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

July 28, 2010

[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 [HERE].

Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

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

[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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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

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

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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We Were Promised Jetpacks: February 15, 2010 Knitting Factory – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

March 9, 2010

[Photo courtesy of Jonny Leather]

A friend recommended to me months ago that I check out We Were Promised Jetpacks when they were opening for The Twilight Sad on their tour last year.  Sadly, I missed that show, but in between, these Scotsmen have garnered some major buzz.  After what by all accounts was a killer performance at Bowery Ballroom, the band headed out to Brooklyn and the lovely new(-ish) Knitting Factory to do it all over again.   In a positive way, WWPJ strike me as a bit of a younger, hungrier, Scottish version of U2, with a style that trends heavily toward the room-shaking rock anthem, all soaring vocals and approachable chords.   Nonetheless, WWPJ aren’t acting the part of mega-rock stars just yet, showing great humility as well as appreciation for their fans, who pumped their fists and sang along to almost every song.   I wouldn’t be surprised if the next time these guys came through, they were the opening slot at MSG for you-know-who…. and deservedly so.

I recorded this set from the same equipment and position as the Bad Veins recording – DPA microphones on a pole at the soundboard and a top-notch stereo soundboard feed provided by Melanie of Knitting Factory.  The sound quality is excellent.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

We Were Promised Jetpacks
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack
Hosted at

Equipment: DPA 4021 + stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to center of SBD cage, mics at 8?, DIN
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, smooth peaks, set fades, tracking, slight EQ, downsample to 16bit, amplify each channel)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Intro>Keeping Warm
02 Quiet Little Voices
03 Moving Clocks Run Slow
05 banter/crowd
06 A Far Cry
07 It’s Thunder and It’s Light
08 Roll Up Your Sleeves
09 This Is My House, This is My Home
10 Ships With Holes Will Sink
11 Short Bursts

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Clem Snide: October 13, 2009 Mercury Lounge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

November 2, 2009

[photo courtesy of Aaron Bornstein]

Johnny reports:
“Being passingly familiar with Clem Snide when I showed up at the Mercury Lounge on this chilly Tuesday night, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Suffice to say, the show turned out to be quite the treat. In addition to the amazing music and cleverly funny lyrics, frontman Eef Barzelay’s sense of humor and interplay with the audience made for a wonderful experience. Bolstered by Ben Martin on drums and Brendan Fitzpatrick on bass, the music had elements that at times reminded me of Neutral Milk Hotel, Calexico, American Music Club and the Plimsouls, but then the trio would veer off and make the sound their own. Unfortunately, Eef and Co. didn’t play anything off their most recent release, the beautiful and edgy ‘Hungry Bird’, but they did play a few new songs that will hopefully appear on a forthcoming album. Rest assured I will be seeing Clem Snide the next time they come around.

In addition to flying mics, I was once again able to patch into the soundboard thanks to the most excellent house engineer, Kyle. Seemingly a night of equipment gremlins (even Eef had the cable fall out of his microphone after the first song), I had a fresh set of batteries fail on my recorder around 15 minutes into the show. Other than missing some banter and the song introduction between “Let’s Explode” and “Denise” while I changed batteries, the recording is complete. Got all of the music and, thanks to the band and Kyle’s skills, it sounds really good. Enjoy!”

Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]
Direct download of the complete show in FLAC [HERE]

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Clem Snide
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY, USA
(Opening bands: Yourself and The Air / The Republic Tigers)

Source: MATRIX: SBD + AKG C 414 B-XLS’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz) > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, adjust levels, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > Trader’s Little Helper (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC (  level 8 )
Mercury Lounge house engineer: Kyle Lawrence
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

[Total time: 1:17:15]
01. Your Favorite Music
02. “This is the first place we ever played… back in ’68.”
03. [new song]
04. Let’s Explode
05. Denise
06. “For real. Like Mike & the Mechanics real, that’s how.”
07. Something Beautiful
08. “Years ago I lived in Brooklyn… whatever.”
09. [new song?]
10. Fight Song Melodies
11. “I’m gonna play a couple by myself.”
12. Ballad of Bitter Honey
13. [new song?]
14. “Let’s bring the rest of the band up here, whaddaya say?”
15. Jews for Jesus Blues
16. “What’s it like living here now? Seems like it kinda sucks a little bit.”
17. [new song?]
18. Can’t You See > Lose Big
19. I Love the Unknown
20. Ice Cube
21. encore break
22. Michael Jackson tribute: Man in the Mirror > We Are the World

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Lou Barlow: October 6, 2009 Mercury Lounge – Flac and MP3 Downloads

October 9, 2009

[photo by nyctaper]

Lou Barlow released his second proper album Goodnight Unknown on Tuesday. That night at Mercury Lounge, Lou celebrated the album’s release with the only headlining show on this current tour. The balance of the dates are opening slots for Lou’s other band, Dinosaur Jr. The result was a two-hour show that not only featured a set with his current backing band, The Missingmen, but also a complete hour of Lou solo, taking requests and playing a ton of rare material including eleven Sebadoh songs. This show was a fan’s delight, as Lou was his usual gregarious self but also took chances and played songs that he had not performed live in years, or in several cases, decades.

