What We Talk About When We Talk About Taping: NYCTaper in Wired!

November 26, 2018
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The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Century

Hey friends! We don’t have any new music for you this morning, but… Check out Wired for an in-depth look look at taping in the 21st century, by Jesse Jarnow, complete with some choice and insightful quotes from yours truly. We’re thrilled to get such a positive reception and we hope the article encourages people to check out some recordings. Meanwhile, feel free to ask us any burning questions you might have in the comments below.

Dirty Projectors: November 18, 2018 Elsewhere (Early Show)

November 20, 2018
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If you ever doubt the reason to see live music, I’d refer you to the experience of watching Dave Longstreth on stage for eighty minutes with Dirty Projectors. There’s a particular joy to watching such complex, intellectual “rock” music brought to life by players of such immense talent, up close enough to see Longstreth’s fingers work the fretboard. If it’s at Elsewhere — a phenomenal-sounding club — and on a rather convenient late Sunday afternoon, all the better.

Among the waves of NYC/Brooklyn rock music in the first decade of this century, the Dirty Projectors always existed at some remove from even their mid-latter-decade contemporaries. Dirty Projectors is an unapologetically smart band, the work of a highly educated musician’s musician. It’s fitting that I last saw this band at Carnegie Hall in early 2013; if any “indie rock” band belongs there, it’s this one.

This set, the first of two the band performed at Elsewhere on Sunday, spanned the band’s five most recent albums (with Rise Above represented by the particularly affecting “Police Story” that led off the show), as well as two nuggets from the band’s Mount Wittenberg Orca collaboration with Björk. Likewise, this set represented a reasonable facsimile of Longstreth’s emotional states during the recent past, with songs like the joyous “I Found It In U” and “I Feel Energy” offset by the political rumination “It’s A Lifestyle” and the wistful “Little Bubble.” Longstreth has described Lamp Lit Prose and Dirty Projectors as a yin and yang album cycle, and that was evident here. But, while Lamp Lit is stylistically closer to the rest of the band’s recent material, there’s been a darkness in many of Longstreth’s songs before Dirty Projectors, and those, like “Gun Has No Trigger,” were well-represented here also.

To call the current band “new” is a bit of a stretch at this point; they’ve been touring this album as a unit for a while now, and it showed in their formidably well-rehearsed state. Give a quick listen to the soaring harmonies on “Cannibal Resource”, Kristin Slipp’s lead vocal on “The Socialites” or the incredible vocal precision on “When the World Comes To An End” (incidentally, the Mount Wittenberg songs strike me as particularly difficult musically) and you’ll be relieved of any concern that this band isn’t every bit the equal of the one that came before it. It wasn’t just because of Longstreth’s talent that I spent a good bit of these 80 minutes on a Sunday afternoon mouthing the word “wow.” It was hard to tell how serious Longstreth was about engaging a call-and-response situation during the final encore (“Right Now” from Lamp Lit Prose) but it soon became clear that even figuring out how to chant “right now” back at a Dirty Projectors song is a little tougher than usual singalong fare (“it loops unevenly…. that’s as well as I’ve figured out how to do it” a sheepish Longstreth said). “Right Now” proved a fitting end, encapsulating the yin and yang of the show in a single, dark but ultimately uplifting song (which Longstreth also identified as the most difficult to play in the set). The only part that wasn’t perfectly dialed in was the crowd singing “right now” — but that was kind of perfect, too.

I recorded this set with a feed of the house mix together with Schoeps MK4V microphones inside the soundboard cage. All credit for the sound of this belongs to the production team, both Dirty Projectors’ touring engineer, Teresa Murray, and the house team at Elsewhere. I hope you’re as impressed with it as I am — enjoy!

Thanks to Domino Records and Dirty Projectors for giving us permission to record the performance, along with the outstanding Elsewhere production crew.

