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Alcoholic Faith Mission: April 27, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

May 7, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

The Danish band Alcoholic Faith Mission, like many of their Scandinavian peers, seems so full of ineffable friendliness and gratitude that they almost force you to be an instant fan. Equal parts whimsical Scandinavian indiepop and college rock earnestness, their sound benefits from their time spent both in their home country and in Brooklyn. Brooklyn has been an integral part of AFM from the beginning; it (and alcohol) not only inspired their band name, but it also was where they recorded their second record, 421 Wythe Avenue, using only the materials that could be found in that old factory space. They are now two more records in, with their latest, Ask Me This, seeing release this week. In part due to that aforementioned friendliness and familiarity, this Friday night show at Glasslands had the vibe of coming over to hear your friends debut their new record just for you.

Band co-founder Thorben Seiero Jensen (who founded the band along with Sune Solund) and Kristine Permild share vocal duties, and they respectively represent the yin and yang of the band’s sound. Jensen sings in the full-throated style often associated with American rock singers, and he voices the band’s frequently-dark and even brutal lyrics with a wounded-bird affect that gives them credibility. Permild’s voice is sweeter, lighter and (of course) feminine, and is the pixie dust that gives the band a tenderer core. If you pay close attention to Jensen’s lyrics, there is a strain of darkness and depravity you might not expect from a band with such a pleasant onstage demeanor. But it’s hard to miss that there is some heavy shit going on behind that exterior; songs about sexual malfeasance, addiction and pain abound.

In the live setting, with the band cheerily inviting us to share a beer post-show, it was easier to focus on the simpler and more immediate pleasures of their sound itself. The rocker “Alaska,” with its klaxon-like lead melody, kicked things off and was an instant highlight, with Jensen and Permild bearing equal weight on the vocals. I was also partial to “Into Pieces” which is on Ask Me This but first saw release on the Running With Insanity EP earlier this year. “Sobriety Up and Left” and “Nut In Your Eye” were older songs that I also took a newfound liking to in the live setting.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 open cardioid microphones and a nicely-balanced soundboard feed from Josh at Glasslands.  Despite it being a bit of a chatty Friday night crowd, I am very pleased with the results. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Rob at Old Flame Records.

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Alcoholic Faith Mission
2012-04-27
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks
01 Alaska
02 My Eyes To See
03 Running With Insanity
04 Into Pieces
05 Legacy
06 Ask Me This
07 We Need Fear
08 Honeydrip
09 Sobriety Up and Left
10 Nut In Your Eye

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Alcoholic Faith Mission, visit their website, go see them on tour, and buy Ask Me This from their online store [HERE].

Lower Dens: May 2, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

May 3, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

Before coming out for an almost-unheard-of-at-Glasslands three-song encore, frontwoman Jana Hunter of Lower Dens stepped out from behind the keys and mic stand to stand in front of the monitors, among the crowd, and close the main set with the Houston musician Arthur Bates’ “Hours”. And why the hell not? Though known for being a bit reserved onstage, Hunter has watched her Baltimore-based band be anointed an “It” band in the city that decides such things. She certainly has nothing to be self-conscious about, if she ever did.

Not that this extremely sold-out show, or the spate of overwhelmingly positive recent reviews, are the first time anyone noticed the band. Their first record, Twin-Hand Movement, had a lot to recommend it, and critics agreed. But Nootropics, which dropped this week, is the kind of record that takes the band’s sound and appeal to the proverbial “next level”. Rather than an excellent followup to a good start, Nootropics accomplishes the feat that bedevils many second records – evolving the band’s sound and broadening its sonic palette while retaining the core of what drew notice in the first place.

As to that palette, those of us who came of age in the eras of Luna or Galaxie 500 wouldn’t have had trouble finding the Dean Wareham influences all over the band’s early sound, with the fuzzed-out guitars forming the sea that bore along gentle but compelling melodies. The band’s first offerings from Nootropics, “Brains” and “Propagation”, continue that tradition, but also make it clear that there is more going on this time around, with Eno and Kraftwerk influences bubbling to the fore. Stripped of the album’s gauzy texture and replacing it with the raw immediacy (and minimal processing) of the intimate Glasslands stage, Lower Dens made the case for being able to carry well-produced album material in the live setting. It never hurts to have a sellout crowd, of course, and there were so many people crowding the stage there were practically people on top of the band. I won’t be surprised to find the same state of affairs at Bowery Ballroom in a couple months when they end their current tour.

