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Yo La Tengo: December 8, 2010 Maxwell’s – FLAC and MP3 Downloads (two sources!) plus Streaming Songs

December 30, 2010
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[Photos by Liz Clayton for Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah Diary]

Following a killer opening set by The National, Yo La Tengo opened the final performance of their eight-night run of Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s with the somnolent “Night Falls On Hoboken”, but the pace picked up from there, with the Beatles cover “Eight Days A Week”. Still, compared to the Nels Cline-influenced night 7 and the super-noisy, ear-(and Ira’s head)-bleeding night 5, the band stayed on the mellower side for the bulk of the main set, including on a beautiful “Demons” and Georgia taking over vocal duties on the Norma Tanega cover, “Walking My Cat Named Dog”. Hamish Kilgour of The Clean joined for most of the main set, including on a cover Kilgour’s band’s “Whatever I Do It’s Right”, with Kilgour on vocals. That was followed by a noisy cover of The Mad Scene’s “Sweet Dreams” (a tribute to both Kilgour, who is also in that band, and Georgia, who a frequent part of their lineup). Appropriately, the main set ended with the core trio on two of their best-loved classics, “Blue Line Swinger”, and “Our Way To Fall”.

I had my doubts as to whether there was any way to create a coda to such an incredible eight nights that would make sense and do justice to all that came before it. But, it is foolish to doubt a veteran band in their element – Yo La Tengo did exactly what they needed to do, bringing it back home with frequent contributor Bruce Bennett on guitar for the Velvet Underground‘s “I Can’t Stand It Anymore,” followed by their guitar tech Gil Divine joining the band for Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together” and the grand finale, Mel Brooks’ “Love Power”.  To cap all of that off, Ira threw himself into the crowd and surfed the length of Maxwell’s as everyone howled with approval.  After eight nights of obscure, classic and famous special guests, outstanding comedy, and Yo La Tengo performances that would never be forgotten, there was nothing more to say, play or do.  Yo La Tengo relinquished the stage triumphant. And once again, night fell on Hoboken.

nyctaper recorded the set with the Neumann microphones and a soundboard feed, while I used a combination of DPA and Schoeps mics set up from the same position. We are offering both of these outstanding recordings for download here. As you would expect, the audience recording is warmer and provides more feel of the room, while the Neumann/soundboard recording provides exceptional clarity and detail.  Samples of both are included.  All tracks are tagged for easy importing into iTunes.  Enjoy!

Stream the nyctaper version of “Deeper Into Movies”:

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Stream the acidjack version of “Eight Days A Week”:

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Direct download of the nyctaper MP3 files [HERE]

Direct download of the acidjack MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [nyctaper version] / [acidjack version]

Yo La Tengo
2010-12-08
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ  USA

Recorded and Produced exclusively for nyctaper.com by
nyctaper and acidjack
2010-12-27

NYCTaper Version

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:52:05]
01 Night Falls On Hoboken
02  Eight Days A Week [Beatles]
03  [banter]
04  Madeleine
05  Mr. Tough
06  Gentle Hour [Snapper]
07  Tired Hippo
08  Demons
09  [banter2]
10  Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog [Norma Tanega]
11  Whatever I Do It’s Right [The Clean]
12  [banter3]
13  Sweet Dreams [Mad Scene]
14  Sudden Organ
15  Deeper Into Movies
16  Nothing To Hide
17  Blue Line Swinger
18  Our Way To Fall
19  [encore break]
20  I Can’t Stand It Anymore [Velvet Underground]
21 [banter4]
22  We Belong Together [Randy Newman]
23  Love Power [Mel Brooks]

acidjack version

Equipment: DPA 4021+Schoeps CMC6/mk41>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, at soundboard, mics at 7.5′, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks and claps, light EQ, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Night Falls On Hoboken
02 Eight Days A Week [The Beatles]
03 banter
04 Madeleine
05 Mr. Tough
06 banter
07 Gentle Hour [Snapper]
08 Tired Hippo
09 Demons
10 banter
11 Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog [Norma Tanega]
12 Whatever I Do It’s Right [The Clean]
13 Sweet Dreams [The Mad Scene]
14 Sudden Organ
15 Deeper Into Movies
16 Nothing To Hide
17 Blue Line Swinger
18 Our Way To Fall
19 encore break
20 I Can’t Stand It Anymore [Velvet Underground] (with Bruce Bennett on guitar)
21 banter
22 We Belong Together [Randy Newman]
23 Love Power [Mel Brooks] (with Gil Divine on guitar)

