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Pile: December 9, 2017 Market Hotel

December 26, 2017
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[photos by Stephanie Ronquillo – full set at her Flickr and Instragram]

Pile is one of those bands who you thought was your little secret and suddenly there are 500 people at their show. There’s something to be said for a band that grows its fanbase steadily and organically through consistently solid shows and records. Pile has existed for more than ten years and since signing to the most excellent Exploding In Sound Records in 2011, the trend has continued upward. The last couple of years have been remarkable. We saw them in 2015 at SXSW before a modest crowd and then later 2015 before a couple of hundred at Baby’s All Right. Earlier this year, we captured their sold out show at Sunnyvale. But a couple of weeks ago Pile sold out five-hundred strong at Market Hotel.

Buoyed by the band’s most recent album, the superb A Hairshirt of Purpose, Pile has finally and deservedly arrived. The Market Hotel offers a nice companion to the Pile experience, both are authentically DIY. The packed-in fans responded in kind, singing along to all of the lyrics showing true appreciation for the older obscure numbers that the band whipped out late in the set. The setlist for this show was heavy on Hairshirt material, but also delved into their self-released 2011 7″ (“Scissors”), “Pigeon Song” from the Boston Hassle compilation, and a couple of songs from the early Dripping album. We expect to see Pile again as often as possible, and hopefully at Market Hotel in the Spring or Summer.

This recording was captured by FOH Harrison utilizing the internal USB drive recording device on the Market Hotel’s Behringer X32 Soundboard. For a straight board feed from a smallish room, this recording is quite well balanced other than somewhat more prominent vocals. Enjoy!

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Pile
2017-12-09
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Harrison Fore] + 16bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 52:36]
01 Texas
02 Baby Boy
03 The World is Your Motel
04 Worms
05 Hissing for Peace
06 Special Snowflakes
07 Hairshirt
08 [banter – thanks]
09 Leaning on a Wheel
10 Grunt Like a Pig
11 Fingers
12 Pigeon Song
13 Scissors
14 Rock and Roll Forever with the Customer in Mind
15 [encore break]
16 Rock and Roll Forever with the Customer in Mind – Reprise

PLEASE SUPPORT Pile: Bandcamp | Facebook | Buy A Hairshirt of Purpose via Exploding in Sound

Ovlov: June 23, 2017 The Bell House

June 30, 2017
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[Photos by Rocketman]

Just when you thought it couldn’t be salvaged, here comes Ovlov to rescue Emo from the clutches of the mainstream garbage bands these kids today are listening to. (I’ll refrain from naming names.) Ovlov take me back to the nineties Emo I love with reference points like Hum, The Promise Ring, Jawbreaker and Jets to Brazil, Nada Surf—all touchstones of my high school CD collection. Naturally, they’re doing it on Exploding in Sound Records, whose taste in quality young bands is unimpeachable. This set opening for Spiral Stairs at the Bell House captures the band playing songs off their EIS album, am, plus a few new ones. Considering Ovlov have broken up at least a couple times now, it’s not insignificant that they’ve got some new songs to play us—Ovlov still clearly still have a lot of music in them.

I recorded this with the mics set up at the board in DIN stereo configuration, which I then combined with a board feed from the Bell House’s FOH David Hurtgen. A special thanks goes out to David for loaning me a mic stand so I could make this recording for you all. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Ovlov
2017-06-23
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com
Photos by Rocketman

Soundboard (engineer: Dave) + AKG C480B/CK61 (DIN, ROC) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [34:21]
01. Grapes
02. Tru Punk
03. I’m Your Dini
04. Short Morgan
05. Half Way
06. Stick
07. Alligator
08. Where’s My Dini

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Big Ups: April 7, 2017 Sunnyvale

April 12, 2017
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[Photo by Acidjack]

I could yap a bunch about Big Ups and how great they are, but I’ve done that before and you already know. Okay just one thing: this is one of the best of a bunch of Big Ups shows I’ve seen, so it’s more than worth checking out. While you’re listening you can pick up Before a Million Universes from Exploding in Sound, still available on orange vinyl for you collector scum.

Like the Pile set from the same night, we recorded this set from the stage lip combined with a board feed from Sunnyvale’s engineer Dave. The sound is terrific. Enjoy!

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Big Ups
2017-04-07
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard (engineer: Dave) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging, dither, downsample) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [29:05]
01. Capitalized
02. Justice
03. Knight
04. Wool
05. Contain Myself
06. Hope For Someone
07. Dogs
08. Negative

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Big Ups, visit their website, like them on Facebook and buy Before A Million Universes from Exploding In Sound.