Not only was this set long by Glasslands standards (71 minutes is practically a Springsteen concert in a venue where most sets clock in well under an hour), but the encore included a special cover of the Houston psych-rock pioneers Red Krayola’s “A Portait of V.I. Lenin in the Style of Jackson Pollock” – proving that the Texas-born Hunter, like any good musician, also has a great record collection.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones and a soundboard feed provided by Glasslands and the band’s FOH. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Lower Dens play Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, July 19. Tickets go on sale May 4 at noon.

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Lower Dens
2012-05-02
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

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Tracks [Total Time 1:11:18]
01 I Get Nervous
02 Candy
03 Deer Knives
04 Alphabet Song *
05 Propagation
06 Blue & Silver
07 Brains
08 Completely Golden
09 Lion In Winter Pt. 1
10 Lion In Winter Pt. 2
11 Batman
12 Hospice Gates
13 Nova Anthem
14 Hours [Arthur Bates]
15 [encore break]
16 A Portait of V.I. Lenin in the Style of Jackson Pollock [Red Krayola]
17 [banter]
18 A Dog’s Dick
19 [instrumental]

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Lower Dens, like them on Facebook, buy tickets to the Bowery show or a show in your area, and purchase Nootropics from Ribbon Music [HERE]

Noveller: April 19, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

May 1, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

I have been a fan of the multi-talented guitarist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate, aka Noveller, since seeing her open a slam-packed Bear In Heaven show at Glasslands back in 2010. Shortly thereafter, she released the EP Desert Fires, which at the time was the high watermark of her finely textured guitar compositions, especially the song “Three Windows Facing Three Doors”. Being a filmmaker, Lipstate’s songs have an abstract, cinematic quality to them; Lipstate carries you with her on her carefully constructed waves of sound. Although she was formerly with the bands Parts & Labor and Cold Cave, Lipstate is one of the few musicians who I would venture has more true potential on her own; her compositions feel complete without the trappings of a full band.

With her new eight-song LP Glacial Glow, Lipstate has 0nce again delivered compositions of layered, subtle beauty. She played two of those compositions – “Ends” and “Entering”, the bookends to Glacial Glow, on this night. Two new songs, “Cyanne” and “Darkheart”, joined “Starve” from her split LP with unFact (David Wm. Sims of the Jesus Lizard), to round out the set. Lipstate’s work continues to be absolutely mesmerizing – I can’t wait to hear what she comes up with next.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Lotus Plaza and Disappears sets, and the sound is outstanding.  Enjoy!

Stream “Cyanne”

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Noveller
2012-04-19
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded by acidjack and nyctaper
Produced by acidjack

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Tracks
01 Cyanne
02 Ends
03 Entering
04 Darkheart
05 Starve

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Noveller, visit her website, and buy her records from her store there.

Disappears: April 19, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

April 27, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

As one of the anchors of the current Chicago scene, Disappears are a hard band to outshine. They headlined this night’s Glasslands show featuring Lotus Plaza (that recording [HERE]) and the Brooklyn guitarist Noveller (that recording coming soon) the same way that they carried a previous show I attended with the startling Brooklyn band The Psychic Paramount: by being relentless, sharp and ready with an album’s worth of killer new songs. At that earlier show, the band’s new record Pre Language was unreleased. With the album now having been out for a little while, the already-tight band is completely dialed in on the new songs, which represent their best and most approachable material to date. Disappears deliver a dark, overdriven style of rock, with a Sonic Youth-reminiscent guitar squall backing the Mark E. Smith-reminiscent vocals of frontman Brian Case, processed through a megaphone-style effect. They’re the right band to propel the end of a night – and not just because it gave everyone confirmation that Steve Shelley has landed on his feet post-Sonic Youth.

