Posts Tagged ‘ Sub Pop Records ’

Chad VanGaalen: December 6, 2017 Rough Trade BK

December 13, 2017

[screenshot from this video]

Chad VanGaalen is a modern day Rennaisance man. He’s a Juno nominee, Polaris prize nominee, music producer, artist, composer (for Adult Swim TV Series Dream Corp LLC) — the Calgary native is an all around talented guy. One wonders where the man gets time to write, record and release his own albums, but this year he did just that. Light Information (Sub Pop / Flemish Eye) is VanGaalen’s first record in three years, and of course he played all of the instruments and recorded it in his own studio.

Chad VanGaalen just completed an extensive tour in support of Light Information and the near-end of the tour reached NYC last week. We were fortunate to finally get to see this superb artist at Rough Trade after several near misses over the last decade or so. And it was well worth the wait. This performance by Chad and his four piece band was a rip-roaring post-punk trek through much of the new album and some VanGaalen classics. The show also featured some hilarious and downright weird banter, but it all fit with the proceedings. Chad is a unique artist with a very specific sound and vision and the opportunity to see him at the top of his game touring on an A+ album was truly a treat. I hope he comes back to NYC soon.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue, which our Schoeps cards mounted centered at the soundboard booth and mixed with an outstanding feed provided by house FOH Dustin. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Chad VanGaalen
Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Dustin Myers] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:15:03]
01 Mind Hijacker’s Curse
02 Locked in the Phase
03 [banter – arcade]
04 Host Body
05 Mystery Elementals
06 Old Heads
07 Golden Oceans
08 Faces Lit
09 You Fool
10 [banter – Dogs]
11 Pine and Clover
12 [band introductions]
13 Clinically Dead
14 Release This High
15 Heavy Stones
16 Static Shape
17 Peace on the Rise
18 [encore break]
19 City of Electric Light
20 Weird Love
21 Rabid Bits of Time
22 [outro]

SUPPORT Chad VanGaalen: Bandcamp | Flemish Eye Records Page | Buy Light Information from Flemish Eye or Sub Pop

LVL UP: September 24, 2016 Market Hotel

September 27, 2016

[photo courtesy of Rob from House Of Nod]

On Friday LVL UP released their new album Return To Love, their first for legendary record label Sub Pop. The album is a superb collection of songs from the band’s three songwriters that indicate a large mix of influences but ultimately seems utterly original. The day after the band released the album, LVL UP celebrated with a sold-out show at Market Hotel that was as joyous as it was well-deserved.

LVL UP are four friends who’ve played music together since college, put together a record label for their own releases and for the release of their friends, moved to NYC and played a lot of shows. And at Market, it was clear just how many friends they’ve made — between the advanced ticket sales, the packed crowd, and the idea that most of these fans seemed to know each other (the band’s parents were even there). LVL UP responded with a set that was both high on energy and also showed that the guys were moved by the outpouring of support. But this was a record release show after all and LVL UP did not disappoint. They played “side one” of the album straight through to start the show and then played a few older numbers. LVL UP then finished the set with “side two” of the album before being called back for a couple of encores.

LVL UP will tour across the US throughout the months of September and October and through to the middle of November, including a date opening for Bear Vs Shark at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. All dates are here.

I recorded this set with the installed AT Mics mixed with Jason Kelly’s excellent feed. The sound is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Jason Kelly] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 59:12]
01 Hidden Driver
02 Blur
03 She Sustains Us
04 Spirit Was
05 Pain
06 Annie’s A Witch
07 Angel From Space
08 I Feel OK
09 [banter – thanks]
10 The Closing Door
11 Five Men on the Ridge
12 Cut from the Vine
13 I
14 Naked in the River with the Creator
15 [encore break]
16 I Feel Extra-Natural
17 Bro Chillers

SUPPORT LVL UP: Tumblr | Bandcamp | Purchase Return to Love from Sub Pop

Shearwater: February 6, 2016 Mercury Lounge

February 10, 2016

[photos by PSquared Photography]

I’m a big fan of intelligent and accomplished musicians — the type of people who don’t just play music but thrive at other vocations. Recently we enjoyed the music of fashion icon Preetma Singh, mathematics whiz Kiran Gandhi, composing genius Owen Pallett, award-winning novelist John Darnielle, and others. On Friday at Mercury Lounge, it was Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater, who besides fronting an outstanding band is also a renowned ornithologist, or a bird expert, who has been profiled in Scientific American.