Pile: April 7, 2017 Sunnyvale

April 10, 2017
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“Thank God for Pile”—if you listen closely, you’ll hear one zealous audience member with an enthusiasm you don’t often see for such a young band. But people really love Pile—and everyone in-the-know knows Pile are damn great. Their comparatively small but dedicated following gets bigger with each album and I daresay if you missed out on Pile this time around, I’m afraid you’ve missed the last of their shows in a small room.

On Friday, we squeezed ourselves into a packed Sunnyvale for the band’s second of two sold-out Brooklyn shows (the first was at Baby’s All Right). The thing about bands on Exploding in Sound Records is that where there’s one there’s bound to be more. Pile headlined a stacked bill featuring some current and future EIS greats: Gnarwhal, Big Ups, and Stove. Their set gets cut a bit short due to time constraints, but that only served to increase the intensity as their finale of “Rock and Roll Forever With the Customer in Mind” will attest. That tune is from 2015’s You’re Better Than This, while the rest of the set is comprised of songs off their latest album, A Hairshirt of Purpose, and their first EIS record, Dripping. Whether you’re new to the band or a longtime fan, listen to this cracking performance and be thankful for Pile.

Pile is touring the U.S. and Europe through June. Check dates here and go see Pile!

Acidjack and I recorded this from our usual location at Sunnyvale right up at the stage lip, plus a board feed from Sunnyvale’s engineer Dave. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Pile
2017-04-07
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded by Eric PH and Acidjack
Produced by Eric PH

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Soundboard (engineer: Dave) + Nakamichi CM-300/CP1 (ORTF, stage lip) > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging, dither, downsample) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [45:00]
01. Worms
02. Hissing For Peace
03. Rope’s Length
04. Grunt Like a Pig
05. Dogs
06. [banter]
07. Texas
08. [banter]
09. Leaning on a Wheel
10. [banter]
11. Bump a Grape
12. Fingers
13. [banter]
14. The Browns
15. [encore break]
16. Rock and Roll Forever With the Customer in Mind

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Big Ups: September 13, 2016 Baby’s All Right

September 30, 2016
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Big Ups

Big Ups are a band that I keep coming back to, not only because they’re the current standard-bearers of American post-hardcore but also because they’re a vital part of the NYC/Brooklyn music scene. We’ve seen them on bills with legacy acts before, but sharing a bill with Girls Against Boys is perhaps the most appropriate of all for Big Ups, who reference the eighties and nineties DC/Dischord scene that birthed GVSB. Big Ups are a couple decades removed from that era but they’re keeping the spirit alive with their tight craft. Their latest album is Before a Million Universes on Exploding in Sound—one of best labels out there for great young bands; and whether you’re a veteran of the nineties or a younger listener, it’s more than worth your twelve bucks to grab a copy of that limited vinyl.

Acidjack and I recorded this set from the stage lip combined with a board feed and it’s pretty outstanding. You know what to do!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC] (Note: files have been updated to fix tracking. Please re-download.)

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Big Ups
2016-09-13
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

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

Soundboard (engineer: Devin) + AKG C480B/CK61 (on stage) > 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 [38:54]
01. Contain Myself
02. Hope For Someone
03. Goes Black
04. Feathers of Yes
05. Yawp
06. T.M.I.
07. National Parks
08. Knight
09. Wool
10. [New Song]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Big Ups, visit their websitelike them on Facebook and buy Before A Million Universes from Exploding In Sound.

Palehound: August 13, 2016 Trans-Pecos

August 18, 2016
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[photo by nyctaper]

It was a sunny afternoon on one of the hottest days of the year, but inside the cool confines of Trans-Pecos last Saturday’s show hosted by PopGun was a winner. Palehound was the headliner and it is true that we had not seen the band since our CMJ show in 2014. In the interim, Ellen Kempner compiled a new band — which is essentially now a power trio of Jesse Weiss on drums and Dave Khoshtinat on bass. With a superb rhythm section behind her and on the tails of last year’s well received album Dry Food, Ellen’s stature has been all upwards since our last meeting. At Pecos to a large crowd relieved to be indoors and cool, Palehound played a well-paced set that featured three new songs but relied primarily on Dry Food material. Sure, we got a couple of “oldies” including the fave “Pet Carrot” but this is a band that is clearly looking forward where the future is rosy as hell.

