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Kevin Devine: December 11, 2015 Bell House (Devinyls Splits Show)

December 15, 2015
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[photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane]

We always knew Kevin Devine was one of the nicest guys around — what I didn’t know was how ubiquitous is that opinion. Kevin’s current project is the Devinyls Splits, a six-volume series released in semi-monthly intervals by Bad Timing Records where Devine pairs with another performer on a double-sided 7″. The roster of artists who have joined in this project is both impressive and eclectic — from indie-vet Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) to new punk frontperson Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) to neo-folk hero Mike Kinsella (Owen). Kevin’s ability to attract such a variety of artists is admirable, but it was astounding that when he planned a tour for the series and invited all six of the artists — every single one of them agreed to play the three-show run. The opening night of the tour was Friday at Bell House and if the Kevin Devine three-album show from a few years ago (recording here) was a wealth of riches, this year’s event was even more fan-friendly. In the end, the show featured two lengthy sets that lasted over four hours, offered seven guests including mini-sets from Laura Stevenson, Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, and Matthew Caws, many collaborations between the artists, some neat covers, and interspersed within it all, twenty-four Kevin Devine (either solo or with The Goddamn Band) performances. But somehow the night never seemed to lose any momentum despite many stage changes. Ultimately, it was Kevin at the center of it all, and as his fans intrinsically trust him, on this night he and his friends delivered in spades.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cardioids clamped to the front rail of the soundboard and blended with a superbly mixed soundboard by Bell House FOH Dave. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “Cotton Crush”:

Stream “In Between Days” (Cure cover):

Kevin Devine
2015-12-11
Devinyls Split Series
Bell House
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Dave] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 1:23:20]
01 [introduction]
02 Ballgame
03 Cotton Crush
04 Noose Dressed Like a Necklace
05 No Time Flat
06 [Laura Stevenson intro]
07 The Move
08 Angel in the Snow [Elliot Smith]
09 Barnacles
10 Bubblegum
11 Private First Class
12 Little Bulldozer
13 She Can See Me (Bubblegum version)
14 [Tigers Jaw introduction]
15 For Eugene
16 Teen Rocket
17 Plane vs Tank vs Submarine
18 In Between Days [Cure]
19 Cool
20 [banter – splits theme]
21 Lovesong [Cure]
22 Buried By the Buzz
23 Carnival
24 Another Bag of Bones
25 [outro – Food Bank]

Set 2
[Total Time 1:55:40]
26 [Cymbals Eat Guitars intro]
27 Aerobed
28 Warning
29 Jackson
30 I Was Alive Back Then
31 Magic Magnet
32 A Story a Sneak
33 11-17
34 [Mike Kinsella intro]
35 No One Says You Have To
36 Where Do I Begin
37 Love is Not Enough
38 [new song – Quiet Like an Island]
39 [Meredith Graves intro]
40 [new song – People Like Me]
41 Took the Ghost to the Movies
42 Giessen
43 [Carey Brandenburg intro]
44 Lonesome Town [Ricky Nelson]
45 Trouble
46 [Matthew Caws intro]
47 Brooklyn Boy
48 Blizzard of 77
49 [banter – Fiscal Cliff intro]
50 Fiscal Cliff
51 Inside of Love
52 See These Bones
53 [band introductions]
54 I Could Be With Anyone
55 Yr Husband
56 My Brother’s Blood

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nyctaper Top Ten Concerts of 2013 + Live Mix Tape

December 29, 2013
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Another banner year at the site and seeing shows in NYC (and sometimes beyond). This “best of” only encompasses the shows that I, nyctaper, saw. Remember that the site has had nine contributing tapers this year, and I did not even record and post the most shows — that honor goes to the indefagitable acidjack, who we hope will come along soon with his own list.

