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Bridget St. John: October 21, 2016 Schoolhouse

February 9, 2017
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It was a rare treat when Avant Ghetto Presents brought the British folk legend Bridget St. John to Brooklyn, regaling a crowd of dedicated onlookers with tales from the center of the folk revolution and a compliment of her and others’ finest work. In today’s America, St. John may not be quite the household name of some of her best-known British folk peers, having largely withdrawn from the music scene after her fourth album, 1974’s Jumble Queen. But, for real aficionados of the modern folk tradition — this show’s sponsor among them — St. John is a leading figure.

This crowd, at the Schoolhouse in Brooklyn, treated St. John with the reverence she deserved. The space may not have been an actual Greenwich Village club circa 1970, of course, but the space and vibe felt like its obvious heir, a group of people bound by something more than inhabiting the same room, searching for the same enlightenment. As St. John covered songs from musical fellow-travelers of hers like John Martyn and Michael Chapman — with both of whom she has recorded — she transported us to a time that birthed a generation, one that feels increasingly distant. As she introduced “Just Like A Woman,” she said “it’s taken me a long time to find my space” in the work, but now, she has. The choice felt especially significant, pre-election, at a time when the role of women has been so much-discussed. Listening to it again now, its resonance is changed, perhaps more powerful.

Of her major period albums, St. John focused especially on her first and third, 1969’s Ask Me No Questions and 1972’s Thank You For in the setlist, but we also heard several numbers, like “Castaway,” “Mon Gala Papillons,” and “The Hole In Your Heart” that she recorded in connection with a tour of Japan in 2010. Seven years after that, and the re-release of her first three albums, we hope that St. John’s contributions will continue to receive the greater attention they deserve.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed together with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Jeff Conklin of Avant Ghetto Presents for sponsoring and inviting us to the show. Check out Jeff’s WFMU radio show here.

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Bridget St. John
2016-10-21
Schoolhouse
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Castaway
02 [banter1]
03 Back to Stay [John Martyn]
04 Lizard-Long-Tongue-Boy
05 Nice
06 [banter2]
07 Just Like A Woman [Dylan]
08 [banter3]
09 Mon Gala Papillons
10 Hole In Your Heart
11 [banter4]
12 Rabbit Hills [Michael Chapman]
13 [banter5]
14 Fly High
15 [banter6]
16 Lazarus [traditional]
17 [banter7]
18 Ask Me No Questions

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Lake Mary: October 21, 2016 The Schoolhouse

January 10, 2017
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Lake Mary, aka Chaz Prymek, of Denver, hasn’t been as much a regular in our personal orbit as his East Coast-based peers, but this relatively rare treat of a show made up for it. This show at the Schoolhouse, a low-key, living-room style DIY venue in Bushwick, provided the perfect intimate setting for Prymek’s talents. The fingerstyle guitarist played a total of four compositions, including an as-yet-unnamed new number. The opener of “Everything the Light Touched,” with Prymek accompanied on accordion, proved the perfect, ethereal kickoff to a night that also included performances by Dylan Golden Aycock and Bridget St. John (those recordings coming soon). Prymek’s style has a welcoming, unforced quality to it that suggests that he is more interested in communicating the emotions in his music than his ability to play guitar. It’s the type of experience that sticks with you, even if it’s your first time seeing him; he leaves a warmth behind. So if you find Lake Mary in your town, make sure to make the trip to see him.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Jeff Conklin of Avant Ghetto Presents for sponsoring and inviting us to the show. Check out Jeff’s WFMU radio show here.

Stream and download the complete show from our bandcamp page:

Lake Mary
2016-10-21
The Schoolhouse
Brooklyn, NY

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, align, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Everything the Light Touched>[new]
02 [banter]
03 Blue Spruce
04 [banter2]
05 Porch Music

Support Lake Mary at his Bandcamp page

Holy Tunics: December 11, 2016 Sunnyvale

December 21, 2016
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One of the sleeper singles early in this year was the oddly titled “Clutching the Straw Map to Your Heart” (Seagreen Records) from the mysterious quartet Holy Tunics. This three-minute nugget came from a band who didn’t spend much time promoting themselves and about whom there wasn’t much information on the web. Whether the mystery was intentional or not, the song perked up ears at places like Impose Magazine, Cereal + Sounds and Breakthrough Radio.

