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the Mountain Goats: April 19, 2016 City Winery

April 24, 2016

tMG Winery 3 Lowden
[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
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

[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

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the Mountain Goats: April 18, 2016 City Winery

April 21, 2016

tMG City Winery Lowden
[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
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

[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

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Palm: March 26, 2016 Market Hotel

April 16, 2016

palm acidjack
[photo by acidjack]

Back in January, acidjack and I experienced Palm live for the first time at Palisades and we came away with identical impressions. While the band is lazily described in some quarters as “math rock”, in reality Palm is a quartet of superb musicians who all have an extraordinary sense of timing and advanced chops. The songwriting is intelligent and sublime and reminds me at times of Sunflower. As the band continues to grow and perfect their performance skills in a live setting, there is really no ceiling for Palm.

In March, the folks at AdHoc added a second Girlpool show at Market Hotel after the first night sold out quickly. As support for the second night, we were extremely pleased to see that Palm had been invited. As the band seems to have been perpetually on tour, the stars aligned and Palm came to Brooklyn and seized the opportunity to exhibit their charms to an audience of fans unfamiliar with their oeuvre. But the band very quickly won over the crowd and kept the sold-out venue involved in the set throughout — a set that included half entirely new songs that would be familiar only to people who had previously experienced the band live or who listened to our January recording.

Palm continues to tour up and down the East coast throughout April and May, dates HERE. Included is a local show on April 28 at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg.

I recorded this set with our upfront mounted microphones and mixed it with a superb board feed provided by the venue’s FOH Dana. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Dana Wachs] + 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

[Total Time 33:25]
01 [new song – Take A Chance]
02 I Don’t Want to know
03 Ankles
04 [new song – The Wrong Side]
05 Crank
06 [new song – Breaking Chains]
07 [thanks]
08 Two Toes
09 [new song – Reminds Me]

SUPPORT Palm: Facebook | Bandcamp | Exploding in Sound Records Page

the Mountain Goats: April 2, 2016 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT

April 5, 2016

Mountain Goats New Haven 2
[photo by @octagoneyes]

The Mountain Goats‘ current tour is called the “Brine Crypt Exodus” and it was inspired by a very special night last April when the band played a show at City Winery with a pared-down stage show. While not quite “unplugged”, the set stripped down the Mountain Goats to the basics and the result was an incredible inspired set that we were very fortunate to have captured.

The second night of the tour reached New Haven Connecticut on Saturday night in a fairly large theater in the center of town. The College Street Music Hall sits about a half block from the south border of the campus of Yale University and its in the “theater district” — indeed the location was not even a rock venue until May of 2015. The result of the recent upgrade of the facility is that the hall is outfitted with a customized state of the art sound system and prime seating configurations that compliment the acoustics and classic charm of the vintage theater. We agree with the person on our twitter feed that College Street is one of the best locations in the tri-state area to experience a concert.

With that backdrop and with the opening night of the tour (Woodstock) under their belts, the Mountain Goats began this show inspired and fully in sync with each other. The band is currently a quartet and each member shined throughout this night. The addition of multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas permits the band to add keys, horns or an extra guitar to fortify the sound. Jon Wurster on drums and Peter Hughes on bass are simply one of the best rhythm sections around these days. Since this tour is technically not in support of any new release, the Mountain Goats also felt unfettered when it came to song selection. As a result, the setlist was culled from the deep recesses of the back catalog and we saw songs we’d never experienced before in our two dozen Mountain Goats shows.

The Mountain Goats will return to NYC later this month for three shows at the City Winery, where they played to great success last year. The shows are all sold-out but if by chance a ticket falls your way, don’t miss these nights.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted inside of the soundboard area and blended that capture with a soundboard feed mixed expertly by long-time touring FOH Brandon Eggleston. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Mountain Goats
College Street Music Hall
New Haven CT

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Brandon Eggleston] + 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

[Total Time 1:31:32]
01 Woke Up New
02 Until I Am Whole
03 Maize Stalk Drinking Blood
04 Damn These Vampires
05 See America Right
06 Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise [Trembling Blue Stars]
07 Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan
08 [banter – sketches]
09 You’re in Maya
10 [banter – whatever you want]
11 From TG and Y
12 [banter – TRAP laws]
13 Wizard Level
14 Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace
15 [banter – Holiday Inn Express]
16 Get Lonely
17 New Monster Avenue
18 [banter – wonder buddy]
19 First Few Desperate Hours
20 Oceanographer’s Choice
21 The Young Thousands
22 [encore break]
23 No Children
24 Up the Wolves
25 This Year
26 [second encore break]
27 Spent Gladiator 2

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NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Spring/Summer 2016

April 4, 2016


Its been over three months since we last posted a schedule, so here is the latest. A lot of great additions, including a whole new set of shows at our home venue Market Hotel.

