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Animal Collective: May 23, 2017 Brooklyn Steel

May 29, 2017
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[photos by Will Oliver of We All Want Someone blog]

Last year, I wrote about this site’s history with Animal Collective and celebrated the serious rejuvenation of the band’s fortunes. That show at Irving Plaza was our first introduction to the live performances of the Painting With material. We also caught the show later in the year at Terminal 5. In the ensuing months, Animal Collective released two EPs with material related to the album and continued to tour. This Spring saw their return to NYC for a show at the new Bowery Presents venue Brooklyn Steel and last Tuesday’s show was perhaps the most powerful Animal Collective performance we’ve experienced in more than a decade of seeing the band.

This was our first experience at Brooklyn Steel and I was impressed. There’s definitely a nice vibe to the venue, and the sound quality from our vantage point was on point — full spectrum rich sound with no boominess at all. The intensity of the acoustics in the venue served the band well, as Animal Collective provided thundering bass beats to accompany the multi-layered three-pronged sound delivery system. This tour’s version of the band features Panda, Geologist and Avey across the front accompanied by drummer Jeremy Hyman at center rear of the stage. The set featured much of the recent material but also satisfied long-time fans with older tracks democratically selected from their many releases and some deep cuts not heard in years. The sold-out crowd called the band back after a healthy 75 minute main set and we were treated to an extended encore set that closed the night with a lengthy and rousing version of “Summertime Clothes”.

Animal Collective’s tour continues with some June and July shows, all dates [here].

I recorded this set with the Neumann hypercards mounted at the elevated area inside of the soundboard area and with the mics raised high. The amazing sound in the venue and the choice of microphones worked perfectly as this recording is really quite superb. Enjoy!

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Animal Collective
2017-05-23
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded at Soundboard Booth

Neumann KM-150 Hypercardioids > 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 1:36:14]
01 Kinda Bonkers
02 Hounds of Bairro
03 Sweet Road
04 Bees
05 Guys Eyes
06 Taste
07 Lying in the Grass
08 Pride and Fight
09 Peacemaker
10 Summing the Wretch
11 FloriDada
12 [encore break]
13 Kids on Holiday
14 On Delay
15 Summertime Clothes

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Sir Richard Bishop: May 17, 2017 Park Church Co-op

May 22, 2017
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What’s in a guitar? Two years back, Sir Richard Bishop released Tangier Sessions, recorded on a nineteenth-century guitar of indeterminate origin bought in Switzerland. But last week at Park Church Co-op, he was back to his trusty electric and sounding fine. It turns out Bishop sounds great no matter what he’s playing. I daresay he’d conjure some fine tunes out of any instrument you set before him. This set captures him playing a couple off Tangier Sessions (“International Zone” and “Safe House”) combined with some Sun City Girls classics I hadn’t heard him play in a while like “Radio Morocco” and “Space Prophet Dogon.” Topping it off is Bishop’s sweet take on The Beatles “Till There Was You.”

I recorded this with the room mics set up ORTF at the stage lip, combined with a board feed from Park Church engineer Jasno Swarez. It sounds excellent. Enjoy!

Catch Sir Richard Bishop on tour now—still a few dates left!

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Sir Richard Bishop
2017-05-17
Park Church Co-op
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Jasno Swarez) > Roland R-26 + AKG C480B/CK61 (ORTF, stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) >  Audacity 2.0.5 (align, mixdown, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:06:17]
01. International Zone
02. Radio Morocco [Sun City Girls]
03. Mystic Minor 23
04. Abydos [Sun City Girls]
05. Till There Was You [The Beatles]
06. Mekong
07. Safe House
08. [banter/tuning]
09. [Unknown]
10. Space Prophet Dogon [Sun City Girls]
11. Zurvan

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Eugene Chadbourne: April 25, 2017 Union Pool

May 17, 2017
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Eugene Chadbourne—Doc Chad for the familiar—is likely the only musician living who could (would?) play you a Woody Guthrie song on the banjo and also destroy your eardrums with the electric rake. With literally zillions of releases over the last forty years, he’s done folk, jazz, rock, noise, and everything in between. In fact, it’s those in betweens where Doc Chad spends most of his time, never stagnating on one genre, one band, one collaborator, or even one instrument—as if any of those things could claim to define his music. Yes, Doc Chad is a national treasure.

