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Clearance: October 13, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

October 20, 2017
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The Chicago band Clearance have been at it for a few years now, having first gained broader notice with a track debut from their current full-length, Rapid Rewards, on Stereogum. Various corners of the Internet have compared them to Pavement, having more (to this listener) to do with their wry sense of humor than their exact musical style, which falls into the broad camp of “indie rock” or “alt-rock” or “garage-rock” or whatever you want to call guitar-driven music that isn’t made by meatheads these days, but is delivered, at this stage, with a certain professionalism that wasn’t Pavement’s stock-in-trade until career end.

This set at Rough Trade NYC represents a solid eleven (with one additional that was aborted) song introduction to the band, including “You’ve Been Pre-Approved.” But among the set, I was most taken with the band’s latest single, “Are You Aware,” an upbeat burst of optimism that might fit less within the “ironic slacker” framework, but is just the dash of musical Prozac you want on a Friday after a wearying week. By the time the song downshifts in its final segment, you’re feeling the relaxation wash over you. We also got some new songs in the mix, including “Chances Are” and “Haven’t You Got the Time,” the latter of which has a bit more of a 90s Britpop feel than some of the band’s other songs. The band closed with the short-burst anthem “She’s A Peach,” which ended abruptly in under two minutes. At first it seemed like a mistake or a joke, but then it became clear — the song had said all it needed to say. Clearance are that kind of band.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Widowspeak set, with Schoeps MK5 microphones and a soundboard feed from Jeremy. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

Clearance
2017-10-13
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Jeremy) + Schoeps MK5 (DFC, at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre6 (24/48)>polyWAV file>Adobe
Audition CC (align, mix down, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, dither, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Had A Fantastic
02 The Prospect
03 Destination Wedding
04 Frozen Orange / No Wonder
05 Gallery Glare
06 Are You Aware
07 You’ve Been Pre-Approved
08 Owner/Operator
09 Chances Are
10 Haven’t You Got The Time?
11 Another Arrow [stops]
12 She’s A Peach

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Widowspeak: October 13, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

October 17, 2017
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Widowspeak just released their fourth album, Expect the Best. It gave me a little jolt of nostalgia to see what’s now by any definition a veteran band taking the stage in Brooklyn again, six years after I caught one of their earliest shows at Glasslands. It also gave me hope: Here’s a band that has thrived from day one on the very simple proposition of writing good songs and performing them well, and continues to be well-received.

This show at Rough Trade marked the end of the band’s recent tour in support of Expect the Best, and it had that triumphal homecoming feel about it, from the crowd of friends and showgoing regulars to the career-spanning setlist. After all, it’s not like Widowspeak need to hunt around Brooklyn for converts. Expect the Best feels like a darker, slightly less pop-driven record than 2015’s All Yours, as befits the times and singer Molly Hamilton’s recent decamping to her home in the Pacific Northwest. Likewise, the new record also has more of a “live” sound to it, a bit looser than the band’s recent efforts, and that also works to the advantage of these songs like, particularly the set opener, “Right On,” which reminded us that despite the association of this band with more of a hazy, laid-back sound, they are more than capable of rocking out. As noted, the set also reached back to the band’s first album for three of their best-loved numbers, the unforgettable “In the Pines,” “Gun Shy” and Hamilton’s Pacific Northwest in-joke “Harsh Realm.” Hearing those songs played by a tightly-knit four-piece — a much fuller sound than the trio had back in 2011 — only reminded me again that some things do improve with time. Widowspeak are one of those bands that has not only stayed consistent, but keeps putting out great new music. That album title they chose this time says it all.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from house engineer Jeremy combined with Schoeps MK5 microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

Widowspeak
2017-10-13
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Jeremy) + Schoeps MK5 (DFC, at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre6 (24/48)>polyWAV file>Adobe
Audition CC (align, mix down, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify,
dither, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:13:35]
01 Right On
02 Perennials
03 Warmer
04 In the Pines
05 Narrows
06 All Yours
07 [banter1]
08 Ballad of the Golden Hour
09 The Dream
10 Expect the Best
11 Gun Shy
12 [banter2]
13 Dog
14 The Swamps
15 Harsh Realm
16 Fly On the Wall
17 [banter3]
18 Coke Bottle Green

PLEASE SUPPORT Widowspeak: Facebook | Captured Tracks | Bandcamp

 

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: September 6, 2014 Lockn Festival

October 11, 2017
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[screen shot from this video]