This December saw the release of Holy Tunics’ first EP Hot To Trot, which contains “Straw Map” but also five other new songs and frankly its one of the best collections of music I’ve heard all year. The band celebrated the release with a headlining show at Sunnyvale last weekend and revealed another mystery — that the personnel listed on the Bandcamp page for the EP isn’t necessarily the live band. Nick Rogers is front and center and Matt Billington is the bass player, but for this night Ana Asnes Becker from Fruit & Flowers played lead guitar and Brian Alvarez played percussion. The set consisted of four of the six tracks from the EP and what appears to five new songs that we are guessing are targeted towards the band’s first full length. This Holy Tunics set was bubbling with energy and was buoyed by the serious quality of the songcraft. We expect big things from this band, and we will certainly see more of them on these pages.

Holy Tunics perform again at Shea Stadium on January 14, as support for a reunion gig of our old friend Shark?.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps at the stage lip and mixed with a fine board feed from house FOH Tim. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Holy Tunics
2016-12-11
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn NY

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Please support this excellent band:
https://holytunics.bandcamp.com/releases

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 34:04]
01 Forget Your Love
02 Hot to Trot
03 Tell Me True
04 Poets Laugh
05 Clutching the Straw Map to Your Heart
06 Fabric
07 Limelights
08 Happy Sunday
09 Notes from Captivity

Support Holy Tunics: Bandcamp | Facebook | Seagreen Records

Guerilla Toss: July 30, 2016 Secret Project Robot

November 3, 2016
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We had seen Guerrilla Toss a few times before this year’s Out in the Streets Festival performance that we captured. To us, and to anyone who has watched their ascent, they are one of those rare live bands that you seek out, who combine musical originality and daring with a live performance that’s bound to engage even the more pop-leaning subjects whom it reaches. It’s not insignificant the this band is signed to DFA, not only because that avatar of the previous decade conjures the best about the north Brooklyn scene, but also because they tend to sign acts that get your body moving, with whatever technology necessary.

This Secret Project Robot show only extends the myth and the mystery of this band, being held in a creative space that, like most things north Brooklyn, was temporal but great. Add to that their specific choice of playing on the floor, rather than on stage, putting frontwoman Kassie Carlson, in particular, right in the audience’s face. If it wasn’t the technically strong show, in terms of sound system, it was absolutely one that showed what is best about this band’s interactive, high-energy live experience. This writhing, sweaty rager, featuring songs from the band’s DFA debut, Eraser Stargazer, showed that fun music can be cerebral, too.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones not far from the band. The sound quality is reflective of the setup and the way it was recorded, and fits the moment perfectly. Enjoy!

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Guerilla Toss
2016-07-30
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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Tracks
01 Betty Dreams of Green Men>
02 Trash Bed>
03 TV Spell>
04 TV Do Tell>
05 Ritual In Light>
06 Realistic Rabbit
07 Eraser Stargazer Forever>
08 The String Game>
09 Billy Blood Idol

PLEASE SUPPORT Guerilla Toss: Bandcamp | Facebook | DFA Records Page

JEFF The Brotherhood: September 27, 2016 Market Hotel

October 30, 2016
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[photos by Dean Keim]

In 2016, JEFF The Brotherhood is the perfect band to play Market Hotel. Both the band and the venue are survivors of the early years of NYC DIY and after JEFF spent some time in major label land and Market reconstructed after a 2010 closure, both are back this year better than ever. JEFF’s new album Zone harkens back to their earlier work — 70s-influenced party/stoner rock with songs that are about carefree days of youth.

This Market Hotel show took place last month on a Tuesday night — the first of three consecutive mid-week nights on the venue’s schedule in the final week before the ramp up to a full liquor license and a full calendar. JEFF’s draw in Brooklyn was strong enough to fill the place on a school night and the band was thankful in acknowledging the crowd size and its participation level. The band played a heavy dose of Zone material, but also relied on a nice mix of older songs including an epic nine-minute version of “Whatever I Want” to close the night. With the frenetic crowd, the M Train passing by the panorama windows, and the Orrall brother ripping through this classic number, all seemed perfect for a moment in Bushwick. We’re hoping their are many more nights like this with JEFF gigs at Market.

JEFF The Brotherhood just returned from a tour of Europe and will have selected shows in the South through November and December, dates HERE.

