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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

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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:

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

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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:

Squeeze – August 2, 2007 Nokia Theatre – Lossless Download

August 3, 2007
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Well, maybe 1988 is over, but 1981? Squeeze on Pier 84 in the Summer of 1981 is one of my favorite old concert experiences. The current reunion tour is essentially to promote the re-release of the back catalog and the new compilation Essential Squeeze. Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook have written some of the most engaging and enjoyable pop songs in the last three decades, and the songs still hold up particularly well as the best of them were performed tonight.

I recorded this concert from the middle of the floor, using my clip-on microphones. This recording was not captured with pro-quality equipment, and it generally does not measure up to the sonic standards of other recordings on this site. However, it is certainly an enjoyable listen of a terrific concert.

The photograph above is courtesy of the excellent Squeeze fan site Packet of Three.

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. I’m sure you can find it somewhere on the web if you look hard enough.

Squeeze
2007-08-02
Nokia Theatre
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board
Center of the Floor
approximately 30 feet from PA

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Premiere Download offered at nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:39:29]
01 Take Me I’m Yours
02 Slightly Drunk
03 Piccadilly
04 Hourglass
05 Up the Junction
06 I Think I’m Go Go
07 Third Rail
08 Electric Trains
09 Some Fantastic Place
10 Annie Get Your Gun
11 Melody Motel
12 Messed Around
13 Walk Away
14 Slaughtered, Gutted and Heartbroken
15 Another Nail in My Heart
16 Goodbye Girl
17 If I Didn’t Love You
18 Pulling Mussels From The Shell
19 Slap and Tickle
20 Cool for Cats
21 [encore break]
22 Tempted
23 Is That Love?
24 Black Coffee in Bed

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording, please support Squeeze and purchase the new compilation:

White Stripes July 24, 2007 NYC – lossless download

July 25, 2007
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Well, its two weeks later, and instead of seeing White Stripes with 1200 people on a remote island in Canada, its back to the big city, the world’s most famous arena, and 20,000 fans. Again, Jack and Meg were consistently excellent. The performance lasted 30 minutes longer than the July 11 concert, and the band did not seem to be fazed at all by the size of the venue or the raucous crowd.

The NYC recording differs from the Canada recording, but the quality is equally excellent. I was in my favorite recording section of the Garden, Section 7, which placed me in front of the soundboard and in the center. This recording has more stereo presence, but also more of the crowd. It is perhaps a better overall representation of the experience of this outstanding concert.

This recording is no longer available due to Mr. White’s new strict anti-taping and anti-sharing policy.

White Stripes
2007-07-24
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Board Center
Section 7, Row J, Seat 10

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

Premiere Download offered at
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Setlist:
[Total Time 1:52:22]
01 Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
02 When I Hear My Name
03 Jolene
04 Hotel Yorba
05 Cannon
06 Icky Thump
07 Do
08 Death Letter
09 In The Cold, Cold Night
10 A Martyr for My Love for You
11 I’m Slowly Turning Into You
12 I Think I Smell A Rat
13 Wasting My Time
14 300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues
15 You Don’t Know What Love Is
16 Fell in Love With a Girl
17 Ball and Biscuit
18 [encore break]
19 Blue Orchid
20 I Just Don’t Know What To Do with Myself
21 Little Ghost
22 We’re Going to Be Friends
23 Little Bird
24 Catch Hell Blues
25 My Doorbell
26 Seven Nation Army
27 Boll Weevil

Support the White Stripes and purchase their official releases.

Zeena Parkins at Tonic February 1, 2006 – Lossless Download

July 22, 2007
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Avante-harpist Zeena Parkins played a central role in the Matmos concert discussed below. She performed a full array of harp sounds, from the beautiful melodic acoustic harp to the powerful and violent cacophony of her electric harp.

The concert offered for download below was a trio of Zeena, keyboardist Jamie Saft, and drummer Bobby Previte. They performed at the now-defunct jazz club Tonic, and provided an hour of compelling experimental jazz.

Download complete performance in FLAC [HERE].

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Zeena Parkins
with Jamie Saft (keyboard), Bobby Previte (drums)
2006-02-01
Tonic
New York, NY

Master Audience Recording
10 feet from stage and PA

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

Core Sound Cardiods > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > flac

Tracklist:
01 Untitled Improvisational Piece [1:01:27]

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White Stripes July 11, 2007 Prince Edward Island – Lossless Download

July 15, 2007
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NYCTaper became PEITaper for a night when my annual vacation trip to Prince Edward Island crisscrossed with the White Stripes tour across Canada. Charlottetown is a beautiful old city on the water, and its quaint Civic Centre provided a uniquely intimate setting to experience Jack and Meg on tour. The White Stripes large stage set-up and the layout of the small hockey arena only allowed for about 1200 people in the facility.

