Monthly Archives: January 2009

Naked Hearts: January 22, 2009 Cake Shop – Flac and MP3 Downloads

January 31, 2009
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The Naked Hearts released their new EP this month and Thursday last (Jan 22), it was time to celebrate. In the venue where they garnered positive attention at CMJ, at Cake Shop Naked Hearts performed a set that featured five of the six songs on the new release These Knees. We were particularly pleased to hear “No One Nothing” for the first time live where the song’s hooks and melodic guitar work translated well.

Naked Hearts have completed their East Coast tour to support the EP, and return to live performance next weekend (Feb 6) at Death By Audio. They will also perform at Glasslands on March 1 before returning to the road for some Midwest dates.

We recorded this set from our upfront location at this venue. The sound quality is not quite what we anticipated, as the vocals are perhaps a bit too light and there is some noise in the drums. Nevertheless, its a fine performance by a fine band! Enjoy.

The Antlers and Air Waves (permission pending) were also recorded and will be posted in nyctaper in the near future.

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Naked Hearts
2009-01-22
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Upfront
10 Feet from PA

DPA 4021s > Edirol UA-5 (Oade Digimod) > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge 8.0 (level adjustments, downsample 16/44) > CD Wave > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2009-01-24

Setlist:
[total time 28:42]
01 Like I Do
02 Mass Hysteria
03 No One Nothing
04 Cat and Mouse
05 One False Move
06 Call Me
07 Only For You

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Naked Hearts, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their new EP These Knees from InSound (vinyl and download card) or Other Music (mp3).

Annuals: January 28, 2009 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads

January 31, 2009
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[from Annuals MySpace - photo by Brian Vetter]

Annuals are on tour in support of their new CD Such Fun. On Wednesday at Bowery Ballroom, Annuals played an energetic eighty-minute set that drew equally from their two full-lengths and four EPs. The highlights included the new single “Confessor”, “Brother” and as the first encore “Carry Around”. While the band maintains a youthful and exuberant energy on stage, Adam Baker‘s lyrics exhibit a wisdom beyond his years. That kind of maturity has enabled Annuals to move beyond the blog-buzz and its inevitable backlash, and produce an excellent new CD and tour.

We recorded from our standard balcony location in this venue and the sound is excellent. The vocals were mixed too low for the first couple of songs, but the balance improved thereafter and ultimately we are pleased with the high quality of this recording. Enjoy!

Jessica Lea Mayfield and What Laura Says were also recorded and will be posted on nyctaper pending artist approval.

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Annuals
2009-01-28
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Balcony Rail
Next to Soundboard

Neumann KM-150′s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > 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
2009-01-30

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:20:45]
01 [drum intro]
02 Hot Night Hounds
03 Always Do
04 Confessor
05 Down The Mountain
06 Sway
07 Hardwood Floor
08 Fair
09 Complete or Completing
10 Chase You Off
11 Springtime
12 Around Your Neck
13 Sore
14 Brother
15 Wake
16 [encore break]
17 Carry Around
18 Hair Don’t Grow

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Annuals, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their new CD Such Fun from the links at their website and MySpace page.

Brooklyn vs. Baltimore ToddP Show Moved from DanBro to The 1896 (Fri Jan 30) (Edit – Vivian Girls replace Blank Dogs)

January 29, 2009
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[photo courtesy of Impose Magazine]

Friday night (January 30) ToddP presents a show that pits four Brooklyn bands in a “battle” against four bands from Baltimore. This show had been scheduled for the DanBro studios, but it has just been moved to a new venue – “The 1896″, located at 215 Ingraham Street in Bushwick. This venue is about a block from the Jefferson Street stop on the L.

We had not previously scheduled to record this show, but in light of our recent revelation about These Are Powers, nyctaper will attend and record the Brooklyn portion of this marathon event.

Here is ToddP’s updated information:

| THE 1896 | ¦ moved from Danbro ¦
215 Ingraham St @ Gardner Ave | East Williamsburg / Bushwick, Bklyn
L-Jefferson | 8pm | all ages | $3 |
| PICS | http://www.the1896.com/the1896/Area_-_2.html

all other details remain the same, two stages, bands playing staggerred one after the other, great times, two towns coming together, etc!

pro PA system on both stages, in two beautiful -heated- rooms, both w/ vaulted ceilings and great sightlines!

NOTE: to accomodate all these sets, we will be starting the first bands EARLY @ 8:15pm!!

====| FRIDAY 1/30 @ THE 1896 |====¦ moved from Danbro ¦

:: BKLYN vs. B-MORE BATTLE MARATHON!
:: 2 stages, bands from Brooklyn on one, Baltimore on the other
:: | $3 |

:: DAN DEACON
:::: Double Dagger
:::::: Future Islands
:::::::: dj Dog Dick

:: Woods
:::: Blank Dogs (canceled – replaced by VIVIAN GIRLS)
:::::: These Are Powers
:::::::: USAISAMONSTER

:: PLUS SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS!!!!

