Matt Valentine: August 14, 2016 Union Pool

August 24, 2016
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Any Matt Valentine or MV/EE tour poster will tell you that tapers are welcome; and we’ve never been shy about taking him up on the invitation. We caught up with Valentine earlier this year for his solo release Midden Mound. And now a few months later, we returned to Valentine’s space homestead for this Sunday night space folk set highlighting his new record, Blazing Grace. As usual, you’ll find Valentine’s signature blend of noisy folk songs and trippy jams here. Meanwhile, Valentine wrapped up his tour last night, but he’ll no doubt be hitting that golden road again soon so keep an eye out for next time—we’ll see you in the taper’s pit.

I recorded this set from our usual location at the venue combined with a board feed from Union Pool FOH, Doug. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

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Matt Valentine
2016-08-14
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + AKG C480B/CK63 (PAS) > 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 [48:16]
01. Boo Woe (When It’s All Gone)
02. Jeremiah Red
03. [banter]
04. Shine a Light
05. [banter]
06. Anji Variations
07. Now I Have Everything (version) > P.K. Dick

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Palehound: August 13, 2016 Trans-Pecos

August 18, 2016
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[photo by nyctaper]

It was a sunny afternoon on one of the hottest days of the year, but inside the cool confines of Trans-Pecos last Saturday’s show hosted by PopGun was a winner. Palehound was the headliner and it is true that we had not seen the band since our CMJ show in 2014. In the interim, Ellen Kempner compiled a new band — which is essentially now a power trio of Jesse Weiss on drums and Dave Khoshtinat on bass. With a superb rhythm section behind her and on the tails of last year’s well received album Dry Food, Ellen’s stature has been all upwards since our last meeting. At Pecos to a large crowd relieved to be indoors and cool, Palehound played a well-paced set that featured three new songs but relied primarily on Dry Food material. Sure, we got a couple of “oldies” including the fave “Pet Carrot” but this is a band that is clearly looking forward where the future is rosy as hell.

Palehound will be playing the Wild Honey Pie’s Welcome Campers event next weekend. Details here. The band will return to more active dates in the Fall.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted in front of the stage and mixed with a board feed. The sound is quite representative of the room that excellent day. Enjoy!

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Palehound
2016-08-13
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Chris] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 54:43]
01 [new song – Don’t Come Near Me]
02 Psycho Speak
03 Healthier Folk
04 Molly
05 Easy
06 [banter – bad week]
07 Dry Food
08 Drooler
09 Cinnamon
10 Seekonk
11 Cushioned Caging
12 [banter – Wyoming]
13 Pet Carrot
14 [banter – sleep-away camp]
15 [new song – At Night I’m Alright]
16 [new song – Stuck With the Weight]
17 Dixie

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Eleven Twenty Nine: July 23, 2016 Trans-Pecos

August 15, 2016
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The beautiful thing about seeing a Tom Carter-related project is you never quite know what you’re going to get, but you know it will be transportive. It could be anything from his trio set with Chris Corsano and Carter Thornton late last year, to his ambient/drone work with Barry Weisblat, to one of his haunting solo guitar sets — whatever you see, you will be glad you did. On this night, we saw one of Carter’s best-loved projects, Eleven Twenty Nine, originally a collaboration with fellow guitarist Marc Orleans which has yielded an impressive album on Northern Spy Records and a followup on Drawing Room Records.

For this special performance at Trans-Pecos, Carter and Orleans were joined by Jimy SeiTang on bass and Rob Smith on drums, both of whom have seen time in our favorites Rhyton. The set consisted of three distinct improvisational pieces, each a rich, engaging tapestry of sound that blended the aesthetics of rock, free jazz and ambient music in the way for which these players have become known. What is an undulating, complex beast of a song, composed improvisationally out of many disciplines becomes a transcendent whole. Witness, for example, the climactic guitar at the end of the first piece, or the subtle, searching quality to the beginning of the last. You can certainly enjoy hearing it happen on a recording, but seeing these guys do their thing live is without parallel.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 microphones up front, Naiant X-X microphones onstage, and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Eleven Twenty-Nine
2016-07-23
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK22 (FOB, ROC)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard + Naiant X-X (3’ split, onstage)>>Zoom F8>3x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (image, EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Track
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2
03 Improvisation 3

