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Wilco: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam – Hunter NY

June 5, 2016

Wilco Mt Jam Jill 1
[photos by Jill from For The Love of Brooklyn]

This weekend I came across a photo of Jeff Tweedy with Bob Dylan at Bonnaroo in 2004. In the photo, Dylan is wearing a cowboy hat and looking very much like the bemused elder statesman and Tweedy is wearing a baseball cap, an exposed laminate pass and a look of a satisfied fan. To be fair, at that point in his career Jeff Tweedy had already founded one of the most influential alt-country bands (Uncle Tupelo) and carried Wilco through a series of superbly received albums and tours for nearly ten years.

Fast forward to this weekend at Mountain Jam and twelve years later its now Tweedy wearing the cowboy hat and taking the role of elder statesman. The large video screens give the crowd an ability to see closeups even if we’re fifty feet from the stage, and throughout the set it was a hoot to see the bemused look on Tweedy’s face as the Jam crowd roared for every familiar song. But like Dylan before them, Wilco’s set wasn’t just a band churning out the hits — this is an active group with new material and although Star Wars wasn’t played straight through as with the Portchester shows a few months back, the newer songs were well represented in the show, and fit well sprinkled among the familiar songs. The highlight of the set was another veteran/protege appearance, as current alt-country star Jason Isbell joined Wilco for a tremendously well played “California Stars” with dueling guitar solos between Nels Cline and Isbell. And at that high point of the set, Tweedy didn’t look bemused but truly pleased with the superb collaboration.

I recorded this set with the large diaphragm Neumann cards set up in the taper’s “section” on the hill. The sound quality absords some of the crowd chatter and some of the outdoor elements, but overall its an excellent capture. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show:

Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Neumann TLM 102s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:37:13]
01 [EKG intro]
02 More
03 Random Name Generator
04 The Joke Explained
05 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
06 Art of Almost
07 Pickled Ginger
08 Hummingbird
09 Handshake Drugs
10 Where Do I Begin
11 Cold Slope
12 King of You
13 Via Chicago
14 Spiders
15 Jesus Etc
16 Box Full of Letters
17 Heavy Metal Drummer
18 I’m the Man Who Loves You
19 Dawned on Me
20 Impossible Germany
21 The Late Greats
22 California Stars
23 Red Eyed and Blue
24 I Got You
25 Outta Site Outta Mind

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Retribution Gospel Choir: February 12, 2013 Knitting Factory – Flac/MP3/Streaming

February 18, 2013

[photo by Jonathon Bernstein courtesy of brooklynvegan]

Retribution Gospel Choir has a new album called simply 3 which features a grand total of two songs, each of which is twenty minutes long. This is a departure for the band whose albums have previously consisted of solid standard-length post-rock material. The album also features a guest appearance from Nels Cline — guitarist extraordinaire, LA rock/jazz/experimental legend, and long time member of Wilco. On Tuesday night at Knitting Factory, RGC headlined a show at also had Nels’ jazz trio BBC on the bill, and when it came time for setup of the main set, we were excited to see Nels set up his pedals to play. The opportunity to witness duel guitar shredding of RGC’s Alan Sparhawk and Nels from the front row of the Knit was one of my more memorable recent music highlights and not one I will soon forget. We are streaming that track below. The recent Retribution Gospel Choir tour is now complete, but Alan will return to NYC with his main band Low in March.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser microphones set up at the soundboard cage and mixed with a feed. Enjoy!

Stream “Seven”:

This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 and to Stream at [HERE].

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Retribution Gospel Choir
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser 8040 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

[Total Time 1:06:55]
01 Breaker
02 They Knew You Well
03 For Her Blood
04 When Jesus Comes Back
05 Can’t Walk Out
06 Seven
07 Feel It Superior
08 Maharisha
09 Workin Hard
10 Your Bird
11 Hide It Away
12 Take Your Time

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Lee Ranaldo: July 28, 2012 Brewery Ommegang – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

August 5, 2012

[photo by Andrew Lowden]

The embarrassment of riches that was our trip to Cooperstown was further enhanced by the quality of the support band, someone quite familiar to NYCTaper, Lee Ranaldo. Back in December, we recorded a couple of the earliest performances of Lee’s new band (Glasslands and Maxwells), but since he’s literally been touring the world since then, we had not seen Lee since those early shows. At Ommegang, his set began while the sun was still shining, and the forty-five minute set of material from Lee’s excellent new album Between the Times and the Tides seemed to fit the scene perfectly. Of course, the abundant availability of Belgian ales didn’t detract from the enjoyment, but this was still a special set. Lee’s band was joined for a couple of songs by Wilco’s keyboardist Pat Sansone, and for almost the entire set by Nels Cline. This intense version of “Xtina As I Knew Her” was supplemented by Nels’ signature guitar style, and we are streaming it below. Lee Ranaldo will return to NYC from the just-completed Wilco tour for a performance at ATP on Pier 36, on September 21.

Of the six NYCTaper rigs running for this set, we chose to mix my Sennheiser 8040 Cardioids with Acidjack’s AKG C 414’s in the omni setting. The mix gives a nice clear signal while also capturing the full soundstage and that “outdoor feel”. While our distance from the sound source (90 feet) was not optimal, this recording nevertheless provides a true “you were there” experience. Enjoy!

Stream “Xtina As I Knew Her”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Direct download location of the FLAC files (HERE).

