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Zappa Plays Zappa October 31, 2006 – Theatre at MSG – Lossless Download

October 30, 2007
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Tonight Zappa Plays Zappa performs at the Beacon Theatre, in a continued celebration of the music of Frank–whose annual Halloween NYC shows were legend. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this evening’s performance. However, last year I was lucky to see the show at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. The band was led in the capable hands of Dweezil, and last year’s show featured members of Frank’s band, including the amazing Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, and Napoleon Murphy Brock.

In anticipation of tonight, nyctaper presents a Halloween present to our loyal readers.

I recorded this concert from the center of the front section, directly in front of the soundboard, and utilized the Neumann rig. This recording has an excellent stereo presence and rich bass notes. Enjoy!

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. If you search the web, you’ll likely find a copy.

Zappa Plays Zappa
2006-10-31
The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Board – Dead Center
Section 100, Row R, Seat 12

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

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
http://www.nyctaper.com

Setlist:
[Total Time 2:51:44]
01 Andy
02 Call Any Vegetable
03 Tell Me You Love Me
04 Who Are The Brain Police?
05 Can’t Afford No Shoes
06 Pygmy Twylyght
07 Idiot Bastard Son
08 Cheepnis
09 I Am The Slime / Pound for a Brown
10 Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow / St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast
11 Inca Roads
12 I’m So Cute
13 Trying to Grow a Chin
14 Advance Romance
15 Punky’s Whips
16 Black Page 1
17 Black Page 2
18 Peaches En Regalia
19 Montana
20 Village of the Sun// > //Echinda’s Arf
21 Zombie Woof
22 Black Napkins
23 The Torture Never Stops
Encores:
24 Quick Orange County Lumber Truck
25 More Trouble Every Day
26 Regyptian Strut

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Wilco February 15, 1997 – Irving Plaza – Lossless Download

October 29, 2007
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Of all the Wilco shows I have attended, this is the best one. At the NYC stop on the amazing Being There tour, the band’s performance is energetic, fun, tight and inspired. This is the infamous “deli tray” show, where the band tossed HBO’s complimentary food items into the audience before the second set of encores. The HBO show “Reverb” eventually broadcast about 30 minutes of this concert.

This recording was made from the center of the floor. Three tapers brought equipment to this show, but the venue would only allow one rig–so we chose the guy with the Schoeps microphones. I patched my DAT out of his recorder. The microphone stand can been seen at points during the broadcast. This recording captures that energy of this show in a way that any dry soundboard could not. Enjoy!

The June 25, 2007 Wilco performance at Hammerstein Ballroom is still available in the nyctaper archives (here).

Download the complete show in FLAC format [HERE].

Wilco
1997-02-15
Irving Plaza
New York, NY USA

Audience Master Recording
Recorded from 30 feet, dead center, front of board, with mic pole.
Schoeps microphones (unknown model) > DAT deck (unknown model) >
patched to Sony D-7 DAT

DAT Master > Panasonic SV-3800 > digital coaxial > Audigy 2 ZS Platinum >
Soundforge > 16 bit 44.1 wav > CD Wave (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7,
align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded by nyctaper
http://www.nyctaper.com

Setlist:
(Total Time 1:41:26)
01 Misunderstood
02 Far, Far Away
03 Forget The Flowers
04 That’s Not The Issue
05 Someday Soon
06 New Madrid
07 Red-Eyed And Blue
08 I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
09 Someone Else’s Song
10 Why Would You Wanna Live
11 I Must Be High
12 Passenger Side (punk)
13 Hotel Arizona
14 Monday
15 Kingpin
16 Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Encores:
17 Box Full Of Letters
18 Casino Queen
19 [The Deli Tray Incident]
20 We’ve Been Had
21 The Long Cut
22 Dreamer In My Dreams
23 Will You Love Me Tomorrow

If you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT THIS ARTIST and buy their official releases at their website, or click the link below to buy the classic Being There album from this tour:

Morrissey October 22, 2007 – Hammerstein – Lossless Download

October 23, 2007
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Morrissey began his 5-night stand at Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday night with an energetic and powerful performance. Clearly understanding the disappointment at his cancellation of the June concert, Morrissey said “our little donkey finally made it to New York City, thanks for your patience, thanks for waiting” after the third number. He proceeded to deliver a set tight with recent numbers and weighed heavy on the back end with Smiths favorites, including the rare “Death of a Disco Dancer” from Strangeways.

