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Wooden Shjips: May 22, 2019 Brooklyn Bowl

May 24, 2019
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We here at nyctaper are fans of all things Ripley Johnson. Of late, that’s meant attending the shows of his excellent project Moon Duo, who’ve graced us here in NYC several times in the past few years. But as for his larger vehicle Wooden Shjips, it’s been since 2012 that we’ve caught a live show by the band.

I’m happy to say that drought has now ended, with a show worthy of the wait. Ripley and his bandmates rolled into Brooklyn Bowl with purpose and a light show that almost made you forget you were in a bowling alley. This set spanned the band’s entire career, including their most accessible album to date, V. Two of that album’s strongest songs, “Ride On” and “Staring at the Sun,” provided a mellow tempo downshift in the middle of a set that was largely a burner, including the very-early album track “Death’s Not Your Friend” into a Ripley-fied version of the VU’s “What Goes On” to close out the main set. Not to be ignored, too, is the band’s cover of New Zealand psych lords Snapper’s “Buddy,” which we’d last seen them play in 2011.

Ripley has another important piece of news today: It’s the release date of his latest project, Rose City Band, the name a nod to his current hometown of Portland. Hopefully we’ll be seeing them around these parts before too long — and it’ll be a shorter distance between our next cruise with the Shjips.

I recorded this set with MBHO microphones up front in the venue. The sound quality is excellent. Hope you dig it!

Download the complete set: [FLAC/Apple Lossless/MP3]

Wooden Shjips
2019-05-22
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N>MBP603a (FOB, ROC)>Sound Devices MixPre 6>24/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.2.2>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:14:44]
01 Eclipse
02 In the Fall
03 For So Long
04 Other Stars
05 Ride On
06 Staring at the Sun
07 Motorbike
08 Ghouls
09 Lazy Bones
10 Death’s Not Your Friend>What Goes On
11 These Shadows
12 Buddy [Snapper]

PLEASE SUPPORT Wooden Shjips: Buy their records from Thrill Jockey | Website

Dire Wolves: May 10, 2019 Nublu Classic

May 21, 2019
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Photo by Jesse Jarnow

Dire Wolves have a new record coming on Beyond Beyond is Beyond next month. It’s called Grow Towards the Light (which you might remember as a song title from February’s Union Pool show) and it’s available for preorder now.

Their gig from Nublu Classic doesn’t directly feature any songs from the record, but as you’ll find with the ‘Wolves their live performances often weave in and out of album material. “Dire Spires” is a new song/improvisation we haven’t heard before, while “Enter Quietly” takes on the opening track from Excursions to Cloudland. The centerpiece of this show is their own chaotic version of Faust’s “It’s a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl” which takes the hypnotic song (from So Far) and swirls it into the type of frenzy Dire Wolves do best.

I recorded this set in good old tapers section fashion, which just a pair of mics flown beside the soundboard. The small Nublu Classic room sounds good for its size and this recording will take you right up front. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Dire Wolves (Just Exactly Perfect Sisters Band)
2019-05-10
Nublu Classic
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photo by Jesse Jarnow

MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [41:43]
01. Dire Spires
02. It’s a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl [Faust]
03. Enter Quietly

Preorder Grow Towards the Light from Beyond Beyond is Beyond

Dream Syndicate: May 16, 2019 Mercury Lounge

May 20, 2019
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Photo Courtesy of PSquared Photography

Steve Wynn is universally acknowledged as one of the true good guys in rock music, so its a very rewarding thing to see him and his legendary band The Dream Syndicate receiving a fresh wave of popularity and support. The two sold-out shows at Mercury Lounge were attended by a who’s-who of local music luminaries there to both pay tribute but also to celebrate the superb new album by the band, These Times. But if the crowd was expecting a nostalgia set, it got a very different experience. The Dream Syndicate came right out of the gate with raging versions of the new album and kept the pace up for the entire set. Wynn is the charismatic leader center-stage, but these late era DS shows have featured the incendiary guitar work of Jason Victor and on night one his genius was on full display. The band saved some of the older material for late in the set by which time the audience had already received its money’s worth.

