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MV & EE: January 19, 2020 Baby’s All Right

January 27, 2020

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Matt and Erika playing together at MV/EE. Of course Matt’s been busy charting new frequencies with his latest solo record, Preserves, and jamming with his other duo, Wet Tuna. But really there’s nothing nicer than a cosmic Sunday matinee with the classic duo, who drove down from Vermont to open for Dead tribute band High Time. Even the traffic couldn’t dampen their spirits as they took a more relaxed drive with “East Mountain Joint,” followed by “Tea Devil,” and an extended ride on “Shit’s Creek” and “No $.”

This recording is a result of a combined effort—my onstage recording with the MBHO omnis and Baby’s FOH Alex Harwood’s soundboard recording. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY

On stage recording by Eric PH
Soundboard recording by Alex Harwood

Mixed and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard + MBHO KA100DK/603A (on stage) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 2.0.5 > FLAC

Tracks [36:06]
01. East Mountain Joint
02. Tea Devil
03. Shit’s Creek > Jam > No $ > Shit’s Creek

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT MV & EE: Their Website | Buy Root/Void from Woodsist | Twitter

Wet Tuna: April 27, 2018 Wonders of Nature

April 30, 2018

There are few things in the world more satisfying than Wet Tuna’s space-hazy folk. Matt and Pat have a rare chemistry that comes only after playing together some twenty-odd years. Wet Tuna are finally on the road for their first real tour (check out the full list of dates here) in support of Livin’ the Die. We caught their sold-out gig at new-ish Williamsburg spot, Wonders of Nature, a perfectly chill small room for the duo. Tune in for these exploratory jams and Wet Tuna will see you on that golden road.

Recorded front and center from the tapers pit with the MBHO’s in stereo XY configuration. The sound is killer. Enjoy!

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Wet Tuna
Wonders of Nature
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

MBHO MBP603/KA200N (XY, stage lip) > Roland R-26 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [58:38]
01. I Know You Rider
02. Other Kinds Run
03. New York Street
04. I’d Rather Be Hayin’

Matt Valentine
P.G. Six


Wet Tuna: December 10, 2017 Trans-Pecos

March 20, 2018

What’s better than an early Sunday evening kickin’ it with the deep space musings of Matt “MV” Valentine? How about Matt plus PG Six, aka Pat Gubler, who’ve been touring (and are about to put out a record) together as Wet Tuna? The pair of guitarists (plus some pre-recorded beats) were in NYC for a pair of shows, the first night (recorded) at Brooklyn’s Ceremony, the second this jaunt at the revitalized Trans-Pecos.

Given that the night kicked off with a DJ set from WFMU’s DJ Jeff Conklin, whose beloved Avant Ghetto show is a must-listen for fans of this kind of music, it felt appropriate for the Tuna to launch with “I Know You Rider,” the traditional blues song popularized by the Grateful Dead. From there, we got two more sick covers – Michael Hurley’s “Water Train” followed by Incredible String Band’s “Empty Pocket Blues,” which flowed into the Livin’ the Die track “New York Street.” Along with this performance with the Tuna, we’ve also caught Matt on some recent solo outings — so stay tuned for that as well.

This set was recorded directly from the Trans-Pecos soundboard. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Wet Tuna
Queens, NY USA

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Produced by acidjack

Soundboard (house PA mix saved to SanDisk thumb drive)>16/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, fades)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 I Know You Rider [Grateful Dead version]
02 Water Train [Michael Hurley]
03 Empty Pocket Blues [Clive Palmer/Incredible String Band]>Empty Mood Jam>Space/Drums>New York Street

SUPPORT WET TUNA: Buy Livin’ The Die from them right here.

MV & EE: November 13, 2016 Trans-Pecos

November 22, 2016

[photo by Sierra Starno. See more of her great work on her Instagram page]

Matt Valentine and Erika Elder, aka MV & EE, have a prolific output of records — 147 releases, if Discogs can be believed — that spans everything from proper albums to live CDRs to all manner of weird EPs and one-offs. But their most recent release, Root/Void, has been one of the most notable. The band’s first record for WoodsistRoot/Void has some of the band’s most focused songwriting to date, without losing the cosmic, herbal flow that gives this couple such a unique musical voice. The band’s latest isn’t missing the homegrown quality that makes MV & EE feel like a perpetually well-kept secret, but it will probably rope in some newcomers along the way.

This show at Trans-Pecos, presented by nyctaper, was pleasantly devoid of political conversation, though by virtue of existing, its politics were evident. Held on a bracing but sunny afternoon in Ridgewood, a like-minded group of souls gathered around the stage as Valentine and Elder pulled out a jam-heavy (even by their standards) hour-plus long set that covered recent road favorites like “Tea Devil” as well as some of the new album’s best jams. Perhaps the winner on that front would be “Roll On,” which arrived here as a furious, 16-minute squall that flowed into “Love Lemma” to close out the show. It was as “rock n’ roll” as this band gets, and it befitted the moment, as the sun fell in the afternoon sky, casting colored shadows on the two players as they did what they do best.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed, together with Schoeps MK4V microphones in the crowd and Naiant X-X microphones onstage. Matt Valentine was kind enough to mix the sources to his specifications, and the result is a true MV & EE burner.  We are offering this recording in a new format that we believe will benefit both the artists and the fans — our new “official” bandcamp page. The downloads are offered in every format on a “pay what you will” basis, and streaming remains free via the bandcamp page and their handy mobile app. We hope you are as proud of the new effort as we are. Enjoy!