If you download these recordings from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases from the store at their website [HERE].

Headless Horseman: December 16, 2010 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 22, 2010
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[Photos by acidjack with iPhone4 and Hipstamatic]

I will forgive you for thinking, on first listen, that some of the crackles and pops in this recording of Headless Horseman‘s latest performance at Glasslands are technical faults. The band’s sound relies on the studio combo of heavy compression and clipping to create their fuzzy, beat-driven bedroom folk (think a glitchier Menomena or a more electronic Microphones). The band’s blown-out sound challenged the Glasslands sound system (and maybe some ears) at times, but their pop sensibility shone through. The duo of Fareed Sajan (of Bottle Up and Go) and Conner O’Neill make their live sounds through an interesting array of drums and other homespun percussion that lies between them, allowing them both to pound out their beats simultaneously if they wish (they also have a laptop, of course). Most of these songs come from the band’s current bandcamp EP, 5songs, which should be on your hard drive if it isn’t. The band also played a new number that we have not heard before. This was the last show that I attended this year, and there couldn’t have been a better way to end a spectacular year, with a cutting-edge band that we are sure to see more of in 2011. Thanks to our friends at forthebeat for putting together this excellent bill!

I recorded this set from the balcony with the DPA microphones and a soundboard feed. A couple of the pops during “Demonsong” may actually not be intentional, but the sound overall is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “SH8KR”:

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Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Headless Horseman
2010-12-16
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Equipment: Soundboard+DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: Balcony, ROC, mics ORTF
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, light compression, tracking, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Wavlngth
02 banter
03 Demonsong
04 SH8KR
05 [new]
06 banter
07 Growing

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Headless Horseman, visit their MySpace page, and purchase 5songs from their bandcamp page.

The National at Maxwell’s Revisited – Flac and MP3 Downloads (Two Sources) + Streaming Songs

December 21, 2010
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[photo by mysticchildz]

We believe we over-extended ourselves on the recording of The National at Maxwell’s that appeared on the site last week [here]. Acidjack and I both recorded four tracks at the show, and we combined the eight tracks for that recording. The sound has been equally described as “amazing” and as “compressed”, but ultimately to me it sounds “too busy”. So we’ve decided to simplify the recording, split our sources and offer two separate recordings of the set.

There is a complete review of this show at the original post [here].

What appears below for download are these two recordings, nyctaper: Neumann microphones mixed with a soundboard feed, and acidjack: DPA and Schoeps microphones, four channel audience mix.

Stream “Apartment Story” (nyctaper source):

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Stream “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (acidjack source):

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These Recordings are now both available to Download in FLAC and MP3 and to Stream at Archive.org
nyctaper version [HERE]
acidjack version [HERE]

The National
2010-12-08
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel 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 boundar ies) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2010-12-21

Setlist:
[Total Time 57:03]
01 [introduction]
02 Start a War
03 Slow Show
04 Bloodbuzz Ohio
05 [banter1]
06 Conversation 16
07 [banter2]
08 Apartment Story
09 [banter3]
10 Abel
11 Green Gloves
12 Fake Empire
13 Mr. November
14 Afraid of Everyone
15 [banter4]
16 Terrible Love

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The National
2010-12-08
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Equipment: DPA 4021+Schoeps CMC6/mk41>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, at soundboard, mics at 7.5′, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks and claps, light EQ, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [introduction]
02 Start a War
03 Slow Show
04 Bloodbuzz Ohio
05 [banter]
06 Conversation 16
07 [banter]
08 Apartment Story
09 [banter]
10 Abel
11 Green Gloves
12 Fake Empire
13 Mr. November
14 Afraid of Everyone
15 [banter]
16 Terrible Love

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The National, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from The National’s Shop [HERE].

