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the Mountain Goats: April 12, 2015 City Winery – Flac/MP3/Streaming

April 16, 2015
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Mountain Goats City Winery 2 (2)
[screen cap from capnkoons video here]

There are times when the people who book shows make the perfect pairing of a band and a venue and this weekend the Mountain Goats and City Winery were a marriage made in heaven. We caught both nights with two different NYCTaper contributors but we both were in complete agreement that these were outstanding shows in large part because of where they took place. City Winery prides itself on being a “listening room” — a place where people who come to see an artist perform respect the music. There is literally a pre-show message to refrain from talking during the music. For Mountain Goats fans however, the warning may not be actually necessary. They may sing along with the lyrics (all known by heart) and call out the most obscure requests in between songs, but when the band is playing, the listening is happening. And City Winery is both large enough to satisfy the two-night ticket demand for this band, and small enough to maintain a nice level of intimacy.

The Mountain Goats are currently on tour in support of Beat the Champ, which is ostensibly John Darnielle’s tribute to the early days of professional wrestling of the 1970s and early 80s. But as with the Mountain Goats music, there’s much going on beneath the surface of these songs. The basic routines that made wrestling attractive to a suburban kids of the time — identifiable heroes and villains, fluid loyalties, physical comedy, and deception — are all themes that Darnielle is comfortable covering in Mountain Goats material as symbols of wider human truths. For example, the protagonist in “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” (streaming below) becomes the “good guy” foil to Darnielle’s abusive stepfather and “Southwestern Territory” becomes a parable for the musician’s life on the road. In a lengthy show at City Winery, these and other Champ songs fit well within a career spanning setlist that offered a “gimmick” of its own. The band had played a pared-down “basement” set for the City Winery’s video series this week and enjoyed the experience so much that the actual stage plot on this night featured a small drum kit and Peter Hughes fretless bass — an “unplugged” set-up if you will. There were also some change-ups, as usual set-closer “This Year” appeared very early in the set, and “No Children” featured a complete-song vocal performance by the crowd while Darnielle led the chorus while standing on a table in the audience. Other highlights of this terrifically entertaining set included personal favorite “Up The Wolves” (also streaming below), “Foreign Object” with the outstanding horn work from new band member Matt Douglas, and a goofy acoustic cover of the Grateful Dead’s “St. Stephen” — and of course a significant amount of John’s usual humorous banter. While the Mountain Goats will not be back in NYC until next year — the current tour runs through June and then its off to Europe in the Fall — we expect that when they do the NYC shows will again be at City Winery. At least we hope they are, since this was one of my favorite tMG shows of the many I have seen.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards clamped to the same beam that acidjack used for the previous night’s show and mixed with a superb soundboard feed by longtime Mountain Goats FOH Brandon Eggleston. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “Up The Wolves”:

Stream “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero”

Mountain Goats
2015-04-12
City Winery
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Brandon Eggleston] + 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 1:45:07]
01 [wrestling intro]
02 Get Lonely
03 [banter – basement]
04 Werewolf Gimmick
05 This Year
06 Animal Mask
07 Slow West Vultures
08 [banter – weapon]
09 Foreign Object
10 Luna
11 Deuteronomy 2:10
12 Shot in the Dark [Ozzy Osbourne]
13 [banter – audible]
14 Steal Smoked Fish
15 St. Stephen [Grateful Dead cover]
16 Cotton
17 The Ballad of Bull Ramos
18 Cry for Judas
19 Pigs That Ran Straightaway Into the Water, Triumph Of
20 Love Love Love
21 Choked Out
22 Up the Wolves
23 The Legend of Chavo Guerrero
24 [encore break]
25 The Diaz Brothers
26 [banter – fiefdoms]
27 Southwestern Territory
28 No Children
29 [second encore break]
30 Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT The Mountain Goats, visit their website, and purchase Beat the Champ from the Merge Records website [HERE].

