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Kohoutek: May 13, 2016 Saint Vitus

July 13, 2016

[photos courtesy of Kohoutek]

Kohoutek are a long-running, loose collective improvisational psych band from Washington, DC and Philadelphia. While the extended Kohoutek family is massive, their core members are Scott Verrastro, Craig Garrett, Scott Allison and Vic Salazar. These guys don’t get out together too much these days owing to geographical differences, but they’ve lately seen some increased activity due to their most recent release, Curious Aroma. We caught up with Kohoutek opening for Dead Meadow a few months back and got lost in this explorative jam that starts off slow and tentative before finding its groove a few minutes in. After about a half hour the band eases things out with their noisier side. If this recording has you curious, Kohoutek have a gig this upcoming weekend, Saturday July 16, at their Philly headquarters—check here for more details.

I recorded this set from our usual location at Saint Vitus. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

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

Tracks [28:21]
01. Live at Saint Vitus

• Buy Curious Aroma from Forced Exposure in the US, and MIE in the UK.
• • Connect with the band at their Website
• • • Check their Facebook for updates

Ultimate Vag (feat. Gibby Haynes and Don Fleming): November 27, 2012 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 19, 2013


Ultimate Vag is a group of avant-garde rockers whose core consists of Scott Verrastro of psych-improv outfit Kohoutek and co-conspirator Chris Grier.  For this Union Pool show last November, they were joined by Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers, and the Don Fleming of the Velvet Monkeys, Gumball and several other bands. The foursome closed out an incredible night that also featured Suzuki Junzo (recording), Eidetic Seeing (recording) and Rhyton (recording) with a sprawling improvisational take on The Walker Brothers’ “The Electrician” from their final (and bizarrely proggy) record, Nite Flights.  The band took that six-minute song and transformed it into a miasma of abstract noise that alludes to the oddly influential role of this song from a mostly-forgotten album. Launching into the number almost totally unrehearsed gave the players broad latitude to take things where the moment suggested they go, and the resulting output is a once-in-a-lifetime musical moment that we are thrilled to have captured for you.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones from our usual  spot in the venue, plus an excellent soundboard by house engineer Doug.  The sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

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Ultimate Vag
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5c>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, smooth peaks, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 The Electrician [The Walker Brothers]

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