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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – January 24, 2015 Brooklyn Bowl – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 26, 2015
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[screen snot from LazyLightning55a video]

It was almost exactly two years ago when Joe Russo’s Almost Dead made their debut at the Brooklyn Bowl. In our somewhat controversial review of that show, we found the band’s approach to the music of the Grateful Dead both musically proficient and extremely refreshing. JRAD is a core group of friends and accomplished musicians whose take on the GD catalog was that night in stark contrast from the world of “post-Dead” which had become to me uninspired to the point of becoming almost a gimmick. I’m happy to say that the last two years have proved us entirely correct. As “post-Dead” prepares to say “Fare Thee Well” this summer, JRAD has been an unqualified success. The band has toured several times throughout this period, and last month teamed with Phil Lesh to play a series of New Year’s shows at the Capital Theatre in Port Chester NY. This weekend JRAD returned to where it all began for two very sold-out shows at the Brooklyn Bowl for the “Freaks Ball”. We attended and recorded both but offer up the second night first because this was truly a remarkable performance, surpassing anything that I could have reasonably expected from this group.

The night began with what appeared at first to be a faithful take on Pigpen’s “Alligator” — that was until the jam segment when it became very apparent that JRAD would recognize no boundaries on this night. Led by the thundering bass of Dave Dreiwitz, JRAD weaved in and out of a “Caution Jam” that touched on themes as varied as “Rider” and “Slipknot”. The set’s opener would last nearly seventeen minutes before evolving into “Jack A Roe”. This traditional number was for the Grateful Dead almost always a short first-set Garcia-led song that followed a very specific pattern. For JRAD, there are no patterns as Jack A Roe became a ten-minute exploratory jam vehicle that led very nicely into a celebratory “Uncle John’s Band”. The balance of the first set continued with some interesting song selections that kept the energy high with much more to come. Saturday night’s second set was the highlight of weekend with a “Music Never Stopped” opener that went into some deep space mid-song before returning to finish in resounding fashion. What followed was truly the most inspired song we’ve seen JRAD perform — an eighteen-minute take on “Cumberland Blues” that stretched the song to previously unheard limits and really encapsulates what makes this group special. We’re streaming this song below. The balance of the second set was filled with multiple highlights and featured a wide variety of surprises and interesting and intelligent interpretations of the familiar catalog.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards riding very high on a stand about 30 feet directly in line with the right stack. Other than the persistent din of crowd yapping, this is a quite excellent recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Cumberland Blues”:

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
2015-01-24
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience – 30 Feet from Right Stacks

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 1:09:01]
01 Alligator
02 Jack A Roe
03 Uncle John’s Band
04 Ophelia
05 Ramble On Rose
06 Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line
07 Bertha

Set 2
[Total Time 1:37:18]
08 Music Never Stopped
09 Cumberland Blues
10 [band intro]
11 Help On The Way
12 Slipknot!
13 Shakedown Street
14 Truckin
15 Morning Dew
16 [encore break]
17 Brown Eyed Women

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you’ll please support these artists, visit the JRAD Facebook page, and visit their websites and purchase their official merchandise. Benevento-Russo Duo [HERE], Marco Benevento [HERE], Tom Hamilton [HERE], Scott Metzger [HERE], and Dave Dreiwitz [HERE].

Wussy: January 17, 2015 Studio at Webster Hall – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 21, 2015
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Wussy Upclose
[screen cap from this video]

“We suddenly have a crowd”, Wussy co-frontperson Chuck Cleaver noted wryly in the middle of a very sold-out crowd at the Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday. Suddenly of course being the relative word. Wussy has existed as a band for more than a decade but 2014 was by far their best year as a band. The breakthrough album Attica was released in the Spring and the groundswell of support was palpable. By year’s end the album was appearing all over the place in the best-of-year lists, Pazz & Jop (Village Voice), The Guardian, KEXP, Underground Bee, Sound Opinions, Bradley’s Almanac, Chunklet, KDHX, and many others — including this very site’s 10 Best Concerts and 25 Best Moments. So the “crowd” wasn’t so much as sudden as it was well earned. Perhaps its the sold-out crowds or the at-long-last universal praise or just the positive energy that currently surrounds the band but Saturday night’s show is the best we’ve ever seen Wussy play — and we’ve been there a bunch of times going back several years. The band opened with a quiet Lisa Walker-led traditional number that will appear on the band’s Record Store Day release later this year and then worked through half of Attica, selected older tracks, one new song and one clever cover. The entire band seemed to be “on” for this show and the highlights were many. We’ve chosen to stream Lisa’s ode to Indiana, “Pizza King” from 2011’s Strawberry and the aptly named “Beautiful”, a co-lead vocal number that closes out Attica. Wussy does not have any current local dates, but given the huge success of this particular show, I can’t imagine it will be long before they return East.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards clamped up high to the soundboard cage and mixed with an excellent feed from the band’s local FOH David Fine. The sound quality is quite exceptional and really very well captures the energy in the room. Enjoy!

Stream “Pizza King”:

Stream “Beautiful”:

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Wussy
2015-01-17
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 (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:06:19]
01 I Give You All
02 Pulverized
03 Bug
04 [banter – two chords]
05 To The Lightning
06 Rainbows and Butterflies
07 [banter – strobe lights]
08 Alone
09 Pizza King
10 [banter – KOA]
11 Maglite
12 Gene I Dream
13 Yellow Cotton Dress
14 [no encore break]
15 Airborne
16 Beautiful
17 Teenage Wasteland
18 Photograph (Ringo Starr)
19 Rigor Mortis

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wussy, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Music link at their site [HERE] or from the Shake It Records website [HERE].

