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nyctaper Top Ten Concerts of 2013 + Live Mix Tape

December 29, 2013
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Another banner year at the site and seeing shows in NYC (and sometimes beyond). This “best of” only encompasses the shows that I, nyctaper, saw. Remember that the site has had nine contributing tapers this year, and I did not even record and post the most shows — that honor goes to the indefagitable acidjack, who we hope will come along soon with his own list.

I’ve also attached an mp3 compilation to this post. Its mostly of a mix of “honorable mentions”, just really cool songs I recall from this year, some new songs, some older songs, but all performed and recorded in 2013. Enjoy!

nyctaper Top 10 Concerts of 2013:

1. Wilco – June 21, 2013 Solid Sound Festival North Adams MA
PSquared and I drove a long way in a short time to see this show, and then drove all the way back almost as soon as it was over. And it was infinitely worth it. Wilco playing an entire two and a half hour show of covers, some popular classics and some fairly obscure, but all in their own style and all requested by fans. This one-off is very unlikely to happen again and we’re so fortunate to not only have been there to but have captured an “event” of this kind. Our recording got us mentioned in Spin Magazine, Paste Magazine, Fuse TV, WXRT radio, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, The Examiner, Prefix Magazine, Gothamist, and a hundred other smaller sites. 20,000 people have downloaded this recording from our site. There are 24,000 plays on the “Marquee Moon” soundcloud sample (posted below). Its my own personal highlight of the year, and one of the best moments in the history of the site.

2. Yo La Tengo – December 16, 2013 Bell House Brooklyn
Sure, they appeared on the site six times this year, including the final four shows of the year at Bell House and of course the historical final YLT show at Maxwell’s (RIP) in June. But I believe this show was the most fully formed, most inspirationally played, and including some absolute classic selections. I’ve seen this band live about fifty times, and this may be the most completely realized performance of all of them.

3. Thee Oh Sees – October 27, 2013 285 Kent
In a cruel bit of synchronous irony, on the same day this month that word spread that the venue 285 Kent would soon close, Thee Oh Sees announced an “indefinite hiatus”. It was only about six weeks previous that this band played this venue on the day that Lou Reed died and it was a moment in time that anyone in attendance will not soon forget. One of the best live bands around played with an enormous amount of energy and inspiration and the packed crowd responded with equal energy.

4. Deervana (Deer Tick) – September 13, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl
This is another show selected because of its historical signifance. If perhaps the performance wasn’t technically perfect, the spirit and energy that Deer Tick brings to its “Deervana” performances is clear. On the 20th anniversary of the release of In Utero, the album was played from start to finish. It was a celebration, not some mournful exercise, and the love of the music was obvious from both the band and the crowd. In terms of the importance to the site, this recording also saw us get mentioned all over the web, including Spin, Consequence of Sound, The Examiner, MTV, Stereogum and a bunch of other places.

5. Superchunk – September 28, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC
They are indie vets both as a band and as a label, but Superchunk continues to produce excellent material. And this year’s new album I Hate Music was one of their best. This show at Bowery, the first of two sold-out shows in NYC was like most Superchunk shows a kinetic and crazy run through material old and new and their was a celebratory and special air in the room. Perhaps the most fun show we saw all year.

6. The Complete Last Waltz – November 27, 2013 Capitol Theatre, Portchester NY
The original Last Waltz was perhaps the greatest concert in the history of rock music, so a complete performance nearly forty years later would have to be a pale comparison, right? Only it wasn’t. We were absolutely stunned at the quality of the performances and the reverence with which the entire ensemble treated the material.

7. Deafheaven – February 22, 2013 Saint Vitus Brooklyn
Yes, I realize that Deafheaven has appeared on virtually every best of 2013 list compiled on the web in the last month or so, but this is different (aren’t we always), this is a concert that we recorded early in the year before their game-changing album Sunbather had even been released. We saw them again in July, which was also a phenomenal show but we’re sticking with the first experience of this “take your breath away” band who are destined for bigger places than the great Saint Vitus in 2014. But we were there then. As it ever was.

8. Kevin Devine – November 22, 2013 Webster Hall NYC
He released two of the best records of the year, and unless you read Paste Magazine every day or saw our post about Kevin in November, you wouldn’t even know it. He is perhaps the best current purveyor of power pop and his prolific songwriting ability is a thing to behold. This concert was the home show after a lengthy US tour and Kevin and band were in a fine form from start to finish.

