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Kinloch Nelson: April 8, 2019 Troost

May 13, 2019

Kinloch Nelson’s Partly on Time: Recordings 1968–1970 is the latest archival release from the very home of solo guitar music, Tompkins Square. After some near misses and narrow escapes, these recordings are finally available after remaining unheard for 50 years. Once close to being released in a record deal that fell through, then almost lost forever when the tapes were in a car accident in 1970, the music sounds like a lost chapter in what we now call American Primitive.

Supporting Partly on Time, Nelson did a short East Coast tour, playing material from the album, covers, and more. His NYC stop was at Greenpoint’s Troost, an unassuming beer bar perhaps best known in music circles for 75 Dollar Bill’s frequent workouts there. Stationed in the corner near the door, with the Monday night bustle of Manhattan Avenue outside, Nelson played two sets, with each song punctuated by his tales about the histories of the songs he wrote and his relationship with each of the covers. The resulting portrait is one not only of himself but also of the circuitous routes of guitar music over the past half-century. When he talks of Partly on Time, there is a genuine wonder that not only are they finally available, but also that there persists an audience for solo guitar records that has grown in the intervening years. As it turns out, Kinloch Nelson might have arrived at just the right moment.

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Kinloch Nelson
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH
Additional editing by Kinloch Nelson

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Set One:
01. Secret Love (S Fain & P Webster)
02. banter (America’s Sweetheart)
03. Tennessee Waltz (PW King & R Stewart)
04. banter (It’s about gratitude)
05. Afterthoughts (K. Nelson)
06. banter (in a closet full of shoes)
07. Kittens (K. Nelson)
08. banter (Martha Stewart, American Primitive guitar)
09. Funky Susan (K Nelson & Carter Redd)
10. banter (What is a harp guitar? Minimalist music)
11. The Eyes Of The Fair Molly (K. Nelson)
12. banter (Tonto, Lenny Breau and Jethro Tull)
13. On A Bach Bouree (JS Bach)
14. banter (45 and 33.3 RPM time warp)
15. Apache (J Lorden)

Set Two:
16. banter (Number one hits and a bowl of meat with noodles)
17. Sukiyaki/Buckeroo/Embryonic Journey (Nakamura/Morris /Kaukonen)
18. banter (a bonafide hit)
19. Land Of Make Believe (C Mangione)
20. banter (What are the songs about?)
21. Solitudes (K. Nelson)
22. banter (family, sailing, a big lake, a beautiful evening)
23. Oh Lovely Is The Evening/Tom Seibert’s Boat/Winnepesaukee Night (K. Nelson)
24. banter (Skyline Drive to Peru Thank you Tompkins Square)
25. Summer Farewell (K. Nelson)

Buy Partly on Time: Recordings 1968–1970 via Tompkins Square

Daniel Bachman: August 19, 2018 Trans-Pecos

November 12, 2018

Daniel Bachman’s latest album, The Morning Star, opens with the side-long “Invocation” (wonderfully captured live at Hopscotch back in September) and weaves its way through two LPs worth of solo guitar, drones, field recordings, and found sounds. It’s an expansion of the palette he’s been mining since Orange County Serenade, but here Bachman’s style tips more towards ambient/drone music than he has in the past. However aside from that Hopscotch performance, Bachman is very much still doing solo guitar performances. This set recorded at Trans-Pecos back in August finds Bachman playing “Sycamore City,” “Song For the Setting Sun IV,” and “New Moon” from The Morning Star, plus “The Flower Tree” and “Wine and Peanuts” from his 2016 self-titled LP. He rounds out the originals with a few deep covers you may know: “Beautiful Eyes of Virgina” by Lemuel Turner, “Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend” by John Fahey, and “Weary Lonesome Blues” by Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland.

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Daniel Bachman
Queens, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for

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Tracks: [44:59]
01. Sycamore City
02. Beautiful Eyes of Virgina [Lemuel Turner]
03. Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend [John Fahey]
04. Song For the Setting Sun IV
05. The Flower Tree > Wine and Peanuts
06. Weary Lonesome Blues [Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland]
07. New Moon

Support Daniel Bachman: Website | Facebook | Buy The Morning Star from Three Lobed

Dylan Golden Aycock: October 21, 2016 The Schoolhouse

April 27, 2017

Dylan Golden Aycock’s 2016 effort, Church of the Level Track, earned deserved plaudits, so we were extra-excited to see him on this Avant Ghetto Presents bill at the end of last year to share his music with us. To quote NPR’s Lars Gotrich, who said it best: “Dylan Golden Aycock’s lineage is clear: the fingerpicked blues of John Fahey, the swirling compositions of Robbie Basho and the outward-looking Americana of Jim O’Rourke’s Bad Timing and The Visitor. That’s not a bad crossroads to meet your demons at, especially when so much of what we call American Primitive now is in a state of transformation. Church Of Level Track kicks up dream dust in a positively lush collection of cosmic rags, ambient country tunes and steel-string ragas.”

