Luna: May 4, 2016 Granada Theater Dallas TX

May 25, 2016
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Luna Dallas Ellison
[photo by Bill Ellison]

After their triumphant return in 2015, it remained to be seen whether Luna’s reunion was permanent. The band took some time off after their New Year’s show in California, but earlier this month Luna played the first of quite a few scheduled 2016 shows. The brief two-show run through Texas continued the band’s impressive return. For this particular Dallas show, the setlist contained the familiar songs, but also included a couple of rarities and of course the show featured some clever banter. The good news for NYC fans is that the band is back this coming weekend. Luna has sold out the Bell House this Friday night but our readers might be advised to try to find secondary market tickets. If that does not work out, Luna is returning to NYC for two shows in October at Rough Trade — and will perform Penthouse in its entirety.

Luna’s bassist Britta Phillips released her first solo album Luck or Magic last month, and she is playing a free solo show (with a familiar backing band) at Rough Trade tomorrow (Thursday) night.

Kubacheck recorded this Dallas show with his trusty MBHO rig and the sound quality is equally excellent to his previous contributions to this site. Enjoy!

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Luna
2016-05-04
Granada Theater
Dallas TX

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board

MBHO 603a – KA-500 > Naiant Tinybox > Roland R-05 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by Kubacheck
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:31:24]
01 Slide
02 Speedbumps
03 Chinatown
04 Sideshow by the Seashore
05 Malibu Love Nest
06 Pup Tent
07 This Time Around
08 [banter – Big D]
09 California
10 [banter – Screaming Trees]
11 Tracy I Love You
12 [banter – politics]
13 Bewitched
14 [banter – Perkins]
15 Moon Palace
16 Lost in Space
17 Twenty Three Minutes in Brussels
18 [encore break]
19 Friendly Advice
20 Indian Summer
21 [second encore break]
22 Tiger Lily

If you Download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Luna, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the links at their website, from Bandcamp and the Long Players Box Set from Captured Tracks Records [HERE].

Heartless Bastards: May 10, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg

May 20, 2016
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Our journey with the Heartless Bastards continued this year with this show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, part of a dual-headlining tour with the Old 97’s (unfortunately, not taped). Since we first started covering their shows seven years ago, the Bastards have proven over and over to be a consistent, happy go lucky gang of road warriors, churning out one high energy show after another. It’s a credit to them that over a career that spans numerous albums and more than a decade, there’s not a dud among the bunch. Like another Cincinnati band we like to gush about, this band trades flash for grit, quality for quackery. For this show, the second of theirs we’ve covered at this venue, there wasn’t a brand-new album to promote (Restless Ones came out last year) so we were treated to a hit parade of sorts, from “Blue Day” from All This Time, to some of my favorites from Arrow like “Down in the Canyon” and “Skin and Bone,” to the new stuff, including obvious road winner “Gates of Dawn.” As both bands played essentially headliner-length sets, this clocked in a touch shorter than some of the recent sets we’ve seen (though still well past an hour) but nobody left complaining. The band went on to swap places with the Old 97’s a couple nights later at Irving Plaza, but I have to believe the Music Hall crowd got the better end of the bargain. As Erika said, the band loves this club, and for good reason. Like the band themselves, it’s something familiar, and something good.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones in our usual spot, plus an Aeta PSP-3 preamp to provide optimum clarity. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Heartless Bastards
2016-05-10
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Live engineer: Ryan McHugh

Schoeps MK5c (at SBD, DFC, PAS bar)>KCY>Z-PFA>Aeta PSP-3>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, light compression)>Izotope Ozone 5
(EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 The Mountain
02 Gates of Dawn
03 Got To Have Rock N’ Roll
04 Black Cloud
05 Into the Light
06 Skin and Bone
07 Blue Day
08 Hold Your Head High
09 Hi-Line
10 Down In the Canyon
11 Gray
12 Only For You
13 Parted Ways
14 Sway
15 [encore break]
16 Low Low Low
17 Nothing Seems the Same

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT the Heartless Bastards, visit their website, and buy Restless Ones from Partisan Records.

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Spacin’: April 30, 2016 Trans-Pecos

May 12, 2016
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Spacin Pecos
[photo by rubinbooty]

Our readers may have noticed that we’ve been producing and promoting a lot of shows this year. In the past we dabbled with showcases and occasional nights, but with our involvement in Market Hotel and its sister venue Trans-Pecos, we will be presenting roughly one or two shows a month for the foreseeable future. This past month, our guests were the phenomenally underappreciated Philly psych/garage outfit Spacin’. The nice part of producing your own shows is the ability to select the bands — and we were extremely pleased that Spacin’ accepted our invitation. We’ve been fans of the band for quite some time, going all the way back to a magical night at 285 Kent in 2013, and then again at Hopscotch later that year. And Spacin’ was everything that we’d hoped at Pecos. The set was a mix of material old and new, including two songs from the band’s 2016 album Total Freedom, the live debut performance of brand new “I Don’t Know What to Do About It”, and a cover of the 90s punk band Dead Moon. But details and descriptions aside, the best evidence of the phenomenal performance of Spacin’ is to just listen to this recording — its crackling with energy and authenticity. We said back in 2013 that we were never going to miss another Spacin’ show in NYC. And in 2016 we had to make it happen ourselves, and will hopefully get that chance again.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards at the front of the stage picking up the live sound from the band’s amps and mixed that with a fine board feed provided by house FOH Chris. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Spacin’
2016-04-30
Trans Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Chris] + Schoeps CCM4’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 52:51]
01 Half the Time
02 Human Condition
03 [tuning]
04 Over the Edge [Dead Moon]
05 Sunshine No Shoes
06 I Don’t Know What to Do About it
07 Ego-Go
08 Empty Mind
09 Total Freedom

