Rosali: April 12, 2024 Knitting Factory

May 13, 2024

The Rosali/Mowed Sound tour supporting their new album, Bite Down, was one for the ages—think Neil and Crazy Horse in 1976. At each stop I heard from folks who were blown away by the songs and the energy. You can hear for yourself the band rock Tubby’s a few days before this gig at the new NYC Knitting Factory. While I didn’t quite capture same clarity as that recording, this stack tape complements the Tubby’s one nicely, giving you an upfront ear on crunchy guitar work from Rosali and James Schroeder. Kevin Donahue is the maybe the band’s unsung hero on drums—and of course David Nance’s bass-playing couldn’t be replicated by any other. I love seeing Rosali and him collaborating and can only hope one day we’ll get a duo record from the pair. Anyhow, I hear Nance and Mowed Sound will be back around later this year to tour their own self-titled record, which has been burning its own hole in my ears.

But while we’re waiting to hear about the Mowed Sound tour, Rosali’s Summer tour dates can be found on her website. New Yorkers will get the chance to see her again at this year’s Woodsist Festival. If you haven’t been, it’s the best multi-day fest in the area and the lineup this year is spectacular.

I recorded this from up front near the right stack at the Knitting Factory’s new Baker Falls location, in the former home of of the Pyramid Club. The venue sounds great and I can’t wait to get back there. Enjoy!

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Knitting Factory New York at Baker Falls
New York, NY

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Tracks [1:16:257]
01. On Tonight
02. Hopeless
03. Change Is in the Form
04. Waited All Day
05. Hills on Fire
06. Mouth
07. Rewind
08. Slow Pain
09. My Kind
10. Bite Down
11. Tender Heart
12. Bones
13. All This Lightning
14. Whatever Love

Rosali Middleman – Guitar, Vocals
David Nance – Bass, Vocals
Kevin Donahue – Drums, Vocals
James Schroeder – Guitar, Vocals

Mountain Movers: September 30, 2023 Tubby’s Fifth Anniversary

April 25, 2024

The NYCTaper coverage of Tubby’s Fifth Anniversary returns with site favorites Mountain Movers

The Movers have been at it for a while but still seem fresh. In fact, this was probably the most vibrant set I’d seen from them. They came out firing with “My Holy Shrine”; the first taste of the new material available on their forthcoming record “Walking After Dark”. This new gem was followed by old favorite, “Freeway,” with the Movers doing what they do best; washing the crowd in psychedelic guitar play, feedback and hypnotic rhythms. They are truly one of the most reliable purveyors of modern psych on the scene. 

This excellent set gave us a first glimpse of some of the new material and the preview was mighty good. The new album is out May 17 on the always dependable Trouble In Mind records. NYC folks can also find the Movers as part of an excellent bill at The Broadway in Brooklyn on June 1. I expect, and hope, we will see move dates as the release gets closer. 

I recorded this from the usual spot at the soundboard with my MBHOs and excellent board feed from Tubby’s FOH engineer Will. Enjoy!

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mr_kliked · Mountain Movers2023-09-30

Mountain Movers
Kingston, NY
Tubby’s 5th Anniversary

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Thanks to Tubby’s FOH Engineer Will for the patch!

  1. My Holy Shrine
  2. Freeway
  3. The Sun Shines On the Moon
  4. New Jam
  5. Then The Moon
  6. Flock of Swans

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Rosali: April 10, 2024 Tubby’s (Kingston, NY)

April 11, 2024

In 2022 Rosali came to Tubbys and played the best set of music, by a significant margin, I saw that year.  I always enjoyed her records.  She is a masterful writer who brings raw-nerved honesty and beauty to life in every song.  But what happened that night was something totally unexpected.  Backed by David Nance’s band, Mowed Sound, they made those songs sound alternately like your favorite blanket during a thunderstorm or a freight train coming at you full speed.  This felt like seeing The Band and Dylan finding their footing or Neil Young’s first jams with Crazy Horse.  This serious praise probably seems hyperbolic, and maybe it is, but several people I spoke to after that night had similar feelings. At the end of that recording, you can hear me turn to Tubby’s ace FOH engineer Will and say, “HOLY SHIT!” I was hooked.

