Thou: January 7, 2017 Saint Vitus

January 16, 2017

[screen capture from Frank Huang’s video]

Thou’s return to NYC last week was a wealth of riches for their fans. The band played three full sets in less than forty-eight hours, including two sold-out shows at Saint Vitus and one matinee show at Silent Barn. In a way, the band was making up for lost time. Thou has been somewhat inactive since the best-of-year success of their 2014 album HeathenCrave, for example, gave the album a perfect score. We saw the Vitus show early on that tour and it was a superb night of Heathen material that pre-dated the album’s release by two days and started off a tremendously successful year.

Nearly three years later, Thou’s doom metal music continues to be intense and sprinkled with funny between-song banter and fan interaction. But at the second night at Saint Vitus, the music consisted of primarily new songs book-ended by two fantastic Nirvana covers. The new material is clearly strong and if developed live, we expect that the band’s anticipated 2017 release will equal Heathen’s quality.

Thou will be touring often this year, with shows posted on their website through July, dates [HERE].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps on a stand in front of the soundboard and mixed with a feed from the board. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + 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

[Total Time 1:01:09]
01 Something in the Way [Nirvana]
02 [banter – tuning]
03 Transcending Dualities
04 [banter – Dr Fish]
05 Restless River
06 The Only Law
07 Untitled New Song
08 Deepest Sun
09 Unfortunate Times
10 The Lasting Dose [Crowbar]
11 Fucking Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean
12 [encore break]
13 Scentless Apprentice [Nirvana]

PLEASE SUPPORT Thou:  Website | Bandcamp | Purchase albums from Gilead Media [HERE]

Jon Langford, Jean Cook and Walter Salas-Humara: December 17, 2016 – Private Residence in Brooklyn

January 14, 2017

neild reports:
In a bookend to his February 2016 acoustic gig/art show at a private apartment in Brooklyn, Jon Langford closed out the year with another performance at the same venue. This time he brought along not just his guitar and violnist/vocalist extraordinaire Jean Cook (plus lots of his inimitable paintings and prints, which did a brisk business), but also Silos cofounder Walter Salas-Humara. The pair of country-punk pioneers swapped songs while adding guitar and improvised percussion to each other’s songs — on one track Langford started out drumming with brushes on his guitar back, before breaking for a drum solo played on his own butt — perfectly melding Langford’s sardonic tales of blasé drone operators and Irish fishing villages still reliving the decades-only filming of Moby Dick with Salas-Humara’s ballads of pot smuggling and doomed romance. It was as stripped down as punk rock, or music in general, can be, and further cemented Langford’s role as one of the world’s most seriously funny, and comically serious, artists, while providing a welcome reminder that really all that’s needed for great music are a couple of instruments and an appreciative crowd willing to join in on the choruses.

As with the February show, there was no amplification, so this was recorded with the same CA-14 cardioid mics (mounted on a stand this time instead of sitting on the floor, as the space was slightly less cheek to jowl); when it sounds like the performers have wandered off into another part of the room at one point, that’s exactly what’s happened. Thanks to Jon and Walter and Jean, and to Jon Raaen for hosting us all again at his apartment. Next time, with less snow on the ground for once!

Download the Complete Show in MP3 or FLAC format at [HERE]

Stream the Complete Show (via

Jon Langford and Jean Cook
Private Residence
Brooklyn, NY

CA-14 cardioid mics > Church Audio ugly battery box > Sony PCM-M10 > WAV (24/48) > Sound Studio (light dynamic compression to reduce loud claps and percussion) > FLAC (16/44.1) > Tag > FLAC

Recorded and mastered by neil d

Early Set:
01 Over the Cliff
02 Millionaire
03 The Country Is Young
04 Tubby Brothers
05 Counting on You
06 The Sunshine and the Moon
07 Shitload of Cash
08 The Sounds Next Door
09 Sentimental Marching Song
10 Hank Williams Must Die
11 Youghal
12 Streets of Your Town (Go-Betweens cover)

Late Set:
13 second set
14 Summer Stars
15 Drone Operator
16 Walking on Hell’s Roof
17 Satellite
18 Diner by the Train
19 Nashville Radio
20 Homburg
21 Commodore Peter

Check out more on Langford’s many forms of art at the terrific site maintained by Nobby Knape, or just wait around long enough, and he’ll probably show up in some guise or another.