Palehound will be playing the Wild Honey Pie’s Welcome Campers event next weekend. Details here. The band will return to more active dates in the Fall.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted in front of the stage and mixed with a board feed. The sound is quite representative of the room that excellent day. Enjoy!

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Palehound
2016-08-13
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Chris] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 54:43]
01 [new song – Don’t Come Near Me]
02 Psycho Speak
03 Healthier Folk
04 Molly
05 Easy
06 [banter – bad week]
07 Dry Food
08 Drooler
09 Cinnamon
10 Seekonk
11 Cushioned Caging
12 [banter – Wyoming]
13 Pet Carrot
14 [banter – sleep-away camp]
15 [new song – At Night I’m Alright]
16 [new song – Stuck With the Weight]
17 Dixie

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Big Ups: July 16, 2016 Out In the Streets Festival

July 21, 2016
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Big Ups is one of the very best live bands in New York right now. At the core of that has to be the kinetic-but-controlled performance of vocalist Joe Galarraga, who reminds at times of a skinny Henry Rollins with a sense of humor. Mugging for the crowd, twisting his body into unusual positions, he never loses sight of the music or the message being delivered, which he propels at you in spoken word that rises at the right moments to scream. Brendan Finn (drums), Amar Lal (guitar) and Carlos Salguero (bass) make that performance possible, with controlled dynamics that pay as much attention to the softer interludes as to their songs’ frequent climaxes. Having seen these guys twice in 2014, promoting their first album Eighteen Hours of Static, and been blown away each time, we were eager to see where they’d gone from there.

The band’s 2016 record, Before A Million Universes, advances the conversation both lyrically and musically. At this performance at the Out In the Streets Festival, the band’s growth was evident in the current-album numbers “Contain Myself,” “Hope for Someone,” and “National Parks,” as well as a new piece that explores the soft/loud dynamic even further. On this sweltering, thunderstorm-pocked afternoon, the band commanded a friendly crowd who clearly knew them well, and made the most of the thirty minutes’ time allotted. The band’s music may be darker in tone, but Galarraga doesn’t let that get in the way of having a laugh with the crowd, or pulling faces that fall on the lighter side of serious. Even with the sun shining, by the time the set reached the band’s most straightforward hardcore number, “Goes Black,” we were all living in his world, and there was nothing else around.

In a crowded festival season, Out In the Streets is a perfect, smaller-scale local standout, with a tent to shield the bands and the music part of the crowd in the middle of Ridgewood’s historic Onderdonk House’s ample backyard, ringed with vendors, lounge chairs and picnic tables, and (not to be underestimated) plenty of bathrooms. The lineup, of course, reflected that ethos, with many of the best local acts (including Big Ups and, coming soon, Guerilla Toss) that Brooklyn fans see year-round at clubs like Shea Stadium and Baby’s All Right. It was one of those days that brought together like-minded people in a comfortable, manageable way — and gave us yet another serious jones for more Big Ups.

nyctaper and I recorded this set with his Neumann TLM-102 large-diaphragm microphones and an excellent house mix by Cliff Ribeiro. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Big Ups
2016-07-16
Out In the Streets Festival
Onderdonk House
Queens, NY

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

Neumann TLM-102 (FOB, DFC, PAS) + Soundboard (engineer: Cliff Ribeiro)>Sound Devices 744T>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix
down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, exciter, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Contain Myself
02 Hope for Someone
03 Not Today
04 Wool
05 [new song]
06 T.M.I.
07 Goes Black
08 National Parks

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Big Ups, visit their websitelike them on Facebook and buy Before A Million Universes from Exploding In Sound.

Krill: March 19, 2015 Longbranch Inn Austin TX – Impose SXSW

December 14, 2015
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Krill Longbranch
[photo courtesy of We Are Going Solo]

It was in mid-September that Boston’s Krill announced that they were going to disband and that their final shows would take place in October. On October 23, the band played their last show at Silent Barn. It was an odd time for the band’s departure as their latest album A Distant Fist Unclenching (Exploding in Sound Records) was just released in February and was a breakthrough of sorts. After they publicly struggled with the difficulties of life as a band on the road, Fist is an album where Krill seemed to reconcile life’s challenges and the band’s own insecurities with ultimately a fairly optimistic outlook. But the band did have a productive and entertaining five-year run and we offer this never-before-released recording we captured at the Impose Magazine show last March at SXSW as a tribute and farewell to Krill. This set consists of their 7″ tribute to fellow Bostonians Pile, and then runs through four Fist Unclenching songs in a set that pretty much encapsulates what Krill was all about — quirky songs, playful banter, and a good time. They will be missed.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted at the soundboard booth and mixed with a board feed. This is the same rig at the Pile set from this show and the sound is similar, but I believe that this Krill recording has better balance. Enjoy!

