Soulside: December 17 and 18, 2014 Saint Vitus – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 22, 2014
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It came with nearly no warning that Soulside announced their first shows in twenty-five years. The reunion was initially prompted by the release of the highly anticipated DC hardcore documentary, Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980–90). Announced first as a single date at legendary DC club The Black Cat to coincide with a screening of the film, the reunion quickly expanded to include two nights at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus and an additional night at The Black Cat. The four shows sold out almost immediately with a bare minimum of hype and promotion.

Of the 1980s DC hardcore scene, Soulside are hardly the most well-known. Fugazi is, of course, the most visible of all those bands. Soulside often get pegged as followers of Fugazi, but in fact they were active years before Fugazi and the relationship between the two bands is less of one band following another and more of a cross-pollination within a community. After disbanding in 1989, lead singer Bobby Sullivan would take a break from music, later forming the bands Rain Like the Sound of Trains and Sevens. The rest of Soulside—Scott McCloud (guitar), Johnny Temple (bass), and Alexis Fleisig (drums)—would go on to form seminal noise rock band Girls Against Boys.

Twenty-five years to the day since the band’s final gig, Soulside took the stage at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus. Over two nights, from the rumbling opening bass riff of “God City” to the lean punk of “Under the Glare,”  the band draws from their entire body of work. Many of us relative newcomers too young to have experienced Soulside during their initial run encountered the band via the CD collection, Soon Come Happy, which gathers the better known Dischord albums Trigger and Hot Bodi-Gram. Each of those albums is well represented here. From Trigger, which was recently reissued by Dischord and expanded to include the Bass • 103 single, we get some of Soulside’s signature tracks: “Baby,” “Trigger,” and “Name in Mind.” They play almost all of their final record, Hot Bodi-Gram, the highlights of which are “God City,” “Pembroke,” and the duo of “New Slow Fucky” and “New Fast Fucky.”

For longtime devotees—or simply those old enough and hip enough to have been there—“Under the Glare,” and “Lookin’ Around” date back to 1984 when the band was called Lunchmeat. And from the band’s first album Less Deep Inside Keeps, originally released in 1987 as a joint venture between Dischord and Sammich (another essential DC Hardcore label), they play “Pearl to Stone,” “Fresh Air,” “Other Side,” and a cover of Wire’s “Ex-Lion Tamer.”

Soulside is a band I never thought I’d see play live. And looking around at Saint Vitus each night, it was clear I wasn’t the only one. Most of the crowd didn’t look old enough to have seen the band during their initial run. But whether people were drawn to the band like I was, through Girls Against Boys, or whether people discovered them through the punk rock education that is the Dischord catalog, it was clear the songs still resonate. It was an absolute pleasure to get to see these guys perform together and I’m extraordinarily proud to have taped these sets.

I recorded these shows with a pair of AKG C480/CK61 cardioids set up in front of the soundboard, combined with a feed from Saint Vitus FOH, Nick. The sound in the room for both nights was excellent and these recordings reflect that. Enjoy!

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Soulside
2014-12-17
Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Nick) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV(24/48) > Audacity 2.0.5 (mixdown, fades, EQ, amplify, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

Tracks [1:05:15]
01. God City
02. What Do You Know About That?
03. Punch the Geek
04. Baby
05. Trigger
06. Name in Mind
07. New Slow Fucky
08. New Fast Fucky
09. Bass
10. Under the Glare
11. X-Lion Tamer [Wire]
12. Lookin’ Around
13. Clifton Wall
14. [Encore Break]
15. War
16. Pembroke
17. A Love Supreme
18. Pearl to Stone


Soulside
2014-12-18
Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Nick) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV(24/48) > Audacity 2.0.5 (mixdown, fades, EQ, amplify, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

Tracks [1:04:26]
01. War
02. Pembroke
03. Trigger
04. Baby
05. Punch the Geek
06. Bass
07. New Slow Fucky
08. New Fast Fucky
09. Fresh Air
10. I Find the Other Side
11. Bad Show
12. Clifton Wall
13. A Love Supreme
14. [Encore Break]
15. God City
16. Pearl to Stone
17. What Do You Know About That?
18. Under the Glare

If you enjoyed these recordings, PLEASE SUPPORT Soulside—like them on Facebook and buy the Trigger reissue from Dischord.

