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SAVAK: June 11, 2016 Union Pool (Unblinking Ear Northside Showcase)

July 19, 2016
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SAVAK

Local favorites SAVAK just released their excellent first LP, Best of Luck in Future Endeavors. We had seen a preview back in January and thankfully Unblinking Ear brought them back to Union Pool for their Northside showcase. This afternoon set literally picks up where the album leaves off with a few new songs like “They Are Bones,” “I Don’t Want To Be Defended,” “Loma Prieta,” and “Sick of War.” Like in January, Greg Vegas joins in on saxophone for a few numbers and I’m honestly surprised we didn’t hear cries of “more saxophone!” from the crowd. No further dates currently scheduled for SAVAK, but I’m sure we’ll likely see them again soon promoting this record that will justifiably end up on some 2016 best-of lists.

I recorded this set from our usual location at Union Pool, the room mics combined with a board feed from FOH Kevin. I mixed those down and then Sohrab provided some additional mastering. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

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SAVAK
2016-06-11
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH
Additional mastering by Sohrab Habibion

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

Tracks [33:01]
01. Alive in Shadows
02. Drop the Piece
03. Reaction
04. They Are Bones
05. Knock Don’t Run
06. I Don’t Want To Be Defended
07. Loma Prieta
08. This Currency Exchanged
09. Sick of War
10. Early Western Traders

Buy Best of Luck in Future Endeavors via Comedy Minus One
• • Connect with the band at their Website and on Facebook

Matchess: June 10, 2016 Union Pool (Monofonus Press Northside Showcase)

June 30, 2016
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Matchess
[Photos By Rocketman]

You may have not heard of Matchess before, but chances are you’ve listening to music from Whitney Johnson for a while now. She’s accumulated some impressive credits playing with her like-minded Chicago neighbors Ryley Walker, Circuit Des Yeux, and Bichin Bajas, not to mention her band Verma who have got a few records out on Trouble in Mind. Meanwhile, Johnson has been releasing a steady stream of solo work under the alias Matchess: Seraphasta was released in 2013 on highly respected tape label Digitalis and was then reissued by Trouble in Mind, who also put our her second record Somnaphoria. Just this past May, she switched to Austin label Monofonus Press for her latest album, The Rafter. Matchess combines vocals, synthesizers, tape loops, and live viola into textural, ambient songs. Her compositions are anything but grounded, sounding more like something sighted or visited in outer space. Among other appearances at Northside Festival, including one with Grouper, Matchess joined in for the Monofonus Press showcase, giving us all a respite from the heavier fare with her quieter, but challenging, set.

I recorded this set from our usual location in Union Pool with a board feed from FOH Robert. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Matchess
2016-06-10
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + 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 [24:42]
01. Mi Ti Ra
02. The Need of the Greatest Wealth
03. But Their Chains
04. Aweh
05. Melts Into Air

Buy The Rafter via Monofonus Press
• • Buy Somnaphoria via Trouble in Mind
• • • Check tour dates, etc. at the Matchess Tumblr

The Gotobeds: June 11, 2016 Union Pool (Unblinking Ear Northside Showcase)

June 26, 2016
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The Gotobeds
[photo via Lauren Piper, Bushwick Daily]

Consider The Gotobeds music by and for music nerds. The Pittsburgh post-punks aren’t shy about their influences—hell, the band is named after Wire’s drummer after all. And while some internet rags may take issue with a band that wears its influences proudly, these guys clearly don’t take themselves overly seriously and they don’t expect you to either. Their first record for Sub Pop, Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, came out on June 10th and that weekend they stopped by Brooklyn for a couple shows at Northside Festival. We made it out for a typically loose set at the afternoon Unblinking Ear Records Showcase at Union Pool. The band plays the hits old an new, including my personal favorite, “Bodies,” which has been stuck in my head since last August if we’re talking earworms… So pretend it’s Saturday afternoon: chill out, have a beer, soak in the songs—and while you’re at it, go see The Gotobeds on their ongoing tour.

I recorded this set from our usual spot in the venue, with a soundboard feed from Union Pool FOH, Kevin. The results are excellent. Enjoy!

As an added bonus, we’ve uploaded the complete set from the Gotobeds’ show at Saint Vitus last year, which had originally been redacted to exclude songs off their (then) upcoming record. Check here for the restored recording!

