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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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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.

Desertion Trio: February 2, 2018 Trans-Pecos

February 5, 2018

Desertion Trio joined us at newly-licensed Trans-Pecos this past Friday to celebrate the release of their new album, Midtown Tilt, having done the same in their hometown of Philadelphia the night before. The album picks up in many ways where their excellent 2016 effort, Desertion, left off, oscillating between focused riffage and freeform jazz improv. This set showed off not only bandleader Nick Millevoi’s ample guitar skills, but gave broad berth to guest keyboardist Jamie Saft, who appears on both of the band’s albums, adding tremendous depth in the process. Of course, the focus of this one-hour sessions was on Midtown Tilt, including an outstanding rendition of “Jai Alai Noon” that gave Saft ample room to run., while set closer “Numbers Maker” coalesced into an extended freakout before tapering off into its final minutes. For those of us who’d seen the band before, there was much to love about this version of “Desertion and Arsonist’s Match,” which departed from earlier, Saft-less renditions we’ve featured but kept the song’s essential nature as a palette for extended interaction. As we’ve pointed out before, all of these fine musicians contribute to the music world in so many ways, so it is a special pleasure to see them come together here in New York. Check out Midtown Tilt, which is available directly from the band now.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 microphones at the stage lip, together with a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Desertion Trio
Queens, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK22 (stage lip, ORTC)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard>>Sound Devices MixPre6>24/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (fades, mixdown, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:02:10]
01 It’s A Hard World For the Little Things
02 Midtown Tilt
03 Jai Alai Noon
04 Where They Do Their Capers
05 Desertion and the Arsonist’s Match
06 The Carideon
07 Fascination Fadeaway
08 Numbers Maker

Nick Millevoi – Guitar
Johnny DeBlase – Bass
Jamie Saft – Organ
Kevin Shea – Drums

PLEASE SUPPORT Desertion Trio – visit their bandcamp page.

Phish: December 28, 2017 Madison Square Garden

December 30, 2017

[photos by LazyLightning55 and Jeff]

We had such a good time at the “Baker’s Dozen” shows this Summer at Madison Square Garden, so that when a taper’s ticket for the first night of the Phish four-show New Year’s run became available, I jumped at the chance to relive recent glory. Phish v3.0 is in a good place right now. They didn’t play as many shows in 2017 as in recent years, but what they did was quite memorable. The band themselves also seem to be personally doing well — clean and sober and enjoying each other’s company.

The first night of previous New Year’s runs of shows has been jokingly criticized as the “practice” night, a show used to work out the kinks and get back into the groove. But the current version of Phish isn’t playing by the old rules and this debut night was strong and confident from the outset. The band also is unencumbered by the mandate of playing different songs on every night of thirteen shows, so that the setlist was chock full of prime material. The abundant first set highlights included a solid “Wolfman’s Brother”, and extended “Roggae” and a peak version of “Back on the Train”. The second set started with the familiar, but the highlight of the set and perhaps the entire show was the twenty-four minute “No Men” which worked through a series of often melodic and thematic jams so that the extended length didn’t drag or seem indulgent. This was just the v3.0 of Phish playing to its strengths and operating on all cylinders. Far from “practice”, this night was a year-long highlight show and quite a cap to a perfect year for our experiences with Phish.

Thanks to Noah for the ticket and Walt for the clamp space!

I recorded this set from the first row of the taper’s section on the right side. Due to our fortunate position next to the great Charlie Miller, we were able on this night to maneuver the stand onto a raised platform in the center area, and that advantageous position helped this recording to achieve its maximum potential. Its perhaps our best capture of this year’s MSG shows. Enjoy!

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Madison Square Garden
New York NY

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First Row Tapers Section

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Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Set 1 [Total Time 1:16:01]
01 ACDC Bag
02 Wolfman’s Brother
03 Roggae
04 Tube
05 Bouncing Around the Room
06 Back on the Train
07 Your Pet Cat
08 Waking Up Dead
09 Theme From the Bottom

Set 2 [Total Time 1:40:57]
10 Wilson
11 No Men In No Man’s Land
12 Twist
13 Everything’s Right
14 Also Sprach Zarathustra
15 Harry Hood
16 [encore break]
17 The Wedge
18 Slave to the Traffic Light

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Pile: December 9, 2017 Market Hotel

December 26, 2017

[photos by Stephanie Ronquillo – full set at her Flickr and Instragram]

Pile is one of those bands who you thought was your little secret and suddenly there are 500 people at their show. There’s something to be said for a band that grows its fanbase steadily and organically through consistently solid shows and records. Pile has existed for more than ten years and since signing to the most excellent Exploding In Sound Records in 2011, the trend has continued upward. The last couple of years have been remarkable. We saw them in 2015 at SXSW before a modest crowd and then later 2015 before a couple of hundred at Baby’s All Right. Earlier this year, we captured their sold out show at Sunnyvale. But a couple of weeks ago Pile sold out five-hundred strong at Market Hotel.

