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Bardo Pond: April 1, 2017 Knockdown Center

April 10, 2017
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It was heartening to see The New York Times give such prominent billing to this Bardo Pond show, held at Maspeth’s somewhat-remote but welcoming Knockdown Center this past weekend. If the use of the phrase “noise rock” to describe the band was reductive in extremis, it at least got at the notion that Bardo Pond shows are loud, distortion-drenched, hallucinatory affairs. But give a listen to Under the Pines, which the band played in full at this show to celebrate its release, and vocalist Isobel Sollenberger features more prominently for much of this journey, at least compared to past pairing with the Gibbons brothers and Clint Takeda’s guitar attack. A vocalist is almost always a critical component of a band’s sound, of course, but it feels like Sollenberger is a more confident and featured presence than she’s been at any time in their long career.

We first saw many of these songs at the Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen show we recorded last year, and again at Union Pool in November, and they’ve only gotten sharper and better since. This full-album run through told the album’s story well, demonstrating both its cohesive flow and the diversity of sounds. “My Eyes Out” continues to be one of the more “pretty” songs in the catalog, while “Moment to Moment” continues to establish itself as one of the band’s most vital new long-form songs. In a rare treat (at least, not seen by us since the 2011 Death By Audio show), this set wrapped with the vital combo of “Don’t Know About You” directly into “The Stars Behind.” There’s no new tour information for the band yet, but expect a fun one once they return to the road.

I recorded this set about 10 feet from the left PA stack with Schoeps MK41V microphones and a soundboard feed. The characteristics of the room and the sound being amplified through the stacks (mostly vocals) mean the vocals are a bit more prominent in this recording than would be optimal. Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable listen!

Download this show from the Live Music Archive: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Bardo Pond
2017-04-01
Knockdown Center
Maspeth, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41V (FOB, LOC)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, hard limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.03. (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:14:54]
01 Crossover
02 Out of Reach
03 My Eyes Out
04 [banter1]
05 Moment to Moment
06 Under the Pines
07 Effigy
08 [banter2]
09 Don’t Know About You>
10 The Stars Behind

SUPPORT Bardo Pond: Website | Three Lobed Recordings | Fire Records

Herbcraft: November 13, 2016 Trans-Pecos

November 30, 2016
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The first time I saw Herbcraft, I had no idea who they were, had barely gotten set up, and had no idea what to expect. Two years later, I can say that that show by the Portland, Maine band remains one of the true gems of my entire recording “career,” and one of the most pleasant surprises I’ve ever come across from a live band period, let alone an opener. The band’s fluid, almost entirely improvisational sets are a thing of cosmic beauty, taking you to that comfortable yet foreign place where your mind and music unite. This set at Trans-Pecos, opening for MV & EE, continued in that vein, as the band played an extended thirty minute improv that even they couldn’t give a name to. This afternoon set required neither fancy lights nor the cover of darkness to take us back to that place, to open our minds and our imaginations to a better world that is not quite our own. Dig in.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones in the audience and Naiant X-X omnidirectional microphones split onstage. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream the complete set below. You can download it on a “Pay What You Will” basis from our bandcamp site if you click through.

Herbcraft
2016-11-13
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC)>KCY>Z-PFA + Naiant X-X (split onstage)>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC (compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Live at Trans-Pecos

PLEASE SUPPORT Herbcraft: Bandcamp | Facebook | Woodsist

NYCTaper Presents: Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band + Herbcraft – Tomorrow Night (Saturday) at Trans Pecos

December 11, 2015
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Over the last two years Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band has become one of the favorite bands of the NYCTaper crew. The band has also been one of our go-to performers when it comes to taping — in slightly over two years, there are now seven SMB recordings on the site from a variety of our favorite venues (all available here). Listening to the music, its easy to see why the band is attractive to us. They combine many of the elements and influences that we favor, including psych-rock, space rock and a healthy dose of the innate ability to improvise and elevate the music to a higher plain. Its a rare ability and one that’s hard to describe but easy to recognize when you see it and hear it. Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band have that “X” factor that must be seen live to be truly understood.

