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Cloud Nothings: February 1, 2017 Webster Hall

February 6, 2017
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[photos by Will Oliver of We All Want Someone blog]

Its been nearly seven years since Cloud Nothings last graced the pages of this site. At that point, eighteen-year old Dylan Baldi’s band played an opening slot on a Northside Festival event at Mercury Lounge and stole the show. Our acidjack foresaw big things for Cloud Nothings back then, and he was prescient. This decade the band has released four outstanding albums, including two “Best New Music” awards from Pitchfork, has toured the world, played most major festivals and generally have remained one of indie rock’s most consistently excellent acts.

In January, Cloud Nothings released Life Without Sound (Carpark Records) which represents a bit of a departure for the group. The band brought in legendary engineer/producer John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney) and the result is a dense and richer sound — long gone are the days when Cloud Nothings could be called “lo-fi” by lazy reviewers. The new album also represents a maturing the Baldi’s songwriting and throughout the tour in support of this record the band has been all business. This past week at Webster Hall, that approach translated into a full-powered set long on songs and short on banter. Cloud Nothings were non-nonsense as they ripped through a setlist that concentrated on Life Without Sound but was also drew from the previous two albums. Baldi’s crunchy guitar and vocals were out front and the packed-in crowd were treated to a set that never let up in energy until the fans called the band back for two encores, including a noise-propelled extended finale of “Wasted Days”. Cloud Nothings will be on tour throughout February across the US, before they play in Europe in March, all dates [HERE].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps clamped out in front of the soundboard booth in the balcony and mixed with a board feed. The sound is clear and upfront. Enjoy!

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Cloud Nothings
2017-02-01
Webster Hall
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:11:46]
01 Up to the Surface
02 Pattern Walks
03 Modern Act
04 Sight Unseen
05 Now Hear In
06 Stay Useless
07 Darkened Rings
08 Enter Entirely
09 Psychic Trauma
10 Things Are Right With You
11 Internal World
12 I’m Not Part of Me
13 Realize My Fate
14 [encore break]
15 Fall In
16 Wasted Days

SUPPORT Cloud Nothings: Website | Facebook | Purchase Life Without Sound

Ryley Walker: January 26, 2017 Rough Trade BK

January 30, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

There’s a period in every premiere artist’s career when their prolific songwriting outpaces their ability to record their songs. Ryley Walker is currently in that kind of fruitful songwriting phase. A few months out from the release of his outstanding Golden Sings That Have Been Sung album, Ryley toured the East coast and arrived at Rough Trade on Thursday night. The set consisted of as many new songs as tracks from the album — three of the four new songs so fresh that Ryley doesn’t even quite have titles for them yet.

But first, there were the familiar ones. The set began with an extended guitar interplay that led into Golden’s “The Roundabout”, followed by another lengthy jam intro to the title track from 2015’s Primrose Green. Between the music was a nice dose of banter and give and take between the admiring audience and the modest troubadour. We saw how Ryley can morph a performance from a “show” to an event that feels like he’s hanging out in your living room at Market Hotel this past Spring. This night at Rough Trade had the same familiar feel — its one of Walker’s most endearing traits. But ultimately its about the songs and to finish the set we got two solo acoustic numbers that accentuated the unique talents of this performer.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at center of the Soundboard table and mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE]

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Ryley Walker
2017-01-26
Rough Trade
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Leah Zipkin] + 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:20:04]
01 [introduction]
02 The Roundabout
03 [banter – mental breakdown]
04 Primrose Green
05 [banter – anytizers]
06 Sullen Mind
07 [banter – Bobo]
08 [new song 1]
09 [banter]
10 [new song – I Can’t Say Why]
11 [banter – thanks]
12 [new song 3]
13 [banter – New York]
14 Shaking Like The Others
15 The Halfwit in Me

SUPPORT Ryley Walker: Website | Facebook | Purchase Golden Sings

Dave Harrington and Merry Pranksters: January 21, 2017 Trans-Pecos

January 24, 2017
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[photo by nyctaper]

Dave Harrington’s career as an exemplary musician is perhaps most well known through his Darkside duo with Nicholas Jaar, but in the last couple of years Harrington has excelled as a compiler of ad hoc super groups under the moniker “Merry Pranksters”. The band has performed at Rough Trade and multiple times at Nublu, but on Saturday night at Trans-Pecos Harrington pulled together another impressive group of performers in a benefit show for Builders Of The New World — an Actor’s Studio program to benefit homeless youth.

