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Teenage Fanclub: October 15, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

October 16, 2016

[photos by PSquared Photography]

The legend goes that in 1991, SPIN Magazine selected Teenage Fanclub’s album Bandwagonesque as its record of the year ahead of such luminaries as REM’s Out of Time, Nirvana’s Nevermind and My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless. Over the years, that choice has been ridiculed in certain circles, but twenty-five years later the selection is rather prescient. My Bloody Valentine didn’t make another album after Loveless until twenty-two years later, REM never made another album that approached the quality of Out of Time, and of course Nirvana was over less than three years later. As careers go, Teenage Fanclub has been the most consistent of the four bands and produced the largest quality catalog in the years since SPIN took heat for them.

This year Teenage Fanclub released their eleventh album and first since 2010. Here (Merge Records) is a record of significant maturity and focus — the band is producing songs as strong as ever and the group harmonies are as sweet as ever. The band has now embarked on a US tour in support of the album and NYC enjoyed two shows this weekend, including Brooklyn last night and the Bowery Ballroom show we caught on Saturday night. Teenage Fanclub live was as compelling and impressive as the new album. This is a band that is both fully committed and comfortable and the show was just one peak after another. The setlist drew fairly democratically from the band’s full catalog and with just five songs from Here, was not overly weighted to push new material. And twenty-five years on, the only two tracks from Bandwagonesque played were given center stage, with a perfect version of the classic “The Concept” closing the main set.

Teenage Fanclub plays Boston tonight and the tour continues through six more October US dates before the band returns to Europe in November, all dates here.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue, with the Schoeps mounted at the balcony rail mixed with a fine feed from the band’s touring FOH. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Teenage Fanclub
Bowery Ballroom
New York 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

[Total Time 1:30:23]
01 Start Again
02 I Need Direction
03 Verisimilitude
04 I Don’t Want Control of You
05 [tuning music]
06 Sometimes I Don’t Need to Believe in Anything
07 Hold On
08 It’s All in My Mind
09 Thin Air
10 About You
11 The Darkest Part of the Night
12 Don’t Look Back
13 Can’t Feel My Soul
14 I Have Nothing More to Say
15 I’m In Love
16 Star Sign
17 [banter – thanks]
18 The Concept
19 [encore break]
20 Did I Say
21 Radio
22 Your Love Is the Place Where I Come From
23 Everything Flows

SUPPORT Teenage Fanclub: Website | Facebook | Purchase Here from Merge Records


Barbara Manning: July 3, 2016 Union Hall

October 12, 2016

[photo by neild]

neild reports:

Though I’d been a fan of her music for years before, my first time seeing Barbara Manning live was in 2001, when she put on a blistering performance with her then-band the Go-Luckys at the late, lamented Tonic. She was going to be playing again a couple of nights later at the (even more lamented) Maxwell’s, but I figured I’d skip it and catch her the next time around.

Bad planning: Manning more or less dropped off the touring map after that, disappearing into schoolwork and eventually a career as a high-school science teacher in Southern California. Though she continued to write and record music (available on Bandcamp as the outstanding album Chico Daze), her live appearances became few and far between: a one-off in Philadelphia one year, Boston the next, Oregon the year after. Though she showed up in 2012 at one of the final Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s (performing a cover of “Christmas Is Lonely (When You’re A Jew)”) and in 2014 at a Chickfactor show in Brooklyn, until this summer Manning hadn’t played a headlining set in New York since that Tonic show way back when.

Fortunately, her latest jaunt took her on a two-stop tour of the east: a record store show in Philly, and a couple of nights before that, an appearance at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, with Hamish Kilgour opening. Manning was sans band this time, just her amazing voice and her guitar, but that was all she needed, transfixing the crowd with a set that ran from her earliest songs (“Breathe Lies”) to her most recent (“Tape You to a Star”), as well as with her relentlessly hilarious stage banter, including a story about performing with the krautrock band Faust that ended up leading to the audience mooing at her for much of the show (It’ll make sense once you hear it). By the final audience singalong on her trademark song “Scissors,” everyone within earshot was hoping that Barbara Manning appearances become less of a rarity in coming years.

This show was recorded with AT-853 cardioid mics suspended from the Union Hall ceiling, mixed with a multitrack soundboard recording provided via the kind help of Union Hall’s booking agent Shannon Manning and soundfolk Gary and Alex. And much thanks of course to Barbara Manning as well — you can thank her, and reward yourself, by picking up her music either at her Bandcamp site or wherever finer indie rock is sold.

