Horse Lords: June 4, 2017 Sunnyvale

June 8, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

Last Summer during a heat wave we hosted a show headlined by Horse Lords at Trans-Pecos and it was a glorious night of cool air and even cooler music. EricPH “found” this band for the site in 2015, but by 2016 their Northern Spy album Interventions put them on the map for all of us. Horse Lords is comprised of four superb musicians with not only music-school skills but the touch and timing to play incredibly intricate music in complete sync with each other. They combine the best parts of prog, jazz and math rock into extended suites in the live setting that inspires repeated listens.

On Sunday night at Sunnyvale, Horse Lords brought out the diehards and there are now quite a few of these enlightened folks. The crowd wasn’t overwhelming, but those who were there were all-in — the band’s peaks and valley and twists and turns had the entire crowd hanging on for dear life. The set was culled primarily from Interventions but also included one extended older cut to finish the set. From my vantage point at the front of the stage, it was a quite an impressive image of four musicians instinctively in tune with each other. Horse Lords are a band not to be missed, and we will continue to follow this outstanding group.

Horse Lords are currently on a short midwest tour which visits Toronto, Cleveland and Chicago beginning tonight through Friday. All dates and venues here.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at the front of the stage and mixed with an excellent board feed. The mix of the two sources compliments perfectly and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Horse Lords
2017-06-04
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u’s > 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 58:42]
01 Truthers
02 Toward the Omega Point
03 Intervention II
04 Time Slip – Intervention III
05 Bending to the Lash
06 Wildcat Strike

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Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band: April 6, 2017 Trans-Pecos

June 1, 2017
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Chris Forsyth’s appearance at Trans-Pecos a couple months ago heralded that most important of musical happenings: the possibility of a new release. With their latest No Quarter release The Rarity of Experience a proven success win fans, Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band used this intimate stage to show off some of their latest attractions. After hitting the ground running with “High Castle Rock,” we heard three new numbers in a row, including “History and Science Fiction” and “Mistaken the Bottle” (which we first heard at Union Pool back in late 2016) plus a new as-yet-unnamed (to us, anyway) number. When you add in “Dreaming In the Non-Dream I-II,” you’ve got a set chock-full of new material that continues to expand on Forsyth’s unique guitar vision, which blends a rock fan’s appreciation for shredding (he named a song after “Cocksucker Blues,” after all) with a Deadhead’s appreciation for sonic exploration, thematic variation, and little details. It’s always a treat to see Chris and the band, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on what’s next.

I recorded this set with onstage Schoeps MK5 microphones into a warm-sounding Aerco preamp, plus a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream and download the complete set on our bandcamp page:

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
2017-04-06
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c (onstage, DFC, XY)>KCY>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard >> Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.0.3>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 High Castle Rock
02 American History and Science Fiction
03 [new1]
04 Mistaken The Bottle
05 The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues
06 Dreaming In the Non-Dream I-II

Support Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: Website | Facebook | Buy The Rarity of Experience from No Quarter

Eugene Chadbourne & Sunwatchers: April 25, 2017 Union Pool

May 30, 2017
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Back in April, psych-freejazz outfit Sunwatchers did a three-week residency at Union Pool, each week performing with some local and not-so-local friends. To cap off the residency they brought out Eugene Chadbourne for an opening set (that recording here) plus a very special collaboration between Chadbourne and the ‘Watchers. It doesn’t get much better than these guys performing some Minutemen, Sonny Rollins, and Chuck Berry tunes together—but then somehow it does when they break free of Earth’s gravity on John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillen.” Apparently there’s going to be an album featuring Sunwatchers backing Doc Chad (Chadwatchers, anyone?) and if that manages to be half as good as this set, it’ll be something for sure.

I recorded this from our usual location at Union Pool with a board feed courtesy of our bud Doug. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Eugene Chadbourne & Sunwatchers
2017-04-25
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + AKG C480B/CK63 > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (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 [1:17:41]

Sunwatchers
01. [Intro]
02. New Dad Blues
03. Everybody Play
04. [banter]
05. The Hot Eye
06. Herd of Creeps

Eugene Chadbourne & Sunwatchers
07. [Eugene enters]
08. East Broadway Run Down [Sonny Rollins]
09. Ghosts/Joe McCarthy’s Ghost [Minutemen]
10. Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing [Minutemen]
11. Price of Paradise [Minutemen]
12. [tuning]
13. It’s Gonna Be Easy [Doug Sahm]
14. You I’ll Be Following [Love]
15. Reelin’ and Rockin’ [Chuck Berry]
16. Too Much Monkey Business [Chuck Berry]
17. Boogie Chillen [John Lee Hooker]

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Animal Collective: May 23, 2017 Brooklyn Steel

May 29, 2017
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[photos by Will Oliver of We All Want Someone blog]

Last year, I wrote about this site’s history with Animal Collective and celebrated the serious rejuvenation of the band’s fortunes. That show at Irving Plaza was our first introduction to the live performances of the Painting With material. We also caught the show later in the year at Terminal 5. In the ensuing months, Animal Collective released two EPs with material related to the album and continued to tour. This Spring saw their return to NYC for a show at the new Bowery Presents venue Brooklyn Steel and last Tuesday’s show was perhaps the most powerful Animal Collective performance we’ve experienced in more than a decade of seeing the band.

