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Deervana: June 19, 2011 Brooklyn Bowl – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

June 22, 2011

[photo by Abby Resko]

On the final night of the Northside Festival, less than 24 hours after Courtney Love showed up to watch Wavves, Deer Tick performed a faithful 45-minute set of Nirvana covers at the Brooklyn Bowl under the moniker “Deervana”. Sunday night was the third “official” Deervana show (after SXSW and Bonnaroo), and is rumored to be the final performance of this particular cover show. Although John McCauley was just nine years old when Kurt Cobain died in 1994, the Deer Tick leader has impressed us from the very beginning as an “old soul” with an intrinsic understanding of the nuances of influential music. In the case of Cobain, this would include performing his music with the irreverence of punk rock’s freedom while appreciating the deep pain and ultimate tragedy of its protagonist. In true Nirvana fashion, Deervana eschewed the “hits” and instead presented a set of the less recognizable but no less powerful numbers, including “In Bloom”, “Serve the Servants” and “Lithium” (streaming below). Throughout, the music was the centerpiece until the the very end of the set when all heck broke loose and Deervana crashed their Fender guitars with the most appropriate object in this particular venue — bowling balls.

This set was recorded by our friend Erik, who stepped up when the rest of the NYCTaper crew was otherwise occupied. He received a mono board feed directly into an Edirol digital recorder. Although lacking in true stereo sound, the clarity of this recording is exceptional, and under the circumstances, its a superb capture of this memorable gig. Enjoy!

Stream “Lithium”:

Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Deer Tick performs a complete Nirvana Set
Digital Master Soundboard Recording

Soundboard Mono Feed > Edirol R09 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, stereo imaging, downsample, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded by Erik B
Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 48:32]
01 School
02 In Bloom
03 Aneurysm
04 Blew
05 Lithium
06 [banter]
07 About a Girl
08 On a Plain [false start]
09 On a Plain
10 Been A Son
11 Serve The Servants
12 Molly’s Lips
13 Scentless Apprentice
14 Something in the Way
15 Curmudgeon

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Atlas Sound: June 16, 2011 St. Cecelia’s Church – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

June 20, 2011

[photo by Maryanne Ventrice – courtesy of Prefix Magazine]

The opening night of The Northside Festival offered a must-see event, Atlas Sound performing inside the beautiful and ornate Church of St. Cecelia in a remote section of Eastern Williamsburg. I last saw Atlas Sound eighteen months ago, at a memorable show at Bell House, but missed Bradford Cox’s solo project the last time he played in town. On Thursday night, Bradford brought a full slate of new material and performed six new songs in a thirteen song set. Of the new numbers, only “Terra Incognita” has a known title, but each of the songs represent a continued evolving of Cox’s ability to create intricate melodies through the precise synchronization of looped guitar effects. In the encore segment, Bradford went as far as to create an improvised song from whole cloth that miraculously sounded nearly complete. It was quite an appropriate conclusion for a performance on the altar of a catholic church.

We recorded this set with the warmer DPA microphones on a stand elevated to 12 feet at a distance from the stage of approximately 30 feet and mixed it with a well balanced feed from the board. The natural reverb of the room compliments the clarity of the line feed for a superb recording. A caveat is that there are intermittent bits of static from the stage during the second half of the set, and one burst of stage noise during the first song. Enjoy!

Stream “Sheila”:

Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Atlas Sound
St. Cecelia Church
Brooklyn, NY

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + DPA 4021s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:15:23]
01 [new song – Take It Slow]
02 Te Amo
03 Walkabout
04 Sheila
05 [new song – Your Pain]
06 [new song – I’m A Prick Man]
07 [banter]
08 Terra Incognita
09 Flagstaff
10 Attic Lights
11 [encore break]
12 [improvised new song]
13 [banter]
14 [new song – My Material]

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Sleepies: June 16, 2011 Northside Festival, Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

June 20, 2011

[Photo from Sleepies Facebook page]

Sleepies are a Brooklyn punk band that I have now had the pleasure of seeing twice, both times on bills shared with their friends Mr. Dream. This Northside Festival show found them in fine form, delivering their raw brand of punk rock to a crowd that was hungering for it. The band’s sound takes several cues from the Sex Pistols, such as on the ragged “Summer Bummer.” Sleepies already have some solid recorded output, including two songs on bandcamp that are produced by Mr. Dream’s Nick Sylvester, and an LP available here. Check them out the next time you can!

