Chris Forsyth & Garcia Peoples: July 27, 2019 Market Hotel

August 6, 2019
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[Photo courtesy of Steve Smith]

Some musical happenings are noteworthy because they’re never repeated. Others, like this team-up between Chris Forsyth and Garcia Peoples, are always as welcome as the first time. These artists have collaborated before — most notably, for NYC, at Nublu a little while back — and their comfort level with each other is evident. While the Nublu show featured Forsyth lending a hand to GP for their album release, here they returned the favor as Chris’ backing band, powering through Neil Young’s “Barstool Blues” right on through some of the standout moments on Forsyth’s latest, All Time Present (in particular, dig this version of “Mystic Mountain”). This being an NYCTaper presents show at Market Hotel, there was no curfew and no time limit, and the band took full advantage, including another digressive, head-spinning nearly half-hour version of “Techno Top” that called back to the Nublu outing.

While these artists may approach their sound from somewhat different starting points, there’s no question that their complimentary styles make for a unique and compelling package. If you happen to be in town for a Forsyth show anytime soon, he’s been appearing with a few different bands, so don’t be surprised if you get a completely different flavor on your next go round!

I recorded this set with Neumann KM150 microphones far forward of the soundboard, and a soundboard feed from house engineer RL. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show from its Live Music Archive page.

Chris Forsyth & Garcia Peoples
2019-07-27
Market Hotel
Brooklyn, NY USA

Presented by NYCTaper

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Neumann KM150 + Soundboard (Engineer: RL)>Zoom F8>2x24bit WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.1>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [Banter/Happy Birthday]
02 Barstool Blues [Neil Young]
03 Tomorrow Might As Well be Today
04 Mystic Mountain
05 Dream Song
06 [banter2]
07 Dreaming in the Non-Dream
08 [banter3]
09 Techno Top

PLEASE SUPPORT CHRIS FORSYTH & GARCIA PEOPLES: Buy Forsyth’s All Time Present | Buy Garcia Peoples’ Natural Facts

Dire Wolves: July 27, 2019 Market Hotel (NYCTaper Presents)

August 1, 2019
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Dire Wolves (in its various incarnations, this one being the Exactly Perfect Sisters Band) is one of those West Coast treats we don’t get too often, so when bandleader Jeffrey Alexander brings any version of the band to town, we make sure not to miss it. This has been a prolific year for the band in NYC, with shows both at Nublu in May and Union Pool in February. We aren’t complaining — their shows come with the expectation of high originality and little repetition (in the case of those last two shows, exactly one song).

On this night at Market Hotel, presented by this site, Dire Wolves came bearing a special guest, Sunwatchers saxophonist Jeff Tobias, and a new album to jam, courtesy of our friends at Beyond Beyond is Beyond. That record, Grow Towards the Light, was represented here by “I Control the Weather” — its leadoff and arguably most accessible track, if “accessible” is a meaningful thing to say about a band whose proclivities take them into all kinds of different avant-garde spaces. The night’s opener, “Archons at the Gates of BSHWCK” began with a tribal drone that evolved into a piece of alt-universe jazz fusion, with Georgia Carbone’s vocals sung in an invented language that gave form to the music without a prescribed meaning. The subsequent “I Control the Weather>Love Everybody (For Moses)>Vibrational North Star” combo built on that impeccable start, leading to perhaps the most transporting Dire Wolves performance I’ve seen yet.

I recorded this set with Neumann KM150 microphones mounted near the stage, together with a soundboard feed from house FOH RL. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show from its Live Music Archive page

Dire Wolves
2019-07-27
Market Hotel
Brooklyn, NY USA

Presented by NYCTaper

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Neumann KM150 + Soundboard (Engineer: RL)>Zoom F8>2x24bit WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.1>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 53:40]
01 Archons at the Gates of BSHWCK
02 I Control The Weather>Love Everybody (For Moses)>Vibrational North Star

PLEASE SUPPORT Dire Wolves: Buy Grow Towards the Light | Buy their other records

Wilco: June 29, 2019 Solid Sound Festival

July 15, 2019
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photo by Qbertplaya

Pete reports:

“Saturday night’s show kicked off with “Hell is Chrome”. For me, Jeff could have said “Thanks and good night” and walked off stage after that, and I would have been satisfied. But the festivities continued with another AGIB entry (Muzzle of Bees) followed by a couple from YHF (IATTBYH and War on War), and back to AGIB’s “Company in My Back”. A few songs later, they debuted two brand new songs, “Empty Corner” (which had been featured earlier in the day in a surround sound installation at the museum) and “White Wooden Cross.” Overall, the Saturday night installment was classic, good-as-it-gets, Wilco fare. 24 songs, solid entries from the entire body of work, and a nice two-song encore to cap off the night. Absolutely electrifying, and exactly what one would expect from this band at their own festival in the Saturday night, beachfront real estate portion of the weekend.”

Pete recorded this show with the trusty Neumann cards from a very advantageous position at the Soundboard cage. The sound is superb, enjoy!

