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Pylon Reenactment Society: July 1, 2018 Mercury Lounge

July 18, 2018
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[photos by Chris Sikich]

Pylon’s influence on their contemporaries is indisputable. Indeed, over the years REM has consistently cited Pylon for their positive impact on the 1980s Athens scene. What’s become more clear in the intervening years is that Pylon’s influence is more vast than their local time and place — their revolutionary sound can be heard in new bands even today. Pylon was enjoying a bit of a renaissance in their third reunion period of 2007-2008 when tragically guitarist Randy Bewley suffered a heart attack and passed away at the age of 53. At that point, the band was formally retired and it seemed as if Pylon’s music would only live on in recordings.

After a few one-off local performances, in 2014 lead singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay re-formed the band under the moniker Pylon Reenactment Society. With the blessing of her two former bandmates Michael Lachowski and Curtis Crowe, Vanessa compiled a group of performers from the Athens scene who were both intimately familiar with the music and personally known to the band. Guitarist Jason NeSmith and bassist Kay Stanton were not only members of Athens mainstays Casper & the Cookies, but were also bandmates with Vanessa in Supercluster. Drummer Joe Rowe was a founding member of Athens greats the Glands, who suffered their own deep loss with the 2016 death of leader Ross Shapiro. Vanessa also added a new touch with this new configuration, as her friend and University of Georgia music professor Damon Denton fortifies the sound of PRS with skillful keyboards. So with friendship, familiarity, and a common ethos, its easily understandable that Pylon Reenactment Society has generated universally positive reviews as both an tribute and a celebration of Pylon, and a contemporary band with its own story to write.

Pylon Reenactment Society doesn’t come North very often, but we were fortunate to catch this month’s appearance at Mercury Lounge, a venue where I captured the original band in 2007. With a full crowd there to party, PRS brought the goods — an animated set of old Pylon classics and two new numbers all performed with the precision the songs require but this a new touch from a different skilled set of performers, all fronted by the inimitable Vanessa Briscoe Hay. The set began with “Driving School” and “Volume” from the first Pylon record, 1980’s Gyrate. Indeed, the show would include almost all of the first album and the entirety of Side A of the band’s second album Chomp. The set even included uber-rare b-side “Altitude”, a song with which we were unfamiliar until the fantastic release in 2016 of Pylon Live (Chunklet). With a twenty-song, ninety-minute set, Pylon Reenactment Society gave the crowd of old and newer fans all that could have been asked for — a chance to relive the old classic material in a new configuration with plenty of heart. We hope they’ll be back North again soon.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up next to the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show:

Pylon Reenactment Society
2018-07-01
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + 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 1:28:45]
01 Driving School
02 Volume
03 Look Alive
04 Cool
05 Messenger [new song]
06 Precaution
07 K
08 Italian Movie Theme
09 Human Body
10 [band introductions]
11 Working Is No Problem
12 Danger
13 Altitude
14 Buzz
15 Crazy
16 Try To Do That [new song]
17 Feast On My Heart
18 Beep
19 [encore break]
20 M Train
21 Dub
22 [banter – thanks]
23 Stop It

PLEASE SUPPORT Pylon Reenactment Society: Website | Bandcamp | Buy Pylon Live

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: June 16, 2018 Brooklyn Steel

July 2, 2018
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

One of the most advantageous aspects of our involvement in this site is our access and exposure to the world class music at a time before those bands hit it big. When it comes to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, we were there at Day One of their time in the US, including seeing their first U.S. show at McCarren Park, a series of shows at Baby’s All Right, a semi-private Halloween party in a loft, their first show at Bowery Ballroom, and the “secret show” at Baby’s later that week. The three King Gizzard shows we saw in 2015 corresponded to the new music that would eventually become their major label debut and breakthrough album, 2016’s Nonagon Infinity (ATO Records). But it was in 2017 when The Gizz took their career to the next level, accomplishing a feat that will likely never be repeated — the release of five quality albums in one calendar year.

