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Diet Cig: September 8, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

September 14, 2017

[photos by Joe Saturday]

Its hard for me to imagine that someone exists who actually doesn’t like Diet Cig. The duo exudes such positive energy and real enthusiasm for their music that it’s infectious in a live setting. This is not world-changing music, but two-minute pop song relatable slices of life. When Pitchfork assigned an intern whose last piece was likely in an Annandale creative writing class to review Diet Cig’s most recent album, the result was a tragically misdirected hit piece that managed to be both tone-deaf and indicative of a wider problem with publications like Pitchfork. Sometimes music doesn’t have to have a larger meaning and when the writer savages the musicians for failing to meet a false standard, it says more about the writer’s inadequacies than anything the music set out to achieve. To paraphrase Billy Bragg, Diet Cig don’t want to change the world, they’re just looking to sing some pop songs.

At Bowery Ballroom on Friday night, the band played to a sold-out crowd and all of the good vibes coming from the stage were returned all night. This was a crowd in love with the band for all the right reasons. Sure, lead singer Alex Luciano opened the set by declaring that all of the band’s show are safe spaces and later she gently chided the dancers in front to keep it fun and not too physical, but it was more than that. Luciano played a wireless guitar on a nearly bare stage — drummer Noah Bowman was set up to the far left — in order to be able to dance, run, jump and literally never stop moving throughout the set. Her unbridled ebullience drove the hour-long set from start to finish, to the point where the briefest of breaks were only to catch her breath. Diet Cig performed just about every song they’ve ever recorded — from their debut EP and a double-sided single on Father/Daughter Records, and all but one song from their first album I Swear I’m Good At This released this year on Frenchkiss. The show also featured the debut performance of the song the band wrote for the Amazon tv show “American Girl” called “Together We Can Conquer Whatever”. When the band returned to play their very first recorded track “Harvard” as an encore, it brought me back to the initial time I heard a pre-release promo of that very track. The song made me smile that day and a few years later, this Bowery show did it again many times over.

Diet Cig has a handful of US dates remaining before they spend much of the Fall touring throughout Europe, all dates here.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue, Schoeps from the front of the balcony mixed with a board feed. Other than a few bits of static from Alex’s wireless guitar, the sound quality is very representative of the set with bundles of energy and non-stop movement. Enjoy!

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Diet Cig
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 51:00]
01 [introduction]
02 Sixteen
03 Bite Back
04 Leo
05 Dinner Date
06 [banter – slumber party]
07 Cardboard
08 Sleep Talk
09 Breathless
10 [banter – rollercoaster]
11 Scene Sick
12 Pool Boyz
13 Apricots
14 Maid of the Mist
15 [Tummy intro]
16 Tummy Ache
17 Blob Zombie
18 [Conquer intro]
19 Together We Can Conquer Whatever
20 Link in Bio
21 Bath Bomb
22 Barf Day
23 [encore break]
24 Harvard

PLEASE SUPPORT Diet Cig: Website | Frenchkiss Records Page | Father/Daughter Records Page | Bandcamp

Bent Shapes: August 25, 2013 South Street Seaport – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 27, 2013

Bent Shapes Carrie
[photo by Carrie Lynch]

They don’t come often, perfect days in NYC. I made my way downtown to the South Street Seaport on Sunday for a show. As soon as I stepped outside, it was obvious that this was one of those late Summer afternoons when the oppressive heat is over and the chill of Autumn has yet to arrive, and there is not a cloud in the sky and the air quality is as perfect it can be in this City. At the Seaport, Bill Pearis has been producing the Soundbites Concert Series for several years now, and its a sin that I had never seen a single episode, despite that Bill’s musical knowledge and ability to pick next-big-thing bands is second to none. This year I made it just in time, since this week was this year’s final in the series and featured Boston’s Bent Shapes. The band had spent its first three years of existence known as Girlfriends, releasing several 7 inch singles, and becoming a regular in the local DIY scene. But 2013 turned a new page for the trio. The band changed its name to Bent Shapes and this month released its first full length album. Sunday’s thirty-minute 12-song set was an excellent lesson in getting to the point. Bent Shapes play what could be described as punk-pop, indie rock, or power pop — but forget the labels. This is a trio of excellent musicians who play excellent songs and don’t mess around.   In terms of the vitals, the set consisted of 7 of the 11 tracks from the new album Feels Weird (Father/Daughter Records), and couple of new songs.  When I came downtown the only thing left to convert a beautiful day into a perfect one was some superb music. On Sunday, that was Bent Shapes.

I recorded this set by mounting the Sennheiser cards at the stage lip and mixing with a board feed. The mics picked up primarily the instruments on stage and the board was vocal heavy, but mixed together the sources created an ideal mix and an outstanding recording. Enjoy!

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Bent Shapes
South Street Seaport
Soundbites Concert Series
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > 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 2013-08-26

[Total Time 29:58]
01 Big Machines
02 Bites and Scratches
03 Leave It Til You Need It
04 86d in 03
05 Panel of Experts
06 [banter]
07 Hex Maneuvers
08 It Seems Dumb
09 Leave Some Space
10 What Do You Get
11 What We Do is Public
12 [banter – thanks]
13 Norms Out
14 Behead Yrself Pt 2

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