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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead: January 26, 2013 Brooklyn Bowl – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 28, 2013
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Almost Dead BK Bowl
[photo by nyctaper]

If you have any interest at all, even passing, in the music of the Grateful Dead, then what happened at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night was an important milestone in the post-Dead era. I do not exaggerate, this was a big deal. In the seventeen years since the death of Jerry Garcia and the dissolution of the Grateful Dead as an active band, there has been a steady and sometimes tiresome parade of bands attempting to “capture the magic”. In 2009, such a group even went as far as to tour as “The Dead”. One band plays complete setlists from historical Dead shows. Invariably those bands offer some connection to the band, often an original member or two, and some excellent musicianship — but there is always something lacking. Those bands can mimic the sound and usually feature a wiz guitarist with the ability to ape Garcia’s original sound. But the inherent problem is that it all seems so canned and knock-off-ish, lacking in originality and ultimately devoid of any magic at all. Sure, there are moments, or sets, or even complete shows that are rewarding in the short term. Phil Lesh and Friends has perhaps the best track record in terms of sustained performance quality. But as a whole the entire post-Dead era seems to be just a steady beat of disappointment.

On Saturday night, I saw the first post-Dead band that truly offered music that rivaled the original band at its peak. But what separated Joe Russo’s “Almost Dead” from the others was their approach to the music. This was not a mimic or an imitation, but a quintet of supremely talented musicians interpreting the music in their own unique manner. The two guitarists, Scott Metzger and Tom Hamilton, have carved out excellent careers on their own merit. And thankfully neither sounded really anything like Garcia. Marco Benevento used his many talents on an assortment of keyboards to play in his own style, not like Godchaux or Constanten or Mydland. Dave Dreiwitz played an Alembic bass, but his style is nothing like Phil Lesh. And Russo, sure he plays for “Furthur”, but with Almost Dead his drums were a lead instrument — he was able to stretch out and play in a way that the restrictions of a “tribute” band don’t allow. And play they did. Over three hours in two lengthy sets. The highlights were bountiful, but it was the little moments that captured the night for me — a space jam in the middle of Althea, a blazing Shakedown Street (streaming below) that literally began on the last note of Tennessee Jed and continued into a very original jam, the 1973-era “Stronger than Dirt” instrumental post-Eyes jam, multiple teases of Caution in and out of The Other One, and an incredibly huge and energetic Viola Lee Blues (streaming below) that pushed the show to over three hours.

Given the incredible results of this show from a musical unit that only plays occasionally, its hard to fathom that “Almost Dead” might be a one-off or a once a year event. Maybe in the post-Dead era, that’s also the right approach to this music. Get it right, and then let it go. We always have the tapes. If Joe and friends decide to do it again, however, I’ll be there. It may not be like the first time, but it won’t be a disappointment.

I recorded this set with the four mic rig from the right side of the venue, about 30 feet from the stage. The sound in the Bowl on this night was perhaps the best its ever been, and I’m really pleased with the outstanding results of this recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Viola Lee Blues”:

Stream “Shakedown Street”:

This Recording is now Available for Download in FLAC and MP3 and for Streaming at Archive.org [HERE].

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Joe Russo Almost Dead
2013-01-26
Brooklyn Bowl
New York, NY USA

FOB Four-Track Audience Recording

Sennheiser MKH-8040 Cardioids + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2013-01-27

Joe Russo – Drums and Vocals
Marco Benevento – Keyboards
Scott Metzger – Guitar and Vocals
Tom Hamilton – Guitar and Vocals
Dave Dreiwitz – Bass

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 1:24:31]
01 Bertha
02 Althea
03 Jack Straw
04 Deal
05 Mr Charlie
06 [band introductions]
07 Brown-Eyed Women
08 Tennesee Jed
09 Shakedown Street
10 Jam
11 China Cat Sunflower
12 I Know You Rider

