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Circuit des Yeux: November 15, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

November 29, 2017
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Of all the many, many standout shows I’ve seen this year, Haley Fohr is responsible for two of them, both at Rough Trade NYC. There was the Jackie Lynn set from back in April, and now this full-band Circuit des Yeux burner from the current Reaching For Indigo tour. I’m a fan, obviously, but everyone I’ve talked to who saw this or another show from the tour have all been completely blown away. Fohr and her band play the album all the way through and even if you’ve fully absorbed the studio recordings you’ll be ecstatic to hear this ten-minute, rocking rendition of “A Story of This World Part II.” Circuit des Yeux hits the West Coast in January followed by some European dates in February—check all listings over at Drag City.

I recorded this from the soundboard cage with MBHOs combined with a board feed courtesy of FOH Dustin Myers. The sound is terrific. Enjoy!

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Circuit des Yeux
2017-11-15
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Dustin Myers) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N > Zoom F8 > 2xWAV (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 [46:35]
01. Brainshift
02. Black Fly
03. Philo
04. Paper Bag
05. A Story of This World Part II
06. Geyser
07. Falling Blonde

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Sir Richard Bishop: March 25, 2017 Big Ears Festival (Knoxville, TN)

October 29, 2017
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[Photo by Bill Foster]

If you listen to a lot of Sun City Girls records, you might be surprised to find Sir Richard Bishop hanging out in churches. But last time he came through New York it was for a show at Park Church Co-op; and now here he is again playing St. John’s Cathedral this past March in Knoxville as part of the Big Ears Festival. I guess it’s not so bad sitting in the pews for some guitar worship.

This set finds the guitar-shaman himself conjuring up live staples from across his massive catalog, including “Mystic Minor 23” (Improvika); “Elysium Number Five” (Polytheistic Frangments); “Mekong” (Road to Siam); “Safe House” (Tangier Sessions); “The Pillars of Baalbek” (The Freak of Araby); and “Zurvan” (While My Guitar Gently Bleeds). These solo tracks are then topped off with the Sun City Girls classic “Esoterica of Abyssynia,” which ask anyone is one of Bishop’s great guitar triumphs.

Speaking of Big Ears, we’re going to be posting a bunch of sets from the 2017 festival in the upcoming weeks in anticipation of their 2018 festival. The initial lineup announcement comes November 1 and tickets are onsale November 3. I’ve been (in 2014) and it’s truly an awesome good time.

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Sir Richard Bishop
2017-03-25
Big Ears Festival
St. John’s Cathedral
Knoxville, TN

Recorded by Matt Honkonen
Tracked by Eric PH

Soundboard + Zoom H6 > Audacity > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [54:19]
01. Mystic Minor 23
02. Elysium Number Five
03. Mekong
04. Safe House
05. The Pillars of Baalbek
06. Zurvan
07. Esoterica of Abyssynia [Sun City Girls]

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Sir Richard Bishop: May 17, 2017 Park Church Co-op

May 22, 2017
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What’s in a guitar? Two years back, Sir Richard Bishop released Tangier Sessions, recorded on a nineteenth-century guitar of indeterminate origin bought in Switzerland. But last week at Park Church Co-op, he was back to his trusty electric and sounding fine. It turns out Bishop sounds great no matter what he’s playing. I daresay he’d conjure some fine tunes out of any instrument you set before him. This set captures him playing a couple off Tangier Sessions (“International Zone” and “Safe House”) combined with some Sun City Girls classics I hadn’t heard him play in a while like “Radio Morocco” and “Space Prophet Dogon.” Topping it off is Bishop’s sweet take on The Beatles “Till There Was You.”

I recorded this with the room mics set up ORTF at the stage lip, combined with a board feed from Park Church engineer Jasno Swarez. It sounds excellent. Enjoy!

Catch Sir Richard Bishop on tour now—still a few dates left!

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Sir Richard Bishop
2017-05-17
Park Church Co-op
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Jasno Swarez) > Roland R-26 + AKG C480B/CK61 (ORTF, stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) >  Audacity 2.0.5 (align, mixdown, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:06:17]
01. International Zone
02. Radio Morocco [Sun City Girls]
03. Mystic Minor 23
04. Abydos [Sun City Girls]
05. Till There Was You [The Beatles]
06. Mekong
07. Safe House
08. [banter/tuning]
09. [Unknown]
10. Space Prophet Dogon [Sun City Girls]
11. Zurvan

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Tim Presley: January 26, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom

February 7, 2017
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[photos courtesy of Will and We All Want Someone blog]

Though we’re well acquainted with White Fence, Tim Presley has for the time being shelved that band in favor of going solo under his own name. The first record to appear as such is the The Wink, a buzzed and jittery work which was produced by Welsh musician Cate Le Bon, also Presley’s touring partner. The album is a departure from the fuzzy garage psych of White Fence, as Le Bon’s presence pushes Presley into intimate and unexplored territory. As I mentioned in my review of her set from the same night, Le Bon and her band also backed Presley for his opening set. Listening to the two side-by-side, you’ll notice a cohesive presence and song structure between them. Presley and band played the entirety of The Wink, in order, save for “Moment,” from his experimental W-X side project. Incidentally, no White Fence tunes were played until Cate Le Bon’s encore when she and Presley did a duet on “Chairs in the Dark.”

