Guerilla Toss: July 16, 2016 Out In The Streets Festival

July 23, 2016
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[photos by Dean Keim]

Guerilla Toss has been my white whale for the last year or so. There have been multiple missed connections when for one reason or another I was not able to record a local set, the most frustrating of which was when a massive snow storm resulted in the cancellation of their January show at Market Hotel. But I persisted and when the excellent Out In The Streets Fest announced that Guerilla Toss would be slated to play on a Saturday afternoon with an otherwise packed bill, we were there.

The music of Guerilla Toss is an amalgamation of styles, the most resonant for me being the influence of Remain In Light-era Talking Heads. But what strikes most about the band live is that the musicians are phenomenally skilled at their craft — something quite apparent even before I learned that the band formed at the New England Conservatory of Music. While kinetic vocalist Kassie Carlson is the center of the focus on stage, the rhythm section of tribal drummer Peter Negroponte and Greg Albert’s meaty bass guitar are crucial to the sound and drive the live presentation. The music’s color is provided by the impressive varied keyboard work of Sam Lisabeth and the atmospheric guitar of Arian Shafiee. At Out In The Streets Fest on the border of Queens and Brooklyn on the grounds of the historic Onderdonk House, Guerilla Toss performed a nice cross section of their already extensive discography, two apparent new songs (“Can I Get the Real Stuff” and “Betty”), and a fairly obscure Tom Waits cover in a too-short thirty minute set that was both long on energy and compelling for all of the right reasons. I suspect that Guerilla Toss will be regulars on NYCTaper moving forward and we’re excited to track their progress — fate willing.

Guerilla Toss next play in NYC at the Summer’s End Festival at Aviv on September 3.

[edit] Just caught this: Guerilla Toss now have been added to the Oneida show at Secret Project Robot on July 30.

I recorded this set with the outdoor-friendly Neumann large diaphragm mics mixed with an excellent board feed provided by FOH Cliff. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Guerilla Toss
2016-07-16
Out in the Streets Fest
Onderdonk House
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Cliff Ribeiro] + Neumann TLM-102s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by nyctaper and acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 31:39]
01 Polly’s Crystal
02 Can I Get the Real Stuff
03 Club Kids
04 367 Equalizer
05 Earth Died Screaming [Tom Waits]
06 Diamond Girls
07 TV Spell
08 Betty Dreams of Green Men

Support Guerilla Toss: Bandcamp | Facebook | DFA Records Page

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Big Ups: July 16, 2016 Out In the Streets Festival

July 21, 2016
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Big Ups is one of the very best live bands in New York right now. At the core of that has to be the kinetic-but-controlled performance of vocalist Joe Galarraga, who reminds at times of a skinny Henry Rollins with a sense of humor. Mugging for the crowd, twisting his body into unusual positions, he never loses sight of the music or the message being delivered, which he propels at you in spoken word that rises at the right moments to scream. Brendan Finn (drums), Amar Lal (guitar) and Carlos Salguero (bass) make that performance possible, with controlled dynamics that pay as much attention to the softer interludes as to their songs’ frequent climaxes. Having seen these guys twice in 2014, promoting their first album Eighteen Hours of Static, and been blown away each time, we were eager to see where they’d gone from there.

The band’s 2016 record, Before A Million Universes, advances the conversation both lyrically and musically. At this performance at the Out In the Streets Festival, the band’s growth was evident in the current-album numbers “Contain Myself,” “Hope for Someone,” and “National Parks,” as well as a new piece that explores the soft/loud dynamic even further. On this sweltering, thunderstorm-pocked afternoon, the band commanded a friendly crowd who clearly knew them well, and made the most of the thirty minutes’ time allotted. The band’s music may be darker in tone, but Galarraga doesn’t let that get in the way of having a laugh with the crowd, or pulling faces that fall on the lighter side of serious. Even with the sun shining, by the time the set reached the band’s most straightforward hardcore number, “Goes Black,” we were all living in his world, and there was nothing else around.

