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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” to the sun (wonderfully captured live at Hopscotch back in September) and weaves its way through two LPs worth of field recordings, found sounds, drones, and solo guitar. It’s a bold expansion of the palette Bachman has been mining since Orange County Serenade and signals a shifting musical perspective, from that of a guitarist to an ambient sound artist. Yet The Morning Star is still a solo guitar record and Bachman still a masterful guitarist. Having seen Bachman perform more than a few times now, my single observation is this: his performances aren’t about technical skill (though there’s plenty of that) but the intense feelings he conjures with just a guitar in his lap. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an intense audience reaction to a solo guitar performance as I’ve witnessed at Daniel Bachman shows. People literally cannot contain their enthusiasm, whooping and hollering between (and sometimes during) songs. Listening back to this field recording, I can still feel some of that energy.

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

Garcia Peoples: September 28, 2018 Music Hall of Williamsburg

November 7, 2018
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Garcia Peoples can’t/won’t stop—it seems like they’re on every good bill and making every good bill better. A couple of their most recent shows had them in opening slots at Music Hall of Williamsburg, first for Träd, Gräs och Stenar and next for Kikagaku Moyo. We caught a recording of the former and it’s one of the band’s best gigs yet (at least that I’ve seen). Opening up with the now-classic “One Step Behind” into “Hangin’ On,” they follow with a couple newer tunes, “Break Me Down” and “I Feel So Great.” Word is the next two(!) records are in the can, both to come out on the essential Beyond Beyond is Beyond label. Jesse Jarnow summed up the Garcias’ appeal nicely in this recent Relix review and I couldn’t agree more, calling their album Cosmic Cash “an underground musical cryptocurrency for our supremely fucked-up age.” I feel pretty great too now that you mention it.

Garcia Peoples have a bunch of shows coming up, including a year-end West Coast tour with Howlin’ Rain (attendance is mandatory folks), but if you’re in NYC your next chance to catch them in action is at Union Pool on November 14.

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Garcia Peoples
2018-09-28
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (at SBD) > 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: [33:46]
01. One Step Behind >
02. Hangin’ On
03. Break Me Down
04. I Feel So Great

Buy Cosmic Cash via Bandcamp

Träden (Träd, Gräs och Stenar): September 28, 2018 Music Hall of Williamsburg

October 30, 2018
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The concentration of great psych bands coming out of Sweden these days is astounding: Dungen, Goat, Hills, Centralstödet, The Janitors. That’s just to name a few that are on my radar and I’m sure I’ve barely scratched the surface. But the most well-known psych band to come from Sweden  is almost certainly Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Trees, Grass and Stones) and they undoubtedly loom large for the younger generation.

Today they’re called Träden, but shifting band names and performers has always been part of the deal for the group that started off in 1967 as Pärson Sound, which became International Harvester, then just Harvester, before settling on Träd, Gräs och Stenar in about 1969. Despite their reputation as DIY hippies—or perhaps because they were just that—a wonderful amount of documentation survives, with recent archival releases highlighting how incredibly vital and popular their music still is today. Though Pärson Sound never released a proper album, a three-LP set documents their early experimentation. International Harvester/Harvester released two records, Sov gott Rose-Marie and Hemåt, both recently collected as part of the Remains box set. And more than six LP’s worth of live Träd, Gräs och Stenar material was collected in a box set from Anthology Recordings a few years ago (their studio albums from the 1970s remain sadly out-of-print).

Träden is just the latest iteration of this band, using both names interchangeably on tour (their first to hit the U.S. since 2004). The sole original member of the band is Jakob Sjöholm, who joined in 1970 (in time to play on the second studio album, Rock för Kropp och Själ). He’s joined by musicians from some of those great bands I mentioned above: Hanna Östergren (Hills) on drums, Sigge Krantz (Archimedes Badkar) on bass, and Reine Fiske (Dungen, The Amazing) on guitar and vocals. Their live repertoire includes songs from their new self-titled album, as well as older Träd, Gräs och Stenar songs like “Rock for kropp oct själ” and the well-known “Sanningens silverflod.” “När Lingonen Mognar” appears on Träden’s album, but was also originally released on Harvester’s Hemåt. Whether you call them Träden now, or look back and call them Träd, Gräs och Stenar, there’s a timelessness at work here, and in Träden the spirit of the original music lives on.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Träden (Träd, Gräs och Stenar)
2018-09-28
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (at SBD, 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: [1:16:46]
01. Hymn
02. När lingonen mognar
03. Rock for kropp oct själ
04. Punkrocker
05. Tamburan
06. Tänkte bara undra
07. Sanningens silverflod
08. I ljuset av din dag
09. Hoppas du förstår

