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Creeper Lagoon: August 10, 2017 Mercury Lounge

August 15, 2017
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[photo from Chris Quartly twitter]

The relative enjoyability quotient of a band reunion almost always depends upon the reason for the get together. When long-departed groups decide to get together and play shows for the simple fun of it, count us in. Creeper Lagoon had a brief but productive career that petered out in 2004. After being named Spin’s Best New Artist in 1998, the band went on to produce a couple of major label releases before splitting up after a difficult European tour. The 2001 release Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday remains the peak of the Creeper Lagoon catalog and the music sounds as vibrant now as it did nearly two decades ago. After the split, all of the band members went on to successful careers and happy lives outside of the music industry. This excellent interview of band founder Sharky Laguana gives all the details, but suffice to say that all of the band member were in a good place when this reunion was contemplated and then announced late last year. After a couple of shows at the Noise Pop Fest’s 25th Anniversary in San Francisco in February, Creeper came to NYC for their first show in 16 years, a one-off at Mercury Lounge with no plans to return.

The excitement of the event was evident in the crowd from the outset as the band interactions will attest. Mercury was quite sold out and Creeper Lagoon’s energy reflected that fact throughout the night. The setlist was a lengthy run through the band’s back catalog with a nice cross-section of material. Universe was well represented as expected. The reality is that this night was exactly the reunion show you would have hoped for if you’re a Creeper Lagoon fan — fun, interactive, energetic, and well paced. If the reactions of the many fans who approached me after the show asking about the recording is any evidence, this document should also be exactly what the fans want.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted in front of the Soundboard and mixed with a superb feed provided by the band’s FOH Kim Griess. This was a rambunctious and happy crowd, although there was a near-fight audible to my left during the encore break. Other than that and some other obvious chatter, the sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Creeper Lagoon
2017-08-10
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Kim Griess] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:32:34]
01 Chance of a Lifetime
02 Claustrophobia
03 Under the Tracks
04 Dead Man Saloon
05 Second Chance
06 [Tracy false start]
07 Tracy
08 [Patrick intro]
09 Dreaming Again
10 Sylvia
11 Empty Ships
12 Motor Away [Guided By Voices]
13 [banter – lawyer shit]
14 Hey Sister
15 Roman Hearts
16 Wrecking Ball
17 Bloodbuzz Ohio [National]
18 Sunfair
19 Keep from Moving
20 [encore break]
21 [Tonight long intro]
22 Tonight Was Fun
23 Wonderful Love
24 Dear Deadly

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Phish: August 4, 2017 Madison Square Garden

August 5, 2017
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Phish did it again last night. On the 11th night of the historic Baker’s Dozen shows at Madison Square Garden, this one themed on a Lemon donut, the band again delivered a unique set of breakouts, first-time covers, and surprisingly placed jams. You could excuse Phish for maybe missing the mark once on this run, but its clear that every single show has been an all-timer and this is why we continue to insist that this a bellwether stand for the band.

Last night’s set opened with a first-time cover of the blues standard “See That My Grave is Kept Clean” or “One Kind Favor”, performed by a litany of artists but first attributed to Blind Lemon (get it?) Jefferson. The set also featured stand-out performances of not-classics “Ocelot” and “Winterqueen”, two songs of recent vintage that got the full jam treatment at this show. The set finale of “First Tube” was truly remarkable, an intensely jammed version that ended with Trey literally waving his guitar around above his head in some sort of feedback devotional ritual.

The second set started off slowly with a puzzling silly acapella “Dem Bones” but quickly moved into jam mode. “No Man’s Land” is another new-y that got some peak extended play, before unfinished it quietly segued into a song that had some heads scratching and phones clicking. Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place” fit the theme (“sucking a lemon”) but certainly seemed like “worlds colliding” of musical genres. But the band did a bang-up job on the number — if a bit spacier than the original. Moving forward, a sample of the “sucking a lemon” vocals would continue to pop up during the set. Phish continued this strong set with a “Scent and Subtle Sounds” which not only reached jammy peaks but also contained a neatly interposed reprise of “No Man’s Land” tucked into the jam. The set ended with crowd-favorites “Prince Caspian” and a now-infrequent visit with “Fluffhead” before the band returned with a non-unfamiliar cover of the Edgar Winter Group’s classic “Frankenstein”.

