William Tyler: May 5, 2015 Bowery Ballroom & April 18, 2015 Chaz’s Bull City Records (Durham, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 14, 2015
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[Possibly the coolest photo of Willy T I have seen, courtesy of P Squared Photography]

William Tyler is a force. “That was a tragic song, in case you guys couldn’t pick up on that, because the lyrics are so clear” he laughed at Bowery Ballroom, where we caught him last week opening for Mikal Cronin. But Tyler might be wrong there. His playing is of such emotional heft that you can feel what he’s trying to say with his guitar, both wielded with grace and experimental verve. These two very different sets covered both some of the Lambchop guitarist’s newest solo material (the outstanding “Highway Anxiety”) along with tracks from his first solo outing, Deseret Canyon. That release saw its initial Merge reissue on Record Store Day show at Chaz’s Bull City Records, so it was appropriate that Tyler brought out two of its most treasured gems, “The Waltz of the Circassian Beauties” and “Crystal Palace, Sea of Glass” at that show. If you missed Deseret on Record Store Day, fear not: Merge will be bringing it out in wider release come early June.

It’s a testament to Tyler’s abilities as a player and storyteller that he kept the crowd whisper-quiet at Bowery, where the new track found itself nestled along nicely next to beloved songs from Impossible Truth and 2010’s Behold the Spirit. People may have been there to witness Cronin’s power-pop headlining affair, but they were smart enough to pay attention as Tyler played “Hotel Catatonia” — preceded by a typically Tyleresque introduction involving being locked in a TCBY freezer. (For the New Yorkers in the audience, that’d be The Country’s Best Yogurt). Likewise, the affair in North Carolina felt more like a gathering of friends that a proper concert, and that was just right for the afternoon vibe outside of Chaz’s. It was a great day to be outside, and a great day to be a music fan. It’s always a great day to see William Tyler, which is a good thing — Northeast crowds will get plenty of opportunities when he tours in June with Real Estate and Ty Segall.

I recorded the Bowery set with a soundboard feed from the legendary Kenny, together with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones. The Bull City show was primarily a board feed from John Koelle, plus Schoeps MK4V microphones in front of the stage. The sound quality it outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the Bowery show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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William Tyler
2015-05-05
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Kenny) + Schoeps MK41V (LOC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Aerco MP-2>>Edirol R-44 [oCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Missionary Ridge
02 [banter2]
03 A Portrait of Sarah
04 [banter2]
05 Highway Anxiety
06 [banter3]
07 Hotel Catatonia>
08 Tears and Saints

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William Tyler
2015-04-18
Chaz’s Bull City Records
Durham, NC USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: John Koelle) + Schoeps MK4V (stage lip)>KC5>CMC6>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8

Tracks [Total Time 35:17]
01 Tears and Saints
02 [banter1]
03 A Portrait of Sarah
04 Missionary Ridge
05 The Waltz of the Circassian Beauties
06 [banter2]
07 Crystal Palace, Sea of Glass

If you enjoyed these recordings, PLEASE SUPPORT William Tyler, visit his website, and grab his records from Merge.

photo by PJ Sykes

photo by PJ Sykes

Mikal Cronin: May 5, 2015 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 13, 2015
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[photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

Mikal Cronin is a master of power pop, combining the Big Star sound with punk’s rawer side. His latest for Merge RecordsMCIII, finds the Ty Segall affiliate more in the “pop” camp than ever, with spit-shined production and chorus after chorus that you can’t forget. This show at Bowery Ballroom celebrated the release of MCIII, but found Cronin skipping around his catalog, everything from the MCII favorite “See It My Way” to “Apathy”, “Green and Blue” and others from his debut.

Since we last saw him at Hopscotch in 2013, Cronin has grown even more comfortable at center stage, commanding the sold-out house throughout the night. The new album is an evolution for Cronin, taking him further from the fertile San Francisco garage-rock camp from which he came and further into music’s most accessible realms, and it seems to be working for him. Perhaps the strongest performance came mid-set, when “Feel Like” caught everyone’s ear. It’s a straightforward song both musically and lyrically, and it’s also impossible not to hum for days after. This music practically screams to be heard at summer festivals, in car stereos, at lake- and beach-houses. And, I suspect it will be.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod micrphones and a soundboard feed from Bowery’s very own Kenny. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete set:

Mikal Cronin
2015-05-05
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41V (LOC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny)>>Edirol R-44 [oCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:01:56]
01 Turn Around
02 Made My Mind Up
03 Apathy
04 Am I Wrong
05 Say
06 Feel Like
07 Weight
08 Get Along
09 Control
10 Shout It Out
11 See It My Way>
12 ii) Gold
13 Circle
14 [encore break]
15 Change

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Mikal Cronin, like him on Facebook, and buy MCIII directly from Merge Records.

