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Dream Syndicate: May 17, 2019 Mercury Lounge

June 2, 2019
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Photo courtesy of PSquared Photography

The second night of Dream Syndicate‘s two sold-out shows at Mercury Lounge continued in the same vein as the first night — a ton of energy propelling forward a set of tunes from new album that ultimately led to a collection of classics. On this night, my personal highlight was the extended take on “Coltrane” that seemed to reach deep down to conjure up the psych-blues that motivated the song’s first performance in the studio. The crowd was again full of old friends, and the band indeed dedicated “Still Here Now” to former tour manager and the music industry hero Nicholas Hill, who has persevered through some medical issues in the last few years. It was this kind of good energy that permeated these two Dream Syndicate shows and we’re so happy we attended both.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the first night, this time mixed expertly by brilliant house FOH Alex, and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete show from Archive.org [HERE]

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Dream Syndicate
2019-05-17
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Alex] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:38:24]
01 The Way In
02 Put Some Miles On
03 Filter Me Through You
04 Black Light
05 Out of My Head
06 [banter – Queens band]
07 How Did I Find Myself Here
08 [band introductions]
09 Bullet Holes
10 Still Here Now
11 Recovery Mode
12 Halloween
13 Sure Thing
14 Glide
15 John Coltrane Stereo Blues
16 [encore break]
17 When You Smile
18 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
19 [banter – jukebox]
20 Merritville
21 Hero Takes The Fall [Bangles]

PLEASE SUPPORT Dream Syndicate: website | tour | buy These Times

Dream Syndicate: May 16, 2019 Mercury Lounge

May 20, 2019
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Photo Courtesy of PSquared Photography

Steve Wynn is universally acknowledged as one of the true good guys in rock music, so its a very rewarding thing to see him and his legendary band The Dream Syndicate receiving a fresh wave of popularity and support. The two sold-out shows at Mercury Lounge were attended by a who’s-who of local music luminaries there to both pay tribute but also to celebrate the superb new album by the band, These Times. But if the crowd was expecting a nostalgia set, it got a very different experience. The Dream Syndicate came right out of the gate with raging versions of the new album and kept the pace up for the entire set. Wynn is the charismatic leader center-stage, but these late era DS shows have featured the incendiary guitar work of Jason Victor and on night one his genius was on full display. The band saved some of the older material for late in the set by which time the audience had already received its money’s worth.

Dream Syndicate continue this tour with shows in the midwest, including two nights at the Hideout in Chicago on May 31 and June 1, before the band goes to Europe through June, dates here.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up next to the soundboard cage, and blended with a fine board mixed by the band’s FOH Mark. The sound is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete show via Archive.org [HERE]

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Dream Syndicate
2019-05-16
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Mark Griffin] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:21:52]
01 The Way In
02 Put Some Miles On
03 Filter Me Through You
04 Black Light
05 Out of My Head
06 How Did I Find Myself Here
07 [band introductions]
08 Bullet Holes
09 Still Here Now
10 Recovery Mode
11 That’s What You Always Say
12 Then She Remembers
13 [thanks]
14 Glide
15 [encore break]
16 Tell Me When It’s Over
17 Burn
18 The Days of Wine and Roses

PLEASE SUPPORT Dream Syndicate: website | tour | buy These Times

NYCTaper is 12 Years Old Today

May 11, 2019
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We started this journey a dozen years ago, and we are still going strong!

Mountain Goats: April 30, 2019 Brooklyn Steel

May 5, 2019
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photo courtesy of Drew Messinger-Michaels

It was about eighteen months ago when the Mountain Goats played an epic show at Brooklyn Steel that we were fortunate to attend and capture. So the band’s return to the venue on the tour to support their excellent new album In League with Dragons, came with some real anticipation. And man, did the band deliver. John Darnielle was particularly loquacious on this evening (check out the number of “banter” tracks), but his comments were all on point. The Mountain Goats have achieved a level of stature that’s been earned in years of tours and albums, and it seems like the band has reached that point where it can enjoy and revel in its well-deserved respect. And while Dragons dominated the setlist early-on, the band did still deliver the types of old rare nuggets that still satisfy the grizzled veterans of tMG shows. Indeed rare songs like “Jaipur” (played less than 10 times in the last 10 years), “Spilling Toward Alpha” (3 times in the last decade) , and “The Coroner’s Gambit” (played two times before 2019) are the types of setlist surprises that make us keep coming year after year. But ultimately this night was about the new album, the strength of which makes us believe that the Mountain Goats will continue to be the gift that keeps giving.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards raised high inside the soundboard booth and mixed with a board feed mixed expertly as always by longtime tMG FOH Brandon. The result is another superb recording of this band from this venue. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show at Archive.org [HERE]

