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NYCTaper Presents: Wussy at Trans-Pecos – March 30, 2016

January 18, 2016

Wussy in Cincinnati

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.

We are so pleased to be able to bring Wussy back to NYC for a show at Trans-Pecos on Wednesday March 30. We’ve also selected the support for this show, Courtesy Tier, who were so impressive when we saw their CD release show back in November at Rough Trade.

Here is the info:
NYCTaper Presents at Trans-Pecos
Courtesy Tier
Wednesday March 30, 2016
8pm Doors
9pm Music
$12 / $15 DOS

L Train to Halsey or M to Myrtle/Wyckoff

Tickets are On-Sale Now: Ticketfly Link [HERE]

Facebook Invite Page [HERE]

Market Hotel Announces First New Calendar in 5 Years

January 12, 2016

[photo by PSquared Photography]

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.


Friday 1/22 @ MARKET HOTEL


|| special guests tba
|||| Via App
|||||| Kill Alters
|||||||| Dreamcrusher
|||||||||| Malory

|| dj Jan Woo + dj Etienne Duguay + dj Bri Yin Sweetie
|| dj Rezzie Weird Magic + dj Mr Ad Hoc

$ TBA @ the door only

1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway


Saturday 1/23 @ MARKET HOTEL


|| special guests tba
|||| Guerilla Toss
|||||| PC Worship
|||||||| Pill

$ TBA @ the door only

1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway


Saturday 1/30 @ MARKET HOTEL


|| Silent Servant — Jealous God | LA
||||| Bill Converse — Dark Entries | TX
||||||| Jahiliyya Fields — L.I.E.S. | BK -LIVE-
||||||||| Forma — Spectrum Spools, The Bunker | NYC -LIVE-

$10 The Bunker Drip adv / $20 Resident Adviser adv

1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
10pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway



Friday 2/5 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC + NYCTAPER present

|| Show Me The Body
|||| Moor Mother Goddess
|||||| B L A C K I E


1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway



Saturday 2/13 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|| The Soft Moon
|||| Uniform

$15 adv / $17 dos

1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway



Monday 2/29 @ MARKET HOTEL


|| Annual Black History Month Celebration

1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
6pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway


Thursday 3/3 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|||| Dog Island

$15 adv / $17 dos

1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway



Friday 3/4 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|||| LODRO

$15 adv / $17 dos

1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway



Saturday 3/5 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents


$15 adv / $17 dos

1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway


Friday 3/25 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|| Girlpool


1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway



Wednesday 3/30 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|| Faust

$17 adv / $20 dos

1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway



Saturday April 2nd @ MARKET HOTEL



1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway


Thursday 5/5 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|| Mykki Blanco

$15 adv / $17 dos

1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway


Lee Ranaldo: December 16, 2015 Market Hotel

December 23, 2015

[photos by PSquared Photography and Ryan Muir]

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.

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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.

Lee will be performing solo again at the City Winery for Joseph Arthur’s 6th Annual New Year’s Day Celebration, before heading to Europe for solo dates in late January and early February.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cardioids mounted on the second Pillar and mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is quite outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Set [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Set:

Lee Ranaldo
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 27:55]
01 Lee Ranaldo-Tim Barnes Duo

Support Lee Ranaldo: Website | FacebookBuy Lee Ranaldo and the Dust records from Matador


NYCTaper Presents: Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band + Herbcraft – Tomorrow Night (Saturday) at Trans Pecos

December 11, 2015


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.

The Details:
NYCTaper Presents
Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band (Philadelphia)
Herbcraft (Maine)

Live at Trans Pecos
Saturday December 12, 2015
Doors at 7pm

Trans Pecos
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]

Facebook Invite Page is [HERE].

Announcement: NYCTaper 8th Annual Unofficial CMJ Day Party – Cake Shop October 15

September 21, 2015


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.

Facebook Invite

NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
8th Annual Unofficial CMJ Show
from NYCTaper – NYC’s Live Music Archivist

Thursday October 15, 2015

Cake Shop
152 Ludlow Street NYC
12 Noon Doors
Music 1pm – 7pm

Car Seat Headrest (Seattle) – 6:15pm
Dirty Ghosts (San Francisco) – 5:30pm
NE-HI (Chicago) – 4:50pm
Mothers (Athens GA) – 4:10pm
Zachary Cale (Brooklyn via Louisiana) – 3:30pm
Dirty Dishes (Brooklyn) – 2:55pm
Vomitface (Jersey City) – 2:20pm
WOMPS (Glasgow Scotland) – 1:45pm

Ticketfly Listing

NYCTaper is 8 Years Old Today

May 11, 2015


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!

Let’s get 8 more.

NYCTaper on the Radio: nyctaper and acidjack interviewed on Homegrown Sunday Ramble

April 2, 2015

Homegrown Sunday Ramble Y2-13, New Jesse Malin, Willie Nile Live at the Bottom Line by Homegrown Sunday Ramble on Mixcloud

We were so pleased to return to the excellent web-radio show Homegrown Sunday Ramble this past Sunday night. Our readers will remember that we appeared on the show last year. Paul and Dave are the most welcoming hosts and the conversation was interesting and fun. We had a chance to say nice things about Baby’s All Right, Bowery Ballroom, The Capitol Theatre, Saint Vitus, The Brull Foundation, and SXSW, among many other topics. Listen to the embedded broadcast above and check out the show every Sunday night at 7pm on Homegrown Radio NJ [HERE].

NYCTaper Presents: Jeffrey Lewis/Diane Cluck/Kid In The Attic at Trans Pecos – TOMORROW February 17, 2015

February 16, 2015

Jeff and Diane

When I pitched this bill to ToddP for Trans Pecos, his immediate reaction was “great bill”. And that’s because it is. Jeffrey Lewis is one of the most talented and entertaining performers to evolve from the “anti-folk” movement of the last decade and Diane Cluck writes compelling and beautiful intimate songs that capture the listener. The friends have toured together this month on the East Coast and this is the final show of that tour. The excellent new performer Kid In The Attic was chosen especially by Diane as support for this show.

We’re pleased that tickets have moved briskly for this show, but there are still tickets remaining.
HERE is the Ticketfly link.

:: NYCTAPER Presents

8:00 ::: Kid In The Attic
9:00 :::: Jeffrey Lewis
10:00 :::: Diane Cluck

915 Wyckoff Ave @ Weirfield St | Ridgewood/Bushwick Border
L-Halsey, M-Myrtle Wyckoff | 7PM | $12 | all ages

Wall Street Journal Recommendation [HERE]
Brooklynvegan Post [HERE]
Oh My Rockness “Best Shows of the Week” [HERE]
Time Out New York Recommendation [HERE] (and print below)
Queens Tribune Recommendation [HERE]

Facebook Invite Page [HERE]

Jeffrey Lewis on NYCTaper:

Diane Cluck on NYCTaper:

Time Out Print piece

NYCTaper Top 25 Moments of 2014

December 31, 2014


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.

nyctaper Top 10 Concerts of 2014

December 27, 2014


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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