Dave Harrington and Merry Pranksters: January 21, 2017 Trans-Pecos

January 24, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

Dave Harrington’s career as an exemplary musician is perhaps most well known through his Darkside duo with Nicholas Jaar, but in the last couple of years Harrington has excelled as a compiler of ad hoc super groups under the moniker “Merry Pranksters”. The band has performed at Rough Trade and multiple times at Nublu, but on Saturday night at Trans-Pecos Harrington pulled together another impressive group of performers in a benefit show for Builders Of The New World — an Actor’s Studio program to benefit homeless youth.

On Saturday, the “special guest” for this version of the Merry Pranksters was Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori, whose eerie vocals and keyboard work were featured prominently in the first half of the improvised number that began the set. Hatori’s work set the tone for the entire set, which was comprised of spacey atmospheric improv that occasionally reached inspired crescendos. The sextet was held together by a diverse rhythm section with Mauro Refosco on a variety of percussion instruments, Spencer Zahn on bass, and Harrington’s solo band’s drummer Samer Ghadry behind the kit. Lars Horntveth of the Norwegian prog fusion band Jaga Jazzist played a variety of horns and his contributions to this night were sublime and tasty. Harrington’s guitar work anchored the group and provided a significant amount of color to the mix. This was our first experience with Harrington’s Merry Pranksters, but I can guarantee it won’t be the last.

This show was a benefit for The Builders of The New World: Education and Community Building Program for Homeless Children and At-Risk Youth in New York City. Donate [HERE], or donate through a download of this recording. All proceeds to this recording that are donated through Bandcamp will be forwarded directly to Builders of The New World.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards at the stage lip and mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download this recording from our Bandcamp page [HERE]

Stream this recording from Bandcamp:

Dave Harrington and Merry Pranksters
2017-01-21
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Eric] + 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 46:17]
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2
03 Thirty Seconds of Chaos

SUPPORT: Dave Harrington’s Merry Pranksters featuring:
Dave Harrington
Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist)
Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto)
Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace/Forro)
Spencer Zahn (Twin Shadow)
Samer Ghadry (DHG)

Thou: January 7, 2017 Saint Vitus

January 16, 2017
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[screen capture from Frank Huang’s video]

Thou’s return to NYC last week was a wealth of riches for their fans. The band played three full sets in less than forty-eight hours, including two sold-out shows at Saint Vitus and one matinee show at Silent Barn. In a way, the band was making up for lost time. Thou has been somewhat inactive since the best-of-year success of their 2014 album HeathenCrave, for example, gave the album a perfect score. We saw the Vitus show early on that tour and it was a superb night of Heathen material that pre-dated the album’s release by two days and started off a tremendously successful year.

Nearly three years later, Thou’s doom metal music continues to be intense and sprinkled with funny between-song banter and fan interaction. But at the second night at Saint Vitus, the music consisted of primarily new songs book-ended by two fantastic Nirvana covers. The new material is clearly strong and if developed live, we expect that the band’s anticipated 2017 release will equal Heathen’s quality.

Thou will be touring often this year, with shows posted on their website through July, dates [HERE].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps on a stand in front of the soundboard and mixed with a feed from the board. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Thou
2017-01-07
Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > 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 1:01:09]
01 Something in the Way [Nirvana]
02 [banter – tuning]
03 Transcending Dualities
04 [banter – Dr Fish]
05 Restless River
06 The Only Law
07 Untitled New Song
08 Deepest Sun
09 Unfortunate Times
10 The Lasting Dose [Crowbar]
11 Fucking Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean
12 [encore break]
13 Scentless Apprentice [Nirvana]

PLEASE SUPPORT Thou:  Website | Bandcamp | Purchase albums from Gilead Media [HERE]

Jon Langford, Jean Cook and Walter Salas-Humara: December 17, 2016 – Private Residence in Brooklyn

January 14, 2017
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neild reports:
In a bookend to his February 2016 acoustic gig/art show at a private apartment in Brooklyn, Jon Langford closed out the year with another performance at the same venue. This time he brought along not just his guitar and violnist/vocalist extraordinaire Jean Cook (plus lots of his inimitable paintings and prints, which did a brisk business), but also Silos cofounder Walter Salas-Humara. The pair of country-punk pioneers swapped songs while adding guitar and improvised percussion to each other’s songs — on one track Langford started out drumming with brushes on his guitar back, before breaking for a drum solo played on his own butt — perfectly melding Langford’s sardonic tales of blasé drone operators and Irish fishing villages still reliving the decades-only filming of Moby Dick with Salas-Humara’s ballads of pot smuggling and doomed romance. It was as stripped down as punk rock, or music in general, can be, and further cemented Langford’s role as one of the world’s most seriously funny, and comically serious, artists, while providing a welcome reminder that really all that’s needed for great music are a couple of instruments and an appreciative crowd willing to join in on the choruses.