Set 2
[Total Time 1:42:58]
13 Estimated Prophet
14 Eyes Of The World
15 Help On The Way
16 Slipknot
17 Franklins Tower
18 St Stephen
19 The Eleven
20 Caution Jam
21 The Other One
22 Viola Lee Blues
23 [encore break]
24 US Blues

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Deer Tick: December 12, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 19, 2012
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deertick-5
[photo by acidjack]

Tonight is the final show of Deer Tick‘s three-Wednesday residency at Brooklyn Bowl, and if last week is any sign this should be a barnburner. The first week’s show (recording here) was a tight and solid Deer Tick show where they played Born On Flag Day along with the first EP and about half of War Elephant as an encore. This past week it wasn’t just that the band played The Black Dirt Sessions straight through (plus the Christmas EP), but the encore segment was like an entire other Deer Tick show. The band played nine songs over two encore segments including covers, older material and guest appearances. Tonight’s show will feature the complete Divine Providence album along with the Tim EP, and I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I predict another lengthy encore segment with a likely Replacements cover. We’ll be there again.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the first week, with the hyper card Neumanns accompanied by an excellent soundboard feed. Enjoy!

Stream “Choir of Angels”:

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Deer Tick
2012-12-12
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2012-12-16

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:32:37]
01 [introduction]
02 Choir of Angels
03 Twenty Miles
04 Goodbye Dear Friend
05 Piece by Piece and Frame by Frame
06 Sad Sun
07 Mange
08 When She Comes Home
09 Hand In My Hand
10 I Will Not Be Myself
11 Blood Moon
12 Christ Jesus
13 Christmas All Summer Long
14 Holy Shit Its Christmas
15 [encore break]
16 Friday XIII
17 Unwed Fathers [John Prine]
18 Dirty Dishes
19 Cheap Sunglasses
20 [second encore break]
21 Baltimore Blues No 1
22 Nevada
23 Sink or Swim
24 Sleep Walk [Santo and Johnny]
25 La Bamba

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Deer Tick: December 5, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 12, 2012
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deertick-2
[photo by acidjack]

Since we’ve been following Deer Tick almost from the beginning — from John McCauley as a solo performer, to the days as a trio, and even as a cover band, all the way up to their sold out shows at big venues, it seemed natural that we’d be there for what amounts to a month-long career retrospective at Brooklyn Bowl. Deer Tick will essentially be playing their entire catalog each Wednesday in December. Last week, the band played their second album Born on Flag Day and their EP More Fuel For the Fire straight through. While some of these songs haven’t been played in years, some in different arrangements, and some not at all, Deer Tick seemed quite comfortable with the material. Sure, there were a couple of false starts, but overall this show was just about as tight as they get and certainly as intense as a regular set. And just in case we’d thought they’d forsaken the first album, Deer Tick played six songs from War Elephant as an encore set.

Tonight’s show at Brooklyn Bowl will feature a complete performance of The Black Dirt Sessions and Holy Shit It’s Christmas EP.

I recorded this set with the hypercardioid Neumanns upfront and pointed at the stacks to avoid ambient noise and mixed it with a superb stereo feed from FOH Melanie. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Straight Into a Storm”:

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Deer Tick
2012-12-05
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2012-12-07

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:16:09]
01 Easy
02 Little White Lies
03 Smith Hill
04 Song About A Man
05 Houston TX
06 Straight Into a Storm
07 [banter – Liz]
08 Friday XIII
09 The Ghost
10 Hell On Earth
11 Stung
12 La La La
13 Dance of Love
14 Axe Is Forever
15 Goodnight Irene
16 [encore break]
17 Standing at the Threshold
18 Art Isn’t Real
19 These Old Shoes
20 Spend the Night
21 What Kind of Fool Am I?
22 Ashamed

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Los Lobos: July 11, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming Songs

August 30, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack and Johnny]

