Monthly Archives: March 2010

Nada Surf: March 26, 2010 The Bell House – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

March 30, 2010
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[Photo courtesy of David Andrako]

Nada Surf’s first single, “Popular,” was released in 1996.  It made the rounds on “alternative” radio pretty heavily, along with the hits of a number of contemporaries who are long forgotten.  Nada Surf’s trajectory could have been the same – permanent one-hit wonder status, forever relegated to “Remember the 90s” comps and theme party shout outs.  But after being dropped by their label before their second record could even be released in the U.S., Nada Surf took a different tack, recommitted to their music, and continued on.  That turned out to be a good decision, as their third and fourth records, Let Go and The Weight is a Gift were, if not commercial blockbusters, critical successes, stocked with well-crafted, timeless pop-rock instant classics like “Blonde on Blonde” and “In the Mirror.”  Rather than crumple into the rock n’ roll scrap heap, Nada Surf have aged and succeeded gracefully.

This night’s show at The Bell House was the second in a series of NYC-area concerts celebrating one of the band’s 2000s-era albums, with Let Go being played the previous night at Bowery Ballroom, and Lucky being performed in full the following night at Music Hall of Williamsburg.  This show (the only one of the three that nyctaper was able to get tickets to, unfortunately) celebrated The Weight is a Gift, the 2005 follow-up to the successful Let Go.  After playing the album straight through, the band returned to play an even longer second set that combined other classics from their repertoire like “Whose Authority” with new covers that are set to appear on the forthcoming covers album, if i had a hi-fi.  Guests included John Roderick of The Long Winters, who also gave a fantastic solo set that we hope to post in the future will post very soon.  This included a rendition of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” that, true to Nada Surf’s aesthetic, turned that band’s dark, brooding classic into a more upbeat pop number, along with covers of Kate Bush, the Go-Betweens, Dwight Twilley, and the Clash.   Today’s Nada Surf is a mature, fully realized rock band, but this night proved that they haven’t lost any of the youthful exuberance that attracted fans in the first place (and as the picture below shows, apparently neither have their fans!).

This recording combines the DPA microphones with an excellent house mix by the Bell House staff, and the sound quality is outstanding.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE).

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Nada Surf
2010-03-26
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Stereo soundboard feed + DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: ROC, mics at approx 11? from floor height, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit WAV>Audacity (mixdown, adjust levels, slight compression, set fades, tracking, amplify each channel, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
Set 1 [The Weight Is A Gift - 44min]
01 intro
02 Concrete Bed
03 Do It Again
04 banter
05 Always Love
06 banter
07 What Is Your Secret?
08 Your Legs Grow
09 All Is A Game
10 Blankest Year
11 Comes A Time
12 In the Mirror
13 Armies Walk
14 Imaginary Friends

Set 2 [60min]
15 set break/intro
16 Weightless
17 Whose Authority
18 Enjoy the Silence [Depeche Mode]
19 Love Goes On [The Go-Betweens]
20 80 Windows
21 banter
22 Electrocution
23 banter
24 Bad Best Friend
25 banter
26 You Were So Warm [Dwight Twilley]
27 Love and Anger [Kate Bush]
28 The Plan
29 See These Bones
30 Hyperspace
31 encore break
32 I Fought the Law [The Clash]

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Love Is All: March 27, 2010 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads

March 28, 2010
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[photo by nyctaper]

A few days ago, in Pitchfork’s ebullient review of the new Love Is All album Two Thousand And Ten Injuries, lead singer Josephine Olausson was touted as “one of the early 21st century’s great poets of romantic dissatisfaction”, a description she found so silly that she tweeted about it. The pretentious Pitchfork writing aside, the live Love Is All is really all about unselfconscious joy. Last night at Maxwell’s, the band played their first live show in nine months, but picked up right where they left off. Despite the addition of a new guitarist (his first show) and first-time ever performances of some of the new album tracks, Love Is All displayed the type of unbridled energy and irreverent wit that has made them a must-see band when they come over to the US. The setlist combined six Two Thousand tracks with a nice selection of the older numbers, the highlights of which included the two-song show finale of “Make Out” and “Wishing Well”, and the crazy encore segment which concluded with personal favorite “Busy Doing Nothing”.

We recorded this set from our standard location in this venue. The sound mix and sound quality in the venue was superb and the result is an excellent recording. Enjoy!

Love Is All play Knitting Factory in Brooklyn in a few hours. We expect to also record that show.

The Crystal Stilts set from last night was also recorded.

