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Luna: May 4, 2016 Granada Theater Dallas TX

May 25, 2016
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Luna Dallas Ellison
[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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Spacin Pecos
[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

SUPPORT Spacin’: Bandcamp | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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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The Thermals @ Market Hotel
[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

The Thermals @ Market Hotel 3

the Mountain Goats: April 19, 2016 City Winery

April 24, 2016
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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
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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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!

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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

Palm: March 26, 2016 Market Hotel

April 16, 2016
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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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Palm
2016-03-26
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

Setlist:
[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
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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!

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Stream the Complete Show:

Mountain Goats
2016-04-02
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

Setlist:
[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

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

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Spring/Summer 2016

April 4, 2016
By

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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!

Schedule:

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

Melvins:
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

Palehound:
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)

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