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One Eleven Heavy: September 14, 2019 Trans-Pecos

November 5, 2019
photos by PSquared Photography

The days are getting shorter, which means it’s the perfect time for a little sunshine from One Eleven Heavy. The band concluded their US tour for Desire Path with this set at Trans-Pecos, slinging positive vibes and good tunes. A little shorter than their tour opener at Union Pool a couple weeks previously, this set nevertheless boogies pretty hard (and sounds a little better to boot).

I recorded this with MBHO mics in DIN stereo configuration at the stage lip, combined with a board feed from Trans-Pecos FOH, RL. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

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One Eleven Heavy
Queens, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard (engineer: RL) + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN, stag lip) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, imaging, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging, downsample, dither) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [46:16]
01. Old Hope Chest
02. Stir
03. House of Cards
04. Chickenshit
05. Mardi Gras
06. Fickle Wind
07. Hot Potato Soup
08. Crosses

One Eleven Heavy: September 1, 2019 Union Pool

September 10, 2019
Photo via @bbib

One Eleven Heavy’s second LP, Desire Path, doubles down on the seventies boogie rock vibe that made Everything’s Better so irresistible. Building on the first record’s foundation, though, it ventures further into loose, Dead-inspired jams with songs like “Chickenshit” and “Hot Potato Soup.” It’s a pure delight for anyone who’s ever owned a Dead record or discovered the other side of country music with Numero’s Comic American Music compilation.

I was pretty jazzed to finally see One Eleven Heavy—their short tour last year was full of misfortunes including a van accident and a venue closure that preempted their Brooklyn gig. Unthwarted, they’ve been touring the U.S. this month, beginning with this record-release show at Union Pool and winding up back where they began with a tour-capper this Saturday, September 14th at Trans-Pecos. (Grab your tickets!) For a band so with members so geographically separated, they sound here like they play together every day. I highly recommend you get yourself out to Trans-Pecos this weekend for a surefire good time.

I recorded this from our usual location at Union Pool, with MBHO mics in DIN stereo configuration, combined with a board feed. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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One Eleven Heavy
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, imaging, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging, downsample, dither) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [54:54]
01. Old Hope Chest
02. Stir
03. House of Cards
04. Kitty Clyde’s Sister
05. Chickenshit
06. Mardi Gras
07. Fickle Wind
08. Valley Bottom Fever
09. Hot Potato Soup
10. Crosses

Dorji-Toth Duo: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Afternoon Jamboree (Raleigh, NC)

September 27, 2017

Tashi Dorji and James “Wooden Wand” Toth are both favorites of ours, each having performed some spectacular sets of music that we’ve featured in the past (and more to come). Dorji is a modern day avant-guitar master, while Toth — best known for his Wooden Wand songwriting — can move fluidly through several genres, as comfortable in singer-songwriter mode as he is with the way out. This Three Lobed Recordings / WXDU Hopscotch day show set featured the two men doing more of the latter, as the two men wove together a one-of-a-kind ambient noise improvisation. The mysterious box you see Toth in front of in the picture is the Octatone, a rare, handmade instrument by Forrest Marquisee of Virginia-based Forest Floor Studios, which you can learn more about here (watch a YouTube demo here). You can’t have one of these legendary day shows without a spiritual out performance, and this collaboration was that highlight for us this year. The connection between these players was such that this creation didn’t even start with a roadmap; what you hear is the organic evolution of two music minds in the act of creation. It’s a special moment not to be repeated, and it’s part of why I never miss a Friday at King’s in the early weeks of September.

I recorded this set with Evan Lamb’s house mix plus Schoeps MK4V microphones onstage. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Tashi and James play at Black Iris in Richmond on October 21. Check it out if you’re in the area!

Tashi Dorji / James Jackson Toth
Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Afternoon Jamboree
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack
Hosted at

Schoeps MK4V (onstage, DFC)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Evan Lamb)>Zoom F8 (24bit/48kHz WAV files)>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 improvisation

Tashi Dorji – Guitar
James Jackson Toth – Octatone

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James Jackson Toth & William Fowler Collins: October 5, 2016 Park Church Co-op

October 20, 2016


There’s nothing like a church performance to put a fine point on the meditative-spiritual practice of listening to music. Earlier this year James Jackson Toth (aka Wooden Wand) teamed up with drone/ambient musician William Fowler Collins for an album of modern pastorals, Under Stars and Smoke. Over three tracks, the album is stark and intimate, something you might listen to on headphones late at night when no one else is around. The inner workings of the collaboration are a mystery in terms of who-plays-what and how the duo’s individual contributions form the whole. Seeing them live, though, you can start to piece together a more complete picture of the composition. The performance we captured here, part of the excellent Music off McGolrick series at the Park Church Co-op in Greenpoint, finds the duo recreating most of album live in a single piece. Collins plays guitar throughout (often played with a brush), while Toth contributes vocals, harmonium, and guitar. Their performance comes off on the shorter side at under twenty-five minutes, but it’s riveting all the way through.

