Monthly Archives: February 2008

Bjorkestra February 25, 2008 Jazz Standard – Flac Download

February 28, 2008

[photo courtesy of Matt Bologna]

It has not been since our very first Bjorkestra experience at the late great Tonic club, that we’ve experienced this orchestra in a real jazz club. Monday night at Jazz Standard, Travis Sullivan and his superb band of musicians celebrated the release of their new CD Enjoy on Koch Records. We were invited to attend and record the late show. Bjorkestra delivered a stunning display of both orchestral interplay and individual improvisation within the structure of Travis’ unique arrangements of Bjork’s material.

Our close proximity to the stage gave us a special view of the interplay between the musicians and the pleasure that each player seemed to derive from the performance. Our recording reflects some of that joy, as the humor and banter is evident. Our belief in the strength of the performance we had just experienced was confirmed when Travis remarked to us after the show about the power of the set.

This is an outstanding clear recording, as our position gave us a direct line to the band. Much of the amplification of sound on the recording is directly from the instruments themselves. We mixed in a small amount of vocals from the soundboard feed to compensate for the volume of the instruments on stage. Minor quibbles exist for the clinking and clanking of food plates in this dinner club, and some balancing that was necessary in the first minute of the recording. Otherwise, its a tremendous listen. Enjoy, indeed!

There are three older Bjorkestra recordings archived on nyctaper (here) (here) and (here).

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra
Late Show
Jazz Standard
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Audience/Soundboard Matrix

Soundboard + Upfront Neumann KM-150s > Edirol UA-5 (Oade Digimod) > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Many thanks to Travis for permission to record.

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:09:22]
01 Joga
02 Army of Me
03 Cocoon
04 Pluto
05 All is Full of Love
06 [band introductions/banter]
07 Human Behavior
08 Its Oh So Quiet

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, visit their website, and purchase Enjoy directly from Bjorkestra or the Koch label.

For our California readers, Bjorkestra will be on tour in the following places next month:

Date City Venue
Wed 03/05/08 Santa Cruz, CA Moe’s Alley
Thu 03/06/08 San Francisco, CA Yerba Buena Center For The Arts
Fri 03/07/08 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s Night Club
Sun 03/09/08 Los Angeles, CA Safari Sam’s
Tue 03/11/08 Santa Barbara, CA Soho Restaurant & Music Club
Wed 03/12/08 San Diego, CA Anthology

Bon Iver February 23, 2008 Glasslands – Flac Download

February 24, 2008

[photo courtesy of Jason Bergman Photography]

There has been so much written about Justin Vernon’s outstanding Bon Iver project and the story behind For Emma, Forever Ago, that I have no intent to repeat. Last night, Justin provided a live glimpse into what makes these basic songs so compelling — his ability to capture the simple aspects of life with poignant humor and charm, and present it within a basic band structure.

This week, Emma was released on the Jagjaguwar label, and one would expect the beginning of the blogger backlash. This might be the fate of an artist whose hype exceeds the talent, but Bon Iver heartily deserves the last six months of praise. If a live performance is the ultimate expression of a musician’s artistic value, then Glasslands was the proof positive that Justin is the real deal. He handled the huge crowd, some technical problems, and the weight of expectations with grace and fortitude.

At nyctaper, we consider ourselves quite fortunate to see live performances of such quality. We are doubled blessed when the artist and the management afford us authorization and guest list access. Bon Iver gave us all three, and we offer much thanks for this courtesy, and as well we thank the staff of Glasslands.

We placed our microphones in the same location as our last Glasslands recordings (Avey Tare/Deakin/Kria [here] and Rings [here]), and in order to avoid the persistent crowd chatter and bar noise, we brought along hyper uni-directional microphones. We were also given access to the main mix of the soundboard to capture a “matrix” recording. Unfortunately, we didn’t trust our room equipment enough, and relied a bit too heavily on the board mix. As a result, the mix is not properly balanced, and there is quite a bit more kick-drum in the mix particularly during louder moments. We do believe this is still an excellent recording, but offer it to our readers with the knowledge that should have done better. Enjoy!

Black Mountain was also recorded and will be offered in the coming days.

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Bon Iver
Glasslands Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard/Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Front of Board Neumann KM-150s > Edirol UA-5 (Oade Digimod) > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by

[total time 37:33]
01 [introduction]
02 Flume
03 Lump Sum
04 [banter]
05 The Wolves (Act I and II)
06 Blindsided
07 For Emma

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Bon Iver, visit his myspace page, and purchase Emma directly from the label.