Of all of the local venues where we’ve experienced SMB, it was the most glaring omission that the band had not previously performed at the City’s premiere location for music that transcends genres and easy descriptions, Trans Pecos. We are so pleased to be able to present SMB at Pecos. It seems like such a natural pairing and we expect that the venue’s vibe will fit perfectly with the band’s live show.

Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band will release their new album The Rarity of Experience in March and No Quarter Records released a teaser for the record today. We expect to see some of that new material at tomorrow’s show. Here is the teaser:

When it came to the invitation for the support act for this special night, we were certain that the band needed to be someone who shared a musical kinship with Forsyth. We harkened back to a very memorable experience acidjack had at Mercury Lounge in early 2014, a “heady” night that made such a mark that the show made our “Best Of” list for entire year of 2014. The band was Herbcraft, and although we have not seen them since that night, the music was really quite a perfect fit for this show. Herbcraft have released an even spacier album in August of 2015 called Wot Oz (with our friends Woodist) and we are very much looking forward to seeing the new material live.

Here’s a track “Push Thru The Veil” from the 2014 Herbcraft recording:

Trust us on this show. This will be an experience to remember. Support the bands, come to the show. Heck, if you’re in NYC and you’ve downloaded material from this site, support us too. We’d like to keep presenting these kinds of shows.

The Details:
NYCTaper Presents
Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band (Philadelphia)
Herbcraft (Maine)

Live at Trans Pecos
Saturday December 12, 2015
Doors at 7pm

Trans Pecos
915 Wyckoff Avenue
Ridgewood Queens NY [MAP]

L Train to Halsey or J/M to Myrtle-Wyckoff
ALL AGES $12 in advance / $15 Day of Show

Tickets in advance through Ticketfly (save three bucks!) are [HERE]

Facebook Invite Page is [HERE].

Eidetic Seeing: July 9, 2015 The Acheron – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 24, 2015
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Eidetic Seeing have been a fixture in the Brooklyn underground for a few years now, on the strength of two excellent full-lengths. It’s been a stretch since the band’s most recent, 2014’s Against Nature, so it’s not surprising that this set at The Acheron in “East Williamsburg” featured three new songs to go with a tease of Against Nature’s “K2.” This band succeeds by focusing on the strength of the interplay among the members, which is led by Sean Forleza’s intricate guitar work. If you see the places where they play — Acheron is basically a miniature St. Vitus (a compliment if there ever was one) — Eidetic Seeing seem comfortable in the company of heavy bands, but what they’re doing is much more than “stoner metal” or “psych rock” or whatever tag you want to affix to it. This set was perhaps the most entertaining yet of those we have covered for the site, as Forleza, Danilo Randjic-Coleman, and drummer Paul Feitzinger melded these songs into a single piece whose dynamism couldn’t be denied. We hope to hear these songs and more new material from the band soon!

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones in front of the soundboard, with a light amount of soundboard feed to augment the vocals. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Stream the complete set:

Eidetic Seeing
2015-07-09
The Acheron
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 17 Pounder
02 Wanderlust
03 K2 Intro
04 No Cops

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Eidetic Seeing, visit their Facebook page, and buy their records on their bandcamp page.

Sunflower Bean: December 20, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 30, 2014
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[photo by nyctaper]

