Ryley Walker: March 15, 2015 Baby’s All Right – FLAC/MP3/ALAC/Streaming Set

March 22, 2015

[photos by Jill Harrison]

There are many good singers, many more good writers of songs. More than enough to fill entire festivals with them year-round, to stuff streaming sites with more than anyone can listen to. But among that vast number, there are a tiny few in whom you can sense that something else, that spark, that undergirding realness, that makes their performance more than just-singing or just-playing-guitar. To see Ryley Walker perform is to experience a man singing to somewhere else, sending sound out to and for souls long since gone. That voice, that sound of his, the ecstatic yelps, those long, punch-drunk runs, threatening to split apart but never quite doing it, is singular. It may resonate with you, or it may not, but if it doesn’t, the thing missing in the equation is what you’re putting into it, not him.

This show at Baby’s All Right, our fourth time seeing Ryley in the last twelve months, finds him at an interesting point. Primrose Green, his tour-de-force second record, releases at month end, and has already found itself hailed in all the right places, turning Walker into a critical darling seemingly overnight. He’ll be at this summer’s Pitchfork Festival, at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, at Levitation in Vancouver, and any number of other places in the U.S. and Europe where of-the-moment acts can be seen. It’s hard to know what the effect of the crowds might be on this man, this music that requires him to give so much of himself emotionally every night. There are too many tales about how this part of the music world has split women and men in half.

But our best evidence about Ryley’s part of this story is this night at Baby’s All Right, in a jammed show room on a Sunday night. The 38 minutes of this set consist of just four songs, played this time with a band consisting of Ryley’s Chicago-based musician colleagues on second guitar, upright bass, and keys (over half of the band that we first saw perform in Raleigh back in September). The foursome appeared, as far as I know, only in Chicago and at this New York date — D.C. two nights before was a threesome (minus upright bass), as was Philadelphia just before the Brooklyn show — but their playing reminds you how well they know this material. The band weaved around Ryley’s lead as they reinterpreted Primrose Green songs that most of these fans probably haven’t heard original versions of yet on record. These weren’t idle-minded jams, either, but successful experiments, one after the other, from the new “Funny Thing She Said”, to tour staple “Summer Dress”, to “Primrose Green” to Ryley’s go-to cover song of late, Van Morrison’s “Fair Play” from Veedon Fleece. Shaved, hair clipped, wearing a collar and sweater that even had Ryley laughing at himself, Walker played with all the intensity he’s mustered every time we’ve seen him, but there was a new assuredness there, too, an ability to pull back just when he needed to. These thirty-eight minutes were like all of his sets I have seen: a thing of beauty, something memorable, something unique.

If you go to see one new artist this year because you read about them on this site, I hope Ryley Walker is the one. Nobody, not even him, knows where his story is headed. But this set proved once again where he deserves to be.

Baby’s All Right engineer Harrison Fore recorded and mixed this set live; I mixed this and the house-installed audience mics and mastered the recording in post. The sound quality is outstanding, equal to the quality of the performer you’re listening to. Enjoy.

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Ryley Walker
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and live mixed by Harrison Fore
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Harrison Fore) + Audio Technica 4051>digital multitrack>SD card>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down individual tracks, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, imaging, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 38:06]
01 Funny Thing She Said
02 Summer Dress
03 [banter]
04 Primrose Green
05 [banter2]
06 Fair Play [Van Morrison]

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Spectre Folk: March 15, 2015 Trans-Pecos – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 19, 2015


It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Pete Nolan’s Spectre Folk. But with a new 7” out on New Images last year and Magik Markers on hiatus while Elisa Ambrogio tours her solo LP, now is the perfect moment for Nolan to reactivate his project. This past Sunday, Spectre Folk emerged for a late afternoon matinee at Trans-Pecos in an extended full-band lineup augmenting Nolan with Peter Meehan on guitar, Aaron Mullan on bass, and Steve Shelley and James Canty doubling up on drums. Like most Spectre Folk shows I’ve seen, this one is held together with duct tape, threatening to come untethered at any moment. But it never does, and the looseness of the approach is only endearing as the band relies on the chemistry between the players, feeling their way through a song rather than adhering to rote structure.

