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Grooms: February 17, 2015 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 3, 2015
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Many bands are forced to admit that their best album was probably their first. Grooms can take pleasure in having just released their high watermark four albums in. That album, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, marries their sense of melody and pop appeal to a level of musical skill befitting a band that has stayed together long enough to see personnel come and go, but emerge stronger in the process. A three-piece, Grooms manage to make their music rhythmically complex (thanks in no small part to drummer Steve Levine, who recently enjoyed notoriety on TV’s Better Call Saul) without overcomplicating it, and that works especially well live. Watching the three men onstage, you more appreciate how their arrangements leave room to feel what each player is doing.

This show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, on a bill shared with A Place to Bury Strangers (that set here), celebrated the new record’s release, but didn’t park the setlist there. Starting with a rapid succession of new songs, Grooms then dug back in to 2013’s under-toured Infinity Caller and even their debut Rejoicer, the band gave us a sense of the continuity in their music as well as some of the new ideas percolating in Comb the Feelings. While the album itself is the band’s best-produced to date, adding lush electronics to the band’s guitar-bass-drums mix, the live versions proved that the record isn’t just a success on that account. Songs like the title track are more than just well put together; they’re just good songs. Grooms were one of many bands tied to Death By Audio (including A Place to Bury Strangers), and now, like their scene itself, they will enter a different phase. So far, it’s working for them.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones in the soundboard cage. The sound quality is quite good for a straight audience recording. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream “Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair”

Grooms
2015-02-17
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41 (DFC, at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, imaging)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 37:30]
01 Bed Version
02 Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair
03 Infinity Caller
04 [banter1]
05 Grenadine Scene From Inside
06 Doctor M
07 Lion Name
08 Foster Sister
09 [banter2]
10 Cross Off

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Grooms, visit their Facebook page, and buy Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair here.

A Place to Bury Strangers: February 17, 2015 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

February 18, 2015
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[photos by acidjack]

A Place to Bury Strangers are one of several bands that incubated in the scene (and the sound) that grew up around Death By Audio and its line of effects pedals, making it fitting that they headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg just months after that venue’s untimely end. Though the band arrived on the scene just over ten years ago (in 2003), it feels like it’s been eons in musical terms. Today, their dark tone, blown out guitar sound, and relentless, ambitious live show feels vaguely foreign to the current indie mainstream, but that is as it should be. This kind of music may or may not always be a “trend”, but it will always have the ability to seize a crowd, and keep it.

It’s fitting that the band opened with “We’ve Come So Far”: The number comes from Transfixiation, the brand-new album whose release was being celebrated that night, and it also describes this band’s history. With only one consistent member throughout (frontman Oliver Ackermann), the now-trio has continued to hone a sound much more consistent than its personnel changes would suggest. From the obvious MBV homage of their self-titled 2007 debut, the band has both added layers and stripped them away, leaving them at the more tightly focused Transfixiation, which takes a few steps back from the wall of noise to find some new melodies — and a bit of extra weirdness — underneath.

Not that you’d have been able to tell at the album release show. From the first peals of guitar noise to the militaristic percussion of “So Far Away”, the band blanketed itself in noise, barely pausing between songs. Ackerman, drummer Robi Gonzalez and bassist Dion Lunadon were only intermittently visible in a sea of smoke, pierced by a frenetic light show and backed by abstract visuals. Ackermann and Lunadon hurled themselves around the stage as a mosh pit that churned below them; this was no polite Tuesday night show. It might be fair to say you can’t really get APTBS until you’ve seen them live, or at least, it’s very hard to convey the feeling of their music through a home stereo or some iPhone headphones. APTBS’ sound demands darkness, attention and crowd participation to fully land, and over and over on this night, it did.

Band and crowd literally became one during the encore portion of the set, when the band set up just in front of the venue’s soundboard to play three more songs as the audience closed in around them, the flashes of smartphone cameras replacing the strobe lights that had been up on the stage. If it didn’t quite replicate the intimacy of Death By Audio, it showed that this band deserved to grow to a level well beyond it, and to keep going. They’re the kind of band live music was made for, and they did right by us tonight.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones set up inside the soundboard cage. APTBS’ FOH, Lex, was in charge of the house mix. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete set: 

A Place to Bury Strangers
2015-02-17
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41 (DFC, at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, imaging)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 57:01]
01 We’ve Come So Far
02 I’m So Clean
03 Drill It Up
04 Fill the Void
05 Deadbeat
06 [instrumental]
07 Love High
08 Now It’s Over
09 I’ve Lived My Life to Stand In the Shadow of Your Heart
10 You Are the One [played from the floor]
11 Straight [played from the floor]
12 So Far Away [played from the floor]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT A Place to Bury Strangers, visit their website, and buy Transfixiation from Dead Oceans here.

