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Blaxxx: September 11, 2015 Slim’s, Raleigh, NC (Hopscotch Music Festival)

October 21, 2015
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Blaxxx

David Schwentker tapes and reports:

Because Lamont ‘Bim’ Thomas is not prolific enough with his main project, Obnox, last year during SXSW he decided to hit the studio with half of the OBN IIIs (Orville Neely and Tom Triplett) to bash out some Ohio-meets-Texas blues punk. Lucky for us, 12XU Records released the recordings of this garage super-group on a 12″ earlier this year, under the name Blaxxx. As an added bonus, the trio is still getting together to play shows here and there, and for a good selection of Hopscotch Music Festival fans, their headlining slot at Slim’s on the festival’s middle night was a set circled in permanent ink.

Thomas is no stranger to the festival, as Obnox played the exact same 12:00 slot at Slim’s on the festival’s Friday night last year. By midnight on Friday, Neely and Thomas were festival vets too, having headlined a different club on Thursday night with the OBN IIIs. In fact, both Obnox and OBN IIIs played day party shows on Friday this year as well, and if you ran across town like me, you were able to catch almost all of both of those sets.

Thanks to a blistering, sub-twenty minute set from Raleigh punks No Love, Blaxxx had plenty of time to set up their gear. Hopscotch Music Festival runs remarkably on time at every venue every year, but this was the first time I’d seen the fourth band of the night ready to play 15 minutes before their specified time. With their mics not going live until midnight, the band could have elected to go spend their time hanging out. Instead, they just started playing anyway, treating the fans that were already assembled to an impromptu 11 minute instrumental jam. When the mics came on at midnight, Thomas told a story of encountering Iron Maiden one day in 1988, while working at Cedar Point Amusement Park and having them sign the only piece of paper he could find, his Social Security card. From there, the band was off, playing extended versions of 3 tracks from their “For No Apparent Reason” 12″.

Hopefully we’ll see more tunes from this band in the future, but until then, this recording is a great companion to the debut vinyl release. Slim’s is a small club where not all of the instruments are even mic’d, so this recording was captured by a pair of Church Audio omni directional mics mounted in the ceiling above the crowd. While this recording may be a little less polished than much of what is offered on this site, it’s a great representation of what it was like to be standing at the lip of the tiny stage, right in front of the band.

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

Stream the complete show:

Blaxxx
2015-09-11
Hopscotch Music Festival
Slim’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by David Schwentker

Church Audio CA-1 (omni) > Olympus LS-10 > WAV > Audacity (track, mixing) > Trader’s Little Helper (conversions) > FLAC (level 8) > foobar2000 (tagging)

Tracks:
01 [intro]
02 [pre-set jam]
03 [banter]
04 Cut Em Down
05 Let Me Hold Your Hand
06 Get A Hold Of Your Life

Support Blaxxx: Buy the For No Apparent Reason EP from 12XU

Patois Counselors: September 10, 2015 Hopscotch Music Festival – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 9, 2015
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Patois Counselors

David Schwentker tapes and reports:

You would think that a band that has been around for less than a year, put out one 7″, and has only played about 20 shows in its existence, would be one of the opening bands, kicking off the night at Hopscotch Music Festival. Patois Counselors, however, is no ordinary “new” band. A sort-of supergroup from Charlotte, NC, the band has generated a lot of excitement in a short time period. The creation myth is that front man Bo White, a veteran of multiple bands (notably Yardwork), wrote a couple of new songs and threw them up on Bandcamp. He was quickly offered the chance to do a 7″ for the Negative Jazz label, so he put together a full band featuring members of other Charlotte-area bands like Brain F?, Blossoms, HRVRD, and Moenda. Before the 7″ was even released, there were a lot of people circling the Patois Counselors set on their Hopscotch schedules. The record finally came out in August and showed a group that has hit upon an urgent, catchy post-punk sound that is set apart by their burbling, dueling synths and White’s half sung/half spoken vocals. The band drew a packed crowd to the prime third slot at Slim’s on the festival’s first night, and they left no one disappointed in their 11:30 PM choice. Showing off three songs from the single, along with new material destined to come out on an upcoming 7″ for Sorry State Records, as well as a full length LP in the future, the band closed the set with an excellent cover of The Fall’s “Couldn’t Get Ahead.” Check out their debut 7″ on Negative Jazz, while it is still available, and be on the lookout for much more to come from Patois Counselors.

Slim’s is a small club where not all of the instruments are even mic’d, so this recording was captured by a pair of Church Audio omni mics mounted in the ceiling above the crowd. While this recording may be a little less polished than much of what is offered, it’s a great representation of what it was like to be squeezed into the crowd, almost falling into the band.

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

Stream the complete show:

Patois Counselors
2015-09-10
Hopscotch Music Festival
Slim’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by David Schwentker

Church Audio CA-1 (omni) > Olympus LS-10 > WAV > Audacity (track, mixing) > Trader’s Little Helper (conversions) > FLAC (level 8) > foobar2000 (tagging)

Tracks: [27:19]
01. [intro]
02. Guidelines For Schooling
03. Free Jazz Complaint
04. Last Heat
05. Repeat Offender
06. Clean Skits
07. Target Not a Comrade
08. The Modern Station
09. Couldn’t Get Ahead [The Fall]

Support Patois Counselors: Negative Jazz | Buy their 7″ via Bandcamp

Drug Yacht: September 7, 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival, Slim’s (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 11, 2013
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[photos courtesy of Ross Grady]

This year’s Hopscotch Music Festival put an exclamation point on the return of beloved Durham, NC based heavy math-rockers Drug Yacht. Friend of the site David Schwentker was there to capture the band in all their glory at the festival’s favorite dive, Slim’s, and the Yacht didn’t disappoint. Though the band began in 1997, they had played barely a dozen shows, as the members floated amongst a number of other well-liked local projects. They reunited to play shows again in 2012 and followed that up with this year’s slick new EP, Way Up Firm and High. Starting with the breakneck intensity of the EP’s “Feel The Teal”, the trio didn’t slow down for 34 hard-charging, sweaty minutes. Here’s to hoping these guys are back for good!

This set was recorded by Mr. Schwentker with Church Audio CA-1 microphones mounted in the ceiling by yours truly and Dan Schram. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Polish Resignation”

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Drug Yacht
2013-09-07
Hopscotch
Slim’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by David Schwentker
Microphones courtesy of Cory Rayborn

Church Audio CA-1 (omni, split 2ft)>Olympus LS-10>24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (tracking, amplify, downsample)>Trader’s Little Helper>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Feel The Teal
02 Polish Resignation
03 Wop
04 Bulldog
05 Waltz
06 Stud Bug
07 It Gets Better

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Drug Yacht, like them on Facebook, and buy Way Up Firm and High from them over at their bandcamp page.

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