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Heartless Bastards: June 15, 2015 Webster Hall – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 18, 2015
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[photo by Pierfrancesco Baccaro from Instagram]

After more than a decade of music, the Heartless Bastards continue to keep things fresh. Erika Wennerstrom, the group’s frontwoman, heart, and soul, continues to refine what has proven to be one of the great rock voices of the early 21st century, defining a sound that is contemporary and classic. Those of us who heard the show’s opening intro now know where it comes from — Erika’s grandmother, who had quite the pipes of her own.

At this juncture, the Bastards are past the point of being either a hot new thing or a flash in the pan. Rolling into their fifth proper album — their second for Partisan Records — the band sounds like the experienced travelers they are, with a honed sound and a stable of fans who follow it. This show at Webster Hall served as the night-before release show for Restless Ones, and became the first exposure to several of the new songs for most of us. This was the band’s longest show we’ve seen yet, and one that let them try on a number of different sonic textures from song to song. The new songs veer a bit further afield from the bluesy barroom sound of the band’s earlier efforts, as on “Gates of Dawn.” That song’s placement at the front of this set, between the very straightforward “Simple Feeling” and “Gotta Have Rock N’ Roll,” underscored the point. As is often the case, the band let things stretch out for its epic, Sabbath-inspired “Down In the Canyon,” which followed the new album’s “Into the Light,” one of several decidedly downbeat songs on the new record. If the printed setlist was to be believed, our encore had “All This Time” planned, but was dropped in favor of “Only For You,” which was followed by one of the new record’s most stylistically adventurous songs yet, the noise-dirge “Tristessa.” Even without one of our all-time favorite Bastards songs, this was easily one of the strongest sets we’ve seen yet from this band.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones mounted inside the soundboard cage combined with a stereo feed from the band’s touring FOH, Reggie. While most of one encore song (“Only For You”) was lost due to technical problems, the sound of the remainder is outstanding. Enjoy!

Thanks to Partisan Records and Paul from Webster Hall for making this happen on short notice!

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

Stream the complete show:

Heartless Bastards
2015-06-15
Webster Hall
New York, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41V (DFC, PAS)>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Reggie)>Roland R-26>2x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.5 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:33:39]
01 Simple Feeling
02 Gates of Dawn
03 Gotta Have Rock N Roll
04 Black Cloud
05 Journey
06 Hi-Line
07 Skin and Bone
08 Pocket Full of Thirst
09 The Fool
10 The Mountain
11 Into the Light
12 Down In the Canyon
13 Late In the Night
14 Gray
15 Wind Up Bird
16 Only For You
17 Parted Ways
18 [encore break]
19 Only For You [mostly cut]
20 Tristessa

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT the Heartless Bastards, visit their website, and buy Restless Ones from Partisan Records.

The Wytches: July 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 1, 2014
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[photo by PSquared Photography – complete set at brooklynvegan]

The Wytches are an interesting amalgam of neo-psychedelia, 70s-style acid rock and 90s alternative. The British trio has released a series of singles and EPs on smaller labels in England but are now poised to break in the US with the release of their debut album Annabel Dream Reader on Partisan Records. In that regard, The Wytches came to the US this month for their first US tour. On Thursday, we caught the band’s first-ever NYC show and it was a burner. In a packed and darkened Mercury Lounge, The Wytches live show relied less on the spacey side of their music and stressed the louder elements — this was not some loopy psychedelic prace but a full-on heavy acid-rock set from the outset with lead singer Kristian Bell growling out vocals to the one-two punch openers of “Digsaw” and “Burn Out the Bruise”. We’re streaming the band’s latest and perhaps most popular single “Wire Frame Mattress” which was also heavier live than on record. The balance of the set touched on most of the material that will appear on the new record, a couple of b-sides and one new song. The Wytches will return to the UK for touring throughout August and early September, but we expect they’ll be back stateside in the Fall.

