Sharon Van Etten: October 9, 2010 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set [From the archives]

July 8, 2014

[Photos courtesy of Dominick Mastrangelo Photography for BrooklynVegan]

NYCTaper’s love affair with Sharon Van Etten has been long, going back all the way to a Piano’s performance back in summer of 2008. In the intervening six years, Van Etten has transformed from the prodigious but slightly awkward performer we saw then into a commercial success and confident headliner of large venues, culminating as of late with NYC shows headlining Bowery Ballroom (our recording here) and Music Hall of Williamsburg. This pristine soundboard recording from the Mercury Lounge in 2010, which we unearthed recently, finds Van Etten charging ahead with the release of her breakthrough album, Epic, which would set the stage for the career-defining Tramp and everything that has come since. Sharon had only recently begun playing with a full band (the first such show which we captured), and this show reflects the transition, with a mix of full-band and solo material. We have already shared the Epic release show from the night before at Rock Shop; now you can check out Van Etten’s follow-up to that from Mercury, where Kyp Malone opened and Cat Martino once again gave the assist on vocals for half the set. This show provides an interesting midpoint between Sharon’s early innocence and future poise; the performance is resolute even if her crowd banter reveals how young she still is as an artist. While the longer Rock Shop recording, which adds audience microphones to the soundboard mix, is arguably the one to have of the two, one can never have enough Sharon. You can stream and download the entire set via the links below.

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Stream the complete show:


Sharon Van Etten
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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Produced by acidjack

Midas Verona Soundboard>Tascam CD–RW900SL>AAC>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, imaging, EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, upsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

*Note on source: The CD was destroyed by the original recordist before ever being copied losslessly. The single AAC file which I tracked and edited is the only existing source

Tracks [Total Time 44:40]
01 [intro]
02 Don’t Do It
03 [banter]
04 One day
05 [untitled]
06 [banter2]
07 Love More
08 For You
09 I’m Wrong
10 Holding Out
11 [encore break]
12 [unknown1]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Sharon Van Etten, visit her website, and purchase Are We There from the Jagjaguwar Records website [HERE].

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3 Responses to Sharon Van Etten: October 9, 2010 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set [From the archives]

  1. Tim
    July 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Wonderful – thanks for recording and posting this. Indeed one can never have enough Sharon – she’s really hitting her stride.

  2. blureu
    July 14, 2014 at 11:48 am


  3. cameron k.
    July 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for the vintage Sharon. I’m sure it will be a very interesting/transition show as you mention!

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