Lazyeyes: January 11, 2015 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 20, 2015
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[photo by Timothy Murphy]

Lazyeyes have been on the NYCTaper radar for quite a while. Their 2013 self-titled EP was a breath of fresh air — four bright, smart and energetic tracks that brought the band a nice bit of press and some momentum. We made several attempts to get the band on the site at that point but it never quite worked out for one reason or another. Our persistence has been rewarded because last week, the band released their second EP New Year which is a similarly high quality indie-gaze collection and the initial reviews are all positive. Lazyeyes short East Coast tour in support ended with the EP’s release show at Baby’s All Right. The group played a tight thirty-five minute set that consisted of the entire new EP, three of the four songs from the debut EP, and one new song. The set was so well received by the crowd that Lazyeyes was called back for an encore. We’re streaming the final track of the set proper, a strong version of the new “Adaptation”. Lazyeyes will next play NYC at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar on January 31.

This set was recorded by House FOH Rubes, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed on the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Adaptation”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] or [MP3] / [FLAC] or [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Lazyeyes
2015-01-11
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard + Audience
Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Rubes Harman) > Rubes mix Wav files + Room mic wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 34:46]
01 Mind’s Eye
02 New Year
03 [banter – thanks]
04 Islip
05 Wait
06 Daydream
07 Forever
08 Windowsill
09 Adaptation
10 [encore break]
11 Darling Dear

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Lazyeyes, visit their website, and purchase their two EPs including New Year from their bandcamp page [HERE].

Fat White Family: December 20, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 14, 2015
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Fat-White-Family-Gretchen
[photo courtesy of Gretchen Robinette – full set at Impose Magazine]

Fat White Family is not a subtle band. In an era of “chill wave” and “chamber pop” and “nu gaze”, these former South London squatters are loud, rude, and beholden to no artificially-defined style. If you want to know what type of music they make, just consult one of the band’s song titles — “I Am Mark E. Smith”. And while the music of The Fall is clearly an influence, Fat White Family doesn’t simply sneer. They sweat, spit, expose themselves and generally make a depraved mess of the whole thing. But don’t let the stage antics hide that musically, Fat White Family is an entertaining band playing a contemporary British garage rock. Their debut album Champagne Holocaust was originally self-released but after gaining some notoriety in the UK — positively and negatively, the album has been released in the US by Fat Possum Records. The band was in the States for a while in the Fall and made a splash during CMJ for not only their music but the stage antics. In December, Fat White Family did a two-week residence at Baby’s All Right and we caught the final night in what would be the band’s last show in the US until March of 2015. This set is a full one and perhaps the longest time-wise of all of the recent US shows, encompassing basically all of the songs the band worked up for the live show which includes much of Champagne Holocaust and only two older tracks, the aforementioned “Smith” and the band-name-generating “Bomb Disneyland”. We’re streaming “Heaven on Earth” which begins and carries through with a familiar surf-garage guitar line that makes the song perhaps the most accessible of the set. Fat White Family will return to the US in March and we’d recommend catching their highly entertaining show at least once.

This set was recorded by House FOH Devin, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed on the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Heaven on Earth”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Fat White Family
2014-12-20
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard + Audience
Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Devin Foley) > Devin mix Wav files + Room mic wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 53:10]
01 Auto Neutron
02 Is It Raining In Your Mouth
03 Heaven on Earth
04 I Am Mark E Smith
05 Wild American Prairie
06 Special Ape
07 Cream of the Young
08 Touch the Leather
09 Wet Hot Beef
10 Garden of the Numb
11 Bomb Disneyland

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Fat White Family, visit their Facebook page, and purchase Champagne Holocaust from the Fat Possum Records website [HERE].

PC Worship: December 20, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 9, 2015
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PC Worship Gretchen
[photo courtesy of Gretchen Robinette – full set at Impose Magazine]

PC Worship has been a fixture in the Brooklyn noise and psych rock scene for years, but inexplicably the band has never appeared on this site. We’ve run into band leader Justin Frye in any number of places — whether it as house FOH for 285 Kent, or doing sound for our CMJ shows at Cake Shop, or playing with his friends of Parquet Courts as PCPC. But in December, we saw PC Worship twice in a matter of days. They were in the middle of the bill in our last show at Glasslands and also in the middle of an excellent bill at Baby’s All Right that included Sunflower Bean (recording here) and Fat White Family (coming soon). PC Worship is currently gigging in support of their new and very well received album Social Rust. Each of the two December shows contained four of the nine tracks from the album (plus some older material) and we’re streaming the album’s first song “Odd”. PC Worship will next play locally at Union Pool on January 28.

This set was recorded by House FOH Devin, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed on the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Odd”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

PC Worship
2014-12-20
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard + Audience
Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Devin Foley) > Devin mix Wav files + Room mic wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 36:26]
01 Hendrix Blast
02 Odd
03 Baby In The Back Room
04 Rust
05 Toxic Love
06 Public Shrine
07 Lost Girls
08 Tides

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT PC Worship, visit their website, and purchase Social Rust from the Northern Spy Records website [HERE].

List of All Available NYCTaper Recordings – 2014 Posts

January 2, 2015
By

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In the early days, I did these lists of all of the recordings for a given year at the site. I hadn’t done one since 2009. Lately, there have been requests to continue to post these lists since it gives people easy access to the archives. So here is 2014. I’ll work backwards to previous years until the entire site is cataloged. Please don’t take this as an invitation to download vast quantities of recordings at once. That’s just gluttonous and the site and the server can not handle massive concurrent downloads. If I find someone downloading like 10 or 20 shows at once, I’ll just block your IP address, its that simple.