Predictably, this set was heavy on Pre Language material, including “Replicate”, which we first experienced at the Union Hall show last year, and new favorites like the title track and “Hibernation Sickness”. The sound benefited heavily from the band’s touring engineer, who worked with them on the album and tuned the upgraded Glasslands sound system to perfection.

We recorded this set in the same manner as the Lotus Plaza recording, with Schoeps MK5 cardioid microphones and a soundboard feed.  The sound is even better than that recording due to the aforementioned engineer’s flawless mix. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Disappears
2012-04-19
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at NYCTaper.com
Recorded by acidjack and nyctaper
Produced by acidjack

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Tracks
01 Marigold
02 Replicate
03 Pre Language
04 Magics
05 Minor Patterns
06 Hibernation Sickness
07 Fear of Darkness
08 Era
09 Lux
10 Joa
11 Love Drug
12 Radiation
13 Brother Jolene

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Disappears, visit their website, and purchase their records, including Pre Language, from Kranky [HERE]

Widowspeak: March 3, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

March 5, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

Since we last checked in with Widowspeak at our CMJ Day Party, their star has only continued to rise.  It’s always a good sign when, months after a band’s initial record release (and therefore, the peak in the PR hype cycle) their shows are more crowded than they were then.  This Saturday night, Glasslands was completely packed-to-the-rafters sold out, which always gives this venue great energy.  Clearly, Widowspeak has been busy since the release of their eponymous debut album on Captured Tracks.  This show found the band leading off with a new song, “Camel” and playing a number of other new numbers, including some played for the first time.

While vocalist Molly Hamilton’s style has earned a few comparisons to artists like Cat Power, fortunately, her stage persona does not.  Since the first time I saw the band, Hamilton has gained scads of confidence and poise – she smiles quite a lot onstage now, and her playing and delivery benefit from her positive attitude. Widowspeak are what I think of as a winter band – their downbeat sound is practically a touchstone of several of the members’ roots in the Pacific Northwest – but it’s a sound that, paradoxically, makes me happy.  There’s the nostalgia aspect, sure, but there’s also the patient songcraft, the authenticity, and the strength of the band and its sound.  Pretty much everything about Widowspeak is something I can pull for.

The band played on this night with a second guitarist, which gave songs like “In the Pines” (perhaps my favorite of all the band’s songs) new density and heft.  Of the new material, the standout for me was “7 Minutes”, a slightly more upbeat guitar-driven track that is one of the most anthemic songs the band has attempted to date.  The set closed with the band’s biggest song to date, “Harsh Realm”, another excellent song that is always a crowd pleaser.

In a collaboration with the new management team at Glasslands (also the team behing PopGun Booking), I recorded this set with a newly-installed recording rig provided for the club by nyctaper.  Overall I am pleased with the results, with the caveat that you can hear some issues with one of the kick drum mics and one of the guitar amps at a few points in the recording.  Enjoy!

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Widowspeak
2012-03-03
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

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Tracks
01 Camel
02 Gun Shy
03 Hard Times
04 Burnout
05 Puritan
06 Fun
07 Half Awake
08 Nightcrawlers
09 In the Pines
10 7 Minutes
11 Harsh Realm

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Widowspeak, visit their Facebook page, visit their Bandcamp page, and purchase their newly-released eponymous LP from Captured Tracks.

Grandfather: February 1, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

February 6, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

In a north Brooklyn scene that has both thriving indie rock and metal scenes, Grandfather are one of the few bands that bridges that divide.  The band plays intelligent, aggressive hard rock (not quite metal) that capitalizes on the outstanding guitar work of Michael Kirsch and the focused, balls-out vocals of Josh Hoffman, already a consummate rock frontman even in his rookie years.  The closest reference point sound-wise for the band is probably the mighty Tool, but these guys clearly listened to plenty of Nirvana and other Seattle bands in their formative years as well.

