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Nicole Atkins: September 9, 2017 Mercury Lounge

September 25, 2017
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[photos by Will Oliver and We All Need Someone blog]

Its hard to believe that the last time we checked in with Nicole Atkins, it was three years ago. Our extended review of her album Slow Phaser and the Bowery Ballroom show that we recorded concentrated mostly on the record’s clear 1970s AM radio influences. For that album, Nicole put her stamp on the diverse styles prevalent in that decade’s pop. Three years later, several major events in Nicole’s life have guided her approach to the new album Goodnight Rhonda Lee, including her move to Nashville, dedication to sobriety, and marriage.

Goodnight Rhonda Lee is clearly an album faithful to its surroundings — both in the existence of multiple regional session players, and in the distinct sound of the record. Similarly to Slow Phaser, Goodnight Rhonda Lee is clearly influenced by the 1970s, perhaps not AM radio but more from that unique time in Nashville when the permissiveness of the 60s finally seeped into the old music town and brought a freedom to the country music capital that it had never experienced before. For about three or four years, the long hairs finally reached the mainstream — perhaps personified best through the career of Kris Kristofferson. When legend Johnny Cash recorded Kristofferson’s “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” in 1970 and took the song to Number 1, it represented the triumph of the new. And on the other side of Tennessee, Elvis welcomed new bloods Eddie Rabbit and Ronnie Milsap in the recording of his 1970 hit “Kentucky Rain”. Both songs communicate a drop-out melancholy that seemed to permeate the best of the new country during this time frame. But the melancholy also represented a distinctively different feel to the sound in the studio itself. The newly available technologies offered greater multi-tracking and effects not standard to country music that permitted the use of rock-styled guitars, reverbed piano, horns, and strings. Its that identifiable early 70s new Nashville sound that Nicole Atkins captured with stunning authenticity on Goodnight Rhonda Lee. Sure, there’s the album opener co-penned with Chris Isaak that could have been written for Patsy Cline or the neo-soul of “Listen Up” that would sound great covered by Aretha. But for the most part, the album really feels like a Nashville record and the songs themselves — struggles with alcohol, love, and a life in the music world feel at home in the country capital. And ultimately though its remarkable that the album itself wasn’t even recorded in Nashville, but rather at Niles City Sound in Fort Worth Texas.

The tour in support of Goodnight Rhonda Lee finds Nicole Atkins fronting a five piece band performing stripped down versions of the album material. There are no horns or strings but the album’s piano is present and guitarist Steven Cooper fills up the rest of the sound with tremendous tone and technique. Cooper is a young Nashville guitar wiz who seems destined for a long and productive career. At a packed Mercury Lounge last week, Nicole and the band performed a 75-minute set with much of the Rhonda Lee material and a few surprises. The set opened with a nice tribute to the recently passed Holger Czukay as Nicole brought back her cover of Can’s “Vitamin C”. Another major moment came when guest Tommy Stinson joined the band to perform a world premiere of his duet with Nicole called “Too Late”. The song was actually released this week. And the Slow Phaser track “Who Killed The Moonlight” took a detour through the Rolling Stones “Miss You” (remember that 70s pop influence). But the focus of this show was the fantastic material from the new album and it was clear that not only the massive talent of the singer but also a crack band were able to pull off the songs live. This show was that good.

Nicole Atkins has one more show on this tour, Friday night in Virgina. But she’ll be back with a bunch of shows in November, all dates [here].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at the soundboard and mixed with a perfect feed from house FOH Alex. This recording is absolutely superb. Enjoy!

