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Diet Cig: September 8, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

September 14, 2017
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[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
2017-09-08
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

Setlist:
[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

The Antlers: December 10, 2011 Webster Hall – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 12, 2011
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[photo courtesy of JeremyEye]

About midway through the Antlers show at Webster Hall last night, I took a stroll around the venue just to try to take it all in. The 1200+ capacity venue was literally packed to the walls — it wasn’t an easy stroll. But the take-away is that this band can fill a venue of this size on a busy Friday night when concert-goers had many other choices. In the Antlers biggest ever show in NYC, the band delivered the goods. It was a ninety-minute set limited only in length by the late-night club that Webster Hall becomes after 11 p.m. We got the feeling that they could have played another half hour. The set consisted of an interesting mix of Burst Apart and Hospice material, including some songs we had not seen in a while. “Sylvia” is streaming below, and the stand-out performance brought back a powerful song that was not played earlier in the year. The Burst Apart material has grown in length and development in the live setting, and in particular “Teeth” (also streaming below) embodies that maturation. Just a few days removed from a 30-plus show tour of Europe, the Antlers were well rehearsed but undoubtedly a little fatigued. Fortunately, the energy of a sold-out triumphant hometown return show invigorated the quartet, so that there wasn’t an ebb moment in the entire ninety-minute set.

I recorded this set with the hyper-cardioid Neumann microphones placed at the front rail of the soundboard booth in the lower balcony, and mixed with a soundboard feed. The difficult room was mixed with precision by the Antlers FOH Dan Seiders, and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out”:

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This recording is now available as a FLAC or MP3 download at Archive.org [HERE].

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The Antlers
2011-12-10
Webster Hall
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, downsample set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2011-12-11

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:33:37]
01 Parentheses
02 No Widows
03 Kettering
04 French Exit
05 Atrophy
06 Corsicana
07 Rolled Together
08 Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
09 [banter]
10 Hounds
11 Putting the Dog To Sleep
12 [encore break]
13 I Don’t Want Love
14 Sylvia
15 Epilogue

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Antlers, visit their website, and purchase Burst Apart from their site [HERE].

The Antlers: October 3, 2011 Wellmont Theatre – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

October 6, 2011
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[photo by Amanda Hatfield]

In our many posts about The Antlers, we have never spoken about the band’s technical prowess. The new album, Burst Apart, was produced by the band, but the lion’s share of the studio and tech work was done by keyboardist Darby Cicci. At Wellmont Theatre on Monday night, it was a question in my mind as to whether the band’s sound could fill such a cavernous theatre, but from the very outset The Antlers did just that. As they opened with perhaps the most aggressive song from Burst Apart “Parentheses”, Michael Lerner’s well-mic’d bass drum and the strong dual guitar work of Peter Silberman and Tim Mislock produced a wall of sound, but it was Darby’s keys and effects that provided both the bottom end and the depth to the booming sound. The set continued in the same vein, with six new songs of the seven played, supplemented by an emotional version of “Atrophy” from Hospice. The Antlers return to the NYC area on December 10, with a newly announced date at Webster Hall.

We recorded this set in the same manner and location as the EITS set, and the sound quality is equally rich. Enjoy!

Stream “I Don’t Want Love”:

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This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

The Antlers
2011-10-03
Wellmont Theatre
Montclair, NJ USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front Center of Balcony Rail

Schoeps MK-41 > PSP2 + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 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 and hi and lo
2011-10-06

Setlist:
[Total Time 46:57]
01 Parentheses
02 No Widows
03 I Don’t Want Love
04 Atrophy
05 Rolled Together
06 Hounds
07 Putting The Dog To Sleep

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Antlers, visit their website, and purchase Burst Apart from their site [HERE].

