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Mike Watt October 16, 1998 Knitting Factory – Lossless Download

September 3, 2007
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Mike Watt is one of my favorite people in the entire music industry. His “resume” is one of the most impressive in rock history–co-founder of the legendary Minutemen, co-founder of the excellent fIREHOSE, a laundry list of collaborations, and current bass player for the re-formed Stooges–and yet he remains an engaging and personable character.

Contemplating the Engine Room (1997) was Mike Watt’s second solo album. Watt formed the band the “Black Gang” and toured the album in 1998. The second leg of the tour featured über-guitarist Nels Cline, then a fairly obscure local LA performer who has now become the permanent lead guitarist for Wilco (read more Cline). The album is a broad allegory in part for Watt’s Minutemen experience, and was performed start-to-finish as the first set for the tour.

Watt also permits open taping, trading and archival of his concerts. Throughout many of the Engine Room tour dates, fans were permitted to plug into the soundboard as you’ll hear in the download offered below. After the Knitting Factory concert, Mike Watt sat on the edge of the stage, chatted with fans, and sold merch. After I bought the tour t-shirt, I told Watt about my experience of seeing the Minutemen at the Ritz in 1985. Watt’s eyes lit up, and I felt a certain kinship with this man, who has spent his entire post-Minutemen career making his late best friend D. Boon proud.

This recording is now available as a direct download at archive.org (here)

Mike Watt & The Black Gang
1998-10-16
The Knitting Factory
New York, NY USA

Digital Soundboard Recording
Soundboard > Sony M-1 DAT Master

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Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2007-09-02

Engine Room Set:
01 In The Engine Room
02 Red Bluff
03 The Bluejacket’s Manual
04 Pedro Bound!
05 The Boilerman
06 Black Gang Coffee
07 Topsiders
08 No One Says Old Man
09 Fireman Hurley
10 Liberty Calls!
11 In The Bunk Room / Navy Wife
12 Crossing The Equator
13 Breaking The Choke Hold
14 Wrapped Around The Screw
15 Shore Duty
Encores:
16 Rebel Girl
17 Forever… One Reporter’s Opinion
18 I Have Always Been Here Before
19 Friction
20 Little Johnny Jewel
21 Fear Is A Man’s Best Friend
22 The Red And The Black
23 This Is A Prayer
24 Drove Up From Pedro
25 Tuff Gnarl

As with all artists featured at this site, PLEASE SUPPORT Mike Watt and visit his web page, or click the link below to purchase Contemplating the Engine Room:

Meat Puppets August 30, 2007 Knitting Factory – Lossless Download

August 31, 2007
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The new Meat Puppets album Rise to Your Knees is a too-modest assessment of the current state of this band. The powerful performance at the Knitting Factory last night was a clear indication that this band has risen to heights that no rational fan could have anticipated after a decade of discord, drugs, death and detention. The 2007 version of the Meat Puppets is tight, engaged, and thoroughly enjoying the return to the spotlight.

The Knitting Factory has been one of the most innovative and superb venues for live music in New York for over two decades. The Leonard Street location continues to grow in stature, with a complete upgrade and overhaul of the facility nearly complete. They have also recently installed a state of the art recording system, which initially led to their reluctance to permit my open recording of this show. To the credit of this venue, the two highly professional and courteous managers discussed the situation with me, and ultimately permitted my recording after the Meat Puppets agreed. I was ultimately able to set up in a prime location next to the soundboard, with the assistance of the sound engineer.

As you will hear in the download featured below, the Knitting Factory engineer mixed this band to perfection. This recording is perhaps the best one ever offered at this site.

