nyctaper news

October 25, 2007

There’s a lot to talk about this morning.

The Shins

Apologies to Shins fans waiting for the recording from last night. I did not attend, and wasted my ticket. Between the rain, my not feeling well, and lackluster reviews of the show and the venue, I did not really feel up to attending.

Server Outages and new Server Limits:

The Springsteen and Morrissey recordings have brought users to this site in record numbers. The total number of visits the day after the Springsteen concert was 118,000, roughly 5 times the record number of hits for a day on this site. The record number of visits have continued throughout the week. Those numbers have essentially crashed the server on multiple occasions, and have brought download speeds down to a trickle.

Unfortunately, my host has now put limits on my server capacity. The total number of visitors at any given time is limited to 150 distinct ip addresses. The total number of files one user can download at once is now limited to 5. And upload speed from the server has been capped at 2.5 megabytes per second. That’s a lot of speed if you’re downloading alone, but a slow speed if you divide it by 150.

There have been complaints and frustrations communicated in various forums on the web about the crashes and the speed reductions. I understand these complaints, but want users to know that these limits come from the host, and are a direct result of the popularity of the site.

Support the Artists:

I am capable of tracking the total number of purchases of official CD’s that are made through links on this site. I must say that I am profoundly disappointed at the number of people who download from this site, and the subsequent lack of purchases of official releases. I understand that of the 5000 people who downloaded Springsteen, most if not all of them already own Magic, or of the 3000 people who have downloaded Bjork, most or all already bought Volta.

It is the goal of this site that those 8000 people be exposed to other artists, and support those artists. Springsteen fans would be more than happy with the music of The Hold Steady, or The National, and Bjork fans would love Regina Spektor, or Animal Collective, or Kria Brekkan. In other words, if you already own Volta, click on the link and buy Begin to Hope!

nyctaper is currently considering implementing a limitation of downloads, where access would only be granted if confirmation of purchase of the official release is offered. This is something that we don’t want to install, but may be forced to do if users do not support the bands.

Support the Site:

The plan for this site was that donations and ad revenue would make it a not-too-expensive proposition. nyctaper was willing to operate at a loss in order to be able to implement a new model of music exchange and artist promotion. In this regard, the site has been a complete failure. The total number of donations thus far has amounted to $134. That represents less the price of the ticket for Springsteen. Commission ad revenue has generated zero. We did not envision being in the hole for roughly 12 thousand dollars within six months of the opening of the site.

Ironically, today we were accused of being bootleggers.

Plans for the Future:

At this point, nyctaper will continue to exist until the end of the shows listed below. We can not continue to afford to operate past that period without any significant user support.

Upcoming Events:

The Decemberists:
November 1, 2007
November 2, 2007, Terminal Five, NYC

Fiery Furnaces:
November 3, 2007, Hiro Ballroom, NYC

November 7, 2007, Mercury Lounge, NYC

Phil Lesh and Friends:
November 8, 2007, Phil Lesh Tickets at Nokia Theatre Times Square

November 9, 2007, Church of St. Paul NYC
November 10, 2007, Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall NYC

Yo La Tengo:
November 16, 2007, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Pierce Turner:
December 2, 2007, Joe’s Pub NYC
December 9, 2007, Joe’s Pub NYC

Yo La Tengo:
December 6, 2007, Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ (12/6 sold out, click link for tickets to other nights)

I will not attend Neil Young at the United Palace because I can not afford the ticket price, and no user has offered to sponsor my attendance.

Recordings will be posted at this site for each of those concerts that nyctaper attends and records. As with any future plans, some of these concerts may not be attended or recorded by nyctaper, for reasons out of my control. Please check back to the site often for updates as other concerts will be added.

I have received numerous requests to attend and record certain specific events. Please bear in mind that my time and energy are limited. Specific requests are more likely to be successful if accompanied by a guest list pass, complimentary ticket or other incentives.

Morrissey October 22, 2007 – Hammerstein – Lossless Download

October 23, 2007

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Morrissey began his 5-night stand at Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday night with an energetic and powerful performance. Clearly understanding the disappointment at his cancellation of the June concert, Morrissey said “our little donkey finally made it to New York City, thanks for your patience, thanks for waiting” after the third number. He proceeded to deliver a set tight with recent numbers and weighed heavy on the back end with Smiths favorites, including the rare “Death of a Disco Dancer” from Strangeways.

I recorded from the lower Mezzanine. I arrived fairly late, so that my position was farther back than hoped, although with a clear view at the left PA stack. The sound quality in the venue was quite outstanding, so that ultimately this recording is excellent.

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. If you search the web, you’ll likely find a copy.

