Thurston Moore: October 21, 2014 St. Vitus – FLAC/MP3/Streaming/Video

October 23, 2014

[Photos by P Squared Photography]

For more than three decades, Thurston Moore has been a constant in so many ways — perhaps the only excusable reason why changes in his personal life have been talked about at all in the last few years. Musically, Moore has stood above almost every one of his peers in his ability to both mine the farthest reaches of his instrument (see, for example, his recent appearances with Tony Conrad and Enemy Waves) while constructing memorable, catchy, yet-still original traditional songs. Moore’s most recent album, The Best Day, represents both impulses while leaning on the latter, abetted by a crack band that includes Steve Shelley, James Sedwards on guitar, and My Bloody Valentine’s Debbie Googe on bass. While The Best Day is technically Moore’s first solo album since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts, it may be better to think of it as a next step beyond the Chelsea Light Moving project that we saw in 2012 and 2013. The connection to Moore’s Sonic Youth output, both lyrically and musically, feels strong, but there’s also a line toward the more concise style of his 1995 solo album, Psychic Hearts. On the U.S. release date for The Best Day, this show at the metal-centric venue St. Vitus gave us the very best of all of it — energetic guitar work, deeply-explored grooves, and killer songwriting.

This set covered almost the entire Best Day album, plus a couple of choice nuggets from Psychic Hearts. We had first hoped to catch the full band at Hopscotch Music Festival, but due to visa issues, that ended up being just Thurston and Shelley, doing surprisingly full renditions of these songs. Played by the band for which they were intended, these songs sprung to life, from “Speak to the Wild” and its earworm of a hook to the set closer, Psychic Hearts’ “Pretty Bad”.  Many artists at Moore’s level of seniority are worried about staying relevant; the question with Moore is how much better he might get from here. Moore has made some misunderstood comments about black metal lately, making the choice of St. Vitus all the better. Watching the man and his band on stage, it’s hard to imagine anyone not being impressed.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a soundboard feed of the house mix. The sound quality is outstanding, at least on par with the Chelsea Light Moving recordings from 2013. Enjoy! We have now added a complete video of the set from our friends at unARTig as well!

Thurston Moore plays another NYC show this Sunday at Rough Trade NYC. It appears to be sold out, but give it your best shot….

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Thurston Moore
St. Vitus
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (LOC, A-B)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard>>Roland R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (aligh, mix down, fades, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:06:14]
01 Forevermore
02 Speak to the Wild
03 Germs Burn
04 Detonation
05 [banter]
06 The Best Day
07 Grace Lake
08 [encore break]
09 Psychic Hearts
10 Pretty Bad

Thurston Moore – guitar, vocals
Debbie Googe – bass
James Sedwards – guitar
Steve Shelley – drums

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Thurston Moore, visit his Facebook page, and buy The Best Day directly from Matador Records.


This is The Best FREE Day Party in the History of CMJ – Thursday at Cake Shop

October 22, 2014

[Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss - photo by PSquared Photography]

Yeah, I know its some pretty silly hyperbole, but really. This show is amazing. We’ve done a bunch of CMJ shows over the years and they’ve all been special in their own way (Sharon Van Etten solo in 2008), some were even just downright great (White Fence and Widowspeak back to back in 2011), some just crazy fun (She Keeps Bees and Diamond Rings back to back 2010), but this year’s show is just truly superb from start to finish.


If you don’t believe me, at least believe our press. This is by far the best press an NYCTaper CMJ has ever received — this is head-spinning stuff:
Time Out New York raved about Purling Hiss and us — “the Philly crew headlines a fun-sounding day party sponsored by indefatigable DIY show-recordist NYC Taper”
Flavorpill calls Purling Hiss a “choicest pick”
AM-NY called Purling Hiss a “Band To Watch”
WKDU-Philadelphia says that Purling Hiss and Amanda X are “not to miss”
The Guardian lists Amanda X as one of “19 Bands To See”
Deli Magazine is psyched to see The Kickback
doNYC loves the Whiskey Bitches
UnRecorded’s “Top Picks” for CMJ 2014 includes Mainland
Music Host Network lists Mainland as “Top Bands to See”
QRO Magazine “recommends” our show
Oh My Rockness gives us a “star”
Gothamist’s Best of CMJ 2014 “Cheat Sheet” lists our show first on Thursday
Hype Machine “recommends” our show as the best blog shows of 2014
Impose Magazine lists our show as “The Best of CMJ 2014″
brooklynvegan lists our show among the choice selections for “What’s Going On Thursday”, calling Purling Hiss “awesome”.


Oh yeah, and beer. We’re happy that Sixpoint Brewery is again sponsoring our show. That basically means that our guests can consume large quantities of Sixpoint for free if you get there early, or for half-price ($3) if you slack off and get to Cake Shop late.