On Saturday, the “special guest” for this version of the Merry Pranksters was Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori, whose eerie vocals and keyboard work were featured prominently in the first half of the improvised number that began the set. Hatori’s work set the tone for the entire set, which was comprised of spacey atmospheric improv that occasionally reached inspired crescendos. The sextet was held together by a diverse rhythm section with Mauro Refosco on a variety of percussion instruments, Spencer Zahn on bass, and Harrington’s solo band’s drummer Samer Ghadry behind the kit. Lars Horntveth of the Norwegian prog fusion band Jaga Jazzist played a variety of horns and his contributions to this night were sublime and tasty. Harrington’s guitar work anchored the group and provided a significant amount of color to the mix. This was our first experience with Harrington’s Merry Pranksters, but I can guarantee it won’t be the last.

This show was a benefit for The Builders of The New World: Education and Community Building Program for Homeless Children and At-Risk Youth in New York City. Donate [HERE], or donate through a download of this recording. All proceeds to this recording that are donated through Bandcamp will be forwarded directly to Builders of The New World.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards at the stage lip and mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download this recording from our Bandcamp page [HERE]

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Dave Harrington and Merry Pranksters
2017-01-21
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Eric] + Schoeps CCM4u’s > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 46:17]
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2
03 Thirty Seconds of Chaos

SUPPORT: Dave Harrington’s Merry Pranksters featuring:
Dave Harrington
Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist)
Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto)
Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace/Forro)
Spencer Zahn (Twin Shadow)
Samer Ghadry (DHG)

Thou: January 7, 2017 Saint Vitus

January 16, 2017
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[screen capture from Frank Huang’s video]

Thou’s return to NYC last week was a wealth of riches for their fans. The band played three full sets in less than forty-eight hours, including two sold-out shows at Saint Vitus and one matinee show at Silent Barn. In a way, the band was making up for lost time. Thou has been somewhat inactive since the best-of-year success of their 2014 album HeathenCrave, for example, gave the album a perfect score. We saw the Vitus show early on that tour and it was a superb night of Heathen material that pre-dated the album’s release by two days and started off a tremendously successful year.

Nearly three years later, Thou’s doom metal music continues to be intense and sprinkled with funny between-song banter and fan interaction. But at the second night at Saint Vitus, the music consisted of primarily new songs book-ended by two fantastic Nirvana covers. The new material is clearly strong and if developed live, we expect that the band’s anticipated 2017 release will equal Heathen’s quality.

Thou will be touring often this year, with shows posted on their website through July, dates [HERE].

I recorded this set with the Schoeps on a stand in front of the soundboard and mixed with a feed from the board. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Thou
2017-01-07
Saint Vitus
Brooklyn, 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:01:09]
01 Something in the Way [Nirvana]
02 [banter – tuning]
03 Transcending Dualities
04 [banter – Dr Fish]
05 Restless River
06 The Only Law
07 Untitled New Song
08 Deepest Sun
09 Unfortunate Times
10 The Lasting Dose [Crowbar]
11 Fucking Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean
12 [encore break]
13 Scentless Apprentice [Nirvana]

PLEASE SUPPORT Thou:  Website | Bandcamp | Purchase albums from Gilead Media [HERE]

Earthless: December 13, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

January 5, 2017
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[photo by BevRock]

The music of Earthless is as if the climax instrumental portion of the best of early 70s head-rock became a single fifteen-minute song. In other words, there’s no filler in their music, just improvisational highlights. While Earthless has existed for fifteen years, the band’s recorded output consists of just four full-lengths. This is a band clearly comfortable as a live unit, despite that all three members of the trio play with significant other bands, including drummer Mario Rubalcaba in Rocket from the Crypt and Off!. The band doesn’t tour often, but in 2016 we got to see them twice, including our recording of their Mercury Lounge set in March.

At the Bowery Ballroom last month, the band played an hour-long set of three songs that was capped off by a relatively quick encore of the FM staple track from Led Zeppelin’s first album. Interestingly, the set did not include the band’s 2016 release “Acid Crusher”, half of a split release with their Tee Pee Records mates Harsh Toke. But the set was exactly what the crowd came to see — plenty of riffs, thumping bass and monster percussion. This was the art of stoner rock taken to its logical conclusion and Earthless nailed the set from start to finish.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards in our usual location in the balcony. The house mix was used to fortify the drums which did not carry up to the balcony as well as the stacks of guitar amps. The result is an excellent recording. Enjoy!