Its been two years since I last saw them in NYC and while much has changed, King Gizzard are still very much the same band. Although it wasn’t Baby’s, the three sold out shows at Brooklyn Steel were very much fan-friendly affairs with the band playing a very democratic selection of material. The show we recorded was the middle night of the three and fortunately for us contained an homage to the “old days”, a long “Head On / Pill” segue that contained long bits of three older numbers and a few other teases. We’d like to think it was the Gizz’s acknowledgement of how important those early days in New York were for the band’s career, days we captured here and remember well.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up inside the soundboard cage and mixed with a superbly mixed and well balanced soundboard feed. The resulting blend yielded another superb recording from this excellent sounding room. Enjoy!

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King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
2018-06-16
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + 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 1:29:17]
01 Rattlesnake
02 Greenhouse Heat Death
03 Digital Black
04 Vomit Coffin
05 The Lord of Lightning
06 Alter Me I
07 Altered Beast II
08 Crumbling Castle
09 The Fourth Colour
10 Deserted Dunes Welcome Weary Feet
11 The Castle In The Air
12 Muddy Water
13 The Wheel
14 Robot Stop
15 Gamma Knife
16 People-Vultures
17 Head On-Pill
18 Cellophane
19 Sea of Trees
20 Am I In Heaven
21 Pill (Reprise)

PLEASE SUPPORT King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Website | ATO Records Site | Bandcamp

Deer Tick: June 9, 2018 The Junction Long Beach NY – Brull Foundation Benefit

June 17, 2018
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[photos by Kurt Christensen]

The Tommy Brull Foundation and Deer Tick have grown together over the years since the band’s appearance at the Foundation’s first fundraising concert under the “Shine A Light” moniker in 2011. The Brull Foundation has more than a decade long record of providing funding and leadership for a variety of inspired causes, all motivated by the work of the late Tommy Brull, who dedicated so many of his days to working with the disabled at Camp Anchor in Lido Beach. Last weekend’s event was organized to fund a special needs playground in Rockville Centre and the concert having sold out well in advance, the Foundation again achieved its goal. So that by the date of the show, it was time to celebrate.

Deer Tick themselves also have a decade’s worth of work under their belts. And with time, the band itself has changed in personnel and approach, including the recent departure of keyboardist Robert Crowell. While the quartet still enjoys a good time, Deer Tick’s most recent double album release (Deer Tick Vol 1 and Vol 2) represents the most contemplative material of its catalog with issues such as sobriety, marriage, and fatherhood elevating the focus of the band’s lyrics. And not surprisingly given the surnames of all four members of the band, Deer Tick seems to have rediscovered its Irish roots, which on this night included a Pogues cover and a traditional Irish reel in the closing segment of Ian O’Neill’s “Hope Is Big”. We were also fortunate to hear John McCauley jamming on “Dirty Old Town” on the mandolin backstage before the show. The show however was all inclusive, and the setlist was a fine retrospective of the band’s entire career including four numbers from as far back as 2007’s War Elephant and moving forward to a good half dozen tracks from Vol 1 and Vol 2. In between there were interactions with the exuberant crowd, interplay between the band members, acknowledgements of the Brulls, and a lengthy and well-performed classic Deer Tick show. All things considered, this night may have been the ultimate performance of Deer Tick’s four Brull shows, and the good news is that its almost certainly not the last pairing of these two excellent groups of people.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up at the stage lip and mixed with a soundboard feed. The sound quality combines the liveliness of the sound at the stage fortified by instrumentation and vocals in the board feed. The final result is a superb recording. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Set (minus banter):

Deer Tick
2018-06-09
The Junction
Long Beach NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + 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 1:35:10]
01 Don’t Hurt
02 Dream in the Ditch
03 [banter – fire alarms]
04 Clownin’ Around
05 The Bump
06 Easy
07 S.M.F.
08 Cocktail
09 Card House
10 Hope Is Big
11 Twenty Miles
12 Baltimore Blues No. 1
13 Art Isn’t Real
14 Dancing In The Dark [Springsteen]
15 The Rock
16 Wants Needs
17 White City [Pogues]
18 Look How Clean I Am
19 These Old Shoes [Chris Paddock]
20 Mange
21 [encore break]
22 Jumpstarting
23 Sleepwalk [Santo and Johnny]
24 Ashamed
25 You Are So Beautiful [Billy Preston]

