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Garcia Peoples: December 22, 2018 Union Pool

January 8, 2019
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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

Wet Tuna: December 22, 2018 Union Pool & September 8, 2018 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning

January 3, 2019
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Straight from the ever-expanding Tunaverse, here’s a double header of shows from last year. The first finds the duo traveling down to Raleigh, North Carolina for the “Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Sommoning,” the yearly Hopscotch day party that’s become one of the festival’s biggest draws. Next is another duo set from last month at Jeff Conklin’s birthday party. Fun was had by all and here’s the documentation to prove it.

While you’re enjoying these live Wet Tuna dispatches, head over to their blog to order Mountain Busted, a 7-CD set of multitracked live shows. I’ve been lost in these recordings for a couple weeks now and the sound is absolutely phenomenal—more than enough reason to dive in head first. The set gets a little sweeter thanks to a trio of Root Cellar gigs with special guest spots from J Mascis, John Moloney, Jim Bliss, and more, that hail from another plane of existence.

I recorded the Union Pool gig from our usual spot at the soundboard, combined with a feed courtesy of Jase Hottenroth. Acidjack recorded the Raleigh show with his usual six track rig at King’s. Both sound excellent. Enjoy!

Union Pool Download: [FLAC/MP3]
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning Download: [FLAC/MP3]

Wet Tuna
2018-12-22
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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: [40:56]
01. I’d Rather Be Hayin’ > Hay Space
02. Roomtone
03. I Know You Rider
04. Roomtone
05. New York Street

MV/PG Six/Coot Moon



Wet Tuna
2018-09-07
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (onstage, DFC)>KC5>CMC6 + Behringer C2>>Zoom F8>24/48 WAVs>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.2.2 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 I Know You Rider
02 Water Train
03 New York Street

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Headroom: December 9, 2018 Baby’s All Right

January 1, 2019
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[Photos by Michael Baca]

I keep thinking about headspace and headroom, in the context of Headroom, a band that opens both inward and outward. Kryssi Battalene splits her time churning out shoegazey riffs for the immeasurable Mountain Movers, Headroom being her side gig that distills her soloing into the main event. In 2017 she put out Head in the Clouds, a particularly spaced-out affair that’s as soaring in its scope as her other band. With Movers’ Rick Omonte on bass and Ross Menze on drums, Headroom doesn’t stray too far from the mold, blowing up new spaces to get lost in. Last month we finally got to see Headroom in action at Baby’s All Right, where the band played three tracks from Head in the Clouds, plus the new “Skyliner.” I don’t think I’m the only person in attendance who suggested Headroom visit us more often.

I recorded this set with a pair of MBHO omnidirectional mics onstage combined with a board feed from the Baby’s crew. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Headroom
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: [35:12]
01. How to Grow Evil Flowers
02. Millers Pond
03. Skyliner
04. Flower of Light

Buy Head in the Clouds via Bandcamp

Ryley Walker: December 14, 2018 Baby’s All Right

December 16, 2018
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Ryley Walker has become something of a Renaissance man in 2018, with his highly-lauded album Deafman Glance, a full-album cover of an unreleased Dave Matthews Band LP, his endlessly entertaining Twitter account, and an ongoing series of Vice articles where Ryley’s just being Ryley. Listen to some of his between song banter and it’s clear Walker loves music and knows how to engage an audience. Yet for all his extracurricular antics, the tunes are nothing if not sincere.

Somewhat surprisingly given it’s high level of publicity, Walker and band are not touring Dave Matthews tunes, but instead continue touring this year’s excellent Deafman Glance—Walker’s best album yet. Especially great here is their rendition of “Spoil With the Rest” and a pair of tunes with trumpeter Jaimie Branch, “22 Days” and “Funny Thing She Said.”

I recorded this with a pair of MBHO cardioid mics on stage in stereo DIN configuration, combined with a soundboard feed courtesy of the Baby’s crew, Dan and Jesse. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Ryley Walker
2018-12-14
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineers: Dan & Jesse) + MBHO KA200N/603A (on stage, DFC, 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: [1:09:03]

01. [intro]
02. Telluride Speed
03. [who loves live music]
04. The Halfwit in Me
05. [capo jokes]
06. Spoil With the Rest
07. [banter]
08. 22 Days
09. [band intros]
10. Funny Thing She Said
11. [thanks]
12. The Roundabout

Ryley Walker: guitar, vocals
Brian Sulpizio: guitar
Andrew Young: bass
Ryan Jewell: drums
Jaimie Branch: trumpet on tracks 8 and 10

Buy Ryley Walker music on Bandcamp

What We Talk About When We Talk About Taping: NYCTaper in Wired!

