Rangda: January 9, 2015 Baby’s All Right – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 13, 2015
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Rangda

Rangda is the dream team of psych, bringing together three titans, each with equally impressive credentials: Sir Richard Bishop, guitar (Sun City Girls, Brothers Unconnected); Ben Chasny, guitar (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire, 200 Years, New Bums); and Chris Corsano, drums (Flaherty-Corsano Duo, Flower-Corsano Duo, Thurston Moore, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and the list goes on indefinitely from there). Each is independently responsible for his own staggering discography and so their team-up conjures lofty expectations.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Rangda is more than the sum of its parts. Performing live, each member inhabits his own third of the stage, hardly looking up from his instrument; and yet there is a communion among them that is unseen, intangible—it’s spooky action at a distance. These live renditions are largely faithful to their studio counterparts, oscillating between wild frenzy and repetitive motifs drawn from eastern psych ragas. Bishop’s and Chasny’s guitars rage and duel, Corsano’s drums provide context and setting for that drama to unfold.

We caught up with Rangda playing an early Friday evening set at Baby’s All Right as part of a two-date jaunt to coincide with recording a new album. Here, they play songs from both proper Rangda albums, False Flag and Formerly Extinct, and add a longer song that’s either brand new or a modified take on “Gracilaria,” which appeared on a split 12″ with The Dead C. From False Flag, they do “Bull Lore” and the longform set-closer “Plain of Jars,” which builds to a noisy catharsis before resolving into a rhythmic, repetitive guitar jam. “Majnun” and “Night Porter,” both off Formerly Extinct, come off as riffs on some of Sun City Girls’ more accessible, song-oriented material.

We unfortunately weren’t able to get a feed from the room mics, but luckily the stereo house feed from Baby’s FOH Rubes is more than adequate. The sound is outstanding and allows you to hear each guitar in its own channel (that’s Chasny left, Bishop right), just as it sounded in the room. This one sounds great on headphones. Enjoy!

While there are no further Rangda dates scheduled for now, each have upcoming solo dates and/or releases. Chasny’s new record as Six Organs of Admittance, Hexadic, is out February 27 on Drag City and a tour in support of it is scheduled. Bishop’s new record, Tangier Sessions, is also due out February 27, and is also on Drag City. Corsano has a host of upcoming dates, with Ava Mendoza, Joe McPhee, and others.

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Rangda
2015-01-09
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by Rubes Harman
Produced by Eric PH

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Rubes Harman) > 2 x Mono WAV(48/24) > Audacity 2.0.5 (fades, EQ, balance, amplify, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

Tracks [50:04]
01. Plugged Nickel
02. The Vault
03. Bull Lore
04. [New Song]
05. Majnun
06. Night Porter
07. Plain of Jars

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Rangda. Buy False Flag and Formerly Extinct from Drag City.

Deer Tick (performing Devo’s “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!”): December 29, 2014 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 12, 2015
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[photos by acidjack]

Deer Tick celebrated their tenth anniversary as a band this year. In that ten-year span, they’ve pursued a musical vision that’s almost proudly unpopular, serving up Replacements-inspired traditional rock n’ roll during a time when the sampler became king. Not quite retro enough to attract that crowd, nor cutting-edge enough to make the critics swoon, the middle ground they pursued turned out to be a hit with one group that did matter — fans. They showed up in droves, on freezing weekday nights during a busy part of the year, to watch the band play a series of anniversary shows at Brooklyn Bowl that promised a new cover album each night, and slews of special guests. The band’s prowess as a cover band has been well-known for a while, popularized by their Nirvana-covering in particular.

Kurt Cobain loved the New Wave greats Devo, so it felt fitting to join Deer Tick for their cover of the band’s landmark album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! on the Monday night before New Year’s Eve. Joined at times by opener The Districts and former guitarist Ian O’Neill, the appropriately dressed “Deervo” didn’t let us down, giving renditions that hewed closely to the originals while adding John McCauley’s signature vocal grit. After burning through that 38-minute record, the band took a quick breather until returning as themselves for a second set that also leaned heavily on covers, from NRBQ’s “I Got A Rocket In My Pocket” to the closing medley of Townes Van Zandt’s “White Freightliner Blues” and the unavoidable 80s classic “La Bamba”. McCauley’s wife Vanessa Carlton was in tow, joining the band on its own “In Our Time”. Deer Tick’s onstage antics may have mellowed some, probably for the better, but their music is still showing all the energy that drew those crowds in the first place. Here’s to another ten years.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the band’s engineer Justin Ripley, with a mild amount of audience microphones from my Schoeps supercardiods thrown in. The house mix was highly compressed, as evidence on the recording, but the sound is overall quite good. Enjoy!

