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Dirty Projectors: November 18, 2018 Elsewhere (Early Show)

November 20, 2018
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If you ever doubt the reason to see live music, I’d refer you to the experience of watching Dave Longstreth on stage for eighty minutes with Dirty Projectors. There’s a particular joy to watching such complex, intellectual “rock” music brought to life by players of such immense talent, up close enough to see Longstreth’s fingers work the fretboard. If it’s at Elsewhere — a phenomenal-sounding club — and on a rather convenient late Sunday afternoon, all the better.

Among the waves of NYC/Brooklyn rock music in the first decade of this century, the Dirty Projectors always existed at some remove from even their mid-latter-decade contemporaries. Dirty Projectors is an unapologetically smart band, the work of a highly educated musician’s musician. It’s fitting that I last saw this band at Carnegie Hall in early 2013; if any “indie rock” band belongs there, it’s this one.

This set, the first of two the band performed at Elsewhere on Sunday, spanned the band’s five most recent albums (with Rise Above represented by the particularly affecting “Police Story” that led off the show), as well as two nuggets from the band’s Mount Wittenberg Orca collaboration with Björk. Likewise, this set represented a reasonable facsimile of Longstreth’s emotional states during the recent past, with songs like the joyous “I Found It In U” and “I Feel Energy” offset by the political rumination “It’s A Lifestyle” and the wistful “Little Bubble.” Longstreth has described Lamp Lit Prose and Dirty Projectors as a yin and yang album cycle, and that was evident here. But, while Lamp Lit is stylistically closer to the rest of the band’s recent material, there’s been a darkness in many of Longstreth’s songs before Dirty Projectors, and those, like “Gun Has No Trigger,” were well-represented here also.

To call the current band “new” is a bit of a stretch at this point; they’ve been touring this album as a unit for a while now, and it showed in their formidably well-rehearsed state. Give a quick listen to the soaring harmonies on “Cannibal Resource”, Kristin Slipp’s lead vocal on “The Socialites” or the incredible vocal precision on “When the World Comes To An End” (incidentally, the Mount Wittenberg songs strike me as particularly difficult musically) and you’ll be relieved of any concern that this band isn’t every bit the equal of the one that came before it. It wasn’t just because of Longstreth’s talent that I spent a good bit of these 80 minutes on a Sunday afternoon mouthing the word “wow.” It was hard to tell how serious Longstreth was about engaging a call-and-response situation during the final encore (“Right Now” from Lamp Lit Prose) but it soon became clear that even figuring out how to chant “right now” back at a Dirty Projectors song is a little tougher than usual singalong fare (“it loops unevenly…. that’s as well as I’ve figured out how to do it” a sheepish Longstreth said). “Right Now” proved a fitting end, encapsulating the yin and yang of the show in a single, dark but ultimately uplifting song (which Longstreth also identified as the most difficult to play in the set). The only part that wasn’t perfectly dialed in was the crowd singing “right now” — but that was kind of perfect, too.

I recorded this set with a feed of the house mix together with Schoeps MK4V microphones inside the soundboard cage. All credit for the sound of this belongs to the production team, both Dirty Projectors’ touring engineer, Teresa Murray, and the house team at Elsewhere. I hope you’re as impressed with it as I am — enjoy!

Thanks to Domino Records and Dirty Projectors for giving us permission to record the performance, along with the outstanding Elsewhere production crew.

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC/Apple Lossless]

Dirty Projectors
2018-11-18 (early show)
Elsewhere
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Teresa Murray + Tyler (house)) + Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices
MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.1.0 (track, amplify,
balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:20:15]
01 Police Story
02 I Found It In U
03 Break-Thru
04 What Is the Time
05 Cannibal Resource
06 Temecula Sunrise
07 That’s a Lifestyle
08 The Socialites
09 Gun Has No Trigger
10 When the World Comes to an End
11 I Feel Energy
12 Cool Your Heart
13 Useful Chamber
14 [encore break]
15 Beautiful Mother
16 Little Bubble
17 [explanatory banter]
18 Right Now

Band:
Dave Longstreth
Matt Baldwin – bass, bass synth
Mike Johnson – drums
Felicia Douglass – vocals, keyboard, electronic percussion
Kristin Slipp – vocals, Wurlitzer, additional keys
Maia Friedman – guitar, vocals

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Tropical Fuck Storm: October 8, 2018 Elsewhere Zone One

October 10, 2018
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If my memory is correct, it’s been nearly ten years since Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin were last in NYC with The Drones, having made stops at Union Hall and The Bell House in 2009. But good things come to those who wait and now the pair are back with their new mushroom cloud of a band, Tropical Fuck Storm. The album, A Laughing Death in Meatspace, is nothing less than the antidote to a twisted, doomed world, with song topics spanning chess to cell phones to nuclear weapons in as many moves. With bandmates Lauren Hammel and Erica Dunn, Tropical Fuck Storm have been touring the U.S. opening for Modest Mouse, only taking a break to play this headlining set at Elsewhere’s Zone One. Beyond playing most of the tracks from A Laughing Death in Meatspace, they play Lost Animal’s “Lose the Baby,” Kitschin sings The Divinyls’ “Back to the Wall” (which was released as a b-side to “You Let My Tyres Down”), and the band closes with The Drones song “Baby Squared.”

