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Sunburned Hand of the Man: August 28, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

September 12, 2017
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Sunburned Hand of the Man are such a disparate psychedelic force (with over 100 releases to their name) that you can’t ever guarantee what’s going to come out of them. For this set, we got a ten-person band on the stage of Rough Trade NYC to play a four-part improvisation that the band referred to as the “Blizzard of Zoz.” Compared to some of the sets we served up to you last year, the “Blizzard of Zoz” was a bit more of a groove-driven affair, expanding over 42 mind-melting minutes from a low drone into a tight groove, then heading into freakout territory. Don’t worry, these sets were plenty noisy, too. The intensity of the proceedings was maximized by the Mad Alchemy liquid light show going on behind the band, which absorbed us all through the end.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 “open cardiod” microphones and a soundboard feed from Noel Ford, engineer of Dinosaur Jr. and several other bands. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Sunburned Hand of the Man
2017-08-28
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK22 (at SBD, DFC, PAS bar)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Noel Ford)>>Sound Devices MixPre 6>24bit polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, adjust levels, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Blizzard of Zoz Pt 1
02 Blizzard of Zoz Pt 2
03 Blizzard of Zoz Pt 3
04 Blizzard of Zoz Pt 4

Support Sunburned Hand of the Man: Website | Buy Sunburned releases via Bandcamp

Doug Tuttle: August 28, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

August 31, 2017
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Doug Tuttle, originally known as a member of the New Hampshire psych voyagers MMOSS, is now three albums deep into his journey as a solo artist. What he has proven across those three records, including his latest, Peace Potato, is how adept he is with melodic songcraft, with Chilton-esque hooks and an acid-washed, classic sound that matches his multilayered vocals perfectly. What this live show at Rough Trade NYC established, though, was that Tuttle remains a serious instrumentalist, capable of leading those earworm hooks into florid, all-out jams. Adding to the inspiration on this night was the truly incredible liquid light show courtesy of Mad Alchemy, whose work set the perfect generational and visual tone for what was going on onstage. If one had to pick some highlights from the night, my votes would go to a snappy version of “Bait the Sun” from Peace Potato, “Lasting Away” from Doug’s self-titled first album, and the night’s mind-bending conclusion, as “Turn This Love” segued into a twelve-minute untitled jam that was both the set’s most cosmic of all.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 “open cardiod” microphones and a feed of engineer Dustin Myers’ house mix. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC] | [MP3]

Doug Tuttle
2017-08-28
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK22 (at SBD, DFC, PAS bar)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Dustin Myers)>>Sound Devices MixPre 6>24bit polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC
(align, mix down, adjust levels, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:24:31]
01 A Place for You
02 Leave Your Body
03 Where You Plant Your Love… Is Where It Grows
04 Time Will Show the Wiser
05 E Kraut
06 [tuning]
07 Bait the Sun
08 Can It Be
09 All You See
10 Lasting Away
11 Falling to Believe
12 C Firebrand Jam
13 [tuning2]
14 It Calls On Me
15 Saturday-Sunday
16 Painted Eye
17 Turn This Love>
18 jam

SUPPORT Doug Tuttle: like him on facebook and buy his records directly from Trouble In Mind or, head on over to his bandcamp

A Place To Bury Strangers: July 16, 2017 Out In The Street Festival

August 28, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

It was ten years ago when A Place To Bury Strangers broke. It was during that small window of time when blogs were tastemakers and willy-nilly determined random band flavors of the month. Except when it came to APTBS, their talent and depth were hard to get wrong. This was a band whose intensity was clear and whose ability to project a wall of sound was magnified by Oliver Ackermann’s world class pedal business. The Death By Audio pedal company pre-dated and survived the venue of the same name and the electroncic wizardry and meticulous and inventive craft propelled noise makers of all shapes and sizes, but none more directly than APTBS.

The second day of the annual Out In The Streets Fest was headlined by APTBS and the band came prepared. Before doors even opened for the day, Oliver spent several minutes playing with gadgets in the middle of the floor and he and bassist Dion Lunadon did some neat improv. Hours later in the pitch dark APTBS began their sonic assault and did not let up for the better part of an hour. The band last released an album in 2015 (Transfixiation on Dead Oceans) and several of those songs were featured in the set. But there also seemed to be a handful of newer songs that may feature on an upcoming release. At least it seems that APTBS is gearing up for recording and working out the material on the road — their packed tour schedule cuts through most of Europe through September, October and part of November (dates here). This band still very much has the intensity that first brought them into prominence and this set was our confirmation of that fact. We’ll be back when they return to the US.