This recording is now available for download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

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Meat Puppets
2007-08-30
Knitting Factory
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Balcony Railing
Inside Soundboard Section
Dead Center approximately 30 feet
eye Level with PA stacks

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

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

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2007-08-31

Setlist:
[total time 1:33:37]
01 Sam
02 Touchdown King
03 Snow
04 Up On The Sun
05 Plateau
06 Look at the Rain
07 Lost
08 Working on a Building
09 The Whistling Song
10 Flaming Heart
11 My Baby’s Gone
12 Station
13 Box of Limes
14 Oh, Me
15 Comin’ Down
16 Never To Be Found
17 The Wind and the Rain
18 Severed Goddess Hand
19 Lake of Fire
Encores:
20 Climbing
21 Backwater

As with all artists featured at this site, PLEASE SUPPORT Meat Puppets and visit their web page, and purchase their new release :

Pat McGee Band August 24, 2007 Dewey Beach – Lossless Download

August 29, 2007
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Pat McGee Band is back, and if the Dewey Beach show is any indication, this version of the band is better than ever. Following a year of extreme loss–the tragic and untimely death of original drummer Chris Williams, and setback–the end of their record contract with Kirtland (the Warner/Giant contract ended in 2004), PMB is performing with nothing to lose. Without the shackles of expectations and labels, they are now free to be exactly who they are–a rollicking and rocking fun live act.

The Bottle & Cork is the premiere music venue in the Delaware/Maryland shore area, and one of the best concert halls in the entire Mid-Atlantic region. The venue offers two distinct locations to enjoy the music, the main hall and the patio area, and both afford excellent viewing positions. The sound system is excellent, the staff are courteous and helpful, and there are 5 bars for easy access to drinks.

My personal experience at the Bottle & Cork was made more excellent by the Stage Manager of the venue who invited me to record from the private soundboard booth upstairs. As a result, the raucous crowd does not interfere with the recording, and I was afforded a straight line at the PA stacks.

Unfortunately, I did not anticipate that the Bottle & Cork was partially an outdoor venue, and I neglected to bring my microphone wind screens. The windy Delaware shore made its presence known that night. There were many instances of wind noise on this recording, most of which have been softened in post-production. What is offered below is a fine but slightly flawed recording, and probably not the best I have offered on this site. However, its certainly an enjoyable listen, and Pat McGee Band absolutely ripped the joint. Download is encouraged to experience this excellent live act.

Pat McGee Band will tour this Fall, and the NYC date is at the Bowery Ballroom on September 20. Their new independent release These Days (The Virginia Sessions) is available for purchase here, or as a direct flac or mp3 download here.

This recording is now available for download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

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Pat McGee Band
2007-08-24
Cork & Bottle
Dewey Beach, Delaware USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Inside the Soundboard Booth
Dead Center, approximately 30 feet from the PA
One Level above the Floor

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2007-08-29

Setlist:
Set 1:
01 Guess We Were
02 Girl From Athens
03 Lost
04 Beautiful Ways
05 Haven’t Seen For A While
06 Must Have Been Love
07 Elizabeth
08 Come Back Home
09 Running on Empty

Set 2:
01 Fine
02 [stage banter]
03 I Don’t Think I’m Listening
04 Runaway
05 Annabel
06 You and I
07 Piano Man
08 Maybe Its Time
09 Stuck in Middle With You*
10 Rebecca
Encores:
11 Passion
12 American Girl
13 I Want You to Want Me

*with one verse of Roadhouse Blues

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording please support this outstanding band and visit the Pat McGee Band website, follow the information above, or and purchase their official releases:

Fiery Furnaces August 26, 2007 – Socrates Sculpture Park – Lossless Download

August 26, 2007
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Oh, what a perfect day. The Fiery Furnaces played for free in a beautiful park on a beautiful day, and all was right with the world. The crowd had a buzz, but remained attentive and supportive. The band sounded terrific and performed a short but tight set. With the East River behind them, and Socrates Sculpture Park before them, the Fiery Furnaces whirled through the live Bitter Tea suite, before closing out with a 30-minute medley of older songs. Eleanor was strong of voice, as the band was driven by the unique beats of double percussionists and anchored by Matt’s direction and keys.

My recording conditions were also ideal. Many thanks to Spencer, the admin from fieryfurnaces.com forum, both the band and management approved my recording. As a result, I was able to utilize my best equipment from the perfect location–centered directly in front of the soundboard, 25 feet from the stage and PA speakers. As you’ll hear in the download below, the results are truly profound.

