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Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: July 28, 2018 Union Pool (Summer Thunder)

August 13, 2018
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After playing as a trio for the last couple-ish years, the Solar Motel Band is back to a quartet, having debuted their new dual-drummer lineup last month with shows at Monty Hall and Union Pool. Ryan Jewell (re-)joins the so-called “Sunwatchers Motel Band” lineup of Forsyth, Peter Kerlin, and Jason Robira. We caught the daytime set at Union Pool’s Summer Thunder outdoor stage, where the band played three new songs and more to a good-size crowd of folks willing to brave the heat. I’m never one to scoff at new Solar Motel tunes, but the real gem here is this ripping, sixteen-minute performance of “Dreaming in the Non-Dream.” Can’t wait to hear more from this lineup!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive.

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
2018-07-28
Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + MBHO KA100N/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: [46:40]
01. Untitled #1
02. Untitled #2
03. Paranoid Cat
04. Untitled #3
05. Dreaming in the Non-Dream

Band:
Chris Forsyth: guitar
Peter Kerlin: bass
Jason Robira: drums
Ryan Jewell: drums

Website | Facebook | Buy Dreaming in the Non-Dream from No Quarter

Elkhorn: July 29, 2018 Union Pool (Freedom of the Press Benefit)

August 2, 2018
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[Photo by Hans Chew]

There’s been a lot of great talk surrounding Kith & Kin’s Freedom of the Press compilation, the latest being this long piece from Pop Matters. For anyone interested in music and art, the fight for freedom of expression resonates deeply. If that sounds like you, head on over to Bandcamp and help out by purchasing Freedom of the Press—great music for a great cause, a total win-win.

Elkhorn are a band I’ve wanted to get on the site for a while now. The last near-miss was a recording from last month at Wonders of Nature that just didn’t come out. It happens. But fortunately, they’re (mostly) locals and I got another chance this past weekend. This one captures Elkhorners Drew Gardner and Jesse Sheppard performing a compact version of the “Lionfish” improvisations from their latest (very, very awesome) cassette on Eiderdown Records of the same title. They’re then joined by Ryan Jewel on tablas for a couple tunes: “Song of Son” and “Subway Mirror Heart.” If you dig this be sure to check out the Lionfish tape and their self-titled record (plus some more live stuff) over at their Bandcamp page.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Elkhorn
2018-07-29
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Freedom of the Press Benefit
https://freedomofthepress.bandcamp.com

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + 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: [31:02]
01. Lionfish
02. Song of the Son
03. Subway Mirror Heart

Jesse Sheppard: 12-string acoustic guitar
Drew Gardner: 6-string electric guitar
Ryan Jewel: percussion on 2-3

Buy Lionfish via Eiderdown Records
• • Elkhorn Bandcamp

Hans Chew: July 29, 2018 Union Pool (Freedom of the Press Benefit)

August 1, 2018
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If you truck in Cosmic American Music, you’ve hopefully picked up the new Freedom of the Press compilation from Kith & Kin, which features so many of the modern luminaries of the scene. And if you haven’t yet, there’s no time like the present. We at NYCTaper are supporters of the First Amendment as well as the music and were delighted to be part of this benefit. For a much more articulate discussion on why this cause is so important, and how the music fits in to it, check out this interview with label co-founder and executive producer of the compilation, Scott McDowell.

Speaking of things we at NYCTaper have an affinity for, we’ve been following Hans Chew’s music for a while now—since way back in 2012, in fact, when Hans played our CMJ show. Times have changed for sure: CMJ is gone, but we’re still here and so is Hans. He released a new record last year, Open Sea, which artfully blends his piano playing, sharp lyrics, and songwriting with a nod to the free playing styles of the 70s. I really couldn’t put it better than Tyler Wilcox did in Aquarium Drunkard: “While digging into Open Sea, Hans Chew’s latest/greatest LP, your imagination may conjure up some dream rock combos. Leon Russell hiring Television to be his backing band in ’77? Joe Boyd producing the Allmans? JJ Cale jamming with Crazy Horse?”

