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Ty Segall and the Freedom Band: October 2, 2019 Bowery Ballroom

October 7, 2019
Photos courtesy of Will from We All Want Someone blog

Ty Segall is really good at music. I mean seriously, this guy has the most prolific catalog in recent memory, but is also a master at a litany of genres, and consistently releases high quality material. There’s an argument that Ty Segall is the most accomplished rock musician of this century. No, really, just take a look at his enormous body of work and its hard to argue against its superior quality.

We have been there for many of his NYC performances, going all the way back to the early years in the tiny DIY rooms but also conversely for two of his Webster Hall appearances. I’m not sure exactly why its been a few years since we last saw Ty, but within about 10 minutes of experiencing this magical night at Bowery Ballroom we immediately remembered why we’ve sought out this artist’s shows for many years. He’s simply a kinetic bundle of talent and energy, and now he’s surrounded himself with an all-star team of virtuoso friends that has become the “Freedom Band” for the last three albums.

Ty Segall’s most recent album, First Take, features the Freedom Band but reportedly has no guitars. The newest band member Shannon Lay plays a bouzouki, a Greek stringed instrument that resembles a guitar, so the idea that one of the world’s most prominent garage rock icons would forsake the guitar is a good cover story, but the reality is that the album doesn’t need guitars. The variety of instruments played by the Freedom Band more than fills the gaps on an album of great imagination and songcraft. As with Ty’s 2018 release Freedom’s Goblin, the artist’s moving away from restrictive genres is in its way his own statement about the evolution of his career — his freedom from labels if you will.

At Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night, First Taste was played start to finish as the first half of the show. Spoiler alert, Ty did play guitar during quite a few of the tracks, but stepped behind a front-of-stage drum kit for about half the numbers. Often accompanied by two bass guitars and two keyboardists, the new songs feature heavy rhythms, dense melodies, and often harmonized vocals. Sure, there’s some good old punk rock in the mix, but by the time the final number “Lone Cowboys” was performed, it was clear that 2019 Ty Segall is a very different and far more diverse artist than a decade before.

So, what did he do with the rest of the show — surprise! The band stepped back almost a decade for a straight-through performance of 2010’s Melted, Ty’s third album and the first of his many many releases to really stretch its wings beyond straightforward garage punk. But other than not sitting behind the drum kit again, Ty’s approach to this music was not so radically different from the “first set”. The Freedom Band put its stamp on this music and in a way proved that even 2010 Ty Segall was ahead of his time.

Its not often when a musician can play a two-hour show with literally no gaps of energy or interest, but that is exactly what Ty Segall is doing these days. By compiling a band of maestros to compliment his newest and most ambitious material, this artist is maturing into a true composer. As the show both looks forward and nods with respect to the past, its is clear that Ty Segall is an all-timer and we are fortunate that an artist of this caliber is sharing these moments. The Bowery show was very clearly the best concert I’ve seen this year, and one of the best I’ve seen this decade and yes, I was lucky to be there and to capture it.

This set was recorded as we always do at this venue, with Schoeps mounted at the front of the balcony and mixed with a very fine board feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Ty Segall
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + 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 1:46:27]
01 Taste
02 Whatever
03 Ice Plant
04 The Fall
05 I Worship the Dog
06 The Arms
07 When I Met My Parents Part 1
08 I Sing Them
09 When I Met My Parents Part 2
10 Radio
11 When I Met My Parents Part 3
12 Self Esteem
13 Lone Cowboys
14 Finger
15 Caesar
16 Girlfriend
17 Sad Fuzz
18 Melted
19 Mike D’s Coke
20 Imaginary Person
21 My Sunshine
22 Bees
23 Mrs.
24 Alone
25 [encore break]
26 Fanny Dog
27 The Hand
28 She

Freedom Band: Mikal Cronin, Shannon Lay, Charles Moothart, Emmett Kelly, and Ben Boye