Buoyed by the band’s most recent album, the superb A Hairshirt of Purpose, Pile has finally and deservedly arrived. The Market Hotel offers a nice companion to the Pile experience, both are authentically DIY. The packed-in fans responded in kind, singing along to all of the lyrics showing true appreciation for the older obscure numbers that the band whipped out late in the set. The setlist for this show was heavy on Hairshirt material, but also delved into their self-released 2011 7″ (“Scissors”), “Pigeon Song” from the Boston Hassle compilation, and a couple of songs from the early Dripping album. We expect to see Pile again as often as possible, and hopefully at Market Hotel in the Spring or Summer.

This recording was captured by FOH Harrison utilizing the internal USB drive recording device on the Market Hotel’s Behringer X32 Soundboard. For a straight board feed from a smallish room, this recording is quite well balanced other than somewhat more prominent vocals. Enjoy!

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Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

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Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Harrison Fore] + 16bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 52:36]
01 Texas
02 Baby Boy
03 The World is Your Motel
04 Worms
05 Hissing for Peace
06 Special Snowflakes
07 Hairshirt
08 [banter – thanks]
09 Leaning on a Wheel
10 Grunt Like a Pig
11 Fingers
12 Pigeon Song
13 Scissors
14 Rock and Roll Forever with the Customer in Mind
15 [encore break]
16 Rock and Roll Forever with the Customer in Mind – Reprise

PLEASE SUPPORT Pile: Bandcamp | Facebook | Buy A Hairshirt of Purpose via Exploding in Sound

Alone & Together: December 15, 2017 Music Hall of Williamsburg

December 20, 2017

[photos courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein]

The concept of an all-star band can be a hit or miss prospect, but the people at Golden Gate Presents have pretty much been all hits. The organization that brought together an impressive amalgam of talent to perform the Complete Last Waltz, has now produced four “Alone & Together” tours, and the latest version was on display at Music Hall of Williamsburg this past weekend and it too was a resounding success.

This year’s A&T tour included old favorites Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), Elvis Perkins, and Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds) sharing various instruments and the vocal duties, and accompanied by a rhythm section of Joe Russo (JRAD, The Duo), and Josh Kaufman (Yellowbirds). This particular night also saw the return of last year’s participant Kevin Morby as a guest for two numbers. The quintet performed their own material, performed each other’s songs, and sprinkled in a few tasty covers. If this band seemed to naturally gravitate towards each other, its of course from their rich talents as ensemble players but also because the various members have performed in a variety of configurations in the past (including the Last Waltz). So when it came time for Sam Cohen to sing an Elvis Perkins song for example, the performance seemed both familiar and natural but also instinctively a tribute. This was one of those shows that was so comfortable and enjoyable for the listener that a two-hour set seemed to fly by. Undoubtedly, we’ll be seeing these individual players in the near future in their other projects, but this Music Hall performance makes me hope there’s a fifth edition of the Alone & Together series.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted inside the soundboard booth and mixed with an extraordinarily well balanced feed from FOH Pete Costello. The blend of sources is about 50/50 because the room mix was so strong and our advantageous position yielded excellent results. The sound quality of this recording is superb. Enjoy!

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Alone & Together
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Pete Costello] + 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

[Total Time 1:59:18]
01 I Must Be in a Good Place Now [Bobby Charles]
02 Mean Maybe
03 So Long
04 Let the Mountain Come to You
05 All The Night Without Love
06 All Today
07 Absolute Loser
08 Doomsday
09 [banter – Clockwork intro]
10 Clockwork
11 Humbug Mountain Song
12 One Day At A Time [Willie Nelson]
13 And Eveline
14 Dead Rider
15 Destroyer
16 Beautiful Strangers
17 There Go The Nightmericans
18 When U Love Somebody
19 [encore break]
20 There is a War [Leonard Cohen]
21 Duncan [Paul Simon]
22 Awaiting On You All [George Harrison]

PLEASE SUPPORT Alone & Together: Website

Titus Andronicus: December 14, 2017 Market Hotel

December 17, 2017

Thursday night at Market Hotel was a night for survivors. Both the artist and the venue are inextricably intertwined as crucial parts of last decade’s Brooklyn DIY scene, but both have reshaped and reformatted themselves for the future. Titus Andronicus survived the meat grinder of the music industry and a myriad of personnel changes, and now find themselves having landed peacefully into the arms of the excellent Merge Records. The most recent Titus record, 2015’s The Most Lamentable Tragedy was perhaps the band’s most ambitious and fully realized record. The Market Hotel meanwhile has itself survived a laundry list of issues but Market v3.0 began again in November and the limited calendar will soon give way to a full-on slate of shows in the New Year.