The Tropical Fuck Storm tour with Modest Mouse continues in Montclair tonight (October 10)—tickets are still available and you’ve definitely got time. Go on down early to catch TFS. Check the TFS website for further dates.

Download: MP3/FLAC

Tropical Fuck Storm
2018-10-08
Elsewhere Zone One
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (at SBD) > 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: [1:00:41]
01. Chameleon Paint
02. Lose the Baby [Lost Animal]
03. Antimatter Animal
04. Soft Power
05. You Let My Tyres Down
06. Back to the Wall [The Divinyls]
07. The Future of History
08. Rubber Bullies
09. Two Afternoons
10. Baby Squared [The Drones]

Buy A Laughing Death in Meatspace via Joyful Noise

Gunn-Truscinski Duo: July 19, 2018 Elsewhere

July 24, 2018
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Watching the interplay of Steve Gunn and John Truscinski onstage, you get the sense that these two are hand-in-glove players, to the point you almost can’t imagine them playing with anyone else (though they do). That interplay is part of what makes all of their Three Lobed releases so special. Each of them, including their latest and most adventurous to date, Bay Head, feels like it sprung forth fully-formed, a jam session whose synchrony had to be made permanent. On this night at Elsewhere, after kicking off with their new drone track “Road Bells,” the duo launched into straight into a version of “Banh Mi Ringtones” that felt like just that, with the action peaking in a furious Gunn solo. The Ocean Parkway love continued with that title track, followed by the gorgeous “Seagull for Chuck Berry.” Things came to a close in a similar vein to the show we saw at Union Pool in January, the sprawler “Gunter,” featuring a new drone-based intro. Even that relatively new track felt re-imagined in the moment, and that’s the glory of Gunn-Truscinski duo. Fortunately, this is one of those jam sessions whose synchrony was documented.

I recorded this set from the soundboard cage with a board feed from house engineer Chris, together with Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

Gunn-Truscinski Duo
2018-07-19
Elsewhere
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Chris) + Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC, PAS)>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.2.2 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Road Bells
02 Banh Mi Ringtones
03 Ocean Parkway
04 Seagull For Chuck Berry
05 Gunter

• Buy Bay HeadOcean Parkway, and Sand City via Three Lobed

The Gories: April 13, 2018 Elsewhere

April 19, 2018
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[photos by PSquared Photography]

Late last year, this legendary Detroit garage band announced a rare NYC date. No, I’m not talking about MC50, I’m talking about The Gories. Combining the ferocity of Motor City greats MC5 and The Stooges with the minimalism of The Velvet Underground (with way more swing than any of these three), The Gories are the best band you never knew about while they were around. They garnered acclaim only after Mick Collins found success with The Dirtbombs, and have toured sporadically in the past decade. In 2013, Third Man Records released The Shaw Tapes, an essential and raw live document from a 1988 house party. But Collins, along with guitarist-vocalist Dan Kroha and drummer Peggy O’Neill, don’t play many house parties these days. Instead, their one-off Brooklyn show found them breaking in the new-ish venue Elsewhere, run by the folks who brought you Glasslands. Playing classic Gories tracks along with covers ranging from the well-known (John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillen'” and Suicide’s “Ghostrider”) to the obscure (The Keggs’ “To Find Out”) this crew hasn’t lost the spark that makes their original output—three albums and a handful of singles—so vital. Long live The Gories!

Thanks to Katie and the Elsewhere crew for making this recording happen. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

The Gories
2018-04-13
Elsewhere
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by PSquared Photography

Soundboard (engineer: Katie) + MBHO MBP603/KA200N (PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [58:25]
01. Goin’ to the River
02. Telepathic
03. I Think I’ve Had It
04. Sister Ann
05. Feral
06. Sovereignty Flight
07. Boogie Chillen’ [John Lee Hooker]
08. Detroit Breakdown
09. Queenie
10. Ghostrider [Suicide]
11. Idol With the Golden Head [The Coasters]
12. You Don’t Love Me [Bo Diddley]
13. View From Here
14. Thunderbird ESQ
15. To Find Out [The Keggs]
16. Hidden Charms
17. There But For the Grace of God Go I [Machine]
18. Nitroglycerine

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