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Ryley Walker: December 14, 2018 Baby’s All Right

December 16, 2018

Ryley Walker has become something of a Renaissance man in 2018, with his highly-lauded album Deafman Glance, a full-album cover of an unreleased Dave Matthews Band LP, his endlessly entertaining Twitter account, and an ongoing series of Vice articles where Ryley’s just being Ryley. Listen to some of his between song banter and it’s clear Walker loves music and knows how to engage an audience. Yet for all his extracurricular antics, the tunes are nothing if not sincere.

Somewhat surprisingly given it’s high level of publicity, Walker and band are not touring Dave Matthews tunes, but instead continue touring this year’s excellent Deafman Glance—Walker’s best album yet. Especially great here is their rendition of “Spoil With the Rest” and a pair of tunes with trumpeter Jaimie Branch, “22 Days” and “Funny Thing She Said.”

I recorded this with a pair of MBHO cardioid mics on stage in stereo DIN configuration, combined with a soundboard feed courtesy of the Baby’s crew, Dan and Jesse. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

Downloads available at the Live Music Archive

Ryley Walker
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard (engineers: Dan & Jesse) + MBHO KA200N/603A (on stage, DFC, DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks: [1:09:03]

01. [intro]
02. Telluride Speed
03. [who loves live music]
04. The Halfwit in Me
05. [capo jokes]
06. Spoil With the Rest
07. [banter]
08. 22 Days
09. [band intros]
10. Funny Thing She Said
11. [thanks]
12. The Roundabout

Ryley Walker: guitar, vocals
Brian Sulpizio: guitar
Andrew Young: bass
Ryan Jewell: drums
Jaimie Branch: trumpet on tracks 8 and 10

Buy Ryley Walker music on Bandcamp

Strand Of Oaks: February 7, 2015 Brull Foundation Benefit – Flac/MP3/Streaming

February 20, 2015

[photo by Austin Jensen]

We’ve previously discussed the fact that Tim Showalter is simply a good guy — he has a compelling story of redemption, heartfelt lyrics, and close friends with whom he collaborates. Tim is a musician’s musician and when we were setting up early for the Tommy Brull Foundation Benefit last weekend we discovered another aspect of his life that impressed us. A big reason why Strand Of Oaks became involved with the Brull Foundation and their charitable work with the special needs Camp Anchor was because when he was younger Tim Showalter worked at a similar camp. Additionally, the Brull Foundation was created in the memory of Tommy, who passed away in a car accident. Tim suffered severe injuries in a near fatal accident a mere 15 months ago. Perhaps buoyed by the inspirational work behind the Benefit show and the memory of Tommy, at this show Strand Of Oaks put forth a performance of remarkable power and beauty. The band worked through nearly all of their breakthrough album HEAL before finishing with a neat Replacements cover, but throughout the set Tim and the band took time to recognize the purpose of the show and the memory of Tommy. For the very sold-out crowd, that recognition was much appreciated because many of the people in attendance either knew Tom or have a connection to Camp Anchor, or both. It takes a conscientious performer to appreciate the importance of occasion and step outside of their stage persona to acknowledge important issues. On this night, Tim Showalter was the right guy for that task.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps on-stage mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

If you download this recording, you should donate the Brull Foundation. This particular show was a benefit to fund a special needs playground in Rockville Centre and continued contributions to Camp Anchor.

Download the Complete Show [MP3] or [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “Goshen 97”:

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Strand Of Oaks
Tommy Brull Foundation Benefit
Cannon’s Blackthorn
Rockville Centre NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Billy] + On-Stage Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:02:25]
02 Same Emotions
03 [banter – surfing]
04 Last To Swim
05 Goshen 97
06 For Me
07 JM
08 [banter]
09 Diamond Drill
10 Woke Up To The Light
11 Shut In
12 [banter – Tommy]
13 Plymouth
14 [band introductions]
15 Sterling
16 Alex Chilton [Replacements]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Strand of Oaks, visit their website, and buy Heal and the band’s other records directly from the band here or from Dead Oceans Records [HERE].

A Place to Bury Strangers: February 17, 2015 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

February 18, 2015

[photos by acidjack]

A Place to Bury Strangers are one of several bands that incubated in the scene (and the sound) that grew up around Death By Audio and its line of effects pedals, making it fitting that they headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg just months after that venue’s untimely end. Though the band arrived on the scene just over ten years ago (in 2003), it feels like it’s been eons in musical terms. Today, their dark tone, blown out guitar sound, and relentless, ambitious live show feels vaguely foreign to the current indie mainstream, but that is as it should be. This kind of music may or may not always be a “trend”, but it will always have the ability to seize a crowd, and keep it.