Jeff Rosenstock: November 18, 2016 Villain BK

January 12, 2017

It is an objective fact that Jeff Rosenstock released one of the best albums of 2016, if not the best record of the year. WORRY is a work that exhibits all of the positive qualities of contemporary punk by one of the genre’s most consistently excellent and prolific performers over the last two decades. During that time, Rosenstock has been a virtually unlimited fount of quality music, having participated as band member, contributor or producer in something like thirty albums in the last fifteen years. But Rosenstock’s recent solo albums may be his highest quality output of his career. WORRY builds on the overwhelming success of his excellent 2015 album We Cool?. The fan response to it crashed the SideOneDummy Records website on the day of its release.

WORRY is album that walks the listener through a set of modern problems in a series of songs that touch on multiple genres all anchored by the indefatigable Jeff Rosenstock. Early in his career Rosenstock fronted a ska-punk band and then an anarchist-punk band but in his late thirties he’s now not beholden to any particular genre. The album touches on themes of loneliness, oppression, politics and music — all of which are pointless without our emotional investment in other people. Indeed “…While You’re Alive” concludes as the penultimate track on the record, by declaring that ultimately “Love is Worry”. We may never be able to achieve a perfect existence (“Perfect Sound Whatever”), but if we appreciate the small events, we’ll be truly alive. Its a simple but effective message from a performer who has spent his career confronting negativity and apathy with a singular work ethic and drive.

The Jeff Rosenstock Fall Tour came to a close on a cold November night in a converted warehouse in Brooklyn a mere ten days after perhaps the most devastating political moment of our lives. The final night of the tour was filled with much love and appreciation for the bands and fans who had supported him throughout, but the night was also fueled by purposeful rage and resistance. Rosenstock dealt with these issues throughout the set but also focused on the healing power of music. The set drew primarily from We Cool? and WORRY material, including an epic segue of the last eleven songs from WORRY to close the set. The band encored with “Police on My Back”, which Rosenstock unfortunately noted as a Clash song. Perhaps the only down moment of the night was that he failed to call attention to the composers of that song, The Equals — a 1960s racially-integrated London band who experienced actual police oppression of immigrant culture. Its a theme sadly still relevant nearly fifty years after the release of that song. Otherwise, the night was an inspiration and Jeff Rosenstock continues to cement his status as perhaps the most important punk artist composing today. Moving forward through 2017 and after, we’re going to need artists like Rosenstock whose life’s work is hell bent on resisting the wave of hate and intolerance bubbling up from the worst aspects of our society.

Jeff Rosenstock is back on tour next month, including two local shows. The just-announced Antarctigo Vespucci (Rosenstock and Chris Farren) show at Trans-Pecos is February 11, and a Jeff Rosenstock date opening for Menzingers at Irving Plaza is on March 30. All dates HERE.

I recorded this set with the Neumann hypers mounted at the soundboard on the far right and mixed with a board feed. The balance and mix took a while the get right but I believe this is now an excellent recording that definitely captures the energy of that great night. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Jeff Rosenstock
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Ryan] + Neumann KM-150 Hypers > 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 1:08:27]
01 Wave Goodnight To Me
02 I’m Serious I’m Sorry
03 Hey Allison
04 Pash Rash
05 [banter – on tour]
06 To Be a Ghost
07 Festival Song
08 [banter – donations]
09 Beers Again Alone
10 Nausea
11 [banter – Worry]
12 Pietro 60 Years Old
13 I Did Something Weird Last Night
14 Blast Damage Days
15 Bang on the Door
16 Rainbow
17 Planet Luxury
19 June 21st
20 The Fuzz
21 While You’re Alive
22 Perfect Sound Whatever
23 You In Weird Cities
24 [encore break]
25 Teenager
26 Police on My Back [The Equals]

