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Bent Shapes: August 25, 2013 South Street Seaport – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 27, 2013

Bent Shapes Carrie
[photo by Carrie Lynch]

They don’t come often, perfect days in NYC. I made my way downtown to the South Street Seaport on Sunday for a show. As soon as I stepped outside, it was obvious that this was one of those late Summer afternoons when the oppressive heat is over and the chill of Autumn has yet to arrive, and there is not a cloud in the sky and the air quality is as perfect it can be in this City. At the Seaport, Bill Pearis has been producing the Soundbites Concert Series for several years now, and its a sin that I had never seen a single episode, despite that Bill’s musical knowledge and ability to pick next-big-thing bands is second to none. This year I made it just in time, since this week was this year’s final in the series and featured Boston’s Bent Shapes. The band had spent its first three years of existence known as Girlfriends, releasing several 7 inch singles, and becoming a regular in the local DIY scene. But 2013 turned a new page for the trio. The band changed its name to Bent Shapes and this month released its first full length album. Sunday’s thirty-minute 12-song set was an excellent lesson in getting to the point. Bent Shapes play what could be described as punk-pop, indie rock, or power pop — but forget the labels. This is a trio of excellent musicians who play excellent songs and don’t mess around.   In terms of the vitals, the set consisted of 7 of the 11 tracks from the new album Feels Weird (Father/Daughter Records), and couple of new songs.  When I came downtown the only thing left to convert a beautiful day into a perfect one was some superb music. On Sunday, that was Bent Shapes.

I recorded this set by mounting the Sennheiser cards at the stage lip and mixing with a board feed. The mics picked up primarily the instruments on stage and the board was vocal heavy, but mixed together the sources created an ideal mix and an outstanding recording. Enjoy!

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Bent Shapes
South Street Seaport
Soundbites Concert Series
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > 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 2013-08-26

[Total Time 29:58]
01 Big Machines
02 Bites and Scratches
03 Leave It Til You Need It
04 86d in 03
05 Panel of Experts
06 [banter]
07 Hex Maneuvers
08 It Seems Dumb
09 Leave Some Space
10 What Do You Get
11 What We Do is Public
12 [banter – thanks]
13 Norms Out
14 Behead Yrself Pt 2

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Oneida August 29, 2008 South Street Seaport – Flac and MP3 Downloads

September 1, 2008

Oneida SS Seaport LaPutt
[photo by Chris LaPuttPrefix Mag – complete set [here]]

On Friday night, Oneida performed their new album Preteen Weaponry for the first time in NYC and the scene could not have been more surreal and yet completely appropriate. As the black rain clouds hovered overhead and the holiday crowd filtered in and around the Seaport, Oneida dipped into their bag of magic tricks and pulled out the most psychedelic prog-rock music they have produced to date — an album with influences from A Saucerful of Secrets to Bug — that could have been appropriately performed in 1968, 1988 or 2008.

As Bobby rose from his keyboard seat to strap on the bass for much of the Preteen set, the center stage of the band shifted to Kid Millions. The keys and guitars set the mood for the album and sustain the long-form melodic structure, but its the drums that are the lead instrument on this album. Kid propels the band while beating relentlessly in double time. Each part of Preteen molds directly into the next, but it is the consistent perfection of the beat that provided the backbone for this outstanding performance.

We recorded this set from a fine position inside of the soundboard tent, and we are quite grateful to the excellent sound crew for the permission to get under their tent and avoid the rain. We are doubly fortunate that the wind did not hamper this recording and we were able to capture this excellent concert with a superb recording. Enjoy!

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South Street Seaport
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Inside Front of Soundboard Tent
Approximately 50 Feet from Stage

Neumann KM-150’s > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > digital coax > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge 8.0 (level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.75 > Flac Frontend (level 7) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

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[Total time 38:03]
01 Preteen Weaponry Part I
02 Preteen Weaponry Part II
03 Preteen Weaponry Part III
04 Double Lock Your Mind

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