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Doug Tuttle: October 25, 2014 Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase, Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 9, 2014
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The guitarist Doug Tuttle was one of the principal songwriters in a band we’ve spoken highly of on this site, MMOSS. In 2013, the New Hampshire band ceased to be, and Tuttle began writing on his own, wrestling not only with the band’s dissolution, but the loss of a relationship. Not shockingly, the song cycle he debuted on Trouble In Mind Records last year has a strong undercurrent of sadness running through its dreamy psychedelic melodies. This show, held at Trouble In Mind’s showcase at Rough Trade during CMJ, stuck with that material, and Tuttle’s assembled band proved as crack an outfit as his last group. All of those powers came to bear on the eight-minute “Turn This Love”, which exploded from a brooding first few verses into a spacey extended jam, anchored by the organ sounds that are essential to the band’s overall style and tone. While we’re sorry that MMOSS is no more, Tuttle has more than taken the reins with his new band, and we hope to see more of him in 2015.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other recordings from the day, with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed from the Rough Trade engineer, Cam. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete show: 

Doug Tuttle
2014-10-25
Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (DFC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Cam)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 I Won’t Do
02 Lasting Away
03 With Us Soon
04 Forget the Days
05 Leave Your Body
06 Where You Plant Your Love.. Is Where It Grows
07 Turn This Love
08 I Will Leave

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Doug Tuttle, like him on facebook, and buy his self-titled solo record directly from Trouble In Mind.

Lucero: November 5, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set

November 26, 2014
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The three-night stand at Bowery Ballroom by the beloved Memphis band Lucero gave us a prime example of life imitating art. A quick survey of the band’s song titles gives you a clear eye to their themes: drinking, women, loneliness, women, more drinking. For the Bowery Presents gang, three shows by this band on the first three nights of the week has to be an early Christmas, as the fan base has always proven as willing to indulge the band’s favorite vice as the band themselves. What felt like a shift was the degree to which the band made booze the night’s central theme, from the bordering-on-annoying number of references to being (or having recently been) drunk from frontman Ben Nichols, to the beers being slugged by him not just between, but during songs, including a couple to which he forgot the words. Rock n’ roll has never been a teetotaler’s game, and it probably shouldn’t be. But when you’re a band at Lucero’s level — booking the city’s best venue for three nights straight at a tariff of thirty bucks a head — the line between a get-along good time and unprofessionalism grows thin. That glorified bar-band schtick also sells these guys short — Lucero have some great songs, and on the whole, they’re still a heck of an act at performing them.

All three of the Bowery shows, of which this was the last, were divided into an acoustic and electric set with no opener. This band is nothing if not giving, with almost three hours split between the hour-long acoustic and nearly two-hour electric set. The band came strong out of the gate with “That Much Further West”, and the acoustic set held together throughout, with the packed house singing along to Nichols’ often-melancholy lyrics (two songs with the word “lonesome” in a row, in fact). As the show went on, things turned a bit more shambolic, as Nichols helped himself to the shots being offered up by the crowd. In spite or maybe because of the whiskey flowing, the band’s electric songs took on a certain wanton urgency, with the signature tune “Nights Like These” earning many a fist-pump from swaying hordes in front. Nichols spelled the band at a few points to do solo or duo numbers, including a memorable “Last Pale Light in the West” from his first solo album by the same name. The final encore, “Here at the Starlite” was yet another tale of woe belied by the rock n’ roll swagger still holding together onstage. It’s a strange dichotomy, the sad songs and the party atmosphere they create. But for Lucero, it seems to still be working.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones from our usual spot in the venue. The microphones rejected much of the crowd noise, providing for a nice, balanced recording of the night’s proceedings. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]
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Stream “That Much Further West” from the acoustic set

Stream “Nights Like These” from the electric set

Lucero
2014-11-05
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (slightly LOC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (exciter effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Acoustic Set
01 Into Your Eyes
02 That Much Further West
03 Wandering Star
04 When You Decided to Leave
05 Across the River
06 Hello Sadness
07 Last Night In Town
08 Better Than This
09 In Lonesome Times
10 Other Side of Lonesome
11 Hold Fast
12 The Last Song
13 Ain’t So Lonely
14 Hate and Jealousy
15 Shelter

