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Jason Isbell: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam

June 12, 2016
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[photos by Jill from For The Love of Brooklyn]

You would have been safe to assume that his 2007 departure from Drive By Truckers would have been fatal to Jason Isbell’s career, but in the near-decade since the split Isbell’s solo work has eclipsed that of the Truckers. Indeed earlier this year Jason Isbell secured his first two Grammy Awards for his brilliant 2015 album Something More Than Free and its stand out track “24 Frames”. Isbell has also split stylistically from his Truckers material, as his solo records have steered towards traditional country and roots — a more natural fit for the artist.

At Mountain Jam this year, despite his high profile Isbell was given an early evening slot during the daylight. Although he would later appear as a superb guest during the Wilco set, Isbell’s daytime set was anything but uninspired. In fact, this was one of the best sets I’ve seen in many years at Mountain Jam. The band was tight, the music top notch and the performer wasn’t holding anything back. Isbell worked through a very representative set, including all of his hits, a few rare numbers, and he even stepped back in time to do a couple of this Truckers numbers.

Jason Isbell will be touring literally all summer in US and European Festivals, outdoor gigs and some club dates. He plays Bonarroo today. All dates HERE.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Wilco set and the sound quality is comparable. Enjoy!

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Jason Isbell
2016-06-03
Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Neumann TLM 102s > 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 1:15:42]
01 Stockholm
02 Go It Alone
03 Something More Than Free
04 Twenty Four Frames
05 The Life You Chose
06 Traveling Alone
07 Decoration Day
08 Alabama Pines
09 Codeine
10 Cover Me Up
11 If It Takes a Lifetime
12 Flying Over Water
13 Never Gonna Change
14 [band introductions]
15 Children of Children

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NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Summer/Fall 2016

June 10, 2016
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Its been a couple of months since we last posted a schedule, so here is the latest.

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:

Dungen / Purling Hiss:
June 17, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Mutual Benefit:
June 22, 2016 Mercury Lounge NYC

Kevin Morby:
June 22, 2016 Rough Trade BK

So So Glos:
June 25, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Dave Harrington’s Merry Pranksters:
June 25, 2016 Rough Trade BK

PUP:
June 25, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Bill Callahan:
June 26, 2016 Baby’s All Right BK (permission pending)

Barbara Manning:
July 3, 2016 Union Hall BK

Oneida / Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band:
July 9, 2016 Knitting Factory BK

Wussy:
July 10, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

The Coathangers:
July 12, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Psalm Zero:
July 16, 2016 Trans-Pecos Queens

Drive Like Jehu:
August 11, 2016 Bell House BK (permission pending)

Matt Valentine:
August 14, 2016 Union Pool BK

Built To Spill:
September 16, 2016 Irving Plaza NYC

Luna:
October 2 and 3, 2016 Rough Trade BK

Sloan:
October 17, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

The Bongos:
October 21, 2016 Mexicali Live, Teaneck NJ (permission pending)

Cass McCombs:
October 28, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg BK

Ryley Walker:
November 3, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Thee Oh Sees:
November 11, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Wilco: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam – Hunter NY

June 5, 2016
By

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[photos by Jill from For The Love of Brooklyn]

This weekend I came across a photo of Jeff Tweedy with Bob Dylan at Bonnaroo in 2004. In the photo, Dylan is wearing a cowboy hat and looking very much like the bemused elder statesman and Tweedy is wearing a baseball cap, an exposed laminate pass and a look of a satisfied fan. To be fair, at that point in his career Jeff Tweedy had already founded one of the most influential alt-country bands (Uncle Tupelo) and carried Wilco through a series of superbly received albums and tours for nearly ten years.

Fast forward to this weekend at Mountain Jam and twelve years later its now Tweedy wearing the cowboy hat and taking the role of elder statesman. The large video screens give the crowd an ability to see closeups even if we’re fifty feet from the stage, and throughout the set it was a hoot to see the bemused look on Tweedy’s face as the Jam crowd roared for every familiar song. But like Dylan before them, Wilco’s set wasn’t just a band churning out the hits — this is an active group with new material and although Star Wars wasn’t played straight through as with the Portchester shows a few months back, the newer songs were well represented in the show, and fit well sprinkled among the familiar songs. The highlight of the set was another veteran/protege appearance, as current alt-country star Jason Isbell joined Wilco for a tremendously well played “California Stars” with dueling guitar solos between Nels Cline and Isbell. And at that high point of the set, Tweedy didn’t look bemused but truly pleased with the superb collaboration.

