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Double Wig: September 6, 2019 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

October 10, 2019
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Fresh off a longstanding stint as the bassist in Bardo Pond, Clint Takeda has emerged with a new solo project, Double Wig. This show at the annual Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning during Hopscotch was most folks’ first introduction to the project, and Clint made sure to keep us all enthralled with an improvisational piece powered by a number of effects that rendered the sound of Clint’s bass almost unrecognizable as one. These are still early days for Double Wig, with only a few performances or even mentions out there in the wild, so we are excited to see what Clint does with the project.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other shows of the day, with Schoeps MK5c’s on stage, a soundboard feed, and MBHO mics and the Aerco preamp back at the board. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Double Wig
2019-09-06
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning
Kings
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY, DFC)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard + MBHO MBP603/KA200N>Aerco MP2>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 improvisation

Double Wig is Clint Takeda

SUPPORT DOUBLE WIG (WHEN THEY HAVE A WEBSITE). Meanwhile, check out Clint’s other solo work on Discogs.

Garcia Peoples: October 3, 2019 Nublu

October 4, 2019
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Let’s get real here: You already know we love Garcia Peoples. I’m getting this recording to you less than 24 hours after it occurred. So if you want to know our opinions on GP and their shows, read any number of other reviews on this site. I’m here to tell you the basics:

  1. This is part of a month-long residency at Nublu . Buy tix to the other shows here.
  2. These shows celebrate the release of their latest LP on Beyond Beyond is Beyond, One Step Behind. Buy it here.
  3. Garcia Peoples are good peoples, and they rule. See items #1 and #2.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4Vs on the right side toward the front. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete set via its Live Music Archive page.

Garcia Peoples
2019-10-03
Nublu 151
New York, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, ROC)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Feel So Great>Break Me Down
02 Nublu jam
03 High Noon Violence
04 7 jam>
05 World’s Illusion
06 Ave C jam

PLEASE SUPPORT GARCIA PEOPLES: bandcamp Facebook

GG King: September 6, 2019 Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC)

October 3, 2019
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Among the bounty of riches at every Hopscotch Music Festival is the variety of punk shows that get put on, both throughout the day show circuit and during the official evening events. Out of a particularly good crop this year, one of my very favorite punk acts was the Atlanta band GG King, who played both this official evening set at Kings and then a day show set at Neptune’s (the downstairs room of the same club) the following day.

This set shows the band at its best, playing high-velocity, hardcore-inflected punk. Frontman Greg “GG” King hails from the defunct hometown favorite the Carbonas, who were at it from 2001 to 2009, and his eponymous band continues many of the things people loved about his last band. In particular, both had a certain pop sensibility that, without making either act cheesy or soft, give them appeal beyond their core audience. This night’s song selection should satisfy both the new fan and the veteran alike; you can hear many of the studio versions on these rehearsal demos streaming on their label’s bandcamp page. Once you’re done here, I recommend you stream your way over to Scavenger of Death Records and discover the rest of what GG King has to offer.

I recorded this set with MBHO microphones into the warm n’ fuzzy Aerco preamp. My man Dave Schwentker was kind enough to track this one out so we could present it to you. Enjoy!

Download the complete recording: [MP3/FLAC]

GG King
2019-09-06
Hopscotch Music Festival
Kings
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded by acidjack
Produced by David Schwentker

MBHO MBP603/KA200N (at SBD, PAS)>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 WAV>editing by David Schwentker>FLAC

Tracks
01 Remain Intact
02 Epoch Rock
03 Unending Darkness
04 Mephitic Hallways
05 Acid
06 Another Dimension
07 Joyless Masturbation
08 Cul De Sac
09 God’s Chalk(?)
10 [unknown]
11 Picnic Destinations

SUPPORT GG KING: Facebook | Scavenger of Death Records

Ryley Walker & David Grubbs: September 12, 2019 Trans-Pecos

October 1, 2019
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We’ve seen our man Ryley Walker hit the stage with David Grubbs as recently as the final night of his Union Pool residency earlier this year — that night with Ryan Jewell and C. Spencer Yeh also in the mix. But as we all know, one Ryley show rarely bears much resemblance to another, particularly when it comes to the panoply of collaborations in which he engages. If RW isn’t the hardest working man in music, he’s got to be up there, touring constantly, opening for other acts, playing band gigs, solo gigs, and stuff like this — all within the span of a week or even a single day.

This set at Trans-Pecos came just a few days after his sojourn at Hopscotch Music Festival (look for those shows soon) where played yet another collab show followed by a full band set within a span of hours. Walker is a professed fan of Grubbs, and the mind-meld between the two musicians easily bridged any generational divides on this night, as they took turns leading and following, creating a dual-guitar piece that kept the packed room in contemplative silence.

Speaking of Ryley Walker and collaborations, he has a record coming up on Thrill Jockey on November 8 with Charles Rumback. I think you should buy it.

This recording is straight off the Trans-Pecos digital soundboard, and it’s clean as a whistle. Enjoy!

