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Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt: January 29, 2019 Union Pool

March 20, 2019
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The long-running collaboration of drummer Chris Corsano and guitarist Bill Orcutt has been characteristically slippery, as their series of ridiculously limited LPs, 7″s, and tapes appear and disappear from merch tables faster than the duo can churn out another frenzied jam. Their latest collision, and first to take place in the studio, is called Brace Up! The cover depicts a stage diver in mid-flight, heading straight for an atomic bomb’s mushroom cloud—which is pretty much the best description anyone has come up with for what these two do. Back in January, Corsano and Orcutt once again joined forces at Union Pool, each playing solo sets before recreating that same intensity of the album with a duo set.

I recorded this set from our usual location at Union Pool at the soundboard, combined with a feed from FOH Doug Graham. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download both sets in MP3 and FLAC



Bill Orcutt
2019-01-29
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [31:49]
01. Untitled 1
02. Untitled 2
03. Untitled 3



Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt
2019-01-29
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [29:59]
01. Untitled 1
02. Untitled 2
03. Untitled 3
04. Untitled 4

Buy Brace Up! via Bandcamp

Grateful Shred: March 1, 2019 Brooklyn Bowl

March 13, 2019
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Take a look around at a Grateful Shred show and you notice something…different. Folks in the crowd don’t look like they saw the Grateful Dead in the 70s, the 80s, or hell even in the 90s. No, Grateful Shred aren’t your dad’s Dead tribute band and here (mostly) everyone’s under forty. Maybe that’s just Brooklyn, but you can tell the Shred are aiming for something different as much by their approach to the catalog as by their openers and guests: local jammers Garcia Peoples opened this most recent pair of shows while San Francisco’s Howlin’ Rain played last year. The newly-local Ryley Walker (who seems to be showing up everywhere this month) joins in during “Space” and sticks around to solo on “Touch of Grey.” Touchhead or no, the result is delightful. That jam concludes a long second-set suite that includes “Estimated Prophet” into “Truckin” into “The Other One,” capping off over forty uninterrupted minutes of bliss and probably the highest high I’ve seen Grateful Shred hit yet. These guys just keep getting better.

I recorded this set with the MBHO hypercardioids from my usual spot at Brooklyn Bowl, resulting in a pretty good audience tape. There’s an expertly made board tape also over at the LMA, if that’s your thing.

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Grateful Shred
2019-03-01
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH

MBHO KA500HN/603A (FOB, ROC) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [2:15:25]
01. Jack Straw
02. Mama Tried >
03. Mexicali Blues
04. They Love Each Other
05. Loose Lucy
06. Feel Like a Stranger
07. Shakedown Street
08. Cold Rain and Snow
09. Cumberland Blues
10. Estimated Prophet >
11. Truckin’ >
12. The Other One >
13. Space >
14. Touch of Grey
15. Man Smart Woman Smarter
16. Shining Star >
17. Samson and Delilah
18. Encore Break
19. Casey Jones

13-14 with Ryley Walker on guitar

Grateful Shred Website

William Tyler: February 26, 2019 (Le) Poisson Rouge

March 6, 2019
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Here’s a nice companion to William Tyler’s record release show last month at Rough Trade NYC. That show was the start of his tour for Goes West and as it turns out, was only a small preview of what he’s been up to. For the (Le) Poisson Rouge crowd, Tyler pulled out all the stops, playing acoustic and electric songs, and inviting locals Steve Gunn and Ryan Sawyer to join in for a few. Gunn plays on “High Anxiety” from Modern Country and contributes guitar and vocals to a cover of Michael Chapman’s “Among the Trees.” Things kick into high gear when Ryan Sawyer joins Tyler for “Whole New Dude” from the Lost Colony EP. They make an outstanding duo and the energy on that song is just incredible. Is there hope someday for a Tyler-Gunn-Sawyer jam sesh? Let’s plant the seed.