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Mountain Goats
2019-04-30
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Brandon Eggleston] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:38:40]
01 [Vivaldi introduction]
02 Done Bleeding
03 Younger
04 [Coroner’s intro]
05 The Coroner’s Gambit
06 Jaipur
07 In League With Dragons
08 Sax Rohmer 1
09 [banter – old song partisans]
10 Spilling Toward Alpha
11 [banter – seeds]
12 Going to Port Washington
13 [banter – play what you want]
14 Maybe Sprout Wings
15 [banter – not going to die]
16 Waylon Jennings Live
17 [banter – country album]
18 Clemency for the Wizard King
19 [banter – pitchfork review]
20 Cotton
21 [banter – inner ear monitors]
22 Cadaver Sniffing Dog
23 [banter – Ozzy]
24 Passaic 1975
25 Lion’s Teeth
26 Sicilian Crest
27 [encore break]
28 Have to Explode
29 Possum by Night
30 See America Right
31 Game Shows Touch Our Lives
32 [banter – the long encore]
33 No Children
34 The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
35 Spent Gladiator 2

SUPPORT the Mountain Goats: Website | Twitter | Buy In League With Dragons | Tour Dates

Acid Mothers Temple: April 20, 2019 Market Hotel

April 24, 2019
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[photo from Kawabata’s blog]

The return of the Acid Mothers Temple stateside has become a yearly tradition and as a result the band has built its reputation in the U.S. as one of the most intense psych rock bands on the planet.  This year the band agreed to play the show on the day that has become a kind of Christmas for heads — “4-20” at Market Hotel.  Whether responding to the unique surroundings or the “holiday” atmosphere, AMT drew their largest crowd of the tour and played their longest set of the year.  This show was 90 minutes of the most intense music we’ve ever seen from this band, which has evolved in personnel in recent years, but remains anchored by the ferocious lead guitar of  Kawabata Makoto.  New-ish guitarist and vocalist Jyonson Tsu was featured in Dark Star Blues and La Novia, and the band is blessed with Tsu’s intense vocals and intuitive interplay with Makoto.  All in all, this was exactly what we’d hoped for from this band on this date, and judging by the diary entry for this date on Kawabata’s blog, the band was pretty stoked about the show too.

I recorded this set by substituting the Neumann hypers into the installed rig in the venue and the change was exactly perfect for this show.  A small percentage of the board feed was used to fortify vocals and kick drum, and overall the sound is superb.  Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show from Archive.org [HERE]

Acid Mothers Temple
2019-04-20
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Allesandra Urso] + Neumann KM-150s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:23:43]
01 Blue Velvet Blues
02 Dark Star Blues
03 Chinese Flying Saucer
04 Flying Teapot
05 Disco Pink Lady Lemonade
06 La Novia
07 Pink Lady Lemonade Coda
08 Cometary Orbital Drive

PLEASE SUPPORT Acid Mothers Temple: Website | Buy Albums

Garcia Peoples: March 29, 2019 Nublu NYC (with Chris Forsyth)

April 1, 2019
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photo courtesy of Jeff Conklin

This Nublu night was ostensibly organized as the release party for Garcia Peoples new album Natural Facts with good friend of the site Ryley Walker as special guest. When Ryley decided to take some time off for personal reasons, the band invited another friend of this site Chris Forsyth, and Chris came north from Philadelphia on very short notice. The result was one of the more memorable shows in recent memory. The first set was a solid run through GP material, but it was the second set where the magic was revealed in an incredible hour-long jam sequence that approached legendary status. With Forsyth surrounded by the GP guitar section, the band added percussionist Ryan Jewell, and the double-drummer attack propelled the action through a 32-minute jam on a new Forsyth composition “Techno Top”. What followed were two covers that took the jam-packed crowd into another stratosphere. Of particular note is the tasty 1968-style high-energy “The Other One” which started on a buzz that never wavered through 19 minutes of pure bliss.

If you live in the Philadelphia area, Garcia Peoples is returning the release show favor to Chris Forsyth, as the two will perform together at Jerry’s On Front on April 27 when Forsyth releases his new record All Time Present. Our sincere recommendation is that anyone within any reasonable distance of that show on that night should not miss another magic night.

