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List of All Available NYCTaper Recordings – 2009 Posts

January 10, 2010
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All 2007 Recordings Listed [HERE]
Part 1 of 2008 Recordings (January through June 13) Listed [HERE]
Part 2 of 2008 Recordings (June 13 through July 31) Listed [HERE]
Part 3 of 2008 Recordings (July 31 through December 31) Listed [HERE]

Alphabetical List of All Available Recordings at NYCTAPER.COM
(Click on Title for location):
Posted in 2009 (163 Recordings):

Alela Diane: February 27, 2009 Bowery
Animal Collective: January 20, 2009 Grand Ballroom
Animal Collective: January 21, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Annuals: January 28, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Antlers: January 22, 2009 Cake Shop
Antlers: March 5, 2009 Union Hall
Antlers: August 21, 2009 Mercury Lounge
Antlers: October 3, 2009 Maxwells
Antlers: October 20, 2009 Music Hall
Antlers: December 15, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Baseball Project / Minus 5 / Steve Wynn IV: September 23, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Beets: January 16, 2009 Cake Shop
Belle and Sebastian: May 5, 2002 Hammerstein Ballroom
Best Friends Forever: October 23, 2008 Cake Shop
Black Keys: February 6, 2009 Terminal 5
Blank Dogs: February 6, 2009 Market Hotel
Blank Dogs: March 14, 2009 Music Hall
Blitzen Trapper: February 27, 2009 Bowery
Blitzen Trapper: February 28, 2009 Music Hall
Blood Warrior: August 30, 2009 After The Jump Fest
Built to Spill: July 19, 2009 Maxwells
Built to Spill: October 12, 2009 Webster Hall
Built to Spill: October 13, 2009 Webster Hall
Built to Spill: October 14, 2009 Music Hall
Built to Spill: October 15, 2009 Music Hall
Camper Van Beethoven: January 9, 2009 Bowery
Camper Van Beethoven: January 10, 2009 Bowery
Circle of Buzzards: February 26, 2009 Glasslands
Circulatory System: September 9, 2009 Le Poisson Rouge
Clem Snide: October 13, 2009 Mercury Lounge
Conor Oberst: July 18, 2009 Dutchess County Stadium
Coyote Eyes: June 19, 2009 Monster Island
Cracker: June 25, 2009 Highline Ballroom
Crystal Stilts: March 14, 2009 Music Hall
Crystal Stilts: April 26, 2009 Maxwells
Crystal Stilts: October 31, 2009 Lombardy
Crystal Stilts: November 14, 2009 Bell House
Cymbals Eat Guitars: October 24, 2009 Market Hotel
Decemberists: June 10, 2009 Radio City
Decemberists: September 19, 2009 Terminal 5
Deerhoof: September 15, 2009 Le Poisson Rouge
Dinosaur Jr: November 21, 2009 Terminal 5
Dirty Projectors: November 22, 2009 Bowery
Dismemberment Plan: November 23, 1999 Knitting Factory
Dodos: October 13, 2009 Music Hall
Double Nickels Anniversary Show: July 25, 2009 Bowery Poetry Club
Dungen: August 14, 2009 Bell House
El Jezel: April 4, 2009 Bowery Poetry Club
El Jezel: June 20, 2009 Monster Island
Emanuel and The Fear: September 4, 2009 Joes Pub
Explosions in the Sky: June 30, 2009 Central Park
Fanfarlo: October 20, 2009 Music Hall
Feelies: September 13, 2009 Southpaw
Feelies: November 21, 2009 Maxwells
Fiery Furnaces: June 11, 2009 Le Poisson Rouge
Fiery Furnaces: November 4, 2009 Maxwells
Fiery Furnaces: December 11, 2009 Music Hall
Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett): December 1, 2009 Webster Hall
Frankie Rose: November 14, 2009 Bell House
Giraffes: August 28, 2009 Mercury Lounge
Grandchildren: December 17, 2009 Cameo Gallery
Grant Hart: December 19, 2009 92Y Tribeca
Heartless Bastards: February 6, 2009 Terminal 5
Henrys Dress: November 14, 2009 Bell House
Holly Miranda: October 3, 2009 Maxwells
Iron and Wine: October 15, 2003 Knitting Factory
Iron and Wine: May 18, 2009 Abrons Arts Center
J. Tillman: November 16, 2009 Bell House
Jay Reatard: July 1, 2009 Stuyvesant Town
Jay Reatard: October 1, 2009 Le Poisson Rouge
JEFF the Brotherhood: December 6, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Jessica Lea Mayfield: January 28, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Jesus Lizard: November 16, 2009 Irving Plaza
John Vanderslice: March 27, 2009 Ethical Culture Hall
