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Dva: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase, Palm Door (Austin, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 22, 2014
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[Photo by acidjack]

Since first seeing the Czech band Dva back at Trans Pecos in January, we were struck by the originality of their vision and the playfulness of their style. With their unique mix of instruments and influences — you’ll hear banjos and sax, latin jazz and electronica — the band doesn’t sound quite like anything, but little pieces of everything. This show found Dva closing out the Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing Showcase at SXSW, and it was the ideal way to end a party, with audience members joining the band on stage as they sent us into the night with “Mulatu”. This set did not focus entirely on their most recent release, Nipomo, but rather hopped around their catalog, serving up gems like the set opener “Nunovo Tango”. If you take SXSW for what it should be — a chance to broaden your horizons, seeing worthy acts that might not have been on your radar screen — you’d have been hard pressed not to call this Dva set one of the highlights of the week.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other recordings from this showcase, with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a soundboard feed. While the sound reveals some limitations of the venue acoustics compared to our previous recording of the band, overall it is quite good. Enjoy!

Stream “Nipomo”

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.

Dva
2014-03-14
Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase
Palm Door
Austin, TX USA

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

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (FOB/DFC)>KC5>PFA>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust image, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Nunovo Tango
02 Hap Hej
03 Huhu
04 Nipomo
05 Mechan Tuman
06 Meteor
07 Tatanc
08 Mulatu

If you enjoyed this recording,  PLEASE SUPPORT Dva, visit their website, and order Nipomo from Northern Spy Records [HERE].

William Tyler: April 16, 2014 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 22, 2014
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[Photos by acidjack]

William Tyler has been pounding the pavement for the better part of a year now, touring relentlessly on his acclaimed Merge Records release Impossible Truth. No surprise, then, that the road has made his stories richer, his playing sharper than ever before. At this point, folks could be forgiven for forgetting Tyler is also a member of Lambchop; these days he’s more visible for his own work, as he ought to be after two song cycles – Impossible Truth and 2010′s Behold the Spirit — that reached the pinnacle of the solo guitar genre.

This night at Union Pool celebrated the end of Tyler’s long journey with new material and old, as well as some killer stories from the road. Of note in particular were the brand-new “Highway Anxiety”, which to our knowledge is not yet planned for release, as well as at least one of the songs that will appear on Tyler’s forthcoming Merge EP Lost Colony, which drops April 29 and can be pre-ordered at the link below. Unlike prior Tyler releases, this one will feature a full band. “We Can’t Go Home Again”, played on this night, is one of the songs you can expect to see on that album.

Tyler’s an ideal performer for an intimate spot like Union Pool, and the crowd’s attention was rewarded with fine-grained renditions of some of his best. We’re happy to see the man step off the road for a while, since he deserves a rest, but this was a stellar way to close out this latest chapter of a fine and promising solo career.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Union Pool engineer Robert, along with Schoeps MK41 microphones to provide the most direct sound. The first track, “Highway Anxiety”, does not include the soundboard feed, but the sound on all tracks is equally excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Highway Anxiety” 

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.

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William Tyler
2014-04-16
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41 (DFC, A-B)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (no SBD on track one; engineer: Robert)>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 45:56]
01 Highway Anxiety
02 [banter1]
03 We Can’t Go Home Again
04 [banter2]
05 Oahspe
06 [banter3]
07 Cadillac Desert
08 A Portrait of Sarah
09 [banter4]
10 Missionary Ridge

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT William Tyler, visit his website, and purchase Impossible Truth and Lost Colony from Merge Records.

Parlor Walls: April 15, 2014 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set

April 21, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

Few local musicians are harder working than Alyse Lamb of EULA, a band that has graced almost every stage in Brooklyn (including one of ours) in the past few years. When you watch her perform, you realize that the hard work pays off, not only in terms of her songs, but in her presentation. Lamb knows how to put on a great rock show.

