Animal Collective: January 21, 2009 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Direct Downloads + Photos

January 23, 2009

[all of the excellent photos on this page are by J Caldwell and Alexis Stember – click on the photos here for links to full resolution versions]

If Tuesday night was a celebration of history, Wednesday night at Bowery Ballroom, Animal Collective exhibited why they deserve the accolades. In the most intimate venue they may ever play, AC performed a ninety minute set of near perfection — an impressive balance of energy and proficiency. The Grand Ballroom began slowly and built the energy. The Bowery Ballroom started with an explosive “Also Frightened” that segued neatly into “My Girls. As Animal Collective worked through a setlist front-loaded with trance-inducing tribal chant numbers, the only point in which the show relaxed was the encore segment where the reworked “Winters Love” flowed seamlessly into Panda Bear’s “Comfy in Nautica”. Other highlights again included “Fireworks”, where during the jam segment we focused on the manic percussion work of Panda, and the new number “Blue Sky” (working title) — but in reality, the entire show was a highlight.

[nyctaper vantage point!]

We recorded this set under the most ideal conditions. The sound quality is the venue was outstanding, and the sound staff mixed the band to perfection. The photographers J and Alexis provided us with a “buffer” against any crowd chatter, and our location was a direct line to the PA stacks. The result is a recording that we are confident in declaring is the best unofficial live recording of Animal Collective that you will ever hear. It gives us great pleasure to present a recording of this quality. Enjoy!

Listen to this recording in streaming audio or download below:

These are direct downloads in FLAC and MP3 from another server (right click and “save file as” or “save target as”), or use a download manager.

Firefox users can Down Them All! at once (here).

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Animal Collective
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Balcony Rail
Next to Soundboard

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (set fades, slight level adjustments, Downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:28:44]
01 Also Frightened [FLAC] [MP3]
02 My Girls [FLAC] [MP3]
03 Blue Sky [FLAC] [MP3]
04 Slippi [FLAC] [MP3]
05 Leaf House [FLAC] [MP3]
06 Summertime Clothes [FLAC] [MP3]
07 Guys Eyes [FLAC] [MP3]
08 Lablakley Dress [FLAC] [MP3]
09 Fireworks [FLAC] [MP3]
10 Lion in a Coma [FLAC] [MP3]
11 Brother Sport [FLAC] [MP3]
12 [encore break] [FLAC] [MP3]
13 Winters Love [FLAC] [MP3]
14 Comfy in Nautica [FLAC] [MP3]

Information: [TXT FILE]
Verification: [MD5 FILE]

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Animal Collective, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases directly from Domino Records site [HERE].

33 Responses to Animal Collective: January 21, 2009 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Direct Downloads + Photos

  1. bva
    January 23, 2009 at 9:40 am


    Although – and this is entirely possibly – I may have lost my mind because I do not see any links.

    but THANK YOU!

  2. January 23, 2009 at 9:45 am

    You’re not crazy. I published this too early (hit the wrong button). The links are coming soon, just hang for a little bit. More amazing photos too.

  3. bva
    January 23, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Sorry – the excitement got the best of me! Take your time!

  4. J
    January 23, 2009 at 11:00 am

    this is too awesome!

    i love in the top photos (alexis’) you can see avey’s sister abby watching the show!

  5. Matt
    January 23, 2009 at 11:12 am

    This is great. Thanks!

  6. January 23, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Thanks man — this is great.

  7. Kreg
    January 23, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Thanks, you really outdid yourself.

    Keep up the amazing work.

  8. January 23, 2009 at 11:51 am

    i’ve been waiting for this. thanks!

  9. January 23, 2009 at 11:54 am

    You weren’t kidding, Dan. Sound absolutely spectacular. Glad J and I could be your buffers ;)

  10. Shawn
    January 23, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    we are spoiled


  11. RAH
    January 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    This sounds incredible. I also enjoyed the Grand Ballroom boot. Thanks for your hard work dude.

  12. greg
    January 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    you rock

  13. Sergi
    January 23, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I had not been around this website for a while, and that won’t happen again. Thanks a lot! This is an amazing surprise.

  14. Todd
    January 23, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    really appreciate the great work nyctaper! both the grand ballroom and bowery recordings are pretty much perfect… i was at bowery and this is dead on. you rock!

  15. J
    January 23, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks man. This is a great recording of what was an awesome concert. Cheers!

  16. Lord Summerisle
    January 23, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you for the concerts. Missing the presence and bass but still are worthy recordings.

  17. Jon in Boston
    January 23, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    this recording is pristine. the sound in that room was incredible and these tapes capture that feeling very well. many thanks for this.

  18. Ben
    January 23, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Another amazing ac boot from nyctaper. Thanks a million.

  19. Peter
    January 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Sounds excellent, Dan.

  20. tele52
    January 25, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Thank you so much to join this kind of bands that never will gig in my country.

  21. michael
    January 25, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    hey dan – thank you for doing all that you do

  22. Jason
    January 26, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Thanks for these terrific recordings! I saw AC in Berlin a few days before these shows, so it is great to compare sets and revisit the show.

  23. Adam Thrasher
    February 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    AC are a revelation – they’re neo-psychedelic but not – thanks to NYC Taper for another sweet turn on!

    Peace, Adam

  24. katie
    February 5, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    oh my god, thank you. i was sick that i missed this show.

  25. cyninge
    February 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    What happened to the links? Am I late to the party?

  26. February 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    No, the links are still good. It just looks like, where the links are posted, had a little hiccup. They seem to be working now.

  27. Learn To Play Live
    February 18, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    If these guys want to be as legendary as they very well should be, they ought to learn how to play their stuff live. Kudos on the recordings man, but their live performances are really disappointing. For all the praise that is heaped upon them you think Avey and Panda would learn how to sing without AutoTune. Here’s hoping they read this and gets to practicing so they can be as legendary as I really want to see them be! Your records are so effing good!!!!!

  28. andy
    February 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this. I can’t wait to hear the show….

    Though I will correct you on this being the most intimate show they will ever play; keep in mind that in May they will perform to 300 people at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA. And yes, I am going.

  29. Slurt
    March 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you so much!
    I’ve missed them in Berlin, and I regret it so much…

  30. heymustbeadevil
    April 4, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    wow flac versions thanks!!!!!!!!

  31. Matt
    April 28, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Damn, this is AWESOME. You were right, the best live AC recording I’ve ever heard.
    One question though: how on earth do you know the second to last track is Winters Love? It sounds NOTHING like the album version and I can’t make out any of the lyrics. I mean, believe you, but I wouldn’t have been able to tell.

  32. Aleks
    August 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Your recordings are amazing. I have enjoyed a lot some of previous posts. Great job, thanks.

  33. Joey
    December 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm


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