Love Is All: June 5, 2009 Music Hall – Flac and MP3 Downloads

June 6, 2009

[photo by ceptorceptor]

Love Is All make up for their mistakes — however unintentional — with class and humor. Last night, near the end of their set, Love Is All welcomed Hamish Kilgore from the legendary New Zealand band The Clean for a rollicking version of “Wishing Well”, the Love Is All song that bears an uncomfortably striking melodic resemblance to The Clean’s 1981 song “Tally Ho”. The balance of the set, which also featured the Gary Olson (from Ladybug Transistor) on trumpet on several tracks, was an energetic run through highlights of the first two Love Is All albums, but also featured four new numbers.

We recorded with the four-mic mix from the balcony rail, about 20 feet from the stacks. While the spot was off-center, the closeness to the PA and the spread of the mics avoids any feeling of unbalance, and as a result this is a really excellent listen. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Love Is All
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from First Row Balcony Rail

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

[Total Time 53:14]
01 Early Warnings
02 Give It Back
03 Ageing Had Never Been His Friend
04 Talk Talk Talk Talk (w/ Gary Olson)
05 Last Choice
06 Sea Sick
07 Jessica
08 King
09 Wishing Well (w/ Hamish Kilgour)
10 Busy Doing Nothing
11 Dust
12 Make Out Fall Out Make Up (w/Gary Olson)
13 [encore break]
14 New Beginnings
15 Spinning and Scratching
16 [second encore break]
17 Used Goods

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Love Is All, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their new album A Hundred Things Keep Me up at Night from links at their MySpace page [HERE] or at the Whats Your Rupture Records MySpace page [HERE].

NYCTaper Presents: Live At Monster Island – Friday June 19

May 31, 2009

We are really excited to present another great evening of music, featuring five outstanding bands from various locations and genres.

Here is the ToddP listing:




|| El Jezel
|||| Coyote Eyes
|||||| Thunder Power – from Omaha, 1st NYC show
|||||||| the Rest – from Ontario, 1st US show

128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8:30pm | all ages | $8

Queens-based intelligent post-gaze trio, El Jezel broke out at the StereoActive CMJ show last October.

Deli Magazine’s band on the rise in February, this angular indie-pop trio draws comparisons from Deerhoof to early 80s Brit-goth.

An Omaha-based indie-pop band that draws references as classic as early 10,000 Maniacs and Belle & Sebastian, their extensive Summer tour (Midwest and East Coast) brings them to Brooklyn for their first-ever NYC show.”

This Ontario-based brilliant chamber-pop band has just released one of the early contenders for album of the year, Everyone All At Once. Chosen as NPR song/artist of the day last month. Their CD Release Tour will bring The Rest to the U.S. for the first time.


The show begins at 8:30 pm (doors).
We have added a special guest to begin the night. The New Orleans band Hurray For The Riff Raff will begin promptly at 9:00pm (they have another show later that night). NYCTaper readers are familiar with Hurray For The Riff Raff from our wonderful experience with them last December at Pianos.

We will be posting often about this show over the next few weeks, including mp3s, live links and potentially some interviews.

Steve Wynn to Perform Dream Syndicate album Medicine Show

May 29, 2009

Last year we were fortunate to capture Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 perform Steve’s old band The Dream Syndicate album The Days of Wine and Roses in its entirety. That show, performed in July at Maxwell’s, exceeded all of our expectations and breathed new life into that classic 1982 album.

This year Steve and the Miracle 3 will tackle the next album in the Dream Syndicate’s catalog, 1984’s The Medicine Show. This show takes place on June 27, 2009 at the Bell House in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn.

A little about Medicine Show:

“Despite charting on the Billboard list of top LPs and topping the CMJ singles chart for 2 months, the album is met with mixed reviews in the US where the band’s debut album “The Days of Wine and Roses” had been a critical sensation. Overseas it was a different story. “Medicine Show” received the highest accolades across Europe and the UK (the album made the London Guardian’s “Top 40 Albums of the First 40 Years of Rock” list in the mid-90s), sowing the seeds for a career that has been strong for bandleader Steve Wynn to the present day.”

“Medicine Show is the weirdest, most idiosyncratic, nastiest, funniest and most revealing record the Dream Syndicate ever made,” said Wynn in the liner notes from the record’s 1991 reissue. “It’s also my favorite.”

