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Heliotropes: January 25, 2014 Radio Bushwick – Flac/MP3/Streaming

January 28, 2014

Heliotropes Dean Keim 1
[photos by Dean Keim]

Heliotropes headlined an excellent four-band bill on Saturday night at new venue Radio Bushwick in a show presented by Supercrush Studio. When we last checked in with the band it was at our very own CMJ show in 2012 before the release of their album and the steady flow of praise that followed. The release of their debut album A Constant Sea was lauded as a “sumptuous psych-rock opus” by Spin, and a year or more later the band is stronger still. The obvious focus is on the dual vocalists Amber and Jessica, and on Jessica’s heavy guitar work, but at the Radio Bushwick set it was the rhythm section who were the stars of the night. The venue’s excellent sound mix allowed us to really hear the intricate bass work beneath Nya Abudu’s otherwise powerful playing. And Cici Harrison is one of those drummers that you have to watch closely to appreciate — she isn’t fancy or flashy but her tight aggressive play is the backbone of this band. Heliotropes set contained six songs from their album and two relatively new unreleased tracks which bode well for the future output of this excellent quartet. Heliotropes next gigs will be at the Savannah Stopover Festival, with complete Fest dates announced in a few days.

This was our first visit to the relatively new venue Radio Bushwick, as 22 Wyckoff Street. The venue has all of the ingredients for a successful run — excellent sound system, outstanding staff, prime beer selection, and a neat layout. For L train riders, its literally twenty feet from the Jefferson Street stop on the train. We had a perfect experience there on Saturday and hope to return often.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards mounted on a small stand front and center of the stage and mixed it with a fine board feed provided by the venue’s talented FOH Steve. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Psalms”:

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Radio Bushwick
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Steve Saverance] + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 38:09]
01 Everyone Else
02 Early In The Morning
03 Good and Evil
04 [new song 1]
05 Psalms
06 [banter]
07 Quatto
08 Ribbons
09 [encore break]
10 [new song 2]

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Heliotropes: October 18, 2012 NYCTaper CMJ Day Show, Cake Shop – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 29, 2012

[Photo courtesy of MaryAnne Ventrice]

At first, it’s hard to grasp that the women of Heliotropes are your showcase’s heaviest band by far. From looking at them, you might not guess that the diverse group of young women makes monster, Sabbath-inspired rock with chunky, wah wah riffs and a raging backbeat. Also one of the newest acts on our CMJ day show bill, these ladies are kindred spirits of modern stoner/psych rockers like The Midnight Ghost Train, Pontiak and others, and they don’t hold back onstage. For a band whose current output consists of some singles on their bandcamp page, Heliotropes already have a well-developed sound and delivery – and based on this set at our unofficial CMJ day show at Cake Shop, are well on their way to an LP. Most of the tracks played at this show were new other than the released single “Ribbons”, and that new material is consistently hard hitting. The band closed out with a favorite of mine from Nirvana’s first album Bleach, the scorching “Negative Creep”, which the women of Heliotropes brought down in tempo a touch to give a more dirge-like sound to the song.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed provided by the day’s excellent engineer Justin together with Schoeps MK5 microphones in the cardiod setting mounted directly in front of the stage.  The sound is “in your face” and excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Quatto”

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NYCTaper CMJ Day Show
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Justin) + Schoeps MK5>KCY>Z-PFA>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, fades, align, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, thicken, exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (tracking, amplify, balance, light DR compression, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Psalms
02 Early In The Morning
03 Light and Dark
04 Ribbons
05 Quatto
06 Negative Creep

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