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Love Is All
2010-03-27
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2010-03-28

Setlist:
[Total Time 49:47]
01 Bigger Bolder
02 Repetition
03 From Love Corner
04 Talk Talk Talk Talk
05 [banter]
06 Never Now
07 Early Warnings
08 Ageing Had Never Been His Friend
09 Sea Sick
10 Dust
11 Kungen
12 Make Out, Fall Out, Make Up
13 Wishing Well
14 [encore break]
15 Spinning and Scratching
16 Busy Doing Nothing

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Love Is All, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their new album Two Thousand And Ten Injuries from the Polyvinyl website [HERE].

Magik Markers: March 19, 2010 Union Pool – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

March 26, 2010
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[Not particularly good iPhone photo by acidjack]

Since their founding in 2001, Magik Markers have slowly evolved from a more experimental act specializing in epic psych/noise jams into the band they are today.  As demonstrated on their latest record, Balf Quarry, the band have not abandoned the psychedelic rock by any means – but today their musical vision is transmitted via actual songs as well.   One constant throughout the Markers’ career has been their reputation as an excellent live band.

A Markers show has the feel of controlled chaos, going in unpredictable directions.  Some numbers seem to end as abruptly as they began; between lead singer/guitarist Elisa Ambrogio’s freeform lyrical style and the virtuosity of all of the band members, you can never be sure they haven’t invented something new on the spot.   At Union Pool the band’s reputation remained intact – they were alternately humorous, jammy, blunt and contemplative- sometimes almost within the space of a single song!

I recorded this set with a combination of a stereo soundboard feed and the DPA mics mounted to the balcony.   Due to the venue’s size, the soundboard feed in this venue consists mostly of vocals and drums, which have been balanced with the audience mics to create an excellent recording, though at times you will perceive adjustments being made by the sound engineer.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE).

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Magik Markers
2010-03-19
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY, USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Stereo soundboard feed + DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to balcony rail, right of soundboard, mics pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, adjust levels, set fades, tracking, EQ, amplify each channel, dynamic compression, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks (setlist help appreciated)
01 Intro
02 Jerks
03 banter
04 The Lighter Side of Hippies
05 banter
06
07
08 Don’t Talk In Your Sleep
09 banter/false start
10
11 banter/tuning
12 Taste

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Magik Markers, visit their website, and purchase their excellent album Balf Quarry from Drag City Records here.

Casiokids: March 15, 2010 Knitting Factory – Flac and MP3 Downloads

March 24, 2010
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[photo courtesy of brooklyngringo]

The proverbial hardest act to follow is the band who has just stolen the show and who bears a striking resemblance to the music you are about to play. Last week at the brooklynvegan pre-SXSW show at Knitting Factory, WhoMadeWho, a dance-rock band from Copenhagen, wowed the crowd with an impressive set. Casiokids, a dance-rock band from Norway, followed with a tall order. Fortunately for the quartet, the party atmosphere and their own irreverent stage style made the job a little easier. For forty-five minutes, Casiokids never let go of the beat and even while liberally instrument-swapping, convinced the packed crowd that their set was equal to their predecessor.

We recorded this set in the same manner as the previous two sets from this night and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Casiokids
2010-03-15
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 16bit 44.1kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2010-03-19

Setlist:
[Total Time 43:11]
08 Tracks (setlist help needed)

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Casiokids, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases from the Polyvinyl Records website [here].

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Spring Into Summer

March 22, 2010
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[image by Songbirdnest]

Its about time for a new “upcoming” post. There are many new additions.

Below is the updated schedule. We expect to attend and record these events. However, circumstances will prevent some of these from being done, and others will be added in the meantime.

If you want nyctaper to record your band, a band you represent, a show you’re promoting, or even your favorite band in the world, get me on the list and make sure everyone who needs to approve of the recording gives permission. Also, remember I’m doing this all for free — the recordings, the post-production, the reviews, the links, etc. — so treat me fairly.

2010 Schedule:
Love Is All:
March 27, 2010 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ
March 28, 2010 Knitting Factory Brooklyn (acidjack)

Drive-By Truckers:
April 1, 2010 Webster Hall NYC (acidjack)

Wilco:
April 2, 2010 Wellmont Theatre Montclair NJ (acidjack)

So Cow / Babies:
April 7, 2010 Death By Audio Brooklyn

Acid Mothers Temple:
April 7, 2010 Knitting Factory, Brooklyn (acidjack)

Ted Leo / Obits:
April 9, 2010 Irving Plaza NYC

Cymbals Eat Guitars / Bear in Heaven:
April 9, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn (acidjack)