It’s fitting that the band opened with “We’ve Come So Far”: The number comes from Transfixiation, the brand-new album whose release was being celebrated that night, and it also describes this band’s history. With only one consistent member throughout (frontman Oliver Ackermann), the now-trio has continued to hone a sound much more consistent than its personnel changes would suggest. From the obvious MBV homage of their self-titled 2007 debut, the band has both added layers and stripped them away, leaving them at the more tightly focused Transfixiation, which takes a few steps back from the wall of noise to find some new melodies — and a bit of extra weirdness — underneath.

Not that you’d have been able to tell at the album release show. From the first peals of guitar noise to the militaristic percussion of “So Far Away”, the band blanketed itself in noise, barely pausing between songs. Ackerman, drummer Robi Gonzalez and bassist Dion Lunadon were only intermittently visible in a sea of smoke, pierced by a frenetic light show and backed by abstract visuals. Ackermann and Lunadon hurled themselves around the stage as a mosh pit that churned below them; this was no polite Tuesday night show. It might be fair to say you can’t really get APTBS until you’ve seen them live, or at least, it’s very hard to convey the feeling of their music through a home stereo or some iPhone headphones. APTBS’ sound demands darkness, attention and crowd participation to fully land, and over and over on this night, it did.

Band and crowd literally became one during the encore portion of the set, when the band set up just in front of the venue’s soundboard to play three more songs as the audience closed in around them, the flashes of smartphone cameras replacing the strobe lights that had been up on the stage. If it didn’t quite replicate the intimacy of Death By Audio, it showed that this band deserved to grow to a level well beyond it, and to keep going. They’re the kind of band live music was made for, and they did right by us tonight.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones set up inside the soundboard cage. APTBS’ FOH, Lex, was in charge of the house mix. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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

Stream the complete set: 

A Place to Bury Strangers
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (DFC, at SBD, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, imaging)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 57:01]
01 We’ve Come So Far
02 I’m So Clean
03 Drill It Up
04 Fill the Void
05 Deadbeat
06 [instrumental]
07 Love High
08 Now It’s Over
09 I’ve Lived My Life to Stand In the Shadow of Your Heart
10 You Are the One [played from the floor]
11 Straight [played from the floor]
12 So Far Away [played from the floor]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT A Place to Bury Strangers, visit their website, and buy Transfixiation from Dead Oceans here.


Ryley Walker: January 13, 2015 Baby’s All Right

February 5, 2015

[photo from October 2014 Rough Trade show by acidjack]

Ryley Walker will be a breakout star this year, and the reason won’t just be his forthcoming album, Primrose Green. Walker has been touring hard, working out the new material, and consistently wowing audiences. BrooklynVegan brought him to New York for a Red Bull Sound Select event at Baby’s All Right, and we couldn’t have been happier, having seen Walker last in a similar two-man configuration back in October at Rough Trade.

Once Primrose Green hits shelves, those versions of Walker’s songs might well seem polite by comparison. The title track’s single, available on Soundcloud and on other streaming services, is a fine version, but pales when up against Walker’s fierce version on this night, a ten-minute ramble through his mind featuring an elongated intro and a virtuosic guitar playing that mimicked some of the dissociative elements of the alcoholic beverage for which the song is titled. But if I had to pick from among Walker’s post-All Kinds of You material, I think it’s “Summer Dress” that will go down as his signature song, as it begins with its loping guitar line under a vocal turn in which Walker yelps, deploys falsetto, flirts with chaos. Watching Walker, you get the sense that he’s not even trying to play these songs to please you, but he does anyway. There’s a sense of abandon to his work that can’t help but grab you; he’s feral up there, without anchor. He makes many of the greats to whom he’s compared — Bert Jansch, for one — sound like choirboys. As to other distinctions, this set boasted a new song, “Funny Thing She Said”, as well as a cover of Van Morrison’s “Fair Play” from Veedon Fleece, the latter a worthwhile reimagining that again places Walker right up there with the rarefied company that came before him.

This set was recorded by Baby’s engineer Rubes, whose dedication to craft is obvious in his flawless mix of his board feed with the house mics. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Walker will be back at Baby’s All Right on March 15 with another of our favorites, Kevin Morby. Get tickets here.

