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Grateful Shred: July 13, 2018 Brooklyn Bowl

July 19, 2018
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[Photos by Bill Antonucci]

True confession: I’ve never seen one of the various latter-day projects of any of the former members of the Grateful Dead. (I know, I know. I’m working my way up to it.) But I’ve also never seen a Dead cover band—that is until Friday night. California’s Grateful Shred made their East Coast debut last week with a show at Garcia’s at the Cap (appropriate) and two nights at Brooklyn Bowl. It occurs to me that fidelity to the spirit of the Dead exists not on the stage, but in the crowd, the lot, the makeshift Shakedown Streets that pop up surrounding these events. I’m not qualified to judge whether the Shred performed these songs perfectly, hit the notes right, whether they were too faithful to the material or not faithful enough (Deadheads have lots of opinions, man). But what I can speak to is the vibe they created: good times were had with plenty of dancing and new friends. On night two, a guy named Rudy approached me, noticing the mic stand and thanked me for taping. He gave me one of a bunch of homemade Grateful Shred shirts he had made to commemorate the shows. We talked about how the Shred do a great rendition of “The Music Never Stopped.” There’s pretty much nothing I could imagine that would be more in the spirit of the Dead. Go forth, enjoy the Shred—we’ll be back in a little bit with night two.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Grateful Shred
2018-07-13
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A (FOB, ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [2:20:12]

Set 1
01. Crowd
02. China Cat Sunflower >
03. I Know You Rider
04. El Paso
05. Althea
06. Unbroken Chain >
07. The Music Never Stopped

Set 2
08. Crowd
09. Help on the Way >
10. Slipknot! >
11. Franklin’s Tower
12. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
13. High Time
14. Estimated Prophet >
15. Drums/Space >
16. Eyes of the World
17. I’m a Hog for You
18. Sugar Magnolia
19. Encore Break
20. Casey Jones

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Howlin’ Rain: July 13, 2018 Brooklyn Bowl

July 15, 2018
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[Photo by Bill Antonucci]

Howlin’ Rain’s latest album, The Alligator Bride, is the result of a culmination of forces at work in the Howlverse: after the grand studio work of Mansion Songs, Ethan Miller recorded The Alligator Bride with his touring band, successfully bottling the sound we heard on their 2015 tour. The record’s vision hearkens back to the earlier Southern Gothic days of Howlin’ Rain—and not incidentally their first self-titled album has just been reissued on vinyl for the first time. Miller also recently talked to the folks on the No Simple Road podcast, sharing that his inspiration for the live-in-the-studio sound came from the Dead’s Europe ’72 opus. So it was more than appropriate to find the ’Rain opening up for Californian Dead cover band, Grateful Shred, for their first two East Coast gigs. The ’Rain are in fine form here on night one, treating the Dead-freaks in attendance to an opening instrumental followed by five tunes from The Alligator Bride.

Howlin’ Rain continue their tour without the Grateful Shred, and you’re highly advised to catch them in your town. They’ll be back in the NYC-area for shows at Monty Hall on July 27 and Union Pool on July 28. Meanwhile we’ll be back in a few days with recordings of Howlin’ Rain night 2, as well as both nights of Grateful Shred. As they say, stay tuned to these higher frequencies!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Howlin’ Rain
2018-07-13
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A (FOB, ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [43:53]
01. Jam >
02. Missouri
03. Rainbow Trout
04. Death Prayer in Heaven’s Orchard
05. Alligator Bride
06. Coming Down

Band:
Ethan Miller: guitar and vocals
Jeff McElroy: bass, backing vocals
Dan Cervantes: guitar, backing vocals
Justin Smith: drums, backing vocals

Website | Facebook | Buy The Alligator Bride and other Howlin Rain records via Silver Current

Dinosaur Jr.: October 3, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl

October 5, 2017
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[photo courtesy of Omar Kasrawi and Pancakes and Whiskey]