9. Ty Segall – August 30, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC
Ty Segall released a true departure album this year, the somewhat-quiet and contemplative Sleeper. This Bowery show was a seated affair, with the new album performed almost entirely to start the show. Ty is a performer of great proficiency and this show highlighted his maturity and versatility.

10. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – January 26, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl
Easily the best single performance of Grateful Dead material since the demise of the original band nearly twenty years ago. My review was pretty harsh regarding “post-Jerry” projects and that generated a bit of a comment war, but thankfully most people agreed with me — and nearly everyone agreed that this show was immense.

Honorable Mention:
This is a 16-track MP3 mix of songs from other excellent concerts I attended this year. Its by no means a comprehensive list of musical highlights, but consists of tracks that caught our ear this year. We included three tracks from the Top Ten because fit they thematically, but 13 songs are from shows that were certainly important enough to deserve mention. Download [HERE].

Yo La Tengo: December 16, 2013 Bell House – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 24, 2013
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

The final night of these long runs of shows by Yo La Tengo are always the most bittersweet nights. Throughout the week of the shows, we fall into a kind of change of lifestyle during these periods — get through the work day, get to the venue, and then inside the little cocoon of the show. Its a bit of a fantasy world, and by the time of the last show we’re tired, happy for the experiences and perhaps a little nostalgic for what’s soon to end. The band generally saves some special treats for the closer and on the fourth and final night of the Bell House it was no different. From our perch adjacent to the VIP area, we could see that the Kaplan and Hubley extended families were out in full and this added a bit of “old home” to the performance. We felt that the more personal lyrics were especially heartfelt — “Our Way To Fall” and “The Point of It” were particularly solid versions of those songs. But for those of us who’d weathered the snow and the travel and put off whatever we had going on in our lives for four consecutive nights, Ira dedicated the infrequently-performed older number “Satellite”. The song had been requested earlier in the week by one of those every-show guys (our friend from the “Laz Archives“) and we were happy to see him get mention from stage. We’re streaming that song below. For the electric set, once again the band held back nothing and marched full energy through ninety minutes of noisy goodness. This show the set closer was “Blue Line Swinger”, which at fourteen minutes was not the longest version we’ve seen but it was certainly one of the tightest. My own personal highlight of the evening and of perhaps the entire run of shows came as the encore set began — a raging cover of Neil Young’s “Time Fades Away” which featured the shared riffs of Antietam’s Tara Key on guitar. And as she has often, Marilyn Kaplan closed the set and the week with her annual appearance with her son’s band to sing “My Little Corner of the World”. While the Bell House isn’t Maxwell’s, the venue certainly offers a number of charms that we hope make it become the “corner of the world” that hosts future Yo La Tengo shows, perhaps even next year’s Hanukkah celebration. We shall see.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the recording posted for December 14 and the sound quality is equally superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Satellite”:

Stream “Time Fades Away”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC] or [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.

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Yo La Tengo
2013-12-16
Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard (engineer Mark Luecke) + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 > (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 50:17]
01 Ohm
02 Our Way to Fall
03 When It’s Dark
04 Is That Enough
05 [banter – trends]
06 Butchie’s Tune [Lovin Spoonful]
07 The Point of It
08 Cornelia and Jane
09 I’ll Be Around
10 Satellite
11 Big Day Coming

Set 2
[Total Time 1:33:28]
12 Stupid Things
13 Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House
14 Outsmartener
15 Super Kiwi
16 Autumn Sweater
17 Before We Run
18 Deeper Into Movies
19 From a Motel 6
20 Ohm (electric)
21 Blue Line Swinger
22 [encore break]
23 Time Fades Away [Neil Young]
24 [banter]
25 By the Time It Gets Dark [Sandy Denny]
26 My Little Corner of the World [Pockriss – Hilliard]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and purchase their latest album Fade and its related special releases from Matador Records [HERE].

Yo La Tengo: December 15, 2013 Bell House – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 21, 2013
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[photos by acidjack]

Yo La Tengo are such an embarrassment of riches, it is hard to know where to begin, or what to be said that hasn’t been said in our many reviews of them before. As we reached the penultimate night of the band’s four-night stand at Bell House, we had already seen four sets, two encores and over five hours of their music. But that much Yo La Tengo doesn’t get old. There’s always some new trick up their collective sleeve, or something old that they supercharge with added emotion, a new arrangement, or just a flat-out great performance.