I recorded this set with the Neumann large diaphragm cardioids mounted in the center of the floor in front of the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed from the board. This set was intensely loud and the band was plentiful in its use of effects, so there are some moments where the mix is rough, but overall this is an excellent representation of a tremendous set. Enjoy!

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A Place To Bury Strangers
2017-07-16
Out in the Streets Fest
The Well
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Cliff Ribeiro] + Neumann TLM-102s > 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 42:44]
01 [intro]
02 We’ve Come So Far
03 [unknown 1]
04 Deadbeat
05 Drill It Up
06 [unknown 2]
07 Situations Change
08 Ocean
09 Never Hold Back
10 [unknown 3]
11 [unknown 4]
12 [unknown 5]

(Any help with titles of songs marked unknown would be much appreciated)

PLEASE SUPPORT A Place To Bury Strangers: Website | Dead Oceans Page | Store

Tyvek: August 26, 2017 Union Pool (Summer Thunder)

August 27, 2017
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Tyvek took an uncharacteristically long break from recording between 2012’s On Triple Beams and last year’s Origin of What, but of course it was worth the wait. If you haven’t picked that one up yet, here’s your official reminder. It’s more of the raw energy you’ve come to expect from Tyvek, whose live performances also haven’t slowed down a bit in the last ten-plus years since “Frustration Rock” made them the biggest little punk band from Detroit. Tyvek is literally the most fun you can have watching a band do their thing, but throw in a mid-70s August day in Union Pool’s backyard and you’re in rock and roll heaven. Tyvek and the packed crowd sent off 2017’s Summer Thunder series in the finest form.

I recorded this set with acidjack’s Schoeps MK22’s set up right in front of the band, combined with a board feed from our man, Doug. The sound is raw—turn this one up for full effect!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Tyvek
2017-08-26
Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + Schoeps MK22 (ORTF, OS) > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (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 [31:59]
01. Tip to Tail
02. Real Estate & Finance
03. Can’t Exist
04. Girl on a Bicycle
05. Choose Once
06. Gridlock
07. Underwater Too
08. Frustration Rock >
09. Origin of What
10. Wayne County Roads
11. Give It Up

FacebookBuy Tyvek records from In the Red

Honey: June 24, 2017 Union Pool (Summer Thunder)

August 24, 2017
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Brooklyn’s no-frills, full-throttle Honey are longtime NYCTaper favs. We’re used to seeing the band playing dank DIY spaces, but this outdoor sunshine day show as part of Union Pool’s Summer Thunder series literally throws some light on the band. Crisp and clear upfront sound only manages to highlight their gritty garage punk. Paired up with Sunwatchers in an opening slot for the likeminded Feral Ohms, this is a ferocious set clocking in at under nineteen minutes—perfect for Honey to get the job done. Their new album New Moody Judy hits record stores everywhere via Wharf Cat Records on September 29th and this is just the primer you need.

I recorded this with the mics set up on stage, combined with a board feed courtesy of Union Pool engineer Doug. It sounds excellent. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Honey
2017-06-24
Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + AKG C480B/CK61 (ORTF, OS) > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (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 [18:40]
01. Dream Come Now
02. Wage Agreement
03. New Moody Judy
04. Hungry
05. Power

Preorder New Moody Judy via Wharf Cat Records

Sloppy Heads: July 14, 2017 Secret Project Robot

August 23, 2017
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If you’ve been following along, you heard Sloppy Heads‘ record release show back in January here. Fast forward half a year, and here we are with a very different flavor of the ‘Heads, taking the stage at the renewed Secret Project Robot with a set that paid a sort of tribute to the night’s headliner, Oneida.

Joined by James McNew on guitar (doing double-duty that night), the Heads kicked off with “Nightbird” from their 2014 Do or Dangle EP. Beginning with the 14-minute number, replete with the kind of deep-space jamming you’d associate with early ’70s Dead, announced that this would be a different kind of set. As if to drive home the point, the band followed that up with a buoyant cover of “New Speedway Boogie” that proffered its own sequence of dense guitar theatrics. As if to flip the script further, the finished with a one-two punch of burners from Useless Smile, with “I’ll Take My Chances” into the garage rocker “Love Is A Disease.” If shorter than the last set we saw, this felt like the perfect distillation of what this band is about — a heady psych-garage mashup that’s a gas to see in the room. Go see these folks over and over again; you’ll never see quite the same thing twice.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones onstage, together with a soundboard feed from our friends at Punkcast. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Sloppy Heads
2017-07-14
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (Stage lip, DFC)>KCY>Z-PFA + SBD (engineer: Eric)>>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC (fades, align, mix down, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Nightbird
02 New Speedway Boogie [Grateful Dead]
03 I’ll Take My Chances>
04 Love is a Disease

Support Sloppy Heads: Buy their new album on Shrimper Records. Check out their bandcamp for more stuff.

