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William Tyler: February 26, 2019 (Le) Poisson Rouge

March 6, 2019

Here’s a nice companion to William Tyler’s record release show last month at Rough Trade NYC. That show was the start of his tour for Goes West and as it turns out, was only a small preview of what he’s been up to. For the (Le) Poisson Rouge crowd, Tyler pulled out all the stops, playing acoustic and electric songs, and inviting locals Steve Gunn and Ryan Sawyer to join in for a few. Gunn plays on “High Anxiety” from Modern Country and contributes guitar and vocals to a cover of Michael Chapman’s “Among the Trees.” Things kick into high gear when Ryan Sawyer joins Tyler for “Whole New Dude” from the Lost Colony EP. They make an outstanding duo and the energy on that song is just incredible. Is there hope someday for a Tyler-Gunn-Sawyer jam sesh? Let’s plant the seed.

I recorded this set with the MBHO hypercardioids, combined with a board feed courtesy of the venue and engineer, Jason. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

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William Tyler
(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Jason) + MBHO KA500HN/603A (at SBD) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [1:16:04]
01. Intro
02. Man in a Hurry
03. Fail Safe Intro
04. Fail Safe
05. I’m Gonna Live Forever (If It Kills Me)
06. Eventual Surrender Intro
07. Eventual Surrender
08. Gone Clear Intro
09. Gone Clear
10. We Can’t Go Home Again Intro
11. We Can’t Go Home Again
12. Our Lady of the Desert
13. Highway Anxiety Intro
14. Highway Anxiety
15. Among the Trees Intro
16. Among the Trees [Michael Chapman]
17. Whole New Dude Intro
18. Whole New Dude

14, 16 with Steve Gunn
18 with Ryan Sawyer

Buy William Tyler’s records, including Goes West and Modern Country at Merge

Tortoise: March 15, 2017 (Le) Poisson Rouge

March 20, 2017

[Photo by David C/@castleone]

Almost exactly a year since we last saw Tortoise, the band rolled back into town for a two-night stand at (le) Poisson Rouge and the Hall at MP. The great thing about seeing Tortoise—and it’s why I come back year after year—is that they’ve got such a vast catalog that there’s always new material to hear along with a revolving cast of deep cuts the band brings out on tour. Like last year’s setlist, this one from (le) Poisson Rouge airs a batch of newer songs off last year’s The Catastrophist, including the title track, “Hot Coffee,” “Shake Hands With Danger,” and again brings out Georgia Hubley to sing on “Yonder Blue.” Adding a few songs we hadn’t heard last year like “Ten-Day Interval,” “Crest,” and “Dot/Eyes,” the band also goes super-deep with “Tin Cans & Twine” from the very first Tortoise album.

I recorded this set with the AKG hypercards clamped in front of the soundboard, combined with a board feed courtesy of the LPR crew. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete show at the Live Music Archive.

Stream the complete show:

(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Tortoise’s engineer: Elliot Dicks
Venue engineers: Jay Eigenmann, Bernie Girman, and Gabe Montesi Garskoff
Photo: David C

Soundboard + AKG C480B/CK63 > Zoom F8 > 2 x WAV (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 [1:25:27]
01. Gigantes
02. Hot Coffee
03. The Catastrophist
04. The Suspension Bridge at Iguazu Falls
05. Eros
06. Gesceap
07. Yonder Blue (with Georgia Hubley)
08. High Class Slim Came Floatin’ In
09. Tin Cans & Twine
10. [technical difficulties]
11. Ten-Day Interval
12. Shake Hands With Danger
13. Crest
14. [encore break]
15. Dot/Eyes
16. Seneca

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Ryley Walker: June 26, 2015 Le Poisson Rouge

June 30, 2015

[photos by P Squared Photography]

Ryley Walker has been a can’t-miss for me on every single tour that has taken him through New York this year, the latest being this date at Le Poisson Rouge with Jessica Pratt. What is so remarkable about the five performances we have covered since September of last year is that every single one has been different, including the cast of performers. While Ryley’s a redoubtable solo artist, where he truly shines is in his ensemble, consisting of Chicago-based jazz artists who’ve played with Ryley on and off for years. On this night, he not only had the full compliment of  his “regular” players, with Ryan Jewell on drums, Ben Boye on keys, Brian Sulpizio on electric guitar, and Anton Hatwich on bass, but also a horn section consisting of Levon Henry on sax and Jamie Branch on trumpet. The results were simply magical; over 41 minutes, Ryley and the players turned these three songs into long-form jazz meditations. If Ryley’s albums fall firmly enough into the “folk” camp, his live show is a completely different beast, something that lives as close musically to the Grateful Dead and free jazz as to Van Morrison or Bob Dylan.