I recorded this set with the mounted AT mics mixed with John’s excellent feed. The room sounded really excellent and the crowd level of excitement led me to favor the room mics in this mix. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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JEFF The Brotherhood
2016-09-27
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

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Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [John Rau] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:06:53]
01 Roachin
02 Melting Place
03 [banter – great venue]
04 Stay Up Late
05 Bad
06 Hey Friend
07 Zone
08 The Diamond Way
09 [banter – Market Hotel]
10 Idiot
11 Punishment
12 [banter – Zone]
13 Toasted
14 You
15 Portugal
16 Whatever I Want

SUPPORT JEFF The Brotherhood: Website | Facebook | Buy Zone from Infinity Cat Recordings HERE

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YVETTE: September 29, 2016 Market Hotel

October 11, 2016
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[photo by _.@belinda_, courtesy of the Godmode Instagram]

YVETTE owned the stage on this night at Market Hotel, preparing the crowd for HEALTH with their enveloping, dark, and percussive sound that seems like it won’t let you go. Since 2013’s Process we’ve seen YVETTE grow and evolve as a band, as they’ve continued to gestate new material before rapt live audiences. Between our Hopscotch encounter with them in 2014 to a Trans-Pecos show in 2015, they’ve continued to develop new and exciting ways to get under our skin, including a couple of new songs on this night that we hadn’t heard before (one so new it lacks a title). Likewise, the Market made sense for this band and the one it followed, with the room’s layout literally narrowing the focus to the lone duo up front, backlit and relentless. Noah Kardos-Fein and drummer Dale Eisinger have always maintained a certain economy to their shows, foregoing most chatter in favor of weaving their set into a continuous flow. It feels like time for a new record, which they’ve continued to work on, especially as Process predates Eisinger’s time in the band. We can’t wait to hear it.

I recorded this set with the mounted AT 4051 cardiods an a flawless soundboard feed from house engineer Jason. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Yvette
2016-09-29
Market Hotel
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Jason) + Audio Technica 4051>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, fades, normalize)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>xAct 2.36 (tags, encode)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Pure Pleasure
02 Sell It Off
03 B61
04 Radiation
05 Absolutes
06 Smoke In Your Eyes
07 (untitled)
08 Cuts Me In Half

If you Download this recording from NYCTaper PLEASE SUPPORT YVETTE, visit their website, and purchase Time Management and their other releases from Godmode Records[HERE].

Bear vs Shark: September 28, 2016 Market Hotel

October 6, 2016
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[photo by @emotionalplayer]

Its not particularly uncommon for bands to be more popular in a reunion than they were originally. In the early part of last decade, the post-hardcore/math-rock/screamo band Bear vs Shark released two albums with Equal Vision Records that were pretty well received. But here we are more than ten years later and many current bands sound very much like Bear vs Shark. If they’re not directly cited as an influence, their sound can definitely be heard within the works of more recent artists.

All that being said, the best way to measure the influence of Bear vs Shark in 2016 is to measure the reaction to their reunion announcement. The tour included a date at Market Hotel that sold out within hours and other dates were similarly quick sell-outs. At Market last week, the entire front half of the packed-in crowd literally sang along with every word of every song — you can hear them on this recording. Indeed, lead singer Marc Paffi let the crowd finish verses multiple times throughout the night. And what a night it was. Bear vs Shark played every song that they’d re-learned for the reunion tour in a show that lasted almost ninety minutes and covered seventeen separate numbers. But the night was really all about the interaction between the generous and thankful band and the rabid fans, both of whom expended all of their energy by the end of a truly outstanding show.

The Bear vs Shark tour continues through the end of October with two West coast dates and two final dates in Chicago, tour info here.

I recorded this set with the installed AT mics and a mix from the board feed. The sound is quite excellent and very representative of the high energy in the venue that night. Enjoy!

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Bear vs Shark
2016-09-28
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:19:10]
01 [intro]
02 Ma Jolie
03 Michigan
04 [banter – hi hat stand]
05 Campfire
06 The Employee Is Not Afraid
07 [banter – eleven years]
08 Entrance of the Elected
09 [banter – thanks]
10 Catamaran
11 [banter – shoe]
12 5,6 Kids
13 I Fucked Your Dad
14 California Hotseat
15 Bloodgiver
16 Don’t Tell the Horses the Stable’s on Fire
17 We Were Sad But Now We’re Rebuilding
18 [banter – Rob]
19 Out Loud Hey Hey
20 Song About Old Roller Coaster
21 Buses/No Buses
22 [banter – two more]
23 The Great Dinosaurs With Fifties Section
24 Broken Dog Leg

SUPPORT Bear vs Shark: Website | Facebook | Releases at Equal Vision Records

LVL UP: September 24, 2016 Market Hotel

September 27, 2016
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[photo courtesy of Rob from House Of Nod]

On Friday LVL UP released their new album Return To Love, their first for legendary record label Sub Pop. The album is a superb collection of songs from the band’s three songwriters that indicate a large mix of influences but ultimately seems utterly original. The day after the band released the album, LVL UP celebrated with a sold-out show at Market Hotel that was as joyous as it was well-deserved.