The Wedding Present:
April 11, 2010 Bowery Ballroom NYC

-and/or-

Shark? / Sundelles / Lil’ Daggers:
April 11, 2010 Glasslands Brooklyn

Liars:
April 15, 2010 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Wussy:
April 16, 2010 Cake Shop NYC

and/or

Real Estate:
April 16, 2010 Market Hotel Brooklyn

Liars:
April 18, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn

Owen Pallett:
April 22, 2010 Webster Hall NYC

Vivian Girls:
April 23, 2010 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Titus Andronicus:
April 24, 2010 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Here We Go Magic:
April 30, 2010 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ (permission pending) (acidjack)

The Joy Formidable:
May 1, 2010 Mercury Lounge NYC

The Clean:
May 7, 2010 Bell House Brooklyn

Broken Social Scene:
May 8, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg (permission pending)

Jonsi:
May 9, 2010 Terminal 5 NYC

Woods:
May 13, 2010 Abrons Arts Center NYC

ArpLine / Dinosaur Feathers / Uninhabitable Mansions / Natureboy:
May 15, 2010 NYCTaper 3rd Anniversary Show, Pianos NYC

Buffalo Tom:
May 21, 2010 Mercury Lounge NYC

NYC Popfest:
May 23, 2010 Littlefield Brooklyn (acidjack)

Holly Miranda:
May 26, 2010 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Jay Farrar:
June 4, 2010 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Les Claypool:
June 8, 2010 Brooklyn Bowl

The National / The Antlers:
June 16, 2010 Radio City Music Hall NYC

Flaming Lips:
July 26, 2010 Central Park Summerstage NYC

The National:
July 27, 2010 Prospect Park Brooklyn (acidjack)

Pavement:* (permission pending)
September 23, 2010 Central Park Summerstage NYC

Oneida: March 19, 2010 Knitting Factory – Flac and MP3 Downloads

March 21, 2010
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[photo by nyctaper]

On a night when most of their contemporaries and colleagues were 1000 miles away in Austin Texas, Oneida returned to their roots and played a show the likes of which their fans have never seen. It was 13 years ago when Oneida played its earliest gigs at the Knitting Factory’s prior location on Leonard Street. While the personnel has shifted, Oneida has always been capable of literally stretching the boundaries of their indescribable music to unimagined lengths. On Friday night at Knitting Factory’s new Metropolitan Avenue location, there were two distinct portions of this show where Oneida fans were shaking their heads with knowing grins — the powerful opening “Ghost in the Room” (sans vocals) flowed into a freeform jam in the key of B that last for twenty-nine minutes, but never lost its intensity. While the improvisation contained quiet moments, melodic sections and times of sheer fury, the band’s commitment never wavered. Its that unparalleled musical stamina that was again on display during the set’s closer. “Sheets of Easter” has had longer versions, but at over eight minutes, the machine-like repetition of the “light” riff was nevertheless as dizzying and mystifying as ever.

We recorded this set with the four microphone rig set up on the right corner of the soundboard booth. The microphone configuration was arranged to maximize the sound reception in this rectangular room and I am quite pleased with the excellent results. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Oneida
2010-03-19
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Soundboard Booth

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021′s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2010-03-20

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:34:50]
01 [introduction]
02 Ghost In The Room
03 Improv in B
04 The River
05 Town Crier
06 Improv in D
07 Saturday
08 Up With People
09 Sheets Of Easter
10 [encore break]
11 I Will Haunt You

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Oneida, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, visit their page at Jagjaguwar Records, and purchase the latest CD Rated O at the Jagjaguwar site [HERE] and their earlier releases [HERE].

ArpLine: March 11, 2010 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

March 19, 2010
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[Photo courtesy of Jonny Leather]

You won’t confuse ArpLine with a stripped-down straight-ahead type of rock act.  The band filled the stage at Glasslands with enough pedals, instruments, cables and laptops (three by my count) to practically launch a recording studio.  These guys put a lot of care into their sound – mixing instruments from their onstage laptops in at least some cases – and the attention to detail was evident on this night.  The band was absolutely on fire as they played every song off of their recently released first record, Travel Book.  Whether you are a rock diehard or into electronic music, these guys have something to offer you, playing a polished, modern brand of synth-driven, psychedelic rock (their name doesn’t reference a classic synth for nothing) that is distinguished by strong melodies and varied musical textures.

I recorded this set with a combination of the Beyerdynamic microphones clamped to the center of the bottom rail of the balcony, with DPA omnidirectional miniature microphones “boundary mounted” to the balcony right over the crowd.   The result is a perfectly balanced mix that captures both the venue’s PA and the onstage sound.  Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE).  Listen to “Weekend In the Colonies” (HERE).