This was our first experience at Brooklyn Steel and I was impressed. There’s definitely a nice vibe to the venue, and the sound quality from our vantage point was on point — full spectrum rich sound with no boominess at all. The intensity of the acoustics in the venue served the band well, as Animal Collective provided thundering bass beats to accompany the multi-layered three-pronged sound delivery system. This tour’s version of the band features Panda, Geologist and Avey across the front accompanied by drummer Jeremy Hyman at center rear of the stage. The set featured much of the recent material but also satisfied long-time fans with older tracks democratically selected from their many releases and some deep cuts not heard in years. The sold-out crowd called the band back after a healthy 75 minute main set and we were treated to an extended encore set that closed the night with a lengthy and rousing version of “Summertime Clothes”.

Animal Collective’s tour continues with some June and July shows, all dates [here].

I recorded this set with the Neumann hypercards mounted at the elevated area inside of the soundboard area and with the mics raised high. The amazing sound in the venue and the choice of microphones worked perfectly as this recording is really quite superb. Enjoy!

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Animal Collective
2017-05-23
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded at Soundboard Booth

Neumann KM-150 Hypercardioids > 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 1:36:14]
01 Kinda Bonkers
02 Hounds of Bairro
03 Sweet Road
04 Bees
05 Guys Eyes
06 Taste
07 Lying in the Grass
08 Pride and Fight
09 Peacemaker
10 Summing the Wretch
11 FloriDada
12 [encore break]
13 Kids on Holiday
14 On Delay
15 Summertime Clothes

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Sir Richard Bishop: May 17, 2017 Park Church Co-op

May 22, 2017
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What’s in a guitar? Two years back, Sir Richard Bishop released Tangier Sessions, recorded on a nineteenth-century guitar of indeterminate origin bought in Switzerland. But last week at Park Church Co-op, he was back to his trusty electric and sounding fine. It turns out Bishop sounds great no matter what he’s playing. I daresay he’d conjure some fine tunes out of any instrument you set before him. This set captures him playing a couple off Tangier Sessions (“International Zone” and “Safe House”) combined with some Sun City Girls classics I hadn’t heard him play in a while like “Radio Morocco” and “Space Prophet Dogon.” Topping it off is Bishop’s sweet take on The Beatles “Till There Was You.”

I recorded this with the room mics set up ORTF at the stage lip, combined with a board feed from Park Church engineer Jasno Swarez. It sounds excellent. Enjoy!

Catch Sir Richard Bishop on tour now—still a few dates left!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Sir Richard Bishop
2017-05-17
Park Church Co-op
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Jasno Swarez) > Roland R-26 + AKG C480B/CK61 (ORTF, stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) >  Audacity 2.0.5 (align, mixdown, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:06:17]
01. International Zone
02. Radio Morocco [Sun City Girls]
03. Mystic Minor 23
04. Abydos [Sun City Girls]
05. Till There Was You [The Beatles]
06. Mekong
07. Safe House
08. [banter/tuning]
09. [Unknown]
10. Space Prophet Dogon [Sun City Girls]
11. Zurvan

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Eugene Chadbourne: April 25, 2017 Union Pool

May 17, 2017
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Eugene Chadbourne—Doc Chad for the familiar—is likely the only musician living who could (would?) play you a Woody Guthrie song on the banjo and also destroy your eardrums with the electric rake. With literally zillions of releases over the last forty years, he’s done folk, jazz, rock, noise, and everything in between. In fact, it’s those in betweens where Doc Chad spends most of his time, never stagnating on one genre, one band, one collaborator, or even one instrument—as if any of those things could claim to define his music. Yes, Doc Chad is a national treasure.

This set from Union Pool a few weeks back has got all the goods: covers of Guthrie and Beefheart, an ode to Conway Twitty, a medly of Johnny Paycheck tunes, and some Chadbourne originals. No electric rake, but you can’t have everything can you?

I recorded this from our usual location at Union Pool with a board feed courtesy of our bud Doug. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Visit eugenechadbourne.com for tour dates, to order music, and to experience frames!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

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Eugene Chadbourne
2017-04-25
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + AKG C480B/CK63 > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (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 [36:25]
01. Hang Knot [Woody Guthrie] >
02. Old Piano
03. The Dust Blows Forward [Captain Beefheart] >
04. Creep
05. Hello Kelly Conway Twitty >
06. The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised [Johnny Paycheck] >
07. Georgia in a Jug [Johnny Paycheck] >
08. Pardon Me I’ve Got Someone to Kill [Johnny Paycheck]
09. I Dreamt I Was Young Again

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