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Joan Shelley: September 23, 2022 The Colony (Woodstock, NY)

September 28, 2022

Back in April 2020 when we didn’t know when or if we were going to see live music again, Joan Shelley released Live at the Bomhard, the hometown tour finale recorded live in 2019 with the Best Hands Band and a special appearance by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. It was both a comfort to all of us stuck at home and a reminder of what we were missing out on.

I have to admit I was only mildly familiar with Joan Shelley before that Bandcamp Friday release, but felt compelled that day to support as many musicians as I could to make sure music would still be there when we returned to normalcy. The added draw of hearing new, live music meant Live at the Bomhard would be in constant rotation ever since. These songs all became familiar in their live and studio arrangements as I added her records to my collection.

This past June, Shelley released her latest album, The Spur, a collection of songs that sound like they are grappling with comfort and safety—songs like “Home,” “Forever Blues,” and “Fawn.” And here I’ve finally gotten to see Joan Shelley live in person. Live music did return after all, though it must be added not without its difficulties.

Whether you’ve heard these songs on Live at the Bomhard, or the studio versions on The Spur, Shelley’s set at The Colony in Woodstock added new textures and arrangements with her current touring band of Nathan Salsburg, Jim Elkington, and Nick Macri, all who played on The Spur and other Joan Shelley albums. Between songs Shelley and her band are affable and engaging with their story telling and the added context for these songs. On a cold night in Woodstock at the beginning of Fall, it sure felt warm inside.

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nyctaper · Joan Shelley – Live at The Colony 2022
Joan Shelley
The Colony
Woodstock, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard + MBHO KA500/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Tracks [1:10:45]
01. Stay All Night
02. Forever Blues
03. [Fawn intro]
04. Fawn
05. If the Storms Never Come
06. [Fall in the mountains]
07. Home
08. [Favorite room in the world]
09. The Fading
10. [Storms]
11. Like the Thunder
12. Wild Indifference
13. [The Spur intro]
14. The Spur
15. Completely
16. Stay on My Shore
17. [The last show of all time]
18. Why Not Live Here
19. Coming Down For You
20. [The merch table]
21. When the Light is Dying
22. Not Over by Half

The band:
Joan Shelley
Nathan Salsburg
James Elkington
Nick Macri

Dominick and the Family Band: August 20, 2022 Deep in the Valley

August 30, 2022

Welcome to our coverage of the 2022 Deep in the Valley festival and special deep valley thanks to Raven Sings the Blues and From the Ground Brewery for hosting!

Really I can’t think of a music festival I’ve been to that was as inviting and relaxed as Deep in the Valley. The very first band of the day, local Kingston quartet Dominick and the Family Band, perfectly inaugurated the day’s good vibes and laid back atmosphere with their hazy country-rock. Festival goers newly arriving paused setting up their chairs to take in the sounds as they played songs off last year’s aptly-titled tape, Body Wave Heat Whatever, plus the new songs “Heather” and “Backwards.” But they saved the best for last, blasting off with a heady, ten-minute version of “Lights Out.” If you didn’t know any better you’d think these guys were headlining the festival. I highly recommend heading over to Bandcamp to grab their tape (as well as bandleader Dominick Anfiteatro’s solo stuff). I’m sure there will be opportunities to catch these locals again in the Hudson Valley. I’ll be there for sure!

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nyctaper · Dominick and the Family Band – Live at Deep in the Valley 2022
Dominick and the Family Band
Deep in the Valley
From the Ground Brewery
Red Hook, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN, stage lip) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Tracks [34:06]
01. I Wanna Get High
02. Blue Morning Light
03. Just Smoke
04. Their Aim
05. Heather
06. Backwards
07. Lights Out

Jeffrey Alexander and the Heavy Lidders: August 20, 2022 Deep in the Valley

August 23, 2022

Welcome to our coverage of the 2022 Deep in the Valley festival and special deep valley thanks to Raven Sings the Blues and From the Ground Brewery for hosting!

