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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 you’ll see what I mean.

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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Mind Over Mirrors: May 4, 2017 Union Pool

May 10, 2017
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Mind Over Mirrors contains multitudes. We’ve seen Jaime Fennelly’s Indian pedal harmonium-based project evolve over the past few years, from a 2015 set at Union Pool with Haley Fohr for The Voice Calling, to a solo set at Littlefield last year, and now a dramatic full-band celebration of the Mirrors’ Paradise of Bachelors debut, Undying Color. Squeezing themselves onto Union Pool’s modestly-sized stage, Fennelly and crew performed a few tracks off Undying Color, vividly recreating the album’s complexity live, while adding an untitled synth piece and the self-explanatory “Gongs.” For the record, that’s Janet Beveridge Bean on drums, gong, and vocals; Jim Becker on violin, vocals, and percussion, and Jon Mueller also on drums and gong. While you may be wondering where Mind Over Mirrors will go next, Fennelly already has an answer for you: this lineup has just announced a two-night performance of a new piece titled “Bellowing Sun” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago for next April. In the meantime, Undying Color is one of the most compelling albums released this year and this live set will make a nice companion to it.

I recorded this from our usual outpost at Union Pool, combined with a board feed courtesy of the venue’s FOH, Doug, and touring engineer, Nick. This represents one of our finest pulls from Union Pool. Enjoy!

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Mind Over Mirrors
2017-05-04
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Nick) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [41:49]
01. Restore & Slip
02. untitled
03. To the Edges
04. Gongs
05. Gravity’s Wake

Band:
Jamie Fennelly
Janet Beveridge Bean
Jim Becker
Jon Mueller

• Website
• • Buy Undying Color and other Mind Over Mirrors recordings via Bandcamp 

Brokeback: May 4, 2017 Union Pool

May 9, 2017
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It doesn’t take too much digging to trace the cartography of Americana in Brokeback or their new album, Illinois River Valley Blues. For it’s in Illinois that Doug McCombs finds a microcosm of the American west and there the influence of the Spanish countryside. Outside Murphysboro, IL is home to the Little Grand Canyon; meanwhile, “Andalusia, IL,” the song, would clearly have you recall both the south of Spain and its like-named Illinois counterpart. Within the songs, the map gets folded in ways that bring the two Grand Canyons together, that position Andalusia, IL somewhere in the Spanish region. Roads are traced on guitar strings; routes and motifs are circuitous and repeating. Brokeback always take the back roads.

I recorded this from our usual outpost at Union Pool, combined with a board feed courtesy of the venue’s FOH, Doug, and touring engineer, Nick. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Brokeback continue their tour with a Chicago gig later this month and then off to the west coast. Check tour dates via Thrill Jockey.

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Brokeback
2017-05-04
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Nick) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [38:44]
01. The Canyons of Illinois
02. Rise, Fernanda, Rise!
03. Ride Ahead and Light the Way For Me
04. Spanish Venus
05. Andalusia, IL
06. Ursula
07. Cairo Levee
08. Night Falls on Chillicothe

Band:
Douglas McCombs: guitar
James Elkington: guitar, harmonica
Pete Croke: bass
Areif Sless-Kitain: drums

• Buy Illinois River Valley Blues and other Brokeback albums via Thrill Jockey

Acid Mothers Temple: April 22, 2017 Knitting Factory

April 27, 2017
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It’s April and that means cosmic travelers Acid Mothers Temple have reappeared in our North American dimension for their yearly psych ritual, this one dubbed the Hallelujah Mystic tour. Kawabata & co. are awfully prolific so for those of us who might have lost track of their recorded freakouts, these outings make for a nice catchup. This set from the Knitting Factory captures some old favorites like “Pink Lady Lemonade” and “Cometary Orbital Drive,” plus a couple more recent additions like the band’s extended takes on Black Sabbath’s “The Wizard” and Gong’s “Flying Teapot.”

I recorded this from our usual location at Knitting Factory, to the right of the soundboard. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

The Hallelujah Mystic Tour 2017 continues in this and other dimensions! Check here for the remaining dates.

Download the complete show at the Live Music Archive.

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Acid Mothers Temple
2017-04-22
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY

Hallelujah Mystic Tour 2017

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + AKG C480B/CK63 (ROC, PAS) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:06:14]
01. Anthem Of The Inner Space
02. The Wizard [Black Sabbath]
03. Flying Teapot [Gong] >
04. Pink Lady Lemonade
05. Another Nanique Dimension >
06. Cometary Orbital Drive

Kawabata Makoto : guitar, synthesizer, voice, speed guru
Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer, harp, noodle god
Mitsuko Tabata : guitar, guitar-synthesizer, voice, free kisses & hugs
Satoshima Nani : drums, another dimension
S/T “Wolf” : bass, space and time

• Website
• • Buy Wake to a New Dawn of Another Astro Era via Important Records

Big Ups: April 7, 2017 Sunnyvale

April 12, 2017
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[Photo by Acidjack]

I could yap a bunch about Big Ups and how great they are, but I’ve done that before and you already know. Okay just one thing: this is one of the best of a bunch of Big Ups shows I’ve seen, so it’s more than worth checking out. While you’re listening you can pick up Before a Million Universes from Exploding in Sound, still available on orange vinyl for you collector scum.

