Dylan Golden Aycock: October 21, 2016 The Schoolhouse

April 27, 2017
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Dylan Golden Aycock’s 2016 effort, Church of the Level Track, earned deserved plaudits, so we were extra-excited to see him on this Avant Ghetto Presents bill at the end of last year to share his music with us. To quote NPR’s Lars Gotrich, who said it best: “Dylan Golden Aycock’s lineage is clear: the fingerpicked blues of John Fahey, the swirling compositions of Robbie Basho and the outward-looking Americana of Jim O’Rourke’s Bad Timing and The Visitor. That’s not a bad crossroads to meet your demons at, especially when so much of what we call American Primitive now is in a state of transformation. Church Of Level Track kicks up dream dust in a positively lush collection of cosmic rags, ambient country tunes and steel-string ragas.”

Indeed, when you hear Aycock perform live, you’re captured by the distinctiveness of his style. It’s psychedelic in a way that many of his peers aren’t, but there’s also a disorienting but pleasing quality to it beyond that that makes you sit up and pay attention. This set featured a number of Aycock’s new tunes, and “Red Oak Black” in particular was a standout, a pensive track that builds to a frenetic, captivating ending.

Aycock also helms a Tulsa-based label, Scissor Tail Editions, filled with like-minded artists and their work. We’d recommend you check that out as well.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed and a pair of Schoeps MK4V mics right in front of Dylan. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Avant Ghetto Presents for inviting us to this show.

Stream and download the complete set from our bandcamp page: 

Dylan Golden Aycock
2016-10-21
The Schoolhouse
Brooklyn, NY

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, align, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Golden Bough>Set Adrift
02 Red Oak Black
03 Red Bud Valley II
04 [banter]
05 Marked Tree
06 Lord it Over>Improv>Willow and the Dogwood

Support Dylan Golden Aycock: Website Scissor Tail Editions 

Xenia Rubinos: April 13, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

April 26, 2017
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[photo from Xenia Rubinos Twitter]

There’s no earthly reason why Xenia Rubinos should not be a household name in the very near future. She is an artist of immense talents as a writer, composer and performer and her art is true. The musical genres that are home to Xenia Rubinos’ exemplary music have been previously culturally appropriated by the likes of well-to-do Ivy League grads, a Smith grad from Connecticut, and a guy from Forest Hills. But as a person of color who has lived the bitter mistreatment of her protagonists, Xenia is in a position to present a necessary point of view at a troubling historical time when authenticity is crucial. The world needs more voices like Xenia Rubinos and her time is now.

In July Xenia Rubinos released Black Terry Cat, her first album for the Anti- label and second overall. The album received an 8.0 from Laura Snapes over at Pitchfork and pretty much universally positive reviews worldwide. In support, she’s toured tirelessly throughout the US and this month saw her triumphant return to NYC.

The Bowery Ballroom show was a special night for Xenia. Not only was it her largest show to date, but it was also her mother’s birthday. Given that her first album was in part a tribute to her recently passed father, it was particularly moving that this performer had a close family connection on such an important career night. The other important participants at Bowery were the crowd, who were both voluminous and dancing throughout, and her two accompanying musicians — longtime collaborator and producer Marco Buccelli who played a variety of drums, keys and effects, and for this tour Jack Hill on bass, moog and guitar. The set began with the opening track from Cat before the trio blasted through a fifteen-song set that fully represented Xenia’s catalog thus far. There were multiple pockets of fans who literally did not stop dancing throughout the entire set and were engaged with the performer throughout. But it was Xenia who was the well-deserved center of attention as she pivoted from keys to bass to solo vocals as an unstoppable kinetic ball of energy. At the end of the hour-long set she was called back for multiple encores — a true affirmation that an artist with integrity and abundant talent will ultimately succeed.

Xenia Rubinos just began an extensive eleven-date tour of Europe in April and May before she returns to the US for a variety of Summer shows, dates [HERE].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up in our usual front balcony position and mixed with an excellent board feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Xenia Rubinos
2017-04-13
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 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:
[Total Time 1:10:45]
01 Romeo
02 Lonely Lover
03 Just Like I
04 Help
05 Don’t Wanna Be
06 See Them
07 Right?
08 I Won’t Say
09 Whirlwind
10 Cherry Tree
11 Laugh Clown
12 Black Stars
13 [encore break – Happy Birthday]
14 Pan y Cafe
15 Hair Receding
16 [band introductions]
17 Mexican Chef

PLEASE SUPPORT Xenia Rubinos: Facebook | Bandcamp | Artist Page at Anti- | Purchase Black Terry Cat [HERE]

Bob Weir & the Campfire Band: April 21, 2017 Wanee Festival (Live Oak, FL)

April 25, 2017
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If Bob Weir’s set on Saturday of the Wanee Festival had the more emotional coda, I found I enjoyed this Friday set a bit more. First, we got some of the best songs from Bob’s new album, Blue Mountain, which has been hailed as one of his finest in years. Second, there was just something right about the interplay between Bob and the band during this set. If “Lay My Lily Down” from the new record was fresh because, well, it’s new, the classic “China Cat”>”Rider” and “West L.A. Fadeaway” felt like Weir and his band had something to prove, and did. Sure, the Saturday set was longer, and it had the Trey pairing that the Internet cares about, but if you wanted the best of current-day Bob Weir, for my money, this late afternoon set was the pick.