This year saw Titus Andronicus in retooling mode, and this Market Hotel show was the only headlining Titus gig of the entire 2017 calendar year. But Patrick Stickles seems to be in a very good place personally, as his positivity on this night was palpable. When the doors opened, the band members were seated at the merch table to greet the fans, and Patrick spend the better part of the first hour of the night meeting and greeting and catching up with old friends. The fan friendly theme bled directly into the performance itself, as Titus delivered a nearly two-hour set — representing the longest set ever played at this venue. The setlist contained a panoply of Titus material, from their very first single all the way through a good chunk of the recent albums. Throughout the show, Patrick noted members of the audience, thanked the people who have helped the band throughout the years, and played his heart out. The crowd for their part were fully engaged — there were no chatterers, just people singing along with the anthemic lyrics from the front to the back of the venue. By the time the set ended with a fantastic punk-tinged cover of Springsteen’s “Glory Days”, the crowd, the band, and the venue had proved that its all about survival and fighting through life’s conflicts to emerge on the other side stronger than ever. We expect that 2018 will be a very good year for both Titus Andronicus and The Market Hotel, and this show gave us great hope for the future of both.

I recorded this set with the installed microphones along with an excellent feed from house FOH Eric. Other than one point near the end of “Perfect Union” when a drum mic shorted out, this recording is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Titus Andronicus
Market Hotel
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Upfront Audience

Soundboard [Engineer: Eric Lemke] + Audio Technica 4051 > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

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[Total Time 1:45:17]
01 [intro remarks]
02 Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus
03 Fatal Flaw
04 Upon Viewing Brueghel’s Landscape With the Fall of Icarus
05 In a Small Body
06 I Am The Electric Man
07 Lonely Boy
08 [banter – Market Hotel]
09 Titus Andronicus
10 My Time Outside the Womb
11 Mr E Mann
12 Fired Up
13 Dimed Out
14 [banter – sensitive subtext]
15 No Future
16 No Future Part Three Escape From No Future
17 No Future Part V In Endless Dreaming
18 Stable Boy
19 Four Score and Seven
20 A More Perfect Union
21 [banter – thanks]
22 Glory Days [Springsteen]

SUPPORT Titus Andronicus: Website | Merge Records Page | Bandcamp

Chad VanGaalen: December 6, 2017 Rough Trade BK

December 13, 2017

[screenshot from this video]

Chad VanGaalen is a modern day Rennaisance man. He’s a Juno nominee, Polaris prize nominee, music producer, artist, composer (for Adult Swim TV Series Dream Corp LLC) — the Calgary native is an all around talented guy. One wonders where the man gets time to write, record and release his own albums, but this year he did just that. Light Information (Sub Pop / Flemish Eye) is VanGaalen’s first record in three years, and of course he played all of the instruments and recorded it in his own studio.

Chad VanGaalen just completed an extensive tour in support of Light Information and the near-end of the tour reached NYC last week. We were fortunate to finally get to see this superb artist at Rough Trade after several near misses over the last decade or so. And it was well worth the wait. This performance by Chad and his four piece band was a rip-roaring post-punk trek through much of the new album and some VanGaalen classics. The show also featured some hilarious and downright weird banter, but it all fit with the proceedings. Chad is a unique artist with a very specific sound and vision and the opportunity to see him at the top of his game touring on an A+ album was truly a treat. I hope he comes back to NYC soon.