List of All Available NYCTaper Recordings – 2013 Posts

April 11, 2015
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A few months ago, we compiled the list of 2014 Recordings, and here is the previous year. This is a rejuvenation of the lists we used to do in the early days of the site. Again, 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 2014 Recordings Listed [HERE]

Alphabetical List of All Available Recordings at NYCTAPER.COM
(Click on Title for location):
Posted in 2013 (207 recordings):

65daysofstatic: November 24, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Acid Mothers Temple: April 19, 2013 Mercury Lounge
ACME String Quartet: March 20, 2013 Society for Ethical Culture
Akron/Family: April 24, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks: July 27, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Alexandra Stewart: March 15, 2013 Glasslands
Amanda Palmer: May 25, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Amanda Palmer: August 9, 2013 Damrosch Park Lincoln Center
Amazing: January 25, 2013 Mercury Lounge
And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: July 23, 2013 Maxwell’s
Antlers: June 12, 2013 Le Poisson Rouge
Arbouretum: February 15, 2013 Cameo Gallery
Beach Fossils: February 23, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Beach Fossils: November 22, 2013 285 Kent
Bent Shapes: August 25, 2013 South Street Seaport
Bill Evans Soulgrass: June 8, 2013 Mountain Jam
Birds of Maya: September 7, 2013 Paradise of Bachelors/WXYC Show, Hopscotch Fest
Black Crowes: April 6, 2013 Terminal 5
Black Crowes: October 19, 2013 The Capitol Theatre
Black Crowes: October 26, 2013 Terminal 5
Black Twig Pickers: September 7, 2013 Paradise of Bachelors/WXYC Show, Hopscotch Fest
Bleeding Rainbow: February 12, 2013 Glasslands
Blind Shake: October 27, 2013 285 Kent
Blouse: August 31, 2013 Captured Tracks CT5
Brian Settles & Central Union: January 16, 2013 Barbès
Brooklyn What: April 21, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Built To Spill: November 7, 2013 Irving Plaza
Caged Animals: October 17, 2013 NYCTaper CMJ Cake Shop
Camper Van Beethoven: January 19, 2013 Stage 48
Caspian: November 24, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Cass McCombs: December 12, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Caveman: April 10, 2013 Webster Hall
Chelsea Light Moving: March 2, 2013 Maxwell’s
Chris Forsyth & Solar Motel Band: September 7, 2013 Paradise of Bachelors/WXYC Day, Hopscotch
Chuck Johnson: May 26, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Cian Nugent: September 7, 2013 Hopscotch Fest, Fletcher Opera Theater
Complete Last Waltz: November 27, 2013 Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY
Cracker: January 19, 2013 Stage 48
D. Charles Speer & the Helix: May 25, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Daniel Bachman: September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Fest, Long View Center (Raleigh, NC)
Daniel Bachman: December 12, 2013 Union Pool
Dead Milkmen: April 21, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Dead Stars: September 28, 2013 Glasslands
Deafheaven: February 22, 2013 Saint Vitus
Deafheaven: July 2, 2013 Saint Vitus
Deer Tick: June 7, 2013 Mountain Jam IX
Deervana: September 13, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl
Desert Heat: September 6, 2013 Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show, Kings
Deslondes: November 4, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Diane Cluck: February 5, 2013 Joe’s Pub
Disappears: April 25, 2013 Knitting Factory
Dismemberment Plan: October 18, 2013 Terminal 5
Doe Paoro: May 14, 2013 Glasslands
Drive By Truckers: March 15, 2013 Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY
Drug Yacht: September 7, 2013 Hopscotch Fest, Slim’s
Dump: October 4, 2013 Glasslands
Eagulls: October 16, 2013 Glasslands
Echo Friendly: October 17, 2013 NYCTaper CMJ Cake Shop
Eidetic Seeing: November 27, 2012 Union Pool
Eidolons: June 30, 2013 Cameo Gallery
Elizabeth and the Catapult: September 22, 2013 Backyard Brunch Sessions
Field Mouse: October 26, 2013 Backyard Brunch Sessions
Firehorse: October 17, 2013 PledgeMusic CMJ Show, McKittrick Hotel
Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls: March 4, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
French Films: June 4, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Friend Roulette: April 5, 2013 Bushwick Starr
Futurebirds: May 31, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Futurebirds: June 7, 2013 Mountain Jam IX
Gary Clark Jr.: June 8, 2013 Mountain Jam IX
Goat: April 23, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Govt Mule: June 8, 2013 Mountain Jam
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: February 23, 2013 Capitol Theatre Port Chester
Grandchildren: May 15, 2013 Glasslands
Gross Ghost: September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Fest Main Stage – FLAC/MP3/Streaming
Habit: March 26, 2013 Knitting Factory
Hans Chew: February 15, 2013 Cameo Gallery
High Aura’d: September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Fest, Long View Center – FLAC/MP3/Streaming
Hilly Eye: February 8, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Hiss Golden Messenger: August 17, 2013 Glasslands
Holly Miranda: June 2, 2013 Glasslands
Holy Wave: April 23, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Hooded Fang: June 4, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Hospitality: January 10, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Hurray For The Riff Raff: August 1, 2013 Knitting Factory
Hurray For The Riff Raff: November 4, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Infamous Stringdusters: December 27, 2012 Bowery Ballroom
Iron and Wine: May 19, 2013 Capitol Theatre Portchester
J Fernandez: October 17, 2013 NYCTaper CMJ at Cake Shop
Jeffrey Lewis: February 8, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead: January 26, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl
John Vanderslice: November 5, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Jon Langford: July 9, 2013 Maxwell’s
Julia Weldon: May 29, 2013 Rock Shop
Julia Weldon: July 19, 2013 Knitting Factory
Julia Weldon: October 17, 2013 NYCTaper CMJ at Cake Shop
Kevin Devine: November 22, 2013 Webster Hall
Kung Fu: February 21, 2013 Highline Ballroom
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: May 11, 2013 Glasslands