Please SUPPORT Deer Tick: Website | Buy Albums | Bandcamp

Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone: May 23, 2018 Berlin NYC

May 28, 2018
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[photo from Alejandro Escovedo Instagram Page]

Alejandro Escovedo is in the midst of a five-week NYC residency that has featured as guests some of the most renowned musicians in the history of New York music, including Sylvain Sylvain, Lenny Kaye, and Richard Barone. The residency was the brainchild of Escovedo, Jesse Malin, and Diane Gentile, and is a celebration of Alejandro’s long-time connection to NYC (with The Nuns he moved here in 1978), but is also a tribute to musical heroes Lou Reed and David Bowie, and is also in support of his latest album, the outstanding Burn Something Beautiful. We chose to capture the night at Malin’s club Berlin NYC with Richard Barone, a long-time favorite of this site. Oh, and what a show it was. Alejandro was as ever a gracious host, and the two headliners basically shared the lead microphone throughout the night, alternating between Escovedo material, Barone material, and a selection of classic covers of Velvet Underground and David Bowie. There were also heartfelt tributes, crowd interaction, and a guest spot from Barone’s partner in the Bongos James Mastro. Interestingly, the set also featured two songs from the great lost classic, the Barone/Mastro duo album Nuts & Bolts. Through it all, the old punks in the crowd were boisterous in their support (with a few over-served unfortunately) and the performers reflected back the love and support. Alejandro Escovedo has one show left in this residency, May 30 at Bowery Electric, attendance much recommended.

Many thanks to Alejandro Escovedo for permitting this show to be recorded and to Nancy Rankin Escovedo and Mike Thompson for making the arrangements!

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted to the back left of the soundboard booth, which is only about 15 feet from the stage in this intimate venue. The mics are mixed with an excellent feed from house sound tech Mike, and the resulting mix is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show (songs only – talking tracks via download):

Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone
2018-05-23
Berlin
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Mike] + 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 1:30:01]
01 [introduction]
02 Gravity – Falling Down Again
03 Street Hassle [Lou Reed]
04 The Bulrushes
05 Train Round The Bend [Velvets]
06 [Richard meets Lou Reed]
07 I’ll Be Your Mirror [Velvets]
08 Sensitive Boys
09 [Falcon introduction]
10 Flew A Falcon
11 Moonage Daydream [Bowie]
12 [band introductions]
13 Sister Lost Soul
14 [Candy introduction]
15 Candy Says [Velvets]
16 [James Mastro introduction]
17 I’ve Got a Secret
18 Number With Wings
19 Always a Friend
20 [thanks]
21 All the Young Dudes [Bowie – Mott the Hoople]
22 [encore break]
23 Rock and Roll [Velvets]
24 [outro]

PLEASE SUPPORT Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone: Website | Website | Buy Music | Buy Music

Animal Flag: April 27, 2018 Trans-Pecos

May 17, 2018
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[photo from Animal Flag Instagram]

This night from a couple of weeks ago at Trans-Pecos was Animal Flag’s local release show for their excellent album Void Ripper. This release represents a full two years of work since the Boston band’s last album and also saw a change in the band. No longer the solo project of singer/guitarist Matthew Politoski, Animal Flag is now a band with regular members. The familiarity with the material and with each other gave the band a tight and inspired approach to the music. The band worked straight through the new album (sans one track) before being called back and performing an encore. This well-attended and musically strong show created a really nice night for the band, fans, and venue and we expect it won’t be long before Animal Flag returns to Pecos. Animal Flag has a bunch of tour dates this Summer, including a show on cruise in NYC in August.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps at the stage lip mixed with a fine feed from the soundboard mixed by talented FOH Denim Casimir. The resulting blend captures the strengths of both feeds and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show:

Animal Flag
2018-04-27
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Denim] + Schoeps CCM4u’s > 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 36:48]
01 [introduction]
02 Morningstar
03 Void Ripper
04 Candace
05 Stray
06 Fair
07 Lord of Pain
08 Why
09 Five
10 [encore break]
11 Sensation

