Wilco: September 6, 2014 Lockn Fest (1st Night) – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 13, 2014

Wilco Jeff Smile Lockn
[screen capture from this video]

Wilco is currently celebrating their 20th year as a band, and we’ve been there virtually from the beginning — my first Wilco show was at Mercury Lounge in 1996. And throughout these past two decades, the band has consistently delivered quality albums, epic live shows and an infinite number of memories. I think its fair to say that many of my own personal peak experiences have come with Wilco as a soundtrack — whether it be a classic 1997 show at Irving Plaza, a rewarding trip to Coney Island, a great roadtrip upstate, or another great roadtrip upstate, or what is perhaps this site’s highlight last Summer’s cover extravaganza. So this year I even considered dropping everything and driving down to Virginia for a day. Unfortunately that was not possible, but that’s what friends are for. And this site has been blessed with some great friends, including Kubacheck who volunteered to “cover” Lockn Festival for the site. So we’ll have both Wilco sets from this Festival, as will we have the recently announced Portchester shows. For this night, the takeaway was Jeff Tweedy’s tongue-in-cheek revelation that he hates rainbows. Although the set was a truncated ninety-minute festival-sized Wilco show, there were also several musical highlights. As this is the 20th year celebration, some early numbers have been featured in the setlist and we are streaming from their first album “Shouldn’t Be Ashamed”. See you at the Cap in October!

Kubacheck recorded this show from the official taper’s section with his high-end MBHO cards. I did some post-production which included boosting the levels and adding some tasty EQ to provide some punch. Overall, its an outstanding recording that is consistent with the many quality Wilco recordings we’ve had on NYCTaper. Enjoy!

Stream “Shouldn’t Be Ashamed”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Lockn Festival
Arrington VA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded at Taper’s Section

MBHO 603a – KA-500 > Naiant Tinybox > Roland R-05 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge
(level adjustments, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac
(320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by Kubacheck
Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:29:42]
01 War on War
02 Misunderstood
03 Impossible Germany
04 Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
05 [banter - chicken weed]
06 Forget the Flowers
07 I’m the Man Who Loves You
08 [banter - rainbows suck]
09 Red-Eyed and Blue
10 I Got You
11 Jesus Etc
12 Handshake Drugs
13 Born Alone
14 Laminated Cat
15 Passenger Side
16 California Stars
17 Walken
18 Kingpin
19 Dawned on Me
20 A Shot in the Arm

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wilco, visit their website, and purchase their official releases at their website [HERE].

Tonstartssbandht: July 30, 2014 Palisades – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 12, 2014

Tonstartss Palisades
[photo by nyctaper]

I made a concerted effort not long after listening to their new album Overseas, to memorize the difficult spelling of the band name Tonstartssbandht. I figured it was an investment to save time in the future. This site and this band are destined to be frequent partners moving forward — Tonstartssbandht seems to be a natural kindred spirit to this site. They play music in the most natural way, inspired by both their predecessors and their unique manner of creation — their live shows contain moments of improvisation and unlikely segues perhaps only possible when the band is a duo of brothers. The knee-jerk contemporary comparison is to Nashville brothers JEFF the Brotherhood, but really that band is a very different creature. While JEFF is a party duo fueled by 70s hard rock and Tennessee whiskey, TSB is an experience more akin to sharing some good herb on a muggy summer night. And speaking of Summer, in the heat of July we were fortunate to capture the band at the relatively new space on Broadway in Bushwick called Palisades. The venue was cool and inviting and has a very authentic Brooklyn DIY vibe. Its no surprise that premiere promoter Ad Hoc is booking a lot of events at the venue and this night was also one of their shows. In terms of performance, TSB were exactly as we’d hoped and maybe even a bit more. The set was like the Overseas record, a mix of songs and styles in a nearly continuous flowing set. The band only took a couple of breaks to talk to the crowd and the banter tracks are both natural and somewhat humorous, but then it was back to business. We are happy that the band was generous with their time and helped us complete the setlist for the recording. In reality, each track is really several numbers in a “medley” and we are streaming the “Susie Medley” as a prime example of what Tonstartssbandht does best.

But you need not take my word for it. Tonstartssbandht is back in NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on Monday night, September 15. See you there!

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted on a stand at the soundboard about 20 feet from the stage and mixed with a board feed provided by venue FOH Ariel Bitran. The sound quality is very authentic to the sound in the venue and fully captures the experience from that night. Enjoy!