The National February 22, 2008 BAM Opera House – Flac Download

February 23, 2008

[photo credit]

The National played an Opera House last night, and brought along their own orchestra. At one point during the show there were 15 musicians on stage, and yet The National retained the intimate “chamber pop” at which they have excelled. The sound quality and acoustics in this classic venue were superb and complimented the performance. The setting also offered a stark contrast during moments when the rock and roll side of this band came through — in particular the surreal moment when Matt left the stage and screamed the profane chorus of “Mr. November” while standing in the lap of some elderly BAM patrons.

When we recorded The National in a rainy outdoor Pier 17 in August, the band’s excellent performance was marred by a terrible sound system with static and crackling throughout. Last night the classic opera house acoustics and fine system favored the band and our recording reflects the quality of the sound. We were positioned in the second row of the mezzanine with a direct line to both PA stacks, and we are extremely pleased with the results. Enjoy!

This recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 at [HERE].

The National
Gilman Opera House
BAM Brooklyn Next Festival
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Mezzanine Row B
Left Center Seating Area

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > 16bit 44.1 wav > Soundforge (set fades, level adjustment, slight eq) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper 2008-02-23

[total time 1:33:52]
01 Start A War
02 Brainy
03 Baby We’ll Be Fine
04 Slow Show
05 Secret Meeting
06 Mistaken For Strangers
07 Squalor Victoria
08 Abel
09 Wasp’s Nest
10 [band introductions]
11 Racing Like A Pro
12 Ada **
13 Apartment Story
14 [new song – no title given]
15 Karen
16 Fake Empire
17 [encore break]
18 City Middle
19 Mr. November
20 About Today
21 [second encore break]
22 Gospel

**Sufjan Stevens on piano

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The National, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from them directly.

nyctaper Upcoming Events

February 21, 2008

[image by songbirdnest]

We have added many new concerts and we’re still hoping to add more:

Upcoming nyctaper Events:

The National:
February 22, 2008, BAM Opera House, Brooklyn NY

Bon Iver/Black Mountain:
February 23, 2008, Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

February 25, 2008, Jazz Standard, NYC

Oneida/Oakley Hall:
February 29, 2008, Knitting Factory, NYC

Pat McGee:
March 10, 2008, Canal Room, NYC

Bob Mould:
March 13, 2008, Irving Plaza, NYC (tentative — pending permission request)

Pierce Turner:
March 16, 2008, Puck Fair, NYC

Drive By Truckers:
March 26, 2008, Terminal 5, NYC

The Antlers:
April 2, 2008, Club Midway, NYC

Spanish Prisoners:
April 5, 2008, Luna Lounge, Brooklyn, NY

Kimya Dawson:
April 6, 2008, Webster Hall, NYC

Explosions in the Sky:
April 8, 2008, Terminal 5

Saul Williams:
April 9, 2008, Irving Plaza

Marco Benevento:
April 11, 2008, Sullivan Hall, NYC
April 12, 2008, Sullivan Hall, NYC

Colin Meloy:
April 17, 2008, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Tea Leaf Green/Hot Buttered Rum:
April 18, 2008, Highline Ballroom, NYC

April 22, 2008, Gramercy Theatre, NYC
April 23, 2008, Masonic Temple, Brooklyn, NY

Big Dipper:
April 25, 2008, Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY (tentative — pending permission request)

British Sea Power:
May 10, 2008, Bowery Ballroom, NYC

nyctaper One-Year Anniversary Event:
May 11, 2008, Details to be Announced

We continue to receive offers of sponsorship (tickets/guest list) from artists and readers who would enjoy our work. Thank you to those artists and readers.

Feel free to email nyctaper if you’d like to make suggestion, ask a question, enter a complaint, introduce us to new music, encourage us, or even make a donation. We enjoy the interaction with our readers.

Calvin Johnson February 17, 2008 – Bowery Poetry Club – Flac Download

February 20, 2008

[photo credit]

Calvin Johnson made a rare but very welcome NYC appearance on Sunday afternoon at the intimate Bowery Poetry Club. At a venue of this nature, Calvin’s sublime personality and dry humor were on intimate display and his songwriting gifts were evident. At the merch table before and after the show he greeted and charmed all comers, and offered a full array of his eclectic catalog. The one-hour performance contained highlights from his solo records, several new numbers, and one Beat Happening song.

The attempt to capture a recording of this event proved extremely difficult. We set up about 30 feet from the stage which was a mistake — we needed to be much closer.  Calvin performed with one microphone in the middle of the stage, and his frequent movements created fluctuations in volume.  Additionally, the quiet of the music was often interrupted by loud sounds from the bar, the audience, and a loud rotating fan. Fortunately, the fan was shut off at Calvin’s request twelve minutes into the show.

