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Jeff Rosenstock: November 18, 2016 Villain BK

January 12, 2017

It is an objective fact that Jeff Rosenstock released one of the best albums of 2016, if not the best record of the year. WORRY is a work that exhibits all of the positive qualities of contemporary punk by one of the genre’s most consistently excellent and prolific performers over the last two decades. During that time, Rosenstock has been a virtually unlimited fount of quality music, having participated as band member, contributor or producer in something like thirty albums in the last fifteen years. But Rosenstock’s recent solo albums may be his highest quality output of his career. WORRY builds on the overwhelming success of his excellent 2015 album We Cool?. The fan response to it crashed the SideOneDummy Records website on the day of its release.

WORRY is album that walks the listener through a set of modern problems in a series of songs that touch on multiple genres all anchored by the indefatigable Jeff Rosenstock. Early in his career Rosenstock fronted a ska-punk band and then an anarchist-punk band but in his late thirties he’s now not beholden to any particular genre. The album touches on themes of loneliness, oppression, politics and music — all of which are pointless without our emotional investment in other people. Indeed “…While You’re Alive” concludes as the penultimate track on the record, by declaring that ultimately “Love is Worry”. We may never be able to achieve a perfect existence (“Perfect Sound Whatever”), but if we appreciate the small events, we’ll be truly alive. Its a simple but effective message from a performer who has spent his career confronting negativity and apathy with a singular work ethic and drive.

The Jeff Rosenstock Fall Tour came to a close on a cold November night in a converted warehouse in Brooklyn a mere ten days after perhaps the most devastating political moment of our lives. The final night of the tour was filled with much love and appreciation for the bands and fans who had supported him throughout, but the night was also fueled by purposeful rage and resistance. Rosenstock dealt with these issues throughout the set but also focused on the healing power of music. The set drew primarily from We Cool? and WORRY material, including an epic segue of the last eleven songs from WORRY to close the set. The band encored with “Police on My Back”, which Rosenstock unfortunately noted as a Clash song. Perhaps the only down moment of the night was that he failed to call attention to the composers of that song, The Equals — a 1960s racially-integrated London band who experienced actual police oppression of immigrant culture. Its a theme sadly still relevant nearly fifty years after the release of that song. Otherwise, the night was an inspiration and Jeff Rosenstock continues to cement his status as perhaps the most important punk artist composing today. Moving forward through 2017 and after, we’re going to need artists like Rosenstock whose life’s work is hell bent on resisting the wave of hate and intolerance bubbling up from the worst aspects of our society.

Jeff Rosenstock is back on tour next month, including two local shows. The just-announced Antarctigo Vespucci (Rosenstock and Chris Farren) show at Trans-Pecos is February 11, and a Jeff Rosenstock date opening for Menzingers at Irving Plaza is on March 30. All dates HERE.

I recorded this set with the Neumann hypers mounted at the soundboard on the far right and mixed with a board feed. The balance and mix took a while the get right but I believe this is now an excellent recording that definitely captures the energy of that great night. Enjoy!

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Jeff Rosenstock
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Ryan] + Neumann KM-150 Hypers > 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

[Total Time 1:08:27]
01 Wave Goodnight To Me
02 I’m Serious I’m Sorry
03 Hey Allison
04 Pash Rash
05 [banter – on tour]
06 To Be a Ghost
07 Festival Song
08 [banter – donations]
09 Beers Again Alone
10 Nausea
11 [banter – Worry]
12 Pietro 60 Years Old
13 I Did Something Weird Last Night
14 Blast Damage Days
15 Bang on the Door
16 Rainbow
17 Planet Luxury
19 June 21st
20 The Fuzz
21 While You’re Alive
22 Perfect Sound Whatever
23 You In Weird Cities
24 [encore break]
25 Teenager
26 Police on My Back [The Equals]

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The War On Drugs: July 21, 2012 Mulcahy’s Wantagh NY – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 13, 2012

[photo by Patrick Barthel]

The Shine A Light Music Festival took place a few weeks back, and we’ve already posted the Luna reunion (here). As our regular readers are aware, The War On Drugs is one of my favorite current bands. The addition of this set to the site is by no means an afterthought, but the result of a discovery. Due to technical problems, I had written this recording off as a non-post, but after a re-listen and re-evaluation this week, the sound quality is far above what I expected. The show was also something special. The War On Drugs arrived early at the gig and had already soundchecked by the time I got there and set up. The band was interacting and mingling with all of the members of the Tommy Brull Foundation for several hours before their set, so that by the time they took the stage The War On Drugs felt like they were playing to friends. The show contained a nice mix of their material, but also some entertaining banter, a “guest” guitarist, and even some gentle ribbing of nyctaper.

