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Teenage Fanclub: March 27, 2017 Warsaw Brooklyn

April 3, 2017
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[photo by Dean Keim]

We approached the return of Teenage Fanclub this past Fall with much optimism and we were rewarded with a superb new album and an outstanding show in October at Bowery Ballroom. The band has aged well — in particular the harmonies and songwriting remain top notch three decades into their career. Six months later, Teenage Fanclub has toured the world and as this phase of their career comes to a close, the band played Brooklyn last Monday as the final night of the tour. The success of this year’s work was evident in the size of the venue — from a 500 ticket Bowery show in October that sold out on the day of the show to a 1000 capacity Warsaw that was packed

At Warsaw, the Fannies were in a relaxed and playful mood and the band’s interaction with the large crowd was frequent. Norman Blake spoke frankly about the band’s previous night’s end-of-tour party, but if the players were feeling the effects it did not show in the performance which was as tight and focused as expected. The band took a request from a fan who had brought a sign asking for “Going Places” and the band took a brief break to work through the song before performing it. The setlist was varied from the October show and included a few tracks not played back then, including a tribute to the late Grant McLennan. After a four-song encore set, the band waved goodbye but given the success of this most recent reunion, we don’t expect it will be long before Teenage Fanclub returns.

I recorded this set with the Hypercards mounted back at the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Teenage Fanclub
2017-03-27
Warsaw
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer David] + Neumann KM-150s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:35:05]
01 Start Again
02 Don’t Look Back
03 Hold On
04 I Don’t Want Control of You
05 Thin Air
06 Verisimilitude
07 It’s All in My Mind
08 The First Sight
09 About You
10 I Need Direction
11 The Darkest Part of the Night
12 Je T’Aime tease [Serge Gainsbourg]
13 Can’t Feel My Soul
14 Ain’t That Enough
15 [banter – end of tour]
16 Going Places
17 I’m in Love
18 Sparky’s Dream
19 The Concept
20 [encore break]
21 I Was Beautiful When I Was Alive
22 Star Sign
23 Easy Come Easy Go [Grant McLennan]
24 [banter – thanks]
25 Everything Flows

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Teenage Fanclub: October 15, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

October 16, 2016
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

The legend goes that in 1991, SPIN Magazine selected Teenage Fanclub’s album Bandwagonesque as its record of the year ahead of such luminaries as REM’s Out of Time, Nirvana’s Nevermind and My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless. Over the years, that choice has been ridiculed in certain circles, but twenty-five years later the selection is rather prescient. My Bloody Valentine didn’t make another album after Loveless until twenty-two years later, REM never made another album that approached the quality of Out of Time, and of course Nirvana was over less than three years later. As careers go, Teenage Fanclub has been the most consistent of the four bands and produced the largest quality catalog in the years since SPIN took heat for them.

This year Teenage Fanclub released their eleventh album and first since 2010. Here (Merge Records) is a record of significant maturity and focus — the band is producing songs as strong as ever and the group harmonies are as sweet as ever. The band has now embarked on a US tour in support of the album and NYC enjoyed two shows this weekend, including Brooklyn last night and the Bowery Ballroom show we caught on Saturday night. Teenage Fanclub live was as compelling and impressive as the new album. This is a band that is both fully committed and comfortable and the show was just one peak after another. The setlist drew fairly democratically from the band’s full catalog and with just five songs from Here, was not overly weighted to push new material. And twenty-five years on, the only two tracks from Bandwagonesque played were given center stage, with a perfect version of the classic “The Concept” closing the main set.

Teenage Fanclub plays Boston tonight and the tour continues through six more October US dates before the band returns to Europe in November, all dates here.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue, with the Schoeps mounted at the balcony rail mixed with a fine feed from the band’s touring FOH. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Teenage Fanclub
2016-10-15
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:30:23]
01 Start Again
02 I Need Direction
03 Verisimilitude
04 I Don’t Want Control of You
05 [tuning music]
06 Sometimes I Don’t Need to Believe in Anything
07 Hold On
08 It’s All in My Mind
09 Thin Air
10 About You
11 The Darkest Part of the Night
12 Don’t Look Back
13 Can’t Feel My Soul
14 I Have Nothing More to Say
15 I’m In Love
16 Star Sign
17 [banter – thanks]
18 The Concept
19 [encore break]
20 Did I Say
21 Radio
22 Your Love Is the Place Where I Come From
23 Everything Flows

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Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub): December 15, 2012 Maxwell’s – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 1, 2013
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[Photo courtesy of Bleary Eyed Brooklyn]

Teenage Fanclub is one of those “90s bands” that has taken on a more mythical quality in its comeback years than what it enjoyed during the first part of their career. Try finding classic records like Grand Prix on vinyl and you’ll discover that interest in this band hasn’t waned at all. Norman Blake, the band’s frontman and one of its founders, was a huge part of this, contributing delicate, nuanced songwriting and classic pop sensibility to the Scottish act’s sound. At the peak of their popularity in the 90s, Teenage Fanclub took an up-and-coming American act, Yo La Tengo, on tour with them. The friendship and mutual respect have remained ever since.