PLEASE SUPPORT Animal Flag: Bandcamp | Website | Facebook

Jeff Tweedy: January 30, 2018 Vicar Street Dublin Ireland

April 15, 2018
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[photo by Joe Koyote]

Jeff Tweedy is in the midst of a short solo tour that finds him roving through Canada and which ends with a show at Princeton University.. Jeff will return to the NYC area in June for two dates as part of the Clearwater Festival up in Croton. But earlier this year, Tweedy traveled through Europe including a special night at Vicar Street in Dublin as the opening night of the tour. Friend of the site Joe was there to capture the Dublin show, a night filled with many classic favorites and much banter and fan interaction, but which is most noteworthy as the live premiere of the new Jeff Tweedy composition “Don’t Forget We All Think About Dying”. The song has been played a handful of time since Dublin, including once on the current tour, but Joe’s recording is the song’s world premiere.

Joe recorded this set with portable microphones from the front and center of the balcony. The quiet acoustic music and the generous crowd participation created some serious editing issues, but overall this is a quality listen. Enjoy!

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Stream debut performance of “Don’t Forget We All Think About Dying”:

Jeff Tweedy
2018-01-30
Vicar Street
Dublin Ireland

Audience Master
Recorded from Front Row Center Balcony

Sony ECM-MS907 > Sony PCM-M10 [LCF+Limiter] > 24bit-48k WAV > Soundforge (Post-Production) > CD Wave > TLH (320 mp3 via Foobar)

Recorded by Joe Koyote
Producted by NYCTaper

Setlist:
[Total Time: 1:31:17)
01 Via Chicago
02 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
03 Bombs Above
04 [banter – encouragement]
05 We’ve Been Had
06 Passenger Side
07 Locator
08 Hummingbird
09 [banter – appreciation]
10 Lost Love
11 Born Alone
12 Noah’s Flood (Let’s Go Rain Again)
13 New Madrid
14 One Wing
15 Bull Black Nova
16 Laminated Cat
17 [banter – CSNY story]
18 Don’t Forget We All Think About Dying
19 [banter – funk]
20 Hesitating Beauty
21 Jesus Etc
22 [encore break]
23 I’m the Man Who Loves You
24 California Stars
25 Kamera
26 A Shot in the Arm

SUPPORT Jeff Tweedy: Website | Tour Dates

Kid Millions – Jim Sauter Duo: January 22, 2018 Trans-Pecos

January 26, 2018
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[photo by nyctaper]

The resurgence of the wonderfully eclectic Ridgewood Queens venue Trans-Pecos saw the return of old favorite Kid Millions on Monday, this time paired with semi-regular collaborator saxophonist Jim Sauter. However, to call Sauter a “saxophone player” is to very poorly describe what it is exactly that he does. Sauter plays his horn through an amp preceded by a bank of pedals and the result is a sound that sometimes more resembles a guitar than a sax. For the larger than expected Monday night crowd, the Duo performed a short-ish set that was long on intensity. The Duo have collaborated for more than five years and have released two studio albums, Boanerges in 2012 (Doubt Music) and Fountain (Family Vineyard), and a recent 7″ on Feeding Tube Records. So that while the two only play together every few months, they remain entirely in sync and have that unspoken musical language not uncommon among extraordinarily skilled players.

This set was recorded from the Pecos board by FOH Eric who stereo panned the performers for a nice balanced mix. This recording is quite superb. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Set:

Kid Millions – Jim Sauter Duo
2018-01-22
Trans-Pecos
Ridgewood NY

Digital Master Soundboard Recording

Soundboard [Engineer: Eric Lemke] + 16bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 15:32]
01 Improvisation

PLEASE SUPPORT Kid Millions and Jim Sauter: website | Purchase “7 | Purchase Fountain

List of All Available NYCTaper Recordings – 2017 Posts

January 1, 2018
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Welcome to our annual list of all the recordings we’ve posted in a given calendar year. This should give our readers a chance to check back and grab some shows you may have missed. Please don’t take this as an invitation to download massive quantities of recordings. If I find someone downloading 10 or 20 shows at once, I’ll block your IP address.