I recorded from the lower Mezzanine. I arrived fairly late, so that my position was farther back than hoped, although with a clear view at the left PA stack. The sound quality in the venue was quite outstanding, so that ultimately this recording is excellent.

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. If you search the web, you’ll likely find a copy.

Morrissey
2007-10-22
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from 1st Mezzanine
7th Row on Left Center Aisle

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

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper
2007-10-22

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

Setlist:
[total time 1:30:27]
01 [Introduction – Imperfect List]
02 Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
03 Tomorrow
04 Sister, I’m A Poet
05 London
06 The Loop
07 That’s How People Grow Up
08 Jack The Ripper
09 I Like You
10 Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself?
11 Stretch Out And Wait
12 The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
13 Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
14 Billy Budd
15 All You Need Is Me
16 Death Of A Disco Dancer
17 Irish Blood, English Heart
18 Shoplifters Of The World Unite
19 One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
20 You Have Killed Me
21 How Soon Is Now?
Encore:
22 First Of The Gang To Die

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Bruce Springsteen October 18, 2007 MSG – Lossless Download

October 19, 2007
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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band brought their 2007 Magic tour to Madison Square Garden for two nights, and Thursday’s second show was another remarkable performance by the most energetic 58-year old performer in rock history. Springsteen worked through much of the new material, while sprinkling in career highlights, including a particular emphasis on Born to Run material. The highlight of the evening was the ultra-rare “Meeting Across the River” which segued directly into “Jungleland”, and which Bruce dedicated to his friend the late actor Peter Boyle.

nyctaper has supported Bruce for over 3 decades–going all the way back to 1975 when at the age of 12 I spent my allowance money to buy a vinyl copy of Born to Run. As we post this recording on this site, we again support him with our utmost sincerity. While Springsteen as been an avid anti-bootlegging artist, so too does this site condemn the sale of unofficial live recordings. In recent years, Bruce Springsteen has appeared to have drawn a line between profiteering bootleggers, and fan recordings. On the web, sites such as the jungeland tracker, backstreets, and dimeadozen have served to enhance fan interaction by freely sharing unofficial live recordings with the vociferous fans, all without any official condemnation by Bruce. We hope that this site will equally be seen as the supportive site we maintain, and that there will be no repercussions from the posting of this recording.

I recorded from Row C of Section 313, which is obviously not the ideal location in this venue. However, we were positioned directly on the side of the stage, and a large PA stack pointed directly at the section. As a result, while the recording is a bit boomy, its much clearer and more well-defined that I had expected. Enjoy!

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. If you search the web, you’ll likely find a copy.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
2007-10-18
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Section 313 Row C

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > 16bit 44.1 .wav > Soundforge > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper
2007-10-18

Setlist:
[Total Time 2:15:29]
01 [Introduction]
02 Radio Nowhere
03 Night
04 Lonesome Day
05 Gypsy Biker
06 Magic
07 Reason to Believe
08 Candy’s Room
09 She’s the One
10 Livin’ in the Future
11 The Promised Land
12 Tougher Than the Rest
13 Meeting Across the River
14 Jungleland
15 You Can Look
16 Devil’s Arcade
17 The Rising
18 Last to Die
19 Long Walk Home
20 Badlands
21 [encore break]
22 Girls in Their Summer Clothes
23 Thundercrack
24 Born to Run
25 Dancing in the Dark
26 American Land// (first 2 minutes/balance cut)*

