Howlin’ Rain: July 28, 2018 Union Pool

August 16, 2018
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July sure felt like the month of Howlin’ Rain: I caught them twice at Brooklyn Bowl opening for Grateful Shred, and then a couple weeks later this headlining set at Union Pool. Whew! But what a tour finale we have here. The guys sharpened their axes in the two weeks they toured between Brooklyn appearances and it shows. Dig this bawling rendition of “The Wild Boys”—which we hadn’t heard at Brooklyn Bowl—and an extra jammy “Death Prayer.” More Rain! More Rain!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive.

Howlin’ Rain
2018-07-28
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [50:07]
01. Missouri
02. Rainbow Trout
03. Death Prayer in Heaven’s Orchard
04. Alligator Bride
05. The Wild Boys
06. [banter]
07. Coming Down

Band:
Ethan Miller: guitar/vocals
Jeff McElroy: bass, backing vocals
Dan Cervantes: guitar, backing vocals
Justin Smith: drums, backing vocals

Website | Facebook | Buy The Alligator Bride and other Howlin Rain records via Silver Current

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: July 28, 2018 Union Pool (Summer Thunder)

August 13, 2018
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After playing as a trio for the last couple-ish years, the Solar Motel Band is back to a quartet, having debuted their new dual-drummer lineup last month with shows at Monty Hall and Union Pool. Ryan Jewell (re-)joins the so-called “Sunwatchers Motel Band” lineup of Forsyth, Peter Kerlin, and Jason Robira. We caught the daytime set at Union Pool’s Summer Thunder outdoor stage, where the band played three new songs and more to a good-size crowd of folks willing to brave the heat. I’m never one to scoff at new Solar Motel tunes, but the real gem here is this ripping, sixteen-minute performance of “Dreaming in the Non-Dream.” Can’t wait to hear more from this lineup!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive.

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
2018-07-28
Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + MBHO KA100N/603A (on stage) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [46:40]
01. Untitled #1
02. Untitled #2
03. Paranoid Cat
04. Untitled #3
05. Dreaming in the Non-Dream

Band:
Chris Forsyth: guitar
Peter Kerlin: bass
Jason Robira: drums
Ryan Jewell: drums

Website | Facebook | Buy Dreaming in the Non-Dream from No Quarter

Elkhorn: July 29, 2018 Union Pool (Freedom of the Press Benefit)

August 2, 2018
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[Photo by Hans Chew]

There’s been a lot of great talk surrounding Kith & Kin’s Freedom of the Press compilation, the latest being this long piece from Pop Matters. For anyone interested in music and art, the fight for freedom of expression resonates deeply. If that sounds like you, head on over to Bandcamp and help out by purchasing Freedom of the Press—great music for a great cause, a total win-win.

Elkhorn are a band I’ve wanted to get on the site for a while now. The last near-miss was a recording from last month at Wonders of Nature that just didn’t come out. It happens. But fortunately, they’re (mostly) locals and I got another chance this past weekend. This one captures Elkhorners Drew Gardner and Jesse Sheppard performing a compact version of the “Lionfish” improvisations from their latest (very, very awesome) cassette on Eiderdown Records of the same title. They’re then joined by Ryan Jewell on tablas for a couple tunes: “Song of Son” and “Subway Mirror Heart.” If you dig this be sure to check out the Lionfish tape and their self-titled record (plus some more live stuff) over at their Bandcamp page.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Elkhorn
2018-07-29
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Freedom of the Press Benefit
https://freedomofthepress.bandcamp.com

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [31:02]
01. Lionfish
02. Song of the Son
03. Subway Mirror Heart

Jesse Sheppard: 12-string acoustic guitar
Drew Gardner: 6-string electric guitar
Ryan Jewell: percussion on 2-3

Buy Lionfish via Eiderdown Records
• • Elkhorn Bandcamp

Hans Chew: July 29, 2018 Union Pool (Freedom of the Press Benefit)

August 1, 2018
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If you truck in Cosmic American Music, you’ve hopefully picked up the new Freedom of the Press compilation from Kith & Kin, which features so many of the modern luminaries of the scene. And if you haven’t yet, there’s no time like the present. We at NYCTaper are supporters of the First Amendment as well as the music and were delighted to be part of this benefit. For a much more articulate discussion on why this cause is so important, and how the music fits in to it, check out this interview with label co-founder and executive producer of the compilation, Scott McDowell.

