Meat Puppets October 17, 2007 Concert Preview – free BrooklynVegan Party

October 15, 2007

The Meat Puppets are back in New York in a continued triumphant return to performing. The release of Rise to Your Knees, their strongest album in years, and the rave reviews of the 2007 performances, have established the “Pups” as one of the most unlikely and rewarding comeback stories of the rock era.

When I saw them at the Knitting Factory in August, I was aware that the tour was being viewed as a success, but I had no idea that the band would be so tight and powerful. My recording of that night is in the nyctaper archives (here).

On Wednesday and Saturday this week, our friends at the BrooklynVegan blog are sponsoring a free CMJ party at Pianos (158 Ludlow). The Meat Puppets are performing downstairs at 3:45pm on Wednesday (10/17), and I will be there to record. The complete schedule for all of the BrooklynVegan performaces is (here).

The Meat Puppets are also performing at Lion’s Den on Wednesday night at 11pm.

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of Montreal October 13, 2007 Roseland – Lossless Download

October 14, 2007

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of Montreal brought their elaborate and entertaining stage show to Roseland on Saturday night, in a relatively short but well-played performance. The set list was more representative of the material as a whole than the Spring Hissing Fauna tour. The show also featured two new numbers slated for release on a 2008 album. The only negative was the behavior of the Saturday night midtown crowd, which was far too heavy with chatters, gazers, and text-message addicts.

Although I had written permission to record from of Montreal’s lead guitarist, I still had to deal with some venue politics–and three burly security guards hovering over me and telling me to take down my rig. Fortunately, Roseland Ballroom has an excellent Venue Manager named Linda, who assessed the situation and ultimately permitted me to record from the prime front of board position. Thanks Linda!

Overall, the results are outstanding. This is a clear and rich recording, which captures the music and bit of the party atmosphere. Enjoy!

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

of Montreal
Roseland Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board
Dead Center approximately 60 feet from Stage

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Many thanks to The Late B.P. Helium for permission to record.

[Total Time 1:22:05]
01 Introduction
02 So Begins Our Alabee
03 Rapture Rapes the Muses
04 The Party’s Crashing Us
05 Gronlandic Edit
06 Suffer for Fashion
07 Forecast Fascist Future
08 Exquisite Confessions
09 Lysergic Bliss
10 We Can Do It Softcore If You Want
11 She’s a Rejecter
12 October is Eternal
13 Oslo In The Summertime
14 Mingusings
15 My British Tour Diary
16 Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider
17 I Was Never Young
18 Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
19 [encore break]
20 Requiem for O.M.M.2
21 Faberge Falls For Shuggie
22 The Repudiated Immortals

As with all artists featured at this site, if you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT of Montreal, visit their site, and purchase their latest release

of Montreal – Roseland Concert Preview – Bonus Lossless Download March 9, 2007

October 11, 2007

of Montreal‘s Hissing Fauna is on the short list of best CDs of 2007. On Saturday October 13, they return to New York for a performance at Roseland Ballroom. The two sold-out shows in March were outstanding, and featured a healthy dose of the new album. The word is that there are new unreleased songs in the setlist this tour from a forthcoming album tentatively called “Skeletal Lamping”. I will be there with my microphones and stand, since lead guitarist “The Late B.P. Helium” has given me permission to record this show.

In March, I was fortunate to have attended one of the Irving Plaza concerts, and also recorded with permission. Thanks to the of Montreal staff and Irving Plaza, I was able to set up my microphone stand in the center of the floor in front of the soundboard overhang. The results are excellent.

Download the complete show in FLAC [HERE].

of Montreal
Irving Plaza
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board
Dead Center approximately 40 feet from the stage

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:32:54]
01 Introduction
02 Suffer for Fashion
03 Sink the Seine
04 Cato as a Pun
05 Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
06 Labyrinthian Pomp
07 She’s a Rejecter
08 We Were Born the Mutants Again with Leafing
09 October is Eternal
10 I Was a Landscape in Your Dream
11 [Kevin banter]
12 Vegan in Furs
13 Du Og Meg
14 Climb the Ladder
15 Tropical Iceland (Fiery Furnaces cover, with “And She Was” tease-Talking Heads)
16 Forecast Fascist Future
17 I Was Never Young
18 Rapture Rapes the Muses
19 Gronlandic Edit
20 A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger
21 The Party’s Crashing Us
22 Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider
23 Faberge Falls For Shuggie
24 Moonage Daydream (Bowie)
25 Requiem for O.M.M.2

As with all artists featured at this site, if you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT of Montreal, visit their site, and click the link below to purchase their latest release:

Radiohead – In Rainbows Preview – Bonus Lossless Download June 14, 2006

October 8, 2007

Radiohead. Somehow you knew it had to be them. The band to ultimately drive the last nail into the coffin of the old-model record companies. The brilliant simplicity of the promotion model for In Rainbows is something to behold. The user can buy the digital download for any price the user believes to be appropriate. I decided to order last night, and paid what amounted to $11 US. There is also a deluxe box set with extra songs, a double vinyl disc, a book, eight bonus tracks and two CDs which requires purchase and will be delivered in December.

Oh yes, and there is no record company or any other entity involved in the download. Its Radiohead and us. The ramifications of this grand experiment are huge. Here at nyctaper, we believe that Radiohead’s model represents a validation of the mission of this site–free downloads as a means to promote a positive relationship directly between artists and fans. A new paradigm indeed.