Parlor Walls is a bit of a different beast, a stripped-down duo that finds Lamb joined with Chris Mulligan, who mans the drums and keys at the same time. Parlor Walls’ sound is darker and more atmospheric than EULA’s amped-up pop-punk, though Lamb can’t resist those garagey riffs 100 percent of the time. This night at Glasslands was only the band’s second show, but true to form, Lamb and Mulligan had these songs ready for prime time. Among my favorites were the one-two punch of the intro songs, “Animal”, which jammed straight into “Mississippi”, as well as the hard-edged, discordant closer, “Birthday”. While we’re still EULA fans, Parlor Walls is a great way to get to know Lamb’s darker side. Expect more shows from them (and EULA) in the spring and summer around Brooklyn.

I recorded this set with the flawless house mix of Glasslands head engineer Josh Thiel, combined with our installed Naiant X-R cardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

EULA can be found next on May 28 at Baby’s All Right.

Stream the complete set and download individual tracks:

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.

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Parlor Walls
2014-04-15
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Naiant X-R + Soundboard (engineer: Josh Thiel)>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, alignment, mixdown, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Animal>
02 Mississippi
03 Bon Nuit
04 [tuning]
05 Sundress
06 Seeds
07 Tea Tea
08 Birthday

Personnel:
Alyse Lamb – Vocals, guitar
Chris Mulligan – Drums, keyboards

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Parlor Walls by liking them on Facebook and attending their upcoming shows. Music-wise, this recording is about all there is for now :) You can check out Alyse’s other project, EULA, at their website.

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Crazy Pills: April 8, 2014 Death By Audio – Flac/MP3/Streaming

April 16, 2014
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[iphone photo by nyctaper]

When we put together a showcase for Death By Audio for last Tuesday, I was pretty excited going into the night. We had four excellent bands and although I’d never seen Crazy Pills live, their album had been on constant play for the last few weeks. When the show was a resounding success far beyond our expectations, it was in large part because many of the attendees already understood what we learned that night — that Crazy Pills has a infectious and kinetic stage energy that engaged the entire room from the start to the end of their forty minute set. The band is a trio fronted by Amanda B on guitar and vocals, Eddie from pow wow! on bass and Jim from Clouder on drums. The band’s debut album Restless is a mix of rockabilly, garage, brit invasion and power pop and it raves from start to finish. Their 9-song set contained seven tracks from the album, one new one and a fairly obscure cover. As with most of the crowd, we couldn’t keep from moving our feet throughout the set, and chuckling along with the witty and sometimes blue humor of the banter. Suffice to say that Crazy Pills are now on our must-see list, and that’s a good thing for us and our readers. They have several upcoming local dates, including a show at Grand Victory on May 2.

Acidjack and I recorded this set with his Naiant Omnis mounted to the ceiling about 20 feet from the stage and mixed with a fine board feed provided by DBA’s indefatigable leader Edan. The recording has all of the energy from the show with clear instrumentation and vocals and we’re extremely pleased with the quality. Enjoy!

Stream “Nothing But Love”

Download The Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Crazy Pills
2014-04-08
Death By Audio
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard + Naiant Omnis > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 35:34]
01 Break It Down
02 Alright (Get the Hell Out of Dodge)
03 Wedding Rings
04 Superstitious
05 Nothing But Love
06 Trudy June
07 Mr Pharmacist [The Fall]
08 Indictment
09 There are Dangers

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Crazy Pills, like them on Facebook, and purchase their debut album Restless from their Bandcamp page [HERE].

Dean Wareham: April 5, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

April 15, 2014
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[photos by Jill from For The Love of Brooklyn]

Dean Wareham has created music for more than 25 years, but he’s always been part of a group — be it Galaxie 500, Luna or Dean & Britta. In the last year, Dean has released an excellent EP and his first true solo album, and the current tour in support of the March release of his self-titled album came to Bowery Ballroom last week. Bowery is a venue that holds a special place in the history of Luna, having hosted the band’s final shows (we recorded a recent one-off reunion) that became the Tell Me Do You Miss Me documentary. Dean’s set was a democratic run through a selection of material from throughout his career and included only four songs from the new album and just the title track from the EP. But the crowd was as we’d hope for this performer — reverent and respectful during the music and properly enthusiastic in between. And they were rewarded, as Dean Wareham continues to produce outstanding music on par with his entire career output. Dean’s current tour is over, but he’ll be in Europe in May.