Jonathan Segel: January 11, 2009 Pianos
Kittens Ablaze: October 22, 2009 Bruar Falls
Larkin Grimm: December 27, 2009 Knitting Factory
Lorelei: November 14, 2009 Bell House
Lou Barlow: October 6, 2009 Mercury Lounge
Love Is All: June 5, 2009 Music Hall
Lucero: February 6, 2009 Terminal 5
Maserati: September 28, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Meat Puppets: June 11, 2009 Mercury Lounge
Meat Puppets: November 25, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Mekons: August 1, 2009 Mercury Lounge
Mew: August 26, 2009 Terminal 5
Miracles of Modern Science: July 16, 2009 Pianos
Mogwai: April 28, 2009 Music Hall
Mogwai: April 29, 2009 Music Hall
Monks of Doom: March 13, 2009 Club Europa
Monks of Doom: March 12, 2009 Club Europa
Motel Motel: April 26, 2009 Maxwells
Mountain Goats: March 27, 2009 Ethical Culture Hall
Mountain Goats: December 1, 2009 Webster Hall
Mountain Goats: December 2, 2009 Bell House
My Teenage Stride: July 22, 2009 Bell House
Naked Hearts: January 22, 2009 Cake Shop
National: May 3, 2009 Radio City
Natureboy: November 7, 2009 Union Pool
New Model Army: October 1, 2009 Mercury Lounge
Nine Inch Nails: August 26, 2009 Terminal 5
No Age: October 17, 2009 Above The Auto Parts
Nodzzz: February 6, 2009 Market Hotel
North Mississippi AllStars: April 9, 2009 Highline Ballroom
O’Death: December 12, 2009 Brooklyn Bowl
Of Montreal: April 15, 2009 Music Hall
Of Montreal: September 18, 2009 Terminal 5
Om: October 11, 2009 Europa
Oneida: July 24, 2009 Market Hotel
Pains of Being Pure at Heart: November 14, 2009 Bell House
Pants Yell: November 14, 2009 Bell House
Papa M: November 18, 2009 Knitting Factory
Physics of Meaning: March 5, 2009 Union Hall
Pixies: November 23, 2009 Hammerstein Ballroom
Ponytail: January 23, 2009 Bell House
Pylon: December 10, 1988 123 East 13th Street
Rafter: March 20, 2009 SXSW Ms Beas
Real Estate: October 24, 2009 Market Hotel
Regina Spektor: June 17, 2009 Beacon Theatre
Ropers: November 14, 2009 Bell House
Sharon Van Etten: December 8, 2008 Pianos
Sharon Van Etten: January 11, 2009 Pianos
Sharon Van Etten: November 7, 2009 Union Pool
Sharon Van Etten: December 15, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Sloan: November 30, 2009 Maxwells
Sloan: December 4, 2009 Bell House
Smith Westerns: October 24, 2009 Market Hotel
Son Volt: September 17, 2009 Irving Plaza
Sonic Youth: November 21, 2009 Terminal 5
Sonic Youth: November 24, 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3: June 27, 2009 Bell House
Surfer Blood: October 24, 2009 Market Hotel
Ted Leo: December 6, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Thao With The Get Down Stay Down: May 14, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
The Dead: April 24, 2009 Nassau Coliseum
The Drums: July 22, 2009 Bell House
The Rest: June 19, 2009 Monster Island
The Rest: September 26, 2009 Cameo Gallery
Thee Oh Sees: October 8, 2009 Mercury Lounge
These Are Powers: January 23, 2009 Bell House
These Are Powers: February 13, 2009 Secret Project Robot
These Are Powers: September 5, 2009 Under The Highline
These United States: August 28, 2009 Union Hall
Thunder Power: June 19, 2009 Monster Island
Titus Andronicus: November 5, 2009 Masonic Temple
Tortoise: July 21, 2009 Le Poisson Rouge
Unicycle Loves You: October 22, 2009 Bruar Falls
Uninhabitable Mansions: December 15, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Victor Krummenacher: January 9, 2009 Bowery
Vivian Girls: January 30, 2009 The 1896
Vivian Girls: May 11, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Wavves: February 6, 2009 Market Hotel
Wavves: March 30, 2009 Mercury Lounge
Wavves: July 15, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
What Laura Says: January 28, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Wilco: July 13, 2009 Keyspan Park
Wilco: July 18, 2009 Dutchess County Stadium
Willie Alexander: December 27, 2008 Maxwells
Women: March 14, 2009 Music Hall
Wooden Shjips: October 31, 2009 171 Lombardy
Woods: February 6, 2009 Market Hotel
Woods: July 15, 2009 Bowery Ballroom
Yo La Tengo: July 13, 2009 Keyspan Park

