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This is The Best FREE Day Party in the History of CMJ – Thursday at Cake Shop

October 22, 2014

[Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss – photo by PSquared Photography]

Yeah, I know its some pretty silly hyperbole, but really. This show is amazing. We’ve done a bunch of CMJ shows over the years and they’ve all been special in their own way (Sharon Van Etten solo in 2008), some were even just downright great (White Fence and Widowspeak back to back in 2011), some just crazy fun (She Keeps Bees and Diamond Rings back to back 2010), but this year’s show is just truly superb from start to finish.


If you don’t believe me, at least believe our press. This is by far the best press an NYCTaper CMJ has ever received — this is head-spinning stuff:
Time Out New York raved about Purling Hiss and us — “the Philly crew headlines a fun-sounding day party sponsored by indefatigable DIY show-recordist NYC Taper”
Flavorpill calls Purling Hiss a “choicest pick”
AM-NY called Purling Hiss a “Band To Watch”
WKDU-Philadelphia says that Purling Hiss and Amanda X are “not to miss”
The Guardian lists Amanda X as one of “19 Bands To See”
Deli Magazine is psyched to see The Kickback
doNYC loves the Whiskey Bitches
UnRecorded’s “Top Picks” for CMJ 2014 includes Mainland
Music Host Network lists Mainland as “Top Bands to See”
QRO Magazine “recommends” our show
Oh My Rockness gives us a “star”
Gothamist’s Best of CMJ 2014 “Cheat Sheet” lists our show first on Thursday
Hype Machine “recommends” our show as the best blog shows of 2014
Impose Magazine lists our show as “The Best of CMJ 2014″
brooklynvegan lists our show among the choice selections for “What’s Going On Thursday”, calling Purling Hiss “awesome”.


Oh yeah, and beer. We’re happy that Sixpoint Brewery is again sponsoring our show. That basically means that our guests can consume large quantities of Sixpoint for free if you get there early, or for half-price ($3) if you slack off and get to Cake Shop late.

Here are the details again:
1:00pm: BEACH DAY
4:10pm: AMANDA X
5:30pm: MAINLAND

$FREE, 21+


NYCTaper UnOfficial CMJ Day Party! Thursday Oct 23 at Cake Shop – Full Lineup

September 22, 2014

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The annual CMJ Festival is soon upon us and its time for us to announce another amazing lineup for our Thursday Day Party at Cake Shop. This is our 7th year in a row working with Cake Shop and we couldn’t be happier with the list of bands that will play this show.

Here are the details:
NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party
Thursday October 23, 2014
Cake Shop (map)
Doors 12 Noon
Music 1pm – 7pm

|||||||||||| Purling Hiss
||||||||||| Mainland
|||||||||| Palehound
||||||||| Amanda X
|||||||| Rivergazer
||||||| The Kickback
|||||| The Prettiots
||||| Whiskey Bitches
|||| Beach Day

Facebook Event Page is [HERE].

NYCTaper is Seven Years Old Today

May 11, 2014

7th birthday

It was 7 years ago today that I started NYCTaper — equal parts a lark, an experiment and a music distribution system. These many years later, we’re all fortunate that its worked out so well. So thanks to our faithful readers, followers, contributors and of course the artists. Without the artists, there is no art. So support them.

Thanks for 7 memorable years!

Tonight! NYCTaper Presents at Cameo Gallery: The Loom, Dead Stars, Whiskey Bitches, Ghost Punch

May 6, 2014

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We are happy to present a terrific bill of four bands tonight at Cameo Gallery. The Loom are very familiar to readers of this site, as they’ve played NYCTaper Presents shows four times and we’ve recorded them countless other times. Our newer friends Dead Stars played our CMJ show in October, and I’m streaming a track from that show below. Whiskey Bitches very recently played our killer show at Death By Audio last month. Ghost Punch is the show’s opener and although we’ve never hosted them before, we expect they’ll become site regulars like the others.

