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Mdou Moctar: September 7, 2019: Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC)

October 28, 2019
Photo by Rodney Boles

On the final night of the Hopscotch Music Festival, our buds at Kings curated an eclectic show that featured two recordings we have already shared (Moon Duo and Boogarins), a superb set from “house” band Birds of Avalon, Kid Millions, and another very special international guest, Mdou Moctar. Hailing from a small village in Niger, Moctar has received international acclaim as one of the best-known Tuareg guitarists. If you’re not familiar with the Saharan brand of rock music, or you have no idea what that means, let me put it more simply: this guy shreds like Jimi Hendrix. His latest LP, Ilana, the Creator was recorded in Detroit, and is already making its way onto early “best of 2019” lists for obvious reasons. Moctar’s work is special not only for its technical virtuosity but for his willingness to expand upon the genre’s conventions, as well as focus on original music over standards and covers. These four songs will give you a taste of what Moctar is about, but really, do yourself a favor and head to Sahel Sounds to get educated not only about his work, but the variety of 21st century African artists they represent. (Jesse Jarnow wrote an excellent piece about the label here). And keep your eye on those “best of 2019” lists — I know Mdou Moctar is making mine.

I recorded this set with onstage Schoeps MK5 microphones, MBHO microphones back at the soundboard, and a soundboard feed. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Mdou Moctar and his management team for letting us share the recording.

Download the complete show: [FLAC/ALAC/MP3]

Mdou Moctar
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY)>KC5>CMC6 + MBHO MBP603a/KA200N (at SBD, PAS)>Aerco MP-2>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Iblis Amghar
02 [tuning]
03 Ilana
04 Afrique Victime
05 Tarhatazed

PLEASE SUPPORT Mdou Moctar – buy Ilana, the Creator from Sahel Sounds

Cold Cream: September 6, 2019 Three Lobed/WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

October 21, 2019
Photo courtesy of Dan Kulpa

After watching three experimental/improv projects at the Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning, this spectacular day pivoted with a return to some straight-ahead punk. Cold Cream is a project from Triangle punk lifers from bands such as Flesh Wounds, Pipe, and Tegucigalpan, so despite their first record’s arrival in 2018, they own a room like the vets they are.

Here at Kings, Cold Cream energized the room with their erudite, politically-charged songs (not sure how many punk bands work “Dulce et decorum est / Pro patria mori” into their lyrics, but they do). Given the political climate in North Carolina, “Rat Fucker” (about gerrymandering and other forms of voter disenfranchisement) particularly resonated. But really, none of that would matter if the band didn’t, you know, rock, and that they most assuredly do. Tune in and turn this up loud.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other sets of the day, with Schoeps mics onstage, MBHO mics at the board, and a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [FLAC/MP3/ALAC]

Cold Cream
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

MBHO MBP603A/KA200N (at SBD, PAS)>Aerco MP-2 + Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY)>KC5>CMC6>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.3.0>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro]
02 Anti-Fi
03 Eichmann In Jerusalem
04 First They Came>
05 Angie
06 Wage Theft
07 Decorate
08 Rat Fucker
09 In Carrz
10 Objects In Mirror
11 See You On the Somme
12 Cactus Wife
13 Shit Bird
14 Fasting

Cold Cream is:

Mara Thomas – Vocals
Clarq Blomquist – Drums
Laura King – Bass
Ron Liberti – Guitar

PLEASE SUPPORT COLD CREAM: bandcamp | facebook

GG King: September 6, 2019 Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC)

October 3, 2019

Among the bounty of riches at every Hopscotch Music Festival is the variety of punk shows that get put on, both throughout the day show circuit and during the official evening events. Out of a particularly good crop this year, one of my very favorite punk acts was the Atlanta band GG King, who played both this official evening set at Kings and then a day show set at Neptune’s (the downstairs room of the same club) the following day.

This set shows the band at its best, playing high-velocity, hardcore-inflected punk. Frontman Greg “GG” King hails from the defunct hometown favorite the Carbonas, who were at it from 2001 to 2009, and his eponymous band continues many of the things people loved about his last band. In particular, both had a certain pop sensibility that, without making either act cheesy or soft, give them appeal beyond their core audience. This night’s song selection should satisfy both the new fan and the veteran alike; you can hear many of the studio versions on these rehearsal demos streaming on their label’s bandcamp page. Once you’re done here, I recommend you stream your way over to Scavenger of Death Records and discover the rest of what GG King has to offer.