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The Gotobeds
2016-06-11
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Kevin) + 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 [36:38]
01. [Intro]
02. Blank Stairs
03. Real Maths/Too Much
04. Cold Gold (LA’s Alright)
05. Untitled
06. “Bodies”
07. Red Alphabet
08. [banter]
09. New York’s Alright
10. Jenna Rations
11. [banter]
12. Wimpy Garcia (Brotherfucker)

Buy Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic via Sub Pop
• • Buy Poor People are Revolting and more via Bandcamp

Beech Creeps: June 10, 2016 Union Pool (Monofonus Press Northside Showcase)

June 23, 2016
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Beech Creeps
[Photos by Rocketman]

Here we have it—another bone-crushing, mind-rattling set from Brooklyn’s notorious Beech Creeps. I had thought these guys put on a monstrous set last time I saw them at Union Pool, but that was nothing. The addition of Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) on drums has turned a great band into a formidable one. Their new 7″ out on Monofonus Press absolutely crushes, and we got to hear both sides of that disc at the Monofonus Press Northside Showcase a couple weeks back. A-side “Creeps Can’t Swim” and b-side “Deep in the Dive” both pack a mean punch, and the band even breaks out a new song, “Suntan Man” (the title itself sounds pretty damn skeevy). If you have the opportunity to catch these guys live, I have to pretty much insist that you do so. No further dates currently, but if you’re in Brooklyn, you’ll have ample opportunity.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue, combined with a board feed from Union Pool FOH Robert. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Beech Creeps

Beech Creeps
2016-06-10
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + 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 [37:47]
01. Son of Sud
02. Teenage Boogie
03. Times B Short
04. Creeps Can’t Swim
05. Arm of the T Rex
06. Deep in the Dive
07. Suntan Man

• Buy Beech Creeps and the “Creeps Can’t Swim” 7″ from Monofonus Press
• • Connect with the band on FacebookBandcamp, and Twitter

 

Running: June 10, 2016 Union Pool (Monofonus Press Northside Showcase)

June 21, 2016
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Running
[Photo By Rocketman]

Despite their nonstop touring schedule, we’ve until now somehow managed to have missed Chicago’s Running. But all was corrected at Monofonus Press’s Northside party which brought the band out with like-minded noise enthusiasts, Spray Paint and Beech Creeps. Sounding something like PC Worship on speed, the band roars through seven tracks off of their two records on Castle Face, 2013’s Vaguely Ethnic and Wake Up Applauding, which came out this past January. The band played a few more shows throughout the Northside weekend, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them on some best-of lists. Don’t worry if you missed out, that’s why we’re here—and I’m sure you’ll get another shot at catching Running back in NYC soon.

I recorded this set from our usual location in Union Pool with a board feed from FOH Robert. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream:

Running
2016-06-10
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Robert) + 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 [26:51]
01. Reclaimed Would
02. No Wave Jose
03. OoOo Oo0o 0oOo0oO
04. Thanks for the Input
05. Ghost Bag
06. Employment Vows
07. We Never Close

Buy Vaguely Ethnic and Wake Up Applauding via Castle Face
• • Check their website for future tour dates and releases

Pontiak: June 14, 2012 NYCTaper Northside Festival Showcase at 285 Kent – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

June 25, 2012
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[Photos by Jill Harrison at For the Love of Brooklyn]

The way that the brothers Jennings, Van and Lain Carney – aka Pontiak – are able to live their lives as musicians is about as far from the New York experience as you can get. Where our musicians live in cramped apartments, borrow or rent practice space, and live near the places where they play, the Carneys record and practice their music on their own farm/studio in rural Virginia, where they decamped to after a five year stint in the Baltimore scene, where they played with compatriots like Arbouretum. The brothers’ rural location has given them flexibility to record how and what they want that their urban counterparts would surely envy. But it does mean a very long drive when you want to do a one-off show for the Northside Festival.

Given the distance involved, and the fact that the band tours much more regularly in Europe, I was honored that Pontiak agreed to co-headline our second annual Northside Festival showcase at 285 Kent. For me, Pontiak was not just a band that I liked and hoped would play a showcase; to me, it is a band that distills to its essence what is right and good about live music. Their sets are unpredictable, drawing from a deep catalog of nine releases, and they take fearless and surprising turns stylistically, even from song to song. Yes, Pontiak are unquestionably a “heavy” band, but that simple tag belies a huge range of influences you can hear in their material. They can evoke Sabbath-style riff-driven metal, stoner rock, psych rock, indie rock, southern rock and math rock, and they can even showcase a quieter, more acoustic side. The band’s most recent EP, Comecrudos, which predated this year’s excellent full-length LP Echo Ono, was a five-part piece inspired by the drive from Marathon, Texas to Phoenix, and featured guest musicians on horns and deep, penetrating psychedelic guitar musings. Echo Ono, on the other hand, “cuts out all the bullshit” (as Van Carney put it to the A.V. Club) and is a much more straight-ahead psychedelic rock album than some of their earlier work.

