Freeman: July 23, 2014 Baby’s All Right – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 28, 2014

Freeman Babys
[photo from This Is Ween tumblr]

For better and for worse, rock music and drugs will forever be inextricably intertwined. Bill Maher once joked “I wouldn’t recommend heroin. But it hasn’t hurt my record collection”. But on the dark side, drugs have been responsible for the premature demise of far too many rock musicians and fans. In early 2011, Gene Ween was seriously in danger in becoming the next casualty in the rock world. Gener was losing his fight with alcohol and drug addiction and it all came to a boil one sad and ugly night on stage in Vancouver when his condition was so bad that he was incapable of performing the material and the rest of the band walked off the stage on him. After the tour, Gene Ween went into rehab in Arizona and stopped touring with the band. After his first solo album was released, Gene Ween officially broke up Ween in 2012 and began to perform under his birth name Aaron Freeman. Its four years later and Freeman is still sober and ready to talk about the dark years. The new album Freeman was released last week on Partisan Records and its an honest and frank discussion of the journey to sobriety.

The band is also called Freeman and they played two album-release shows last week at Mercury Lounge and Baby’s All Right. At the Baby’s show, Freeman opened the set with three straight songs from the new album, the third of which is perhaps the most poignant song “Covert Discretion” which essentially tells the story of the Vancouver meltdown. But for the packed house of Ween fans, the old Gener didn’t disappoint as the band whipped out plenty of Ween material, including some deep cuts. We are streaming “Transdermal Celebration” from Ween’s 2003 album Quebec. But ultimately this show was all about the new material, and Freeman closed the set with a run of songs from the album including the confessional “(For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man” which closed the main set and that we are streaming below. Freeman closed the show with two eclectic covers and from the crowd reaction, the fans seemed pleased. But make no mistake, there is some animosity among the Ween uberfans over the fact that “Gener” broke up the band. But as the album Freeman makes clear, without the breakup of Ween, Aaron Freeman would likely have died. Or as he sings on “Covert Discretion”, “be grateful I saved me from myself”.

Freeman will return to shows in the Fall with an extensive tour of the East and Midwest. The next local show is October 4 at Bowery Ballroom.

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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Babys All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Soundboard Multitrack Recording

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

Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:38:26]
01 El Shaddai
02 Gimme One More
03 Covert Discretion
04 All The Way To China
05 Transitions
06 The Grobe
07 The English and Western Stallion
08 Happy Colored Marbles
09 Molly
10 Pollo Asado
11 The Stallion Pt 1
12 Transdermal Celebration
13 Your Party
14 More Than The World
15 [crowd]
16 (For a While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man
17 [encore break]
18 Black Bush
19 Golden Monkey
20 Jailbreak [Thin Lizzy]
21 [second encore break]
22 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man [Pr1nce]

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Daytona: July 16, 2014 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set

July 24, 2014

[photos by acidjack]

Daytona, from Brooklyn but comprised by vets of the Chapel Hill, NC scene, may not have a direct connection to their titular state, but the name still fits. There’s an air of the beach about them, making their self-titled debut album a perfect summer listen. That’s true of the album in particular, whose wide-ranging influences, particularly in the form of Caribbean percussion, have drawn some not-unflattering comparisons to Vampire Weekend. Seeing them live at Glasslands last week, I was given a more rounded impression of their overall sound, which included new songs and a cover that don’t appear on the record. Playing in front of projected images in the pitch black, the band showed that theirs is more than good-time chill out music, even if that’s not the worst thing to be in the middle of summer. I was struck in particular by their cover of the classic song “That’s All Right” by Arthur Crudup (most famously adapted by Elvis Presley), to which vocalist/guitarist Hunter Simpson added a delicate wistfulness. Most importantly, the band carries off live what their very well-produced album (recorded in North Carolina by Ari Picker (Lost In the Trees) and mixed by Matt Boynton (MGMT, Hospitality) is trying to get across, which is an important test of any young band. We look forward to more good things from these guys in the future.