SUPPORT Jeff Rosenstock: Bandcamp | Tumblr | Buy WORRY at SideOneDummy Records

Lake Mary: October 21, 2016 The Schoolhouse

January 10, 2017


Lake Mary, aka Chaz Prymek, of Denver, hasn’t been as much a regular in our personal orbit as his East Coast-based peers, but this relatively rare treat of a show made up for it. This show at the Schoolhouse, a low-key, living-room style DIY venue in Bushwick, provided the perfect intimate setting for Prymek’s talents. The fingerstyle guitarist played a total of four compositions, including an as-yet-unnamed new number. The opener of “Everything the Light Touched,” with Prymek accompanied on accordion, proved the perfect, ethereal kickoff to a night that also included performances by Dylan Golden Aycock and Bridget St. John (those recordings coming soon). Prymek’s style has a welcoming, unforced quality to it that suggests that he is more interested in communicating the emotions in his music than his ability to play guitar. It’s the type of experience that sticks with you, even if it’s your first time seeing him; he leaves a warmth behind. So if you find Lake Mary in your town, make sure to make the trip to see him.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Jeff Conklin of Avant Ghetto Presents for sponsoring and inviting us to the show. Check out Jeff’s WFMU radio show here.

Stream and download the complete show from our bandcamp page:

Lake Mary
The Schoolhouse
Brooklyn, NY

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, align, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Everything the Light Touched>[new]
02 [banter]
03 Blue Spruce
04 [banter2]
05 Porch Music

Support Lake Mary at his Bandcamp page

Earthless: December 13, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

January 5, 2017

[photo by BevRock]

The music of Earthless is as if the climax instrumental portion of the best of early 70s head-rock became a single fifteen-minute song. In other words, there’s no filler in their music, just improvisational highlights. While Earthless has existed for fifteen years, the band’s recorded output consists of just four full-lengths. This is a band clearly comfortable as a live unit, despite that all three members of the trio play with significant other bands, including drummer Mario Rubalcaba in Rocket from the Crypt and Off!. The band doesn’t tour often, but in 2016 we got to see them twice, including our recording of their Mercury Lounge set in March.

At the Bowery Ballroom last month, the band played an hour-long set of three songs that was capped off by a relatively quick encore of the FM staple track from Led Zeppelin’s first album. Interestingly, the set did not include the band’s 2016 release “Acid Crusher”, half of a split release with their Tee Pee Records mates Harsh Toke. But the set was exactly what the crowd came to see — plenty of riffs, thumping bass and monster percussion. This was the art of stoner rock taken to its logical conclusion and Earthless nailed the set from start to finish.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards in our usual location in the balcony. The house mix was used to fortify the drums which did not carry up to the balcony as well as the stacks of guitar amps. The result is an excellent recording. Enjoy!

Download and Stream the Complete Show from our Bandcamp Page [HERE]

Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Kenny Lienhardt] + 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

[Total Time 1:07:14]
01 Uluru Rock
02 Violence of the Red Sea
03 Sonic Prayer
04 [encore break]
05 Communication Breakdown [Zep]

Support Earthless: Facebook | Bandcamp | Buy their records from Tee Pee Records

List of All Available NYCTaper Recordings – 2016 Posts

January 4, 2017

Welcome to our annual list of all the recordings we’ve posted in a given calendar year. This should give our readers a chance to check back and grab some shows you may have missed. Please don’t take this as an invitation to download massive quantities of recordings. If I find someone downloading 10 or 20 shows at once, I’ll block your IP address.

All 2007 Recordings Listed [HERE]
Part 1 of 2008 Recordings (January through June 13) Listed [HERE]
Part 2 of 2008 Recordings (June 13 through July 31) Listed [HERE]
Part 3 of 2008 Recordings (July 31 through December 31) Listed [HERE]

All 2009 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2010 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2011 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2012 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2013 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2014 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2015 Recordings Listed [HERE]

Alphabetical List of All Available Recordings at NYCTAPER.COM
(Click on Title for location):
Posted in 2016 (167 Recordings):