Hammerstein Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from 1st Mezzanine
7th Row on Left Center Aisle

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > flac

Recorded and Produced by

Premiere Download offered at

[total time 1:30:27]
01 [Introduction – Imperfect List]
02 Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
03 Tomorrow
04 Sister, I’m A Poet
05 London
06 The Loop
07 That’s How People Grow Up
08 Jack The Ripper
09 I Like You
10 Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself?
11 Stretch Out And Wait
12 The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
13 Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
14 Billy Budd
15 All You Need Is Me
16 Death Of A Disco Dancer
17 Irish Blood, English Heart
18 Shoplifters Of The World Unite
19 One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
20 You Have Killed Me
21 How Soon Is Now?
22 First Of The Gang To Die

If you download this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Morrissey and visit his website. Click the link below to purchase his latest official release:

Bruce Springsteen October 18, 2007 MSG – Lossless Download

October 19, 2007

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band brought their 2007 Magic tour to Madison Square Garden for two nights, and Thursday’s second show was another remarkable performance by the most energetic 58-year old performer in rock history. Springsteen worked through much of the new material, while sprinkling in career highlights, including a particular emphasis on Born to Run material. The highlight of the evening was the ultra-rare “Meeting Across the River” which segued directly into “Jungleland”, and which Bruce dedicated to his friend the late actor Peter Boyle.

nyctaper has supported Bruce for over 3 decades–going all the way back to 1975 when at the age of 12 I spent my allowance money to buy a vinyl copy of Born to Run. As we post this recording on this site, we again support him with our utmost sincerity. While Springsteen as been an avid anti-bootlegging artist, so too does this site condemn the sale of unofficial live recordings. In recent years, Bruce Springsteen has appeared to have drawn a line between profiteering bootleggers, and fan recordings. On the web, sites such as the jungeland tracker, backstreets, and dimeadozen have served to enhance fan interaction by freely sharing unofficial live recordings with the vociferous fans, all without any official condemnation by Bruce. We hope that this site will equally be seen as the supportive site we maintain, and that there will be no repercussions from the posting of this recording.

I recorded from Row C of Section 313, which is obviously not the ideal location in this venue. However, we were positioned directly on the side of the stage, and a large PA stack pointed directly at the section. As a result, while the recording is a bit boomy, its much clearer and more well-defined that I had expected. Enjoy!

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. If you search the web, you’ll likely find a copy.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Section 313 Row C

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > 16bit 44.1 .wav > Soundforge > flac

Recorded and Produced by

[Total Time 2:15:29]
01 [Introduction]
02 Radio Nowhere
03 Night
04 Lonesome Day
05 Gypsy Biker
06 Magic
07 Reason to Believe
08 Candy’s Room
09 She’s the One
10 Livin’ in the Future
11 The Promised Land
12 Tougher Than the Rest
13 Meeting Across the River
14 Jungleland
15 You Can Look
16 Devil’s Arcade
17 The Rising
18 Last to Die
19 Long Walk Home
20 Badlands
21 [encore break]
22 Girls in Their Summer Clothes
23 Thundercrack
24 Born to Run
25 Dancing in the Dark
26 American Land// (first 2 minutes/balance cut)*

Alternate Complete version of Track 26 (MANY thanks to the recorder scoper)
26 American Land (alt)

If you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT Bruce Springsteen and click the links below to purchase his official releases:

Meat Puppets October 17, 2007 – Pianos CMJ Party – Lossless Download

October 17, 2007

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“It’s been a great year, eh?” I said. “Best one I’ve had in a really long time,” replied Cris Kirkwood, bass player for the Meat Puppets. Indeed, it has. The Meat Puppets continued their 2007 tour with a stop at the BrooklynVegan CMJ party at Pianos this afternoon where they entertained a packed room with a loose and playful set that featured several improvisational segments. The highlight was the 12-minute version of Up on the Sun that began with an introduction jam that melded neatly into the song.

Thanks to the Meat Puppets, I had access to an excellent recording position, and was able to utilize the maximum height of my stand and my Neumann rig. As a result, the recording is clear and crisp. Enjoy!

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

Meat Puppets
Pianos (Downstairs)
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded with Microphone Stand 20 feet from Stage

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

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[total time 52:12]
01 Jam > Up On the Sun
02 The Whistling Song
03 Oh, Me
04 My Baby’s Gone
05 Island
06 Plateau
07 On the Rise
08 Comin’ Down
09 Instrumental
10 Look at the Rain
11 Lake of Fire

If you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT Meat Puppets and visit their site. Click the links below to purchase official releases:

Regina Spektor October 16, 2007 Hammerstein – Lossless Download

October 17, 2007

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Regina Spektor came home to a huge admiring crowd at the sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday. Regina has come a long way from her Lower East Side anti-folk days and such venues as the Sidewalk Cafe, Fez and Tonic, but she has truly retained her modesty, charm and deadly sense of humor. All were on display at Hammerstein, as she worked through a delightful and varied setlist.

This recording was made from the best location for sound in this cavernous venue. However, recording a solo piano artist can be difficult, particularly when the crowd is so supportive. While Regina sings the recording is outstanding, but the volume levels boom when the crowd cheers. Be prepared for those boosts, and enjoy an otherwise thoroughly engaging performance!

The direct download location of the FLAC files is [HERE].

Regina Spektor
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board Center
Approximately 50 Feet from Stage

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > flac

Recorded and Produced by

Premiere Download offered at

[total time 1:30:50]
01 Ain’t No Cover
02 On the Radio
03 Sailor Boy
04 The Flowers
05 Prisoners
06 One More Time With Feeling
07 Better
08 Music Box
09 Poor Little Rich Boy
10 Bobbing for Apples
11 Remember That Time
12 Après Moi
13 Lesson in How Fleeting Preservation Is
14 Small Town Moon
15 Summer in the City
16 Baby Jesus
17 Ghost of Corporate Future
18 Human of the Year
19 Real Love
20 [encore break]
21 Us
22 Fidelity
23 Hotel Song*
24 Field Below
25 Samson

*with Only Son

If you download this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT this amazing artist and visit her website.
Click the link below to purchase Regina’s latest CD:

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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