I recorded this set with my newly purchased Schoeps CCM4Ug compact cardioid microphones. The mics picked up a little bit of chatter in the soundscape but overall I’m really happy with the sweet sound. The mics are mixed with an excellent soundboard feed provided by Merc FOH Dave. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Wire Frame Mattress”:

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Wytches
2014-07-24
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4Ug’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 45:37]
01 Digsaw
02 Burn Out the Bruise
03 Wire Frame Mattress
04 [banter – NYC]
05 Gravedweller
06 Wide at Midnight
07 Beehive Queen
08 The Holy Tightrope
09 Robe for Juda
10 [banter – headline]
11 Darker
12 Weights and Ties
13 Crying Clown

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Wytches, visit their website, and pre-order Annabel Dream Reader from the Partisan Records site [HERE].

Freeman: July 23, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 28, 2014
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[photo from This Is Ween tumblr]

For better and for worse, rock music and drugs will forever be inextricably intertwined. Bill Maher once joked “I wouldn’t recommend heroin. But it hasn’t hurt my record collection”. But on the dark side, drugs have been responsible for the premature demise of far too many rock musicians and fans. In early 2011, Gene Ween was seriously in danger in becoming the next casualty in the rock world. Gener was losing his fight with alcohol and drug addiction and it all came to a boil one sad and ugly night on stage in Vancouver when his condition was so bad that he was incapable of performing the material and the rest of the band walked off the stage on him. After the tour, Gene Ween went into rehab in Arizona and stopped touring with the band. After his first solo album was released, Gene Ween officially broke up Ween in 2012 and began to perform under his birth name Aaron Freeman. Its four years later and Freeman is still sober and ready to talk about the dark years. The new album Freeman was released last week on Partisan Records and its an honest and frank discussion of the journey to sobriety.

The band is also called Freeman and they played two album-release shows last week at Mercury Lounge and Baby’s All Right. At the Baby’s show, Freeman opened the set with three straight songs from the new album, the third of which is perhaps the most poignant song “Covert Discretion” which essentially tells the story of the Vancouver meltdown. But for the packed house of Ween fans, the old Gener didn’t disappoint as the band whipped out plenty of Ween material, including some deep cuts. We are streaming “Transdermal Celebration” from Ween’s 2003 album Quebec. But ultimately this show was all about the new material, and Freeman closed the set with a run of songs from the album including the confessional “(For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man” which closed the main set and that we are streaming below. Freeman closed the show with two eclectic covers and from the crowd reaction, the fans seemed pleased. But make no mistake, there is some animosity among the Ween uberfans over the fact that “Gener” broke up the band. But as the album Freeman makes clear, without the breakup of Ween, Aaron Freeman would likely have died. Or as he sings on “Covert Discretion”, “be grateful I saved me from myself”.

Freeman will return to shows in the Fall with an extensive tour of the East and Midwest. The next local show is October 4 at Bowery Ballroom.

This set was recorded by House FOH Devin, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed on the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Transdermal Celebration”:

Stream “(For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man”:

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Freeman
2014-07-23
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Devin Foley) > Devin mix Wav + Room mic wav > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:38:26]
01 El Shaddai
02 Gimme One More
03 Covert Discretion
04 All The Way To China
05 Transitions
06 The Grobe
07 The English and Western Stallion
08 Happy Colored Marbles
09 Molly
10 Pollo Asado
11 The Stallion Pt 1
12 Transdermal Celebration
13 Your Party
14 More Than The World
15 [crowd]
16 (For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man
17 [encore break]
18 Black Bush
19 Golden Monkey
20 Jailbreak [Thin Lizzy]
21 [second encore break]
22 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man [Pr1nce]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Freeman, visit his page at the Partisan Records site, and purchase Freeman from the Partisan’s site [HERE].

