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Sloppy Heads: July 14, 2017 Secret Project Robot

August 23, 2017
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If you’ve been following along, you heard Sloppy Heads‘ record release show back in January here. Fast forward half a year, and here we are with a very different flavor of the ‘Heads, taking the stage at the renewed Secret Project Robot with a set that paid a sort of tribute to the night’s headliner, Oneida.

Joined by James McNew on guitar (doing double-duty that night), the Heads kicked off with “Nightbird” from their 2014 Do or Dangle EP. Beginning with the 14-minute number, replete with the kind of deep-space jamming you’d associate with early ’70s Dead, announced that this would be a different kind of set. As if to drive home the point, the band followed that up with a buoyant cover of “New Speedway Boogie” that proffered its own sequence of dense guitar theatrics. As if to flip the script further, the finished with a one-two punch of burners from Useless Smile, with “I’ll Take My Chances” into the garage rocker “Love Is A Disease.” If shorter than the last set we saw, this felt like the perfect distillation of what this band is about — a heady psych-garage mashup that’s a gas to see in the room. Go see these folks over and over again; you’ll never see quite the same thing twice.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones onstage, together with a soundboard feed from our friends at Punkcast. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Sloppy Heads
2017-07-14
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (Stage lip, DFC)>KCY>Z-PFA + SBD (engineer: Eric)>>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC (fades, align, mix down, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Nightbird
02 New Speedway Boogie [Grateful Dead]
03 I’ll Take My Chances>
04 Love is a Disease

Support Sloppy Heads: Buy their new album on Shrimper Records. Check out their bandcamp for more stuff.

Oneida: July 14, 2017 Secret Project Robot

July 26, 2017
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Since our last encounter with the band at the former Secret Project Robot space nearly a year ago, Oneida has released a stellar live album (of a different Secret Project Robot show), Secret Project Robot has become a slightly-less DIY, fully licensed, and even-more-enjoyable artist-run venue, drummer Kid Millions put out the best Man Forever release of … forever, and Oneida has nearly completed a brand-new album. Not a bad year’s work for guys who still have day jobs.

We’ve seen as many Oneida performances, collectively, as just about any band, so it’s hard to make a claim about one without offending one’s memory of another. So, I won’t throw inadvertent shade on those many other performances by saying this was the very best Oneida performance, but it was easily the very best I’ve seen in the recent past, made doubly exciting by the high volume of new tuneage (owing to that new album and all). The band has worked out many of these jams live at various other shows, but we haven’t been to one where they ripped through so many at once. Further, several of these were brand-new to us, including the one title-not-known-by-me song, “It Was Me,” “All In Due Time,” and “Lay of the Land.” A couple of those new songs offer a somewhat softer vibe than Oneida jams of recent past, with one of those unnamed numbers even billed as a “love song.” Just in case you thought they might go soft, Oneida made sure to play the storming “Cock Fight” next. By the time they made it to the final song, a nearly fifteen-minute “Cedars,” all I could think about was exactly how soon I could get my hands on that new record, and see Oneida next.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip, together with a soundboard feed provided by our friends at punkcast. Other than a couple of occasional technical glitches in the vocal parts from the board feed, the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy! (By the way, if you want to hear an amazing, perfect-sounding Oneida live show, don’t be a cheapskate and go buy their live album. Trust us.)

Download the complete set: [MP3/Apple Lossless/FLAC]

Oneida
2017-07-14
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Onstage recording by acidjack
Soundboard recording courtesy of punkcast
Produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (Stage lip, DFC)>KCY>Z-PFA + SBD (engineer: Eric)>>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC (fades, align, mix down, compression, limiter)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 You Get Brighter
02 Economy Travel
03 All In Due Time
04 Bad Habit
05 Reputation
06 [tuning]
07 [new1 – “love song”]
08 Cock Fight
09 It Was Me
10 Lay of the Land
11 Cedars

SUPPORT Oneida: bandcamp | Buy Live at Secret Project Robot | Man Forever

Guerilla Toss: July 30, 2016 Secret Project Robot

November 3, 2016
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We had seen Guerrilla Toss a few times before this year’s Out in the Streets Festival performance that we captured. To us, and to anyone who has watched their ascent, they are one of those rare live bands that you seek out, who combine musical originality and daring with a live performance that’s bound to engage even the more pop-leaning subjects whom it reaches. It’s not insignificant the this band is signed to DFA, not only because that avatar of the previous decade conjures the best about the north Brooklyn scene, but also because they tend to sign acts that get your body moving, with whatever technology necessary.