All 2007 Recordings Listed [HERE]
Part 1 of 2008 Recordings (January through June 13) Listed [HERE]
Part 2 of 2008 Recordings (June 13 through July 31) Listed [HERE]
Part 3 of 2008 Recordings (July 31 through December 31) Listed [HERE]

All 2009 Recordings Listed [HERE]

Alphabetical List of All Available Recordings at NYCTAPER.COM
(Click on Title for location):
Posted in 2014:
Aa (Big A little a): January 28, 2014 Death By Audio
Acid Mothers Temple: April 23, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Amanda X: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Cake Shop
Amen Dunes: February 8, 2014 Glasslands
Angel Olsen: December 9, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Antietam: December 6, 2014 Trocadero Philly
Antlers: June 17, 2014 Rough Trade
August Wells: October 12, 2014 Rough Trade
Axxa / Abraxas: March 21, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Beach Day: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop
Beach Fossils: December 17, 2014 Glasslands
Big Ups: February 21, 2014 Shea Stadium
Big Ups: November 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Blitzen Trapper: June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
BOYTOY: February 24, 2014 Shea Stadium
Breakdown: June 20, 2014 St. Vitus
Built to Spill: May 20, 2014 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Bustle In Your Hedgerow: February 7, 2014 Brooklyn Bowl
Caged Animals: December 11, 2013 Union Pool
Cass McCombs: October 31, 2014 Rough Trade
Cass McCombs: November 1, 2014 Rough Trade
Cate Le Bon: January 16, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Caveman: October 15, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Celebration: September 26, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Chatham County Line: September 5, 2013 Hopscotch Festival, Long View Center (Raleigh NC)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood: June 8, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
Cian Nugent: February 19, 2014 Union Pool
Circuit des Yeux: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Tir na Nog, Raleigh NC
Cloud Becomes Your Hand: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase
Coathangers: April 17, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Coeds: March 13, 2014 DC Against the World SXSW Party, New Movement Theater
Commonwealth Choir: July 26, 2014 XPonential Fest
Coup: March 13, 2014 SXSW, New Movement Theater (Austin, TX)
Courtney Barnett: June 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Crazy Pills: April 8, 2014 Death By Audio
Cross Record: March 14, 2014 Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase, Palm Door
Cross Record: March 15, 2014 Post-SXSW Private Show (Dripping Springs, TX)
Daniel Bachman/Nathan Bowles: September 5, 2014 Three Lobed/WXDU Show King’s Raleigh NC
Dave Hause: July 26, 2014 XPonential Music Festival
Daytona: July 16, 2014 Glasslands
Dead Meadow: February 11, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Dead Stars: May 6, 2014 Cameo Gallery + October 17, 2013 Cake Shop
Deafheaven: January 18, 2014 285 Kent
Dean Wareham: April 5, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Death of Samantha: May 29, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Deleted Scenes: March 13, 2014 DC Against the World SXSW Party, New Movement Theater
Doug Gillard: April 8, 2014 Glasslands
Doug Keith: March 19, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Doug Tuttle: October 25, 2014 Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade
Dream Syndicate: November 15, 2014 Rough Trade
Dream Syndicate: November 16, 2014 Rough Trade
Dva: January 9, 2014 Trans Pecos
Dva: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase, Palm Door
Earth: September 24, 2014 St Vitus
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat: September 26, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Enemy Waves: September 5, 2014 Vintage 21, Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC
Everymen: May 19, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Ex Cops: November 25, 2014 Glasslands
The Fleshtones: February 27, 2014 The Grand Victory
Freeman: July 23, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Frightwig: September 8, 2014 Knitting Factory
Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase
GOASTT (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger): June 8, 2014 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY)
Glenn Tilbrook: September 25, 2014 City Winery
Govt Mule: June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY)
Gradients: September 5, 2014 Shea Stadium Interview/FLAC/MP3/Streaming
Greensky Bluegrass: September 13, 2014 Gramercy Theatre
Gretchen Lohse: February 26, 2014 Trans Pecos
Gringo Star: June 14, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Growlers: September 18, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Heaven: February 7, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Heliotropes: January 25, 2014 Radio Bushwick
Herbcraft: January 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Heroes of Toolik: May 14, 2014 Cameo Gallery
Hiss Golden Messenger: July 31, 2013 Motorco (Durham, NC)
Hiss Golden Messenger: March 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Hiss Golden Messenger: September 18, 2014 Rough Trade
Hungry Ghost: November 22, 2014 Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Hunters: October 15, 2013 Oh My Rockness CMJ Show, Cameo Gallery
Hurray For The Riff Raff: April 2, 2014 Knitting Factory
Hurray For The Riff Raff: July 26, 2014 XPonential Fest
J Fernandez: March 15, 2014 Post-SXSW Private Show (Dripping Springs, TX)
J Mascis: October 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Jane Lee Hooker: September 8, 2014 Knitting Factory
Jeff Tweedy: June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
Jeremy Messersmith: July 26, 2014 XPonential Music Festival
Jon Langford: April 4, 2014 Bell House
Jonathan Wilson: February 12, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Jonathan Wilson: June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
Juan Wauters: October 26, 2014 Panache CMJ Baby’s All Right
Kevin Morby: January 16, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Kevin Morby: October 24, 2014 Aquarium Drunkard CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade
The Kickback: June 10, 2014 Pianos
Kickback: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop
King Buzzo: July 14, 2014 The Wick
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: October 26, 2014 Baby’s All Right
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard: October 31, 2014 338 Moffat
Landlady: September 6, 2014 Hometapes/Trekky Records Show, Pour House, Hopscotch Raleigh NC
La Sera: May 10, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Larkin Grimm: February 26, 2014 Trans Pecos
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust: January 11, 2014 Bell House
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust: April 24, 2014 Union Pool
