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Destruction Unit: October 17, 2015 Ad Hoc Car Wash

November 4, 2015

[photos courtesy of Edwina Hay for Impose Magazine]

I’m pretty sure I can say that Destruction Unit has the best band name of anyone I saw this year. It’s not only catchy in its own right, but describes perfectly the maelstrom of noise that this postmodern Arizona punk band will rain down on you until you either risk your skull in the mosh pit or haul your ass to the exits. Destruction Unit is the kind of experience that’s polarizing, intimidating, and absolutely perfect to close out a show like Ad Hoc’s epic post-CMJ show in a Williamsburg car wash. By the time the band took the stage to close out the evening, the humble PA system was positively shredded, the house team fighting to keep the sound going. The band took things well past the limit, with a long lead-in to the pummeling track “Destruct.” This set stuck entirely to the band’s latest record, Negative Feedback Resistor, their second for Sacred Bones Records, though many of the songs found themselves extended for a few measures. The band was rightly hailed by Newsweek as the best band they saw at CMJ, and it’s hard to argue with that after seeing their live show. Even with the vocals buried under the beating being taken by the PA (you can hear them much better on this recording than you could in the room), it didn’t matter to the crowd, which erupted into a mosh pit early and didn’t let up for the entire, pummeling 35 minutes of this set. If you’re going to make a trip out east to slog your way through a bunch of CMJ shows, you ought to make it count. No question that Destruction Unit did that and more.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the day’s other recordings, with AT 4051 microphones and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is reflective of the setting and the style, and represents it quite well. Enjoy!

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Destruction Unit
Ad Hoc Car Wash
Hand & Detail Car Wash Center
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Audio Technica 4051 (LOC, FOB, PAS) + Soundboard>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, edit SBD, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Disinfect
02 Salvation
03 Chemical Reaction/Chemical Delight
04 If Death Ever Slept
05 The Upper Hand

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Meat Puppets: October 31 and November 1, 2014 Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Sets

November 6, 2014

[photos by acidjack and Eric PH]

Rooting for the Meat Puppets by now is a given; the band has seen it all, and somehow come out the other side better and not worse for wear. In the course of seeing the band during the life of this site, they have gotten better and tighter each time, from their phoenix-rising moment at the Knit in 2007 to a post-personnel change show at Bowery in 2009 to a stellar outing at Mercury Lounge in 2013. This year the band played back-to-back sets at one of Williamsburg’s two ascendant new venues, Rough Trade. The band shared co-headlining duties with Cass McCombs, with the acts swapping headliner slots between Halloween and the day after.

New team member Eric PH caught the longer Puppets set on Halloween night, and to be honest, he was the luckier of us, as the Puppets better-deserved that slot, showing command of their instruments and the audience on both nights. On an already-weird holiday, you need people like the off-kilter Arizonans to fully do you right, and the Pups obliged with a career-spanning set filled with fun covers of everyone from Willie Nelson and Ray Charles to the Everly Brothers. The band also delivered their most popular “hit” for an encore, the always-endearing “Backwater” from Too High To Die. As the “opening” band on the second night, I caught the Pups at an equal moment of inspiration, with a set that was slimmed down by about 20 minutes from the previous one. Still, they had plenty of time to play the three near-obligatory songs popularized by Nirvana on MTV Unplugged (that’d be “Plateau”, “Oh Me” and “Lake of Fire”) and a searing extended version of that Everly Brothers cover, “Cathy’s Clown”. “Plateau” was also a high point, led in by a cover of George Jones’ “Season of My Heart”. Chalk it up to being older and wiser (and maybe more sober), or simply rekindling their groove, but the Meat Puppets have never been better.

Eric PH recorded his set with Audio Technica microphones set up in our usual spot in the venue, combined with a soundboard feed from well-known local engineer Kyle. Mine was recorded with the Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones and Kyle’s feed once again. Both recordings are outstanding, and available to stream and download below. Enjoy!