This Secret Project Robot show only extends the myth and the mystery of this band, being held in a creative space that, like most things north Brooklyn, was temporal but great. Add to that their specific choice of playing on the floor, rather than on stage, putting frontwoman Kassie Carlson, in particular, right in the audience’s face. If it wasn’t the technically strong show, in terms of sound system, it was absolutely one that showed what is best about this band’s interactive, high-energy live experience. This writhing, sweaty rager, featuring songs from the band’s DFA debut, Eraser Stargazer, showed that fun music can be cerebral, too.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones not far from the band. The sound quality is reflective of the setup and the way it was recorded, and fits the moment perfectly. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [FLAC/MP3]

Stream the complete show:

Guerilla Toss
2016-07-30
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Aeta PSP3>Roland R-26>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (channel mixer, compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Betty Dreams of Green Men>
02 Trash Bed>
03 TV Spell>
04 TV Do Tell>
05 Ritual In Light>
06 Realistic Rabbit
07 Eraser Stargazer Forever>
08 The String Game>
09 Billy Blood Idol

PLEASE SUPPORT Guerilla Toss: Bandcamp | Facebook | DFA Records Page

People of the North: August 10, 2016 Secret Project Robot

September 1, 2016
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Our lovefest with all things Oneida and Oneida-related continued earlier this month when, on the heels of the final Oneida set at Secret Project Robot, we caught People of the North in the same venue. While POTN shares personnel with Oneida (regulars Kid Millions and Bobby Matador, plus Barry London for this set), the band’s vibe is distinct, with an even-more fluid and keyboard-driven approach. The band has a new album, The Caul, on its way from Thrill Jockey, but who knows whether this material is reflective of that, or just the bandmembers’ mind-state at showtime. Whatever the reason, this 45-minute improv was yet another reminder that with this group of musicians, you can always count on an interesting trip.

I recorded this set with a pair of Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

Stream the complete set:

People of the North
2016-08-10
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (stage lip, DFC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 improvisation

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT People of the North by buying their records from Thrill Jockey.

Colin Fisher, Mike Pride, Carl Testa Trio: August 10, 2016 Secret Project Robot

August 25, 2016
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On a night that included incredible experimental music of many stripes — including Chris Forsyth’s set with Loren Connors, and the last Secret Project Robot set ever from People of the North (coming soon), it made perfect sense that the evening’s middle act was a free jazz trio of some of the most interesting and well regarded players we’ve seen in a while. The trio of Colin Fisher, Mike Pride and Carl Testa added a different and welcome dimension, their all-improvisational jam’s headier aspects brought to the fore by the light show behind them. Each of these musicians has a deep resume of appearances with luminaries that cross the jazz and experimental rock realms, and you could feel the breadth of that experience at work in this piece. Anyone who reads our too-infrequent jazz posts on this site knows that our enthusiasm for the genre far outstrips our ability to comment on it, so don’t take my word for it — hear this one for yourself.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip (per the picture). The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Fisher-Pride-Testa Trio
2016-08-10
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 improvisation

Musicians (in alphabetical order)
Colin Fisher – sax
Mike Pride – drums
Carl Testa – bass

Support these musicians: Colin Fisher | Mike Pride | Carl Testa

Oneida: July 30, 2016 Secret Project Robot

August 2, 2016
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Oneida used to share a building in Williamsburg with the DIY art institution Secret Project Robot — a relationship we documented both at the band’s private studio space, and at a series of farewell shows for the group at that location. While the band and SPR physically went their separate ways, the two remained united in ethos, and Oneida have remained a fixture at SPR events since. This summertime performance — held indoors because of rain — was yet another farewell to Secret Project Robot, which will be relocating from its Melrose Street location in Bushwick to a new frontier this fall. It was fitting, then, that Oneida helmed the sendoff, joined by some of the strongest local bands going, including Guerilla Toss and Honey.

