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Tropical Fuck Storm: September 20, 2019 Elsewhere & September 9, 2019 Hopscotch

September 23, 2019

Tropical Fuck Storm is a band name you’re probably too old to be wearing on a t-shirt, but do anyway because the shirt’s hilarious in an 80’s-futurism kind of way, and because you’re pretty high on Tropical Fuck Storm after they play, and because the merch table is nearly picked clean after their tour and it’s nice to send a band home with nothing left, and because their post-apocalyptic music is a reason maybe to not believe the apocalypse is coming any moment now, and because they come from the same place as Mad Max, and Liars, and because Tropical Fuck Storm just don’t give a fuck, but no Tropical Fuck Storm do seem to give a fuck, and it’s so damn hard to give a fuck…

We were lucky enough to catch Tropical Fuck Storm twice this month: at Elsewhere on Friday for their last show of the tour, and previously at Hopscotch at the tiny, overflowing Neptune’s. Both shows feature songs from their most recent album Braindrops along with last year’s A Laughing Death in Meatspace, plus a couple covers and the usual Drones song, “Baby Squared.” There’s really no doing justice to seeing Tropical Fuck Storm in person, but you’ll have to close your eyes and pretend. The band is touring Australia and Europe soon and you can check those dates here. Do go see them and buy a t-shirt so people can ask you things like what the fuck is Tropical Fuck Storm? and aren’t you a little old to be wearing a shirt that says Tropical Fuck Storm?

I recorded the Elsewhere show from our usual location at the soundboard, with a feed provided by FOH Katie. Acidjack recorded the Hopscotch show on his mobile rig. Both shows sound excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Elsewhere show in MP3/FLAC

Download the Hopscotch show in MP3/FLAC

Tropical Fuck Storm
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

Soundboard (engineer: Katie) + MBHO KA200N/603A (FOB, DFC, DIN) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, imaging, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging, downsample, dither) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [1:07:00]
01. Lose the Baby [Lost Animal]
02. Chameleon Paint
03. Who’s My Eugene?
04. Soft Power
05. Braindrops
06. You Let My Tyres Down
07. Back to the Wall [The Divinyls]
08. Rubber Bullies
09. [fixing the amp]
10. Two Afternoons
11. Baby Squared [The Drones]

Tropical Fuck Storm
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack

Church Audio CA-14c>Sony PCM-M10 (16/48)>Adobe Audition CC>Izotope Ozone 5>Audacity

Tracks [1:04:00]
01. Lose the Baby [Lost Animal]
02. Chameleon Paint
03. Who’s My Eugene?
04. Soft Power
05. You Let My Tyres Down
06. Back to the Wall [The Divinyls]
07. Rubber Bullies
08. Two Afternoons
09. Paradise

Greg Fox + Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: September 11, 2015 WXDU/WKNC/WXYC Hopscotch Day Show

October 15, 2015

Greg Fox + Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

While of course we missed Three Lobed’s annual Hopscotch day show at Kings, those big shoes were filled by an epic day show team-up of three local university radio stations: Duke’s WXDU, NC State Raleigh’s WKNC, and UNC Chapel Hill’s WXYC. The show spanned two clubs, Kings upstairs and Neptunes down. And while a noon start in Neptunes’ darkness with a lineup of four noise acts could be brutal for a hungover crowd, the event wall well-attendended among the Hopscotch faithful. Today’s recording brings together Greg Fox (GDFX, Guardian Alien, Liturgy) on drums and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (founder of seminal noise label Root Strata) on electronics. Fox pummels the drums like only he can while Cantu-Ledesma works the noise blasts on equipment that I won’t even pretend to grasp. It’s a short twenty-minute performance, one you’ll no doubt have on repeat for a while.

I recorded this set with the room mics clamped to the ceiling combined with a board feed. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

Greg Fox + Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
WXDU/WKNC/WXYC Hopscotch Day Show
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard + AKG CK61 > actives > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, balance, mixdown, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [19:26]
01. Improvisation

Support Greg Fox: Website

Support Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: Website

Away Msg: September 11, 2015 WXDU/WXYC/WKNC Day Show, Neptune’s (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 9, 2015


In lieu of its usual tag-team day show with Three Lobed Recordings at King’s during Hopscotch Festival, this year Durham’s WXDU teamed with fellow college radio stations WXYC and WKNC to create a two-level show that offered the broadest possible spectrum of sounds. Opening things up at Neptune’s, Kings’ downstairs venue and an electronic music hotbed throughout the festival, was the young artist Away Msg, aka Kat Liang, who produces thoughtful ambient dance music that incorporates natural sounds into the usual slow-rolling flow of textures and beats. The Raleigh artist’s repertoire consists solely of some Soundcloud tracks thus far, but she deserves a wider audience that we’re sure she’ll get. During her time making music, Away Msg has evolved away from 8-bit style sounds toward a more cerebral glitch/ambient style exemplified by songs like “after work (the good times are too short),” which began this set. Away Msg’s songs are complex without being precious (even with the long song titles), and listening to them in the comforting twilight of Neptune’s at one in the afternoon set a perfect musical tone for the rest of the day, at a creative day show that has historically always been more of a true music fan’s event that the “parties” that go on elsewhere. We don’t get nearly as many opportunities to feature electronic music on this site as we’d like, so this is a special treat. Keep an eye on this artist – we hope to hear more from her in the future!

Eric PH recorded this set with a soundboard feed and AKG CK91 microphones to provide ambiance. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

Away Msg
Raleigh, NC USA

Exclusive download hosted at
Recorded by Eric PH
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard + AKG CK61>Naiant actives>PFA>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, fades, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro]
02 After work (the good times are too short)
03 At the park (burning my memories of you)
04 Reflection (smoking a cigarette by the ocean)
05 Breath of fresh air (it is a good day to die)

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Away Msg by checking out her Soundcloud page

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