This show was recorded with precision by hiandlo, who utilized his Schoeps cards in conjunction with a well-balanced board feed to create a truly superb recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Heartless People”

Stream “Ceremony” (New Order cover)

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Dean Wareham
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, US
2014-04-05

Recordist : hi and lo
Source : Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (DIN) > KCY > Naiant PFA > E.A.A. PSP-2 >> Sound Devices 744T @ 24 bit / 48 kHz
Edit : WaveLab V6 (mixdown/eq/gain/fades/dither/resampling)
Encoding : FLAC v1.2.1 Level 8 with TLH v2.6.0

Tracklist:

01. Emancipated Hearts
02. Heartless People
03. Tiger Lily
04. The Dancer Disappears
05. Holding Pattern
06. Temperature’s Rising
07. When Will You Come Home
08. Love Is Not a Roof
09. Blue Thunder
10. Moon Palace
11. Lost in Space
12. Babes in the Woods
13. Tugboat
14. (Encore Call #1)
15. Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste
16. Strange
17. (Encore Call #2)
18. Happy and Free
19. Ceremony

Running Time: 1:32:52

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Dean Wareham, visit his website, and purchase his self-titled album from links on his blog [HERE].

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Wussy: April 4, 2014 The Studio at Webster Hall – Flac/MP3/Streaming

April 10, 2014
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[iphone photo by nyctaper]

Wussy’s new album Attica (Shake It Records) will be released in about a month. Its the band’s fifth full-length release and its certainly their most ambitious project thus far. The album fully incorporates touring guitarist John Erhardt as a full-time member and the added instrumentation is evident in the record’s production. Wussy recorded in the Afghan Whigs John Curley’s studio and the results are both stylistically consistent with their previous output and more fully realized. Wussy is still raw and authentic, and when we caught them live last week at The Studio at Webster Hall, still funny as hell. This band has some very dedicated fans — we receive more requests to record Wussy than any other band, believe it not — and the front half of the room at the Studio was packed. Lisa Walker even took time during the encore break to individually thank fans who she’d seen consistently at shows. The set was what we’ve come to expect from our previous experiences, a fun and energetic but a tad bit sloppy run through a good selection of the band’s Ohio americana/garage rock with frequent bits of hilarious banter. For this tour, the Attica material is obviously front and center and we’re streaming an excellent version of “Bug”, one of the standout tracks on the album.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards set up beside the soundboard in the rear of the rectangular room and mixed with a board feed provided by house FOH David. The chattering in the back of the room can be heard at quieter times in the recording, but overall the sound is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Bug”:

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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.

Wussy
2014-04-04
The Studio at Webster Hall
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer David Fine-Firesheets] + 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 1:02:57]
01 Teenage Wasteland
02 Pulverized
03 Maglite
04 Death by Misadventure
05 To The Lightning
06 [banter - Joe's Daughter]
07 Bug
08 Pizza King
09 Yellow Cotton Dress
10 Rainbows and Butterflies
11 [banter - greatest city]
12 Airborne
13 [banter - videos]
14 Beautiful
15 [encore break]
16 Acetylene
17 Rigor Mortis

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wussy, visit their website, and pre-order Attica directly from Wussy’s Bandcamp page [HERE] and purchase it thereafter from Shake It Records [HERE].

Doug Gillard: April 8, 2014 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 9, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

Doug Gillard has had one of those rare long, consistently excellent careers that most musicians would die for. Though the native Ohioan may be best known for his affiliation with the state’s godfathers of indie, Guided by Voices, Doug has a longstanding body of solo work to his credit, as well as stints with many other bands, including his current status as lead guitarist of Nada Surf. On this Tuesday night at Glasslands, Gillard was celebrating the release of the latest of those efforts, Parade On, a record that gives Gillard a chance to show off his guitar skills on his own songs, which, not surprisingly, are filled with excellent hooks.