Like the Pile set from the same night, we recorded this set from the stage lip combined with a board feed from Sunnyvale’s engineer Dave. The sound is terrific. Enjoy!

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Big Ups
2017-04-07
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Dave) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging, dither, downsample) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [29:05]
01. Capitalized
02. Justice
03. Knight
04. Wool
05. Contain Myself
06. Hope For Someone
07. Dogs
08. Negative

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Big Ups, visit their website, like them on Facebook and buy Before A Million Universes from Exploding In Sound.

Pile: April 7, 2017 Sunnyvale

April 10, 2017
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“Thank God for Pile”—if you listen closely, you’ll hear one zealous audience member with an enthusiasm you don’t often see for such a young band. But people really love Pile—and everyone in-the-know knows Pile are damn great. Their comparatively small but dedicated following gets bigger with each album and I daresay if you missed out on Pile this time around, I’m afraid you’ve missed the last of their shows in a small room.

On Friday, we squeezed ourselves into a packed Sunnyvale for the band’s second of two sold-out Brooklyn shows (the first was at Baby’s All Right). The thing about bands on Exploding in Sound Records is that where there’s one there’s bound to be more. Pile headlined a stacked bill featuring some current and future EIS greats: Gnarwhal, Big Ups, and Stove. Their set gets cut a bit short due to time constraints, but that only served to increase the intensity as their finale of “Rock and Roll Forever With the Customer in Mind” will attest. That tune is from 2015’s You’re Better Than This, while the rest of the set is comprised of songs off their latest album, A Hairshirt of Purpose, and their first EIS record, Dripping. Whether you’re new to the band or a longtime fan, listen to this cracking performance and be thankful for Pile.

Pile is touring the U.S. and Europe through June. Check dates here and go see Pile!

Acidjack and I recorded this from our usual location at Sunnyvale right up at the stage lip, plus a board feed from Sunnyvale’s engineer Dave. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Pile
2017-04-07
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded by Eric PH and Acidjack
Produced by Eric PH

nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Dave) + Nakamichi CM-300/CP1 (ORTF, stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging, dither, downsample) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [45:00]
01. Worms
02. Hissing For Peace
03. Rope’s Length
04. Grunt Like a Pig
05. Dogs
06. [banter]
07. Texas
08. [banter]
09. Leaning on a Wheel
10. [banter]
11. Bump a Grape
12. Fingers
13. [banter]
14. The Browns
15. [encore break]
16. Rock and Roll Forever With the Customer in Mind

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Teenage Fanclub: March 27, 2017 Warsaw Brooklyn

April 3, 2017
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[photo by Dean Keim]

We approached the return of Teenage Fanclub this past Fall with much optimism and we were rewarded with a superb new album and an outstanding show in October at Bowery Ballroom. The band has aged well — in particular the harmonies and songwriting remain top notch three decades into their career. Six months later, Teenage Fanclub has toured the world and as this phase of their career comes to a close, the band played Brooklyn last Monday as the final night of the tour. The success of this year’s work was evident in the size of the venue — from a 500 ticket Bowery show in October that sold out on the day of the show to a 1000 capacity Warsaw that was packed

At Warsaw, the Fannies were in a relaxed and playful mood and the band’s interaction with the large crowd was frequent. Norman Blake spoke frankly about the band’s previous night’s end-of-tour party, but if the players were feeling the effects it did not show in the performance which was as tight and focused as expected. The band took a request from a fan who had brought a sign asking for “Going Places” and the band took a brief break to work through the song before performing it. The setlist was varied from the October show and included a few tracks not played back then, including a tribute to the late Grant McLennan. After a four-song encore set, the band waved goodbye but given the success of this most recent reunion, we don’t expect it will be long before Teenage Fanclub returns.

I recorded this set with the Hypercards mounted back at the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Teenage Fanclub
2017-03-27
Warsaw
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer David] + Neumann KM-150s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:35:05]
01 Start Again
02 Don’t Look Back
03 Hold On
04 I Don’t Want Control of You
05 Thin Air
06 Verisimilitude
07 It’s All in My Mind
08 The First Sight
09 About You
10 I Need Direction
11 The Darkest Part of the Night
12 Je T’Aime tease [Serge Gainsbourg]
13 Can’t Feel My Soul
14 Ain’t That Enough
15 [banter – end of tour]
16 Going Places
17 I’m in Love
18 Sparky’s Dream
19 The Concept
20 [encore break]
21 I Was Beautiful When I Was Alive
22 Star Sign
23 Easy Come Easy Go [Grant McLennan]
24 [banter – thanks]
25 Everything Flows

SUPPORT Teenage Fanclub: Website | Facebook | Purchase Here from Merge Records

Tortoise: March 16, 2017 Hall at MP

March 22, 2017
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Seeing Tortoise is one thing. Seeing them up close, watching the synchronous drumming, the members swapping instruments song to song, playing in perfect time, is really seeing Tortoise. This was far from my first time with them, but it was my first time at the distance you see above, and it was incredible. Still on a high from last year’s The Catastrophist, the band felt less bound this time around to showcase those songs, instead delving back particularly hard into their landmark album TNT, among other corners of their catalog.

