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Robyn Hitchcock: March 1, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

March 6, 2017
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[photos by Ellen]

The night after Robyn Hitchcock’s very memorable Rough Trade show, the performer and backing band performed in Manhattan for what proved to be an entirely different experience from the the previous show. Aside from the fact that the venue is twice the capacity than in Brooklyn, a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom tends to have a discernible buzz and an energetic crowd. And for this particular special event, many long-time fans and some industry folk were in attendance and let their voices be heard.

As a full album two-set show, it was in the second set where this night diverged from the previous show. After a set of Black Snake Diamond Role in which Robyn bantered more and dealt with some vocal microphone issues, the band returned for a second set that mixed it up quite a bit from the Rough Trade show. At Bowery we got a mini quiet set with “I Often Dream of Trains” as the highlight, a chugging version of Dylan’s “Obviously Five Believers” and a pretty rare Love cover in the encore set. These two nights of prime Robyn Hitchcock and band playing at the peak of their skills were best-of-year quality shows and I expect we will be revisiting them often.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted next to the soundboard booth in the front of the balcony. The sound in the venue was again outstanding and other then some crowd rowdiness, this is another superb recording. Enjoy!

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Robyn Hitchcock
2017-03-01
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded at Soundboard Booth

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:46:52]
Set 1 (Black Diamond Snake Role)
01 The Man Who Invented Himself
02 Brenda’s Iron Sledge
03 Do Policemen Sing
04 The Lizard
05 [banter – chocolate]
06 Meat
07 [banter – precision]
08 Acid Bird
09 [banter – New York Rocker]
10 I Watch the Cars
11 [banter – grey dove]
12 Out of the Picture
13 City of Shame
14 Love
Set 2
15 Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole
16 It’s a Mystic Trip
17 Give Me a Spanner Ralph
18 [banter – British Rail]
19 I Often Dream of Trains
20 Winter Love
21 Let There Be More Darkness
22 Obviously Five Believers [Dylan]
23 Going Down to Liverpool [The Waves]
24 Kingdom of Love
25 [banter – thanks]
26 He’s a Reptile
27 [encore break]
28 Rock ‘n’ Roll Toilet
29 Stephanie Knows Who [Love]
30 Airscape

PLEASE SUPPORT Robyn Hitchcock: Website | Twitter | Buy Official Releases

Robyn Hitchcock: February 28, 2017 Rough Trade Brooklyn

March 5, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

It was twenty years ago this month that I recorded Robyn Hitchcock at the old Knitting Factory on Leonard Street from the first row of the balcony when that venue still had seats upstairs. That recording has for years been one of my favorite Robyn recordings in large part because the banter is both hilarious and sublime in his very unique stream-of-consciousness manner. I saw Robyn Hitchcock many times in that era, mostly as a solo performer sometimes accompanied by the great Deni Bonet. It wasn’t until a decade later that I saw Robyn with a full band — that 2007 tour featured the Venue 3 (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin) — in the very same Leonard Street spot. The two shows were entirely different musical experiences and proved the versatility of this prolific performer.

It took another decade, and a completely different full band for me to experience Robyn again. This time it was in a two-set affair with the first session featuring a complete performance of his first solo album Black Snake Diamond Röle and a second act consisting of rare tracks, covers and a few familiar standards extending all the way back to the 1970s Soft Boys period. At Rough Trade on Tuesday night, the Brit ex-pat was less interested in monologues and more focused on the songs — many of which had not been performed in years and perhaps decades. The result was a stunning display of musical dexterity and proof positive that Hitchcock is perhaps the most overlooked living genius of the last half-century of modern music. The second set highlights included Robyn’s tribute to his Soft Boys bandmate Kimberly Rew in the performance of “Goin Down to Liverpool” and the a spot-on version of mega-influence Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd’s first album stand-out “Lucifer Sam”.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted centered inside the soundboard booth. This straight audience recording accentuates the superb room mix of one the best FOH pros in the business, Mark Luecke, and the credit for the superb sound goes directly to him. This is truly one of the best audience recordings we’ve ever featured on this site. Enjoy!

