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The National: December 12, 2011 Beacon Theatre – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 15, 2011
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[Photos courtesy of Pete Matthews for Feast of Music]

The National are closing out a massive two years of recording and near-constant touring in style here in New York, with a run of sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre that have featured many of our favorite bands (The War on Drugs, on this night) as openers. Not many years ago, I could not have conceived of a band that makes moody, melodramatic indie rock of their particular variety selling out large NYC venues like the Beacon and Terminal 5; look what else is playing in those spots these days, and it ain’t much like The National.

Indeed, with their style of music – which feels intimate and personal by definition – it has to be a challenge to play a somewhat impersonal big venue, even one as gorgeous as the Beacon. Singer Matt Berninger made a number of self-deprecating references to that during the show – mocking his awkward stage banter, and the band’s lack of “sexy” songs – but all joking aside, he and his bandmates proved every bit that they belonged on that stage. The band also debuted two new songs, “Rylan” (streaming below) and “I Need My Girl”, which we hope will appear on their next record (whenever that is).

But the show’s true story was the encore. While encores many can feel perfunctory, The National turned theirs into a true highlight, upping the intensity and even sending Berninger crowdsurfing through the first several rows at the Beacon during “Terrible Love”. The band closed out the show with an unamplified “Venderlyle Crybaby Geeks” with the members of War on Drugs – a unique way to end night one of what should be one of the most compelling runs for them yet.

I recorded this set with DPA 4021 microphones in a mobile configuration. Recording in a boomy theater without a mic stand is a bit tricky, and there is some analog hiss in quiet parts due to having to boost the levels significantly, but overall I am pleased with this. Enjoy!

Download the MP3 and FLAC files and stream the entire show at the Live Music Archive [HERE]

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The National
2011-12-12
Beacon Theater
New York, NY USA

Recorded by acidjack
for ncytaper.com

DPA 4021 (FOB, DFC)>Denecke PS/2>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, EQ, amplify and balance, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Runaway
02 Anyone’s Ghost
03 Mistaken For Strangers
04 Secret Meeting
05 Bloodbuzz Ohio
06 Slow Show
07 Squalor Victoria
08 Afraid of Everyone
09 Conversation 16
10 Rylan
11 [banter]
12 Son
13 Available
14 Cardinal Song
15 Sorrow
16 [banter]
17 Lucky You
18 England
19 Fake Empire
20 [encore break]
21 I Need My Girl
22 Mr. November
23 Terrible Love
24 [banter]
25 Venderlyle Crybaby Geeks [unamplified]

If you enjoyed this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The National, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from The National’s Shop [HERE].

The War On Drugs: December 11, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 14, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Mike Benigno and Bowery House List]

It was slightly less than a year ago that an opening set at Bowery Ballroom by The War On Drugs so floored us with its intensity and purpose that we vowed never to miss them again. They have been on NYCTaper four times this year, and have quite literally never disappointed. At Bowery on Sunday night, it was the band’s headlining coming out party and the sold-out crowd were treated to another taste of excellence. War On Drugs latest album Slave Ambient has earned them universal praise, and the set contained 6 of the albums twelve songs. “Baby Missiles” is arguably the strongest track on the record and we’re streaming it below. War On Drugs will be performing the track on Jimmy Fallon on January 10th — their late night tv debut. We are also streaming an interesting cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey”, a song that represents that band’s only certifiable hit, and a cover where the War On Drugs turns the song into their own, never veering too far in the direction of tribute or parody. The War On Drugs will return to NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 8.

I recorded this wet with the four mic rig from the balcony rail and the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Baby Missiles”:

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Stream “Touch of Grey” [Grateful Dead cover]:

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This show is now available for download in FLAC and MP3 on Archive.org [HERE].

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War On Drugs
2011-12-11
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Balcony Rail

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2011-12-13

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:23:39]
01 Best Night
02 Taking The Farm
03 Coming Through
04 Your Love Is Calling My Name
05 Come To The City
06 I Was There
07 Brothers
08 Arms Like Boulders
09 Touch of Grey [Grateful Dead]
10 Baby Missiles
11 Buenos Aires Beach
12 Black Water Falls
13 A Needle in Your Eye No 16

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Avey Tare: December 2, 2011 Knitting Factory – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 4, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Melissa Neira]

