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Colin Fisher, Mike Pride, Carl Testa Trio: August 10, 2016 Secret Project Robot

August 25, 2016
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On a night that included incredible experimental music of many stripes — including Chris Forsyth’s set with Loren Connors, and the last Secret Project Robot set ever from People of the North (coming soon), it made perfect sense that the evening’s middle act was a free jazz trio of some of the most interesting and well regarded players we’ve seen in a while. The trio of Colin Fisher, Mike Pride and Carl Testa added a different and welcome dimension, their all-improvisational jam’s headier aspects brought to the fore by the light show behind them. Each of these musicians has a deep resume of appearances with luminaries that cross the jazz and experimental rock realms, and you could feel the breadth of that experience at work in this piece. Anyone who reads our too-infrequent jazz posts on this site knows that our enthusiasm for the genre far outstrips our ability to comment on it, so don’t take my word for it — hear this one for yourself.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip (per the picture). The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Fisher-Pride-Testa Trio
2016-08-10
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Tracks
01 improvisation

Musicians (in alphabetical order)
Colin Fisher – sax
Mike Pride – drums
Carl Testa – bass

Support these musicians: Colin Fisher | Mike Pride | Carl Testa

Eleven Twenty Nine: July 23, 2016 Trans-Pecos

August 15, 2016
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The beautiful thing about seeing a Tom Carter-related project is you never quite know what you’re going to get, but you know it will be transportive. It could be anything from his trio set with Chris Corsano and Carter Thornton late last year, to his ambient/drone work with Barry Weisblat, to one of his haunting solo guitar sets — whatever you see, you will be glad you did. On this night, we saw one of Carter’s best-loved projects, Eleven Twenty Nine, originally a collaboration with fellow guitarist Marc Orleans which has yielded an impressive album on Northern Spy Records and a followup on Drawing Room Records.

For this special performance at Trans-Pecos, Carter and Orleans were joined by Jimy SeiTang on bass and Rob Smith on drums, both of whom have seen time in our favorites Rhyton. The set consisted of three distinct improvisational pieces, each a rich, engaging tapestry of sound that blended the aesthetics of rock, free jazz and ambient music in the way for which these players have become known. What is an undulating, complex beast of a song, composed improvisationally out of many disciplines becomes a transcendent whole. Witness, for example, the climactic guitar at the end of the first piece, or the subtle, searching quality to the beginning of the last. You can certainly enjoy hearing it happen on a recording, but seeing these guys do their thing live is without parallel.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 microphones up front, Naiant X-X microphones onstage, and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Eleven Twenty-Nine
2016-07-23
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

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Track
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2
03 Improvisation 3

Musicians
Tom Carter – Guitar
Marc Orleans – Guitar
Jimy SeiTang – Bass
Rob Smith – Drums

Support Eleven Twenty Nine: Facebook | Northern Spy | Drawing Room

Chris Forsyth & Loren Connors: August 10, 2016 Secret Project Robot

August 14, 2016
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What we got to see last week at Secret Project Robot was one of those rare one-off performances that neither fan nor artist forgets. For Chris Forsyth, a longtime favorite of this site, Loren Connors is a foundational figure, one of the reasons he plays the way he does. Connors’ influence on modern guitar is boundless; I’d recommend reading Marc Masters and Grayson Haver Currin’s Out Door piece for a proper primer. You can imagine, then, the anticipation that Chris felt in being able to collaborate with his hero on this improvisational set. Connors began alone, creating a pensive, curious soundscape. The piece evinced Connors’ oft-cited unpredictability, with an alien, searching quality that laid the perfect base for Forsyth’s entry into the mix. Together, the pair created something wholly theirs, a piece whose periodic squalls recall the summer thunderstorms of the past couple weeks. Needless to say, this is a moment that won’t be repeated, and we’re thrilled to have captured it.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones directly in front of the artists. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

You can listen to this set live online on WFMU during “What Was Music” with Marcel on Tuesday, August 16 from six to nine A.M. (this should play around 7am or so).

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Chris Forsyth & Loren Connors
2016-08-10
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Tracks
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2

Support these artists: Loren Connors website | Discography | Chris Forsyth websitebandcamp

Dinosaur Jr.: August 5, 2016 Rough Trade NYC

August 9, 2016
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Any story about Dinosaur Jr. in New York really must start with the shows that didn’t appear on this site — the band’s singular string of seven shows at Bowery Ballroom back in December of 2015 (they’re going to be officially released in some form). There, the band celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of their debut album — an extraordinary feat for almost any act, even more of one for a band who some would argue didn’t hit their commercial potential even during the heyday of their style of music. Joined by an all-star roster of guests every night, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph proved how much they’ve meant, and continued to mean, to the music that’s been made during their run. That old saw about being defined by the company you keep? There’s a reason for it.