Lake Street Dive: December 27, 2012 Bowery Ballroom
Laura Stevenson: February 8, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Lawsuits: October 26, 2013 Backyard Brunch Sessions
Lee Ranaldo: July 30, 2013 Maxwell’s
Lemuria: February 8, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Lonnie Holley: September 7, 2013 Paradise of Bachelors Show, Stephenson Theatre Raleigh NC
Love Language: August 1, 2013 Glasslands
Low: March 20, 2013 Society For Ethical Culture
Low: June 19, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Low: June 22, 2013 Solid Sound Festival
Lucius: April 10, 2013 Webster Hall
Lumineers: June 8, 2013 Mountain Jam IX
Mac DeMarco: February 1, 2013 Webster Hall
Mac DeMarco: August 31, 2013 Captured Tracks CT5
Marnie Stern: September 5, 2013 Hopscotch Fest – Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC
Math the Band: January 4, 2013 Glasslands
Meat Puppets: April 4, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Men: March 7, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
METZ: April 17, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Mikal Cronin: September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Fest – Pour House, Raleigh, NC
Mike Doughty: June 19, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mike Doughty: July 31, 2013 City Winery
Mike Doughty: November 22, 2013 9:30 Club DC
Mike Doughty: November 23, 2013 Webster Hall
Minks: August 31, 2013 Captured Tracks CT5 Festival
Miracle of 86: June 14, 2013 Maxwells
Mission of Burma: January 18, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Mission of Burma: July 28, 2013 Maxwell’s (Early Show)
Mission Of Burma: July 28, 2013 Maxwells (Late Show)
Modern Merchant: September 22, 2013 Backyard Brunch Sessions
Moondoggies: October 17, 2013 NYCTaper CMJ Cake Shop
Mountain Goats: June 5, 2013 Maxwells
My Brightest Diamond: January 23, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Night Beats: May 8, 2013 Glasslands
Night Marchers: March 2, 2013 Glasslands
Noah and the MegaFauna: June 24, 2012 Joe’s Pub
Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub): December 15, 2012 Maxwell’s
Notekillers: November 5, 2013 Trans Pecos
North Mississippi Allstars: September 11, 2013 Irving Plaza
Numbers Band (15.60.75): December 6, 2013 Bowery Electric
Old 97s: March 15, 2013 Capitol Theatre Port Chester
Old 97s: June 27, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl
Oneida: October 4, 2013 Glasslands
Ovlov: October 15, 2013 Oh My Rockness CMJ Show, Cameo Gallery
Parkington Sisters: October 10, 2013 Joe’s Pub
Parquet Courts: March 7, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Paul Damian Hogan the Third: April 5, 2013 The Bushwick Starr
Phil and Friends: June 9, 2013 Mountain Jam IX
Porcelain Raft: June 28, 2013 Glasslands
Pop. 1280: August 16, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Promised Land Sound: September 7, 2013 Paradise of Bachelors/WXYC Show, Hopscotch Fest
PUP: October 15, 2013 Oh My Rockness CMJ Show, Cameo Gallery
Purling Hiss: April 4, 2013 285 Kent
Rathborne: May 14, 2013 Glasslands
Retribution Gospel Choir: February 12, 2013 Knitting Factory
Sannhet: February 22, 2013 Saint Vitus
Sebadoh: November 1, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
She Keeps Bees: December 15, 2012 Cameo Gallery
She Keeps Bees: August 29, 2013 Glasslands
Sheiks: October 24, 2013 Cake Shop
Shellshag: February 9, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ski Lodge: August 20, 2013 Glasslands
Sky Picnic: March 28, 2013 Union Pool
Soft Moon: January 8, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Son Lux: November 4, 2013 Joe’s Pub (Late Show)
Soulive: March 12, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl (Bowlive IV, Night 4)
Spacin': April 4, 2013 285 Kent
Spacin': September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Fest – King’s
Spacin': September 7, 2013 Hopscotch – Paradise of Bachelors Show
Speedy Ortiz: September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Fest, Kennedy Theater (Raleigh, NC)
Stars: March 08, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Stars: March 09, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Stormshadow: February 9, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Suburbs: September 27, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Superchunk: September 27, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Superchunk: September 28, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Swearin: April 20, 2013 Maxwell’s
Thee Oh Sees: October 27, 2013 285 Kent
Thee Oh Sees: October 29, 2013 Irving Plaza
Thermals: March 9, 2013 Maxwell’s
These Animals: December 6, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Titus Andronicus: December 14, 2012 Maxwell’s
Tom Carter: May 25, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Tom Carter: September 6, 2013 Three Lobed/WXDU Show, King’s – Hopscotch Fest
Torres: September 25, 2013 Glasslands
Trapper Schoepp and The Shades: June 27, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl
Trey Anastasio Band: January 24, 2013 Capitol Theatre Port Chester
Ty Segall: February 1, 2013 Webster Hall
Ty Segall: August 30, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming
Ultimate Vag (feat. Gibby Haynes/Don Fleming): November 27, 2012 Union Pool
Ume: July 23, 2013 Maxwell’s
VietNam: May 18, 2013 Glasslands
Villages: September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Fest, Kennedy Theater (Raleigh, NC)
Walking Shapes: May 15, 2013 Glasslands
Waxahatchee: February 8, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Waxahatchee: September 6, 2013 Kennedy Theatre, Hopscotch Fest
White Fence: September 18, 2013 Glasslands
Widespread Panic: June 7, 2013 Mountain Jam IX
Wilco: June 21, 2013 Solid Sound Festival
Wilco: June 22, 2013 Solid Sound Festival
Wood Brothers: March 1, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Woods: July 27, 2013 Bowery Ballroom
Woodsman: January 25, 2013 Mercury Lounge
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby: December 1, 2012 Maxwell’s
Yo La Tengo: June 15, 2013 Maxwell’s
Yo La Tengo: June 22, 2013 Solid Sound Festival
Yo La Tengo: December 13, 2013 Bell House
Yo La Tengo: December 14, 2013 Bell House
Yo La Tengo: December 15, 2013 Bell House
Yo La Tengo: December 16, 2013 Bell House
Zachary Cale: September 27, 2013 Union Pool
Zoned Out: March 28, 2013 Union Pool