Frightwig: September 8, 2014 Knitting Factory – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 18, 2014
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[photo by nyctaper]

Frightwig was founded in the early 80s San Francisco punk scene — a time and place that welcomed female-fronted bands (Romeo Void, The Contractions, The Nuns, The Units) but which had not yet fully opened the gates to the likes of L7 and Bikini Kill. Frightwig combined a wicked sense of humor with some sharp politics to produce a handful of albums before calling it quits in 1994. Twenty years on, Mia and Deanna reformed the band in 2012 in part to express some contemporary politics in today’s bizarre conservative political climate (“War on Women”). While retaining their sense of fun and humor, Frightwig still pokes jabs at appropriate targets and their new songs are as pointed as their entire catalog. At Knitting Factory in September, the band played an extremely entertaining hour-long set that was part of a mini-tour of the East Coast — their first in two decades — which culminated at the Washington DC We Are Woman Constitution Day Rally. Frightwig currently have no pending gigs, but we expect to hear more from them in 2015.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Jane Lee Hooker set and the sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “My Crotch Does Not Say Go”:

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Frightwig
2014-09-08
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineers Keith Milgaten and Ben Fitterman] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 56:23]
01 [intro]
02 Hear What I Say
03 War On Women
04 [tech – keyboard]
05 My Crotch Does Not Say Go
06 Crawford
07 What Is Love
08 [banter – fashion week]
09 Ride Your Bike
10 Aging Sux
11 Crazy World
12 [banter – go-go dance]
13 Redistribution of Wealth
14 A Man’s Got to Do What a Man’s Got to Do
15 [banter]
16 Punk Rock Jail Bait
17 I’ll Talk To You And Smile
18 PRJB Reprise
19 [outro]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Frightwig, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Store at their site [HERE].

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard: October 31, 2014 338 Moffat – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 17, 2014
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[Photo by Bad Looks Entertainment]

When I saw this wild 12 second clip of a King Gizzard show this week in Australia I was reminded of two things — the crazy show we saw on Halloween and the fact that I had not posted it yet. When I talked about the Gizz in a two-show post a few weeks ago, I noted the amazing energy of their shows coming both from the stage and from the crowd. This clip encapsulates it all, and while its a home show we expect the next time that King Gizzard comes to the US (Spring?) the crowds will be equally as crazed. The band’s new album I’m In Your Mind Fuzz is one of the best of year and as their reputation grows, so too will the crowd size and excitement. The crowd for this Halloween show was, we’ll concede, fueled by excessive amounts of stimulants — to the point where a front-row audience member literally fell over onto the stage, knocking down my mics, Stu’s monitor and guitar pedals. It was a temporary glitch in what was an extremely entertaining and simply fun night and not one I will soon forget.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Tonstartssbandht set from this show and the sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “I’m In Your Mind Fuzz”:

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
2014-10-31
338 Moffat
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [engineer Roland] + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 43:58]
01 Head On Pill
02 [banter – who are you guys]
03 Black Tooth
04 [fans falls into the band incident]
05 Danger Money
06 [banter – NYC on Halloween]
07 I’m In Your Mind
08 I’m Not In Your Mind
09 Cellophane
10 I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
11 [banter – Michelle]
12 Hot Wax

If you download this recording from NYCTaper PLEASE SUPPORT King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, visit their website, and purchase I’m In Your Mind Fuzz from the Heavenly Records website [HERE] or in the US currently from iTunes. The album has just been released by Castle Face Records in the US, buy it [HERE].

