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NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Fall and Winter 2014-15

October 15, 2014
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With the change of season and CMJ upon us, it seems like a good time to update our calendar.

Caveat: Below is the updated schedule. We expect to attend and record these events. However, circumstances will prevent some of these from being done, and others will be added in the meantime. Feel free to make suggestions or point out shows we missed.

Schedule:

White Fence:
October 13, 2014 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Ought:
October 14, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Caveman:
October 15, 2014 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

J Mascis:
October 17, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Paul Collins Beat:
October 18, 2014 Cake Shop NYC

Thurston Moore:
October 21, 2014 Saint Vitus Brooklyn

NYCTaper CMJ Show:
October 23, 2014 Cake Shop NYC

Thurston Moore:
October 26, 2014 Rough Trade Brooklyn

Panache CMJ Hangover Brunch (White Fence, King Gizzard, etc):
October 26, 2014 Baby’s All Right BK

Additional CMJ shows will be attended and recorded

Wilco:
October 28 29 30, 2014 Capitol Theatre Portchester NY

Cass McCombs / Meat Puppets:
November 1, 2014 Rough Trade Brooklyn

Big Ups:
November 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge NYC

Kevin Devine:
November 3, 2014 HiFi Bar NYC (formerly Brownies)

Pup:
November 7, 2014 Mercury Lounge NYC

Dream Syndicate:
November 15 and November 16, 2014 Rough Trade Brooklyn

Thee Oh Sees:
November 18, 2014 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Yo La Tengo / Antietam:
December 6, 2014 Trocadero Philadelphia PA

Medeski Martin and Wood:
December 11, 2014 Terminal 5 NYC

Soulside:
December 18, 2014 Saint Vitus Brooklyn

Wussy:
January 17, 2015 TBA NYC

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead:
January 23 and January 24, 2015 Brooklyn Bowl

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].

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule – Winter 2013-14

October 22, 2013
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With CMJ in the rear view mirror, its time again to look forward.

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

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

Schedule:

John Wesley Coleman:
October 24, 2013 Cake Shop NYC\

The Black Crowes:
October 26, 2013 Terminal 5 NYC

Thee Oh Sees:
October 27, 2013 285 Kent Brooklyn

Thee Oh Sees:
October 29, 2013 Irving Plaza NYC

Matt Nathanson:
October 30, 2013 Terminal 5 NYC

Sebadoh:
November 1, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Hurray For The Riff Raff:
November 4, 2013 Mercury Lounge NYC

John Vanderslice:
November 5, 2013 Mercury Lounge NYC

Deer Tick:
November 7, 2013 Webster Hall NYC

Built to Spill:
November 7, 2013 Irving Plaza NYC

Lucero:
November 8, 2013 Terminal 5 NYC

Wooden Shjips:
November 13, 2013 Mercury Lounge NYC

Hayden / Doug Paisley:
November 14, 2013 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn (permission pending)

Wooden Shjips:
November 14, 2013 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Kevin Devine:
November 22, 2013 Webster Hall NYC

Mike Doughty:
November 23, 2013 Webster Hall NYC

The Complete Last Waltz:
November 27, 2013 Capitol Theatre Portchester

Dean Wareham:
November 29, 2013 Bell House Brooklyn

Los Lobos:
November 30, 2013 City Winery NYC

Yo La Tengo:
December 13, 14, 15, 16, 2013 Bell House Brooklyn

Phosphorescent:
December 19, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg (permission pending)

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust:
January 11, 2013 Bell House Brooklyn

Cracker / Camper Van Beethoven:
January 19, 2014 Highline Ballroom NYC

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Fall 2013

August 14, 2013
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Its been an interesting Summer here at NYCTaper. We’ve had some great experiences both locally and on the road, but also the bittersweet experience of the last excellent month of Maxwell’s followed by its untimely closing. The Wilco all-covers set was certainly a benchmark for the site, as we received links web-wide and something like 20,000 downloads. This Fall we’ll continue on with a strong schedule of shows with both new bands to the site and some old favorites.