Since the sad and untimely death of the great Tom Petty, the tributes and remembrances have come in from all corners. Of those I was fortunate to read, the first-person tribute from Lucinda Williams seemed particularly heartfelt and authentic. Of the “fan” tributes, the writing of Patterson Hood from the Drive By Truckers seemed to mostly mirror my own personal experiences. Petty’s music provided a soundtrack of sorts for multiple periods of my life — from his early power-pop hits to his mid career LA-based American folk. He produced songs that instantaneously transport the listener back to that time in their life that the song represents. For me, the Full Moon Fever album represented my return to NYC to live full time and those songs bring me back to my first apartment in Sheridan Square. Oh, the days.

This performance at the second annual Lockn Festival is vintage Petty. The nearly two-hour Fest set draws from all periods in his career and while the tour was ostensibly to promote his then-new album Hypnotic Eye, which would sadly be his last album with The Heartbreakers, he didn’t rely heavily on new material performing just four songs from the record. The rest were the hits and some moderately deep cuts that had the crowd singing, swaying and cheering. This recording is our way to remember this truly great artist who left us all too soon.

The “legality” of NYCTaper hosting this recording is quite simple. The Lockn Festival is an open taping Festival, and indeed in 2014 the Fest’s website contained language that taping was “encouraged” and recordings could be distributed through free channels. With a written clear policy, Lockn Festival undoubtedly contracted with the artists who consented through their concert riders.

This excellent recording was captured by Kubacheck with the same equipment and location from the Wilco recording from this Festival posted on this site three years ago. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Set [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “Runnin’ Down A Dream”:

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
2014-09-06
Lockn Festival
Arrington VA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded at Taper’s Section

MBHO 603a – KA-500 > Naiant Tinybox > Roland R-05 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac
(320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by Kubacheck
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:43:21]
01 So You Want to Be a Rock N Roll Star [Byrds]
02 Mary Jane’s Last Dance
03 American Dream Plan B
04 Into the Great Wide Open
05 Forgotten Man
06 [banter – happy birthday]
07 I Won’t Back Down
08 Free Fallin
09 [band introductions]
10 A Woman in Love
11 U Get Me High
12 Rebels
13 Yer So Bad
14 Learning to Fly
15 Shadow People
16 I Should Have Known It
17 Refugee
18 Runnin Down a Dream
19 [encore break]
20 You Wreck Me
21 American Girl

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Kevin Morby: September 9, 2017 Hopscotch Music Festival, King’s (Raleigh, NC)

October 10, 2017
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Kevin Morby’s star continues to rise, and deservedly so, with his latest album City Music continuing the confident vein of his previous work. Like most of Kevin’s recent shows that I’ve attended, this headlining night at King’s during Hopscotch Music Festival was packed. I’m not sure how much of a contribution the Volvo commercial has made to Kevin’s popularity, but anything that gets more people in the door for him, I’ll take it. Certainly, Morby is now far beyond the “formerly of Woods” label; he’s a big deal in his own right.

This being the end of the night, the crowd was fired up and rowdy, and Morby and his band handled that gamely, putting on a loose-but-rocking set to go with the overall mood. Morby kept the set focused on the new record, while sprinkling it with some of his best-loved songs, including “Harlem River” from Kevin’s first album, of the same name, plus “I Have Been to the Mountain,” “Dorothy,” and “Destroyer” from Singing Saw. But it was the “encore” portion of this show that will probably be best remembered, as Morby took us through his version of reggae-rockers Sublime’s mid-90s classic, “What I Got,” followed by his special version of the Velvet Underground’s “Rock & Roll.” It was the perfect kind of end-of-festival show, with a meeting of the minds between performer and audience that benefited both.

I recorded this set with our friend Randy’s installed AKG 460 microphones in the “FOB/DFC” position, plus a feed of Evan Lamb’s house mix. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

You can catch Kevin on his fall tour of Europe right now. See the dates on his website here.