I recorded this with the mics way up close, capturing the music clearly as well as some of the unique acoustics of the church. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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James Jackson Toth & William Fowler Collins
Park Church Co-op
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

AKG C480B/CK61 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [23:39]
01. Live at Park Church Co-op

• Buy Under Stars and Smoke digitally from Bandcamp or on vinyl from Bear Tree Records
• • Buy Toth’s new tape Kilim at Bandcamp
• • • Buy William Fowler Collins music at Bandcamp

Bachman-Toth Band: September 9, 2016 Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show, King’s, Raleigh, NC

September 15, 2016

[photo courtesy of David Schwentker]

If the Watery Love set was the volume plateau of the Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show at King’s during Hopscotch Music Festival, the joint appearance by longtime site faves James Toth aka Wooden Wand and Daniel Bachman was undoubtedly its whimsical peak. This day happened to not only be one of the consistent musical highlights of the year, but also it was Toth’s birthday, so he and Bachman were probably in a celebratory mood. Whatever the reason, reality was that this combination of players had never existed before — Bachman, Toth, Forrest Marquisee on guitar, and Ian McColm on drums — and they hadn’t even soundchecked. What would happen was a mystery to everyone, even to some degree the people on the stage.

However much the 20+-minute drone-ified version of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” that emerged was or wasn’t planned, the outcome felt like more than a mere lark. As with everything these players do, this was done with spirit, turning this into one of those off-the-cuff, daring improvisational moments that have come to define what is always the highlight of this music festival. There’s not much more to say about it than that — listen to it and you’ll understand.

I recorded this set with Brad Womack’s soundboard feed and Schoeps MK4V microphones onstage. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC] [Note: the files need to be re-tagged with the correct band name]

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Bachman-Toth Band 
Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard (engineer: Brad Womack) + Schoeps MK4V (stage lip, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Zoom F8>3x24bit/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 )

01 [intro]
02 War Pigs [Black Sabbath]

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Wooden Wand: September 7, 2012 Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show and Berkeley Cafe (2 shows! Hopscotch Festival (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 25, 2012

[Photos by acidjack]

Back when he was in law school, my college buddy Cory Rayborn decided to put out a 10″ record for the band Bardo Pond, on a new imprint he called Three Lobed Recordings. Cory didn’t have any grand cred-building mission or even a firm direction in mind; he just wanted to give wider exposure to the outsider music he held dear. So after the Bardo Pond release came another, then another, then many others, until the tiny North Carolina label that my friend founded as a hobby suddenly found itself compiling a tenth anniversary vinyl-only box set – which sold out in a matter of days. And at this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival, Three Lobed and the Durham, NC-based WXDU (nominally Duke’s college radio station, but staffed almost completely by locals) brought together an incredible lineup of artists who have released records on Three Lobed, together with other artists who are friends and admirers.

James Jackson Toth, aka Wooden Wand, first joined the Three Lobed family on the label’s 14th release, with the Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice album l’un marquee contre la moissoneuse. Toth has a staggering catalog of releases to his name, including everything from homemade tapes and CD-Rs to the recent deluxe version of his current record Briarwood (which, if you Kickstarter funded enough money, included a USB drive filled with over 100 demos, live recordings, alternate mixes, and outtakes). While Briarwood and Toth’s other most recent material could be best described as country-driven rock, Toth’s work has taken many twists and turns, with deep dives into free jazz, noise and acid folk. Toth has a new album on the way by the name of Blood Oaths of the New Blues, which promises to continue in the extremely accessible (and well-produced) vein of Briarwood. Here at the WXDU/Three Lobed Day Show at Raleigh’s King’s Barcade, we had the pleasure of seeing Toth take the stage to perform a short-but-satisfying set that included several of the new Blood Oaths tunes.

After a heartfelt thank you to Rayborn and his accomplishments with Three Lobed, Toth dug right in with “Mother Midnight”, from his 2006 record Second Attention, a mid tempo rocker that showcases the deep soul in Toth’s voice. You’d never know, from listening, that he is originally from upstate New York. From there, the new material began with the brooding “Southern Colorado Song”, one of several of Toth’s new songs that demonstrates the further refinement to his songwriting even as it stays true to his essential aesthetic.  Perhaps the most moving song of the set was the new “Dungeon of Irons”, whose lyrics were culled by Toth from a compilation of the actual last words of death row prisoners. In Toth’s hands, these scattered musings become a profound statement about mortality and the essential unfairness that plagues both life and death. As this set wound down with the new song “Jhonn Balance” (in tribute to the lead singer of the experimental band Coil), Toth’s day was just beginning; Wooden Wand played Berkeley Cafe down the street later that night.

For this post we are offering both the Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show set that I recorded, as well as a partial recording of the Berkeley Cafe set that was recorded by a local taper Evan Lamb. While the Berkeley recording was done with less complicated equipment, Toth felt that this was the better of the two performances, and this recording adds an extra song not played at the earlier show.

Thanks to James Toth for allowing us to post these sets.

Stream “Dungeon of Irons” from the Three Lobed/WXDU Day Show:

Stream “Eagle Claw” from Berkeley Cafe:

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Wooden Wand
WXDU/Three Lobed Hopscotch Day Party
Kings Barcade
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

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

01 [intro]
02 Mother Midnight
03 Southern Colorado Song
04 Winter In Kentucky
05 [banter]
06 Dungeon of Irons
07 Days This Long
08 Jhonn Balance

Wooden Wand
Hopscotch Music Festival
Berkeley Cafe
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded by Evan Lamb
Produced by Dan Schram and acidjack

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Tracks [Total Time 22:53]
[set cuts in]
01 Days This Long
02 [banter]
03 Mother Midnight
04 [banter]
05 Winter In Kentucky
06 [banter]
07 Eagle Claw
08 Jhonn Balance

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