Tonight, Tuesday May 6
Cameo Gallery
93 North 6th Street
Brooklyn NY
Doors at 8pm
8:30 Ghost Punch
9:30 Whiskey Bitches
10:30 Dead Stars
11:30 The Loom

Cameo Gallery Listing [HERE]
Brooklynvegan – What’s Going On Tuesday Listing [HERE]
Facebook Invite [HERE]
Oh My Rockness – Best Shows of the Week [HERE]

NYCTaper Presents at Death By Audio – Tuesday April 8

April 4, 2014

DBA 4-8

This excellent four-band show takes place on Tuesday night at Death by Audio and it features our friends Whiskey Bitches among a group of up-and-coming local groups. Whiskey Bitches party punk has been documented in these pages, but we’re also happy to be working with Crazy Pills whose kinetic garage rock is sure to get feet moving. Idiot Son reminds me very much of the avant scene in Manhattan in the early 80s. They also call to mind early Mark E Smith and the Fall. 56k is a relatively new garage band from Brooklyn that shows great promise.

Here are the details:
Tuesday April 8, 8pm
Death By Audio (49 South 2nd Street between Kent and Wythe)
$8 at Door

Crazy Pills
Whiskey Bitches
Idiot Son

Facebook Invite Page [HERE]
DBA Events Page

NYCTaper to Cover Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase (w/ Special Guest Announcement)

March 3, 2014


We are very pleased and honored to announce that NYCTaper has been invited to cover the SXSW showcase of two of our favorite local labels, Northern Spy Records and Ba Da Bing Records, each of which are home to some of our favorite artists. Acidjack will be down at the festival covering various events all week, but we are particularly pleased that he will be partnering with Tiny Mix Tapes to live-stream this event, with recordings to be available on this site in the following week(s).

Joining the already-stellar lineup will be a very special guest, Sean Lennon‘s project The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Get there early to catch their set; they’ll be leading off the proceedings.

The full details and lineup (plus a few live sample tracks) are as follows:

Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase (Facebook invite)
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Location:  The Palm Door, 401-A Sabine Street, Austin, TX
Start Time: 8pm

8pm:   The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

9pm:   Cross Record

10pm: Cloud Becomes Your Hand

11pm:  Slothrust

12am: Nymph

1am:   DVA

If you would be interested in having NYCTaper cover your SXSW event, please let us know.

NYCTaper Presents: Shilpa Ray, Larkin Grimm & Gretchen Lohse at Trans Pecos – Wed Feb 26

February 23, 2014

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We are very excited to present three outstanding female artists each of whom approach modern music from a different perspective. This Wednesday at Trans Pecos, details below.

Our headliner is the unique Shilpa Ray, who will be performing with a scaled-down version of her excellent band the Happy Hookers. Shilpa recently released a new EP following an extensive tour of Europe in support of Nice Cave. She kept an ongoing journal of her exploits in Europe and it was one of my favorite reads during the Fall. Follow Shilpa on Facebook to read her entertaining and compelling Europe adventure.

In support for this show, we’re happy to welcome back the indescribable Larkin Grimm. After her departure from Young God Records and a terrific self-released album (we covered the CD release show), Larkin took some time off to raise her baby son. We are fortunate that she’s back performing live, and after a couple of smaller gigs this month, this show will be a coming out party of sorts for this incredible performer.

Gretchen Lohse is a young woman from Philadelphia who is going places. She released her debut solo album Primal Rumble in December and the rave reviews have been piling in — and well deserved. Its an intense personal folk album that conjures up comparison to early Sharon Van Etten.

Trans Pecos is the new ToddP venue located in the old Silent Barn space.

====| Wednesday 2/26 @ Trans Pecos |====

NYCTaper and ToddP present:

11:00 || Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers
10:00 |||| Larkin Grimm
09:00 |||||| Gretchen Lohse

|Trans Pecos |
915 Wyckoff Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn / Ridgewood Queens border
L-Halsey or Myrtle/Wyckoff | 8pm | $10 adv, $12 dos | all ages


Facebook Event Page [HERE].

nyctaper Top Ten Concerts of 2013 + Live Mix Tape

December 29, 2013

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Another banner year at the site and seeing shows in NYC (and sometimes beyond). This “best of” only encompasses the shows that I, nyctaper, saw. Remember that the site has had nine contributing tapers this year, and I did not even record and post the most shows — that honor goes to the indefagitable acidjack, who we hope will come along soon with his own list.