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Stars: November 10, 2014 Music Hall of Williamsburg – Flac/MP3/Streaming

November 14, 2014
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November 10, 2014[photos courtesy of Jill Harrison and For the Love of Brooklyn]

This past Monday night, the Stars began their tour in support of new album No One Is Lost and made their third stop in Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. After a fantastic opening set from fellow Canadian band Hey Rosetta!, the Stars took the stage to the sweet, lonely lilt of Judy Garland and promptly kicked off the party with the first single from their new album, “From The Night.” The sold-out crowd apparently read an album review or three and figured a dance party might happen, so when the retro disco beat kicked in and singers Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan hit the chorus, it felt like the weekend was back in full force.

Much of the press about the new album has focused on how the band is making more dance tunes — and yes, Millan did collaborate on a recent track with EDM DJ Porter Robinson. But the real story seems to be that the cute, ironic fatalism that was present in the younger band’s work has evolved; the cabaret has shuttered because the stakes are too high. In fact, during the recording of No One Is Lost, the band’s long-time tour manager, Eoin O’Leary, was diagnosed with cancer. So if the Stars are guilty as charged of making a big fat dance album, so be it; O’Leary is now in recovery, and there is cause to celebrate.

On Monday, while there was certainly plenty of dancing, there was also a huge variety. Slow burners, disco tracks, and the good old-fashioned pop songs the Stars are known for — they made sure the setlist had something in it for everyone. The lineup was a mix of brand new songs and deep cuts dating all the way back to their debut album, Nightsongs. One of, if not the very highest points of the night was a reworked version of “Going, Going, Gone,” which Emily Haines of Metric sang with the band back in 2001. While the original version is earnest, spare and stripped down, the new version they performed Monday night featured melancholy synths, a minimalist backbeat, and heartbreakingly beautiful vocals. The new version felt more like a downtempo afterhours clubby version of the Stars — in the best of ways.

Other highlights included 2012’s “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It,” a sing-along for crowd favorite “Elevator Love Letter,” and a raucous new song called “Trap Door” that would make Ric Ocasek proud. The band closed out the main set with the new album’s title track, and all the arms in the venue went up in unison at the refrain: “Put your hands up because everybody dies!”

I recorded Stars using a pairs of Schoeps hypercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed graciously provided by the band and house engineers. They did an outstanding job and the sound quality is excellent. We hope you enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

or Permanent Links:
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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.

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Stars
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY
2014-11-10

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and Produced by hi and lo

Source: Soundboard (Engineer: Marty) + Schoeps MK41 > KCY > Naiant PFA > Sound Devices 744T @ 24 bit / 48 kHz

01. Intro
02. From the Night
03. Ageless Beauty
04. We Don’t Want Your Body
05. Turn it Up
06. Backlines
07. You Keep Coming Up
08. The Ghost of Genova Heights
09. This is the Last Time
10. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
11. Look Away
12. Dead Hearts
13. Going, Going, Gone
14. Trap Door
15. One More Night
16. Elevator Love Letter
17. Take Me to the Riot
18. Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
19. Are You OK?
20. No One Is Lost
21. (Encore Call)
22. No Better Place
23. What Is to Be Done

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Stars, visit their website, and purchase any of their CDs or Vinyls from their online store [HERE].

Built to Spill: May 20, 2014 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 22, 2014
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[photos by Johnny Fried Chicken Boy and acidjack]

There was a period in this site’s history during the 2009-2010 range where we collectively saw Built to Spill more than ten times in a short span (four shows in October 2009 alone). Most bands seen that often that close together would burn you out for good, but we have continued to follow Doug Martsch and his outstanding band since then. The reason Martsch feels he can continue playing New York with such frequency — even when he doesn’t have new material on offer — is that the show doesn’t just go on, its gets better every time. This performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg was easily the best BTS performance I have seen in all of the many times I have experienced this band.