A Giant Dog: September 8, 2016 Hopscotch Music Festival
Acid Mothers Temple: April 5, 2016 Mercury Lounge
Acid Mothers Temple: April 6, 2016 Knitting Factory
AJJ: November 6, 2016 Warsaw BK
Al Riggs: September 9, 2016 Hopscotch Music Festival
Alan Licht: January 6, 2016 Union Pool
Alan Licht: March 4, 2016 Saint Vitus
Alex Bleeker & the Freaks “Play Dead”: December 30, 2015 Rough Trade NYC
Ancient Ocean: March 29, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Animal Collective: February 24, 2016 Irving Plaza
Animal Collective: November 2, 2016 Terminal 5
Antietam: January 30, 2016 Union Hall
B Boys: January 28, 2016 Alphaville
Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk: January 9, 2016 Palisades
Bachman-Toth Band: September 9, 2016 Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show
Bambara: February 25, 2016 Palisades
Barbara Manning: July 3, 2016 Union Hall
Bardo Pond: March 26, 2016 Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular
Bardo Pond: November 18, 2016 Union Pool
Bear vs Shark: September 28, 2016 Market Hotel
Beech Creeps: June 10, 2016 Union Pool
Big Ups: July 16, 2016 Out In the Streets Festival
Big Ups: September 13, 2016 Baby’s All Right
Bill Nace: September 9, 2016 Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show
Body / Full of Hell: September 9, 2016 Market Hotel
Bohannon/Dusenbury/Fox: March 30, 2016 Market Hotel
Cass McCombs: January 7, 2016 Bowery Ballroom
Chris Forsyth x Nick Millevoi Duo: November 13, 2015 Trans-Pecos
Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band: March 19, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: May 28, 2016 Union Pool
Chris Forsyth & Loren Connors: August 10, 2016 Secret Project Robot
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: December 3, 2016 Union Pool
Chuck Johnson: March 24, 2016 Union Pool
Chuck Johnson Band: March 26, 2016 Three Lobed Sweet 16 Spectacular
Chuck Johnson: March 29, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Cian Nugent: March 9, 2016 Union Pool
Colin Fisher, Mike Pride, Carl Testa Trio: August 10, 2016 Secret Project Robot
Courtesy Tier: March 30, 2016 Trans-Pecos
craw: March 12, 2016 Saint Vitus
Creepoid: January 14, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Dan Friel: January 9 2016 Palisades
Dan Friel: March 6, 2016 Palisades
Daniel Bachman: November 22, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Dead and Company: July 3, 2016 Boulder CO
Dead C: September 20, 2016 First Unitarian Congregational Society
Dead Meadow: May 13, 2016 Saint Vitus
Dinosaur Jr.: August 5, 2016 Rough Trade NYC
Disappears: February 20, 2016 Baby’s All Right (including Bowie’s “Low”)
Downtown Boys: June 24, 2016 Market Hotel
Dungen: June 17, 2016 Bowery Ballroom
Earthless: March 18, 2016 Mercury Lounge
Eleven Twenty Nine: July 23, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Enemy Waves: March 26, 2016 Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular
Faust: March 30, 2016 Market Hotel
Freakwater: February 16, 2016 Bell House
Girls Against Boys: September 13, 2016 Baby’s All Right
Girls Against Boys: November 3, 2016 Saint Vitus
Gotobeds: June 11, 2016 Union Pool
Govt Mule: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam
Guerilla Toss: July 16, 2016 Out In The Streets Festival
Guerilla Toss: July 30, 2016 Secret Project Robot
Gunn-Truscinski Duo: March 26, 2016 Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular
Hans Chew: July 23, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Heartless Bastards: May 10, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Herbcraft: December 12, 2015 Trans-Pecos
Herbcraft: November 13, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Heroes of Toolik: January 30, 2016 Union Hall
Heron Oblivion: May 28, 2016 Union Pool
Hiss Golden Messenger – November 15, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Holly Miranda: December 18, 2015 Bowery Ballroom
Holy Tunics: December 11, 2016 Sunnyvale
Horse Lords: July 23, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Infinity Girl: January 16, 2016 Muchmore’s
James Jackson Toth & William Fowler Collins: October 5, 2016 Park Church Co-op
Jason Isbell: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam
JEFF The Brotherhood: September 27, 2016 Market Hotel
Joan of Arc: October 7, 2016 Knitting Factory
Jon Langford and Jean Cook: February 13, 2016 Brooklyn House Party
Journalism: May 21, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Kohoutek: May 13, 2016 Saint Vitus
Lambchop: September 8, 2016 Hopscotch Music Festival
Lawrence: December 5, 2015 Mercury Lounge