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Hans Chew
2018-07-29
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Freedom of the Press Benefit
https://freedomofthepress.bandcamp.com

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

Tracks: [36:28]
01. Open Sea
02. Life Insurance
03. Words & Music
04. Cruikshanks

Website
• • Bandcamp

Garcia Peoples: July 29, 2018 Union Pool (Freedom of the Press Benefit)

July 30, 2018
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Garcia Peoples contributed “Show Your Troubles Out” to the recently-released Freedom of the Press compilation and so were on hand for yesterday’s show benefiting the same foundation. I highly recommend picking up the compilation on CD or digital, not only for the terrific music found therein but also for the damn good cause and positive thinking it represents. We had a blast yesterday seeing the Garcias, Elkhorn, and Hans Chew and were thrilled to be part of the event. We’ll be be back shortly with recordings of those sets as well.

Speaking of new releases, Garcia Peoples will put out Cosmic Cash this Friday! Maybe you’ve heard some tracks off it, maybe you’ve caught one of their many local gigs or heard some live tunes here or on the Avant Ghetto show on WFMU. Wherever you’ve been getting your Garcia Peoples fix from, now’s the time to take the tunes home. And don’t miss Garcia Peoples celebrating Cosmic Cash with a release show at Union Pool this Friday, August 3rd. Bong Wish and zzzwalk also play, and I hear they’re damn good. Do go down and show the guys some love.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Garcia Peoples
2018-07-29
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Freedom of the Press Benefit
https://freedomofthepress.bandcamp.com

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + 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: [21:59]
01. One Step Behind >
02. Hangin’ On

Preorder Cosmic Cash via Bandcamp

Grateful Shred: July 14, 2018 Brooklyn Bowl

July 26, 2018
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Time for everybody to take a step back and give the folks up front some room. Better? Alright then. We’re back with night two of Grateful Shred at Brooklyn Bowl. Saturday picks up after an energetic second set from Friday, with terrific outings of “Cumberland Blues” to start, “Mississippi Half-Step,” and the classic Scarlet>Fire pairing. But the second set is where things really cook, with an epic “Truckin'” > Space > “St. Stephen” > “Not Fade Away” > “St. Stephen” suite that’ll have you lose time. And while you’re enjoying that, check in on some Grateful Shred tour dates and see if they’re coming your way—it’s wayyyyyyy better in person.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Grateful Shred
2018-07-14
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

Tracks: [2:05:47]

Set 1
01. Cumberland Blues
02. Feel Like a Stranger
03. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
04. Love in the Afternoon
05. Scarlet Begonias >
06. Fire on the Mountain

Set 2
07. Crowd
08. Mexicali Blues
09. Terrapin Station
10. The Wheel
11. Truckin’ >
12. Space >
13. St. Stephen >
14. Not Fade Away >
15. St. Stephen
16. The Stranger
17. Shakedown Street
18. Encore Break
19. One More Saturday Night

Website

Gunn-Truscinski Duo: July 19, 2018 Elsewhere

July 24, 2018
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Watching the interplay of Steve Gunn and John Truscinski onstage, you get the sense that these two are hand-in-glove players, to the point you almost can’t imagine them playing with anyone else (though they do). That interplay is part of what makes all of their Three Lobed releases so special. Each of them, including their latest and most adventurous to date, Bay Head, feels like it sprung forth fully-formed, a jam session whose synchrony had to be made permanent. On this night at Elsewhere, after kicking off with their new drone track “Road Bells,” the duo launched into straight into a version of “Banh Mi Ringtones” that felt like just that, with the action peaking in a furious Gunn solo. The Ocean Parkway love continued with that title track, followed by the gorgeous “Seagull for Chuck Berry.” Things came to a close in a similar vein to the show we saw at Union Pool in January, the sprawler “Gunter,” featuring a new drone-based intro. Even that relatively new track felt re-imagined in the moment, and that’s the glory of Gunn-Truscinski duo. Fortunately, this is one of those jam sessions whose synchrony was documented.

I recorded this set from the soundboard cage with a board feed from house engineer Chris, together with Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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

Gunn-Truscinski Duo
2018-07-19
Elsewhere
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Chris) + Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC, PAS)>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.2.2 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Road Bells
02 Banh Mi Ringtones
03 Ocean Parkway
04 Seagull For Chuck Berry
05 Gunter

• Buy Bay HeadOcean Parkway, and Sand City via Three Lobed

Howlin’ Rain: July 14, 2018 Brooklyn Bowl

July 23, 2018
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Before you dive in to Howlin’ Rain’s second show from Brooklyn Bowl, here’s your reminder that the band has two shows coming up this week at Monty Hall on Friday, July 27 and Union Pool on Saturday, July 28. Both are with New Haven, CT’s Mountain Movers. Friday includes additional support from Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band; Saturday includes support from Prison (Solar Motel Band play Union Pool’s day show on Saturday). These are absolutely amazing lineups and if you follow NYCTaper you’re aware of most of these bands and know we’re fans. See you there!