Diamond Rings: December 4, 2010 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 19, 2010
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[photos by acidjack with iPhone4 and Hipstamatic]

The man who I anointed the male Lady GaGa (followed by Pitchfork co-opting the comparison in their review of Special Affections) after he played the NYCTaper 2010 CMJ Show was at it again on a Saturday night early this month, and he remains on a roll. Glasslands has had some especially strong rosters lately, in part thanks to the efforts of PopGun Booking, and this was no exception, with ArpLine, Austra and Body Language also on the bill. But the tall, blonde man from Toronto was clearly the main draw. Don’t think that a one-man act cannot put on a rock-n-roll show; John O’Regan (Mr. Diamond Rings himself) gave that the lie big-time as he danced, played guitar, spazzed out, and rocked out all over the stage. If this is what he is capable of with no backup of any kind on the Glasslands stage, he might just be scary at the next level; even at this show, a creepy guy in the front was photographing his shoes and (from where I was sitting, at least) his crotch. But you can’t fault people for getting a little creepy – the sexual energy of O’Regan’s set is undeniable, and unlike really anything crossing most indie rock stages these days. He vamps, he flaunts, he owns the place. And O’Regan is about to gain a much wider audience for his music, too, as he begins at tour as the opening act for Robyn (tour dates here). She’d better be ready, or O’Regan just might blow her off the stage.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Glasslands staff and the DPA microphones. Other than some light distortion on the board feed during one track, the sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Play By Heart”:

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Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Diamond Rings
2010-12-04
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Equipment: Soundboard+DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: Clamp to balcony, ROC, ORTF
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (apply compression to soundboard track)>Audacity (split soundboard track, copy right channel, mixdown, set fades, tracking, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Play By Heart
02 On Our Own
03 banter
04 Wait and See
05 Something Else
06 banter
07 You & Me
08 It’s Not My Party
09 banter
10 All Yr Songs

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Diamond Rings, visit the website, visit the MySpace page, and purchase Special Affections from the Secret City Records [HERE].

The National: December 8, 2010 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 17, 2010
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[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

The National last played NYC at Terminal 5 in July, a concert we covered for the site. Its hard to imagine that we would next see a band of that stature in Maxwell’s, but the Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows bring surprises of all sizes. Although we were clued into this appearance earlier in the week (and the Village Voice spread our tweet), it was still pretty surreal to see the National take the stage in front of a hundred or so people. The band and their mini horn section managed to fit pretty comfortably on the stage, and they worked through a shortened version of the standard set. In a brief conversation I had with Bryce before the show, he remembered that the band had played Maxwell’s several times early in their history, and there were references during the show to those times. Despite how far they’ve come, The National still retain their perspective and the material was as authentic and powerful up close in the intimate venue as it was in the large ones they play now. The National will spend much of the first half of 2011 on tour in Europe, but we expect to see them again in NYC this Summer, although never again at a venue this compact.

We recorded this set with all six of our high-end microphones mixed in eight channels with a slight board mix. We used the Neumann’s for clarity, the DPAs for warmth and the Schoeps for the low end. The results are pretty outstanding. Enjoy!

We are no longer offering this particular recording, as the sound quality did not meet our standards. We now offer two separate versions, taken from the two-four track recordings captured by acidjack and nyctaper. The new versions are [HERE].