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

Kevin Morby
2017-09-09
Hopscotch Music Festival
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Evan Lamb) + AKG 460/CK61>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAVs>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:01:00]
01 intro>City Music
02 Crybaby
03 [banter1]
04 Aboard My Train
05 Harlem River
06 Destroyer
07 I Have Been to the Mountain
08 [banter2]
09 Dry Your Eyes
10 Dorothy
11 What I Got [Sublime]
12 Rock & Roll [Velvet Underground]

PLEASE SUPPORT Kevin Morby: Facebook | Website | Store

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band: September 21, 2017 Union Pool

October 9, 2017
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No matter how many times we see Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, we always have something new to look forward to. This set celebrated the official release on No Quarter records of Dreaming In the Non-Dream, whose material we had heard live in various stages of completion over the past year. The outstanding final album versions are a can’t miss, so it was interesting for us to see how they’ve evolved live since the album’s release. This show at Union Pool covered three quarters of the album (meaning, three out of four songs) as well as two favorites from The Rarity of Experience, “High Castle Rock” and set-closer “The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues.” Forsyth broke this show into three parts, which he characterized as the “high-impact instrumental section, the singing section, and the long section.” As Forsyth regulars, we were jazzed to get a rare cover — Neil Young’s “Don’t Be Denied” as part of the vocal portion. But really, any appointment with Chris and his excellent band is one worth keeping. Catch them out on the road stateside for a few November shows, including November 18 at Brooklyn Steel with Luna.

I recorded this set with MBHO cardiod microphones, together with Doug’s house. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
2017-09-21
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

MBHO MBP603/KA200N (at SBD, PAS) + Soundboard (engineer: Doug)>Sound Devices MixPre6 (24bit/48kHz WAV)>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 History & Science Fiction
02 High Castle Rock
03 Have We Mistaken the Bottle for the Whiskey Inside
04 Don’t Be Denied [Neil Young]
05 Dreaming In the Non-Dream
06 The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues

SUPPORT Chris Forsyth: Website | Bandcamp

Dinosaur Jr.: October 3, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl

October 5, 2017
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[photo courtesy of Omar Kasrawi and Pancakes and Whiskey]

From the very outset of Tuesday night’s Dinosaur Jr. show at Brooklyn Bowl — the second of a two night run — it was fairly obvious that the sonic onslaught was in full on mode. Monday’s show was an extraordinary show that we were happy to have attended and recorded, but Tuesday was fully in your face. Any decibel restrictions that the venue may have sought to impose were disregarded as J Mascis’ Marshall guitar stack was well utilized, and the thumping bass of Lou Barlow and Murph’s monster percussion rattled the rib cage. The band also switched up the setlist, so we got some oldies for Bug fans (rare “Budge” and ubiquitous “Freak Scene”), and You’re Living All Over Me diehards (“Little Fury Things”). J and Lou also brought out old friend and Deep Wound bassist Scott Helland to perform one of the first songs the guys ever recorded for that band. We also saw a handful of guests for the “Sub Pop version of The Wagon” including legendary guitarist Don Fleming. And if that wasn’t enough, the show ended with a mini Negative Approach set as singer John Brannon (also of openers Easy Action), drummer Opie Moore and guitarist Harold Richardson joined J and Lou to play two of the seminal Michigan hardcore band’s songs. If we learned anything from this outstanding two-fer of Dinosaur Jr. shows at Brooklyn Bowl, its that this band remains a powerful presence in today’s music. Our still-ringing ears agree.

We recorded this set with the mic stand about midway on the right side of the venue and nyctaper used Schoeps cards while acidjack employed Schoeps hypers. The full sonic blast of this show is faithfully captured in both recordings. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show:
nyctaper version [MP3] / [FLAC]
acidjack version [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Stream acidjack version:

Dinosaur Jr
2017-10-03
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:25:03]
01 Thumb
02 Goin Down
03 Lost All Day
04 Left Right
05 Watch the Corners
06 Pieces
07 Out There
08 Feel the Pain
09 Little Fury Things
10 [banter – Wagon intro]
11 The Wagon
12 Budge
13 Start Choppin
14 Training Ground [Deep Wound]
15 Freak Scene
16 Gargoyle
17 [encore break]
18 Just Like Heaven [Cure]
19 [banter – Negative Approach intro]
20 Can’t Tell No One [Negative Approach]
21 Nothing [Negative Approach]

*******************************

Dinosaur Jr.
2017-10-03
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK41V (FOB, ROC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices MixPre6 (24/48)>WAV>Adobe Audition CC (fades, limiter, light compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, image, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:24:56]
01 Thumb
02 Goin’ Down
03 Lost All Day
04 Left/Right
05 Watch the Corners
06 Pieces
07 Out There
08 Feel the Pain
09 Little Fury Things
10 The Wagon*
11 Budge
12 Start Choppin’
13 Training Ground [Deep Wound]^
14 [tuning]
15 Freak Scene
16 Gargoyle
17 [encore break]
18 Just Like Heaven [The Cure]
19 Can’t Tell No One [Negative Approach]%
20 Nothing [Negative Approach]