I was seated in the first row of the stands, 3 seats from the front, directly in line and only 20 feet from the left PA speaker stack. As a result, the recording is quite clear and upfront. Additionally, the hockey boards provided a buffer from much of the noise of the crowd from the floor.

As you’ll hear in the recording offered for download below, the White Stripes used the intimate setting to perform a nice varied setlist and a high energy show–such that Charlottetown may be the best show of the entire Canadian tour.

This recording is no longer available due to Mr. White’s new strict anti-taping and anti-sharing policy.

White Stripes
2007-07-11
Civic Centre
Charlottetown
Prince Edward Island
Canada

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Section 18, Row A, Seat 9
20 Feet in Front of Left PA Stacks

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

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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:25:58]
01 Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
02 Icky Thump
03 Hotel Yorba
04 Cannon
05 I’m Slowly Turning Into You
06 Wasting My Time
07 Jolene
08 Catch Hell Blues
09 The Same Boy You’ve Always Known
10 I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman
11 I Think I Smell a Rat
12 In The Cold, Cold Night
13 You Don’t Know What Love Is
14 The Denial Twist
15 One More Cup of Coffee
16 We’re Going To Be Friends
17 Fell In Love With a Girl
18 Ball and a Biscuit
19 [encore break]
20 Black Math
21 Blue Orchid
22 Party of Special Things to Do
23 I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself
24 Seven Nation Army
25 Boll Weevil

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording please visit White Stripes Website and purchase their commercial releases.

Support the White Stripes and purchase the new album Icky Thump

Fiery Furnaces – June 30, 2007 – Lossless Download

July 1, 2007
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I was introduced to the music of the Fiery Furnaces through a live cover of their song “Tropical Ice-land” by Of Montreal. Kevin Barnes called their Blueberry Boat the album he “goes to sleep with at night”.

When one door closes, sometimes another better door opens. When Morrissey postponed his show (see below), I was fortunate that a concert of this quality was also scheduled in the NYC area. After securing a ticket through craigslist, it was off to Jersey.

Its hard to describe the music of Fiery Furnaces without engaging in weird musical juxtapositions. They perform oddly accessible alt-pop, with a dry sense of humor, and strange twists of melody. My best absurd description would be the 1975-era Patti Smith fronting a band with members of Captain Beefheart.

The Maxwell’s performance captured below was superb in all respects. The sound quality, the performance, and the energy of the crowd and the band were all outstanding.

Direct download of complete show in FLAC [HERE].

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Fiery Furnaces
2007-06-30
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from in Front of the Soundboard Booth

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2007-07-01

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:24:07]
01 Japanese Slippers
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 Single Again
15 Wicker
16 Quay Cur
17 I’m Gonna Run
18 Here Comes the Summer
19 Blueberry Boat
20 Tropical Ice-Land
21 Spaniolated
22 Name Game
23 Birdie Brain
24 1917
Encores:
25 Police Sweater Blood Vow
26 Restorative Beer
27 Widow City

As with all concerts featured on this site, please support this unique artist, and buy their latest album.

Wilco at Hammerstein June 25, 2007 – Lossless Download

June 26, 2007
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What else can be said about the band that has produced the most consistently great music over the last 10 years of contemporary music. The new album has been called a “return” to a more traditional Wilco sound, but that’s not really accurate. Sky Blue Sky is yet another step in the maturation process of the band, and more particularly in Jeff Tweedy’s life and career. Its also the first album with Nels Cline as a full-time member, and as a result, the guitar work is rich and imaginative–particularly in “Impossible Germany”.

I’ve seen Wilco regularly since 1996, on about a dozen occasions, in every local venue from Mercury Lounge to Madison Square Garden, including recording one of the most famous of the early Wilco shows, February 15, 1997 at Irving Plaza. Wilco have never failed to deliver a top notch performance in my experiences, and Monday night at Hammerstein was no exception.

I recorded with band permission from a microphone stand in front of the soundboard booth. Although Hammerstein is a cavernous venue with much echo and boominess, the outstanding job by Wilco’s sound crew provided a PA signal with such remarkable clarity that I was able to capture a superb recording.

Direct download of FLAC files [HERE]

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Wilco
2007-06-25
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board Dead Center

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Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2007-06-26

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:56:08]
01 You Are My Face
02 Side With the Seeds
03 Shot in the Arm
04 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
05 Kamera
06 Handshake Drugs
07 Shake it Off
08 Hummingbird
09 Via Chicago
10 Jesus, Etc.
11 Hate it Here
12 Walken
13 I’m the Man Who Loves You
14 Poor Places
15 Spiders (Kidsmoke)
Encores
16 Impossible Germany
17 Sky Blue Sky
18 California Stars
19 War On War
20 Heavy Metal Drummer
21 I’m Always In Love
22 I’m A Wheel

As with all recordings posted on this site, please support this outstanding artist, visit Wilco’s website, and buy their commercial releases.

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