I’ve also attached an mp3 compilation to this post. Its mostly of a mix of “honorable mentions”, just really cool songs I recall from this year, some new songs, some older songs, but all performed and recorded in 2013. Enjoy!

nyctaper Top 10 Concerts of 2013:

1. Wilco – June 21, 2013 Solid Sound Festival North Adams MA
PSquared and I drove a long way in a short time to see this show, and then drove all the way back almost as soon as it was over. And it was infinitely worth it. Wilco playing an entire two and a half hour show of covers, some popular classics and some fairly obscure, but all in their own style and all requested by fans. This one-off is very unlikely to happen again and we’re so fortunate to not only have been there to but have captured an “event” of this kind. Our recording got us mentioned in Spin Magazine, Paste Magazine, Fuse TV, WXRT radio, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, The Examiner, Prefix Magazine, Gothamist, and a hundred other smaller sites. 20,000 people have downloaded this recording from our site. There are 24,000 plays on the “Marquee Moon” soundcloud sample (posted below). Its my own personal highlight of the year, and one of the best moments in the history of the site.

2. Yo La Tengo – December 16, 2013 Bell House Brooklyn
Sure, they appeared on the site six times this year, including the final four shows of the year at Bell House and of course the historical final YLT show at Maxwell’s (RIP) in June. But I believe this show was the most fully formed, most inspirationally played, and including some absolute classic selections. I’ve seen this band live about fifty times, and this may be the most completely realized performance of all of them.

3. Thee Oh Sees – October 27, 2013 285 Kent
In a cruel bit of synchronous irony, on the same day this month that word spread that the venue 285 Kent would soon close, Thee Oh Sees announced an “indefinite hiatus”. It was only about six weeks previous that this band played this venue on the day that Lou Reed died and it was a moment in time that anyone in attendance will not soon forget. One of the best live bands around played with an enormous amount of energy and inspiration and the packed crowd responded with equal energy.

4. Deervana (Deer Tick) – September 13, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl
This is another show selected because of its historical signifance. If perhaps the performance wasn’t technically perfect, the spirit and energy that Deer Tick brings to its “Deervana” performances is clear. On the 20th anniversary of the release of In Utero, the album was played from start to finish. It was a celebration, not some mournful exercise, and the love of the music was obvious from both the band and the crowd. In terms of the importance to the site, this recording also saw us get mentioned all over the web, including Spin, Consequence of Sound, The Examiner, MTV, Stereogum and a bunch of other places.

5. Superchunk – September 28, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC
They are indie vets both as a band and as a label, but Superchunk continues to produce excellent material. And this year’s new album I Hate Music was one of their best. This show at Bowery, the first of two sold-out shows in NYC was like most Superchunk shows a kinetic and crazy run through material old and new and their was a celebratory and special air in the room. Perhaps the most fun show we saw all year.

6. The Complete Last Waltz – November 27, 2013 Capitol Theatre, Portchester NY
The original Last Waltz was perhaps the greatest concert in the history of rock music, so a complete performance nearly forty years later would have to be a pale comparison, right? Only it wasn’t. We were absolutely stunned at the quality of the performances and the reverence with which the entire ensemble treated the material.

7. Deafheaven – February 22, 2013 Saint Vitus Brooklyn
Yes, I realize that Deafheaven has appeared on virtually every best of 2013 list compiled on the web in the last month or so, but this is different (aren’t we always), this is a concert that we recorded early in the year before their game-changing album Sunbather had even been released. We saw them again in July, which was also a phenomenal show but we’re sticking with the first experience of this “take your breath away” band who are destined for bigger places than the great Saint Vitus in 2014. But we were there then. As it ever was.

8. Kevin Devine – November 22, 2013 Webster Hall NYC
He released two of the best records of the year, and unless you read Paste Magazine every day or saw our post about Kevin in November, you wouldn’t even know it. He is perhaps the best current purveyor of power pop and his prolific songwriting ability is a thing to behold. This concert was the home show after a lengthy US tour and Kevin and band were in a fine form from start to finish.