Here are the details again:
1:00pm: BEACH DAY
4:10pm: AMANDA X
5:30pm: MAINLAND

$FREE, 21+


Ed Schrader’s Music Beat: September 26, 2014 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 22, 2014

[photos by acidjack]

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat have the distinction of being, hands down, one of the weirdest bands I’ve ever seen. If the duo of Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice’s instrumentation — Rice’s bass and Schrader’s single floor tom, played standing up — or their quirky and hilarious banter weren’t enough, then there’d be the songs themselves to consider. They play short, loud blasts of scrawling sonic assault, intermingled with some traditional singing by Schrader that included, on this night at Mercury Lounge, a semi-sincere Elton John cover. The pair played in complete blackness, with Schrader going shirtless fairly soon into the set. He talked about his time in Utica, pre-Baltimore relocation, and sang a few songs about it, too. Schrader’s music, if you listen to his crowd banter, might be deeply personal, or it might make no sense at all. Or it might be both — he does after all sing about how he can’t stop eating sugar, a problem to which we can all relate. This set didn’t even last an hour, yet comprises 19 tracks, including the aforementioned Elton cover and another of Frank Sinatra.

As some things I record tend to be (see, e.g., Tony Conrad at Hopscotch), this is probably the kind of thing you have to see live for it to fully make sense. These are songs that belong in context, in a dark room late on a Friday night, where you’re primed not only to laugh, but to be exposed to something original and maybe a little bit unsettling. Schrader isn’t trying to helm a traditional rock band, and if that’s what you’re here for, eject while you can. If not, take a trip into Schrader’s delightfully demented little world, and prepare to be tickled.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from house engineer Dave Lefcourt and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Dave Lefcourt) + Schoeps MK41 (ROC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 When I’m In A Car
02 [banter1]
03 Pilot
04 [banter2]
05 Signs
06 Laughing
07 Sermon
08 I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues [Elton John]
09 Weekend Train
10 No Fascination
11 Right
12 Televan
13 Fly Me to The Moon [Frank Sinatra]
14 Clock Weather
15 Desire Post
16 [banter3]
17 Airshow
18 Party Jail
19 Traveling
20 I Can’t Stop Eating Sugar
21 Rats

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Ed Schrader’s Music Beat by visiting their bandcamp site and buying their records there.

J Mascis: October 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 21, 2014

[photos by PSquared Photography]

As we’ve noted before, Dinosaur Jr holds a special place in the history of NYCTaper. One of my first recordings for the site and the one that seemed to put us on the blog map was a Dinosaur Jr. show at Irving Plaza in 2007. Over the years, we’ve recorded the band many times, and most recently acidjack and JFCB’s captures of the mega-Dino Jr show at Terminal 5 with a plethora of special guests has been one of the most popular recent offering at the site. So it was only natural that a solo J Mascis show at our favorite venue would be the natural evolution of our relationship with this artist. J recently released what is essentially his second proper solo album Tied To A Star (Sub Pop), and he’s currently on tour to support the record. At Bowery Ballroom, it was just J and several acoustic guitars with a ton of pedals. For the most part, he played it pretty straightforward, while occasionally taking advantage of the looping and sampling capability to jam with himself. The setlist included half of the new album and healthy dose of Dinosaur Jr tracks. We are streaming below our two favorite parts of the show, including a blistering guitar solo that extended the new song “Heal The Star” to beyond six minutes and the very J-like cover of the Mazzy Star classic hit “Fade Into You”. J’s tour picks up again in mid-November when he goes West before touring Europe in December.

hi and lo and I recorded this set in our usual location at Bowery, front of the balcony next to the soundboard. hi and lo employed the MBHO cards on a clamp pointed out in front of the board area while I mounted the Schoeps cards on a stand. I blended the sources fairly evenly, each offering a slightly different locale and microphone style so that the result is a pretty excellent full-bodied capture of this solo acoustic show. Enjoy!

Stream “Heal The Star”:

Stream “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover):

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J Mascis
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Audience Four-Mic Matrix

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids + MBHO KA-200n > Naiant PFA > Sonosax SX-M2 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by nyctaper and hi and lo
Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:08:57]
01 Listen to Me
02 Me Again
03 Little Fury Things
04 Ammaring
05 Every Morning
06 Stumble
07 Get Me
08 [tuning and crowd]
09 Drifter
10 Heal the Star
11 [banter - tuning]
12 Not the Same
13 Out There
14 Pond Song
15 Fade Into You [Mazzy Star]
16 Not You Again
17 Alone
18 [encore break]
19 Just Like Heaven [Cure]

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT J Mascis, visit his website, and purchase Tied To A Star from the Sub Pop Records website [HERE].