NOTE: to accomodate all these bands, we will be starting the first bands EARLY @ 8:15pm!!

| THE 1896 | ¦ moved from Danbro ¦
215 Ingraham St @ Gardner Ave | East Williamsburg / Bushwick, Bklyn
L-Jefferson | 8pm | all ages | $3 |
| PICS |

Springsteen Tickets Go on Sale Monday at 9 am for Spring Tour

January 29, 2009
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While it has not yet been officially announced, word has leaked that tickets for Bruce Springsteen Madison Square Garden date(s) on the Spring Tour will go on sale through Ticketmaster on Monday February 2, 2009 at 9 a.m. EST. There are some dates already listed at Ticketmaster, which include Hartford, Penn State and Washington DC.

The dates also include Meadowlands (May 21 and May 23) and Nassau Coliseum (May 4), which are listed on Springsteen’s site as going on sale Monday at 9 a.m., but have not yet appeared on the Ticketmaster site.

Wordless Music Announces Impressive Winter/Spring Series

January 28, 2009
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Last night the official schedule for the Winter/Spring 2009 Wordless Music Series was announced, and its an impressive one. We were already aware of the Mountain Goats / Vanderslice date (that we will record), but some of these other shows are amazing. Tickets for (nearly) all 2009 Wordless Music shows are on sale and can be purchased at wordlessmusic.org or lprnyc.com. Here is the official announcement:

Wordless Music
Presents

The 2009 Winter/Spring Season!

with
The Mountain Goats,
Terry Riley, Toumani Diabate, Juana Molina,
The Books, Johann Johannsson, James Blackshaw, Grouper, MONO,
Charles Spearin, Gabriel Prokofiev, Lukas Ligeti, John Vanderslice,
The Sight Below, Lusine, Signal, Torngat, ACME, ICE, and Craig Wedren

alongside
music of Gyrgy
Ligeti, Conlon Nancarrow, Charles Ives, Arthur Russell,
Louis Andriessen, Jefferson Friedman, Timothy Andres, Michael Gordon,
Stockhausen, Stravinsky, Schubert, Chopin, Shostakovich, and Erik Satie

and
the New York premiere
of Arvo Part’s Symphony No. 4 (“Los Angeles,” 2009)

Tickets now on sale

Wordless Music
2009 Winter/Spring Season

02.13.09  Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think) with ACME
02.14.09  Grouper, The Sight Below, and Lusine with Michael Brofman, piano
02.27.09  Juana Molina with Lukas Ligeti, marimba lumina
03.04.09  James Blackshaw and Meg Baird with Heather O’Donnell, piano
03.15.09  Charles Spearin (Do Make Say Think) with Todd Reynolds/Evan Ziporyn/Verge Ensemble
03.18.09  Gabriel Prokofiev / Nonclassical Records Showcase (U.S. debut)
03.27.09  The Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice with Miranda Cuckson and Reiko Uchida
04.02.09  Torngat with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
04.04.09  The Music of Arthur Russell
04.09.09  The Books with Timothy Andres, piano
04.18.09  Toumani Diabate with Jenny Lin, piano
04.22.09  Michael Gordon’s “Trance”
04.26.09  Terry Riley and Gyan Riley
05.08.09  MONO with the Wordless Music Orchestra (Jeff Milarsky, conductor)
05.10.09  Arvo Part’s Symphony No. 4 (New York premiere)
05.17.09  Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 3 and Suite from “The Hours”
06.25.09  Johann Johannsson with string quartet (U.S. debut)

These Are Powers: January 23, 2009 Bell House – Flac and MP3 Downloads

January 27, 2009
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[photo courtesy of Edan at thepiratehat]

The first time that I saw These Are Powers live was about a year ago, early in the morning in a smokey venue with a cranky old sound system. I absolutely hated them. It never occurred to me that I might just be wrong about them, and that maybe the only thing that was really cranky and old that night was me. Several months later, I read a series of glowing reviews of These Are Powers performance at Siren Festival and had some reservations. Perhaps I should give them a “second chance”.

Friday night at Bell House, the performance by These Are Powers was truly a revelation. We were not distracted by negative conditions and simply concentrated on the band. We got it. These Are Powers create a textured beat and layer it with bass, keyboard effects and processed vocals. The influences are as diverse as German techno, Remain in Light and late-era Butthole Surfers. The band also seems to have a wicked sense of humor, which juxtaposes nicely with the sometime dark elements of the music.

