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NYCTaper Presents: Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band + Herbcraft – Tomorrow Night (Saturday) at Trans Pecos

December 11, 2015


Over the last two years Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band has become one of the favorite bands of the NYCTaper crew. The band has also been one of our go-to performers when it comes to taping — in slightly over two years, there are now seven SMB recordings on the site from a variety of our favorite venues (all available here). Listening to the music, its easy to see why the band is attractive to us. They combine many of the elements and influences that we favor, including psych-rock, space rock and a healthy dose of the innate ability to improvise and elevate the music to a higher plain. Its a rare ability and one that’s hard to describe but easy to recognize when you see it and hear it. Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band have that “X” factor that must be seen live to be truly understood.

Of all of the local venues where we’ve experienced SMB, it was the most glaring omission that the band had not previously performed at the City’s premiere location for music that transcends genres and easy descriptions, Trans Pecos. We are so pleased to be able to present SMB at Pecos. It seems like such a natural pairing and we expect that the venue’s vibe will fit perfectly with the band’s live show.

Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band will release their new album The Rarity of Experience in March and No Quarter Records released a teaser for the record today. We expect to see some of that new material at tomorrow’s show. Here is the teaser:

When it came to the invitation for the support act for this special night, we were certain that the band needed to be someone who shared a musical kinship with Forsyth. We harkened back to a very memorable experience acidjack had at Mercury Lounge in early 2014, a “heady” night that made such a mark that the show made our “Best Of” list for entire year of 2014. The band was Herbcraft, and although we have not seen them since that night, the music was really quite a perfect fit for this show. Herbcraft have released an even spacier album in August of 2015 called Wot Oz (with our friends Woodist) and we are very much looking forward to seeing the new material live.

Here’s a track “Push Thru The Veil” from the 2014 Herbcraft recording:

Trust us on this show. This will be an experience to remember. Support the bands, come to the show. Heck, if you’re in NYC and you’ve downloaded material from this site, support us too. We’d like to keep presenting these kinds of shows.

The Details:
NYCTaper Presents
Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band (Philadelphia)
Herbcraft (Maine)

Live at Trans Pecos
Saturday December 12, 2015
Doors at 7pm

Trans Pecos
915 Wyckoff Avenue
Ridgewood Queens NY [MAP]

L Train to Halsey or J/M to Myrtle-Wyckoff
ALL AGES $12 in advance / $15 Day of Show

Tickets in advance through Ticketfly (save three bucks!) are [HERE]

Facebook Invite Page is [HERE].

Acid Mothers Temple: May 7, 2015 Mercury Lounge – Flac/MP3/Streaming

May 11, 2015

AMT_Mercury Fix
[photo by nyctaper]

Of all the times that NYCTaper has captured Acid Mothers Temple and all of their many trips to NYC, I have personally never had the pleasure of recording the band live. Sure, there were tickets purchased and then eaten, missed connections and just plain bad timing, but it was all remedied on Thursday night when the band played one of their legendary space rock shows at Mercury Lounge. In my mind, I was prepared for the sonic onslaught and the noisy and trippy jams, but to see the band live is to be mesmerized by their proficiency and awed by their no-holds-barred approach to the material. There aren’t songs as much as themes that meld gradually into other themes and in some respects defy the archivist’s ability to track and provide a setlist. For me personally, there was a point during the trifeca of “Pink Lady Intro” (a fan-created title for an apparently untitled melodic jam segment) that segued neatly into the “OM Riff” and then crashed into “Pink Lady Lemonade” proper, when I truly appreciated the unique and powerful quality of AMT and their ability to play this style of music perhaps better than any other band, living or dead. Its really a treat that after twenty years and multiple groupings of personnel, that we are still able to experience AMT’s profound live shows. This may unbelievably be my first time, but it certainly won’t be the last. Acid Mothers Temple’s current US tour has another seven dates, all in the South and West, and ends on May 18th in San Diego.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards on a stand next to the soundboard and mixed with an excellent feed provided by the Merc’s FOH Val. The sound quality is quite outstanding. Enjoy!

This recording is available to download in FLAC or in MP3 at [HERE], or to Stream below.

Stream the Complete Show:

Acid Mothers Temple
Mercury Lounge
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer: Val] + 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

[Total Time 1:27:04]
01 Chinese Flying Saucer
02 Benzaiten
03 Pink Lady Intro > OM Riff > Pink Lady Lemonade
04 Cometary Orbital Drive > Speed Guru

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