I recorded this set in our usual manner in this venue, which our Schoeps cards mounted centered at the soundboard booth and mixed with an outstanding feed provided by house FOH Dustin. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Chad VanGaalen
Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Dustin Myers] + 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

[Total Time 1:15:03]
01 Mind Hijacker’s Curse
02 Locked in the Phase
03 [banter – arcade]
04 Host Body
05 Mystery Elementals
06 Old Heads
07 Golden Oceans
08 Faces Lit
09 You Fool
10 [banter – Dogs]
11 Pine and Clover
12 [band introductions]
13 Clinically Dead
14 Release This High
15 Heavy Stones
16 Static Shape
17 Peace on the Rise
18 [encore break]
19 City of Electric Light
20 Weird Love
21 Rabid Bits of Time
22 [outro]

SUPPORT Chad VanGaalen: Bandcamp | Flemish Eye Records Page | Buy Light Information from Flemish Eye or Sub Pop

Hiss Golden Messenger: December 8, 2017 The Bowery Ballroom

December 12, 2017

Hiss Golden Messenger’s second night at The Bowery Ballroom not only picked up where the first two-hour show left off, but gathered steam. If the first night–in front of a slew of friends and local musicians–felt like a more intimate, freewheeling affair, this show situated the current version of the band as the confident rock n’ roll outfit they are, playing about fifty percent different material from the first show, improving on several of the repeats, and delivering crowd-pleasing covers that are red meat to a weekend crowd. After opening with the contemplative “When the Wall Comes Down” from Hallelujah Anyhow, the tempo picked up and stayed hot through the first hour. I was moved by this version of “Blue Country Mystic,” which hewed closer in tempo and style to the Poor Moon original than some of the recent versions I’ve seen, and likewise, the “Red Rose Nantahala” we saw both tonight and the night before felt closer to the version from Haw than some of the recent versions we’ve heard. The new songs haven’t given the band as many chances at new arrangements, but it’s safe to say that “Like A Mirror Loves A Hammer,” shows great potential as a mid-set jam song.

After a heartfelt mid-set version of “Caledonia, My Love” — introduced by Phil Cook as his favorite HGM song — it was back to the rock, with the band letting loose with a fine cover of “I Won’t Back Down” followed by “Lost Out In the Darkness” and the party jam “I’m A Raven (Shake Children).” This is a band that knows their crowd, and the upbeat rockers matched the mood in the room, as the weekend warriors and the repeat customers from last night both had come ready to celebrate the weekend and the band’s success. Instead of last night’s heartfelt retelling of the band’s origin story, we got some hilarious riffs about the band’s long night out last night, including an encounter with some pretzel chips. But if they were physically running on fumes, HGM didn’t show it. If anything, I found most versions of what they played even sharper and more emphatic than the previous show. In lieu of an encore break, the band accepted some pretzel chips from a fan and passed them around the crowd, ending the night with Pops Staples’ “Friendship” followed by “Drum.” This wasn’t quite the end of HGM year — they headed to Philly the following night, and D.C. after that — but it felt valedictory nonetheless, an exclamation point on a year well spent.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the previous night, with a soundboard feed from the band’s engineer Tim and Schoeps MK22 microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Hiss Golden Messenger
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK22 (at SBD, PAS bar)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Tim)>Sound Devices MixPre 6>24/48 WAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 2:02:30]
01 When the Wall Comes Down
02 Saturday’s Song
03 Jenny of the Roses
04 [banter1]
05 Biloxi
06 Gulfport You’ve Been On My Mind
07 Blue Country Mystic
08 Mahogany Dread
09 Don’t Let Me Down [Beatles]
10 Like A Mirror Loves A Hammer
11 Red Rose Nantahala
12 [banter2]
13 Highland Grace
14 [banter3]
15 Caledonia, My Love
16 Domino
17 I Won’t Back Down [Tom Petty]
18 Lost Out In the Darkness
19 I’m A Raven (Shake Children)
20 I Am the Song
21 [banter4-band intros]
22 Southern Grammar
23 [banter5]
24 John the Gun
25 [pretzel break]
26 Friendship [Pops Staples]
27 Drum

M.C. Taylor – vocals, guitar
Phil Cook – keyboards, harmonica
Mike Lewis – saxophone
Skylar Gudasz – vocals
James Wallace – organ, percussion
Ryan Gustafson – guitar
Michael Libramento – bass
Darren Jesse – drums

PLEASE SUPPORT Hiss Golden Messenger: WebsiteTwitter | Buy Hallelujah Anyhow

Dream Syndicate: December 2, 2017 Bowery Ballroom

December 7, 2017

[photo by Marcus Slade]

There was a point early during Saturday night’s Dream Syndicate show at Bowery Ballroom when I thought to myself, I can not believe that is only the second show of the band’s current tour. The amazement was based on the fact that the band was just so damned tight. Its true that Steve Wynn and guitarist Jason Victor have played together regularly for more than a decade, but Dream Syndicate was not that long ago a “reunion” band. A band coming back together after years apart isn’t supposed to sound this in-sync. But over the last couple of years the band started recording again, and the result was an excellent new album called How Did I Find Myself Here (Anti).