That made Blake a natural choice for the opening act of the final Hanukkah show at Maxwell’s; his presence was literally a visit from an old friend for Yo La Tengo, and it felt that way for the rest of us. Playing both Fanclub songs and songs from his other project, Jonny (“You Was Me”, streaming above, is a Jonny number), Blake was laid-back and unworried and delightfully shambolic; he didn’t hesitate to mention mid-song when he flubbed a solo or messed up a tuning. But this wasn’t the kind of show where anyone cared; in the 150-capacity confines of Maxwell’s, this solo acoustic set felt like hanging out with Blake in a family basement. He went on to join YLT for the bulk of their set as well, making this a fine night for Norman Blake, and for us.

I recorded this set primarily with a soundboard feed provided by Carson Kopp, the long-time engineer of Maxwell’s, with Schoeps MK5 microphones providing a bit of additional ambiance.  The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Norman Blake
2012-12-15
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, light DR compression, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 It’s All In My Mind
02 Dark and Lonely Night
03 I Don’t Want Control of You
04 You Was Me
05 [banter1]
06 Did I Say
07 [banter2]
08 When I Still Have Thee
09 [banter3]
10 Start Again
11 [banter4]
12 Everything Flows
13 [banter5]
14 He’d Be A Diamond

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Yo La Tengo: December 15, 2012 Maxwell’s (Hanukkah Night 8) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 20, 2012
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[Photos courtesy of Bleary Eyed Brooklyn]

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We had several nights with incredible collaborations. We had “quieter” nights, and ones dedicated to guitar freakouts. But the final night of Yo La Tengo‘s 2012 run was the night for obscure cover songs and left-field tunes. Of course, there was also a fitting almost entire-set collaboration, with Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub, whom YLT had opened for back in the 90s. YLT also brought up several other special guests, including Don Fleming, WFMU DJ Gaylord Fields, and of course, Ira’s mother Marilyn, who sang the traditional YLT Hanukkah closer, “My Little Corner of the World.” But it was the raft of both obscure and more-common YLT covers that defined this night; of the 19 songs played, fully 11 of them were covers, along with the new song, “Ohm” that debuted here to lead off the set.

Ira had promised early on that “we won’t play a two-hour set” but the band all but did so anyway, clocking in at just under an hour and 50 minutes’ worth without seeming worn out from eight nights of consecutive long shows at all. After a hilarious lecture from the night’s “comedy act” Gaylord Fields (on the topic of Beatles imitators), Fields found his way back to the stage for an encore that included a hilarious Rice Krispies-themed cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” and the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song “Little Red Book”.  In between were a host of amazing moments, many with Blake joining on vocals, but the band’s own numbers, like “Moby Octopad” and this night’s superjam, “I Heard You Looking,” shone, too.

As Ira said, these shows – which are performed by everyone involved for free – take a lot out of the band. They represent one band’s ultimate expression of holiday generosity, to their fans, to their peers, to their community, to their city, and to their own legacy. Far from being de rigeur, we know that every Hanukkah season that YLT performs these shows is a gift. We’d like to thank the members of Yo La Tengo, the other musicians and comedians involved, the entire staff at Maxwell’s (but especially Carson and Mitch) and the fans whose enthusiasm for these recordings makes the expense and effort of making them available worthwhile.

Tonight’s show was a benefit for Jersey Shore Relief.  As the band pointed out repeatedly during the eight nights, these shows are a bargain for the fans who attend them at the low ticket price charged. They are even more a bargain for those downloading for free from this site. While we will not require that you donate in order to download the show, we expect that you will donate to the cause that was the reason for the band playing it.

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Yo La Tengo
2012-12-14
Hanukkah Night 8
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

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

Setlist courtesy of Jesse Jarnow, author of Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock

Schoeps MK5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Mark) >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:48:07]
01 [intro]
02 Ohm
03 [banter1]
04 Did I Tell You
05 Cone of Silence
06 Goin’ Back [Carole King & Gerry Goffin]
07 [banter2]
08 Avalon or Someone Similar
09 Season of the Shark
10 [banter3]
11 Circling the Sun [Jonny]
12 Moby Octopad
13 [banter4]
14 I Feel Like Going Home
15 [banter5]
16 Walking On Ice [The Riot Squad]
17 [banter6]
18 I Wanna Be Your Lover [Bob Dylan] $
19 Evelyn Marble [Velvet Monkeys] $
20 God Knows It’s True [Teenage Fanclub] $
21 I Heard You Looking
22 Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)
23 [encore break]
24 Antmusic [Adam & the Ants] *
25 [banter7]
26 Rice Krispies Jingle/Brown Sugar [Rolling Stones] ^
27 Little Red Book [Burt Bacharach & Hal David] ^
28 [banter8]
29 My Little Corner of the World [Bob Hilliard & Lee Pockriss] &

Entire set other than “Ohm” with Norman Blake on Guitar/Organ/Vocals
* with Ira and James drum procession and audience drummers
^ with Gaylord Fields
& with Marilyn Kaplan on vocals
$ with Don Fleming on guitar/vocals

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