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Cap’n Jazz: September 23, 2017 Brooklyn Steel

September 26, 2017
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[photo by Norman Brannon via Instagram]

Cap’n Jazz have reunited once again in 2017, having last done so in 2010 (both of which shows we covered ). If you’re not aware of the band, they’re more or less the godfathers of the so-called “emo” genre, spawning not only a wave of spinoff bands, but many imitators. With only one record to their name, the easiest point of entry is the Analphabetapolothogy compilation, first released in 1998. This show at Brooklyn Steel, billed as the band’s last U.S. reunion show (for now) was a freewheeling, crazy-making night of almost compulsive stage diving, silly stage banter, and rapid-fire delivery of the band’s favorites (plus that A-ha cover there near the end). If you had said to me prior to this night that Cap’n Jazz are more popular than ever, I’m not sure I’d have believed you, but the full floor at this massive venue (compared to sub-1000 capacity Brooklyn Bowl and sub-500 capacity Maxwell’s seven years ago) more than made the point. This was a show that put enthusiasm and energy first; if the band’s all-out delivery and Tim Kinsella’s shirtless stage diving didn’t necessarily mean he hit every lyric or the band hit every note, it couldn’t have mattered less. If later iterations of this style were criticized for being overly self-serious, they didn’t learn that from the brothers Kinsella and the current Cap’n Jazz crew (Victor Villarreal, Sam Zurick and Nate Kinsella), who put together a stage show that was really a show, the kind of experience fans want on a Saturday night. As Kinsella fumbled through a semi-serious cover of A-ha’s “Take On Me,” followed by the relentless closer “Ohh, How I Love You,” it felt like the right kind of sendoff before this pathbreaking band heads to Europe. This may have been the “last U.S. show” of this reunion, but no doubt we haven’t seen the last of these musicians, in one format or another.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones at the soundboard, adding a pair of Audio Technica 853 shotgun microphones to add in a bit more direct sound. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Cap’n Jazz
2017-09-23
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA + Audio Technica 853 shotguns>Sound Devices MixPre6 (24/48 WAV)>Adobe Audition CC (mix down, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Oh Messy Life
03 In the Clear
04 Basil’s Kite
05 [banter1]
06 Puddle Splashers
07 Planet SHHH
08 The Sands Have Turned Purple
09 Yes, I Am Talking To You
10 Little League
11 [banter2]
12 Tokyo
13 We Are Scientists
14 [banter3]
15 Olerud
16 Forget Who We Are
17 Que Suerte!
18 [banter4]
19 Take On Me [A-ha]
20 [banter5]
21 Ohh How I Love You

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Al Riggs: September 9, 2016 Hopscotch Music Festival, Deep South (Raleigh, NC)

September 28, 2016
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As happens more and more frequently these days in North Carolina, Al Riggs dedicated one of his songs — “Carolina Peacemaker” — to the state’s governor Pat McCrory, whose brazenly incompetent and offensive campaign against LGBTQ people has lost the state several major concerts, the NCAA tournament, a major PayPal facility, and the NBA All-Star Game, among other things. As he detailed in an interview this summer, Riggs, who is gay, didn’t set out to make his music political, at least not about that topic. But he, like many of his fellow citizens, has found that if you live under this regime, you no longer have a choice.

If you leave out the political stuff, the most notable detail about Riggs is the volume of his output, made mostly by himself, mostly using his iPhone or laptop. His work (he was heading up to record a new album the following week in New York) finds its moment when he decides, rather than the practicalities of a “release schedule” or studio time or the various other trappings of most musicians’ lives. As a result, he’s able and willing to share his ideas at a furious pace, about whatever topic suits him — from state politics to the (very) unfortunately (since re-)  named Durham restaurant “Hattie Mae Williams Called Me Captain.”

Being a festival-length set, this Hopscotch Music Festival performance at Deep South the Bar could hardly do justice to Riggs’ entire body of work, but it gave those of us who hadn’t seen him live a flavor of what he’s capable of. Riggs, with a sing-speak delivery that purposefully doesn’t obscure his words, lives in both the rock and folk worlds, able to deliver a forceful choogler like “Afraid of Heaven” with the same degree of skill he brings to more subtle tunes like “All The Cells” — a song, he said, “for every queer kid’s parents who are trying to figure out what to do next.” Even if this set was billed simply as “Al Riggs,” one has to give  credit to his band, the Inconveniences,” who appear on his most recent album (though it’s hard to keep up) Night Freedom. While Riggs has been successful at recording on his own, there’s no denying the additional power of the live act, and his music and this modest-but-accommodating venue were a natural fit. It’s not really worth leaving New York to see the bands that play here all the time (which is most of them). It’s the shows like this, by the local gems that you’d hate to miss, that make the trip.

I recorded this set with a relatively modest setup, Audio Technica AT 853 cardiod microphones mounted in the center of the room. While there are some occasional spots of crowd noise here and there, the sound quality of this recording is overall quite strong. Enjoy!

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Al Riggs
2016-09-09
Hopscotch Music Festival
Deep South
Raleigh, NC USA

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

Audio Technica 853c (2’ split, DFC)>CA-UBB>Sony PCM-10>24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Don’t Smoke In Bed
02 [banter]
03 Young Hegelians
04 Afraid of Heaven
05 Reagan Slain By Hero Cop
06 All The Cells
07 [banter2]
08 Carolina Peacemaker
09 [banter3]
10 Tunnel of Gore
11 [banter4]
12 Hungry Months

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Lee Ranaldo: March 29, 2016 Trans-Pecos

April 28, 2016
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One of those only-in-New York things: you’re out in Ridgewood on a Tuesday night to see a solo guitar player (Chuck Johnson), and the opening act is freaking Lee Ranaldo. Since the demise of Sonic Youth, Lee has been a busy man, putting out two well-received solo records. If these new songs are any guide, there’s going to be a lot more where that came from. What’s striking about seeing Ranaldo in the many settings where we’ve seen him — from the Sonic Youth days to a mind-bending improv performance with Tim Barnes at the opening of Market Hotel, to this solo acoustic performance at Trans-Pecos — is the assuredness with which he plays, the singular dedication and quality that comes through in every single thing he does. The decades under his belt as a professional musician serve not to weigh him down, but as with the finest artists, to free him to do exactly what he chooses, when he chooses, and do it well. These new songs show Lee’s continuing development during the post-Sonic Youth Between the Times & the Tides and Last Night On Earth era, when Ranaldo first embraced more straight-ahead songwriting in the solo realm versus his previous experimental efforts. While we’ve heard “Let’s Start Again” before, at last year’s Trans-Pecos show, the rest of these songs were new numbers, some of which Lee has tried out sporadically at other appearances. Even in their stripped-down form, the complexity and strength of these songs was obvious, and Ranaldo’s vocals have never sounded better. This was a welcome burst of energy from a master of his craft; we can’t wait to see what comes next.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip near Lee and his guitar, coupled with a soundboard feed and Audio Technica 853 microphones in the audience to capture the ambiance of the room. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Lee Ranaldo
2016-03-29
Trans-Pecos
Queens, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (stage lip, DFC) + Audio Technica 853c>PFA (ROC, at SBD)>>Zoom F8>3x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 31:11]
01 [intro]
02 Let’s Start Again
03 Circular
04 Electric Trim
05 Last Looks
06 Thrown Over the Wall

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