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BOYTOY: February 24, 2014 Shea Stadium – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 17, 2014
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[Photos courtesy of Walter Wlodarczyk]

The Brooklyn band BOYTOY only has some scattered bandcamp tracks to their name, but don’t expect their anonymity to last. Leading off a four-band bill anywhere isn’t easy, but BOYTOY grabbed our attention immediately at Shea Stadium on this Friday night, with a wide-ranging brand of rock n’ roll delivered with a poise that belies their limited output. Their style ranged from the bratty pop-punk of “Bad Brain” to the more dense, shoegazey stylings we saw at the end of the set with “Blazed”, which recalled early Lush. Vocalist Saara Untracht-Oakner shows consistency even as the song styles change, and bandmates Glenn Van Dyke (guitar) and Matthew Gregory aka Matty Beans (drums) are right there with her, churning out one song after another that demands repeat listens. We enjoyed it so much that we are offering the entire set for stream, as well as the traditional FLAC and MP3 downloads, below. An EP is expected in late spring; keep an eye out on the band’s bandcamp page for more info.

As with the sets posted from Big Ups and Slothrust, this set was recorded in full digital multitrack provided by the Shea Stadium team, combined with a pair of my Naiant audience mics. We’d encourage you to check out Shea’s site for their own version of this show (coming soon) as well those of hundreds of other bands.

Stream the entire set:

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BOYTOY
2014-02-21
Shea Stadium
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com courtesy of liveatsheastadiumbk.com
Recorded by R.J. Gordon and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard multitrack + Naiant X-X>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>>Adobe Audition CS5.5 (mixdown and effects)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, compression, limiting)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, additional EQ, dither, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Road Dog
02 Bad Brain
03 Helluva Party
04 TV Dreams
05 Shallow Town
06 Visits
07 Postal
08 Runner
09 Blazed

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT BOYTOY, like them on Facebook, and buy their music at their bandcamp page.

Parquet Courts: March 7, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 15, 2013
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[Photos courtesy of David Andrako]

The transition from headlining act at DIY Brooklyn shows to opener at the Bowery Ballroom can be a rocky one for some indie bands. Where a scrappy aesthetic plays well when there’s a mosh pit going and you’re closing out a long night to a partying crowd, it sometimes works less well when you’re playing a half-empty Bowery to people who came to see someone else.

Happily, that was not the case for Parquet Courts, despite being the opener on a three-act bill that included fellow Brooklynites Nude Beach and The Men. In fact, if you looked down at the full floor at the start of their set, you could be forgiven for confusing Parquet Courts for the headliner.  The band’s performance more than held up their end of the bargain, with the energy of songs from their debut album, Light Up Gold carrying over just as brilliantly as they did at the band’s raging 285 Kent show that we saw last November. Lest you think Parquet Courts are some lo-fi band that can’t play, be advised that there’s some legitimate guitar shredding going on along with the New Wave-ish rhythm guitar parts, which gives added heft to songs like “Yr No Stoner” and gives the band room to grow their sound in the future.  The band let us know that they were going to be staying up all night this night, as they were flying to Mexico City the following day, followed by ToddP’s Festival Nrmal and SXSW after that.  I hope their audiences to the south have as much fun with them as we did here in NYC.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from longtime Bowery engineer Kenny.  The sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

Stream “Stoned and Starving”

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Parquet Courts
2013-03-07
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK41 (DINa)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, tape exciter, imaging)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, parallel compression, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Racing Through the Dark
02 Stoned and Starving
03 Donuts Only
04 Yr No Stoner
05 [banter1]
06 Careers In Combat
07 N Dakota
08 Yonder Is Closer To My Heart
09 Light Up Gold II
10 [unknown1]
11 Master of My Craft
12 Borrowed Time

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Parquet Courts, visit their website and purchase Light Up Gold from the Dull Tools Records website [HERE].

Waxahatchee: February 8, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 6, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

Waxahatchee, the one-woman project of Katie Crutchfield, hit the scene in low-key fashion in 2012 with a record of lo-fi bedroom gems entitled American Weekend that quietly made it onto several critics’ best-of lists.  The record’s raw production couldn’t mask the obvious talent Crutchfield has for writing accessible, confessional songs punctuated by her unique voice and phrasing.  “Catfish”, on both that record and streaming above, is one of many examples of that, an earworm that also has something to say. American Weekend represented a transitional period for Crutchfield, who had just left she and her sister Allison’s band P.S. EliotShe recorded the record in her parents’ bedroom in Birmingham, Alabama (her hometown).

Its newly-released follow-up, Cerulean Salt, was still recorded at home — this time in Crutchfield’s Philadelphia basement — but it is a well-produced, good-sounding record that flatters Crutchfield’s voice and her talents much more effectively than American Weekend could have hoped to.  Deservedly, Stereogum just named it their Album of the Week.

This set at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the Don Giovanni Records showcase was originally supposed to feature a band, but the night’s blizzard made that impossible. Instead, we got a nine-song solo set that proved that Crutchfield’s songs can stand on their own, even live in a fairly large room. The set previewed four songs from Cerulean Salt – “Hollow Bedroom”, “Blue Pt. II”, “Swan Dive” and “You’re Damaged”, and as such, in cooperation Don Giovanni, we are releasing this set to coincide with the release of Cerulean Salt, which hit stores this Tuesday.  It is an excellent record, and one that we think will introduce Waxahatchee to a much broader audience.