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Meat Puppets
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Audio Technica 3031 + Soundboard > Roland R-26 > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Audacity 2.0.5 (set fades, mixdown, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

01. Seal Whales
02. Comin’ Down
03. The Monkey and the Snake
04. Plateau
05. Touchdown King
06. Seven Spanish Angels [Willie Nelson & Ray Charles]
07. Oh, Me
08. Before the Next Teardrop Falls [Freddy Fender]
09. Hey Baby (Que Paso) [Texas Tornados]
10. Up on the Sun
11. Sam
12. Confusion Fog
13. Lost
14. Waiting
15. I’m a Mindless Idiot
16. Open Wide
17. Cathy’s Clown [The Everly Brothers]
18. Lake of Fire
19. Sloop John B [The Beach Boys]
20. Aurora Borealis
21. Backwater
Meat Puppets
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted at
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (DFC, PAS, at SBD)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Kyle)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (exciter effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:11:59]
01 [intro instrumental]
02 Lost
03 Seal Whales
04 Touchdown King
05 Sometimes Blue
06 Comin’ Down
07 Up On the Sun
08 Seasons of My Heart [George Jones]>
09 Plateau
10 Sam
11 Oh, Me
12 Open Wide
13 [tuning]
14 Lake of Fire
15 [tuning2]
16 Cathy’s Clown [Everly Brothers]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT the Meat Puppets, visit their website, and buy their records there.

Meat Puppets: April 4, 2013 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 7, 2013

[Photos from the April 3 show by P Squared Photography]

I last saw the Meat Puppets at Mercury Lounge four years ago, when I made this recording.  Four years later, the band has proven that fires cannot only be rekindled, they can be made made brighter. Now in the fourth decade of their career and on their second reunion as a band, the brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood have all the scars to prove what 30 years of rock n’ roll can do to a person and a unit. Rock n’ rollers are meant to die happy warriors. If they’ve lived how they’re supposed to live they make their memories early, then check out before their time with a ledger of music a mile deep. Maybe they were onto something when they titled their most commercially successful record Too High To Die, but the Kirkwoods haven’t bowed out or toned it down. They keep re-grouping, re-generating — so much so that Curt’s son Elmo is now the band’s rhythm guitarist.

After a shorter set the night before owing to being the “early show”, this “late show” set on Thursday at Mercury Lounge was a marathon that gave fans everything they could possibly want.  We got all of the Meat Puppets II classics that Kurt Cobain made famous (“Oh Me”, “Plateau”, with a searing guitar solo, and “Lake of Fire”), fiery versions of band classics (a nine-minute “Up On the Sun” and equally sick “I’m A Mindless Idiot”), covers (Beach Boys’ “Sloop John B”, Freddy Fender’s “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”, the Texas Tornadoes’ “(Hey Baby) Que Paso” and Jimmy Driftwood’s “Tennessee Stud”), a taste of their forthcoming album, Rat Farm (the title track, “Time and Money” and “Original One”), plus two of their better-known Too High To Die numbers (typical set closer “Backwater” plus “Comin’ Down”). Among the new songs, “Original One” from Rat Farm was the live debut of that song. The band kept their feet on the gas for all of this nearly two-hour set, with minimal breaks between songs, and the brothers’ interplay between each other on stage seemed, to me, to be at an all-time high. The Puppets have always been capable of writing great songs, but haven’t always been what you’d call musically consistent. Tonight, we saw them at their absolute full potential — a band that can be both.

I recorded this set in our usual manner for the venue, with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones and a feed of the excellent house mix by the Meat Puppets’ touring FOH (please send his name if you have it) working with Mercury head FOH Kevin Mazzarelli.  The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Meat Puppets
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Schoeps MK41>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineers: Kevin Mazzarelli and Meat Puppets traveling engineer)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS5.5 (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:53:50]
01 [Intro]
02 Sometimes Blue
03 Waiting
04 The Monkey and the Snake
05 Oh, Me
06 Touchdown King
07 Up on the Sun
08 Comin’ Down
09 Plateau
10 [banter1]
11 Wasted Days and Wasted Nights [Freddy Fender]
12 (Hey Baby) Que Paso [Texas Tornadoes]
13 I’m a Mindless Idiot
14 [banter2]
15 Rat Farm
16 [banter3]
17 Sam
18 Lost
19 [banter4]
20 Time and Money
21 Tennessee Stud [Jimmy Driftwood]
22 Original One
23 [banter5]
24 Open Wide
25 [banter6]
26 Sloop John B [Beach Boys]>
27 Lake of Fire
28 Seal Whales
29 Backwater

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