Dead and Company: July 3, 2016 Boulder CO

July 6, 2016
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[photo by hiandlo]

It was exactly a year ago when all of the surviving members of the Grateful Dead played their last shows together in Chicago. “Fare Thee Well” was a goodbye of sorts, but it certainly wasn’t the end of their careers or the end of the music. Later that year, the formation of “Dead and Company” brought together Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart with pop star John Mayer. The combination appeared odd at first, but Mayer seems to have dedicated himself to not only learning the material but adapting to the ebb and flow of a traditional Dead show. The band’s second full tour came through Colorado on Saturday and NYCTaper veteran hiandlo was out in the region on vacation and caught the show.

Our readers who have followed our coverage of various “post-Dead” bands know that we have two pet peeves among the various good and bad aspects of these bands — we can’t stand the mindless aping of Jerry Garcia’s style by various guitarists employed to fill his shoes, and cringe at the simply unlistenable vocals of Phil Lesh. Fortunately, Dead and Company have neither of those two issues. John Mayer’s guitar playing borrows heavily from classic rock and blues oeuvres, but it has always been his own. Mayer isn’t copying Garcia when he plays Dead songs, he’s placing his own stamp on the music and that makes all the difference.  And vocally, although Bob Weir has aged quite a bit, the combination of his still-formidable vocals with Mayer and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti provides Dead and Company with solid singing that never reaches the cringworthiness of Lesh.

At this Boulder show, the band got off to a slow start, literally. Weir’s pacing is still painfully behind, so that “Stranger” was at times like playing a 45 record at 33. But fortunately the band kept it up after that and the tempo was never really an issue after the opener. The first set highlights included a sweet “Bird Song” with shared vocals, and Mayer’s take on “Speedway”, which allowed his blues roots to shine. The second set’s highlight was a really quite moving version of “He’s Gone” with “Smokestack” sandwiched in the middle. And although the band did offer a fairly truncated “Dark Star” out of “Space”, there were some out-there moments that made the trip worthwhile — reminding us that while this current incarnation isn’t ever going to be the Grateful Dead, Dead and Company is serving the music well and keeping the spirit alive.

Dead and Company continue to tour throughout this month, dates here.

hiandlo recorded this set from a prime front of board location with the “open card” Schoeps caps and the sound quality is simply superb. Enjoy!

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Dead And Company
2016-07-03
Folsom Field
Boulder CO

Digital Audience Master
Recorded FOB Dead Center

Schoeps MK22 (STC-22) > KC5 > CMC6 > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by hiandlo
Produced by nyctaper

Set 1
[Total Time 1:08:20]
01 Feel Like A Stranger
02 Next Time You See Me
03 Samson and Delilah
04 West LA Fadeaway
05 Bird Song
06 New Speedway Boogie

Set 2
[Total Time 1:43:53]
07 China Cat Sunflower
08 I Know You Rider
09 He’s Gone
10 Smokestack Lightning
11 He’s Gone Reprise
12 Let It Grow
13 Drums – Space
14 Dark Star
15 Morning Dew
16 [encore break]
17 Brokedown Palace
18 US Blues

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Govt Mule: June 3, 2016 Mountain Jam

July 5, 2016
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[photos by Jill from For The Love of Brooklyn]

Now in its 12th year, Mountain Jam has established itself as a destination event for a wide variety of artists from a large array of styles. And yet over those dozen years, festival co-founder Warren Haynes has performed with Govt Mule for every single year — generally in the featured spot on Friday or Saturday night. This year, the Mule played the headline set on Friday after an abbreviated set by Wilco (here).

Since its his weekend, Haynes’ Govt Mule was unlimited in their time to play and performed a nearly three hour set that went late into the night. On display were the standard special aspects of the Mule Mountain Jam sets, including special guests, extended jam segments, and a plethora of covers. For this particular show, the highlight was most certainly when the Mule was joined by Marcus King and the horn section from his band for a blistering version of the Tower of Power classic “What Is Hip” that spanned a full seventeen minutes of superb multi-genre jamming.

Warren Haynes is currently on tour playing solo shows in Europe before returning to the US for several nights with the Garcia Symphonic Celebration before Govt Mule returns to touring in the Fall. All dates here.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Wilco set and the quality is equally outstanding. Enjoy!

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Govt Mule
2016-06-03
Mountain Jam
Hunter NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

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 2:42:12]
01 Sweet Leaf [Black Sabbath]
02 Yer Blues [Beatles]
03 Thorazine Shuffle
04 Funny Little Tragedy
05 Rebel Rebel [Bowie]
06 Larger Than Life
07 Kind of Bird
08 Captured
09 Stage Fright [The Band]
10 Hunger Strike [Temple of the Dog]
11 Dear Mr Fantasy [Traffic]
12 Hunger Strike Reprise
13 Painted Silver Light
14 Frozen Fear
15 Dyer Maker [Zeppelin]
16 Mule
17 What Is Hip [Tower of Power]
18 Hope She’ll Be Happier [Bill Withers]
19 Game Face
20 Mountain Jam
21 Game Face Reprise
22 I’m a Ram [Al Green]
23 [encore break]
24 Soulshine

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Matchess: June 10, 2016 Union Pool (Monofonus Press Northside Showcase)

June 30, 2016
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[Photos By Rocketman]

You may have not heard of Matchess before, but chances are you’ve listening to music from Whitney Johnson for a while now. She’s accumulated some impressive credits playing with her like-minded Chicago neighbors Ryley Walker, Circuit Des Yeux, and Bichin Bajas, not to mention her band Verma who have got a few records out on Trouble in Mind. Meanwhile, Johnson has been releasing a steady stream of solo work under the alias Matchess: Seraphasta was released in 2013 on highly respected tape label Digitalis and was then reissued by Trouble in Mind, who also put our her second record Somnaphoria. Just this past May, she switched to Austin label Monofonus Press for her latest album, The Rafter. Matchess combines vocals, synthesizers, tape loops, and live viola into textural, ambient songs. Her compositions are anything but grounded, sounding more like something sighted or visited in outer space. Among other appearances at Northside Festival, including one with Grouper, Matchess joined in for the Monofonus Press showcase, giving us all a respite from the heavier fare with her quieter, but challenging, set.

