Sebadoh: April 22, 2017 Bell House

April 30, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

In the half-dozen times I’ve seen Sebadoh live, I had never experienced a performance as good as their set at the Bell House last week. The band seemed relaxed and focused and worked through an hour-long set of inspired music. Perhaps buoyed by the fact that in this “co-headline” show they were tasked with playing second of three bands, Sebadoh had a few moments of playful banter, but for the most part were all business.

The set was structured to allow each song protagonist to play a mini-set of their material before a changeover. The show began with five Lou Barlow songs before Jason Loewenstein took over on the guitar at centerstage and played six of his songs, before Lou finished the set with four songs. The band released an album (Defend Yourself) and an EP early this decade after an extended hiatus, but this show was a fair representation of all of their material, newer and classic. This show was the last night of a brief five-city tour after the band played just three dates in 2016. If the Bell House set indicates the high quality of the band’s current performances, we hope that 2017 sees more dates for Sebadoh, particularly locally.

I recorded this set with the Neumann hypers mounted at the soundboard rail and mixed with an excellent feed by veteran house FOH Dave. There is one moment of feedback in the first minute, but overall the sound quality of this recording is superb — possibly the best recording we’ve ever made in this venue. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Sebadoh
2017-04-22
Bell House
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Dave] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > 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:
[Total Time 54:02]
01 Not a Friend
02 Homemade
03 State of Mine
04 Soul and Fire
05 Beauty of the Ride
06 [changeover]
07 Got It
08 It’s All You
09 Drag Down
10 Prince-s
11 Beat
12 [banter – pieces of meat]
13 My Drugs
14 [change back]
15 I Will
16 Rebound
17 Skull
18 Arbitrary High

PLEASE SUPPORT Sebadoh:  Facebook | Bandcamp

Acid Mothers Temple: April 22, 2017 Knitting Factory

April 27, 2017
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It’s April and that means cosmic travelers Acid Mothers Temple have reappeared in our North American dimension for their yearly psych ritual, this one dubbed the Hallelujah Mystic tour. Kawabata & co. are awfully prolific so for those of us who might have lost track of their recorded freakouts, these outings make for a nice catchup. This set from the Knitting Factory captures some old favorites like “Pink Lady Lemonade” and “Cometary Orbital Drive,” plus a couple more recent additions like the band’s extended takes on Black Sabbath’s “The Wizard” and Gong’s “Flying Teapot.”

I recorded this from our usual location at Knitting Factory, to the right of the soundboard. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

The Hallelujah Mystic Tour 2017 continues in this and other dimensions! Check here for the remaining dates.

Download the complete show at the Live Music Archive.

Stream the complete show:

Acid Mothers Temple
2017-04-22
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY

Hallelujah Mystic Tour 2017

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + AKG C480B/CK63 (ROC, PAS) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:06:14]
01. Anthem Of The Inner Space
02. The Wizard [Black Sabbath]
03. Flying Teapot [Gong] >
04. Pink Lady Lemonade
05. Another Nanique Dimension >
06. Cometary Orbital Drive

Kawabata Makoto : guitar, synthesizer, voice, speed guru
Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer, harp, noodle god
Mitsuko Tabata : guitar, guitar-synthesizer, voice, free kisses & hugs
Satoshima Nani : drums, another dimension
S/T “Wolf” : bass, space and time

• Website
• • Buy Wake to a New Dawn of Another Astro Era via Important Records

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]

Stream the complete show:

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

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