Andrew Jackson Jihad: July 18, 2015 Knitting Factory – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 21, 2015

AJJ Knit
[screen cap from this video]

Its actually kind of odd that I had not previously seen Andrew Jackson Jihad in their ten years of existence. The band displays a set of influences that could come right off the the pages of NYCTaper — Dead Milkmen, Moldy Peaches and of course the Mountain Goats, among others. Indeed anti-folk legend and old friend of the site Jeffrey Lewis opened this show. The band also now records for one of our favorite labels, Side One Dummy Records. But all was remedied on Friday night at the Knitting Factory. Due to personal plans I arrived late to this show, midway through Jeffrey’s set. When I opened the door to the performance room at the Knit it was hard to even navigate my way to the recording spot as the room was absolutely packed. When Andrew Jackson Jihad took the stage, the crowd became a single force, pogo-ing and shouting the words to every song in unison. This was one of the more animated audiences I’ve seen in quite a long time and the band responded in kind. The set drew from their entire catalog but with a concentration on 2014’s Christmas Island, with more than half of that album included in the setlist. We are streaming a song from that album “Linda Ronstadt” below, along with the band’s crazy encore, where they fit 16 cover songs into a less-than-five-minute mashup. AJJ has a couple of date in the States before they head to Australia for September, tour dates here.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at the soundboard booth and blended with a feed mixed expertly by the band’s FOH Rick. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

There’s a really nice set of photos from this show at DMNDR [here].

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Stream “Linda Ronstadt”:

Stream “Sixteen Song Cover Medley”:

Andrew Jackson Jihad
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:18:03]
01 Brave As A Noun
02 Temple Grandin
03 Kokopelli Face Tattoo
04 Distance
05 Love in the Time of Human Papillomavirus
06 A Song In Memory Of Stormy The Rabbit
07 People II The Reckoning
08 Bad Bad Things
09 I Wanna Rock Out in My Dreams
10 Getting Naked Playing with Guns
11 Strong Enough [Sheryl Crow]
12 Rejoice
13 Deathlessness
14 [banter- Wolf Eyes]
15 Fucc The Devil
16 Do Re And Me
17 [banter – earplugs]
18 Linda Ronstadt
19 You Don’t Deserve Yourself
20 Jesus Saves
21 Free Bird
22 Big Bird
23 [encore break]
24 Sixteen Song Cover Medley

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Dead Stars: July 10, 2015 Rough Trade – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 20, 2015

[photo by nyctaper]

A few months ago, Dead Stars self-released their new single “Calm Punk” to universal praise from some high profile media outlets including Noisey, CMJ, Diffuser and others. It was nice to see this excellent band and trio of good guys finally get some love — we have been onto them for a few years now. They played our CMJ show two years ago and also a criminally under-attended show we put on at Cameo Gallery a few months after that. But truth be told, we had not seen Dead Stars live in over a year and welcomed the chance Friday last at Rough Trade. Although the band was in a supporting slot, the crowd involvement was exceptional — we’d guess a large portion of the audience was actually there to see them. The result was a high energy forty-five minute set of Dead Stars’ 90’s influenced guitar god rock, which also included some fun banter and crowd interaction. We are streaming this set’s performance of “Calm Punk” below. Dead Stars play Rough Trade again on August 1, opening for Lazyeyes.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted inside of the soundboard booth and mixed with an excellent feed provided by house FOH Dustin. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “Calm Punk”:

Dead Stars
Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 45:40]
01 Fractured
02 In My Mind
03 Someone Else
04 [banter – drummers]
05 Stay Here
06 [banter – cable]
07 Bloomer
08 Some Days
09 Waste Away
10 Summer Bummer
11 Calm Punk
12 Crawl
13 Oh Well

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: June 24, 2015 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 16, 2015

Gizz Babys (2)
[screen cap from this video]

The recent NYC visit by King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard yielded two very different shows. The standard Bowery night was a fun experience and an excellent performance that we captured in our usual manner. A few night later, the Gizz played a surprise midnight show at Baby’s All Right that was announced the day before and sold out immediately. This late show was a hoot from the start under some very difficult circumstances. The air conditioner at Baby’s was on the fritz for the night and the packed crowd was baking fairly early in the Gizz set. Throughout the show there were buckets of ice poured into the crowd, bottles of water thrown from the stage and some crazy hijinx all around. The set followed in a similar vein to the Bowery setlist with the I’m In Your Mind Fuzz material leading off the night that included several new songs. By the end of the hour-long set, it was hard for anyone to physically continue but the band finished with a rousing “Heaven/Pill” before all collapsed in exhaustion and sweat.

