Decemberists Cancel Both NYC Terminal 5 Shows

November 1, 2007

The Decemberists have canceled both the November 1 and November 2 concerts at Terminal 5.

This just got announced about an hour ago:

“With much regret The Decemberists have canceled the remainder of “The Long and Short of It” tour.

One of our band members has been ill for a while but we thought all would be well in time for these tour dates. After a couple shows, though, it has become clear that the illness is much worse than we had initially realized. We need to return home so our friend can mend.
It saddens us to disappoint our fans. We hope everybody understands it is only because of an extreme situation that we had to cancel a tour we’ve all been excited about doing since the idea was originally hatched.

Our deepest apologies but at this time no plans are being made to reschedule the dates. Ticket holders should seek refunds at point of purchase.”

NYCTaper is looking for a show to record on Friday night. Email or post suggestions in this topic.

Update: nyctaper will be recording Gary Lucas and Gods & Monsters at the Bowery Poetry Club this evening.

Zappa Plays Zappa October 31, 2006 – Theatre at MSG – Lossless Download

October 30, 2007

Tonight Zappa Plays Zappa performs at the Beacon Theatre, in a continued celebration of the music of Frank–whose annual Halloween NYC shows were legend. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this evening’s performance. However, last year I was lucky to see the show at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. The band was led in the capable hands of Dweezil, and last year’s show featured members of Frank’s band, including the amazing Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, and Napoleon Murphy Brock.

In anticipation of tonight, nyctaper presents a Halloween present to our loyal readers.

I recorded this concert from the center of the front section, directly in front of the soundboard, and utilized the Neumann rig. This recording has an excellent stereo presence and rich bass notes. Enjoy!

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

Zappa Plays Zappa
The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Board – Dead Center
Section 100, Row R, Seat 12

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

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 2:51:44]
01 Andy
02 Call Any Vegetable
03 Tell Me You Love Me
04 Who Are The Brain Police?
05 Can’t Afford No Shoes
06 Pygmy Twylyght
07 Idiot Bastard Son
08 Cheepnis
09 I Am The Slime / Pound for a Brown
10 Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow / St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast
11 Inca Roads
12 I’m So Cute
13 Trying to Grow a Chin
14 Advance Romance
15 Punky’s Whips
16 Black Page 1
17 Black Page 2
18 Peaches En Regalia
19 Montana
20 Village of the Sun// > //Echinda’s Arf
21 Zombie Woof
22 Black Napkins
23 The Torture Never Stops
24 Quick Orange County Lumber Truck
25 More Trouble Every Day
26 Regyptian Strut

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If you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT THIS ARTIST and buy their official releases at their website, where you can also preview the upcoming Zappa Plays Zappa DVD.

Wilco February 15, 1997 – Irving Plaza – Lossless Download

October 29, 2007

Of all the Wilco shows I have attended, this is the best one. At the NYC stop on the amazing Being There tour, the band’s performance is energetic, fun, tight and inspired. This is the infamous “deli tray” show, where the band tossed HBO’s complimentary food items into the audience before the second set of encores. The HBO show “Reverb” eventually broadcast about 30 minutes of this concert.

This recording was made from the center of the floor. Three tapers brought equipment to this show, but the venue would only allow one rig–so we chose the guy with the Schoeps microphones. I patched my DAT out of his recorder. The microphone stand can been seen at points during the broadcast. This recording captures that energy of this show in a way that any dry soundboard could not. Enjoy!

The June 25, 2007 Wilco performance at Hammerstein Ballroom is still available in the nyctaper archives (here).

Download the complete show in FLAC format [HERE].

Irving Plaza
New York, NY USA

Audience Master Recording
Recorded from 30 feet, dead center, front of board, with mic pole.
Schoeps microphones (unknown model) > DAT deck (unknown model) >
patched to Sony D-7 DAT

DAT Master > Panasonic SV-3800 > digital coaxial > Audigy 2 ZS Platinum >
Soundforge > 16 bit 44.1 wav > CD Wave (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7,
align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded by nyctaper

(Total Time 1:41:26)
01 Misunderstood
02 Far, Far Away
03 Forget The Flowers
04 That’s Not The Issue
05 Someday Soon
06 New Madrid
07 Red-Eyed And Blue
08 I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
09 Someone Else’s Song
10 Why Would You Wanna Live
11 I Must Be High
12 Passenger Side (punk)
13 Hotel Arizona
14 Monday
15 Kingpin
16 Outtasite (Outta Mind)
17 Box Full Of Letters
18 Casino Queen
19 [The Deli Tray Incident]
20 We’ve Been Had
21 The Long Cut
22 Dreamer In My Dreams
23 Will You Love Me Tomorrow

If you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT THIS ARTIST and buy their official releases at their website, or click the link below to buy the classic Being There album from this tour:

The Radiohead Model – Saul Williams takes the Next Step

October 26, 2007

How to sell your release on-line, Part II:

When Radiohead released In Rainbows as a pay-what-you-please download, a somewhat revolutionary concept in online music distribution, there were understandable kinks in the implementation.

Saul Williams new release The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust is produced by Trent Reznor, and features the perfect execution of the Radiohead distribution model. The user has a choice, download for free a 192kb mp3 version of the album. Or, for $5, the user can download the album with a choice of 192kb, 320kb, or FLAC. All downloads include pdf artwork, lyrics, and are DRM free.

Saul Williams is an immensely talented performer who combines rap, poetry, beat, and rock into a powerful mixture of performance art and music. It remains to be seen whether an artist of this level of popularity can effectively utilize the Radiohead model. His website contains Saul’s unique interpretation of his revolutionary release.

Again, nyctaper* feels a kinship with the artists that have taken the next step into the new paradigm of music distribution on the web. Kudos to Saul and Trent. We’ll be paying our $5 on November 1, 2007 for the FLACs!

*nyctaper has no “stake” in this release, other than philosophical support.

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:

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