As a result, the raw audience recording of this concert was nearly unlistenable. We were extremely fortunate to have met with after the show, and arranged to combine punkcast’s mono soundboard feed with our audience recording. After many hours with the files in Soundforge, we mixed the audience and soundboard sources and edited many of the flaws of the recording. Ultimately, what is offered here is far from perfect, but is a significant improvement from the initial recording. We offer many thanks to punkcast for his generosity, and of course many thanks to Calvin and Chad from for permission to record.

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Calvin Johnson
Bowery Poetry Club
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard > mono feed > MD + Front of Board Audience Master (30 Feet from Stage)
DPA 4021s (6 ft Stand) > Apogee Mini-Me > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav files
Matrix Mix:
Soundforge (resample, level adjustments, sync + mix audio sources) > 16bit 44.1kHz wav file > CDWave > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Soundboard Recorded by punkcast
Audience Recorded by nyctaper
Produced by nyctaper

[total time 1:02:05]
01 When You Are Mine
02 Moaning
03 [banter]
04 Rabbit Blood
05 Hurrying on to Something
06 Sitting Alone At The Movies
07 I’m Down
08 Your Eyes
09 Can I Ask You Something
10 Drive Me Good and Crazy
11 [banter]
12 Apple to the Core
13 Ride With Me
14 [banter]
15 Wrap Me in Cotton

If you email nyctaper to download this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT this outstanding artist and visit Calvin’s website, visit the amazing K Records site, and purchase Calvin Johnson’s official releases (here).

Meredith Monk at Symphony Space – February 15, 2008 (Review)

February 19, 2008

Meredith Monk is perhaps the most profoundly unique performer in any genre of music today. She combines the talents of a composer, vocalist, choreographer, performance artist, and musician into a wholly original presentation.

At Symphony Space on Friday night, Meredith led a rare performance of the complete Vocal Ensemble. The Ensemble has changed personnel over the years, but the two talented “arms” of Monk were present. While Allison Sniffin is the solid and reserved musical foundation, the more animated Katie Geissinger projects vocal confidence and charm. Each in their own way represents a different aspect of the musical personality of Meredith herself. The other veteran player, Ching Gonzalez, anchors the Ensemble with a joyous stage presence and deep and rich baritone.

The Symphony Space performance comprised two acts — the first act featured a career retrospective and the second act was a lengthy segment of Monk’s new release Impermanence. First act highlights included “Gotham Lullaby”, which retains its originality after many performances over the last 30 years, and the closing “Waltz in 5’s”, which featured all of Monk’s talents and the complete Ensemble.

The “new” material from Impermanence has been performed in various venues and formats in the last several years, creating a level of familiarity, but the Symphony Space performance was the first as a complete Act. The power of the piece in this presentation was something to behold, as the Ensemble brought this new Monk treasure to fruition. As the stage lights dimmed and the crowd rose to its feet, it became all too apparent that this incredible performer has not lost her touch after 40 years of creativity.

The Program from this concert is available (here). Unfortunately, I did not get an answer to my request to record this performance, and ultimately did not record. This was particularly regrettable because of my perfect location, and the true power of this performance. Symphony Space does offer streaming audio of select performances, so one hopes Monk will eventually be offered to listeners.

Please support Meredith Monk, visit her website and purchase her official releases. Impermanence will be released on March 18, and can be pre-ordered here.

nyctaper – Weekend schedule

February 13, 2008

We will be attending three concerts this weekend, and hopefully recording them all.
Here is the schedule:

Friday — February 15, 2008:
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
Symphony Space, NYC
The thoroughly unique vocal pioneer, composer, and interdisciplinary artist performs with the Vocal Ensemble for the first time in NYC in two and half years. We have communicated with Meredith Monk’s people and are awaiting a decision on recording permission.

Saturday — February 16, 2008
Citizen Cope
Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music
The compelling cross-genre artist appears at the BAM Brooklyn Next Festival, which celebrates the borough’s diverse musical creators. Cope’s management has approved the recording of the opening number for posting on nyctaper.

Sunday — February 17, 2008
Calvin Johnson
Bowery Poetry Club, NYC
The post-punk pioneer and founder of indie stalwart K Records makes a rare solo appearance in NYC at Bowery Poetry. The people have given permission for nyctaper to capture this event.

