Antietam: August 21, 2015 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

August 27, 2015


Antietam have had quite a summer around these parts, including a scorcher of a gig opening for Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo) back in May. If you’re seeing them at a show, and they aren’t the headliner, you can almost guarantee that whoever they’re opening for is somebody important. That’s not to say that Antietam doesn’t stand on their own — they do — but they’re one of those long-standing acts whose consistency and goodwill toward others tends to put them among really, really cool friends. In the case of this show, frontwoman Tara Key has collaborated with Rick Rizzo (of headliners Eleventh Dream Day) on two records.

On this night at Mercury Lounge, much like their recent show at Cake Shop, the reformed (as of 2004) Antietam proved themselves to be on top of their game, as they shared material from what should be a new album this year or early next. We heard several of those new songs before they launched into “one you might know” — in this case, “1-2-1” from 2008’s Opus Mixtum. That wasn’t all that was there for the regulars (which were plentiful in this crowd), as the band gave us a fist-pumping “(Keep Me) Satisfied” before closing with another promising new one called “Birdwatching.” The veteran outfit clearly has benefited from studio time and previous workouts with this new material on the road, as this set brought to bear this band’s post-punk urgency as well as their ability to just flat-out play. Here’s to hoping for that new record sooner rather than later.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Mercury engineer Dave Lefcourt, together with Schoeps MK41V microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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Soundboard (engineer: Dave Lefcourt) + Schoeps MK41V (PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Roland R-26>2×44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, limiter, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Sunshine
02 Right Between Your Eyes
03 Automatic
04 Breathe
05 I’m So Tired
06 1-2-1
07 They Don’t Know
08 (Keep Me) Satisfied
09 Birdwatching

If you enjoyed this recording PLEASE SUPPORT Antietam, visit their website, and their blog, and their Facebook page, and purchase their official releases from Carrot Top Records [HERE].

Sunwatchers: August 23, 2015 St. Paul’s Church – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

August 26, 2015


Merely a few days ago, if you had asked me to write a book report on the electric phin you would have gotten a blank stare. Turns out it’s an oddly-shaped, three-stringed Laotian lute and sounds pretty much like you’d imagine a Laotian lute would. My newfound knowledge is courtesy of Wikipedia and local psych-jazzers Sunwatchers, for whom the phin is only one aspect of their ambitious instrumentation. Besides the core of guitar-bass-drums the band also incorporates the alto sax and vibraphone. Combine all that together and you’ve got some pretty unique sounds. Fans of the instrumental and rhythmic experimentation of bands like Rhyton and Horse Lords should look no further for their new favorite up-and-coming Brooklyn band.

Sunwatchers are hot off recording their first LP, which is due out on Castle Face Records later this year, and sounds pretty damn great. The band has been playing together for a couple years now but Sunday marked their first show since the recording sessions. They put together an excellent showcase upstairs at St. Paul’s Church in South Williamsburg, drawing a sizeable and eager crowd for a sweaty Sunday night. But all left satisfied, and were rewarded for their diligence with an intimate, blistering set full of songs off the forthcoming LP.

I recorded this set from the stage lip where the mics picked up the bass, drums, guitar, and phin, while a feed from the mixer supplied most of the saxophone and vibraphone. The results are outstanding. Enjoy!

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St. Paul’s Church
Brooklyn, NY

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Soundboard + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC

Tracks [33:29]
01. For Sonny
02. There Are Weapons You Can Bring to School
03. Moonchanges
04. Moroner
05. Ape Phases

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Eleventh Dream Day: August 21, 2015 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

August 24, 2015


Eleventh Dream Day is one of those bands that you can’t believe never became more famous. The Chicago stalwarts — whose core includes singer/guitarist Rick Rizzo, bassist Doug McCombs (also of Tortoise and Brokeback) and drummer/singer Janet Bean (also of Freakwater), now joined by guitarist Jim Elkington (Tweedy) and keyboardist Mark Greenberg — have been at this since the 1980s, and are often hailed as the Midwest’s answer to Yo La Tengo. There’s some truth to that, to be sure, in terms of what their musical choices suggest about their record collections, as well as the more obvious female drummer comparison, but EDD put forth a harder-edged, more blue collar aesthetic than their NYC counterparts. Nobody ever tags the oft-heralded YLT as “underrated,” either. Like a lot of bands that got swept up in the post-Nirvana gold rush, Eleventh Dream Day weren’t so much “underrated” as “screwed over by major label incompetence,” but nobody is denying that they belonged on bigger stages. Unlike the majority of their peers who found themselves in the same spot they persevered, and even thrived, as part of the underground where they belonged in the first place.