Okay, back to Brooklyn Bowl: Night two features a similar setlist to the previous night, adding a new arrangement of “Coliseum” from Mansion Songs. The band sounds especially loose for the Saturday night crowd, which you can hear right away in the elongated performance of “Missouri.” Speaking of performances, in the review of the first night I neglected to mention how great the band is: Jeff McElroy plays bass like a lead instrument and his lines are really unique; Dan Cervantes adds flair on the guitar, not to mention his Neil Young-stylings; Justin Smith swings on drums and holds this whole wailing thing together. The harmonies are especially great, with all four players adding vocals.

Howlin’ Rain will be back in our area on Friday, but if you’re near Detroit, Pittsburgh, Toronto, or Greenfield you can see them this week. Check out tour dates over at their website.

Downloads at the Live Music Archive.

Howlin’ Rain
2018-07-14
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

Tracks [49:03]
01. Missouri
02. Rainbow Trout
03. Death Prayer in Heaven’s Orchard
04. Coliseum
05. The Alligator Bride

Band:
Ethan Miller: guitar/vocals
Jeff McElroy: bass, backing vocals
Dan Cervantes: guitar, backing vocals
Justin Smith: drums, backing vocals

Website | Facebook | Buy The Alligator Bride and other Howlin Rain records via Silver Current

Grateful Shred: July 13, 2018 Brooklyn Bowl

July 19, 2018
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[Photos by Bill Antonucci]

True confession: I’ve never seen one of the various latter-day projects of any of the former members of the Grateful Dead. (I know, I know. I’m working my way up to it.) But I’ve also never seen a Dead cover band—that is until Friday night. California’s Grateful Shred made their East Coast debut last week with a show at Garcia’s at the Cap (appropriate) and two nights at Brooklyn Bowl. It occurs to me that fidelity to the spirit of the Dead exists not on the stage, but in the crowd, the lot, the makeshift Shakedown Streets that pop up surrounding these events. I’m not qualified to judge whether the Shred performed these songs perfectly, hit the notes right, whether they were too faithful to the material or not faithful enough (Deadheads have lots of opinions, man). But what I can speak to is the vibe they created: good times were had with plenty of dancing and new friends. On night two, a guy named Rudy approached me, noticing the mic stand and thanked me for taping. He gave me one of a bunch of homemade Grateful Shred shirts he had made to commemorate the shows. We talked about how the Shred do a great rendition of “The Music Never Stopped.” There’s pretty much nothing I could imagine that would be more in the spirit of the Dead. Go forth, enjoy the Shred—we’ll be back in a little bit with night two.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Grateful Shred
2018-07-13
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

Tracks: [2:20:12]

Set 1
01. Crowd
02. China Cat Sunflower >
03. I Know You Rider
04. El Paso
05. Althea
06. Unbroken Chain >
07. The Music Never Stopped

Set 2
08. Crowd
09. Help on the Way >
10. Slipknot! >
11. Franklin’s Tower
12. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
13. High Time
14. Estimated Prophet >
15. Drums/Space >
16. Eyes of the World
17. I’m a Hog for You
18. Sugar Magnolia
19. Encore Break
20. Casey Jones

Website

Pylon Reenactment Society: July 1, 2018 Mercury Lounge

July 18, 2018
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[photos by Chris Sikich]

Pylon’s influence on their contemporaries is indisputable. Indeed, over the years REM has consistently cited Pylon for their positive impact on the 1980s Athens scene. What’s become more clear in the intervening years is that Pylon’s influence is more vast than their local time and place — their revolutionary sound can be heard in new bands even today. Pylon was enjoying a bit of a renaissance in their third reunion period of 2007-2008 when tragically guitarist Randy Bewley suffered a heart attack and passed away at the age of 53. At that point, the band was formally retired and it seemed as if Pylon’s music would only live on in recordings.