The Antlers February 8, 2008 Pianos – Flac Download

February 9, 2008

You don’t have to be clairvoyant to predict the obvious. In two or three years I’m fairly certain that if we are still around recording and reviewing shows, I will write a review of The Antlers sold-out show at Music Hall or Irving Plaza or Roseland in support of their brilliant new album on Touch and Go or Thrill Jockey or Barsuk records. And in that review I’ll reminisce about last night’s show at Pianos where approximately 50 people were treated to incredible live renditions of the songs from In The Attic Of The Universe. The live Antlers are a quartet anchored by Peter Silberman’s guitar and vocals, with the powerful drums of Michael Lerner, thundering bass and harmonies by Justin Stivers, and mixed instrumental accompaniment (banjo, trumpet and assorted percussion) by Darby Cicci. When Darby began to play the banjo with a bow, I thought of Jonsi from Sigur Ros, and immediately the opening song (“In the Attic”) began in the vein of Takk, and built to a crescendo where the quartet sounded like an orchestra full of sound and melodic fury. The balance of the all-too-short set was a similar mix of harmonies, hooks and superb songcraft.

This was our second recording at Pianos (we recorded the Meat Puppets in October here), and each time was an excellent experience. We set up directly in front of the soundboard with a clear view towards both stacks of the PA speakers. The sound quality in this small room is outstanding, and we are extremely pleased with the results. Many thanks to Peter for permission to record!

This recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at [HERE].

The Antlers
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded with Microphone Stand 20 feet from Stage

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (set fades, level adjustment, resampling to 16/44.1) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[total time 36:26]
01 In The Attic
02 On The Roof
03 East River Berlin Wall
04 Uprooted
05 When You Sleep
06 The Universe Is Going To Catch You
07 Stairs To The Attic

If you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT this terrific band and visit their website. You can purchase In The Attic Of The Universe directly from Fall Records here.

The Antlers – February 8, 2008 at Pianos – Concert Preview

February 5, 2008

The Antlers are performing live at Pianos on Ludlow Street at 10 p.m. on Friday, February 8. nyctaper will be there at the invitation of The Antlers to record the concert and offer it at this site.

The Antlers are Peter Silberman’s recording project with a full live band for performances. In November, Antlers released In The Attic Of The Universe, an album of intelligent well-crafted pop songs with hooks and harmonies to spare.

Sample a song from the album (several other tracks are available for download at the Antlers site):
The Antlers — The Universe is Going to Catch You

While In the Attic is one of our favorite albums of 2007, its also a great example of the power of the new forms of internet distribution. In April, Peter offered the album as a free download on their site. In the following months, word of the superb quality of the album spread and the label Fall Records picked it up for release. By November, the album was released in physical form. Purchase the CD directly from Fall Records (here).

Marco Benevento January 31, 2008 – Sullivan Hall – Flac Download

February 2, 2008

[photo credit]

Thursday night was the fifth and final night of Marco Benevento’s January residency at Sullivan Hall, and it was a party in more ways than one. The night was a CD release party for Marco’s new CD Invisible Baby, and it featured the twice-performed “Real Morning Party” along with a premiere of the video for the song in between sets. Benevento was joined by the superb bassist Reed Mathis (whose band Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is featured on nyctaper here), and drummer Andrew Barr (from The Slip). The last half of the second set also featured guitarist Brad Barr (also from The Slip). The band performed two long sets of a superb mix of jazz, prog, jam, rock and pop, all anchored by the unique keyboard and effects of Marco.

The recently upgraded Sullivan Hall continues to be extremely friendly to tapers, and as a result we arrived early and secured a safe position in the upper seating area. While we were not centered, the unimpeded access to the left stack gave us a clear signal, although the crowd continued to be quite chatty. Overall, we are pleased with the results, and extremely happy to have captured this excellent show in its entirety. Enjoy!

This recording is now available for download in FLAC and MP3 at [HERE].

Marco Benevento
Sullivan Hall
New York NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Upfront Table Area
15 Feet from Left PA Stack

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge 8.0 (set fades, slight level boost, resample 16/44) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Marco Benevento: piano, keyboards, effects
Reed Mathis: bass guitar
Andrew Barr: drums
Brad Barr: guitar on Set 2 tracks 05 through 09

Recorded and Produced

Set 1
[total time 54:22]
01 Bus Ride
02 Record Book
03 The Real Morning Party
04 Twin Killers (Deerhoof)
05 Golden (My Morning Jacket)
06 Atari
07 Ruby
08 Are You The Favorite Person of Anybody?

Set 2
[total time 1:42:26]
01 Fearless (Pink Floyd)
02 If You Keep Asking Me
03 You Must Be A Lion
04 The Real Morning Party
05 Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon)
06 Jam
07 Mephisto
08 She’s Not There (Zombies)

If you download this recording, Please SUPPORT Marco Benevento and visit his website, where you can pre-order his brand new CD Invisible Baby and purchase all of his official releases (here).

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