The National
2010-12-08
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Eight Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s + Neumann KM-150s + Schoeps Schoeps MK-41s > 2x Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 4x 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 and acidjack
2010-12-16

Setlist:
[Total Time 56:52]
01 [introduction]
02 Start a War
03 Slow Show
04 Bloodbuzz Ohio
05 [banter]
06 Conversation 16
07 [banter]
08 Apartment Story
09 [banter]
10 Abel
11 Green Gloves
12 Fake Empire
13 Mr. November
14 Afraid of Everyone
15 [banter]
16 Terrible Love

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The National, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from The National’s Shop [HERE].

Bardo Pond: November 20, 2010 Bell House, Brooklyn, NY – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 2, 2010
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Bardo Pond came to Brooklyn a couple Saturdays ago to headline an event at the Bell House appropriately titled the “Memory Burn Psych Fest.” If you have seen Bardo’s live show before, you know they picked the right event, as they have been known, at times, to sear one’s mind.  I cannot describe their sound any better than this article from Terrascope did:

Bardo Pond has the outward specifications of a rock band – guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, occasional but crucial flute and violin and vocals – but the rivers that converge into the band’s oneiric flow have their headwaters in the outlands of ecstatic jazz, free noise and the avant-garde. Their slow-motion avalanches of churning instrumentation and voice suggest drugged states but don’t necessarily require them. They alter brain chemistry by the alchemical effect of distressed sound alone, aspiring to become engineers of the soul’s passage to alternate states of consciousness. At the foundation of the pyramid, the drums of (originally) Joe Culver and (now) Ed Farnsworth and the bass of Clint Takeda lay down a sinewy, sexy and hypnagogic bottom end. At the centre of the pyramid, the twin guitars of John and Michael Gibbons send out emissaries of fire, flaying flesh from bone in a storm of holy liberation. Isobel Sollenberger inhabits the place where the pyramid meets the eye of their storm, weaving fibres of voice, flute and violin through the din. I heard someone comment recently that the limits of music have now been defined, bracketed by John Cage’s silence at one end and Merzbow’ss maximum noise at the other, leaving only the option of filling the spaces in between. Bardo Pond demonstrate how much scope there is to innovate within that continuum. If rock music is to have any relevance in the new millennium, it is bands like Bardo Pond that will make it so.

For nearly twenty years, Bardo Pond has produced an ever-evolving series of sonic explorations, including the outstanding 2001 release, Dilate.  This show helped to celebrate, in part, the band’s eponymous new LP,  Bardo Pond, which drops next week on December 6 on the UK-based Fire Records.  In a tantalizing preview of what is to come, kicking off with “Limerick” and “Rumination” from Amanita and flowing into four songs of new material.  Although I had heard only one of the new songs before, they continue the band’s by-now-signature tradition of a massive, churning wall of guitars, with Sollenberger’s vocals seething in and out of focus.  When the show ended, we all had to stand there for a second and pause, ears ringing and minds blown.  Bardo’s mission was accomplished.

Stream and download this show in MP3/FLAC/Ogg on the Live Music Archive [HERE]

Stream one of the new songs:

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Bardo Pond
2010-11-20
Bell House
Brooklyn, NY  USA

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

Equipment: Schoeps CMC6/mk41+Soundboard>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: DFC, pole clamped to soundboard about 9ft from floor, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, mixdown, track, amplify and balance, downsample to 16/44.1)>FLAC ( level 8 )

1. Limerick
2. Rumination
3. [new song]
4. [new song]
5. [new song]
6. [new song]
7. [banter]
8. Flux
9. [unknown]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Bardo Pond, visit their website, and purchase Bardo Pond from Fire Records here.

ArpLine: November 17, 2010 Glasslands and October 21, 2010 Cake Shop – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

November 29, 2010
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[iPhone4 photo by acidjack]

I can’t stop talking about ArpLine. Since I first saw the band back in January, they have played seemingly everywhere in town, and each time, they have made converts like me. As musicians, they are insanely consistent, able to blow the doors off of even the most difficult rooms with their layered, Krautrock-influenced songs. This was in full evidence at both the NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party at Cake Shop, and the band’s recent performance at Glasslands. Both shows featured their biggest crowd pleasers like “Parts Unknown” and “Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper”, but they also played a new number that I do not know the name of. But I think the most exciting moment for me at these shows came when the band busted out a live version of their new cover of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love,” turning the cheesy date night slow jam into a menacing industrial number. You can download the song from the band’s website, along with a number of excellent remixes by them of other bands, here. Also on the recorded front, ArpLine’s record, Travel Book, will finally see physical release soon, and it doesn’t have a weak number on it.