Download and Stream the Complete Show from our Bandcamp Page [HERE]

Earthless
2016-12-13
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Kenny Lienhardt] + 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:07:14]
01 Uluru Rock
02 Violence of the Red Sea
03 Sonic Prayer
04 [encore break]
05 Communication Breakdown [Zep]

Support Earthless: Facebook | Bandcamp | Buy their records from Tee Pee Records

Holy Tunics: December 11, 2016 Sunnyvale

December 21, 2016
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One of the sleeper singles early in this year was the oddly titled “Clutching the Straw Map to Your Heart” (Seagreen Records) from the mysterious quartet Holy Tunics. This three-minute nugget came from a band who didn’t spend much time promoting themselves and about whom there wasn’t much information on the web. Whether the mystery was intentional or not, the song perked up ears at places like Impose Magazine, Cereal + Sounds and Breakthrough Radio.

This December saw the release of Holy Tunics’ first EP Hot To Trot, which contains “Straw Map” but also five other new songs and frankly its one of the best collections of music I’ve heard all year. The band celebrated the release with a headlining show at Sunnyvale last weekend and revealed another mystery — that the personnel listed on the Bandcamp page for the EP isn’t necessarily the live band. Nick Rogers is front and center and Matt Billington is the bass player, but for this night Ana Asnes Becker from Fruit & Flowers played lead guitar and Brian Alvarez played percussion. The set consisted of four of the six tracks from the EP and what appears to five new songs that we are guessing are targeted towards the band’s first full length. This Holy Tunics set was bubbling with energy and was buoyed by the serious quality of the songcraft. We expect big things from this band, and we will certainly see more of them on these pages.

Holy Tunics perform again at Shea Stadium on January 14, as support for a reunion gig of our old friend Shark?.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps at the stage lip and mixed with a fine board feed from house FOH Tim. The sound quality is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Holy Tunics
2016-12-11
Sunnyvale
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Tim] + Schoeps CCM4u’s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Please support this excellent band:
https://holytunics.bandcamp.com/releases

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 34:04]
01 Forget Your Love
02 Hot to Trot
03 Tell Me True
04 Poets Laugh
05 Clutching the Straw Map to Your Heart
06 Fabric
07 Limelights
08 Happy Sunday
09 Notes from Captivity

Support Holy Tunics: Bandcamp | Facebook | Seagreen Records

Ultimate Painting: December 7, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

December 12, 2016
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Our own acidjack was early on the bandwagon for Ultimate Painting, as he captured the band back in 2014 and raved about their debut album. The British neo-psych quartet is now three records into their career and just completed a headlining tour with twelve US dates in support of their newest release, Dusk (Trouble In Mind Records). The tour’s final date was last week at Bowery Ballroom and if the crowd was not packed, it was notable for the music luminaries in attendance — Matador Records co-founder Gerard Cosloy, Rolling Stone’s senior editor David Fricke, Stereogum founder Scott Lapatine, and brooklynvegan’s Bill Pearis.

Ultimate Painting’s set was a seventy-minute exercise in precision and synchronicity. The band’s two protagonists, Jack Cooper and James Hoare share vocal and lead-guitar duties and both are superb performers. The other aspect of the band’s success is the songwriting. The songs can be tight and guitar driven psych-pop, but when the band wants to open up and explore, they remain focused and in synch. While Ultimate Painting does borrow stylistically from the mid-60s London scene, the music also shows influences from the US — the Velvets and Television in particular. Among contemporary comparisons, I hear similarities to White Fence and Courtney Barnett (“Central Park Blues” in particular). The band worked through a nice selection of numbers from all three of their albums before ending the set with a sixteen-minute extended version of “Ten Street” that capped off the show in fine fashion.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards in the balcony mixed with Kenny’s outstanding feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download and Stream this Recording at our Bandcamp Page:

Ultimate Painting
2016-12-07
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer: Kenny Lienhardt] + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:07:14]
01 Ultimate Painting
02 Rolling in the Deep End
03 Riverside
04 Bills
05 Song for Brian Jones
06 (I’ve Got The) Sanctioned Blues
07 I’m Set Free
08 [banter – band intro]
09 Break the Chain
10 Lead the Way
11 Monday Morning Somewhere Central
12 Central Park Blues
13 Sweet Chris
14 Ten Street

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Ultimate Painting, visit their website, and purchase Dusk from Trouble In Mind Records HERE.

Daniel Bachman: November 22, 2016 Trans-Pecos

December 8, 2016
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[photo by Jeremy Wright]

Of all the ultra-talented musicians that have graced the pages of this site, Daniel Bachman is perhaps the most gifted performer of them all. With no accompaniment, no pedals, no significant amplification and really just his hands, an acoustic guitar and a slide, Daniel is capable of creating whole symphonies of modern mountain blues. As one of the foremost contemporary purveyors of “American primitive guitar” music, Daniel has taken the mantle from such luminaries as Leo Kottke, John Fahey and Peter Lang and advanced the genre to a twenty-first century model.