Dream Syndicate continue this tour with shows in the midwest, including two nights at the Hideout in Chicago on May 31 and June 1, before the band goes to Europe through June, dates here.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up next to the soundboard cage, and blended with a fine board mixed by the band’s FOH Mark. The sound is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete show via Archive.org [HERE]

Stream the Complete Show:

Dream Syndicate
2019-05-16
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Mark Griffin] + 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 1:21:52]
01 The Way In
02 Put Some Miles On
03 Filter Me Through You
04 Black Light
05 Out of My Head
06 How Did I Find Myself Here
07 [band introductions]
08 Bullet Holes
09 Still Here Now
10 Recovery Mode
11 That’s What You Always Say
12 Then She Remembers
13 [thanks]
14 Glide
15 [encore break]
16 Tell Me When It’s Over
17 Burn
18 The Days of Wine and Roses

PLEASE SUPPORT Dream Syndicate: website | tour | buy These Times

Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore: April 26, 2019 Union Pool

May 16, 2019
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For years, Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore have charted adjacent zones both musical and geographical. Listening to their eventual meeting/melding last year on Ghost Forests, you wonder how a collaboration so obviously natural didn’t spring up sooner. Baird’s guitar/voice and Lattimore’s harp are the immediately recognizable components of the album, but combined they forge new pathways. The album is best when the two find some space to meander, like on album opener “Between Two Worlds” where the hook resists easy discovery.

Last month Baird and Lattimore brought their Ghost Forests to Union Pool for a couple nights and we caught the first. They play most of Ghost Forests, adding “Stairs Climb Up the Vine” from Baird’s Seasons on Earth and take on the Neil Young (by way of Emmylou Harris) song “Wrecking Ball.”

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
2019-04-26
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Terry) + MBHO KA500/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [53:32]
01. Between Two Worlds
02. In Cedars
03. Painter of Tygers
04. Damaged Sunset
05. Stars Climb Up the Vine
06. Fair Annie
07. Wrecking Ball [Neil Young]

Buy Ghost Forests from Three Lobed Recordings

Kinloch Nelson: April 8, 2019 Troost

May 13, 2019
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Kinloch Nelson’s Partly on Time: Recordings 1968–1970 is the latest archival release from the very home of solo guitar music, Tompkins Square. After some near misses and narrow escapes, these recordings are finally available after remaining unheard for 50 years. Once close to being released in a record deal that fell through, then almost lost forever when the tapes were in a car accident in 1970, the music sounds like a lost chapter in what we now call American Primitive.

Supporting Partly on Time, Nelson did a short East Coast tour, playing material from the album, covers, and more. His NYC stop was at Greenpoint’s Troost, an unassuming beer bar perhaps best known in music circles for 75 Dollar Bill’s frequent workouts there. Stationed in the corner near the door, with the Monday night bustle of Manhattan Avenue outside, Nelson played two sets, with each song punctuated by his tales about the histories of the songs he wrote and his relationship with each of the covers. The resulting portrait is one not only of himself but also of the circuitous routes of guitar music over the past half-century. When he talks of Partly on Time, there is a genuine wonder that not only are they finally available, but also that there persists an audience for solo guitar records that has grown in the intervening years. As it turns out, Kinloch Nelson might have arrived at just the right moment.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Kinloch Nelson
2019-04-08
Troost
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH
Additional editing by Kinloch Nelson

MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC

Set One:
01. Secret Love (S Fain & P Webster)
02. banter (America’s Sweetheart)
03. Tennessee Waltz (PW King & R Stewart)
04. banter (It’s about gratitude)
05. Afterthoughts (K. Nelson)
06. banter (in a closet full of shoes)
07. Kittens (K. Nelson)
08. banter (Martha Stewart, American Primitive guitar)
09. Funky Susan (K Nelson & Carter Redd)
10. banter (What is a harp guitar? Minimalist music)
11. The Eyes Of The Fair Molly (K. Nelson)
12. banter (Tonto, Lenny Breau and Jethro Tull)
13. On A Bach Bouree (JS Bach)
14. banter (45 and 33.3 RPM time warp)
15. Apache (J Lorden)

Set Two:
16. banter (Number one hits and a bowl of meat with noodles)
17. Sukiyaki/Buckeroo/Embryonic Journey (Nakamura/Morris /Kaukonen)
18. banter (a bonafide hit)
19. Land Of Make Believe (C Mangione)
20. banter (What are the songs about?)
21. Solitudes (K. Nelson)
22. banter (family, sailing, a big lake, a beautiful evening)
23. Oh Lovely Is The Evening/Tom Seibert’s Boat/Winnepesaukee Night (K. Nelson)
24. banter (Skyline Drive to Peru Thank you Tompkins Square)
25. Summer Farewell (K. Nelson)

Buy Partly on Time: Recordings 1968–1970 via Tompkins Square

NYCTaper is 12 Years Old Today

May 11, 2019
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We started this journey a dozen years ago, and we are still going strong!

