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Pylon Reenactment Society: July 1, 2018 Mercury Lounge

July 18, 2018

[photos by Chris Sikich]

Pylon’s influence on their contemporaries is indisputable. Indeed, over the years REM has consistently cited Pylon for their positive impact on the 1980s Athens scene. What’s become more clear in the intervening years is that Pylon’s influence is more vast than their local time and place — their revolutionary sound can be heard in new bands even today. Pylon was enjoying a bit of a renaissance in their third reunion period of 2007-2008 when tragically guitarist Randy Bewley suffered a heart attack and passed away at the age of 53. At that point, the band was formally retired and it seemed as if Pylon’s music would only live on in recordings.

After a few one-off local performances, in 2014 lead singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay re-formed the band under the moniker Pylon Reenactment Society. With the blessing of her two former bandmates Michael Lachowski and Curtis Crowe, Vanessa compiled a group of performers from the Athens scene who were both intimately familiar with the music and personally known to the band. Guitarist Jason NeSmith and bassist Kay Stanton were not only members of Athens mainstays Casper & the Cookies, but were also bandmates with Vanessa in Supercluster. Drummer Joe Rowe was a founding member of Athens greats the Glands, who suffered their own deep loss with the 2016 death of leader Ross Shapiro. Vanessa also added a new touch with this new configuration, as her friend and University of Georgia music professor Damon Denton fortifies the sound of PRS with skillful keyboards. So with friendship, familiarity, and a common ethos, its easily understandable that Pylon Reenactment Society has generated universally positive reviews as both an tribute and a celebration of Pylon, and a contemporary band with its own story to write.

Pylon Reenactment Society doesn’t come North very often, but we were fortunate to catch this month’s appearance at Mercury Lounge, a venue where I captured the original band in 2007. With a full crowd there to party, PRS brought the goods — an animated set of old Pylon classics and two new numbers all performed with the precision the songs require but this a new touch from a different skilled set of performers, all fronted by the inimitable Vanessa Briscoe Hay. The set began with “Driving School” and “Volume” from the first Pylon record, 1980’s Gyrate. Indeed, the show would include almost all of the first album and the entirety of Side A of the band’s second album Chomp. The set even included uber-rare b-side “Altitude”, a song with which we were unfamiliar until the fantastic release in 2016 of Pylon Live (Chunklet). With a twenty-song, ninety-minute set, Pylon Reenactment Society gave the crowd of old and newer fans all that could have been asked for — a chance to relive the old classic material in a new configuration with plenty of heart. We hope they’ll be back North again soon.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up next to the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Pylon Reenactment Society
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + 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

[Total Time 1:28:45]
01 Driving School
02 Volume
03 Look Alive
04 Cool
05 Messenger [new song]
06 Precaution
07 K
08 Italian Movie Theme
09 Human Body
10 [band introductions]
11 Working Is No Problem
12 Danger
13 Altitude
14 Buzz
15 Crazy
16 Try To Do That [new song]
17 Feast On My Heart
18 Beep
19 [encore break]
20 M Train
21 Dub
22 [banter – thanks]
23 Stop It

PLEASE SUPPORT Pylon Reenactment Society: Website | Bandcamp | Buy Pylon Live

In Memory of Randy – Pylon Live in ’88

February 26, 2009

For a brief time in the late 80’s, the upstairs back entrance of the Palladium opened as a small rock club known simply by its street address “123 East 13th Street”. I only attended one event at that club and it was memorable — the late 1988 return of Pylon to live performance. It had been somewhere in the range of about seven years since Pylon had last played NYC and this would unfortunately be the last time until their appearance at Mercury Lounge in 2007. The final Pylon show in NYC would be the December 2008 show at Knitting Factory.

In memory of the innovative guitar work of Randy Bewley, we dug deep into the archives for a recording of the 1988 show. Although I attended this show, this recording was not captured by nyctaper. It was mastered by an anonymous person and was ultimately offered as a bit torrent download on dimedozen in March of 2006. The source of the recording is a first generation cassette, and the quality is really quite excellent for the time and the equipment.

As this is not an nyctaper recording, we have decided not to offer it on the site, but rather as a bit torrent download at dimedozen where it originated. You must register for this site to access the download (there is a membership cap, but keep trying as they clear out dormant accounts every hour).

The dimeadozen bit torrent download is [HERE].

Randall Bewley of Pylon Passed Away Today

February 25, 2009

Randy Bewley was a profoundly original guitarist and an incredibly nice man. The night after we recorded Pylon at the Knitting Factory in December, we ran into Randy, Michael and Vanessa at the Of Montreal show at Music Hall. The three were just so friendly and complimentary and seemed to just be having such fun with the new life of Pylon. Randy in particular was so buoyant that we were certain that Pylon would continue for however long they wished. Tragically, that will not be the case. Randy suffered a heart attack on Monday and this afternoon he passed away in Athens.