As with the February show, there was no amplification, so this was recorded with the same CA-14 cardioid mics (mounted on a stand this time instead of sitting on the floor, as the space was slightly less cheek to jowl); when it sounds like the performers have wandered off into another part of the room at one point, that’s exactly what’s happened. Thanks to Jon and Walter and Jean, and to Jon Raaen for hosting us all again at his apartment. Next time, with less snow on the ground for once!

Download the Complete Show in MP3 or FLAC format at Archive.org [HERE]

Stream the Complete Show (via Archive.org):

Jon Langford and Jean Cook
2016-12-17
Private Residence
Brooklyn, NY

CA-14 cardioid mics > Church Audio ugly battery box > Sony PCM-M10 > WAV (24/48) > Sound Studio (light dynamic compression to reduce loud claps and percussion) > FLAC (16/44.1) > Tag > FLAC

Recorded and mastered by neil d

Early Set:
01 Over the Cliff
02 Millionaire
03 The Country Is Young
04 Tubby Brothers
05 Counting on You
06 The Sunshine and the Moon
07 Shitload of Cash
08 The Sounds Next Door
09 Sentimental Marching Song
10 Hank Williams Must Die
11 Youghal
12 Streets of Your Town (Go-Betweens cover)

Late Set:
13 second set
14 Summer Stars
15 Drone Operator
16 Walking on Hell’s Roof
17 Satellite
18 Diner by the Train
19 Nashville Radio
20 Homburg
21 Commodore Peter

Check out more on Langford’s many forms of art at the terrific site maintained by Nobby Knape, or just wait around long enough, and he’ll probably show up in some guise or another.

Jeff Rosenstock: November 18, 2016 Villain BK

January 12, 2017
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It is an objective fact that Jeff Rosenstock released one of the best albums of 2016, if not the best record of the year. WORRY is a work that exhibits all of the positive qualities of contemporary punk by one of the genre’s most consistently excellent and prolific performers over the last two decades. During that time, Rosenstock has been a virtually unlimited fount of quality music, having participated as band member, contributor or producer in something like thirty albums in the last fifteen years. But Rosenstock’s recent solo albums may be his highest quality output of his career. WORRY builds on the overwhelming success of his excellent 2015 album We Cool?. The fan response to it crashed the SideOneDummy Records website on the day of its release.

WORRY is album that walks the listener through a set of modern problems in a series of songs that touch on multiple genres all anchored by the indefatigable Jeff Rosenstock. Early in his career Rosenstock fronted a ska-punk band and then an anarchist-punk band but in his late thirties he’s now not beholden to any particular genre. The album touches on themes of loneliness, oppression, politics and music — all of which are pointless without our emotional investment in other people. Indeed “…While You’re Alive” concludes as the penultimate track on the record, by declaring that ultimately “Love is Worry”. We may never be able to achieve a perfect existence (“Perfect Sound Whatever”), but if we appreciate the small events, we’ll be truly alive. Its a simple but effective message from a performer who has spent his career confronting negativity and apathy with a singular work ethic and drive.

The Jeff Rosenstock Fall Tour came to a close on a cold November night in a converted warehouse in Brooklyn a mere ten days after perhaps the most devastating political moment of our lives. The final night of the tour was filled with much love and appreciation for the bands and fans who had supported him throughout, but the night was also fueled by purposeful rage and resistance. Rosenstock dealt with these issues throughout the set but also focused on the healing power of music. The set drew primarily from We Cool? and WORRY material, including an epic segue of the last eleven songs from WORRY to close the set. The band encored with “Police on My Back”, which Rosenstock unfortunately noted as a Clash song. Perhaps the only down moment of the night was that he failed to call attention to the composers of that song, The Equals — a 1960s racially-integrated London band who experienced actual police oppression of immigrant culture. Its a theme sadly still relevant nearly fifty years after the release of that song. Otherwise, the night was an inspiration and Jeff Rosenstock continues to cement his status as perhaps the most important punk artist composing today. Moving forward through 2017 and after, we’re going to need artists like Rosenstock whose life’s work is hell bent on resisting the wave of hate and intolerance bubbling up from the worst aspects of our society.

