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Wussy: January 17, 2015 Studio at Webster Hall – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 21, 2015
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Wussy Upclose
[screen cap from this video]

“We suddenly have a crowd”, Wussy co-frontperson Chuck Cleaver noted wryly in the middle of a very sold-out crowd at the Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday. Suddenly of course being the relative word. Wussy has existed as a band for more than a decade but 2014 was by far their best year as a band. The breakthrough album Attica was released in the Spring and the groundswell of support was palpable. By year’s end the album was appearing all over the place in the best-of-year lists, Pazz & Jop (Village Voice), The Guardian, KEXP, Underground Bee, Sound Opinions, Bradley’s Almanac, Chunklet, KDHX, and many others — including this very site’s 10 Best Concerts and 25 Best Moments. So the “crowd” wasn’t so much as sudden as it was well earned. Perhaps its the sold-out crowds or the at-long-last universal praise or just the positive energy that currently surrounds the band but Saturday night’s show is the best we’ve ever seen Wussy play — and we’ve been there a bunch of times going back several years. The band opened with a quiet Lisa Walker-led traditional number that will appear on the band’s Record Store Day release later this year and then worked through half of Attica, selected older tracks, one new song and one clever cover. The entire band seemed to be “on” for this show and the highlights were many. We’ve chosen to stream Lisa’s ode to Indiana, “Pizza King” from 2011’s Strawberry and the aptly named “Beautiful”, a co-lead vocal number that closes out Attica. Wussy does not have any current local dates, but given the huge success of this particular show, I can’t imagine it will be long before they return East.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards clamped up high to the soundboard cage and mixed with an excellent feed from the band’s local FOH David Fine. The sound quality is quite exceptional and really very well captures the energy in the room. Enjoy!

Stream “Pizza King”:

Stream “Beautiful”:

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Wussy
2015-01-17
Studio at Webster Hall
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer David Fine] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:06:19]
01 I Give You All
02 Pulverized
03 Bug
04 [banter – two chords]
05 To The Lightning
06 Rainbows and Butterflies
07 [banter – strobe lights]
08 Alone
09 Pizza King
10 [banter – KOA]
11 Maglite
12 Gene I Dream
13 Yellow Cotton Dress
14 [no encore break]
15 Airborne
16 Beautiful
17 Teenage Wasteland
18 Photograph (Ringo Starr)
19 Rigor Mortis

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wussy, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Music link at their site [HERE] or from the Shake It Records website [HERE].

Wussy: October 11, 2014 Private House Larchmont NY – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 17, 2014
By

Wussy Larchmont
[photo by nyctaper]

The nights like this one are the ones to cherish. After Wussy’s Friday show while I was breaking down equipment, I was invited to a private house concert by Wussy for the following night up in Larchmont in Westchester County. Fortunately, I had no plans so that I was able to take the quick drive up to attend and record this event. It was clear from the outset that this was going to be special as a spread of gourmet Indian food was presented to the band and all the guests. After setting up my equipment with the help of the band, all of the guests made it downstairs to a family room large enough to host a small concert. Lisa Walker and Chuck Cleaver played seated with Lisa on acoustic and Chuck on a steel guitar — or as Lisa called it “Campfire Wussy”. The band also put together a very unique setlist including some Wussy Duo numbers, some deep cuts, and the first full band performance of an Ass Ponys track. And of course, the band spent much of the between-song banter as they often do, ribbing each other and telling amusing anecdotes. From my vantage point sitting less than ten feet from the band, it was truly a unique and special experience. We remarked that Friday’s show featured a wonderful version of “Motorcycle”, and Saturday’s show featured a different arrangement that was equally breathtaking. That song is streaming below. Wussy will return to the NYC area on January 17 for gig at a venue that is not yet announced. See you then.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards positioned directly in front of the band. I also used a single DPA omni microphone and a single line out from the modest PA used to amplify the vocals and guitars. With the onstage Schoeps as the primary recording, I used the other sources to supplement the depth and also the vocals (upon which I applied some reverb). I’m quite pleased with the excellent results. Enjoy!

Stream “Motorcycle”:

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Wussy
2014-10-11
Private House Concert
Larchmont NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [mono] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids + DPA 4061 (mono) > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:01:52]
01 Little Paper Birds
02 [banter – Queensryche]
03 Motorcycle
04 [banter]
05 Pretty as You Please
06 [banter – rehearsal]
07 Crooked
08 Humanbrained Horse
09 [banter – Marshall Tucker]
10 Airborne
11 Acetylene
12 Donald Sutherland [Ass Ponys]
13 [banter – Duo]
14 Maglite
15 Gene I Dream
16 Halloween
17 [banter – false start]
18 Don’t Leave Just Now
19 [encore break – thanks]
20 Loaded for Bear

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wussy, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Music link at their site [HERE] or from the Shake It Records website [HERE].

Wussy: October 10, 2014 Knitting Factory – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 12, 2014
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Wussy @ Knitting Factory
[photo courtesy of Johannes Andersen – Soundcloud photo by nyctaper]

