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Titus Andronicus: December 14, 2017 Market Hotel

December 17, 2017
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Thursday night at Market Hotel was a night for survivors. Both the artist and the venue are inextricably intertwined as crucial parts of last decade’s Brooklyn DIY scene, but both have reshaped and reformatted themselves for the future. Titus Andronicus survived the meat grinder of the music industry and a myriad of personnel changes, and now find themselves having landed peacefully into the arms of the excellent Merge Records. The most recent Titus record, 2015’s The Most Lamentable Tragedy was perhaps the band’s most ambitious and fully realized record. The Market Hotel meanwhile has itself survived a laundry list of issues but Market v3.0 began again in November and the limited calendar will soon give way to a full-on slate of shows in the New Year.

This year saw Titus Andronicus in retooling mode, and this Market Hotel show was the only headlining Titus gig of the entire 2017 calendar year. But Patrick Stickles seems to be in a very good place personally, as his positivity on this night was palpable. When the doors opened, the band members were seated at the merch table to greet the fans, and Patrick spend the better part of the first hour of the night meeting and greeting and catching up with old friends. The fan friendly theme bled directly into the performance itself, as Titus delivered a nearly two-hour set — representing the longest set ever played at this venue. The setlist contained a panoply of Titus material, from their very first single all the way through a good chunk of the recent albums. Throughout the show, Patrick noted members of the audience, thanked the people who have helped the band throughout the years, and played his heart out. The crowd for their part were fully engaged — there were no chatterers, just people singing along with the anthemic lyrics from the front to the back of the venue. By the time the set ended with a fantastic punk-tinged cover of Springsteen’s “Glory Days”, the crowd, the band, and the venue had proved that its all about survival and fighting through life’s conflicts to emerge on the other side stronger than ever. We expect that 2018 will be a very good year for both Titus Andronicus and The Market Hotel, and this show gave us great hope for the future of both.

I recorded this set with the installed microphones along with an excellent feed from house FOH Eric. Other than one point near the end of “Perfect Union” when a drum mic shorted out, this recording is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Titus Andronicus
2017-12-14
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Eric Lemke] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:45:17]
01 [intro remarks]
02 Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus
03 Fatal Flaw
04 Upon Viewing Brueghel’s Landscape With the Fall of Icarus
05 In a Small Body
06 I Am The Electric Man
07 Lonely Boy
08 [banter – Market Hotel]
09 Titus Andronicus
10 My Time Outside the Womb
11 Mr E Mann
12 Fired Up
13 Dimed Out
14 [banter – sensitive subtext]
15 No Future
16 No Future Part Three Escape From No Future
17 No Future Part V In Endless Dreaming
18 Stable Boy
19 Four Score and Seven
20 A More Perfect Union
21 [banter – thanks]
22 Glory Days [Springsteen]

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Titus Andronicus: December 14, 2012 Maxwell’s – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 7, 2013
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[photos by acidjack]

The New Jersey punk band Titus Andronicus is definitive proof that intelligent music and pure punk abandon need not be mutually exclusive. Much like their contemporaries in Fucked Up, Titus haven’t left any of their genre’s guideposts behind; their sound is relentless, unsubtle and brash and their shows (other than this one) rarely lack for mosh pit chaos and stage diving antics. But Titus isn’t content to be only that. Their second album, The Monitor, by the end of its thrilling opening number “A More Perfect Union”, cemented the notion that the New Jersey band intended to at least partially claim the mantle of their home state’s singular musical hero, Bruce Springsteen; it was a denser, more fully realized follow-up to their promising debut, and one that gained notice well outside of punk circles. Titus have been called a thinking person’s punk band, and that’s more than fair; they have proven that records filled with literary and historical allusions can still get kids to the pit. Further, not many punk bands play 90 minute sets that include seven- and eight-minute songs; Titus does that all the time. No wonder that Yo La Tengo picked Titus, along with Real Estate, to represent the guard of New Jersey rock among their opening act picks for this year’s Hanukkah shows.

The YLT crowd may have been more subdued than the ones that last saw Titus play at Maxwell’s (including at the closing of the Monitor tour in 2010), but the band spared nothing as they tore through songs from their newly released LP, Local Business along with classics from their last two. Local Business was primarily recorded live, with fewer studio flourishes than past efforts, and that made that album’s songs like “In A Big City” shine in particular. Other than the melodic intro to “No Future Part III: Escape From No Future”, the band never put the brakes on, and that was as it should be. The stage diving may have been non-existent, but the appreciation, and the energy, were very much alive in the room. One of New Jersey’s, if not the nation’s best punk bands deserved nothing less.

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Titus Andronicus
2012-12-14
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

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

Schoeps MK5c>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, light DR compression, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 In A Big City
03 Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood of Detritus
04 Upon Viewing Bruegel’s “Landscape With the Fall of Icarus”
05 Richard III
06 No Future Part III: Escape From No Future
07 Ecce Homo
08 Still Life With Hot Deuce and Silver Platter
09 A More Perfect Union
10 Roadrunner [Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Titus Andronicus, visit their website, and buy their records from the XL Recordings online store [HERE]

Titus Andronicus: April 24, 2010 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads

April 27, 2010
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[photo by J Caldwell]

Titus Andronicus capped off their 53-day “Moni-tour” with an epic show at Maxwell’s that those in the know were calling “the best they’ve ever played”. When I ran into Patrick before the show he greeted me with “I’m glad you’re here” and told me that he expected this show would be a good one to record — he was right. As the band opened with the crowd singalong “A More Perfect Union”, it was obvious that the energy in the room was crackling. Titus sold out venues many times the size of Maxwell’s this tour, so that Friday’s small crowd was all diehards anxious to vocalize their support. The band played much of The Monitor material, with a few older numbers (“Joset” and “Mahwah” were notable), and performed a Spider Bags cover with Spider Dan on vocals. By the time the band reached the end of the set, Patrick gave a nice little speech about the tour, and concluded the show with a powerful “Four Score and Seven”. This set presents the perfect bookend for the early March tour-opener at Bowery Ballroom, which we also recorded.

