So So Glos: July 16, 2016 Out In The Streets Fest

July 31, 2016
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[photos by Dean Keim]

There may not be another band whose influence and work ethic has done more to establish the music of Brooklyn over the last ten years than So So Glos. The band was the original tenant of the Market Hotel, and later established Shea Stadium — two venues still open today that support and incubate local music. As an active touring band, So So Glos have performed across the globe with a large variety of bands and recorded and released five full length albums.

Kamikaze (Votiv Records) is the latest So So Glos release and it may be their most fully realized album. The album appears three years after the breakthrough of Blowout, but continues in the same vein of offering intelligent and aggressive punk which is both faithful to the genre and to the borough that produced the band. So So Glos headlined the first night of Out In The Streets Fest and were afforded the opportunity to play a full set. A healthy crowd remained throughout the day in the good and bad weather and by the time the Glos took the stage and the band commandeered everyone inside, the tent filled up and their energetic set was a great send-off to a terrific day. The band performed much of the last two albums in a set that began with a burst of energy and never let up.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Guerilla Toss set from the same day of the Festival and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

So So Glos
2016-07-16
Out in the Streets Fest
Onderdonk House
Queens 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 1:00:23]
01 Dancing Industry
02 Diss Town
03 ADD Life
04 Going Out Swingin
05 Devil’s Doing Handstands
06 Magazine
07 Black and Blue
08 Lost Weekend
09 Cadaver
10 Fool on the Street
11 [banter – thanks]
12 We Got The Days
13 [encore break]
14 Mold Baby
15 Wrecking Ball
16 Replay [Lost Boy]
17 Son of an American

Support So So Glos: Website | Facebook | Buy Kamikaze | Votiv Records Page

Hans Chew: July 23, 2016 Trans-Pecos

July 27, 2016
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We’ve been following Hans Chew for a while now, since he first played our CMJ show in 2012. Back then, Hans spent the set behind the piano, playing his boogie-driven tunes like modern madcap Jerry Lee Lewis. By the time Hans showed up for this Trans-Pecos show in 2016, he was preparing to release a stellar new album, Unknown Sire, with our friends Divide By Zero records. But when we talked to Hans before this show, he explained to us that he had been so motivated by reading a recent biography of Neil Young that he decided to take an entirely different approach this time — and that for this show, he had an entire new album to draw from. As a result, Hans played the role of guitar lead this time, and he shared three new jams that take clear inspiration from Young’s most daring guitar efforts. As he led off with the sprawling “Cruikshanks,” we could tell this was a very different Hans Chew indeed, one who reveled in extended guitar solos and longer narratives. If any of the three songs fit most closely with Chew’s previous efforts, it was probably the upbeat, honky-tonk inspired “Open Sea,” which itself clocked in at over six minutes, and led into “Freely,” which began as a midtempo rocker before exploding into a fiery solo at the end. Though we’re thrilled for the upcoming record, one has to hope this latest material doesn’t have to sit in the hopper for too long, either.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 microphones close to the stage, Naiant X-X omnis split wide on stage, and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Hans Chew
2016-07-23
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

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

Schoeps MK22 (FOB, ROC)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard + Naiant X-X (3’ split, onstage)>>Zoom F8>3x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (image, EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Cruikshanks
02 Open Sea
03 Freely

Band:
Hans Chew – Vocals, Guitar
Dave Cavallo – Guitar
Rob Smith – Drums
Jimy SeiTang – Bass

Support Hans Chew: Website | Facebook | Divide By Zero Records

Horse Lords: July 23, 2016 Trans-Pecos

July 26, 2016
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For most of its nearly ten-year history, this website has been a collaboration, reflecting the individual tastes and contributions of those who contribute to it. In the past two years, it’s hard to overstate the contribution that Eric PH has made to the team, introducing not only a number of great recordings, but a slew of new bands to the mix. Horse Lords, of Baltimore, are one of his very best finds, and since he first saw them in 2015, we’ve been hoping to do something with them directly. The band headlined a stacked bill this past Saturday at Trans-Pecos, which felt like a welcome, air-conditioned respite from the steaming heat outside. But more important than the change in temperature was the change in perspective, as each of the forward-thinking acts on the bill reminded us of how powerful experimental music can be. While too many bands of their ilk toil in obscurity, Horse Lords have received their due of late, in the form of stellar reviews for their latest album, Interventions (released by NYC label Northern Spy). 