This was my own personal final show of this run — acidjack is scheduled to capture tonight’s show — but I have to remark that this was all-in-all clearly the highlight of my lengthy but limited relationship with Phish. I suspect its also a highlight of the long-time and truly dedicated Phishheads, and that’s saying something.

I recorded this show from the dead center area of the taper’s section on the rail behind the video cage. The sound in the venue was extraordinary this night and our centered position was advantageous. As a result, the sound quality is superb and I believe this is my best sounding recording of the three shows I attended. Enjoy!

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Phish
2017-08-04
Madison Square Garden
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Sixth Row Center Tapers Section

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 1:09:49]
01 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean [Blind Lemon Jefferson]
02 Punch You in the Eye
03 Party Time
04 Big Black Furry Creature From Mars
05 Dinner and a Movie
06 Ocelot
07 Poor Heart
08 Winterqueen
09 Bold as Love [Hendrix]
10 First Tube

Set 2:
[Total Time 1:24:19]
11 Dem Bones
12 No Men in No Man’s Land
13 Everything in Its Right Place [Radiohead]
14 What’s the Use
15 Scents and Subtle Sounds*
16 Prince Caspian
17 Fluffhead
18 [encore break]
19 Frankenstein [Edgar Winter]

*with No Man’s Land Reprise

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Phish: July 29, 2017 – Madison Square Garden

August 3, 2017
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While EricPH took less than twenty-four hours to post his recording of this show, I’ve taken way too long to make mine available and as a result I’m doing a new post and using the opportunity to gather some thoughts about these shows.

Its pretty amazing watching musical history in the making — as it happens. Now that the “Baker’s Dozen” Phish run at Madison Square Garden is more than halfway done, it has become apparent that this isn’t just a big run of shows at one venue but an event never quite seen before in musical history. The band has dedicated to making sure that no song is repeated during the entire run, created themes for each night, and playing against all of the expectations that come with a band that’s existed for longer than some of its fans have been alive. The first sets aren’t just single song play-throughs, the shorter songs can now be jam vehicles, and there’s no predictable place for a song in the setlist. Add to that a bunch of break-outs, rare numbers and first-time covers, and Phish has pretty much committed themselves to “Baker’s Dozen” perhaps becoming the bell-weather upon which to measure their lengthy career. And as this Uproxx article from earlier today notes, Phish has created a model for fan-friendly artist presentation that most bands with significant fan-bases should follow.

This Saturday night show had some serious highlights as noted by Eric’s review. There was the surprise first set closer of “Walrus”, the twenty-three minute second set opener “Blaze On” that might be the best version of that song the band has ever played, and the set closing Hood. I’ve also always been partial to the band’s goofy anthem “Meatstick” and this version was a hoot. Overall, it was just another prime show in a classic run and we’re lucky to be capturing two more of these nights this coming weekend. Stay tuned.

I recorded this in the exact same place and manner as the July 22 recording (first row taper’s section with cards) and the sound is equally excellent. Enjoy!

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Phish
2017-07-29
Madison Square Garden
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
First Row Tapers Section

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 1:16:54]
01 Llama
02 Wilson
03 Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
04 Ya Mar [Cyril Ferguson]
05 Tela
06 The Birds
07 The Line
08 Water in the Sky
09 Vultures
10 Train Song
11 Horn
12 I Am the Walrus [Beatles]

Set 2:
[Total Time 1:21:51]
13 Blaze On
14 Twenty Years Later
15 Alumni Blues – Letter to Jimmy Page – Alumni Blues
16 Meatstick
17 Dirt
18 Harry Hood
19 [encore break]
20 Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]

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Phish: July 28, 2017 Madison Square Garden

July 29, 2017
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The sixth night of Phish’sBaker’s Dozen” shows at Madison Square Garden was thematically the “double chocolate” donut show. This presented some challenges for song selection as Phish’s vast catalog does not contain a song with the word “chocolate” in its title. But ultimately, in a run of never-ending surprises and first-time covers, Phish chose to open with the 2007 novelty one-hit wonder “Chocolate Rain” by Tay Zonday. The balance of the first set was comprised of fairly short dips through some obscure numbers (“Destiny Unbound”) and the classic material (“Divided Sky”), with the set-closing “Sand” perhaps the highlight of the eleven-song set.

