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The Speer Duo: March 24, 2016 Union Pool

May 5, 2016

The Speer Duo

Dave Shuford, musician of many guises, has appeared on this site many times: as Rhyton’s frontman, as alter-ego D. Charles Speer with backing band The Helix, and now as The Speer Duo with his wife Margot Bianca. Not unexpectedly, The Speer Duo incorporates traditional Greek music and instrumentation, reinterpreted within the context of rock music and Shuford’s own improvisational style. For this set, playing on a superb mid-week bill at Union Pool with Sunburned Hand of the Man and Chuck Johnson, Shuford takes up the trichordo bouzouki and guitar while Bianca accompanies him on bass and keyboard. Most of the songs featured here are from Shuford’s extensive catalog under the D. Charles Speer moniker: “O Sinachis” and “Tsamiko Hijaz” were originally released on the solo Speer record, Arghiledes, while “The Janissaries” is from its predecessor, Some Forgotten Country. “Sit Right There” is an older number off the D. Charles Speer & The Helix record, After Hours. And “Aman Yiala Yiala” is off a rare lathe-cut that I challenge you to track down.

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

Shuford has a new album with Rhyton up for preorder from Thrill Jockey. I assure you the music is as awesome as the cover.

Download: [MP3/FLAC]


The Speer Duo
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

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

Tracks [36:26]
01. O Sinachis
02. Aman Yiala Yiala
03. The Janissaries
04. Tsamiko Hijaz
05. Sailing to Piraeus > Drone box improv > Sit Right There

Preorder Rhyton’s Redshift via Thrill Jockey

D. Charles Speer & the Helix: May 25, 2013 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 2, 2013

[Photos by acidjack]

We were thrilled to get a chance over Memorial Day weekend to check with D. Charles Speer & the Helix. We followed frontman Dave Shuford’s other band, Rhyton, quite a bit last year (not to mention our love for the separate work of Helix keys man Hans Chew). Now, after two Rhyton albums, Shuford is re-focusing on the Speer project, and if the material we heard on this night at Mercury Lounge is any indication, they have some good stuff up their sleeves. Two of our favorites from this set were “Cretan Lords”, which boasts inspired guitar work that alludes to the style of the Greek island for which it’s named, as well as the new midtempo psych-boogie burner “Doubled Exposure,” which adds some reggae flavor to the band’s already-complex stylistic mix. We also loved the band’s cover of the Jim Jackson classic, “Bootlegger’s Blues”. Keep an eye out for a new record from the Speer gang in the relatively near future, but until then, we hope this tides you over.

I recorded this set in our usual manner for this venue, with a soundboard feed from the Mercury FOH team and Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones. There are some issues with a vocal mic during the first song, “Red Clay Road” and light DI noise can be heard at especially quiet points during some numbers. Overall, though, the sound quality is outstanding per our usual for this venue. Enjoy!

Stream “Doubled Exposure”

Stream “Bootlegger’s Blues [Jim Jackson]”

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D. Charles Speer & the Helix
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, adjust levels, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( 8 )

01 Red Clay Road
02 Cretan Lords
03 Bootlegger’s Blues [Jim Jackson]
04 The Heated Hand
05 Mandorla at Dawn
06 Doubled Exposure
07 Wallwalker
08 Tough Soup

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