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Long Hots: September 7, 2019 Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC)

November 6, 2019

Did you make a mistake and miss Philly’s Long Hots at their two prior Three Lobed / WXDU day show appearances during Hopscotch? Might’ve been an easier ticket than getting into the door at the packed Slim’s this year, where the Hots brought the fire in this seven song set. This show was so slammed I couldn’t even get in the door, but our man Dave Schwentker had it covered with a fine setup. Don’t let that bookstore ad fool you into thinking that this was anything less than what it was: a no-BS guitar slammer that, for those who actually got in the door, was one of the highlights of the entire festival.

Dave recorded this set with Church Audio CA-1 mics mounted on the ceiling, into an Olympus LS-10. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Long Hots
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Long Hots
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by David Schwentker

Church Audio CA-1>Olympus LS-10>16/44 WAV>stuff>FLAC

01 They Do What We Want
02 Mama
03 Die Die Die
04 Devil Song
05 Boogie Trance
06 Nickel & Dime
07 One Chip Over the Line

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Patois Counselors: September 10, 2015 Hopscotch Music Festival – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 9, 2015

Patois Counselors

David Schwentker tapes and reports:

You would think that a band that has been around for less than a year, put out one 7″, and has only played about 20 shows in its existence, would be one of the opening bands, kicking off the night at Hopscotch Music Festival. Patois Counselors, however, is no ordinary “new” band. A sort-of supergroup from Charlotte, NC, the band has generated a lot of excitement in a short time period. The creation myth is that front man Bo White, a veteran of multiple bands (notably Yardwork), wrote a couple of new songs and threw them up on Bandcamp. He was quickly offered the chance to do a 7″ for the Negative Jazz label, so he put together a full band featuring members of other Charlotte-area bands like Brain F?, Blossoms, HRVRD, and Moenda. Before the 7″ was even released, there were a lot of people circling the Patois Counselors set on their Hopscotch schedules. The record finally came out in August and showed a group that has hit upon an urgent, catchy post-punk sound that is set apart by their burbling, dueling synths and White’s half sung/half spoken vocals. The band drew a packed crowd to the prime third slot at Slim’s on the festival’s first night, and they left no one disappointed in their 11:30 PM choice. Showing off three songs from the single, along with new material destined to come out on an upcoming 7″ for Sorry State Records, as well as a full length LP in the future, the band closed the set with an excellent cover of The Fall’s “Couldn’t Get Ahead.” Check out their debut 7″ on Negative Jazz, while it is still available, and be on the lookout for much more to come from Patois Counselors.

Slim’s is a small club where not all of the instruments are even mic’d, so this recording was captured by a pair of Church Audio omni mics mounted in the ceiling above the crowd. While this recording may be a little less polished than much of what is offered, it’s a great representation of what it was like to be squeezed into the crowd, almost falling into the band.

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Patois Counselors
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by David Schwentker

Church Audio CA-1 (omni) > Olympus LS-10 > WAV > Audacity (track, mixing) > Trader’s Little Helper (conversions) > FLAC (level 8) > foobar2000 (tagging)

Tracks: [27:19]
01. [intro]
02. Guidelines For Schooling
03. Free Jazz Complaint
04. Last Heat
05. Repeat Offender
06. Clean Skits
07. Target Not a Comrade
08. The Modern Station
09. Couldn’t Get Ahead [The Fall]

Support Patois Counselors: Negative Jazz | Buy their 7″ via Bandcamp

The Vibekillers: September 12, 2015 Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 29, 2015


I guess you have to call Raleigh, NC’s The Vibekillers a bar band — their most frequent haunt is, after all, Slim’s in downtown Raleigh, which is a bar. But give a listen to this set, and see that they are so much more than that. And, despite their protestations to the contrary, they make the vibes just fine, thank you. These guys are real players; for example, frontman Chip Robinson hails from the legendary Raleigh band The Backsliders and Skillet Gilmore, the drummer was in Whiskeytown. Hopscotch Music Festival has always respected the local scene, and having this crew kick off the main stage on the festival’s final night was the perfect way to do that. This set consists of well-rendered covers for the most part, including an outstanding version of Dylan’s “I & I” and The Jim Carroll Band’s “The People Who Died.” The festival’s final night had just begun, but the vibe was already right.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed and Audio Technica 4051 microphones. The sound quality is reflective of being outdoors, but is overall quite good. Enjoy!

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The Vibekillers
Hopscotch Music Festival
City Plaza
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Audio Technica 4051 (FOB, PAS)>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, expansion, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Paradise [Alejandro Escovedo]
02 So Old [Jeff Hart]
03 One of the Boys [Mott The Hoople]
04 I & I [Bob Dylan]
05 The Contenders [The Kinks]
06 Mylow [Chip Robinson]
07 People Who Died [The Jim Carroll Band]

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Pipe: September 7, 2012 Hopscotch Festival, Slim’s (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

October 11, 2012

[Photo courtesy of Ash Crowe]

Correspondent David Schwentker reports:

There are bands of larger stature that emerged from the Triangle scene, but you’d have trouble finding one more beloved in the area than Pipe.  For much of the 90’s, Pipe played their brand of SST-inspired punk throughout the region, threatening to blow away all other bands on the bill.  They toured with the likes of Archers of Loaf, New Bomb Turks, and Bad Brains, and released a handful of 7″s and three great albums.  Eventually, injuries and line-up changes forced an end to the band before the decade was out.  After being essentially dormant for almost 10 years, the band was asked to play Merge XX in 2009 and played to an ecstatic crowd and a maelstrom of beer cans.  Since then, the original line-up of the band (Ron Liberti, Mike Kenlan, Dave Alworth, and Chuck Garrison), has slowly lurched toward becoming an active concern and not just a reunion act, playing with increasing frequency, adding new songs to the setlist, and even heading out for a weekend tour to New York and Boston with Archers of Loaf last spring.

When trying to pick bands at a festival as broad and eclectic as Hopscotch, it’s tempting to skip local bands in favor of a bigger name down the street.  This Pipe set, in a packed, sweaty, narrow bar, appropriately named Slim’s, shows why skipping the locals can be a mistake.

This set was recorded with Countryman B3 omnidirectional microphones mounted on the ceiling, near the speakers and above the crowd, and it a great representation of what it is was like to be packed near the front of the stage doding drinks, elbows, and guitars.  Enjoy!”

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Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by David Schwentker
Microphones courtesy of Dan Schram

Countryman B3>Church Audio CA-9100>Olympus LS-10>24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mix down, tracking, amplify)>Trader’s Little Helper>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 intro
02 Venable
03 Human Gutterball
04 Kirk’s Floor
05 Bug Boy
06 Backstroke
07 You’re Soaking In It
08 Bender
09 Ashtray
10 Breakfast In Veronica
11 Bowling For Fuckers
12 Submariner
13 Little Black Lies

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