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Widowspeak: October 13, 2017 Rough Trade NYC

October 17, 2017

Widowspeak just released their fourth album, Expect the Best. It gave me a little jolt of nostalgia to see what’s now by any definition a veteran band taking the stage in Brooklyn again, six years after I caught one of their earliest shows at Glasslands. It also gave me hope: Here’s a band that has thrived from day one on the very simple proposition of writing good songs and performing them well, and continues to be well-received.

This show at Rough Trade marked the end of the band’s recent tour in support of Expect the Best, and it had that triumphal homecoming feel about it, from the crowd of friends and showgoing regulars to the career-spanning setlist. After all, it’s not like Widowspeak need to hunt around Brooklyn for converts. Expect the Best feels like a darker, slightly less pop-driven record than 2015’s All Yours, as befits the times and singer Molly Hamilton’s recent decamping to her home in the Pacific Northwest. Likewise, the new record also has more of a “live” sound to it, a bit looser than the band’s recent efforts, and that also works to the advantage of these songs like, particularly the set opener, “Right On,” which reminded us that despite the association of this band with more of a hazy, laid-back sound, they are more than capable of rocking out. As noted, the set also reached back to the band’s first album for three of their best-loved numbers, the unforgettable “In the Pines,” “Gun Shy” and Hamilton’s Pacific Northwest in-joke “Harsh Realm.” Hearing those songs played by a tightly-knit four-piece — a much fuller sound than the trio had back in 2011 — only reminded me again that some things do improve with time. Widowspeak are one of those bands that has not only stayed consistent, but keeps putting out great new music. That album title they chose this time says it all.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from house engineer Jeremy combined with Schoeps MK5 microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Jeremy) + Schoeps MK5 (DFC, at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre6 (24/48)>polyWAV file>Adobe
Audition CC (align, mix down, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify,
dither, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:13:35]
01 Right On
02 Perennials
03 Warmer
04 In the Pines
05 Narrows
06 All Yours
07 [banter1]
08 Ballad of the Golden Hour
09 The Dream
10 Expect the Best
11 Gun Shy
12 [banter2]
13 Dog
14 The Swamps
15 Harsh Realm
16 Fly On the Wall
17 [banter3]
18 Coke Bottle Green

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Dinosaur Jr.: August 5, 2016 Rough Trade NYC

August 9, 2016


Any story about Dinosaur Jr. in New York really must start with the shows that didn’t appear on this site — the band’s singular string of seven shows at Bowery Ballroom back in December of 2015 (they’re going to be officially released in some form). There, the band celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of their debut album — an extraordinary feat for almost any act, even more of one for a band who some would argue didn’t hit their commercial potential even during the heyday of their style of music. Joined by an all-star roster of guests every night, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph proved how much they’ve meant, and continued to mean, to the music that’s been made during their run. That old saw about being defined by the company you keep? There’s a reason for it.

Which brings us to this much more intimate show at Rough Trade NYC, on the heels of the band’s latest tour with fellow late 80s/90s stalwarts Jane’s Addiction. These homecoming nights are always fun, giving a band a chance to unwind in front of friends after a touring slog. The band rewarded us with some first-time playings of their just-released new record, Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not, which could as easily be the mantra of a band whose consistency and quality has been remarkable through lineup changes and a hiatus. If their first shot at “Goin’ Down” was a little rough (in Barlow’s opinion, anyway), the crowd wasn’t bugged by it, as the band showed off the new album tracks alongside many of their best-loved favorites, including their biggest commercial hit, “Feel the Pain.” Of course, the diehards were there for the older classics like “Freak Scene,” “Gargoyle” and “The Lung,” as well as my personal favorite, the night’s closer of “Out There.” If it wasn’t a two-plus hour bonanza of rare tracks and guest stars, this show was closer to what any band really wants to be about — enduring classics played to enduring fans, in a set that proves that their new material is just as vital as the old. After some much-needed rest, I’m sure we’ll see them back at it to tour the new record in full. We’ll be there.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones in our usual spot in the venue with an Aeta PSP3 preamp for extra clarity. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Dinosaur Jr.’s management team and the Rough Trade staff for helping to make this happen.