The Dismemberment Plan: October 18, 2013 Terminal 5 – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set

October 21, 2013
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[Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane for Bowery House List]

Before Pitchfork anointed The Dismemberment Plan‘s third LP Emergency & I as the best album of 1999 (and there were some good ones that year), The Plan were a quirky, well-loved cult band from Washington, DC, but they were hardly a household name even among dedicated indie fans. I first saw them in 1996, around the time of release of !, their first record, when their sound was at its most freeform and spastic. The bill was The Plan, first, then Smart Went Crazy, then Archers of Loaf. Even in that eclectic company, I remember my main impression of The Dismemberment Plan being this band is weird. That late-90s Pitchfork crew weren’t kidding when it came to extolling the band’s uniqueness. They were also right when they foretold the Plan’s influence on a number of sounds that would come to commercial fruition in the coming decade. None of that benefited the band itself much (of course), but all you R&B and dance-copping indie bands of the aughts, you can tip your hats now, thanks.

The Dismemberment Plan, in the end, were way too weird to make it “big” in the way bands of the era like Modest Mouse somehow managed to. However refined the pop technique on Emergency & I and its worthy successor, Change, this was still not a band that fit will onto “alternative” radio or manning huge festival stages. In the same way that cult faves like Neutral Milk Hotel now sell out venues three or four times bigger than what they played during their halcyon days, it felt really weird to see The Dismemberment Plan playing the Bowery Presents‘ midtown behemoth Terminal 5 (albeit with the top balcony closed). But after seeing the band in action in that space, I think I’d sold them short. The band’s four members had more room than they needed on the huge stage, but the sound they put out was massive yet focused enough to give T5 a feel reminiscent of their old club shows. The band — frontman Travis Morrison in particular — not only looks like they’re still on their game, they sound like it.

That’s another critical distinction between The Dismemberment Plan and certain other ’90s acts taking their victory laps. This show wasn’t some nostalgia trip or “one time only” reunion. Rather, The Plan were here for a purpose, promoting their new Partisan Records release Uncanney Valley, an album that’s been well-received to date and stands to add several new standout tracks to the live show. The set opener, “Invisible” was one of my favorites, as was the melancholy, “Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer”. The record grew out of the band’s reunion shows for the Emergency & I vinyl release, after the four discovered they had new ideas to explore. The hope is that Uncanney Valley is the beginning of a new phase, not the end.

Of course, for those nostalgic for older stuff, this 90-minute set hit pretty much all the biggest highlights. For me, that meant “The City”, “You Are Invited” and “What Do You Want Me To Say” from Emergency & I, “Time Bomb” and “The Face of the Earth” from Change, and “OK Jokes Over” from !, among many others. But the set closer — “Ice of Boston” from The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified, that made for the most Dismemberment Plan-moment of all, as Morrison invited the crowd to join the band onstage. Not every band can turn a song about a cold, depressing New Year’s Eve drinking alone in Boston into an edifying rave-up. But then, no other band is quite like The Plan.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a super-clean Sound Devices preamp to capture the maximum amount of clean, direct sound. The recording is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to The Dismemberment Plan, their management team, Partisan Records and the Terminal 5 staff for making this possible.

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 entire show:

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The Dismemberment Plan
2013-10-18
Terminal 5
New York, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (BOB, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>Sony PCM-D50>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:33:56]
01 Invisible
02 Time Bomb
03 [banter1]
04 Mexico City
05 Spider In the Snow
06 Lets Just Go To the Dogs Tonight
07 The Face of the Earth
08 The City
09 [banter2]
10 No One’s Saying Nothing
11 A Life of Possibilities
12 Follow Through
13 Do the Standing Still
14 [banter3]
15 White Collar White Trash
16 [banter4]
17 You Are Invited
18 Ellen and Ben
19 Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer
20 What Do You Want Me To Say?
21 [banter5]
22 OK Joke’s Over
23 [encore break]
24 Lookin’
25 [banter6]
26 Waiting
27 Ice of Boston

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT The Dismemberment Plan, visit their website, and buy Uncanney Valley from Partisan Records.