The second set began with another acapella number (The Might Diamonds’ “Have Mercy”) before Phish launched into the first serious jam of the night—a tremendous “Chalkdust Torture.” The chocolate theme appeared again with a cover of Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing” with Mike on vocals. The second chance to jam was the segues between “Mercury,” “Sexy Thing Reprise” and an extended “Backwards” that ended the set in fine fashion. The encore segment closed with another acapella number, this time an inventive and entertaining version of Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”

Eric PH recorded this set with the AKG CK61’s mounted in the official taper’s section, while acidjack recorded with Schoeps MK4V on the same stand. The sound quality of both is excellent. Enjoy!

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Phish
2017-07-28
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

The Baker’s Dozen

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

AKG C480B/CK61 (DIN, OTS, DFC) > Aerco MP-2 > Zoom F8 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Set 1:
01. Chocolate Rain [Tay Zonday]
02. Ass Handed
03. Free
04. Weigh
05. Undermind
06. The Oh Gee Pa Ceremony
07. The Dogs
08. Destiny Unbound
09. The Divided Sky
10. Things People Do
11. Sand

Set 2:
12. Have Mercy [The Mighty Diamonds]
13. Chalk Dust Torture
14. You Sexy Thing [Hot Chocolate]
15. Mercury > You Sexy Thing
16. Backwards Down the Number Line
17. Rock & Roll [The Velvet Underground]
18. [encore break]
19. Fee
20. Space Oddity [David Bowie]

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Phish
2017-07-28
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

The Baker’s Dozen

Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Schoeps MK4V (PAS, OTS, DFC) > Sound Devices MixPre6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Set 1:
01 Chocolate Rain [Tay Zonday]
02 Ass Handed
03 Free
04 Weigh
05 Undermind
06 The Oh Kee Pah Ceremony
07 The Dogs
08 Destiny Unbound
09 The Divided Sky
10 Things People Do
11 Sand

Set 2:
12 Have Mercy [The Mighty Diamonds]
13 Chalk Dust Torture
14 You Sexy Thing [Hot Chocolate]
15 Mercury > You Sexy Thing
16 Backwards Down the Number Line
17 Rock & Roll [The Velvet Underground]
[encore break clipped]
18 Fee
19 Space Oddity [David Bowie]

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Phish: July 22, 2017 Madison Square Garden

July 23, 2017
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Phish’s “Baker’s Dozen” at Madison Square Garden is an ambitious concert series that promises an unmatched level of musicianship and inventiveness never before seen in the history of the City’s “Most Famous Arena”. We’ve attended many shows at this formidable arena over the years, but never a series that offered such unique treats. The “Bakers” part of the equation has been taken quite seriously — we were met at the gates of the venue by the gift of a strawberry donut for Saturday night’s show. And this was no coincidence. The theme for this night’s show appeared immediately as Phish’s never-before cover of the Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” opened the night.

The first set for Saturday followed another development evident throughout the band’s Summer tour — first sets have become serious jam vehicles no longer relegated to straight song play-throughs. And on this night we were treated to an extended “Moma Dance” and a Page McConnell solo piece to complete the “Squirming Coil” set closer that portended unique events to come. The second set began with a lengthy “Down With Disease” which led into the night’s second major surprise — a cover of the thematically appropriate Brothers Johnson’s “Strawberry Letter 23”. This late-70s psychedelic funk piece offered a perfect vehicle for Phish to exercise its chops. The remainder of the second set followed the pattern for the evening as the band played extended versions of crowd favorites. The encore segment struck home in particular as Phish played a local favorite — The Talking Heads classic “Cities”, among a series of inventive covers. We were met upon the exit of the venue with a downpour of rain that perhaps dampened the night temporarily but given our advantageous taper’s section spot, wasn’t a killjoy for very long. This is uploaded as fast as I can these days, and I hope you enjoy a primo recording of a first-rate Phish show, with many more to come.