A short time after this show, King Gizzard announced that the band had signed to ATO Records and would release a new album with the label in the Fall of 2015, presumably including the several songs we saw during the NYC shows. The band returns to NYC on September 16 for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

This set was recorded by House FOH Harrison, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed near 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!

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Stream “Danger Money”:

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Harrison Fore) > Harrison mix Wav files + Room mic wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 59:24]
01 I’m In Your Mind
02 I’m Not In Your Mind
03 Cellophane
04 I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
05 Wah Wah
06 Hot Water
07 Hot Wax
08 Robot Stop
09 The River
10 [watering the crowd]
11 Muckraker
12 Danger Money
13 [what do you want]
14 Am I In Heaven
15 Pill

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Mates of State: July 10, 2015 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 15, 2015


Mates of State have been at this since 1997 — an eternity in music career terms, even more so when you consider how au courant their synthpop sound remains in 2015. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel being married themselves, it’s no surprise that they’re an inspiration to their fellow couples, who comprised most of this Friday-night crowd at Bowery Ballroom. The band’s euphoric sound made a good match for the summer night, as they sailed around their catalog. The set hit its stride about three songs in, with “Staring Contest” from the newly-released You’re Going to Make It EP. After that, things didn’t slow down as the pair demonstrated why they’ve remained relevant for this long. If this live show didn’t quite have the polish of their albums, where the dual-sung verses can be synced and tone-aligned after the fact, it burst with the natural exuberance of the style and setting. Gardner and Hammer didn’t take many pauses as they ripped off this 19-song, 77-minute set rapid fire. My favorite of the numbers was probably “Get Better” from 2008’s Re-Arrange Us. The tempered hope of its conclusion (“Everything’s gonna get lighter / even if it never gets better”) is good advice for anyone.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from longtime Bowery engineer Kenny and Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Stream the complete show:

Mates of State
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Thanks to Martin Barna for the setlist

Soundboard (engineer: Kenny) + Schoeps MK4V>KCY>Z-PFA>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:17:08]
01 So Many Ways
02 Palomino
03 Staring Contest
04 My Only Offer
05 The Re-Arranger
06 Gonna Get It
07 Whiner’s Bio
08 Parachutes (Funeral Song)
09 Now
10 Sides of Boxes
11 Get Better
12 Ha Ha
13 You Are Free
14 Like U Crazy
15 [banter]
16 Punchlines
17 Beautiful Kids
18 [encore break]
19 Hoarding It For Home [w/ Good Graeff]
20 Someone Like You
21 True Love Will Find You In the End

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Antietam: May 22, 2015 Cake Shop – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 14, 2015

[photos by PSquared Photography]

Antietam has been playing really well lately. We saw them in an opening gig for Yo La Tengo back in December in Philadelphia and the ferocious post-punk trio filled the big room with a superb set. In May, the circumstances were much different, as Antietam opened for Condo Fucks in a surprise show to celebrate Cake Shop’s 10th Anniversary. In the tiny basement room the energy was that much more kinetic. The band ripped through ten songs in forty minutes, including some older tracks but it was primarily strong new material that dominated the setlist. This of course bodes well for the prospect of Antietam releasing a new album. It would be their first since 2011’s Tenth Life.

This is a special week for the band, as Antietam will headline a show at Trans Pecos on Thursday night — a venue that offers the kind of vibe that fits well for a respected non-nonsense veteran outfit. The Facebook invite for this show is here.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted in a thread above the stage and mixed with a board feed. The on-stage mics captured the instruments with great clarity and the board feed was used to fortify the vocals. The result of the mix is a very well-balanced recording with superb sound. Enjoy!

