Listen to Amanda X’s set at the NYCTaper CMJ Cake Shop show

Photo by Pete Murray |
Amanda X | Photo by Pete Murray |

Our friends at NYCTaper recently threw a party at the CMJ music conference in New York City. Their unofficial showcase was at the Cake Shop and featured one of Philly’s best bands, Amanda X. This year saw the release of Amanda X’s Amnesia on Siltbreeze Records. The record was recorded by Jeff Zeigler at his studio Uniform Recordings and is a confident rock and roll record from start to finish. Continue reading →


Download a live set by Spacin’ from the Hopscotch Music Festival via NYCTaper

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Psych-y garage rock band Spacin’ trekked down to North Carolina a few weeks ago for the Hopscotch Music Festival, an eclectic three-day event in the Raleigh that has been incredibly welcoming to Philadelphia bands in recent years. The now-firmly established quartet of Spacin’ (formed by Birds of Maya’s Jason Killinger in 2012) played two shows at the festival, including a Paradise of Bachelors showcase on September 7th that featured sets by fellow Philly-associated acts like Daniel Bachman / Pelt, Steve Gunn and Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band.

The seemingly ubiquitous audio archivists at NYCTaper were on hand to record the show, which means Spacin’s full set is now available to download for free. The band filled their tight 20 minute day-time set with tracks from their debut Deep Thuds LP alongside a couple of unreleased songs. Listen to the recording of “Gary in the Universe” below and download the show via NYCTaper here.


Download a live set from Modern Inventors via NYCTaper (playing Steel City Coffeehouse on 12/07, Johnny Brenda’s on 12/28)

Philly rock outfit Modern Inventors traveled up 95 in October to participate in Brooklyn’s Backyard Brunch Sessions.  With a format similar to Philly’s own Bands in the Backyard, BBS host Dave Chaitt invites bands into his backyard for an afternoon of music and home-cooked food (though this particular session appears to have occurred inside).  Several Philadelphia area bands have been featured in past sessions, including XVSK, Family Band and The Spinning Leaves.

Modern Inventors, preparing for the release of their debut album Trains and Aeroplanes, played a mix of old and new songs at the final BBS session of the season.  Omnipresent New York concert archivists NYCTaper were on the scene with their professional recording equipment, which means you can now download Modern Inventors’ entire session for free here.  View the setlist below and stream the live version of the rock band’s new single “Hello”; they a have a few dates coming up including a show with Suzie Brown and Scot Sax at Steel City Coffeehouse on December 7th and a headlining gig at Johnny Brenda’s on December 28th.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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