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Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone: May 23, 2018 Berlin NYC

May 28, 2018
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[photo from Alejandro Escovedo Instagram Page]

Alejandro Escovedo is in the midst of a five-week NYC residency that has featured as guests some of the most renowned musicians in the history of New York music, including Sylvain Sylvain, Lenny Kaye, and Richard Barone. The residency was the brainchild of Escovedo, Jesse Malin, and Diane Gentile, and is a celebration of Alejandro’s long-time connection to NYC (with The Nuns he moved here in 1978), but is also a tribute to musical heroes Lou Reed and David Bowie, and is also in support of his latest album, the outstanding Burn Something Beautiful. We chose to capture the night at Malin’s club Berlin NYC with Richard Barone, a long-time favorite of this site. Oh, and what a show it was. Alejandro was as ever a gracious host, and the two headliners basically shared the lead microphone throughout the night, alternating between Escovedo material, Barone material, and a selection of classic covers of Velvet Underground and David Bowie. There were also heartfelt tributes, crowd interaction, and a guest spot from Barone’s partner in the Bongos James Mastro. Interestingly, the set also featured two songs from the great lost classic, the Barone/Mastro duo album Nuts & Bolts. Through it all, the old punks in the crowd were boisterous in their support (with a few over-served unfortunately) and the performers reflected back the love and support. Alejandro Escovedo has one show left in this residency, May 30 at Bowery Electric, attendance much recommended.

Many thanks to Alejandro Escovedo for permitting this show to be recorded and to Nancy Rankin Escovedo and Mike Thompson for making the arrangements!

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted to the back left of the soundboard booth, which is only about 15 feet from the stage in this intimate venue. The mics are mixed with an excellent feed from house sound tech Mike, and the resulting mix is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show (songs only – talking tracks via download):

Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone
2018-05-23
Berlin
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Mike] + 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 1:30:01]
01 [introduction]
02 Gravity – Falling Down Again
03 Street Hassle [Lou Reed]
04 The Bulrushes
05 Train Round The Bend [Velvets]
06 [Richard meets Lou Reed]
07 I’ll Be Your Mirror [Velvets]
08 Sensitive Boys
09 [Falcon introduction]
10 Flew A Falcon
11 Moonage Daydream [Bowie]
12 [band introductions]
13 Sister Lost Soul
14 [Candy introduction]
15 Candy Says [Velvets]
16 [James Mastro introduction]
17 I’ve Got a Secret
18 Number With Wings
19 Always a Friend
20 [thanks]
21 All the Young Dudes [Bowie – Mott the Hoople]
22 [encore break]
23 Rock and Roll [Velvets]
24 [outro]

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Sunwatchers: April 20, 2018 The Bell House

May 21, 2018
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Say, how ’bout those Sunwatchers? Since we last checked in, the boys released Sunwatchers II on Trouble in Mind, played a whole bunch of shows, and released a little live rarities tape (featuring a contribution by yours truly I might add). Yep, they’ve been busy and so have we: unfortunately we didn’t make it out for their record release show back in February or their recent NYC date on the Sunwatchers Motel Band tour. But we did catch this epic opening set for DC’s The Messthetics last month at the Bell House, which finds the band playing a bunch of sweet tunes from the new record, a couple new ones, and a fantastic cover of Sonny and Linda Sharrock’s “Sweet Butterfingers.” Can’t get enough of those Sunwatchers!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Sunwatchers
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 [36:26]
01. Nose Beers
02. The Works
03. Silent Boogie
04. Beautiful Crystals
05. Psychic Driving
06. Sweet Butterfingers [Sonny & Linda Sharrock]
07. The Hot Eye

Band:
Peter Kerlin
Jim McHugh
Jeff Tobias
Jason Robira

Buy Basement Apes Vol. 1 and Sunwatchers II via Bandcamp
• • Buy Sunwatchers via Castle Face

Animal Flag: April 27, 2018 Trans-Pecos

May 17, 2018
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[photo from Animal Flag Instagram]

