The Dead: April 24, 2009 Nassau Coliseum – Flac and MP3 Downloads

April 26, 2009

[photo by Jay Blakesberg – courtesy of Jambase]

It was almost exactly fifteen years since we last taped the Grateful Dead at Nassau Coliseum in March of 1994, and more than 30 years since our first Dead show at Nassau in January of 1979. After the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, all of the various incarnations of this band have always felt somewhat empty and hollow. The 2009 version of the band was fueled initially by a benefit concert for Barack Obama at Penn State University. Apparently moved by the event, this particular 6-piece line-up (four original members, with Warren Haynes and Jeff Chimenti) began this tour in mid April with a series of inspired and extremely well received performances.

With this background, we captured a fine performance by The Dead on Friday night that frankly could stand up to many of the shows we saw in the early 1990’s. Warren is a huge presence — providing world class guitar work and vocals that echo Pigpen, Garcia, and even Brent Mydland. The highlights of the long show included the first set traditional pairing of Lost Sailor / Saint of Circumstance, a sweet three-song acoustic set, and an epic Dark Star.

We recorded from the front center rail on the official taper’s section with the four microphones and the R-44. This is a capture of outstanding depth and soundstage and we are proud of the results. Enjoy!

This Recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at [HERE].

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The Dead
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from First Row Center of the
Official Taper’s Section

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper 2008-04-25

Set 1
[Total Time 1:11:05]
01 Jack Straw
02 Brown Eyed Women
03 Its All Over Now, Baby Blue
04 Easy Wind
05 Death Don’t Have No Mercy
06 Don’t Ease Me In
07 Lost Sailor
08 Saint of Circumstance

Set 2
[Total Time 22:44]
01 When I Paint My Masterpiece
02 Peggy-O (Fennario)
03 Looks Like Rain
[Total Time 1:22:06]
01 Alabama Getaway
02 Dark Star
03 Drums
04 Space
05 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
06 Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad
07 [encore break]
08 [donor rap]
09 Touch of Grey

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The Rest – NPR Song of the Day + Playing a NYCTaper Presents Show on June 19

April 23, 2009

A month ago, we previewed the new CD from the outstanding Ontario chamber-pop band The Rest, Everyone All At Once. This week, the album officially dropped and the rave reviews have begun to arrive. Today, “Walk on Water” [download here] received the award for “Song of the Day” at NPR. writer Jessica Suarez, who may or may not have read our similarly written review, had this to say about The Rest:

The title of The Rest’s recent sophomore album, Everyone All at Once, suggests such an overload, but each track contains plenty of breathing room without sacrificing the lush textures of a large ensemble. Part of it is the band’s tendency to expand outward, as in the five-minute stunner “Walk on Water (Auspicious Beginnings).”
Beginning with organ, piano and cello, this pocket orchestra provides a nice bed for singer Adam Bentley’s artfully unsteady vocals. All of which builds up to a Pet Sounds-influenced bridge that brims with interlocking percussion, wet reverb and falsetto harmonies. Later explosions and pauses hint at Arcade Fire-esque bombast, but they’re not as dramatic. Take, for example, the way Bentley’s worried lament “Oh God, she knows / She knows, she knows, she knows” comes in response to his partner finding out what detergent he uses. The title’s a bit misleading, but the “auspicious beginnings” part sounds about right.

We are also happy to report that The Rest will be coming to the US for the first time, for both a La Blogotheque “Take Away” session and their first US live show. The “Take Away” session was discussed by lead singer Adam Bentley’s on the “Exchanging Emails” feature of the London Ontario blog Burgeoning Metropolis.

The first live show in the U.S. by the Rest will be part of the NYCTaper Presents show on June 19, 2009 at a yet unannounced Brooklyn venue. Many more details to follow regarding that special event.

NYCTaper Update: Spring into Summer

April 22, 2009

[image by Songbirdnest]

A nice set of additions to the calendar. This is shaping up to be an amazing season for concerts and recording. More to come.

Upcoming Shows:

The Dead:
April 24, 2009 Nassau Coliseum Uniondale NY

Spanish Prisoners:
April 25, 2009 Crash Mansion NYC
Nashville Skyline Project:
April 25, 2009 Le Poisson Rouge NYC
April 25, 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Crystal Stilts/Mahogany/Motel Motel (Music Snobbery Anniversary Show):
April 26, 2009 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

April 27, 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Yo La Tengo:
May 3, 2009 Hoboken Spring Festival
(false rumor)

Mike Watt:
May 7, 2009 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Deli Magazine Best of NY Festival:
May 8 and May 10, 2009 Bell House Brooklyn

Thao With The Get Down Stay Down:
May 14, 2009 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Iron and Wine:
May 17 and May 18, 2009 Abrons Art Center NYC

Grizzly Bear:
May 28, 2009, Town Hall NYC

Grizzly Bear:
May 31, 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Jessica Lea Mayfield:
June 1, 2009 Bowery Ballroom NYC

June 10, 2009 Radio City Music Hall NYC

The Meat Puppets:
June 11, 2009, Mercury Lounge NYC

Best Friends Forever:
June 18, 2009 TBA NYC

Thunder Power / El Jezel / Coyote Eyes / The Rest:
June 19, 2009 NYCTaper Presents – Venue TBA

