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Listen to Jeff Zeigler perform at Boot & Saddle, recorded by PhilaTaper

 

Jeff Zeigler at Boot and Saddle | Photo by John Vettese
Jeff Zeigler at Boot and Saddle | Photo by John Vettese

Jeff Zeigler‘s name has been attached to many projects over the years: his duo with harpist Mary Lattimore, experimental outfit Arc in Round, producer of records by The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Purling Hiss, Sun Airway, Chris Forsyth, Steve Gunn (and more). But lately he’s been performing his improvisational soundscapes solo, and local show archivist PhilaTaper was on scene to capture a set at Boot & Saddle earlier this month.

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Documenting A Live Music Scene: A conversation with the man behind Philataper

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
Strand of Oaks at Union Transfer, one of the shows documented by PhilaTaper | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

You probably didn’t know it, but at the last concert you attended you may have been standing next to a taper. Just ask Kris, a.k.a. Philataper, who has been documenting live gigs for over 20 years. Just a quick perusal of his Soundcloud page shows a treasure trove of local happenings: Strand of Oaks at Union Transfer, Hiss Golden Messenger at Johnny Brenda’s, Doug Paisley at Boot and Saddle.

Recording shows isn’t contained to only the jam band scene, where tapers have been found in designated areas at shows for decades with portable recorders, preamps and microphones on tall stands. True, it’s the only scene that often openly allows taping. In fact, that’s where it all started for Kris (who asks that his last name remain anonymous because of the nature of his hobby). Continue reading →