Last year’s performance of Days of Wine and Roses is still available on nyctaper [here].

Thao With The Get Down Stay Down: May 14, 2009 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads

May 26, 2009

[photo courtesy of Dese’Rae L. Stage]

Thao Nguyen With the Get Down Stay Down toured the US throughout much of April and May. The last few dates of the tour saw them come East and on May 14, 2009, Thao performed at the Bowery Ballroom. Two weeks on the Bowery show has become, in the band’s own opinion the show of the tour. In Thao’s blog, she attributes much of the energy that night to the crowd — and she is right. The Bowery that evening was filled to capacity with fans, some quiet and some quite rowdy, but all clearly into the show. The bawdiest group of about a dozen people, who can be heard on this recording, were actually singing along with every song. The band obviously fed off of this energy and approached each song with fervor. In particular, the festive singalong version of “Bag of Hammers” segued perfectly into “Beat”. Thao and the band also performed a couple of new songs for an album that will be released this Fall.

We recorded from our standard location in this venue, at the balcony rail next to the soundboard. This was our first outing with the R-44 and four-microphone rig in Bowery and we’re excited at the combination of the upgraded equipment and the always-superb sound quality in this venue. The depth of this recording is outstanding and while the active crowd can be heard, this adds authenticity to the listening experience. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete Show in FLAC [HERE].

Thao With The Get Down Stay Down
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Balcony Rail
Next to the Soundboard Booth

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

[Total Time 57:37]
01 Easy [new song – not included per band request]
02 What About
03 Geography
04 Bag of Hammers
05 Beat (Health, Life and Fire)
06 [banter]
07 Swimming Pools
08 Violet
09 Body
10 Goodbye, Good Luck
11 Big Kid Table
12 Travel
13 Moped
14 Fear and Convenience
15 [encore break]
16 Feet Asleep

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their outstanding release We Brave Bee Stings and All from the KillRockStars Records site [here].

Iron and Wine: May 18, 2009 Abrons Arts Center – Review and Setlist

May 19, 2009

[photo courtesy of Philip Pissas – more here]

Today Iron and Wine release the new 2-CD/3-LP collection of rare tracks entitled Around the Well. Last night at Abrons Arts Center, Sam Beam performed a primarily solo set for the final show of the tour in support of the new release. In a classic old intimate theatre, Sam’s homey charm and realistic songwriting thoroughly entranced the small crowd of diehards. As setlist was comprised of requests/votes taken from fans via the Iron and Wine website, there were several moments during the set when the performer was unsure of a lyric or chord change. Rather than allowing these interludes to devolve into awkwardenss, Sam used the intimacy of the setting to show his humor and humanity. While virtually the entire set consisted of highlights, we were especially moved by the cover of the Flaming Lips “Waiting for Superman” and Sam’s own “Upward Over the Mountain”. Along with the rarities and treats, also performed was a new song called “Mary Anne”.

Iron and Wine perform an In-Store at Other Music Tonight.

Download a Recording soon of this show at Played Last Night.

Download a vintage Iron and Wine show from 2003 at nyctaper [here]

Last Night’s Setlist:
Iron and Wine
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY USA

[Total Time 1:13]
01 [introduction]
02 History of Lovers
03 Woman King
04 Resurrection Fern
05 [banter – mangos]
06 Cinder And Smoke
07 God Made The Automobile
08 [banter – voting]
09 Waiting for Superman (Flaming Lips)
10 Upward Over The Mountain
11 [banter – Orson Welles]
12 Lion’s Mane
13 Gray Stables
14 Kingdom Of The Animals
15 Flightless Bird, American Mouth
16 In Your Own Time
17 Mary Anne [new song]
18 Fever Dream
19 A Boy With A Coin
20 The Trapeze Swinger
21 [encore break]
22 He Lays In The Reins to Stream Sonic Youth and Bardo Pond Tonight

May 16, 2009

The new web broadcast station at will stream live tonight the No Fun Fest featuring sets by Sonic Youth and Bardo Pond at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tune in to [here], at 1:00 am EST.

We had a show for a brief period on this excellent site (“NYCTaper Live”), but could not maintain the commitment of producing a two-hour show each week. However, when introduces a streaming live station in the Fall, we do anticipate an nyctaper feature.

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