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Lee Ranaldo
Brewery Ommegang
Cooperstown, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Front of Soundboard Tent

Sennheiser MKH-8040 Cardioids + AKG C 414 B-XLS (Omni Setting) > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper and acidjack

[Total Time 43:46]
01 [introduction]
02 Off The Wall
03 Angles
04 Waiting On A Dream
05 Tomorrow Never Comes
06 [Xtina intro]
07 Xtina As I Knew Her
08 Hammer Blows
09 Stranded
10 Fire Island (Phases)

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Wilco: July 28, 2012 Brewery Ommegang – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming Songs

July 31, 2012

[Photos by acidjack and Johnny]

After catching Wilco’s excellent show at Terminal 5 earlier in the week, to say that we were excited about trekking up to the lovely Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown to see them again would be a gross understatement.  It’s becoming a bit of a tradition for the entire NYCtaper crew to make it to at least one outdoor Wilco concert a year and we decided to expand our range outside of the city after the superb Central Park gigs last September (HERE and HERE).  The tradition also appears to bring rain with it, but judging by the fabulous time both the band and attendees were having you wouldn’t have guessed a single drop fell that night.  No doubt the exceptional Belgian-style beers the brewery serves as well as their hospitality and the gorgeous upstate surroundings bolstered our good spirits.  It became evident early on that Jeff Tweedy and company were as impressed with the fans as we were with them, citing a checklist of criteria that makes for a great crowd at one point.  Along with regular favorites “Heavy Metal Drummer” and “Impossible Germany” (which is always an opportunity for the impressive Nels Cline to shine on guitar), the troupe shrugged off the wet weather with an infrequent showing of “Either Way”, and brought the rare “Laminated Cat” and “What’s the World Got in Store” back into rotation.  Topping the evening with two encores, including a triple-shot of songs from ‘Being There‘, it’s nights like these that keep us eager for the next show and make recording them so enjoyable.

The rain aside, between the four of us we ran no less than six pairs of microphones and were able to set up very close to center right in front of the soundboard.  Having so many choices at hand, we ultimately decided to use acidjack‘s Schoeps and Johnny’s Milabs for our mix.  With Wilco’s FOH engineer extraordinaire Stan Doty at the helm, the sound was exemplary and, in light of the weather conditions, our recording is really quite excellent.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Stream “I Might”:

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Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]
Direct download of the complete show in FLAC [HERE]

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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Brewery Ommegang
Cooperstown, NY, USA
(opener: Lee Ranaldo)

Source: AUD > Milab VM-44 Links (cardioid) + Schoeps MK22’s [> KC5 > CMC6 > Sound Devices USBPre2] >> Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > TLH (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
Recorded by: acidjack, hi and lo, nyctaper and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

[Total time: 2:07:51]
01. Dawned on Me
02. War on War
03. I Might
04. Sunken Treasure
05. Either Way
06. Hummingbird
07. Impossible Germany
08. Born Alone
09. Laminated Cat
10. [banter 1]
11. What’s the World Got in Store
12. Handshake Drugs
13. Whole Love
14. [banter 2]
15. Kamera
16. Box Full of Letters
17. I’m Always in Love
18. [banter 3]
19. Heavy Metal Drummer
20. I’m the Man Who Loves You
21. A Shot in the Arm
22. [1st encore break]
23. Poor Places
24. Art of Almost
25. Standing O
26. [2nd encore break / banter]
27. Airline to Heaven
28. [banter 4]
29. Hate It Here
30. Can’t Stand It
31. Red-Eyed and Blue
32. I Got You (At the End of the Century)
33. Outtasite (Outta Mind)

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Mike Watt October 16, 1998 Knitting Factory – Lossless Download

September 3, 2007

Mike Watt is one of my favorite people in the entire music industry. His “resume” is one of the most impressive in rock history–co-founder of the legendary Minutemen, co-founder of the excellent fIREHOSE, a laundry list of collaborations, and current bass player for the re-formed Stooges–and yet he remains an engaging and personable character.

Contemplating the Engine Room (1997) was Mike Watt’s second solo album. Watt formed the band the “Black Gang” and toured the album in 1998. The second leg of the tour featured über-guitarist Nels Cline, then a fairly obscure local LA performer who has now become the permanent lead guitarist for Wilco (read more Cline). The album is a broad allegory in part for Watt’s Minutemen experience, and was performed start-to-finish as the first set for the tour.

Watt also permits open taping, trading and archival of his concerts. Throughout many of the Engine Room tour dates, fans were permitted to plug into the soundboard as you’ll hear in the download offered below. After the Knitting Factory concert, Mike Watt sat on the edge of the stage, chatted with fans, and sold merch. After I bought the tour t-shirt, I told Watt about my experience of seeing the Minutemen at the Ritz in 1985. Watt’s eyes lit up, and I felt a certain kinship with this man, who has spent his entire post-Minutemen career making his late best friend D. Boon proud.

This recording is now available as a direct download at (here)

Mike Watt & The Black Gang
The Knitting Factory
New York, NY USA

Digital Soundboard Recording
Soundboard > Sony M-1 DAT Master

Premiere Download offered at

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Engine Room Set:
01 In The Engine Room
02 Red Bluff
03 The Bluejacket’s Manual
04 Pedro Bound!
05 The Boilerman
06 Black Gang Coffee
07 Topsiders
08 No One Says Old Man
09 Fireman Hurley
10 Liberty Calls!
11 In The Bunk Room / Navy Wife
12 Crossing The Equator
13 Breaking The Choke Hold
14 Wrapped Around The Screw
15 Shore Duty
16 Rebel Girl
17 Forever… One Reporter’s Opinion
18 I Have Always Been Here Before
19 Friction
20 Little Johnny Jewel
21 Fear Is A Man’s Best Friend
22 The Red And The Black
23 This Is A Prayer
24 Drove Up From Pedro
25 Tuff Gnarl

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