Electric Set
16 Downtown/On My Way Downtown
17 Kiss the Bottle
18 Hey Darlin’ Do You Gamble?
19 Women & Work
20 Texas & Tennessee
21 [banter1]
22 Union Pacific Line
23 Nights Like These
24 Sounds of the City
25 Chain Link Fence
26 I Can’t Stand To Leave You
27 [banter2]
28 Tonight Ain’t Gonna Be Good
29 Little Silver Heart
30 Sixes & Sevens
31 Goodbye Again
32 All Sewn Up
33 [banter3]
34 She Wakes When She Dreams
35 [banter4]
36 The War
37 [banter5]
38 Tears Don’t Matter Much
39 Fistful of Tears
40 [encore break]
41 Last Pale Light in the West
42 Here at the Starlite

Thanks to Kronosphere for the setlist.

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Lucero, visit their website, and buy their records in their online store.

Thee Oh Sees: November 18, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

November 24, 2014
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[photos by Ken Grand-Pierre]

Last week Thee Oh Sees played four shows in four days in NYC and we were fortunate to catch what was most certainly the best sounding show of the week. In our many attempts to capture the live lo-fi garage rock of this amazing band, we’ve been frustrated by a series of sound issues that have prevented our capture of Thee Oh Sees with a recording that their highly energetic performances really deserve. We came close with the historic night at 285 Kent last Fall, but nothing we’ve ever presented from this band can even approach the sound of this particular show. Of course the lion’s share of the credit for the superb sound quality of Tuesday’s TOS show is credited to Bowery Ballroom (and their staff), which continues to be the best sounding room in town. The band itself was completely on during this set. They were scheduled to play forty-five minutes and instead played over an hour. And even given the lack of an encore, John Dwyer and company played virtually every song they’ve played this tour including four outstanding new numbers. We’re streaming “Tidal Wave”, which was the third song in a very high octane three-fer that opened the show. Thee Oh Sees tour continues in Chicago this week before ultimately moving West, dates here.

I recorded this show with the Schoeps in our tradition balcony location and mixed with a terrific board feed from FOH Bowery legend Kenny. As noted above, the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Tidal Wave”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Thee Oh Sees
2014-11-18
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Kenny] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:02:34]
01 Tunnel Time
02 The Dream
03 Tidal Wave
04 [new song – Sugar]
05 Encrypted Bounce
06 Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster
07 [new song1]
08 [new song2]
09 Lupine Dominus
10 [new song – Seasons]
11 Dead Energy
12 I Come From The Mountain
13 The Web

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Thee Oh Sees, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from Castle Face Records [HERE].

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August Wells: October 12, 2014 Rough Trade NYC – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 8, 2014
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August Wells is a new band filled with an accomplished cast of incredible performers. Led by Ken Griffin, best known for having recorded several well-liked records in the mid-90s with the Irish outfit Rollerskate Skinny, whose album Horsedrawn Wishes remains an essential of the Irish music scene. The band’s cast also includes pianist John Rauchenberger, who has played with a wide range of bands including The Favourite Sons, Maggie Estep, and J.C Morrison; horn player Louis Schwadron, who leads the band Sky White Tiger and has played with Radiohead, David Bowie, Elton John, and Grizzly Bear, among others; and violinist/composer Leyna Marika Papach, who has been responsible for numerous scores for film, theater and dance. Griffin’s sound has matured beyond Rollerskate Skinny, showing a melancholy that seem to come more easily with the years. “It’s all as beautiful as ever / I hope somehow it gets to stay that way” Griffin sings on “Beautiful as Ever”. There’s a wistfulness in this and many of Griffin’s other lines, but also hope. Somehow, things might stay that way.

Griffin and co. took the stage just before Steve Gunn on this night at Rough Trade, and were greeted with an audience ripe for this kind of music. We look forward to seeing this new band more around the city, as they’ve already played dates at Union Pool, Baby’s All Right, and Le Poisson Rouge, among others. The band’s next appearance comes this Sunday at the Scratcher Sessions at the legendary East Village bar at 7:30 p.m. The band also has upcoming shows planned with The Frames and on the Irish TV show Other Voices.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Steve Gunn recording, with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from engineer Nick. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Direct download of full set: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the full set:

August Wells
2014-10-12
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Nick) + Schoeps MK41 (DFC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Rest of My Life
02 Mister Sun
03 Beautiful As Ever
04 [banter1]
05 Dancing
06 Paper Gardens
07 Here in the Wild
08 Come On In Out of the Night

August Wells

Band:
Kenneth Griffin – Vocals,guitar
John Rauchenberger – Keyboard
Louis Schwadron – French horn
Leyna Marika Papach – Violin

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT August Wells, visit their website, and buy their CD there.

