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This is The Best FREE Day Party in the History of CMJ – Thursday at Cake Shop

October 22, 2014
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[Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss - photo by PSquared Photography]

Yeah, I know its some pretty silly hyperbole, but really. This show is amazing. We’ve done a bunch of CMJ shows over the years and they’ve all been special in their own way (Sharon Van Etten solo in 2008), some were even just downright great (White Fence and Widowspeak back to back in 2011), some just crazy fun (She Keeps Bees and Diamond Rings back to back 2010), but this year’s show is just truly superb from start to finish.

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If you don’t believe me, at least believe our press. This is by far the best press an NYCTaper CMJ has ever received — this is head-spinning stuff:
Time Out New York raved about Purling Hiss and us — “the Philly crew headlines a fun-sounding day party sponsored by indefatigable DIY show-recordist NYC Taper”
Flavorpill calls Purling Hiss a “choicest pick”
AM-NY called Purling Hiss a “Band To Watch”
WKDU-Philadelphia says that Purling Hiss and Amanda X are “not to miss”
The Guardian lists Amanda X as one of “19 Bands To See”
Deli Magazine is psyched to see The Kickback
doNYC loves the Whiskey Bitches
UnRecorded’s “Top Picks” for CMJ 2014 includes Mainland
Music Host Network lists Mainland as “Top Bands to See”
QRO Magazine “recommends” our show
Oh My Rockness gives us a “star”
Gothamist’s Best of CMJ 2014 “Cheat Sheet” lists our show first on Thursday
Hype Machine “recommends” our show as the best blog shows of 2014
Impose Magazine lists our show as “The Best of CMJ 2014″
brooklynvegan lists our show among the choice selections for “What’s Going On Thursday”, calling Purling Hiss “awesome”.

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Oh yeah, and beer. We’re happy that Sixpoint Brewery is again sponsoring our show. That basically means that our guests can consume large quantities of Sixpoint for free if you get there early, or for half-price ($3) if you slack off and get to Cake Shop late.

Here are the details again:
THURSDAY OCTOBER 23rd [DAY SHOW]
NYC TAPER PRESENTS:
1:00pm: BEACH DAY
1:40pm: WHISKEY BITCHES
2:15pm: PRETTIOTS
2:50pm: THE KICKBACK
3:30pm: RIVERGAZER
4:10pm: AMANDA X
4:50pm: PALEHOUND
5:30pm: MAINLAND
6:15pm: PURLING HISS

12-7pm
SPONSORED BY SIX POINT BREWERY
$FREE, 21+

FACEBOOK Invite Page [HERE]

J Mascis: October 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 21, 2014
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

As we’ve noted before, Dinosaur Jr holds a special place in the history of NYCTaper. One of my first recordings for the site and the one that seemed to put us on the blog map was a Dinosaur Jr. show at Irving Plaza in 2007. Over the years, we’ve recorded the band many times, and most recently acidjack and JFCB’s captures of the mega-Dino Jr show at Terminal 5 with a plethora of special guests has been one of the most popular recent offering at the site. So it was only natural that a solo J Mascis show at our favorite venue would be the natural evolution of our relationship with this artist. J recently released what is essentially his second proper solo album Tied To A Star (Sub Pop), and he’s currently on tour to support the record. At Bowery Ballroom, it was just J and several acoustic guitars with a ton of pedals. For the most part, he played it pretty straightforward, while occasionally taking advantage of the looping and sampling capability to jam with himself. The setlist included half of the new album and healthy dose of Dinosaur Jr tracks. We are streaming below our two favorite parts of the show, including a blistering guitar solo that extended the new song “Heal The Star” to beyond six minutes and the very J-like cover of the Mazzy Star classic hit “Fade Into You”. J’s tour picks up again in mid-November when he goes West before touring Europe in December.

hi and lo and I recorded this set in our usual location at Bowery, front of the balcony next to the soundboard. hi and lo employed the MBHO cards on a clamp pointed out in front of the board area while I mounted the Schoeps cards on a stand. I blended the sources fairly evenly, each offering a slightly different locale and microphone style so that the result is a pretty excellent full-bodied capture of this solo acoustic show. Enjoy!