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Robyn Hitchcock
2017-02-28
Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded inside Soundboard Booth

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:45:55]
Set 1 (Black Diamond Snake Role)
01 The Man Who Invented Himself
02 Brenda’s Iron Sledge
03 Do Policemen Sing
04 The Lizard
05 Meat
06 [band introductions]
07 Acid Bird
08 I Watch the Cars
09 Out of the Picture
10 City of Shame
11 Love
Set 2
12 [introduction]
13 Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole
14 All I Wanna Do Is Fall in Love
15 It’s a Mystic Trip
16 A Skull, a Suitcase, and a Long Red Bottle of Wine
17 I Got a Message for You
18 Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus
19 Going Down to Liverpool [The Waves]
20 Run Run Run [Velvets]
21 Kingdom of Love
22 He’s a Reptile
23 [encore break]
24 Rock ‘n’ Roll Toilet
25 Lucifer Sam [Pink Floyd]
26 Airscape

PLEASE SUPPORT Robyn Hitchcock: Website | Twitter | Buy Official Releases

Tonstartssbandht: January 25, 2017 Sunnyvale

February 23, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

Its been a few years since Tonstartssbandht last appeared on NYCTaper. In March, Tonstartss will release a new album Sorcerer, their first on Mexican Summer. The band that consists of brothers Andy and Edwin White have played under this name for about a decade and have released somewhere in the range of 20 albums via various labels and Bandcamp, but not a proper “studio” album since 2011’s Now I Am Become. The band is also currently on their first extended tour in a while, as the brothers have spent time on other projects — mostly notably Andy White’s position as lead guitar in Mac DeMarco’s touring band.

In January, the TBT tour came to Brooklyn and sold out Sunnyvale on a Wednesday night. The brothers played an extended set that included all of the three long tracks from Sorcerer and a ton of older TBT tracks and covers all interspersed in their unique segue-style stream-of-consciousness show. The Whites are the sons of a long-time professional musician and have played together for their entire lives so there’s a definite telepathy going on every time they take the stage that allows their sets to freely weave from one musical idea to the next. This inventiveness and unpredictability is one of the most compelling aspects of Tonstartssbandht and is why we keep coming back for more. Tonstartss are currently in Europe but return to the US for shows in May, all dates [HERE].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted in front of the stage and mixed with an excellent board feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Tonstartssbandht
2017-01-25
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:05:36]
01 Opening
02 Breathe
03 Susie
04 Dad Beating Up Dudes Downtown (Orlando, 1992)
05 Opening (Reprise)
06 Black Sea
07 [banter and woos]
08 Sorcerer
09 [banter – rotten milk]
10 Somersette
11 Skyline [Pharaoh Overlord]
12 Olde Feelings
13 Rodas 1916
14 Hymn Our Garden
15 The Pusher [Steppenwolf]
16 Nasa Boogie
17 I’m a Ram [Al Green]
18 Late Fall Roll [Eola]
19 Hymn Our Garden (Reprise)
20 Midnite Cobras
21 Welsh Souper
22 [banter – legal reasons]
23 Poor Moon [Canned Heat]
24 [banter – thanks]
25 Everybody (Needs Somebody To Love) [Solomon Burke]
26 Last Train Home [Pat Metheny]
27 Alright

SUPPORT Tonstartssbandht: Bandcamp | Facebook | Pre-Order Sorcerer from Mexican Summer [HERE]

Tredici Bacci: January 25, 2017 Sunnyvale

February 15, 2017
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[still from this video]

I walked into the main building of The New England Conservatory of Music as a youngster in the Fall of 1975 when my older sister enrolled at the school. My childhood recollection is of a large staircase in a classic large atrium like something out of a 19th Century mansion. I left with the feeling that this was an important and serious place in the world. All these years later, I find that NEC is the oldest music school in the country — dating back to 1867. But the more impressive aspect of NEC is that its still a vibrant institution producing some of the best new musicians in a vast array of fields. Last year we welcomed to these pages the amazing Guerilla Toss, a band consisting primarily of graduates of NEC. This year its Simon Hanes, a former sometime member of GT whose band Tredici Bacci reflects his own eclectic and unique approach to composition undoubtedly honed inside of the classic halls of the New England Conservatory.

The music of Tredici Bacci is in some ways nothing like we’ve ever featured here before. Hanes’ fixation on Italian movie soundtracks from the 1970s is surely odd, but when the music is so meticulously constructed and utterly true to the form it has the effect of affording the listener the opportunity to conjure a movie plot in their imagination while Hanes soundtracks the image. At Sunnyvale in January, Tredici Bacci was a ten-piece band of prime musicians who projected Hanes’ compositions onto our imagined technicolor movie screen. The set was a relatively short thirty minutes, but accomplished what it set out to do — with precision, style and some humor. Tredici Bacci released their new album Amore Per Tutti (NNA Tapes) in November and this set featured two tracks from that album, a couple of older cuts and what appears to be some newbies. What is obvious from seeing Tredici Bacci live is that Simon Hanes has a fertile musical mind and we can expect to see more of Hanes and his many musical projects on these pages moving forward.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at the front and center of the stage and mixed with a nice board feed. We were initially skeptical that the recording could balance the full band, but after a fairly standard mixdown of the sources, this recording really does a superb job of capturing the band in all its glory. Enjoy!

