This was our third trip to the Sunday Ramble with David and Paul and it was just as fun as the two previous broadcasts. The guys played some of our favorite recordings (the Mountain Goats, Ryley Walker, Luna, Wussy, Steve Gunn, Disappears, Decemberists and Wilco) and let us talk about the site and so many other things. Take a listen! And remember to follow Sunday Ramble on Mixcloud for future broadcasts.
Nine years ago today, I opened the website and NYCTaper was born. Its been an amazing 9 year journey and we hope to keep it going for as long as we are physically able. Thanks as always to the amazing artists, venues, labels, reps, photographers and all of the others who have permitted their art to be featured on this website. And thanks always to our faithful readers who have provided a wealth of positive feedback. NYCTaper represents an amazing set of experiences and friendships that will always be with us. So, thanks!
Stay tuned for special announcements over the coming months about our 10 year anniversary party. We’re planning a big blowout for next year!
This show with the incomparable guitar wizard Ryley Walker is the first show in a series that we’re contemplating for the Market Hotel. Its an all-acoustic afternoon affair at the venue that we are preliminarily calling “Market Day”. The concept will be an un-amplified performance in front of an intimate crowd to be captured in audio and video. Ryley is the first show in this planned series. Tickets are limited to 50 total, and there still remain a few tickets – HERE.
Here are the details:
Ryley Walker – A Special Acoustic Performance
Friday May 13, 2016
6pm-7pm (doors at 5pm)
1140 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11221
J or M Train to Myrtle/Broadway
Back in December, we brought site-favorite Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band to Trans-Pecos for the first time and the show went so well that we agreed with the artist on the following day to host the Record Release show for the band’s upcoming album at the same great venue in the Spring.
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band will release The Rarity of Experience on No Quarter Records on March 4, and on Saturday March 19 we will celebrate the release with a terrific bill at Trans-Pecos. Opening the night will be friends of the site 75 Dollar Bill featuring Rick Brown and Che Chen.
On more than one occasion, Robert Christgau has called Wussy “the best band in America“. As the readers of this site know, we don’t disagree. We’ve covered Wussy’s trips to NYC seven times over the last five-plus years. In March, Wussy releases their 6th proper album called Forever Sounds to be released in the US on Shake It and in the UK on Damnably.
If the format of this calendar announcement gives you some strange feeling of deja vu, its because that while things change sometimes they really do stay the same. The re-opening of the Market Hotel as a licensed venue that somehow also manages to maintain the charm of its original incarnation is the thing of dreams — Todd Patrick’s dream in particular. That Todd somehow managed to pull off this miraculous comeback is also the thing of legends. The calendar listed below has Todd’s unique layout and while it gives us a true feeling of looking back, the bills themselves are only looking forward. The outstanding show promoter AdHoc is producing the largest percentage of shows on this debut calendar, and their input is crucial. The Market promises to be exactly everything that ToddP’s illustrious career as the premiere NYC showmaker of the last fifteen years has been leading to. With the Market now opening and Trans-Pecos going strong, its full steam ahead and we can’t wait for the ride.
He spent more than half his life in one band, but if anything is evident from Lee Ranaldo’s career after Sonic Youth is that’s he perhaps the most versatile artist performing in NYC these days. We were there when Lee launched his band in support of his first proper solo album. The band that eventually became The Dust have played consistently over the last four years and are responsible for three albums since 2012. Over that period, Lee has also performed solo acoustic sets, acoustic duos, and as we experienced at Trans Pecos last month, as an acoustic trio. But there has always been more than guitar. Lee’s earlier works have also included spoken word, poetry and art installations often in conjunction with Lee’s wife the renowned artist Leah Singer.