Stream “Heal The Star”:

Stream “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover):

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

J Mascis
2014-10-17
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Audience Four-Mic Matrix

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids + MBHO KA-200n > Naiant PFA > Sonosax SX-M2 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by nyctaper and hi and lo
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:08:57]
01 Listen to Me
02 Me Again
03 Little Fury Things
04 Ammaring
05 Every Morning
06 Stumble
07 Get Me
08 [tuning and crowd]
09 Drifter
10 Heal the Star
11 [banter - tuning]
12 Not the Same
13 Out There
14 Pond Song
15 Fade Into You [Mazzy Star]
16 Not You Again
17 Alone
18 [encore break]
19 Just Like Heaven [Cure]

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT J Mascis, visit his website, and purchase Tied To A Star from the Sub Pop Records website [HERE].

White Fence: October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 20, 2014
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

When I think about CMJ week, White Fence always comes to mind. It was 2011 when they played our show — a frenetic set that was one of the best if not the actual best set ever in the many years we’ve presented CMJ parties. Three years later, White Fence has become exactly what we believed possible back then — a consistently excellent band that has produced a plethora of remarkably pure and faithful sixties and seventies styled psychedelia and garage rock in 3 to 4 minute bursts of goodness. The band now records for Drag City Records and their latest album is their first for this excellent label. For The Recently Found Innocent is also the first album recorded outside of Tim Presley’s home studio and he chose an excellent collaborator to help produce this album — the equally prolific Ty Segall. Found Innocent is a more conventional White Fence album, although it certainly does not deviate from the the band’s overall sound. Last Monday, White Fence was back in town and they will be on the East Coast through CMJ week. Their set at Baby’s All Right was a headline spot on an excellent three-band bill and it didn’t start until almost 1am on a school night, but the crowd for the most part stuck around. Tim has employed a couple of new players for this touring band, but the result was consistent with prior live White Fence experiences. The live show gives a different energy to the material and the songs take on altered arrangements from the recorded versions. The Baby’s set maintained a high energy for over an hour and while the setlist covered much of the new album, it was two older numbers where the band stretched out and jammed a bit. “Baxter’s Corner” has for years been the go-to for extended performance and this night it was again a burner, but also “And by Always” was a sprawling treat and we are streaming that number below.

This week White Fence will be playing at least four CMJ shows, including the Panache Booking CMJ “Hangover Brunch” at Baby’s All Right on Sunday where they will be playing an acoustic set. We will be there to record that special set.

This set was recorded by House FOH Devin, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed near the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “And by Always”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request

White Fence
2014-10-13
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard + Audience Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Devin Foley) > Devin mix Wav files + Room mic wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:03:32]
01 Chairs in the Dark
02 Fragility
03 Arrow Man
04 Wolf Gets Red Faced
05 Like That
06 Trouble Is Trouble Never Seen
07 [banter - fix a drum]
08 Baxter Corner
09 Actor
10 Hard Water
11 Makers Nest And Words Freeze
12 Anger Who Keeps You Under
13 Sandra
14 And by Always
15 Get That Heart
16 Pink Gorilla
17 Paranoid Bait

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT White Fence, visit the Facebook page, and purchase For The Recently Found Innocent from the Drag City Records website [HERE].

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

October 17, 2014
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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”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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].

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Fall and Winter 2014-15

October 15, 2014
By

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With the change of season and CMJ upon us, it seems like a good time to update our calendar.

Caveat: 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. Feel free to make suggestions or point out shows we missed.

Schedule:

White Fence:
October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Ought:
October 14, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Caveman:
October 15, 2014 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

J Mascis:
October 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Paul Collins Beat:
October 18, 2014 Cake Shop NYC

Thurston Moore:
October 21, 2014 Saint Vitus Brooklyn

NYCTaper CMJ Show:
October 23, 2014 Cake Shop NYC

Thurston Moore:
October 26, 2014 Rough Trade Brooklyn

Panache CMJ Hangover Brunch (White Fence, King Gizzard, etc):
October 26, 2014 Baby’s All Right BK

Additional CMJ shows will be attended and recorded

Wilco:
October 28 29 30, 2014 Capitol Theatre Portchester NY

Cass McCombs / Meat Puppets:
November 1, 2014 Rough Trade Brooklyn

Big Ups:
November 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge NYC

Kevin Devine:
November 3, 2014 HiFi Bar NYC (formerly Brownies)

Pup:
November 7, 2014 Mercury Lounge NYC

Dream Syndicate:
November 15 and November 16, 2014 Rough Trade Brooklyn

Thee Oh Sees:
November 18, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Yo La Tengo / Antietam:
December 6, 2014 Trocadero Philadelphia PA

Medeski Martin and Wood:
December 11, 2014 Terminal 5 NYC

Soulside:
December 18, 2014 Saint Vitus Brooklyn

Wussy:
January 17, 2015 TBA NYC

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead:
January 23 and January 24, 2015 Brooklyn Bowl

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

October 12, 2014
By

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):

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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].