LVL UP are four friends who’ve played music together since college, put together a record label for their own releases and for the release of their friends, moved to NYC and played a lot of shows. And at Market, it was clear just how many friends they’ve made — between the advanced ticket sales, the packed crowd, and the idea that most of these fans seemed to know each other (the band’s parents were even there). LVL UP responded with a set that was both high on energy and also showed that the guys were moved by the outpouring of support. But this was a record release show after all and LVL UP did not disappoint. They played “side one” of the album straight through to start the show and then played a few older numbers. LVL UP then finished the set with “side two” of the album before being called back for a couple of encores.

LVL UP will tour across the US throughout the months of September and October and through to the middle of November, including a date opening for Bear Vs Shark at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. All dates are here.

I recorded this set with the installed AT Mics mixed with Jason Kelly’s excellent feed. The sound is superb. Enjoy!

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LVL UP
2016-09-24
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Jason Kelly] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 59:12]
01 Hidden Driver
02 Blur
03 She Sustains Us
04 Spirit Was
05 Pain
06 Annie’s A Witch
07 Angel From Space
08 I Feel OK
09 [banter – thanks]
10 The Closing Door
11 Five Men on the Ridge
12 Cut from the Vine
13 I
14 Naked in the River with the Creator
15 [encore break]
16 I Feel Extra-Natural
17 Bro Chillers

SUPPORT LVL UP: Tumblr | Bandcamp | Purchase Return to Love from Sub Pop

Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio: September 15, 2016 Silent Barn

September 21, 2016
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Since we sung the praises of guitarist Nick Millevoi and his Desertion Quartet after a show at Palisades earlier this year, Millevoi has not only been hitting the pavement with Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band, but he’s been developing more of his own work as well. This show at Silent Barn (which has never looked or sounded better) gave us a taste of that new material as well as some of the songs we love from his current album, including the noise freakout “The Fire That Damaged City Hall.” This show was played as a trio, with Kevin Shea on drums and Johnny DeBlase helming the other guitar. Millevoi’s unique style is a joy to watch live, as it shifts effortlessly between choogling rock to free jazz, and it’s something that sets him apart in a more-than-worthy field of contemporaries. Being able to see Nick is still a too-rare treat, so we’re especially grateful to him for inviting us. We’re sure you’ll agree.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones split wide onstage (as you can see above) in the omnidirectional pattern. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio
2016-09-15
Silent Barn
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Schoeps MK5o (stage lip, DFC, 3’ split A-B)>KC5>CMC6>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, fades, normalize)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Desertion and the Arsonist’s Match
02 [banter]
03 [new]
04 [new2]
05 The Big Moment Is Always Out There Waiting
06 The Fire That Partially Damaged City Hall

Band
Nick Millevoi – Guitar
Johnny DeBlase – Bass
Kevin Shea – Drums

Support Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Quartet: Website | Order Desertion via Bandcamp

The Body / Full of Hell: September 9, 2016 Market Hotel

September 12, 2016
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[screenshots courtesy of Frank from Pit Full of Shit]

Earlier this year, two of metal’s premiere bands collaborated on an album with exceptional results. The release of One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache (Neurot Recordings) was met with universally positive reviews and fortunately a tour would soon follow. The Body and Full of Hell are from different regions and offer different takes on the genre, with The Body’s New England (Providence based) sludge complimenting the mid-Atlantic (Maryland based) grindcore from Full of Hell. The tour reached Market Hotel on Friday night and the results were as you might expect — a stage filled with bodies and a sound churning with sturm und drang. The set was culled partially from the album, but also included a couple of individual band numbers and one very cool cover of Devo’s “Gates of Steel”. Both bands have an excellent history of collaboration — including two superb albums of The Body with Thou, and Full of Hell’s recent work with Merzbow. But this melding of the minds reached full peak at Market Hotel with an intensity not often witnessed at the many shows we see. But sadly, as the bands return to their separate careers, we are not likely to see a repeat of Friday’s show soon again. Indeed, the final show of this collaborative tour took place Saturday in Providence.

I recorded this set with the installed AT mics in the venue mixed with an outstanding feed provided by house FOH Jason Kelly. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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The Body / Full of Hell
2016-09-09
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

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Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Jason Kelly] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 32:03]
01 One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache
02 Bottled Urn
03 World of Hope and No Pain
04 Himmel und Holle
05 Empty Hearth – Thrum in the Deep
06 The Little Death
07 Gates of Steel [Devo]
08 [encore break]
09 Cestoda

Support The Body: Facebook | Bandcamp | Buy One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache

Support Full Of Hell: Website | Merch | Buy One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache

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