Commonwealth Choir: July 26, 2014 XPonential Fest – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 7, 2014
By

14749915342_67172c9ef9_z
[photos courtesy of WXPN]

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT RADIO – DONATE TO WXPN HERE

It must be a difficult task to be the opening band of a festival at the bright hour of twelve-thirty p.m. There’s the simple fact that many of the crowd may not have yet reached the venue and also the struggle to get the early-arrivers rocking when its barely afternoon. But the XPonential Festival chose well on Saturday when the Commonwealth Choir opened the show at the River Stage. The band is originally from Doylestown PA but have moved 30 miles down the road into the City of Philadelphia, the skyline of which was outlined behind the stage. Commonwealth Choir are five young men with unbridled energy and that served them well for this early set. As you can tell from the recording, the band was eager to start and made quite an impression in their too-brief thirty minute set. But by the third song, the pit filled quickly and people were moving to the music. Commonwealth Choir released an EP Shirtless in the Fall, and WXPN featured the song “Rest” in their regular rotation. We’re streaming that track below. Its pretty easy to predict that Commonwealth Choir is going places — their infectious power-pop and charismatic stage presence bodes well for future success.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Hurray For The Riff Raff set and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Rest”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request

Commonwealth Choir
2014-07-26
XPonential Festival
Camden, NJ

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4U’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 29:18]
01 Palace
02 Let’s Make It Right
03 Pacers
04 Epic
05 Peak
06 [banter]
07 Rest
08 Shirtless

If you Download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Commonwealth Choir, like their Facebook page, and purchase Shirtless from their Bandcamp page [HERE].

14747888554_644544579a_z

Dave Hause: July 26, 2014 XPonential Music Festival, Marina Stage, Camden, NJ (FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set)

August 6, 2014
By


hause1
[photos courtesy of WXPN]

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT RADIO – DONATE TO WXPN HERE

Dave Hause is the quintessential hometown hero. A veteran punk and hardcore player, most famously with The Loved Ones, which he co-founded, Hause has aged gracefully into a thrilling second act as a grown-up-but-still-rocking songwriter, whose punk-tinged blue collar anthems were the perfect way to end the day on the Marina Stage at the XPonential Music Festival in Camden, NJ, presented by WXPN. Hause had more friends in the audience than just about anyone at the festival, and he rewarded us with outstanding renditions of his latest work, focused especially on his 2013 record Devour. 

To experience Hause live is to take a trip down Thunder Road, to revel in cathartic major-chord rock. The passion in Hause’s voice is matched by his incisive lyrics, such as those on “The Great Depression”, an anthem for the victims of modern economic collapse. Part of what makes Hause’s approach so appealing is that, even when the story being told is a sad one, the exuberance of Hause’s delivery claims the listener’s interest and holds it. Hause closed the set with “The Shine”, where he sings:

Cause we don’t stutter when we sing
Our melodies grow little wings
Huddled here grinding tears into red wine
Meet the darkness with the shine

No matter how you felt when you arrived that day, Hause left you feeling right. His are the perfect words to be sung by a Philly musician on the banks of Camden, a Mid-Atlantic town verging on despair, but grasping, as ever, for hope.

I recorded this set with a flawless soundboard feed from the local engineer Tom, combined with Schoeps MK5 microphones flying back at the board. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Stream the full set:

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request. Please feel free to re-post the Soundcloud links.

hause2

Dave Hause
2014-07-26
XPonential Music Festival, Marina Stage
Camden, NJ USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Tom) + Schoeps MK5c (PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 45:19]
01 Autism Vaccine Blues
02 Damascus
03 Melanin
04 [banter1]
05 Time Will Tell
06 Same Disease
07 [banter2]
08 The Great Depression
09 We Could Be Kings
10 [banter3]
11 Resolutions
12 [banter4]
13 C’mon Kid
14 The Shine

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Dave Hause, visit his website, and buy his records there.

Hurray For The Riff Raff: July 26, 2014 XPonential Fest – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 5, 2014
By

14747472081_c940181b6a_z
[photos courtesy of WXPN]

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT RADIO – DONATE TO WXPN HERE

The best way for an artist to maintain perspective in the lofty heights of current success is to remember from whence they came. Hurray For The Riff Raff have had a tremendously successful and well-deserved couple of years. Its a growth in stature that we’ve been both fortunate to experience first hand and for which we’ve unabashedly rooted. At last week’s XPonential Fest, Hurray For The Riff Raff performed for the largest crowd before which we’ve ever seen them play. At the point when their set began, despite the wind and pouring rain, the amphitheatre of the River Stage at Camden Waterfront was packed and the pit was full with several thousand people. And while the band’s set did rely heavily on their superb new album Small Town Heroes, it was the selection of what Alynda described as one of the first songs she ever wrote, and one she played during her days busking in New Orleans, that showed a perspective and humility about her current success. We’re streaming “Here It Comes”, which featured Alynda on banjo but with the full band treatment fits in quite nicely with the band’s current material. Hurray For The Riff Raff will continue their active touring throughout the Fall, including stops at multiple festivals. And speaking of playing before thousands, their next show in NYC will be at Terminal 5.

