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Big Ups: November 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 12, 2014
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[photo by Danny Krug for Canvas Media PR]

For budding music nerds, discovering the Touch & Go catalog is an eye-opening experience. I have to imagine Big Ups enjoyed a similarly formative exploration of that catalog. They pair the post-hardcore sound of bands like The Jesus Lizard and Shellac with strikingly direct lyrics that narrate the indignities of everyday life. Joe Galarraga’s frenetic vocals are tempered by the tightly wound trio of Brendan Finn, Amar Lal, and Carlos Salguero. As a unit, the band mines the tenuous territory that lies between frenzy and control, managing to teeter on the edge of chaos without retreating to the comfort of complacency—no small feat when you take a look around.

And so despite the Sunday evening opening slot, Big Ups wasted no time in challenging the crowd to shake off any post-Daylight Saving grogginess with an intense thirty-minute set at Mercury Lounge comprised of selections off their debut album Eighteen Hours of Static, the two tracks from their upcoming Exploding in Sound split 7”, and a handful of new songs. Set-opener “Justice” is a wakeup call in which Galarraga wails with conviction, “Everybody says it’s getting better all the time, but it’s bad, still bad.” It’s a convincing argument with the songs that follow as its supporting evidence. Yet the songs refuse to give in or give up, convinced that it should and can get better. While not a dramatic stylistic departure from the earlier material, the duo “Rash” and “Not Today” (both out now on a split 7” with Washer) represents their most realized songs yet. If these two tracks are any indication of Big Ups’ future direction, there may be hope after all.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue, with a soundboard feed from the Mercury Lounge FOH, Dave Lefcort. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Big Ups
November 2, 2014
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

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

01. Justice
02. Hope For Someone
03. Meet Where We Are
04. T.M.I.
05. Rash
06. Not Today
07. Yawp
08. [Unknown]
09. Wool

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Big Ups, visit their websitelike them on Facebook and buy Eighteen Hours of Static there.

Hungry Ghost: November 22, 2014 Brooklyn Night Bazaar – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 4, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

Eric PH reports

What do the drummers of veteran indie rock acts do when that band breaks up? They start new bands of course. But there’s a steep challenge to success for drummers, who are usually buried behind large kits, heard more often than seen. Since breaking up in 2002, Unwound has splintered into Survival Knife (featuring guitarist-vocalist Justin Trosper and original Unwound drummer Brandt Sandeno) and Hungry Ghost, the guitar and drums duo of Andrew Price, formerly of Irving Klaw Trio, and ex-Unwound drummer, Sara Lund. While Survival Knife soldiers on with a sound that bears forward Unwound’s post-hardcore, Hungry Ghost breaks that mold and tends more towards blues-rock territory. You wouldn’t be too far off in comparing Hungry Ghost to Quasi—another duo that features a veteran indie rock drummer, Janet Weiss. (And indeed, the other half of Quasi, Sam Coomes, produced Hungry Ghost’s first album.) Still, Sara Lund’s unmistakable drumming combined with great songwriting ensures that Unwound devotees will find a lot to love about Hungry Ghost.

Price and Lund have been playing together as Hungry Ghost since at least 2009, so we were psyched to finally catch them in Brooklyn at the last stop on their tour with Survival Knife and Pink Avalanche. For this set, the band performs mostly new material, drawing on only a few songs from their 2012 self-titled, self-released debut record. Price and Lund share vocal duties throughout and you can’t help but note the equality of the collaboration, the guitar and drums in conversation with each other and the vocal harmonies as the meeting ground between the two performers. After a particularly rollicking performance of “Get Up,” Lund comments that audience air-drummers are the highest form of praise a drummer can receive. Their entire set from Brooklyn Night Bazaar is proof that praise is well-deserved.

As with Acidjack’s recording of Survival Knife from the same night, I recorded this with the mics inside the soundboard cage and a feed of the soundboard, plus onstage mics, from the house engineer Kenny. Despite the non-traditional venue, the sound is excellent. Air-drum away!