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

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

Schedule:

Pop 1280:
August 16, 2013 Mercury Lounge NYC

Daughn Gibson / Hiss Golden Messenger:
August 17, 2013 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

Ski Lodge:
August 20, 2013 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn (permission pending)

Mac DeMarco:
August 28, 2013 East River Park NYC

Ty Segall:
August 29, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg

She Keeps Bees:
August 29, 2013 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

Ty Segall:
August 30, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Captured Tracks Festival:
August 31 and September 1, 2013 The Well Brooklyn

Swearin:
September 4, 2013 285 Kent Brooklyn

Hopscotch Festival:
September 5-7, 2013 Various Venues Raleigh NC

North Mississippi Allstars:
September 11, 2013 Irving Plaza NYC

Deervana:
September 13, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl

Waxahatchee / Screaming Females:
September 16, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Obits / Prince Rupert’s Drops:
September 21, 2013 Bell House Brooklyn

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper:
September 22, 2013 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

The Suburbs:
September 27, 2013 Mercury Lounge NYC

Superchunk:
September 27 and 28, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC [permission pending]

Dent May:
October 3, 2013 285 Kent Brooklyn

Oneida / Dump:
October 4, 2013 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

Meat Puppets:
October 12, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl

Hawkwind:
October 13, 2013 Gramercy Theatre NYC [very tentative]

NYCTaper CMJ Day Party:
October 17, 2013 Cake Shop NYC

Lee Ranaldo:
October 25, 2013 Bell House Brooklyn

Matt Nathanson:
October 30, 2013 Terminal 5 NYC

Sebadoh:
November 1, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Spirit Family Reunion / Hurray For The Riff Raff:
November 2, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn

John Vanderslice:
November 5, 2013 Mercury Lounge NYC

Built to Spill:
November 7, 2013 Irving Plaza NYC

Lucero / Titus Andronicus:
November 8, 2013 Terminal 5 NYC

Kevin Devine:
November 22, 2013 Webster Hall NYC

Miracle of 86: June 14, 2013 Maxwells – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 4, 2013
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[photo by Sean O’Kane]

Kevin Devine is such a nice guy that its hard for me to believe that he was once in a band that broke up. The Miracle of 86 was a popular Staten Island based power pop quartet who toured and recorded from 1998 to 2003, before Kevin launched his solo career. Following the tragic events of the superstorm and the massive damage to their home borough, the band reunited on Staten Island for a benefit concert in January. The experience was so positive that Miracle of 86 decided to keep it going — with two shows in June. We attended the Maxwells date a couple of weeks back, and it was a show that felt very much like a bunch of old friends getting together to play some songs. The stage banter was friendly and funny and the performance of the old material was both inspired and surprisingly tight. We’re streaming “Sunday School”, which was so well played that it could be released tomorrow. Miracle of 86 could very well play more reunion shows, but for now Kevin will be concentrating, after his hugely successful Kickstarter (for two albums!) on his solo career. Expect a show in NYC in late summer / early fall.

I recorded this show in our usual manner in this venue and the sound is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Sunday School”:

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.

Miracle Of 86
2013-06-14
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 2013-06-26

Setlist:
[Total Time 58:02]
01 [intro]
02 Sleep All Damn Day
03 G Song
04 Every Famous Last Word
05 [banter – stripes]
06 Surprise Me
07 Southern State
08 Dance Dance Revolution
09 [banter – Bryan Adams]
10 Knife
11 When Its on My Mind
12 [banter – Alice in Chains teaser]
13 Call Off The Cops
14 I Think You Meant to Say No
15 A Less Important Place
16 Nice Shirt Salvador Dali
17 Your Quicksilver Moment
18 Sunday School
19 [banter]
20 Red 19
21 [outro]

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Miracle of 86 alumnus Kevin Devine, visit his website, and purchase is official releases from Razor and Tie Records [HERE].

NYCTaper’s Favorite Concerts We Recorded in 2012 (w/ Streaming Songs)

December 27, 2012
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There is always more live music going on in New York than any one person (or four people) can see at one time, let alone record and share. Add to that the tradition of the summer road-trip (or flight to North Carolina) and we had a ton of shows to see, share and discuss. When you record this many shows, it’s pretty easy for your memory of individual ones to get hazy. Some you forget (or maybe want to forget) altogether. This list is not intended as a definitive “best of”, necessarily, but out of the hundreds of bands we saw take the stage, the moments represented here were the ones that not only stuck in our minds, but that we kept turning back to and listening to again and again. This was another tough year for New York and for this country in general, but that didn’t stop people from making great music, and we are thankful to have been there to witness it as often as we were. We hope that if you listened to any of our recordings this year that they brought you happiness, and wish you all the best for 2013.