I recorded this set with the new Schoeps CCM4U cardioids from directly in front of the soundboard and mixed it with the feed that was also broadcast live on WXPN. The use of the open air mics during this rainy set does contain some minor wind noise, but overall the sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Here is Comes”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request

Hurray For The Riff Raff
2014-07-26
XPonential Festival
Camden, NJ

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4U’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 37:19]
01 Blue Ridge Mountain
02 Instrumental
03 Look Out Mama
04 Slow Walk
05 I Know It’s Wrong
06 The Body Electric
07 Lake OF Fire
08 Here It Comes
09 [thanks]
10 End Of The Line
11 Little Black Star

If you Download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Hurray For The Riff Raff, visit their website, and purchase Small Town Heroes from the ATO Records website [HERE].

14750327432_f33fc56a84_z

The Wytches: July 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 1, 2014
By

Wytches PSquared
[photo by PSquared Photography - complete set at brooklynvegan]

The Wytches are an interesting amalgam of neo-psychedelia, 70s-style acid rock and 90s alternative. The British trio has released a series of singles and EPs on smaller labels in England but are now poised to break in the US with the release of their debut album Annabel Dream Reader on Partisan Records. In that regard, The Wytches came to the US this month for their first US tour. On Thursday, we caught the band’s first-ever NYC show and it was a burner. In a packed and darkened Mercury Lounge, The Wytches live show relied less on the spacey side of their music and stressed the louder elements — this was not some loopy psychedelic prace but a full-on heavy acid-rock set from the outset with lead singer Kristian Bell growling out vocals to the one-two punch openers of “Digsaw” and “Burn Out the Bruise”. We’re streaming the band’s latest and perhaps most popular single “Wire Frame Mattress” which was also heavier live than on record. The balance of the set touched on most of the material that will appear on the new record, a couple of b-sides and one new song. The Wytches will return to the UK for touring throughout August and early September, but we expect they’ll be back stateside in the Fall.

I recorded this set with my newly purchased Schoeps CCM4Ug compact cardioid microphones. The mics picked up a little bit of chatter in the soundscape but overall I’m really happy with the sweet sound. The mics are mixed with an excellent soundboard feed provided by Merc FOH Dave. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Wire Frame Mattress”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request

Wytches
2014-07-24
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4Ug’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 45:37]
01 Digsaw
02 Burn Out the Bruise
03 Wire Frame Mattress
04 [banter - NYC]
05 Gravedweller
06 Wide at Midnight
07 Beehive Queen
08 The Holy Tightrope
09 Robe for Juda
10 [banter - headline]
11 Darker
12 Weights and Ties
13 Crying Clown

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Wytches, visit their website, and pre-order Annabel Dream Reader from the Partisan Records site [HERE].

Jeremy Messersmith: July 26, 2014 XPonential Music Festival, Marina Stage (Camden, NJ) – FLAC/MP3/Full Set Streaming

July 31, 2014
By


IMG_7517
[photos by acidjack]

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT RADIO – DONATE TO WXPN HERE

Jeremy Messersmith is one of those consummate singer-songwriters who keeps fans engaged with a combination of hard work and compelling music. Though he first broke out in 2006, appearing on this site in 2008 as he toured behind the outstanding The Silver City, to hear Messersmith play again two albums later is to fall in love with his music all over again. It retains its easygoing spirit, with lyrics that are poignant but not labored and hooks that dig in and don’t let go. This appearance at the XPonential Music Festival on the Camden waterfront, put on by the stalwart independent Philadelphia radio station WXPN, brought us a more mature but still playful Messersmith who looked comfortable playing to a sizable outdoor crowd. The set focused on his new record of fractured love songs, Heart Murmurs, but didn’t shy from some of his best-known rockers from earlier albums, like the propulsive “Dillinger Eyes” and set closer “Violet!” from 2010′s The Reluctant Graveyard. Even if Messersmith did sing a song about wanting to be a one-night stand, I suspect fans’ commitment to him will continue to run much deeper than that.