White Fence: October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 20, 2014

[photos by PSquared Photography]

When I think about CMJ week, White Fence always comes to mind. It was 2011 when they played our show — a frenetic set that was one of the best if not the actual best set ever in the many years we’ve presented CMJ parties. Three years later, White Fence has become exactly what we believed possible back then — a consistently excellent band that has produced a plethora of remarkably pure and faithful sixties and seventies styled psychedelia and garage rock in 3 to 4 minute bursts of goodness. The band now records for Drag City Records and their latest album is their first for this excellent label. For The Recently Found Innocent is also the first album recorded outside of Tim Presley’s home studio and he chose an excellent collaborator to help produce this album — the equally prolific Ty Segall. Found Innocent is a more conventional White Fence album, although it certainly does not deviate from the the band’s overall sound. Last Monday, White Fence was back in town and they will be on the East Coast through CMJ week. Their set at Baby’s All Right was a headline spot on an excellent three-band bill and it didn’t start until almost 1am on a school night, but the crowd for the most part stuck around. Tim has employed a couple of new players for this touring band, but the result was consistent with prior live White Fence experiences. The live show gives a different energy to the material and the songs take on altered arrangements from the recorded versions. The Baby’s set maintained a high energy for over an hour and while the setlist covered much of the new album, it was two older numbers where the band stretched out and jammed a bit. “Baxter’s Corner” has for years been the go-to for extended performance and this night it was again a burner, but also “And by Always” was a sprawling treat and we are streaming that number below.

This week White Fence will be playing at least four CMJ shows, including the Panache Booking CMJ “Hangover Brunch” at Baby’s All Right on Sunday where they will be playing an acoustic set. We will be there to record that special set.

This set was recorded by House FOH Devin, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed near the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “And by Always”:

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White Fence
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard + Audience Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Devin Foley) > Devin mix Wav files + Room mic wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:03:32]
01 Chairs in the Dark
02 Fragility
03 Arrow Man
04 Wolf Gets Red Faced
05 Like That
06 Trouble Is Trouble Never Seen
07 [banter - fix a drum]
08 Baxter Corner
09 Actor
10 Hard Water
11 Makers Nest And Words Freeze
12 Anger Who Keeps You Under
13 Sandra
14 And by Always
15 Get That Heart
16 Pink Gorilla
17 Paranoid Bait

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT White Fence, visit the Facebook page, and purchase For The Recently Found Innocent from the Drag City Records website [HERE].


Wussy: October 11, 2014 Private House Larchmont NY – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 17, 2014

Wussy Larchmont
[photo by nyctaper]

The nights like this one are the ones to cherish. After Wussy’s Friday show while I was breaking down equipment, I was invited to a private house concert by Wussy for the following night up in Larchmont in Westchester County. Fortunately, I had no plans so that I was able to take the quick drive up to attend and record this event. It was clear from the outset that this was going to be special as a spread of gourmet Indian food was presented to the band and all the guests. After setting up my equipment with the help of the band, all of the guests made it downstairs to a family room large enough to host a small concert. Lisa Walker and Chuck Cleaver played seated with Lisa on acoustic and Chuck on a steel guitar — or as Lisa called it “Campfire Wussy”. The band also put together a very unique setlist including some Wussy Duo numbers, some deep cuts, and the first full band performance of an Ass Ponys track. And of course, the band spent much of the between-song banter as they often do, ribbing each other and telling amusing anecdotes. From my vantage point sitting less than ten feet from the band, it was truly a unique and special experience. We remarked that Friday’s show featured a wonderful version of “Motorcycle”, and Saturday’s show featured a different arrangement that was equally breathtaking. That song is streaming below. Wussy will return to the NYC area on January 17 for gig at a venue that is not yet announced. See you then.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards positioned directly in front of the band. I also used a single DPA omni microphone and a single line out from the modest PA used to amplify the vocals and guitars. With the onstage Schoeps as the primary recording, I used the other sources to supplement the depth and also the vocals (upon which I applied some reverb). I’m quite pleased with the excellent results. Enjoy!

Stream “Motorcycle”:

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Private House Concert
Larchmont NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [mono] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids + DPA 4061 (mono) > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:01:52]
01 Little Paper Birds
02 [banter - Queensryche]
03 Motorcycle
04 [banter]
05 Pretty as You Please
06 [banter - rehearsal]
07 Crooked
08 Humanbrained Horse
09 [banter - Marshall Tucker]
10 Airborne
11 Acetylene
12 Donald Sutherland [Ass Ponys]
13 [banter - Duo]
14 Maglite
15 Gene I Dream
16 Halloween
17 [banter - false start]
18 Don’t Leave Just Now
19 [encore break - thanks]
20 Loaded for Bear

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wussy, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Music link at their site [HERE] or from the Shake It Records website [HERE].

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