Lee Ranaldo: November 13, 2015 Trans-Pecos

November 16, 2015

Layer 3CM2
[photo by Fred Riedel]

Over the years, we’ve seen Lee Ranaldo and his backing band, The Dust, in a variety of settings. Most have been small clubs, but this Trans-Pecos performance is the most intimate of all not because of its setting but due to the intimate format of the acoustic set. Though billed as a solo gig from Ranaldo, it turned out he brought along Dust-bandmates Alan Licht (who we caught doing his own solo set over the summer) and Raul Fernandez. Nearly every song is accompanied by a contextualizing story that illustrates just how personal each of these songs is for Ranaldo. Four new songs join the well-known tracks off Between the Times & the Tides and Last Night on Earth, followed by a rousing cover of Neil Young’s “Revolution Blues” in celebration of Neil’s recent birthday. That cover underscores the similarities between Ranaldo and Young, both guitar-weilding storytellers who effortlessly pull off the roar and the quiet, sometimes simultaneously.

This show wraps up Lee’s U.S. tour, but he has some upcoming dates in Europe. Those are listed here.

I recorded this set with the AKG’s set up at the lip of the stage, combined with a board feed from Pecos FOH, Chris. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

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Lee Ranaldo
Queens, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

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

Tracks [1:30:58]
01. Let’s Start Again
02. Right as Rain
03. [tech break]
04. [new song]
05. Off the Wall
06. Key/Hole
07. [banter]
08. Skeleton
09. Xtina as I Knew Her
10. Home Chds
11. Ambulancer
12. The Rising Tide
13. Lecce, Leaving
14. Revolution Blues [Neil Young]

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Kaki King and Kiran Gandhi: October 26, 2015 The Hum at Manhattan Inn

November 13, 2015

[photos by Amanda Hatfield]

I believe its safe to say that at this point The Hum music series has been an unqualified success. The concept was a unique one — place together various female performers from diverse backgrounds and let them make music. But in practice, it has become so much more than that. The results of these performances have created friendships, bonds, working relationships and as we’ve experienced live, absolutely breathtaking musical accomplishments. In the Spring, we attended and recorded all four of the sessions at the Manhattan Inn. This Fall, various commitments prevented us from attending all but one of the nights. But fortunately, the night we attended was a superb presentation and contained what for me is the most compelling performance of the entire series — the duo between uber-guitarist Kaki King and supreme percussionist Kiran Gandhi.

We were familiar with Kaki King, most notably from her supporting slot on the 2008 Mountain Goats tour. But her career has spanned more than a decade and includes eight albums. In the recent past she has released instrumental (Glow) and multi-media pieces (The Neck Is The Bridge To The Body) and that format gave a nice backdrop to this Hum show. Our only familiarity with Kiran Gandhi was that she was the drummer on recent M.I.A. tours — but a little of bit of research revealed that Kiran is truly a remarkable human being. She has toured internationally with M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation while simultaneously achieving an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She has her own TED Talk, is a mathematics genius, oh and yeah, ran the London Marathon — all by the age of 25.

The set begins with Kiran’s sincere thanks to the Hum and to its founder Rachael Pazdan. As Kaki began the opening riff, the duo flowed effortlessly into what we believe is an original composition for this night, a track titled with both performers’ last names. Thematically, the opening number is similar to the songs that followed which include two numbers from Kaki King’s recent albums (Glow and The Neck). “Wazey” is a Madame Ghandi song that became the centerpiece for the set when Kiran involved the very willing crowd over whom she harmonized a coda to the song. It was a moment that truly captures the sense of discovery and community that The Hum has created and brought and end to this installment of the series with a very appropriate close. The Hum will return, likely in early 2016.

I recorded this set as we did the Spring, with Sennheiser cardioid microphones mounted on stage and mixed a board feed. The sound quality of this particular recording is quite remarkable, as the instruments are clear and panned in the appropriate layout of the room. Enjoy!

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Kaki King and Kiran Gandhi
The Hum
Manhattan Inn
Brooklyn NY

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Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 33:42]
01 [introduction]
02 King Gandhi
03 Cargo Cult
04 Distillery
05 Oobleck
06 Wazey
07 Percussion Breakdown
08 [thanks]
09 Dad Band

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The Loom: November 1, 2015 Union Pool

November 12, 2015


It’s never an easy feat, as a band, to shift stylistically without losing your soul. There are examples, of course — Radiohead’s hard-left from mainstream Britpop to IDM weirdos stands out as a major one — but it’s a huge challenge to court a new fan base while keeping the one you have. NYCTaper and The Loom go back to 2008, when it’d be fair to say they were a mellow-hued folk band. When I caught them in a backyard in 2010, it seemed well within reason that they’d be playing acoustic, with a homemade washtub bass and Lis Rubard’s horns wafting over John Fanning and Sarah Renfro’s dual vocals. In 2012, at Glasslands, it was clear that things were changing — their tastes in who they shared the stage with, for one — but you’d still have recognized that band you heard about from 2008.