Download the Complete Set [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Set:

Wilco
2019-06-29
Solid Sound Festival
North Adams MA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded at Soundboard Cage

Neumann KM-185s > Sound Devices 702 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar

Recorded by gr8fulpete
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:54:01]
01 Hell Is Chrome
02 Muzzle of Bees
03 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
04 War on War
05 Company in My Back
06 I’ll Fight
07 Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
08 An Empty Corner
09 White Wooden Cross
10 Box Full of Letters
11 Remember the Mountain Bed
12 Hesitating Beauty
13 Bull Black Nova
14 Laminated Cat
15 Reservations
16 Side With the Seeds
17 Theologians
18 Someone to Lose
19 Impossible Germany
20 Red-Eyed and Blue
21 I Got You
22 Outtasite
23 [encore break]
24 A Shot in the Arm
25 [Glenn standing on drums]
26 I’m A Wheel

PLEASE SUPPORT Wilco, visit their website, and purchase their Star Wars and their other releases from their website [HERE]

Russo Harrington Bogie Zahn Goldberger: June 29, 2019 Nublu NYC

July 3, 2019
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photo by nyctaper

These are the types of nights that NYC music aficionados live for. A one-time-only live improvisation session by a group of five local stellar musicians in an intimate setting, who could really ask for more. Local guitar wizard Dave Harrington has made a nice career playing with a variety of musicians, and indeed bassist Spencer Zahn, horn player Stuart Bogie, and percussionist Joe Russo all performed at the release shows in February for Dave’s 2019 release Pure Imagination, No Country.

This night at Nublu though was a truly collaborative effort by the quintet (also including guitarist Jonathan Goldberger) as each segment of the set was improvised. Harrington revealed to me in between sets that there was one point where he and Zahn began to riff on a piece they had rehearsed earlier that week, but for the most part these tracks are all the work of expert musicians using their interpretive skills in real time. The result is two hours of breathtaking wholly unique music that was both a joy to hear live and will forever be a thoroughly engaging listen.

Dave Harrington returns to Nublu on July 19 for another night of magic with his Merry Pranksters (members this time are secret!), and attendance is highly recommended.

I recorded this set from a spot about 15 feet from the stage with the Schoeps cards and the sound (other than a little chatter) is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Set from Archive.org [HERE]

Stream the Complete Set:

Russo Harrington Bogie Zahn Goldberger
2019-06-29
Nublu
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Upfront Audience

Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 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 54:23]
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2
03 Improvization 3
04 Improvization 4
Set 2
[Total Time 1:02:23]
05 Improvisation 5
06 [band introductions]
07 Improvisation 6
08 Improvisation 7
09 Improvisation 8

Joe Russo – percussion
Dave Harrington – guitar, effects
Stuart Bogie – sax, flute, clarinet
Spencer Zahn – stand-up bass
Jonathan Goldberger – guitar

Please SUPPORT these artists: websites for Joe Russo, Dave Harrington, Stuart Bogie, Spencer Zahn, and Jonathan Goldberger

Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society: June 7, 2019 Union Pool

July 1, 2019
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Photo by Bryon Whitley

First off, a very important heads up: Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society are playing tonight, July 1, at Roulette with 75 Dollar Bill! This is going to be a special show, in celebration of the release 75DB’s latest record I Was Real, and a rare opportunity to catch Joshua Abrams and NIS in Brooklyn. Grab tickets here!

Mandatory Reality, the latest double-LP from Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society, sounds like a band erasing borders. The second track, “Finite,” approaches 40 minutes, testing the limits of physical media as well as the listener’s compass. On some other plane (I’m convinced) it must loop back on itself to continue on forever in its meditative rhythms, an endless groove. Confined to the physical world, the album nevertheless seems to have no beginnings or endings, but drops you in media res, as the poets do, filling in the geographical landmarks and relief as it goes. Titling a 40 minute song “Finite” is a promise to the wayward traveler.

Last month’s Union Pool gig was my first chance to see Abrams and company live. The experience is like being let on something intimate, a sacred ritual opened up to new members. For 50 minutes we were collectively transported into the world of Natural Information Society. Capturing the ecstatic sounds for later transmission couldn’t possibly contain the multitudes of their performance, but does offer a glimpse of Abrams’ vision. Again, I’m going to strongly urge you to go see (and hear) for yourself tonight at Roulette. Spread the word!

I recorded this from our usual spot at Union Pool, room mics mixed with a board feed. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]



Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society
2019-06-07
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone (EQ, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [48:07]
01. Live at Union Pool

• Buy Mandatory Reality: Vinyl via Eremite Records / Digital via Bandcamp
• •
NaturalInformationSociety.com

SUSS: May 21, 2019 Union Pool

June 23, 2019
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SUSS is a new musical collaboration from some old hands—Gary Leib, Pat Irwin, Jonathan Gregg and William Garrett, under the general direction of Bob Holmes. Between them there are too many credentials to list, all over the map and everywhere in between. Straddling the intersection of ambient and country/western music, SUSS sound like the future and the past, sci-fi folded over on spaghetti westerns. It’s music that would be appropriate for both a trip to Death Valley and aboard the International Space Station; however, your living room will do in a pinch.

SUSS have played a few shows lately supporting last year’s Ghost Box, released by the reliably adventurous New York label, Northern Spy Records. They’ve got a new 7″ as well, “Chisholm Trail” b/w “Aurora,” the latter previewed last month live at Union Pool, the vinyl due out this Friday. SUSS take it low and slow here, measuring out improvised passages blending into the album’s compositions. In person, the interior Brooklyn environs melted away as the band mapped desert territories under the stars. This recording will take you partway there, but I also recommend heading out to see them live your first opportunity. Do also head over to Bandcamp, where you can pick up the record and single.

I recorded this from our usual spot at Union Pool, an expert board mix from FOH Leslie Wolf combined with room mics. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]



SUSS
2019-05-21
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Leslie Wolf) + MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, limiter, compression, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [47:14]
01. Wichita
02. Big Sky
03. Late Night Call
04. Steam
05. Aurora
06. Gunfighter
07. Canyonlands (Return to Wichita)
08. After the Storm

Buy Ghost Box and Chisholm Trail b/w Aurora via Bandcamp

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