I recorded this show with a pair of microphones set up in the usual location next to the soundboard booth, supplemented with a stereo feed from the board. The major flaw in this recording was a persistent buzz or hum coming from stage. During the show, the crowd made reference to this noise on several occasions and Lou even acknowledged it (Track 39). If the listener can subconsciously filter the noise, this is a very enjoyable and listenable recording. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Lou Barlow
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 2:00:11]
Tracks 01-24 Lou Barlow and The Missingmen
01 [introduction]
02 Sharing
03 Don’t Apologize
04 [banter]
05 Home
06 [banter]
07 Goodnight Unknown
08 Too Much Freedom
09 The One I Call
10 [banter]
11 Praise
12 Gravitate
13 One Machine, One Long Fight
14 [tuning/banter]
15 Caterpillar Girl (false start)
16 Caterpillar Girl
17 Faith Defies the Night
18 [banter]
19 On The Face II
20 [banter]
21 Take Advantage
22 [banter]
23 Sharing
24 [banter]
Tracks 25-43 Lou Barlow solo
25 Tree
26 Holding Back The Year
27 The Ballad of Daykitty
28 Too Pure
29 Magnet’s Coil
30 Think (Let Tomorrow Bee)
31 [banter]
32 Willing To Wait
33 [banter]
34 Vampire (one verse)
35 Soul and Fire
36 [banter]
37 Brand New Love
38 A Hit (Smog)
39 [banter about amp noise]
40 Royalty (one verse)
41 [banter]
42 Ride The Darker Wave
43 Skull

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The Giraffes: August 28, 2009 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3 Downloads

September 5, 2009

[Photos courtesy of Todd Kancar]

Johnny reports:
“I’ve intently watched The Giraffes evolve on their albums over the past several years and they just get increasingly better. The same can be said of their live shows and, thankfully, they’ve managed to retain the raw, hungry ferocity that I witnessed the first times I saw them nearly four years ago. It’s no wonder that they convert otherwise mild-mannered citizens into rabid fans after a single concert. Guitarist Damien Paris, drummer Andrew Totolos, bassist Jens Carstensen and lead singer Aaron Lazar cannot be accused of putting on a mundane show. In addition to the brilliant music, it takes some serious talent to proficiently sing, play your instruments and perform interactive vaudeville while being pelted with cups of beer, assorted mystery liquids and a laundry list of other debris including pie filling, Chinese food and Dri-grip. I swear they must practice in their sleep. That being said, I’m still amazed that these guys aren’t huge. Lucky for us they still log quite a few hours in the ‘lil ‘ol Mercury Lounge and bring their unique amalgam of hard rock, punk, surf, Romani folk and progressive melodies to other similarly sized venues. Even at their worst The Giraffes repeatedly remind me of why I make every effort to go see live music. It’s a visceral, tactile experience that the best stereo system in the world will never duplicate. Friday night was no different. Despite the humid, rainy weather, both the group and the attendees were in a great mood and looking for a fun time. Barreling straight through for nearly an hour-and-a-half, the setlist culled songs from almost all of their albums and included three tracks from their yet-to-be-officially-released new album, ‘The Giraffes Ruled’. For a band that always aims to please, the title is quite apropos. The end of the night found all parties drenched in sweat, sticky and covered in lord knows what, but still bearing the same grins that started the evening. At the risk of sounding like a shill, go and buy one or several of their albums. Support a great band. They definitely deserve it and they certainly try very hard to earn it.

In addition to flying mics, I was fortunate enough to get a feed from the soundboard. The most excellent and very accommodating house engineer, Kyle, was kind enough to let me patch in and did an outstanding job mixing the show. In a venue that’s already respected for its fidelity, the sound was just about perfect. Any criticisms you may have about the quality of this recording should be directly solely at me. I’m pretty happy with it and hope you like what you hear as much as we did. Enjoy!”

Check out an excellent interview of The Giraffes done immediately after this show by Stefany Mohebban at The Rock and Roll Report music blog [HERE].

Download the FLAC/MP3 files and stream this entire show on the Live Music Archive [HERE]

The Giraffes
Friday, August 28, 2009
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY, USA

Source: MATRIX: SBD + AKG C 414 B-XLS’s > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz) > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, adjust levels, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > Trader’s Little Helper (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
Mercury Lounge house engineer: Kyle Lawrence
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

[Total time: 1:26:58]
01. Intro
02. The Border
03. Done
04. Prime Motivator
05. Jr. At His Worst
06. Pisda Mati
07. The City
08. The Power Of Fatherhood
09. I’ll Be Your Daddy
10. “Can I get some more freedom in the monitor?”
11. Twin Girls
12. Sickness (This Is)
13. Clever Girl
14. The War
15. Honey Baby Child *
16. “OK, I will drink this but then what do you want to hear?”
17. Having Fun
18. Haunted Heaven
19. “If the drummer doesn’t get up, we keep playing.”
20. Smoke Machine
21. Sugarbomb

* Pierre Michel song

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Built to Spill: July 19, 2009 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads (Soundboard!)