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Stream “Life/Luck”:

Barbara Manning
Union Hall
Brooklyn NY

Soundboard + Audience Matrix

AT-853 Cardioid + Soundboard > Sony PCM-M10 > WAV (24/48) + AT853 cardioid mics > SP-SPSB-1 battery box > Sony PCM-M10 > WAV (24/48) > Sound Studio (light dynamic compression and mixing) > FLAC (16/44.1) > Tag > FLAC

Recorded and mastered by neil d

01 Intro
02 Breathe Lies
03 B4 We Go Under
04 Buds Won’t Bud
05 I Insist
06 Coy Tongue
07 Dreaming
08 Haze is Free
09 Sympathy Wreath
10 Life Luck
11 Never Park
12 Bold Letters
13 Better By Bounds
14 Tape You to a Star
15 Deep Sea Diver
16 Someone Wants You Dead
17 Scissors

SUPPORT Barbara Manning: Facebook | Bandcamp | Discogs

Bear vs Shark: September 28, 2016 Market Hotel

October 6, 2016

[photo by @emotionalplayer]

Its not particularly uncommon for bands to be more popular in a reunion than they were originally. In the early part of last decade, the post-hardcore/math-rock/screamo band Bear vs Shark released two albums with Equal Vision Records that were pretty well received. But here we are more than ten years later and many current bands sound very much like Bear vs Shark. If they’re not directly cited as an influence, their sound can definitely be heard within the works of more recent artists.

All that being said, the best way to measure the influence of Bear vs Shark in 2016 is to measure the reaction to their reunion announcement. The tour included a date at Market Hotel that sold out within hours and other dates were similarly quick sell-outs. At Market last week, the entire front half of the packed-in crowd literally sang along with every word of every song — you can hear them on this recording. Indeed, lead singer Marc Paffi let the crowd finish verses multiple times throughout the night. And what a night it was. Bear vs Shark played every song that they’d re-learned for the reunion tour in a show that lasted almost ninety minutes and covered seventeen separate numbers. But the night was really all about the interaction between the generous and thankful band and the rabid fans, both of whom expended all of their energy by the end of a truly outstanding show.

The Bear vs Shark tour continues through the end of October with two West coast dates and two final dates in Chicago, tour info here.

I recorded this set with the installed AT mics and a mix from the board feed. The sound is quite excellent and very representative of the high energy in the venue that night. Enjoy!

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Stream the Complete Show:

Bear vs Shark
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:19:10]
01 [intro]
02 Ma Jolie
03 Michigan
04 [banter – hi hat stand]
05 Campfire
06 The Employee Is Not Afraid
07 [banter – eleven years]
08 Entrance of the Elected
09 [banter – thanks]
10 Catamaran
11 [banter – shoe]
12 5,6 Kids
13 I Fucked Your Dad
14 California Hotseat
15 Bloodgiver
16 Don’t Tell the Horses the Stable’s on Fire
17 We Were Sad But Now We’re Rebuilding
18 [banter – Rob]
19 Out Loud Hey Hey
20 Song About Old Roller Coaster
21 Buses/No Buses
22 [banter – two more]
23 The Great Dinosaurs With Fifties Section
24 Broken Dog Leg

SUPPORT Bear vs Shark: Website | Facebook | Releases at Equal Vision Records

Luna: October 1, 2016 – Rough Trade

October 3, 2016

[photo courtesy of Adria Farrero]

With their reunion currently in its third year, I think its safe to assume that Luna is back. The band has been doing these brief and intermittent tours since 2014, and the current one (four dates) completed with two nights at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. The first night was a standard mixed set and the second night included a complete performance of the Penthouse album.

The Saturday show began in earnest with 23 Minutes in Brussels, a lengthy song with a propelled instrumental segment that usually works as a show-stopping number. From the outset it was clear that this was going to be no ordinary night. There was classic numbers, obscure tracks, a song from Britta Philips‘ new solo album Luck or Magic, and ultimately two callbacks for encores. But what was most striking about this show was the band’s positive energy, tight arrangements and relative feeling of being at ease. They’re comfortable being Luna and that is a very good thing that bodes well for more tours and for our presence at local (and some distant) shows.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted inside of the soundboard booth and mixed with Evan’s superb feed. The sound quality is pretty much ideal. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Set [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Set:

Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Evan Player] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:39:26]
01 23 Minutes in Brussels
02 Pup Tent
03 Malibu Love Nest
04 Tiger Lily
05 [banter – moved to LA]
06 This Time Around
07 Still At Home
08 Speedbumps
09 One Fine Summer Morning [Evie Sands]
10 Tracy I Love You
11 [banter – IHOP]
12 Bewitched
13 Kalamazoo
14 Lost In Space
15 Friendly Advice
16 [encore break]
17 Chinatown
18 Indian Summer
19 [second encore break]
20 Blue Thunder

SUPPORT Luna:  Website | Bandcamp | Long Players Box Set from Captured Tracks [HERE].