This night from a couple of weeks ago at Trans-Pecos was Animal Flag’s local release show for their excellent album Void Ripper. This release represents a full two years of work since the Boston band’s last album and also saw a change in the band. No longer the solo project of singer/guitarist Matthew Politoski, Animal Flag is now a band with regular members. The familiarity with the material and with each other gave the band a tight and inspired approach to the music. The band worked straight through the new album (sans one track) before being called back and performing an encore. This well-attended and musically strong show created a really nice night for the band, fans, and venue and we expect it won’t be long before Animal Flag returns to Pecos. Animal Flag has a bunch of tour dates this Summer, including a show on cruise in NYC in August.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps at the stage lip mixed with a fine feed from the soundboard mixed by talented FOH Denim Casimir. The resulting blend captures the strengths of both feeds and the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show: [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Animal Flag
2018-04-27
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Denim] + 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 36:48]
01 [introduction]
02 Morningstar
03 Void Ripper
04 Candace
05 Stray
06 Fair
07 Lord of Pain
08 Why
09 Five
10 [encore break]
11 Sensation

PLEASE SUPPORT Animal Flag: Bandcamp | Website | Facebook

SAVAK: April 20, 2018 The Bell House

May 10, 2018
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There really isn’t a lot of good, original indie rock coming out these days. Sorry to be the bearer of that bad news. But lucky for all, SAVAK aren’t good, they’re great. No, really: I dug Best of Luck in Future Endeavors for sure, but on their second record, the recently-released Cut-Ups, the band has really taken it up a notch or four (or at least enough to warrant all my hyperbole). Cut-Ups features some songs we’ve been listening to on the live circuit for a while now, like “Sick of War,” “They Are Bones,” and “I Don’t Want to be Defended.” But the SAVAK-ery  doesn’t stop there: the band’s got two even-more-recent 7″s up on Bandcamp that in my opinion represent their best material yet. I’ve made a formal request that the band integrate these new tracks into their live sets so we’ll see what we can make happen there. In the meantime, if you need even more newness, this set from last month at the Bell House features the so-new-no-one’s-heard-it-yet “Door Deals” that will have you asking about LP number three.

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

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

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

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Mastered by Geoff Sanoff

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

Tracks [35:31]
01. Alive in Shadows
02. Christo’s Peers
03. Natural Light
04. I Don’t Want to Be Defended
05. This Currency Exchanged
06. They Are Bones
07. Loma Prieta
08. Drop the Pieces
09. Sick of War
10. Early Western Traders
11. Door Deals

Buy all things SAVAK via their Bandcamp page
• • Connect with the band at their Website and on Facebook

Rhyton: April 27, 2018 Wonders of Nature

May 7, 2018
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Here’s a wild one from New York’s masters of improvised psych, Rhyton, opening up for fellow heads Wet Tuna at Wonders of Nature. This set captures the trio—Dave Shuford, Jimy SeiTang, and Rob Smith—in full-on improvisational mode. The direction on these jams tends more to their recent easy-going Redshift material, which just so happens to be my favorite side of Rhyton. While their earlier, heavier stuff first caught my attention, it’s Redshift that I pull out most frequently when searching for the sound. In particular, it’s the set-ending and mind-bending closer of “The Owl’s Octave” into “Pharaonic Crosstalk” that scratches that itch for exploratory rock thats meanders and grooves. Rhyt-on!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

Rhyton
2018-04-27
Wonders of Nature
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO MBP603/KA200N (XY, stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 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 [40:41]
01. Abacus Jam
02. LIT on the Down Low
03. Skygazing
04. The Owl’s Octave > Pharaonic Crosstalk

Buy Rhyton’s Redshift (and other Rhyton records) via Thrill Jockey
• • Connect with the band on Facebook

Chuck Johnson: April 12, 2018 Union Pool

May 3, 2018
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[Photo by Drew Gardner]

It’s been a while since we checked in with the great Chuck Johnson. Almost a year ago he put out the excellent Balsams for VDSQ, which finds Chuck experimenting with the pedal steel guitar and discovering some soothing ambient sounds along the way. You’ll hear some of that familiar twang from the instrument, but taken in a different and more subtle direction than maybe you’re used to. It’s been getting a ton of very deserved praise and anticipation was high for an in-person visit. For many of us New Yorkers, this Union Pool gig was our first chance to finally see Chuck perform live with the pedal steel, stopping off on his way to The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose festival. It was well worth the wait as we were treated to some deep listening in the form of a continuous thirty-minute stretch of pedal steel and effect pedal balladry.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Chuck Johnson
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, convert to mono, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [30:44]
01. Live at Union Pool