In no particular order….

Bjork – February 25, 2012 Roseland and February 12, 2012 New York Hall of Science
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We were lucky enough to catch two of the Biophilia: Live shows by Björk, an original and rare talent whose bizarre science-meets-music vision brought to life on a 360-degree stage was as electric as the giant Tesla coil onstage. The singer’s voice is without match, and the Icelandic choir that joined her made the material even better. These were some of the most popular recordings on the site this year, even if the sound alone could not quite do these staggeringly entertaining performances justice.

Hiss Golden Messenger – September 7, 2012 Hopscotch Festival, Raleigh, NC (day show and night show)

Other than that he isn’t in a major media market, is on a tiny, mostly reissue-based label, and has a challenging full-time day job, I can’t figure out why MC Taylor, who performs as Hiss Golden Messenger, isn’t more popular outside of North Carolina. I suppose those three are good reasons, but as this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC reminded us, North Carolina is very much a musical hotbed right now. Taylor’s music is an approachable blend of rock, country, gospel and folk, with a timeless appeal that can span generations and earn Grammy awards. At these two shows – first the Three Lobed Recordings/’WXDU Day Show in a stripped-down setup, and then at night in a larger auditorium with a full band, Taylor performed songs that were flat-out heartbreakingly beautiful and just as equally memorable. The man’s performances are instant classics. If he comes to your town, drop what you’re going and go see what he’s about.

Akron/Family – January 21, 2012 at 285 Kent
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Akron/Family almost always put on a memorable show, but the freewheeling atmosphere of 285 Kent combined with A/F almost guaranteed one for this night. This manic, lengthy celebratory, show featured full crowd participation (audience drummers!) and an intense performance.

Dinosaur Jr. – December 1, 2012 Terminal 5
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Johnny Fried Chicken Boy and I had already nominated this show as one of the best of the year before we had even hit the post-show pavement. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the album You’re Living All Over Me, the original lineup played that record and a slew of other favorites with special guests including Frank Black, Lee Ranaldo, Kim Gordon, Don Fleming, Johnny Marr, Tommy Stinson and NYC’s current favorite journeyman artist Fred Armisen. For me, the rendition of “Don’t” with Gordon on vocals  was the night’s absolute barnburner.


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Wilco – July 28, 2012 Brewery Ommegang
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Thanks to the location and its signature product, I’m not sure how clearly most of us, er, actually remember this show. But the entire NYCTaper crew taking a roadtrip to one of New York’s best breweries to see one of our favorite bands had to mark a high point of the year for us. Wilco played an excellent set in at-times-torrential rain that included some rare numbers like “Laminated Cat” as well as a trio of Being There classics as part of the encore. At least, I think that’s what happened….

Ty Segall/Thee Oh Sees – September 24, 2012 Death By Audio

I didn’t have a better time at any other show this year.  Two big acts (one of whom we were writing about back in 2009) in small clubs playing their butts off is always a good combination.

Patterson Hood – July 23, 2012 Bell House
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It’s easy to be cynical about a lead singer of a still-thriving band doing a solo album (this one his second). But Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers showed himself to be a musical force in his own right. Laughing and telling stories to the crowd in between numbers, this show gave us a window into the man’s soul in a way that you can’t get at the Truckers’ more big-time performances.

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[A reunited Luna at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh, NY]

Dean & Britta – July 21, 2012 Mulcahy’s, Wantagh
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An amazing story of how the original members of Luna decided to reunite with Sean Eden for a charity and play songs we’re not likely to ever hear again live in this configuration. And our pals The War on Drugs were there to play a set (and dedicate a song to us) as well!

DIIV – June 8, 2012 285 Kent
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As is so often the case, promoter ToddP got a crack at this band as a headliner before the hype machine had quite hit full steam.  Sure, 285 Kent isn’t Music Hall of Williamsburg size-wise, but there were more than enough in-the-know people to slam-pack this venue to its sweatiest capacity, as DIIV showed themselves to be one of this year’s best new bands (as many other sites would later acknowledge). Oh, and they covered an unreleased Nirvana b-side, too.