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Nicole Atkins
2017-09-09
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Alex] + 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 1:10:16]
01 Vitamin C [Can]
02 Darkness Falls so Quiet
03 Brokedown Luck
04 [banter – sinkhole]
05 A Little Crazy
06 Listen Up
07 Maybe Tonight
08 Cry Cry Cry
09 [banter – Louise Goffin]
10 If I Could
11 Goodnight Rhonda Lee
12 Who Killed The Moonlight/Miss You
13 [banter – Tommy intro]
14 Too Late [with Tommy Stinson]
15 [banter – so horny]
16 Sleepwalking
17 A Night Of Serious Drinking
18 A Dream Without Pain
19 [encore break]
20 The Way It Is

PLEASE SUPPORT Nicole Atkins: Website | Pledge Music | Single Lock Records

Diet Cig: September 8, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

September 14, 2017
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[photos by Joe Saturday]

Its hard for me to imagine that someone exists who actually doesn’t like Diet Cig. The duo exudes such positive energy and real enthusiasm for their music that it’s infectious in a live setting. This is not world-changing music, but two-minute pop song relatable slices of life. When Pitchfork assigned an intern whose last piece was likely in an Annandale creative writing class to review Diet Cig’s most recent album, the result was a tragically misdirected hit piece that managed to be both tone-deaf and indicative of a wider problem with publications like Pitchfork. Sometimes music doesn’t have to have a larger meaning and when the writer savages the musicians for failing to meet a false standard, it says more about the writer’s inadequacies than anything the music set out to achieve. To paraphrase Billy Bragg, Diet Cig don’t want to change the world, they’re just looking to sing some pop songs.

At Bowery Ballroom on Friday night, the band played to a sold-out crowd and all of the good vibes coming from the stage were returned all night. This was a crowd in love with the band for all the right reasons. Sure, lead singer Alex Luciano opened the set by declaring that all of the band’s show are safe spaces and later she gently chided the dancers in front to keep it fun and not too physical, but it was more than that. Luciano played a wireless guitar on a nearly bare stage — drummer Noah Bowman was set up to the far left — in order to be able to dance, run, jump and literally never stop moving throughout the set. Her unbridled ebullience drove the hour-long set from start to finish, to the point where the briefest of breaks were only to catch her breath. Diet Cig performed just about every song they’ve ever recorded — from their debut EP and a double-sided single on Father/Daughter Records, and all but one song from their first album I Swear I’m Good At This released this year on Frenchkiss. The show also featured the debut performance of the song the band wrote for the Amazon tv show “American Girl” called “Together We Can Conquer Whatever”. When the band returned to play their very first recorded track “Harvard” as an encore, it brought me back to the initial time I heard a pre-release promo of that very track. The song made me smile that day and a few years later, this Bowery show did it again many times over.

Diet Cig has a handful of US dates remaining before they spend much of the Fall touring throughout Europe, all dates here.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue, Schoeps from the front of the balcony mixed with a board feed. Other than a few bits of static from Alex’s wireless guitar, the sound quality is very representative of the set with bundles of energy and non-stop movement. Enjoy!

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Diet Cig
2017-09-08
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 51:00]
01 [introduction]
02 Sixteen
03 Bite Back
04 Leo
05 Dinner Date
06 [banter – slumber party]
07 Cardboard
08 Sleep Talk
09 Breathless
10 [banter – rollercoaster]
11 Scene Sick
12 Pool Boyz
13 Apricots
14 Maid of the Mist
15 [Tummy intro]
16 Tummy Ache
17 Blob Zombie
18 [Conquer intro]
19 Together We Can Conquer Whatever
20 Link in Bio
21 Bath Bomb
22 Barf Day
23 [encore break]
24 Harvard

PLEASE SUPPORT Diet Cig: Website | Frenchkiss Records Page | Father/Daughter Records Page | Bandcamp

A Place To Bury Strangers: July 16, 2017 Out In The Street Festival

August 28, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

It was ten years ago when A Place To Bury Strangers broke. It was during that small window of time when blogs were tastemakers and willy-nilly determined random band flavors of the month. Except when it came to APTBS, their talent and depth were hard to get wrong. This was a band whose intensity was clear and whose ability to project a wall of sound was magnified by Oliver Ackermann’s world class pedal business. The Death By Audio pedal company pre-dated and survived the venue of the same name and the electroncic wizardry and meticulous and inventive craft propelled noise makers of all shapes and sizes, but none more directly than APTBS.