Alternate Complete version of Track 26 (MANY thanks to the recorder scoper)
26 American Land (alt)

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Meat Puppets October 17, 2007 – Pianos CMJ Party – Lossless Download

October 17, 2007
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“It’s been a great year, eh?” I said. “Best one I’ve had in a really long time,” replied Cris Kirkwood, bass player for the Meat Puppets. Indeed, it has. The Meat Puppets continued their 2007 tour with a stop at the BrooklynVegan CMJ party at Pianos this afternoon where they entertained a packed room with a loose and playful set that featured several improvisational segments. The highlight was the 12-minute version of Up on the Sun that began with an introduction jam that melded neatly into the song.

Thanks to the Meat Puppets, I had access to an excellent recording position, and was able to utilize the maximum height of my stand and my Neumann rig. As a result, the recording is clear and crisp. Enjoy!

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

Meat Puppets
2007-10-17
Pianos (Downstairs)
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded with Microphone Stand 20 feet from Stage

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

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2007-10-17

Setlist:
[total time 52:12]
01 Jam > Up On the Sun
02 The Whistling Song
03 Oh, Me
04 My Baby’s Gone
05 Island
06 Plateau
07 On the Rise
08 Comin’ Down
09 Instrumental
10 Look at the Rain
11 Lake of Fire

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Regina Spektor October 16, 2007 Hammerstein – Lossless Download

October 17, 2007
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Regina Spektor came home to a huge admiring crowd at the sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday. Regina has come a long way from her Lower East Side anti-folk days and such venues as the Sidewalk Cafe, Fez and Tonic, but she has truly retained her modesty, charm and deadly sense of humor. All were on display at Hammerstein, as she worked through a delightful and varied setlist.

This recording was made from the best location for sound in this cavernous venue. However, recording a solo piano artist can be difficult, particularly when the crowd is so supportive. While Regina sings the recording is outstanding, but the volume levels boom when the crowd cheers. Be prepared for those boosts, and enjoy an otherwise thoroughly engaging performance!

The direct download location of the FLAC files is [HERE].

Regina Spektor
2007-10-16
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board Center
Approximately 50 Feet from Stage

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

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper
2007-10-16

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

Setlist:
[total time 1:30:50]
01 Ain’t No Cover
02 On the Radio
03 Sailor Boy
04 The Flowers
05 Prisoners
06 One More Time With Feeling
07 Better
08 Music Box
09 Poor Little Rich Boy
10 Bobbing for Apples
11 Remember That Time
12 Après Moi
13 Lesson in How Fleeting Preservation Is
14 Small Town Moon
15 Summer in the City
16 Baby Jesus
17 Ghost of Corporate Future
18 Human of the Year
19 Real Love
20 [encore break]
21 Us
22 Fidelity
23 Hotel Song*
24 Field Below
25 Samson

*with Only Son

If you download this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT this amazing artist and visit her website.
Click the link below to purchase Regina’s latest CD:

of Montreal October 13, 2007 Roseland – Lossless Download

October 14, 2007
By


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of Montreal brought their elaborate and entertaining stage show to Roseland on Saturday night, in a relatively short but well-played performance. The set list was more representative of the material as a whole than the Spring Hissing Fauna tour. The show also featured two new numbers slated for release on a 2008 album. The only negative was the behavior of the Saturday night midtown crowd, which was far too heavy with chatters, gazers, and text-message addicts.

Although I had written permission to record from of Montreal’s lead guitarist, I still had to deal with some venue politics–and three burly security guards hovering over me and telling me to take down my rig. Fortunately, Roseland Ballroom has an excellent Venue Manager named Linda, who assessed the situation and ultimately permitted me to record from the prime front of board position. Thanks Linda!

Overall, the results are outstanding. This is a clear and rich recording, which captures the music and bit of the party atmosphere. Enjoy!