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Hungry Ghost
2014-11-22
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Audio Technica 3031 + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny) > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Audacity 2.0.5 (set fades, mixdown, EQ, tracking, downsample, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

1. Brilliant One
2. Wicked Betsy
3. Get Up
4. Showed Up
5. Throw Out
6. River
7. Pretty Girls Make Intifada
8. Shame Thing [medley of Shame and Same Thing]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Hungry Ghost, visit their website, and buy their records here

Speedy Ortiz: November 2, 2014 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 19, 2014
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[photo courtesy of Marc Villoria for BrooklynVegan]

Review by Eric PH:

Every review of Speedy Ortiz you read is going to acknowledge their debt to beloved nineties indie rock bands. I’ll resist enumerating them all here if only to focus attention on the band’s irresistible songs and serious chops. Begun as the bedroom project of singer-songwriter-guitarist Sadie Dupuis, she recruited Mike Falcone on drums, Darl Ferm on bass, and Devin McKnight on guitar for 2012’s “Taylor Swift” single. Two EP’s and one Pitchfork Best New Music LP later, Speedy Ortiz have a well-stocked arsenal of rockers to draw from. The band manages to keep it loose while cohering as a whole that sounds like they’ve been playing together for much longer than the math would indicate. Dupuis’ vocals somehow hover above and intersect with the music, alternating between complementing and contrasting it. These songs are infectious. Her confessional lyrics evoke a nostalgia for shared experience, even if it’s an experience you’d rather forget. At least, that’s how I feel when I hear “Indoor Soccer.”

We were lucky enough to catch Speedy Ortiz at Mercury Lounge on their dual-headlining tour with Ex Hex. To illustrate how successful this band has been in such a short period of time, Ex Hex frontwoman Mary Timony happens to be the former frontwoman of one of those beloved nineties indie rock bands to which Speedy Ortiz are often compared. Speedy Ortiz can hold their own among giants. Their Mercury Lounge set features an array of selections from across their catalog; from the Major Arcana LP, Sports and Real Hair EPs, and even some deep cuts like “Doomsday” from a Less Artists More Condos 7” and “Bigger Party” from the 2014 Adult Swim Singles Series. Catching this band in a small venue is a major coup as they’re clearly going to be packing larger rooms very soon.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue, with a soundboard feed from Speedy Ortiz soundman, Dan. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Stream the complete show:

Speedy Ortiz
November 2, 2014
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

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

01. Taylor Swift
02. Tiger Tank
03. Plough
04. MKVI
05. Casper (1995)
06. Graduates
07. Ginger
08. Doomsday
09. Curling
10. Bigger Party
11. American Horror
12. Everything’s Bigger
13. Ka-Prow!
14. Indoor Soccer

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Speedy Ortiz, visit their bandcamp page, and buy Major Arcana from Carpark Records.

Cass McCombs: November 1 and October 31, 2014 Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 16, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

On night two of the Cass McCombs / Meat Puppets stand at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade, the order was switched, with McCombs the “headliner” playing the longer set. Since his breakout moment a few years ago, McCombs has shifted direction a bit, turning his sound toward the jammier side of things with an expanded band. We pointed this out last year when McCombs first brought his material from Big Wheel and Others to the stage at Bowery Ballroom. This time, Cass had a new band in tow but a similar attitude, letting songs proceed at a languid pace that gave the band time to grow into the tunes. In that sense, the two shows offer a bit of a contrast, as the Halloween show finds the band self-editing a bit to make the time requirements, while the November 1st show gives you a full-on jamfest, including a very extended version of “County Line” from 2011’s breakout Wit’s End as an encore. Once again it was arguably the Halloween show that once again took the cake, as the reduced set time both focused Cass’ energies and also yielded a unique cover of Metallica’s “The Unforgiven”. Whatever your Cass preferences, this twofer tour with the Meat Puppets is a can’t miss. The bands are finishing up this year on the West Coast, with the tour dates here.

Each of these sets were recorded in the same manner as Eric PH’s and my respective sets from Halloween. The November 1st set was recorded with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed from Kyle of Rough Trade, while the Halloween show is Audio Technica 3031 microphones and Kyle’s feed. Both are excellent. Enjoy!

Download acidjack’s 11/1 show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Download Eric’s 10/31 show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream “The Unforgiven” [Metallica] from 10/31:

Stream the full 11/1 show:

Cass McCombs
2014-11-01
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Kyle) + Schoeps MK41 (at SBD, DINa)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, compression, fades, align)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [total time: 1:35:42]
01 Big Wheel
02 Morning Star
03 A
04 Home On the Range
05 Angel Blood
06 Brighter!
07 Buried Alive
08 Lionkiller
09 [banter]
10 Multiple Suns
11 Everything Has to Be Just So
12 The Same Thing
13 Not the Way
14 [encore break]
15 County Line
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Cass McCombs
October 31, 2014
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
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. That’s That
02. Equinox
03. Big Wheel
04. Sooner Cheat Death Than Fool Love
05. Aeon of Aquarius Blues
06. Brighter!
07. Robin Egg Blue
08. Dreams Come True Girl
09. [Instrumental]
10. Love Thine Enemy
11. Name Written in Water
12. City of Brotherly Love
13. The Unforgiven [Metallica]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Cass McCombs, visit his website, and purchase Big Wheel And Others from the Domino Records website [HERE].

