The Diggs March 28, 2008 Union Hall – Flac Download

March 30, 2008

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The Diggs celebrated the release of the new CD ctrl-alt-del at Union Hall on Friday night. With its collection of infectious alt-power-pop songs, the CD has been in constant rotation at my home. What became evident at Union Hall was that The Diggs are also proficient instrumentalists. As a live act, each member of the trio adds dimensions to the songs that are not initially apparent on the album. From my side-stage vantage point, I focused primarily on the bass playing of Robert Haussman, whose active fretwork and equipment manipulations were a pleasure to behold.

The layout of Union Hall does not offer many good locations for the recordist. As a result, I received permission from the band to record directly from the stage. I placed my DPA microphones on the center front lip of the stage. “On stage” recordings can be quite natural organic recordings that are not subject to the limitations of the PA and the noise of the room, but are dependent on the balance of the stage sound. This recording is a terrific representation of the musicianship of the band, but unfortunately the vocals are far too low. We offer this recording as opportunity for readers to discover the musical strengths of this band, and highly recommend the CD for the singing and songwriting. Enjoy!

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

The Diggs
Union Hall
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Stage Lip

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total time 46:07]
01 …And in the End Shoot Back
02 Careen
03 Everyone’s Starting Over
04 Stagg
05 Recovery Forever
06 Brigante
07 Ctrl-Alt-Del
08 Trouble Everyday
09 Carpal Tunnel

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Diggs, visit their website, visit their myspace page, and purchase ctrl-alt-del directly from their website or from the Sugarspun Records website.

Drive-By Truckers March 26, 2008 Terminal 5 – Flac Download

March 27, 2008

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The Drive-By Truckers do not get cheated, and neither do their fans. The current tour in support of their new release Brighter Than Creation’s Dark has featured sets of two and a half hours, including 30 minute encore segments. When the set times were posted for the band at Terminal 5, they were given a 9 p.m. start to an 11 p.m. hard curfew. The band promptly took the stage at 8:55 p.m. and muscled their way through a non-stop 100-minute set heavy on new material (ten tracks from Brighter), but with representative songs throughout. When the band returned for the encore with 15 minutes left to curfew, they steamed through over 40 minutes of encore material, including Tom Petty and Jim Carroll covers, and left the crowd energized and satisfied with the full set promised by earlier stops on the tour.

This was our first visit to Terminal 5, the Bowery Presents venue that opened in October. While the cavernous nature of the concert hall is somewhat impersonal and creates a boomy sound, we generally had a positive experience in this venue. The head of security approached us near the end of the opening Whigs set and politely requested that we relocate our recording gear slightly back. We were happy to comply, given the courteous nature of their request, which was in complete contrast to the near-threatening heavy-handedness we experienced last year at Roseland.

As it turns out, the security supervisor was right — our placement for this set was excellent, as we were able to avoid the crush of the floor while remaining in front of the soundboard and dead center. We solved the boom and echo problem by pointing our hyper-cardioid microphones directly at the huge stacks. Despite complaints we have read about the sound at this concert, our recording is truly quite excellent and we are pleased to offer it at nyctaper. Enjoy!

The photograph posted above is part of an outstanding set produced by concert photographer Chris La Putt. The entire set can be seen [here]. Thank you to Chris for his permission to post this excellent photo.

Whigs were recorded and will be posted in the near future.

This recording is now available to download in FLAC or MP3 at [HERE].

Drive-By Truckers
Terminal 5
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Front of Board Dead Center

Neumann KM-150’s > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > digital coax > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge 8.0 (level adjustments, downsample 16/44) > CD Wave 1.75 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[total time 2:21:43]
01 The Righteous Path
02 Where the Devil Don’t Stay
03 That Man I Shot
04 Self Destructive Zones
05 Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife
06 Daddy Needs a Drink
07 3 Dimes Down
08 Putting People on the Moon
09 Hell No, I Ain’t Happy
10 Checkout Time in Vegas
11 The Living Bubba
12 I’m Sorry Huston
13 Carl Perkins’ Cadillac
14 Sink Hole
15 A Ghost To Most
16 You and Your Crystal Meth
17 Goode’s Field Road
18 Women Without Whiskey
19 Let There Be Rock
20 [encore break]
21 Shut Up and Get on The Plane
22 Rebels (Tom Petty)
23 Zip City
24 18 Wheels of Love
25 Lookout Mountain
26 People Who Died (Jim Carroll)

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nyctaper updates

March 24, 2008

nyctaper Featured on

This month nyctaper is featured as the website of the month at As is one of the earliest and most well-established music sites on the web, it is a particular honor to be recognized by this site. While nyctaper does not focus primarily on music that would be labeled “jamband”, taping has been a large part of that music culture, and our recent recordings of Gov’t Mule (here), moe. (here and here) and Marco Benevento (here) have put us on the jamband radar. Thanks!

Schedule Update: John Vanderslice

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Due to a family event on Saturday night, we will not be attending the U-Melt show at Sullivan Hall. However, we have added an event on Sunday night March 30th — the outstanding artist John Vanderslice at Mercury Lounge.

John Vanderslice released one of the top albums of 2007, Emerald City on Barsuk records. We communicated with John our request to record, and not only received a friendly invitation to capture the Mercury Lounge concert, but we were also invited to the soundcheck. This should be a tremendous experience, to witness an artist of this caliber in such an intimate setting, and we hope to capture a recording of the quality that this concert demands.

Update: We have also received permission from John of Deer Tick to record their opening set on Sunday night.