Meat Puppets: October 31 and November 1, 2014 Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Sets

November 6, 2014
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[photos by acidjack and Eric PH]

Rooting for the Meat Puppets by now is a given; the band has seen it all, and somehow come out the other side better and not worse for wear. In the course of seeing the band during the life of this site, they have gotten better and tighter each time, from their phoenix-rising moment at the Knit in 2007 to a post-personnel change show at Bowery in 2009 to a stellar outing at Mercury Lounge in 2013. This year the band played back-to-back sets at one of Williamsburg’s two ascendant new venues, Rough Trade. The band shared co-headlining duties with Cass McCombs, with the acts swapping headliner slots between Halloween and the day after.

New team member Eric PH caught the longer Puppets set on Halloween night, and to be honest, he was the luckier of us, as the Puppets better-deserved that slot, showing command of their instruments and the audience on both nights. On an already-weird holiday, you need people like the off-kilter Arizonans to fully do you right, and the Pups obliged with a career-spanning set filled with fun covers of everyone from Willie Nelson and Ray Charles to the Everly Brothers. The band also delivered their most popular “hit” for an encore, the always-endearing “Backwater” from Too High To Die. As the “opening” band on the second night, I caught the Pups at an equal moment of inspiration, with a set that was slimmed down by about 20 minutes from the previous one. Still, they had plenty of time to play the three near-obligatory songs popularized by Nirvana on MTV Unplugged (that’d be “Plateau”, “Oh Me” and “Lake of Fire”) and a searing extended version of that Everly Brothers cover, “Cathy’s Clown”. “Plateau” was also a high point, led in by a cover of George Jones’ “Season of My Heart”. Chalk it up to being older and wiser (and maybe more sober), or simply rekindling their groove, but the Meat Puppets have never been better.

Eric PH recorded his set with Audio Technica microphones set up in our usual spot in the venue, combined with a soundboard feed from well-known local engineer Kyle. Mine was recorded with the Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones and Kyle’s feed once again. Both recordings are outstanding, and available to stream and download below. Enjoy!

Download the 10/31 show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Download the 11/1 show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the 10/31 show:

Stream the 11/1 show: 

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Meat Puppets
2014-10-31
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Audio Technica 3031 + Soundboard > Roland R-26 > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Audacity 2.0.5 (set fades, mixdown, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

01. Seal Whales
02. Comin’ Down
03. The Monkey and the Snake
04. Plateau
05. Touchdown King
06. Seven Spanish Angels [Willie Nelson & Ray Charles]
07. Oh, Me
08. Before the Next Teardrop Falls [Freddy Fender]
09. Hey Baby (Que Paso) [Texas Tornados]
10. Up on the Sun
11. Sam
12. Confusion Fog
13. Lost
14. Waiting
15. I’m a Mindless Idiot
16. Open Wide
17. Cathy’s Clown [The Everly Brothers]
18. Lake of Fire
19. Sloop John B [The Beach Boys]
20. Aurora Borealis
21. Backwater
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Meat Puppets
2014-11-01
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (DFC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Kyle)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (exciter effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:11:59]
01 [intro instrumental]
02 Lost
03 Seal Whales
04 Touchdown King
05 Sometimes Blue
06 Comin’ Down
07 Up On the Sun
08 Seasons of My Heart [George Jones]>
09 Plateau
10 Sam
11 Oh, Me
12 Open Wide
13 [tuning]
14 Lake of Fire
15 [tuning2]
16 Cathy’s Clown [Everly Brothers]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT the Meat Puppets, visit their website, and buy their records there.

