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The Wytches: July 24, 2014 Mercury Lounge – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 1, 2014
By

Wytches PSquared
[photo by PSquared Photography - complete set at brooklynvegan]

The Wytches are an interesting amalgam of neo-psychedelia, 70s-style acid rock and 90s alternative. The British trio has released a series of singles and EPs on smaller labels in England but are now poised to break in the US with the release of their debut album Annabel Dream Reader on Partisan Records. In that regard, The Wytches came to the US this month for their first US tour. On Thursday, we caught the band’s first-ever NYC show and it was a burner. In a packed and darkened Mercury Lounge, The Wytches live show relied less on the spacey side of their music and stressed the louder elements — this was not some loopy psychedelic prace but a full-on heavy acid-rock set from the outset with lead singer Kristian Bell growling out vocals to the one-two punch openers of “Digsaw” and “Burn Out the Bruise”. We’re streaming the band’s latest and perhaps most popular single “Wire Frame Mattress” which was also heavier live than on record. The balance of the set touched on most of the material that will appear on the new record, a couple of b-sides and one new song. The Wytches will return to the UK for touring throughout August and early September, but we expect they’ll be back stateside in the Fall.

I recorded this set with my newly purchased Schoeps CCM4Ug compact cardioid microphones. The mics picked up a little bit of chatter in the soundscape but overall I’m really happy with the sweet sound. The mics are mixed with an excellent soundboard feed provided by Merc FOH Dave. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Wire Frame Mattress”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Wytches
2014-07-24
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4Ug’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 45:37]
01 Digsaw
02 Burn Out the Bruise
03 Wire Frame Mattress
04 [banter - NYC]
05 Gravedweller
06 Wide at Midnight
07 Beehive Queen
08 The Holy Tightrope
09 Robe for Juda
10 [banter - headline]
11 Darker
12 Weights and Ties
13 Crying Clown

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Wytches, visit their website, and pre-order Annabel Dream Reader from the Partisan Records site [HERE].

Freeman: July 23, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 28, 2014
By

Freeman Babys
[photo from This Is Ween tumblr]

For better and for worse, rock music and drugs will forever be inextricably intertwined. Bill Maher once joked “I wouldn’t recommend heroin. But it hasn’t hurt my record collection”. But on the dark side, drugs have been responsible for the premature demise of far too many rock musicians and fans. In early 2011, Gene Ween was seriously in danger in becoming the next casualty in the rock world. Gener was losing his fight with alcohol and drug addiction and it all came to a boil one sad and ugly night on stage in Vancouver when his condition was so bad that he was incapable of performing the material and the rest of the band walked off the stage on him. After the tour, Gene Ween went into rehab in Arizona and stopped touring with the band. After his first solo album was released, Gene Ween officially broke up Ween in 2012 and began to perform under his birth name Aaron Freeman. Its four years later and Freeman is still sober and ready to talk about the dark years. The new album Freeman was released last week on Partisan Records and its an honest and frank discussion of the journey to sobriety.

The band is also called Freeman and they played two album-release shows last week at Mercury Lounge and Baby’s All Right. At the Baby’s show, Freeman opened the set with three straight songs from the new album, the third of which is perhaps the most poignant song “Covert Discretion” which essentially tells the story of the Vancouver meltdown. But for the packed house of Ween fans, the old Gener didn’t disappoint as the band whipped out plenty of Ween material, including some deep cuts. We are streaming “Transdermal Celebration” from Ween’s 2003 album Quebec. But ultimately this show was all about the new material, and Freeman closed the set with a run of songs from the album including the confessional “(For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man” which closed the main set and that we are streaming below. Freeman closed the show with two eclectic covers and from the crowd reaction, the fans seemed pleased. But make no mistake, there is some animosity among the Ween uberfans over the fact that “Gener” broke up the band. But as the album Freeman makes clear, without the breakup of Ween, Aaron Freeman would likely have died. Or as he sings on “Covert Discretion”, “be grateful I saved me from myself”.