I recorded this set from the same location as the Saturday night recording, more or less, and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download this recording from the Live Music Archive: [MP3] | [FLAC]


Bob Weir & the Campfire Band
April 21, 2017
Wanee Music Festival
Peach Stage
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC)>KC5>PFA>Zoom F8>24/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Isotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.0.3 (amplify, track, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:46:55]

01 Easy to Slip
02 When I Paint My Masterpiece
03 Blue Mountain
04 Lay My Lily Down (Dig a Hole in the Meadow)
05 Me and my Uncle
06 Gonesville
07 Only a River
08 Tennessee Jed
09 West L.A. Fadeaway
10 Cassidy
11 Knockin’ on Heavenís Door
12 China Cat Sunflower >
13 I Know You Rider
14 [encore break]
15 Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad

the Campfire Band:
Steve Kimock – guitar
Bryan Devendorf – Drums
Scott Devendorf – Bass
Aaron Dessner – guitar
Josh Kaufman – guitar
Jon Shaw – keyboards, acoustic guitar

SUPPORT BOB WEIR: Website | Buy Blue Mountain

Trey Anastasio Band: April 22, 2017 Wanee Music Festival (Live Oak, FL)

April 24, 2017
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Though veteran Bob Weir closed out this year’s Wanee Festival main stage in fine fashion, it was Trey Anastasio Band who captured the most emotional highlight. Clearly moved by the death of Butch Trucks, with whom he had played on this very Wanee stage in years past, Anastasio and his band took the fired-up crowd through everything from hard boogie numbers like “Cayman Review” to a funky cover of Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood” to several of Anastasio’s more downbeat offerings. Whatever the feel of the exact moment, Anastasio and his band owned it, with Trey beaming at the front of the stage for much of the set, just as he was brought to tears recalling his time with Trucks and the Allman Brothers. Perhaps most notable about this set to me personally was the energy and inventiveness of it compared to the lackluster Phish set I saw earlier this year; if the full band interplay wasn’t quite what it is with the main band, the enthusiasm behind it was a night-and-day difference. Perhaps it’s not a surprise; most artists, like most people, care about context and place, and this place brought back memories for Trey that no doubt can’t be replicated in a stadium-type setting. Thanks to this set — which ended on a billowing cover of Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused,” Trey and his band made some Wanee Festival memories for many of us, too.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones FOB with my man Fried Chicken Boy. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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

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Trey Anastasio Band
2017-04-22
Wanee Festival
Spirit of Suwanne Music Park
Live Oak, FL USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC)>KC5>PFA>Zoom 48>24/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Isotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.0.3 (amplify, track, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:45:00]
01 Cayman Review
02 Curlew’s Call
03 Magilla
04 Sand
05 Soul Rebel
06 Money, Love and Change
07 [banter1 – Wanee and Butch Trucks]
08 Ohh Child [Five Stairsteps]
09 Mozambique>Simple Twist Up Dave
10 Tide Turns
11 Valentine
12 Everything’s Right
13 Tuesday
14 Clint Eastwood [Gorillaz]
15 Dazed and Confused [Led Zeppelin]

SUPPORT Trey Anastasio Band: Website | Records

Bob Weir & the Campire Band: April 22, 2017 Wanee Festival (Live Oak, FL)

April 23, 2017
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[From the Wanee Festival Facebook Page]

Bob Weir’s closing set at Wanee Festival ended this festival on a note that suited it, combining some crowd-moving Dead songs with more contemplative, comedown fare. If (more than) half the crowd was spent from Trey Anastasio’s ultra-high energy set, Weir brought them back in with a thoughtful acoustic set that began with him solo on “Two Djinn” and “Corinna,” followed by a guest appearance by Anastasio himself. If the more emotional highlights (their duet on Phish’s “Miss You,” a stark “Friend of the Devil”) will be overshadowed by the night’s Internet-ready moment (that’d be the Lady Gaga cover, “A Million Reasons”) that’s OK, too.