Antietam: December 6, 2014 Trocadero Philly – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 16, 2014
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[photos by Max Sall]

As are their friends, Antietam is also celebrating a 30th anniversary of sorts this year. As bassist Tim Harris noted, Yo La Tengo’s first ever show was also Antietam’s third show and the two have lived virtually parallel lines ever since. Each are a trio anchored by a married couple. But in the case of Antietam, they are clearly not as prolific as YLT (including a hiatus of several years) and as a result the band members lead regular lives. Tara Key is by day a librarian at Columbia University and when not playing in the band she’s a world class pinball wizard by night. But when Tara straps on the Gibson and takes the stage with Antietam, she, Tim and drummer Josh Madell are a well-oiled machine led by the incendiary guitarist. At the Trocadero, Antietam opened for YLT and played a superb forty-five minute set of material new and old. They were joined at times by vocalist Sue Garner and on “Hands Down” by YLT’s Ira Kaplan (streaming below). Ira has performed on the original recording of the song, and when these two bands play on the same bill there is always appropriate collaboration — Tara later joined YLT for a song on which she has played on the original recording. Antietam’s set began when the venue was not entirely full but as the set gained momentum the crowd filled and reacted with increasing enjoyment. In particular, the last four songs beginning with “Sunshine” were absolutely ripping and Tara’s guitar play dominated the room much to the delight of the crowd.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Yo La Tengo set — Schoeps and a fine board feed provided by the Troc’s excellent house FOH. The empty spaces in the room early in the set created a little echo that was easily removed with some gentle EQ, and ultimately the sound quality of this recording is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Hands Down”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Antietam
2014-12-06
Trocadero Theatre
Philadelphia PA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Mark Luecke] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 44:54]
01 Time Creeps
02 1-2-1
03 Breathe
04 Satisfied
05 Right Between Your Eyes
06 Bird Watching
07 Sunshine
08 [banter – Ira intro]
09 Hands Down
10 Clarion
11 Stowaway

If you download this recording from NYCTaper we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Antietam, visit their website, and their blog, and their Facebook page, and purchase their official releases from Carrot Top Records [HERE].

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule – Winter/Spring 2015

December 15, 2014
By

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There have been a nice selection of announcements for 2015 shows lately, and we’ll keep it rolling into the new year. 2014 has been another banner year here at NYCTaper and we’ll be finishing up the year with a few shows still to record, a bunch of stuff still in the queue, and our annual “best of” lists.

Caveat: Below is the updated schedule. We expect to attend and record these events. However, circumstances will prevent some of these from being done, and others will be added in the meantime. Feel free to make suggestions or point out shows we missed or invite us to your shows!.

Schedule:

Beach Fossils:
December 17, 2014 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn

Soulside:
December 17 and 18, 2014 Saint Vitus Brooklyn

Nels Cline:
December 18, 2014 Trans Pecos Queens

Fat White Family:
December 20, 2014 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Deer Tick:
December 29, 2014 Brooklyn Bowl

Mark McGuire:
January 7, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn (permission pending)

Rangda:
January 9, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Oneida / Chris Forsyth:
January 10, 2015 Palisades Brooklyn

Lazyeyes:
January 11, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Vaselines / Amanda X:
January 16, 2015 Bell House Brooklyn (permission pending)

Wussy:
January 17, 2015 Studio at Webster Hall NYC

Amen Dunes / Kevin Morby:
January 22, 2015 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead:
January 23 and January 24, 2015 Brooklyn Bowl

Elisa Ambrogio / Nathan Bowles:
January 31, 2015 Silent Barn Brooklyn

Felice Brothers / Strand of Oaks:
February 7, 2015 Shine a Light Benefit / Tommy Brull Foundation, Rockville Centre NY

Sturgill Simpson:
February 11, 2015 Bowery Ballroom NYC (permission pending)

Helmet:
February 18, 2015 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Helmet:
February 22, 2015 Saint Vitus Brooklyn

Kayo Dot:
February 25, 2015 Mercury Lounge NYC

This Will Destroy You:
February 26, 2015 St. Vitus Brooklyn

North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osbourne:
February 27, 2015 Capitol Theatre Portchester NY

Disappears:
February 28, 2015 Rough Trade Brooklyn

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper:
March 3, 2015 Rough Trade Brooklyn

Los Lobos / Alejandro Escovedo:
March 6, 2015 Capitol Theatre Portchester NY

The Growlers:
March 7, 2015 Baby’s All Right Brooklyn

Twerps / Ultimate Painting:
March 13, 2015 Rough Trade Brooklyn

The Church:
March 14, 2015 Rough Trade Brooklyn (permission pending)

SXSW:
March 19-22, 2015 Austin TX

Hurray For The Riff Raff:
April 24, 2015 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Mountain Jam:
June 4-7, 2015 Hunter Mountain NY

Yellow Ostrich: December 8, 2014 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Streaming FINAL SHOW!!

