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Steve Gunn: January 11, 2015 Rough Trade – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Full Set

January 15, 2015
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[photos by Jill Harrison]

One of the very best songs on Steve Gunn‘s Way Out Weather is a song inspired by Steve’s former noisy neighbor. In lesser hands, such banal subject matter might result in a bit of a dud. But Gunn turns the humble beginnings of “Milly’s Garden” into something wonderful and universal, a meditation on unease and the desire to move on. We last saw Gunn at Rough Trade in October, with his full band in tow, so this was a very different, but equally special kind of performance. Celebrating the first anniversary of the once-troubled (by noise complaints, at least) venue, Gunn played this gig solo but left the songs’ guitar explorations. Again, in lesser hands, a ten-plus minute “Old Strange” as a solo opener might not work — but Gunn’s kickoff to the night was magical. Poking fun at his trademark relaxed demeanor, Steve warned the Sunday afternoon crowd at the outset that they might fall asleep, but the house gave him their rapt attention, hanging on words shorn of everything surrounding them but his lone guitar. Gunn was in fine form, making us laugh in between songs that he played with dead-serious intent. To put an exclamation mark on the evening, Gunn closed with “Lurker”, which first debuted on the Three Lobed Recordings boxed set and was a treat as a full-band version back in October.

Since its inception, Rough Trade has been a valuable add to a neighborhood whose venues are depleting rapidly. Even if its surroundings may be fancier than the DIY spots that came before it, hosting an artist like Steve Gunn for your anniversary show proves that the Rough Trade folks intend to remain a credit to what this neighborhood was.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed from house engineer Kyle Lawrence. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Steve Gunn
2015-01-11
Rough Trade (1st Year Anniversary)
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Tracks [Total Time 57:47]
01 [intro banter]
02 Old Strange
03 Shadow Bros
04 Water Wheel
05 [banter2]
06 Wildwood
07 [banter3]
08 Way Out Weather
09 [banter4]
10 Milly’s Garden
11 [banter5]
12 Lurker

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Steve Gunn, visit his website, and buy his albums, all of which have “buy” links here.

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Matt Northrup: September 5, 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, Vintage 21, Raleigh, NC – FLAC/MP3/Full Set Streaming

October 27, 2014
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[Photo by Andy Marino for Shuffle Magazine]

Greensboro, NC-based guitarist Matt Northrup comes from the distinctly louder spectrum of folks in the solo guitar field. He has commented before on the fact that people don’t always expect “solo guitarist” to represent quite the wall of sound that his performances tend to create, but I suspect he’s OK with the added mystery. One of the highlights of Hopscotch Music Festival for me is always the chance to catch up on North Carolina talent that I haven’t been exposed to before, and seeing Northrup was high on my list. In the dim and quiet confines of Vintage 21, he more than rewarded all of our interest with a multi-part piece, “The Unwinding”, that hasn’t yet been committed to recorded form. What is clear is that Northrup is one to watch among the latest guitar talents. Don’t miss him.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed and Schoeps MK41 microphones which provided a little bit of ambiance. The quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Matt Northrup
2014-09-05
Hopscotch Music Festival
Vintage 21
Raleigh, NC USA

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Tracks
01 The Unwinding (1-5) pt. 1
02 The Unwinding (1-5) pt. 2

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Matt Northrup, visit his website, and buy his records on his bandcamp page.

Mary Halvorson: July 14, 2014 The Wick – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 15, 2014
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[photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

Mary Halvorson is a multi-talented, multifaceted musician who represents the best of the New York scene, which is to say that she seems to be everywhere all at once. A survey of her recent shows includes everything from more sedate jazz gigs at Cornelia Street Cafe, appearances with Tim Berne at the avant-jazz club Roulette, a show in the band People at Death By Audio, and of course, her current performances as opening act for Buzz Osborne aka King Buzzo of the Melvins, currently promoting his new solo album (that recording soon). As the New Yorker put it more succinctly, “she’s in tons of bands”.