For me, on this night, it was the electric-set closer “I Heard You Looking”. The electric set always closes out with one of their guitar freakout sprawlers, and this was the one I most wanted to hear. The version at last year’s Hanukkah show had been outstanding, to the point that I thought it might be impossible to top, but the level of intensity displayed by Ira, writhing as he wrung noise out of his guitar at the peak of the number, might have done it. The wordless song speaks volumes, from its wistful opening chords to the climax that expands in all directions. It never ceases to be a thing of beauty, but this version stood out even still.

We didn’t get any special guests on this snowy Sunday night, save all-purpose band associate Joe Puleo joining on “I Heard You Looking”, but for the encore, in addition to “Moby Octopad”, we got three covers that have only been brought out a few times on this tour. The three songs — the Who’s “Disguises”, the Only One’s “The Whole of the Law” and Sun Ra’s “Somebody’s In Love” — provided a neat survey of the band’s eclecticism. With one night left to close out 2013, we couldn’t wait to see what came next. Stay tuned.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by longtime engineer Mark Luecke, plus Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “From Black to Blue” from the acoustic set:

Stream “I Heard You Looking” from the electric set:

Download the complete show [MP3] or [MP3] | [FLAC] (Note: One MP3 file set name has a typo, but is right files)
Please notify us if the MP3 links are not working. If you just can’t wait, you could always try downloading and converting the FLAC with xAct (Mac) or Free Studio Manager.

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.

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Yo La Tengo
2013-12-15
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Mark Luecke) + Schoeps MK4V (at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Mark)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (noise reduction on acoustic SBD, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, compression on acoustic set, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Setlist courtesy of Jesse Jarnow

Tracks
Set One (acoustic) [Total Time: 45:15]
01 Ohm
02 Two Trains
03 Shadows
04 From Black to Blue
05 How To Make A Baby Elephant Float
06 [banter1]
07 The Point of It
08 Cornelia and Jane
09 I’ll Be Around
10 Can’t Forget
11 Tom Courtenay (Georgia on vocals)

Set Two (electric) [Total Time: 1:47:06]
12 Cherry Chapstick
13 [false start]
14 Is That Enough?
15 Super Kiwi
16 Upside Down
17 Mr. Tough
18 Before We Run
19 Nothing to Hide
20 Sugarcube
21 Ohm
22 I Heard You Looking
23 [encore break]
24 Moby Octopad
25 Disguises [The Who]
26 [banter2]
27 The Whole of the Law [The Only Ones]
28 Somebody’s In Love [Sun Ra]
* with Joe Puleo on Ace Tone

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and purchase their latest album Fade and its related special releases from Matador Records [HERE].

Yo La Tengo: December 14, 2013 Bell House – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 19, 2013
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

Yo La Tengo has never been shy inviting guests of all sorts to play live with them. Just peruse the pages of this site for audio evidence of the frequency and often mindbending success of those collaborations. For Saturday night’s show, the second of the Bell House run, they welcomed perhaps the most eclectic guest we’ve ever seen, a woman whose name we only heard as “Yen” playing a stringed Chinese instrument called the guzheng. Wikipedia tells us that the guzheng usually has 21 strings and movable bridges and it dates back about 2500 years. Although in recent years, the instrument has found its way into some rare rock and jazz compositions, the closest I’ve ever seen to this type of collaboration was during Bjork’s 2007 tour when Min Xiao Fen guested for one song on the Chinese stringed instrument the Pipa for all of the NYC dates. But that was one song. The Yo La Tengo guest played on the majority of the first (acoustic) set, and with one minor quibble, the instrument added a unique subtle depth to all of the tracks upon which is was featured. Perhaps my favorite song that featured the collaboration was “Paddle Forward”, where the rhythmic sound of the guzheng strings paralleled and enhanced the water imagery of the lyrics. The only song where perhaps the addition didn’t quite work was on “Green Arrow” where Ira’s slide guitar solos sounded too close in tone to the guzheng, and the climaxes sounded a bit cluttered. But all in all, this guest appearance was one of the more memorable and unique and was quite the success. For the electric set we were back to the trio and as with all the second sets this week, it raged from start to finish. This night’s closing song was a twenty-minute working of “Tango” that touched on all aspects of the band’s sound — quiet melody, rich harmonic instrumentation, thrash, unpredictable solos and a crescendo for the ages. The encores featured three covers and were icing on the cake of another amazing YLT experience.