9. Ty Segall – August 30, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC
Ty Segall released a true departure album this year, the somewhat-quiet and contemplative Sleeper. This Bowery show was a seated affair, with the new album performed almost entirely to start the show. Ty is a performer of great proficiency and this show highlighted his maturity and versatility.

10. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – January 26, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl
Easily the best single performance of Grateful Dead material since the demise of the original band nearly twenty years ago. My review was pretty harsh regarding “post-Jerry” projects and that generated a bit of a comment war, but thankfully most people agreed with me — and nearly everyone agreed that this show was immense.

Honorable Mention:
This is a 16-track MP3 mix of songs from other excellent concerts I attended this year. Its by no means a comprehensive list of musical highlights, but consists of tracks that caught our ear this year. We included three tracks from the Top Ten because fit they thematically, but 13 songs are from shows that were certainly important enough to deserve mention. Download [HERE].

Kevin Devine: November 22, 2013 Webster Hall – Flac/MP3/Streaming

November 25, 2013
By

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[photos by Sean O’Kane]

These days, Kevin Devine is the worst kept secret in pop music. For the first ten years of his career, Kevin was one of those performers who felt like he was yours alone — until you’d come to his shows and finding that you were hardly his only rabid fan. The front rows of Kevin’s shows are always filled with the kind of fans who know every single word to every song and buy tickets whenever he’s in town. Or, as the girl who yelled out a compliment about the Washington DC show on this tour, whenever he’s in any town. At Webster Hall on Friday night, it was the hometown show of a lengthy tour that’s brought Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band across the country. Ostensibly to promote Bubblegum, the “rock” album of his dual album release (along with Bulldozer) that was fully funded in less than one day on Kickstarter, this tour has been a victory lap of sorts. Bubblegum and Bulldozer aren’t just new albums to support on a tour — they were at first affirmative proof that an artist of tremendous talent with an extremely dedicated underground fanbase could break free from the label trap and forge his own path on his own terms. But more than that, these two albums are superior works of art. Bubblegum on display at Webster is the full-band album that rocks from start to finish. There isn’t a weak track on the album, quite inapposite every track is a scorcher. If some of the larger music sites on the web haven’t yet caught onto these simple facts, its a credit to Paste Magazine, who reviewed Bubblegum with a 8.9 rating. At Webster on Friday, after the classic “Cotton Crush” opener, the band ripped through the first three tracks of the album in order and didn’t really come up for air throughout the entire hour-long main set. The encore set was a bit of a goof, with the band playing portions of a bunch of rock classics, before Kevin ended the show with a couple of solo songs. We’re streaming “Ballgame” which has closed each of the shows on this tour. This is Kevin’s early confessional song but at this point in his career maturity, it seems to be less about him and more about us and our obsessions with the current flavor-of-the-month. For the last few years, Kevin has added a verse for the live version of “Ballgame” which seems to be an evolving set of lyrics. The new last section was the most poignant — “wake up, cause you’re not done. You can fix yourselves up kids, and you can learn how to love, the way you’ve wanted to love someone besides yourself for once, and mean something for more than six months. There’s work to be done”. And that’s how the show ended. Kevin Devine will return in the Spring with a tour to support Bulldozer, and we’ll expect a little bit of a different format, but undoubtedly the same commitment and intensity.

I recorded this show with the Sennheiser cards mounted inside the sub-balcony of the soundboard booth and mixed with a board feed. There was a problematic microphone on one of the drums heads that caused some static in the middle of the show and can be heard at points. With that caveat, enjoy!