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Deer Tick: June 7, 2013 Mountain Jam IX – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 11, 2013
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[photo courtesy of Dino Perrucci Photography]

Back in December, we caught Deer Tick twice at Brooklyn Bowl play complete albums in a look back on their outstanding career thus far. But 2013 is a year to look forward, as Deer Tick has completed a new album Negativity to be released in September. On the current tour, the band is playing quite a few new songs and we caught them early on playing a full sized set at Mountain Jam. Deer Tick played on Friday afternoon, late enough for a large crowd to join them on the Mountain even though most of their set was performed in the pouring rain. The main set mixed old and new in a well-paced show before the band thought their time had expired. Fortunately for us, the Festival allowed Deer Tick to play a couple of more songs — including an inspired Replacements cover that we are streaming below.

I recorded this set near the front of the soundboard area with the Neumann 102 cards underneath a sturdy umbrella. The sound has some issues related to the weather (raindrops on the umbrella, some phasing from the wind), but considering the circumstances we are very pleased with excellent sound of this recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Can’t Hardly Wait” (Replacements cover):

This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 and to Stream at Archive.org [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.

Deer Tick
2013-06-07
Mountain Jam
Hunter Mountain NY

Digital Master Audience Recording

Neumann TLM-102s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2013-07-06

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:16:18]
01 Ashamed
02 The Bump
03 Easy
04 Standing at the Threshold
05 The Dream is in the Ditch
06 Clownin Around
07 Smith Hill
08 Spend the Night
09 [Vanessa Carlton intro]
10 In Our Time
11 The Curtain
12 Baltimore Blues No 1
13 Now Its Your Turn
14 These Old Shoes
15 Main Street
16 Breed [Nirvana]
17 When It All Falls Down
18 Not So Dense
19 Can’t Hardly Wait [Replacements]
20 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning [Sinatra]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Deer Tick, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Partisan Records Store [HERE].

The Amazing: January 25, 2013 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 31, 2013
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The Amazing hail from Sweden and share some members with that country’s well-known retro-psych outfit Dungen (our most recent recording of them HERE).  While The Amazing also share some stylistic traits with that band, most obviously the stellar guitar work of both bands’ lead guitarist Reine Fisk, they also stand as a distinct entity. The Amazing’s sound is a more nuanced affair than the rock behemoth that is Dungen, and their songwriting is more wistful and textured.  Frontman Christoff Gunrup sings in English, and that combined with the instrumental approach gives The Amazing the caste of a folkier, almost countrified version of Dungen.  This show at Mercury Lounge found the band celebrating the release of their latest record, Gentle Stream, their second full-length LP and first to be released by our good friends at Partisan Records. The boys served up material from all three of their current records, with an appropriate amount of emphasis given to the latest effort. This was their final NYC show for a bit, but don’t ignore a chance to see these guys, wherever they may be.

I recorded this set with MBHO KA500N hypercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from the talented longtime Mercury Lounge engineer Kevin. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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The Amazing
2013-01-25
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin Mazzarelli) + MBHO KA500N>MBP603>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (multi band compression on SBD, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity (set fades, additional EQ, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 54:41]
01 Head Beaches
02 [banter1]
03 Deportation Day
04 Dogs
05 [banter2]
06 The Fog>
07 Gentle Stream
08 Flashlight
09 Gone
10 When the Colours Change

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT The Amazing, like them on Facebook, and buy Gentle Stream from Partisan Records [HERE]

Deer Tick: December 5, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 12, 2012
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[photo by acidjack]

Since we’ve been following Deer Tick almost from the beginning — from John McCauley as a solo performer, to the days as a trio, and even as a cover band, all the way up to their sold out shows at big venues, it seemed natural that we’d be there for what amounts to a month-long career retrospective at Brooklyn Bowl. Deer Tick will essentially be playing their entire catalog each Wednesday in December. Last week, the band played their second album Born on Flag Day and their EP More Fuel For the Fire straight through. While some of these songs haven’t been played in years, some in different arrangements, and some not at all, Deer Tick seemed quite comfortable with the material. Sure, there were a couple of false starts, but overall this show was just about as tight as they get and certainly as intense as a regular set. And just in case we’d thought they’d forsaken the first album, Deer Tick played six songs from War Elephant as an encore set.