After a few one-off local performances, in 2014 lead singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay re-formed the band under the moniker Pylon Reenactment Society. With the blessing of her two former bandmates Michael Lachowski and Curtis Crowe, Vanessa compiled a group of performers from the Athens scene who were both intimately familiar with the music and personally known to the band. Guitarist Jason NeSmith and bassist Kay Stanton were not only members of Athens mainstays Casper & the Cookies, but were also bandmates with Vanessa in Supercluster. Drummer Joe Rowe was a founding member of Athens greats the Glands, who suffered their own deep loss with the 2016 death of leader Ross Shapiro. Vanessa also added a new touch with this new configuration, as her friend and University of Georgia music professor Damon Denton fortifies the sound of PRS with skillful keyboards. So with friendship, familiarity, and a common ethos, its easily understandable that Pylon Reenactment Society has generated universally positive reviews as both an tribute and a celebration of Pylon, and a contemporary band with its own story to write.

Pylon Reenactment Society doesn’t come North very often, but we were fortunate to catch this month’s appearance at Mercury Lounge, a venue where I captured the original band in 2007. With a full crowd there to party, PRS brought the goods — an animated set of old Pylon classics and two new numbers all performed with the precision the songs require but this a new touch from a different skilled set of performers, all fronted by the inimitable Vanessa Briscoe Hay. The set began with “Driving School” and “Volume” from the first Pylon record, 1980’s Gyrate. Indeed, the show would include almost all of the first album and the entirety of Side A of the band’s second album Chomp. The set even included uber-rare b-side “Altitude”, a song with which we were unfamiliar until the fantastic release in 2016 of Pylon Live (Chunklet). With a twenty-song, ninety-minute set, Pylon Reenactment Society gave the crowd of old and newer fans all that could have been asked for — a chance to relive the old classic material in a new configuration with plenty of heart. We hope they’ll be back North again soon.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up next to the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Pylon Reenactment Society
2018-07-01
Mercury Lounge
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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:28:45]
01 Driving School
02 Volume
03 Look Alive
04 Cool
05 Messenger [new song]
06 Precaution
07 K
08 Italian Movie Theme
09 Human Body
10 [band introductions]
11 Working Is No Problem
12 Danger
13 Altitude
14 Buzz
15 Crazy
16 Try To Do That [new song]
17 Feast On My Heart
18 Beep
19 [encore break]
20 M Train
21 Dub
22 [banter – thanks]
23 Stop It

PLEASE SUPPORT Pylon Reenactment Society: Website | Bandcamp | Buy Pylon Live

Howlin’ Rain: July 13, 2018 Brooklyn Bowl

July 15, 2018
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[Photo by Bill Antonucci]

Howlin’ Rain’s latest album, The Alligator Bride, is the result of a culmination of forces at work in the Howlverse: after the grand studio work of Mansion Songs, Ethan Miller recorded The Alligator Bride with his touring band, successfully bottling the sound we heard on their 2015 tour. The record’s vision hearkens back to the earlier Southern Gothic days of Howlin’ Rain—and not incidentally their first self-titled album has just been reissued on vinyl for the first time. Miller also recently talked to the folks on the No Simple Road podcast, sharing that his inspiration for the live-in-the-studio sound came from the Dead’s Europe ’72 opus. So it was more than appropriate to find the ’Rain opening up for Californian Dead cover band, Grateful Shred, for their first two East Coast gigs. The ’Rain are in fine form here on night one, treating the Dead-freaks in attendance to an opening instrumental followed by five tunes from The Alligator Bride.

Howlin’ Rain continue their tour without the Grateful Shred, and you’re highly advised to catch them in your town. They’ll be back in the NYC-area for shows at Monty Hall on July 27 and Union Pool on July 28. Meanwhile we’ll be back in a few days with recordings of Howlin’ Rain night 2, as well as both nights of Grateful Shred. As they say, stay tuned to these higher frequencies!

Downloads at the Live Music Archive.

Howlin’ Rain
2018-07-13
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

Tracks [43:53]
01. Jam >
02. Missouri
03. Rainbow Trout
04. Death Prayer in Heaven’s Orchard
05. Alligator Bride
06. Coming Down

Band:
Ethan Miller: guitar and vocals
Jeff McElroy: bass, backing vocals
Dan Cervantes: guitar, backing vocals
Justin Smith: drums, backing vocals

Website | Facebook | Buy The Alligator Bride and other Howlin Rain records via Silver Current

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