Posts Tagged ‘ 75 Dollar Bill ’

75 Dollar Bill: August 21, 2015 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 1, 2015


We’ve had our eye on 75 Dollar Bill since catching their Trans-Pecos show back in June. Since then, they’ve delivered an impressive run of summer performances, including a weeklong series with special guests at Troost in Greenpoint last week. In terms of useful information or praise, I can’t do better than our previous review, but I’ll add that the band got name-dropped among Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo’s influences in a recent New York Times piece, if that moves the needle for you. The experimental duo of Che Chen on guitar and Rick Brown on homemade percussion and horns conjures what you might’ve heard checking out a blues artist in an old-time juke joint in the early 20th century — if that blues artist had somehow been able to take a trip to the future and learn about punk rock. That Kaplan himself described their sound as unlike anything he had heard before should tell you something about how cleverly this band merges the familiar and the experimental without a lot of bells and whistles to their stage setup.

This set at Mercury Lounge, opening for Eleventh Dream Day and Antietam, was mostly different from the June show, with only “Water In the Lock” repeated. The set opened with a sharp, untitled blues number, followed by “Beni Said,” which we hadn’t heard before. After another rollicking untitled jam, the band closed with “Water In the Lock,” similar to the version we heard at the Trans-Pecos show. While we’re bummed to have missed the Troost shows the following week, we’re very excited to see what 75 Dollar Bill does next.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Dave Lefcourt, together with Schoeps MK41V microphones. While there are a few brief sounds of me setting up on the first track, the overall sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream the complete set:

75 Dollar Bill
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Dave Lefcourt) + Schoeps MK41V (PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Roland R-26>2×44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Untitled (9)
02 Beni Said
03 Untitled (5)
04 Water in the Lock

Support 75 Dollar Bill: Bandcamp | Buy Wooden Bag from Other Music Recording Co.

75 Dollar Bill: June 28, 2015 Trans-Pecos – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

August 5, 2015

75 Dollar Bill

75 Dollar Bill is quickly becoming a staple in New York’s rich improvised and experimental music scene. They’ve got one proper LP, Wooden Bag (out on Other Music Recording Co.), and a few self-released tapes to their name, but it’s their live performances that are creating a splash that even the New York Times is picking up on. Though they’ve been known to incorporate other musicians in their live shows, 75 Dollar Bill proper is a duo, with Che Chen on guitar and Rick Brown on homemade percussion and horns. While that description may give you the notion that the band trades in minimalism, the rich textures of Chen’s guitar played through a small practice amp combined in complex rhythms with Brown’s improvised and homemade percussion will set you straight. This set from Trans-Pecos, opening for the equally mighty Bill Orcutt and Tom Carter, finds the duo exploring some material off their first release, the simply titled cassette (“Every Last Coffee or Tea” and “Water in the Lock”),  along with a shorter improvisation and a finale of “I Was Real,” which doesn’t appear to have yet seen release. Though the technique to the music is intricate, it’s not fussy in the least bit—what’s clear is that Chen and Brown are having infectious fun and it’s sure to rub off on you.

I recorded this set with the AKGs at the stage lip and a soundboard feed from Trans-Pecos FOH Max. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Catch 75 Dollar Bill later this month at this can’t-miss show also featuring Eleventh Dream Day and Antietam at Mercury Lounge, August 21. Tickets on sale.

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

75 Dollar Bill
Queens, NY

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Max) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, imaging) > Audacity 2.0.5 (fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [34:38]
01. Intro / Every Last Coffee or Tea
02. Water in the Lock
03. [banter]
04. [untitled improvisation]
05. I Was Real

Support 75 Dollar Bill: Bandcamp | Buy Wooden Bag from Other Music Recording Co.

Support nyctaper

DISCLAIMER and LEGAL NOTICE is a live music blog that offers a new paradigm of music distribution on the web. The recordings are offered for free on this site as are the music posts, reviews and links to artist sites. All recordings are posted with artist permission or artists with an existing pro-taping policy.

All recordings and original content posted on this site are as live recordings pursuant to 17 U.S.C. Section 106, et. seq. Redistribution of nyctaper recordings without consent of is strictly prohibited. hereby waives all copyright claims to any and all recordings posted on this site to THE PERFORMERS ONLY. If any artist posted on this site requests that recordings be removed, those recordings will be removed forthwith.