*w/ Don Fleming, John Moloney and Marc Seedorf
^ w/ Scott Helland
% w/ Negative Approach

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Dinosaur Jr.: October 2, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl (Night One)

October 3, 2017
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[Photos courtesy of Omar Kasrawi and Pancakes and Whiskey]

The return of the original lineup of Dinosaur Jr. continues to be a good thing for fans, as the band’s vitality has never been stronger. Backed by his usual wall of amps, J. Mascis led the band through the first of two nights at Brooklyn Bowl like the pro that he is, delivering the scorching riffs for which he’s known on classic after classic. Lou Barlow whips his voluminous hair around like a man half his age; if you don’t see his face much these days, his stage presence is impossible to miss. Still on the road for their latest, Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not, the new material slots in with classics like “In A Jar” better than ever. Early in the set, we got both the winning “Lost All Day” and the Barlow-led “Left/Right,” which couldn’t help but sound a bit like a much-heavier Sebadoh. Given the likely generation of the crowd, it’s no shock that a mid-set “Feel the Pain” earned some of the most frenzied reaction, but it was a less-heard track from Where You Been, “Get Me” that was the real treat. The back half of the set continued in strong form, with a memorable “Freak Scene” and a one-two punch of an encore, with the other most popular Where You Been track “Out There” followed by an anarchic cover of The Stooges’ “TV Eye” with John Brannon of Negative Approach (and the night’s openers, Easy Action). The biggest challenge for this band, at least here in Brooklyn, will be topping themselves tonight.

I recorded this set from an “FOB” position along the right-side rail with MBHO microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Dinosaur Jr.
2017-10-02
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

MBHO 603A/KA200N (FOB, ROC)>Zoom F8 (24/48)>WAV>Adobe Audition CC (fades, limiter, light compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, image, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:38:03]
01 The Lung
02 Goin Down
03 Lost All Day
04 Left/Right
05 In A Jar
06 Watch the Corners
07 [tuning]
08 Crumble
09 Feel the Pain
10 Get Me
11 [tuning2]
12 The Wagon
13 Tarpit
14 Start Choppin’
15 Lose
16 Freak Scene
17 Forget the Swan
18 [encore break]
19 Out There
20 TV Eye [The Stooges]*

* w/ John Brannon

SUPPORT Dinosaur Jr.: Facebook | Website | Buy Their Records

Chuck Johnson: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Afternoon Jamboree (Raleigh, NC)

October 1, 2017
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As a multitalented musician — a soundtrack composer, rock guitarist, and solo guitarist, among other things — it was nonetheless an exciting turn when the Bay Area (by way of NC) artist Chuck Johnson released Balsams, an album of pedal steel compositions that invented what Pitchfork rightly deemed a new genre unto itself: “country post-rock.” This being the annual Three Lobed Recordings / WXDU Hopscotch Afternoon Jamboree at King’s in Raleigh, NC, Johnson did the only-partly-expected, playing a Balsams track, “Riga Black,” but reworking the original into an extended ambient meditation. There’s an undeniable grace and peace to the work that melded perfectly with the afternoon’s inclusive, forward-looking vibe. We never miss a chance to see Chuck in action, and Balsams is yet another evolution the career of a gifted and visionary artist.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones onstage plus a soundboard feed of Evan Lamb’s house mix. The sound quality is outstanding! Note: If you purchased an earlier version (before 10/1/2017) of this from bandcamp, go back and snag this version, as it has been re-mastered to remove some glitches from the original.

Chuck performs at the Ambient Church in Brooklyn this Friday with Windy & Carl. Check it out.

Chuck Johnson
2017-09-08
Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Afternoon Jamboree
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Schoeps MK4V (onstage, DFC)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Evan Lamb)>Zoom F8 (24bit/48kHz WAV files)>Adobe Audition CC

(align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Riga Black

PLEASE SUPPORT Chuck Johnson: Buy this recording via the bandcamp link above, and buy his other recordings on his bandcamp page | Buy Balsams via an independent retailer

Nicole Atkins: September 9, 2017 Mercury Lounge

September 25, 2017
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[photos by Will Oliver and We All Need Someone blog]

Its hard to believe that the last time we checked in with Nicole Atkins, it was three years ago. Our extended review of her album Slow Phaser and the Bowery Ballroom show that we recorded concentrated mostly on the record’s clear 1970s AM radio influences. For that album, Nicole put her stamp on the diverse styles prevalent in that decade’s pop. Three years later, several major events in Nicole’s life have guided her approach to the new album Goodnight Rhonda Lee, including her move to Nashville, dedication to sobriety, and marriage.

