Fol Chen: April 18, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

July 22, 2010

[Photo by CharlieTakesPhotos.  See his Flickr stream here]

Los Angeles-based Fol Chen made a perfect opening act for Liars at this packed Sunday night show back in April at Music Hall of Williamsburg.  Though Liars’ style may be a bit heavier, both bands play music that treads outside the boundaries of normal song structure and typical rock style (if such a thing exists these days anyway).  Little that the band does is obvious, with a theatrical, beat-driven sound that isn’t easily categorized. The set kicked off with the catchy and hypnotic “Red Skies Over Garden City”, my favorite from the band’s debut, John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made.  From there, the band played a few songs from their latest record (released this week), Part II: The New December, as well as the unreleased and never-recorded “The Nudibranch Paradox.”  Live, the band’s sound has a much sparer, more rock feel that emphasizes the live drums and the vocal harmonies.  Although it is a departure from their records to an extent, it is a welcome change, showing that the songs can stand on their own without studio wizardry.  We are releasing this recording at this somewhat delayed date at Fol Chen’s request, as they did not want our live recording to “preview” their new songs until they were officially released.  Now that their new record is out, please check out Part II: The New December and find out more about this excellent band.

I recorded this set from our usual spot in the venue.  Other than a few chatterers here and there, the sound is excellent. Thanks to Fol Chen for releasing the recording, and for their help with tracking and song titles.  Enjoy!

Please note that as the Liars performance was being recorded for a live album that will feature the entire April 18th performance.  Therefore, although it was recorded, NYCTaper will not be releasing this recording.  The live album will be worth the wait once released!

Stream “The Nudibranch Paradox”:

Stream “Red Skies Over Garden City”:

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Fol Chen
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: DPA 4021>Naiant littlebox>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to left of sound booth, 11? up, DIN
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, EQ, tracking, amplify and balance channels, downsample)>FLAC Level 8

01 Red Skies Over Garden City [fades in]
02 Winter, That’s All
03 The Nudibranch Paradox
04 They Came To Me
05 [banter]
06 Men, Beasts or Houses (Parts I and II)
07 Please John, You’re Killing Me
08 Cable TV
09 Ruins (Dawn Patrol Mix)
10 This Is Where the Road Belongs
11 The Holograms

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Fol Chen, visit their website, and purchase Part II: The New December and their other records from Asthmatic Kitty here.

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