Having previewed some of this material earlier in the month at Cake Shop, Gillard and his band were in fine form as they showed off new songs from Parade On alongside older Gillard songs like “Me & the Wind” and “Drip-Nose Boy”. For a special treat, Gillard closed the set with one of Doug’s earlier songs “I Am A Tree”, first performed by his band Gem, and later, Guided by Voices. Doug will be back in town opening for Guided by Voices at Bowery Ballroom in May. Hope you got your tickets, as that show is already sold out. Luckily, Doug conducted a raffle for a few at the show, so if you were here, you still might get lucky!

I recorded this set with our installed microphones in the venue and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Overseas”

Stream “I Am A Tree” [Gem]

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

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Doug Gillard
2014-04-08
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Naiant X-R + Soundboard>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, alignment, mixdown, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 55:39]
01 Parade On
02 Symbols, Signs
03 Breaking In Two
04 Ready For Death
05 [banter]
06 Angel X
07 [banter2]
08 Oh My Little Girl
09 [banter3]
10 Upper Hand
11 Overseas
12 Drip Nose Boy
13 Me & The Wind
14 [banter4-giveaway]
15 No Perspective
16 [banter5]
17 I Am A Tree [Gem]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Doug Gillard, visit his website, and buy Parade On from his bandcamp page.

Cloud Becomes Your Hand: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase (Austin, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 9, 2014
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[Photos by acidjack]

The visual you’re seeing above is the members of Cloud Becomes Your Hand, gathered on the floor to perform a ritualistic outro dance as their instruments, still on stage, tick down the final minutes of their bonanza of a South By Southwest set. Of all the bands who played the Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing showcase this year, it was CBYH that I perhaps looked forward to the most. Their latest record, Rocks or Cakes, released in February, is a delightful dose of avant-prog weirdness that finds itself throwing traditional song structures out the window, or fucking with pop sounds so hard you don’t know what to make of them. The band’s electronic sounds are made not by a MacBook Pro, but by live instruments, some that I have to assume were custom-designed for the band’s purposes. Where CBYH succeeds and other bands fail, in part, is that their songs are actually good in addition to being “weird”; amid the layers of sounds are also melodies for you to latch onto, as on the standout track “Sand of Sea”, streaming below. This set found the band giving us most of Rocks or Cakes, and the songs were all the more impressive to see live. We expect to see great things from this Brooklyn-based band; don’t miss them when they’re back on the road.

I recorded this set in the same manner as my other recordings this night, with Schoeps MK4V microphones in the optimum position hanging over the crowd and a soundboard feed. The sound quality of this particular set is the best of the night, and is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Sand of Sea”

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.

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Cloud Becomes Your Hand
2014-03-14
Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase
Palm Door
Austin, TX USA

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

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (FOB/DFC)>KC5>PFA>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust image, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Theme From Baby Age
02 Bees Going Post
03 Hermit Song
04 Sand of Sea
05 Rat Jumps
06 Bay Shamps
07 Felt Beetle
08 [outro dance]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Cloud Becomes Your Hand, visit their websitevisit their bandcamp page, and buy Rocks or Cakes from Northern Spy Records

Hurray For The Riff Raff: April 2, 2014 Knitting Factory – Flac/MP3/Streaming

April 7, 2014
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In February, Hurray For The Riff Raff released Small Town Heroes, their first album for ATO Records. As we’ve followed the band closely for several years, the last five recordings of HFTRR on this site have also followed the growth and development of these songs over time. The album is a brilliant dose of Americana but the songcraft is truly what shines in the collection of inspired tracks. There’s the Carter Family influenced old country of “Blue Ridge Mountain”, country-rock in “End Of The Line”, New Orleans blues of “St Roch Blues”, the John Prine-ish title track, and the reverse/revenge murder ballad “The Body Electric” — all of which are authentic interpretations of the best of American music. HFTRR recently had a major personnel change when Sam Doores returned to his own excellent band The Deslondes. Our previous HFTRR experience featured Deslondes as the opening band, and Sam guested on several tracks. This past week at Knitting Factory was our first HFTRR show where Alynda Lee was the sole front-person and the growth in both her stage maturity and ease in the spotlight continue to impress. But she’s still a kid at heart and it brought smiles when she told of her shyness at meeting one of her idols Lucinda Williams at SXSW this year. I couldn’t help but think that ten years or so from now young performers will approach their idol Alynda Lee with the same timidity. We’re streaming the Lucinda cover played this night. Hurray For The Riff Raff are currently on tour in selected US cities throughout April before they head to Europe for a handful of shows in May.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue — Sennheiser cards at the soundboard mixed with a feed from talented house FOH Rob. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “People Talkin” (Lucinda Williams cover):