The second day of the annual Out In The Streets Fest was headlined by APTBS and the band came prepared. Before doors even opened for the day, Oliver spent several minutes playing with gadgets in the middle of the floor and he and bassist Dion Lunadon did some neat improv. Hours later in the pitch dark APTBS began their sonic assault and did not let up for the better part of an hour. The band last released an album in 2015 (Transfixiation on Dead Oceans) and several of those songs were featured in the set. But there also seemed to be a handful of newer songs that may feature on an upcoming release. At least it seems that APTBS is gearing up for recording and working out the material on the road — their packed tour schedule cuts through most of Europe through September, October and part of November (dates here). This band still very much has the intensity that first brought them into prominence and this set was our confirmation of that fact. We’ll be back when they return to the US.

I recorded this set with the Neumann large diaphragm cardioids mounted in the center of the floor in front of the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed from the board. This set was intensely loud and the band was plentiful in its use of effects, so there are some moments where the mix is rough, but overall this is an excellent representation of a tremendous set. Enjoy!

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A Place To Bury Strangers
2017-07-16
Out in the Streets Fest
The Well
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Cliff Ribeiro] + Neumann TLM-102s > 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 42:44]
01 [intro]
02 We’ve Come So Far
03 [unknown 1]
04 Deadbeat
05 Drill It Up
06 [unknown 2]
07 Situations Change
08 Ocean
09 Never Hold Back
10 [unknown 3]
11 [unknown 4]
12 [unknown 5]

(Any help with titles of songs marked unknown would be much appreciated)

PLEASE SUPPORT A Place To Bury Strangers: Website | Dead Oceans Page | Store

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Fall/Winter 2017

August 25, 2017
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Its been a quiet August, so its time to look forward to a nice slate of shows in the Fall.

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:

Doug Tuttle / Sunburned Hand Of The Man:
August 28, 2017 Rough Trade BK

Hopscotch Festival:
September 7-10, 2017 Various Artists and Venues, NC

Diet Cig:
September 8, 2017 Bowery Ballroom NY

Upper Wilds / YVETTE / Sunwatchers / Gold Dime:
September 8, 2017 Secret Project Robot BK

Nicole Atkins:
September 9, 2017 Mercury Lounge NYC

Protomartyr:
September 13, 2017 Saint Vitus BK

The War On Drugs:
September 19, 2017 Terminal 5 NYC (permission pending)

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band:
September 21, 2017 Union Pool BK

Liars:
September 21, 2017 Warsaw BK (permission pending)

Cap’n Jazz:
September 23, 2017 Brooklyn Steel

Dinosaur Jr.:
October 3, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl (permission pending)

Guerilla Toss:
October 6, 2017 Our Wicked Lady BK

Widowspeak:
October 13, 2017 Rough Trade BK

Pujol:
October 25, 2107 Alphaville BK

Beach Fossils:
October 28, 2017 Brooklyn Steel

AJJ:
November 7, 2017 Bowery Ballroom NYC

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

The Deslondes:
November 11, 2017 Rough Trade BK

the Mountain Goats:
November 12, 2017 Brooklyn Steel

Iron & Wine:
November 14, 2017 Brooklyn Steel (permission pending)

Circuit des Yeux:
November 15, 2017 Rough Trade BK

Luna / Chris Forsyth:
November 18, 2017 Brooklyn Steel

Spoon:
November 29, 2017 Brooklyn Steel (permission pending)

The Hold Steady:
December 1, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl (permission pending)

Dream Syndicate:
December 2, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

Chad VanGaalen:
December 6, 2017 Rough Trade BK

Hiss Golden Messenger:
December 7-8, 2017 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Creeper Lagoon: August 10, 2017 Mercury Lounge

August 15, 2017
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[photo from Chris Quartly twitter]