SUPPORT Ty Segall: website | buy official releases

Chris Forsyth: September 13, 2019 Nublu

September 24, 2019
Photo by Brianna Digioia

Hey, ok, we’re sorry. We didn’t attend and record the third week of the epic Chris Forsyth residency at Nublu, but hey we did the first night, and here my friends is the quite remarkable second Friday. This show featured a first set with Forsyth in a trio with bassist Peter Kerlin and percussionist Ryan Jewel, in an opening set that would have satisfied all comers if that had been the entire night. The trio was as crisp as one would expect from seasoned musicians quite intimately familiar with each other. The setlist included some new material, but also reached back into the old catalog for some Forsyth classics. The final two numbers added keyboardist extraordinaire Brent Cordero (King Missile, Psychic Ills, The Occasion) whose psychedelic styled organ colored these songs in brilliant fashion.

As if that wasn’t enough, the special bonus on this night was a full second set that brought back Kerlin on bass, but added Linda Pitmon on drums and Steve Wynn on guitar and vocals. This unique quartet gave us an hour of music that traded songs from the catalogs of the protagonists with expertly selected covers — Wynn as Lou Reed protégé and super-fan was a natural to play “Rock & Roll”, and Forsyth as former Richard Lloyd student expertly handled “Friction”. But for the curfew, one got the impression that this special band could have played all night. We wish they had.

This historical Chris Forsyth residency at Nublu concludes this coming Friday at 8pm when Chris is joined by Ryley Walker and Daniel Carter. Don’t miss it.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards from a very advantageous location in the venue and the sound is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show at [HERE].

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Chris Forsyth
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Upfront Audience

Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Set 1
[Total Time 1:01:51]
01 Tomorrow Might As Well Be Today
02 Mystic Mountain
03 High Castle
04 [Brent Cordero intro]
05 The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues
06 Dreaming in The Non-Dream
Set 2
[Total Time 56:27]
07 Melting in the Dark [Steve Wynn]
08 Dream Song
09 Rock and Roll [VU]
10 Night Comes In [Richard Thompson]
11 Effigy [Creedence]
12 [banter]
13 Fricton [Television]
14 Amphetamine [Steve Wynn]

*Set 1 with Ryan Jewel, Peter Kerlin, Brent Cordero (4-6)
*Set 2 with Peter Kerlin, Linda Pitmon, Steve Wynn

PLEASE SUPPORT These Artists: Chris Forsyth | Steve Wynn

Russo Harrington Bogie Zahn Goldberger: June 29, 2019 Nublu NYC

July 3, 2019
photo by nyctaper

These are the types of nights that NYC music aficionados live for. A one-time-only live improvisation session by a group of five local stellar musicians in an intimate setting, who could really ask for more. Local guitar wizard Dave Harrington has made a nice career playing with a variety of musicians, and indeed bassist Spencer Zahn, horn player Stuart Bogie, and percussionist Joe Russo all performed at the release shows in February for Dave’s 2019 release Pure Imagination, No Country.

This night at Nublu though was a truly collaborative effort by the quintet (also including guitarist Jonathan Goldberger) as each segment of the set was improvised. Harrington revealed to me in between sets that there was one point where he and Zahn began to riff on a piece they had rehearsed earlier that week, but for the most part these tracks are all the work of expert musicians using their interpretive skills in real time. The result is two hours of breathtaking wholly unique music that was both a joy to hear live and will forever be a thoroughly engaging listen.

Dave Harrington returns to Nublu on July 19 for another night of magic with his Merry Pranksters (members this time are secret!), and attendance is highly recommended.

I recorded this set from a spot about 15 feet from the stage with the Schoeps cards and the sound (other than a little chatter) is superb. Enjoy!