Oneida March 22, 2008 Market Hotel – Flac Download

March 24, 2008

Oneida Market
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When Oneida took the stage on Sunday morning at 2 a.m., a substantial percentage of the packed crowd at Market Hotel had already called it a night. The night’s festivities began at 9:30 p.m. and continued through a frenetic array of music, lights, and crowd buzz for nearly five hours before the headliners appeared. The core group of diehards were rewarded, as Oneida delivered a blistering and unwavering set of 75 minutes of their unique powerful neo-psychedelic punk. The highlights included the 14-minute trance-like version of “Snow Machine”, and the set-ending “Double Lock Your Mind” where Bobby and Kid traded several minutes of pounding crescendo beats and closed the set at nearly 3:30 a.m.

The Market Hotel presents a compelling and interesting new approach to live music. While the location is actually a home and developmental space for 8 artists, on weekends it becomes a private party of music managed by the ubiquitous Brooklyn promoter ToddP. While an early event caused a minor legal problem, it appears that the artists and the promoter have ironed out the system and have created a space with a buzz, a great vibe, and some terrific energetic young bands. We saw absolutely no violations of the kind which brought about the legal issues, as attendees appeared to be respecting the space and the rules.

There are two unfortunate aspects of the venue that need to be reassessed. Since the concerts are technically part of a private party, the space permits smoking but does not provide much ventilation. A vast number of people took advantage and chain-smoked throughout the night. The result was an aesthetically unpleasant cloud of cigarette smoke, which was unfortunately a health risk for asthmatics like us. Frankly, we are not going to be able to return to this venue after the breathing problems we encountered as a result. We would hope that the venue would create a smoke free environment, or limit smoking to the outer rooms.

The other problem for the Market is its rather primitive sound system. There were a ton of technical problems throughout the night, particularly with saturation and distortion in vocal microphones. The hard-working sound tech solved most of the problems, but you can hear some of that vocal distortion in this recording. Fortunately, we were able to set up at an excellent location in front of the stacks, and capture an excellent recording albeit within the limitations of the system — some minor distortion, buzz, and feedback are evident throughout. Enjoy!

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Approximately
30 feet in front of Right PA Stacks

Neumann KM-150 (AK-50 Hypercardiods) > Monster Cable > Apogee Mini-Me > Digital Coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 16bit 44.1 kHz wav > Soundforge (set fades, level adjustment) > CD Wave > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Thanks Oneida (via Bobby) for permission to record!

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[total time 1:13:47]
01 Up With People
02 Ghost in the Room
03 Snow Machine
04 Life You Preferred
05 The River
06 I Will Haunt You
07 History’s Great Navigators
08 Puff Puff
09 Let it Rain
10 Double Lock Your Mind

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The Diggs – New CD Release and Concert Preview

March 19, 2008

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One of the fringe benefits of operating a music blog is the vast amount of promotional music we receive on a daily basis. Interestingly, much of the material is quite good, while a very small percentage is simply awful. And then there are a handful of bands who absolutely jump off the computer screen and grab us by the ears and demand more attention. Of those few bands, The Diggs may be the new album that jumped the highest.

The Diggs are trio from Brooklyn and Long Island who make intelligent and powerful guitar-driven alt-pop. The songs from their new album ctrl-alt-del (released March 11, 2008 on Sugarspun Records) are crunchy and melodic with addictive earworm hooks that continuously bring me back for more listening sessions. Readers can sample two outstanding songs from this album below:

The Diggs
From ctrl-alt-del

As a live music blog, when we hear music of such quality our first task is to determine if the band is playing live in NYC in the near future, and then whether the artist permits recording of their live shows. Fortunately with The Diggs, we hit the jackpot.

The Diggs are performing at Union Hall on March 28, 2008. This is a record release party. When we contacted management, we were informed that they were fans of nyctaper, and of course we would be permitted to record the concert and post on the site.

Who: The Diggs
Where: Union Hall, Brooklyn [map]
When: Friday, March 28, 2008 8 p.m.

PLEASE SUPPORT The Diggs, visit their website, and purchase ctrl-alt-del directly from their website or from the Sugarspun Records website.

nyctaper new upcoming events

March 18, 2008

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We continue to add new dates and events!

Upcoming nyctaper Events:

March 22, 2008, Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY

Drive By Truckers:
March 26, 2008, Terminal 5, NYC

The Diggs:
March 28, 2008, Union Hall, Brooklyn NY (CD Release Party)

March 29, 2008, Sullivan Hall NYC

The Antlers:
April 2, 2008, Club Midway, NYC

Spanish Prisoners:
April 5, 2008, Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY

Kimya Dawson:
April 6, 2008, Webster Hall, NYC

Explosions in the Sky:
April 8, 2008, Terminal 5

Saul Williams:
April 9, 2008, Irving Plaza

Marco Benevento:
April 11, 2008, Sullivan Hall, NYC
April 12, 2008, Sullivan Hall, NYC

Colin Meloy:
April 17, 2008, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Tea Leaf Green/Hot Buttered Rum:
April 18, 2008, Highline Ballroom, NYC

April 22, 2008, Gramercy Theatre, NYC
April 23, 2008, Masonic Temple, Brooklyn, NY

Big Dipper:
April 25, 2008, Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY (tentative — pending permission request)

Awesome Color:
May 2, 2008, Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn NY (CD Release Party)

British Sea Power:
May 10, 2008, Bowery Ballroom, NYC

nyctaper Anniversary Bash:
May 11, 2008, Piano’s, NYC (Artists TBA)

Oh! Custer:
June 13, 2008, NY Popfest (venue TBA)

Mark Knopfler:
July 23, 2008, Central Park Summerstage, NYC


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