The relative enjoyability quotient of a band reunion almost always depends upon the reason for the get together. When long-departed groups decide to get together and play shows for the simple fun of it, count us in. Creeper Lagoon had a brief but productive career that petered out in 2004. After being named Spin’s Best New Artist in 1998, the band went on to produce a couple of major label releases before splitting up after a difficult European tour. The 2001 release Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday remains the peak of the Creeper Lagoon catalog and the music sounds as vibrant now as it did nearly two decades ago. After the split, all of the band members went on to successful careers and happy lives outside of the music industry. This excellent interview of band founder Sharky Laguana gives all the details, but suffice to say that all of the band member were in a good place when this reunion was contemplated and then announced late last year. After a couple of shows at the Noise Pop Fest’s 25th Anniversary in San Francisco in February, Creeper came to NYC for their first show in 16 years, a one-off at Mercury Lounge with no plans to return.

The excitement of the event was evident in the crowd from the outset as the band interactions will attest. Mercury was quite sold out and Creeper Lagoon’s energy reflected that fact throughout the night. The setlist was a lengthy run through the band’s back catalog with a nice cross-section of material. Universe was well represented as expected. The reality is that this night was exactly the reunion show you would have hoped for if you’re a Creeper Lagoon fan — fun, interactive, energetic, and well paced. If the reactions of the many fans who approached me after the show asking about the recording is any evidence, this document should also be exactly what the fans want.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted in front of the Soundboard and mixed with a superb feed provided by the band’s FOH Kim Griess. This was a rambunctious and happy crowd, although there was a near-fight audible to my left during the encore break. Other than that and some other obvious chatter, the sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Creeper Lagoon
2017-08-10
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Kim Griess] + 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 1:32:34]
01 Chance of a Lifetime
02 Claustrophobia
03 Under the Tracks
04 Dead Man Saloon
05 Second Chance
06 [Tracy false start]
07 Tracy
08 [Patrick intro]
09 Dreaming Again
10 Sylvia
11 Empty Ships
12 Motor Away [Guided By Voices]
13 [banter – lawyer shit]
14 Hey Sister
15 Roman Hearts
16 Wrecking Ball
17 Bloodbuzz Ohio [National]
18 Sunfair
19 Keep from Moving
20 [encore break]
21 [Tonight long intro]
22 Tonight Was Fun
23 Wonderful Love
24 Dear Deadly

SUPPORT Creeper Lagoon: Website | Facebook

Phish: August 4, 2017 Madison Square Garden

August 5, 2017
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Phish did it again last night. On the 11th night of the historic Baker’s Dozen shows at Madison Square Garden, this one themed on a Lemon donut, the band again delivered a unique set of breakouts, first-time covers, and surprisingly placed jams. You could excuse Phish for maybe missing the mark once on this run, but its clear that every single show has been an all-timer and this is why we continue to insist that this a bellwether stand for the band.

Last night’s set opened with a first-time cover of the blues standard “See That My Grave is Kept Clean” or “One Kind Favor”, performed by a litany of artists but first attributed to Blind Lemon (get it?) Jefferson. The set also featured stand-out performances of not-classics “Ocelot” and “Winterqueen”, two songs of recent vintage that got the full jam treatment at this show. The set finale of “First Tube” was truly remarkable, an intensely jammed version that ended with Trey literally waving his guitar around above his head in some sort of feedback devotional ritual.

The second set started off slowly with a puzzling silly acapella “Dem Bones” but quickly moved into jam mode. “No Man’s Land” is another new-y that got some peak extended play, before unfinished it quietly segued into a song that had some heads scratching and phones clicking. Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place” fit the theme (“sucking a lemon”) but certainly seemed like “worlds colliding” of musical genres. But the band did a bang-up job on the number — if a bit spacier than the original. Moving forward, a sample of the “sucking a lemon” vocals would continue to pop up during the set. Phish continued this strong set with a “Scent and Subtle Sounds” which not only reached jammy peaks but also contained a neatly interposed reprise of “No Man’s Land” tucked into the jam. The set ended with crowd-favorites “Prince Caspian” and a now-infrequent visit with “Fluffhead” before the band returned with a non-unfamiliar cover of the Edgar Winter Group’s classic “Frankenstein”.

