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Zeena Parkins at Tonic February 1, 2006 – Lossless Download

July 22, 2007

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)
New York, NY

Master Audience Recording
10 feet from stage and PA

Recorded by nyctaper

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01 Untitled Improvisational Piece [1:01:27]

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

July 15, 2007

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
Civic Centre
Prince Edward Island

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

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[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

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
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

[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
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

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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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

[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)
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.

Richard Thompson June 21, 2007 – Lossless Download

June 22, 2007

Richard Thompson is currently on tour supporting one of his strongest albums in quite some years, Sweet Warrior, and he performed a free concert in Prospect Park in Brooklyn last night. Under the most difficult conditions, Thompson delivered a stunning performance of new material and classics, proving once again that he is one of the most prolific and yet under-appreciated performers of last four decades.

But, oh, the rain. With any outdoor concert, the elements play a part in the experience, but this recording is an extreme example. As Thompson took the stage, it began to rain and in the middle of the second song (“Bad Monkey”), the skies opened with a torrential downpour and lightning. The commotion during that song is obvious on this recording. The concert was halted for about 15 minutes, and the crowd ran for cover.

Thankfully, my equipment was not drenched, due to the kindness of a older couple providing cover with a plastic tarp. It rained on and off throughout most of the concert, and there are moments when the surrounding noises of umbrellas and people fleeing for cover can be heard. There is one song missing from this recording (“Mingulay Boat Song”), as my Marantz digital recorder seized near the end of “I’ll Never Give it Up”, most likely as a result of excessive moisture. After a reset, the recording resumed and the balance of the set was captured.

All things considered, under the most difficult circumstances possible, this recording is nevertheless an outstanding capture of a memorable Richard Thompson concert. For an example of this recording at its best, sample the encore “Sunset Song”.

Interestingly, this recording comes almost exactly 10 years to the day since the last time I recorded Thompson, June 15, 1997 at the Fleadh Festival. That 1997 recording will be posted on this site in the coming months.

This recording is no longer available at NYCTaper. Search the web and you’ll probably find it.

Richard Thompson
Prospect Park Bandshell
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from in Front of the Soundboard Booth
Center Seating Section

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[Total Time 1:30:48]
01 Needle & Thread
02 Bad Monkey
03 Dad’s Gonna Kill Me
04 Take Care the Road You Choose
05 The Wrong Heartbeat
06 Al Bowlly’s in Heaven
07 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
08 One Door Opens
09 I’ll Never Give It Up//
Mingulay Boat Song [not recorded]
10 A Man in Need
11 I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
12 Wall of Death
13 Read About Love
14 Sunset Song
15 Mr. Stupid
16 Persuasion
17 Tear Stained Letter

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

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Scott Maher – June 19, 2007 Lossless Download

June 19, 2007

If you have not heard of Scott Maher, you soon will. Scott’s perfectly crafted pop songs are both melodic and lyrically strong. His debut album Cartoon Moon received rave reviews, and a groundswell of support is developing in his hometown of Dublin, in NYC, and in LA, where he performs in July. He is currently working on a second album, and has recorded 2 songs for a film to be released this Summer.

The recording captured below was done with Scott’s permission, from a microphone stand in front of the soundboard, with my Neumann microphones. The recording captures Scott with a full band, performing a tight set of representative material.

Scott Maher
Luna Lounge
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from in Front of the Soundboard Booth
Dead Center, approximately 20 feet from the PA

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digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > flac

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[total time 48:31]
01 Cinema Smile
02 Pyramid
03 Mojo
04 Moving On
05 Reveal
06 Shine
07 Cartoon Moon
08 Roundstone
09 My Star
10 High Time

If you download this recording, please support the artist and visit Scott’s Website to get news and purchase his CDs. Scott’s CDs can also be purchased at CD Baby.

Bjorkestra – June 15, 2007 Lossless Download

June 16, 2007

Becca Stevens is the lead vocalist for Bjorkestra, and her performance last night stands as a shining example of why Bjorkestra works so well. Becca is an extremely talented singer, and she performs Bjork’s music not as in imitation or a mimic. The compositions become Becca’s songs, and yet maintain faithful to the originals. A prime example is the encore of “Its Oh So Quiet” from last night. Becca performed the song in a more traditional big band jazz style than Bjork and provided her own flourishes, but maintained the dynamic of Bjork’s version.

The flac files posted below were recorded again from the prime location with my best equipment, with thanks again to Travis for permission and access. The recording has better stereo separtion, and a better vocal mix than the February recording.

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra
Highline Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from in Front of the Soundboard Booth
Dead Center, approximately 40 feet from the PA

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

[Total Time 1:40:30]
01 Hunter
02 Hyperballad
03 I Go Humble
04 Jòga
05 Cocoon
06 Army of Me
07 Unravel
08 Alarm Call
09 Pluto
10 Show Me Forgiveness
11 Who Is It
12 [band introductions]
13 Human Behavior
14 Its Oh So Quiet

Please support this unique and compelling interpretation of the music of Bjork.

