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Wilco: February 2, 2016 Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)

February 8, 2016
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Wilco’s return to the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester was a welcome one, with us last having caught the band’s three night stint there in 2014. In 2016, they decided to split things up, with these two shows in Port Chester followed by two shows at King’s Theater in Brooklyn (which we missed, unfortunately). This night at the Cap felt like a bit of warm-up, with Tweedy noting some of the equipment problems that occurred during “Art of Almost.” Compared to the second night of the run, Tweedy had much more to say here, at one point noting that his pants had ripped near the crotch, and the he was trying to avoid a Lenny Kravitz situation that would be “much less impressive” than the one that set the Internet on fire back in 2015. It was a welcome moment of levity in a show that followed this year’s Star Wars template, with the band performing a full run-through of that album before delving into the back catalog, then wrapping up with an acoustic set. Among this night’s highlights were the first encore, a superlative, noisy version of “Spiders (Kidsmoke),” as well as the A.M. favorite, “Box Full of Letters.” The acoustic set also came with a special treat, as opener William Tyler joined for “Airline To Heaven.”

The band’s tour continues down the eastern side of the country for another few days of February before they take a pause until June, when they’ll return for Mountain Jam. We’ll see you there.

nyctaper recorded this set with Schoeps CCM4 cardiods, while acidjack recorded the set with MK22 open cardiods on the same stand. Both recordings are outstanding. Enjoy!

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Wilco
2016-02-02
Capitol Theatre
Portchester NY

Digital Master Recording
Front Of Board Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 2:07:46]
01 [EKG intro]
02 More
03 Random Name Generator
04 The Joke Explained
05 You Satellite
06 Taste the Ceiling
07 Pickled Ginger
08 Where Do I Begin
09 Cold Slope
10 King of You
11 Magnetized
12 Company In My Back
13 Handshake Drugs
14 Art of Almost
15 [banter – science project]
16 Box Full of Letters
17 [banter – Kravitz]
18 Heavy Metal Drummer
19 I’m the Man Who Loves You
20 Dawned On Me
21 Impossible Germany
22 The Late Greats
23 [banter – fight]
24 Red Eyed and Blue
25 I Got You
26 Outtasite
27 [encore break]
28 Spiders (Kidsmoke)
29 [second encore break]
30 Misunderstood
31 It’s Just That Simple
32 Airline to Heaven
33 A Shot in the Arm
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Wilco
2016-02-02
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK22 (PAS bar, slightly ROC, FOB)>Nbob cables>PFA>Aeta PSP3>Roland R-26>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 EKG
02 More…
03 Random Name Generator
04 The Joke Explained
05 You Satellite
06 Taste the Ceiling
07 Pickled Ginger
08 Where Do I Begin
09 Cold Slope
10 King of You
11 Magnetized
12 Company In My Back
13 Handshake Drugs
14 Art of Almost
15 [banter1]
16 Box Full of Letters
17 Heavy Metal Drummer
18 I’m the Man Who Loves You
19 Dawned On Me
20 Impossible Germany
21 The Late Greats
22 [banter2]
23 Red Eyed and Blue >
24 I Got You
25 Outtasite (Outtamind)
26 [encore break 1]
27 Spiders
28 [encore break 2]

Acoustic Encore
29 Misunderstood
30 It’s Just That Simple
31 Airline to Heaven w/ William Tyler
32 Shot in the Arm

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wilco, visit their website, and purchase their Star Wars and their other releases from their website [HERE].

Wilco: February 3, 2016 Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)

February 4, 2016
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[photo by Anthony Bauer – courtesy of We All Want Someone blog]

This is Wilco’s first visit to New York since the death of David Bowie, whose songs they (supposedly) sound-checked (but did not play) before this run of two shows at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester before they head to King’s Theater in Brooklyn. There’s a message somewhere in there about the fragile nature of longevity; look around at Wilco’s crowd, and they’re getting older; look at the band, and it’s the same story, and it will be in each year that this band continues its journey. But while that might be depressing to some, there’s great cause for hope, too: This is a veteran band touring an excellent and well-received new album, Star Wars that, in the meantime, is able to take us on a nightly journey through a catalog that includes everything from the gentle folk-rock of “Passenger Side” to the skronky rock of “The Late Greats” to the electronic-inflected sounds of “Art of Almost” to the noisy, conflicted “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.” The band doesn’t reinvent itself so much as grow and expand and follow its passions, and their ability to do that without flopping (let’s face it, in most hands, the electronic experiment of “Art of Almost” would be a disaster — just ask anyone who listened to U2 1997) is a sign of their confidence of Jeff Tweedy’s considerable songwriting chops. Bowie set an even more ambitious template for this kind of thing, unafraid to assume different characters and sounds and styles from album to album (including his own electronic experiment, in that fated year of 1997). Whether all of Bowie’s moves were successful or not, he never let things get stale, right up until Lazarus, this year. Wilco may not be David Bowie, but they can claim to be one of few bands who’ve had a career this long who have kept it fresh this long.

