Dire Wolves: February 7, 2019 Union Pool

February 15, 2019
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Photos by Drew Gardner

San Francisco’s Dire Wolves don’t come around too often, but when they do they bring the heat. This one features the Wolves’ Jeffrey Alexander backed by what he calls a “strange” version of the band: Jesse Sheppard (Elkhorn) on bass, Jeff Tobias (Sunwatchers) on sax, and Scott Verrastro (Bardo Pond) on drums. What results is the Wolves’ shaggy psych mixed with jazzy excursions.

Speaking of which, it’s Excursions to Cloudland, released on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records, that hipped me to Dire Wolves. And then there’s also this fantastic split with Headroom that I’ve gravitated towards when looking for a fix. Dire Wolves will have another one out with BBiB sometime soon so stay tuned to find out what new lands they’ve got in store.

Thanks to Jeff Conklin for putting on this awesome bill. Tune in to The Avant Ghetto on WFMU for more of the goods!

I recorded this set with our usual setup for Union Pool: a board feed from FOH extraordinaire Doug combined with the MBHOs in DIN configuration at the board. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Dire Wolves (Inspiration Family Band)
2019-02-07
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

Tracks [55:32]
01. Grow Towards The Light
02. Transmigrations
03. Enter Quietly > Take A Step Back
04. West Ellet Fadeaway

Buy Dire Wolves music via Bandcamp
• •
Buy Excursions to Cloudland via Beyond Beyond is Beyond

Big Ups: January 18, 2019 The Bowery Ballroom (Final Show!)

January 30, 2019
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Photo courtesy of Edwina Hay

Big Ups began its life as a band in 2010 and ended on this very night in 2019. In a scene with hundreds of bands, many vying for attention in the same overall lane, Big Ups always stood out. I first saw them hot off the release of their first LP, Eighteen Hours of Static, at the now-defunct DIY venue Shea Stadium, and the experience stuck with me long after the feedback, and even the venue, faded. A DIY scene is ephemeral by definition–dozens of venues opened and closed during this band’s run, not to mention the number of bands who did the same. Big Ups persisted through it all, and they deserved to. Up through this very last night, at the very un-DIY Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan, they made better music, played better shows, and earned better fans.

No matter what type of Big Ups fan you were, this show offered something. The setlist served as a ready-made career retrospective, spanning the band’s earliest EPs through their final, and most intricate, release, Two Parts Together. If you’d never seen Joe Galarraga, Brendan Finn, Amar Lal, and Carlos Salguero Jr. play together before, well, now you got it (if too late). For the rest of us, we were reminded why this band was a can’t-miss on any night of the week. Their particular flavor of “post-hardcore” music, steeped in the soft/loud dynamic, relied on precision as well as Galarraga’s hyperkinetic stage presence. No matter how many times you’d seen and heard them perform something, it landed hard, straight in the gut. The words were direct, the music was explosive, and the crowd was always, always with them. Tonight, it was no different, with a teeming pit that gave the Bowery Ballroom floor more resemblance to a place like Shea Stadium that it seems possible to have.

A band’s last show has a nasty habit of inviting too much nostalgia, both about them, and about the scene from whence they came. It’s without dispute that the scene “isn’t what it used to be” — because it isn’t supposed to be. A music community is an organism that thrives on change, and this is one of them. Bands like Big Ups, and the places they play, set the tone, and then, eventually, the hand off the torch. Keeping that sentiment as literal as possible, the band ended their set with “Not Over Yet” (ironically, from one of their early EPs). “Even if I never sing this song again / you know I won’t forget” Galarraga sings — and I believe it.

I recorded this set with a feed of RJ Gordon’s house mix, together with Schoeps MK4V microphones mounted at the soundboard. The sound quality is outstanding. Thanks to RJ for the feed, and best of luck to everyone in Big Ups on the next chapter.

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

Big Ups
2019-01-18 [Final Show]
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: RJ Gordon) + Schoeps MK4V (at SBD, slightly LOC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Sound Devices MixPre 6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:05:38]
01 Body Parts
02 Justice
03 Not Today
04 In the Shade
05 Hard To Care
06 Meet Where We Are
07 Grin
08 Knight
09 Goes Black
10 Hope For Someone
11 National Parks
12 Dogs
13 T.M.I.
14 [banter]
15 Wool
16 [encore break]
17 Fear
18 Stressed/Pressed
19 No Plan
20 Not Over Yet

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Big Ups, visit their websitelike them on Facebook and buy their records from Exploding In Sound. Also, support your local music scene!

Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven: January 20, 2019 Sony Hall

January 28, 2019
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Last weekend I braved the frigid NYC temperatures—and that wind! and that fearsome moon!—for January’s traditional Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven tour. This was my first time seeing either band, unlikely to be my last. I wasn’t super familiar with Camper Van beforehand, but songs like “Too High for the Love-In” and their cover of Status Quo’s “Picture of Matchstick Men” are pretty irresistible.

Cracker played second, which was perfect because the crowd got good and loose during the set break. Anyone who was teenager in 1993/1994 has Cracker’s “Low” seared into their brains, and I really don’t want to out myself as a poser but seeing them play it live was the highlight for me. Don’t @ me. Lots of other great songs in this set, particular highlights for me being “How Can I Live Without You,” “Almond Grove,” and “Teen Angst.” Hopefully the tradition continues and I’ll see you there in January 2020.