Download this Recording in FLAC or MP3 from our Bandcamp page [HERE].

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Tredici Bacci
2017-01-25
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 28:40]
01 Introduction – Winter Fireworks
02 Columbo
03 Swedish Tease
04 Motto
05 Sesso In Futuro
06 Hey, Come On Motherfucker

The band on this night:
Sami Stevens: voice
Abby Swidler and Siv Brun Lie: violins
Joanna Mattrey: viola
Dan Pencer and Will Greene: saxophones
Ezra Weller: trumpet
Jesse Heasly: bass
Peter Moffett: drums
Simon Hanes: guitar

Please SUPPORT Tredici Bacci: Facebook | Bandcamp | Purchase Amore Per Tutti via NNA Tapes [HERE]

Dean and Britta: December 15, 2016 Philadephia

February 12, 2017
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[photo credit]

In 2010, Dean and Britta released 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, a soundtrack for the pop artist’s black and white film clips of his “superstars” that was commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The selection of subjects vary from the well-known (Lou Reed, Dennis Hopper) to the iconic (Edie Sedgwick, Nico) to the obsure (Paul America, Freddie Herko) but all are connected by their work with Warhol. The album incorporates Wareham/Phillips original compositions, one unreleased Luna track, a lost Velvet Underground cover and several other covers in a project that provides emotionally apposite tributes for these historical figures.

In December of 1966, the Velvet Underground and the Exploding Plastic Inevitable first appeared in concert in Philadelphia at the Y as part of the Philadelphia Art Festival. Many of the subjects of 13 Most Beautiful were in attendance and captured for history via photographs that were displayed at the Y’s 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in the City’s art and musical history. The ultimate celebration of the half-century anniversary occurred in mid-December with a performance by Dean and Britta of their tribute album.

The set began with a pre-recorded intro of the ambient “Richard Rheem Theme” as the band entered the room. Thereafter, the 13 album was performed in its natural order. This was not however a strictly album-order performance but rather featured in-between song descriptions of the characters and history of the subjects — the funny, sad and often tragic lives of Warhol’s iconic subjects. Dean and Britta clearly have connected personally with this material and the result was a concert of great emotion that is one of my favorite ever performances by the couple.

The recording was captured by Kubacheck from a very advantageous position with his best mobile rig and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Dean and Britta
2016-12-15
Gershman Y
Philadelphia PA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board

MBHO 603a – KA-500 > Naiant Tinybox > Roland R-05 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by Kubacheck
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:11:44]
01 Richard Rheem Theme
02 Ann Buchanan Theme
03 Teenage Lightning and Lonely Highways (Paul America)
04 It Don’t Rain in Beverly Hills (Edie Sedgwick)
05 Silver Factory Theme
06 International Velvet Theme
07 Herringbone Tweed (Dennis Hopper)
08 I Found It Not So (Mary Woronov)
09 I’ll Keep It With Mine (Nico)
10 Incandescent Innocent (Freddie Herko)
11 Eyes In My Smoke (Ingrid Superstar)
12 I’m Not A Young Man Anymore (Lou Reed)
13 Knives From Bavaria (Baby Jane Holzer)

SUPPORT Dean and Britta: Website | Discography | Facebook

Cloud Nothings: February 1, 2017 Webster Hall

February 6, 2017
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[photos by Will Oliver of We All Want Someone blog]

Its been nearly seven years since Cloud Nothings last graced the pages of this site. At that point, eighteen-year old Dylan Baldi’s band played an opening slot on a Northside Festival event at Mercury Lounge and stole the show. Our acidjack foresaw big things for Cloud Nothings back then, and he was prescient. This decade the band has released four outstanding albums, including two “Best New Music” awards from Pitchfork, has toured the world, played most major festivals and generally have remained one of indie rock’s most consistently excellent acts.

In January, Cloud Nothings released Life Without Sound (Carpark Records) which represents a bit of a departure for the group. The band brought in legendary engineer/producer John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney) and the result is a dense and richer sound — long gone are the days when Cloud Nothings could be called “lo-fi” by lazy reviewers. The new album also represents a maturing the Baldi’s songwriting and throughout the tour in support of this record the band has been all business. This past week at Webster Hall, that approach translated into a full-powered set long on songs and short on banter. Cloud Nothings were non-nonsense as they ripped through a setlist that concentrated on Life Without Sound but was also drew from the previous two albums. Baldi’s crunchy guitar and vocals were out front and the packed-in crowd were treated to a set that never let up in energy until the fans called the band back for two encores, including a noise-propelled extended finale of “Wasted Days”. Cloud Nothings will be on tour throughout February across the US, before they play in Europe in March, all dates [HERE].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps clamped out in front of the soundboard booth in the balcony and mixed with a board feed. The sound is clear and upfront. Enjoy!