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Russo Harrington Bogie Zahn Goldberger
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Upfront Audience

Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Set 1
[Total Time 54:23]
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2
03 Improvization 3
04 Improvization 4
Set 2
[Total Time 1:02:23]
05 Improvisation 5
06 [band introductions]
07 Improvisation 6
08 Improvisation 7
09 Improvisation 8

Joe Russo – percussion
Dave Harrington – guitar, effects
Stuart Bogie – sax, flute, clarinet
Spencer Zahn – stand-up bass
Jonathan Goldberger – guitar

Please SUPPORT these artists: websites for Joe Russo, Dave Harrington, Stuart Bogie, Spencer Zahn, and Jonathan Goldberger

Monks Of Doom: May 23, 2018 Berlin NYC

June 9, 2019

[photo from Ehud Lazin Instagram]

It had been ten years since we last encountered Monks Of Doom when this fortuitous event occurred. Those two shows in early 2009 at the now defunct Brooklyn venue Club Europa were the last time Monks appeared in the New York area. The Bay Area supergroup, containing mostly members of Camper Van Beethoven along with sometime CVB member and longtime guitarist for Counting Crows David Immerglück, tends to play intermittent west coast dates when the members’ other projects are not active.  In 2018, the quartet finished an album that has been in the works for that last decade and went on tour for the first time in who knows how long.  The Brönte Pin is the band’s first new material in twenty-five years, but sounds just as tight and focused as their best work. Immy shares lead vocal work with bassist Victor Krummenacher, with guitar wizard Greg Lisher and percussionist Chris Pedersen providing the backbone.  This set opening for the special Escovedo/Barone show (here) was a treat that we literally had no idea was going to occur, and we hope it isn’t another ten years before the band comes back to NYC.  In the spirit of long delays, I inadvertently sat on this recording for over a year, but I guess its better late than never.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Escovedo recording and the sound is equally superb. Enjoy!

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Monks Of Doom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Mike] + 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 47:35]
01 In Anticipation Of The Pope
02 Hieroglyphic
03 The Traveler
04 The Bastards Never Show Themselves
05 Going South
06 Up From The Cane
07 Oh Well [Fleetwood Mac]
08 Vaporize Your Crystals
09 [band introductions]
10 The Better Angels Of Our Nature
11 Tanguedia (Reprise)
12 Let’s Split
13 Ukrainian Technological Faith Dance

PLEASE SUPPORT Monks of Doom:  website | buy The Brönte Pin

Dream Syndicate: May 16, 2019 Mercury Lounge

May 20, 2019
Photo Courtesy of PSquared Photography

Steve Wynn is universally acknowledged as one of the true good guys in rock music, so its a very rewarding thing to see him and his legendary band The Dream Syndicate receiving a fresh wave of popularity and support. The two sold-out shows at Mercury Lounge were attended by a who’s-who of local music luminaries there to both pay tribute but also to celebrate the superb new album by the band, These Times. But if the crowd was expecting a nostalgia set, it got a very different experience. The Dream Syndicate came right out of the gate with raging versions of the new album and kept the pace up for the entire set. Wynn is the charismatic leader center-stage, but these late era DS shows have featured the incendiary guitar work of Jason Victor and on night one his genius was on full display. The band saved some of the older material for late in the set by which time the audience had already received its money’s worth.

Dream Syndicate continue this tour with shows in the midwest, including two nights at the Hideout in Chicago on May 31 and June 1, before the band goes to Europe through June, dates here.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards set up next to the soundboard cage, and blended with a fine board mixed by the band’s FOH Mark. The sound is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Dream Syndicate
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Mark Griffin] + 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 1:21:52]
01 The Way In
02 Put Some Miles On
03 Filter Me Through You
04 Black Light
05 Out of My Head
06 How Did I Find Myself Here
07 [band introductions]
08 Bullet Holes
09 Still Here Now
10 Recovery Mode
11 That’s What You Always Say
12 Then She Remembers
13 [thanks]
14 Glide
15 [encore break]
16 Tell Me When It’s Over
17 Burn
18 The Days of Wine and Roses

PLEASE SUPPORT Dream Syndicate: website | tour | buy These Times

Wilco: October 30, 2014 Capitol Theatre Portchester – Flac/MP3/Streaming (Two Recordings)