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!


Acid Mothers Temple:
April 5, 2016 Mercury Lounge NYC

Acid Mothers Temple:
April 6, 2016 Knitting Factory BK

River Cult:
April 8, 2016 Acheron BK

Yo La Tengo:
April 9, 2016 Loew’s Theater, Jersey City NJ

Waco Brothers:
April 13, 2016 Union Hall BK

April 14, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg

the Mountain Goats:
April 17, 18, 19, 2016 City Winery NYC

Ryley Walker & Charles Rumback:
April 20, 2016 Union Pool BK

Surface to Air Missive:
April 21, 2016 Trans-Pecos Queens

The Thermals:
April 28, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Thurston Moore:
April 28, 2016 Rough Trade BK

Muuy Bien:
May 4, 2016 Shea Stadium BK

Woods / Ultimate Painting:
May 7, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Ought / Palberta:
May 8, 2016 Rough Trade BK

Heartless Bastards:
May 10, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg

La Sera:
May 11, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Fruit Bats:
May 12, 2016 Rough Trade BK

Dead Meadow / Creepoid:
May 12, 2016 Saint Vitus BK (permission pending)

Dead Meadow / Creepoid:
May 13, 2016 Saint Vitus BK (permission pending)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard:
May 14, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Bent Shapes / Journalism:
May 21, 2016 Trans-Pecos Queens

May 25, 2016 Baby’s All Right BK

Heron Oblivion / Chris Forsyth:
May 28, 2016 Union Pool BK

Alejandro Escovedo:
May 31, 2016 City Winery NYC

Mountain Jam:
June 2-5, 2016 Hunter Mountain

Son Little:
June 9, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Kevin Morby:
June 22, 2016 Rough Trade BK

So So Glos:
June 25, 2016 Market Hotel BK

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

Shearwater: March 15, 2016 Rough Trade (Bowie’s Lodger album)

March 23, 2016

[photos by PSquared Photography]

Last month we captured a really outstanding performance by Shearwater at the Mercury Lounge. The show was in the early stages of the band’s tour in support of its superb new album Jet Plane and Oxbow and it featured most of the new album in a tour de force evening. But one of the non-album highlights of the night was the band’s cover of David Bowie’s “Look Back in Anger” from the Lodger album. We learned that night that Shearwater had rehearsed the entire album and upon their return to NYC, would play it live.

Last week at Rough Trade, Shearwater offered a gift to their fans — a free show at a great venue that consisted of that previously promised Lodger show. Jonathan Meiburg has discussed how this fairly obscure late-70s Bowie work helped him personally through some difficult times, but for this performance Meiburg discussed many of the aspects of the album in detail in segments in between the songs. Lodger is the last of the trio of Bowie albums produced in collaboration with Brian Eno, and as expected the Eno influence is all over this record particularly in a kind of world music feel. But the addition of legendary guitarist Adrian Belew also added more of a rock feel to this album as compared with the previous two records in the trilogy, Heroes and Low. The guitar based songs on the album gave Jonathan an opportunity to stretch out and use his pedals liberally. He remarked at the end of the show that he’d never used his phaser so often. While the band has rehearsed these songs and played a few of them at earlier shows, we learned that this was the first time that Shearwater has played the album start to finish. But you wouldn’t know — the songs were well played and the band was tight and the set was a fitting tribute to the late legend.