Bjorkestra – Feb 2007 Lossless download

June 13, 2007

Bjorkestra at Bowery Ballroom
January 20, 2006

As the founder and host of the Bjork Hub since March 2004, I’ve had a lot of contact with Bjork-related projects, some of which have worked with the hub in artist promotion. Of these, the Bjorkestra is by far the most rewarding.

Bjorkestra succeeds so effectively for two very distinct reasons: the quality of the musicians, and the content and vision of the creation. The musicians are essentially a “who’s who” in the new wave of young downtown NYC jazz musicians. The concept of Bjorkestra is quite simple, Bjork’s music set in big band brass arrangements–and the execution of that concept is quite superbly done. The arrangements are original, yet capture the essence of the music, and leave ample room for the musicians to breathe their own unique abilities into the framework of the songs. It also helps that Travis Sullivan is an engaging individual, and he stamps his gregarious personality all over the music.

Bjorkestra is performing on Friday June 15, at the Highline Ballroom in NYC. If you have the opportunity to attend this concert, by all means make your way to the venue and experience this superb act.

The performance captured in the recording posted below is both musically outstanding, and a very enjoyable listen. Travis was nice enough to place me on the guest list, and allow me to record from inside of the soundboard booth, with a microphone stand, using my best equipment. The result is an honest and clear capture of Bjorkestra.

Direct download of Complete show in FLAC is [HERE].

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Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra
The Canal Room
New York, NY USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Inside the Soundboard Booth
Dead Center, approximately 30 feet from the PA

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

[Total Time 1:44:10]
01 Overture
02 Hyperballad
03 Alarm Call
04 Enjoy
05 Jòga
06 Army of Me
07 Unravel
08 Pluto
09 Show Me Forgiveness
10 Hunter
11 Who Is It
12 Cocoon
13 Human Behavior

Please support this unique and compelling interpretation of the music of Bjork, and visit the Bjorkestra site.

Dinosaur Jr. at Irving Plaza 2007 – lossless download

June 7, 2007

When I first heard “Freak Scene” in 1988, I was absolutely floored. This was the dense guitar-driven post-punk to which I’d been listening since Mission of Burma through Husker Du, and now it had been taken to the next level. The Bug album essentially defines the genre, and stand as the epitome of the music that would later be co-opted by the media, and mass-marketed as watered down “grunge”.

In 1989, I did manage to see them live, and my ears are still ringing:

The original lineup of the great Dinosaur Jr. would only last through Bug, as bassist Lou Barlow quit in 1989. Ultimately the band did last into the mid-90’s, and then faded from consciousness, only to be reborn with the 2005 reunion. On June 6, 2007, I experienced another blast of sonic genius at Irving Plaza. The recording below captures the 2007 version of Dinosaur Jr. at their peak—older, wiser, and a tighter than the 1989 incarnation.

This recording was made from a prime location, with my best equipment. The results are outstanding. The band permits live audience recordings, and as a result, many of their live recordings are archived for our enjoyment at the excellent site FreeSoFree.

This recording is now available at the excellent FreeSoFree Dinosaur Jr. Archive [HERE].

Dinosaur Jr.
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

[total time 1:12:50]
1 Almost Ready
2 Budge
3 Back To Your Heart
4 Been There All The Time
5 Little Fury Things
6 Out There
7 This Is All I Came To Do
8 Feel The Pain
9 Pick Me Up
10 What If I Knew
11 Kracked
12 Sludgefeast
13 Encore Break
14 Forget the Swan
15 Freak Scene
16 Chunks

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording, please support Dinosaur Jr., and do yourself a favor and purchase their new album Beyond.

Roger Waters Returns to Manhattan 2007 – Lossless Download

May 31, 2007

There are times when the planets align, and everything goes right. There are also times when history repeats itself. Both phenomena occurred on May 30, 2007 at Madison Square Garden, as Roger Waters returned to New York for the tail end of the lengthy Dark Side of the Moon tour. As in September, the concert was superb, and as you’ll find below, the recording conditions were optimal.

I recorded this concert from almost the exact position as the September 12, 2006 recording, and used comparable equipment. As a result, the recording is a faithful capture of the soundscape in the best sonic seat in the house–absolute center, about 30 feet in front of the Soundboard.

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. You can probably find it on several sites on the web.

Roger Waters
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

“The Dark Side of Manhattan”
Pinkroioshn CDR-022 (PRS-CDR-022)

Digital Master FOB Recording
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First Set:
[total time 1:12:16]
01 In The Flesh
02 Mother
03 Set The Controls For the Heart Of The Sun
04 Shine On You Crazy Diamond
05 Have A Cigar
06 Wish You Were Here
07 Southampton Dock
08 The Fletcher Memorial Home
09 Perfect Sense Parts 1 and 2
10 Leaving Beirut
11 Sheep

Second Set
01 Dark Side of the Moon
02 Band Introductions
03 The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
04 Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
05 Vera
06 Bring the Boys Back Home
07 Comfortably Numb

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purchase Roger Waters official recordings.

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