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

of Montreal
2007-10-13
Roseland Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board
Dead Center approximately 60 feet from Stage

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

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2007-10-13

Many thanks to The Late B.P. Helium for permission to record.

[Total Time 1:22:05]
Setlist:
01 Introduction
02 So Begins Our Alabee
03 Rapture Rapes the Muses
04 The Party’s Crashing Us
05 Gronlandic Edit
06 Suffer for Fashion
07 Forecast Fascist Future
08 Exquisite Confessions
09 Lysergic Bliss
10 We Can Do It Softcore If You Want
11 She’s a Rejecter
12 October is Eternal
13 Oslo In The Summertime
14 Mingusings
15 My British Tour Diary
16 Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider
17 I Was Never Young
18 Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
19 [encore break]
20 Requiem for O.M.M.2
21 Faberge Falls For Shuggie
22 The Repudiated Immortals

As with all artists featured at this site, if you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT of Montreal, visit their site, and purchase their latest release

of Montreal – Roseland Concert Preview – Bonus Lossless Download March 9, 2007

October 11, 2007
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of Montreal‘s Hissing Fauna is on the short list of best CDs of 2007. On Saturday October 13, they return to New York for a performance at Roseland Ballroom. The two sold-out shows in March were outstanding, and featured a healthy dose of the new album. The word is that there are new unreleased songs in the setlist this tour from a forthcoming album tentatively called “Skeletal Lamping”. I will be there with my microphones and stand, since lead guitarist “The Late B.P. Helium” has given me permission to record this show.

In March, I was fortunate to have attended one of the Irving Plaza concerts, and also recorded with permission. Thanks to the of Montreal staff and Irving Plaza, I was able to set up my microphone stand in the center of the floor in front of the soundboard overhang. The results are excellent.

Download the complete show in FLAC [HERE].

of Montreal
2007-03-09
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 > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2007-03-10

[Total Time 1:32:54]
Setlist:
01 Introduction
02 Suffer for Fashion
03 Sink the Seine
04 Cato as a Pun
05 Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
06 Labyrinthian Pomp
07 She’s a Rejecter
08 We Were Born the Mutants Again with Leafing
09 October is Eternal
10 I Was a Landscape in Your Dream
11 [Kevin banter]
12 Vegan in Furs
13 Du Og Meg
14 Climb the Ladder
15 Tropical Iceland (Fiery Furnaces cover, with “And She Was” tease-Talking Heads)
16 Forecast Fascist Future
17 I Was Never Young
18 Rapture Rapes the Muses
19 Gronlandic Edit
20 A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger
21 The Party’s Crashing Us
Encores:
22 Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider
23 Faberge Falls For Shuggie
24 Moonage Daydream (Bowie)
25 Requiem for O.M.M.2

As with all artists featured at this site, if you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT of Montreal, visit their site, and click the link below to purchase their latest release:

Radiohead – In Rainbows Preview – Bonus Lossless Download June 14, 2006

October 8, 2007
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Radiohead. Somehow you knew it had to be them. The band to ultimately drive the last nail into the coffin of the old-model record companies. The brilliant simplicity of the promotion model for In Rainbows is something to behold. The user can buy the digital download for any price the user believes to be appropriate. I decided to order last night, and paid what amounted to $11 US. There is also a deluxe box set with extra songs, a double vinyl disc, a book, eight bonus tracks and two CDs which requires purchase and will be delivered in December.

Oh yes, and there is no record company or any other entity involved in the download. Its Radiohead and us. The ramifications of this grand experiment are huge. Here at nyctaper, we believe that Radiohead’s model represents a validation of the mission of this site–free downloads as a means to promote a positive relationship directly between artists and fans. A new paradigm indeed.

Bob Lefsetz blog contains an excellent discussion of In Rainbows.

The download will be available on October 10. Pre-Order In Rainbows here.

