NYCTaper Back Up!

November 22, 2008
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Apologies to our readers for the downtime yesterday, which was somewhere in the range of about 18 hours. Our host server had some kind of huge crash and took way too long to fix it.

In the interim, we kept busy. We recorded Hot Buttered Rum at Sullivan Hall on Wednesday, attended the Antlers (the recording was not usable) on Thursday, and last night we recorded The Loom and most of Rafter‘s set at Cake Shop. I will try to post at least two of those recordings today.

Tonight its off to Union Hall for an amazing bill — The Secret Life of Sofia, Jeremy Messersmith, and Naked Hearts.

Sharon Van Etten – Good News and Bad News — Village Voice, Stolen Laptop, and More Shows

November 20, 2008
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Sharon Van Etten at NYCTaper CMJ Show [photo by subinev blog]

The news was bad and good for Sharon Van Etten this week. On the same day we clicked on the excellent Hooves on the Turf music blog to find that Sharon Van Etten’s laptop (with new songs!) had been stolen, we picked up the Village Voice to find Sharon glowingly and prominently featured in the profile of one of NYC’s best and most underappreciated venues — Brooklyn’s Zebulon. We spoke to Sharon about Zebulon in the NYCTaper Interview last month.

Today the good news wins out. Sharon has booked a series of upcoming gigs (tonight!), including the next NYCTaper Presents show — January 11, 2009 at Pianos. We will have a lot to report out that NYCTaper show in the near future.

Sharon Van Etten will perform the following shows:
November 20, 2008 Cornelia Street Cafe NYC
November 25, 2008 Glasslands Brooklyn
December 8, 2008 Pianos NYC
January 11, 2009 Pianos NYC (NYCTaper Presents)

Of Montreal Return to NYC in December

November 18, 2008
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Its was only a month ago when we recorded the most outrageous concert of the year (or decade) — Of Montreal at Roseland on October 10. The NYCTaper recording of the cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” spread far and wide on the web, including on You Ain’t No Picasso, Merry Swankster, Prefix Magazine (without credit), NME (without credit), New York Magazine (without credit), and even ended up on Pitchfork and Stereogum.

The Bowery Presents website posted a short while ago a listing for Of Montreal at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 16. Tickets go on sale on Thursday November 20 at NOON.

NYCTaper Upcoming Events — How Do You Like the New Server?

November 15, 2008
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[image by Songbirdnest]

After recording five full sets in four nights, we have taken a few days to get over the exhaustion. We will not be out in the field until next Wednesday, and then its a fairly full schedule for the rest of the year.

The new server seems to be working quite well. The number of hits to the site this week have more than doubled since last week and we have experienced no outages and certainly no complaints. Again, please consider making a donation to nyctaper to help defray the costs of this substantial upgrade to the site.

In 2009, we plan to add new tapers and also photographers. If you are interested in a “position” in either category, please email NYCTaper. These are obviously not pay positions, but you will get guest list passes and exposure of your work to approximately 10,000 readers per day.

We expect to attend and record the following shows, subject to change. There will be dates added in the interim.

Upcoming nyctaper Events:

Hot Buttered Rum:
November 19, 2008 Sullivan Hall NYC

The Antlers:
November 20, 2008 Knitting Factory NYC

The Loom:
November 21, 2008 Cake Shop NYC

The Secret Life of Sofia / Jeremy Messersmith / Naked Hearts:
November 22, 2008 Union Hall Brooklyn

Sharon Van Etten:
November 25, 2008 Glasslands Brooklyn

Teletextile:
December 2, 2008 Cake Shop NYC

O’Death:
December 5, 2008 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Love Is All:
December 7, 2008 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Sharon Van Etten / Hurray For The Riff Raff:
December 8, 2008 Pianos NYC

The Butthole Surfers:
December 12, 2008 Warsaw Brooklyn

Oneida (and others – Oneida Fest):
December 13, 2008 Knitting Factory NYC

Yo La Tengo:
December 23, 2008 Maxwell’s NYC

Yo La Tengo:
December 27, 2008 Maxwell’s NYC

Camper Van Beethoven:
January 9 and January 10, 2009 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Animal Collective:
January 20, 2009 Manhattan Center Ballroom NYC

Grizzly Bear:
February 28, 2009 BAM Brooklyn

Kaki King Covered The Smiths at Webster Hall on November 9 – Flac and MP3 Downloads

November 13, 2008
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[photo by Thom]

It is not often that an opening act gets called back for an encore. At the end of Kaki King‘s set at Webster Hall on Sunday night she received just that kind of reception from the feel-good crowd. Kaki answered the calls by returning solo and performing a surprise cover of The Smiths classic “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” from the Louder Than Bombs compilation and the Pretty in Pink soundtrack.

John Darnielle came out for a second to join Kaki but did not participate in the vocals. Unfortunately, while I had the deck running, I was not quite prepared for this surprise as I was standing near the back of the room jostling through the crowd for a location to record The Mountain Goats set. As a result, the sound quality of the recording is well below the usual standards of the recordings of this site. There is a lot of ambient noise — bottles clinking at the bar, chatting and rustling. We offer this recording because it has been requested by numerous people in the incredibly nice Mountain Goats forum. Enjoy!

Direct Download (right click and save file):
“Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” [FLAC HERE]
“Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” [MP3 HERE]

Hendrix Drummer Mitch Mitchell Passes Away

November 12, 2008
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This just came over the wire out of Portland, OR. Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience and currently on tour with the Experience Hendrix project died in his hotel room today. There are no further details, but this was confirmed by a local Portland paper.

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