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The Dead Tongues: September 23, 2015 Rough Trade NYC

October 22, 2015


There’s plenty of heat coming out of Triangle music scene in North Carolina these days, as seems to be the case every half-decade or so. The reasons are several — the region’s overall economic and social diversification and success; the rise, congruent with that, of Durham as the region’s cultural third pillar as it already was a research, medical and education anchor with Raleigh and Chapel Hill; a stellar music festival to highlight the region’s best acts. But with the rise of an insular scene — fueled by a relatively condensed list of publications, social networks, venues and bands, where shows are a place where everybody knows your name, there’s a danger, too. Sometimes it’s hard for friends to be honest about the quality of their friends’ work; there’s a tendency [DUCKS] to promote at least some material that may not reach the heights promised by the homegrown hype.

Which is a long way of saying how refreshing it was to come across Ryan Gustafson, who plays both solo and as a band as The Dead Tongues. Because, even in a crowded field, Gustafson shines as a songwriter of exceptional merit. I first saw his band at Hopscotch, one of many that had been recommended to me as “really good” by various folks I know in the area (sadly, that recording is lost). I’ll beg Ryan’s forgiveness for taking that recommendation with a grain of salt, one which washed away quickly as I watched he and his full band perform.

On the road with Phil Cook as part of his “Guitarheels” band, Ryan opened that show at Rough Trade NYC with his own solo set consisting of entirely unreleased material, played by Ryan on banjo, guitar and harmonica. It’s almost unfair to compare him to the people who come to mind, so I won’t drop names, but suffice it to say Gustafson’s maturity and storytelling ability approach that of big names you’ve heard of. I’m especially partial to “The Broken Side of People,” “A Pair of Stained Glass Eyes” and “Wildflower Perfume,” but it’s hard to play favorites with Gustafson’s work. What’s for sure is that his forthcoming album (details TBD) is something that I’ll await, eagerly.

I recorded this set primarily with Rough Trade engineer Danielle DePalma’s soundboard mix, together with Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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The Dead Tongues
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY

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01 Lost in Baton Rouge
02 [banter]
03 Graveyard Fields
04 My Companion
05 The Gold is Deep
06 The Broken Side of People Everywhere
07 A Pair Of Stained Glass Eyes
08 Embers of Midnight
09 Wildflower Perfume
10 Black Flower Blooming
11 Empire Builder

Ryan Gustafson (solo)

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Zachary Cale: July 16, 2015 The Living Room – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 28, 2015


Zachary Cale has been called a “musician’s musician,” in part because he seems to be friends with just about everybody, but more importantly because he exudes a music-first mentality that prioritizes creation over every other aspect of what’s so-often called the “music business.” To wit, he’s released his past four records, including the higher-profile Blue Rider in 2013, on his own label, All Hands Electric, and his output has been strikingly consistent throughout. His work rolls out of him, sounding as effortless as it surely isn’t. Reviews of Blue Rider pointed out that that finger-picked guitar you hear that sounds like three people working. Well, that’s just him. Zach’s stage persona is humble; his abilities are not.

This show at the Living Room previewed an exciting turn for Cale’s recorded output, as his forthcoming Duskland will be his first for Brooklyn-based No Quarter, a label that has a diverse roster but has shown, of late, a penchant for great singer-songwriters (e.g., Doug Paisley, Joan Shelley, Jennifer Castle). Five of the seven tracks on offer here come from the new album, plus the brand-new “Riverbed” and “Hangman Letters” from Blue Rider. The new album proves to be something to look forward to — it’s of a piece with Blue Rider stylistically but with a more melancholic tone that befits the “dusk” in the title. Cale hails from Louisiana, but this work feels closer to the empty parts of Texas most times, the kind of songs that belong under an open sky, particularly the windswept, propulsive “Evensong.” The country-tinged trifecta of “I Forged the Bullet,” “Sundowner,” and “Changing Horses” made for a fine set closer. Cale may not have “changed horses” with the move to No Quarter, but he has put himself in the best position to succeed, alongside like-minded artists he belongs with. Make sure to get ahold of Duskland on pre-order, or when it hits stores on August 7.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Living Room engineer Kevin and Schoeps MK41V supercardiod microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Cale plays New York again on August 28 at Baby’s All Right

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Zachary Cale
Living Room
Brooklyn, NY USA

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01 Blue Moth
02 Evensong
03 [banter1]
04 Riverbed
05 Hangman Letters
06 I Forged the Bullet
07 Sundowner
08 [banter2]
09 Changing Horses

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Zachary Cale by visiting his website, pre-ordering Duskland from No Quarter, and buying his other records from his online store. 