Alejandro Escovedo: March 21, 2015 Maria’s SXSW Party – Flac/MP3/Streaming

April 8, 2015
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Alejandro at Marias
[photo from @alescovedo twitter]

Last month we had the opportunity to see Alejandro Escovedo under two very different but equally compelling circumstances. His acoustic duet show at the Capitol Theatre was a treasure in large part because the live arrangements allowed the songwriting to shine. As we discussed in that review, Escovedo is a legend and one of the few artists who has universal admiration from his peers. For this SXSW show, he played with a full band in his hometown in front of many friends (and celebrities) and the atmosphere was a true party vibe. Escovedo has been hosting these Saturday SXSW shows at Maria’s Taco XPress on South Lamar for almost two decades but sadly this year’s event is going to be the last one ever.

After curating a day’s worth of artists, Alejandro and his band closed the night. The set began straight enough with four Escovedo classics before he slowed it down and discussed the history of this show in a moving spoken word intro for “San Antonio Rain”. As the show progressed, the packed crowd became more engaged and this was quite evident during “Sally Was a Cop” when the fans carried the song to its completion with a sing-along chorus that can be heard clearly on the recording. We’re streaming that track below. The balance of the set was anchored by two classic rock covers, a scorching version of Neil Young’s “Like a Hurricane” that featured some outstanding guitar work and the night’s last song, an extended and loose version of the Stones’ “Beast of Burden” that once again featured much crowd participation and completed this extraordinary set with smiles all around.

Alejandro Escovedo will be touring and playing quite a few shows in April and May, dates here. He returns to NYC for a special show at the Rubin Museum of Art on West 17th Street on May 29.