Little Black Egg Big Band: September 5, 2014 Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show, King’s, Raleigh NC
Low Fat Getting High: February 21, 2014 Shea Stadium
Lucero: November 4, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Lucero: November 5, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Lucius: June 8, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
Mainland: October 23, 2014 – NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Cake Shop
Marah: July 12, 2014 Bowery Electric
Marah: July 26, 2014 XPonential Music Festival
Mary Halvorson: July 14, 2014 The Wick
Matt Northrup: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Vintage 21, Raleigh NC
Meat Puppets: October 31, 2014 Rough Trade
Meat Puppets: November 1, 2014 Rough Trade
Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood: December 11, 2014 Terminal 5
Megafaun: May 2, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Mike Doughty: March 1, 2014 City Winery
Mission of Burma: February 7, 2014 Bell House
Mogwai: May 9, 2014 Terminal 5
Mr Twin Sister: October 4, 2014 Babys All Right
MV & EE: February 17, 2014 Baby’s All Right
MV & EE: February 24, 2014 Baby’s All Right
MV & EE: September 5, 2014 Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show, Hopscotch Fest King’s Raleigh NC
Negative Scanner: October 25, 2014 Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade
New Bums: March 23, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Nicole Atkins: February 13, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Nicole Atkins: June 18, 2014 Madison Square Park
Night Beats: July 2, 2014 Baby’s All Right
NYMPH: March 14, 2014 Northern Spy / Ba Da Bing SXSW Showcase, Palm Door
Oneida: January 31, 2014 Knitting Factory
Oneida: July 17, 2014 Glasslands
Oneida: October 17, 2014 Secret Project Robot
Ought: October 14, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Outer Minds: March 13, 2014 DC Against the World SXSW Party, New Movement Theater
Owen Pallett: May 13, 2014 Glasslands
Palehound: May 9, 2014 Death By Audio
Palehound: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop
Parlor Walls: April 15, 2014 Glasslands
PCPC: October 21, 2014 St. Vitus
Phil Cook/Caitlin Rose: September 6, 2014 Trekky Records/Hometapes Show Hopscotch Raleigh NC
Phil Lesh and Friends: May 28, 2014 Central Park Rumsey Playfield
Phish: July 11, 2014 Randall’s Island
Phish: July 12, 2014 Randall’s Island
Pink Avalanche: November 22, 2014 Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Potty Mouth: January 6, 2014 Glasslands
Prettiots: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop
Pujol: May 23, 2014 Death By Audio
PUP: February 21, 2014 Cameo Gallery
Purling Hiss: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper CMJ Day Show, Cake Shop
Quilt: May 16, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Rocketship: June 1, 2014 Trans Pecos
Rooks: January 23, 2014 Pianos
Ryan Sawyer and Darius Jones: April 16, 2014 Union Pool
Ryley Walker: September 6, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh NC
Ryley Walker: October 24, 2014 Aquarium Drunkard CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade
Sharon Van Etten: October 9, 2010 Mercury Lounge
Sharon Van Etten: June 13, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Sharp Things: September 11, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Slothrust: February 21, 2014 Shea Stadium
Slothrust: March 14, 2014 Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase, Palm Door
Smashing Pumpkins: December 8, 2014 Webster Hall
So Cow: September 20, 2014 Cake Shop
Songs: Ohia & Magnolia Electric Co.: Jason Molina Tribute at The Hideout (Chicago, IL)
Soulside: December 17, 2014 Saint Vitus
Soulside: December 18, 2014 Saint Vitus
Spacin’ & Purling Hiss: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Tir na Nog, Raleigh NC
Speedy Ortiz: November 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Split Single: May 21, 2014 Glasslands
Spoon: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC
Stars: November 10, 2014 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: February 26, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Steve Gunn: October 12, 2014 Rough Trade NYC
Strand of Oaks: December 4, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Sunburned Hand of the Man: September 5, 2014 Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show, King’s Raleigh NC
Sunflower Bean: December 20, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Survival Knife: November 22, 2014 Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Tedeschi Trucks Band: June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam X (Hunter, NY)
Thee Oh Sees: June 15, 2014 Death By Audio
Thee Oh Sees: June 14, 2014 McCarren Park (Northside Fest)
Thee Oh Sees: November 18, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Thou: March 23, 2014 Saint Vitus
Thurston Moore: October 21, 2014 St. Vitus
Tonstartssbandht: July 30, 2014 Palisades
Tonstartssbandht: October 31, 2014 338 Moffat
Tony Conrad: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Vintage 21, Raleigh NC
Train Company: June 20, 2014 Bowery Electric
Twin Peaks: 2014-05-13 Mercury Lounge
Ty Segall: September 17, 2014 Webster Hall
Unicycle Loves You: February 16, 2014 Radio Bushwick
Vivian Girls: March 2, 2014 Baby’s All Right (Final Show!)
War On Drugs: March 19, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
War on Drugs: March 20, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
War on Drugs: September 4, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh NC
Whiskey Bitches: February 16, 2014 Radio Bushwick
Whiskey Bitches: April 8, 2014 Death By Audio
Whiskey Bitches: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper CMJ Cake Shop
White Fence: October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right
White Lung: September 3, 2014 Glasslands
White Lung: September 6, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival
Wilco: September 6, 2014 Lockn Fest
Wilco: September 7, 2014 Lockn Fest
Wilco: October 28, 2014 Capitol Theatre
Wilco: October 29, 2014 Capitol Theatre Portchester
Wilco: October 30, 2014 Capitol Theatre Portchester
Wild Cub: October 18, 2013 Terminal 5
William Tyler: April 16, 2014 Union Pool
Woods: April 22, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Woods: May 16, 2014 Bowery Ballroom
Woods: November 6, 2014 Death By Audio
Woodsman: January 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Wormburner: September 26, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Wussy: April 4, 2014 The Studio at Webster Hall
Wussy: October 10, 2014 Knitting Factory
Wussy: October 11, 2014 Private House Larchmont NY
Wytches: July 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge
Yellow Ostrich: December 8, 2014 Glasslands – FINAL SHOW
Yo La Tengo: December 6, 2014 Trocadero Philly
Yvette: September 4, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
Zula: August 7, 2014 Shea Stadium