The show that Lee Ranaldo performed as the opening set at the grand re-opening of the Market Hotel was in many ways a synthesis of his many artistic endeavors. It was a duo with the percussionist Tim Barnes with Lee nominally on “guitar”, but the piece was more of a stretching of the boundaries of how to “play” a guitar. The set began with Lee’s guitar hanging by a rope from the ceiling and continued with Lee’s use of the instrument in previously unimagined ways. He used the venue as part of the piece as the stage floor, the ceiling pipes and the front pillar (@marketpillar) became means by which the guitar was played. As Barnes accompanied Ranaldo with flourishes of percussion, often subtle but at other times manic, Lee maintained a cacophonous symphony of noise that reverberated around the packed and buzzing venue. It was a glorious inauguration for the Market Hotel and christened the venue with the type of imaginative and inventive programming that will surely follow as the calendar turns to 2016.
Over the last two years Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band has become one of the favorite bands of the NYCTaper crew. The band has also been one of our go-to performers when it comes to taping — in slightly over two years, there are now seven SMB recordings on the site from a variety of our favorite venues (all available here). Listening to the music, its easy to see why the band is attractive to us. They combine many of the elements and influences that we favor, including psych-rock, space rock and a healthy dose of the innate ability to improvise and elevate the music to a higher plain. Its a rare ability and one that’s hard to describe but easy to recognize when you see it and hear it. Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band have that “X” factor that must be seen live to be truly understood.
Of all of the local venues where we’ve experienced SMB, it was the most glaring omission that the band had not previously performed at the City’s premiere location for music that transcends genres and easy descriptions, Trans Pecos. We are so pleased to be able to present SMB at Pecos. It seems like such a natural pairing and we expect that the venue’s vibe will fit perfectly with the band’s live show.
Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band will release their new album The Rarity of Experience in March and No Quarter Records released a teaser for the record today. We expect to see some of that new material at tomorrow’s show. Here is the teaser:
When it came to the invitation for the support act for this special night, we were certain that the band needed to be someone who shared a musical kinship with Forsyth. We harkened back to a very memorable experience acidjack had at Mercury Lounge in early 2014, a “heady” night that made such a mark that the show made our “Best Of” list for entire year of 2014. The band was Herbcraft, and although we have not seen them since that night, the music was really quite a perfect fit for this show. Herbcraft have released an even spacier album in August of 2015 called Wot Oz (with our friends Woodist) and we are very much looking forward to seeing the new material live.
Here’s a track “Push Thru The Veil” from the 2014 Herbcraft recording:
Trust us on this show. This will be an experience to remember. Support the bands, come to the show. Heck, if you’re in NYC and you’ve downloaded material from this site, support us too. We’d like to keep presenting these kinds of shows.
Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band (Philadelphia)
Live at Trans Pecos
Saturday December 12, 2015
Doors at 7pm
915 Wyckoff Avenue
Ridgewood Queens NY [MAP]
L Train to Halsey or J/M to Myrtle-Wyckoff
ALL AGES $12 in advance / $15 Day of Show
Tickets in advance through Ticketfly (save three bucks!) are [HERE]
Its become an Annual tradition, so much so that we’re attaching the “8th Annual” to the event to the event this year. And of course, we’re doing it at Cake Shop again since, well, Andy and Nick have been so good to us over the years and like NYCTaper, Cake Shop has survived the ups and downs of the last decade in NYC music and is stronger than ever.
We also always rave about the bands for our shows and this year is no different. The headliner Car Seat Headrest is kind of a biggie for us — newly signed to Matador and getting tons and tons of big press for their new album Teens Of Style (out October 30). This is a set that will be packed, since Will Toledo’s band is only playing four announced CMJ shows at this point and ours is the only free and unofficial show.
The balance of the bill consists of seven bands about whom we’re very excited and for whom we’ll be doing profiles on the site in the next few weeks. This is going to be a great one, so we hope to see you there. Details below.
Its been a great eight and the ride keeps going. We are so thankful to all of our readers, friends, fellow tapers, artists, venues, managers, photographers, and everyone who has helped in big and small ways to make NYCTaper what it is today and what is will continue to become in the future. So thanks!
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