Wilco: February 3, 2016 Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)

February 4, 2016
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[photo by Anthony Bauer – courtesy of We All Want Someone blog]

This is Wilco’s first visit to New York since the death of David Bowie, whose songs they (supposedly) sound-checked (but did not play) before this run of two shows at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester before they head to King’s Theater in Brooklyn. There’s a message somewhere in there about the fragile nature of longevity; look around at Wilco’s crowd, and they’re getting older; look at the band, and it’s the same story, and it will be in each year that this band continues its journey. But while that might be depressing to some, there’s great cause for hope, too: This is a veteran band touring an excellent and well-received new album, Star Wars that, in the meantime, is able to take us on a nightly journey through a catalog that includes everything from the gentle folk-rock of “Passenger Side” to the skronky rock of “The Late Greats” to the electronic-inflected sounds of “Art of Almost” to the noisy, conflicted “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.” The band doesn’t reinvent itself so much as grow and expand and follow its passions, and their ability to do that without flopping (let’s face it, in most hands, the electronic experiment of “Art of Almost” would be a disaster — just ask anyone who listened to U2 1997) is a sign of their confidence of Jeff Tweedy’s considerable songwriting chops. Bowie set an even more ambitious template for this kind of thing, unafraid to assume different characters and sounds and styles from album to album (including his own electronic experiment, in that fated year of 1997). Whether all of Bowie’s moves were successful or not, he never let things get stale, right up until Lazarus, this year. Wilco may not be David Bowie, but they can claim to be one of few bands who’ve had a career this long who have kept it fresh this long.

This show followed the familiar format of the Star Wars tour, taking us through the entirety of that album before segueing into a greatest-hits grab bag that included several of the same numbers as the previous night, though rendered more forcefully, plus some new appearances such as “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,” “Jesus Etc.,” “Hummingbird,” and “I’m A Wheel.” If last night’s show had its share of equipment troubles that seemed to feed Tweedy’s sharp sense of humor (including unmissable “Kravitz” joke), tonight’s show was tighter and stronger, both in terms of the playing and setlist, and Tweedy (who had little to say) said as much. As with the previous night, the band wrapped up with an acoustic encore, this time highlighted by “War on War” and the incomparable “California Stars.” If this show wasn’t a groundbreaking departure, well, it didn’t have to be. This is a band still firing on all cylinders, making records people care about, and that’s a hard achievement to ignore.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones into the Aeta PSP-3 preamp for maximum clarity. NYCTaper recorded this set with Schoeps MK4 cardiods for a somewhat more open sound (his recording coming soon). Both recordings are outstanding. Enjoy!

Night One was recorded and will be available soon.

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Wilco
2016-02-03
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41V (FOB, ROC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Aeta PSP-3>Sony PCM-M10>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (light effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 2:08:15]
01 EKG
02 More…
03 Random Name Generator
04 The Joke Explained
05 You Satellite
06 Taste the Ceiling
07 Pickled Ginger
08 Where Do I Begin
09 Cold Slope
10 King of You
11 Magnetized
12 Handshake Drugs
13 Kamera
14 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
15 Art of Almost
16 Via Chicago
17 Hummingbird
18 Heavy Metal Drummer
19 I’m the Man Who Loves You
20 Jesus, Etc.
21 Born Alone
22 Passenger Side
23 Impossible Germany
24 The Late Greats
25 [encore break 1]
26 I’m A Wheel
27 [encore break 2]
28 The Thanks I Get
29 Misunderstood
30 War On War
31 I’m Always In Love
32 California Stars

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Wilco
2016-02-03
Capitol Theatre
Portchester NY

Digital Master Recording
Front Of Board Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 2:08:12]
01 [EKG intro]
02 More
03 Random Name Generator
04 The Joke Explained
05 You Satellite
06 Taste the Ceiling
07 Pickled Ginger
08 Where Do I Begin
09 Cold Slope
10 King of You
11 Magnetized
12 Handshake Drugs
13 Camera
14 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
15 Art of Almost
16 Via Chicago
17 Hummingbird
18 Heavy Metal Drummer
19 I’m the Man Who Loves You
20 Jesus Etc
21 Born Alone
22 Passenger Side
23 Impossible Germany
24 The Late Greats
25 [encore break]
26 I’m A Wheel
27 [second encore break]
28 The Thanks I Get
29 Misunderstood
30 War On War
31 I’m Always In Love
32 California Stars

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wilco, visit their website, and purchase their Star Wars and their other releases from their website [HERE].