Freeman will return to shows in the Fall with an extensive tour of the East and Midwest. The next local show is October 4 at Bowery Ballroom.

This set was recorded by House FOH Devin, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed on the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Transdermal Celebration”:

Stream “(For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man”:

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Freeman
2014-07-23
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Devin Foley) > Devin mix Wav + Room mic wav > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:38:26]
01 El Shaddai
02 Gimme One More
03 Covert Discretion
04 All The Way To China
05 Transitions
06 The Grobe
07 The English and Western Stallion
08 Happy Colored Marbles
09 Molly
10 Pollo Asado
11 The Stallion Pt 1
12 Transdermal Celebration
13 Your Party
14 More Than The World
15 [crowd]
16 (For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man
17 [encore break]
18 Black Bush
19 Golden Monkey
20 Jailbreak [Thin Lizzy]
21 [second encore break]
22 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man [Pr1nce]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Freeman, visit his page at the Partisan Records site, and purchase Freeman from the Partisan’s site [HERE].

Marah: July 12, 2014 Bowery Electric – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 23, 2014
By

Marah by Henry Strauss
[photo by Henry Strauss - courtesy of Music Makes Life Better]

The current incarnation of the veteran band Marah is one of the most remarkable transformations in recent memory. Marah has been an accomplished roots/alt-country band throughout the late 90s and 2000s — they were on Steve Earle’s record label, Bruce Springsteen performed guest vocals on their 2001 album, they played Bonnaroo in 2006, and Jon Wurster once played drums in the band. But their last album was released in 2010, and after some personnel changes founder David Bielanko and only other remaining band member Christine Smith moved from NYC to rural Pennsylvania and began a unique project. Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania is a book published by folklorist Henry Shoemaker early last century that collected vernacular and folk song lyrics from the mountains of Pennsylvania. David and Christine put several of the songs to music and joined with local musicians from Millheim PA to record the songs in an old church with strictly vintage analog equipment. The album that resulted from these session Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy is simply a breathtakingly authentic recreation of 19th century American music and perhaps the most unique music we’ve heard all year.

However, the interesting elements of this project go deeper. It ends up that the local musicians recruited to play this music themselves are a remarkable story. Kai Schafft is a Professor at Penn State, a Doctor of Sociology with an expertise in rural cultures, and an expert in the music of Harry Smith — and one heck of a banjo player. Jimmy James Baughman is an accomplished upright bass player and a leader of local Central PA legends The Chicken Tractor Deluxe. Drummer Chris Rattie is a local PA legend who once flirted with mainstream success with a band called the The Rustlanders that recorded an album with legendary producer Don Was in LA. He currently fronts his own band Chris Rattie and The Brush Valley Rumblers. But the most amazing part of this band is Gus Tritsch, who is a ten year old boy. Gus is a prodigy in the truest sense of the word — his fiddle playing is beautiful and profound and his cigar-box guitar playing is crunchy and bluesy. He plays like a man of fifty and as Bielanko has noted, Gus is in the band simply because he was the best fiddle player in town.

Marah played its only scheduled NYC show with the Mountain Minstrelsy band on Saturday last at the Bowery Electric. If there were any doubts that the band could pull off this music in a live setting, those doubts were entirely extinguished during “A Melody of Rain” (streaming below), a standout track on the record that was given new life in a full band electric setting. But that was just the start. The band worked through much of the new album but also sprinkled in a nice selection of classic Marah material. Its was especially impressive to note that the Mountain Minstrelsy band seemed equally comfortable with the band’s older catalog, particularly Gus who added some sweet fiddle runs to songs like “Barstool Boys” (streaming below — listen to Gus’s mid-song solo) and “Walt Whitman Bridge”. And speaking of Gus, one of his contributions to the Minstrelsy album “Rattlesnake” became a twelve-minute wild blues jam and the kid played the cigar box to its pinnacle. This was one of those shows that no one wanted to end, including David who asked several times for “one more song”, and the venue graciously allowed Marah to break curfew — the band performed well beyond their allotted hour slot. David spoke fondly of his time in NYC, his promise to return soon, and he and Christine finished the night with a beautiful duet on “City of Lights”.