Acid Mothers Temple: May 7, 2015 Mercury Lounge – Flac/MP3/Streaming

May 11, 2015
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Of all the times that NYCTaper has captured Acid Mothers Temple and all of their many trips to NYC, I have personally never had the pleasure of recording the band live. Sure, there were tickets purchased and then eaten, missed connections and just plain bad timing, but it was all remedied on Thursday night when the band played one of their legendary space rock shows at Mercury Lounge. In my mind, I was prepared for the sonic onslaught and the noisy and trippy jams, but to see the band live is to be mesmerized by their proficiency and awed by their no-holds-barred approach to the material. There aren’t songs as much as themes that meld gradually into other themes and in some respects defy the archivist’s ability to track and provide a setlist. For me personally, there was a point during the trifeca of “Pink Lady Intro” (a fan-created title for an apparently untitled melodic jam segment) that segued neatly into the “OM Riff” and then crashed into “Pink Lady Lemonade” proper, when I truly appreciated the unique and powerful quality of AMT and their ability to play this style of music perhaps better than any other band, living or dead. Its really a treat that after twenty years and multiple groupings of personnel, that we are still able to experience AMT’s profound live shows. This may unbelievably be my first time, but it certainly won’t be the last. Acid Mothers Temple’s current US tour has another seven dates, all in the South and West, and ends on May 18th in San Diego.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards on a stand next to the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed provided by the Merc’s FOH Val. The sound quality is quite outstanding. Enjoy!

This recording is available to download in FLAC or in MP3 at Archive.org [HERE], or to Stream below.

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Acid Mothers Temple
2015-05-07
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer: Val] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

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Setlist:
[Total Time 1:27:04]
01 Chinese Flying Saucer
02 Benzaiten
03 Pink Lady Intro > OM Riff > Pink Lady Lemonade
04 Cometary Orbital Drive > Speed Guru

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Acid Mothers Temple, visit their website, and buy their records here.

NYCTaper is 8 Years Old Today

May 11, 2015
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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.

Acid Mothers Temple: May 6, 2015 Knitting Factory – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 11, 2015
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Acid Mothers Temple’s yearly trip to New York has become a similarly regular event for this site, as we’ve caught almost every New York tour since 2010. The Japanese psychedelic rock veterans continue to get better, combining their can’t-miss material with fresh, bizarre and different new explorations of sound. This night at the Knitting Factory (the first of two in NYC, both of which we covered) found the band ready to put on a high-octane show, crossing-guitars in the air, banging their heads, and making jokes.  The brand-new “Benzaiten”, from their 2015 CD, is an instant classic, starting with harder, almost-metal tones before veering into free-jazz-like Japanese folk. The band played a total of eight songs (counting one jam number and an as-yet-unnamed new song) that stretched the 90 minutes-plus to the limit. For the first time since I’ve seen them, the band closed out on “Cometary Orbital Drive”, which came on the heels of a spaced-out new jam number. “Cometary” is one of my favorite songs from the band’s catalog, and it made for a perfect way to end the night.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Knit engineer Mikey, together with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

This show is hosted on the Live Music Archive. Here’s its page there. The Thursday night show at Mercury Lounge will be up soon.

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Acid Mothers Temple
2015-05-06
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Mikey) + Schoeps MK41V (PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:34:34]
01 Dark Star Blues, aka Dark Star Blues In the Dazzling Sky
02 Benzaiten
03 Jam>
04 Pink Lady Lemonade>
05 Om Riff>
06 Pink Lady Lemonade
07 [new]>
08 Cometary Orbital Drive

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Acid Mothers Temple, visit their website, and buy their records here.

Mac McCaughan: April 18, 2015 Chaz’s Bull City Records (Durham, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 8, 2015
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photo by PJ Sykes courtesy of Merge Records

What you first notice when you hear Mac McCaughan play Superchunk and other material of his solo is how it puts the band’s most vital characteristic front and center: lyrics. It’s not that you wouldn’t like to also hear the surge and kick of a backbeat to go with that plaintive voice that still sounds like a 22-year old; it’s just that, without as much racket, you finally get a chance to hear and feel what Mac (and by extension, his band) had to say. What you find are keenly-observed images — data piling up like magazines,  alligator clips on glasses, dancing on a propane tank, somewhere deep in the country — that curdle a certain kind of nostalgia, for places you may or may not have been, people you probably don’t know. People say that Superchunk, as a band, has gotten older with grace, and a listen to Mac’s words, and his style, proves that out. He wears his older words well, even as they sidle up to the new.

Mac (not to mention his co-owned label Merge) was a huge part of the success of this Record Store Day show at Chaz’s Bull City Records in Durham, NC. Serving as the leadoff for the three Merge bands on the bill, Mac drew in an instant crowd, many of them no-doubt hungry to hear tunes from his brand-new Merge release, Non-Believers. Indeed, we got three songs’ worth here, plus a mix of old and new Superchunk. But one of my biggest favorites was the lone Portastatic number, “Drill Me”, from the newly-reissued 2003 LP, The Summer of the Shark, a song that takes aim at existential doubt with some of Mac’s best lyrics yet. Just before tearing into “Digging For Something” to close out his set, Mac exhorted us to all to support our local record stores every day of the year. Over his own career, Mac has given us plenty of excuses to do so.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from NC engineer John Koelle, plus Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones at the stage lip. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Direct download of the complete set: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the entire set:

Mac McCaughan
2015-04-18
Chaz’s Bull City Records
Durham, NC USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks [Total Time 31:04]
01 Lost Again
02 Hello Hawk [Superchunk]
03 Overflows [Superchunk]
04 Only Do
05 Box Batteries
06 Home at Dawn [Superchunk]
07 Drill Me [Portastatic]
08 Detroit Has A Skyline [Superchunk]
09 Digging For Something

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Mac McCaughan by visiting Merge Records and buying Non-Believers and his other releases there.

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