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J Fernandez: March 15, 2014 Post-SXSW Private Show (Dripping Springs, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set

August 20, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

We first caught up with J Fernandez at our CMJ show back in 2013, and were pumped to run into them again on the tail end of their SXSW journey at this private show an hour away from the madness. Here, the band performed a stripped-down set that included new material as well as offerings from their excellent two-EP collection of No Luck and Olympic Village. Though run ragged from a very busy schedule over the week, J Fernandez played this private show with real panache, with these songs coming to life as live numbers in a way that distinguished them from their lo-fi EP counterparts. The band, like most of their counterparts, has been on the festival circuit heavily this summer, most recently hitting Canada with comrades Alvvays, and returning to that country next month for POP Montreal. We can’t wait to see what this guys will do next.

As you can see in the photo, I recorded this set simply, with Schoeps MK4V microphones right in front of the band. The vocals are a touch low in places owing to the DIY setup, but overall the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to J. Fernandez for permitting this recording.

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J Fernandez
2014-03-15
Private Ranch
Dripping Springs, TX USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks
01 Fading Out
02 [unknown1]
03 Read My Mind
04 [unknown2]
05 Between the Channels
06 No Luck

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

August 13, 2014
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[photo by acidjack]

Before we caught up with Austin’s Cross Record at the private ranch show on the last day of SXSW (that recording here), the band played a full set to the Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy Records showcase back at the festival that showed a less intimate but somewhat bigger-sounding side of the band. Although it was easier to digest the band’s slowcore approach among the rapt die-hards at the ranch, this set found them sitting nicely alongside acts with a somewhat less reserved approach. Lead singer/songwriter Emily Cross gave a poised, poignant vocal performance, while the band, consisting of husband Dan Duszynski and Peter Frederiksen on guitar, made just the right amount of noise to make for a well-balanced and engaging set. While our recording was previously streamed in full over at Impose Magazine after the festival, we are pleased to offer it for download here for those who want it.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Palm Door staff coupled with Schoeps MK4V microphones. While some crowd noise is a distraction at points, the sound quality is otherwise quite good. Enjoy!

Stream “Wasp In A Jar”

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Cross Record
2014-03-14
Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy 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 Steady Waves
02 [banter1]
03 I Can’t Hold Myself in Line ( Merle Haggard )
04 Crazy
05 Cups In the Sink
06 Wasp In A Jar

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Cross Record, like them on Facebookbuy Be Good from Ba Da Bing Records and buy their other records from their 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”

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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

Cross Record: March 15, 2014 Post-SXSW Private Show (Dripping Springs, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 20, 2014
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[Photos by acidjack]

There was no shortage of hate for SXSW this year, and there are some good and less-good reasons why. Let’s just say that when a member of one band attending this mostly-musicians-only post-SXSW get-together at a remote ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas described this show as a “cleansing experience”, nobody argued. The worst aspects of the festival are opposed not only to what music is about, but what musicians are about. Musicians, for the most part, are a gentle, generous sort of people. The whole point of their endeavor is to give.

Cross Record were the hosts of this particular event, and their humble attitude is reflected in the way you hear vocalist/guitarist Emily Cross talk about how much time she has left, when it’s her band’s event. Luckily her husband Dan Duszynski, her main co-conspirator, was there (along with Peter Frederiksen on guitar) to remind her there was no time limit. The band played in a living room looking out on the Texas hill country, an area I was previously aware of only through a themed barbecue restaurant (you can take the New Yorker out of New York, but….). Then again, the Cross Record gang aren’t exactly rural sorts themselves. Cross and Duszynski moved to the Austin area from Chicago, where they built up a loyal following for their brand of “drone-folk”. Whatever you want to call it, their songs unfold slowly, carried on the slow boat of Cross’ voice and dual guitars, with minimal percussion. Among bands of recent vintage, the closest comparison I can think of is Philadelphia’s excellent Family Band; among better-known acts, I’d offer up another wife-husband unit, Low. To my mind, both of those are high compliments.