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC/Apple Lossless]

Dirty Projectors
2018-11-18 (early show)
Elsewhere
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Teresa Murray + Tyler (house)) + Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices
MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.1.0 (track, amplify,
balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:20:15]
01 Police Story
02 I Found It In U
03 Break-Thru
04 What Is the Time
05 Cannibal Resource
06 Temecula Sunrise
07 That’s a Lifestyle
08 The Socialites
09 Gun Has No Trigger
10 When the World Comes to an End
11 I Feel Energy
12 Cool Your Heart
13 Useful Chamber
14 [encore break]
15 Beautiful Mother
16 Little Bubble
17 [explanatory banter]
18 Right Now

Band:
Dave Longstreth
Matt Baldwin – bass, bass synth
Mike Johnson – drums
Felicia Douglass – vocals, keyboard, electronic percussion
Kristin Slipp – vocals, Wurlitzer, additional keys
Maia Friedman – guitar, vocals

PLEASE SUPPORT Dirty Projectors: web | facebook | buy Lamp Lit Prose

Daniel Bachman: August 19, 2018 Trans-Pecos

November 12, 2018
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Daniel Bachman’s latest album, The Morning Star, opens with the side-long “Invocation” (wonderfully captured live at Hopscotch back in September) and weaves its way through two LPs worth of solo guitar, drones, field recordings, and found sounds. It’s an expansion of the palette he’s been mining since Orange County Serenade, but here Bachman’s style tips more towards ambient/drone music than he has in the past. However aside from that Hopscotch performance, Bachman is very much still doing solo guitar performances. This set recorded at Trans-Pecos back in August finds Bachman playing “Sycamore City,” “Song For the Setting Sun IV,” and “New Moon” from The Morning Star, plus “The Flower Tree” and “Wine and Peanuts” from his 2016 self-titled LP. He rounds out the originals with a few deep covers you may know: “Beautiful Eyes of Virgina” by Lemuel Turner, “Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend” by John Fahey, and “Weary Lonesome Blues” by Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland.

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Daniel Bachman
2018-08-19
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA100DK/603A (on stage) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [44:59]
01. Sycamore City
02. Beautiful Eyes of Virgina [Lemuel Turner]
03. Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend [John Fahey]
04. Song For the Setting Sun IV
05. The Flower Tree > Wine and Peanuts
06. Weary Lonesome Blues [Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland]
07. New Moon

Support Daniel Bachman: Website | Facebook | Buy The Morning Star from Three Lobed

Garcia Peoples: September 28, 2018 Music Hall of Williamsburg

November 7, 2018
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Garcia Peoples can’t/won’t stop—it seems like they’re on every good bill and making every good bill better. A couple of their most recent shows had them in opening slots at Music Hall of Williamsburg, first for Träd, Gräs och Stenar and next for Kikagaku Moyo. We caught a recording of the former and it’s one of the band’s best gigs yet (at least that I’ve seen). Opening up with the now-classic “One Step Behind” into “Hangin’ On,” they follow with a couple newer tunes, “Break Me Down” and “I Feel So Great.” Word is the next two(!) records are in the can, both to come out on the essential Beyond Beyond is Beyond label. Jesse Jarnow summed up the Garcias’ appeal nicely in this recent Relix review and I couldn’t agree more, calling their album Cosmic Cash “an underground musical cryptocurrency for our supremely fucked-up age.” I feel pretty great too now that you mention it.

Garcia Peoples have a bunch of shows coming up, including a year-end West Coast tour with Howlin’ Rain (attendance is mandatory folks), but if you’re in NYC your next chance to catch them in action is at Union Pool on November 14.

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Garcia Peoples
2018-09-28
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (at SBD) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [33:46]
01. One Step Behind >
02. Hangin’ On
03. Break Me Down
04. I Feel So Great

Buy Cosmic Cash via Bandcamp

Träden (Träd, Gräs och Stenar): September 28, 2018 Music Hall of Williamsburg

October 30, 2018
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The concentration of great psych bands coming out of Sweden these days is astounding: Dungen, Goat, Hills, Centralstödet, The Janitors. That’s just to name a few that are on my radar and I’m sure I’ve barely scratched the surface. But the most well-known psych band to come from Sweden  is almost certainly Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Trees, Grass and Stones) and they undoubtedly loom large for the younger generation.