Meiburg’s dual expertise results in some consistent themes in Shearwater’s music. The lyrical content includes many references to nature, with two of the albums actually called Animal Joy and The Golden Archipelago. Last month, Shearwater released their eighth full-length record Jet Plane and Oxbow and its been described as a “protest album” which given current climate science, would seem to be an instinctual reaction for someone in tune with the natural world. At Mercury, the band played eight of the eleven songs on the new album (along with three classics and one cover) and the entire event was truly breathtaking. The show began with a single white light illuminating Jonathan’s face as the band began the set with the album’s opening track “Prime”, a song that offers dual themes of tragic love and a natural world on the precipice of danger. The set continued in dramatic fashion until book-ended by the album’s closing track the somber “Stray Light at Clouds Hill”, a song that shares a lyrical refrain with “Prime” but mourns both human and natural death. For an “encore” (the band never actually left the stage), Meiburg offered a heartfelt tribute to the late David Bowie by pointing out that the album Lodger helped him through some difficult times, before the band broke into a powerful version of “Look Back in Anger”. It was a compelling and appropriate end to what was most certainly one of the best shows we will see all year. Shearwater is currently on tour in Europe but will return to the US in March, including a show back in NYC at Bell House on March 12. Our local readers would be wise to attend that show.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted at the soundboard booth and mixed with an extraordinarily well-mixed board feed by the band’s very talented touring FOH (whose name I did not get, please provide if you know ). The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Set [banter tracks removed]:

Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:02:44]
01 Prime
02 Filaments
03 [banter – crows]
04 A Long Time Away
05 Rooks
06 [banter – uncomfortable dislocation]
07 Quiet Americans
08 You As You Were
09 Wildlife in America
10 [banter – louder]
11 Pale Kings
12 [band introductions]
13 Backchannels
14 [banter – Lodger]
15 Stray Light at Clouds Hill
16 [banter – thanks]
17 Look Back in Anger [Bowie]

SUPPORT Shearwater: Website | Facebook | Twitter | BUY Jet Plane and Oxbow


The Gotobeds: August 30, 2015 Saint Vitus

September 15, 2015

The Gotobeds
[photo by Amanda Hatfield, full set here]

By all indications, The Gotobeds are having a tremendous year: riding their accolades from last year’s well-received debut album, Poor People are Revolting (on 12XU), the Pittsburgh band recently signed with Sub Pop and their second full-length is highly anticipated for sometime next year. They’ve played NYC a few times in 2014 and 15, but I’ve somehow slept on them until they showed up on an excellent triple bill with Royal Headache and Sheer Mag a couple weeks back. The Gotobeds apparently drove out from Pittsburgh just to make this show, and they’re in rare form: drinking heavily and clearly in good spirits, the band covers the entirety of the first Redd Kross EP. This is sure to be one of those shows that’s talked about for many years to come, so dig in now and soon when these guys are headlining much larger venues, you can talk as if you were there, man.

I recorded this set from our usual spot in the venue, with a soundboard feed from Saint Vitus FOH, Jeff. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

The Gotobeds will be back in NYC for CMJ, October 15–19. Keep an eye out for details.

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The Gotobeds
Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Jeff) + AKG C480B/CK63 (FOB, PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [32:05]
01. [Intro]
02. “Bodies”
03. Affection
04. Rope
05. Crisus Time
06. [banter]
07. Cover Band [Redd Kross]
08. Annette’s Got the Hits [Redd Kross]
09. I Hate My School [Redd Kross]
10. Clorox Girls [Redd Kross]
11. S & M Party [Redd Kross]
12. Standing in Front of Poseur [Redd Kross]
13. [banter]
14. New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones)
15. [banter]
16. Wimpy Garcia (Brotherfucker)

Support The Gotobeds: Buy Poor People are Revolting and more via Bandcamp

J Mascis: October 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 21, 2014

[photos by PSquared Photography]