List of All Available nyctaper Recordings – 2008 Posts (Part 3)

January 18, 2009
By

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All 2007 Recordings Listed [HERE]
Part 1 of 2008 Recordings (January through June 13) Listed [HERE]
Part 2 of 2008 Recordings (June 13 through July 31) Listed [HERE]

Alphabetical List of All Available Recordings at NYCTAPER.COM
(Click on Title for location):
Posted in 2008, Part 3 (67 Recordings – 149 Total for 2008) (posted since July 31, 2008):

Antlers November 1, 2008 Loft Party
Atlas Sound October 2, 2008 Irving Plaza
Awesome Color September 7, 2008 East Village Radio Fest
Bearsuit October 13, 2008 Cake Shop
Best Friends Forever August 19, 2008 The Tank
Best Friends Forever August 22, 2008 Knitting Factory
Built to Spill September 26, 2008 Terminal 5
Butthole Surfers December 12, 2008 Warsaw
Crystal Stilts December 7, 2008 Bowery Ballroom
Deerhunter September 9, 2008 Le Poisson Rouge
Deerhunter November 7, 2008 Music Hall
Dinosaur Jr. September 26, 2008 Terminal 5
Drive-By Truckers November 6, 2008 Terminal 5
Evangelista August 28, 2008 Bowery Ballroom
Feelies September 20, 2008 Music Hall
Fiasco June 21, 2008 After the Jump Fest
Forms June 21, 2008 After The Jump Fest
Govt Mule December 28, 2008 Orensanz Center
High Places September 7, 2008 East Village Radio Fest
Hold Steady November 6, 2008 Terminal 5
Hot Buttered Rum November 19, 2008 Sullivan Hall
Hotel Lights August 19, 2008 Mercury Lounge
Hurray For The Riff Raff December 8, 2008 Pianos
Jeremy Messersmith November 22, 2008 Union Hall
John Oliver September 7, 2008 East Village Radio Fest
John Vanderslice October 18, 2008 92Y Tribeca
Kria Brekkan September 16, 2008 Messiah Church
Loom October 8, 2008 Glasslands
Loom November 21, 2008 Cake Shop
Love Is All October 10, 2008 Roseland
Love Is All October 15, 2008 Monster Island
Love Is All December 7, 2008 Bowery Ballroom
Matisyahu December 22, 2008 Webster Hall
Meat Puppets September 26, 2008 Terminal 5
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson October 8, 2008 Glasslands
moe. June 15, 2008 Governor’s Island
Monotract June 21, 2008 After The Jump
Mountain Goats November 8, 2008 Music Hall
Mountain Goats November 9, 2008 Webster Hall
Naked Hearts October 6, 2008 Mercury Lounge
Naked Hearts November 22, 2008 Union Hall
National August 4, 2008 Summerstage
O’Death December 5, 2008 Bowery Ballroom
Of Montreal October 10, 2008 Roseland
Of Montreal December 16, 2008 Music Hall
Oneida August 29, 2008 South Street Seaport
Oneida December 13, 2008 Knitting Factory
Oxford Collapse October 21, 2008 Cake Shop
Pylon December 15, 2008 Knitting Factory
Rafter November 21, 2008 Cake Shop
Robert Forster September 15, 2008 Joe’s Pub
Shannon McArdle August 19, 2008 Mercury Lounge
Sharon Van Etten August 3, 2008 Cake Shop
Sharon Van Etten October 23, 2008 Cake Shop
Sigur Ros September 17, 2008 United Palace Theatre
Sigur Ros September 18, 2008 United Palace Theatre
Starling Electric August 19, 2008 Mercury Lounge
Stereolab October 2, 2008 Irving Plaza
Teletextile December 2, 2008 Cake Shop
Treasure November 25, 2008 Glasslands
Vivian Girls September 7, 2008 East Village Radio Fest
Wilco August 13, 2008 McCarren Pool
Women October 22, 2008 Cake Shop
Xiu Xiu August 28, 2008 Bowery
Yo La Tengo December 23, 2008 Maxwells
Yo La Tengo December 24, 2008 Maxwells
Yo La Tengo December 27, 2008 Maxwells

