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These United States: August 28, 2010 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 6, 2010
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[These United States at Mercury Lounge last year.  Photo by Anna Tucker]

The romance of a hard-working band is undeniable.  These are bands that never flag, no matter how many stages in how many cities they’ve sweated on, who above all else evince a percolating creative urge.  That is precisely how to describe These United States.  These boys from Lexington, KY and Washington, D.C. have become regulars in NYC and just about everywhere else in America over the past two years, bringing their Southern-inspired rock far beyond its natural borders.  Along with nearly non-stop touring, they have been releasing albums like crazy, with two in 2008, one in 2009, and their latest, What Lasts this July.  While they have undoubtedly lost a good deal of sleep in the process, what they haven’t lost is their generosity to their fans and their ability to give them a rowdy, spirited show.  This late show at the Mercury Lounge was the second-to-last of their latest tour, but you wouldn’t have known it, with amiable frontman Jesse Elliott chatting up the equally chatty crowd.  I am told that New York is one of the band’s favorite places to play, and if you consider the reception of at least vaguely kindred spirits (i.e., Southern rockers) like Kings of Leon and the Drive-By Truckers, it isn’t difficult to see why — New Yorkers can’t get enough of the sound of the South.

I recorded this set with an excellent board feed provided by the Mercury staff, and the Schoeps hypercardiod microphones.  The overall sound quality is outstanding, but the one caveat is so noteworthy I have to comment on it – a few songs, especially in the beginning, are marred by rude people talking.  Consider that the amount of conversation you hear at points in this recording is recorded from highly directional mics that are eight feet in the air, mixed almost 50/50 with a source that has no crowd noise at all.  Then consider how loud this would be to human ears in the crowd – or worse, on stage.  A rock concert isn’t church – everyone gets that.  But if you want to have a conversation, ignoring the band entirely, please show respect for both the other fans who paid to actually see music – and more importantly, the artists – and take your conversation to the bar or outside.  Whether they actually tell you or not, it bums both the other fans and the band out to have their concert experience marred by someone talking loudly over the music.  With that out of the way, enjoy!

Stream and download this set in FLAC, MP3 and other formats at the Live Music Archive [HERE]

Stream “The Great Rivers”:

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These United States
2010-08-28
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC641+stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to right side of sound booth, mics at 7.5?, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, EQ, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance channels)>FLAC (level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:11:03]
01 Nobody Can Tell
02 [banter]
03 Dug Him In the Dirt
04 One You Believe
05 The Great Rivers
06 Susie at the Seashore
07 The Business
08 [banter]
09 Honor Amongst Thieves
10 [banter]
11 Study the Moon
12 [banter]
13 First Sight
14 Six Fast Bullets (Five Complaints)
15 [banter]
16 Life & Death She & I
17 The Important Thing
18 I Want You To Keep Everything
19 [banter]
20 What Lasts
21 [encore break]
22 Get Yourself Home

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Medications: July 23, 2010 Littlefield – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

July 28, 2010
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[Photos courtesy of Jonny Leather]

Our friend Jonny Leather has been putting on well-rounded and uniformly excellent showcase shows for awhile now, and we were pleased to have the chance to cover another of them last Friday night at Littlefield. As Jonny’s shows often do, this show spotlighted some bands from outside New York; in this case, the headliners Medications and Deleted Scenes are our Amtrak neighbors from Washington, D.C. Medications may not be a household name up here (yet), but they have an impeccable Dischord pedigree. The band is the brainchild of Devin Ocampo and Chad Molter, who also founded the influential math rock outfit Faraquet. Prior to that, Devin did time in one of my all-time favorite D.C. bands, the short-lived but phenomenal Smart Went Crazy. Medications are a more accessible band than either of its predecessors, retaining the intricate, instantly recognizable guitar work that Faraquet was known for, but with more melodic vocals and traditionally structured songs that reflect the members’ love of not only 70s punk and their contemporaries in the Dischord scene, but also their love of 60s pop. Despite the fact that all hell was breaking loose outside weather-wise, the weather couldn’t keep fans away from this show, which found the band playing through almost all of their recently released CompletelyRemoved, which is one of the strongest new records I have heard this year. Ocampo and Molter (as well as Mark Cisneros, who joined the band for this record) gave the crowd ample evidence of their chops at this show, playing the hell out of their instruments even after the PA feed was shut down due to the venue’s noise restrictions!