Wussy’s first NYC show in six months was perhaps their most important East coast show thus far — a headlining gig on the Friday night of the CBGB Festival at Knitting Factory. Back in the Spring, a high profile gig like this would have been not likely for Wussy, but since the release of their latest album Attica and the universal praise it received, there has been a groundswell of support for the band and a higher national profile. To be fair, Wussy has had a modest but fervent and faithful fanbase for the entirety of their existence. Back when they played Cake Shop back in 2010, we noted that fans had come from as far as Canada to see the show. Those fans are still supporting the band — at the Knit there were travelers from Seattle and from Peru — but there are just more of them. And that’s a good thing. This is a band with a unique male/female dichotomy and truly superb supporting instrumentalists with solid songwriting, an authentic take of mid-Americana rock and a healthy dose of humor. If any band deserves a greater audience, its Wussy. At the Knit on Friday, we saw a band operating on all cylinders. In particular, Lisa Walker continues to impress with her growth as a performer. As a request, the band performed a rarely heard Lisa song “Motorcycle”, which on the album (2012’s Funeral Dress) is a sweet but sad ode, while Lisa’s vocal performance on Friday gave depth to the song with a world-weariness and longing in her voice. A truly remarkable performance that encapsulates what is special about this band. My other favorite part of this show was during the encore segment when the band jammed on a theme from their own “Yellow Cotton Dress” before breaking into a tremendous cover of the Joy Division/New Order classic “Ceremony”. That performance earned the band a second encore call and its streaming below. Wussy returns to NYC in January and we’ll certainly be there then too.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps positioned on a high stand at the soundboard booth and mixed with an excellent feed from the band’s local FOH David. The sound quality is quite outstanding. Enjoy!

After this show, I was invited to a private house concert by Wussy on Saturday night. That recording will require some extra mixing, but should be posted on the site by the end of the week.

Stream “Ceremony” (New Order cover):

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Wussy
2014-10-10
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer David Fine] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:21:32]
01 Teenage Wasteland
02 Pulverized
03 Bug
04 Death By Misadventure
05 Pizza King
06 Mountain of Tires
07 Rigor Mortis
08 Gene I Dream
09 To The Lightning
10 Rainbows and Butterflies
11 Airborne
12 Motorcycle
13 Beautiful
14 [encore break]
15 Maglite
16 Ceremony [New Order]
17 [second encore break]
18 Don’t Leave Just Now

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wussy, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Music link at their site [HERE] or from the Shake It Records website [HERE].

Wussy: April 4, 2014 The Studio at Webster Hall – Flac/MP3/Streaming

April 10, 2014
By

Wussy at Studio WH
[iphone photo by nyctaper]

Wussy’s new album Attica (Shake It Records) will be released in about a month. Its the band’s fifth full-length release and its certainly their most ambitious project thus far. The album fully incorporates touring guitarist John Erhardt as a full-time member and the added instrumentation is evident in the record’s production. Wussy recorded in the Afghan Whigs John Curley’s studio and the results are both stylistically consistent with their previous output and more fully realized. Wussy is still raw and authentic, and when we caught them live last week at The Studio at Webster Hall, still funny as hell. This band has some very dedicated fans — we receive more requests to record Wussy than any other band, believe it not — and the front half of the room at the Studio was packed. Lisa Walker even took time during the encore break to individually thank fans who she’d seen consistently at shows. The set was what we’ve come to expect from our previous experiences, a fun and energetic but a tad bit sloppy run through a good selection of the band’s Ohio americana/garage rock with frequent bits of hilarious banter. For this tour, the Attica material is obviously front and center and we’re streaming an excellent version of “Bug”, one of the standout tracks on the album.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards set up beside the soundboard in the rear of the rectangular room and mixed with a board feed provided by house FOH David. The chattering in the back of the room can be heard at quieter times in the recording, but overall the sound is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Bug”:

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Wussy
2014-04-04
The Studio at Webster Hall
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer David Fine-Firesheets] + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:02:57]
01 Teenage Wasteland
02 Pulverized
03 Maglite
04 Death by Misadventure
05 To The Lightning
06 [banter – Joe’s Daughter]
07 Bug
08 Pizza King
09 Yellow Cotton Dress
10 Rainbows and Butterflies
11 [banter – greatest city]
12 Airborne
13 [banter – videos]
14 Beautiful
15 [encore break]
16 Acetylene
17 Rigor Mortis

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wussy, visit their website, and pre-order Attica directly from Wussy’s Bandcamp page [HERE] and purchase it thereafter from Shake It Records [HERE].

Wussy: August 11, 2012 Mercury Lounge – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming

August 21, 2012
By


[Photos by acidjack]

Wussy, like their Cincinnati brethren and fellow NYCTaper favorites Heartless Bastards, are one of those hardworking, unpretentious, straight-up-rocking bands that real music fans should always pull for. Unlike the unabshed classic rock of the Bastards, Wussy’s sound is more reminiscent of early-80s indie acts like the Bongos, with a rawer sound and accented with a light country twang. Despite being what no lesser critic than Robert Christgau called “the best band in America”, they remain an open secret among music fans. Meaning, when they throw a Sunday night early show at Mercury Lounge like this one, they’ve got a line snaking down the block before doors. And half the people in that line were wondering aloud at why the band isn’t more popular. There’s no getting past it, Wussy aren’t an act built around image or gimmicks; I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m betting their t-shirt sales aren’t what they could be (being a dude wearing a shirt that says “Wussy” may not be a winner). What Wussy is about is delivering the best show possible, having a fan-first attitude, and writing song after song with what Christgau himself called “Beatles/Stones consistency”.  This band suffered and sweated to make it to this Mercury Lounge show, in a van without A/C, which on this particular day, coming from just about anywhere, was enough torture to make you question their sanity, but not their rock n’ roll bona fides. (You can hear the story at the beginning of “Funeral Dress”, streaming below).  What we got was a set that spanned their records, kicking off with the title track from Funeral Dress, the album that started it all. Vocalists Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker sounded raw and right on this night, and despite a trying day, they gave the packed early evening house a hell of a time.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed provided by Kevin, the head engineer at Mercury.  As with most of our recordings from the venue, this one is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Funeral Dress”

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Stream “Pizza King”