The band opens with “Mothership,” off their recent 7”, that song extending over both sides of the 7” and totaling around twelve minutes in its recorded form. Here it’s a bit leaner but retains the jammy nature of the original. “Blowing Tornadoes,” “Coke,” and “Please Don’t” appear to be new songs, while Spectre Folk staples “Sat Around,” “The Blackest Medicine,” and “Keep Your Teeth Clean” are off Compass, Blanket, Lantern, Mojo and the 2011 Woodsist EP, The Blackest Medicine, Part II. Spectre Folk shows are always a welcome event, but seeing these tracks fleshed out by the full band is an added bonus and I hope the appearance of new material means we’ll be seeing more of this lineup soon.

While there are currently no further scheduled Spectre Folk dates, you can catch Magik Markers at Cafe Nine in New Haven on April 30th.

I recorded this set with the mics set up at the stage in a 90 degree spread plus a soundboard feed from Trans-Pecos FOH Max. The left mic captures Nolan’s guitar and Canty’s drums while the right mic captures Meehan’s guitar and Mullan’s bass, with Shelley’s drums in the center. In post-production I cross-faded the guitars slightly to sound more central, while retaining the overall stereo sound of the recording. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Spectre Folk
Queens, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Max) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip, DFC, 90 degrees) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, imaging, reverb) > Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [42:53]
01. Mothership
02. [tuning]
03. Blowing Tornadoes
04. [tuning/banter]
05. The Blackest Medicine
06. [tuning/banter]
07. Sat Around
08. [tuning]
09. Keep Your Teeth Clean
10. [tuning/banter]
11. Coke
12. [tuning/banter]
13. Please Don’t

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Alejandro Escovedo: March 6, 2015 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester – Flac/MP3/Streaming

March 17, 2015

[photos by PSquared Photography]

It is not hyperbole to say that Alejandro Escovedo is an American treasure. The authenticity and intensity of his songwriting abilities have produced a forty-year body of work that places him among the very upper echelon of his era’s artists. It is perhaps the greatest acknowledgement of the quality of an artist when other artists cover the material, and for Escovedo’s work this happens so often that a two-CD tribute called Por Vida was released in 2004 featuring a veritable who’s-who of the best alt-country and americana artists. My own personal experience was seeing Joe Ely cover Escovedo at the Bowery Ballroom in the late 90’s, playing (what else) “Down in the Bowery”. It was a stunning rendition that gave great tribute to his friend — Ely and Alejandro have toured together several times.

You can tell a lot about the quality of artist through their friends. And with Escovedo, this time around he’s on tour with Los Lobos — artists who have also toured together many times over the years. When this tour came through the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester a couple of weeks back, it was truly a show to catch. We arrived early to make sure not to miss any of Alejandro’s set, which began at a very prompt 8:10pm. Playing acoustic guitar accompanied only by superb violinst Warren Hood (the son of another Escovedo friend Champ Hood), this was the stripped-down and intimate Alejandro set, even given the size of the venue. As he has done in recent tours, Escovedo’s set was a career retrospective, accompanied by song introductions where he talked about his time in The Nuns, with Rank and File, and finally his personal history. It was a thoroughly enjoyable hour-long set and convinced me that we need more Alejandro Escovedo on NYCTaper in the future. Alejandro will be hosting his annual SXSW shows in Austin this coming weekend, dates and information here.

I recorded this set in the same fashion as the Los Lobos set posted earlier and the sound quality is equally superb. Enjoy!

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Alejandro Escovedo
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > 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

[Total Time 1:04:34]
01 Sally Was a Cop
02 [banter – Billy Smith]
03 Five Hearts Breaking
04 [banter – California]
05 San Antonio Rain
06 Dear Head on The Wall
07 Rosalie
08 Swallows of San Juan
09 [banter – Nuns]
10 Chelsea Hotel ’78
11 [banter – too much fun]
12 Arizona
13 [banter – Austin]
14 Bottom of the World
15 [Bowery off-mic aborted]
16 Down in the Bowery

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moe.: March 13, 2015 Best Buy Theatre – Flac/MP3/Streaming Full Show

