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A Giant Dog: September 8, 2016 Hopscotch Music Festival, Slim’s (Raleigh, NC)

October 5, 2016
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The addition of the Austin band A Giant Dog to the Merge Records team further bolstered the label’s noisier section of the roster. The band’s well-received Merge debut, Pile, is a hard hitting slab of punk-inflected hard rock, an old-fashioned paean to sex, drugs, and not giving a fuck. They’re well-known for their live performances for a reason, and theirs is the kind of music that calls for being listened to in a narrow, all-black closet of a room. Slim’s, Raleigh’s go-to for this sort of thing, fit the bill perfectly on this first night of Hopscotch Music Festival, and A Giant Dog lit it up for the packed house. Led by frontwoman Sabrina Ellis’s frenetic delivery, A Giant Dog proved you can play with both abandon and appeal. By the time they made it to “Sleep When Dead,” they’d pretty much established a mantra for festivalgoers settling into three days of non-stop music, and they’d proven once again that Merge knows how to pick ’em.

David Schwentker recorded this set with Church Audio CA-14 omnidirectional microphones hung from an optimal point in the venue. You may need to turn up the volume on this one a bit more than usual, but believe us, it’s all there. Enjoy!

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A Giant Dog
2016-09-08
Hopscotch Music Festival
Slim’s
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by David Schwentker

Church Audio CA-14 omnis > Olympus LS-10 > WAV > Audacity (track, mixing) > Trader’s Little Helper (conversions) > FLAC (level 8) > foobar2000 (tagging)

Tracks:
01. [intro]
02. Creep
03. [banter/amp issues]
04. Another World
05. Lady Slut
06. Hitchhike Love
07. new song
08. Sex & Drugs
09. & Rock & Roll
10. I’ll Come Crashing
11. Photograph
12. King Queen
13. Too Much Makeup
14. Jizzney
15. Angst In My Pants (Sparks cover)
16. Sleep When Dead

SUPPORT A GIANT DOG: Website | Merge Records

Obnox: September 12, 2015 CAM, Raleigh, NC (Hopscotch Music Festival)

October 26, 2015
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Obnox
[Photos by Rumbleseat]

David Schwentker reports:

Lamont ‘Bim’ Thomas has kept time in plenty of great bands over the past 20-plus years (Bassholes, This Moment In Black History, Puffy Areolas, etc.), but in the past few years he’s hit a real stride as a guitarist and frontman, releasing a string of albums that continue to increase in both quality and quantity, under the name Obnox. Having played a headlining show on the festival’s Friday night last year, and set to play another one the night of this show as 1/3 of the supergroup Blaxxx, the festival saw fit to go ahead and book Obnox to play their official day party. The setting for this year’s party was the Contemporary Art Museum, a sterile, wide open space that can be an odd venue for a garage punk show, especially with 4:00 pm afternoon sunlight streaming in through the building’s expansive windows. While perhaps a little bemused by the setting and time of day, Thomas blazed through a tight nine song set, accompanied on drums by the “best bandmate he’s ever had,” the powerful Roseanna Safos. While Obnox has released three full length albums this year on the 12XU and Ever/Never labels, most of this set is drawn from the band’s earlier singles and first LP, including covers of Don Howland (Thomas’ bandmate in the Bassholes) and Andre Williams songs. A slight bummer if you were looking forward to hearing the newer songs in a live setting, but not a lasting one, as these songs are catchy and rockin’, and if you can’t have fun at an Obnox show, then I can’t help you. Plus, this recording makes a nice compliment to the Obnox show at the Cake Shop in NYC, posted on this site earlier this year, as the sets only share two common songs.

This recording was captured by area taper Rumbleset, with the same setup as the Moon Duo recording previously posted on this site: two sets of mics, Church Audio CA-11s on the ceiling and Shure SM-57s on stage, combined with a soundboard feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Obnox returns to NYC on November 6 for a show at Pianos. Tickets are available here.

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Obnox
2015-09-12
Hopscotch Music Festival Day Party
CAM
Raleigh, NC USA

Three separate audio sources were used to create this recording:
1) Church Audio CA-11 (cardioid) stereo microphones mounted on the ceiling > Naiant Studio PFA phantom power adapter.
2) Direct line-level stereo board feed. (Technician was Roger Dennis, RMB Audio)
3) Stereo pair of Shure SM-57 microphones at 90 degrees, diaphragms about 10 inches apart, on a stand at the front of the stage.

These three sources were captured with a Tascam DR-680 MKII recorder as 48 kHz, 24 bit wave files.
The files were mixed and processed with Audacity and Magix Audio Cleaning Lab

Taped and mixed by Rumbleseat

Tracks [30:52]
01. Rock N Roll Babylon
02. Bitch! Get Money!
03. [banter]
04. Jack N Jill [Don Howland]
05. Without Aa Soul
06. Dr. Dank Vs. Dr. Middie
07. [banter]
08. The Get It Inn
09. I’m Bleeding Now
10. Only Black Man in South Dakota

Support Obnox: Facebook | Buy Wiglet, Know America, and other Obnox records from 12XU

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.

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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.

