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Vivian Girls: March 2, 2014 Baby’s All Right (Final Show!) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 5, 2014
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[Photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

Oh, the Vivian Girls. You know you’ve been around awhile when you have witnessed the entire life cycle of a band like this. It wasn’t that long ago, to us, that our then-young site was covering an up-and-coming all-female band at places like the East Village Radio Fest and some extremely random ToddP venues. Pretty soon, like any good little band that could, the Vivs were playing spots like Bowery Ballroom. They were loved, yet not universally so, and maybe that’s as clear a sign as any that they mattered. As so eloquently summed up in Jenn Pelly’s comprehensive Pitchfork piece, if you didn’t like the band because they were “lo fi”, if you didn’t like the band because they weren’t avant-garde or music school enough, well, that’s on you. The Vivs wrote good songs. They wrote songs that sounded good in the spaces where their people were, in shitty apartments and on shitty rented PAs and, yes, on those shitty white iPhone headphones, by then ubiquitous. In their moment, as an all-female guitar band, they broke ceilings, too.

It’s fitting that this final show took place at the brand-spanking-new Baby’s All Right, a type of venue that would’ve been almost-unthinkable in the Williamsburg of 2007, when the Vivs hit the scene. Baby’s has a real liquor license, cool stage lights, a professional sound system. There’s a full-service restaurant in it that can (with 24 hours notice) serve you a whole pig. A bar that serves microbrews, makes a decent Old Fashioned. It’s a far cry from Monster Island Basement, or even Zebulon or Music Hall‘s old ghost, Northsix.

But what hasn’t changed is as important as what has. Like old times, the band played loud to a crowd where everyone knew the songs. People crowd surfed, and you could also find the band members out there too, Katy Goodman rocking out on the floor, surrounded by her peers (and maybe even a few curious synthpop refugees). This is one of those “last shows” that may give itself the lie, in the end, and that’s OK. These women aren’t quitting music — even, in a general sense, this band’s style of music. Goodman has La Sera (our most recent recording here), Cassie Ramone has The Babies (our best recording here), Ali Koehler has Upset. Goodman reminded us backstage that La Sera have a new record out this May on Hardly Art; look for a new song to debut this week and check out a preview YouTube clip here.

So enjoy these old songs, then, for what they are: A once-in-a-lifetime quality rendering of them, ramshackle sounds going out in style. The Girls were having fun, in front of friends as well as their parents. The lucky few got to see “Out For the Sun” descend into noise jam territory as the band members cavorted onstage and with the audience, taking the energy of the room to its peak. The three-song encore did everything it needed to send them off right: their cover of The Wipers‘ “Telepathic Love”, followed by “All The Time” straight into the night’s closer, “No”. Just under one hour and eighteen songs, and that was it. Balloons got popped, shots got drunk, there were goodbyes. It wasn’t exactly the end of an era, but it was an end, and a great one.

We are truly grateful to the Vivian Girls, Baby’s All Right engineer Devin Foley, and their entire team for allowing us the level of access we had to make this final recording. This is an 18-track digital multitrack recording from the soundboard that also includes two Naiant audience mics to capture the spirit of the crowd and sound of the room. It may still be “lo fi” by studio standards, but by the site’s standards, this is one for the ages. We hope you enjoy.

Stream “When I’m Gone”

Stream “Telepathic Love” [The Wipers]

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Vivian Girls
2014-03-02
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by Devin Foley, acidjack and nyctaper
Produced by acidjack

18-channel multitrack soundboard (Engineer: Devin Foley) + Naiant X-X (omni, stage lip, corners of stage)>Pro Tools>20x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (various dynamics, compression, alignment, mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, stereo imaging, dynamics)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 55:02]
01 Walking Alone At Night
02 I Have No Fun
03 Wild Eyes
04 I Heard You Say
05 [banter1]
06 The End
07 Death
08 Lake House
09 [banter2]
10 Sixteen Ways
11 [banter3]
12 I Believe In Nothing
13 Never See Me Again
14 When I’m Gone
15 [banter4]
16 Before I Start To Cry
17 Out For the Sun
18 [banter5]
19 Tell The World
20 [encore break]
21 Telepathic Love [The Wipers]
22 All The Time>
23 No

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The Babies: June 18, 2011 McCarren Park (Northside Festival) – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

July 8, 2011
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[Photos by acidjack]

Having just caught their set at Knitting Factory a few weeks prior, I felt more up to speed with what The Babies were up when they kicked off the proceedings at the Northside Festival’s outdoor stage in McCarren Park.  I actually preferred this set to the Knitting Factory set, partly because the daytime outdoor setting was the perfect way to experience Cassie Ramone and Kevin Morby’s laid-back garage rock.  It didn’t hurt any that the outdoor PA mix was surprisingly strong, making for a recording that captures the artists’ vocal interplay perfectly.  One easy test of a band’s staying power is how well they hold up to repeated listens – especially live shows – in a short period of time.  Already, songs like “Breakin’ the Law”, “Sick Kid” and “Here Comes Trouble” feel like fantastic summer jams for this season and beyond.