I recorded this set as I have all my previous trips to this venue — Schoeps cards mounted in the center of the Soundboard booth and mixed with an excellent feed, this time mixed superbly by the band’s touring FOH Jay. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show (banter tracks removed):

Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Jay] + 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

[Total Time 47:28]
01 Fantastic Voyage
02 [banter – Lodger]
03 African Night Flight
04 Move On
05 Yassassin
06 [banter – Adrian Belew]
07 Red Sails
08 [banter – singles in the middle]
09 DJ
10 Look Back in Anger
11 [band introductions]
12 Boys Keep Swinging
13 [banter – SNL]
14 Repetition
15 [thanks]
16 Red Money

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craw: March 12, 2016 Saint Vitus

March 17, 2016

[photos by PSquared Photography]

Ohio is an interesting place. In some ways its an Eastern industrial state and in other ways its an agricultural Midwestern state. Its a state with large cities and large swaths of farmlands. Its largest metropolitan area of Cleveland is itself a unique place which is geographically both a lake city and a river city. Despite that Cleveland also happens to be the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it’s music has always indicated a similar off-kilter personality. Its most well known punk band was also one of the first art-rock outfits — Pere Ubu. Its early 70’s classic rock band was also a unique mix of jazz and blues — The Numbers Band. Its 80s alternative band was also a “gunk punk” act — Death of Samantha. And its 90s hardcore band was also its 90s metal band — the inimitable craw.

Even craw‘s reunion didn’t follow the standard script. We’ve seen a ton of these 80s and 90s band reunions. Generally speaking, the usual scenario is that the continued existence of a cabal of fans manages to finally convince a band of some repute to bury the hatchet and reuite. Most times the band enters the reunion with the advantages of maturity and sobriety and does their legacy proud. But the craw reunion was in large part the result of one uber fan who grew up to be a respected journalist and musician himself. Hank Shteamer is a senior editor at Rolling Stone and he plays in the bands Aa (Big A little a) and STATS, but as a teenager he was one of a few very rabid craw fans who saw the band repeatedly. His fanship never went away, and as outlined in this excellent Observer piece, when Hank teamed up with local record label Northern Spy the pairing produced 1993-1997, a remastered box set of craw’s long out of print first three records along with a 200-page book with an essential history of the band. The final piece of the puzzle was realized when craw agreed to play two reunion shows, one of course in Cleveland and the other at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn.

I arrived early on Saturday to record the show at Saint Vitus and was immediately met with the good news that the venue was sold out. As the crowd filtered in during the opening sets, it was an interesting amalgam of various types of people of various ages and styles, and as we found out when the band took the stage, from various geographical areas — people traveled from far and wide to see this show. But the crowd did all have one thing in common, they were there to hear the music, as all attention was focused forward to the stage and there’s almost no talking on this recording. craw took the stage and immediately recognized the large contingent of traveling fans before launching directly into a lengthy “Caught My Tell” from their still-in-print 2002 album Bodies for Strontium 90, and then stuck with that album for the next few songs. The remainder of the show consisted of material that appears on the current box set as the songs were roughly grouped by album in reverse-chronological order. By the time craw reached their self-titled debut album and one of its highlights “405”, the show was virtually complete. While craw didn’t leave the stage, the final two “encore” numbers were performed by the entire 7-piece band the represented every player who had appeared on all of their albums.

For a band that hadn’t performed live in the better part of a decade, and who has always relied on mathematical precision in their riffs, this show was phenomenally tight and focused. At the center of it all was lead vocalist Joe McTighe, whose sing/scream/talk approach to the strangely literary lyrics are part of the unique draw of this singular band. Although this show is purportedly the final craw show of this all-too-brief reunion, honestly I can’t imagine that the band won’t keep playing gigs. When something is this good and the fans are calling for more, there’s no reason not to give them more. At least that’s what we hope is the case.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted in front of the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed provided by Vitus’s FOH wiz Nick. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Saint Vitus
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Nick] + 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

[Total Time 1:16:48]
01 [introduction]
02 Caught My Tell
03 Chop Shop
04 Space Is the Place
05 Unsolicited Unsavory
06 Killer Microbes Devour Cleveland
07 New Plastics Diet Alters Man’s DNA
08 Parasitic Dad Evades Biocops
09 Divinity of Laughter
10 The Adventures of Cancerman
11 Botulism Cholera and Tarik
12 Sound of Every Promise
13 Strongest Human Bond
14 Cobray to the North
15 My Sister’s Living Room
16 To the Child Reader
17 405
18 Elliot
19 [outro]

SUPPORT craw: Website | Buy 1993-1997 | Facebook | Bandcamp


Luna: October 6, 2015 930 Club Washington DC

March 11, 2016

[photos by Matt Condon – courtesy of Chunky Glasses]

Last year was really the goldmine for Luna fans — a lengthy reunion tour with inventive setlists and universally strong playing. The band were happy to be back and it showed. We were pleased to have brought six recordings of Luna’s 2015 concerts to NYCTaper, four of them recorded by our friend Kubacheck.

