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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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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

SUPPORT Phish: Website | Store

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)

Produced by nyctaper

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

PLEASE SUPPORT Pile: Bandcamp | Facebook | Buy A Hairshirt of Purpose via Exploding in Sound

Alone & Together: December 15, 2017 Music Hall of Williamsburg

December 20, 2017
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[photos courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein]

The concept of an all-star band can be a hit or miss prospect, but the people at Golden Gate Presents have pretty much been all hits. The organization that brought together an impressive amalgam of talent to perform the Complete Last Waltz, has now produced four “Alone & Together” tours, and the latest version was on display at Music Hall of Williamsburg this past weekend and it too was a resounding success.

This year’s A&T tour included old favorites Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), Elvis Perkins, and Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds) sharing various instruments and the vocal duties, and accompanied by a rhythm section of Joe Russo (JRAD, The Duo), and Josh Kaufman (Yellowbirds). This particular night also saw the return of last year’s participant Kevin Morby as a guest for two numbers. The quintet performed their own material, performed each other’s songs, and sprinkled in a few tasty covers. If this band seemed to naturally gravitate towards each other, its of course from their rich talents as ensemble players but also because the various members have performed in a variety of configurations in the past (including the Last Waltz). So when it came time for Sam Cohen to sing an Elvis Perkins song for example, the performance seemed both familiar and natural but also instinctively a tribute. This was one of those shows that was so comfortable and enjoyable for the listener that a two-hour set seemed to fly by. Undoubtedly, we’ll be seeing these individual players in the near future in their other projects, but this Music Hall performance makes me hope there’s a fifth edition of the Alone & Together series.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted inside the soundboard booth and mixed with an extraordinarily well balanced feed from FOH Pete Costello. The blend of sources is about 50/50 because the room mix was so strong and our advantageous position yielded excellent results. The sound quality of this recording is superb. Enjoy!

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Stream Two Tracks:

Alone & Together
2017-12-15
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Pete Costello] + 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 1:59:18]
01 I Must Be in a Good Place Now [Bobby Charles]
02 Mean Maybe
03 So Long
04 Let the Mountain Come to You
05 All The Night Without Love
06 All Today
07 Absolute Loser
08 Doomsday
09 [banter – Clockwork intro]
10 Clockwork
11 Humbug Mountain Song
12 One Day At A Time [Willie Nelson]
13 And Eveline
14 Dead Rider
15 Destroyer
16 Beautiful Strangers
17 There Go The Nightmericans
18 When U Love Somebody
19 [encore break]
20 There is a War [Leonard Cohen]
21 Duncan [Paul Simon]
22 Awaiting On You All [George Harrison]

PLEASE SUPPORT Alone & Together: Website

Titus Andronicus: December 14, 2017 Market Hotel

December 17, 2017
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Thursday night at Market Hotel was a night for survivors. Both the artist and the venue are inextricably intertwined as crucial parts of last decade’s Brooklyn DIY scene, but both have reshaped and reformatted themselves for the future. Titus Andronicus survived the meat grinder of the music industry and a myriad of personnel changes, and now find themselves having landed peacefully into the arms of the excellent Merge Records. The most recent Titus record, 2015’s The Most Lamentable Tragedy was perhaps the band’s most ambitious and fully realized record. The Market Hotel meanwhile has itself survived a laundry list of issues but Market v3.0 began again in November and the limited calendar will soon give way to a full-on slate of shows in the New Year.

This year saw Titus Andronicus in retooling mode, and this Market Hotel show was the only headlining Titus gig of the entire 2017 calendar year. But Patrick Stickles seems to be in a very good place personally, as his positivity on this night was palpable. When the doors opened, the band members were seated at the merch table to greet the fans, and Patrick spend the better part of the first hour of the night meeting and greeting and catching up with old friends. The fan friendly theme bled directly into the performance itself, as Titus delivered a nearly two-hour set — representing the longest set ever played at this venue. The setlist contained a panoply of Titus material, from their very first single all the way through a good chunk of the recent albums. Throughout the show, Patrick noted members of the audience, thanked the people who have helped the band throughout the years, and played his heart out. The crowd for their part were fully engaged — there were no chatterers, just people singing along with the anthemic lyrics from the front to the back of the venue. By the time the set ended with a fantastic punk-tinged cover of Springsteen’s “Glory Days”, the crowd, the band, and the venue had proved that its all about survival and fighting through life’s conflicts to emerge on the other side stronger than ever. We expect that 2018 will be a very good year for both Titus Andronicus and The Market Hotel, and this show gave us great hope for the future of both.