Buy Träden via Bandcamp

Parlor Walls: October 18, 2018 Saint Vitus Bar

October 25, 2018
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If you haven’t checked out Parlor Walls since their excellent 2017 album, Opposites, then put your headphones in and turn your ears on. This set at Saint Vitus should be a must-listen for those of us who’ve followed Alyse Lamb’s career since the early ’10s, and those new to the party. Three of the newer songs – “Neuromancer”, “Love Complex” and “Low Vulture” are represented on the band’s May 2018 EXO cassette, and are among the band’s best work yet, pushing further into No Wave territory and somewhat away from some of the free jazz flourishes that appeared on Opposites. Parlor Walls’ songs are noisy, astringent documents of our time, complicated, unsettled and at-times brutal. Lamb has always been that special type of performer who doesn’t seem to need an audience; her unflagging intensity comes from within rather than without. (If you don’t believe me, see how she and drummer/keyboardist Chris Mulligan bring it alone in a Paste Magazine sound studio). It’s incredible that she and Mulligan can pack this much into their songs performing as a duo (their albums have additional bandmembers, in the most recent case, multi-instrumentalist Jason Shelton); like the full-time Brooklyn duo Yvette, they fill the stage without the extra bodies. If unrest is the overarching theme of these jittery pre-election days, Parlor Walls is the right soundtrack.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the soundboard combined with house FOH Jeff’s excellent mix. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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

Parlor Walls
2018-10-18
Saint Vitus Bar
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Jeff) + Schoeps MK4V>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre 6>24/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix, compression, fades)
>Audacity 2.1.0 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 30:09]
01 Neuromancer
02 Love Complex
03 Pinafore
04 Spinning Gold
05 Ignite
06 Low Vulture
07 Cover Me
08 Birthday

PLEASE SUPPORT Parlor Walls: bandcamp | website

Object Hours: September 8, 2018 Merge Records/OCSC Day Party, King’s (Raleigh, NC)

October 22, 2018
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[Photo courtesy of Dave Schwentker]

Sometimes the daytime action at Hopscotch can be even more intense than the evening, as showcases like the Merge/OCSC day party at King’s have a habit of bringing out top local talent to draw the local crowd. For my money, few local acts are more exciting right now than Carrboro, NC’s Object Hours, whose bandcamp helpfully promises to keep songs “under 25 minutes for your sake.” The band’s instrumental explorations, at least during this set, aren’t quite that long, but it’d be just fine if they were. The players — Nora Rogers, Jenny Waters and Harrison Haynes — are vets of a number of bands, and that experience and confidence shows in their improvisational style. For any fan of modern music for heads, add Object Hours to the top of your list — this is a band to watch.

Our man Dave Schwentker made this recording from an optimal spot in the venue using an Olympus LS-10 and its included mics. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Object Hours
Merge/OCSC Day Party
King’s
Raleigh, NC  USA

Recorded by Dave Schwentker

Tracks
01 Fuse Blower/Vikings
02 The Turning Point
03 Fear Based Excellence

SUPPORT Object Hours: bandcamp | Instagram

Long Hots: September 7, 2018 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

October 17, 2018
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[Courtesy of Dave Schwentker]

I should possibly apologize to Rosali Middleman, one of the three Long Hots, for referring to her guitar playing as “feral” in last year’s review of this band’s Three Lobed / WXDU show, their third ever. If you’ve heard her other work, particularly her outstanding latest record Trouble Anyway, you wouldn’t necessarily know it was the same person as the one shredding on these scuzz-rock numbers. It was more a statement the style of her guitar playing for this band than the, you know, quality. But I digress. A year later, Long Hots continue to be one of Philadelphia’s best up and coming exports. The band’s gritty, garage-style approach recalls Philly brethren Spacin’ and Purling Hiss, and like those bands, the Long Hots can make it feel like a 3 a.m. rager in some hopped-up dirtball’s basement even if they’re actually playing a day show in a much-nicer-than-average local club. This five-song set almost doubled last year’s set in length and at least matched it in intensity, showing us new songs that (one day?) could fill out a full LP. As for now, Long Hots remain “Philadelphia’s most anticipated band” in that respect, as they continue to hone their live chops. You can catch another flavor of that on the band’s sole release, the Monday Night Raw cassette, which is exactly what it sounds like.

