Tortoise: March 25, 2017 Big Ears Festival (Knoxville, TN)

October 26, 2017
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[Photo by David Simchock]

Earlier this year, we caught both of Tortoise’s Brooklyn dates on their second round of tour support for The Catastrophist. But you know we can never get enough Tortoise, and when the folks at Big Ears opened up their archives to us, we just couldn’t resist. So here’s Tortoise playing the Mill & Mine in Knoxville, TN as part of 2017’s Big Ears Festival. Enjoy!

Speaking of Big Ears, we’re going to be posting a bunch of sets from the 2017 festival in the upcoming weeks in anticipation of their 2018 festival. The initial lineup announcement comes November 1 and tickets are onsale November 3. I’ve been (in 2014) and it’s truly an awesome good time.

Download the complete show at the Live Music Archive.

Stream the complete show:

Tortoise
2017-03-25
Big Ears Festival
The Mill & Mine
Knoxville, TN

Soundboard + Zoom H6 > Audacity > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Recorded by Matt Honkonen
Tracked by Eric PH
Photo by David Simchock

Tracks [1:19:02]
01. The Catastrophist
02. Gigantes
03. The Suspension Bridge at Iguazu Falls
04. Eros
05. High Class Slim Came Floatin’ In
06. I Set My Face to the Hillside
07. Gesceap
08. Dot/Eyes
09. Monica
10. In Sarah, Mencken, Christ, and Beethoven There Were Women and Men
11. Shake Hands With Danger
12. Crest
13. Yonder Blue
14. Prepare Your Coffin

Tortoise: Website | Facebook | Buy The Catastrophist and more via Thrill Jockey

Avey Tare: October 23, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom

October 25, 2017
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[photos by Will Oliver and We All Want Someone blog]

In stark contrast to Animal Collective’s frenetic Painting With, Avey Tare’s latest solo album Eucalyptus is a winding, intimate bedroom album. I’ve listened to it a few times since its July release and it’s certainly one of those records that opens up to you over time. For his short tour supporting the record, Avey seemed to acknowledge the difficulty of translating the Eucalyptus songs for a live performance. The songs take on their own live existences, heavily adapted from their recorded counterparts to be presented in front of an audience. Most of the songs he broke out Monday night at Bowery Ballroom, though, aren’t even on Eucalyptus. Like Animal Collective’s early years, rather than playing songs the audience already knows, Avey instead plays a new round of songs: “Enjoy the Change,” “Ono Lemonade,” “Saturdays,” “Eyes on Eyes,” “The Aging Heart,” and “Sew Happy” are all new compositions unheard until this tour. (That’s half the set if you did the math.) But that’s the great thing about the audience Avey has cultivated: they’re along for the ride whether it’s hits or songs they’ve never heard before. We were, however, rewarded with one special treat when Geologist came out the help Avey with the Animal Collective track “Man of Oil” from their recent Meeting of the Waters EP.

We recorded this set with the Schoeps mk22’s set up at our usual balcony location at Bowery, combined with a board feed from FOH Danielle. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Avey Tare
2017-10-23
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Danielle) + Schoeps mk22 > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:19:15]
01. Enjoy the Change
02. PJ / DR aw one for J
03. Ms. Secret
04. Ono Lemonade
05. Saturdays
06. Eyes on Eyes
07. The Aging Heart
08. Selection of a Place
09. In Pieces
10. Man of Oil [Animal Collective] (w/Geologist)
11. Sew Happy
12. When You Left Me

AveyTare.comBuy Eucalyptus via Bandcamp

Robyn Hitchcock: March 24, 2017 Big Ears Festival (Early and Late Shows)

October 24, 2017
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[Photo by Bill Johnson. From Robyn Hitchcock’s Facebook page]

Not long after we caught Robyn Hitchcock on two nights with Yo La Tengo as his backing band, Robyn made his way up to what is likely America’s most musically adventurous music festival, Big Ears, which has enthralled listeners down in Knoxville, Tennessee for the past few years. The independent festival has continued to grow in stature while retaining a unique musical character; there’s room in its lineups for rock, experimental noise, classical, folk, and more, but you’ll find an admirable absence of the Top 40-type bands that are now the main draws of almost every major U.S. festival. Robyn’s sets at this year’s festival were divided into an early and late show, and each has its pleasures. Both sets opened with Dylan covers (“Chimes of Freedom” and “Not Dark Yet”). The early set continued in the covers vein, with Robyn lighting up songs by the Beatles (“Dear Prudence”) and Syd Barrett (“Terrapin”) and closing with the Soft Boys’ “I Wanna Destroy You,” that last one being a particularly interesting feat for a solo singer/guitarist. As you might expect, the late show took on a more freewheeling character, with Robyn giving songs like “I Often Dream of Trains” and “Adventure Rocket Ship” extended and hilarious introductions.