This Fall, the Fiery Furnaces will release their new album Widow City, and will embark on a tour across the country. The NYC date is November 3 at Hiro Ballroom.

The complete show in FLAC files available [HERE].

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Fiery Furnaces
2007-08-26
Socrates Sculpture Park
Queens, New York USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from in Front of the Soundboard Booth
Dead Center approximately 25 feet from PA
8 foot Microphone Stand

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

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2007-08-26

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:11:10]
01 [Introduction]
02 In My Little Thatched Hut
03 I’m in No Mood to Comb My Hair
04 Black-Hearted Boy
05 Bitter Tea
06 I’m Waiting to Know You
07 The Vietnamese Telephone Ministry
08 Oh Sweet Woods
09 Borneo
10 Benton Harbor Blues
11 Whistle Rhapsody
12 Teach Me Sweetheart
13 Bitter Tea
14 [stage banter]
15 Single Again
16 Wicker Whatnots
17 Quay Cur
18 I’m Gonna Run
19 Here Comes the Summer
20 Blueberry Boat
21 Tropical Ice-Land
22 Spaniolated
23 Name Game
24 Birdie Brain
25 1917

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording please click the link below to purchase official Fiery Furnaces releases

The National August 17, 2007 Pier 17 – Lossless Download

August 18, 2007
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The National deserved better. The afternoon saw persistent rain that fortunately let up near the end of the opening set, and stayed clear throughout the entire National set. Unfortunately, there was some problem with the sound system, and in particular Matt Berninger’s lead vocal microphone that caused crackling every time he tried to raise the volume of his voice to match the level of the music.

All that aside, the performance was energetic and tight. I’ve never seen The National live before, but based upon the new album Boxer, which sounds very much like Tindersticks to me, I expected a more dirge-like performance. Instead, the band rocked and Matt wailed. The live National reminds very much of early Echo & the Bunnymen or PC&L-era New Order.

I recorded from an excellent position, about 30 feet in front of the stacks using the DPA uni-directional microphones. This position gave me a direct line to the sound, and avoided the pratfalls of an outdoor show, particularly one in rainy conditions and on the river. There is absolutely no wind noise on this recording. Again, the sound system let us down. At louder moments during vocals, the crackling is quite evident. During the completely instrumental moments, and quite parts of the show, the recording is outstanding.

This recording is now available to download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

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The National
2007-08-17
Seaport Music Festival
Pier 17
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from 30 Feet
in Front of Right PA Stacks

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > flac

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Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper 2007-08-18

Setlist:
01 Start a War
02 Mistaken for Strangers
03 Secret Meeting
04 Brainy
05 Baby, We’ll Be Fine
06 Slow Show
07 Abel
08 Squalor Victoria
09 Racing Like A Pro
10 Apartment Story
11 Daughters Of The Soho Riots
12 Fake Empire
13 Mr. November
Encores:
14 Murder Me Rachael
15 About Today

16 Bonus Track (final song from The Forms set)

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording please purchase The National’s new album Boxer:

Disco Biscuits August 15, 2007 – McCarren Pool – Lossless Download

August 17, 2007
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As a warm-up to their annual “Camp Bisco“, the Disco Biscuits performed a fairly short and tame two-hour set on Wednesday night. However, the ambient and trance jams were on full display at several points during the show, and the crowd energy, the outdoor pool setting, and sound quality were all quite outstanding.

This recording was made from the exact same location and with the exact same equipment as the Umphrey’s opening set–optimal equipment in an optimal setting. Enjoy!

This recording is now available for download in FLAC and MP3 on Archive.org [HERE].

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Disco Biscuits
2007-08-15
McCarren Pool
Brooklyn, New York USA

Digital Master Recording
Front of Board Center

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2007-08-16

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:53:56]
01 The Safety Dance
02 Trucker’s Choice
03 Terrapin Station (piano instrumental) >
04 Spaga >
05 Abraxas >
06 Spaga
07 Onamae Wa >
08 Crickets >
09 Jam > Highwire >
10 I Remember When
11 [encore break]
12 Woman at Home With Termites
13 I Wanna Be Sedated

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording please purchase the Disco Biscuits newest release.

