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The Messthetics: April 20, 2018 The Bell House

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

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

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

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

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

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

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The Gories: April 13, 2018 Elsewhere

April 19, 2018
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

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

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

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

The Gories
2018-04-13
Elsewhere
Brooklyn, NY

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

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

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

Facebook | The Gories at Third Man Records

Bill Orcutt: April 12, 2018 Union Pool

April 17, 2018
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[Photo by Drew Gardner]

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

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

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

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

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

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

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

Facebook | Bandcamp | Palilalia Records

Jeff Tweedy: January 30, 2018 Vicar Street Dublin Ireland

April 15, 2018
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[photo by Joe Koyote]

Jeff Tweedy is in the midst of a short solo tour that finds him roving through Canada and which ends with a show at Princeton University.. Jeff will return to the NYC area in June for two dates as part of the Clearwater Festival up in Croton. But earlier this year, Tweedy traveled through Europe including a special night at Vicar Street in Dublin as the opening night of the tour. Friend of the site Joe was there to capture the Dublin show, a night filled with many classic favorites and much banter and fan interaction, but which is most noteworthy as the live premiere of the new Jeff Tweedy composition “Don’t Forget We All Think About Dying”. The song has been played a handful of time since Dublin, including once on the current tour, but Joe’s recording is the song’s world premiere.

Joe recorded this set with portable microphones from the front and center of the balcony. The quiet acoustic music and the generous crowd participation created some serious editing issues, but overall this is a quality listen. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream debut performance of “Don’t Forget We All Think About Dying”:

Jeff Tweedy
2018-01-30
Vicar Street
Dublin Ireland

Audience Master
Recorded from Front Row Center Balcony

Sony ECM-MS907 > Sony PCM-M10 [LCF+Limiter] > 24bit-48k WAV > Soundforge (Post-Production) > CD Wave > TLH (320 mp3 via Foobar)

Recorded by Joe Koyote
Producted by NYCTaper

Setlist:
[Total Time: 1:31:17)
01 Via Chicago
02 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
03 Bombs Above
04 [banter – encouragement]
05 We’ve Been Had
06 Passenger Side
07 Locator
08 Hummingbird
09 [banter – appreciation]
10 Lost Love
11 Born Alone
12 Noah’s Flood (Let’s Go Rain Again)
13 New Madrid
14 One Wing
15 Bull Black Nova
16 Laminated Cat
17 [banter – CSNY story]
18 Don’t Forget We All Think About Dying
19 [banter – funk]
20 Hesitating Beauty
21 Jesus Etc
22 [encore break]
23 I’m the Man Who Loves You
24 California Stars
25 Kamera
26 A Shot in the Arm

SUPPORT Jeff Tweedy: Website | Tour Dates

Wet Tuna: December 10, 2017 Trans-Pecos

March 20, 2018
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What’s better than an early Sunday evening kickin’ it with the deep space musings of Matt “MV” Valentine? How about Matt plus PG Six, aka Pat Gubler, who’ve been touring (and are about to put out a record) together as Wet Tuna? The pair of guitarists (plus some pre-recorded beats) were in NYC for a pair of shows, the first night (recorded) at Brooklyn’s Ceremony, the second this jaunt at the revitalized Trans-Pecos.

Given that the night kicked off with a DJ set from WFMU’s DJ Jeff Conklin, whose beloved Avant Ghetto show is a must-listen for fans of this kind of music, it felt appropriate for the Tuna to launch with “I Know You Rider,” the traditional blues song popularized by the Grateful Dead. From there, we got two more sick covers – Michael Hurley’s “Water Train” followed by Incredible String Band’s “Empty Pocket Blues,” which flowed into the Livin’ the Die track “New York Street.” Along with this performance with the Tuna, we’ve also caught Matt on some recent solo outings — so stay tuned for that as well.

This set was recorded directly from the Trans-Pecos soundboard. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

Stream the complete show:

Wet Tuna
2017-12-10
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard (house PA mix saved to SanDisk thumb drive)>16/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, fades)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 I Know You Rider [Grateful Dead version]
02 Water Train [Michael Hurley]
03 Empty Pocket Blues [Clive Palmer/Incredible String Band]>Empty Mood Jam>Space/Drums>New York Street

SUPPORT WET TUNA: Buy Livin’ The Die from them right here.

