Billy Strings: June 29, 2022 Rooftop at Pier 17

July 5, 2022
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Our last experience with Billy Strings earlier this year was so overwhelmingly positive that it seemed fairly obvious that we would be back. Fortunately, the opportunity came sooner than later. Thanks to a generous follower on twitter, we were able to secure a ticket to this very sold-out show featuring Billy Strings playing on the South Street Seaport rooftop this past Wednesday.

While the buzz after this event was the appearance of Phish’s Trey Anastasio for the last half of the second set, my personal experience was more focused on the continual growth of Billy Strings as a performer. We have always been entranced by the sheer virtuosity of Strings’ guitar playing and the wizardry of the band as a whole, and we were able to confirm those expectations at the Cap in February. But this performance at Pier 17 raised the bar even higher. Joined by fiddler extraordinaire Alex Hargreaves (who later in the tour apparently agreed to become a permanent band member), the quintet performed a flawless first set of Strings material and choice covers.

With the backdrop of the NYC skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, the juxtaposition of the city center with bluegrass music seemed to motivate both the band and the song choices. The cover of John Hartford’s 1976 classic “In Tall Buildings” was most poignant, although several numbers drew upon the rural/urban dichotomy for inspiration. When the set closed with Strings’ apparent hard-life autobiographical and compositionally brilliant “Turmoil & Tinfoil” this night had already delivered exactly what we had come to see. But there was clearly more to come.

The band started the second set with Hargreaves shining throughout an instrumental run through the traditional “Sally Goodin”. Ultimately the set evolved into the show’s highlight – a furious nearly 20-minute “Meet Me at the Creek”, that managed to remain vital and driving for its entire improvisational five-member instrumental segment. As had been rumored in crowd whispers all night, the appearance of Trey Anastasio was not entirely surprising, but quite welcome. It certainly motivated Billy. The five-song mini-set with the star guest featured a couple of Phish numbers, but it was the three bluegrass covers where the massive amount of talent on stage truly excelled. At the end, this show instantly catapulted into a “best of year” category and we continue to be amazed at the level of excellence achieved by this band. See you at Nassau in November!

I recorded this set in an ad hoc roped-off taper’s section next to the soundboard with the outdoors-friendly Neumann large diaphragm mics. While the wind ultimately cooperated and rarely can be heard during this recording, the crowd yapping is a problem during quiet moments. Fortunately, the venue’s sound quality and the superb mix by uber-talented FOH Andy Lytle provided us with the ingredients for an excellent capture, and I’m still quite pleased with this recording. Enjoy!

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Billy Strings
2022-06-29
Pier 17
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Recorded at Soundboard Cage

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 and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1 [Total Time 1:08:26]
01 Red Daisy
02 End of the Rainbow [Frank Wakefield]
03 Running The Route
04 Hellbender
05 Dust In a Baggie
06 Dealing Despair
07 [banter]
08 Watch It Fall
09 In Tall Buildings [John Hartford]
10 Home
11 Fearless [Pink Floyd]
12 [banter – rooftop]
13 Turmoil and Tinfoil

Set 2 [Total Time 1:20:15]
14 Sally Goodin
15 Must Be Seven
16 Meet Me at the Creek
17 16-16 [David Grisman]
18 Close By [Bill Monroe]
19 Back on the Train
20 Love and Regret
21 I’m Blue I’m Lonesome [Bill Monroe]
22 All Fall Down [John Hartford]
23 My Love Comes Rolling Down [Watson Family]
24 Gotta Jibboo

*Tracks 19 through 24 with Trey Anastasio

SUPPORT Billy Strings: Website / Bandcamp

Taper’s Choice: April 24, 2022 The Sultan Room Rooftop

June 6, 2022
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Photos by Jefe

Billing themselves as “Not the Jam Band We Need But the Jam Band We Deserve,” Taper’s Choice are somewhat mysterious newcomers to the scene—and they’re sure having fun with it. Here’s what we know: the band is a jam supergroup comprised of Dave Harrington (Darkside), Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend), Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), and Zach Tenorio (Arc Iris). Beyond that scant info, it wasn’t until recently that tunes have emerged. Previously available only at merch tables at the band’s few California shows earlier this year, the cassette-only Choice Tapes Vol. 1 circulated word-of-mouth for a while before finally landing on Bandcamp along with Choice Tapes Vol. 2. (I hear Vol. 3 is in the works.) Songs on the tapes are titled only with single or double curly quotes on both volumes but if you listen hard maybe you’ll hear some similarities to jams circulating in “trader” circles on the Live Music Archive.