Among the electric fare, the second set proved the highlight, with the “Playing In the Band,” “Eyes of the World” and “The Other One” trifecta sealing the deal. But of course, the closing numbers, dedicated to the recently deceased Butch Trucks, were the real highlight, as the crowd carried its positive vibes for Trucks aloft on the mass singalong versions of “Not Fade Away” and then “Ripple.” This set was a bit less about Weir’s latest, quality album, Blue Mountain, than the night before, but we’ll share that night with you as well soon.

If you haven’t been to the Wanee Festival, held in an out of the way state park in a town in north-central Florida called Live Oak, I’d fully recommend it, especially as other festivals in the northeast shut down or turn away from their original missions. The Spirit of Suwanee Music Park is a special space, and for now, those charged with making Wanee what it is are staying true to the park’s spirit.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones in an optimal “FOB” situation, with Johnny Fried Chicken boy sharing the space. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete set from the Live Music Archive: [FLAC] | [MP3] or get Apple Lossless and the other file types here: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

Stream the complete set: 

Bob Weir & the Campfire Band
2017-04-22
Wanee Festival
Spirit of Suwanne Music Park
Live Oak, FL USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC)>KC5>PFA>Zoom 48>24/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Isotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.0.3 (amplify, track, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

[Set One – Acoustic]
01 Two Djinn>
02 Corrinna>
03 [banter1 – Trey Intro]
04 Deep Elem Blues*>
05 Friend of the Devil *
06 Bird Song*
07 Miss You*
08 Million Reasons* [Lady Gaga]

[Set One – Electric]
09 Darkest Hour
10 Ghost Towns
11 Cottonwood Lullaby
12 Shakedown Street>
13 Minglewood Blues
14 Jack Straw

[Set Two]
15 Dark Star
16 Playing in the Band>
17 Eyes of the World>
18 The Other One
19 Morning Dew
20 [encore break]

[Encore]
20 Not Fade Away
21 Ripple

* w/ Trey Anastasio

SUPPORT BOB WEIR: Website | Buy Blue Mountain

Chuck Prophet: March 29, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

April 19, 2017
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[screen shot from this video]

neild reports:
Chuck Prophet is one of those musicians who went from barely-known to me to a perennial favorite in the course of a single song — or really a single riff, as all it took was hearing the opening guitar line from “Sonny Liston’s Blues,” off his terrific 2009 album Let Freedom Ring. Prophet gets described frequently as the “indie rock Tom Petty,” and it certainly fits his vocal style and commitment to old-school rock ’n’ roll, but if anything it sells him short: He combines a heart worn boldly on his sleeve with character observations that are by turns astute and hilarious, sometimes in the course of the same phrase.

This show at the Bowery Ballroom came toward the end of the tour for Prophet’s excellent new album Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins. Live, not only is Prophet’s dry wit given free rein, but the Mission Express, consisting of guitar wizard James DePrato (here playing even more slide than usual), the superb rhythm section of bassist Kevin White and drummer Vicente Rodriguez, and the unbeatable keyboardist/vocalist (and Prophet’s wife) Stephanie Finch, can spread out songs like “Summertime Thing” and “You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)” into loping jams that would be rock radio staples in an alternate universe. I’ve never seen a bad Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express show, and this was among their best, charging along without letup for nearly two hours.

This recording was made with Church Audio CA-14 cardioid mics from lip of the Bowery Ballroom balcony, mixed with a soundboard feed provided by the Bowery’s supremely talented and helpful new soundperson Danielle.

Please pay what you wish for the download (all proceeds other than Paypal and Bandcamp fees go to the artist), and visit chuckprophet.com for all your merch and info needs — I highly recommend subscribing to his email newsletter, which is always a terrific read even if you’re not interested in finding out when he’s coming to your town (though if you’re not, I don’t know what’s wrong with you).

Download and Stream the Complete Show from our Bandcamp Page [HERE]

Chuck Prophet
2017-03-29
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

CA=14 Cards + Soundboard [engineer Danielle] > Sony PCM-M10 > WAV (24/48) > Sound Studio (light dynamic compression and mixing) > FLAC (16/44.1) > Tag > FLAC

Recorded and Produced by
neild

Setlist:
01 Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
02 Ramona Say Yes [Chuck Berry]
03 Lonely Desolation
04 Bad Year for Rock and Roll
05 Temple Beautiful
06 Who Shot John
07 Barely Exist
08 Jesus Was a Social Drinker
09 You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)
10 In The Mausoleum
11 Ford Econoline
12 We Got Up and Played
13 Iodine [Leonard Cohen]
14 Summertime Thing
15 Countrified Inner City Technological Man
16 Wish Me Luck
17 Willie Mays Is Up At Bat
18 Let Her Dance [Bobby Fuller Four]
19 You And Me Baby (Holding On)

PLEASE SUPPORT Chuck Prophet: Website | Purchase Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins from Yep Roc Records

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