As a live band, it’s also fair to say the Carneys cut out all the bullshit. Up on the stage with their stripped-down selection of vintage gear cranked to ear-blistering levels, the brothers tore through this 40-minute set with few pauses or breaks. As always, the interplay between the brothers was deft and natural, and their material showed the full range of their catalog.  Although several tracks from Echo Ono were played for the first time (for me), my personal highlight was when the band slowed things down a bit to play Part III of Comecrudos. We could not have been more honored to have them on stage on our behalf.

nyctaper and I recorded this set in the same manner as the other sets of the night, with Sennheiser MKH-8040 microphones, Audio Technica microphones split wide at the stage lip, and a soundboard feed. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Pontiak, White Hills, Rhyton and EULA for playing this show and to ToddP for helping to host the event.  You can download While Hills’ set [HERE], Rhyton [HERE] and EULA [HERE].

Stream “Part III [Comecrudos]”

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Pontiak
2012-06-14
NYCTaper Northside Festival Showcase
285 Kent
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by nyctaper and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Sennheiser MKH-8040 (ROC, 8ft, PAS) + Soundboard + Audio Technica 3031 (stage lip, NOS)>Sound Devices USBPre2 >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>3x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, gentle tube)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 40:03]
01 Across the Steppe
02 Laywayed
03 The North Coast
04 Left With Lights
05 Part III
06 Shell Skull
07 The Expanding Sky
08 Royal Colors
09 Panoptica [short version]
10 Lions of Least

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NYCTaper Announces 2012 Northside Festival Showcase

June 4, 2012
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For the second year in a row, we are thrilled to be participating in the Northside Festival, which is more or less north Brooklyn’s answer to CMJ.  This year’s NYCTaper showcase will take place next Thursday, June 14 at 285 Kent on the festival’s opening night, and will feature four bands whose music we are very excited about.  Our Facebook page for the event is [HERE] and tickets can be purchased [HERE].

Co-headliners and Thrill Jockey labelmates Pontiak and White Hills are two bands I have been digging for awhile now, and I couldn’t be happier to have them on the bill.  I last checked in with Pontiak at the Memory Burn Psych Festival a couple years ago (that recording [HERE]) and since then, they have put out some excellent new material, most recently the record Echo OnoWhite Hills are fresh off the release of Frying On this Rock, which we recently got a taste of at Glasslands (recording [HERE]).  The trio has an avid following, and the recording makes it clear why.

Rhyton are a fairly new project (also on Thrill Jockey) from longtime NYC-area musicians whose other projects have been on this site. Dave Shuford, also of D. Charles Speer and the Helix (our recording of them [HERE]) and formerly of No Neck Blues Band, founded the band along with Jimmy SeiTang (Psychic Ills – our recording of them [HERE]) and Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama) to once again give voice to some of his heavier, more experimental influences that don’t find their was obviously into the Speer material.  Rhyton’s eponymous first record is a masterwork of jazz/psych experimentation, and we can’t wait to see the material in the live setting.

EULA are a Brooklyn band that we’ve caught out and about a few times (for me, most recently at Cameo Gallery (recording [HERE]). Frontwoman Alyse Lamb has established herself as one of the most compelling bandleaders of late in the local scene, and she and her bandmates will be kicking off the night with their high-energy postpunk sound.

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We hope to see you at the show, and please grab your tickets [HERE]!

Quiet Lights: June 19, 2011 Public Assembly (NYCTaper Northside Showcase) – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

August 4, 2011
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quietlights2010-10-26
[photo from Quiet Lights Facebook page]

The Brooklyn band Quiet Lights was high on my list of artists to invite to our inaugural Northside Festival showcase, and they delivered, closing out the NYCTaper Northside Festival showcase at Public Assembly with an intense set of songs that included most of their recently-released EP, The Big Fear. As with the first time I saw them at the Knitting Factory, they brought a dense, heavy sound with them, leavened by vocalist Yseult Tyler’s dreamscape vocals. Theirs is the sound of the late night or a slow-breaking dawn, and that made for a perfect late-night ending to a very long weekend of late nights.

I recorded this set with the AKG large-diaphragm microphones and a soundboard feed, as with the other sets from this show. This set emphasizes the soundboard feed a bit more heavily and sounds quite good. Enjoy!

Stream “Fevers”

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Quiet Lights
2011-06-19
NYCTaper Northside Showcase
Public Assembly
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: AKG C414 B-XLS (cardiod)>Sound Devices USBpre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: Each mic clamped to pole, split 5ft
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Throat Cut
02 No More Crayons
03 Fevers
04 Engine Down
05 Ablaze
06 Bad At Math
07 Simple Mechanics

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