Avey Tare (aka Dave Portner) has been a prime writer and performer for Animal Collective for more than a decade, and has participated in many other projects during that time. However, it wasn’t until late last year that the first proper Avey Tare solo album was released. Down There (Paw Tracks) is a very personal album, which related both in theme and sound a dark period in Avey’s life. At its release, he declared that these songs would not be performed live. But one year later, it was a bit of a surprise that an Avey Tare solo tour was announced. At Knitting Factory on Friday night, Avey performed an outstanding fifty-minute set. The show included four songs from Down There, and in the AnCo tradition, five new songs were featured. The set was played as a single suite, with each song naturally progressing into the next. Of the new songs “In Photographs” and “Slow Words” sound nearly complete and are very strong compositions. Its currently unclear whether these songs are contemplated for a new Avey Tare album or will be ultimately become Animal Collective songs. Of the Down There material, “Lucky 1” and “Laughing Hieroglyphic” were highlights, and we’re streaming the latter. At the conclusion of the set, Avey answered the encore chants by informing the crowd that although he had no more songs to play, he would return to NYC in the near future. Avey Tare’s current tour continues throughout this week and next with dates in the Midwest and three shows on the West coast.

I recorded this set with the DPA 4021s raised to eight feet on a pole in front of the soundboard booth and mixed with an excellent feed from the soundboard. Since the crowd was quite respectful during the music, the mix is about 70/30 in favor of the room mics and the quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Laughing Hieroglyphic”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE) or [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE] or [HERE].

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Avey Tare
2011-12-02
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2011-12-03

Setlist:
[Total Time 49:50]
01 Song For Jerome
02 Lucky 1
03 [new song “Sometimes”]
04 In Photographs
05 Oliver Twist
06 Slow Words
07 3 Umbrellas
08 Laughing Hieroglyphic
09 Death Raga
10 [applause]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Avey Tare, visit his Facebook page, and purchase Down There from Paw Tracks [HERE].

moe.: November 26, 2011 Terminal 5 – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 1, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Dana Lynne]

My favorite moment of this moe. concert sort of encapsulates the dedication of this long-running prog-jam band and the allure that they offer dedicated followers. In a well-planned act of tribute to their friend, at the very moment when “Rebubula” returns from near silence to a resounding jam, two of taper T.J.’s buddies shouted for all of the microphones to capture “TJ Samulis 100th show!”. For those who think tapers are humorous killjoys, I thought this was not only hilarious but also a great little “watermark” on the recording. Its that kind of personal touch that comes directly from the band — guitarist Al Schnier reads fan-created “announcements” before the encore segment of every show, and the band themselves have always mingled among the fans when possible. Indeed for the last twelve years, moe. has hosted their own Labor Day festival, moe.down, which has also expanded to include a winter “snoe.down”. On this particular night, the second in a two-show Terminal 5 Thanksgiving weekend run, the band brought out all the stops. There were classics, some serious jam vehicles, some rare songs, and a full two and half hours of music. We are streaming “Brent Black”, which is pretty much a microcosm of the show itself. The song is a moe. classic and this version spans twenty-three minutes, contains a dual drum segment, and a bass solo. Pretty good for a 100th show.

I recorded this set from the front of the soundboard booth, which was caged at the rear of the floor. I raised the pole up to about 12 feet, and ran both the Neumanns and the DPAs, but also included the Apogee “Mini-me” A/D unit in front of the Neumanns to enrich the hypercardioid sound. Other than a consistent din of audience chatter, the sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Brent Black”:

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This recording is now available for download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

moe.
2011-11-26
Terminal 5
New York, NY

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front Center of Soundboard Cage

Neumann KM-150’s > Apogee Mini-Me + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper
2011-11-28

Set I:
[Total Time 51:53]
01 Paper Dragon
02 Wind It Up
03 Captain America
04 Blue Eyed Son
05 Big World
06 Lazarus

Set II:
[Total Time 1:49:34]
07 Blue Jeans Pizza
08 Puebla
09 Brent Black
10 Not Coming Down
11 Wormwood
12 Rebubula
13 Where Does the Time Go
14 Rebubula [reprise]
15 [encore break]
16 [announcements]
17 Together At Christmas
18 She Sends Me

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Jessica Lea Mayfield: November 17, 2011 Glasslands and April 1, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 28, 2011
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[Photos from Glasslands by Dominick Mastrangelo]

Jessica Lea Mayfield sure is a heartbreaker.  She has the affect of the pretty, reserved, stonerish girl in the back of the class – you always wondered what that girl was thinking. If that girl actually was Mayfield, well, that girl would have a hell of a lot deeper feelings than her air of ironic detachment might suggest. She’d be all-but-given-up on God (“Bible Days”), head-over-heels in love (“The One That I Love Best”), or maybe flat-out horny (“Grown Man”).  And that voice of hers… well, it would hold your attention, if you weren’t already looking. More than a few gents at this Thursday night Glasslands show could be overheard discussing variations of “she’s hot!”