The set included material from the upcoming release from These Are Powers entitled All Aboard Future. The release party for this new CD will take place on February 13, 2009 at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn. These Are Powers will also perform this Friday January 30 at the DanBro space in Brooklyn in a ToddP event that features NYC bands and Baltimore bands in a “competition”.

We recorded this set from the same location as the Ponytail recording and the sound is excellent.

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

These Are Powers
2009-01-23
Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded Next to Soundboard

Neumann KM-150′s > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > digital coax > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge 8.0 (level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.75 > Flac Frontend (level 7) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2009-01-26

Setlist:
[Total time 34:14]
01 Cockles
02 Double Double Yolk
03 Chipping Ice
04 Adams Turtle
05 Life of Birds
06 Easy Answers
07 World Class Peoples

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT These Are Powers, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases from the Dead Oceans site [HERE].

NYCTaper Updates: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

January 25, 2009
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[image by Songbirdnest]

The past week saw an increase in volume of visits to the site by a mere 500%. In an alignment-of-the-planets-fashion, Animal Collective reached peak popularity, started a tour and played two NYC shows that we captured with two excellent recordings — Bowery is one of our best captures ever. Its rewarding to receive recognition from some of the most established music sites on the web, including Pitchfork, Gorilla vs Bear, largeheartedboy and Stereogum, along with a host of other fine sites.

The problem of course is that the drastic increase in volume crashed the server on Wednesday morning. We allocated more memory (at more cost) on three separate occasions on Wednesday and Thursday and finally just moved the Animal Collective files to archive.org. The high volume of visits continue and more downtime resulted today. Ultimately our host server responded with a virtual shrug of the shoulders. We paid extra for a private server, but apparently this kind of traffic is not even something that upgrade can handle. We continue to search for solutions, but obviously we are hand-tied by the fact that this is an ad-free site and donations cover less than half of the monthly server fees alone. All other operating costs (equipment, media, travel, tickets, bandwidth, etc) we pay out of pocket.

What it boils down to is that nyctaper needs a white knight/site sponsor — something akin to the massive free servers of archive.org but on a single site scale. We do not want to place ads on the site and lose our credibility and compromise our objectivity. If any of our readers have ideas or suggestions, feel free to email them.

Lost in all this new found flavor-of-the-week temporary popularity is the type of recognition that we truly value. Largehearted Boy and Pop Tarts Suck Toasted, two sites who we read regularly and respect greatly have both listed us in their “10 Blogs to Read in 2009″ lists. Many thanks to the two classy gentlemen who run both of those superb sites.

We have added some exciting new shows to the schedule listed below.

Upcoming Shows:

The Annuals:
January 28, 2009 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Kittens Ablaze:
January 31, 2009 Mercury Lounge NYC (CD Release)
-and/or-
Rafter:
January 31, 2009 Cake Shop NYC

Blank Dogs / Woods:
February 6, 2009 Market Hotel Brooklyn
February 7, 2009 Less Artists More Condos NYC

These Are Powers:
February 13, 2009 Secret Project Robot Brooklyn NY (CD Release)

Jason Isbell:
February 26, 2009 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Blitzen Trapper:
February 27, 2009 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Grizzly Bear:
February 28, 2009 BAM Brooklyn

The Antlers:
March 5, 2009 Union Hall Brooklyn (CD Release)

Monks of Doom:
March 12 -and- March 13, 2009 Europa Brooklyn

John Darnielle / John Vanderslice:
March 27, 2009 Ethical Culture Concert Hall (Wordless) NYC

Langhorne Slim:
April 3, 2009 Bell House Brooklyn

Animal Collective:
May 13, 2009 Terminal 5 NYC

NYCTaper Live on Radio23.org – Show 2 Playlist + MP3 Download

January 25, 2009
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NYCTaper Live
Radio23.org
Show #2
Sunday January 25, 2009
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Listen:

http://radio23.org/listen.html

NYCTaper on the web:

http://www.nyctaper.com

Segment 1:
Brother Sport
Fireworks – Animal Collective 2009-01-21

Segment 2:
Music Tunes – Ponytail 2009-01-23
Double Double Yolk – These Are Powers 2009-01-23 (coming soon)
Two – Antlers 2009-01-22 (coming soon)

Segment 3:
Southern Heights – Victor Krummenacher 2009-01-09
No One Nothing – Naked Hearts 2009-01-22 (coming soon)
I Can’t Help It – Jonathan Segel 2009-01-11
She Divines Water – Camper Van Beethoven 2009-01-10

Segment 4:
Flaming Wreck – Pernice Brothers 2006-12-08 (coming soon)
Fletcher Christian – Mekons 2007-10-03
Time to Pretend – MGMT 2007-12-08
Fidelity – Regina Spektor 2007-10-16
Coles Corner – Richard Hawley 2007-12-01
Kamera – Wilco 2007-06-25

