Jeremy Messersmith Coming to NYC for Two Shows

November 2, 2008

Jeremy Messersmith is an outstanding singer-songwriter from Minneapolis with a sweet voice and lilting melodies. His new album The Silver City is an ode to his hometown and contains a cover of “Skyway” by the Twin Cities greatest band, The Replacements. The CD was produced by Dan Wilson of Semisonic.

Jeremy begins a tour this week that begins in St. Paul and comes East. The tour includes stops at World Cafe and a session with Daytrotter.

The two NYC dates are a follows:
November 21 Pianos NYC
November 22 Union Hall Brooklyn

NYCTaper will be there to capture audio of one of the two NYC shows.

Sample a track from Jeremy Messersmith’s new CD The Silver City:
Virginia MP3 [here]

NYCTaper has a New Server – but Email Problems

November 1, 2008

Our patience has been rewarded. NYCTaper was moved to a new server tonight with unlimited disk and bandwidth. I just started a download of a recent popular recording and the speeds are literally 100-times faster than the crawling speeds from earlier this week.

One problem did occur with the transition — I am not receiving any emails that have been sent to for the last 16 hours. I expect this problem will be fixed, but in the meantime, if you need to email NYCTaper, use this temporary email address.

Please use the regular email address now!

If you are a NYCTaper reader who has been frustrated by the recent very slow speeds that have been the result of the popularity of this site, and you are now pleased with the new unlimited bandwidth, please consider donating to NYCTaper to help defray the costs of this substantial upgrade.

The other problem with this weekend has been sickness. NYCTaper did not cover concerts last night or tonight due to illness. We expect to be back out at the shows tomorrow.

NYCTaper Week in Preview

October 28, 2008

[image by Songbirdnest]

We are taking a deep breath after CMJ and catching up with the backlog. NYCTaper will resume recording shows on Thursday, with a two-for in Brooklyn. After that, its back to multiple shows a week.

Here are the shows for this week:

Thursday October 30:
Sharon Van Etten 9 p.m. at Spike Hill
O’Death 11 p.m. at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Friday October 31:
ToddP Halloween Bash at Danbro Studios, Brooklyn

Saturday November 1:
The Loom 6:30 p.m. at Mercury Lounge

And next week we’ll be attending The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers at Terminal 5 (two nights), The Mountain Goats and Kaki King at Webster Hall and Music Hall (two nights) and Steve Wynn & Miracle 3 at Lakeside Lounge.

And the best news of all…A NEW SERVER is coming. Stay tuned.

Women October 22, 2008 Cake Shop – Flac and MP3 Downloads

October 27, 2008

[photo by Soundbites blog]

It was hard to miss the pre-CMJ buzz about Women. It was even harder on Tuesday afternoon to get inside of the downstairs room at Cake Shop to see their performance at the Pop Tarts CMJ show. I managed to work my way down the left side into the area left of the stage and what I saw left my mouth agape. This was astoundingly authentic neo-psychedelia performed by a quartet of extremely talented musicians. The rhythms were precise, the bass notes sharp and perfectly accented, and the guitar work was neat and intricate. With heavily reverbed vocals added for effect, the entire package of Women is just superb.

After the show, we were fortunate to be able to talk to the band. Not only were they familiar with NYCTaper, but happy to be recorded. The next afternoon at the Terrorbird show apparently the buzz had spread, because it was even harder to get into the Cake Shop downstairs and impossible for us to record. Undaunted, we came back to Cake Shop again on Wednesday night for the Subbacultcha Showcase and captured this set. We recorded from the same location as all of our recent Cake Shop recordings, and we are quite pleased at the excellent quality of this recording. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Subbacultcha CMJ Showcase
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 37:37]
01 Flashlights
02 Group Transport Hall
03 Black Rice
04 Upstairs
05 Shaking Hand
06 Jordan
07 Lawncare
08 Woodbine

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Women, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their debut CD at the Flemish Eye Records (Canada) website [HERE] or the Jagjaguwar Records (US) Website [HERE]

NYCTaper CMJ Show in Pictures

October 24, 2008

We don’t do photos here, just recordings. For the photos we rely on the generosity of others. On many occasions that generosity has been extended by Bryan of the excellent Subinev blog. Yesterday we had pleasure of meeting and chatting with him and bonding over our mutual admiration of one Ms. Van Etten. Bryan took some amazing photos at our show as you can see below:

Sharon Van Etten headlines the Upstairs room at Cake Shop with an entrancing and captivating set. The room was packed and the audience was quite vocal in their support. This was one of the best sets we’ve ever seen from Sharon, and was the highlight of CMJ for NYCTaper. Punkcast captured audio and video of this performance.

Bearsuit performs to an extremely vocal crowd of dancing bloggers. Perhaps the nicest and most loyal group of people we’ve ever met in the music industry, Bearsuit watched every act of the entire show and spent 4 hours of being fans before wowing everyone as performers.

More Photos at Bryan’s Flickr Page [here].

The Music Slut have become our friends since we partied together at the After The Jump Fest in June. After their excellent CMJ Show on Tuesday, Matt spent a lot of time at our show and captured some excellent photos.

Bridges and Powerlines perform their infectious melodic pop downstairs. We overheard “I loved that last song” (it was Uncalibrated) as the crowd filtered upstairs after the set.

Check out more of Matt’s CMJ Day 3 Photos [here] and [here].


Best Friends Forever August 22, 2008 Knitting Factory – Flac and MP3 Downloads and CMJ Review

October 23, 2008

[photo credit]

When we saw the car with the Minnesota license plate drive up to Cake Shop, we knew Best Friends Forever has finally navigated their way through the confusing East Village streets to find their way to the NYCTaper CMJ show on Thursday afternoon. After a quick load-in, the energetic trio performed the opening set of the show and quickly filled the downstairs room. This was our second BFF show in the past 18 hours, as we were lucky to catch their set at the excellent After The Jump CMJ Showcase at the Knitting Factory last night. Each of the two sets contained an entertaining run through their intelligent and energetic quirky pop. As we were so impressed with Jess’ fret work on the bass this past August, at these two shows we were drawn to Bri’s acrobatic guitar and keyboard play — all while she works through the wordy lyrics.

Best Friends Forever also made a very big international fan today as Lisa Horton from Bearsuit was so impressed with their set that she bought the BFF CD and asked me for contact information.

This recording is from the excellent Knit set, and was captured with our compact DPA microphones attached to a pole about 10 feet from the stage. After the band fixed the rough mix in the first two minutes, the recording is quite outstanding. Enjoy!

Many many THANKS to Bri, Jess and Joe, and thanks to Jeff at the Knit show.

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Best Friends Forever
After The Jump CMJ Showcase
Knitting Factory (Tap Bar)
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 27:27]
01 [introduction]
02 HWF
05 Eisenhower is the Father
07 Handpocket
09 Twins in Love

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Best Friends Forever, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases at the Plan-It-X Records Website [HERE].

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