Like many new bands, Grandfather raised the funds to record their first record, Why I’d Try, on Kickstarter, and they put the cash to good use by hiring the legendary (and legendarily curmudgeonly) engineer Steve Albini to lay down the record in old-school fashion direct to analog 2″ reels, with no digital bullshit in between.  For their trouble, they got a record that sounds beautiful – with a crisp, raw live-in-studio sound that captures the intensity of the band’s sound at its absolute best.  More tellingly, they earned Albini’s respect – difficult to come by for a man who has had few kind words for most of his peers.  Answering a GQ interviewer’s question about “a young artist with integrity who inspires you”, Albini said, in part:

I see little bits and pieces of behavior that are encouraging. There was a band that came into the studio a while back called Grandfather. They were an art rock band that organized the funding of their record through Kickstarter. They were really well rehearsed and came into the studio and knocked the record out in a couple of days. Because they didn’t have a record label or any promotion schedule to adhere to, they were able to get their record manufactured and distributed within a couple of months. That’s the kind of nimble, efficient behavior that was previously impossible when there was a corporate structure involved.

Grandfather took the stage this Wednesday night at Glasslands with a ferocity that should inspire any artist, starting with the two-minute banger “AWOL” from Why I’d Try before ripping into three brand-new tracks – “Greedy Eye”, “Spun” and “Sorry” .  After a full-throttle rendition of “Tremors” – where bassist Tyler Krupsky shines in the extended intro – it was all new songs from there.  Anyone doubting the urgency of the band’s live show by this point was eating their words or hitting the exits during the standout new track “Organ Thief,” which Hoffman kicks off with a demonic, diabolical laugh with a headbanging riff behind it.   It’s not hard to see, in a band that plays a Glasslands show with the same intensity as they might Madison Square Garden, to see what impressed Steve Albini.  “Integrity” certainly comes to mind with this band, but equally importantly, so does “passion”.

I recorded this set with AKG large-diaphragm microphones set to “wide cardiod” for a full-range, open sound.  I did record a stereo soundboard feed as well, but due to an issue with the club’s equipment, that mix consisted mostly of vocals, which were mixed in here minimally for clarity.  Enjoy!

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Grandfather
2012-02-01
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack
exclusively for nyctaper.com

AKG C 414 B-XLS (wide cardiod, DFC) + Soundboard (vocals only)>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (mixdown, EQ, mastering, downsample to 44.1kHz)>Audacity (tracking, amplify and balance, set fades, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 AWOL
02 [tuning/banter]
03 Greedy Eye
04 Spun
05 Sorry
06 Tremors
07 Wishes
08 Organ Thief
09 Disorder

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Grandfather, visit their website, like them on Facebook, download Why I’d Try on bandcamp (for “pay what you will”) or better yet, buy it on CD or vinyl from that site to hear what a properly-mixed rock record should sound like.

Jessica Lea Mayfield: November 17, 2011 Glasslands and April 1, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 28, 2011
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[Photos from Glasslands by Dominick Mastrangelo]

Jessica Lea Mayfield sure is a heartbreaker.  She has the affect of the pretty, reserved, stonerish girl in the back of the class – you always wondered what that girl was thinking. If that girl actually was Mayfield, well, that girl would have a hell of a lot deeper feelings than her air of ironic detachment might suggest. She’d be all-but-given-up on God (“Bible Days”), head-over-heels in love (“The One That I Love Best”), or maybe flat-out horny (“Grown Man”).  And that voice of hers… well, it would hold your attention, if you weren’t already looking. More than a few gents at this Thursday night Glasslands show could be overheard discussing variations of “she’s hot!”

Lest you think the show was some kind of sausagefest, far from it – I’d say the majority of Mayfield’s fans at this show were women, and most of them seemed able to sing just about every word. This was the most packed I’ve seen Glasslands on a Thursday in ages, and it’s not hard to see why. Mayfield’s latest record, the Dan Auerbach-produced Tell Me, moves Mayfield beyond her neo-country confines and continues her tradition of strong songwriting – see for example “Run Myself Into the Ground”, which maintains a hint of twang but backs it with some solidly rock guitar work.  That came courtesy of Nashville’s Richie Kirkpatrick, whose band Ri¢hie has also served as Mayfield’s rhythm section at several recent shows. This was my first introduction to Jessica live, and I was extremely pleased with both the show and the crowd.  The only thing that could have made the night better would have been her performing her new cover of Nirvana’s “Lounge Act”!

