources: rockscope, Will You Miss Me When You’re Gone, and brooklynvegan.

The story of this recording involves a lot of frustration and a ton of work which has ultimately led to something we’re proud to offer our readers. Acidjack captured a fine recording of excellent clarity and depth which was marred by one major problem — an apparent ADHD case who spent much of the show rattling and drumming on the railing that held the microphones. The result on the raw wav file was a persistent unlistenable series of tapping noises. I spent hours trying to fix it, but ultimately gave up. Acidjack however, was not to be denied. He took the job and persisted — ultimately producing a recording that is not only quite excellent, but very listenable through even the “drumming” segments. To compare the raw files to the finished product is almost unbelieveable. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the FLAC files on the Live Music Archive [HERE]

The Decemberists
Terminal 5
New York, NY

An ACIDJACK master recording

Equipment: AT U853 cardiods (low sens mod)>SPSB-10>R-09HR (24/44.1)
Position: 7′ pole clamped to 3rd floor balcony rail, 90 degree split
Mastering: WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, reduce clapping, EQ, amplify each channel)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 intro banter
02 Yankee Bayonet
03 July, July!
04 crowd
05 The Raincoat Song
06 lottery banter
07 Bridges and Balloons (Joanna Newsom cover)
08 crowd
09 From My Own True Love
10 Bachelor and the Bride
11 lottery banter
12 Rake Song
13 crowd
14 Culling of the Fold
15 crowd surfing waltz
16 I Was Meant for the Stage
17 lottery banter
18 The Crane Wife #3
19 Island
20 Island (cont)
21 Annan Water
22 encore break
23 lottery banter
24 Miracle on the Hudson (impromptu song)
25 lottery banter
26 The Tain
27 The Tain (cont)
28 The Tain (cont)
29 The Tain (cont)
30 The Tain (final)
31 Perfect Crime #2
32 encore break
33 Mr. Blue Sky (ELO cover)

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