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Laura Stevenson & the Cans: February 11, 2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

March 15, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

Laura Stevenson & the Cans do not have much in common with their Don Giovanni Records labelmates stylistically – the label skews, with bands like The Screaming Females, a heck of a lot noisier.  But their performance this night at Music Hall of Williamsburg – in between the Screaming Females and gritty punk outfit For Science – was, like the Females’ (posted here), one of uncompromising quality.  It should be noted that Stevenson is not without her punk credentials, either.  Prior to going out on her own with the Cans, she was best known as keyboardist for the Long Island punk collective Bomb the Music Industry!, who will be her tourmates for the next few months along with the Felice Brothers, Screaming Females, and others.  Her band’s own music is more of the confessional, folk-influenced  singer-songwriter variety, and Stevenson executes her vision with a clarity and poise the reminds me of many of the things that have impressed us about other rising songwriters like Sharon Van Etten.  Along with songs from her first two records, including last year’s Sit Resist, Stevenson played several new numbers that portend a strong third album in her future.  Playing before a weekend punk crowd is hardly an easy task for any musician, but Stevenson did a fairly easy job of winning this crowd over.  At age 27, it might not be accurate to say Stevenson is a punk who has “grown up” – but perhaps it’s fair to say hers is grown-up music that punks can appreciate.

We recorded this set in the same manner as the Screaming Females recording, and it is a similarly nicely-balanced recording.  Enjoy!

Stream “[new song]”

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Laura Stevenson & the Cans
2012-02-11
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack and nyctaper

Neumann KM150>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Schoeps MK22>KCY>littlebox >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, EQ, amplify and balance, tracking, downsample, set fades)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 The Healthy One
02 8:08
03 Halloween Pts. 1 & 2
04 [new]
05 Caretaker
06 Peachy
07 [banter]
08 [new]
09 [new]
10 A Shine To It
11 Master of Art

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Laura Stevenson & the Cans, visit their website, and purchase Sit Resist from Don Giovanni Records [HERE]

Rubblebucket: January 28, 2012 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

February 1, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

Rubblebucket is a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Vermont band that is building a fan base the old-fashioned way: outstanding live shows and the positive word of mouth that results.  With a touring schedule that has blanketed the eastern seaboard and made them regulars in their home region, the band has come by every new fan and every new gig as honestly as possible.  That’s why, although you may have never heard of them, they sold out the Bowery Ballroom handily on a Saturday night.  They may have gotten their start on the college music circuit, but judging by this diverse crowd, they’ve not only kept those early fans, but grown well beyond their beginnings.

Rubblebucket hybridizes elements of NOLA jazz, lounge music, rock and French pop into a dance-ready, coherent whole.  Coming on strong with songs from their latest record, Omega La La, the band got things going early with the combo of “Worker”, “Raining” and “Breatherz” from Omega, each punctuated by exuberant blasts of brass (trombone, trumpet and occasionally sousaphone make appearances).  Their mic stands adorned with streamers, their energy relentlessly positive, and their giant robot-puppets (yes) waiting in the wings, Rubblebucket commanded the moment easily, turning the Bowery floor into a giant dance party.  About the robot puppets – during their extended-jam cover of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” two nearly balcony-high puppets roamed through the audience, engaged in mock robot-puppet warfare.  I don’t think you need a BA from a northeastern liberal arts school to understand how this makes for a good time.  (But I guess it might not hurt).

Maybe it shouldn’t be a novelty that Rubblebucket are distinguished by their virtuosity on their instruments – lead singer Kalmia Triver does double duty on sax, even – but that has been enough to get them included in another faux genre, “yes wave”.  I think I’ll pass on the genre name, but whatever you want to call their sound, Rubblebucket is a band you shouldn’t miss live.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones from our usual spot in the balcony, for a flawless capture of the night. Enjoy!

