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New York 2014 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Highline Ballroom, New York City, NY; May 15, 2014. Very good audience recording.
Thanks to mrsaureus who recorded and shared the show at Dime.
This is an audience recording that aims to document the experience of being in the crowd at the show, and features occasionally loud but appropriate crowd noise.
I like seeing pretty singer girls in small venues and, lately, it has been a feast for that: first Ellie Goulding at the Theater at MSG, then Lady Gaga at Roseland and, now, Lily Allen in the smallest of them all. Highline Ballroom is barely bigger than Mercury Lounge and noboby on the floor is further than about 40 feet from the stage. This is the first time Lily Allen has played in NYC since 2009, and there was a very diverse and enthusiastic crowd. Probably 50:50 girls and guys, and the guys seemed mostly to be heterosexual (in contrast to the Gaga show). I wasn’t the oldest dude there by a long shot and I am in my early 50s (OK, mid 50s. Early mid-50s).
Listening to the Lily Allen catalogue is like visiting Epcot or Las Vegas: the songs are set randomly all over the world of musical genres (Afropop? Check! Cajun stomp? Check! and so on) and all burnished to a high shine. This music is light as helium, a sonic souffle covered in musical meringue that melts in ear. It’s all carbs and calories: it’s probably not very good for you and, eventually, it would probably make you sick, but IT IS DELICIOUS! People go to Epcot and buy churros for a reason. Enjoy.
Picture by Luis Ruiz, posted at stereogum.com - Thanks!
Stealth recorded and minimally produced by mrsaureus, being shared for the first time. Standing center floor 20 feet back from the stage using Core-Sound High End Binaurals (DPA-4060 capsules) to Sony PCM-M10 (48 kHZ, 24 bit), WavePad Sound Editor to chop and convert to 44.1 kHz, 16 bit FLAC.
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Track 01. Sheezus 5:52 (9.9MB)
Track 02. Hard Out Here 3:36 (6.1MB)
Track 03. Everyone’s At It 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 04. Smile 4:09 (7.0MB)
Track 05. Air Balloon 4:19 (7.3MB)
Track 06. 22 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 07. As Long As I Got You 5:22 (9.0MB)
Track 08. Who’d Have Known 4:43 (7.9MB)
Track 09. L8 CMMR 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 10. I Could Say 5:20 (9.0MB)
Track 11. Close Your Eyes 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 12. Life For Me 4:01 (6.8MB)
Track 13. LDN 2:45 (4.6MB)
Track 14. Littlest Things 3:14 (5.4MB)
Track 15. URL Badman 3:17 (5.5MB)
Track 16. Our Time 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 17. Fuck You 5:31 (9.3MB)
Track 18. The Fear 3:43 (6.2MB)
Track 19. It’s Not Fair 5:16 (8.9MB)
83 mins (overburn to fit a CD)
A number of the songs performed at this show came from Lily Allen’s latest album, Sheezus, released May 2, 2014. Click here to order Sheezus.
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