Like many of you, I probably went way too long without jamming some Prince until recently. I have since corrected for that and came across this in my archives… Snowden covering I Would Die 4 U. It happened April 15, 2006 at Drunken Unicorn Atlanta.
Here is my recording of Neutral Milk Hotel playing Phoenix Theatre, Petaluma, CA on June 11, 2015. Overall I would rate the quality as excellent, with the only issues being faithfully representative of the sound that night. I will seed the partial Robert Schneider recording sometime in the future. In the mean time please enjoy this second source for the last Neutral Milk Hotel gig “for the foreseeable future.” Recording notes and details follow the download links below.
I offer up no apologies for taking a while on seeding this. A recording of this show popped up nearly instantly after Neutral Milk Hotel delivered what may well have been their final show. To the best of my knowledge that recording is anonymous but was seeded by the user BLG in multiple formats and locations around the web. It’s a great quality recording, but it does have a few drawbacks in my opinion. Namely the crowd noise is pretty hefty – it sounds like the taper was right up in front. The vocals and high frequency content are also slightly drowned out. I hadn’t been to this venue before but guessed over-powering bass might be an issue and preemptively enabled the filter on my battery box. That turned out to be a pretty good decision. I also recorded about the second half or so of opener Robert Schneider’s set, which allowed me to get a decent level check and set prior to NMH taking stage. A few moments of 0 dB clipping occurred due to some heartfelt applause which I have cleaned up in this master.
I was seated in the front row of the balcony, dead center. Thanks to the prime location, the filter, and 24/96 recording I am very pleased with this recording. I accidentally stopped recording just at the completion of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (at 3:09). I missed about 10 seconds, but to gracefully mask this I have spliced in 25 seconds worth of audio from the other (anonymous) recording of this show which was originally seeded by BLG. Thanks for sharing!
Neutral Milk Hotel
June 11, 2015
Source: Core Sound Binaurals > Battery Box w/ Bass Roll-Off Filter > Roland R-05 [24/96 wav]
Transfer: R-05 > USB > PC
Edit: Sony Sound Forge Pro 11.0 > FLAC 1.3 > Tag & Rename 3.9.3
01) I Will Bury You In Time
02) Holland, 1945
03) The King Of Carrot Flowers Pt. One
04) The King Of Carrot Flowers Pts. Two & Three
05) In The Aeroplane Over The Sea [cut 3:09]*
06) Ferris Wheel on Fire
08) April 8th
09) Two-Headed Boy
10) The Fool
11) A Baby For Pree / Glow Into You
12) Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
13) Song Against Sex
14) Ruby Bulbs
15) Snow Song Pt. One
16) Oh Comely
17) Little Birds
18) Ghost ^
19) Untitled ^
20) Two-Headed Boy Pt. Two
*I accidentally stopped recording just at the completion of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (3:09). I missed about 10 seconds, but to gracefully mask this I have spliced in 25 seconds worth of audio from the other (anonymous) recording of this show which was originally seeded by BLG. Thanks for sharing!
^ with Robert Schneider
It is with great pleasure I present to you another great Beck recording of his sold out show re-opening night at San Francisco’s The Masonic. Once again, I had some level issues during the opening song which was (once again) The Golden Age. While I fiddled with the wrong dial the first couple minutes, I also accidentally cut out 5-10 seconds of audio around 2:40. Once I started recording again, I found the correct dial, and adjusted the gain to get a perfect level for the remainder of the set. You can hear this transition point at 3:02.
September 19, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Source: Core Sound Binaurals > Battery Box w/ Bass Roll-Off Filter > Roland R-05 [24/96 wav]
Transfer: R-05 > USB > PC
Edit: Sony Sound Forge Pro 11.0 > FLAC 1.3 > Tag & Rename 3.8.2
01) The Golden Age
02) Blackbird Chain
03) Blue Moon
04) Say Goodbye
05) Heart is a Drum
06) Country Down
07) Lost Cause
09) Waking Light
10) Devils Haircut
11) Black Tambourine
13) Ghettochip Malfunction / Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See Medley
14) Think I’m In Love / I Feel Love Medley
15) Soul Of A Man
20) Where It’s At / Good Times / Miss You / High 5 (Rock the Catskills) Medley
A friend of mine recorded this show using a simple rig to an iPhone, and asked if I could help clean it up and get it seeded. The sound is definitely listenable but more than likely a “collectors only” category recording. If this doesn’t scare you off, click ahead and enjoy Beck playing Uptown Amphitheatre at the NC Music Factory, Charlotte, NC on July 11, 2014.