I recorded this set with a combination of a stereo soundboard feed provided by the Littlefield staff and the Schoeps microphones. The sound quality is excellent, though I do note that there were some fluctuations in the volume of the soundboard feed as the sound team had to reduce the volume due to the aforementioned noise restrictions. These adjustments should be mostly inaudible to the listener. All tracks are tagged for easy importing into iTunes or your favorite MP3 system. Enjoy!

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

Medications
2010-07-23
Littlefield
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC641+Stereo Soundboard Feed>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: ROC, at left side of sound booth, mics at 7.5?, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, compression of peaks, set fades, volume adjustments, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks [Total Time 42:21]
01 Seasons
02 Home Is Where We Are
03 Long Day
04 [banter/tuning]
05 We Could Be Others
06 Tame on the Prowl
07 [tuning/banter]
08 Postcards
09 Brasil ‘07
10 Rising to Sleep
11 [tuning/banter]
12 For WMF

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Wavves: June 24, 2010 Northside Festival, Knitting Factory – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 25, 2010
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[photo courtesy of Dave Wharton]

Sweaty bodies were flying all over the place at the Knitting Factory as Wavves headlined the official kickoff show of the 2010 Northside Festival.  Wavves may have been on the bill, and frontman Nathan Williams was certainly there, but otherwise, this was a very different band than the the duo I recorded at the Bowery Ballroom last year, when Nathan came onstage in a cast, chastened after a string of unfortunate incidents and bad press (which, if one judges by Brooklynvegan commenters, earned the man a lot of haters) – and blew the doors off the place in spite of it.  Now, Williams is back with new songs, and more importantly, a new rhythm section consisting of bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes, formerly known as Jay Reatard’s (RIP) band.  The new band does wonders for Wavves, for one thing, Wavves is now, in fact, a full actual band.  It may be party music, fine – but it’s good party music now.  Hayes keeps things lively in between songs with what seems to be the assumed mantle of stage banter duties, and Williams seems grateful not to have the burden.  As for the band’s new songs, from the forthcoming King of the Beach (out August 3rd), in the live setting, the departure is less dramatic than the well-mixed, lighter-feeling and less home-demo sounding songs that have been released to the Internet so far, but they are still a clear step forward.  Tonight we heard several forthcoming examples of what King of the Beach will have to offer, including the first single, “Post Acid,” “King of the Beach,” and “Green Eyes”.  Northside has stepped up its game even further and has the fans pumped – we can’t wait for the next few nights (and days) of shows.

I recorded this set with a stereo soundboard feed and Schoeps CMC641 microphones eight feet up.  The result is a nicely balanced and spot-on rendition of the night.  Enjoy!

Stream “Post Acid”:

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Wavves
2010-06-24
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC641+Stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to right side of sbd booth, 8 ft up, DIN
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, slight EQ, adjust levels, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks
01 intro
02 Friends Were Gone
03 King of the Beach
04 To the Dregs
05 Idiot
06 [interlude]
07 Wavves
08 Green Eyes
09 So Bored
10 Weed Demon
11 Post Acid
12 Take On the World
13 Stupid
14 In the Sand
15 [encore break]
16 Beach Demon
17 No Hope Kids

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Emanuel and the Fear: June 21, 2010 Knitting Factory – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Entire Show

June 23, 2010
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[iPhone photos by acidjack]

Emanuel and The Fear continue to expand their horizons and win over new fans with a multi-faceted sound that references classical music, bluesy barroom rock, folk, and indie pop.  On this Monday night at the Knitting Factory, the band was hosted by the Onion A/V Club for a showcase that featured The Silent League and NYCTaper pals Dinosaur Feathers. Since we last saw the band, they have debuted their new full length album Listen, which delivers on the promise of their lauded first EP.  This set gave ample coverage to the many different styles this 11-member band is capable of, including a new solo number by Emanuel Ayvas called “Drinking Song,” as well as many of the standouts from the 19-track Listen.  Thanks to Paper Garden Records for hosting us at this event.

I recorded this set with a four-microphone rig that perfectly captured both the room and the direct sound from the PA system.  You can stream the entire show below, and the files have been properly tagged for importing into iTunes or your favorite music player.  Enjoy!

Stream entire show:

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Emanuel and the Fear
2010-06-21
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC641+DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to right side of SBD cage, at 8?, 4021s XY, hypers pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, tracking, amplify channels, downsample)>FLAC Level 8

01 Intro
02 Song for A Girl
03 Jimme’s Song
04 tuning/noise
05 Guatemala
06 Whatever You Do
07 The Rain Becomes The Clouds
08 banter
09 Want To Be
10 Drinking Song
11 Same Way
12 Over & Over
13 Alright
14 [encore break]
15 The Raiman

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