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Gunn-Truscinski Duo: July 19, 2018 Elsewhere

July 24, 2018

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!

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Gunn-Truscinski Duo
Brooklyn, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for

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 )

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

Gunn-Truscinski Duo: January 9, 2018 Union Pool

January 15, 2018

[Photo via @taswaim]

Until the surprise announcement of Bay Head from Gunn-Truscinski Duo last year, it seemed like these guys may never put out another record together. Their last platter, Ocean Parkway, was released back in 2012 and besides a very special gig for the Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen, the pair had been awfully quiet for a long time. Fortunately for us Bay Head picks up right where they left off, proving that when Steve Gunn and John Truscinski get a room together, it’s a rare magic that results. And speaking of rare, the duo aren’t doing many shows together in support of the record, but we were lucky enough to capture this set from Union Pool last week. Old classics “Bahn Mi Ringtones” and “Ocean Parkway” brought back memories of Zebulon gigs past, while new songs “Sugar,” “Seagulls for Chuck Berry,” and “Gunter” were captivatingly fresh.

If you’re in LA, be sure to grab tickets for their show with Body/Head.

And if you’re in Brooklyn, Union Pool has another free show scheduled for this Tuesday, Jan. 16, with the inimitable Sir Richard Bishop headlining.

I recorded this from our usual spot with MBHOs combined with a board feed courtesy of FOH Doug. The sound is terrific. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

Gunn-Truscinski Duo
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + 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 [44:42]
01. Bahn Mi Ringtones
02. Sugar
03. [tuning and talking]
04. Seagulls for Chuck Berry
05. [raccoons]
06. Ocean Parkway
07. [tuning]
08. Gunter

Steve Gunn: guitar
John Truscinski: drums

Buy Bay Head, Ocean Parkway, and Sand City via Three Lobed

Gunn-Truscinski Duo: March 26, 2016 Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular, King’s (Raleigh, NC)

April 20, 2016

[photo courtesy of David Schwentker]

Though his solo career has been the (very successful) focus of late, many of us were first exposed to the virtuosic guitar playing of Steve Gunn via his perfect pairing with the drummer John Truscinski. The duo produced a pair of outstanding albums on Three Lobed RecordingsSand City and the masterstroke Ocean Parkway, each with an indelible connection to desert blues, Indian ragas, American folk, and psychedelia. By our count, though, their last live shows doing this music were in 2012, including the Hopscotch Music Festival and 285 Kent shows that appeared on this site.

That made it especially exciting to experience the group’s return to a stage where we’ve seen them before — at King’s in Raleigh, NC. This time, we were celebrating the sixteenth anniversary of Three Lobed Recordings, and in a sense, the reissue of both of the duo’s albums by the label this year. Building on Gunn’s dynamic afternoon solo set, the pair gifted us three songs filled with precise interplay and hypnotic guitar work. Gunn dug deep on the guitar work during “Ocean Parkway” and “Banh Mi Ringtones,” the latter’s signature melody leading the pair into an explosive, noisy jam that iced the cake for those of us who love seeing these two play together about equally to our love for Gunn’s solo outings. After “Banh Mi” wound back to its subtler beginnings, the pair closed with “Wythe Raag” from Sand City, which managed to evoke both the namesake Brooklyn street and legendary musical style for which it’s named. That number likewise came in the three parts, building to another sprawling noise climax before its mystical, melodic closing. As Gunn prepares to tour his new record, we hope these two will find time to continue to work together — it’s something not to be missed.

I recorded this set as with the other sets from the day, with a combination of multiple soundboard channels from engineer Brad  Womack’s feed, together with onstage Schoeps MK22 mics and mounted MBHO mics in the center of the room. The sound quality is simply phenomenal. Enjoy!

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Gunn-Truscinski Duo
Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

4x Soundboard channels (engineer: Brad Womack) + MBHO 603a/KA200N (FOB, DFC, PAS) + Schoeps MK22 (onstage, ORTF, DFC)>KC5>CMC6>Aeta PSP3 >> Zoom F8>8x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro]
02 Ocean Parkway
03 [tuning]
04 Banh Mi Ringtones
05 Wythe Raag

PLEASE SUPPORT Gunn-Truscinski Duo, visit Steve Gunn’s website, and purchase the new Ocean Parkway/Sanc City re-release and their other releases directly from Three Lobed [HERE]

Gunn-Truscinski Trio: September 12, 2012 285 Kent (Issue Project Room Benefit for Tom Carter) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 22, 2012

[Photos by acidjack]


The guitarist Steve Gunn joined longtime collaborator John Truscinski (with whom he comprises the unit Gunn-Truscinski Duo), and bassist Justin Tripp (along with Laura Ortman on violin for most of the set) for a very special trio performance to benefit the guitarist Tom Carter. Carter, who has worked on many projects over the years but is best known for his work in Charalambides, contracted a serious form of pneumonia while on tour in Europe, and has incurred significant medical bills while being treated in intensive care and, more recently, at recovery centers in both Germany and the United States. This show at 285 Kent, sponsored by the Issue Project Room, was designed to raise funds for Carter’s ongoing recovery. The community of avant-garde guitarists and musicians is incredibly tight-knit and supportive, and this contribution in New York was one of many efforts to support Tom around the world.