Indeed, when you hear Aycock perform live, you’re captured by the distinctiveness of his style. It’s psychedelic in a way that many of his peers aren’t, but there’s also a disorienting but pleasing quality to it beyond that that makes you sit up and pay attention. This set featured a number of Aycock’s new tunes, and “Red Oak Black” in particular was a standout, a pensive track that builds to a frenetic, captivating ending.

Aycock also helms a Tulsa-based label, Scissor Tail Editions, filled with like-minded artists and their work. We’d recommend you check that out as well.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed and a pair of Schoeps MK4V mics right in front of Dylan. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Avant Ghetto Presents for inviting us to this show.

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Dylan Golden Aycock
The Schoolhouse
Brooklyn, NY

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01 Golden Bough>Set Adrift
02 Red Oak Black
03 Red Bud Valley II
04 [banter]
05 Marked Tree
06 Lord it Over>Improv>Willow and the Dogwood

Support Dylan Golden Aycock: Website Scissor Tail Editions 

Michael Chapman: October 9, 2015 Tompkins Square 10th Anniversary (Rough Trade NYC)

November 3, 2015

[photos by Jill Harrison]

The English folk artist Michael Chapman is a true survivor (as one of his album titles suggests), with a 30+ album catalog spanning six decades. From Rainmaker, his 1969 debut, to today, Chapman has explored both more traditional folk and rock music as well as contemporary and jazz guitar, bringing his unique, emotional style of playing to each. Reissue labels like Seattle’s Light in the Attic are furiously re-releasing Chapman’s early catalog, giving fans access to a body of work that belongs in the hands of any devotee of his styles. Chapman’s most recent release of new music, Fish, came out on the Tompkins Square label, and the 74-year old singer captivated the audience for the label’s 10th anniversary show at Rough Trade NYC.

Even with such a massive catalog, this set still managed to feature material that’s only seen the light of day on the live circuit, such as the opener “Two Trains.” There was the song “Fahey’s Flag,” too, a tribute to the American guitar great, who of course Chapman knew personally. That followed with a new vocal track that remains as-yet untitled, followed by another very special treat — “Another Story,” which appears on the forthcoming Parallelogram box set by Three Lobed Recordings (sharing an LP with Hiss Golden Messenger, I might add). Chapman closed with 2000’s “Shuffleboat River Farewell,” followed by the Spanish-inspired tune “La Madrugada,” which first appeared on 2002’s Americana II. The whole of this performance was deeply affecting, notable both for its breadth and intensity. Chapman’s not just a fully qualified survivor, but an innovator at his art.

I recorded this set with Dustin Myer’s soundboard feed combined with Schoeps MK4V microphones. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Michael Chapman
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, NY USA

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01 Two Trains
02 [banter1]
03 Caddo Lake
04 [banter2]
05 Fahey’s Flag
06 [unknown]
07 [banter3]
08 Another Story
09 Shuffleboat River Farewell
10 [banter4]
11 La Madrugada

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE visit Michael Chapman’s website, buy Fish from Tompkins Square, and buy his other releases here.

Alan Licht: August 2, 2015 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

August 20, 2015


There are any number of ways that a fan of the New York underground scene might have run across the guitarist Alan Licht. Along with an extensive discography of his own, Licht has also played a key role in several bands, including the Blue Humans, Love Child, and Run On. Most recently, Licht has appeared as a member of Lee Ranaldo and the Dust. Now, he’s readying a new solo album, which he was kind enough to share a majority of with this group of fans at Union Pool. Compared to some of Licht’s more drone and minimalist work, these compositions, like leadoff track “Riding On the S’s” and “Raw Deal” in particular, show the influence of the recent work with Ranaldo. They have an urgent, narrative feel to them, to the point that you almost feel compelled to throw your own lyrics into them at points. This was the songs’ first exposure to a public audience, and it seems likely that they’ll see some further evolution before the final versions are laid down on the record (one of them, after all, still lacks a title). But even in these raw, new forms, Licht showed a clear vision for and command of them, leading me to believe that new record is going to be a must-have.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from engineer Kevin Mazzarelli, combined with Schoeps MK41V microphones. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Thanks to Jeff Conklin for arranging the show and permission to record Alan’s set.

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Alan Licht
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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01 Riding on the S’s
02 First Love, Haleema
03 Raw Deal
04 Currents
05 Every Little Yacht
06 Untitled
07 (Them’s the) Breaks

If you enjoyed this recording, you can buy all of Alan Licht’s records through the links available on Discogs

Chuck Johnson: August 2, 2015 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