I recorded this set with the installed house recording rig and Josh Thiel’s customarily excellent soundboard mix. The light projector mounted near the mics caused a faint buzzing that can be heard during quiet passages, but other than that flaw, the quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Josh Thiel) + Naiant X-R>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, alignment, mixdown, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 New Foundation
02 That’s All Right [Arthur Crudup]
03 Mirror
04 Metropolitan
05 Ought To Be A Law
06 Undertow

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Daytona, like them on Facebook, and buy their record from Ernest Jenning Records here.

Marah: July 12, 2014 Bowery Electric – Flac/MP3/Streaming

July 23, 2014

Marah by Henry Strauss
[photo by Henry Strauss - courtesy of Music Makes Life Better]

The current incarnation of the veteran band Marah is one of the most remarkable transformations in recent memory. Marah has been an accomplished roots/alt-country band throughout the late 90s and 2000s — they were on Steve Earle’s record label, Bruce Springsteen performed guest vocals on their 2001 album, they played Bonnaroo in 2006, and Jon Wurster once played drums in the band. But their last album was released in 2010, and after some personnel changes founder David Bielanko and only other remaining band member Christine Smith moved from NYC to rural Pennsylvania and began a unique project. Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania is a book published by folklorist Henry Shoemaker early last century that collected vernacular and folk song lyrics from the mountains of Pennsylvania. David and Christine put several of the songs to music and joined with local musicians from Millheim PA to record the songs in an old church with strictly vintage analog equipment. The album that resulted from these session Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy is simply a breathtakingly authentic recreation of 19th century American music and perhaps the most unique music we’ve heard all year.

However, the interesting elements of this project go deeper. It ends up that the local musicians recruited to play this music themselves are a remarkable story. Kai Schafft is a Professor at Penn State, a Doctor of Sociology with an expertise in rural cultures, and an expert in the music of Harry Smith — and one heck of a banjo player. Jimmy James Baughman is an accomplished upright bass player and a leader of local Central PA legends The Chicken Tractor Deluxe. Drummer Chris Rattie is a local PA legend who once flirted with mainstream success with a band called the The Rustlanders that recorded an album with legendary producer Don Was in LA. He currently fronts his own band Chris Rattie and The Brush Valley Rumblers. But the most amazing part of this band is Gus Tritsch, who is a ten year old boy. Gus is a prodigy in the truest sense of the word — his fiddle playing is beautiful and profound and his cigar-box guitar playing is crunchy and bluesy. He plays like a man of fifty and as Bielanko has noted, Gus is in the band simply because he was the best fiddle player in town.

Marah played its only scheduled NYC show with the Mountain Minstrelsy band on Saturday last at the Bowery Electric. If there were any doubts that the band could pull off this music in a live setting, those doubts were entirely extinguished during “A Melody of Rain” (streaming below), a standout track on the record that was given new life in a full band electric setting. But that was just the start. The band worked through much of the new album but also sprinkled in a nice selection of classic Marah material. Its was especially impressive to note that the Mountain Minstrelsy band seemed equally comfortable with the band’s older catalog, particularly Gus who added some sweet fiddle runs to songs like “Barstool Boys” (streaming below — listen to Gus’s mid-song solo) and “Walt Whitman Bridge”. And speaking of Gus, one of his contributions to the Minstrelsy album “Rattlesnake” became a twelve-minute wild blues jam and the kid played the cigar box to its pinnacle. This was one of those shows that no one wanted to end, including David who asked several times for “one more song”, and the venue graciously allowed Marah to break curfew — the band performed well beyond their allotted hour slot. David spoke fondly of his time in NYC, his promise to return soon, and he and Christine finished the night with a beautiful duet on “City of Lights”.