NYCTaper Updates: Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2008
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The NYCTaper schedule is still on the front page if you scroll down or click [here]. We still plan to attend and record those events. We also have new NYCTaper photographers who will capture several of the events listed below. More photographers are needed!

Additionally, we have added several new dates since that was posted (even more will be added — still not certain about New Year’s week). Here are the new additions:

Pylon:
December 15, 2008 Knitting Factory NYC

Of Montreal:
December 16, 2008 Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Antlers / Sharon Van Etten / Pet Ghost Project:
January 3, 2009 Cake Shop

Jonathan Segel (of Camper Van Beethoven) / Victor Krummenacher (of Camper Van Beethoven) / Sharon Van Etten / and Special Guests:
January 11, 2009 NYCTaper Presents Sunday Night at Pianos

The Annuals:
January 28, 2009 Bowery Ballroom NYC

There is also a bit of backlog on recordings captured in the recent past. These artists were recorded by NYCTaper and will appear on the site in the weeks after Thanksgiving — Naked Hearts, The Secret Life of Sofia, Treasure, and Olof Arnalds.

We also received two packages of DAT masters captured in NYC by two other tapers over the last decade. Those recordings will also appear on this site and include Belle and Sebastian, Dismemberment Plan, Neil Halstead and Iron and Wine. Those recordings should be posted on the site by the end of the year.

We will be away until Sunday. Happy Thanksgiving!

