Mind Over Mirrors: March 17, 2016 Littlefield

April 14, 2016
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[Photos from Le Poisson Rouge by PSquared Photography]

If you saw Tortoise on their most recent tour, I hope you got there early to see the awesome Mind Over Mirrors—a.k.a. Jaime Fennelly and his Indian pedal harmonium. We first saw Mind Over Mirrors back in February 2015 at Union Pool, when Fennelly was collaborating with Haley Fohr adding her distinct vocals to the project. This time around, Mind Over Mirrors is a solo outing, the harmonium combined with sequencers, synthesizers, oscillators, and other sorts of gadgetry. But despite all the electronics, Mind Over Mirrors’ sound is strikingly organic, owing to the harmonium’s unique intonation. This set from last month at Littlefield builds and evolves over nearly thirty minutes, starting off as a quiet drone that morphs into an intricate, whirling piece with overlapping rhythms. Fennelly has been working on new material for a future Paradise of Bachelors release and this set hints at great things to come.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Tortoise set from the same night. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Mind Over Mirrors
2016-03-17
Littlefield
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

AKG C480B/CK63 (ROC, FOB, PAS) > Roland R-26 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

01. Live at Littlefield [27:44]

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Acid Mothers Temple: April 6, 2016 Knitting Factory

April 14, 2016
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Each Acid Mothers Temple performance is special in some way, but this year’s New York jaunt was notable for the arrival of a greater-than-usual number of new songs. In the case of this Knitting Factory show, after a wild “Dark Star Blues in the Dazzling Sky” came the first of those new jams, “Wizard,” a psycho-blues number whose harmonica intro hurtles into a spasm of guitars.

In fact, a majority of this set was built around new material, though of course the usual standouts “Pink Lady Lemonade” and “Cometary Orbital Drive” also made an appearance. If you checked out our recording of the Mercury Lounge show from the day before this one, you were turned on to “Another Nanique Dimension” and “Blue Velvet Blues” as well as the aforementioned “Wizard,” but this show closed on an even more usual note, with a new, chant-driven number that has not made an appearance (at least in recorded fashion) at any other time so far on this tour. The song highlighted the value of the two female vocalists who joined them on this tour, providing a distinctly Eastern, spiritual slant to the end of the show. The band will wrap up this U.S./Canada jaunt on April 18th in Los Angeles, but we can guarantee they’ll be back next year.

nyctaper and I recorded this set with a combination of Neumann KM150 hypercardiod mics and Schoeps MK4V cardiod mics, combined with a soundboard feed from house engineer Rob. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Acid Mothers Temple
2016-04-06
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Neumann KM150 (ROC, PAS) + Soundboard (engineer: Rob) + Schoeps MK4V (ROC, PAS)>Aeta PSP3>>Zoom F8>6x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:20:50]
01 intro jam>Dark Star Blues in the Dazzling Sky
02 [tuning]
03 Wizard>
04 Pink Lady Lemonade>
05 IAO Chant>
06 Pink Lady Lemonade
07 [tuning2]
08 Blue Velvet Blues
09 Another Nanique Dimension>
10 Cometary Orbital Drive
11 [new song 2]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Acid Mothers Temple, visit their website, and buy their records here.

Smashing Pumpkins: April 5, 2016 Beacon Theatre – FLAC/MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

April 13, 2016
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[photos by Jill Harrison, full set available here]

Last week, the Smashing Pumpkins came to New York for a three-night run at Beacon Theatre in support of their current “In Plainsong” tour. This tour, billed as an “acoustic-electro evening,” featured a substantial setlist of solo acoustic performances from Billy Corgan, who dug deep into his back catalogue of songs for inspiration. He was joined onstage by the rest of the current touring line-up – original Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Katie Cole, and Sierra Swan on keys/vocals – for a deep dive into songs from the Siamese Dream era.

Outstanding moments from the night included guest vocals from Liz Phair on “Thirty-Three,” hard-rocker “The Spaniards,” and a tribute to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that the audience absolutely loved. But what may excite the hardcore Smashing Pumpkins fanbase is seeing the re-appearance of Corgan-penned songs from his past work with bands like Zwan and Hole. This tour indeed revisits and in some cases, seems to reclaim the essence of these songs, laying aside past feuds in honor of the music.

We recorded this show from the third row, dead center using a pair of head-mounted Schoeps MK4v cardioid microphones. Although there were no surprise appearances from original guitarist James Iha as there were in Los Angeles, this show is sure to delight – it sounds incredible. Enjoy!