I’ve also attached an mp3 compilation to this post. Its mostly of a mix of “honorable mentions”, just really cool songs I recall from this year, some new songs, some older songs, but all performed and recorded in 2013. Enjoy!

nyctaper Top 10 Concerts of 2013:

1. Wilco – June 21, 2013 Solid Sound Festival North Adams MA
PSquared and I drove a long way in a short time to see this show, and then drove all the way back almost as soon as it was over. And it was infinitely worth it. Wilco playing an entire two and a half hour show of covers, some popular classics and some fairly obscure, but all in their own style and all requested by fans. This one-off is very unlikely to happen again and we’re so fortunate to not only have been there to but have captured an “event” of this kind. Our recording got us mentioned in Spin Magazine, Paste Magazine, Fuse TV, WXRT radio, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, The Examiner, Prefix Magazine, Gothamist, and a hundred other smaller sites. 20,000 people have downloaded this recording from our site. There are 24,000 plays on the “Marquee Moon” soundcloud sample (posted below). Its my own personal highlight of the year, and one of the best moments in the history of the site.

2. Yo La Tengo – December 16, 2013 Bell House Brooklyn
Sure, they appeared on the site six times this year, including the final four shows of the year at Bell House and of course the historical final YLT show at Maxwell’s (RIP) in June. But I believe this show was the most fully formed, most inspirationally played, and including some absolute classic selections. I’ve seen this band live about fifty times, and this may be the most completely realized performance of all of them.

3. Thee Oh Sees – October 27, 2013 285 Kent
In a cruel bit of synchronous irony, on the same day this month that word spread that the venue 285 Kent would soon close, Thee Oh Sees announced an “indefinite hiatus”. It was only about six weeks previous that this band played this venue on the day that Lou Reed died and it was a moment in time that anyone in attendance will not soon forget. One of the best live bands around played with an enormous amount of energy and inspiration and the packed crowd responded with equal energy.

4. Deervana (Deer Tick) – September 13, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl
This is another show selected because of its historical signifance. If perhaps the performance wasn’t technically perfect, the spirit and energy that Deer Tick brings to its “Deervana” performances is clear. On the 20th anniversary of the release of In Utero, the album was played from start to finish. It was a celebration, not some mournful exercise, and the love of the music was obvious from both the band and the crowd. In terms of the importance to the site, this recording also saw us get mentioned all over the web, including Spin, Consequence of Sound, The Examiner, MTV, Stereogum and a bunch of other places.

5. Superchunk – September 28, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC
They are indie vets both as a band and as a label, but Superchunk continues to produce excellent material. And this year’s new album I Hate Music was one of their best. This show at Bowery, the first of two sold-out shows in NYC was like most Superchunk shows a kinetic and crazy run through material old and new and their was a celebratory and special air in the room. Perhaps the most fun show we saw all year.

6. The Complete Last Waltz – November 27, 2013 Capitol Theatre, Portchester NY
The original Last Waltz was perhaps the greatest concert in the history of rock music, so a complete performance nearly forty years later would have to be a pale comparison, right? Only it wasn’t. We were absolutely stunned at the quality of the performances and the reverence with which the entire ensemble treated the material.

7. Deafheaven – February 22, 2013 Saint Vitus Brooklyn
Yes, I realize that Deafheaven has appeared on virtually every best of 2013 list compiled on the web in the last month or so, but this is different (aren’t we always), this is a concert that we recorded early in the year before their game-changing album Sunbather had even been released. We saw them again in July, which was also a phenomenal show but we’re sticking with the first experience of this “take your breath away” band who are destined for bigger places than the great Saint Vitus in 2014. But we were there then. As it ever was.

8. Kevin Devine – November 22, 2013 Webster Hall NYC
He released two of the best records of the year, and unless you read Paste Magazine every day or saw our post about Kevin in November, you wouldn’t even know it. He is perhaps the best current purveyor of power pop and his prolific songwriting ability is a thing to behold. This concert was the home show after a lengthy US tour and Kevin and band were in a fine form from start to finish.