The Hall at MP, a relatively new below-ground venue paired with a Michael Psilakis restaurant up top, proved a good venue for these guys, with a broad stage that could accommodate all those instrument changes. One notable change toward the end of the set was a guest appearance by Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley, who joined the band for “Yonder Blue,” the song on which she provided vocals for The Catastrophist.

In terms of the rest of the set, what constituted a “highlight” probably had as much to do with your introduction to the band and the set list of the last show you saw than the actual quality of the music, all of which was high. As Eric noted in his review of the previous night’s show, this band has been a gateway drug of sorts for many of us who grew into independent music that went beyond verse-chorus-verse, guitar-and-vocal sounds. What’s so notable about Tortoise is that they’ve probably kept doing that for so, so many more over the ensuing years.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed of Tortoise engineer Elliott Dicks’ mix, coupled with Schoeps MK5 cardioid microphones in “X-Y” position onstage. The sound quality is truly outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete set via archive.org: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Tortoise
2017-03-16
Hall at MP
Brooklyn, NY

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack
Tortoise live engineer: Elliot Dicks
Hall at MP engineer: Karl Schwarz

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (onstage, DFC, X-Y)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:26:31]
01 The Catastrophist
02 Prepare Your Coffin
03 Monica
04 In Sarah, Mencken, Christ, And Beethoven There Where Women And Men
05 I Set My Face to the Hillside
06 The Clearing Fills
07 Eros
08 [tuning]
09 Tesseract
10 [banter]
11 Ten-Day Interval
12 Swung From the Gutters
13 The Suspension Bridge At Iguazú Falls
14 At Odds With Logic
15 [encore break 1]
16 Yonder Blue (w/ Georgia Hubley)
17 Gesceap
18 [encore break 2]
19 Salt the Skies

Support Tortoise: Website | Facebook | Buy The Catastrophist and more via Thrill Jockey

A Place to Bury Strangers: March 3, 2017 Villain

March 16, 2017
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Two years on from their tour de force performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg and the release of their last album, Transfixiation, A Place to Bury Strangers found themselves at the faux-DIY venue Villain doing what they’ve done best in years past, while looking also to the future. If the controlled chaos of set opener “We’ve Come So Far” took on a different meaning in 2017, it also felt like it took on a greater one. APTBS vets know what to expect from their shows at this point — a blanket of noise anchored by Oliver Ackermann’s guitars (his expertise in pedals comes in handy), almost always at maximum intensity, a delightfully disorienting light show — and their Brooklyn shows reflect the communal vibe among those people.

As it has been a couple years since their last record (though they did just release a new song), I was unfamiliar with several of the (what I think were new) songs played, but the distinction for most of us was minimal. An APTBS show is less about this or that song than the overall experience, the subtle shifts in texture and tempo, the often-dark lyrics that you at-times strain to hear, the relentlessness of Ackermann (in particular) onstage, as he smashes the hell out of his guitar long before the end of the set. Where the last APTBS show found the band playing on the Music Hall floor, this time the band took advantage of Villain’s layout and performed a more electronic-driven closing sequence of four songs from the balcony. When the beats finally stopped, you couldn’t help but feel a little bit lighter, a bit freer. At some point “cathartic” might start to feel like an overused term in these times, but in these first months, it’s still a very accurate one.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed combined with Schoeps MK41V microphones from the audience. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC/Apple Lossless]

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A Place to Bury Strangers
2017-03-03
Villain
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41V (FOB, ROC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Setlist help greatly appreciated]
01 We’ve Come So Far
02 [unknown1] “Never coming back”
03 So Far Away
04 Deadbeat
05 Fill the Void
06 [unknown2] “Sucking on the trigger of a gun”
07 Drill It Up
08 [unknown3] “I don’t care / I don’t mind”
09 I’ve Lived My Life to Stand In the Shadow of Your Heart

[Performed from the balcony — audience mics only]
10 [unknown4]
11 [unknown5]
12 [unknown6]
13 [unknown7]

PLEASE SUPPORT A Place to Bury Strangers, visit their website, and buy Transfixiation from Dead Oceans here. Also check out their latest song, a contribution to “Our First 100 Days,” here.

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