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Feral Ohms: June 24, 2017 Union Pool (Summer Thunder)

June 29, 2017
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

Though this was their NYC debut, Ethan Miller’s latest garage fuzzout band, Feral Ohms, began quietly releasing singles on his Silver Current label way back in 2013. What the hell took them so long? Well, Miller’s had some other stuff going on like Howlin’ Rain, Heron Oblivion, and the too-damn-short Comets on Fire reunion from that same year. So we’ll let Feral Ohms skate on their longtime absence from the East Coast. Besides, the band—that’s Miller on guitar and vocals, Josh Haynes on bass, and Chris Johnson on drums—made up for it and then some with this literally scorching Saturday afternoon outdoor set as part of Union Pool’s Summer Thunder series. They played the entire self-titled record to huge smiles all around as the packed crowd took in the sun and the tunes. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long before the ’Ohms come back this way again.

I recorded this with the mics set up on stage, combined with a board feed courtesy of Union Pool engineer Doug. It sounds excellent. Enjoy!

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Feral Ohms
2017-06-24
Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

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

Tracks [36:06]
01. Love Damage
02. Living Junkyard
03. Early Man
04. God of Nicaragua
05. Teenage God Born to Die
06. Sweetbreads (false start)
07. Sweetbreads
08. Value on the Street
09. The Glow
10. Super Ape

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Heron Oblivion: May 28, 2016 Union Pool

May 30, 2016
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Heron Oblivion
[photo via Douglas Fraser]

Remember that time your favorite psych-sters got together, swapped instruments, and then gigged for a couple years before releasing 2016’s best record on Sup Pop? Yeah, me too: Finally making it to New York after a series of Bay Area performances and a West Coast tour, Heron Oblivion landed in Brooklyn Saturday, forcing bearded record nerds of the Tri-State Area to abandon their Discogs wantlist for a few hours and venture out to Union Pool. In case you haven’t been following, Heron Oblivion’s not-to-be-fucked-with supergroup credentials are as follows: Meg Baird (Espers, The Baird Sisters) on drums and vocals, Ethan Miller (Comets on Fire, Howlin Rain, Feral Ohms) on bass and backing vocals, Noel Von Harmonson (Comets on Fire) on guitar, and Charlie Saufley (Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound) also on guitar. If Heron Oblivion didn’t exist already you might not be able to dream up what would happen when you combine Baird’s pastoral psych with Miller’s fiery guitar freakouts, but the result is something that achieves a rare cosmic balance. Their Union Pool set covers six of the seven songs off their self-titled debut record, adding one newer untitled song that I hope signals some permanence to the group.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue, with a board feed from Union Pool FOH, Leah. As usual for this room, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Heron Oblivion is still on tour, and you can view all their dates here.

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Heron Oblivion
2016-05-28
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Leah) + AKG C480B/CK63 (PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [50:04]
01. Beneath Fields
02. Oriar
03. Sudden Lament
04. untitled
05. Your Hollows
06. Faro
07. Rama

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Six Organs of Admittance: April 30, 2015 Baby’s All Right – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 6, 2015
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Six Organs of Admittance
[Photos by Jamie Langley]

For many Six Organs of Admittance fans, 2012’s Ascent delivered on something they’ve been waiting for a long time: the Six Organs-Comets on Fire record. The long-fabled collaboration—essentially Ben Chasny backed by his Comets bandmates—was originally teased way back in 2009 by Ethan Miller’s Silver Currant blog as “The Lost Electric Six Organs Album.” It featured three demos, all of which would later be recorded for Ascent. The demos themselves would get a limited CD-R/tape release from Silver Current as well. Three years later, Six Organs is back with Hexadic, in which all the songs were composed according to a complex card-based system that I won’t bother trying to explain. (If you want to know more about that go straight to the source and pick up Chasney’s book, The Hexadic System.) Hexadic does two things for Six Organs: it picks up where Ascent leaves off with another electric, high-energy version of the band; and it also completely re-formulates and invigorates the project. For songs that were composed based on a formal system, they downright rock.

Finally making their way to the east coast this April (there was a February west coast tour), this lineup of Six Organs at Baby’s All Right features Andrew Mitchell on bass and Adam Payne on drums. Five songs here are from Hexadic while the balance of the set sees the band drawing from across the Six Organs catalog. The most surprising inclusion is “Black Needle Rhymes” off of 1999’s Dust & Chimes, here re-imagined as a medley with a cover of Coil’s “Fire of the Mind.” “Shelter From the Ash” and “A Thousand Birds” are Six Organs hits if I’ve ever heard one. But my absolute favorite moment in this set is when “Home” (from School of the Flower) segues seamlessly into “Anesthesia” (from Luminous Night). It’s positively chilling.

