Woods: July 27, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 29, 2013

[Photos by acidjack]

As Woods played in front of a fantasia of psychedelic swirls provided by Drippy Eye Projections, I thought back to another of many memorable Woods shows I’ve been to, where they played Abrons Arts Center with the Joshua Light Show, which these projections most resembled. Or there was the time they played St. Cecilia’s Church during the 2011 Northside Festival. Or the first couple times I saw them, in both cases opening for bands they are much bigger than now and whose careers they have outlasted, and thought, wow, these guys are really different. And they’re great. 

Like all bands with staying power, Woods have continued to evolve without abandoning the core elements of their sound — Jeremy Earl’s nasal, high pitched voice, the ramshackle folk, the not-quite-retro psychedelia. What has evolved into a very different beast is the band’s now-huge guitar sound, which barely resembles their earlier records and has turned them into a sonic juggernaut live. When the one minute, fifty four second song “I Was Gone” becomes a fourteen-minute behemoth of a jam now, the reaction isn’t being surprised or impressed that they’re trying it — it’s paying attention to what will be good about this version of the song. A Woods set, which rarely runs far past an hour, has become like a controlled dose of Grateful Dead. Every minute is worth watching, and the “jam songs” are ones you feel compelled to debate the best one of, date by date.

This set at Bowery Ballroom, which closed out their latest U.S. tour after a well-received Pitchfork Festival appearance the previous weekend, recalled several elements of the November show at Music Hall that we attended, but with a couple of exciting new offerings. Not only did the band play the new song “Shining”, which we assume will appear on their next record or in recorded format at some point, but they were also joined by Alex Bleeker of opening act Alex Bleeker and the Freaks for a special rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ever-popular “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”. Woods will be spending August in Europe and September on the West Coast. If you’re in either of those places, don’t miss seeing them. Tour dates can be found [HERE].

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from longtime Bowery engineer Kenny. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK5 (DIN, DFC)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.03 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:06:17]
01 Pushing Onlys
02 Suffering Season
03 Cali In A Cup
04 Shining
05 Bend Beyond
06 [jam]
07 Size Meets the Sound
08 Is It Honest?
09 [banter/tuning 1]
10 Be All Be Easy
11 Find Them Empty
12 I Was Gone
13 [encore break]
14 Rain On
15 [banter2]
16 Have You Ever Seen the Rain? [Creedence Clearwater Revival]

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3 Responses to Woods: July 27, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

  1. July 29, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    WOW my monday just got incredible. Thank you very much acidjack, super psyched you got a quality recording, especially since they covered CCR. It’s like a two sided doughnut with incredible frosting on each side. Can’t wait for Big Sur in September!

  2. Fan
    July 30, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! Anyone else know where to find Woods live recordings??!! Looking for FLAC but beggars can’t be choosers. Really excited for this indie band to become a full-fledged jam-band someday soon here ;)

  3. acidjack
    July 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Well, this site has posted something like a dozen at least, all in FLAC (and MP3). You can use the search box on the right side of the page, or Google “Woods nyctaper” or try clicking the tag at the bottom of this post. I’d humbly suggest ours are the best Woods recordings out there, certainly of anywhere there are this many of them.

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