Media Jeweler: April 3, 2015 Shea Stadium – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 29, 2015

Media Jeweler
[Photo by acidjack]

Media Jeweler are a new-ish four piece from the OC, and since 2013 they’ve been laying down a category-defying brand of post-rock with complex, overlapping rhythms and repeating motifs. Acidjack and I stumbled upon them last month playing an opening set at Shea Stadium. We were blown away by their unique jams and a set crafted not like a collection of disparate elements but as a concise and deliberate piece. That ability carries over to their upcoming album, $99 R/T HAWAII, for which I scored a sneak preview that lives up to the high expectations conjured by their live performance. The band was in town for one night only, stopping off at Shea after recording in Providence, RI and this marks their first live appearance outside of California. The album is due out soon, but in the meantime you can catch Media Jeweler at some live dates out by their home turf. They’re planning a return to the east coast this fall, a visit I’m already looking forward to.

This set was recorded by Shea Stadium engineer, Nick Pitman. I mixed down the multitrack files and the sound is excellent. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Media Jeweler
Shea Stadium
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at courtesy of
Recorded by Nick Pitman
Produced by Eric PH

Soundboard multitrack > Adobe Audition CC > Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [25:12]
01. Untitled
02. No Exit
03. Passport Invalid
04. Blistered
05. Looking Glass
06. Looking Back
07. Looking Glass (Reprise)

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead: May 9, 2015 Capitol Theatre – Flac/MP3/Streaming (Matrix)

May 27, 2015

JRAD Cap (2)

We’ve been with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead from their very first show at Brooklyn Bowl, so it was especially exciting to see the band in the big room at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Given the special historical relationship between The Cap and the Grateful Dead, this gig was a kind of affirmation for JRAD. And the fans agreed — this date sold out quickly and well in advance. So there was a palpable sense of excitement when the band took the stage and immediately burst into a ’76-77 era version of “Dancing In the Streets” filled with neat funky guitar fills and tons of energy from the rhythm section. JRAD is always full of surprises, but what happened next was especially nice for us here at NYCTaper — the entrance onto the stage of friend of the site Nicole Atkins. Nicole ostensibly performed the “Donna parts” throughout the night, except that she’s a significantly better vocalist than Donna Godchaux ever showed during her time in the Grateful Dead (check out Nicole’s solo verses on “Music”). And as expected, Nicole provided a series of breathtaking moments throughout the night, highlighted by her solo rendition of Pigpen’s late era classic ballad “The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)”, which like all JRAD performances balanced the tender line between tribute and respectful original take on the music. It was an interesting choice of material to feature Nicole on lead vocals and the selection proved brilliant.

This night was also featured an abundance what we have come to expect from JRAD shows — inspired and collaborative improvisational work which imparts new life into well-worn material. The version of “Dancing” definitely took its flavor from the late 70s GD, but JRAD took it out deep, and when the song reached to the final chorus after nearly twenty-minutes, it returned from places the Dead never imagined. “Cassidy” is a track that became fairly static in the later years of GD performances, which was a shame because the composition offers a jam-ready mid-song interlude. As expected, JRAD took that offer and upped the ante considerably. The mid-“Cassidy” jam contained a Playing-like deep space that gradually reached a manic Caution-like climax that we didn’t expect would ever return to the song proper. But return it did, ever so briefly, before exploding into a ’69-style “St. Stephen” that nearly took the roof off the old place. The first set continued with an extended “Eyes” that teased “Loose Lucy” before it flowed into a celebratory “Not Fade Away” that closed the meaty set. The second set’s opener “Music Never Stopped” followed the same path as “Cassidy”, taking a fairly static GD song that offered space for improvisation and taking full advantage. This “Music” extended past fifteen minutes before it returned to the final refrain. The remainer of the show was notable for its continued intensity, imaginative song selections and the true dedication to the music exhibited by all. By the time the band reached the set’s final song, a sweet “Ripple” encore, it was clear that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead had truly done the historic Cap proud.

This recording is a special one for the site. We were granted access to a soundboard feed in order to mix a special “matrix” of this show. I set up the mics in the taper’s section at the front right corner of the soundboard cage. I utilized the Schoeps cards and added the Grace V3 as a pre-amp to sweeten the capture. The room sounded terrific and the crowd was fairly respectful. The board feed was impeccably mixed by JRAD FOH Pete Costello — a perfect stereo pan, complete separation and superb balance. The matrix mix is fairly even between board and audience. The result is one of the best recordings we’ve ever offered on this site. Enjoy!

This recording would not have been possible without the generosity and assistance of three separate entities — the outstanding staff at the Capitol Theatre, Pete Costello, and of course the members of JRAD.

