I hope everyone had a great Christmas.
I'd like to draw your attention to a fantastic music blog that I stumbled across the other day.
NYC Taper is a collective of four tapers who between them seem to go to more live shows in a week than I manage in a year, and their site provides excellent quality recordings of these shows in MP3 and FLAC formats for download.
They make a point of only taping shows by artists who have an existing pro-taping policy or have expressly given permission themselves for the recording to take place, and it's all free ( although you can make a donation if you wish to this noble cause )
The tapers have an agreement with some of the venues which allows them to record directly from the soundboard so there's some pretty flash sounding stuff here - not a muffled dictaphone in sight.
They also provide a full rundown on the recording equipment used for each show, and a full setlist so you can see what you're getting.
Their collective taste is very good - mostly indie / hipster guitar based music.
So far I've checked out shows by Blitzen Trapper and Felice Brothers - both immaculately recorded, and excellent performances to boot.
There's a massive back catalogue of stuff to work through which will keep me busy for months.
They've just put together their essential 25 live moments of the year for download here :
or you can visit their frontpage here :
Their latest posts include big names like Yo La Tengo ( pictured ), My Morning Jacket, Atlas Sound, the National and lots more - check 'em out now.