Deer Tick: June 9, 2018 The Junction Long Beach NY – Brull Foundation Benefit

June 17, 2018
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[photos by Kurt Christensen]

The Tommy Brull Foundation and Deer Tick have grown together over the years since the band’s appearance at the Foundation’s first fundraising concert under the “Shine A Light” moniker in 2011. The Brull Foundation has more than a decade long record of providing funding and leadership for a variety of inspired causes, all motivated by the work of the late Tommy Brull, who dedicated so many of his days to working with the disabled at Camp Anchor in Lido Beach. Last weekend’s event was organized to fund a special needs playground in Rockville Centre and the concert having sold out well in advance, the Foundation again achieved its goal. So that by the date of the show, it was time to celebrate.

Deer Tick themselves also have a decade’s worth of work under their belts. And with time, the band itself has changed in personnel and approach, including the recent departure of keyboardist Robert Crowell. While the quartet still enjoys a good time, Deer Tick’s most recent double album release (Deer Tick Vol 1 and Vol 2) represents the most contemplative material of its catalog with issues such as sobriety, marriage, and fatherhood elevating the focus of the band’s lyrics. And not surprisingly given the surnames of all four members of the band, Deer Tick seems to have rediscovered its Irish roots, which on this night included a Pogues cover and a traditional Irish reel in the closing segment of Ian O’Neill’s “Hope Is Big”. We were also fortunate to hear John McCauley jamming on “Dirty Old Town” on the mandolin backstage before the show. The show however was all inclusive, and the setlist was a fine retrospective of the band’s entire career including four numbers from as far back as 2007’s War Elephant and moving forward to a good half dozen tracks from Vol 1 and Vol 2. In between there were interactions with the exuberant crowd, interplay between the band members, acknowledgements of the Brulls, and a lengthy and well-performed classic Deer Tick show. All things considered, this night may have been the ultimate performance of Deer Tick’s four Brull shows, and the good news is that its almost certainly not the last pairing of these two excellent groups of people.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up at the stage lip and mixed with a soundboard feed. The sound quality combines the liveliness of the sound at the stage fortified by instrumentation and vocals in the board feed. The final result is a superb recording. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Set (minus banter):

Deer Tick
2018-06-09
The Junction
Long Beach NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > 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 and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:35:10]
01 Don’t Hurt
02 Dream in the Ditch
03 [banter – fire alarms]
04 Clownin’ Around
05 The Bump
06 Easy
07 S.M.F.
08 Cocktail
09 Card House
10 Hope Is Big
11 Twenty Miles
12 Baltimore Blues No. 1
13 Art Isn’t Real
14 Dancing In The Dark [Springsteen]
15 The Rock
16 Wants Needs
17 White City [Pogues]
18 Look How Clean I Am
19 These Old Shoes [Chris Paddock]
20 Mange
21 [encore break]
22 Jumpstarting
23 Sleepwalk [Santo and Johnny]
24 Ashamed
25 You Are So Beautiful [Billy Preston]

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Mind Over Mirrors: June 7, 2018 Brooklyn Bazaar (Northside Festival)

June 14, 2018
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[Photos by Bill Antonucci]

I’ve listened to Mind Over Mirrors’ latest double-LP, Bellowing Sun, a whole bunch since its early-April release—but it didn’t occur to me until halfway through this performance at Brooklyn Bazaar how much of a Cluster vibe it has going. The other thing that struck me was how dexterous each of the players was, taking on multiple instruments, often at the same time. The band is the same as last time we saw them, which is Jamie Fennelly joined by Janet Beveridge Bean, Jim Becker, Jon Mueller (I guess your first name needs to start with J to join the Mirrors—my loss there). Bellowing Sun is a little unusual in the Mirrors’ catalog as its the result of a commission from Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The piece as it was performed in Chicago this past April was accompanied by a multimedia sculpture and light installation which, if the pictures are any indication, was pretty damn cool. Jamie says there is a possibility of bringing the entire experience on the road. But for now, we got to hear the entire Bellowing Sun played live at Brooklyn Bazaar last week. I can’t even describe how amazing it is to see four musicians pull off this complex, layered performance, so I won’t: the music speaks for itself.

Thanks to the Brooklyn Bazaar staff for their hospitality. The new venue sounds great and we hope to be back soon. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Mind Over Mirrors
2018-06-07
Brooklyn Bazaar
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by Bill Antonucci

Soundboard (engineer: Nick) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N (LOC, PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, balance, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:36:14]
01. Feeding on the Flats
02. Matchstick Grip
03. A Pallinopsic Wind
04. Zeitgebers
05. Lanterns on the Beach
06. Vermillion Pink
07. Halfway to the Zenith
08. Oculate Beings
09. Talking Knots
10. Twenty-one Falls
11. Acrophasing
12. Pausing to Wonder

Band:
Jamie Fennelly
Janet Beveridge Bean
Jim Becker
Jon Mueller

Website
• • Buy Bellowing Sun and other Mind Over Mirrors recordings via Bandcamp

Dommengang: May 31, 2018 Union Pool

June 10, 2018
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[Photo by Bill Antonucci]

L.A.’s Dommengang have returned after a three-year absence with a new record and accompanying live dates. On their second record, Love Jail, the band trades in the instrumental psych typified on Everybody’s Boogie for their own brand of mustache rock. Moreso even than the Sunset Strip vibes Dommengang channel throughout the LP, Love Jail conjures the aura of the 1975 private press LP from Minnesota band Highway. Most of all, Love Jail is a lot of fun, something you can roll down the windows and blast. If you find yourself in southwest next month (or just feel like you need a road trip), be sure to catch the band opening a few dates for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Dommengang
2018-05-31
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by Bill Antonucci