I recorded this set with the installed microphones along with an excellent feed from house FOH Eric. Other than one point near the end of “Perfect Union” when a drum mic shorted out, this recording is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show:

Titus Andronicus
2017-12-14
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Eric Lemke] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:45:17]
01 [intro remarks]
02 Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus
03 Fatal Flaw
04 Upon Viewing Brueghel’s Landscape With the Fall of Icarus
05 In a Small Body
06 I Am The Electric Man
07 Lonely Boy
08 [banter – Market Hotel]
09 Titus Andronicus
10 My Time Outside the Womb
11 Mr E Mann
12 Fired Up
13 Dimed Out
14 [banter – sensitive subtext]
15 No Future
16 No Future Part Three Escape From No Future
17 No Future Part V In Endless Dreaming
18 Stable Boy
19 Four Score and Seven
20 A More Perfect Union
21 [banter – thanks]
22 Glory Days [Springsteen]

SUPPORT Titus Andronicus: Website | Merge Records Page | Bandcamp

Chad VanGaalen: December 6, 2017 Rough Trade BK

December 13, 2017
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[screenshot from this video]

Chad VanGaalen is a modern day Rennaisance man. He’s a Juno nominee, Polaris prize nominee, music producer, artist, composer (for Adult Swim TV Series Dream Corp LLC) — the Calgary native is an all around talented guy. One wonders where the man gets time to write, record and release his own albums, but this year he did just that. Light Information (Sub Pop / Flemish Eye) is VanGaalen’s first record in three years, and of course he played all of the instruments and recorded it in his own studio.

Chad VanGaalen just completed an extensive tour in support of Light Information and the near-end of the tour reached NYC last week. We were fortunate to finally get to see this superb artist at Rough Trade after several near misses over the last decade or so. And it was well worth the wait. This performance by Chad and his four piece band was a rip-roaring post-punk trek through much of the new album and some VanGaalen classics. The show also featured some hilarious and downright weird banter, but it all fit with the proceedings. Chad is a unique artist with a very specific sound and vision and the opportunity to see him at the top of his game touring on an A+ album was truly a treat. I hope he comes back to NYC soon.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue, which our Schoeps cards mounted centered at the soundboard booth and mixed with an outstanding feed provided by house FOH Dustin. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show:

Chad VanGaalen
2017-12-06
Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Dustin Myers] + 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 1:15:03]
01 Mind Hijacker’s Curse
02 Locked in the Phase
03 [banter – arcade]
04 Host Body
05 Mystery Elementals
06 Old Heads
07 Golden Oceans
08 Faces Lit
09 You Fool
10 [banter – Dogs]
11 Pine and Clover
12 [band introductions]
13 Clinically Dead
14 Release This High
15 Heavy Stones
16 Static Shape
17 Peace on the Rise
18 [encore break]
19 City of Electric Light
20 Weird Love
21 Rabid Bits of Time
22 [outro]

SUPPORT Chad VanGaalen: Bandcamp | Flemish Eye Records Page | Buy Light Information from Flemish Eye or Sub Pop

Dream Syndicate: December 2, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

December 7, 2017
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[photo by Marcus Slade]

There was a point early during Saturday night’s Dream Syndicate show at Bowery Ballroom when I thought to myself, I can not believe that is only the second show of the band’s current tour. The amazement was based on the fact that the band was just so damned tight. Its true that Steve Wynn and guitarist Jason Victor have played together regularly for more than a decade, but Dream Syndicate was not that long ago a “reunion” band. A band coming back together after years apart isn’t supposed to sound this in-sync. But over the last couple of years the band started recording again, and the result was an excellent new album called How Did I Find Myself Here (Anti).

