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Monks Of Doom: May 23, 2018 Berlin NYC

June 9, 2019
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[photo from Ehud Lazin Instagram]

It had been ten years since we last encountered Monks Of Doom when this fortuitous event occurred. Those two shows in early 2009 at the now defunct Brooklyn venue Club Europa were the last time Monks appeared in the New York area. The Bay Area supergroup, containing mostly members of Camper Van Beethoven along with sometime CVB member and longtime guitarist for Counting Crows David Immerglück, tends to play intermittent west coast dates when the members’ other projects are not active.  In 2018, the quartet finished an album that has been in the works for that last decade and went on tour for the first time in who knows how long.  The Brönte Pin is the band’s first new material in twenty-five years, but sounds just as tight and focused as their best work. Immy shares lead vocal work with bassist Victor Krummenacher, with guitar wizard Greg Lisher and percussionist Chris Pedersen providing the backbone.  This set opening for the special Escovedo/Barone show (here) was a treat that we literally had no idea was going to occur, and we hope it isn’t another ten years before the band comes back to NYC.  In the spirit of long delays, I inadvertently sat on this recording for over a year, but I guess its better late than never.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Escovedo recording and the sound is equally superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show from Archive.org in FLAC or MP3 [HERE]

Stream the Complete Show via Archive.org:

Monks Of Doom
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 47:35]
01 In Anticipation Of The Pope
02 Hieroglyphic
03 The Traveler
04 The Bastards Never Show Themselves
05 Going South
06 Up From The Cane
07 Oh Well [Fleetwood Mac]
08 Vaporize Your Crystals
09 [band introductions]
10 The Better Angels Of Our Nature
11 Tanguedia (Reprise)
12 Let’s Split
13 Ukrainian Technological Faith Dance

PLEASE SUPPORT Monks of Doom:  website | buy The Brönte Pin

Sunwatchers & Eugene Chadbourne: May 10, 2019 Nublu Classic

June 4, 2019
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Last month, Sunwatchers and Eugene Chadbourne played Nublu Classic in belated support of 3 Characters, their collaborative double-LP of Minutemen and Doug Sahm covers. The album was released in November, but perhaps due to scheduling they didn’t get the properly inaugurate it into the world until May. Last time we got to see Sunwatchers and Doc Chad play live, they did a trio of Chuck Berry tunes (he had recently passed) plus covers of songs by Sonny Rollins, Love, and John Lee Hooker. This time it’s all Minutemen and Doug Sahm songs, with a writing assist from Albert Alyer on the mashup “Joe McCarthy’s Ghost(s).” Perhaps it’s from the rigors of recording, or a whole lot of practice, but they’ve got these songs down tight. The only one not recorded for the album (and maybe the highlight of this set) is their delightful take on “Stoned Faces Don’t Lie,” a Doug Sahm number from way back with the Sir Douglas Quintet. It’s a shame that one didn’t make it onto the album, but better maybe that it’s just incentive for Sunwatchers and Eugene Chadbourne to ride again!

Speaking of Sunwatchers, grab tickets for their upcoming Rocks Off Cruise gig with Garcia Peoples. Yes, that’s Sunwatchers and Garcia Peoples on a boat. June 15th. Go for it.

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Sunwatchers and Eugene Chadbourne
2019-05-10
Nublu Classic
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
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 [58:52]
01. I Felt Like a Gringo [Minutemen]
02. Themselves [Minutemen]
03. Political Song For Michael Jackson to Sing [Minutemen]
04. It’s Gonna Be Easy [Doug Sahm]
05. Joe McCarthy’s Ghost(s) [Minutemen/Albert Ayler]
06. The Product [Minutemen]
07. The Anchor [Minutemen]
08. This Ain’t No Picnic [Minutemen]
09. The Price of Paradise [Minutemen]
10. Too Many Docile(d) Minds [Doug Sahm]
11. Uncle Sam Do [Doug Sahm]
12. Stoned Faces Don’t Lie [Doug Sahm]

Buy 3 Characters via Bandcamp

Dream Syndicate: May 17, 2019 Mercury Lounge

June 2, 2019
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Photo courtesy of PSquared Photography

The second night of Dream Syndicate‘s two sold-out shows at Mercury Lounge continued in the same vein as the first night — a ton of energy propelling forward a set of tunes from new album that ultimately led to a collection of classics. On this night, my personal highlight was the extended take on “Coltrane” that seemed to reach deep down to conjure up the psych-blues that motivated the song’s first performance in the studio. The crowd was again full of old friends, and the band indeed dedicated “Still Here Now” to former tour manager and the music industry hero Nicholas Hill, who has persevered through some medical issues in the last few years. It was this kind of good energy that permeated these two Dream Syndicate shows and we’re so happy we attended both.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the first night, this time mixed expertly by brilliant house FOH Alex, and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete show from Archive.org [HERE]

Stream the Complete Show:

Dream Syndicate
2019-05-17
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Alex] + 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 1:38:24]
01 The Way In
02 Put Some Miles On
03 Filter Me Through You
04 Black Light
05 Out of My Head
06 [banter – Queens band]
07 How Did I Find Myself Here
08 [band introductions]
09 Bullet Holes
10 Still Here Now
11 Recovery Mode
12 Halloween
13 Sure Thing
14 Glide
15 John Coltrane Stereo Blues
16 [encore break]
17 When You Smile
18 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
19 [banter – jukebox]
20 Merritville
21 Hero Takes The Fall [Bangles]

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

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

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May 11, 2019
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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

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