Goodnight Rhonda Lee is clearly an album faithful to its surroundings — both in the existence of multiple regional session players, and in the distinct sound of the record. Similarly to Slow Phaser, Goodnight Rhonda Lee is clearly influenced by the 1970s, perhaps not AM radio but more from that unique time in Nashville when the permissiveness of the 60s finally seeped into the old music town and brought a freedom to the country music capital that it had never experienced before. For about three or four years, the long hairs finally reached the mainstream — perhaps personified best through the career of Kris Kristofferson. When legend Johnny Cash recorded Kristofferson’s “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” in 1970 and took the song to Number 1, it represented the triumph of the new. And on the other side of Tennessee, Elvis welcomed new bloods Eddie Rabbit and Ronnie Milsap in the recording of his 1970 hit “Kentucky Rain”. Both songs communicate a drop-out melancholy that seemed to permeate the best of the new country during this time frame. But the melancholy also represented a distinctively different feel to the sound in the studio itself. The newly available technologies offered greater multi-tracking and effects not standard to country music that permitted the use of rock-styled guitars, reverbed piano, horns, and strings. Its that identifiable early 70s new Nashville sound that Nicole Atkins captured with stunning authenticity on Goodnight Rhonda Lee. Sure, there’s the album opener co-penned with Chris Isaak that could have been written for Patsy Cline or the neo-soul of “Listen Up” that would sound great covered by Aretha. But for the most part, the album really feels like a Nashville record and the songs themselves — struggles with alcohol, love, and a life in the music world feel at home in the country capital. And ultimately though its remarkable that the album itself wasn’t even recorded in Nashville, but rather at Niles City Sound in Fort Worth Texas.

The tour in support of Goodnight Rhonda Lee finds Nicole Atkins fronting a five piece band performing stripped down versions of the album material. There are no horns or strings but the album’s piano is present and guitarist Steven Cooper fills up the rest of the sound with tremendous tone and technique. Cooper is a young Nashville guitar wiz who seems destined for a long and productive career. At a packed Mercury Lounge last week, Nicole and the band performed a 75-minute set with much of the Rhonda Lee material and a few surprises. The set opened with a nice tribute to the recently passed Holger Czukay as Nicole brought back her cover of Can’s “Vitamin C”. Another major moment came when guest Tommy Stinson joined the band to perform a world premiere of his duet with Nicole called “Too Late”. The song was actually released this week. And the Slow Phaser track “Who Killed The Moonlight” took a detour through the Rolling Stones “Miss You” (remember that 70s pop influence). But the focus of this show was the fantastic material from the new album and it was clear that not only the massive talent of the singer but also a crack band were able to pull off the songs live. This show was that good.

Nicole Atkins has one more show on this tour, Friday night in Virgina. But she’ll be back with a bunch of shows in November, all dates [here].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at the soundboard and mixed with a perfect feed from house FOH Alex. This recording is absolutely superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Nicole Atkins
2017-09-09
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Alex] + 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 1:10:16]
01 Vitamin C [Can]
02 Darkness Falls so Quiet
03 Brokedown Luck
04 [banter – sinkhole]
05 A Little Crazy
06 Listen Up
07 Maybe Tonight
08 Cry Cry Cry
09 [banter – Louise Goffin]
10 If I Could
11 Goodnight Rhonda Lee
12 Who Killed The Moonlight/Miss You
13 [banter – Tommy intro]
14 Too Late [with Tommy Stinson]
15 [banter – so horny]
16 Sleepwalking
17 A Night Of Serious Drinking
18 A Dream Without Pain
19 [encore break]
20 The Way It Is

PLEASE SUPPORT Nicole Atkins: Website | Pledge Music | Single Lock Records

The War On Drugs: September 19, 2017 Terminal 5

September 21, 2017
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[screen capture from this video]

This is what the “next level” looks like. On the heels of the release of their 2017 major-label debut, A Deeper Understanding, The War On Drugs showed up for a two-night stand in New York, first at a packed Terminal 5, to be followed by a sold-out Central Park Summerstage on this Friday night. If the band’s Radio City show in 2015, right after they signed with Atlantic Records, portended what was to come, here we were, in the thick of the actual next step. I won’t retell the story from that 2015 post, but it’s worth a read if this is your first time with a War On Drugs recording from this site.