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

November 6, 2014
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[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!

Download the 10/31 show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Download the 11/1 show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Meat Puppets
2014-10-31
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
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
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Meat Puppets
2014-11-01
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
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.

Circuit des Yeux: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Tir na Nog, Raleigh, NC (FLAC/MP3/Streaming)

October 1, 2014
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[rather bad photo by acidjack]

Circuit des Yeux makes lacerating, personal music that belongs in a certain kind of place, both spiritually and physically. Haley Fohr is four records in now at age twenty-five, and her latest album,  Overdue, was hailed by the ever-reliable Marc Masters of Pitchfork, along with several others, as her best yet. Fohr’s music is somber and dark, delicate at times, unafraid to be dissonant when it needs to be. The Chicago-based musician has played in and around New York several times, but I had missed my chances. As happened a few times this year, Hopscotch Music Festival let me correct that mistake.

Over time, especially on Overdue, Circuit des Yeux’s compositions have taken on a grander scale, and we saw that in action right off the bat, as Fohr led with a brand new, as-yet-untitled song. Along with another new song and two more Overdue tracks, the set was bookended by “Acarina”, one of three Overdue tracks played. In this setting, it became a slashing, sprawling explosion of distortion that made the original seem almost polite — a gem of a live version. I might venture that the added fury packed into it paired well with Fohr’s mood, as I’ll discuss below.

The truth is that somebody could not have picked a worse venue for Circuit des Yeux, seated alone on a low stage in an Irish bar best suited to party music or cover bands. Despite that I knew several people who came to the venue specifically to see Circuit des Yeux, that couldn’t overcome the fact that this was difficult music being played in a loud bar to a crowd much more indifferent than they ought to have been. This is the kind of scheduling mishap that also led, in part, to the festival’s well-publicized artist blowup across town this same night. To her credit, Fohr didn’t call names or lash out. She leaned into her guitar, hair obscuring the louder side of the room, and sang with an intensity that fought its way through. For me as a fan, what is most striking about this set is just how good it is in recorded form — that is, with the advantage of being able to remove most of the audience from the equation.

That’s all well and good, but to read Circuit des Yeux’s take on this set is to be reminded that a concert is not a one-way event. Granted, unlike an artist’s own show, a festival audience may not have paid to be there specifically to see that artist. But that doesn’t mean that the crowd doesn’t have a responsibility to the performer they are seeing. To be in an audience is to be an active participant in the artist’s experience of the show. An audience can elevate, and an audience can also hurt. Before you bother to finish the rest of this, or click play on the streaming tracks, or do anything else, I would urge you to read Fohr’s piece. No musician — be it one you like, one you dislike, or one you’re indifferent to — deserves to be treated like a performing monkey. An artist owes us to do their part, and we owe them as an audience to do ours. A concert isn’t church, sure, but it is a shared space with a single focal point — the artist. Anything that takes away from that is doing damage: to the artist, to the other fans who paid to be there, and to the whole enterprise of what live music is supposed to be about.

For my part, I found Fohr’s performance compelling and look forward to her next steps. Circuit des Yeux isn’t easy or conventional, and that is part of what has made it a favorite of both critics and the other forward-thinking artists such as Xiu Xiu who have toured with her. This music deserves our continued attention and respect. For those that don’t “get it”, whether that’s the case with this artist or with somebody else, please stay away or shut up. The rest of us are trying to hear.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by Brandon, the night’s engineer, plus Audio Technica 3031 microphones, which were turned way down in this mix. It ended up sounding quite good. I hope you enjoy it.

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Circuit des Yeux
2014-09-05
Hopscotch Music Festival
Tir na Nog
Raleigh, NC USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Brandon)+ Audio Technica 3031 (at SBD, ROC)>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, levels, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, fades, dither and downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 39:34]
01 Untitled 1
02 Untitled 2
03 [tuning]
04 Nova 88
05 [tuning2]
06 Lithonia
07 [tuning3]
08 Acarina

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Circuit des Yeux, visit her website, and buy Overdue and her other records directly from her.