Musicians
Tom Carter – Guitar
Marc Orleans – Guitar
Jimy SeiTang – Bass
Rob Smith – Drums

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Chris Forsyth & Loren Connors: August 10, 2016 Secret Project Robot

August 14, 2016
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What we got to see last week at Secret Project Robot was one of those rare one-off performances that neither fan nor artist forgets. For Chris Forsyth, a longtime favorite of this site, Loren Connors is a foundational figure, one of the reasons he plays the way he does. Connors’ influence on modern guitar is boundless; I’d recommend reading Marc Masters and Grayson Haver Currin’s Out Door piece for a proper primer. You can imagine, then, the anticipation that Chris felt in being able to collaborate with his hero on this improvisational set. Connors began alone, creating a pensive, curious soundscape. The piece evinced Connors’ oft-cited unpredictability, with an alien, searching quality that laid the perfect base for Forsyth’s entry into the mix. Together, the pair created something wholly theirs, a piece whose periodic squalls recall the summer thunderstorms of the past couple weeks. Needless to say, this is a moment that won’t be repeated, and we’re thrilled to have captured it.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones directly in front of the artists. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

You can listen to this set live online on WFMU during “What Was Music” with Marcel on Tuesday, August 16 from six to nine A.M. (this should play around 7am or so).

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Chris Forsyth & Loren Connors
2016-08-10
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2

Support these artists: Loren Connors website | Discography | Chris Forsyth websitebandcamp

nyctaper and acidjack were on the Sunday Ramble Podcast (Listen!)

August 11, 2016
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This was our third trip to the Sunday Ramble with David and Paul and it was just as fun as the two previous broadcasts. The guys played some of our favorite recordings (the Mountain Goats, Ryley Walker, Luna, Wussy, Steve Gunn, Disappears, Decemberists and Wilco) and let us talk about the site and so many other things. Take a listen! And remember to follow Sunday Ramble on Mixcloud for future broadcasts.

Dinosaur Jr.: August 5, 2016 Rough Trade NYC

August 9, 2016
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Any story about Dinosaur Jr. in New York really must start with the shows that didn’t appear on this site — the band’s singular string of seven shows at Bowery Ballroom back in December of 2015 (they’re going to be officially released in some form). There, the band celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of their debut album — an extraordinary feat for almost any act, even more of one for a band who some would argue didn’t hit their commercial potential even during the heyday of their style of music. Joined by an all-star roster of guests every night, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph proved how much they’ve meant, and continued to mean, to the music that’s been made during their run. That old saw about being defined by the company you keep? There’s a reason for it.

Which brings us to this much more intimate show at Rough Trade NYC, on the heels of the band’s latest tour with fellow late 80s/90s stalwarts Jane’s Addiction. These homecoming nights are always fun, giving a band a chance to unwind in front of friends after a touring slog. The band rewarded us with some first-time playings of their just-released new record, Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not, which could as easily be the mantra of a band whose consistency and quality has been remarkable through lineup changes and a hiatus. If their first shot at “Goin’ Down” was a little rough (in Barlow’s opinion, anyway), the crowd wasn’t bugged by it, as the band showed off the new album tracks alongside many of their best-loved favorites, including their biggest commercial hit, “Feel the Pain.” Of course, the diehards were there for the older classics like “Freak Scene,” “Gargoyle” and “The Lung,” as well as my personal favorite, the night’s closer of “Out There.” If it wasn’t a two-plus hour bonanza of rare tracks and guest stars, this show was closer to what any band really wants to be about — enduring classics played to enduring fans, in a set that proves that their new material is just as vital as the old. After some much-needed rest, I’m sure we’ll see them back at it to tour the new record in full. We’ll be there.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones in our usual spot in the venue with an Aeta PSP3 preamp for extra clarity. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Dinosaur Jr.’s management team and the Rough Trade staff for helping to make this happen.

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Dinosaur Jr.
2016-08-05
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5 (FOB, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Aeta PSP3>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:17:19]
01 The Lung
02 Goin’ Down
03 Love Is…
04 [banter1]
05 I Told Everyone
06 Pieces
07 Tiny
08 Feel the Pain
09 In A Jar
10 I Walk for Miles
11 Start Choppin
12 Freak Scene
13 Gargoyle
14 [encore break]
15 The Wagon
16 Out There

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