Baby’s All Right FOH Harrison Fore recorded this set with the house mics and a soundboard feed and I mixed the two sources in post-production, like the Elisa Ambrogio set from the same night. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Six Organs of Admittance is still on tour with Elisa Ambrogio. Check the dates here.

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Six Organs of Admittance

Six Organs of Admittance
2015-04-30
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by Harrison Fore
Produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Harrison) + Audio Technica 4051 > 4x Mono WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [52:04]
01. Hollow River
02. Wax Chance
03. The Ram
04. Guild
05. A Thousand Birds
06. Home
07. Anesthesia
08. Sphere Path Code C
09. Even If You Knew
10. Black Needle Rhymes / Fire of the Mind [Coil]
11. Shelter From the Ash

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Howlin Rain: April 18, 2015 Baby’s All Right – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

May 1, 2015
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Howlin Rain
[Photo by Jamie Langley]

Ethan Miller’s Howlin Rain is no stranger to live recordings. Last year’s Live Rain is the ultimate testament to the band’s larger-than-life, seventies arena rock sound. Meanwhile, Miller’s record label Silver Current is devoted primarily to documenting Howlin Rain’s live shows along with shows from his erstwhile noise-rock outfit, Comets on Fire. 2012’s Brooklyn Bowl show captured by Acidjack and hi and lo is no slouch either—check that cover of Richard Thompson’s “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” if you require definitive proof.

Compared to their live sound, Howlin Rain’s most recent studio album, Mansion Songs, is a lower-key, stripped-down affair  that showcases Miller’s songwriting and vocals. Currently on tour for that album, Howlin Rain are in full-on guitar rock mode, stretching the songs out well past their recorded lengths. This is arena rock in a small club and the only indication you’re at Baby’s All Right and not Giants Stadium is the reasonably-priced beer. If I were to choose a favorite here, it’s the face melting fifteen-minute “Self Made Man” from previous record Russian Wilds. You won’t hear jamming like it this side of the ’77 Dead tour.

Baby’s FOH Harrison Fore recorded this set with the venue’s installed house mics and a stereo soundboard mix. In post-production I mixed these two sources. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Howlin Rain
2015-04-18
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by Harrison Fore
Produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Harrison) + Audio Technica 4051 > 4x Mono WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [49:46]
01. Meet Me in the Wheat
02. The New Age
03. Coliseum
04. [tuning]
05. Self Made Man
06. [tuning]
07. Big Red Moon

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Six Organs of Admittance: September 6, 2012 Hopscotch Festival, Berkeley Cafe (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 19, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

The guitarist Ben Chasny, who performs with various combinations of players as Six Organs of Admittance, was a late add to this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival lineup, and a welcome one. Chasny, a veteran of the psych rock behemoth Comets On Fire, plays with a variety of approaches on the guitar; though he has been branded “new folk” in some quarters, that label hardly encompasses the wide range shown on Chasny’s Six Organs output. His latest, Ascent, finds Chasny reunited with his Comets on Fire compatriots, with the heavier sound to go with the personnel. This set at Raleigh’s Berkeley Cafe barely touched on the new material, represented only by the propulsive “A Thousand Birds”, which gave way to a lovely rendition of the mellow “Light of the Light” from 2011’s Asleep On the Floodplain. The set’s highlight came at the end, when improviser-in-residence Chris Corsano joined Chasny for an extended take on “Above A Desert I’ve Never Seen” from Asleep on the Floodplain. (Thanks to the commenter below for that information).

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed from the accommodating Berkeley house staff – particularly so since the venue had been flooded a few hours earlier!  The results are excellent. Enjoy!

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Six Organs of Admittance
2012-09-06
Hopscotch Festival
Berkeley Cafe
Raleigh, NC USA

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

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, light DR compression, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Journey Through Sankuan Pass>Shelter From the Ash
02 Bless Your Blood>Wolves’ Pup
03 Elk River
04 A Thousand Birds
05 Light of the Light
06 [tuning]
07 Khidr and the Fountain
08 Lisboa
09 [banter/Corsano intro]
10 Above A Desert I’ve Never Seen [with Chris Corsano]

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