Download the recording at the Live Music Archive

Ryley Walker & David Grubbs
2019-09-12
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY USA

Recorded by nyctaper, produced by acidjack

Midas Soundboard>Sandisk SD card>16/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Pecos improv

Buy their stuff: Ryley Walker | David Grubbs

Planting Moon: September 6, 2019 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

September 30, 2019
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Planting Moon, of Asheville, NC, didn’t quite debut at this year’s Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning, but it’s fair to say this was a key performance by a new band — one that landed the right way on these ears. This combo of guitarists Sarah Louise and Nathan Olson, together with drummer Thom Nguyen, takes full of advantage of these players’ improvisational talents, with Louise adding occasional vocals to her heady guitar interplay with Olson.

This was one of my favorite sets of this year’s Hopscotch — not only are Planting Moon excellent, but their gigs to date have been largely local affairs. Along with the marquee national and international acts (who all play New York eventually), this festival is a chance to see the best acts coming out of North Carolina, particularly the vibrant scenes in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill and Asheville. Trust me, Planting Moon check that box in a big way.

I recorded this set with the same three-source setup I used throughout the day, with onstage Schoeps MK5s carrying the load, together with a soundboard feed and MBHO mics back at the soundboard to capture the room feel. This one sounds great, folks. Enjoy!

Download the entire show: [MP3/FLAC/Apple Lossless]

Planting Moon
2019-09-06
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning
Kings
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY, DFC)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard + MBHO MBP603/KA200N>Aerco MP2>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 song 1
02 song 2
03 song 3
04 song 4

Planting Moon is:

Sarah Louise (guitar/vox)
Nathan Olson (guitar)
Thom Nguyen (drums)

It’s too early for Planting Moon to have any recorded output, but you ought to support them by visiting their Facebook page. Don’t skip the members’ other work as well.

Moon Duo: September 7, 2019 Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC)

September 27, 2019
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Not so long after catching an infrequent Wooden Shjips sighting at Brooklyn Bowl a few months back, we were lucky enough to see Ripley Johnson with his other (no less important) project Moon Duo close out the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC at our fave spot there, Kings.

Most exciting about this set was the fact that it comes just before the release of the band’s latest album, Stars Are the Light, a record that finds Sanae Yamada and Ripley wading further into the dance music arena. While you won’t find Moon Duo headlining a big EDM festival anytime soon, the vibe and texture of the new material has an airier lean to it. Yamada has cited disco as an inspiration for these songs, and you can hear it from the album’s title song as well as many of the new numbers that made their way into this night. If you’ve heard the second volume of Occult Architecture – billed the “light” side of that double album – then think of Stars Are the Light as the next logical evolution of that material. It’s a heck of a lot of fun to anytime, but it proved an especially fine coda to a multi-night music festival for me. Rounding out the new material, and the set, was a curveball cover, in this case Alan Vega’s “Jukebox Babe,” which the band released as a single last year.

Stars Are the Light hits the streets today, September 27, so do yourself a favor and head over to Sacred Bones Records or the band’s bandcamp to dig in.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed, together with MBHO mics and the Aerco preamp for some warm goodness. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Moon Duo
2019-09-07
Hopscotch Music Festival
Kings
Raleigh, NC USA

Soundboard + MBHO MBP603/KA200N>Aerco MP-2>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Flying
02 The World and the Sun
03 Cold Fear
04 I Been Gone
05 Eternal Shore
06 Fever Night
07 Night Beat
08 White Rose
09 Jukebox Babe [Alan Vega]

Bill Nace & Samara Lubelski: September 6, 2019 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

September 26, 2019
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On the heels of a barnburning set by David Nance Group, Bill Nace and Samara Lubelski conjured up a different sort of vibe at the Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning at Kings.

Lubelski and Nace both have extensive musical histories as solo artists, improvisers and collaborators, including with members of Sonic Youth (Lubelski with Thurston Moore in, among other formats, Chelsea Light Moving; Nace most recently in Body/Head with Kim Gordon, but also with Moore and Lubelski). This format — in which the duo have released a self-titled album and recently toured the U.S. — finds Lubelski on violin and Nace on guitar/effects. It’s clear from the cohesiveness of this 28-minute piece that the pair have a natural interplay with each other, as they weave together a piece that you’ll find thought provoking no matter how you choose to interpret it.

I recorded this set primarily with a feed from the soundboard, with the Schoeps MK5 onstage mics providing additional atmosphere. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Bill Nace & Samara Lubelski
2019-09-06
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning
Kings
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY, DFC)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 improvisation

Buy Samara and Bill’s self-titled record directly from Relative Pitch Records.

David Nance Group: September 6, 2019 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

September 16, 2019
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If there are any constants in the musical universe, surely one of them is the Three Lobed / WXDU day show (dubbed the “Annual Ritual of Summoning” during the last few go-rounds) at Kings during the Hopscotch Music Festival. So abundant are this show’s riches that you almost have to remind yourself that, no, it’s not common for one five-hour span to feature insane one-off collaborations, unusual guest appearances, new act debuts, avant-garde soundscapes and visceral fucking noise.