This year saw the release of Daniel Bachman’s self-titled album on Three Lobed Recordings — a record that received a healthy dose of highly positive reviews and for Daniel, further recognition of his proficient musical output. We were fortunate to be able to present Bachman’s NYC album release show at a venue that fit the vibe of his show perfectly, Trans-Pecos. This show took place on a relaxed Tuesday night and as the substantial crowd filtered in, Daniel mingled among the fans, and when he took the stage it was as if he were playing for a room full of friends. The performer’s ease with people was apparent from his on-stage demeanor, but at the instant he began to play the room fell silent with attention and Daniel’s intensity was clear. Bachman worked through an hour-long set that felt much shorter in large part because its easy to get lost in the music of this artist. The set touched on his recent output and included about half of the new album. As we’ve indicated in the multiple times that Daniel Bachman has appeared on this site, this is a performer not to miss when he comes to town. We hope to be able to bring him back and present another night like this magical one last month at Pecos.

Daniel is currently booking a European tour for the Spring, but dates are not yet announced. His next performance is an annual Holiday show in Fredericksburg Virginia, info here.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards mounted at the front of the stage and mixed with a board feed provided by our friend Joe who did a great job with sound on this night. The result is a superb recording. Enjoy!

Download and Stream this Recording from our Bandcamp page:

Daniel Bachman
2016-11-22
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Joe Jeffers] + Schoeps CCM4u’s > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:01:59]
01 Untitled I
02 Bells
03 Watermelon Slices On A Blue Bordered Plate
04 The Flower Tree
05 Wine And Peanuts
06 [tuning]
07 Song For The Setting Sun I
08 Song For The Setting Sun II
09 Old Country Rock
10 [banter – false start]
11 Orange County Serenade
12 Untitled II

Support Daniel Bachman: Website | Facebook | Buy Daniel Bachman from Three Lobed [HERE]

Long Ryders: November 10, 2016 Bowery Ballroom

November 17, 2016
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[photo by PSquared Photography]

Any discussion about the beginnings of the “alt-country” or “no depression” movement needs to include the story of the Long Ryders. The band is linked with LA’s early 80s “Paisley Underground”, except that the Long Ryders added Americana to their sixties-influenced pop. The Long Ryders released an EP and three terrific albums before they broke up in 1987, just a few years before the emergence of bands like Uncle Tupelo, Jayhawks and Old 97s would be grouped in a “new” genre that owed much to the path laid out by the Ryders. I owned all of the Ryders releases on vinyl and they often made appearances on my many mixed tapes over the years, cementing the band’s influence in my own music journey.

Each of the four members of the Long Ryders found significant success in the 1990s. Sid Griffin moved to London, founded the great Coal Porters and became a music writer. Stephen McCarthy moved to Virgina and worked with Steve Wynn in Gutterball and in recent years spent time in the Jayhawks. Tom Stevens returned to Indiana and launched a successful solo career, played with Wynn in Danny & Dusty and earned a degree in Computer Science. Greg Sowders stayed in LA and became a music publishing executive as a senior VP of A&R at Warner Chappell. The band did have a couple of brief reunions last decade but for the most part have moved on from the Long Ryders.

This year finally saw the release of the ultimate Long Ryders box set Final Wild Songs (Cherry Red Records), which includes all 3 albums, the EP, a bunch of bonus tracks, and a full live set from 1985. This extraordinary collection of material made the current music press sit up and take notice. The Box Set received five stars from AllMusic, 8/10 from Popmatters, and four stars from UnCut. The band played some reunion dates in Europe in the Spring, and this Fall saw the Long Ryders visit NYC for the first time in 29 years.

We’ve acknowledged that these reunion shows can be a mixed bag. Generally speaking, the relative life situation of the members often dictates the quality of the return to the music. That is to say that if we’re dealing with folks who don’t need to revisit past glories, the performances tend to be more tight and focused. Given that all four Long Ryders have had significant success in their lives after the band’s demise, this group was among the category of folks who reunited for all of the right reasons — love of music, dedication to fans, and an opportunity to reach younger fans to cement their rightful place in music history.