Wilco: October 29, 2014 Capitol Theatre Portchester – Flac/MP3/Streaming (Two Recordings)

November 2, 2014
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

Its not easy to trek up to Portchester for three straight nights for three-hour concerts in the middle of the work week. But this is Wilco and they ultimately make it infinitely worth all of the travel and sleep deprivation. The three shows at the Capitol Theatre were also special for their own unique reason — its Wilco’s 20th Anniversary as a band and they are revisiting literally the entire catalog on this tour. Each of the three nights offered a completely different song selection (with only one repeat all week) so that we experienced nearly one-hundred different Wilco songs during these shows. Wednesday’s show was perhaps the strongest of the three and on this night there were multiple deep cuts including songs I haven’t heard in years (Being There‘s “Hotel Arizona” and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot‘s “Radio Cure” were two) and a couple that I’ve never seen played live in the dozens of live Wilco experiences. But for me the one standout track was the Wilco “white whale” (Johnny FCB’s description) — the first and only lead vocal track by bassist John Stirratt “Its Just That Simple” from the band’s first album AM. John totally nailed this song and it was also tremendous to hear the crowd’s enthusiastic response to Wilco’s only other remaining original member’s chance under the spotlight. I am streaming that performance below, along with the semi-rare “Airline to Heaven”.

Our recordings from this night are also probably our best of the week. The crowd issues were prevalent throughout the week but on this night the area around our microphones was not too bad. I utilized the Schoeps cardioids pointed directly at the stacks from the front right corner of the soundboard cage. Our pole was also raised to the maximum allowable height at this venue. Acidjack recorded from the same pole with a different model of Schoeps cards. Both recordings very accurately reflect the superb room mix by Wilco’s legendary FOH Stan Doty. Enjoy!

The first night’s recording is here, the final night will be posted next.

Stream “Its Just That Simple” (nyctaper recording):

Stream “Airline To Heaven” (nyctaper recording):

Stream Entire Show (acidjack recording):

Download the Complete Show:
nyctaper version [MP3] / [FLAC]
acijack version [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Wilco
2014-10-29
Capitol Theatre
Portchester NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 2:23:05]
01 Company in My Back
02 Poor Places
03 Art of Almost
04 I Might
05 Hell is Chrome
06 Ashes of American Flags
07 Hotel Arizona
08 Pot Kettle Black
09 Nothingsevergonnastandinmyway
10 [banter – better looking]
11 What’s the World Got in Store
12 I’ll Fight
13 Cars Can’t Escape
14 [banter – first album]
15 Should’ve Been in Love
16 Someday Soon
17 It’s Just That Simple
18 You and I
19 Airline to Heaven
20 Jesus Etc
21 Born Alone
22 Laminated Cat
23 Radio Cure
24 [banter – show will go on]
25 Box Full of Letters
26 The Late Greats
27 [banter – dampen a gong]
28 Heavy Metal Drummer
29 [encore break]
30 Walken
31 I’m the Man Who Loves You
32 [second encore break]
33 True Love Will Find You In The End [Daniel Johnston]
34 That’s Not the Issue
35 Be Not So Fearful [Bill Fay]
36 California Stars

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Wilco
2014-10-29
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (PAS, at SBD, slightly ROC)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>Sony PCM-D50>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, light effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Company In My Back
02 Poor Places
03 Art of Almost
04 I Might
05 Hell Is Chrome
06 Ashes of American Flags
07 Hotel Arizona
08 Pot Kettle Black
09 Nothingsevergonnastandinmyway(again)
10 [banter1]
11 What’s the World Got In Store
12 I’ll Fight
13 Cars Can’t Escape
14 [banter2]
15 Should’ve Been In Love
16 Someday Soon
17 It’s Just That Simple
18 You and I
19 Airline To Heaven
20 Jesus Etc.
21 Born Alone
22 Laminated Cat
23 Radio Cure
24 [banter3]
25 Box Full of Letters
26 The Late Greats
27 [banter4]
28 Heavy Metal Drummer
29 [encore break]
30 Walken
31 I’m the Man Who Loves You
32 [encore break 2]
33 True Love Will Find You In the End [Daniel Johnston]
34 That’s Not the Issue
35 Be Not So Fearful [Bill Fay]
36 California Stars
*performed partially without PA

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wilco, visit their website, and purchase their 20th Anniversary Box Set Alpha Mike Foxtrot from their website [HERE].