I recorded this set with the MBHO cardoids run high, from a little right of the soundboard where the venue staff set me up in a nice booth. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive: Cracker / Camper Van Beethoven

Cracker:

Camper Van Beethoven:

Cracker
2019-01-20
Sony Hall
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A (ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, compression, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [1:18:32]
01. Been Around the World
02. Mr. Wrong
03. Seven Days
04. How Can I Live Without You
05. Get Off This
06. The Good Life
07. Sweet Thistle Pie
08. California Country Boy
09. King of Bakersfield
10. Low
11. Almond Grove
12. One Fine Day
13. Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)
14. I See the Light
15. El Comandante
16. Beautiful

Camper Van Beethoven
2019-01-20
Sony Hall
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A (ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, compression, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [58:07]
01. Northern California Girls
02. Pictures of Matchstick Men
03. Tania
04. Eye of Fatima
05. All Her Favorite Fruit
06. Good Guys & Bad Guys
07. Take the Skinheads Bowling
08. Sad Lovers Waltz
09. Summer Days
10. S.P. 37957 Medley
11. Too High For the Love-In

Buy music and merch, check tour dates, connect:
Cracker Website
• • Camper Van Beethoven Website

Heron Oblivion: December 9, 2018 Baby’s All Right

January 22, 2019
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Photos by Michael Baca

Last month, the East Coast got a rare dose of live Heron Oblivion action in which Brooklyn lucked into this soaring seventy-minute set that includes five new songs. Holy cow! Hard to believe it’s been nearly three years since Heron Oblivion released their self-titled record. Since then they put out The Chapel, a live album recorded in January 2017 with a new, untitled song (the same one we heard back in 2016 at Union Pool) and a cover of Doug Sahm’s “At the Crossroads.” More recently, they’ve been quietly touring a set full of new songs that hopefully will see the light of day on LP2. All signs point to more greatness to come!

I recorded this set with a pair of MBHO omnidirectional mics on stage, plus a board feed from the Baby’s crew. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Heron Oblivion
2018-12-09
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Additional mixing by acidjack
Photos by Michael Baca

Soundboard + MBHO KA100N/603A (on stage, DFC) > 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: [1:09:59]
01. Oriar
02. Untitled 1
03. Untitled 2
04. Untitled 3
05. Untitled 4
06. Sudden Lament
07. Untitled 5
08. Faro
09. Rama
10. At the Crossroads [Doug Sahm]

Buy Heron Oblivion via Sub Pop
• • Connect with the band on Facebook
• • • Buy assorted Howlin Rain, Comets on Fire, and Feral Ohms music via Silver Current
• • • • Buy Meg Baird’s solo LP Don’t Weigh Down the Light via Drag City
• • • • • Buy Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound records via Tee Pee

Sunwatchers: December 9, 2018 Baby’s All Right

January 16, 2019
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Photos by Michael Baca

Plenty of new Sunwatchers action out there for the years old and new. First up there’s the killer collab with Eugene Chadbourne, 3 Characters, out on Amish Records last year. The gang cover a bunch of Minutemen tunes on the first disc, followed by some Doug Sahm and Henry Flynt tunes on the second. It’s a trip! Then there’s Sunwatchers’ third LP, Illegal Moves, which is gonna blow some minds—just check out that cover! We’ve heard many of the new tunes live this past year and there’s no doubt this is going to be stratospheric.

Speaking of seeing Sunwatchers live, here’s a nice set from last month at Baby’s All Right. The foursome break out a still-untitled new tune along with previewing some tracks from Illegal Moves.

I recorded this with the MBHO omniderectional mics on stage, combined with a board feed from the Baby’s crew. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive



Sunwatchers
2018-12-09
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by Michael Baca

Soundboard + MBHO KA100N/603A (on stage, DFC) > 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: [37:37]
01. Beautiful Crystals
02. Untitled
03. Greeneyed Pigmen (Get the Blade)
04. Everybody Play
05. The Works
06. Strollin Coma Blues

Band:
Peter Kerlin
Jim McHugh
Jeff Tobias
Jason Robira

Preorder Illegal Moves
• • Buy 3 Characters via Amish Records

Garcia Peoples: December 22, 2018 Union Pool

January 8, 2019
By
Art by Arnold Conklin

West Coasters! Garcia Peoples hit the road with Howlin’ Rain starting this Thursday, January 10th, in Bellingham, Washington and continuing through Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California. The full listing of dates with ticket links can be found at Howlin’ Rain’s website. Do go out and see both bands!

In other exciting Garcia Peoples news, they recently announced their second LP, Natural Facts, and it’s up for preorder from Beyond Beyond is Beyond. The Garcias played a couple of songs from the album in Brooklyn last month, “High Noon Violence” and “Break Me Down.” Unexpectedly, the band also played a pair of covers to celebrate Jeff Conklin’s birthday, “Laila Pt. 2” by Agitation Free and “Easy Ride” by Relatively Clean Rivers. If you listen to The Avant Ghetto on WFMU (and you should) you’ll likely recognize these two bands as a couple of Jeff’s favorites.

I recorded this set from our usual location at the soundboard, with a feed courtesy of Union Pool FOH Jase Hottenroth. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Garcia Peoples
2018-12-22
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Artwork by Arnold Conklin

Soundboard (engineer: Jase Hottenroth) + MBHO KA200N/603A (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: [40:52]
01. Hangin’ On >
02. Break Me Down
03. Laila Pt. 2 [Agitation Free] >
04. High Noon Violence
05. World’s Illusion >
06. Easy Ride [Relatively Clean Rivers]
07. [banter]
08. Show Your Troubles Out

Preorder Natural Facts via Bandcamp

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