Any performer worth their salt would love to be in a band like Los Lobos.  While their rendition of “La Bamba” may have put them on the map (and the version by which all others are measured, in my humble opinion; sorry, Ritchie Valens), their stellar output through a nearly 40 year career has kept them there.  These guys have a level of musicianship that most players can only dream of and would kill for.  Los Lobos are capable of playing nearly anything and many respected artists have cited them as their favorite group to jam with.  That’s why it was no surprise that during Tom Waits‘ recent, and exceedingly rare, late-night television appearances guitarist/vocalist David Hidalgo was part of his band.  An American institution very proud of their Mexican/SoCal roots, they began this show by playing acoustic Tejano that, over several songs, subtly transformed and transitioned into electric rock.  It was pretty spectacular to behold and they made it appear so effortless.  When they pulled Jolie Holland on stage for a gorgeous duet and opener Livingston Leo for a few cuts, it sounded and felt like they had all been playing together for years.  Over the course of the night, they played some brilliant covers and tracks off many of their discs including a healthy dose from ‘Kiko‘, not only one of their best albums but arguably some of the finest music ever recorded.  I am repeatedly amazed every time I get the opportunity to catch these guys and if you have a bucket list of bands you must see, Los Lobos should be at or near the top.

acidjack and I recorded this concert with sets of Schoeps MK22’s and Milab VM-44 Links.  The microphones complimented each other beautifully and we were able to make an excellent capture.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Dan Gale for the setlist help, and to Peter Costello and the staff at Brooklyn Bowl for their hospitality.

Stream “Chuco’s Cumbia”:

Stream “Short Side of Nothing”:

Direct download of the complete show in MP3 [HERE]

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Los Lobos
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY, USA
(opener: Livingston Leo)

Source: AUD > Milab VM-44 Links (cardioid) + Schoeps MK22’s [> CMC6 > Sound Devices USBPre2] >> Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > TLH (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
Recorded by: acidjack and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

SETLIST:
[Total time: 1:53:22]
01. [intro]
02. Canto a Veracruz
03. El Cascabel  [Lorenzo Barcelata]
04. La Pistola y El Corazón  [*]
05. [banter]
06. Los Ojos de Pancha  [Juan Romero]
07. Saint Behind the Glass
08. Teresa
09. [banter / tuning]
10. Chuco’s Cumbia
11. Will the Wolf Survive?
12. Angels with Dirty Faces
13. Wicked Rain
14. Short Side of Nothing
15. That Train Don’t Stop Here
16. One Way Out  [Elmore James / Sonny Boy Williamson]
17. Kiko and the Lavender Moon
18. [banter / tuning]
19. Let’s Say Goodnight
20. Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio  [Santiago Jiménez]
21. How Much Can I Do?
22. Not Fade Away  [Buddy Holly] [#]
23. Bertha  [The Grateful Dead] [#]
24. [encore break]
25. Don’t Worry Baby  [#]
26. Mas y Mas  [#]

* with Jolie Holland
# with Livingston Leo

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Soulive: March 1, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

March 4, 2012
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[Photos by Jill at For the Love of Brooklyn]

In what has now become a tradition, Soulive are currently taking over Brooklyn Bowl for a series of shows filled with special guests and blow-the-doors-off playing.  Billed as “Bowlive III”, these shows highlight the band’s efforts to move forward with a jazz/funk genre that all too often seems content to rest on its laurels.  This show, for example, had almost nothing in common with the final night of Bowlive II that we covered last year.  While that show seemed to emphasize the soul elements of the band, this performance made the guitar skills of the band’s virtuosic regular Eric Krasno its focus.  The show opened with several extended numbers with just the trio before the band was joined by a rotating cast that included Karl Denson, regular guest Nigel Hall, and Sam Williams of Big Sam’s Funky Nation. While the guests added some range to the band’s sound, for this set, it was the trio numbers like “Aladdin” that kicked it off that I appreciated most – reminders that even with all the hoopla of the guests at these shows, this is one incredible band on its own.