Pylon has posted the following message:

We love Randy
This past Monday evening, Randy Bewley had a heart attack while driving his van on Barber Street in Athens, GA. He was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center. Today, our bandmate and brother passed away at a little before 5 p.m. with his family and friends at his side. He will be missed, even as we celebrate his life and creativity. His guitar sound was as special as he was and always will be. Randy’s guitar work defined not only a generation of sound but Randy himself. His visual art, painting and photos, combined with his signature sound formed a loose set of boundaries that helps understand him. His quiet devotion to family and friends will become a benchmark for those he leaves behind.

Pylon: December 15, 2008 Knitting Factory – Flac and MP3 Downloads

December 16, 2008

[photo courtesy of Merry Swankster blog]

A year ago we were both excited and impressed by Pylon’s performance at Mercury Lounge. Last night, the Athens legends returned to NYC and performed a looser but equally impressive set. Pylon have performed only a few times this year, but retain their signature sound, quirky energy, and most importantly a unique sense of rhythm. The Knitting Factory offered the band a more intimate setting, and with the crowd consisting of mostly WNYU deejays young and old — a crowd of knowledgeable and attentive fans — Pylon thrived on the vibe.

We recorded from the center riser of the balcony, and as the house board was mixed by Pylon’s veteran local sound tech, the mix in the room was superb. We are very pleased with the sound quality of this recording. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Knitting Factory
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Balcony Riser – Dead Center

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR Cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, downsample 16/44, slight level boost) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:06:35]
01 Cool
02 Dub
03 K
04 No Clocks
05 Weather
06 The Human Body
07 Gravity
08 Danger
09 3×3
10 Working is No Problem
11 Volume
12 Sugarpop
13 Crazy
14 Beep
15 Feast On My Heart
16 [encore break]
17 M Train
18 Stop It

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Pylon, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases and merch from the links at their MySpace page and from the Athens Music site [HERE].

Pylon Tonight at Knitting Factory — Details + MP3

December 15, 2008

I just got back from the Knitting Factory, where I saw a little of Pylon‘s soundcheck — basically Michael playing the bass line from “Volume” to get the levels right. The chalkboard at the Knit lists Pylon’s set time as 11 p.m. Grouper is playing in the Tap Room at 10:15.

The Village Voice did an interview with Pylon (actually just Randy and Michael) and they are also offering a free mp3 download of “Cool” [here].

Pylon Return to NYC on December 15

November 23, 2008

Today we received great news from Pylon — an unexpected and just-announced performance in NYC in a few weeks. Pylon recently played a couple of dates on the West coast and did not have plans to return North — until now.

Pylon were so unbelievably tight when we saw them at the Mercury Lounge in November of last year, that it is not surprising that they will continue to perform.

Here are the details:
The Knitting Factory
Monday, December 15, 2008
7 p.m.
WNYU 35th Anniversary

Pylon November 7, 2007 – Mercury Lounge – Lossless Download

November 8, 2007

[photo credit]

I had the same reaction when I saw Pylon in 1988. How can a band who has not toured in many years, and who have played intermittently since the 1980s, so sound tight. Its a credit to the rhythm section of Curtis on drums and Michael on bass, but its also a testament to the quality of the original songwriting and the unique melodic sense of guitarist Randy. Last night at the Mercury Lounge, Pylon delivered a terrific set of their best material in front of a packed and adoring crowd. Vanessa was energetic and genuinely modest about the tremendous crowd support.

With the permission of Pylon (thanks!), I recorded this concert from the ideal location in this venue, equidistant from the two sets of speakers, and directly in front of the soundboard booth. The result is a recording with excellent stereo separation and clarity. The crowd is present in the recording, but not obtrusively. Enjoy!

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from in Front of Soundboard
Dead Center Approximately 30 feet from PA

DPA 4021’s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM) > flac

Many Thanks to Pylon (in particular Michael) for permission to record.

Recorded and Produced by

[Total Time 1:17:38]
01 Cool
02 Dub
03 Driving School
04 Read a Book
05 Working is No Problem
06 Sugarpop
07 3×3
08 Gravity
09 Precaution
10 Weather
11 The Human Body
12 Crazy
13 K
14 Danger
15 Volume
16 Feast on My Heart
17 Stop It
18 M Train
19 Beep
20 Sloganistic

If you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT Pylon. Visit their website and buy their official releases.

Pylon Preview – Mercury Lounge – Wednesday November 7

November 6, 2007

Pylon, the best band ever produced by Athens Georgia (at least according to Billy Berry from R.E.M.) comes to NYC for two shows later this week in celebration of the long-overdue CD release of the post-punk masterpiece Gyrate.