They didn’t kick off the festival but kicking off our coverage of Deep in the Valley is this astounding set from Jeffrey Alexander and the Heavy Lidders. We’re big fans of course of his other band, Dire Wolves, but this is the first time we’ve gotten to see him with the Heavy Lidders. The group includes Elkhorn-ers Drew Gardner on guitar and Jesse Shepherd on bass, Scott Verrastro of Kohoutek on drums, and a guest appearance from Ashley Paul on saxophone. Opening with the loose, Tolkien-referencing “Bombadil Bop” couldn’t have been more appropriate for the pastoral setting as folks got up out of their chairs to boogie, while others sought umbrellas as the midday heat came out in full force. The band slides further into the literary references with “Beowulf’s Trip” from the ‘Lidders recent self-titled LP featuring the same lineup that we saw at Deep in the Valley. (Heads take note: that record also boasts appearances from Marissa Nadler on the Dead’s “Black Peter,” Rosali Middleman, PG Six, and Ryan Jewell. Wow!) After playing her own solo set, Ashley Paul joined in on saxophone for “Hidden Treasure.” She and Jeffrey Alexander collaborated remotely last year and released a super limited 7″—nice to see them jamming in person. Finally the band choogles into their deepest grooves of the day with Willie Dixon’s classic “Spoonful,” which they also put out on Elixer of Life. Their set was truly a physical manifestation of the good vibes and collaborative atmosphere at Deep in the Valley and I hope you enjoy this as much as we all did—get into it below!

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Jeffrey Alexander and the Heavy Lidders
Deep in the Valley
From the Ground Brewery
Red Hook, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN, stage lip) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Tracks [49:29]
01. Bombadil Bop
02. Beowulf's Trip
03. Hidden Treasure
04. Spoonful [Willie Dixon]

Jeffrey Alexander - guitar, vocal
Drew Gardner - guitar
Jesse Sheppard - bass
Scott Verrastro - drums
with - Ashley Paul - saxophone on 3

Weak Signal: May 13, 2022 Tubby’s (Kingston, NY)

May 26, 2022

The immediate first impression of Weak Signal is “this dude’s guitar tone is going to tear my face off.” You could stop at that and have a decent idea of what the band is about but thanks to our own EricPH Weak Signal is now on the internet archive giving us several excellent live options to examine. Close consideration of these recordings reveal more than a monstrous guitar tone; beautiful and expressive song writing, excellent harmonies and one of the most engaging rhythm sections operating today. 

The rhythm section, Tran on drums and Sasha on bass, present the aural equivalent of a train coming down the tracks a bit too fast. It feels out of control, like it could crash at any time but then pulls safely to its destination right on schedule. It’s that possibility of collapse and the thrill of evading it that makes this band so exciting to listen to. In many ways it reminds me of the great early Kinks rhythm section of Mick Avory and Peter Quaife. 

This was the first show with the full band together in six months and features songs from all their records as well as a live debut of a new tune called “Don’t Want No Problems.” Weak Signal has several upcoming dates including two nights opening for Pavement! Go see them, you won’t regret it.

I recorded this from the soundboard with my MBHO mics and a mono board feed from the FOH engineer Kyle. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Weak Signal 


Kingston, NY 


Source: MBHO440 + SDB> MixPre3 > SD (24/48) > Adobe Audition/izotope ( EQ, Compression) > Audacity (fades, tracking) > FLAC (lvl8) > Mp3Tag 

Thanks to Tubby’s FOH engineer Kyle for the patch 

Recorded and Produced by Kliked 

  1. Devotion 
  1. Hallelujah Baby 
  1. Dripping In Gold 
  1. Really Gotta Run 
  1. I Don’t Miss You 
  1. YR Deal 
  1. Comeback 
  1. Spooky Feeling 
  1. Bullet In Your Brain 
  1. Don’t Want No Problems 
  1. Names 
  1. Tell Me How You Like It 
  1. Drugs In My System

Please support this excellent band by purchasing music from bandcamp!

Tubby’s upcoming shows!

Mountain Movers: April 30, 2022 Tubby’s (Kingston, NY)

May 13, 2022

Much has changed in Kingston since the start of Covid. Many of the long-standing hubs of the community (RIP BSP, Boitson’s, Tony’s) sit empty while revitalization and housing prices march onward. Tubby’s, thankfully, has not only weathered the storm, but seems to be steadily gaining steam. 

At its core Tubby’s is a local hang. On any given evening it may be the gathering spot for local members of the LGBTQ+ community, Simpsons fans, Deadheads, Goths or just folks looking for a cold beer after work. This beautiful Spring evening was a double bill with Mountain Movers and Wet Tuna, a night for the heads. 

