Matmos at Lincoln Center July 21, 2007

July 22, 2007

Unique electronic duo Matmos, joined by So Percussion, trumpeter Dave Douglas and harpist Zeena Parkins, presented an extraordinary amalgam of sound on Saturday night. The “orchestra of sound” produced rhythmic music with standard instruments such as piano, drums, harp and timpani, but also created whole songs from such everyday objects like aluminum cans, metal sheets, foil, shells, pottery, water, and pieces of clay. The highlight of the evening was the excerpt from the electronic version of Verdi’s Aida, commissioned by the City of Verona Italy.

As the floor-to-ceiling curtain was raised at the opening of the Aida piece, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall window revealed a breathtaking panorama of the Columbus Circle/Central Park/59th Street area. The convergence of the electronic music with the stunning cityscape was one of those perfect moments of live music when the setting perfectly compliments the performance.

When I ordered the tickets online, I assumed that “Row A” would place me in the first row. I did not imagine that the first row would be a mere 5 feet from MC Schmidt. The experience of being within arm’s reach of the performer was truly a fortunate stroke of luck. However, such a position made the logisitics of recording this concert, despite express permission from Matmos, practically impossible. Instead of opening my equipment bag, I placed it under my seat and thoroughly enjoyed this tremendous experience.

In appreciation of readers who expected a recording of this concert, I have reached into my recent archives and have posted above a Zeena Parkins concert I recorded in 2006.

Please support Matmos and purchase their CDs

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July 17, 2007

July 21, 2007, Lincoln Center NYC Attended, did not record

White Stripes:
July 24, 2007, Madison Square Garden, Posted Above

Sonic Youth:
July 28, 2007, Denied

August 2, 2007, Posted Above

The Figgs / You Am I:
August 3, 2007, You Am I cancelled, Figgs Posted Above

Pat McGee Band:
August 24, 2007, Bottle & Cork, Dewey Beach Delaware

Fiery Furnaces:
August 26, 2007, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

Meat Puppets:
August 29, 2007, Knitting Factory NYC
August 30, 2007, Knitting Factory NYC

September 5, 2007, Highline Ballroom NYC

September 8, 2007, Virgin Festival, Toronto Canada
Virgin Festival Tickets at Toronto Centre Island

Smashing Pumpkins:
September 9, 2007, Virgin Festival, Toronto Canada
Virgin Festival Tickets at Toronto Centre Island

September 17, 2007, Rush Tickets at Madison Square Garden

September 24, 2007, Bjork Tickets at Madison Square Garden

Animal Collective:
September 30, 2007, Webster Hall NYC
October 1, 2007, Webster Hall NYC
Animal Collective Tickets at Webster Hall

The Mekons:
October 3, 2007, Gramercy Theater NYC

Of Montreal:
October 13, 2007, Roseland NYC

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

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.

White Stripes July 11, 2007 Prince Edward Island – Lossless Download

July 15, 2007

NYCTaper became PEITaper for a night when my annual vacation trip to Prince Edward Island crisscrossed with the White Stripes tour across Canada. Charlottetown is a beautiful old city on the water, and its quaint Civic Centre provided a uniquely intimate setting to experience Jack and Meg on tour. The White Stripes large stage set-up and the layout of the small hockey arena only allowed for about 1200 people in the facility.

I was seated in the first row of the stands, 3 seats from the front, directly in line and only 20 feet from the left PA speaker stack. As a result, the recording is quite clear and upfront. Additionally, the hockey boards provided a buffer from much of the noise of the crowd from the floor.

As you’ll hear in the recording offered for download below, the White Stripes used the intimate setting to perform a nice varied setlist and a high energy show–such that Charlottetown may be the best show of the entire Canadian tour.

This recording is no longer available due to Mr. White’s new strict anti-taping and anti-sharing policy.

White Stripes
Civic Centre
Prince Edward Island

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Section 18, Row A, Seat 9
20 Feet in Front of Left PA Stacks

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

Premiere Download offered at

[Total Time 1:25:58]
01 Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
02 Icky Thump
03 Hotel Yorba
04 Cannon
05 I’m Slowly Turning Into You
06 Wasting My Time
07 Jolene
08 Catch Hell Blues
09 The Same Boy You’ve Always Known
10 I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman
11 I Think I Smell a Rat
12 In The Cold, Cold Night
13 You Don’t Know What Love Is
14 The Denial Twist
15 One More Cup of Coffee
16 We’re Going To Be Friends
17 Fell In Love With a Girl
18 Ball and a Biscuit
19 [encore break]
20 Black Math
21 Blue Orchid
22 Party of Special Things to Do
23 I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself
24 Seven Nation Army
25 Boll Weevil

As with all artists featured on this site, if you download this recording please visit White Stripes Website and purchase their commercial releases.