I recorded this show with the Neumann Hypercards mounted on the rail in front of the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed by veteran YLT FOH Mark Luecke. The sound quality is superb, enjoy!

Stream “Nowhere Near”:

Stream “Before We Run”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC] or [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.

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Yo La Tengo
2013-12-14
Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard (engineer Mark Luecke) + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 > (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 49:29]
01 Ohm
02 Green Arrow
03 Paddle Forward
04 Fog Over Frisco
05 The Point of It
06 Cornelia and Jane
07 I’ll Be Around
08 Autumn Sweater
09 Nowhere Near

Set 2
[Total Time 1:34:10]
10 Stupid Things
11 Well You Better
12 False Alarm
13 Super Kiwi
14 Shaker
15 Before We Run
16 Double Dare
17 Decora
18 Ohm (electric)
19 The Story of Yo La Tango
20 [encore break]
21 Drug Test
22 [banter – Hanukkah]
23 Gimme All Your Lovin [ZZ Top]
24 Griselda [Peter Stampfel]
25 [banter – false start]
26 Behind That Locked Door [George Harrison]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and purchase their latest album Fade and its related special releases from Matador Records [HERE].

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Yo La Tengo: December 13, 2013 Bell House – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 17, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

During their expansive worldwide tour that consumed most of this year, Yo La Tengo tried an interesting concept: At every non-festival show, they would play the same song, “Ohm”, twice. The song would open the first, acoustic set, then pop up again somewhere in the middle of the noisier electric set that followed. It’s almost like they want to be sure we don’t miss the point. To paraphrase it, there is no point in resisting change.

Anyone who joined us for the band’s Hanukkah tradition at Maxwell’s last year, or in previous years, might well have nodded along to many of those lines from “Ohm” as they watched the band perched in front of the fanciful wooden forest on the much broader stage of the Bell House. Whether or not the band’s Hanukkah tradition survives, its spiritual home did not. The spirit at the Bell House on this first night contained both hope and regret. Even if that impossible-to-replicate intimacy of Maxwell’s was gone, even without the rotating cast of surprise opening acts and comedians and non-stop-wacky collaborations, we were still staring down four nights of sold-out shows by the ever-generous band, played to their hometown crowd. A band that, even as veterans go, came as road-tested as possible, arguably at the top of their powers.

Each of the four nights — each of which will be posted on this site in the coming days — followed the band’s tour-long acoustic/electric format, with only the Fade songs repeated (along with a few that cropped up as both acoustic and electric incarnations). Along with Ira’s hilarious banter during “Periodically Double or Triple”, the highlight of the acoustic portion was the cover of the Zombies’ “You Make Me Feel Good”, which made its only appearance of the tour. The electric set boasted the uncommonly played “Story of Jazz” and closed out on one of our favorite of the sprawling jam numbers, “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind”. Anyone who didn’t expect YLT to pull something out of their hat for the encore by that point shouldn’t have given up hope so easily. Bruce Bennett of Brooklyn garage rockers The A-Bones parachuted in for an encore of three classic covers: The Seeds’ “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine”, The Flamin’ Groovies’ “Slow Death” (a 2013 debut) and Arthur Lee’s “Luci Baines”. The night closed on the quiet but hopeful coda of “Big Day Coming”, a song that echoed that message from “Ohm”. No need to lose time resisting the flow of change. These four nights of the holiday season were meant for celebration.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by the band’s longtime engineer Mark Luecke combined with Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Nights 2, 3 and 4 will be posted in the coming days. Thanks, as always, to Yo La Tengo, Mark and their incredible crew, and to Jesse Jarnow for the setlist.

Stream “You Make Me Feel Good” [The Zombies] from the acoustic set:

Stream “Slow Death” [Flamin’ Groovies] from the electric set:

Download the complete show [MP3] or [MP3] | [FLAC]
Please notify us if the MP3 links are not working. If you just can’t wait, you could always try downloading and converting the FLAC with xAct (Mac) or Free Studio Manager.

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.