Which brings us to this much more intimate show at Rough Trade NYC, on the heels of the band’s latest tour with fellow late 80s/90s stalwarts Jane’s Addiction. These homecoming nights are always fun, giving a band a chance to unwind in front of friends after a touring slog. The band rewarded us with some first-time playings of their just-released new record, Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not, which could as easily be the mantra of a band whose consistency and quality has been remarkable through lineup changes and a hiatus. If their first shot at “Goin’ Down” was a little rough (in Barlow’s opinion, anyway), the crowd wasn’t bugged by it, as the band showed off the new album tracks alongside many of their best-loved favorites, including their biggest commercial hit, “Feel the Pain.” Of course, the diehards were there for the older classics like “Freak Scene,” “Gargoyle” and “The Lung,” as well as my personal favorite, the night’s closer of “Out There.” If it wasn’t a two-plus hour bonanza of rare tracks and guest stars, this show was closer to what any band really wants to be about — enduring classics played to enduring fans, in a set that proves that their new material is just as vital as the old. After some much-needed rest, I’m sure we’ll see them back at it to tour the new record in full. We’ll be there.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones in our usual spot in the venue with an Aeta PSP3 preamp for extra clarity. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Dinosaur Jr.’s management team and the Rough Trade staff for helping to make this happen.

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Dinosaur Jr.
2016-08-05
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Tracks [Total Time: 1:17:19]
01 The Lung
02 Goin’ Down
03 Love Is…
04 [banter1]
05 I Told Everyone
06 Pieces
07 Tiny
08 Feel the Pain
09 In A Jar
10 I Walk for Miles
11 Start Choppin
12 Freak Scene
13 Gargoyle
14 [encore break]
15 The Wagon
16 Out There

SUPPORT Dinosaur Jr.: Facebook | Website | Buy Their Records

Oneida: July 30, 2016 Secret Project Robot

August 2, 2016
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Oneida used to share a building in Williamsburg with the DIY art institution Secret Project Robot — a relationship we documented both at the band’s private studio space, and at a series of farewell shows for the group at that location. While the band and SPR physically went their separate ways, the two remained united in ethos, and Oneida have remained a fixture at SPR events since. This summertime performance — held indoors because of rain — was yet another farewell to Secret Project Robot, which will be relocating from its Melrose Street location in Bushwick to a new frontier this fall. It was fitting, then, that Oneida helmed the sendoff, joined by some of the strongest local bands going, including Guerilla Toss and Honey.

This set was dominated by the band’s “Preteen Weaponry” three-part song, as well as fairly concise versions (by Oneida standards) of “Bad Habit” and “Economy Travel.” As the band’s cryptic sounds filled the repurposed warehouse space, walls covered in trippy 90s-referencing images (Bart Simpson, Ninja Turtles), it was yet another reminder of what spaces like Secret Project Robot mean to the people who frequent them, and what they mean to cities in general. Even if you’re not one of the proud freaks and weirdos (I don’t think of those as insults) who hangs out there, even if you’ve never set foot in a place like it, Secret Project Robot has had an effect on your city, and in a sense, on who you are. Spaces like this are for the true creators, the ones whose utter abandonment of the expected opens up whole new zones of the possible. And as long as there are these spaces, and the people in them, we will be a better place for it.

But a space like Secret Project Robot isn’t a warehouse or an address — it’s an idea. And we look forward to what they will do next.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones and an Aeta PSP3 preamp way up front. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Oneida
2016-07-30
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Tracks
01 Preteen Weaponry Part I
02 Preteen Weaponry Part II
03 Preteen Weaponry Part III
04 Bad Habit
05 Economy Travel

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Oneida. Visit their website, like them on Facebook, and buy the Positions EP from Rocket Recordings.