I recorded this set with MBHO microphones into the warm n’ fuzzy Aerco preamp. My man Dave Schwentker was kind enough to track this one out so we could present it to you. Enjoy!

Download the complete recording: [MP3/FLAC]

GG King
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded by acidjack
Produced by David Schwentker

MBHO MBP603/KA200N (at SBD, PAS)>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 WAV>editing by David Schwentker>FLAC

01 Remain Intact
02 Epoch Rock
03 Unending Darkness
04 Mephitic Hallways
05 Acid
06 Another Dimension
07 Joyless Masturbation
08 Cul De Sac
09 God’s Chalk(?)
10 [unknown]
11 Picnic Destinations

SUPPORT GG KING: Facebook | Scavenger of Death Records

Planting Moon: September 6, 2019 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

September 30, 2019

Planting Moon, of Asheville, NC, didn’t quite debut at this year’s Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning, but it’s fair to say this was a key performance by a new band — one that landed the right way on these ears. This combo of guitarists Sarah Louise and Nathan Olson, together with drummer Thom Nguyen, takes full of advantage of these players’ improvisational talents, with Louise adding occasional vocals to her heady guitar interplay with Olson.

This was one of my favorite sets of this year’s Hopscotch — not only are Planting Moon excellent, but their gigs to date have been largely local affairs. Along with the marquee national and international acts (who all play New York eventually), this festival is a chance to see the best acts coming out of North Carolina, particularly the vibrant scenes in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill and Asheville. Trust me, Planting Moon check that box in a big way.

I recorded this set with the same three-source setup I used throughout the day, with onstage Schoeps MK5s carrying the load, together with a soundboard feed and MBHO mics back at the soundboard to capture the room feel. This one sounds great, folks. Enjoy!

Download the entire show: [MP3/FLAC/Apple Lossless]

Planting Moon
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c (onstage, XY, DFC)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard + MBHO MBP603/KA200N>Aerco MP2>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 polyWAV>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 song 1
02 song 2
03 song 3
04 song 4

Planting Moon is:

Sarah Louise (guitar/vox)
Nathan Olson (guitar)
Thom Nguyen (drums)

It’s too early for Planting Moon to have any recorded output, but you ought to support them by visiting their Facebook page. Don’t skip the members’ other work as well.

Object Hours: September 8, 2018 Merge Records/OCSC Day Party, King’s (Raleigh, NC)

October 22, 2018

[Photo courtesy of Dave Schwentker]

Sometimes the daytime action at Hopscotch can be even more intense than the evening, as showcases like the Merge/OCSC day party at King’s have a habit of bringing out top local talent to draw the local crowd. For my money, few local acts are more exciting right now than Carrboro, NC’s Object Hours, whose bandcamp helpfully promises to keep songs “under 25 minutes for your sake.” The band’s instrumental explorations, at least during this set, aren’t quite that long, but it’d be just fine if they were. The players — Nora Rogers, Jenny Waters and Harrison Haynes — are vets of a number of bands, and that experience and confidence shows in their improvisational style. For any fan of modern music for heads, add Object Hours to the top of your list — this is a band to watch.

Our man Dave Schwentker made this recording from an optimal spot in the venue using an Olympus LS-10 and its included mics. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Object Hours
Merge/OCSC Day Party
Raleigh, NC  USA

Recorded by Dave Schwentker

01 Fuse Blower/Vikings
02 The Turning Point
03 Fear Based Excellence

SUPPORT Object Hours: bandcamp | Instagram

Long Hots: September 7, 2018 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Ritual of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

October 17, 2018

[Courtesy of Dave Schwentker]