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J Mascis: October 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 21, 2014
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

As we’ve noted before, Dinosaur Jr holds a special place in the history of NYCTaper. One of my first recordings for the site and the one that seemed to put us on the blog map was a Dinosaur Jr. show at Irving Plaza in 2007. Over the years, we’ve recorded the band many times, and most recently acidjack and JFCB’s captures of the mega-Dino Jr show at Terminal 5 with a plethora of special guests has been one of the most popular recent offering at the site. So it was only natural that a solo J Mascis show at our favorite venue would be the natural evolution of our relationship with this artist. J recently released what is essentially his second proper solo album Tied To A Star (Sub Pop), and he’s currently on tour to support the record. At Bowery Ballroom, it was just J and several acoustic guitars with a ton of pedals. For the most part, he played it pretty straightforward, while occasionally taking advantage of the looping and sampling capability to jam with himself. The setlist included half of the new album and healthy dose of Dinosaur Jr tracks. We are streaming below our two favorite parts of the show, including a blistering guitar solo that extended the new song “Heal The Star” to beyond six minutes and the very J-like cover of the Mazzy Star classic hit “Fade Into You”. J’s tour picks up again in mid-November when he goes West before touring Europe in December.

hi and lo and I recorded this set in our usual location at Bowery, front of the balcony next to the soundboard. hi and lo employed the MBHO cards on a clamp pointed out in front of the board area while I mounted the Schoeps cards on a stand. I blended the sources fairly evenly, each offering a slightly different locale and microphone style so that the result is a pretty excellent full-bodied capture of this solo acoustic show. Enjoy!

Stream “Heal The Star”:

Stream “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover):

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

J Mascis
2014-10-17
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Audience Four-Mic Matrix

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids + MBHO KA-200n > Naiant PFA > Sonosax SX-M2 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by nyctaper and hi and lo
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:08:57]
01 Listen to Me
02 Me Again
03 Little Fury Things
04 Ammaring
05 Every Morning
06 Stumble
07 Get Me
08 [tuning and crowd]
09 Drifter
10 Heal the Star
11 [banter – tuning]
12 Not the Same
13 Out There
14 Pond Song
15 Fade Into You [Mazzy Star]
16 Not You Again
17 Alone
18 [encore break]
19 Just Like Heaven [Cure]

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT J Mascis, visit his website, and purchase Tied To A Star from the Sub Pop Records website [HERE].

Ought: October 14, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 16, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

It only took one listen to Ought‘s debut album, More Than Any Other Day to understand that they are a young band of uncommon musical ambition and scope. They play a brand of rhythmically complex art-punk that incorporates elements of the “math rock” sound that rose to prominence in the 1990s, while still maintaining a great ability to make melodies you might hum. Formed in Montreal during a period of civil unrest by a group of young men mostly from somewhere else, their songs brim with disaffection as well as hope, a sort of post-OWS sensation that no matter how difficult things may seem, a way forward still exists. The album title, then, says a lot about where they are philosophically.

As a live band, Ought more than do their recorded output justice. They took the stage at Bowery Ballroom in a relatively quiet pre-CMJ week and stormed through most of their album plus a new song. The whole band has significant musical chops; drummer Tim Keen deserves a lot of the credit for keeping things tight, just as Tim Keeler’s sneering vocals give a memorable voice to the band’s vision. Listening to the eight songs live, some of which got the extended treatment (especially “Forgiveness”) it was striking how single-worthy almost every one of these tracks was, as well as how distinct each song was from the other. Pitchfork’s very positive review rightly pointed out that Ought’s more immediate style made them an odd bedfellow with the roster they share with Godspeed You Black Emperor and Colin Stetson, but I think Constellation Records knows what they’re up to. If the label’s goal is to cull the very best of the band’s adopted city, putting ambition at the forefront of any particular genre, then Ought fit right in. These guys are going places. And if you want to watch them do it, catch some of their upcoming tour dates, including Washington, DC tonight and Purchase, NY tomorrow.

I recorded this set in our usual manner for the venue, with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from Bowery legend Kenny. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Direct download of full set: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the full set:

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

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Ought
2014-10-14
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5 (at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny (house) and Ought engineer (name?)>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.5 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Today More Than Any Other Day
02 The Weather Song
03 Clarity!
04 Habit
05 Pleasant Heart
06 Forgiveness
07 [banter1]
08 Gemini
09 Beautiful Blue Sky

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Ought, like them on Facebook, and buy their releases from Constellation Records.