LVL UP: September 24, 2016 Market Hotel

September 27, 2016

[photo courtesy of Rob from House Of Nod]

On Friday LVL UP released their new album Return To Love, their first for legendary record label Sub Pop. The album is a superb collection of songs from the band’s three songwriters that indicate a large mix of influences but ultimately seems utterly original. The day after the band released the album, LVL UP celebrated with a sold-out show at Market Hotel that was as joyous as it was well-deserved.

LVL UP are four friends who’ve played music together since college, put together a record label for their own releases and for the release of their friends, moved to NYC and played a lot of shows. And at Market, it was clear just how many friends they’ve made — between the advanced ticket sales, the packed crowd, and the idea that most of these fans seemed to know each other (the band’s parents were even there). LVL UP responded with a set that was both high on energy and also showed that the guys were moved by the outpouring of support. But this was a record release show after all and LVL UP did not disappoint. They played “side one” of the album straight through to start the show and then played a few older numbers. LVL UP then finished the set with “side two” of the album before being called back for a couple of encores.

LVL UP will tour across the US throughout the months of September and October and through to the middle of November, including a date opening for Bear Vs Shark at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. All dates are here.

I recorded this set with the installed AT Mics mixed with Jason Kelly’s excellent feed. The sound is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Jason Kelly] + Audio Technica 4051 > 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

[Total Time 59:12]
01 Hidden Driver
02 Blur
03 She Sustains Us
04 Spirit Was
05 Pain
06 Annie’s A Witch
07 Angel From Space
08 I Feel OK
09 [banter – thanks]
10 The Closing Door
11 Five Men on the Ridge
12 Cut from the Vine
13 I
14 Naked in the River with the Creator
15 [encore break]
16 I Feel Extra-Natural
17 Bro Chillers

SUPPORT LVL UP: Tumblr | Bandcamp | Purchase Return to Love from Sub Pop

Matthew Shipp and Bobby Kapp: September 17, 2016 Trans Pecos

September 22, 2016

[photos by nyctaper]

If there is a valid criticism of this site’s work, its our paucity of recordings of NYC’s vibrant modern and avant jazz community. We have been steadfast (particularly since EricPH joined the crew) in our documentation of the local noise scene, which has on occasion crossed the line into jazz (Zs at Bowery) but when it comes to the legendary performers playing in our midst, we’ve been remiss. But what we experienced and captured on Saturday at Trans-Pecos should go a long way towards rectifying the slight.

Matthew Shipp has been a fixture in the NYC jazz scene for more than three decades. His solo work has been lauded since he became a regular in the downtown new jazz clubs in the early 90s for his unique expressive freeform style. He’s also been a collaborative performer most notably as a longtime member of the David S. Ware group. My first experience seeing Shipp live was at the old Knitting Factory on Leonard Street in the late 90s at a show where he teamed with frequent partner bassist (and current Trans-Pecos curator) William Parker.

Bobby Kapp too has a long and storied history in NYC jazz that dates even further back, as Kapp first came onto the scene in the 1960s, most notably as the drummer for the great and recently-departed Gato Barbieri’s on his first album, the 1967 classic In Search of the Mystery. Kapp’s lengthy musical journey now finds him in San Miguel De Allende, the artistic center of Mexico City. In between, Bobby Kapp has appeared on countless albums, played on several continents, and indeed has been recognized by the US State Department officially as the “Ambassador of Jazz”.

Matthew Shipp and Bobby Kapp first collaborated for Kapp’s 2014 EP Themes 4 Transmutation in a quartet. But earlier this year, the two met as a duo for an improvisation session that became Cactus, an album ultimately released on Northern Spy Records on September 16. The following day, this Trans-Pecos performance operated as the official CD release event. But instead of attempting to recreate the Cactus session, the duo instead performed a nearly fifty-minute new improvisational session that the artists have entitled “Live at Trans Pecos”. The piece offers a unique opportunity to experience the live creation of once-only music by two jazz legends. The ability of Shipp to construct melodies and then meticulously descontruct them is matched by Kapp’s profound touch on the drums — the on-the-dime movement from subtle taps on the cymbals to crashing snares perfectly in sync with Shipp’s journey. I’ve now listened to this piece four times and I’m still flabbergasted at the ability of these two artists to work so well in tandem and produce such breathtakingly moving music.