Mr Twin Sister: October 4, 2014 Babys All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 8, 2014
By

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[photo by John Harrison - courtesy of Neat Beet]

The simple fact that Mr Twin Sister still exists as a band is in itself quite remarkable. The vast majority of groups that go through the buzz cycle do not come out the back end intact. In 2010 when the band was simply “Twin Sister”, we were among the earliest media outlets to sing the band’s praises — and rightfully so. “All Around and Away We Go” was their first major breakthrough song and it was a clever earworm and interesting dance-rock mix, akin to influences as wide at Tom Tom Club and Sade. But there was always something more than just a pop band to Twin Sister — something a little offbeat and perhaps dark — and when they signed to Domino Records, the relationship only produced one record before an amicable parting. This would be where most bands call it quits. But Twin Sister consists of a bunch of friends from Suffolk County of all places, and they perserved through this period (which also included a nasty tour bus crash) and have come out stronger. With a new-ish band name and an outstanding new self-titled self-released album, Mr Twin Sister 2014 is a band poised to take the path for which they were originally intended. The coming out party took place this past week at Baby’s All Right where the band played two very sold out shows — indicating that the fanbase has remained and that the album is generating excitement. We caught the second of the two nights on Saturday and from the outset of their set, it was clear that Mr Twin Sister is truly back. Lead singer Andrea Estella is in good voice and exhibited confidence and a little playfulness, but the multifaceted (two keys, guitars, sax, effects) band also impressed. And there were guests, in particular a string section played on the final two tracks of the main set, and we are streaming below the strong version of “Blush” with strings. If the strength of the album and of these Baby’s sets are an indication of things to come for Mr Twin Sister, vindication will soon be theirs. And it will be hard earned and well deserved. There are no local dates currently scheduled for Mr. Twin Sister, but they begin a brief tour next week opening for Julian Casablancas in Philadelphia, Washington DC and dates further south.

This set was expertly mixed by the band’s touring FOH Jonathan Low and recorded by house FOH Jeff Swart from the venue’s multitrack system. I have matrixed the house mix with the two room mics and the result is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Blush”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Mr Twin Sister
2014-10-04
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Jeff Swart) > Jeff mix Wavs + Room mic wavs > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:11:24]
01 Part of Two
02 Bad Street
03 Rude Boy
04 Set Me Free
05 The Blue
06 Fantasy
07 Sensitive
08 Poor Relations
09 Out of the Dark
10 Crime Scene
11 [banter - strings intro]
12 Blush
13 [banter - thanks]
14 In The House of Yes
15 [encore break]
16 All Around and Away We Go
17 [outro]

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Mr Twin Sister, visit their website, and purchase Mr Twin Sister from Bandcamp [HERE].

So Cow: September 20, 2014 Cake Shop – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 3, 2014
By

So Cow Cake Shop
[photo by nyctaper]

So Cow released their excellent new album The Long Con on September 16, a date that fell square in the middle of a rare US tour. The tour was scheduled to coincide with the excellent Gonerfest thrown by their record label Goner. The tour also included two NYC shows, and we caught the second one at Cake Shop last week. This was the first time we’ve seen So Cow in over four years since a great set at the now long-departed Monster Island Basement in early 2010. At that point, Brian Kelly was playing with a tour band and recording alone, but now So Cow is a proper working band and The Long Con is the first full length album with the trio. The result is that the album sounds more like the live show we encountered in 2010 and again last week, and less like a Kelly bedroom recording. At Cake Shop, the band worked through a nice mix of material old and new, including the first single from the album “Barry Richardson” that we are streaming below. The album has received some excellent reviews, including a fine piece in PopMatters this week. We expect that the positive attention will propel this excellent band and that it won’t be four-plus years before we see them live again. At least I hope it won’t be.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted to the short ceiling in front of the stage and mixed with DPA omnis positioned in front of the stacks. The stage-mount provides a clear capture of the instruments while the stack tape is vocal heavy. The mix is adjusted to accentuate the positives of both sources and the result is a superb recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Barry Richardson”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

So Cow
2014-09-20
Cake Shop
New York NY

Digital Master Recording

Sennheiser MKH-8040s + 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 41:10]
01 [intro]
02 Sugar Factory
03 Get Down Off that Thing
04 To Be Confirmed
05 League of Impressionable Teens
06 [banter - fly]
07 Operating at a Loss
08 Waltzer
09 Ruane vs The A Bomb
10 High Standards
11 I Hardly Know You
12 [banter - far right]
13 Barry Richardson
14 [banter - thanks]
15 Nutbush City Limits [Ike Tina Turner]
16 Casablanca
17 [banter - Scottish Independence]
18 To Do List

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT So Cow, visit their artist page at the Goner Records site, and purchase The Long Con from the Goner Records website [HERE].