Pylon were an active band from 1980-83, and produced two seminal albums, Gyrate and Chomp. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, they reformed for Chain, and toured briefly. I was fortunate to see Pylon at a club in the back of the Palladium in 1988.

Pylon has agreed in advance to permit my recording of the Mercury Lounge show. As I do with most acts, I contacted them through their website. Instead of a formal reply, I received a quick and friendly personal response from bass player Michael, which is much appreciated.

Pylon will also perform at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 8.

PLEASE SUPPORT Pylon and visit their website.

NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Fall/Winter 2016-17

September 8, 2016


Fall dates are filling up quickly, so here are the latest.

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!


Hopscotch Festival:
September 8 and 9, Various Venues, North Carolina

Girls Against Boys / Big Ups:
September 13, 2016 Baby’s All Right BK

Nick Millevoi:
September 15, 2016 Trans-Pecos Queens

PS Eliot:
September 15, 2016 Market Hotel BK

The Dead C:
September 20, 2016 First Unitarian Congregational Society BK

Pylon Reenactment Society:
September 23, 2016 Shea Stadium BK

Bear Vs. Shark:
September 28, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Blitzen Trapper:
September 29, 2016 City Winery NYC (Early Show)

Kikagaku Moyo:
September 30, 2016 Sunnyvale BK

Handsome Family:
September 30, 2016 Mercury Lounge NYC

October 1 and 2, 2016 Rough Trade BK

Pity Sex:
October 3, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

Wooden Wand:
October 5, 2016 Park Church Co-Op BK

Titus Andronicus:
October 6, 2016 Cannons Blackthorn, Rockville Centre NY (Brull Benefit)

Titus Andronicus:
October 7 and 8, 2016 Market Hotel BK

October 9, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

October 12, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

Teenage Fanclub:
October 15, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC (permission pending)

October 17, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

The Bongos:
October 21, 2016 Mexicali Live, Teaneck NJ (permission pending)

October 22, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

October 27, 2016 Alphaville BK

Cass McCombs:
October 28, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg BK

Trash Talk:
November 1, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

Silver Apples:
November 2, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Ryley Walker:
November 3, 2016 Market Hotel BK

November 6, 2016 Warsaw BK

The Long Ryders:
November 10, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Rhys Chatham / Oneida Collaborative Set:
November 12, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

Hiss Golden Messenger:
November 15, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg BK

True Widow / Mary Lattimore:
November 15, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

Jeff Rosenstock:
November 18, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Bardo Pond:
November 18, 2016 Union Pool BK

Pile / Guerilla Toss:
November 20, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Daniel Bachman:
November 22, 2016 Trans-Pecos Queens

Pierce Turner:
November 25, 2016 Unitarian Church, Dublin Ireland

Fruit Bats:
November 30, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Ultimate Painting:
December 7, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Kevin Devine:
December 8, 2016 Irving Plaza NYC

December 13, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Mothers: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show, Cake Shop

October 26, 2015


The “taping” community is not a large one, and among people who have similar tastes to us that do it, the number is even smaller. We’ve long-respected the Athens/Atlanta site Southern Shelter for both its excellent taste in music and its high-quality recordings, and we look to each other for inspiration for the next bands to check out. The Athens band Mothers is one that Southern Shelter has talked up for a while, making us extra-stoked to be able to include them in our unofficial CMJ day show. Other sites caught on in the meantime, with Stereogum naming them a “band to watch” just a day before our show.

The Cake Shop room was at capacity for this set, and it’s no wonder why: Mothers, whose debut LP is anticipated in 2016, truly are an up-and-comer you can’t miss. Frontwoman and songwriter Kristine Leschper’s songs have a depth, breadth and ingenuity that sets them apart. In addition to her powerful voice, the songs feature complex arrangements that at times recall math and noise rock — a part of Leschper’s evolution as a songwriter as the band’s debut has come closer to fruition. This band, like many these days, began as Leschper’s solo project, but its expansion makes it more than the sum of those parts. She’s got an excellent team around her, and during the four-song span of our show, they gave us a taste of their range. “It Hurts Until It Doesn’t” is emblematic of Mothers’ evolution as a full band, whereas “No Crying In Baseball,” one of few songs actually released and this set’s closer, is considered an outlier to the rest of the band’s style. We hear the influence of some classic Athens bands in their sound, including the New Wavers Pylon (who we’ve recorded twice) and Warehouse (who we caught this year). It’s easy to see why they’ve caught on, making several “best of CMJ” lists this year, as this is one of those lucky few acts that lives up to the hype.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones in front of the stage together with a soundboard feed from the Cake Shop engineer Jeff. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream the complete set: 

NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff)>>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Copper Mines
02 It Hurts Until It Doesn’t
03 Hold Your Own
04 No Crying In Baseball

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