After about 75 minutes of inspired playing, the band took a break during an appearance by special guest Rahzel, who gave a 25-minute beatbox performance that challenged the limits of the physically possible with his ability to essentially play, and sing, an entire song using only his mouth.  He joined the band for “I Am the Magnificent” before exiting the stage.  The crowd, already partying like madmen, was fully loaded for what was to come.

The band’s most recent recorded output is a record of Beatles covers called Rubber Soulive that highlights the shared heritage of jazz and rock n’ roll, so it came as no surprise when the band performed a mini-Beatles set of “Come Together,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”.  While the heavily-covered “Come Together” (you may have heard the Aerosmith version) was probably the biggest crowd-pleaser, I was most impressed with the extended jamming on “Eleanor Rigby”, which turned that two-minute gem of a vocal performance into an extended guitar meditation.  Rather than being a real “cover” version, the original was merely a starting point for what followed.  “Too Much”, one of few repeats from the show we saw last year, came next, before Brooklyn Bowl regular Questlove took the stage with Hall, Williams and Lenesha Randolph for a series of songs, including Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.   With four more Bowlive shows on the way next week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), Soulive are sure to have more tricks up their sleeves.  Don’t miss out.

Thanks to the Brooklyn Bowl staff for their hospitality to us at this show, and to the band for continuing to allow fan audio taping.  

hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK21 wide cardiod microphones onstage, combined with Schoeps MK22 open cardiod microphones on the left side near one of the speakers to pick up some vocals and room ambiance.  The result is an incredible recording that truly feels like you are watching the band from the stage lip – which is an amazing experience.  There may be some tracking errors here and there – feel free to send corrections.

Stream “Eleanor Rigby [Beatles]”:

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Soulive
2012-03-01
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by hi and lo and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK21 (onstage, NOS)>KC5>PFA>SD USBPre2 + Schoeps MK22 (A-B, 3ft split, 15 ft back, left stack)>CMC6 >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (Izotope Ozone limiter, EQ), resample to 44.1kHz>Audacity (tracking, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Set I [1:13:26]
01 [intro]
02 Steppin’
03 Uncle Junior
04 Aladdin
05 The Swamp
06 [banter]
07 Shaheed^
08 Rudy’s Way
09 [banter]
10 Leave Me Alone #

Rahzel [26:36]
11 improv

Set II [1:25:12]
12 I Am the Magnificent %
13 Come Together [Beatles]
14 Eleanor Rigby [Beatles]
15 I Want You (She’s So Heavy) [Beatles]
16 Too Much $
17 [banter]
18 Signed, Sealed, Delivered [Stevie Wonder] $&
19 [banter]
20 Tuesday Night Squad> $
21 Bewildered #
22 Tuesday Night Squad
23 [farewell]

^ with Karl Denson
# with Nigel Hall and Sam Williams
% with Rahzel
$ with Karl Denson, Nigel Hall, Sam Williams and Lenesha Randolph
& with Questlove

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D. Charles Speer & the Helix: February 8, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

February 22, 2012
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[Live at Glasslands in April 2011. Photo courtesy of EardrumNYC]

Warming us up for Howlin’ Rain’s set of modern classic rock two Wednesdays ago at Brooklyn Bowl was another band led by a musician of varied talents that draws its inspiration from an earlier time.  D. Charles Speer & the Helix frontman Dave Shuford is also a player in No Neck Blues Band, the avant-garde New York-based improvisational collective that traffics in free jazz, experimental folk and noise rock, but the Speer clan travels the seemingly more familiar territory of country and Americana, albeit with their own dynamic style.  Don’t call it alt-country – a term that now connotes suburban rock more than serious musical development.  What Shuford and Co. are serving up is something else, incorporating Shuford’s experimental background, Southern roots (he is from Atlanta) and literary talent.  If you don’t listen carefully, you could miss the shifting time signatures in one number, or that someone is using a Greek bouzouki to carve out an Appalachian riff in another, or that canny biblical reference. If you do listen carefully, you will discover a band that is anything but conventional, taking traditional Americana and making it weird again.  This set at Brooklyn Bowl was hardly the best attended Speer set I’ve seen, nor is this venue the proper setting – a giant multipurpose bowling alley/restaurant/bar/music venue is kind of the opposite of a place to focus on music’s subtleties – but the band did a bang-up job anyway, with an eight-song set that jumped around the band’s catalog, including their 2011 release, Leaving the Commonwealth on Thrill Jockey.  They are the type of band whose live and recorded experiences are very similar; Shuford’s deep, slightly mournful baritone (think David Berman, but deeper) isn’t the sort of thing you augment with studio trickery, and the band’s chemistry onstage is natural and deeply satisfying.  This recording leans fairly heavily on the nicely-balanced soundboard feed provided by the Brooklyn Bowl house team, both in order to minimize the sounds of bowling and to give the listener an almost album-like experience of this band.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with the aforementioned soundboard feed and Schoeps MK41 supercardioid microphones. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Furze”