Without the burden of promoting a new album, Martsch felt free to let he and the band’s whimsies roam, playing classic BTS songs like “Stab” from There’s Nothing Wrong With Love alongside newer favorites like “Planting Seeds”. We got songs that were great, short bursts; we also got a nearly ten-minute “Goin’ Against Your Mind” straight into “Carry the Zero” to close out the main set. But what set this show apart were its four cover songs. If you haven’t heard Martsch do his best J. Mascis impersonation, now you can, on this epic cover of Dinosaur Jr.‘s “Sludgefeast”. Or if classic rock is more your thing, you couldn’t go wrong with this phenomenal note-for-note rendition of Blue Öyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, or BTS’ take on The Byrds’ “Eight Miles High”. The night ended, as did the Brooklyn Bowl show, with the craziest cover of all — a seventeen-minute free-for-all to the tune of “Genius of Love” by Tom Tom Club, which found the audience joining the band on stage for an epic, old-style Brooklyn dance party. It was the kind of thing a band with two fewer decades’ experience might have done, a lark to put a punctuation mark on the night. But that’s the genius of Built to Spill — whether the songs are new or old, the show never stays the same.

I recorded this set along with Johnny Fried Chicken Boy from our usual spot in the balcony directly over the soundboard cage, using Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones. With some careful editing to mitigate the boomy nature of the house mix, this recording is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Eight Miles High [The Byrds]”

Stream “Sludgefeast [Dinosaur Jr.]”

Stream “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper [Blue Oyster Cult]”

Stream “Genius of Love [Tom Tom Club]”

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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 download links or the files on other sites without our permission. Feel free to re-post the Soundcloud links. Please respect our request.

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Built to Spill
2014-05-20
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK5 (Balcony, PAS bar)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>Sony PCM-D50>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, multiband compression)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:57:32]
01 Revolution
02 The Plan
03 Stab
04 Conventional Wisdom
05 Kicked It in the Sun
06 Mess With Time
07 Liar
08 Eight Miles High [The Byrds]
09 Reasons
10 [tuning]
11 Planting Seeds
12 Sludgefeast [Dinosaur Jr.]
13 [tuning2]
14 Goin’ Against Your Mind
15 Carry the Zero
16 [encore break]
17 (Don’t Fear) The Reaper [Blue Öyster Cult]
18 Big Dipper
19 [tuning3]
20 Genius of Love [Tom Tom Club]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Built To Spill, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Official Store at their website [HERE].

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Holy Wave: April 23, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 9, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

The Austin band Holy Wave didn’t shy from the task of warming up the Music Hall of Williamsburg crowd last month before GOAT’s epic performance (that one here). Rocking a dense, intricate psychedelic style reminiscent of bands like The Black Angels and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the band played material from their current release, Evil Hits (a combination of their The Evil Has Landed and Knife Hits EPs) plus new material that we hope will see the light of day soon. Set against the backdrop of swirling live light projections, the band gave us a taste of what they had in store for the Austin Psych Fest, which they played later that week, and gave us an appropriate intro to the wild GOAT set that was to follow.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the GOAT recording, with MBHO microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Spooky Fuckin Blues”

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE] | Direct Download of the FLAC files [HERE]

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.

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Holy Wave
2013-04-23
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

MBHO KA200N>MBP603>Aerco MP-2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ and effects)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [unknown1]
02 Spooky Fuckin Blues
03 [tuning]
04 Albuquerque Freakout
05 [unknown2]
06 [tuning2]
07 [unknown3]
08 Lady Madonna’s Operation
09 [unknown4]

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Holy Wave by visiting their bandcamp page, where you can purchase Evil Hits in digital, cassette or vinyl formats.

Mike Doughty: June 19, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Songs + Full Set

July 1, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

Fans of Mike Doughty, previously known as “M Doughty”, lead singer of seminal ’90s oddballs Soul Coughing, may already be familiar with the journey of self-discovery that led him to abandon his role as frontman of a popular act to become a freewheeling solo performer, with the waypoints of addiction and recovery (not to mention what some incorrectly interpreted as a religious conversion) along the way. Mike told the whole story in his 2012 memoir, The Book of Drugs, but if you followed his solo work from early last decade to now, much of the story was already there for the taking.