I recorded this set with the MBHO hypercardioids, combined with a board feed courtesy of the venue and engineer, Jason. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download MP3/FLAC


William Tyler
2019-02-26
(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Jason) + MBHO KA500HN/603A (at SBD) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:16:04]
01. Intro
02. Man in a Hurry
03. Fail Safe Intro
04. Fail Safe
05. I’m Gonna Live Forever (If It Kills Me)
06. Eventual Surrender Intro
07. Eventual Surrender
08. Gone Clear Intro
09. Gone Clear
10. We Can’t Go Home Again Intro
11. We Can’t Go Home Again
12. Our Lady of the Desert
13. Highway Anxiety Intro
14. Highway Anxiety
15. Among the Trees Intro
16. Among the Trees [Michael Chapman]
17. Whole New Dude Intro
18. Whole New Dude

14, 16 with Steve Gunn
18 with Ryan Sawyer

Buy William Tyler’s records, including Goes West and Modern Country at Merge

Willie Lane: February 7, 2019 Union Pool

February 21, 2019
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Photos by Drew Gardner

Willie Lane has long been something of a mystery, appearing sporadically on live MV/EE CD-R’s and quietly self-releasing tiny pressings of highly-coveted solo guitar records. Until recently, you couldn’t even find them online, having to resort to in-the-know record stores that would stock these rarities. But recently a Willie Lane Bandcamp page appeared with digital downloads of his three LPs and one single, followed by a reissue of the long-scarce Known Quantity from Feeding Tube. Already down to the last box of that one, the reissues will keep coming in March when they put Guitar Army of One back out into the world. Meanwhile, on The Avant Ghetto, Jeff Conklin played an awesome live set from Scratch Ticket (Lane on guitar, Rob Thomas on bass, and John Moloney on drums), stoking excitement at the possibility Lane would down to NYC for a gig.

For this performance, Lane recruited local drummer-of-record Ryan Jewell for a mix of rehearsed material and improvisation. Though quite different from the stark, lonesome guitar on his records, their set manages to conjure those same slanted vibes.

Extra thanks to Jeff Conklin and The Avant Ghetto Presents for getting Willie Lane out to NYC and for inviting us down. Check out his show on WFMU for the good stuff!

I recorded this set with the MBHO cardioids set up in stereo DIN configuration, combined with a board feed courtesy of Union Pool FOH Doug. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download MP3/FLAC


Willie Lane
2019-02-07
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by Drew Gardner

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [36:40]
01. Poolside Jam
02. Lower Life Forms
03. Bottles & Cans > Improvised Interlude > Blister Pack
04. Sorry Wicks

Willie Lane: guitar, vocals
Ryan Jewell: drums

Buy Known Quantity and Guitar Army of One at Feeding Tube

William Tyler: January 23, 2019 Rough Trade NYC

February 18, 2019
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Photos by @qbertplaya

Howdy guitar-heads, and just-plain-old-heads! One of our favorite travelers, William Tyler, Goes West on his new LP, out now on Merge. He’s currently touring the U.S. into March and Europe in April, so do check out his full tour dates for your local gig. Here in NYC, Tyler appears at (Le) Poisson Rouge on February 26. It’s a sure bet he’ll be slinging some tunes old and new, so grab your tickets.

We got a lucky chance to hear Tyler preview the new album at Rough Trade NYC last month, as well as play some songs from Modern Country. In typical fashion he was nice and chatty, sharing some anecdotes between songs and being an all around positive guy. Meanwhile, Tyler also penned an essay about Cosmic Pastoral music for Aquarium Drunkard—more evidence that he’s one of the most interesting and thoughtful voices on instrumental guitar.

I recorded this set with the MBHO cardioids set up in stereo DIN configuration, combined with a board feed courtesy of Rough Trade FOH Jeremy Rychard Snyder. The sound is outstanding thanks to Jeremy and a quiet crowd. Enjoy!