Cross Record are recent signees to Ba Da Bing Records, who are releasing the remaining physical copies of their latest album Be Good and, with any luck, giving them the push they need to break to a wider audience. Be Good is a special record, with Cross’ deeply personal songs embedded in hypnotic atmospherics that don’t overwhelm her voice, one of those you can’t believe is coming out of a woman that small or young. This show was stripped back further still, with the band offering up three of their own songs, including two from their previous album, Magnetic Current, along with two lovely covers — Merle Haggard’s “I Can’t Hold Myself In Line” and Townes Van Zandt’s “Don’t You Take It Too Bad”. After almost a full week of intensity in Austin, standing in crowds half-paying attention to too many bands who had lost the plot, it was cleansing indeed to see Cross there, guitar on her shoulders, singing her heart out, backed by a kick drum and a couple more guitars. It was a righteous thing. It did right by South By Southwest.

I recorded this set with my Schoeps MK4V microphones right in front of the band and their simple PA setup. It’s a perfect reflection of what it sounded like to be sitting there. Enjoy!

Stream “Holy Well”

Stream “I Can’t Hold Myself In Line” [Merle Haggard]

Download the complete show: [MP3| [FLAC]

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Cross Record
2014-03-15
Private Ranch
Dripping Springs, TX USA

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

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Tracks
01 Slow
02 Holy Well
03 [banter1]
04 I Can’t Hold Myself In Line [Merle Haggard]
05 [banter2]
06 I Want Your Mind In Your Body
07 Don’t You Take It Too Bad [Townes Van Zandt]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Cross Record, like them on Facebookbuy Be Good from Ba Da Bing Records and buy their other records from their bandcamp page.

The Coup: March 13, 2014 SXSW, New Movement Theater (Austin, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 19, 2014
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[Photos by acidjack]

NYCTaper isn’t known for live hip-hop, and I believe this is a first for us. Having now had the experience of seeing The Coup, I hope it’s not a last. The leftist, legendarily excellent Oakland crew blew my mind in this performance at the unofficial DC Against The World SXSW day show put on at the New Movement Theater improv club by CHIRP (the Chicago Independent Radio Project) and Fredericksburg All Ages together with sponsors Rogness Brewing Company and Bitch Beer. As a live act, it’s almost not fair to call The Coup “hip-hop”, as their sound is at least as firmly rooted in funk and vintage soul. Sure, frontman Boots Riley spits out rhymes like a machine, but behind him is a crack band of incredibly talented players whose virtuosity goes well beyond what lifted samples can do. Not to mention Silk-E, the band’s singer, who’d be a force on her own anywhere in the soul/R&B genre.

Boots asked us if it was our first Coup show, and a majority of hands went up. Too bad for us, because they are one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen. It didn’t matter that it was the middle of the day on a Thursday in a poorly-lit comedy club, or that they had another show to crank out just a couple hours later. From the first seconds of “Everythang” The Coup were bouncing, hands and bodies in the air, and so were we. Boots kept whipping the crowd into a frenzy with songs from all over the band’s catalog, including “The Guillotine” and “You Are Not A Riot” from their latest, Sorry To Bother You, as well as nuggets from their earliest work, including the previously-mentioned “Everythang” and “Five Million Ways to Kill A CEO” from their breakout 2001 record, Party Music. If the point of playing SXSW (if there’s any at this point) is to introduce yourself to an unfamiliar audience, to broaden your fan base by proving your worth the old-fashioned way, then this Coup set was a resounding success. Then again, it would’ve been by any measure. This is a group of master showmen, and they’re gonna bring it no matter what the circumstances.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones hung from a pipe up close and dead center in the venue, combined with a soundboard feed from the engineer of the day, Mike. Keep in mind that the New Movement Theater is designed for improv comedy and not music, and realize that this is the sound of a massive band using less than all of their equipment (not enough DIs were available) on a rented PA through a minimal board. While the sound quality is an accurate reflection of the room and the heroic efforts of all involved, there are a few technical glitches (feedback, etc.) here and there. The fault for those lies in the circumstances and limitations of the day, and not any deficiency on the part of the band, the organizers or the production crew. I believe this is a compelling set, and if it gets you off the fence about seeing The Coup, it has done its job. Enjoy!