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience + SBD Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Pete Costello] Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Set One
[Total Time 1:31:44]
01 Dancing In The Streets
02 Dire Wolf
03 Cassidy
04 St. Stephen
05 The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion)
06 Eyes Of The World
07 Not Fade Away
Set Two
[Total Time 1:22:06]
08 Music Never Stopped
09 King Solomon’s Marbles
10 China Cat Sunflower
11 The Eleven
12 I Know You Rider
13 Morning Dew
14 One More Saturday Night
15 [encore break]
16 Ripple

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you’ll please support these artists, visit the JRAD website, visit the JRAD Facebook page, and visit their individual websites and purchase their official merchandise. Benevento-Russo Duo [HERE], Marco Benevento [HERE], Tom Hamilton [HERE], Scott Metzger [HERE], and Dave Dreiwitz [HERE].

Föllakzoid: May 23, 2015 Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 27, 2015


The Chilean band Föllakzoid have a habit of latching you into their deep grooves and not letting up, each song building like a little universe around monotones to create pieces that fall squarely in the post-Krautrock camp. The artist Uwe Schmidt, better known as Atom TM, joined the band for their brand new record, III, and the electronic influence was evident at this show, as the band created trancelike numbers that lent themselves as much to dancing as to chilling out. There are hints of U.S.-based compatriots like Moon Duo here, but this music comes across are more beat-focused and less “rock.”

This show at Rough Trade marked a relatively rare return by the band to the U.S., and that was emphasized by the long line to get in the door. Some were no doubt there early to see Jim Jarmusch and Jozef van Wissem’s Squrl take the stage first, but the crowd only filled in further by the time Föllakzoid took the stage. From single, flickering beats, “Electric” grew into the roiling kickoff track from III that we’ve all come to love, followed by that album’s centerpiece, “Piure.” By the time those two songs ended, the show was already thirty-two minutes in. Those hoping for standard “psychedelic” fare might have wondered what they had walked into at that point; fortunately, the people here got it, and started dancing. From there, they turned back to their excellent previous effort, II, for the last four songs — “99,” “9,” “Trees,” and “Rivers.” The set’s intensity peaked at “Trees,” which felt like the biggest rock number of the bunch, making “Rivers” and its slightly more subdued pace the right way to go out. We hope these guys will be back soon.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from Rough Trade engineer Kameron Biehl. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (inside SBD cage, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard [Engineer: Kameron Biehl] >> Roland R-26>2x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 75:26]
01 Electric
02 Piure
03 99
04 9
05 Trees
06 Rivers

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Föllakzoid, like them on Facebook, and buy their records from Sacred Bones

Condo Fucks: May 22, 2015 Cake Shop – Flac/MP3/Streaming

May 26, 2015

[photos by PSquared Photography]

The Lower East Side venue Cake Shop has lived in many ways a parallel existence to we here at NYCTaper. We’ve recorded and posted shows from Cake Shop somewhere in the range of one hundred occasions. We’ve hosted our annual CMJ day parties at Cake Shop for seven consecutive years. This year the venue is celebrating its 10th year (we just had our 8th anniversary), and the next few months will see some very special events. On Friday night it was an event that was literally a perfect match for NYCTaper. The show featured Yo La Tengo — a band very familiar to our readers — in their alter-ego guise as garage-rock band Condo Fucks. We’ve also captured the most recent Condo Fucks shows in the area, including the band’s last-ever show in venue at Maxwell’s in 2013, which I believe is the last time Condo Fucks actually played a show.

I’ll admit that it was somewhat surreal to see the three members of Yo La Tengo enter tiny basement stage at Cake Shop. We’ve seen hundreds of bands on this stage, but perhaps never one of the kind of legendary status that YLT possesses. The set began as all of the Condo Fucks shows we’ve seen have begun, with the instrumental Booker T track “Outrage” before the band personalized the Harmonics song “On the Warpath”. The remaining set-proper was a high-energy run through the band’s usual garage covers — Rascals, Flamin Groovies, The Exciters and the like. At the mid-set mark, the Condo Fucks were joined by long-time friend Gaylord Fields (“The Great Gaylord”) on vocals for a four-pack of songs that we’ve never seen the band perform before. The clear highlight was the extended version of the Swamp Dogg cult classic “Total Destruction To Your Mind” which we’re streaming below. A Condo Fucks show is a rare event and it was a very classy move that Yo La Tengo celebrated Cake Shop’s 10th Anniversary by treating the venue to this special show.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted in a thread above the stage and mixed with a board feed. The on-stage mics captured the instruments with great clarity and the board feed was used to fortify the vocals. The result of the mix is a very well-balanced recording with superb sound. Enjoy!