Download MP3/FLAC


William Tyler
2019-01-23
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Jeremy Rychard Snyder) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN, at SBD) > Sound Devices MixPre-6 > 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 [34:26]
01. Man in a Hurry
02. Call Me When I’m Breathing Again
03. Eventual Surrender
04. Virginia is For Loners Intro
05. Virginia is For Loners
06. Gone Clear Intro
07. Gone Clear
08. Not in Our Stars
09. Rebecca
10. Sunken Garden

Buy William Tyler’s records, including Goes West and Modern Country at Merge

Dire Wolves: February 7, 2019 Union Pool

February 15, 2019
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Photos by Drew Gardner

San Francisco’s Dire Wolves don’t come around too often, but when they do they bring the heat. This one features the Wolves’ Jeffrey Alexander backed by what he calls a “strange” version of the band: Jesse Sheppard (Elkhorn) on bass, Jeff Tobias (Sunwatchers) on sax, and Scott Verrastro (Bardo Pond) on drums. What results is the Wolves’ shaggy psych mixed with jazzy excursions.

Speaking of which, it’s Excursions to Cloudland, released on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records, that hipped me to Dire Wolves. And then there’s also this fantastic split with Headroom that I’ve gravitated towards when looking for a fix. Dire Wolves will have another one out with BBiB sometime soon so stay tuned to find out what new lands they’ve got in store.

Thanks to Jeff Conklin for putting on this awesome bill. Tune in to The Avant Ghetto on WFMU for more of the goods!

I recorded this set with our usual setup for Union Pool: a board feed from FOH extraordinaire Doug combined with the MBHOs in DIN configuration at the board. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download MP3/FLAC


Dire Wolves (Inspiration Family Band)
2019-02-07
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [55:32]
01. Grow Towards The Light
02. Transmigrations
03. Enter Quietly > Take A Step Back
04. West Ellet Fadeaway

Buy Dire Wolves music via Bandcamp
• •
Buy Excursions to Cloudland via Beyond Beyond is Beyond

Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven: January 20, 2019 Sony Hall

January 28, 2019
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Last weekend I braved the frigid NYC temperatures—and that wind! and that fearsome moon!—for January’s traditional Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven tour. This was my first time seeing either band, unlikely to be my last. I wasn’t super familiar with Camper Van beforehand, but songs like “Too High for the Love-In” and their cover of Status Quo’s “Picture of Matchstick Men” are pretty irresistible.

Cracker played second, which was perfect because the crowd got good and loose during the set break. Anyone who was teenager in 1993/1994 has Cracker’s “Low” seared into their brains, and I really don’t want to out myself as a poser but seeing them play it live was the highlight for me. Don’t @ me. Lots of other great songs in this set, particular highlights for me being “How Can I Live Without You,” “Almond Grove,” and “Teen Angst.” Hopefully the tradition continues and I’ll see you there in January 2020.

I recorded this set with the MBHO cardoids run high, from a little right of the soundboard where the venue staff set me up in a nice booth. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive: Cracker / Camper Van Beethoven

Cracker:

Camper Van Beethoven:

Cracker
2019-01-20
Sony Hall
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A (ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, compression, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [1:18:32]
01. Been Around the World
02. Mr. Wrong
03. Seven Days
04. How Can I Live Without You
05. Get Off This
06. The Good Life
07. Sweet Thistle Pie
08. California Country Boy
09. King of Bakersfield
10. Low
11. Almond Grove
12. One Fine Day
13. Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)
14. I See the Light
15. El Comandante
16. Beautiful

Camper Van Beethoven
2019-01-20
Sony Hall
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A (ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, compression, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [58:07]
01. Northern California Girls
02. Pictures of Matchstick Men
03. Tania
04. Eye of Fatima
05. All Her Favorite Fruit
06. Good Guys & Bad Guys
07. Take the Skinheads Bowling
08. Sad Lovers Waltz
09. Summer Days
10. S.P. 37957 Medley
11. Too High For the Love-In

Buy music and merch, check tour dates, connect:
Cracker Website
• • Camper Van Beethoven Website

Heron Oblivion: December 9, 2018 Baby’s All Right

January 22, 2019
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Photos by Michael Baca

Last month, the East Coast got a rare dose of live Heron Oblivion action in which Brooklyn lucked into this soaring seventy-minute set that includes five new songs. Holy cow! Hard to believe it’s been nearly three years since Heron Oblivion released their self-titled record. Since then they put out The Chapel, a live album recorded in January 2017 with a new, untitled song (the same one we heard back in 2016 at Union Pool) and a cover of Doug Sahm’s “At the Crossroads.” More recently, they’ve been quietly touring a set full of new songs that hopefully will see the light of day on LP2. All signs point to more greatness to come!