Segment 5:
Ex-Guru – Fiery Furnaces 2008-01-17
Neon Beanbag – Stereolab 2008-10-02
Head Full of Steam – Robert Forster 2008-09-15
Black Rice – Women 2008-10-22
Dear Sarah Shu – John Vanderslice 2008-10-18
Have to Explode – The Mountain Goats 2008-11-08
Secret Meeting – The National 2008-08-04
Handpocket – Best Friends Forever 2008-10-23

MP3 Download NYCTaper Live Show #2 [HERE]

Ponytail: January 23, 2009 Bell House – Flac and MP3 Downloads

January 24, 2009
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[photo courtesy of Jonny Leather]

Its almost unfair to offer this show as simply an audio recording. A huge aspect of the experience of a live Ponytail performance is the visualization of the unique quartet feeding off the manic energy of the crowd. Last night at a packed Bell House, as lead singer Molly Siegel gyrated to the beat, the entire front half of the audience followed in sync. Her yips and yelps provided the fourth layer of a soundscape that begins with a feverish beat and two frantic lead guitars. We had not seen Ponytail since their Mercury gig in July, but were impressed at their level of maturity in the last six months — which is remarkable considering that nyctaper selected their June ATJ performance at one of the top ten shows of the year.

We recorded this set inside of the roped-off and elevated soundboard area. We offer many thanks to Bell House for their courtesy and the band for their permission. The sound quality of this recording is superb. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Ponytail
2009-01-23
Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded Next to Soundboard

Neumann KM-150′s > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > digital coax > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge 8.0 (level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.75 > Flac Frontend (level 7) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2009-01-24

Setlist:
[Total time 46:09]
01 7 Souls
02 Beg Waves
03 Late For School
04 Untitled [new song]
05 Music Tunes
06 Bermuda Triangle
07 Die Allman Bruder
08 Celebrate the Body Electric (It Came From an Angel)
09 [encore break]
10 Small Wevs

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Ponytail, visit their myspace page, and purchase their official releases [HERE] and [HERE].

Animal Collective: January 21, 2009 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Direct Downloads + Photos

January 23, 2009
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[all of the excellent photos on this page are by J Caldwell and Alexis Stember - click on the photos here for links to full resolution versions]

If Tuesday night was a celebration of history, Wednesday night at Bowery Ballroom, Animal Collective exhibited why they deserve the accolades. In the most intimate venue they may ever play, AC performed a ninety minute set of near perfection — an impressive balance of energy and proficiency. The Grand Ballroom began slowly and built the energy. The Bowery Ballroom started with an explosive “Also Frightened” that segued neatly into “My Girls. As Animal Collective worked through a setlist front-loaded with trance-inducing tribal chant numbers, the only point in which the show relaxed was the encore segment where the reworked “Winters Love” flowed seamlessly into Panda Bear’s “Comfy in Nautica”. Other highlights again included “Fireworks”, where during the jam segment we focused on the manic percussion work of Panda, and the new number “Blue Sky” (working title) — but in reality, the entire show was a highlight.


[nyctaper vantage point!]

We recorded this set under the most ideal conditions. The sound quality is the venue was outstanding, and the sound staff mixed the band to perfection. The photographers J and Alexis provided us with a “buffer” against any crowd chatter, and our location was a direct line to the PA stacks. The result is a recording that we are confident in declaring is the best unofficial live recording of Animal Collective that you will ever hear. It gives us great pleasure to present a recording of this quality. Enjoy!

Listen to this recording in streaming audio or download below:

These are direct downloads in FLAC and MP3 from another server (right click and “save file as” or “save target as”), or use a download manager.

Firefox users can Down Them All! at once (here).

More about FLAC

Animal Collective
2009-01-21
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Balcony Rail
Next to Soundboard

Neumann KM-150′s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > 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
2009-01-22

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:28:44]
01 Also Frightened [FLAC] [MP3]
02 My Girls [FLAC] [MP3]
03 Blue Sky [FLAC] [MP3]
04 Slippi [FLAC] [MP3]
05 Leaf House [FLAC] [MP3]
06 Summertime Clothes [FLAC] [MP3]
07 Guys Eyes [FLAC] [MP3]
08 Lablakley Dress [FLAC] [MP3]
09 Fireworks [FLAC] [MP3]
10 Lion in a Coma [FLAC] [MP3]
11 Brother Sport [FLAC] [MP3]
12 [encore break] [FLAC] [MP3]
13 Winters Love [FLAC] [MP3]
14 Comfy in Nautica [FLAC] [MP3]

Information: [TXT FILE]
Verification: [MD5 FILE]

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Animal Collective, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases directly from Domino Records site [HERE].

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