Support the White Stripes and purchase the new album Icky Thump

Fiery Furnaces – June 30, 2007 – Lossless Download

July 1, 2007

I was introduced to the music of the Fiery Furnaces through a live cover of their song “Tropical Ice-land” by Of Montreal. Kevin Barnes called their Blueberry Boat the album he “goes to sleep with at night”.

When one door closes, sometimes another better door opens. When Morrissey postponed his show (see below), I was fortunate that a concert of this quality was also scheduled in the NYC area. After securing a ticket through craigslist, it was off to Jersey.

Its hard to describe the music of Fiery Furnaces without engaging in weird musical juxtapositions. They perform oddly accessible alt-pop, with a dry sense of humor, and strange twists of melody. My best absurd description would be the 1975-era Patti Smith fronting a band with members of Captain Beefheart.

The Maxwell’s performance captured below was superb in all respects. The sound quality, the performance, and the energy of the crowd and the band were all outstanding.

Direct download of complete show in FLAC [HERE].

More about FLAC

Fiery Furnaces
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from in Front of the Soundboard Booth

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:24:07]
01 Japanese Slippers
02 In My Little Thatched Hut
03 I’m in No Mood to Comb My Hair
04 Black-Hearted Boy
05 Bitter Tea
06 I’m Waiting to Know You
07 The Vietnamese Telephone Ministry
08 Oh Sweet Woods
09 Borneo
10 Benton Harbor Blues
11 Whistle Rhapsody
12 Teach Me Sweetheart
13 Bitter Tea
14 Single Again
15 Wicker
16 Quay Cur
17 I’m Gonna Run
18 Here Comes the Summer
19 Blueberry Boat
20 Tropical Ice-Land
21 Spaniolated
22 Name Game
23 Birdie Brain
24 1917
25 Police Sweater Blood Vow
26 Restorative Beer
27 Widow City

As with all concerts featured on this site, please support this unique artist, and buy their latest album.

Morrissey at Madison Square Garden – Postponed

June 29, 2007

Morrissey became ill during his Boston concert earlier this week. Northhampton and Philadelphia concerts were postponed that evening, with the expectation that Moz would return to the stage for New York City.

A short time ago, it was announced that Madison Square Garden has now also been postponed.
Here is the Pollstar Report.

nyctaper will attend and record on the new date (probably September). But at this point, I have an open taping night on Saturday June 30, and no plans. If any readers have NYC recording suggestions, requests, or ideas … Email nyctaper

Got an extra ticket, I’ll tape the show for you!


Thanks for all the suggestions in email.  I will be attending and recording the Fiery Furnaces concert at Maxwell’s in Hoboken. 

Wilco at Hammerstein June 25, 2007 – Lossless Download

June 26, 2007

What else can be said about the band that has produced the most consistently great music over the last 10 years of contemporary music. The new album has been called a “return” to a more traditional Wilco sound, but that’s not really accurate. Sky Blue Sky is yet another step in the maturation process of the band, and more particularly in Jeff Tweedy’s life and career. Its also the first album with Nels Cline as a full-time member, and as a result, the guitar work is rich and imaginative–particularly in “Impossible Germany”.

I’ve seen Wilco regularly since 1996, on about a dozen occasions, in every local venue from Mercury Lounge to Madison Square Garden, including recording one of the most famous of the early Wilco shows, February 15, 1997 at Irving Plaza. Wilco have never failed to deliver a top notch performance in my experiences, and Monday night at Hammerstein was no exception.

I recorded with band permission from a microphone stand in front of the soundboard booth. Although Hammerstein is a cavernous venue with much echo and boominess, the outstanding job by Wilco’s sound crew provided a PA signal with such remarkable clarity that I was able to capture a superb recording.

Direct download of FLAC files [HERE]

More about FLAC

Hammerstein Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board Dead Center

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

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:56:08]
01 You Are My Face
02 Side With the Seeds
03 Shot in the Arm
04 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
05 Kamera
06 Handshake Drugs
07 Shake it Off
08 Hummingbird
09 Via Chicago
10 Jesus, Etc.
11 Hate it Here
12 Walken
13 I’m the Man Who Loves You
14 Poor Places
15 Spiders (Kidsmoke)
16 Impossible Germany
17 Sky Blue Sky
18 California Stars
19 War On War
20 Heavy Metal Drummer
21 I’m Always In Love
22 I’m A Wheel

As with all recordings posted on this site, please support this outstanding artist, visit Wilco’s website, and buy their commercial releases.

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