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D. Charles Speer & the Helix
2012-02-08
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download offered at nyctaper.com
Recorded by hi and lo and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41>KCY>littlebox>Tascam DR0680>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Razorbacked
02 [new]
03 Days in the Kitchen
04 Le Grand Cochon
05 Furze
06 Gravedigger
07 Freddie’s Lapels
08 Leaving the Commonwealth

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Howlin’ Rain: February 8, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

February 14, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

Ethan Miller, the founder and frontman of Howlin’ Rain, knows his history.  Were it still the 1970s, the Humboldt County native and his band could have held their own with any of that era’s West Coast greats.  These days, some of the era’s dinosaurs may still roam, but among current acts, Howlin’ Rain have the mantle almost to themselves.  The band wear their influences proudly; as Miller put it to Rolling Stone, “Everyone dabbles in the history books to get their licks… We use the same roads and highways. But the weather, lights, cars and people, they’re never quite the same.”  Miller previously honed his chops in the psychedelic rock outfit Comets on Fire, who released their last record in 2006, the same year that Miller launched Howlin’ Rain’s outstanding self-titled debut.  Howlin’ Rain retains some of its predecessor’s psychedelic influences, and penchant for stretched-out songs, but focuses more on a melodic, classic rock style that takes full advantage of Miller and the band’s considerable talents.

This show at Brooklyn Bowl, the second of two local shows after a night at Mercury Lounge over in Manhattan, found the band and openers D. Charles Speer & the Helix playing material from the band’s forthcoming record to a moderately-sized but fired-up crowd ignoring the league night going on in the bowling portion of the room.  This gave plenty of opportunities for bowling jokes, sure, but by mid-set, bowling had fallen by the wayside, and Howlin’ Rain owned the room.  It’s no wonder that The Russian Wilds, their new album that dropped today, has been receiving ecstatic reviews – while some other classic-sounding bands (ahem, a certain duo who shall remain unnamed) have taken to putting out records that go through the motions, The Russian Wilds is the sound of a band that is still hungry and still getting better.  They kicked off this show with “Self Made Man” from that record, an eight-minute rocker that says all you need to know about the scale and scope of Miller’s ambitions.   Things only picked up from there, as the band displayed its versatility and its ability rock on songs like “Cherokee Werewolf”, “Dark Side” and “I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight”.  The combination of the band’s throwback sound and the rock n’ bowl venue felt like a time machine of sorts – and that was a time machine I’d like to be in.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with two pairs of Schoeps microphones – MK5 cardiods and MK41 supercardiods – plus a soundboard feed provided by Brooklyn Bowl.  Thanks to Peter Costello for his hospitality.  Enjoy the recording!

Download MP3 and FLAC via the Live Music Archive.