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Wussy
2012-08-11
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41>KC5>CMC6>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 44:27]
01 Funeral Dress
02 Pulverized
03 Maglite
04 Death by Misadventure
05 Pizza King
06 Happiness Bleeds
07 Motorcycle
08 [banter]
09 Grand Champion Steer
10 Airborne
11 Rigor Mortis

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wussy, visit their website, and purchase their official releases including Strawberry directly from the Music section of their website [HERE]

Wussy: March 3, 2012 Cake Shop – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

March 8, 2012
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[photo by nyctaper]

I can’t imagine that Robert Christgau gets out to many shows these days. But last Saturday at Cake Shop, there he was at Wussy‘s first NYC show in almost two years. I suppose its a bit of a novelty that one of the current favorite bands of a legendary music critic is a relatively obscure self-described “midwestern drone” outfit. But Christgau has it right. As the current band of Chuck Cleaver, the leader of 90s underground legends The Ass Ponys, Wussy is a solid guitar-bass-drums quartet with an excellent mix of male and female vocals and tremendous songcraft. For this tour, the band brought along another former Ass Ponys guitarist John Erhardt to play pedal steel. The Cake Shop show was perhaps a tad short because they were the third band in a four band bill (with a late show to follow), but Wussy worked through a mix of older and newer numbers, including songs from their recent release Strawberry. The band did not hold back for the set’s closer, a raging version of “Rigor Mortis” that concluded with a noisy guitar-drenched episode that left the packed crowd asking for more. We’re streaming that song below. Wussy will play several SXSW shows and we’re hoping to catch them, before they play more midwest shows, and then there is an anticipated Summer tour (with more East Coast dates).

I recorded this set in the same manner as the recent Old Monk recording, with the DPA 4021s on a mount on the low ceiling above the stage and the DPA 4061 omnis mounted in front of the PA. The sound quality is excellent except for a crackling (blown amp) sound which persists for several songs in the middle of the set. With that caveat, enjoy!

Stream “Rigor Mortis”:

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Wussy
2012-03-03
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

Digital Master
Upfront Four Channel Audience Recording

DPA 4021s + DPA 4061s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95(tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2012-03-06

Setlist:
[Total Time 39:14]
01 Waiting Room
02 Pulverized
03 Grand Champion Steer
04 [banter – Wings]
05 Maglite
06 [banter]
07 Happiness Bleeds
08 Pizza King
09 Muscle Cars
10 Airborne
11 Rigor Mortis

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wussy, visit their website, and purchase their official releases including Strawberry directly from the Music section of their website [HERE]

Wussy: April 16, 2010 Cake Shop – Flac and MP3 Downloads

April 17, 2010
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[photo by nyctaper]

I saw the Ass Ponys thirteen or fourteen years ago play at the late lamented club Brownie’s on Avenue A. The most lasting memory of the night was the hilarious between-song banter, primarily from Chuck Cleaver. When the Ass Ponys just sort of stopped playing in 2005-6, Chuck took up full time with his latest band Wussy. And while Wussy plays a similar intelligent americana-rock as Ass Ponys, and have inherited the gift of entertaining banter, what separates the two bands is Chuck’s new co-frontperson. Lisa Walker writes lyrics as compelling as Chuck’s and on stage, she is a tighly-wound bundle of energy uncoiling to deliver three-minute bursts of sonic goodness. At Cake Shop last night, we saw up close why the followers of this puzzlingly-obscure Cincinnati quartet are so dedicated — one fan came all the way from Canada for the show. In their seventy-five minute set, the band drew from their three excellent albums, played one new song and an Eddie Hinton cover, and returned twice for four encores.

I recorded this set from upfront, six feet from the PA. The sound quality of the recording is rich in clarity and limited sonically only by the modest system in the venue. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Wussy
2010-04-16
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded Upfront
6 Feet from Right PA

DPA 4021s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2010-04-17

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:14:23]
01 Funeral Dress [false start]
02 Funeral Dress
03 Happiness Bleeds
04 [banter]
05 Crooked
06 [banter]
07 Sun Giant Says Hey
08 Do Do Do Do
09 [banter]
10 Breakfast in Bed (Hinton/Fritts)
11 [banter/monitors]
12 Death By Misadventure
13 Muscle Cars
14 Airborne
15 Yellow Cotton Dress
16 Fly Fly Fly
17 Rigor Mortis
18 [encore break/banter]
19 Soak It Up
20 [banter]
21 Jonah
22 [banter]
23 Maglite
24 [second encore break]
25 Don’t Leave Just Now

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

List of All Available NYCTaper Recordings – 2014 Posts

January 2, 2015
By

taper-larger

In the early days, I did these lists of all of the recordings for a given year at the site. I hadn’t done one since 2009. Lately, there have been requests to continue to post these lists since it gives people easy access to the archives. So here is 2014. I’ll work backwards to previous years until the entire site is cataloged. Please don’t take this as an invitation to download vast quantities of recordings at once. That’s just gluttonous and the site and the server can not handle massive concurrent downloads. If I find someone downloading like 10 or 20 shows at once, I’ll just block your IP address, its that simple.