Lest you think the show was some kind of sausagefest, far from it – I’d say the majority of Mayfield’s fans at this show were women, and most of them seemed able to sing just about every word. This was the most packed I’ve seen Glasslands on a Thursday in ages, and it’s not hard to see why. Mayfield’s latest record, the Dan Auerbach-produced Tell Me, moves Mayfield beyond her neo-country confines and continues her tradition of strong songwriting – see for example “Run Myself Into the Ground”, which maintains a hint of twang but backs it with some solidly rock guitar work.  That came courtesy of Nashville’s Richie Kirkpatrick, whose band Ri¢hie has also served as Mayfield’s rhythm section at several recent shows. This was my first introduction to Jessica live, and I was extremely pleased with both the show and the crowd.  The only thing that could have made the night better would have been her performing her new cover of Nirvana’s “Lounge Act”!

Johnny Fried Chicken Boy had a similar experience with Mayfield this April Fool’s Day at Bowery Ballroom, where he recorded a somewhat different set before an equally pumped up audience. That show is also offered as a download here.

The Glasslands show was a fairly sophisticated recording for us, with a pair of DPA omnidirectional mics onstage, Schoeps “open cardiods” mounted an optimal distance from the stacks, and a soundboard feed running into two clock-synced decks run by myself and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy.  It is an outstanding capture at the very top of the range for this site.  John’s Bowery recording is an excellent four-microphone recording from our usual spot at Bowery that is also not to be missed.  Enjoy!

Stream “Run Myself Into the Ground” from Glasslands:

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Stream “Kiss Me Again” from Bowery Ballroom:

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Stream “Seeing Stars” (solo) from Glasslands:

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MP3 Downloads: Glasslands 2011/11/17 [HERE] | Bowery 2011/4/1 [HERE]

Download the Complete shows in FLAC [Glasslands] / [Bowery]

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Jessica Lea Mayfield
2011-11-17
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded by acidjack and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy for nyctaper.com
Produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK22 (DFC, POS)>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 #1 + DPA 4061 (onstage, 2ft split)>Naiant PFA>Edirol R-44 #2 >>>6x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (mixdown, limit peaks, light EQ to MK22 source)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Blue Skies Again
02 We’ve Never Lied
03 Sometimes At Night
04 Kiss Me Again
05 Grown Man
06 Seeing Stars [solo]
07 Nervous Lonely Night [solo]
08 I’ll Be the One You Want Someday
09 For Today
10 Run Myself Into the Ground
11 Bible Days
12 Our Hearts Are Wrong
13 Trouble
14 Somewhere In Your Heart
15 [encore break]
16 The One That I Love Best

_______________________

2011-04-01
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, USA

Source: AUD > AKG C 414 B-XLS’s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, adjust levels, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > Trader’s Little Helper (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC) > FLAC Level 8
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

Tracks:
01 Our Hearts Are Wrong
02 Run Myself Into The Ground
03 Kiss Me Again
04 I’ll Be The One That You Want Someday
05 [banter]
06 Sleepless [JLM solo]
07 Nervous Lonely Night [JLM solo]
08 Trouble
09 Bible Days
10 Sometimes At Night
11 We’ve Never Lied
12 Blue Skies Again
13 I Can’t Lie To You, Love
14 [banter]
15 For Today
16 [banter]
17 Somewhere In Your Heart
18 encore break / banter
19 Grown Man

If you enjoyed these recordings, PLEASE SUPPORT Jessica Lea Mayfield, visit her website, and purchase her latest record Tell Me and other merch from the store at her website [HERE].

Brokeback: November 8, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

November 22, 2011
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brokeback
[iPhone photo by acidjack]

After I posted my recording of The Sea and Cake at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month, I received an unusual number of requests to also post my recording of the second opener, Brokeback. I can’t say I was surprised. This band, a side project of Tortoise bassist Doug McCombs, released several records on Thrill Jockey in the late 90s and early 2000s, but has been in hibernation since 2008. This reconstituted 2011 version of the band is rehearsing new songs for a record, and playing shows around the country to work out the new material. In short, McCombs’ guitar-based compositions are stunning stuff, at turns heavy and cinematic but also referencing some of Tortoise’s more restrained, jazzy qualities. As these were all-new songs, I’m afraid I don’t have a setlist at all, but I am deeply grateful to both Doug and Thrill Jockey giving the site permission to share this recording. This is an exciting preview of what is sure to be a great new release – keep an eye out for it! If you do happen to know any of these song titles, please help us fill them in.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the Bowery Ballroom with the DPA microphones and a very transparent Sound Devices preamp, just as I did with the Sea and Cake recording. This recording has a similarly crisp, dry quality and is an excellent listen. Enjoy!