I recorded this set with the large diaphragm Neumann cards set up in the taper’s “section” on the hill. The sound quality absords some of the crowd chatter and some of the outdoor elements, but overall its an excellent capture. Enjoy!

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Wilco
2016-06-03
Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Neumann TLM 102s > 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 1:37:13]
01 [EKG intro]
02 More
03 Random Name Generator
04 The Joke Explained
05 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
06 Art of Almost
07 Pickled Ginger
08 Hummingbird
09 Handshake Drugs
10 Where Do I Begin
11 Cold Slope
12 King of You
13 Via Chicago
14 Spiders
15 Jesus Etc
16 Box Full of Letters
17 Heavy Metal Drummer
18 I’m the Man Who Loves You
19 Dawned on Me
20 Impossible Germany
21 The Late Greats
22 California Stars
23 Red Eyed and Blue
24 I Got You
25 Outta Site Outta Mind

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

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Luna: May 4, 2016 Granada Theater Dallas TX

May 25, 2016
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[photo by Bill Ellison]

After their triumphant return in 2015, it remained to be seen whether Luna’s reunion was permanent. The band took some time off after their New Year’s show in California, but earlier this month Luna played the first of quite a few scheduled 2016 shows. The brief two-show run through Texas continued the band’s impressive return. For this particular Dallas show, the setlist contained the familiar songs, but also included a couple of rarities and of course the show featured some clever banter. The good news for NYC fans is that the band is back this coming weekend. Luna has sold out the Bell House this Friday night but our readers might be advised to try to find secondary market tickets. If that does not work out, Luna is returning to NYC for two shows in October at Rough Trade — and will perform Penthouse in its entirety.

Luna’s bassist Britta Phillips released her first solo album Luck or Magic last month, and she is playing a free solo show (with a familiar backing band) at Rough Trade tomorrow (Thursday) night.

Kubacheck recorded this Dallas show with his trusty MBHO rig and the sound quality is equally excellent to his previous contributions to this site. Enjoy!

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Luna
2016-05-04
Granada Theater
Dallas TX

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board

MBHO 603a – KA-500 > Naiant Tinybox > Roland R-05 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by Kubacheck
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:31:24]
01 Slide
02 Speedbumps
03 Chinatown
04 Sideshow by the Seashore
05 Malibu Love Nest
06 Pup Tent
07 This Time Around
08 [banter – Big D]
09 California
10 [banter – Screaming Trees]
11 Tracy I Love You
12 [banter – politics]
13 Bewitched
14 [banter – Perkins]
15 Moon Palace
16 Lost in Space
17 Twenty Three Minutes in Brussels
18 [encore break]
19 Friendly Advice
20 Indian Summer
21 [second encore break]
22 Tiger Lily

If you Download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Luna, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the links at their website, from Bandcamp and the Long Players Box Set from Captured Tracks Records [HERE].

Spacin’: April 30, 2016 Trans-Pecos

May 12, 2016
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[photo by rubinbooty]

Our readers may have noticed that we’ve been producing and promoting a lot of shows this year. In the past we dabbled with showcases and occasional nights, but with our involvement in Market Hotel and its sister venue Trans-Pecos, we will be presenting roughly one or two shows a month for the foreseeable future. This past month, our guests were the phenomenally underappreciated Philly psych/garage outfit Spacin’. The nice part of producing your own shows is the ability to select the bands — and we were extremely pleased that Spacin’ accepted our invitation. We’ve been fans of the band for quite some time, going all the way back to a magical night at 285 Kent in 2013, and then again at Hopscotch later that year. And Spacin’ was everything that we’d hoped at Pecos. The set was a mix of material old and new, including two songs from the band’s 2016 album Total Freedom, the live debut performance of brand new “I Don’t Know What to Do About It”, and a cover of the 90s punk band Dead Moon. But details and descriptions aside, the best evidence of the phenomenal performance of Spacin’ is to just listen to this recording — its crackling with energy and authenticity. We said back in 2013 that we were never going to miss another Spacin’ show in NYC. And in 2016 we had to make it happen ourselves, and will hopefully get that chance again.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards at the front of the stage picking up the live sound from the band’s amps and mixed that with a fine board feed provided by house FOH Chris. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Spacin’
2016-04-30
Trans Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Chris] + Schoeps CCM4’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 52:51]
01 Half the Time
02 Human Condition
03 [tuning]
04 Over the Edge [Dead Moon]
05 Sunshine No Shoes
06 I Don’t Know What to Do About it
07 Ego-Go
08 Empty Mind
09 Total Freedom