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Hurray For The Riff Raff
2014-04-02
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

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

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:15:52]
01 The New SF Bay Blues
02 Blue Ridge Mountain
03 Instrumental
04 Look Out Mama
05 Slow Walk
06 When I Was A Cowboy [Leadbelly]
07 Levon’s Dream
08 I Know Its Wrong
09 Ode To John And Yoko
10 [Body Electric intro]
11 The Body Electric
12 [banter - Benjamin Booker]
13 Crash on the Highway
14 Lake Of Fire
15 End Of The Line
16 [banter - happy birthday]
17 Daniella
18 Everybody Knows
19 Here It Comes
20 Little Black Star
21 [encore break]
22 People Talkin [Lucinda Williams]
23 Fiddlesticks

If you Download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Hurray For The Riff Raff, visit their website, and purchase Small Town Heroes from the ATO Records website [HERE].

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase (Austin, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 6, 2014
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[Photo by acidjack]

It may be true that not quite all the fans who packed Austin’s Palm Door for the first act of the Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase knew of the night of incredible experimental and underground music to come. But even if The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT), whose unwieldy name hides its punchline well, were a bit better-known, they came humble, and they came hungry, despite a long day of shows already behind them. The band’s main draw is of course the presence of Sean Ono Lennon, who in this setup proves a capable bandleader next to his longtime girlfriend and bassist, the model Charlotte Kemp Muhl.

I watched GOASTT from soundcheck to completion, and what stuck with me most was how good their new music is. There’s a more Beatlesque rock streak to GOASTT tunes like “Too Deep”, “Xanadu” and “Animals” than there was to some of Lennon’s past work on earlier projects, and that felt right. The man’s a natural at writing and performing in that style, and the GOASTT neither over-relied on it — becoming a Beatles cover band — or shied from the family legacy. Ono Lennon and Kemp Muhl bantered gamely between songs, kidding about her Slash-like outfit (with bonus points for the vintage Slaughter shirt), giving the show a relaxed feel that carried forward for the rest of the night.

Along with the almost all-new originals from their forthcoming album Midnight Sun, the GOASTT added two covers, including Syd Barrett’s “Long Gone” and another from Golden Earring. As a five-piece (joined by Jared Samuel on keys, Tim Kuhl on drums and Robbie Mangano on guitar) the GOASTT is vastly more muscular than they sounded on their 2010 Acoustic Sessions release, and that is partly a reflection of their recent opening stints for the Flaming Lips and Tame Impala. Midnight Sun is on its way on April 29 via Chimera Music (note, this link seems to not be working, but you can also pre-order from Insound or Amazon). Many of these songs will be on it. Don’t miss.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Palm Door staff, combined with Schoeps MK4V microphones hanging from the optimal position on the floor. The sound quality is quite good, limited only by the rather boomy room. Enjoy!

Stream “Too Deep”

Stream “Long Gone” [Syd Barrett]

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.

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT)
2014-03-14
Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase
Palm Door
Austin, TX USA

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

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (FOB/DFC)>KC5>PFA>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust image, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Too Deep
03 Xanadu
04 Animals
05 [unknown1]
06 [unknown2 - Golden Earring cover]
07 [banter1]
08 [unknown3]
09 [unknown4]
10 [banter2]
11 Long Gone [Syd Barrett]

Personnel:
Sean Ono Lennon – guitar/vocals
Charlotte Kemp Muhl – bass/vocals
Jared Samuel – keyboards
Tim Kuhl – drums
Robbie Mangano – guitar

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