I recorded this show with the Sennheiser 8040’s on-stage and running through the snake and mixed with a board feed. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the phantom power of the mics, so this set is the straight board feed. Its not optimal for sound quality, but its certainly a good listen. Enjoy!

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War On Drugs
Shine A Light Festival
Wantagh, NY USA

Digital Master Soundboard Recording

Soundboard > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2012-08-11

[Total Time 1:16:58]
01 Best Night
02 Coming Through
03 [banter – Dylan email]
04 Baby Missiles
05 Your Love Is Calling My Name
06 The Animator
07 Come To The City
08 [banter – Chris Mullin]
09 I Was There
10 [banter]
11 Brothers
12 [banter – Neil]
13 Taking the Farm
14 Black Water Falls
15 A Needle in Your Eye No 16

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Cowboy Junkies: March 10, 2012 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

March 22, 2012

[Photo by Johnny]

I was in college when the landmark ‘The Trinity Session‘ album by Cowboy Junkies was released.  Garnering attention with their unique cover of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane”, I think it’s safe to say that every guy on my dorm floor developed a crush on frontwoman Margo Timmins.  Rather than rest on the laurels of that critically lauded disc, this stellar band has continually put out terrific music over the past few decades, bucking trends and cultivating a distinct style on their own terms.  Their most recent project, the excellent Nomad Series, continues in that ambitious vein with them having recorded 4 separate albums in 18 months.

This particular night was the last stop on the tour and Cowboy Junkies seemed intent on making it a memorable one [check out guitarist Michael Timmins’ entry from his tour diary HERE].  In the lovely Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center the capacity crowd was treated to two sets of music.  With the first being tracks from the Nomad Series and the second consisting of material spanning the group’s career, there were amazing performances in each capped with an intense rendition of (fellow Canadian) Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”.  Overall, an outstanding evening.

Thanks to the very helpful and accommodating crew and venue staff, we were able to set up in a nearly ideal location in this wonderful sounding room.  We were also blessed with incredibly polite and appreciative attendees.  It was truly a pleasure to sit comfortably in a beautiful theater on a Saturday night and not have the music compete with people who would rather talk loudly than enjoy the songs.  Combine all these factors and our resultant recording is superb.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Cowboy Junkies, Candace Horgan and Jared Herman for making this recording possible, and to Frank, Eric, Greg and the staff at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center for their courtesy and cooperation.

Stream “Late Night Radio”:

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Cowboy Junkies
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Westhampton Beach, NY, USA

Source: AUD > AKG C 414 B-XLS’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > TLH (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

1st SET:
[Total time: 52:55]
01. Sing In My Meadow
02. [banter 1]
03. Wrong Piano  [Vic Chesnutt]
04. Square Room  [Vic Chesnutt]
05. 3rd Crusade
06. Late Night Radio
07. A Few Bags of Grain
08. Stranger Here
09. [banter 2]
10. Damaged From The Start
11. [banter 3]
12. Angels In The Wilderness

2nd SET:
[Total time: 1:20:46]
13. Sweet Jane  [Lou Reed]
14. 200 More Miles
15. A Common Disaster
16. Working on a Building
17. [banter 4]
18. A Horse In The Country
19. Angel Mine
20. Cold Tea Blues
21. Crescent Moon
22. Hunted
23. [banter 5 / introductions]
24. Lost My Driving Wheel  [David Wiffen]
25. [encore break]
26. Blue Moon Revisited (Song for Elvis)  [Margo Timmins, Michael Timmins, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart]
27. Don’t Let It Bring You Down  [Neil Young]

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