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NYCTaper is 9 Years Old Today

May 11, 2016
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9th Birthday

Nine years ago today, I opened the website and NYCTaper was born. Its been an amazing 9 year journey and we hope to keep it going for as long as we are physically able. Thanks as always to the amazing artists, venues, labels, reps, photographers and all of the others who have permitted their art to be featured on this website. And thanks always to our faithful readers who have provided a wealth of positive feedback. NYCTaper represents an amazing set of experiences and friendships that will always be with us. So, thanks!

Stay tuned for special announcements over the coming months about our 10 year anniversary party. We’re planning a big blowout for next year!

NYCTaper Presents: Ryley Walker Special Acoustic Show at Market Hotel, Friday May 13

May 10, 2016
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This show with the incomparable guitar wizard Ryley Walker is the first show in a series that we’re contemplating for the Market Hotel. Its an all-acoustic afternoon affair at the venue that we are preliminarily calling “Market Day”. The concept will be an un-amplified performance in front of an intimate crowd to be captured in audio and video. Ryley is the first show in this planned series. Tickets are limited to 50 total, and there still remain a few tickets – HERE.

Here are the details:
NYCTaper Presents
Ryley Walker – A Special Acoustic Performance
Friday May 13, 2016
6pm-7pm (doors at 5pm)
Market Hotel
1140 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11221
J or M Train to Myrtle/Broadway

Ticket link (tickets)
Facebook Event page (here)

Thermals: April 28, 2016 Market Hotel

May 4, 2016
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[photos by Will Oliver from We All Want Someone blog]

“This is the best Brooklyn show we’ve ever had, for sure”. Hutch Harris made his love of this night clear before the band’s last song, the third of three encores “Pillar Of Salt”. In a way it wasn’t hard to predict that The Thermals at the Market Hotel would be a show for the ages — the two institutions have recently returned from a hiatus and are now better than ever. There are also historical parallels between the two — ToddP used to book earlier versions of the band in Portland in the last decade.

This was a show for the now, as The Thermals’ first new album in three years, We Disappear was released in the end of March and the band is on tour to support its release. But there was also an acknowledgment of history as the band is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of perhaps their most successful album, 2006’s The Body, the Blood, the Machine. As a result, the setlist was a curious alternating selection of songs from each album in sequence with a few other classics sprinkled in between. The show maintained a consistent energy level and the very sold-out crowd was with the band throughout — physically and support-wise. This was one of the most animated Market crowds thus far and the band acknowledged the crowd in tribute.

The Thermals tour continues across the US over the next 3 weeks, dates here.

I recorded this set with the installed Audio Technics cards mixed with an excellent board feed mixed by the band’s superb touring FOH. The results are raw but right. Enjoy!

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Thermals
2016-04-28
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard + 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 1:17:17]
01 Into the Code
02 My Heart Went Cold
03 Here’s Your Future
04 I Might Need You to Kill
05 An Ear for Baby
06 [banter – blood splattered vinyl]
07 Hey You
08 If We Don’t Die Today
09 The Sunset
10 Born to Kill
11 [crowd]
12 The Great Dying
13 In Every Way
14 Test Pattern
15 St Rosa and the Swallows
16 Back to the Sea
17 Now We Can See
18 The Walls
19 Thinking of You
20 Always Never Be
21 Power Doesn’t Run on Nothing
22 I Hold the Sound
23 [encore break]
24 No Culture Icons
25 Returning to the Fold
26 A Pillar of Salt

Support The Thermals: Website | Purchase We Disappear | Tour Dates

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the Mountain Goats: April 19, 2016 City Winery

April 24, 2016
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[photos by Andrew Lowden]

Over the course of three shows at City Winery, John Darnielle gave his Mountain Goats bandmates a subtle but meaningful tribute that you would have missed if you were not paying close attention. For the first song of each of the three John “solo” segments in each show, a different band member was featured in a duo with the band’s protagonist. On Sunday, Matt Douglas played sax on “Foreign Object”, on Monday Peter Hughes played bass on “Jenny”, and for this Tuesday night finale of the residency, Jon Wurster joined John for a cover of Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark” — a song Darnielle revealed that Wurster had never played before this performance.