Eric and I recorded this set from an upfront location in the venue directly behind the DJ booth. The positioning did not permit a board feed, but the fortuitously placed high-end mics have yielded recordings of superb quality. We offer both for your enjoyment!

Download the Complete Recording at Archive.org

NYCTaper version [HERE]

Eric PH version [HERE]

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Garcia Peoples
2019-03-29
Nublu
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Upfront Audience

Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 40:07]
01 Rolling Tides
02 Feel So Great
03 Break Me Down
04 Total Yang
05 High Noon Violence
06 The Spiraling
Set 2
[Total Time 1:04:44]
07 Techno Top
08 The Calvary Cross [Richard Thompson]
09 The Other One [GD]

PLEASE SUPPORT These Artists: Garcia Peoples | Chris Forsyth

Guerilla Toss: October 31, 2018 Market Hotel

December 19, 2018
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The genre-bending shamanistic space-rock collective Guerilla Toss have been a must-see live act for several years now. We caught them in a daytime slot in the Out In the Streets Festival in 2016 and then later in a support slot at Secret Project Robot when the band played literally among the crowd (and our mics) on the floor of the venue.

For this majestic set on Halloween at Market Hotel, Guerilla Toss sold out the venue that fit their aesthetic to a tee. This show definitely had an event feel throughout the night and the band certainly lived up to the atmosphere. Performing in front of an imported, elaborate, but appropriately spacey lighting rig, Guerilla Toss delivered a meaty ninety-minute set to their vocally devoted followers. Personally, the highlight of the set was the seamless segue into a haunting version of Nico’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties” which seemed an appropriate cover for GT and fit right into their oeuvre. But ultimately this show was more about the ability of this band to perfectly sync all of their classically trained abilities into a unique and compelling amalgam of modern music. Guerilla Toss remains a must see band and this show, their biggest in the NYC market thus far, is proof that they will continue to grow their reach.

I recorded this set with the installed AT mics and a fine soundboard feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show at Archive.org [HERE]

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Guerilla Toss
2018-10-31
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Eric Lemke] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 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 1:19:21]
01 Jam
02 Eraser Stargazer Forever
03 Jesus Rabbit
04 Betty Dreams of Green Men
05 Realistic Rabbit
06 [crowd]
07 Meteorological [Jane La Onda]
08 Diamond Girls
09 King’s Lead Hat [Eno]
10 Spider Heard
11 [thanks]
12 Magic Is Easy
13 Grass Shack
14 367 Equalizer
15 All Tomorrow’s Parties [Velvets]
16 Dose Rate
17 Retreat
18 Chronophobia
19 Come Up With Me
20 [encore break]
21 Operate

PLEASE SUPPORT Guerilla Toss: Bandcamp | Facebook | DFA Records Page

Dodgeball: September 9, 2018 Trans-Pecos

December 2, 2018
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[photo by nyctaper]

Back in the last decade when every sub-genre of music had a silly moniker, a particular type of intelligent polyrhythmic punk was clumsily called “math rock”. These days there aren’t really blogs around anymore to invent awkward genres in lieu of actually reviewing the music, but the descendants of the bands who got tagged as “math rock” are having a heyday of sorts. Boston’s Pile seems to be the granddaddy of this little movement, which also includes bands like Spirit of the Beehive, Palm, and Brooklyn’s Dodgeball. In the several weeks since this September show where the band exhibited the best traits of the current crop of mathies — strong sense of rhythm, challenging but rewarding melodic structure, and a great songcraft — Dodgeball released a new four-song EP, three tracks of which appear on this recording. The EP Turns Out I Was Just Really Bored continues the evolution of a band we expect to continue to grow in stature to the point where these cozy nights at Trans-Pecos will likely be a thing of the past.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps capturing the onstage sound mixed with a solid board feed. The recording really captures the energy of the set quite well and we think it sounds great. Enjoy!

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Dodgeball
2018-09-09
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Eric Lemke] + Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 26:04]
01 Edging
02 Swayze
03 Cig Bowl
04 Veggies
05 Robert Parsnip
06 Palm
07 Rock Song 1
08 Nu

PLEASE Support Dodgeball: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Luna: August 24, 2018 Industry City Brooklyn

October 7, 2018
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[photo from Frank]

In the evolving story of Luna v2.0, the band continues to entertain in new ways. While last year it was the eclectic and meticulously curated covers album A Sentimental Education, this year’s tour seems to be an exercise in finding the deep cuts that haven’t been performed in more a decade. Its been three years now and as we’ve chronicled umpteen shows, but at this Industry City show in August we saw Luna perform four songs for the first time — “Math Wiz”, “I Can’t Wait”, “Broken Chair” and the Galaxie 500 number “Strange”. Overall, this show was one of the stronger performances we’ve seen from Luna, and it wasn’t just the ambitious selist. The band seems in particularly good form, tight, focused, and in great spirits. These days Luna shows are must see and we’re luck the band continues to faithfully play NYC shows when they do their mini tours.