We were fortunate to get invited out to the band’s exclusive (and sold out) first show in New York (or Jam Hollywood to those in the know). Two sets under the stars at Brooklyn’s Sultan Room (one of the premier destinations for jams in the borough) and we were sold 100% on Taper’s Choice. These guys even have their own festival! Take that Phish. And go buy some tickets to Choice Fest.

Stream and download at the Live Music Archive

Taper's Choice
2022-04-24
The Sultan Room Rooftop
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Set 1:
01. Running From the Rain
02. Lick the Toad 
03. The Dave Test (Yes) >
04. Walkin’ Around 
05. Darkness on the Edge of Midtown*

Set 2:
06. Above the Timberline  
07. Every Bubble >
08. Born to Burst*
09. Lilac Palace 
10. Low Era*^
11. Döner Wrap

*with Stuart Bogie - sax
^Geese cover with Cameron Winter (lead singer of Geese)
Kenny Wollesen - percussion on all of second set

Taper's Choice is:
Dave Harrington, Alex Bleeker, Chris Tomson, Zach Tenorio-Miller

Vapour Theories: June 24, 2021 Sunflower Philly (Philadelphia, PA)

May 31, 2022
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It’s been far too long since we’ve heard from the mighty Bardo Pond. (Though they’ve been quietly reissuing their 90’s albums.) But the Gibbons brothers—John and Michael—have kept busy with their Vapour Theories side project, releasing the aptly-titled Celestial Scuzz last year. It might not come as a surprise that Vapour Theories sounds a lot like Bardo Pond stripped of everything but the guitars.

Last year we caught the brothers opening for Birds of Maya in their hometown Philadelphia, outdoors on a beautiful early Summer day, and here (finally!) is that recording. Besides a little ambient noise from the outdoor setting, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream and download the full show at the Live Music Archive.

Vapour Theories
2021-06-24
Sunflower Philly
Philadelphia, PA

Vapour Theories is John and Michael Gibbons of Bardo Pond

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Tracks
01. Part 1
02. Part 2

Buy Celestial Scuzz via Bandcamp
Buy Bardo Pond records via Bandcamp

Weak Signal: May 13, 2022 Tubby’s (Kingston, NY)

May 26, 2022
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The immediate first impression of Weak Signal is “this dude’s guitar tone is going to tear my face off.” You could stop at that and have a decent idea of what the band is about but thanks to our own EricPH Weak Signal is now on the internet archive giving us several excellent live options to examine. Close consideration of these recordings reveal more than a monstrous guitar tone; beautiful and expressive song writing, excellent harmonies and one of the most engaging rhythm sections operating today. 

The rhythm section, Tran on drums and Sasha on bass, present the aural equivalent of a train coming down the tracks a bit too fast. It feels out of control, like it could crash at any time but then pulls safely to its destination right on schedule. It’s that possibility of collapse and the thrill of evading it that makes this band so exciting to listen to. In many ways it reminds me of the great early Kinks rhythm section of Mick Avory and Peter Quaife. 

This was the first show with the full band together in six months and features songs from all their records as well as a live debut of a new tune called “Don’t Want No Problems.” Weak Signal has several upcoming dates including two nights opening for Pavement! Go see them, you won’t regret it.

I recorded this from the soundboard with my MBHO mics and a mono board feed from the FOH engineer Kyle. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream and download from the Live Music Archive!

