Monthly Archives: December 2008

The Loom: Pianos Residency in January + Other Gigs

December 31, 2008
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The Loom / Secret Garden, part 2 from hoovesontheturf on Vimeo.

As they move on fresh from a very big 2008, The Loom begin 2009 with a series of January gigs, highlighted by three-gig residency at Pianos. The dates for the Pianos shows are January 6, January 13, and January 27. We are particularly excited about the show on the 13th, which also features Treasure — a band that so impressed us at Glasslands in November.

For all the January gig information, visit The Loom’s MySpace page.

The video embedded above was produced by the excellent Hooves on the Turf blog, and features The Loom performing “Patience for Books” inside the many rooms of Retro Fret, an old Brooklyn specialty music store — a neat conceptual video.

Govt Mule: December 28, 2008 Orensanz Center – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 30, 2008
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[photo by nyctaper]

As a lead up to their annual New Year’s run in NYC, Gov’t Mule offered their fans a pair of intimate semi-acoustic shows at the Orensanz Center — a beautiful renovated 150 year old former synagogue on Norfolk Street. On Sunday night, we were witness to an extraordinary display of multifaceted musicianship appropriate to the concert setting. Warren Haynes began the show with a series of solo acoustic numbers, as each band member joined gradually throughout the set. As the first set concluded, what had began as a mellow display evolved into full-fledged Mule music with a rocking “Kind of Bird”. The second set carried on in a similar vein, and featured classic blues, hard rock, and even a Nirvana cover (“All Apologies”). At the end of the evening, the crowd offered its respect for nearly three hours of outstanding music, as the closer “Goin’ Out West” was finished with the voices of “choir”.

Gov’t Mule will perform this evening and on New Year’s Eve at the much larger Hammerstein Ballroom — tickets are still available.

We recorded this set from directly in front of the soundboard on the floor, in the center aisle. The acoustics on the venue were outstanding in our location, as the hyper directional microphones avoided any of the echo or boom from the high ceilings and accentuated the warm feel of sound in the seated area. Enjoy this outstanding capture of a memorable evening!

The nyctaper recording of Govt Mule on December 28, 2007 is still available [here].

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Govt Mule
2008-12-28
Angel Orensanz Center
New York, NY USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Front Corner of Sound Desk
Center Aisle, approximately 50 feet from the Stage

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR Cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, slight level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper
2008-12-29

Setlist:
Set 1:
[total time 1:16:48]
01 Loves Open Door
02 The Real Thing
03 In My Life
04 Dolphineus
05 Painted Silver Light
06 Beautifully Broken
07 Patchwork Quilt
08 Wild Horses
09 One
10 Long Distance Call
11 So Weak, So Strong
12 Kind of Bird

Set 2:
[total time 1:17:57]
01 John The Revelator*
02 Change Is Gonna Come
03 Fallen Down
04 The Other One Jam
05 Drums
06 All Apologies
07 Endless Parade
08 You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
09 Soulshine
10 [encore break]
11 Hallelujah Boulevard
12 Goin’ Out West
*with one verse of When The Levee Breaks

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Gov’t Mule, visit their website, and purchase the official releases and merch from the store at their website [HERE]. Purchase official live recordings at Mule Tracks [HERE].

Matisyahu: December 22, 2008 Webster Hall – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 29, 2008
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At the second night of his Festival of Light shows, Matisyahu came bearing gifts — nearly two and half hours of music, a rock solid performance, and several key guests. We were particularly thankful for the appearance of guitar virtuoso Yosi Piamenta, who completely shredded in his two extended performances. The set featured several numbers from Matisyahu’s upcoming long-anticipated CD Light, due for release in early 2009. At the close of the show, each member of the band left the stage one by one during Yosi’s solo, leaving him the spotlight to finish the set. It was an appropriate respectful gesture that acknowledged his outstanding performance.

We recorded this set from inside the soundboard area on the floor. In what was perhaps the youngest, roudiest, drunkest and least attentive crowd within which we have ever recorded, the microphones could only filter so much of the crowd noise. Additionally, Matis’ microphone was saturated on numerous occasions. With those caveats, enjoy what should have been a much better recording.

This Recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

Matisyahu
2008-12-22
Webster Hall
New York, NY USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Soundboard Booth
Dead Center, approximately 50 feet from the PA

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR Cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (set fades, slight level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper
2008-12-27

Setlist:
[Total Time 2:18:54]
01 Heights
02 Youth
03 Thunder
04 Jerusalem
05 Chop ‘Em Down
06 Close My Eyes*
07 So Hi So Lo
08 Beatbox
09 Altar Of Earth
10 We Will Walk
11 [menorah lighting]
12 King Without A Crown
13 [encore break]
14 Smash Lies
15 Struggla
16 Motivate*

*with Yosi Piamenta on guitar
Also with Oud player and other guests.

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Matisyahu, visit his website, visit his MySpace page, and purchase the official releases from the store at his website [HERE].

Yo La Tengo: December 27, 2008 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 28, 2008
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[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

At night seven of the Hanukkah celebration, Yo La Tengo displayed the most compelling characteristics of the band — their versatility and encyclopedic knowledge of popular music. As the band took the stage with an aggressive “Sugarcube”, the expectation was that the set would feature the rocking YLT. In a neat flip, the band followed the opener with 45 minutes of their most mellow music. The quiet set was accompanied by the outstanding contributions of David Mansfield on violin and pedal steel. As if a switch was hit, Yo La Tengo then completely changed gears for the second half of the set and raged through a noisy medley of their punk-tinged material, highlighted by a wild “Mushroom Cloud of Hiss”.

The encore set featured guest vocalist Willie Alexander, whose Boom Boom Band had opened the night. Following three thoroughly obscure garage rock numbers, the night closed with two familiar classics — the Boom Boom version of “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” and a cringeworthy take on Lulu’s “To Sir With Love” with David Cross on vocals.

We recorded from the identical location as night two, and the quality is equally outstanding. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Yo La Tengo
2008-12-27
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Front Corner of Sound Desk
Dead Center, approximately 30 feet from the PA

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR Cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, slight level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper
2007-12-28

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:46:08]
01 Sugarcube
02 Let’s Be Still
03 She May Call You Up Tonight (Left Banke)
04 Cone Of Silence
05 One PM Again
06 Pablo And Andrea
07 Griselda (Peter Stampfel)
08 The Crying of Lot G
09 I Feel Like Going Home
10 Nowhere Near
11 Off and Running (Mindbenders)
12 Barnaby, Hardly Working
13 Big Day Coming
14 Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
15 Mushroom Cloud of Hiss
16 [encore break]
17 Long Gone (false start)
18 Long Gone (The Customs)
19 Walk Away, Rene (Left Banke)
20 Maybe More Than You (The Lost)
21 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
22 To Sir, With Love

02-15, 19-20 with David Mansfield (violin, pedal steel guitar, electric/acoustic guitar)
19-21 with Willie Alexander vocals
22 with David Cross vocals

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases from the store at their website [HERE].

Yo La Tengo: December 24, 2008 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 26, 2008
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review by neild
On Wednesday, the fourth night of Yo La Tengo‘s Hanukkah celebration, the band performed an odd show — no special guests at all, just the usual trio for the entire set. What made it special was the setlist, which went deep into the band’s catalog to dig up such rarely heard gems as “Tiny Birds,” “Paul Is Dead,” “Upside Down,” and “Detouring America With Horns,” as well as covers of Sparks and the Velvet Underground, and exceptional versions of “Autumn Sweater” and “Blue Line Swinger.” There were technical problems all around – James’ bass was way too loud at first, one of Georgia’s drum mics was on the fritz, there was a steady stream of water drizzling onto the stage from a ceiling vent, and my recording setup generated some odd pops at random places – but all in all a very good YLT show, and a nice complement to some of the more star-studded nights of Hanukkah.

nyctaper: For the post-production on this recording, I boosted levels overall and more for the quieter numbers. With the loose cable static problem (“odd pops”), I could not fix the problem, so I just deleted the sections of noise, which were strategically placed outside the music except for two short sections of “Drug Test”. Overall though, another terrific job by neild.

