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Woods: May 7, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg

May 9, 2016
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[photo courtesy of P Squared Photography]

At one point during this Woods show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, keyboard/sax player Kyle Forester remarked that North 6th Street in Brooklyn was like the “Broadway of shows.” Coming from the longtime New York musician, it was a statement both ironic and, weirdly, kind of true. It’s old news that what was once the epicenter of DIY has long-since ceded to luxury boutiques and corporate outposts, and, of course, Woods have been in the rotation at the city’s fancier clubs for some time now — we’ve covered them at Bowery Ballroom as far back as 2009, Music Hall as early as 2010. But there’s a message in there somewhere about the trajectory of this band versus their surroundings. Woods have never exactly been an overtly “anti-corporate” band — they simply haven’t played that game. Yet, to call them a “DIY” band understates the professionalism of what Jeremy Earl, as bandleader, has accomplished. If you compare the band that took the stage this Saturday to the one we saw at, say, Market Hotel in 2009, or now-defunct Monster Island in 2011, there is a “next level” that this band, and Earl’s vision, have reached without any of the negative trappings that tend to come with it. What you saw this past Saturday was a now-six-piece (seven when Cole Karmen-Green jumps in on trumpet) full-on spectacle of a rock band, creating some of the most musically complex work of their career.

The band was back in town after touring their latest and ninth album, City Sun Eater In the River of Light, and as tends to be the case with homecoming shows, they came ready to bring their best. The new material, with its sax, trumpets and Afro-Cuban style percussion, takes full advantage of the expanded band, with Aaron Neveu on main drums and John Andrews running a second kit and additional percussion. While this show reflected the new record’s relatively downshifted tempo and accessible, focused songwriting, Woods continued their tradition of adding new “jam songs” to the mix. In this case, that’d be “The Take,” which merge a 1970s Lauren Canyon vibe to the band’s trademark psychedelic sound. Likewise, “With Light and With Love,” from the band’s last album, continued its role as the band’s other longform offering, with a classic guitar freakout that gave Earl and Jarvis Taveniere the chance to fully stretch their wings. Not that the longtime fans weren’t taken care of by this set, either — among the band’s earlier tunes, the combo of “Suffering Season” and “Cali In A Cup” was there for the early decade stalwarts.

The band closed on the oldest number of the night, their cover of Graham Nash’s “Military Madness” from 2009’s Songs of Shame. We first recorded the band playing that song at that Market Hotel show in 2009, as ramshackle of an affair as this evening at Music Hall wasn’t. Since that time, that DIY club has closed and been reborn as a (mostly) grown-up venue, and Woods have produced an embarrassment of musical riches. In the end it isn’t the spaces in cities that matter, but what inhabits them. We continue to be grateful that Woods visits so many of ours.

I recorded this set from our usual spot in the venue, together with a direct feed of Kevin Mazzarelli’s flawless mix. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Woods
2016-05-07
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin Mazzarelli) + Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Aeta PSP3>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, light compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:16:57]
01 Morning Light
02 Politics of Free
03 Leaves Like Glass>
04 Hollow Home
05 Sun City Creeps
06 The Take
07 [banter1]
08 Shepherd
09 Suffering Season>
10 Cali In A Cup
11 [banter2]
12 Creature Comfort
13 With Light and With Love
14 [encore break]
15 Moving to the Left
16 Military Madness [Graham Nash]

Band:
Jeremy Earl – vox / guitar
Jarvis Taveniere- guitar
Aaron Neveu – drums
Chuck Van Dyck- bass
Kyle Forester – keys / sax
John Andrews- percussion/ drums
Cole Karmen-Green – trumpet

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Woods: November 6, 2014 Death By Audio – Flac/MP3/Streaming

November 9, 2014
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[photo by nyctaper]

In the final days of the great Death By Audio, the appearance of Woods as a special guest on Thursday was appropriate on so many levels. Of all the accomplished DIY bands of Brooklyn in the aughts, Woods perhaps best epitomized the ability to both stay true to your roots while evolving as a band. In short, they’ve managed to grow in their abilities and their popularity without selling out. The same can be said for Death By Audio, a venue that perfected a very workman-like authentic DIY aesthetic — consistently booking local and out of town touring bands while mixing in the occasional huge show. The special feature of this show was that Woods were reunited with founding member G. Lucas Crane, who parted ways with the group a few years ago to pursue his solo projects and also to concentrate on his work as one of the primary forces behind the Silent Barn. Lucas performed a brief solo set, mixing his special cassettes in a soundscape that segued nicely into the opening of the Woods set as the band joined him onstage in a seamless transition into an epic 15-minute “Bend Beyond”. We’ve seen several mindbending versions of this song over the years, but this take on ‘Beyond’ was truly remarkable as the band pushed the boundaries of the song through several jam sequences undoubtedly motivated by the historical nature of the occasion. We are streaming it below.