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]
All 2010 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2011 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2012 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2013 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2014 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2015 Recordings Listed [HERE]
All 2016 Recordings Listed [HERE]

Alphabetical List of All Available Recordings at NYCTAPER.COM
(Click on Title for location):
Posted in 2017 (124 Recordings):

A Place to Bury Strangers: March 3, 2017 Villain
A Place To Bury Strangers: July 16, 2017 Out In The Street Festival
Acid Mothers Temple: April 22, 2017 Knitting Factory
AJJ: November 7, 2017 Bowery Ballroom
Alone & Together: December 15, 2017 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Animal Collective: May 23, 2017 Brooklyn Steel
Avey Tare: October 23, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom
Bardo Pond: April 1, 2017 Knockdown Center
Big Ups: April 7, 2017 Sunnyvale
Bob Weir & the Campfire Band: April 21, 2017 Wanee Festival (Live Oak, FL)
Bob Weir & the Campfire Band: April 22, 2017 Wanee Festival (Live Oak, FL)
Brokeback: May 4, 2017 Union Pool
Bridget St. John: October 21, 2016 Schoolhouse
Cap’n Jazz: September 23, 2017 Brooklyn Steel
Cate Le Bon: January 26, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom
Chad VanGaalen: December 6, 2017 Rough Trade BK
Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band: April 6, 2017 Trans-Pecos
Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band: September 21, 2017 Union Pool
Chuck Johnson: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Fest
Chuck Prophet: March 29, 2017 Bowery Ballroom
Circuit des Yeux: November 15, 2017 Rough Trade NYC
Clearance: October 13, 2017 Rough Trade NYC
Cloud Nothings: February 1, 2017 Webster Hall
Creeper Lagoon: August 10, 2017 Mercury Lounge
Dave Harrington and Merry Pranksters: January 21, 2017 Trans-Pecos
Dean and Britta: December 15, 2016 Philadephia
Diet Cig: September 8, 2017 Bowery Ballroom
Dinosaur Jr.: October 2, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl
Dinosaur Jr.: October 3, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl
Dire Wolves: September 21, 2017 Union Pool
Dirty Dishes: June 6, 2017 Alphaville
Dorji-Toth Duo: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Fest
Doug Tuttle: August 28, 2017 Rough Trade NYC
Drag Sounds: May 13, 2017 Our Wicked Lady
Dream Syndicate: December 2, 2017 Bowery Ballroom
Dylan Golden Aycock: October 21, 2016 The Schoolhouse
Earthless: December 13, 2016 Bowery Ballroom
Eugene Chadbourne: April 25, 2017 Union Pool
Eugene Chadbourne & Sunwatchers: April 25, 2017 Union Pool
Feral Ohms: June 24, 2017 Union Pool
Geologist: October 23, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom
Grim Streaker: July 16, 2017 Out In the Streets Festival, The Well
Gun Outfit: August 19, 2017 Union Pool
Hiss Golden Messenger: December 7, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom
Hiss Golden Messenger: December 8, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom
Honey: June 24, 2017 Union Pool
Horse Lords: March 25, 2017 Big Ears Festival – Knoxville TN
Horse Lords: June 4, 2017 Sunnyvale
Jackie Lynn: April 27, 2017 Rough Trade NYC
Jeff Rosenstock: November 18, 2016 Villain BK
Jeremy Hyman: October 23, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom
Jon Langford, Jean Cook and Walter Salas-Humara: December 17, 2016 – Private Home Brooklyn
Kevin Morby: September 9, 2017 Hopscotch Music Festival, King’s – Raleigh NC
Lake Mary: October 21, 2016 The Schoolhouse