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Dinosaur Jr.
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5 (FOB, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Aeta PSP3>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:17:19]
01 The Lung
02 Goin’ Down
03 Love Is…
04 [banter1]
05 I Told Everyone
06 Pieces
07 Tiny
08 Feel the Pain
09 In A Jar
10 I Walk for Miles
11 Start Choppin
12 Freak Scene
13 Gargoyle
14 [encore break]
15 The Wagon
16 Out There

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Slothrust: March 14, 2014 Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase, Palm Door (Austin, TX) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 15, 2014

[Photo by acidjack]

Given how hard all artists toil at SXSW, it’s probably impossible to anoint one the “hardest working” band at the festival. But Brooklyn’s Slothrust have to be in the conversation, having toured their way down to SXSW, played a slew of shows, and toured all the way back to New York afterward. That they did it all with a kickass attitude, and without any lapse in their musicianship, tells you about the character of this band. We’ve been rooting for them since their record release show back in February, and the band we saw on stage at the Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy Showcase down in Austin validated all the good things we said about them then. Frontwoman Leah Wellbaum and her bandmates tore through an absolute firecracker of a set that showed off songs from their latest, Of Course You Do, as well as a searing cover of Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral Fire” (streaming below). They weren’t afraid to stretch things out despite the festival-style time limits, and the long songs they delivered — especially “Magnets Pt. 1 and 2” and the set closer, “Beowulf” were burners well worth the run time.

Slothrust will be celebrating Record Store Day this Saturday with a show at Shea Stadium. Don’t miss it.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones in the optimum position in the venue and a soundboard feed. As with our other recordings from this venue, the sound quality is limited slightly by the boomy nature of the room, but overall excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “7:30 AM”

Stream “Electric Funeral Fire” [Black Sabbath]

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Ba Da Bing / Northern Spy SXSW Showcase
Palm Door
Austin, TX USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (FOB/DFC)>KC5>PFA>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust image, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro]
02 Cubicle
03 Juice
04 7:30 AM
05 Misnomer
06 Magnets Pt. 1 & 2
07 Crockpot
08 Electric Funeral Fire [Black Sabbath]
09 Beowulf

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Melvins “Lite”: October 4, 2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 16, 2012

[Photos by Dana “Distortion” Yavin and used with permission. Originally hosted at BrooklynVegan]

The “Lite” version of the Melvins (one drummer instead of two, no electric bass) is still a hell of a lot heavier than most bands on their best day, and this show at Music Hall of Williamsburg continued that trend. The band is on a quixotic mission to play 50 states in 51 days (possibly setting a world record), and this Brooklyn show found the band a little over halfway through their quest. If they were burned out from the relentless schedule, they didn’t show it; the band came out charging, in good spirits, and as ear-bustingly loud as ever. Even without their usual dual-drummer setup, one Dale Crover can provide a whole lot of percussion, and Buzz Osborne’s guitars and Trevor Dunn’s upright bass similarly held their own. Dunn’s rocking out with the upright bass was a special thrill, as he manhandled the big bass like a smaller electric, playing on his back, twirling it over his head, and doing just about everything but smash it to bits all over the stage.  This set included some crowd pleasers from the band’s best-known album, Houdini  (“Hooch”, “Set Me Straight” and “Sky Pup”), but as usual, dug deep into the back catalog, kicking off with “Eye Flys” from the band’s first album, Gluey Porch Treatments. One highlight at several stops on this tour has been the “Inner Ear Rupture” and “Shevil” combo, and that closed the night’s set in special style, with the song stretching to a full 12 minutes. The band has a ways to go before they get the record, and we’re pulling for them!

Johnny Fried Chicken Boy and I were in the balcony of the venue in our usual spot for this set.  We used two pairs of mics that made roughly equal recordings, so much so that there didn’t seem to be much point combining the two sources.  This is my Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones in tightly-spaced configuration to provide as much direct sound as possible. The results are comparable to the site’s other excellent Melvins recordings from Music Hall, which you can locate by clicking the “Melvins” tag below. Enjoy!

Stream “Hooch”

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Melvins Lite
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded by acidjack and Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
Produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (Balcony, DFC, DINa)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, harmonic exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:19:43]
01 [intro]
02 Eye Flys>
03 Captain Pungent
04 Berthas
05 National Hamster
06 Worm Farm Waltz
07 Leon vs. the Revolution
08 Mr. Rip-Off
09 A Growing Disgust
10 A History of Drunks>
11 Hooch>
12 Baby, Won’t You Weird Me Out
13 Holy Barbarians
14 Let Me Roll It [Wings]
15 Set Me Straight
16 Deserted Cities of the Heart [Cream]>
17 Sky Pup
18 Electric Flower
19 Inner Ear Rupture
20 Shevil

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Earth: October 2, 2011 ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

October 6, 2011

[Photo courtesy of Jason Persse]

The revivified (as of 2005) Seattle band Earth is a behemoth of sound. Progenitors of an entire microgenre (“drone doom”), the band’s latest incarnation is a slightly more epic, and also more delicate outfit that combines elements of heavy grunge guitars, drone and americana. The band also has several ties to the band Nirvana, including lead guitarist and founding member Dylan Carlson’s well-documented friendship with Kurt Cobain, and current bandmember and cellist Lori Goldston’s role as touring cellist for Nirvana (and cellist on MTV Unplugged In New York).