The brand-new song “Sullen Mind,” lyrically, is a hangover tune, a drunk’s lament, and Ryley summons the narrator’s loneliness and pain with relatively few lyrics, delivered at times with a slur that leaps to a howl. The ensemble follows with urgency, their collective sound growing insistent and dark, almost an analog for the troubled mind of the story. Seated just a few feet from Ryley, it was chill-inducing to watch and hear the song unfold, as the players barely needed a nod from their leader to storm forward from the last chorus into a climactic outro. The brass didn’t show up until the new track “Funny Thing She Said,” but that song made an immediate impact on a song that made a perfect bookend to “Sullen Mind,” both of them chill-inducing laments. And lest the lone album track played — “Primrose Green” — get short shrift, it, too, soared on the one-two punch of Brian Sulpizio and Walker on guitars, a poppy-field tripper of a track that makes you want to find some of the substance name-dropped in the title. As Ryley and his band headed off to Solid Sound Festival, more touring upstate and elsewhere, and finally back home to Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival, they are firing on all cylinders, a live unit at or near the peak of their powers. At this point, in festival-land, they’re still playing early — don’t miss them.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Le Poisson Rouge team, combined with Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones clamped to the soundboard booth and a split pair of DPA 4061 omnidirectional microphones on the stage. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete set from the Live Music Archive: [FLAC] | [MP3] + [Apple Lossless

Ryley Walker
Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41V (at SBD, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>> Roland R-26 + DPA 4061 (onstage, split 2ft)>CA-UBB>Sony PCM-M10>>3x24bit/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (limiter, EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 41:43]
01 Sullen Mind
02 Primrose Green
03 [banter]
04 Funny Thing She Said

Ryley Walker – Vocals, guitar
Ryan Jewell – Drums
Ben Boye – Keys
Brian Sulpizio – Electric guitar
Anton Hatwich – Bass
Levon Henry – Sax
Jamie Branch – Trumpet

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The Antlers: June 12, 2013 Le Poisson Rouge – Flac/MP3/Streaming

June 17, 2013

Antlers PP 1
[photos by PSquared Photography]

The Antlers are currently experiencing that in-between-albums and between-tours lull that bands enjoy after working non-stop for years in row. The period usually includes writing in the studio, solo projects and unfortunately for fans, a dearth of shows. Last Wednesday, it was the celebration of the 5th anniversary of the eclectic and groundbreaking club Le Poisson Rouge that brought the band out to play a sold out one-off show. The band’s singer and guitarist Peter Silberman at one time worked at LPR before the Antlers became his full-time vocation, and in fact the first listening party for the original self-release of Hospice took place at the club. Several years hence, the band now has two more releases to their name — enough material to play a full 90 minute show virtually without pause. The setlist was a democratic selection from each of the recent releases, including 3 of the 4 songs from last year’s Undersea EP, about half of Burst Apart, and some prime material from Hospice. We are streaming “Wake”, a powerful version that ended the main set.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser cards in back of the room mixed with a superb stereo soundboard feed. Due to the position of the mics, I picked up a ton of chatter and this mix is primarily the board. Enjoy!

Stream “Wake”:

This Recording is now available to Download in FLAC and MP3 and to Stream at [HERE].

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Antlers PP 2

Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 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 2013-06-15

[Total Time 1:34:28]
01 Drift Dive
02 Rolled Together
03 No Widows
04 Endless Ladder
05 Kettering
06 Atrophy
07 [banter – new record]
08 Bear
09 [banter – tuning]
10 Hounds
11 Zelda
12 [banter – LPR]
13 Wake
14 [encore break]
15 Corsicana
16 Putting The Dog to Sleep

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Mike Watt & Friends: May 2, 2012 Le Poisson Rouge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

May 24, 2012

[Photos courtesy of Robert Kidd.  See more of his excellent work HERE.]

To paraphrase the late Jerry Garcia, not everybody knows who Mike Watt is, but those who do really appreciate Mike Watt.  Having long been established as an elder statesman of punk, post-punk and alternative rock starting with the seminal Minutemen and the inspired fIREHOSE, his versatility has allowed him to play with many musicians of different stripes and genres.  He’s a bass player’s bass player; the go-to guy who you know will hold down the low-end duties superbly and is not afraid of working hard.  If it doesn’t already, his business card should read, “Have bass, will travel.”  That’s why when people in the know hear that Watt is coming to town, they run and don’t walk to get to the gig.

