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Dinosaur Jr. at Irving Plaza 2007 – lossless download

June 7, 2007
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When I first heard “Freak Scene” in 1988, I was absolutely floored. This was the dense guitar-driven post-punk to which I’d been listening since Mission of Burma through Husker Du, and now it had been taken to the next level. The Bug album essentially defines the genre, and stand as the epitome of the music that would later be co-opted by the media, and mass-marketed as watered down “grunge”.

In 1989, I did manage to see them live, and my ears are still ringing:

The original lineup of the great Dinosaur Jr. would only last through Bug, as bassist Lou Barlow quit in 1989. Ultimately the band did last into the mid-90’s, and then faded from consciousness, only to be reborn with the 2005 reunion. On June 6, 2007, I experienced another blast of sonic genius at Irving Plaza. The recording below captures the 2007 version of Dinosaur Jr. at their peak—older, wiser, and a tighter than the 1989 incarnation.

This recording was made from a prime location, with my best equipment. The results are outstanding. The band permits live audience recordings, and as a result, many of their live recordings are archived for our enjoyment at the excellent site FreeSoFree.

This recording is now available at the excellent FreeSoFree Dinosaur Jr. Archive [HERE].

Dinosaur Jr.
2007-06-06
Irving Plaza
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board
Dead Center approximately 40 feet from the stage

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack

Setlist
[total time 1:12:50]
1 Almost Ready
2 Budge
3 Back To Your Heart
4 Been There All The Time
5 Little Fury Things
6 Out There
7 This Is All I Came To Do
8 Feel The Pain
9 Pick Me Up
10 What If I Knew
11 Kracked
12 Sludgefeast
13 Encore Break
14 Forget the Swan
15 Freak Scene
16 Chunks

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording, please support Dinosaur Jr., and do yourself a favor and purchase their new album Beyond.

Upcoming nyctaper Events

June 3, 2007
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nyctaper plans to attend each of the following concerts:

Dinosaur Jr.:
June 6, 2007, Posted Above

Bjorkestra:
June 15, 2007, Posted Above

Scott Maher:
June 19, 2007, Posted Above

Richard Thompson:
June 21, 2007, Posted Above

Wilco:
June 25, 2007, Posted Above

Morrissey:
June 30, 2007, Concert Postponed

White Stripes:
July 11, 2007, Posted Above

Sonic Youth:
July 28, 2007, Sonic Youth McCarren Park Pool

Squeeze:
August 2, 2007, Squeeze Tickets at Nokia Theatre Times Square

Recordings will be posted at this site for each of those concerts that nyctaper attends and records. As with any future plans, some of these concerts may not be attended or recorded by nyctaper, for reasons out of my control. Please check back to the site often for updates.

Animal Collective – rained out

June 1, 2007
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Well, the concert was not rained out, but my taping was.  At about 7:30 pm, about a half hour before they were to play, it was raining pretty steadily, and there was no place to set up my equipment under any cover.  Unfortunately, I can not risk water damage to my recording rig, and I was forced to lug it all home.

The Seaport was absolutely jammed with people, and with the rain, the humidity, and the unworkable crowd, I can’t imagine that it was a particularly enjoyable experience.  I’m sorry to have missed AC, and of course missed recording them, but the outside concerts are always risky ventures.

I am going to try to add a new recording date on Sunday, and will update the site on upcoming outings.

Roger Waters Returns to Manhattan 2007 – Lossless Download

May 31, 2007
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There are times when the planets align, and everything goes right. There are also times when history repeats itself. Both phenomena occurred on May 30, 2007 at Madison Square Garden, as Roger Waters returned to New York for the tail end of the lengthy Dark Side of the Moon tour. As in September, the concert was superb, and as you’ll find below, the recording conditions were optimal.

I recorded this concert from almost the exact position as the September 12, 2006 recording, and used comparable equipment. As a result, the recording is a faithful capture of the soundscape in the best sonic seat in the house–absolute center, about 30 feet in front of the Soundboard.

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. You can probably find it on several sites on the web.

Roger Waters
2007-05-30
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

“The Dark Side of Manhattan”
Pinkroioshn CDR-022 (PRS-CDR-022)

Digital Master FOB Recording
DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM)

Premiere Download offered at
http://www.nyctaper.com

First Set:
[total time 1:12:16]
01 In The Flesh
02 Mother
03 Set The Controls For the Heart Of The Sun
04 Shine On You Crazy Diamond
05 Have A Cigar
06 Wish You Were Here
07 Southampton Dock
08 The Fletcher Memorial Home
09 Perfect Sense Parts 1 and 2
10 Leaving Beirut
11 Sheep

Second Set
01 Dark Side of the Moon
Encores
02 Band Introductions
03 The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
04 Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
05 Vera
06 Bring the Boys Back Home
07 Comfortably Numb

As with all the artists featured on this site, please SUPPORT the ARTIST and
purchase Roger Waters official recordings.