We expect that Marah will be back in NYC with the Mountain Minstrelsy band in the near future, perhaps this Fall. And we’d seriously warn any fans of America music to be wise and not miss this show. At NYCTaper we are fortunate to be able to see the band this coming weekend down in Camden NJ at the XPonential Festival.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser Cards mounted in front of the soundboard booth about 15 feet from the stage and mixed with an excellent board feed mixed by house FOH Owen. There was one song “The Falling of the Pine” that was performed off-mic in the middle of the room and that presented a challenge, but otherwise the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Bowery Electric
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:22:34]
01 [instrumental]
02 A Melody of Rain
03 Limb
04 Barstool Boys
05 The Catfisherman
06 The Falling of the Pine
07 [banter - come back]
08 Fever
09 The Old Riverman’s Regret
10 Bright Morning Stars
11 [banter - intermission]
12 Walt Whitman Bridge
13 Ten Cents at the Gate
14 Rattlesnake
15 Long Hot Summer
16 Santos de Madera
17 City of Dreams

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Marah, visit their website, and purchase Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy from the Merchandise link at their Website [HERE].

King Buzzo: July 14, 2014 The Wick – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming Songs

July 22, 2014

[Photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

For over 30 years, Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne and the Melvins have made their own brand of heavy rock, ‘sludge’, an institution.  While that has had a huge influence on music, including helping birth the kinder, gentler ‘grunge’ genre, Melvins continue to stand apart from the crowd with a sound that is instantly recognizable.  When Buzzo decided to record and release his first acoustic album this year, the excellent ‘This Machine Kills Artists‘, it was definitely a departure from what he’s known for, but not completely unexpected from a performer who has been blazing his own trail for decades.  With Melvins being a favorite of ours and having appeared on this site several times, we were excited to hear that he was embarking on a solo tour in support of the new disc and relished the opportunity to catch his stop at The Wick, a new venue in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn.  Onstage with little more than an acoustic guitar, a microphone and his trademark hair, King Buzzo kicked his set off with the dramatic “Boris” and proceeded to keep the respectful Brooklyn crowd (aside from one overly enthusiastic attendee) in rapt attention for the next 75 minutes.  Peppered with anecdotes, observations and a hilarious story about Mike Patton, Buzz proved to be quite the raconteur.  His great combination of new songs, Melvins staples from their vast catalog and engaging, interactive banter made for a show that I could easily enjoy almost every night.

We recorded King Buzzo in the same manner as Mary Halvorson’s opening set with a stereo pair of Countryman B3 omni microphones placed onstage. While there is some ambient noise at times, the overall quality and clarity is excellent thanks to Buzzo’s sound engineer, Dave, and The Wick’s FOH, Joe. Enjoy!

Special thanks to King Buzzo, Joey Massa, Chris White, John Seroff and the staff at The Wick for making this recording possible and for their courtesy and cooperation.

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King Buzzo
Monday, July 14, 2014
The Wick
Brooklyn, NY, USA

Source: AUD > Countryman B3 > MM-CBM-Mini > Roland R-05 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-05 > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > TLH (check/fix SBEs, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

[Total time: 1:15:47]
01. [intro]
02. Boris
03. The Ballad of Dwight Frye [Alice Cooper]
04. Suicide in Progress
05. [banter 1]
06. Dark Brown Teeth
07. Rough Democracy
08. Laid Back Walking
09. Drunken Baby
10. [banter 2 - Mike Patton]
11. Evil New War God
12. The Vulgar Joke
13. How I Became Offensive
14. [banter 3]
15. We Are Doomed
16. Hooch
17. Revolve

If you download this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT King Buzzo and Melvins, visit their website and Facebook page, and purchase ‘This Machine Kills Artists‘ at Amazon, iTunes, or your local record store.  And definitely go see Buzz and the Melvins live.  

