Daniel Bachman Quartet: September 7, 2018 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Rite of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

September 18, 2018
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The consistently positive reception for Daniel Bachman‘s latest record, The Morning Star, is an uplifting reminder that some people still listen with an open mind. The double LP, released this summer by Three Lobed Recordings, takes Bachman’s previous drone experiments — most recently suggested by the beginning of “Brightleaf Blues” on Bachman’s self-titled 2016 album, and extends it to the entire first side of the new record. The 18-minute ambient drone “Invocation” – that a casual fan might wonder if this is Daniel Bachman at all. “Invocation” is a vast and complex new work, blending field recordings, snippets of spoken word, a shruti box, and more. It’s a bold way to begin a record, and to capture the feeling of it full, read what Tiny Mix Tapes had to say.

One fact of a piece like “Invocation” is that it’s virtually impossible to create live in the settings where Bachman usually finds himself — that is, as a solo guitarist. So leave it to one of his favorite venues for experimentation – King’s in Raleigh, at a Three Lobed / WXDU event – for Bachman to find a path toward the album version, even if the result was entirely new. Joined by Forrest Marquise, Jim Becker and Jaime Fennelly, not to mention one of Marquise’s custom instruments and a mic’d, upside-down peanut jar with marbles on it, Bachman and his fellow players created a unique “Invocation” for what is always one of the year’s most exciting days of experimental music (christened this year as the “Annual Rite of Summoning.” This 38-minute organism of a song created a new place inside Kings’ four walls, a space to breathe, to reflect, to listen. A rite of summoning, indeed.

Please put on your headphones, and enjoy.

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

Daniel Bachman Quartet
2018-09-07
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Rite of Summoning
King’s
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (onstage, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Zoom F8>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, fades, normalize)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.2.2 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Invocation

Players:
Daniel Bachman
Forrest Marquise
Jaime Fennelly
Jim Becker

Support Daniel Bachman: Website | Facebook | Buy The Morning Star from Three Lobed [HERE]

Mountain Movers: July 28, 2018 Union Pool

September 10, 2018
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So much goodness lately from Mountain Movers: the recently-released “New Jam” EP, the forthcoming LP Pink Skies on Trouble in Mind, this smoking set from their hot summertime Union Pool stop… When I saw the band back in June at Wonders of Nature, Dan promised that by their next visit they’d be a well-oiled machine. No kidding, this show is something like their 18th of a 17-day tour supporting Howlin’ Rain. Mountain Movers don’t so much find their groove here as dig deeper into one they’ve been excavating for a couple weeks. Wild.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Mountain Movers
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: [41:42]
01. New Jam
02. Snow Drift
03. I Could Really See Things
04. Angels Don’t Worry
05. Unknown Hours

Band:
Dan Greene: guitar, vocals
Rick Omonte: bass
Kryssi Battalene: lead guitar
Ross Menze: drums

Buy Pink Skies and Mountain Movers via Bandcamp | Buy “New Jam” via Midheaven

Kevin Devine: August 23, 2018 Industry City Brooklyn

August 30, 2018
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[photos by AJ Tobey]

There was a guy in the crowd at the Kevin Devine show at Industry City on Friday who was wearing a “STILL EMO” t-shirt. If by “Emo” we mean an artist who writes candidly about politics, chemical abuse, interpersonal struggles and triumphs, and love, then yeah I guess Devine’s music is technically “Emo”. But as we’ve witnessed in following this superb artist and person for a decade, Kevin Devine is a uniquely honest and passionate performer who makes his audience believe, and rightfully so, that’s he in it with us.

Industry City is essentially a series of re-purposed factories that now house a complex of shops, restaurants, bars, retail stores and offices. In the center is a huge courtyard where Bell House has chosen to host its first annual Summer concert series. This was our first visit to Industry City and we were quite impressed. The setting provided a relaxed vibe and pleasant surroundings for enjoying an early evening Summer concert from one of our favorite artists.

Kevin Devine was joined by two members of the Goddamn Band for this show and the three were in sync all night. Devine released his 9th and most recent studio album Instigator in 2016, but on this night he chose democratically from his deep catalog to provide a lengthy set of material that both opened and closed with Kevin playing intense solo numbers, the apt “Brooklyn Boy” to open and personal favorite “Ballgame” to close. As per usual, there was ample banter with the crowd including multiple references to this being the closest the artist has ever played to his home in Sunset Park. Perhaps buoyed by the surroundings or the fact that there hasn’t been a full Goddamn Band show in New York for quite some time, the trio delivered a memorable night of music that clearly made the fans wish for more of these perfect nights.

I recorded this set with the outdoor-friendly Neumann large diaphragm cards mounted at the soundboard. While the audio was not enhanced by the stage being in-between two large brick buildings, the excellent FOH work by Rob certainly made the “room” work well. The mics were mixed with a well-balanced feed to create an excellent mix and the result is a superb recording. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show (minus banter):

Kevin Devine
2018-08-23
Industry City
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Rob Sutton] > Neumann TLM 102s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:38:04]
01 [introduction]
02 Brooklyn Boy
03 Off Screen
04 The First Hit
05 Between the Concrete and Clouds
06 No Time Flat
07 No Why
08 Instigator
09 Magic Magnet
10 [yesterday’s bird]
11 Bubblegum
12 Bloodhound
13 I Can’t Believe You
14 [never bird]
15 Little Bulldozer
16 You Brushed Her Breath Aside
17 She Can See Me
18 [Bad Books]
19 Just Stay
20 I Could Be With Anyone
21 [band introductions]
22 No History
23 Redbird
24 Cotton Crush
25 Brother’s Blood
26 [MDA Dance]
27 I Was Alive Back Then
28 [thanks]
29 Ballgame

PLEASE SUPPORT Kevin Devine: Website | Buy Music | Bandcamp

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

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