From the very outset of Tuesday night’s Dinosaur Jr. show at Brooklyn Bowl — the second of a two night run — it was fairly obvious that the sonic onslaught was in full on mode. Monday’s show was an extraordinary show that we were happy to have attended and recorded, but Tuesday was fully in your face. Any decibel restrictions that the venue may have sought to impose were disregarded as J Mascis’ Marshall guitar stack was well utilized, and the thumping bass of Lou Barlow and Murph’s monster percussion rattled the rib cage. The band also switched up the setlist, so we got some oldies for Bug fans (rare “Budge” and ubiquitous “Freak Scene”), and You’re Living All Over Me diehards (“Little Fury Things”). J and Lou also brought out old friend and Deep Wound bassist Scott Helland to perform one of the first songs the guys ever recorded for that band. We also saw a handful of guests for the “Sub Pop version of The Wagon” including legendary guitarist Don Fleming. And if that wasn’t enough, the show ended with a mini Negative Approach set as singer John Brannon (also of openers Easy Action), drummer Opie Moore and guitarist Harold Richardson joined J and Lou to play two of the seminal Michigan hardcore band’s songs. If we learned anything from this outstanding two-fer of Dinosaur Jr. shows at Brooklyn Bowl, its that this band remains a powerful presence in today’s music. Our still-ringing ears agree.

We recorded this set with the mic stand about midway on the right side of the venue and nyctaper used Schoeps cards while acidjack employed Schoeps hypers. The full sonic blast of this show is faithfully captured in both recordings. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show:
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Dinosaur Jr
2017-10-03
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:25:03]
01 Thumb
02 Goin Down
03 Lost All Day
04 Left Right
05 Watch the Corners
06 Pieces
07 Out There
08 Feel the Pain
09 Little Fury Things
10 [banter – Wagon intro]
11 The Wagon
12 Budge
13 Start Choppin
14 Training Ground [Deep Wound]
15 Freak Scene
16 Gargoyle
17 [encore break]
18 Just Like Heaven [Cure]
19 [banter – Negative Approach intro]
20 Can’t Tell No One [Negative Approach]
21 Nothing [Negative Approach]

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Dinosaur Jr.
2017-10-03
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK41V (FOB, ROC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices MixPre6 (24/48)>WAV>Adobe Audition CC (fades, limiter, light compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, image, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:24:56]
01 Thumb
02 Goin’ Down
03 Lost All Day
04 Left/Right
05 Watch the Corners
06 Pieces
07 Out There
08 Feel the Pain
09 Little Fury Things
10 The Wagon*
11 Budge
12 Start Choppin’
13 Training Ground [Deep Wound]^
14 [tuning]
15 Freak Scene
16 Gargoyle
17 [encore break]
18 Just Like Heaven [The Cure]
19 Can’t Tell No One [Negative Approach]%
20 Nothing [Negative Approach]

*w/ Don Fleming, John Moloney and Marc Seedorf
^ w/ Scott Helland
% w/ Negative Approach

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Dinosaur Jr.: October 2, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl (Night One)

October 3, 2017
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[Photos courtesy of Omar Kasrawi and Pancakes and Whiskey]

The return of the original lineup of Dinosaur Jr. continues to be a good thing for fans, as the band’s vitality has never been stronger. Backed by his usual wall of amps, J. Mascis led the band through the first of two nights at Brooklyn Bowl like the pro that he is, delivering the scorching riffs for which he’s known on classic after classic. Lou Barlow whips his voluminous hair around like a man half his age; if you don’t see his face much these days, his stage presence is impossible to miss. Still on the road for their latest, Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not, the new material slots in with classics like “In A Jar” better than ever. Early in the set, we got both the winning “Lost All Day” and the Barlow-led “Left/Right,” which couldn’t help but sound a bit like a much-heavier Sebadoh. Given the likely generation of the crowd, it’s no shock that a mid-set “Feel the Pain” earned some of the most frenzied reaction, but it was a less-heard track from Where You Been, “Get Me” that was the real treat. The back half of the set continued in strong form, with a memorable “Freak Scene” and a one-two punch of an encore, with the other most popular Where You Been track “Out There” followed by an anarchic cover of The Stooges’ “TV Eye” with John Brannon of Negative Approach (and the night’s openers, Easy Action). The biggest challenge for this band, at least here in Brooklyn, will be topping themselves tonight.