I recorded this set from our usual location in Union Pool with a board feed from FOH Robert. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Matchess
2016-06-10
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + AKG C480B/CK63 (PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [24:42]
01. Mi Ti Ra
02. The Need of the Greatest Wealth
03. But Their Chains
04. Aweh
05. Melts Into Air

Buy The Rafter via Monofonus Press
• • Buy Somnaphoria via Trouble in Mind
• • • Check tour dates, etc. at the Matchess Tumblr

Dead Meadow: May 13, 2016 Saint Vitus

June 27, 2016
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[photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

For many of us who grew up on indie rock, Dead Meadow was our introduction to psych/stoner/metal/whathaveyou, owing to a few early aughts tours with the likes of Stephen Malkmus and Sleater-Kinney (among others), and putting out records on indie-rock-label-of-record Matador. In those opening slots, Dead Meadow’s long, plodding nods seemed out of place—it’s only years later that the connected headspace between acts has become obvious. Dead Meadow is among the best at what they do and I’m sure many a thirty-something psych-freak owes at least some of their formative taste to the band. We last caught up with Dead Meadow in 2014 at the Bowery Ballroom, and the intervening couple years saw another change of drummers. But the core of the band and what they do is still there, the proof being this career-spanning set they cooked up for the second of a two-night stand at Saint Vitus.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue with a board feed from Dead Meadow’s FOH (if anyone knows his name, please let us know so we can credit him). The sound is outstanding, and you’re guaranteed to enjoy this one!

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Dead Meadow
2016-05-13
Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard + AKG C480B/CK61 (PAS, LOC) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [1:24:49]
01. [Intro]
02. Greensky Greenlake
03. Babbling Flower
04. To the One
05. Mr Chesty
06. Golden Cloud
07. Let It All Pass
08. What Needs Must Be
09. Good Moanin’
10. Keep Your Head
11. Rains in the Desert
12. Sleepy Silver Door
13. At Her Open Door

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The Gotobeds: June 11, 2016 Union Pool (Unblinking Ear Northside Showcase)

June 26, 2016
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[photo via Lauren Piper, Bushwick Daily]

Consider The Gotobeds music by and for music nerds. The Pittsburgh post-punks aren’t shy about their influences—hell, the band is named after Wire’s drummer after all. And while some internet rags may take issue with a band that wears its influences proudly, these guys clearly don’t take themselves overly seriously and they don’t expect you to either. Their first record for Sub Pop, Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, came out on June 10th and that weekend they stopped by Brooklyn for a couple shows at Northside Festival. We made it out for a typically loose set at the afternoon Unblinking Ear Records Showcase at Union Pool. The band plays the hits old an new, including my personal favorite, “Bodies,” which has been stuck in my head since last August if we’re talking earworms… So pretend it’s Saturday afternoon: chill out, have a beer, soak in the songs—and while you’re at it, go see The Gotobeds on their ongoing tour.

I recorded this set from our usual spot in the venue, with a soundboard feed from Union Pool FOH, Kevin. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

As an added bonus, we’ve uploaded the complete set from the Gotobeds’ show at Saint Vitus last year, which had originally been redacted to exclude songs off their (then) upcoming record. Check here for the restored recording!

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The Gotobeds
2016-06-11
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin) + AKG C480B/CK63 (PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [36:38]
01. [Intro]
02. Blank Stairs
03. Real Maths/Too Much
04. Cold Gold (LA’s Alright)
05. Untitled
06. “Bodies”
07. Red Alphabet
08. [banter]
09. New York’s Alright
10. Jenna Rations
11. [banter]
12. Wimpy Garcia (Brotherfucker)

Buy Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic via Sub Pop
• • Buy Poor People are Revolting and more via Bandcamp

Beech Creeps: June 10, 2016 Union Pool (Monofonus Press Northside Showcase)

June 23, 2016
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Beech Creeps
[Photos by Rocketman]

Here we have it—another bone-crushing, mind-rattling set from Brooklyn’s notorious Beech Creeps. I had thought these guys put on a monstrous set last time I saw them at Union Pool, but that was nothing. The addition of Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) on drums has turned a great band into a formidable one. Their new 7″ out on Monofonus Press absolutely crushes, and we got to hear both sides of that disc at the Monofonus Press Northside Showcase a couple weeks back. A-side “Creeps Can’t Swim” and b-side “Deep in the Dive” both pack a mean punch, and the band even breaks out a new song, “Suntan Man” (the title itself sounds pretty damn skeevy). If you have the opportunity to catch these guys live, I have to pretty much insist that you do so. No further dates currently, but if you’re in Brooklyn, you’ll have ample opportunity.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue, combined with a board feed from Union Pool FOH Robert. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Beech Creeps

Beech Creeps
2016-06-10
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + AKG C480B/CK63 (PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [37:47]
01. Son of Sud
02. Teenage Boogie
03. Times B Short
04. Creeps Can’t Swim
05. Arm of the T Rex
06. Deep in the Dive
07. Suntan Man

• Buy Beech Creeps and the “Creeps Can’t Swim” 7″ from Monofonus Press
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