Chuck Johnson: Website | Bandcamp | Trouble In Mind Records

Ryley Walker: April 29, 2018 The Bowery Ballroom

May 2, 2018
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Ryley Walker arrived on The Bowery Ballroom stage as the opening act. For many bands, the opening 45 minutes means an opportunity to deliver a tight-but-denuded set that gives the untutored fan a reason to seek more. Well, Ryley and this night’s crack band — longtime compatriot Ryan Jewell, fellow guitarist Bill MacKay, and Calexico (the headliner) bassist Scott Colberg — did the latter but not the former. Which is to say, their version of a “short” set consisted of four songs, but one of them was 18 minutes long. And instead of “the hits,” as it were, those four were, save one, all tracks from his forthcoming album, Deafman Glance, which promises to extend Walker’s renown as a musician’s musician, who follows his instincts where they take him and isn’t afraid to challenge the listener.

If for years the understanding among Walker and his fans is that there’s about as little relationship between the reasonably straightforward sound of his records and his expansive, jazz-influenced live shows as there is between the seriousness of Walker’s music and the lightheartedness of his stage banter, the Deafman Glance material seems poised to narrow that gap. The proggy, dense, album sound carries over well into Walker’s chosen live milieu, making (for example) the “Telluride Speed” that closed this set a thrill but, unlike the eighteen-minute “Halfwit In Me” that opened it, not a totally radical departure from the album version.

Ryley’s stated goal was for Deafman Glance to be his anti-folk record, and indeed, this felt like the least folk-driven Ryley Walker show I’ve seen. With his vocals turned relatively low in the mix, and a song selection that was relatively short on opportunities for vocal pyrotechnics, Walker seemed intent on letting his electric guitar guide his sound (listen to that “Halfwit in Me” – it did). Walker’s full-band shows have always de-prioritized vocals to some degree in favor of extended jamming, but if I hadn’t seen Walker before and someone told me this was a guy who also does a mean cover of Van Morrison, I’m not sure I’d have believed them. That’s one of the joys of seeing this artist — by the time I see him again (expect a headlining tour in the U.S. in the fall), he’ll almost surely have evolved yet again.

I recorded this set with a beautiful stereo soundboard feed and Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show from its page on the Live Music Archive: [FLAC] | [MP3]

Ryley Walker
2018-04-29
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

An nyctaper recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (PAS, at SBD, slightly LOC)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre 6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro banter]
02 The Halfwit in Me
03 [banter2]
04 Spoil With the Rest
05 22 Days
06 [banter3]
07 Telluride Speed

Band:
Ryley Walker – guitar, vocals
Ryan Jewell – drums
Bill MacKay – guitar
Scott Colberg – bass

PLEASE SUPPORT RYLEY WALKER: Bandcamp | Dead Oceans

Wet Tuna: April 27, 2018 Wonders of Nature

April 30, 2018
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There are few things in the world more satisfying than Wet Tuna’s space-hazy folk. Matt and Pat have a rare chemistry that comes only after playing together some twenty-odd years. Wet Tuna are finally on the road for their first real tour (check out the full list of dates here) in support of Livin’ the Die. We caught their sold-out gig at new-ish Williamsburg spot, Wonders of Nature, a perfectly chill small room for the duo. Tune in for these exploratory jams and Wet Tuna will see you on that golden road.

Recorded front and center from the tapers pit with the MBHO’s in stereo XY configuration. The sound is killer. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

Wet Tuna
2018-04-27
Wonders of Nature
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO MBP603/KA200N (XY, stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 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 [58:38]
01. I Know You Rider
02. Other Kinds Run
03. New York Street
04. I’d Rather Be Hayin’

Band:
Matt Valentine
P.G. Six

Bandcamp

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]

Bandcamp

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

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