Wormburner: September 26, 2014 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 2, 2014
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[Photos courtesy of Patrick J. Eves]

Wormburner have been kicking around the New York scene here for a few years, making their first appearance on this site back in 2010, where they were rightly compared to a cross between the Hold Steady and Camper Van Beethoven, owing in no small part to frontman Hank Henry’s talking-style vocals. For my part, this record release show at Mercury Lounge for the band’s excellent third LP, Pleasant Living in Planned Communities, was my first with the band. In addition to those references, I caught a pretty strong whiff of some of the better post-grunge bands, especially the mostly-forgotten Harvey Danger. No surprise, then, than by the first chorus of the leadoff track “Drinks At the Plaza Hotel”, I was nodding my head.

This is a very easy band to like, a group of obviously nice people who deploy big hooks and choruses, but don’t skimp on the lyrical concepts just because they know they probably could. To wit, you end up with songs about such things as, per the band’s website, “a downed airman in WWII Europe, a 21st Century soldier returning home from battle, and a transient gay hustler whose youthful looks are weathering with age”. The band’s delivery reflects the professionalism of eight years together as a going concern, and even as they played brand-new material for presumably the first time, Wormburner remained dialed in. The new album material comes across as some of the band’s strongest yet, in particular “Plaza Hotel”, “Catherine”, that WWII song “Hopscotch Gunner”, and “Somewhere Else to Be”. Sean Eden of Luna guested on Pleasant Living and was also on hand for the night’s proceedings, joining the band for two songs including Donovan’s “Seasons of the Witch”.  The Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary” was the perfect big-rock way to end the show, setting the tone for the Wormburner shows to come in the next months.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and head Mercury engineer Dave Lefcourt’s soundboard mix. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Catch Wormburner in New York again at the Tijuana Gift Shop showcase during CMJ on Wednesday, October 22 at Bowery Electric, and again at Mercury Lounge on December 18 for their annual Christmas show.

Stream “Hopscotch Gunner”

Stream “Season of the Witch” [Donovan]

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Wormburner
2014-09-26
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Dave Lefcourt)>>Roland R-26>x24bit/48kHz WAV> Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:07:14]
01 Drinks at the Plaza Hotel
02 Today Might be Our Day
03 Catherine
04 Peekskill
05 Little Things
06 Made-for-TV Movie
07 [tuning1]
08 A Standing Invitation
09 [banter2]
10 Somewhere Else To Be
11 Hopscotch Gunner
12 Pike City Proper
13 The Interstate
14 [banter3]
15 Parliaments on Sundays*
16 Season of the Witch* [Donovan]
17 [banter4]
18 She Sells Sanctuary [The Cult]

* Featuring Sean Eden of Luna

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The Sharp Things: September 11, 2014 Mercury Lounge – Flac/MP3/Streaming

September 27, 2014
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[photos by shootMEpeter]

Of all of the thousands reviews I’ve written for NYCTaper, the words needed to describe this performance by The Sharp Things at Mercury Lounge is certainly the most difficult. But these are just words. What the band did on this night was exponentially more difficult than anything I could imagine a musician would have to endure. On the morning of the performance Steve Gonzalez, the longtime and original Sharp Things drummer and multi-decade friend of the band’s protagonist Perry Serpa, passed away at the age of 49. I asked Perry to talk about the night:

He, Steve Gonzalez, was our drummer but also my best friend of almost 40 years, so he was very much a part of our family. We had found out about his passing during our soundcheck for this show and while I was ready to just walk away from it, my band, our bandmates, our family and friends insisted that we play, and so we did. And it was the best thing because the evening ended up being a wonderful, communal celebration of his life in a place that he loved playing.

The band is gearing up for the release of the third album in the four-album “Dogs Of Bushwick” series. Adventurer’s Inn will be released on Dive Records in November. This special Mercury set featured a mix of older numbers and included a few of the newer songs we’ll expect to hear on the new album soon.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cardioids set up at the soundboard booth and mixed with an excellent feed provided by house FOH David. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Daphne’s Coming Over”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Sharp Things
2014-09-11
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Dave Lefcourt] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 46:50]
01 [intro for Steve]
02 There Will Be Violins
03 An Ocean Part Deux
04 Dogs Of Bushwick
05 Love Me Indigo
06 Silver Anniversary
07 Storm King
08 [banter – weird beard]
09 Lament-A Million Things
10 Union Chapel
11 Daphne’s Coming Over
12 [outro]

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