I recorded this set from an “FOB” position along the right-side rail with MBHO microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Dinosaur Jr.
2017-10-02
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

MBHO 603A/KA200N (FOB, ROC)>Zoom F8 (24/48)>WAV>Adobe Audition CC (fades, limiter, light compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, image, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:38:03]
01 The Lung
02 Goin Down
03 Lost All Day
04 Left/Right
05 In A Jar
06 Watch the Corners
07 [tuning]
08 Crumble
09 Feel the Pain
10 Get Me
11 [tuning2]
12 The Wagon
13 Tarpit
14 Start Choppin’
15 Lose
16 Freak Scene
17 Forget the Swan
18 [encore break]
19 Out There
20 TV Eye [The Stooges]*

* w/ John Brannon

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Meat Puppets: May 10, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl

May 15, 2017
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[Photo by Dean Keim]

Thirty-five years ago when the Meat Puppets released their first album they were the punk band that was also into the Grateful Dead. To save you from doing the math, that was wayyyyyy before it was cool to like both punk rock and the Dead. That’s all to say the Meat Puppets have always been ahead of their time. And they’ve seen it all: SST in the early eighties when it was the independent record label; performing their songs on perhaps the most beloved MTV Unplugged of all time; a massive hit song with “Backwater” and the Gold Record to match. But there’s no better testament to their lasting vitality than a packed Brooklyn Bowl for a Wednesday night show. Dig the fiery “Touchdown King” and a sixteen-minute “Up on the Sun” and see the light.

The Tour Tour Two with Mike Watt continues. Check here for dates.

I recorded this from the right side of the room with the AKG’s flown high. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download at the Live Music Archive

Meat Puppets
2017-05-10
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

AKG C480B/CK63 (ROC, PAS) > Zoom F8 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:34:46]
01. Sam
02. Comin’ Down
03. Oh, Me
04. Plateau
05. Flaming Heart
06. Lost
07. Severed Goddess Hand
08. The Monkey and the Snake
09. Mockingbird Hill [Patti Page]
10. Whiskey in the Jar [traditional]
11. Movin’ On
12. I’m Ragged But I’m Right [George Jones]
13. Touchdown King
14. Seal Whales
15. Lake of Fire
16. Attacked by Monsters
17. Up on the Sun
18. Climbing

Buy Meat Puppets records at their website

Mike Watt + The Jom and Terry Show: May 10, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl

May 14, 2017
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[Photo by Dean Keim]

It’s an absolute shame it took me this long to see Mike Watt live. I recall as a teenager hearing about the epic Watt/Foo Fighters/Hovercraft tour of 1995—recently documented on Ring Spiel Tour ’95—and not quite knowing who this guy was except for “Against the 70s.” A few years later I would learn of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE, but still it never seemed to work out to catch Watt live. Last week I rectified that in the best way possible. Watt has been playing off and on with Tom Watson (guitar) and Jerry Trebotic (drums) since 2001 and they’ve got the whole spiel down pat. Twenty-seven songs in under an hour with a whole bunch of Minutemen favorites thrown in—pure joy.

The Tour Tour Two with the Meat Puppets continues. Check here for dates.

I recorded this from the right side of the room with the AKG’s flown high. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download at the Live Music Archive

Mike Watt + The Jom and Terry Show
2017-05-10
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

The Tour Tour Two

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

AKG C480B/CK63 (ROC, PAS) > Zoom F8 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [55:05]
01. [Intro]
02. Little Doll [The Stooges]
03. She Don’t Know Why I’m Here [The Last]
04. Sweet Honey Pie [Roky Erickson]
05. Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs [Minutemen]
06. One Chapter in the Book [Minutemen]
07. Fake Contest [Minutemen]
08. Big Bang Theory
09. The Tin Roof [Minutemen]
10. Amnesty Report II [The Pop Group]
11. Beacon Sighted Through Fog [Minutemen]
12. If Reagan Played Disco [Minutemen]
13. Life as a Rehearsal [Minutemen]
14. This Road [Minutemen]
15. Forever… One Reporter’s Opinion
16. It’s Expected I’m Gone [Minutemen]
17. Anxious Mo-Fo [Minutemen]
18. The Big Foist [Minutemen]
19. Surfin’ With the Shah [Urinals]
20. Political Song For Michael Jackson to Sing [Minutemen]
21. The Glory of Man [Minutemen]
22. The Politics of Time [Minutemen]
23. [banter]
24. Slots
25. Statement
26. Art Analysis
27. Self-Referenced [Minutemen]
28. Cut [Minutemen]
29. [banter]
30. The Red and the Black [Blue Öyster Cult]

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Alex Bleeker & the Freaks “Play Dead”: December 30, 2015 Rough Trade NYC

January 6, 2016
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If you were a fan of the Grateful Dead, and you saw the actual band live, then you’ve probably got more than your share of opinions about the various combinations of the remaining parts of it who’ve tried to transact on the original’s greatness. As someone who never saw the actual band (but has seen some successful and less-than-successful related projects), I’m not here to convince you. But for my money, there’s something rewarding, something essential, about watching much-younger musicians, with full careers filled with their own original material in front of them, paying tribute to one of rock music’s foundational bands.