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]

Alphabetical List of All Available Recordings at NYCTAPER.COM
(Click on Title for location):
Posted in 2014:
Aa (Big A little a): January 28, 2014 Death By Audio
Acid Mothers Temple: April 23, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Amanda X: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Cake Shop
Amen Dunes: February 8, 2014 Glasslands
Angel Olsen: December 9, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Antietam: December 6, 2014 Trocadero Philly
Antlers: June 17, 2014 Rough Trade
August Wells: October 12, 2014 Rough Trade
Axxa / Abraxas: March 21, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Beach Day: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop
Beach Fossils: December 17, 2014 Glasslands
Big Ups: February 21, 2014 Shea Stadium
Big Ups: November 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Blitzen Trapper: June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
BOYTOY: February 24, 2014 Shea Stadium
Breakdown: June 20, 2014 St. Vitus
Built to Spill: May 20, 2014 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Bustle In Your Hedgerow: February 7, 2014 Brooklyn Bowl
Caged Animals: December 11, 2013 Union Pool
Cass McCombs: October 31, 2014 Rough Trade
Cass McCombs: November 1, 2014 Rough Trade
Cate Le Bon: January 16, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Caveman: October 15, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Celebration: September 26, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Chatham County Line: September 5, 2013 Hopscotch Festival, Long View Center (Raleigh NC)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood: June 8, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
Cian Nugent: February 19, 2014 Union Pool
Circuit des Yeux: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Tir na Nog, Raleigh NC
Cloud Becomes Your Hand: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase
Coathangers: April 17, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Coeds: March 13, 2014 DC Against the World SXSW Party, New Movement Theater
Commonwealth Choir: July 26, 2014 XPonential Fest
Coup: March 13, 2014 SXSW, New Movement Theater (Austin, TX)
Courtney Barnett: June 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Crazy Pills: April 8, 2014 Death By Audio
Cross Record: March 14, 2014 Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase, Palm Door
Cross Record: March 15, 2014 Post-SXSW Private Show (Dripping Springs, TX)
Daniel Bachman/Nathan Bowles: September 5, 2014 Three Lobed/WXDU Show King’s Raleigh NC
Dave Hause: July 26, 2014 XPonential Music Festival
Daytona: July 16, 2014 Glasslands
Dead Meadow: February 11, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Dead Stars: May 6, 2014 Cameo Gallery + October 17, 2013 Cake Shop
Deafheaven: January 18, 2014 285 Kent
Dean Wareham: April 5, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Death of Samantha: May 29, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Deleted Scenes: March 13, 2014 DC Against the World SXSW Party, New Movement Theater
Doug Gillard: April 8, 2014 Glasslands
Doug Keith: March 19, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Doug Tuttle: October 25, 2014 Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade
Dream Syndicate: November 15, 2014 Rough Trade
Dream Syndicate: November 16, 2014 Rough Trade
Dva: January 9, 2014 Trans Pecos
Dva: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase, Palm Door
Earth: September 24, 2014 St Vitus
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat: September 26, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Enemy Waves: September 5, 2014 Vintage 21, Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC
Everymen: May 19, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Ex Cops: November 25, 2014 Glasslands
The Fleshtones: February 27, 2014 The Grand Victory
Freeman: July 23, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Frightwig: September 8, 2014 Knitting Factory
Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase
GOASTT (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger): June 8, 2014 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY)
Glenn Tilbrook: September 25, 2014 City Winery
Govt Mule: June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY)
Gradients: September 5, 2014 Shea Stadium Interview/FLAC/MP3/Streaming
Greensky Bluegrass: September 13, 2014 Gramercy Theatre
Gretchen Lohse: February 26, 2014 Trans Pecos
Gringo Star: June 14, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Growlers: September 18, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Heaven: February 7, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Heliotropes: January 25, 2014 Radio Bushwick
Herbcraft: January 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Heroes of Toolik: May 14, 2014 Cameo Gallery
Hiss Golden Messenger: July 31, 2013 Motorco (Durham, NC)
Hiss Golden Messenger: March 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Hiss Golden Messenger: September 18, 2014 Rough Trade
Hungry Ghost: November 22, 2014 Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Hunters: October 15, 2013 Oh My Rockness CMJ Show, Cameo Gallery
Hurray For The Riff Raff: April 2, 2014 Knitting Factory
Hurray For The Riff Raff: July 26, 2014 XPonential Fest
J Fernandez: March 15, 2014 Post-SXSW Private Show (Dripping Springs, TX)
J Mascis: October 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Jane Lee Hooker: September 8, 2014 Knitting Factory
Jeff Tweedy: June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
Jeremy Messersmith: July 26, 2014 XPonential Music Festival
Jon Langford: April 4, 2014 Bell House
Jonathan Wilson: February 12, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Jonathan Wilson: June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
Juan Wauters: October 26, 2014 Panache CMJ Baby’s All Right
Kevin Morby: January 16, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Kevin Morby: October 24, 2014 Aquarium Drunkard CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade
The Kickback: June 10, 2014 Pianos
Kickback: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop
King Buzzo: July 14, 2014 The Wick
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: October 26, 2014 Baby’s All Right
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard: October 31, 2014 338 Moffat
Landlady: September 6, 2014 Hometapes/Trekky Records Show, Pour House, Hopscotch Raleigh NC
La Sera: May 10, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Larkin Grimm: February 26, 2014 Trans Pecos
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust: January 11, 2014 Bell House
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust: April 24, 2014 Union Pool
Little Black Egg Big Band: September 5, 2014 Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show, King’s, Raleigh NC