When ‘Beyond’ ended and Lucas left the stage, one would think that there would have been a little letdown, but this was clearly not the case. Woods was on a mission — whether it be welcoming old friend Alex Bleeker on “Cali In A Cup”, or dedicating “It Ain’t Easy” to the late Brooklyn musician and band friend Jamie Ewing, breaking out old material (“Rain On”), or multiple mentions and thanks to Edan and Death By Audio. This is a band who knows from whence they came and returned to old haunts to pay tribute in the best way possible, by playing a show that is perhaps the best night we’ve had all year. The capacity crowd seemed to feel that same way as they simply would not let the band leave despite equipment problems. When Edan located a spare drum pedal all was fixed and the show went on. The first of two encores was the band’s superb take on the Pink Floyd classic “Green Is The Colour”, a recent nyctaper recording of which ended up on a split single of Woods and MV+EE takes on the song on Piccadilly Records. The show ended with another of the band’s anthems, “Be All Be Easy”, which we are also streaming below.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards on a small stand in the front and center of the stage and mixed the on-stage sound with an excellent soundboard mix provided by DBA’s Edan. The mix combines primarily vocals and drums from the board complimenting the clear guitar and bass from the stage. The sound quality is simply stunning. Enjoy!

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Woods
2014-11-06
Death By Audio
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Edan] + 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:04:28]
01 Bend Beyond
02 Leaves Like Glass
03 Cali In A Cup
04 Shining
05 Jam
06 Size Meets The Sound
07 Is It Honest
08 It Ain’t Easy
09 Shepherd
10 Rain On
11 With Light and With Love
12 [encore break]
13 Green is the Colour [Pink Floyd]
14 Be All Be Easy

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Woods: November 3, 2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 6, 2012
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

After a week without power, internet, regular food, and just about any semblance of normal life, it was extraordinarily comforting on Saturday to get back to something familiar — a show. This wasn’t just any event though, but prolific nyctaper-recordees Woods at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It also helped that the support bands included two other NYCTaper favorites, Widowspeak and Purling Hiss. We’ve recorded Woods for five years, and there are more than a dozen recordings on this site. Its a testament to the band that we keep coming back and find new things to enjoy about their music. In May at 285 Kent, we noted that longtime drummer Jarvis Taveniere had come out from behind the kit and played most of the set on guitar. As we learned speaking to Jarvis before the show, that change is now permanent. With a new drummer, Woods is now also apparently a quartet as original member tape-loop/effects player G. Lucas Crane was absent from this gig. But it was the addition of Jarvis’s guitar work, which included several different axes including a neat 12-string, that ignited the guitar interplay within the band. The main focus of the set was precise back and forth between Jarvis, Jeremy and bassist Kevin Morby, who anchored center stage. The show began with a segue of three folk numbers before the band got a chance to stretch out and jam a little with new album title track and longtime jam vehicle “Bend Beyond”. The guitar trio seemed to be having fun on stage and their enjoyable interplay culminated in the highlight of the night an intense 15-minute “I Was Gone” that we are also streaming below. Its these types of performance that will keep us coming back, as this band continues to evolve into one of the best live acts around.

Acidjack and I recorded this set from the center and back of the soundboard booth mixing the Sennheisers with an excellent feed. The result is a superb capture. Enjoy!

Stream “I Was Gone”:

Download the Complete show in [MP3] or [FLAC].

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.

Woods
2012-11-03
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser 8040 Cardioids > 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 by nyctaper and acidjack
Produced by nyctaper 2012-11-03

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:04:19]
01 Pushing Onlys
02 Suffering Season
03 Cali in a Cup
04 Bend Beyond
05 Size Meets the Sound
06 Is it Honest
07 Be All Be Easy
08 Find Them Empty
09 Blood Dries Darker
10 I Was Gone
11 [encore break]
12 To Have in the Home
13 Rain On

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