Jeff Rosenstock is back on tour next month, including two local shows. The just-announced Antarctigo Vespucci (Rosenstock and Chris Farren) show at Trans-Pecos is February 11, and a Jeff Rosenstock date opening for Menzingers at Irving Plaza is on March 30. All dates HERE.

I recorded this set with the Neumann hypers mounted at the soundboard on the far right and mixed with a board feed. The balance and mix took a while the get right but I believe this is now an excellent recording that definitely captures the energy of that great night. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Jeff Rosenstock
2016-11-18
Villain
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Ryan] + Neumann KM-150 Hypers > 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 1:08:27]
01 Wave Goodnight To Me
02 I’m Serious I’m Sorry
03 Hey Allison
04 Pash Rash
05 [banter – on tour]
06 To Be a Ghost
07 Festival Song
08 [banter – donations]
09 Beers Again Alone
10 Nausea
11 [banter – Worry]
12 Pietro 60 Years Old
13 I Did Something Weird Last Night
14 Blast Damage Days
15 Bang on the Door
16 Rainbow
17 Planet Luxury
18 HELLLLHOOOOLE
19 June 21st
20 The Fuzz
21 While You’re Alive
22 Perfect Sound Whatever
23 You In Weird Cities
24 [encore break]
25 Teenager
26 Police on My Back [The Equals]

SUPPORT Jeff Rosenstock: Bandcamp | Tumblr | Buy WORRY at SideOneDummy Records

Lake Mary: October 21, 2016 The Schoolhouse

January 10, 2017
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Lake Mary, aka Chaz Prymek, of Denver, hasn’t been as much a regular in our personal orbit as his East Coast-based peers, but this relatively rare treat of a show made up for it. This show at the Schoolhouse, a low-key, living-room style DIY venue in Bushwick, provided the perfect intimate setting for Prymek’s talents. The fingerstyle guitarist played a total of four compositions, including an as-yet-unnamed new number. The opener of “Everything the Light Touched,” with Prymek accompanied on accordion, proved the perfect, ethereal kickoff to a night that also included performances by Dylan Golden Aycock and Bridget St. John (those recordings coming soon). Prymek’s style has a welcoming, unforced quality to it that suggests that he is more interested in communicating the emotions in his music than his ability to play guitar. It’s the type of experience that sticks with you, even if it’s your first time seeing him; he leaves a warmth behind. So if you find Lake Mary in your town, make sure to make the trip to see him.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Jeff Conklin of Avant Ghetto Presents for sponsoring and inviting us to the show. Check out Jeff’s WFMU radio show here.

Stream and download the complete show from our bandcamp page:

Lake Mary
2016-10-21
The Schoolhouse
Brooklyn, NY

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, align, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Everything the Light Touched>[new]
02 [banter]
03 Blue Spruce
04 [banter2]
05 Porch Music

Support Lake Mary at his Bandcamp page

Earthless: December 13, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

January 5, 2017
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[photo by BevRock]

The music of Earthless is as if the climax instrumental portion of the best of early 70s head-rock became a single fifteen-minute song. In other words, there’s no filler in their music, just improvisational highlights. While Earthless has existed for fifteen years, the band’s recorded output consists of just four full-lengths. This is a band clearly comfortable as a live unit, despite that all three members of the trio play with significant other bands, including drummer Mario Rubalcaba in Rocket from the Crypt and Off!. The band doesn’t tour often, but in 2016 we got to see them twice, including our recording of their Mercury Lounge set in March.

At the Bowery Ballroom last month, the band played an hour-long set of three songs that was capped off by a relatively quick encore of the FM staple track from Led Zeppelin’s first album. Interestingly, the set did not include the band’s 2016 release “Acid Crusher”, half of a split release with their Tee Pee Records mates Harsh Toke. But the set was exactly what the crowd came to see — plenty of riffs, thumping bass and monster percussion. This was the art of stoner rock taken to its logical conclusion and Earthless nailed the set from start to finish.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards in our usual location in the balcony. The house mix was used to fortify the drums which did not carry up to the balcony as well as the stacks of guitar amps. The result is an excellent recording. Enjoy!

Download and Stream the Complete Show from our Bandcamp Page [HERE]

Earthless
2016-12-13
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Kenny Lienhardt] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > 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 1:07:14]
01 Uluru Rock
02 Violence of the Red Sea
03 Sonic Prayer
04 [encore break]
05 Communication Breakdown [Zep]

Support Earthless: Facebook | Bandcamp | Buy their records from Tee Pee Records

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