Palm: January 29, 2016 Palisades

February 3, 2016
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The band Palm bring an impressive amount of music experimentation to the table, especially for a fairly young band. The compatriots, who met at Bard College upstate, but now reside in the independent music hotbed of Philadelphia, claim to be short on formal training, but I’m calling B.S. on that. Or rather, if their ability to produce intricate, jazz-inflected songs filled with unusual, shifting time signatures is something they just came up with on their own, then formal training may as well hang it up. On this packed weekend night at DIY-ish Palisades, the foursome came ready to wow us, playing only one song from their standout 2015 LP Trading Basics, released by Exploding In Sound. So we got the (relatively) hooky “Ankles” from that record, paired with a slew of relatively new or very-new songs, many of which the band themselves don’t have titles for. You could see that at points the members were feeling the songs out among each other, casting glances across the stage, but you wouldn’t have known it without looking at them; this material feels dialed-in and ready for primetime. What Palm are doing certainly has its cultural touchstones — some of the great “math rock” bands of mid-late-90s like Faraquet, Smart Went Crazy, June of 44 and Polvo — but it’s also daring and fresh at a time in “rock” music where the norm is more often party music that keeps a low bar. If the band’s subsequent releases have anything in common with what we heard tonight, or Trading Basics, then we’re going to be impressed by them for a very, very long time.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 open cardiod microphones onstage together with a soundboard feed from Palisades FOH Ariel. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Palm
2016-01-29
Palisades
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK22 (ORTF, stage lip)>NBob cables>PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Ariel Bitran)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, narrow onstage image)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [new song 1]
02 I Don’t Want to know
03 Ankles
04 [new song 2]
05 Crank
06 [new song 3]
07 [new song 4]
08 Two Toes

SUPPORT Palm: Facebook | Bandcamp

B Boys: January 28, 2016 Alphaville

February 2, 2016
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Our man EricPH was ahead of the curve when he caught B Boys last spring at Silent Barn, before they had anything but a single to their name. Fast forward a little less than a year, and they’re Captured Tracks‘ latest signing, with their No Worry No Mind EP set to drop in March. Take a look at this twenty minute burner of a show at Alphaville, heavily stacked with both their friends and buzz-seekers, and you can expect B Boys to catch fire. These lighthearted post-punks don’t take themselves too seriously, concerning themselves more with crowd-pleasing hooks and an easygoing onstage presence. This show covered much of the new EP’s territory, though its excellent new single, “Get A Grip” didn’t quite happen. Instead, you can stream that song now on their bandcamp page and over at Captured Tracks’ site — an appropriate home for B Boys’ sound and outlook. It says something about the band that out of a 22-minute set, they closed with two versions of the same song, playing both the slower and more sped-up versions of “Psycho,” both of which also appear on the forthcoming EP. Next time you get the chance, come in out of the cold for B Boys. It’ll be fun.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed that mostly provided vocals. The capture is appropriate to the venue and the style, a little ragged, but right. Enjoy!

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Stream the complete show (minus aborted “Get A Grip” in the middle):

B Boys
2016-01-28
Alphaville
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41V>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 21:56]
01 Fear It
02 Sound Frequency
03 Seagulls
04 Other Head
05 Get A Grip [aborted]
06 Nevah
07 I Don’t Mind
08 Psycho
09 Psycho (fast version)

SUPPORT B Boys: tumblr | bandcamp | Captured Tracks

Mothers: January 29, 2016 Palisades

February 1, 2016
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[photo by acidjack]

Its a beautiful thing to watch the deserved ascent of a high quality band. Mothers began as the solo project of Kristine Leschper before the full band formed about eighteen months ago. The addition of three superb musicians has elevated Mothers to entirely new level. When the band played the NYCTaper CMJ show in October at Cake Shop, the capacity crowd seemed to recognize that they witnessed something special — it was the best received set of the day and perhaps my favorite performance of the entire show. In the intervening three months the band’s status has grown further, so as a result Friday night’s show at Palisades was absolutely packed. This was the largest crowd we’ve seen at the venue, as it was difficult to even navigate from our taping position upfront to the back of the venue during the night. Kristine did in fact acknowledge the special nature of the evening, and indeed it also happened to be her birthday. The band itself has grown tighter musically, as lead guitarist Drew Kirby, bassist Patrick Morales and drummer Matt Anderegg (from the Athens GA musical collective Marching Banana) are clearly in sync with Leschper’s unique melodies and advanced sense of tempo.