I recorded this set with a blend of onstage Schoeps microphones, a pair of mics in the audience, and a soundboard feed. It’s a fun recording. Enjoy!

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

Long Hots
2018-09-07
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Rite of Summoning
King’s
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK4V (onstage, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard + Behringer C2 (FOB, DFC)>>Zoom F8>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, fades, normalize)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.2.2 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Nickel and Dime
02 Boogie Trance
03 Mama
04 Die Die Die
05 One Chip

Support Long Hots: bandcamp

Tropical Fuck Storm: October 8, 2018 Elsewhere Zone One

October 10, 2018
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If my memory is correct, it’s been nearly ten years since Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin were last in NYC with The Drones, having made stops at Union Hall and The Bell House in 2009. But good things come to those who wait and now the pair are back with their new mushroom cloud of a band, Tropical Fuck Storm. The album, A Laughing Death in Meatspace, is nothing less than the antidote to a twisted, doomed world, with song topics spanning chess to cell phones to nuclear weapons in as many moves. With bandmates Lauren Hammel and Erica Dunn, Tropical Fuck Storm have been touring the U.S. opening for Modest Mouse, only taking a break to play this headlining set at Elsewhere’s Zone One. Beyond playing most of the tracks from A Laughing Death in Meatspace, they play Lost Animal’s “Lose the Baby,” Kitschin sings The Divinyls’ “Back to the Wall” (which was released as a b-side to “You Let My Tyres Down”), and the band closes with The Drones song “Baby Squared.”

The Tropical Fuck Storm tour with Modest Mouse continues in Montclair tonight (October 10)—tickets are still available and you’ve definitely got time. Go on down early to catch TFS. Check the TFS website for further dates.

Download: MP3/FLAC

Tropical Fuck Storm
2018-10-08
Elsewhere Zone One
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (at SBD) > 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: [1:00:41]
01. Chameleon Paint
02. Lose the Baby [Lost Animal]
03. Antimatter Animal
04. Soft Power
05. You Let My Tyres Down
06. Back to the Wall [The Divinyls]
07. The Future of History
08. Rubber Bullies
09. Two Afternoons
10. Baby Squared [The Drones]

Buy A Laughing Death in Meatspace via Joyful Noise

Luna: August 24, 2018 Industry City Brooklyn

October 7, 2018
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[photo from Frank]

In the evolving story of Luna v2.0, the band continues to entertain in new ways. While last year it was the eclectic and meticulously curated covers album A Sentimental Education, this year’s tour seems to be an exercise in finding the deep cuts that haven’t been performed in more a decade. Its been three years now and as we’ve chronicled umpteen shows, but at this Industry City show in August we saw Luna perform four songs for the first time — “Math Wiz”, “I Can’t Wait”, “Broken Chair” and the Galaxie 500 number “Strange”. Overall, this show was one of the stronger performances we’ve seen from Luna, and it wasn’t just the ambitious selist. The band seems in particularly good form, tight, focused, and in great spirits. These days Luna shows are must see and we’re luck the band continues to faithfully play NYC shows when they do their mini tours.

While Luna currently does not have any shows scheduled (they just finished a tour of Europe), Dean Wareham has a new collaboration with Cheval Sombre and they will play NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on December 7. Tickets here.