August 13, 2015


Chuck Johnson has soared in recent years, with three landmark solo guitar LPs this decade alone. The latest, Blood Moon Boulder, continues the corvid-based theme of 2013’s Crows In the Basilica, and has been hailed in some quarters as his finest achievement yet. It’s hard to argue with that analysis watching Chuck perform on a recent Sunday night at Union Pool to a dedicated crew of serious music fans, who huddled around Chuck as he played both lap acoustic and stand-up electric pieces. As is sometimes pointed out, Johnson is a latecomer to solo guitar, having spent much of his 90s career in bands in Chapel Hill, NC (including Shark Quest, Idyll Swords, and Spatula). You wouldn’t know it from the calculated virtuosity of his three records, evident in his mastery of the slide guitar on “Corvid Tactics.” Crows are a clever, calculating bird, able to adapt and learn over time. Their ability for forethought sets them apart — something that might also be said of Johnson, whose pieces have a habit of leading to unexpected places, shifting gears in ways non-obvious but utterly rewarding. As a special treat, Johnson played an untitled new number mid-set, before playing a favorite melody of “A Slender Thread” into “Dissevered” to close things out. Do yourself a favor and check out Blood Moon Boulder as well as Chuck’s previous releases — the live recording is no more than a taste of how good he can sound.

I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from Kevin Mazzarelli, together with Schoeps MK41V microphones to provide a bit of ambiance. Some noise reduction was used to eliminate DI buzz, and there are a few short bursts of cell phone interference. Overall, however, the sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Chuck Johnson
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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01 Corvid Tactics
02 On A Slow Passing In Ghost Town
03 Silver Teeth in the Sun
04 [untitled]
05 [banter]
06 A Slender Thread>Dissevered

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Chuck Johnson, visit his website, and buy Blood Moon Boulder from Scissor Tail Records here and his other records here

Daniel Bachman: September 6, 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival, Long View Center (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

September 18, 2013

[Photos courtesy of Eric Dawson]

Introducing the 23-year-old guitar prodigy Daniel Bachman at their day show event (where he played with Pelt), my friends at Paradise of Bachelors paid Bachman a high compliment indeed when they referred to him as the logical heir of the late, great Jack Rose. To compare anyone, even today’s best living guitarists, to Rose might well border on sacrilege for those who follow these types of musicians closely. At least, it would if Bachman didn’t live up to the hype. For those who saw him play a solo set of his signature steel string fingerstyle guitar at Raleigh’s Long View Center  during the Hopscotch Music Festival on this Friday night — recorded by our buddy David Schwentker — it became clear that he does.

The Chapel Hill based guitarist, originally of Fredricksburg, Virginia, has four solo albums under his belt already, including his two 2012 releases Seven Pines and Oh Be Joyful, plus two more records he recorded as Sacred Harp that were released back in 2010. He’s been playing this music, which he calls “psychedelic Appalachia”, since he was a teenager. What you hear on this recording is the product of years of Bachman honing his craft, as well as absorbing the lessons learned from sharing stages with the greats, including Rose. This set wandered all over Bachman’s catalog, including previewing two new tracks from his forthcoming third album on Tompkins Square, Jesus I’m A Sinner. Both of those songs — “Sarah Anne” and “Blenheim” — show the continuing promise of this fine young musician. Two of these songs — “Pig Iron” and the untitled number — are being recorded now, with release planned for 2014. Yes, you heard it right — Bachman has a new record that’s not even out yet, and he’s already on to the next project.

This set was recorded by David Schwentker with a direct soundboard feed from the Longview house board. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Daniel Bachman
Hopscotch Music Festival
Long View Center
Raleigh, NC USA

Recorded and produced by David Schwentker

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01 [guitar warmup]
02 intro
03 Pig Iron
04 Coming Home
05 Sarah Anne
06 [Untitled Lap Guitar]
07 Copperhead
08 Blenheim
09 White Oak
10 We Would Be Building

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Daniel Bachman, visit his facebook page, and buy his records from Tompkins Square or pre-order Jesus I’m A Sinner from Amazon.

Suzuki Junzo: November 27, 2012 Union Pool – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 29, 2012

The Japanese guitarist Suzuki Junzo‘s latest album is entitled Ode To A Blue Ghost, and that is an apt description for the spectral noise that Junzo wrings from his guitar. I was not familiar with Junzo before this show, but he has had a long career in the Japanese guitar underground, cranking out a host of self- and label-released records. This show at Union Pool with fellow avant-gardists Rhyton, Eidetic Seeing and the Gibby Haynes and Kohoutek-affiliated Ultimate Vag gave fans of far-out psych and noise a lot to love, but even the musicians in the other bands were somewhat unfamiliar with Junzo’s work. With an undercurrent of blues, Junzo’s guitar sounds can run a surprising emotional range, blending the familiar with the unfamiliar. This show represented a fairly rare chance to see Junzo outside his native Japan, and we are thrilled to have been there to capture it.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones and a soundboard feed by the house engineer, Doug.  This favors the soundboard mix as it is all guitar, and other than a few spots of DI distortion, it is excellent.  Enjoy!

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Suzuki Junzo
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY USA

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01 Guitar Blues
02 Anastasia
03 Moetsukita Chizu (Lament for The Man Without a Map)
04 Hour of Death (Kaneko Jutok)
05 Awake in the Union Pool

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Suzuki Junzo, visit his website, and buy his records, including Ode To A Blue Ghost, in his online store.

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