List of All Available nyctaper Recordings – 2007 Posts

June 13, 2008
By

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Alphabetical List of All Available Recordings at NYCTAPER.COM
(Click on Title for location):
Posted in 2007 (62 Recordings):
Animal Collective 2007-09-30 Webster Hall
Animal Collective 2007-10-01 Webster Hall
Bjork 2007-05-03 Radio City
Bjork 2007-09-24 Madison Square Garden
Bjorkestra 2007-02-02 Canal Room
Bjorkestra 2007-06-15 Highline Ballroom
Bjorkestra 2007-09-22 Blender Theatre
Black ’47 1996-12-28 Paddy Reilly’s
Bruce Springsteen 2007-10-18 Madison Square Garden
Dinosaur Jr. 2007-06-06 Irving Plaza
Disco Biscuits 2007-08-15 McCarren Pool
Fiery Furnaces 2007-06-30 Maxwell’s
Fiery Furnaces 2007-08-26 Socrates Sculpture Park
Fiery Furnaces 2007-10-06 Sound Fix Records
Fiery Furnaces 2007-11-03 Hiro Ballroom
Fiery Furnaces 2007-12-08 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Figgs 2007-08-03 Maxwell’s
Gary Lucas 2007-11-02 Bowery Poetry Club
Govt Mule 2007-12-28 Beacon Theatre
Hold Steady 2007-09-17 World Trade Center
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey 2007-09-22 Blender Theatre
Kri­a Brekkan 2007-09-09 St. Mark’s Church
Meat Puppets 2007-08-30 Knitting Factory
Meat Puppets 2007-10-17 Pianos
Mekons 2007-10-03 Blender Theatre
MGMT 2007-12-08 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mike Watt 1998-10-16 Knitting Factory
Morrissey 2007-10-22 Hammerstein Ballroom
mum 2007-11-09 Church of St. Paul
mum 2007-11-10 Society for Ethical Culture
National 2007-08-17 South Street Seaport
Neil Young 2007-12-19 United Palace
of Montreal 2007-03-09 Irving Plaza
of Montreal 2007-10-13 Roseland
Old 97s 2007-09-17 World Trade Center
Pat McGee Band 2007-08-24 Dewey Beach DE
Phil Lesh and Friends 2007-11-08 Nokia Theatre
Pylon 2007-11-07 Mercury Lounge
Radiohead 2006-06-14 Theatre at MSG
Regina Spektor 2007-10-16 Hammerstein Ballroom
Richard Hawley 2007-12-01 Bowery Ballroom
Richard Thompson 2007-06-21 Prospect Park
Richard Thompson 1997-06-15 Fleadh
Roger Waters 2006-09-12 Madison Square Garden
Roger Waters 2007-05-24 Meadowlands
Roger Waters 2007-05-30 Madison Square Garden
Scott Maher 2007-06-19 Luna Lounge
Sigur Ros 2006-02-09 Theatre at MSG
Sigur Ros 2007-10-03 Gould Hall
So Percussion 2007-11-20 Wintergarden
Squeeze 2007-08-02 Nokia Theatre
Sugarcubes 2006-11-17 Reykjavik
Ted Leo 2007-12-05 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Umphrey’s McGee 2007-08-15 McCarren Pool
White Stripes 2007-07-11 Charlottetown PEI
White Stripes 2007-07-24 Madison Square Garden
Wilco 1997-02-15 Irving Plaza
Wilco 2007-06-25 Hammerstein Ballroom
Yo La Tengo 2007-11-16 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Yo La Tengo 2007-12-06 Maxwell’s
Zappa Plays Zappa 2006-10-31 Theatre at MSG
Zeena Parkins 2006-02-01 Tonic

One Recording was removed as it was later officially released:
New York Dolls 2007-12-29 Irving Plaza

Posted in 2008 Coming Next

Dead Confederate May 29, 2008 Pianos – Flac and MP3 Downloads

May 30, 2008
By


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Athens Georgia is perhaps the smallest US city to generate the greatest collection of outstanding bands in the history of US music. In the late 70s, the Athens scene brought REM, Pylon, B-52s, Swimming Pool Q’s and Love Tractor, and in the 90s, of Montreal, Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel and the entire Elephant Six group of bands made their mark. These days, such bands as Drive-By Truckers, The Whigs and Dead Confederate rule the roost.

Last night Dead Confederate came to the big city and performed a smoldering set at a packed Pianos. The setlist included only two songs from the debut 2007 EP release, but as we learned at Ear Farm, the band has begun the recording of a new full-length album, and five of the tracks performed last night will appear on that release.

We recorded from our prime location at this venue, in front of the soundboard with our microphones pointed directly at the PA stacks from 30 feet. The volume at the venue was quite elevated, so that we saw some peaks but the Neumann/Apogee combination handled the driven levels with clarity and no distortion whatsoever. The result is a crystal clear recording of a superb band. Enjoy!

This recording is now available for Download in FLAC or MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

Dead Confederate
2008-05-29
Pianos
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Board
30 Feet from Stage

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge 8.0 (set fades, slight level boost, resample 16/44) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper
nyctaper@nyctaper.com
2008-05-30

Setlist:
[total time 49:10]
01 The Rat
02 Yer Circus
03 Heavy Petting
04 It Was a Rose
05 Flesh
06 All the Angels
07 Tortured Artist Saint

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Dead Confederate, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their debut EP Dead Confederate by following the links from their page.