In a crowded festival season, Out In the Streets is a perfect, smaller-scale local standout, with a tent to shield the bands and the music part of the crowd in the middle of Ridgewood’s historic Onderdonk House’s ample backyard, ringed with vendors, lounge chairs and picnic tables, and (not to be underestimated) plenty of bathrooms. The lineup, of course, reflected that ethos, with many of the best local acts (including Big Ups and, coming soon, Guerilla Toss) that Brooklyn fans see year-round at clubs like Shea Stadium and Baby’s All Right. It was one of those days that brought together like-minded people in a comfortable, manageable way — and gave us yet another serious jones for more Big Ups.

nyctaper and I recorded this set with his Neumann TLM-102 large-diaphragm microphones and an excellent house mix by Cliff Ribeiro. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream our favorite tracks from the show (hear them all on my Soundcloud page):


Big Ups
2016-07-16
Out In the Streets Festival
Onderdonk House
Queens, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by nyctaper and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Neumann TLM-102 (FOB, DFC, PAS) + Soundboard (engineer: Cliff Ribeiro)>Sound Devices 744T>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix
down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Contain Myself
02 Hope for Someone
03 Not Today
04 Wool
05 [new song]
06 T.M.I.
07 Goes Black
08 National Parks

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Big Ups, visit their websitelike them on Facebook and buy Before A Million Universes from Exploding In Sound.

SAVAK: June 11, 2016 Union Pool (Unblinking Ear Northside Showcase)

July 19, 2016
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Local favorites SAVAK just released their excellent first LP, Best of Luck in Future Endeavors. We had seen a preview back in January and thankfully Unblinking Ear brought them back to Union Pool for their Northside showcase. This afternoon set literally picks up where the album leaves off with a few new songs like “They Are Bones,” “I Don’t Want To Be Defended,” “Loma Prieta,” and “Sick of War.” Like in January, Greg Vegas joins in on saxophone for a few numbers and I’m honestly surprised we didn’t hear cries of “more saxophone!” from the crowd. No further dates currently scheduled for SAVAK, but I’m sure we’ll likely see them again soon promoting this record that will justifiably end up on some 2016 best-of lists.

I recorded this set from our usual location at Union Pool, the room mics combined with a board feed from FOH Kevin. I mixed those down and then Sohrab provided some additional mastering. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

SAVAK
2016-06-11
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH
Additional mastering by Sohrab Habibion

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, balance, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [33:01]
01. Alive in Shadows
02. Drop the Piece
03. Reaction
04. They Are Bones
05. Knock Don’t Run
06. I Don’t Want To Be Defended
07. Loma Prieta
08. This Currency Exchanged
09. Sick of War
10. Early Western Traders

Buy Best of Luck in Future Endeavors via Comedy Minus One
• • Connect with the band at their Website and on Facebook

Downtown Boys: June 24, 2016 Market Hotel

July 18, 2016
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[photo by Chona Kasinger – originally posted at Bandcamp Daily]

Its been a very discouraging year for forward-looking people. Tonight begins the tacky celebration of the nomination of a vulgar racist xenophobe of a major political party for President of the United States. Its as if for the next three days, forty percent of the country will be giving a massive middle finger to people of color, and anyone with a conscience and a sense of justice feels helpless.

The question then becomes what can we do. If you’re a group of young multicultural people from Providence Rhode Island, you form a punk band with a message — that hatred and xenophobia are things of the past and we, a “bi bilingual political dance sax punk party” are here, and we are the future. Downtown Boys are certainly a breath of fresh air in this toxic world. The band’s themes of inclusion and acceptance within the realm of punk (with a sax!) isn’t particularly a new idea, but add in bi-lingual lyrics and LGBT elements, and the idea of the perfectly integrated musical act becomes closer to realization. That the band executes their message with energy and commitment makes their music all the more compelling.

The Downtown Boys show at Market Hotel was one of those nights that won’t soon be forgotten. The band’s increased popularity brought out a truly diverse crowd, and given the Market’s goal of providing a community of musical performances of diverse styles and backgrounds, the band represented an inspiring coupling of ideals. In 2015 Downtown Boys signed with the most excellent Don Giovanni Records and released Full Communism to universally positive reviews. Its an encouraging development for the band that their call for human rights is reaching a larger and more accepting audience. At the Market, the set saw the performance of most of Full Communism, a few older tracks, and what I believe are six new songs that hopefully portends a 2016/2017 new album from Downtown Boys.

Downtown Boys return to NYC for a show at Studio at Webster Hall on September 16.