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N (DIN) > Roland R-26 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, balance, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [47:49]
01. I’m Out Mine
02. Pastel City
03. Lovely Place
04. Lone Pine
05. Her Blues
06. Going Down Fast
07. Dave’s Boogie
08. Stealing Miles
09. Everybody’s Boogie

Band:
Brian Markham
Adam Bulgasem
Sig Wilson

Bandcamp | Facebook | Buy Love Jail from Thrill Jockey

Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone: May 23, 2018 Berlin NYC

May 28, 2018
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[photo from Alejandro Escovedo Instagram Page]

Alejandro Escovedo is in the midst of a five-week NYC residency that has featured as guests some of the most renowned musicians in the history of New York music, including Sylvain Sylvain, Lenny Kaye, and Richard Barone. The residency was the brainchild of Escovedo, Jesse Malin, and Diane Gentile, and is a celebration of Alejandro’s long-time connection to NYC (with The Nuns he moved here in 1978), but is also a tribute to musical heroes Lou Reed and David Bowie, and is also in support of his latest album, the outstanding Burn Something Beautiful. We chose to capture the night at Malin’s club Berlin NYC with Richard Barone, a long-time favorite of this site. Oh, and what a show it was. Alejandro was as ever a gracious host, and the two headliners basically shared the lead microphone throughout the night, alternating between Escovedo material, Barone material, and a selection of classic covers of Velvet Underground and David Bowie. There were also heartfelt tributes, crowd interaction, and a guest spot from Barone’s partner in the Bongos James Mastro. Interestingly, the set also featured two songs from the great lost classic, the Barone/Mastro duo album Nuts & Bolts. Through it all, the old punks in the crowd were boisterous in their support (with a few over-served unfortunately) and the performers reflected back the love and support. Alejandro Escovedo has one show left in this residency, May 30 at Bowery Electric, attendance much recommended.

Many thanks to Alejandro Escovedo for permitting this show to be recorded and to Nancy Rankin Escovedo and Mike Thompson for making the arrangements!

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted to the back left of the soundboard booth, which is only about 15 feet from the stage in this intimate venue. The mics are mixed with an excellent feed from house sound tech Mike, and the resulting mix is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show (songs only – talking tracks via download):

Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone
2018-05-23
Berlin
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Mike] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > 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 and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:30:01]
01 [introduction]
02 Gravity – Falling Down Again
03 Street Hassle [Lou Reed]
04 The Bulrushes
05 Train Round The Bend [Velvets]
06 [Richard meets Lou Reed]
07 I’ll Be Your Mirror [Velvets]
08 Sensitive Boys
09 [Falcon introduction]
10 Flew A Falcon
11 Moonage Daydream [Bowie]
12 [band introductions]
13 Sister Lost Soul
14 [Candy introduction]
15 Candy Says [Velvets]
16 [James Mastro introduction]
17 I’ve Got a Secret
18 Number With Wings
19 Always a Friend
20 [thanks]
21 All the Young Dudes [Bowie – Mott the Hoople]
22 [encore break]
23 Rock and Roll [Velvets]
24 [outro]

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Sunwatchers: April 20, 2018 The Bell House

May 21, 2018
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Say, how ’bout those Sunwatchers? Since we last checked in, the boys released Sunwatchers II on Trouble in Mind, played a whole bunch of shows, and released a little live rarities tape (featuring a contribution by yours truly I might add). Yep, they’ve been busy and so have we: unfortunately we didn’t make it out for their record release show back in February or their recent NYC date on the Sunwatchers Motel Band tour. But we did catch this epic opening set for DC’s The Messthetics last month at the Bell House, which finds the band playing a bunch of sweet tunes from the new record, a couple new ones, and a fantastic cover of Sonny and Linda Sharrock’s “Sweet Butterfingers.” Can’t get enough of those Sunwatchers!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Sunwatchers
2018-04-20
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Travis) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N (DIN, FOB, DFC) > Roland R-26 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, balance, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [36:26]
01. Nose Beers
02. The Works
03. Silent Boogie
04. Beautiful Crystals
05. Psychic Driving
06. Sweet Butterfingers [Sonny & Linda Sharrock]
07. The Hot Eye

Band:
Peter Kerlin
Jim McHugh
Jeff Tobias
Jason Robira

Buy Basement Apes Vol. 1 and Sunwatchers II via Bandcamp
• • Buy Sunwatchers via Castle Face

Animal Flag: April 27, 2018 Trans-Pecos

May 17, 2018
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[photo from Animal Flag Instagram]

This night from a couple of weeks ago at Trans-Pecos was Animal Flag’s local release show for their excellent album Void Ripper. This release represents a full two years of work since the Boston band’s last album and also saw a change in the band. No longer the solo project of singer/guitarist Matthew Politoski, Animal Flag is now a band with regular members. The familiarity with the material and with each other gave the band a tight and inspired approach to the music. The band worked straight through the new album (sans one track) before being called back and performing an encore. This well-attended and musically strong show created a really nice night for the band, fans, and venue and we expect it won’t be long before Animal Flag returns to Pecos. Animal Flag has a bunch of tour dates this Summer, including a show on cruise in NYC in August.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps at the stage lip mixed with a fine feed from the soundboard mixed by talented FOH Denim Casimir. The resulting blend captures the strengths of both feeds and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show: [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Animal Flag
2018-04-27
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Denim] + Schoeps CCM4u’s > 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 and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 36:48]
01 [introduction]
02 Morningstar
03 Void Ripper
04 Candace
05 Stray
06 Fair
07 Lord of Pain
08 Why
09 Five
10 [encore break]
11 Sensation

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