ArpLine plays Glasslands again on December 4, when they open for another of our CMJ Day Party acts, Diamond Rings. Get there early and don’t miss their set!

These recordings are far and away the finest recordings of ArpLine that we have featured on the site – both recorded with the DPA microphones from optimal positions in the venue with a soundboard feed to reinforce the vocals and keys. Some of our favorite songs from both shows are featured as samples below. Enjoy!

Stream “No Ordinary Love” from Glasslands:

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Stream “Make It Rain” from Cake Shop:

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Stream “Weekend In the Colonies” from Glasslands:

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Direct download of Glasslands MP3s [HERE]

Direct download of Cake Shop MP3s [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC: [Glasslands] / [Cake Shop]

ArpLine
2010-11-17
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Equipment: DPA 4021+soundboard>Edirol R-44 (oade concert mod) (24/48)
Position: Balcony, ROC
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, mixdown, light EQ, downsample to 16bit/44.1)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [new song]
02 Make It Rain
03 Parts Unknown
04 No Ordinary Love [Sade]
05 Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper
06 Rope
07 Weekend In the Colonies

ArpLine
2010-10-21
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

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

Equipment: DPA 4021+soundboard>Edirol R-44 (oade concert mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Mount on ceiling directly in front of band, ORTF
Mastering: 2x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, mixdown, light EQ, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [new song]
02 Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper
03 Make It Rain
04 Parts Unknown
05 [outro]

If you download these recordings from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT ArpLine, visit their website, go to their shows, and purchase Travel Book when it is released.

Oneida: October 29, 2010 Monster Island Basement – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

October 31, 2010
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[photo by nyctaper]

On Friday night, Oneida moved about 50 feet from their rehearsal and recording space and played a late night set at Monster Island Basement. The show had the intimate feel of an open rehearsal and jam session, as the band started the set with four “new jams” — basically untitled works in progress. While the new songs are consistent in sound with recent material, the final untitled number featured a Zep-like riff and definitely veered more towards metal. About halfway through the set, the crowd bounced to “Up With People” as the first familiar song of the show, and continued through the remainder of the set which ended sometime around 2 a.m. The following night, the band moved upstairs for the 6th annual “Brahloween”, but on this Friday show it was the new and intimate that prevailed.

I recorded this set with the Neumann microphones mounted on a pole fifteen feet from the stage and mixed with a soundboard feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “I Will Haunt You”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Oneida
2010-10-29
Monster Island Basement
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 16bit 44.1kHz 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
2010-10-30

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:27:51]
01 [new jam]
02 [new jam]
03 [new jam]
04 [new jam]
05 Up With People
06 [banter]
07 The River
08 [banter]
09 I Will Haunt You
10 [encore break]
11 The Human Factor

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Oneida, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, visit their page at Jagjaguwar Records, and purchase the latest CD Rated O at the Jagjaguwar site [HERE] and their earlier releases [HERE].

Maps & Atlases: August 12, 2010 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3 Downloads

September 16, 2010
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[Photos courtesy of The Owl Mag]