Umphrey’s McGee August 15, 2007 McCarren Pool – Lossless Download

August 16, 2007
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Its not often when the opening act of a concert performs a 90 minute set, and the crowd is thoroughly engaged. The Umphrey’s McGee set last night was the rarest of beasts, a tight “jam band” set full of prog-rock twists and turns.

Umphrey’s “taper-friendly” approach allowed a group of a half-dozen recordists to position themselves directly in front of the soundboard in the center. I was fortunate to be in that group, and used my best equipment. The result is an outstanding recording, with rich bass presence and excellent clarity.

The Disco Biscuits set from this concert will be posted within the next 24 hours.

This recording is now available for download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

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Umphrey’s McGee
2007-08-15
McCarren Pool
Brooklyn, New York USA

Digital Master Recording
Front of Board Center

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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:29:08]
01 Prowler
02 Pipeline
03 Plunger
04 Higgins
05 Plunger
06 Atmosfarag
07 Roulette
08 Utopian Fir
09 All in Time

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording please purchase Umphrey’s McGee’s latest CD:

Upcoming nyctaper Events

August 12, 2007
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Disco Biscuits/Umphrey’s McGee:
August 15, 2007, Both Sets Posted Above

The National:
August 17, 2007, Posted Above

Pat McGee Band:
August 24, 2007, Posted Above

Fiery Furnaces:
August 26, 2007, Posted Above

Meat Puppets:
August 30, 2007, Posted Above

Amiina:
September 5, 2007, Amiina Canceled US Tour

Please note that due to scheduling conflicts, I may not be able to attend the Toronto Virgin Festival, this is a tentative date.

Bjork:
September 8, 2007, Virgin Festival, Toronto Canada
Virgin Festival Tickets at Toronto Centre Island

Smashing Pumpkins:
September 9, 2007, Virgin Festival, Toronto Canada
Virgin Festival Tickets at Toronto Centre Island

Bjorkestra/Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey:
September 22, 2007, Gramercy Theatre, NYC

Bjork:
September 24, 2007, Bjork Tickets at Madison Square Garden

Animal Collective:
September 30, 2007, Webster Hall NYC
October 1, 2007, Webster Hall NYC
Animal Collective Tickets at Webster Hall

The Mekons:
October 3, 2007, Gramercy Theater NYC

Of Montreal:
October 13, 2007, Of Montreal Tickets at Roseland Ballroom

Regina Spektor:
October 15, 2007, Regina Spektor Tickets at Hammerstein Ballroom

The Shins:
October 24, 2007, Terminal Five, NYC

Phil Lesh and Friends:
November 8, 2007, Phil Lesh Tickets at Nokia Theatre Times Square

mum:
November 9, 2007, Church of St. Paul NYC
November 10, 2007, Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall NYC

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 as other concerts will be added.

I have received numerous requests to attend and record certain specific events. Please bear in mind that my time and energy are limited. Specific requests are more likely to be successful if accompanied by a guest list pass, complimentary ticket or other incentives.

The Figgs – August 3, 2007 Maxwell’s – Lossless Download

August 8, 2007
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This past Friday was one of those perfect concert experiences that occur all too infrequently. You may know “pub rock” trio The Figgs as Graham Parker’s band, or you may know The Figgs from their 1994 hit “Favorite Shirt”, but they are so much more than those references. The Figgs write and perform well-crafted power pop songs as a skin-tight ensemble. As you’ll hear in the recording offered below, they are also an energetic and entertaining live act.

My experience of recording the Figgs was also outstanding. I was fortunate to meet up with some Figgs fans including Sal (who made this all happen) and Steve (from the excellent music blog Baby, You Got a Stew Goin’!), and also chat with the band. The soundman at Maxwell’s not only mixed a perfect set, but also assisted me in setting up my recording in an ideal location. As a result, the sound quality on this recording is about as superb as could possibly be captured in a venue of this size.