I recorded this set with the Sennheisers mounted from the low ceiling next to the soundboard and mixed with a board feed. There was a lot of crowd chatter that necessitated reducing the levels of the audience source at certain points, but over the sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “Sally Was a Cop”:

Alejandro Escovedo
2015-03-21
Maria’s Taco Xpress – SXSW Party
Austin, TX

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Ben Richardson] + Sennheiser MKH-8040 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 1:18:18]
01 [introduction]
02 Castanets
03 I Was Drunk
04 Tender Heart
05 Anchor
06 San Antonio Rain
07 Sensitive Boys
08 Sally Was a Cop
09 [banter – Maria]
10 Arizona
11 Like a Hurricane [Neil Young]
12 [encore break]
13 Always a Friend
14 [band introductions]
15 Beast of Burden [Rolling Stones]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Alejandro Escovedo, visit his website, and purchase his official releases from the Store at his website [HERE].

Sannhet: March 27, 2015 Saint Vitus – Flac/MP3/Streaming

April 3, 2015
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Sannhet Vitus 15 unartig
[screen shot from unARTigNYC video]

Its fair to say that we generally have pretty similar tastes among the various members of the NYCTaper crew, but there are definite divergent viewpoints on different musical genres. So while its not uncommon that we’ll all agree to the excellence of a particular artist, there are generally degrees of interest among us. So its somewhat rare when we’re all in universal agreement that a band is simply awesome. When acidjack recorded Sannhet exactly a month earlier than this past Friday’s show at Saint Vitus it brought a smile to my face when I read his review where he referred to the band as “phenomenally good”, confirming my exact reaction from as long as two years ago.

This Saint Vitus show was the release party for Sannhet’s new album Revionist (Flenser Records) which has received the kind of universal acclaim that leads to best-of-year type album acknowledgement when the time comes. The trio’s ability to capture a level of intensity within four to five minute song bursts is really quite remarkable and the live show is accompanied by compelling screen projections that add to the mood — a silent crowd during the music that erupted at song breaks and at the end of the set. Sannhet has been grouped with metal, black metal and post-metal bands from its outset but the band is far more than a simple label these days. This is almost orchestral rock music that sets a theme and then proceeds to guide the listener trance-like through all of the emotional aspects of the song’s journey. Its truly an experience not to be missed and we expect that Saint Vitus will soon be too small a room for Sannhet as their influence grows. The band is currently on an East Coast and Midwest tour and the next scheduled NYC show is at Music Hall of Williamsburg opening for Viet Cong on June 14.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted in front of the soundboard and mixed with an excellent board feed provided by house FOH Tim. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “False Pass”:

Sannhet
2015-03-27
Saint Vitus
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Tim] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 40:46]
01 [sample]
02 Revisionist
03 Lost Crown
04 Enemy Victorian
05 Death Testimony
06 Short Life
07 Absecon Isle
08 Empty Harbor Intro
09 You Thy
10 Empty Harbor
11 [sample 2]
12 False Pass

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Sannhet, visit their facebook page, and buy Revisionist from MidHeaven Mailorder or The Flenser.

NYCTaper on the Radio: nyctaper and acidjack interviewed on Homegrown Sunday Ramble

April 2, 2015
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Homegrown Sunday Ramble Y2-13 NYCTaper.com, New Jesse Malin, Willie Nile Live at the Bottom Line by Homegrown Sunday Ramble on Mixcloud

We were so pleased to return to the excellent web-radio show Homegrown Sunday Ramble this past Sunday night. Our readers will remember that we appeared on the show last year. Paul and Dave are the most welcoming hosts and the conversation was interesting and fun. We had a chance to say nice things about Baby’s All Right, Bowery Ballroom, The Capitol Theatre, Saint Vitus, The Brull Foundation, and SXSW, among many other topics. Listen to the embedded broadcast above and check out the show every Sunday night at 7pm on Homegrown Radio NJ [HERE].

Pile: March 19, 2015 Longbranch Inn – Impose SXSW – Flac/MP3/Streaming

March 30, 2015
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Pile Live
[screenshot from video by Niko Matses]

Thursday was my first day of SXSW this year and it was a very long day. I awoke at the crack of dawn in NYC and flew to Austin arriving around 1pm local time. The afternoon was filled with errands, a few beers, some local cuisine and then it was time to get to the Impose Magazine “Imposition” show at the Longbranch Inn on East 11th. The roster for this night was filled with fake names — bands that due to silly contractual games couldn’t be named until after playing the “official” shows on the west side of town. It was not long after we arrived that the actual bill for the night was announced and it was as we expected from these Impose shows, a fine list of current up and comers. The anchor for the night was Boston’s Pile, a band that’s not exactly new but who are finally getting the attention they deserve. By the time the band took the stage it was after 1:30 am and I was pushing 24 straight hours awake — but these guys gave me a much needed jolt of energy.