Dinosaur Jr.
June 25, 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg

July 10, 2009 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

July 13, 2009 Keyspan Park Brooklyn

Rafter: March 20, 2009 SXSW Ms Bea’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads

April 22, 2009

[photo by Edan at thepiratehat]

Our first exposure to the music of Rafter — at Cake Shop in November — was such a positive experience that we vowed to see him again when we could. Unfortunately, our attempt to attend and record his January show was frustrated by scheduling problems, and the San Diego native has not returned to NYC since. Our colleague at houtaper had better luck at SXSW as he captured Rafter’s entertaining set in the afternoon sun and heat at Ms. Bea’s during one of the remarkable bills presented by ToddP at this year’s Austin festival.

Houtaper recorded this set from up close with a high-end set of DPA microphones, and the sound is crystal clear. There is some chatter in between songs, and some slight wind noise, but otherwise this is really a superb recording. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Friday March 20, 2009 – 2:30 pm
Ms Bea’s
Austin, TX

Taper: prof_peabody
Location: 15 feet from the stage, 3 feet high, near center
Source: DPA4023 -> Aerco MP2 -> R-09HR (24/48)
Transfer: USB -> Wavelab 5 edits (dither with UV22HR) -> CDWAVE -> FLAC

[total time 42:34]
01 [introduction]
02 Magic
03 Thunderclap
04 Where Did You Go?
05 Fruit
06 Sampler Song
07 Noise
08 Salt
09 No Fucking Around
10 ZZZPenchant
11 Sweat
12 Sassy

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Of Montreal: April 15, 2009 Music Hall – Flac and MP3 Downloads

April 20, 2009

[photo courtesy of p.z.hine – more here]

Of Montreal returned to NYC this week for three shows, exactly five months since their last appearance at Music Hall and over seven months since the infamous Roseland show. The Fall shows were part of the extravagant Skeletal Lamping tour, and while this week’s performances included the always-entertaining stage extras, the setlist was less concentrated on Skeletal and included much of 2007’s Hissing Fauna. This tour has also featured two new songs, one titled “Coquet, Coquet” and the other tentatively called “Like A Tourist” — the latter performed on this particular night.

Acidjack recorded from the sweet spot in this venue with the appropriate equipment for the location and the crowd. The result is a fine recording and an excellent listen to this outstanding band. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Of Montreal
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from FOB
Dead Center 30 Feet from PA

Audio Technica U-853 Hypercardiods > AT adapter > SP-CMC-8 bodies > SPSB-8 > Edirol R-09HR > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, level boost, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded by acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:27:15]
01 Introduction
02 Nonpareil Of Favor
03 Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
04 Like A Tourist
05 And I’ve Seen A Bloody Shadow
06 Plastis Wafers
07 Wraith Pinned To The Mist (And Other Games)
08 Women’s Studies Victims
09 St. Exquisite Confessions
10 For Our Elegant Caste
11 Gronlandic Edit
12 Sink The Seine
13 Cato As a Pun
14 Labyrinthian Pomp
15 She’s a Rejecter
16 October is Eternal
17 Faberge Falls For Shuggie
18 Mingusings
19 Id Engager
20 [encore break/banter]
21 The Party’s Crashing Us
22 Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse
23 A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger

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North Mississippi AllStars: April 9, 2009 Highline Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads

April 18, 2009

[photo courtesy of fretsman from The Bluff]

At Highline Ballroom on Thursday last, The North Mississippi AllStars performed a mammoth two-and-a-half hour set of their outstanding blues-rock that was truly a family affair in more ways than one. The trio was joined on stage by a revolving group of guests from openers Hill Country Revue, that culminated in an appearance by long-time collaborator Robert Randolph. As Hill Country Revue also contains two members of NMAS, the entire night was essentially a four-hour smorgasbord of country, boogie, blues and honky tonk.

We recorded this set from directly in front of the soundboard, centered between the two main PA speakers. The four-track R-44 was utilized again, but this time to its maximum value. We positioned the Neumanns directly at the stacks and spread the DPAs in a 110 degree placement to capture a full round spectrum of sound available at this venue. We are extremely pleased with the outcome. Enjoy!

This show is now available to download as FLAC or MP3 at [HERE].

North Mississippi AllStars
Highline Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Board Center

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by

[Total Time 2:17:50]
01 Brooks Run to the Ocean
02 Sugartown
03 Shake
04 I’d Love to be a Hippy
05 I’m in Jail
06 No Mo
07 Mean Ol Wind Died Down
08 Po Black Maddie/Skinny Woman/Po Black Maddie/Drums
09 Shake Em on Down
10 Ghetto
11 Goin Home Part One
12 Lonesome Road
13 Moonshine
14 Boogie (with Robert Randolph)
15 Jam (with Robert Randolph)
16 Mississippi Boweevil (with Robert Randolph)
17 Joyful Sounds (with Robert Randolph)
18 Meet Me in the City
19 Snake Drive
20 [encore break]
21 Stay All Night
22 Keep The Devil Down
23 Freedom Highway

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