March 14, 2015

moe Best Buy (2)

Last month we took a look back at some 1990’s classic moe. in tribute to our fallen friend. We have a lot of good memories from that period in moe.’s history, but rest assured they are still a very active and compelling live act. On Friday at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square we experienced that first hand. moe. is in NYC for three shows in celebration of their 25th year of existence, the first of which was an intimate performance at Le Poisson Rouge, but this night was the first of two nights at Best Buy and the band was clearly on. The first set was nearly ninety minutes and contained just six “songs” — but plenty of outstanding jam sequences and extended work on some of their most classic material. “Meat” has always been a highlight song for me and this set-closing version was one for the ages. Al Schnier in particular was manic during the climax of the song and ended the set on a great high note. moe’s second set started with a very apt song, their classic tribute to “New York City”, played obviously as a dedication to the location of the show but also I suspect as a tribute to Eric and his wife who often requested this number. After a run through some of their newer songs, moe.’s second set ended with a lengthy and peak segue performance of “Akimbo” into “Rebubula”, which began with some nice interplay between the guitars that hinted several times at the Grateful Dead’s “Playing in the Band”. After an extended encore break, the band returned for an exceptional “The Road” before bidding goodnight. The band plays again at Best Buy tonight, and the tour continues through the Midwest and South, dates here. We will be catching up with moe. again at Mountain Jam in June.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards from a very advantageous location in a very well placed taper’s section — about 40 feet back and centered on the floor. I used hi and lo’s V3 pre-amp which really added some nice color to this prime Schoeps capture of a very nice sounding room. The result is a really superb recording. Enjoy!

This Recording is available to Download in FLAC and MP3 format at Achive.org [HERE]

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Best Buy Theatre
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Center Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Grade Design Lunatec V3 > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Set 1
[Total Time 1:24:49]
01 Paper Dragon
02 Waiting For The Punchline
03 Darkness
04 Bring You Down
05 Annihilation Blues
06 Meat
Set 2
[Total Time 1:36:24]
07 New York City
08 Do or Die
09 Kyle’s Song
10 Same Old Story
11 Don’t Fear The Reaper
12 Spaz Medicine
13 Akimbo
14 Rebubula
15 [encore break – announcements]
16 The Road

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Suuns: February 28, 2015 Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 13, 2015

[photos by Jill Harrison]

Suuns seem to have almost grown into the current moment, what with their reliance on atmospheric electronics to put a new spin on Joy Division-y guitar rock. We first saw the band in 2011, at south Brooklyn’s tiny-but-sweet Rock Shop, where they proved themselves ready for more. On this night at Rough Trade, coming off their second proper album, Images du Futur, Suuns gave an assured, dialed-in performance. The bill co-featured Chicagoans Disappears, and the pair made a perfect match, with Suuns’ own slow evolution on display right after their contemporaries’. The band’s live approach is an even slower burn than their albums, built together from segue elements that don’t appear on the records, allowing sounds to linger for extra minutes. There wasn’t an encore break on this night, so much as a break in the action while the last notes held on, waiting for the band’s return. Coming from one of the world’s most acclaimed music cities (Montreal), perhaps it’s not surprising that Suuns put so much effort into their live show. Though Images du Futur is still what they’re touring, the band has already moved beyond it, playing four new songs, three of which I believe are tentatively titled “Delay”, “Resistance” and “Pray” (the fourth is anyone’s guess). If those new songs are any guide, Suuns intend to keep doing what they’re doing, only getting better at it over time. It’s no shock that the crowd got most into Images’ strongest track, “2020”, but there were plenty of other good moments, including the closer on “Edie’s Dream”, a hypnotic, almost-pretty song amidst the dark tones in the band’s catalog.

Suuns are off the road for now, but be sure to catch them next time they’re through. It’ll be worth it.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a soundboard feed from Suuns’ touring engineer, whose name would be appreciated if you know it. The sound quality is the equal of the Disappears recording, meaning it is flawless. Enjoy!