Headroom: March 27, 2019 Lodge Room, Los Angeles (California Flashback)

May 8, 2019
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[Headroom at Baby’s All Right, photo by Michael Baca]

Here’s a tape courtesy of our buddy anazgnos, who hit up both nights of the L.A. California Flashback shows, put on by Black Editions to promote the latest volume of Tokyo Flashback. Headroom opened up night two with a burst of guitar pyrotechnics courtesy of Kryssi Battalene. In this context you can feel the connection between her distortion-drenched sound and the early wave of heavy Japanese psych like High Rise and Acid Mothers Temple.

Headroom have got a new EP out, New Heaven, in addition to a repressing (finally!) of Head in the Clouds, which disappeared rather quickly in its original release. Do pick up both those treasures, and enjoy some live Headroom too while you’re at it!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Headroom
2019-03-27
Lodge Room
Los Angeles, CA

Recorded by anazgnos
Produced by Eric PH

Zoom H4N Pro > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 7 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [28:23]
01. How to Grow Evil Flowers
02. Millers Pond
03. Skyliner

Buy New Heaven via Bandcamp
Buy Head in the Clouds via Bandcamp

Mountain Goats: April 30, 2019 Brooklyn Steel

May 5, 2019
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photo courtesy of Drew Messinger-Michaels

It was about eighteen months ago when the Mountain Goats played an epic show at Brooklyn Steel that we were fortunate to attend and capture. So the band’s return to the venue on the tour to support their excellent new album In League with Dragons, came with some real anticipation. And man, did the band deliver. John Darnielle was particularly loquacious on this evening (check out the number of “banter” tracks), but his comments were all on point. The Mountain Goats have achieved a level of stature that’s been earned in years of tours and albums, and it seems like the band has reached that point where it can enjoy and revel in its well-deserved respect. And while Dragons dominated the setlist early-on, the band did still deliver the types of old rare nuggets that still satisfy the grizzled veterans of tMG shows. Indeed rare songs like “Jaipur” (played less than 10 times in the last 10 years), “Spilling Toward Alpha” (3 times in the last decade) , and “The Coroner’s Gambit” (played two times before 2019) are the types of setlist surprises that make us keep coming year after year. But ultimately this night was about the new album, the strength of which makes us believe that the Mountain Goats will continue to be the gift that keeps giving.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards raised high inside the soundboard booth and mixed with a board feed mixed expertly as always by longtime tMG FOH Brandon. The result is another superb recording of this band from this venue. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show at Archive.org [HERE]

Stream the Complete Show:

Mountain Goats
2019-04-30
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Brandon Eggleston] + 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 1:38:40]
01 [Vivaldi introduction]
02 Done Bleeding
03 Younger
04 [Coroner’s intro]
05 The Coroner’s Gambit
06 Jaipur
07 In League With Dragons
08 Sax Rohmer 1
09 [banter – old song partisans]
10 Spilling Toward Alpha
11 [banter – seeds]
12 Going to Port Washington
13 [banter – play what you want]
14 Maybe Sprout Wings
15 [banter – not going to die]
16 Waylon Jennings Live
17 [banter – country album]
18 Clemency for the Wizard King
19 [banter – pitchfork review]
20 Cotton
21 [banter – inner ear monitors]
22 Cadaver Sniffing Dog
23 [banter – Ozzy]
24 Passaic 1975
25 Lion’s Teeth
26 Sicilian Crest
27 [encore break]
28 Have to Explode
29 Possum by Night
30 See America Right
31 Game Shows Touch Our Lives
32 [banter – the long encore]
33 No Children
34 The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
35 Spent Gladiator 2

SUPPORT the Mountain Goats: Website | Twitter | Buy In League With Dragons | Tour Dates

Chris Forsyth: April 29, 2019 Rough Trade NYC

April 30, 2019
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A few weeks ago, the internet buzzed with discussion of “indie jam,” the term coined by Steven Hyden at Uproxx and referring, as many noted in response, to a constellation of bands advanced largely by Jeff Conklin on The Avant Ghetto. (We at NYCTaper are acknowledged by Hyden too, I’m obliged to mention.) In the article, musicians like Chris Forsyth (along with Garcia Peoples, Sunwatchers, Ryley Walker, William Tyler, and many others) are credited with “an inclination to meld all kinds of music — including indie, post-rock, folk, country, jazz fusion, and, yes, punk — and take it in adventurous and often improvised directions.”