Lambchop: March 30, 2017 Bowery Ballroom
Lee Ranaldo: January 22, 2017 Park Church Co-op
Leftover Salmon: April 20, 2017 Wanee Festival, Mushroom Stage (Live Oak, FL)
Long Hots: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed Records/WXDU Hopscotch Fest
Luna: November 18, 2017 Brooklyn Steel
Man Forever: June 14, 2017 Brooklyn Music School
Meat Puppets: May 10, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl
Meg Baird: January 22, 2017 Park Church Co-op
Mike Watt + The Jom and Terry Show: May 10, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl
Mind Over Mirrors: May 4, 2017 Union Pool
Moon Duo: April 27, 2017 Rough Trade NYC
Mountain Goats: November 10, 2017 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ
Mountain Goats: November 12, 2017 Brooklyn Steel
Mountain Movers: July 13, 2017 Union Pool
Nathan Bowles Trio: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Fest
Nest Egg: September 7, 2017 Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh NC
Nicole Atkins: September 9, 2017 Mercury Lounge
Oneida: July 14, 2017 Secret Project Robot
Ovlov: June 23, 2017 The Bell House
Parlor Walls: July 22, 2017 The Gutter
Phish: July 22, 2017 Madison Square Garden
Phish: July 28, 2017 Madison Square Garden
Phish: July 29, 2017 Madison Square Garden
Phish: July 29, 2017 – Madison Square Garden
Phish: August 4, 2017 Madison Square Garden
Phish: August 5, 2017 Madison Square Garden
Phish: December 28, 2017 Madison Square Garden
Pile: April 7, 2017 Sunnyvale
Pile: December 9, 2017 Market Hotel
Purling Hiss: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Fest
Robert Millis: May 17, 2017 Park Church Co-op
Robyn Hitchcock (with Yo La Tengo): February 28, 2017 Rough Trade Brooklyn
Robyn Hitchcock (with Yo La Tengo): March 1, 2017 Bowery Ballroom
Robyn Hitchcock: March 24, 2017 Big Ears Festival
Rosali: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Fest
Ryley Walker: January 26, 2017 Rough Trade BK
Sir Richard Bishop: March 25, 2017 Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, TN
Sir Richard Bishop: May 17, 2017 Park Church Co-op
Sebadoh: April 22, 2017 Bell House
Sloppy Heads: January 25, 2017 Union Pool
Sloppy Heads: July 14, 2017 Secret Project Robot
Songs: Molina: September 8, 2017 Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh NC
Son Volt: April 7, 2017 Bowery Ballroom
Spiral Stairs: June 23, 2017 The Bell House
Steve Gunn: January 22, 2017 Park Church Co-op
Sunburned Hand of the Man: August 28, 2017 Rough Trade NYC
Sunn O))): March 17, 2017 Knockdown Center
Sunwatchers: June 24, 2017 Union Pool
Suuns: February 11, 2017 Saint Vitus
Teenage Fanclub: March 27, 2017 Warsaw Brooklyn
Thou: January 7, 2017 Saint Vitus
Tim Presley: January 26, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom
Titus Andronicus: December 14, 2017 Market Hotel
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: September 6, 2014 Lockn Festival
Tonstartssbandht: January 25, 2017 Sunnyvale
Tortoise: March 15, 2017 (Le) Poisson Rouge
Tortoise: March 16, 2017 Hall at MP
Tortoise: March 25, 2017 Big Ears Festival – Knoxville TN
Tredici Bacci: January 25, 2017 Sunnyvale
Trey Anastasio Band: April 22, 2017 Wanee Music Festival (Live Oak, FL)
Tyvek: August 26, 2017 Union Pool
War On Drugs: September 19, 2017 Terminal 5
Waxahatchee: July 15, 2017 Warsaw BK
Ween: June 6, 2017 Brooklyn Steel
Ween: June 7, 2017 Brooklyn Steel
Widespread Panic: April 21, 2017 Wanee Festival (Live Oak, FL)
Widowspeak: October 13, 2017 Rough Trade NYC
Wilco: March 24, 2017 Big Ears Festival – Knoxville TN
Wilco: June 23, 2017 Solid Sound Festival
Xenia Rubinos: April 13, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