Low Fat Getting High: February 21, 2014 Shea Stadium
Lucero: November 4, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Lucero: November 5, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Lucius: June 8, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
Mainland: October 23, 2014 – NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Cake Shop
Marah: July 12, 2014 Bowery Electric
Marah: July 26, 2014 XPonential Music Festival
Mary Halvorson: July 14, 2014 The Wick
Matt Northrup: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Vintage 21, Raleigh NC
Meat Puppets: October 31, 2014 Rough Trade
Meat Puppets: November 1, 2014 Rough Trade
Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood: December 11, 2014 Terminal 5
Megafaun: May 2, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Mike Doughty: March 1, 2014 City Winery
Mission of Burma: February 7, 2014 Bell House
Mogwai: May 9, 2014 Terminal 5
Mr Twin Sister: October 4, 2014 Babys All Right
MV & EE: February 17, 2014 Baby’s All Right
MV & EE: February 24, 2014 Baby’s All Right
MV & EE: September 5, 2014 Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show, Hopscotch Fest King’s Raleigh NC
Negative Scanner: October 25, 2014 Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade
New Bums: March 23, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Nicole Atkins: February 13, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Nicole Atkins: June 18, 2014 Madison Square Park
Night Beats: July 2, 2014 Baby’s All Right
NYMPH: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase, Palm Door
Oneida: January 31, 2014 Knitting Factory
Oneida: July 17, 2014 Glasslands
Oneida: October 17, 2014 Secret Project Robot
Ought: October 14, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Outer Minds: March 13, 2014 DC Against the World SXSW Party, New Movement Theater
Owen Pallett: May 13, 2014 Glasslands
Palehound: May 9, 2014 Death By Audio
Palehound: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop
Parlor Walls: April 15, 2014 Glasslands
PCPC: October 21, 2014 St. Vitus
Phil Cook/Caitlin Rose: September 6, 2014 Trekky Records/Hometapes Show Hopscotch Raleigh NC
Phil Lesh and Friends: May 28, 2014 Central Park Rumsey Playfield
Phish: July 11, 2014 Randall’s Island
Phish: July 12, 2014 Randall’s Island
Pink Avalanche: November 22, 2014 Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Potty Mouth: January 6, 2014 Glasslands
Prettiots: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop
Pujol: May 23, 2014 Death By Audio
PUP: February 21, 2014 Cameo Gallery
Purling Hiss: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper CMJ Day Show, Cake Shop
Quilt: May 16, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Rocketship: June 1, 2014 Trans Pecos
Rooks: January 23, 2014 Pianos
Ryan Sawyer and Darius Jones: April 16, 2014 Union Pool
Ryley Walker: September 6, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh NC
Ryley Walker: October 24, 2014 Aquarium Drunkard CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade
Sharon Van Etten: October 9, 2010 Mercury Lounge
Sharon Van Etten: June 13, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Sharp Things: September 11, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Slothrust: February 21, 2014 Shea Stadium
Slothrust: March 14, 2014 Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase, Palm Door
Smashing Pumpkins: December 8, 2014 Webster Hall
So Cow: September 20, 2014 Cake Shop
Songs: Ohia & Magnolia Electric Co.: Jason Molina Tribute at The Hideout (Chicago, IL)
Soulside: December 17, 2014 Saint Vitus
Soulside: December 18, 2014 Saint Vitus
Spacin’ & Purling Hiss: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Tir na Nog, Raleigh NC
Speedy Ortiz: November 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Split Single: May 21, 2014 Glasslands
Spoon: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC
Stars: November 10, 2014 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: February 26, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Steve Gunn: October 12, 2014 Rough Trade NYC
Strand of Oaks: December 4, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Sunburned Hand of the Man: September 5, 2014 Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show, King’s Raleigh NC
Sunflower Bean: December 20, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Survival Knife: November 22, 2014 Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Tedeschi Trucks Band: June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
Thee Oh Sees: June 15, 2014 Death By Audio
Thee Oh Sees: June 14, 2014 McCarren Park (Northside Fest)
Thee Oh Sees: November 18, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Thou: March 23, 2014 Saint Vitus
Thurston Moore: October 21, 2014 St. Vitus
Tonstartssbandht: July 30, 2014 Palisades
Tonstartssbandht: October 31, 2014 338 Moffat
Tony Conrad: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Vintage 21, Raleigh NC
Train Company: June 20, 2014 Bowery Electric
Twin Peaks: 2014-05-13 Mercury Lounge
Ty Segall: September 17, 2014 Webster Hall
Unicycle Loves You: February 16, 2014 Radio Bushwick
Vivian Girls: March 2, 2014 Baby’s All Right (Final Show!)
War On Drugs: March 19, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
War on Drugs: March 20, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
War on Drugs: September 4, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh NC
Whiskey Bitches: February 16, 2014 Radio Bushwick
Whiskey Bitches: April 8, 2014 Death By Audio
Whiskey Bitches: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper CMJ Cake Shop
White Fence: October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right
White Lung: September 3, 2014 Glasslands
White Lung: September 6, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival
Wilco: September 6, 2014 Lockn Fest
Wilco: September 7, 2014 Lockn Fest
Wilco: October 28, 2014 Capitol Theatre
Wilco: October 29, 2014 Capitol Theatre Portchester
Wilco: October 30, 2014 Capitol Theatre Portchester
Wild Cub: October 18, 2013 Terminal 5
William Tyler: April 16, 2014 Union Pool
Woods: April 22, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Woods: May 16, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Woods: November 6, 2014 Death By Audio
Woodsman: January 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Wormburner: September 26, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Wussy: April 4, 2014 The Studio at Webster Hall
Wussy: October 10, 2014 Knitting Factory
Wussy: October 11, 2014 Private House Larchmont NY
Wytches: July 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Yellow Ostrich: December 8, 2014 Glasslands – FINAL SHOW
Yo La Tengo: December 6, 2014 Trocadero Philly
Yvette: September 4, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
Zula: August 7, 2014 Shea Stadium

