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Rhyton: December 3, 2016 Union Pool

December 18, 2016
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I love catching bands with whom we have an ongoing relationship, getting to hear new material or the refashioning of older material—and there’s a rare intimacy that develops when you’ve recorded and mixed and mastered someone’s music. We’ve been following Rhyton for a while now, since way back in 2012 when they played our Northside Showcase at 285 Kent. Each time it’s something different, some shows tending towards the band’s improvisational side, others outing songs or trying out brand new material. This set from a couple weeks back at Union Pool—the first we’ve seen since this year’s Redshift was released—splits the difference with a few songs off that album combined with the jams. “Turn to Stone” is a Joe Walsh/Eagles cover made Rhyton’s own and there’s a plenty good chance the band will have you unwittingly enjoying an Eagles tune, so watch out.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue, with a board feed from Union Pool FOH, Doug. Despite some chatter in the quieter passages, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Rhyton
2016-12-03
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for NYCTaper.com

Soundboard [engineer: Doug] + 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 [37:50]
01. Intro Jam
02. Redshift > Jam
03. The Nine
04. Turn to Stone [Joe Walsh]

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The Speer Duo: March 24, 2016 Union Pool

May 5, 2016
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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.

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The Speer Duo
2016-03-24
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

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Rhyton: December 10, 2014 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 22, 2015
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The other times we’ve seen Rhyton, the sets have tended toward new or unreleased material. That made this outing at Union Pool all the more of a treat, as we were introduced to three selections of brand-new material from their third record, Kykeon. The show kicked off with the Mediterranean flavor of “Topkapi” which featured frontman/guitarist Dave Shuford rocking the bouzouki, a Greek folk instrument that Shuford demonstrated his mastery of on his album Arghiledes. Kykeon means “to mix” in Greek, we’re told on Thrill Jockey‘s page, and that’s exactly what these songs felt like, as we got to hear “Siren in Byblos” and the “disco mix” of “Pannychis”, which built on some of “Topkapi’s” themes but expanded to surf and even vaguely pop (by Rhyton’s standards) motifs. Judging one piece of the Rhyton work against another is difficult, as the crew’s material is so varied, but this set represented some of the band’s most accessible work to date, and arguably some of their very best.

You can catch Rhyton tomorrow night at Trans-Pecos at 8 p.m. Be there.

I recorded this set in our usual manner for the venue, with Schoeps MK4V microphones and a soundboard feed by the house engineer, Robb. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Rhyton
2014-12-10
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, stereo image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Topkapi
02 Siren in Byblos
03 Pannychis (Disco Mix)

If you enjoyed this set, PLEASE SUPPORT Rhyton, visit their website, and buy Kykeon and their other records from Thrill Jockey Records.

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

June 2, 2013
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[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
2013-05-25
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 )

Tracks
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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Rhyton: November 27, 2012 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 4, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

After their thrilling performance at the NYCTaper Northside Festival Showcase back in June, I couldn’t wait for Rhyton to hit Union Pool last week so I could see them perform songs from their latest, The Emerald Tablet.  Or at least, I assumed that would be the case, seeing that the record just dropped in September. But frontman/guitarist/other instrumentalist Dave Shuford, bassist Jimy Seitang and drummer Spencer Herbst aren’t the sort of musicians to “tour an album” or pause their creative process. So, instead of Emerald tracks, the band gave us a completely new pair of free-flowing compositions that are so new they only have working titles. These compositions are more of a piece stylistically with the band’s previous record, Rhyton, with a noisier, less Eastern-influenced feel than The Emerald Tablet. But, when you are dealing with a trio of improvisers like the Rhyton gang, it’s never correct to say anything is exactly like the past.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones from the center of the balcony, augmented by a soundboard feed from the house engineer, Doug.  The sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

Stream “Spirit Gum”

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Rhyton
2012-11-27
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5 (DFC, at SBD, DIN)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Doug)>>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Grokked in the Alleyway
02 Spirit Gum

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Rhyton, visit their page on Thrill Jockey Records, and purchase The Emerald Tablet LP directly from Three Lobed/Divide By Zero [HERE].