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Hans Chew: July 23, 2016 Trans-Pecos

July 27, 2016
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We’ve been following Hans Chew for a while now, since he first played our CMJ show in 2012. Back then, Hans spent the set behind the piano, playing his boogie-driven tunes like modern madcap Jerry Lee Lewis. By the time Hans showed up for this Trans-Pecos show in 2016, he was preparing to release a stellar new album, Unknown Sire, with our friends Divide By Zero records. But when we talked to Hans before this show, he explained to us that he had been so motivated by reading a recent biography of Neil Young that he decided to take an entirely different approach this time — and that for this show, he had an entire new album to draw from. As a result, Hans played the role of guitar lead this time, and he shared three new jams that take clear inspiration from Young’s most daring guitar efforts. As he led off with the sprawling “Cruikshanks,” we could tell this was a very different Hans Chew indeed, one who reveled in extended guitar solos and longer narratives. If any of the three songs fit most closely with Chew’s previous efforts, it was probably the upbeat, honky-tonk inspired “Open Sea,” which itself clocked in at over six minutes, and led into “Freely,” which began as a midtempo rocker before exploding into a fiery solo at the end. Though we’re thrilled for the upcoming record, one has to hope this latest material doesn’t have to sit in the hopper for too long, either.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 microphones close to the stage, Naiant X-X omnis split wide on stage, and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Hans Chew
2016-07-23
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks
01 Cruikshanks
02 Open Sea
03 Freely

Band:
Hans Chew – Vocals, Guitar
Dave Cavallo – Guitar
Rob Smith – Drums
Jimy SeiTang – Bass

Support Hans Chew: Website | Facebook | Divide By Zero Records

Horse Lords: July 23, 2016 Trans-Pecos

July 26, 2016
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For most of its nearly ten-year history, this website has been a collaboration, reflecting the individual tastes and contributions of those who contribute to it. In the past two years, it’s hard to overstate the contribution that Eric PH has made to the team, introducing not only a number of great recordings, but a slew of new bands to the mix. Horse Lords, of Baltimore, are one of his very best finds, and since he first saw them in 2015, we’ve been hoping to do something with them directly. The band headlined a stacked bill this past Saturday at Trans-Pecos, which felt like a welcome, air-conditioned respite from the steaming heat outside. But more important than the change in temperature was the change in perspective, as each of the forward-thinking acts on the bill reminded us of how powerful experimental music can be. While too many bands of their ilk toil in obscurity, Horse Lords have received their due of late, in the form of stellar reviews for their latest album, Interventions (released by NYC label Northern Spy). 

The band’s heady combination of guitar, bass, drums, and at-times keys, sax, and second percussion isn’t the easiest to describe; it has a tinge of desert blues to it, the controlled chaos of free jazz, the music-school time shifts of math rock and the propulsiveness of, well, rock. The band brought all of that complexity to the stage and didn’t miss a beat, holding our attention through the latest album’s first single, “Truthers” straight through to the album’s centerpiece, “Toward the Omega Point,” at the end. As Eric PH pointed out in his review of the 2015 show, the band members know how to fill the spaces in the music when they need to, but also know when to leave some open air. We were floored by the band’s musicianship, their control, and their ability to craft a setlist that hung together through a diverse range of sounds. For anyone who cares about where music is going next, be sure to put Horse Lords on your list of things to see.

I recorded this set with a set of Schoeps MK22 open cardioids near the front of the room, a pair of Naiant X-X omnis split onstage, and a soundboard feed from the night’s engineer. The sound quality is phenomenal. Enjoy!

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Horse Lords
2016-07-23
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

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Tracks
01 Truthers
02 Intervention III
03 Bending to the Lash
04 Untitled
05 Toward the Omega Point

Please support Horse Lords: Facebook | Bandcamp | Tumblr

Big Ups: July 16, 2016 Out In the Streets Festival

July 21, 2016
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Big Ups is one of the very best live bands in New York right now. At the core of that has to be the kinetic-but-controlled performance of vocalist Joe Galarraga, who reminds at times of a skinny Henry Rollins with a sense of humor. Mugging for the crowd, twisting his body into unusual positions, he never loses sight of the music or the message being delivered, which he propels at you in spoken word that rises at the right moments to scream. Brendan Finn (drums), Amar Lal (guitar) and Carlos Salguero (bass) make that performance possible, with controlled dynamics that pay as much attention to the softer interludes as to their songs’ frequent climaxes. Having seen these guys twice in 2014, promoting their first album Eighteen Hours of Static, and been blown away each time, we were eager to see where they’d gone from there.