I recorded this set with the Neumann LD’s mounted in front of the stage to capture the drums in stereo and mixed with two separate feeds of the piano mics. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Matthew Shipp and Bobby Kapp
Trans Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann TLM-102s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 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

[Total Time 47:36]
01 Live at Trans Pecos

Support Matthew Shipp: Website | Purchase Cactus from Northern Spy
Support Bobby Kapp: Website | Purchase Cactus from Northern Spy


PS Eliot: September 15, 2016 Market Hotel

September 19, 2016

P.S. Eliot at Market Hotel
[photo courtesy of Amanda Hatfield – originally posted at brooklynvegan]

On Saturday December 9, 2011, PS Eliot played its “final” show at Death By Audio in Brooklyn in front of less than 100 people. A lot has changed in the subsequent five years not the least of which is the enormous success enjoyed by the two sisters who anchored the original band. Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee has released three well-received albums and is currently signed to Merge Records, and Allison Crutchfield’s band Swearin’ has also released two excellent albums and Allison recently signed as a solo artist also with Merge. Although the band played a brief one-off reunion at Silent Barn in 2013, this year became the right time to look back and do the full-on reunion. Earlier this year Don Giovanni Records released 2007-2011, a thorough compilation of the band’s original discography, which also includes bonus home demos and a complete oral history of the band in zine format that was assembled by the writer Liz Pelly.

The release of the complete discography has also fortunately been accompanied by a band reunion and a mini-tour. The Crutchfield sisters joined again with bassist Katherine Simonetti and guitarist Will Granger to play a six-date tour that included stops in San Francisco and Chicago and completed with a headlining spot at Don Giovanni’s New Alternative Music Festival this past Friday and two final dates at Philadelphia’s MOCA last night and tonight.

The fourth date of the tour was at our own Market Hotel on Thursday when the band played in front of more than 500 people. From the very outset PS Eliot and crowd were fully engaged in the experience. Throughout the night, the Crutchfield sisters were out and about at the Market and there were a lot of excited greetings and hugs for old friends. When the set began it was clear that the quartet were fully in sync and for the hour-long set they passed around a bottle of pink champagne while they worked through a large assortment of classic PS Eliot material. The band was tight, energetic and seemed to be having a great time. If playing PS Eliot material is this much fun for the group, I would venture a prediction that this is not the last we will see of them. And that would be great news.

I recorded this set with the installed AT mics mixed with House FOH Jason Kelly’s superb feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

PS Eliot
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Jason Kelly] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 59:24]
01 Broken Record
02 We’d Never Agree
03 [banter – thanks]
04 Hail Mary
05 Asphalt
06 Pink Sheets
07 [banter – the zine]
08 Cry Uncle
09 Bear Named Otis
10 Shitty and Tragic
11 Crosseyed
12 [banter – NYC]
13 Sadie
14 Like How You Are
15 Tonight [Spica]
16 Sore Subject
17 Watch On Mute
18 Troubled Medium
19 [encore break]
20 Untitled
21 Tennessee

Support PS Eliot: Bandcamp | Purchase 2007-2011 from Don Giovanni Records

The Body / Full of Hell: September 9, 2016 Market Hotel

September 12, 2016

[screenshots courtesy of Frank from Pit Full of Shit]

Earlier this year, two of metal’s premiere bands collaborated on an album with exceptional results. The release of One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache (Neurot Recordings) was met with universally positive reviews and fortunately a tour would soon follow. The Body and Full of Hell are from different regions and offer different takes on the genre, with The Body’s New England (Providence based) sludge complimenting the mid-Atlantic (Maryland based) grindcore from Full of Hell. The tour reached Market Hotel on Friday night and the results were as you might expect — a stage filled with bodies and a sound churning with sturm und drang. The set was culled partially from the album, but also included a couple of individual band numbers and one very cool cover of Devo’s “Gates of Steel”. Both bands have an excellent history of collaboration — including two superb albums of The Body with Thou, and Full of Hell’s recent work with Merzbow. But this melding of the minds reached full peak at Market Hotel with an intensity not often witnessed at the many shows we see. But sadly, as the bands return to their separate careers, we are not likely to see a repeat of Friday’s show soon again. Indeed, the final show of this collaborative tour took place Saturday in Providence.