Gun Outfit: August 19, 2017 Union Pool’s “Summer Thunder”

August 21, 2017
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[Photo by Robert Mizaki, from his Instagram feed]

Originally from Olympia, WA, you could be forgiven for assuming Gun Outfit sprung fully-formed from their current home base of Los Angeles, California. Their Twitter feed describes their music as “western expanse music,” and that feels right. Their simple self-possession and confident, low-key forward motion are as West Coast as Pacific swells. Or, to put it differently, they brought the perfect vibe for a laid-back summer afternoon at Union Pool, which continues its “Summer Thunder” series of outdoor shows for just one more week.

This set was notable for a few points, including the participation of longtime noise/guitar hero Henry Barnes (currently touring with the band as his Amps for Christ project) and the wide berth of the setlist, which covered some of the band’s oldest songs like “The Lack” and “Southern Chill” as well as forthcoming tracks from the recorded-but-not-yet-released new album. If you were a fan of the band’s most recent full-length, the 2015 Paradise of Bachelors release Dream All Over, this set wasn’t as focused on that (excellent) material, but the band seems to be continuing in the strong, consistent direction established by that record.  Co-vocalists, -songwriters and -guitarists Dylan Sharp and Carrie Keith have an easy, relaxed interplay, and Barnes meshed perfectly, salting each composition with psychedelic guitar weirdness. If Gun Outfit are hard to pin down aesthetically — they’re punk but neither fast nor loud, they’re folk but not earnest, country but not not simple — their appeal, especially live under the sun, will be obvious to fans of all three. Look for that new record to arrive … sometime soon. ‘Til then, enjoy this little survey of this band’s career.

I recorded this set with head-mounted DPA 4061 microphones from the front of the audience near the stage. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Gun Outfit
2017-08-19
Union Pool (Summer Thunder Outdoor Series)
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

DPA 4061 (HRTF, FOB, DFC)>DPA d:vice>iPhone 7>16/44.1 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (fades, amplify, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (image, EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 44:48]
01 The Lack
02 Sally Rose
03 Clean Runs the Thread
04 Second Decade
05 Southern Chill
06 Primacy of Love
07 Background Deal
08 Gotta Wanna
09 Strange Insistence
10 Legends of My Own
11 Downtown LA [JJ Cale]

SUPPORT Gun Outfit: bandcamp | Facebook | Paradise of Bachelors

Creeper Lagoon: August 10, 2017 Mercury Lounge

August 15, 2017
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[photo from Chris Quartly twitter]

The relative enjoyability quotient of a band reunion almost always depends upon the reason for the get together. When long-departed groups decide to get together and play shows for the simple fun of it, count us in. Creeper Lagoon had a brief but productive career that petered out in 2004. After being named Spin’s Best New Artist in 1998, the band went on to produce a couple of major label releases before splitting up after a difficult European tour. The 2001 release Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday remains the peak of the Creeper Lagoon catalog and the music sounds as vibrant now as it did nearly two decades ago. After the split, all of the band members went on to successful careers and happy lives outside of the music industry. This excellent interview of band founder Sharky Laguana gives all the details, but suffice to say that all of the band member were in a good place when this reunion was contemplated and then announced late last year. After a couple of shows at the Noise Pop Fest’s 25th Anniversary in San Francisco in February, Creeper came to NYC for their first show in 16 years, a one-off at Mercury Lounge with no plans to return.

The excitement of the event was evident in the crowd from the outset as the band interactions will attest. Mercury was quite sold out and Creeper Lagoon’s energy reflected that fact throughout the night. The setlist was a lengthy run through the band’s back catalog with a nice cross-section of material. Universe was well represented as expected. The reality is that this night was exactly the reunion show you would have hoped for if you’re a Creeper Lagoon fan — fun, interactive, energetic, and well paced. If the reactions of the many fans who approached me after the show asking about the recording is any evidence, this document should also be exactly what the fans want.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted in front of the Soundboard and mixed with a superb feed provided by the band’s FOH Kim Griess. This was a rambunctious and happy crowd, although there was a near-fight audible to my left during the encore break. Other than that and some other obvious chatter, the sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download and Stream the Complete Show from our Bandcamp Page:

Creeper Lagoon
2017-08-10
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Kim Griess] + 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 1:32:34]
01 Chance of a Lifetime
02 Claustrophobia
03 Under the Tracks
04 Dead Man Saloon
05 Second Chance
06 [Tracy false start]
07 Tracy
08 [Patrick intro]
09 Dreaming Again
10 Sylvia
11 Empty Ships
12 Motor Away [Guided By Voices]
13 [banter – lawyer shit]
14 Hey Sister
15 Roman Hearts
16 Wrecking Ball
17 Bloodbuzz Ohio [National]
18 Sunfair
19 Keep from Moving
20 [encore break]
21 [Tonight long intro]
22 Tonight Was Fun
23 Wonderful Love
24 Dear Deadly

SUPPORT Creeper Lagoon: Website | Facebook

Parlor Walls: July 22, 2017 The Gutter

August 8, 2017
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I was impressed, but not surprised, by the art-punk band Parlor Walls‘ first full-length, Opposites, released on Northern Spy earlier this year. If you’ve observed the output of Alyse Lamb, from her time in the more pop-driven EULA through Parlor Walls’ Cut EP through today, you observe a consistent upward refinement of craft and a broadening of musical palette. If EULA was the high-energy friend you want to party with, Parlor Walls is her darker, more mysterious older sibling, perhaps a little less approachable, but with more to offer when you do.

This set at the Gutter, hosted by Gimme Tinnitus, made a strong case for the powers of Lamb and her band, now a trio that consists of newest member Jason Shelton on clarinet and Chris Mulligan on drums/synth. If you compare the band’s second-ever show, which we covered, you’ll notice the tighter, more forceful quality of the newer songs right away. Lamb has always been a compelling stage presence, and Opposites provides her the material to let that shine, with songs that brim with a very current type of anxiety. Lamb’s use of repetition recalls some of the more straightforward punk that lives among her influences, but the brooding, barely-contained music behind her gives it a darker tone. You could argue that now is no time for party music, even if there’s a party. If that’s true, that makes Parlor Walls the right kind of guest.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones from an optimal spot in the room. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Stream the complete set:

Parlor Walls
2017-07-22
The Gutter
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (at SBD, DFC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC (compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Crime Engine Failure
02 Play Opposites
03 My Heart Already Knows
04 Cover Me
05 Me Me My
06 [tuning]
07 Mind Your Own Business [Delta 5]

PLEASE SUPPORT Parlor Walls: bandcamp | Northern Spy Records | Facebook

Phish: August 5, 2017 Madison Square Garden (Baker’s Dozen Night 12)

August 6, 2017
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[This image from the Phish From the Road Instagram page. Photo by Rene Huemer]

Boston cream was the theme of this twelfth and penultimate night of the Phish “Baker’s Dozen” series at Madison Square Garden. And if that offered two all-too-obvious musical groups in one donut flavor, Phish couldn’t avoid taking that bait, making a mashup of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” and Boston’s “More Than A Feeling” an early highlight of a show whose uneven moments were bested, in my view, by that ever-available fount of inspiration, the jams. If the first “Sloth” of 2017 excited more than a few heads, there was a killer “Gotta Jiboo” up next for the Saturday night crowd. That said, this was no Saturday night version–a sprawling jam that veered the song away from its upbeat, party vibe. If 2014’s “Plasma” isn’t the best-known song in the catalog, it certainly was one of the standouts of the first set, closing it out.

As has been the norm, the second set was where the fireworks were, virtuosity-wise. Kicking things off with a particularly languid version of “Ghost,” the band let that song take center stage as the night’s first huge jam song, followed by relative newcomer “Petrichor” and “Light.” After a “Lizards”>”The Horse”>”Silent In the Morning”>”Quinn the Eskimo” jam, there wasn’t much to be said. Nearing the end of curfew, the band wrapped with one of their more maudlin numbers “Joy.” If that song felt like a strange note to end on, with just one night of this epic MSG run left, it drove home the idea that with Phish, it’s best not to ask why.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones in the center of the tapers’ section. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Stream the complete set: 

Phish
2017-08-05
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

The Baker’s Dozen, Night 12

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK4V (PAS, OTS, DFC) > KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices MixPre6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48 or 16/44.1, level 8 )

SET ONE
01 Soul Shakedown Party
02 Uncle Pen>
03 The Sloth
04 Gotta Jibboo
05 Fuck Your Face
06 “Sunshine Of Your Feeling” [Sunshine of Your Love -> More Than a Feeling > Sunshine of Your Love > Foreplay/Long Time]
07 Frost
08 Scent of a Mule
09 Fire
10 Alaska
11 Plasma

SET TWO
12 Ghost
13 Petrichor
14 Light>
15 The Lizards
16 The Horse>
17 Silent in the Morning>
18 Quinn the Eskimo>
19 Rocky Top
[encore break removed]
20 Joy

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