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The Messthetics: April 20, 2018 The Bell House

April 22, 2018
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I guess you can’t really talk about the Messthetics without mentioning that the band features Fugazi’s rhythm section of Joe Lally on bass and Brendan Canty on drums, joined by jazz/experimental guitarist Anthony Pirog. But if you’re showing up to a Messthetics show looking for the second coming of Fugazi, you won’t be so much disappointed as woefully uninformed. Instead, you’ll find yourself in the midst of wrench-tight math rock, emphasis on the rock. Lally and Canty have been playing together pretty much forever at this point, and those guys don’t miss a beat. Pirog, a youngster in comparison, adds a fresh guitar sound to the mix, playing sometimes rhythmically and sometimes wildly. Their self-titled Dischord release is only a month old, but already the band brought with them four new songs in addition to playing the entirety of the album. They continue touring the U.S. through May, followed up by some Japan dates. Scope all those dates at the Dischord site.

I recorded this from dead center, with the MBHO’s in DIN stereo configuration, combined with board feed from the Bell House FOH Travis. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

The Messthetics
2018-04-20
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Travis) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N (DIN, FOB, DFC) > Roland R-26 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, balance, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:03:58]
01. Mythomania
02. Serpent Tongue
03. Quantum Path
04. Your Own World
05. The Inner Ocean
06. [New Song 1]
07. [New Song 2]
08. Once Upon a Time
09. Radiation Fog
10. Crowds and Power
11. The Weaver
12. [New Song 3]
13. [encore break]
14. [New Song 4]

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The Gories: April 13, 2018 Elsewhere

April 19, 2018
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

Late last year, this legendary Detroit garage band announced a rare NYC date. No, I’m not talking about MC50, I’m talking about The Gories. Combining the ferocity of Motor City greats MC5 and The Stooges with the minimalism of The Velvet Underground (with way more swing than any of these three), The Gories are the best band you never knew about while they were around. They garnered acclaim only after Mick Collins found success with The Dirtbombs, and have toured sporadically in the past decade. In 2013, Third Man Records released The Shaw Tapes, an essential and raw live document from a 1988 house party. But Collins, along with guitarist-vocalist Dan Kroha and drummer Peggy O’Neill, don’t play many house parties these days. Instead, their one-off Brooklyn show found them breaking in the new-ish venue Elsewhere, run by the folks who brought you Glasslands. Playing classic Gories tracks along with covers ranging from the well-known (John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillen'” and Suicide’s “Ghostrider”) to the obscure (The Keggs’ “To Find Out”) this crew hasn’t lost the spark that makes their original output—three albums and a handful of singles—so vital. Long live The Gories!

Thanks to Katie and the Elsewhere crew for making this recording happen. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

The Gories
2018-04-13
Elsewhere
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by PSquared Photography

Soundboard (engineer: Katie) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N (PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [58:25]
01. Goin’ to the River
02. Telepathic
03. I Think I’ve Had It
04. Sister Ann
05. Feral
06. Sovereignty Flight
07. Boogie Chillen’ [John Lee Hooker]
08. Detroit Breakdown
09. Queenie
10. Ghostrider [Suicide]
11. Idol With the Golden Head [The Coasters]
12. You Don’t Love Me [Bo Diddley]
13. View From Here
14. Thunderbird ESQ
15. To Find Out [The Keggs]
16. Hidden Charms
17. There But For the Grace of God Go I [Machine]
18. Nitroglycerine

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Bill Orcutt: April 12, 2018 Union Pool

April 17, 2018
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[Photo by Drew Gardner]

Last year, Bill Orcutt released some of his most accessible sounds on a self-titled electric guitar record on his own Palilalia Records imprint. The album reimagines some songs he’d already explored on A History of Every One and elsewhere, like Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman.” Many bear only a passing resemblance to the original compositions, having been fully twisted by Orcutt’s interpretation. To call his performances of these well-known songs unique would be a massive understatement. You might also call them “difficult,” but that would would be ignoring the incredible grace behind the playing. Seeing Orcutt perform some of these songs last week I was struck by how moving they could be.

(For an interesting experiment, I’d encourage you to compare Orcutt’s take on “Over the Rainbow” here with another version recorded in the same room almost exactly three years prior: Sir Richard Bishop doing his own version of the song, titled “Nowhere Over the Rainbow.”)