Mike Doughty: March 1, 2014 City Winery – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 7, 2014

[Photos by acidjack]

No matter how many times I see Mike Doughty in a year, he’s always got some kind of a new twist. Whether an epic two-plus hours of him breaking out Soul Coughing classics solo acoustic at City Winery, or his full-on all-Soul Coughing full-band set at Webster Hall, Doughty comes up with new ways to keep his loyal fan base interest. This City Winery performance reprised another of Doughty’s fan favorites, the “Question Jar”, which is more or less what it sounds like. Doughty plays some tunes, then he answers questions fans placed in a jar. Beyond learning Doughty’s tastes in ice cream toppings and Beatles, though, what we got here was another hour and a half of Doughty at his best, this time backed by cellist Andrew “Scrap” Livingston, who added depth to songs like “Looking At the Bottom of A Well” from Haughty Melodic. 

A few Soul Coughing tunes were on the menu this time — probably that band’s two best-known hits, “Circles” and “Super Bon Bon” — but most of the show was dedicated to Doughty’s solo oeuvre. Some of those other highlights included “White Lexus”, “Down On the River By the Sugar Plant” and the night’s somewhat-unintentional highlight, “Busting Up A Starbucks”. Doughty’s a good-natured guy, but as we have seen in the past, he isn’t afraid to call out disrespectful fans, which he did mid-song. For the rest of us who were paying attention, it was pure comedy. I’m not sure when Doughty will come this way next, but when he does, I suspect he’ll have more tricks up his sleeve.

This recording is a straight soundboard feed, which makes sense given the relatively quite nature of the material. Engineer Patrick’s house mix is outstanding. Enjoy!

This NYCTaper recording is being hosted on the Live Music Archive.  You can stream the entire show by clicking the song titles below or download it via the links provided.

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Mike Doughty
City Winery
New York, NY USA

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01 Unsingable Name
02 Super Bon Bon
03 27 Jennifers
04 [banter1]
05 Madeline and Nine
06 Down On the River By the Sugar Plant
07 The Only Answer
08 [banter2]
09 Circles
10 Sunken-Eyed Girl
11 [banter3]
12 Nectarine
13 White Lexus
14 Put It Down
15 Russell
16 [banter4]
17 Busting Up A Starbucks (w/ STFU)
18 Janine
19 I Hear the Bells
20 Looking at the World From the Bottom of A Well
21 [banter5]
22 Day By Day
23 [banter6]
24 Drunk On the Train to Chicago [Drink Me]
25 Put It Down

Mike Doughty – Guitar, vocals
Andrew “Scrap” Livingston – cello

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Mike Doughty, visit his websitesee him on tour this fall and buy his forthcoming record of Soul Coughing songs reimagined from PledgeMusic.

Waxahatchee: February 8, 2013 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 6, 2013

[Photos by acidjack]

Waxahatchee, the one-woman project of Katie Crutchfield, hit the scene in low-key fashion in 2012 with a record of lo-fi bedroom gems entitled American Weekend that quietly made it onto several critics’ best-of lists.  The record’s raw production couldn’t mask the obvious talent Crutchfield has for writing accessible, confessional songs punctuated by her unique voice and phrasing.  “Catfish”, on both that record and streaming above, is one of many examples of that, an earworm that also has something to say. American Weekend represented a transitional period for Crutchfield, who had just left she and her sister Allison’s band P.S. EliotShe recorded the record in her parents’ bedroom in Birmingham, Alabama (her hometown).

Its newly-released follow-up, Cerulean Salt, was still recorded at home — this time in Crutchfield’s Philadelphia basement — but it is a well-produced, good-sounding record that flatters Crutchfield’s voice and her talents much more effectively than American Weekend could have hoped to.  Deservedly, Stereogum just named it their Album of the Week.

This set at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the Don Giovanni Records showcase was originally supposed to feature a band, but the night’s blizzard made that impossible. Instead, we got a nine-song solo set that proved that Crutchfield’s songs can stand on their own, even live in a fairly large room. The set previewed four songs from Cerulean Salt – “Hollow Bedroom”, “Blue Pt. II”, “Swan Dive” and “You’re Damaged”, and as such, in cooperation Don Giovanni, we are releasing this set to coincide with the release of Cerulean Salt, which hit stores this Tuesday.  It is an excellent record, and one that we think will introduce Waxahatchee to a much broader audience.