Flash forward to a few months back when Rosali announced her new album, “Bite Down,” (Merge Records) had been recorded as a band with this same ensemble.  Excitement and expectations were high, and the final product delivered on every bit of that hope. The lead single, “Rewind” exhibits the ease with which this band finds its sound.  A personal favorite, “My Kind,” is packed with the manic energy of love that makes you feel like you can run through a wall.  It’s early in the year, but I struggle to see how this record doesn’t end up very high on my personal “best of” list.

The last test was the live show.  Was the feeling in the room that night in 2022 an aberration?  Was it really that good?  Could it have been that good?

Yes.  It’s that good.  They are really that good.

Opening with the gentle “May it Be on Offer,” it’s immediately obvious that this is, somehow, a better version of that band from 2022.  More comfortable with the dynamics of the songs and not as reliant on their obvious ability to lay waste to a room with force. The journey through the set list lets you experience that change in real time.  Starting soft and ending with a ferocious guitar onslaught of “Bones.”  If you close your eyes, you can see the faded glory of Rock and Roll and, for a moment, you can believe they are the last ones flying that flag.

I recorded this from the usually spot by the soundboard with my MBHOs and an excellent board patch from Tubby’s FOH engineer Wil. Enjoy!

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mr_kliked · Rosali2024-04-10Tubbys

Kingston, NY

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Thanks to Tubby’s FOH engineer Will for the board patch

  1. May It Be on Offer
  2. On Tonight
  3. Hopeless
  4. Change Is in the Form
  5. Waited All Day
  6. Hills on Fire
  7. Mouth
  8. Rewind
  9. Slow Pain
  10. My Kind
  11. Bite Down
  12. Tender Heart
  13. Bones
  14. Whatever Love

Rosali Middleman – Guitar, Vocals
David Nance – Bass, Vocals
Kevin Donahue – Drums, Vocals
James Schroeder – Guitar, Vocals

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Horse Lords: March 18, 2024 Tubby’s

April 4, 2024

Something truly magical happens when a band mixes extreme volume with extreme repetition. When you add atypical melodies, tones, and time signatures the result is a wildly transcendental, disorienting and psychedelic listening experience. Few people do it as well as Horse Lords

I first heard about Horse Lords from EricPh’s post on this site back in 2015 and was immediately drawn in. I instantly knew this was the music I wanted in my life. The blending of polyrhythms and microtonality of West Africa with the propulsion of krautrock and the intensity of the best live punk band you’ve ever seen. This is a ferocious live band. 

Over the hour long set Horse Lords marched through much of the material on their excellent, new live record, “As it Happened: Horse Lords Live”. The crowd was fully invested with the only interruptions in performance coming from an occasional ecstatic scream from someone in the audience having a moment. No judgement, I had a few myself. I’m honestly not sure how the band manages to maintain this level of intensity and precision. I was exhausted just standing there drinking beer.  

The band just wrapped up a bunch of US dates and are about to begin a short swing through Germany and the UK followed by some West Coast dates in June. GO SEE THIS BAND

I recorded this from the normal spot by the board with my MBHOs and an excellent feed from FOH engineer Will. The quality is outstanding. Play this one LOUD. 

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mr_kliked · Horse Lords 2024-03-18

Horse Lords
Kingston, NY

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Thanks to Tubby’s FOH engineer Will for the board patch!