Though Mike’s solo efforts have abandoned some of the more frenetic elements of the Soul Coughing sound, which culled rhythmic textures from soul, funk and hip-hop, his solo work retains that band’s most distinctive element — Mike’s voice. Though his voice won’t be accused of having big-rock-singer range, it is one of the most distinctive of recent decades. A kind of sing-speak whose flow is at times reminiscent of hip-hop and scatting, Doughty’s voice is custom-built for storytelling. Similarly, his lyrics are smart, evocative, and unabashedly original. Nobody sees the world quite the way that Mike Doughty does.

This set, performed opening for Low at Music Hall of Williamsburg, found Doughty in the format with which he’s now most comfortable, stripped down to him, an acoustic guitar and a drummer. For almost a full hour, Mike led us on a journey through his entire solo career, from early 2000s work from Skittish and Rockity Roll (now available as a single 2-record release) such as “Shunned + Falsified”, “Ossining” and his first solo single, “27 Jennifers”, to his newest work like “Na Na Nothing” (which Doughty claims was “partially stolen” from a song written by Nikki Sixx, Dan Wilson and Matt Gerrard) and his cover of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Road”. Even on the fairly large Music Hall stage, Mike’s set felt like an intimate evening in a living room, with Mike amiably taking (and turning down some) requests and making his fair share of self-deprecating jokes. One of my personal favorites, and one of the most obviously autobiographical, was “Looking At the World From the Bottom of A Well” from 2005’s Haughty Melodic. It’s worth noting that that record also represented Mike’s first major-label record since leaving Soul Coughing and spending the first half the decade self-releasing his records and touring under his own steam. The music world has fewer great second acts than maybe it ought to, but Mike’s is one of the most inspiring of all. As to what he’s up to this year, Mike is busy re-recording and re-interpreting thirteen of his Soul Coughing classics, which will be self-released later this year. You can support that effort through PledgeMusic here.

This is a recording of outstanding quality. We’d like to personally thank Mike for giving us permission to share it. Please support his efforts by attending his shows and visiting the PledgeMusic page noted above.

Stream “27 Jennifers”

Stream “Looking At the World From the Bottom of A Well”

This NYCTaper recording is being hosted on the Live Music Archive.  You can stream the entire show by clicking the song titles below or download it via the links provided.

Direct download of the entire show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the full set:

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Mike Doughty
2013-06-19
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (create room ambiance, adjust levels, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, tape effects)>Audacity 2.03 (amplify, balance, tracking, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 59:15]
01 Ways and Means
02 Lord Lord Help Me Just To Rock On
03 (I Keep On) Rising Up
04 Down On the River By the Sugar Plant
05 (You Should Be) Doubly (Gratified)
06 Madeline and Nine
07 Ossining
08 Like A Luminous Girl
09 Shunned + Falsified
10 Looking At the World From the Bottom of a Well
11 27 Jennifers
12 [banter1]
13 Take Me Home, Country Road [John Denver]
14 Nectarine (Part One)
15 [banter2]
16 Nah Nah Nothing From Me
17 Put It Down
18 Train To Chicago
19 I Hear the Bells

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Mike Doughty, visit his website, and buy his forthcoming record from PledgeMusic.

Low: June 19, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg + June 22, 2013 Solid Sound Festival (North Adams, MA) – FLAC/MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs and Full Sets

June 25, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

Our affection for the band Low is well-known; we were blown away by their performance earlier this year at the Society for Ethical Culture, touring behind their latest record The Invisible Way, as well as the performance by Alan Sparhawk’s other band, Retribution Gospel Choir, at Knitting Factory that found that band guesting with frequent Wilco collaborator Nels Cline.

These two almost back-to-back shows, first at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and next at the Solid Sound Festival — where our now-famous Wilco recording came from — did nothing to dim that affection. Despite the more traditional club setting, this Music Hall set was a subtler, less rocking affair than the show in the church, with fewer of Sparhawk’s guitar pyrotechnics and more emphasis on the band’s more traditionally “slowcore” numbers, including some rarer early material. But the highlight for me was the night’s biggest rocker, “Canada”, from the band’s album Trust and no longer a set regular. Likewise, at Solid Sound, Low continued to demonstrate why they’ve enjoyed a nearly 20-year career with no sign of slowing down, playing a set that differed significantly from just a few nights before. They may call this “slow”-core, but this has been a band of constant and exciting momentum.