November 26, 2018
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The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Century

Hey friends! We don’t have any new music for you this morning, but… Check out Wired for an in-depth look look at taping in the 21st century, by Jesse Jarnow, complete with some choice and insightful quotes from yours truly. We’re thrilled to get such a positive reception and we hope the article encourages people to check out some recordings. Meanwhile, feel free to ask us any burning questions you might have in the comments below.

Daniel Bachman: August 19, 2018 Trans-Pecos

November 12, 2018
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Daniel Bachman’s latest album, The Morning Star, opens with the side-long “Invocation” (wonderfully captured live at Hopscotch back in September) and weaves its way through two LPs worth of solo guitar, drones, field recordings, and found sounds. It’s an expansion of the palette he’s been mining since Orange County Serenade, but here Bachman’s style tips more towards ambient/drone music than he has in the past. However aside from that Hopscotch performance, Bachman is very much still doing solo guitar performances. This set recorded at Trans-Pecos back in August finds Bachman playing “Sycamore City,” “Song For the Setting Sun IV,” and “New Moon” from The Morning Star, plus “The Flower Tree” and “Wine and Peanuts” from his 2016 self-titled LP. He rounds out the originals with a few deep covers you may know: “Beautiful Eyes of Virgina” by Lemuel Turner, “Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend” by John Fahey, and “Weary Lonesome Blues” by Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland.

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Daniel Bachman
2018-08-19
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA100DK/603A (on stage) > 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: [44:59]
01. Sycamore City
02. Beautiful Eyes of Virgina [Lemuel Turner]
03. Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend [John Fahey]
04. Song For the Setting Sun IV
05. The Flower Tree > Wine and Peanuts
06. Weary Lonesome Blues [Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland]
07. New Moon

Support Daniel Bachman: Website | Facebook | Buy The Morning Star from Three Lobed

Garcia Peoples: September 28, 2018 Music Hall of Williamsburg

November 7, 2018
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Garcia Peoples can’t/won’t stop—it seems like they’re on every good bill and making every good bill better. A couple of their most recent shows had them in opening slots at Music Hall of Williamsburg, first for Träd, Gräs och Stenar and next for Kikagaku Moyo. We caught a recording of the former and it’s one of the band’s best gigs yet (at least that I’ve seen). Opening up with the now-classic “One Step Behind” into “Hangin’ On,” they follow with a couple newer tunes, “Break Me Down” and “I Feel So Great.” Word is the next two(!) records are in the can, both to come out on the essential Beyond Beyond is Beyond label. Jesse Jarnow summed up the Garcias’ appeal nicely in this recent Relix review and I couldn’t agree more, calling their album Cosmic Cash “an underground musical cryptocurrency for our supremely fucked-up age.” I feel pretty great too now that you mention it.

Garcia Peoples have a bunch of shows coming up, including a year-end West Coast tour with Howlin’ Rain (attendance is mandatory folks), but if you’re in NYC your next chance to catch them in action is at Union Pool on November 14.

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Garcia Peoples
2018-09-28
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (at SBD) > 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: [33:46]
01. One Step Behind >
02. Hangin’ On
03. Break Me Down
04. I Feel So Great

Buy Cosmic Cash via Bandcamp

Träden (Träd, Gräs och Stenar): September 28, 2018 Music Hall of Williamsburg

October 30, 2018
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The concentration of great psych bands coming out of Sweden these days is astounding: Dungen, Goat, Hills, Centralstödet, The Janitors. That’s just to name a few that are on my radar and I’m sure I’ve barely scratched the surface. But the most well-known psych band to come from Sweden  is almost certainly Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Trees, Grass and Stones) and they undoubtedly loom large for the younger generation.

Today they’re called Träden, but shifting band names and performers has always been part of the deal for the group that started off in 1967 as Pärson Sound, which became International Harvester, then just Harvester, before settling on Träd, Gräs och Stenar in about 1969. Despite their reputation as DIY hippies—or perhaps because they were just that—a wonderful amount of documentation survives, with recent archival releases highlighting how incredibly vital and popular their music still is today. Though Pärson Sound never released a proper album, a three-LP set documents their early experimentation. International Harvester/Harvester released two records, Sov gott Rose-Marie and Hemåt, both recently collected as part of the Remains box set. And more than six LP’s worth of live Träd, Gräs och Stenar material was collected in a box set from Anthology Recordings a few years ago (their studio albums from the 1970s remain sadly out-of-print).