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Queens, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper bandcamp
Recorded by acidjack
Produced by Matt Valentine

Soundboard (mono) + Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC)>KCY>Z-PFA + Naiant X-X (split omni, onstage)>>Zoom F8>3x24bit/48kHz WAV>Matt’s wizardry>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:08:22]
01 Much Obliged
02 Stars Are In Your Eyes
03 Coot Moon Rap
04 No $>Shit’s Creek
05 Tea Devil>Tea Jam
06 Shout Outs Rap
07 Roll On>jam>Love Lemma

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT MV & EE: Their Website | Buy Root/Void from Woodsist | Twitter

Matt Valentine: August 14, 2016 Union Pool

August 24, 2016

Matt Valentine

Any Matt Valentine or MV/EE tour poster will tell you that tapers are welcome; and we’ve never been shy about taking him up on the invitation. We caught up with Valentine earlier this year for his solo release Midden Mound. And now a few months later, we returned to Valentine’s space homestead for this Sunday night space folk set highlighting his new record, Blazing Grace. As usual, you’ll find Valentine’s signature blend of noisy folk songs and trippy jams here. Meanwhile, Valentine wrapped up his tour last night, but he’ll no doubt be hitting that golden road again soon so keep an eye out for next time—we’ll see you in the taper’s pit.

I recorded this set from our usual location at the venue combined with a board feed from Union Pool FOH, Doug. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

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Matt Valentine
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Doug) + AKG C480B/CK63 (PAS) > 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 [48:16]
01. Boo Woe (When It’s All Gone)
02. Jeremiah Red
03. [banter]
04. Shine a Light
05. [banter]
06. Anji Variations
07. Now I Have Everything (version) > P.K. Dick

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Matt Valentine: February 7, 2016 Trans-Pecos

February 9, 2016

Matt Valentine

This past Sunday, those of us with little interest in the big game joined Matt Valentine for an afternoon of warbly space-psych at Trans-Pecos. Valentine is perhaps best known as one-half of MV/EE with partner Erika Elder, but lately he’s been dropping some heavy solo outings, most notably last year’s excellent double-LP, Midden Mound. (Though I’ll note that MV’s solo career hasn’t slowed the duo down at all—last year also saw the release of two killer companion MV/EE joints, Alpine Frequency and Alpine Tenement.) But back at Trans-Pecos, Valentine treated us to a set culled mostly from Midden Mound with a couple exceptions. “Anji Variations” is Valentine’s take on the Davy Graham/Bert Jansch song “Angie.” That one’s a b-side from the “Before It’s Gone” single. “Ave B” is a Tower Recordings song from way back when, and if you’re a long-time New Yorker you’ll appreciate his story about playing the Mercury Lounge on a Super Bowl Sunday bill with Chavez. Speaking of way back when, I’ll use this opportunity to mention that it was this very room in which I first saw MV/EE perform, back when bands played in the kitchen of the old Silent Barn. It was a pummeling show, with Valentine and Elder joined by Mick Flower and Chris Corsano (later collected on No Floor Tour). And while this solo set from MV is something of a quieter sort, and performed on a stage instead of a kitchen floor, the spirit of the music is the same.

I recorded this set from the stage lip combined with a board feed from Trans-Pecos FOH, Ned. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

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Matt Valentine
Queens, NY

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

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

Tracks [47:48]
01. Freeware
02. [banter]
03. Jeremiah Red
04. Virtual
05. [banter]
06. Ave B
07. [banter]
08. Anji Variations
09. [banter]
10. Shine a Ton > Black Sun > Shine a Ton

Support Matt Valentine: Facebook | Buy MV/EE and MV solo records from their blog

MV & EE: February 17, 2014 Baby’s All Right – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

February 21, 2014

[Photos by acidjack]

MV & EE are one of those acts that’s so prolific, and whose output is so varied, one would be a fool to try and summarize it all. Cosmic voyagers Matt Valentine and Erika Elder began their journey more than a decade ago, combining Indian raga style with deep psych and damaged Appalachian folk into something wholly new and often unexpected. The duo has a mini-residency going this month at Baby’s All Right, a relatively new Williamsburg venue and restaurant that’s as good-looking as it is inviting. Elder and Valentine served up two sets’ worth of material that covered a range of their career, including songs from their latest, Shade Grown. Building gradually, the first set began with the early slow-burner “Beautiful Mountain”, then “Tea Devil” from the band’s Three Lobed release Country Stash, and “Leaves” from their Woodsist LP Space Homestead, ending with the countrified twang of “Shotgun Willie”. Set two found Valentine and Elder kicking off with “Shit’s Creek” (also from Space Homestead) before taking things into the deep jam zone, as an extra-heady “Too Far To See”,  flowed into an extended jam before landing on a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Green Is the Color”, jamming into the beat-backed “Cocola Parabola”. This show whetted our appetite for the band’s next appearance at the venue this coming Monday, which is a free show. If you haven’t had a chance to check out MV & EE, not to mention Williamsburg’s finest new venue, this is your chance.

This recording was made with a full multitrack digital fileset generously provided by house engineer Devin Foley, together with my Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

MV & EE will be back at Baby’s All Right this coming Monday, February 24. The show is free (see flyer below), so come check it out!

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Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded by Devin Foley and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

6-channel multitrack soundboard (Engineer: Devin Foley) + Schoeps MK4V (stage lip)>KC5>CMC6>Pro Tools>8x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (various dynamics, compression, alignment, mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, stereo imaging, dynamics)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Set 1
01 [intro]
02 Beautiful Mountain
03 Tea Devil
04 [tuning]
05 Leaves
06 [banter]
07 Shotgun Willie

Set 2
08 [intro set 2]
09 Shit’s Creek
10 Too Far To See>jam
11 Green Is the Color [Pink Floyd]>jam>
12 Cocola Parabola

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT MV & EE, visit their website, buy Shade Grown and other releases there, and visit Three Lobed Recordings for Fuzzweed and Country Stash and Woodsist for Space Homestead.

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