Fast forward to Union Pool at the end of 2015, with a new bassist and drummer and two albums’ worth of material awaiting release.  This band opened for Moon Duo recently, and you can see the shift in emphasis in everything from Fanning’s cranked vocal reverb to the darker, psychedelic guitar tone. The two new players, John Mosloskie on bass and Mike Rasimas on drums, change that dynamic as well, providing a more emphatic and punchy backbeat to go with the overall heavier sound. Rubard’s horns haven’t been jettisoned, thankfully, but in the new context they add a ghostly mourn under the swirl of guitars, bass, drums and Rubard’s keyboards, rather than taking center stage. This set showed off amped-up versions of new songs we’d heard before (“Fire Makes,” “Like Lamp Glow,” “The Reading Room”) as well as brand-new compositions such as “I Am Not Young,” perhaps the definitive statement on the band’s new direction. Even on the Sunday after Halloween, or as one might call it, “the worst possible night for a show ever other than Christmas Eve,” The Loom proved their mettle by drawing a crowd of the faithful who seemed fully committed to the new direction. If anyone was put off by the unabashed rocking-ness of “Your Wilderness Years,” for example, they didn’t show it — and I might’ve seen a few air guitars going in that audience, too. At this point, this is a veteran band, and it’s a reward to see them stretch their wings, especially after a period of introspection by Fanning as lead songwriter. The result, along with a more muscular sound, has been two fully recorded and produced albums that are awaiting a label home. Even if you were aware of the band, this is The Loom you haven’t heard before — and it’s time to get reacquainted.

I recorded this set with an excellent soundboard feed by Kyle Lawrence, coupled with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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The Loom
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Kyle Lawrence) + Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, PAS)>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compress SBD)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Fire Makes
02 I Am Not Young
03 Kindling
04 Like Lamp Glow
05 Here In the Deadlights
06 Your Wilderness Years
07 The Reading Room
08 Morning Song, Mountain Song

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Vomitface: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper CMJ Party at Cake Shop

November 11, 2015

[photo courtesy of Some Kind of Awesome]

A band that calls itself Vomitface faces some challenges. The band likely has to answer persistent questions about the name and get people to concentrate on the music. They were invited to play our CMJ show because we did just that. We listened to the music and saw what is there, a talented band with a wry sense of humor and a palpable energy. But we didn’t learn until later that there’s way more here than meets the eye. The band’s drummer Preetma Singh is a former attorney who left the law to pursue a career as a fashion editor, and has become renowned in certain circles for her “street style”. The band’s lead singer Jared Micah is also a prolific music writer with the legendary online zine Tiny Mixed Tapes. Together with a revolving cast of bassist friends, they produce a kind of early-80s styled agit-punk similar to early Sonic Youth, Naked Raygun or Mission of Burma. Vomitface was up second on this day show and they had the room pretty snug early in the set with an eight-song show that included only one song from their 2015 EP Another Bad Year, and what appears to be several new songs. We were all set to catch Vomitface at Pianos last night but an illness caused a cancellation, but the band will play Don Pedro’s on November 21.

Acidjack recorded this show in the same manner as the other sets from the day and the sound is equally superb. Enjoy!

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NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Schoeps MK4V (onstage) > KC5 > CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff) > Edirol R-44 [OCM] > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Adobe Audition (mix) > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 20:21]
01 If Then
02 Its Me
03 Did She Come Alone
04 Bruise
05 Fat Witch
06 Dramamine
07 PS I Hate You

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Pity Sex: October 17, 2015 Ad Hoc Car Wash + March 19, 2015 Long Branch Inn (SXSW – Austin, TX)

November 10, 2015

[photos courtesy of Edwina Hay for Impose Magazine]

