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Jeremy Hyman: October 23, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom

November 20, 2017
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[photo by Will Oliver and We All Want Someone blog]

When I saw that former Ponytail and Slasher Flicks drummer Jeremy Hyman was opening for Avey Tare at the Bowery Ballroom, I half expected to see a solo drum performance. Instead, we were treated to a twitchy, beat-heavy electronic performance with Hyman processing loops through a laptop. Though all the material he played is yet-to-be-released, it’s in the style of last year’s Couch EP released on Future Times, which finds the drummer exploring new compositional territory while still employing his knack for complex rhythms.

We recorded this set with the Schoeps mk22’s set up at our usual balcony location at Bowery, combined with a board feed from FOH Danielle. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Jeremy Hyman
2017-10-23
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photo by Will Oliver

Soundboard (engineer: Danielle) + Schoeps mk22 > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > xAct > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [30:12]
01. Cut
02. 10000pcpuzzle
03. Mirror
04. Shade
05. Day

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Geologist: October 23, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom

November 2, 2017
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[photo by Will Oliver and We All Want Someone blog]

With the blinding headlamp and a sea of electronics serving to obscure exactly what it is he’s doing, Geologist is the most elusive member of Animal Collective. I’d like to say that seeing him perform solo did something to demystify his art, but perhaps for the better it didn’t. While I may not understand the technical aspects of what he’s doing, it became clear over his half-hour solo performance where so much of the texture in Animal Collective’s music comes from.

Opening for bandmate Avey Tare at Bowery Ballroom, this performance encapsulates three or so songs with blurred boundaries, best listened to as an entire piece. Unlike Avey’s set, Geologist’s performance included no visuals to guide your listening, just that stark headlamp in an an otherwise unlit room to keep you moored. Close your eyes while listening to this one and you just might float off.

We recorded this set with the Schoeps mk22’s set up at our usual balcony location at Bowery, combined with a board feed from FOH Danielle. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3 / FLAC]

Geologist
2017-10-23
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photo by Will Oliver

Soundboard (engineer: Danielle) + Schoeps mk22 > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > xAct > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [30:43]
01. Live at the Bowery Ballroom 2017-10-23

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Sir Richard Bishop: March 25, 2017 Big Ears Festival (Knoxville, TN)

October 29, 2017
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[Photo by Bill Foster]

If you listen to a lot of Sun City Girls records, you might be surprised to find Sir Richard Bishop hanging out in churches. But last time he came through New York it was for a show at Park Church Co-op; and now here he is again playing St. John’s Cathedral this past March in Knoxville as part of the Big Ears Festival. I guess it’s not so bad sitting in the pews for some guitar worship.

This set finds the guitar-shaman himself conjuring up live staples from across his massive catalog, including “Mystic Minor 23” (Improvika); “Elysium Number Five” (Polytheistic Frangments); “Mekong” (Road to Siam); “Safe House” (Tangier Sessions); “The Pillars of Baalbek” (The Freak of Araby); and “Zurvan” (While My Guitar Gently Bleeds). These solo tracks are then topped off with the Sun City Girls classic “Esoterica of Abyssynia,” which ask anyone is one of Bishop’s great guitar triumphs.

Speaking of Big Ears, we’re going to be posting a bunch of sets from the 2017 festival in the upcoming weeks in anticipation of their 2018 festival. The initial lineup announcement comes November 1 and tickets are onsale November 3. I’ve been (in 2014) and it’s truly an awesome good time.

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Sir Richard Bishop
2017-03-25
Big Ears Festival
St. John’s Cathedral
Knoxville, TN

Recorded by Matt Honkonen
Tracked by Eric PH

Soundboard + Zoom H6 > Audacity > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [54:19]
01. Mystic Minor 23
02. Elysium Number Five
03. Mekong
04. Safe House
05. The Pillars of Baalbek
06. Zurvan
07. Esoterica of Abyssynia [Sun City Girls]

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Tortoise: March 25, 2017 Big Ears Festival (Knoxville, TN)

October 26, 2017
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[Photo by David Simchock]

Earlier this year, we caught both of Tortoise’s Brooklyn dates on their second round of tour support for The Catastrophist. But you know we can never get enough Tortoise, and when the folks at Big Ears opened up their archives to us, we just couldn’t resist. So here’s Tortoise playing the Mill & Mine in Knoxville, TN as part of 2017’s Big Ears Festival. Enjoy!

Speaking of Big Ears, we’re going to be posting a bunch of sets from the 2017 festival in the upcoming weeks in anticipation of their 2018 festival. The initial lineup announcement comes November 1 and tickets are onsale November 3. I’ve been (in 2014) and it’s truly an awesome good time.

Download the complete show at the Live Music Archive.