I recorded this set with an excellent soundboard feed from the house engineer, Jim plus MBHO KA200N cardiod microphones.  Due to a particularly noisy audience and a quiet set, this recording is mostly the soundboard feed.  Some DI noise and hiss were present, which were mostly eliminated with software editing.  The final product I think will be a favorite. Enjoy!

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Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Produced by acidjack

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Tracks [Please note: Some track titles will need to fixed in the actual file set, as the set was tagged and tracked before the new record came out.]
01 Hollow Bedroom
02 Catfish
03 Grass Stain
04 Blue Pt. 2
05 Michel
06 Swan Dive
07 Noccalula
08 I Think I Love You
09 You’re Damaged

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Jennifer Castle: August 1, 2012 Union Pool – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming

September 6, 2012

[photos by acidjack]

You may not have heard of Canadian singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle, who has a new album, Castlemusic, out on Flemish Eye Records in Canada and re-released by our own No Quarter, as well as two other titles out under the band name “Castlemusic”. But even if you haven’t heard of her, chances are, if you’re a fan of Canadian indie music, you’ve heard her. That is because Castle has collaborated with several high profile Canadian bands and artists, including Fucked Up, Constantines, and Doug Paisley. On her own, Castle writes intricate, compelling songs, with a lovely voice that easily stands on its own. This show at Union Pool, opening for Family Band, gave Castle a chance to perform some of her new material solo, and she made the most of it. Several of the Castlemusic songs, like “Powers” were standouts, along with a few that were (I think) new.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the Family Band recording, with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed.  This recording, which consists of only vocals and guitar, therefore favors the board feed, and the sound is excellent, although there are a couple instances of the vocal mic overpeaking during the first song. Enjoy!

Please correct any errors in the setlist if you know them.

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Jennifer Castle
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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01 Down by the Water
02 You Don’t Have to Be
03 Sailing Away
04 Powers
05 Neverride
06 Bring Me My Friends
07 Tonight
08 Paper Woman

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Daniel Wayne: November 17, 2011 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 7, 2011

[photo by David Andrako]

If you haven’t heard a truly great voice lately, you might want to check out Daniel Wayne. There’s no doubt that distinguishing yourself as a singer-songwriter can be difficult; it’s a style where it’s easy to be mediocre, difficult to be great. But that voice puts to rest the doubters – sweet through the middle and upper ranges and flawless on the high notes, Wayne is instantly recognizable as well as accessible. A good example can be heard on the haunting, lonely solo number, “Pub’s Crawl”, which also takes an abrupt turn into a religious hymn at the end. Humble and appreciative between songs, the Ohio native comes across likable as well (the Midwestern thing again?). As for his songs, many are tinged with a light country twang, and navigate both indie gloom and homespun folk themes with equal skill.

I will admit that I had not heard of Wayne before I caught this Glasslands Gallery set opening for Jessica Lea Mayfield (that recording here), but apparently I was behind the curve. A sizable crowd showed up to catch his opening set, and by the end, a pretty full house was paying rapt attention. Wayne split the set equally between solo acoustic and full-band electric numbers, and we have served up a streaming example of each below (along with the complete-set download, of course). When the full band comes in during the first chorus of “Birds,” you can tell that Wayne’s big voice is equally if not better suited to the full-band treatment. The full-band songs also give Wayne a broader palette for his arrangements, and he takes full advantage on songs like the countrified “Virgin Saint”, streaming below. Despite being the first opener of the night, Wayne put forth a full 50-minute set that alone was worth the show’s price of admission. As Wayne himself put it in a recent interview on the CBS News website, “Every time I get on the stage, I give it everything I have.” This was only my first Daniel Wayne performance, but that sure seemed to be the case.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 “open cardiod” microphones and a flawless soundboard feed provided by Josh Thiel, the house engineer at Glasslands. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Daniel Wayne
Brooklyn, NY USA

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01 The Fool
02 The Dog
03 [banter]
04 Pub’s Crawl
05 Beautiful Day
06 Poseidon’s Drownin’ Son
07 [banter]
08 Birds
09 Virgin Saint
10 Far From Here
11 [banter]
12 My Bed
13 untitled

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