Stream “Five Million Ways To Kill A CEO”

Stream “The Guillotine”

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The Coup
2014—03-13
DC Against the World SXSW Day Party
New Movement Theater
Austin, TX USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (FOB/DFC/PAS)>KC5>PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Mike)>>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, edit SBD)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging, compression)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 45:57]
01 Everythang
02 Get Your Hands Up
03 The Magic Clap
04 [banter]
05 Five Million Ways To Kill A CEO
06 The Gods of Science
07 [unknown]
08 [banter2]
09 The Guillotine
10 You Are Not A Riot
11 [banter3]
12 Fat Cats, Bigga Fish

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT The Coup, visit their website, and buy Sorry To Bother You from ANTI Records.

Explosions In the Sky: April 6, 2011 Radio City Music Hall – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

April 11, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Brian C. Reilly and Bowery Houselist]

It’s no longer news when an “indie” band sells out a mega-sized venue. But the story of Explosions In the Sky – an instrumental rock band on the tiny (and uniformly outstanding) label Temporary Residence Limited – has got to be one of the strangest of all. Sure, EITS are an absolutely killer live band, and their music is incredible – but that could also be said of their brethren in the instrumental rock scene, the next-most-popular of whom isn’t selling out venues one third this size. No, it was a bit of a quirk of fate that EITS’ music ended up becoming the soundtrack for the football movie Friday Night Lights and, perhaps more importantly, the surprisingly good TV series based on the movie that followed. Now, their eight-minute rock mini-symphonies may forever be associated with sandblown prairie, abandoned oil rigs, and of course, football fields set against the lonely Texas sky, but they are fitting-enough images for a style of music that is so grand in its sweep. In one song, EITS can be capture the mute pain of loneliness, the thrill of motion, and the ecstasy of victory. I don’t doubt that they take inspiration from the outsize land from which they came, from Friday night lights and the great swaths of darkness in between.

As to this set, its most exciting aspect was that it gave EITS a chance to debut songs from their forthcoming album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, which, if pre-release hype is any indication, will be their most massive yet. They led off with the new number “Postcard From 1952,” a classic slow-builder in the usual EITS style, that wraps up with cascading waves of feedback. Also on display were the mellower “Let Me Back In” and the closer, the short-burst rocker “Trembling Hands,” which may well end up being their bid for radio airplay. As EITS sets go, this one was a bit short, topping out at only 75 minutes, but the band made them count, adding to the new songs some of their biggest classics like “The Only Moment We Were Alone” and “Your Hand In Mine”. But perhaps the most moving part of the performance for me wasn’t what happened during the music, but the sincere gratitude the band showed both before and after the show in their thanks to the fans. A lot of bands can give the perfunctory “thanks for coming” etc. and you may or may not believe them; for EITS, it was evident how incredible this unlikely achievement was for them. As a truly great group of guys as well as outstanding musicians, this success couldn’t have happened to a better group of people. Good for them, and good for us.

I recorded this set with the DPA microphones. My location in the venue was not optimal, but Radio City is a beautiful-sounding venue, so the sound is still good after a bit of tweaking. The crowd was very respectful, and therefore crowd noise is minimal. I apologize in advance for any tracking errors. Enjoy!

Stream “Trembling Hands”:

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Explosions In the Sky
2011-04-06
Radio City Music Hall
New York, NY USA

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

Equipment: DPA 4021>Denecke PS/2>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (EQ, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:15:48]
01 Intro
02 Postcard From 1952
03 The Birth and Death of the Day
04 Yasmin the Light
05 Last Known Surroundings
06 The Only Moment We Were Alone
07 Catastrophe and the Cure
08 Let Me Back In
09 Your Hand In Mine
10 Trembling Hands

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