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Sunwatchers: December 9, 2018 Baby’s All Right

January 16, 2019
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Photos by Michael Baca

Plenty of new Sunwatchers action out there for the years old and new. First up there’s the killer collab with Eugene Chadbourne, 3 Characters, out on Amish Records last year. The gang cover a bunch of Minutemen tunes on the first disc, followed by some Doug Sahm and Henry Flynt tunes on the second. It’s a trip! Then there’s Sunwatchers’ third LP, Illegal Moves, which is gonna blow some minds—just check out that cover! We’ve heard many of the new tunes live this past year and there’s no doubt this is going to be stratospheric.

Speaking of seeing Sunwatchers live, here’s a nice set from last month at Baby’s All Right. The foursome break out a still-untitled new tune along with previewing some tracks from Illegal Moves.

I recorded this with the MBHO omniderectional mics on stage, combined with a board feed from the Baby’s crew. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive



Sunwatchers
2018-12-09
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by Michael Baca

Soundboard + MBHO KA100N/603A (on stage, DFC) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [37:37]
01. Beautiful Crystals
02. Untitled
03. Greeneyed Pigmen (Get the Blade)
04. Everybody Play
05. The Works
06. Strollin Coma Blues

Band:
Peter Kerlin
Jim McHugh
Jeff Tobias
Jason Robira

Preorder Illegal Moves
• • Buy 3 Characters via Amish Records

Garcia Peoples: December 22, 2018 Union Pool

January 8, 2019
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Art by Arnold Conklin

West Coasters! Garcia Peoples hit the road with Howlin’ Rain starting this Thursday, January 10th, in Bellingham, Washington and continuing through Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California. The full listing of dates with ticket links can be found at Howlin’ Rain’s website. Do go out and see both bands!

In other exciting Garcia Peoples news, they recently announced their second LP, Natural Facts, and it’s up for preorder from Beyond Beyond is Beyond. The Garcias played a couple of songs from the album in Brooklyn last month, “High Noon Violence” and “Break Me Down.” Unexpectedly, the band also played a pair of covers to celebrate Jeff Conklin’s birthday, “Laila Pt. 2” by Agitation Free and “Easy Ride” by Relatively Clean Rivers. If you listen to The Avant Ghetto on WFMU (and you should) you’ll likely recognize these two bands as a couple of Jeff’s favorites.

I recorded this set from our usual location at the soundboard, with a feed courtesy of Union Pool FOH Jase Hottenroth. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Garcia Peoples
2018-12-22
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Artwork by Arnold Conklin

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

Tracks: [40:52]
01. Hangin’ On >
02. Break Me Down
03. Laila Pt. 2 [Agitation Free] >
04. High Noon Violence
05. World’s Illusion >
06. Easy Ride [Relatively Clean Rivers]
07. [banter]
08. Show Your Troubles Out

Preorder Natural Facts via Bandcamp

Wet Tuna: December 22, 2018 Union Pool & September 8, 2018 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning

January 3, 2019
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Straight from the ever-expanding Tunaverse, here’s a double header of shows from last year. The first finds the duo traveling down to Raleigh, North Carolina for the “Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Sommoning,” the yearly Hopscotch day party that’s become one of the festival’s biggest draws. Next is another duo set from last month at Jeff Conklin’s birthday party. Fun was had by all and here’s the documentation to prove it.

While you’re enjoying these live Wet Tuna dispatches, head over to their blog to order Mountain Busted, a 7-CD set of multitracked live shows. I’ve been lost in these recordings for a couple weeks now and the sound is absolutely phenomenal—more than enough reason to dive in head first. The set gets a little sweeter thanks to a trio of Root Cellar gigs with special guest spots from J Mascis, John Moloney, Jim Bliss, and more, that hail from another plane of existence.

I recorded the Union Pool gig from our usual spot at the soundboard, combined with a feed courtesy of Jase Hottenroth. Acidjack recorded the Raleigh show with his usual six track rig at King’s. Both sound excellent. Enjoy!