Download the complete show via the Live Music Archive: [FLAC] | [MP3]

Ryley Walker
Baby’s All Right (sponsored by BrooklynVegan)
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded by Rubes
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Rubes) + Audio Technica 4051>digital multitrack>SD card>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down individual tracks, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression, exciter)>Audacity 2.0.5 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downwsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Note that two tags of the FLAC and MP3 files need updating]
01 Funny Thing She Said
02 [banter1]
03 Summer Dress
04 [banter2]
05 Primrose Green
06 On the Banks of the Old Kishwaukee
07 Fair Play [Van Morrison]
08 [banter3]
09 Sweet Satisfaction

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Ryley Walker, like him on Facebook, and buy Primrose Green from Dead Oceans.

Mark McGuire: January 7, 2015 Baby’s All Right – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

January 14, 2015

Mark McGuire

Formerly one-third of the neo-kosmische band, Emeralds, Mark McGuire has amassed an impressive discography not only with that band but also as a solo musician. Since 2007, I count nearly fifty solo releases, not even to mention ongoing or one-off collaborative projects such as Inner Tube (with Charles Berlitz) or Skyramps (with Daniel Lopatin). Yet as prolific as he is, live performances seem much less frequent. Beyond their scarcity, however, McGuire’s live performances are notable for being a new and unique experience each time you see him. For instance, at a performance during 2012’s Unsound Festival, he spent a good deal of the set playing bass guitar; and for last year’s Big Ears Festival a majority of the performance was made up of shorter songs paired with lyrics, compared with his usual long-form instrumental jams.

McGuire’s Baby’s All Right set features three lengthy pieces, two of which are new and one previously released. “Noctilucence”—named for the phenomenon of summer clouds shining at night (and yes, I had to look that up)—hails from a 2014 EP of the same name released on Dead Oceans. New song and set-opener “Entity” layers shimmering guitar lines over preprogrammed beats, illustrating the type of guitar work for which McGuire is best known. And finally, “2015 Jam” begins with a sound collage underpinned by some light atmospherics that eventually develops into a throbbing beat joined by overlapping guitar solos. By far the most intense song of the evening, the crowd’s sense of release at its conclusion is palpable even on the recording.

This set was recorded by Baby’s FOH Rubes Harman, who provided a stereo board feed as well as a recording of the house mics. I mixed these two sources in post-production and the sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

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

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Mark McGuire
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded by Rubes Harman
Produced by Eric PH

Multitrack Soundboard (engineered and recorded by Rubes Harman) > Rubes mix Wav files + Room mic wav files > Audacity 2.0.5 (mixdown, fades, amplify, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (level 8)

Tracks [41:43]
01. Entity
02. Noctilucence
03. 2015 Jam

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Mark McGuire. Visit his Bandcamp page, like him on Facebook, and buy Noctilucence and Along the Way from Dead Oceans.

Akron/Family: April 24, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

April 30, 2013

PP Akron 3
[Photos by PSquared Photography]

To paraphrase the Beatles, I thought I knew Akron/Family, what did I know. A band that I had returned to see live ten or so times were “must-see” because their shows have always been immensely enjoyable — celebratory and tribal, the material has alternated between melodic and hypnotic jamming and sweet (and sometimes very quiet) ballads. The current tour for the new album Sub Verses (officially released today April 30) is a very different affair indeed. As I tweeted during the Bowery Ballroom show on Wednesday, this current incarnation of Akron/Family is dense and very heavy. There wasn’t much banter or crowd participation, as we’ve experienced at older A/F shows, but the music was equally moving in a profoundly different way. The band has added electronics wiz M Geddes Gengras for this tour and his contribution of throbbing electronic bass and crunch/noise fits perfectly with the thematic nature of Sub Verses, which has been described by the band as having a “SciFi aesthetic” and “propulsive and driven by it’s physicality”, which are both very much accurate. At Bowery, the band played all but one of the new album’s 10 tracks, and just two songs of older material. We are streaming “Sand Time” below. The current tour swings South this week before finishing in LA on May 8.

I recorded this set from our standard balcony rail location in this venue and mixed with an excellent board feed provided by Akron Family’s FOH Tom Tierney. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Sand Time”:

This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 and to Stream at [HERE].

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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Akron Family
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2013-04-28

[Total Time 1:36:21]
01 [intro]
02 No Room
03 Way Up
04 Until The Morning
05 Sand Talk
06 Light Emerges
07 Sometimes I
08 Holy Bourbon
09 Drums
10 Sand Time
11 Samurai
12 [encore break]
13 When I Was Young
14 Ed Is a Portal

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Akron/Family, visit their website, and purchase Sub Verses from the Dead Oceans Records website [HERE].

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