Being on a major label, or selling out lots of bigger shows, doesn’t signify whether a band is “good” or not, or worthy or not, of course. In fact, this part of the process can be a nasty trap for many musicians — anyone who knows anything about Nirvana or a zillion other bands can tell you that. But in the case of this band, the product of years of hard work, with a wide-open, intricate sound that screams for a bigger stage, it’s the right result, and it’s one that validates Adam Granduciel’s songwriting efforts in particular. Granduciel is the perfect vehicle for big-tent lyrics, writing songs that are both personal and universal, and the sound he has developed is of a piece with that. Beginning with Lost In A Dream, and continuing in a major way with A Deeper Understanding, War On Drugs albums have a precise, densely arranged, melodic sound with an almost otherwordly sheen to it. Of course, what’s funny about that is that it’s so unusual today. If you grew up in the 1980s, or listen to much music from that era, having albums that sounded good was table stakes for even cult-favorite bands. Studio budgets, and album sales, were different then. Many fewer bands show up these days with fourteen instruments credited to a single track — nearly half of them, in many cases, played by Adam Granduciel.

To reference the 1980s, and stalwarts like Tom Petty and Springsteen in particular, is not to malign this band at all. If anything, this show at Terminal 5 underscored that The War On Drugs are rightful heirs to that personal-yet-massive rock style. Like the best of their forebears, The War On Drugs are also able to translate their studio sound to the stage. Perhaps in a nod to many of the newer fans in the audience (one of us got asked if we first heard of the band on NPR), this set focused exclusively on the last two albums, and the band was so dialed-in they could very well have been playing the album over the PA. Of course, that would have deprived us of the added guitar pyrotechnics, and the joy of realizing, for the umpteenth time, that even in 2017, a band comprised of talented musicians of limited gimmickry but exceptional live performing skills can still make it big, can still mean something to people who these days are more accustomed to “musical precision” coming from an Ableton Live setup.

In this broad-reaching survey of the band’s last two albums, the band’s other most remarkable quality — consistency — was evident, to the point that it’s almost impossible to focus on a highlight. But for me, The War On Drugs song that will always best-represent this evolution in the band’s journey is “Under the Pressure,” which so elementally captures both Granduciel’s mindset in the making of Lost In A Dream, but also in many ways the enormous weight of the band’s current success. It’s another of those songs with specific meaning to its author that is also able to capture an almost-universal anxiety among its listeners. To see a band that we personally have liked and supported for so long reach this point — not only making it to this proverbial “next level” but thriving against the pressure — is a special and rare thing. To hear, even in the relatively few snippets of stage banter on this night, how they remain the same people who played in tiny bars ten (or even six) years ago, is rarer still. I have to acknowledge, briefly, that I realize this band doesn’t “need” the support of a website like this, but their treatment of us as fans, both in the past and today, says a lot. We appreciate it.

We each recorded this set from our usual location directly at the soundboard, acidjack’s with Schoeps MK41V microphones and nyctaper’s with Neumann KM150s. The sound quality of each is excellent, and both versions are offered here. Enjoy!

Special thanks to The War On Drugs, their management, and the Terminal 5 staff for allowing us to record the show. 

Download the nyctaper Neumann version of this show at Archive.org [HERE] [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Stream nyctaper’s version here:

The War On Drugs
2017-09-19
Terminal 5
New York, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, DFC)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices MixPre6 (24/48)>WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 In Chains
02 Pain
03 An Ocean Between the Waves
04 Strangest Thing
05 Holding On
06 Red Eyes
07 Knocked Down
08 Nothing To Find
09 Up All Night
10 You Don’t Have To Go
11 Burning
12 Eyes to the Wind
13 [encore break]
14 Under the Pressure
15 Clean Living
16 In Reverse

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The War On Drugs
2017-09-19
Terminal 5
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Recorded at Soundboard Booth

Neumann KM-150s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:47:30]
01 In Chains
02 Pain
03 An Ocean Between the Waves
04 Strangest Thing
05 Holding On
06 Red Eyes
07 Knocked Down
08 Nothing To Find
09 Up All Night
10 You Don’t Have To Go
11 Burning
12 Eyes to the Wind
13 [encore break]
14 Under the Pressure
15 Clean Living
16 In Reverse

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