Mountain Movers have appeared on this website several times over the years, and I am happy to add another recording to the list. The New Haven CT quartet pulled from their entire catalog including several tracks from their excellent 2021 release “World What World”. The set ended with a particularly transportive 10-minute workout of “Unknown Hours” exploring all the corners of noise, psychedelia, atmosphere, and Rock they are known for. 

I recorded this set from my normal spot atop the riser next to the soundboard with my MBHO mics and a mono board feed from Tubby’s FOH engineer Brian. I am quite happy with the results! 

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Mountain Movers
Kingston, NY

Recorded and Produced by Kliked

MBHO440 + SDB> SoundDevices MixPre3> SD (24/48)> Adobe Audition/izotope 9> Audacity> FLAC (lvl8)> Mp3Tag
Thanks to Tubby’s FOH engineer Brian for the board patch!

  1. Hudson Valley Jam
  2. Bodega On My Mind > The Sun Shines On The Moon
  3. I Wanna See The Sun
  4. Then The Moon
  5. Flock Of Swans
  6. Way Back to the World
  7. Unknown Hours

Dan Greene: guitar, vocals
Rick Omonte: bass
Kryssi Battalene: lead guitar
Ross Menze: drums

Please support Mountain Movers and visit their Bandcamp page!

Tubby’s upcoming shows!

SAVAK: April 8, 2022 Tubby’s (Kingston, NY)

April 12, 2022

SAVAK released their last LP, Rotting Teeth in the Horse’s Mouth, on April 10, 2020. To say that was a weird time would be an understatement. I vividly recall exploring my former neighborhoods of Ditmas Park and Midwood, frequently soundtracked by that new LP in those early days.

Now it’s two years later and… here we are. SAVAK’s latest record, Human Error / Human Delight arrives on Friday and I even got to see them play live for the first time in probably three years. Too long! But like those early days, SAVAK’s set from last Friday is a much needed salve. There’s nothing quite like live music and SAVAK’s energy is infectious as ever. This was my first chance to hear some of the new songs, like the standout album-opener “No Blues No Jazz,” “Dealers,” “Cold Ocean,” and a riotous, closing “Set Apart.” SAVAK steer full-throttle towards delight!

SAVAK have a few upcoming dates around NYC, including one at The P.I.T. on May 12, plus opening slots for Jawbox (!) in July and June of 44 (!!) in October, both at Le Poisson Rouge.

I recorded this set with the mics clamped to the soundboard booth, combined with a board feed from FOH Will. I mixed those down and then Sohrab provided some additional mastering. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

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nyctaper · SAVAK – Live at Tubby's 2022

Kingston, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard (engineer: Will) + MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Tracks [40:15]

  1. Early Western Traders
  2. Vis-a-Vis
  3. How Many Duchesses
  4. Dealers
  5. I Don’t Want To Be Defended
  6. Cold Ocean
  7. No Blues No Jazz
  8. Door Deals & Debt
  9. They Are Not Like Us
  10. Set Apart

Buy Human Error / Human Delight via Bandcamp
• • Connect with the band at their Website and on Facebook

Tonstartssbandht: October 28, 2021 Market Hotel

December 12, 2021
Photo by Tod Seelie

In what is perhaps the most NYCTaper-friendly tour announcement ever, last week it was revealed that Ryley Walker and Tonstartssbandht will co-headline a six-date Northeast tour in March that will arrive in New York at Bowery Ballroom on St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve already purchased the Bowery tickets, but we’ve had some serious discussions about doing multiple dates on this tour, with the mostly likely being the Portland Maine and Providence Rhode Island dates on the weekend after the Thursday night in New York. We shall see, but suffice to say its an exciting tour that should not be missed by us, or by anyone serious about good music.

But the Bowery will not be the first post-pandemic show in New York for our old friends Andy and Edwin White. In late October, they toured for Petunia, the band’s first proper album in three years and played a sold-out show at our own Market Hotel. I can not properly express how thoroughly renewing it was for us to see one of our favorite bands and favorite people play live again. Nevermind that the crowd also included a bunch of old friends, this night was just magic from start to finish. The band’s set concentrated primarily on the new album material, and flowed as their sets always do, in remarkable continuity. The energy was peak throughout and hit a crescendo during the set-closing “Sorcerer“, ending a wonderful night in truly excellent fashion. We expect more of these peaks on the tour in March.