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Deer Tick (performing as Deervo for Devo’s “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!”
2014-12-29
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Justin Ripley) + Schoeps MK41 (directly right of SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
Set 1: performing as “Deervo” on Devo’s “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!”
Set Time [38:02]
01 Uncontrollable Urge
02 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [feat. The Districts]
03 Praying Hands
04 Space Junk
05 Mongoloid
06 Jocko Homo
07 Too Much Paranoias
08 Gut Feeling (Slap Your Mammy)
09 Come Back Jonee
10 Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin’)
11 Shrivel Up

Set 2 [Set Time 53:36]
12 Easy
13 Born At Zero
14 The Curtain
15 The Dream’s In the Ditch
16 I Got A Rocket In My Pocket [NRBQ]
17 Twenty Miles
18 Something to Brag About
19 [banter1]
20 She’s Not Spanish
21 In Our Time [w/ Vanessa Carlton]
22 [banter2]
23 Mr. Sticks
24 [banter3]
25 Ashamed
26 White Freightliner Blues [Townes Van Zandt]
27 La Bamba [Ritchie Valens]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Deer Tick, visit their website, and buy their records in their online store.

PC Worship: December 20, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 9, 2015
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PC Worship Gretchen
[photo courtesy of Gretchen Robinette – full set at Impose Magazine]

PC Worship has been a fixture in the Brooklyn noise and psych rock scene for years, but inexplicably the band has never appeared on this site. We’ve run into band leader Justin Frye in any number of places — whether it as house FOH for 285 Kent, or doing sound for our CMJ shows at Cake Shop, or playing with his friends of Parquet Courts as PCPC. But in December, we saw PC Worship twice in a matter of days. They were in the middle of the bill in our last show at Glasslands and also in the middle of an excellent bill at Baby’s All Right that included Sunflower Bean (recording here) and Fat White Family (coming soon). PC Worship is currently gigging in support of their new and very well received album Social Rust. Each of the two December shows contained four of the nine tracks from the album (plus some older material) and we’re streaming the album’s first song “Odd”. PC Worship will next play locally at Union Pool on January 28.

This set was recorded by House FOH Devin, who provided a superb live mix of the multitrack. There are also cardioid microphones installed on the lighting rig about 15 feet in front of the stage. In post-production, I mixed the two sources and the results are quite excellent. Enjoy!

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PC Worship
2014-12-20
Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard + Audience
Multitrack Recording

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Devin Foley) > Devin mix Wav files + Room mic wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, setfades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 36:26]
01 Hendrix Blast
02 Odd
03 Baby In The Back Room
04 Rust
05 Toxic Love
06 Public Shrine
07 Lost Girls
08 Tides

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT PC Worship, visit their website, and purchase Social Rust from the Northern Spy Records website [HERE].

Baked: January 2, 2015 Palisades – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 7, 2015
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Baked
[photo by Rocketman]

You would be only half right in assuming that a band called Baked trades in hazy jams suited more to the night’s comedown than its revving up. That’s not to say they don’t do hazy jams—nine-minute set-closer “Tolex” is proof enough of that. But they also deliver some rocking indiepop that takes unexpected turns.

Baked is a Brooklyn-based quintet composed of R.J. Gordon (vocals/guitar), Davey Jones (guitar), Jeremy Aquilino (bass/vocals), Yoni David (drums), and Isabella Mingione (keys/vocals). Their debut LP, Debt, is out on Exploding in Sound Records and they’re right at home among that label’s amazingly consistent roster. I caught Baked last Friday at Palisades, headlining a stacked bill that also included Brooklyn’s Washer (that set posted here) and Connecticut’s Furnsss. For this set, Baked pull mostly from last year’s Debt, adding “8er” from their self-released, self-titled cassette, and a couple newer tracks (“I Win” and “AA”). Highlights include “Hungry Ghosts,” the aforementioned longform jam of “Tolex,” and the upfront keyboards and reverbed vocals on the rocking “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

I recorded this set with the AKG cardioids at the soundboard, plus a feed from Palisades FOH Ariel. The sound is slightly rough around the edges, but authentic to the night’s experience. Enjoy!