NYCTaper Top 25 Moments of 2014

December 31, 2014
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Here is our annual compilation of the 25 best “moments” of the entire year from our site to you. Its been another banner year at NYCTaper. We’ve managed to record and post nearly one show per day for the entire year and sometimes even more than one. Its a level of consistency for which we’ve striven for years and as the NYCTaper “team” has grown so has our ability to reach our goals. All of this would not be possible were it not for the bands — hundreds of amazingly talented artists who not only perform superb concerts but allow us to bring recordings of them to you, their fans. Thanks also of course to the venues who allow us to come into their locations and do what we do, the labels, managers, PR persons, photographers, fellow bloggers and countless other people whose assistance and cooperation help make this “NYCTaper” thing happen. Here’s to many more great years!

1. Jason Molina Tribute (mems. of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. w/ special guests) – January 11, 2014, Hideout, Chicago, IL

acidjack: For me, the most thrilling, moving concert moment came early in the year, and in another city, no less. Mike Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger guested with Magnolia Electric Co. on four special tribute shows around the country, including this one, but it was in Chicago that the majority of Molina’s former bands and supporters coalesced into an evolving unit that traded and vocalists and instrumentalists by the song. As I put it then:

The crowd’s largest response came to perhaps Molina’s best-known song (and inarguably one of his best), “Farewell Transmission”. In that song, Molina sings that the real truth about it is that no one gets it right, but we’re all supposed to try. Well, if Jason could have heard his former bandmates and friends on this night, I think he would agree that they got it right. And they proved another piece of truth from that great song, that he will be gone, but not forever. Because the real truth about it is, a great artist like Jason Molina doesn’t die, he just changes shape. In our hearts and minds, he is forever.

2. Wussy: October 11, 2014 Private House Larchmont NY

nyctaper: Lisa Walker’s voice is one of the most compelling in all of contemporary americana music in large part because as a person she’s real and unpretentious. Its a voice that can capture the longing and heartache of a beautifully sad song such as Lisa’s penned “Motorcycle”. The experience of watching the performance of that song from about ten feet away in a private house concert was moving and is undoubtedly my single “moment” of this year.

3. Hiss Golden Messenger – March 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge and September 18, 2014 Rough Trade

acidjack: Mike Taylor, aka Hiss Golden Messenger, broke in a big way in 2014, one of the most deserving artists in all the land to do so. In early 2014 Mike still toured alone, able to afford to do little more than sling a guitar over his back. By the time he hit Rough Trade in September, he had a record out on Durham, NC stalwart Merge, and a backing band replete with new and old collaborators. Not long after that, he and his new band were on Letterman. These two shows pretty much tell the story in miniature, of a band transformed, but an artist whose honesty and craft remain steadfast.

4. The War On Drugs – March 19 and March 20, 2014 Bowery Ballroom.

acidjack: We’ll probably have similar takes on this show, so I won’t waste words, but suffice it to say that Lost In the Dream was the album of the year, and this show, complete with a cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games”, showed any doubters that the album’s greatness wasn’t just in the painstaking production.

nyctaper: At the time it was released, I called “Eyes To The Wind” a perfect song and I still believe that nearly a year later. It was the highlight of this show for me and will be a track to which I return for years.

5. Woods: November 6, 2014 Death By Audio

nyctaper: 2014 was also a year to say goodbye to some places that meant a lot to NYCTaper over the years. Death By Audio was one of those venues and our last show at the venue was a special one. We’ve attended many Woods shows, and invariably the song that is often the centerpiece of the night is “Bend Beyond” — a terrific song that also offers the band a chance to stretch out and improvise. At this DBA show, Woods was reunited for one night with former member G. Lucas Crane whose preceding set transitioned into a Woods jam that evolved into this song. It was a fairly dramatic moment and was musically right there. A definitely highlight of the year.

6. Ryley Walker – September 6, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC and October 24, 2014 Rough Trade

acidjack: Ryley Walker seems poised for a similar trajectory to Hiss Golden Messenger — he’s an incinerating songwriter whose ability to make an emotional connection should bring him to many larger places. In a bit of a reverse of this year’s HGM experience, I saw Walker for the first time at Hopscotch Music Festival, backed by a full band on the broad stage of the Fletcher Opera Theater. A little over a month later, he was back on the road in his natural state, a man with his guitar (with upright bassist in tow for a few songs before he left for another gig). In my book, this “Summer Dress” from Rough Trade during CMJ blows away the full-band version — and that’s saying something.

7. Nicole Atkins: June 18, 2014 Madison Square Park

nyctaper: She put out one of the best records of the year, Slow Phaser, and by the time she and her new band returned to NYC, Nicole Atkins had found her live groove. This show at Madison Square Park was a strange one, with families on blankets, roaming kids, and what seemed like a never ending parade of police sirens. But for this one magical song, “Its Only Chemistry”, Nicole Atkins was the brightest light in this huge city park.

8. The Coup – March 13, 2014 South By Southwest

acidjack: Despite that SXSW has outstayed both its literal and cultural welcome, this day show, put on by our friend Steve, hearkened back to what it ought to be about. The bill had huge range, free tacos and beer were to be had, and people were there for music, not scenemaking. Boots Riley and his crew of left-leaning, hard-swinging, hip-shaking funk geniuses stormed the joint and never looked back.

9. Smashing Pumpkins: December 8, 2014 Webster Hall

nyctaper: A Smashing Pumpkins concert at a venue the size of Webster Hall is a special event in and of itself. But this year has been a productive one for Billy Corgan and his band. Their new album is Monuments to an Elegy is really quite excellent and the new touring band is a superb collection of pros. But the most memorable moment from this show for me was the finale — “Burnt Orange-Black” a powerful dirge that will appear on next year’s album. Its already a stunner and one of the best new songs we heard all year.

10. The Growlers: September 18, 2014 Bowery Ballroom

nyctaper: This show was fairly epic at two hours and it included nearly thirty distinct songs. But the highlight was the truly surreal mid-show appearance of two huge Chinese New Year’s styled dragons and a drum parade that entered through the back of the Bowery and worked through the packed crowd to the stage. The parade drumming transitioned into the titled track from The Growlers excellent new album Chinese Fountain, in what was an odd but very memorable moment.

