Bjorkestra – Feb 2007 Lossless download

June 13, 2007
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Bjorkestra at Bowery Ballroom
January 20, 2006

As the founder and host of the Bjork Hub since March 2004, I’ve had a lot of contact with Bjork-related projects, some of which have worked with the hub in artist promotion. Of these, the Bjorkestra is by far the most rewarding.

Bjorkestra succeeds so effectively for two very distinct reasons: the quality of the musicians, and the content and vision of the creation. The musicians are essentially a “who’s who” in the new wave of young downtown NYC jazz musicians. The concept of Bjorkestra is quite simple, Bjork’s music set in big band brass arrangements–and the execution of that concept is quite superbly done. The arrangements are original, yet capture the essence of the music, and leave ample room for the musicians to breathe their own unique abilities into the framework of the songs. It also helps that Travis Sullivan is an engaging individual, and he stamps his gregarious personality all over the music.

Bjorkestra is performing on Friday June 15, at the Highline Ballroom in NYC. If you have the opportunity to attend this concert, by all means make your way to the venue and experience this superb act.

The performance captured in the recording posted below is both musically outstanding, and a very enjoyable listen. Travis was nice enough to place me on the guest list, and allow me to record from inside of the soundboard booth, with a microphone stand, using my best equipment. The result is an honest and clear capture of Bjorkestra.

Direct download of Complete show in FLAC is [HERE].

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Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra
2007-02-02
The Canal Room
New York, NY USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Inside the Soundboard Booth
Dead Center, approximately 30 feet from the PA

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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:44:10]
01 Overture
02 Hyperballad
03 Alarm Call
04 Enjoy
05 Jòga
06 Army of Me
07 Unravel
08 Pluto
09 Show Me Forgiveness
10 Hunter
11 Who Is It
12 Cocoon
13 Human Behavior

Please support this unique and compelling interpretation of the music of Bjork, and visit the Bjorkestra site.

Dinosaur Jr. at Irving Plaza 2007 – lossless download

June 7, 2007
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When I first heard “Freak Scene” in 1988, I was absolutely floored. This was the dense guitar-driven post-punk to which I’d been listening since Mission of Burma through Husker Du, and now it had been taken to the next level. The Bug album essentially defines the genre, and stand as the epitome of the music that would later be co-opted by the media, and mass-marketed as watered down “grunge”.

In 1989, I did manage to see them live, and my ears are still ringing:

The original lineup of the great Dinosaur Jr. would only last through Bug, as bassist Lou Barlow quit in 1989. Ultimately the band did last into the mid-90’s, and then faded from consciousness, only to be reborn with the 2005 reunion. On June 6, 2007, I experienced another blast of sonic genius at Irving Plaza. The recording below captures the 2007 version of Dinosaur Jr. at their peak—older, wiser, and a tighter than the 1989 incarnation.

This recording was made from a prime location, with my best equipment. The results are outstanding. The band permits live audience recordings, and as a result, many of their live recordings are archived for our enjoyment at the excellent site FreeSoFree.

This recording is now available at the excellent FreeSoFree Dinosaur Jr. Archive [HERE].

Dinosaur Jr.
2007-06-06
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

Setlist
[total time 1:12:50]
1 Almost Ready
2 Budge
3 Back To Your Heart
4 Been There All The Time
5 Little Fury Things
6 Out There
7 This Is All I Came To Do
8 Feel The Pain
9 Pick Me Up
10 What If I Knew
11 Kracked
12 Sludgefeast
13 Encore Break
14 Forget the Swan
15 Freak Scene
16 Chunks

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording, please support Dinosaur Jr., and do yourself a favor and purchase their new album Beyond.

Upcoming nyctaper Events

June 3, 2007
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nyctaper plans to attend each of the following concerts:

Dinosaur Jr.:
June 6, 2007, Posted Above

Bjorkestra:
June 15, 2007, Posted Above

Scott Maher:
June 19, 2007, Posted Above

Richard Thompson:
June 21, 2007, Posted Above

Wilco:
June 25, 2007, Posted Above

Morrissey:
June 30, 2007, Concert Postponed

White Stripes:
July 11, 2007, Posted Above

Sonic Youth:
July 28, 2007, Sonic Youth McCarren Park Pool

Squeeze:
August 2, 2007, Squeeze Tickets at Nokia Theatre Times Square

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.

