Dirty Projectors: November 22, 2009 Bowery – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 8, 2009

[photo courtesy of Amanda M. Hatfield]

Acidjack reports:
“The Dirty Projectors are the band you’d get if some Ivy League music majors decided to convert their acappella group into a rock band. Or perhaps, they are, almost, the band we *did* get. If you don’t own Bitte Orca, their excellent album from this year, go out and buy it now, before you don’t own the album that will top all of this year’s “best of” lists.

Experiencing this band live, it is even more striking just how *musical* this band is. Quite frankly, I lack the music theory vocabulary to explain what it is they’re doing up there, but the complexity in their compositions – from the vocal harmonies to the song structures – is evident to even the untutored ear. This night, closing out an almost weeklong run in their home town, saw the Projectors in fine form, playing a nearly 90 minute set (including an acoustic set) that closed out with special guest star David Byrne, as well as an appearance by The Roots. Not since Kid A has a band moved rock music this far forward this quickly, and, like Kid A, challenged the most basic notions about what “rock” music is – and could be.

I recorded this set in the center with my new DPA 4021s. Thanks to the combination of the band’s extremely talented sound engineers, the respectful crowd, and the top-flight equipment, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!”

NYCTaper would like to acknowledge and thank David Longstreth and Domino Records for their kind permission to post this recording.

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

[edit: some formats are having problems extracting track 08 of the mp3s due to the syntax of the multi-song title. An alternative Track 08 is here]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

The Dirty Projectors
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

An ACIDJACK master recording

Equipment: DPA 4021>Marantz PMD660 (16/44.1)
Position: FOB, center, halfway back
Mastering: WAV>Audacity (tracking, amplify channel, set fades)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Imagine It
02 Ascending Melody
03 Cannibal Resource
04 crowd
05 Wittenberg III
06 crowd
07 Fucked For Life
08 Gimme Gimme Gimme>Rise Above>Thirsty and Miserable
09 Two Doves
10 crowd
11 Spray Paint the Walls
12 The Bride
13 Stillness is the Move
14 No Intention (with the Roots)
15 Remade Horizon
16 Useful Chamber
17 encore break
18 Temecula Sunrise
19 crowd
20 Knotty Pine (with David Byrne)

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Dirty Projectors, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase Bitte Orca directly from the Domino Records website [HERE].

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15 Responses to Dirty Projectors: November 22, 2009 Bowery – Flac and MP3 Downloads

  1. Balot
    December 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    THANK YOU! I have been looking for some live Dirty Projectors for a while and I was surprised not to see more DP on nyctaper. Keep them coming, please.

  2. Colin
    December 8, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I just wanted to point out that the Roots actually played on both “Stillness Is the Move” and “No Intention” (Stillness was absolutely epic with 2 drummers, 2 bassists, 3 guitarists, …)!

  3. December 9, 2009 at 11:37 am


  4. Ben
    December 9, 2009 at 11:39 am

    thanks!!!!! Stillness is the Move is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a very long time

  5. December 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks so much for this, it’s a beautiful recording. I’ve posted about it on my Dirty Projectors website, usefulchamber.com The Kid A comment is so on the money too.

    Thanks again,


  6. December 9, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks for your support, Miles. You have an excellent site.

  7. December 13, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Just wanted to thank you (and Pitchfork) so much for this. And I promise I’ve done my part in return (well, preemptively as of the second week in June, actually).

  8. Lee
    December 14, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Really fantastic sound quality. The most significant band of this generation to date. Thanks for making this available.

  9. Matthew
    December 14, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks, NYCTaper! Coming through huge, yet again!

  10. January 27, 2010 at 1:59 am

    first of all thanks for a valuable share this is a good one in the list of dirty projectors. very nice audio clarity . loving this one more than my boy friends


  11. old pioneer
    March 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm


  12. MattP
    April 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    just stumbled onto this.. THANKS!!

  13. aaro
    April 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    very excited to find this! thanks

  14. Fernando
    April 21, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Downloading it right now!

  15. charlie wyrd
    August 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks a billion – these guys – the Dirty projectors are really one of the best things going these days – along with the likes of Quasi and the Fiery Furnaces …. I find so many other modern exp acts tedious at best and annoying at worst – but these beautiful creators really break new ground every record…
    Thanks SO MUCH again for posting this live show of the DP

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