Stream “Bubblegum”:

Stream “Ballgame”:

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Kevin Devine
2013-11-22
Webster Hall
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:35:46]
01 Cotton Crush
02 Nobel Prize
03 Private First Class
04 Fiscal Cliff
05 Carnival
06 [banter – spirit animal]
07 Bloodhound
08 Bubblegum
09 Buried By the Buzz
10 Another Bag of Bones
11 [banter – Now Now]
12 A Story A Sneak
13 She Can See Me (Bubblegum version)
14 Somewhere Unoccupied
15 I Don’t Care About Your Band
16 [banter – not cool]
17 Brother’s Blood
18 [encore break]
19 Sweet Child of Mine [Guns N Roses]
20 Thunderstruck [ACDC]
21 Round Here [Counting Crows]
22 Enter Sandman [Metallica]
23 El Scorcho [Weezer]
24 Stir It Up [Bob Marley]
25 Lose Yourself [Eminem]
26 Stan [Eminem]
27 [banter – 2 albums]
28 Little Bulldozer
29 I Could Be With Anyone
30 Redbird
31 Safe
32 Ballgame

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Miracle of 86: June 14, 2013 Maxwells – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 4, 2013
By

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[photo by Sean O’Kane]

Kevin Devine is such a nice guy that its hard for me to believe that he was once in a band that broke up. The Miracle of 86 was a popular Staten Island based power pop quartet who toured and recorded from 1998 to 2003, before Kevin launched his solo career. Following the tragic events of the superstorm and the massive damage to their home borough, the band reunited on Staten Island for a benefit concert in January. The experience was so positive that Miracle of 86 decided to keep it going — with two shows in June. We attended the Maxwells date a couple of weeks back, and it was a show that felt very much like a bunch of old friends getting together to play some songs. The stage banter was friendly and funny and the performance of the old material was both inspired and surprisingly tight. We’re streaming “Sunday School”, which was so well played that it could be released tomorrow. Miracle of 86 could very well play more reunion shows, but for now Kevin will be concentrating, after his hugely successful Kickstarter (for two albums!) on his solo career. Expect a show in NYC in late summer / early fall.

I recorded this show in our usual manner in this venue and the sound is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Sunday School”:

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Miracle Of 86
2013-06-14
Maxwells
Hoboken NJ

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann TLM-102s > 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 2013-06-26

Setlist:
[Total Time 58:02]
01 [intro]
02 Sleep All Damn Day
03 G Song
04 Every Famous Last Word
05 [banter – stripes]
06 Surprise Me
07 Southern State
08 Dance Dance Revolution
09 [banter – Bryan Adams]
10 Knife
11 When Its on My Mind
12 [banter – Alice in Chains teaser]
13 Call Off The Cops
14 I Think You Meant to Say No
15 A Less Important Place
16 Nice Shirt Salvador Dali
17 Your Quicksilver Moment
18 Sunday School
19 [banter]
20 Red 19
21 [outro]

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Kevin Devine: December 1, 2012 Webster Hall (3 Full Albums!) – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 14, 2012
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[photos by Corry Arnold – courtesy of Impose Magazine]

He’s been recording albums for more than ten years, and Kevin Devine decided to have a party to celebrate. And what a party it was, as Kevin came bearing gifts in the form of three of his albums played straight through in three sets at Webster Hall on Saturday last. He performed his first album Circle Gets The Square as a solo acoustic set, and mixed in one new Sandy-inspired song. The final two sets and the encores were played with two different version of the band, as set two consisted of the latest album Between the Concrete and Clouds with a stripped down God Damn Band, and the final set of Split the Country, Split the Street (and encores) with a full version of the band. This was an ambitious undertaking, but in the end it proved that Kevin and the God Damn Band were up to the task. Overall, the night saw the performance of thirty-eight separate songs in close to three full hours of music — a marathon of sorts, but also a full-scale celebration of the career thus far of one of indie-pop’s great songwriters and perhaps one of its most under-appreciated ones at that. The result was one of the best shows we saw all year.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted in front of the soundboard in the balcony and mixed with a superb soundboard feed. For the first set, I did not fully reset my levels after a high-volume soundcheck, so that Kevin’s quiet set has low levels on the master that had to be boosted, leading to some ambient noise. For the second set, everything was dialed in perfectly and the sound is superb. Finally, the rowdiness of the now-drunk crowd is maybe a bit too apparent in the third set, which sounds excellent but has quite a bit of shouting, even with the board feed boosted. With those caveats, enjoy!