I  loved the Brooklyn Bowl show that we posted by Alex Bleeker and The Freaks — that one a combo run through their new album and some other originals, followed by a “Play Dead” set that’s become a staple of many of their live shows. This one flipped that script, with Bleeker and pals offering up a 100-minute set consisting almost entirely of Dead covers. This — my final show of the year — was billed as the afterparty to Phish’s 12/30 Madison Square Garden show, and the celebratory air from that event (an especially strong performance from this year’s MSG run) carried over into the more intimate confines of Rough Trade NYC.

Overall, this “Play Dead” was a looser, better and arguably truer performance to the spirit of the original band. While the Brooklyn Bowl set consisted mainly of discrete run-throughs of each song, you’ll notice that this set was filled with segues, kicking off with “China Cat Sunflower” into a surging “I Know You Rider” before venturing into  cosmic territory with “Eyes to the World” into “He’s Gone” into “The Other One,” taking a short detour through “Dark Star” and ending up, improbably, with a Bleeker original, “Sealong Hair,” from their latest record, Country Agenda. After that came three more non-Dead tunes (two more originals, plus their regular-rotation cover of Mountain Man’s “Animal Tracks,” a fierce jam in its own right. Where Bleeker was joined last time by Real Estate’s Martin Courtney, here we had another cameo by one of his Ridgewood, NJ pals, Julian Lynch and multi-talented Dave Harrington (of many bands, but perhaps best-known for his work in Darkside). The band managed to deliver a little birthday salutation to Harringon in between “Tennessee Jed” and “St. Stephen,” which closed the set. By that point it was 2 a.m. and the club’s neighbors weren’t going to tolerate any more. For those of us inside, though, this was an afterparty that we’d have been happy to continue all night.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Rough Trade engineer Leah, together with Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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

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Alex Bleeker & The Freaks “Play Dead”
2015-12-30
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard [engineer: Leah] + Schoeps MK4V (PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:43:00]
All songs by the Grateful Dead unless noted

01 tuning>China Cat Sunflower>
02 I Know You Rider
03 Eyes of the World>
04 He’s Gone>
05 The Other One>
06 Dark Star Jam>
07 Sealong Hair [Alex Bleeker & the Freaks]
08 Downright Stinson [Alex Bleeker & the Freaks]
09 Animal Tracks [Mountain Man]
10 U.H.M. [Alex Bleeker & the Freaks]
11 Shakedown Street>
12 The Wheel>
13 Tennessee Jed>
14 [Happy bday to Dave]>
15 St. Stephen
16 [outro]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, visit their Facebook page, and purchase their new album Country Agenda from Sinderlyn Records [HERE].

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks: November 12, 2015 Brooklyn Bowl (2 Sources)

November 17, 2015
By

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[photo courtesy of Jackson Richards]

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks treated us to two concerts on Thursday night at Brooklyn Bowl. As the release party for the new album Country Agenda, the first set was an extremely well-played run through much of the record with some older Freaks tunes, and one outstanding cover. The second set was the Freaks “Play Dead” — a guest-filled performance of Grateful Dead tunes, similar to what the band did in Chicago in July.

Country Agenda struck me most upon first listen as an album with superb production values. The sound quality is absurdly good, but what’s more compelling is that the songs have a feel that is consistent with the music. While others have pointed to the American Beauty / Workingman’s Dead qualities of the songs, this album very much more resembles a Laurel Canyon record and the offshoots of that movement. For the live performance, what substituted for the production values of the record was the tightness of the band. The Freaks were extremely well rehearsed and wired into each other — this is a band of both talent and commitment and the performance proved that. But this was also a night when the Freaks had some fun and let loose. The jamming aspect of this show began with the final number of the first set, an extended cover of Ricky Skaggs’ “Gone Home,” and continued throughout the second set of Grateful Dead music. Among the Dead songs, the one that jumped out most was the Martin Courtney (Bleeker’s bandmate in his other project, Real Estate) appearance for “Here Comes Sunshine”, which featured Courtney’s unique vocals and a tight three-guitar attack (thanks to the addition of Courtney) that nailed what is otherwise a difficult song to pull off. By “difficult,” I mean that the Grateful Dead themselves stopped playing it for a couple of decades because of timing difficulties. The night ended in very sweet fashion, as the uber-talent Steve Gunn led the band through a profound version of “Wharf Rat.” In total, Alex Bleeker and The Freaks provided us with two sets and well over two hours of music featuring both the band’s superb new album and a fun set of Dead covers. It was a tremendous night and fortunately it will be repeated soon. The band will once again “Play Dead” on December 30 at Rough Trade.