Download the complete show at the Live Music Archive.

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The Smashing Pumpkins
Beacon Theatre
New York, NY
2016-04-05

Recordist: hi and lo
Source: Schoeps MK4V (DINa) > Naiant Z-PFA > Sound Devices 744T @ 24 bit / 48 kHz
Edit: WaveLab V6 (mixdown/eq/gain/fades/dither/resampling)
Encoding: FLAC v1.2.1 (Level 8) with TLH v2.6.0 (Build 168)

Tracklist:

01. Cardinal Rule
02. Stumbleine
03. Tonight, Tonight
04. The World’s Fair
05. Space Oddity [Bowie]
06. Thirty-three
07. Jesus, I [Lyte] / Mary Star of the Sea
08. “The Siamese Suite” (Banter)
09. Mayonaise
10. Soma
11. Rocket
12. Spaceboy
13. Today
14. Whir
15. Disarm
16. Sorrows (in blue)
17. Eye
18. Saturnine
19. Identify
20. 1979
21. Stand Inside Your Love
22. Pinwheels
23. Lily (My One and Only)
24. “Introduce the Band” (Banter)
25. Malibu [Hole]
26. The Spaniards
27. (Encore Call)
28. Angie [Rolling Stones]

Running Time: 2:11:32

Please support Smashing Pumpkins by seeing them on their current tour, In Plainsong and by visiting their official website.

Acid Mothers Temple: April 5, 2016 Mercury Lounge

April 11, 2016
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The cost of touring being what it is, there aren’t many Japanese bands that make it to the U.S. as frequently as Acid Mothers Temple. Their yearly tour has become ritual, for the band and its audience. NYCTaper has been capturing the band’s New York appearances for the past few years—always a stop on the Lower East Side at Mercury Lounge, and one in Williamsburg at the Knitting Factory. I’m delighted that this year I got to do my part and record the Mercury Lounge show. The “Wake to a New Dawn of Another Astro Era Tour 2016” wraps up next week in Los Angeles, having begun last month in Mexico City. Through the month-long visit, setlists have been fairly consistent and their Mercury Lounge set features most of the songs they’ve been playing, including “La Novia,” “The Wizard,” “Another Nanique Dimension,” “Cometary Orbital Drive,” and of course it wouldn’t be an Acid Mothers Temple show without their signature “Pink Lady Lemonade.” If you’re familiar with Acid Mothers Temple, you know the deal and no further introduction is needed. If this is your initial foray into the Acid Mothers cosmos, welcome aboard.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue combined with a board feed from Mercury FOH, Alex. The sound is excellent. Enjoy, and stay tuned for the Knitting Factory set, which we’ll be posting soon.

The Wake to a New Dawn of Another Astro Era Tour 2016 continues! Check here for the remaining Texas and California dates.

Download the complete show at the Live Music Archive.

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Acid Mothers Temple
2016-04-05
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Alex Beaulieu) + AKG C480B/CK63 (ROC, PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [1:26:30]
01. La Novia
02. The Wizard >
03. Pink Lady Lemonade >
04. IAO Chant >
05. Pink Lady Lemonade
06. Blue Velvet Blues >
07. Another Nanique Dimension
08. Cometary Orbital Drive

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Acid Mothers Temple, visit their website, and buy their records here.

Yo La Tengo: April 9, 2016 Landmark Loew’s New Jersey Theatre (Jersey City, NJ)

April 10, 2016
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[photo via Bork Lord‘s twitter feed]