Roger Waters in New Jersey – Lossless Download

May 25, 2007
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The Dark Side of the Moon Tour 2007 returned to the US last week, after 5 excellent concerts in the NY/NJ area in 2006. Musically, the concert is virtually identical to the 2006, but the stage show is significantly expanded and the band is naturally tighter and more cohesive after nearly a year of touring together.
The sound quality in the venue was superb, and my recording position was quite advantageous–right below the large left PA stack. The uni-directional DPA cardiod microphones were excellent for this situation, as the sound is quite upfront and clear and the persistent crowd chatter is diminished.

Unfortunately, due to a technical problem with my digital compact flash card, I was unable to record the last song of the Dark Side set, and did not record the encores. The first set is complete, and the sound quality is comparable to the Waters 2006 recording posted below.

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. You can probably find it on several sites on the web.

Roger Waters
2007-05-24
Continental Airlines Arena
East Rutherford, NJ USA

“Swamp Moon”
Pinkroioshn CDR-021 (PRS-CDR-021)

Digital Master FOB Recording
DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM)

Premiere Download offered at
http://www.nyctaper.com

First Set:
[total time 1:12:16]
01 In The Flesh
02 Mother
03 Set The Controls For the Heart Of The Sun
04 Shine On You Crazy Diamond
05 Have A Cigar
06 Wish You Were Here
07 Southampton Dock
08 The Fletcher Memorial Home
09 Perfect Sense Parts 1 and 2
10 Leaving Beirut
11 Sheep

Second Set
01 Dark Side of the Moon
(Encores not Recorded – see above)

Information: txt file
Verification: Set 1 md5 file
Set 2 md5 file

As with all the artists featured on this site, please SUPPORT the ARTIST and
purchase Roger Waters official recordings.

Roger Waters in Manhattan – Lossless Download (expired May 25, 2007)

May 14, 2007
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Roger Waters, joined by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, surrounded by a band of ringers, performing the entire Dark Side of the Moon suite start to finish.

Some nights the stars just seem to align and everything goes right. Such was September 12, 2006 at Madison Square Garden. A flawless show, the perfect seats, my best equipment, and ultimately what you will hear is the best recording I have ever made, and likely will ever make.

If you have not downloaded this elsewhere, do yourself a favor and grab it now.

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. You can probably find it on several sites on the web.

Roger Waters
2006-09-12
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

First Set
01 In The Flesh
02 Mother
03 Set The Controls For the Heart Of The Sun
04 Shine On You Crazy Diamond
05 Have A Cigar
06 Wish You Were Here
07 Southampton Dock
08 The Fletcher Memorial Home
09 Perfect Sense Parts 1 and 2
10 Leaving Beirut
11 Sheep

Second Set
01 Dark Side of the Moon
(Encores)
02 Band Introductions/The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
03 Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
04 Vera
05 Bring the Boys Back Home
06 Comfortably Numb

Information txt file
Verification md5 file

CD Artwork may be downloaded here.

This download will remain on the site until May 24, when nyctaper will premiere a new Roger Waters recording from New Jersey.

As with all the artists featured on this site, please SUPPORT the ARTIST and
purchase Roger Waters official recordings.

Upcoming nyctaper Recordings

May 14, 2007
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nyctaper will be attending the following concerts in the upcoming months:

Roger Waters:
May 24, 2007, Posted Above

Roger Waters:
May 30, 2007, Posted Above

Animal Collective:
June 1, 2007, rained out

Bjorkestra:
June 15, 2007, posted above

Wilco:
June 25, 2007, Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC

White Stripes:
July 11, 2007, Charlottetown Civic Center, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Sonic Youth:
July 28, 2007, McCarren Pool, Brooklyn NY

Recordings will be posted at this site for each of those concerts that nyctaper attends.

In anticipation of the two Roger Waters events next week, nyctaper will post his Waters recording from 2006 in the next day or two. Check back for the lossless download!

Sugarcubes Reunion: The Experience and the Recording – Lossless Download

May 11, 2007
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It was announced in September, and it almost seemed too miraculous to be true. The concert was scheduled on my actual Birthday! But when the travel package was posted on the icelandair website, the concept of flying 2500 miles to Iceland became a reality.