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Yo La Tengo
2008-12-24
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Board

CoreSound Cardioids > MM-EBM-1 battery box (with bass roll-off) > Sony MZ-NH900 > Audiophile 2496 > Sound Studio > 16bit 44.1 wav > Soundforge (set fades, level boost, edit close clapping, edit loose cable clicks/ticks) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded by neild
Produced by nyctaper
2008-12-25

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:37:58]
01 Big Day Coming
02 Beanbag Chair
03 Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
04 Drug Test
05 The Weakest Part
06 Mr. Tough
07 Tiny Birds
08 Paul Is Dead
09 Shadows
10 Angst In My Pants (Sparks)
11 Upside Down
12 Autumn Sweater
13 I Heard Her Call My Name (Velvets)
14 Blue Line Swinger
15 [encore break]
16 I Gotta Dream On (Herman’s Hermits)
17 Detouring America With Horns
18 Cherry Chapstick
19 Rock and Roll Santa (Jan Terri)

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases from the store at their website [HERE].

Yo La Tengo: December 23, 2008 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + News

December 24, 2008
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[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

If the third night of Yo La Tengo‘s annual Hanukkah celebration at Maxwell’s did not have the big name guests as in previous nights and years, our hosts more than made up for the deficit with a smoking ninety-minute set that alternated between quiet lithe numbers and absolute shredding. Yo La Tengo were joined for the entire set by the superb guitarist Smokey Hormel. His contributions to the set were tasty and appropriate. The highlights of the set (there were many) include the Dylan cover of “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, Neil Diamond’s (via the Monkees) classic “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” and the closer — a fourteen minute maniacal version of “I Heard You Looking”.

The sound quality in the venue was mixed to perfection. We recorded from the prime location in this venue, and the quality of this recording is really excellent. We could not be happier with this capture. Enjoy!

News: We learned last night that Antietam will open for YLT at the December 25th show, and that the actor Tim Roth will also appear (for a spoken word piece) later in the week — likely on Saturday December 27. We will return to record on Saturday.

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Yo La Tengo
2008-12-23
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Front Corner of Sound Desk
Dead Center, approximately 30 feet from the PA

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR Cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, slight level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper
2008-12-24

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:31:35]
01 Old Joy
02 We’re An American Band
03 Little Eyes
04 I Wanna Be Your Lover (Dylan)
05 A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Monkees)
06 The Race Is On Again
07 Damage
08 Can’t Forget
09 Don’t Say A Word
10 Our Way To Fall
11 Out The Window
12 Styles Of The Times
13 Tom Courtenay
14 I Heard You Looking
15 [encore break]
16 Stay With Me (The Dictators)
17 Center of Gravity

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases from the store at their website [HERE].

NYCTaper Hanukkah Week Begins

December 23, 2008
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[photo by nyctaper]

I love this picture. Its the dreidel / disco ball that came down from the ceiling at the Matisyahu show at Webster Hall tonight. It looks like its about the come down onto my microphones, but the dreidel was really about 20 feet in front of me.

We recorded Matisyahu tonight. The performance lasted over two hours. That recording will be up on the site in about two days. He will play 6 more shows this week, at Webster and then at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

We will be at Yo La Tengo tomorrow night and then again on Saturday. We received a blackberry message when Magnetic Fields showed up as the opening act at Maxwell’s for YLT’s show tonight.

Yo La Tengo Hanukkah Shows: NYCTaper Preview – Oneida Opening First Night

December 19, 2008
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[photo credit]

As we announced/leaked all the way back in October two weeks before the official announcement, Yo La Tengo is set to perform their eight nights of Hanukkah at Maxwell’s with special unannounced opening bands and comedy.

We will be present on Tuesday December 23 and Saturday December 27. Our recording of the December 6 show last year was not only our 2007 Concert of the Year (see 2008 list here), but also one of the most requested recordings at this site. We expect that the two shows from 2008 will be equally excellent.

A very short while ago, one of the opening bands leaked their participation. Oneida will open the show on December 21, which also happens to be the first night. We are scouring the rumor mills and some of our knowledgeable connections for more information on openers. Check back to this topic for more info!

Yo La Tengo is offering their limited edition t-shirts online this year. In previous years the shirts were only available at the shows.

NYCTaper Top Ten Concerts of 2008

December 18, 2008
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63_taperbird
[image by Songbirdnest]

Its getting late, less than 2 weeks left in the year. So we feel like we left our yearly Top Concerts post until as late as we can, with all due respect to the rest of the shows we will see this year — Matisyahu (Dec 22) and Yo La Tengo (Dec 23 and Dec 27 — they won last year) and possibly others.

NYCTaper saw something like 100 concerts this year, and recorded upwards of 150 different sets. This list represents our totally subjective ten favorite show for a variety of reasons.