Acidjack and I both recorded this set with separate rigs. We shared a superb board feed provided by Brooklyn Bowl’s FOH (we need help with his name to give full credit) and we both ran Schoeps from the middle of the room. I used the Schoeps CCM4 cardioids and acidjack ran his MK41V supercardiods. The sound in the room was also quite excellent (including very little crowd chatter). The nyctaper mix favors the audience feed (about 65/35 in favor of the room), while the acidjack mix accentuates the well-mixed board feed. The sound quality of both mixes is superb but offer different approaches to this show. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show:
nyctaper source [MP3] / [FLAC]
acidjack source [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show (nyctaper source):

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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, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
2015-11-12
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 1:03:37]
01 Little Dream I Had
02 California
03 See You On Sunday
04 [false start]
05 Country Agenda
06 Portrait
07 The Rest
08 Sealong Hair
09 Honey I Don’t Know
10 Downright Stinson
11 Leave On the Light
12 U.H.M.
13 [banter – new record]
14 Gone Home [Ricky Skaggs]

Set 2
[Total Time 1:14:41]
15 Viola Lee Blues
16 Tennessee Jed
17 Jack Straw
18 [Martin Courtney intro]
19 Here Comes Sunshine
20 He’s Gone
21 The Other One
22 He’s Gone Reprise
23 [Steve Gunn intro]
24 Wharf Rat

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Alex Bleeker & The Freaks
2015-11-12
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41V (A-B)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Set 1 [Total Time: 1:03:42]
01 Little Dream I Had
02 California
03 See You On Sunday
04 [banter1]
05 Country Agenda
06 Portrait
07 The Rest
08 Sealong Hair
09 Honey, I Don’t Know
10 Downright Stinson
11 Leave On the Light
12 U.H.M.
13 [banter2]
14 Gone Home [Ricky Skaggs]

Set 2 – Grateful Dead cover set [Total Time: 1:14:44]
01 Viola Lee Blues
02 Tennessee Jed
03 Jack Straw
04 [banter3]
05 Here Comes Sunshine %
06 He’s Gone> %
07 The Other One>He’s Gone %
08 [banter4]
09 Wharf Rat $
% w/ Martin Courtney
$ w/ Steve Gunn

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – January 24, 2015 Brooklyn Bowl – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 26, 2015
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[screen snot from LazyLightning55a video]

It was almost exactly two years ago when Joe Russo’s Almost Dead made their debut at the Brooklyn Bowl. In our somewhat controversial review of that show, we found the band’s approach to the music of the Grateful Dead both musically proficient and extremely refreshing. JRAD is a core group of friends and accomplished musicians whose take on the GD catalog was that night in stark contrast from the world of “post-Dead” which had become to me uninspired to the point of becoming almost a gimmick. I’m happy to say that the last two years have proved us entirely correct. As “post-Dead” prepares to say “Fare Thee Well” this summer, JRAD has been an unqualified success. The band has toured several times throughout this period, and last month teamed with Phil Lesh to play a series of New Year’s shows at the Capital Theatre in Port Chester NY. This weekend JRAD returned to where it all began for two very sold-out shows at the Brooklyn Bowl for the “Freaks Ball”. We attended and recorded both but offer up the second night first because this was truly a remarkable performance, surpassing anything that I could have reasonably expected from this group.