Oh, and what a reality–four days of celebration in a city that loves its nightlife. Reykjavik is perhaps the most fun city in Europe. Sandwiched in the middle was the reunion concert, which as you can tell from this recording, was sublimely magnificent. The band was tight, energetic, motivated, and was having a ball. As were we.

If you were interested in this concert, you’ve undoubtedly seen many youtube clips of varying quality. At some point there was discussion of an official release, but all the members have moved on, and that seems highly unlikely. What nyctaper.com presents is the only complete recording of this concert, and in outstanding audio quality. I was able to record the concert with my best equipment, and the Icelandic audience was attentive and charming.

nyctaper.com presents as its premiere free lossless download recording:

Direct Download of FLAC files [HERE].

The Sugarcubes
2006-11-17
Laugardalsholl
Reykjavi­k Iceland
20th Anniversary Reunion Concert

01 Traitor (Icelandic [I])
02 Leash Called Love
03 Deus (I)
04 Water (I)
05 Bee (I)
06 Planet
07 Shoot Him (I)
08 Walkabout
09 Mama
10 Pump (I)
11 Regina (I)
12 A Day Called Zero
13 Ammæli
14 Coldsweat
15 Blue Eyed Pop
16 Motorcrash
17 Delicious Demon
Encores:
18 Hit
19 F*cking in Rhythm & Sorrow
20 Luftgitar**

**With Johnny Triumph and various band members’ children

As with all artists to be featured on this site, please SUPPORT the ARTIST
and buy their official releases. This concert itself was a benefit to support
the Smekkleysa/Bad Taste Label. Excellent Sugarcubes releases are available at:
Bad Taste Online Shop

Flac Links

May 11, 2007
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Flac is the most common form of lossless compression. This form of file compression does not remove from the audio files any data, as do mp3 and other lossy schemes.

Flac has developed into a cross-platform format. Free software downloads are available for all potential uses of flac audio files, including computer listening and CD burning:

To listen to Flac files on your computer, 4 different programs are suggested:
Foobar is an advanced audio player for Windows.
Winamp is another windows based audio player

For Mac users, VLC is a cross-platform multi-media player which supports flac files
Cog is a Mac program (OS-X) with lossless codecs already installed to play flac on a Mac.

Flac files can be burned to audio CD either by direct burning with a flac plug-in, or by
converting to wav and burning to disc.

Nero is a commercial product which supports directly burning to disc with flac plugin. Unfortunately, although Nero is popular product it is prone to frequent crashes, and disc errors.

Roxio is a commercial product that offers a comparable but more stable software than Nero.
Download Roxio Software at Roxio.com

Multiple alternatives to Nero are located here

Flac Frontend is the flagship program for the flac format in the Windows format. It will convert to wav, which can be burned by any pre-installed CD burner.

For Mac users, an excellent compression toolkit is xACT

This Sourceforge page contains many other flac program downloads and very useful information. A visit to the Sourceforge page is very much recommended.

Trader’s Little Helper is a fine all-in-one lossless toolkit for Windows users.

nyctaper introduction

May 11, 2007
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nyctaper is the weblog and archival location for a New York live recordist.

This blog is the first of its kind on the web. An actual live recording engineer will discuss the live concerts he records, and offer free downloads of those recordings in “lossless” CD-quality formats. This is not a concert fan’s diary, this is a not a blogger downloading music from other sites and uploading mp3s. This is the real deal. nyctaper records the concerts, and posts the high quality recordings himself.

As this site develops over the next few weeks, all software tools will be linked, instructions for download, listening, archival and cd burning will be provided, and most importantly concert recordings will be posted within days and sometimes hours of the end of the show. Check back for coming attractions.

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DISCLAIMER and LEGAL NOTICE

nyctaper.com is a live music blog that offers a new paradigm of music distribution on the web. The recordings are offered for free on this site as are the music posts, reviews and links to artist sites. All recordings are posted with artist permission or artists with an existing pro-taping policy.

All recordings and original content posted on this site are @nyctaper.com as live recordings pursuant to 17 U.S.C. Section 106, et. seq. Redistribution of nyctaper recordings without consent of nyctaper.com is strictly prohibited.

nyctaper.com hereby waives all copyright claims to any and all recordings posted on this site to THE PERFORMERS ONLY. If any artist posted on this site requests that recordings be removed, those recordings will be removed forthwith.