Speaking of things we at NYCTaper have an affinity for, we’ve been following Hans Chew’s music for a while now—since way back in 2012, in fact, when Hans played our CMJ show. Times have changed for sure: CMJ is gone, but we’re still here and so is Hans. He released a new record last year, Open Sea, which artfully blends his piano playing, sharp lyrics, and songwriting with a nod to the free playing styles of the 70s. I really couldn’t put it better than Tyler Wilcox did in Aquarium Drunkard: “While digging into Open Sea, Hans Chew’s latest/greatest LP, your imagination may conjure up some dream rock combos. Leon Russell hiring Television to be his backing band in ’77? Joe Boyd producing the Allmans? JJ Cale jamming with Crazy Horse?”

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Hans Chew
2018-07-29
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Freedom of the Press Benefit
https://freedomofthepress.bandcamp.com

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [36:28]
01. Open Sea
02. Life Insurance
03. Words & Music
04. Cruikshanks

Website
• • Bandcamp

Garcia Peoples: July 29, 2018 Union Pool (Freedom of the Press Benefit)

July 30, 2018
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Garcia Peoples contributed “Show Your Troubles Out” to the recently-released Freedom of the Press compilation and so were on hand for yesterday’s show benefiting the same foundation. I highly recommend picking up the compilation on CD or digital, not only for the terrific music found therein but also for the damn good cause and positive thinking it represents. We had a blast yesterday seeing the Garcias, Elkhorn, and Hans Chew and were thrilled to be part of the event. We’ll be be back shortly with recordings of those sets as well.

Speaking of new releases, Garcia Peoples will put out Cosmic Cash this Friday! Maybe you’ve heard some tracks off it, maybe you’ve caught one of their many local gigs or heard some live tunes here or on the Avant Ghetto show on WFMU. Wherever you’ve been getting your Garcia Peoples fix from, now’s the time to take the tunes home. And don’t miss Garcia Peoples celebrating Cosmic Cash with a release show at Union Pool this Friday, August 3rd. Bong Wish and zzzwalk also play, and I hear they’re damn good. Do go down and show the guys some love.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Garcia Peoples
2018-07-29
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Freedom of the Press Benefit
https://freedomofthepress.bandcamp.com

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [21:59]
01. One Step Behind >
02. Hangin’ On

Preorder Cosmic Cash via Bandcamp

Grateful Shred: July 14, 2018 Brooklyn Bowl

July 26, 2018
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Time for everybody to take a step back and give the folks up front some room. Better? Alright then. We’re back with night two of Grateful Shred at Brooklyn Bowl. Saturday picks up after an energetic second set from Friday, with terrific outings of “Cumberland Blues” to start, “Mississippi Half-Step,” and the classic Scarlet>Fire pairing. But the second set is where things really cook, with an epic “Truckin'” > Space > “St. Stephen” > “Not Fade Away” > “St. Stephen” suite that’ll have you lose time. And while you’re enjoying that, check in on some Grateful Shred tour dates and see if they’re coming your way—it’s wayyyyyyy better in person.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Grateful Shred
2018-07-14
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A (FOB, ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [2:05:47]

Set 1
01. Cumberland Blues
02. Feel Like a Stranger
03. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
04. Love in the Afternoon
05. Scarlet Begonias >
06. Fire on the Mountain

Set 2
07. Crowd
08. Mexicali Blues
09. Terrapin Station
10. The Wheel
11. Truckin’ >
12. Space >
13. St. Stephen >
14. Not Fade Away >
15. St. Stephen
16. The Stranger
17. Shakedown Street
18. Encore Break
19. One More Saturday Night

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