While we have tried to feature many of the best-known current virtuoso guitarists on this site, this is a first appearance for Halvorson, a slight embarrassment to us given both her talent and how prolific she is. As this set at Bushwick’s The Wick demonstrated, she is a singular improviser who in a single set can cut across generations and genres. For this set, Halvorson chose to go the all-covers route, including songs by Ornette Coleman, Oliver Nelson, the bassist Chris Lightcap, and a host of other U.S. and international leading lights of jazz and guitar music. To their credit, Buzzo’s metal-minded audience understood what was going on, giving Halvorson her due. She deserves all that and more.

I recorded this set with a simplistic onstage rig of two small Countryman omnidirectional microphones split two and a half feet apart. While there is some ambient noise evident at points, the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Platform” [Chris Lightcap]

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Mary Halvorson
2014-07-14
The Wick
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Tracks
01 Sadness [Ornette Coleman]
02 Cheshire Hotel [Noël Akchoté]
03 Ida Lupino [Carla Bley]
04 Blood [Annette Peacock]
05 Cascades [Oliver Nelson]
06 [banter]
07 Someday My Prince Will Come [Frank Churchill]
08 Solitude [Duke Ellington]
09 Platform [Chris Lightcap]
10 Reflections [Thelonious Monk]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Mary Halvorson, visit her website, and buy records from her substantial discography, which isn’t available all in one place but can generally be purchased at Discogs.

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William Tyler: April 16, 2014 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 22, 2014
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[Photos by acidjack]

William Tyler has been pounding the pavement for the better part of a year now, touring relentlessly on his acclaimed Merge Records release Impossible Truth. No surprise, then, that the road has made his stories richer, his playing sharper than ever before. At this point, folks could be forgiven for forgetting Tyler is also a member of Lambchop; these days he’s more visible for his own work, as he ought to be after two song cycles — Impossible Truth and 2010’s Behold the Spirit — that reached the pinnacle of the solo guitar genre.

This night at Union Pool celebrated the end of Tyler’s long journey with new material and old, as well as some killer stories from the road. Of note in particular were the brand-new “Highway Anxiety”, which to our knowledge is not yet planned for release, as well as at least one of the songs that will appear on Tyler’s forthcoming Merge EP Lost Colony, which drops April 29 and can be pre-ordered at the link below. Unlike prior Tyler releases, this one will feature a full band. “We Can’t Go Home Again”, played on this night, is one of the songs you can expect to see on that album.

Tyler’s an ideal performer for an intimate spot like Union Pool, and the crowd’s attention was rewarded with fine-grained renditions of some of his best. We’re happy to see the man step off the road for a while, since he deserves a rest, but this was a stellar way to close out this latest chapter of a fine and promising solo career.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Union Pool engineer Robert, along with Schoeps MK41 microphones to provide the most direct sound. The first track, “Highway Anxiety”, does not include the soundboard feed, but the sound on all tracks is equally excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Highway Anxiety” 

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William Tyler
2014-04-16
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Tracks [Total Time 45:56]
01 Highway Anxiety
02 [banter1]
03 We Can’t Go Home Again
04 [banter2]
05 Oahspe
06 [banter3]
07 Cadillac Desert
08 A Portrait of Sarah
09 [banter4]
10 Missionary Ridge

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT William Tyler, visit his website, and purchase Impossible Truth and Lost Colony from Merge Records.

Cian Nugent: February 19, 2014 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

February 25, 2014
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[Photo by acidjack]

I first saw Cian Nugent live last September at Hopscotch Music Festival, where we had the pleasure of seeing multiple sides of him both as a solo artist and with his “supergroup” Desert Heat. To date, the Irish guitarist hasn’t played regularly in the U.S., so there was no way I was going to miss him supporting fantastic new album at Union Pool. Here, the faithful were rewarded with Nugent working through solo versions of several standout tracks from his latest, Born With The Caul, as well as material from the seven inch release “Hire Purchase”, the only electric number of the night. The Wednesday night crowd rewarded Cian’s focus and concentration with an ample amount of their own, turning this sometimes-raucous room into a reverent space. With any luck, the reception from this tour will bring Nugent back to New York more frequently. This great artist’s catalog has much more ground to cover, as Pitchfork so presciently observed in a Marc Masters/Grayson Currin “Out Door” post recently.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by Union Pool’s head engineer Ian MacCarthy, together with Schoeps MK41 microphones to provide mild room ambiance. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Double Horse”