July 11, 2014
Uptown Amphitheatre at the NC Music Factory
Source: Monoprice 600200 > iPhone 4 > Rode Rec [24/44.1 WAV]
Transfer: iPhone > USB > PC
Edit: Sony Sound Forge Pro 11.0 > FLAC 1.3 > Tag & Rename 3.8
01) Devils Haircut
02) Black Tambourine
04) One Foot in the Grave
05) The New Pollution
06) Soul Of A Man
07) Think I’m In Love / I Feel Love Medley
08) The Golden Age
09) Lost Cause
10) Blue Moon
11) Modern Guilt
12) Sissyneck / Billie Jean Medley
13) Qué Onda Guero
15) Paper Tiger
16) Heart Is A Drum
17) Say Goodbye
18) Waking Light
20) Ghettochip Malfunction
22) Where It’s At / Miss You / High 5 (Rock the Catskills) Medley
Recorded by: Bebo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mastered & Seeded by: breathmint (email@example.com)
DO NOT: CONVERT THIS RECORDING TO ANY LOSSY FORMATS !!!!
DO NOT: SELL THIS RECORDING !!!
DO: PLEASE ENJOY !!!
Fuller, more proper review coming, but had to take a moment to share the new Snowden video for the first single (The Beat Comes) on album # 2 (No One In Control). Six years after the debut Anti-Anti, No One In Control drops this fall on Serpents & Snakes Records, but why wait to get your Snowden fix? Catch them on tour right now (dates below) and look out for remixes possibly coming as quick as next week.
I can’t even articulate how excited I am to be able to share this one with you. I saw Rasputina on (Friday) April 13th at the Ottobar in Baltimore. Thanks to Rasputina’s tour manager, Gabe, I was able to get a soundboard patch out. Amazingly, despite a recorder malfunction and a month of believing this recording was lost forever I had the help of joemck and was able to recover the data, and bring this show to you in it’s entirety. The vocals and high band were pretty hot in the mix, but I’ve done some EQ work and the resulting sound is excellent.
Please note: if you attempt to sell this recording I will track you down, slay thee, and drink blood from thy skull.
Source: Soundboard > Nomad Jukebox 3
Transfer: NJB3 > RAW PCM (16-bit, 48 kHz) > Sony Soundforge 10 Pro
Edit: Sony Soundforge 10 Pro (EQ/Resample/Split) > FLAC 1.2.1 > Tag & Rename
02) Humankind, as the Sailor
03) 1816, The Year Without a Summer
04) Holocaust of Giants
05) Sweet Sister Temperance
06) Identity Tokens
07) Secret Message
08) Momma Was An Opium Smoker
09) The 2 Miss Leavens
10) Any Old Actress
11) I Want You to Want Me (Cheap Trick cover)
12) Kinderhook Hoopskirt Works
13) High On Life
14) In Old Yellowcake
15) A Retinue of Moons,The Infidel is Me
16) The New Zero
18) Hunter’s Kiss
Rasputina – April 13, 2012 – Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
This seems to be getting more difficult every year! 2011 was filled with so much great music and I feel like I had such little time to appreciate that. This year’s rankings were truly the hardest ever to compile. Looking past the sheer volume of great new (and “newish”) acts which have emerged, old favorites returned with new offerings, there’s also the fact that my tastes have been diverging in two distinct directions.
My love for shoegaze has has come into the forefront this year, somewhat shattering the usual suspects for top 25 positions. Nevertheless, all those beautiful walls of noise simultaneously crashing down upon my ears couldn’t ever make up for good song writing and talented vocalists. I think that’s reflected in the mix of albums in this year’s Top 25.
I had originally planned doing “reviews” for the top 10. However, I only had enough patience and focus to get the top spot for you. I have included a sample mp3 for each of the top 25 albums. If you would like to grab all of these at once (plus a few bonus tracks), click here.
[UPDATE DEC 26 2011] The honorable mentions have been updated after reading my colleague betweenthesound’s amazing 2011 write up. If you haven’t seen that, you should go read it now (or perhaps right after you finish this post). She managed to (once again) slam me with a gang load of records that were way beneath my radar, but that would definitely have put huge dents in my Top 25 list as it stands.
In nearly every review, interview, blurb, or blog post post you’ll read about Ringo Deathstarr, you’ll find three common elements.
1. Trio from Austin
They’ve actually gone through a couple lineup changes over the past 5 years, but have mostly stuck to this formula. The creative element is lead vocalist/guitarist Elliott Frazier. After bassist Alex found her way into the band (2007) by apparently just showing up for practice, things have mostly settled down, just finding the right drummer (as of this writing / hopefully “final” – that’s Daniel Coborn).
2. These guys sound like My Bloody Valentine
Drownedinsound put it this way ” If in the meantime you’ve lost your copy of Loveless, you could do far worse than listen to Colour Trip.” Yeah, it’s true. Too bad Loveless
3. The bassist (Alex Gehring) (now going by “galexy”) is so hot
So there, that’s out of the way. If it’s a more recent post you might read about how these kids just toured the UK/Europe with The Smashing Pumpkins. I have to admit kind of hate those dudes, but ultimately it means more exposure for Ringo Deathstarr and so I guess it’s not a bad thing. Moving beyond those tidbits, you get into a the music.