We expect that Marah will be back in NYC with the Mountain Minstrelsy band in the near future, perhaps this Fall. And we’d seriously warn any fans of America music to be wise and not miss this show. At NYCTaper we are fortunate to be able to see the band this coming weekend down in Camden NJ at the XPonential Festival.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser Cards mounted in front of the soundboard booth about 15 feet from the stage and mixed with an excellent board feed mixed by house FOH Owen. There was one song “The Falling of the Pine” that was performed off-mic in the middle of the room and that presented a challenge, but otherwise the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “A Melody of Rain”:

Stream “Barstool Boys”:

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

Marah
2014-07-12
Bowery Electric
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:22:34]
01 [instrumental]
02 A Melody of Rain
03 Limb
04 Barstool Boys
05 The Catfisherman
06 The Falling of the Pine
07 [banter - come back]
08 Fever
09 The Old Riverman’s Regret
10 Bright Morning Stars
11 [banter - intermission]
12 Walt Whitman Bridge
13 Ten Cents at the Gate
14 Rattlesnake
15 Long Hot Summer
16 Santos de Madera
17 City of Dreams

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Marah, visit their website, and purchase Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy from the Merchandise link at their Website [HERE].

Oneida: July 17, 2014 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Full Set Streaming

July 20, 2014
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Photo by Greg Cristman | www.gregCphotography.com
[Photos by Greg Cristman]

With Oneida, you never have to worry about seeing the same show twice. Even if you’re hearing the same song — for example, the mammoth version of “Cedars” from this night’s show at Glasslands compared to the one we documented at the start of the year at the Knitting Factory – you won’t necessarily know it if you don’t pay close attention. As our review of the Knitting Factory show pointed out, at this point, referring to an Oneida show’s “setlist” is kind of missing the point. This band has long-since abandoned the conventional, which is why they continue to be a major draw in the underground scene in New York seventeen years in despite minimal blog hype and virtually no mainstream exposure. An Oneida show is an event, a celebration of what music can be when all of the downward pressures on creativity are cut.

Joining the band for this show, as he did at Glasslands last year, was James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Dump, whose bass playing mingled nicely with the swirling controlled chaos on the stage. Although technically a four-song “set”, this set had a similar structure, with a 40-minute sequence of “Cedars” into “Economy Travel” adding two shorter songs, “Cock Fight” and “You Get Brighter” (a 48-minute version of which appeared at the 2013 Glasslands show) to round it out. We expect to see some of these compositions whittled down to album length for a future release, but in a way that’d be a shame. This act’s sound cannot be contained on a few pieces of plastic, nor can their songs properly be culled to one right “version”. The beauty is in the expression of it at a given time on a given night–the very reason live recordings exist in the first place.

I recorded this set with a Schoeps MK5 and Schoeps MK8 capsule in the “mid-side” configuration on-stage to allow maximum adjustment capability to the stereo image, combined with a soundboard feed from Glasslands head of production Josh Thiel. The sound quality is quite simply phenomenal — one of the best recordings I think I can take credit for. Enjoy!

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

Stream the full show:

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. Please feel free to re-post the Soundcloud links.

Photo by Greg Cristman | www.gregCphotography.com

Oneida
2014-07-17
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK5c+MK8 (stage lip, M-S)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (Engineer: Josh Thiel)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Voxengo MSED (decode M-S)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 56:59]
01 [intro banter]
02 Cedars>
03 Economy Travel
04 Cock Fight
05 You Get Brighter

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Oneida, visit their website, and purchase A List of the Burning Mountains and their other releases from Jagjaguwar [HERE]

Phish: July 11, 2014 Randall’s Island – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 12, 2014
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[photo by Scott Harris]

I’ll be the first to admit that my street cred when it comes to Phish is pretty light. After all, its been almost fifteen years since I’ve actually even seen the band live. That night in the Fall of 1999 at Nassau Coliseum was a fairly famous Phish event, when lyricist Tom Marshall took the stage to sing a few covers with the band. I was also at a Madison Square Garden show during New Year’s week in 1998 when the band played a mini acoustic set in the middle of the show. But 90s memories aside, I do still have some very good friends with close connections to the band — close enough to give us the first-report exclusive of the Phish reunion way back in August of 2008, for which we took a lot of flak but which ultimately proved to be correct. So when it was announced that Phish would play three local GA shows at Randall’s Island I figured it was about time I got out and saw them again and brought to the site a recording that many of our readers have asked about over the years.