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[Oneida at 285 Kent, courtesy of Jill Harrison]

Oneida – May 12, 2012 285 Kent (NYCTaper 5th Anniversary Show)
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Is it hard to overstate how fucking awesome it is to have one of our favorite bands playing one of our favorite sets of theirs ever at a show thrown to celebrate five years of this site’s existence? Why, yes it is.

Yo La Tengo – all of the 2012 Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s, but particularly December 9, 2012, December 10, 2012 and December 14, 2012

At points this December it felt like the site should be called “YoLaTengoTaper” given the amount of time we were spending at Maxwell’s to see this year’s Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows. Our obsession with these shows is well-justified;  the storyline is irresistible. A legendary local band, playing eight shows in a row from their tiny homebase venue to benefit Hurricane Sandy recovery, with special guests like the Sun Ra Arkestra, The Feelies, Devendra Banhart, Andrew Bird, Kid Millions of Oneida, and more is kind of the ultimate holiday gift from a band to its fans, no?

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[Sharon Van Etten at Bowery. Courtesy of Chris Gersbeck at Fucking Nostalgic]

Sharon Van Etten – February 26, 2012 Bowery Ballroom
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We have followed Sharon Van Etten for years and our respect for her is well-documented, but this homecoming show at Bowery Ballroom represented the full realization of Van Etten as a bona fide full band. The Tramp material in particular here was performed flawlessly, with the grace and intensity we’ve come to expect from her.

Lower Dens – May 2, 2012 Glasslands
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I usually find it hard to narrow down the number of “favorite” shows I see at Glasslands, but this year, this Lower Dens show was a huge standout. With the Baltimore band touring behind their expansive new LP, Nootropics, they showed up in front of a maxed-out crowd and proved that their meditative, texture-heavy songs could also kill it live.

Kevin Devine – December 1, 2012 Webster Hall

December 1st must have been one of the best days for music all year. Two of our favorite shows – Dinosaur Jr. at Terminal 5 and this sprawling Kevin Devine show – happened on this date, and we missed at least two others that would have been must-sees on any other night. We’re not sure any contemporary artist has ever played three full albums on one date, but Kevin did it, and with exceptional grace. A night to remember.

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[Alabama Shakes at Bowery Ballroom. Photo courtesy of Eric Groom Photography]

Alabama Shakes – April 11, 2012 Bowery Ballroom
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When you see a band on the night that they discover they’ve “made it” in New York, you usually see them at their best. After that moment, things will never be the same for them, internally or externally. From 2009 until this moment, Alabama Shakes was an at-best regionally known band from Athens, Alabama that had been gaining some post-CMJ buzz from 2011. After this Bowery Ballroom show, as I said to Johnny Fried Chicken Boy during the show, they were headed straight for a Grammy, which they now have a pretty good shot at earning. They were obviously humbled and amazed by what they saw in front of them – a slew of industry people and eager fans looking at the “next big thing”.  And they played that way.

Hurray For the Riff Raff – June 15, 2012 Mercury Lounge
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Among several shows of theirs we saw this year (including our own CMJ show), this was the perfect example of a band finding its voice in the live setting at the same time as they released a fantastic album – in this case, the largely unheralded but outstanding Look Out Mama. 

Woods – November 3, 2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg

As many of us were just emerging from Hurricane Sandy hell (and many were still stuck in it), Woods gave Brooklynites a reason to leave the house for this outstanding show at Music Hall. Woods may be of the more recent vintage of Brooklyn bands, but their ability to stretch, bend and reshape a song is of another era. Their appropriately titled new record, Bend Beyond, is only a guidepost for what you get at one of their incredible live shows.

Olivia Tremor Control – June 16, 2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg
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When I was at this show, I thought it heralded a comeback for the Athens, GA-based psychedelic wizards. Instead, this was the last time I would ever see Olivia Tremor Control. Founding member Bill Doss passed away scarcely a month later, and with him, this cherished cornerstone of the Elephant 6 collective. Rest in peace, Bill, and may your music live forever.

The Mountain Goats – October 13, 2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Those in the know called this Mountain Goats show the best of the latest tour. We’re here to give you the audio evidence that they’re right.