This set was dominated by the band’s “Preteen Weaponry” three-part song, as well as fairly concise versions (by Oneida standards) of “Bad Habit” and “Economy Travel.” As the band’s cryptic sounds filled the repurposed warehouse space, walls covered in trippy 90s-referencing images (Bart Simpson, Ninja Turtles), it was yet another reminder of what spaces like Secret Project Robot mean to the people who frequent them, and what they mean to cities in general. Even if you’re not one of the proud freaks and weirdos (I don’t think of those as insults) who hangs out there, even if you’ve never set foot in a place like it, Secret Project Robot has had an effect on your city, and in a sense, on who you are. Spaces like this are for the true creators, the ones whose utter abandonment of the expected opens up whole new zones of the possible. And as long as there are these spaces, and the people in them, we will be a better place for it.

But a space like Secret Project Robot isn’t a warehouse or an address — it’s an idea. And we look forward to what they will do next.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones and an Aeta PSP3 preamp way up front. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Download the complete set: [MP3/FLAC/ALAC]

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Oneida
2016-07-30
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, ROC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Aeta PSP3>Roland R-26>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Preteen Weaponry Part I
02 Preteen Weaponry Part II
03 Preteen Weaponry Part III
04 Bad Habit
05 Economy Travel

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Oneida. Visit their website, like them on Facebook, and buy the Positions EP from Rocket Recordings.

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New Pope: November 21, 2015 Trans Pecos + Secret Project Robot (Two Shows!)

December 8, 2015
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[photo by Eric PH)

After guitarist and vocalist Clara Hunter Latham of the Brooklyn band Starring moved to the same small Massachusetts town as Oneida’s Bobby Matador, it was inevitable that the two would get together and play some music. The band New Pope has evolved from that relationship and two weeks back the band made the trip south and played their first ever shows in NYC, an afternoon show at Trans Pecos opening for Fox Millions Duo (recording here) and later at the Oneida potluck show at Secret Project Robot (recording here). At Pecos, the band was a four-piece accompanied by a second keyboard and violin and performed a thirty-five minute set consisting of four songs. The first three tracks are key-based psych but the fourth song has Clara’s guitar out front in an almost surf-rock style. For the late show at SPR, New Pope was joined by Kid Millions on drums and the set took on a different feel — more driving and less spacey. Both sets prove that New Pope is a band with great personnel and great potential and we hope that they make more trips to NYC in the future.

I recorded the Pecos set with the Schoeps mounted in front of the stage and mixed with a board feed of primarily vocals. Eric recorded the SPR set with the AKGs in front of the board and mixed with a board feed. Both sets sound quite excellent. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Shows:
Trans Pecos [MP3] / [FLAC]
Secret Project Robot [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream both Complete Shows:

New Pope
2015-11-21
Trans Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Joe] + Sennheiser MKH-8040s Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Please support this excellent band:
https://www.facebook.com/MeetTheNewPope/

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 35:08]
01 NASA Update
02 Dope
03 New Dope
04 One-Two

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New Pope
2015-11-21
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY

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

Soundboard (engineer: Erik) + 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 [31:40]
01. Hammers
02. Dope
03. NASA Update

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Oneida: November 21, 2015 Secret Project Robot (Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck)

November 30, 2015
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There is no band more emblematic of the Brooklyn music community than Oneida. From jam sessions in the band’s former Ocropolis studio to the Thank Your Parents weekender; from Brahloweens past to the NYCTaper Anniversary show; from the holiday Oneida Fest at the old Knit to this year’s Thanksgiving potluck, there’s a truly unique binding of community around Oneida’s music. On the weekend before Thanksgiving, friends and family gathered for a celebration of music and food. Admission was free at the door if you brought food and I can almost guarantee not a dollar was exchanged. Around two full tables of food including a turkey, plus all the trimmings and desserts you could imagine, friends old and new gathered to eat off paper plates and see two long-form Oneida sets bookending a set from New Pope (featuring Bobby and Kid Millions of course). For the first set Oneida is joined by Dave Kadden on clarinet; and for the second it’s an epic, extended nine-piece Oneida barreling through forty improvised minutes. To give thanks for Oneida seems a bit silly when there are so many other things to be thankful for. Yet there’s something here greater than just a band or a collection of songs and records—and it’s that intangible greater thing, call it community or simply shared experience, for which we can all be thankful.