Initially announced as the NYC launch of his new book, ‘Mike Watt: On and Off Bass‘, and calling the event “Mike Watt & Friends”, word had it that he was also planning to dust off the Hellride East moniker (one of his many projects) and play Stooges tunes with J Mascis and Murph from Dinosaur Jr.  After an interview session with noted music writer Byron Coley, the music kicked off and it was indeed The Stooges from their first two excellent albums.  In his element, clearly enjoying himself and fingers hammering the strings, Watt and Mascis were the only two constant musicians during the set.  At any given time the drummers were rotating between Murph, John Maloney and Sonic Youth‘s Steve Shelley.  SY’s Thurston Moore took a turn or two on vocals as did Don Fleming, John Petkovic (also playing clarinet), Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Byron Coley and Noel Ford, the former soundman from the Continental (and current one for Dinosaur Jr.) or so I was told.  It was a whirlwind trying to keep up with the cavalcade of performers who kept jumping on stage.  With the pervasive sense of “what’s next?” in the air and the close proximity of all these great artists, the small Le Poisson Rouge felt more like a party at a friend’s house with a killer band than a concert.  That atmosphere prevailed even more so when the music ended and everyone milled around chatting and drinking while the guest of honor signed copies of his book and greeted all comers with a handshake.  A truly unique evening and, personally, I can’t wait for Mike to pop up here in our city again.  Wondering in just what permutation that will be should prove almost as much fun.

This night at Le Poisson Rouge presented a unique recording opportunity for us.  Rather than having to set up towards the back of the room so as not to be in the way, we were able to park our rig right at the stage lip and nearly dead center.  Recording in this manner makes the separation of the instruments and where they were on stage very distinct.  A monitor was just off to our right so while the vocals aren’t entirely centered, the overall effect is really cool and the next closest thing to being right up front at the show.  We hope you like what you hear as much as we did.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Mike Watt and all the performers for making this recording possible, and to Frankie, Bernie and the staff at Le Poisson Rouge for their courtesy and cooperation.

Stream “T.V. Eye”:

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Mike Watt & Friends
(billed as Hellride East)
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY, USA

Source: AUD > Audio-Technica AT3031’s > Sound Devices MixPre > Roland R-05 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-05 > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > TLH (check/fix SBE’s, FLAC conversion) > FLAC ( level 8 )
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

[Total time: 1:20:43]
00. Mike Watt interviewed by Byron Coley
01. Real Cool Time  [Don Fleming (vocals), Murph (drums)]
02. T.V. Eye  [John Petkovic (vocals), John Maloney (drums)]
03. Loose  [Thurston Moore (vocals), John Maloney (drums)]
04. Dirt  [Sharon Van Etten (vocals), Steve Shelley (drums)]
05. Not Right  [John Maloney (drums)]
06. Down on the Street  [Thurston Moore (vocals), Murph (drums)]
07. No Fun  [Kurt Vile (vocals), Murph (drums)]
08. 1970  [Noel (vocals), Steve Shelley (drums)]
09. Little Doll  [Steve Shelley (drums)]
10. encore break / banter
11. Fun House  [Thurston Moore (vocals), John Petkovic (clarinet), Murph (drums)]
12. L.A. Blues  [Byron Coley (vocals), John Petkovic (clarinet), Murph & John Maloney (drums)]

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Tortoise: July 21, 2009 Le Poisson Rouge – Flac and MP3 Downloads

July 24, 2009

[photo courtesy of Nick at Life of The Mind – more excellent shots here]

Post-rock pioneers Tortoise are back with a vengeance. Their June 2009 release Beacons of Ancestorship is easily their most powerful album since 2001’s Standard. The recent reports from the 2009 shows have been glowing, and on Tuesday night at Le Poisson Rouge, those reports were confirmed and more. Tortoise performed a stunning seventeen songs, including an unheard-of two encore segments of five total songs. The set consisted primarily of Beacons material with a nice selection of older material towards the end of the set.

We seriously acknowledge the continued excellence of Le Poisson Rouge as a venue. Their diverse and eclectic artist bookings continue to impress, and their sound system has continued to improve in quality. Additionally, the venue has been incredibly nice and cooperative to the nyctaper site in many ways, including permitting Acidjack to enter the venue early for this show to set up. The result is perhaps his finest recorded contribution to this site, a recording of outstanding balance and clarity with a remarkable bass response. Thanks again to all involved in the production of this superb listen. Enjoy!

Download the FLAC and MP3 files and stream the entire show on the Live Music Archive [HERE]

Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY

An ACIDJACK master recording

Recorded and produced by acidjack
Hosted by nyctaper

Recorded from the front of the soundboard, mics mounted 11′ up on either side of center post.

DPA 4061 (Coresound “High-End Binaurals”)>R-09HR (24/48)>Audacity (tracking, amplify to -0.1dB, set fades, downsample to 16bit/44.1kHz)>FLAC (level eight)

01 Prepare Your Coffin
02 High Class Slim Came Floatin’ In
03 Minors
04 TNT
05 The Suspension Bridge At Iguazu Falls
06 Eros
07 crowd
08 Charteroak Foundation
09 Dot/Eyes
10 Crest
11 Yinxianghechengqi
12 Swung From the Gutters
13 Gigantes
14 encore break #1
15 Benway
16 Monica
17 In Sarah, Mencken, Christ, There Were Women and Men
18 encore break #2
19 Salt the Skies
20 Seneca

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