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Yo La Tengo
2013-12-13
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Mark Luecke) + Schoeps MK4V (at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (noise reduction on acoustic SBD, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Setlist courtesy of Jesse Jarnow

Set 1 (acoustic) [Time: 46:16]
01 Ohm
02 Two Trains
03 Periodically Double or Triple
04 Madeline
05 You Make Me Feel Good [The Zombies]
06 The Point of It
07 Cornelia and Jane
08 I’ll Be Around
09 Black Flowers

Set 2 (electric) [Time: 1:32:07]
10 Stupid Things
11 We’re An American Band
12 Stockholm Syndrome
13 Super Kiwi
14 If It’s True
15 Before We Run
16 The Story of Jazz
17 Tom Courtenay
18 Ohm
19 Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
20 [encore break]
21 Can’t Seem To Make You Mine [The Seeds]*
22 Slow Death [Flamin’ Groovies]*
23 Luci Baines [Arthur Lee]*
24 [banter]
25 Big Day Coming

* With Bruce Bennett of The A-Bones on guitar and vocals.

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and purchase their latest album Fade and its related special releases from Matador Records [HERE].

Dump: October 4, 2013 Glasslands – Streaming Full Set

October 18, 2013
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[Photo by acidjack]

Any occasion to see James McNew of Yo La Tengo do one of his Dump sets — not to mention play with Oneida, as he did later in the night — is a rare and special one. Being James’ vehicle to release his home recordings, no two Dump sets are ever quite the same, and over the years have at various times featured James by himself, or with backing players, or even with his bandmates in Yo La Tengo. This show at Glasslands was of the former variety, with  James solo with his guitar, some pedals, and one of these.

The set began with an atmospheric sequence that went from “Loved”from 1999’s Women In Rock EP into the new song “This World”, followed by one of the set’s two covers, The Residents’ “Amber”. After that sequence, James served up some guitar-based rock with the new song “Conclusion” followed by the set’s second cover, the Grateful Dead’s “Comes A Time”, and ending with another new song “Sometimes I Feel Like Going to Sleep”. “Conclusion” in particular was a powerful piece, with its Neil Young-esque guitar line and especially dark lyrics. While this was the second Dump set in recent weeks, we have no idea when the next one might occur. Such is Dump’s mystery, and its charm.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Oneida recording from this night, with MBHO microphones onstage and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

At James’ request, this set is offered in streaming format only.

Stream the complete set:

Dump
2013-10-04
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive live stream hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

MBHO KA200N (onstage)>MBP603 + Soundboard>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.03 (tracking, amplify, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Loved>
02 This World>
03 Amber [The Residents]>
04 Conclusion>
05 Comes A Time [Grateful Dead]>
06 Sometimes I Feel Like Going To Sleep

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Dump, follow James on Twitter, and buy Dump’s LPs from Amazon, from Discogs, on iTunes, or from your local music retailer.

Yo La Tengo: June 22, 2013 Solid Sound Festival (North Adams, MA) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Song

July 7, 2013
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[Photo by P Squared Photography]

There’s not a ton more I can add about Yo La Tengo that hasn’t been said about them on this site already and recently, at that. Suffice it to say, they are a classic band who have only continued to grow and evolve with time, and any opportunity to see YLT is one worth taking. The band has been on an intense tour schedule for most of this year behind their latest, Fade, but they still sound as fresh as they did debuting the new material back in December at Maxwell’s. This one-hour set at the Solid Sound Festival is an abridged version of a full YLT show, but YLT still packed in a variety of great material, including the excellent combination of “Ohm” and “Blue Line Swinger” to close out the night. They will be hitting a number of other festivals and various shows in North America, the UK and Japan this summer, and we‘d recommend you not miss them if they’re in your city.

Site contributor Kubacheck recorded this set with MBHO cardiod microphones from near the soundboard. While the large room and the distance from the band were not ideal, the sound quality of the recording is nonetheless quite good. Enjoy!

Stream “Blue Line Swinger”

Direct download of MP3 files [HERE] | Direct Download of the FLAC files [HERE]

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.

Yo La Tengo
2013-06-22
Solid Sound Festival
North Adams, MA USA

Download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by kubacheck
Produced by acidjack

MBHO KA200N>MBP603a>Naiant adapter>Naiant Tinybox>Roland R-05 (24/48)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels)>Audacity 3.0 (tracking, amplify, additional EQ, additional level adjustments, parallel compression, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:00:19]
01 Stupid Things
02 Stockholm Syndrome / Autumn Sweater
03 The Point Of It
04 Decora [Acoustic]
05 I’ll Be Around
06 Before We Run
07 Nothing To Hide
08 Ohm
09 Blue Line Swinger

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and purchase their latest album Fade from Matador Records [HERE].