Stream “Susie Medley”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer Ariel Bitran] + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert 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

[Total Time 1:09:29]
01 Alright Medley
02 Susie Medley
03 [banter - buy me both]
04 Nineteen Fifty-Three Blue Boogie Children
05 [banter - DMT]
06 Olde Feelings – Skyline
07 [banter - Fix You]
08 Rodas 1916 – Speculatin
09 Hymn Our Garden – The Pusher
10 Somersette Medley
11 Filmgebied

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Tonstartssbandht, visit their Facebook page, and purchase Overseas and their other official releases from their Bandcamp Page [HERE] or the Arbutus Records website [HERE].

White Lung: September 3, 2014 Glasslands and September 6, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 11, 2014

White Lung ChadKam
[photo courtesy of Chad Kamenshine - complete set at The Artistree]

The band White Lungs have been floating around for a few years, garnering positive review more than well-deserved. Their third LP Deep Fantasy (Domino Records) manages to improve on 2012’s Sorry, a considerable feat considering how strong this act was the last time around. Frontwoman Mish Way usually wins plaudits as the band’s special sauce, taking some of the best things we all used to like about Courtney Love (strong voice, personality, pop sensibility, distinctive look) and putting them out there in a more-focused package. But one ought not to lose sight of Kenneth William, without whose guitar playing this excellent band couldn’t be quite where it is, which is clearly a peak. As more than the sum of some quality parts, White Lung straddles that line between accessible punk and non in the best of ways, and the feeling is even better felt live. You don’t have to be a fan of this music, even, to be impressed by the tenacity and poise with which they do it.

Both of the site’s editors caught the band in the same week — first nyctaper in New York at beloved Glasslands, then acidjack as his final performance of the Hopscotch Music Festival in North Carolina, where the band proved that they were a righteous choice for the traditionally-strong spot of final night headliner in one of the festival’s many venues.

The Glasslands set was recorded with our installed Naiant cardioid rig mixed with a superb soundboard feed provided by house FOH Josh. The Hopscotch set was recorded with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from the Hopscotch veteran engineer Wayne of Roanoke, VA, a man whose understanding of this high-ceilinged space deserves plaudits. Both sound excellent. Pick your poison, or do the right thing and download both. Enjoy!

Stream “Down it Goes” from Glasslands:

Stream “Face Down” from Hopscotch:

Download the complete Hopscotch show [MP3] | [FLAC]

Download the complete Glasslands 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.

[photo by acidjack]

White Lung
Glasslands Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Josh Thiel] + Naiant X-R Cardioid > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 38:49]
01 Drown With the Monster
02 Face Down
03 [banter - hi Amy]
04 Syncophant
05 Bad Way
06 Bag
07 Wrong Star
08 Thick Lip
09 Two of You
10 Blow It South
11 Snake Jaw
12 Just For You
13 I Believe You
14 Down It Goes
15 Take The Mirror

White Lung
Hopscotch Music Festival
Kennedy Theater
Raleigh, NC USA

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

Schoeps MK41 (at SBD, DINa)>KCY>Z-PFA+Soundboard (engineer: Wayne)>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, fades, adjust levels, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 34:35]
01 Drown With The Monster
02 Face Down
03 Syncophant
04 Bad Way
05 Bag
06 Wrong Star
07 [banter - bright]
08 Thick Lip >
09 Two Of You
10 Blow It South
11 Snake Jaw
12 Just For You
13 I Believe You
14 Down It Goes
15 Take The Mirror

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT White Lung, visit their website, and purchase the Deep Fantasy from the Domino Records website [HERE].

Little Black Egg Big Band (feat. Steve Gunn, Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, James McNew, Letha Rodman Melchior and William Tyler): September 5, 2014 Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show, King’s, Raleigh, NC (Donation Download)

September 9, 2014

photo by PJ Sykes
[photo courtesy of PJ Sykes]


This year’s third Three Lobed Recordings / WXDU co-produced Day Show during the Hopscotch Music Festival was an embarrassment of riches once again, featuring a number of one-time-only collaborations. But perhaps nothing was more hotly anticipated than the brief spring into existence of the Little Black Egg Big Band, named after Georgia Hubley’s solo guitar project Little Black Egg, which she has performed only rarely:  guitar luminaries Steve Gunn and William Tyler together with Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew of Yo La TengoLetha Rodman Melchior also provided the pre-recorded material that was mixed and manipulated into the live recording.