The trek to Randall’s started out a little rocky — a long line and long-ish wait for the Ferry. But once on the boat the day went about as smooth as could be expected. At the GA shows, there is no “tapers’ section” to speak of, so when I arrived as the second taper to reach the spot we pretty much set up where we landed — about 30 feet in front of the board and pretty close to the ideal spot. Phish fans take a lot of criticism but in reality people were extremely nice to us and also respectful of the rigs. We weren’t able to raise the mic pole as high as I would have liked because we were instructed not to block the band’s cameras, but even with a “low” pole, there is surprisingly little chatter on this recording.

My knowledge of Phish is not sufficient for me to say whether this was a “great” show but I’m pretty sure it was a very good one. Perhaps motivated by the release of their new album Fuego, by all accounts of the current tour the band is playing very well right now. And while Friday’s show did feature songs from the new album (we are streaming the excellent performance of “Fuego”), the show itself didn’t dwell on the new material with only three played. Overall the band played a nice selection of songs highlighted by first set standouts “Bathtub Gin” (also streaming) and “Stash”, and second set stalwarts “Down With Disease” and “David Bowie” and a rare-ish cover of local band TV on the Radio (“Golden Age”). I can’t say this show will make me drop everything and follow Phish on tour, but I certainly won’t wait another 15 years to see them again.

I recorded this show with the large diaphragm Neumann mics from the front of board spot referenced above. These mics perform well outdoors and this show was no exception. There are two bumps from balloons, but with the excellent location, good crowd and no weather-related issues, this recording came out superbly. Enjoy!

acidjack and hi and lo will be recording the Saturday night Phish show for posting on the site on Sunday or Monday.

Stream “Bathtub Gin”:

Stream “Fuego”:

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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.

Phish
2014-07-11
Randalls Island
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Front of Board Audience

Neumann TLM-102 Large Diaphragm Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 1:21:42]
01 Moma Dance
02 Kill Devil Falls
03 Ya Mar
04 Bathtub Gin
05 [banter - how many people walked]
06 Five Fifty-Five
07 Rift
08 Sample in a Jar
09 The Wedge
10 Waiting All Night
11 Stash

Set 2
[Total Time 1:20:05]
12 Steam
13 Down With Disease
14 Golden Age [TV on the Radio]
15 Limb by Limb
16 Fuego
17 David Bowie
18 Cavern
19 [encore break]
20 Character Zero

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Phish, visit their website, and purchase Fuego from the Phish Dry Goods [HERE].

Thee Oh Sees: June 14, 2014 McCarren Park (Northside Fest) – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 5, 2014
By

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[photo by Adela LoConte]

Here at NYCTaper we’ve been big fans of the Northside Festival, and L Magazine and indeed the Stedmans for quite a while. And we hope the feelings are mutual — we’ve hosted multiple Northside showcases over the years and have been the subject of several L Magazine profiles too. But the show that seems to have been the pinnacle for the Fest has also been one of our favorites and that’s the Saturday afternoon mega-show at McCarren Park. In previous years we captured the uber Guided By Voices event in 2011. But this year it was a whole other level — one of the best live bands in the world playing in the bright sunshine in front of a few thousand adoring fans. Thee Oh Sees return to NYC after a brief “hiatus” was met with quite a bit of enthusiasm — by the time the band began their set much of the huge McCarren yard was filled. Indeed, John Dwyer joked that the next night’s show at Death By Audio would have a capacity one-fourteenth the size of this day’s crowd. After an introduction by Daniel Stedman, the band ripped through more than an hour of their intense garage-rock before the show’s curfew called an end to the set. We’ve previously discussed Dwyer’s move of the band to a trio but on the big stage in a huge venue, the three oh sees had no problem filling up the sound. As John announced, they’ll return to NYC in November and we’ll certainly be there again.