I recorded this set with the outdoor-friendly Neumann large diaphragm cards blended with soundboard feed mixed with precision by Evan Player. Despite some minor noise from the windy evening, the mix worked quite well and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Luna
2018-08-24
Industry City
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Evan Player] > Neumann TLM 102s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:30:48]
01 Twenty-Three Minutes in Brussels
02 Slide
03 Fire in Cairo [Cure]
04 Math Wiz
05 Sweetness [Yes]
06 I Can’t Wait
07 Lost in Space
08 Broken Chair
09 Chinatown
10 Malibu Love Nest
11 [banter]
12 Kalamazoo
13 Bewitched
14 Friendly Advice
15 [encore break]
16 Strange [Galaxie 500]
17 Lonesome Cowboy Bill [Velvets]
18 Indian Summer [Beat Happening]
19 [second encore break]
20 Car Wash Hair [Mercury Rev]

SUPPORT Luna:  Website | Bandcamp | Buy A Sentimental Education

Dinosaur Jr.: September 19, 2019 White Eagle Hall

September 24, 2018
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[Photos by @qbertplaya]

Making the best of a bad turn after the cancellation of their tour supporting Mastodon, Dinosaur Jr. took to some roads less traveled, hitting up smaller venues in far-flung cities like Maquoketa, IA and Fort Wayne, IN. Their NYC-area appearances brought them to the small Garcia’s room at the Captiol Theatre in Port Chester and the larger White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. We caught up with them for the latter and were rewarded with more than an hour and a half of shredding from Mascis, Barlow, and Murph. After opening up with “Thumb” from Green Mind, the band launch into four tracks from their latest album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (which is an awfully good record for a band going long past thirty years now) followed by a set of Dino-favorites like “Feel the Pain,” “Little Fury Things,” “The Wagon” (with Don Fleming and John Moloney), “Freak Scene,” and so on. For the encore the band is once again joined by John Brannon and Easy Action for some Negative Approach songs, plus the Dinosaur Jr. noisefest “Don’t” and Stooges closer “T.V. Eye.”

Download: MP3/FLAC

Dinosaur Jr.
2018-09-19
White Eagle Hall
Jersey City, NJ

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

Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Tracks: [1:37:25]
01. Thumb
02. Goin Down
03. Lost All Day
04. Left/Right
05. I Told Everyone
06. Just Like Heaven [The Cure]
07. Feel the Pain
08. Little Fury Things
09. The Wagon
10. Kracked
11. Sludgefeast
12. Start Choppin’
13. Knocked Around
14. Freak Scene
15. Forget the Swan
16. [encore break]
17. Can’t Tell No One [Negative Approach]
18. Read to Fight [Negative Approach]
19. Don’t
20. T.V. Eye [The Stooges]

SUPPORT Dinosaur Jr.: Facebook | Website | Buy Their Records

Daniel Bachman Quartet: September 7, 2018 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Rite of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

September 18, 2018
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The consistently positive reception for Daniel Bachman‘s latest record, The Morning Star, is an uplifting reminder that some people still listen with an open mind. The double LP, released this summer by Three Lobed Recordings, takes Bachman’s previous drone experiments — most recently suggested by the beginning of “Brightleaf Blues” on Bachman’s self-titled 2016 album, and extends it to the entire first side of the new record. The 18-minute ambient drone “Invocation” – that a casual fan might wonder if this is Daniel Bachman at all. “Invocation” is a vast and complex new work, blending field recordings, snippets of spoken word, a shruti box, and more. It’s a bold way to begin a record, and to capture the feeling of it full, read what Tiny Mix Tapes had to say.

One fact of a piece like “Invocation” is that it’s virtually impossible to create live in the settings where Bachman usually finds himself — that is, as a solo guitarist. So leave it to one of his favorite venues for experimentation – King’s in Raleigh, at a Three Lobed / WXDU event – for Bachman to find a path toward the album version, even if the result was entirely new. Joined by Forrest Marquise, Jim Becker and Jaime Fennelly, not to mention one of Marquise’s custom instruments and a mic’d, upside-down peanut jar with marbles on it, Bachman and his fellow players created a unique “Invocation” for what is always one of the year’s most exciting days of experimental music (christened this year as the “Annual Rite of Summoning.” This 38-minute organism of a song created a new place inside Kings’ four walls, a space to breathe, to reflect, to listen. A rite of summoning, indeed.

Please put on your headphones, and enjoy.

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

Daniel Bachman Quartet
2018-09-07
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Rite of Summoning
King’s
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (onstage, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Zoom F8>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, fades, normalize)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.2.2 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Invocation

Players:
Daniel Bachman
Forrest Marquise
Jaime Fennelly
Jim Becker

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

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