I should possibly apologize to Rosali Middleman, one of the three Long Hots, for referring to her guitar playing as “feral” in last year’s review of this band’s Three Lobed / WXDU show, their third ever. If you’ve heard her other work, particularly her outstanding latest record Trouble Anyway, you wouldn’t necessarily know it was the same person as the one shredding on these scuzz-rock numbers. It was more a statement the style of her guitar playing for this band than the, you know, quality. But I digress. A year later, Long Hots continue to be one of Philadelphia’s best up and coming exports. The band’s gritty, garage-style approach recalls Philly brethren Spacin’ and Purling Hiss, and like those bands, the Long Hots can make it feel like a 3 a.m. rager in some hopped-up dirtball’s basement even if they’re actually playing a day show in a much-nicer-than-average local club. This five-song set almost doubled last year’s set in length and at least matched it in intensity, showing us new songs that (one day?) could fill out a full LP. As for now, Long Hots remain “Philadelphia’s most anticipated band” in that respect, as they continue to hone their live chops. You can catch another flavor of that on the band’s sole release, the Monday Night Raw cassette, which is exactly what it sounds like.

I recorded this set with a blend of onstage Schoeps microphones, a pair of mics in the audience, and a soundboard feed. It’s a fun recording. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

Long Hots
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Rite of Summoning
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Schoeps MK4V (onstage, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard + Behringer C2 (FOB, DFC)>>Zoom F8>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, fades, normalize)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.2.2 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Nickel and Dime
02 Boogie Trance
03 Mama
04 Die Die Die
05 One Chip

Support Long Hots: bandcamp

Daniel Bachman Quartet: September 7, 2018 Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Rite of Summoning (Raleigh, NC)

September 18, 2018

The consistently positive reception for Daniel Bachman‘s latest record, The Morning Star, is an uplifting reminder that some people still listen with an open mind. The double LP, released this summer by Three Lobed Recordings, takes Bachman’s previous drone experiments — most recently suggested by the beginning of “Brightleaf Blues” on Bachman’s self-titled 2016 album, and extends it to the entire first side of the new record. The 18-minute ambient drone “Invocation” – that a casual fan might wonder if this is Daniel Bachman at all. “Invocation” is a vast and complex new work, blending field recordings, snippets of spoken word, a shruti box, and more. It’s a bold way to begin a record, and to capture the feeling of it full, read what Tiny Mix Tapes had to say.

One fact of a piece like “Invocation” is that it’s virtually impossible to create live in the settings where Bachman usually finds himself — that is, as a solo guitarist. So leave it to one of his favorite venues for experimentation – King’s in Raleigh, at a Three Lobed / WXDU event – for Bachman to find a path toward the album version, even if the result was entirely new. Joined by Forrest Marquise, Jim Becker and Jaime Fennelly, not to mention one of Marquise’s custom instruments and a mic’d, upside-down peanut jar with marbles on it, Bachman and his fellow players created a unique “Invocation” for what is always one of the year’s most exciting days of experimental music (christened this year as the “Annual Rite of Summoning.” This 38-minute organism of a song created a new place inside Kings’ four walls, a space to breathe, to reflect, to listen. A rite of summoning, indeed.

Please put on your headphones, and enjoy.

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

Daniel Bachman Quartet
Three Lobed / WXDU Annual Rite of Summoning
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (onstage, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>>Zoom F8>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, fades, normalize)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.2.2 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Invocation

Daniel Bachman
Forrest Marquise
Jaime Fennelly
Jim Becker

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Nathan Bowles Trio: September 8, 2017 Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Afternoon Jamboree (Raleigh, NC)

October 16, 2017

It’s an article of faith that artists who are friends of Three Lobed Recordings always bring their best for the label’s annual Hopscotch day show showcase, co-sponsored with Durham’s WXDU. Nathan Bowles, a multi-year veteran of the event, outdid himself this year, choosing to use this platform to debut his new trio with Casey Toll on double bass and Rex McMurry on drums. Although this was the trio’s very first show, you wouldn’t necessarily have known it, as Bowles and the new band added new heft to what were originally his solo songs (“Blank Range”) as well as coming out strong with new ones (one untitled, one known as “Freshfaced”). Bowles’ current music has already redefined and expanded the notion of modern banjo music, but the trio promises to push things even further, offering the opportunity to head in directions he hasn’t yet contemplated in other groups in which he participates, such as the Black Twig Pickers. For one, these songs feel a bit more like rock songs, with McMurry’s drumming pushing a faster tempo and an overall heavier direction, particularly on the new song. “Freshfaced.” Seeing Nathan Bowles is always a treat — and it’s something we do as often as we can — and this trio only adds to the anticipation of what he’s up to next. Bowles has a few shows around the southern U.S. this month, so go have a listen if you can.