Gov’t Mule (w/ the Levon Helm Band) – June, 2012 Mountain Jam, Hunter, NY
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Set against a backdrop of the Catskill Mountains, Gov’t Mule and the Levon Helm Band paid one hell of a tribute to one of music’s most dearly departed this year, Levon Helm. As if the idea that music has the power to transcend even death needed affirming, these guys did it with this performance.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Frank Turner – September 30, 2012 Webster Hall
The Soft Moon – September 20, 2012 Glasslands
Lucero – April 20, 2012 Webster Hall

Special thanks to all of the artists, management, labels, photographers and other music sites that have supported NYCTaper this year and in the past five years.  And of course, a huge thank you to our readers, who we hope to continue to provide with high-quality, artist-sanctioned recordings, reviews and photos throughout 2013 and beyond.  Happy New Year!

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[Soft Moon at Glasslands, courtesy of Eric Groom Photography]

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule – Winter 2012-13

November 16, 2012
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We’ve entered a new era at NYCTaper. After living on the unprotected edge for five years, we suffered the wrath of the new web — multiple hackings, imbedded spam and the horrible results of a website without substantial security. In the last couple of months, we hired an expert to rectify those problems and the result is that we seem to be free of the roving bands of malicious bots that permeate the web these days. That being said, there was substantial damage to the site’s archives that I am meticulously repairing month by month going all the way back to the first post. I’m now up to the Summer of 2010, and if you go back to 2007, 2008 and 2009, you will notice that all of the flac links have now returned to the topics (no more email requirement), posts that disappeared have been restored, posts have been fixed by restoring missing media, photos, fixing links, and removing odd characters. I continue to drudge through the archives and hope to come current within the next few weeks. Its a painful arduous task, but knowing that we now have complete backups is comforting. Also, its been a hoot to relive the “old days” and listen to some recordings that I haven’t heard in years. Two obvious conclusions are that our current recordings are a lot better than in the old days, and that I’ve seen a f-load of shows in the last 5+ years. Thanks of course to acidjack, Johnny and hiandlo for their assistance in restoring their old posts, and of course especially to acidjack for carrying the current workload as I finish this task. We expect that in the future NYCTaper will be a reliable and consistent provider of live music. We love what we do and thank all of our readers for your continued support.

I also realize that we’re way overdo for a Calendar post, so here goes. Lots of fun stuff here, including the usual highlight of any year, the Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows!

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

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

Schedule:

Naomi Punk / Parquet Courts:
November 16, 2012 285 Kent Brooklyn [facebook invite]

Metz:
November 19, 2012 Mercury Lounge NYC

EyeHateGod:
November 27, 2012 St. Vitus Brooklyn

Dinosaur Jr:
December 1, 2012 Terminal 5 NYC

Kevin Devine:
December 1, 2012 Webster Hall NYC

Animal Collective:
December 4 and December 5, 2012 Terminal 5 NYC

Deer Tick:
December 5, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl

Pink Mountaintops / The Loom:
December 5, 2012 Union Pool Brooklyn

Yo La Tengo:
December 8 through December 15, 2012 Maxwells Hoboken NJ

Smashing Pumpkins:
December 10, 2012 Barclays Center Brooklyn

Of Montreal:
December 11, 2012 Webster Hall NYC

Deer Tick:
December 12, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl

She Keeps Bees (and special guests):
December 15, 2012 Cameo Gallery Brooklyn

Deer Tick:
December 19, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl

Fucked Up:
December 21, 2012 Warsaw Brooklyn

Los Lobos:
December 22, 2012 City Winery NYC

My Morning Jacket:
December 27, 2012 Capitol Theatre Portchester NY

Lucero:
December 28, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl

Math The Band:
January 4, 2013 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

Hospitality:
January 10, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Mission of Burma:
January 18, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Cracker / Camper Van Beethoven:
January 19, 2013 Stage 48 NYC

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Winter/Spring 2012

January 5, 2012
By


[image by Songbirdnest]

Happy New Year to all of our faithful readers. 2011 was a banner year again for NYCTaper and the site continues to grow in size and recognition. We again must thank in earnest the artists who have contributed their superb music to the site, along with the many venues who have welcomed us. Additionally, the management, labels, agents, photographers, fellow bloggers, fellow tapers, and all other people who have contributed one way or another in making this site what it is today are so appreciated. We hope again to bring all of you the same kind of quality recordings in 2012!