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Rubblebucket
2012-01-28
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (balcony, DIN, slightly LOC)>KCY>littlebox>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, balance, tracking, set fades, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8)

Tracks [Total Time 1:23:14]
01 [intro]
02 Worker
03 Raining
04 Breatherz (Young as Clouds)
05 Landing
06 [?]-1
07 Silly Fathers
08 Heart of Glass [Blondie]
09 [banter]
10 Bikes
11 Triangular Daisies
12 [?]-2
13 [banter]
14 [?]-3
15 Came Out of a Lady
16 [encore break]
17 Down In the Yards
18 L’Homme

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My Morning Jacket: December 14, 2011 Madison Square Garden – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 19, 2011
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[Photos courtesy of Pete Matthews for Feast of Music]

My Morning Jacket took their impressive stage show to Madison Square Garden last night,  demonstrating again how a band that works hard, plays tight and writes compelling songs can achieve large-scale success without much in the way of conventional marketing.  It had been a while since I last saw MMJ- I think my last check-in with them was some time in the last decade at Irving Plaza.  Since then they’ve gone from a mid-tier band straddling the indie and jam-band divide to a full-fledged juggernaut, a latter-day Phish for the less-tie-dyed set.  It’s easy to see how this band can both inspire the more jam-band-focused taper community as well as garner positive notice from sites like Pitchfork.  While we are the only folks recording at most shows we attend, this night there were several other crews in attendance.  It’s not hard to understand why – with sprawling solos, complex arrangements, and quiet solo moments, MMJ shows practically cry out for being recorded.  If you’re going to be an arena band, you have to embrace it, and MMJ delivers a large-scale rock n’ roll party, with a light show that could hold its own with any band in America.  The folks in the seats stood throughout the set, while the massive open floor was packed with hand-waving fans. The two-and-a-half hour set boasted many of the band’s big numbers, including a smoking “Mahgeetah”.  The show closed with some true holiday cheer in the form of a faithful rendition of the Bing Crosby classic, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”.  The members of MMJ are no doubt looking forward to being home for Christmas themselves, as this show marked the end of their current tour.

I recorded this set in the raised seated section behind the soundboard area, in the center, with the Schoeps supercardiod microphones to reject unwanted sound.  While not as good as the recordings we feature from smaller venues, it is a fine capture of the evening.  Enjoy!

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My Morning Jacket
2011-12-14
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41 (DIN, DFC, behind SBD)>KCY>Naiant littlebox>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)>Audition (EQ, normalize, limit peaks)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 2:28:48]
01 Victory Dance
02 Circuital
03 It Beats 4 U
04 First Light
05 I’m Amazed
06 Wonderful (The Way I Feel)*
07 Steam Engine
08 Outta My System
09 Dancefloors ^
10 Golden
11 Mahgeetah
12 Dondante
13 Smokin From Shootin
14 (end of) Run Thru>Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt.2
15 Off The Record
16 Gideon
17 [encore break]
18 Bermuda Highway
19 Wordless Chorus
20 The Day Is Coming
21 The Bottle (Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson) ** ^
22 Holdin On To Black Metal ^
23 One Big Holiday ^
24 I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Bing Crosby)

^ w/ Dearland Horns
* w/ Ben Bridwell
** w/ Brian Jackson

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Fucked Up: November 15, 2011 Warsaw – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 21, 2011
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[Photo courtesy of Jon Melnick. See his Flickr stream [HERE]]

Music is passion. Music is anger. Music is triumph. Music is sorrow. Music is love. Somehow a Fucked Up show manages to incorporate them all. To love Fucked Up is to understand the wonder and beauty of the clean, rising chords of “Let Her Rest”, the multilayered, joyous dueling-guitar attack of “Running On Nothing”, and the gravel-scrubbed squall of incomparable frontman Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham’s vocals. What makes sense about a Toronto band with an absolutely crack rhythm section, who puts out double-LP rock operas (their latest, David Comes to Life), whose focal point is a hefty, shirtless man screaming into the mic (when it’s not passed into the crowd), carrying crowd-surfers on his back, and cracking off disarming riffs on everything from his weight to his penis? Yet there’s something that does. It works, in part, because Abraham may be – if not the best vocalist – the best frontman in rock right now. He is self-effacing, magnanimous to a fault, funny, and kind. And positively magnetic to watch, as he presides over the chaotic mosh pit party that his band’s music creates. After an earnest, intense set (and one of their best possibly ever) by Titus Andronicus where they paid tribute to the events of the day at Occupy Wall Street, I’ll admit that it was refreshing to crack a smile at Abraham, talking about his recent weight loss. “I felt better fatter” he said, “I don’t want you to think I’m selling out, that I’m changing”). Even talking about OWS, Abraham managed to be funny (listen to the banter tracks to hear his thoughts on OWS and why you shouldn’t “bend over”.. or as he rephrased it, “lie down”).