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

ArpLine
2010-03-11
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4061 + Beyerdynamic MC950>Edirol R-44 (24/44.1)
Position: DPA 4061 in PZM mounts, 2? spread; hypers pointed at stacks from balcony clamp
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, slight EQ, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Speed (Rush Ah)
02 Fold Up Like A Piece of Paper
03 Make It Rain
04 Sound and Versions
05 Amplify
06 banter
07 Game
08 Weekend In the Colonies
09 Cap
10 Rope
11 banter
12 Parts Unknown

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT ArpLine, visit their website, and purchase their excellent debut album (which is available on a “name your price” basis) from their bandcamp site [here].

WhoMadeWho: March 15, 2010 Knitting Factory – Flac and MP3 Downloads

March 18, 2010
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[photo from WMW MySpace page]

WhoMadeWho stole the show on Monday night at the BrooklynVegan Pre-SXSW show at Knitting Factory. At 11 p.m., the Danish dance/funk/electronica trio turned the machines on, started the beat, and never let up. The packed crowd by necessity opened up in the middle of the room for a make-shift dance floor, and it seemed like the only thing missing was a rotating mirror ball. For their part, WhoMadeWho exhibited a ton of energy and good humor from the stage — their songs can be both playful and dark at the same moment — so that the cycle of fun was complete. The band are in the US through the end of the week in Austin.

We recorded this set in the same location as the Wave Pictures recording and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

WhoMadeWho
2010-03-15
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 16bit 44.1kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2010-03-17

Setlist:
[Total Time 43:11]
01 Small Town City
02 [new song "Outside World"]
03 Space For Rent
04 Rose
05 [new song "Time"]
06 Keep Me In My Plane
07 [new song "Got To Get it Right"]
08 Satisfaction

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT WhoMadeWho, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases from the Gomma Records site [here].

The Wave Pictures: March 15, 2010 Knitting Factory – Flac and MP3 Downloads

March 17, 2010
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[photo by Michaela Ripl - from Wave Pictures website]

One of the greatest obstacles to the discovery of excellent music is the Atlantic Ocean. Oftentimes, its only when British bands make their way across to play NYC shows, that we “discover” them — Bearsuit, Richard Hawley and The Joy Formidable are recent examples. When a twelve year old band with smart and funny lyrics, excellent musicianship and an entertaining stage presence, who have collaborated with the likes of the Mountain Goats and Daniel Johnston somehow falls under our radar, its easy to blame space rather than our own inefficient personal musical encyclopedia. Thankfully, last night at the Brooklynvegan Pre-SXSW show at the Knitting Factory, all was forgiven. The Wave Pictures managed the rare trifecta of amusing, impressing and entertaining the crowd, which swelled to capacity during their set. Singer/guitarist David Tattersall even managed to make the embarrassing accidental unplugging of his guitar cable in mid-solo a mere prelude to one of the more hilarious stage banter recoveries in recent memory.

The Wave Pictures will perform at one of the many brooklynvegan showcases in Austin, at Club DeVille on Friday March 19. The band returns to NYC on Sunday March 28 for a show at the Mercury Lounge on the last night of their US tour.

This set was recorded with the Neumanns in front of the soundboard mixed with a stereo board feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

The Wave Pictures
2010-03-15
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 16bit 44.1kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2010-03-16

Setlist:
[Total Time 37:47]
01 Canary Wharf
02 Leave The Scene Behind
03 [banter]
04 Walk The Backstairs Quiet
05 [banter]
06 Friday Night in Loughborough
07 [banter]
08 Sleepy Eye
09 Holding Hands
10 Now You Are Pregnant
11 [banter]
12 I Love You Like A Madman

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Wave Pictures, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Shop at their website [here].

The Vandelles: February 26, 2010 Cake Shop – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

March 16, 2010
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[Photo courtesy of Chris Becker for greenshoelace.com]

Although I had just caught them earlier in the month at Littlefield, my second Vandelles experience was no less entertaining.   Well-slotted in the coveted “second to last” position on an excellent five-act roster,  the band ripped through a similar set to the Littlefield show.  This set seemed a bit tighter than that one, and fortunately, the Vandelles avoided the fate of the act that followed them, MiniBoone, who shorted out most of the electrical equipment onstage and ended up playing an impromptu semi-acoustic freeform set.

I recorded this set way upfront with the miniature DPA microphones mounted to my hat.  The sound is excellent and there is almost no crowd chatter.  Enjoy!

The Vandelles play Cameo Gallery and Lit Lounge on March 26 and 27, respectively.  Check them out!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

The Vandelles
2010-02-26
Cake Shop
New York, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper

Equipment: DPA 4061>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)
Position: FOB, DFC, about 5? from stage, HRTF
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, downsample, amplify channels)>FLAC level 8

Tracks:
01 Intro
02 Get Down
03
04 Bomb the Surf
05
06 Dash N Dive
07 California Killer
08
09 Bad Volcano

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Vandelles, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases directly from the SVC Records [here].

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