These are some of the little things that bring the fans back to see the Mountain Goats time and again. There were many fans who attended each of the three nights at City Winery and perhaps other East coast shows. What brings them back night after night isn’t just the promise of different and sometimes rare songs at any given show, or the often hilarious banter, or the chance to hear their favorite songs — the most compelling aspect of the Mountain Goats experience is the feeling of belonging. There is a strong sense of unity within the band, between the fans, and between the fans and band. The music offers a sense that no matter how difficult things are for you, there are people out there who know what you’ve endured and can tell you from experience that you’re going to be alright.

The final night of this special set of shows became the “celebratory” performance in large part because this particular crowd was quite rambunctious. And John rewarded the energy with a couple of first-time covers and a few songs that had yet to appear on this tour. In particular “Cobscook Bay” and “Nine Black Poppies” were familiar but welcome additions to the tour itinerary, both not having appeared on a setlist since last year. For a final night of the tour and likely the last NYC Mountain Goats show until 2017, this show was exactly what we’d hoped to experience.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the previous night and the sound quality is equally superb. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show (minus banter tracks):

Mountain Goats
2016-04-19
City Winery
New York NY

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 1:42:44]
01 Get Lonely
02 Foreign Object
03 Woke Up New
04 Until I Am Whole
05 Cry for Judas
06 [banter – gimmick intro]
07 Werewolf Gimmick
08 Rainbow in the Dark [Dio]
09 [banter – thanks]
10 Superman [Goldfinger]
11 Nine Black Poppies
12 Cobscook Bay
13 Lakeside View Apartments Suite
14 Southwestern Territory
15 Love Love Love
16 Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan
17 Damn These Vampires
18 [banter – game show intro]
19 Game Shows Touch Our Lives
20 The Young Thousands
21 Liza Forever Minnelli
22 [encore break]
23 See America Right
24 Up the Wolves
25 Home on the Range
26 No Children
27 Spent Gladiator 2
28 [second encore break]
29 This Year

SUPPORT the Mountain Goats: Website | Twitter | Buy Official Releases | Tour Dates

the Mountain Goats: April 18, 2016 City Winery

April 21, 2016
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[photos by Andrew Lowden]

We saw all three of the Mountain Goats performances this week at City Winery. And while this is not the first time we’ve experienced three straight tMG shows (Bowery in 2011 was 3 in a row), this set of shows was so emotionally rewarding. As we’ve pointed out already this month, the tour that concluded in NYC was inspired by a show we recorded at this very venue one year ago. Each of the nights took on a different personality and on night two, the song choices geared in a subtle way towards the positive and inspiring — perhaps motivated by the birthday of band member Matt Douglas (check out the slowest happy birthday song ever). Monday night included the only NYC performances of “Dennis Brown” and “Never Quite Free”, and the only appearances all tour of the New York-based duo of “Going to Port Washington” and “Going to Queens”. And there was reason to be positive. This tour was entirely successful on its merits, the band is playing at its peak, and City Winery seems to be the perfect fit for the current incarnation of the Mountain Goats. Indeed, this tour also contained a stop in Chicago for two shows at that branch of the venue. The balance of the set consisted of primarily songs we’ve seen on this tour which have included inspired 2016 versions of “Woke Up New” and “Damn These Vampires”, which continued to shine on this night. We expect to post the third and final night in the next few days, so stay tuned.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards clamped to a pole 20 feet from the stage and mixed with a perfect soundboard feed provided by the band’s longtime FOH Brandon Eggleston. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Mountain Goats
2016-04-18
City Winery
New York NY

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 1:34:54]
01 Song for Dennis Brown
02 Woke Up New
03 Until I Am Whole
04 [banter – stay on tour]
05 Werewolf Gimmick
06 New Monster Avenue
07 Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan
08 [banter – say yes]
09 Jenny
10 Going to Port Washington
11 Going to Queens
12 [banter – day pants]
13 Black Pear Tree
14 [Happy Birthday Matt Douglas]
15 Lakeside View Apartments Suite
16 Deuteronomy 2:10
17 Get Lonely
18 Alpha Rats Nest
19 Damn These Vampires
20 Oceanographer’s Choice
21 The Young Thousands
22 Liza Forever Minnelli
23 [encore break]
24 Never Quite Free
25 This Year
26 Spent Gladiator 2
27 [second encore break]
28 The Diaz Brothers
29 No Children

SUPPORT the Mountain Goats: Website | Twitter | Buy Official Releases | Tour Dates

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