The Antlers: May 20, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

May 22, 2011
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[photos by Amanda Hatfield]

The dilemma with back to back concerts from the same band is the potential for a redundant and unsatisfying repeat. After an amazing night at Music Hall on Thursday when I had too good of a time (and acidjack did all the work), I approached Friday’s show from the Antlers with a lingering hangover, fatigue, and some trepidation. At the outset of the Antlers set, the vibe in the room was radically different — MHOW’s overwhelming reefer smell and party atmosphere was replaced by a seriousness and sense of purpose. After three songs, Darby remarked that the crowd was eerily silent between songs. As with the last time was saw the Antlers at Bowery (here), the attentiveness of the crowd reflected the audience’s respect for the seriousness of the music. While Burst Apart is a significantly more “hopeful” album than its predecessor, the manner by which the Antlers go about their craft certainly creates an atmosphere of reverence for the music. While the Hospice material received the more vocal crowd reception, it is rare that a band can open a show with five new songs and continue to draw in crowd support. A slightly re-arranged setlist from Thursday’s show contained many highlights, but we’ve chosen to stream “Teeth” as it was an extremely tight performance of a song that the band will feature as the first single from the album and which will be performed on some television shows in the near future — details to follow. This show also featured the four-song encore set with three Hospice songs surrounding “Corsicana”. The continuing development of “Two” as show-stopper was evident at this show and we’re also streaming this version below. As with the three times we’ve seen the Antlers this month, “Wake” was the powerful and quite appropriate closer to this extraordinary show.

The Antlers fly west for a performance at the Sasquatch Festival next weekend before heading out on tour.

I recorded this set with the Neumann microphones mounted in the standard balcony rail position and mixed with an excellent board feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out”:

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Stream “Two”:

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This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC or MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

The Antlers
2011-05-20
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > 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
2011-05-22

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:29:16]
01 I Don’t Want Love
02 Parentheses
03 No Widows
04 French Exit
05 [banter]
06 Rolled Together
07 Bear
08 Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
09 [crowd]
10 Hounds
11 [banter-thanks]
12 Putting the Dog to Sleep
13 [encore break]
14 Kettering
15 [banter – missed connection]
16 Corsicana
17 Two
18 Wake

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Antlers, visit their website, and purchase Burst Apart from their site [HERE].

The Antlers: May 6, 2011 Knitting Factory – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

May 8, 2011
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[photos by Amanda Hatfield]

On Friday night, The Antlers played a surprise midnight show at Knitting Factory. The show was a brooklynvegan-presented impromptu CD release show for Burst Apart (Frenchkiss), which will be released on Tuesday. The Antlers treated their fans who missed SXSW to a encore of the show they presented in March — Burst Apart from start to finish. The Brooklyn crowd also got a very special bonus in superb renditions of two Hospice songs as encores, including a powerful “Wake” set closer. But the real focus of this evening was the new material. Burst Apart is perhaps the best album you will purchase this year. The album’s production is flawless and the strength of the songs are apparent from start to finish. From the opening “I Don’t Want Love” through standout tracks (and future singles) “French Exit”, “No Widows” and “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out”, the album reaches its climax with the future song of the year, the hopeful-but-guarded “Putting the Dog to Sleep”. The live version of “Dog” (streaming below) is an affirmation and was a exclamation point for this incredible evening, as the band extended the closing section to a powerful finish.

Burst Apart can still be pre-ordered online and the special packages offer bonuses [HERE].

I recorded this set with the warmer DPA microphones set up at the soundboard area and mixed them with an excellent feed from the board. The Antlers FOH Dan did an excellent job on the mix this evening and the result is a recording with superb sound quality. Enjoy!

Stream “Putting the Dog to Sleep”:

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The Antlers
2011-05-06
The Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 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
2011-05-07

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:15:57]
01 I Don’t Want Love
02 French Exit
03 Parentheses
04 No Widows
05 [banter]
06 Rolled Together
07 Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
08 [banter2]
09 Hounds
10 Corsicana
11 Putting the Dog to Sleep
12 [encore break]
13 Two
14 Wake

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Antlers, visit their website, and pre-order Burst Apart from their site [HERE].

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