The band’s 2016 record, Before A Million Universes, advances the conversation both lyrically and musically. At this performance at the Out In the Streets Festival, the band’s growth was evident in the current-album numbers “Contain Myself,” “Hope for Someone,” and “National Parks,” as well as a new piece that explores the soft/loud dynamic even further. On this sweltering, thunderstorm-pocked afternoon, the band commanded a friendly crowd who clearly knew them well, and made the most of the thirty minutes’ time allotted. The band’s music may be darker in tone, but Galarraga doesn’t let that get in the way of having a laugh with the crowd, or pulling faces that fall on the lighter side of serious. Even with the sun shining, by the time the set reached the band’s most straightforward hardcore number, “Goes Black,” we were all living in his world, and there was nothing else around.

In a crowded festival season, Out In the Streets is a perfect, smaller-scale local standout, with a tent to shield the bands and the music part of the crowd in the middle of Ridgewood’s historic Onderdonk House’s ample backyard, ringed with vendors, lounge chairs and picnic tables, and (not to be underestimated) plenty of bathrooms. The lineup, of course, reflected that ethos, with many of the best local acts (including Big Ups and, coming soon, Guerilla Toss) that Brooklyn fans see year-round at clubs like Shea Stadium and Baby’s All Right. It was one of those days that brought together like-minded people in a comfortable, manageable way — and gave us yet another serious jones for more Big Ups.

nyctaper and I recorded this set with his Neumann TLM-102 large-diaphragm microphones and an excellent house mix by Cliff Ribeiro. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Big Ups
2016-07-16
Out In the Streets Festival
Onderdonk House
Queens, NY

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down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Contain Myself
02 Hope for Someone
03 Not Today
04 Wool
05 [new song]
06 T.M.I.
07 Goes Black
08 National Parks

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Big Ups, visit their websitelike them on Facebook and buy Before A Million Universes from Exploding In Sound.

Ultimate Painting: May 7, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg

June 16, 2016
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Just look at their crowds on their recent tour opening for Woods, and you can tell Ultimate Painting are on the way up. The young band is already two albums in, with new material still coming, and they’ve mastered a capable and engaging live show to go with it. For their slot at Music Hall of Williamsburg last month, the band decided to roll out a few new tunes to go with regulars from their self-titled debut and last year’s Green Lanes, including the the band’s eponymous tune and their widely-beloved “Rolling In the Deep End.” The band’s low-key, 60s psych-influenced approach has found an audience not just because of nostalgia, but because of the band’s ability to craft good songs that mine that territory, the sort of numbers that you remember after hearing them only once. True to the spirit of the Velvet Underground — one of several flattering comparisons the band has enjoyed — they don’t let even their shorter performances end without some music exploration, and “Ten Street” has become that for them, with guitarist James Hoare (ex-Veronica Falls) in particular enjoying the chance to stretch his wings. Expect to see Ultimate Painting around for quite a while.

I recorded this set with Kevin Mazzarelli’s flawless soundboard feed plus Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Ultimate Painting
2016-05-07
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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(align, mix down, light compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)
>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Ultimate Painting
02 Rolling In the Deep End
03 [unknown]
04 [unknown2]
05 Break the Chain
06 Central Park Blues
07 Sweet Chris
08 Ten Street

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Ultimate Painting, visit their website, and buy their albums from Trouble In Mind Records.

Journalism: May 21, 2016 Trans-Pecos

June 7, 2016
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You can’t always be sure that a band that sounds good in the studio — and Journalism sounds great on their debut, Faces — will measure up live. We’re extra-excited to report that Journalism are one of those bands, and then some, and we were grateful to host them at Trans-Pecos on a recent Saturday night. Lead singer/guitarist Kegan Zema is a savvy live performer, one who works to look and act the part, and the crack band of Mike Greene (guitar), Owen Keiter (bass) and Brendan Mehan (drums) has a well-oiled and well-practiced sound. Sound-wise, I hear a little bit of Television and Ride in them, as well as some later younger bands like DIIV and Cloud Nothings. This show led off with a new song, “Passenger,” before taking us through most of Faces. The band saved their best song (so far) for last, the propulsive, engaging “Faces I,” a rather dark take on the business of rock n’ roll itself, especially coming from a young band. In this day and age I wouldn’t disagree with Zema’s cynicism, but for his sake and ours, I hope Journalism keep on finding this ride to be worth it.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 microphones at the stage lip, plus Schoeps MK41V supercardiod mics on the room and a stereo soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Journalism
2016-05-21
Trans-Pecos
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks
01 Passenger
02 Watching & Waiting
03 Faces II
04 Time Being
05 Night of Knife
06 Denim Jesus
07 Faces I

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