Union Pool Download: [FLAC/MP3]
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning Download: [FLAC/MP3]

Wet Tuna
2018-12-22
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

Tracks: [40:56]
01. I’d Rather Be Hayin’ > Hay Space
02. Roomtone
03. I Know You Rider
04. Roomtone
05. New York Street

MV/PG Six/Coot Moon



Wet Tuna
2018-09-07
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (onstage, DFC)>KC5>CMC6 + Behringer C2>>Zoom F8>24/48 WAVs>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.2.2 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 I Know You Rider
02 Water Train
03 New York Street

Bandcamp

Headroom: December 9, 2018 Baby’s All Right

January 1, 2019
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[Photos by Michael Baca]

I keep thinking about headspace and headroom, in the context of Headroom, a band that opens both inward and outward. Kryssi Battalene splits her time churning out shoegazey riffs for the immeasurable Mountain Movers, Headroom being her side gig that distills her soloing into the main event. In 2017 she put out Head in the Clouds, a particularly spaced-out affair that’s as soaring in its scope as her other band. With Movers’ Rick Omonte on bass and Ross Menze on drums, Headroom doesn’t stray too far from the mold, blowing up new spaces to get lost in. Last month we finally got to see Headroom in action at Baby’s All Right, where the band played three tracks from Head in the Clouds, plus the new “Skyliner.” I don’t think I’m the only person in attendance who suggested Headroom visit us more often.

I recorded this set with a pair of MBHO omnidirectional mics onstage combined with a board feed from the Baby’s crew. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Headroom
2018-12-09
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by Michael Baca

Soundboard + MBHO KA100N/603A (on stage, DFC) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [35:12]
01. How to Grow Evil Flowers
02. Millers Pond
03. Skyliner
04. Flower of Light

Buy Head in the Clouds via Bandcamp

Guerilla Toss: October 31, 2018 Market Hotel

December 19, 2018
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The genre-bending shamanistic space-rock collective Guerilla Toss have been a must-see live act for several years now. We caught them in a daytime slot in the Out In the Streets Festival in 2016 and then later in a support slot at Secret Agent Robot when the band played literally among the crowd (and our mics) on the floor of the venue.

For this majestic set on Halloween at Market Hotel, Guerilla Toss sold out the venue that fit their aesthetic to a tee.  This show definitely had an event feel throughout the night and the band certainly lived up to the atmosphere.  Performing in front of an imported, elaborate, but appropriately spacey lighting rig, Guerilla Toss delivered a meaty ninety-minute set to their vocally devoted followers.  Personally, the highlight of the set was the seamless segue into a haunting version of Nico’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties” which seemed an appropriate cover for GT and fit right into their oeuvre.  But ultimately this show was more about the ability of this band to perfectly sync all of their classically trained abilities into a unique and compelling amalgam of modern music.  Guerilla Toss remains a must see band and this show, their biggest in the NYC market thus far, is proof that they will continue to grow their reach.

I recorded this set with the installed AT mics and a fine soundboard feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Guerilla Toss
2018-10-31
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Eric Lemke] + 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:19:21]
01 Jam
02 Eraser Stargazer Forever
03 Jesus Rabbit
04 Betty Dreams of Green Men
05 Realistic Rabbit
06 [crowd]
07 Meteorological [Jane La Onda]
08 Diamond Girls
09 King’s Lead Hat [Eno]
10 Spider Heard
11 [thanks]
12 Magic Is Easy
13 Grass Shack
14 367 Equalizer
15 All Tomorrow’s Parties [Velvets]
16 Dose Rate
17 Retreat
18 Chronophobia
19 Come Up With Me
20 [encore break]
21 Operate

PLEASE SUPPORT Guerilla Toss: Bandcamp | Facebook | DFA Records Page

Ryley Walker: December 14, 2018 Baby’s All Right

December 16, 2018
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Ryley Walker has become something of a Renaissance man in 2018, with his highly-lauded album Deafman Glance, a full-album cover of an unreleased Dave Matthews Band LP, his endlessly entertaining Twitter account, and an ongoing series of Vice articles where Ryley’s just being Ryley. Listen to some of his between song banter and it’s clear Walker loves music and knows how to engage an audience. Yet for all his extracurricular antics, the tunes are nothing if not sincere.

Somewhat surprisingly given it’s high level of publicity, Walker and band are not touring Dave Matthews tunes, but instead continue touring this year’s excellent Deafman Glance—Walker’s best album yet. Especially great here is their rendition of “Spoil With the Rest” and a pair of tunes with trumpeter Jaimie Branch, “22 Days” and “Funny Thing She Said.”