This set was recorded with the AKGs set up in stereo DINa configuration, plus a board feed from FOH Doug. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

Bill Orcutt
2018-04-12
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + AKG C480B/CK63 (DINa) > Roland R-26 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [50:54]
01. O Platitudes!
02. Ol Man River > Lonely Woman
03. White Christmas > Star Spangled Banner > Over the Rainbow
04. When You Wish Upon a Star
05. Untitled

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Earthless: March 16, 2018 Market Hotel

March 18, 2018
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Sonic titans Earthless took the stage Friday night to inaugurate their new record Black Heaven. This blistering ninety-minute set will take you through their entire discography starting with Sonic Prayer through the new album and ending with their hyped-up take on the Zep classic “Communication Breakdown.” The Black Heaven tour continues with not-to-be-missed openers Kikagaku Moyo and Jjuujjuu.

Download: [FLAC/MP3]

Earthless
2018-03-16
Market Hotel
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Eric) + AT4051 > 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 [1:22:31]
01. Godspeed
02. Black Heaven
03. Electric Flame
04. Gifted by the Wind
05. Uluru Rock
06. Violence of the Red Sea
07. Volt Rush
08. Communication Breakdown [Led Zeppelin]

Buy Black Heaven via Nuclear Blast

Benefit for Sweet Relief: Oneida live March 3, 2018 at Secret Project Robot

March 12, 2018
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Dear Friends,

As I’m sure you’ve already heard, Oneida drummer Kid Millions was in a serious car accident a few weeks back and we’ve all been sending him our positive healing vibes. Kid is a vital part of our music community here in NYC and we can’t wait to see him behind the kit again.

We recognize the hardships musicians face when confronted with medical needs. In that spirit we’re offering a download of last week’s Oneida record release show at Secret Project Robot in exchange for a small donation to aid musicians. As per their mission statement, Sweet Relief “provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.” All money received for this recording via Bandcamp (minus the Bandcamp/Paypal fees) will be donated to Sweet Relief.

Click here to head over to Bandcamp and grab a killer recording that finds Oneida—minus Kid who was there in spirit—working through most of their excellent new album, Romance, out now on Joyful Noise. (They’ve got that sweet  “Town Crier” 7″ as well.) The band was forced to postpone their March tour dates and are in the process of rescheduling, so be sure to show them some love when they hit your city soon. Keep in touch with the band via Facebook or their new Twitter account for the latest on those.

Oneida
2018-03-03
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY

Romance record release show.

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by Tim Bugbee/Tinnitus Photography

MBHO MBP603/KA200N (LOC, PAS) > Zoom F8 > 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 [1:00:03]
01. Intro
02. Economy Travel >
03. Cedars > Snow Machine outro
04. Good Lie
05. Town Crier
06. It Was Me
07. Lay of the Land
08. Cockfight >
09. Bad Habit
10. Sheets of Easter

Buy Romance via Joyful Noise

People of the North: February 24, 2018 Trans-Pecos

February 25, 2018
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Oneida’s new album Romance is only a couple weeks away. In preparation, here’s a palette cleanser from Bobby and Kid doing their People of the North thing, with Barry London joining. The trio waste no time in locking into a late-night groove, and follow with forty-five minutes of pulsing organ, synth, and drum rhythms. As Oneida has drifted back into playing more songs and less improvisation live, POTN has stepped in to scratch the itch for those less-structured performances. Hopefully you made it out Saturday night as these POTN shows aren’t all that frequent these days. But whether you did or not be sure to come out next Saturday, March 3 as the mighty Oneida take the stage at Secret Project Robot to celebrate their new one and kick off some March tour dates. Word on the street is they’ll have those Joyful Noise VIP-only colored vinyl copies to make all your friends jealous.

Recorded from the stage lip with MBHO cards in ORTF stereo. Board feed courtesy of Trans-Pecos FOH Imoni Cole-Palmer.