Tonight’s show at Brooklyn Bowl will feature a complete performance of The Black Dirt Sessions and Holy Shit It’s Christmas EP.

I recorded this set with the hypercardioid Neumanns upfront and pointed at the stacks to avoid ambient noise and mixed it with a superb stereo feed from FOH Melanie. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Straight Into a Storm”:

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Deer Tick
2012-12-05
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2012-12-07

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:16:09]
01 Easy
02 Little White Lies
03 Smith Hill
04 Song About A Man
05 Houston TX
06 Straight Into a Storm
07 [banter – Liz]
08 Friday XIII
09 The Ghost
10 Hell On Earth
11 Stung
12 La La La
13 Dance of Love
14 Axe Is Forever
15 Goodnight Irene
16 [encore break]
17 Standing at the Threshold
18 Art Isn’t Real
19 These Old Shoes
20 Spend the Night
21 What Kind of Fool Am I?
22 Ashamed

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Deer Tick, visit their website, and purchase their official releases including Born On Flag Day from the Partisan Records Store [HERE].

Field Report: July 21, 2012 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

July 24, 2012
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I got to around 100 concerts a year, and at those concerts, I probably see upwards of 300 bands or more. A lot of times I am less than satisfied, but I keep going, and going, and going – chasing the perfect sound. And every once awhile – just about often enough – I come a band that is jaw-droppingly great, that raises the bar for their own art form.

Christopher Porterfield of Field Report was only a few bars into “I Am Not Waiting Anymore” at this Mercury Lounge show when I knew this was one of those bands. Although it was a hot summer day, Porterfield and his Milwaukee-based bandmates took the stage in dark-colored suits, and in some cases, ties, perhaps with an eye toward the grander days of Nashville, perhaps as if to say with their clothing what was already obvious – these are serious musicians. Portfield’s rough-hewn vocals and the band’s country tinge will draw comparisons to bands like Partisan Records labelmates Deer Tick or other roots/Americana bands, but if you want to see where their real magic lies, listen more carefully or get out the lyric sheet (you can read all of Porterfield’s lyrics on their website). Porterfield brings an ample vocabulary to his verses, and an ear for the satisfying grit in individual words and passages.  On paper, many of the band’s lyrics don’t scan like song lyrics at all, like this beginning to “Route 18”:

Elizabeth said last night the lake roared like the ocean; I was landlocked under the orange-white solstice moon. Imagine: imagining a place meant to conjure up another. Three degrees of hometown disconnect in my unborn daughter’s room.

or this opening to “Circle Drive”

leftside sidewalk hospital circle drive walked this way twice a day, back the other way two times they got you wrapped up in guilt like an aftermarket cancer quilt and I don’t know the names of the people on the patches and they ground you down to calcium and road salt and pressed you into piles of pills they cut with ashes

The band’s delivery is every bit as confident as Porterfield’s well-illuminated songwriting, which likely played a role in their rapid signing to Partisan (their full-length LP comes out on September 11) as well as supporting slots this summer for Counting Crows and Emmylou Harris. This set covered material from the band’s current preview EP as well as the new record, and there wasn’t a lackluster number among them.  My favorite was probably the harrowing “Circle Drive”, about endurance in the face of pain, but the band’s initial push into the mainstream will probably be built on more uptempo numbers like “The Year Of I Got You Alone”, and “Chico the American”. One thing these songs are not is anthemic or upbeat; these are songs for deep contemplation, maybe a slug of whiskey or two.  Every press missive about this band will mention Porterfield’s prior relationship with Bon Iver (in precursor band DeYarmond Edison), but Field Report don’t need the boldface name hype.  This Mercury crowd must have felt the same way I was feeling; even on a Saturday night, the crowd remained whisper quiet during each number, to the point that Porterfield commented on how intently we listened. How couldn’t we?  It’s hard to tear yourself away from something so authentic, vital and honest.