Oneida: July 17, 2014 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Full Set Streaming

July 20, 2014

Photo by Greg Cristman |
[Photos by Greg Cristman]

With Oneida, you never have to worry about seeing the same show twice. Even if you’re hearing the same song — for example, the mammoth version of “Cedars” from this night’s show at Glasslands compared to the one we documented at the start of the year at the Knitting Factory – you won’t necessarily know it if you don’t pay close attention. As our review of the Knitting Factory show pointed out, at this point, referring to an Oneida show’s “setlist” is kind of missing the point. This band has long-since abandoned the conventional, which is why they continue to be a major draw in the underground scene in New York seventeen years in despite minimal blog hype and virtually no mainstream exposure. An Oneida show is an event, a celebration of what music can be when all of the downward pressures on creativity are cut.

Joining the band for this show, as he did at Glasslands last year, was James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Dump, whose bass playing mingled nicely with the swirling controlled chaos on the stage. Although technically a four-song “set”, this set had a similar structure, with a 40-minute sequence of “Cedars” into “Economy Travel” adding two shorter songs, “Cock Fight” and “You Get Brighter” (a 48-minute version of which appeared at the 2013 Glasslands show) to round it out. We expect to see some of these compositions whittled down to album length for a future release, but in a way that’d be a shame. This act’s sound cannot be contained on a few pieces of plastic, nor can their songs properly be culled to one right “version”. The beauty is in the expression of it at a given time on a given night–the very reason live recordings exist in the first place.

I recorded this set with a Schoeps MK5 and Schoeps MK8 capsule in the “mid-side” configuration on-stage to allow maximum adjustment capability to the stereo image, combined with a soundboard feed from Glasslands head of production Josh Thiel. The sound quality is quite simply phenomenal — one of the best recordings I think I can take credit for. Enjoy!

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Photo by Greg Cristman |

Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c+MK8 (stage lip, M-S)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (Engineer: Josh Thiel)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Voxengo MSED (decode M-S)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 56:59]
01 [intro banter]
02 Cedars>
03 Economy Travel
04 Cock Fight
05 You Get Brighter

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Oneida, visit their website, and purchase A List of the Burning Mountains and their other releases from Jagjaguwar [HERE]

Woods: April 22, 2014 Baby’s All Right – FLAC/MP3/Full Set Streaming

July 17, 2014

[photo from the May 16 Bowery Show by Sachyn Mital]

Before sharing their latest sounds at yet another blockbuster of a show at the Bowery Ballroom in May, which we recorded, Woods kicked off their tour with a more intimate show at the Williamsburg clubhouse Baby’s All Right, curated by our friends at BrooklynVegan. Meant to also celebrate the release of their latest album, With Light and With Love. If band founder, lead singer and guitarist Jeremy Earl had any concerns that this first outing with the new stuff might come off ragged but right, he needn’t have had them — at least about the “ragged” part. This show displayed the band’s now-familiar virtuosity and served as a preview of what was to come later in the tour. This night, as at Bowery, the band pulled off a tight segue of “Shining” into the classic jam song “Bend Beyond” that exited into “Size Meets The Sound”, proving that the more approachable sound of With Light and With Love felt right at home with the band’s earlier material. It is always a treat to catch a Woods show, but especially so in a club of this size; this is a band that fills and belongs in bigger venues, but hasn’t forgotten where they came from.

This set was recorded on the Baby’s All Right house multitrack and, as usual, the sound quality is outstanding. The full set is streaming below as well as FLAC and MP3 downloads as usual. Enjoy!

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Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded by Devin Foley
Produced by acidjack

Multitrack digital soundboard>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, fades, compression, effects)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro]
02 Leaves Like Glass
03 Full Moon
04 Cali In A Cup
05 Shining>
06 Bend Beyond>
07 Size Meets the Sound
08 Shepherd
09 Only the Lonely
10 Moving To the Left>
11 Twin Steps
12 With Light and With Love
13 [encore break music]
14 Green Is the Color [Pink Floyd]
15 Find Them Empty

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