I recorded this with a pair of MBHO cardioid mics on stage in stereo DIN configuration, combined with a soundboard feed courtesy of the Baby’s crew, Dan and Jesse. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Ryley Walker
2018-12-14
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

Tracks: [1:09:03]

01. [intro]
02. Telluride Speed
03. [who loves live music]
04. The Halfwit in Me
05. [capo jokes]
06. Spoil With the Rest
07. [banter]
08. 22 Days
09. [band intros]
10. Funny Thing She Said
11. [thanks]
12. The Roundabout

Ryley Walker: guitar, vocals
Brian Sulpizio: guitar
Andrew Young: bass
Ryan Jewell: drums
Jaimie Branch: trumpet on tracks 8 and 10

Buy Ryley Walker music on Bandcamp

Dodgeball: September 9, 2018 Trans-Pecos

December 2, 2018
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[photo by nyctaper]

Back in the last decade when every sub-genre of music had a silly moniker, a particular type of intelligent polyrhythmic punk was clumsily called “math rock”. These days there aren’t really blogs around anymore to invent awkward genres in lieu of actually reviewing the music, but the descendants of the bands who got tagged as “math rock” are having a heyday of sorts. Boston’s Pile seems to be the granddaddy of this little movement, which also includes bands like Spirit of the Beehive, Palm, and Brooklyn’s Dodgeball. In the several weeks since this September show where the band exhibited the best traits of the current crop of mathies — strong sense of rhythm, challenging but rewarding melodic structure, and a great songcraft — Dodgeball released a new four-song EP, three tracks of which appear on this recording. The EP Turns Out I Was Just Really Bored continues the evolution of a band we expect to continue to grow in stature to the point where these cozy nights at Trans-Pecos will likely be a thing of the past.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps capturing the onstage sound mixed with a solid board feed. The recording really captures the energy of the set quite well and we think it sounds great. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Dodgeball
2018-09-09
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Eric Lemke] + 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 26:04]
01 Edging
02 Swayze
03 Cig Bowl
04 Veggies
05 Robert Parsnip
06 Palm
07 Rock Song 1
08 Nu

PLEASE Support Dodgeball: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

What We Talk About When We Talk About Taping: NYCTaper in Wired!

November 26, 2018
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The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Century

Hey friends! We don’t have any new music for you this morning, but… Check out Wired for an in-depth look look at taping in the 21st century, by Jesse Jarnow, complete with some choice and insightful quotes from yours truly. We’re thrilled to get such a positive reception and we hope the article encourages people to check out some recordings. Meanwhile, feel free to ask us any burning questions you might have in the comments below.

Dirty Projectors: November 18, 2018 Elsewhere (Early Show)

November 20, 2018
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If you ever doubt the reason to see live music, I’d refer you to the experience of watching Dave Longstreth on stage for eighty minutes with Dirty Projectors. There’s a particular joy to watching such complex, intellectual “rock” music brought to life by players of such immense talent, up close enough to see Longstreth’s fingers work the fretboard. If it’s at Elsewhere — a phenomenal-sounding club — and on a rather convenient late Sunday afternoon, all the better.

Among the waves of NYC/Brooklyn rock music in the first decade of this century, the Dirty Projectors always existed at some remove from even their mid-latter-decade contemporaries. Dirty Projectors is an unapologetically smart band, the work of a highly educated musician’s musician. It’s fitting that I last saw this band at Carnegie Hall in early 2013; if any “indie rock” band belongs there, it’s this one.

This set, the first of two the band performed at Elsewhere on Sunday, spanned the band’s five most recent albums (with Rise Above represented by the particularly affecting “Police Story” that led off the show), as well as two nuggets from the band’s Mount Wittenberg Orca collaboration with Björk. Likewise, this set represented a reasonable facsimile of Longstreth’s emotional states during the recent past, with songs like the joyous “I Found It In U” and “I Feel Energy” offset by the political rumination “It’s A Lifestyle” and the wistful “Little Bubble.” Longstreth has described Lamp Lit Prose and Dirty Projectors as a yin and yang album cycle, and that was evident here. But, while Lamp Lit is stylistically closer to the rest of the band’s recent material, there’s been a darkness in many of Longstreth’s songs before Dirty Projectors, and those, like “Gun Has No Trigger,” were well-represented here also.