I recorded this set with an excellent soundboard feed from the house engineer, Jim plus MBHO KA200N cardiod microphones.  Due to a particularly noisy audience and a quiet set, this recording is mostly the soundboard feed.  Some DI noise and hiss were present, which were mostly eliminated with software editing.  The final product I think will be a favorite. Enjoy!


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Waxahatchee
2013-02-08
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Jim) + MBHO KA200N>MBP603>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (noise reduction on SBD, align, amplify, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (tape effect on SBD)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, parallel compression, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Please note: Some track titles will need to fixed in the actual file set, as the set was tagged and tracked before the new record came out.]
01 Hollow Bedroom
02 Catfish
03 Grass Stain
04 Blue Pt. 2
05 Michel
06 Swan Dive
07 Noccalula
08 I Think I Love You
09 You’re Damaged

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Waxahatchee, like them on Facebook, and purchase Cerulean Salt from Don Giovanni Records [HERE]

DIIV: June 8, 2012 285 Kent – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs (including rare Nirvana cover!)

June 14, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

Beach Fossils‘ Zachary Cole Smith is such an unabashed Nirvana fan that he named his new musical project “DIIV” after the band’s b-side “Dive”. This Friday night madhouse of a show at 285 Kent headlined by DIIV as a “secret guest” had much of the same  joyful chaos as the better shows of Nirvana’s pre-Nevermind career. A full house packed 285 until it was a virtual sweat lodge, teeming with teenage bodies flying through the air, moshing and having a hell of a time (this all-ages show was also a celebration of somebody’s graduation). DIIV tore through a good chunk of the numbers from their soon-to-be released album, Oshin, with Smith ruling the frenzied proceedings like a man who wasn’t sweating bullets. The highlight of the night for me was an homage to Nirvana, when the band covered an extremely obscure unreleased Cobain song known to bootleg collectors as either “Bambi Slaughter” or “Creation”. Even if DIIV aren’t exactly Nirvana (yet anyway), the show was a reminder that rock n’ roll isn’t supposed to be tidy, or clean or safe – it’s blood on the floor, bodies in the air, sweat soaking your shirt, heads banging, hair flying. It’s wonderful, isn’t it?

This was a very difficult recording environment and situation. The extreme levels of humidity and heat in the club played havoc with both the onstage equipment and my equipment, and there is some distortion in both the soundboard feed and in my microphones as a result. I spent several hours working on this to make it was good as I could, but it is still not a very good recording by the standards of this site. That said, it is still quite listenable, and an accurate representation of a very interesting and fun night.

Thanks to Ian Perlman for the setlist, and the inspiration to try and mix this thing down right.

Stream “Bambi Slaughter” [Nirvana]

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DIIV
2012-06-08
285 Kent
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5 (omni, A-B)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (various edits, EQ and changes)>Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (further edits)>Audacity (set fades, balance, tracking, amplify, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Druun
02 Past Lives
03 Human
04 Big Joke
05 Air Conditioning [w/ “All Apologies” tease]
06 How Long Have You Known
07 [tuning]
08 Wait
09 Follow
10 Sometime
11 Bambi Slaughter [Nirvana]
12 Doused

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT DIIV, like them on Facebook, pre-order Oshin from Insound, and be on the lookout for their upcoming shows in the area, including Saturday June 23rd at Glasslands.

The Babies: May 27, 2011 Knitting Factory – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

June 17, 2011
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[Photo by acidjack]

When we first saw The Babies at the beginning of last year (that recording here), they were a brand-new band mostly known as a side project of Cassie Ramone of the Vivian Girls and Kevin Morby of Woods. They rocked the hell out of Glasslands that night and left us wanting more – especially a new record. More than a year later, they gave us what we had hoped for in the form of a delightfully just-polished-enough eponymous debut album on the Shrimper imprint. This Knitting Factory show, opening for Times New Viking, found them working through many of the album tracks as well as some new and unfamiliar numbers. While the band’s sound owes more to Ramone’s Vivians than to Woods, the Babies have developed a solid identity of their own, marrying some of the surf vibe of the Vivians with a slightly harder-edged sound. We expect many more good things from the Babies – but in the meantime, just don’t call them a “Brooklyn Supergroup”.

I recorded this set from the same location as the Times New Viking recording, with the AKG large diaphragm mics set to a tighter pattern to reject more reflections from the room, as well as a soundboard feed. This one is probably the best recording of the night. Enjoy!

The Babies will be playing the Northside Festival this Saturday at McCarren Park with Guided By Voices. NYCTaper will be recording all sets at that show, and many other sets throughout the festival. Check out The Babies as well our NYCTaper/Pop Tarts Suck Toasted Showcase at Public Assembly on Sunday the 19th.

Stream “Here Comes Trouble”:

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The Babies
2011-05-27
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Equipment: AKG C 414 B-XLS (hypercardiod)>Sound Devices USBpre2 + Soundboard>>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: At soundboard, slightly ROC, mics at 7ft, PAS
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Run Me Over
02 Sunset
03 Breakin’ the Law
04 [unknown]
05 Sick Kid
06 Wild 2
07 All Things Come To Pass>Meet Me In the City
08 [unknown]
09 Here Comes Trouble
10 Caroline

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