Many thanks to the excellent Figgs, Mike, Pete and Pete, to Sal, and to Craig the soundman. When the Figgs come to your town, you must go and experience this band!

Download the complete concert in FLAC [HERE].

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The Figgs
2007-08-03
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Inside the Soundboard Booth
Dead Center, approximately 30 feet from the PA

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

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
01 Waiting for the Sun to Rise
02 The Daylight Strong
03 Something’s Wrong
04 Jumping Again
05 Follow Jean Through the Sea
06 Song Of A Baker (Small Faces cover)
07 Cheap Cassettes
08 Some Desperate Measure
09 [work in progress – track removed at artist’s request]
10 Simon Simone
11 Let Me Hold You
12 One Hit Wonder

Please support this outstanding band and visit The Figgs website.
As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording please purchase the newest Figgs CD:

Free Share and Trade of Unofficial Live Recordings v. Bootlegs

August 6, 2007
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We’ve had our first visit from a representative of a music industry entity, in the comment section of the Squeeze recording. Read here.

This is a post that I emailed to Bjork’s management, and posted in the bjork.com 4Um earlier this year. I feel it pretty much summarizes the current position with regard to the free share and trading of unofficial live recordings:

Over the last several years, it has become apparent that the transfer
of music through the internet will eventually become the primary means
by which performers will promote and ultimately distribute their media.

One of the interesting by-products of this move to internet distribution
has been the free share of fan-produced live recordings through networks
such as bit torrent (www.dimeadozen.org),
direct connect, and ftp/http downloads. The ultimate realization of this
phenomenom is the huge archive of live material shared, with artists’ consent,
at www.archive.org.

Among the fans of Bjork, the internet distribution of her live material has
been a reality since the early days of low bandwidth distribution. Such
fan sites such as etoile polaire, the dwave ftp, and the Bjork trading
group set the stage for the current high bandwidth distribution of lossless
audio and DVD’s of fan produced recordings at the Bjork Hub.

As Bjork now embarks on her first tour in nearly four years, many
realities have changed in the world of live music, fan recordings and
internet distribution. The rapid free share of unofficial live recordings
has essentially eliminated the market for illegal bootleg selling, and has
created an atmosphere where the artist and the recordist can work
cooperatively to archive the material, promote the artist’s official product,
and satisfy the demands of a fan base who seek a particular artist’s
output beyond that available in the official catalog.

Within the last two years, the policy in the bjork.com 4Um has permitted
the free share
of fan-produced unofficial recordings. In this atmosphere,
the Bjork Hub has thrived in its goal to archive all available unofficial
recordings, catalog the archive, and share those recordings among the
dedicated fan base in a cooperative and friendly environment.

It is in this context, that the Bjork Hub sincerely requests that
unobstrusive, discreet fan recording be permitted during the anticipated
2007 Bjork Spring Tour. With artist permission, fan recordings are
generally of a much higher quality, since the recordist does not secrete
the equipment in fear of security, and the surrounding fans are often
cooperative in their behavior. Additionally, any attempts to bootleg any
recording from the tour (as occurred with multiple recordings of the 2001
and 2003 tours) will be completely frustrated by the free share and easy
distribution among the fans.

We hope that this sincere request will be considered and approved.

And a summary of the nyctaper site:

“My site exists as a experiment in a new paradigm of promoting artists, and encouraging fans to support them. I do this at a substantial cost to my own pocketbook because I believe in live music, I can afford it, I get to attend many excellent concerts, and believe that ultimately sites like this will help artists adapt to the use of technology to spread their music and further their careers.

Its discouraging, but ultimately not surprising, that a representative the music industry would take such a negative approach to my site. However, I continue to be motivated by the incredibly positive reviews of fans, and most importantly the cooperation, encouragement and participation of the artists themselves many of whom take an active role in the distribution of their music through my site.”

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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.

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