Pile began in 2009 began as Rick Maguire’s solo project before he recruited a band to tour. The band’s shows have become legendary in the Boston DIY scene, as Pile has become what’s been described as “your favorite band’s favorite band”. The band’s new album You’re Better Than This (Exploding In Sound Records) was released earlier this month. The album has its ferocious and gentle sides, a loud-soft-loud dynamic that exhibits influences that include post-punk, noise rock, and even anti-folk. I hear everything from the Minutemen through Built To Spill and of course their hometown predecessors Mission of Burma. For this short SXSW set, this live version of Pile was less about the “soft” and more about the straight ahead punk which was fine with us. The set began with three straight songs from You’re Better, and we’re streaming “The World is Your Motel” which absolutely raged. Pile is now on an extensive tour (dates here), which comes to NYC for an April 28 show at Baby’s All Right. This is a much recommended show from our viewpoint.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted on a stand directly in front of the soundboard and mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “The World is Your Motel”:

Pile
2015-03-19
Long Branch Inn – Impose SXSW
Austin, TX USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040 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 23:17]
01 Tin Foil Hat
02 Hot Breath
03 The World is Your Motel
04 [banter – last call]
05 Number 2 Hit Single
06 [banter – good time]
07 The Browns
08 Rock and Roll Forever with the Customer in Mind

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Pile, visit their Facebook page, and purchase You’re Better Than This from the band’s Bandcamp page [HERE].

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule – Spring/Summer 2015

March 28, 2015
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A nice flurry of announced shows made me realize we hadn’t updated our schedule in a while, so here’s the latest. We keep it keeping on.

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 or invite us to your shows!

Schedule:

Sannhet / Kayo Dot:
March 27, 2015 Saint Vitus Brooklyn

Wand:
March 29, 2015 Mercury Lounge NYC

Lower Dens:
March 31, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn (permission pending)

Porches:
April 2, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn (permission pending)

Steve Gunn:
April 1, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Crown Larks:
April 3, 2015 Shea Stadium Brooklyn

Pampers / Spraypaint:
April 4, 2015 Union Pool Brooklyn

Makthaverskan:
April 6, 2015 Saint Vitus Brooklyn

Hypnocraft Presents Hum Concert Series:
April 6, 13, 20, 27 Manhattan Inn Brooklyn

Spires:
April 8, 2015 Mercury Lounge NYC (permission pending)

Waxahatchee:
April 9, 2015 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn

Sir Richard Bishop:
April 10, 2015 Union Pool Brooklyn (permission pending)

Tyvek:
April 11, 2015 Silent Barn Brooklyn

the Mountain Goats:
April 11 and 12, 2015 City Winery NYC

Liturgy:
April 15, 2015 Saint Vitus Brooklyn

Alex G:
April 15, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn (permission pending)

Trans Am:
April 16, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Hiss Golden Messenger:
April 17, 2015 Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, North Carolina

Blitzen Trapper:
April 17, 2015 City Winery NYC

Howlin’ Rain / Chris Forsyth:
April 18, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Merge / Bull City Records Record Store Day Show:
April 18, 2015 Bull City Records Durham, NC

Beep! (and others, Northern Spy Presents):
April 19, 2015 Trans Pecos Queens

Hurray For The Riff Raff:
April 24, 2015 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Heartworn Subways (Tall Firs, Ranaldo, Licht and others):
April 25, 2015 Trans Pecos Queens

Six Organs of Admittance / Elisa Ambrogio:
April 30, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Mikal Cronin / William Tyler:
May 5 2015 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Acid Mothers Temple:
May 7, 2015 Mercury Lounge NYC

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead:
May 9, 2015 Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY

Mac McCaughan:
May 16, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Courtney Barnett:
May 19 or 20 or 21, 2015 Bowery Ballroom NYC (permission pending)

Follakzoid:
May 23, 2015 Rough Trade NYC

FIDLAR / METZ:
May 26, 2015 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Mountain Jam:
June 4-7, 2015 Hunter Mountain NY

Graham Parker & The Rumour:
June 13, 2015 Highline Ballroom NYC (permission pending)

Woods:
June 16, 2015 Rough Trade Brooklyn

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard:
June 19, 2015 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Ty Segall:
June 24, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Ty Segall / William Tyler:
June 26, 2015 Mercury Lounge NYC

