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Tortoise: March 16, 2017 Hall at MP

March 22, 2017
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Seeing Tortoise is one thing. Seeing them up close, watching the synchronous drumming, the members swapping instruments song to song, playing in perfect time, is really seeing Tortoise. This was far from my first time with them, but it was my first time at the distance you see above, and it was incredible. Still on a high from last year’s The Catastrophist, the band felt less bound this time around to showcase those songs, instead delving back particularly hard into their landmark album TNT, among other corners of their catalog.

The Hall at MP, a relatively new below-ground venue paired with a Michael Psilakis restaurant up top, proved a good venue for these guys, with a broad stage that could accommodate all those instrument changes. One notable change toward the end of the set was a guest appearance by Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley, who joined the band for “Yonder Blue,” the song on which she provided vocals for The Catastrophist.

In terms of the rest of the set, what constituted a “highlight” probably had as much to do with your introduction to the band and the set list of the last show you saw than the actual quality of the music, all of which was high. As Eric noted in his review of the previous night’s show, this band has been a gateway drug of sorts for many of us who grew into independent music that went beyond verse-chorus-verse, guitar-and-vocal sounds. What’s so notable about Tortoise is that they’ve probably kept doing that for so, so many more over the ensuing years.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed of Tortoise engineer Elliott Dicks’ mix, coupled with Schoeps MK5 cardioid microphones in “X-Y” position onstage. The sound quality is truly outstanding. Enjoy!

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Tortoise
2017-03-16
Hall at MP
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by acidjack
Tortoise live engineer: Elliot Dicks
Hall at MP engineer: Karl Schwarz

Soundboard + Schoeps MK5c (onstage, DFC, X-Y)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, effects, image)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:26:31]
01 The Catastrophist
02 Prepare Your Coffin
03 Monica
04 In Sarah, Mencken, Christ, And Beethoven There Where Women And Men
05 I Set My Face to the Hillside
06 The Clearing Fills
07 Eros
08 [tuning]
09 Tesseract
10 [banter]
11 Ten-Day Interval
12 Swung From the Gutters
13 The Suspension Bridge At Iguazú Falls
14 At Odds With Logic
15 [encore break 1]
16 Yonder Blue (w/ Georgia Hubley)
17 Gesceap
18 [encore break 2]
19 Salt the Skies

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Bill Evans Soulgrass: June 8, 2013 Mountain Jam IX (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Full Set Streaming

June 11, 2013
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[Photos by acidjack]

One of the real treats for me of this year’s Mountain Jam — and one that many missed, owing to its placement on the sidestage — was seeing the legendary saxophonist Bill Evans and his band, Bill Evans Soulgrass, tear it up from the very front of the stage. The man has recorded with everyone from Herbie Hancock and Medeski, Martin & Wood to the likes of Willie Nelson and Mick Jagger, and his solo career on its own is entering its third decade. This afternoon show found Evans and the Bill Evans Soulgrass band focusing on material from his 2011 record, Dragonfly. Evans and his band took turns on extended solos during several points in the show, and the crowd up front was right there with them. But it was the not-totally-shocking appearance of the hardest working man at this year’s festival, Warren Haynes, that brought the loudest cheers, and “Tit For Tat” found Haynes and keyboardist Danny Lewis helping to take that song to the next level. This wasn’t a set about raging the mountain, but it was exactly what it was meant to be — a loose, fun afternoon of musical interaction among players who share well-earned respect for each other and their audience.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK21 wide cardiod microphones in an ORTF pattern generously loaned to me by fellow site contributor hi and lo, in a spot almost directly in front of Evans for an “onstage” effect. Other than the occasional “woo woos” of the friendly older gentleman standing next me, who I wasn’t about to ask to be quiet, this recording is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Bill Evans Soulgrass
2013-06-08
Healey Brothers Stage
Mountain Jam
Hunter, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK21 (ORTF)>KCY>Z-PFA>Roland R-26>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, imaging)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 53:13]
01 Time
02 Kings and Queens
03 [banter1]
04 Madman
05 [banter2]
06 Tit for Tat %
07 [unknown1] %
08 Feel

% with Warren Haynes and Danny Lewis

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Death Blues: September 4, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 20, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

Death Blues is the new project from the hypertalented drummer and percussionist Jon Mueller, who has joined a new cast of players to make some seriously inspired math/post-rock. Mueller’s bio includes work with members of Swans, Wilco, and Bon Iver; helping to found the bands Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir; and work with Rhys Chatham, James Plotkin and many others. The level of output represented by his discography would be humbling to most musicians.

So enter Death Blues and their inaugural NYC show, which took place at Glasslands, possibly the best place in this city for such things. Death Blues incorporates Mueller’s relentless percussion with hammered guitars, a trio of vocalists, an upright bass, and additional percussion. The result is a melodic but gripping live experience, with the throat-singing of the vocalists carrying over Mueller’s polyrhythmic drumming. The nearest guidepost sound-wise here is probably late 80s/early 90s acts like Slint and June of 44, but with less commitment to traditional song structure. This five-song set of mostly-extended numbers (including the 14+ minute centerpiece, “Death Blues”) gave the Glasslands crowd a preview of what this group will be delivering with its forthcoming Hometapes debut, Death Blues. We can’t wait to see what else Mueller has in store.

We saw Death Blues play the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina a few days later, and we hope to have a recording of that set from the person who recorded it available to share as well soon.

I recorded this set with Naiant X-X omnidirectional mics at the lip of the stage, plus a flawless soundboard feed by Josh, the house engineer.  The sound is outstanding, and one of my finest recordings of the year. Enjoy!

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Death Blues
2012-09-04
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Naiant X-X (3ft split onstage A-B) + Soundboard>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Impatience
02 [tuning]
03 Death Blues
04 Acceptance
05 Impermanence
06 Iron String

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Death Blues, visit their website, follow them on Twitter, and purchase Death Blues when it becomes available from Hometapes later this year.

Altos: September 4, 2012 Glasslands – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming

September 14, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

Milwaukee’s Altos (formerly/sometimes known as Group of the Altos) are a tough band to fit comfortably on most stages. With twelve members, and a variety of strings, keys, upright bass, trumpets, guitars percussion and more, the band’s sound is anything but stripped down. Sonically, they belong alongside fellow big bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor! with their commitment to melodies and stretched-out song structures that eschew pop convention. But unlike their fellow-travelers from up north, Altos’ sound is a bit more folk-inflected (think Broken Social Scene) and considerably less apocalyptic. This 40-minute set at Glasslands, a warmup to an upcoming gig at Hopscotch Festival in North Carolina, consisted of a total of four songs, including three longer-form compositions and the tighter, more vocal-driven “Race” (streaming below).   The band deploys the large crew of players wisely, creating songs that are sonically dense, yet cohesive and spacious.

As with many bands arising from the Milwaukee scene right now, Altos have a Bon Iver connection, too – their eponymous current record was recorded at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio, and is available on vinyl and digital here (with an album cover that is, appropriately enough, composed of headshots of each of the 12 band members).

I recorded this set with new Naiant X-X omnidirectional microphones at the lip of the Glasslands stage, together with a soundboard feed provided by the head engineer Josh. The sound quality is truly outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Race”

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Altos
2012-09-04
Glasslands
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Naiant X-X (3ft split onstage A-B) + Soundboard>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Begong Ava, Bagong Hele
02 Race
03 Sing (for Trouble)
04 Never Named

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