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Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard [Engineer: Suuns FOH (please share name if you have it)] + Schoeps MK4V (inside SBD cage, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Aerco MP-2>> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, limiter, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:09:14]
01 Images du Futur
02 Music Won’t Save You
03 Powers of Ten
04 Delay [new]
05 Sunspot
06 2020
07 Resistance [new]
08 Pray [new]
09 [unknown1] [new]
10 Pie IX
11 Arena
12 [encore break]
13 Edie’s Dream

Note: New song titles may be subject to change.

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Los Lobos: April 25, 1996 Mercury Lounge – Flac/MP3/Streaming (uncirculated ericv recording)

March 12, 2015


I’m not entirely certain of the exact date that I met Eric Vandercar, but my best guess is February or March of 1996. We met through the old NYC-DAT-heads email list, and the immediate connection was the fact that we both had enormous DAT tape collections. When I first visited Eric in the Elizabeth Street apartment that he shared with his wife Jill, one of the first DATs he played for me was a March of 1996 Neil Young show in a small club in Santa Cruz — a recording that inspired me to purchased the very microphones that were used for that show. Eric and I traveled to shows in several different cities in the late 90s, and I’ve talked about those roadtrips in previous posts, but I believe that the first show Eric and I actually attended together was this Los Lobos show at Mercury Lounge on April 25, 1996. I am certain that Eric recorded this show from a mic stand mounted at the front left side of the soundboard booth at the Merc — in other words, at one of the most foot-traveled spots in the venue. My job was to block people from bumping into Eric’s rig and from the sound of this recording I did a pretty good job — up until the encore break when there are a few bumps on the mic stand.

At this point in their history Los Lobos was a very well established band, and when they released their 1996 album Colossal Head, there was a traditional round of promotion for the band to do. One of the best means of early album promo in the old days was a visit to Letterman, and on April 24, 1996, Los Lobos played David Letterman’s Late Show in the Sullivan Theatre, performing “Mas Y Mas” on national television. So with the band in NYC for a few days, there was a “secret show” scheduled at Mercury Lounge for which we were fortunate to snag a ticket. A venue the size of Mercury was a very intimate show for Los Lobos in 1996 and on this Thursday night the place was absolutely packed, including a reporter from the New York Times, who wrote a review of the show. Lobos worked through much of the then-new album, and seemed to be having a great time interacting with the crowd — there’s quite a bit of banter on this recording besides the tracked portions. When the set came to a close with an extended and well-jammed “Peace” it seemed very much as if the show was over. Indeed Eric faded out and turned off his deck when house music came over the PA. But the capacity crowd was having none of that and after a long break Los Lobos returned for two encores, including an outstanding Neil Young cover that we are streaming below.

This recording has not previously circulated in flac format as far as I can tell. There is no entry at db.etree and no reference to this recording on any online trade lists. Eric recorded this set on a stand in the location described above with his trusty B&K cards. There is a decent amount of crowd chatter but overall this is a superb recording and certainly up to par with Eric’s high standards. The DAT that I possess was cloned digitally from Eric’s master and extracted without a single error. There is one brief bit of digi-static in the first song likely from the original transfer (no error shows up on my DAT). I edited a few loud claps, joined the fade-out portion of the encore break, boosted the levels and added fades in and out. Otherwise this is Eric’s recording in its 19 year old glory. Enjoy!

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Los Lobos
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience – Front Left Corner of SBD Booth

B&K 4021 > Apogee AD-1000 > Tascam DA-P1 > DAT Master

DAT Clone > Sony PCM R-300 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 16/44 wav files > Soundforge (mastering) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac

Recorded by Eric Vandercar (ericv) (nyctaper DAT clone)
Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:42:09]
01 Colossal Head
02 Revolution
03 Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes
04 Dream in Blue
05 Angel Dance
06 Can’t Stop the Rain
07 Manny’s Bones
08 That Train Don’t Stop Here
09 Little Japan
10 [banter – new record]
11 Everybody Loves a Train
12 Kiko and the Lavender Moon
13 [banter]
14 Maricela
15 [banter – bass line]
16 How Much Can I Do?
17 Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio
18 Volver, Volver
19 Georgia Slop
20 I Walk Alone
21 Peace
22 [encore break]
23 Evangeline
24 [tuning]
25 Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]

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