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Howlin’ Rain
2012-02-08
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download at nyctaper.com
Recorded by hi and lo and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41>KCY>littlebox + Schoeps MK5c>NBox cables>PFA>PSP2 >> Tascam DR-680 (MK41 and SBD) + Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (MK5)>6x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (clock sync channels, mixdown, tracking, set fades, light EQ, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time approx 78min]
01 intro>Self Made Man
02 Phantom In the Valley
03 [banter]
04 Cherokee Werewolf
05 [banter]
06 Can’t Satisfy Me Now
07 [banter]
08 Strange Thunder
09 Dark Side
10 Dancers At the End of Time
11 Calling Lightning Pt. 2
12 [encore break]
13 I Want to See The Bright Lights Tonight
14 Roll On The Rusted Days

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Portugal. The Man: January 20, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 29, 2012
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[Photos by Jill at fortheloveofbrooklyn]

While Wasilla, Alaska will forever be inextricably linked with its most famous resident, a certain former vice presidential candidate, music fans may know it as the unlikely birthplace of Portugal. The Man [punctuation theirs].  Now based in Portland, the young band is an unabashed classic rock throwback, with semi-psychedelic, jammable songs that take their cues from the sounds of rock’s late 60s – mid 70s period.  I fully admit to them being one of those bands that flew completely under my radar, until I noticed one day that they were headlining venues like Terminal 5.  So, given the chance to see them at the more local and (compared to T5) intimate Brooklyn Bowl, I figured this would be a good way to check them out.  The band did not disappoint with a 100-minute set played to a sold-out Friday night crowd.  In the live setting, their relatively compact, radio-ready songs stretch out, segueing into one another and breaking mid-song for extended jams.  The band also paid homage to their influences with some well-placed covers, including David Bowie’s “All The Young Dudes” and the Beatles classic “Helter Skelter”, which the band transitioned into in the middle of “The Devil”.  PTM also honored the recently-deceased Etta James with a cover of her “I’d Rather Go Blind”.  The band visits NYC again when they take the stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 20.

I recorded this set with AKG large-diaphragm mics in “wide cardiod” mode up close to the right speaker stack to provide maximum direct sound.  The house mix on this night was, quite frankly, one of the worst I have heard in this venue, so considerable work had to be done to make the recording sound more balanced than things did in the room. Still, I am now happy with the final results.  Enjoy!

Thanks to Scott Bernstein for the setlist.  You can check out his recording [HERE]

Stream “All Your Light”

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Portugal. The Man
2012-01-20
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Hosted exclusively at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

AKG C 414 B-XLS (wide carded mode)>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)>24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (mastering effects, editing)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:39:23]
01 So American>
02 Work All Day
03 The Devil>
04 Helter Skelter> [The Beatles]
05 The Devil
06 AKA M80 the Wolf
07 The Woods
08 [tuning]
09 Head Is A Flame>
10 All the Young Dudes> [David Bowie]
11 Elephants
12 [false start]
13 Floating (Time Isn’t Working My Side)
14 All Your Light
15 1989
16 Do You ->
17 Everyone Is Golden
18 Got It All
19 The Sun
20 Senseless
21 [banter]
22 Sleep Forever
23 [encore break]
24 And I
25 I’d Rather Go Blind> [Etta James]
26 People Say

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Steve Kimock & Friends: November 4, 2011 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

November 9, 2011
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[Photo by Jill at fortheloveofbrooklyn]

This Friday night show at Brooklyn Bowl was my first introduction to the “solo” work of the legendary guitarist Steve Kimock, who led the band Zero until the end of the 90s and has played with just about everybody. This “and Friends” billing featured the collaborators Bernie Worrell (the Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist), his former Zero bandmate Bobby Vega, and drummer Wally Ingram, most famous for his work in Timbuk 3. Once hailed by Jerry Garcia as one of his favorite “unknown guitarists”, Kimock’s star has steadily risen, especially within the improvisational rock community. It’s not hard to see why – like the best guitarists in the genre, Kimock’s style is hard to pin down, though it is most often compared to Garcia himself (perhaps a reason that Kimock has appeared with many post-Dead projects, including The Other Ones). This two hour and 40 minute set was a masterful display of Kimock’s prowess, veering from almost reggae-like numbers and soul jams to heady psychedelic meditations. It also gave me a chance to see John Kimock, who recently played the Backyard Brunch Sessions with his band XVSK, onstage with his dad, as he played second drummer for a majority of the night. XVSK vocalist/cellist Trevor Exter, the other half of XVSK, joined the band for a cover of the Wood Brothers’ “The Luckiest Man”, which is streaming below.

