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NYCTaper Presents at Death By Audio – Tuesday April 8

April 4, 2014

DBA 4-8

This excellent four-band show takes place on Tuesday night at Death by Audio and it features our friends Whiskey Bitches among a group of up-and-coming local groups. Whiskey Bitches party punk has been documented in these pages, but we’re also happy to be working with Crazy Pills whose kinetic garage rock is sure to get feet moving. Idiot Son reminds me very much of the avant scene in Manhattan in the early 80s. They also call to mind early Mark E Smith and the Fall. 56k is a relatively new garage band from Brooklyn that shows great promise.

Here are the details:
Tuesday April 8, 8pm
Death By Audio (49 South 2nd Street between Kent and Wythe)
$8 at Door

Crazy Pills
Whiskey Bitches
Idiot Son

Facebook Invite Page [HERE]
DBA Events Page

NYCTaper to Cover Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase (w/ Special Guest Announcement)

March 3, 2014


We are very pleased and honored to announce that NYCTaper has been invited to cover the SXSW showcase of two of our favorite local labels, Northern Spy Records and Ba Da Bing Records, each of which are home to some of our favorite artists. Acidjack will be down at the festival covering various events all week, but we are particularly pleased that he will be partnering with Tiny Mix Tapes to live-stream this event, with recordings to be available on this site in the following week(s).

Joining the already-stellar lineup will be a very special guest, Sean Lennon‘s project The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Get there early to catch their set; they’ll be leading off the proceedings.

The full details and lineup (plus a few live sample tracks) are as follows:

Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase (Facebook invite)
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Location:  The Palm Door, 401-A Sabine Street, Austin, TX
Start Time: 8pm

8pm:   The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

9pm:   Cross Record

10pm: Cloud Becomes Your Hand

11pm:  Slothrust

12am: Nymph

1am:   DVA

If you would be interested in having NYCTaper cover your SXSW event, please let us know.

NYCTaper Presents: Shilpa Ray, Larkin Grimm & Gretchen Lohse at Trans Pecos – Wed Feb 26

February 23, 2014

TransPecos 2-26

We are very excited to present three outstanding female artists each of whom approach modern music from a different perspective. This Wednesday at Trans Pecos, details below.

Our headliner is the unique Shilpa Ray, who will be performing with a scaled-down version of her excellent band the Happy Hookers. Shilpa recently released a new EP following an extensive tour of Europe in support of Nice Cave. She kept an ongoing journal of her exploits in Europe and it was one of my favorite reads during the Fall. Follow Shilpa on Facebook to read her entertaining and compelling Europe adventure.

In support for this show, we’re happy to welcome back the indescribable Larkin Grimm. After her departure from Young God Records and a terrific self-released album (we covered the CD release show), Larkin took some time off to raise her baby son. We are fortunate that she’s back performing live, and after a couple of smaller gigs this month, this show will be a coming out party of sorts for this incredible performer.

Gretchen Lohse is a young woman from Philadelphia who is going places. She released her debut solo album Primal Rumble in December and the rave reviews have been piling in — and well deserved. Its an intense personal folk album that conjures up comparison to early Sharon Van Etten.

Trans Pecos is the new ToddP venue located in the old Silent Barn space.

====| Wednesday 2/26 @ Trans Pecos |====

NYCTaper and ToddP present:

11:00 || Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers
10:00 |||| Larkin Grimm
09:00 |||||| Gretchen Lohse

|Trans Pecos |
915 Wyckoff Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn / Ridgewood Queens border
L-Halsey or Myrtle/Wyckoff | 8pm | $10 adv, $12 dos | all ages


Facebook Event Page [HERE].

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].

Free Beer! And other Exciting NYCTaper CMJ News

October 16, 2013


As you probably well know, the 6th Annual NYCTaper CMJ Day Party is taking place tomorrow afternoon at Cake Shop. We announced the show a few weeks ago in a post [here], but there’s plenty of exciting late-developing announcements today!

school of night

Firstly, we’ve officially announced the artist who had previously been tagged as “special guest”. Its our old friend Darby Cicci of the Antlers, whose new solo project School Of Night was released this month and he’s been gathering tons of rave reviews. You can stream the School of Night album [here], and check out a new video for the song “Fire Escape” [here].

Secondly, we’ve added Dead Stars to the bill. They will play at 3pm. Bent Shapes who were originally scheduled to play at 3pm have been called back to Boston on a work emergency and had to cancel. Dead Stars were on NYCTaper a few weeks ago, when their impressive set at Glasslands wowed us. Stream a track from that show below:

Thirdly, Julia Weldon, who will play our show at 3:45 (in the middle of Dead Stars at School of Night) just released a new video for her song “Careful in the Dark” and it premiered on the front page of the Village Voice web site [HERE]. Julia was on NYCTaper back in July [here].