11. Marah: July 12, 2014 Bowery Electric

nyctaper: A band with a ten year old prodigy that plays fiddle like a man five times his age would have to be a yearly highlight, but really Marah is much more than that. This show at Bowery Electric was a revelation and this performance of an old Marah song (when it was a completely different band) was one of the best things we saw all year particularly the sweet fiddle solo by Gus Tritsch and that moment when band leader David Bielanko realized in his mid-song monologue just exactly how special this band has become.

12. Yellow Ostrich – December 8, 2014 Glasslands

acidjack: This was one of those end-of-an-era shows in two ways — both the last by a beloved band, and in the final month of a venue where I spent a lot of time, Glasslands. We were sorry to see Yellow Ostrich go, but we’re glad they didn’t overstay their welcome. Alex Schaaf and his band exited at the top of their game, and we were honored to be part of it.

13. Dream Syndicate: November 16, 2014 Rough Trade

nyctaper: We’ve chronicled the solo career of Steve Wynn pretty regularly on this site, but I had personally not seen The Dream Syndicate in more than thirty years. The band’s reunion finally made it to NYC this Fall and it was certainly worth the wait. The last time I saw them, Dream Syndicate opened with “Tell Me When Its Over” and this past month it was the second song of the set and just as sweet.

14. Tweedy – June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam, Hunter, NY

acidjack: I had minimal hopes for this father-son band; nothing about nepotism tends to go well. But the Tweedy team proved doubters totally wrong, with a record that, if anything, exceeded Wilco’s recent output. The “band” debuted their entire new album for us on the Mountain Jam stage. Even if everyone wasn’t paying attention during that mid-afternoon set, the ones that mattered were.

15. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right

nyctaper: When I hear music scene veterans claim that there’s just nothing new that exciting, I happily point to bands like King Gizzard. The band came all the way from Australia to perform some shows this Summer, and we caught one of those shows, but it wasn’t until this night at Baby’s All Right that the lure of the Gizz fully clicked for us. A youthful and energetic take on neo-psych, this band’s new album is extraordinarily good and for this night at Baby’s they opened the show with the five-song segue that opens the album — after which there was a lot of affirmative head-shaking in the crowd. The Gizz had arrived and we can’t wait until they grace our shores again.

16. Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show – September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival

acidjack: I might as well just put this on my list for every year — this showcase, jointly produced by Three Lobed Recordings and the Durham, NC radio station WXDU, produces the most consistently incredible lineup of challenging music that I see. This year’s lineup boasted The Little Black Egg Big Band (featuring Steve Gunn, William Tyler and members of Yo La Tengo), MV & EE, Rose Cross North Carolina, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Thurston Moore/Mary Lattimore/Ryan Sawyer, and Daniel Bachman/Nathaniel Bowles. Beyond the quality of the music, the show always brings its own special crowd, the die-hards and the heads whose lack of strength is numbers is more than made up for in passion.

17. Yo La Tengo: December 6, 2014 Trocadero Philly

nyctaper: I traveled to Philly to catch my only Yo La Tengo show this year, and of course it was infinitely worth it. But what separated this show from the “standard” YLT show was the ferocious and simply awe-inspiring version of “Story” that closed the set. The guitar-crushing noise jam that concludes the song stretched the entire number to twenty-two minutes and elevated this to epic proportions. The was the band’s last show of their 30th anniversary tour and they ended it in very appropriate fashion.

18. Steve Gunn – October 12, 2014 Rough Trade

acidjack: Steve Gunn’s name always comes up among the biggest names in current American guitar music. What he accomplished with this year’s “Wildwood” took him beyond those confines, as the wider world began to view him as equal in his songwriting to what he had been recognized for on the guitar. This show at Rough Trade put that all on display, as Gunn and his band didn’t let a grueling slog up the East Coast keep them from giving a signature performance.

19. The Kickback: June 10, 2014 Pianos

nyctaper: There are very few times when I can confess to literally gasping at a live performance. The Kickback came to town for the New Music Festival and Jeff from the Syndicate recommended that I check them out. The band was quite good but it was the last number of their set that took this show to entire other level. Billy Yost’s intensity during “Rob Our House” was as breathtaking as it was simply pure rock excellence. Based on this show we invited the band to play our CMJ show where they again played one of the best sets we saw all year.

20. Strand of Oaks – December 4, 2014 Bowery Ballroom

acidjack: Tim Showalter is one of those almost comically earnest musicians, a man whose heart is as big as his sound. Strand of Oaks isn’t a new band, but it might as well be, given how meteoric Showalter’s rise has been this year. He started the year at Mercury Lounge and ended it at Bowery Ballroom, and the ceiling is far from there. Strand of Oaks has that mainstream approachability and big tent emotion that serves rock colossuses like U2 so well, but Showalter actually believes what’s coming out of his mouth.

21. PUP: February 21, 2014 Cameo Gallery

nyctaper: A long time ago, I was suspended for a week from the college radio station where I worked for playing the Dead Kennedys’ “Too Drunk To Fuck” on the air. Given the times and my position, it was a fair cop. I’m happy to still be around when the song is now a quaint old punk novelty and can be played by a band with a sense of humor and a sense of history with no repercussions whatsoever. PUP’s performance gave me a big smile to cap off an excellent night.

22. Spacin’/Purling Hiss – September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival

acidjack: Two of our favorite Philly bands formed an impromptu whole to replace someone I’ve already forgotten about on the end of this bill. While Mark Kozelek was being a dick over in the Lincoln Theatre on this night, those in the know caught this juggernaut (joined, just for good measure, by Steve Gunn and Mary Lattimore on the last song) playing real rock n’ roll that no crowd noise could keep down.