I recorded this set with a flawless soundboard feed from the local engineer Tom, combined with Schoeps MK5 microphones flying back at the board. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Stream:

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request. Please feel free to re-post the Soundcloud links.

IMG_7513

Jeremy Messersmith
2014-07-26
XPonential Music Festival, Marina Stage
Camden, NJ USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Tom) + Schoeps MK5c (PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 46:27]
01 [intro]
02 Tourniquet
03 It’s Only Dancing
04 Lazy Bones
05 Knots
06 I Want To Be Your One Night Stand
07 A Girl, a Boy, and a Graveyard
08 Dillinger Eyes
09 Organ Donor
10 Hitman
11 Ghost
12 [banter]
13 Violet!

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Jeremy Messersmith, visit his website, and buy his records in his online store

Freeman: July 23, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 28, 2014
By

Freeman Babys
[photo from This Is Ween tumblr]

For better and for worse, rock music and drugs will forever be inextricably intertwined. Bill Maher once joked “I wouldn’t recommend heroin. But it hasn’t hurt my record collection”. But on the dark side, drugs have been responsible for the premature demise of far too many rock musicians and fans. In early 2011, Gene Ween was seriously in danger in becoming the next casualty in the rock world. Gener was losing his fight with alcohol and drug addiction and it all came to a boil one sad and ugly night on stage in Vancouver when his condition was so bad that he was incapable of performing the material and the rest of the band walked off the stage on him. After the tour, Gene Ween went into rehab in Arizona and stopped touring with the band. After his first solo album was released, Gene Ween officially broke up Ween in 2012 and began to perform under his birth name Aaron Freeman. Its four years later and Freeman is still sober and ready to talk about the dark years. The new album Freeman was released last week on Partisan Records and its an honest and frank discussion of the journey to sobriety.

The band is also called Freeman and they played two album-release shows last week at Mercury Lounge and Baby’s All Right. At the Baby’s show, Freeman opened the set with three straight songs from the new album, the third of which is perhaps the most poignant song “Covert Discretion” which essentially tells the story of the Vancouver meltdown. But for the packed house of Ween fans, the old Gener didn’t disappoint as the band whipped out plenty of Ween material, including some deep cuts. We are streaming “Transdermal Celebration” from Ween’s 2003 album Quebec. But ultimately this show was all about the new material, and Freeman closed the set with a run of songs from the album including the confessional “(For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man” which closed the main set and that we are streaming below. Freeman closed the show with two eclectic covers and from the crowd reaction, the fans seemed pleased. But make no mistake, there is some animosity among the Ween uberfans over the fact that “Gener” broke up the band. But as the album Freeman makes clear, without the breakup of Ween, Aaron Freeman would likely have died. Or as he sings on “Covert Discretion”, “be grateful I saved me from myself”.

Freeman will return to shows in the Fall with an extensive tour of the East and Midwest. The next local show is October 4 at Bowery Ballroom.

This set was recorded by House FOH Devin, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed on the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Transdermal Celebration”:

Stream “(For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request

Freeman
2014-07-23
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Devin Foley) > Devin mix Wav + Room mic wav > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:38:26]
01 El Shaddai
02 Gimme One More
03 Covert Discretion
04 All The Way To China
05 Transitions
06 The Grobe
07 The English and Western Stallion
08 Happy Colored Marbles
09 Molly
10 Pollo Asado
11 The Stallion Pt 1
12 Transdermal Celebration
13 Your Party
14 More Than The World
15 [crowd]
16 (For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man
17 [encore break]
18 Black Bush
19 Golden Monkey
20 Jailbreak [Thin Lizzy]
21 [second encore break]
22 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man [Pr1nce]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Freeman, visit his page at the Partisan Records site, and purchase Freeman from the Partisan’s site [HERE].

Support nyctaper

DISCLAIMER and LEGAL NOTICE

nyctaper.com is a live music blog that offers a new paradigm of music distribution on the web. The recordings are offered for free on this site as are the music posts, reviews and links to artist sites. All recordings are posted with artist permission or artists with an existing pro-taping policy.

All recordings and original content posted on this site are @nyctaper.com as live recordings pursuant to 17 U.S.C. Section 106, et. seq. Redistribution of nyctaper recordings without consent of nyctaper.com is strictly prohibited.

nyctaper.com hereby waives all copyright claims to any and all recordings posted on this site to THE PERFORMERS ONLY. If any artist posted on this site requests that recordings be removed, those recordings will be removed forthwith.