Glenn Tilbrook: September 25, 2014 City Winery – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 30, 2014
By

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[screen cap from this video]

As one-half of one of the best songwriting duos of the latter half of the twentieth century, Glenn Tilbrook could easily coast on his merits into a comfortable retirement. But Tilbrook last year released one of his strongest records in decades Happy Ending that could rival the finest output of the Squeeze oeuvre and he is currently on tour in the US through the entire month of October. We were fortunate to catch one of the two shows he played at City Winery last week. Glenn was in great form from the start, engaging the crowd with his very Brit sense of humor and meticulous guitar work. We were most delighted to hear that Glenn’s sweet tenor is as strong and clear as it was the first time we Squeeze back in 1981 (Pier 84), the Mercury Lounge in 1996 and through the time when they appeared at the Nokia Theatre in 2007. On this night, he played two sets and nearly two hours of music featuring the strong new songs (“Everybody Sometimes”), material from his Fluffers period and of course a very healthy dose of Squeeze classics. City Winery is blessed with an excellent sound system and good views (along with some amazing wine) and this night really could not have been more enjoyable. In November, he will tour with his writing partner Chris Difford in the UK, and it was announced at this show that the duo will come to the US in May of 2015. We very much expect to be there then.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted directly behind the soundboard and blended with an extremely tastily mixed soundboard feed provided by house FOH Jack O’Hara. The sound quality is quite superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Labeled With Love”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Glenn Tilbrook
2014-09-25
City Winery
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Jack O'Hara] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > 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:
set 1
[Total Time 49:52]
01 Do We Roll
02 Ray
03 [banter - scruffy]
04 Take Me I’m Yours
05 Ice Cream
06 Elephant Ride
07 Untouchable
08 Annie Get Your Gun
09 [banter - Dennis intro]
10 Dennis
11 Black Sheep
12 Some Fantastic Place
13 Letting Go
14 Labeled With Love
15 Chat Line Larry

Set 2
[Total Time 54:08]
16 Is that Love
17 If I Didn’t Love You
18 Everybody Sometimes
19 Persephone
20 Black Coffee In Bed
21 By The Light Of The Cash Machine
22 Still
23 Pleasant Valley Sunday [Monkees]
24 Slap and Tickle
25 Pulling Mussels From the Shell
26 Another Nail in My Heart
27 [encore break]
28 Tempted
29 Cold Shoulder
30 Goodbye Girl

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Glenn Tilbrook, visit his website, and purchase Happy Ending from the links at his website [HERE].

The Sharp Things: September 11, 2014 Mercury Lounge – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 27, 2014
By

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[photos by shootMEpeter]

Of all of the thousands reviews I’ve written for NYCTaper, the words needed to describe this performance by The Sharp Things at Mercury Lounge is certainly the most difficult. But these are just words. What the band did on this night was exponentially more difficult than anything I could imagine a musician would have to endure. On the morning of the performance Steve Gonzalez, the longtime and original Sharp Things drummer and multi-decade friend of the band’s protagonist Perry Serpa, passed away at the age of 49. I asked Perry to talk about the night:

He, Steve Gonzalez, was our drummer but also my best friend of almost 40 years, so he was very much a part of our family. We had found out about his passing during our soundcheck for this show and while I was ready to just walk away from it, my band, our bandmates, our family and friends insisted that we play, and so we did. And it was the best thing because the evening ended up being a wonderful, communal celebration of his life in a place that he loved playing.

The band is gearing up for the release of the third album in the four-album “Dogs Of Bushwick” series. Adventurer’s Inn will be released on Dive Records in November. This special Mercury set featured a mix of older numbers and included a few of the newer songs we’ll expect to hear on the new album soon.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cardioids set up at the soundboard booth and mixed with an excellent feed provided by house FOH David. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Daphne’s Coming Over”:

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Sharp Things
2014-09-11
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Dave Lefcourt] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > 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 46:50]
01 [intro for Steve]
02 There Will Be Violins
03 An Ocean Part Deux
04 Dogs Of Bushwick
05 Love Me Indigo
06 Silver Anniversary
07 Storm King
08 [banter - weird beard]
09 Lament-A Million Things
10 Union Chapel
11 Daphne’s Coming Over
12 [outro]

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