This set from Union Pool a few weeks back has got all the goods: covers of Guthrie and Beefheart, an ode to Conway Twitty, a medly of Johnny Paycheck tunes, and some Chadbourne originals. No electric rake, but you can’t have everything can you?

I recorded this from our usual location at Union Pool with a board feed courtesy of our bud Doug. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Visit eugenechadbourne.com for tour dates, to order music, and to experience frames!

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Eugene Chadbourne
2017-04-25
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + AKG C480B/CK63 > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (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 [36:25]
01. Hang Knot [Woody Guthrie] >
02. Old Piano
03. The Dust Blows Forward [Captain Beefheart] >
04. Creep
05. Hello Kelly Conway Twitty >
06. The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised [Johnny Paycheck] >
07. Georgia in a Jug [Johnny Paycheck] >
08. Pardon Me I’ve Got Someone to Kill [Johnny Paycheck]
09. I Dreamt I Was Young Again

• Eugenechadbourne.com

Meat Puppets: May 10, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl

May 15, 2017
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[Photo by Dean Keim]

Thirty-five years ago when the Meat Puppets released their first album they were the punk band that was also into the Grateful Dead. To save you from doing the math, that was wayyyyyy before it was cool to like both punk rock and the Dead. That’s all to say the Meat Puppets have always been ahead of their time. And they’ve seen it all: SST in the early eighties when it was the independent record label; performing their songs on perhaps the most beloved MTV Unplugged of all time; a massive hit song with “Backwater” and the Gold Record to match. But there’s no better testament to their lasting vitality than a packed Brooklyn Bowl for a Wednesday night show. Dig the fiery “Touchdown King” and a sixteen-minute “Up on the Sun” and see the light.

The Tour Tour Two with Mike Watt continues. Check here for dates.

I recorded this from the right side of the room with the AKG’s flown high. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download at the Live Music Archive

Meat Puppets
2017-05-10
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

AKG C480B/CK63 (ROC, 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 [1:34:46]
01. Sam
02. Comin’ Down
03. Oh, Me
04. Plateau
05. Flaming Heart
06. Lost
07. Severed Goddess Hand
08. The Monkey and the Snake
09. Mockingbird Hill [Patti Page]
10. Whiskey in the Jar [traditional]
11. Movin’ On
12. I’m Ragged But I’m Right [George Jones]
13. Touchdown King
14. Seal Whales
15. Lake of Fire
16. Attacked by Monsters
17. Up on the Sun
18. Climbing

Buy Meat Puppets records at their website

Mike Watt + The Jom and Terry Show: May 10, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl

May 14, 2017
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[Photo by Dean Keim]

It’s an absolute shame it took me this long to see Mike Watt live. I recall as a teenager hearing about the epic Watt/Foo Fighters/Hovercraft tour of 1995—recently documented on Ring Spiel Tour ’95—and not quite knowing who this guy was except for “Against the 70s.” A few years later I would learn of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE, but still it never seemed to work out to catch Watt live. Last week I rectified that in the best way possible. Watt has been playing off and on with Tom Watson (guitar) and Jerry Trebotic (drums) since 2001 and they’ve got the whole spiel down pat. Twenty-seven songs in under an hour with a whole bunch of Minutemen favorites thrown in—pure joy.

The Tour Tour Two with the Meat Puppets continues. Check here for dates.

I recorded this from the right side of the room with the AKG’s flown high. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download at the Live Music Archive

Mike Watt + The Jom and Terry Show
2017-05-10
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

The Tour Tour Two

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

AKG C480B/CK63 (ROC, 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 [55:05]
01. [Intro]
02. Little Doll [The Stooges]
03. She Don’t Know Why I’m Here [The Last]
04. Sweet Honey Pie [Roky Erickson]
05. Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs [Minutemen]
06. One Chapter in the Book [Minutemen]
07. Fake Contest [Minutemen]
08. Big Bang Theory
09. The Tin Roof [Minutemen]
10. Amnesty Report II [The Pop Group]
11. Beacon Sighted Through Fog [Minutemen]
12. If Reagan Played Disco [Minutemen]
13. Life as a Rehearsal [Minutemen]
14. This Road [Minutemen]
15. Forever… One Reporter’s Opinion
16. It’s Expected I’m Gone [Minutemen]
17. Anxious Mo-Fo [Minutemen]
18. The Big Foist [Minutemen]
19. Surfin’ With the Shah [Urinals]
20. Political Song For Michael Jackson to Sing [Minutemen]
21. The Glory of Man [Minutemen]
22. The Politics of Time [Minutemen]
23. [banter]
24. Slots
25. Statement
26. Art Analysis
27. Self-Referenced [Minutemen]
28. Cut [Minutemen]
29. [banter]
30. The Red and the Black [Blue Öyster Cult]