Today they’re called Träden, but shifting band names and performers has always been part of the deal for the group that started off in 1967 as Pärson Sound, which became International Harvester, then just Harvester, before settling on Träd, Gräs och Stenar in about 1969. Despite their reputation as DIY hippies—or perhaps because they were just that—a wonderful amount of documentation survives, with recent archival releases highlighting how incredibly vital and popular their music still is today. Though Pärson Sound never released a proper album, a three-LP set documents their early experimentation. International Harvester/Harvester released two records, Sov gott Rose-Marie and Hemåt, both recently collected as part of the Remains box set. And more than six LP’s worth of live Träd, Gräs och Stenar material was collected in a box set from Anthology Recordings a few years ago (their studio albums from the 1970s remain sadly out-of-print).

Träden is just the latest iteration of this band, using both names interchangeably on tour (their first to hit the U.S. since 2004). The sole original member of the band is Jakob Sjöholm, who joined in 1970 (in time to play on the second studio album, Rock för Kropp och Själ). He’s joined by musicians from some of those great bands I mentioned above: Hanna Östergren (Hills) on drums, Sigge Krantz (Archimedes Badkar) on bass, and Reine Fiske (Dungen, The Amazing) on guitar and vocals. Their live repertoire includes songs from their new self-titled album, as well as older Träd, Gräs och Stenar songs like “Rock for kropp oct själ” and the well-known “Sanningens silverflod.” “När Lingonen Mognar” appears on Träden’s album, but was also originally released on Harvester’s Hemåt. Whether you call them Träden or Träd, Gräs och Stenar, the music itself is timeless.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Träden (Träd, Gräs och Stenar)
2018-09-28
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (at SBD, DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [1:16:46]
01. Hymn
02. När lingonen mognar
03. Rock for kropp oct själ
04. Punkrocker
05. Tamburan
06. Tänkte bara undra
07. Sanningens silverflod
08. I ljuset av din dag
09. Hoppas du förstår

Buy Träden via Bandcamp

Parlor Walls: October 18, 2018 Saint Vitus Bar

October 25, 2018
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If you haven’t checked out Parlor Walls since their excellent 2017 album, Opposites, then put your headphones in and turn your ears on. This set at Saint Vitus should be a must-listen for those of us who’ve followed Alyse Lamb’s career since the early ’10s, and those new to the party. Three of the newer songs – “Neuromancer”, “Love Complex” and “Low Vulture” are represented on the band’s May 2018 EXO cassette, and are among the band’s best work yet, pushing further into No Wave territory and somewhat away from some of the free jazz flourishes that appeared on Opposites. Parlor Walls’ songs are noisy, astringent documents of our time, complicated, unsettled and at-times brutal. Lamb has always been that special type of performer who doesn’t seem to need an audience; her unflagging intensity comes from within rather than without. (If you don’t believe me, see how she and drummer/keyboardist Chris Mulligan bring it alone in a Paste Magazine sound studio). It’s incredible that she and Mulligan can pack this much into their songs performing as a duo (their albums have additional bandmembers, in the most recent case, multi-instrumentalist Jason Shelton); like the full-time Brooklyn duo Yvette, they fill the stage without the extra bodies. If unrest is the overarching theme of these jittery pre-election days, Parlor Walls is the right soundtrack.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the soundboard combined with house FOH Jeff’s excellent mix. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/ALAC/MP3]

Parlor Walls
2018-10-18
Saint Vitus Bar
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Jeff) + Schoeps MK4V>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre 6>24/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix, compression, fades)
>Audacity 2.1.0 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 30:09]
01 Neuromancer
02 Love Complex
03 Pinafore
04 Spinning Gold
05 Ignite
06 Low Vulture
07 Cover Me
08 Birthday

PLEASE SUPPORT Parlor Walls: bandcamp | website

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