NYCTaper Top 25 Moments of 2014

December 31, 2014
By

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Here is our annual compilation of the 25 best “moments” of the entire year from our site to you. Its been another banner year at NYCTaper. We’ve managed to record and post nearly one show per day for the entire year and sometimes even more than one. Its a level of consistency for which we’ve striven for years and as the NYCTaper “team” has grown so has our ability to reach our goals. All of this would not be possible were it not for the bands — hundreds of amazingly talented artists who not only perform superb concerts but allow us to bring recordings of them to you, their fans. Thanks also of course to the venues who allow us to come into their locations and do what we do, the labels, managers, PR persons, photographers, fellow bloggers and countless other people whose assistance and cooperation help make this “NYCTaper” thing happen. Here’s to many more great years!

1. Jason Molina Tribute (mems. of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. w/ special guests) – January 11, 2014, Hideout, Chicago, IL

acidjack: For me, the most thrilling, moving concert moment came early in the year, and in another city, no less. Mike Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger guested with Magnolia Electric Co. on four special tribute shows around the country, including this one, but it was in Chicago that the majority of Molina’s former bands and supporters coalesced into an evolving unit that traded and vocalists and instrumentalists by the song. As I put it then:

The crowd’s largest response came to perhaps Molina’s best-known song (and inarguably one of his best), “Farewell Transmission”. In that song, Molina sings that the real truth about it is that no one gets it right, but we’re all supposed to try. Well, if Jason could have heard his former bandmates and friends on this night, I think he would agree that they got it right. And they proved another piece of truth from that great song, that he will be gone, but not forever. Because the real truth about it is, a great artist like Jason Molina doesn’t die, he just changes shape. In our hearts and minds, he is forever.

2. Wussy: October 11, 2014 Private House Larchmont NY

nyctaper: Lisa Walker’s voice is one of the most compelling in all of contemporary americana music in large part because as a person she’s real and unpretentious. Its a voice that can capture the longing and heartache of a beautifully sad song such as Lisa’s penned “Motorcycle”. The experience of watching the performance of that song from about ten feet away in a private house concert was moving and is undoubtedly my single “moment” of this year.

3. Hiss Golden Messenger – March 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge and September 18, 2014 Rough Trade

acidjack: Mike Taylor, aka Hiss Golden Messenger, broke in a big way in 2014, one of the most deserving artists in all the land to do so. In early 2014 Mike still toured alone, able to afford to do little more than sling a guitar over his back. By the time he hit Rough Trade in September, he had a record out on Durham, NC stalwart Merge, and a backing band replete with new and old collaborators. Not long after that, he and his new band were on Letterman. These two shows pretty much tell the story in miniature, of a band transformed, but an artist whose honesty and craft remain steadfast.

4. The War On Drugs – March 19 and March 20, 2014 Bowery Ballroom.

acidjack: We’ll probably have similar takes on this show, so I won’t waste words, but suffice it to say that Lost In the Dream was the album of the year, and this show, complete with a cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games”, showed any doubters that the album’s greatness wasn’t just in the painstaking production.

nyctaper: At the time it was released, I called “Eyes To The Wind” a perfect song and I still believe that nearly a year later. It was the highlight of this show for me and will be a track to which I return for years.

5. Woods: November 6, 2014 Death By Audio

nyctaper: 2014 was also a year to say goodbye to some places that meant a lot to NYCTaper over the years. Death By Audio was one of those venues and our last show at the venue was a special one. We’ve attended many Woods shows, and invariably the song that is often the centerpiece of the night is “Bend Beyond” — a terrific song that also offers the band a chance to stretch out and improvise. At this DBA show, Woods was reunited for one night with former member G. Lucas Crane whose preceding set transitioned into a Woods jam that evolved into this song. It was a fairly dramatic moment and was musically right there. A definitely highlight of the year.

6. Ryley Walker – September 6, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC and October 24, 2014 Rough Trade

acidjack: Ryley Walker seems poised for a similar trajectory to Hiss Golden Messenger — he’s an incinerating songwriter whose ability to make an emotional connection should bring him to many larger places. In a bit of a reverse of this year’s HGM experience, I saw Walker for the first time at Hopscotch Music Festival, backed by a full band on the broad stage of the Fletcher Opera Theater. A little over a month later, he was back on the road in his natural state, a man with his guitar (with upright bassist in tow for a few songs before he left for another gig). In my book, this “Summer Dress” from Rough Trade during CMJ blows away the full-band version — and that’s saying something.

7. Nicole Atkins: June 18, 2014 Madison Square Park

nyctaper: She put out one of the best records of the year, Slow Phaser, and by the time she and her new band returned to NYC, Nicole Atkins had found her live groove. This show at Madison Square Park was a strange one, with families on blankets, roaming kids, and what seemed like a never ending parade of police sirens. But for this one magical song, “Its Only Chemistry”, Nicole Atkins was the brightest light in this huge city park.

8. The Coup – March 13, 2014 South By Southwest

acidjack: Despite that SXSW has outstayed both its literal and cultural welcome, this day show, put on by our friend Steve, hearkened back to what it ought to be about. The bill had huge range, free tacos and beer were to be had, and people were there for music, not scenemaking. Boots Riley and his crew of left-leaning, hard-swinging, hip-shaking funk geniuses stormed the joint and never looked back.