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Jackie Lynn: April 27, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

May 11, 2017
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[Photo by Dean Keim]

On the run from the law and those outside it, Jackie Lynn nevertheless found her way to do some touring behind last year’s self-titled Thrill Jockey record. Jackie’s tale of crime, love, escape, and revenge is painted across eight tracks with synths, electronic drum tracks, twelve-string acoustic guitar, and an unmistakeable voice. The entirety of the album is performed live. Come for the thrills of “Alien Love” and “Franlkin, TN” —stay for Jackie’s catharsis (and redemption?) in “Jackie.”

I recorded this from the soundboard cage with the AKG’s set up in DIN stereo configuration, combined with a board feed courtesy of FOH Terry Mattson. The sound is terrific. Enjoy!

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Jackie Lynn
2017-04-27
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Terry Mattson) + AKG C480B/CK61 (DIN, DFC) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging, dither, downsample) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [36:04]
01. Bright Lights
02. Chicken Picken
03. Alien Love
04. Smile
05. Franklin, TN
06. The Great Fight
07. Jackie

Website
• • Buy the album via Thrill Jockey

Mind Over Mirrors: May 4, 2017 Union Pool

May 10, 2017
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Mind Over Mirrors contains multitudes. We’ve seen Jaime Fennelly’s Indian pedal harmonium-based project evolve over the past few years, from a 2015 set at Union Pool with Haley Fohr for The Voice Calling, to a solo set at Littlefield last year, and now a dramatic full-band celebration of the Mirrors’ Paradise of Bachelors debut, Undying Color. Squeezing themselves onto Union Pool’s modestly-sized stage, Fennelly and crew performed a few tracks off Undying Color, vividly recreating the album’s complexity live, while adding an untitled synth piece and the self-explanatory “Gongs.” For the record, that’s Janet Beveridge Bean on drums, gong, and vocals; Jim Becker on violin, vocals, and percussion, and Jon Mueller also on drums and gong. While you may be wondering where Mind Over Mirrors will go next, Fennelly already has an answer for you: this lineup has just announced a two-night performance of a new piece titled “Bellowing Sun” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago for next April. In the meantime, Undying Color is one of the most compelling albums released this year and this live set will make a nice companion to it.

I recorded this from our usual outpost at Union Pool, combined with a board feed courtesy of the venue’s FOH, Doug, and touring engineer, Nick. This represents one of our finest pulls from Union Pool. Enjoy!

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Mind Over Mirrors
2017-05-04
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Nick) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Zoom F8 > 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 [41:49]
01. Restore & Slip
02. untitled
03. To the Edges
04. Gongs
05. Gravity’s Wake

Band:
Jamie Fennelly
Janet Beveridge Bean
Jim Becker
Jon Mueller

• Website
• • Buy Undying Color and other Mind Over Mirrors recordings via Bandcamp 

Brokeback: May 4, 2017 Union Pool

May 9, 2017
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It doesn’t take too much digging to trace the cartography of Americana in Brokeback or their new album, Illinois River Valley Blues. For it’s in Illinois that Doug McCombs finds a microcosm of the American west and there the influence of the Spanish countryside. Outside Murphysboro, IL is home to the Little Grand Canyon; meanwhile, “Andalusia, IL,” the song, would clearly have you recall both the south of Spain and its like-named Illinois counterpart. Within the songs, the map gets folded in ways that bring the two Grand Canyons together, that position Andalusia, IL somewhere in the Spanish region. Roads are traced on guitar strings; routes and motifs are circuitous and repeating. Brokeback always take the back roads.

I recorded this from our usual outpost at Union Pool, combined with a board feed courtesy of the venue’s FOH, Doug, and touring engineer, Nick. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Brokeback continue their tour with a Chicago gig later this month and then off to the west coast. Check tour dates via Thrill Jockey.