Stream Track #2

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Brokeback
2011-11-08
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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

DPA 4021 (Slightly LOC, balcony, POS)>Sound Devices USBPre2>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Please help with the setlist if you know any of these songs]
01
02
03
04 [banter]
05
06 [banter]
07
08

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Brokeback by visiting their Thrill Jockey Records page, where you can find out more info about their forthcoming album and purchase their current releases, including their latest, Looks at the Bird.

Mount Moriah: October 12, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

November 18, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Joshua Trupin]

If you can tell much about someone from the friends they keep, then Mount Moriah has everything going for them. We saw the band open for The Rosebuds last month, the band has been joined at times by Brad Cook and Phil Cook from Megafaun and by Daniel Hart (who seems to play with only the best), and Mount Moriah will soon tour with The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn. But friendship aside, what really separates this band from the pack is talent — the superb songwriting of band leaders Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller that is brought to life by McEntire’s rich and emotive vocal style. Mount Moriah’s debut self-titled full length album showcases these talents in a strikingly well-produced set of eight songs, seven of which were performed at the Bowery show. We’ve chosen to stream “Plane”, a perfectly performed dirge that highlights the band’s many strengths. The current tour announcement promises more dates, which will with good fortune include a NYC show. A bit of advice — don’t miss it.

I recorded this set with the vocal-friendly DPA microphones mounted at our standard balcony rail position and mixed with a well-balanced soundboard feed. The results are outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Plane”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

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Mount Moriah
2011-10-12
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2011-10-26

Setlist:
[Total Time 45:26]
01 Only Way Out
02 The Letting Go
03 Plane
04 Social Wedding Rings
05 Reckoning
06 Hail, Lightning
07 [banter-false start]
08 Telling The Hour
09 [new song]
10 Lament

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Mount Moriah, visit their website, and purchase their debut album at the Holidays For Quince Records webstore [HERE].

Helmet: October 11, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 16, 2011
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[Photos courtesy of Dana (distortion) Yavin.  See more of her excellent work HERE.]

I can remember the first time I heard Helmet’s disc, ‘Meantime‘, which has since become the standard bearer for alternative metal.  Aggressive songs that held riffs hitting like a sledge hammer, frontman Page Hamilton (trained as a jazz guitarist and sole original member) threw the musical rulebook out the window and led a troupe of expert musicians who obviously had serious chops.  Having grown up on a steady diet of hard rock and heavy metal, I was instantly hooked.  The times I saw them play live before their breakup in 1998 were no less riveting.  And hearing of the band’s reformation in 2004 was very welcome news.  Having been well over a decade since I had last gone to one of their concerts, I jumped on tickets when I heard they would be coming through on their current tour.  I was further thrilled when they gave me the greenlight to record the show.  With cuts spanning the group’s career and from nearly all of their albums, particularly the recent, ‘Seeing Eye Dog‘, Helmet played quite a few favorites and a monstrous version of “Turned Out”.  Judging by his interaction with the crowd, Page seemed to be having a hell of a good time and very excited to be back in the band’s original hometown of NYC.  And he wasn’t the only one: I’m happy to report that the music I heard that night sounds just as good and tight as the tracks that put a smile on my face nearly 20 years ago.

We recorded this show with a four-microphone rig from our usual spot in the balcony.  Combining the always great sound of Bowery Ballroom and the impressive skills of the sound engineer and the result is an excellent recording.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did and PLAY IT LOUD!!

Stream “She’s Lost”:

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Stream “Ironhead”:

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Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [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.

Helmet
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, USA

Source: AUD > AKG C 414 B-XLS’s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, adjust levels, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > Trader’s Little Helper (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC) > FLAC Level 8
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 1:16:21]
01. Wilma’s Rainbow
02. So Long
03. Renovation
04. Welcome to Algiers
05. Give It
06. In Person
07. banter
08. White City
09. Harmless
10. Smart
11. banter / band intro
12. Crisis King
13. She’s Lost
14. Blacktop
15. Tic
16. encore break / banter
17. Ironhead
18. banter
19. Turned Out
20. Milquetoast

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Helmet, visit their website, visit their Facebook and MySpace pages, and purchase their official releases (including their most recent album, Seeing Eye Dog) and merchandise [HERE].