The band’s heady combination of guitar, bass, drums, and at-times keys, sax, and second percussion isn’t the easiest to describe; it has a tinge of desert blues to it, the controlled chaos of free jazz, the music-school time shifts of math rock and the propulsiveness of, well, rock. The band brought all of that complexity to the stage and didn’t miss a beat, holding our attention through the latest album’s first single, “Truthers” straight through to the album’s centerpiece, “Toward the Omega Point,” at the end. As Eric PH pointed out in his review of the 2015 show, the band members know how to fill the spaces in the music when they need to, but also know when to leave some open air. We were floored by the band’s musicianship, their control, and their ability to craft a setlist that hung together through a diverse range of sounds. For anyone who cares about where music is going next, be sure to put Horse Lords on your list of things to see.

I recorded this set with a set of Schoeps MK22 open cardioids near the front of the room, a pair of Naiant X-X omnis split onstage, and a soundboard feed from the night’s engineer. The sound quality is phenomenal. Enjoy!

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

Stream the complete show:

Horse Lords
2016-07-23
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

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

Schoeps MK22 (FOB, ROC)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard + Naiant X-X (3’ split, onstage)>>Zoom F8>3x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (image, EQ, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Truthers
02 Intervention III
03 Bending to the Lash
04 Untitled
05 Toward the Omega Point

Please support Horse Lords: Facebook | Bandcamp | Tumblr

Guerilla Toss: July 16, 2016 Out In The Streets Festival

July 23, 2016
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[photos by Dean Keim]

Guerilla Toss has been my white whale for the last year or so. There have been multiple missed connections when for one reason or another I was not able to record a local set, the most frustrating of which was when a massive snow storm resulted in the cancellation of their January show at Market Hotel. But I persisted and when the excellent Out In The Streets Fest announced that Guerilla Toss would be slated to play on a Saturday afternoon with an otherwise packed bill, we were there.

The music of Guerilla Toss is an amalgamation of styles, the most resonant for me being the influence of Remain In Light-era Talking Heads. But what strikes most about the band live is that the musicians are phenomenally skilled at their craft — something quite apparent even before I learned that the band formed at the New England Conservatory of Music. While kinetic vocalist Kassie Carlson is the center of the focus on stage, the rhythm section of tribal drummer Peter Negroponte and Greg Albert’s meaty bass guitar are crucial to the sound and drive the live presentation. The music’s color is provided by the impressive varied keyboard work of Sam Lisabeth and the atmospheric guitar of Arian Shafiee. At Out In The Streets Fest on the border of Queens and Brooklyn on the grounds of the historic Onderdonk House, Guerilla Toss performed a nice cross section of their already extensive discography, two apparent new songs (“Can I Get the Real Stuff” and “Betty”), and a fairly obscure Tom Waits cover in a too-short thirty minute set that was both long on energy and compelling for all of the right reasons. I suspect that Guerilla Toss will be regulars on NYCTaper moving forward and we’re excited to track their progress — fate willing.

Guerilla Toss next play in NYC at the Summer’s End Festival at Aviv on September 3.

[edit] Just caught this: Guerilla Toss now have been added to the Oneida show at Secret Project Robot on July 30.