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Baked
2015-01-02
Palisades
Brooklyn, NY

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

Soundboard (engineer: Ariel) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV(24/48) > Audacity 2.0.5 (mixdown, fades, EQ, amplify, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

Tracks [43:28]
01. Mick Jagger
02. Wet Blanket
03. Don’t Trip
04. Codec
05. Hungry Ghosts
06. 8er
07. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
09. AA
10. Cramsey
11. Tolex

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Baked. Like them on Facebook and buy Debt from their Bandcamp page.

Ultimate Painting: October 25, 2014 Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 6, 2015
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[photos by acidjack]

The UK band Ultimate Painting made a stealth infiltration of several year-end lists for 2014, despite a general lack of hype here in the U.S. We had an opportunity to catch them during CMJ at the showcase at Rough Trade for Chicago stalwart Trouble In Mind Records, and what we saw made us hope many more stateside appearances are in the future.

Led by their eponymous track, “Ultimate Painting”, the show began with one of the band’s best songs and went on to prove the quality of their songwriting and playing throughout. It shouldn’t be a complete surprise that the band members know what they’re doing; James Hoare was in the band Veronica Falls, and Jack Cooper hails from Mazes. The band’s most common name checks are Television and the Velvet Underground, which might be true, if either of those bands can simply be shorthand for well-written, ear-bending guitar rock in the best and most timeless sense. For those who oozed over fellow British breakouts Temples, Ultimate Painting may satisfy similar cravings, minus the sense of trying quite as hard.

The band’s record didn’t reach us until October, right around the time of this show, so you could be forgiven for losing it amidst the holiday season glut. Now’s the time to earn your penance and check it out. We’ll have this one on repeat well into 2015.

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Ultimate Painting
2014-10-25
Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Cam) + Schoeps MK41 (DFC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (exciter effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Ultimate Painting
02 Rolling In the Deep End
03 Riverside
04 Three Piers
05 Central Park Blues
06 Jane
07 Winter In Your Heart
08 Ten Street

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Ultimate Painting, visit their website, and buy their debut album from Trouble In Mind Records.

Washer: January 2, 2015 Palisades – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 5, 2015
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Washer
[photo by Rocketman]

Washer is the Brooklyn-based duo of Mike Quigley (guitar, bass, vocals) and Kieran McShane (drums). This past Friday night at Palisades, these econo-jammers tore through an impressive ten song set in a staggering twenty-five minutes. Their longest songs of the night barely pass the three-minute mark while their shortest, “Safe Place,” clocks in at under a minute. But what’s consistent throughout is how refreshing the songs sound, lacking any hint of pretension, artifice, or embellishment. Nothing wasted, these songs plow right into you, sink their hooks in, and don’t outstay their welcome. Only three songs from their Palisades set have so far been released: “Rinse & Spit” and “Rot” are hot off their recent split single with Big Ups, out on Exploding in Sound Records, and “Bass 1” is off last year’s self-released cassette EP, Bighead. The rest of the songs remain to be released and show loads of promise. Personal highlights include the indie-rocker “Clid,” distorted punker “Porky,” and the chilled-out “This Land.”

I recorded this set with the AKG cardioids at the soundboard, plus a feed from Palisades FOH Ariel. The sound is slightly rough around the edges, but authentic to the night’s experience. Enjoy!

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Washer
2015-01-02
Palisades
Brooklyn, NY

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

Soundboard (engineer: Ariel) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV(24/48) > Audacity 2.0.5 (mixdown, fades, EQ, amplify, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

Tracks [25:23]
01. Rinse & Spit
02. Rot
03. Clid
04. Bass 1
05. Eyelids
06. Porky
07. This Land
08. Figure Me Out
09. Safe Place
10. Joe

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Washer. Like them on Facebook and buy their split 7″ and the Bighead EP at their Bandcamp page.

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