I recorded this set with the Neumann wide cards set up in front of the soundboard tent about 80 feet from the stage and mixed with a fine stereo board feed. The problem on this day was the wind. It was blowing and bursting right into the face of the stage, so that there is phasing that’s present in the board feed through the mics on stage and also in the sound projected by the speakers. There is no wind noise problem in the mics because of was in front of the tent, and protected by both the mic grills and big windscreens. Other than the wind-phasing, this is an excellent recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Lupine Dominus”:

Download the Complete Show in both FLAC and MP3 by utilizing our Personalized WeTranfer Page [HERE].

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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
2014-06-15
McCarren Park
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann TLM-102s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:05:47]
01 [introduction]
02 I Come From The Mountain
03 Tunnel Time
04 Tidal Wave
05 The Dream
06 [unknown]
07 Lupine Dominus
08 [tuning]
09 Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster
10 Withered Hand
11 Encrypted Bounce
12 [banter - one-fourteenth]
13 Carrion Crawler
14 [banter - thanks]
15 Dead Energy
16 [banter - Matt]
17 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].

Train Company: June 20, 2014 Bowery Electric – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 3, 2014
By

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[photo from Train Company website]

If Chicago is the home of the blues, then perhaps its appropriate that one of the City’s best new-ish indie bands plays pretty killer blues. Train Company is more than just a blues band though — they’re a quintet of extremely talented musicians with a plethora of influences that adds up to a superb roots rock band. Train Company’s tour took them East and we were there when they played their first ever NYC show last week at Bowery Electric. The initial impression is that these guys are pros — belied by the fact that they’re mostly young men in their 20s. But between lead singer John Zozzaro’s wise growling vocals, the addition of a sax in several numbers, and killer organ/piano/keytar from Samuel Wyatt, Train Company has an authentic and compelling bluesy sound that really can’t miss. We’re streaming “Steve”, a number that captures all of these traits in one strong song.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards set up in front of the board about twenty feet from the stage and mixed with an excellent feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Steve”:

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.

Train Company
2014-06-20
Bowery Electric
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 39:30]
01 City Down By The Shoreline
02 Zilla
03 Change
04 Queso
05 Banister
06 Steve
07 On Time
08 Still Can Feel The Heat

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Train Company, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Store at their website [HERE]

Nicole Atkins: June 18, 2014 Madison Square Park – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 1, 2014
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[photo by Chris La Putt - complete set at brooklynvegan]

The last time we connected with Nicole Atkins her brilliant new album Slow Phaser had just been released and her tour was literally just beginning — it was the tour’s first show. That night at Bowery Ballroom there was a palpable excitement in the room and despite a huge winter storm the venue was quite filled. This album is a career-defining accomplishment and we were more than pleased when her new crack band brought the songs to life. Now with six months of shows behind them, we caught Nicole and her band earlier this month at Madison Square Park. This show was the first night of the Park’s concert series, run impeccably by the Madison Square Park Conservancy. On a beautiful summer-like night the crowd was a mix of fans, families on blankets, curious locals and park supporters but from the outset Nicole had their attention and kept it for the entire full-length show — even with the lively city noise behind us (including persistent police and ambulance sirens). There was been one change in the band which now contains one guitarist but has added a keyboardist who provided much color to the music. Nicole played much of Slow Phaser but also added a few older tracks. We’re streaming “Its Only Chemistry”, which ended the main set and contains a particularly strong vocal performance. In July, Nicole goes on a national tour in support of Nick Cave with two NYC dates, July 26 at Celebrate Brooklyn/Prospect Park and July 27 at Hammerstein Ballroom.