I recorded this set with AKG large-diaphragm microphones on “omnidirectional” setting and split wide, plus an excellent soundboard feed.  The recording is excellent.  Enjoy!

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The Babies
2011-06-18
Northside Festival
McCarren Park
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Equipment: AKG C414 B-XLS (omni)>Sound Devices USBpre2 > Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48) + Soundboard>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: FOB, DFC, mics at 9ft, 3ft split
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (align, mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC Level 8

Tracks
01 Run Me Over
02 Sunset
03 Breakin’ the Law
04 Sick Kid
05 Wild 2
06 All Things Come To Pass
07 Meet Me In the City
08 Here Comes Trouble
09 [unknown]
10 Caroline

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The Babies: May 27, 2011 Knitting Factory – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

June 17, 2011
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[Photo by acidjack]

When we first saw The Babies at the beginning of last year (that recording here), they were a brand-new band mostly known as a side project of Cassie Ramone of the Vivian Girls and Kevin Morby of Woods. They rocked the hell out of Glasslands that night and left us wanting more – especially a new record. More than a year later, they gave us what we had hoped for in the form of a delightfully just-polished-enough eponymous debut album on the Shrimper imprint. This Knitting Factory show, opening for Times New Viking, found them working through many of the album tracks as well as some new and unfamiliar numbers. While the band’s sound owes more to Ramone’s Vivians than to Woods, the Babies have developed a solid identity of their own, marrying some of the surf vibe of the Vivians with a slightly harder-edged sound. We expect many more good things from the Babies – but in the meantime, just don’t call them a “Brooklyn Supergroup”.

I recorded this set from the same location as the Times New Viking recording, with the AKG large diaphragm mics set to a tighter pattern to reject more reflections from the room, as well as a soundboard feed. This one is probably the best recording of the night. Enjoy!

The Babies will be playing the Northside Festival this Saturday at McCarren Park with Guided By Voices. NYCTaper will be recording all sets at that show, and many other sets throughout the festival. Check out The Babies as well our NYCTaper/Pop Tarts Suck Toasted Showcase at Public Assembly on Sunday the 19th.

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The Babies
2011-05-27
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Equipment: AKG C 414 B-XLS (hypercardiod)>Sound Devices USBpre2 + Soundboard>>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: At soundboard, slightly ROC, mics at 7ft, PAS
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Run Me Over
02 Sunset
03 Breakin’ the Law
04 [unknown]
05 Sick Kid
06 Wild 2
07 All Things Come To Pass>Meet Me In the City
08 [unknown]
09 Here Comes Trouble
10 Caroline

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La Sera: March 2, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

March 15, 2011
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[Photos by Geoffrey Dicker for According2G]

La Sera is the new LA-based project from Katy Goodman, best known for her work with the Vivian Girls. La Sera may be an LA band but the Bowery Ballroom crowd welcomed Katy and her new band with open arms, and well they should have. La Sera more or less picks up where the Vivians left off, but adds a lighter California twist that befits their hometown. La Sera songs, compared to the Vivians, are suffused with a sunnier tone that borrows from the girl groups of the 60s and California surf rock, with the Vivians’ layers of feedback stripped away. That leaves Goodman’s voice and her pretty, spare arrangements, which is all to the good, as she can sing the hell out of these songs. This set included a number of new songs – impressive considering that Goodman release La Sera’s debut LP, La Sera, just earlier this year – as well as a spot-on cover of the Mamas and the Papas’ “Dedicated to the One I Love.” Despite her use of rotating touring bands (because Goodman continues as a member of the Vivian Girls, she cannot consistently keep one La Sera together), this band delivered the songs confidently, setting the stage perfectly for the headliner, Tennis (also recorded).

I recorded this set from the same location as the Tennis recording, but utilized only the Microtech-Gefell microphones. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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La Sera
2011-03-02
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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

Equipment: Microtech-Gefell M210s>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, at soundboard, mics on extension arm at eye level with sound staff, 210s pointed at stacks
Mastering: 24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (downsample, EQ, set fades, limit peaks, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Time 33:06]
01 Behind Your Eyes
02 Sleeptalking
03 Never Come Around
04 Hold
05 [unknown]
06 [banter]
07 Been Here Before
08 [unknown – new]
09 Left This World
10 [banter]
11 Devils Hearts Grow Gold
12 [unknown – new]
13 Dedicated to the One I Love [The Mamas and the Papas]
14 [unknown]
15 You’re Going to Cry [feat. Molly from Widowspeak and Elena from Tennis]
16 Beating Heart

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