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Tortoise
2017-03-25
Big Ears Festival
The Mill & Mine
Knoxville, TN

Soundboard + Zoom H6 > Audacity > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Recorded by Matt Honkonen
Tracked by Eric PH
Photo by David Simchock

Tracks [1:19:02]
01. The Catastrophist
02. Gigantes
03. The Suspension Bridge at Iguazu Falls
04. Eros
05. High Class Slim Came Floatin’ In
06. I Set My Face to the Hillside
07. Gesceap
08. Dot/Eyes
09. Monica
10. In Sarah, Mencken, Christ, and Beethoven There Were Women and Men
11. Shake Hands With Danger
12. Crest
13. Yonder Blue
14. Prepare Your Coffin

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Avey Tare: October 23, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom

October 25, 2017
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[photos by Will Oliver and We All Want Someone blog]

In stark contrast to Animal Collective’s frenetic Painting With, Avey Tare’s latest solo album Eucalyptus is a winding, intimate bedroom album. I’ve listened to it a few times since its July release and it’s certainly one of those records that opens up to you over time. For his short tour supporting the record, Avey seemed to acknowledge the difficulty of translating the Eucalyptus songs for a live performance. The songs take on their own live existences, heavily adapted from their recorded counterparts to be presented in front of an audience. Most of the songs he broke out Monday night at Bowery Ballroom, though, aren’t even on Eucalyptus. Like Animal Collective’s early years, rather than playing songs the audience already knows, Avey instead plays a new round of songs: “Enjoy the Change,” “Ono Lemonade,” “Saturdays,” “Eyes on Eyes,” “The Aging Heart,” and “Sew Happy” are all new compositions unheard until this tour. (That’s half the set if you did the math.) But that’s the great thing about the audience Avey has cultivated: they’re along for the ride whether it’s hits or songs they’ve never heard before. We were, however, rewarded with one special treat when Geologist came out the help Avey with the Animal Collective track “Man of Oil” from their recent Meeting of the Waters EP.

We recorded this set with the Schoeps mk22’s set up at our usual balcony location at Bowery, combined with a board feed from FOH Danielle. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Avey Tare
2017-10-23
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Danielle) + Schoeps mk22 > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:19:15]
01. Enjoy the Change
02. PJ / DR aw one for J
03. Ms. Secret
04. Ono Lemonade
05. Saturdays
06. Eyes on Eyes
07. The Aging Heart
08. Selection of a Place
09. In Pieces
10. Man of Oil [Animal Collective] (w/Geologist)
11. Sew Happy
12. When You Left Me

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Tyvek: August 26, 2017 Union Pool (Summer Thunder)

August 27, 2017
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Tyvek took an uncharacteristically long break from recording between 2012’s On Triple Beams and last year’s Origin of What, but of course it was worth the wait. If you haven’t picked that one up yet, here’s your official reminder. It’s more of the raw energy you’ve come to expect from Tyvek, whose live performances also haven’t slowed down a bit in the last ten-plus years since “Frustration Rock” made them the biggest little punk band from Detroit. Tyvek is literally the most fun you can have watching a band do their thing, but throw in a mid-70s August day in Union Pool’s backyard and you’re in rock and roll heaven. Tyvek and the packed crowd sent off 2017’s Summer Thunder series in the finest form.

I recorded this set with acidjack’s Schoeps MK22’s set up right in front of the band, combined with a board feed from our man, Doug. The sound is raw—turn this one up for full effect!

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Tyvek
2017-08-26
Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + Schoeps MK22 (ORTF, OS) > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [31:59]
01. Tip to Tail
02. Real Estate & Finance
03. Can’t Exist
04. Girl on a Bicycle
05. Choose Once
06. Gridlock
07. Underwater Too
08. Frustration Rock >
09. Origin of What
10. Wayne County Roads
11. Give It Up

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Honey: June 24, 2017 Union Pool (Summer Thunder)

August 24, 2017
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Brooklyn’s no-frills, full-throttle Honey are longtime NYCTaper favs. We’re used to seeing the band playing dank DIY spaces, but this outdoor sunshine day show as part of Union Pool’s Summer Thunder series literally throws some light on the band. Crisp and clear upfront sound only manages to highlight their gritty garage punk. Paired up with Sunwatchers in an opening slot for the likeminded Feral Ohms, this is a ferocious set clocking in at under nineteen minutes—perfect for Honey to get the job done. Their new album New Moody Judy hits record stores everywhere via Wharf Cat Records on September 29th and this is just the primer you need.

I recorded this with the mics set up on stage, combined with a board feed courtesy of Union Pool engineer Doug. It sounds excellent. Enjoy!