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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

Pipe: September 12, 2015 Orange County Social Club Day Show (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 8, 2015
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Pipe

Our friend and fellow taper, David Schwentker reports:

By Day 3 of Hopscotch, it can be tough to get out and moving after two full days of non-stop rockin’ and partying. Luckily, the past few years, the Orange County Social Club day party at Kings has offered a good kick start to the festival’s final day. This year might have been their finest party yet, where local, younger punks Natural Causes and Flesh Wounds set the stage for a great set from their forefathers, Pipe. Plenty of bands from the Triangle scene of the 1990’s gained more traction outside the region, but locally, Pipe was one of the most beloved bands around. After disbanding in the late ’90’s, the band was basically gone for 10 years, outside of a one-off show with the original line-up in 2004. Luckily for us, after playing the Merge XX festival in 2009, the band has remained active, playing shows in fits, writing new songs, and continuing to show everyone how fun punk rock should be. Recording for a new Pipe album began in earnest last year, and if we’re lucky, someday it will be available for purchase. Until then, this set, with a mix of 20+ year old classics and unreleased new songs, will have to suffice. Crank it up and imagine the cups and cans flying though the air, just try not to get beer on the cymbals.

This set was recorded by Eric PH with the mics clamped to a ledge behind the soundboard, combined with a feed from Kings FOH Justin. The results are outstanding.

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Pipe
2015-09-12
Orange County Social Club Day Show
Hopscotch Music Festival
Kings
Raleigh, NC

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

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

Tracks [32:03]
01. [Intro]
02. Human Gutterball
03. Biscuits
04. Bender
05. Backstroke
06. Kirk’s Floor
07. Submariner
08. Good Foul
09. Suckin’ Rocks
10. Puck Man
11. Chula
12. Little Black Lies

Support Pipe: Keep up with the band on their Facebook page, buy their music from Merge, or buy the first two LPs from Demonbeach Records.

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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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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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.

High Aura’d: September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival, Long View Center (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 27, 2013
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[Photo courtesy of Freddie Ross]

With High Aura’d, the multi-talented John Kolodij creates sonic landscapes with an understated energy. This set at Long View Center — pretty much the home base for much of the drone/ambient and less-noisy avant-garde music during Hopscotch Music Festival — began with the sound of crickets. Washes of guitar and other sound began to ebb and flow underneath. The repetition was hypnotic, slightly dangerous, as if we were about to enter a world we did not know. As the undertones of bass throbbed beneath, Kolodij faced the crowd through the blackness. The intensity of the guitars crested to a torrent of noise, while the crickets kept chirping. Something had entered that dark little world.

That was just the first of three songs, each long-form compositions. Two of these songs are brand-new — newer, even than the band’s latest 7″, a split with Blood Bright Star. The middle song, “Methodist Bells,” appears on High Aura’d’s outstanding 2012 release Sanguine Futures, on the Asheville, North Carolina-based Bathetic Records. Look for at least one of these tracks on High Aura’d’s next LP release on Bathetic, date TBD.

Friend of the site David Schwentker recorded this set with a direct soundboard feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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[Photo by Ross Grady]

High Aura’d
2013-09-06
Hopscotch
Long View Center
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by David Schwentker

soundboard feed>Olympus LS-10>24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (tracking, amplify, downsample)>Trader’s Little Helper>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [new]
02 Methodist Bells
03 [new]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT High Aura’d, like him on Facebook, buy Sanguine Futures from his bandcamp page and check out his new split 7″ here.

Daniel Bachman: September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival, Long View Center (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 18, 2013
By

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[Photos courtesy of Eric Dawson]

Introducing the 23-year-old guitar prodigy Daniel Bachman at their day show event (where he played with Pelt), my friends at Paradise of Bachelors paid Bachman a high compliment indeed when they referred to him as the logical heir of the late, great Jack Rose. To compare anyone, even today’s best living guitarists, to Rose might well border on sacrilege for those who follow these types of musicians closely. At least, it would if Bachman didn’t live up to the hype. For those who saw him play a solo set of his signature steel string fingerstyle guitar at Raleigh’s Long View Center  during the Hopscotch Music Festival on this Friday night — recorded by our buddy David Schwentker — it became clear that he does.

The Chapel Hill based guitarist, originally of Fredricksburg, Virginia, has four solo albums under his belt already, including his two 2012 releases Seven Pines and Oh Be Joyful, plus two more records he recorded as Sacred Harp that were released back in 2010. He’s been playing this music, which he calls “psychedelic Appalachia”, since he was a teenager. What you hear on this recording is the product of years of Bachman honing his craft, as well as absorbing the lessons learned from sharing stages with the greats, including Rose. This set wandered all over Bachman’s catalog, including previewing two new tracks from his forthcoming third album on Tompkins Square, Jesus I’m A Sinner. Both of those songs — “Sarah Anne” and “Blenheim” — show the continuing promise of this fine young musician. Two of these songs — “Pig Iron” and the untitled number — are being recorded now, with release planned for 2014. Yes, you heard it right — Bachman has a new record that’s not even out yet, and he’s already on to the next project.

This set was recorded by David Schwentker with a direct soundboard feed from the Longview house board. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Pig Iron”

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Daniel Bachman
2013-09-06
Hopscotch Music Festival
Long View Center
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by David Schwentker

Soundboard feed>Olympus LS-10>24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mix down, tracking, amplify)>Trader’s Little Helper>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [guitar warmup]
02 intro
03 Pig Iron
04 Coming Home
05 Sarah Anne
06 [Untitled Lap Guitar]
07 Copperhead
08 Blenheim
09 White Oak
10 We Would Be Building

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Daniel Bachman, visit his facebook page, and buy his records from Tompkins Square or pre-order Jesus I’m A Sinner from Amazon.

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