I recorded this set with the outdoor-friendly Neumann large diaphragm mics mixed with an excellent board feed provided by FOH Cliff. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Guerilla Toss
2016-07-16
Out in the Streets Fest
Onderdonk House
Queens 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 by nyctaper and acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 31:39]
01 Polly’s Crystal
02 Can I Get the Real Stuff
03 Club Kids
04 367 Equalizer
05 Earth Died Screaming [Tom Waits]
06 Diamond Girls
07 TV Spell
08 Betty Dreams of Green Men

Support Guerilla Toss: Bandcamp | Facebook | DFA Records Page

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Big Ups: July 16, 2016 Out In the Streets Festival

July 21, 2016
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Big Ups is one of the very best live bands in New York right now. At the core of that has to be the kinetic-but-controlled performance of vocalist Joe Galarraga, who reminds at times of a skinny Henry Rollins with a sense of humor. Mugging for the crowd, twisting his body into unusual positions, he never loses sight of the music or the message being delivered, which he propels at you in spoken word that rises at the right moments to scream. Brendan Finn (drums), Amar Lal (guitar) and Carlos Salguero (bass) make that performance possible, with controlled dynamics that pay as much attention to the softer interludes as to their songs’ frequent climaxes. Having seen these guys twice in 2014, promoting their first album Eighteen Hours of Static, and been blown away each time, we were eager to see where they’d gone from there.

The band’s 2016 record, Before A Million Universes, advances the conversation both lyrically and musically. At this performance at the Out In the Streets Festival, the band’s growth was evident in the current-album numbers “Contain Myself,” “Hope for Someone,” and “National Parks,” as well as a new piece that explores the soft/loud dynamic even further. On this sweltering, thunderstorm-pocked afternoon, the band commanded a friendly crowd who clearly knew them well, and made the most of the thirty minutes’ time allotted. The band’s music may be darker in tone, but Galarraga doesn’t let that get in the way of having a laugh with the crowd, or pulling faces that fall on the lighter side of serious. Even with the sun shining, by the time the set reached the band’s most straightforward hardcore number, “Goes Black,” we were all living in his world, and there was nothing else around.

In a crowded festival season, Out In the Streets is a perfect, smaller-scale local standout, with a tent to shield the bands and the music part of the crowd in the middle of Ridgewood’s historic Onderdonk House’s ample backyard, ringed with vendors, lounge chairs and picnic tables, and (not to be underestimated) plenty of bathrooms. The lineup, of course, reflected that ethos, with many of the best local acts (including Big Ups and, coming soon, Guerilla Toss) that Brooklyn fans see year-round at clubs like Shea Stadium and Baby’s All Right. It was one of those days that brought together like-minded people in a comfortable, manageable way — and gave us yet another serious jones for more Big Ups.

nyctaper and I recorded this set with his Neumann TLM-102 large-diaphragm microphones and an excellent house mix by Cliff Ribeiro. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream the full set:

Big Ups
2016-07-16
Out In the Streets Festival
Onderdonk House
Queens, NY

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

Neumann TLM-102 (FOB, DFC, PAS) + Soundboard (engineer: Cliff Ribeiro)>Sound Devices 744T>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix
down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Contain Myself
02 Hope for Someone
03 Not Today
04 Wool
05 [new song]
06 T.M.I.
07 Goes Black
08 National Parks

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Big Ups, visit their websitelike them on Facebook and buy Before A Million Universes from Exploding In Sound.

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

July 19, 2016
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Local favorites SAVAK just released their excellent first LP, Best of Luck in Future Endeavors. We had seen a preview back in January and thankfully Unblinking Ear brought them back to Union Pool for their Northside showcase. This afternoon set literally picks up where the album leaves off with a few new songs like “They Are Bones,” “I Don’t Want To Be Defended,” “Loma Prieta,” and “Sick of War.” Like in January, Greg Vegas joins in on saxophone for a few numbers and I’m honestly surprised we didn’t hear cries of “more saxophone!” from the crowd. No further dates currently scheduled for SAVAK, but I’m sure we’ll likely see them again soon promoting this record that will justifiably end up on some 2016 best-of lists.

I recorded this set from our usual location at Union Pool, the room mics combined with a board feed from FOH Kevin. I mixed those down and then Sohrab provided some additional mastering. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

SAVAK
2016-06-11
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH
Additional mastering by Sohrab Habibion

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

Tracks [33:01]
01. Alive in Shadows
02. Drop the Piece
03. Reaction
04. They Are Bones
05. Knock Don’t Run
06. I Don’t Want To Be Defended
07. Loma Prieta
08. This Currency Exchanged
09. Sick of War
10. Early Western Traders

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