As longtime Robyn fans, we’re thrilled that the Big Ears team provided us with access to these recordings. We look forward to partnering with the Big Ears crew in 2018.

The next Big Ears Festival begins on March 22, 2018. Watch for the lineup to be announced next week!

Early Show: [LMA Page] | [Direct MP3] | [Direct FLAC]
Late show: [LMA Page] | [Direct MP3] | [Direct FLAC]

Early:

Late:

Robyn Hitchcock
2017-03-24 (early show)
Big Ears Festival
The Standard
Knoxville, TN USA

Produced by acidjack

Zoom H6>WAV (16/48)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Adobe Audition CC (compression, amplification)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Chimes of Freedom [Dylan]
02 Dear Prudence [Beatles]
03 Terrapin [Syd Barrett]
04 My Wife and My Dead Wife
05 [banter1]
06 Saturday Groovers
07 [banter2]
08 Fifty Two Stations
09 Full Moon In My Soul
10 Raymond Chandler Evening
11 I Want To Tell You About What I Want
12 I Wanna Destroy You [Soft Boys]

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Robyn Hitchcock
2017-03-24 (late show)
Big Ears Festival
The Standard
Knoxville, TN USA

Produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Zoom H6 (internal mics, at SBD)>WAV (16/48)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Adobe Audition CC (compression, amplification)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Not Dark Yet [Bob Dylan]
02 I Pray When I’m Drunk
03 Madonna of the Wasps
04 [banter]
05 The Devil’s Coachman
06 Serpent at the Gates of Wisdom
07 N.Y. Doll
08 [banter2]
09 I Often Dream of Trains
10 [banter3]
11 Adventure Rocket Ship
12 [banter4]
13 I’m Only You
14 [banter5]
15 Mad Shelley’s Letterbox

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Clearance: October 13, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

October 20, 2017
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The Chicago band Clearance have been at it for a few years now, having first gained broader notice with a track debut from their current full-length, Rapid Rewards, on Stereogum. Various corners of the Internet have compared them to Pavement, having more (to this listener) to do with their wry sense of humor than their exact musical style, which falls into the broad camp of “indie rock” or “alt-rock” or “garage-rock” or whatever you want to call guitar-driven music that isn’t made by meatheads these days, but is delivered, at this stage, with a certain professionalism that wasn’t Pavement’s stock-in-trade until career end.

This set at Rough Trade NYC represents a solid eleven (with one additional that was aborted) song introduction to the band, including “You’ve Been Pre-Approved.” But among the set, I was most taken with the band’s latest single, “Are You Aware,” an upbeat burst of optimism that might fit less within the “ironic slacker” framework, but is just the dash of musical Prozac you want on a Friday after a wearying week. By the time the song downshifts in its final segment, you’re feeling the relaxation wash over you. We also got some new songs in the mix, including “Chances Are” and “Haven’t You Got the Time,” the latter of which has a bit more of a 90s Britpop feel than some of the band’s other songs. The band closed with the short-burst anthem “She’s A Peach,” which ended abruptly in under two minutes. At first it seemed like a mistake or a joke, but then it became clear — the song had said all it needed to say. Clearance are that kind of band.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Widowspeak set, with Schoeps MK5 microphones and a soundboard feed from Jeremy. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Clearance
2017-10-13
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Jeremy) + Schoeps MK5 (DFC, at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre6 (24/48)>polyWAV file>Adobe
Audition CC (align, mix down, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, dither, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Had A Fantastic
02 The Prospect
03 Destination Wedding
04 Frozen Orange / No Wonder
05 Gallery Glare
06 Are You Aware
07 You’ve Been Pre-Approved
08 Owner/Operator
09 Chances Are
10 Haven’t You Got The Time?
11 Another Arrow [stops]
12 She’s A Peach

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Widowspeak: October 13, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

October 17, 2017
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Widowspeak just released their fourth album, Expect the Best. It gave me a little jolt of nostalgia to see what’s now by any definition a veteran band taking the stage in Brooklyn again, six years after I caught one of their earliest shows at Glasslands. It also gave me hope: Here’s a band that has thrived from day one on the very simple proposition of writing good songs and performing them well, and continues to be well-received.