I recorded this set with a pair of MBHO omnidirectional mics on stage, plus a board feed from the Baby’s crew. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Heron Oblivion
2018-12-09
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Additional mixing by acidjack
Photos by Michael Baca

Soundboard + MBHO KA100N/603A (on stage, DFC) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (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: [1:09:59]
01. Oriar
02. Untitled 1
03. Untitled 2
04. Untitled 3
05. Untitled 4
06. Sudden Lament
07. Untitled 5
08. Faro
09. Rama
10. At the Crossroads [Doug Sahm]

Buy Heron Oblivion via Sub Pop
• • Connect with the band on Facebook
• • • Buy assorted Howlin Rain, Comets on Fire, and Feral Ohms music via Silver Current
• • • • Buy Meg Baird’s solo LP Don’t Weigh Down the Light via Drag City
• • • • • Buy Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound records via Tee Pee

Sunwatchers: December 9, 2018 Baby’s All Right

January 16, 2019
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Photos by Michael Baca

Plenty of new Sunwatchers action out there for the years old and new. First up there’s the killer collab with Eugene Chadbourne, 3 Characters, out on Amish Records last year. The gang cover a bunch of Minutemen tunes on the first disc, followed by some Doug Sahm and Henry Flynt tunes on the second. It’s a trip! Then there’s Sunwatchers’ third LP, Illegal Moves, which is gonna blow some minds—just check out that cover! We’ve heard many of the new tunes live this past year and there’s no doubt this is going to be stratospheric.

Speaking of seeing Sunwatchers live, here’s a nice set from last month at Baby’s All Right. The foursome break out a still-untitled new tune along with previewing some tracks from Illegal Moves.

I recorded this with the MBHO omniderectional mics on stage, combined with a board feed from the Baby’s crew. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive



Sunwatchers
2018-12-09
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by Michael Baca

Soundboard + MBHO KA100N/603A (on stage, DFC) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (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: [37:37]
01. Beautiful Crystals
02. Untitled
03. Greeneyed Pigmen (Get the Blade)
04. Everybody Play
05. The Works
06. Strollin Coma Blues

Band:
Peter Kerlin
Jim McHugh
Jeff Tobias
Jason Robira

Preorder Illegal Moves
• • Buy 3 Characters via Amish Records

Garcia Peoples: December 22, 2018 Union Pool

January 8, 2019
By
Art by Arnold Conklin

West Coasters! Garcia Peoples hit the road with Howlin’ Rain starting this Thursday, January 10th, in Bellingham, Washington and continuing through Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California. The full listing of dates with ticket links can be found at Howlin’ Rain’s website. Do go out and see both bands!

In other exciting Garcia Peoples news, they recently announced their second LP, Natural Facts, and it’s up for preorder from Beyond Beyond is Beyond. The Garcias played a couple of songs from the album in Brooklyn last month, “High Noon Violence” and “Break Me Down.” Unexpectedly, the band also played a pair of covers to celebrate Jeff Conklin’s birthday, “Laila Pt. 2” by Agitation Free and “Easy Ride” by Relatively Clean Rivers. If you listen to The Avant Ghetto on WFMU (and you should) you’ll likely recognize these two bands as a couple of Jeff’s favorites.

I recorded this set from our usual location at the soundboard, with a feed courtesy of Union Pool FOH Jase Hottenroth. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Garcia Peoples
2018-12-22
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Artwork by Arnold Conklin

Soundboard (engineer: Jase Hottenroth) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (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: [40:52]
01. Hangin’ On >
02. Break Me Down
03. Laila Pt. 2 [Agitation Free] >
04. High Noon Violence
05. World’s Illusion >
06. Easy Ride [Relatively Clean Rivers]
07. [banter]
08. Show Your Troubles Out

Preorder Natural Facts via Bandcamp

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