Antietam April 25, 2008 Southpaw – Flac and MP3 Downloads

May 4, 2008
By


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Antietam’s set opening for Big Dipper at Southpaw last Friday was similar to the last time I saw them live, opening for Pylon at the Mercury in November. The trio performed a strong 40 minute set of recent material with a strong emphasis on Tara Key’s incendiary guitar work, and Tim Harris’ thundering bass. We have very little memory of our first live experience of Antietam in ’88 or ’89 (probably at CBGB’s), but in the two decades since, they have worked with such artists as Eleventh Dream Day and Yo La Tengo, and have established an excellent catalog of material. The recent 2-CD set Opus Mixtum (Carrot Top Records) is perhaps their strongest release and is featured in 9 of the 11 tracks of this recording.

We were fortunate to speak briefly with Tara at the end of their set regarding this recording. Thanks for her permission. This recording was captured from the identical location as Big Dipper, and we are very pleased with the quality. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Antietam
2008-04-25
Southpaw
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Dead Center
Front of Board — Front Railing at 30 Feet

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge 8.0 (set fades, slight level boost, resample 16/44) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
nyctaper
nyctaper@nyctaper.com
2008-05-04

Setlist:
[total time 40:51]
01 RPM
02 Time Creeps
03 Shipshape
04 Pennants and Flags
05 Turn It On Me
06 That’s the Way It Is
07 Needle and The Eye
08 1-2-1
09 Stowaway
10 The Moor
11 Orange Song

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Antietam, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase the new release Opus Mixtum directly from the Carrot Top Records website.

The (Unofficial) Taper’s Blog Fraternity

April 14, 2008
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Readers often compliment nyctaper in email and comments on the site, and sometimes note that there should be more sites like this one. Well, there are! Here is a list of a our “brethren” — the best taper’s blogs from the web.

Southern Shelter: Atlanta GA
Besides being a super nice guy, Sloan from Southern Shelter also captures excellent recordings. Like nyctaper, Sloan uses Neumann microphones and records a terrific array of bands from a variety of genres. Sloan has been a tremendous help to us in securing permission from bands he has taped in the past, including Pylon and Mission of Burma.

Baltimore Taper: Baltimore MD
Jeff is an indefatigable free promoter of the Baltimore music scene, often recording multiple acts on multiple nights in a week. His site is such an amazingly comprehensive collection of Baltimore music, that he has been featured as a lead story in the local arts newspaper, City Paper.

Bradley’s Almanac: Boston MA
Brad publishes one of the top music blogs on the entire web, and has been recognized as such web-wide, and in a feature in the Boston Globe last year. While Brad is primarily a top flight music blogger, he also records quite a few shows and features them on his site in his archive.

Waves and Wires: San Francisco CA
Dave makes terrific recordings of Bay Area performances by top alternative acts. His recording of Bjork from Shoreline last year is one of the best I heard all tour. After a recent brief hiatus, he returned to form with an excellent British Sea Power recording.

Iamserious: Seattle WA
I believe Brian’s site may be the first actual “taper’s blog”, as it appeared in 2005. While he makes terrific recordings of Pacific Northwest shows, and also authors DVDs (available through bit torrent), the site was fairly inactive for a while last year. Brian seems to be back and recording again, which is great news for his readers.

Sometimes I Tape Stuff: Portland OR
I don’t really know much about this site, nor do I know the owner’s name, but she has recorded some excellent stuff recently including a rare post-tour-cancellation Decemberists show in January and the Shins in December.

BrooklynVibes: Brooklyn NY
This is the coming-soon taper blog of our friend Matt. His site will make NYC the first town with multiple taper blogs and will afford New Yorkers double coverage of the live music scene. Matt and I plan to avoid overlapping our recordings. Like nyctaper, Matt uses top flight equipment, but also offers the added dimension of being an outstanding photographer. We are really looking forward to his offerings.

Did I miss anyone?

nyctaper’s Top Five Concerts of 2007

December 14, 2007
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We attended 85 concerts this year, recording 75 of them. Of all of these many shows, these 5 concerts below are the most memorable experiences of the year for a variety of reasons.

nyctaper’s Top Five Concerts of 2007:

1.  Yo La Tengo December 6, 2007 Maxwell’s
An absolutely amazing YTL set, with legendary openers the dBs. We had a great time, with a great atmosphere and an excellent taping experience.