With this stellar set at Mercury Lounge, Chicago’s Maps & Atlases announced their arrival as strong contenders on the indie scene.  Touring behind their third release (but first official full length), the quantum-leap-forward Perch Patchwork, the band gave fans far more than originally promised, closing out with an acoustic set on the floor of the venue.  Albeit in a very different way, these Chicagoans, like their neighbors in Tortoise, don’t sound like anybody else.  For lack of a better term, I like to call their sound freak folk meets math rock.  While the concept of “freak folk-meets-math rock” may be hard to grasp, the band’s technical rhythmic sense (including dual percussion at times), combined with singer/guitarist Dave Davison’s vocals and a vaguely folk-based guitar approach make them hard to describe otherwise.  This crowd at Mercury, like many I have seen at the venue recently, were rowdy and going wild for the headliners after a strong night of music.  One group was screaming for “Solid Ground” from the get go, and the version heard here does not disappoint.   That song, like many from their new record, demonstrates the band’s emerging pop sensibility, and the promise of greater things to come.  These guys could go in many directions from here; I can see them wearing the indie crown just as easily as ingratiating themselves to the Bonnaroo scene.  As they are not easily categorized, different fans will understand them in different ways.  Ultimately that acoustic set on the floor tells the story best – these guys want to play music even after most of the crowd has gone home, even after the contractually agreed set time.  They can’t help themselves.  Listen to Perch Patchwork and tell me if you can resist.

I recorded this set with a top quality board feed combined with the Schoeps microphones.  The sound quality of the main set is among the finest of my recordings with this rig and is a testament to the hard work of the Mercury production team.  The acoustic set – which I had to record a bit on the fly – is a bit rougher given that there was no board feed, and the mics picked up some handling noise, but it is still quite good.  Enjoy!

Maps & Atlases are touring Iowa and Europe in September and October.  See the dates on their MySpace page.

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

Maps & Atlases
2010-08-12
Mercury Lounge
New York, 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: Right side of soundboard, mics at 7.5ft, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, EQ (1dB cut of sub-100Hz frequencies, slight brilliance bump at 10-12kHz), tracking, amplify and balance channels, hard limit clapping on acoustic set, delete some clapping on acoustic set)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks
01 Living Decorations
02 Israeli Caves
03 Ted Zancha
04 Will
05 The Charm
06 [tuning]
07 Witch
08 [banter]
09 If This Is
10 Carrying the Wet Wood
11 Everyplace Is A House
12 Solid Ground
13 Daily News
14 Glamorous Glowing [Cast Spells]
15 The Sounds They Make

Acoustic Set:
16 You Me and the Mountain
17 Banished Be Cavalier
18 Pigeon
19 [tuning]
20 The Ongoing Horrible

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Built to Spill: September 2, 2010 Rocks Off Concert Cruise – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Sample

September 7, 2010
By


[photo courtesy of Chris Becker and Green Shoelace]

A show that for some odd reason I didn’t even necessarily intend to see, until a 2 a.m. email to brooklynvegan got me on the boat, ended up being one of my favorite shows of the year and an incredibly appropriate end to the Summer. Built To Spill on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise — two hours of a peak performance in perfect weather and a party atmosphere that managed to get raucous without getting stupid. Doug Martsch is always a genial fellow, but on this night he honored requests, chatted and joked with the fans, and played DJ before and after the set. He may have had as good a time as any of us. Its hard to argue with a setlist that drew five songs from the first two albums, including the rarely played duo of “Twin Falls” and “Some”. There isn’t much more we can ask from this band this year, as they’ve played two excellent shows this year after delivering four great nights last October. But they will be giving more. Built To Spill will play the Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 5 and Highline Ballroom on October 6.

This set was recorded with the Neumann microphones pointed at the stacks from about twenty feet, and mixed with feed from the soundboard. The sound quality is far better than I expected recording music in a boat, since the performance area was mostly indoors and the sound mix in the room was superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Carry The Zero”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Built to Spill
2010-09-02
Rocks Off Concert Cruise
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
2009-09-03

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:30:30]
01 Traces
02 Distopian Dream Girl
03 The Plan
04 [banter]
05 Hindsight
06 Twin Falls
07 Some
08 Three Years Ago Today
09 [banter]
10 The Weather
11 Else
12 Big Dipper
13 Carry The Zero
14 [encore break]
15 Life’s a Dream
16 Car
17 [banter]
18 Conventional Wisdom

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