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Brokeback
2017-05-04
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Nick) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Zoom F8 > 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 [38:44]
01. The Canyons of Illinois
02. Rise, Fernanda, Rise!
03. Ride Ahead and Light the Way For Me
04. Spanish Venus
05. Andalusia, IL
06. Ursula
07. Cairo Levee
08. Night Falls on Chillicothe

Band:
Douglas McCombs: guitar
James Elkington: guitar, harmonica
Pete Croke: bass
Areif Sless-Kitain: drums

• Buy Illinois River Valley Blues and other Brokeback albums via Thrill Jockey

Moon Duo: April 27, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

May 7, 2017
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[Photo by Dean Keim]

If psychedelic music aims to be transportive, then Moon Duo’s destination looks something like a Village nightclub featuring the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Sanae Yamada’s synths swirl together with Riply Johnson’s guitar while drummer John Jeffrey plays with motorik precision. Hypnotic visuals play a game of hiding and showing the musicians. Moon Duo play songs for the dark and urban, and naming their recent two-volume album Occult Architecture underscores the time and place of their music. Song titles like “The Death Set,” “Creepin’,” and “Cult of Moloch” tell you this setting shouldn’t be comforting. Capping off the set is a cover of those most-sinister Stooges: “No Fun” gets washed in synth flourishes while Johnson does his best Iggy. The psychedelic sixties are here.

I recorded this from the soundboard cage with the AKG’s set up in DIN stereo configuration, combined with a board feed courtesy of FOH Terry Mattson and Moon Duo’s touring engineer. The sound is spectacular. Enjoy!

Moon Duo will be back on May 20th to celebrate Sacred Bones’ 10 Anniversary at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse.

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

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Moon Duo
2017-04-27
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + AKG C480B/CK61 (DIN, DFC) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging, dither, downsample) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [1:11:40]
01. The Death Set
02. Cold Fear
03. Creepin’
04. White Rose
05. Free the Skull
06. I Been Gone
07. Free Action
08. Sevens
09. Cult of Moloch
10. [encore break]
11. Goners
12. No Fun [The Stooges]

Website
• • Bandcamp

Widespread Panic: April 21, 2017 Wanee Festival (Live Oak, FL)

May 4, 2017
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Perennial Southern-rock favorites Widespread Panic have always been better than they had to be. If you go to many festivals that involve like-minded bands, you could be forgiven for getting one bluesy-sounding rock band confused with another. After the deluge of classic rock covers that comes your way, few of these groups really distinguish themselves, but they all get the applause.

Widespread has long been a different animal. Sure, the underlying vein of bluesy-rockness is there, as are some choice covers. But Widespread isn’t just playing the familiar — especially on their best nights, it’s their transcendent playing of both the familiar and their originals that makes them so special. If the Allman Brothers’ “Mountain Jam” or Talking Heads’ “Heaven” is one you’ve heard before, fine, but it’s hard to argue with the Widespread treatment of it, particularly the former. Here at Wanee Festival, Widespread were probably the main draw for a significant portion of the crowd, and they acted like they knew that, playing a finely-honed two-hour set that headed deep into the jam zone during an epic sequence of “The Last Straw”>”Mountain Jam”>”Impossible”>”Big Wooly Mammoth”>”Christmas Katie” and finally “One Kind Favor.” If there’s any upside to the reduced touring of Widespread Panic these days, it’s the fact that it makes each individual show a bit more special.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones in a centered “forward of the board” position. If not quite as good sounding as the Trey Anastasio and Bob Weir sets, the sound quality is nonetheless excellent. Enjoy!

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Widespread Panic
April 21, 2017
Wanee Music Festival
Peach Stage
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC)>KC5>PFA>Zoom F8>24/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Isotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.0.3 (amplify, track, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Ain’t Life Grand
02 Love Tractor
03 Cease Fire >
04 Heaven [Talking Heads]
05 Little Kin >
06 Junior
07 Party At Your Mama’s House >
08 Stop Breakin’ Down Blues
09 Tall Boy
10 The Last Straw >
11 Mountain Jam* >
12 Impossible >
13 Big Wooly Mammoth > Jam >
14 Christmas Katie >
15 One Kind Favor >
16 Saint Ex
17 Imitation Leather Shoes
[encore break removed]
18 Blackout Blues
19 End Of The Show

* with Marcus King on guitar

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