This set consisted of both new material and work from Gunn’s two most recent LPs for Three Lobed Recordings, one highlight of which was “The Lurker”, Gunn’s side from the out-of-print Three Lobed 10th anniversary box set. For that song, Gunn & co. were joined by Marc Orleans, who most recently collaborated with Carter on the Northern Spy Records release Eleven Twenty Nine. The song, like much of Gunn’s work, showcases a range of styles and unique phrasing, and Orleans’ participation made it all the more memorable. Streaming below is a rollicking full-band version of the 2012 Gunn classic “Trailways Gramble”, which appeared on Three Lobed’s compilation of work of eight outstanding American underground guitarists, Eight Trails, One Path. While a lot of this night’s crowd may have been there for the headliner, Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving, it was perhaps this unique collaboration of guitar talents that was the most fitting tribute to Carter and the work he has done to this point in his life. We wish Carter a speedy recovery, and encourage you to donate by buying music, donating via PayPal, or attending other benefit shows, all of which can be done by clicking the link at the top of this post.

nyctaper and I recorded this set in our usual manner for this venue with Sennheiser MKH-8040 microphones and a soundboard feed. While 285 Kent can always be a bit of a challenge with quieter acts, we feel this is a recording of excellent quality. Enjoy!

The Chelsea Light Moving set was also recorded and will be posted this week.

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Gunn-Truscinski Trio
285 Kent
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ and compression to individual files)>Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>

Tracks [Total Time 48:00]
01 [intro]
02 [unknown1]
03 [banter/tuning]
04 Old Strange
05 [tuning]
06 Banh Mi Ringtones
07 [banter/tuning]
08 The Lurker (w/ Marc Orleans)
09 [banter/tuning]
10 Trailways Gramble

Steve Gunn (guitar)
John Truscinski (drums)
Justin Tripp (bass)
Laura Ortman (violin)

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Steve Gunn, visit his website, and purchase his records from Three Lobed [HERE].  Please also support Tom Carter by visiting, buying his music, and donating to his medical expenses.


Gunn-Truscinski Duo: September 7, 2012 Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show, Hopscotch Festival (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 2, 2012

[Photos by acidjack]

The duo of the guitarist Steve Gunn and drummer John Truscinski, better known as Gunn-Truscinski Duo, was a perfect closer to the Three Lobed Recordings/WXDU Day Show during the Hopscotch Music Festival. The pair epitomizes some of the highlights of the Three Lobed aesthetic – rhythmically complex, guitar-based music with psychedelic overtones that occupies no obvious musical niche, that advances the state of its art while giving a subtle nod to its forebears. With no words sung during their set, it is still easy to locate Gunn-Truscinski as distinctly American; although he melds Eastern elements to his work, Gunn is nonetheless a successor to this country’s folk tradition. What we got at King’s Barcade on this fine Friday afternoon was a short barnstormer of a set consisting of three of the five songs from the duo’s latest release on Three Lobed, Ocean Parkway.  Gunn and Truscinski kicked off with perhaps that record’s best song, “Banh Mi Ringtones”, given some extended jamming treatment, followed by “Don’t Lean On Door” and “Ocean Parkway”. For those who would doubt that an instrumental guitar and drum duo can unrepentantly rock, I submit this recording as Exhibit A.

I recorded this set in the same manner as all of the other sets from this show, with Schoeps MK5 microphones onstage in the omnidirectional setting and a soundboard feed provided by the King’s staff. As I was able to get the mics closer to the performers for this set, this is one of the best quality-wise of the day. Enjoy!

Thanks to WXDU, Cory Rayborn and Three Lobed. Also check out our post of Gunn and Truscinski playing as a trio in support of Tom Carter, which is coming soon.

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Gunn-Truscinski Duo
Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show
Kings Barcade
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5 (omni, onstage, split)>KC5>CMC6>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ and tube effects)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro]
02 Banh Mi Ringtones
03 Don’t Lean On Door
04 [banter]
05 Ocean Parkway

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Gunn-Truscinski Duo, visit Steve Gunn’s website, and purchase Ocean Parkway and their other releases directly from Three Lobed [HERE]

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