Stream “Feelers”:

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

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Northside Festival
Glasslands Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded by acidjack and hi and lo
Produced by acidjack

Equipment: Schoeps Mk5 (omni)>EAA PSP2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: Clamp to center post, about 7.5ft up, 30cm split
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Hypochondriac Blues
02 Summer Bummer
03 Combat
04 Cool Boy
05 Feelers
06 Temporary Setback
07 Sludge River Mouth

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Woods: June 17, 2011 Northside Festival, St. Cecilia’s RCC – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

June 19, 2011

woods northside
[still from this video]

Having already seen Woods perform in front of the Joshua Light Show last year at Abrons Arts Center (possibly the best show I saw that year), I wasn’t sure Woods could top the unique setting or outstanding performance. But then they announced that their Northside Festival performance would be held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, an impressive old-style cathedral nestled on a quiet block of East Williamsburg, and I knew they would have the opportunity to do both. Set against an imposing backdrop of religious icons and an American flag, Woods played a majestic set that, yes, could probably be called a religious experience. Although the band was celebrating the release of their well-received new record, Sun and Shade, rather than playing through the new record, they took the journey in a different direction reminiscent of the Abrons Arts Center show. All the qualities that led me to call them the “preeminent indie rock jam band” after that show were on full display on this night, as they wove deep psychedelic experimentation throughout some of their best-known songs. Combined with the cavernous room, the effect was magical, spiritual and satisfying. The set kicked off with “Pushing Onlys” from the new record, followed by a string of favorites – “Blood Dries Darker”, a typically extended “Bend Beyond” and “Rain On,” before taking a mellow interlude with “Be All Be Easy” and “Say Goodbye” from Sun and Shade. Things picked up after that with a mix of old and new material, with the set climaxing with a trippy, mind-blowing twelve-minute version of “I Was Gone” that rivaled the incredible “Bend Beyond” from the Abrons show. The band also played a new song, “Mind Them Empty,” which will be out next month on a 7″ on Sacred Bones Records. This is why Woods shows are always exciting experiences, and why I continue to believe they could very well be Brooklyn’s best live band right now. The band will hosting the upcoming Woodsist Festival in Big Sur, which will feature some natural beauty that Northside perhaps lacks. But for man-made incredible shows in equally grand surroundings, this show at St. Cecilia’s will be a very, very difficult one to top.

I recorded this set with a well-mixed soundboard feed from the house engineer Chris (who like many of the hardworking engineers at Northside, seemed to be inundated with late-breaking requests for board feeds), combined with Schoeps supercardiod microphones that picked up the natural sound of the room. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

Today is the final day of the Northside Festival, and there are still many great evening shows to go to – including ours! Please check out our showcase, co-sponsored with Pop Tarts Suck Toasted, at Public Assembly, starting at 8pm, featuring eleven incredible up-and-coming bands!

Stream “Be All Be Easy”:
[audio: Be All Be Easy.mp3]

Stream “I Was Gone”:
[audio: I Was Gone.mp3]

Direct download of MP3 files [MP3]

Direct download of FLAC files [FLAC]


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Northside Festival
St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: Soundboard + Schoeps Mk41>CMC6 >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: At soundboard, slightly LOC, mics at 7.5ft PAS
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (smooth peaks of SBD source, Dyson compression on SBD source, envelope on SBD source, mixdown, tracking, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:01:03]
01 Pushing Onlys
02 Suffering Season
03 Blood Dries Darker
04 Bend Beyond
05 Rain On
06 Be All Be Easy
07 Say Goodbye
08 Find Them Empty
09 To Have In the Home
10 To Clean
11 Get Back
12 I Was Gone

If you download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Woods, visit their website, and purchase their official releases, including Sun and Shade, from Woodist Records [HERE].

Delicate Steve: March 5, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

June 4, 2011

[photo courtesy of John Ruscher at Eardrum NYC]

When we saw Delicate Steve in February at Knitting Factory, it was the first night of their tour supporting Akron/Family. We posted that recording along with our favorable impression of Steve Marion’s touring band. By the final night of the tour, the bands had worked their way back to NYC and Bowery Ballroom. On this final night, Steve’s set was stretched out and the music seemed more relaxed and comfortable in the band setting. The players took their time developing each song and the result was a more rewarding experience than even their impressive Knit set from several weeks earlier. As Delicate Steve continues to grow and impress, their credentials have blossomed. The band will be playing many dates during the Summer, including a Northside Festival show and a night at Celebrate Brooklyn.

I recorded this set with the four microphone rig from the balcony rail and the sound quality is excellent. This is an improvement over the Knitting Factory recording from February. Enjoy!

Stream “Jungle”:

Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Delicate Steve
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded at Balcony Railing

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 40:27]
01 The Ballad of Speck and Pebble
02 Jungle
03 Sugar Splash
04 Wondervisions
05 Don’t Get Stuck (Proud Elephants)
06 Z Expression
07 [banter]
08 Wally Wilder
09 Butterfly

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Delicate Steve, visit his website, and purchase Wondervisions from the Luaka Bop Records website [HERE].

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: The Hope of Spring

February 12, 2011


After a heavy month of January which saw our continued capture of some excellent concerts, we ended the month with our first live streaming show — hopefully the first of many to come. Recently there have been a bulk of new announced shows, so its time to update the schedule. What a list. I hope we can do it all!

[Below is the updated schedule. We expect to attend and record these events. However, circumstances will prevent some of these from being done, and others will be added in the meantime.]