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Cian Nugent
2014-02-19
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Tracks
01 [intro]
02 The Ceremony
03 [banter – long story]
04 Grass Above My Head
05 [banter2]
06 Hire Purchase
07 [banter3]
08 Double Horse

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Cian Nugent, like him on Facebook, and purchase Born With the Caul directly from No Quarter Records.

Daniel Bachman: December 12, 2013 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 31, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

Guitar prodigy and all-around nice guy Daniel Bachman closes out my posts for 2013, as he deserves to. This prolific young artist, who we first experienced at Hopscotch earlier this year, has been cranking out stunning solo guitar records at a breakneck pace, with the understated genius of Jesus, I’m A Sinner hitting shelves via Tompkins Square this year and another LP forthcoming on Asheville, NC imprint Bathetic Records in early-mid-2014. Based on some of his recent live sets, there seems to be yet more material at the ready for after that. This set previewed a bunch of the forthcoming record, and even gave Bachman a chance to do an extra-long set due to the disappearance of the night’s headliner. We were more than OK with that, as Daniel busted out some long songs to stretch it out, including “Copperhead” and his just-for-this-night mashup of “Blenheim” and “We Would Be Building”, which is streaming below. Daniel deserves your love and your ears, and we hope you dig it.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed and Schoeps MK4V cardiod microphones. Other than some occasional HVAC noise in the audience mics, the sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Blenheim/We Would Be Building”

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Daniel Bachman
2013-12-12
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Tracks [Total Time 49:45]
01 Intro>Little Lady Blues
02 Orange Co. Serenade
03 And Now I Was Born To Die
04 Pig Iron
05 Sarah Anne
06 [banter]
07 Coming Home
08 [banter2]
09 Copperhead
10 [banter3]
11 Blenheim/We Would Be Building

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Daniel Bachman, visit his website, and buy his records from Tompkins Square as well as looking into a pre-order of the forthcoming release from Bathetic.

Daniel Bachman: September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival, Long View Center (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 18, 2013
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[Photos courtesy of Eric Dawson]

Introducing the 23-year-old guitar prodigy Daniel Bachman at their day show event (where he played with Pelt), my friends at Paradise of Bachelors paid Bachman a high compliment indeed when they referred to him as the logical heir of the late, great Jack Rose. To compare anyone, even today’s best living guitarists, to Rose might well border on sacrilege for those who follow these types of musicians closely. At least, it would if Bachman didn’t live up to the hype. For those who saw him play a solo set of his signature steel string fingerstyle guitar at Raleigh’s Long View Center  during the Hopscotch Music Festival on this Friday night — recorded by our buddy David Schwentker — it became clear that he does.

The Chapel Hill based guitarist, originally of Fredricksburg, Virginia, has four solo albums under his belt already, including his two 2012 releases Seven Pines and Oh Be Joyful, plus two more records he recorded as Sacred Harp that were released back in 2010. He’s been playing this music, which he calls “psychedelic Appalachia”, since he was a teenager. What you hear on this recording is the product of years of Bachman honing his craft, as well as absorbing the lessons learned from sharing stages with the greats, including Rose. This set wandered all over Bachman’s catalog, including previewing two new tracks from his forthcoming third album on Tompkins Square, Jesus I’m A Sinner. Both of those songs — “Sarah Anne” and “Blenheim” — show the continuing promise of this fine young musician. Two of these songs — “Pig Iron” and the untitled number — are being recorded now, with release planned for 2014. Yes, you heard it right — Bachman has a new record that’s not even out yet, and he’s already on to the next project.