Sometimes youth is not wasted on the youth. Sunflower Bean is a band consisting of three people barely scratching the age of 20, but their grasp of neo-psych rock influences and their tightness as a unit belies their age. This is a band that looks, acts, and performs as if they were a veteran unit in their thirties. Perhaps this is because Sunflower Bean is also relentless in playing live — according to Oh My Rockness, they are statistically the hardest working band in NYC in 2014 having played the highest number of live gigs. We caught one of those gigs back in November when they opened for Dream Syndicate and really knocked it out of the park in a pretty sizeable venue and a notable gig. Fortunately, it wasn’t too long before they showed up on this excellent bill at Baby’s All Right, opening for Fat White Family and PC Worship (both coming soon). I decided it was a good idea to check them out from up close at the stage lip and see if my first instincts were correct — and yes, they were. Julia Cumming and Nick Kliven share the vocals and each delivers a different but effective edge to the material. Kliven’s tasty multi-pedaled guitar work is supplemented with Cumming’s powerful bass and anchored by Jacob Farber’s meticulous percussion. Sunflower Bean is just a damned good band and there’s really no telling how far they can go. They will release their debut EP Show Me Your Seven Secrets in January and the EP release show will be at Baby’s All Right on January 31st. In the mean time, Sunflower Bean will play two shows this week — also both at Baby’s, as a headliner tonight December 30 and as part of the New Year’s Festivities on December 31. While our being out of town prevents our attendance this week, we’ll certainly be there on January 31st to catch this excellent band again.

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 “Tarot Card”:

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Sunflower Bean
2014-12-20
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard + Audience
Multitrack Recording

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

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 31:20]
01 [new song]
02 Tame Impala
03 I’m A Ghost
04 Call The Doctor
05 Wall Watcher
06 Rock and Roll Heathen
07 Tarot Card

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Sunflower Bean, visit their bandcamp page, visit their Facebook page, purchase their debut EP when it released on their bandcamp page [HERE].

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: October 13 and 26, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

November 18, 2014
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[photo courtesy of Yuki Matsumura]

Australia’s neo-psych phenoms King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard were here in New York during the Summer and made a bit of a splash. We saw them open for Thee Oh Sees at McCarren Park and could definitely see their talents, but conditions (crazy wind, early set time) didn’t allow us to see the band’s full potential. Baby’s All Right gave King Gizzard a multi-show residency back in June, so when the band returned to NYC for much of October it was perhaps fitting that we should capture them at their homebase away from home. Baby’s offers Gizz what they need to thrive — the right sized room, an adoring audience and a welcoming vibe. And thrive they did. The band played multiple shows at Baby’s including several CMJ shows. We were fortunate to capture the first of those October shows, and the last. On October 13, The King Gizzard set was truly what I had hoped to see when I saw the band’s potential back in June. This was a full-on psych-rock assault with dual-lead guitars, dual-drummers and all manner of non-traditional instruments (flute!). The new King Gizzard album I’m In Your Mind Fuzz came out at the end of the month, but two weeks early we got nearly the whole thing, beginning with the tremendous five-song segue that opens the album to also start the show. That mini-set literally never let up in its astounding energy. When the band finally came up for air a good twenty minutes into the set, you could almost hear an exhale from the crowd and feel a collective realization that this band had truly arrived — lots of mouthed wows and head shakes. Gizz was on and the room was electric. The remainder of the set was equally outstanding, including the end of the show which featured two extended jam sessions and finished with the band’s epic “Head On/Pill”.

At the end of the CMJ week, the appropriately named annual “CMJ Hangover Brunch” hosted by Panache Booking featured a completely different King Gizzard set from earlier in the month. This event was conceived as a quieter, more mellow experience and the Gizz played off that idea. The pared down version of the band displayed their talents at singing/songwriting and it was no less compelling than the psych-out aspect of the band. The October 26 set featured only two songs from the new album, the aptly named “Slow Jam” songs. After the set we had a nice chat with band leader Stu MacKenzie, an intelligent and thoughtful guy whose personality is well captured in this excellent piece in Interview Magazine.

King Gizzard is back in Australia and not likely to tour the US again until the Summer of 2015, but those shows will be events not to miss.

I also recorded the crazy Halloween show and that will be on the site within the next few weeks.

Both of these shows were recorded and mixed in the exact same manner by Baby’s FOH Devin. We blended the room mics with his excellent multitrack mix and the sound quality of each is superb, truly capturing the completely different feel of each of the sets. Enjoy!