The Dream Syndicate is currently on an extensive tour to support the new record, and if the Bowery show is any indication, this tour is destined for legendary status. The set mixed in material old and new and was clearly high energy from the start. The band didn’t take many breaks between songs to banter, but just rolled on one ripping track after another. Its says a lot about the new record that the show-stopping number was a twelve-minute version of the title track that was absolutely shredded. But the classic material was also on display and an all-timer version of “Days Of Wine and Roses” ended the main set in furious fashion before the band returned for three encores. Don’t miss this tour. All dates are (here).

I recorded this set in our usual fashion in this venue mixing the strategically placed Schoeps with an excellent soundboard feed from the band’s touring FOH. Unfortunately, I inexplicably lost power for about thirty seconds during the second song, which now contains a noticeable splice. Otherwise, the quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Dream Syndicate
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
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Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:39:36]
01 [introduction]
02 Halloween
03 The Circle
04 80 West
05 Armed With An Empty Gun
06 Like Mary
07 Out of My Head
08 [banter – NYC]
09 Filter Me Through You
10 Burn
11 Whatever You Please
12 The Medicine Show
13 How Did I Find Myself Here
14 [band introductions]
15 Forest for the Trees
16 That’s What You Always Say
17 The Days of Wine and Roses
18 [encore break]
19 When You Smile
20 Tell Me When It’s Over
21 [banter – thanks]
22 Glide

SUPPORT The Dream Syndicate: Website | Anti Records Site | Buy How Did I Find Myself Here?

the Mountain Goats: November 10, 2017 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ

December 4, 2017

[photos by Greg Cristman]

I’ve never been to a Mountain Goats concert quite like this one. Generally speaking, the fans of the Mountain Goats are universally involved in the show. Sure, they shout out obscure requests but the people at these unique shows are there for the artist, for the music, and for the experience. There’s normally almost no chatter at a Mountain Goats show that’s unrelated to the music. Just listen to the recording we just recently posted from Brooklyn Steel, a large venue with a very large crowd and not a peep during the quiet moments. That Brooklyn crowd was at that show for all the right reasons, and the band seemed to feel it.

At White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, the front half of the crowd was the usual engaged Mountain Goats fans, but the back half of the sold out venue were almost defiantly yapping over the music. It was troubling and odd and I think it knocked the band off a kilter a couple of times. John specifically called out “hey talking guys, I’m trying to play guitar here”. I don’t have any explanation for this crowd that isn’t going to read as arrogant, so I’ll just attribute it to a Friday night, a sold out venue, and too-efficient bartenders.

Sadly, this is the reality for many events these days — the chatterers don’t really care. But this was a really solid show that I’m simply going to have to get over the crowd issues. For devotees to The Sunset Tree, however, this show is a must-listen. Along with regulars “This Year” and “Up The Wolves”, we were treated to infrequently performed versions of “You Or Your Memory” and “Broom People”. The balance of the setlist offered a slate of the new songs (from Goths) performed regularly on this tour and a couple of more surprises — “I’ve Got The Sex” and the return of “Beautiful Gas Mask” to the rotation. There are only three more dates on this tour — so get out and see the band, but please don’t talk over the music!

I recorded this set with the fortunate use of Brandon’s excellent board feed mixed with some of the room mics mounted inside the board area centered in the balcony. Other than the crowd din recognizable during quiet moments, this recording is quite good. Enjoy!

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Mountain Goats
White Eagle Hall
Jersey City NJ

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Brandon Eggleston] + 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

[Total Time 1:43:39]
01 [Vivaldi introduction]
02 The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement
03 Cotton
04 In the Craters on the Moon
05 Beautiful Gas Mask
06 [banter – Debbie snorts coke]
07 Unicorn Tolerance
08 Rain in Soho
09 Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds
10 Night Light
11 Moon Over Goldsboro
12 I’ve Got The Sex
13 Snow Crush Killing Song
14 [banter – Fenders]
15 Paid in Cocaine
16 Shelved
17 Birth Of Serpents
18 Broom People
19 Harlem Roulette
20 Against Pollution
21 Spent Gladiator 2
22 [encore break]
23 The Diaz Brothers
24 Up the Wolves
25 This Year
26 [second encore break]
27 See America Right
28 You Or Your Memory
29 The Young Thousands

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