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WOMPS: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show, Cake Shop

October 19, 2015


We couldn’t have been happier to kick off this year’s NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show at Cake Shop with the band WOMPS. As any CMJ veteran knows, this quasi-festival can be a bit of a slog — tons of shows played at venues all over town in a compressed amount of time, often for no pay. Add to that that you’ve come all the way from Scotland to do it, and well, that’s not a recipe for a good attitude or a good performance. What a delight, then, that straight off the bat these young guys brought great songcraft and the party spirit to launch this day show. You probably haven’t heard of this band, as they’ve just a seven-inch to their name currently, but big things are expected: Right now, they’re considering offers from several labels for their already-recorded debut, for which no less than Steve Albini was behind the boards. It’s not hard to see why, as they’ve got an approachable garage-rock sound that wears its angst well. The highlight of the set for me was “Dreams on Demand,” with its tuneful hook and classic 90s sound (you can easily imagine on the radio on KROQ or the like back in those days). In their short career, they’ve shared stages with the likes of METZ, Cloud Nothings and UK breakouts Royal Blood, and the good folks over at NME are already on the case. So, WOMPS may not be a household word in the U.S. just yet, but get a taste now before we say we told you so.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the front of the stage, combined with a soundboard feed of mostly vocals from Cake Shop engineer Jeff. The sound quality is not quite what I’m sure Steve Albini has done on their debut, but it’s still great. Enjoy!

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NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

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Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff)>>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 23:00]
01 Live A Little Less [fades in]
02 Ritalin
03 Cancer of the Bone
04 Another Cell
05 Plasticine
06 Dreams On Demand
07 Three Cheers

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT WOMPS, visit their website, and buy their 7″ here.

Mogwai: May 9, 2014 Terminal 5 – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set

May 12, 2014

[Photos by P Squared Photography]

Some bands seem born for big stages, fueled by theatrics and spectacle. I first saw Glasgow’s Mogwai opening for Pavement in 1997. Back then, drunks in the audience made stupid jokes about kilts and wondered aloud why their songs didn’t have any words. Their music had grand sweep — that much was obvious — but their style was still something foreign, hard to imagine outstretching those humble confines, no matter how good it was. Today, this music has become the stuff of soundtracks, more familiar. The difference in Mogwai and many acts that followed is that they not only helped start the trend, but their output defined it. Mogwai have never been simple shillers of the soft-loud dynamic, not even since their early work on Young Team. The band on stage on this night, playing material from their latest release Rave Tapes, has grown in the 14 years since that first show I saw. First through remix albums, and later in their main body of work, the band kept with the times, incorporating a greater degree of electronica and kraut rock into their repertoire. Rave Tapes is the furthest they have taken that aesthetic, with an exclamation point put on that choice by their choice of opening act, the Pittsburgh-based electronic composer Majeure. What hasn’t changed since the beginning is the band’s kindness to their fans, and the quality and depth of their work. Mogwai, like the sci-fi creature for which they’re named, are an ever-evolving, fearsome beast.

As with some of the West Coast and European shows we’ve seen popping up on the Internet, this set surveyed the band’s entire career right from the get-go, from the one-two punch of the Rave Tapes song “Heard About You Last Night” followed by “Friend of the Night” from Mr. Beast and Rock Action‘s “Friend of the Night”, then all the way back to the Ten Rapid days for tour favorite “Ithica 27/9”. New York has always held a special place in the band’s collective heart, with the band’s three-night stand at the intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg having served as the site for the band’s live album, Special Moves (two of which shows we recorded). Despite the big light show and the distance between us, this still felt like one of those intimate nights in the many smaller venues they’ve played on the way here. Their beautiful noise closed the distance.

Together with hi and lo and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy, I recorded this set from our usual spot in the venue, with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones pointed at the stacks, placed on an extension pole almost directly over Mogwai’s engineer’s head. What you’re hearing on this recording is almost exactly what he heard. Enjoy!

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.

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Terminal 5
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (At SBD, DFC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>Sony PCM-D50>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, light compression), Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:29:24]
01 Heard About You Last Night
02 Friend of the Night
03 Take Me Somewhere Nice [w/ Luke Sutherland]
04 Ithica 27/9
05 Mastercard
06 Ex-Cowboy
07 Rano Pano
08 Auto Rock
09 How to Be a Werewolf
10 Deesh
11 Re Murdered
12 We’re No Here
13 [encore break]
14 Hunted by a Freak
15 Mogwai Fear Satan
16 Batcat

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Mogwai, visit their website, and buy Rave Tapes directly from Sub Pop.


Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub): December 15, 2012 Maxwell’s – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 1, 2013

[Photo courtesy of Bleary Eyed Brooklyn]

Teenage Fanclub is one of those “90s bands” that has taken on a more mythical quality in its comeback years than what it enjoyed during the first part of their career. Try finding classic records like Grand Prix on vinyl and you’ll discover that interest in this band hasn’t waned at all. Norman Blake, the band’s frontman and one of its founders, was a huge part of this, contributing delicate, nuanced songwriting and classic pop sensibility to the Scottish act’s sound. At the peak of their popularity in the 90s, Teenage Fanclub took an up-and-coming American act, Yo La Tengo, on tour with them. The friendship and mutual respect have remained ever since.

That made Blake a natural choice for the opening act of the final Hanukkah show at Maxwell’s; his presence was literally a visit from an old friend for Yo La Tengo, and it felt that way for the rest of us. Playing both Fanclub songs and songs from his other project, Jonny (“You Was Me”, streaming above, is a Jonny number), Blake was laid-back and unworried and delightfully shambolic; he didn’t hesitate to mention mid-song when he flubbed a solo or messed up a tuning. But this wasn’t the kind of show where anyone cared; in the 150-capacity confines of Maxwell’s, this solo acoustic set felt like hanging out with Blake in a family basement. He went on to join YLT for the bulk of their set as well, making this a fine night for Norman Blake, and for us.

I recorded this set primarily with a soundboard feed provided by Carson Kopp, the long-time engineer of Maxwell’s, with Schoeps MK5 microphones providing a bit of additional ambiance.  The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Norman Blake
Hoboken, NJ USA

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Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, light DR compression, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 It’s All In My Mind
02 Dark and Lonely Night
03 I Don’t Want Control of You
04 You Was Me
05 [banter1]
06 Did I Say
07 [banter2]
08 When I Still Have Thee
09 [banter3]
10 Start Again
11 [banter4]
12 Everything Flows
13 [banter5]
14 He’d Be A Diamond

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Norman Blake, visit Teenage Fanclub’s website, and buy their recent releases from Merge Records [HERE

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