This show followed the familiar format of the Star Wars tour, taking us through the entirety of that album before segueing into a greatest-hits grab bag that included several of the same numbers as the previous night, though rendered more forcefully, plus some new appearances such as “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,” “Jesus Etc.,” “Hummingbird,” and “I’m A Wheel.” If last night’s show had its share of equipment troubles that seemed to feed Tweedy’s sharp sense of humor (including unmissable “Kravitz” joke), tonight’s show was tighter and stronger, both in terms of the playing and setlist, and Tweedy (who had little to say) said as much. As with the previous night, the band wrapped up with an acoustic encore, this time highlighted by “War on War” and the incomparable “California Stars.” If this show wasn’t a groundbreaking departure, well, it didn’t have to be. This is a band still firing on all cylinders, making records people care about, and that’s a hard achievement to ignore.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones into the Aeta PSP-3 preamp for maximum clarity. NYCTaper recorded this set with Schoeps MK4 cardiods for a somewhat more open sound (his recording coming soon). Both recordings are outstanding. Enjoy!

Night One was recorded and will be available soon.

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Wilco
2016-02-03
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41V (FOB, ROC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Aeta PSP-3>Sony PCM-M10>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (light effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 2:08:15]
01 EKG
02 More…
03 Random Name Generator
04 The Joke Explained
05 You Satellite
06 Taste the Ceiling
07 Pickled Ginger
08 Where Do I Begin
09 Cold Slope
10 King of You
11 Magnetized
12 Handshake Drugs
13 Kamera
14 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
15 Art of Almost
16 Via Chicago
17 Hummingbird
18 Heavy Metal Drummer
19 I’m the Man Who Loves You
20 Jesus, Etc.
21 Born Alone
22 Passenger Side
23 Impossible Germany
24 The Late Greats
25 [encore break 1]
26 I’m A Wheel
27 [encore break 2]
28 The Thanks I Get
29 Misunderstood
30 War On War
31 I’m Always In Love
32 California Stars

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Wilco
2016-02-03
Capitol Theatre
Portchester NY

Digital Master Recording
Front Of Board Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 2:08:12]
01 [EKG intro]
02 More
03 Random Name Generator
04 The Joke Explained
05 You Satellite
06 Taste the Ceiling
07 Pickled Ginger
08 Where Do I Begin
09 Cold Slope
10 King of You
11 Magnetized
12 Handshake Drugs
13 Camera
14 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
15 Art of Almost
16 Via Chicago
17 Hummingbird
18 Heavy Metal Drummer
19 I’m the Man Who Loves You
20 Jesus Etc
21 Born Alone
22 Passenger Side
23 Impossible Germany
24 The Late Greats
25 [encore break]
26 I’m A Wheel
27 [second encore break]
28 The Thanks I Get
29 Misunderstood
30 War On War
31 I’m Always In Love
32 California Stars

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wilco, visit their website, and purchase their Star Wars and their other releases from their website [HERE].

Palm: January 29, 2016 Palisades

February 3, 2016
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The band Palm bring an impressive amount of music experimentation to the table, especially for a fairly young band. The compatriots, who met at Bard College upstate, but now reside in the independent music hotbed of Philadelphia, claim to be short on formal training, but I’m calling B.S. on that. Or rather, if their ability to produce intricate, jazz-inflected songs filled with unusual, shifting time signatures is something they just came up with on their own, then formal training may as well hang it up. On this packed weekend night at DIY-ish Palisades, the foursome came ready to wow us, playing only one song from their standout 2015 LP Trading Basics, released by Exploding In Sound. So we got the (relatively) hooky “Ankles” from that record, paired with a slew of relatively new or very-new songs, many of which the band themselves don’t have titles for. You could see that at points the members were feeling the songs out among each other, casting glances across the stage, but you wouldn’t have known it without looking at them; this material feels dialed-in and ready for primetime. What Palm are doing certainly has its cultural touchstones — some of the great “math rock” bands of mid-late-90s like Faraquet, Smart Went Crazy, June of 44 and Polvo — but it’s also daring and fresh at a time in “rock” music where the norm is more often party music that keeps a low bar. If the band’s subsequent releases have anything in common with what we heard tonight, or Trading Basics, then we’re going to be impressed by them for a very, very long time.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 open cardiod microphones onstage together with a soundboard feed from Palisades FOH Ariel. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Palm
2016-01-29
Palisades
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK22 (ORTF, stage lip)>NBob cables>PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Ariel Bitran)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, narrow onstage image)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [new song 1]
02 I Don’t Want to know
03 Ankles
04 [new song 2]
05 Crank
06 [new song 3]
07 [new song 4]
08 Two Toes