But the band’s connections and history are only footnotes to one of the most powerful of the sets I have seen since I began attending the various New York-based All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals. This fourth year of the festival (awkwardly rechristened “ATP Presents I’ll Be Your Mirror”) was relocated from the quirky (and sketchy) holiday resort where it was held for the previous three years to the more welcoming environs of the Asbury Park, NJ – home of Bruce Springsteen and many other notable artists (including recent NYCTaper favorite Nicole Atkins, as we learned last week). Along with the relocation came new venues, including the weathered-but-still-standing Paramount Theater, which provided the ideal venue for Earth’s prettified slowcore.

The band played five longform compositions, each of which Carlson introduced by name, including the band’s first-ever song “Ouroboros Is Broken” as well as the title track from its latest record, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light, a sequel to which is due soon. Each song was positively massive, cinematic in its sweep, with Carlson’s darkly-tuned guitar riffs threading in between Goldston’s somber cello, all backed by a focused but dense wall of bass and drums. Earth are one of many examples of the eclectic but brilliant programming of ATP – a modern classic of a band that may have been overlooked by some, but is a fixture for those who know them. Not only was theirs the best-sounding set of the festival, but one of the most inspired – reminding us of the critical essence of the early Seattle sound, and where it could have gone if it had the chance to grow up. Indeed, ATP festivals are always somewhere to be inspired, not only by outstanding music, but by the fans and sense of community they engender. It is my privilege to bring you but a small piece of this experience.

I recorded this set with the DPA 4021 microphones from the optimum spot in the venue. Especially given the use of a mobile rig, it is one of my finest captures of the year. Enjoy!

The other set by an ATP band that allows audio taping – Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra – will be posted to the site in the coming days as well.

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ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror
Paramount Theater
Asbury Park, NJ USA

An acidjack master recording

DPA 4021>PS/2>Sony PCM-M10 (24/44.1)>Audition (set fades, fix clapping, EQ, normalize)>Audacity (tracking)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Black Water Side>Old Black
02 Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull
03 Father Midnight
04 Ouroboros is Broken
05 Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light

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Melvins: June 6, 2011 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

June 10, 2011

[Photos by Greg Cristman.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved]

My last Melvins show had nothing on the epic 25th anniversary show that we also recorded (both recordings available here), where the band did a full run-through of their most famous album, Houdini, and a gaggle of other songs in a two and a half hour set.  So naturally, I was anxious to see them again at these shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, where the band promised run-throughs of multiple albums per night.  On this first of the two nights, the band played material from three of their records, the classic Lysol, the somewhat less-known Eggnog, and finally, Houdini.  The venue’s sound system – arguably the best in tri-state area – was a highlight in and of itself as it pumped out the bone-rattling levels of sound from the band.  Unlike the 25th anniversary show, this show was all business, with the band doing a first set consisting of a mix of Eggnog and Lysol tracks that closed with an epic “Sacrifice” without a single second of banter.  This set of longer, sludgier songs set a (relatively) mellow tone to preface the blistering second set, consisting entirely of tracks from Houdini.  By the end of the kickoff track of the second set, “Hag Me,” the floor was a sea of bodies, and it stayed that way through the very last song, “Spread Eagle Beagle,” which closed out, appropriately, with the band’s dual drummers pounding the skins alone onstage.  Once again, the Melvins brought the epic noise… leaving us hungry for night two.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps microphones on the center of the balcony, running into a custom analog preamp to provide more detail and warmth to the recording.  The results are outstanding and reflect the incredible sound in the room.

Night two was also recorded and will be posted soon.

Stream “Second Coming>The Ballad of Dwight Frye [Alice Cooper]”

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Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: Schoeps Mk41>CMC6>Oade M248>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: Balcony, DFC, mics on extension arm aimed down PAS
Mastering: 24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, tracking, light EQ on set II only (-1dB below ~250Hz)

SET I: Eggnog and Lysol [57:44]
01 [Set I Intro]
02 Charmicarmicat: Bastards
03 Lysol (aka Hung Bunny)>
04 Roman Dog Bird
05 Hog Leg: Like Stee, Moanin Ludlow
06 Antioxidote: Pigs Don’t Let It
07 Wispy: I Don’t Know But I Don’t Feel So Good
08 With Teeth
09 Second Coming>The Ballad of Dwight Frye [Alice Cooper]
10 Sacrifice

SET II: Houdini [56:27]
11 [Set II Intro]
12 Hag Me
13 Pearl Bomb
14 Hooch
15 Honey Bucket
16 Night Goat
17 Lizzy
18 Goin’ Blind
19 Joan of Arc
20 Set Me Straight
21 Sky Pup
22 Teet
23 Copache
24 Spread Eagle Beagle