9. Smashing Pumpkins: December 8, 2014 Webster Hall

nyctaper: A Smashing Pumpkins concert at a venue the size of Webster Hall is a special event in and of itself. But this year has been a productive one for Billy Corgan and his band. Their new album is Monuments to an Elegy is really quite excellent and the new touring band is a superb collection of pros. But the most memorable moment from this show for me was the finale — “Burnt Orange-Black” a powerful dirge that will appear on next year’s album. Its already a stunner and one of the best new songs we heard all year.

10. The Growlers: September 18, 2014 Bowery Ballroom

nyctaper: This show was fairly epic at two hours and it included nearly thirty distinct songs. But the highlight was the truly surreal mid-show appearance of two huge Chinese New Year’s styled dragons and a drum parade that entered through the back of the Bowery and worked through the packed crowd to the stage. The parade drumming transitioned into the titled track from The Growlers excellent new album Chinese Fountain, in what was an odd but very memorable moment.

11. Marah: July 12, 2014 Bowery Electric

nyctaper: A band with a ten year old prodigy that plays fiddle like a man five times his age would have to be a yearly highlight, but really Marah is much more than that. This show at Bowery Electric was a revelation and this performance of an old Marah song (when it was a completely different band) was one of the best things we saw all year particularly the sweet fiddle solo by Gus Tritsch and that moment when band leader David Bielanko realized in his mid-song monologue just exactly how special this band has become.

12. Yellow Ostrich – December 8, 2014 Glasslands

acidjack: This was one of those end-of-an-era shows in two ways — both the last by a beloved band, and in the final month of a venue where I spent a lot of time, Glasslands. We were sorry to see Yellow Ostrich go, but we’re glad they didn’t overstay their welcome. Alex Schaaf and his band exited at the top of their game, and we were honored to be part of it.

13. Dream Syndicate: November 16, 2014 Rough Trade

nyctaper: We’ve chronicled the solo career of Steve Wynn pretty regularly on this site, but I had personally not seen The Dream Syndicate in more than thirty years. The band’s reunion finally made it to NYC this Fall and it was certainly worth the wait. The last time I saw them, Dream Syndicate opened with “Tell Me When Its Over” and this past month it was the second song of the set and just as sweet.

14. Tweedy – June 7, 2014 Mountain Jam, Hunter, NY

acidjack: I had minimal hopes for this father-son band; nothing about nepotism tends to go well. But the Tweedy team proved doubters totally wrong, with a record that, if anything, exceeded Wilco’s recent output. The “band” debuted their entire new album for us on the Mountain Jam stage. Even if everyone wasn’t paying attention during that mid-afternoon set, the ones that mattered were.

15. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right

nyctaper: When I hear music scene veterans claim that there’s just nothing new that exciting, I happily point to bands like King Gizzard. The band came all the way from Australia to perform some shows this Summer, and we caught one of those shows, but it wasn’t until this night at Baby’s All Right that the lure of the Gizz fully clicked for us. A youthful and energetic take on neo-psych, this band’s new album is extraordinarily good and for this night at Baby’s they opened the show with the five-song segue that opens the album — after which there was a lot of affirmative head-shaking in the crowd. The Gizz had arrived and we can’t wait until they grace our shores again.

16. Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show – September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival

acidjack: I might as well just put this on my list for every year — this showcase, jointly produced by Three Lobed Recordings and the Durham, NC radio station WXDU, produces the most consistently incredible lineup of challenging music that I see. This year’s lineup boasted The Little Black Egg Big Band (featuring Steve Gunn, William Tyler and members of Yo La Tengo), MV & EE, Rose Cross North Carolina, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Thurston Moore/Mary Lattimore/Ryan Sawyer, and Daniel Bachman/Nathaniel Bowles. Beyond the quality of the music, the show always brings its own special crowd, the die-hards and the heads whose lack of strength is numbers is more than made up for in passion.

17. Yo La Tengo: December 6, 2014 Trocadero Philly

nyctaper: I traveled to Philly to catch my only Yo La Tengo show this year, and of course it was infinitely worth it. But what separated this show from the “standard” YLT show was the ferocious and simply awe-inspiring version of “Story” that closed the set. The guitar-crushing noise jam that concludes the song stretched the entire number to twenty-two minutes and elevated this to epic proportions. The was the band’s last show of their 30th anniversary tour and they ended it in very appropriate fashion.

18. Steve Gunn – October 12, 2014 Rough Trade

acidjack: Steve Gunn’s name always comes up among the biggest names in current American guitar music. What he accomplished with this year’s “Wildwood” took him beyond those confines, as the wider world began to view him as equal in his songwriting to what he had been recognized for on the guitar. This show at Rough Trade put that all on display, as Gunn and his band didn’t let a grueling slog up the East Coast keep them from giving a signature performance.

19. The Kickback: June 10, 2014 Pianos

nyctaper: There are very few times when I can confess to literally gasping at a live performance. The Kickback came to town for the New Music Festival and Jeff from the Syndicate recommended that I check them out. The band was quite good but it was the last number of their set that took this show to entire other level. Billy Yost’s intensity during “Rob Our House” was as breathtaking as it was simply pure rock excellence. Based on this show we invited the band to play our CMJ show where they again played one of the best sets we saw all year.

20. Strand of Oaks – December 4, 2014 Bowery Ballroom

acidjack: Tim Showalter is one of those almost comically earnest musicians, a man whose heart is as big as his sound. Strand of Oaks isn’t a new band, but it might as well be, given how meteoric Showalter’s rise has been this year. He started the year at Mercury Lounge and ended it at Bowery Ballroom, and the ceiling is far from there. Strand of Oaks has that mainstream approachability and big tent emotion that serves rock colossuses like U2 so well, but Showalter actually believes what’s coming out of his mouth.