Oh yeah, finally, that FREE BEER thing. This show is exclusively sponsored by the amazing Six Point Brewery, right over the bridge in Red Hook. We’ll have FREE cans of Six Point beginning at 1pm, while supplies last. Come early, drink often.

Final Lineup:
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
(Unofficial Show)
Thursday October 17, 2013
Cake Shop 152 Ludlow Street, NYC 10002
Doors at 12 Noon

12:45 Slow Down Molasses (Saskatoon Canada)
01:30 J Fernandez (Chicago)
02:15 The Moondoggies (Seattle WA)
03:00 Dead Stars (Brooklyn)
03:45 Julia Weldon (New York)
04:30 School of Night (Darby from Antlers)
05:15 The Echo Friendly (Greenpoint)
06:00 Caged Animals (Brooklyn)

Facebook Invite Page [HERE].

NYCTaper CMJ Day Party – October 17 at Cake Shop

September 22, 2013


For the sixth year in a row with the fine folks at Cake Shop, we’ll be presenting a Thursday Day party during CMJ week. And much like our past efforts, this year’s roster of bands is a great one. Our previous shows have featured up and coming performers who have gone on to significant success such as Savoir Adore, Sharon Van Etten, White Fence, Diamond Rings, Widowspeak, Heliotropes, Mount Moriah, Hurray For The Riff Raff, She Keeps Bees, and many others.

Here are the details:

NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
(Unofficial Show)
Thursday October 17, 2013
Cake Shop 152 Ludlow Street, NYC 10002

Doors at 12 Noon

Music (preliminary schedule)
12:45 Slow Down Molasses (Saskatoon Canada)
01:30 J Fernandez (Chicago)
02:15 The Moondoggies (Seattle WA)
03:00 Bent Shapes (Boston)
03:45 Julia Weldon (New York)
04:30 “Special Guest”
05:15 The Echo Friendly (Greenpoint)
06:00 Caged Animals (Brooklyn)

NYCTaper is 6 Years Old Today

May 11, 2013


It was six years ago today, May 11, 2007 that I opened NYCTaper as an experiment in a new way to distribute live recordings in the context of a music blog. Today I can say that the site has exceeded my expectations in every imaginable way. Thanks for our faithful readers, the addition of three other excellent editors and multiple other contributors, the site is now a mainstay and something for which we can all be proud. So thanks for six great years!

Last year we had a big party for our Fifth Anniversary, an epic show at 285 Kent headlined by Oneida. Their set is still available [HERE].

NYCTaper Presents: Endless Boogie Record Release Party w/ Arbouretum and Hans Chew at Cameo Gallery this FRIDAY, Feb 15

February 13, 2013

Facebook Invite / Tickets [HERE]

Endless Boogie
Endless Boogie
Whether you’re sick of Valentine’s Day shenanigans or not, you owe it to yourself to join your fellow music fans at Cameo Gallery this Friday, February 15, as NYCTaper presents a triple bill from three excellent live bands that we dig. NYC’s Endless Boogie are fixtures of the local rock scene, and deservedly so. We first saw them opening for Pavement during their reunion tour a few years ago and have followed them with interest since, as they have cranked out some positively deadly LPs like the double Full House Head on local No Quarter Records.  As their name implies, EB play big songs with fat, chooglin’ riffs that you might remember from the 70s, if you’ve been alive that long. If not, this is what you missed. The show will be the release party for their new No Quarter release, Long Island, the first track of which recently debuted on NPR. If you want more Boogie than that NPR taste, there is also a three-hour (remember that word, “endless” in the name) live set from WFMU online.  Or, you know, just  come to the show and find out what they’re about in the raw.

[Arbouretum. Photo courtesy of the band’s Facebook page]

This show’s out of town guests, also introducing material from a new record, are NYCTaper veterans Arbouretum.  This will be their first NYC show since their latest Thrill Jockey release, Coming Out of the Fog.  If you managed to catch their set at Glasslands back in 2011 like we did, you know to expect some tightly performed, heavy-rocking Southern-influenced psych rock with a strong literary streak.  Coming Out of the Fog is their most focused work yet and these guys’ live show is not to be missed. See what we mean by streaming our 2011 recording below:

Hans Chew

You may have first met the piano boogie wizard Hans Chew when he played the NYCTaper CMJ Day Party back in October. If you didn’t, you missed a barnburner.  Hans kicked off that show with almost all-new tracks, and a few months later, he’s got even more new material to share.  Hans will start this night off at 8:30p.m. sharp, and he should more than wet your whistle for the next acts to come with his high-energy and endlessly entertaining style that takes its honky-tonk roots into the 20th century.  His Three Lobed/Divide by Zero LP Tennessee & Other Stories is not to be missed, and we expect a new release from him this spring if things go according to plan.

We hope to see you at Friday’s show.  Once again, tickets are HERE and the Facebook invite is HERE.