Rhyton: June 14, 2012 NYCTaper Northside Festival Showcase at 285 Kent – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

June 16, 2012
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[Photos by Jill Harrison at For the Love of Brooklyn]

Rhyton is the latest project helmed by Dave Shuford – best known for his work with No Neck Blues Band and D. Charles Speer and the Helix – and compatriots Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills) and Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama). I have been an admirer of Shuford’s for awhile now; he is a musician’s musician, who pursues his vision relentlessly without regard to genre, style, texture or time. While Shuford has played everything from country-blues to Greek folk music during his career, Rhyton expresses he, SeiTang and Herbst’s experimental impulses. The band’s first self-titled LP is a masterwork of improvisation – the result of a three-day recording session, the record captures the raw, live feel of these players at their best.

I invited Rhyton to be the second band at the NYCTaper 2012 Northside Festival Showcase in hopes of seeing the exact kind of set they delivered – a two-segment, free flowing live jam so new that these songs did not have formal titles. This is music that rewards set and setting, and the post-industrial 285 Kent space, with its psychedelic wall art, was the perfect venue for the band’s mind-bending style of playing. While we (and the band) would have loved for it to be longer, Rhyton’s set hinted at the new thrills to come on their forthcoming Three Lobed Recordings LP The Emerald Tablet, due out later this year.

I recorded this set with Audio Technica 3031 microphones split wide at the stage lip, combined with a soundboard feed, to create an upfront, “in your face” style of recording that provides maximum separation between instruments.

The entire set is streaming in full below. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Dave Shuford and Rhyton for playing the show.

Stream “Transitory Screed”

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Rhyton
2012-06-14
285 Kent
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Audio Technica 3031 (stage lip, NOS)>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, tube effect)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Transitory Screen
02 Paroon

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D. Charles Speer & the Helix: February 8, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

February 22, 2012
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[Live at Glasslands in April 2011. Photo courtesy of EardrumNYC]

Warming us up for Howlin’ Rain’s set of modern classic rock two Wednesdays ago at Brooklyn Bowl was another band led by a musician of varied talents that draws its inspiration from an earlier time.  D. Charles Speer & the Helix frontman Dave Shuford is also a player in No Neck Blues Band, the avant-garde New York-based improvisational collective that traffics in free jazz, experimental folk and noise rock, but the Speer clan travels the seemingly more familiar territory of country and Americana, albeit with their own dynamic style.  Don’t call it alt-country – a term that now connotes suburban rock more than serious musical development.  What Shuford and Co. are serving up is something else, incorporating Shuford’s experimental background, Southern roots (he is from Atlanta) and literary talent.  If you don’t listen carefully, you could miss the shifting time signatures in one number, or that someone is using a Greek bouzouki to carve out an Appalachian riff in another, or that canny biblical reference. If you do listen carefully, you will discover a band that is anything but conventional, taking traditional Americana and making it weird again.  This set at Brooklyn Bowl was hardly the best attended Speer set I’ve seen, nor is this venue the proper setting – a giant multipurpose bowling alley/restaurant/bar/music venue is kind of the opposite of a place to focus on music’s subtleties – but the band did a bang-up job anyway, with an eight-song set that jumped around the band’s catalog, including their 2011 release, Leaving the Commonwealth on Thrill Jockey.  They are the type of band whose live and recorded experiences are very similar; Shuford’s deep, slightly mournful baritone (think David Berman, but deeper) isn’t the sort of thing you augment with studio trickery, and the band’s chemistry onstage is natural and deeply satisfying.  This recording leans fairly heavily on the nicely-balanced soundboard feed provided by the Brooklyn Bowl house team, both in order to minimize the sounds of bowling and to give the listener an almost album-like experience of this band.

hi and lo and I recorded this set with the aforementioned soundboard feed and Schoeps MK41 supercardioid microphones. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Furze”

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D. Charles Speer & the Helix
2012-02-08
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded by hi and lo and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41>KCY>littlebox>Tascam DR0680>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Razorbacked
02 [new]
03 Days in the Kitchen
04 Le Grand Cochon
05 Furze
06 Gravedigger
07 Freddie’s Lapels
08 Leaving the Commonwealth

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