July 25, 2009

[photo still from this video]

“Feel about the same but I’m 10 years older” sings Doug Martsch in the Built to Spill classic “Three Years Ago Today”. It was ten years ago when Built to Spill last played at Maxwell’s, on a unseasonably balmy night in late October of 1998. I recorded that show (the early set) by patching into the soundboard along with another guy who I knew from seeing around at shows. Ten years later that same guy (Erik) and I are friends, and he thankfully repeated history and brought to nyctaper a recording of this week’s return of Built to Spill to Maxwell’s.

This week’s show contains other eerie similarities a decade removed, particularly in the setlist. “Three Years” performed second on the list on Sunday, was the opener of the 1998 show, and “Kicked it in the Sun”, now a BTS classic, was performed as an untitled “new song” in 1998. As he did 10 years ago, Doug also opened up the floor for requests, which led this week to some of the older material rarely played these days, including “Virginia Reel Around the Fountain” and “Nowhere Nothin’ F Up”, both also repeats 10 years later.

As Built to Spill gear up to release There Is No Enemy this fall, expect to see much more of this band on nyctaper. Preliminarily, we plan to record each of the four NYC shows in October (Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg).

This recording would not have been possible with the contributions of many people, but primary thanks to Erik for recording and to Doug Martsch, who agreed in an extremely friendly and generous email to permit this recording to be posted here. Its a soundboard feed from Maxwell’s, which is an excellent venue with talented staff. The sound is quite excellent if a tad bit high in vocals as are all board recordings. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Built To Spill
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Soundboard Recording

Soundboard > Edirol R09 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, downsample, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded by Erik B
Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:48:40]
01 Traces
02 Three Years Ago Today
03 Strange
04 Stop The Show
05 Else
06 Time Trap
07 Kicked It In The Sun
08 In The Morning
09 Hindsight
10 Nowhere Nothin’ Fuck Up
11 One Thing
12 Virginia Reel Around The Fountain
13 Broken Chairs
14 In Your Mind

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Oneida March 22, 2008 Market Hotel – Flac Download

March 24, 2008

Oneida Market
[photo credit]

When Oneida took the stage on Sunday morning at 2 a.m., a substantial percentage of the packed crowd at Market Hotel had already called it a night. The night’s festivities began at 9:30 p.m. and continued through a frenetic array of music, lights, and crowd buzz for nearly five hours before the headliners appeared. The core group of diehards were rewarded, as Oneida delivered a blistering and unwavering set of 75 minutes of their unique powerful neo-psychedelic punk. The highlights included the 14-minute trance-like version of “Snow Machine”, and the set-ending “Double Lock Your Mind” where Bobby and Kid traded several minutes of pounding crescendo beats and closed the set at nearly 3:30 a.m.

The Market Hotel presents a compelling and interesting new approach to live music. While the location is actually a home and developmental space for 8 artists, on weekends it becomes a private party of music managed by the ubiquitous Brooklyn promoter ToddP. While an early event caused a minor legal problem, it appears that the artists and the promoter have ironed out the system and have created a space with a buzz, a great vibe, and some terrific energetic young bands. We saw absolutely no violations of the kind which brought about the legal issues, as attendees appeared to be respecting the space and the rules.

There are two unfortunate aspects of the venue that need to be reassessed. Since the concerts are technically part of a private party, the space permits smoking but does not provide much ventilation. A vast number of people took advantage and chain-smoked throughout the night. The result was an aesthetically unpleasant cloud of cigarette smoke, which was unfortunately a health risk for asthmatics like us. Frankly, we are not going to be able to return to this venue after the breathing problems we encountered as a result. We would hope that the venue would create a smoke free environment, or limit smoking to the outer rooms.

The other problem for the Market is its rather primitive sound system. There were a ton of technical problems throughout the night, particularly with saturation and distortion in vocal microphones. The hard-working sound tech solved most of the problems, but you can hear some of that vocal distortion in this recording. Fortunately, we were able to set up at an excellent location in front of the stacks, and capture an excellent recording albeit within the limitations of the system — some minor distortion, buzz, and feedback are evident throughout. Enjoy!

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Approximately
30 feet in front of Right PA Stacks

Neumann KM-150 (AK-50 Hypercardiods) > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > Digital Coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 16bit 44.1 kHz wav > Soundforge (set fades, level adjustment) > CD Wave > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Thanks Oneida (via Bobby) for permission to record!

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[total time 1:13:47]
01 Up With People
02 Ghost in the Room
03 Snow Machine
04 Life You Preferred
05 The River
06 I Will Haunt You
07 History’s Great Navigators
08 Puff Puff
09 Let it Rain
10 Double Lock Your Mind

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