Spacin’ & Purling Hiss: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Tir na Nog, Raleigh, NC (FLAC/MP3/Streaming)

September 17, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

Day two of the Hopscotch Music Festival was one filled with surprises. I started the day with the Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show and its many one-off collaborations, and ended with this last-minute collision between Philadelphia’s twin scuzz-rock juggernauts. Purling Hiss and Spacin‘ are the best kind of kindred spirits, both being offshoots of the band Birds of Maya. That, and each of them crank their amps to eleven and check any and all pretension at the door. The combined band played three of each others’ songs each, including Spacin’s classic cover of MC5’s “American Ruse”. The six songs stretched for a total of forty-five minutes, offering ample opportunities for guitar pyrotechnics from all. If minds hadn’t been blown enough already, the band was joined for the final number, Hiss’ “Almost Washed My Hair”, by Philadelphia harpist Mary Lattimore (fresh from her Three Lobed/WXDU collab with Thurston Moore) and Steve Gunn (similarly on deck after an epic performance with William Tyler and members of Yo La Tengo, which is posted here). If you doubt how a harpist can make her presence felt with four blaring guitars already on stage, well, you ought to get to know Lattimore, who added a layer of musical complexity to the roaring proceedings. If today was the day of collaborations, there couldn’t have been a better way to end it.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Tir Na Nog engineer Brandon plus Audio Technica 3031 microphones back by the board. Unfortunately, my request to place the mics onstage was denied, meaning they were fairly far back in an echo-y room. As our recordings go on this site, the quality is not the best, but the vibe comes through loud and clear. As the band’s own albums hew to a “lo-fi” aesthetic, perhaps in some ways the recording is true to that. With that caveat, enjoy this exceptional performance!

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Stream the complete show:

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Spacin’/Purling Hiss
2014-09-05
Hopscotch Music Festival
Tir na Nog
Raleigh, NC USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
recorded and produced by acidjack

Audio Technica 3031 (at SBD, ROC)+Soundboard (engineer: Brandon)>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, levels, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, fades, dither and downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 45:49]
01 Sunshine No Shoes [Spacin’]
02 Titchy [Spacin’]>American Ruse [MC5]
03 Learning Slowly [Purling Hiss]
04 Run From the City [Purling Hiss]
05 [tuning]
06 Almost Washed My Hair [Purling Hiss]*

* with Mary Lattimore on harp and Steve Gunn on guitar

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT these musicians. You can pick up Spacin’s records at their bandcamp page, and Purling Hiss’s records at their bandcamp page and their latest Weirdon over at Drag City.

Yvette: September 4, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC (FLAC/MP3/Streaming)

September 9, 2014
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[photos by acidjack]

Yvette represent the best things about New York, including their creative daring, uncompromising sound, and their homegrown fledgling label Godmode. When Pitchfork anointed their album Process with a positive an accurate review last year, the site’s Stuart Berman accurately described the duo as sounding “like an army”. Indeed, between drummer Dale Eisinger and vocalist/guitarist Noah Kardos-Fein produce a kind of high-intensity noise that brings to mind everything from mechanical sounds to the foreboding tones heard in certain kinds of Hollywood disaster films — if they were made by an industrial art-punk band.

This set took place at CAM Raleigh on the Hopscotch Music Festival’s first night, and despite the torrential downpour and the far-flung location, the band brought a dedicated crowd to the art museum’s cavernous performance space. This mix of new material and songs from their 2013 record Process was delivered as a seamless piece, further proving the duo’s impeccable timing. The set proved an emotionally taut thirty minutes, with dissonance tones flowing in and out of the frame, the sound hitting screeching climaxes before retreating into shadowed valleys. Yvette fall into that group of bands who are probably best experienced in the live setting, where the listener can’t flip away from band to band. You need to follow Yvette where they’re going, for the duration, to capture just how good they are at what they do. Thurston Moore was up next in an improvised set with Steve Shelley. Yvette gave him a tough act to follow.

I recorded this set with Audio Technica cardiod microphones split wide at the stage lip together with a soundboard feed. There stereo separation and sound quality in general are outstanding, among the very best of my recordings from the festival. This is offered as a streaming full set as well as a download below. Enjoy!

Direct download of the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we respectfully ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request. Please feel free to re-post the Soundcloud links.

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Yvette
2014-09-04
Hopscotch Music Festival
CAM Raleigh
Raleigh, NC USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Audio Technica 3031 (onstage pair)+Soundboard>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (volume adjustments, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (adjust stereo image, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.3 (amplify, track, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Pure Pleasure
02 Radiation
03 [untitled]
04 Carbon Copy
05 [untitled]
06 Mirrored Walls
07 Absolutes
08 Cuts Me In Half

If you enjoy this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Yvette, visit their bandcamp page, and buy Process from Godmode here.

Spacin’: September 6, 2013 King’s and September 7, 2013 Paradise of Bachelors Day Show (Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 20, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

We first caught up with the Philadelphia-based garage rockers Spacin’ at 285 Kent back in April. As that review noted, this band is part of a proud and growing Philadelphia music tradition that continues to grow stronger as Brooklyn gets taken over by laptops. This is authentic, hard-rocking spaced-out rock for any era, but music that’s badly needed in this one. At this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival, fans in the know got to experience Spacin’ doing two somewhat-different sets in the span of two days.