In case you haven’t noticed I don’t do traditional reviews. I leave it to others to finely dissect the record. Instead of telling you how it sounds (just listen for yourself), I offer you how the record felt. Colour Trip hit hard for me. This was probably my favorite record Fever Ray’s 2009 debut, and going back further it would have to be Snowden’s Anti-Anti (2006). Before I totaled my car, this record could very often be heard at extremely high decibels pulsing through the streets of Baltimore weekday evenings. Dark reverberation and the haunting fuzz draped chanting of Alex form the basis of my song of the year – Two Girls (stream/download below). For the life of me I can’t tell you what the fuck she is saying, but she is saying it just right. Besides being the single most addicting track of 2011, there’s an equally worthy video directed by Alex, which you can also find below. Be forewarned: One might say it’s NSFW.
Austra – Feel It Break
Girls – Father Son Holy Ghost
Hunx & His Punx – Too Young To Be In Love
Metronomy – The English Riviera
Radical Face – The Family Tree – The Roots
Shadwbx – Lady Doome [EP]
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Washed Out – Within & Without
Honorable Mentions [Enjoyed]
Arc In Round – II [EP]
Apparat – The Devil’s Walk
Battles – Gloss Drop
Björk – Biophilia
Big Black Delta – BBDLP1
Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Brazzaville – Jetlag Poetry
Chad VanGaalen – Diaper Island
Class Actress – Rapprocher
Com Truise – Galactic Melt
Computers Want Me Dead – Computers Want Me Dead
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Destroyer – Kaputt
Dolorean – The Unfazed
Ducktails III – Arcade Dynamics
East River Pipe – We Live in Rented Rooms
Echo Orbiter – More Batteries
Feist – Metals
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Grimes & d’Eon – Darkbloom [split ep]
Haley Bonar – Golder
Haujobb – New World March
Hercules & Love Affair – Blue Songs
High Places – Original Colors
IAMX – Volatile Times
Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
LAKE R▲DIO – Delta
Little Insects – Brighter Than Darkness
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – On Welfare
Lumerians – Transmalinnia
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Malajube – La Caverne
Morpheme – Infection
Niva – Feverish Dreams [EP]
Mogwai – Earth Division [EP]
Music for Headphones – Life.in.Mono
Niva – Feverish Dreams [EP]
ohGr – Undeveloped
Passwords – Passwords
Phantogram – Nightlife [EP]
Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t – Lost in the Pancakes
Prefuse 73 – The Only She Chapters
Rachel Goodrich – Rachel Goodrich
Seapony – Go With Me
Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
Starfucker – Reptilians
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
Stevie Nicks – In Your Dreams
Stumbleine – All for your smile
Taken By Cars – Dualist
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong
The Rosebuds – Loud Planes Fly Low
The Sea and Cake – The Moonlight Butterfly
Tropic of Cancer – The End of All Things
TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
Tycho – Dive
Ume – Phantoms
Vondelpark – nyc stuff and nyc bags [EP]
Wagon Christ – Toomorrow
Warm Ghost – Uncut Diamond EP
Wooden Shjips – West
Woodsman – Mystic Places
Wire – Red Barked Tree
Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting
Yuck – Yuck
††† – † EP
Here’s my recording of The Mountain Goats at the Ottobar on April 14, 2011. This show was all kinds of amazing. I will let the recording speak for itself. Unfortunately, I had a recorder mic input issue which caused some loss of stereo in my recording. I have made a best effort to clean this up by replacing these instances with dual mono. In some cases I have removed portions of the audio. The vast majority of this (luckily) occured in between songs. Overall, the audio quality is excellent. This show may not be sold under any cirumstances.
Anna Calvi. Yr blowin my mind dewd! A buddy of mine recommended her a few weeks back, and I promptly downloaded the record… which sat in a folder unlistened to. Then the other night he actually burned the CD and brought it to me. I guessed he was trying to tell me something. After about 30 seconds of the opening track, “Rider To The Sea,” I knew what it was: this lady is mind blowing. Her sound is probably something bordering on Cat Power and PJ Harvey vibes, but also very distinct and best of all – transporting. I have to be careful with this record on while driving!
You’ll find “No More Words” (also included as a download below) on my most recent “since we last spoke” mix, and above all check out the video below, a live performance of “Love Won’t Be Leaving” which just may be my favorite thing from 2011 so far. Also below, you’ll find a pretty interesting NPR interview. After hearing her belt out those notes it’s surprising to hear her tiny gentle voice. Okay, that’s all for now.
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