In 2006, Radiohead toured and performed several songs that will appear on In Rainbows. I recorded one of the Theatre at Madison Square Garden shows. This is a nice clear recording, and is the last recording I made with my old condenser microphones before upgrading the Neumann rig and the DPA rig. Enjoy!

The photograph above is courtesy of the drinkatwork blog.

This recording is no longer available on nyctaper.com. If you search the web, I’m sure you’ll find a copy.

Radiohead
2006-06-14
The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

Recorder1
Master Audience Recording
Section 202 Row R, Seat 19
approximately 100 feet directly in front of stage-left PA speaker

Core Sound Cardiods > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 >
16 bit 44.1 wav file > Soundforge > CDWave (tracking) > Flac
Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

recorded and edited by
nyctaper 2006-06-14

This recording is dedicated to the people of the Radiohub, a
wonderfully generous and dedicated group of Radiohead fans.
Visit radioheadlive.no-ip.org in the direct connect network (DC++) or
http://www.radiohub.net/index.php/Main_Page on the web

Tracklist:
01 Intro/The Gloaming
02 The National Anthem
03 15 Step
04 Arpeggi
05 Kid A
06 Dollars And Cents
07 Videotape
08 Nude
09 I Might Be Wrong
10 Paranoid Android
11 Bangers ‘n Mash
12 Pyramid Song
13 My Iron Lung
14 Bodysnatchers
15 Myxomatosis
16 No Surprises
17 Everything In Its Right Place

Encore 1
18 A Wolf At The Door
19 Down Is The New Up
20 Like Spinning Plates
21 Spooks
22 Idioteque

Encore 2
23 Just
24 The Tourist

I can not express how important it is to SUPPORT RADIOHEAD and this grand experiment. PLEASE visit the Radiohead site and purchase In Rainbows. Don’t just grab it for free and run. Its important that the artist prove that this is a new and effective business model.

Fiery Furnaces – October 6, 2007 Sound Fix Records – Lossless Download

October 7, 2007
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The new Fiery Furnaces CD Widow City is due for general release on October 9. Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn offered it for sale exclusively on Saturday night, and the Fiery Furnaces were there to celebrate and performed a 35-minute live set featuring 9 of the Widow City songs.

The band is rehearsing for their upcoming tour, and the new material has already taken a life of its own. In particular, the 3-song medley of Duplexes>Husband>Ex-Guru was tight and focused, with “Ex-Guru” having already morphed into a power-pop number.

The experienced readers of this site have had the opportunity to witness the evolution of my interest in the Fiery Furnaces, from a curiosity to rabid fan. In June, when Morrissey canceled, I took advantage of an open night and recorded (here) a band I had only experienced through an Of Montreal cover of one Fiery Furnaces song. Thereafter, thoroughly impressed with the band, I bought Bitter Tea, recorded them again in August (here), and have not looked back.

Last night I had the pleasure of chatting with Matt after the performance. He was pleasant, showed appreciation for my recordings and my site, and thanked me for coming to the shows. When an artist of this talent proves to be modest and appreciative, it becomes truly a pleasure to thank and support them at my site.

The recording offered for download below was captured from 10 feet in front of the PA, and is crystal clear. Although the crowd was packed into the small cafe in the rear of Sound Fix, it was a group of true fans who were respectful of the performance. There’s no chatter on this recording, only support. Enjoy!

Download the complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Fiery Furnaces
2007-10-06
Sound Fix Records
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Dead Center
Approximately 10 feet from PA

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > 16bit 44.1 wav > Soundforge (set fades, level boost, slight eq) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper
2007-10-07

Setlist:
[Total Time 33:46]
01 The Philadelphia Grand Jury
02 Navy Nurse
03 My Egyptian Grammar
04 Evergreen
05 Duplexes of the Dead
06 More Automatic Husband
07 Ex-Guru
08 Japanese Slippers
09 Restorative Beer
10 Right by Conquest

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