This year’s day show checked a couple of those boxes right away, as the Omaha musician David Nance and his current touring trio teamed up with Tyler Damon (currently of Circuit des Yeux among many projects) to flay us with dual-drummer versions of “Amethyst” and “Prophet’s Profit” from Nance’s 2018 record Peaced and Slightly Pulverized, which introduced the prolific Nance to perhaps his widest audience yet. Suffice it to say he’s taking full advantage with his performances, as Nance takes the best of classic rock n’ roll and supercharges it with the intensity of these times. From the energy onstage, you wouldn’t know that not only had Nance played a late show the night before, but that it was only noon in Raleigh, North Carolina. By the last note of “Prophet’s Profit” the tone for the day had been set. Check back at this site to see more of what this annual jam had to offer.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 mics onstage, a soundboard feed, and MBHO microphones into the warm n’ fuzzy Aerco preamp back at the soundboard. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3/Apple Lossless/FLAC]

David Nance Group
2019-09-06
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning
Kings
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A>Aerco MP-2>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Amethyst
02 Prophet’s Profit

w/ Tyler Damon on drums

Buy Peaced and Slightly Pulverized and more via Bandcamp

Boogarins: September 7, 2019 Hopscotch Music Festival, Kings (Raleigh, NC)

September 12, 2019
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The Brazilian band Boogarins put on one of the most packed shows (at my favorite Raleigh venue, Kings) I saw at all of this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival, and for good reason. Not only are visiting bands from Brazil less-than-common in most parts of the States, but they’re a compelling live presence, weaving a tropicalia-influenced, trance-like groove that’s as much a head trip as a party. If Os Mutantes are the godfathers of so-called “Brazilian psych,” Boogarins are one of today’s more notable torchbearers. They’ve spent late summer hitting the stage with Mdou Moctar (who also followed them on this night), promoting their recently-released Sombrou Dúvida.

This being a festival set, Boogarins didn’t go full-throttle on the improvisation, save the nine-minute, multi-movement “Tempo.” Instead, we were treated to relatively straightforward versions of their album tracks, which is hardly a bad thing. Their second album, Manual, was nominated for a Latin Grammy, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the new record (whose name means “Shadow or Doubt” in Portugese) take a similar tack. Boogarins will finish out this month here in the U.S.A. — don’t miss them if you have the chance.

I recorded this set with a combination of onstage Schoeps MK5 microphones, MBHO microphones at the soundboard, and a stereo soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Nathan Walker and Riot Act Media for the invitation.

Download the complete recording: [MP3/Apple Lossless/FLAC]

Boogarins
2019-09-07
Hopscotch Music Festival
Kings
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY)>KC5>CMC6 + MBHO MBP603a/KA200N (at SBD, PAS)>Aerco MP-2>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Intro
02 Lá Vem a Morte Pt. 2
03 Foimal
04 [banter]
05 Tempo
06 Invençao
07 Te Quero Longe
08 Passeio
09 Dislexia ou Transe
10 Onda Negra
11 Sombra ou Dúvida

PLEASE SUPPORT Boogarins: Bandcamp | facebook

Chris Forsyth & Garcia Peoples: July 27, 2019 Market Hotel

August 6, 2019
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[Photo courtesy of Steve Smith]

Some musical happenings are noteworthy because they’re never repeated. Others, like this team-up between Chris Forsyth and Garcia Peoples, are always as welcome as the first time. These artists have collaborated before — most notably, for NYC, at Nublu a little while back — and their comfort level with each other is evident. While the Nublu show featured Forsyth lending a hand to GP for their album release, here they returned the favor as Chris’ backing band, powering through Neil Young’s “Barstool Blues” right on through some of the standout moments on Forsyth’s latest, All Time Present (in particular, dig this version of “Mystic Mountain”). This being an NYCTaper presents show at Market Hotel, there was no curfew and no time limit, and the band took full advantage, including another digressive, head-spinning nearly half-hour version of “Techno Top” that called back to the Nublu outing.

While these artists may approach their sound from somewhat different starting points, there’s no question that their complimentary styles make for a unique and compelling package. If you happen to be in town for a Forsyth show anytime soon, he’s been appearing with a few different bands, so don’t be surprised if you get a completely different flavor on your next go round!

I recorded this set with Neumann KM150 microphones far forward of the soundboard, and a soundboard feed from house engineer RL. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show from its Live Music Archive page.

Chris Forsyth & Garcia Peoples
2019-07-27
Market Hotel
Brooklyn, NY USA

Presented by NYCTaper

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Neumann KM150 + Soundboard (Engineer: RL)>Zoom F8>2x24bit WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.1>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [Banter/Happy Birthday]
02 Barstool Blues [Neil Young]
03 Tomorrow Might As Well be Today
04 Mystic Mountain
05 Dream Song
06 [banter2]
07 Dreaming in the Non-Dream
08 [banter3]
09 Techno Top

PLEASE SUPPORT CHRIS FORSYTH & GARCIA PEOPLES: Buy Forsyth’s All Time Present | Buy Garcia Peoples’ Natural Facts

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