Last week at Bowery Ballroom, the Long Ryders were clearly focused and fully in sync. The set began in earnest with the roots rock of Sid Griffin complimented by McCarthy’s sweet tenor country rock. Sowders and Stevens provided a precise rhythm section with Stevens stepping forward as the protagonist in two expert numbers. The setlist comprised exactly the songs you’d want the Ryders to play (“Lights of Downtown”, “State Of My Union”, “Looking for Lewis and Clark”), included some great covers that were part of their recorded output (“I Want You Bad”, “Masters of War”) and indeed one cover that I believe the band never laid down in a studio — Buffalo Springfield’s “On The Way Home”, which proved a perfect outlet for McCarthy. Sure the crowd was older — to the point where at least a dozen of them pulled out chairs onto the Bowery floor — but this music sounded as fresh and new as it did in the mid-1980s, in large part because the Long Ryders were a direct influence on bands still making music today.

The Long Ryders have completed their tour but just recently announced that they will appear at the Stagecoach Festival in California in April, along with dates in Santa Ana and Hollywood, info here.

I recorded this set in our standard location at Bowery with the Schoeps cards mixed with an excellent balanced feed from the band’s talented FOH Adrian. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream the Complete Show:

Long Ryders
2016-11-10
Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Adrian] + 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:29:31]
01 Tell It to the Judge on Sunday
02 Lights of Downtown
03 A Stitch in Time
04 Gunslinger Man
05 You Don’t Know What’s Right, You Don’t Know What’s Wrong
06 Years Long Ago
07 Run Dusty Run
08 Ivory Tower
09 [banter – Joshua Camp intro]
10 The Light Gets In The Way
11 Masters of War [Dylan]
12 Two Kinds of Love
13 [banter – dedication]
14 I Want You Bad [NRBQ]
15 I Had a Dream
16 [banter – chick on a horse]
17 And She Rides
18 Final Wild Son
19 Man of Misery
20 You Just Can’t Ride the Boxcars Anymore
21 (Sweet) Mental Revenge [Mel Tillis]
22 State of My Union
23 [encore break]
24 On the Way Home [Buffalo Springfield]
25 Looking for Lewis and Clark

SUPPORT Long Ryders: Website | Twitter | Merch! | Purchase Final Wild Songs from Cherry Red Records [HERE].

Wrekmeister Harmonies: November 4, 2016 Trans-Pecos

November 10, 2016
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[photo by Kathleen Fox]

There might not be a better time for us to post this show in light of Tuesday night’s horrific events. The new Wrekmeister Harmonies album Light Falls is a meditation on the struggle against all odds to overcome evil. Inspired by Primo Levi’s writings about his time at Auschwitz, Levi’s anti-fascist resistance fighter model of fortitude and resolve is perhaps an extremely apt guide for us all at present. For the album, Wrekmeister’s J.R. Robinson and Esther Shaw added some gravitas to the proceedings by inviting three members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor to perform on the record. The result is a profoundly moving musical piece that explores the emotional ebbs and flows while on the ledge of life and death surrounded by pure evil — 1944 becomes 2016.

Wrekmeister Harmonies came East last week for a special show at Trans-Pecos, hosted by AdHoc, before leaving for a lengthy tour of Europe in November and December. The live band did include along with J.R. and Esther, the drummer Tim Herzog from Godspeed, Dana Schechter (Insect Ark) on lap steel, and Martin Farmer on bass. The set was one full uninterrupted suite consisting of the entire Light Falls album with three non-album tracks interspersed within the suite. However the focus was not on individual pieces but the performance as a whole — a profound use of light and dark, peace and anger, and subtlety and cacophony to draw out emotions very rarely felt while viewing a musical performance. Wrekmeister Harmonies is a unit not to be missed, and while they are in Europe we recommend playing Light Falls and this performance loudly and often.

I recorded this set with the usual setup in this venue, Schoeps at stage lip mixed with a board feed. Chris did a superb job mixing the band and the room sound was outstanding. The result is we feel a superb recording that accurately captures this moving music. Enjoy!

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Wrekmeister Harmonies
2016-11-04
Trans-Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Chris Cherry] + Schoeps CCM4u’s > 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

Setlist:
[Total Time 44:17]
01 A 300 Year Old Slit Throat
02 Light Falls I – The Mantra
03 Light Falls II – The Light Burns Us All
04 Light Falls III – Light Sick
05 Posting A Death Notice
06 The Gathering
07 Preparing To Be Lazarus In A Cooling Bed
08 Where Have You Been My Lovely Son – Some Were Saved Some Drowned – Lovely Son Reprise

Esther Shaw – violin, keyboards, vocals
Timothy Herzog – drums
Dana Schechter – lap steel
Martin Farmer – bass
J.R. Robinson – guitar, vocals

SUPPORT Wrekmeister Harmonies:  Facebook | Bandcamp | Purchase Light Falls from Thrill Jockey Records [HERE].

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