The Dream Syndicate is currently on an extensive tour to support the new record, and if the Bowery show is any indication, this tour is destined for legendary status. The set mixed in material old and new and was clearly high energy from the start. The band didn’t take many breaks between songs to banter, but just rolled on one ripping track after another. Its says a lot about the new record that the show-stopping number was a twelve-minute version of the title track that was absolutely shredded. But the classic material was also on display and an all-timer version of “Days Of Wine and Roses” ended the main set in furious fashion before the band returned for three encores. Don’t miss this tour. All dates are (here).

I recorded this set in our usual fashion in this venue mixing the strategically placed Schoeps with an excellent soundboard feed from the band’s touring FOH. Unfortunately, I inexplicably lost power for about thirty seconds during the second song, which now contains a noticeable splice. Otherwise, the quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show:

Dream Syndicate
2017-12-02
Bowery Ballroom
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 1:39:36]
01 [introduction]
02 Halloween
03 The Circle
04 80 West
05 Armed With An Empty Gun
06 Like Mary
07 Out of My Head
08 [banter – NYC]
09 Filter Me Through You
10 Burn
11 Whatever You Please
12 The Medicine Show
13 How Did I Find Myself Here
14 [band introductions]
15 Forest for the Trees
16 That’s What You Always Say
17 The Days of Wine and Roses
18 [encore break]
19 When You Smile
20 Tell Me When It’s Over
21 [banter – thanks]
22 Glide

SUPPORT The Dream Syndicate: Website | Anti Records Site | Buy How Did I Find Myself Here?

the Mountain Goats: November 10, 2017 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ

December 4, 2017
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[photos by Greg Cristman]

I’ve never been to a Mountain Goats concert quite like this one. Generally speaking, the fans of the Mountain Goats are universally involved in the show. Sure, they shout out obscure requests but the people at these unique shows are there for the artist, for the music, and for the experience. There’s normally almost no chatter at a Mountain Goats show that’s unrelated to the music. Just listen to the recording we just recently posted from Brooklyn Steel, a large venue with a very large crowd and not a peep during the quiet moments. That Brooklyn crowd was at that show for all the right reasons, and the band seemed to feel it.

At White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, the front half of the crowd was the usual engaged Mountain Goats fans, but the back half of the sold out venue were almost defiantly yapping over the music. It was troubling and odd and I think it knocked the band off a kilter a couple of times. John specifically called out “hey talking guys, I’m trying to play guitar here”. I don’t have any explanation for this crowd that isn’t going to read as arrogant, so I’ll just attribute it to a Friday night, a sold out venue, and too-efficient bartenders.

Sadly, this is the reality for many events these days — the chatterers don’t really care. But this was a really solid show that I’m simply going to have to get over the crowd issues. For devotees to The Sunset Tree, however, this show is a must-listen. Along with regulars “This Year” and “Up The Wolves”, we were treated to infrequently performed versions of “You Or Your Memory” and “Broom People”. The balance of the setlist offered a slate of the new songs (from Goths) performed regularly on this tour and a couple of more surprises — “I’ve Got The Sex” and the return of “Beautiful Gas Mask” to the rotation. There are only three more dates on this tour — so get out and see the band, but please don’t talk over the music!

I recorded this set with the fortunate use of Brandon’s excellent board feed mixed with some of the room mics mounted inside the board area centered in the balcony. Other than the crowd din recognizable during quiet moments, this recording is quite good. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show:

Mountain Goats
2017-11-10
White Eagle Hall
Jersey City NJ

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Brandon Eggleston] + 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 1:43:39]
01 [Vivaldi introduction]
02 The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement
03 Cotton
04 In the Craters on the Moon
05 Beautiful Gas Mask
06 [banter – Debbie snorts coke]
07 Unicorn Tolerance
08 Rain in Soho
09 Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds
10 Night Light
11 Moon Over Goldsboro
12 I’ve Got The Sex
13 Snow Crush Killing Song
14 [banter – Fenders]
15 Paid in Cocaine
16 Shelved
17 Birth Of Serpents
18 Broom People
19 Harlem Roulette
20 Against Pollution
21 Spent Gladiator 2
22 [encore break]
23 The Diaz Brothers
24 Up the Wolves
25 This Year
26 [second encore break]
27 See America Right
28 You Or Your Memory
29 The Young Thousands

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