I recorded this set with Evan Lamb’s house mix, plus an additional soundboard feed of the banjo, together wtih Schoeps MK4V microphones onstage, and AKG 460 cardiod mics hung over the audience. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Nathan Bowles Trio
Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Afternoon Jamboree
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack
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Soundboard (engineer: Evan Lamb)+Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KCY>Z-PFA>AKG 460/CK61 (FOB, DFC)>(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 Blank Range
02 [untitled for now]
03 Freshfaced

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Kevin Morby: September 9, 2017 Hopscotch Music Festival, King’s (Raleigh, NC)

October 10, 2017

Kevin Morby’s star continues to rise, and deservedly so, with his latest album City Music continuing the confident vein of his previous work. Like most of Kevin’s recent shows that I’ve attended, this headlining night at King’s during Hopscotch Music Festival was packed. I’m not sure how much of a contribution the Volvo commercial has made to Kevin’s popularity, but anything that gets more people in the door for him, I’ll take it. Certainly, Morby is now far beyond the “formerly of Woods” label; he’s a big deal in his own right.

This being the end of the night, the crowd was fired up and rowdy, and Morby and his band handled that gamely, putting on a loose-but-rocking set to go with the overall mood. Morby kept the set focused on the new record, while sprinkling it with some of his best-loved songs, including “Harlem River” from Kevin’s first album, of the same name, plus “I Have Been to the Mountain,” “Dorothy,” and “Destroyer” from Singing Saw. But it was the “encore” portion of this show that will probably be best remembered, as Morby took us through his version of reggae-rockers Sublime’s mid-90s classic, “What I Got,” followed by his special version of the Velvet Underground’s “Rock & Roll.” It was the perfect kind of end-of-festival show, with a meeting of the minds between performer and audience that benefited both.

I recorded this set with our friend Randy’s installed AKG 460 microphones in the “FOB/DFC” position, plus a feed of Evan Lamb’s house mix. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

You can catch Kevin on his fall tour of Europe right now. See the dates on his website here.

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

Kevin Morby
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Soundboard (engineer: Evan Lamb) + AKG 460/CK61>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAVs>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:01:00]
01 intro>City Music
02 Crybaby
03 [banter1]
04 Aboard My Train
05 Harlem River
06 Destroyer
07 I Have Been to the Mountain
08 [banter2]
09 Dry Your Eyes
10 Dorothy
11 What I Got [Sublime]
12 Rock & Roll [Velvet Underground]

PLEASE SUPPORT Kevin Morby: Facebook | Website | Store

MANAS: September 9, 2016 Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show, King’s (Raleigh, NC)

September 23, 2016


We were floored by Tashi Dorji‘s performance at Hopscotch Music Festival last year, so it seemed almost inevitable that the relentless guitar improviser would somehow become part of our favorite of the weekend’s events, the the annual Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show at King’s, the following year. This very special show featured the band MANAS, which is normally a collaboration between Dorji and Thom Nguyen on drums. For this show, the band was joined by Tyler Damon on an additional drum kit. Like Dorji’s solo work, many MANAS performances are fully improvised, and this was no exception. This twenty-five minute performance rose and fell, with the tinkling percussion that began it giving way to Dorji’s initial guitar meditations before exploding into a furious, expanding universe of sound. Dorji’s performances have a way of hitting you differently the more times you listen to them; he has a way of producing a tangle of emotions with his instrument. This performance began the day, and set a high bar for what was to come. It was work to be admired, and in true Three Lobed tradition, that made you think.

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

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

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Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (stage lip, DFC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Brad Womack)>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 improvisation

Tashi Dorji – Guitar
Thom Nguyen – Drums
Tyler Damon – Drums

PLEASE SUPPORT MANAS: Bandcamp | Dorji-Damon Collaborations | Feeding Tube Records | New Body Tapes | Korper Leib


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