This set was recorded by David Schwentker with a direct soundboard feed from the Longview house board. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Pig Iron”

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Daniel Bachman
2013-09-06
Hopscotch Music Festival
Long View Center
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by David Schwentker

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Tracks
01 [guitar warmup]
02 intro
03 Pig Iron
04 Coming Home
05 Sarah Anne
06 [Untitled Lap Guitar]
07 Copperhead
08 Blenheim
09 White Oak
10 We Would Be Building

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Daniel Bachman, visit his facebook page, and buy his records from Tompkins Square or pre-order Jesus I’m A Sinner from Amazon.

Tom Carter: May 25, 2013 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 10, 2013
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[Photo by acidjack]

After a health scare sidelined him for much of last year, it was especially moving to see the guitar wizard Tom Carter back in action on Memorial Day weekend at Mercury Lounge. The Charalambides guitarist took us on an emotional journey through rare material that began with the “Nancy’s Song” (a renamed version of “Colors For N” from the Whispers to Infinity CD-R), followed by “August Is All” from the Northern Spy Records Clandestine Cassette series, and closing with “Numinous”, a very limited and out-of-print 2010 cassette-only release from Prairie Fire Tapes. While some live recordings can’t capture the magic of being in the room, I like to think this is exactly the kind that rewards repeat listening. The delicate but majestic tones of “Numinous” felt like the right choice for an artist whose comeback should continue going strong.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by the Mercury Lounge team, plus Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Numinous”

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Tom Carter
2013-05-25
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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Tracks
01 Nancy’s Song
02 August Is All
03 Numinous

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Tom Carter by buying his music from Wholly Other, the “Buy Music” links at the Help Tom Carter page and visiting the Tom Carter page maintained by Kranky.

Steve Kimock & Friends: November 4, 2011 Brooklyn Bowl – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

November 9, 2011
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[Photo by Jill at fortheloveofbrooklyn]

This Friday night show at Brooklyn Bowl was my first introduction to the “solo” work of the legendary guitarist Steve Kimock, who led the band Zero until the end of the 90s and has played with just about everybody. This “and Friends” billing featured the collaborators Bernie Worrell (the Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist), his former Zero bandmate Bobby Vega, and drummer Wally Ingram, most famous for his work in Timbuk 3. Once hailed by Jerry Garcia as one of his favorite “unknown guitarists”, Kimock’s star has steadily risen, especially within the improvisational rock community. It’s not hard to see why – like the best guitarists in the genre, Kimock’s style is hard to pin down, though it is most often compared to Garcia himself (perhaps a reason that Kimock has appeared with many post-Dead projects, including The Other Ones). This two hour and 40 minute set was a masterful display of Kimock’s prowess, veering from almost reggae-like numbers and soul jams to heady psychedelic meditations. It also gave me a chance to see John Kimock, who recently played the Backyard Brunch Sessions with his band XVSK, onstage with his dad, as he played second drummer for a majority of the night. XVSK vocalist/cellist Trevor Exter, the other half of XVSK, joined the band for a cover of the Wood Brothers’ “The Luckiest Man”, which is streaming below.

I recorded this set from an optimal position in the venue with the AKG large-diaphragm microphones at a three foot split to provide a maximum soundstage but avoid crowd chatter. The results are excellent, and perhaps my favorite capture from Brooklyn Bowl to date. Enjoy!

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Steve Kimock & Friends
2011-11-04
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Set 1: AKG C 414 B-XLS (wide cardiod)>Oade M248> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]
Set 2: AKG C 414 B-XLS (wide cardiod)>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]
Mastering: 24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (amplify and balance, limit peaks)>Audacity (tracking)>FLAC ( level 8 )

[Total Time 2:40:09]
Set I
01 A New Africa
02 It’s Up To You
03 [banter]
04 You’re the One>Pusherman>You’re the One
05 Tangled Hangers
06 [banter]
07 Five B4 Funk
08 [banter]
09 The Luckiest Man [Wood Brothers] (with Trevor Exter)

Set II
10 Berm>Thank U FaLettin>Sing A Simple Song>Berm
11 [banter]
12 Hillbillies on PCP Long Form Part 4
13 [encore break]
14 Golden Road
15 [outro]

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