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

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

Schedule:

Kevin Devine / Common Prayer:
January 7, 2012 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

The Lemonheads:
January 11, 2012 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Scud Mountain Boys:
January 13, 2012 Bowery Ballroom NYC (permission pending)

Cracker / Camper Van Beethoven:
January 14, 2012 Highline Ballroom NYC

Phantom Family Halo:
January 16, 2012 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

Mission of Burma:
January 19, 2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn

Akron/Family:
January 21, 2012 285 Kent Brooklyn

Nada Surf:
January 24, 2012 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Cass McCombs:
January 25, 2012 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Cloud Nothings / Jump Into The Gospel:
January 26, 2012 Studio at Webster Hall NYC

Rubblebucket:
January 28, 2012 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Grandfather:
February 1, 2012 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

Larkin Grimm:
February 2, 2012 The Rock Shop Brooklyn

Thurston Moore:
February 3, 2012 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Bjork:
February 3-18 NY Museum of Science Queens (some dates)

Howlin Rain:
February 7, 2012 Mercury Lounge NYC

JEFF The Brotherhood:
February 9, 2012 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Screaming Females:
February 11, 2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn

Frankie Rose:
February 21, 2012 Knitting Factory Brooklyn [permission pending]

Bjork:
February 22, 2012 – March 2, 2012 Roseland Ballroom NYC (some dates)

Parts & Labor / Oneida:
February 24, 2012 285 Kent Brooklyn

Heartless Bastards:
February 24, 2012 Webster Hall NYC

Sharon Van Etten:
February 24, 2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn

Sharon Van Etten:
February 25, 2012 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Craig Finn:
February 29, 2012 Mercury Lounge NYC

Wussy:
March 3, 2012 Cake Shop NYC

The Wedding Present:
March 21, 2012 Bell House Brooklyn

the Mountain Goats:
March 24, 2012 Merkin Hall NYC

Cursive:
April 3 or 4, 2012 Bowery Ballroom NYC

The War On Drugs:
April 6, 2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Summer 2013

May 22, 2013
By

63_taperbird

It promises to be an active Summer here at NYCTaper. We have festivals, outdoor shows, and the returns of many favorites to the site. The highlights include our all-hands-on-deck trip to Mountain Jam, and many other special events. Hope to see you out there!

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

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

Schedule:

Amanda Palmer:
May 25, 2013 Bowery Ballroom (Mermaid Benefit)

Flashlights:
May 27, 2013 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

The Thermals:
May 28, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Julia Weldon:
May 29, 2013 Rock Shop Brooklyn

Futurebirds:
May 31, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Hooded Fang:
June 4, 2013 Mercury Lounge NYC

the Mountain Goats:
June 5, 2013 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

Fuzz (Ty Segall):
June 6, 2013 Death By Audio Brooklyn

Mountain Jam:
June 6 – June 9, 2013 Hunter Mountain NY

The Antlers:
June 12, 2013 Le Poisson Rouge NYC

Deer Tick:
June 13, 2013 Shine A Light Festival, Rockville Centre NY

Mac DeMarco / White Fence:
June 13, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl

Miracle of 86:
June 14, 2013 Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ

White Fence:
June 14, 2013 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Miracle of 86:
June 15, 2013 Mercury Lounge NYC

Lambchop:
June 16, 2013 Warsaw Brooklyn

Heliotropes:
June 18, 2013 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

Blank Tapes:
June 18, 2013 Union Pool Brooklyn

Low:
June 19, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Man Or Astro-Man:
June 20, 2013 Mercury Lounge NYC

Dirty Beaches:
June 28, 2013 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

Tall Tall Trees:
June 29, 2013 Backyard Brunch Sessions Brooklyn

Deafheaven:
July 2, 2013 Saint Vitus Brooklyn

Los Lobos / Alejandro Escovedo:
July 11, 2013 Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival NYC

Lemonheads:
July 24, 2013 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Woods:
July 27, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Frank Turner:
July 30, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Hurray For the Riff Raff:
August 1, 2013 Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Galactic:
August 7, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl

Amanda Palmer:
August 9, 2013 Damrosch Park NYC

Daughn Gibson / Hiss Golden Messenger\:
August 17, 2013 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

Mac DeMarco:
August 28, 2013 East River Park NYC

Ty Segall:
August 29, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg

Ty Segall:
August 30, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Superchunk:
September 27 and 28, 2013 Bowery Ballroom NYC

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