This was my own personal final show of this run — acidjack is scheduled to capture tonight’s show — but I have to remark that this was all-in-all clearly the highlight of my lengthy but limited relationship with Phish. I suspect its also a highlight of the long-time and truly dedicated Phishheads, and that’s saying something.

I recorded this show from the dead center area of the taper’s section on the rail behind the video cage. The sound in the venue was extraordinary this night and our centered position was advantageous. As a result, the sound quality is superb and I believe this is my best sounding recording of the three shows I attended. Enjoy!

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Phish
2017-08-04
Madison Square Garden
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Sixth Row Center 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 1:09:49]
01 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean [Blind Lemon Jefferson]
02 Punch You in the Eye
03 Party Time
04 Big Black Furry Creature From Mars
05 Dinner and a Movie
06 Ocelot
07 Poor Heart
08 Winterqueen
09 Bold as Love [Hendrix]
10 First Tube

Set 2:
[Total Time 1:24:19]
11 Dem Bones
12 No Men in No Man’s Land
13 Everything in Its Right Place [Radiohead]
14 What’s the Use
15 Scents and Subtle Sounds*
16 Prince Caspian
17 Fluffhead
18 [encore break]
19 Frankenstein [Edgar Winter]

*with No Man’s Land Reprise

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Phish: July 29, 2017 – Madison Square Garden

August 3, 2017
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While EricPH took less than twenty-four hours to post his recording of this show, I’ve taken way too long to make mine available and as a result I’m doing a new post and using the opportunity to gather some thoughts about these shows.

Its pretty amazing watching musical history in the making — as it happens. Now that the “Baker’s Dozen” Phish run at Madison Square Garden is more than halfway done, it has become apparent that this isn’t just a big run of shows at one venue but an event never quite seen before in musical history. The band has dedicated to making sure that no song is repeated during the entire run, created themes for each night, and playing against all of the expectations that come with a band that’s existed for longer than some of its fans have been alive. The first sets aren’t just single song play-throughs, the shorter songs can now be jam vehicles, and there’s no predictable place for a song in the setlist. Add to that a bunch of break-outs, rare numbers and first-time covers, and Phish has pretty much committed themselves to “Baker’s Dozen” perhaps becoming the bell-weather upon which to measure their lengthy career. And as this Uproxx article from earlier today notes, Phish has created a model for fan-friendly artist presentation that most bands with significant fan-bases should follow.

This Saturday night show had some serious highlights as noted by Eric’s review. There was the surprise first set closer of “Walrus”, the twenty-three minute second set opener “Blaze On” that might be the best version of that song the band has ever played, and the set closing Hood. I’ve also always been partial to the band’s goofy anthem “Meatstick” and this version was a hoot. Overall, it was just another prime show in a classic run and we’re lucky to be capturing two more of these nights this coming weekend. Stay tuned.

I recorded this in the exact same place and manner as the July 22 recording (first row taper’s section with cards) and the sound is equally excellent. Enjoy!

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Phish
2017-07-29
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 1:16:54]
01 Llama
02 Wilson
03 Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
04 Ya Mar [Cyril Ferguson]
05 Tela
06 The Birds
07 The Line
08 Water in the Sky
09 Vultures
10 Train Song
11 Horn
12 I Am the Walrus [Beatles]

Set 2:
[Total Time 1:21:51]
13 Blaze On
14 Twenty Years Later
15 Alumni Blues – Letter to Jimmy Page – Alumni Blues
16 Meatstick
17 Dirt
18 Harry Hood
19 [encore break]
20 Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]

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Phish: July 28, 2017 Madison Square Garden

July 29, 2017
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The sixth night of Phish’sBaker’s Dozen” shows at Madison Square Garden was thematically the “double chocolate” donut show. This presented some challenges for song selection as Phish’s vast catalog does not contain a song with the word “chocolate” in its title. But ultimately, in a run of never-ending surprises and first-time covers, Phish chose to open with the 2007 novelty one-hit wonder “Chocolate Rain” by Tay Zonday. The balance of the first set was comprised of fairly short dips through some obscure numbers (“Destiny Unbound”) and the classic material (“Divided Sky”), with the set-closing “Sand” perhaps the highlight of the eleven-song set.