I recorded this show with the Neumann large diaphragm mics set up at the soundboard tent and mixed with a fine board feed. The Neumann LD’s are especially warm and wide in the outdoor setting and the mix is quite well balanced resulting in a superb recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Its Only Chemistry”:

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.

Nicole Atkins
2014-06-18
Madison Square Park
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Front of Board Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann TLM-102s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:12:19]
01 Who Killed The Moonlight
02 What Do You Know
03 Cool People
04 Gasoline Bride
05 The Way It Is
06 Maybe Tonight
07 Girl You Look Amazing
08 We Wait Too Long
09 Vultures
10 Red Ropes
11 The Worst Hangover
12 Party’s Over
13 Cool Enough
14 [banter - Oh Mercy]
15 Its Only Chemistry
16 [thanks]
17 The Tower

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Nicole Atkins, visit her website, and purchase Slow Phaser through her Pledge Music Campaign [HERE]

Courtney Barnett: June 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

June 30, 2014
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[photo by Amanda Hatfield - complete set at brooklynvegan]

Courtney Barnett is a natural. Her singing style is so comfortable and nonchalant that she’s been described as “slacker rock” by the lazy non-music media. The reality is that Courtney is an incredibly hard-working artist who has in the last two years founded her own label, played in an Australian super-group, released two EPs and toured incessantly. In fact, Courtney Barnett could be accurately compared to Ty Segall in terms of her indefatigable nature. In May she released her first album with Mom and Pop Music which is essentially re-release of her two EPs as a single long player. The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas is an outstanding collection of songs — really a stunningly mature collection for a artist in her mid-20s. Courtney has performed in NYC quite a bit in the last few months, each time attracting a larger crowd and earlier this month she sold out Bowery Ballroom. Although she’s not a local, this show had that celebratory air that comes with a first-Bowery-sellout event. The trio came out to a warm welcome and immediately launched into a run of four songs before even coming up for air. After she greeted the crowd and thanked all for their support, the band worked more casually through much of the album and a couple of new songs before Courtney played another new song solo for the encore. We’re streaming the main set final “History Eraser” on which the band raged before exiting the stage.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted in our usual balcony location and mixed with an excellent feed by Bowery’s legendary FOH Kenny. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “History Eraser”:

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Courtney Barnett
2014-06-17
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Kenny] + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:02:22]
01 David
02 Lance Jr
03 Canned Tomatoes (Whole)
04 Scotty Says
05 Don’t Apply Compression Gently
06 Are You Looking After Yourself
07 Out Of The Woodwork
08 Blah
09 [band introductions]
10 Avant Gardener
11 [new song]
12 [banter - end of the show]
13 History Eraser
14 [encore break]
15 DePreston

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The Kickback: June 10, 2014 Pianos – Flac/MP3/Streaming

June 27, 2014
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[photo by Rev Moose]

For a band that has yet to release its first proper album, Chicago’s The Kickback certainly have received some high profile attention — from both Rolling Stone and Jim DeRogatis. Indeed, the debut album is currently being recorded with Jim Eno from Spoon. The New Music Seminar brought The Kickback to NYC a couple of weeks back for a showcase at Pianos. Its easy to see why the band is getting serious attention — they’re tight, the songwriting is excellent, the live energy is contagious, and bandleader Billy Yost has that x-factor the separates up-and-comers from never-will-be bands. The highlight of the set was the show’s finale, and absolutely stunning number called “Rob Our House” which we’re streaming below. The song draws upon the pure helpless rage of a crime victim filtered through Yost’s magnetic stage presence. The song left me speechless and definitely wanting to see more of the The Kickback when they return to NYC for CMJ in October.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted to the front plexiglass out of the soundboard booth and mixed with a feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Rob Our House”:

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The Kickback
2014-06-10
Pianos
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > Two 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 35:12]
01 Fanger
02 When I Die
03 Headhunter
04 Please Hurt
05 White Lodge
06 Sting’s Teacher Years
07 [thanks]
08 Rob Our House

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