Yo La Tengo: June 15, 2013 Maxwell’s – Flac/MP3/Streaming

June 19, 2013
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[photos by PSquared Photography – courtesy of brooklynvegan]

When I first began going to Maxwell’s back some 25 years ago, it was to me just another of the excellent NYC-area clubs that hosted the bands I preferred. Its been the last decade where the club began to mean much more to me. While I was somewhat late to the Maxwell’s admiration party, it still hit me like a punch to the stomach when the news broke that the club would be closing for good at the end of July. In recent years as is well documented on the pages of this site, we’ve taken many trips over to Hoboken for some of the best shows I’ve seen in my entire life. The club became a home away from home — when I came in through the side door often much earlier than the time for doors, I was certain that I had a night of great music, good food, fine beer and welcome company ahead of me. Going to Maxwell’s was an escape of sorts, but more importantly it was about people — those that make a night of entertainment enjoyable in all aspects. The refreshing thing about Maxwell’s was that it was entirely free of the venue politics that plague many local venues. When I came in the door, I was welcome. And since I came so often, the staff were all familiar and friendly faces. I didn’t know all of their names, but every server, bartender, and bouncer were all the kind of people that you’d hope would run a music venue. Of particular note for me was Mike the ticket/door man who often allowed me to enter the venue early to set up equipment, and of course Carson Kopp, the venue’s head sound technician whose sound talents are well documented on this site but whose generosity, patience and sense of humor were always second to none. I expect that all of the people involved in this special place with land on their feet wherever they go, but somehow it will never be the same.

A large reason why Maxwell’s was the locale for so many of the special nights we’ve experienced was the “house band” — Yo La Tengo. We’ve seen them at times other than Hanukkah, but the vast majority of our YLT shows were during the eight day holiday. Due to some unforseen circumstances, on Saturday night a show originally billed as “Condo Fucks” in an opening slot became a two-set Yo La Tengo Maxwell’s show, and will be the final show of the band at its home venue. With that knowledge, the band’s entrance on stage in front of the red velvet curtain was instantly emotional. It was both hard to fathom and hard to accept that the band’s familiar position was its final night on this stage. Yo La Tengo has always had a keen awareness of its circumstances and its surroundings, and the setlist seemed uniquely fashioned for this night. Indeed, as “Mr. Tough” was dedicated to venue manager Todd Abramson, it occurred to me that the lyrics “we’ll forget about our problems / Ignore them for a little while / And leave our worries in the corner” quite well summarized the feeling of entering Maxwell’s for a night of music. While the weird sense of current enjoyment and the dread of the ending of something magical permeated my feelings throughout the set, it wasn’t until a beautiful quiet version of “Tom Courtenay” that the lump in my throat evolved into real tears. Its hard to lose something this special, but Yo La Tengo’s quiet first set was the cathartic remedy that we needed to help us accept our fate. After a break, the band returned with a full electric “Condo Fucks” set of garage-rock covers. It was exactly what was necessary at the exact right time — the chance to celebrate what Maxwell’s was really all about, no frills and unpretentious rock and roll simply for its own sake. The band’s final song, a super quiet and oh so appropriate cover of the Kinks’ “This Is Where I Belong” wasn’t so much a crying song as it was a wave goodbye. Ira Kaplan introduced the song by humbly noting that “this band does not exist without this club.” Indeed, much of the most important alternative rock of the last 30 years doesn’t either, and for that we can always thank and remember fondly Maxwell’s in Hoboken.

I recorded this set in the manner we’ve always been lucky to be permitted to record in this venue, and the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Yo La Tengo is going to be on tour for the next several months and the dates are [HERE].

Stream “Tom Courtenay”:

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Yo La Tengo
2013-06-15
Maxwells
Hoboken NJ

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 2013-06-19

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:35:17]
Set One [Acoustic YLT]
01 [introduction]
02 Big Day Coming
03 The Point Of It
04 [3 Blocks intro]
05 Three Blocks From Groove Street
06 [banter – libretto]
07 Mr. Tough
08 Swing For Life
09 Speeding Motorcycle [Daniel Johnston]
10 I’ll Be Around
11 Tom Courtenay
12 Ohm