To call the current band “new” is a bit of a stretch at this point; they’ve been touring this album as a unit for a while now, and it showed in their formidably well-rehearsed state. Give a quick listen to the soaring harmonies on “Cannibal Resource”, Kristin Slipp’s lead vocal on “The Socialites” or the incredible vocal precision on “When the World Comes To An End” (incidentally, the Mount Wittenberg songs strike me as particularly difficult musically) and you’ll be relieved of any concern that this band isn’t every bit the equal of the one that came before it. It wasn’t just because of Longstreth’s talent that I spent a good bit of these 80 minutes on a Sunday afternoon mouthing the word “wow.” It was hard to tell how serious Longstreth was about engaging a call-and-response situation during the final encore (“Right Now” from Lamp Lit Prose) but it soon became clear that even figuring out how to chant “right now” back at a Dirty Projectors song is a little tougher than usual singalong fare (“it loops unevenly…. that’s as well as I’ve figured out how to do it” a sheepish Longstreth said). “Right Now” proved a fitting end, encapsulating the yin and yang of the show in a single, dark but ultimately uplifting song (which Longstreth also identified as the most difficult to play in the set). The only part that wasn’t perfectly dialed in was the crowd singing “right now” — but that was kind of perfect, too.

I recorded this set with a feed of the house mix together with Schoeps MK4V microphones inside the soundboard cage. All credit for the sound of this belongs to the production team, both Dirty Projectors’ touring engineer, Teresa Murray, and the house team at Elsewhere. I hope you’re as impressed with it as I am — enjoy!

Thanks to Domino Records and Dirty Projectors for giving us permission to record the performance, along with the outstanding Elsewhere production crew.

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

Dirty Projectors
2018-11-18 (early show)
Elsewhere
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Teresa Murray + Tyler (house)) + Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices
MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.1.0 (track, amplify,
balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:20:15]
01 Police Story
02 I Found It In U
03 Break-Thru
04 What Is the Time
05 Cannibal Resource
06 Temecula Sunrise
07 That’s a Lifestyle
08 The Socialites
09 Gun Has No Trigger
10 When the World Comes to an End
11 I Feel Energy
12 Cool Your Heart
13 Useful Chamber
14 [encore break]
15 Beautiful Mother
16 Little Bubble
17 [explanatory banter]
18 Right Now

Band:
Dave Longstreth
Matt Baldwin – bass, bass synth
Mike Johnson – drums
Felicia Douglass – vocals, keyboard, electronic percussion
Kristin Slipp – vocals, Wurlitzer, additional keys
Maia Friedman – guitar, vocals

PLEASE SUPPORT Dirty Projectors: web | facebook | buy Lamp Lit Prose

Daniel Bachman: August 19, 2018 Trans-Pecos

November 12, 2018
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Daniel Bachman’s latest album, The Morning Star, opens with the side-long “Invocation” (wonderfully captured live at Hopscotch back in September) and weaves its way through two LPs worth of solo guitar, drones, field recordings, and found sounds. It’s an expansion of the palette he’s been mining since Orange County Serenade, but here Bachman’s style tips more towards ambient/drone music than he has in the past. However aside from that Hopscotch performance, Bachman is very much still doing solo guitar performances. This set recorded at Trans-Pecos back in August finds Bachman playing “Sycamore City,” “Song For the Setting Sun IV,” and “New Moon” from The Morning Star, plus “The Flower Tree” and “Wine and Peanuts” from his 2016 self-titled LP. He rounds out the originals with a few deep covers you may know: “Beautiful Eyes of Virgina” by Lemuel Turner, “Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend” by John Fahey, and “Weary Lonesome Blues” by Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland.

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Daniel Bachman
2018-08-19
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA100DK/603A (on stage) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [44:59]
01. Sycamore City
02. Beautiful Eyes of Virgina [Lemuel Turner]
03. Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend [John Fahey]
04. Song For the Setting Sun IV
05. The Flower Tree > Wine and Peanuts
06. Weary Lonesome Blues [Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland]
07. New Moon

Support Daniel Bachman: Website | Facebook | Buy The Morning Star from Three Lobed

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