Lee Ranaldo: March 29, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Long Ryders: November 10, 2016 Bowery Ballroom
Luna: October 6, 2015 930 Club Washington DC
Luna: May 4, 2016 Granada Theater Dallas TX
Luna: September 29, 2016 Alexandria VA
Luna: October 1, 2016 Rough Trade
LVL UP: September 24, 2016 Market Hotel
MAKE: September 9, 2016 Hopscotch Music Festival
MANAS: September 9, 2016 Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show
Mary Lattimore and Dave Mies: February 7, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Matchess: June 10, 2016 Union Pool
Matthew Shipp and Bobby Kapp: September 17, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Matt Valentine: February 7, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Matt Valentine: August 14, 2016 Union Pool
Martin Courtney: February 13, 2016 Baby’s All Right
Mind Over Mirrors: March 17, 2016 Littlefield
Mothers: January 29, 2016 Palisades
Mountain Goats: April 2, 2016 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT
Mountain Goats: April 17, 2016 City Winery
Mountain Goats: April 18, 2016 City Winery
Mountain Goats: April 19, 2016 City Winery
MV & EE: November 13, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Nap Eyes: March 9, 2016 Union Pool
Nathan Bowles: March 26, 2016 Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular
Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Quartet: March 6, 2016 Palisades
Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio: September 15, 2016 Silent Barn
Oneida: January 9, 2016 Palisades
Oneida: March 11, 2016 Shea Stadium
Oneida: July 30, 2016 Secret Project Robot
Ought: May 8, 2016 Rough Trade NYC
Palehound: August 13, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Palm: January 29, 2016 Palisades
Palm: March 26, 2016 Market Hotel
People of the North: August 10, 2016 Secret Project Robot
Phish: October 15, 2016 North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, SC
Pill: February 25, 2016 Palisades
PS Eliot: September 15, 2016 Market Hotel
PUP: October 22, 2016 Bowery Ballroom
Rangda: March 4, 2016 Saint Vitus
Rhyton: December 3, 2016 Union Pool
Rooks: December 5, 2015 Mercury Lounge
Running: June 10, 2016 Union Pool
Ryley Walker: May 13, 2016 “A Day at the Market” (Market Hotel)
Ryley Walker: November 3, 2016 Villain
SAVAK: January 22, 2016 Union Pool
SAVAK: June 11, 2016 Union Pool
Shearwater: February 6, 2016 Mercury Lounge
Shearwater: March 15, 2016 Rough Trade (Bowie’s Lodger)
Sloan: October 17, 2016 Bowery Ballroom
Smashing Pumpkins: April 5, 2016 Beacon Theatre
Soda: January 28, 2016 Alphaville
Soft Moon: February 13, 2016 Market Hotel
Soldiers of Fortune: January 7, 2016 Bowery Ballroom
So So Glos: July 16, 2016 Out In The Streets Fest
Spacin’: April 30, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Spacin’: May 28, 2016 Union Pool
Speed the Plough: February 25, 2016 HiFi Bar
Speer Duo: March 24, 2016 Union Pool
Spray Paint: June 10, 2016 Union Pool
Steve Gunn: March 26, 2016 Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular
Steve Gunn: December 9, 2016 Bell House
Sunburned Hand of the Man: March 24, 2016 Union Pool
Sunburned Hand of the Man: March 26, 2016 Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular
Sunwatchers: March 6, 2016 Palisades
Sunwatchers: March 11, 2016 The Studio at Webster Hall
Teenage Fanclub: October 15, 2016 Bowery Ballroom
Thermals: April 28, 2016 Market Hotel
Thurston Moore Group: April 28, 2016 Rough Trade NYC
Tortoise: March 17, 2016 Littlefield
Ty Segall & the Muggers: February 27, 2016 Webster Hall
Ultimate Painting: May 7, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ultimate Painting: December 7, 2016 Bowery Ballroom
Waco Brothers: April 13, 2016 Union Hall
Watery Love: September 9, 2016 Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show, Hopscotch Music Festival
Wilco: February 2, 2016 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
Wilco: February 3, 2016 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
Wilco: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam – Hunter NY
William Tyler: June 26, 2015 Mercury Lounge
William Tyler: February 2, 2016 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
Woods: May 7, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wrekmeister Harmonies: November 4, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Wussy: March 4, 2016 Studio at Webster Hall
Wussy: March 30, 2016 Trans-Pecos
Yo La Tengo: April 9, 2016 Landmark Loew’s New Jersey Theatre
YVETTE: September 29, 2016 Market Hotel

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