NYCTaper Presents: Wussy at Trans-Pecos – March 30, 2016

January 18, 2016
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On more than one occasion, Robert Christgau has called Wussy “the best band in America“. As the readers of this site know, we don’t disagree. We’ve covered Wussy’s trips to NYC seven times over the last five-plus years. In March, Wussy releases their 6th proper album called Forever Sounds to be released in the US on Shake It and in the UK on Damnably.

We are so pleased to be able to bring Wussy back to NYC for a show at Trans-Pecos on Wednesday March 30. We’ve also selected the support for this show, Courtesy Tier, who were so impressive when we saw their CD release show back in November at Rough Trade.

Here is the info:
NYCTaper Presents at Trans-Pecos
915 WYCKOFF AVE. QUEENS NY
Wussy
Courtesy Tier
Wednesday March 30, 2016
8pm Doors
9pm Music
$12 / $15 DOS

L Train to Halsey or M to Myrtle/Wyckoff

Tickets are On-Sale Now: Ticketfly Link [HERE]

Facebook Invite Page [HERE]

Alan Licht: January 6, 2016 Union Pool

January 13, 2016
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For my first recording of 2016, I got to witness the album debut of a New York music veteran, among a room of like-minded souls. We saw Alan Licht live debut many of the tracks that would make up his latest release, Currents, back in August, but he arrived at Union Pool this time with copies of the finished product in hand, and the ideas on it more tightly wound. Relative to some of his peers, Licht’s songs feel like they ride less on fingerpicking prowess (though that’s considerable) than on the strength of his melodies, which give the thrilling jolt of a good rock song even without the lyrics or band that typically accompanies such things. Like the previous show, this one began with the immediate appeal of “Riding On the S’s” followed by “First Lover, Haleema” from Currents, as well as serving up at least one track that didn’t make the record simply because it wouldn’t squeeze onto a side of vinyl. January shows are always a joy for the true music fan, as the cold weather tends to draw only those who really care, and that was evident in the pin-drop quiet room during these engaging, minimalist tunes. From the delicate “Uncertainty” to the melancholy and final “Seventh Song,” Licht showed off the strength of this latest cycle of creativity. Make a date for his next NYC visit, or wherever you might be able to see him.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed by Kevin Mazzarelli and Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is excellent, far superior to the previous recording. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream the complete show (minus banter tracks):

Alan Licht
2016-01-06
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin Mazzarelli) + Schoeps MK4V>KC5>CMC6>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 44:17]
01 [intro]
02 Riding on the S’s
03 First Love, Haleema
04 [untitled]
05 [banter]
06 Uncertainty
07 [untitled 2]
08 Currents
09 Raw Deal
10 Seventh Song

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Alan Licht by visiting VDSQ Records and buying Currents there.

Market Hotel Announces First New Calendar in 5 Years

January 12, 2016
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[photo by PSquared Photography]

If the format of this calendar announcement gives you some strange feeling of deja vu, its because that while things change sometimes they really do stay the same. The re-opening of the Market Hotel as a licensed venue that somehow also manages to maintain the charm of its original incarnation is the thing of dreams — Todd Patrick’s dream in particular. That Todd somehow managed to pull off this miraculous comeback is also the thing of legends. The calendar listed below has Todd’s unique layout and while it gives us a true feeling of looking back, the bills themselves are only looking forward. The outstanding show promoter AdHoc is producing the largest percentage of shows on this debut calendar, and their input is crucial. The Market promises to be exactly everything that ToddP’s illustrious career as the premiere NYC showmaker of the last fifteen years has been leading to. With the Market now opening and Trans-Pecos going strong, its full steam ahead and we can’t wait for the ride.

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Friday 1/22 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| REOPENING PARTY

|| special guests tba
|||| Via App
|||||| Kill Alters
|||||||| Dreamcrusher
|||||||||| Malory

|| VIBES MANAGEMENT aka BODY ACTUALISED CONTROL djs
|| dj Jan Woo + dj Etienne Duguay + dj Bri Yin Sweetie
|| dj Rezzie Weird Magic + dj Mr Ad Hoc

$ TBA @ the door only

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

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Saturday 1/23 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| REOPENING PARTY

|| special guests tba
|||| Guerilla Toss
|||||| PC Worship
|||||||| Pill

$ TBA @ the door only

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

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Saturday 1/30 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| THE BUNKER

|| Silent Servant — Jealous God | LA
||||| Bill Converse — Dark Entries | TX
||||||| Jahiliyya Fields — L.I.E.S. | BK -LIVE-
||||||||| Forma — Spectrum Spools, The Bunker | NYC -LIVE-