Johnny Fried Chicken Boy had a similar experience with Mayfield this April Fool’s Day at Bowery Ballroom, where he recorded a somewhat different set before an equally pumped up audience. That show is also offered as a download here.

The Glasslands show was a fairly sophisticated recording for us, with a pair of DPA omnidirectional mics onstage, Schoeps “open cardiods” mounted an optimal distance from the stacks, and a soundboard feed running into two clock-synced decks run by myself and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy.  It is an outstanding capture at the very top of the range for this site.  John’s Bowery recording is an excellent four-microphone recording from our usual spot at Bowery that is also not to be missed.  Enjoy!

Stream “Run Myself Into the Ground” from Glasslands:

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MP3 Downloads: Glasslands 2011/11/17 [HERE] | Bowery 2011/4/1 [HERE]

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Jessica Lea Mayfield
2011-11-17
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded by acidjack and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy for nyctaper.com
Produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK22 (DFC, POS)>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 #1 + DPA 4061 (onstage, 2ft split)>Naiant PFA>Edirol R-44 #2 >>>6x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (mixdown, limit peaks, light EQ to MK22 source)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Blue Skies Again
02 We’ve Never Lied
03 Sometimes At Night
04 Kiss Me Again
05 Grown Man
06 Seeing Stars [solo]
07 Nervous Lonely Night [solo]
08 I’ll Be the One You Want Someday
09 For Today
10 Run Myself Into the Ground
11 Bible Days
12 Our Hearts Are Wrong
13 Trouble
14 Somewhere In Your Heart
15 [encore break]
16 The One That I Love Best

_______________________

2011-04-01
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, USA

Source: AUD > AKG C 414 B-XLS’s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, adjust levels, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > Trader’s Little Helper (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC) > FLAC Level 8
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

Tracks:
01 Our Hearts Are Wrong
02 Run Myself Into The Ground
03 Kiss Me Again
04 I’ll Be The One That You Want Someday
05 [banter]
06 Sleepless [JLM solo]
07 Nervous Lonely Night [JLM solo]
08 Trouble
09 Bible Days
10 Sometimes At Night
11 We’ve Never Lied
12 Blue Skies Again
13 I Can’t Lie To You, Love
14 [banter]
15 For Today
16 [banter]
17 Somewhere In Your Heart
18 encore break / banter
19 Grown Man

If you enjoyed these recordings, PLEASE SUPPORT Jessica Lea Mayfield, visit her website, and purchase her latest record Tell Me and other merch from the store at her website [HERE].

William Tyler: November 16, 2011 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

November 25, 2011
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Tyler Glass
[Photo by acidjack]

It seems about right to refer to William Tyler as an indie rock prodigy. Back when most guys his age were gawky college freshmen, the Nashville native was already playing with Lambchop. By age 21, he’d appeared on a Silver Jews record; two years later, he was laying down tracks with Will Oldham and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Today he plays solo, as well as gigs with Lambchop, and he also has his own record label, Sebastian Speaks. In the somewhat rarified world of solo guitar players, Tyler is one of the most gifted and most recognizable for both his relative youth and his intense, uncharacteristic style. In giving his 2010 release, Behold the Spirit a “Best New Music”-worthy rating, Pitchfork’s Grayson Currin described Tyler’s style thus:

“Lambchop’s oeuvre should give you some hint as to what makes Tyler special. Just as Lambchop’s pan-American indie incorporates soul, rock, country and outsider music into one weirdly warped mold, Tyler integrates a dozen different approaches. He’s as comfortable with an electric as an acoustic, as accomplished conducting a long, coruscated drone as he is gliding through fingerpicked hymns. The English folk of Pentangle and the American hum of Tom Carter are clear references, as are Indian ragas and Appalachian ballads. Unlike the work of fellow polyglot Sir Richard Bishop, though, Tyler engages all of those muses at once, consistently folding them into surprising revelations.”

