O’Death December 5, 2008 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 6, 2008

[photo by nyctaper]

On the final night of their winter tour in support of the superb new CD Broken Hymns, Limbs And Skin, Brooklyn’s O’Death returned home. As the band ripped through a seventy-minute set of material old and new, the floor of the Bowery Ballroom literally bounced with the energy of a crowd dancing and slamming to O’Death‘s unique approach to gothic country punk. We focused much of the time on the impressive electric banjo work of Gabe Darling, but in reality each member of the talented quintet could have been centerstage at any point in the evening.

O’Death will be off the road for the remainder of the year, but return to touring in February with a run through the South and then an extensive tour through Europe. The unbridled energy of this band guarantees that each show will truly be a memorable experience. The Bowery last night was no exception.

We recorded with our best mobile rig from the prime location in this venue. The results are a faithful capture of the energy of this excellent show. Enjoy!

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

Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > 16bit 44.1 wav > Soundforge (set fades, level boost, slight eq) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by

[Total Time 1:08:37]
01 Home
02 Only Daughter
03 Adelita
04 On An Aching Sea
05 Spider Home
06 Underwater Nightmare
07 I Think I’m Fine
08 Ratscars
09 Lean-to
10 Lowtide
11 Down To Rest
12 A Light That Does Not Dim
13 Angeline
14 Fire On Peshtigo
15 Mountain Shifts
16 Legs To Sin
17 [encore break]
18 Allie Mae Reynolds
19 Nimrod’s Son (Pixies)
20 Yonder Christian

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Teletextile December 2, 2008 Cake Shop – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 5, 2008

[photo by nyctaper]

Our introduction to Teletexile occurred at a private loft party in November, literally in their Fort Greene living room.  We were invited by The Antlers, but quickly warmed to this superb quartet when they began their set. Berklee-trained musician Pamela Martinez plays at least four instruments (including harp!) and her strong and passionate vocals are backed by a trio of outstanding musicians anchored by tech-wizard Brian Hamilton. Unfortunately, our recording of their loft party set was hindered by the limitations of the sound system and we decided with the band not to post that capture.

On Tuesday night at Cake Shop, Teletextile performed an energetic and well balanced set of new and older material. The highlight was the outstanding song “distant places” which reached a powerful crescendo before settling into a beautiful finale with Pamela solo on vocals and keys.

We captured this set from our usual upfront location at Cake Shop and we are again very pleased with the results. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Upfront
10 Feet from the PA

DPA 4021s > Edirol UA-5 (Oade Digimod) > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge 8.0 (level adjustments, downsample 16/44) > CD Wave > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[total time 38:37]
01 ampm two
02 girl
03 johnny thunder
04 I don’t know how to act here
05 distant places
06 safer in a down two

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New Orleans to New York: Hurray For The Riff Raff in NYC for 4 Shows This Week

December 4, 2008

Hurray For The Riff Raff is an outstanding band from New Orleans well versed in the ways of Americana and Appalachian folk music. Their CD It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You is on constant rotation here at NYCTaper, as we are aficionados of this genre when its done correctly (i.e. Wilco, The Loom). Hurray For The Riff Raff is centered around the rich melodic vocals of Alynda Lee and a series of classic folk instruments played with understated proficiency.

Originally booked for Monday, December 8 at Pianos, Hurray For The Riff Raff now has a series of four gigs scheduled this week, beginning with a loft gig tonight.

Dec 4 2008 1087 Loft NYC
Dec 5 2008 Pete’s Candy Store Brooklyn
Dec 6 2008 Silent Barn Brooklyn
Dec 8 2008 Pianos NYC (with Sharon Van Etten)

The Pianos gig on Monday night is a free show, and nyctaper will be there to capture a recording.

Here is a sample mp3:
Hurray for the Riff Raff — Daniella MP3 [here]

They Might Be Giants November 29, 2008 Le Poisson Rouge – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 3, 2008

[photo courtesy of coulter]

review by neild
I’d never been to (le) Poisson Rouge before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the new space in the old Village Gate basement. After wending my way through (le) Poisson’s subterranean lair, and slaying the grue that guarded the entrance to the performance space proper, I found myself in a wonderland of sensory stimuli: red fish projected onto every surface (“poisson rouge” meaning “red fish” in one of those fussy European languages), the air swimming with pop music that remained unidentifiable despite its extreme volume. In the distance I could just discern the stage, which was carefully tucked into a corner of the room to guarantee the performers maximum privacy.