Träden is just the latest iteration of this band, using both names interchangeably on tour (their first to hit the U.S. since 2004). The sole original member of the band is Jakob Sjöholm, who joined in 1970 (in time to play on the second studio album, Rock för Kropp och Själ). He’s joined by musicians from some of those great bands I mentioned above: Hanna Östergren (Hills) on drums, Sigge Krantz (Archimedes Badkar) on bass, and Reine Fiske (Dungen, The Amazing) on guitar and vocals. Their live repertoire includes songs from their new self-titled album, as well as older Träd, Gräs och Stenar songs like “Rock for kropp oct själ” and the well-known “Sanningens silverflod.” “När Lingonen Mognar” appears on Träden’s album, but was also originally released on Harvester’s Hemåt. Whether you call them Träden or Träd, Gräs och Stenar, the music itself is timeless.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Träden (Träd, Gräs och Stenar)
2018-09-28
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (at SBD, 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: [1:16:46]
01. Hymn
02. När lingonen mognar
03. Rock for kropp oct själ
04. Punkrocker
05. Tamburan
06. Tänkte bara undra
07. Sanningens silverflod
08. I ljuset av din dag
09. Hoppas du förstår

Buy Träden via Bandcamp

Tropical Fuck Storm: October 8, 2018 Elsewhere Zone One

October 10, 2018
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If my memory is correct, it’s been nearly ten years since Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin were last in NYC with The Drones, having made stops at Union Hall and The Bell House in 2009. But good things come to those who wait and now the pair are back with their new mushroom cloud of a band, Tropical Fuck Storm. The album, A Laughing Death in Meatspace, is nothing less than the antidote to a twisted, doomed world, with song topics spanning chess to cell phones to nuclear weapons in as many moves. With bandmates Lauren Hammel and Erica Dunn, Tropical Fuck Storm have been touring the U.S. opening for Modest Mouse, only taking a break to play this headlining set at Elsewhere’s Zone One. Beyond playing most of the tracks from A Laughing Death in Meatspace, they play Lost Animal’s “Lose the Baby,” Kitschin sings The Divinyls’ “Back to the Wall” (which was released as a b-side to “You Let My Tyres Down”), and the band closes with The Drones song “Baby Squared.”

The Tropical Fuck Storm tour with Modest Mouse continues in Montclair tonight (October 10)—tickets are still available and you’ve definitely got time. Go on down early to catch TFS. Check the TFS website for further dates.

Download: MP3/FLAC

Tropical Fuck Storm
2018-10-08
Elsewhere Zone One
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (at SBD) > 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: [1:00:41]
01. Chameleon Paint
02. Lose the Baby [Lost Animal]
03. Antimatter Animal
04. Soft Power
05. You Let My Tyres Down
06. Back to the Wall [The Divinyls]
07. The Future of History
08. Rubber Bullies
09. Two Afternoons
10. Baby Squared [The Drones]

Buy A Laughing Death in Meatspace via Joyful Noise

Dinosaur Jr.: September 19, 2018 White Eagle Hall

September 24, 2018
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[Photos by @qbertplaya]

Making the best of a bad turn after the cancellation of their tour supporting Mastodon, Dinosaur Jr. took to some roads less traveled, hitting up smaller venues in far-flung cities like Maquoketa, IA and Fort Wayne, IN. Their NYC-area appearances brought them to the small Garcia’s room at the Captiol Theatre in Port Chester and the larger White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. We caught up with them for the latter and were rewarded with more than an hour and a half of shredding from Mascis, Barlow, and Murph. After opening up with “Thumb” from Green Mind, the band launch into four tracks from their latest album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (which is an awfully good record for a band going long past thirty years now) followed by a set of Dino-favorites like “Feel the Pain,” “Little Fury Things,” “The Wagon” (with Don Fleming and John Moloney), “Freak Scene,” and so on. For the encore the band is once again joined by John Brannon and Easy Action for some Negative Approach songs, plus the Dinosaur Jr. noisefest “Don’t” and Stooges closer “T.V. Eye.”

Download: MP3/FLAC

Dinosaur Jr.
2018-09-19
White Eagle Hall
Jersey City, NJ

MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN, at SBD) > Naiant PFA > 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)

Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Tracks: [1:37:25]
01. Thumb
02. Goin Down
03. Lost All Day
04. Left/Right
05. I Told Everyone
06. Just Like Heaven [The Cure]
07. Feel the Pain
08. Little Fury Things
09. The Wagon
10. Kracked
11. Sludgefeast
12. Start Choppin’
13. Knocked Around
14. Freak Scene
15. Forget the Swan
16. [encore break]
17. Can’t Tell No One [Negative Approach]
18. Read to Fight [Negative Approach]
19. Don’t
20. T.V. Eye [The Stooges]

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