NYCTaper Top Ten Concerts of 2008:

1. Sigur Ros: June 16, 2008 Grand Ballroom
This two-hour set of majestic brilliance was the clear winner of the best concert of 2008 — and perhaps the greatest show we have ever seen.

2. Of Montreal: October 10, 2008 Roseland
This show is almost legend by now — almost more an artistic theatrical event than simply a concert. The horse, the noose, the stage antics all ultimately paled to the two hours of intense music.

3. Deerhunter: November 7, 2008 Music Hall
A band at its creative peak performed a flawless set primarily consisting of its new CD — perhaps the best album released in all of 2008.

4. Love Is All: June 12, 2008 Cake Shop (NYC Popfest)
A packed sweaty room literally swaying with uncontrollable joy as the Swedish punk-pop masters perform in the most intimate venue they will ever play in NYC.

5. Wilco: August 13, 2008 McCarren Pool
Perhaps the strongest Wilco show we have ever seen, the eleven encores at this show exceed in number and length the entire sets they are performing opening for Neil Young this month.

6. [deleted]

7. Sharon Van Etten: October 23, 2008 Cake Shop (NYCTaper CMJ Show)
Admittedly, a personal and sentimental favorite. Sharon delivered a breathtakingly beautiful set as the ultimate finish to an outstanding day of music and musical camaraderie.

8. The Mountain Goats: November 9, 2008 Webster Hall
At the tour-closing night, John Darnielle pulled out all the stops. As he revealed early in the night that he had considered retiring from touring and that the current tour rejuvenated his love for live performance, this show took on a celebratory air.

9. Ponytail: June 21, 2008 After the Jump Fest (Music Hall)
This thoroughly original set literally took my breath away with its unrestrained energy and musicianship. It was the final performance of the day session of the outstanding After The Jump Fest — an amazing day of music.

10. Natalie Merchant: January 8, 2008 Hiro Ballroom
A triumphant return to performance. Natalie sang and performed beautifully for nearly two and half hours. This is ironically the only recording ever removed from the site at an artist’s request.

Of Montreal: December 16, 2008 Music Hall – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 17, 2008
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[photo courtesy of Diana.Wong]

Last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, we decided to get among the crazy throngs on the floor at the Of Montreal show. While it was certainly comfortable up in the balcony at Roseland, we must admit to a bit of envy when the crowd on the floor erupted in unison at various points of the amazing Of Montreal show in October. The Brooklyn crowd did not let us down — bumping and dancing throughout the first half of the two-hour show. As the twenty-seven song set worked into its second hour, the floor began to empty a bit, so that by the set-closing “Kongsvinger”, all that remained were the diehards, most of whom by then were covered in red paint. As in October, we were treated to a cover song as the show-closing number, this time the more sedate Tom Petty classic “American Girl”. In terms of the stage show, this was a bit of a scaled-down affair (no horse or hanging), but the ninja crew were very active and Kevin still made countless costume changes.

As we recorded with our mobile unit from the floor, this recording has an “authentic” in-the-crowd feel to it. Additionally, the sound in the venue was at times saturated and muddy. With those caveats, we are nevertheless pleased with the results. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Of Montreal
2008-12-16
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from FOB
Dead Center 30 Feet from PA

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2008-12-17

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:53:07]
01 Introduction
02 Id Engager
03 So Begins Our Alabee
04 Triphallus, To Punctuate!
05 She’s a Rejecter
06 For Our Elegant Caste
07 Touched Something’s Hollow
08 An Eluardian Instance
09 Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
10 Gallery Piece
11 Wraith Pinned To The Mist (And Other Games)
12 Women’s Studies Victims
13 St. Exquisite Confessions
14 Eros’ Entropic Tundra
15 [interlude – carrots]
16 Nonpareil Of Favor
17 October is Eternal
18 Wicked Wisdom
19 Bunny Ain’t No Kind Of Rider
20 Knight Rider
21 And I’ve Seen A Bloody Shadow
22 Plastis Wafers
23 Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
24 Mingusings
25 All Na Wayo
26 A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger
27 [encore break]
28 Gronlandic Edit
29 Oslo In The Summertime
30 American Girl (Tom Petty)

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Of Montreal, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their new CD Skeletal Lamping at the Polyvinyl website [HERE].

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