Hubley, Kaplan and McNew’s participation in this event was brought about in part by their desire to support Melchior, a friend and fellow musician who hoped to join for the day show but was physically unable. Melchior, who has played music under her own name as well as under the alias Tretetam, and in the band Ruby Falls, was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma in 2010, which she has documented on a personal blog. Melchior’s illness has produced considerable financial hardship for her and husband Dan Melchior in addition to the agony of her cancer. An effort to offer further support to Melchior is also the reason why we are honored to offer this performance to the wider world today.

What the fans in the room at King’s in Raleigh saw at the show (along with those who heard it on the stream by Duke University’s WXDU) were five masterful musicians collaborating in real time on an at-times brooding, but oddly hopeful soundscape. Instead of soloing all over each other, each artist blended into a whole that spoke with one voice. Over its nearly forty minutes, the piece gains on itself in increments, with the bed of guitars and Melchior’s pre-recorded effects manipulated by McNew, a technique familiar to anyone who has seen him perform as Dump.

The piece honored Melchior as well as the spirit of the entire event, which celebrated the power of experimental music, the validity of independent labels and college radio, artist-run venues like King’s, and the ever-present, unquenchable thirst that the best artists have to evolve, change, and create. Three Lobed has a fan base primed to understand that this particular grouping probably wouldn’t be playing YLT classics like “Big Day Coming” with a bunch of extra guitars added in. What was expected, and what was received, was a unique offering that could exist only in this single moment. It was a performance for the benefit of people who believe the best artists never stop taking chances and are as generous with the product of their minds as they are with their time. People like the ones sitting on that stage.

This recording was made with Schoeps MK4V microphones in the center of the stage, combined with a stereo soundboard feed by the King’s staff. Because this download is offered for donation only, we are not streaming it, but you can trust me that the quality has been approved by the artists and is excellent. We are deeply grateful to all of the five artists involved for playing this show and for giving us the opportunity to help benefit Melchior and share this music with the wider world.

Thanks to Cory Rayborn, Ross Grady, Kelly Davis (and everyone else at WXDU), Paul Siler of King’s Barcade, Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, James McNew, Steve Gunn and William Tyler for making this possible.


This recording raised approximately $4,000 in seven days for a worthy cause. We thank the artists and the others noted above, as well as all who participated, for their support of Letha Rodman Melchior. 

Rodney Bowles LBEBB -1
[Photo courtesy of Rodney Boles]

Little Black Egg Big Band
Three Lobed Recordings / WXDU Day Show
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (onstage pair)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, light compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (adjust stereo image, light EQ, light harmonic effects)>xAct (tagging and conversions)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 38:28]
01 improvisation

Musicians (in alphabetical order)
Steve Gunn
Georgia Hubley
Ira Kaplan
James McNew
Letha Rodman Melchior (pre-recorded material mixed and incorporated into the performance)
William Tyler

Along with supporting Letha Rodman Melchior, please support these musicians. You can buy Steve Gunn’s albums from Three Lobed and Paradise of Bachelors, Yo La Tengo’s recordings from their website and Matador Records, and William Tyler’s latest work from Merge Records.  

Rodney Bowles LBEBB-2
[Photo courtesy of Rodney Boles]

Yvette: September 4, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC (FLAC/MP3/Streaming)

September 9, 2014

[photos by acidjack]

Yvette represent the best things about New York, including their creative daring, uncompromising sound, and their homegrown fledgling label Godmode. When Pitchfork anointed their album Process with a positive an accurate review last year, the site’s Stuart Berman accurately described the duo as sounding “like an army”. Indeed, between drummer Dale Eisinger and vocalist/guitarist Noah Kardos-Fein produce a kind of high-intensity noise that brings to mind everything from mechanical sounds to the foreboding tones heard in certain kinds of Hollywood disaster films — if they were made by an industrial art-punk band.

This set took place at CAM Raleigh on the Hopscotch Music Festival’s first night, and despite the torrential downpour and the far-flung location, the band brought a dedicated crowd to the art museum’s cavernous performance space. This mix of new material and songs from their 2013 record Process was delivered as a seamless piece, further proving the duo’s impeccable timing. The set proved an emotionally taut thirty minutes, with dissonance tones flowing in and out of the frame, the sound hitting screeching climaxes before retreating into shadowed valleys. Yvette fall into that group of bands who are probably best experienced in the live setting, where the listener can’t flip away from band to band. You need to follow Yvette where they’re going, for the duration, to capture just how good they are at what they do. Thurston Moore was up next in an improvised set with Steve Shelley. Yvette gave him a tough act to follow.