$10 The Bunker Drip adv / $20 Resident Adviser adv

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
10pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

–TIX–> http://bit.ly/1ZX7ylg

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Friday 2/5 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC + NYCTAPER present

|| Show Me The Body
|||| Moor Mother Goddess
|||||| B L A C K I E

$10

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

–TIX–> http://ticketf.ly/22UhrCu

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Saturday 2/13 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|| The Soft Moon
|||| Uniform

$15 adv / $17 dos

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

–TIX–> http://ticketf.ly/22UhD4J

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Monday 2/29 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| COUNCILMEMBER ANTONIO REYNOSO presents

|| Annual Black History Month Celebration

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
6pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

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Thursday 3/3 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|| DIIV
|||| Dog Island

$15 adv / $17 dos

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

–TIX–> http://ticketf.ly/1OWBC8r

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Friday 3/4 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|| DIIV
|||| LODRO

$15 adv / $17 dos

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

–TIX–> http://ticketf.ly/1OWBHc9

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Saturday 3/5 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|| DIIV

$15 adv / $17 dos

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

–TIX–> http://ticketf.ly/1OWBHsU
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Friday 3/25 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|| Girlpool

$15

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

–TIX–> http://ticketf.ly/1OWCoCp

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Wednesday 3/30 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|| Faust

$17 adv / $20 dos

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

–TIX–> http://ticketf.ly/22UhJJB

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Saturday April 2nd @ MARKET HOTEL

|| SUSTAIN-RELEASE presents

|| SUSTAIN-RELEASE CAMPERS REUNION

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

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Thursday 5/5 @ MARKET HOTEL

|| ADHOC presents

|| Mykki Blanco

$15 adv / $17 dos

| MARKET HOTEL |
1140 Myrtle Ave @ Broadway | Bushwick, Brooklyn
8pm | all ages | full bar 21+ w/ID | JMZ – Broadway

–TIX–> http://ticketf.ly/22UhMFb

Cass McCombs: January 7, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

January 11, 2016
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[photos by Will Oliver]

The timing was excellent. My first show of the new year took place at the legendary Bowery Ballroom and featured one of my favorite artists. And did Cass McCombs ever deliver. We’ve seen Cass perform intense shows, fun shows, and even split shows with the Meat Puppets. But what Cass and his band did on Thursday night was one for the ages — an over two-hour epic night that featured a nice cross-section of material from his healthy catalog. Ostensibly Cass is on tour in support of his new album A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc., which as its title makes clear, is a compilation. But the band only played a couple of songs from the new album, instead treating us to some inspired versions of older Cass material. Of note were the last two songs played — a huge thirteen-minute version of “County Line” and the finale, a fourteen minute take on “Dreams Come True Girl”, which also included a dual drum solo. The band this time out included the addition of two drummers (Jesse Lee and Ryan Sawyer) to replace Joe Russo (currently on tour with JRAD), and Cass regulars Dan Iead on guitar and Jon Shaw on bass. With several years together, the unit was both tight when necessary and also capable of letting loose for extended segments (see above) which ultimately provided us with a lengthy show that literally never lagged and was chock full of highlights.

I recorded this set from our usual location in this venue and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show [minus banter tracks]:

Cass McCombs
2016-01-07
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 2:02:28]
01 [intro]
02 Night Of The World
03 Big Wheel
04 [new song – River of Blood]
05 Brighter
06 [band introductions]
07 Name Written In Water
08 My Sister My Spouse
09 [new song – I Want to Know]
10 Robin Egg Blue
11 Aeon of Aquarius Blues
12 I Cannot Lie
13 Morning Star
14 Prima Donna
15 [new song – Why Does it Rain]
16 Home on the Range
17 County Line
18 [band intro – encore break]
19 Dreams Come True Girl

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Cass McCombs, visit his website, and purchase A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc. from the Domino Records website [HERE].

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Alex Bleeker & the Freaks “Play Dead”: December 30, 2015 Rough Trade NYC

January 6, 2016
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If you were a fan of the Grateful Dead, and you saw the actual band live, then you’ve probably got more than your share of opinions about the various combinations of the remaining parts of it who’ve tried to transact on the original’s greatness. As someone who never saw the actual band (but has seen some successful and less-than-successful related projects), I’m not here to convince you. But for my money, there’s something rewarding, something essential, about watching much-younger musicians, with full careers filled with their own original material in front of them, paying tribute to one of rock music’s foundational bands.