Phish: December 28, 2017 Madison Square Garden

December 30, 2017
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[photos by LazyLightning55 and Jeff]

We had such a good time at the “Baker’s Dozen” shows this Summer at Madison Square Garden, so that when a taper’s ticket for the first night of the Phish four-show New Year’s run became available, I jumped at the chance to relive recent glory. Phish v3.0 is in a good place right now. They didn’t play as many shows in 2017 as in recent years, but what they did was quite memorable. The band themselves also seem to be personally doing well — clean and sober and enjoying each other’s company.

The first night of previous New Year’s runs of shows has been jokingly criticized as the “practice” night, a show used to work out the kinks and get back into the groove. But the current version of Phish isn’t playing by the old rules and this debut night was strong and confident from the outset. The band also is unencumbered by the mandate of playing different songs on every night of thirteen shows, so that the setlist was chock full of prime material. The abundant first set highlights included a solid “Wolfman’s Brother”, and extended “Roggae” and a peak version of “Back on the Train”. The second set started with the familiar, but the highlight of the set and perhaps the entire show was the twenty-four minute “No Men” which worked through a series of often melodic and thematic jams so that the extended length didn’t drag or seem indulgent. This was just the v3.0 of Phish playing to its strengths and operating on all cylinders. Far from “practice”, this night was a year-long highlight show and quite a cap to a perfect year for our experiences with Phish.

Thanks to Noah for the ticket and Walt for the clamp space!

I recorded this set from the first row of the taper’s section on the right side. Due to our fortunate position next to the great Charlie Miller, we were able on this night to maneuver the stand onto a raised platform in the center area, and that advantageous position helped this recording to achieve its maximum potential. Its perhaps our best capture of this year’s MSG shows. Enjoy!

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Phish
2017-12-28
Madison Square Garden
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
First Row Tapers Section

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1 [Total Time 1:16:01]
01 ACDC Bag
02 Wolfman’s Brother
03 Roggae
04 Tube
05 Bouncing Around the Room
06 Back on the Train
07 Your Pet Cat
08 Waking Up Dead
09 Theme From the Bottom

Set 2 [Total Time 1:40:57]
10 Wilson
11 No Men In No Man’s Land
12 Twist
13 Everything’s Right
14 Also Sprach Zarathustra
15 Harry Hood
16 [encore break]
17 The Wedge
18 Slave to the Traffic Light

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Pile: December 9, 2017 Market Hotel

December 26, 2017
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[photos by Stephanie Ronquillo – full set at her Flickr and Instragram]

Pile is one of those bands who you thought was your little secret and suddenly there are 500 people at their show. There’s something to be said for a band that grows its fanbase steadily and organically through consistently solid shows and records. Pile has existed for more than ten years and since signing to the most excellent Exploding In Sound Records in 2011, the trend has continued upward. The last couple of years have been remarkable. We saw them in 2015 at SXSW before a modest crowd and then later 2015 before a couple of hundred at Baby’s All Right. Earlier this year, we captured their sold out show at Sunnyvale. But a couple of weeks ago Pile sold out five-hundred strong at Market Hotel.

Buoyed by the band’s most recent album, the superb A Hairshirt of Purpose, Pile has finally and deservedly arrived. The Market Hotel offers a nice companion to the Pile experience, both are authentically DIY. The packed-in fans responded in kind, singing along to all of the lyrics showing true appreciation for the older obscure numbers that the band whipped out late in the set. The setlist for this show was heavy on Hairshirt material, but also delved into their self-released 2011 7″ (“Scissors”), “Pigeon Song” from the Boston Hassle compilation, and a couple of songs from the early Dripping album. We expect to see Pile again as often as possible, and hopefully at Market Hotel in the Spring or Summer.

This recording was captured by FOH Harrison utilizing the internal USB drive recording device on the Market Hotel’s Behringer X32 Soundboard. For a straight board feed from a smallish room, this recording is quite well balanced other than somewhat more prominent vocals. Enjoy!

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Pile
2017-12-09
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Harrison Fore] + 16bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

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Setlist:
[Total Time 52:36]
01 Texas
02 Baby Boy
03 The World is Your Motel
04 Worms
05 Hissing for Peace
06 Special Snowflakes
07 Hairshirt
08 [banter – thanks]
09 Leaning on a Wheel
10 Grunt Like a Pig
11 Fingers
12 Pigeon Song
13 Scissors
14 Rock and Roll Forever with the Customer in Mind
15 [encore break]
16 Rock and Roll Forever with the Customer in Mind – Reprise

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