I recorded this set with the AKG’s flown high at the back of the room, with a board feed from Secret Project Robot FOH Erik, which supplied much of the vocals. The sound isn’t perfect, but it captures an event. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

Oneida

Oneida
2015-11-21
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY

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

Soundboard (engineer: Erik) + 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 [1:16:29]
01. Potluck Improvisation 1
02. Potluck Improvisation 2

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Oneida. Visit their website, like them on Facebook, and buy the Positions EP from Rocket Recordings.

Tigue: March 11, 2015 Secret Project Robot – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 31, 2015
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Tigue is the Brooklyn-based percussion trio composed of Ohio transplants Matt Evans, Amy Garapic, and Carson Moody. While the whole trio has participated in Kid Millions’ Man Forever project, each member also has some impressive extracurricular affiliations that include—among many others—Evans and Moody with Ensemble Signal, and Garapic with So Percussion and David Byrne. Tigue have recently completed their first LP, Peaks, which was funded via a successful Kickstarter campaign. That record is still forthcoming, but with Kid Millions producing and guest spots from Ira Kaplan and James McNew of Yo La Tengo, the impending release of Peaks is highly anticipated.

Opening for the duo of Kid Millions and Chris Brokaw at Secret Project Robot, Tigue gave us a preview of what to expect to hear on Peaks. For those new to Tigue, like I was, the songs are perhaps surprisingly pop-oriented—certainly not the classical or esoteric sounds that hearing the phrase “percussion ensemble” might conjure. Instead, it’s something like percussive drone-pop, highly accessible and engaging. Their set is performed entirely as a single piece with subtle divisions between the songs, best understood as part of a highly evolved whole rather than by its individual elements. And surely, you could say the same thing about the performers who are clearly highly tuned to each other’s frequencies. I can only expect and hope that once I hear the album proper, I’ll be let in on the full scope of Tigue’s craft. After the dramatic transition between “I Don’t Think You’re Listening” and closer “Ripped,” you’ll no doubt hear the yelp of a passionate audience member finally unable to contain his enthusiasm. In response to that guy: I couldn’t agree more.

I recorded this set with the AKGs set up approximately in the center of the room and pointed at the stacks. The sound and performance are both excellent. Enjoy!

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Tigue
2015-03-11
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY

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

AKG C480B/CK61 (DFC, PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, tape exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [14:42]
01. It’s Not Hard to Dress Well
02. I Don’t Think You’re Listening
03. Ripped

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Tigue. Visit their website and Bandcamp, and like them on Facebook.

Oneida: October 17, 2014 Secret Project Robot – Flac/MP3/Streaming

October 27, 2014
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[photo by Eric PH]

The relationship between this site and Oneida is such that we feel musically bound to capture every gig that the band plays locally as possible. On Friday last, the odds were against us, as several previous engagements (including our long-planned J Mascis capture) threatened to prevent our Oneida streak. Fortunately, a new friend and contributor came to the rescue — old-time taper and recent re-entry into the world of NYC taping Eric PH was able to attend and record Oneida show at their home studio Secret Project Robot. The show began as our recent recorded shows have done with new-ish tracks “Cedars” and “Economy Travel” before the band stepped back in time to play some “oldies”. “Caesar’s Column” is a song from ten years back that the band has played occasionally over the years, but I don’t think in the many times I’ve seen Oneida that I’ve ever witnessed it played. The setlist also included two tracks that we believe are new songs before the band finished with a couple of favorites. We are streaming the closing “You Get Brighter” which ended this high energy set on a peak.

Eric recorded this show with Church Audio cardioid mics from an up close position and the sound is both crisp and very clear due to this excellent location. Enjoy!

Stream “You Get Brighter”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request. Please feel free to re-post the Soundcloud links.

Oneida
2014-10-17
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn NY

Upfront Audience Recording

Church Audio CA-11 Cardiods > Bat 2B > Roland R-05 > 16bit 44.1kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by Eric PH
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:13:48]
01 Cedars
02 Economy Travel
03 Caesar’s Column
04 [banter – last beach night]
05 Cock Fight
06 People of the North
07 Reputation
08 It Was Me > All Data Lost [Chrome]
09 Up With People
10 You Get Brighter

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