We will be attending at least four more Phish shows during this run. Stay tuned.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at twelve feet in the first row of the Taper’s Section. The band’s sound crew did a terrific job in this arena and sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Phish
2017-07-22
Madison Square Garden
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
First Row Tapers Section

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 1:22:03]
01 Strawberry Fields Forever [Beatles]
02 Halley’s Comet
03 The Moma Dance
04 Breath and Burning
05 Funky Bitch [Son Seals]
06 Mound
07 Foam
08 Roggae
09 The Squirming Coil

Set 2
[Total Time 1:22:42]
10 Down With Disease
11 Strawberry Letter 23 [Brothers Johnson]
12 Birds of a Feather
13 I Always Wanted It This Way
14 All of These Dreams
15 Split Open and Melt
16 Down With Disease Reprise
17 Shine a Light [Rolling Stones]
18 [encore break]
19 Peaches en Regalia [Zappa]
20 Cities [Talking Heads]
21 My Sweet One

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Xenia Rubinos: April 13, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

April 26, 2017
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[photo from Xenia Rubinos Twitter]

There’s no earthly reason why Xenia Rubinos should not be a household name in the very near future. She is an artist of immense talents as a writer, composer and performer and her art is true. The musical genres that are home to Xenia Rubinos’ exemplary music have been previously culturally appropriated by the likes of well-to-do Ivy League grads, a Smith grad from Connecticut, and a guy from Forest Hills. But as a person of color who has lived the bitter mistreatment of her protagonists, Xenia is in a position to present a necessary point of view at a troubling historical time when authenticity is crucial. The world needs more voices like Xenia Rubinos and her time is now.

In July Xenia Rubinos released Black Terry Cat, her first album for the Anti- label and second overall. The album received an 8.0 from Laura Snapes over at Pitchfork and pretty much universally positive reviews worldwide. In support, she’s toured tirelessly throughout the US and this month saw her triumphant return to NYC.

The Bowery Ballroom show was a special night for Xenia. Not only was it her largest show to date, but it was also her mother’s birthday. Given that her first album was in part a tribute to her recently passed father, it was particularly moving that this performer had a close family connection on such an important career night. The other important participants at Bowery were the crowd, who were both voluminous and dancing throughout, and her two accompanying musicians — longtime collaborator and producer Marco Buccelli who played a variety of drums, keys and effects, and for this tour Jack Hill on bass, moog and guitar. The set began with the opening track from Cat before the trio blasted through a fifteen-song set that fully represented Xenia’s catalog thus far. There were multiple pockets of fans who literally did not stop dancing throughout the entire set and were engaged with the performer throughout. But it was Xenia who was the well-deserved center of attention as she pivoted from keys to bass to solo vocals as an unstoppable kinetic ball of energy. At the end of the hour-long set she was called back for multiple encores — a true affirmation that an artist with integrity and abundant talent will ultimately succeed.

Xenia Rubinos just began an extensive eleven-date tour of Europe in April and May before she returns to the US for a variety of Summer shows, dates [HERE].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up in our usual front balcony position and mixed with an excellent board feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Xenia Rubinos
2017-04-13
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:10:45]
01 Romeo
02 Lonely Lover
03 Just Like I
04 Help
05 Don’t Wanna Be
06 See Them
07 Right?
08 I Won’t Say
09 Whirlwind
10 Cherry Tree
11 Laugh Clown
12 Black Stars
13 [encore break – Happy Birthday]
14 Pan y Cafe
15 Hair Receding
16 [band introductions]
17 Mexican Chef

PLEASE SUPPORT Xenia Rubinos: Facebook | Bandcamp | Artist Page at Anti- | Purchase Black Terry Cat [HERE]

Chuck Prophet: March 29, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

April 19, 2017
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[screen shot from this video]

neild reports:
Chuck Prophet is one of those musicians who went from barely-known to me to a perennial favorite in the course of a single song — or really a single riff, as all it took was hearing the opening guitar line from “Sonny Liston’s Blues,” off his terrific 2009 album Let Freedom Ring. Prophet gets described frequently as the “indie rock Tom Petty,” and it certainly fits his vocal style and commitment to old-school rock ’n’ roll, but if anything it sells him short: He combines a heart worn boldly on his sleeve with character observations that are by turns astute and hilarious, sometimes in the course of the same phrase.

This show at the Bowery Ballroom came toward the end of the tour for Prophet’s excellent new album Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins. Live, not only is Prophet’s dry wit given free rein, but the Mission Express, consisting of guitar wizard James DePrato (here playing even more slide than usual), the superb rhythm section of bassist Kevin White and drummer Vicente Rodriguez, and the unbeatable keyboardist/vocalist (and Prophet’s wife) Stephanie Finch, can spread out songs like “Summertime Thing” and “You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)” into loping jams that would be rock radio staples in an alternate universe. I’ve never seen a bad Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express show, and this was among their best, charging along without letup for nearly two hours.