21. PUP: February 21, 2014 Cameo Gallery

nyctaper: A long time ago, I was suspended for a week from the college radio station where I worked for playing the Dead Kennedys’ “Too Drunk To Fuck” on the air. Given the times and my position, it was a fair cop. I’m happy to still be around when the song is now a quaint old punk novelty and can be played by a band with a sense of humor and a sense of history with no repercussions whatsoever. PUP’s performance gave me a big smile to cap off an excellent night.

22. Spacin’/Purling Hiss – September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival

acidjack: Two of our favorite Philly bands formed an impromptu whole to replace someone I’ve already forgotten about on the end of this bill. While Mark Kozelek was being a dick over in the Lincoln Theatre on this night, those in the know caught this juggernaut (joined, just for good measure, by Steve Gunn and Mary Lattimore on the last song) playing real rock n’ roll that no crowd noise could keep down.

23. Hurray For The Riff Raff: July 26, 2014 XPonential Fest

nyctaper: acidjack and I went down to Camden for the Saturday of XPonential Fest and it was one of the best days we had all year. Its a great event and we’re hoping to do multiple days of XPN’s Fest in 2015. One of the reasons we made the trip was to see NYCTaper faves Hurray For The Riff Raff. The band continues to grow in stature and its fun to follow their ascent. “The Body Electric” is a song Alynda wrote as an “anti” murder ballad — the shaming of the idea that in traditional folk songs the protagonist is always the man killing a woman. The song was particularly poignant in a year when domestic violence was in the forefront of the news. The song’s powerful message earned it significant media attention including year end awards from the likes of NPR.

24. Herbcraft – January 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge

acidjack: I had no idea who Herbcraft even were when I arrived at this show, and barely got my recording equipment set up in time. They weren’t even the headliner. But what came next was no afterthought — this Woodsist band owned the stage, proving the real power of live music to expose you to new music in a way that clicking around on Spotify will never be able to top. Perhaps most notably, this post got several comments from people who felt the same way — that they couldn’t believe this band had slipped underneath their radar.

25. Dva – January 9, 2014 Trans Pecos

nyctaper: I attended this concert on the recommendation of Adam from Northern Spy and I’ll admit that I had no idea what to expect. At the end of the event, I was thanking Adam for inviting me because Dva is an amazing act and their live show has to be seen to be truly experienced. “Mulatu” was the first single from this Czech duo’s first US release and it encapsulates everything that’s great and interesting about Dva.

Sunflower Bean: December 20, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 30, 2014
By

Sunflower Bean nyctaper
[photo by nyctaper]

Sometimes youth is not wasted on the youth. Sunflower Bean is a band consisting of three people barely scratching the age of 20, but their grasp of neo-psych rock influences and their tightness as a unit belies their age. This is a band that looks, acts, and performs as if they were a veteran unit in their thirties. Perhaps this is because Sunflower Bean is also relentless in playing live — according to Oh My Rockness, they are statistically the hardest working band in NYC in 2014 having played the highest number of live gigs. We caught one of those gigs back in November when they opened for Dream Syndicate and really knocked it out of the park in a pretty sizeable venue and a notable gig. Fortunately, it wasn’t too long before they showed up on this excellent bill at Baby’s All Right, opening for Fat White Family and PC Worship (both coming soon). I decided it was a good idea to check them out from up close at the stage lip and see if my first instincts were correct — and yes, they were. Julia Cumming and Nick Kliven share the vocals and each delivers a different but effective edge to the material. Kliven’s tasty multi-pedaled guitar work is supplemented with Cumming’s powerful bass and anchored by Jacob Farber’s meticulous percussion. Sunflower Bean is just a damned good band and there’s really no telling how far they can go. They will release their debut EP Show Me Your Seven Secrets in January and the EP release show will be at Baby’s All Right on January 31st. In the mean time, Sunflower Bean will play two shows this week — also both at Baby’s, as a headliner tonight December 30 and as part of the New Year’s Festivities on December 31. While our being out of town prevents our attendance this week, we’ll certainly be there on January 31st to catch this excellent band again.

This set was recorded by House FOH Devin, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed on the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Tarot Card”:

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Sunflower Bean
2014-12-20
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard + Audience
Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Devin Foley) > Devin mix Wav files + Room mic wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 31:20]
01 [new song]
02 Tame Impala
03 I’m A Ghost
04 Call The Doctor
05 Wall Watcher
06 Rock and Roll Heathen
07 Tarot Card

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nyctaper Top 10 Concerts of 2014

December 27, 2014
By

taper-larger

NYCTaper (the site) will have our “Top 25 Moments” post later this week, but in the meantime this is the nyctaper (the person) list of my Top 10 concerts of 2014. Since I recorded less than half of the recordings posted on the site this year, its by no means comprehensive but its a personal list I’ve done since the site began in 2007.

1. The War On Drugs: March 19 and 20 2014 Bowery Ballroom
2014 was pretty much the year of the The War On Drugs. Their album has been the consensus number one selection among a vast number of end-of-year lists — appearing at or near the top in every single list we’ve read recently. And we’re proud of the fact that we were there first. In my review of this show, I predicted that Lost In The Dream would be an album of the year candidate and would be in the decade discussion. The band played two flawless shows at Bowery Ballroom, bringing the new album’s material to life with passion and precision.

