Meat Puppets: May 10, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl

May 15, 2017

[Photo by Dean Keim]

Thirty-five years ago when the Meat Puppets released their first album they were the punk band that was also into the Grateful Dead. To save you from doing the math, that was wayyyyyy before it was cool to like both punk rock and the Dead. That’s all to say the Meat Puppets have always been ahead of their time. And they’ve seen it all: SST in the early eighties when it was the independent record label; performing their songs on perhaps the most beloved MTV Unplugged of all time; a massive hit song with “Backwater” and the Gold Record to match. But there’s no better testament to their lasting vitality than a packed Brooklyn Bowl for a Wednesday night show. Dig the fiery “Touchdown King” and a sixteen-minute “Up on the Sun” and see the light.

The Tour Tour Two with Mike Watt continues. Check here for dates.

I recorded this from the right side of the room with the AKG’s flown high. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Meat Puppets
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

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

Tracks [1:34:46]
01. Sam
02. Comin’ Down
03. Oh, Me
04. Plateau
05. Flaming Heart
06. Lost
07. Severed Goddess Hand
08. The Monkey and the Snake
09. Mockingbird Hill [Patti Page]
10. Whiskey in the Jar [traditional]
11. Movin’ On
12. I’m Ragged But I’m Right [George Jones]
13. Touchdown King
14. Seal Whales
15. Lake of Fire
16. Attacked by Monsters
17. Up on the Sun
18. Climbing

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30 Responses to Meat Puppets: May 10, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl

  1. mikeL
    May 16, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Nice write up and another great capture Eric.
    Indeed, it was great to see the pupps in nyc again – and getting so much love.
    For me the surest sign of the band’s staying power is that – now 10+ years since their rebirth, they continue to operate at the height of their powers, somehow managing to sound more mighty each time I see them.
    Special props to Elmo Kirkwood for blossoming into quite the guitar god himself.
    (And nice! That’s one of my mics at the bottom of the photo)


  2. EricPH
    May 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks again Mike. Looking forward to hearing yours! MP are another band that took me forever to finally catch on the reunion and I’m so glad I did.

  3. mikeL
    May 16, 2017 at 4:43 pm
  4. EricPH
    May 17, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for the tip, I’ll check that out.

  5. Brooklyn Bowl attendee
    May 18, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Funny to stumble on this page, I think I was standing next to your Eric (at the front of the stage, right at the Kirkwoods’ feet, or where Mike Watt had been standing for his set). Thanks for sharing!

  6. EricPH
    May 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    That might have been Mike who was also taping the show. I was back by the second stairwell from the stage.

  7. mikeL
    May 18, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Yep that would have been me.

  8. nate
    May 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    hi, did grant hart open this show and did anyone tape that set?

  9. EricPH
    May 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    He did. But he was playing solo in a room with people bowling, so mine didn’t come out. Maybe Mike got it?

  10. mikeL
    May 21, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I did and can send your way once ready eric if you’d like to post…

  11. nate
    May 22, 2017 at 2:28 am

    oh please do, very kind of you both and thanks kindly for all the effort keeping music available and shared

  12. nate
    May 25, 2017 at 4:28 am

    @mikeL and EricPH this is a humble request for the grant hart opening set it really would mean a lot to me if it could be arranged to share that any means and or formats acceptable and appreciated

  13. mikeL
    May 26, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    nate. i’ll see if eric wants to host my recording once i get the chance to finish it…currently still finishing out my winter sports season!

    …otherwise will work out getting it to you directly.

  14. EricPH
    May 27, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Yeah, we can get that posted as long as we can get permission from Grant.

  15. nate
    May 28, 2017 at 4:21 am

    thanks again i will keep a keen eye out for that one

  16. regular stairs
    June 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    great stuff per usual from nyctaper! continued thanks for letting me not miss the shows i miss!!!

  17. nate
    June 10, 2017 at 2:20 am

    hey mikeL please contact me about grant hart show if you would be so kind…means a lot
    and thank you

  18. mikeL
    June 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I’ll hope to spend a little quality time with my grant recording this week. Once it’s ready I’ll reach out to Eric.
    Thanks for your patience here, it’s been a busy time but I haven’t forgotten about you.

  19. mikeL
    June 26, 2017 at 7:13 am

    update for nate:
    have been working on the grant hart recording…it’s getting close.

  20. nate
    June 27, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    you are very kind to stay up up on grant hart much appreciation

  21. nate
    July 7, 2017 at 11:49 am

    greetings @mikeL and ericPH still holding out for Grant Hart audio thanks so much for any and all

  22. mikeL
    July 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

    soon nate.
    last adjustment on mix and will be ready.
    thanks for your patience!

  23. mikeL
    July 15, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    ran a mix today that i will review and if all good will send along to eric…

  24. nate
    July 16, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    cool and thanks looking fwd to that intently

  25. mikeL
    July 17, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I’m now happy with the 8track mix.
    I believe you’ll find it worth the wait.
    Once the recording notes are done I’ll be in touch with Eric PH.

    I expect Grant will give permission for his recording to be shared here – he’s always been very amenable to my taping him over the past 15years, even holding the start of his set one til tape was running!

    I’ll email you soon…


  26. nate
    July 17, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    mikeL so much to look fwd to

  27. nate
    July 27, 2017 at 3:58 am

    mikeL please let me know if you need any contact info or futher info on grant show and recent news

  28. mikeL
    July 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    nate: i sent the show to eric yesterday; he’s reaching out to grant for permission to post and will get the two of us together in any case, so we edge closer!

  29. mikeL
    July 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Check your inbox!

  30. December 6, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Any chance of hearing the Grant Hart and Mike Watt section? Oddly, the late great Grant started chatting with me in the middle of the set. Maybe he remembered me from Minneapolis? Anyways, great show…would love to hear it.

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