Recorded and produced by kliked

  1. Zero Degree Machine
  2. Mess Mend
  3. Against Gravity
  4. Law of Movement
  5. Bending to the Lash
  6. May Brigade
  7. Intervention II
  8. People’s Park
  9. Fanfare for Effective Freedom
  10. Toward the Omega Point

Horse Lords is:
Andrew Bernstein – Percussion, Saxophone
Owen Gardner – Guitar
Sam Haberman – Drums
Max Eilbacher – Bass, Computer

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Real Estate: February 21, 2024 Tubby’s

February 27, 2024

It’s been a minute since Real Estate has graced the site but our relationship with the band goes back to their early days playing clubs in Brooklyn. In fact, their label, Domino, released a set recorded by Nyctaper as a bonus LP to their 2011 album, “Days.” All these years later the band is still writing excellent material, still playing great shows and still finding cool ways to engage their audience. 

This show was semi-secret. The band and Tubby’s arranged to not fully announce it until a few days’ prior. They also arranged to break Tubby’s tradition and do no pre-sale tickets and no happy hour prior. It was doors at 7, first come first serve. This was the first time I’ve ever had to wait online to get into Tubby’s. The time spent standing on Broadway offered a fun opportunity for curious locals to ask what was going on, chat with some new friends we met in line and, randomly, say hi to an old friend who happened to be walking by on a date. Don’t ever say music doesn’t bring people together. 

Unsurprisingly, this sold out quickly and it seemed that everyone was fully invested in seeing the band. Once they started almost no one was at the bar and the live room was so packed I couldn’t leave my spot or I would never have made it back to my gear. We suffer for your listening pleasure.  

The band opened with “Something New” from their just released album “Daniel” and the crowd welcomed it in like an old favorite. That continued to play out over the next hour as the band worked through about half new material and half old favorites. Seeing bands in a room this intimate is special and everyone, band and audience, seemed to recognize it. 

Real Estate is about to embark on a massive tour that I’m sure will bring them near you so buy a ticket and have some fun. I sure did. Special thanks to bassist Alex Bleeker for giving me the ok to record and then going ahead and getting a page set up on the Live Music Archive for the band. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, we can get some of the older shows uploaded and get the artist page well populated. 

I recorded this from my regular spot next to the soundboard with my MBHO’s and an excellent board feed curtesy of Tubby’s FOH engineer Will. Enjoy! 

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Real Estate
Kingston, NY

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Thanks to Tubby’s FOH engineer Will for the board patch

  1. Somebody New
  2. Flowers
  3. Had To Hear
  4. Paper Cup
  5. Interior
  6. Crime
  7. Water Underground
  8. Freeze Brain
  9. Talking Backwards
  10. Black Lake
  11. It’s Real
  12. Green Aisles
  13. Haunted World
  14. Say No More
  15. Darling

Real Estate is:
Martin Courtney – vocals, guitar
Alex Bleeker – Bass, Vocals
Matt Kallman – Keyboards
Julian Lynch – Guitar, vocals
Sammi Miss – Drums

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OPTO S: February 9, 2024 Rubulad

February 22, 2024
Photo by Claire Hewer

Brooklyn’s OPTO S remind me of filthy subway cars, John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, and streets at nighttime shiny with recent rainfall. Musically, they sound indebted to Suicide and the No Wave bands of the early 80s. Which is appropriate considering their name refers MTA subway nomenclature specifying a type of train operation—they’re a New York band through and through.

We caught OPTO S earlier this month opening for the mighty Oneida at Bushwick venue Rubulad. The band are no strangers to live recordings, having released Human Indictive / Live on ESP Disk (also available on vinyl at Forced Exposure), recorded before the pandemic but released as things shut down. A few years later now, the band are playing some promising new material, including “Dead Skunk,” “Lucy 2,” and “Going Down the Wrong Path.” You heard them here first! Meanwhile, the band is in the midst of doing some live dates. Catch them soon in Philadelphia on March 1st at Century Bar and back in NYC on March 29th at Berlin. Check their Facebook for details.

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Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

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Tracks [33:11]
01. Carmine Street
02. Before My Eyes
03. Dead Skunk
04. Lucy 2
05. Spinning Gears
06. Going Down the Wrong Path
07. Something Crazy


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