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Melvins: June 18, 2010 and May 15, 2009 Webster Hall – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 22, 2010

The Melvins
[At the May 2009 Webster Hall show.  This photo courtesy of Ryan Muir]

Melvins have now been at it for more than 25 years.  In that time, they inspired many rock legends in the Seattle/Pacific NW scene, Kurt Cobain and Nirvana among them, and have consistently made vital music that rarely if ever crossed paths with the mainstream.  Originally a trio, in recent years they have come out with an awe-inspiring two-drummer attack featuring original drummer Dale Crover and Coady Willis that only magnifies their sludgy personification of the Seattle sound.  The crowd and performance at both of these fantastic shows from Webster Hall – the earlier being one of their mammoth 25th anniversary shows from last year, the more recent one being a shorter set opening for metal gods Isis, who are on their final run before breaking up – spoke to the authenticity of this act.  For once, I attended a Friday night show where every fan stood at rapt attention as this foursome demolished ears and melted faces, including sharing several new songs from their latest, The Bride Screamed Murder.

Of the May 15, 2009 set, Johnny Fried Chicken Boy had this to say:

“This was one of several “25th anniversary” gigs the Melvins performed in the spring of ‘09 that included the album ‘Houdini‘ played in its entirety.  Technically, Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne has been fronting the band under that moniker a little longer, but who’s counting?  I hadn’t seen the band since ‘97 and am I glad I pulled the trigger on getting tickets.  It was one of those shows that remind you that you’re alive; the energy was phenomenal and spilled over into the moderate pit that broke out.  Having forgotten how amazing these guys can be in a live setting, it brought back memories of this old man’s youth.  They opened with a short set of material from the ‘Mangled Demos from 1983‘ disc that had their first drummer, Mike Dillard, pounding the skins and current, long-time drummer, Dale Crover, on bass.  Trevor Dunn came out later to handle the low-end duties after Dale switched to the drums.  I’ve been to a lot of concerts but this was definitely in my top three of loudest shows I’d seen and I don’t have the memory or time to scratch my head remembering the other two.  It was so loud my clothes were vibrating, as were the keys and loose change in my pockets.  It was so loud my friend had to go sit down because she was getting nauseous.”

These shows were recorded in very different ways.  I recorded the June 2010 set with the DPA microphones mounted to an articulated arm clamped to the balcony, while Johnny recorded the May 2009 set using a lean and mean mobile rig.

Since some people may ask, please note that we were not permitted to record Isis.  Their management made it very clear that the band does not allow audio taping of any kind, and we respect their wishes.  We wish Isis the best in their final shows and future endeavors.

Direct download of complete June 18, 2010 show in MP3 [HERE] | FLAC [HERE]

Direct download of complete May 15, 2009 show in MP3 [HERE] | FLAC [HERE]

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Webster Hall
New York, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Equipment: DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod (24/44.1)
Position: Clamp to left side of SBD cage, extended right, roughly DIN
Mastering: 24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Audacity (set fades, EQ (cut 200Hz by ~2dB, boost frequencies above 10kHz by ~3dB), tracking, amplify/balance channels, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Time 1:09:50]
01 Sacrifice
02 Civilized Worm/Black Stooges
03 Pig House
04 Electric Flower
05 Anaconda
06 Black Bock/The Kicking Machine
07 Billy Fish/Lovely Butterflies
08 The Water Glass
09 Evil New War God/Amazon
10 The Talking Horse
11 Hung Bunny/Roman Bird Dog

Webster Hall
New York, NY, USA

Source: Church Audio CA-11 > SP-SPSB-8 > Edirol R-09 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-09 > USB > PC > Adobe Audition (adjust levels, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > Trader’s Little Helper (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

01 intro
02 Walter
03 Forgotten Principles
04 If You Get Bored
05 Matt-Alec
06 Snake Appeal
07 Run Around
08 The Real You
09 Set Me Straight
10 I Don’t Know
11 Sunshine of Your Love  [Cream] / unknown
12 Second Coming  [Alice Cooper]
13 Ballad of Dwight Fry  [Alice Cooper]
14 It’s Shoved
15 Let Me Roll It  [Paul McCartney & Wings]
16 Suicide in Progress
17 Oven
18 Black Bock
19 Let God Be Your Gardener

[Houdini set – Buzz, Dale, Trevor Dunn on bass]
20 Drum intro > Hag Me
21 Pearl Bomb
22 Hooch
23 Honey Bucket
24 Night Goat
25 Lizzy
26 Joan of Arc
27 Set Me Straight (reprise)
28 Deserted Cities of the Heart  [Cream]
29 Sky Pup
30 Teet
31 Goin’ Blind  [Kiss]
32 Copache
33 Spread Eagle Beagle
34 With Teeth
35 The Bit
36 outro

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