As noted, while Fucked Up’s sound is nominally “punk”, there is nothing simple or unfocused about its players, whose densely layered guitars are the sea in which Abraham and his antics swim. Already hailed as one of the most ambitious punk bands ever, David Comes to Life raised the stakes with a four-part opera told from the viewpoint of multiple unreliable narrators. From most bands, projects like these come off as weak gimmicks. The difference here is that Fucked Up have the chops to pull it off. This show at Warsaw in Greenpoint – a venue I had not visited in awhile, but is now being booked by the tastemaker Chris Diaz of the Knitting Factory and sure to have more great shows – was the second of two NYC shows in which the band performed the entire record straight through. And what a record it is – obvious as the band whipped through its piles and piles of pop hooks with punk seethe with occasional breaks in between series of songs for Abraham to chat with the crowd. After the encore break it was time for the deep cuts, including a very special performance of a song called “Unrequited Love” with bassist Sandy Miranda on vocals. After closing out the set with the track “David Comes to Life”, Abraham stuck around on stage to help one fan get his phone back, and another person to get their jacket – even after the house music went up. By the time I had broken down my equipment and left quite a bit later, I found Abraham standing outside the venue – still shirtless, on a fairly cold night – chatting with fans. Music is love, indeed.

I recorded this set with an excellent soundboard feed from the Warsaw team, plus the Schoeps supercardiod microphones on a high stand. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Chris Diaz and the members of the band for arranging permission to record. You can also download my previous recording of Fucked Up at Maxwell’s in Hoboken last year [HERE]

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Fucked Up
2011-11-15
Warsaw
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41>KCY>littlebox >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (mixdown)>Audacity (limit peaks, set fades, amplify and balance, tracking, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Let Her Rest
02 Queen of Hearts
03 Under My Nose
04 The Other Shoe
05 [banter1]
06 Turn the Season
07 Running On Nothing
08 Remember My Name
09 [banter2]
10 A Slanted Tone
11 Serve Me Right
12 Truth I Know
13 [banter3]
14 Life In Paper
15 Ship of Fools
16 A Little Death
17 [banter4]
18 I Was There
19 Inside A Frame
20 The Recursive Girl
21 [banter5]
22 One More Night
23 Lights Up
24 [encore break]
25 [?]
26 [banter6]
27 Unrequited Love
28 [banter7]
29 David Comes to Life
30 [outro]

If you enjoyed this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT F*cked Up, visit their blog, and purchase their official releases, including David Comes to Life, directly from their page at the Matador Records website [here].

Sebadoh: November 11, 2011 Maxwell’s – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 14, 2011
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sebadoh
[Photo by Chris Gersbeck for Fucking Nostalgic]

The age-old debate I have with myself about going to Maxwell’s, especially on a weekend: Will this show be worth waiting for the PATH at 3 a.m.?  The thing is, every time you talk yourself out of a Maxwell’s show, you’re probably wrong.  If I hadn’t hit this Sebadoh show in this intimate (and for Manhattan/Brooklynites, remote) venue – despite that they were down the street at Music Hall of Williamsburg the following night – I’d have missed out.  This freewheeling show felt like seeing Lou Barlow and the reunited band appear in your living room.  Lou in particular was relaxed and chatting with the crowd, clearly enjoying the chance to keep things loose.  It didn’t hurt any that Lou and the band had plenty of friends in the crowd, many of whom could be heard ribbing him throughout the show.  Oh, and did you know “Willing to Wait” from Harmacy was going to be Ross and Rachel’s breakup song on Friends?  Well, now you do.  And tonight’s show-closing rendition – perhaps to spite the “flat” recording of the song that Lou hated – was pure, magical rock n’ roll.