2. Wussy: October 10, 2014 Knitting Factory / October 11, 2014 Private House Larchmont NY
2014 was also the year of Wussy. As their album Attica continues to show up on virtually every knowledgeable year-end list, it appears that the world at large is finally catching on to a band we’ve been pushing for the last half-decade. In between these two shows — a full band set headlining the CBGB Fest at the Knit, and the following night playing acoustically at a private house show — Wussy filmed a segment with CBS national morning news that recently aired. It was their first national tv appearance, and I’m guessing it won’t be their last. Both of these shows were great for different reasons, but both indicated the strengths of this unconventional but extraordinary band.

3. Wilco: October 29, 2014 Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY
Of the three nights when Wilco celebrated their 20th anniversary and the tour came to the NYC area, this was my favorite night for variety of reasons. The performances on all three nights were top notch, but this night had the extra bonus of some older Wilco material that I had never heard live or hadn’t seen in years.

4. Ty Segall: September 17, 2014 Webster Hall
Ty Segall keeps churning out the records and they keep getting better. The shows are also genuinely the best show in town — crazy talented band, great songs and a crowd that matches the energy from stage top to bottom. This night at Webster was part of two consecutive sold-out shows for Ty and this set was easily one of my best of the year, notable for the force of the crowd causing the photo pit guardrails to be removed because of of the crush.

5. Marah: July 12, 2014 Bowery Electric
The story of Marah is one of redemption and ultimately an extraordinary reinvention. A fairly successful band from the aughts, Marah was dormant for a few years before rising up from the ashes into an eclectic Americana band whose project was to resurrect centuries-old Pennsylvania folk songs into a contemporary format. Add to the band a 10 year old child prodigy on fiddle and a PhD in rural cultures on banjo and you have one of the most unlikely success stories in recent memory. This show at Bowery Electric was a revelation in so many ways, it perhaps best to just listen to the show in its entirety.

6. Woods: November 4, 2014 Death By Audio
This night ended up being my last at Death By Audio. If recording your last show one of your favorite venues ever ends up being one of your favorite bands, then its all good. For this show, Woods reunited with former member Lucas for several songs including the transition jam from his set to the main Woods set that led into “Bend Beyond” — also one of the best single moments of the year.

7. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right
Their new album came out too late in the year to end up on too many end-of-year lists, but if it had been released in February or March it would be right there. King Gizzard is a band clearly on the rise and their shows are all out ragers. We saw them four times this year but this was the one that really kicked it in and took this band to an entire other level. The opening segue was the one of the best extended pieces of music we heard all year.

8. PUP: February 21, 2014 Cameo Gallery
This is likely the show that I saw this year where the most unbridled energy emanated from the stage. PUP is part of the burgeoning punk scene in Toronto and they toured North America and Europe persistently throughout the year in support of their self-titled debut on Side One Dummy Records. This night at Cameo pre-dated the release of the album and the crowd was a fraction of the fans they’d see before the end of the year, but PUP was simply one full hour of energy, humor and fun and this was one of my favorite nights of the year.

9. The Kickback: October 23, 2014 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party, Cake Shop
I invited The Kickback to play our CMJ show because of one song in particular — a version of “Rob Our House” at Pianos that we had seen in June. But when the band played their afternoon set in the basement of Cake Shop, I soon learned that this was far from a one-song band as every track was more compelling than the next. Of course, “House” was the number that blew mostly everyone away when it closed the set, but in reality this entire performance was killer.

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Beach Fossils: December 17, 2014 Glasslands – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 26, 2014
By

Beach Fossils Brianna
[photo by Brianna Duzich]

Its comforting to say goodbye to things we love by coming full circle to our earliest experiences. My final show at Glasslands was a wild night from Beach Fossils — a band who’ve played much larger gigs in recent years but who returned to their roots in the final week of the venue. We first saw Beach Fossils at Glasslands as an opener of a four-band bill way back in January of 2010. It was one of their first full band shows ever. Their first career single was “Daydream” and it wasn’t released until February of 2010. That song was performed at the gig five years ago, and that track closed this 2014 set (and its streaming below). In the last five years, the band has released two excellent albums, reached the Billboard Indie charts, sold out Bowery Ballroom and reached several other milestones. Indeed, Dustin Payseur and his wife (and former Captured Tracks General Manager) Katie Garcia recently started their own label Bayonet Records. On Wednesday, it was clear that although this is a band looking forward, this was a night for looking back. Dustin made multiple references to the venue and the band’s history at Glasslands and Beach Fossils played a lengthy set of material from their entire career, not just the newest album Clash The Truth. This was yet another sellout among Glasslands’ final gigs and the crowd was energetic and very animated — bopping along with each song throughout the entire set. Personally, this was a very appropriate send-off to a venue that we’ve attended for nearly eight years — a fun band on a fun night visiting a memorable past. Goodbye forever Glasslands.

I recorded this set with the installed Naiant Cardioids mixed with an excellent board feed provided by house FOH Chris Madden. There is an intermittent hissing noise, which is the smoke machine onstage audible in both the room mics and the soundboard feed. Otherwise, its a superb recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Daydream”:

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Beach Fossils
2014-12-17
Glasslands Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Chris Madden] + Naiant X-R Cardioid > Sound Devices 744t > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist
[Total Time 1:20:12]
01 [introduction]
02 Generational Synthetic
03 Shallow
04 [banter – Grasslands]
05 Vacation
06 Careless
07 What A Pleasure
08 Birthday
09 [banter – shots]
10 Sleep Apnea
11 [banter – see you]
12 Youth
13 [banter – holiday party]
14 Clash The Truth
15 Permutation [new song]
16 [banter – memories]
17 Calyer
18 [banter – math]
19 Taking Off
20 [banter – Devo tease]
21 Crashed Out
22 [Nirvana tease]
23 Daydream
24 [encore break]
25 [instrumental]
26 Twelve Roses

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