The second set began with another acapella number (The Might Diamonds’ “Have Mercy”) before Phish launched into the first serious jam of the night—a tremendous “Chalkdust Torture.” The chocolate theme appeared again with a cover of Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing” with Mike on vocals. The second chance to jam was the segues between “Mercury,” “Sexy Thing Reprise” and an extended “Backwards” that ended the set in fine fashion. The encore segment closed with another acapella number, this time an inventive and entertaining version of Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”

Eric PH recorded this set with the AKG CK61’s mounted in the official taper’s section, while acidjack recorded with Schoeps MK4V on the same stand. The sound quality of both is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete Show [Schoeps source] [MP3/ALAC/FLAC16/FLAC24]

Download the Complete Show [AKG source] [MP3 / FLAC16 / FLAC24]

Stream the complete show (Schoeps source):

Stream the Complete Show (AKG Source):

Phish
2017-07-28
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

The Baker’s Dozen

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

AKG C480B/CK61 (DIN, OTS, DFC) > Aerco MP-2 > Zoom F8 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Set 1:
01. Chocolate Rain [Tay Zonday]
02. Ass Handed
03. Free
04. Weigh
05. Undermind
06. The Oh Gee Pa Ceremony
07. The Dogs
08. Destiny Unbound
09. The Divided Sky
10. Things People Do
11. Sand

Set 2:
12. Have Mercy [The Mighty Diamonds]
13. Chalk Dust Torture
14. You Sexy Thing [Hot Chocolate]
15. Mercury > You Sexy Thing
16. Backwards Down the Number Line
17. Rock & Roll [The Velvet Underground]
18. [encore break]
19. Fee
20. Space Oddity [David Bowie]

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Phish
2017-07-28
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

The Baker’s Dozen

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK4V (PAS, OTS, DFC) > Sound Devices MixPre6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Set 1:
01 Chocolate Rain [Tay Zonday]
02 Ass Handed
03 Free
04 Weigh
05 Undermind
06 The Oh Kee Pah Ceremony
07 The Dogs
08 Destiny Unbound
09 The Divided Sky
10 Things People Do
11 Sand

Set 2:
12 Have Mercy [The Mighty Diamonds]
13 Chalk Dust Torture
14 You Sexy Thing [Hot Chocolate]
15 Mercury > You Sexy Thing
16 Backwards Down the Number Line
17 Rock & Roll [The Velvet Underground]
[encore break clipped]
18 Fee
19 Space Oddity [David Bowie]

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Waxahatchee: July 15, 2017 Warsaw BK

July 25, 2017
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[photos by Joe Saturday – courtesy of We All Want Someone blog]

Last September, Katie and Allison Crutchfield’s first major band PS Eliot reunited for a brief tour and the results were quite impressive. The show we captured at Market Hotel was one of the best nights of last year. Ten months later, Katie’s main band Waxahatchee has released its latest album and it appears that last year’s return to the earlier emo/punk of her career influenced the sound of the new album. Out In the Storm (Merge Records) was produced by the great John Agnello whose credits include Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, and it comes as no surprise that this is the most guitar-centric Waxahatchee album. That being said, its also undoubtedly the best sounding album in the band’s catalog and the song-writing fits perfectly with the production. The record chronicles the inner conflict of a person going through a difficult break-up and the anger and aggression and the power production matches perfectly.