The Music Hall recording suffered from some early technical issues that required me to switch to my mics a few songs in. The first and fourth songs of the set are missing as a result, the second song fades in, and the fifth, “Holy Ghost”, contains the noise of me setting up the mics. Once things settled down, it was smooth sailing from there and the sound was excellent. The Solid Sound set, graciously provided by DC-based site collaborator Kubacheck, is likewise an excellent recording, albeit with a bit more crowd chatter and made at more distance than the Music Hall show. It also has none of the Music Hall show’s flaws. Please enjoy!

These NYCTaper recordings are being hosted on the Live Music Archive.  You can stream the entire shows by clicking the song titles below or download them via the links provided.

Stream “Canada” from Music Hall:

Stream “Pissing” from the Solid Sound Festival

Direct download of Music Hall recording: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Direct download of Solid Sound recording: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Low
2013-06-19
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

Download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5 (cardiod, DFC, PAS)>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels)>Audacity 3.0 (tracking, amplify, additional EQ, additional level adjustments, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

[Note: Soundboard source on first 1.5 tracks]

Tracks [Total Time 1:20:11]
[first song missed]
01 Plastic Cup (cuts in)
02 On My Own
[song missed]
03 Holy Ghost [setup noise]
04 Monkey
05 Waiting
06 Witches
07 Especially Me
08 Dragonfly
09 Try to Sleep
10 Violent Past
11 (That’s How You Sing) Amazing Grace
12 Lazy
13 Silver Rider
14 Just Make It Stop
15 [banter]
16 Canada
17 Laser Beam
18 [encore break]
19 Murderer
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Low
2013-06-22
Solid Sound Festival
North Adams, MA USA

Download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by kubacheck
Produced by acidjack

MBHO KA200N>MBP603a>Naiant adapter>Naiant Tinybox>Roland R-05 (24/48)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels)>Audacity 3.0 (tracking, amplify, additional EQ, additional level adjustments, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 56:29]
01 On My Own
02 Plastic Cup
03 Clarence White
04 Holy Ghost
05 Monkey
06 Witches
07 Especially Me
08 Pissing
09 Dinosaur Act
10 Murderer
11 [banter]
12 Just Make It Stop
13 Last Snowstorm of the Year

If you download these recordings from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Low, like them on Facebook, and purchase The Invisible Way and their other releases directly from SubPop Records [HERE]

Goat: April 23, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 28, 2013
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[Photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

The impenetrable Swedish collective Goat became a lot better known in the gap between when PopGun Booking announced their U.S. debut at Glasslands and when the show finally happened — by then at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their first proper release World Music is exactly that — European psych-rock mated to the sounds of the Western Sahara. Shocking Blue meets Group Doueh. Made up of a rotating cast of villagers from the Swedish town of Korpilombolo who have been playing together for several decades (or so the story goes), the current players in Goat would seem to manage the rare feat of being a holy trifecta of mysterious, entertaining and authentic. Even if the Swedish psych rock tag is the easiest, Goat is hardly mystical stoner music, with a heavy, danceable backbeat. Their stage presence is geared to that, as well as maintaining their mystique. All of the players appear in masks and tribal costumes, and two dancer/singers perform up front. The result is a swirling, colorful fantasia of sound and positive rock and roll unlike anything else I’ve seen. Even if the band’s shadowy origins turn out to be less fanciful than they originally appear, this will still be a band to have on your list for the festival circuit this summer and beyond.

I recorded this set with MBHO KA200N cardiod microphones and a custom made analog preamp for a warm, natural sound. The result is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Danato and the rest of the Music Hall team for their hospitality and assistance, and to Goat’s team for permitting the recording.

Stream “Disco Fever”

Direct download of the complete show: [MP3] | [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.

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Goat
2013-04-23
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

MBHO KA200N>MBP603>Aerco MP-2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ and effects)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks Tracks [Total Time 1:04:54]
01 Diarabi
02 Golden Dawn
03 [tuning]
04 Disco Fever
05 Stone Goat
06 Let It Bleed
07 Dream Building
08 Run To Your Mama
09 Goathead
10 [tuning2]
11 Goatman
12 Goatlord
13 Det Som Aldrig Förändras / Diarabi
14 [encore break]
15 [unknown] The Sun the Moon

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Goat, visit their website, and buy World Music wherever you can find it on vinyl, or digitally from Amazon or iTunes.