I recorded this set in the usual location in this venue, with the microphones mounted high inside the soundboard booth mixed with a feed from the board. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Titus Andronicus
2010-04-24
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ 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
2010-04-26

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:30:26]
01 A More Perfect Union
02 Joset of Nazareth’s Blues
03 A Pot in Which to Piss
04 Upon Viewing Brueghel’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”
05 Richard II
06 Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ
07 No Future Part Three: Escape from No Future
08 Titus Andronicus
09 My Time Outside the Womb
10 [banter]
11 Theme From “Cheers”
12 [banter]
13 Waking Up Drunk (Spider Bags)
14 [banter]
15 The Battle of Hampton Roads
16 Titus Andronicus Forever / …And Ever
17 [banter]
18 Four Score and Seven

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Titus Andronicus: March 6, 2010 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads

March 9, 2010
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[photo by nyctaper]

Patrick Stickles decision to perform a solo rendition of The Replacements’ “Treatment Bound” as a tribute to his band was appropriate in so many ways. Titus Andronicus owes much to the Replacements in terms of their sound and their attitude. At the Bowery on Saturday night, Titus sold out one of NYC’s premiere venues on the night they celebrated the release of their triumphant new album The Monitor. As the Replacements did during their Hootenanny/Let it Be heyday, Titus has learned to walk the thin line between inspired manic energy and chaos. But if the decline of the Replacements from a group of talented crazies to a bland major label AOR band is any lesson, one can only hope that Titus can maintain their edge. The Monitor is an ambitious album that works on many levels as it draws inspirations from history, life in the suburbs, and life in a punk rock band. As the Minutemen did contemporaneously to the ‘Mats, Titus has structured big ideas into multi-layered songs (“Battle of Hampton Roads” lasts sixteen minutes), but still manage to keep within the punk idiom and ethos. Its truly a strange site to see virtually the entire floor of the Bowery Ballroom slamming to a song about Civil War ironclad warships, but somehow on Saturday it seemed to perfectly fit the occasion.

I recorded this set with the Neumann microphones from the balcony rail mixed with a feed from the soundboard. The two sources give the recording both instrumental and vocal clarity while also reflecting the energy in the room. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Titus Andronicus
2010-03-06
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 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
2010-03-08

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:31:11]
01 [introduction]
02 A Pot In Which To Piss
03 Upon Viewing Bruegel’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”
04 A More Perfect Union
05 Joset of Nazareth’s Blues
06 Richard II
07 [tuning/banter]
08 Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, New Jersey
09 [banter]
10 No Future Part Three: Escape from No Future
11 Titus Andronicus
12 Band Introductions/My Time Outside The Womb
13 [banter]
14 The Battle Of Hampton Roads
15 …And Ever
16 [banter]
17 Four Score And Seven
18 [banter]
19 Treatment Bound (The Replacements)
20 No Future Part II: The Day After No Future

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Titus Andronicus: November 5, 2009 Masonic Temple – Flac and MP3 Downloads

November 19, 2009
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[photo by Joe Perez – courtesy of Impose Magazine]

As the opening band at F*cked Up’s performance of The Chemistry of Common Life, Titus Andronicus performed their first set of Titus material since in the infamous appearance at the Vice Magazine Halloween Party.

Radio Flyer reviewed their set:

Fitting with their slightly cleaned-up appearance, Titus Andronicus have polished up their sound. Don’t think that takes off the edge, though. They are loud and fast and make me want to move to Ireland and go to a pub with people I will come to call “the lads” every night just so that we can stumble home shouting drunken renditions of every Titus Andronicus song we know. But Titus Andronicus has always been a technically sophisticated band and now their guitar-work can really shine. They’ve rearranged their songs to include some enormous, glittering walls of sound, some stunning embellishing riffs and some crazy, crazy noise. They are more loud and cool and fun than ever.

Acidjack recorded this set with a mobile rig from the middle of the floor of this venue of subpar sound. The recording is raw and somewhat boomy, but it sounds like it was — a punk show. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Titus Andronicus
2009-11-05
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Brooklyn, NY USA

An ACIDJACK master recording

Recorded and produced by acidjack
Hosted by nyctaper

Equipment: Audix 1280c capsules>Church Audio Active Cables>SPSB-10>R-09HR (24/48)
Position: Center of floor, about 30-35′ back, mics in hat
Mastering: WAV>Audacity (tracking, downsample, amplify each channel, EQ, set fades)

Tracks
01 [introduction]
02 Titus Andronicus
03 Arms Against Atrophy
04 [crowd]
05 Joset of Nazareth’s Blues
06 A More Perfect Union
07 [Union cont’d]
08 My Time Outside The Womb
09 [crowd]
10 Upon Viewing Bruegel’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”
11 No Future Part Two: The Days After No Future
12 The Enemy is Everywhere
13 [crowd]
14 Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ
15 [instrumental]

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