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Cloud Nothings
2017-02-01
Webster Hall
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:11:46]
01 Up to the Surface
02 Pattern Walks
03 Modern Act
04 Sight Unseen
05 Now Hear In
06 Stay Useless
07 Darkened Rings
08 Enter Entirely
09 Psychic Trauma
10 Things Are Right With You
11 Internal World
12 I’m Not Part of Me
13 Realize My Fate
14 [encore break]
15 Fall In
16 Wasted Days

SUPPORT Cloud Nothings: Website | Facebook | Purchase Life Without Sound

Ryley Walker: January 26, 2017 Rough Trade BK

January 30, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

There’s a period in every premiere artist’s career when their prolific songwriting outpaces their ability to record their songs. Ryley Walker is currently in that kind of fruitful songwriting phase. A few months out from the release of his outstanding Golden Sings That Have Been Sung album, Ryley toured the East coast and arrived at Rough Trade on Thursday night. The set consisted of as many new songs as tracks from the album — three of the four new songs so fresh that Ryley doesn’t even quite have titles for them yet.

But first, there were the familiar ones. The set began with an extended guitar interplay that led into Golden’s “The Roundabout”, followed by another lengthy jam intro to the title track from 2015’s Primrose Green. Between the music was a nice dose of banter and give and take between the admiring audience and the modest troubadour. We saw how Ryley can morph a performance from a “show” to an event that feels like he’s hanging out in your living room at Market Hotel this past Spring. This night at Rough Trade had the same familiar feel — its one of Walker’s most endearing traits. But ultimately its about the songs and to finish the set we got two solo acoustic numbers that accentuated the unique talents of this performer.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at center of the Soundboard table and mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE]

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Ryley Walker
2017-01-26
Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Leah Zipkin] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:20:04]
01 [introduction]
02 The Roundabout
03 [banter – mental breakdown]
04 Primrose Green
05 [banter – anytizers]
06 Sullen Mind
07 [banter – Bobo]
08 [new song 1]
09 [banter]
10 [new song – I Can’t Say Why]
11 [banter – thanks]
12 [new song 3]
13 [banter – New York]
14 Shaking Like The Others
15 The Halfwit in Me

SUPPORT Ryley Walker: Website | Facebook | Purchase Golden Sings

Dave Harrington and Merry Pranksters: January 21, 2017 Trans-Pecos

January 24, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

Dave Harrington’s career as an exemplary musician is perhaps most well known through his Darkside duo with Nicholas Jaar, but in the last couple of years Harrington has excelled as a compiler of ad hoc super groups under the moniker “Merry Pranksters”. The band has performed at Rough Trade and multiple times at Nublu, but on Saturday night at Trans-Pecos Harrington pulled together another impressive group of performers in a benefit show for Builders Of The New World — an Actor’s Studio program to benefit homeless youth.

On Saturday, the “special guest” for this version of the Merry Pranksters was Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori, whose eerie vocals and keyboard work were featured prominently in the first half of the improvised number that began the set. Hatori’s work set the tone for the entire set, which was comprised of spacey atmospheric improv that occasionally reached inspired crescendos. The sextet was held together by a diverse rhythm section with Mauro Refosco on a variety of percussion instruments, Spencer Zahn on bass, and Harrington’s solo band’s drummer Samer Ghadry behind the kit. Lars Horntveth of the Norwegian prog fusion band Jaga Jazzist played a variety of horns and his contributions to this night were sublime and tasty. Harrington’s guitar work anchored the group and provided a significant amount of color to the mix. This was our first experience with Harrington’s Merry Pranksters, but I can guarantee it won’t be the last.