I recorded this set with the installed AT mics in the venue mixed with an outstanding feed provided by house FOH Jason Kelly. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Set [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Set:

The Body / Full of Hell
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Jason Kelly] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 32:03]
01 One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache
02 Bottled Urn
03 World of Hope and No Pain
04 Himmel und Holle
05 Empty Hearth – Thrum in the Deep
06 The Little Death
07 Gates of Steel [Devo]
08 [encore break]
09 Cestoda

Support The Body: Facebook | Bandcamp | Buy One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache

Support Full Of Hell: Website | Merch | Buy One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache


NYCTaper Upcoming Schedule: Fall/Winter 2016-17

September 8, 2016


Fall dates are filling up quickly, so here are the latest.

Caveat: Below is the updated schedule. We expect to attend and record these events. However, circumstances will prevent some of these from being done, and others will be added in the meantime. Feel free to make suggestions or point out shows we missed or invite us to your shows!


Hopscotch Festival:
September 8 and 9, Various Venues, North Carolina

Girls Against Boys / Big Ups:
September 13, 2016 Baby’s All Right BK

Nick Millevoi:
September 15, 2016 Trans-Pecos Queens

PS Eliot:
September 15, 2016 Market Hotel BK

The Dead C:
September 20, 2016 First Unitarian Congregational Society BK

Pylon Reenactment Society:
September 23, 2016 Shea Stadium BK

Bear Vs. Shark:
September 28, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Blitzen Trapper:
September 29, 2016 City Winery NYC (Early Show)

Kikagaku Moyo:
September 30, 2016 Sunnyvale BK

Handsome Family:
September 30, 2016 Mercury Lounge NYC

October 1 and 2, 2016 Rough Trade BK

Pity Sex:
October 3, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

Wooden Wand:
October 5, 2016 Park Church Co-Op BK

Titus Andronicus:
October 6, 2016 Cannons Blackthorn, Rockville Centre NY (Brull Benefit)

Titus Andronicus:
October 7 and 8, 2016 Market Hotel BK

October 9, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

October 12, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

Teenage Fanclub:
October 15, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC (permission pending)

October 17, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

The Bongos:
October 21, 2016 Mexicali Live, Teaneck NJ (permission pending)

October 22, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

October 27, 2016 Alphaville BK

Cass McCombs:
October 28, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg BK

Trash Talk:
November 1, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

Silver Apples:
November 2, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Ryley Walker:
November 3, 2016 Market Hotel BK

November 6, 2016 Warsaw BK

The Long Ryders:
November 10, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Rhys Chatham / Oneida Collaborative Set:
November 12, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

Hiss Golden Messenger:
November 15, 2016 Music Hall of Williamsburg BK

True Widow / Mary Lattimore:
November 15, 2016 Market Hotel BK (permission pending)

Jeff Rosenstock:
November 18, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Bardo Pond:
November 18, 2016 Union Pool BK

Pile / Guerilla Toss:
November 20, 2016 Market Hotel BK

Daniel Bachman:
November 22, 2016 Trans-Pecos Queens

Pierce Turner:
November 25, 2016 Unitarian Church, Dublin Ireland

Fruit Bats:
November 30, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Ultimate Painting:
December 7, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Kevin Devine:
December 8, 2016 Irving Plaza NYC

December 13, 2016 Bowery Ballroom NYC

Palehound: August 13, 2016 Trans-Pecos

August 18, 2016

[photo by nyctaper]

It was a sunny afternoon on one of the hottest days of the year, but inside the cool confines of Trans-Pecos last Saturday’s show hosted by PopGun was a winner. Palehound was the headliner and it is true that we had not seen the band since our CMJ show in 2014. In the interim, Ellen Kempner compiled a new band — which is essentially now a power trio of Jesse Weiss on drums and Dave Khoshtinat on bass. With a superb rhythm section behind her and on the tails of last year’s well received album Dry Food, Ellen’s stature has been all upwards since our last meeting. At Pecos to a large crowd relieved to be indoors and cool, Palehound played a well-paced set that featured three new songs but relied primarily on Dry Food material. Sure, we got a couple of “oldies” including the fave “Pet Carrot” but this is a band that is clearly looking forward where the future is rosy as hell.

Palehound will be playing the Wild Honey Pie’s Welcome Campers event next weekend. Details here. The band will return to more active dates in the Fall.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted in front of the stage and mixed with a board feed. The sound is quite representative of the room that excellent day. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Chris] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 54:43]
01 [new song – Don’t Come Near Me]
02 Psycho Speak
03 Healthier Folk
04 Molly
05 Easy
06 [banter – bad week]
07 Dry Food
08 Drooler
09 Cinnamon
10 Seekonk
11 Cushioned Caging
12 [banter – Wyoming]
13 Pet Carrot
14 [banter – sleep-away camp]
15 [new song – At Night I’m Alright]
16 [new song – Stuck With the Weight]
17 Dixie

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