Sloan:
June 29, 2015 Rough Trade Brooklyn (permission pending)

Mudhoney:
July 6, 2015 Bowery Ballroom NYC (permission pending)

Mudhoney:
July 12, 2015 Bell House Brooklyn (permission pending)

Alejandro Escovedo: March 6, 2015 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester – Flac/MP3/Streaming

March 17, 2015
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

It is not hyperbole to say that Alejandro Escovedo is an American treasure. The authenticity and intensity of his songwriting abilities have produced a forty-year body of work that places him among the very upper echelon of his era’s artists. It is perhaps the greatest acknowledgement of the quality of an artist when other artists cover the material, and for Escovedo’s work this happens so often that a two-CD tribute called Por Vida was released in 2004 featuring a veritable who’s-who of the best alt-country and americana artists. My own personal experience was seeing Joe Ely cover Escovedo at the Bowery Ballroom in the late 90’s, playing (what else) “Down in the Bowery”. It was a stunning rendition that gave great tribute to his friend — Ely and Alejandro have toured together several times.

You can tell a lot about the quality of artist through their friends. And with Escovedo, this time around he’s on tour with Los Lobos — artists who have also toured together many times over the years. When this tour came through the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester a couple of weeks back, it was truly a show to catch. We arrived early to make sure not to miss any of Alejandro’s set, which began at a very prompt 8:10pm. Playing acoustic guitar accompanied only by superb violinst Warren Hood (the son of another Escovedo friend Champ Hood), this was the stripped-down and intimate Alejandro set, even given the size of the venue. As he has done in recent tours, Escovedo’s set was a career retrospective, accompanied by song introductions where he talked about his time in The Nuns, with Rank and File, and finally his personal history. It was a thoroughly enjoyable hour-long set and convinced me that we need more Alejandro Escovedo on NYCTaper in the future. Alejandro will be hosting his annual SXSW shows in Austin this coming weekend, dates and information here.

I recorded this set in the same fashion as the Los Lobos set posted earlier and the sound quality is equally superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “Swallows of San Juan”:

Stream “Down in the Bowery”:

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Alejandro Escovedo
2015-03-06
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

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:
[Total Time 1:04:34]
01 Sally Was a Cop
02 [banter – Billy Smith]
03 Five Hearts Breaking
04 [banter – California]
05 San Antonio Rain
06 Dear Head on The Wall
07 Rosalie
08 Swallows of San Juan
09 [banter – Nuns]
10 Chelsea Hotel ’78
11 [banter – too much fun]
12 Arizona
13 [banter – Austin]
14 Bottom of the World
15 [Bowery off-mic aborted]
16 Down in the Bowery

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moe.: March 13, 2015 Best Buy Theatre – Flac/MP3/Streaming Full Show

March 14, 2015
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Last month we took a look back at some 1990’s classic moe. in tribute to our fallen friend. We have a lot of good memories from that period in moe.’s history, but rest assured they are still a very active and compelling live act. On Friday at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square we experienced that first hand. moe. is in NYC for three shows in celebration of their 25th year of existence, the first of which was an intimate performance at Le Poisson Rouge, but this night was the first of two nights at Best Buy and the band was clearly on. The first set was nearly ninety minutes and contained just six “songs” — but plenty of outstanding jam sequences and extended work on some of their most classic material. “Meat” has always been a highlight song for me and this set-closing version was one for the ages. Al Schnier in particular was manic during the climax of the song and ended the set on a great high note. moe’s second set started with a very apt song, their classic tribute to “New York City”, played obviously as a dedication to the location of the show but also I suspect as a tribute to Eric and his wife who often requested this number. After a run through some of their newer songs, moe.’s second set ended with a lengthy and peak segue performance of “Akimbo” into “Rebubula”, which began with some nice interplay between the guitars that hinted several times at the Grateful Dead’s “Playing in the Band”. After an extended encore break, the band returned for an exceptional “The Road” before bidding goodnight. The band plays again at Best Buy tonight, and the tour continues through the Midwest and South, dates here. We will be catching up with moe. again at Mountain Jam in June.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards from a very advantageous location in a very well placed taper’s section — about 40 feet back and centered on the floor. I used hi and lo’s V3 pre-amp which really added some nice color to this prime Schoeps capture of a very nice sounding room. The result is a really superb recording. Enjoy!