This recording was made with Church Audio CA-14 cardioid mics from lip of the Bowery Ballroom balcony, mixed with a soundboard feed provided by the Bowery’s supremely talented and helpful new soundperson Danielle.

Please pay what you wish for the download (all proceeds other than Paypal and Bandcamp fees go to the artist), and visit chuckprophet.com for all your merch and info needs — I highly recommend subscribing to his email newsletter, which is always a terrific read even if you’re not interested in finding out when he’s coming to your town (though if you’re not, I don’t know what’s wrong with you).

Download and Stream the Complete Show from our Bandcamp Page [HERE]

Chuck Prophet
2017-03-29
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

CA=14 Cards + Soundboard [engineer Danielle] > Sony PCM-M10 > WAV (24/48) > Sound Studio (light dynamic compression and mixing) > FLAC (16/44.1) > Tag > FLAC

Recorded and Produced by
neild

Setlist:
01 Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
02 Ramona Say Yes [Chuck Berry]
03 Lonely Desolation
04 Bad Year for Rock and Roll
05 Temple Beautiful
06 Who Shot John
07 Barely Exist
08 Jesus Was a Social Drinker
09 You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)
10 In The Mausoleum
11 Ford Econoline
12 We Got Up and Played
13 Iodine [Leonard Cohen]
14 Summertime Thing
15 Countrified Inner City Technological Man
16 Wish Me Luck
17 Willie Mays Is Up At Bat
18 Let Her Dance [Bobby Fuller Four]
19 You And Me Baby (Holding On)

PLEASE SUPPORT Chuck Prophet: Website | Purchase Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins from Yep Roc Records

Son Volt: April 7, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

April 16, 2017
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[photo by Joe Kelly]

Son Volt is currently on tour in support of their new album Notes of Blue, the band’s ninth record in more than twenty years of work. Despite the early years as torch-carriers for the alt-country/No Depression movement, Son Volt has built a career on solid roots/Americana rock. Like band leader Jay Farrar, there’s nothing particularly flashy about the group, they’re just built on a consistent foundation of high quality music. The new album continues in that vein, if not a tad bit more focused on the “roots” sound more representative of the Son Volt’s recent output.

The Son Volt tour came through NYC last week for a few local dates, and we were fortunate to attend the Bowery Ballroom show which sold out months ago. Like the band, the fans of this band are consistent and faithful — members of our group for the Bowery night came from Ireland, Boston and Missouri to see this show. And the band did not disappoint. After the early set concentrated heavily on Blue material, Son Volt delivered a twenty-six song show with a setlist pulled democratically from all eras of the band. Indeed there were three Uncle Tupelo songs in the encore set, and the night ended with Keith Richards penned Stones cover. Son Volt will be on tour throughout the next two months mostly in the West and Midwest, dates here.

I recorded this set with room mics only, running the Schoeps from our traditional spot in the front center of the balcony. The sound quality reflects the show experience — excellent quality sound supplemented by some feisty fans. Enjoy!

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Son Volt
2017-04-07
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded at Soundboard Booth

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:39:26]
01 Cherokee St
02 Lost Souls
03 Buzz and Grind
04 Static
05 Damn Shame
06 The Picture
07 Dynamite
08 Tear-Stained Eye
09 Midnight
10 Sinking Down
11 Back Into Your World
12 Catching On
13 Cairo and Southern
14 Ten Second News
15 Promise the World
16 [band introductions]
17 Back Against the Wall
18 Bandages and Scars
19 Driving the View
20 Route
21 Drown
22 Afterglow 61
23 [encore break]
24 Still Be Around
25 Windfall
26 Graveyard Shift
27 Chickamauga
28 [second encore break]
29 Happy [Rolling Stones]

PLEASE SUPPORT Son Volt, visit their website, and purchase Notes of Blue and other official releases directly from the Official Son Volt store [HERE].

Lambchop: March 30, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

April 6, 2017
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[photo by PSquared Photography]

In my not so humble opinion, Lambchop’s FLOTUS was the best album of 2016. In a similar regard, “In Care of 8675309” is the best song released this decade. What makes it more remarkable is that the album represents for Kurt Wagner a stylistic pivot from a twenty-five year career of eclectic americana. For FLOTUS, Wagner used modern technology juxtaposed with his intimate lyrics to create a masterpiece about the maintenance of an interpersonal connection in a world increasingly enslaved to machines.