If you want nyctaper to record your band, a band you represent, a show you’re promoting, or even your favorite band in the world, get me on the list and make sure everyone who needs to approve of the recording gives permission. Also, remember I’m doing this all for free — the recordings, the post-production, the reviews, the links, etc. — so treat me fairly.


Screaming Females:
February 12, 2011 Music Hall of Williamsburg (permission pending)

Drive-By Truckers:
February 15, 2011 Bowery Ballroom NYC

February 17, 2011 Knitting Factory, Brooklyn

Yellow Ostrich:
February 24, 2011 Pianos NYC

March 3, 2011 Bell House Brooklyn

Middle Brother / Dawes / Deer Tick:
March 4, 2011 Bowery Ballroom NYC

March 5, 2011 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Parts and Labor:
March 8, 2011 Monster Island Basement Brooklyn

Crass (Steve Ignorant):
March 10, 2011 Santos Party House NYC

Nicole Atkins:
March 11, 2011 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Rural Alberta Advantage / The Loom:
March 12, 2011 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Godspeed You! Black Emperor:
March 14, 2011 Terminal 5 NYC

Harvey Milk:
March 13, 14 or 15 2011 Union Pool Brooklyn

Godspeed You! Black Emperor:
March 16, 2011 Masonic Temple NYC

Godspeed You! Black Emperor:
March 17, 2011 St. Paul’s Church NYC

British Sea Power:
March 21, 2011 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Elephant 6 Tour:
March 22, 2011 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

J Mascis:
March 25, 2011 Bowery Ballroom NYC

The Mountain Goats:
March 28, 29 and 30, 2011 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Jessica Lea Mayfield:
April 1, 2011 Bowery Ballroom NYC

April 2, 2011 Bell House Brooklyn

Destroyer / The War On Drugs:
April 3, 2011 Webster Hall NYC

Black Angels:
April 8, 2011 Bowery Ballroom NYC

April 9 and 10, 2011 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Acid Mothers Temple:
April 12, 2011 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Wye Oak:
April 14, 2011 Bowery Ballroom NYC

April 15, 2011 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Sharon Van Etten:
April 16, 2011 Music Hall of Williamsburg

April 21 and 22, 2011 Webster Hall NYC

Jason Isbell:
April 22, 2011 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Buffalo Tom:
April 28, 2011 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Joy Formidable:
April 29, 2011 Webster Hall NYC

Of Montreal:
April 30, 2011 Webster Hall NYC

The Feelies:
May 12, 2011 Bell House Brooklyn

John Vanderslice:
May 13, 2011 The Rock Shop Brooklyn

May 21, 2011 Music Hall of Williamsburg

NYCTaper 4th Anniversary Show (bands TBA):
May 26, 2011 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Northside Festival:
June 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2011 Various Venues TBA

Wavves: June 24, 2010 Northside Festival, Knitting Factory – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 25, 2010

[photo courtesy of Dave Wharton]

Sweaty bodies were flying all over the place at the Knitting Factory as Wavves headlined the official kickoff show of the 2010 Northside Festival.  Wavves may have been on the bill, and frontman Nathan Williams was certainly there, but otherwise, this was a very different band than the the duo I recorded at the Bowery Ballroom last year, when Nathan came onstage in a cast, chastened after a string of unfortunate incidents and bad press (which, if one judges by Brooklynvegan commenters, earned the man a lot of haters) – and blew the doors off the place in spite of it.  Now, Williams is back with new songs, and more importantly, a new rhythm section consisting of bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes, formerly known as Jay Reatard’s (RIP) band.  The new band does wonders for Wavves, for one thing, Wavves is now, in fact, a full actual band.  It may be party music, fine – but it’s good party music now.  Hayes keeps things lively in between songs with what seems to be the assumed mantle of stage banter duties, and Williams seems grateful not to have the burden.  As for the band’s new songs, from the forthcoming King of the Beach (out August 3rd), in the live setting, the departure is less dramatic than the well-mixed, lighter-feeling and less home-demo sounding songs that have been released to the Internet so far, but they are still a clear step forward.  Tonight we heard several forthcoming examples of what King of the Beach will have to offer, including the first single, “Post Acid,” “King of the Beach,” and “Green Eyes”.  Northside has stepped up its game even further and has the fans pumped – we can’t wait for the next few nights (and days) of shows.

I recorded this set with a stereo soundboard feed and Schoeps CMC641 microphones eight feet up.  The result is a nicely balanced and spot-on rendition of the night.  Enjoy!

Stream “Post Acid”:

Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: Schoeps CMC641+Stereo soundboard feed>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to right side of sbd booth, 8 ft up, DIN
Mastering: 2×24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, slight EQ, adjust levels, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC Level 8

01 intro
02 Friends Were Gone
03 King of the Beach
04 To the Dregs
05 Idiot
06 [interlude]
07 Wavves
08 Green Eyes
09 So Bored
10 Weed Demon
11 Post Acid
12 Take On the World
13 Stupid
14 In the Sand
15 [encore break]
16 Beach Demon
17 No Hope Kids

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Wavves, attend their shows, visit their website, and pre-order King of the Beach from Fat Possum records.


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