The band were once known as “lo-fi pioneers”, but like many of their contemporaries from the early 90s, they’ve developed into serious players (one of Lou’s anecdotes concerned the $1000 guitar he was playing).  This set was Springsteen-esque in its sprawl – the first 13 tracks occur in the first half-hour of the nearly two-hour set – but given their large catalog of two- and three-minute songs, Sebadoh had a lot of ground to cover.  While rockers like “License to Confuse” are always thrillers, it was the band’s slower numbers like “Dream”, the poignant “Soul and Fire” and the band’s classic “Together or Alone” that stood out, allowing Barlow’s lyrics to shine.  The set focused primarily on the band’s more hook-driven, lyrical numbers, rather than some of the Eric Gaffney-penned more punkish material, and to good effect.  Among the band’s records, Bakesale was particularly well-represented (and also was just re-released this year by Sub Pop), as was Bubble and Scrape, while their seminal III, the first with Jason Loewenstein, was mostly-ignored.  By the end of the set, it was hard to imagine a favorite Sebadoh song the band didn’t play at this show, and indeed, I can’t think of one.  The PATH trade ride home was a long one, but damn, it was worth it.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps supercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from Mitch, a new FOH engineer at Maxwell’s, who did a flawless job with the house mix all night.  The results are truly outstanding, absolutely one of my finest recordings of the year, and by far the finest fan recording of this band I have ever heard – yes, it’s that good.  Enjoy!

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Sebadoh
2011-11-11
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

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

Schoeps MK41 (LOC, at SBD, DINa)>KCY>Littlebox + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>Audition (balance, mixdown)>Audacity (tracking, set fades, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro banter]
02 Too Pure
03 [banter]
04 On Fire
05 Skull
06 Rebound
07 Ocean
08 [banter]
09 Magnet’s Coil
10 [banter]
11 Shit Soup
12 Mind Reader
13 Got It
14 Love to Fight
15 Drag Down
16 [banter]
17 Dreams
18 The Freed Pig
19 License to Confuse
20 Sister
21 Dramamine
22 Crystal Gypsy
23 Careful
24 Bird In the Hand
25 [banter]
26 Soul and Fire
27 Two Years Two Days
28 Not A Friend
29 Together or Alone
30 Beauty of the Ride
31 Forced Love
32 Sixteen
33 [encore break]
34 Give Up
35 New Worship
36 Brand New Love
37 Not Too Amused
38 [banter]
39 Willing to Wait

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Trans Am: October 8, 2011 Union Pool (playing “Futureworld”) – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

October 10, 2011
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[Photo by acidjack. The photos are bad, but the recording is great.]

The band Trans Am reintroduced themselves in a big way with their seminal 1999 album, Futureworld nine years into their career. For the first time, the post-rock band introduced vocoder-enhanced vocals to their rock/krautrock hybrid. In many ways, this record, with its Atari graphics cover, augured the chiptunes genre, with its propulsive, fast-paced rock attack and robotic vocals. It also showcased a little bit of the band’s sense of humor, which you can get a dose of on their band page at Thrill Jockey. As is all the rage these days for classic bands, Trans Am did a two-night stand at one of my favorite venues, Union Pool, to close out their tour celebrating this classic record by playing it straight through.

With the smoke still clearing from The Psychic Paramount’s thunderous opening set, Trans Am kicked off the opening track “1999” to roars of approval from the crowd. By the time they hit the title track, “Futureworld,” the crowd was singing along to the vocoder-enhanced vocals, dancing, and sweating like hell – the show was completely sold out, and the room was packed. The band tore through the record with virtuosity and aggression; I can’t imagine this show being better in ’99 than it was today. The band even gave us an unexpected dose of (slightly) newer flavor when they ended the set with “I Want It All” and “Play in the Summer”, both from their 2000 record Red Line. Expect a followup to the band’s 2010 record, Thing, soon, and go see them live for an unforgettable experience.

I recorded this set from the balcony with the DPA microphones split wide, and an excellent soundboard feed. The quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Trans Am
2011-10-08
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard + DPA 4021 (slightly LOC, ORTF)>Naiant littlebox>>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)>Audition (mixdown)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, EQ, amplify and balance)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks
Futureworld
01 1999
02 Television Eyes
03 Futureworld
04 City in Flames
05 Am Rhein
06 Cocaine Computer
07 Runners Standing Still>Futureworld II
08 Positron
09 Sad and Young

Additional Songs from Red Line
10 [banter]
11 I Want It All
12 [encore break]
13 Play in the Summer

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