We were fortunate to capture the live debut of the FLOTUS material at Hopscotch in September. Since that time Lambchop has toured the world and performed this material more than fifty times in a live setting, so that by the time they arrived at Bowery Ballroom last Friday, we were excited for the development of the songs. Our expectations were met early in the proceedings when Wagner sweetly crooned a subdued version of “NIV” that blended seamlessly into a guitar-driven truncated version of “The Hustle” that was transformed from the hypnotic electronic bifurcated melody on the album to a more unified alt-folk ballad live. “8675309” was placed in the middle of the set but Wagner’s intense vocal performance of the epic number was perhaps the highlight of the evening. The band’s setlist included a handful of older numbers and one cover, but this night was dedicated to FLOTUS and sans the title track, the album was nearly completely performed. The keyboardist Tony Crow provided several ace solos (and some hilarious banter) and the band also includes veteran bassist Matt Swanson and Wye Oak’s percussionist/electronic wiz Andy Stack, whose expert multitasking we’ve noted previously in this pages. But it was Wagner centerstage, and while his abundant use of vocals effects may have startled some of the old guard, the packed house was clearly on board for the FLOTUS sound and hovered on every note. Lambchop’s current tour comes to a close in the next few weeks, and they’re going back to Europe in the Summer festival season, but we expect that they will return to NYC in the Fall.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted in our usual balcony spot and mixed with a flawless soundboard feed. The crowd’s great respect for this performer and this material permitted us to capture the often quiet moments of this set without distraction and as a result the sound quality of this recording is superb. Enjoy!

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Lambchop
2017-03-30
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:39:16]
01 NIV
02 The Hustle
03 Directions to the Can
04 Poor Bastard
05 Old Masters
06 Writer
07 [banter – physical comedy]
08 In Care Of 8675309
09 [band introductions]
10 The New Cobweb Summer
11 [banter – build character]
12 Howe
13 JFK
14 Relatives #2
15 Harbor Country
16 [encore break]
17 My Blue Wave
18 When You Were Mine [Prince]

PLEASE SUPPORT Lambchop: Website | Buy FLOTUS at Merge Records

Robyn Hitchcock: March 1, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

March 6, 2017
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[photos by Ellen]

The night after Robyn Hitchcock’s very memorable Rough Trade show, the performer and backing band performed in Manhattan for what proved to be an entirely different experience from the the previous show. Aside from the fact that the venue is twice the capacity than in Brooklyn, a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom tends to have a discernible buzz and an energetic crowd. And for this particular special event, many long-time fans and some industry folk were in attendance and let their voices be heard.

As a full album two-set show, it was in the second set where this night diverged from the previous show. After a set of Black Snake Diamond Role in which Robyn bantered more and dealt with some vocal microphone issues, the band returned for a second set that mixed it up quite a bit from the Rough Trade show. At Bowery we got a mini quiet set with “I Often Dream of Trains” as the highlight, a chugging version of Dylan’s “Obviously Five Believers” and a pretty rare Love cover in the encore set. These two nights of prime Robyn Hitchcock and band playing at the peak of their skills were best-of-year quality shows and I expect we will be revisiting them often.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps mounted next to the soundboard booth in the front of the balcony. The sound in the venue was again outstanding and other then some crowd rowdiness, this is another superb recording. Enjoy!

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Robyn Hitchcock
2017-03-01
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded at Soundboard Booth

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:46:52]
Set 1 (Black Diamond Snake Role)
01 The Man Who Invented Himself
02 Brenda’s Iron Sledge
03 Do Policemen Sing
04 The Lizard
05 [banter – chocolate]
06 Meat
07 [banter – precision]
08 Acid Bird
09 [banter – New York Rocker]
10 I Watch the Cars
11 [banter – grey dove]
12 Out of the Picture
13 City of Shame
14 Love
Set 2
15 Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole
16 It’s a Mystic Trip
17 Give Me a Spanner Ralph
18 [banter – British Rail]
19 I Often Dream of Trains
20 Winter Love
21 Let There Be More Darkness
22 Obviously Five Believers [Dylan]
23 Going Down to Liverpool [The Waves]
24 Kingdom of Love
25 [banter – thanks]
26 He’s a Reptile
27 [encore break]
28 Rock ‘n’ Roll Toilet
29 Stephanie Knows Who [Love]
30 Airscape

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