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue slightly to the left of soundboard in the balcony area, with a board feed from Bowery FOH Kenny. As usual for the venue, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Tim Presley
2017-01-26
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for NYCTaper.com
Photo by Will Oliver

Soundboard [engineer: Kenny] + 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 [49:17]
01. O’Guardian A
02. The Wink
03. Can You Blame
04. Solitude Cola
05. Goldfish Wheelchair
06. Long Bow
07. Morris
08. ER
09. Underwater Rain
10. Kerouac
11. Clue
12. Moment
13. Aura Aura

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Meg Baird: January 22, 2017 Park Church Co-op

February 1, 2017
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Finally capping off our coverage of the epic Ranaldo-Gunn-Baird tour of 2017—last but certainly not least—here’s Meg Baird’s opening set. We’ve long been fans of everything Meg Baird, from Espers to her solo work to the Baird Sisters to Heron Oblivion, but we haven’t yet had occasion to post a solo set until now. This recording captures Baird on the last date of her two-week tour with Lee Ranaldo and Steve Gunn (those sets posted here and here, respectively) and finds her playing a couple songs off her latest solo record for Drag City, Don’t Weigh Down the Light, along with a few covers: “Old Man on the Mountain” from fellow traveler P.G. Six, “Beatles and the Stones” by The House of Love, and the traditional Scottish folk song “Willie O’Winsbury.”  It’s been an emotional couple weeks for all, and Baird provides a touching introduction introduction to “Willie O’Winsbury,” describing the unique ability of traditional songs to communicate with us through time. Only a little over a week old, this set nonetheless feels like a transmission from the distant past. Our work continues… But in the meantime, feel free to accept into your life those small joys, like this gorgeous acoustic guitar set from Meg Baird.

I recorded this set from my improvised tapers section in front of board, combined with a feed from Park Church’s engineer Jasno Swarez. Despite some ambient noise from the church, the sound is very good. Enjoy—and resist!

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Meg Baird
2017-01-22
Park Church Co-op
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for NYCTaper.com

Soundboard [engineer: Jasno Swarez] + AKG C480B/CK61 > 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 [31:23]
01. Old Man on the Mountain [P.G. Six]
02. Back to You
03. Don’t Weigh Down the Light
04. Beatles and the Stones [The House of Love]
05. [Willie O’Winsbury intro]
06. Willie O’Winsbury [traditional]

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Cate Le Bon: January 26, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom

January 31, 2017
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[photos courtesy of Will and We All Want Someone blog]

Cate Le Bon’s been awfully busy since we last saw her in 2014: in 2016 she released her fourth (and excellent) LP, Crab Day; she produced Tim Presley’s (also excellent) LP, The Wink; and last Friday she put out a followup to Crab Day, the companion EP Rock Pool. Fittingly, on her current tour with Tim Presley, Le Bon is pulling a double shift, contributing guitar and vocals in Presley’s backing band before playing her own headlining set. I’ll talk more about Presley’s set when we post it shortly, but the music on The Wink is so informed by Le Bon’s production that the night felt less like two co-headlining sets and more like a conjoined, ongoing collaboration between the two musicians. Later on in Le Bon’s set, Presley joined in on guitar for “What’s Not Mine,” a cover of Presley’s White Fence tune “Chairs in the Dark,” and “Are You With Me Now?” While Le Bon and Presley were obviously the focus of the evening, it would be criminal not to mention their crack shot backing band featuring JT, Stephen Black, and Daniel Ward. This set showcases mostly songs from the off-kilter Crab Day, two new ones from Rock Pool (“Aside From Growing Old” and “I Just Wanna Be Good”), plus a few older tracks like “No God,” “Greta,” “Sisters,” and the fan-favorite “Are You With Me Now?” The Le Bon/Presley tour soldiers on for a few more dates (here) and if you have the chance I highly recommend you not miss out on this one.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue slightly to the left of soundboard in the balcony area, with a board feed from Bowery FOH Kenny. As usual for the venue, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Cate Le Bon
2017-01-26
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for NYCTaper.com
Photos by Will Oliver

Soundboard [engineer: Kenny] + AKG C480B/CK63 > 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 [1:07:11]
01. Crab Day
02. Love is Not Love
03. Wonderful
04. No God
05. Aside From Growing Old
06. I’m a Dirty Attic
07. I Was Born on the Wrong Day
08. How Do You Know?
09. I Can’t Help You
10. I Just Wanna Be Good
11. Greta
12. Sisters
13. We Might Revolve
14. What’s Not Mine
15. [encore break]
16. Chairs in the Dark [White Fence]
17. Are You With Me Now?