Weak Signal 

Tubby’s  

Kingston, NY 

2022-05-13 

Source: MBHO440 + SDB> MixPre3 > SD (24/48) > Adobe Audition/izotope ( EQ, Compression) > Audacity (fades, tracking) > FLAC (lvl8) > Mp3Tag 

Thanks to Tubby’s FOH engineer Kyle for the patch 

Recorded and Produced by Kliked 

  1. Devotion 
  1. Hallelujah Baby 
  1. Dripping In Gold 
  1. Really Gotta Run 
  1. I Don’t Miss You 
  1. YR Deal 
  1. Comeback 
  1. Spooky Feeling 
  1. Bullet In Your Brain 
  1. Don’t Want No Problems 
  1. Names 
  1. Tell Me How You Like It 
  1. Drugs In My System

Please support this excellent band by purchasing music from bandcamp!

Tubby’s upcoming shows!

Mountain Movers: April 30, 2022 Tubby’s (Kingston, NY)

May 13, 2022
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Much has changed in Kingston since the start of Covid. Many of the long-standing hubs of the community (RIP BSP, Boitson’s, Tony’s) sit empty while revitalization and housing prices march onward. Tubby’s, thankfully, has not only weathered the storm, but seems to be steadily gaining steam. 

At its core Tubby’s is a local hang. On any given evening it may be the gathering spot for local members of the LGBTQ+ community, Simpsons fans, Deadheads, Goths or just folks looking for a cold beer after work. This beautiful Spring evening was a double bill with Mountain Movers and Wet Tuna, a night for the heads. 

Mountain Movers have appeared on this website several times over the years, and I am happy to add another recording to the list. The New Haven CT quartet pulled from their entire catalog including several tracks from their excellent 2021 release “World What World”. The set ended with a particularly transportive 10-minute workout of “Unknown Hours” exploring all the corners of noise, psychedelia, atmosphere, and Rock they are known for. 

I recorded this set from my normal spot atop the riser next to the soundboard with my MBHO mics and a mono board feed from Tubby’s FOH engineer Brian. I am quite happy with the results! 

Download in FLAC/MP3

Mountain Movers
2022-04-30
Tubby’s
Kingston, NY

Recorded and Produced by Kliked

Source:
MBHO440 + SDB> SoundDevices MixPre3> SD (24/48)> Adobe Audition/izotope 9> Audacity> FLAC (lvl8)> Mp3Tag
Thanks to Tubby’s FOH engineer Brian for the board patch!

  1. Hudson Valley Jam
  2. Bodega On My Mind > The Sun Shines On The Moon
  3. I Wanna See The Sun
  4. Then The Moon
  5. Flock Of Swans
  6. Way Back to the World
  7. Unknown Hours

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

Please support Mountain Movers and visit their Bandcamp page!

Tubby’s upcoming shows!

Mary Lattimore & Bill Nace: April 16, 2022 Three Lobed Recordings 21st Anniversary, Duke University (Durham, NC)

May 12, 2022
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As if further proof were needed, this first-time collaboration between Mary Lattimore and Bill Nace proves that she is easily the most versatile and dynamic harpist on the planet. As for Nace — perhaps best-known of late for his work in Body/Head but with a decades-long list of experimental guitar solo projects and collaborations under his belt — anyone who has seen him perform knows that you can never be sure what you’ll hear, but you can be assured it will be done with intention and skill.

This set, during the outdoor portion of the final day of the Three Lobed Recordings 21st anniversary festival, might have been the most special I’ve seen from either artist. Nace brought a rare (in the west) instrument, the taishogoto, to the table for the collaboration, and the combination with Lattimore’s harp proved extraordinary — something so delicate, rare and beautiful that the pairing of the two musicians almost felt obvious instead of new. Early word on the street is that the musicians agree: we may well see something committed to release at some point in the future.

Don’t take my word for it. Press play on the stream below, make sure your set and setting are smooth, and drift in.

I recorded this set with Wayne’s excellent house mix and Schoeps mics in the audience. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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acidjacknyc · First-time improv at TLR21

Mary Lattimore and Bill Nace
April 16, 2022
Three Lobed Recordings 21st Anniversary
Karsh Alumni Center
Duke University
Durham, NC

Recorded and produced by acidjack
Live sound by Wayne

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre 6>24/44.1 WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity>FLAC

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