Earthless: March 16, 2018 Market Hotel

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

Download: [FLAC/MP3]

Earthless
2018-03-16
Market Hotel
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Eric) + AT4051 > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

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

Buy Black Heaven via Nuclear Blast

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

March 12, 2018
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Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

Romance record release show.

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

MBHO MBP603/KA200N (LOC, PAS) > Zoom F8 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:00:03]
01. Intro
02. Economy Travel >
03. Cedars > Snow Machine outro
04. Good Lie
05. Town Crier
06. It Was Me
07. Lay of the Land
08. Cockfight >
09. Bad Habit
10. Sheets of Easter

Buy Romance via Joyful Noise

Bardo Pond: February 17, 2018 Union Pool

March 6, 2018
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If Williamsburg venue Union Pool is better-known among the GenZ semi-grownups that populate the nabe’s bars these days, don’t tell the people who crowded the room for the Bardo Pond show on this snowy Saturday night — many of us grinning as the hookup-seeking set turned away from door not only by the “SOLD OUT” sign but also the deep noise emanating from behind it.

Bardo Pond is one of those bands that will always cast a deep but not wide net, nestling in the psyche of those able and open to embracing them. Their massive oeuvre — their latest and misleadingly titled Volume 8 is far from only their 8th record — attests to fans’ insatiable desire for what they’re into. Tonight’s set, short on number of songs but long on jams, was anchored by a sprawler from the new album, “And I Will” along with some recent tour favorites. The night capped with a longtime band classic, “Tommy Gun Angel,” putting an exclamation point on the idea that whatever other fleeting things might pass on that Saturday night in that room, this band always leaves echoes long after they’ve left the building.

I recorded this set with Lesley’s house PA feed together with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream and download the complete show (and donate to the band) from our bandcamp page:

Bardo Pond
2018-02-17
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c (at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Lesley)>>Sound Devices MixPre6>2×24/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Kali Yuga Blues
02 Out of Reach
03 My Eyes Out
04 Under the Pines
05 And I Will
06 Tommy Gun Angel

SUPPORT BARDO POND: Website | Buy Volume 8

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

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

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

Download: [FLAC/MP3]

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

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

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

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT People of the North by buying their records from Thrill Jockey.

Desertion Trio: February 2, 2018 Trans-Pecos

February 5, 2018
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Desertion Trio joined us at newly-licensed Trans-Pecos this past Friday to celebrate the release of their new album, Midtown Tilt, having done the same in their hometown of Philadelphia the night before. The album picks up in many ways where their excellent 2016 effort, Desertion, left off, oscillating between focused riffage and freeform jazz improv. This set showed off not only bandleader Nick Millevoi’s ample guitar skills, but gave broad berth to guest keyboardist Jamie Saft, who appears on both of the band’s albums, adding tremendous depth in the process. Of course, the focus of this one-hour sessions was on Midtown Tilt, including an outstanding rendition of “Jai Alai Noon” that gave Saft ample room to run., while set closer “Numbers Maker” coalesced into an extended freakout before tapering off into its final minutes. For those of us who’d seen the band before, there was much to love about this version of “Desertion and Arsonist’s Match,” which departed from earlier, Saft-less renditions we’ve featured but kept the song’s essential nature as a palette for extended interaction. As we’ve pointed out before, all of these fine musicians contribute to the music world in so many ways, so it is a special pleasure to see them come together here in New York. Check out Midtown Tilt, which is available directly from the band now.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 microphones at the stage lip, together with a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [FLAC/ALAC/MP3]

Desertion Trio
2018-02-02
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK22 (stage lip, ORTC)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (fades, mixdown, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:02:10]
01 It’s A Hard World For the Little Things
02 Midtown Tilt
03 Jai Alai Noon
04 Where They Do Their Capers
05 Desertion and the Arsonist’s Match
06 The Carideon
07 Fascination Fadeaway
08 Numbers Maker

Band:
Nick Millevoi – Guitar
Johnny DeBlase – Bass
Jamie Saft – Organ
Kevin Shea – Drums

PLEASE SUPPORT Desertion Trio – visit their bandcamp page.

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