Animal Collective – rained out

June 1, 2007
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Well, the concert was not rained out, but my taping was.  At about 7:30 pm, about a half hour before they were to play, it was raining pretty steadily, and there was no place to set up my equipment under any cover.  Unfortunately, I can not risk water damage to my recording rig, and I was forced to lug it all home.

The Seaport was absolutely jammed with people, and with the rain, the humidity, and the unworkable crowd, I can’t imagine that it was a particularly enjoyable experience.  I’m sorry to have missed AC, and of course missed recording them, but the outside concerts are always risky ventures.

I am going to try to add a new recording date on Sunday, and will update the site on upcoming outings.

Roger Waters Returns to Manhattan 2007 – Lossless Download

May 31, 2007
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There are times when the planets align, and everything goes right. There are also times when history repeats itself. Both phenomena occurred on May 30, 2007 at Madison Square Garden, as Roger Waters returned to New York for the tail end of the lengthy Dark Side of the Moon tour. As in September, the concert was superb, and as you’ll find below, the recording conditions were optimal.

I recorded this concert from almost the exact position as the September 12, 2006 recording, and used comparable equipment. As a result, the recording is a faithful capture of the soundscape in the best sonic seat in the house–absolute center, about 30 feet in front of the Soundboard.

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. You can probably find it on several sites on the web.

Roger Waters
2007-05-30
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

“The Dark Side of Manhattan”
Pinkroioshn CDR-022 (PRS-CDR-022)

Digital Master FOB Recording
DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM)

Premiere Download offered at
http://www.nyctaper.com

First Set:
[total time 1:12:16]
01 In The Flesh
02 Mother
03 Set The Controls For the Heart Of The Sun
04 Shine On You Crazy Diamond
05 Have A Cigar
06 Wish You Were Here
07 Southampton Dock
08 The Fletcher Memorial Home
09 Perfect Sense Parts 1 and 2
10 Leaving Beirut
11 Sheep

Second Set
01 Dark Side of the Moon
Encores
02 Band Introductions
03 The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
04 Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
05 Vera
06 Bring the Boys Back Home
07 Comfortably Numb

As with all the artists featured on this site, please SUPPORT the ARTIST and
purchase Roger Waters official recordings.

Roger Waters in New Jersey – Lossless Download

May 25, 2007
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The Dark Side of the Moon Tour 2007 returned to the US last week, after 5 excellent concerts in the NY/NJ area in 2006. Musically, the concert is virtually identical to the 2006, but the stage show is significantly expanded and the band is naturally tighter and more cohesive after nearly a year of touring together.
The sound quality in the venue was superb, and my recording position was quite advantageous–right below the large left PA stack. The uni-directional DPA cardiod microphones were excellent for this situation, as the sound is quite upfront and clear and the persistent crowd chatter is diminished.

Unfortunately, due to a technical problem with my digital compact flash card, I was unable to record the last song of the Dark Side set, and did not record the encores. The first set is complete, and the sound quality is comparable to the Waters 2006 recording posted below.

This recording is no longer available at nyctaper. You can probably find it on several sites on the web.

Roger Waters
2007-05-24
Continental Airlines Arena
East Rutherford, NJ USA

“Swamp Moon”
Pinkroioshn CDR-021 (PRS-CDR-021)

Digital Master FOB Recording
DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM)

Premiere Download offered at
http://www.nyctaper.com

First Set:
[total time 1:12:16]
01 In The Flesh
02 Mother
03 Set The Controls For the Heart Of The Sun
04 Shine On You Crazy Diamond
05 Have A Cigar
06 Wish You Were Here
07 Southampton Dock
08 The Fletcher Memorial Home
09 Perfect Sense Parts 1 and 2
10 Leaving Beirut
11 Sheep

Second Set
01 Dark Side of the Moon
(Encores not Recorded – see above)

Information: txt file
Verification: Set 1 md5 file
Set 2 md5 file

As with all the artists featured on this site, please SUPPORT the ARTIST and
purchase Roger Waters official recordings.

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