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Rangda: March 4, 2016 Saint Vitus

March 8, 2016
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Rangda
[photos by PSquared Photography]

When the first Rangda record, False Flag, arrived in 2010, it was a transmission out of the multiverse—from an alternate reality where Corsano, Bishop, and Chasny wielded their instruments for evil instead of good. The roaring cacophonies bore titles like “Waldorf Hysteria,” “Bull Lore,” “Fist Family,” “Sarcophagi,” and “Serrated Edges” (to literally list in order the first five of the six songs on that record), ensuring that Rangda was not for the psych-tourist or those with pacemakers. At the time, who knew if these three could sustain this cosmic energy, or even find overlap in three busy touring schedules to make Rangda more than a one-off supergroup.

Two albums later, even if they aren’t the most prolific band out there, Rangda is sticking around. 2012’s Formerly Extinct softened their approach only slightly, trading in the instrumental clash for interlocking rhythms and something resembling rock songs. Their latest, The Heretics Bargain, continues on that trajectory, making Rangda downright palatable. Songs like “The Sin Eaters” and “Spiro Agnew” sound upbeat, anthemic even. But if the album itself isn’t proof Rangda is drawing the newly-initiated, last week saw the band play their largest yet NYC venue and crowd, with a set focused most-heavily on Formerly Extinct and the new material.

False Flag is here represented by the sole “Bull Lore.”  Formerly Extinct by “Majnun,” “Silver Nile,” “Idol’s Eye,” “The Vault,” and “Plugged Nickel.”  From The Heretic’s Bargain, it’s “The Sin Eaters,” “To Melt the Moon,” “Spiro Agnew,” and the song nearly as long as its title, “Mondays Are Free at the Hermetic Museum.” For opening night of their tour, the band is on fire. I can only imagine the many realities ahead.

Rangda may be coming to your very hometown! Full tour dates over at Drag City.

I recorded this set from our usual location at Saint Vitus, the room mics combined with a board feed from FOH Nick. I mixed those two sources, favoring the room sound. The quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Rangda

Rangda
2016-03-04
Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

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

Soundboard (engineer: Nick) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [56:36]
01. Majnun
02. The Sin Eaters
03. Bull Lore
04. [tuning]
05. To Melt the Moon
06. Silver Nile
07. [tuning]
08. Idol’s Eye
09. Spiro Agnew
10. [tuning]
11. The Vault
12. [tuning]
13. Plugged Nickel
14. [tuning]
15. Mondays Are Free at the Hermetic Museum

Support Rangda: Buy The Heretic’s Bargain and other records from Drag City

Ty Segall & the Muggers: February 27, 2016 Webster Hall

March 3, 2016
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Ty at Webster 2016 Will Oliver
[photo courtesy of Will Oliver at We All Want Someone]

Ty Segall has been all over this site for years, and the reason we keep coming back to his shows is the same reason that he sold out these two nights at Webster Hall last weekend: He’s one of the most exciting live acts around. Here with his latest band, the Muggers, Ty delivered a powerhouse 90-minute set that covered the entirety of the new Emotional Mugger album before delving into some of his best-loved jams from the past few years.

Compared to some of the more intimate Ty shows we’ve covered in the past, this first of the two Webster performances had all the ridiculousness and bombast of a Big Rock Show, with Segall hitting the stage in a mask to the tune of a baby crying. The first few songs felt both true to his garage roots and ridiculously over the top, with Segall barking his lyrics into the microphone, hurling himself into the crowd, and working overtime to try to turn the big room into some kind of facsimile of, say, Death By Audio circa 2012. As time went on though — particular into the lengthy jamming on “Feel” — what stood out most was the quality of the Muggers, who managed to undergird the shambolic moments with accomplished playing. That’s part of the great paradox and joy of Ty Segall, too — you’ve got a prolific performer with a great voice and pop sensibility, but who isn’t afraid to go wild, to get dirty, and to have fun. If you saw any of the New York acoustic shows in 2015 (almost all of which we covered), then you know what I mean. Most garage-rock singers would be lost playing acoustically on a stool — not only would their uneven skills be exposed, but the songs wouldn’t work without the fuzz. Segall doesn’t have that problem. His songs move crowds in any context. The show closed out with a stretched-out, saxophoned-up “The Singer,” both a tribute to the man himself, and his ability to capture a crowd no matter how big the tent.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed and Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones. Even though we weren’t in a DIY venue, the sound bears many of those hallmarks: loud, in your face, and raw. The recording is true to that. Enjoy!