9. Ty Segall – August 30, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC
Ty Segall released a true departure album this year, the somewhat-quiet and contemplative Sleeper. This Bowery show was a seated affair, with the new album performed almost entirely to start the show. Ty is a performer of great proficiency and this show highlighted his maturity and versatility.

10. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – January 26, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl
Easily the best single performance of Grateful Dead material since the demise of the original band nearly twenty years ago. My review was pretty harsh regarding “post-Jerry” projects and that generated a bit of a comment war, but thankfully most people agreed with me — and nearly everyone agreed that this show was immense.

Honorable Mention:
This is a 16-track MP3 mix of songs from other excellent concerts I attended this year. Its by no means a comprehensive list of musical highlights, but consists of tracks that caught our ear this year. We included three tracks from the Top Ten because fit they thematically, but 13 songs are from shows that were certainly important enough to deserve mention. Download [HERE].

Free Beer! And other Exciting NYCTaper CMJ News

October 16, 2013


As you probably well know, the 6th Annual NYCTaper CMJ Day Party is taking place tomorrow afternoon at Cake Shop. We announced the show a few weeks ago in a post [here], but there’s plenty of exciting late-developing announcements today!

school of night

Firstly, we’ve officially announced the artist who had previously been tagged as “special guest”. Its our old friend Darby Cicci of the Antlers, whose new solo project School Of Night was released this month and he’s been gathering tons of rave reviews. You can stream the School of Night album [here], and check out a new video for the song “Fire Escape” [here].

Secondly, we’ve added Dead Stars to the bill. They will play at 3pm. Bent Shapes who were originally scheduled to play at 3pm have been called back to Boston on a work emergency and had to cancel. Dead Stars were on NYCTaper a few weeks ago, when their impressive set at Glasslands wowed us. Stream a track from that show below:

Thirdly, Julia Weldon, who will play our show at 3:45 (in the middle of Dead Stars at School of Night) just released a new video for her song “Careful in the Dark” and it premiered on the front page of the Village Voice web site [HERE]. Julia was on NYCTaper back in July [here].

Oh yeah, finally, that FREE BEER thing. This show is exclusively sponsored by the amazing Six Point Brewery, right over the bridge in Red Hook. We’ll have FREE cans of Six Point beginning at 1pm, while supplies last. Come early, drink often.

Final Lineup:
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
(Unofficial Show)
Thursday October 17, 2013
Cake Shop 152 Ludlow Street, NYC 10002
Doors at 12 Noon

12:45 Slow Down Molasses (Saskatoon Canada)
01:30 J Fernandez (Chicago)
02:15 The Moondoggies (Seattle WA)
03:00 Dead Stars (Brooklyn)
03:45 Julia Weldon (New York)
04:30 School of Night (Darby from Antlers)
05:15 The Echo Friendly (Greenpoint)
06:00 Caged Animals (Brooklyn)

Facebook Invite Page [HERE].

NYCTaper CMJ Day Party – October 17 at Cake Shop

September 22, 2013


For the sixth year in a row with the fine folks at Cake Shop, we’ll be presenting a Thursday Day party during CMJ week. And much like our past efforts, this year’s roster of bands is a great one. Our previous shows have featured up and coming performers who have gone on to significant success such as Savoir Adore, Sharon Van Etten, White Fence, Diamond Rings, Widowspeak, Heliotropes, Mount Moriah, Hurray For The Riff Raff, She Keeps Bees, and many others.

Here are the details:

NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
(Unofficial Show)
Thursday October 17, 2013
Cake Shop 152 Ludlow Street, NYC 10002

Doors at 12 Noon

Music (preliminary schedule)
12:45 Slow Down Molasses (Saskatoon Canada)
01:30 J Fernandez (Chicago)
02:15 The Moondoggies (Seattle WA)
03:00 Bent Shapes (Boston)
03:45 Julia Weldon (New York)
04:30 “Special Guest”
05:15 The Echo Friendly (Greenpoint)
06:00 Caged Animals (Brooklyn)

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