December 15, 2014
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[photos courtesy of David Andrako for BrooklynVegan]

“How do you start when you know it’s gonna end?” Alex Schaaf asks on Yellow Ostrich‘s “How Do You Do It?”. The same could be asked of anyone starting a rock band these days. Or for that matter, a music venue. Yellow Ostrich came onto the scene full of promise, and throughout their five years, they mostly lived up to it, as their popularity soared and the density and complexity of their songs followed. Like a lot of bands these days, this one began as Schaaf’s bedroom project, only growing into a formidable live act after the fact. The first time I saw Yellow Ostrich perform, at Mercury Lounge in 2011, Schaaf was fighting with his vocal loops on “Whale”, putting on a hell of a performance despite the glitch on his first song. Back then, the band had other dates happening at places like Shea Stadium and Piano’s. A year later, they were playing Bowery Ballroom, a confident full band at the top of their game.

But isn’t it painful, in the end, to put forth so much effort, to pour so much of your soul into something, when you know that in all likelihood, a half-decade worth of a run is all you’ll get if you’re lucky? Making music requires so much giving of yourself, it’s hard sometimes to imagine how it can be worth it. You give and give and give, and at best you get a few syncs, a few streams, and hopefully a full house some nights. When things end, chances are that memories will be short. If you matter, in the long run, to a handful of people, you’re lucky.

But if Schaaf and his band felt any melancholy about Yellow Ostrich’s passing, they didn’t show it. It felt right for the band to close things out on the stage at Glasslands, which itself will be no more as of the end of this year. The band will end on a high note, the more confident Cosmos, which pushed their limits while retaining the essential tunefulness of the melodies and intensely personal bent of Schaaf’s words. Tonight the band was on from start to finish, Schaaf bounding across the stage as songs took on added flourishes of guitar and a little something extra in the vocals. This isn’t the same band that started it all, when Jon Natchez joined up to make it a fully-realized creature, but it’s a very good one, equally loyal to Cosmos tunes like “Terrors” and “Things Are Fallin'” as to old greats from The Mistress like “Whale” and the set’s closer, a searing, extra-long “Mary”. While the whole set is streaming below, I wanted to emphasize “Whale”, which has grown so much from that first version I saw played at Mercury. To me this first song on The Mistress is the essential Yellow Ostrich song, and in the three evolving versions I’ve recorded, you capture the band’s story in miniature. The song has always been catchy, but only this time, the entire crowd sang along.

Those of us who spent much if any time in the music scene just across the East River have found much to mourn this season, saying goodbye not only to institutions like Glasslands and DBA but to longtime bands and friends as well. While a moment has ended, this can only be looked at as torch passed. New York has never been the place for those who don’t like change; change is the essential part of its character as a city in almost every way. For his part, Schaaf isn’t going anywhere — he’s already got a new project, Human Heat, with an EP to its credit. I grinned as the band played The Mistress’ “Hate Me Soon”. The truth is, Yellow Ostrich didn’t stick around long enough to give us a chance to. And most times, that’s just the right way to go.

I recorded this set with our installed Glasslands system, Naiant X-R cardiod microphones and a soundboard feed by the band’s FOH Keith Milgaten. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream “Whale”

Stream the complete show

Yellow Ostrich
2014-12-08
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Keith Milgaten) + Naiant X-R>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, alignment, mixdown, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:08:35]
01 Fog
02 Shades
03 Hold On
04 [banter1]
05 Neon Fists
06 How Do You Do It
07 Elephant King
08 My Moons
09 Whale
10 Ghost
11 Any Wonder
12 [banter2]
13 Things Are Fallin’
14 Marathon Runner
15 [banter3]
16 Hate Me Soon
17 Mary

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Yellow Ostrich, visit their website, and buy their records from their online store.

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