As we’ve noted before, Dinosaur Jr holds a special place in the history of NYCTaper. One of my first recordings for the site and the one that seemed to put us on the blog map was a Dinosaur Jr. show at Irving Plaza in 2007. Over the years, we’ve recorded the band many times, and most recently acidjack and JFCB’s captures of the mega-Dino Jr show at Terminal 5 with a plethora of special guests has been one of the most popular recent offering at the site. So it was only natural that a solo J Mascis show at our favorite venue would be the natural evolution of our relationship with this artist. J recently released what is essentially his second proper solo album Tied To A Star (Sub Pop), and he’s currently on tour to support the record. At Bowery Ballroom, it was just J and several acoustic guitars with a ton of pedals. For the most part, he played it pretty straightforward, while occasionally taking advantage of the looping and sampling capability to jam with himself. The setlist included half of the new album and healthy dose of Dinosaur Jr tracks. We are streaming below our two favorite parts of the show, including a blistering guitar solo that extended the new song “Heal The Star” to beyond six minutes and the very J-like cover of the Mazzy Star classic hit “Fade Into You”. J’s tour picks up again in mid-November when he goes West before touring Europe in December.

hi and lo and I recorded this set in our usual location at Bowery, front of the balcony next to the soundboard. hi and lo employed the MBHO cards on a clamp pointed out in front of the board area while I mounted the Schoeps cards on a stand. I blended the sources fairly evenly, each offering a slightly different locale and microphone style so that the result is a pretty excellent full-bodied capture of this solo acoustic show. Enjoy!

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J Mascis
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Audience Four-Mic Matrix

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids + MBHO KA-200n > Naiant PFA > Sonosax SX-M2 > Sound Devices 744t > 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 by nyctaper and hi and lo
Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:08:57]
01 Listen to Me
02 Me Again
03 Little Fury Things
04 Ammaring
05 Every Morning
06 Stumble
07 Get Me
08 [tuning and crowd]
09 Drifter
10 Heal the Star
11 [banter – tuning]
12 Not the Same
13 Out There
14 Pond Song
15 Fade Into You [Mazzy Star]
16 Not You Again
17 Alone
18 [encore break]
19 Just Like Heaven [Cure]

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT J Mascis, visit his website, and purchase Tied To A Star from the Sub Pop Records website [HERE].

Blitzen Trapper: December 9, 2011 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 13, 2011

[photo courtesy of Christopher Altenburg at Monster Fresh]

Blitzen Trapper are not currently on tour, but as a bonus for their trip East to play Letterman on Thursday night, the band added an intimate show at Maxwell’s on Friday. After spending much of the last three months on tour in support of their sixth album, the September release American Goldwing (Sub Pop), this one-off show gave Blitzen Trapper the opportunity to stretch out and play some rare tracks and a lengthy set. Indeed, the set lasted well over ninety minutes and contained twenty-five songs, including “Silver Moon” and “Not Your Lover”, songs absent from recent setlists. On Letterman on Thursday, the band played “Might Find it Cheap”, so that Friday’s version was tight and energetic — we’re streaming it below. The intimate nature of the venue also created a nice interaction between the band and the diehards who were able to secure tickets to the sold-out show, and that led to some hilarious banter. Blitzen Trapper is a band that seems to really enjoy playing music and on Friday night that was more than evident.

I recorded this set with the standard setup for this venue, with the Neumanns mounted inside the front right corner of the soundboard booth and mixed with a board feed. Blitzen Trapper’s outstanding tour FOH Martin did a superb job on the mix and this recording is one of the best we’ve ever captured at Maxwell’s. Enjoy!

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This recording is now available for download in FLAC or MP3 at [HERE].

Blitzen Trapper
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:34:54]
01 [intro]
02 American Goldwing
03 God and Suicide
04 My Hometown
05 Furr
06 Might Find It Cheap
07 Love and Hate
08 Fletcher
09 Fire and Fast Bullets
10 Gold For Bread
11 Love The Way You Walk Away
12 Stolen Shoes and A Rifle
13 Black River Killer
14 Silver Moon
15 Talking It Easy Too Long
16 Good Ol Boys [Waylon Jennings]
17 Big Black Bird
18 Evening Star
19 Miss Spiritual Tramp
20 Your Crying Eyes
21 Street Fighting Sun
22 Wild Mountain Nation
23 [encore break]
24 Not Your Lover
25 [banter – thanks to Martin and Sara]
26 Lady on the Water
27 [banter – Summer of 69]
28 Jericho
29 Good Times Bad Times [Zep]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Blitzen Trapper, visit their website, and purchase American Goldwing from the Store at their site [HERE].

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