Yo La Tengo ended their most recent tour last Saturday at the shabby-chic Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, a cavernous space made intimate by the positive vibes headed from the stage and to it. The usual contingent of longtime fans were out in force for this weekend show, and the band rewarded us with a setlist that reflected their Fade-era habit of dividing the show into acoustic and electric portions. As this tour wasn’t, strictly speaking, to promote last year’s Stuff Like That There, the band jumped around their catalog a good bit more, with the electric set a particularly sweet offering for the more improvisational-minded among us. The extended outro jam on “Before We Run” that led into the slow version of “Big Day Coming” was a strong moment there, as was the segue of “Sudden Organ,” “Autumn Sweater,” “Decora,” and “Ohm” that made up the bulk of the set. But that’s not to slight the acoustic set, either, where the acoustic treatment of “Deeper Into Movies” was particularly affecting, along with new favorites like “Rickety.” By the time the encore came around there were the usual calls for hyper-obscure covers (which the band has served up in abundance on multiple WFMU marathons), most of which were ignored, though we did get Wire’s “Too Late.” The band sent us off, as they often like to do, on a quiet note, with the noisy Electr-O-Pura classic “Tom Courtenay” rendered as a solemn coda with Georgia leading the way on vocals. Now it’s time for the band to enjoy a little downtime and recharge the batteries, as they await a handful of summer festival dates. Meanwhile, we’ll be excited for what they come up with next.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Yo La Tengo engineer Mark Luecke, together with Schoeps MK41V microphones. Given the challenges of the venue acoustics, this relies heavily on Mark’s soundboard feed. The sound quality is, overall, excellent. Enjoy!

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Yo La Tengo
2016-04-09
Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre
Jersey City, NJ USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Mark Luecke) + Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, re-image SBD, adjust levels, mix down, compression, limiter, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 2:13:34]
Set One – Acoustic
01 My Heart’s Not In It [Darlene McCrea]
02 Periodically Double or Triple
03 Rickety
04 Automatic Doom [Special Pillow]
05 Did I Tell You
06 Black Flowers
07 Somebody’s In Love
08 I’ll Be Around
09 Deeper Into Movies
10 I Feel Like Going Home

Set Two – Electric
11 [intro jam]
12 Sugarcube
13 Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House>
14 Shaker
15 Before We Run>
16 Big Day Coming
17 Sudden Organ>
18 Autumn Sweater>
19 Decora>
20 Ohm
21 Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
22 [encore break]
23 Drug Test
24 Too Late [Wire]
25 Tom Courtenay (acoustic)

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and buy Stuff Like That There and their many other fine releases from Matador Records.

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Steve Gunn: March 26, 2016 Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular, King’s (Raleigh, NC)

April 8, 2016
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[photo by David Schwentker]

In case you live under a rock, Steve Gunn is a pretty big deal in the independent music world. Along with working with Kurt Vile, he’s released a sprawl of killer records, from his duo work with John Truscinski, to his collaborations with Hiss Golden Messenger, Mike Cooper and the Black Twig Pickers, to his work with GHQ, to his singer/songwriter solo work. There is no version of Steve Gunn that isn’t great, that isn’t able to worm its way into your brain and stick there, and maybe make you think in the process.

Like Bardo Pond, Gunn is another artist that Three Lobed Recordings has been aligned with for a long time, and the fact that Steve would take the stage twice at the Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular, in celebration of the label’s sixteenth anniversary, says what you need to know about his commitment right back. If (as it would seem) Gunn will prove to be one of the Three Lobed alumni with the greatest popular appeal, it won’t be because he’s abandoned the spirited, inventive and challenging style of playing that early fans have always cherished. The proof of that lies in this single set from King’s, as Steve closed out the morning portion of the day with just three long songs. Sure, “Old Strange” is a bit easier to hum along to than GHQ’s “Four Trees,” but it’s still fifteen freaking minutes long, as played here, with the lyrics and the chorus almost afterthoughts amidst the guitar work that almost makes you forget there’s just one of him up there. That doesn’t discount one of Gunn’s other most-loved and longest epics, “The Lurker (Extended),” which graced the Not the Spaces You Know, But Between Them boxed set on Three Lobed, and arrived in stunning form here. He closed with “Mr. Franklin,” another relatively uncommon number in his current tour repertoire, and readied himself for the second half of this day, when he would join John Truscinski for their first duo set in several years (that recording coming soon).

You owe it to yourself to hear where Steve is going next — preorder Eyes on the Lines here, and check out the new single “Conditions Wild” on YouTube.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other recordings from the day, with Schoeps MK22 open cardiod microphones onstage, MBHO microphones in the audience, and a multichannel soundboard feed from Justin Perrachon. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Steve Gunn
2016-03-26
Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

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

2x Soundboard channels (engineer: Justin Perrachon) + MBHO 603a/KA200N (FOB, DFC, PAS) + Schoeps MK22 (onstage, ORTF, DFC)>KC5>CMC6>Aeta PSP3 >> Zoom F8>6x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro-Cory Rayborn and Steve Gunn]
02 Old Strange
03 [banter/tuning]
04 The Lurker (Extended)
05 [banter/tuning2]
06 Mr. Franklin

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