I recorded this set with the installed Neumann hypercards blended with an excellent board feed mixed by Osaro. We are very pleased with the sound quality of this capture. Enjoy!

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nyctaper · Tonstartssbandht – Live at Market Hotel Oct 28 2021

Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Osaro] + 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

[Total Time 1:01:57]
01 Falloff
02 Opening
03 What Has Happened
04 Hey Bad >
05 Breathe – Susie – Last Train Home
06 All of My Children
07 Magic Pig
08 Smilehenge
09 Sorcerer

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Ryley Walker: September 12, 2021 Tubby’s (Kingston, NY)

November 1, 2021

Since my last post here (on March 9, 2020) New Yorkers have sought refuge in all kinds of places and a bewildering number of distractions. Vinyl record sales surged even more, Instagram overflowed with DIY baking, sedentary people discovered hiking, gym rats discovered the joys of being sedentary. New Yorkers moved to the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, Florida or farther-flung destinations.

Ryley Walker ended up in Vermont, running his nascent but growing label, Husky Pants and, as is his norm, recording and releasing a slew of new music. Course In Fable, the follow-up to 2018’s Deafman Glance, represents another stunning evolution in his sound. Prog-rock courses through its compositions, recorded with pristine sonics by Tortoise vet John McEntire. If anyone worried whether Ryley’s first post-sobriety album would lose the magic of his blurrier past, the answer is not only no, but the exact opposite. This is Walker’s most self-possessed work to date, bringing all of collaborators Ryan Jewell, Andrew Scott Young, and Bill McKay’s musical strengths firmly under one voice, with lyrics that can be evocative but obtuse as well as devastatingly direct. If Course In Fable is remembered as the finest album of Walker’s career, it will be worthy of the title.

It made sense to see these songs in the tiny but welcoming back room of Tubby’s, a venerable Kingston bar reinvented as a serious live music venue. The space itself feels like a refuge; its size compels an intimacy and familiarity that have been hard to come by for most of us in this part of the world recently. I’m not sure I’ve been to another venue of its size that has bookings at the level they do, and I hope Tubby’s keeps it up.

This show featured most of the Course In Fable lineup, with Walker joined by Jewell and Young, and the trio moved through this set of later-period (Course and Deafman Glance) tunes with aplomb. The Course tunes stayed fairly true to their original arrangements, with “The Halfwit In Me” serving as the 18-minute improvisational centerpiece of the set. While I’d love to hear some of those talents applied to the live new songs eventually, for this go, the thrill came in hearing the original arrangements live in a room, that special kind they were written for.

Ryley is on a west coast swing right now, and will be back east supporting Dinosaur Jr. to close out the year, followed by… well, his usual slew of tour dates in 2022. Just how it should be. See his tour dates here.

This recording was an extra-special collaboration between Kliked and I, using a combination of my Schoeps omnidirectional mics up front, his MBHO’s at the soundboard, and Zoots’ feed of the (mostly) vocals. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the recording at the Live Music Archive [MP3] | [FLAC]

Ryley Walker
Kingston, NY  USA

Recorded and produced by Kliked and acidjack

Source 1: Schoeps MK5o>KCY>Z-PFA (stage lip, PAS)>Sound Devices MixPre6Source 2: MBHO 440 (at SBD) + Soundboard (engineer: Zoots)>Sound Devices MixPre3
Source 1 24/48 WAV + Source 2 24/48 WAV>Audacity (time align, EQ, fades, tracking, limiter, compression)>24/48 WAV>FLAC ( level 8 )

Ryley Walker
Ryan Jewell – Percussion
Andrew Scott Young – Bass

Tracks [Total Time:59:28]
01 Striking Down Your Big Premiere
02 Rang Dizzy
03 [banter1]
04 Opposite Middle
05 [banter2]
06 Telluride Speed
07 [banter3]
08 The Halfwit In Me
09 [banter4]
10 Shiva With Dustpan
11 [banter5]
12 22 Days

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Chris Forsyth: August 4, 2021 Sultan Room

August 15, 2021
Photo by nyctaper

Chris Forsyth returned to live performance in the most exactly perfect way possible. Like most performers, he hasn’t played a proper show in more than a year, but for his two-show return last week, Chris compiled an incendiary quartet of top notch musicians, all of whom are quite familiar to these pages. Tom Malach is a founder and lead guitarist of site favorites Garcia Peoples, Ryan Jewell has appeared here about a dozen different formats, mainly with Ryley Walker, and Doug McCombs has appeared here with the seminal Tortoise and with his Brokeback project. Forsyth himself has appeared many times on this site, and always brings the goods. But this show was an entirely different animal.