The night began with what appeared at first to be a faithful take on Pigpen’s “Alligator” — that was until the jam segment when it became very apparent that JRAD would recognize no boundaries on this night. Led by the thundering bass of Dave Dreiwitz, JRAD weaved in and out of a “Caution Jam” that touched on themes as varied as “Rider” and “Slipknot”. The set’s opener would last nearly seventeen minutes before evolving into “Jack A Roe”. This traditional number was for the Grateful Dead almost always a short first-set Garcia-led song that followed a very specific pattern. For JRAD, there are no patterns as Jack A Roe became a ten-minute exploratory jam vehicle that led very nicely into a celebratory “Uncle John’s Band”. The balance of the first set continued with some interesting song selections that kept the energy high with much more to come. Saturday night’s second set was the highlight of weekend with a “Music Never Stopped” opener that went into some deep space mid-song before returning to finish in resounding fashion. What followed was truly the most inspired song we’ve seen JRAD perform — an eighteen-minute take on “Cumberland Blues” that stretched the song to previously unheard limits and really encapsulates what makes this group special. We’re streaming this song below. The balance of the second set was filled with multiple highlights and featured a wide variety of surprises and interesting and intelligent interpretations of the familiar catalog.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards riding very high on a stand about 30 feet directly in line with the right stack. Other than the persistent din of crowd yapping, this is a quite excellent recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Cumberland Blues”:

This Recording is now Available to Download in FLAC or MP3 or to Stream at Archive.org [HERE]

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, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
2015-01-24
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
FOB Audience – 30 Feet from Right Stacks

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 1:09:01]
01 Alligator
02 Jack A Roe
03 Uncle John’s Band
04 Ophelia
05 Ramble On Rose
06 Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line
07 Bertha

Set 2
[Total Time 1:37:18]
08 Music Never Stopped
09 Cumberland Blues
10 [band intro]
11 Help On The Way
12 Slipknot!
13 Shakedown Street
14 Truckin
15 Morning Dew
16 [encore break]
17 Brown Eyed Women

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Deer Tick (performing Devo’s “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!”): December 29, 2014 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 12, 2015
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[photos by acidjack]

Deer Tick celebrated their tenth anniversary as a band this year. In that ten-year span, they’ve pursued a musical vision that’s almost proudly unpopular, serving up Replacements-inspired traditional rock n’ roll during a time when the sampler became king. Not quite retro enough to attract that crowd, nor cutting-edge enough to make the critics swoon, the middle ground they pursued turned out to be a hit with one group that did matter — fans. They showed up in droves, on freezing weekday nights during a busy part of the year, to watch the band play a series of anniversary shows at Brooklyn Bowl that promised a new cover album each night, and slews of special guests. The band’s prowess as a cover band has been well-known for a while, popularized by their Nirvana-covering in particular.

Kurt Cobain loved the New Wave greats Devo, so it felt fitting to join Deer Tick for their cover of the band’s landmark album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! on the Monday night before New Year’s Eve. Joined at times by opener The Districts and former guitarist Ian O’Neill, the appropriately dressed “Deervo” didn’t let us down, giving renditions that hewed closely to the originals while adding John McCauley’s signature vocal grit. After burning through that 38-minute record, the band took a quick breather until returning as themselves for a second set that also leaned heavily on covers, from NRBQ’s “I Got A Rocket In My Pocket” to the closing medley of Townes Van Zandt’s “White Freightliner Blues” and the unavoidable 80s classic “La Bamba”. McCauley’s wife Vanessa Carlton was in tow, joining the band on its own “In Our Time”. Deer Tick’s onstage antics may have mellowed some, probably for the better, but their music is still showing all the energy that drew those crowds in the first place. Here’s to another ten years.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the band’s engineer Justin Ripley, with a mild amount of audience microphones from my Schoeps supercardiods thrown in. The house mix was highly compressed, as evidence on the recording, but the sound is overall quite good. Enjoy!

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Deer Tick (performing as Deervo for Devo’s “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!”
2014-12-29
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Soundboard (engineer: Justin Ripley) + Schoeps MK41 (directly right of SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
Set 1: performing as “Deervo” on Devo’s “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!”
Set Time [38:02]
01 Uncontrollable Urge
02 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [feat. The Districts]
03 Praying Hands
04 Space Junk
05 Mongoloid
06 Jocko Homo
07 Too Much Paranoias
08 Gut Feeling (Slap Your Mammy)
09 Come Back Jonee
10 Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin’)
11 Shrivel Up

Set 2 [Set Time 53:36]
12 Easy
13 Born At Zero
14 The Curtain
15 The Dream’s In the Ditch
16 I Got A Rocket In My Pocket [NRBQ]
17 Twenty Miles
18 Something to Brag About
19 [banter1]
20 She’s Not Spanish
21 In Our Time [w/ Vanessa Carlton]
22 [banter2]
23 Mr. Sticks
24 [banter3]
25 Ashamed
26 White Freightliner Blues [Townes Van Zandt]
27 La Bamba [Ritchie Valens]

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