There have been a couple of nice developments in Luna land this month. Firstly, the band will be doing more concerts, this time a three-show run through Texas in May. We also found out that we’re likely going to be getting some recordings from those shows. Another excellent development is the upcoming release of Britta Phillips‘ first solo album Luck or Magic. The album is due to be released on April 29 and can be pre-ordered through Pledge Music.

In celebration of these fine new developments, we’re posting a show also recorded by Kubacheck from this past Fall. This show at the classic 930 Club in Washington came on the heels of the Atlanta show where the band had performed the complete Penthouse album. This DC show is notable for the minimal amount of stage banter and for a real workman-like but very strong run through the best material from the tour. For a topper, Luna came back out a second time for an encore and delivered a bit of a rarity — a sharp cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. We’re hoping the shows upcoming in May will feature the same energy as the Fall tour, and I’m pretty confident they will.

Kubacheck recorded this show in the same manner as the rest of his generous contribution to the site, with his MBHO cards in an advantageous front of board position. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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930 Club
Washington DC

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

[Total Time 1:31:44]
01 Slide
02 Chinatown
03 Speedbumps
04 Sideshow by the Seashore
05 Malibu Love Nest
06 Bobby Peru
07 Tiger Lily
08 Tracy I Love You
09 Lost in Space
10 Bewitched
11 Kalamazoo
12 Moon Palace
13 Friendly Advice
14 [encore break]
15 California
16 Time to Quit
17 Twenty Three Minutes in Brussels
18 [second encore break]
19 Season of the Witch [Donovan]

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].

Wussy: March 4, 2016 Studio at Webster Hall

March 6, 2016

Wussy Webster 2
[photo by Jack Dash]

If you thought that the unqualified success that Wussy achieved as a result of their 2014 year’s best album Attica was the pinnacle of their career, then you’ve joined the long line of people who’ve underestimated this inspiring band. On Friday, Wussy released Forever Sounds and the record takes the band’s sound to higher levels than even the rarefied air of Attica. The opening track “Dropping Houses” is one of the biggest sounding songs the band has ever produced. Chuck Cleaver’s numbers are more confident and aggressive than his recent oeuvre (“She’s Killed Hundreds” and “Gone”) and his material is consistently strong. Lisa Walker continues to be an incredibly versatile performer with a spectrum of songs that draw from everything to hard rock/grunge (the previously mentioned “Dropping Houses”) to folk (the gorgeous “Majestic-12”). In between those poles are what may be her most perfectly realized rock song “Donny’s Death Scene” and her darkest number “Hand of God”. Forever Sounds is also the album where Wussy’s vocals are better than ever, the production is top notch, and the instrumentation is superb. AllMusic says that to call the album a “masterpiece” would be “premature”, but nevertheless its a “deeply satisfying work”. Of all of the positive reviews that have arrived for Forever Sounds, this seems to be the most accurate assessment of this superb record.

As fate would have it, Wussy arrived in NYC on the very day the album was released and played a show at a venue that is perhaps too modest for their current draw, but a place that has been a positive location for the group. We’ve seen them two prior times at The Studio at Webster Hall, and Wussy has played excellent shows each time. But on Friday, all of the planets aligned and Wussy played a show for the ages. The setlist surely consisted of a good dose of the new album (eight of the ten songs were played) but the band also featured some classic material, deep cuts, a cover that we’d seen before (“Ceremony”) and one thoroughly obscure cover. This show was also the longest shows we’ve seen Wussy play — a few seconds longer than the Knitting Factory show in 2014. The packed house seemed to agree, as the band was called back twice for multiple encores.