The Ann Arbor, MI-based band Pity Sex have done their homework. You’ll hear pieces of a number of 90s acts woven into their sound, which takes advantage of three band members (drummer Sean St. Charles and guitarists Brennan Greaves and Britty Drake) as vocalists and packs a suitably slacker attitude to go with wry-but-serious hooks. It’s pop-punk under a shoegaze haze, with lyrics that echo the band name — tales of breakups and half-assed hookups, self-loathing and dejection. Not to say that, when played to a teeming converted car wash full of what some tourist probably calls “Brooklyn hipsters” on a Saturday afternoon, Pity Sex’s sound isn’t a lot of fun. Joining at-times labelmates LVL UP and a number of like-minded others, Pity Sex delivered some of the best songs off of their current slate (2013’s Feast of Love and the Dark World EP that preceded it), plus their latest stuff, including the buzzed-about new single “What Might Soothe You?” On that note, for fans who’ve been clamoring for new material beyond just the single, there’s good news there, too: Pity Sex have a new record, White Hot Moon, coming out on Run For Cover records in 2016. Having caught this band at SXSW back in the spring, we were excited to see their progress since then at the car wash, and are sure more good things are in store for 2016.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other recordings of the day, with AT 4051 microphones and a soundboard feed. The SXSW set was recorded with Sennheiser cardiods and a soundboard feed. In both cases, the sound is good, but keep in mind that it’s reflective of the “DIY” nature of the events.

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Pity Sex
Ad Hoc Car Wash
Hand & Detail Car Wash Center
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Audio Technica 4051 (LOC, FOB, PAS) + Soundboard>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, edit SBD)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 30:42]
01 What Might Soothe You?
02 Drown Me Out
03 Keep
04 “Burden You” [title unknown]
05 Acid Reflux
06 Coca Cola
07 Wind-Up
08 Dogwalk

Sean St. Charles – Drums, vocals
Britty Drake – Guitars, vocals
Brennan Greaves – Guitars, vocals
Brandan Pierce – Bass

Pity Sex
Long Branch Inn – Impose SXSW
Austin, TX USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040 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

[Total Time 25:55]
01  Keep
02  Acid Reflux
03  Wind-Up
04  Drown Me Out
05  Drawstring
06  Honey Pot
07  Fold
08  Dogwalk

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Deer Tick: October 30, 2015 Tommy Brull Benefit – Rockville Centre NY

November 9, 2015

[photos by Kurt Christensen]

One of the more inspiring aspects of the Tommy Brull Foundation is that the organization is very much about celebrating a life by helping others. I have been fortunate to get the know the guys over the last five years of attending these shows, and although the sadness of the loss of Tommy still exists sixteen years since his death, the best tribute that his family and friends can do for him is to continue to celebrate his love of music and his sense of community. For this most recent night of music, the Foundation brought back for the third time a band that seems to fit this vision perfectly. Deer Tick played the first ever “Shine A Light” music event in 2011, and returned a couple of years later. The connection seems real — Deer Tick are also genuinely righteous guys who also undoubtedly love to have a good time. So the fact that this year’s event fell on Halloween Eve kicked up the “good time” element of the event a bit more. Deer Tick came dressed as Blue Man Group and played a raucous set that also included two thematically appropriate covers — Warren Zevon’s “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” and Steve Miller’s “Abracadabra”. The balance of the setlist included a virtual career retrospective and even a brand new song, but it was the positive atmosphere, the band’s recognition of the importance of the event and the spirit of community that made this night so compelling. As a celebration of Tommy’s life, it couldn’t really have been any better.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted at the front of the stage and mixed it with a soundboard feed. There are points where the vocals in the PA drop out, so you’ll hear a lower vocal volume that comes from the on-stage monitors, but when everything’s on board, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Please donate to the Brull Foundation if you download this recording. The Foundation provides funding and spearheads worthy projects for disabled children on Long Island, particularly Camp Anchor where Tommy worked.

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Deer Tick
Tommy Brull Benefit
Cannons Blackthorn
Rockville Centre NY

Digital Master Recording
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Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:42:51]
01 The Rock
02 The Dream’s in the Ditch
03 Baltimore Blues No 1
04 Houston TX
05 Twenty Miles
06 Thyme
07 Pot of Gold
08 Standing at the Threshold
09 Cocktail
10 Dirty Dishes
11 The Bump
12 Easy
13 Main Street
14 [tech problem jams]
15 Look How Clean I Am
16 Miss K
17 Trash
18 I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead [Warren Zevon]
19 [pee break]
20 Clownin Around
21 These Old Shoes
22 Let’s All Go to the Bar
23 [encore break]
24 Ashamed
25 Abracadabra [Steve Miller]
26 Mange

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