I recorded this set with my usual combination of Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed from Kevin, the head engineer at Mercury Lounge.  The house mix, even by Mercury Lounge’s high standards, was flawless, and the respectful crowd only makes the recording sound even better.  Enjoy!

Field Report will continue touring the U.S. with Counting Crows into the month of August.  Thanks to Partisan Records for inviting us to the show.

Stream “Chico the American”

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Field Report
2012-07-21
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, limiter)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 I Am Not Waiting Anymore
02 The Year of I Got You Alone
03 [tuning]
04 Evergreen
05 Chico the American
06 Taking Alcatraz
07 Incommunicado
08 [banter]
09 Circle Drive
10 [banter]
11 Fergus Falls
12 Route 18

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Field Report, visit their website, buy their 3-song EP on bandcamp, and like them on Facebook.

Heartless Bastards: March 17, 2012 SXSW at Hotel Vegan Austin TX – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

April 9, 2012
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[photo courtesy of Amanda Hatfield]

We are all big fans of Heartless Bastards over here at nyctaper, as well we’re quite fond of Partisan Records. When the two got together earlier this year and released HB’s strongest record to date, Arrow, acidjack and John got to celebrate with the band at their sold out Webster Hall show in February. That triumphant 90+ minute show was a watershed moment of sorts, but it was not too long before we were able to catch them again. This time it was the packed bill of Hotel Vegan’s final day. Playing after Lucero and before Diamond Rugs (coming soon), Heartless Bastards delivered a powerful forty-minute set that began with a stunning version of epic song of the year candidate “Down In The Canyon”, and never let up. The new songs were primarily featured, but we’re streaming an HB classic “Nothing Seems the Same” which ended the show on a high note.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Lucero set with the Sennheiser cards mixed with a board feed, and the sound quality is excellent despite the many distractions the setting contained. Enjoy!

Stream “Nothing Seems the Same”:

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Heartless Bastards
2012-03-17
Hotel Vegan – SXSW
Austin, TX USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040 Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2012-04-06

Setlist:
[Total Time 37:50]
01 Down In The Canyon
02 Late In The Night
03 Parted Ways
04 Got To Have Rock And Roll
05 Simple Feeling
06 Hold Your Head High
07 Nothing Seems the Same

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Deer Tick: November 20, 2011 Webster Hall – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 22, 2011
By


[photo courtesy of Dan Meade from Gig Ape]

It was undoubtedly one of the most memorable concert experiences of my life — The Replacements at The Ritz in the Summer of 1986. The band was apparently riding high, touring on one of the greatest albums of the era Tim. The album was released in the Fall of 1985, and by the Summer of ’86 it established The Replacements as the foremost alternative band of the time. The motley crew of Midwest punks had matured into a powerful unit led by the increasingly confident Paul Westerberg and the rambunctious lead guitar of Bob Stinson. That night on East 11th Street, I entered the venue as the concert began with “Bastards of Young”, the lead track of side two of Tim. As inebriated as the band were the massive throngs of fans, one of whom leapt from the balcony into the slam-dancing front of the crowd. They weren’t called “mosh pits” yet. The concert is also legendary because Westerberg himself jumped into the crowd and broke his wrist, resulting in the cancellation of the balance of the tour and sending the band into a few month of hiatus. By the time the Replacements returned Bob Stinson had left the band, and things were never the same. But for that single manic and magic alcohol-fueled night in the Summer of 1986, The Replacements were the best band on the planet.