EDD’s tour this year consisted of a scant four dates built around the members’ other commitments, and we were lucky enough to get one of them at Mercury Lounge. The vets are out flogging their latest release, Works For Tomorrow, which also has the distinction of being one of the very best among their deep catalog. The band came out swinging with the the album’s title track, followed by the new (and arguably album-defining) “Vanishing Point” and “Go Tell It” before heading into the hyper-political “The People’s History.” Bean and Rizzo’s interplay as vocalists works well, such as on the new “The Unknowing.” After that, we got one of the band’s older tracks, “Bagdad’s Last Ride” from 1989’s Beet. Before heading back into new material, the band treated us to one of the night’s two covers, this one the Wiper’s “Taking Too Long.” Fans of the old-school material had plenty to love in “Orange Moon” from 1994’s Ursa Major, whose dark lyrics seemed more deeply felt on this go than on the album original. The second cover, an rocked-up version of Judy Henske’s damaged-folk jam “Snowblind,” might well have been the night’s culminating moment, letting Bean match Henske’s gasoline-drinking vocals as the guitarists got some room to shred. It’s not really fair to call a band of this impact “Chicago’s Yo La Tengo.” Eleventh Dream Day are Chicago’s Eleventh Dream Day, and they did their home city and their fans proud with this one.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Dave Lefcourt, combined with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Eleventh Dream Day
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Dave Lefcourt) + Schoeps MK41V (PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Roland R-26>2×44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:09:25]
01 Works For Tomorrow
02 Vanishing Point
03 Go Tell It
04 The People’s History
05 The Unknowing
06 Bagdad’s Last Ride
07 Taking Too Long [The Wipers]
08 Deep Lakes
09 End With Me
10 Cheap Gasoline
11 [banter1]
12 Orange Moon *
13 [encore break]
14 Snowblind [Judy Henske]
15 Tarantula

* w/ Matt Rizzo

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Eleventh Dream Day, visit their website, and buy Works For Tomorrow from Thrill Jockey.

Alan Licht: August 2, 2015 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

August 20, 2015


There are any number of ways that a fan of the New York underground scene might have run across the guitarist Alan Licht. Along with an extensive discography of his own, Licht has also played a key role in several bands, including the Blue Humans, Love Child, and Run On. Most recently, Licht has appeared as a member of Lee Ranaldo and the Dust. Now, he’s readying a new solo album, which he was kind enough to share a majority of with this group of fans at Union Pool. Compared to some of Licht’s more drone and minimalist work, these compositions, like leadoff track “Riding On the S’s” and “Raw Deal” in particular, show the influence of the recent work with Ranaldo. They have an urgent, narrative feel to them, to the point that you almost feel compelled to throw your own lyrics into them at points. This was the songs’ first exposure to a public audience, and it seems likely that they’ll see some further evolution before the final versions are laid down on the record (one of them, after all, still lacks a title). But even in these raw, new forms, Licht showed a clear vision for and command of them, leading me to believe that new record is going to be a must-have.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from engineer Kevin Mazzarelli, combined with Schoeps MK41V microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Jeff Conklin for arranging the show and permission to record Alan’s set.

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Alan Licht
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Soundboard (engineer: Kevin Mazzarelli) + Schoeps MK41V (PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Edirol R-44>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, noise reduction on SBD)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Riding on the S’s
02 First Love, Haleema
03 Raw Deal
04 Currents
05 Every Little Yacht
06 Untitled
07 (Them’s the) Breaks

If you enjoyed this recording, you can buy all of Alan Licht’s records through the links available on Discogs

Warehouse: June 12, 2015 Rough Trade – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 19, 2015

Warehouse Live

When the first and most immediate comparison I make with a current band is to the late great Pylon, you know that band has immediately won me over. Warehouse is from the same area as Pylon (Atlanta/Athens) and play the same tight and jittery math-rock that was revolutionized in the early 80’s when Pylon songs like “Dub” and “Crazy” were making waves on college radio. Its heartening to know 30+ years hence that bands still feel this influence, and in the case of Warehouse, actually acknowledge the musical debt. Not surprisingly, all of this is not lost on the Eighties aficionados at Bayonet Records who have signed Warehouse to their fledgling label. At the Bayonet Northside showcase, Warehouse was the first band on the bill and one that certainly caught the early attention of the room that filled quickly when the band began to play. This set is marked by the appearance of five new (with working titles) songs in the eight-song setlist. The band’s only current release is the Tesseract cassette of which three songs were played, and we are streaming “Promethean Gaze” below. Consider this recording an excellent preview of the new album, which is not expected until next year but has the early ingredients to be a stunner. We’ll be waiting for it, certainly.

Warehouse is currently booking Fall tour dates. Keep posted by following them on Facebook.

This set was recorded in the same manner at the Beach Fossils set from this show (Schoeps plus Kam’s feed) and the sound is equally superb. Enjoy!

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Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Kam] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 28:35]
01 [new song – Criminal Lines]
02 Mental Faculty
03 Promethean Gaze
04 [new song – Oscillator]
05 Euphrates
06 [new song – Untitled1]
07 [new song – Reservoir]
08 [new song – Untitled2]

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Chain and the Gang: August 6, 2015 The Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

August 18, 2015

Chain and the Gang
[Photo from Portsmouth by Tim Bugbee/tinnitus photography]

Chain and the Gang is the latest from provocateur and frenetic frontman Ian Svenonius (ex- Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up, Weird War). Since 2009’s Down With Liberty… Up With Chains through last year’s Minimum Rock N Roll, Svenonius and co. have been laying down heavy grooves, lampooning late capitalism, and doing it all with irresistible style. I mean, this band oozes cool—just check out those suits! Their opening set at the Bowery Ballroom a couple weeks back will give you a taste of what Chain and the Gang is all about and no doubt have you joining their crusade. But until then, I’m violating “Mum’s the Word” ’s plea for secrecy by even mentioning this performance—so let’s just keep that between ourselves, okay?

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue with a board feed from Bowery FOH Kenny. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Chain and the Gang
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Kenny) + AKG C480B/CK63 (FOB, LOC, PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [43:33]
01. Chain Gang Theme (I See Progress)
02. Free Will
03. Certain Kinds of Trash
04. Why Not
05. Devitalize
06. Logic of Night
07. Mum’s the Word
08. ‘Nuff Said
09. What is a Dollar?
10. Livin’ Rough

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