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Condo Fucks
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > 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

[Total Time 57:31]
01 Outrage [Booker T and The MGs]
02 Condo Fucks on the Warpath [Harmonics]
03 So Easy Baby [The Zantees]
04 I Want You To Be My Boy [The Exciters]
05 Accident [Electric Eels]
06 Right Side of My Mind [Angry Samoans]
07 Tiger In Your Tank [Muddy Waters]
08 Get Down [Half Life]
09 Look Back In Anger [Television Personalities]
10 Dog Meat [Flamin Groovies]
11 Come On Up [Young Rascals]
12 Re-Make Re-Model [Roxy Music]
13 [Great Gaylord intro]
14 TV Eye [The Stooges]
15 Falling in Love Again
16 It Hurts To Be In Love [Toombs/Dixon]
17 Total Destruction To Your Mind [Swamp Dogg]
18 [encore break]
19 Whatcha Gonna Do [Small Faces]

Thanks to Jesse for setlist!


If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and purchase their official releases (including Condo Fucks) from Matador Records [HERE].

Obnox: May 15, 2015 Cake Shop – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 22, 2015

[Photo by Jason House, I’m Just Here For the Bands]

Last year’s Louder Space wasn’t so much a breakthrough album for Obnox as it was a perfect distillation of Lamont Bim Thomas’ prolific garage-punk/hip-hop outfit. If the juxtaposition of those two genres gives you pause, fear not: Thomas is equally comfortable whether he’s doing an MC5-inspired cover of Neil Young’s “Ohio” or namechecking Mary J. Blige. He’s followed up Louder Space this year with the excellent Boogalou Reed (on 12XU) and the just-released Know America (on Ever/Never Records), an airwaves-takeover-style concept record. And in case I didn’t sufficiently highlight the word “prolific,” he’s got another record coming Ever/Never later this year. Even with this wealth of new material, last week’s Obnox set from Cake Shop (currently celebrating their ten-year anniversary) is packed with hits from the deepest reaches of their discography: “How to Rob (The Punk Years),” “Molecule,” “Mecca Son Shine,” and “Red I” from Louder Space; “Dough” and the title track from the “Smoke Woody Haze” EP; “Being Cleveland” from the double LP Corrupt Free Enterprise. The newer tracks are “Loudpack” and “Grease” from Know America, and “Watching You” from Boogalou Reed. Meanwhile, “Carmen, I Love You” is out digitally but a vinyl issue seems imminent. Some technical troubles prevented Thomas from playing guitar for the bulk of the set, but what’s missed in his distorted guitar work is more than made up for by his on-point vocal delivery and best-in-the-business stage banter.

I recorded this set with a pair of AKGs set up at the stage lip and a pair of Church Audio cards positioned to pick up the monitors. Very special thanks to Cake Shop’s engineer Jeff, who made this recording possible by helping me out with a loaner stand. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Cake Shop
New York, NY

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip, DFC) + Church Audio CA-11 Cardioids (PAS, ROC) > CA-9100 >> Roland R-26 > 2x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [49:27]
01. [Intro]
02. The Get It Inn
03. Watching You
04. [tech break]
05. Dough
06. How to Rob (The Punk Years)
07. [tech break]
08. Mecca Son Shine
09. Carmen, I Love You
10. Being Cleveland
11. Grease
12. Red I
13. Molecule
14. Loudpack
15. Smoke Woody Haze

Support Obnox: Facebook | Buy Know America from Ever/Never Records | Buy other Obnox records from 12XU

Worthless: May 6, 2015 Knitting Factory – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 21, 2015


Don’t freak out if you slap the new Worthless LP, All My Friends Are Stone, on the turntable and think your deck has a speed problem. All those sonic contortions are just the band fuckin’ with yr head, man. The LP has already garnered a cult following (look at what the freaky version is going for on Discogs) and there’s a good reason why. This show at the Knitting Factory, a near-seamless presentation that began with the song “Rips”, wound its way back to it during the set, and then closed with it, was a fresh take on improvisational psychedelic rock with a distinct style. Though tonight’s show didn’t feature any visuals, Worthless is the project of Curtis Godino of the incredible Drippy Eye Projections, a crew whose all-analog liquid light shows make every show memorable. Although they are geographically spread out (Florida and Brooklyn) — and haven’t been a proper “band” for that long — Worthless feels every bit the veteran unit, a big, organ-driven sound poised to melt minds at places like “Levitation” (or as I still prefer to call it, Austin Psych Fest). All of these songs appeared to be new (or at least, don’t make an appearance on any of their bandcamp stuff), and I dug the lot of them, especially “Daydreaming Your Life Away”. Their name may be what it is, but there’s nothing worthless about this band. Keep paying attention.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V microphones and a soundboard feed from the Knit engineer Mikey. There are a couple of brief moments where you can hear me adjusting the microphones in the first couple of minutes, but it’s smooth sailing after that. Enjoy!

Catch Worthless again on May 29 at King’s County Saloon.

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Stream the complete show: 

Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Mikey) + Schoeps MK41V (PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [forgive the tracking; the transitions aren’t always obvious]
01 Rips>
02 Daydreaming Your Life Away>
03 Rips interlude>
04 What’s the Ugliest Part of Your Body>
05 Something Something>
06 Fast Fed>
07 Rips

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Worthless, visit their bandcamp page, and buy All My Friends Are Stone.

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