November 4, 2014

[photos by PSquared Photography – JFCB soundcloud photos by him]

For Wilco, the art of arranging a setlist for the third show in three nights, in the same city, without any repeats (sans one audible-called encore) must have been challenging — but ultimately rewarding. The idea that a band can play nearly 100 songs to three-thousand people a night and still retain the same performance energy and passion is remarkable. Indeed, Thursday’s show at the Capitol Theatre was perhaps the best of the three nights in Portchester. It certainly was the show with the deepest of the deep cuts. We were happy to finally hear “Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard” for the first time live with Wilco, along with never-heard-before alternate version of Wilco’s earliest “hit” the acoustic-led “Outtamind”. Both of those tracks are streaming below. The setlist was also heavy in the Wilco/Bragg/Guthrie tracks that don’t make it out very often and several obscure tracks from all of the albums. “Candyfloss” brought us back to 2004, and “Forget the Flowers” was right out of 1997. This night’s acoustic segment was the oddest of the three, as the usually slow-to-crushingly-loud “Misunderstood” was charmingly understated, and the band’s finale was a cover sung entirely by the audience. While we prefer that Wilco sing “Ripple” themselves, the band’s sincere tribute to the history of this venue was quite well thought and ultimately effective.

Our two recordings for this show were captured from the exact same excellent front left corner of the soundboard location as the previous two nights. My recording information is identical from the recording of the 29th, and for this night we have added JFCB’s excellent Milab VM-44 Cardioid pull. Both recordings are similarly superb but have unique characteristics. Enjoy!

Stream “Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard” (nyctaper recording):

Stream “Impossible Germany” (nyctaper recording):

Stream “Outtamind” (JFCB recording):

Stream “Via Chicago” (JFCB recording):

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JFCB version [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Capitol Theatre
Portchester NY

Digital Master Recording
Front Of Board Audience

Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 2:14:47]
01 Less Than You Think
02 Blood of the Lamb
03 In a Future Age
04 Bull Black Nova
05 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
06 One Wing
07 Either Way
08 Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard
09 At My Window Sad and Lonely
10 One by One
11 [banter – shut the fuck up]
12 Hesitating Beauty
13 [banter – costumes]
14 Summerteeth
15 Via Chicago
16 Whole Love
17 [banter – twenty more]
18 Say You Miss Me
19 Pick Up the Change
20 Forget the Flowers
21 [banter – communication gap]
22 Passenger Side
23 I’m Always in Love
24 Candyfloss
25 Red Eyed and Blue
26 I Got You
27 Outtasite
28 [encore break]
29 Outtamind
30 Impossible Germany
31 The Lonely 1
32 [second encore break]
33 Misunderstood
34 New Madrid
35 Give Back the Key to my Heart [Doug Sahm]
36 Ripple [Grateful Dead]


Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY, USA

Source: AUD > Milab VM-44 Links (cardioid) > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > TLH (check/fix SBEs, FLAC conversion) > FLAC (level 8)
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy

[Total time: 2:16:02]
01. Less Than You Think
02. Blood of the Lamb
03. In a Future Age
04. Bull Black Nova
05. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
06. One Wing
07. Either Way
08. Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard
09. At My Window Sad and Lonely
10. One by One
11. [banter 1]
12. Hesitating Beauty
13. [banter 2]
14. Summer Teeth
15. Via Chicago
16. Whole Love
17. [banter 3]
18. Say You Miss Me
19. Pick Up the Change
20. Forget the Flowers
21. Passenger Side
22. I’m Always in Love
23. Candyfloss
24. Red-Eyed and Blue
25. I Got You (At the End of the Century)
26. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
27. [1st encore break]
28. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
29. Impossible Germany
30. The Lonely 1
31. [2nd encore break]
32. Misunderstood
33. New Madrid [Uncle Tupelo]
34. Give Back the Key to My Heart [Doug Sahm]
35. Ripple [Grateful Dead]

For Marty.

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