I recorded this set from an optimal position in the venue with the AKG large-diaphragm microphones at a three foot split to provide a maximum soundstage but avoid crowd chatter. The results are excellent, and perhaps my favorite capture from Brooklyn Bowl to date. Enjoy!

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Steve Kimock & Friends
2011-11-04
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Set 1: AKG C 414 B-XLS (wide cardiod)>Oade M248> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]
Set 2: AKG C 414 B-XLS (wide cardiod)>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]
Mastering: 24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (amplify and balance, limit peaks)>Audacity (tracking)>FLAC ( level 8 )

[Total Time 2:40:09]
Set I
01 A New Africa
02 It’s Up To You
03 [banter]
04 You’re the One>Pusherman>You’re the One
05 Tangled Hangers
06 [banter]
07 Five B4 Funk
08 [banter]
09 The Luckiest Man [Wood Brothers] (with Trevor Exter)

Set II
10 Berm>Thank U FaLettin>Sing A Simple Song>Berm
11 [banter]
12 Hillbillies on PCP Long Form Part 4
13 [encore break]
14 Golden Road
15 [outro]

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North Mississippi Allstars: October 28, 2011 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

October 31, 2011
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After hearing this site’s incredible capture of brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars back in June, I knew I needed to see what this Mississippi blues act was all about for myself.  Brooklyn Bowl – now the obvious heir to Wetlands in terms of this type of programming – was the perfect place for the introduction.  As is the norm for a Friday night, a lot of the drunken suburban crowd was mostly there to party, but those paying more attention were rewarded with some incredible guitar work from Luther, percussion from Cody, and bass from Chris Chew.  The band gave us a veritable education in the blues, mixing in their own favorites with classic covers like Bob Dylan’s “Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again”, which appears on their latest record, Keys to the Kingdom.  The record’s title is an homage to the brothers’ father, the blues legend Jim Dickinson, but it could as easily be a reference to their own place in the blues pantheon.  NMAS are the honest heirs of this centuries-old American tradition, and they will no doubt do their best to make the genre as alive, fresh, and relevant as it was a hundred years ago.

The entire nyctaper crew was on-hand for this event with a slew of mics at full height above the crowd.  This particular recording is a combination of AKG large-diaphragm mics to give “air” at the top end and edge to the guitar, combined with Schoeps supercardiods to add the direct sound.  While there is no mistaking that it’s a Friday night crowd, the sound quality of the music is outstanding.  Please help out with any setlist corrections – it was my first time seeing the band live and there were a a few songs I did not recognize or couldn’t figure out.  Enjoy!

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North Mississippi Allstars
2011-10-28
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded for nyctaper.com by acidjack, hi and lo, nyctaper and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Produced by acidjack

AKG C 414 B-XLS (cardiod)>Sound Devices USBpre2 + Schoeps MK41>NBox+ >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (mixdown)>Audacity (tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:51:29]
01 Sitting On Top of the World
02 Across the Great Divide
03 Let It Roll
04 Shake What Your Momma Gave You
05 People Get Ready
06 Mean Ol’ Wind Died Down
07 Shake ‘Em On Down
08 [guitar jam]
09 Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again [Bob Dylan]
10 Meet Me In the City
11 Po Black Maddie>
12 Drum Solo/jam>
13 Jellyrollin’ All Over Heaven
14 New Orleans Walkin’ Dead
15 Harlem River Blues [Justin Townes Earle]
16 Sugar Hill
17 Teasin’ Brown
18 I’d Love To Be A Hippie
19 Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On)
20 Rollin’ and Tumblin’
21 [encore break]
22 Lordy Lord>
23 [unknown?]
24 All Night Long

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