Wooden Shjips – November 10, 2011 Music Hall of Williamsburg – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

November 15, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Robert Loerzel]

Last week in the underground Pink Floyd live music collector community, a recording surfaced for the first time in over 40 years. A 1967 performance of the original band with Syd Barrett in Stockholm was recorded by a local archivist and at long last reached collectors around the world. The proto-psychedelic music was groundbreaking in the mid-60s, but across four decades even this technologically-challenged recording is still fresh and exciting. The palpable energy of the songs and the ferocious nature of the improvisation is breathtaking. Its no wonder that generations removed the original brand of psychedelic rock, there are still any number of excellent purveyors of the craft today. On Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, we witnessed a performance of perhaps the most pure neo-psych band around, San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips. On tour to support their latest album West — the band’s first release on the excellent label Thrill Jockey Records — Wooden Shjips made one of their infrequent visits to NYC. We have been fortunate to have captured the previous two, 2009 at 171 Lombardy and 2010 at Music Hall. The set on Thursday continued on the same vein as the previous shows, with the band visiting much of their full catalog and stretching the numbers out with rich improvisation. While Ripley Johnson’s crunchy guitar is forefront of the mix, each member of the quartet shined on this particular evening. As an example, we’re streaming “Fallin'” below , which features the swirling psych organ of Nash Whalen for most of the song structure before Johnson shreds the last four minutes. The show concluded with a number from the band’s 2007 self-titled debut, “We Ask You To Ride” which was so loud that I could literally feel my knees vibrate when each bass note was stuck. I closed my eyes and for a second imagined that the 1967 Swedish crowd probably felt a similar physical rush from The Pink Floyd.

I recorded this set with the four microphone rig from the front center of the balcony. We’re still struggling to find the proper recording technique for this particular venue, but after some post-production and tasteful EQ, I feel that this recording can now be classified as an excellent listen. Enjoy!

Stream “Fallin'”:

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Wooden Shjips
2011-11-10
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Center Balcony Rail

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2011-11-13

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:10:42]
01 Black Smoke Rise
02 Lazy Bones
03 [guitar tech]
04 Motorbike
05 Fallin
06 For So Long
07 Aquarian Time
08 Flight
09 Death’s Not Your Friend
10 Buddy [Snapper cover]
11 [encore break]
12 We Ask You to Ride

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The Sea and Cake: November 8, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 10, 2011
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[Photos courtesy of Patrick Proctor at Hippies Are Dead]

“We feel like we’re in the Deep South,” said The Sea and Cake‘s Sam Prekop somewhere mid-set at the Bowery Ballroom this Tuesday. “And that’s a compliment.” No doubt Sam was referring to the level of enthusiasm from this weeknight crowd, including at least one audience member who seemed to think it was a Motley Crue concert. To hear a girl screaming “Bring the fuckin’ heat!” in between songs at an almost professorially mild-mannered, jazz-influenced Chicago indie act was certainly a new one for me in NYC. But that – and similar raging from others – added to the sense that, yes, after more than 20 years of delivering great music, a Sea and Cake show is still very much something to celebrate. With several of the members busy with other projects – Prekop and co-frontman Archer Prewitt with their solo careers, drummer John McEntire with NYCTaper favorite Tortoise – Sea and Cake shows aren’t as common as they otherwise could be.

Despite the band’s low-key approach, these guys turned the volume up loud. In a nearly 90-minute set, they covered the gamut of their career, from early-90s tunes like “Parasol” to offerings from their recent EP on Thrill Jockey, The Moonlight Butterfly. This show found the band in almost-perfect synch, playing the older songs like the classic “Afternoon Speaker” with the same enthusiasm shown for new work like “Inn Keeping.” “Leeora” gave a chance for some extended guitar meditation by Prewitt and Prekop, and a bit of a drum solo for McEntire, echoing some of his work in his other project.

Given the overwhelming reception they had received, The Sea and Cake seemed more than happy to play two encores – the highlight for me being “Parasol,” an older number, that also brought a huge audience roar. Who says you have to play the Deep South to be cheered like a champion?

I recorded this set with the DPA 4021 microphones from the optimal spot on the balcony. The sound is excellent, and thankfully the audience shenanigans are almost completely confined to in between songs. Enjoy!

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The Sea and Cake
2011-11-08
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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

DPA 4021 (balcony, slightly LOC, POS)>Sound Devices USBpre2>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audition (light EQ, limit peaks)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:24:19]
01 Weekend
02 On A Letter
03 The Staircase
04 Window Sills
05 Middlenight
06 Afternoon Speaker
07 Up On the North Shore
08 Midtown
09 [banter/tuning]
10 Exact to Me
11 Crossing Line
12 [crowd/false start]
13 A Fuller Moon
14 Inn Keeping
15 The Argument
16 Leeora
17 [encore break 1]
18 An Echo In
19 Lyric
20 Parasol
21 [encore break 2]
22 Escort [short version]

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