Waxahatchee is currently on tour and the Brooklyn show was advertised as an album release show. Katie and Allison are originally from Alabama and currently live in Philadelphia, but each have great affection for Brooklyn. And as became obvious at this sold out Warsaw show, the borough loves them too. This was the largest show in the band’s history and they certainly rose to the occasion. With a crack band behind them, the sisters played a powerful set of material from the the last three albums mixed pretty evenly, but it was the newer tracks that brought the energy. If music is the universal emotional healing elixir, then whatever damage was suffered by the protagonist of Out In The Storm should have been thoroughly exorcised by the close of this outstanding show.

Waxahatchee is on an extensive world tour that last through November. Their many dates on posted on their Facebook page [here].

I recorded this set with the Neumann hypercardioids mixed with and board feed, and the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Waxahatchee
2017-07-15
Warsaw
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > 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 1:07:55]
01 Recite Remorse
02 Silver
03 Poison
04 Misery Over Dispute
05 The Dirt
06 Sparks Fly
07 Eight Ball
08 Brother Bryan
09 Lively
10 Never Been Wrong
11 Hear You
12 Air
13 Waiting
14 Coast to Coast
15 Brass Beam
16 A Little More
17 [band introductions]
18 No Question
19 Peace And Quiet
20 [encore break]
21 La Loose
22 Fade
23 Under a Rock

SUPPORT Waxahatchee:  website | Purchase Out In The Storm

Phish: July 22, 2017 Madison Square Garden

July 23, 2017
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Phish’s “Baker’s Dozen” at Madison Square Garden is an ambitious concert series that promises an unmatched level of musicianship and inventiveness never before seen in the history of the City’s “Most Famous Arena”. We’ve attended many shows at this formidable arena over the years, but never a series that offered such unique treats. The “Bakers” part of the equation has been taken quite seriously — we were met at the gates of the venue by the gift of a strawberry donut for Saturday night’s show. And this was no coincidence. The theme for this night’s show appeared immediately as Phish’s never-before cover of the Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” opened the night.

The first set for Saturday followed another development evident throughout the band’s Summer tour — first sets have become serious jam vehicles no longer relegated to straight song play-throughs. And on this night we were treated to an extended “Moma Dance” and a Page McConnell solo piece to complete the “Squirming Coil” set closer that portended unique events to come. The second set began with a lengthy “Down With Disease” which led into the night’s second major surprise — a cover of the thematically appropriate Brothers Johnson’s “Strawberry Letter 23”. This late-70s psychedelic funk piece offered a perfect vehicle for Phish to exercise its chops. The remainder of the second set followed the pattern for the evening as the band played extended versions of crowd favorites. The encore segment struck home in particular as Phish played a local favorite — The Talking Heads classic “Cities”, among a series of inventive covers. We were met upon the exit of the venue with a downpour of rain that perhaps dampened the night temporarily but given our advantageous taper’s section spot, wasn’t a killjoy for very long. This is uploaded as fast as I can these days, and I hope you enjoy a primo recording of a first-rate Phish show, with many more to come.

We will be attending at least four more Phish shows during this run. Stay tuned.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at twelve feet in the first row of the Taper’s Section. The band’s sound crew did a terrific job in this arena and sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Phish
2017-07-22
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 1:22:03]
01 Strawberry Fields Forever [Beatles]
02 Halley’s Comet
03 The Moma Dance
04 Breath and Burning
05 Funky Bitch [Son Seals]
06 Mound
07 Foam
08 Roggae
09 The Squirming Coil

Set 2
[Total Time 1:22:42]
10 Down With Disease
11 Strawberry Letter 23 [Brothers Johnson]
12 Birds of a Feather
13 I Always Wanted It This Way
14 All of These Dreams
15 Split Open and Melt
16 Down With Disease Reprise
17 Shine a Light [Rolling Stones]
18 [encore break]
19 Peaches en Regalia [Zappa]
20 Cities [Talking Heads]
21 My Sweet One

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