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Ty Segall & the Muggers
2016-02-27
Webster Hall
New York, NY USA

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

Soundboard (engineer: Ty’s FOH) + Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, DFC, PAS)>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Squealer
02 Californian Hills
03 Emotional Mugger/Leopard Priestess
04 Breakfast Eggs
05 Diversion
06 Baby Big Man (I Want A Mommy)
07 [jamming]
08 Mandy Cream
09 Candy Sam
10 Squealer Two
11 The Magazine
12 Thank God For Sinners
13 They Told Me Too
14 You’re the Doctor
15 [banter1]
16 Spiders
17 Manipulator
18 Feel
19 [encore break]
20 Finger
21 The Feels
22 The Singer

Visit Ty Segall on the web, and buy Emotional Mugger from Drag City here.

Elisa Ambrogio-Ben Chasny-Tashi Dorji: September 11, 2015 WXDU/WXYC/WKNC Day Show (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 24, 2015
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With Three Lobed Recordings on a temporary hiatus from their traditional day show with WXDU on the Friday of Hopscotch Festival, WXDU took matters into their own hands and teamed with fellow college radio stations WXYC (UNC-Chapel Hill) and WKNC (N.C. State) to produce a two-stage day show worth of the tradition. Perhaps the centerpiece of these sets was the trio of Elisa Ambrogio (best known for her work in Magik Markers) and Ben Chasny (aka Six Organs of Admittance), who have been touring together, with the guitar improviser Tashi Dorji. The three of them got down to some serious experimental improv that captured the imagination of the crowd (and had a couple of bewildered college students plugging their ears). The sum of this team was clearly more than its parts, combining noise, free verse, and melodic interludes. By the end of this 20 minute burst of inspiration, our only regret was that it couldn’t be longer.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps MK4V microphones you see in the photo below, together with a soundboard feed by the day’s very capable engineer, Justin. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Ambrogio / Chasny / Dorji Trio
WXDU/WKNC/WXYC Hopscotch Day Show
King’s
Raleigh, NC USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (onstage, roughly ORTF)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Justin)>>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 improvisation

Musicians
Elisa Ambrogio – vocals, guitar
Ben Chasny – guitar
Tashi Dorji – guitar, effects

Support these artists: Elisa Ambrogio | Six Organs of Admittance | Tashi Dorji

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[photo of Tashi Dorji courtesy of David Lee of This Is That Song]

Dope Body: September 3, 2015 Aviv – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 23, 2015
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[photos courtesy of Anyane Photography]

The scruffy and sardonic Baltimore post-punk band Dope Body is supposedly named for “an online video the band enjoyed,” but as you watch the shirtless frontman Andrew Laumann contort his sweat-slicked self all over the stage, you have to wonder if the name isn’t a little bit of a self-referential gag.  In fairness, it felt like 110 degrees inside the cozy Brooklyn DIY venue Aviv on this particular night, so showing off the man’s fitness level might have just been a matter of necessity. On firmer ground, I can tell you that this band brings an instant presence to any stage they inhabit, and the way their music combines the heavy noise with just-enough tuneful accessibility only adds to the need to pay attention. They’re several albums in now, with the latest, Kunk, released this month on Drag City. More new songs, as evidenced by the set, are already in the tank. If the band’s previous record, Lifer, earned some (undeserved) commentary about increased accessibility and even the dreaded “grunge” tag at points, there’s no making any mistake about where any of this material falls live.

The band hits extremely hard, Zachary Utz’s guitars scraping against Laumann’s gritty, snarling vocals, as David Jacober pounds the skins in the thick of John Jones’ basslines. The set jumped around the band’s catalog, but it’s hard to deny the brand-new numbers, one unnamed, as well as “Enemy Outta Me” which has been making the rounds on recent sets. The skronky “Hired Gun” might qualify as the band’s most mainstream-approaching single, and it came through well on this night before the one-two punch of the older “Leather Head” followed by Kunk‘s “Old Grey.” The proceedings ended just shy of forty minutes in. By then, we might not all have been as drenched as the band, but most of us had been reminded what “sweaty” rock n’ roll really means.

Dope Body are on tour right now in Europe, and anyone with the opportunity over there ought to catch them at one of these dates.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Aviv engineer John, as well as Schoeps MK4V microphones mounted in the center on the balcony. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3/FLAC]

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Dope Body
2015-09-03
Aviv
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (PAS)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: John)>>Roland R-26>2×44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 [intro]
02 Road Dog
03 [new song 1]
04 Enemy Outta Me
05 Day By Day
06 Hired Gun
07 Leatherhead
08 Old Grey

If you enjoyed this set, PLEASE SUPPORT Dope Body, visit their Facebook page, and buy their records from Drag City. (You have to, since you can’t stream ’em).

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