Hans Chew also playing the NYCTaper CMJ Day Party at Cake Shop (Thursday Oct 18)

September 25, 2012

Yesterday we posted about our first CMJ show of 2012, the day party on Thursday October 18, 2012 at Cake Shop. We revealed two artists for this amazing bill, with clues about the other five acts. Today, we’re filling in another name — the inimitable Hans Chew. A little bio about Hans:
“Hans Chew’s 2010 debut album, Tennessee and Other Stories…, received four-stars from Rolling Stone Magazine who called it “fantastic… timeless…”. Uncut Magazine included the record in their Top 50 Albums of the Year and their list of the 20 Best Americana Albums, while also nominating Hans for their highest honor, The Uncut Music Award. Hans Chew is alive and kicking in New York City. He is currently working on his next record, due in 2012.”

Yesterday, Hans revealed his appearance at our show with this tumblr post:

We’re all set to play the @nyctaper @cmj 2012 day party at @cakeshopnyc !!!
This show is sure to be a highlight of CMJ 2012 in October…our band is like a bunch of rabid thoroughbreds kicking in their stalls raring to rock and roll a New York City crowd after a long local hiatus…not to be missed… Also on the bill are New Orleans’ own Hurray For the Riff Raff, who recently appeared on HBO’s Treme, and have been touring Europe extensively, and recently played a spectacular show in Brighton, UK promoted by our European management company Brighthelmstone Promotions. Plus Merge Records’ act Mount Moriah, and more TBA…

We’re all set to play the @nyctaper @cmj 2012 day party at @cakeshopnyc !!!

This show is sure to be a highlight of CMJ 2012 in October…our band is like a bunch of rabid thoroughbreds kicking in their stalls raring to rock and roll a New York City crowd after a long local hiatus…not to be missed…
Also on the bill are New Orleans’ own Hurray For the Riff Raff, who recently appeared on HBO’s Treme, and have been touring Europe extensively, and recently played a spectacular show in Brighton, UK promoted by our European management company Brighthelmstone Promotions. Plus Merge Records’ act Mount Moriah, and more TBA…

So now the bill looks like this:
6:00 – Hurray For The Riff Raff
5:15 – [awesome all female quartet]
4:30 – Hans Chew
3:45 – [female folk singer extraordinaire – after year playing keys for BK indie vets]
3:00 – Mount Moriah
2:15 – [talent-rich songscape creator – childhood friend of nyctaper faves]
1:30 – [irresistable Michigan-based pop trio]

NYCTaper at CMJ 2012: First Show Thursday October 18 — Day Party at Cake Shop

September 24, 2012

The success of a dogged pursuit can be sweet. In the case of our first 2012 CMJ lineup, its sweet several times over. As our longtime readers are aware, we’ve been fans of Hurray For The Riff Raff since 2008, but its been their recent album Look Out Mama that put it over the top. After the two outstanding concerts they played at Mercury Lounge this Summer, we pursued them heavily for CMJ. HFTRR is currently on tour in Europe, which will take them literally to the day before our show at Cake Shop on Thursday October 18. They fly from Europe over night, and land in NYC in the early afternoon of the 18th. We are sending a car service to take them directly from the airport to Cake Shop, where they’ll play the final set of our CMJ party. Quite an amazing set of circumstances, and one that we’ll not soon forget.

In another nice bit of coincidence, Hurray For The Riff Raff appeared on last night’s season premiere of Treme, HBO’s series about post-Katrina New Orleans. The band is playing outside of the coffee shop where the character Sofia works, and Sofia’s new boyfriend sings with the band. We hope HFTRR will be making regular appearances this season on Treme.

Another one of our dogged pursuits for CMJ was Mount Moriah. Last Fall, they played a set at Bowery Ballroom that was both impressive and moving. I’ve burned my recording of that performance to CD and play it in my vehicle more than literally any other CD that I own. The music is now burned into my brain. When we invited the band to play our CMJ show, it was admittedly a bit of a long shot. Mount Moriah is from North Carolina and have played multiple US tours. There was another fact in their development we did not know at the time — they’ve signed to Merge Records. But in another beautiful bit of synchronicty, Merge Records is hosting their first CMJ show since 2008 on Thursday night at Mercury Lounge, and Mount Moriah is on the bill. Shortly after the announcement of their Merge gig, the band agreed to play our show, and we could not be more excited.

NYCTaper CMJ 2012 Day Party
at Cake Shop
Thursday October 18, 2012
Doors 12 Noon
Music begins at 1:30pm

More musical guest to be announced this week. We’ll fill in the set times as we go along (see if you can guess!) …

6:00 – Hurray For The Riff Raff
5:15 – [awesome all female quartet]
4:30 – [Brooklyn-via-Tennessee ragtime piano genius]
3:45 – Jo Schornikow
3:00 – Mount Moriah
2:15 – Port St. Willow
1:30 – [irresistible Michigan-based pop trio]

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