Set Two [Condo Fucks]
13 [introduction set two]
14 Outrage [Booker T]
15 The Last Time [Rolling Stones]
16 Last Time Around [The Del-Vetts]
17 Frenzy [The Fugs]
18 Mystery Action [The Rezillos]
19 Whatcha Gonna Do About It [Small Faces]
20 Right Side of My Mind [Angry Samoans]
21 I Want You To Be My Boy [The Exciters]
22 I’m Your Man [Richard Hell]
23 Accident [Electric Eels]
24 With A Girl Like You [The Troggs]
25 Tiger In Your Tank [Muddy Waters]
26 Dog Meat [Flamin Groovies]
27 Get Down [Half Life]
28 Come On Up [Young Rascals]
29 Gudbuy T’Jane [Slade]
30 [encore break]
31 This Is Where I Belong [The Kinks]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and purchase their latest album Fade from Matador Records [HERE].

The Feelies: December 10, 2012 Maxwell’s – Flac/Mp3/Streaming

December 27, 2012
By

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[photo from Yo La Tengo Hanukkah Diary

At this point chronologically, the Feelies v.3 has lasted almost as long as versions 1 or 2. But what has been consistent is that sound — the methodical, trance-like rhythms providing a backdrop for the melodic and precise guitar work of Glenn Mercer. Another consistent aspect of the band is their commitment to Maxwell’s and Hoboken. When Yo La Tengo came calling offering an opening gig to benefit their shared storm-tattered town, the Feelies were there on Night 3 to play and provide support to that show’s charity — this time the NJ Community Food Bank. The band then proceeded to play a blistering set and perhaps the longest opening gig for a Hanukkah show we’ve ever seen. But the crowd has no complaints, as the Feelies performed songs old and new with a clarity and purpose to behold. We’re streaming the duo of “Raised Eyebrows” and “Crazy Rhythms”, a segue that we’ve left intact. It encapsulated all that is right with the Feelies, ferocious duo-drums and a head-long crash into one of their oldest songs played at breakneck speed until it collapsed into a noise drenched finale of pure bliss.

I recorded this set in the same exact manner as the Yo La Tengo set from this night and the sound is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Raised Eyebrows – Crazy Rhythms”:

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While not a strict requirement in order to access this recording, if you download this show we encourage you to support the Night 3 charity for whom both bands played this show. The NJ Community Food Bank is collecting specifically for Hurricane Sandy relief at this time, and there is a donate button on the top of their web site [HERE].

Feelies
2012-12-10
Hanukkah Night 3
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

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, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2012-12-22

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:02:28]
01 Deep Fascination
02 For Now
03 Invitation
04 For Awhile
05 On the Roof
06 Lets Go
07 Higher Ground
08 The Final Word
09 Slipping (Into Something)
10 Away
11 Way Down
12 When You Know
13 Doin It Again
14 Time Is Right
15 Raised Eyebrows – Crazy Rhythms

(Thanks Jesse for the setlist)

If you Download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Feelies, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Bar/None Records website [HERE].

Real Estate: December 11, 2012 Maxwell’s – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 25, 2012
By

Real Estate Marsh
[photo by Steven Marsh and Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone blog]

Last week, Real Estate checked off what must be described as a common bucket list item for New Jersey rockers of a certain age — the chance to open up a Yo La Tengo Hanukkah show. But this slot wasn’t just given to the band. They have clearly earned such honors, as Real Estate has emerged as one of the best bands in indie circles these days. Days was one of the best albums of 2011, and at Hanukkah Night 4 Real Estate revealed that they have the blueprints for a worthy followup. The band opened the show with three new songs, all instantly catchy in a Real Estate way. The third new song also featured something that seemed natural for the band, but it may be the first time we’ve seen the band engage in an extended jam. And it was dead-on. We’re streaming the untitled new song below, and we hope it will continue to be one of the band’s jam vehicles. Real Estate will be going to tour in Australia in the new year.

I recorded this set in the same manner as all of the Yo La Tengo recordings, the Sennheiser cards mixed with an excellent board feed. The sound is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “New Song “Easier That Way”:

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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.

Real Estate
2012-12-11
Hanukkah Night 4
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

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, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2012-12-19

Setlist:
[Total Time 39:43]
01 [new song – If Not For You]
02 [new song – Have Another One On Me]
03 [new song – Easier That Way]
04 Suburban Dogs
05 Easy
06 Green Aisles
07 Wonder Years
08 Its Real

If you Download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Real Estate, visit their website, and purchase Days from the Domino Records website [HERE].

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