Twenty-five years later in the exact same venue (now called Webster Hall), I was fortunate to experience another magical night courtesy of one of today’s foremost heirs to the legacy of The Replacements — Deer Tick. The sold-out crowd was similarly exuberant, the alcohol flowed freely (and covered the stage by show’s end), and most special of all, Deer Tick played a picture perfect cover of “Bastards of Young” (streaming below). Fortunately, no limbs were broken in the process, although several guitars, keyboards and amps were smashed in the anarchy of the show and tour finale. We’ve seen Deer Tick cover Tim material before — their performance this Summer of “Waitress in the Sky” appeared on nyctaper in August [here]. But this time it was special, not only because of the incredible coincidence of location, but because Deer Tick has seemingly fully realized and embraced their position as the contemporary carriers of the torch for a particular musical approach and attitude. Just as the Replacements had little regard for the pretense and affectation of the bastions of “serious” rock music, Deer Tick’s approach has evolved into a group intent on making music that’s all about being young, living on the edge, drinking too much, and having a ball, all the while maintaining enough of a creative edge to guarantee that the music has staying power. John McCauley is equally comfortable performing a solo version of the bitter poignancy of John Prine’s “Unwed Fathers”, or Deer Tick’s mournful “Houston TX”, as much as he is smashing his guitar during “Let’s All Go To The Bar.” Similarly, while the Replacements cover is the take-away from this show, the encore set began with John Lennon’s tragic and painful “Mother” (also streaming below).

Of course, there is a cost to this approach. As the Replacements burned out far too soon, and suffered the wrath of their contemporary critics, one fears that Deer Tick may not be capable of continuing this peak level of performance. Already, the dinosaurs of indie criticism have unleashed the backlash. A creative writing school dropout named Ian Cohen published a hatchet job on the new Deer Tick album Divine Providence on Pitchfork, which was so utterly devoid of any honest understanding of the music (or music in general) and reeked of an agenda, that its hard to take the review seriously. Deer Tick doesn’t seem to have. And although Pitchfork hasn’t been a serious tastemaker to non-casual music fans in nearly a decade, there’s probably a lesson in there. Don’t let the magic get away so soon. Just as that 1986 night at The Ritz was the Waterloo for the best era of The Replacements, it all can end with a simple stage dive or taking your critics too seriously. By the end of ’86, Westerberg had fired Bob and sacrificed his creative edge for a big record deal. One can only hope that Deer Tick will stay with the excellent Partisan Records, and keep their energy, confidence and perspective. I suspect that if Ian Cohen was stroking his thesaurus in 1986, he would have panned Tim. I also suspect that John McCauley already understands all of this. At least I hope he does.

I recorded this set with the Neumann microphones mounted in the center of the soundboard booth at the balcony rail, and mixed with an excellent soundboard feed. Deer Tick’s front of house sound engineer for this tour was the excellent Melanie, who has also mixed in several local venues. Her mix on this night was simply superb and we’re extremely please with the quality of this recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Bastards of Young”:

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Stream “Mother”:

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Deer Tick
2011-11-20
Webster Hall
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, downsample set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2011-11-21

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:52:54]
01 The Bump
02 Easy
03 Baltimore Blues No 1
04 [guitar tech]
05 Main Street
06 Chevy Express
07 Walkin Out The Door
08 Ashamed
09 Bastards Of Young [Replacements]
10 [banter – Sunday]
11 Clownin Around
12 Funny Word
13 These Old Shoes
14 [banter – Hardy intro]
15 Hurts to Watch [Diamond Rugs]
16 Houston TX
17 Song About A Man
18 Unwed Fathers
19 Something to Brag About
20 Now Its Your Turn
21 Miss K
22 Something In The Way [Nirvana]
23 Not So Dense
24 [encore break]
25 Mother [John Lennon]
26 [banter – entertainment too]
27 Bring Me My Shotgun [Lightning Hopkins]
28 Mange
29 Let’s All Go To The Bar

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