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Honey
2017-06-24
Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + AKG C480B/CK61 (ORTF, OS) > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [18:40]
01. Dream Come Now
02. Wage Agreement
03. New Moody Judy
04. Hungry
05. Power

Preorder New Moody Judy via Wharf Cat Records

Phish: July 29, 2017 Madison Square Garden

July 30, 2017
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Night seven of the Baker’s Dozen was dubbed the cinnamon donut night. And while there are an overwhelming number of obvious and not-so-obvious songs that fit thematically, the band didn’t go overboard with cinnamon references aside from the semi-predictable Neil Young cover (which they pulled off perfectly). Otherwise it’s a varied set—at least for this Phish newbie—that has them jamming on a (pardon me) blazing “Blaze On” to open the second set, a first-set closing “I Am the Walrus,” and a killer “Alumni Blues” with the “Letter to Jimmy Page” bridge. While nothing could hold a candle to the previous night’s “Chalk Dust Torture,” this is no doubt a solid set throughout.

Eric PH recorded this set with the Schoeps MK41V’s mounted in the official taper’s section, from row 1 seat 1. NYCTaper will follow up with his Schoeps source shortly. Enjoy!

Download the complete show (Schoeps MK41V source): [MP3 / FLAC16 / FLAC24]

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Phish
2017-07-29
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

Baker’s Dozen #7

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK41V (OTS, LOC) > Aerco MP-2 > Zoom F8 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Set 1:
01. Llama
02. Wilson
03. Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
04. Ya Mar [Cyril Ferguson]
05. Tela
06. The Birds
07. The Line
08. Water in the Sky
09. Vultures
10. Train Song
11. Horn
12. I Am the Walrus [The Beatles]

Set 2:
13. Blaze On
14. Twenty Years Later
15. Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues
16. Meatstick
17. Dirt
18. Harry Hood
19. [encore break]
20. Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]

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Drag Sounds: May 13, 2017 Our Wicked Lady

July 9, 2017
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I’ve been aching to get a Drag Sounds recording up here ever since I saw them play at Hopscotch back in 2014. Of the very, very rich North Carolina music scene that gets showcased at the festival every year, Drag Sounds are at the top of the pile. Finally, the guys did a brief East Coast tour in May and I was able to get out on a rainy night to catch them indoors at Our Wicked Lady (originally scheduled as a rooftop show, can’t wait to get back to the venue for one of those). I had some good intel from Triangle-area folks that Drag Sounds were currently at the top of their game, but I was still surprised at how vital these guys are sounding—more swing here than you can shake a stick at. You’ll find a couple of these tracks like “Out All Night (For Love)” and “Messy Life” in various forms on the Bandcamp page, on the two-disc Sudden Comfort and earlier II. Newer song “Blessed Style” sounds like the band’s answer to “Sister Ray” if you ask me, but anyway it’s a monster. Drag Sounds are up-and-comers for sure so here’s the ground floor for ya, get on.

I recorded this with the mics set up in DIN stereo configuration, high up on the bar, combined with a board feed courtesy of Our Wicked Lady engineer, Rich Crescenti. It leans towards the rough side but rocks really hard. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Drag Sounds
2017-05-13
Our Wicked Lady
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Rich Crescenti) + AKG C480B/CK61 (DIN) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [33:27]
01. Out All Night (For Love)
02. Let It Me
03. Don’t to the Music
04. Messy Life
05. That Stuff’s Illegal
06. Blessed Style
07. Like Flies on the Board

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Sunwatchers: June 24, 2017 Union Pool (Summer Thunder)

July 5, 2017
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It’s been a short couple months since we last saw Sunwatchers, but picking up on the final date of the Feral Ohms-Sunwatchers-Honey tour, the band had a few new tunes to share with us. We hadn’t previously heard “Nose Beers” or “The Works” (except on this excellent recording from last year via Southern Shelter); and the perfectly-titled “Greeneyed Pigmen (Get the Blade)” also appears to be brand new. The centerpiece of their set is a wonderful cover of Alice Coltrane’s “Ptah, The El Daoud,” from her 1970 album of the same name. Coincidentally, none other than Pharoah Sanders plays on that record and he was in town the previous night for a free show in Prospect Park along with Brooklyn Raga Massive’s tribute to John and Alice Coltrane. No doubt the spirits were in alignment for this one.

I recorded this with the mics set up on stage, combined with a board feed courtesy of Union Pool engineer Doug. It sounds excellent. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Sunwatchers
2017-06-24
Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + AKG C480B/CK61 (OS) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [33:28]
01. Nose Beers
02. The Works
03. Greeneyed Pigmen (Get the Blade)
04. Ptah, The El Daoud [Alice Coltrane]
05. Eusubius
06. Ape Phase

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