Download: [FLAC/MP3]

People of the North
2018-02-24
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Imoni Cole-Palmer) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N (ORTF, stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > xAct > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [45:59]
01. Live at Trans-Pecos

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Sir Richard Bishop: January 16, 2018 Union Pool

January 30, 2018
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Though it would seem off-brand for Sir Richard Bishop to ever release a covers record, he’s developing quite the repertoire. Last year at Park Church Co-op, he did a beautiful version of “Till There Was You,” putting his own spin the Beatles classic. A couple weeks back at Union Pool, Bishop digs a little deeper with two surprising covers: the first is a faithful rendition of Gordon Lightfoot’s 1970 hit “If You Could Read My Mind,” which has been covered by everyone, including Johnny Cash. You’ll find Bishop doing a pretty good Gordon Lightfoot impression here—and if you think you don’t know this just listen and I’m sure it’ll sound pretty familiar. The second is a cover of the Michael Nesmith-penned Monkees tune, “Tapioca Tundra.” Again, the title might not be familiar out of context, but once you hear it you’ll know the song. Beyond the covers Bishop plays a few tunes we’re used to seeing him play live like “Mystic Minor 23,” “Safe House,” and the Sun City Girls songs “Abydos” and “Radio Morocco.” For the finale, he plays “Space Prophet Dogon” into an exciting return to “Zurvan.”

I recorded this from our usual spot with MBHOs combined with a board feed courtesy of FOH Doug. The sound is terrific. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Sir Richard Bishop
2018-01-16
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N (DIN) > 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 [1:15:31]
01. Mystic Minor 23
02. If You Could Read My Mind [Gordon Lightfoot]
03. Safe House
04. Abydos [Sun City Girls]
05. Tapioca Tundra [The Monkees]
06. Mekong
07. Radio Morocco [Sun City Girls]
08. My Painted Tomb [Sun City Girls]
09. Zurvan
10. Space Prophet Dogon [Sun City Girls] > Zurvan

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Gunn-Truscinski Duo: January 9, 2018 Union Pool

January 15, 2018
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[Photo via @taswaim]

Until the surprise announcement of Bay Head from Gunn-Truscinski Duo last year, it seemed like these guys may never put out another record together. Their last platter, Ocean Parkway, was released back in 2012 and besides a very special gig for the Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen, the pair had been awfully quiet for a long time. Fortunately for us Bay Head picks up right where they left off, proving that when Steve Gunn and John Truscinski get a room together, it’s a rare magic that results. And speaking of rare, the duo aren’t doing many shows together in support of the record, but we were lucky enough to capture this set from Union Pool last week. Old classics “Bahn Mi Ringtones” and “Ocean Parkway” brought back memories of Zebulon gigs past, while new songs “Sugar,” “Seagulls for Chuck Berry,” and “Gunter” were captivatingly fresh.

If you’re in LA, be sure to grab tickets for their show with Body/Head.

And if you’re in Brooklyn, Union Pool has another free show scheduled for this Tuesday, Jan. 16, with the inimitable Sir Richard Bishop headlining.

I recorded this from our usual spot with MBHOs combined with a board feed courtesy of FOH Doug. The sound is terrific. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

Gunn-Truscinski Duo
2018-01-09
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N > 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 [44:42]
01. Bahn Mi Ringtones
02. Sugar
03. [tuning and talking]
04. Seagulls for Chuck Berry
05. [raccoons]
06. Ocean Parkway
07. [tuning]
08. Gunter

Steve Gunn: guitar
John Truscinski: drums

Buy Bay Head, Ocean Parkway, and Sand City via Three Lobed

Circuit des Yeux: November 15, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

November 29, 2017
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Of all the many, many standout shows I’ve seen this year, Haley Fohr is responsible for two of them, both at Rough Trade NYC. There was the Jackie Lynn set from back in April, and now this full-band Circuit des Yeux burner from the current Reaching For Indigo tour. I’m a fan, obviously, but everyone I’ve talked to who saw this or another show from the tour have all been completely blown away. Fohr and her band play the album all the way through and even if you’ve fully absorbed the studio recordings you’ll be ecstatic to hear this ten-minute, rocking rendition of “A Story of This World Part II.” Circuit des Yeux hits the West Coast in January followed by some European dates in February—check all listings over at Drag City.

I recorded this from the soundboard cage with MBHOs combined with a board feed courtesy of FOH Dustin Myers. The sound is terrific. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

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Circuit des Yeux
2017-11-15
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Dustin Myers) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N > 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 [46:35]
01. Brainshift
02. Black Fly
03. Philo
04. Paper Bag
05. A Story of This World Part II
06. Geyser
07. Falling Blonde

Website
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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!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

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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