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NYCTaper is 9 Years Old Today

May 11, 2016
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9th Birthday

Nine years ago today, I opened the website and NYCTaper was born. Its been an amazing 9 year journey and we hope to keep it going for as long as we are physically able. Thanks as always to the amazing artists, venues, labels, reps, photographers and all of the others who have permitted their art to be featured on this website. And thanks always to our faithful readers who have provided a wealth of positive feedback. NYCTaper represents an amazing set of experiences and friendships that will always be with us. So, thanks!

Stay tuned for special announcements over the coming months about our 10 year anniversary party. We’re planning a big blowout for next year!

NYCTaper Presents: Ryley Walker Special Acoustic Show at Market Hotel, Friday May 13

May 10, 2016
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This show with the incomparable guitar wizard Ryley Walker is the first show in a series that we’re contemplating for the Market Hotel. Its an all-acoustic afternoon affair at the venue that we are preliminarily calling “Market Day”. The concept will be an un-amplified performance in front of an intimate crowd to be captured in audio and video. Ryley is the first show in this planned series. Tickets are limited to 50 total, and there still remain a few tickets – HERE.

Here are the details:
NYCTaper Presents
Ryley Walker – A Special Acoustic Performance
Friday May 13, 2016
6pm-7pm (doors at 5pm)
Market Hotel
1140 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11221
J or M Train to Myrtle/Broadway

Ticket link (tickets)
Facebook Event page (here)

Woods: May 7, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg

May 9, 2016
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[photo courtesy of P Squared Photography]

At one point during this Woods show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, keyboard/sax player Kyle Forester remarked that North 6th Street in Brooklyn was like the “Broadway of shows.” Coming from the longtime New York musician, it was a statement both ironic and, weirdly, kind of true. It’s old news that what was once the epicenter of DIY has long-since ceded to luxury boutiques and corporate outposts, and, of course, Woods have been in the rotation at the city’s fancier clubs for some time now — we’ve covered them at Bowery Ballroom as far back as 2009, Music Hall as early as 2010. But there’s a message in there somewhere about the trajectory of this band versus their surroundings. Woods have never exactly been an overtly “anti-corporate” band — they simply haven’t played that game. Yet, to call them a “DIY” band understates the professionalism of what Jeremy Earl, as bandleader, has accomplished. If you compare the band that took the stage this Saturday to the one we saw at, say, Market Hotel in 2009, or now-defunct Monster Island in 2011, there is a “next level” that this band, and Earl’s vision, have reached without any of the negative trappings that tend to come with it. What you saw this past Saturday was a now-six-piece (seven when Cole Karmen-Green jumps in on trumpet) full-on spectacle of a rock band, creating some of the most musically complex work of their career.

The band was back in town after touring their latest and ninth album, City Sun Eater In the River of Light, and as tends to be the case with homecoming shows, they came ready to bring their best. The new material, with its sax, trumpets and Afro-Cuban style percussion, takes full advantage of the expanded band, with Aaron Neveu on main drums and John Andrews running a second kit and additional percussion. While this show reflected the new record’s relatively downshifted tempo and accessible, focused songwriting, Woods continued their tradition of adding new “jam songs” to the mix. In this case, that’d be “The Take,” which merge a 1970s Lauren Canyon vibe to the band’s trademark psychedelic sound. Likewise, “With Light and With Love,” from the band’s last album, continued its role as the band’s other longform offering, with a classic guitar freakout that gave Earl and Jarvis Taveniere the chance to fully stretch their wings. Not that the longtime fans weren’t taken care of by this set, either — among the band’s earlier tunes, the combo of “Suffering Season” and “Cali In A Cup” was there for the early decade stalwarts.

The band closed on the oldest number of the night, their cover of Graham Nash’s “Military Madness” from 2009’s Songs of Shame. We first recorded the band playing that song at that Market Hotel show in 2009, as ramshackle of an affair as this evening at Music Hall wasn’t. Since that time, that DIY club has closed and been reborn as a (mostly) grown-up venue, and Woods have produced an embarrassment of musical riches. In the end it isn’t the spaces in cities that matter, but what inhabits them. We continue to be grateful that Woods visits so many of ours.

I recorded this set from our usual spot in the venue, together with a direct feed of Kevin Mazzarelli’s flawless mix. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Woods
2016-05-07
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin Mazzarelli) + Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Aeta PSP3>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, light compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:16:57]
01 Morning Light
02 Politics of Free
03 Leaves Like Glass>
04 Hollow Home
05 Sun City Creeps
06 The Take
07 [banter1]
08 Shepherd
09 Suffering Season>
10 Cali In A Cup
11 [banter2]
12 Creature Comfort
13 With Light and With Love
14 [encore break]
15 Moving to the Left
16 Military Madness [Graham Nash]

Band:
Jeremy Earl – vox / guitar
Jarvis Taveniere- guitar
Aaron Neveu – drums
Chuck Van Dyck- bass
Kyle Forester – keys / sax
John Andrews- percussion/ drums
Cole Karmen-Green – trumpet

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