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Krill
2015-03-19
Long Branch Inn – Impose SXSW
Austin, TX USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040 Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 24:41]
01 Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts into Tears
02 Torturer
03 Foot
04 [banter – thanks]
05 Brain Problem
06 Tiger

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, PLEASE SUPPORT Krill, visit their page at EIS, and purchase A Distant Fist Unclenching from the band’s Bandcamp page [HERE].

Dirty Dishes: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper CMJ Party at Cake Shop

October 29, 2015
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Dirty Dishes Cereal and Sounds
[photo courtesy of Cereal + Sounds]

The story of how the band Dirty Dishes came into being reads like something out of a Judd Apatow movie. The guy who vomits on the girl’s shoes at a party later calls to apologize and buy her new shoes, and eventually the two decide to start a band. The nagging question is why anyone would want to start a band with a shoe-puker — but after about thirty seconds of seeing Alex Molini play bass guitar the answer is obvious. The dude can flat out play. While Jenny Tuite’s lead vocals and melodic guitar lines are the centerpiece of the band, its the Molini bass presence that sets Dirty Dishes apart and are a large part of the reason why we invited them to our play our CMJ Day Party this year. The band had other gigs later in the evening so they needed to start early, which gave us the opportunity to see the band up close unfettered by the massive crowds that filled the Cake Shop basement later in the day. The Dirty Dishes set drew primarily from their 2015 release Guilty (Exploding in Sound Records) with two apparently new songs. It was the interplay between the band’s guitarists that impressed throughout and proves that no matter how you meet, its always a good thing to find your musical mate.

Dirty Dishes’ Fall Tour continues throughout November as the band travels through the East coast, Canada and the Midwest — all dates here. This tour includes a return to NYC for a show at Silent Barn on November 22.

Acidjack recorded this set in the same manner as the WOMPS set posted last week — Schoeps mounted on stage and mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Dirty Dishes
2015-10-15
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Schoeps MK4V (onstage) > KC5 > CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff) > Edirol R-44 [OCM] > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Adobe Audition (mix) > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Please support this excellent band:
http://dirtydishes.bandcamp.com/

Recorded by acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 23:28]
01 Red Roulette
02 Guilty
03 All Of Me
04 Sick Sentiment
05 Thank You Come Again
06 Dan Cortez

If you Download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Dirty Dishes, visit their Bandcamp, and purchase their new album Guilty from Exploding In Sound Records [HERE].

Pile: April 28, 2015 Baby’s All Right – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 5, 2015
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Pile
[Photo by Jamie Langley]

Don’t be surprised when Pile’s latest long-player, You’re Better Than This, is all over 2015’s year-end lists. It’s the most immediately engaging record I’ve heard all year, and another winner from the folks at Exploding in Sound Records. Pile has been supporting the record with a never-ending tour, putting Rick Maguire high up on the list of hardest working musicians in the game. This Baby’s All Right show from April is their second stop in NYC this year, having previously played the grittier Palisades in February. Meanwhile, NYCTaper caught up with the band down in Austin for a short SXSW showcase set back in March (that recording here).

You’re Better Than This has put Pile on many people’s radars, but it was clear from the crowd that some people have been with Pile all along. Early adopters could be identified as the ones mouthing the words to even older songs like “Pets” from the 2010 self-released album, Magic Isn’t Real, as well as “The Browns” and “Grunt Like a Pig” from the 2012 EIS debut Dripping. Though I’m a bit newer to the band, I count myself lucky to have caught them at Baby’s—these guys won’t be playing 280-capacity rooms for long.

Baby’s FOH Harrison Fore recorded this set with a board feed and the Baby’s room mics. I mixed those two sources in post-production. The sound quality of this recording is above and beyond even Baby’s usual high standards for sound. Enjoy!

Pile will be back around playing The Bell House on July 3. Tickets are still available.

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Pile
2015-04-28
Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by Harrison Fore
Produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Harrison) + Audio Technica 4051 > 4x Mono WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [40:32]
01. The World is Your Motel
02. Mr. Fish
03. Baby Boy
04. The Browns
05. Special Snowflakes
06. Grunt Like a Pig
07. Pets
08. Appendicitis
09. #2 Hit Single

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