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Stars: March 09, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 2, 2013
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The Music Hall of Williamsburg recently hosted the two-night sold-out “Evenings of Sex and Death” tour featuring Canadian indie group Stars. A cheeky theme, yet one the band has continually explored throughout their long-running career. While the first night’s performance focused on the carnal, the second show paid tribute to their darker material.

Though the theme of the night was DEATH, the band was rested and in great spirits after such a warm reception the previous night. Highlights of this show included “Dead Hearts,” which was preceded by a onstage seance to summon the ghosts of Williamsburg, and the over-the-top melodramatics of “Do You Want to Die Together?” – a raucous duet about suicide from their latest album. Ever paying it forward for their longtime fans, Stars also played many of the hits from their classic LP “Set Yourself on Fire”, including the title track and “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”, featured below.

I recorded the Stars with an excellent soundboard feed again provided by the band’s engineer and good friend, Marty, and for the second I decided to use a pair of MBHO cardioid microphones which are among my favorite indoor microphones. Their slightly brighter tone and ability to cut through the natural reverb of the room produces an incredibly clean sound which I think is even better than the previous night.

Our thanks goes to the Stars and their management for allowing us to record both nights from their recent run and we hope you enjoy!

Stream “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”

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Stream “Fixed”

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Stars
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY
2013-03-09

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Recorded and Produced by hi and lo

Recordist : hi and lo
Source: MBHO KA200/603 (PAS) > PSP-2 + Soundboard >> Tascam DR-680 @ 24 bit / 48 kHz

01. Intro
02. The Theory of Relativity
03. Elevator Love Letter
04. A Song is a Weapon
05. Death to Death
06. Ageless Beauty
07. The North
08. Backlines
09. The Light
10. Do You Want To Die Together?
11. Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
12. Set Yourself on Fire
13. Going, Going, Gone
14. Lights Changing Colour
15. Dead Hearts
16. Tru
17. Fixed
18. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
19. Take Me to the Riot
20. Walls
21. (Encore Call)
22. My Favourite Book
23. What the Snowman Learned About Love
24. Reunion
25. Barricade

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Stars: March 08, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 29, 2013
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stars-1[photos courtesy of Jill and For the Love of Brooklyn]

The Canadian indie pop group Stars recorded their first album in NYC in 1999 and although they’ve since moved away, they always manage to make each return feel like a homecoming party. Band frontman and founder Torquil Campbell recently gave an interview in which he elaborates on his love-hate relationship with this city:

To this day, my wife still says that, even though I was born in England and I grew up in Canada, I act like a New Yorker. That was where my personality came into full fruition, where I found 11 million assholes just like me. [Laughs] I feel very at home there. On the other hand, I hate New York. Like everybody does. New York is a reflection of you. It’s whatever you imagine yourself to be.

The whole interview is highly entertaining, just like their recent sold-out two-night stop at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The crowd had a blast as Stars dusted off a few fan favorites and mixed them up with a selection of new tracks from “The North”, their newest album released last September. Streaming below are two of my favorite songs from the night, but other surprises in the setlist included 2001’s “Krush” and a new unreleased song called “Wishful.”

I recorded this night’s performance using a pair of Schoeps MK41 microphones and an excellent soundboard feed graciously provided to us by the band and expertly mixed by their long-time engineer, Marty. The mix is an even balance of the two sources and the results are nothing short of outstanding!

We also recorded Stars the following night at Music Hall of Williamsburg and will be posting that performance very soon.

Stream “Midnight Coward”

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Stream “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It”

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Stars
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY
2013-03-08

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and Produced by hi and lo

Recordist : hi and lo
Source 1 : Schoeps MK41 (DINa) > PSP-2 > AD2k + Soundboard >> Tascam DR-680 @ 24 bit / 48 kHz

01. Intro
02. The Theory of Relativity
03. Fixed
04. A Song is a Weapon
05. The North
06. We Don’t Want Your Body
07. Backlines
08. Personal
09. Do You Want To Die Together?
10. Wishful
11. Soft Revolution
12. (Banter)
13. Krush
14. The Loose Ends Will Make Knots
15. Life Effect
16. Midnight Coward
17. What I’m Trying to Say
18. One More Night (Your Ex-Lover Remains Dead)
19. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
20. Take Me to the Riot
21. Walls
22. (Encore Call)
23. My Favourite Book
24. Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
25. The 400

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