This PopGun Booking-sponsored show at Glasslands found Tyler dazed from coming straight from his flight but nonetheless ready to play and share new songs. The set featured only two Behold the Spirit numbers – “Missionary Ridge” and “Tears and Saints” – interspersed with new songs, classics and some hilarious storytelling (if you’re ever planning to play in Schwarzenburg, Germany, you might want to listen to Track 5 of this recording first). After playing the first three songs acoustic, Tyler switched to the electric for the final two numbers, including a 12-minute number from his 2008 record Deseret Canyon entitled “Crystal Palace, Sea of Glass”. Behold the Spirit is a lovely offering, even for those who may not be into many solo guitar albums, but seeing Tyler live is an entirely more elevated experience, a chance to grasp not just the what but the how of a great player like him.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by Josh, the house engineer of Glasslands, with some room ambiance from Schoeps MK22 “open cardiod” microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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William Tyler
2011-11-16
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + Schoeps MK22>CMC6>littlebox >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (mix down, effects, limiting, levels)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Missionary Ridge
02 Waltz of the Circassian Beauties
03 [banter]
04 Terrace of the Leper King
05 [banter]
06 Tears and Saints
07 [banter]
08 Crystal Palace, Sea of Glass

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Country Mice: November 16, 2011 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 23, 2011
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[photo by Maryanne Ventrice courtesy of Impose Magazine]

Yes, New York, we do have our very own homegrown answer to Alabama’s Drive-By Truckers, and they’re called Country Mice. They don’t celebrate Southern roots they don’t have (two bandmembers are from Lawrence, Kansas), sure, but the rootsy tinge to their sound, married to big, balls-to-the-wall major chord riffs, will draw immediate comparisons. Although I had enjoyed sets of theirs before, this PopGun Booking‘-sponsored show at Glasslands showcased a tight, confident and mature band ready to take things to the next level. This set, opening for the Nashville guitar wizard William Tyler, led off with some new songs before moving into material from their recent Kanine Records release Twister and continuing to mix those in with the non-Twister material.  After the already-packed house had screamed its approval for songs like “Morning Son” and “Bullet of a Gun”, the set crescendoed, appropriately, at the final number, “Festival” off of Twister. With Twister under their belts and more good ideas coming, Country Mice are sure to keep winning converts on both sides of the Mason-Dixon.

I recorded this set with Schoeps “open cardiod” microphones to give a wide, expansive soundstage, coupled with a soundboard feed by Josh at Glasslands. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Country Mice
2011-11-16
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK22>CMC6>Naiant littlebox + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, light EQ, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Vermillion
02 Feathers
03 Anne Marie
04 Ghost
05 Morning Son
06 Great White
07 Bullet of a Gun
08 Wicked
09 A Name
10 Black Crow
11 Festival

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Hoop Dreams: August 2, 2011 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

September 22, 2011
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[photos by Jessica Amaya, originally appeared on brooklynvegan]

Without question one of my surprise favorite performances of the year was Hoop Dreams, a Blacksburg, Virginia band signed to Captured Tracks. We caught them on a summer night at Glasslands with a packed crowd, typical for a PopGun Booking, and for what was likely their NYC debut. While having only recently released their first single XCPR (which has found a permanent place in my daily playlist) this summer, Hoop Dreams performed ten highly polished songs. With the captivating voice of vocalist Max Brooks and bass-driven melodies, Hoop Dreams could easily be the kid brother of Depeche Mode and The National.

Acidjack and I captured this performance with a pair of Schoeps Cardioid microphones and mixed it with an excellent soundboard feed provided by the house. We hope you enjoy this breakout performance and fantastic recording!

Stream “XCPR” from Glasslands:

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Hoop Dreams - 2011-08-02 - Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY

Hoop Dreams
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY, US
2011-08-02

Recordist : hi and lo
Source : Soundboard + Schoeps Mk5 (cardiod)>EAA PSP2 >> Tascam DR-680
Position : Center post, ORTF, 8ft up
Mastering : Wavelab 5 (Mixdown/EQ/Fades) > Flac Level 8 with TLH v2.6.0 (Build 168)

Tracklist:

01. Black Sunglasses
02. Choir
03. XCPR
04. Away Away
05. New Time
06. Under the Snow
07. Knife Fights
08. Home Alone
09. Was There Anything I Could Do? [The Go-Betweens]
10. Jumping Fences

Running Time: 36:45

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