This show was a benefit for The Builders of The New World: Education and Community Building Program for Homeless Children and At-Risk Youth in New York City. Donate [HERE], or donate through a download of this recording. All proceeds to this recording that are donated through Bandcamp will be forwarded directly to Builders of The New World.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards at the stage lip and mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download this recording from our Bandcamp page [HERE]

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Dave Harrington and Merry Pranksters
2017-01-21
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Eric] + Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 46:17]
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2
03 Thirty Seconds of Chaos

SUPPORT: Dave Harrington’s Merry Pranksters featuring:
Dave Harrington
Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist)
Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto)
Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace/Forro)
Spencer Zahn (Twin Shadow)
Samer Ghadry (DHG)

Thou: January 7, 2017 Saint Vitus

January 16, 2017
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[screen capture from Frank Huang’s video]

Thou’s return to NYC last week was a wealth of riches for their fans. The band played three full sets in less than forty-eight hours, including two sold-out shows at Saint Vitus and one matinee show at Silent Barn. In a way, the band was making up for lost time. Thou has been somewhat inactive since the best-of-year success of their 2014 album HeathenCrave, for example, gave the album a perfect score. We saw the Vitus show early on that tour and it was a superb night of Heathen material that pre-dated the album’s release by two days and started off a tremendously successful year.

Nearly three years later, Thou’s doom metal music continues to be intense and sprinkled with funny between-song banter and fan interaction. But at the second night at Saint Vitus, the music consisted of primarily new songs book-ended by two fantastic Nirvana covers. The new material is clearly strong and if developed live, we expect that the band’s anticipated 2017 release will equal Heathen’s quality.

Thou will be touring often this year, with shows posted on their website through July, dates [HERE].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps on a stand in front of the soundboard and mixed with a feed from the board. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Thou
2017-01-07
Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:01:09]
01 Something in the Way [Nirvana]
02 [banter – tuning]
03 Transcending Dualities
04 [banter – Dr Fish]
05 Restless River
06 The Only Law
07 Untitled New Song
08 Deepest Sun
09 Unfortunate Times
10 The Lasting Dose [Crowbar]
11 Fucking Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean
12 [encore break]
13 Scentless Apprentice [Nirvana]

PLEASE SUPPORT Thou:  Website | Bandcamp | Purchase albums from Gilead Media [HERE]

Jon Langford, Jean Cook and Walter Salas-Humara: December 17, 2016 – Private Residence in Brooklyn

January 14, 2017
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neild reports:
In a bookend to his February 2016 acoustic gig/art show at a private apartment in Brooklyn, Jon Langford closed out the year with another performance at the same venue. This time he brought along not just his guitar and violnist/vocalist extraordinaire Jean Cook (plus lots of his inimitable paintings and prints, which did a brisk business), but also Silos cofounder Walter Salas-Humara. The pair of country-punk pioneers swapped songs while adding guitar and improvised percussion to each other’s songs — on one track Langford started out drumming with brushes on his guitar back, before breaking for a drum solo played on his own butt — perfectly melding Langford’s sardonic tales of blasé drone operators and Irish fishing villages still reliving the decades-only filming of Moby Dick with Salas-Humara’s ballads of pot smuggling and doomed romance. It was as stripped down as punk rock, or music in general, can be, and further cemented Langford’s role as one of the world’s most seriously funny, and comically serious, artists, while providing a welcome reminder that really all that’s needed for great music are a couple of instruments and an appreciative crowd willing to join in on the choruses.

As with the February show, there was no amplification, so this was recorded with the same CA-14 cardioid mics (mounted on a stand this time instead of sitting on the floor, as the space was slightly less cheek to jowl); when it sounds like the performers have wandered off into another part of the room at one point, that’s exactly what’s happened. Thanks to Jon and Walter and Jean, and to Jon Raaen for hosting us all again at his apartment. Next time, with less snow on the ground for once!

Download the Complete Show in MP3 or FLAC format at Archive.org [HERE]

Stream the Complete Show (via Archive.org):

Jon Langford and Jean Cook
2016-12-17
Private Residence
Brooklyn, NY

CA-14 cardioid mics > Church Audio ugly battery box > Sony PCM-M10 > WAV (24/48) > Sound Studio (light dynamic compression to reduce loud claps and percussion) > FLAC (16/44.1) > Tag > FLAC

Recorded and mastered by neil d

Early Set:
01 Over the Cliff
02 Millionaire
03 The Country Is Young
04 Tubby Brothers
05 Counting on You
06 The Sunshine and the Moon
07 Shitload of Cash
08 The Sounds Next Door
09 Sentimental Marching Song
10 Hank Williams Must Die
11 Youghal
12 Streets of Your Town (Go-Betweens cover)

Late Set:
13 second set
14 Summer Stars
15 Drone Operator
16 Walking on Hell’s Roof
17 Satellite
18 Diner by the Train
19 Nashville Radio
20 Homburg
21 Commodore Peter

Check out more on Langford’s many forms of art at the terrific site maintained by Nobby Knape, or just wait around long enough, and he’ll probably show up in some guise or another.

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