First the band brought it hard at a rock-dominated bill at Raleigh’s Kings Barcade on Friday night. Then, for those hoping to nurse their hangovers in a positive way, they joined the more eclectic Paradise of Bachelors day show bill, following on the heels of Lonnie Holley. Band founder Jason Killinger had an especially busy Saturday, as he would join his other band, Birds of Maya, to close out the PoB day show. Of the two, it was this raunchier, rawer set that stood out for me — even in a WPA-era amphitheater backdropped by a rose garden, Spacin’ turned out an elemental, hard-hitting rock show that I won’t soon forget. Their first full-length, Deep Thuds, is a must-have for fans of riffed-out rock, as well as aficionados of great album art. Tracks from each show are streaming below, and both shows can be downloaded as well.

I recorded the King’s set with a rig installed there with the assistance of a couple of North Carolina friends, consisting of my Audio Technica 3031 microphones and a mono board feed. The Paradise of Bachelors Day Show rig consisted of Schoeps MK4V microphones in front of the stage, plus a stereo soundboard feed. Both recordings are outstanding. While there is a bit of distortion on vocals on the PoB show due to the heavily-taxed soundboard, it only adds to the experience. Enjoy!

Thanks to Paradise of Bachelors for having us out to the show!

Stream “Gary In the Universe” from the Paradise of Bachelors show

Stream “Ego-Go” from King’s

Download the Paradise of Bachelors show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Download the King’s show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Spacin’
2013-09-07
Paradise of Bachelors Day Show
Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjustments)>Izotope Ozone 5 (tube effect, EQ)>Audacity 2.03 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro – Chris Smith]
02 Sunshine No Shoes
03 Gary In the Universe
04 Total Freedom
05 Ego-Go
06 Human Condition
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Spacin’
2013-09-06
Hopscotch Music Festival
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Audio Technica 3031 (FOB, DFC, ceiling mount)+Soundboard (mono)>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (tape effect, stereo imaging, EQ)>Audacity 2.03 (fades, amplify, parallel compression)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 American Ruse
02 Empty Mind
03 [banter]
04 Ego-Go
05 Sunshine No Shoes

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Spacin’, check them out on Facebook, and buy their album Deep Thuds from Midheaven Mailorder.

Modern Inventors: October 7, 2012 Backyard Brunch Sessions – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

November 1, 2012
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[Photos courtesy of Dominick Mastrangelo]

The Philadelphia duo Modern Inventors led off this final Backyard Brunch Session of the season with a set of classic, tightly-arranged rock. The band for this event was a combination of old and new: Modern Inventors guitarist Matt Kass was previously in the well-known Philadelphia band The Brakes, and he was joined for this show by two of his former bandmates, Zach Djanikian (Ukelele bass) and Spence Cohen (drums/percussion). Seeing the band for the first time, I wouldn’t have guessed that they didn’t always play in this configuration – these four players clearly found their groove quickly. Modern Inventors vocalist/guitarist Josh Benus, who met Kass when Kass produced an album for him in 2007, comes across as vocally effortless and beyond his years. The band is preparing an album, Trains and Aeroplanes, for December release, and spending their time until then playing the material live at shows on the East Coast, with a tour planned following the record’s release that may well include Djanikian and Cohen in the touring unit. We are streaming the band’s debut single, “Hello” below, which was, unsurprisingly, one of the strongest of the seven songs from this set.

I recorded this set with AKG 414 large diaphragm microphones in the Blumlein configuration, which provides a rich “360 degree” soundstage, with additional reinforcement on Benus’ lead vocals. This is one of my favorite of all of my Backyard Brunch recordings.  Enjoy!

Modern Inventors have an upcoming tour date this month in NYC, when they play the Studio at Webster Hall on Friday the 23rd.  Grab your tickets here.

Stream “Hello”

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Modern Inventors
2012-10-07
Backyard Brunch Sessions
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

AKG C 414 B-XLS (Blumlein) + Audio Technica 3031 (lead vocal)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (set fades, edits)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, imaging, edits to vocal tracks)>Audacity 3.0 (tracking, amplify, light DR compression, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Penny For Your Thoughts
02 Puncture All the Wheels
03 [banter/tuning]
04 Goodbye Northbrook Drive
05 [banter/tuning]
06 Anna
07 [banter/tuning]
08 Hello
09 [banter]
10 Old Habits
11 [banter]
12 This Sign

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