If this performance was an indication, Chris Forsyth emerged from lockdown with well honed new material and having maintained the precision of his playing. The quartet that performed at Sultan Room last week (and Philly the following night) were tight, focused, and thoroughly in sync. The four new songs (and new cover) were presented in almost completed form (except for the working titles) and as if these four musicians had been playing the compositions regularly. That is to say that this show flowed from start to finish and left the boisterous and rapt crowd frankly stunned at the quality of the performance.

I recorded this set with the outdoor-friendly large diaphragm Neumann microphones set up front and center of the stage and mixed with a soundboard feed provided by the most excellent Imoni Cole Palmer. I’m extremely pleased with the quality of this recording and hope you enjoy as much as the sold out crowd and I did that night.

Chris Forsyth is returning to the West Coast for a show on October 9, 2021 at the Crystal Cavern in Oakland. The band will include Doug McCombs and Ryan Jewell. This is Chris’s first show in California since 2014. Tickets are available [here].

Download the Complete Show in MP3 and FLAC at [HERE]

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Chris Forsyth
Sultan Room
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
On Stage Audience + Soundboard

Neumann TLM-102 Large Diaphragm Cardioids + Soundboard > 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

Set 1
[Total Time 57:19]
01 You’re Going to Need Somebody [Richard Thompson]
02 Tomorrow Might as Well Be Today
03 Mystic Mountain
04 Blackbird Jungle*
05 Experimental Professional

Set 2
[Total Time 1:02:48]
06 Dreaming in the Non-Dream
07 [band introductions]
08 Dream Song
09 Evolution Here I Come*
10 Robot Energy Machine*

*working title

Chris Forsyth: guitar
Tom Malach: guitar
Doug McCombs: bass
Ryan Jewell: percussion

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Garcia Peoples: June 4, 2021 Industry City

June 16, 2021
photo by nyctaper

Welcome back! Its been a hellish 16 months for everyone we know. No one was spared, and many friends of the site went through trauma that no person should have to endure. But as far as we can tell, this existential nightmare seems to be coming to close. Today New York State celebrated a 70% vaccination rate, and much of the City is re-opening, including live performances.

Last weekend we experienced our first real “concert” event in forever, and it could not have been a more spiritually and emotionally fulfilling night. Garcia Peoples are obviously one of the site’s favorite bands, and most importantly a favorite set of people, so it was quite appropriate that this would be the NYCTaper coming out party. In the open air at Industry City, and with GP as a soundtrack, we grooved while smiling at friends we haven’t seen in months and months, shook hands, hugged, and generally felt true enjoyment. For their part, the band debuted a bunch of outstanding new material, jammed on some classics, and sounded tight and focused. They are truly back and we couldn’t be happier.

Garcia Peoples are adding new shows to their touring schedule on a regular basis. At this point, they are playing 3 dates in consecutive months at Turk’s Inn (Sultan Room roof) in Brooklyn, beginning with a show next week (June 23) and then appearances at the Treefort Festival and Lockn Fest. Dates are being added, check out their bandcamp page for updates.

This show was recorded with Schoeps cards set up at the soundboard tent, and mixed with a board feed. There were issues with the elements and a humming noise from a generator, but overall we’re pretty pleased with the sound quality. Enjoy!

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Garcia Peoples
Industry City
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Audience + Soundboard

Schoeps CCM4u’s + Soundboard > 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

[Total Time 1:15:01]
01 False Company
02 Cold Dice
03 Tough Freaks
04 Stray Cats
05 Painting A Vision That Carries
06 Heart and Soul
07 A Reckoning
08 Fire of The Now
09 Cassandra
10 Fill Your Cup
11 World’s Illusion


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