Once the show began, there were more surprises: To ensure that everyone in the audience enjoyed the same sound quality, the PA had been rigged up to what sounded like sheets of aluminum foil suspended from various points on the ceiling, which vibrated in a clever approximation of music. And as the piece (de) resistance, lighting technicians completed the dazzling display by shining pinlights into the audience’s eyes at random intervals.

Fortunately, the show itself was great, as I discovered once I got home and could actually listen to it. (Thanks to Dr. Nyctaper for recommending cardioid mics, which helped bring the aluminum foil into a bit more focus.) Many welcome rarities, plus a complete performance of the “Apollo 18” album, which is pretty much all welcome rarities, and comes off much better live than in its studio incarnation. The crowd is a bit noisy, and sings along on virtually everything, but that was part of the evening’s charm, and remains mostly in the background on the recording.

If nothing else, this is the first recording I know of (not counting a YouTube video with poor sound) to feature the new song “Why Does the Sun Really Shine? (The Sun Is A Miasma of Incandescent Plasma),” along with a long discourse from John Flansburgh about the pitfalls of writing about science for a Wal-Mart audience. There is also a recurring motif involving the “beep-beep-beep” sound a truck makes while backing up – I have no idea why, but it did make for a fascinating tutorial in the mechanics of 4-against-3 counterpoint.

nyctaper notes:
This is an outstanding capture with rich clarity and brightness. I edited the wav file by reducing individual portions of crowd noise and some spikes from close-clapping. The crowd is a bit less boisterous in the finished project, which is an excellent listening experience.

This recording is no longer available at NYCTaper.

They Might Be Giants
Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Upfront

CoreSound Cardioids > MM-EBM-1 battery box (with bass roll-off) > Sony MZ-NH900 > Audiophile 2496 > Sound Studio > 16bit 44.1 wav > Soundforge (set fades, level boost, edit close clapping and crowd noise) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded by neild
Produced by nyctaper

[total time 1:55:50]
01 Stompy Introduction > Space Suit
02 Damn Good Times
03 West Virginia
04 [banter]
05 Why Does The Sun Really Shine?
06 Unsupervised, I Hit My Head
07 Withered Hope
08 Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
09 [banter]
10 Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal
Apollo 18:
11 Dig My Grave
12 I Palindrome I
13 She’s Actual Size
14 [banter]
15 My Evil Twin
16 Mammal
17 The Statue Got Me High
18 Spider
19 The Guitar
20 Dinner Bell
21 Narrow Your Eyes
22 Hall Of Heads
23 Which Describes How You’re Feeling
24 See The Constellation
25 If I Wasn’t Shy
26 Turn Around
27 Hypnotist Of Ladies
28 [banter]
29 Fingertips
30 [banter]
31 Space Suit
32 [encore break]
34 Dr. Worm
35 [second encore break]
36 Drink!
37 Introducing the Band
38 The Mesopotamians

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Mike Doughty Kicked Out Drunks from the Stage at Woodstock

December 2, 2008

We have seemingly complained on a regular basis about chatting, drunks and overall rudeness at shows recently. Obviously, these types of behaviors hinder our ability to capture a recording, but the rudeness also inhibits our enjoyment of the show itself. In what is pretty much our passive fantasy, this weekend outstanding singer-songwriter Mike Doughty literally kicked some drunk fans out of his show in Woodstock NY. The youtube video imbedded above captures the moment. I am not sure if Mike maybe went over the edge, or if the drunks truly deserved the ejection, but at least the performers are beginning to fight back against the annoying end of basic concert civility.

Mike Doughty has two upcoming gigs in the NYC area:
December 09, 2008 Blender Theatre NYC (WRXP Holiday Show)
December 31, 2008 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Ted Leo will play Market Hotel on December 15

December 1, 2008

ToddP announced today that Ted Leo will headline a show at Market Hotel on Sunday night, December 15. Here is the announcement on Todd’s page:


Monday December 15th @ SCHMARKET SCHMOTEL

:::: guests tba

1142 Myrtle Ave @ Bdwy | Bushwick, Bklyn
JMZ-Myrtle, L-Jefferson, G-Mrytle/Willoughby | 8pm | all ages | $tba
– MYSPACE –> http://myspace.com/markethotelnyc


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