Stream “Protest Singer”:

Stream “Between The Concrete and the Clouds”:

Stream “Cotton Crush”:

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Kevin Devine
2012-12-01
Webster Hall
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > 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
2012-12-06

Setlist:
[Set 1 – Total Time 43:51]
01 [introduction]
02 Fingerprints and Photographs
03 [banter – Circle]
04 Write Your Story Now
05 Protest Singer
06 Guys With Record Collections
07 [banter – John]
08 If We Meet Today
09 [new song intro]
10 From Here
11 This Box Is Empty
12 Working in Quiet
13 Letting a Good One Go
14 Confessional at 6 PM
15 [banter – thanks]
16 Lullaby For a Snow Faced Girl
[Set 2 – Total Time 44:09]
17 Off-Screen
18 The First Hit
19 [banter]
20 Sleepwalking Through My Life
21 Awake In the Dirt
22 Between the Concrete and the Clouds
23 11-17
24 [band introductions]
25 Wait Out the Wreck
26 A Story A Sneak
27 The City Has Left You Alone
28 I Used To Be Someone
[Set 3 – Total Time 1:15:45]
29 Cotton Crush
30 Afterparty
31 No Time Flat
32 [banter]
33 Keep Ringing Your Bell
34 No One Elses Problem
35 Buried By The Buzz
36 Haircut
37 Probably
38 Alabama Acres
39 Yr Damned Ol Dad
40 [band introductions]
41 The Shift Change Splits The Streets
42 You Are The Daybreak
43 Lord I Know We Dont Talk
44 [encore break]
45 Every Famous Last Word
46 Just Stay
47 Noose Dressed Like A Necklace
48 [banter – thanks]
49 My Brothers Blood

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Kevin Devine: January 7, 2012 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

January 10, 2012
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It almost unfathomable, considering the many many shows we’ve attended over the last decade, that we had not previously crossed paths with Kevin Devine. His abundant vocal and songwriting talents, and the picture perfect nature of his intelligent indie-pop records are exactly what we look for in a performer. So when we finally got the chance to catch Kevin at Maxwell’s on Saturday, the entire show felt completely natural. And when we met and chatted with Kevin after the show, he seemed like a kindred spirit. The songs themselves make it obvious that we are listening to a writer with vision, emotion and fortitude — dealing with life’s difficulties while persistently finding the beauty in it all. On Saturday, Kevin performed solo acoustic and while surrounded by diehard fans in an intimate venue, and delivered a powerful set that included much of his new album Between the Concrete & Clouds (Razor & Tie), but also dug deep into his catalog including classics “Cotton Crush”, “Tap Dance” and “Ballgame” (streaming below). Kevin even included a song from his old band Miracle of ’86 (“Knife”), and two new songs. Kevin Devine will be touring Europe in February, and will be back in the US for some Midwest dates in March, but promised some East coast dates in the Spring.

Stream “Ballgame”:

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Kevin Devine
2012-01-07
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ 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, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2012-01-08

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:26:30]
01 [intro]
02 Petite Mort
03 Tap Dance
04 Off Screen
05 Afterparty
06 Brooklyn Boy
07 Time To Burn
08 [banter – Maxwells]
09 Knife
10 [banter – dream]
11 Awake in the Dirt
12 A Story A Sneak
13 Noose Dressed Like a Necklace
14 [banter – I know how its gonna go]
15 Tomorrows Just Too Late
16 Carnival
17 No Sides
18 [banter – encore]
19 Country Sky Glow
20 Cotton Crush
21 Ballgame
22 [crowd – teases]
23 I Used To Be Someone
24 Between the Concrete and Clouds
25 [banter – thanks]
26 Brother’s Blood

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