This show at Rough Trade marked the end of the band’s recent tour in support of Expect the Best, and it had that triumphal homecoming feel about it, from the crowd of friends and showgoing regulars to the career-spanning setlist. After all, it’s not like Widowspeak need to hunt around Brooklyn for converts. Expect the Best feels like a darker, slightly less pop-driven record than 2015’s All Yours, as befits the times and singer Molly Hamilton’s recent decamping to her home in the Pacific Northwest. Likewise, the new record also has more of a “live” sound to it, a bit looser than the band’s recent efforts, and that also works to the advantage of these songs like, particularly the set opener, “Right On,” which reminded us that despite the association of this band with more of a hazy, laid-back sound, they are more than capable of rocking out. As noted, the set also reached back to the band’s first album for three of their best-loved numbers, the unforgettable “In the Pines,” “Gun Shy” and Hamilton’s Pacific Northwest in-joke “Harsh Realm.” Hearing those songs played by a tightly-knit four-piece — a much fuller sound than the trio had back in 2011 — only reminded me again that some things do improve with time. Widowspeak are one of those bands that has not only stayed consistent, but keeps putting out great new music. That album title they chose this time says it all.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from house engineer Jeremy combined with Schoeps MK5 microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Widowspeak
2017-10-13
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Jeremy) + Schoeps MK5 (DFC, at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre6 (24/48)>polyWAV file>Adobe
Audition CC (align, mix down, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify,
dither, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:13:35]
01 Right On
02 Perennials
03 Warmer
04 In the Pines
05 Narrows
06 All Yours
07 [banter1]
08 Ballad of the Golden Hour
09 The Dream
10 Expect the Best
11 Gun Shy
12 [banter2]
13 Dog
14 The Swamps
15 Harsh Realm
16 Fly On the Wall
17 [banter3]
18 Coke Bottle Green

PLEASE SUPPORT Widowspeak: Facebook | Captured Tracks | Bandcamp

 

Nathan Bowles Trio: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Afternoon Jamboree (Raleigh, NC)

October 16, 2017
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It’s an article of faith that artists who are friends of Three Lobed Recordings always bring their best for the label’s annual Hopscotch day show showcase, co-sponsored with Durham’s WXDU. Nathan Bowles, a multi-year veteran of the event, outdid himself this year, choosing to use this platform to debut his new trio with Casey Toll on double bass and Rex McMurry on drums. Although this was the trio’s very first show, you wouldn’t necessarily have known it, as Bowles and the new band added new heft to what were originally his solo songs (“Blank Range”) as well as coming out strong with new ones (one untitled, one known as “Freshfaced”). Bowles’ current music has already redefined and expanded the notion of modern banjo music, but the trio promises to push things even further, offering the opportunity to head in directions he hasn’t yet contemplated in other groups in which he participates, such as the Black Twig Pickers. For one, these songs feel a bit more like rock songs, with McMurry’s drumming pushing a faster tempo and an overall heavier direction, particularly on the new song. “Freshfaced.” Seeing Nathan Bowles is always a treat — and it’s something we do as often as we can — and this trio only adds to the anticipation of what he’s up to next. Bowles has a few shows around the southern U.S. this month, so go have a listen if you can.

I recorded this set with Evan Lamb’s house mix, plus an additional soundboard feed of the banjo, together wtih Schoeps MK4V microphones onstage, and AKG 460 cardiod mics hung over the audience. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Nathan Bowles Trio
2017-09-08
Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Afternoon Jamboree
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack
Hosted at nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Evan Lamb)+Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KCY>Z-PFA>AKG 460/CK61 (FOB, DFC)>(24bit/48kHz WAV files)>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Blank Range
02 [untitled for now]
03 Freshfaced

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