SUPPORT Palm: Facebook | Bandcamp

B Boys: January 28, 2016 Alphaville

February 2, 2016
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Our man EricPH was ahead of the curve when he caught B Boys last spring at Silent Barn, before they had anything but a single to their name. Fast forward a little less than a year, and they’re Captured Tracks‘ latest signing, with their No Worry No Mind EP set to drop in March. Take a look at this twenty minute burner of a show at Alphaville, heavily stacked with both their friends and buzz-seekers, and you can expect B Boys to catch fire. These lighthearted post-punks don’t take themselves too seriously, concerning themselves more with crowd-pleasing hooks and an easygoing onstage presence. This show covered much of the new EP’s territory, though its excellent new single, “Get A Grip” didn’t quite happen. Instead, you can stream that song now on their bandcamp page and over at Captured Tracks’ site — an appropriate home for B Boys’ sound and outlook. It says something about the band that out of a 22-minute set, they closed with two versions of the same song, playing both the slower and more sped-up versions of “Psycho,” both of which also appear on the forthcoming EP. Next time you get the chance, come in out of the cold for B Boys. It’ll be fun.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed that mostly provided vocals. The capture is appropriate to the venue and the style, a little ragged, but right. Enjoy!

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Stream the complete show (minus aborted “Get A Grip” in the middle):

B Boys
2016-01-28
Alphaville
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK41V>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 21:56]
01 Fear It
02 Sound Frequency
03 Seagulls
04 Other Head
05 Get A Grip [aborted]
06 Nevah
07 I Don’t Mind
08 Psycho
09 Psycho (fast version)

SUPPORT B Boys: tumblr | bandcamp | Captured Tracks

Soldiers of Fortune: January 7, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

January 26, 2016
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Soldiers of Fortune have marketed themselves at various points as an “anti-band” — one that never writes music, practices, or records. Of course, given the cast of players (Brad Truax (Interpol, others)), Kid Millions (Man Forever, Oneida), Barry London (Oneida), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, many others), Jesper Eklow (Endless Boogie, others), Mike Bones, and Papa Crazee (Oneida)), that’s hardly a disqualification from being a “band.” These are folks whose improvisational turns regularly outshine their recorded output. This show at Bowery Ballroom comes on the heels of the release in November 2015 of their record Early Risers, a more song-based affair, but of course that didn’t stop the crew from delving in one long, multi-movement sustained jam (which, I confess, may or may not include actual songs from the record). Though Cass McCombs was the night’s headliner, you might not have known it from looking at the packed floor of the venue, where it seemed an entire crew of heads were there just for this set, ultimately being replaced by yet-more people for Cass’s set. As with our excellent recent spate of Oneida shows, this was an experimental music fan’s dream, a can’t-miss experience from an outfit that you don’t see around here too often.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones in our usual spot together with a soundboard feed from Bowery legend Kenny. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

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Soldiers of Fortune
2016-01-07
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK5c>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny)>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Part I
02 Part II
03 Part III

If you enjoyed this recording, please check out Soldiers of Fortune on bandcamp and buy their latest album, Early Risers, there.