Bob Lefsetz blog contains an excellent discussion of In Rainbows.

The download will be available on October 10. Pre-Order In Rainbows here.

In 2006, Radiohead toured and performed several songs that will appear on In Rainbows. I recorded one of the Theatre at Madison Square Garden shows. This is a nice clear recording, and is the last recording I made with my old condenser microphones before upgrading the Neumann rig and the DPA rig. Enjoy!

The photograph above is courtesy of the drinkatwork blog.

This recording is no longer available on If you search the web, I’m sure you’ll find a copy.

The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

Master Audience Recording
Section 202 Row R, Seat 19
approximately 100 feet directly in front of stage-left PA speaker

Core Sound Cardiods > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 >
16 bit 44.1 wav file > Soundforge > CDWave (tracking) > Flac
Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

recorded and edited by
nyctaper 2006-06-14

This recording is dedicated to the people of the Radiohub, a
wonderfully generous and dedicated group of Radiohead fans.
Visit in the direct connect network (DC++) or on the web

01 Intro/The Gloaming
02 The National Anthem
03 15 Step
04 Arpeggi
05 Kid A
06 Dollars And Cents
07 Videotape
08 Nude
09 I Might Be Wrong
10 Paranoid Android
11 Bangers ‘n Mash
12 Pyramid Song
13 My Iron Lung
14 Bodysnatchers
15 Myxomatosis
16 No Surprises
17 Everything In Its Right Place

Encore 1
18 A Wolf At The Door
19 Down Is The New Up
20 Like Spinning Plates
21 Spooks
22 Idioteque

Encore 2
23 Just
24 The Tourist

I can not express how important it is to SUPPORT RADIOHEAD and this grand experiment. PLEASE visit the Radiohead site and purchase In Rainbows. Don’t just grab it for free and run. Its important that the artist prove that this is a new and effective business model.

Fiery Furnaces – October 6, 2007 Sound Fix Records – Lossless Download

October 7, 2007

The new Fiery Furnaces CD Widow City is due for general release on October 9. Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn offered it for sale exclusively on Saturday night, and the Fiery Furnaces were there to celebrate and performed a 35-minute live set featuring 9 of the Widow City songs.

The band is rehearsing for their upcoming tour, and the new material has already taken a life of its own. In particular, the 3-song medley of Duplexes>Husband>Ex-Guru was tight and focused, with “Ex-Guru” having already morphed into a power-pop number.

The experienced readers of this site have had the opportunity to witness the evolution of my interest in the Fiery Furnaces, from a curiosity to rabid fan. In June, when Morrissey canceled, I took advantage of an open night and recorded (here) a band I had only experienced through an Of Montreal cover of one Fiery Furnaces song. Thereafter, thoroughly impressed with the band, I bought Bitter Tea, recorded them again in August (here), and have not looked back.

Last night I had the pleasure of chatting with Matt after the performance. He was pleasant, showed appreciation for my recordings and my site, and thanked me for coming to the shows. When an artist of this talent proves to be modest and appreciative, it becomes truly a pleasure to thank and support them at my site.

The recording offered for download below was captured from 10 feet in front of the PA, and is crystal clear. Although the crowd was packed into the small cafe in the rear of Sound Fix, it was a group of true fans who were respectful of the performance. There’s no chatter on this recording, only support. Enjoy!

Download the complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Fiery Furnaces
Sound Fix Records
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Dead Center
Approximately 10 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 33:46]
01 The Philadelphia Grand Jury
02 Navy Nurse
03 My Egyptian Grammar
04 Evergreen
05 Duplexes of the Dead
06 More Automatic Husband
07 Ex-Guru
08 Japanese Slippers
09 Restorative Beer
10 Right by Conquest

As with all artists featured at this site, if you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT The Fiery Furnaces, visit their site, and purchase Widow City:

Sigur Ros – October 6, 2007 Gould Hall – Lossless Download

October 7, 2007

Sigur Ros are set to release Heima, the documentary about their 2006 tour through all of Iceland. Advanced screenings have been available in half-dozen cities worldwide, and last night New York was treated to 2 screenings, a 7pm and a Midnight show. I was fortunate to get a ticket to the late show, which was announced just a few days ago. The bonus for all the screenings has been a brief 3-song live acoustic set by Sigur Ros.

The documentary contains a stunning visual portrayal of Iceland–a unique magical land–with a soundtrack of powerful live performances by Sigur Ros. The majority of the film follows Sigur Ros through the unpopulated upper regions of Iceland, where they perform in locales such as an open field, a town square, and an abandoned fish factory. The band discusses their experiences with detail, humor, and true appreciation for their homeland. This film is due to be released on DVD in November and is undoubtedly a must buy for even the most casual fan of Sigur Ros or Iceland in general. Watch the trailer here.

I recorded the 3-song acoustic set, and offer it for download below. Unfortunately, I did a below average job of capturing this performance. I did not re-set my levels from the Fiery Furnaces concert I had recorded hours ago (from 10 feet in front of the PA), and as a result the master recording has extremely low levels. When I raised levels significantly in post-production, obvious hiss was present. Caveat listener.

Download the complete performance in FLAC [HERE].

Sigur Ros
Midnight Show
Florence Gould Hall
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from 15th Row Center

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

Recorded and Produced by

[Total Time 17:40]
01 Ágætis Byrjun
02 Heima
03 Njósnavélin

As with all artists featured at this site, if you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT Sigur Ros and purchase the DVD in November.

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