2.  White Stripes July 24, 2007 Madison Square Garden
Jack and Meg fill up the big room with a sonic masterpiece. Two hours of intense blues rock and nine encores. nyctaper enjoys the concert and records from the perfect location.

3.  Fiery Furnaces August 26, 2007 Socrates Sculpture Park
This concert was like seeing your favorite band at a family picnic. Eleanor, Matt and company rock through the final live performance of the Bitter Tea medley in a beautiful park on a beautiful day with the scenic East River and Manhattan skyline behind them. nyctaper sits on the grass and records from the ideal spot.

4.  Bruce Springsteen October 18, 2007 Madison Square Garden
The only 57-year old in rock history to perform a non-stop concert of such intensity for two and a half hours straight. The Meeting Across the River / Jungleland was the highlight of any Bruce concert of the entire 2007 tour.

5.  Pylon November 7, 2007 Mercury Lounge
1980s Athens legends tour for the first time in 17 years, and miraculously sound as tight as if they’d played together all that time. Vanessa and company seem thankful for the fans in attendance that night, and are incredibly gracious to nyctaper before and after the show.

Honorable Mention:
Dinosaur Jr. June 6, 2007 Irving Plaza
Regina Spektor October 16, 2007 Hammerstein Ballroom
of Montreal March 9, 2007 Irving Plaza
Richard Thompson June 21, 2007 Prospect Park
Meat Puppets August 30, 2007 Knitting Factory

Venue of the Year:
Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ
Without question, the most enjoyable location to attend a concert in the NYC area. From top to bottom, Maxwell’s offers the music fan every ingredient for a positive experience — fine sound system, excellent sight lines, excellent beer selection, and the venue does not include any of the negatives that often detract from enjoyment — the staff is friendly and professional, there is no power-drunk security, and concert goers are permitted to freely mingle and move around inside the venue. nyctaper attended 3 shows at Maxwell’s this year (Fiery Furnaces, Figgs and Yo La Tengo), and each experience was as positive as the last one.

nyctaper – December and Beyond

November 28, 2007
By

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December:
After a little 10 day break, nyctaper hits the halls again for a glut of recording activity. December kicks off with at least 9 concerts in the first 15 days of the month, with possibly more to be added. Several of these events have been sponsored by readers of this site, to whom we all owe a debt of thanks.

Error 503 is Gone:
The dreaded “Error 503” message, which was the result of server limitations placed on nyctaper, has been removed by the host server. Concurrent connections by a single user were limited after the server overload in October, so that any time multiple files were queued an error occurred. This also prevented the effective use of download managers. Users can now go back to the use of Down Them All! or other download managers for nyctaper.

Support the Bands:
I am very happy to report that many users have either posted or contacted nyctaper via email regarding the various ways that they have supported the artists featured on this site. Additionally, click-through purchases have risen, and in particular the new Pylon reissue of Gyrate seems to be a popular order. Thank you to the many users who continue to support the artists!

Upcoming Events:

Richard Hawley:
December 1, 2007, Posted Above

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists:
December 5, 2007, Posted Above

Yo La Tengo:
December 6, 2007, Posted Above

Fiery Furnaces:
December 8, 2007, Posted Above / Opener MGMT Posted Above

Pierce Turner:
December 9, 2007, Recorded — Unusable Recording due to Crowd Noise

The Figgs:
December 14, 2007, Recording not Possible

The Figgs:
December 15, 2007, Recording not Possible

Natalie Merchant:
January 8, 2008, Hiro Ballroom, NYC

The Royal Albert Hall Project:
January 12, 2008, Wintergarden, World Financial Center

Fiery Furnaces:
January 17, 2008, Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ

Mission of Burma:
January 19, 2008, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY

Magnetic Fields:
February 21, 2008, Town Hall, NYC

The National:
February 22, 2008, BAM Opera House, Brooklyn NY

Bruce Springsteen:
February 28, 2008, Civic Center, Hartford, CT

There are several upcoming events that will most likely be added in the near future, including Govt Mule December 28 at the Beacon. We continue to hold out hope of a Neil Young at the United Palace ticket.