Infinity Girl: January 16, 2016 Muchmore’s

January 22, 2016
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Infinity Girl don’t seem afraid of the “shoegaze” tag, and while it’s a bit of a lazy one, it’s an accurate description of this Brooklyn band’s tuneful, feedback-drenched sound. What drew me to the band — and this free show they headlined at Muchmore’s, a trendy coffee shop/restaurant/bar/venue at the northern end of Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg — was the quality of the songs behind the noise. While the band has been kicking around for a few years now, their second full-length album, Harm, released in August of 2015, is a leap forward. With its thoughtful guitar work and pleasantly retro production that might make Kevin Shields proud, it’s a strong listen throughout its 15 songs. On the venue’s low stage in front of an animated, moshing crowd, they proved more than equal to their work in the live setting. After this first show of 2016, we’re looking forward to seeing this tight unit some more times this year.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones near the front of the stage to capture both the guitar amps and the (limited) sound from the PA. While the vocals are somewhat buried in the recording — owing mostly to the limits of the Muchmore’s sound system versus the band’s amps and drums — this is remains a fine recording and a taste of more to come. Enjoy!

Infinity Girl has another show on Jan 30 at Palisades, followed by a scheduled date at Rough Trade in March with our friends Dead Stars.

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Check out Infinity Girl’s latest album, Harm:

Infinity Girl
2016-01-16
Muchmore’s
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (in front of stage)>KC5>CMC6>Roland R-26>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (multiband compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Void
02 Hesse
03 Dirty Sun
04 Hold
05 Please Forget
06 Blood and Dirt
07 By Now

If you enjoyed this recording, please like Infinity Girl on facebook and buy their music on bandcamp

Alan Licht: January 6, 2016 Union Pool

January 13, 2016
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For my first recording of 2016, I got to witness the album debut of a New York music veteran, among a room of like-minded souls. We saw Alan Licht live debut many of the tracks that would make up his latest release, Currents, back in August, but he arrived at Union Pool this time with copies of the finished product in hand, and the ideas on it more tightly wound. Relative to some of his peers, Licht’s songs feel like they ride less on fingerpicking prowess (though that’s considerable) than on the strength of his melodies, which give the thrilling jolt of a good rock song even without the lyrics or band that typically accompanies such things. Like the previous show, this one began with the immediate appeal of “Riding On the S’s” followed by “First Lover, Haleema” from Currents, as well as serving up at least one track that didn’t make the record simply because it wouldn’t squeeze onto a side of vinyl. January shows are always a joy for the true music fan, as the cold weather tends to draw only those who really care, and that was evident in the pin-drop quiet room during these engaging, minimalist tunes. From the delicate “Uncertainty” to the melancholy and final “Seventh Song,” Licht showed off the strength of this latest cycle of creativity. Make a date for his next NYC visit, or wherever you might be able to see him.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed by Kevin Mazzarelli and Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is excellent, far superior to the previous recording. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream the complete show (minus banter tracks):

Alan Licht
2016-01-06
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin Mazzarelli) + Schoeps MK4V>KC5>CMC6>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 44:17]
01 [intro]
02 Riding on the S’s
03 First Love, Haleema
04 [untitled]
05 [banter]
06 Uncertainty
07 [untitled 2]
08 Currents
09 Raw Deal
10 Seventh Song

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Alan Licht by visiting VDSQ Records and buying Currents there.

Alex Bleeker & the Freaks “Play Dead”: December 30, 2015 Rough Trade NYC

January 6, 2016
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If you were a fan of the Grateful Dead, and you saw the actual band live, then you’ve probably got more than your share of opinions about the various combinations of the remaining parts of it who’ve tried to transact on the original’s greatness. As someone who never saw the actual band (but has seen some successful and less-than-successful related projects), I’m not here to convince you. But for my money, there’s something rewarding, something essential, about watching much-younger musicians, with full careers filled with their own original material in front of them, paying tribute to one of rock music’s foundational bands.

I  loved the Brooklyn Bowl show that we posted by Alex Bleeker and The Freaks — that one a combo run through their new album and some other originals, followed by a “Play Dead” set that’s become a staple of many of their live shows. This one flipped that script, with Bleeker and pals offering up a 100-minute set consisting almost entirely of Dead covers. This — my final show of the year — was billed as the afterparty to Phish’s 12/30 Madison Square Garden show, and the celebratory air from that event (an especially strong performance from this year’s MSG run) carried over into the more intimate confines of Rough Trade NYC.