I recorded this set with Audio Technica cardiod microphones split wide at the stage lip together with a soundboard feed. There stereo separation and sound quality in general are outstanding, among the very best of my recordings from the festival. This is offered as a streaming full set as well as a download below. Enjoy!

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

Stream the complete show:

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we respectfully 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.


Hopscotch Music Festival
CAM Raleigh
Raleigh, NC USA

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

Audio Technica 3031 (onstage pair)+Soundboard>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (volume adjustments, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (adjust stereo image, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (amplify, track, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Pure Pleasure
02 Radiation
03 [untitled]
04 Carbon Copy
05 [untitled]
06 Mirrored Walls
07 Absolutes
08 Cuts Me In Half

If you enjoy this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Yvette, visit their bandcamp page, and buy Process from Godmode here.

The War on Drugs: September 4, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC (FLAC/MP3/Streaming)

September 8, 2014

[photos by acidjack]

The Hopscotch Music Festival, held in Raleigh, North Carolina, has made it five years — not quite an eternity in a world of corporate music festivals like SXSW and Lollapalooza, but a rare achievement for an organically grown festival in a “midsize market” that has proven over and over that they are willing to take chances. Hopscotch is the festival willing to put a heavy metal band on its largest, outdoor, downtown stage on its Saturday night, rather than a more accessible mainstream act.  Hopscotch dedicates entire venues, at various times, to genres like experimental noise, ambient, thrash, black metal, and indie hip-hop. It is hosted in a city whose good humor and kindness borders upon unreal, sprawled across a fast-growing downtown, and unlike the best-known festival that attempts to use an entire city’s music venues as part of its sprawl, it opens everything to everyone, not reserving entry to “the big stuff” for the connected and the corporate.

Hopscotch, then, has much in common with The War on Drugs. I’ll make this bold claim now: they are the best rock act who has released an album this year. They didn’t get to that point quickly, or with flash, or with marketing, or even at times with buzz, though we did our best over here at this site. Three years ago, we caught them opening at Bowery Ballroom for Sharon Van Etten, another artist whose acclaim grew slowly on the back of honesty and hard work. This band grew on the back of the validity of their mission, the honesty of their approach, and their hard, hard work. Just like Hopscotch.

Adam Granduciel’s herculean writing and arranging on Lost In the Dream is well documented. He has applied that same intensity to the expanded live show for this tour, which we first caught on back to back dates in March, including the band’s rather hyped cover of “Mind Games”. Not every band’s play for the big time might include a bunch of double-radio-length songs, but not every band is The War on Drugs. What we got here at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre was a set that resembled some of what we heard back in March, including the expanded band that includes Jon Natchez on keyboards. A packed and somewhat chatty room got to see the band joined by local music maven Brad Cook of Megafaun on “Ocean” followed by a searing rendition of “Red Eyes” and closing the main set on the album’s title track. The highlight of the encore was another rare cover, Bill Fay’s “I Hear You Calling”, which ended my first night of Hopscotch in exactly the right way. If you don’t see another act this year, go see The War on Drugs, a band whose heart matches their massive sound, bound for the arenas they deserve.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones at the soundboard rather than our preferred spot in Lincoln Theatre that is a bit closer. Due to technical issues a soundboard feed was not available, and there is some enthusiastic audience chatter on this that makes the sound inferior to the two recordings from March, though still quite good. Plenty more Hopscotch recordings will be coming 0ver the next month or so as well. Keep your eyes on this space.

This recording is now hosted on the Live Music Archive.  Download the complete show via these links: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream “I Hear You Calling” [Bill Fay]

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.


The War on Drugs
Hopscotch Music Festival
Lincoln Theater
Raleigh, NC USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (DINa, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, mix down, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:32:48]
01 Burning
02 Comin’ Through
03 Eyes to the Wind
04 Under the Pressure
05 In Reverse>
06 An Ocean In Between the Waves
07 [banter]
08 Brothers [with Brad Cook of Megafaun]
09 Baby Missiles>
10 Suffering
11 [banter2]
12 Red Eyes
13 Lost in the Dream
14 [encore break and segue music]
15 Disappearing
16 Your Love Is Calling My Name
17 I Hear You Calling [Bill Fay]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT The War on Drugs, visit their website, and buy Lost In the Dream from Secretly Canadian

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