“Indie jam”—or whatever you want to call it—surely wasn’t born in an out-of-the-way amphitheater in Raleigh, NC. But in September 2013, when we were first introduced to Forsyth’s far-out jams that were clearly referencing the Grateful Dead and Television, something was afoot. Is it time for us shrug off the legacy of Kurt Cobain’s distaste for the Dead and acknowledge the ongoing intersections of indie rock and jambands? Across the aisle, jamband fans are approaching the same questions, as the podcast Beyond the Pond seeks to introduce Phish fans to music outside the jamband ecosystem.

In the meantime, while the heads have been catching up to him, Chris Forsyth has released a series of increasingly great albums. The latest is All Time Present, in which Forsyth’s singular guitar playing weaves effortlessly between varied genres, from psych rock to, yes, even dance.

On Monday night we caught Forsyth’s Brooklyn record release show, appropriately opening for Träd, Gräs och Stenar. Joined by the latest edition of the Solar Motel Band, Peter Kerlin on bass and Ryan Jewell on drums, the trio play “Tomorrow Might as Well Be Today” and “Mystic Mountain” before being joined by Pat Gubler (P.G. Six/Wet Tuna) on keys for “Dream Song” and an absolutely epic performance of “Dreaming in the Non-Dream.” Returning the favor from last month’s Garcia Peoples record release show, the Solar Moteliers are joined by Tom Malach, Danny Arakaki, and Cesar Arakaki to complete the circle with “Techno Top.”

Chris Forsyth, Garcia Peoples, Dire Wolves, and Weak Signal play Market Hotel on July 27. You can find out what magic is in store from this insanely great lineup by grabbing a ticket.

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Chris Forsyth
2019-04-29
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Terry) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [59:36]
01. Tomorrow Might as Well Be Today
02. Mystic Mountain
03. Dream Song
04. Dreaming in the Non-Dream
05. Techno Top

Solar Motel Band:
Chris Forsyth
Peter Kerlin
Ryan Jewell

3-5 with Pat Gubler
5 with Tom Malach, Danny Arakaki, and Cesar Arakaki of Garcia Peoples

Website | Facebook | Buy All Time Present via Bandamp

Acid Mothers Temple: April 20, 2019 Market Hotel

April 24, 2019
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[photo from Kawabata’s blog]

The return of the Acid Mothers Temple stateside has become a yearly tradition and as a result the band has built its reputation in the U.S. as one of the most intense psych rock bands on the planet.  This year the band agreed to play the show on the day that has become a kind of Christmas for heads — “4-20” at Market Hotel.  Whether responding to the unique surroundings or the “holiday” atmosphere, AMT drew their largest crowd of the tour and played their longest set of the year.  This show was 90 minutes of the most intense music we’ve ever seen from this band, which has evolved in personnel in recent years, but remains anchored by the ferocious lead guitar of  Kawabata Makoto.  New-ish guitarist and vocalist Jyonson Tsu was featured in Dark Star Blues and La Novia, and the band is blessed with Tsu’s intense vocals and intuitive interplay with Makoto.  All in all, this was exactly what we’d hoped for from this band on this date, and judging by the diary entry for this date on Kawabata’s blog, the band was pretty stoked about the show too.

I recorded this set by substituting the Neumann hypers into the installed rig in the venue and the change was exactly perfect for this show.  A small percentage of the board feed was used to fortify vocals and kick drum, and overall the sound is superb.  Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show from Archive.org [HERE]

Acid Mothers Temple
2019-04-20
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Allesandra Urso] + Neumann KM-150s > 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 1:23:43]
01 Blue Velvet Blues
02 Dark Star Blues
03 Chinese Flying Saucer
04 Flying Teapot
05 Disco Pink Lady Lemonade
06 La Novia
07 Pink Lady Lemonade Coda
08 Cometary Orbital Drive

PLEASE SUPPORT Acid Mothers Temple: Website | Buy Albums

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