Overall, this “Play Dead” was a looser, better and arguably truer performance to the spirit of the original band. While the Brooklyn Bowl set consisted mainly of discrete run-throughs of each song, you’ll notice that this set was filled with segues, kicking off with “China Cat Sunflower” into a surging “I Know You Rider” before venturing into  cosmic territory with “Eyes to the World” into “He’s Gone” into “The Other One,” taking a short detour through “Dark Star” and ending up, improbably, with a Bleeker original, “Sealong Hair,” from their latest record, Country Agenda. After that came three more non-Dead tunes (two more originals, plus their regular-rotation cover of Mountain Man’s “Animal Tracks,” a fierce jam in its own right. Where Bleeker was joined last time by Real Estate’s Martin Courtney, here we had another cameo by one of his Ridgewood, NJ pals, Julian Lynch and multi-talented Dave Harrington (of many bands, but perhaps best-known for his work in Darkside). The band managed to deliver a little birthday salutation to Harringon in between “Tennessee Jed” and “St. Stephen,” which closed the set. By that point it was 2 a.m. and the club’s neighbors weren’t going to tolerate any more. For those of us inside, though, this was an afterparty that we’d have been happy to continue all night.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Rough Trade engineer Leah, together with Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Alex Bleeker & The Freaks “Play Dead”
2015-12-30
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard [engineer: Leah] + Schoeps MK4V (PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:43:00]
All songs by the Grateful Dead unless noted

01 tuning>China Cat Sunflower>
02 I Know You Rider
03 Eyes of the World>
04 He’s Gone>
05 The Other One>
06 Dark Star Jam>
07 Sealong Hair [Alex Bleeker & the Freaks]
08 Downright Stinson [Alex Bleeker & the Freaks]
09 Animal Tracks [Mountain Man]
10 U.H.M. [Alex Bleeker & the Freaks]
11 Shakedown Street>
12 The Wheel>
13 Tennessee Jed>
14 [Happy bday to Dave]>
15 St. Stephen
16 [outro]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, visit their Facebook page, and purchase their new album Country Agenda from Sinderlyn Records [HERE].

Zachary Cale: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show, Cake Shop

December 29, 2015
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[photo courtesy of Cereal + Sounds]

Zachary Cale is a slow-burn kind of musician. That’s true both of his songs, which tend to unfold at a middle tempo that neither rushes nor inhibits his point, and his musical career, which continues to grow bit by bit, solid album by solid album. Cale is one of those artists you tend to hear about from other fans and musicians, not so much from the PR-driven and mostly corporatized music “press.” Perhaps that’s a fault of his modest approach, but with this year’s Duskland, possibly even more so than 2014’s Blue Rider (released in December 2013), even those outlets have been forced take notice.

Though most of this year’s CMJ New Music Marathon (wisely named, since it bears little resemblance to music events people actually attend for fun) was run by the usual suspects — big name PR and talent agencies, particularly — we were excited that Cale asked to join our annual show at Cake Shop, an unofficial daytime event that, as tends to be the case with day shows, tries to put some of the fun back into the “marathon.” This five-song set doesn’t do justice to the breadth of Cale’s oeuvre, but “Blue Moth,” “Sundowner” and “Evensong” make the case for Duskland as well as any three of its songs could. Possibly as a nod to those who’ve seen him several times before, like we have, Cale offered up a rare nugget to close the set: the b-side “Holes In Everything,” an uptempo country-western affair that punctuated, as well as anything could, that this day show was about fun.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other CMJ sets, with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip and a soundboard feed from the day’s engineer Jeff. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Zachary Cale
2015-10-15
NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff)>>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Blue Moth
02 Sundowner
03 Evensong
04 Hangman Letters
05 Holes In Everything

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Zachary Cale by visiting his website, ordering Duskland from No Quarter, and buying his other records from his online store.

NE-HI: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show, Cake Shop

December 17, 2015
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Chicago’s NE-HI have only been around since 2014, but they’ve already made a name for themselves in the local scene with their sharp hooks and the immediacy of their live performance. All of that was on display back in October at our unofficial CMJ day show at Cake Shop, in which the band kicked things off with their earworm single “Drag” and kept the momentum up throughout. These guys are fellow travelers with beloved Chicagoans Twin Peaks (our recording of them here) and it’s easy to see the kinship between sounds. They, like Twin Peaks, are vets of Chicago’s DIY scene, but their album production is straight-up professional, befitting the quality of their sound. Having now been signed to a major tour promoter, I’d say it’s likely we’ll be seeing NE-HI on many more bills come festival time. If they pass through NYC before then, make sure not to miss them.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other recordings from the day, with Schoeps MK4V at the stage lip together with a soundboard feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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NE-HI
2015-10-15
NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff)>>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Drag
02 Palm
03 Since I’ve Been Thinking
04 Rattle
05 Stay
06 Turncoat
07 Crash

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