While Luna currently does not have any shows scheduled (they just finished a tour of Europe), Dean Wareham has a new collaboration with Cheval Sombre and they will play NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on December 7. Tickets here.

I recorded this set with the outdoor-friendly Neumann large diaphragm cards blended with soundboard feed mixed with precision by Evan Player. Despite some minor noise from the windy evening, the mix worked quite well and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Luna
2018-08-24
Industry City
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard Audience Matrix

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:30:48]
01 Twenty-Three Minutes in Brussels
02 Slide
03 Fire in Cairo [Cure]
04 Math Wiz
05 Sweetness [Yes]
06 I Can’t Wait
07 Lost in Space
08 Broken Chair
09 Chinatown
10 Malibu Love Nest
11 [banter]
12 Kalamazoo
13 Bewitched
14 Friendly Advice
15 [encore break]
16 Strange [Galaxie 500]
17 Lonesome Cowboy Bill [Velvets]
18 Indian Summer [Beat Happening]
19 [second encore break]
20 Car Wash Hair [Mercury Rev]

SUPPORT Luna:  Website | Bandcamp | Buy A Sentimental Education

Kevin Devine: August 23, 2018 Industry City Brooklyn

August 30, 2018
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[photos by AJ Tobey]

There was a guy in the crowd at the Kevin Devine show at Industry City on Friday who was wearing a “STILL EMO” t-shirt. If by “Emo” we mean an artist who writes candidly about politics, chemical abuse, interpersonal struggles and triumphs, and love, then yeah I guess Devine’s music is technically “Emo”. But as we’ve witnessed in following this superb artist and person for a decade, Kevin Devine is a uniquely honest and passionate performer who makes his audience believe, and rightfully so, that’s he in it with us.

Industry City is essentially a series of re-purposed factories that now house a complex of shops, restaurants, bars, retail stores and offices. In the center is a huge courtyard where Bell House has chosen to host its first annual Summer concert series. This was our first visit to Industry City and we were quite impressed. The setting provided a relaxed vibe and pleasant surroundings for enjoying an early evening Summer concert from one of our favorite artists.

Kevin Devine was joined by two members of the Goddamn Band for this show and the three were in sync all night. Devine released his 9th and most recent studio album Instigator in 2016, but on this night he chose democratically from his deep catalog to provide a lengthy set of material that both opened and closed with Kevin playing intense solo numbers, the apt “Brooklyn Boy” to open and personal favorite “Ballgame” to close. As per usual, there was ample banter with the crowd including multiple references to this being the closest the artist has ever played to his home in Sunset Park. Perhaps buoyed by the surroundings or the fact that there hasn’t been a full Goddamn Band show in New York for quite some time, the trio delivered a memorable night of music that clearly made the fans wish for more of these perfect nights.

I recorded this set with the outdoor-friendly Neumann large diaphragm cards mounted at the soundboard. While the audio was not enhanced by the stage being in-between two large brick buildings, the excellent FOH work by Rob certainly made the “room” work well. The mics were mixed with a well-balanced feed to create an excellent mix and the result is a superb recording. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show (minus banter):

Kevin Devine
2018-08-23
Industry City
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard Audience Matrix

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

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:38:04]
01 [introduction]
02 Brooklyn Boy
03 Off Screen
04 The First Hit
05 Between the Concrete and Clouds
06 No Time Flat
07 No Why
08 Instigator
09 Magic Magnet
10 [yesterday’s bird]
11 Bubblegum
12 Bloodhound
13 I Can’t Believe You
14 [never bird]
15 Little Bulldozer
16 You Brushed Her Breath Aside
17 She Can See Me
18 [Bad Books]
19 Just Stay
20 I Could Be With Anyone
21 [band introductions]
22 No History
23 Redbird
24 Cotton Crush
25 Brother’s Blood
26 [MDA Dance]
27 I Was Alive Back Then
28 [thanks]
29 Ballgame

PLEASE SUPPORT Kevin Devine: Website | Buy Music | Bandcamp

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