But the remarkable aspect about the size and the energy of the Palisades crowd is the fact that Mothers has not even yet released their debut album. When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired (Grand Jury Music) will be released on February 26, and this set featured four songs from the album. The show also featured one unreleased song that the band has been playing since last year (“Fat Chance”) and an entirely new untitled song. Mother’s will be touring extensively over the next few months, including a trip to London and dates at SXSW, and they will ultimately return to NYC in late April.

However, NYC is fortunate that Mothers hasn’t left town yet. The band has a show tonight Monday Feb 1 at Berlin in the East Village.

We recorded this set with acidjack’s Schoeps open cardioid mics mounted at the front and center of the stage lip and mixed with a board feed provided by house FOH Ariel. The sound quality is superb, enjoy!

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Mothers
2016-01-29
Palisades
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Stagelip Audience

Soundboard [Engineer Ariel Bitran] + Schoeps MK22 > NBob cables > PFA > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper and acidjack

Setlist:
[Total Time 39:05]
01 Copper Mines
02 It Hurts Until It Doesn’t
03 [Kristine’s birthday]
04 [new song – Lay Down]
05 Lockjaw
06 Fat Chance
07 No Crying In Baseball

SUPPORT Mothers: Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | Twitter

Dan Friel: January 9, 2016 Palisades

January 28, 2016
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[photo by Rocketman]

Sure, you can call Dan Friel an electronic musician and you wouldn’t be wrong. But to do so would be to describe his instrumentation and the way he makes music, rather than to describe the actual music he makes. Friel got his start with Parts & Labor, a band that epitomized the late 2000s era of Brooklyn indie and noise rock, and his solo work sounds more like a continuation of that aesthetic than a departure from it, even if he is dispensing with the more traditional rock instrumentation. That’s all to say that if you’re a fan of Parts & Labor, Friel’s solo work is going to be a welcome addition to your record collection. Friel’s latest album for Thrill Jockey, last year’s Life, is his most engaging yet, and his set from Palisades a few weeks ago showcases those tracks nicely. The final song, “Thumper” from 2013’s Total Folklore, perfectly encapsulates Friel’s music: a pulsing, distorted beat is overlaid with intertwining keyboard melodies that dis- and re-integrate through the course of the song. Be sure to mark your calendars for March 6, when Dan Friel will return to Palisades for a show with jazz-psych rockers and NYCTaper favorites, Sunwatchers.

I recorded this set with the AKG’s set up at the stage lip, combined with board feed from Palisades FOH Leeor. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

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Dan Friel
2016-01-09
Palisades
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Leeor) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [29:15]
01. Bender
02. Life Part 2
03. Lungs
04. Rattler
05. Life Part 1
06. Pink Helicopters
07. Thumper

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Dan Friel. Visit his website, like him on Facebook, and buy Life from Thrill Jockey.

Lawrence: December 5, 2015 Mercury Lounge

January 28, 2016
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Lawrence the band is co-led by a brother and sister duo, Clyde Lawrence and Gracie Lawrence. In a true display of the idea that talent is genetic, both Lawrence siblings have been accomplished performers for the majority of their short lives. Clyde Lawrence is on record as the youngest member ever of the Songwriters Guild (SGA), having written a song for a major motion picture at the ripe age of six. Clyde continued to write songs for movies throughout his teens and indeed wrote the complete score for the 2014 film The Rewrite, starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei. Gracie Lawrence has been in several movies and indeed appeared on Broadway in Brighton Beach Memoirs. She has pages on the Playbill Vault, Wikipedia and IMDb and she is only eighteen years old.

At Mercury Lounge in December, the band previewed much of their upcoming debut album. The record was produced by Eric Krasno of Soulive and is expected to be released in February. Lawrence is going on tour throughout February (dates here), which culminates in the record release show at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room on February 18.

I recorded this set in our usual manner at Mercury — Schoeps on a stand at the board and mixed with an excellent feed provided by house FOH Alex. The crowd was a bit boisterous on this late weekend night but overall it just adds some authenticity to the recording, which otherwise sounds quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Lawrence
2015-12-05
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Alex] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:09:01]
01 High Road
02 Wake Up
03 Alibi
04 [banter – Justin Ryan intro]
05 So Damn Fast
06 Me and You
07 Where It Started From
08 Superficial
09 [untitled new song – Missing You]
10 Get Busy [Sean Paul]
11 Cold
12 Play Around
13 [new song – Shine]
14 Say My Name [Destiny’s Child]
15 [band introductions]
16 Do You Want To Do Nothing With Me
17 [encore break]
18 Wash Away
19 Hot In Herre [Nelly]

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