I  loved the Brooklyn Bowl show that we posted by Alex Bleeker and The Freaks — that one a combo run through their new album and some other originals, followed by a “Play Dead” set that’s become a staple of many of their live shows. This one flipped that script, with Bleeker and pals offering up a 100-minute set consisting almost entirely of Dead covers. This — my final show of the year — was billed as the afterparty to Phish’s 12/30 Madison Square Garden show, and the celebratory air from that event (an especially strong performance from this year’s MSG run) carried over into the more intimate confines of Rough Trade NYC.

Overall, this “Play Dead” was a looser, better and arguably truer performance to the spirit of the original band. While the Brooklyn Bowl set consisted mainly of discrete run-throughs of each song, you’ll notice that this set was filled with segues, kicking off with “China Cat Sunflower” into a surging “I Know You Rider” before venturing into  cosmic territory with “Eyes to the World” into “He’s Gone” into “The Other One,” taking a short detour through “Dark Star” and ending up, improbably, with a Bleeker original, “Sealong Hair,” from their latest record, Country Agenda. After that came three more non-Dead tunes (two more originals, plus their regular-rotation cover of Mountain Man’s “Animal Tracks,” a fierce jam in its own right. Where Bleeker was joined last time by Real Estate’s Martin Courtney, here we had another cameo by one of his Ridgewood, NJ pals, Julian Lynch and multi-talented Dave Harrington (of many bands, but perhaps best-known for his work in Darkside). The band managed to deliver a little birthday salutation to Harringon in between “Tennessee Jed” and “St. Stephen,” which closed the set. By that point it was 2 a.m. and the club’s neighbors weren’t going to tolerate any more. For those of us inside, though, this was an afterparty that we’d have been happy to continue all night.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Rough Trade engineer Leah, together with Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [FLAC] | [MP3]

Stream the complete set: 

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks “Play Dead”
2015-12-30
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard [engineer: Leah] + Schoeps MK4V (PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:43:00]
All songs by the Grateful Dead unless noted

01 tuning>China Cat Sunflower>
02 I Know You Rider
03 Eyes of the World>
04 He’s Gone>
05 The Other One>
06 Dark Star Jam>
07 Sealong Hair [Alex Bleeker & the Freaks]
08 Downright Stinson [Alex Bleeker & the Freaks]
09 Animal Tracks [Mountain Man]
10 U.H.M. [Alex Bleeker & the Freaks]
11 Shakedown Street>
12 The Wheel>
13 Tennessee Jed>
14 [Happy bday to Dave]>
15 St. Stephen
16 [outro]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, visit their Facebook page, and purchase their new album Country Agenda from Sinderlyn Records [HERE].

Holly Miranda: December 18, 2015 Bowery Ballroom

January 6, 2016
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[photo courtesy of Gina Garcia]

We’ve followed Holly Miranda for more than the last half decade, and she’s never let us down. Whether it was at the legendary Maxwells, headlining gig at Bowery, a private show at a wine bar, a night at Glasslands, or a show among friends at Zebulon, Holly Miranda has consistently delivered outstanding performances. Her latest record is a self-titled album that was recorded a couple of years ago after Holly moved to LA and parted ways with XL Recordings. As we noted in 2013, the new album and the artist would find a new home quickly and sure enough Dangerbird Records did just that. Last month at Bowery Ballroom, Holly brought together some old friends (including friend of the site Tim Mislock) and played a too brief support set which included much of the new album, a couple of older tracks and one sublime cover. As always, ultimately the set left us satisfied but wanting more. So, tomorrow night Holly Miranda will join forces with the excellent Hypnocraft and play a show at Manhattan Inn. Don’t miss it.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted in our usual location in this venue. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show [minus banter tracks]:

Holly Miranda
2015-12-18
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 38:48]
01 Mark My Words
02 Desert Call
03 Waves
04 No One Just Is
05 All I Want To Be Is Your Girl
06 Come On
07 [band introductions]
08 Mary Won’t You Call My Name [Morphine]
09 [Kyp Malone intro – Everlasting false start]
10 Everlasting

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Holly Miranda, visit her website, and purchase her official releases from the Music link at her website [HERE] or directly from Dangerbird Records [HERE].

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