This Recording is available to Download in FLAC and MP3 format at Achive.org [HERE]

Stream the Complete Show:

moe.
2015-03-13
Best Buy Theatre
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Center Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Grade Design Lunatec V3 > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 1:24:49]
01 Paper Dragon
02 Waiting For The Punchline
03 Darkness
04 Bring You Down
05 Annihilation Blues
06 Meat
Set 2
[Total Time 1:36:24]
07 New York City
08 Do or Die
09 Kyle’s Song
10 Same Old Story
11 Don’t Fear The Reaper
12 Spaz Medicine
13 Akimbo
14 Rebubula
15 [encore break – announcements]
16 The Road

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT moe., visit their website and purchase their official releases from the moe. store here.

Los Lobos: April 25, 1996 Mercury Lounge – Flac/MP3/Streaming (uncirculated ericv recording)

March 12, 2015
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I’m not entirely certain of the exact date that I met Eric Vandercar, but my best guess is February or March of 1996. We met through the old NYC-DAT-heads email list, and the immediate connection was the fact that we both had enormous DAT tape collections. When I first visited Eric in the Elizabeth Street apartment that he shared with his wife Jill, one of the first DATs he played for me was a March of 1996 Neil Young show in a small club in Santa Cruz — a recording that inspired me to purchased the very microphones that were used for that show. Eric and I traveled to shows in several different cities in the late 90s, and I’ve talked about those roadtrips in previous posts, but I believe that the first show Eric and I actually attended together was this Los Lobos show at Mercury Lounge on April 25, 1996. I am certain that Eric recorded this show from a mic stand mounted at the front left side of the soundboard booth at the Merc — in other words, at one of the most foot-traveled spots in the venue. My job was to block people from bumping into Eric’s rig and from the sound of this recording I did a pretty good job — up until the encore break when there are a few bumps on the mic stand.

At this point in their history Los Lobos was a very well established band, and when they released their 1996 album Colossal Head, there was a traditional round of promotion for the band to do. One of the best means of early album promo in the old days was a visit to Letterman, and on April 24, 1996, Los Lobos played David Letterman’s Late Show in the Sullivan Theatre, performing “Mas Y Mas” on national television. So with the band in NYC for a few days, there was a “secret show” scheduled at Mercury Lounge for which we were fortunate to snag a ticket. A venue the size of Mercury was a very intimate show for Los Lobos in 1996 and on this Thursday night the place was absolutely packed, including a reporter from the New York Times, who wrote a review of the show. Lobos worked through much of the then-new album, and seemed to be having a great time interacting with the crowd — there’s quite a bit of banter on this recording besides the tracked portions. When the set came to a close with an extended and well-jammed “Peace” it seemed very much as if the show was over. Indeed Eric faded out and turned off his deck when house music came over the PA. But the capacity crowd was having none of that and after a long break Los Lobos returned for two encores, including an outstanding Neil Young cover that we are streaming below.

This recording has not previously circulated in flac format as far as I can tell. There is no entry at db.etree and no reference to this recording on any online trade lists. Eric recorded this set on a stand in the location described above with his trusty B&K cards. There is a decent amount of crowd chatter but overall this is a superb recording and certainly up to par with Eric’s high standards. The DAT that I possess was cloned digitally from Eric’s master and extracted without a single error. There is one brief bit of digi-static in the first song likely from the original transfer (no error shows up on my DAT). I edited a few loud claps, joined the fade-out portion of the encore break, boosted the levels and added fades in and out. Otherwise this is Eric’s recording in its 19 year old glory. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “Cinnamon Girl” (Neil Young cover):

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Los Lobos
1996-04-25
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience – Front Left Corner of SBD Booth

B&K 4021 > Apogee AD-1000 > Tascam DA-P1 > DAT Master

DAT Clone > Sony PCM R-300 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 16/44 wav files > Soundforge (mastering) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac

Recorded by Eric Vandercar (ericv) (nyctaper DAT clone)
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:42:09]
01 Colossal Head
02 Revolution
03 Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes
04 Dream in Blue
05 Angel Dance
06 Can’t Stop the Rain
07 Manny’s Bones
08 That Train Don’t Stop Here
09 Little Japan
10 [banter – new record]
11 Everybody Loves a Train
12 Kiko and the Lavender Moon
13 [banter]
14 Maricela
15 [banter – bass line]
16 How Much Can I Do?
17 Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio
18 Volver, Volver
19 Georgia Slop
20 I Walk Alone
21 Peace
22 [encore break]
23 Evangeline
24 [tuning]
25 Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]

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