23. Hurray For The Riff Raff: July 26, 2014 XPonential Fest

nyctaper: acidjack and I went down to Camden for the Saturday of XPonential Fest and it was one of the best days we had all year. Its a great event and we’re hoping to do multiple days of XPN’s Fest in 2015. One of the reasons we made the trip was to see NYCTaper faves Hurray For The Riff Raff. The band continues to grow in stature and its fun to follow their ascent. “The Body Electric” is a song Alynda wrote as an “anti” murder ballad — the shaming of the idea that in traditional folk songs the protagonist is always the man killing a woman. The song was particularly poignant in a year when domestic violence was in the forefront of the news. The song’s powerful message earned it significant media attention including year end awards from the likes of NPR.

24. Herbcraft – January 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge

acidjack: I had no idea who Herbcraft even were when I arrived at this show, and barely got my recording equipment set up in time. They weren’t even the headliner. But what came next was no afterthought — this Woodsist band owned the stage, proving the real power of live music to expose you to new music in a way that clicking around on Spotify will never be able to top. Perhaps most notably, this post got several comments from people who felt the same way — that they couldn’t believe this band had slipped underneath their radar.

25. Dva – January 9, 2014 Trans Pecos

nyctaper: I attended this concert on the recommendation of Adam from Northern Spy and I’ll admit that I had no idea what to expect. At the end of the event, I was thanking Adam for inviting me because Dva is an amazing act and their live show has to be seen to be truly experienced. “Mulatu” was the first single from this Czech duo’s first US release and it encapsulates everything that’s great and interesting about Dva.

nyctaper Top 10 Concerts of 2014

December 27, 2014
By

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NYCTaper (the site) will have our “Top 25 Moments” post later this week, but in the meantime this is the nyctaper (the person) list of my Top 10 concerts of 2014. Since I recorded less than half of the recordings posted on the site this year, its by no means comprehensive but its a personal list I’ve done since the site began in 2007.

1. The War On Drugs: March 19 and 20 2014 Bowery Ballroom
2014 was pretty much the year of the The War On Drugs. Their album has been the consensus number one selection among a vast number of end-of-year lists — appearing at or near the top in every single list we’ve read recently. And we’re proud of the fact that we were there first. In my review of this show, I predicted that Lost In The Dream would be an album of the year candidate and would be in the decade discussion. The band played two flawless shows at Bowery Ballroom, bringing the new album’s material to life with passion and precision.

2. Wussy: October 10, 2014 Knitting Factory / October 11, 2014 Private House Larchmont NY
2014 was also the year of Wussy. As their album Attica continues to show up on virtually every knowledgeable year-end list, it appears that the world at large is finally catching on to a band we’ve been pushing for the last half-decade. In between these two shows — a full band set headlining the CBGB Fest at the Knit, and the following night playing acoustically at a private house show — Wussy filmed a segment with CBS national morning news that recently aired. It was their first national tv appearance, and I’m guessing it won’t be their last. Both of these shows were great for different reasons, but both indicated the strengths of this unconventional but extraordinary band.

3. Wilco: October 29, 2014 Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY
Of the three nights when Wilco celebrated their 20th anniversary and the tour came to the NYC area, this was my favorite night for variety of reasons. The performances on all three nights were top notch, but this night had the extra bonus of some older Wilco material that I had never heard live or hadn’t seen in years.

4. Ty Segall: September 17, 2014 Webster Hall
Ty Segall keeps churning out the records and they keep getting better. The shows are also genuinely the best show in town — crazy talented band, great songs and a crowd that matches the energy from stage top to bottom. This night at Webster was part of two consecutive sold-out shows for Ty and this set was easily one of my best of the year, notable for the force of the crowd causing the photo pit guardrails to be removed because of of the crush.

5. Marah: July 12, 2014 Bowery Electric
The story of Marah is one of redemption and ultimately an extraordinary reinvention. A fairly successful band from the aughts, Marah was dormant for a few years before rising up from the ashes into an eclectic Americana band whose project was to resurrect centuries-old Pennsylvania folk songs into a contemporary format. Add to the band a 10 year old child prodigy on fiddle and a PhD in rural cultures on banjo and you have one of the most unlikely success stories in recent memory. This show at Bowery Electric was a revelation in so many ways, it perhaps best to just listen to the show in its entirety.

6. Woods: November 4, 2014 Death By Audio
This night ended up being my last at Death By Audio. If recording your last show one of your favorite venues ever ends up being one of your favorite bands, then its all good. For this show, Woods reunited with former member Lucas for several songs including the transition jam from his set to the main Woods set that led into “Bend Beyond” — also one of the best single moments of the year.

7. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Their new album came out too late in the year to end up on too many end-of-year lists, but if it had been released in February or March it would be right there. King Gizzard is a band clearly on the rise and their shows are all out ragers. We saw them four times this year but this was the one that really kicked it in and took this band to an entire other level. The opening segue was the one of the best extended pieces of music we heard all year.

8. PUP: February 21, 2014 Cameo Gallery
This is likely the show that I saw this year where the most unbridled energy emanated from the stage. PUP is part of the burgeoning punk scene in Toronto and they toured North America and Europe persistently throughout the year in support of their self-titled debut on Side One Dummy Records. This night at Cameo pre-dated the release of the album and the crowd was a fraction of the fans they’d see before the end of the year, but PUP was simply one full hour of energy, humor and fun and this was one of my favorite nights of the year.

9. The Kickback: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop
I invited The Kickback to play our CMJ show because of one song in particular — a version of “Rob Our House” at Pianos that we had seen in June. But when the band played their afternoon set in the basement of Cake Shop, I soon learned that this was far from a one-song band as every track was more compelling than the next. Of course, “House” was the number that blew mostly everyone away when it closed the set, but in reality this entire performance was killer.

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