As we’ve noted often recently, Wussy will return to NYC to play an NYCTaper Presents show at Trans-Pecos on March 30. I can confirm that this show will consist of a very special setlist. And as there is no late night event at Pecos that night, the band will be permitted to play as long as they choose! Tickets are still available [HERE].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps clamped to the soundboard cage and mixed with a soundboard feed superbly done by house FOH David Fine. The result is an outstanding recording. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show [minus banter tracks]:

Studio at Webster Hall
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:21:37]
01 [introduction]
02 She’s Killed Hundreds
03 Gone
04 Teenage Wasteland
05 Pizza King
06 Sidewalk Sale
07 Better Days
08 To The Lightning
09 [banter – record release]
10 Hello I’m a Ghost
11 Hand of God
12 [banter – Trans-Pecos]
13 Ceremony [New Order]
14 [banter – look]
15 Dropping Houses
16 [interlude]
17 Beautiful
18 [encore break]
19 Donny’s Death Scene
20 [banter – Dag Nasty]
21 Aliens In Our Midst [The Twinkeyz]
22 Pulverized
23 Airborne
24 [second encore break]
25 Rigor Mortis

SUPPORT Wussy: Website | Buy Forever Sounds | Bandcamp

Animal Collective: February 24, 2016 Irving Plaza

February 28, 2016

Animal Collective3
[photos courtesy of Will and We All Want Someone blog]

In the early years of the last decade when the speed of the web aligned with the availability of high quality audio files, I went on a binge downloading all of the available Animal Collective live recordings from their page at the Live Music Archive and from various torrent sites. In 2007 I was finally able to see the band live. For the shows I recorded at Webster Hall shows that year, I had expected the band to play the live songs for which I was quite familiar, but those two historic Webster shows were heavy on new songs — my introduction to the material that would eventually become the band’s brilliant breakthrough album Merriweather Post Pavilion. I’m not so sure I was prepared for what would come next. When Animal Collective released MPP to overwhelmingly positive reviews, I recorded the first two shows in New York and the attention we received literally crashed the site. I learned a lot about the potential for this site to reach a large audience but also the mixed bag nature of viral material, and NYCTaper was forever inextricably intertwined with the music of Animal Collective. To this day, the recording for Animal Collective at Manhattan Center has been downloaded over 50,000 times and remains the most circulated of all of our recordings.

In the intervening years, we’ve had intermittent opportunities to capture the band live including some memorable solo shows. There was the secret Glasslands show with Avey Tare and Deakin that introduced us to that amazing venue (RIP) and to the material that would eventually become Oddsac. Our recording of Panda Bear at Governor’s Island in 2010 was so successful that the artist actually released a limited version of the recording as a free bonus download with the album Tomboy. There was a pair of Deakin shows in 2010, a terrific solo show by Avey Tare at Knitting Factory in 2011, and then a full band show at Terminal 5 in 2012. But we’ve never quite captured the magic of the MPP shows and the rabid interest those 2009 recordings generated.

Its now more than decade since my first obsession with Animal Collective and fortunately 2016 finds us both in very good places. The band’s new album is called Painting With and its quite an excellent piece of work and undoubtedly their strongest material since Merriweather Post Pavilion. The tour in support of the album is being played in smaller venues than anything since the small MPP shows and the feel of this tour is similar. There’s an excitement surrounding the band, the album and the shows that harkens back to 2009 and its a great feeling to have back. At Irving Plaza on Wednesday night, Animal Collective played a virtually flawless ninety-minute show that featured most of the new album, one bizarro cover, and several deep cuts from some of the earliest releases. Indeed, the final song of the night “Alvin Row” goes all the way back to the band’s first album, Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished. The venue was absolutely packed — I was pushed up against the soundboard cage for the entire night — but the crowd was entirely involved in the show. There is literally no yapping at all recognizable on this recording. And the band played off the energy coming from the crowd as this performance was top notch from start to finish. Indeed, the band only took two song breaks as they segued most of the songs from the main set, and the three encore songs flow as one.

The current Animal Collective tour continues throughout the Spring, moving West and then spending much of April in Europe before the band returns to the US in May. There is a show on May 14 in Sayreville NJ that we are going to try to record, but our attendance is not yet confirmed.

I recorded this set with my old Neumann KM-150 hypercardioids (the same mics as Bowery in 2009) from a prime position directly in front of the soundboard on the floor. The sound in the venue was phenomenal and this recording is quite superb. Enjoy!

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Animal Collective
Irving Plaza
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Front of Board Audience

Neumann KM-150s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:31:07]
01 Natural Selection
02 Gnip Gnop
03 Hocus Pocus
04 The Burglars
05 Jimmy Mack [Vandellas]
06 Daily Routine
07 Golden Gal
08 Summing the Wretch
09 On Delay
10 Loch Raven
11 FloriDada
12 [encore break]
13 Bees
14 Lying in the Grass
15 Alvin Row

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