I recorded this set with the installed AT mics mixed with an excellent board feed. The sound is live and raucous and in the moment and totally excellent. Enjoy!

Download Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Downtown Boys
2016-06-24
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Jason Kelly] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 52:08]
01 Future Police
02 Haz Algo
03 Wave of History
04 Tonta
05 One Hundred Percent Inheritance Tax
06 Santa
07 Maldito
08 [Poder intro]
09 Poder Elegir [Los Prisioneros]
10 Callate
11 It Can’t Wait
12 Slumlord Sal
13 [banter – power]
14 Clara
15 Lola
16 Dancing In The Dark [Springsteen]
17 Cost of Living
18 [banter – thanks]
19 Break A Few Eggs
20 Monstro

Support Downtown Boys: Bandcamp | Facebook | Don Giovanni Records Page

Ryley Walker: May 13, 2016 “A Day at the Market” (Market Hotel)

July 15, 2016
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

“A Day at the Market” is really a simple concept for an intimate performance in a quintessential setting. Some of our favorite performers will play the Market Hotel during the daylight with unamplified acoustic guitars in front of a select audience. The first installment of what we anticipate will be a long-running series featured the inimitable Ryley Walker.

This show took place on a Friday afternoon, and as you can tell from the rumbling train and siren audible early in this recording, the Market Hotel’s unique location was very much a part of the proceedings. And that’s how it was intended. One of the charms of this unique venue is the placement of the huge window behind the stage that makes the audience feel as if the performer is playing virtually on the J/M Myrtle-Broadway subway platform. And the intimate nature of the event made it easy to understand why we selected Ryley Walker for the debut of A Day at the Market — his immense talents and likeability are quite intense when it feels like its just you and him in the room.

Ryley played all new songs at this event, offering us a preview of his new album Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, which will be released on August 19 on Dead Oceans Records. Of the nine songs on the album, six were performed (along with one unreleased track). Ryley was accompanied only by stand-up bass player Anton Hatwich, so that these are pared-down versions of the new album and this recording is a fine accompaniment to the official release.

More great news to report — Ryley Walker will return (with full band) to the Market Hotel for a proper night time show on November 3 and tickets are now available [HERE].

I recorded this set with four strategically placed microphones. I utilized the installed audio technica cards mounted in the center of the room combined with two schoeps cards on a stand in the front of the stage. While obviously the wholly acoustic setting allowed for the ambient sounds to be heard, overall this recording is exactly how it should be — full spectrum clear sound of a special event in a special setting. Enjoy!

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At some point, when we can figure out how to properly edit it, we will have a complete upfront video from this show.

Sorry no downloads of this one.

Stream the Complete Show:

Ryley Walker
2016-05-13
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel Audience Matrix

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids + Audio Technica 4051 > Roland R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 46:11]
01 The Halfwit In Me
02 Shaking Like The Others
03 The Great And Undecided
04 Grand Old Trout – Age Old Tale
05 The Roundabout
06 Sullen Mind
07 Funny Thing She Said

SUPPORT Ryley Walker: Website | Facebook | PreOrder Golden Sings

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Kohoutek: May 13, 2016 Saint Vitus

July 13, 2016
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[photos courtesy of Kohoutek]

Kohoutek are a long-running, loose collective improvisational psych band from Washington, DC and Philadelphia. While the extended Kohoutek family is massive, their core members are Scott Verrastro, Craig Garrett, Scott Allison and Vic Salazar. These guys don’t get out together too much these days owing to geographical differences, but they’ve lately seen some increased activity due to their most recent release, Curious Aroma. We caught up with Kohoutek opening for Dead Meadow a few months back and got lost in this explorative jam that starts off slow and tentative before finding its groove a few minutes in. After about a half hour the band eases things out with their noisier side. If this recording has you curious, Kohoutek have a gig this upcoming weekend, Saturday July 16, at their Philly headquarters—check here for more details.

I recorded this set from our usual location at Saint Vitus. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream:

Kohoutek
2016-05-13
Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard + AKG C480B/CK61 (PAS, LOC) > 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 [28:21]
01. Live at Saint Vitus

• Buy Curious Aroma from Forced Exposure in the US, and MIE in the UK.
• • Connect with the band at their Website
• • • Check their Facebook for updates

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