Coming Soon: nyctaper end of the year best-of concert list!

nyctaper news

October 25, 2007
By

There’s a lot to talk about this morning.

The Shins

Apologies to Shins fans waiting for the recording from last night. I did not attend, and wasted my ticket. Between the rain, my not feeling well, and lackluster reviews of the show and the venue, I did not really feel up to attending.

Server Outages and new Server Limits:

The Springsteen and Morrissey recordings have brought users to this site in record numbers. The total number of visits the day after the Springsteen concert was 118,000, roughly 5 times the record number of hits for a day on this site. The record number of visits have continued throughout the week. Those numbers have essentially crashed the server on multiple occasions, and have brought download speeds down to a trickle.

Unfortunately, my host has now put limits on my server capacity. The total number of visitors at any given time is limited to 150 distinct ip addresses. The total number of files one user can download at once is now limited to 5. And upload speed from the server has been capped at 2.5 megabytes per second. That’s a lot of speed if you’re downloading alone, but a slow speed if you divide it by 150.

There have been complaints and frustrations communicated in various forums on the web about the crashes and the speed reductions. I understand these complaints, but want users to know that these limits come from the host, and are a direct result of the popularity of the site.

Support the Artists:

I am capable of tracking the total number of purchases of official CD’s that are made through links on this site. I must say that I am profoundly disappointed at the number of people who download from this site, and the subsequent lack of purchases of official releases. I understand that of the 5000 people who downloaded Springsteen, most if not all of them already own Magic, or of the 3000 people who have downloaded Bjork, most or all already bought Volta.

It is the goal of this site that those 8000 people be exposed to other artists, and support those artists. Springsteen fans would be more than happy with the music of The Hold Steady, or The National, and Bjork fans would love Regina Spektor, or Animal Collective, or Kria Brekkan. In other words, if you already own Volta, click on the link and buy Begin to Hope!

nyctaper is currently considering implementing a limitation of downloads, where access would only be granted if confirmation of purchase of the official release is offered. This is something that we don’t want to install, but may be forced to do if users do not support the bands.

Support the Site:

The plan for this site was that donations and ad revenue would make it a not-too-expensive proposition. nyctaper was willing to operate at a loss in order to be able to implement a new model of music exchange and artist promotion. In this regard, the site has been a complete failure. The total number of donations thus far has amounted to $134. That represents less the price of the ticket for Springsteen. Commission ad revenue has generated zero. We did not envision being in the hole for roughly 12 thousand dollars within six months of the opening of the site.

Ironically, today we were accused of being bootleggers.

Plans for the Future:

At this point, nyctaper will continue to exist until the end of the shows listed below. We can not continue to afford to operate past that period without any significant user support.

Upcoming Events:

The Decemberists:
November 1, 2007
November 2, 2007, Terminal Five, NYC

Fiery Furnaces:
November 3, 2007, Hiro Ballroom, NYC

Pylon:
November 7, 2007, Mercury Lounge, NYC

Phil Lesh and Friends:
November 8, 2007, Phil Lesh Tickets at Nokia Theatre Times Square

mum:
November 9, 2007, Church of St. Paul NYC
November 10, 2007, Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall NYC

Yo La Tengo:
November 16, 2007, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Pierce Turner:
December 2, 2007, Joe’s Pub NYC
December 9, 2007, Joe’s Pub NYC

Yo La Tengo:
December 6, 2007, Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ (12/6 sold out, click link for tickets to other nights)

I will not attend Neil Young at the United Palace because I can not afford the ticket price, and no user has offered to sponsor my attendance.

Recordings will be posted at this site for each of those concerts that nyctaper attends and records. As with any future plans, some of these concerts may not be attended or recorded by nyctaper, for reasons out of my control. Please check back to the site often for updates as other concerts will be added.

I have received numerous requests to attend and record certain specific events. Please bear in mind that my time and energy are limited. Specific requests are more likely to be successful if accompanied by a guest list pass, complimentary ticket or other incentives.

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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.