Stream “I’m In Your Mind” from October 13 show:

Stream “Sleepwalker” from October 26 show:

Download of Complete Shows
Oct 13 Show [MP3] / [FLAC]
Oct 26 Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
2014-10-13
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard + Audience Multitrack Recording

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

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 48:56]
01 I’m In Your Mind
02 I’m Not In Your Mind
03 Cellophane
04 I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
05 Empty
06 Hot Water
07 Slow Jam 1
08 Am I In Heaven
09 Head On Pill

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
2014-10-26
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard + Audience Multitrack Recording

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

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 28:49]
01 Slow Jam 1
02 Stressin’
03 Her And I (Slow Jam 2)
04 It’s Got Old
05 Vegemite
06 Sleepwalker
07 [banter]
08 God Is Calling Me Back Home
09 [happy birthday]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper PLEASE SUPPORT King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, visit their website, and purchase I’m In Your Mind Fuzz from the Heavenly Records website [HERE] or in the US currently from iTunes. The album has just been released by Castle Face Records in the US, buy it [HERE].

Gizz Keim
[photo courtesy of Dean Keim]

Acid Mothers Temple: April 23, 2014 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Full Set Streaming

May 2, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

Acid Mothers Temple have achieved the cult status they have for good reason — their shows are always deliciously familiar, yet never the same twice. You always know you’ll hear some version of “Pink Lady Lemonade”, however it may be broken up into parts. That familiar riff always feels like an anchor in the midst of a set that’s usually a deep, spiritual, psychedelic dive, where you’re never sure the band is entirely aware of where they’re going to take you before they do. The Acid Mothers kicked off their latest U.S. tour at Mercury Lounge, a familiar haunt packed to the gills with everyone from longtime devotees tripping balls to dumbstruck yuppies wondering what they had wandered into. Their latest record, In Search of Lost Divine Ark, adds another notch of sonic triumph to their belt, and the title track from the record closed out this set in exactly the way you’d hope.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by longtime Mercury engineer Kevin Mazzarelli, together with Schoeps MK41 microphones. The recording emphasizes the board feed to cut out the chatter of the annoying couple chatting under my mics, who are pretty much invisible in the recording. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

If you can assist with the two missing song titles, please let us know. Acid Mothers Temple will be back in NYC on May 28 at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Get tickets here.

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

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

Stream the full set:

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Acid Mothers Temple
2014-04-23
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

“Astrorgasm From the Inner Temple Tour”

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin Mazzarelli)+Schoeps MK41>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels, align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ and effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:24:41]
01 Kawabata’s Last Nocturne
02 [unknown1]
03 Jam>Pink Lady Lemonade>
04 [unknown2]
05 Pink Lady Lemonade
06 Cometary Orbital Drive
07 [encore break]
08 In Search of Lost Divine Ark

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Acid Mothers Temple, visit their website, and buy their records, including In Search of Lost Divine Ark from there or at your favorite retailer.

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Dead Meadow: February 11, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

February 16, 2014
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

Before there was Wooden Shjips or Black Angels or Black Mountain, there was Dead Meadow who in the late 90s began to play psych rock in Washington DC in an era when the local hard rock was dominated by Dischord bands. Despite the stylistic clash with the music of the day, Dead Meadow nevertheless succeeded on talent and ingenuity. Fifteen years, a few personnel changes, and a move to LA later, the band is still producing intense stoner rock and recently released their eighth studio album Warble Womb (Xemu Records). Dead Meadow hasn’t played NYC in several years, but this week they were in town for two shows. We caught the Bowery Ballroom show on Tuesday night where Dead Meadow worked through a ninety minute set of exactly what we came to hear — a mix of old and new material, some spacey jamming, and outstanding sound quality. Given the weather, the crowd was not as packed as might have been expected in nicer climes, but the fans were certainly animated. There seemed to be a duel between the guy calling out for older material and the guy who yelled “play the record”. I guess the newer fan won, because the band added “1000 Dreams” from Warble even though it wasn’t on the setlist. We are streaming that track below because the band nailed the off-the-cuff selection. Dead Meadow’s tour continues through February with multiple East Coast and Midwestern dates, see “tour” at their website.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue, with the Sennheiser cards mounted in our perch to the left of the soundboard and mixed with a board feed. We were fortunate that Dead Meadow FOH Chris Preston was with the band and provided a customized feed with well balanced guitars and effects. The result is that the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “1000 Dreams”:

Stream “Til Kingdom Come”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Dead Meadow
2014-02-11
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Chris Preston] + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > 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 1:24:22]
01 [intro]
02 Greensky Greenlake
03 Everything’s Going On
04 Such Hawks Such Hounds
05 Six to Let the Light Shine Thru
06 The Whirlings
07 1000 Dreams
08 In The Thicket
09 Good Moanin
10 At Her Open Door
11 Rains in the Desert
12 Sleepy Silver Door
13 Til Kingdom Come
14 Heaven

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Dead Meadow, visit their website, and purchase Warble Womb from your preferred retailer, or iTunes [HERE]

MMOSS: August 6, 2012 Knitting Factory – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming

September 13, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

We first checked in with the Dover, NH psych rockers MMOSS back in May, when they opened for Woods at 285 Kent. This show at the somewhat more “formal” Knitting Factory in Brooklyn gave the band an opportunity to wow Brooklyn audiences with a significantly more capable sound system, and the results show in this recording. As with the May show, the band played a five song set that ended with the mammoth “War Sux”, though this set swapped in their April single release, “Spoiled Sun”, which became another of our favorites immediately. With the addition of flute to the mix of organs and guitars, MMOSS has a distinctly retro vibe that puts them in good company with many 60s forebears, and their album i is, as we noted before, a collection of instant classics. “War Sux” was even more extended this night than at the last show, giving the band a chance to show off their jamming chops.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones and a soundboard feed from the Knit’s engineer, Rob. The sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

Stream “Spoiled Sun”

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MMoss
2012-08-06
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK5>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity (set fades, EQ, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Wonder
02 Another Day
03 Another Dream
04 Spoiled Sun
05 War Sux

If you download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT MMOSS, visit their Bandcamp and Facebook pages, and purchase their album i from Burger Records [HERE].

Magic Trick: August 16, 2012 Mercury Lounge – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming

September 9, 2012
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[Photos courtesy of Bleary Eyed Brooklyn]]

As avowed fans of The Fresh & Onlys, we were thrilled to get a chance to see their frontman Tim Cohen’s bedroom project, Magic Trick, come to life as a full band for a set at Mercury Lounge. While Cohen’s lo-fi solo efforts have their charms, the songs feel more fully-realized with a real band, outshining even the latest official release, Ruler of the Night. Cohen and the band took a rapidly-filling room through many of Ruler’s new numbers, as well as a few from his older catalog (all of which can be heard on his bandcamp page). Compared to the Onlys, Cohen’s Magic Trick material is a bit more subdued and has less over psychedelic overtones; these songs veer much closer to confessional singer-songwriting than Nuggets-era jams. What hasn’t changed is Cohen’s knack for hooks and compelling songwriting. “Same People” is one of those songs that will stick in your head for days, while “Weird Memory” has a similar appeal to Real Estate’s blissfully diffident stylings. The Onlys have a tour and new record on the way shortly, but Magic Trick deserves a look on its own.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and an excellent soundboard feed by Kevin of the Mercury Lounge.  The quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Same People”

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

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Magic Trick
2012-08-16
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41>KC5>CMC6>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, additional EQ, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Torture
02 I Am Never Going to Die
03 Sunny
04 Ruby
05 Same People
06 Tunnel of Love
07 Weird Memory
08 Invisible at Midnight
09 I Say Your Name

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Magic Trick, like them on Facebook, and buy Ruler of the Night directly from Hardly Art [HERE]

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