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Stream “Jefferson”:

Cake Shop
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 41:13]
01 Sunshine
02 Right Between Your Eyes
03 Automatic
04 Breathe
05 Birdwatching
06 New Parade
07 I’m So Tired
08 1-2-1
09 Jefferson
10 Stomp

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Grateful Dead: July 5, 2015 Chicago – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 13, 2015

Let Trey Sing
[screen shot from the livestream]

The Grateful Dead ended abruptly and without much warning when after a disastrous Summer 1995 tour, Jerry Garcia’s body finally gave out and the band decided to formally retire the name. While the public mourning for Garcia was ubiquitous and lengthy, the band itself never quite got the farewell it deserved. Twenty years later, these five “Fare Thee Well” shows reunited the remaining significant surviving members of the Grateful Dead and supplemented the band with keyboard wiz Jeff Chimenti and the guitarist who is perhaps the most deserving of the passing of the mantle from Garcia — Phish’s Trey Anastasio. While these shows certainly had ups and downs, overall the “Fare Thee Well” event was a fitting tribute to the band and ultimately a proper goodbye.

The final night in Chicago began with a furious run through “China > Rider” before an early set “Estimated” gave Trey and the band a chance to stretch out and jam. While Bob Weir’s vocals on Estimated were strangely timed, by the time the lyrics were ended and the instrumental segment began, the song kicked into gear and Anastasio switched from the Garcia heavy wah-wah tone to something more in his own style and made the closing jam his own. Bruce Hornsby did a very nice job on vocals for Garcia’s late-era mid-tempo ditty “Built To Last” before the set lost a little momentum. “Samson” was sloppy and Lesh’s vocals on a strange “Mountains of the Moon” took the air out of the building and “Throwing Stones” was not a strong set closer. The second set began with a rare repeat (Santa Clara opener) “Truckin” before the performance of what may very well be the highlight of entire group of shows — a damned near perfect rendition of “Cassidy” where every player shined and the song reached crescendos not often achieved in the late-era Grateful Dead versions of this song. Trey kept it rolling with a superb “Althea” before Lesh’s vocals again brought the momentum to a screeching halt. “Lady With a Fan” is one of Robert Hunter’s greatest set of lyrics and the phrasing and subtlety that Garcia brought to the song made it one of the Dead’s best ever. Lesh is simply not a vocalist with chops or range to carry off this song and it trudged along before Weir saved the day during the “Terrapin” segment as he brought passion and vocals abilities to the tail end of the number. Sadly, the post-drums “Days Between” did not play to Weir’s strengths and the song dragged — live at the venue people began to sit down and talk among themselves. This version of the “Days Between” — the last song Garcia ever composed — was not a fitting tribute to the fallen leader and it sapped the energy from the set. Fortunately, “Not Fade Away” brought the crowd back into the show and the expected “Touch of Grey” (with shared vocals) was indeed a fine tribute. And at the end, tears were shed and spines tingled as “Attics” closed the evening in very classy fashion and finally gave the Grateful Dead the goodbye they deserved.

This set was recorded by Bill in the same manner as the July 3 show and the July 4 show, and the quality is equally excellent. Enjoy!

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Stream “Estimated Prophet”:

Grateful Dead
Soldier Field
Chicago IL

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Taper’s Section

Busman BSC2 + AKG 480/CK61 + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Tascam DR-680 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by Bill Walker
Produced by nyctaper

Set 1
[Total Time 1:12:38]
01 China Cat Sunflower
02 I Know You Rider
03 Estimated Prophet
04 Built to Last
05 Samson and Delilah
06 Mountains of the Moon
07 Throwing Stones

Set 2
[Total Time 2:12:21]
08 Truckin
09 Cassidy
10 Althea
11 Terrapin Station
12 Drums-Space
13 Unbroken Chain
14 The Days Between
15 Not Fade Away
16 [encore break]
17 Touch of Grey
18 [second encore break]
19 Attics of My Life
20 [crowd – closing remarks]

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